Snarky Snippets — Thriving On Chaos

Never before in the history of this nation has there been a more chaotic government, one that had so little clue what they were doing or what the ramifications of their actions would be.  It is truly as if 7-year-old children are the decision-makers in Washington today!

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He wasn’t invited, but nonetheless, Mike Pompeo crashed the meeting.  A group of European foreign ministers were meeting in Brussels yesterday morning to work on how to best handle the situation with Iran that has turned into a mess, thanks to none other than Donald Trump.  The group did not grant Pompeo inclusion in their meeting, but several diplomats from the UK, France, Germany, and the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, granted him private meetings.

The Europeans have all expressed fear not only about how Iran will behave, but equally about the aggression by the U.S.  British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said …

“We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident, with an escalation that is unintended really on either side. Most of all, we need to make sure we don’t end up putting Iran back on the path to re-nuclearization. Because if Iran becomes a nuclear power, its neighbors are likely to want to become nuclear powers. This is already the most unstable region in the world, and this would be a massive step in the wrong direction.”

Since Trump reneged on the Iran nuclear agreement a year ago, he has been taunting Iran, as well as our allies who are trying to hold the deal together without any assistance from the U.S.  Iran finally said, “Enough”, and is threatening to cancel the agreement and return to building its nuclear program.

Apparently little, if anything, was gained by the private meetings with Pompeo, as each side dug in, with Pompeo saying that the nuclear deal should be scrapped.  Apparently, he would like to have a reason to go to war with Iran?  Pompeo has enough foreign policy experience to understand that a war in the Middle East will involve many more nations than only Iran and is a no-win proposition that can only make matters worse in the area than they already are.  If, as I suspect, Trump is all too eager to try out his nuclear button … well, you know where I’m going with that.

Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton have put our allies in a tough spot and have increased tensions in the Middle East dramatically and dangerously.  Way to go, Donnie … what else do you plan to destroy?


The trade negotiations between the U.S. and China were reportedly going well and expected to wrap up within a matter of days.  But … sigh … Trump apparently never heard that old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  He prefers to break that which isn’t broken, and that is precisely what he did last week.  He increased the tariffs on some $200 billion worth of goods the U.S. imports from China, causing China to retaliate and impose new tariffs on some $60 billion worth of goods they buy from us.

Remember how Trump has been bragging about that good economy (the one that was already doing very well when he inherited it)?  Well, guess what folks?  Based on the news of all these new tariffs being bandied about, the market took a bit of a nosedive.  Does this ‘man’ understand nothing???  No, Donnie, tariffs are not good, China isn’t the one paying for the tariffs that YOU imposed … WE are!  And NO, Donnie, trade wars are not easy to win!

Trump claimed his reason for increasing the tariffs was that China was reneging on certain concessions, but there is no evidence of that, and people who have long dealt with Trump in the world of real estate say that this is his modus operandi … he throws a fit over some imagined problem at the last minute, then attempts to bully his way into a better deal.  Trouble is … this isn’t a real estate deal and … our economy and our livelihoods are at risk here.  He is playing with the lives of real people.


I got through my first four years of college with the help of Pell Grants and by often working three jobs.  Pell Grants, for those who may not be familiar with them, are subsidies the U.S. federal government provides for students who need it to pay for college. Federal Pell Grants are limited to students with financial need, who have not earned their first bachelor’s degree.  I could not have gone to college had it not been for those Pell Grants.  Today, they are more important than ever, with the high cost of college.  But guess what?  Donald Trump has decided that playing with his space toys is more important than educating our youth.

Yesterday evening, Trump sent a budget amendment to Congress to take $1.9 billion from the Pell Grant program and give it, instead, to NASA “so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!” 

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Some spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) claims that it will not impact the Pell Grant program … I guess he must think we are all pretty damn stupid.

