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“Duty To Warn” Has Alerted America President Trump Is Not Mentally Able To Hold Office

October 16, 2017

For months I have stated my layman’s view that President Trump is not mentally stable to be sitting in the Oval Office.  If Trump were a relative and acted this way I would be seeking someone to be his healthcare power of attorney.  If Trump were the CEO of a company the board would demand his resignation.  The vast majority in the country know that Trump is not morally, psychologically, or intellectually able to be president. Now there is a growing movement to do something about it.

The removal of Trump using the Twenty-fifth Amendment is the aim of a newly launched social movement composed of mental-health professionals. The group, called Duty to Warn, claims that Donald Trump “suffers from an incurable malignant narcissism that makes him incapable of carrying out his presidential duties and poses a danger to the nation.” On Saturday, the organization held coördinated kickoff events in fourteen cities, where mental-health experts spoke out about Trump’s dangerousness and, in several, took to the streets in organized funereal marches, complete with drum corps.

Dr. John Gartner, the founder of Duty to Warn, told me that the event drew nearly a thousand participants across the country. At the Washington, D.C., event, the group presented an award to Representative Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland and the sponsor of a bill that the group endorses. H.R. 1987 proposes an “Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity” that, under the Twenty-fifth Amendment, would serve as the congressionally appointed body for determining if the President cannot execute the powers and duties of his office owing to mental illness or deficiency.

According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, a majority of American voters now believe that Trump is not “fit to serve as President.” While many lay members of the public have observed Trump’s increasingly erratic and unstable behavior, commentary from mental-health experts about Trump’s mental state was slow to gather steam because of the Goldwater Rule, an ethical principle of the American Psychiatric Association that says that psychiatrists cannot express professional opinions about public figures they have not personally examined. “Because we were silenced by the Goldwater Rule, we failed to warn the public that they were heading over the Niagara Falls,” Gartner said. The Duty to Warn movement now represents an outright rebellion against the yoke of the professional norm.

This Is Why Nothing Is Accomplished In Trump White House

October 16, 2017

This is what being disconnected from reality looks like.

When it is obvious there is no consensus in the Republican controlled Congress to pass anything just heap more on their plate. When the GOP Congress does not feel any warmth to the President have that same leader then provide Steve Bannon with kind words. Saddle up with Bannon who has stated he wants GOP incumbents to be voted out of office. Now start at the top of this paragraph and see the lunacy that is the Trump White House.

The president said before a Cabinet meeting that he is “looking very, very strongly” at welfare reform. Also on the agenda: rewriting the tax code, the health care law, consider new sanctions on Iran, renewing a critical children’s health insurance program and immigration policy.

“Prescription drug prices are out of control” … “The drug companies quite frankly are getting away with murder” … “More than ever we need the wall” … “There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore.” … “There are some Republicans, frankly, who should be ashamed of themselves … You had a few people that really disappointed us. They really, really disappointed us. So I can understand fully how Steve Bannon feels.”

Trump also said “I think we already have the votes” for health care and that a long-term fix for Obamacare “will take place probably in March or April.” He also said he is “waiting for ‘stage two’ on the [Iran] deal, which could improve the deal or lead to him walking away, which he says ‘some people might say is more likely’,”

James has a business for guardianship and when someone is this delusional they are placed in medical care.

How The Workers At President Trump’s Daycare Center Do Their Jobs

October 16, 2017

The Washington Post has the must read story of the day as they report on the way insiders at President Trump’s daycare center operate.

H.R. McMaster, the president’s national security adviser, has frequently resorted to diversionary tactics to manage Trump. In the Oval Office he will often volunteer to have his staff study Trump’s more unorthodox ideas. When Trump wanted to make South Korea pay for the entire cost of a shared missile defense system, McMaster and top aides huddled to come up with arguments that the money spent defending South Korea and Japan also benefited the U.S. economy in the form of manufacturing jobs, according to two people familiar with the debate.

And now in the White House, when advisers hope to prevent Trump from making what they think is an unwise decision, they frequently try to delay his final verdict — hoping he may reconsider after having time to calm down.

When Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) described the White House as “an adult day-care center” on Twitter last week, he gave voice to a certain Trumpian truth: The president is often impulsive, mercurial and difficult to manage, leading those around him to find creative ways to channel his energies.  

Some Trump aides spend a significant part of their time devising ways to rein in and control the impetuous president, angling to avoid outbursts that might work against him, according to interviews with 18 aides, confidants and outside advisers, most of whom insisted on anonymity to speak candidly.

“If you visit the White House today, you see aides running around with red faces, shuffling paper and trying to keep up with this president,” said one Republican in frequent contact with the administration. “That’s what the scene is.” 

Some aides and advisers have found a way to manage Trump without seeming to condescend. Perhaps no Cabinet official has proven more adept at breaking ranks with Trump without drawing his ire than Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has disagreed with his boss on a range of issues, including the effectiveness of torture, the importance of NATO and the wisdom of withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. 

