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The Guns of August


Opening Shot:

The Tweet: Why do we have a Second Amendment? It’s not to shoot deer. It’s to shoot at the government when it becomes tyrannical!

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 23, 2016

Fortunately, as Hanther noted, for Senator Paul, Liberals are notoriously bad shots…
1st Salvo

The New York Times calls out Trump for failing to appoint new U.S. attorneys:

Three months after President Trump abruptly fired half of the nation’s 93 United States attorneys, following the resignations of the other half, he has yet to replace a single one.

It’s bizarre — and revealing — that a man who called himself the “law and order candidate” during the 2016 campaign and spoke of “lawless chaos” in his address to Congress would permit such a leadership vacuum at federal prosecutors’ offices around the country. United States attorneys are responsible for prosecuting terrorism offenses, serious financial fraud, public corruption, crimes related to gang activity, drug trafficking and all other federal crimes.
1st Salvo, 2nd Shot
Five months into his presidency, Trump lags far behind his predecessors in filling senior positions in his administration, a delay that some experts say is holding back Trump’s agenda. As of June 28, nominees for 46 out of 561 key jobs in the Trump administration had been confirmed by the Senate, according to the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. That’s far fewer positions than had been filled by the previous four presidents at this point in their administrations. At the same time in his first term, President Obama had appointed (and the Senate had confirmed) 183 people.

Trump has repeatedly blamed Senate Democrats for holding up his appointments. It’s true that the Senate has moved somewhat more slowly to confirm Trump’s nominees than it did to confirm Obama’s: 43 days on average for Trump versus 35 days for Obama. But the bigger problem is that Trump has put forward far fewer nominees than past presidents had at this point in their terms. The Partnership for Public Service and The Washington Post are tracking key appointments that require Senate confirmation; as of Friday, 384 of the 564 positions had no formal nominee and 130 had been nominated but not confirmed. Four appointments had been announced by Trump but not yet submitted to the Senate.

— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 3, 2017
1st Salvo, 3rd shot

At the End of June: Today is Trump's 35th day at a golf club since taking office. He's been at a golf club on 21% of days as president.
1st Salvo 4th Shot

In the middle of what the White House pitched as “Made in America” week, the Trump Mar-a-Lago club asked the government to allow them to hire seventy foreign workers in the fall as they cannot find American cooks, waiters and housekeepers. [The Washington Post]
The Museum feels that President Trump is continuing to challenge President Buchanan in his presidential acumen.

2nd Salvo

How accurate is the data about fake climate change?

Researchers from Remote Sensing Systems (RSS), based in California, have released a substantially revised version of their lower tropospheric temperature record.

After correcting for problems caused by the decaying orbit of satellites, as well as other factors, they have produced a new record showing 36 percent faster warming since 1979 and nearly 140 percent faster (e.g. 2.4 times faster) warming since 1998. Climate skeptics have long claimed that satellite data shows global warming to be less pronounced than observational data collected on the earth's surface. This new correction to the RSS data substantially undermines that argument. The new data actually shows more warming than has been observed on the surface, though still slightly less than predicted in most climate models.

So despite the Global Warming hoax the average temperature on Earth keeps rising at a brisk rate.
2nd Salvo, 2nd Shot

Arundhait Roy  “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”

“At magic hour, when the sun is gone but the light has not, armies of flying foxes unhinge themselves from the Banyan trees in the old graveyard and drift across the city like smoke. When the bats leave, the crows come home. Not all the din of their homecoming fills the silence left by the sparrows that have gone missing, and the old white-backed vultures, custodians of the dead for more than a hundred million years, that have been wiped out. The vultures died of diclofenac poisoning. Diclofenac, cow aspirin, given to cattle as a muscle relaxant, to ease the pain and increase the production of milk, works –worked- like nerve gas on white-backed vultures. Each chemically relaxed milk-producing cow or buffalo that died became poisoned vulture bait. As cattle turned into better dairy machines, as the city ate more ice cream, butterscotch-crunch, nutty-buddy and chocolate-chip, as it drank more mango milkshake, vultures’ necks began to droop as though they were tired and simply couldn’t stay awake. Silver beards of saliva dripped from their beaks, and one by one they tumbled off their branches, dead.”
Can we depend on science to save us? Maybe not.
2nd Salvo, 3rd Shot

The Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy released a trove of rediscovered and newly digitized chemical industry and regulatory agency documents Wednesday stretching back to the 1920s. 

Together, the papers show that both industry and regulators understood the extraordinary toxicity of many chemical products and worked together to conceal this information from the public and the press. These papers will transform our understanding of the hazards posed by certain chemicals on the market and the fraudulence of some of the regulatory processes relied upon to protect human health and the environment.

Of course government doesn’t really protect us either…

Final Shot

But what about our Constitutional Rights? Well, this is not the Constitution of the Founders. We are the Constitution most notably of the 13th through 17th amendments, so arguments about the Founders Constitution are really more esoteric than realistic. The Museum will argue that this Civil War Era set is as least as important, if not more so, than the first 10, especially the 14th. Hanther will probably say the 16th. 



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