NOTE: Consequences of the Coronavirus (disappearance or inaccuracy of data, internet inaccessibility etc.) mean that this index will not be appearing weekly but rather biweekly, or monthly, or not at all.  We hope such readers as we have remain healthy and/or, as the religionists say, “see you on the other side”.  After all, how much worse can Hell be than another Georgia summer?






7/15/20…  13,500.00                 7/8/20…  13,533.19           6/27/13…  15,000.00



(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  7/15/20…26,642.19; 7/8/20… 25,890.18; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)



(or, rather, hears of books from rich or privileged people or those who have read reviews of books… )



In case you, like this Index, do not have access to Internet or cable news and, moreover, like many Mister Joneses, have turned off the network chatter in disgust, Mary Trump (the President’s niece) has published her tell-all about her famous uncle (and a rather strange grand-uncle, too) entitled “Too Much and Never Enough” and, after lengthy litigation, the exposé finally hit the shelves yesterday.

“The Art of Her Deal” (by Mary Jordan) follows Too Much, a portrait of the First Lady that would likely never hang in the Louvre, or the Uffizi Gallery, or even a fourth-grade parent’s refrigerator (if the public schools ever get back to teaching art again, or the art of educating future generations ever get back to re-opening schools again).

And then there is… oh, by the way, a little chunk of change that former National Security Advisor John Bolton has kept out of the clutches of Congress to publish (and profit) all by his ownself.

Even the most resolute avoiders of the public gossip have gleaned the fact that this portrait of Donald J. Trump as hangs in “The Room Where It Happened” is not exactly sympathetic.  But who wants to read cheerful biographies these days.

This typhoic trio now stand at the head of a long line of Trump literature, including over sixty of his own books (of which “The Art of the Deal” has been most lucrative) and, even,  “Triggered” by Don Junior and, soon, a new anti-Biden book which misplaces apostrophe in title. “Liberal Privilege”, which he is self-publishing in August, is subtitled “Joe Biden and the Democrat’s Defense of the Indefensible” and, according to the liberal, semi-privileged Guardian UK, the author appears to have forgotten one of the cardinal rules of the apostrophe: it comes after the “s” when the possessive noun is plural. Unless Trump Jr is referring to only one Democrat, then the apostrophe needs to shift one place to the right to make the title grammatically correct.  Ivanka has published three books (two and a half, perhaps considering her reboot of “Women Who Work”,  and Jared has had only books written about him… some happy, some sad… although he has claimed to have read 25 books on the MidEast in preparation for his diplomatic career.

(“The Politics of Zoos” by Erik Trump was written by a different Erik.)


Mary Trump, daughter of Djonald’s brother, has been an unhappy MAGAcamper since coming out on the short end of the family fortune – and now she has delivered justice, or, some say, revenge.

Her tell-all book about the Trump family, on sale as of yesterday, was obtained on Tuesday by several news organizations, revealing a panoply of unsavory allegations about the president and the childhood that shaped his worldview. The leaked copies of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man—which the New York Times described as “by turns a family history and a psychological analysis of her uncle”—very likely marks, according to MSN, “the end of the Trump family’s lawsuit aimed at stopping publication of the book.”

Mary’s been quite contrary of late, appearing on Good Morning America to serve up a heaping helping of dirt to George Stephanopolous.

Few families read as uniquely miserable as the Trump family as it is portrayed by Mary Trump, niece of President Donald Trump, in her new memoir, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” (out Tuesday, July 14). 

A USA Today reviewer (Attachment One) opines “Mary Trump writes that Fred Trump (Donald’s dad) pitted his children against one another to win his approval, if not his love, creating a “Lord of the Flies”-like atmosphere in which only the toughest and most heartless thrived. It drove eldest son and Mary Trump’s father, Freddy Trump, to alcoholism and an early death, she argues.”


Freddy’ daughter of the president’s older brother, Freddy, who died in 1981, now shares some of her opinions — not just by airing the family’s dirty laundry. wrote New York Times’ Elisabeth Egan (See Attachment Two) who offered seven reasons for the exposé, “but by washing and folding it, too.” (Mary Trump is a clinical psychologist whose diagnoses for her uncle are as varied and extensive as the fast food buffet he offered the Clemson Tigers when they visited the White House in 2019.)

Mary’s ultimate gripe: “Donald, following the lead of my grandfather and with the complicity, silence and inaction of his siblings, destroyed my father. I can’t let him destroy my country.”


Business Insider added five more revelations… that the President cheated on his SATs, went to the movies while his brother was dying and Mary called Fred Senior a high-functioning sociopaths.   Abusing his children to “toughen” them up… "That's what sociopaths do,” Mary concluded


Other compilers of Mary’s grievances included the liberal Guardian UK (perhaps the most revealing disclosure: for Mary’s 12th birthday, the pre-POTUS gave her… underwear!) and conservative Breitbart, which repeated an AP summary without its usual rah-rah-Trump commentary.


It seems that even some of Donald’s former friends have grown cold.


And his wife?


Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former Vogue magazine staffer who oversaw high-dollar events, including the Met Gala, had known Melania Trump for more than a decade. The two women were close for several years while both lived in New York City and operated in similar social circles.  And then. In February 2018, Trump terminated the working relationship with Wolkoff as stories about the inauguration mounted, citing the policy of the White House opting to scale back special government employee working agreements.

Revenge is best served cold, therefore Wolkoff’s “Melania and Me”.

According to CNN, Trump is said to be "unhappy" with the news of Wolkoff's book, according to the source, who adds "this won't end well" if Wolkoff reveals personal information about their relationship, or other incidentals of the habits of the famously private first lady.

The most damaging autopsy came from the Huffington Post (Attachment Four) where, it is alleged, that the first lady renegotiated her prenuptial agreement with the president in the early months of the presidency, when she did not immediately move to the White House a charge also raised in last month’s The Art of Her Deal, by Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan.

And then there is Bolton… Mister Bolton, at present.  The President is still “raging” over “The Room Where It Happened”.  See the Amazon listing (Attachment Five) and a particularly damning account of Bolton’s reaction to Trump’s Kurdish betrayal, which the DJI still believes to have been the President’s most egregious crime, one which should have been included in the failed impeachment trial,


As recently as a month ago, a Statista review of the Johns Hopkins assessment of nation-by-nation readiness to fight a then-unknown, then-unnamed medical emergency (the Global Health Security Index, released in October of last year) cited some California health officials who expressed a perhaps-excessive confidence in their own prowess by proclaiming that their “precautions in place should stop any spread of the coronavirus.”

In fact, noted Statista, the GHSI (which assessed levels of global health security across 195 countries) specifically analyzed levels of preparation by focusing on whether countries have the proper tools in place to deal with serious disease outbreaks. Countries were scored on a scale of 0 to 100 where 100 is the highest level of preparedness.

