Random winger BS for your Sunday evening

The Daily Caller is really on a roll. Don’t ask me why, but for some reason I ended up lolling around Tucker’s dog salon for a bit earlier today. And boy howdy, they sure know how to piss their fur.

From the GUNS AND GEAR department:

Seattle Gun Tax Backfires As Gun-Related Deaths Double

Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess introduced a bill in 2015 to place a $25 tax on every firearm sold and a 5-cent tax on every ammunition round sold.

Since the tax took effect, gun violence has risen and gun sales have decreased, leading to a much smaller payout than the city expected, Fox News Reports.

25 bucks on a $500 rifle is practically nothing. Nonetheless Seattle’s wingnuts have begun throwing their guns into Puget Sound out of fiscal anxiety, or something. That’s the only way I can imagine the marginal slowing of gun sales causing the simultaneous disarming and discombobulation of the populace.

Dave Workman, senior editor of TheGunMag.com and member of the Second Amendment Foundation, said in a statement “the data says the law has failed to prevent what they promised it would prevent.”

Burgess promised an end to gun violence? That doesn’t sound likely. Taxes are usually meant for something else.

The $300,000 to $500,000 the tax is expected to raise this year is earmarked to fund a study of gunshot victims, including medical and behavioral interventions, by the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center’s trauma center, which treats most of the city’s gunshot victims.

To Burgess, it’s good public policy.

“Designing a program where doctors, social workers and case managers attempt to help people who have been injured by firearms is not some wild-eyed, kooky, strange thing,” he said. “It’s what we would do for any kind of health challenge.”

So not only is Burgess a total gun-grabbing loon, he’s a bleeding heart as well. To make matters worse, he’s been keeping his intentions to abolish the second amendment hidden the entire time. This of course makes it convenient to ignore the countywide crime wave his multi-penny bullet tax launched. Good catch, Daily Caller.

Per the Seattle Police Department, when comparing the first five months of 2017 and the five months prior to the bill taking effect, shots fired are up 13 percent, people injured in shootings are up 37 percent, and gun related deaths have doubled.

…of course you go back to the source for the data, and that’s not what it says. In early-year comparisons between gunshot incidents resulting in injuries, 2016 had 22 injuries and 5 fatalities. And 2017 has had 32 injuries and 3 fatalities. So, you know, bullshit. Though I suppose it’s possible gun loons are taking the usual potshots at each other and then racing headlong trying to recover their spent gold. That would account for the rise in injury stats, as well as for the cacophony of coconut-bonking noises.

Sorrowfully our writer, one Will Atkins, is too stump stupid to realize that the rise in gunshot incidents argues directly for the tax, since it was designed for just such things. Still I must admire his “GUN TAX CRIPPLES CITY ALIEN INVASION” angle, or attempt, nonsense as it is.

Do we have time for one more? Okay, this from the ENERGY department:

Deadly London Tower Fire Fueled By ‘Green Energy’ Rules

London’s Grenfell Tower was made worse by government “green energy requirements” that allowed fire to rapidly engulf the building Wednesday, leaving at least 17 people dead and scores more wounded or missing…

Oh bravo. While the corpses are still smoldering, really.

Trump not taking it well, as usual

How is Donald Trump reacting to the news that he’s now a target of Robert Mueller’s investigation? About the way you’d expect.

They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice

Donald is falling back on the ‘they.’ As in ‘they’ all figure they can get the best of me, but no. And ‘they’ just put a 53 kHz transistor in my wisdom teeth. And ‘they’ keep rolling those crop circles outside my barn.

[Note: These are Tweets of course. I was originally annoyed by someone of global importance talking to me by way of something so Kardashian, but now? God bless Twitter. Donald’s about 2/3 Trumpenstein in broad daylight, but as soon he takes out the iPhone and starts thumbing away he’s all monster.]

Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?

He doesn’t even bother with ‘I’m innocent.‘ He’s like the school bully getting dragged off to the principal’s office who complains about the class clown. ‘He does stuff too! Why don’t you go after him?!’ We scions of narcissists know that they know they’re evil (…how otherwise to be so astonishing?) They simply assume anyone with the chutzpah to try pulling the same global bullshit must be just as bad. Sadly, Hillary Clinton is the most vetted politician in history.

