Good afternoon, friends! I am working on a post that involves a great deal of research, and I had hoped to complete it for this afternoon, but have not. So, instead I am bringing you my take on a few of the snippets in this morning’s news, but I warn you that I am in full-on snarky mode today, so don’t expect much kindness toward certain unsavory elements in Washington at the moment.
Better polish that résumé, Mr. B …
Last month, Jim Bridenstine was confirmed by the Senate to be the new administrator of NASA. Most of us were not thrilled by Trump’s nomination of Bridenstine, for he did not seem to have a single qualification for the job. He had no science background, and his relevant experience was limited to having managed an Air and Space museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And while he agreed that humans may have played some role in climate change, he did not believe they were the major contributor, which was likely Trump’s main reason for choosing him. Even some members of the Republican Party voiced concerns. But, as we all know, if Trump wants it, the bootlickers will do their best to give it to him, and so Bridenstine was confirmed.
Now, I’m betting that Mr. B will not have his job for long, and I’m almost sad about that. Why? Because yesterday he made the following statement:
“The National Climate Assessment, that includes NASA, and it includes the Department of Energy, and it includes NOAA, has clearly stated it is extremely likely, is the language they use, that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming, and I have no reason to doubt the science that comes from that.”
WHOA!!! A Trump pick has gone against one of Trump’s ten commandments. Will he survive? I doubt it. Too bad, for the man seems to actually have a conscience and some guts. I wish him luck in his next endeavour.
Ho-hum … more BREAKING NEWS …
The big “BREAKING NEWS” of the day is that Trump has canceled the summit with Kim Jong-un that was allegedly scheduled for next month. Ho-hum. No big news there … the summit was never going to happen. Kim had already indicated that it was unlikely, and Trump, predictably, couldn’t let Kim be the one to cancel, so he did it himself. There were reasons, or excuses … yada yada yada … but I predicted way back in the beginning that it would never happen. Frankly, it’s probably for the best, as neither man has the maturity to craft any sort of reasonable compromise. Unfortunately, it also means we will go back to the name-calling and threat of ‘button-pushing’ from last year, and the world will feel a bit less safe. Happily, it means Trump can stop envisioning that Nobel Peace prize.
Does he really not understand, or is he deliberately obtuse?
Trump doesn’t seem to understand English. He certainly doesn’t speak it well, never quite managing to string a sentence together that makes sense, but his comprehension is not good either. Yesterday, James Clapper appeared on The View, and was asked:
BEHAR: “So I ask you, was the FBI spying on Trump’s campaign?”
CLAPPER: “No, they were not.”
Okay, that seems a fairly straightforward answer, don’t you think? So Trump’s response?
“Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign. Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. SPYGATE – a terrible thing!” — 8:21 AM – May 24, 2018
I think the problem came in when Clapper went on to explain that the FBI was gathering information about what the Russians were doing. Perhaps he should have just stopped at “No, they were not”, rather than elaborating. Trump seems to understand very short, direct sentences, but gets confused if too many words are used.
Trump vs the NFL …I can sum this one up in two words: they caved. Yes, the NFL, or at least one team owner, admits that the reason for their ban on player protests of kneeling rather than standing during the anthem was due, at least in part, to pressure from Trump. According to an article this morning in NBC Sports …
“Asked if Trump came up in their discussion, Packers president Mark Murphy replied with a laugh: “Oh yeah. It was more how [Trump] might react, anticipating that. Also, how the fans will react, how the media will react. That’s what we tried to think through. . . . No matter what we did, [Trump] would probably try to get involved one way or the other—either criticizing us or taking credit for the change.””
Though I’m not a sports enthusiast, I recognize that it is entertainment, intended to be FUN. When politics enters the arena, it ceases to be fun. Now for Trump’s response to the NFL announcement yesterday …
“You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, and the NFL owners have done the right thing, if that’s what they’ve done.”
Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country? Seriously? Well, maybe I shouldn’t be either, for I would gladly take a knee if I heard the anthem played at this point. Though, I find it difficult to get back up and might need a hand …
So there you have it, folks … Filosofa’s snippets for the afternoon. Have a great rest-of-the-day!