Snarky Snippets … Version MCXII

I used to do Snarky Snippets once every couple of weeks.  Now, it’s more like several times a week.  There is just so much …

Who could blame him?

Yesterday, a man in a wheelchair tried to set fire to himself outside the White House gates. The man lit his jacket, officers immediately responded, extinguishing the fire and giving the man first aid, the man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries yada, yada, yada.

A “suspicious package” was found near the area … turned out to be the man’s backpack.  The White House was put on lockdown because the Idiot-in-Chief was there, even though it was obvious there was no threat to him.  And thus ends the story, right?

So why did the guy do it?  There comes a point where hopelessness leads to not caring anymore which leads to … this.  A man who figures life isn’t much worth living any more, and whose fault is it?  Donald Trump’s.  And so … let’s put an end to it, but let’s make sure Trump knows that this blood is on his hands, that he is responsible for the death.

The official story, by later today or tomorrow, will be that the man had a history of mental illness.  I’m betting not.  I’m betting that he’s given up on the hope of seeing this country rise above the abomination that is Donald Trump, decided it’s not worth sticking around to watch the final chapter, but wants Trump to know … as if Trump had a conscience and could understand human pain, the suffering of humanity.

Score one for Maxine Waters

Steve Mnuchin … just seeing his picture makes me want to relieve him of that smirky little smile he always seems to wear.  For any who are unaware, Mnuchin is Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, another of Trump’s boot-lickers.

Well, on Tuesday he met his match in the persona of one Representative Maxine Waters!


Mnuchin had been testifying before the House Financial Services Committee, when he decided he had enough and cited a meeting with a “foreign leader” as his reason for needing to leave.  Ms. Waters, chairperson of the committee, asked Mnuchin if he could give the committee another 15 minutes so members who had been waiting for their five-minute turn could ask him questions.  He again cited the importance of his meeting.

Finally, Ms. Waters said, “If you wish to leave, you may.”  Well, Mnuchin was caught off-guard by that, apparently, and responded with …

“Please dismiss everybody. I believe you are supposed to take the gavel and bang it.”

WHOA-DEE … You could have heard a pin drop, for about 3 seconds, until Representative Waters said …

“Do not instruct me as to how I am to conduct this hearing.”

Mnuchin stayed the extra 15 minutes and then told Waters, “I look forward to being back in May, and we will work on a date.”  Waters responded, “Thank you very much.”

The lady has class!

He just keeps coming back …

Ol’ Roger Stone just won’t go away and stay gone.  On Friday, his lawyers asked a federal judge to dismiss Stone’s indictment for lying to Congress and obstructing justice and to order that Stone receive a full unredacted copy of Mueller’s recently completed report.  Say WHAT???  We the People are as unlikely to see it as a man is likely to give birth, but Roger Stone thinks he deserves a copy?  Yo … Roger!!! You can read the heavily-redacted version in the New York Times the same as the rest of us! At least, I suppose they let you read the Times in prison.

“No other person, Committee, or entity has Stone’s constitutionally based standing to demand the complete, unredacted Report,” said the lawyers.


A new bromance for Trump?

Trump has found himself another strongman dictator to love … what a surprise, eh?  This time it is Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, a ‘president’ in name only, but in reality, a dictator who is in the process of making changes to Egypt’s Constitution that will make him a de facto dictator for life, while permanently enshrining military control over Egypt’s political system. He continues to hold tens of thousands of political prisoners, including at least a dozen U.S. citizens.Trump-al-SissiSo, how did Trump respond when al-Sissi arrived at the White House for a visit on Tuesday?

“I think he’s doing a great job. I don’t know about the effort. I can just tell you he’s doing a great job. Great president.”

The Egyptian president, naturally, returned the compliment …

“Let me emphasize, Mr. President, that the relations have not been better over the years of our bilateral relationship, and that is why I’m extending, Mr. President, to you our thanks … All the credit goes to you, Mr. President.  Thank you very much for your support on all fronts.”

Feeling sick yet? 🤢 Trump also took the opportunity to lie and whine to al-Sissi …

“We are building a lot of wall, and we are being very strong on the border. But we are bucking a court system that never, ever rules for us, and we are bucking really bad things with the Democrats in Congress not willing to act. Nobody can believe these decisions we’re getting from the 9th Circuit. It’s a disgrace.”

And al-Sissi sat smiling at Trump, for he has had his own troubles with judges who were trying to thwart him by upholding the law.  President al-Sissi’s answer to his troubles was to change the law.  Think about that one for a minute.

Okay folks, I’ve vented enough for one day.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend … I’ll be back!

