As I write this on Thursday night, I am in a foul humour. Everything in the news annoys and there is seemingly no such thing as ‘good’ news this week. And so, here is my roundup of Snarky Snippets with a bit more snark than usual.
The Ultimate Hypocrisy …
Wednesday, 20 June was World Refugee Day, an international event designed to draw attention to the global refugee crisis. There could be no possible appropriate response by the United States, under the current circumstances, and silence would have been the best option. But this is the era of Trump and silence is never an option, so Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued the following statement … a study in hypocrisy …
It is one thing to be a bastard, another to keep reminding the world.
The Party’s Over …
The annual Congressional picnic was scheduled for yesterday on the White House lawn. It was cancelled, just one day prior, by none other than Donald Trump who said it, “just didn’t feel right.” Wait … he feels? Anything? Whoa … could’a fooled me! Anyway, of course there was some other reason. The first thought was that he was paying back those who essentially forced his hand and made him sign an executive order promising to stop abusing children by separating them from their parents at our southern border. And that may well be part of it, but there’s more.
Then some speculated that he was punishing Congress for not coming to a vote on an immigration bill that would also provide him with $25 billion to fund his ignoble wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. And that, too, may be a part of it, but there’s more.
As taxpayers, you might want to note that the chairs and other amenities such as portaloos had already been paid for and delivered. Steaks and other meats had already been purchased (yeah, you paid for them) and even pre-cooked. I suppose the White House staff will eat well for the next few days, eh?
“I was just walking over to the Oval Office and I said, you know, it doesn’t feel right to have a picnic for Congress when we’re working on doing something very important. It didn’t feel exactly right to me. We’ll make it another time when things are going extremely well.” (After you’re out of office, then?)
PAH!!! It feels okay to him to denigrate our friends, to impose unreasonable and unnecessary tariffs that will hurt global economies? It feels fine to him to have elicit affairs while he wife just gave birth to his son? It feels right to him to abuse some 2,000 children seeking asylum with their parents? And it felt right to him to attend a high-dollar fund raiser at his Washington hotel the same night? He actually has a conscience??? I think not. The real reason Donald Trump canceled the annual Congressional picnic yesterday was …
… they told him he had to bring the potato salad!
Yesterday, Melania Trump traveled to the U.S.-Mexican border to tour a facility where detained immigrant children are being held hostage by the U.S. government. Now, much could be said here, but … what is the biggest talking point? Melania’s bloomin’ jacket!!! That’s right, folks, it matters more what she wears than what she says, does or thinks. Well, since it’s doubtful that she thinks very much, scratch that one.
In truth, though, her jacket was a slap in the face … to the children she went to ‘visit’, to the immigrants seeking asylum in this nation, and to every concerned citizen in this nation. Her jacket, a hooded green army jacket with white lettering on the back that reads “I REALLY DON’T CARE DO U?”, was beyond inappropriate. It was ridiculous, it was abominable, and yes, it was very much a slap in the face. There was a time I pitied Melania, felt sorry for her having to be married to a narcissist like Donald Trump, even though she deserves whatever anguish he puts her through, since she married him for money and citizenship. But all bets are off, and I now think that Melania is every bit as selfish, narcissistic and uncaring as her husband. Too bad she didn’t just stay in bed and watch t.v. all day, for her ’visit’ was further proof that humanitarian values do not exist in the White House today. No word on the actual visit. Nice job, Melania. I want Michelle Obama back!!!!!!!
Oh … And About That Tax ‘Cut’ …
Good news, folks! You won’t have to worry about what to do with those extra few dollars on your paycheck as a result of Trump’s ‘donor tax cut’ last December! It has been taken out of your hands. The average cost of fuel at the pump has increased by 20%, from $2.41 to $2.90. Oh … and by the way, your health insurance premiums are going up, too. And … um … with the new tariffs, expect to pay more for many things from fresh produce to beer and Canadian whiskey, thanks to Trump’s tariffs. And … in the market for a new car? Well, there goes your tax cut for the next 30 years or so.
Filosofa sends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of long-term Washington Post writer Charles Krauthammer who died yesterday from a year-long battle with cancer. He was a conservative, but one of the good guys and he will be missed.
Well, now that I have managed to completely send your mood into a downward spiral, I am going to bed. Have a great day, everyone!