Donald Trump’s compendium of “full on” crazy

The “very stable genius” looks right at the sun

Donald Trump’s open-mic riff suggesting government health experts explore injecting patients with bleach or household disinfectants to fight covid-19 made for easy parody. “And then I see the disinfectant, that knocks it out in a minute, one minute,” he said at Thursday night’s televised news briefing. “Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection, inside, or almost a cleaning.” Because the coronavirus “does a tremendous number on the lungs,” he went on to say, “it would be interesting to check that.” He added his usual disclaimer, “I’m not a doctor,” but assured viewers that “I’m, like, a person that has a good you-know-what.”

This prompted warnings from state governments and the makers of Lysol about the serious bodily harm that taking this “I’m-not-a-doctor” advice would cause. But as absurd as Trump’s comments were, they could hardly have been surprising. His “good you-know-what” has led us down this path before. During his three years in office, Trump has regularly expressed confidence that he knows more than the experts. That confidence is matched only by the ignorance he actually displays about a vast array of topics. Repeatedly, he has sent government officials scrambling on foolish missions, leading them to spend time and personal capital persuading him not to follow through on schemes that are invariably wasteful, ineffective, unrealistic, or dangerous.

Consider, for example, some brilliant guidance in 2017: Trump — who has no nautical, military or engineering experience — decided the electromagnetic catapults the Navy planned to install on aircraft carriers to launch airplanes into the sky were technically inferior to the steam catapults used in older-generation ships. “Digital. They have digital. What is digital? And it’s very complicated, you have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out,” Trump said in announcing he would order the Navy to replace the new catapults. Though experts say the move would cost billions of dollars and degrade the carriers’ capabilities, Trump has repeatedly returned to the topic in the years since, forcing Navy officials to put on their best game face in public pronouncements about the Trump’s off-the-wall comments.

A favorite object of Trump’s expertise remains the wall he is attempting to build along the southern border. His outlandish suggestions include proposals to paint it black so it would be too hot to climb, electrify it and cap it with spikes. The New York Times reported that he considered adding a water-filled moat that would be stocked with snakes and alligators, a farcical idea for which aides nonetheless felt compelled to seek a cost estimate. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security and the Army Corps of Engineers have spent months constructing prototypes and convincing the commander in chief to abandon impractical, expensive and constantly changing demands.

Trump has a few ideas about the weather, too. During meetings to discuss hurricane response, Trump has asked why the government doesn’t just drop a nuclear bomb on hurricanes before they make landfall. Despite the fact that nuking a hurricane would be banned by treaty, would spread radioactive fallout along the hurricane’s path and would do nothing to actually stop the storm, an administration official reportedly told Trump, “Sir, we’ll look into that.”

Trump’s “knowledge” of chemistry and physics are joined by an interest in geography. Last August, he repeatedly pushed advisers to consider whether the United States could purchase Greenland from the government of Denmark. When news of his plan leaked and the Danish prime minister publicly responded that Greenland was not for sale, Trump publicly pouted by abruptly canceling a planned meeting with her.

It is tempting to laugh off the Donald’s most ridiculous ideas as comic relief that will never be implemented because cooler and wiser heads in the government will ultimately prevail. Indeed, Trump’s defenders often try to defend his wackiest suggestions by declaring him an innovative thinker, usually just before he hangs them out to dry by denying he said the thing he clearly said or by pretending he was joking, as he did with his comments on disinfectants. “I was asking a question sarcastically,” he said Friday.

But these journeys deep into the abyss of the Trump mind have real effects on the workings of government and the behavior of individual Americans. Officials spend time and resources that should be directed toward addressing actual problems instead of studying Trump’s worst ideas and convincing him to back down. For example, Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, has been forced to intervene repeatedly with Trump over policies that Fauci says would compromise public health.

Other officials burn their own hard-earned credibility by publicly defending Trump’s delusions. When Trump initially made his disinfectant recommendation, he paired it with this suggestion: “Supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light — and I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it. And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way, and I think you said you’re going to test that too. It sounds interesting.”

The look of obvious discomfort on the face of Deborah Birx, the administration’s coronavirus response coordinator, made her an Internet sensation. A day later, she defended Trump on Fox News by arguing, “when he gets new information, he likes to talk that through, out loud,” a head-scratching explanation that also contradicted Trump’s remark that he was being sarcastic.

