Out of tune | Tom Camfield

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NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER—*Has excessive feelings of self-Importance. *Reacts to criticism with rage. *Takes advantage of other people. *Disregards the feelings of others. *Preoccupied …

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Out of tune | Tom Camfield

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NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER — *Has excessive feelings of self-Importance. *Reacts to criticism with rage. *Takes advantage of other people. *Disregards the feelings of others. *Preoccupied with fantasies of success, beauty, intelligence and power.

I saved this preceding bit on my computer desktop and use it periodically, as it always applies so precisely to what Donald (or one of his sons) is doing or saying — as compared to selfless beings such as Stacey Abrams or Joe Biden.

Five years before he won the presidency and became one of the most powerful people on the planet, Donald Trump was just a reality-TV famous real estate mogul from New York who had been spreading criticisms and conspiracies about then-President Barack Obama. One of those — that Obama wasn't born in the United States and thus didn’t qualify to be President — came back to haunt him in infamous fashion, after Obama released his birth certificate and roasted Trump for his role in the so-called "birther" movement at the April 2011 White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

The dinner — traditionally an event in which the president offers good-hearted jabs at the journalists who cover him and other D.C. notables — was held just three days after Obama released his long-form birth certificate, a document Trump had repeatedly insisted didn't exist.

Trump was in the audience and became the butt of prolonged humor based on his own lies.

So now, with all else that’s going on, Donald Trump Jr. posted a meme just the other day suggesting the overturning of Roe v. Wade by his father’s Supreme Court directly resulted from then-President Barack Obama making fun of father Donald at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner — 11 YEARS AGO! That’s why Junior’s picture is above.

“Getting even” (if one even can even call it that) apparently is more important than human rights in Trump circles.

Pretty much as expected, in reaction to the former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony Tuesday of last week, ex-President Donald Trump Senior immediately unleashed a dozen social-media posts in the wake of the testimony of the former top White House aide before the January 6 committee, calling the staffer a "total phony" and "third rate social climber," as well as suggesting that she was a "whacko" because of her handwriting.

"There is no cross examination of this so-called witness. This is a Kangaroo Court!" Trump wrote on his social-media platform.

It shows how far both Trumps will go to establish a “new truth” of sorts for the history books. The world can wind up up in shambles — but the image of Donald Trump is all-important.

Jan. 6 committee members have praised Hutchinson for coming forward, highlighting their confidence in her testimony. At the close of the hearing, select panel chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) addressed Trump World alumni who haven’t been forthcoming. “Because of this courageous woman and others like her, your attempt to hide the truth from the American people will fail,” he said

Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Mark Meadows while he was Trump’s White House chief of staff, gave jaw-dropping testimony that indicated Trump knew his supporters were armed and potentially violent but encouraged them to help him overthrow the 2020 Election anyway on Jan. 6, 2021.

I think Stacey Abrams also said more of consequence and timeliness when she spoke briefly of her opponent GOP incumbent Brian Kemp. “The governor of Georgia has already said he does not care about women and their bodily autonomy. He does not care about their health," Abrams said in a recent interview. "Because he not only has already adopted and signed into law the most restrictive abortion law in Georgia's history, with the constrictions at six weeks. He has said in interviews that he also supports eliminating access for incest and rape."

And President Biden said last week that the Senate should make an exception to the 60-vote filibuster in order for abortion rights to be codified after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Speaking at a NATO summit press conference in Spain, Biden called the recent ruling “outrageous.” He said (quoting the National Beast) that “The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that . . . And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this, requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision.”

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  • Justin Hale

    The entire Jan. 6 committee's purpose is to deflect from the miserable job the current POTUS is doing, to something that may or may not be a reality?

    The committee will toss a wide net and then cobble together their story.

    As we all do.

    Is the "average" Citizen's life

    better today than it was in 2018?

    Wednesday, July 6 Report this

  • MargeS

    To you Just In Hale: For the final time YES, YES, YES, I am better off and so are millions of others.

    Thursday, July 7 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    We'll see what the Department of Justice has to say when the special committee of the House finishes its work.

