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?You 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:First, 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???This 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!!!
And 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!