Montana Man With Only 1 Arm, 3 Fingers Living Independent Life

Adapt and overcome.

Via Great Falls Tribune:

If you’re having a bad day and things aren’t going well, talk to Paul Pawelko.

“I’d trade you in a heartbeat,” he says.

Paul, a 55-year-old Roundup resident, was born with no left arm and only three fingers on a very short right arm. At age 5 he had open heart surgery in an attempt to repair a hole in the upper chamber of his heart.

Despite these challenges, he lives alone, drives his own truck, hunts deer with a rifle and plays pool using one size-12 foot as a cue rest. His toe touch is so delicate he can pick up quarters and place them in the narrow coin slots of the Grand Hotel’s pool table.

“You wonder why he doesn’t wear socks in the wintertime, and then you realize he uses his toes for a lot of different things,” says friend Karen Castro.

“When it gets 30 below zero, then I put on socks,” Paul says with a laugh.

In medical terms Paul’s birth defects are known as phocomelia syndrome.

“The bones of the arms, and in some cases other appendages, may be extremely shortened and even absent,” according to WebMD. “The fingers of the hands may be fused.”[…]

Paul did get special treatment away from home, though. He was taken to a Grand Rapids, Michigan, hospital when he was 9 months old to begin learning how to use his feet as substitute hands. He first learned to feed himself, then how to write.

He later attended grade school for the handicapped and disabled after his mother moved to Puyallup, Washington, to be closer to facilities that could assist Paul. By high school he was integrated into the public school system.

“I dress myself. I cook. I do pretty much everything,” he says.

In the summer when he would visit his bachelor uncle, Roman “Tony” Pawelko, in Roundup, Paul began learning how to drive a stick shift, fish and hunt. He can cast a regular fishing rod, as long as the reel handle is on the right. And Paul can shoot out to about 200 yards by sitting and balancing the barrel of the gun on his foot.

In one unfortunate accident, he thought he had shot all of the bullets out of his modified Remington 6mm Woodsmaster semi-auto rifle, pulled the trigger and blew the pinky toe off his left foot. The blast also fractured the next three toes. He was hospitalized for seven days.

“It was not fun,” Paul says in understated fashion.

Luckily, he’s right-foot dominant so he was still able to perform most of the tasks he uses his feet to help with. It took almost a year before he built up enough confidence to shoot again, though. This year, he shot a three-point whitetail buck.

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Tech Founder: Middle America Is A ‘Sh**hole’ With People Too ‘Violent, Stupid And Racist’ For New Jobs

Oh, that will go over well for your company…

Via Daily Caller:

One Silicon Valley executive had a few choice words to describe Americans living in the heart of the nation, and they were not flattering.

Melinda Byerley, MBA and founder of Timeshare CMO, a Silicon Valley-based tech start-up, tweeted out Saturday afternoon describing what middle America could do to “get more jobs in their area.”

Byerley says that the first thing those in middle America need to realize is that “no educated person wants to live in a shithole with stupid people.” Particularly, in a “shithole” filled with people who are “violent, racist, and/or misogynistic.” In Byerley’s opinion, “big corporations,” do not consider moving to the heart of America because “those towns have nothing going for them.”

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San Francisco Is A Literal S***hole, Public Defecation Map Reveals

How lovely.

Via Daily Caller:

There is an ongoing debate currently going on in the country about what locations can be classified as shitholes. The debate sprung from a report that Donald Trump referred to some third world countries as “shitholes” in a meeting with lawmakers last week.

While the debate might rage on as to what constitutes a “shithole” of a country, one thing is not up for debate: the American city of San Francisco is a shithole.

We know this thanks to an interactive map created in 2014 called Human Wasteland.

The map charts all of the locations for human excrement “incidents” reported to the San Francisco police during a given month. The interactive map shows precise locations of the incidents by marking them with poop emojis:

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NAACP Says MLK’s Vision Can’t Be Achieved Without Fighting Global Warming

Sounds like they’re full of hot air…

Via Daily Caller:

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the NAACP wants man-made global warming to be seen as a civil rights issue, arguing King’s vision of a society free of racial injustice can’t be achieved without addressing warming.