“The United States was named as the country with the strongest measures in place and it came first with 83.5 out of 100,” declared researchers, proffering data that showed the USA winning by a large margin over the rest of Those Foreigners.  “The United Kingdom came second with 77.9 followed by the Netherlands with 75.6. China, which has initiated a series of lockdowns in response to the outbreak, comes 51st with a score of 48.2.”  The world’s third-worst-case germpit was North Korea, leading only Somalia and the black ribbon winner, Equatorial Guinea.

(See here for a pdf of the Hopkins report, and here for Statista’s chart of the quick and the dead.

The proud Americans easily vanquished their alien neighbors on all six of the categories that comprised the GHSI’s sorting hat... Prevention, Detection and Reporting, Rapid Response, Health System (access to, capacity of competence of and research), Compliance with International Norms and Risk Assessment.  Among the sub-categories ranked from zero to one hundred, the United States scored a perfect, perfect 100 in several, including Biosafety, Epidemiology workforce, Emergency preparedness and response planning (Easter is nigh), Infection control practices and… the jewel in the corona… Availability of equipment!!!

The researchers did slap a zero on Don Jones and the rest of the Yanks on the topic of “Exercising response plans” (probably due to lack of prior pandemics) - we also finished below the global average on health care access (due mainly to dis-affordability) and, by a slight margin, environmental considerations (that medical waste that leaches out of landfills and washes up on beaches).  Otherwise, baby, “We’re Number One”!

And now we’re Number One in CV infections (in terms of total cases, Spain and Italy still have us behind their eight-ball on a per-capita basis.)

The coronavirus is fading away in China, however, because China is a dictatorship – and dictatorships may have some human rights issues here and there, but if there is a problem to be solved, it’ll get solved… quickly and brutally, if need be.  But solved.  There was no self-quarantining in Wuhan, the purported origin of the disease, there was only a no-exceptions government quarantine, enforced by the Red Army.

An example – as the ravages of CV spread from Wuhan, reports circulated of flocks of drones circling cities and, upon spotting people outside, loudspeakers blared orders to run back to their homes and into quarantine.  Those averring that the drones were gunning down those who could not move fast enough are unconfirmed.)

Among the Europeans and Americans, obsessed with their rights and protocols, don’t expect to be out of this so fast.  Italy and Spain, as of this Lesson, are catastrophes – as New York will soon be; Los Angeles, Detroit, New Orleans and a few other cities somewhat after that, and rural America somewhat after that.  But there will be an end to the plague, eventually, and probably in time to save the 2020 Elections, if not the Olympics.

The furthest fringes of the disaster, the point where the thousands of cases and hundreds of dead swell to millions and thousands, and then perhaps millions and millions – that’s still just over the rainbow.

As of this morning it is believed that there are 200,000 cases in the United States (give or take a few), and the death toll has exceeded four thousand.  While existing infections are primarily in and around a few major cities… New York has been called ground zero… there is plenty of room for the virus to migrate, and supplies are already limited.

Globally, the CV seems to have peaked in China and been suppressed in Japan and South Korea, so the infection vectors are primarily in Europe.  Italy was, until surpassed by Gotham, the worst case, with Spain following closely behind and new outbreaks in the U.K., France and Germany.  Iran is also believed to be a hot spot, but the mullahs have imposed a wall of silence around the country; Russia has also imposed a news moratorium, so CV may or may not be endangering the neo-Soviets

Time and again, Americans have faced the risk of widespread infectious disease (SARS, MERS, Ebola, Zika) and time and again we have stared them down (even AIDS, sort of).  So it may well be that we’ve become a little too confident in our constitutions (physical and Federal, the both) and dismissed plagues as the stuff that happens in poor, hot places full of people who either want to move to America or blow us up with suicide vests and underwear (or, at least, sell us their drugs).


So, as the President walks back his Easter proclamation to Mayday… for now… the ghost always at his side is Doctor Fauci, whose latest doomsay scenario is, well, doomful.

You see, the CV is one of those bugs that thrive in cold, damp weather and this has given rise to a number of politico-medical experts who say that it will pop in a cloud of dust come May (or June, July, whatever).  But Dr. Fauci has now laid upon Don Jones’ table the prospects that the plague will rage and ravage for a while, and then seem to go away… only to return in 2021, more lethal and plague-i-er than ever.  He calls this cycling… the Black Death endured over several years in several places, disappearing, then returning again and again.

It’s sort of like a bad winter storm that punches a locality hard, then moves on – but the tail of the swirling, spirular storm slaps back days or even weeks later in what meteorologists call the “wraparound effect”.  The viral equivalent is a disease that walks right in, does its business, then walks right out… usually proceeding to a less developed space.  Thus New York is the epicenter of CV at present, with other big cities like Los Angeles and Chicago starting to spike, and tertiary territories like Detroit and (thanks to all those diseased Mardi Grassers) New Orleans following.  Next, it will go to the suburbs.  And then, rural America.  And then it will be gone.

Or will it?  Just as the American hot zones are big, transit crossroads, the nations with the worst effects are those with people who went to China and returned.  An Italian coughed on a Spaniard, who sneezed on a Brit and so on through Europe. 

To date, the CV has been a disease of the Northern Hemisphere.  This will not last.

Africa and India, Latin America and the MidEast are all fertile territories for the little sphere with all the stickers to seek more victims and the toll should be greater, even, than America’s.

Consider the GHSI map attached to last week’s Index, or the occurrances of the week…  (with some commentary by deFoe)… seeing as we’ve raced far ahead of (or behind) Camus in tracking the progression of the plague, let’s just go back three centuries or so to deFoe’s “Journal of the Plague Year” to see what might happen if the national and local governments had been a bit more hard ass about quarantining the sick…


JULY 8 – 14, 2020


Wednesday, July 8, 2020



   Infected: 3,009,688


Cases approach 3M.  Record 10K new cases in Texas, 13 hour waits for testing in Arizona, Florida infections surge.  (But NBA players in DisneyWorld’s “bubble” are protected by Magic Wristbands that flash green for OK, blue for sick.)  Experts unveil a “New Model” that features 208K deaths by November 1st.  PPP charity subsidizes stars like the Eagles and Eddie Vedder to distribute to roadies and backstage crew out of work as live shows vanish.  CBS Doctor Agus breaks ranks with the pack, contrarian contention that vaccines are on the way and things will get better.




Thursday, July 9, 2020



Infected:  3,114,746

      Dead:   132K m/l







“I alleged that I was against shutting up of houses at all (a regulation which the health were imprisoned with the sick until they, too, fell to the plague) and that it would be very hard to oblige me to be an instrument of that which was against my judgment.”


US hits record 63.2 thousand cases per day.  Tulsa blames upsurge on Trump rally and the attendant unmasked protests.  Full-on testing fails in Sunbelt states with cars stalling in hours long waiting in lines, consistent supply shortage.  Some doctors say plague now leads to brain damage.  School reopening becomes the next flashpoint… President Trump threatens to cut off funding for school districts that don’t return to in-person schooling; EdSec Betsy deVos stamps her widdle foot and orders all schools to open.  A teacher replies: “My students can’t learn if they’re sick, and I can’t teach them if I’m dead.”  Virtuecrats complain that free testing in NBA bubble deprives the common people of life, and dignity, but, inside the DisneyWorld bubble, NBA players complain that their cells (er, suites) are filthy… full of roaches and bubblebugs (i.e. bedbugs).


