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Trump’s Behavior and Gait Continue to Raise Real Medical Questions

I try to be careful engaging the internet rumors that often fly about Trump’s behavior or posture and what the symptoms may mean from a medical perspective. Some of the commentary out there can only be described as clueless, irresponsible, and perhaps just mean-spirited. On the other hand, this is one of the oldest men to ever hold the office and one of the most secretive. He lives an unhealthy lifestyle, has always had drug accusations swirling around him, and has a family history that is peppered with issues. He has earned some probing questions. The net is lit about Trump’s strange gait, most recently seen last night when Trump attended an otherwise perfect football game. Just me or is Trump swinging his right leg around his body in an awkward-looking way? — The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 14, 2020   All I see is an old, increasingly obese man unable to really move well, nothing medically meaningful. But, then again, I don’t have the background to evaluate it, perhaps some of these people do and are accurate. It’s front temporal dementia. Affects gait n posture. It’s why he stands curved at podiums and hangs on to the sides for dear life — Joan Wilson ???????????????????????? (@joanwilsonorg) January 14, 2020 There might be some truth to the “stands curved” thing, he does have an extremely odd stance. Trump's relationship with gravity is like all his other relationships. Dysfunctional and disconnected. — ???????? David Ward ☕ (@DavidGalenWard) January 14, 2020 Or he might be compensating for putting on a massive amount of weight over the last few years. But many people do believe that dementia is playing a role, and it would explain more than just his gait. Trump’s balance & gait have steadily deteriorated. Often noted here, bc it reflects what's happening to his brain- dementia. He needs real neurological care from a place like the Mayo Clinic. Another doctor messaged me w an expert observational opinion after his last copter walk: — Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) January 12, 2020 The rumors about a possible minor stroke taking him to Walter Reed a couple months ago always come around again during these instances. The Walter Reed visit has never been sufficiently explained. It also comes after slurring his way through an important speech last Thursday. I thought so.It’s called ‘circumduction’ and can be a minor side effect after a minor stroke. — VeryBadGerman???? ????Unstable if genius tweets???? (@Speed_Peete) January 14, 2020 Of course, the fact that some think it is dementia while others think that Trump suffered a minor stroke just reinforces the fact that we don’t know, and cannot know without a complete medical review. Not even a physician examining Trump could make a real diagnosis without seeing the medications and other substances Trump might ingest. Via Rawstory: Many observers perceived Trump as sniffling extensively and having difficulty articulating words during that speech, and suggested that his pupils appeared to be dilated. This was taken as more evidence that this obese, 73-year-old man does lines of Adderall all day to remain conscious, or is heavily tranquilized by his handlers to manage him, or perhaps both. (Those observations would indeed tend to pull in different directions, drug-speculation-wise, although that’s hardly the biggest flaw in this whole zone of […]

Impeachment Dynamic Changing Fast: Ernst Joins Romney Over Procedure

Not to sound too self-important, but it was only four hours ago that Romney came out with his statement that he wanted to hear from John Bolton, and we noted that Romney’s move will create a safety lane for other Republicans, the ones hanging on the edge, thinking about jumping SS Trump. Now Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is saying that she wants Mitch McConnell to start working with the Democrats. Via Rawstory: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) is another endangered Republican running for reelection in 2020. She joined with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) in complaining about the process of impeachment unfolding in the U.S. Senate. In a Politico report Monday, Ernst told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) it was time to start working with Democrats instead of against them. No wonder the Russians are busy hacking the shit out of the Ukrainians. They better get moving. McConnell might want watch-out, because I sense a jail-break coming if just a couple more Republicans join with the Democrats in pushing back against McConnell’s sham. Two more will mean there are 51 senators – a majority – opposed to McConnell, something he is not used to. The remaining Republicans will have to assess whether they want to stay in the minority, or join the people seeking the truth. As we said earlier, a bet on the McConnell-Trump side is a bet on being able to manage the unknown into the future. I would hate to be Lindsey Graham, having argued his toff off about the giant hoax, suddenly having to explain how it was that anyone could be so adamant about anything when Trump was guilty as figs the whole time. Everyone get ready, because things are changing fast. The dynamic will look entirely different in two days. If you think Trump’s insufferable rage was running over to this point, you haven’t seen a thing yet. The scales are tipping, and I think that Twitter best add some extra wings to carry the load that is coming. Ernst has placed her bet, and decided it was best to suffer the rage, rather than the alternative. **** Peace, y’all Jason and on Twitter @MiciakZoom    

