♪ Snippets, Snippets, I Got Snippets ♪ …

I came across a few tidbits, or snippets yesterday that I thought were deserving of a mention.  So, I am mentioning them.  The first involves one of my favourite people to snark about, former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff Joe Arpaio!  Yep, folks ol’ Sheriff Joe is back in the news! He is reminiscent of that bad penny that just keeps turning up everywhere.  Or the paperclip that keeps turning up under my daughter’s desk and the vacuum finds it every bloomin’ time!

A Case of Hypocrisy?Arpaio-2You may remember that just a year ago, Sheriff Joe was convicted of Contempt of Court.  He never served a single hour of jail time, and then the month after his conviction, Donald Trump pardoned him.  Now, you might think, having dodged the bullet, so to speak, that ol’ Sheriff Joe would be thankful, cut his losses and slither silently back under the rock from whence he came, right?  Wrong.  Sheriff Joe is now running for the United States Senate, hoping to fill the seat that is being vacated by Jeff Flake.  But that isn’t what put him on Filosofa’s radar.  It was yesterday’s tweet that did it this time:arpaio tweetFirst, isn’t it ironic that the man who committed the crime and didn’t do so much as an hour’s time, can baldly make such a statement?  And second … those ‘tent cities’ were partly what got him in trouble in the first place, as he abused and mistreated his prisoners.  The good people of Arizona need to make damn sure that Mr. Arpaio does not win the election in November!

Sue!!!  Sue, sue, sue!!!

Okay, folks.  Donald Trump has been involved in nearly 6,000 lawsuits in his life, which equates to approximately 120 per year if he started suing and being sued at birth.  I’ve been involved in exactly one lawsuit in my entire life.  Anyway, apparently it is a trend, one of those things that … if something isn’t going quite the way you expected or wanted it to, why then … just sue somebody.  Things still won’t be going the way you expected or wished, but hey … at least you’ll have a bunch of money, right?

You all remember the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas last October?  The gunman, Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the window of a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the Las Vegas strip.  At the end of his shooting spree, 58 were left dead and 851 injured inside of a 15-minute period.  Stephen Paddock had not just one, but several semi-automatic weapons with bump stocks that allowed him to shoot at a rate similar to a fully automatic weapon.  But guns are not my point today.

MGM Resorts International, the hotel conglomerate that owns the Mandalay Bay, is suing more than 1,000 victims of the aforementioned massacre.  Stop just a minute now, and think about this.  The hotel where the gunman was a ‘guest’, and from where he perpetrated his heinous crime, is suing the dead and injured parties.  Huh?  Say what?  Why, you ask?

Because … some of the victims have filed a suit against MGM Resorts, a security firm hired to manage the festival, and other companies, alleging negligence.  A group of 450 victims filed the suit … that’s a bit less than the 1,000+ victims that MGM is suing, but they want to head any future lawsuits off at the pass, as well as putting the current ones to bed.

MGM is not seeking monetary damages from the victims, but is hoping a federal judge will dismiss any current or future lawsuits brought by victims against the company.  For the record, I think both lawsuits are wrong.  The guilty party was Mr. Paddock and he is dead.  The Mandalay Bay Hotel had no way to know what his intent was when he rented the room, so I see no reason for a lawsuit against MGM.  If I were among the victims and wanted to sue anybody, it would be the NRA for blocking all legislation that could have prevented this tragedy. Neither, however, do I see a reason for MGM to sue the victims … all of them.  It seems like pouring salt in the wound.  Frivolous lawsuits seem to be the trend of the day.  Not happy?  Fine, sue someone … you still won’t be happy, but you’ll have money.

The Blame Game Redux …

Donald Trump has attempted to blame nearly everyone for almost everything.  His favourite targets, though, have consistently remained Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.  It has become obvious to those of us who are not mesmerized by Trump’s pathological lies that he is guilty as hell in conspiring with Putin & Co to affect the outcome of the 2016 election.  While Trump is not, in this writer’s opinion, particularly intelligent, even he is surely able to see that the people of this country are no longer buying his tall tales.  So, of course, he has to find somebody to blame.  Eenie meenie miney mo … who shall it be this time?  President Obama drew the short straw on Monday!  SURPRISE!!!  Not.