[Aside: What Russia did was a crime meant to damage our democracy, and you’ve been panicking to cover it up ever since. We’re not willing to tolerate that so you might as well grow up, get used to it. OTOH you think Hillary Clinton colluded with your pals? To do…what? Retire from politics?]

I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt

Woop, there goes Rod Rosenstein under the bus. And all he did was provide his boss official cover for firing James Comey. If this isn’t a helluva lesson for all the current and future Trumplings: Don’t you bother. You won’t be his pal five minutes after sundown. He’ll ball you up and chuck you into a shredder faster than a Gazprombank loan statement.

This is amusing:

You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA

Talk about a dunce. He keeps playing the same victim, but no one’s buying it. March 31:

Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!

This was the day after Trump met with Comey and asked him to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation. Donald goes straight to ‘witch hunt’ whenever he’s grinding over something he can’t make go away.

This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!

This was on May 18. This followed a week where he fired Comey, told the Russians the “pressure’s off”, admitted to Lester Holt that the investigation was why he did it, and saw the appointment of an independent prosecutor to investigate the whole mess. 13 days later Trump was so worked up he attacked Comey directly:

So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don’t want him to testify. He blows away their…..case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing “the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan…” Witch Hunt!

Of course! For obvious reasons I’m reminded of Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day, which has become something of an iconic movie. Murray as Phil Connors is memory’s return victim, setting out to incrementally better what he did with what he’d rather be. The reason I think we’re still Connors fans is because memory is dangerously instructive. The past can make us worry about what’s right and wrong as much as the future can.

If the President ever watched it, he surely hates that film. There’s no point in being anything other than Donald Trump. Especially when the tattered world can’t help but applaud his transcendent bloated balls. Meanwhile there’s the bruised body of a Deputy Attorney General in the middle of his timeline, and all he can do is swear that He is the victim. What a bitch.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise shot during baseball practice outside D.C.

A group of GOP affiliated politicians and aides practicing for a Thursday baseball game were targeted by a gunman this morning in Alexandria, Virginia. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise was shot in the hip, evacuated, and is now resting comfortably in a local hospital.

At least three others were also hit, including reportedly two Capitol policemen. No fatalities are reported at this time.

The gunman was also shot during the incident and is now in police custody. He may have fired as many as 50 rounds at the group, over a number of minutes.

You may remember Scalise from a controversy back in 2014 when it was revealed he addressed a white supremacist organization founded by David Duke, the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), back in 2002. Scalise is also a supporter of Donald Trump and a vocal proponent of Trump’s Muslim ‘travel’ ban. So the possibility that this is politically motivated is very real.

This is all unbelievable and appalling. But if it also turns out to be an act of politics-by-violence, let’s not kid ourselves: It will be more of the same. You may remember Jeremy Christian, a man who went on a racist rant on a Portland train, then stabbed three people, killing two. When he appeared in court

Jeremy Joseph Christian, accused of killing two men as they shielded a woman from his anti-Muslim tirade, shouted: ‘You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism!’

The numbers of violent anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-African American, anti-ethnic minority attacks in this country have skyrocketed since November 8th, when Donald Trump was elected. Trump himself made it clear that these ‘other’ people needed to be disenfranchised as a matter of the New Politics. His politics, national politics, presidential politics – and the country responded predictably.

These routine attacks show no sign of being called out in the open by the national media and condemned the way Scalise’s shooting surely will. But make no mistake about it, this is politics in Trump’s America.

“Free speech or die, Portland! You got no safe place. This is America. Get out if you don’t like free speech!”

Standing behind glass partitions in the defendant’s area, [Christian] continued: “Death to the enemies of America. Leave this country if you hate our freedom. Death to Antifa! You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism! You hear me? Die.”

Nonetheless the brave people who fought off Christian on that train and then lost their lives will never be nearly as heroic as the armed Capitol policeman who took a bullet and then subdued today’s gunman, as long as Fox News has anything to say about it. And they’ll have plenty to say about it in the coming days and weeks, and years, on end.

In these cases it’s always weird to hope after the terrible fact that what appears to be the case is something else entirely, because it’s too late to make any difference. But here we are.