NYT: Russians Arrive Right on Time, Hacking Into Ukrainian Computers

I suppose the real question is what took them so long. It was only a matter of time, and we just flipped the calendar to the election year. Here come the Russians, hacking computers to boost Trump, again. The New York Times is out with a breaking story that the Russian military hacked into Burrisma’s computers, going after dirt on the Bidens. It is just a coincidence that Trump wanted that exact same dirt in extorting Ukraine. The hacking attempts against Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, began in early November, as talk of the Bidens, Ukraine and impeachment was dominating the news in the United States. It is not yet clear what the hackers found, or precisely what they were searching for. But the experts say the timing and scale of the attacks suggest that the Russians could be searching for potentially embarrassing material on the Bidens — the same kind of information that Mr. Trump wanted from Ukraine when he pressed for an investigation of the Bidens and Burisma, setting off a chain of events that led to his impeachment. I will tell you what they found. Whatever the fck they wanted. These are the very same people that brought you the O.G. “fake news,” which as a term is only properly applied to fake websites, publishing fake pieces, purporting to be real. If the Russians are after something, they’ll either find it, or make it up themselves. The article states that the Russians are using the exact same tactics, albeit stealthier, and during roughly the exact same point in time in the campaign as their hack of the DNC last time around. The result has been a muddy brew of conspiracy theories that mix facts, like the handful of Ukrainians who openly criticized Mr. Trump’s candidacy, with discredited claims that the D.N.C.’s email server is in Ukraine and that Mr. Biden, as vice president, had corrupt dealings with Ukrainian officials to protect his son. Spread by bots and trolls on social media, and by Russian intelligence officers, the claims resonated with Mr. Trump, who views talk of Russian interference as an attack on his legitimacy. Damn it. It is so infuriating. This is why Trump must be impeached, and must be removed from office. There is no other way we’re going to get a fair election. Russians are already attempting to tip the scales and keep us at each others’ throats. What happens when it looks like Trump is in trouble, perhaps down in November? A fake war? An attack on our civil infrastructure? An emergency declaration? We cannot know, we only know that it will be something. Because the other thing we know is that Trump has no problem with anyone, anywhere, helping him win. Indeed, it appears that Trump is willing to start (or at least risk) war, where many people die, to get reelected. Not for nothing, but that is near the definition of an evil dictator, attempting to keep atop a corrupt banana republic. Hear me, we are moving head-first into the ugliest, hardest fought, and perhaps most violent presidential election since at least 1968. Perhaps we can get through this one without any political assassinations, but I wouldn’t place money on it. If Trump is behind, you […]

Mitt Romney States He Would Vote for Bolton to Appear

Per Ari Melbar on MSNBC, Mitt Romney just announced that he would vote to hear from John Bolton as a fact witness in the impeachment trial, in other words, a real trial. Obviously, this is a major break in the case and highly favorable to the Democrats. Trump has always balanced his presidency precariously on the “unanimity” he requires, going to any length to intimidate his party into compliance, lest he banish them from their careers as Republicans. From the beginning, we’ve known that even one or two defections against Trump’s bullying could lead to a dam break. It would seem that each Republican coming out against Trump makes it that much easier for the next one, and the next one, until the process builds on its own momentum. Perhaps we are there. Because right now, I see a crack in the dam. There is immense political heat on each Republican senator. Poll after poll affirms that people favor hearing from the witnesses. Adding to that pressure is the likely continuous drip of evidence released to the public into the future, after the trial. The danger that the Republicans let a clear crime go – covered up – hangs over each of them, like a bucket ready to leave them all wet. If Romney votes to hear from Bolton it is far more likely than not that Murkowski, Gardner and Collins will have to follow along. Indeed, once a few Republicans brave Trump’s rage – and I seriously doubt anyone has seen rage this hot and cutting  – it is hard to see how every Republicans won’t be forced to support calling witnesses. This would be entirely proper, of course. The United States has had fifteen impeachment trials in our history under the current constitution. All fifteen had witnesses. Mitch McConnell seems intent upon having the first impeachment trial without any witnesses, and indeed it might well be the first trial of any kind without a witness. By its very definition, a trial involves witness testimony, indeed one cannot have a trial without witnesses. Trials determine contested facts, whether those facts are found by the court or a jury, the only issue at trial is the determination as to which facts are most credible. That is not to say that legal proceedings are never adjudicated without a trial. Indeed we do it all the time. If the issue is one in which all parties agree on the facts, but the parties disagree as to the law fitting those facts, we use a procedure called “summary judgment.” In a summary judgment procedure, the judge takes facts that are largely uncontested and adjudicates the matter through motions and briefings. But summary judgment is limited to civil cases, never criminal. While an impeachment is not a criminal proceeding, it is not a civil proceeding within the courts, either. Thus we’re left to take the most common-sense definition as to what is and what is not a “trial.” I put to you, that one cannot have a trial without witnesses. If the Republicans insisted upon going forward without calling any witnesses, the Democrats should – and likely can – make an argument to Chief Justice Roberts that the Republicans are not following the constitution, by denying the House impeachment managers a “trial” as required. […]

Formal Ethics Complaint Filed Against McConnell re: Impeachment

We should be clear about something first before we get into specifics. Anyone can file a formal complaint against any government official (through different procedural means), at any point, about anything. Simply filing a complaint doesn’t alone confer any legitimacy upon the substance or the likelihood that it will ever come to anything. But some complaints are taken more seriously at the filing stage due to the fact that they are filed by respectable organizations. These organizations have the resources to follow through, and – presumably – the judgment to only file those complaints with a real basis and real hope for punishment. Having said that, a formal complaint has been filed against McConnell based upon McConnell’s admission that he was working with the White House, and that there would be no difference in positions. Via Rawstory, from the complaint itself: The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the authority to impeach and remove the president, .. the Constitution states: “When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on oath or affirmation.” …the nature and structure of the Constitution suggest an obligation to administer impartial justice in impeachment proceedings. The “Rules … are more specific. They provide that “the presiding officer shall administer the oath  …  , which is: “I solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.” I have previously written that I would encourage any of the Democratic Senators or House impeachment managers to file an oral and written objection just prior to administering the oath to McConnell (or if done generally, just prior to the issuance). I would place the objection directly in the lap of Chief Justice Roberts. The written objection would set out the basis, and might provide the Democrats an opportunity to argue its merits under the law. Whether in writing or not, an objection would lead to one of two things: Either C.J. Roberts seriously entertains the objection and agrees to adjudicate whether or not McConnell can sit as a juror. Or, at a minimum, it would be the last issue hanging in the air just prior to issuing the oath. It would be the best means by which Democrats could get the point across – this is a sham, and Republicans engineered it. Despite all of us knowing of McConnell’s statement and having internalized it to color how we view the proceeding, it is not a given – ever – that the Fox News watching crowd noticed or knew. It would be great to alert or remind them. The complaint goes on to state: The notion of impartial justice is crucial to upholding Constitutional values and securing the American people’s confidence in the essential fairness of any Senate trial. Right, that is the point. As I said above, who files the complaint is every bit as important as the contents. In this case, it is a serious group that knows how to move a complaint forward. Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, said that McConnell presiding over “a kangaroo court” in the U.S. Senate “not only mocks the institution,” but actually undermines Trump as well. “If the public views the trial as […]

Trump Takes Bigotry to the Next Level in Tweet of Schumer and Pelosi

Not that we ever thought there was a bottom, but seeing Trump’s dark creative streak work to unleash his hatred and racist bigotry still surprises, even if it no longer shocks. Today he went deep, consumed with white-hot hatred for his “enemies” in politics, and enriched racism: The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah's rescue.#NancyPelosiFakeNews — داون آندر (@D0wn_Under) January 13, 2020 Yes, that is your president, and mine. I find it telling that such a tweet would have been an historic scandal within any other administration, and yet in this one, it’s just Monday. It is what we have come to expect, and what the deplorables demand. He’s “owning the libs,” because who else could have come up with something so profound, biting and comedic (to the Right)? Reaction has been that what you would expect, outrage from normal people, and silence from Republican co-conspirators. The president is an open racist and bigot. Everyone who votes for him this November is complicit in this racism and bigotry. No excuses. No exceptions. — Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) January 13, 2020 This is not all he’s done this morning. Trump said that Democrats would do away with the pre-existing conditions requirement within Obamacare, and that only Trump could save it. Of course, most people know that the Trump administration is actively seeking to have the entire law invalidated, including pre-existing conditions. I am not even going to post the mutilated corpse he put up earlier: So far today, Trump has: 1) retweeted image of a mutilated corpse2) retweeted Islamophobic image mocking how Muslims dress3) misspelled Bernie Sanders's name and a slur he uses to demean Warren4) confused "imminent" and "eminent" it's not 11 am yet. — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 13, 2020 Oh, you wanted to see the lie? This is a bald-faced lie. Having changed its position, the Justice Department is now actively asking the federal courts to throw out the entire ACA—including, more than a little cynically, the (entirely constitutional) requirement that insurers cover pre-existing conditions. — Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) January 13, 2020 But, he is still consumed with the impeachment proceedings, so just know that the Islamic Pelosi-Schumer texts were really expressions stemming from this: “We demand fairness” shouts Pelosi and the Do Nothing Democrats, yet the Dems in the House wouldn’t let us have 1 witness, no lawyers or even ask questions. It was the most unfair witch-hunt in the history of Congress! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2020 How many times a day does he post the exact same tweet? I ask because damned if I’m going back to count all of them. Want some good news? We are on the brink of Obama winning one more prize that will leave Trump simmering in his spiced jealousy juices: .@BarackObama has landed his first-ever Oscar nomination for American Factory, an original documentary distributed by his Higher Ground Productions in partnership with Netflix: #OscarNoms #Oscars #BarackObama — Consequence of Sound (@consequence) January 13, 2020 Ha! Holy shit! Can you imagine Obama walking down and giving his acceptance speech at the Oscars? Wonder who he might call out? Damn, that might well be one night in which more people would be watching than the State of the Union. Obama […]