“The only subject of discontent among the people at that time (was) confining the sound in the same home with the sick… and the complaints of people so confined were very grievous.  They were heard into the very streets, and they were sometimes such that called for resentment, though oftener for compassion.  They had no way to converse with any of their friends but out at their windows, here they would make such piteous lamentations as often moved the hears of those they talked witty , and of others who, passing by, heard their story; and as those complaints oftentimes reproached the severity and sometimes the insolence, of the watchmen placed at their doors, those watchmen would answer saucily enough. And perhaps be apt to affront the people who were in the street talking to the said families for which, or for their ill-treatment of the families, I think seven or eight of them in several places were killed; I know not whether I should say murdered or not.”

Friday, July 10, 2020


Infected: 3,114,716

      Dead:   133,847


     Dow:   26,075.30







NYC Mayor diBlasio cancels all large events until September.  Mayor Bottoms (D-Ga… she’s got it), seeing evil powers at work in the testing shortage, pleads: “Allow us to live.”  More children get it – dozens of unhappy summer campers in Missouri, as many as 1,800 get it in Texas childcare centers.  Experts say that plague is mutating – will transmit more easily but, at least, not kill more easily too.  (Cynics reply that the mutations will neutralize any vaccines or cures, they’ll all have to be thrown out and started all over. again.)  CDC predicts 160K dead by August first.  Alabama State Senator Marsh hopes everyone gets it, because with cures and vaccines useless, universal infection is the only way to build herd immunity.

Fauci (the horse) wins its maiden race at Keeneland, KY.


“(The Disease) impresses upon everyone that is seized upon by it with a kind of rage and hatred against their own kind – as if there were a malignity in the distemper to not only communicate itself, but in the very case of man, prompting him with an evil will or evil eye…”

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Trump dons the mask for the first time preparatory to a visit to Walter Reed Army hospital after cancelling his New Hampshire rally (blaming Fay).  Yet another record of new cases (67K), Dr. Agee (CBS) notes that delays in processing death certificates leading to underreporting.  Football conferences SIAC (black colleges) and Ivy (rich people’s college) cancel season, Big Ten and Pac Twelve tweak schedules.  First Covid Party partygoers starting to sicken and die, still maintaining it’s a hoax.  Gov. Edwards (D-La) orders the de-opening of New Orleans while Sen. Doggett (D-Tx) blames nursing home deaths on “denial, delay and deception.”  On the other hand, an Ohio legislator defends masklessness, saying “Try it, you’ll like it.”


“(When) men are once come to a condition to abandon themselves, and be unconcerned for the safety or at the danger of themselves, it cannot be so much wondered that they should be careless of the safety of other people.”

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Plague among 18 to 24 year olds reportedly up 400%.  Doctors say the new mutant variables of CV stay airborne and infectious for up to 16 hours; Remdesivir is 62% effective as a treatment, but supplies are low and running lower – especially in the (literally) hot zones of Arizona, Texas, Florida and California (which, go figure, are experiencing a record heat wave, pulling the plug on the hope that hot weather will kill the virus.  The political hot zone is school reopening… Trump and EdSec Betsy deVos press for mandatory physical reopenings, but some Governors and local School Boards are defiant; POTUS says CDC reopening guidelines are “too tough” while Betsy promises to defund local online schools (even those serving students with disabilities) and Congress be damned. 


“It is true that shutting up of houses had one effect, which I am sensible of moment, namely that it confined the distempered people, who would have otherwise been both very troublesome and very dangerous in running about streets with the distemper upon them…”

Monday, July 13, 2020

The sunbelt continues to sizzle with sun and sickness… crawling west to east the plague visits California (school closures in Los Angeles, San Diego and more enrage President Trump while bears roam the deserted streets), Arizona (hospitals at 90% of capacity, Cardinals’ owner gets it), Texas (a dog gets it), Florida (15,000 new cases Saturday, 12,000 more on Sunday, hospitals so full that diseased people are being “exported” to other states).  Got it: dozens of Marines at Okinawa base, plague sneaks into NBA’s Orlando “bubble” and taps Russell Westbrook on the shoulder, as well as other unhappy hoopsters.  Angry little girl video goes viral (she doesn’t, hopefully), pouting: “The only thing that is open is nothing!”


“The poor distempered man, all this while, being as well diseased in his brain as in his body… ‘Ay!’ says he with all the calmness imaginable, ‘is it so with you all?  Are you all disturbed with me?  Why then, I’ll e’en go home and die there.’  And so he immediately goes downstairs.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2020



Infected: 3,429,072

      Dead:   136,422


     Dow:   26,642.69



Dire”ness dethroned by a new buzzword… “Raging!”  Plague expenses result in record $618 billion budget deficit (much, much less than the combined wealth of America’s Top Ten Richest).  Trump holds a rambling Rose Garden speech; touts cheerleader and fellow game show host Chuck Woolery, who says that closing schools, bars, tattoo parlours etc. is a conspiracy by Joe Biden… Internet troll Danyel Scarvino draws a poster (actually not bad, see the cartoon) calling “Doctor Faucet” (for all his leaks to the left-wing media) a cowardly quack.  New York will impose $2,000 fines on visitors who provide insufficient contacts for tracing (ratting out relatives) with a high potential for fatal chokeholds at airports and Grand Central.


And a plague squirrel is discovered in Colorado, joining that Texas dog?  Trivial?  This might be the most dire raging development of the year to date… find out why in next week’s DJI (or, more likely) that of the week after.


“(A)n order was published, at the beginning of the infection, by the Lord Mayor and by the magistrates, by order of the physicians, that all dogs and cats should immediately be killed, and an officer was appointed for the execution… I think they talked of forty thousand dogs and five times as many cats, few houses being without a cat…”


As we have reported, major indices like the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Trading Economics, DebtClock and Census websites incredibly (or perhaps not) have not been able to keep up with developments; thus the DJI Index… particularly as regards unemployment… is sadly, woefully (that is to say, a week or two) out of date.  So, as a result, the picture shown is actually bright and shiny… a far cry from the nine percent predicted only two weeks ago, let alone the 32% floated by the St. Louis Federal Reserve this week.

So, without the Health Index penalty described below, Don would actually have finished out the week and month ahead by a smidgen – the implications of indebtedness engendered by the bailout more or less neutralized by the falling gas prices.  But where would the Joneses want to go?

This week, volatility found an uptick in the economy, but a downslide in debt, inflation and, of course, most of the human-related events that transpired.  The result is that President Trump’s polling numbers continue to decline (See Attachment Seven), so long as Joe Biden remains in his basement, masked.






                CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000


                                (REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)


                                                          See a further explanation of categories here                       











                                                 ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)




































Wages (hourly, per capita)


1350 pts.





