Four Flew Into My Radar Screen

Tonight, four men just kept popping onto my radar.  With the exception of the first one, they have all been here before, some have made multiple trips onto these pages.  Perhaps if I stopped feeding them donuts and coffee they would leave me alone?  At any rate, I thought I would provide you with a little “See what they’re up to now” type of post and … sigh … hopefully they will go away and find somebody else to harass.

Oliver North

Oliver North — Then (1989) and Now (2018)

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has some very high standards.  They just announced the selection of their new president, since current president Pete Brownell decided he did not wish to serve another term.  And the winner is … {drumroll} … Mr. Oliver North!!!  You remember Ollie, right?  North was one of the key players in the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s and was ultimately convicted on three felony counts related to the illegal sale of weapons to Iran to benefit the right-wing rebel Contras group in Nicaragua.  The convictions were vacated in 1990, not because North was innocent, but rather due to a technicality involving North’s limited immunity for testifying before Congress.  North’s very name is, as a spokesperson for the Brady Foundation put it, “synonymous with corruption and disgrace”.

To add to his illustrious image, North is currently a host on Fox News, though he plans to resign from Fox immediately to fully devote his time to his work with the NRA.  According to NRA CEO and Vice President Wayne LaPierre …

“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association.  Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader.  In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our President.”

Oh yes, he is ‘legendary’ alright, and I’m sure his mentality will fit right in with his newfound employers.

Roger Stoneroger-stoneAbout every six weeks this man, who was already awarded Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award in July 2016 , flits back onto my radar.  I think he just likes to annoy me, quite frankly.  Stone is one of Trump’s former lapdogs and is under scrutiny by Robert Mueller’s team in the Russian investigation.  Why?

In August 2016, Stone sent a message to campaign advisor Sam Nunberg, saying that he had dined with WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, the previous night.  Remember that it was WikiLeaks that purloined thousands of documents from the Hillary Clinton campaign and then somehow … quite mysteriously … hackers affiliated with the Kremlin leaked the documents in an effort to sway the election in Trump’s favour.  So, if Stone had dinner with Assange around that time, it is certainly suspect.  Now, however, Stone claims that he never met with Assange and it was his idea of a joke.

A lie by any other name is still a lie.

Scott Pruittpruitt-pollutionI just wrote about Pruitt last week, didn’t I?  And already he is back on the radar.  How can I ever move ahead if I have to keep going backward?  Anyway … the latest is what I would define as obstruction of justice.

Pruitt is under the gun in at least eleven separate investigations as a result of his spending habits, conflicts of interests and management practices, but those investigations may be getting unnecessarily bogged down in the muck these days.  Why?  According to ThinkProgress …

“Political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are screening public records requests related to administrator Scott Pruitt at an alarming rate, slowing the release of documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  “This does look like the most burdensome review process that I’ve seen documented,” Director of the FOIA Project for George Washington University’s National Security Archive Nate Jones told POLITICO. The report comes as the EPA faces accusations of carrying out Pruitt’s agenda in secret. Employees reportedly have had to leave cell phones behind when they meet with the EPA administrator.”

Can we say ‘transparency’?  Cooperation?  Swamp rats?

Ben Carsoncarson-3In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law, the Fair Housing Act, a part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.  The Act provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion, or national origin and made it a federal crime to “by force or by threat of force, injure, intimidate, or interfere with anyone … by reason of their race, color, religion, or national origin.”  Despite the law, many communities in the U.S. remained segregated by race and income.

In 2015, the Obama administration put into effect a new rule, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing provision, that required every community receiving HUD funding to assess local segregation patterns, diagnose the barriers to fair housing and develop a plan to correct them. Most communities were supposed to submit their plans to HUD every five years, beginning in 2016. Communities without HUD-approved plans would no longer receive federal housing dollars.

