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Why Mattis Had to Go
The defense secretary could no longer serve a president who no longer thinks he needs to listen to anybody.

By Blake Hounshell December 20, 2018
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story ... icy-223418


President Trump knows he has the smartest brain, the best gut, powerful negotiating skills, the best words, and more knowledge than anyone on critical topics. Over the past two years he has decreased reliance on the advice of experts. Now he is surrounded by sycophants, feels unleashed, and is poised to take actions that previously have been stifled. It's time to buckle up our three point safety harnesses.


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President Trump knows he has the smartest brain, the best gut, powerful negotiating skills, the best words, and more knowledge than anyone on critical topics. Over the past two years he has decreased reliance on the advice of experts. Now he is surrounded by sycophants, feels unleashed, and is poised to take actions that previously have been stifled. It's time to buckle up our three point safety harnesses.




3 point? You're a brave man. I think Donnie running the country without adult supervision calls for...

https://www.zrtmotorsport.com/safety-6-point-harness/


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Why Mattis Had to Go
The defense secretary could no longer serve a president who no longer thinks he needs to listen to anybody.

By Blake Hounshell December 20, 2018
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story ... icy-223418


President Trump knows he has the smartest brain, the best gut, powerful negotiating skills, the best words, and more knowledge than anyone on critical topics. Over the past two years he has decreased reliance on the advice of experts. Now he is surrounded by sycophants, feels unleashed, and is poised to take actions that previously have been stifled. It's time to buckle up our three point safety harnesses.

You can read Jim Mattis' letter here:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/20/us/p ... trump.html

What strikes me is how eloquently Mattis expresses the complex realm of war and diplomacy. And without even mentioning Trump's name, he explains why our country so desperately needs a competent leader.

I can't imagine Trump would understand the ideas expressed in Mattis' letter (if he were inclined to try to read it). Maybe Fox & Friends should make an animated presentation with a bouncing ball and music.


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So now the government is partially shut down. The third shutdown under Trump and every single one of them came with a republican house and senate. What a great legacy they are leaving behind.

Classic Trump: “I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. The people of this country don’t want criminals and people that have lots of problems pouring into our country. I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you. I’m going to shut it down for border security!"

Then he tweets: "Democrats Now Own The Shutdown!"

He just lies and lies and lies. If we don't hold him accountable, he'll keep lying. He has no morals, no ethics.



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You sure about that? According to Wiki: "In March, 2015, the charity watchdog group Charity Navigator added the Clinton Foundation to a watch list (a designation meant to warn donors that questions have been raised about an entity's practices), after several news organizations raised questions over donations from corporations and foreign governments. It removed the foundation from its watch list in late December of that year.[74] In September 2016, it gave it its highest possible rating, four out of four stars, after its customary review of the Foundation's financial records and tax statements.[75] A different charity monitor, CharityWatch, said that 88% of the foundation's money goes toward its charitable mission and gave the foundation an A rating for 2016. In 2015, based on revenue of $223 million and an expense ratio of 12% the foundation spent in excess of $26 million to complete its mission.[76]"

I think my wording led you to think I was down on the Clinton Foundation, but it's Trump's that I meant. While there could be some glitches to look at with the Clinton Foundation, I agree that it's generally very solid. Regardless of legitimate reasons to investigate it, a Republican House would have done so if Hillary had been elected.

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He can't resign, though. If he has less than five years in office, he can be indicted for the campaign finance charge that gave Cohen part of his sentence. Also, Trump's brand would be forever trashed if he quit, and he can't let that happen. I expect him to run for re-election, because even if impeached it's a very slight chance that the Senate will convict and remove him.


He may have no other choice. Suppose he is found guilty of tax evasion. The govt could threaten to seize Trump Tower and/or Maralago unless he resigns. Suppose he is found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the govt, that his entire presidency is unconstitutional, he might resign if they threaten to strike his name from the presidency, to annul it. There is no rule allowing this but there is no rule against it either. It's not likely to happen, of course, but if he is threatened with it or offered the chance to resign, who knows? I wouldn't bank on the latter scenario but seizing his tower and the winter kremlin might just work. Trump is--above all else--a very greedy man. His greed is without top or bottom. Taking away the signs of his wealth, his financial success, might be the blow he could not withstand. I don't think he holds the presidency above his greed or he would have gladly divested himself of his businesses in order to be president. Instead, the presidency is just one more part of greedy fantasy that this stupid, idiotic country allowed him to have even though we knew how disastrously crazy it was to hand it to him.

Is it too much to hope that with Republicans finally resisting Trump on the Khashoggi murder and the Syria pull-out, they might stand up for the country if Trump definitively surpasses the Nixonian level of corruption?



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Why is this damned judge veering off-script?? Must have been the Clintons and the Obamas bought him off!!

Meanwhile Trump has lost Anne Coulter and her nutball clones for reneging on two promises: 1. to build a wall, and 2. to lock up Hillary Clinton. Trump is learning the hard way that however it works in business, in politics, the promise once being made has to be kept.
What the Trumpistas have brought us is government for entertainment value. Just as Murdoch and Ailes made a business of journalism for entertainment value (bosomy and blonde, when possible), their Dear Leader has now brought it to the White House.

My question is still, when will the "adults in the room" take their eyes off the boob tube and take responsibility for the society they claim to care about?
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Blaming others for your incompetence only proves how abysmally incompetent you really are. That's why you have to hire experienced advisors and you have to listen to them.
The ideology of Davos Man, as taught in the M.B.A. programs that made America great, is to focus on success and disregard any pretense to responsibility. The great exemplars of this mode of operation include several who were indicted. The rot did not begin with Donald our Dear Leader.



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The ideology of Davos Man, as taught in the M.B.A. programs that made America great, is to focus on success and disregard any pretense to responsibility. The great exemplars of this mode of operation include several who were indicted. The rot did not begin with Donald our Dear Leader.



Sociopaths Make Great CEOs

* Manipulative and Conning
* Grandiose Sense of Self
* Pathological Lying
* Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
* Shallow Emotions
* Incapacity for Love
* Need for Stimulation
* Callousness/Lack of Empathy
* Poor Behavioural Controls/Impulsive Nature
* Early Behaviour Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
* Irresponsibility/ Unreliability
* Promiscuous Sexual Behaviour/ Infidelity
* Lack of Realistic Life Plan/ Parasitic Lifestyle
* Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility

Sound like anyone we know?
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs6UcgiDwg0

Art imitates life to a shocking degree.



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Maybe he's been up late to tweet so often because he is studying this old flick.



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