I have all the best tool cabinets

I was browsing online earlier this morning before going to Home Depot. I was looking for a small cabinet I could hang in the garage to store my tools, etc. I came across this:

24 in. Extra-Heavy Duty Bin Cabinet

· Over 40′ of shelving built into doors for holding smaller items
· Ez-level skid bolsters offer leveling-screw access hole
· Heavy Duty Hinge Is Staked and Welded to Prevent Theft

Not bad, I thought. The price?

Boy, steel work has sure gotten pricey ehh? A two foot cabinet with swinging doors, for almost two thousand dollars. I thought of Donald slapping his name on things and jacking up the price tenfold.

Anyway there’s a typo. The cabinet is five feet tall, and it’s two feet deep. With the doors open its twelve feet wide, not that you can tell by the photo.

Notes from the sideline

I agree that Trump’s intent when he asked James Comey to ‘see your way clear’ of the Flynn investigation is paramount.

Republicans have engaged in a lot of dancing around this. Early in the hearing one of the senators said he thought Trump may have only been trying to ‘save face’ for the embarrassed Flynn.

Well maybe, but I still get hung up on this: Trump admits he fired Comey because the FBI director continued to pursue the Russia investigation. After the sacking, he told Russian officials that he’d “faced great pressure because of Russia.” But now “That’s taken off.”

With all that, are Republicans saying that Trump wasn’t originally concerned with the investigation? That the president’s request of the FBI head was routine and harmless? It was only days later that he became disappointed with the director?

It doesn’t make sense. A president wouldn’t fire a 10-year appointee without being frustrated with him or his conduct for some time. Trump might have originally mentioned the investigation to Comey, they argue, but not because he was trying to shut it down. When he happened to fire the director a little later, it was for a good reason; it just happened to be coincidentally directly related to the same investigation. What are the odds, right?

It’s a silly argument. They’re saying that Trump was originally concerned about the investigation because of what it was doing to Michael Flynn. It was only days later that Trump really became concerned because of what it was doing to Donald Trump. Remember, there’s the Lester Holt interview: when asked why he fired his FBI head, Donald said “this Russia thing.” That’s a personal reason. How any of this could be okay with the GOP, I don’t know.

Fly ball, but it’s playable

A short thing before a long day – National Review editor Rich Lowry writing at Politico. He’d like to take the piss out of Comey’s appearance before the Senate intelligence committee.

Judging only by his statement for the record provided to the Senate Intelligence Committee (perhaps the live testimony will play differently), Comey doesn’t have Trump nailed for high crimes and misdemeanors. Rather, he has him dead to rights for amateurish and ham-handed scheming, which is not an impeachable offense.

Who is Lowry kidding? Of course it is. Just because it’s done badly doesn’t make it less of a crime. Or a not-crime.

But I do appreciate Rich’s homespun ways. Gee golly, who knows what will happen live on TV?

The document has considerable entertainment value in its dead-pan account of a profound mismatch, a Washington buddy movie gone bad. It’s a tale of a bureaucratically agile and self-serving careerist matched against an institutionally ignorant and self-serving outsider…

James Comey and Donald Trump, the buddy pic. One guy says the other one’s a ‘nutjob’, then the other guy testifies under oath about it.

You will find the bigger piggies stirring up the dirt…

Forbes has a helluva story out, regarding Donald Trump’s inability to check his startling greed. The fact that it orbits around his own son and a bunch of dying kids makes it all the more astonishing.

It goes like this: Starting in 2007 Eric Trump ran a charity golf tournament to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Raising over $200,000 in its first year, the success of that first event likely owed itself to three things:

1.) It having the Trump name.
2.) It being held at Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York.
3.) Its promise to pass along virtually every dollar to the cancer-stricken kids.


Because he can get his family’s golf course for free and have most of the other costs donated, virtually all the money contributed will go toward helping kids with cancer. “We get to use our assets 100% free of charge,” Trump tells Forbes…

So for the first few years the costs to run the Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational were kept low. And Eric managed to keep his promise.

But then, Donald Trump noticed something.

“In the early years, they weren’t being billed [for the club]–the bills would just disappear,” says Ian Gillule, who served as membership and marketing director at Trump National Westchester during two stints from 2006 to 2015 and witnessed how Donald Trump reacted to the tournament’s economics. “Mr. Trump had a cow. He flipped. He was like, ‘We’re donating all of this stuff, and there’s no paper trail? No credit?’ And he went nuts. He said, ‘I don’t care if it’s my son or not–everybody gets billed.'”

