This United States of America stuff is for real folks.

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The last Fallout shelter, photo by Richard Deming Photography

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state. And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.”
-President Donald J. Trump

Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
-Don McClean, American Pie

Yesterday’s Detroit Free Press had a breezy bit on the Nukemap, a web app that lets you play around with nuclear explosions. If you’d like to see what North Korea can do to us, their warheads are somewhere in the 15-25 kiloton range these days. While you’re there you could check out what our own “fire & fury” would do to the Korean Peninsula, Japan & China were we to nuke Pyongyang. Our weapons are in the multiple megaton range and do a heck of a lot more damage.

President Trump’s remarks above were apparently unscripted, delivered from a press conference on opioids from his private golf club, and directed at one of the world’s biggest madmen, Kim Jong-un, who was making threats following the implementation of new and tougher international sanctions that the UN Security Council voted 15-0 to impose just last week. They are expected to remove 1/3 of North Korea’s trade revenue.

In the event your geopolitics are hazy, North & South Korea are each about the size of the UP, yet the population of the Korean Peninsula is almost 75 million people. The threat to unleash “fire & fury” on North Korea is like threatening to nuke North Dakota. It’s going to make South Dakota (South Korea), Minnesota (Japan), and Canada (China) and many others extremely concerned. Unlike that scenario, everything is much closer together and simply overflowing with all kinds of conventional and nuclear weaponry.

I urge anyone who is uncomfortable with this to contact your Representative & Senators and urge them to take this whole business of governing our nation a hell of a lot more seriously. In my opinion, Congress needs to take back war powers granted in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and provide a check on the President’s reckless impulses.

Apologies to Richard who has had a bunch of great photos on Michigan in Pictures over the years for using his dramatic picture in dramatic fashion. View the photo bigger and see more in Richard’s Things I’ve Seen in Grand Rapids slideshow.

OK, here’s American Pie by Don McClean because it’s the perfect song for this sort of time: