Drizzling rain, a bit chilly and some gusty winds this Thursday evening on California’s north coast, as per the NWS this afternoon, rain and windy, with a big punch tonight and tomorrow.
We must weather the weather…
In the age of the T-Rump, and the despicable GOP, the storms are becoming repetitive, and slippery, hard to huddle against reality.
Yet this era is of the lie (Slate):
‘Caught in a contradiction over his wiretapping claims, the president throws up one red herring after another, like a panicked homeowner hurling kitchen appliances at an intruder, before resorting finally to this: “Hey look … I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not.”‘
All from a telephone conversation T-Rump had with Time magazine this week, a story on his lying, and the lying he did to escape the lying.
From the Washington Post‘s Fact Checker this morning after reviewing the interview: ‘Trump consistently astounds us with his inability to acknowledge that he repeatedly gets facts wrong and consistently misleads the American public with inaccurate, dubious claims. He earns Four Pinocchios for this interview.’
T-Rump is becoming toxic, and he’s losing the fabled, landmark’ Obamacare replacement plan — the GOP delayed the voting on it this afternoon due to the fact there’s not enough dumb-ass votes to pass it.
One hang-up is hard-knuckle conservatives want to scrap Obamacare’s Essential Health Benefits rule, a big medical deal — ugly-irony a crystal-clear reflection of the GOP (via per appropriate flair at Cosmopolitan): ‘…Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican dude from Kansas, delivered this douche-y quip to Talking Points Memo: “I sure don’t want my mammogram benefits taken away.”‘
Har, har har…
Roberts apologized this afternoon for the comment, but an asshole still…
And all this lying from the T-Rump is cumulative — there’s a good view of the false-front of the T-Rump face by Max Boot at Foreign Policy last Monday.
Key snip at the bottom line:
It is all the more striking, by comparison, that Trump never says anything remotely critical regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is engaged in flouting international norms and threatening his neighbors.
Indeed, Trump’s utterly unnecessary spats with key allies play right into Putin’s hands, because the Russian despot is intent on dividing the Western alliance.
Comey noted Monday that Putin wants to break up the European Union, and Trump seems eager to help.
Little wonder that allies’ faith in America is plummeting as rapidly as the White House’s credibility.
The number of Germans who believe the United States is a trustworthy ally has fallen from 59 percent in November to just 22 percent in February and, based on the present trajectory, may soon go into negative numbers.
The pattern is clear.
Trump is constitutionally incapable of admitting wrongdoing or apologizing for giving offense.
His invariable pattern is to double down and dig in, compounding the original damage.
He doesn’t care whom he offends.
All that matters to the president and his courtiers is to soothe his fragile ego and maintain his illusory air of infallibility.
That’s not easy to do given how little he knows and how many “alternative facts” are lodged in his noggin.
The Russikie story is the big one…
(Illustration above: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman,’ found here).