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How Trump Is Like Henry II of England–and Not


Since the anti-American GOP’s suck-ups are always seeking to ingratiate themselves with the Donald through the flattery he loves, here’s some for the ages.  Literally.  No doubt Trump would be glad to be compared to a famously wealthy and powerful English king, in this case Henry II of England.  Plus, he doesn’t read so Henry’s less admirable attributes won’t cause any blowback.  (Jeez, Steve Bannon had no problems with his disparaging remarks did he?)

These excerpts are from Geraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales) who was the tutor of two of Henry II’s sons; King Richard (Lionheart) and King John (Lackland).  He well knew King Henry II.  And some of Gerald’s description(s) of that king could easily have been written about Trump.

Here are a few nuggets.

…Well, Henry II., king of the English, was a man
with reddish hair, a big bullet-head, blood-shot gray
eyes that in anger flashed fiercely, a fiery face, and
a broken voice. …; his figure was portly, but
not absolutely of huge and unwieldy bulk. …
…constitutional inclination to corpulence…
…showed greater tenderness of feeling for the fallen than for the survivors: he was far less demonstrative in his care for the living than in his grief for the dead…
…No one was kinder in the hour of trouble : when all was well again, no one more severe. …
…The man for whom he had once conceived a hate, he
could with difficulty be brought to love…
he was by nature not a truthful man, and would habitually break his word without the slightest excuse. For whenever he found
himself in a difficulty he preferred that his honour
should suffer rather than his interest, and thought it
better to lose his reputation for honesty than to miss
an advantage. …
…to the great inconvenience of his subjects exceedingly
slow in coming to a final decision in any matter. … …by the refined malice, as it were, of Fortune it happened that where the king
looked for happiness there he found hostility; where
defence, defiance; where help, hate; where rest and
repose, there especially disquiet and disturbance. …

Henry II did have a number of more laudatory characteristics and  behavior patterns.  He was extremely intelligent and had an incredible memory; he read prodigiously and applied himself diligently to attending to the nuts and bolts of governing.    He also worked hard to keep his weight under control, exercising constantly.

Mr. Trump, not so much.  We knew the man was a pig, by the words that came out of his own mouth.  He openly bragged about getting away with serial sexual assaults.  But we balanced those egregious character and personality flaws against the known reality of his also hideously flawed opponent who was unsuitable in different ways but still definitely not presidential material.  We held our noses and expected a workaholic president who would be busy, busy, busy all the time, mastering the art of statecraft, working to learn the nuts and bolts of government and actually governing.  We thought he’d be re-negotiating unfavorable trade deals which put our country at a disadvantage in commerce, fixing immigration in a sensible way, working to fund the repair of crumbling infrastructure, trying to prevent nuclear war and so on.

What we actually got was a lazy, fat, self indulgent slacker who spends a significant part of his day watching TV and shoveling Big Macs and Kentucky Fried Chicken into his pie hole while tweeting disgustingly immature and vile things about friends, enemies, other countries and and his own employees.  He is scathing in assessing women who are a few pounds overweight while ignoring the plain fact that he should lose at least 75 pounds so he won’t have to waddle like a beached walrus in front of the whole world.  He praises virtually nothing and no one for long.

Someone who feels the need to constantly belittle others in order to make his own sorry self seem superior is way off the mark for any “leader”.  Unlike Henry II.

 

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Is Donald Trump Gay But Can’t Bear to Admit It?


It’s hard to fathom what witches brew of psychological unease causes Trump to be so unrepentently vitriolic. The unendingly deep well of hate speech that erupts from his mouth and thumbs is unparalleled in presidential history. And I’ve wondered many times what could possibly account for someone being so monstrously uncomfortable in his own skin. He is clearly acting, playing a part instead of being genuine.  But why?

He’s like a horse with a burr under the saddle. And it’s not just painful to watch, his vicious temperament could easily get us all into a nuclear war. There’ll be no going back from that, should it happen.

There has to be something more than a predisposition to crankiness going on under that flimsy rainbow hued patch of hair poking out so oddly from his skull. My hypothesis is that he’s gay, which is not something anyone can squelch forever without serious emotional dislocation.

He was raised in a time and family in which it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to admit to such a thing. Even though being gay is perfectly normal and ordinary, Trump seems way too anxious to prove his masculinity, in his case by rampant womanizing and bragging about womanizing.

Doing the opposite of one’s natural inclinations used to be called reaction formation.  When the prospect of a trait, characteristic, or penchant is met with extreme disapproval by society, the person who has to pretend to be something the opposite of their true nature can suffer enormously.

