Trump As Instigator

This Trump argument leaves out some major questions.  If Trump is immune because of his Presidency, can Trump be sued for his actions when he wasn’t the President even if they are pursued only when he is President, and can the actions be pursued when he is no longer President.  It is clear that Trump was annoyed by the interruption.  Can the rights of a citizen annoy him once more?

“Donald Trump’s lawyers in a Friday afternoon federal court filing argued that he cannot be sued for inciting his supporters to hurt protesters because, as the president, he is immune from civil lawsuits.

The lawsuit was brought by three protesters who allege they were roughed up and ejected by Trump supporters from a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky, after Trump barked from the stage “get ‘me out of here!”

The lawsuit seeks damages from two Trump supporters who confronted the protesters, as well as Trump’s presidential campaign and the president himself, since the protesters argue the Trump supporters were acting at his direction.

In Friday’s filing, the president’s lawyers contend that Trump was not ordering his supporters to rough up the protesters — or to do anything. “The Trump Defendants deny that Mr. Trump directed his statement to the crowd,” the lawyers wrote.”

 

“Brousseau — who alleges that he was punched in the stomach by Trump supporters after shouting “Black Lives Matter” — said Trump “was trying to egg on the crowd.”

A second Trump supporter named in Brousseau’s suit is a well-known white nationalist.

Trump’s campaign rallies were often feisty affairs interrupted by protesters who drew the ire of his supporters and were usually ushered out — sometimes roughly — by Trump’s private security force.

But the Louisville lawsuit is one of at least two winding their way through federal courts brought by protesters who allege they were roughed up by Trump supporters.” http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/trump-inciting-violence-protest-rally-lawsuit-237249

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Team Trump Team Fraud

Proficient scam artists like Team Trump are not bound by a belief system, but instead, by what the ‘mark’ believes in.  They then have all kinds of excuses for not following through in their actions.  Things have changed, nobody knew it would be this hard, or I never said that to begin with.

One thing that Team Trump has in common with other scammers is that they don’t mind spending other people’s money.  Forget about Team Trump being elected on a wave of fiscal responsibility – there are other needs that come first.

Social programs to aid the poor, the old and the sick are being gutted while travel and security is on the rise.  Such indulgence sickens me. Check below:

“The 27 different agencies it surveyed then reported a 49-percent increase in costs for protecting senior officials over the preceding three years, from $19.1 million in 1997 to $28.5 million in 1999. And that was before 9/11 drastically accelerated the speed at which the nation’s security state expanded.

The Verdict

The fact that Trump’s Cabinet officials have their own personal security details is Normal, as is the fact that the level of security being provided to at least some Trump officials is above and beyond what was given to their respective predecessors.

None of that changes the infuriating reality that the Trump administration is spending money to beef up the protection of its own top officials as it simultaneously attempts to cut spending drastically for carrying out the important missions of those same governmental agencies. Even so, it’s worth remembering that money spent on the former is but a drop in the bucket compared to the latter.” http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/04/11/betsy_devos_scott_pruitt_have_their_own_security_details_is_that_normal.html

Team Trump

“Trump’s frequent trips to his palatial Florida resort have so far cost taxpayers more than $21 million, according to a report by CNN. At this rate, — the comparatively measly sum of $97 million.

Although Trump is expected to temporarily halt his Mar-a-Lago visits with the onset of summer in May, it is likely that he will then switch to regularly visiting Trump Tower in New York City and the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

In addition, despite regularly tweeting prior to becoming president that President Barack Obama spent too much time playing golf, Trump has been frequently spotted on the links during the six weekends he has spent at Mar-a-Lago. He has spent 17 days at a golf course during the first 12 weeks of his presidency, according to a report by The New York Times.” http://www.salon.com/2017/04/12/president-trumps-vacations-already-set-to-surpass-obamas-total-travel-expenses/

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Neurotic Man

In my crusade to defeat unemployment, basically my own, This Neurotic Man has decided to join Team Trump.  It’s not that I believe much of what they say or do but look at all the openings.  Plus, he likes hiring billionaires and most of them don’t know how to put in a full day.  Someone has to run the government.

