Still More Snarky Snippets …

It has been snowing for 24 hours now, and yet there is no more than 1/4-inch on the ground.  How does that work?  Anyway, the last time I recall seeing more than just a brief glimpse of that big, bright ball that used to be in the sky was August, I think.  Cold and gloomy make me even more grumpy than usual, which makes today a good day for just a few snarky snippets.  snow-covered-house

Where’s da salad …

I was at the grocery, my local Kroger store, on Sunday evening, my usual time to buy groceries, and one of the things on my list was a bag of salad.  Guess what?  No salad.  None.  Nada.  Nunc.  Zip.  Zilch.  Nary a bag of salad to be found.  Why?No saladLast Tuesday, two days before Thanksgiving, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a food safety alert urging Americans to refrain from eating, and retailers from selling, any romaine lettuce.  Apparently, five people had died from an E. coli outbreak in June, and nearly two hundred people got sick.  In June.  This is November.  Okay, sigh, I bought a head of iceberg lettuce, some carrots and made my own damn salad … no biggie.  Except …

Every day in America, 96 people on average are killed by guns and hundreds more are injured.  We cannot buy romaine lettuce because … GASP … five people died, yet tens of thousands of people die from guns every year, and buying a gun is about as simple as walking into a Wal-Mart store and saying, “I’ll take that one … and 100 rounds of ammo, too.”  Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture?  Is lettuce really more dangerous than a gun?  No, but it is a hell of a lot easier to ban!

Sssssnakesssssssss in Mississippi …

You may remember my post from Sunday titled The Ugly Face of Racism, about the run-off election today in Mississippi for the Senate seat left vacant by Thad Cochran.    The republican candidate, Cindy Hyde-Smith has made multiple blatantly racist comments, and yet, the race is close.  Trump went to stump for her yesterday, which many believe will give her the winning edge. (Seriously???  Sheesh.) But this snippet isn’t about her, isn’t about whether she wins or loses, but instead is about the venomous monsters she unleashed.

Nooses and signs with messages about lynching were discovered on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol on Monday.  You’ll remember that Ms. Hyde-Smith said that she would be in the front row if invited to a lynching?  Well, apparently some took her at her word and are extending that invitation.Nooses.pngMs. Hyde-Smith currently holds about a 5-point lead over her African-American democratic opponent, Mike Espy.  After the bigoted insults she has hurled, she should be polling so low that she drops out. This, to me, says something about the people of Mississippi.

Prescience buried …

In April 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the FBI, released a report  titled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment. The report  warned that “rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues.” It also predicted that the possibility of new gun restrictions and the return of “military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities” might mean “emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.” The report called this convergence of factors the “most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States.”

Are you scratching your head and wondering why you don’t remember hearing of this report?  It is because the report was quickly squelched after congressional republicans threw a temper tantrum.

Representative Lamar Smith of Texas said the administration was “awfully willing to paint law-abiding Americans, including war veterans, as ‘extremists.’”  Then-representative Steve Buyer of Indiana, the top Republican on the House Veterans’ Affairs committee at the time — called it “inconceivable” that some veterans could pose a threat.  But the final blow came from then-Speaker of the House, John Boehner, who issued a formal statement:

John-Boehner“To characterize men and women returning home after defending our country as potential terrorists is offensive and unacceptable.  The Department of Homeland Security owes our veterans an apology.

Furthermore, the Secretary of Homeland Security owes the American people an explanation for why she has abandoned using the term ‘terrorist’ to describe those, such as al Qaeda, who are plotting overseas to kill innocent Americans, while her own Department is using the same term to describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation.  Everyone agrees that the Department should be focused on protecting America, but using such broad-based generalizations about the American people is simply outrageous.”

Thus it came to be that the report was removed from the DHS website and never made public.

And now, perhaps it doesn’t seem so far-fetched.  Just last month, 13 people died in two incidents: A Kentucky gunman attempted to enter a historically black church, then shot and killed two black patrons in a nearby grocery store. And an anti-Semitic loner who had expressed anger about a caravan of Central American refugees that Trump termed an “invasion” has been charged with gunning down 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the deadliest act of anti-Semitic violence in U.S. history.

This month brought two more bodies: A military veteran who had railed online against women and blacks opened fire in a Tallahassee yoga studio, killing two women and wounding five. All told, researchers say at least 20 people have died this year in suspected right-wing attacks.

It is true that to a large extent Donald Trump must shoulder much of the blame for the aforementioned incidents, for his support of white ‘nationalism’ has opened the door for much of this.  And it is also true that even had the 2009 report been made public, it might not have made much difference.  But the very fact that the republicans, led by John Boehner, squelched the report that we now know contained predictive information, kept it from the public, is infuriating and perhaps some of those who were injured in Charlottesville, or killed in the synagogue in Pittsburgh, should lay the blame at the feet of Mr. Boehner.

And now, though I could go on for quite a bit longer, I must get busy.  I have a list of things that must get done today, the first one being to make a list!  Miss Goose’s birthday is tomorrow … she will be 24, but don’t tell her I told, for she is rather upset at being so “old”.

