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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Is Donald Trump mentally ill?


“I’ve worked with murderers and rapists. I can recognize dangerousness from a mile away. You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend fifty years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.” – James Gilligan, psychiatrist and professor at New York University School of Medicine

Donald Trump has 'dangerous mental illness', say psychiatry experts at Yale conference

Donald Trump has a “dangerous mental illness” and is not fit to lead the US, a group of psychiatrists has warned during a conference at Yale University.

Mental health experts claimed the President was “paranoid and delusional”, and said it was their “ethical responsibility” to warn the American public about the “dangers” Mr Trump’s psychological state poses to the country.

Speaking at the conference at Yale’s School of Medicine on Thursday, one of the mental health professionals, Dr John Gartner, a practising psychotherapist who advised psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, said: “We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Donald Trump's dangerous mental illness.”
James Gilligan, a psychiatrist and professor at New York University, told the conference he had worked some of the “most dangerous people in society”, including murderers and rapists — but that he was convinced by the “dangerousness” of Mr Trump.

“I’ve worked with some of the most dangerous people our society produces, directing mental health programmes in prisons,” he said.

“I’ve worked with murderers and rapists. I can recognize dangerousness from a mile away. You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend fifty years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.” [Source]


New York Magazine: At Yale, Psychiatrists Cite Their ‘Duty to Warn’ About an Unfit President


New York Times, Feb. 17, 2017: Is It Time to Call Trump Mentally Ill?

Columbia Journalism Review, Feb 22, 2017: Avoiding questions about Trump’s mental health is a betrayal of public trust

New York Times, Aug. 15, 2015: Introducing Donald Trump, Diplomat


MSNBC: THE LAST WORD, Feb. 23, 2017: Trump's mental health: 'The elephant in the room'

MSNBC: THE LAST WORD, Aug 18, 2015: Inside the mind of Donald Trump

Monday, April 17, 2017

Trump wants to be 'Queen for a Day'...and other Trumpy things I found on the Internet


Trump delights in watching the U.S. military display its strength
Amid the often jarring inconsistency of President Trump’s foreign policy, one thing has always been crystal clear: He loves a big show of American military force.

“You gotta knock the hell out of them — Boom! Boom! Boom!” Trump said of Islamic State terrorists at a January 2016 rally in Iowa, punctuating each “boom” with a punch of his fist.

That same impulse has been apparent over the past 10 days as Trump pummeled a Syrian air base with cruise missiles, threatened military action against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program and praised the U.S. military’s first-ever use of a massive 11-ton bomb, nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” to kill Islamic State militants in Afghanistan.

“So incredible. It’s brilliant. It’s genius,” Trump said Tuesday of the missile strike in Syria. “Our technology, our equipment is better than anybody by a factor of five.” [Source: Washington Post]
After the Washington Post posted the story on its FB page, one reader left this comment:
This guy's like a toddler at Christmas with his new toys:

Look mommy! I sit on the big truck! Vroooom vroom!

See! I push the button whoosh! Boom!

No! I don't want to sit with my friend Angela! I don't want a picture with her! She has cooties!

Oooh! The nice man from China's really smart! I won't say bad things about him any more, I promise mommy. He's my friend now. But still don't like North Korea! No! I think they're bad! Gonna push my button and make them go away.

Mommy! I'm tired of playing president. I wanna go home and go play now. No! now!



Trump wants gold-plated carriage ride with Queen during UK visit
President Trump has requested a ride with Queen Elizabeth II in a gold-plated carriage during his visit to the United Kingdom this October, according to a report by The Times of London. [Source: The Hill]



What Kind of Pet Should Donald Trump Get?
Breathes there a man with a soul so dead that he doesn’t want a loyal dog or faithful feline trotting beside him when he mounts that lonely staircase to the venerable Master Bedroom?

Apparently, yes.

It seems emblematic of President Trump’s blaring tone-deafness for the office that he doesn’t even feign interest in recruiting a furry, fowlish or finny friend. Pets reap vast, humanizing rewards for presidents, as almost every one of his predecessors has discovered.
What is that great line? Once you’ve learned to fake sincerity, the rest is easy. Once Donald Trump learns to pretend to love animals, he can move on to pretending to love the human race. [Source: New York Times]



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Trump reverses his position on U.S. military. Now says 'we have the greatest military in the world'

Donald Trump, the man who during the campaign called the United States military a disaster, who said a private military school provided him with “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military” and who once told NBC's Chuck Todd that he got military advice by watching generals on TV shows, today praised the U.S military after the news broke that U. S. forces dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on an ISIS complex in Afghanistan.

"We are so proud of our military. It was another successful event....
We have the greatest military in the world."

But he wasn't always so complimentary when talking about the military or its leaders.

A small sampling.... 

["The generals don't know much about ISIS] because they're not winning."

"The generals have been reduced to rubble."

"I love war, in a certain way."

Mar-A-Lago's chocolate cake is to die for

Via Mother Jones:

Trump Brags About Eating the "Most Beautiful" Chocolate Cake
During Syrian Missile Strike Decision ... Then forgets which country he just bombed.