Snarkier Than Usual Snippets — Part I

A few stories I read last night truly made my blood boil and make me want to punch somebody.  As I am a kind and generous person who believes in sharing everything with my friends, I am sharing these stories with you so that you, too, can experience the rage that I felt.

A truly WTF moment …

There have been very few times in my life that I have actually wished something bad to happen to somebody, but this is one of those times.  No, it isn’t Trump this time … it is a man named Dave Johnson.  Dave is the Republican Party Chairman for Columbiana County, Ohio.  He owns the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, a regular stop for politicians running for office in Ohio, and served as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Last Sunday, Dave posted the following meme to his Facebook page …Dave Johnson Calif fires meme

“God’s punishment to Liberal California”???  WTF???  

In the Camp Fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, California, the death toll is so far at 80 people and expected to rise.  As of this writing, 699 are still unaccounted for.  The fire has burned some 151,000 acres and destroyed approximately 15,000 homes and businesses.  And that is only one, albeit the worst, of the many, deadly fires that have plagued California this year and last.  And this excuse for a ‘man’ calls it “God’s punishment to Liberal California”?  Hey, GOP … really, is this the best you’ve got to offer???

As you might imagine, the outrage was immediate and ol’ Dave took the post down later the same day, but in an interview, he stands by what he said.

“Look, that’s a meme. And it’s how I feel about liberals, but did I mean that God is going to punish everyone who lives in California? No. It’s a figure of speech, and I probably shouldn’t have done it. But I did, and it doesn’t change how I feel about what’s happened in California.”

Somebody put this man out of our misery!

Unfit to parent …

Meet Emily Scheck …Emily-Scheck.pngEmily is 19 years old, a sophomore and cross-country runner at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.  One day at the beginning of the school year, Emily received a series of angry text messages from her mother … her mother had found pictures of Emily and the woman she is currently dating on a social media site and was horrified.  Emily had not come out to her parents, knowing how they would react, but now the cat was out of the bag.

Emily’s “Christian” parents insisted that she would quit college and they would seek conversion therapy for her, else they would write her out of their lives.  Say what???  How does a parent just … poof … write their own child out of their life???

Emily refused to leave school and made it quite clear that she has no interest in any form of therapy.  Good for her!  The next day, her father traveled the 85 miles to the Canisius campus, unceremoniously dumped all of Emily’s belongings into her car and proceeded to remove the license plate from her vehicle, for he had already removed her from the family’s insurance policy.  He even included her birth certificate.  Her mother’s final text message was …

“Well, I am done with you. As of right now, declare yourself independent. You are on your own. Please don’t contact us or your siblings.  Because you disgust me.”

As it was the beginning of the term, Emily hadn’t yet bought her books, and now she couldn’t afford to, so she was reduced to borrowing friends’ books.  She managed to get two campus jobs and somehow squeeze them in along with her classes and athletic practices.  Before long, one of her friends came up with an idea and started a GoFundMe page, hoping to collect $5,000 to help Emily pay for licensing her car, getting insurance, buying books, and buying food!  Well, long story short, the GoFundMe quickly went to $58,000!!!  Yes, you heard me right!  About a year’s pay for most of us!  But … the NCAA has rules, and one is that its scholarship students cannot get outside contributions.  Emily would have to give the money back to the donors, or risk losing her scholarship.

Eventually, the NCAA relented in light of Emily’s special circumstances, and Emily was able to keep the money, which will help her get through the next three years of school.  Isn’t it a damn shame, though, that two parents can just disown their child for no reason at all other than their religion tells them to hate gay people?  Damn shame.

Jim Acosta is back … BUT …

AcostaYesterday, Jim Acosta had his full White House press credentials returned to him, and as a result, CNN has dropped their lawsuit.  I was a bit surprised, glad for Acosta, but in one sense, leery of CNN having dropped the lawsuit.  It seems to me that until this is stamped “Paid”, the issue is likely to rise again and again.  But then …

Later in the day, the White House released Trump’s new set of ‘rules’ by which the press must play.  They are as follows:

Please be advised of the following rules governing future press conferences:

(1) A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists;

(2) At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor;

(3) “Yielding the floor” includes, when applicable, surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner;

(4) Failure to abide by any of rules (1)-(3) may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.

My opinion?  This is a blatant attempt to curtail the freedom of the press.  However, given that neither Sanders nor Trump never … NEVER … answer any of the questions that are important, the White House press briefings have become a joke, and his press conferences even more so.  I would love to see the mainstream media boycott the press briefings for about a week, for the really important things will be found out by other means anyway, not from Ms. Sarah Huckabee Sanders.  The press will, as they have been forced to do for nearly two years now, have to rely on those ‘anonymous’ and ‘insider’ sources, for that is the only way that We The People will have any idea what our paid government officials are up to.

I look for Sanders/Trump to seize on any excuse to pull the creds of reporters who don’t “play nice”, those who, like Acosta, ask the tough questions, hold the prez accountable.  When that happens, I hope to see lawsuits by any and all of the media outlets.  SOMEBODY needs to hold Donald Trump’s feet to the fire, and if our free press cannot do it … then who can?  Who will? Think about that one.