I used to have a friend who was temperamentally exactly like Trump–effeminate, fussy, and unendingly verbally abusive for no apparent reason. The constant histrionics, the hateful speech and denigration of others who did not share his ethnicity (white, from Kansas) ultimately led to us not being friends anymore.  I just could not bear to listen to the sewer that was his tortured mind.

Then, finally,  he came out.  Except he did it in the worst possible way.  His very straight-laced father was on his death bed when this guy had a terrible temper tantrum and told his dad that he was gay and he’d be the end of the DNA line for his family.   Even for him that was inexcusably mean.

But I’ve heard that he’s a lot more mellow now that he’s not having to pretend to be something he’s not.

Maybe if Trump would just come out we’d all be a lot better off.

Whiny Trump Turning Out To Be Crybaby In Chief


Jeez, isn’t everyone getting tired of Trump’s constant whining and
complaining?  Far from being the strong and energetic leader we were promised, he’s turned out to be “Crybaby in Chief”. Wah, wah, wah “it’s not fair” is his less than stalwart battle cry. It’s so embarrassing to the country.

And at the recent summit, when all the other heads of state walked, sissy-boy Donald Trump had to be hauled around in a golf cart because he was too fat, lazy and out of shape to keep up with his more fit–and mostly elderly–world leader colleagues. Mortifying!  For us that is.

Mr. Trump, here’s a bit of wisdom Mom imparted to me when I tried
that same lame ploy (“It’s not fair!”) long before I even entered
kindergarten. “Life isn’t fair and the sooner you learn that the better off
you’ll be. Now go to your room until you can behave.”

Somebody, please, send Trump a binkie and a blankie to help him cope with
his monstrous inadequacy.

So far it appears that the only member of the Trump retinue/administration
who is actually ready for political prime time is Melania. And she looks
ready to bolt any day now.

Let My People Go!


Generally I try to steer clear of “cable news” because it’s generally just
“cable opinion” or “cable yapping”.  But the other day I happened to see
that Jeffrey Lord, the slimebucket who leaves an oily ring around my TV, has
compared Donald Trump to MLK.  My heart was warmed (and stomach turned) at his spirited and loathsome false equivalency which is being promulgated by a shameless CNN.

Yeah, that’s right.  The Donald is leading his peeps, the downtrodden
billionaires of the world, out of the wilderness to the promised land.  I guess
that would be the promised land wherein they have no restraints whatsoever
and can lie, cheat and steal their way to ever more profits and damn the cost
to everyone else.

Someone, please nominate the Donald for the Nobel Peace Prize for
championing the rights of the poor, poor pitiful (and monstrously entitled)
one percent.   The rest of what Mitt Romney deems “the takers” can just go
ahead and breathe toxic air, drink lead-laced, carcinogen infused water, be
fleeced by colluding politicians and corporate behemoths and shut the hell
up with their whining, right?

Yeah, the Donald, draft-dodging culture warrior,  is bravely leading his people out of their slavery.   And Jeffrey Lord is bringing the shy and overly modest Trump’s unheralded good deeds to the world at large.  You go guy.  Straight to hell that is.

What would Jesus say?  “Y’all know next time I’m comin’ back with an army don’t you?”

 

 

 

Trump May Be Channeling Mad Ludwig of Bavaria, But He’s Still Right About a Lot


Now I am neither a Trump fan or hater. But give credit where credit is due.
He’s correct about a lot of things. And the media’s 20% approval rating is in
part a direct result of their inability to admit it.

It seems to me that Trump is nuts but, again, still right about many things.
The first is the way the H-1b guest worker program harms American
workers. I read an article that left me fuming, written by some seemingly
anti-American young woman named Maya Kosoff.
(http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/could-trump-trigger-a-silicon-val
ley-brain-drain Could Trump Trigger a Silicon Valley Brain Drain?
accessed February 11, 2017)  The premise of her “Vanity Fair Hive” article
is that Trump will cause a tech industry brain drain, that “China and Canada
are already making a play for the high-skilled foreign workers that Donald
Trump wants to keep out.”

Excuse me?  The implication is that American engineers and IT techies are
too stupid to keep Silicon Valley businesses competitive, that somehow the
foreigners who have been given preference over our own countrymen would
cripple our tech industry if they left.  I say, ta ta, buh ‘bye, don’t let the
door hit you in the ass on the way out.  Get lost, you’re putting my
countrymen out of jobs.  Go work in your own country. Oh, that’s right,
you don’t want to live in your own country.

