Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Fat Don the Sewer Rat's Former Fixer Fixes the Record While His Ex-Boss, Cadet Bone Spurs, Hits Hanoi to Play Footsie With Fellow Fatso

Picture of a hapless fat rat stuck in a sewer cover grate in Bensheim, Germany this past weekend. The hapless rodent was actually freed by the city fire department -- and allowed to return into the sewer.

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The image of a fat rat getting caught seems quite apt for tomorrow's House public testimony by former Donald Trump personal attorney ("fixer") Michael D. Cohen about all the mob-like dirty work he did for him. Cohen's opening statement was already released tonight; see here.

I strongly recommend reading it. Quite amazing. And let me be clear -- the "rat" here is Trump and the mob-like criminal syndicate he runs.

On that point of mob-like operation, that pathetic piece of shit Rep. Matt Gaetz is doing his best to prove the point. His father -- a former prominent Florida state politician -- must be very proud. Ditto the carefully gerrymandered "GOP Base" that elects him.

Matt Gaetz: Today's perfect GOP pol.

As for Cohen's testimony, the part that really struck me is this:

During the campaign, Mr. Trump said he did not consider Vietnam Veteran, and Prisoner of War, Senator John McCain to be "a hero" because he likes people who weren't captured. At the same time, Mr. Trump tasked me to handle the negative press surrounding his medical deferment from the Vietnam draft.

Mr. Trump claimed it was because of a bone spur, but when I asked for medical records, he gave me none and said there was no surgery.

He told me not to answer the specific questions by reporters but rather offer simply the fact that he received a medical deferment.

He finished the conversation with the following comment.

"You think I'm stupid, I wasn't going to Vietnam."

I find it ironic, President Trump, that you are in Vietnam right now.

The "in Vietnam right now" part refers to the historically mind-bendingly ironic part that Trump is presently in Vietnam -- Hanoi! -- having a second footsie party, er, summit, with that homicidal butterball Kim Jong-Un, North Korea's 1984-style dictator, about whatever bullshit these two pathological liars can pull out of their posteriors.

I've no doubt what my stepfather, Ray -- a reflexively arch-conservative Vietnam veteran, who passed away in early 2017 -- would have thought. Nevertheless, I feel it necessary just to point this out.


In a way, I'm relieved Ray, who was so ill toward the end, isn't around to have to do the mental contortions to justify this ugly truth about Trump (even if he had Rush and the entire Fox News infotainment propaganda network assisting).

This morning sunrise along the South China Sea somewhere in Vietnam has always captivated me. "Familiar" to me in one sense to someone raised on the Jersey shore, but so utterly otherworldly.

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OK, I'm going to sign off for now.

Oh, yes … I'm SICK and TIRED of hearing about the fucking Academy Awards ("Oscars") already (if only because I hate these Hollywood glam-group-gropes).

However, I will admit to being a bit confused about the controversy surrounding the 2018 Best Picture winner.

I thought it was a PC lovefest designed to serve as a cultural counterpoint to this Trumpian shithole dystopian time, but then it turns out that the PC Thought Police want us to be OUTRAGED and DEEPLY OFFENDED that Green Book won.

Again, I'm confused. Maybe I should ask M. WADE Shittagoogol. Aren't Oscars and Hollywood shit his bailiwick?

I do know that Spike Lee's comments set off an angry and highly revealing Trump toilet tweet, so that's a plus.

To be clear, I didn't see any damn movies last year (except the Svengoolie-hosted old monster or thriller movies on MeTV on Saturday nights).

That is all.

G'night.

--Regulus

Monday, February 25, 2019

Bottom Lines, Lucky Bars, Travelling Treasures, and Digitalis Distempers ... Huh??


I stayed late at work tonight, went to the Bottom Line (not to be confused with Off the Record), where I had a bit of dinner and a few drinks, and then walked home, but stopped at Lucky Bar.

As for Lucky Bar, the place was nearly empty, which was fine. And the jukebox wasn't drive-you-from-the-place loud, as it was in recent years.

Now, going out on a Monday night is a bit different and usual for me (I went to the gym last night).


I'm home right now watching a Perry Mason episode -- the Case of the Travelling Treasure, which is one I've not previously seen. Something about a "fatal dose of Digitalis" … (WTF is Digitalis??)

What's weird is that in the many, many years I've lived in D.C., I never previously actually was in Lucky Bar.

Anyway, I got home -- walked, that is, since I live walkably close and don't even own a goddamn vehicle -- and watched Carol Burnet & Friends and now, as mentioned, Perry Mason.