1,402.63  24.74


Median Income (yearly)







626.80    33,203


Unempl. (BLS – in millions







180.67   11.1%


Official (DC – in millions)







219.01 17,710


Total. (DC – in millions)







197.44    28,711


Workforce Participation

Number (in millions)

Percentage (DC)










In 142,243  Out 100,356 Total: 242,599  58.63


WP Percentage (ycharts)*







151.96  61.50










Total Inflation







1038.33     +0.6









283.56     +0.6









401.94     +12.3


Medical Costs







290.82     +0.5









296.70     +0.1
















Dow Jones Index







287.61  26,642.59



Sales (homes)

Valuation (homes)






- 1.44%

- 2.99%






     Sales (M):  3.91 Valuations (K):  284.6


Debt (Personal)







292.23    61.837




























Revenues (in trillions)







222.31       2,562


Expenditures (in tr.)







276.11       5,360


National Debt (tr.)







393.54    23,616


Aggregate Debt (tr.)




- 0.60%



414.72    80,165
























Foreign Debt (tr.)







    303.06          6,835


Exports (in billions – bl.)




- 4.42%



121.66         144.5


Imports (bl.)







171.29         199.1


Trade Deficit (bl.)




  - 9.52%



122.34         54.6



















  World Peace








World hotspots now include Hong Kong, Brazil and India.  Not-so-hotspots (in a good way) include Spain, China itself and the U.K., where latest cable hit “The Royals” – has schedenfans waiting for Andrew to be hauled off in handcuffs.  US – Canada border crackdown extended until August 21.











All quiet on the global front.  Trump turns mean (from a distance) and tells Putin = yes, we cyberscammed you back in 2018.











Goya Foods CEO praises Trump, incites bean boycotts.  Race and plague woes cut his popularity to 33% in one poll, 24% in another, emboldening Nancy Pelosi to propose (probably unconstitutional) pardon reform,  Supremes rule that POTUS cannot hide his tax records (but won’t have to surrender them until after the election).  A bad week for Djonald Unchained – except for the fact that he takes (and passes) a sanity test.  RBG hospitalized again; liberals tremble, MAGAstars vet replacements… Stephen Philips?  Sekulow, father or son?  Meat Loaf?  Jared?  Erik???











Record high NASDAQ!  But California closings send Dow back into the red until bailed out by sparkling corporate profits, led by… Caterpillar?  Yup.   Meanwhile, CARES Act bails out Delta, United and other airlines.  On the other hand, Dunkin Donuts dunkin’ 450 outlets, Bed & Bath sends 200 more stores to the Beyond, Brooks Brothers’ bankruptcy blamed on sloppy corporate drones working at home.  Wells Fargo to shed thousands of jobs.  Sneaky public and private budgeteers advocate replaying “layoffs” with “furloughs”.











(Black) St. Louis prosecutor orders confiscation of guns from (rich, white) homeowners in neighborhood besieged by protestors and claims it was to prevent a “chilling” effect on First Amendment right of protests.  Two McAllen (TX) police killed responding to a domestic violence call.  Nasty nurse at W. Virginia VA hospital kills eight elderly soldiers. 















(with, in some cases, a little… or lots of… help from men, and a few women)
















Over 50 die in Japanese floods.  25 tornadoes strike three states, including Miami.  Tropical storm Fay (the earliest F-storm in recent memory) batters New York City, New Jersey and New England.  At least a week of 100° plus predicted for most of America… Palm Springs, CA hits 121°



Natural/Unnatural Disaster








USS Bonhomme Richard explodes in San Diego, 21 injured, terrorism ruled out.  Hot air balloon makes safe emergency landing in Chicago suburb.  Vintage Super Mario game sells for $114,000.

















Science, Tech, Education








To reopen or not to reopen – that is the question.  Reopeners cite plague stress and school uncertainty that leads to “Mom Rage”; the cure for which is to put the kids to sleep.  By any means necessary.  Space X cancels launch of Starlight satellites.



Equality (econ./social)








Activists decry only 23% of children’s books have black characters.  Tech mogul Michael Lofthouse attacks Asians at California birthday party.  BLM attacks spike in murders at reform schools.  Washington Redskins gingerly remove some of their more “offensive” merchandise (nobody going after redskin potatoes… yet),  Police shootings in Detroit and Los Angeles (Andres Guardado shot five times in the back) inspire outrage and, maybe, more riots?












SCOTUS says employers can opt out of Obamacare birth control coverage.  Gov. deSantis (R-Fl) scoffs at hospitals while overcrowding prompts some to set up more beds in their parking lots.


Freedom and Justice








Indiana executes an alt-righter for shooting his gun dealer and, after five month delay due to CV, Texas resumes executions, judge puts Federal snuffing on hold, again.  BLM paints street mural in front of Trump Tower; whites charged with hate crime for vandalizing BLM signs.  Pee Ceisters destatutize John Wayne for old racist remarks.  Trump pardons Roger Stone, but Michael Cohen is back to jail for refusing parole conditions… prosecutor Mueller snarls: “Stone was a convicted felon and he remains so.”  Ghislaine Maxwell (aka Janet Marshall) denied bail as a flight risk prone to using false identities.  Federal Judge strikes down Georgia’s “fetal heartbeat” anti-abortion law. 












@ category temporarily suspended








Cultural incidents








Lady Antebellum goes PC, changes name to Lady A while Cardi B throws a lavish birthday party for her daughter.  Churches accused of being the New Hotspots (for plague).  Naya Rivera of death-haunted “Glee” drowns on Lake Piru, CA; Sheriff calls her a hero(ine) for saving 4 year old son.  Band “Great White” (of the Station fire in Rhode Island) apologizes for maskless music.  Washington Redskins’ owner finally raises a great white flag, but no confirmation as to a replacement name yet.



Miscellaneous incidents








Dozens of Arizona bars sue Gov. Ducey for de-reopening despite crowded hospitals and long lines for testing.  RIP Uber-cougar Mary Kay Letourno, Kelly Preston (Travolta), Elvis grandson Benjamin Keough (a suicide), South Africa’s Zindzi Mandela, Grant (“Mythbusters”) Imahara.  Now, the myths will run wild!












From the conclusion of Albert Camus’ “Le Peste” (“The Plague”)… which disease was of the bubonic sort, transmitted by rats (like those now overrunning New Orleans) and their fleas…

“…the plague bacillus never dies nor disappears for good; (it) can lie dormant for years and years in furniture and linen chests; that it bides its time in bedrooms, cellars, trunks and bookshelves; and that perhaps the day would come when, for the bane and the enlightening of men, it would rouse up its rats again and send them forth to die in a happy city.”



      * HEALTH – In light of the spread of the coronavirus, making an objective (or even subjective) determination of its effect on Don Jones becomes a very dubious prospect; literally an all-or-nothing proposition where the prospects of the unfortunate sink to zero.  Then, there is the collateral damage to those sickened, but not terminated, by the virus, the friends and families of the deceased, the police, fire, EMT and medical workers laboring with what even President Trump now admits are inadequate protection, those who lose their jobs, businesses who lose their customers and have to shut down and a public deprived of social assemblies and ritual gatherings from holiday, arts and sporting events (today’s latest casualty, Wimbledon).  Taking these into account would decimate almost the entirety of the Social index.  So here is our compromise.

