RULES OF CONDUCT–Trump Alternative Universe
Any news We (the imperial “We”) don’t like—FAKE NEWS!
When caught in a lie—ALTERNATIVE FACTS!
Anything We do badly—BLAME IT ON OBAMA!
Anything Obama did right—TAKE FULL CREDIT FOR IT!
Any faux pas—DON’T TAKE US LITERALLY!
Any legal decision that goes against Us— SO-CALLED JUDGE!
Any students who protest against “Our Guys”—NO FEDERAL FUNDING!
Any Wall Street regulations—DISASTER!
Any right-wing, paranoid conspiracy theory—EXTREMELY CREDIBLE SOURCE!
Anyone who openly mourns the loss of American Democracy—FAKE TEARS!
Narcissistic Personality Disorder-(As defined by the Mayo Clinic): Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism. (1)
I’m just saying…
SURFING THE SUNDAY SHOWS–
Vice President Mike Pence appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, looking like a tight, white tampon, espousing his evangelical insanity with a demeanor so calm and reasonable, I could have almost donned church togs and zombie-walked down to the local house of brainwash. Almost, save for a life-long commitment to rational thought and not believing everything I hear on TV.
With that smooth, milk-toast voice, honed from years as a TV and radio broadcaster, Pence lures us into the Trumpathian web, rationalizing every inconsistency, every contradiction and every outright screw-up perpetrated by the Trump Regime with soothing words that mesmerize us into complacency while defying logic. But who cares about logic when Alabaster Mike is crooning his Hoosier Evangelical wisdom with such unassuming authority?
Bravo, Mr. President, your first executive decision, the selection of Mike Pence as VP, was your best to date. He is the most dangerous weapon in your arsenal.
Ground Hog Day Special Treat
Absent but not at all missed on the Sunday Show circuit this week, Kellyanne Conway. Her faux pas about the mythical “Bowling Green Massacre” has driven her back into her groundhog hole, where she and Punxsutawney Phil can commiserate about their mutual lack of credibility.
AMERICA’S ONLY HOPE: OUR COMEDIANS
Many thanks to Melissa McCarthy for just about the best SNL skit I have ever seen: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer doing his thing with the White House Press Corps. Spoofing Spicer’s pugnacious style, McCarthy, looking very much the little man, delivered a brilliant performance, complete with Spicer’s defensive facial expressions and his accusatory timbre. Bravo, Melissa!
Big thanks to Arnold Schwartzenegger for hitting den Nagel auf den Knopf in this response to Trump’s Prayer Breakfast Slam:
“Hey Donald, I have a great idea. Why don’t we switch jobs?” Schwarzenegger said. “You take over TV because you’re such an expert on ratings and I take over your job and then people can finally sleep comfortably again.”
And thank you late night comedians, with special shout out to Steven Colbert, Seth Meyers and Bill Maher, for helping me “sleep comfortably,” and for reminding me that I am not alone on this Ship of Fools.
“…Men and women of our military did not stand up and fight and die to lead us in the direction of an authoritarian society. We are a democracy, not a one-man show. We are not another Trump enterprise. It’s called the United States of America. We’re not a business run by Mr. Trump.”
–Bernie Sanders (4)
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder; Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder/basics/definition/CON-20025568
- Palotta, Frank; Schwarzenegger and current President of the United States Donald Trump — are feuding; Feb. 3, 2017 http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/02/media/arnold-schwarzenegger-prayer-breakfast-response-donald-trump/index.html
- Moran, Rebecca; Sanders: Trump ‘is a fraud’; 02/05/2017:
- Photo: Trump and Trump again; by Rones https://openclipart.org/detail/271663/trump-and-trump-again