Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

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  • Someone has to mention this not-yet-released book by writer Michael Wolff, which yesterday afternoon had all of Washington with hair on fire. By last night, all of America was buzzing, and I suspect that the rest of the world is also talking by now. Pre-publication, it has already catapulted to the top of Amazon's best seller list. https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Fu…Trump-White/dp/1250158060


    Among the most explosive parts are Steve Bannon's on-the-record quotes about the trump children and the Russia investigation; quotes from multiple staffers and cabinet members about their boss's paranoia, short attention span, semi-literacy and low mental capacity; and the president's motives for his presidential run (hint: not winning the office, but profiting from the run).


    Here's a preview: http://nymag.com/daily/intelli…ry-book-donald-trump.html


    Books like this always contain inaccuracies, but if even 20% of the claims are true, readers will receive an expanded view of the chaos in this White House and the true nature of its current occupant.


    Sleep well tonight. The world is in great hands (which "I guarantee you, are NOT SMALL.").

  • The BBC reports that Trump's lawyers are now trying to get the book's publisher to cease and desist from publishing. In other words, they want it banned, which of course will only quadruple its sales.

    Has Trump lost his mind?

    To your question, according to a couple hundred of his close advisors and friends, that seems to be a work in progress. Upon reading his inflammatory tweets to the world's other nuclear-armed wild man, I wonder how we could think otherwise?

  • O.K. I still can't fathom how this is done. Or what/why "scalp reduction surgery?" (could this be a euphemism for "face lift?")


    "Trump, famously a stickler over appearance, may be perturbed to learn that his eldest daughter, Ivanka, allegedly has a bit of a comedy routine dedicated to her father’s hairstyle.

    “She treated her father with a degree of detachment, even irony, going so far as to make fun of his comb-over to others,” Wolff wrote. “She often described the mechanics behind it to friends: an absolutely clean pate — a contained island after scalp-reduction surgery — surrounded by a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray. The color, she would point out to comical effect, was from a product called Just for Men — the longer it was left on, the darker it got. Impatience resulted in Trump’s orange-blond hair color.

    Trump has been more approving of his daughter's looks — including once suggesting he would try to date her if they weren't related."

  • The BBC reports that Trump's lawyers are now trying to get the book's publisher to cease and desist from publishing. In other words, they want it banned, which of course will only quadruple its sales.

    Has Trump lost his mind?

    Indeed, it seems so. Say what you will about him, he was an absolute genius at manipulating the media. This reaction of his is plainly just visceral.


    The aftershocks of this thing are the most interesting. For example, the "I'm a very stable genius" bit:


    CFK: Any way to make a bigger fool of myself than declare myself an "abogada exitosa"?

    DJT: Hold my beer.


    Then there's this interview of Stephen Miller with Jake Tapper. Not to be missed. You could make a psychology class of observing his face.


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  • Rule of thumb for world leaders: any day you start by protesting that you are mentally stable and "like, really, really smart" is not a winning day for you.


    i saw that Scott Miller interview, and was dumbstruck. It was clear that trump had flushed all of his DC supporters/staff out of their hidy-holes and thrust them onto international tv, to attest to his sanity and fitness to serve as president. The difference between Steve Miller and the rest was that Miller seemed like a Doberman who had just been released from a small, dark, foodless closet.

  • oh! Completely forgot to tell you how funny this was!


    CFK: Any way to make a bigger fool of myself than declare myself an "abogada exitosa"?

    DJT: Hold my beer.


    Laughed so hard I hurt myself.

  • Jake was having a hard time up against that fundamentalist, but I think he should have carried on.

    From Politico's Playbook this morning:

    “Statement from CNN re the Stephen Miller interview with @jaketapper on @CNNSotu: ‘The segment was over and Mr. Miller was politely asked to leave the set multiple times -- after refusing to leave, he was escorted out by security.’”

  • I am relieved now, because Mr Trump did not included us into the "shit countries".

    We say: "menos mal"

    I was fearing that my 10 years Visa as a tourist could be cancelled.

    Of course, I was amazed for his subtle diplomatic language. Cristina had do the same when she said:

    "If I am killed, look into the North" in clear reference to the U.S.

  • Today I was translating a survey for a big media company in the United States (I do not know if the survey was designed by a US firm, though) and it asked about the respondent's last vacation destination. The list started as follows:

    • Europe
    • North America
    • South America (including Mexico)

    [...]


    One day, the world will be know as 'above the [Mexican] wall' or below...

  • Today I was translating a survey for a big media company in the United States (I do not know if the survey was designed by a US firm, though) and it asked about the respondent's last vacation destination. The list started as follows:

    • Europe
    • North America
    • South America (including Mexico)

    [...]


    One day, the world will be know as 'above the [Mexican] wall' or below...

    Maybe it would be simpler just to move Mexico.