Today I am running short on time and short on patience, so I decided to humour myself by indulging in a bit of snarkiness to start your weekend!
Pruitt Out, Wheeler In …
I let out a WHOOP when I saw the news banner cross my screen, then just a few seconds later heard the ‘knock, knock, knock’ on my cell phone that indicates breaking news from The Washington Post. The news? Scott Pruitt was out … O.U.T. … at the EPA. I quickly posted the story on my Facebook page, sent Herb a quick message, then sat back to read the whole story and … gloat … only … wait …
My ‘whoop’ turned sour. Turns out, we may be even worse off than before! My joy dims …
The agency’s deputy administrator, Andrew Wheeler, will be temporarily filling Pruitt’s position, and may end up being Trump’s nominee to fill the position permanently. Wheeler has a few ‘claims to fame’, but perhaps two bother me the most:
He was a top aide to Senator Jim Inhofe (you will remember that he is the one who earned the honour of being my first and so far, only Idiot of the Week). And … this is the most concerning … he was a lobbyist for Murray Coal Company, one of the most corrupt in the industry.
Wheeler is said to be every bit as determined as Pruitt was to follow a path of deregulation of environmental regulations. Environmental groups say they fear Wheeler even more than they did Pruitt! “Wheeler is much smarter and will try to keep his efforts under the radar in implementing Trump’s destructive agenda,” said Jeremy Symons, vice president for political affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund. “That should scare anyone who breathes.”
They Can’t Find The Kids …
On Tuesday, 26 June, US District Court Judge Dana Sabraw ordered that the migrant children who had been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border be returned to their parents quickly. Children under the age of 5 were to be returned within 14 days, and older children within 30 days.
Now, just 4 days before the first deadline, the Trump administration is asking for an unspecified extension of time, saying that the tight timeline is putting them at risk of violating their “statutory obligations to ensure the safety of children before transferring them out of HHS custody.”
Translation: We do not know where all the children are, did not engage in good record-keeping when we removed the 3,000 children, and do not know which child belongs to which parent.
They claim they are using DNA testing to match children to parents, saying …
“Given the possibility of false claims of parentage, confirming parentage is critical to ensure that children are returned to their parents, not to potential traffickers.”
The other reason they give is that they are running criminal background checks on all the parents in order to ensure they are not returning the child into the hands of a criminal. Again … Bullpoop!
The Justice Department under Jeff Sessions has said that if the judge wished, they could prepare an alternative timeline. They are to have a phone conversation this afternoon with Judge Sabraw. I hope the judge stands his ground, even though it is highly unlikely that the tangled web ICE has woven will be straightened out by the first deadline, next Tuesday. But if the judge does not relent, and the government does not comply, watch the lawsuits start to fly! Personally, I hope they do. This entire thing is unconscionable and should have already been grounds for the impeachment of the man who came up with the idea.
The Coward Heads Abroad …
Next Thursday, Trump heads to the UK for a few days before heading to Brussels for the NATO summit. I wish he weren’t going to either, for he will certainly shame, humiliate, and embarrass us again, and I have a number of friends in the UK. But he will not be spending much time in London. Why? Because there are mass protests scheduled, and little Donnie is scared.
The citizens of the UK do not want Trump anywhere near their nation, and frankly I don’t blame them. I doubt very much that Ms. May or the Queen want him, either, but they have this diplomatic duty thing to consider. But seriously … Trump should feel honoured, for the Londoners have even made a special tribute to Trump — a blimp in his image! What could be more fitting? Take a look for yourself …The best we can hope for in this trip is that we not end up in a war with our friends in the UK. I’m fairly certain he won’t treat them any better than he has treated our Canadian friends, and I am apologizing in advance to my UK friends for the abomination that is about to be unleashed upon your nation.
And that ends today’s snippets, folks. I must now go mop floors and start chopping veggies for Pasta Primavera tonight! Have a great weekend!!!