Trump has already proposed budget cuts for other student aid programs to the tune of $3.8 billion!  It would seem that his ultimate goal is to ensure that only the children of the wealthy can afford to attend college.  Picture the U.S. in 25 years.  Your children and grandchildren will be digging ditches, working in dead-end factory jobs, clerking at a grocery store or McDonald’s, while Betsy DeVos’ and Donald Trump’s grandchildren will be the corporate CEOs and will be the people running our government … if, in fact, there is still a government to run.


And now, I believe I have spent most of my snark, so I shall leave you to find a cheerier blog than mine to read for the rest of the morning.  But never fear, I shall return!

59 thoughts on “Snarky Snippets — Thriving On Chaos

  1. Trump treats the presidency as if this were another reality show for his personal amusement and for filling his coffers. The unmistakable reality is that We the People are the brunt of the joke and it is costing us “bigly”. Being that Trump claims to not believe that the entire planet is in crisis mode, it seems unlikely that his interest in space exploration is an attempt to find a suitable replacement for the one he is hell bent on destroying. Thank-you!

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    • In his mind, it is precisely that … an extension of his real estate business and his reality television show (which I am proud to say I’ve never seen!). I think, as I was telling Keith, that there is something missing in Trump’s thought processes that doesn’t allow him to associate actions with consequences. He isn’t thinking of human lives, but rather seeing this as a power play where he comes out the much-praised winner and everybody will love him. That ain’t how it works … you know this, I know this, and even his advisors know this, but they are having too much fun being given a free hand to do as they wish, as long as it plays along with Trump’s game. It is a dangerous game, not just for us, but for the entire globe.

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  2. My question: What is el dumbpo doing while he is so loudly focusing on old issues, trying to make them new again. What laws is he silently passing, or using executive privilege for. He works his sleight of hand with the deftness of a true conman. Always look to see what his left hand is doing while his right hand is tweeting. It is not playing innocently.

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    • That’s just it … smoke & mirrors, distractions all around. Remember the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz? Thing is, I have no idea. Don’t know how to find out, either. I know of a few things, but nothing earth-shattering. Sigh.

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      • I am sure we are going to find out at some point. That dirty trick with families supposed to be reunited at the border then canceling it, that was worthy of a bullet through his heart, if he had a heart. He probably doesn’t even have blood, just hemolymph, my apologies to insects everywhere.

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  3. Jill, what needs to be highlighted is how this President trashed a breakthrough opportunity with Iran. When the Nuclear deal was signed by Iran and six parties, the median age of Iranis was 35. In other words, 50% of Iranis are younger than age 35.

    We had a chance to change the view of the US for a future generation of Iranis. The agreement was a major first step. By withdrawing from the agreement, after our intelligence and that of the other five parties said Iran was in compliance with the agreement. This is not in keeping with what Trump and Bolton are telling people.

    Now, I realize we need to have concerns with Iran, but they do eith us. We helped overthrow a democratically elected leader to put in our preferred leader. They know that – my guess is Trump does not know that history.

    We had made inroads with Cuba and Iran. Now, we have thrown those forays aside,

    Keith

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    • You are right … he missed an opportunity to make positive changes, but then, that is not his nature. He prefers bullying and destruction, it would seem. I think there is something missing in his makeup that he is unable to think in terms of human lives, or even of the economic fallout. He reminds me of a small child who hadn’t yet developed the mental capacity to associate actions with consequences. The one thing that I think could make him step back would be if he lost a significant amount of the support from his base. But, for some reason that isn’t happening, despite everything. Surely they must realize that if he starts a war, and if nuclear weapons are invoked, there can be no winners?

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  4. The whole Iran situation isn’t just insanely rash, but it’s horrible military strategy.

    1. Iran is allied with Russia. If Trump does something to that country, then his bromance…I mean, friendship with Putin is out the window. Oh, yeah…China is an ally of them, too.

    2. Half the Persian Gulf is Iranian waters. There’s even a small section called the Strait of Hormuz that is the maritime equivalent of a one-way street. What kind of boats usually pass though that strait? Oil ships including transportation ships from Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Not getting into too much detail, but spiking gas prices would be the tamest thing that could happen if they want to send a message.