What might really happen is that there’d be a cheapo-brain drain and I’m
good with that.  Our engineers and IT people are as good as any on the
planet. Better, in fact. They (plus, to be fair, foreign-born capitalists living
in America) are the ones who created Microsoft and Apple and any number
of other tech companies. There wouldn’t be a Silicon Valley tech industry
without American ingenuity, expertise and entrepreneurship. Our workers are
just not as cheap as foreign guest workers. The big multi-national
corporations in Silicon Valley only hire these foreigners because they’re
cheaper than Americans, not better.

I have a truly brilliant friend, a disabled army vet, no less, who had a good
job designing communications software–really cutting edge stuff.  He loved
his job and was good at it.  His job was “eliminated” and then re-created so a foreign guest worker could take it.  It ruined his family and made him almost unemployable, unless he wants to move his whole family somewhere else from Atlanta where he was married, his children were born, where he and my oldest friend, his wife, have lived for 40 years or so.  To paraphrase Trump, our country has been robbed of this native son’s productivity and the future fruits of his brilliant and creative mind.  All so some faceless corporation can make a few
extra pennies by hiring a cheap foreigner with no ties whatsoever to America.

Do I hate foreigners? Of course not. But they wouldn’t give me
preferential treatment in their countries and I don’t see why our country
should do so for them. It’s foolish. I say, send Ms. Kosoff to China,
Canada or any of those countries she fears might take away our foreign
workers.  Drain her brain right the hell out of here.  We’ve got plenty of
writers who are unemployed. They could have her job.

Another thing Trump has right is that the European Union (EU) is not a true
democracy.  Did any European country’s voters cast a single vote for the
president of the European Commission (EC)–the executive branch of the
EU–Jean-Claude Juncker?  No.  Because there was no such vote.  He was
elected to rule 500 million plus people in a landslide–26 to 2–by his fellow
EC commissioners. Which commissioners are pledged to represent the
collective interests of all 28 EU countries over their own homeland.  No
kidding!

Juncker’s reportedly a drunk, and his highest office prior to being given the
job as the head of 28 countries, was as prime minister of friggin’
Luxembourg, a tiny country of fewer than six hundred thousand people.
‘Ol Jean-Claude starts his day pelting down malt whiskey.  Nobody elected
him, and I don’t recall seeing any vote by those 500 million people Juncker
now rules approving Brussels as the capital of Europe either. There’s no
democracy, there was a bloodless coup of a bunch of countries by a handful
of faceless, un-elected bureaucrats. And nobody noticed that ain’t democracy.

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, when Trump was blasted by the “we hate
America and you should too” liberal media for saying that there were a lot
of criminals coming across the border from Mexico, he was only repeating
what that very same media had been saying for years. Illegal immigration is
fraught with peril and there are a lot of dangerous criminals involved in that
traffic.  According to media, terrible things happen to those folks trying to
get into America. When the media says it, it’s okay, but when Trump says
it, well, they go all chicken little on us. Trembling with fear they scream
that the sky is falling.  I say take some vitamins, eat a few burgers and maybe
your blood will turn red again instead of its current anemic “I surrender”
white.

Trump is really, really, really right about the disastrous trade deals America
has agreed to, starting with the horrible deal George H.W. Bush’s trade
representative, Carla Hills negotiated–the North American Free Trade
Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA pretty much killed Florida’s tomato
growing agricultural sector. The Mexican peso was manipulated to fall,
which made American products more expensive as a result. Tomato imports
to the USA increased 60% in one year, (from “The North American Free
Trade Agreement and U.S. Agriculture”;
https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/agecon/trade/nine.html accessed February
11, 2017).

When Bill Clinton signed the General Agreement on Trade and
Tariffs (GATT) in 1993, he bitch slapped American workers and damaged
the U.S. economy terribly.  How?  Well,  we, as a country, have enacted all sorts of worker and environmental protections–because we value those people and things–and that makes American labor and products expensive. These trade agreements made American workers have to compete against places where workers are virtual slaves or at least seriously mistreated and grossly underpaid. The agreements totally f–ked our workers.  You know, the ones who made our
economy the greatest in the world in the first place, who built us up from a
backwater to a powerhouse.  Thanks, Bill Clinton, you perv.  I wish you’d spent
more time chasing interns and left our worker and product protections in
place.

