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Stroll: Soul and CDC

I have to face my addiction to crunchy almond butter. I keep a jar at home and at work. {{hangs head in shame}}. I’m powerless before it.

Time to go home. Everybody dance.

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This is weird. The CDC is instructing all employees to not talk to the press or answer the most basic requests for data.

What is that all about??

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Another Harvard psychiatrist breaks the Goldwater Rule on Trump’s mental illness as a public service. Too late, actually, we can’t roll back the election, though I’d love to have a tardis to play with that wibbly wobbly, timey wimey thing.

The shrink says Donald Trump is a sociopath. His case is convincing. And here’s the bad part:

I don’t think Trump’s cruelty is coincidental to his appeal. His bigotry, his racism, his meanness — that is why people like him. I think that is the core of his appeal for a certain part of the public.

I agree. Hitler had a lot of followers too. Some people look for strong leaders. Others are suspicious of strong leaders. A lot of people seek out strong leaders because it is part of our shared human experience. As children, we all want to believe that our parents are good and strong and great and will protect us forever. So if you have someone who comes along say, “I am good and strong and great and I will protect you forever,” a certain number of people will follow that person.

If they are skilled at it the way Trump is, or the way that Mussolini or Hitler was, then they speak to the concerns of those people. Not that they really have any care about them. Trump does not. He could care less about these people. What they want from him is somebody who will finally be strong and speak up for them, except that it is a one-sided bargain. They just do not know it is because he is a liar.

Hmmm. Maybe we should worry more about the voters who put him in office. Why is it they can’t detect the most obvious of lies about Donald? That he doesn’t care at all about them?

The rest of us figured it out.

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IBW sent this link to Wonkette’s list of 19 Books That Hillary Clinton Should Write Next. Some of these are bound to be classics, such as:

Which Part of “He’s a Russian Puppet” Did You Dipsquats Not Understand?

Suck It: A Guide to the Cocktails I Drink Now That I No Longer Have to Be Polite to Doucheschooners Like Chris Cillizza

Eat It: A Recipe Book of Cookies I Never Baked and Never Fucking Will

Doucheschooner is so much funnier if I don’t think about it too long.

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5 Responses

  1. From Wonkette (NSFW: basically every thread at Wonkette is NSFW):

    The 19 Books Hillary Clinton Should Write Next 😛

  2. Motherfuckers, they didn’t even let us, the majority celebrate the historic nature of her candidacy, because you know she is a Clinton, she is a witch… a cyborg and not an intelligent human who connected with millions.

    Did I say, Motherfuckers? now repeat it million times.

  3. Maybe NYT should have done articles like these BEFORE the election instead of EMAILS, you know for the low IQ electoral brigade.

  4. Hillary on Maddow on Thursday!

  5. for a brief moment I went back to Funky Town

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