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 …
“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 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 …
Yesterday, 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!