Trump accused President Obama of rigging the ongoing Russia investigation against him and instructing FBI agent Peter Strzok to carry out the task. He pulled this theory from the dark recesses of either his mind or his posterior during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday night, after having made a mockery of the nation he is purported to represent, in Helsinki.  Best guess?  He needed to distract attention from his own disastrous behaviour.  His theory doesn’t even deserve more than these two paragraphs.

Paint the Plane???  WHY???A-F-1This is a picture of the plane the president and his entourage fly on, known as Air Force One.   You may remember that Trump has ordered two replacement jets from Boeing at a cost to us of $3.9 billion.  Okay, the old ones are … old … 28 years old, so I get needing new ones.  While the cost sounds exorbitant to me, I am no expert, and frankly the cost of a new pair of shoes sounds exorbitant to me.  I am cheap.

But look at the picture again.  Not a bad looking plane, eh?  But it is too tame for Donald Trump.  When he was in Scotland, killing time until he could meet with Putin in Helsinki, Trump did an interview with Jeff Glor of CBS News.

“I said, ‘I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?’ And we’re not. You know what colors we’re using? Take a guess. Red, white and blue.”

The colour change isn’t likely, I suppose, to add to the cost, but knowing Trump, it will be garish and ugly, for he seems to like garish and ugly.  I imagine he has to change the colours because the current schema was good enough for President Obama.  But here’s the real kicker … the new version is scheduled to be completed by 2024, but Trump has pushed for that date to be pushed up to 2021 so that he might have a chance to ride it.  HAH!!!  If he’s still around in 2021, I will eat my socks!!!

wash-windowsAnd that concludes today’s roundup of snippets.  My street is being paved today, and the noise is driving me nuts, so I think I will wash windows or something productive to take my mind off the noise.  Have a great evening, folks!


31 thoughts on “♪ Snippets, Snippets, I Got Snippets ♪ …

  1. Yes, I read only a few snippets of that interview and it raised my hackles, but I saw it as more of the same ‘ol, same ‘ol, with Trump’s minions spouting the party line and putting a spin on his words to attempt to make them sound viable. The danger is just that, though … we are so bombarded with “alternative facts” that we become inured to them and find ourselves shrugging our shoulders and saying, “ho hum”. Obviously, I fell into that trap with the Neilson interview and didn’t give it sufficient importance. Thanks for reminding me! Hugs!!!!

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  2. Dear Jill,

    I love your snippets. I would love to own a newspaper full of them. But I’m not as creative as you are. It would be a 2 page paper at the most. Sheriff Joe would be a one-liner, AZ a**hole is not worth a second thought. Wish him well in his old age at Sunny Farm Old Folks Home.

    The president would have the headline, “Young men, What you do not want to grow up to be. You would break your Mother’s heart. Being a rich a**hole is not all it is cracked up to be.”

    The airline would have a certain brown color to represent the thinking of the office holder in the White House which matches his description of the sh**hole countries he loves to trumpet.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Thank you, Gronda!!! I find writing Snarky Snippets is one of the easier posts to do … ‘snarky’ just comes naturally to me 😀

      You’re right about Sheriff Joe … I would love to see him in a rocking chair, dribble running down his chin, wearing an adult diaper. Actually, I’d prefer to see him in an orange prison jumpsuit, but I’ll settle for the old folks home.


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  3. MGM’s flood of raw sue-age seems to be getting a lot of publicity. I hope they get boycotted. I wouldn’t stay in one of their hotels if they’re going to treat shooting victims like that.

    If Trump were given free rein with Air Force One, he’d probably have a gold T painted on one side of the tail and a peeing hooker on the other. Or perhaps, as you say, have his smug and repellent fizzog emblazoned on the side. I’m surprised he hasn’t already had the White House jazzed up with a bunch of neon or something.

    I hope the paving noise has abated. I’ve had some kind of construction going on across the street from me for weeks now.