But of course media-istas today are so busy thinking with their
emotions that they can’t spare the time, energy and mental discipline it
would take to understand basic economics or any other technically complex
issues. When Trump said once, (I forget the venue) to a journalist that
China manipulates its currency which makes our products less competitive
that bimbo looked like a deer in the headlights. She had no idea what
manipulating currency was or how it relates to the economies of other
countries which don’t do that.

Oh yeah, and screw you Ms. Kosoff.  To reiterate, go grace China, or
Canada–or whatever foreign country you think we might bleed foreign
workers to–with your presence. Please.  Your job is one I’d love to see go
offshore, right along with you.

Trump Told Howard Stern It Was Fine to Relegate Ivanka to “piece of ass” Status


So all of a sudden Trump’s a protective dad when it comes to his daughter Ivanka. He’s whining (isn’t he always, about something) regarding how “unfair” Nordstrom was to his baby girl. He was yapping about Nordstrom dropping Ivanka’s line of clothing and jewelry because those items’ sales were under performing.

But when Howard Stern apologized once for relegating Ivanka to the status of “a piece of ass” Trump said that’s fine.

Yeah, go right ahead and demean his baby girl, but do something that affects Trump money and suddenly you’re just a big meanie.

An amusing side note to Trump’s unseemly interference with the share price of an American company (so much for “America first”) was Eric Trump’s tweet that it’s time for people to cut up their Nordstrom credit cards, presumably for that firm’s having had the audacity to attend to its bottom line instead of his sister’s.

Earth to Eric.  Nobody gives a rat’s ass what you think.  You’ve gotten a free ride in life as a member of the lucky sperm club.  I believe most people would think of you as completely irrelevant.  Wake up.  People suck up to you because your dad’s rich and you’re well connected as a result.

Zip it Eric.  I laughed out loud when I saw your tweet about Nordstrom on cable news. Probably plenty of other people did as well.  Just stay out of it.  Your sister is perfectly capable of defending herself.

Mr. Trump, Please STFU About Celebrity Apprentice


Trump has been right about a lot of things.  Unlike many people protesting
the travel ban, he remembers that 19 dirtbags with box cutters killed about
3,000 people and brought our economy to a grinding halt.  (Possibly he
remembers because the ringleader spent his last night on the planet swilling champagne just a few minutes and miles from Mar-a-Lago.  Twelve of the 19 lived in Palm Beach County!)  Those rat bastards brought down some very expensive buildings and cost us all a bundle including cash for two huge new federal bureaucracies–TSA and Homeland Security–which we’ll be paying for until the end of time.  They cost us many lives in the wars which resulted.

Trump realizes they made air travel a misery to be borne, not enjoyed and caused us to lose our freedom forever through the Patriot Act, among other fallout from, and consequences of, the actions of 19 foreigners we let into our country without any vetting.

When Trump made his untoward remarks about people coming across the
border from Mexico, he was just repeating what the media had been telling
us for years.  That is, that illegal immigration was a dangerous business
where women and children were often raped or trafficked, where people
were murdered, robbed, and otherwise terribly abused.  When the media
said it, it was okay, but when Trump said it, well that was cause for outrage.
(Nowadays, what isn’t for the media?  Outrage sells and the media flacks
pump it and dump it like a damn penny stock swindler selling worthless
securities.)

Trump’s right about limiting guest workers.  The big tech companies prefer
them to our own homegrown IT developers and engineers for one reason
only.  They come cheap compared to American employees.  They’re bad for
American workers.

That said, Trump seems far more interested in Celebrity Apprentice than the
presidency.

For Pete’s sake Trump wouldja just STFU about Celebrity Apprentice!  It
was a banal, puerile and silly show.  I tried to watch it twice and couldn’t
get through ten minutes.  It’s the mortifying equivalent of Ronald Reagan’s movie “Bonzo Goes to Washington”.   Yeah, we’ve all done embarrassing things.  But most people don’t glory in those moments or brag endlessly about them to the whole world.

So, please, Trump–stop embarrassing yourself and us.  Cut it out. We don’t
want to hear it!  Stop making the rest of the world worry that the most
powerful man on the planet is treating the presidency of the United States
like a second job.  Celebrity Apprentice is not your day job anymore. Your constant obsessing over it makes you a ridiculous figure everywhere in the world.  Do you actually enjoy playing the buffoon?  Do it on your own time please, not as president.

As my dad used to say, “straighten up and fly right”.   Start acting like a
serious person who can distinguish between the relative importance of a
silly reality TV show and the presidency of the most powerful country in the
world.

Just STFU about Celebrity Apprentice!