The Quality of Mercy…one more time…Can’t give it a Rest…Portia!

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A new storm has arisen about callous,unfeeling expressions in a call from Potus to the family of a black soldier killed in Niger.As chief of staff,ex marine general explained it is really simple.The words to be used were given to the Trumpeter by Kelly himself a gold star father)I don’t believe Trump meant to be disrespectful or dismissive but he is a man who lacks empathic capability and the words given to him by a man who though a hard man,has empathy misfired.Naturally The Trumpeter messed it up.It got worse with the empty barrel remarks about Frederika Wilson,the congresswoman who listened in and reported.The problem Gen.Kelly is that empathy should not be reserved for those like you.Kelly you’re a typical T.S. in this case,Trump Supporter.

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Spin The Bottle

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Now the trumpeter supports a bipartisan plan to continue the Obamacare subsidies.The delay in support already has cost thousands days ,weeks,months and maybe a year or more of critical coverage.Apparently a few of the adults left around this White House prevailed upon Pariah Potus.Does anyone speak for the national interest? Or has the game of distraction and diversion reached such proportion that it can no longer be isolated from Trump cover up tantrum and ignorance coupled with the weakness of congress.

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When The Mirror Reflects Fire and Fury

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It is now beginning to appear to the discerning that there is a relationship between the murderous event in Mesquite Nevada and the thunderous “Fire and Fury”pronouncement of  POTUS a few weeks ago.  Stephen Paddock,described by his brother as a narcissist,successful,wealthy,an investor and a gambler with a girl friend set up tidily by his wealth,rained fire and fury on concertgoers at a Country and Western fete.A few weeks before Donald J.Trump,narcissist,wealthy,gambler with other peoples money,with a long history of wives,girl friends and investments without records, threatened the world with his fire and fury threat to nuke North Korea. In the recognition of the impossibility of revisiting the past and gaining value from rejecting or externally valuing parents the narcissist becomes enraged and feeds his slipping vanity with a prodigious destructive fantasy which he may enact. Whether he survives it or not may be irrelevant.

I suggest that Paddock was mirroring…

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Domestic Terrorism Strikes Again

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59 people are dead and 530 plus wounded.The scene was a Las Vegas country music concert.The time was last night.Take heart ” second amendment folk”,Trump is in charge and there will be no consequences.We have noted before that the horse is out of the barn and banning high capacity magazines is about all we can do.Most significant is the blind and murderous rage focused on an anonymous mass.There will be much irrelevant talk about mental illness and looking for ideological motives.I suggest that it is the antagonistic,thuggish style of our leaders coupled with unprecedented greed,and lack of accountability that mixed with dysphoria will continue to plague America.Psychopaths may have their moment in the sun.

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THE MAN WHO WOULD BE EMPEROR

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POTUS as pariah ,looking like a bloated and unhealthy Straw Man, appeared before the general assembly of the United Nations this past week presenting a bellicose America- First declaration which included a threat to obliterate a fellow member of the U.N. with nuclear arms.Ignoring the rule of commonsensical order POTUS issued a threat to a nation which is delusional about its fate and power.He has been responded to with their interpretation that he has declared war and has justified retaliation by any and all means.The first part of which will be an over  water(Pacific) detonation of an H Bomb.As the congressional and FBI investigation closes in ,Trump is whipping up his war horses of Helter Skelter racism( epitomized by his attack on  the NFL and NBA) and his nuclear warmongering on the international front.Has he turned us into a nation that is delusional about its fate and power? If so…

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Bribing our way to Trumpcare

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The disgraceful act under consideration by the Republican senators(the Democrats cannot propose any legislation) has never been openly promulgated,has no CBO analysis,eliminates medicaid,takes money from states that complied with law and hands it to states that did not,ultimately makes preexisting conditions uninsurable,provides for the destruction of medicare,is opposed by almost all the health care associations from AMA,RNA,APA,APHA,…on and on,
almost all of the health care ADMINISTRATORS,{CIGNA,UNITED HEALTH,HUMANA…on and on, almost all of the universities associated with medical education and research,Yale,Columbia,Harvard,Princeton,Stanford,UCLA,Rutgers,Northeastern,U.of Cincinatti,on and on.
The basic reason is that this proposed legislation has nothing to do with health but is a transparent way of using the health care budget(1/5 of the national budget) to effect tax reform in favor of a promised,wealthy few.

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Out of the Running?

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One more ICBM hurled over Japan by N.Korea,A declaration of non acceptance of gasoline or diesel powered autos and SUVs by China,declaration of need for temperance and acceptance of N.Korea’s junior membership in the nuclear club by Putin while engaging in a massive military exercise.Terrorism continuing in France,Italy,Spain and Greece.Beijing forbidding use of bitcoin exchanges…on and on roll the evidences of the loss of world leadership by the USA.To be fair it didn’t begin with Trump but it certainly seems to be accelerating with this administration which appears to be without a plan.

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Ends and Means vs Ways and Means

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The Trumpeter is busy reaching across the aisle as the nation wrestles with past and present disasters.9/11 still reverberates as waning hurricanes Irma and Harvey raise present day havoc with America.His acceptance of a first Democratic proposal for debt limit raising involving only 3 months and a kicking the can down the road and back to congress on the DACA issue is further embarrassment to the GOP.While proclaiming his love for all of us not many perceive empathy.It is clear that his goal is to preserve his Presidency at all costs but as the inquiries focus down on the Russia issue,the twin horsemen of Helter Skelter and Fire and Fury are increasingly seductive.Leaving the light on and preventing the firing of Mueller has created a burning fury at McConnell and Ryan”s standoffishness can never be forgiven.In the meantime murderous heat, increasing pollution,record intensity hurricanes etc.raise questions as to why he…

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48 Hours And The Emperor’s Clothes

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Phoenix and Reno have revealed a swaggering tough talking,irreverent bigot off script huffing and puffing and false editing his prior announcements when on script the following day; notably attacking Arizona’s senators and not having the decency to acknowledge McCain’s grave condition.The Trumpeter is in a panic because the Wilkinson dossier has come to light.All the Russian collusion stuff from the British agent as well as the Russian Ritz Carlton salacious material is about to be open reading.It does not even have to be cleared by the senate judicial committee although there will be hemming and hawing.The ugly fight with McConnell continues and the author of Trump’s biggest victory by virtue of the stolen Supreme Court seat(Gorsuch)is threatening not only non support but impeachment.Gen. Clappel( former Central Intelligence chief)is openly questioning Trump’s access to nuclear codes.The Secret Service is complaining about budgetary insufficiency related to Trump family excess and time relevant…

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Revisiting The Hall of Mirrors.Who Is Donald Trump ?

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There is consternation and confusion about the behavior of POTUS.A group of psychiatric and psychological associations has requested Yale’s president to assist with evaluation of Trump’s psychological fitness to lead.This request has been sent to the chairman of Yale psychiatry and has been assigned to a psychosocial expert.
I am sure that all of the caveats involving long distance diagnosis will be followed leaving the behavior of Potus alone to be contextually anslyzed.Here are some thoughts that may be relevant.Many have attested to POTUS’sincerity kindness and interest,despite a history of lying,cheating and suing.Obama left his meeting with Trump feeling his interest and willingness to learn.This may have been present momentarily but did not and could not last being overpowered by narcissism.I invoke a psychological mechanism called mirroring which has been employed by therapists but which probably has been in existence since the dawn of homo sapiens.Evolutionarily it provides a basis…

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