We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid

— Benjamin Franklin

By Blue Bronc, a Trail Mix Contributor

Twenty days and only eighty more to go.  The “first one hundred days” agenda is much like sitting in the mixing bowl with the motor set on HIGH.  What the guy has done in these first days is essentially unheard of in the history of this Union of States and it is making a mess of the kitchen.

Why?  Why would this happen this way.  Many explanations are available.  The most common is that the guy in charge is really not in charge.  In business settings he would be the one to get the deal done.  Think of going to a used car lot.  This guy is the one to get you to sign on the line to buy the third hand Yugo without wheels.  Put him in charge of running something like the greatest economy on Earth and you get horse apples stuck in the gears.

The man has mental issues so severe that he should be under the care of psychiatric professionals and sitting at some home where he can yell at people to stay off the grass.  Many have hazarded an opinion that he has issues easily diagnosed in the DSM V.  Good for them.  Bad for us because the guy is sitting in the White House and making a mess of it.

He thinks he is queen of the hill and that the world must bow to his whims.  What he is finding out is that his dictates can and will be ignored or challenged.  And, he will not win everything, no matter how much he whines like a two year old denied a toy.

The guy lives in a world that only exists in his head and he is running a real world based on that.  His handlers exist in similar alternative worlds and speak his language well.  The rest of us are not invited in and without a Rosetta Stone to use for translations we cannot break through the barriers.

What happens next is a common question, best asked by the minute as the guy goes about destroying the United States as fast as he can.  It seems like he does know that at some point an adult will step in and put the little monster in a playpen with a binkie in his foul mouth.   How much damage will be repairable is another question adults need to ask themselves too.

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46 thoughts on “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid”

  1. bbronc, great post… not only the mixer out of control, kitchen’s a wreck but the plumbing is leaky

    the hill:
    “There have been a ton of leaks. It seems that everyone has their own leaking apparatus,” lamented one Trump ally who works outside the White House.
    The ally argued the leaking has become so profligate that it’s hurting the administration, forcing White House officials to deal with internal turmoil instead of their opponents outside the building.
    “I don’t know how it affects morale, but it is certainly a distraction,” the source said. “They have 55 firehoses aimed at them. Enough of the palace intrigue!”

  2. “He thinks he is queen of the hill and that the world must bow to his whims”

    bbronc, yep.

    snl could do a nifty version of him in drag wandering around the white house and yelling like the red queen at staff, cabinet, congressmen and judges.  winds up in press room during spicer spiel and begins thrashing at all and asundry.

    just portraying him in drag would surely set him off.

  3. I wonder how he likes the port-a-potty in his Cadillac. I hear it was a rush installation after the second ‘accident’.

  4. BB, with this you hit it out of the park:
    “The guy lives in a world that only exists in his head and he is running a real world based on that.  His handlers exist in similar alternative worlds and speak his language well.”
    Facts have become synonymous with opinion and to the drumpf white house are irrelevant.  Either Sp(liar)cer is incompetent or he is just stupid.  Regardless, he should get out before the last 2% of his integrity is gone. For KeliarAnne Conway, it’s too late.

  5. Almost from the first phone call to Morning Joe, I have said the man “AILS” as in arrogant, ignorant, lowlife, sleaze.  For months he preyed upon the fears and hatreds of those suffering financially, fearful of competition, and less likely to be informed on national and global issues.  As a result, 70,000 of them in three states handed the White House to a madman.

    Obviously I underestimated the animus towards the Clintons and the attractions of the far left, but how anyone could sit home or fail to vote for Hillary still astounds me that they found this sad and dangerous man preferable.


  6. and for Jamie from Scotland with love

    Published on Feb 8, 2017

    We sent Amy Hoggart to Scotland to discuss resisting oppression with people who are born crotchety.

  7. BlueB….  great post!

    clash of the fame-whores!….   oh yeah, baby…

    just sitting here watching the snow fall…  gonna get 12+ inches today…

  8. We are getting 4 more inches of rain which equals 4 feet of snow

    fortunately we are not in a flood or slide area

  9. I’ll stipulate that the cock of the rock is an energetic hot house canary with a tendency to poop on other people’s lunch from his lofty position.

    Where all this will go is an interesting question. Where do we want it to go, and how do we bridge from today to that ‘promised land’ in 2018 are the more important questions.

    I’d begin with demands for

    1. independent audits of the voter-culling procedures in AZ, TX, WI, PA, and FL,

    2. demands that the White House and Congress drink Flint Water (or some such inflammatory organizing principle).

    The nexus of environment, race, and the health of working people* and their kids, can be the heart of a 2018 Dem landslide. And it damn well better be. At this point with most of LA and FL at risk of submerging, and republicans polluting babies’ food, air, and water, no scare tactics or charges are too outrageous.

    *Who are the working people ? If you make less than $400,000/yr, you are working class. If you make less than $60,000/yr, you are the working poor. If you make the minimum wage, you are destitute, and your income tax rate is higher than your run 0′ the mill B!LL!ONA!RE’$, while your government subsidies are less.

