A New Batch of Snarky Snippets …

There was much big news this past week, mostly the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the two mosque shootings in New Zealand and add to that Trump’s veto of the bipartisan bills to halt his emergency declaration and his frequent Twitter rants.  So, smaller stories may have gotten lost in the shuffle.  Now that I have caught my breath, I’ve caught up on email and would like to bring you some of those little stories, along with, of course, my snarky commentary.

Kellyanne speaks … sort of

Just as Trump shuns our friends, nations that have long earned our respect, and panders to dictators who have by no means earned our respect, he shuns the legitimate press and panders to the likes of Fox, Breitbart and even Alex Jones.  Thursday, he gave an interview to Breitbart, and here is a snippet of what he said …

“I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of Bikers for Trump. I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

Oooohhh … tough talk from a wuss who cries every time somebody says something negative about him!  But then, the next day, America’s #1 bimbo, Kellyanne Conway, appeared on CNN for a segment with Chris Cuomo.  Cuomo mentioned Trump’s remark and asked Kellyanne if she really thought that was appropriate speech for a world leader, given that it sounds more like something Don Corleone would have said.  Kellyanne’s response?

“You’re just reading into it like you usually do. He was talking about how peaceful and gentle many people are who are otherwise tough.  Christopher, he didn’t threaten and he’s not threatening violence.”

Cuomo gave up on that one and moved to another topic.  In a Wednesday interview, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said that morals don’t matter much when it comes to presidents.  Cuomo played that clip for Kellyanne, and mentioned, as a lead-in to a question, that the Republican Party once had a mantra, “character counts”.  Before he could get to the question, Kellyanne burst forth with …

“I’m sorry is there a question lurking in there or are you pontificating? Because you invited me on here to answer questions.”

The entire interview was ridiculous, but good for a few laughs if you have the stomach for it and ten minutes to spare.

A real shocker!

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was attending a vigil for victims of Friday’s massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, when she was confronted by a student who seemingly blamed her for the massacre.

“This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world. And I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deep down inside. Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric you put out there.”

Clinton handled the situation with remarkable aplomb …

“Certainly, it was never my intention. I do believe words matter. I believe we have to show solidarity.”

But here is the strangest thing of all.  Somebody you would least expect came to her defense.  Take a guess … a wild guess.  Give up?  It was Don Trump, Jr.!

“It’s sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism. We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate. Chelsea should be praised for speaking up. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is part of the problem.”

You could have knocked me over with a feather!

Thumbs-up x2 for New Zealand’s good sense …

In the wake of Friday’s mosque shootings, a few people have said some really, really ignorant and cruel things.  One of those people was none other than radical Milo Yiannopoulos, who is apparently trying to set a record for being uninvited to the most places.  Yiannopoulos was scheduled to visit Australia and had just been issued a visa over the objections of the home affairs department.

But then, in a Facebook post, Yiannopoulos blamed the radicalism behind the attack on left-leaning progressives, and called Islam a “barbaric, alien religious” culture.  After that, immigration minister David Coleman said on Saturday that comments about Islam made by Yiannopoulos in the wake of the Christchurch massacre were “appalling and foment hatred and division” and he would not be allowed in the country.  Score one for common sense!

In the aftermath of the shootings, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made a promise to the people:  “Our gun laws will change”. While most European nations ban them, New Zealand allows, with a special permit, pistols, semi-automatic weapons and machine guns.  That is the only major difference between NZ and most other European nations’ gun laws, and it was the reason the shooter, Brenton Tarrant, came to the country from his native Australia, to do his dirty deeds.

New Zealand Attorney General David Baker announced at a vigil late Friday that the country would ban semiautomatic weapons.  Although this will require more than a statement by the Attorney General and the Prime Minister, and is far from a done deal, isn’t it refreshing to see a country that doesn’t hide behind a shield, a country where the heads of government put the lives of the people they represent ahead of the profits of gun manufacturers?  Listen up, U.S. lawmakers!

Score two for common sense!