OK, goodnight. Off to dreamland (oooh, what a weird place) …

--Regulus

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Jukebox Saturday Night for February 23rd, 2019: Late Winter Musical Medley Edition -OR- Saints Somewhere, Smooth Jazz Sounds, Smokey Songs


For this Jukebox Saturday Night edition -- the last for this February and on the cusp of spring -- I would like to feature a medley of songs (more than the usual three) -- some of which I have previously posted and some of which I am posting for the first time.


OK, first up is a song that I featured in what might have been my very first musical-themed entries -- specifically, perhaps the very first in my Friday Night Musical Interludes series that was the antecedent to this Jukebox Saturday Night ("JbSN") series …


"Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass from the band's self-titled debut album (1972)

The Keeper of All Knowledge gives us two interesting tidbits:

One, Barry Manilow's 1974 hit song Mandy was a cover of a song originally titled Brandy, which was released in Febr 1972 by Scott English. Manilow changed to it to Mandy following the success of the Looking Glass single, to avoid public confusion of the two unrelated songs.

Two, Looking Glass was considered part of what became known as the Jersey Shore sound. I didn't realize there was a "sound" related to the Jersey Shore, a place I spent many of my 1970s childhood and 1980s teenage summers.

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Next up, a nice song by an accomplished jazz legend…


"Les Fleur" by Ramsey Lewis from his Maiden Voyage album (1968)

Ramsey Lewis released over 80 albums between 1956 and 2011 in what has been a long and prolific career. Now 83, his website is here.

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Next up, a piece I quite like and featured back in this JbSN entry back in Oct 2015 …


"Rhythm of Life" by Paul Hardcastle from The Jazzmasters VII (2014)

As the album name indicates, The Jazzmasters VII, is the seventh and -- as of now, most recent -- release in his series The Jazzmasters.

The first in The Jazzmasters series was released in 1993.

In this YouTube version of Rhythm of Life, there is an agreeable still image of a lady in some tropical seaside resort -- quite possibly the South Pacific -- enjoying what appears to be a wooden hot tub of some sort. There isn't a slutty and seductress look to it but instead just that she is having a very relaxing time.

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Next up, this is one of my favorite instrumental pieces by another highly accomplished and prolific composer and producer of musical scores. This one was written for a legendary 1980s television show …


"Theme from St. Elsewhere" by Dave Grusin from his Night-Lines album (1984)

In this case, Grusin wrote the theme for the show, St. Elsewhere, which debuted in 1982, and then subsequently released it on this album.


A picture of the Franklin Square House Apartments exterior in Boston's South End. This building was used for the fictional St. Eligius Hospital, a.k.a., St. Elsewhere. Actually, the building looks sorta nice now, having been renovated and everything


I've featured this Theme from St. Elsewhere piece on one other occasion -- in this Fright Night Musical Interlude entry back in Feb 2013 -- but I used the opening sequence of season 3 of St. Elsewhere for the YouTube video.

Interestingly, that entry also included a Paul Hardcastle song, specifically, Time to Reflect from his 2005 release Hardcastle 4. (Paul Hardcastle also has a Hardcastle series running from Hardcastle in 1994 to Hardcastle VIII in 2018.)

However, I just had to replace the YouTube video version of it.

As for Dave Grusin, I featured another song of his in this JbSN edition almost three years ago.

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Speaking of theme songs, I would like to repost this one that I featured not too long ago …


"The Wild Wild West" television show theme song by Richard Markowitz (1965)

I featured this song and a little bit about the composition in this JbSN entry from last August.

Love this theme.

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Finally, let's end with another great song by another great artist …


"Just to See Her" by Smokey Robinson from his album One Heartbeat (1987)

OK, this concludes my Jukebox Saturday Night edition for this week. For an update including when I intend to have another entry, please see my previous entry.

--Regulus

Saturday Evening Post for February 23rd, 2019: Joan Crawford's Straitjacket -OR- On Top Of Old Baldy, All Covered in Snow ...

**This entry was posted February 23rd, 2019.**

Sunday walk: The Exorcist Steps, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:16 p.m. Feb 10, 2019

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Saturday night.

I'm home watching the usual MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night and Sunday Red Eye Sci-Fi lineups.

Actually, I skipped the Svengoolie-hosted movie tonight -- the 1964 horror thriller movie Strait-Jacket starring Joan Crawford as an axe-murderer -- as I just didn't want to watch something so awful, even if it is a sort of cult classic.

However, I turned the TV back on toward the end of the movie, and I have to say, the dialogue about Lucy and her daughter Carol -- both axe murderers in this horror film involving what we now call gaslighting -- is a weird "foreshadowing" of what would become known about the relationship between Crawford and her daughter Christina. Ditto the movie Mildred Pierce.

It was almost as though Crawford were making those kinds of movies intentionally.

Next was the Lost in Space episode "Revolt of the Androids." The IDAK Alpha 12 android is played by Don Matheson, who was also in Land of the Giants.

Verda is played by the actress Dee Hartford, who was quite prolific in 1960s television including the sci-fi series and Perry Mason. And she had a great look -- totally suitable for Star Trek: TOS, although I don't think she was ever in any episode.

It also features actor Dawson Palmer as IDAK Omega 17.

A towering figure, Palmer died (in an auto accident) much too young (age 36).


Thereafter, it was Buck Rogers in the 25th Century with the strangely captivating episode "Time of the Hawk, Part 1," guest starring the interesting actors Thom Christopher (pictured directly above in this episode) and Barbara (BarBara) Luna. This was the start of season 2.

Star Trek: TOS at midnight is "The Naked Time," fourth episode of season 1.

Last week, the episode was "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Although listed as the third episode in season 1 in terms of air date, it was actually the second pilot episode (after legendary "The Cage").

This was the episode that reportedly Lucille Ball -- as owner of the production company Desilu Productions -- intervened to get NBC to air the show, thus ensuring that the Star Trek franchise -- UNIVERSE! -- would indeed survive and become what it has.

Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman give quite the performances. And Spock was noticeably different in that episode.


Changing topics, I didn't make it to the gym today because, well, I slept all day. I kinda like my Saturday sleep in. Eventually, I got up and got ready and went to the store (Yes! organic market) and CVS.

View through one of my apartment window screens, Washington, D.C., 1:57 p.m. Feb 20, 2019

Concerning the snowfall …

The snowfall totals on the 20th were (with seasonal totals in parentheses): KDCA 2.6" (16.6"); KBWI 4.5" (15.6"); and KIAD 4.7" (24.9").

KDCA and KIAD are both above their current 30-year full-season totals of 15.4 and 22.0 inches, respectively, meaning the 2018 - 2019 season for both will end above normal. Meanwhile KBWI is below its full-season total of 20.1 inches.

Also, this is in fact correct: KDCA is an inch above KBWI in terms of total snowfall this season through February 23rd. That never happens.

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My plan is to go to the gym tomorrow (Sunday) and then come home and make as much progress as I can on my third report (of the four I need to have finished).

Bar area at the restaurant P.J. Clarke's, Washington, D.C., 12:18 a.m. Feb 23, 2019

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Last night, I met Gary at Old Ebbitt Grill, where we sat at the Corner Bar (since the Old Bar was too crowded). After he left, I stopped at P.J. Clarke's at 16th and K Street for one drink.

Interior of the restaurant P.J. Clarke's at closing time, Washington, D.C., 12:18 a.m. Feb 23, 2019

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P.J. Clarke's is an Old School Washington, D.C., place that I definitely would go more often but it is absurdly, outlandishly, expensive -- much more so than even Off the Record and on par with Morton's and Ruth's Chris, but unlike those places, it has no happy hour or bar-only menus that make it occasionally reasonable. Thereafter, I headed home via a short 17th Street detour.

Drizzly, gloomy evening, 2000 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 6:09 p.m. Feb 23, 2019

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Turning to the weather …

NWS high-resolution surface weather map of a portion of the eastern and central United States, valid 0Z 24 Feb 2019

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It is a drizzly/misty, chilly night with temps around 40F. Rainfall totals today were light -- 0.15 to 0.20 inch.

The weather pattern across the United States is very active at present with a complex series of systems. There is another slug of rainfall crossing the Appalachians and heading to the mid-Atlantic associated with a frontal system. This system could drop 1/2" to 1" of rain by tomorrow evening, whereupon it is forecasted to get rather breezy.

NWS weather advisories for the U.S. (without legend), updated 0423 UTC 24 Feb 2019

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This includes blizzard warnings and high wind watches. The immediate D.C. area is under a wind advisory for tomorrow and tomorrow night. (Sterling LWX appears to have gone out of its way to avoid issuing a high wind watches for the immediate area, despite the fact Mt Holly (PHI) put one up for portion of the Eastern Shore in its CWA.)