And along came our old friend Ben … yes, he who lives high on the hog and tried to spend $31,000 of our money on dining room furniture.  Well, Ben decided that federal efforts to desegregate American neighborhoods were “failed socialist experiments” and he suspended the rule in January, allowing local and state governments to continue receiving HUD grants without compliance with the full requirements of the Fair Housing Act.  Remember that the only thing qualifying Ben for this position is that when he was a surgeon, some of his patients lived in subsidized housing.

And shortly after suspending the rule, he proposed raising rents in subsidized housing by as much as 300%.  And now … guess what?  The department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Ben Carson are being sued.  According to the New York Times

“On Tuesday, a coalition of national and Texas-based housing groups are expected to file suit in Federal District Court in Washington to reinstate an Obama-era rule that required localities receiving federal development funding to submit plans detailing their efforts to end segregation based on race, income, ethnicity or physical disability.  The advocates filing the lawsuit argue that Mr. Carson’s actions violated the 1968 Housing Act, a law that was pressed by Martin Luther King Jr. shortly before his assassination. The suit claims that Mr. Carson is leaving HUD without a system to prevent a pattern of discrimination in the allocation of $28 billion in disaster relief funding after a succession of natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey, last year.”

Just another of those surreal moments in the United States government under Donald Trump.  Nothing to see here, folks.

So there are the four who flew onto my radar screen tonight.  Now, I must go get the Windex and some paper towels, for these guys left behind a lot of muck on my screen.

31 thoughts on “Four Flew Into My Radar Screen

  1. Jill, what a group! Oliver North lied and took the fall to prevent Reagan from being impeached for the Iran-Contra affair, which was a crime – selling weapons to Iran to raise money for the Contras in Central America. Roger Stone and Paul Manafort will never be accused oh paragons of virtue or honor. Nor will Scott Pruitt, who is turning out to be the biggest Yertle the Turtle on the Trump team.

    Carson, to be so smart, should have turned down this position. He has damaged his name and is very unqualified for this position, but so are many of his nominations.


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        • Y’know … back last year when Trump was so foolishly calling Kim Jong-un “little rocket man” and tauting him needlessly, the thought crossed my mind that I wished Kim would send a missile directly on the White House and get rid of the whole thing. Of course, I horrified myself for even having the thought, but that is what he has done … he has caused us to hate in a way we never thought ourselves capable of.

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          • I get what you’re saying. I’ve found myself being really snippy lately with his nibs. Not like me. But when that’s all you seem to hear you sort of just pick it up without realizing it… But I sure don’t want to be like them…

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            • Me too, my friend. I am short-tempered with my loved ones and even with myself … I wake up in the mornings and feel as if I have been dropped into an alien world, one which i do not recognize and in which I do not belong. But, we do the best we can to help turn the world upright again and we hope. I love what you call your husband, by the way … ‘his nibs’ … is there a story behind that?

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              • LOL Yeah. I’m a Tolkien fan. Have belonged to a group called Elven Home since 2001. (Calen=green in Qenya/sar=stone in Sindarin/iel=maiden or maid — emerald is my birthstone so I ended up being Maiden of the Green Stone — Calensariel). The website adopted Arn and wrote him into one of their stories as a secret admirer of mine. (giggle) I figured out what his name should be (it has to do with eagles) and he ended up being Thorondorian (he thought he was a ranger or an elf as he never read the stories. Actually he was a dwarf! He’d be fit to be tied if he knew). For years I referred to him as “his lordship.” Then I decided Calen (who is really a warrior) didn’t want to be subservient anymore! 😀 An Aussie friend of mine suggested I call him “his nibs.” Very British. I liked that much better — not sure HE does, however! 😉

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                • I LOVE that story!!! My friend Herb is a Lord of the Rings fan and he will adore it, too. I should have asked sooner about the name … Calensariel. I thought I had it figured out … I thought his nibs name was likely Calen, and either your name was Ariel, or you fancied yourself Ariel from Disney’s Little Mermaid, so I was thinking of it as Calen’s Ariel. Thank you for sharing this!!!

