A few things crossed my path last night, so I decided to share them with you today … why, after all, should I have all the head-shaking, eye-rolling fun to myself? 🤣
Ol’ Sheriff Joe
I wondered, when I read an article that briefly mentioned Joe Arpaio, how he was faring in his bid for the Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake. You may remember that the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona was pardoned by Trump in August 2017, and ol’ Sheriff Joe immediately entered the race for Senate. So, how’s he doing in that? Well, it depends on who you ask. According to every poll, he doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell, and by the RCP aggregate poll, he is losing to Democrat Krysten Sinema by 21.2 points … a wide spread by any definition.Arpaio, however, sees it differently and has declared himself the front runner! Perhaps he is like his hero, Donald Trump and cannot read well, doesn’t understand the numbers, or is simply a delusional narcissist. But the part you’ll really get a kick of is the ‘rationale’ behind Arpaio’s belief that he is winning: He has 101,000 Twitter followers while Ms. Sinema has only about 65,000. WHOA! Who needs to hold an election, drag voters out of their comfy chairs to go vote, when we can just declare the winner according to who has the most Twitter followers!!! GENIUS, don’t you think?
Bye-Bye, Joe …
“Nothing to do with me …”
Well, I’ll certainly have more to say about Manafort in the coming days, but for today, suffice it to say that he has been convicted on 8 of the 18 charges leveled against him. The 18 charges include 5 counts of ‘Subscribing to false income tax returns’, 4 counts of Failing to file foreign bank account reports, 4 counts of bank fraud, and 5 counts of bank fraud conspiracy.
Trump said that he felt “very badly” for his former campaign manager. But …
“It doesn’t involve me. It has nothing to do with Russian collusion. This started as Russian collusion. This has absolutely nothing to do…. This is a disgrace. This has nothing to do with what they started out…looking for Russians involved in our campaign.”
Such sympathy, eh? But guess what? Manafort’s next trial may very well involve Trump. Set to begin on September 17th, the trial is on federal charges of foreign lobbying and money laundering, both of which are likely to draw in members of the Trump campaign, and I would not be surprised to see Trump himself caught in the web.
Bye-bye Donnie …
Another fine, upstanding Republican in Congress …
Duncan Hunter is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the State of California. Duncan is relatively young – 42 years of age – has a wife, Margaret, and three children. Duncan seems your typical boot-licker, his stances on most issues conforming to the party line, and thus he has been unremarkable. Until yesterday when he and his wife were both indicted by a federal grand jury for … stealing from us! They are being charged on 60 counts, including Conspiracy to Wire Fraud, Falsification of Records, & Prohibited Use of Campaign Funds.
You will be happy to know that, as a taxpayer, you helped pay for their children’s private school tuition, medical bills, video games, food, and the trips! On our nickel, they have been to Italy, Hawaii, Phoenix, Arizona and Boise, Idaho! Wait … Boise, Idaho? Who goes to Boise, Idaho, for Pete’s sake??? And they didn’t even send us pictures of the vacations we were paying for. Oh … I almost forgot … one time we paid $600 for the family rabbit to travel by plane along with them! Cannot leave ol’ Thumper behind now, can we?
But even with all this extra money landing in their laps, they overdrew their personal bank account some 1,100 times!!! Guess who paid the overdraft fees? Yep, you got it!
One time, they were out shopping, and Duncan wanted to buy a pair of Hawaiian shorts. Well, as he was about to put it on his personal credit card, his wife stopped him and advised him to use campaign funds, saying he should call the purchase “golf balls for the Wounded Warrior Project”. Ooohhh … great idea, Margaret! Did I mention that Margaret is Duncan’s campaign manager, for which she receives a $3,000 monthly salary?
Duncan Hunter has been a member of Congress since 2009. Time to take out the trash, don’t you think?
Bye-Bye Duncan … and Margaret
The history buff …
Donald Trump claims to be “a big history fan”, though he appears to know less than my cats do about the subject. Remember … he went to business college … I doubt they worry overly-much about teaching history there. So, anyway, back in 2009, Donnie spent $13 million to buy an old, defunct golf course on Lowes Island, near Sterling Virginia. It was in need of much repair to make it ‘Trump-worthy’, so he sunk several million more into it.
As part of the renovations, he installed a flagpole on a stone pedestal overlooking the Potomac, to which he affixed a plaque purportedly designating “The River of Blood.”The inscription reads:
“The River of Blood
Many great American soldiers, both of the north and south, died at this spot, “The Rapids”, on the Potomac River. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as “The River of Blood”.
It is my great honour to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River.
— Donald John Trump”
There’s only one teeny-tiny problem: it isn’t true. Not that facts, or the lack thereof, have ever bothered Trump before, but this … this seems somehow … dirty. Oh, and by the way … that is Trump’s “family crest” above the inscription.
The closest battle during the Civil War was 11 miles upriver, at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in 1861, as at least two historians have confirmed. In a phone interview, when confronted with the opinions of the historians, Trump said …
“That was a prime site for river crossings. So, if people are crossing the river, and you happen to be in a civil war, I would say that people were shot — a lot of them.”
Oh, the faulty logic here! And he said that ‘numerous historians’ had told him the story of the River of Blood, but he couldn’t remember who they were.
In fact, there was a river crossing nearby at Rowser’s Ford, where, as an official historical marker notes, Gen. J. E. B. Stuart led 5,000 Confederate troops including cavalry across the Potomac en route to the Battle of Gettysburg. But all crossed safely and there were no casualties. When informed of that, Trump responded, “How would they know that? Were they there?” ‘Nuff said.
This concludes Filosofa’s Snarky Snippets for today. I am aware that many of you probably expected my post this afternoon to be about the Michael Cohen/Paul Manafort charges and their implications. I am sorry to disappoint, but as is my norm, when things that are this serious occur, I wait just a bit for the dust to settle so that I can sort through the detritus, sort out fact from fiction, to ensure that I don’t make a claim that I later must apologize for. Never fear, I will be jumping in on that topic soon, once I’ve had a chance to research and ponder.