Afternoon Snarky Snippets …

Call it mind-bounce, call it angst, call it fed-up-with-Trump syndrome … whatever it is, it is interfering with my ability to settle in on a single topic today, so I decided to vent on a few topics.  Sometimes getting some of the detritus out of the way helps me focus.

First, the good news …

Eight of the boys who have been trapped in a cave in Thailand since June 23rd have been brought out to safety!  Four boys and the coach remain in the flooded cave and it is hoped that they can be rescued tomorrow.  The boys are being kept in quarantine in a hospital to ensure they haven’t picked up any diseases.  rescueI am disturbed, however, by the fact that they have not yet been allowed to see their parents.  It seems unnecessarily cruel to both the children and the parents, and the parents do not even know which boys have been rescued and which remain in the cave. Psychologists already anticipate that the boys are likely to suffer from short-term psychological symptoms.  I am not a psychologist, but just from the standpoint of a human and a parent, it seems that the most important thing at this point would be reuniting the boys with their parents, letting them feel secure in the embrace of their moms and dads.  But what do I know, right?

Anyway, I am thrilled that the eight boys so far have been rescued and seem to be in good health overall, and hope that the other four and the coach will be brought to safety tomorrow.

Scott Pruitt – one final bootlicking …

As we all know by now, Scott Pruitt resigned his position as head of the Environmental Protection Agency last week amid numerous major scandals.  His resignation letter is something to behold, a true work of … I don’t even know the word for it.  Here, in all its glory, is the letter, with my snarky remarkys in blue

“Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration. Your courage (you have GOT to be kidding!!!), steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people, both with regard to improved environmental outcomes (define ‘improved’, please?) as well as historical regulatory reform (reform = destruction), is in fact occurring at an unprecedented pace and I thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.

That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing (define ‘blessing’?) to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us (Awwwww, pobrecito).

My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God’s providence (spare me the bullpoop!!!). I believe that same providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to.”

PruittDoes anybody else feel ill?  You may notice that he didn’t even mention any of the scandals surrounding him?  Happily, the 14 or so investigations of ethics violations will continue and he remains under the gun.  If it is found that he is guilty of ethics violations, it will be up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to decide whether to prosecute.  Anybody want to guess how that is likely to go?

Even his friends don’t like the tariffs …

Even some of Trump’s closest allies in Congress are unhappy about the trade tariffs he unleashed last month.  Senator Orrin Hatch, a close ally of Trump’s, reportedly said of the tariffs, “I’d like to kill ’em.”  Republican senators say they can’t get the president to comprehend that his tariffs offensive could upend the mid-term elections. Commodity prices in the heartland are sagging, U.S. allies are retaliating with tariffs of their own — and GOP leaders are fretting that the booming economy is about to go into a pre-midterms nosedive.

My response to all that is, “you reap what you sow”.  The republicans in Congress have blindly followed and supported Donald Trump through some of the most abhorrent decisions ever made by a U.S. president.  They have shoved aside their constituents in favour of the upper echelons that Trump so loves.  And so, when it comes home to roost, when the voters in their states finally say “ENOUGH!!!”, I will have not one shred of empathy for these jerks.

The games people play …

Paul Manafort’s trial is scheduled to begin later this month.  Any bets as to whether it will or not?  Thus far, Manafort has asked for a delay and a change of venue.  Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman and a subject of Robert Mueller’s investigation, since he has close and proven ties to a number of Russians, is accused of both bank and tax fraud.

Paul Manafort.In requesting the move and the delay, Manafort’s attorneys cited intense negative publicity surrounding his prosecution by special counsel Robert Mueller. Yes, well???  You play, you pay … eventually.  I am ready for somebody … anybody … to start facing the consequences of this huge criminal scandal that handed the 2016 election to the least qualified candidate imaginable.  I suspect that once the first one falls, the rest will follow.  We may need to build a new federal penitentiary to hold them all!  Frankly, I will be doing the Snoopy Happy Dance in the middle of the street!

And thus concludes my mini-rants for today.  I shall now go clean a bathroom or two and think about preparing supper later on … lemon-chicken, broccoli and wild rice is on the docket for tonight, and I will be teaching Miss Goose how to make the chicken.  Perhaps someday she can fix supper and I can take a nap!  Have a great evening, friends!

10 thoughts on “Afternoon Snarky Snippets …

  1. Jill, seeing Pruitt’s words reminds me of the televised Cabinet meeting of sycophants where everyone but Jim Mattis took time to gush over the emperor with no clothes. One word that does not come to mind in defining Trump is genius. Shrewd marketer, yes, but he is an awful manager and student. Keith

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    • Oh yes, I remember that bit of boot-licking quite well. I didn’t watch it on tv, but read the transcript and then, as I am apparently a glutton for self-punishment, found a clip on the internet and watched it. blech. No, ‘genius’ is definitely not one of the many adjectives I would use to describe Trump.

