An Overflow Of Snarky Snippets …

Today is your lucky day!  I have far more to do than I can possibly accomplish, nearly everything in the news sets me off on a grouse or a grumble, and my family has long since tired of listening to me, telling me to “go write a blog post or something”.  And so you are the beneficiaries of today’s snarkiness!  Thrilled, aren’t you?

I have lost count of how many times I have said we need to overturn Citizen’s United, need to remove money from the equation of elections.  The utterly obscene amounts of money that are spent by corporations and lobbyists to promote candidates come with a hefty price tag … one that We The People always pay.

On November 6th, Americans spoke loud and clear when we sent a number of women and minorities to the House of Representatives.  We said, “We are sick and tired of being left behind.  We are sick and tired of our voices not being heard, of only those people who have millions, or billions of dollars being listened to.  We are sick of our government representing only the top 1% and to hell with the rest of us.”  And so, we elected new blood, people who are not yet so jaded that they cannot see the forest for the trees.  And they will do the jobs they have been elected to do, despite pressure from others to ‘conform’ to the old ways.

On Tuesday, the incoming freshman lawmakers attended an orientation event sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.  The event was billed as a bipartisan event and on its website the school says the sessions are designed to help incoming House members “forge bipartisan relationships and learn practical skills of lawmaking just one month prior to taking the oath of office.” Uh-huh.

Who were the speakers at this event?  Corporate CEOs and Corporate lobbyist groups.  Guess who else was there?  Donald Trump’s former chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn.  Hold on to your hats … you’re going to love what he told the newbie members-elect …

“You guys are way over your head, you don’t know how the game is played.”

Say WHAT???  This, Mr. Cohn, is not a game … this is people’s f-ing lives!!!

Goldman Sachs, the financial behemoth where Cohn was CEO before joining Trump’s administration were at the event.  The heads of General Motors, Johnson and Johnson and Boeing were there. There was not a single labor leader or community activist, nobody who represented the average citizen.  Only people who represent that all-important upper echelon, the infamous 1%.  And we wonder why we have the most corrupt lawmakers ever in the history of the nation?  Wonder no more.

The FBI has changed its mind and decided that one of the currently most radical white supremacist groups in the nation is not, after all, an extremist group.  What, they’re just a bunch of kindergarten kids going around the country promoting political violence?

According to the Proud Boys website …

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Lovely looking bunch of “proud boys”, don’t you think?

“The basic tenet of the group is that we are “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.” Like Archie Bunker, we long for the days when “girls were girls and men were men.” This wasn’t controversial even twenty years ago, but being proud of Western culture today is like being a crippled, black, lesbian communist in 1953. Our group is and will always be MEN ONLY(born with a penis if that wasn’t clear enough for you leftists)!”

The group claims not to be white supremacist, however according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) …

“Their disavowals of bigotry are belied by their actions: rank-and-file Proud Boys and leaders regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists. They are known for anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric. Proud Boys have appeared alongside other hate groups at extremist gatherings like the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. Indeed, former Proud Boys member Jason Kessler helped to organize the event, which brought together Klansmen, antisemites, Southern racists, and militias.”

In November, the FBI categorized the group as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism”.  That was actually fairly mild, if you ask me, for I would categorize them as a bunch of bigoted, chauvanistic, murderous white supremacists.  But yesterday, for reasons unbeknownst to anyone of good sense, the FBI recanted, saying they did not mean to designate the whole group, rather to characterize the potential threat from individuals within that group.  Would somebody please explain to me what the Sam Heck the difference is?  Nobody would join the group for any reason other than to follow their violent, bigoted ways, so … why is it only certain unnamed individuals and not the entire group that pose a threat?  Oh wait … perhaps one of Donnie Trump’s family is a member and that is why the designation had to be changed!  I call B.S.

On November 6th, We The People spoke.  We spoke loud and clear.  We made clear that we are not all a bunch of bigoted louts as some would like us to be, and we made clear that we value substance over form.  We elected to the U.S. House of Representatives two very qualified women who are of the Muslim faith.  Why?  Because they are the best qualified to make laws that are in the best interest of the people of this nation … that is, ALL the people, not just the wealthy few.

Ilhan Omar (left) and Rashida Tlaib

The two, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are both Democrats and both well-qualified for the jobs to which they were elected.

