I haven’t done any ‘Snarky Snippets’ for a week or so, for the elections and the surrounding detritus have taken up a large portion of my time and energies. But today, I am settling back in and had a few things to say about this ‘n that.
California is currently suffering three major wildfires, one of which, the Camp Fire, is now the most destructive recorded in state history. The blaze destroyed the entire town of Paradise, north of Sacramento, and has killed at least nine people. About three dozen more remain missing.
Donald Trump had nary a word to say about the fires until 3:00 a.m. yesterday morning, when he tweeted …What a guy, eh? So caring, kind and compassionate for the people who have lost loved ones, lost their homes and businesses … But, setting aside his typical inhumanity for the moment, with his words he has, once again, shown his ignorance. He did not bother to do his homework, to attempt to learn something about the situation before spouting off at the thumbs.Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has acknowledged that a downed power line is most likely the cause of the Camp Fire, although no official cause has yet been announced. High winds are the major factor in the rapid spread of the other two fires, and overall, a lack of rainfall contributed to all three.I’m sure the people of California, not to mention the firefighters who are risking their lives to try to save lives and property, must be heartened by and appreciative of Trump’s words … not! Think before you tweet should become his new mantra and somebody in his administration should plaster it over all the walls in his office and living quarters!
Either Trump’s handlers have not learned their lesson, or they are not up for the job and we need to hire new handlers, aka babysitters. I would have thought that by now they would have learned not to let the man leave the country. He does not play well with others. He does enough damage here at home, but every single time he has traveled abroad, he has further damaged our relations with our allies. Friday was no exception.Trump arrived in France Friday to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I and meet with world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron. Moments after landing, Trump tweeted an attack on Macron …
Given the level of venom Trump has directed toward European leaders in the past, who can blame members of the EU for feeling a need for protection, even against the U.S.? Yet another case where “think before you tweet” might have been sound advice.
Remember a week or so ago, right before the mid-term elections, when Trump was so scared of his party losing their majority in the House that he was grasping at straws, trying to inject a new level of fear in voters in hopes of winning their votes? And remember how, as a part of all that, he sent U.S. troops to the southern border, claiming that the caravan of migrants that was, at that time, some 1,000 miles away, was just filled with ruffians, criminals and even … gasp … Middle-Eastern terrorists!!! And the whole thing, he claimed, was funded by George Soros and his band of merry democrats!
Well, everything was a huge lie, except that he did send troops to the border. No reason, really, but he couldn’t very well claim there was an impending “invasion” without looking tough by sending troops, now could he? Besides which, the ‘man’ has been dying to play with his new toys (the military) for nigh on two years now, and here was the perfect trumped-up (pun intended) excuse!
Only thing is … while there is a migrant caravan, it is not anything but poor, starving migrants fleeing the violence in their own country, trying to protect their innocent children. And they won’t even arrive at our southern border until sometime in December. So … what’s going on now with the nearly 6,000 men and women who were ordered to go down there and quell the “invasion”? Gin rummy. Poker. Sitting ‘round a campfire telling dirty jokes. No electricity. Won’t be home for Thanksgiving.
Pentagon officials privately derided the deployment as an expensive waste of time and resources, and a morale killer to boot. ‘Privately’ … I guess they are all afraid to do their jobs and advise their commander of the realities. But the other thing is … guess who’s paying for all this and guess how much it’s costing? Yes, my friends, you and I are paying for it, even though we neither need nor want it. As to the cost … a final cost estimate of the deployment has not been made available. But Defense Department budget officials say that if the number of troops sent to the border does reach the 15,000 Trump has threatened, the price tag could hit $200 million, with no specific budget allocation from which to draw. Remember those “tax cuts” that only benefited the wealthy 1%? Do the math.
So concludes today’s batch of snarky snippets … but I still have more in me, so … stay tuned!