Being once again plagued by that mind-bounce phenomenon, I decided on just a few snippets for this afternoon’s post.
‘Sheriff Joe’ is back in the news
What would I do for humour if it weren’t for the likes of good ol’ former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio? This man deserves to be an Idiot of the Week! Oh wait … I gave him that honour back in October 2016! Well, folks, let me assure you that he is no less an idiot today than he was then!
You knew that he was convicted last year of criminal contempt, and then pardoned by his soul-mate, Donald Trump, right? And then, emboldened by the fact that Trump liked him well enough to grant him a presidential pardon, he decided to run in November for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jeff Flake.
Last week, hot on the campaign trail, Arpaio addressed a group of supporters (wait – he has supporters???) at the Western Conservative Conference in Phoenix. And he made them a promise … a promise to follow up on his tired old argument about whether President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is the real deal, or a fake. Seriously, folks, this fool wants to be elected to the U.S. Senate just so he can continue to bash a former president??? He claims to have “scientific evidence” that will prove once and for all that President Obama was not born in the U.S. Even Trump admitted that he knew Obama was born in Hawaii! Perhaps Arpaio does not realize, since there is a lot of water between Arizona and Hawaii, that Hawaii is actually a part of the United States?
Here is a 2-minute clip … notice his audience? Does anything stand out here?
I sincerely hope that the people of Arizona have better sense than to elect this fool, because I have a very real problem with paying a hefty salary to a man who is going to waste time on this garbage instead of doing the job of a legislator. We have enough clowns in the congressional circus – we don’t need to add another.
And now that I’ve told you about an idiot with zero common sense, let me take you to the opposite end of that spectrum …
A most honourable judge …
Judge Mary Ann Driscoll of West Roxbury District Court deserves, in my book, two thumbs up. Yesterday, she ruled that 13 people who were charged with civil disobedience were doing only what was necessary to protect the environment. The case was brought by Spectra Energy, who was building a pipeline that would run for 5 miles right through their Boston neighborhood, and they, along with nearly 200 others, protested by sitting in holes drilled by Spectra, and other actions in the attempt to stop the construction of the pipeline. The judge decided it was necessary for the protestors to engage in civil disobedience in order to block the construction of Spectra Energy’s high-pressure fracked gas pipeline and acquitted the activists of civil infractions. A baby step? Certainly, but it sends, I think, a big message that I hope will be followed by more, similar messages.
After having the protestors arrested, Spectra did complete the construction of the pipeline. By their own admission, they do not have a safety plan in case of a disaster. In this Trumpian era, when environmental concerns are being, not only placed on the back burner, but ridiculed and ignored, it is encouraging to see the courts stepping up to the plate.
The headline read: “Republicans propose a balanced budget amendment after voting for trillion dollar legislation”Wait a minute. They cut revenue by more than $1 trillion by giving a ridiculous tax cut to all the wealthy people in the land, then they passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill, and now they want to balance the budget??? Have none of these fools ever taken Econ 101??? I think I should go address Congress and explain to them the concept of limited resources!
In truth, I’m sure even the Bozos on Capitol Hill are aware that there is no way in heck to balance the budget at this point, but … there are those mid-terms coming up in November, and since they already have more than a few strikes against them, the republicans must figure it would make them look good to at least be able to say they are working toward a balanced budget. I’m quite curious to see how they fudge the numbers to even make it look like it could work. Creative Accounting 101. In my world, it would get a prison sentence.
And so, friends, that wraps up my snippets for today. I’m sure I could find more, but I do have laundry to do. Have a good Wednesday evening!