When Trump says he was being ‘sarcastic,’ it’s just part of his gaslighting

Some of Trump’s silliest ideas actually make it into policy. Just as customs agents can’t catch every vehicle smuggling drugs through the border, government officials can’t prevent every Trumpian musing from being turned into reality. We now have a Space Force, a new branch of the armed services that cost billions to establish and serves no discernible purpose that wasn’t already being handled elsewhere. Trump’s obsession with the trappings of military pomp eventually got him the Fourth of July gathering he’d long sought, even if the tanks he wanted to parade down the Mall ended up merely parked there instead. He seems intent on recalling a thousand cadets to the U.S. Military Academy so he can deliver a graduation speech, despite the public health risks it will cause.

Beyond Washington, some Trump loyalists have trouble discerning which of his ideas stray from mere quirkiness into the realm of personal danger. When the Donald repeatedly pushed chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as a potential “game-changer” in the treatment of patients with covid-19, despite an absence of scientific evidence, Americans responded by hoarding and consuming the drugs, sometimes at their own peril. Maryland’s emergency hotline received over 100 calls about disinfectants after Trump’s latest comments. New York City’s poison control center reported a spike in cases of exposure to disinfectants, including Lysol.

But most concerning is the obvious issues these flights of fancy raise about Trump himself and his fitness for public office of any kind, let alone the presidency. Those questions have been apparent throughout his term, as when he claimed that windmills cause cancer (they don’t) or that the F-35 stealth fighter is literally invisible (it’s not). Donald J. Trump has trouble distinguishing fantasy from reality. He believes he knows more than anyone in the room when in fact he knows less. He can’t admit a mistake, even when doing so would be the smartest way out of the holes he invariably digs for himself.

Those traits were harmful enough when the country was riding high on relative peace and prosperity. During a global pandemic and a disastrous economic downturn, they can prove catastrophic. As Trump’s presumed election opponent, former vice president Joe Biden, tweeted, “I can’t believe I have to say this but don’t drink bleach.” The warning was specific to Trump’s foray into disinfectants, but it serves as an apt metaphor for his entire reign terror and stupidity.

 

Edited from Washington Post story by Matthew Miller

Miller was director of the Justice Department’s public affairs office from 2009 to 2011.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/04/26/ingest-bleach-trump-coronavirus/

Reduce the impact on Healthcare, Jobs, and housing with death…WTF?

Ever wonder how seriously demented some conservatives actually are, well here’s a good example and this idiot is one of many who feel this way

In the wake of public comments where he suggested that society should allow people who are weak, elderly, or homeless to succumb to coronavirus, a California politician is on the receiving end of some serious blowback.

In a recent comment, Antioch planning commissioner chair Ken Turnage II said that coronavirus is like a forest fire that burns “old trees, fallen brush and scrub-shrub sucklings” that drain resources, adding that society will “strengthen” when the pandemic “is all settled.”

“We would have significant loss of life, we would lose many elderly, that would reduce burdens in our defunct Social Security System, health care cost (once the wave subsided), make jobs available for others and it would also free up housing in which we are in dire need of,” Turnage wrote in the post that has since been deleted. “We would lose a large portion of the people with immune and other health complications. I know it would be loved ones as well. But that would once again reduce our impact on medical, jobs, and housing.”

According to the East Bay Times, the comment thread on the post filled up with people rebuking Turnage’s remarks.

“Except we are not trees, and dead human beings do not fertilize the living,” one person wrote. “This is very callous and sad. Even still, I hope you and yours survive this, just as I hope we all do.”

“This was a favored position of the Nazis,” wrote another. “Getting rid of the ‘useless eaters’ they called it. Before the Nazis went after the Jews and Gypsies and the Polish they decided it would be a good idea to get rid of the useless eaters: the old, demented, disabled, mentally ill, physically ill, and institutionalized.”

City Councilwoman Monica Wilson called for Turnage’s resignation during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, saying Turnage’s comments “undermine the great work our city is doing to protect our citizens,” and that lifting shelter-in-place orders just for the benefit of the economy is “contrary to our shared values.”

Turnage, however, says his comments were misinterpreted and were “not malicious, or racist” and had “nothing to do with money or business.”

 

 

Edited from Raw Story

 

The Corona Virus has called Donald’s hand and he’s got……….nothing

Conman Trump’s shtick as a celebrity in New York was the same one he used in his business. He bluffed and lied his way into and through everything. His buildings were the tallest and the grandest and the most expensive and the most prestigious, even though they were none of those things. None at all.
He added stories onto Trump Tower, seemingly just because he could. He told the world everything he had was the most expensive, even as he shopped his condos and cheap Trump vodka and cardboard Trump steaks at a discount to anyone with a buck. He bought the Eastern Airlines Shuttle for $365 million and renamed it the Trump Shuttle. It was an expensive flop that lasted only three years before he had to let it go in bankruptcy. Same with the prestigious Plaza Hotel, which he bought for more than $400 million and ran into the ground in less than three years, also lost in bankruptcy. Same with the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, which cost him $1 billion to build, another gaudy, grand, overpriced monstrosity he lost in bankruptcy.

In all, Trump took out more than $3 billion in loans, $900 million of which he personally guaranteed. His entire teetering gold-leafed mirrored empire fell, the whole lot of it, in 1992 at a big meeting with more than 50 lawyers in a big conference room in the law offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the firm that represented Trump’s largest lender, Citibank. A vanquished Trump sat down and signed over most of his buildings, his jet, his yacht, his airline, and his casinos, all of it in one afternoon, in exchange for more favorable terms on his personally guaranteed loans. The banks could have easily called Trump’s loans and left him penniless, “but we all agreed that he’d be better alive than dead,” explained Alan Pomerantz, then head of the real estate department at Weil.

In other words, they found themselves in the same position as the republican party today, forced to cave into another of Trump’s bluffs. He had borrowed so much money and built so much crap and made so many bad deals that like the banks themselves after the crash of 2008, he was too big to fail. Trump’s bluff was, I’m into you guys for so much money, not only are you going to lose more if you knock me off, you’re going to look terrible for having helped me build this crumbling empire of schlock.

Trump had been bluffing and losing without consequence for decades. For the first half of his life, his father bailed him out. When Dad was gone, Trump kept on bluffing and got so good at it, the banks bailed him out. Now his Republican lackeys are forced to cover for this idiot conman.

Bluffing is what Trump does. He gets up in the morning and looks at himself in the mirror and, instead of a bald man with pitted, sagging skin and lifeless eyes, he sees Mr. Handsome, the swordsman who bedded a thousand beauties, the billionaire who made a thousand brilliant deals, the Most Powerful Man in the World. That’s why at his so-called coronavirus press briefings, whenever he is confronted with a question quoting his own previous statements, he yells, “Fake news!” He bluffs his way through, just like he always did. Everything other than Trump himself is fake. To Trump, only he himself is real.

And that’s why we find ourselves where we are with the coronavirus. For three months, Trump thought he could treat the virus like he treated his bankers, like he treated his contractors, like he treated his wives and girlfriends, like he treated the whole fucking Republican Party. He would bluff his way through. All he had to say was that this building was the tallest and the best, and it was! All he had to say was that he was a billionaire, and he was! All he had to say was that if you crossed him, he’d kill you with tweets, and nobody ever crossed him! All he had to say was that the virus was “going away,” that we had it “under control,” that the number of cases were “going to zero,” and all of that would come true!

Trump could bluff his way through marriages, sexual abuse allegations, bankruptcies … hell, he could even bluff his way into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But he couldn’t bluff the virus. He doesn’t owe the virus any money. He hasn’t left the virus sobbing in some Reno hotel suite with no one to turn to. He can’t divorce the virus and remarry another, younger, prettier virus. He can’t slather the virus with orange pancake makeup and spray it into submission with swoops of combover cotton candy and fool everyone into believing it wasn’t really there.

Trump bluffed his way through everything else in his entire life,
Unfortunately for doofus Donald, there’s no place to hide the mountain of bodies piling up higher than Trump tower

 

 

Edited from a Commentary by Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon via Raw Story

 

The daily chronicle of Trump Dumb Assery with Economic ruin and deadly effects


Remember the warning “Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US was the title of the President’s Daily Brief prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency and given to U.S. President George W. Bush on Monday, August 6, 2001.  Bush did nothing. Here we are again:

New details about the “ominous” warnings about COVID-19 coronavirus were reported by The Washington Post

“U.S. intelligence agencies were issuing ominous, classified warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus while Trump and lawmakers played down the threat and failed to take action that might have slowed the spread of the pathogen,” the newspaper reported, citing “U.S. officials familiar with spy agency reporting.”

“The intelligence reports didn’t predict when the virus might land on U.S. shores or recommend particular steps that public health officials should take, issues outside the purview of the intelligence agencies. But they did track the spread of the virus in China, and later in other countries, and warned that Chinese officials appeared to be minimizing the severity of the outbreak,” The Post reported.