  10. For those unfamiliar with the gesture, the baby-faced lass by the golf flag is signaling the British Isles equivalent of the middle finger.

    This is not the same as Churchill’s V for victory, which is delivered palm outward.

  11. I’m on a new set of pills and did not get much sleep last night. This ole rhino is lumbering back to his wallow to roar out some zzzzzzzzzzzs.

  12. patD – KO is preaching to the converted.  That message may reach the majority of the population, but it will never reach Trumpco.

  13. latimes: Native American tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline

    The Cheyenne River Sioux on Thursday asked a federal judge to stop the work while a lawsuit filed earlier by the tribes proceeds. Attorney Nicole Ducheneaux said in court documents that the pipeline “will desecrate the waters” that the Cheyenne River Sioux rely on.

    Energy Transfer Partners, which maintains the pipeline is safe, did not immediately respond in court to the filing. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg did not immediately rule.

    The tribes’ lawsuit, filed last summer, has been on hold while the dispute over the final pipeline segment played out. The Cheyenne River Sioux on Thursday told the judge that they also want to make a claim on freedom-of-religion grounds.

    “The sanctity of these waters is a central tenet of their religion, and the placement of the pipeline itself, apart from any rupture and oil spill, is a desecration of these waters,” Ducheneaux wrote.

    Standing Rock Sioux attorney Jan Hasselman has said that the tribe will also try to block the construction in court, where they will probably argue that further study is necessary to preserve tribal treaty rights.

  14. The Time issue featuring steve bannon portrays him as a latter day dialectical materialist ala mode n. lenin. It says bannon’s stated intention is to tear down all of America’s institutions. Of course, he isn’t a harmless Bakunin. He is a lenin, because he needs police and military to wreak the revolutionary destruction he wants. bannon is said by those who know him as being in favor of a great war that will reconfigure the world for the next eighty years. Eighty year cycles are a big deal in the bannon cosmology.

    I think folks who view history as rational are very selective with the evidence they choose to count. Such men are not trustworthy. Such men deserve a Fanny Kaplan with 20/20 vision to light up their lives.

  15. Call me paranoid, but the three EO’s signed today by Trump in support of law enforcement when combined sound like the foundation for Martial Law should he with Sessions’ enforcement choose to use them that way.  It might be a good idea to keep an eye on that department.  

  16. Happy National Pizza Day – The Cracker household is a traditional pizza household but sometimes we go for something different…fig and blue cheese

  17. So KelliarAnne was counseled for promoting Ivanka’s Chinese clothing and shoe lines.  I’m sure the counseling was harsh. [Insert rolling eyes emoji here].

    KC, that actually sounds like it would be good. But then again, I’m a fan of fresh figs and of blue cheese, so it would sound good to me.

  18. Speaking of insidious, have the rest of you been subjected to the 45 Committee ads in support of President Trump? They originally ran anti-Hillary commercials to the tune of $10 million.  Now they are full up election style propaganda by an “independent committee”.  Of course no way to know who is paying the bills.  They are on Facebook @45committee and on Twitter @45_committee if you haven’t as yet had your daily brainwashing.

    They were hacked over the weekend, but back on the air with the garbage today.  Here’s the report on the hacking.


  19. Jamie, dailykos surmised as much a week ago in Trump/Bannon Planning for Martial Law?

    Something that concerned me even before the election, was the thought that — if elected — Trump would at some point make up a reason to institute martial law.  After all, once he’s leader of the free world why would he ever want to give up that job?  And, as Commander In Chief, what could be done to prevent this?

    The events of the weeks since the election and the inauguration haven’t changed my mind.  While at first I thought I was just being paranoid, and was one of a very small group of like-minded people, now I’m finding that more and more people are talking and writing about it, and that the idea is not being dismissed.

    One of the best new articles I’ve seen is “Trial Balloon For A Coup?” by Yonatan Zunger for Medium.com.  It contains news updates as the furor over the travel ban was going on, as well as his thoughts on where Trump’s White House is trying to take the country.  Here is the wrap-up, but there is a ton of meat in the article, including a suspicious sale of shares in the Russian energy firm Rosneft, that is very much like what Putin promised Trump if he won the campaign (as alleged in the leaked Trump Dossier from Buzzfeed ):

    Combining all of these facts, we have a fairly clear picture in play.

    Trump was, indeed, perfectly honest during the campaign; he intends to do everything he said, and more. This should not be reassuring to you.
    The regime’s main organizational goal right now is to transfer all effective power to a tight inner circle, eliminating any possible checks from either the Federal bureaucracy, Congress, or the Courts. Departments are being reorganized or purged to effect this.
    The inner circle is actively probing the means by which they can seize unchallenged power; yesterday’s moves should be read as the first part of that.
    The aims of crushing various groups — Muslims, Latinos, the black and trans communities, academics, the press — are very much primary aims of the regime, and are likely to be acted on with much greater speed than was earlier suspected. The secondary aim of personal enrichment is also very much in play, and clever people will find ways to play these two goals off each other.

