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Perfesser Trump’s Ineffective President Course

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Charlie Cook points out that Donald Trump is not just President of the Electoral College, he’s also qualified to teach a course in presidential ineffectiveness:

“If you wanted to offer a graduate-school class in how not to be an effective president of the United States, Donald Trump could write the textbook and teach the course.”

“The first lesson would be to cater myopically to your base, alienating those in your party who are not in your core constituency—particularly the congressional leadership and power players who would be the ones instrumental to actually getting anything done. The second lesson would be to offend independent voters, those not married to either party who are at least theoretically open to the arguments from both sides. Finally, the third lesson would be to do everything possible to eliminate any chance of getting defections from the ranks of the other party while riling up the other party’s base, giving them an intensity that they may have lacked when they lost last year’s election.”

“That’s pretty much how you would do it—and it’s what Trump has done.”

Want to Help With Harvey Recovery? Think Outside the Box

211730WPCQPF_smWe like to support those who are, like us, a little off the beaten path.

Yes, you could help the victims of Hurricane Harvey through the Red Cross or United Way but in our personal experience, a lot of what you give to those types of agencies will be spun off to cover overhead that might or might not be essential.

Long weeks after Hurricane Matthew turned my community upside down, Red Cross trucks finally appeared on neighborhood streets offering sandwiches and snacks. Of course by the time they showed up, most of us not only had our water, power, and even wi-fi back, but we were more than capable of visiting one of our many, by then, fully functioning grocery stores.

There is no question that we all must do everything we are personally able to do to help those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Here are two agencies that offer help that’s a little outside the obvious, but still very needed. read more »

Not a Single Member of Trump’s Evangelical Council Has Resigned

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So many members of Trump’s manufacturing advisory council resigned over his support of armed extremists in Charlottesville, Va. that he had to disband the group to avoid further embarrassment. One by one, until Trump cried uncle at eight, leaders of industry released statements of resignation, adding their disagreement with the president’s views on race, anti-semitism, protest, and the circumstances of the loss of life at the white supremacy rally.

But not Trump’s evangelical council. Not a single member has resigned, from former Rep. Michele Bachmann to the Rev. Jerry Falwell to James Dobson.

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It’s Arguable that Donald Has Done More for the Paris Climate Accord than Obama Did

Photo Credit: Al Jazeera
Photo Credit: Al Jazeera
I know, June 1 seems like a long time ago in Trump years, but that’s the day he announced the United States was pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord.

His administration recently submitted the paperwork to the United Nations confirming that the U.S. will join Syria and Nicaragua to refuse to be part of the ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gasses and combat climate change.

But maybe Trump is actually doing more for the Paris Accord than former President Barack Obama did by just signing it:

A presumably unintended consequence, however, is that President Trump’s comments prompted 237 cities and counties, 13 states, the District of Columbia, 323 universities and colleges, 1,666 businesses and investors, and 23 foundations to commit themselves to the Paris climate agreement since June 1, 2017. This begs the question whether President Trump may have done more to further the Paris agreement than President Obama.

Statistically speaking, it’s hard to argue with those numbers ….

Jimmy Fallon Says We Can’t Go Back

Jimmy Fallon has been criticized for failing to call out Trump and for having him as a guest during the campaign, helping him prove that Trump hair is actually hair. But now Fallon has taken a stand, and made a statement that turned “was just disgusting” into a trending topic on Twitter.

Devastating Report Confirms Earth is Losing the Battle Against Global Warming

We have record high sea surface temperatures. Illustration from NOAA Climate.gov
We have record high sea surface temperatures. Illustration from NOAA Climate.gov

2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of record-keeping, and the third in a row to be so noted. That and other omens are confirmed in a new report available from the American Meteorological Society called, “State of the Climate 2016.”

The report, peer-reviewed by international scientists, describes the following “highlights.”

  • Greenhouse gases highest on record
  • Global surface temperature highest on record
  • Sea surface temperatures highest on record
  • Global sea level highest on record
  • Extremes in the water cycle and precipitation
  • Arctic continued to warm, sea ice extent remained low
  • Antarctic has record low sea ice extent
  • Global ice and snow cover decline
  • Tropical cyclones well above average overall

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Meet U.S. Rep. John Delaney, Our Next President?

Dog years, short as they are, are longer than election years in the American system. And since the 2020 presidential race is just around the corner in “election years,” it’s time to start getting to know our candidates. Here is U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D – Md.), who is emerging as a pretty strong voice.

Check out this “Why I’m Running” video, and if you like what you see, find out more. Visit his campaign website, where you’ll discover that Delaney is not afraid to name his favorite Springsteen song. You can also follow his Congressional feed or his presidential candidate feed on Twitter.

All the Economic News is Not Good

Trump continues to claim credit for the economic recovery that was well under way, and handed to him by Pres. Obama, when he took office. His supporters acted as if the Dow hitting 20,000 was Trump’s work alone, possibly because their guy told them so. As the unemployment rate continues the decline it was already experiencing under Obama, Trump will no doubt bask in the glory.

But there’s another economic number that Trump can rightfully own. The decline in the strength of the U.S. dollar is all on him.

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Pack Your Heat When You Pack For Home

Original photo by Damir Bosnjak

A timely reminder from the part of Florida known as the “Redneck Riviera:” When traveling over the summer, remember to take your gun home with you.

Travelers often leave behind personal items when they check out of an Airbnb or other vacation rental, but police in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. have noticed a particular absentmindedness on the part of those who just can’t be without their guns. They remember to bring them to their relaxing getaway on the shores of the Gulf, but they forget to take them home.

…according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Corey Dobridnia…a total of 20 guns have been turned in since Memorial Day. Ninety percent came from vacation homes.

Since the guns are either reunited with owners through the diligent efforts of the property owners or used for police training, what’s the harm, you might ask? read more »

David Slack Just Won the Twitter

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