“Taken together, the reports and warnings painted an early picture of a virus that showed the characteristics of a globe-encircling pandemic that could require governments to take swift actions to contain it. But despite that constant flow of reporting, Trump continued publicly and privately to play down the threat the virus posed to Americans,” the newspaper reported.

A new timeline on the warnings is coming into focus.

“Intelligence agencies ‘have been warning on this since January,’ said a U.S. official who had access to intelligence reporting that was disseminated to members of Congress and their staffs as well as to officials in the Trump administration, and who, along with others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive information,” the newspaper explained.

“Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government were — they just couldn’t get him to do anything about it,” the official said. “The system was blinking red.”

 

A round-up of Trump’s most recent lies and failings:

Medical expert Dr. Joseph Fair suggested that irresponsible Trump’s press events themselves are putting America at risk — because he is misinforming the public and a number of his supporters will believe every word of his speeches.

“We get conflicting messages between what’s happening on the ground versus what you see in a White House briefing,” said Fair, speaking with MSNBC host Ali Velshi. “And that leads to, you know, half of the people not taking this seriously because, you know, there are cult-like followers of every White House briefing, they take every word of that for truth.”

“All you have to do is walk into a hospital to see that that is not the reality on the ground, and so you listen to your troops on the ground if you’re in a war, and we’re in a wartime situation with this disease,” added Fair.

In a brutally blunt piece for the New York Times, columnist Jennifer Senior went scorched earth on Donald Trump for his lie-filled performances in the now daily press briefings on the coronavirus pandemic — suggesting the media call them what they are: Presidential “propaganda.”

Following a day when the combative belligerent Trump attacked NBC reporter Peter Alexander for merely asking what he could say to the public that is living in fear of the pandemic, Senior said enough is enough.

“In a time of global emergency, we need calm, directness and, above all, hard facts. Only the opposite is on offer from the Trump White House. It is, therefore, time to call the Trump news conferences for what they are: propaganda,” she wrote. “We may as well be watching newsreels approved by the Soviet Politburo. We’re witnessing the falsification of history in real-time. When Donald Trump, under the guise of social distancing, told the White House press corps on Thursday that he ought to get rid of 75 to 80 percent of them — reserving the privilege only for those he liked — it may have been chilling, but it wasn’t surprising. He wants to thin out their ranks until there’s only Pravda in the room.”According to the columnist, are Trump’s press conferences full of bluster and lies………..

Friday’s contentious press conference should be the tipping point journalists and most citizens that look to their leader for the truth.

“At his Thursday news conference, a discussion of chloroquine and other experimental therapies formed the core of his remarks, when those drugs and therapies are untested and unproven and, in some cases, won’t be ready for several months, as NBC’s Peter Alexander pointed out the following day,” she recalled. “‘What do you say to Americans who are scared?’ Alexander pressed. ‘I say that you’re a terrible reporter,’ Trump answered. Only a liar — and a weak man with delusions of competence — would be so unnerved by the facts.”

“Most dangerous of all is Trump’s insistence that things are fine, or will be shortly, that they’ll be stronger and better and greater than ever. We don’t have any evidence that this is true, and Trump finds any suggestion to the contrary quite rude. When a journalist pointed out to him on Thursday that the economy had all but ground to halt, Trump cut him off,” she explained. “Here’s the truth: Things might be hard — unfathomably hard — for months, perhaps even north of a year. Anyone who’s reading or listening to other sources of news besides Trump knows that. It takes sensitivity and strength and intelligence to speak truthfully to the public about imminent hardship, the prospect of enduring pain.”

According to Politico, some members of the Trump administration are angry that there is no coordinated policy to protect government workers during a time of crisis — with some agencies responding quickly to cases in their workforces, and others withholding the information.

“The federal agency that serves as an international multimedia broadcaster for the U.S. informed all employees of its first known coronavirus case about an hour after it knew,” wrote Nolan McCaskill. “But the agency responsible for regulating civil aviation in the U.S. didn’t immediately tell technical operations employees about a positive test result at a Las Vegas airport, allowing them to continue working in a potentially infected area. Those employees, including technicians who had just completed their shifts, found out after a tower was evacuated.”