And since I have more, but am already over 1,000 words, I shall quit for now and produce Part II a bit later.  No need to thank me for sharing my angst … ’twas my pleasure!

19 thoughts on “Snarkier Than Usual Snippets — Part I

  1. On another blog where gay children was discussed, I pointed out the fact that the GENES that make children the way they are come from their parents! Just because the parents are “straight” doesn’t mean somewhere in their genetic history was a “gay” person.

    Further, if “God” is responsible for all things … why isn’t everyone “perfect”? Oh wait. I forgot. S.I.N. 😖

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    • It seems to me that rather than promoting peace and love, as religions claim they are doing, more hatred is encouraged and atrocities committed in the name of religion. Marx referred to religion as the opiate of the masses, but these days it seems to be giving the masses serious cases of arrogance, greed and innate cruelty.

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  2. Dear Jill,

    I am just grateful that Emily Scheck was able to get the financial help that she needed to attend college. Her parents just lost a lovely daughter. Frankly, she has a future despite her parents and whatever Church that they attended.

    The press corp who work the White House need to support each other and not let the likes of President Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders dictate how they are to do their jobs.

    It is upsetting to me to watch how President Trump keeps pushing the envelop until he gets his way. The press can’t give in to his demands.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • My thoughts exactly … it was her parents’ loss. I cannot fathom writing off my kid for any reason, let alone such a non-reason as being gay. We are who we are … parents don’t love their kids for who they can turn them into, unless they are really bad parents. Obviously hers were.

      I agree, but his new ‘rules’ for the press are going to stifle their ability to hold him accountable. I hope they all pull together and work together to make sure he doesn’t get a free ride, to make sure the tough questions do get asked.


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  3. This is terrible but in some countries parents not only reject their children but actually kill them if they date or marry someone they deeply disapprove of. It’s medieval. The guy from Ohio who thinks God is punishing the state of California because of its liberals does not speak for God and anyone with common sense knows it. I’d hate to be related to him. Possibly his own relatives won’t admit they know him. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • That is true … and in China they once killed babies that had the misfortune to be born female! Still … I just cannot fathom it. Yes, he is a nutcase, and I’m betting that, as you say, his own relatives avoid him else they are just like him. Sigh. Much craziness in this world these days … or perhaps it was always there and I was seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses.

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    • I’m sorry if I gave you a headache! I made Dweezer sick to her stomach. What am I doing to my friends??? I’m so sorry … I shall send you some aspirin for your head. Yes, perhaps it is time we separated the haters from those who prefer peace & love. Sigh.

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  4. “Isn’t it a damn shame, though, that two parents can just disown their child for no reason at all other than their religion tells them to hate gay people?”

    This still happens fairly commonly. It takes a very powerful force of evil to turn parents against their own child. Religion is just about the only thing that can do it.

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    • Which reminds me why I am anti-religion. What happened to all that peace and love that Christianity supposedly teaches? If a mother or father cannot love their own child, how can they possibly love anybody?


  5. Jill, several issues here. As for the man in Ohio, God has better things to do than punish people who disagree with you. And, assuming his BS is correct, did God skip over the Republican houses? While we are at it, why did hurricanes eliminate one day each of the 2008 and 2012 GOP conventions, one of which was in the hurricane hot bed of Minnesota?

    Parents writing off children that don’t fall into their narrow definitions of religion have always frustrated me. These are your children. Not that it is a sin in my bible, but what about the “he who is without sin cast the first stone?” part said in red-lettering.

    As for the press briefings, since much of what is said is untrue. Just stop covering them or send a junior staffer and report on the veracity of what is said with a scorecard. Huckabee-Sanders said this and that and both statements have been judged mostly false. Keith

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    • It amazes me how some people use religion as an excuse for anything and everything. They seem to mold it to suit their own purposes, as if it were a blank slate for them to write the rules and attribute them to “God”. But to claim that God would wipe out an entire town because their politics didn’t agree with the idiot in the White House? NO! Just no.

      I will never understand a parent who stops loving their child for being gay. Why, that’s like saying “I don’t love you because you’re short”, or because your hair is red, or because your middle toe is crooked!!!

      I agree with you fully about the press briefings. They are a waste of time, for whatever comes out of Sarah’s mouth is more likely than not to be a lie. I would delight if one day she opened the doors and … there was nobody there … nary a reporter waiting in the hallway. 😀


  6. Many years ago I had the opportunity to tell a man what I thought of him disowning his daughter because she had the temerity to get pregnant out of wedlock. In his mind she did it to spite him and her family. I asked him why he had not supplied her with birth control pills, if he did not want her to get pregnant. His roar would have made anyone think I had told him to commit some intricate perverted impossible act. No, he had no problem disowning a daughter, and therefore a grandchild who was not even born yet. He called it the child of the devil. Disowning a daughter for being gay, not much of a stretch. Religions might tell their followers to love their neighbours, but it does not tell them to love their families. Apparently God forgot to put that little tidbit in, knowing parents would someday have to throw their disobedient children to the wolves.

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