Great Lakes Sector composite radar mosaic looped 0258 - 0408 UTC 24 Feb 2019

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Rather than going into a lengthy weather discussion, above and below are some weather-related imagery including a composite radar (above) and weather forecast maps …

NWS/WPC/NDFD U.S. surface weather map forecast showing isobars, fronts, and type and likelihood of precipitation for 6Z 24 Feb 2019

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NWS/WPC/NDFD U.S. surface weather map forecast showing isobars, fronts, and type and likelihood of precipitation for 12Z 24 Feb 2019

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NWS/WPC/NDFD U.S. surface weather map forecast showing isobars, fronts, and type and likelihood of precipitation for 18Z 24 Feb 2019

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I haven't even mentioned all the rain and unusual snows that have fallen in the Southwest -- with snow levels dropping to as low as 800 feet in parts of Orange County in a highly unusual event a few days ago -- and 6+ inches on the higher peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains above L.A.

Snow falling in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Feb 21, 2019

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There was also a second snowfall in a week in Las Vegas. The city officially picked up 0.5" on the 18th at KLAS plus a series of "trace" events, but other places even in the city had 2+ inches.

The Los Angeles skyline is backdropped by the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains including Mount San Antonio ("Old Baldy"), Feb 2019

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It was the biggest "snowfall" in terms of places (such as Rancho Cucamonga) experiencing frozen precipitation in the L.A. area since 1962 -- although unlike that case, no snow "officially" fell at or near sea level such as at KCQT or KLAX. However, as a result of this snowfall, the Los Angeles Times reposted this article from 1999 about the astonishing January 1949 multi-day snowfall event, itself probably at least a once-in-a-century event.

Archival photo: An unprecedented day featuring snow and ice on Gilmore Street, Van Nuys, Calif., Jan 12, 1949

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There is a lot more I would like to write, but it just isn't feasible right now. I need to make a late dinner, do a few loads of laundry, and finish up the second of the four reports I need to have completed by Tuesday.

A pink rose on a bar in Woodley Café, Washington, D.C., 6:25 p.m. Feb 17, 2019

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OK, that's it for this entry. As I indicated, my next update will likely not be until Tuesday night. Jukebox Saturday Night entry to follow momentarily.

--Regulus

Friday, February 22, 2019

Just Too Swamped With Work to Be Stuck in the Swamp of My Blog Blogging


Apologies for lack of entries. I had wanted to post one last night after the gym and then one today on any one of a number of topics.

However, I am in a crunch time at work trying to finish up four large reports that are probably going to last until early next week. (I had fallen behind on this stuff.) I'll even need to do work tomorrow night from home.

That being the case, entries are probably going to be very light between now and about next Wednesday, although I should be able to post a Jukebox Saturday Night entry tomorrow night and maybe even a brief update.


The other issue is that glasses I've been wearing are really irritating my eyes (at the edges), since I'm not used to wearing them. I had to take them off -- even though things are a bit blurry when I write.

Right now, I'm leaving the office and heading over to Old Ebbitt Grill to meet Gary at the Old Bar, and then I'll walk home. Tomorrow is a planned gym day and I hope to have Sunday free.

--Regulus

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Reposted-in-Full: Dahlia Lithwick's Slate Piece Identifying the Multiple Levels of Pathological Narcissism and Delusion in Trump's Feb 15th Rose Garden Bogus 'Wall Emergency' Remarks

Alpine splendor with (cold) lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

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For this entry, I'd like to repost in full a piece by Slate's Dahlia Lithwick (minus the many inline text links). The piece has to do with the extra level of crazy associated with Trump's Rose Garden comments last Friday. That was when he announced his bullshit "national emergency" to do an end-run around Congress to get money for his (to quote Charles Pierce) "Big, Beautiful, Stupid Wall…"


To break up the text, I've taken most of the pictures from this MSN photo-montage (link embedded): The 29 most beautiful places in the US.

Except for the lead image, the remainder are not captioned, so if you are interested in any, click on / download it since the file name contains the place location (although some are obvious). The pictures are posted in no particular order.

The last six pictures are taken in / around the stunningly scenically beautiful Swiss Alpine village of Lauterbrunnen with sweeping vistas of the surrounding, waterfall-laced valley of same name as the town surrounded by the Alps and situated in Bern Canton, Switzerland. Most, if not all, appear to be in the summer months.

Of note, the image left is a cropped version of one of those featured pics.

