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A Tweet from the Mighty John Kovalic of Dork Tower fame and the illustrator of a bajillion Munchkin cards:

Nero fiddled while Rome burned because he could not yet Tweet.
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"Elijah Cummings was in my office and he said, 'You will go down as one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country.'"
-- Trump

"I have said repeatedly that he could be a great president if -- if -- he takes steps to truly represent all Americans rather than continuing the divisive and harmful path he is on."
-- Congressman Elijah Cummings

I'll put my money that what Representative Cummings said is more accurate than what "45" said.

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"Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, 'went to his mailbox,' and found my tax returns?"
-- Trump tweet re Pulitzer-winning NYT reporter David Cay Johnston, who received and released two pages of Trump's 2005 tax return

"Donald's had my home phone number for years. He's called me at home in the past."
-- Johnston

Of course no one has heard of Johnston, he only has a Pulitzer Prize.

The two pages tell absolutely nothing. They report that "45" made a lot of money, and that he paid a lot in taxes. It doesn't detail the income sources, nor does it show charitable contributions. These two pages are pretty much worthless in terms of information value.

There was a good point made last night: 2005 was the year that he married his current wife, and she was not then a U.S. citizen. Part of the citizenship process requires that you produce 3 years of certified tax returns, so you can guarantee that 2005-2007 were absolutely spotless.

Previous leaks of information regarding the Cheetoh Benito were actually post-stamped Trump Tower.
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The Orange One went on a Twitter tear this morning claiming that President Obama tapped the phone at Trump Tower last year. And offered zero evidence to back up this claim. Does that make this slander? Apparently there was an article on Breitbart saying that some talk radio whacko has put this forth. So I'm sure it's absolutely accurate and not fake newts.

I wonder if the Russian allegations are getting a little too hot for him and he feels the need to try to divert attention.
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(I heard the line reading a comment in a news post yesterday and I just loved it!)

Anyway, he held a live press conference that was carried on NPR, and out of curiosity I listened to it while driving to the car wash today. He was completely incapable of directly answering a question. And it was interesting.

The one thing that struck me was that he is still campaigning! Every answer referenced the same shit that he spewed during the campaign! Every answer mentioned Hillary, when asked about his response to the Russian planes buzzing American warships or the Russian spy ship near the Massachusetts submarine yards, it was straight out of the campaign. 'I'm not going to tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to be Mister Unpredictable!'

He even said, and this is almost a direct quote, "I guess I'm a politician now! I can't believe I'm saying that!"

Does he understand he won and that he's now perhaps the most powerful man in the world and that he holds the fate of our country and many others in his tiny little hands?
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Apparently "45" is having a tough time because the United States has all sorts of laws and regulations and that the guy at the top can't just do whatever he wants! So sad!

Too bad he ran for President. He should have waited for the election for Dictator or Autocrat. His mistake.

In other amusements, Rex Tillerson, former Exxon CEO and freshly-minted Secretary of State with no previous experience in government, wanted a person by the name of Elloitt Abrams as his second in command. Abrams has "decades of experience" in foreign service under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. "45" said no. Abrams wrote an editorial during the election that was very critical of "45" and said Republicans should give up on the White House and focus on lower ticket races. So not only does Tillerson not really know what he's doing, he's denied a really skilled person who does know what he's doing. And all of the senior staff who knew exactly how the State Department worked are now all gone.

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"All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It's hard to find a great dress for this inauguration."
-- Donald Trump

"We have 200 dresses, if not more, in stock."
-- Mae Shipe, owner of Mae's Dress Boutique

"There's never been less demand for inaugural ball gowns in my 38 years."
-- Peter Marx, owner of Saks Jandel

I guess he means the state of Washington is sold out? Though that strikes me as a heck of a travel trip just to buy a dress, but I guess a proper guest knows no limits to how far they will shop to buy the proper gown for an inauguration! Maybe it's the Washington Redskins shop that's sold out.

I've been following this in various news sites that I read. Reporters have been gleefully calling premium gown shops and asking them about their inventory, and the universal response was that they have plenty of stock. And the inauguration is a week from tomorrow.

The entertainment is also a source of entertainment. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is going to perform, and a member of said choir has resigned rather than perform for him. The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes are, more or less, being forced to perform, and members have objected. Trump's people invited a singer by the name of Charlotte Church to perform at the inauguration, she replied that if you bothered to Google my Twitter feed, you'd see that I think that you are an utter asshole.
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"Why is everything taken at face value? You always want to go with what's come out of his mouth rather than what's in his heart."
-- Kellyanne Conway, on her boss

"I'd been waiting to hear those words from a mainstream political candidate all my life... We're almost intoxicated. We don't have any power -- but now we're close enough to smell it."
-- white supremacist Gerald Martin, on first hearing Trump speak

He doesn't hold press conferences. All he does is blather on Twit(ter) and hold rallies. From all appearances it's doubtful that he will hold meaningful White House Press Conferences, we shall see in a few weeks. And he has not yet learned that what a President says has meaning. Words have power, and he's too willfully ignorant to accept that and moderate his speech. He says things either vocally or via Twit(ter) for one reason - self-aggrandizement. He has no filter. And Conway is a fool to try to justify such behavior. While it is her job, it is also a tremendously stupid statement.
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"The Google just came out, and it was the first big post-debate poll, and we're doing very well."
—Donald Trump

I've never understood Trump's linguistic ability. I've heard analysts say that he speaks at a 5th or 6th grade level, that seems optimistic to me.

