Two things in yesterday’s news were “Say WHAT?” moments. Mind-numbing, jaw-dropping … the things that make you want to go live somewhere inside the Arctic Circle and forget you ever heard of the United States.
“One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers. As to whether or not it’s man-made and whether or not the effects that you’re talking about are there, I don’t see it. You look at our air and our water and it’s right now at a record clean.” – Donald Trump in interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, 26 November 2018
One of the problems I have with that statement is that I cannot decide whether it sends me into gales of laughter or fits of rage. “High levels of intelligence”??? Even his most avid followers must surely be either shaking their heads or laughing hysterically at that one! Intelligence is definitely not one of the words I would use to describe this pimple on the posterior of humanity!!!
People who are truly intelligent have no need to point it out to others. People who are truly intelligent realize that there are some topics on which others may be more well-educated, and therefore they listen to the opinions of scientists, advisors, etc. People who are truly intelligent do not act stupidly 99% of the time. People who are truly intelligent read books. I could go on and on in this vein, but I think you get the picture. Trump is undoubtedly the least intelligent person to have been in the Oval Office in my 67 years at least. And no, I don’t say that because I dislike him immensely. I immensely dislike Vladimir Putin, but I consider him a fairly intelligent man.
The second problem I have with this statement is that the thing Trump was claiming to be “not necessarily” a believer in was man-made climate change and the need to work cooperatively toward cleaning up our planet. That, in itself, is proof enough that he is not possessed of ‘high levels of intelligence’.And, it goes without saying, the third problem I have with his statement is the lie that our air and water right now are “at a record clean”. He removed regulations that prohibited coal companies from dumping sludge into creeks and streams, he has reversed other regulations that controlled the amount of CO2 industries could put into the atmosphere. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed to weaken or roll back three key public health safeguards directly limiting particle pollution: the Clean Power Plan, clean car rules, and methane standards for the oil and gas industry. These safeguards also indirectly cut particle pollution by fighting climate change—which is fueling larger wildfires and unhealthier wildfire smoke. Compared to China, our air and water may be relatively clean, but we are doing a lousy job keeping them that way, and in the last week or two, since the smoke from the California wildfires made its way across the nation to the East coast, people with asthma can tell the difference.
So no, there is nothing highly intelligent about either Mr. Trump or his statement of ignorance. But since he disgusts me, let’s move on to Mississippi …
This is the face of an extreme racist. This is the woman who will be sitting in the U.S. Senate for the next two years, fulfilling the term of former Senator Thad Cochran, who resigned earlier this year due to illness. This is the woman who has said she would like to sit in the front row at a lynching.
Yes, Cindy Hyde-Smith won the run-off election against democrat Mike Espy on Tuesday night. For a brief time, when the returns first began rolling in, Espy was ahead by a slim margin, but with only 1% of the votes counted at that time, I was pretty sure I knew what came next. When next I glanced over that way, she had a 9% lead and so it remained for the rest of the evening.
As Hugh reminded me not long ago, we must be careful about painting an entire group with the same brush, but I still contend that for this racist woman to win by 7.8%, or 68,585 votes, tells us some things about the majority of people in Mississippi.
The headline in the New York Times read …
In Electing Cindy Hyde-Smith, Mississippi Stays True to Its Conservative Roots
Okay, ‘conservative roots’ are one thing, but blatant, crude, cruel racism is quite another – it is dangerous. Regarding her win, Ms. Hyde-Smith said …
“The reason we won is because Mississippians know me and they know my heart. This win tonight, this victory, it’s about our conservative values, it’s about the things that mean the most to all of us Mississippians: our faith, our family.”
Translation: The reason she won is that she is anti-immigration, pro-white supremacy, and her “values” mirror those of at least 54% of the state. How much of this is due to voter suppression methods, I do not know. Either way, though, 479,278 people voted for her. 479,278 people voted against Civil Rights, against equality, against LGBT rights, against women’s rights, and more. Way. To. Go. Mississippians.
On that note, I am going to bed. Good night, folks. 😴 💤