    Lord, yes! We're all better off than in 2018. Imagine what our situation would be if Trump had been re-elected! Yes, the world knows the price of gasoline is temporarily high, but it beats handing Europe over to Putin. Its not an easy thing, dealing with two major dictators at once,

    Thursday, July 7 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    MS., Really? Do you think the average person likes paying three times the cost to fuel their car and buy their groceries? I have yet to find one person who is happy with the economy.....

    "Imagine what our situation would be if Trump had been re-elected".....Well, we probably would still be a major oil exporter and the price at the pump wouldn't be up to six dollars in some areas. Biden did what he said he would do, shut them, the oil industry, down! and here we are going to OPEC to please produce more.

    "it beats handing Europe over to Putin. " Putin said he wanted a neutral buffer zone between Russia and a NATO member. Why? I don't know, it's crazy thinking but how is that so different than what we did about Cuba?

    How are either of you better off today?

    Thursday, July 7 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Meanwhile, renewable energy sure would be nice.

    And even as Americans may wince when they see how much it costs to fill up their SUVs, most are still likely paying below the international average for gas. Here are the 10 countries where prices are currently the highest:

    Hong Kong – $11.45 (per gallon)

    Iceland – $9.77

    Norway – $9.75

    Finland – $9.51

    Denmark – $9.47

    Greece – $9.44

    Netherlands – $9.18

    Central African Republic – $9.05

    Israel – $8.96

    Monaco – $8.93

    Thursday, July 7 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    I noticed that you didn't/couldn't name one thing that makes your life better today under Biden.

    For sure there are others that have it harder than we do, but how many on that list were major exporters of oil five years ago? Perhaps if Biden hadn't shut down our oil industry, as he promised to do, we would be able to export to some of those countries that need the product.

    I see that a gallon of gasoline in Russia is in the low $2 range....

    Thursday, July 7 Report this

  • MargeS

    I lived in the 1970s when gas was rationed, water was also.

    States were allocated oil in 1974 based on what they had used in 1972. Colored flags indicated if rationing was in effect or if no gas was available. I was earning about $1.24 an hour. Walked to work many times.

    The glut began in the early 1980s as a result of slowed economic activity in industrial countries due to the crises of the 1970s, especially in 1973 and 1979, and the energy conservation spurred by high fuel prices.

    Short-run disruptions in the global supply of gasoline and diesel fuel were particularly acute in the spring and early summer of 1979. Several states responded by rationing gasoline, including California, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and New Jersey.

    It’s called supply and demand.

    “More than 40 years ago, a character on Saturday Night Live named Father Guido Sarducci, proposed a Five Minute University. His concept: In five minutes, he could teach you what the average college student retained five years after graduation. He only wanted 20 bucks for this distillation of great knowledge. His course on Economics was boiled down to 3 words: “Supply and demand.”

    Does the President Control Gas Prices?

    By Jeff Lenard

    Truth be told, U.S. presidents have very little control over the price per gallon.

    February 03, 2021

    Thursday, July 7 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    One thing that makes my life better? Peace of mind . . .

    . . . Over the fact that we have in office someone who is not driven by the 'Almighty Dollar and gobbling off fossil fuels as if they were going to last forever and never kill our grandchildren with a polluted environment. Of course, Biden still is hampered by the Republican influence in the U.S. Senate, so getting rid of Trump is just one step forward.

    Friday, July 8 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Biden's campaign for POTUS included the promise to shut down the coal and petroleum industries, and he did, don't tell me that didn't have some effect on the gas prices. Gas prices started going up as soon as Biden took office, months before Russia invaded Ukraine.

    Inslee could take the state gas tax off, since he is sitting on a 15 billion dollar surplus, but he doesn't.

    Friday, July 8 Report this

  • MargeS

    Just to remind you, gas prices went down because of COVID-19. People were staying home, not driving, no place to go. You obviously did read the jobs reports for this month, It is good, the unemployment rate good, has prices down by 30 cents a gallon, people protesting around the country about the recent Trump Supreme Court decisions, an assassination of a former Prime Minister in Japan, by a person who built his own gun, probably ordered on the internet. Elon Musk backing out of his Twitter purchase. So many things happening in the world. Boris Johnson (Trump clone) resigning. If only the Republican Senate would stop hanging on to a lost cause (Trump 2024, Yikes). You obviously didn't read my last post about President's not having control of world oil prices. There's a difference between a barrel of oil and refined gasoline. Just face it, Trumps gone.