I don’t think it’s being run so great so give it a few more weeks and they’ll relish the offer of help.

“The New York Times editorial board is sounding the alarm about the Trump administration’s staffing problems.

In a March 3 op-ed, the board begins by writing that “President Trump has appointed fewer than three dozen of the top 1,000 officials he needs to run the federal government.”

It then adds, “The president seems to have lost interest in the nomination process after making his cabinet and Supreme Court picks, people involved in the transition say.”

The piece points out that previous administrations have also started slowly, but the difference is that they had “scores of candidates in the pipeline by this time. Mr. Trump does not.”

“However, experts have also previously pointed out that vacancies can lead to slow responses, especially in a national security situation.

The Times op-ed goes on to say that “the federal agencies are effectively run by Trump ‘beachhead’ teams, some 600 people who mostly are campaign donors, Trump employees, pals or allied politicos. Many know little about the agencies they inhabit, and they are understandably resented by career staff members.”  https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/03/05/nyt-editorial-board-warns-about-understaffed-trump-administratio/21873679/

Neurotic Man

Can you believe it?  They turned me down!  Something about donations or the lack of them in the past.  If I had money to throw around on politics would I be applying for a job.  It’s not like I am play-acting.  I see the job as a real thing. Oh well – as the saying goes, you better off.

 

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Pointless

I guess I find symbolism pointless.  When you come from the world of business you’re more of a bottom line kind of guy, expect to see results.  Oops!  But I guess we come from a different perspective – Daddy didn’t give me millions (he didn’t have them) to rescue me over and over.  I didn’t come to discover bankruptcy as a positive business tactic.  I never screwed laborers out of their agreed upon monies.  I never left a trail of partners damaged by the experience.

And I honored work.

Noise.  In the business world noise doesn’t mean very much.  How pointless.  But I forget – the Donald pictured himself as a businessman but he really was a politician.

‘Four days after the U.S. launched missiles at a key Syrian air base in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, the Trump administration’s first big military move is escalating diplomatic tensions.

Russia has doubled down on its support for its ally Bashar Assad, stepping up military aid and deploying a warship off the Syrian coast. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on the other hand, has harshly criticized Russia and says the country’s failure to rein in Assad led to last week’s chemical attack. Tillerson will arrive in Moscow on Wednesday to meet with Russian officials, as White House officials suggest the possibility of future U.S. engagement.

But little has changed on the ground in Syria, where a six-year civil war continues to rage. Russian and Syrian jets have carried out airstrikes in the days following the U.S. attack, including reported bombings in the same town where toxic gas killed scores last week, triggering President Donald Trump’s retaliation. On Monday, activists and Britain-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes also dropped incendiary cluster bombs across Syria’s Idlib and Hama provinces.:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/syria-us-intervention-strikes_us_58eb9f77e4b0c89f91201784?n&

Pointless

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Symbolism

Fuck symbolism.  For whatever else would you call air strikes that blow up some concrete and some jets and not much more while those who ordered the gassing of babies and still getting three squares in the light of day.

“A majority of Americans support President Donald Trump’s decision to launch missile strikes last week against the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, a new CBS News poll released Monday morning shows.

That same poll showed an uptick in Trump’s approval rating, which climbed to 43 percent in the survey released Monday, since last week’s missile strikes. Forty-nine percent of those polled said they disapprove of the president’s job performance.

On the question of Trump’s order to launch Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian military air base, 57 percent of respondents said they support the move. But there is little appetite for more U.S. military intervention beyond airstrikes, with only 18 percent of those polled voicing support for the use of ground troops in Syria.

Seventy percent said that Trump must seek Congressional approval before taking additional action against Syria. Of those polled who identified as Republicans, more than 50 percent said further military steps by the president should come with the say-so of Capitol Hill.  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/poll-syria-missile-strikes-237067

Symbolism

Most Americans, according to the latest polling, think the Donald is handling the Syrian situation just fine.  I guess they think just fine means not blowing us up yet or for that matter, anyone else.  Meanwhile, kids, whole families  are getting laid out in all sorts of manner and we tell ourselves how powerful and wise we are.

