Bits ‘n Pieces of …

I’m not sure if this post can legitimately be called one of my Snarky Snippets pieces, for there really isn’t any snark involved, just anger and disgust.  So, we’ll consider it to be just a Bits ‘n Pieces post, for lack of a better name.  I’m suffering mind bounce and exhaustion, so I was working on a longer piece but kept losing focus, and all these little things were weighing on my mind, so how could I not share them with you, my friends!


Poetic Justice …

David-BerryDavid Berry, Jr. along with his father and brother are the most despicable of all people.  What did they do?  They are murderers.  They are serial poachers, convicted of killing not one, not two, but hundreds of deer, taking the deer’s heads, and leaving their bodies in the woods to rot.    DeerThe case is reportedly one of the biggest poaching cases in Missouri’s history.  So far Berry’s father and brother have not been sentenced, although both have lost their hunting and fishing licenses for life.  But last week, David Jr. was sentenced by Judge Robert George.  His sentence was only one year in prison, along with another 120 days for firearms violations.  Not nearly enough … but there was a caveat that I rather liked.  Berry Jr. is to watch the Disney animated movie Bambi prior to December 23rd, and again once every month for the rest of his one-year sentence. BambiThe judge likely thinks that seeing the scene where Bambi’s mother is shot and killed by a hunter will induce some empathy, perhaps even instill a conscience.  I sincerely doubt it, but I rather liked the sentence.  I would like it better if it accompanied a 35-year prison sentence.


Above the law???

Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 8 of the United States Constitution reads …

“No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no person holding any office or profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.”

This short clause is known as the Nobility Clause, or the Emoluments Clause.  In short, the clause prohibits federal officeholders from receiving any gift, payment, or other thing of value from a foreign state or its rulers, officers, or representatives.  The intent at the time the framers were drafting the Constitution was to ensure that the country’s leaders would not be improperly influenced, even unconsciously, through gift giving, then a common and generally corrupt practice among European rulers and diplomats.

That seems laughable in this, the Reign of Trump, for it is obvious he has no qualms about making profit from foreign entities.  Today, there is a lawsuit against Donald Trump, brought by the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. The suit alleges that Trump has violated the emoluments clause, in part by accepting payments from foreign governments that patronize the Trump International Hotel, just blocks from the White House.

A trial court judge has ruled that the case may proceed and has authorized some 38 subpoenas for Trump’s financial records, including tax returns.  Needless to say, Trump is fighting against providing the information.  He claimed, erroneously, that ‘emoluments’ referred only to outright bribes.  Wrong.

And so yesterday, the Department of Justice asked a federal appeals court to throw out or at least temporarily halt the lawsuit.  Don’t you just love it when they say “The Justice Department asked …” or “The administration says …”  The Justice Department is comprised of a number of humans, as is the administration, and likely one specific individual is responsible for that request, but we are not told who … only that the department requested.  I could make a good guess, and I’m sure you can too … the ‘acting Attorney General’ Matthew Whitaker who is naught but a boot-licker planted in the position for this very reason.

In asking that the case be thrown out or delayed, Trump is, via the voice of the Department of Justice, claiming that he is above the law.  He is claiming that he is superior to you, to me, to any other individual in this nation.  If, in fact, the rule of law does not apply to Donald Trump, then he is no longer the president, but rather the dictator.  Let us hope that the courts have more of a conscience, more concern for the laws of this nation than the boot-lickers at the Justice Department.  Stay tuned …


Freedom of Speech vs Donald Trump

You’ll remember long ago when Trump said …

“We are going to take a strong look at our country’s libel laws, so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts.”

Instead, he decided early in his tenure to simply discredit the media by calling them “fake news” and worse, “the enemy of the people”.  Unfortunately, the 40% or so of people who actually think Trump has legitimacy, believed him and turned, instead, to state media outlet Fox News. But Trump never tires of finding ways to heckle the press.  It was just last month that he pulled the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta when Acosta repeatedly asked Trump a tough question that he didn’t want to answer.  The court overruled him and Jim now has his press creds back.

However, this week the thin-skinned ‘man’ in the Oval Office is taking up the issue once again, for he was offended by a Saturday Night Live sketch depicting what life might be like had Donald Trump never been elected, in the style of the 1946 film, It’s A Wonderful Life.  (Sounds like a winning scenario, don’t you think?)  Take a look … I promise it is worth the few minutes …

On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted …

“A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?”

trump tantrumIn response, a number of people took to Twitter to remind Trump of that little part of the Constitution that we refer to lovingly as the First Amendment, that thing that separates a democratic republic from a dictatorship.  Yes, he’s blowing hot air … again … and no, he isn’t going to be successful in taking Saturday Night Live or CNN or The Washington Post to court.  But it’s the fact that he keeps doing this that is wearing thin, grating on our nerves.