A bit of good news …

I conclude with a tidbit of good news.  The University of Tennessee announced recently it would guarantee free tuition and fees to admitted in-state residents with a family household income of less than $50,000.  University President Randy Boyd announced the program, to start in the fall of 2020, saying …

“This isn’t a school just for the wealthy or the elite. This is a school for everyone. It is critically important that we take a lead role in ensuring students can achieve their dream of obtaining an undergraduate college degree. It is our mission and responsibility to do everything we can to ease the financial burden for our middle- and working-class families, and UT Promise is an ideal conduit to achieve that.”

Let us hope that this paves the way for many, many more colleges and universities to offer similar opportunities.  Similar free-tuition programs are available in Oregon, Nevada, Arkansas, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Indiana. Lawmakers in eight other states are considering similar programs.  Eat your heart out, Betsy DeVos!

I think that’s about enough of my snarkiness for one day, so enjoy what’s left of your Sunday, and I shall return in the morning with Jolly Monday!

42 thoughts on “A New Batch of Snarky Snippets …

  1. Thx for the weekly snark. Kudos to Don Trump Jr for talking sense, there might be hope for him yet! Wonderful news re: free tuition, just curious if there is a student enrollment limit, like scholarships they’re not available to everyone. There probably are quotas, unless these colleges operate as non-profit org. Someone still has to pay the bills, either the state or fed.
    As for gun control in the US, 3 yuge obstacles… the 2nd amendment, gun manufacturers and lobbyists like NRA. Unless federal law repeals the 2nd, and ban lobbyist or donations to our representatives, nothing meaningful will change. Sigh.
    Overall, fairly positive snark, let’s hope we’re on a roll!

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    • Glad you liked my dose of snark! Not much hope for Junior, I think, for his defense of Chelsea was a subtle (or not so subtle) dig at Ilhan Omar, I do believe. I imagine you’re right that there are some limits as to how many students the university can fund, but I am thrilled to see them taking this step.

      Yes, I know. The founding fathers are no doubt kicking themselves for putting that 2nd amendment in there. The thing is, the courts have interpreted it so loosely. It’s like telling your child, “Sure, you may have a cookie before dinner”, and he eats all 4 dozen, because you failed to specify “only one”. The founders could not possibly have imagined the innovations in firearms we see today, and personally I would LOVE to see the 2nd amendment completely repealed, but it won’t happen any time soon.

      Have a great week!

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      • Come to think about it ur probably right about Don Jr, the whole family operates on ulterior motives. My first impression was – cool, Don Jr’s showing some empathy. That’s chivalrous of him standing up for Chelsea. We’ll see if he’s for real or not going forward.

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  2. In Great Britain the only guns private individuals can own are shotguns for hunting and clay pigeon shooting (skeet shooting). Instead of being shot, lots of people are killed here with knives.
    Just saying Jill. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • True, Jack. BUT … how many people can you kill in 30 seconds with a knife? Maybe 4-5? How many can you kill with an AR-15 in 30 seconds? 60-70. Plus … with a knife, you have to get within arm’s length, whereas with a gun, you can kill from a distance. And lastly, a knife can be fended off with hands & arms, whereas a bullet, once released … you better be able to duck fast! Just sayin’, Jack. Hugs, my friend! ❤


  3. Jill, words matter. I find it disingenuous when folks like Kellyanne and Sarah tell us we misunderstood their boss. We cannot unhear what they man said. On Breitbart, what Trump said was more than a veiled threat. I also heard him tell us white nationists are a small problem – maybe for him, but a growing one by more than a few metrics. Then, he went after John McCain again (it is easy to pick on a dead guy Mr, President) saying he released the Steele Dossier of fake news before the election. The dossier has proven to be pretty accurate, but McCain handed the report to the FBI in December five weeks after the election. He is getting noticeable push back.