However, there is one man, Earl Walker Jackson a protestant minister and wanna-be politician, who doesn’t think these two women should be in Congress. Why?  Because he claims …

E.W. Jackson

E.W. Jackson

“Folks, I’m still trying to get over this whole issue of Nancy Pelosi allowing these women — these Muslim women — and apparently other women in Congress are now going to start, if this movement takes root, are going to start wearing the hijab on the floor of Congress. So what are we now gonna do? We’re going to turn Congress into an institution of Sharia law? I mean, folks, this stuff is just crazy … Lord help us. Floor of Congress is now going to look like a, it’s going to look like an Islamic republic.”

Mr. Jackson, by the way, is African-American and a disgrace to his race, for he has often made statements that were derogatory to gays, blacks, and Democrats and other minority groups.  However, he is outdone this time, for representative-elect Omar had the best imaginable response to Jackson’s bigoted statement …

“Well sir, the floor of Congress is going to look like America … and you’re gonna have to just deal.”

clappingYes indeed, folks, we’ve got some new blood coming into Congress!

And now I hope I have gotten enough of the snarky out of my system so that I can proceed with the weekend, for I have much to accomplish this weekend and little enough time and energy with which to do it.  Have a great weekend!

38 thoughts on “An Overflow Of Snarky Snippets …

  1. Dear Jill,

    You can’t get snarky enough for me. Wouldn’t the corporate lobbyists just love to cozy up to our newly elected congressional democrats. Over my dead body will they get away with this. You can see what happened to the US GOP Congressional lawmakers. They have become eunuchs because of their dependence on corporate monies.

    Make no mistake. The Proud Boys are a White Nationalist /supremacist type group> Recently in NYC, some young members were arrested for beating up folks after one of their events. .

    I love what US House Representative-elect Omar said, “Well sir, the floor of Congress is going to look like America … and you’re gonna have to just deal.” Of course, this is what makes Mr. Jackson uncomfortable.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I think that those who have been sitting in Congress for decades … far too long … are running scared of this new blood coming in, young people, minorities and women, who are saying “ENOUGH!”, who are ready and eager to fight for this nation and ALL of its people, not just that wealthy 1%. They are grasping at straws, hoping against all hope that they will not be exposed for the phonies they are, for the greedy boot-lickers who are taking this nation back 100 years or more. I loved Omar’s comment, too … that should become a classic!!!

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  2. Lately I have just felt burnt out on all this mess with trump and the republicans and the idiocy of his supporters. I read all the fine posts here, but I just don’t have the will to comment much. Just tired, I suppose and an admittingly a feeling of hopeless. Even if Trump is impeached, or resigns or isn’t re elected….then what?

    Pence could be worse in some ways…like religious freedom and the LGBQ community.
    Republicans are still there with there profit over all, mindset.

    But most of all, the base, this cult trump loving ignorant, racist or greedy base is still there in rather alarming numbers. This is really the problem and how do you fix that? Is it fixable? They vote against their own interests, their grandchildren’s interest, the very planet we live on interests.

    Maybe none of it will matter by 2040 if they environmental damage coming comes to fruition. Then we’re all screwed.

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    • I understand … and I share your exhaustion, my friend. But … I’m a stubborn wench and I will go down fighting, even if nobody ever notices. We simply cannot give up, for there is too much at stake. You’re right … Trump isn’t the end and getting him out of office doesn’t fix the underlying problems. But, I think it’s like those days when you get up and you have a list of things to do that no human could possibly accomplish in a day … you start. You do one thing, then another, then yet another, and before long, the list is half-done. What comes after Trump? I don’t know, but I know that he and his utter ignorance are destroying this nation, so he has to go and we shall deal with what comes next when it comes. That said … give yourself a break. Read a good book, go for a walk in the woods, and come back refreshed and ready to fight some more. Please? We need you. Hugs!

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  3. ‘ You don’t know how the game is played’ speaks volumes he obviously views politics as a game and implies that it must be played my way.
    Many professions can become games played to get to the top , education itself can be a means to an end rather than a process of self – enlightenment.
    I was thrilled to see two Muslim ladies selected we need to hear other voices , after all there are about three million Muslims in America.

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    • Some of those who have been in Congress for decades have worked very hard to make and keep our government as corrupt as possible, and I think they are afraid that this new blood may throw a wrench into their hard work! I, too, was glad to see a large number of women, and especially these two Muslim women elected last month. Hispanics, African-Americans, Muslims and women are very much underrepresented in our government.