    This is very scary stuff.  The more people who become aware of the background reasons for some of the decisions coming out of this administration, the better.  I would encourage you to share Zunger’s article via Twitter and anywhere else you can.

    completely understandable if it’s true that the most (if not the only)  read book on twit’s table is mein kampf

  20. Future Headline


    In bloody block by block fighting on Tuesday, the combined forces of the Chicago Police, The Girl Scouts of America, and Solar-led West Side Seniors drove back the bannon frei korps, backed by the trump ss division. Elements of the blackstone rangers are reported to be amassing an enormous stock of weapons dropped all along Wacker Drive by the bannonevrepublicans.

  21. last October in the uk independent:

    Tony Schwartz spent the best part of a year trailing Donald Trump when he ghostwrote the tycoon’s 1987 bestseller The Art of the Deal.

    He believes he knows him well enough to predict that if Mr Trump is elected president, he would try and impose martial law, attack the free press and launch an attack on people he felt had slighted him ….


    ….Mr Schwartz said he believed three things would happen very quickly.

    “On day one he would end a free press,” he said, speaking from Washington DC. “In any way that he could, he would use the government to shut down a free press, and listen, he has plenty of precedents for doing that, including his hero Vladimir Putin.”

    He said he believed Mr Trump would then “conduct an ‘enemies’ campaign that would make what Nixon did in the Sixties and early Seventies look like child’s play”. He said he would go after every person he felt had wronged him in the the most “intense way” he felt he could get away with.

    He added: “I think before very long, its quite possible that he would find a way to declare martial law.”

    Asked how Mr Trump would go about undertaking such a drastic measure, he said many of Mr Trump’s supporters were police, members of the border guards force and the “far right wing” of the military.

    “He controls the levers of powers. There is nobody standing between him and punching those nuclear codes other than the guy standing there is who is obligated to do what he is asked to do,” he said. 

    “Just look at any country that has been taken over by the military. He’d say there is a threat to the republic and the military needs to crack down and he would start with curfews, and the stop and frisk of anyone who is not white, male and rich.”

  22. and then there’s stuff like this to consider:

    Reporting by USA TODAY and other news media about the recordings of Bannon’s statements in 2015 and 2016 prompted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to address Trump’s views on Islam last week, suggesting “there’s a difference” between Bannon’s and Trump’s views on the religion. Yet in the recordings from Bannon’s shows, other people who’ve ascended to top jobs in the West Wing and the Cabinet openly aired controversial views about Muslims, immigrants in general, and their threat to America.

    “We must acknowledge that we are at war,” Michael Flynn, now Trump’s national security advisor, told Bannon during a discussion of Islamic terrorism in July 2016.

    During an appearance on Bannon’s show in December 2015, after then-candidate Trump proposed a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” newly-confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions said America’s “classical” principles about religious freedoms don’t apply to immigrants seeking to come into the country.

    While Americans are “deeply committed to freedom of religion,” Sessions told Bannon, “we are in an age that’s very dangerous. And we are seeing more and more persons enter, and a lot of them have done terrorist acts.”

    “It’s time for us to think this through,” said Sessions, a former U.S. Senator who now will lead the Justice Department as it defends the White House’s immigration, refugee and travel ban in federal court. “And the classical internal American religious principles I don’t think apply — providing constitutional protections to persons (who are) not citizens who want to come here.”


    so today, there goes freedom of religion; tomorrow, the world

    sieg heil, my friends


  23. The Tower Trash inhabiting the White House has now issued a stream of tweets against John McCain.  Truly ugly, petty and disgusting.

    I think I’ll get on the Kirsten Gillibrand for President bandwagon now.  It will save time. If she wants the job, she will only be 54 in 2020


  24. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” -Trump, on Twitter

    Why does POTUS need to be “pushed” to do the right thing, always?  Lol.

  25. BB, for all the trump critique out there, that rates tops.

    Many thanks to the trail bosses who have posted for the mornings ahead.

    We get out of hospital tomorrow! Now begins pneumonia recovery to make sure there’s no return.

  26. Reminds me of my pneumonia story during the tenth week of Coast Guard boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey, 1968.

  27. The ban of travel is stayed.  The world awaits the floater’s tweets.  Right now it looks like he anti-Muslim attack is squashed and not viable for a while.  This is not to say it is dead.  Just that for now he cannot prevent people from entering the U.S. legally.

  28. After the Politico article ran, Leach posted on Facebook: “Hey! I oppose civil asset forfeiture too. Why don’t you come after me you fascist, loofa-faced s***-gibbon!!”

    Ha!  Love it!

  29. Well, at least for now the Supremes are pretty much balanced, except… I’m betting Kennedy would uphold the ban.

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