Our friend, Eschudel, suggested after my last ‘snippets’ post that ‘Snarky Snippets’ might be a fitting title when I write a compilation of bits ‘n pieces. Another friend, John, seconded the motion, and since I liked it too, these posts will from now on be called just that! Thank you Emily and John – there will be a little something extra in your Christmas stockings this year!
Today, I am working on the next stage of our ‘listening and understanding the other side’ project … I really need to come up with a name for it … with Lisa Jensen, and I have to go out in a bit and run some errands, so I am in a bit of a time crunch. A few worthy things in the news caught my eye this morning, so I shall take advantage of this opportunity to write another Snarky Snippets post!
The headline in Politico read:
Week 53: Trump Goes Spy Hunting and Gets Skunked
Even some of his staunchest supporters couldn’t manage to applaud his performance.
By JACK SHAFER May 26, 2018
“Master table-turner Donald Trump is at it again, spinning the latest damning news from the Russia investigation and flinging it back at his critics to make him look like a victim, not a perp.
This week’s twirl of the table had Trump spinning his interpretive energies into “SPYGATE,” his racy label for the alleged “Criminal Deep State” conspiracy against him. Why call it Spygate? Trump, who lives for catchy buzz-phrases and slogans, told an ally he wanted “to brand” the informant as a spy, and that such language would leave a more lasting impression on the media and public.”
Now, personally I am finding this whole “spygate” thing tedious, ridiculous and beneath the dignity of any politician, let alone one who occupies the Oval Office. But to the point here … we, my friends, are being played. We sensed it all along, but this is the proof. He chooses his words and phrases for maximum impact. Even though he angers the majority of us, it does not matter, for we remember, we notice, we comment, and the media keeps the story alive – that is all he really wants.
It would be wonderful if I could propose, as I have before, a moratorium on everything Trump. If the media could go, say, a full week without so much as a mention of his name, and if those of us who write these sorts of blogs could write about, say, horse-racing, flowers, art and gnomes for a week, without mention of DT, life would be better. But it won’t happen, can’t happen, and there are some very good reasons why it shouldn’t happen. Just be aware, though, that he is playing us for fools – let us not prove him right.
Conway vs Conway
It would appear that George Conway, wife husband of Trump’s main boot-licker Kellyanne Conway, does not agree with his wife’s boss’s politics. Gee … might it be he has a functioning brain, unlike his wife?
As far back as last June, Conway began tweeting tweets that were less than complimentary to Trump, things like this:Mild, in my book, but it raised eyebrows among Kellyanne’s co-workers, and likely Trump himself. After that, it is said, he became a Twitter star. I wish I had known, for most have since been deleted and I haven’t time to dig around the ‘net for archived copies. But he hasn’t stopped there, according to Business Insider. Two writers of political commentary say that they occasionally receive emails from Mr. Conway with suggestions on how to strengthen their anti-Trump arguments.
Early in the Trump administration, Mr. Conway was offered positions in the Trump White House, first as Solicitor General, and then as the head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. He turned both down – probably a good thing.
You have to wonder how this affects their home life, since Kellyanne seems to have been programmed to nod and agree with everything Trump, and hubby is leaning more and more anti-Trump. Do I hear divorce lawyers salivating?
Harvey Weinstein was finally arrested yesterday, some seven months after he was accused of sexually harassing, assaulting, or raping more than a dozen women last October. Weinstein was led in handcuffs past a gantlet of photographers on Friday as he appeared in court to face charges that he had raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex. But look at this picture, folks …Don’t you just want to slap that smile right off his ugly mug? Since October, I have hoped to see him spend the rest of his days in prison, but now I am even more hopeful of that outcome. To smile … that smug little smile … they should tie him to a stake in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard and let women come throw eggs, rotten tomatoes or just spit on his face!
No, not a cruel bone in my body … 😈
After stating the charges, the prosecutor, Joan Illuzzi added that the inquiry had shown “that this defendant used his money, power and position to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually.” She also noted that the investigation is still ongoing. Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said Weinstein intends to plead “not guilty”. Seriously??? Weinstein was released on $1 million bail after only a few minutes in the courtroom.
And I end with a cartoon or two to bring you a smile … or more likely an eye roll. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks!