The Widdershins

How did we get here? Who could have imagined we would end up with the Kremlin Klan in our White House? Let’s hope Robert Mueller picks them off one by one. I don’t know if any of these criminals will actually go to prison, but their financial standing and reputations will be shot.

I’m amazed that Paul Manafort had three different passports. Don’t they check these things? Was he planning to go on the lam? I just want those who are guilty to be removed by hook or by crook. If you collude with the Russian crime syndicate, eventually the po-po will catch up. If I had my way, they’d lock ’em all up!

I think I’ve dropped enough hints now for this weekend’s music theme! Add your own selections or just your thoughts.

Eric Clapton – I Shot the Sheriff

Styx – Renegade

Bon Jovi – Dead or Alive

Blake Shelton – Ol’ Red

Bobby Fuller – I Fought the Law

Bad Company – Bad Company

Open thread, too.

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Have no idea what’s happening with WordPress but the previous post got closed and I cannot open it back to comments.

 

Soooo, here’s a brand new post to carry us over until GAgal’s weekend post goes live later in the day.

 

Boooooo

Posted on: November 1, 2017

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Good morning Widdershins,

It’s the day after Halloween and we’d be greedy if we asked for a bigger treat than the indictment of Dump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, his protege and some coffee-fetching intern named George Papadopoulos. No, not this poor guy who has the exactScreen Shot 2017-10-31 at 8.29.52 PM.png same name. Fortunately this guy was in Greece visiting his mother when the other Papadopoulos was announced as having plea-bargained his way into Bob Mueller’s good graces and, who knows, maybe even has been wearing a wire since July, the date he agreed to start cooperating. 6 days ago the bad Papadopoulos was in London (he posted a picture himself). What was he doing in London? Obviously Mueller allowed him to leave. We’ll have to wait to find out if he was on a secret mission. I can’t imagine he’d be on a sight-seeing tour at a time like this.

We also found out that Paul Manafort used “Bond007” as his computer password. Because that’s funny.

Now can we talk about Bernie for a minute? I know this isn’t anything new to us, but he did go on Seth Meyers on Monday night and said something dumb and very much in keeping wit his entire platform, which is further proof of why he’s a loathsome creature.

I mean, I think we’ve got to work in two ways,” Sanders answered. “Number one, we have got to take on Trump’s attacks against the environment, against women, against Latinos and blacks and people in the gay community, we’ve got to fight back every day on those issues. But equally important, or more important: We have got to focus on bread-and-butter issues that mean so much to ordinary Americans.”

Sanders said those “ordinary Americans” are “not staying up every day worrying about Russia’s interference in our election.” Instead, he said, “They’re wondering how they’re going to send their kids to college” or “how they’re going to be able to pay the rent” or “whether they can afford health care.”

This on the heels on his appearance with NYC Mayoral candidate Bill DeBlasio in a subway station where his MetroCard worked on the 1st try and Bernie took a swipe at Hillary’s incident where the MetroCard didn’t work. As a regular NYC subway rider I can tell you the card often doesn’t work on the first try. Bernie got lucky and his first thought was taking a swipe at HRC. Because that’s where she lives, rent free. In Bernie’s and Trump’s heads.

BTW when asked what she would dress as on Halloween, Clinton replied “Maybe as a President.”

GOOD DAY WIDDERSHINS!
This post was written before the announcement concerning indictments from the Mueller Grand Jury  – will probably be a lot to talk about concerning that

From her comment the other day we know that MB is super busy with her job right now and that she may or may not be doing Monday posts.  I am going to run on the assumption that she won’t be writing any Monday posts so here’s one for this week.  I’m not sure how often I’ll be doing this because basically it’s just DYB and me trying to keep things going.  Nevertheless, here’s one for Halloween and spooky, Halloweenish songs, some of them you are probably familiar with.

(1) Werewolves of London ~ Warren Zevon

(2) Highway to Hell ~ AC/DC

(3) Thriller ~ Michael Jackson (short version)

(4) Monster Mash ~ Bobby Pickett

(5) Silly Symphonies ~ Skeleton Dance

(6) Night on Bald Mountain~Mussorgsky~Fantasia (full)

(7) Danse Macbre ~Camille Saint-Saëns

(8) In The Hall Of The Mountain King ~ Grieg-Animation

Okay!  That should get you into a nice Halloweenish mood for tomorrow Widdershins.  Please add some of your Halloween favorites below.

 

I thought this was interesting to watch.  From the folks who created it:

Dozens upon dozens upon dozens of pumpkins were cut, gutted, rotated, scraped, poked, slapped, and banged to make this stop-motion animation and the music that bring it to life. It took a few years – pumpkins rot, schedules get busy – but we loved discovering the methods that worked and the many that didn’t. Many pumpkins were photographed twice. First as a nicely lit, carving-free plate. Then again after carving our designs and removing the top or back so we could insert a light. The two were then composited together to remove the lighting equipment. We re-used pumpkins where we could (fronts and backs and sometimes sides) but that wasn’t always possible.

A reminder:  I won’t be doing a weekend post this coming weekend because LSU/Bama.  However I’m sure someone will be able to pick up the slack and keep everyone entertained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend post will be very simple:  I’m just copying and pasting some things from No Mister Nice’s post right here.

 

Myeshia Johnson spoke to George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America today and didn’t seem angry. She just seemed to be in pain.

And that’s understandable enough isn’t it?

Steve M, (No More Mister Nice himself) has two reasons why that isn’t enough for our good friends in the “fly over” states and why Trump’s version, along with the conservative media’s version plays so well in those areas.

There are one-word answers to that. Racism. Sexism

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What do Trump voters — our neighbors — think when they watch something like this take place? What do they say to one another?

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Reporters file endless stories about older white voters in heartland diners who say partisan but more or less civil things about Trump. The message is that they’re decent people who happen to be passionate conservatives or populists or what-have-you.

From here, Steve M. saunters over to Free Republic (FREEP) and gathers some comments about Myeshia Johnson and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson who seems to be the main baddie in the thread.  (I’m not linking to the FREEP piece – I refuse)  But here are some of the comments from there:

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Wow. Nearly $700,000.00 on the Go Fund Me page. This whole spectacle is bringing in loads of cash, unlike other Gold Star wives.

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Money, money, money!!!!!!!!!

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Why indeed? Why did you just happen to have the rodeo clown riding with you?

The husband made the sacrifice, and yes he knew the risks.

The family and the rodeo clown are engaging in an old democrat and muslim tradition of parading the corpse for political gain.

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So you make a fortune purely by fighting with Trump over your dead husband. And some of us understand that what we are observing here is pure racist and political hatred.

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I watched the interview with the widow. It is telling that she stated that she said nothing back to the president…as in he called, he made his condolence statement, and there was no feedback.

Sounds like it was a very awkward call…Trump made a call to a widow who has strong partisan feelings about him…and after he was done talking, well that was that. Very different from the other call from months ago that has been made public.

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She is lying.
Further, she is about to be EXPOSED by lots of people who are going to be digging at her past.

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Why are the blacks the only ones bitching.
Its like this guy La whats his name was the only one in Niger.

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…”shoulda picked our own cotton…” Keeps running through my mind….

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Left unsaid is that both Mrs. Johnson and empty-barrel Congressperson Wilson had to be stupid not to understand the context of what the president said. The proof is that they took his compliment of the soldier’s bravery as insensitivity; that is, if they’re being truthful.

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This is why the media has to be taken on, on a daily basis. 9.9 out of 10 gold star families say Trump has been respectful and kind. But the media always finds one victim and uses them by portraying them as a majority. They have the megaphone to do this. Anyone remember the MSM trying to pimp the “Jersey Girls” as speaking for all 9/11 families in an effort to destroy Bush?  (Love to know where the commenter got “9.9 out of…” me)

Despite other families releasing audio or coming forward to say Trump was gracious, the media ignores it. They got to this woman. Right now they are trying to get to the other three as well. And the cynicism is staggering. The media hates the military and privately celebrates each and every death as an opportunity to do what they are doing now.

Heaped on top of this all is the effort to destroy a four star marine general while insulating that rodeo clown from all criticism under an umbrella of racism. I would be angry but for the fact that rodeo clown has become the face of the democrat party. If that is the face they want, then have at it.