 The president appreciates how Mattis, a four-star Marine general, speaks to him candidly but respectfully and often plays down disagreements in public. A senior U.S. official said that Mattis’s focus has been on informing the president when they disagree — before the disagreements go public — and maintaining a quiet influence. 

Unlike his fellow Cabinet secretaries, Mattis has also gone out of his way not to suck up to the president — a stance made easier perhaps by his four decades in uniform and his combat record.

At the laudatory Cabinet meeting this summer, he was the lone holdout who did not lavish praise on the president. Instead, Mattis said it was “an honor to represent the men and women of the Department of Defense.”

Library of Congress Book Conveyor Tunnel

October 16, 2017

This is no doubt the most unique topic of the day for any blog.  Since our Washington, D.C. trip this year my exploration of these esoteric topics continue.

The Library of Congress Jefferson Building opened to the public in 1898, replacing the original fire-prone library inside the Senate wing of the Capitol. The Washington Evening Star a decade later recalled how “it immediately became a serious question how some senator, for instance, in the heat of a fiery debate on the floor, could in the shortest space of time get to his hand some particular volume whose authority would unhorse his antagonist – a volume nestled, perhaps, deep in the shelves of the library, a quarter of a mile away.”

Library of Congress superintendent Bernard Green had just the solution, and designed the first of its kind “book conveying apparatus” with help from the Miles Pneumatic Tube Company. An electric dynamo “operating without smoke or noise” underneath the library Main Reading Room drove trays on an endless cable running by tunnel directly with a document room steps from the House of Representatives chamber.

 

Exciting News From Space! Two Stars Dance In Death Spiral Until Collision

October 16, 2017

Hold on to your seats (and we know NOVA on PBS is making plans for a show) and think about this.

For the first time, two neutron stars in a nearby galaxy have been observed engaging in a spiral death dance around one another until they collided. What resulted from that collision is being called an “unprecedented” discovery that is ushering in a new era of astronomy, scientists announced today.

On Aug. 17, the signals of the collision reached Earth. It was the first cosmic event in history to be witnessed via both traditional telescopes and gravitational wave detectors, which sense wrinkles in space-time.

The collision created the first observed instance of a single source emitting ripples in space-time, known as gravitational waves, as well as light, which was released in the form of a two-second gamma ray burst. The collision also created heavy elements such as gold, platinum and lead, scattering them across the universe in a kilonova — similar to a supernova — after the initial fireball. 
 
It is being hailed as the first known instance of multi-messenger astrophysics: one source in the universe emitting two kinds of waves, gravitational and electromagnetic.

 

Vicki Kennedy Finds Her Way Back In Life

October 16, 2017

The wife of Senator Edward Kennedy, Vicki Kennedy, is making her comeback into life eight years after the death of the man known as the Lion of the Senate.

In 2015, she returned to work at a law firm after a nearly 20-year hiatus, renewing a career she left to avoid the appearance of conflicts with her husband’s Senate work. As a senior counsel in the corporate practice group at Greenberg Traurig, an international firm she had worked for in the 1990s, she advises business clients, while shuffling between the law firm’s Boston and Washington, D.C., offices. It’s the kind of legal work that generally stays out of public view, which seems to fit a lawyer comfortable advocating for a client or a cause, but who is reluctant to talk publicly about herself.

“I think she may be one of the better-kept secrets,” said Jeri Asher, cofounder and executive vice president of Jibo Inc., a robotics company Kennedy represents. “In Boston it takes people a while when they know you in one role to recontextualize you in another. I can see there would be a little transition, and then people rediscovering Vicki completely on her own merits.

In Ted Kennedy’s absence, Vicki Kennedy has remained active in civic life. She serves on boards for charities, such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Most prominently, she is president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a kind of classroom in governance and homage to American democracy next to the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

Biden, who thinks of Vicki Kennedy “like a sister,” said she has an abiding personal commitment to the institute, which Biden illustrated with a story:

Among the thousands of condolences Biden received after the death of his son, Beau, in 2015, one of his most treasured came from Vicki Kennedy, Biden said.

In her note, Vicki recalled that every time Ted Kennedy would feel down, he’d reread a letter his father, US Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., had written to a friend about losing his son Joe Jr. in World War II. Vicki sent Biden a copy of the elder Kennedy’s letter.

“He said, ‘I realize I could make no sense of why this happened,’ ” Biden recalled, paraphrasing Joe Sr.’s letter. “ ‘Then one day, because life has to continue to be lived, I thought to myself, what would Joe do if he were still alive? And decided to devote my life to doing what he would have done.’ ”

“To Kill A Mockingbird” Is Under Attack

October 15, 2017
Earth to Biloxi–This is 2017!
To Kill a Mockingbird is being removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district.  According to the Biloxi Sun Herald, school administrators pulled the classic novel from the 8th-grade curriculum because of complaints that some of the book’s language “makes people uncomfortable.”
Meanwhile on the playground it often sounds like sailors on leave.
And so it goes.
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