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18 August 2917: Not a normal day.

John Kelly Quickly Moves to Impose Military Discipline on White House.”  This was the headline in the New York Times way back on August 3rd.

Today, a mere two weeks later, it’s safe to surmise that John Kelly’s new job isn’t going terribly well. Indeed, this was Kelly’s reaction to Trump’s idiotic ramblings before the press on Tuesday.

That does not look like a happy man.

It’s Friday the 17th of August, 2017; it’s not a normal day.

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17 August 2017: Not a normal day.

NeoNazism is described as “post-World War II social or political movements seeking to revive the ideology of Nazism.”

Here’s the thing. There’s no such thing as neo-Nazis. Nazis are Nazis.

Period.

In the 1930s and 1940s, millions of people died at the hands of the Nazis, and during the fight against them. I won’t forget their noble sacrifice, and I won’t tolerate anyone who espouses the Nazi ideology.

That includes Donald Trump. That, especially, include Donald Trump.

It’s the 17th of August, 2017. It’s not a normal Thursday.

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16 August 2017: Not a normal day.

Donald Trump temporarily took the high ground yesterday with his muted, but ultimately insincere, remarks about last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville.

However, yesterday, Trump was back to being his old and instinctive—that is to say, bigoted—self yesterday.

Trump said that the violence in Charlottesville was also the fault of the “alt-left”; he accused them of “swinging clubs”, and “charging at, as you say, at the alt-right.” He called the so-called alt-left “very, very violent.”

Here’s the thing: There’s no such thing as the “alt-left”.

There’s just plain old, and now fed-up, tolerant Americans.

Donald Trump continues to show his true, racially intolerant colors.

He is unfit to be president.

It’s Wednesday the 16th of August, 2017. It’s not a normal day.

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15 August 2017: Not a normal day.

Kenneth Frazier, the chief executive of Merck, resigned from Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Frazier said, “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal. As C.E.O. of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against extremism.”

This was Trump’s response to Frazier’s resignation:

There are two things about Trump’s tweet that warrant attention.

This first is, Donald Trump is an idiot. I’ve tried, in the past, to temper my criticism of Trump in this blog out of respect for the millions of Americans that voted for him. But no more. Donald Trump, America’s version of Dear Leader, is a sorry excuse for a human being; he is a true buffoon, an idiot, in every sense.

The second is, Kenneth Frazier was appointed to the American Manufacturing Council by Trump himself. So, if Trump believed then that Merck was gouging American consumers, why would he appoint Frazier to one of his leading advisory boards in the first place? Indeed, Trump’s tweet about Frazier only reinforces how truly idiotic he is.

It’s Tuesday, the 15th of August, 2017.  It’s an abnormal Tuesday.

Go ahead: Disagree with me on Twitter. I dare you.

14 August 2017: Not a normal day.

In response to what other members of congress have called an act of domestic terrorism by American Neo-nazis, Donald Trump said, “[w]e condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence that’s on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country.”

Many sides?

Many sides!

What on Earth is Trump talking about?

I’ve wracked my brain, and here’s what I came up with:

  1. Donald Trump is tone deaf, and suffers from a serious deficit of emotional intelligence;
  2. Donald Trump is sympathetic to neo-nazis and other white nationalist groups;
  3. Donald Trump is an idiot; or
  4. All of the above.

I’ll let you decide.

It’s the 14th of August, 2017. It’s not a normal Monday.

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11 August 2017: Not a normal day.

Three “operatives” of James O’Keefe and Steve Bannon are alleged to have infiltrated meetings of the League of Conservation voters in an attempt to gain access to confidential information; they also are alleged to to have secretly videotaped meetings, presumably so that they can release elected clips aimed at smearing and discrediting  the organization.

Not only is this not normal, its stupidity is galactic in its proportions.

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It’s Friday, the 11th of August, 2017. Its not a normal Friday.

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10 August 2017: Not a normal day.

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s threat to North Korea of “fire and fury,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a written statement that read, in part:

“The D.P.R.K. regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.”

Here’s the thing.

Wars don’t have “winners” and “losers”.  They merely involve different degrees of losing.

Nuclear wars are worse; everybody loses.  On a grand scale.

We all get that stalemates between nuclear armed nations are fraught with risk at the best of times. Nobody should be so naive as to believe that, behind closed doors, the American defense apparatus isn’t—along with its allies—planning a serious and drastic strike against North Korea.

However, I think we are all—Democrats, Republicans, Greens, independents—entitled to expect that our government will refrain from ratcheting up international tensions, and individual anxieties, over an ad-libbed and ill-conceived sound byte.

Today is August 10th, 2017; not a normal day.

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