Bits ‘N Pieces – A Handful of Idiot Wannabes

Today is one of those days that I’m tired, cranky, and busy with such things as baking pies, boiling eggs, laundry, etc., but a few short snippets crossed my radar and I thought I would just do a few bit’s ‘n pieces for tomorrow’s morning post.  I warn you … these people will have you shaking your heads and rolling your eyes!


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Judge Thomas Low

Down in Provo, Utah, in the Fourth District Court, sits a judge, Judge Thomas Low.  Last week, he issued sentencing on a case before him, the case of one Keith Vallejo, a former bishop to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Vallejo was convicted in February of one first-degree felony of object rape and 10 second-degree felonies of forcible sexual abuse.  Nice guy, huh?  Well, here is what Judge Low had to say about Vallejo:

“The court had no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man. But great men, sometimes do bad things.”

The victims, two of whom were in the courtroom at the time, were understandably incensed by the judge’s praise of their abuser.  “For him to say that in a court room in front the victim who was abused and raped by this man, that he is a great person, to me was unacceptable and unprofessional,” said victim Julia Kirby.

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Keith Vallejo

Vallejo was sentenced to five years to life, and his first chance for parole will come in about eight years. Civil rights group Restore Our Humanity is preparing to file a complaint against Judge Low.


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Sheriff Richard K. Jones

In Butler County, Ohio, a northern suburb of Cincinnati, there is a sheriff, Sheriff Richard K. Jones.  Jones has been a controversial figure in Butler County for years, mainly because of his immigration stance and racial profiling.  But this week … this week he made the most idiotic tweet …

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Some may have thought he was joking, but he was not.  He truly wants Trump to order the same type of bomb that was dropped on Afghanistan last week be dropped on Mexico … our ally!!! You will not be surprised to know that Jones is a staunch Trump supporter.


Back to Texas, a state that seems to occupy a permanent slot on my radar.  Texas Representative Ron Simmons is the author of a bill that will be heard next week that would rescind several local ordinances aimed at protecting LGBT people from discrimination.  Sigh.  Do these lawmakers never learn?

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The bill, House Bill 2899, would prohibit cities and counties from passing non-discrimination ordinances and would not allow them to add or subtract to the classes of people already protected under state law. State law currently limits protections based on race, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin and age.


Remember when Trump, back during his less-than-illustrious campaign, told supporters to throw protestors out and in at least one case, said he would pay the supporters’ legal bills?  Well, meet Alvin Bamberger, age 76, and a Korean War veteran from Ohio.  Bamberger was accused of assaulting a woman, Kashiya Nwanguma, at a Trump campaign rally in Louisville, Kentucky last year.  Bamberger initially denied that he shoved Nwanguma, but unfortunately for him, there is video  that quite clearly shows him shoving her not once, but multiple times, as did other men.

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Now Bamberger and his attorneys are expecting Trump to make good on his promise to pay legal fees, and have filed a lawsuit.

“To the extent that Bamberger acted, he did so in response to — and inspired by — Trump and/or the Trump campaign’s urging to remove the protesters. If Bamberger is adjudged liable to Nwanguma for his actions, Trump and/or the Trump campaign should be adjudged liable to Bamberger in an equal sum, because Trump and/or the Trump campaign urged and inspired Bamberger to act as he did.”

Trump, predictably, is not taking this lying down.  With some 4,000 lawsuits under his belt, he is a pro at the finagling that ties things up in court until everyone who ever cared either dies or loses interest.  Trump’s lawyers, in response to Bamberger’s suit, said “Mr. Trump is immune from suit because he is President of the United States.”  Attorney Greg Belzley, however, reminds us of a 1997 Supreme Court ruling that held President Bill Clinton could be sued over events that occurred before he took office.

Earlier this month, Trump’s lawyers attempted to have the suit thrown out, but U.S. District Judge David Hale said it’s plausible the would-be President incited a riot. He denied motions to dismiss or strike portions of the complaint.  This will be one to watch!


And thus concludes my bits ‘n pieces.  These are all idiots in their own right, but I don’t have enough on them to award them the Idiot of the Week award.  Have a Happy Easter, dear friends!

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25 thoughts on “Bits ‘N Pieces – A Handful of Idiot Wannabes

  1. Happy Easter-tide wishes for you Jill
    Presumably Sheriff ‘Hickory-Switch’ doesn’t know much about the delivery of and blast radii of air-delivered ordinance .
    (Reminds me of the guy I knew in one work place who said the answer to Ulster was to send a wave of tanks from the northern coast of Ulster right down to the southern coast of Eire….)