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    • Keith … the ‘person’ sitting in the Oval Office is not by any stretch a president, and people like Kellyanne and Sarah apparently believe that we are all such total fools that we cannot understand what Trump said. It’s rather a slap in the face to have them tell us the exact opposite of what we heard with our own ears. I don’t see how we can take much more of the lies, but the threats of violence against any who are against him, the threats to sic the military, police, and for Pete’s sake the bikers against any who don’t see it his way are the signs of an authoritarian regime, pure and simple. It is the sort of language I expect out of Rodrigo Duterte … not out of a president of a democratic-republic. My bigger concern, though, is that his blindfaith followers are applauding. That is what will lead to bloodshed in the streets, for they are the ones with the arsenals in their basements, they are the ones who, I believe, would answer Trump’s call to arms. I would like I think, to see the media refuse to host either Kellyanne or Sarah Huckabee Sanders, or any of his other sycophants, for they are wasting their time and ours, since all we get is the ‘party line’, which is one big lie. Sigh.

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      • Jill, Trump consistently embellishes his reach. He does have a fervent following, but if he refuses to leave, he will be walked to the door by people who respect their oaths. His BS is wearing thin on people paying attention. Attacking McCain again reveals his lack of character. He is seeing people push back standing up for a dead hero. The movie “Gladiator” is on tonight. The buffoonish emperor who was stupid enough to fight the gladiator is Donald Trump. Keith

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        • I like your take on it all, and I think … hope … that you are right. Perhaps I’ve just sunken into that dark place again where I am projecting the worst case scenario. It’s hard to keep one’s head above water these days. His denigration of McCain infuriates me, for McCain is one of the few republicans of the last decade for whom I have tremendous respect.

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          • Jill, the other thing the military likely sees is his refusal to stand up for Americans or America, believing the words of “hoods” running countries than his own intelligence people. Keith

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          • someone who continues to publicly denigrate dead senators and war heroes is nothing more than a sad pathetic small lonely (I don’t want to say man for that smears a good bit of the human population, I can’t say biological lifeform for that insults every other living entity on the earth, what else is left? Cartoon? No, that doesn’t work either as memories from my childhood would be forever tarnished. what then can we classify this phenomenon as without ruining the reputation of anything? I don’t know.

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  4. I wonder who will end up paying for the free college for those people? Will it be absorbed in higher costs for people who make over $50000.00? The issue that I have with free college is that it really isn’t free at all. Someone ends up paying the cost of that program. Think about that, it’s just plain common sense logical economics.

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    • Now Scott … let’s think about this for a minute. Would you really begrudge your tax money helping low-income students go to college? You don’t live in California or Rhode Island, but your tax dollars go to build interstate highways in those states. You may be a pacifist, but your tax dollars still go to buy nukes and war toys.

      But, the bottom line is that you and every one of us in this nation are better off the more young people go to college. The U.S. has ‘dummied-down’ over the last few decades, and frankly, the only people who can truly afford a college education without going into debt for life are the very wealthy. Do we really want the DeVos’ and Kochs to be the only ones that lead our nation in the future? The nation is stronger if we help people get an education.

      Daughter Chris, an RN, has over $120,000 in college debt, and that is AFTER the Pell Grants and other federal programs helped her. Let’s face it, she will be in debt until she retires or dies, whichever comes first. The same is true for so many people. Education is probably the best single investment we can make in our future.

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      • I wasn’t saying that I begrudge low income students getting an education but I would think that lawmakers would want to try to address the very real issue of college educations being so costly in the first place. Giving out free educations may help some students but it doesn’t address this problem.

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  5. What did daddy have to say to Junior after the Clinton comment? That would have been fun to hear. And Kellyanne saying el dumpo was talking about how gentle some peole could be, including Bikers for Trump? So gentle that they only broke 9 fingers instead of ten, and only cracked one kneecap instead of both. How much more gentle could you expect?
    Blaming the left for the Christchurch shootings? Did they hold a gun to Tannant’s head while he shot defenseless people?
    The UT story was a nice finishing touch.

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    • No word on that. Yes, I’m sure he got reamed for it, and I’m equally sure he did not do it out of genuine concern for Chelsea Clinton, but rather was making a statement subtly aimed at Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. It still shocked me, though, as I’m sure it did Chelsea.

      Kellyanne is a high-paid bimbo who parrots whatever she is told, just as is Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I feel sorry for their husbands, but they were dumb enough to marry them.

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