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Bomber’s Hit List is Trump’s Enemies List!

Posted in On Donald Trump with tags , on October 28, 2018 by playthell
Dirty Donnie: A Very Sick Guy

Trump Shows Symptoms of Malignant Narcissism and Paranoia

The best proof that the major media is not the vicious antagonist that Trump claims they are is the mealy-mouth pussy footing way they are responding to his tweet in the aftermath of the bombing plot. For instance, any serious attempt to explain the irrationality of Trump’s tweet should logically begin by referencing the diagnosis of Trump’s mental maladies provided by alarmed psychiatrists who signed the “Duty to Warn” statement; which has now reached 70, 000!

The mental health professionals tell us that Donald J. Trump, the Moscow Candidate who became president of the US in an election rigged by the Russians – which many knowledgeable observers believe is the reason why Trump is so uncharacteristically deferential to Putin – is suffering from Malignant Narcissism and Paranoia. All one need do is check out their descriptions of the symptons of these psycho-pathologies and compare them to Trump’s public behavior to see that their diagnosis is right on the money. It is so obvious and in yo face one does not need any professional training to see it.

Ordinarily Narcissistic people are just annoying and boorish, but those suffering from “Malignant Narcissism” are dangerous. And if it is manifested in the leader of a great nation with enormous power it can be deadly! If the person is also “paranoid” – which causes him to believe that everyone is “out to get him” – then the danger that they will inflict great harm is dramaticly increased. The last leader of a great nation who declared himself a “Nationalist” started World War II, in which 50 million people were slaughtered! Hence having a US President in command of a nuclear arsenal, who is suffering from the same sicknesses as that leader, is no picayune matter.

In legal parlance there is something called Prima Faice evidence, which in layman’s terms means that on the face of it, without further investigation, we can draw certain conclusions from a cursory examination of the evidence that an offense has occurred. In face of the indisputable evidence that the bombers hit list corresponds exactly to Trump’s enemies list – people whom the US President routinely targets for scurrilous verbal assaults – Trump tweeted the following:

“A very big part of the Anger we see in our society today is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the mainstream media that I call fake news. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream media must clean up its act FAST!”

After calling for unity among the American people on Wednesday Devious Donnie was up to his old dirty tricks again on Thursday, when he blamed the press and the Democrats for the bombs sent to their leaders. And on Friday he said that he bore no responsibility for the bombings; that his language on the stump is fine because the people love it. He mentioned the nut that shot the Republican Congressman last year and pointed out that he was a Democrat. All in all Trump pretends the attempted bombings are an unfathomable mystery, and the fact that the bombs went to all the people that have criticized him, and he has repeatedly attacked in the most vicious ways, is merely coincidental.

The fact that the bombers hit list corresponds precisely with his enemies list does not appear to persuade Trump that his rhetoric had any role in motivating attacks by the “MAGA bomber” – as he is being called after the FBI arrested Ceasar Sayok, connecting him to the bombs by fingerprints and DNA. The FBI has produced pictures of Caesar at Trump rallies, and he rode around in a van covered with pro-trump signs and photographs; yet Dirty Donnie denies any responsibility for provoking this guy with his rancid incendiary rhetoric.

The MAGA Bomber

A Fanatical Devotee of the Trump Personality Cult

Ceasar’s Trumpmobile

The Signs Celebrate Trump and Fingers his Critics

Shockingly, even after these stunning revelations, Trump went right out and denounced the press and the Democrats before a howling untutored redneck mob in North Carolina. All the while coldly announcing that he had not called any of the intended victims of the “bomber” to express his support; winking to those who say the entire bombing affair is a hoax, giving silent consent to keep it up. “I’ll pass” he said doubling down on his decision not to call the intended victims. Alas, Michael Bechloss, a leading historian of the American presidency, says: “I spend my life studying history and looking for parallels, but I can find no parallel to the behavior of Donald Trump in this situation.”