    Friday, July 8 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Joe Biden left the office of VP with a net worth of 2.5 million, by the end of 2017 he was worth 13 million, by 2020 he was worth 17 million, don't tell me about how Biden isn't just another money chasing politician. I will remind you that Trump returned all of his presidential pay back to the government, has Biden refused his POTUS pay?

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelatindera/2021/06/10/heres-how-much-joe-biden-is-worth/?sh=62de4a5461b2

    .....

    As for gobbling up fuel, seems to me that Biden has used Air Force One just as much as most Presidents.

    With your concern for the environment have you or your wife stopped driving your cars? Stopped traveling? I doubt it.

    Saturday, July 9 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    When Trump left office the average price for a gallon of gas in Wa. Was in the mid $2 range, today it's $5.42, down from $5.45 a month ago, deisel today $6.43, a month ago it was $6.05.

    ......

    The Supreme court made the proper decision, the Dobb's case did not violate the Roe v. Wade decision. ******** was never an enumerated right, therefore left to the states to decide.

    .......

    The one thing we can agree on is neither of us want to see Trump back in office, although for vastly different reasons.

    Saturday, July 9 Report this

  • MargeS

    Roe v. Wade 1973 On the bench at the time were

    Chief Justice Warren E. Burger [1969-1986, Nixon appt], and associate justices,

    William O. Douglas [1939-1975 Roosevelt appt],

    William J. Brennan Jr. [1956-1990 Eisenhower appt],

    Potter Stewart [1958-1981 Eisenhower appt], Byron White [1962-1993 Kennedy appt],

    Thurgood Marshall [1967- 1991 Johnson appt],

    Harry Blackmun [1959-1970 Eisenhower appt], Lewis F. Powell Jr. [1972-1987 Nixon appt] and William Rehnquist [1986-2005 Reagan appt].

    The decision was 7-2. White & Rehnquist wrote the dissenting view.

    “ In Roe v. Wade (1973), the Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause “protects against state action the right to privacy, including a woman’s qualified right to terminate her pregnancy,” and that “though the State cannot override that right, it has legitimate interests in protecting both the pregnant woman’s health and the potentiality of human life.” Striking this balance of interests, Roe v. Wade effectively stopped the enforcement of many state laws that banned ******** before 24 weeks. The Supreme Court later reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey that “the fundamental right of privacy protects citizens against governmental intrusion in such intimate family matters” and that a state law would violate the Due Process Clause if it creates an “undue burden” on a pregnant person’s right to choose.”

    For Half a century this decision has been chipped away at.

    The Justices that wrote the Roe V. Wade decision were experienced officers of the court. More than half Republican appointees.

    During his confirmation hearings, Justice Kavanaugh told Senator Susan Collins that the Supreme Court's decisions "become part of our legal framework with the passage of time." He also said honoring prior Supreme Court decisions is essential to maintaining public confidence in the Court.

    Can the Supreme Court get things wrong? Sure. Several decisions from the Court's early history would not hold up in today's society. But the Supreme Court generally doesn't invalidate its own decisions - it just makes new ones. However, the Mississippi ******** statute presented the conservative justices on the court with a unique opportunity to overturn precedent. It remains to be seen how this decision will affect public opinion of the court, given that recent polls show that 80% of Americans support the right to ******** in at least some cir***stances. By Laura Temme, Esq. | Reviewed by Bridget Molitor, J.D. | Last updated July 06, 2022

    Sunday, July 10 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    The Supreme court has reversed itself many times.

    ......

    So can the 14th amendment be used as an argument against states making laws that abridge/infringe upon my rights to arm myself?

    ............

    "Roe v. Wade effectively stopped the enforcement of many state laws that banned ******** before 24 weeks." I don't think that is correct. Roe v.Wade banned *********s AFTER 24 weeks, but allowed the states to change that time line as science evolved as to viability.The Dobbs v. Jackson ... was all about that. The SCOTUS re-affirmed the states right to set their own ********* laws. Do those out there *****ing and moaning about the courts decision really want the federal government to set the rules for ********? Shouldn't our Representatives have that right?