After the horrendous murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Trump’s nonchalant response, I think most thinking people in this nation, most people possessed of a conscience, are sick and tired of Trump’s juvenile rantings against the press. His attacks against the media are dangerous and it’s time to put a stop to them.  Words have consequences, even for the ‘man’ who considers himself to be above the law.


And on that note, I bid you ‘adieu’.

48 thoughts on “Bits ‘n Pieces of …

  1. Deer don’t have parents, siblings, or children, didn’t you know. Since they have no one to miss them, you can shoot them without needing to bother your conscience. Maybe he should be made to shoot his father and brother. Would he refuse to carry out a direct order? What if it was a him or them situation?
    As for Dumby, he has believed himself to be above the law all his life, except for a few little setbacks. Why should anything change now that he is el presidente?

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    • Ah yes, silly me for forgetting that they are only “dumb animals” put on earth only for the pleasure of mankind. Though I believe myself to be a pacifist, a non-violent person, I really want to whack this dude’s head repeatedly with a baseball bat.

      You’re right … he is still precisely what he has always been: an asshole.

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  2. David Berry Jnr, his father and his brother. Hang em High.
    So CNN don’t have the right to mock Trump’s twisted administration but Fox can tell as many lies, spread as much slander as it wants. and that’s OK. What’s good for the goose springs to mind.
    Cwtch

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    • I am so disturbed by the Berry clan … the more I think about it, the more my heart breaks. And he gets a year … one lousy year in prison??? I have a friend who spend 2.5 years in prison for a DUI!!!

      That’s right … as long as you’re singing Trump’s praises, you can tell as many lies as you want, but don’t dare mock the ‘man’. Sigh. Shoot me now.

      Cwtch

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  3. Not really a lot to say… It’s all a bit exasperating. That SNL ‘It’ s a Wonderful Trump’ was clever.
    Bambi was my favourite film (as a child), but I can’t see it reforming the guy who beheaded all those deer… Twisted POS if you ask me!

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    • It was a clever video … I’m glad you found a version you could watch. No, watching Bambi non-stop for the next year wouldn’t convert that Twisted POS … I simply cannot conceive how any person possessed of even a small bit of conscience, can do that to an animal. 😥 I swear, if I have a ‘next’ life, I’m coming back as a wolf! 🐺

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  4. Jill, bypassing the deer hunter to the the other hunter in the White House, two things have been apparent from the outset. The US President is clearly enriching himself as President. Even matters as simple as his local hotel that dignitaries feel obligated to stay at to curry favor to his financial interests in Russia and Saudi Arabia which he has both denied at some point, he is leveraging. The other is he has been an untruthful person his entire life, so his attack on the media is purposeful to distract from the fact he is the biggest purveyor of lies in a democratic country. Keith

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    • Y’know, my friend, it’s been nearly two full years now, and I’m still scratching my head and asking, “Why? How?” None of his traits were unknown … there was plenty of information pre-election … and yet, here we are, with the most corrupt president in the history of the U.S., trying to figure out how to hold him accountable, while some 40% of the nation is shaking pom-poms and yelling, “Trump, Trump, he’s our man!!!”

      I still want to punish the deer murderer, too.

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  5. I bet you 10 to 1, those hunters are bigly trump supporters. Another cruel brainless idiot.
    I saw somewhere that someplace in Africa has made the law ok to shoot poachers on sight and in a period of time (week/month?), they have killed 50 people! Go for it!

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    • There’s no doubt about it! Really? I hadn’t heard of that, but will go digging for info about it. In a case of man vs animal … I am most always on the side of the animal! They have much purer spirits than humans do!

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  6. Dear Jill,

    You can make a sure bet by thinking that David Berry, Jr. along with his father and brother are supporters of President Trump.

    Let’s pray that the DOJ’s Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker loses in his argument that the courts should delay the emoluments’ lawsuit against President Trump.

    Someone should have warned President Trump that having comedians making fun of him and the press being highly critical of his administration are part of his job description. If he can’t stand the heat, he should leave which would be a great Christmas gift.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I’ve no doubt you are right about the Berry clan … I was left heartbroken and speechless by that story. How … HOW can somebody kill such beautiful animals … hundreds of them … and not feel awful? I wanted so badly to take a rolling pin to this man’s head!!!

      I certainly have my fingers crossed for the courts to overrule the Justice Department on the emoluments issue. So far, the courts have been the only ones willing to put the brakes on Trump. I loved what Judge Sullivan told Michael Flynn yesterday!

      Yes, think back to all the jokes that were made at Obama’s expense … and he never once lashed out or threatened the media. Trump is awfully thin-skinned for one who claims to be a ‘genius’!

      Hugs!!!

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  7. We’re unable to see that film clip of SNL here in India, Jill. I don’t know whether it involves some licensing agreement or some other matter, but we can’t. I read a transcript of a part of the skit though so understand what’s happening. This may be another act put on by POTUS to take our attention away from more important things going on. 😦 — Suzanne

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