Trump has also warned against comparing him to “villains of the past.” These statements reveal a personality that is incapable of being self-critical. It also exposes Trump’s belief that he is so much smarter than his acolytes – a motley crew of sycophants and assorted failures fanatically committed to Trump’s personality cult – that he can piss on their heads and convince them it is warm summer rains. How else could he have the chutzpah to come before them and tell outrageous lies that are so transparent even Stevie Wonder and the Five Blind Boys can see through them? Yet he was greeted by cheers, which speaks to the pathological symbiosis Trump has with his boosters that serves to nourish and reinforce his madness.

The exact nature of that madness is described by Dr. James McIntosh, a practicing Psychiatrist and college lecturer, in his essay: “On the psychology of Hitler and Trump,” at https://commentariesonthetimes.me/2018/09/07/on-the-psychology-of-hitler-and-trump/. Quoting from studies commissioned by the OSS – Office of Strategic Services, the US intelligence agency that preceded the CIA – on Adolph Hitler during World War II, Dr. Mcintosh tells us:

“An Excerpt from The Introduction to Murray’s Report reads as follows. “Murray pegged Hitler’s personality as ‘counteractive narcissism,’ a type that is stimulated by real or imagined insult or injury. According to Dr. Murray, the characteristics of this personality type include: holding grudges, low tolerance for criticism, excessive demands for attention, inability to express gratitude, a tendency to belittle, bully, and blame others, desire for revenge, persistence in the face of defeat, extreme self-will, self-trust, inability to take a joke, and compulsive criminality.”

Dr. McIntosh then poses these questions:

“Does Inability to take a joke describe Donald Trump, the man who goes on a tweet tirade because he is made fun of on Saturday Night Live? Do the words belittle and bully describe the man who said of Rosie O’Donnell, “If I were running my business, I’d fire Rosie, I mean, I’d look her right in that fat ugly face of hers and say, “Rosie, you’re fired?” Doesn’t every word in Dr. Murray’s description describe Donald Trump? Histrionic is the modern word that approximates what was meant when Hitler was described by Dr. Murray as “Hysteric.”

Dr. McIntosh – who is one of the psychiatrists that signed the Duty to Warn statement- goes on to offer this diagnosis of of the comparative psychology of Hitler and Trump:

“people often have characteristics from several personality disorders in the same Cluster or family of personality disorders. The particular cluster that so many have thought describe both Hitler and Donald Trump is called Cluster B. The 4 personality disorders in Cluster B are Narcissistic, Histrionic, Borderline and Sociopathic. What the Cluster B disorders have in common are Dramatism and impulsivity.  Hitler had many Cluster B traits with perhaps narcissism and Sociopathy predominating and so does Donald Trump.”

Der Fuerer and The Donald: Two Deluded German Chauvinists!

Mighty Whitey Uber Allies!

Even in the absence of any credentials as a mental health professional the intelligent reader can see the accuracy of this diagnosis by just observing Trump’s antics on a daily basis. Hence what explains the reluctance of commentators in major corporate media to reference the psychiatric analysis of these highly qualified medical doctors – which include professors from Harvard and Yale?

I think a major part of it is that they are big corporations whose commitment to it’s bottom line trumps their devotion to telling certain controversial truths. And some blame must lay with the excessive deference paid to the so-called “Goldwater Rule.” Whereas the corporate concerns can be dismissed as opportunism inspired by commercial imperatives, there is some virtue in the motives of journalists who believe in maintaining the integrity of their reportage – their product. And aside from any consideration of lucre, they believe this commitment to avoiding certain controversies will retain the public trust.

However, while I have labored as a journalist for the past 30 years, before that I was a history professor. Hence I am schooled in the function and methods of both professions. And while journalism is the first draft of history and it is enough for journalists to report proven facts – which is essential to the work of dispassionate historians trying to accurately reconstruct the past – it is quite appropriate for those who write commentary to speculate, theorize and employ the methods of other disciplines to help interpret what the facts dug up by reporters actually mean. And it is the duty of the public intellectual to debate these issues in public forums. This is the role that I have presently chosen to play: an independent public intellectual.