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    • Happy Easter-tide to you too, my dear friend! I spent much of the day in the kitchen … roasted a 20-lb turkey, made fresh green beans, homemade bread, glazed carrots, lemon-meringue pies, and am now happily relaxing with my blogging friends. The girls cleaned the kitchen, and I am happy that I will be serving up leftovers for the next night or two. 😀 I hope you and your wife had a great day and that you were able to spend some time with your precious grand-children!

      As it happens, Sheriff Hickory-Switch is the sheriff of my own county, and I have had the occasion to deal with him once in person. Yes, he is as big an idiot as he appears. He is a bloated buffoon whose chest puffs out as he speaks. Why he keeps getting elected over and over is beyond me, but then … why Trump got elected is still beyond my comprehension, so perhaps I am either a) not too bright, or b) out of touch with the rest of the world. Either way …

      Your story about Ulster reminded me of what a conservative friend recently told me: “We need to nuke all the liberals and get back to being a Christian nation.” Wow … I asked him how he thought to nuke the liberals without hitting some of his own. He changed the subject to his son’s baseball team. Methinks people are living in some alternate universe … woe, woe, and thrice woe.

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      • Wow Jill, that was a kitchen and a half effort 👏 👏 👏 👏!
        We had a very busy day with the lads and discovered aches and pains in places we didn’t realise we had! But as Sheila said ‘We wouldn’t have it any other way,’.
        We went to Easter Sunday Mass last night and as a result I feel currently sort of a peace; even went on a UK frenetic ‘religious’ discussion forum and posted some light-hearted replies to semi-provocative questions. (Spent 10 mins- tops).
        Simple solutions eh? You gotta love ’em. It’s when folk get into positions of power and try and implement them that it gets worrying…
        Definitely Woe, woe and thrice woe!!

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  2. Dear Jill,
    It is about time that DDT is stopped from being a legal bully who winks, winks at the Alt-right, the haters who want to divide us into us vs whoever.This includes the misogynists like the first judge. This needs to be a confrontation of all of us vs the Alt-right in the republican party exemplified by the likes of Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon, Alex Jones etc.
    These folks should not be welcome by any organization outside of their Alt-right groups. And I am more frightened of these groups than I am of any refugee from Syria.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, the divisiveness in our country may end up being our downfall. I find that many who would never in their wildest dreams have supported white supremacism or extreme racism, are now doing so because those are causes that are aligned with Trump. Alex Jones would have been ‘run out of town on a rail’ at one time, but now he has millions of listeners. Bill O’Reilly’s viewership actually increased after it was made public that he was a sexual predator. And Trump was elected president shortly after footage came to light of him praising his sexual harassment. It speaks of something horribly wrong with our society. How do we fix it??? I am at a loss … I simply cannot understand it … some days I think I have outlived my usefulness in this world. Sigh. Hugs, my dear friend.

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    • Yes, I did write about Pittman a few months back … and I thought of NC as I was reading about the proposed bill in TX. Do we never learn? Oh, but wait … with Trump and Sessions in office, perhaps we can all go back to hating gays, blacks, and … sigh. 😥 This is not a country I recognize anymore.

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    • Thank you, David! It was a good, peaceful holiday with the fam, but admittedly I am happy to be done and get back to the routine. I used to look so forward to holidays, but anymore, it’s just something to be ‘gotten through’. I don’t know if that is a product of my age, or of the circumstances of the day. Sigh. Hope you had a lovely holiday with your special little ones! Cwtch Mawr, dear friend!

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      • I enjoyed some time with them on Saturday but Friday and yesterday just dragged despite being on the computer. I’m pretty sure in my case it’s a product of my age and of spending time alone.
        Roll on tomorrow and normality.
        xxx Cwtch xxx ❤ ❤

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        • I’m glad you got to spend time with them, even if not enough. I am blessed that my daughter and granddaughter live with me, and we all get along almost perfectly. About twice a year we argue, just to keep things interesting. 🙂 Always over stupid things, like a broken bottle of Worcestershire sauce 😀 But yes, today was back to normal … well, except the electricity was out for a couple of hours, but that just gave me an opportunity to do some non-computer chores that I had been procrastinating. Many hugs, my friend! ❤

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