STUPIDIFICATION WITH A VENGEANCE–AND A PURPOSE

America has been deliberately dumbed-down, and that’s what has made Trump possible and made his cult so susceptible to misinformation and manipulation.

Bill C. Davis writes at Common Dreams:

“Poor education, a pervasive vapid culture and a constant massage of the collective lower instincts has spawned a juicy target for whoever or whatever want to bring the classic columns down. A large part of the body politic has been depleted of immunity. It can’t resist.”

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NONSENSICAL, DEFAMATORY BABBLE POURS OUT OF TRUMP

Day after day after day.

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“THIS MEETING IS OVER, MITCH”

That’s why President Obama should have said in 2016 when Sen. McConnell put the screws to him, threatening to cry “Partisanship!” should Obama tell the  country what the Russians were doing to ensure Trump’s victory.

Then Obama should have gone straight into the press room, called an impromptu press conference, and spilled the beans–not sparing McConnell as well.

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LIFE ON THE STAGE

In her 1901 memoirs, Life on the Stage, Clara Morris describes backstage as “a strange place, where nothing is and everything may be.”

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THE INVERTEBRATE GOP

Their couched, discursive non-condemnation demurrals against Trump’s outright treason must be jammed down their throat in the upcoming election.

The GOP is enabling, supporting, and yes, perpetuating treason not less by their support of his policies–where are Sens. Flake and Sasse when it comes to opposing a single piece of GOP legislation, no matter how damaging to the U.S.?–than by their refusal to stop his collaboration with Russia in its sabotage of the U.S.

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TRUMP REPORTS BACK TO THE HOME OFFICE

Our President is a foreign agent.

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BRETT KAVANAUGH HAS A HISTORY OF LYING UNDER OATH

And when not under oath– as we saw just recently when he obediently let out the whopper about how long and hard Trump has trawled for Supreme Court nominees, when we know that Trump and Justice Kennedy came to a meeting of the minds all by their very lonesomes.

Will the Democrats confront Judge Kavanaugh on his lies?

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WITH BETSEY ON RENWICK STREET

In 1988-89 I was working with Betsey Johnson on a book, Diary of Betsey Johnson, that Doubleday was going to publish but didn’t, for moronic reasons which I’ll talk about later.

Frequently Betsey took me to dinner at the Canal Bar on Greenwich Street, and frequently I’d walk her back to her apartment south of Canal Street. I remember one night I toured her to Renwick Street around the corner from the Canal to show her a row of several early-nineteenth century homes that had been remodeled into a garage. However, their original roof lines and the distinct configuration of the houses was intact. Betsey and I remarked on the different layers of historic strata visible on the streets of New York City.

Several years ago, I went to see if they ere still there, and they were not, replaced by a condo. To me this underscored one of the central weaknesses in landmark  designation in NYC: if a building has been partially remodeled or renovated it is no longer considered eligible for designation. But to limit the purview and criteria to only the most pristine examples of intact original shape and detail is to ignore the ongoing evolution of the city and the way that structures may serve to eloquently and significantly document that.

Another central weakness is the Landmark Commission’s seeming indifference toward individual or groups of buildings importance in maintaining diversity of scale–regardless of whether or not the individual buildings are considered architecturally or historically exceptional.

In other words, these ancient buildings on Renwick Street preserved an important  connection to the past, preserved a low-rise quotient to the scale of the surrounding blocks. They should not have been torn down to make way for another banal, elitist condo.

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THERESA MAY SHOULD HAVE CANCELLED THE DINNER,

and sent the Trumps back to the airport, after Trump’s disgraceful rudeness in the Sun that day.

Uncouth isn’t the word for Trump–socially dysfunctional is.

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NIKKI HALEY’S LIE ON POVERTY WAS PRELUDE TO WHITE HOUSE, INC.’S BIGGER LIE

Preposterously, the White House insists that “poverty in the United States has nearly disappeared,” reports The New York Times.

And, the fact that almost half of American cannot pay for necessities?

Inconvenient.

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