       Coronavirus impact will not be factored into the individual social indices.  Moreover, health will be given a “no change” rank for the duration.  However, a more or less general VC levy, a tax if you will, will be imposed on the entire Index at this category, although not deducted from the score until a reckoning of some sort, some time into the future.  This “tax” will consist of two factors only… a rough case penalty of one percent for every 100,000 confirmed American victims and another one percent “tax” on every one thousand deaths.  In this Index, that amounts to a deduction of two percent (on 200,000 cases, more or less) plus four percent (on an estimated four thousand deaths, as of today).  This total of six percent will be taken from the most recent Health value of 571.44, leading to an April 1st score of 537.19,  (Doing a little math, the CV penalty almost equals the drop in the entire Index, due to the late reporting of collateral effects like unemployment and inflation statistics.)  However, to prevent a CV overloading (or, rather, diminution) of this category, its fall will be capped at 500.00 (down from a January 1st value of 600) after which further deductions will be made from the total, but not Health,



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Attachment One – from USA Today

A bizarre White House dinner with Donald Trump and more cringeworthy moments from Mary Trump’s book

Barbara VanDenburgh


Backstabbing. Petty grievances. Misogyny. Alcoholism. Lifelong trauma.

It's the playbook for the average soap opera episode – and for the latest Trump family memoir.

Few families read as uniquely miserable as the Trump family as it is portrayed by Mary Trump, niece of President Donald Trump, in her new memoir, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” (out Tuesday, July 14). 

Mary Trump paints a portrait of a singularly strange and irrevocably damaged family shaped by the Trump patriarch, Fred Trump, a prominent New York city real-estate developer who ruled his household with an iron fist under a dark, oppressive cloud of psychological and emotional abuse. Mary Trump, who holds a Ph.D in clinical psychology, goes so far as to diagnose him as a high-functioning sociopath, to whom love meant nothing.

Mary Trump writes that Fred Trump pitted his children against one another to win his approval, if not his love, creating a “Lord of the Flies”-like atmosphere in which only the toughest and most heartless thrived. It drove eldest son and Mary Trump’s father, Freddy Trump, to alcoholism and an early death, she argues.

Such a dark upbringing makes for a dark memoir. “Too Much and Never Enough” is rife with dysfunction and toe-curling cruelty. These are some of the book’s strangest, most cringeworthy moments.

The world’s most awkward White House dinner party

Mary Trump recounts an excruciatingly awkward family dinner party held at the White House in April 2017. The dinner was ostensibly meant to celebrate the birthdays of Donald Trump’s sisters, Maryanne Trump Barry and Elizabeth Trump Grau (though Donald Trump largely spent the evening extolling his own virtues).

The family got a tour of the White House and stopped at the Lincoln Bedroom, where Mary Trump observed a half-eaten apple on the bedside table. Donald Trump proclaimed, “This place has never looked better since George Washington lived here.” (Mary Trump notes the White House didn't open until after Washington’s death.)

Dinner was no less uncomfortable. At one point, Donald Trump gestured to his son Eric Trump’s wife, Lara Trump, and said, “Lara, there, I barely even knew who the (expletive) she was, honestly, but then she gave a great speech during the campaign in Georgia supporting me.” By that point, Eric and Lara had been together for nearly eight years.

The most awkward moment came when Maryanne Trump Barry regaled the table with the story of the time Freddy Trump dumped a bowl of mashed potatoes on his bratty little brother’s head. It’s the sort of harmless, humorous anecdote most families relish retelling over the years, until it becomes lore. But decades later, Donald Trump visibly bristled at the memory, crossing his arms and scowling.

“It upset him, as if he were that seven-year-old boy,” Mary Trump writes. “He clearly still felt the sting of that long-ago humiliation.”

Thanksgivings from hell

The White House dinner party was far from the worst Mary Trump had ever been too. Growing up, she’d been a frequent guest at the Trump family’s formal holiday dinners, where there was little good cheer on display.

The lack of familial warmth was especially galling one Thanksgiving when, halfway through the meal, Mary Trump’s grandmother, Mary “Gam” Trump, started choking. Freddy Trump noticed, but nobody else seemed to – or else, tried not to. A few glanced up at the ruckus and then back down at their plates.

Finally, Freddy Trump got up, took his mother by the elbow and lead her to the kitchen.

“We heard some shuffling and the distressing sound of my grandmother’s grunts as Dad performed the Heimlich maneuver,” Mary writes. Freddy Trump had been a volunteer ambulance driver in the late 1960s and early ’70s. His training saved his mother’s life that Thanksgiving.

When Freddy and his mother reentered the dining room, there was desultory applause.

“'Good job, Freddy,’ Rob said, as if my father had just killed a mosquito."

It wouldn’t be the last unpleasant Thanksgiving memory. The first Thanksgiving after her father’s death, Mary Trump was approached by her uncle Robert Trump, who put a hand on his teenaged niece’s shoulder. But not to console her. Instead, he pointed to the crib where her new baby niece, Ivanka Trump, slept.

“See, that’s how it works,” Robert Trump said. Mary Trump got his point: “Out with the old, in with the new.”

That evening, Donald Trump and his father were just the same as ever, discussing “New York politics and deals and ugly women, just as they always had.”

Donald Trump admires his niece’s breasts

When she was 29, Mary Trump was briefly hired by Donald Trump to write his next book.

They planned a research trip to Mar-a-Lago, so Mary Trump could see the Palm Beach mansion firsthand. “The fifty-eight-bedroom mansion with thirty-three bathrooms outfitted with fixtures plated in gold and an eighteen-hundred-square-foot living room that sported forty-two-foot ceilings was as garish and uncomfortable as I’d expected.”

Still, Mar-a-Lago was more relaxed than the usual Trump gathering places, and she showed up to lunch on the patio wearing her bathing suit and a pair of shorts.

“Donald, who was wearing golf clothes, looked up at me as I approached as if he’d never really seen me before,” Mary Trump writes. “’Holy (expletive), Mary. You’re stacked!”

Mary Trump also recalls the time her grandfather Fred Trump showed her the picture of a half-naked woman he carried around in his billfold.

“'Look at this,' he had said, sliding the picture out of its slot,” Mary Trump writes. “A heavily made-up woman, who couldn’t have been more than eighteen and might have been younger, smiled innocently up at the camera, her hands holding her naked breasts.”

Mary Trump was 12 at the time.

“'What do you think about that?' My grandfather had chuckled. I never heard him laugh.”

Mary Trump, Donald Trump's niece, dishes on 'toxic family,' 'dark history' in book coming in July

Why Mary Trump kept her sexual orientation a secret

In June 1999, when Fred Trump was on his deathbed, the family convened around it to pay their respects. Robert Trump’s wife, Blaine Trump, complained about the timing. “We’re supposed to be in London with Prince Charles," she said. "He invited us to one of his polo matches. I can’t believe we had to cancel.”