“If the Trump administration has a unified policy on how it is handling the grim march of the virus within its own ranks, it isn’t sharing it,” continued the report. “Just as cities and states across the country have developed their own responses to the outbreak — from closing schools, bars, restaurants, movie theaters and a mix of other venues to encouraging curfews and issuing shelter-in-place orders — agencies across the federal government are crafting their own policies on how to disclose cases of coronavirus. The result is a confusing jumble of messages that has angered federal workers and those who represent them.”

The problem, noted McCaskill, is compounded by the unique exposure of workers in certain agencies. “State has more than 75,000 employees, with more than 9,000 Foreign Service and Civil Service officers scattered overseas. DHS employs more than 240,000 workers, many of whom interact with people daily for work, such as employees with Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration. And the Department of Defense has roughly 26,000 employees inside its Pentagon headquarters in Virginia, but employs nearly 3 million service members and civilians worldwide, with a presence in more than 160 countries and nearly 5,000 defense sites.”

Workers are outraged about this inability to coordinate, and fear it will make everything worse.

“We’ve been getting a lot of mixed information,” said Mike Perrone, the president of the aviation workers’ union whose workers were put in danger by the Las Vegas incident. “Trump has put out different information, then OMB puts out guidance, and then the DOT secretary puts out guidance and then the FAA administrator puts out guidance.”

“Nobody said nothing for how many hours? And they knew about it?” he continued. “I’m frustrated — very frustrated — because literally people are going to get sick and people could potentially die or spread it to their families.”

The coronavirus crisis calls for a real leader — and it’s time for Trump to step aside: columnist

Washington Post, columnist Colbert King said it is time for Donald Trump to exit the spotlight as the country deals with coronavirus pandemic that is killing Americans due to his delays and poor management of the government during the health crisis.

Following yet another coronavirus task force press conference on Friday where Trump took over and made it all about himself, King said it is time for Trump to — at least — retreat to shadows and let the professionals do their jobs without interference.

Noting that Trump has tried to soft-sell the dangers the pandemic still might unleash by saying, “We will just get through it,” the columnist said Trump still doesn’t get it despite the rocketing infection rates.

“At issue is not whether we will ‘get through’ the novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease officially dubbed covid-19. Pandemics eventually play out. Though this dangerous virus is spiraling out of control today — infecting more than 250,000 people and killing more than 11,000 since December — it will not be here forever,” he wrote before adding, “What matters most at this moment is how the onslaught is being handled. Is it being addressed head-on as a global pandemic that, above all else, must be combated? Or is the outbreak being treated as an unexpected threat to Trump’s personal political fortunes?

Sadly, with all the country now has on its hands, Trump has politicized and personalized the problem.”

According to the columnist, Trump has continually played down the coronavirus threat long before it was designated a pandemic — and he no longer has any credibility when he tries to reassure the public.

“Besides spouting untruths and wild exaggerations, Trump deflects challenges to his stewardship by shifting blame — to former President Barack Obama and past administrations, to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats on the Hill, to the Federal Reserve, and to the media, which, he whines, only give him bad press,” he wrote. “Now, confronted with hard truths about the disease, his administration’s muddled response, and the country’s economic collapse, Trump is trying to switch hats from belittler in chief to wartime commander. But our great war presidents had great wartime generals: Harry Truman had Dwight D. Eisenhower; Abraham Lincoln had Ulysses S. Grant. Vice President Pence, who is heading up Trump’s coronavirus task force, is no Eisenhower or Grant.”

“And Trump sure as hell is no Truman or Lincoln,” he dryly concluded.

 

from Raw Story, Salon, Washington Post, and MSNBC

Remember, there was “a solid global health infrastructure when Obama left office in January 2017.”

 

When the United States is confronting a crisis, Donald Trump will almost always find a way to blame his predecessor, former President Barack Obama — even when it comes to coronavirus. But according to former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, the Obama Administration left Trump with a solid “global health infrastructure” when Obama left office in January 2017.

Trump has been widely criticized for his slow response to coronavirus, which he dismissed as less deadly than the seasonal flu for weeks before finally acknowledging the severity of what the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared to be a global pandemic. When NBC News reporter Kristen Welker asked Trump during a March 13 press conference if he “takes responsibility” for the lack of coronavirus testing in the U.S., the president responded, “No, I don’t take responsibility at all because we were given a set of circumstances — and we were given rules, regulations, and specifications from a different time.” Never mind the fact that Obama has been out of office for three years.