What ever happened to America first?  Ask Trump.

How quickly we forget campaigns.

You can’t live here and we’ll deport your ass and we promise after you go home and get gassed we’ll blow up a runway or two.  I said it before.

Fuck Symbolism.

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Pulpdiddys Permutations on Sunday

For quite some time at Pulpdiddys Permutations I have had a Sunday column in which I explain why I no longer write a regular column on Sunday and instead use this explanation column and take the day off.  I’ve tweaked this Pulpdiddys Permutations column that appears on Sunday from time to time but the story remains the same – I take the day off.  I have taken to use this Sunday space so that it is a little bit about me and a lot about what I am trying to do with the blog.  It has become apparent to me that the roots for the blog come from three things.  First of all, I love to write.  I enjoy the process and especially how attempting to communicate with others forces my thought process to focus in a way that not having the writing would not cause.  Secondly, I have been fascinated with how we interact with each other from an early age.  My political and social precociousness led me to turn away from the almost brutal focus on scholasticism and athleticism that dominated my early years.  In my case, this break was a good thing as it expanded my interest in understanding my empathy.  And last of all I realized I had developed a way of looking at the world that focused on want. When I explained this to others I found they often shared my thoughts but that for the most part they did not desire to consciously understand or express the theme of want, or if they did, found they had shuttled it off to the recesses of their mind – a way of living that contained the shuttling as an inconvenient truth*.

Pulpdiddys Permutations

The inconvenient truth is that we drown in want.  The want may be the search of fame or sex or health or power or toys but these wants ultimately have the same catalyst and that catalyst is money.  Some theorists and analysts think we only see that want in our dreams and that dreams are healthy.  The problem is that this want invades our day to days and we make decisions based on that want that often has far reaching and sometimes tragic consequences.  The want may be quite basic such as the quest to survive or quite advanced like controlling politicians or having a lobbyist team to market your ideas of law.  The thing about want is we largely are embarrassed about it, especially if the want becomes public and obvious and though at times we may expose our want it is often done in a non serious game show sort of way.  The other thing about want, especially in the most unconscious of us, is that we trample our fellow human beings in an attempt to achieve whatever it is that is our want.

I have found that magazines, blogs, and newspapers don’t understand want but instead focus on an agenda even if that agenda is to work hard in not appearing to have one.  Somehow the media has failed to see that in reality their own agendas are full of fiction and as such, are as much want as that of anyone else.  As for these agendas, most are political in nature.  The problem with an agenda is that it blinds you to certain realities – at least for a while.  So a journalist at the Washington Post 50 years down the road realizes the paper missed the mark by ignoring Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech when it was delivered, instead focusing on crowd control that day.  Or journalists at the New York Times realizing that they were too enthusiastic in support of the Vietnam War.  Or ditto for the enthusiasm of both papers when the misdirected terrorist war known as the Iraq War took place.  Of course this is an over-simplification and I mention it only as an illustration.

As I do my research for what to write at Pulpdiddys Permutations I think about the want that each of us has – the want we may not know exists.  Hopefully I can glean enough of the want to make an intelligent observation.  While personally I remain far more liberal then not regarding economic, political, and social issues I bring up the question of want in my analysis of issues and how the issue will affect all, most, or some of us.  So when President Obama does something that I find wrong I am not loathe to mention that wrongness at this site.  When Senator John McCain takes a position that I found courageous I find no problem in expressing praise for that position.  When Paul Krugman takes on an economic or social position that I find a bit silly I will also comment so.

Love of writing, looking at the world with empathy, and focus on want are the triumvirate that has brought about Pulpdiddys Permutations.  Though I believe I am eventually found out to be correct more often then not and certainly more so than any pundit I know that’s out there, I certainly am not infallible.  But I give you my pledge that I’ll continue to do the research, continue to consider the matter using the frame of reference of want in the material posted by me at this site, and correct myself when my opinion eventually is shown to just be wrong.  And if you’d like some lighter reading there’s always my e-book: http://www.amazon.com/Neurotic-Man-Richard-Georges-ebook/dp/B00A6TOK24

*I apologize to Al Gore, for using your title as a phrase.  It just fits.  And in this context, Mr. Gore, you are also a good example of an inconvenient truth.