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                  • OML! LMBO! You have to come clean up my laptop now! I spit coffee all over it when I read that! One thing I would NEVER in a million years equate myself with is a Disney Princess. LOL Though his nibs labors under the idea that one day I will morph back into Barbie (bleach blonde when we got married). To disavow him of that wish I carry a key chain that says: Not born Barbie, trying to cope anyway! 😀

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                    • Hah!!! I thought I was the only one who spit coffee on my laptop when something tickled my funny bone! As for his nibs waiting for you to morph back into Barbie … you can always tell him you’ll do that as soon as he morphs back into Ken! Thanks for the smiles!!!

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  2. Will that tiresome little man Stone put his jacket on and cover up those vulgar braces! A man of his age should show some dignity when in public (what he does in private is another matter). These faux-throw-away ‘I’m just a simple tough man of the people act’ might work amongst a certain grouping, but amongst others it just comes across as plain clownish…..
    …..Hmm considering who resides in the White House it must be contagious.
    Braces in public….honestly!

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    • 🤣 You DO realize that the reason I always use THAT picture is just to get you started about the braces, right? I have other pics of him, but every time I write about him, I think … ‘now where’s that picture with the braces, for I know how Roger LOVES it!!!’ Sorry, my friend … you just make these things so much FUN! Thanks for the laughs! I needed that about now.

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      • I haddddd a feeling when I was writing that….’Now has Jill put this up as a stock photo…..Or?????’
        Well played Dear Lady, well played.😸
        I swear some of these folk who support Wobblester are such easy targets!
        Anyway….as always Glad to Supply Chuckles

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        • I thought surely you had caught on by now! You do that chuckle-supplying so well!!! This morning I started in a sour mood … a whiny mood, truth be told, rather like a child sayin’ … “I don’ wanna …” And then I saw that the first comment in the queue was from Woebegone and I knew I would find at least a chuckle or two. You never disappoint! 😊 I still remember the first time you saw that picture and commented … I wasn’t aware they were called ‘braces’, and I kept looking at his teeth and legs for any sign of braces. Finally after a trip to Google, I figured it out and the rest is history! Oddly enough, I now refer to them as ‘braces’ rather than ‘suspenders’!

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          • Sorry ’bout that Jill, these little difference in the two languages!
            I would not care to see his suspenders! They are something which men years ago used to keep their socks up! In later years ‘suspenders’ meant slender lacy things to keep a lady’s stockings up….
            ‘Course we would have to look up his trousers to verify the latter……
            Naaah! 😖

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            • Heck, don’t be sorry … I like the word ‘braces’ much better than suspenders anyway and I’ve started using it myself! The word, not the braces, although it was suggested to me recently when I put my cell phone in my pocket and my jeans slid down to my knees, that I should consider investing in a pair of braces. 😲

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                • 😳 As always, you have given me my first good laugh of the day!!! You guys do have a way with words! I imagine one can turn that the other way, too, and say ooh err Mister? I will never forget the first time someone said to me in an email that he was going out to get some ‘fags’ and I nearly fell out of my chair, for you know what that means over on this side of the pond! 😀 So, thanks for the explanation, ducks! Some days one would never know that we all speak the same language, eh? 🤓

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                  • Oh the words which change cross-‘lantic’
                    A girl I worked with said she stopped a party in New York by saying she was ‘dying for a fag’
                    One lad I knew said he had to do some very swift talking when without thinking he casually said to a girl ‘How’s tricks?’….luckily a pronounced version of one of the British accents helped!
                    Now in the US to say someone is a ‘tool’ suggests they are compliant and servile.
                    In the UK it means…….
                    Quite something else, though equally insulting.
                    My dad told me there was a pamphlet distributed in WWII on advice to watch out for American deserters pretending to be British. Eg: Americans used to word ‘Radio’ and not ‘Wireless’ or
                    ‘Mail’ instead of ‘Post’

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                    • I had to go in search of your definition of ‘tool’ … found it. ‘Nuff said! Just tonight I learned another new one … baps. I asked what baps are, was informed they are the bread one uses for a burger or sandwich, then I said that we call them buns over here. But then, we also use buns in the same way you guys use bum. It all gets very confusing! 🤓

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