Rhodes, who served in the Obama Administration, didn’t hesitate to call Trump out during an appearance on MSNBC. Obama’s former deputy national security adviser told MSNBC’s David Gura, “What he said about testing is just completely false. It’s been fact-checked; it’s not the case that this, in any way, should have hampered their response. I think, importantly, that what Obama did leave Trump was a global health infrastructure that we had set up, informed by the lessons of the Ebola outbreak. And what we did is set up in the White House — in the National Security Council — a directorate, an office that was responsible for managing pandemics, managing global health threats.”

Rhodes went on to say, “That was shut down two years ago by Trump. And when you don’t have an office like that, you don’t have dedicated people inside the White House who are insuring that information is acted upon. When you see an outbreak in a place like Wuhan, China, you want people in the White House who are thinking about what needs to be done right away so that you don’t get behind the curve — which is what happened in this White House.”

Obama’s former deputy national security adviser explained that during the Ebola virus threat, his administration acted immediately.

“We deployed thousands of U.S. troops to Africa to help set up a medical infrastructure to contain the outbreak before it could get to the United States,” Rhodes recalled. “President Trump, instead of turning to experts, turned to his Twitter feed and tried to just enough to get himself through the news cycle while not preparing the nation for what is necessary here.”

raw story / MSNBC

https://www.msnbc.com/david-gura/watch/rhodes-obama-left-trump-a-global-health-infrastructure-80672325529

Trump: “I don’t take responsibility at all”

President Harry Truman had a famous sign on his desk reading “the buck stops here,” signifying that he was the decision-maker and responsible for the nation. When asked if he was responsible for the failures in testing for coronavirus, President Donald Trump passed the buck.

“I don’t take responsibility at all,” Trump told the crowd of press in the Rose Garden Friday.

Trump then moved on to attack former President Barack Obama for not acting on Swine Flu, or H1N1. (Which is a complete lie). The Obama administration declared an emergency about a week after the problem was discovered and by this time in the process, they had tested 1 million people. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the mortality rate for the H1N1 disease in the United States was 0.002 percent. Compared to 1% at least for Coronavirus.  So the coronavirus is likely to kill far more people.

Former Obama campaign manager Dan Pfeiffer recalled Trump’s declaration in 2016: “I alone can fix it.”

NPR has Reported Trump dropped the ball on Coronavirus testing because he only wanted good news. Trump is worried about the ballot box in November, not the health of Americans

 

This is life in the US with a reality TV star running the show

During Trump’s interview with NBC’s worm “both sides do it” Chuck Todd for Meet the Press, scheduled to be fully broadcast on Sunday, he said that if he declares war on Iran (surprise he can’t legally do that), it will mean “obliteration like you’ve never seen before.” He almost immediately tried to qualify this by saying that “I’m not looking to do that” and that there were no pre-conditions on talks with Tehran. This is the same dumb script as his lame “fire and fury” North Korea TV drama.

Earlier this week, Trump was supposedly on the verge of launching a strike on Iran following the downing of a U.S. drone that the Pentagon claims was over international waters, but supposedly aborted the mission minutes before it was to be carried out. Ya right! (How can we believe anything coming from this criminal, he lies when he breathes)

Trump’s administration has been provoking Iran at every turn, including breaking the multilateral nuclear agreement with the country and declaring the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group. Some members of Trump’s inner circle, particularly National Security Adviser and full-time warmonger John Bolton, have been itching for a military conflict with Iran. In recent weeks, however, Trump himself wants to have dinner with the Iranian leader.

Now even the conservative hawkish Wall Street Journal has scorched Trump for getting played by Iran in a brutal editorial. In a scathing column from the editors of the Journal, Trump received a dressing down for his aborted attack on Iran with the piece saying the Middle Eastern country “called his bluff” and he will come to regret it. The editors took idiot Trump to task for not only ordering an attack and changing his mind at the last minute — but for also for his lame attempt to lay the blame on the Pentagon.

“It’s important to understand how extraordinary this is. The Commander in Chief ordered ships and planes into battle but recalled them because he hadn’t asked in advance what the damage and casualties might be? While the planes were in the air, he asked, oh, by the way? This is hard to take at face value,” they wrote.

No shit, in our opinion this was no doubt another one Trumps stupid good cop bad cop negotiating ploys to get a sit-down meeting with the Iranians to try and bully and charm them simultaneously. That tactic will never work. Clearly, this imbecile has never done business with any Iranians. They don’t play like that.

A very divisive political troll verses the real concerns about the TeraGen project

 

Owen pictured here with a candidate for city council Hailey Lamb who mistakenly listen to his advice

Mathew Owen, who has inexplicably been given a regular column in the Times-Standard, is a prime example of why Eureka and Humboldt County is mired in conflict and inaction. Owen is a longtime Arkley minion and fancies himself a Karl Rove type figure in local politics. Owen’s main mission seems to be finding disagreement and amplifying it until it becomes another culture divide.  

In his Column in todays Times-Standard Owen says “………..Redwood Coast Energy Authority, our region’s community choice aggregator, recently passed a resolution in support of having 100% of the energy it resells from renewable (water, wind and sun) sources by 2025……..The chances of these ever happening are zero.

All we hear from progressives is “climate change!” If you think we’re ever going to change from our dependence on fossil fuels to renewable energy, you’re not seeing the usual suspects of “Regressives” that fight renewable energy. It’s the same people over the past decades that oppose anything and everything here on the North Coast. Look no further that the proposed Terra-Gen wind energy project down by Scotia. Unlike sun in Humboldt County (boy, that’s an oxymoron), wind is something that Mother Nature produces daily. How much sun did Eureka see this past November through May? It’s hard to get solar energy when all we have are rain and clouds.

Not to mention the cost of solar being around $15,000 per household. Also if you finance solar through an outside lender your property taxes will increase until your loan is paid off.

You’d think Progressive Humboldt County would get behind a renewable wind energy project, right? Wrong!

“It’s a corporate project!” Of course it is. Do you have a spare $200 million in your checking account to finance this wind energy project?

Clary wrote on a Facebook post, “It’s a horrible proposal made by a group (of) venture capitalists who don’t give a damn about chewing up birds. …” Yup, a nickname for wind energy turbines is a “bird blender.” Just curious, how many birds fly into your home and office windows along with your car windshields each year? Answer: millions. Your cats kill millions of birds every year.

Power lines kill millions of birds every year. Should we get rid of your homes, cars, cats and power lines? Didn’t think so. By the way, the state of California just killed 1.2 million birds to stop the spread of a virus.

Think about this: even if you have a Tesla or Volt electric car, how do you charge your car? How many of these vocal opponents of the wind energy project walked or drove their bicycles to the public meetings? Maybe they’re happier with nuclear power, coal, oil and fracking for their energy use while telling us they are in favor of the Green New Deal. I’m tired with all the Regressives behind the Redwood Curtain who talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk……….”

We apologize for subjecting you his alienating drivel, fortunately, we were provided with a pretty good antidote in the same issue of the TS:

The answer is not blowin’ in the wind

It’s time we take a hard look at the proposed so-called Wind Farm that would place 60 large wind turbines atop Monument and Bear River Ridges. What will it do for us, what will it do to us and is this what we want? This project is being rushed through at a rate that has allowed few to have a solid grasp of the pros and cons. Natalynn DeLapp, who is mentioned in media as being the one-time director of EPIC, but who is now the paid “project consultant” of the builders of the turbines, Terra-Gen, is touting the project as being a necessary step in cleaning up our act when it comes to carbon emissions, even though a decade ago she spoke against using wind turbines. She justifies this by saying well we haven’t done anything in the last decade so we better do this.

Before I even lay out what is involved in this project I’ll share the spoiler: this will cost more in carbon emissions than will be saved and the electricity produced will come at a higher price. Kind of a lose-lose.

The ridges are a giant coastal prairie and forest land. They are a sacred place to the Wiyot and the folks on the Bear River Rancheria and the only place that overlooks their ancestral territory. Most of the homes on the Table Bluff Rancheria have solar panels.

The construction will use 15,000 gallons of water a day, Paved road, 17 miles long, 200 feet wide and a 100 foot wide, 25 mile long clear cut transmission corridor that will need herbicide application regularly will be built. There will be 1,000 truck trips, some weighing 110 tons and 90 feet long plus two bypasses on 101. Over 11,000 yards of concrete from one to two dirty cement plants fueled by generators. Three million cubic feet of soil will be displaced that now store carbon better than trees. There will be 900 acres of logging with concurrent erosion into the Eel River tributaries and the Jordan Creek watershed. There will also be 25 acres of permanent and temporary staging and operations facilities. The turbines use 24,000 gallons of oil a year.

Terra-Gen makes no mention of the greenhouse gas costs of 900 acres of logging.