 

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Social Contract

A very significant portion of the citizenry, apparently, does not have a clue to the Social Contract.  Members of this portion feel threatened when their Social Security or Medicare is threatened but seems incapable of understanding that they help elect the biggest threats to these social systems. Obamacare, that most imperfect of social services, does exist with the similarity of the old-time programs and that is that it is easy to qualify.  It seems as if the actual threat to those systems are the only time that reality steps in.

“Those equipped with helmets might want to consider how white rural, and often suburban, culture is reflexively conservative in the sense that it believes only “bad” people — which is code for people of color — receive government assistance. If rural types receive government assistance, they believe they are exceptions and that certainly Donald Trump will make the appropriate distinctions.

I remember having a conversation with a man looking for an open ear in a bar. In the middle of a rant against Barack Obama, he remarked that he “doesn’t want government running health care.” I asked him how he obtained health coverage. His answer: “I get mine through the VA.”

When I covered a Tea Party rally in Indiana, I politely withheld comment while listening to a man pontificate at length on the evils of “big government.” He was wearing a T-shirt from Yellowstone National Park.

Stories of dislocation between right-wing belief and behavior are common but not simply because “small government” conservatives are all shameless hypocrites. Many of them are sincere but unaware of the cognitive dissonance. Right-wingers’ blind spots are exactly why rational arguments in favor of social services and public programs so often fail to persuade them. It is not an intellectual but a psychological problem.”  http://www.salon.com/2017/04/08/trumpcare-fiasco-proved-it-republicans-are-utterly-divorced-from-reality/

Social Contract

 

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A Little Bit of Nepotism Goes A Long Way And A Bunch Goes Even Further

When I was a young man I was a supporter of Bobby Kennedy even though I despised Nepotism.  My justification was he had some chops including serving as a prosecutor on a racketeering case.  And of course, he was liberal and a Democrat.  His brother’s faith in him as well as the faith of the rest of the country proved to justified. Unlike in pure Nepotism Senators had to vote on his approval.

But Nepotism usually doesn’t.  The later Roman Emperors, the French Dynasty and other oligarchs that were disposed by their people pointed this out.  The Donald didn’t become a leader because of Nepotism, it was more of a bad joke, a clown car turned deadly.  And ugly.

Jared became a leader because of Nepotism.  Even Trump was smart enough from keeping his kids away from real power and gave it away to a near relative.  Ivanka’s husband.

One of the problems with Nepotism is that instead of the best rising to the top anyone might do as long as they are related to the top dog.  Will Kushner be a great choice or a disaster only time will tell.

Just another thing to worry about in the Trump era.

“The Trump family exhibits little defensiveness about Jared. “Nepotism is a kind of factor of life,” the sage philosopher Eric Trump told Forbes for a story this week. Which is certainly true if your life begins with the name “Eric Trump,” but probably less so if you’re one of those voters who want America made great again because your children will not inherit an empire of golf resorts.

And in an interview with CBS this week, Ivanka noted that a lot of these same critics said her father didn’t have the qualifications to run for president, and here he is, which I guess was supposed to be a good thing. “Jared is incredibly smart, very talented, has enormous capacity,” she said.

Well, OK. But first of all, whatever one thinks of Donald Trump, and I’m a skeptic, let’s acknowledge that he did harness the courage to actually run for office and the skills necessary to win. He’s accountable to the voters who put him here and to a lot of Americans who did not.

Jared and Ivanka are accountable to exactly no one. Unlike a Robert Kennedy, neither of them even had to be confirmed by the Senate before wielding unparalleled power in the West Wing. No one got to vote on their empty résumés.