27 thoughts on “Still More Snarky Snippets …

  1. A reporter in Mississippi mentioned to a man that there hadn’t been a hanging in Mississippi for many years. He said, “There should be.” That’s the reasoning there among some so we shouldn’t be surprised about who they elect to office. 😦 — Suzanne

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  2. Sparky snarky snippets, if you need a new title.
    Meanwhile, you do find some gems of snippets to be snarky about. But snarky snakes found in M-i-s-s-i-s-s-i-p-p-i? They should call it the “Snake State,” it has so many esses in it. Or should it be the Asshole State, as it has so many assholes in it! (My apologies to all snakes, and all nice Mississippians!)

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    • No need to apologize to the people of Mississippi tonight, for they overwhelmingly elected the racist Cindy Hyde-Smith to represent them in the U.S. Senate. I commented on Facebook that if anybody had a long enough chainsaw, perhaps we could cut Mississippi loose from the U.S. and allow it to drift out into the Gulf of Mexico! I think this answers my question, “where is this nation headed?” Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

      Snarky comes far too easily to me these days. I even find myself using it in inappropriate manners with people undeserving of my snark. I’m tired, my friend. LuL


      • It is an exhausting time, devoid of nation-sized healers. Maybe it is time to convince Michelle to run for President. Her hubby can be the man behind the power. Wouldn’t you love to see Donnie Junk Truck lose to a black woman? Talk about priceless!!!!!

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        • I would absolutely LOVE to see DJT lose to a black woman! However, I wouldn’t wish that on Michelle, for I think she is a good woman possessed of a kind nature, a warm heart, and you and I both know how the people of this nation would treat her … even worse than her husband was treated. Sigh. It might be Maxine Waters … Trump would hate that just as much.


          • As far as I can tell, sitting on the outside as I do, Michelle is the only one with a real chance of upseting Dumbpy. Yes, she would have to grow another layer or two of lizard-skin, but show me another American Democrat with her appeal and charm. There isn’t one.

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            • You are right about that … she is the ultimate example of grace, charm and dignity, even under fire. But, from what I hear she is adamant that she won’t run, and I doubt, with the current level of racism in this country today, that she could win, but instead might actually ensure Tramp another term. Sigh.


  3. Part of the CDC’s role is tackling the biggest health problems causing death and disability for Americans; and promoting healthy and safe behaviors, communities and environment. It occurs to me, that perhaps, the CDC would also be helpful in controlling and curing the rampant disease of NRAitis. It could not be any worse than what is currently being done…NOTHING!! Apparently the Civil War continues to waged in Mississippi and it will not likely end as long as they support and elect the likes of Cindy Hyde-Smith. Removing and downplaying anything that does not agree with the current administration has become the norm, disappointing but not surprising. A very Happy Birthday to Miss Goose! Thank-you!

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    • Actually, until recently (when Trump took office) the CDC has had a role in studying gun violence and making recommendations to the government. Their funding for such programs has, I believe, been cut. And long ago, the NRA pushed Congress to stop funding CDC research into gun violence. There is a long history, and I forget most of the details, but I would very much like to see them actively involved in research and reporting on gun deaths and violence. Somebody needs to be!!! I’ll take my chances with Romaine lettuce over facing a gun any day!!! Miss Goose (Natasha Kate) said ‘Thank You!’ for the birthday wishes!


      • Yeah, I’d settle for 48 again, too! In fact, my 40s were generally good years … I had energy, felt decent, and Trump wasn’t president! What more could anyone ask for? Miss Goose, aka Natasha, says “Thank you!” She is truly tickled to be getting birthday wishes from my friends & readers!


        • So what does Miss Natasha Goose do. Her mommy is a nurse, is she following in those footsteps, or is she learning to be a cranky old biddy like her grandma? I’ve recently decided to finally tackle “War and Peace.” I think I will cast her in the role as Prince Vasili’s daughter, the beautiful Princess Helene. Hope she does not mind…

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          • She is definitely learning to be somewhat of a cranky ol’ biddy like me, although she has none of my bad habits … doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink, doesn’t swear … but she’s feisty like me! I’ll tell you more in an email … a bit more personal than I share here. War and Peace … I love that story! Read the book once, about 40 years ago, and I’ve seen the movie maybe three times. I’m sure she’d be honoured … well, maybe anyway! And who are you casting yourself as? 😉


            • Not casting any of the other roles yet, don’t know enough about anyone else yet. Well, I could probably cast the present Fisrt Lady (cough! cough!) as Anna Mikhaylovna. When I cast Miss Goose I was reading about the princesses. Now I am reading about the death of the Count (can’t remember his name, but the really rich guy, Pierre’s daddy), and she is a piece of work.
              Maybe, I don’t know yet, I would have to cast myself as Nappy himself because of the French in my background (even if he was Corsican). We’ll see, lol.

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              • Well, that role would certainly suit Melania to a ‘T’ … I just hate to have her anywhere in the book! Keep me posted if you decide on who best suits you, or if you find a character for me to be!


                • For you, so far, Anna Sherer, the Petersburg hostess with the mostest. Not sure if she reappears later in the book, but I can see you hosting the “perfect” soirees. You know a lot of what is going on in the world, and you have your definite opinions about it. And you would want to maintain class and decorum, even when you would prefer to do otherwise. What say you to Anna Sherer?


  4. IMO, the first one on your list is the most snarky. And pointed. And true. And overlooked by tens of thousands of people in this country because … wait for it … guns don’t kill people.

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