42 thoughts on “Snarky Snippets … Version MCXII

  1. Mnuchin….With an expression like that the guy is straight out of MAD’s central casting.
    On the fellow sitting in the WhiteHouse. Dictator?
    One thing about dictators- They normally come through a hard background, where literally their lives have been at risk, (usually from other would-be dictators)which makes them think that is the final solution to a problem- bang!
    Him? Look at it. A privileged, flabby background in a non-productive part of Enterprise. He is laughable unqualified to handle the job.
    In a situation of that nature, he would be set up as the front from another person (or persons) and within a month would be out….Retiring…and then after a few month ‘arraigned’ before a ‘court’ to answer some set of charges so they can hustle him out of the way for good.
    Trump The Dictator?..……….. Gimmie a break. Elmer Fudd would have a better chance.

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    • Hello Woebegone. You are correct but you seem to miss that he is a figurehead to some degree. The real power behind him is the senate under McConnell. McConnell took some very large Russian donations, and he is getting a very large Russian backed aluminum plant in his home state where he is very unpopular. tRump would have been out in the first few months if the republicans had not banded together to protect him. In fact Ryan , the House leader at the time, joked about members being on the Russian payroll. So yes tRump could end up a dictator, the front for the real power of a Republican party that doesn’t like democracy and will do anything for power over others. Hugs

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      • Oh I agree Scottie. Point not actually missed though… In Russia they have this phrase ‘Useful Idiot’.
        I still maintain in such a situation he’d be gone in months. A useful ploy to show the ‘credentials’ of the upright and democratic principles of the folk behind him ‘For they are all honourable men’…who would be shocked, shocked I tell you at some of the evidence they ‘found’ about him.
        They could soon convince his supporters to howl ‘betrayal’ with the right evidence.
        Cromwell was very astute on this matter:
        ‘Do not trust to that, for these very people would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged.’ – Response to John Lambert’s remarks that he ‘was glad to see we had the nation on our side’ as they were cheered by a crowd in June 1650.
        Trump is the perfect foil and distraction if anyone is planning a complete take over…..Though as an outsider my comment would be ‘Take over the USA?….Ha! Good luck with that!’

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    • I like your perspective better than my own, for sure. But, he’s already broken the law multiple times since taking office, and nobody is willing to call him on it. Why? ‘Cause they are afraid of him. He’s staffing the entire administration with sycophants, so who is to stop him when, say around next June, he comes up with another contrived “emergency” and uses it as an excuse to cancel the election?

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  2. Jill, I fully understand. Tearing down institutions comes at a cost, which is a legacy the current President will leave. Showing contempt for such institutions whether they are the FBI, Federal Reserve, Congress, media et al, is a disservice to our country. It matters not the party who does it. That is unlearned lesson my former party needs to rediscover. Keith

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    • So true. It seems that all of us will bear the burden of that cost for many years, perhaps decades, to come … long after he is but a blot in history. I saw something from 2016 when he was on the campaign trail where he said he would re-unite the people of this country, but all he has done is to widen the gap to a point that I’m not sure they can ever be repaired … certainly not in our generation anyway. Every day there is some new abomination to raise the blood pressure, and I’ve finally reached my saturation point to where I am just almost unable to enjoy anything, for I am constantly busy scowling and grumbling. At this rate, he will outlast us all. Yes, your former party needs to take the cotton candy out of their ears and the rose-coloured glasses off their eyes and try to comprehend what is happening, but … for them I think it is all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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  3. Hello Jill. One other thing. Why was Mnuchin pushing to have Waters dismiss him by shutting down the hearing rather than him just leaving like he did in the end. He was looking for her to force him to say, he wanted the talking point. He wanted to use it as the over the top chair Democratic chairwoman mistreating a cabinet secretary. But by not doing so she ruined his plan. It seems so clear he was trying to back her into a corner, and she did not fall for it. He came there looking for an issue, she did not give him one. Hugs

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  4. Three cheers and a standing ovation for Maxine Waters! Late last night I watched two short segments of the April 11th monologue on The Late Show by Stephen Colbert : 1) Should Mnuchin Stay or Should He Go. Less than 1 1/2 minutes that is set to music. 2) Maxine Waters Has The Gavel (not the gravel). Only about 4 1/2 minutes in length. Both are laughter inducing, at a time when things to laugh about seem in short supply. Roger Stone is deserving of many things that need not be mentioned, but a copy of the Mueller Report in unredacted form or any other is most assuredly not among them. Trump’s fascination with and hero worship of dictators the world over should have been a red flag long ago to those holding power and prompted some action. Their silence is deafening! There is little doubt in my mind that if the opportunity presents itself, Trump will grab a dictatorship here with both hands! Thank-you!

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  5. Hello Jill. The changing of the law is well underway by the republicans. They are doing it by putting Right wing Christian ideologs on courts who will rule based on religious ideas and political party wishes. I am worried we are watching the the finial flush of our country down the old toilet drain. Hugs

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    • I wonder how happy those republicans will be when he shuts down the free press and declares himself a dictator for life? Or the religious fanatics? I am worried too, my friend, but I still believe there is hope for this country, although if we don’t get off our patooties and acknowledge and respect what the climate scientists are telling us, then there isn’t hope for any nation on the globe. Eventually, if we are the only nation not doing our share, other nations will be inclined to take action … I would. Hugs!

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