Stephen King nailed the elemental difference between Trump and Obama

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❝ A sense of humor, appreciation of a good joke, knowing when to let the stupid ones go, and the ability to tell the difference is a very basic part of human socialization and the ability to interact with others. Donald Trump’s inability to do so is a central part of his character, and everything he’s ever done is an indication that he possesses the dullest of minds, a feeble flesh so consumed with superficiality and the selfishness of ego, so obsessed with the perceptions of others and protecting the fragile shell of his self-worth that he is incapable of appreciating the wonders and the miracles that five thousand years of human civilization have to offer to him. This leaves him devoid of leadership qualities. More significantly, since he has a fundamental lack of appreciation for what our country is and what it can produce and what people have to offer, how can he be trusted to guide this nation into the future?

No wonder he can’t take a joke.

Thanks, UrsaRodinia

Biggest coal company in the United States misses loan payment – may file bankruptcy


Burn, baby, burn – not much longer — Click to enlarge

The largest American coal miner, Peabody Energy, is delaying an interest payment due this week and warned that it may have to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Shares of Peabody Energy Corp. plummeted more than 40 percent before the market opened Wednesday. Its shares have already lost half their value in the last three months.

A slowing global economy and toughening environmental standards have slammed the coal industry, which is already beset by bankruptcies, shuttered mines and layoffs. Many electric power companies have shifted to using natural gas, which costs less than coal and produces less pollution…

And there’s an increasing number of regions smart enough to move towards the future by developing wind power and solar power.

St. Louis-based Peabody said it didn’t pay more than $70 million in interest payments that were due Tuesday. If the company doesn’t make the payment in 30 days, it would default and its said there’s “substantial doubt” it would be able to go on.

More of these dinosaurs need to join the bankruptcy parade. Not just for financial reasons – though they’ve been hustling consumers for years with political pimps at their side. They are representative of bankrupt technology, 19th Century practices and methods. Time to go.

Dumb crooks of the day!

Unexploded military ordnance detonated Saturday afternoon near Chaparral, NM, critically injuring two El Paso, TX, women who were looking for scrap metal…Apparently this was something they tossed into their pickup truck.

The Otero County Sheriff’s Office said the ordnance went off near Landing Stripin Road just west of U.S. Highway 54 about 1 p.m.

The kind of ordnance that exploded was not identified.

The two El Paso women were airlifted to University Medical Center and are in critical condition, hospital officials said.

Fort Bliss and Department of Defense officials detonated the remaining unexploded ordnance in an area off of the highway around 6:30 p.m. after removing it from a vehicle…

Jethro Armijo, a University Medical Center spokesman, said two women arrived at the hospital at about 2 p.m. Saturday…Armijo did not provide any specifics about the injuries. He said one of the women being treated at the hospital is 50 years old. The age of the other woman is not known, Armijo said…

Officials reopened the highway sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“We did close the highway for the general safety of the public because we did have the unexploded ordnance,” Undersheriff Daron Syling said. “For anybody driving past that area we had to respect that blast radius of the potential danger of it. We had to shut it down.”

Officials did not say what kind of ordnance was detonated.

Fort Bliss has had Tank and Artillery battalions stationed there over the years. They could have anything up to and including 155mm howitzer rounds laying around unexploded from training exercises.

You’d think even the dumbest of crooks might recognize something that looks like a helluva big bullet to be dangerous, eh?