  4. Those good ole boys up top look like someone dragged them out of a Georgia swamp cabin or some heretofore unknown valley in the mountains. They seem to identify mightily with their male parts. If they’re so brave why do they have to group so close together? They are the type of men mothers are scared will try and date their 14-year-old-daughters. They have to be careful where they’re from or some local young girl’s father (perhaps a relative) will take a shotgun after them. 😦 — Suzanne

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      • Some young man who was raised in the mountains told me a man had to be careful with girls there or a male relative would go after them with a squirrel rifle. He looked scared when he said it. I was in the mountains once and saw one of those quiet, thin young men standing and holding his squirrel rifle. They sometimes don’t say much but I’d guess they mean business. I wouldn’t want one of those rifles pointed at me in anger. There’s a lot of space to bury bodies there and I don’t think anyone would talk. It no doubt involves the “code of the hills”. The guy would just disappear. 😦 — Suzanne

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  5. End Citizens United, close big money loopholes and add term limits for legislators were the 3 things I requested of my candidates during elections this year. Surprisingly these were not campaign issues in my neck of the woods except for the Repubs across the state and only because Bill Nelson was running for Senator against Rick Scott. Let hope this new Congress can make a difference in areas that count for the people. Looks like the “old boy network” is already trying to distract from the real issues – no surprise. Hope Congress stays focused. Love your snippets. No need to apologize. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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    • Awww … thank you so much, Lindi! Yes, we all have pinned many hopes on these newbie representatives … they are going to be under a lot of pressure and I hope they are up to the task ahead of them. These next two years may be a nightmare for us all! You have a great weekend too … what’s left of it! I rather envy you, for it is c-c-cold here with temps in the teens!

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  6. Jill, the rational and semi-rational people in our country and world need to increase our “WTF” radar. Social media and the lack of reading and watching real news have allowed more strident folks to gain more audience than they should get. People would typically not pay attention to the street preachers of the world, yet when they babble online, too many readers don’t realize their arguments lack rationale. We need people to ask more why questions? Keith

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    • As I’ve said before. I will post fact checks in the comments when one of my FB friends posts something false or just downright ridiculous. The other day, however, someone responded to my comment, “We don’t believe Snopes either,” to which I replied, “of course not.” with a crying-laughing emoji. There is no one blinder than he who does not want to see.

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      • Lindi, we took some of my daughter’s friends out to dinner on a college visit this week. They were enthused by my concerns over the environment and lack of climate change action. One said her own parent called her a “snowflake” and asked what they were teaching her at college. They noted climate change was a hoax and they planned on buying a property on Okracoke Island on the Outer Banks on NC. I said she might want to ask them to look into homeowners insurance prices as they have gotten pretty steep due to higher risk to ocean flooding and some places cannot find insurance for the value of the house. It is so real, actuaries are reflecting the risk in pricing. Keith

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        • So sad. Living in Florida “Paradise” has been an eye opener. About 30 dead dolphins have washed up in SW Florida since Thanksgiving alone but the people voted for a Governor and Senator with a record of voting down ecosystem protections or access to resources. The day after the election one of the major polluters was granted an extended lease on property that had been identified as a fix. Go figure. Can’t say it enough, I hope this new Congress can get to work on issues that matter for the good of us all.

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    • You’ve got that right, my friend. Instead, I think far too many are becoming inured and what might have once elicited a ‘WTF’ now merely warrants an eye roll or a shake of the head. You’re also right about social media … it tends to magnify certain things, and give voice to people who wouldn’t otherwise have one. Sadly, the people who listen to those voices often don’t use their brains to think about whether what they are hearing makes sense or not.

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      • Jill, there are so many examples, but here is an over-arching one. How can a billionnaire who appoints other billionnaires and mult-millionaires to his cabinet be believed as a champion of the common man? Especially, this one, who has screwed people over and lied to them his entire life. This is truly a WTF. Keith

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        • It is indeed, my friend. And I’ve got another … people say they like him because he “Tells it like it is” … you have to say WTF on that one, for he lies more than he tells the truth! I debate each day whether to scream, cry or laugh. Usually I just kick something and say WTF???