As for how smart Kushner is, I’ve never met him, and I’ve no reason to doubt he’s a quick study and a sharp conversationalist. But, you know, you can’t walk down a street on the Upper East Side without bumping into three smart guys with real estate fortunes. It’s not as if he represents some rare commodity in public life.”  https://www.yahoo.com/news/jared-ivanka-ask-country-can-090040557.html

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Right-Wing Fantasy

There’s a right-wing fantasy that the Donald and all his ilk of spoiled, uncaring, mean spirited individuals have and that is that they can turn back the clock and create another world.  In this alternate world (probably what helped them come up with alternate truths) the United States can kick the shit out of any other country, no prob.  Of course, that was after the other major players had the shit kicked out of their economies and infrastructure in a World War.  And we had not yet started to rely on each other (trade, labor, scientific advancement…)

This sliver of U.S. supremacy, beginning with soon after World War 2 and ending with our loss of isolation some 25 years later, well that’s it for U.S. supremacy, when the other countries destroyed each other and we were saved by the isolation of an ocean.

Sure, America is a fine place, at least for some, but this golden age the Trump-lites refer to is a blip in history, even our history.

Coal ain’t gonna save us and making sure the poor know their place isn’t going to make us right.  And denying climate change and the need for a minimum wage and the rights and equality of all people isn’t going to bring back a few decades of supremacy (when even then a large part of the population had no way to combat disease of hunger or the heat or cold and was poor looked down upon) that’s all in some right-wing fantasy anyway.  Not even those oceans or a newly constructed wall can turn back some fabulist clock.

“President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order rolling back steps taken by his predecessor, Barack Obama, to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. In particular, Trump ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to begin the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era regulation that would impose strict new limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants. “My administration is putting an end to the war on coal,” Trump said ahead of the formal signing ceremony.

Trump touted the move as a way to boost economic growth, improve energy security and bring back thousands of jobs in coal country, where voters backed Trump by overwhelming margins in November. Environmental groups countered that the order would do little for the economy while doing potentially irreversible damage to efforts to combat climate change.

In the short term, the new order probably has little practical effect, good or bad. That’s because the Supreme Court temporarily blocked implementation of the Clean Power Plan last year. (Its main provisions weren’t meant to take effect until 2022 in any case.) But assuming that some version of the rule would ultimately have taken effect, Trump’s move could have significant long-term consequences for both the energy industry and the environment. (Trump’s rollback will almost certainly face its own legal challenges.)”  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trumps-plan-wont-reverse-coals-decline/

Right-Wing Fantasy

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Get Them Out of Here

While in the Trump Era anything is proving to be possible it is still hard to believe that in the statement Get Them Out of Here anything exists except for the statement. For what can Get Them out of Here possibly mean?  It is not a passive statement or open to ambiguity or philosophical – it is clear and blatant and arrogant and disappointing that an adult would say such a thing.  It does not infer friendly or understanding – Get Them Out of Here is a quick dismissal.  It also does not suggest discussion and the refusal of that is Royalist in a non-Royalist, hence it is Un-American.  And that is the quick phrase claiming to be American but acting anything but.

“A federal judge has rejected President Donald Trump’s free speech defense in a lawsuit in which he is accused of inciting violence against protesters during his campaign.

Trump’s lawyers sought to dismiss the lawsuit by three protesters who say they were roughed up by Trump supporters at a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville.

Trump’s lawyers contend that when the candidate said “Get ’em out of here”, he didn’t intend for his supporters to use force.

Two women and a man say they were shoved and punched by audience members as Trump directed them from the podium. Much of the scuffle was captured on video and widely broadcast during the presidential campaign.

Judge David J Hale in Louisville ruled on Friday that the suit against Trump, his campaign and three of his supporters can proceed.

Hale found that there were ample facts supporting the allegation that the protesters’ injuries were a “direct and proximate result” of Trump’s actions.

“It is plausible that Trump’s direction to ‘get ’em out of here’ advocated the use of force,” Hale wrote.”  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/01/judge-rejects-trump-defense-claim-incited-violence-protesters

Get Them Out of Here

 

 

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