Just because it’s Sunday doesn’t mean my snarky side takes a break. Au contraire … I think it actually kicks into overdrive on the weekends. Last night, as I was trolling about the news looking for things of interest, I came across a number of annoying little tidbits, and so this afternoon, I thought I would share them with you, so that you can be annoyed too! Isn’t that nice of me?
We’re all pretty sick and tired of hearing Trump refer to the press as “the enemy of the people”, especially when the press is the best friend we have right now. (Actually, we’re all pretty sick of Trump, period) So far, this has been a one-sided fight, with Trump ranting mindlessly and the press biting its collective tongue for the most part. But now that they have begun receiving harassing phone calls, threatening emails and death threats … they finally got fed up, and they’re ready to fight back!
“The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!” – 7:38 AM – Aug 5, 2018
In response, The Boston Globe has a proposal: The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on August 16th denouncing what the newspaper called a ‘‘dirty war against the free press.’’ As of Friday, about 70 outlets had committed to editorials so far, with the list expected to grow. The publications ranged from large metropolitan dailies, such as the Houston Chronicle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald and Denver Post, to small weekly papers with circulations as low as 4,000.
Some media outlets are exercising caution, however. As The Washington Post editor Martin Baron said, “The way I view it is, we’re not at war with the administration, we’re at work. We’re doing our jobs.” But others, such as journalism professor Jay Rosen, see it differently:
“The problem, of course, is that there is war on the press being conducted by the president of the United States and his supporters. To say otherwise would violate a different commandment. Yes, it’s imperative to keep your cool. It is equally imperative to state what is true.”
The goal is not to start an all-out mudfest, but rather to educate readers to realize that an attack on the First Amendment is unacceptable. I applaud their effort.
She’ll fit right in …
Melissa Howard is a 46-year-old small-business owner from Lakewood Ranch, Florida, who is running in the Republican primary for the Florida House of Representatives’ 73rd District, near Sarasota. Ms. Howard’s political career in today’s climate is sure to take off like a rocket, for she has most of the criteria: dishonesty, cheating, lack of values, etc. Ms. Howard may have actually taken lessons from Donald Trump in lying.
Howard claims to have earned a degree in Marketing from Miami University in Ohio in 1996. Only a few problems with that claim. Miami University does not offer a degree in Marketing, and Ms. Howard attended Miami U from 1990 through 1994, without ever earning any degree – she failed to graduate! Wow! She may actually be Trump’s illegitimate daughter, eh?
Her campaign accuses her opponent, Sarasota attorney Tommy Gregory, of making up the story, but Miami University general counsel Robin Parker verified the facts that prove Howard lied. Case closed.
The face of the GOP???Todd Kincannon was once a lawyer and was once the Executive Director of the South Carolina GOP. (It’s difficult to discern whether they are just nasty, or certifiably insane) He has never seemed, to those with a bit of sense, to be quite sane, but such is the face of the GOP today anyway. A few examples:
- During the 2013 Super Bowl, he sent out a flurry of racially-charged tweets about the then-recently murdered Trayvon Martin, Hurricane Katrina and black people. I will not quote them, for the language he used was filthy and not fit for repeating. In an interview later that year, he said he liked to make those tweets to rile people and watch their outrage for fun.
In 2015, Kincannon was arrested on a domestic violence charge after his wife told officers that she was in fear for her life. The two had a fight after attending an event, and Kincannon screamed at her while he was driving, leading her to lower her window and yell at passing drivers for help.
In August 2015, the South Carolina Supreme Court suspended Kincannon’s license to practice law and transferred his client files to another attorney in order to “protect the interests of [his] clients”.
But the latest episode is … beyond anything I could have imagined. On July 26th, he killed his mother’s dog, stabbing the 10-year-old beagle and cattle dog mix multiple times on the kitchen floor of his mother’s home. Why? According to what he told police when they showed up in response to a call from his father …
“I’m Jesus, I’m not making it up. I have a sign. I’m about to get crucified in the media. The reason I killed the dog is this, it’s real simple … I’m sorry, I think y’all are going to have to take me to the Psych Institution, I get that. But I’ll tell you from a legal standpoint you know, it’s in the State Constitution that God is sovereign and I honestly think he told me to do it.”
Words fail me.
The face of the GOP – once again!
Diana Orrock is a national committeewoman for the Nevada GOP. On July 17th, Caitlin Johnstone of the online publishing platform Medium, penned an article titled “Please Just F***ing Die Already” in which she wrote …
“A study by the Journal of Patient Safety says that somewhere between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die every year as a result of medical errors. If there was a God, murderous warmongering neocon John McCain would have been one of them.”
Diana Orrock apparently thought the article was so wonderful that she tweeted it to all her Twitter followers. She qualified her decision in an interview with CNN, saying that she wasn’t wishing death upon McCain, merely agreeing with the sentiments of the article. She later tweeted an apology of sorts, calling her initial tweet ‘disrespectful’. I’m sure she was ‘encouraged’ to issue the apology by wiser heads within the GOP.
It seems to me that the GOP’s new platform is foul language, disrespect, racism, dishonesty, and a lack of integrity all around. Remember when “GOP” stood for Grand Old Party? Now it stands for Galling Obnoxious Psychotics. Is it any wonder, then, that many are leaving the Republican Party?
Bad Hair anyone?
I have to ask … is really bad hair a requirement for a populist politician, or is it a trait of the intellectually challenged?
Left to right: UK’s Boris Johnson, US’ Donald Trump, Nobody’s Steve Bannon
And on that note, I conclude today’s Snarky Snippets, for I have a bad taste in my mouth and think I’ll go brush my teeth now. Have a great rest-of-your-Sunday, folks!