There are also three images related to the actual topic of this entry (it's obvious which ones they are).


It was a gibberingly incoherent declaration followed, as others noted, by precisely nothing except the usual multimillion dollar, taxpayer-financed weekend golf trip to Mar-a-Lago (itself following a workweek that was, as ever, 50 to 60% "executive time" of Fox News binge-watching and phone gabbing with friendly sycophants telling him how great he is).


There was the usual torrent of ALL CAPS rage-tweets, in this case, weird and vaguely threatening ones about SNL cold opening Trump parodies by Alec Baldwin that always rile him up bigtime -- to the point he ruminating on revenge. There was something about eating omelets so that he can get even more obese than he is at present.


About the revenge part, SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas immediately suggested doing away with the Sullivan libel standard. (Trump, of course, has no idea what that is.) Thomas, it should be pointed out, and in no frickin' small irony given his own racial identity, is part of a shadowy Christianist - fascist cabal that seeks to turn the United States into some 21st Century of an agrarian, caste-based theocracy right out of The Handmaid's Tale.


More to the point, the morally-diseased and ethically rotted-out cult that is the GOP of the late 2010s as embodied in Mitch McConnell continues to enable Trump since it is always about endless Federal Society bot JUDGES and shoveling more trillions to the 0.1% oligarchical overclass while whipping up downwardly immobile working class whites into an ethno-nationalistic fear-and-loathing frenzy.


Of course, the raises the unavoidable fact that the scores of federal legal challenges -- including by 16 states attorneys general -- being initiated against Trump's wall national emergency will hit up against that fucking 5-4 Supreme Court bloc to include Justice Brett "Big Boofing" Kavanaugh (and even that assumes "RBG" can hang on). Only Chief Justice Roberts might vote to block it since he seems a bit less religiously and politically insane than the other four.

--Regulus

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I Can't Stop Analyzing Trump's Friday Rose Garden Speech

The president took it to a new level when announcing his national emergency.

By Dahlia Lithwick
Feb 18, 2019
Source here.

Trump and his stupid wall "national emergency," Washington Post online headlines, Feb 15, 2019

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There is not a lot to add to the collected writings of the brilliant folks who watched Donald Trump's Rose Garden ramblings on Friday. As Charles Pierce, Dana Milbank Tina Nguyen, Jack Holmes, Bill Maher, and Caitlin MacNeal all expressed, we reach a point when collusion with the fiction that this was a real commander-in-chief giving a serious political speech about a genuine emergency itself becomes improper.

This was, even as the standard Trumpian shitshow goes, an extraordinary jaunt into rambling, fact-free, fact-adjacent, fact-inventing mayhem.

Trump and his stupid wall "national emergency," New York Times online headlines, Feb 15, 2019

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We can certainly have a sober conversation about whether this newly-declared emergency at the Southern border matters, or doesn’t matter, or matters a whole lot. But if we could be perfectly honest, a bunch of brilliant scholars standing around discussing the legal implications of what happened Friday at the White House has pretty much the same feeling as a bunch of adults standing around discussing nuclear fission as a small child rolls around in the ball pit at Ikea, except the small child is in charge of the nuclear fission.


At some point, it becomes embarrassing to continue to pretend that the leader of the free world exulting in the prospect of executing drug dealers, and asserting that he has secret stats from which he is forming border policy, is making any sense. In fact, the person I pitied most at the end of the 50-minute spacewalk was newly-minted Attorney General William Barr who was forced to sit through it with that face most of us reserve for when our kids split the seams on their tiny leotards during a ballet recital.


It's honestly gotten to a point where it isn’t even funny to watch Saturday Night Live parody him, it's just frightening. I have watched and then read the speech seven times, trying to understand it. The only thing the spectacle of an unscripted Donald Trump ranking his cable news faves in lieu of discussing real policy did was afford us was a window into the Trumpian world order.


A careful review of his remarks illuminates nothing but his hierarchy of moral priorities, a kind of food pyramid of what matters most to this man, a hierarchy of ego-fuel demonstrating just how much of each kind Donald Trump must consume in any 50-minute period. In my re-readings, I have tried to dissect the text of Trump's remarks Friday into something resembling a moral world order. Here's my best shot.


Clearly at the top of that pyramid of priorities lies "me" and "mine" and "I." The centrality of all things Donald Trump for Donald Trump, never in doubt, was in full flower Friday: He has sorted out all the things with China, and Britain, and North Korea, and everyone respects him now. He controls the financial markets.


When it came to Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE, he is to thank for the negotiation: "I said, 'What a deal.' It took me like a week." Also, "when I took over, we had one man that put on more debt than every other president combined," which he could fix, except that, "first I have to straighten out the military."


This top category includes the fact that "if you look at Idlib Province in Syria, I stopped the slaughter of perhaps 3 million people. Nobody talks about that." Also, "Nobody's done the job that we've ever done. I mean, nobody's done the job that we've done on the border. And in a way, what I did by creating such a great economy -- and if the opposing party got in, this economy would be down the tubes." OK!


The president isn't completely trapped in Piaget's Stage Two of moral development, he does occasionally think about other people. The next stage of his hierarchy of values is the people who like him. They aren't quite as important as he is, but they do count.


In Friday's speech that class of people included the "tremendous crowd in El Paso" and Sean Hannity, who "has been a terrific, terrific supporter of what I do." Also "Rush Limbaugh, I think he’s a great guy. Here's a guy who could speak for three hours without a phone call … and he's got an audience that's fantastic." This list also includes "Laura's been great, Laura Ingraham. Tucker Carlson’s been great. I actually have a couple of people on CNN that have been very good. I have someone -- MSNBC the other day, they did a great report of me. I was like, 'Where the hell did that come from?'"


This category surely includes Prime Minister Abe of Japan, who "gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize. He said, 'I have nominated you, or, respectfully, on behalf of Japan, I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize.' I said, 'Thank you.'" And this category also includes the "many other people [who] feel that way too," the people who bitterly resent President Obama’s Nobel prize, and don't understand why Donald Trump doesn't get one, too.


The third level of the Trump ego-food pyramid features people who don't necessarily love Donald Trump, but they do, largely thanks to the toughness and excellence of Donald Trump, respect Donald Trump. In that category we can find China and President Xi, (who "haven't respected us for a long time" but do now) and North Korea and Chairman Kim (same).


As Trump put it: "it was a very tough dialogue at the beginning. Fire and fury. Total annihilation. 'My button is bigger than yours' and 'My button works.' Remember that? You don't remember that. And people said, 'Trump is crazy.' And you know what it ended up being? A very good relationship. I like him a lot and he likes me a lot." Again, this is the guy with the nuclear codes.


The fourth level is the Real Country. These are people who Trump does not know personally -- for who among us can know the entire country personally -- but who either love Donald Trump (category one) or love the people who love Donald Trump (category two). In this instance, it's clear that "the real country -- our real country, the people that really love our country," support his border plans. This love is also borne out by Polls. "I just had, as you know, Rasmussen, 52 percent in the polls. It's my highest poll number and people get what we're doing." (Most Americans oppose the construction of a border wall.) But that, my friends, is the Real Country.


The fifth level of the hierarchy consists of people who probably love Donald Trump but just haven't shown it yet. That would be the U.S. Supreme Court.


The next level is people who have disappointed the president. He needs them, they still have certain transactional value, but whoa, did they fail him. This includes, "the people that should have stepped up did not step up" to get him the Wall earlier. And while he won't actually say Paul Ryan, he does blame "certain people -- a particular one -- for not having pushed this faster."


It also includes Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, another one who had to sit with the ballet recital face on, as the president said that "the numbers that I have from Homeland Security are a disaster." And it includes a newly downgraded Ann Coulter. "I don't know her. I hardly know her. I haven't spoken to her in way over a year." Coulter was once in Category 2 because she predicted Trump's election, but she has been moved down chiefly because, as of now, "she's off the reservation."


At bottom, at level seven, are the people who do not like Donald Trump or respect Donald Trump or even love the people who love the people who like Donald Trump. But it's OK though, because there are very few of them and all of them are liars and con artists.


In this category, you find the human traffickers, who "go through areas where you have no wall. Everybody knows that. Nancy knows it. Chuck knows it. They all know it. It’s all a big lie. It's a big con game."


So drug traffickers, and Nancy, and Chuck. Check. And drug dealers and murderers, and also the whole 9th Circuit. This category also includes chain migration and the lottery and, also Jim Acosta, because "you're CNN, you're fake news, you have an agenda." This category further includes all journalists who don't talk exclusively about themes from levels one and two.


That's it. The whole taxonomy, right there.

Good luck keeping yourself out of level 6, New Mr. Attorney General, nobody else in the Cabinet has managed it. It's a sprawling pyramid of self-love -- and that's all it is, every day. But for sure, let's all go back to pretending that this president is a person who puts America first.