So in 2011 the costs went from $46,000 to $142,000.

The Trump Organization declined to answer detailed questions about the payments. But it seems that for the future president, who Forbes estimates is worth $3.5 billion, a freebie to help his son directly fight kids’ cancer took a backseat to revenue.

“I saw that Eric was getting billed,” Gillule adds. “I would always say, ‘I can’t believe that his dad is billing him for a charitable outing.’ But that’s what they wanted.”

That’s when Dad began billing Eric’s foundation and St. Jude’s Hospital for everything he could think of.

THE COSTS FOR ERIC’S golf tournament quickly escalated. After returning, in 2012, to a more modest $59,000–while the event brought in a record $2 million–the listed costs exploded to $230,000 in 2013, $242,000 in 2014 and finally $322,000 in 2015 (the most recent on record, held just as Trump was ratcheting up his presidential campaign), according to IRS filings…

Even if the Eric Trump Foundation had to pay the full rate for literally everything, Forbes couldn’t come up with a plausible path to $322,000 given the parameters of the annual event (a golf outing for about 200 and dinner for perhaps 400 more). Neither could golf tournament experts or the former head golf professional at Trump National Westchester. “If you gave me that much money to run a tournament, I couldn’t imagine what we could do,” says Patrick Langan, who worked at the club from 2006 to 2015. “It certainly wasn’t done that way.”

There’s no reason to ‘imagine’, it’s no mystery. Once it became a successful charity, an annual event on the New York social calendar, Donald Trump took it over. And he’s been bleeding it dry ever since.

…at the same time the Eric Trump Foundation went from what appeared to be a clean, efficient operation to a seemingly Byzantine one that suddenly found itself saddled with costs, there was a clear shift of control.

In 2010, the year the economics of the tournament suddenly pivoted, four of the seven original board members, who were personal friends of Eric, left. Those 4 were eventually replaced by 14 new board members, the majority of whom owed all or much of their livelihoods to the Trump Organization… Add in Eric himself, as well as his wife, Lara, and 9 of the 17 Eric Trump Foundation board members had a vested interest in the moneymaking side of the Trump empire. The foundation had become a de facto subsidiary of the Trump Organization.

Eric Trump’s foundation went from a low-ball golf charity run by him and his friends to a money-squeezing operation run by Donald’s cronies. Two of the new board members are Michael Cohen, the President’s personal lawyer, and Dan Scavino, the White House Director of Social Media and Assistant to the President.

Everything’s going great. See you in two weeks.

In Trump’s world, everything is wonderful. It’s all going great, and he’s doing a really fantastic job, and you won’t believe what’s coming next. Trust me, it’s gonna be amazing.

But then there’s also this: He can’t believe how everyone’s out to get him. It’s unprecedented the way all you people are totally against his administration, and the way you’re screwing everything up. Getting in the way of every last thing, you’re completely mucking up all the good things he’s trying to do! Unbelievable.

It’s an extraordinary contrast in messaging. And it would be something of a tragedy if what he was saying were remotely true. Except yeah, no.

Trump has so far nominated 110 people for 559 positions, fewer nominations than each of the last four presidents, according to the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service. By comparison, Democrat Barack Obama had selected 252 nominees by early June 2009.

Thirty-six percent of Trump’s nominees have been confirmed, compared with 59 percent for Obama, the group’s data show, suggesting that Trump indeed has had fewer nominees confirmed.

But blaming the Democrats in this case ignores the reality that Trump’s fellow Republicans control the Senate, where nominations are confirmed.

Trump is getting out nominations at about 40% of the normal rate (between rounds at Mar-al-Lago). And maybe this would be understandable, or forgivable, in the first couple months while everyone was getting used to how government works. If maybe they’d only gotten off to a slow start.

But it’s now June. They’re running out of convenient excuses to explain why the government under Trump looks like Swiss cheese. Why, well beyond the first 100 days, virtually nothing has gotten done. Then again if there’s anything at all wrong here, you can guess who’s fault that is.