Mary Trump didn’t mention her own scheduling conflict: In a week, she was supposed to marry the woman she loved on a beach in Maui. She hadn’t told anybody in the family about her sexual orientation, in part because of a conversation she’d had a few years earlier with her grandmother.

They’d been talking about Princess Diana’s funeral when her grandmother said vehemently, using a homophobic slur, “It’s a disgrace they’re letting that little (expletive) Elton John sing at the service.”


Attachment Two – from the New York Times

7 Takeaways From Mary Trump’s Book About Her Uncle Donald

Growing up Trump wasn’t easy. There were feuds, grudges and spanking with a wooden spoon. Now, there’s the burden of the name.

By Elisabeth Egan

·         Published July 8, 2020Updated July 9, 2020, 9:27 a.m. ET


In the prologue of “Too Much and Never Enough,” Mary Trump writes: “The media failed to notice that not one member of Donald’s family, apart from his children, his son-in-law and his current wife, said a word in support of him during the entire campaign.” That doesn’t mean they had no opinions. The daughter of the president’s older brother, Freddy, who died in 1981, now shares some of hers — not just by airing the family’s dirty laundry, but by washing and folding it, too. (Mary Trump is a clinical psychologist whose diagnoses for her uncle are as varied and extensive as the fast food buffet he offered the Clemson Tigers when they visited the White House in 2019.)

Read Jennifer Szalai’s review of “Too Much and Never Enough.” ]

Here are seven insights gleaned from reading the first niece.

Nothing Donald Trump said during his campaign deviated from Mary Trump’s expectations of him.

“I was reminded of every family meal I’d ever attended during which Donald had talked about all of the women he considered ugly fat slobs or the men, usually more accomplished or powerful, he called losers,” she writes. “That kind of casual dehumanization of people was commonplace at the Trump dinner table.”

The author declined an invitation to an election night party in New York City.

Her reason: “I wouldn’t be able to contain my euphoria when Clinton’s victory was announced, and I didn’t want to be rude.” In the months following her uncle’s inauguration, “the smallest thing — seeing Donald’s face or hearing my own name, both of which happened dozens of times a day — took me back to the time when my father had withered and died beneath the cruelty and contempt of my grandfather. I had lost him when he was only 42 and I was 16. The horror of Donald’s cruelty was being magnified by the fact that his acts were now official U.S. policy, affecting millions of people.”

But, in April 2017, she did accept an invite to a White House celebration for her aunts’ birthdays.

At Trump International Hotel, the extended family “piled haphazardly into the two White House vans like a J.V. lacrosse team.” Upon arrival at their destination, Vice President Pence lurked “with a half-dead smile on his face, like the chaperone everybody wanted to avoid,” and guests were treated to a tour, during which Mary Trump “was surprised to see a half-eaten apple on the bedside table” in the Lincoln Bedroom. Dinner was brief, as Trump dinners usually are. Mashed potatoes were on the menu, prompting the president’s sister Maryanne to tell a favorite family story about “that night when Freddy dumped a bowl of mashed potatoes on Donald’s head because he was being such a brat.” When it was the author’s turn to take a picture with her uncle, she could “see the exhaustion behind the smile. It seemed that keeping up the cheerful facade was wearing on him.”

‘For Donald, lying was primarily a mode of self-aggrandizement meant to convince other people he was better than he actually was.’

According to Mary Trump, her father’s siblings were raised with a few core beliefs: lying was OK — in fact, it was “a way of life”; apologies and displays of emotion or vulnerability were verboten; and bullying was perfectly acceptable, if not encouraged. She tells a story about a young Donald Trump threatening to dismantle his younger brother’s favorite toy trucks: “Desperate to save them, Robert ran to his mother. Mary’s solution was to hide the trucks in the attic, effectively punishing Robert, who’d done nothing wrong, and leaving Donald feeling invincible. He wasn’t yet being rewarded for selfishness, obstinacy or cruelty, but he wasn’t being punished for those flaws, either.”

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Donald Trump’s father, Fred, never cared for Mary Trump’s mother, Linda, a former flight attendant from Florida whom he considered a gold digger. He turned a blind eye when his eldest son was sick and living with his young family in a frigid Trump-owned apartment with plastic sheeting over its rotting walls. Years later, after his son died, Fred would disinherit Mary and her brother; their uncle, Robert (of the toy trucks), explained: “Your grandfather didn’t want you or Fritz, or especially your mother, to get anything.” When the siblings threatened to sue for 20 percent of their grandfather’s estate, the family cut off the medical insurance that had been provided by Trump Management since they were born. “My brother depended upon this insurance to pay for my nephew’s crushing medical expenses,” Mary Trump writes. “William was out of the hospital by then, but he was still susceptible to seizures, which more than once had put him in a state of cardiac arrest so severe that he would not have survived without CPR. He still required round-the-clock nursing care.” The response from the lawyer representing Fred Trump’s estate: William’s parents should learn CPR.

The Trumps have a way with words.

Donald Trump, upon seeing his niece in a bathing suit: “You’re stacked.” Fred Trump’s advice to his son Freddy, who was suffering from alcoholism: “Just give it a quarter of a turn on the mental carburetor.” Fred Trump’s advice to his wife, who was frequently ill: “Everything’s great. Right, Toots? You just have to think positive.”

Mary Trump has a simple reason for writing this book.

“Donald, following the lead of my grandfather and with the complicity, silence and inaction of his siblings, destroyed my father. I can’t let him destroy my country.”



Attachment Three – from Business Insider

5 of the most shocking claims in Mary Trump's scathing tell-all book about the president

President Donald Trump's niece Mary Trump details a host of new claims about the Trump family in her new book, highlights of which were published Tuesday by a number of news outlets.

Mary, whose father, Fred Trump Jr., was Donald's older brother, writes in "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man" that her uncle practices bullying and cheats "as a way of life."

"Donald, following the lead of my grandfather and with the complicity, silence and inaction of his siblings, destroyed my father," Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist, writes. "I can't let him destroy my country."

The book, published by Simon & Schuster, is set to be released July 14, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

The president's younger brother, Robert Trump, has sued to block the release of the book, citing a nondisclosure agreement Mary Trump signed in 2001 as the family determined Fred Trump Sr.'s estate.

But a federal appeals court ruled that Simon & Schuster was not bound by that agreement, and it allowed to book to move forward for release.

The White House responded to the book by claiming that Mary Trump wrote it to make a profit, rather than in the public's interest, and denied her claims that the president's father, Fred Trump, was emotionally abusive.

"President Trump has been in office for over three years working on behalf of the American people — why speak out now?" White House deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews told Business Insider in an email.

"The President describes the relationship he had with his father as warm and said his father was very good to him. He said his father was loving and not at all hard on him as a child."

Trump cheated on his SAT to get into Wharton, book says

Mary Trump's family memoir includes damning accounts of how Trump uses "cheating as a way of life," she writes, according to initial reporting by The New York Times.

One passage reveals Trump paid someone to take a college-admissions exam, the SAT, on his behalf, and earned him a high score.

Trump later received his bachelor's degree, in 1968, from the esteemed Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, which established a policy in August 2019 saying that "providing false information on an application for admission, cheating on an examination, and tampering with records" are qualifying offenses to revoke alumni degrees.

In a statement to Business Insider, the White House called the claim that Trump cheated on the SAT "absurd" and "completely false."

As his oldest brother was dying, Trump went to the movies, niece says

Mary Trump also alleges that, in 1981, Donald Trump went to see a movie while his older brother, Fred Trump Jr., was dying of a heart attack caused by alcohol abuse.

No family members accompanied Fred Trump Jr., known as Freddy, to the hospital the night that he died at age 42, Mary Trump writes in her book.

Mary said Freddy and Donald were both abused by their father, Fred Trump, who favored Donald.

She wrote that her grandfather would tell Freddy "Donald is worth ten of you."

Freddy left the family real-estate business to become a pilot for Trans World Airlines, allowing Donald to ascend in the Trump family business.

'He has no principles. None!'

Donald's sister, Maryanne, told Mary during lunch in 2015 that her brother would never win the Republican presidential nomination, Mary writes.

"He's a clown — this will never happen," Mary says her aunt commented soon after Donald announced his presidential bid.

Maryanne was also astounded by evangelical Christians' support for her brother, according to the new book.

"The only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there," Mary writes, quoting her aunt. "It's mind boggling. But that's all about his base. He has no principles. None!"

New York Times leaks

Perhaps the most comprehensive reporting project on Trump's wealth — particularly his longstanding claim to be a self-made business tycoon — came in a bombshell New York Times tax story in October 2018.

Mary Trump was one of the most important sources for that investigation, she says in the book.

Mary writes that she leaked family tax documents to help The Times investigate Trump's wealth. Axios first reported on Mary Trump's participation with the investigation.

The Times' investigation revealed that the president wasn't a self-made man but had his father bolster his failing businesses in the 1990s with injections of more than $400 million, in 2020 dollars.

Trump's dad 'destroyed' him: 'That's what sociopaths do'

Mary Trump describes Donald's personality as being the product of childhood trauma, stemming from how Fred Sr. treated his kids.

"By limiting Donald's access to his own feelings and rendering many of them unacceptable, Fred perverted his son's perception of the world and damaged his ability to live in it," one passage of the book reads, according to The Washington Post.

The pressure Fred Sr. put on Freddy and Donald in the family business incentivized lying from the beginning, according to the book.

For Freddy, "lying was defensive — not simply a way to circumvent his father's disapproval or to avoid punishment, as it was for the others, but a way to survive."

Yet for Donald, in Mary's telling, "lying was primarily a mode of self-aggrandizement meant to convince other people he was better than he actually was."

The book also traces the origins of one of Trump's favorite descriptors.

"Fred [Sr.] hated it when his oldest son screwed up or failed to intuit what was required of him, but he hated it even more when, after being taken to task, Freddy apologized. 'Sorry, Dad,'" Mary writes, adding that Fred Sr. would "mock" Freddy for apologizing.

"Fred wanted his oldest son to be a 'killer.'"

Mary describes this incentive structure in the Trump household as having "destroyed" Donald Trump, with Fred Sr. leaving no room for emotions or vulnerability.

"That's what sociopaths do: they co-opt others and use them toward their own ends — ruthlessly and efficiently, with no tolerance for dissent or resistance."


Attachment Four – from huffpost


Report: Longtime Melania Trump Insider To Release ‘Explosive’ Tell-All Book


Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s “Melania and Me” is set for a Sept. 1 release, according to The Daily Beast.


A longtime confidante to Melania Trump who helped to plan the inauguration of President Donald Trump is reportedly set to release a book with “explosive” revelations based on her 15-year relationship with the first lady.

The Daily Beast said Stephanie Winston Wolkoff’s “Melania and Me,” scheduled for Sept. 1, is “largely negative” and “heavily trashes the first lady.”

A blurb describing the book cited by Vanity Fair says it will detail the friendship between the two through the years as well as her “abrupt and very public departure” from the White House. 

The Daily Beast notes that Wolkoff signed a nondisclosure agreement, which could lead to legal action over the book. 

Wolkoff worked as an unpaid senior advisor to the first lady for the first year of the presidency. 

However, the White House cut ties to Wolkoff in early 2018 after revelations that her company was paid nearly $26 million by the inauguration committee to plan events related to the ceremony. 

Wolkoff herself received $1.62 million, The New York Times reported in 2018. Committee officials told the newspaper that money to her and her firm was used to pay other vendors, subcontractors and workers. 

Despite the dismissal, Wolkoff told the Times in 2018 that she expected “to remain a trusted source for advice and support on an informal basis.” 

By last year, she seemed to have changed her tune. 

“Was I fired? No,” Wolkoff said in the statement to the Times. “Did I personally receive $26 million or $1.6 million? No. Was I thrown under the bus? Yes.”

Her book would be the latest a long line of works by former Trump insiders who are now critical of the president. Last month, former national security advisor John Bolton released his White House tell-all. And next week, Mary Trump ― the president’s niece ― will be out with her own account of “the world’s most dangerous man.” 

It will also be the second major release of the summer to focus on the first lady. 

Last month’s The Art of Her Deal, by Washington Post reporter Mary Jordan, claimed that the first lady renegotiated her prenuptial agreement with the president in the early months of the presidency, when she did not immediately move to the White House. 


Attachment Five – from Amazon

As President Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton spent many of his 453 days in the room where it happened, and the facts speak for themselves.

The result is a White House memoir that is the most comprehensive and substantial account of the Trump Administration, and one of the few to date by a top-level official. With almost daily access to the President, John Bolton has produced a precise rendering of his days in and around the Oval Office. What Bolton saw astonished him: a President for whom getting reelected was the only thing that mattered, even if it meant endangering or weakening the nation. “I am hard-pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn’t driven by reelection calculations,” he writes. In fact, he argues that the House committed impeachment malpractice by keeping their prosecution focused narrowly on Ukraine when Trump’s Ukraine-like transgressions existed across the full range of his foreign policy—and Bolton documents exactly what those were, and attempts by him and others in the Administration to raise alarms about them.

He shows a President addicted to chaos, who embraced our enemies and spurned our friends, and was deeply suspicious of his own government. In Bolton’s telling, all this helped put Trump on the bizarre road to impeachment. “The differences between this presidency and previous ones I had served were stunning,” writes Bolton, who worked for Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43. He discovered a President who thought foreign policy is like closing a real estate deal—about personal relationships, made-for-TV showmanship, and advancing his own interests. As a result, the US lost an opportunity to confront its deepening threats, and in cases like China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea ended up in a more vulnerable place.

Bolton’s account starts with his long march to the West Wing as Trump and others woo him for the National Security job. The minute he lands, he has to deal with Syria’s chemical attack on the city of Douma, and the crises after that never stop. As he writes in the opening pages, “If you don’t like turmoil, uncertainty, and risk—all the while being constantly overwhelmed with information, decisions to be made, and sheer amount of work—and enlivened by international and domestic personality and ego conflicts beyond description, try something else.”

