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Isn’t it funny how it all goes to hell at once??

The American citizens in the Country of Puerto Rico are starting to die from dirty water.

DOH! Didnt see that coming.

Meanwhile, California wine country, home to a $50 BILLION industry is still burning. There are now 23 dead. But you know, California is a blue state and they have just passed a bill protecting sanctuary cities and Donald has a base who want him to beat the living crap crack down on immigrants so… you know, there’s that…

(For more on the crisis in California, follow Lady V’s twitter account @ChaliceGarden.)

Child Donald is hating everyone in the White House. They’re all scrambling to keep him from going to the “YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!!” phase, to be followed by “I WANT TO DO IT ALL BY MYSELF!!”

(this is when most parents put plugs in their ears, traffic cones around the screaming toddler on the floor and patiently wait it out. This kid is going to be trickier. Well, for one thing, he’s 6’2”, overweight, ugly and has found the matches. Note to Melania: stop feeding him carrots)

Today, he is threatening to make healthcare cheaper and better. Since this isn’t going to happen without it being prohibitively more expensive and way less better for people with pre-existing conditions, not to mention 9 million children whose existing healthcare is going away very, very rapidly, it can only mean that Donald cares only about young white males between the ages of 18-35. The rest of us can die, die, die because he hates all of us.

But it’s not enough to ruin Americans’ lives. He’s about to bring down the world economy with his rash, ill-informed and badly planned destruction of NAFTA. (You might hate it but destroying it is the equivalent of Brexit and who wants to see that happen?)

Where are the smart ass dwarf and Essence of Nightshade when we need them??

Ooo, Joffrey insults a veteran. Can we get John McCain to play Tywin? Pretty please??

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Everything’s fine. Why do you ask?

Oh I dunno. Maybe it’s because the annoying orange’s cabinet in the White House is seriously considering invoking the 25th amendment?

He doesn’t even know what that is.

According to two sources familiar with the conversation, Trump vented to his longtime security chief, Keith Schiller, “I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!” (A White House official denies this.) Two senior Republican officials said Chief of Staff John Kelly is miserable in his job and is remaining out of a sense of duty to keep Trump from making some sort of disastrous decision. Today, speculation about Kelly’s future increased after Politico reported that Kelly’s deputy Kirstjen Nielsen is likely to be named Homeland Security Secretary—the theory among some Republicans is that Kelly wanted to give her a soft landing before his departure.

One former official even speculated that Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have discussed what they would do in the event Trump ordered a nuclear first strike. “Would they tackle him?” the person said. Even Trump’s most loyal backers are sowing public doubts. This morning, The Washington Post quoted longtime Trump friend Tom Barrack saying he has been “shocked” and “stunned” by Trump’s behavior.

Ahhh, the Jaime Lannister Maneuver. Lol! How much do you want to bet they’re calling it that in private.

Jeezus Tap Dancing Christ.

Lady V said this would happen eventually. Let’s hope he doesn’t take the rest of us down with him.

Woot! It’s National Coming Out Day.

Live authentically. It’s good for you. It’s good for business. It makes life more interesting when everyone is not all the same flavor.

I don’t get why there is so much opposition to LBGTQ people. Usually, the argument goes, “you shouldn’t be gay because people will treat you badly”. I don’t get that. So, if people didn’t treat you badly, what exactly would be the problem?

Anyway, love is love. Happy Coming Out Day to everyone.

The Lark Ascending

Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Will Donald Golf While Napa Burns?

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Rosy fingered dawn in Market Square

I mean they’re only up to 15 deaths so far. It’s not like it’s a tragedy.

They’re going to expect to have all the fire fighting done for them, I’m sure. But it’s only wine country and Donald doesn’t drink wine.

So what if it’s California and the world’s fifth largest economy. Did they vote for Donald?

Fuck’em.

Jerry Brown is just going to whine to generate partisan ire. He’s a Democrat, you know.

Donald can filter him out.

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Donald Trump is not a cannibal, for which the cannibals are profoundly grateful:

I’ll bet he doesn’t taste good.

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It’s warm here in Pittsburgh this morning. Odd to be this warm in October. But I have activities planned this weekend so I hope the weather holds.

It’s not even “rosy fingered dawn” yet and I’m already walking to my office.

A little Chrissie Hyndes this morning:

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.

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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.