“We see climate change as a civil rights issue,” Jacqueline Patterson, head of the NAACP’s environmental and climate justice program, said in an online radio spot for the Yale Center for Environmental Connection.

Environmental activists have been increasingly framing global warming as a matter of “environmental justice,” since “minority and low-income populations are disproportionately affected by global warming,” Patterson told Yale’s online radio Climate Connections.

Traditionally, such concerns focused on traditional pollutants from factories or vehicles, but the NAACP is expanding it to carbon dioxide, which scientists blame for warming the Earth in recent decades.

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US Military Members Receive Biggest Pay Bump Since 2010

Via Fox Business:

Military members will see their paychecks rise by the largest percent increase since 2010 this week.

At the end of December, President Donald Trump, by way of executive order, mandated a 2.4% pay hike for uniformed service members and a 1.9% raise for federal workers. The Trump administration’s initial budget blueprint called for a 2.1% pay increase, while the House and Senate suggested the 2.4% figure, which was eventually adopted by the president.

In 2017, the Obama administration issued a 2.1% increase. This year’s raise will be the largest for the military since 2010, when wages jumped 3.4% under the previous administration.

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Media’s Latest Obsession: What Starburst Flavors Trump Likes

Riveting journalism. It keeps them from concentrating on the positives of the of the adminsitration to infantilize him or demonize him.

Via Free Beacon:

Twitter expressed outrage on Monday after the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump only eats two different flavors of Starbursts, the box-shaped, fruit-flavored chewy candies.

In an interview with the Post, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) mentioned how, when the two were having dessert in October, Trump picked out and only ate the red and pink Starbursts.

“We’re there, having a little dessert, and he offers me some,” McCarthy said. “Just the red and the pink. A bit later, a couple of his aides saw me with those colors and told me, ‘Those are the president’s favorites.'”

The Twitterverse, including mainstream media journalists, was quick to respond with a flurry of thoughts on Trump’s candy preferences.

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When CNN Can’t Pronounce Indian-American Trump Aide’s Name, Sarah Sanders Makes Them Pay

One syllable, not hard to say. Why the difficulty, Chris? Too much time saying ‘sh**hole?’

Via Daily Caller:

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders wasted no time torching a CNN host for refusing to pronounce the name of Indian-American Trump aide Raj Shah Monday morning.

CNN host Chris Cuomo referred to Raj Shah as “Raj whatever-his-name-is” during a segment condemning President Donald Trump for being racially insensitive.

“Remember … we went to the White House when it happened, and Raj whatever-his-name-is didn’t back off the words,” Cuomo said earlier Monday.

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The Unpleasant Truth About Africa And Haiti Trumps Liberal Lies And Hypocrisy

Via Daily Caller:

We live in an era of perpetual outrage because outrage distracts people from focusing on more important issues (like the fact that American workers’ real wages have been stagnant for decades thanks to deindustrialization and illegal immigration policies favored by globalists). Because some elites benefit by keeping the public distracted, the liberal media constantly bombards us with “outrageous scandals” like the story about the hunter who killed Cecil the Lion or the clothing company that marketed a sweater bearing the phrase “coolest monkey in the jungle” with a cute black child model—which sparked “outrage” until the boy’s mother shut it down.

The most recent outrage cycle involves Trump’s alleged statements that Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations are “shithole” countries. Predictably enough, liberals like Democratic senator Dick Durbin and Joan Walsh (author of “What’s the Matter With White People?), pounced upon the President’s putative comments as an opportunity to virtue-signal. Supposedly, they are better than the President because they would never, ever say something so “horrible” and “racist.” But their sanctimonious prattle is annoying and disingenuous.

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Trump Blasts Senator Durbin Over ‘Shithole Countries’ Claims

Via NY Post:

P​resident Trump on Twitter Monday blasted Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, who said the president used the term “s–thole countries,” ​referring to him as “Dicky” and blaming him for scuttling a deal to help young immigrants.

“Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our Military.​” Trump posted on Monday.​

D​urbin, the only Democrat at a White House meeting last Thursday about immigration, said Trump asked why the US continues to accept immigrants from “s–thole countries,” referring to Africa, Haiti and El Salvador.