But what do I know.

I've also heard that people who really know him but aren't employed by him say that there are two Donald Trumps, and the one that we see running for President is not the real Trump. I'm not sure what to think about that one.

My wife and I watched the debate Monday night, it was rather strange. I would say that Hillary smiled too much, but I don't consider that a problem. Trump did not look well, and his constant snorting and occasional coughs made me wonder if he was (A) sick or (B) a cocaine user. Considering he claims that he gets by on three hours of sleep a night, maybe B?

Online polls, which have no statistical rigor applied and are easily manipulated by bots, show Trump winning the debate. The polls conducted by professional polling companies show Clinton winning the debate, usually by 10-30%. So whatever. But what I did find amusing was The Donald calling in to a Fox show saying 'Even the CBS poll had me winning!' Which is quite amusing considering that CBS did not conduct a poll.

Personally I think we're screwed regardless of which candidate wins. If Trump wins, I think we'll see cronyism like never before and the USA will sink like a stone in terms of the respect of the rest of the world. If Clinton wins, upwards of 90% of Trump supporters believe that the election will be rigged, which will make for a large number of very angry people. So we're screwed either way.
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"He hasn't changed his immigration position. He has changed the words he is saying."
—Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson

What the President of the United States says is very important, if not critical. It is very dangerous for the President to spout nonsense. Look at the kerfuffle when Ronald Reagan said, in to what he thought was not a live microphone, "We have outlawed the Soviet Union, the bombing begins in five minutes." Cute, but not something a President should say.

And yes, Hillary has also made some pretty bad gaffs.

But Trump? Saying things like "You Second Amendment people have a way of taking care of things" is so beyond irresponsible that it's not funny.

The President cannot write-off a verbal faux pas by saying "I was being sarcastic. Sort of."
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"[Scotland] is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!"
-- Donald Trump, tweeting during the Brexit vote; Scotland ended up with 62% choosing "remain"

From Scottish tweets criticizing Trump for his error:
"You clueless numpty."
"You spoon."
"You mangled apricot hellbeast."

John Scalzi has a few thoughts on the Brexit and some of the ramifications. He's especially concerned over the people who voted for the Brexit because 'there's no way it'll pass'. Well, you voted that way and it did pass. His point is that the same reasoning, a protest vote, could create President Donald Trump. The people who voted for him are older people, and if they voted in the primaries, they will vote in the general election, which is where it really matters.

SO AMERICANS MUST VOTE if they don't want to see President Trump and what could be the ruination of the USA. While it is possible for the system of checks and balances to prevent something like that, the President can certainly screw over relations with the rest of the world. And an isolated United States is a vulnerable United States, and probably much poorer.

Scalzi pointed to a blog entry by Charles Stross, a Scottish writer whom I am quite fond of. The first line is "The idiots did it, they broke the UK."

In other news, when the Brexit result was announced, Fox Newts announced that the UK had left the United Nations. It's so good to see accurate journalism.

If I remember I may start referring to Trump as a Mangled Apricot Hellbeast. I really liked that one.
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"The good news is he's been covering me for years, and it seems very few people read what he writes."
—Donald Trump on G.B. Trudeau

Yeah, Trump's probably right. After all, Trudeau only has a Pulitzer Prize (and nominated four more times), a Cannes Special Jury Prize, and has been nominated for an Academy Award, won an Emmy, has 34 honorary degrees including doctorates. And a lot of other stuff.

Donald's awards, according to Wikipedia, are:

In 1983, Israel's Tree of Life award for outstanding contributions to Israel-United States relations.
1990 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor for his role in Ghosts Can't Do It.
Gaming Hall of Fame (class of 1995)
2007 Muhammad Ali Entrepreneur Award
NY Ride of Fame (class of 2010)
Trump was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration (Hon. D.B.A.), in 2010 by Robert Gordon University.[535] However, this degree was revoked on December 9, 2015 because Trump had made "a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university."
Honorary Doctor of Business (Hon. D.B.), 2012, Liberty University
WWE Hall of Fame (class of 2013)
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Liberty Award, in 2015 at the Algemeiner Jewish 100 Gala in honor of his positive contributions to Israel–United States relations.
Key to the City of Doral, Florida, 2015
Commandant of the Marine Corps Leadership Award, 2015, Marine Corps–Law Enforcement Foundation
New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame (inducted November 12, 2015)

So let's see. One honorary doctorate revoked, another from a religious university, inducted to the wrestling hall of fame -- that's a good one there, he bought a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (and pays maintenance on it), and gave a lot of money to the Marine Corp. And if you'll note: they're almost all post-2000. Which is when he started getting more active in politics. Which says to me that he started polishing up his resume as he knew it would come under increasing scrutiny.
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"Oh i'm thin-skinned."
-- Donald Trump, July 2015

"I don't have thin skin -- I have very strong, very thick skin."
-- Donald Trump, June 2016

"I have the strongest, thickest skin in da world! It's YUUUGEly thick!"