As part of a Monday morning tweetstorm, Trump wrote that Democrats “are taking forever” to confirm his nominees, including ambassadors. “They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals,” he tweeted.

Democrats fired back. “If the president is looking for someone to blame on the slow pace of confirmations, he needs only to look in the mirror,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said only five would-be ambassadors are awaiting action out of dozens of slots to be filled…

Trump has said, for example, that he would nominate New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as ambassador to Britain but has yet to do so.

But don’t you worry. Trump’s administration is doing all sorts of unbelievable amazing things – or so he says. Or so he promises. And all you have to do to see the amazing results…is wait. About fourteen days.

President Donald Trump has a plan. It’ll be ready in two weeks.

From overhauling the tax code to releasing an infrastructure package to making decisions on Nafta and the Paris climate agreement, Trump has a common refrain: A big announcement is coming in just “two weeks.” It rarely does.

Bloomberg’s got him on this one.

On Feb. 9, Trump boasted that his administration was “way ahead of schedule” on a tax overhaul.

“We’re going to be announcing something I would say over the next two or three weeks that will be phenomenal in terms of tax and developing our aviation infrastructure,” Trump said while meeting with airline executives.

Eleven weeks elapsed before the White House released a one-page outline of the tax plan.

In an April 29 interview on “CBS This Morning” Trump said of his promised $1 trillion infrastructure construction program: “We’ve got the plan largely completed and we’ll be filing over the next two or three weeks — maybe sooner,” Trump said.

No legislation has been filed.

On and on it goes.

It’s been 15 weeks since Trump promised an aviation infrastructure proposal in two weeks. Trump sent a set of ”principles” for overhauling the U.S. air-traffic control system to Congress on Monday.

At an April 29 rally, Trump drew applause when he promised an imminent announcement on whether he’d keep the U.S. in a landmark global climate agreement.

“And I’ll be making a big decision on the Paris accord over the next two weeks,” Trump said in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

…Trump announced his decision to pull the U.S. out of the agreement on June 1.

And on. Aaaand on.

On June 1, Trump said tax legislation was “moving along in Congress,” although no such bill has been filed…

“We’re going to make an announcement in two weeks,” Trump said in an April 5 interview with the New York Times, when asked his position on the Davis-Bacon law regulating wages on federally funded infrastructure projects. “It’s going to be good.’’

The Trump administration has made no announcement on the Davis-Bacon law.

In a March 15 interview on Fox News, Trump was asked about his March 4 tweets accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower…

“I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks,” Trump said.

The White House has never produced evidence of illegal wiretapping by Obama…

“We are doing very well in the fight against ISIS,” Trump said May 21 during a meeting in Saudi Arabia with the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah. “We’re going to be having a news conference in about two weeks to let everybody know how well we’re doing.”

Officials in the White House press office were unaware of plans for a news conference focused on the war against Islamic State militants.

Two weeks have passed. No news conference has been announced.

I don’t know how long Trump supporters can abide the suggestion of the business titan with the perennial appearance of the blustering incompetent. Politics is a strange game, and identity is somewhat a ‘trump’ card here. If people can sympathize with the poor uber-president up against dark Capitol forces, then maybe he can survive doing this for many months, or years.

But with his penchant for blaming and then firing others for what’s clearly his own laziness and stupidty, the bodies of the true believers are going to start stacking up. Comey for example is a Republican, and he’s about to testify on Thursday. Sessions may be on his way out the door, and you know he won’t be pleased. At some point, Trump being a raging buffoon could actually hurt him.

The leaderly leadership of Dear Leader

Here was Donald after the 2015 attacks in Paris.

Why didn’t the President stop the suicide bombers? Hmm? You’d think he’d want to do something about all this terrorism, but NOOO.

What exactly should Obama have done? What would have been a decent response? Let’s find out!

Let’s take a look at what counts for ‘Leadership’ in Donald Trump’s world. Let’s see how he responded to the recent attacks in Britain. But first let’s check in on Just So Bad guy and see what his no-good not-leadership had to say.

How lame. Our hearts, blah blah pfft. What are we, a bunch of schoolmarms?

Now let’s take a look at Donald Trump.

Bodings of blood and gore from Matt Drudge. Don’t know about you, but I feel better already. Brings back sepia tone memories of us vs. them. Like back in WWII, after Pearl Harbor, when President Roosevelt said “This is bullshit – I’m outta here…” and flew to Sydney.

Love and faith and WAAAH…go change your diaper, baby.

The Trumpster:

Here they come! You WANT me to build that wall! You NEED me to BUILD THAT WALL! The man is astonishing. A garbage fire of leadership. He should have a button on his desk where, when anything bad happens, he can simply reach over and push it and his Twitter feed says YOU’RE FUCKED in a sea of flames.

Ooh my friend, Bobby Dinero, la-dee-DEE. Cucumber sandwiches, and lunch with thee.

Der Drumpf:

Terror snowflakes ISIS. Yeah that’s obviously who’s to blame here. You can really respect a man who uses an international tragedy to attack his enemies at home. Who the hell is he even talking to? I thought Donald was the president. If there’s anyone to blame, isn’t it him? That was certainly Trump’s attitude before he took the oath of office.

We need a Muslim ban, okay? Yeah? If I’m not mistaken, you’re the idiot who couldn’t cobble together a remotely legal version of it. TWICE. So you can stop pointing your little fingers at me. But if you really believe it’s the ‘Leadership!’ answer to global terrorism, then stop playing golf every other day, get off your fat ass, and get the goddamn thing done. You stupid fuck.

Hosea Trump! Omaha! Omaha! Middle East miracle…

Over above and past the looming walls of Fox News’ non-ironic non-fiction writers’ compound, I happened upon this gem:

Donald Trump – miracle worker
By Robert Charles
Published June 01, 2017

Miracle worker, seriously. How so?…you might ask. Well no, not ask – maybe implore, or perhaps, nay, to tell the scribe: Perhaps you have a brain tumor. But anyway, about this, to the point and to wit – with respect to what? The Middle East? Really?! Okay, what the heck. Go ahead and throw in Israel, too.

The world from which President Trump returns on his historic trip to Muslim Saudi Arabia, Jewish Israel, Christian Vatican, and agnostic Brussels, is different from the world prior to his trip. Hope exists where it did not, because of this trip. This is not rhetoric. It is a fact.

He’s Flipper! Flipper! Faster than elliiightning…

Without prevarication or condescension, without self-blame or pretended empathy, pretense or parsed words, the president laid it all on the line. He gambled on truth. It worked. The Middle Eastern world, groping in a darkness of rolling terror, geopolitical tumult, deteriorating civil order and unsparing recrimination, suddenly stopped.

Donald spoke. AND the whole of the Middle East came together in the aftermath, in the brotherly and beneficent kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With the blessing of HIS best words the seas of rage therein did calm, and the skies most terrible did make themselves sublime, yea dutifully, and fell altogether quiet and still. And of course THEN there were no more things anywhere anyhow for anyone at all to do.

This is just another ordinary day at Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, where staff regularly make do with what they have.

Under the Israeli-Egyptian siege, hospitals in Gaza have been struggling for years to operate with a severe electricity shortage, but doctors now say the situation is reaching a breaking point for patients…

“Most of the babies are connected to mechanical ventilation. If the electricity is cut, most of these babies will die within a few seconds; we cannot support them,” said Dr Allam Abu Hamida, director of al-Shifa’s NICU.

Don’t ding me, I’m perfectly happy to lay kudos at President Trump’s feet. But I know the credit here belongs to people even smarter/more terrible than he is.

More from the Riyadh miracle:

Leaders of the three major faiths paused, listened and responded – positively. Said the United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs, “Bravo President Trump,” adding an “effective and historic speech defining approach towards extremism and terrorism with candid respect and friendship.”

Said Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after the speech, President Trump is “a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible…”

Woo doggie. If only al-Sisi had actually said that “after the speech”. I’d more likely believe that Donald was the Lamb of Arabia.

On Sunday, President Trump held one-on-one meetings with Arab leaders ahead of his first major international speech

“You are a unique personality that is capable of doing the impossible,” Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi told him during their sitdown. According to the New York Times, a cheerful Trump responded, “I agree!”

Then, perhaps sensing he should think of something nice to say back, the president followed up with, “Love your shoes. Boy, those shoes. Man!”

Woof, you get the point. It’s Fox News, and this is a slurp job.