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A History Of Presidential Potty Mouths

*Warning for graphic language*

The furor over Trump’s alleged comment is a bit much. Listen to an actual racist comment by LBJ, darling of the Great Society.

Via The Hill:

President Trump is accused of using the word “shithole” to describe some African countries, Haiti and El Salvador. The president has been slammed in the media for his reported use of profane language.

Democratic Sen. Dirk Durbin (Ill.) even suggested it was the worst vulgarity in presidential history.

“I think back at presidents throughout history and I cannot imagine a moment where a president sunk to that depth, that’s what breaks my heart,” he said.

But according to historians, we’ve had our fair share of presidential potty mouths.

“I have interviewed six presidents of the United States. I have traveled with them. I have been in their homes. They’ve been in my home on multiple occasions. I have flown on Air Force One with them and commercial jets and private jets and car caravans and Winnebagos. Went to Disney World with one. They all have used the ‘S-word.’ Even that old gentleman, Ronald Reagan, would sometimes occasionally, rarely use the ‘F-word.’ So, the White house is going to endure,” conservative author Doug Wead said.

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Report: Trump Actually Said “Shithouse” Not “Shithole” During WH Meeting…

But Dick Durbin would never lie!

Economists Agree: Trump, Not Obama, Gets Credit For Economy

Eight of years of community organizing is over. Update to this story.

Via The Hill:

Who deserves credit for the booming economy? This is not a petty argument. How voters answer the question could well determine whether Democrats retake the House of Representatives come November.

Trump and Obama (and their admirers) are slugging it out, both claiming that it is their policies that have led to the ongoing economic expansion, steady job growth and higher stock prices.

Happily for President Trump, the pros agree with him. A recent survey of economists suggest it is President Trump, and not Obama, who should be taking a bow.

The Wall Street Journal asked 68 business, financial and academic economists who was responsible for the strengthening of the economy, and most “suggested Mr. Trump’s election deserves at least some credit” for the upturn.

A majority said the president had been “somewhat” or “strongly” positive for job creation, gross domestic product growth and the rising stock market.

The pros cite the White House’s push for lighter regulation and the recent tax bill as critical to a pro-growth environment; more than 90 percent of the group thought the tax bill would boost GDP expansion over the next two years.

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Dem Rep. John Lewis: Trump “A Racist” For His “Shithole” Comment…

The faux outrage continues.

Press Sec Has A Message For Politico Reporter Who Suggested Trump’s National Security Team Is Immature

Mattis is immature?

Via Townhall:

Over the weekend, Politico published a piece suggesting that President Trump’s national security team has no clue what it’s doing. The false alarm missile warning in Hawaii exposed the administration’s not ready for primetime players, reporter Eliana Johnson suggested after speaking with senior administration officials.

“The U.S. government hasn’t tested these plans in 30 years,” Johnson wrote in her hot take. “All the fresh faces sitting around the table in the situation room have little idea what their roles would be in this scenario.”

Considering the experienced team that is in place at the Pentagon, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would have to disagree.

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Maxine Waters Calls For Trump To Be Impeached For The 214,810th Time…

Same day she said Trump “does not deserve her attention.”

Hate Crime Hoax: Toronto Police Say Hijab-Cutting Incident Never Happened, Investigation Is Closed

Will Trudeau apologize?

Via National Post:

Toronto police say an 11-year-old girl’s report of having her hijab cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school last week did not happen.

Police had been investigating the alleged incident as a hate crime and now say their investigation is concluded.

The alleged incident captured national attention after it was reported Friday and drew public condemnation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

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Pope Francis Changes His Mind, Now Says Fears of Mass Migration Are “Legitimate” And “Fully Comprehensible”…

Less than two weeks ago they were violent racists.

In a nuanced address Sunday for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis seemed to walk back earlier statements denouncing “xenophobia,” acknowledging instead that fears associated with mass migration are logical and justifiable.

“Local communities are sometimes afraid that the newly arrived will disturb the established order, will ‘steal’ something they have long laboured to build up,” Francis said in a Mass celebrated with migrants and refugees living in Rome Sunday. “These fears are legitimate, based on doubts that are fully comprehensible from a human point of view.”

Whereas it is normal to experience these fears, the Pope said in his homily, it may be wrong to let them control our actions.

“Having doubts and fears is not a sin,” he said. “The sin is to allow these fears to determine our responses, to limit our choices, to compromise respect and generosity, to feed hostility and rejection. The sin is to refuse to encounter the other, the different, the neighbour, when this is in fact a privileged opportunity to encounter the Lord.”

Earlier this month the Pope criticized those who challenge the wisdom of mass migration, accusing them of demagoguery and promoting xenophobia.

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If It Weren’t For The Constitution, America Would Be A ‘Sh-thole’ Country, Too

Via The Federalist:

President Trump’s remark last week about “shithole” countries was widely decried as racist and offensive, and although his phrasing was crude and unnecessary, Trump wasn’t wrong about the actual countries in question. Haiti, El Salvador, and many countries in Africa—and all over the world, for that matter—are indeed a horrible mess by any objective measure.

But they’re not this way because of their people. They’re this way because of their corrupt rulers and shitty governments. It’s not really about America at all. Any country without constitutional, limited government will end up a shithole, no matter who lives there.

Trump is probably incapable of articulating that distinction, but it needs to be made. America isn’t great or exceptional because Americans are uniquely virtuous or somehow better than people from poor countries. America is exceptional because of our system of government and the constitutional order our Founding Fathers bequeathed us. That’s it. We have that system because everything aligned at just the right moment for the Founders, who brought forth a new nation, conceived in liberty. In that sense, we Americans are especially fortunate. Time and circumstance, not the singular virtue of the American people, conspired to make America uniquely free.

When we talk about “American exceptionalism,” that’s what we’re talking about. Americans, like every other people, are subject to the vicissitudes and weaknesses of human nature. We’re not special in that regard. Writing about the character of America’s young democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville saw that Americans were different than the peoples of Europe, who arrived at democracy through violent revolution that “lead them to shun each other and perpetuate in a state of equality the animosities that the state of inequality created. The great advantage of the Americans is that they have arrived at a state of democracy without having to endure a democratic revolution, and that they are born equal instead of becoming so.”

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Mohammed Most Popular Name For Newborn Boys In The Netherlands For Second Year In A Row…

Celebrate diversity!

Via Voice of Europe:

Dutch mainstream media reported that Noah was the most popular baby name for boys in the Netherlands, but a little digging turned out a different finding.

The name Noah was putatively considered the most popular boy’s name for 2017, having been given to 635 new-born boys in the Netherlands. A journalist from broadcaster Powned did some research into the database, however, and noticed that another name, a non-traditional Dutch name, was slightly more prevalent.

This journalist checked for Mohammed and its alternative spellings. He thus counted:

Mohammed 221, Mohamed 211, Muhammed 110, Mohammad 51, Muhammad 43 and reached a total of 636. Other forms like Mohamad, Muhamed, Muhammet, Mouhamed, Muhamad and Mahamuud could not be checked for “privacy reasons”.

Of course, other forms of Noah like Noa and Noach should be checked as well for the sake of fairness: both, however, were not listed according to the Dutch journalist.

The author says, it is the second year in a row that Mohammed is the most popular name for baby boys: In 2016 there were 724 baby’s named Mohammed (or one of it’s Arabic alternatives) in the Netherlands.

He also mentions that the same tendency was seen in England in 2016: It is not Oliver, but Mohammed (with all its permutations), that is the most popular name for baby boy

Maxine Waters To Boycott Trump State Of The Union Address, “He Does Not Deserve My Attention”…

So, the woman who obsesses over every word Trump says now claims he doesn’t deserve her attention. No, not crazy at all.

Via The Hill:

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Friday she will not attend President Trump’s first State of the Union address following his vulgar remarks aimed at Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.

“Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?” Waters said on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.” “Someone who lies in the face of facts, someone who can change their tune day in and day out. What does he have to say that I would be interested in?”

“I don’t trust him, I don’t appreciate him and I wouldn’t waste my time … listening to what he has to say,” she continued. “He does not deserve my attention.”