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Tenerife Trump

Vox has a post on Republican Senator Bob Corker’s comment that Trump “is setting a path to World War III” and that he’s not the only one who is thinking this.

Well, heck, we’re *all* thinking it.

From Vox:

“Look, except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus understands what we’re dealing with here,” he told the newspaper,going far beyond what even many of Trump’s sharpest Democratic critics have been willing to say, at least in public. “Of course they understand the volatility that we’re dealing with and the tremendous amount of work that it takes by people around him to keep him in the middle of the road.”

That, in a single quote, may the most jarring thing about his criticism of Trump. Corker is saying out loud what I hear privately from sources throughout the military and the US government, and from both foreign ambassadors and visiting foreign diplomats. The broad consensus is that Trump is a uniquely dangerous commander in chief, one whose inconsistency, dishonesty, immaturity, and inability to control his anger pose a genuine risk to the national security of the US and the stability of the world as a whole.

These fears, whispered for months, have now been brought to the surface by a member of Trump’s own party.

Yeah, but, here’s the thing: what are they prepared to do about it? I’m sure I’m not the only person to ask this question in the last 24 hours.

Trump *Is* the most dangerous man on the planet. He’s a 2 year old with access to the nuclear codes. And we’re all standing around acting like we’re completely unable to do anything because why, exactly?? Is it because he is the President? The most powerful person in the world and we must not interfere with his office because whether the Trump voters were severely mislead or not, he has the right to protect us by blowing other people to smithereens triggering a swift retaliation?

And who could blame the rest of the planet for taking us out? We’re not to be trusted if we leave this impatient, temperamental and volatile 70 year old toddler in charge.

This reminds me of that horrific collision of two planes in Tenerife back in 1977. The K LM pilot was in a hurry to get back home, there were some inflexible rules about flying, fog and terrorism elsewhere kept the plane in Tenerife for too long and when his co-pilot said he didn’t think the plane had gotten clearance to take off, the pilot took off anyway and there was no one to stop him.

It would have been presumptive for an underling to question his superior.

And so they died. And took almost 600 people with them.

That’s what it’s like to be a passenger on this plane with Trump at the controls. He needs a nap, not a nuke and someone better stop him before his stupidity turns to malice.

Recapping “Grab’em by the Pussy” Anniversary weekend

Raise your hand if you thought that Steve Bannon calling it “Billy Bush Weekend” was utterly charming. Poor Donald, pulled into that dastardly Billy Bush’s excursion to Pleasure Island. (Oh, where was Jiminy Cricket when Donald needed him?)

For some reason, that’s not quite how the rest of us saw it. But not to fear, the so-called “failing New York Times” has been keeping track of examples of the fine and distinguished behavior of Donald Trump in A Republican’s Guide to Presidential Ettiquette.

Some examples from a very long list:

Criticize victims of that hurricane still living without drinking water or electricity by saying they “want everything to be done for them

During a visit to some of those victims, throw rolls of paper towels at them and tell them they should be “very proud” that only 16 people have died so far, unlike in a “real catastrophe”

Attack a senator battling terminal cancer

Pick nominees to the federal bench who call a sitting Supreme Court justice a “judicial prostitute” and refer to transgender children as part of “Satan’s plan”

Campaign hard for a Senate candidate; then when he appears likely to lose, say “I might have made a mistake” and later delete your tweets supporting him

Behave so erratically and irresponsibly that senators of your own party resort to saying you’re treated like an adult day-care student to keep you from starting World War III

And that’s in just the last week.

Poor Donald, he gets blamed for everything he does.


And now, the next Despacito. This is from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Hamilton guy, in this Reggaeton mashup of Maria from West Side Story and Puerto Rico.

Makes me want to dance.

As for me, I had a tremendous weekend. I went dancing for the first time in <number redacted> years. Wore my stilettos. Danced with Jonathan, never met him before… and never will again! Fun anyway. Woot!

I ain’t dead yet.