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    • I agree with you on MGM … this cannot possibly help their image. And you made me laugh with your vision of how he might paint Air Force One, especially the ‘peeing hooker’! 😀 Remember that we don’t know what remodeling he might have done on the inside of the White House! I’ve said before that when he moves out, I think we will have to just raze the building, for we will never get it disinfected … not enough Lysol in the world!

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      • Remember that we don’t know what remodeling he might have done on the inside of the White House!

        I’ve heard that Saddam Hussein had a solid-gold toilet — probably the ultimate in rich-person vulgarity. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Trump has one.

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  4. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” – Plato. He must have met Trump and Arpaio! By all means, paint the plane…that will surely “Make America Great Again”! And always remember these words to live by : Sue onto others, before they would sue onto you! Thank-you! P.S. I think that I may have out-snarked you!

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  5. You wrote: … the people of this country are no longer buying his tall tales.

    No, Jill. You are very, very wrong. There are THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of loyal MAGA Trump-pets who are TOTALLY buying his tall tales because they are certain — without a shadow of doubt — that every single word coming out of this orange orangutan’s mouth is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

    However, sane, logical-thinking, intelligent people are most definitely no longer buying his tall tales.

    One must make this very important and necessary distinction. 😀

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  6. Jill, I loved it today when in one of his variations on Russian meddling, Trump said Putin is responsible for anything in his country like Trump is. That made me laugh as Trump accepts no responsibility unless the news is good, even when he does not deserve it.

    He accepted responsibility for Martha Roby for her winning a runoff. What he fails to say is she was in a runoff as she said she could not support Trump for President after the Access Hollywood tapes. Keith

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    • Yes, I laugh at that, too! He takes credit fast enough when anything good happens … I keep waiting for him to claim credit for the rescue of those 12 boys in Thailand! But when the news isn’t good, even when it is 100% his fault, I envision him with a lottery-type wheel with “Obama” “Hillary” “democrats” “Comey” “Strzok” “Congress”, etc. and he spins the wheel to determine who will be blamed for the latest fiasco that he caused.

      The thing I dislike about Roby is she later turned back and made amends with Trump, and began supporting him in exchange for his endorsement. That bothers me.

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  7. Hello Jill. Just a thought on the painting of the plane. People don’t realize with large planes the color of the paint is very important due to the weight of the paint it self. Dark colors weigh more. That weight takes away from what the cargo weight can be and also will cost more in fuel. The weight of the paint was a very big factor one the booster rockets of the space shuttle. Be well. Hugs

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  8. Arpaio needs to go hide under a rock somewhere. Trump needs to be impeached so we never have to think about his insanity ever again..and it is probably time for a new air force one. But so help me, if the colors are anything other then the appropriate red, white and blue, I think he may have an extremely difficult time getting an AF pilot to fly the damned thing.

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    • I agree about Arpaio. Even if Trump were impeached, or better yet simply died in his sleep tomorrow, we would still, I fear, be thinking and talking about him for a long, long time to come. 😦 I picture him having the plane painted with his face on the side. UGH!!! He is the stuff nightmares are made of!

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      • Jill it will take a long time in our country to undo all the damage done by tRump and his crew. What I wonder is how many will come flooding out of the shadows to claim they always were against tRump and fought him, when we know they sided with him. After the news release from the DHS today I am more sure than ever we are mirroring the 1930’s Germany. History will look at us as they did them. Hugs

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        • Yes, I fully agree with you, Scottie. Early in his tenure, the damage might have been repaired easily if he had been impeached, but now … it will take years, if not decades to repair it all, especially the trusts that have been broken. And, I don’t look for Pence to do much better, which is an added concern.

          Fortunately, those who would claim to have been against him when in truth they were not, won’t have any credibility, for in today’s world, their words are recorded for all time and will be played back to prove them for the liars they are.

          What was the news release from DHS that you’re referring to? I went in search of, but didn’t find much other than an interview with Kirstjen Neilson.

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          • Last night it was the interview where she refused to say white supremacy was wrong, this morning I just got a news alert from NBC news that only 364 of more than 2,500 children have been returned with a week to go till the deadline. Hugs

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