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How Presidential Is Trump?

Let’s compare Donald Trump’s traits to former presidents.

Warren Harding is universally regarded as the stupidest man ever to live in the White House, a fact he was at least intelligent enough to recognize.

I am not fit for this office and should never have been here. ~ attributed to Harding by his friend Nicholas Murray Butler

His speaking style was described as “stale bean soup.” He appointed cronies who took advantage of his dim wit to steal millions from the government.

Harding know he was stupid, Trump doesn’t. Harding was way smarter than Trump.

Honesty

People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. ~ Richard Nixon in a press conference, 1973

Nixon is the gold standard for dishonest presidents…

Click though, folks. The whole item is well worth your time. In fact, this is one of the blogs I check every day…

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A Deltona man shot himself while cleaning a handgun but did not discover the bullet hole in his arm until three days later when he changed shirts, Volusia County sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies were called to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City on Saturday where Michael Blevins, 37, had checked himself after discovering the bullet wound, investigators said.

Blevins told deputies that on Thursday he was cleaning a .22 caliber pistol in the living room of his Whitewood Drive home, a report stated.

Blevins could not be reached Monday as his voicemail was full.

The Deltona resident told deputies he held the gun against his chest so his dog wouldn’t jump up near it. But as Blevins stood up he felt a sharp pain, causing his back to give out, and he fell face down. Blevins said he heard a loud gunshot and then he hit his face against the edge of a glass coffee table, the report said.

Blevins said he did not feel any pain from the gunshot, possibly because of the medicine he takes for an old back injury, and only felt pain above his left eyebrow that got cut when he hit the table, deputies said.

It is easy –and fun!– to mock Florida (and Tex-Ass) as a bunch of backward h. monastic hicks who deserve whatever happens to them. However, it seems teh stoopid is spreading.

On the final day of the Missouri legislative session this past Friday the jackasses in Jefferson City passed a “Constitutional carry” bill, effectively allowing anyone in the state to carry a concealed handgun: “Permits, to god-damned hell with permits! We have no permits. In fact, we don’t need permits. I don’t have to show you any stinking permits, you god-damned cabrón and chinga tu madre!”

Same for training – no need.

Simultaneously, opioid-related deaths are up. Waaay up; a lot of stoned gun cleaning going on, we suppose. Hell, this keeps up we stand a good chance of ridding ourselves of the-dregs-of-the-dregs, those self righteous h. monastic assholes who make living miserable for everyone else. That would be a good thing.

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The next time a ReThug Congress Critter starts spouting off about how it doesn’t believe in global warming or climate change, remind it that it (and its ilk) annually appropriate monies for HUD to, among other duties,  start funding US climate change refugees, within our borders, to move elsewhere.

One of those grants, $48 million for Isle de Jean Charles, is something new: the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the impacts of climate change. The divisions the effort has exposed and the logistical and moral dilemmas it has presented point up in microcosm the massive problems the world could face in the coming decades as it confronts a new category of displaced people who have become known as climate refugees.

“We’re going to lose all our heritage, all our culture,” lamented Chief Albert Naquin of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, the tribe to which most Isle de Jean Charles residents belong. “It’s all going to be history.”

Around the globe, governments are confronting the reality that as human-caused climate change warms the planet, rising sea levels, stronger storms, increased flooding, harsher droughts and dwindling freshwater supplies could drive the world’s most vulnerable people from their homes. Between 50 million and 200 million people — mainly subsistence farmers and fishermen — could be displaced by 2050 because of climate change, according to estimates by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security and the International Organization for Migration.

“The changes are underway and they are very rapid,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell warned last week in Ottawa. “We will have climate refugees.”

But the problem is complex, said Walter Kaelin, the head of the Nansen Initiative, a research organization working with the United Nations to address extreme-weather displacement.

“You don’t want to wait until people have lost their homes, until they flee and become refugees,” he said. “The idea is to plan ahead and provide people with some measure of choice.”

The Isle de Jean Charles resettlement plan is one of the first programs of its kind in the world, a test of how to respond to climate change in the most dramatic circumstances without tearing communities apart. Under the terms of the federal grant, the island’s residents are to be resettled to drier land and a community that as of now does not exist. All funds have to be spent by 2022.

Of course this is as yet only happening to a dirt poor community; climate change –like natural disasters– disproportionately affects the poor. Which by definition means largely minorities, in this case Cajuns and and native Americans. For example, up next – more native Americans, this time in Alaska.

But…don’t worry; be happy – no white people are in danger.

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It is to laugh: Back from what? The fucking dead? 1

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Little Known Fact: WNBTv has a mascot – Eirôn. It is from the Greek and means “you can’t make this fuckin’ shit up.” Today Eirôn’s tears flow freely over the fact that George Zimmerman has put the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin up for auction.

Supposedly…supposedly, I say…the profits are to be used to combat gun violence.

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  1. Anyone ‘sides myself notice Teddy’s logo is a teardrop? Talk about apt…

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