The bottom line of the construction process in terms of carbon gains is it’s a loser since the large carbon costs of the construction exceed any gains from eventual operation and it’s electricity is for Mendocino County.

The turbines will be 600 foot tall vibrating machines; the blades are 250 feet wide and turn at 200 mph at their tip.

Each has a base 65 feet in diameter and 10 feet deep in the ground. They will never be able to be removed. California is strewn with defunct wind farms since they have a limited life.

Terra-Gen projects 300 jobs to do the construction and 15 full time jobs for the life of the project. They don’t say how many of the jobs will be local. I would think it likely the 15 permanent jobs will be filled by people they have trained or are experienced so they will be imported. Solar panels will produce many ongoing jobs. Terra-Gen also is offering $2 million in taxes. I am not an economist but I have heard it said that savings from going solar on government buildings would go a long way toward that sum as well as taxes generated by good paying solid jobs in solar.

If our Board of Supervisors would do what it should have done long ago, which is to start seriously addressing catastrophic climate change, and set the example by topping off the courthouse and jail with solar panels, that would be a good start and would set a good example. If the supervisors then start a campaign of solar panels on every building in Humboldt County and a program of energy conservation education, we could be on a roll that would benefit all. This should be the most important job our supervisors do, it’s time past that they start.

The wind farm will be in the laps of the planning commissioners in July. How about a lot of Humboldt citizens being there for that item on their agenda? This is a very important issue and could be a start to a badly needed dialogue on our environmental health and prosperity. It could also be what we need to get our elected officials to start taking positive action.

By Sylvia De Rooy who resides in Indianola.

 

Getting tired of winning so much yet?

Trump pulled the United States out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but he has no apparent substitute for containing Iran’s aggression. We are isolated from our European allies. Trump says he wants to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, but NAFTA 2.0 is not ratified (nor is it likely to be), and in any event, it isn’t dramatically different from the original. We’re out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership but not out of a trade war with China (although tariffs are not rising quite yet).

Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, declared the nuclear threat gone and wants to meet again. North Korea, however, has not shown it is prepared to denuclearize. Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris accord; the other world leaders are meeting in Poland to discuss steps forward without the United States. Meanwhile, the climate change problem becomes more urgent with each passing year, according to the administration’s own report.

Our European and North American allies scorn and distrust Trump, revile his pullout from international agreements and his erratic trade threats, and rightly see him as unable to lead the West in an existential battle against illiberal regimes.

Russia remains in Ukraine and now is making a play for control of the Sea of Azov. Iran and Russia dominate Syria. The war in Afghanistan drags on without clear purpose.

Let’s be blunt: The only significant foreign policy “achievements” Trump can claim are eviscerating our reputation as a reliable ally that defends human rights and giving autocrats the impression that they can get away with murder (and dismemberment and more) without paying any significant price.

This is an administration that can claim not a single substantial foreign policy achievement. We are arguably less influential and more isolated than we were when Trump took office. (The irony is that we presently mourn the death of President George H.W. Bush, who masterminded the transition from the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, the ouster of Panamanian thug Manuel Antonio Noriega and the construction of a broad coalition that achieved victory in a Middle East war without getting bogged down in a long-term occupation.)

The Washington Post reports:

His [Buenos Aires] performance — coupled with his listless two-day visit to Paris days after the midterms, during which he skipped a visit to an American cemetery and appeared isolated from other world leaders — has created the impression of a leader scaling back his ambitions on the world stage amid mounting political crises.

“The problem at the moment is he has no agenda,” said Thomas Wright, a Europe expert at the Brookings Institution. “He ticked through his bucket list of everything he wanted to do and declared victory on all fronts. What does he do now? They’ve not really thought it through.”

This is what comes from nationalistic know-nothingism, from deploring the very institutions and relationships that have kept us from world war and spread prosperity since the end of the WWII. It’s what flows from a foreign policy that amounts to a series of discrete gestures to please his base (move the embassy to Jerusalem, get out of the JCPOA and Paris accord) but lacks an answer to the question that follows each of these moves: What next?

Trump doesn’t know or care. A vision of American leadership? A road map to combat threats from illiberal regimes? Please. All Trump has ever wanted is a red carpet and praise. And even the latter is in short supply these days outside Saudi Arabia and Israel.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/opinions/wp/2018/12/03/trumps-not-winning-anything-anywhere/?utm_term=.ba3a0ae6f059

by Jennifer Rubin for The Washington Post