Mind Bounce & Snarky Snippets

Good Monday Tuesday morning!  Somehow it feels like Monday … I suppose because yesterday was a holiday and other than 4 loads of laundry and mopping up pineapple juice from the kitchen floor, I didn’t do so much as a smidge of housework!  Anyway, I had mind bounce yesterday that carried over into last night, so I started multiple posts, then couldn’t figure out how to wrap them up … in one case, couldn’t even figure out where I was going with it, what my point was.  So, instead I am opting for some bits ‘n pieces, this ‘n that, with just a bit of my usual snarkiness added in for fun.

Bannon Gets Bounced …bannon-2Last week it was announced that white supremacist and former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon would be featured during The New Yorker Festival that is scheduled to run from October 5th thru 7th. He was to be interviewed by the magazine’s editor, David Remnick, who is a frequent critic of the Trump administration.  The response to the announcement was rapid and served as a potential death knell for the festival, with prominent participants saying they would not attend if Bannon were there.

Sometimes, voices truly are heard.  In a note to his staff yesterday evening, Mr. Remnick said, “I’ve thought this through and talked to colleagues—and I’ve re-considered. I’ve changed my mind.”  Jim Carrey, Judd Apatow and Patton Oswald were among the celebrities who said they would not participate in the event if Bannon were to attend.

Bannon was miffed: “In what I would call a defining moment, David Remnick showed he was gutless when confronted by the howling online mob.”  Oh well, Stevie … sorry ‘bout your luck!  Score one for good sense, eh?

Thumbs Up For Nike …

Having written a rather lengthy post about the latest regarding Colin Kaepernick, I had no plans for writing about him again so soon.  But, in the comments section of yesterday’s post, two readers, Ellen & Larry, gave me the heads up about Nike’s announcement to feature Colin in a new ad campaign for the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” motto. Colin KaepernickNow, you may not think this is a huge deal … Colin Kaepernick is a big football star, Nike sells athletic clothing & shoes … this is what they do, right?  But, given the controversy over the past two years, given that some 53% of the nation, including the ‘man’ in the Oval Office think what Mr. Kaepernick is doing is terrible, Nike is taking a huge risk.  It could go either way … people might, like myself and some of my readers, plan to start buying more Nike products, or Donald Trump and others such as conservative news sites may call on their fans & followers to boycott Nike.  My instinct says the latter is the more likely scenario.

Nonetheless, I give Nike a 👍 👍 for having the courage to stand by their convictions.  According to Nike executive Gino Fisanotti, “We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward. We wanted to energize its meaning and introduce ‘Just Do It’ to a new generation of athletes.”

What … Again??? 💤

baby-trumpIf your favourite brand of coffee changes the taste just a bit, you may grumble and grouse for a bit, but after a few days you are used to it and you don’t even notice anymore.  This is how we are becoming in certain areas … complacent, immune.  One such area is the threat of a government {yawn} shutdown.  How many times now since Trump took office have we been threatened with it?  Three, I think?  💤 Who knows … I’ve lost count.  The one constant here is … the bloomin’ wall!  Wah, wah, wah … da baby isn’t gonna play nice if he cannot have his multi-billion-dollar toy.  It’s old, folks … it’s well beyond old and tiresome.

One might think that with a republican president, a republican majority in both chambers of Congress, and an administration that is filled to the rafters with boot-lickers and sycophants, they could likely agree on a compromise early on so that we wouldn’t have to be threatened.  Oh, but wait … he likes to threaten … it’s how he feeds his mighty ego.

This time, the threat of a shutdown has another layer of intrigue, for the deadline to pass a budget comes a short 36 days before the all-important mid-term elections.  It must be tough on the republicans tasked with soothing and cajoling Trump.  I understand that Pence, McConnell, Ryan and McCarthy have all been handling him with kid gloves, trying to talk him into postponing the border wall issue until next time, for they fear the additional damage a shutdown will cause at the polls.

On the other side, however, are the hardliners who are encouraging Trump to stand firm.  My, oh my … what’s a man to do? trump-golf

Stay tuned, folks … never a dull moment these days!

21 thoughts on “Mind Bounce & Snarky Snippets

  1. Dear Jill,

    Mr. Remnick made the right decision. Peoples have enough to deal with in having to see President Trump with that paunch, that they don’t need to listen to Mr. Bannon as well. What a turn off to any celebration.