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  2. Gronda completely covered the reasons for the quarantines on the rescued boys. Speaking as a nurse, albeit retired, they are extremely legitimate and necessary measures for all concerned. When I read Scott Pruitt’s resignation letter on the day he resigned, I was unaware that there was pressure applied on him to resign. Pruitt did not want to resign, so why this vomit inducing letter? The entire letter is the product of a deluded mind, completely out of touch with reality…except his own! Trump started this Tariff War and why would he not have expected exactly what is happening? Kind of a Newton’ third law “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Expecting this GOP Congress to do anything meaningful reminds me of a quote from dear old Milton Berle : “You can lead a man to congress, but you can’t make him think.” The Manafort trial, don’t hold your breath! YOU are a Ranter Extraordinaire! Thank-you!

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    • I didn’t know you were a nurse! So is my daughter, at least for the moment, though she’s burning out and hoping to switch into computer programming at some point. I was just commenting the same thing to Gronda, wondering why he was still kissing Trump’s patootie when he was asked for his resignation. Then, as I was typing it, a thought occurred to me … perhaps he is hoping that Trump will pardon him if he is indicted as a result of any of the ongoing investigations into his actions. Just a thought. I was listening to an interview with Stephen Miller last night and he kept gushing about Trump, called him a ‘genius’ at least 20 times inside of 12 minutes. How can these people day that without gagging??? And thank you for the compliment! Ranting is one of the few things I am a pro at! 😀


  3. Dear Jill,

    I love your mini-rants.

    I did some research as to why the parents can’t see the children fora bit. There is a reason that makes sense. The boys have been in an environment where they may have picked up diseases or something contagious which could do a lot of harm to others. Until medical personnel determine that this is not the case, those who interact with the children will be limited.

    As per 7/9/18 Telegraph report:

    “The families of Thai boys rescued after a harrowing two weeks trapped in a cave deep underground will be allowed to see them today, but will be told not to hug or kiss them until health checks are complete.”

    “Families of the four boys who were rescued on Sunday evening have not yet seen them since they were rushed to the Chiangrai Prachanukroh hospital, about 60 miles from the cave.”

    “The boys are said to be generally in good health but doctors are still evaluating whether they could have picked up any dangerous infections, such as the potentially lethal leptospirosis, while inside the damp cave for two weeks.”

    “Chiang Rai health officials have told the Thai media that the families of the children can see them later tonight but “no hugging, no kissing” until their blood results are known.”

    “Medical workers’ first assessments will focus on the boys’ breathing, signs of hypothermia and an airborne lung infection known as ‘cave disease’ which is caused by bat and bird droppings and can be fatal if it is untreated and spreads to other parts of the body.”

    Who in this country doesn’t know about Paul Manafort’s situation. The defense team would have to have a venue in Timbuktu to get a jury of folks who are unaware of Mr. Manafort’s plight. What the defense is looking for is a venue with a more conservative population to pull jurists to serve.

    I want the trial to begin this July as this is when the public will get a full whiff of what had been occurring during the president’s campaign. This trial will counter the GOP’s talking point of “the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe being a Witch Hunt.”
    Now we know what it takes to please President Trump. EPA Scott Pruitt would have been ousted ages ago if he didn’t kiss up well.

    The tariffs will counter any economic short term improvement that the GOP lawmakers were counting on for the 2018 November elections based on their 2017 tax cuts..

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Thanks Gronda! Yes, I suppose that makes sense, but it seems so tragic that now, when these boys most need the reassurance of a hug from their mum, they are not allowed. And I cannot begin to imagine how difficult it is for the parents not to be able to grab their child and hold them tight. But yes, it makes sense.

      I fully agree that I want Manafort’s trial to proceed at the time and in the place it was originally scheduled. He deserves no special privileges. And I hope that he is a very, very old man when he comes back out from those prison gates.

      Pruitt’s letter sickened me … and surprised me, in a way, for he was, as I understand it, asked for his resignation, so why is he still singing Trump’s praises? Perhaps hoping for a pardon once he is indicted on charges of ethics violations and possibly more?

      The tariffs will indeed be a strike against the republicans in November, and the republicans know it! By then, I suspect the unemployment rate will be creeping up, price hikes will be becoming noticeable at the grocery, and the price of a new automobile, washer/dryer, stove or refrigerator will have increased. He has shot himself in the foot, and is too much of a fool to notice that his foot is beginning to bleed.


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  4. My decrepit old body will do a day long happy dance when the crooks are in jail. Have you read that Ivanka’s products are not covered in the tariff? Geeee, daddy, thank you. Dinner sounds great, I’m having beef and broccoli.

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    • Beef & broccoli sounds good too! Asian-style? Yes, I think many of us will be dancing in the streets, but then again, there may be some damn fools in the streets with guns putting a damper in our celebration. Yes, I heard that her products were not covered, but then I forgot to follow up on it. Thanks for the reminder!

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