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By Stinky Pete
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I think the Dementia argument makes a lot of sense. It's clear that Trump has no idea what's going on, no sense of what's appropriate and what's not, no apparent memory of things he's said previously. But also, it's hard to believe he went through his whole life with a very limited reading ability and a fourth grade vocabulary. Apparently there are people who have been around him who see the dementia. If people around him are really seeing this, do they have an obligation to all of us to call it out?



Tom Toles, Washington Post

One of the concerns about President Trump is that he is suffering from early dementia. When I see a reference to this, my first thought is VERY early. I think he has been exhibiting troubling behaviors for as long as he has been getting people to look his way. In other words, from birth onward. He somehow got through toddlerhood without discovering that he is not, in fact, the center of the universe. And the rest, as they say, is history. Unfortunately for us, this is now the history of the United States we are writing, and we are just hoping he isn’t leading us into the dustbin thereof.

My own Exhibit A in this case is when he said he invented the term “prime the pump”: “I mean, I just … I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good.” I’m not sure how you explain this one any other way than dementia. Prime the pump is an exceedingly common phrase that not only everyone knows, but everyone also knows it a common phrase. The fact that Trump imagined and then said out loud that he thought of it is as laughable as the idea that Trump knows what literal pump-priming even is. Is there even such a thing as a gold-plated water pump?

It’s not always clear whether this dementia murmuring is considered a problem or a justification. Trump is a proven, on-the-record liar of prodigious attainment. But can it fairly be called lying if he is unaware of the facts, or of what he said previously? So hard to say! Which problem would we rather endure from a president: habitual lying or dementia? Habitual lying is disqualifying, or ought to be. It is also contagious. Honesty and deference to facts are some of those quaint “norms” that we hear about that are getting scoured away by the whirling Trump dust devil. And let’s just say that in Washington, these norms have been fragile ever since George Washington confessed to cutting down the cherry tree, which by the way, never actually happened.

But a case can be made that dementia, too, is contagious. It reminds me of a sign I saw on a young mom’s refrigerator. “Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your kids.” The most recent and eye-popping example of this possible contagion was Sen. O. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) attack on the press this week: “What concerns me about the American press is this endless, endless attempt to label the guy some kind of kook not fit to be president.” Where, oh where, does the press get an idea like this? Kook! Not fit! Oh, yeah, this is one place where: “I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy… He’s not fit to be president,” Graham said about then-candidate Trump in an interview on Fox News in 2016.

But it’s far worse than a senator here or there who castigates the press for remembering and believing what he told us. Trump, whatever is going on behind those piglet eyes, is pretty clearly driving the country to distraction. Distraction from how quickly our republic is going insane.
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By breitak67
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This would be the perfect place for someone to write a comment about how this once great nation is succumbing to godlessness. And maybe a reference to high school gun clubs.
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By Stinky Pete
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Trump's 'Real' Work Schedule Is Really Code For Lie-Ins, Relaxing And TV Time

By Harriet Sinclair On 1/8/18 at 3:34 AM

Donald Trump is reportedly spending even more time watching TV and tweeting, with several hours of his morning carved out for both activities, his schedule reveals.

The president’s so-called “executive time” is meant for relaxing, according to Axios, which claims to have a copy of Trump’s “real” schedule that differs to the one shared with the press and general public.

An example from the schedule shared by Axios reads: “On Tuesday, Trump has his first meeting of the day with Chief of Staff John Kelly at 11am. He then has "Executive Time" for an hour followed by an hour lunch in the private dining room. Then it's another 1 hour 15 minutes of "Executive Time" followed by a 45 minute meeting with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. Then another 15 minutes of "Executive Time" before Trump takes his last meeting of the day—at 3:45pm.”

According to the schedule, between 8am-11am, Trump is taking executive time in the Oval Office, which is spent in the residence and includes time watching the TV and using social media.

The claim comes following a report from The New York Times in December that suggested the president watched up to eight hours of TV a day. The article, based on talks with 60 insiders, suggested people close to Trump estimated he spends “at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television, sometimes with the volume muted.”

It is believed the president’s term did not begin with the same apparently relaxed approach to morning starts; with Trump previously hosting breakfast meetings and earlier briefings; however, it is claimed he has pushed for later starts as his time in office has continued.

In a statement on the president’s executive time, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the publication: "The time in the morning is a mix of residence time and Oval Office time but he always has calls with staff, Hill members, cabinet members and foreign leaders during this time.”

“The President is one of the hardest workers I've ever seen and puts in long hours and long days nearly every day of the week all year long. It has been noted by reporters many times that they wish he would slow down because they sometimes have trouble keeping up with him,” she added.

Indeed, Trump is reportedly on the go for much of the day, with reports from previous employees of the president describing him as “relentless.” In 2016, a group of former employees described Trump as a workaholic with a tendency to micromanage, The Guardian reported.

But alongside the constant buzz of Trump, the schedule shared by Axios suggests he is spending an increasing amount of “unstructured” time, which differs to that of his predecessors who tended to arrive to work earlier and have a more clearly defined schedule.
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By eriknben10
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Just think, 7 more years and you'll need a new obsession.
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By norton
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The leftists like Stinky Pete, Crowbird and the other one,, on here sound like old Nazis who missed and lamented Hitler's demise in 1946. -------- Obama had so undermined our nation and culture that anyone who has intentions of putting us on course has their full distain. Note also that they literally have nothing else to do in their small life but post on GoAston. :?