Donald Trump Calls Newspaper Writers and Poses as ‘John Barron’ or ‘John Miller’: Here are the Tapes

It's been known for years that Donald Trump used to pretend to be a fake Trump Organization representative named "John Barron" on the phone with reporters in the 1980s. In 1990, he testified under oath while giving testimony for a lawsuit that he used the alias "on occasion." During the 2016 campaign, the Washington Post … Continue reading Donald Trump Calls Newspaper Writers and Poses as ‘John Barron’ or ‘John Miller’: Here are the Tapes

Trump Defeated Himself

by David Frum  Atlantic Jan 8, 2019 Well, that was the shortest, most easily resolved national emergency in U.S. history. Twelve hours ago, the president was preparing to set aside the regular process of law. By 9 p.m. eastern time? Not so much. Perhaps somebody pointed out that 15-year civil-engineering projects do not look very convincingly … Continue reading Trump Defeated Himself

Life in a Petriana Dish (Echochamber Friday)

Ok. So last time on Echochamber Friday, we read PETE DAVIDSON STAY AWAY FROM ARIANA GRANDE ... Your Life Depends on It!!! and at that time, I told you all I have no idea who these people are nor why they are famous. It's just fun to yell, "Run Pete, RUN!" I assume from the … Continue reading Life in a Petriana Dish (Echochamber Friday)

The infantilization of Western culture

What happens when an entire society succumbs to childlike behavior and discourse? by Simon Gottschalk  Conversation If you regularly watch TV, you’ve probably seen a cartoon bear pitching you toilet paper, a gecko with a British accent selling you auto insurance and a bunny in sunglasses promoting batteries. This has always struck me as a … Continue reading The infantilization of Western culture

The Quintessential American in the Greatest Show on Earth

by Chris Hedges Truthdig Dec 17, 2018 Donald Trump is part of the peculiar breed Herman Melville described in his novel “The Confidence-Man,” in which the main character uses protean personas, flattery and lies to gain the confidence of his fellow passengers to fleece them on a Mississippi River steamboat. “Confidence men,” as Melville understood, are an … Continue reading The Quintessential American in the Greatest Show on Earth

In Trump’s mind, all deals are private. ‘Public interest’ means nothing to him.

  by Robert Reich Guardian Dec 17, 2018 Trump described the payments his bag man, Michael Cohen, made to two women during the 2016 campaign so they wouldn’t discuss their alleged affairs with him, as “a simple private transaction”. Last Saturday, when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Cohen if Trump knew the payments were wrong and … Continue reading In Trump’s mind, all deals are private. ‘Public interest’ means nothing to him.