    3. Unlike most Middle Eastern nations, Iran is mountainous as opposed to flat desert land. Ground troops with all their tanks and Hummers will have a trickier time moving around.

    4. The Iranians know about the West meddling with them before like how they installed the Shah decades ago (Context: They did it via a coup overthrowing their democratically elected president at the time) who is still reviled to this day even by people who weren’t born during his regime.

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    • You are quite right on all counts. The first point is one that has me puzzled, for I’ve felt ever since Trump was elected with help from Putin, that Putin was the puppetmaster pulling the strings of puppet Trump. So, if that be the case, why would Trump be picking a fight with Iran?

      You have made a couple of points that I hadn’t even thought of, such as the Strait of Hormuz, oil tankers and potentially rising gas prices, or severe shortages. I must thank you for your added insight … much appreciated!

      I suspect that Trump isn’t even thinking … well, scratch that, for I don’t think he’s capable of deep or long-range thought … but my best guess is that Trump plans a nuclear attack on Iran. Just a guess … I certainly have no inside track … but, remember when he bragged to Kim Jong-un about having the “bigger button”? He’s made reference to using nuclear warfare a few times, at least, and I have to wonder if … like a little boy with a new toy … he isn’t itching to “pull the trigger”? I hope I’m wrong … I really do. I’m not given to conspiracy theories, but this is something I’ve thought about for a while. I thought it would be North Korea, but … now it seems that Iran is the target of his wrath. Sigh. If only General James Mattis had stayed?

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      • Thank you, Jill. I think the whole Iran/Russia/China ally aspect is the most obvious one. Attacking them especially with Putin running Russia is beyond counterproductive for Trump giving the constant praising of him. Is he even aware that Iran is an ally of Russia? Another aspect I forgot to mention is that Iran is a huge country not just in landmass, but in population. They have 3 times the population of Iraq (81 million+ people).

        No problem. The thing is a ton of oil tankers and ships pass through the Strait of Hormuz ALL THE TIME because that’s the route a lot of that transport takes when it comes to the Middle Eastern oil industry. Think about it. Qatar, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia’s were built on oil including the oil they sell to America. Imagine if Iran wanted to “make a statement” by doing damage to the imports and exports. Everyone would freak once they see rising gas prices and gas shortage if it gets bad enough.

        Yeah, seriously. It would be so foolish on numerous levels and could lead to WWIII if it got that far. I don’t want to fearmonger about that situation, but that is a possibility given the connections, allies, and enemies involved. You know it’s bad when you wish Mattis would be back to rein him in. Let that sink in.

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        • All true … y’know, we have had presidents I didn’t much care for, or disagreed with ideologically in my lifetime, but never have we had one that I truly thought was so stupid that he shouldn’t be president of a garden club, let alone a nation. He doesn’t understand history, is basically uneducated, having only a business degree, and we don’t know but what his daddy bought him that, does not read … the list of DISqualifications is endless, and yet his base still love him. Yeah, wishing for Mattis to be back is bad enough, but what’s worse … I’m even starting to long for Nixon!!!

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          • Sure thing. I can only remember a few administrations because of my age (although I’ve been learning more by studying history on my own time), but I do agree with how unqualified Trump he is. It’s just sad how clueless he is since he’s lived his life without dealing with major consequences or blames other people regardless if they did anything or not (Central Park Five? I rest my case).

            Oh, you know things are bad when you want Nixon back. I wasn’t even born during his administration, but I know that he’s done bad things even to the point where Watergate is the tamest thing he’s done.

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            • Ahhh … you’re just a spring chicken then 😉 When I was born, Harry S. Truman was president, if that gives you any idea. Sigh. I really, really miss Obama right about now. That man was intelligent and had class & dignity … three things that Trump will never be accused of!

