More of Filosofa’s Snarky Snippets

Having just concluded a rant that has left me with a terrible headache, I am going with some bits ‘n pieces from last night’s news.

👍👍 Thumbs up to New York Times

Thumbs up to the New York Times for refusing to publish government handout pictures.  Reporters have not been allowed in to the makeshift shelters and detention centers where the 2,000 children separated from their parents are being held.  Instead, the government provided pictures for news agencies to use, but the New York Times refuses to publish them.  I applaud their integrity!  There was a time I might have trusted the government, but not today.

Oh, and on this topic …Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), told a group of reporters yesterday that the separation of children from their parents at the border does not constitute abuse because …

“We have high standards. We give them meals. We give them education. We give them medical care. There is videos. There is TVs. I’ve been visited the detention centers myself. That would be my answer to that question.”

Sheesh … the woman cannot even speak proper English!  Videos and television, so … no abuse.

Beware those space aliens!!!

Yesterday, Trump announced that he would direct the Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the armed forces dedicated to protecting American interests in outer space.  I thought for certain this had to be a joke, but nope.  According to the New York Times …

“During a speech at a meeting of the National Space Council, Mr. Trump announced plans to protect American interests in space through monitoring commercial traffic and debris, initiatives he said would be “great not only in terms of jobs and everything else, it’s great for the psyche of our country.”

Minutes later, the president zeroed in on Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and tasked him with the undertaking of creating another branch of the military.

“General Dunford, if you would carry that assignment out, I would be very greatly honored,” Mr. Trump said from the podium, after searching for him in the crowd.

“We got it,” the general replied.”

aarghYour tax dollars hard at work, folks, monitoring space junk!  Good for the psyche of the nation??? How so?  Can somebody please ‘splain this one to me? Lawmakers and even some members of Trump’s administration appear to be troubled, cautioning that the action could create unnecessary bureaucratic responsibilities for a military already burdened by conflicts.  Y’think?

What the … ???

On Sunday, The Washington Post published a story about a previously undisclosed May 2016 meeting between Roger Stone and a Russian national who promised political dirt about Hillary Clinton.  Apparently Donald Trump didn’t take the news too well, and used it as an opportunity to double down on his personal vendetta against Jeff Bezos and The Post. trump-tweetThere is little doubt in the minds of the sane that this is just another strike against Bezos, a response to The Post’s coverage of Trump that is not rosy and glowing, as Trump would like.  👍👍 to Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post … keep up the good work!

👍👍 to the State of Hawaii …

It’s nice to be able to deliver some thumbs-up for a change!  The State of Hawaii just became the first state in the union to ban pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, the pesticide that has been linked to adverse side effects in humans, including debilitating neurological and developmental maladies.  This in the face of Scott Pruitt, who has gone to elaborate lengths to protect the manufacturers of chlorpyrifos, which is harmful to children and farm workers.

Last Wednesday, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed the bill into law, a law which also bars the spraying of any pesticide within 100 feet of schools during normal hours of attendance.

Now, I bet you’re wondering who manufactures this lethal chemical, aren’t you?  Well, of course it is none other than chemical giant Dow Chemical.  That would be the same Dow Chemical that gave a cool $1 million to Donald Trump’s inauguration and did not want chlorpyrifos to be banned.  Shortly after the inauguration, Scottie Pruitt of the EPA announced that he would not follow the recommendation of the agency’s own scientists to ban the use of chlorpyrifos.

And now?  Now Dow Chemical has a new request.  Dow sent letters to three of Trump’s cabinet heads asking them to ignore government studies regarding the harmful effects of a group of pesticides on endangered species.  They want to bury a scientific study.  I wonder … how many lives, human and animal, can $1 million buy?  Draining the swamp?  I think not.

I sincerely hope to see other states follow Hawaii’s lead and place human life above politics and greed.

U.S. vs Human Rights …

I just saw that at 5:00 this evening, Nikki Haley and Mike Pompeo will announce the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council.  This, in my opinion, is a black day in the history of this nation.  I may have more to say about it later, but as yet haven’t had time to fully process the information.  I am appalled, but then I think that we are in violation of human rights in more ways than one, so I suppose that to remain in the council would be hypocrisy.  😞

Well, that’s all for today, folks.  I haven’t run out of either snark or snippets, but have run out of time and energy.  Have a great evening!

20 thoughts on “More of Filosofa’s Snarky Snippets

  1. Dear Jill,

    Kirstjen Nielsen will now forever be known as Cruella de Vil of the migrant children. She deserves this ugly description. I read something about her being chased out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington D.C.

    The NY Times was right not to post the Government pictures which could not be verified as authentic. Unfortunately, this government under President Trump’s administration cannot be trusted.

    Our tax dollars are going for the creation of another military division which sounds as necessary as his US southern border wall. Can we ask for our tax dollars back for this foolish spending which includes the EPA Scott Pruitt extravagances. The chemical companies ought to pay for his excesses as they are the ones benefiting from his remaining in power.

    Human rights is obviously no longer a US priority. My, how low can the US sink under President Trump?

    Hugs, Gronda


  2. I think that there is plenty garbage in Washington, D.C. that needs to be removed before they start worrying about whatever is floating around in outer space. Why not start worrying more about our polluted country, that Pruitt and Dow are continuing to destroy. I suggest Kirstjen Nielsen spend the weekend at one Of Trump’s detention centers. I’m sure that the meals, videos and TV would be up to her high standards. The education might be beneficial to her too. Withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council…no surprise, it doesn’t fit with the Trump agenda. Well done Governor Ige of Hawaii, we need more like you! If I weren’t already a reader of the New York Times, I would begin at once. Thank-you, I love your snarkiness!


  3. How did Ms Nielsen get into the detention centre when no one else could. After all, she is only a political appointee. The senator from the northwest, he is her (legal in having been elected to his post) boss. Why couldn’t he get in?


  4. At the end of their term of office (or before) There”ll be a rush of Government ministers wanting to live abroad. The likes of Mike Pompeo or Nikki Haley who sold away the right to life of the American population to groups like Dow Chemical and Monsanto who manufacture lethal chemicals.South America has had to live with Monsanto for a few years since bans were put in place during the last administration but you can bet they’re back playing in their old back yard with friends at the top these days. The Trump’s themselves may well be heading to live in Sochi on the Black Sea if they’re not indicted for treason first.

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    • Hah … I think it would serve them all right if the only nation that would have them were Afghanistan … or Iraq, Iran, Syria … they need to see how the majority on this earth actually live. Sadly, it is more likely to be the good people who care about humanity who flee the U.S., leaving it to those who have more money than sense. I am asking myself tonight if the whole world has gone off it’s rocker? Tonight, the U.S. is as guilty as any other nation of violating human rights, of crimes against humanity.
      xxx Cwtch xxx


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