Hence when Trump warns against “careless comparisons with villains of the past,” I heartily agree: That’s why my comparisons of him and Adolph Hitler have been very carefully done! At Present I have written 51 critical essays on Donald Trump, the present essay included. (See: https://commentariesonthetimes.me/category/on-donald-trump/) Just enter the tag “Trump and Hitler” to access the essays that specifically address this issue, there are seven in all; one by Dr. Macintosh and six by the present writer.

While Dr. McIntosh employs the tools of his trade, I have employed the method of the comparative historian. Although historians privildge close examination of specific facts about discrete situations, and thus is suspect of the historical analogy, it is quite possible to draw accurate historical analogies provided it is done with the care and procession of a surgeon, rather than the reckless abandon of a butcher. Hence I have chosen the approach of the surgeon when I examine the similarities in the character and political style of Donald Trump and Adolph Hitler.

The first essay that I ever wrote on Donald Trump was inspired by my recognition of some fundamental similarities between the political style of Hitler, Mousilini and him. It was published online at “Commentaries On The Times” as “Is Donald Trump a Uniquely American Fascist?” In an essay of several thousand words I argued:

“At first glance the rise of multi-billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump as a hero of the white working class seems paradoxical; since his interests and that of his class and cronies are diametrically opposed to the concerns and interests of workers.  Alas Trump’s appeal to that class of voters reflects the age old tendency for desperate people to turn to the “strong man” with simple solutions for comple problems for salvation; they invest this savior figure with nearly omnipotent powers and come to believe that their fate depends upon him.”

These are ideal conditions for the rise of demagogues and dictators.  More often than not such men are megalomaniacs who come to believe that they alone can lead the nation. That’s Donald Trump’s view of his role in American politics…the man who will “Make America Great Again,” just as Benito Mousolini pledged to “Make Italy Great Again.” and he reminds me of that other charismatic megalomaniacal demagogue: Adolph Hitler, who pledged to restore Germany to her former glory and create a regime that would rule the world for a thousand years.  Furthermore, even as I write many people who attend Trump’s rallies conjure images of German Brown Shirts at Hitler’s Rallies; snatching signs from protestors, verbally abusing them and even physically assaulting them, and shouting the Nazi slogan ‘Lugenpresse!’ at reporters.”

This essay is a multi-media presentation with texts, photographs and video. At the top of the essay there is an epigraph that establishes the commonalty of vision between the two major fascist leaders of the 20th century – Adolph Hitler and Benito Mousilini – and Donald Trump, a wannabe autocrat of the 21st century. To demonstrate this connection I employed the following quotes from the three men.

“It all depends on me”
Adolph Hitler, Nazi Rally
“We are going to do things that nobody else can do…who can fix things better than me”
Donald Trump, Vermont rally
“Make Italy Great Again!
Benito Moussilini
“Make America Great Again!:”
Donald Trump

Trump’s response when told that his MAGA slogan was coined by Mousilini, the founder of the Fascist party in Italy, he shrugged and said “It’s still a good slogan.”

Six more carefully written fact driven essays on the things Hitler and Trump have in common would follow. As I researched this connection between Trump and 20th century Fascist autocrats, I discovered one thing that was frighteningly similar about Trump’s tactics and those of the Nazi Party in 20th century Germany: The employment of the “Big Lie” as crafted by Dr. Josef Goebbles, the Minister of Propaganda for the Third Reich.

Whereas Hitler had one Propaganda machine spewing lies and disinformation, Trump has three: Sean Hannity, Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh. They all thrive on the principle of the Big Lie. It is the means by which these verbal arsonists keep their listeners in a constant state of rage, and truth is the first casualty of their assault upon reality. The steady stream of disinformation from these right-wing verbal arsonists has succeeded in reducing political discourse among “low information” Americans – which includes a lion’s share of Trump’s devotees – to a tower of babble!

It is an unspoken iron rule of American journalism that any comparison of an American political leader with Adolph Hitler, is a disqualifying act for a journalist. But I have no hesitation of venturing into this thorny forbidden terrain, and I welcome all challengers to my views…in fact, I double dare them to step to me. For I believe that any such intellectual kerfuffle can only enhance my reputation at the expense of the hapless fool who accepts this challenge.

The facts are on my side and I am skilled at the art and science of systematic argument, hence victory is assured. The objections of my adversaries are well known and can be easily demolished. The most ubiquitous objection is that Hitler was guilty of murdering six million European Jews plus 27 million Russians on the Eastern Front, and what, they earnestly ask, has Donald Trump done to rival these monstrous crimes?

Well…the thoughful answer would be “Give him time.” After all Hitler didn’t kill all those people in the length of time Trump has been in office. But when we consider the possible consequences of Trump’s policies on Climate change – he has pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord and dismissed the warning issued by scientists commissioned to study the problem by the United Nations who told us that humanity has about 12 years to accomplish a dramatic change in the way we assault our environment or it will be too late to salvage our planet…which will bring about the death of hundreds of millions of innocent souls and most animal species.

Added to this is Trump’s threat to initiate a new nuclear arms race on the planet by scrapping the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a historic agreement negotiated by Ronald Reagan and Mikail Gorbachov in 1987. Trump answered critics of this move with the simple minded comment: “We have the most money” so we will win any arms race!”

Yet people who know most about this issue have a very different view. Consider the response of Dr. George Shultz and Mikail Gorbachov, two men that played a critical role in crafting and signing this nuclear treaty; which both sides hoped would be a big step toward total nuclear disarmament. Both men published OP-ED pieces in the New York Times on Friday October 26. Dr. Shulzt was the US Secretary of State at the time and had enormous input into the treaty. He wrote:

“Nuclear weapons are a threat to the world. Any large scale nuclear exchange would have globally catastrophic consequences. Conscious of this reality, President Ronald Reagan and Mikail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union, worked in the 1980’s to reduce the number of nuclear weapons, with the ultimate goal of getting rid of them…Now is not the time to build larger arsenals of nuclear weapons. Now is the time to rid the world of this threat. Leaving the treaty would be a huge step backward. We should fix it not kill it.”

George Shultz and Ronald Reagan

In his Op-Ed, Mikhail Gorbachev wrote the following reflections about the impending demise of the INF Treaty.

“I am being asked whether I feel bitter watching the demise of what I worked so hard to achieve. But this is not a personal matter. Much more is at stake. A new arms race has been announced. The INF Treaty is not the first victim of the militarization of world affairs. In 2002, the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty; this year, from the Iran nuclear deal. Military expenditures have soared to astronomical levels and keep rising…Yet I am convinced that those who hope to benefit from a global free for all are deeply mistaken. There will be no winner in a ‘war of all against all’ – particularly if it ends in a nuclear war. And that’s a possibility that can’t be ruled out. An unrelenting arms race, international tensions, hostility and universal mistrust will only increase the risk.”

Gorbachev and Reagan

Signing Historic Treaty on Intermediate Nuclear Missiles

Militant American nationalism accompanied by a flagrant disregard bordering on contempt for international treaties that the US has signed, is sure to inspire similar behavior in other nations; which is a clear path to global conflict.

When these realities are viewed from the perspective of the policies Trump is implementing, the death tolls resulting from the conflicts engendered by these policies could well make Hitler’s crimes look picayune by comparison. One need only consult the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, an organization that has had 37 Nobel Laureates in Physics,” in order to see how Trump’s policies are bringing humanity closer to extinction! Hence, when we consider that he is a pathological compulsive liar; an extreme megalomaniac of limited knowledge about the world and a short attention span; who is also paranoid, belligerent, and manifestly unqualified for his job, it is no exaggeration to say that Donald Trump is the most dangerous man in history….in this he reigns without a rival!

Dirty Devious Donald Wants to Scrap the Treaty

A Dangerous Dastardly Demagogue!

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ATTENTION!!!!!!