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          • Jill, the list is endless. He started with not having affairs, to not being aware of payouts, to only being aware of payouts much later, to signing off on the payouts, to back again saying Cohen is lying to now saying the payouts were private money? OK, Trump followers which of the above is telling it like it is? And, just for kicks, Trump protects his brand so of course he was involved and he would prefer to use someone else’s money than his own. Why people cannot see and hear his incessant lying is beyond me. Keith

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            • That is currently one of life’s greatest mysteries to me … how people can be so blind and deaf. Somebody told me not long ago that it is his “charisma” and I laughed so hard I nearly choked! Charisma??? Him??? 🤣🤣🤣


  7. Again the U.K. is catching up. Political party funding is a mess. But it goes wider. Ownership of the media outlets determines the political bias and the news agenda. Even the once impartial BBC is now open to question. Do any of these represent the average person, the local community. No.

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    • I think that in most Western nations today, the average person is largely unheard and whether we’re talking politicians or media outlets, profit is the first consideration. There is an end somewhere, but I’m not sure when or where, and I’m fairly certain the price will be hefty.

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  8. If it helps any Jill, I can see at least two possible FBI spies in the Proud Boys picture. I’m sure there are infiltrators taking notes.
    As for the new representative meeting, this is plain intimidation. If you don’t play by our rules, you will regret it, and you will not last. I’ve seen that in operation before. It is not easy to fight. The only good thing right now is there are lots of newbies, and if they can stick together they may have a chance at survival. In smaller groups, they have no chance.
    For the muslim women, congralulations. If you can survive the racism and hatred you are about to encounter, you will do well. But it will not be easy. The good old boys will pretend to be christian whether they are or not. A lot of insulting names will be thrown across the floor. Be sure to wear strong name deflectors.

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    • I wonder which two, for they all looked like a bunch of burnt-out low-lifes to me. I do hope the newbies in Congress are able to make a difference, but in truth, it is likely that for the next two years, nothing can be accomplished because of a majority democratic House and a majority republican Senate. But, at least Trump won’t be getting everything he wants rubber-stamped. And since ours is a secular government that plainly calls for a separation between church and state, I cannot help but wonder why any legislator’s religion should matter, or even be known, for that matter? Sigh. We are a mess.


      • Look first for the lowest of the low, a MAGA hat and an open beer. Generally when undercover the thought is to stay in the background. In America, the FBI believe it best to hide in plain sight, as the saying goes. Always look first for the most obvious radical, he will alwsys be close to the front in a march. The second happens to also be in the front row, but he is hiding his identity in a wool cap. He is completely out of place in this group, but that is what makes him stand out as above suspicion. They might not even be aware of each other, often infiltrators are not. I wish there was a way to prove my theory, but without forcing them to come out there is no sure way, until people are arrested, and these guys end up in the witness boxes.
        I had my experiences with undercover agents back in the 60s. I learned my lessons well, lol.

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        • Well, since we’ll never know for sure, I’ll buy your theory, for it makes sense. And you’ve had up-close-and-personal experience with these guys, whereas I get all my information from Vince Flynn novels!


          • Did you ever read the story of the Black Panthers in Chicago in 1968. The leaders of the Panthers were the two FBI agents, each thinking the other was a real Panther. They egged each other on until one of them set the other up to be raided. They supplied the weapons to make it look like there was about to be violence, and then had the headquarters raided. I don’t remember how many died in the shootout. But their reports back to their handlers made it obvious the only real culprits were the FBI. The rank and file members had to be convinced to take up arms. Your tax dollars at work.
            When the real story came out it was quashed as fast as possible, but records are still out there if you look in the right places.
            What scares me is the stories that never got leaked…

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              • It was leaked, but quickly covered up. You were about 17 then, so I don’t know how politically conscious you were. Not important, but most Americans did not want to be politically conscious, they were happy to have their governments deny all allegations. After all, it was just a bunch of nlack radicals, who cared if they lived or died. They were troublemakers, and draft dodgers.


      • You have to be very careful Jill it is impossible to judge character by appearance , some of the roughest brutish looking men can have impeccable characters . Obviously this is a group photograph so we can assume birds of a feather.

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        • You are very right, and if I saw any one of these in another setting, I likely wouldn’t have thought a thing of it, but anybody who joins that sort of a group, just stands out and their appearances add to the total image. As you say, birds of a feather.


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