Should be required reading/listening for anyone thinking Mr. Trump is on track for making America great.

We pre-ordered the Audible version which downloaded to our Audible library when it became available. We are already up to chapter 27. Should be required reading/listening for anyone thinking Mr. Trump is on track for making America great.

“Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office.”

“CNN invited Time magazine contributor Jay Newtown-Small on to discuss that.

Newtown-Small said that insight into Trump’s mindset can be gleaned from “how he subdued he is.”

She then suggested that Trump may be spending his weekend deciding the fate of his son, Don Jr., who organized the infamous Trump Tower meeting that Manafort can now testify about.

“The next people are in line here are, frankly, Donald Trump Jr., who was at that infamous meeting in Trump Tower,” she said. “What happens when the president has to decide, ‘Is it my son who I throw under the bus next, with all the other people I’ve thrown under the bus?’ As they flip [people] increasingly close to the president, he must be very, very worried for his family and his presidency.”

These ain’t no Harlem Globetrotters … hell they ain’t even the Pomona Polecats!!

Trump and his all stars: Flynn, Bannon, Conway, DeVos … 
and now Sessions. Sitting in last place … awe come on!!!

My Congresswoman from the 5th Congressional District, Cathy McMorris Rogers, needs to be sent to the minors. She plays ball for a self-styled Washington all-star team that seems to have no understanding of the rules and philosophy of the civic game of governance.

These particular all-stars are a collection of self-labeled  konservatives who still struggle with stick shifts and complicated words containing more than five letters.

These guys are hoping we won’t have noticed just how “all-star” they are after so many years of a congressional majority. They seem to want the country to stagger forward handicapped by a flat tire at the highest level of our leadership vehicle.

We are getting no correct-direction signals from any of these leaders. They have no skill and are not up to the task of leading, let alone even managing difficulties. Despite the lop-sided political advantage of our most recent national election and the temerity and caution of the opposition party, these supposedly wise Republican leaders and strategists are demonstrating an incredible lack of skill at managing the affairs of state.

As James T. Kirk goaded Khan, “You [Republicans] just … keep … missing … the target.”

If there is such as thing as a “normal situation” in this country I could say that “normally” when one party emerges victorious in an election, those who voted for the other party can take comfort in the general high quality, integrity and bi-partisan value of governing wisdom of those who did win.

Not this time.

These guys make it look like this country elected the Washington Generals instead of the Harlem Globetrotters. They can’t dribble, can’t shoot and certainly can’t play team-oriented ball.

They’re constantly out of bounds, palming the ball, committing foolish and egregious personal fouls and falling further and further behind on the scoreboard.

They try to play on only one end of the court where the bleachers are full of fanatics who want to change the way the game is played, want to change who can play and want to change what the public address system is allowed to broadcast.

If you look down their bench, you don’t see anyone riding the pines capable of substituting for the fumblers on the floor.

You do see some of those benchwarmers nursing dreams of future stardom by focusing on the bleachers when they should be focusing on the game itself.

You see flashes in the pan for whom the team’s financial backers have big plans and lots of money but also a limited self-serving priority of filling more bleachers rather than championship rings.

Not the players …

Not the coaches …

Not the owners …

… none of them show skill, wisdom or even a concern that the team remain viable, competitive and effective.

We’re not witnessing the creation of any kind of winning tradition here in the spirit of the Warriors,  Red Sox, or Patriots.

Oh no!!

We’re looking at having to endure years of the 1960’s Mets when Casey Stengel asked, “Can’t anyone here play this game?

let’s be real and honest and recognize … the man has lost all credibility with almost 70 percent of the country.

Here’s a meme image that presents a stark reality of President Trump’s situation vis a vis all the voters with whom he needs to accomplish a positive referendum in November and avoid the blue tsunami building almost hour by hour.

His tweets, his speeches, his criticisms of others, his change-the-subject tactics aimed to distract from where fate is taking him … all these and more … let’s be real and honest and recognize … the man has lost all credibility with almost 70 percent of the country.

He cannot say anything that will persuade otherwise. He cannot dodge the legal runaway train coming directly at him.

He drives his own staff and administration crazy with his selfish and self-interested performances.

Our sitting President has said and done more than any other person or group to make himself into the silliest president, silliest pretender and above all silliest non-role-model any of us have or will ever see on our national stage.

You’d better believe that the GOP is running scared. They have no new ideas, just the same old talking points. I’ve seen Congresswoman McMorris Rodger’s recent re-election fundraising letters. They are full of cliched dog whistles and transparent assumptions that the recipients are gullible sheep who are dumb and will respond to the whistle cliches.

The anti-liberal anti-progressive memes seem to be slowing down or growing more hysterical in their messages and it seems to me due to the fact that Trump is now such an epitome of silliness, no meme can make a point supporting Trump, MAGA or GOP by attacking past presidents, candidates and incumbents of the other parties.

Qanon now typifies the MAGA-ite in the street who makes the most noise. There is no mystical power in the nonsensical rumor that consitutes Qanon.

That’s all it is folks is noise.

There is nothing of socially redeeming value coming out of the White House, out of the GOP, not out of the conservative think tanks and certainly not in the streets where the media had to struggle to even make a little hay about the Unite The Right handful of demonstrators last weekend.

We cannot demonstrate wisdom by deferring in any way to the antics of the narcissist who has so badly besmirched his own party. Perhaps one day organized progressives will celebrate a holiday honoring the man who rode his own ineptitude into what will be a profile in foolishness as his legacy.

He will be remembered only for the messes he created that the rest of us will have had to clean up.

Washington’s Fifth Congressional District election is becoming a microcosm of what what is slouching toward the G O P’s Bethlehem with every party misstep.

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I know, I’m showing no mercy. I believe that if the narcissist-in-chief and his party are not on the run, they are on a path getting to that point.

The party continues to lose credibility and cave to it’s white nationalist dominators. The G O P is accomplishing very little of socially or civically redeeming value right now – trying to survive headline after headline. All they can do in every direction is damage control, not effectively manage the country.

Washington’s Fifth Congressional District election is becoming a microcosm of what what is slouching toward the G O P Bethlehem with every party misstep.

Your president is absolutely clueless, tone deaf and seems to have little sense of which way the wind blows.

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On June 25, the asbestos producer Uralasbest posted photos on its Facebook page of pallets of its signature product, chrysotile asbestos, wrapped in plastic adorned with Trump’s image. Trump’s picture is at the center of a large red seal declaring: “APPROVED BY DONALD TRUMP, 45th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.”

The non-profit health and environmental protection Environmental Working Group, who first called attention to the Uralasbest post, provided an English translation of the text that was shared alongside the image:

Donald is on our side! … He supported the head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who stated that his agency would no longer deal with negative effects potentially derived from products containing asbestos. Donald Trump supported a specialist and called asbestos “100% safe after application.”

These images, as they were posted to the official social media accounts of Uralasbest, are genuine. (See the Snopes report .)