In the two video presentations below we get an arresting portrait of a charismatic narcissist in action.  His audience responds to his hackned cliches  and blatant lies on cue, like Pavlo’s dogs salivated at the sound of his whistles. Witness what the MAGA Bomber Heard Trump say about The PRESS and the DEMOCRATS, and you will better understand MAGA bomber’s actions and President Trump.s culpability in his actions!!!!!
https://www.nbcnews.com/video/bomb-suspect-heard-trump-claim-media-was-at-war-with-campaign-during-2016-rally-speech-1354099779634?v=raila&

Trump’s MAGA Rally

After We Learn Bomber is Ardent Trump Supporter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=19&v=yXDMeXLjTOI
Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
October 28, 2018Trump and the MAGA Bomber

Saturday Night at Bill’s Place!

Posted in At Bill's Place, Cultural Matters, Music Reviews with tags , on October 7, 2018 by playthell

Bill Saxton: Jazz Guru and his Diciples

An Intimate Setting for Classic Acoustic Jazz

For those in search of a unique Jazz venue reminicent of oldtime Harlem Jazz clubs, Bill’s Place is the joint. Located in a former Speakeasy from the 1920’s, that fabulous era when Harlem was the most famous neigborhood in New York – a period vividly dscribed in “When Harlem Was in Vogue,” written by Puliter Prize winning historian David Levering Lewis – Bill’s Place features world class virtuoso’s who have performed all over the US and Abroad, sharing the bandstand with up and coming youngsters trying to learn the art of Jazz performance.

For unlike European classical music, whose techniques can be taught in the academy, the secrets of playing extended improviastional solos over chord changes, creating coherent musical statements at the speed of thought, telling a nuanced story while swinging with a Blues feeling, can only be learned jamming on the bandstand with masters of the trade.

Bill’s Place – founded by Virtuosso saxophonists, composer, arranger and band leader Bill Saxon, and his lovely brilliant wife Theda, is the ideal spot for the young seeker after the blues and abstract truth that is the essence of Jazz. Harlem born and bred, Bill Saxon – whose name suggest that he was born to play the saxophone and thus presages his destiny – is a graduate of the prestiegous New England Conservatory of Music.

Bill was annoyed by the fact that most of the Jazz clubs were located down town. Yet uptown Harlem was a major incubator of this quintessential American art, invented and bequeathed to the world by black musicians in the United States; the most imitated performing artists in the world! Hence, along with his lovely wife Dr. Saxon, they opened Bill’s Place with the objective of providing a place for Jazz afficianados – performers and fans – to enjoy an authenic evening of real Jazz in an intimate friendly environment devoted to unabridged performance of this modern complex instrumental  art music.

The photographs below capture some magic musical moments from a typical Saturday night at Bill’s Place. The images show a mixed group of performers and fans comprising men and women representing the “gorgeous human mosaic of New York,” as former Mayor par excellence David Dinkins put it. It is a visual representation of the inclusive democratic character of the art form; which promotes individual liberty and improvisation that by nature assaults conventional wisdom. At the bottom of my Photographs is a video link showing Bill and friends jammin at Bill’s Place.

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The Sax Sorceror and his Apprentices

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Trading Twelves

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Groovin High

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Talkin Back

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The Rhythm Section was Swinging Hard

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The Songbirds Swooped By

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They Were Singing Bebops!

I Mean Rebopped Bebops

They Were Rightously Wailing

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Mesmerized by the Muslc…

The Audience Came from Everwhere

They Came All the Way from Sweden

And Amsterdam

In Search of an Authentic Harlem Jazz Experience

Lydia and Samaad….

A Sunday Kinda Love…that Lasts Past Saturday Night

 

Internationally Renowned Artist Artist Ademola Was There

Cultural Entreprenuer and Co-Owner of Harlem’s Dwyer Cultural Center

She Came Up From Baltimore

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The Joint Was Jumpin

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Old School Cool

Chillin On Hot Jazz Vibes

Baptized in Blues and Swing!

By the Jazz King of Harlem

Bewitched by a Conjour Man

We Were AnointedWith Soul!

 The Wind Beneath his Wings

Dr. Theda Saxon: Manager of Bill’s Place

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Listen to Bill and other Muscians discuss the history of Harlem Jazz

Listen to Bill and Friends Perform Monk’s Music at Bill’s Place

“Evidence,” Composed by Theolonius Monk

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Sunday Arts Feaure

10/7/18

Text and Photographs by: Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York