Snippets, Snippets, I Got Snippets!

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 …

bridenstine-nasaLast 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 …

trump-kimThe 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?

clapper-beharTrump 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 …NFLI 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!

38 thoughts on “Snippets, Snippets, I Got Snippets!

  1. A worthy collection of snippets Jill…..
    Oh my we really are into the Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four aren’t we?
    So someone says ‘We did not’
    And the president says that based on the statement they did……
    You’ll have a National Office for Truth next……

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  2. MR Trump is looking a bit worn and shell-shocked ; well he wanted the job and it’s not as easy as he figured. He did say Kim Jong – un was starving his people and some were dying as a result but he holds the nuclear issue to be more important than this or he would lift the sanctions then the population could take a leaf from Kim’s book and fatten up. Mind you Mr Trump is no friend of the poor in America squeezing them as much as he dare.

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    • You got it right! People are starving in the U.S., in DPRK, in Iran … but Trump only cares about winning, about making a name for himself. I think it is a good thing, actually, that the summit was canceled, for I had serious concerns from the beginning that Trump and Kim together was a recipe for disaster. Add in Bolton and Pompeo? What could possibly go wrong, eh? Unfortunately, we will likely soon be back to the calling of names such as ‘little rocket man’, and ‘dotard’. Sigh.


  3. Dear Jill,

    I took off for only a couple of days, but the snippets cover the highlights.

    For me, the president choking on N Korea is a good thing. But here’s the rest of the story. Someone at FOX TV dared to tell the truth by saying that the so called “Art of the Deal” negotiator got played by China on the trade deal. He/ USA would have been better off with TPP. The president was furious. From here he was easy pickings for the likes of his war monger-in-chief John Bolton.

    I am believing that the President’s NFL kneeling fetish is a form of racism to where I am sick that the NFL owners caved into him. Doesn’t the NFL realize how this lands with 80% of the players. In addition, there are a lot of fans who are not right wingers who will now be upset that these players are blocked from respectfully protesting by kneeling as per the 1st amendment.

    The latest conspiracy theory (spy-gate) as invented by GOP to salvage the president ended up being a DUD but only after a FBI informant was outed. This is so NOT NORMAL.

    Jim Bridenstine who is acting in a normal sane way won’t last long.


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    • I’m with you … I think nothing good was likely to come out of the summit — in Trump’s eyes it was more or less another ‘photo op’, another feather in his cap, but I fear it would have ended in disaster with those two personas. I am not surprised … I have heard rumblings that China is playing him like a fiddle.

      I suspect that, since the owners did NOT consult with the players association, there may be some re-negotiation before the season begins. And yes, many fans are NOT happy, so again, they may have to step it back a bit. Short of that, I hope all the players rebel by staying in the locker room … ALL of them!

      This is not normal has been the mantra for 16 months now … and I am to the point that I am beginning to wonder if we will see a return to what we once thought of as normal. It just keeps on getting worse, and I don’t know how much more we can take before this country simply declares war on itself!


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  4. Jill, I love your snippets. I think the NFL leaders reference to Trump is like avoiding discussions at Thansgiving that will get the crazy uncle going. Per the crazy uncle, staying in the locker room is grounds for being kicked out of the country, but dishonoring the office of the Presidency and our country by lying, demeaning, denigrating and bullying Americans, allies and trading partners is patriotic?

    As for climate change, it is good to see some reason from a member of Trump’s team. I am sure he will be admonished. By the way, a new term we will need to get used to is “sunny day flooding” which defines the increasing number of days coastal cities are being flooded at high tide. Miami, Charleston, New Orleans, Hamton Roads et al are all seeing greater numbers of these days.

    Thanks for doing this, Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! Some days it’s just easier to do a little bit about a bunch of things than one major post, y’know? Yes, it is a hypocrisy that he thinks the players, peacefully taking a knee to protest systemic racism is unpatriotic and they should be booted from the country, when he is on a clear course to demolish the country within four years.

      Sunny day flooding … that’s a new one on my, but I’m not at all surprised. I think there will be a lot of new phenomena we will be seeing before long as regards climate, food production, water, etc.


      • Jill, I am likely to remember this wrong, but I believe I read some coastal cities will have more sunny day flooding days than not by 2035. Dade and the three surrounding counties are spending $200 million to address the ocean coming up through street drains in metro Miami. I remember Al Gore in “An Inconvenient Sequel” standing with the Miami Beach mayor in one of these sunny day floodings. The mayor said Governor Scott does not want to talk about this flooding. That is pretty short sighted given Florida is surrounded by water on three sides. But, what do I know? Keith

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        • Right, Gov Scott … let’s just not talk about it, keep our rose-coloured glasses on, and maybe it will all go away soon. The whole problem with climate change, after all, is that people keep talking about it. It is, after all, so inconvenient to have to keep discussing it, and doing all those silly things like recycling, turning down the thermostat … let’s just ignore it and all will be well! Y’know, I hope his home and Mar-a-Lago are the first to tumble into the Atlantic!


  5. Heck, a real, genuine convert to climate change data and he was appointed by Trump. Mind you it could just be his instructions weren’t very clear. Whatever the reason it seems likely he’ll be signing for unemployment soon.

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  6. Any sort of conscience is grounds for immediate dismissal in Trump’s world. I echo your wishes to Mr. Bridenstine, his career at NASA is now doomed. Good Grief, whatever will be done with those commemorative coins?! Could anyone suggest a place to stuff them? Spygate and a Witch Hunt and fake news…is there no end to the horrors this man endures, or invents? The NFL owners are a sorry lot, protecting their overflowing pockets instead of the players that help to fill them. It seems to me that they and Trump need to listen and actually hear the words in the national anthem. Thank-you!

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    • Attention : Do not despair, those who care…I read on Vox that you can still purchase a commemorative coin for the discounted price of $19.95. A Steal, as it was originally $24.95.

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    • Indeed, I believe I know of just the place to stuff those useless commemorative coins … and I’m pretty sure it is big enough to hold them all! Would you care to join me in the ‘stuffing’ process??? 🙂
      HAH! Trump & Co wouldn’t understand the words if they did bother to listen.
      Say “hi” to Benjamin for me!


  7. It cracks me up! Humans in the guise of industrialists, are responsible for major pollutions of our planet. Yet CO2 is not responsible for climate change. CO2 levels follow warming and cooling, not driving. Take a look at the graphs? Al and Tipper Gore have made millions from the notion. “WE” are not, either. The royal “we”. Is always used. Like “we” had a choice. Cheers Jamie
    BTW Tipper Gore was once pushing for commercial recordings to be rated like movies. That went over like the proverbial lead balloon. Didn’t it …? J.

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