Every now and then I let my mind run loose … take it to the park, unsnap the ol’ leash, and just give it free rein to run amok. This happened today and the ol’ mind took off at warp speed. It was a while before I saw it again, and when it returned, it was more than a little bedraggled, and was covered in snark. And so … tonight you get a dose of whatever came from my mind … you may want to don your pith helmets …
And the Most Admired Woman is …
That’s right, folks … none other than the role model of class, style and grace, Michelle Obama!!!
And to really ice the cake, the Most Admired Man in 2018 … none other than the male counterpart role model of class, style and grace, President Barack Obama!!!
I cannot think of two people more worthy of the honour. What does gall me, however, is that Donald Trump came in second for Most Admired Man … why??? However, even so there is a bright spot, for he is only the second president not to win the top honour during his presidency … the other was Gerald Ford. Eat your heart out, Donnie!!!
It isn’t my intent to have another discussion on when a cell becomes a life … there are plenty of those going ‘round and frankly, each side continues to make the same points, and nobody is listening to the other side, so why even bother? But I have some questions for those who are so vehemently against abortion based on their religion.
I want you to think about seven-year-old Jakelin Caal and eight-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo (shown above). These two children both died in the past week while in custody of the United States government. They died because of inadequate care and insufficient medical treatment. Both of their deaths were preventable. These were children, not fetuses. Growing, living, breathing children in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). And yet, I don’t see people protesting, carrying signs and demanding that the children in custody of the U.S. government, children who have in many cases been taken from their parents, be treated with care and compassion. Where is the outrage of those who call themselves “right-to-lifers”? Whose life? Is it only unborn white babies whose lives you will fight for?
And the next question … who or what gives you the right to determine what is right for the rest of us? If you believe abortion is wrong and you don’t choose to have one, fine. Don’t have one. This isn’t Nazi Germany (yet) and nobody will force you. Have 20 children for all I care, but do not ever try to impose your values on others. Not everyone believes in the same god you do, not everyone shares your set of values. And … AND … not everyone has the same opportunities you have such that they can raise a child, afford food, medical care, clothing and shelter to keep that child safe, happy & healthy. Don’t judge others’ situations using your own as a moral compass.
Adoption, you say? Well, let see … domestically, approximately 99,900 children were adopted last year (another 35,000 were adopted from foreign countries). Okay, so almost 100,000 kids adopted … sounds good, right? Wrong. On any given day there are some 438,000 children in foster care, and in the course of a year, some 687,000 children spend at least some time in the system.
My point? Two of them, actually. 1) No single life has more value than another. Those who are determined that a fetus qualifies as a life should be equally concerned and willing to act on behalf of those immigrant children at our southern border, the children being killed all over the world – in Syria, Greece, Saudi Arabia. And those people should be out there advocating for children stuck in a foster care system that barely functions. 2) Freedom of choice belongs to each of us. I will not force you to have an abortion, but don’t tell me that I cannot until you have lived in my shoes.
Statistics, statistics, statistics …
Politico published a set of year-end data that can be used to fact-check some of Donald Trump’s braggadocio. I found these statistics fairly interesting and thought you might too. Naturally, I couldn’t resist adding a bit of snark …
- Number of campaign rallies Trump held in 2018: 44 (Note that the next presidential election will not take place until November 3rd of 2020 … more than two years from the time these rallies were held)
- Number of times he visited one of his golf clubs: 67 (Remember how he said Obama played too much golf and that when elected, he, Trump, would be too busy working to have time for golf? Ahem …)
- Number of war zones visited: 1 (And that was only because the heat in the kitchen at home was getting to be too much for him. When he went to Iraq earlier this week, rather than a positive talk focusing on the troops, he lied to them about their pay raise, and made the rest of his speech all about him. It was a photo op, that’s all)
- Number of 2018 general election candidates Trump endorsed: 90. Percentage of those candidates who won: 55%. (Some candidates, wisely, asked him to stay the hell out of their states)
- Percentage increase in the number of tweets from 2017 to 2018: 32% (He has tweeted more than the first forty-three presidents all combined!!!)
- Percentage increase in references to “witch hunt” from 2017 to 2018: 620% (Holy Smokes, Batman!!! Does this dude ever w-o-r-k???)
- Number of Cabinet secretaries who were removed or quit: 10 (And those were the lucky ones who got out while they still had at least a modicum of sanity)
- Percentage of Trump’s executive staff that has turned over in first two years: 65% (In most corporations, a manager with a turnover rate of 65% would have been long since out the door!)
- Number of presidents who’ve had more than one chief of staff in their first two years: 4. Number of presidents other than Trump who have had three: 0 (He certainly is a record-setting president, isn’t he?)
- Percentage increase in U.S. trade deficit since Trump took office: 18% (Hmmm … seems I remember something about how he was so appalled by the trade deficit under Obama and he, Trump, was going to reduce it? Perhaps I imagined it.)
Yessir, a record-setting president … too bad none of his records are good for the country, yes?
And so, I shall save any remaining snark for another day. Have a lovely Friday, my friends!