    I’m so pleased with Nike’s backing of Colin Kaepernick. This may help the NFL owners think about their recent stances on this subject of NFL players peacefully protesting in a different light. They don’t need to be party to President Trump’s culture wars.

    The government shut down before the November 2018 elections is not going to happen. This time President Trump will not get his way.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Yes, I was pleased by Remnick’s decision, and am thrilled to see Nike stand behind Kaepernick in such a public manner. Some are questioning Nike’s motive, and I cannot deny that there is quite possibly a profit motive involved, although they took a risk, also, and I hear that some fools are burning their Nike products. Sheesh … such stupidity. As for the shutdown, I suspect you’re right, but I DON’T want Congress to give in on the wall funding simply to avoid a shutdown.

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  2. Do you do brands and logos? I try not to. Especially when it comes to clothing. Why should I walk around being a free advertising spot? My purchases are made on the basis of value, for whatever. Not what some so-called athlete wears or doesn’t wear. I’ll never win personality of the year … for sure! Cheers Jamie

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    • Not intentionally … I mean, I have no particular brand loyalty based on name or status symbol. However, when I find something that is comfortable, especially when we’re talking shoes, I will typically buy that brand again. I buy, like you, based on value, but also comfort and durability. If that’s Nike, or Reebok or Adidas, so be it. However, I will go out of my way sometimes to support a company that I believe is doing something good. Cheeers!

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  3. Jill, interesting mixture of news, which gets back to an overarching theme of the man in the White House and his former senior strategist – white lives matter more than other races. But, the encouraging sign is the pushback by Nike and The New Yorker. As for the government shutdown, usually the President is pushing for keeping the government open to serve. Maybe if it was noted that Air Force One song presidential helicopters had to shut down preventing the President from golfing, then that might impact him. The man has always loved to spend other people’s money. Keith

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    • Hey, there’s a thought … no more fun rides on Air Force One or the choppers … he’d be stuck in the Oval Office watching Fox ‘News’ all day! And eating Big Macs. The one good thing I can say about this administration is that it has provided a lot of fodder for mocking, snarkiness, etc. 🙄


  4. I was please with the news about Bannon.Well deserved I think.
    I was really pleased with the news about Nike. I applaud their courage but I’m delighted that Kaepernick is also being recognised for his courage and quiet conviction. I hope the contract is a lucrative one since Trump encouraged the bosses to take away his job.
    I’m sated and jaded with news of Trump’s adolescent tantrums. Maybe he should cause a shut down and see how people react.It doesn’t appear his advisors have much by way of control. I think he should have minders to protect us from him.

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    • Yes, these were all, each in its own way, good new stories, weren’t they? As for Trump having minders, or handlers, they seem completely unable to even keep him from harming himself, let alone the rest of us. I think the only thing that will protect us from him is a small space enclosed by bars (and no, not the kind where you can order a beer!). I suspect that this “shutdown” will follow the same path as the previous ones and be averted at the eleventh hour. Gotta have some drama, y’know! 🙄


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  5. Banish Bannon…has a nice ring to it! That he was invited in the first place is questionable, it would only provide him a platform to spew more garbage. Nike is taking a risk, but at the least it will garner them plenty of publicity. That it also sheds light on what Colin Kaepernick tried to achieve pleases me. If it annoys Trump, that’s a bonus in my book! Shutdown Trump, now that would improve the government. Apparently, judging by the vomit inducing photo, golfing is not very slimming for the midsection. Perhaps a bit of physical labor…say, build your own wall might be a more effective method! Thank-you, Tuesday is off and running!

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    • The New Yorker typically tries to present multiple viewpoints, so their invitation to Bannon didn’t surprise me, but I was thrilled when the invitation was rescinded. Bannon, frankly, makes my skin crawl. He is as evil as Trump, but more intelligent, thus a bigger threat. As for Nike … I agree … they are shining a light where it needs to be shone, and if it annoys the heck out of Trump, so much the better! Ha ha … I use that photo often, for it shows him in such a terrible pose … it is vomit-inducing, but so much fun! And frankly, every picture I have ever seen of him makes me 🤢


  6. Interesting gambit for Nike given that for years they were known for their sweat shops turning out Nike brand shoes. This is a good sign and, as you say, took some courage. Let’s hope it’s the start of a new wave of responsible actions on the part of big names.

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