The turmoil, conflicts, and egos are all there—from the upheaval in Venezuela, to the erratic and manipulative moves of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, to the showdowns at the G7 summits, the calculated warmongering by Iran, the crazy plan to bring the Taliban to Camp David, and the placating of an authoritarian China that ultimately exposed the world to its lethal lies. But this seasoned public servant also has a great eye for the Washington inside game, and his story is full of wit and wry humor about how he saw it played.


Attachment Six – from Washpost


The most tragic story in John Bolton’s book



Opinion by 

Josh Rogin


June 24, 2020 at 3:00 a.m. PDT

There are many disturbing stories of foreign policy malpractice in John Bolton’s tell-all book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” but it’s clear that what the former national security adviser reveals about the Trump administration’s actions regarding Syria stand out as the most grossly negligent, horribly dysfunctional and morally bankrupt.

We already knew the basic Trump story on Syria. We knew that President Trump, who publicly called Syria nothing but “sand and death,” wanted to remove the roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in the country from day one, damn the consequences. We knew he wanted to declare victory over the Islamic State (prematurely), hand over the battlespace to anyone who would step in and declare a campaign promise fulfilled.

The book now provides not only gruesome details of how Trump misunderstood and mismanaged the United States’ Syria policy, but also the deep dysfunction inside his team. Most troubling is what Bolton’s book does not include — namely any honest attempt by the Trump administration to actually solve the Syrian crisis or protect Syrian civilians.

The president’s own quotes, if accurate, reveal even less comprehension and more disdain for Syria than previously known. Trump casually cut off $200 million of stabilization assistance to liberated but desperate areas of Syria, saying, “I want to build up our country, not others.” Trump didn’t believe the United States had a real interest in fighting the Islamic State at all. “We’re killing ISIS for countries that are our enemies,” he is quoted as saying. Privately, Trump revealed his true feelings about a U.S. allied force in Syria. “I don’t like the Kurds. They ran from the Iraqis, they ran from the Turks, the only time they don’t run is when we’re bombing all around them with F-18s,” he reportedly said.

Trump’s decision to strike the Assad regime for the second time following chemical attacks against civilians occurred during Bolton’s first week as national security adviser. Bolton describes a completely broken process. He accuses then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis of using bureaucratic maneuvering to corner Trump into a smaller option, which Bolton then concludes was insufficient to “deter” Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons again. Trump tried to pull out at the last minute, after allies had signed on. “We’re knocking out nothing,” Trump said, admitting the strikes were pinpricks.

Trump’s December 2018 decision to announce a complete U.S. withdrawal from Syria and his interactions with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan make up Bolton’s most troubling set of anecdotes. “This was a personal crisis for me,” Bolton wrote. But not because of what would happen in Syria. According to Bolton, “the big picture was stopping Iran.”

“Israel’s Ambassador Ron Dermer told me that this was the worst day he had experienced thus far in the Trump administration,” Bolton wrote.

Trump’s calls with Erdogan were an embarrassing mix of muddled messages and naive assumptions. Trump wanted Turkey to finish fighting the Islamic State and not attack the Kurds. (Later, Turkey directly attacked the Kurds while the Islamic State regrouped). Bolton has harsh words for Jim Jeffrey, the U.S. special envoy for Syria, who Bolton said was pro-Turkey and attempted to map out which parts of Syria the Turks and Kurds would control, a futile effort the Turks ignored.

Bolton takes credit (along with Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time) for convincing Trump to leave “a couple of hundred” troops in northern Syria and not abandoning (for now) a southern Syrian base known as Tanf, where another 200 or so U.S. troops are stationed. When Trump again announced the complete U.S. withdrawal from Syria in October 2019, Bolton was already gone. Eventually, Trump partially walked back that announcement as well, another bureaucratic and diplomatic mess.

The president never had a realistic understanding of Syria. He believed Arab states would send troops into Syria and pay the United States to support them, an initiative Bolton actually attempted with zero results. Trump also believed European countries would commit more troops to Syria if the United States pulled out, which was never true.

Trump “constantly” wanted to call Assad to negotiate the return of at least six Americans believed to be in the regime’s custody, but the Syrian leader wouldn’t take the call, to Bolton’s relief. Over and over, Trump pointed to “my campaign” and “my base” as the reasons he wanted to get out. Trump constantly questioned aloud why we were there.

In the book, Bolton offers no rationale beyond fighting the Islamic State and countering Iran. There’s scant writing about Idlib, which the Assad regime, Russia and Iran savaged on his watch (and continue to do so). There’s no mention at all of Assad’s mass imprisonment, torture and murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians, which State Department war crimes ambassador Stephen Rapp called “the worst machinery of cruel death” since the Nazis.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin directly encouraged Bolton to pursue diplomacy to solve the Syrian crisis (a typical Russian line), Bolton told him, “We were not fighting Syria’s civil war; our policy was Iran.” If there was a serious effort to pursue diplomacy to solve the war or stop the atrocities, Bolton doesn’t mention it.

What Bolton’s book makes clear is that no one in the Trump administration’s top ranks saw it as the responsibility of the United States to take a leadership role in the actual Syria crisis. Bolton cared about Iran. Mattis cared about the Islamic State. Jeffrey cared about the relationship with Turkey but never had the mandate or stature needed to push the diplomacy forward. Trump cared about his electoral base. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cared about pleasing Trump. But no one in the top tier of the administration actually cared about the Syrian people.

That’s the ongoing tragedy of the Trump administration’s Syria policy — and it continues to this day. Unless the Syrian people are granted basic dignity, security and justice, the war will never end. That means more refugees, more instability, more extremism, more Iranian expansion, more Russian influence.

“From our perspective, Syria was a strategic sideshow,” Bolton wrote. That callous and incorrect view is contributing to the suffering of millions. Perhaps the next U.S. administration will finally realize it and do something about it.



Attachment Seven – from RCP


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Florida: Trump vs. Biden


Biden 53, Trump 43

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Bullock +2

Montana Governor - Gianforte vs. Cooney


Gianforte 46, Cooney 42

Gianforte +4

Montana At-Large District - Rosendale vs. Williams


Rosendale 44, Williams 44


Missouri Governor - Parson vs. Galloway


Parson 41, Galloway 39

Parson +2


Sunday, July 12


Race/Topic   (Click to Sort)




Florida: Trump vs. Biden

CBS News/YouGov

Biden 48, Trump 42

Biden +6

Arizona: Trump vs. Biden

CBS News/YouGov

Biden 46, Trump 46


Texas: Trump vs. Biden

CBS News/YouGov

Trump 46, Biden 45

Trump +1

Texas: Trump vs. Biden

Dallas Morning News

Trump 43, Biden 48

Biden +5

Georgia: Trump vs. Biden


Trump 48, Biden 45

Trump +3

Georgia Senate - Perdue vs. Ossoff