Can you imagine President Trump hate-Tweeting at 2am? I can't imagine a candidate with thinner skin. I suppose that I could imagine a less-qualified candidate, but he's certainly tops in that category for this election cycle.
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"Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment. She wants to take your guns away."
-- Donald Trump, speaking to the NRA

"You can kiss your guns goodbye...If she could, Hillary would ban every gun, destroy every magazine...and put your name on a government registration list."
-- NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre

I can't count the swarms of government officials constantly pestering me to surrender all of my firearms, it's a full-time job shooting near them to keep them off my property. Yep, full-time job, not to mention the ammunition costs! There are mountains and mountains of guns that the government has taken, just sitting out there, next to the FEMA concentration camps which are run by Obamacare death panels.

I am so tired of this dog whistle being blown. Obama hasn't come for your guns, he's actually loosened some restrictions, which I totally disagree with. And don't give me this shit about defending yourself from criminals, the violent crime rate is the lowest it's been in most places in over 20 years. You're more likely to be defrauded by cyber-crooks and Wall Street bankers than armed thugs, as long as you're white. If you're black, different set of equations.

The reality is that these have been bumper years for gun and ammunition makers, and they make up 70% of the NRA's budget. So how is the NRA talking for hobbyists and hunters? They're the lobbying group for the gun industry, they just don't admit it.
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"You have to treat 'em like s**t."
-- Donald Trump on women, 1992

"You once said the best way to treat women is to treat them like doody."
"I never said that. It was attributed to me."
"I see. So you treat women with respect."
"I can't say that either."
-- Donald Trump in conversation with Howard Stern, 1993

"Nobody respects women more than I do. Not even close."
-- Donald Trump, 2016

And considering his comments about his daughter, I imagine the earlier statements are more accurately representative of where he stands.
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"[The protesters] represented Bernie, our communist friend...Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren't told to go to my events. Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours."
-- Donald Trump

"Send them. They deserve to see what a real honest politician sounds like."
-- Bernie Sanders

I would SO LOVE to see a debate between the top two of each party! It would be quite interesting to see what it would do to Trump's polling numbers. Our country has become so polarized that it seems that people can't even listen to what the other party is saying anymore.
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Currently we have The Senate screaming that it is established that a President in his last year cannot nominate a Supreme Court Justice. This is complete bullshit.

So let's postulate that they actually hold true to this.

And then in November Trump gets elected President.

What would the Senate do? The Republican establishment hates Trump with a blind, raging, purple passion. So what would happen?

Could be quite interesting.
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"If I become president, oh do [the New York Times and the Washington Post] have problems...I'm going to open up our libel laws so...we can sue them and win lots of money...We're going to open up those libel laws, folks, and we're going to have people sue you like you never got sued before."
—Donald Trump

Apparently The Donald is not very familiar with the Constitution of the United States of America, something that I think would be good to know if you want to be that country's President. The First Amendment opens something like this:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press."

Apparently he wants to have a constitutional convention to have an amendment that would remove either the entire amendment, as some would like, or just 'the press' from this one.

Good luck with that.

Though on the other hand, it would ruin Fox News overnight. Perhaps there is something to this....
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"I'm always audited by the IRS...Maybe because of the fact that I'm a strong Christian and I feel strongly about it, so maybe there's a bias."
—Donald Trump

It couldn't possibly be that you make a buttload of money and have very complicated returns. And he strongly feels strongly about it. Good for him. Be strong.

I find it amusing that he keeps waving the Christian flag. The church that he claims to attend in NYC says basically that they've never heard of him, and interviews with evangelicals seem fairly evenly divided between 'he's not a Christian' and 'who are we to judge?'

One Christian characteristic that he seems to lack is humility, but that seems to be commonly absent in a bulk of the evangelical community.
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"We're gonna have businesses that used to be in New Hampshire that are now in Mexico come back to New Hampshire, and you can tell them to go f*** themselves, because they let you down, and they left."
—Donald Trump

So he's promising to Make America Great Again and part of that is to bring jobs back to America that have been off-shored to China and Mexico and other places. Now, ignoring the fact that not only have a lot of or most of those factories been gutted and leveled, thus the infrastructure is no longer here, but the skilled labor force that was concentrated in those areas that used to operate those factories have also been sorely reduced through aging-out or moving away.

So if you plop Factory X back in to Town Y, it's not going to spring back in to 100% production as if from the brow of Zeus.

But now he's saying that if Factory X returns to Town Y, that the Townspeoples of Y should tell Factory X to lump it? The incentive here for Factory X to return to New Hampshire is what, exactly?

Oh, I forgot! It's because Trump is going release a herd of icecream-barfing unicorns from sea to shining sea. That'll bring 'em back for sure! And then we can tell them On Your Bike.

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