    .......

    Sunday, July 10 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    I think one thing Tom, Marge and I agree on is that the Leaders censor program sux.

    Sunday, July 10 Report this

  • MargeS

    I made an error in my last comment: Justice Harry Blackmun (1970-1994) was appt. by Nixon.

    He was appt. to the U.S. Court of Appeals of the 6th circuit by Eisenhower from 1954-1950. Sorry for the error.

    Monday, July 11 Report this

  • MargeS

    oops! 1950-1954

    Monday, July 11 Report this

  • BoatFixx

    More drivel diatribe from the geriatric liberal elites of P.T. I have two little kids, and fix boats for a living, and I can tell you that I can no longer afford to to pay all of my bills on my wage. My wife just started working a part time job simply to compensate for our skyrocketing cost of living.

    I have been a typical blue collar worker from a rock solid union family golng back to WWII, but no more.

    Every time I vote Democrat I and my fellow blue collar workers in this county and town get screwed.

    Wednesday, July 13 Report this

  • MargeS

    Stereotyping. You don't know me from Adam. I don't know you either. One thing I do know is it takes a very creative person to live in this county. Young people have to work hard to find jobs, housing, daycare. Summers are when local businesses rely on tourists, winter its us locals that need to help. Sorry things aren't going well for you and your family, but we've all had our ups and downs financially over the years. The economy is starting to recover, slowly, but that's where we are and so is the rest of the world.

    Wednesday, July 13 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    boatfixx, remember during his run for POTUS Biden called his campaign "Build back Better" Can you think of one thing Biden has done to make our lives better? neither can I.

    Then there's our Democrat Governor who refuses to cut the state fuel tax, refuses to repay the state for his campaign for the presidency expenses, refuses to return any of the 15 Billion dollar surplus the state has, continues to declare Washington a "sancturary" state which violates federal law, continues his abuse of power by mandating vaccines as a condition of employment, what's next, mandating all children must be vaccinated as a prerequisite for public school attendance?

    I have no idea who M.S. is. One thing for certain, she is a hard core partisan Democrat who believes things under Democrat control are doing just fine.

    Wednesday, July 13 Report this

  • BoatFixx

    @MargeS , don't bet on me not knowing you.

    I know the reality, and the reality is my bride is now working because of the ineptness and lack of real world management skills by Democrat in power, not only at the National level but right here in the county.

    Wednesday, July 13 Report this

  • BoatFixx

    @Justin Hale,

    Inslee is concerned about the environment, yet he allows homeless camps on river fronts and near water sheds where pollution form these homeless camps is killing nature.

    Our local Democrat BOCC gave OUR tax payer money to a church, and was going to do it again until they got caught, they created the mess homeless camp at the fair grounds and when surrounding counties are saying, "enough is enough" with enabling the Professional Homeless and getting rid of the camps, our BOCC wants to throw more money and expand the homeless camps. I ride my bike home from the Port almost everyday, and that homeless camp up from the mill is not even close to being full. What Gives wanting more !?!

    Jefferson County and P.T. have a serious suicide, and hard drug problem and Democrats rulers have their head in the sand See:https://www.porttownsendfreepress.com/2022/07/09/tragic-toll-of-suicides-and-fatal-overdoses-in-jefferson-county/

    We shipwrights are afraid of working on boats in the front row that have mast or outriggers made of metal as the high power lines throw out electro-magnetic waves that can shock you, and people in town are worried about those un-kept tress! Weird!

    And the list goes on, and on...

    I want experienced managers at the local and National level not social activists! The citizens can be the social activists.

    I'm voting for Marcia Kelbon, and hard to say, but not my old buddy Greg. He's a crappy manager.

    Wednesday, July 13 Report this

  • BoatFixx

    Running/managing a county, a city, and state, the country is akin to running/managing a business.

    Presently, 62% of Biden officials who handle economic policy for the country have ZERO years business experience. As reported by The Committee To Unleash Prosperity.

    Not a good thing.

    Wednesday, July 13 Report this