The White House Will Even Lie About the Weather

I am old enough to remember a time when hearing “the White House” as part of any discussion conferred the ultimate gravitas. Every utterance from the nerve center of American policy would be perfect; it would be fact-checked several times, it would use the king’s English with no errors or flare, and would exude authority and competence. This White House is the polar opposite, from serious assertions that were facially self-proving lies, to “strange” wording, and mistakes. This White House managed to take the greatest super power in history and make it seem small, ordinary, and petty. Last night was one of the worst, albeit on an otherwise meaningless issue. On the eve of record-setting warmth up and down the east coast, the White House issued a tweet celebrating the first snow of the year. The Trump White House will proclaim “up is down” before this is over — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 13, 2020 In any other White House, we’d probably allow that someone made a simple error. Except this one wasn’t quickly noted and correct, and this isn’t any other White House. I would like to think that this was perhaps a clue-laden cry for help from deep within the bowels of tightly controlled criminality. Actually, wouldn’t it be cool if a real conspiracy existed? Kind of like “Q,” only orchestrated by a whistleblower with access to the official White House twitter account? Perhaps the weather report symbolizes something, if only someone smart enough could put it all together. “First snow of the year …” What could first snow symbolize? Something cold? White? Snow is white water …, that blankets .. maybe last night was the first time this year the White House “whitewashed” a truth, threw a blanket over something critical! This is going to take more work. And not just because it is far more likely that the message from inside the White House is just a cheap laugh by a sadistic staffer affirming that, yes, they will lie about literally anything, big or small. Or they just fcked up. Could mean anything, now that I think about it. Which means it is useless, just like just about everything else that the White House comes up with. **** Peace, y’all Jason and on Twitter @MiciakZoom

Trump, AGAIN, Complains He Did Not Win Nobel Prize

We have been here before, but this is the type of story that never gets old. It is fun to mock the ridiculousness of it, and Trump won’t seem to let it die anyway. Yes, per the title, Trump once again made reference to the fact that the Nobel committee must be made-up of peace loving, blue state freaks who advocate socialism or something. It appears that we once again must remind Trump that certain rules apply to winning the Nobel Peace Prize. It is like Fight Club. Rule number one: Don’t talk about the peace prize. If you don’t win, see rule number one. Second – and this is more of a technicality, unlike the firm number one rule – one must promote peace, locally, and ideally around the globe. But even men and women that clearly qualify under rule number two, must first follow rule number one. He talked: Holy shit he actually said it. Trump is actually complaining, only days after assassinating Iran's top general and goading them into war, that he wasn't awarded the Nobel Peace — Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 10, 2020 Per Vanity Fair: It was difficult to parse through what he might have been referring to, but those versed in original Trump have suggested “the head of the country” that he’s referred to is Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed. After taking office in April 2018, Abiy introduced major reforms to Ethiopia, freed thousands of activists from jail, let exiled dissidents come home, appointed women to top positions, and allowed the media to operate as it sees fit. He also resolved a border conflict with Eritrea, signing a peace deal with President Isaias Afwerki. Did Trump have anything to do with brokering the peace? Of course not. As the BBC notes, the U.S.’s influence “was minimal.” The head of a nation released political prisoners, invited dissidents to come home, invited women to participate and settled a border war? Hard to believe that the guy won out over a dude that wants to build a wall to keep out the humanitarian refugees he jailed, continually calls the press “the enemy of the people,” and just assassinated a man with a missile which could still incite the globe into World War III. All I can say is that the Ethiopian president must have followed rule number one. Other than that, there is nothing to distinguish the two. It is one thing if you just invented anti-gravity such that you’ve solved the world’s energy issues and made flying cars possible. You might have a complaint if you didn’t win the prize for physics, and perhaps you could mention the oversight while speaking to the U.N. about how the planet is to be revolutionized. But the peace prize is a whole different thing. I haven’t yet complained about not winning the prize for literature, which is a much bigger omission than Trump’s case. If anyone has a legitimate complaint, it’s me. It is especially so because I know well enough to never discuss that I deserve the literature prize, never mind walking around talking about the blatant bias against red-state Democrats who blog and write obscure novels. It is not hard. Really. Not Trump. It is soooo delicious, though, knowing that until Obama won, Trump would […]

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