I was in a bit of a time crunch … where do those hours go??? I get just a bit ahead, and BLAM! I’m behind again before I even said ‘hello’ to myself! I think there is an overall conspiracy to rob us of a few hours each day, thinking we won’t notice, for I am not the only one complaining about the lack of time. And I’m retired … I don’t know how I ever found time for a full-time job! Anyway, I digress. Being a bit short of time, and having seen a few stories that made my blood boil, I am opting this morning for an all-new episode of Snarky Snippets. The snark is in full-throttle mode, so be forewarned.
Welcome to America …
It happened at Andy’s Restaurant in Lovettsville, Virginia. A woman and her family, who have asked not to be identified, were eating dinner. Some members of the family were here visiting from another country and, since the visitors do not speak English, they were conversing in Spanish. The visitors got a good taste of what Americans are like when a woman began screaming and cursing at them for speaking their native tongue, and demanding to see their passports.
“Get the f—k out, back to your f—ing country. Go back to your f—ing country. You do not come over here and freeload on America. I’m tired of this s—t.”
This story made me so angry that I was shaking. I was raised in a bilingual family and frankly I enjoy speaking Spanish … it is a beautiful language and much simpler than English. When I get the opportunity, I speak Spanish, whether at a restaurant, store or in my own neighborhood, for I have several Latino neighbors. The family members visiting from Guatemala will no doubt always remember their first encounter with an American, as will the 7-year-old girl that was with the family.
Nice, white woman … real nice. Hope you slept well that night.
Two stamps or one?
A few nights ago, the girls and I filled out our mail-in ballots for the November 6th election. It is a fairly simple process, the instructions were clear and concise, and we had no problem. But when we placed the ballot into one envelope, and that into a slightly larger envelope as directed, something caught my eye.
“Affix proper postage. Post Office will not deliver without sufficient postage.”
Typically, one stamp would suffice. But something niggled in the back of my mind, so I went in search of. Guess what? In my county, two stamps are required, although in the county just south of us, and the two to the east and southeast, only a single stamp is required. I wonder … surely that wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that this is a predominantly African-American community, would it? Oh no, perish the thought.
It wasn’t the fact that the extra stamp was required that bothered me, but that nowhere did it tell the sender that if you lived in this county, two stamps are required. How many people in my county will place a single stamp on their ballots, not knowing that two are needed? People, if you are filing a ballot in absentia, no matter what state or county you live in, take an extra minute to find out how much postage is required in your neck of the woods!
SCOTUS protects another liar …
Wilbur Ross lied. He lied about the citizenship question that is being proposed for the 2020 census reporting form. He said that the Department of Justice requested it, but in fact it was Ross himself who decided to add the question. Ross claims the justification for the question is that it will help enforce the Voting Rights Act, but that is yet another lie. What it will do is intimidate some from participating and result in an inaccurate census. If the question makes it to the census form, this writer will not be answering the question. Period.
Several states and civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit to stop the administration from adding a citizenship question. When the case comes to trial, Wilbur Ross, having lied and been caught in the lie, will be expected to answer questions. Or, perhaps not …
The government had asked the Supreme Court to block questioning of Ross, and on Monday the Supreme Court complied with the wishes of the Trump administration. For now, at least, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who had no business ordering a change to the census form, and who lied to cover his mischief, will not be deposed when the case is heard.
I will have more on this later, but for now, suffice it to say that the United States Supreme Court is no longer a branch completely independent of the executive. Great job, guys. Let’s protect a few more lying, bigoted cheats, shall we?
And thus concludes this episode of Filosofa’s Snarky Snippets. Have a great day, friends!