This is absolutely disgusting at this point. I say again the media must be destroyed and it must be made personal. Bannon should add the MSM to his list and get to them. He should make public every aspect of their lives. Where their children go to school, what they eat, drive and where they live. Make them pay the way they make anyone who disagrees with them pay.

I would say make John McCain pay as well but fate has intervened.
(Yes all of that is ONE comment)

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What kind of a creep who is a recent widow would bring in a dimwitted Congresswoman to eaves drop on a “personal” conversation with our President?

This woman is dripping with fury NOT at the Communist Maobama who sent her there, but at TRUMP! Sick stuff, just like at the Wellstone funeral.

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Frederica Wilson is also a particularly nasty race hustler. Read her Trayvon Martin speech. If you know the facts of the Martin case [you being a full bore Leftist, that’s doubtful] you will notice the degree to which Wilson misrepresented the case in order to stoke racial hatred.

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I also think that if he used the phrase “he knew what he signed up for…” or some version of that, she was too ignorant to understand the context. Anyone who has spoken to an ignorant person of color has had this experience. One can never underestimate the thin skin of dumb people!  (bold/italics mine)

Steve wraps it up with:

“Everyone who criticizes Trump is evil — and is part of a hydra-headed conspiracy of evil. It’s the family and the congresswoman and black people in general (you know how stupid they can be) and the media and Muslims and Trayvon Martin’s family and even John McCain.

These are grievance collectors who are able to do one-stop shopping for new grievances (and the airing of old ones) every day on talk radio or Fox. Their hatred for everyone who’s not on their side is so great that it’s all but impossible to share a political system with them anymore. That’s the story that needs reporting.”

All of this above is what Charles Pierce calls “the prion disease” of the Republicans.  It started all the way back with Goldwater, was intensified with Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”, and continued on to Reagan and the “welfare queen” and her Cadillac, and of course Lee Atwater; Reagan’s dark imp.

Folks, this cannot be fixed.  As we’ve seen recently this madness has gotten to the point that it’s driving “mainstream” Republicans to leave office.  All we can do is hope that the bile rises so strongly in them that they choke on it.  Then…perhaps we can bury it deep in the ground and salt the earth.  But I don’t have a lot of hope.

 

It’s a day of the week that ends with “ay,” so it must be Hillary Derangement Syndrome day. On Tuesday night Washington Post fired off a nuke into the political media with a shocking story called: “Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier.” This sent the internet reeling with indignation. About half of the political press forgot that this information is about a year old. Let’s travel back in time to October 31, 2016 when the very first article about the Steele Dossier was written by David Corn of Mother Jones. In it Corn noted that the Dossier was originally commissioned by a Trump opponent (probably Jeb!) But after the GOP imploded and Trump became the nominee, they abandoned it, to be picked up by Democrats. In January 2017 both CNN and New York Times specifically mentioned that the Democrats had connections to the Clinton campaign and the DNC. So almost a year later, WaPo identified the Democrat (lawyer Mark Elias.) That’s the bombshell. I hope your bomb shelters are fully stocked folks.

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Please note here Haberman’s use of the word “lie.” Lie! Infamously, this is a word the press will not use when describing Donald Trump or any member of his cabinet. Twitter user Patrick Karlsson put together a stunning thread of Haberman’s past tweets refusing to use the word “lie”about Trump. Over and over and over. It’s worth checking out here if you want to get very angry. “Untruths,” “falsehoods,” “inaccurate narrative,” etc. are the words Haberman has chosen when discussing Trump. Never “lie.” Not even once.

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Some members of the press did react with surprise at the surprise. Joy Reid tweeted: “Only the American media could make a scandal out of opposition research.” Michael Weiss: “OK, people, let’s cut the shit. Trump dossier was commissioned by the team of a *Republican* candidate (not hard to guess which one either).” Josh Marshall: “The Big WaPo Story & Why Everyone Needs to Thank Marc Elias.” Chris Hayes: “Ah yes. We’ve now entered the “Real Russia Scandal” phase.” NPR’s David Folkenflik: “Better headline for valid WaPo story: Trump oppo research dossier funded first by anon GOP foe and then by HRC/Dems.”

