Norma Bates 
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Updated on March 1, 2011 at 9:34 PM

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Re: “The Trump open line.

Why, dear God, must it always be me - your humble servant - who brings ominous tidings to your Razorbabies? The cross I have to bear, sadly.

So let's cut to the fucking chase.

While Trump supporters smirk, here's the truth.

"Donald Trump moves into the White House already having done damage to the presidency, our democracy, the economy and America's place in the world.

"We have watched this unfold in the open: Trump has thumbed his nose at custom and the Constitution by refusing to resolve the conflicts of interest that will now shadow his presidency. He has used his Twitter account - a 21st-century bully pulpit - not to unify Americans behind his agenda, but to settle personal scores in a sustained assault on freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. Trump has installed an inner circle that aims to marginalize millions of our countrymen, even as it seeks to degrade the institutions of our government. Finally, Trump has clutched Russia in a perplexing bear hug. Whether he's done this out of genuine admiration for its brutal regime, because he's indebted to its oligarchs, or because Trump has somehow been compromised by former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin we have yet to resolve."

"Republicans in Congress have stood by quietly, almost without objection. They've acted as enablers."

It goes south from there.…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 01/20/2017 at 11:35 PM

Re: “The Trump presidency begins with populist themes

About seven-and-a-half minutes, RYD.

But seriously. Am dying over Melania's powder blue Ralph Lauren cashmere ensemble. Brilliant.

Kellyanne Conway, on the other hand, is apparently trying to pull off an homage to Correges, circa 1967. Or would be if she had taste. It is to shudder.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 01/20/2017 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Thursday's open line, plus news

The NYT reports, on the day of Trump's inauguration:

"American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.

"The continuing counterintelligence investigation means that Mr. Trump will take the oath of office on Friday with his associates under investigation and after the intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government had worked to help elect him. As president, Mr. Trump will oversee those agencies and have the authority to redirect or stop at least some of these efforts."…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 01/20/2017 at 3:36 AM

Re: “Thursday's open line, plus news

Your Norma is a woman for all seasons in a cloak of many colors. On of my myriad facets is being an avid lepidopterist. In fact, I hold the only (to my knowledge) PhD in Quantum Lepidopterology from renowned Belford University.

Naturally, I was intrigued to discover a Canadian researcher named a newly-discovered moth after Donald Trump.

Neopalpa donaldtrumpi. "Due to the striking physical resemblance between the moth's yellow and white scales and Trump's hair."

Also, "comparatively smaller" male genitalia than its relative, the Neopalpa neonata.

It's a wide, wonderful world out there and science is a wonderful thing.…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 01/19/2017 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Thursday's open line, plus news


Like Brangelina.

Jared and Ivanka. Get used to it.

"'At the end of the day, the two most powerful people in his White House, other than him, are going to be Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and they're going to have the final say on everything,' said Timothy O'Brien. 'And whatever Gary Cohn or Rex Tillerson or General Mattis or Jeff Sessions or Steve Bannon has to say, it will all end up getting filtered through Javanka.'

"When pressed on his use of the portmanteau 'Javanka,' O'Brien reiterated, 'Yeah. Other than those two, he won't listen to anyone in a meaningful way, and he never has listened to anyone outside of his core group and family at the Trump Organization for decades, and that's not going to change.'"…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 01/19/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

Until he grabs her pussy and shatters her world, then we're all eager to see where she lands next.


Too soon?

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Posted by Norma Bates on 01/19/2017 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Thursday's open line, plus news

We've all dated this guy, unless you married your high school sweetheart and lived happily ever after. And even then.

"Biographers who have studied Donald Trump extensively all seem to agree that his leadership style is going to be defined by his narcissism, belligerence and deep fear of his own illegitimacy."

Here those biographers weigh in with some troubling conclusions.

"This is all about him completely dominating the news cycles - the use of Twitter to distract from any real questions, emphasis on loyalty, vituperation toward anyone he sees who is disloyal or doesn't toe his line, and his emphasis on conflict, the notion of setting people against each other," [Gwenda] Blair said regarding the president-elects post-election behavior. "Now it's countries against each other. It's news organizations against each other."

Duck and cover. Tuck and roll. Tick, tock.…

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Norma Bates on 01/19/2017 at 4:53 PM

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