First, let me preface that no, this “Snippets of Stoopid” will not become a weekly feature, so don’t even ask!
I get up every morning, take care of personal ablutions, meds, etc., straighten bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, feed kitties, toss in a load of neverending laundry, then settle into my chair with a cup of coffee, pack of smokes and with trepidation log onto the news, usually beginning with the European venues: The Guardian, Reuters, and BBC. Then I do a quick glance at The Washington Post and New York Times before deciding where to light. And within 15 minutes I am typically inundated with the stupidity of humans, and for the rest of the day I am a shaking my head, rolling my eyes, grumbling and muttering about the human condition. Today was no different. If there is a buzzword that can be applied to what I see in the news today, it is ‘stupidity’. ‘Idiocy’ and ‘delusional’, ‘criminal’ and ‘moribund’ also work well. Take your pick. Trolling for a topic that did not involve guns today, I settled on a few snippets to support my premise that there is far too much ‘stoopid’ in the news.
Bob Nonini is currently an Idaho State Senator who is running for Lieutenant Governor in November. Bob Nonini is a republican (surprise!) and is a pro-life supporter, meaning he is against abortion – all abortion, regardless of cause. Bob Nonini believes that the legal punishment for any woman who has an abortion should be the death penalty. Yes, you heard me right. You may remember that Kevin Williamson, the journalist recently hired by The Atlantic whom I wrote about last week also had such notions. What I find odd is that republicans say they support individual freedoms and less government intervention in citizens’ lives, and yet … they wish to execute a woman for her choices regarding her own body. Pro-life, but only if that life is smaller than a thumbnail, apparently. What a contradiction in values.
Nonini is now arguing that no one in Idaho will be prosecuted for undergoing an abortion and that the primary goal of re-criminalizing the medical procedure is simply to deter people.
“I have always been a pro-life supporter. That means classifying abortion as murder. Since abortion is murder, I believe we should consider penalties for individuals involved in these procedures. There is no way a woman would go to jail let alone face the death penalty. The statute alone, the threat of prosecution, would dramatically reduce abortion. That is my goal.”
Okay, then … Mr. Nonini obviously fails to understand the complexities and emotions involved in a woman’s decision to have or not have an abortion. Perhaps Mr. Nonini and Mr. Williamson can put their heads together … preferably in a land far, far away …
Dana Rohrabacher is a republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California. On Tuesday afternoon, as I’m sure you all heard, there was a shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California. It just so happened that Mr. Rohrabacher was in the studio of Fox Business Network preparing for an interview when the news of the YouTube shooting broke. At the time of the interview, less than an hour after the shooting and before police had released a single shred of information about the identity of the shooter, Rohrabacher shamelessly used the event to put forth his own platform.
“You were going to talk to me about sanctuary cities and the sanctuary state movement, and it fits right into what you are talking about right now. Would anyone be surprised? Would anyone listening to you right now say: ‘Well, this certainly wouldn’t be an illegal immigrant’. It could be!”
Rohrabacher said the shooting proved that “any illegal in this state should be sent back whether he’s a criminal or not.”
ExxonMobil got shown the door for its stupidity. ExxonMobil, tied up in so many lawsuits and investigations that I have lost count, pulled a trumptactic (my alternative word to describe a Trump-like tactic) last week and got ‘boo-ed’ right off the playing field.
Two of the open investigations are by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey. Both are investigating whether Exxon misled investors and the public about its knowledge of climate change and the potential effects that climate change may have on Exxon’s business. Exxon, in an effort to shut down the investigations or else to redirect attention away from them, filed a lawsuit against both Schneiderman and Healey, claiming that the investigations are being conducted to retaliate against Exxon for its views on climate change and thus violate Exxon’s constitutional rights.
Schneiderman and Healey filed a motion to dismiss the suit on numerous grounds, and U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni said, “The motions to dismiss are GRANTED, leave to amend is DENIED, and the Complaint is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.” (‘with prejudice’ is permanently, once and for all, no appeal) The judge also noted that Exxon’s suit was both implausible and their claims unsupported. Nice try, Exxon … obviously your CEO completed his coursework at Trump University!
A couple of friends ask me why I only pick on republicans in my blog posts. Well, heck, the republicans are the ones who are a) causing all the problems in the nation, and b) capable and culpable of the greatest idiocy. Take, for example, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. As you are probably aware, Oklahoma teachers are on strike, fighting for better pay. According to 2016 Bureau of Labour statistics, Oklahoma teachers are the lowest paid in the nation! But they are also fighting for more funding to provide better conditions for their students. Current conditions include aging textbooks, crumbling buildings and reductions in actual teaching time. About 20 percent of Oklahoma’s school districts have gone to four-day weeks. Worthy causes? I think so.
But apparently Governor Fallin doesn’t, for she compared the striking teachers to a teenager who wants a better car! “Teachers want more. But it’s kind of like having a teenage kid that wants a better car,” she said in an interview with CBS News on Tuesday. Teachers were, needless to say, infuriated, as should we all be. Hey … come to think of it … wasn’t Scott Pruitt from Oklahoma? I wonder if he’s related to Fallin?
Well, now you’ve had your daily dose of stupid people doing stupid things for the day, and I thank you for allowing me to share my own angst with you all! Now go share it with some of your friends!