Tropical Storm Dorian Threatens Puerto Rico
Good morning middle Americans!
Things have been pretty quiet in the Atlantic this hurricane season. But that’s about to change. Tropical storm Dorian is moving north, northwest right now. It could be a category one storm by the time it passes over Puerto Rico. Weather.com has more. Meanwhile according to Axios, President Trump has suggested, at least twice, that US bomb a hurricane to make it stop. Think that’s crazy? He’s not the only one to suggest it.
The president also has a new GOP primary challenger in Joe Walsh, the former GOP congressman and radio talk show host. We also have a new poll from the Wall Street Journal, which seems to show a huge shift in American values.
Trump Suggested Nuking Hurricanes to Stop Them
(Axios) – During one hurricane briefing at the White House, Trump said, “I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” according to one source who was there. “They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they’re moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can’t we do that?” the source added, paraphrasing the president’s remarks.
A senior administration official said, “We don’t comment on private discussions that the president may or may not have had with his national security team.”
The notion that detonating a nuclear bomb over the eye of a hurricane could be used to counteract convection currents dates to the Eisenhower era, when it was floated by a government scientist.
Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh Announces Primary Challenge Against Trump
(ABC News) – “I’m going to run for president,” former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh told ABC’s News George Stephanopoulos.
“I’m running because he’s (President Trump) unfit; somebody needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative. The country is sick of this guy’s tantrum — he’s a child,” said Walsh, who was elected to the House in the 2010 Tea Party wave, but only served one term before becoming a conservative talk radio host.
Poll: Patriotism, Religion, Kids Less Valued by Americans
(Wall Street Journal) – “There’s an emerging America where issues like children, religion, and patriotism are far less important – and in America, it’s the emerging generation that calls the shots about where the country is headed,” Republican pollster Bill McInturff told the Wall Street Journal.
This Day in History | 1920
The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is formally adopted. It guarantees women the right to vote.