But the damage is done, once again. As Joy Reid also said: Who paid for the Steele dossier is the new “but her emails.”

Also worth noting: Sarah Huckabee Sanders retweeted Haberman’s sanctimonious tweet.

Also, Fox before the WaPo story.

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This is an open thread.

MB had a busy weekend what with celebrating her hubby’s birthday so I’m doing a post for her today.  I thought I would continue with the theme of our musical post from the weekend but on a more serious note.

Dr. John Gartner is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression. He’s also been an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School.  Further, he and a host of other mental health professionals believe it is time to do away with the Goldwater Rule.  Here are the basics of the Goldwater Rule:

that states it is unethical for psychiatrists to give a professional opinion about public figures they have not examined in person, and from whom they have not obtained consent to discuss their mental health in public statements. It is named after presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

However, Dr. Garnter and these other professionals believe that the Goldwater Rule is no longer valid or applicable.  One of the reasons they cite is the Tarasoff V Regents of University of California case and the subsequent “duty to warn” if an individual poses a threat to another individual.

Collectively these mental health professionals have formed an organization called Duty To Warn. This is how they phrase it on their website, which is now on our sidebar under Politics:

Mental-health professionals are mandated reporters with a duty to warn our patients and the community around us if we feel there is a potential danger. In this case, we collectively feel there a a duty to warn the public of the threat Donald Trump poses both to our nation and the planet.

We already know that outgoing Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee has referred to the White House as an adult day care center.  Then a few days later there was the piece in Vanity Fair where Gabe Sherman reported on the fits that Trump has thrown saying “I hate everyone in the White House” (no reports on whether he stomped his feet when saying it).  Sherman cited his White House sources:

In recent days, I spoke with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president who seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods. Trump’s ire is being fueled by his stalled legislative agenda and, to a surprising degree, by his decision last month to back the losing candidate Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary. “Alabama was a huge blow to his psyche,” a person close to Trump said. “He saw the cult of personality was broken.”

Hmmm…”cult of personality”.  Personality…perhaps a malignant narcissistic personality?

“Malignant Narcissism: Collision of Two Personality Disorders The intentional destruction of others while pathologically loving self”

However you wish to phrase it, that is basically what Gartner and his colleagues wish to address under the 25th Amendment.

The removal of Trump using the Twenty-fifth Amendment is the aim of a newly launched social movement composed of mental-health professionals. The group, called Duty to Warn, claims that Donald Trump “suffers from an incurable malignant narcissism that makes him incapable of carrying out his presidential duties and poses a danger to the nation.” On Saturday Oct 14th, the organization held coördinated kickoff events in fourteen cities, where mental-health experts spoke out about Trump’s dangerousness and, in several, took to the streets in organized funereal marches, complete with drum corps.

We already know that according to a Quinnipiac poll in September that 56 percent said that Trump was “not fit to serve” and  57 percent disapprove of the job he’s doing as President.

Now about that Goldwater Rule thing.  Here’s some more info on that and recent attempts to do away with it:

Earlier this year, in response to members’ questions and discontent about the Goldwater Rule’s application with respect to Trump, the A.P.A. debated the issue and announced that not just diagnoses but any “opinion about the affect, behavior, speech, or other presentation of an individual that draws on the skills, training, expertise, and/or knowledge inherent in the practice of psychiatry” was off limits. (bolding mine)

So why keep the rule in place?  Psychiatrist John Zinner:

told me of a meeting he attended in March of the Washington Psychiatric Society, where a “high official” of the A.P.A. defended keeping the Goldwater Rule in place, on the theory that if psychiatrists spoke out against Trump the government would retaliate by reducing reimbursements to doctors for psychiatric treatment. “It was really not out of ethical concern,” Zinner said, but, rather, concern for “our pocketbooks.” (bolding mine)

Always the almighty dollar.

The group Duty To Warn has also announced formation of a PAC which “which will raise money for political candidates to run on the very issue of removing Trump via the Twenty-fifth Amendment.”

The group also has created a thirty minute video which you can watch here.  I didn’t want to embed the clip because it does run so long.

I’m sorry dear Widdershins to start your day and week off with such a bummer topic but it’s a Monday and it was going to be a bummer anyway.

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