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LOL, they just showed Reince Prebuis covered in flop sweat.

Bottom line: Trump hates America

He hates our military, our government workers, our foreign service, our intelligence community, and even our steel. He hates our poor, our inner cities, our immigrants, our women, and anyone who doesn't meet his standards of beauty. Tonight, thanks to the GOP, we had to listen to the angry deranged ramblings of an insane narcissist.

...Built with Chinese Steel...


Presumably it is still going on? Other than opioid addiction, public health isn't even an issue on the campaign. I remember no questions about it in the debates. Is the press ignoring it? Why?

Trump Bros! The web series

Burning Down the House by Timothy Egan, NYT

A wounded bear is a dangerous thing. Detested and defeated, Donald Trump is now in a tear-the-country-down rage. Day after day, he rips at the last remaining threads of decency holding this nation together. His opponent is the devil, he says — hate her with all your heart. Forget about the rule of law. Lock her up!

He’s made America vile. He’s got angel-voiced children yelling “bitch” and flipping the bird at rallies. He’s got young athletes chanting “build a wall” at Latino kids on the other side. He’s made it O.K. to bully and fat-shame. He’s normalized perversion, bragging about how an aging man with his sense of entitlement can walk in on naked women.

Here’s his lesson for young minds: If you’re rich and boorish enough, you can get away with anything. Get away with sexual assault. Get away with not paying taxes. Get away with never telling the truth. Get away flirting with treason. Get away with stiffing people who work for you, while you take yours. Get away with mocking the disabled, veterans and families of war heroes.

You know this by now — all the sordid details. For much of the last year, the Republican presidential nominee has been a freak show, an oh-my-God spectacle. He opens his mouth, our cellphones blow up. But now, in the final days of a horrid campaign, an unshackled Trump is more national threat than punch line. He’s determined to cause lasting damage.

Whole piece is worth a read, imo.


Law and Order: Trump Unit

From Tom the Dancing Bug

Trump is not merely ignorant. He is also supremely confident and feels superior - the most dangerous

kind of idiot

(This may have been posted before, but is too delicious to post again.) From Chauncey DeVega at Salon:

Donald Trump is a political brawler. He is also a raconteur, a self-styled maverick, a political “outsider,” an adult male adolescent and the drunk guy at the local bar who picks fights with strangers by yelling racial and ethnic slurs or harassing women.

As I watched Hillary Clinton pummel Donald Trump during Monday’s debate, it occurred to me that beyond being merely unprepared to be president of the United States — see also Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his inability to answer basic questions about international politics — that Trump is, in fact, supremely confident in his ignorance and sense of intellectual superiority over other people.

This is the psychological concept known as the “Dunning-Kruger” effect — put very simply, when stupid people don’t know that they are stupid — in action.


A democracy does not need to elect a person who fits the mold of Plato’s philosopher king in order to be healthy and successful. For example, the United States has had presidents who were intemperate (Lyndon Johnson), lacked preparation (Ronald Reagan) and overwhelmed by the demands of the office (George W. Bush). But Trump is something different. He is a fascist who wallows in his ignorance and stupidity about public affairs and then willfully confuses such attributes with wisdom and intellectual acumen.

The entire article (well worth a read, imo) here:

Blair Kamin: Donald Trump's Sycophantic, Vitriolic Treatment of Architecture Critics

From "Architectural Record" by Blair Kamin

Oct. 07 -- Donald Trump doesn't aim his nasty, middle-of-the-night tweets just at beauty queens he thinks have gained too much weight. He also targets architecture critics, me included, who've gotten under his prosciutto-thin skin. At 3:12 a.m. on June 22, 2014 , Trump directed his wrath at two of us: "I loved the day Paul Goldberger got fired (or left) as New York Times architecture critic and has since faded into irrelevance," he wrote. " Kamin next!"

The tweet came amid the war of words that ensued after I zinged Trump for the humongous, hideous sign he'd stuck on his mostly handsome Chicago skyscraper. I bring up the tweet ahead of Sunday's second presidential debate because Trump's character and temperament have become major issues in the campaign, and I can speak to both based on more than a decade of experience.

Over the years, Trump has courted me, comforted me, criticized me and sent me a handful of sometimes-fawning letters and notes. I saved the correspondence. Wouldn't you? It's fun to run your fingers over gold, raised-print letters that say "TRUMP." And the missives are telling. Combined with other things he's said and written, they show that Candidate Trump isn't all that different from Developer Trump. He remains a master media manipulator who can be charming, mercurial and vengeful. Only now he wants to be the most powerful man on earth.


"Mike Pence went on TV today to reassure Republicans that despite his dignified demeanor he's still

the bigoted piece of shit they nominated." - Frank Conniff


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