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                • Obama wasn’t perfect … no president is, for they are all humans and in addition to sometimes having poor judgment, they often do not have as much information as they need to make the right decision. But, I always felt that he was acting in the best interest of the nation as a whole, and the people who live here. I definitely do NOT have that feeling with Trump. Sigh.

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  5. Nicely done, you’re on form still.I wonder how long it will be before the few sane Republicans left admit that Trump s a danger to America and to the world. Someone has to exercise some control which means when the House starts a move towards Impeachment, the Republicans had better make sure they give at least 5 votes to the Democrat move and give them a majority. I swear if they sit on their hands any longer the world will be at war and it may be nuclear.
    Cwtch

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    • Why thank you, kind sir! I have wondered the same … how far are the republican lawmakers willing to go in their defense of Trump and his ignorance? Are they willing to risk a nuclear war to keep pandering to him? Are they willing to risk the extinction of most living creatures on the planet just to stroke his ego? I think Mitch McConnell is, but surely there are some who have at least a modicum of intelligence, of compassion, of decency?

      Sadly, it’s 22 votes from republicans that are needed in the House to impeach, and then 5 republican votes in the Senate to convict and remove him from office. It should be a no-brainer … to me, it’s obvious that he is, as Keith says, a “clear and present danger”. But, it seems that even with the events of the past week, his sycophants still worship the very ground he walks on. Frankly, I still think assassination would be the cleanest, quickest option.

      Cwtch

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  6. When people believe their leader was sent by god, they will NEVER let go of this belief and they will kill anyone who is against it if so ordered. At the very least, they will say and do nothing to oppose it.

    We haven’t seen nothing yet….2020 and beyond.

    It’s like watching a Greek tragedy unfold before our eyes and the end has already been written. The play is already over. Soon will come the epilogue. We probably can’t get a real scope of this for another 50 years or so and by then, most of us will be long gone one way or another. What a horrible mess for any future generations.

    If I had to blame one thing and one thing alone, I’d blame manmade religion (mostly Abrahamic). Look at its history..nothing but bloodshed, violence, revenge and wars. It’s like a sickness of the mind that has kept mankind in conflict from the beginning of time.

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    • And I would fully agree that the single most destructive factor throughout history has been religion. It seems that man is not content to simply engage in his own beliefs, but must force them on the rest of the world. Karl Marx referred to religion as “the opiate of the masses”, and to an extent he was right, that governments use religion to keep people from “misbehaving”. But to a larger, more realistic extent, religion is what starts wars, it is what makes humans the most arrogant species on earth. Humans believe that they are dominant, that every single living thing, plant or animal, was put here only for their own pleasure. Never mind that most of the other species pre-date humans … Well, it won’t matter before long, for the arrogance and greed of mankind has put us on the brink of destruction and the planet will fare much better without us.

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      • That’s about where I’m at…the planet will be much better off without us in the long run.
        Sometimes I get so tired of the trump cult and the corruption in the Republican Party….the lies, the lack of care for the environment because money is their true god…on and on..

        And the Christian Right is such an evil force….are doing so much damage..so much hate…so much racism..

        Sometimes I feel ” just “bring it on”…get it over with…we no longer deserve this planet.

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        • I hear you … it is all exhausting and it is tempting to give up, but … we cannot. Take a break, recharge your batteries, for we need you in this fight. We may lose … likely will lose … but not for lack of trying. Hugs, Mary!

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  7. Hello Jill. Pompeo / Bolton and their ilk do want war with Iran and they want the surrounding countries to join in. Pompeo is a evangelical Christian who believes in the end times which requires all to bend the knee to their Christ. Bolton is a huge supporter of Israel at any cost. Both of them plus their many supporters want to wipe Islam from the earth. Many people talk about the drive of Islam to take over the world. These are the Christian version. They want to ensure their religion is the dominate one with no challenges. Dominionist. tRump wants a war for another reason and he really doesn’t care with who. He wants to be a successful war time President worshiped by all such as Lincoln, Eisenhower, Churchill, and a few others. He surrounds himself with people who think Hitler showed how to be a leader of a country. He thinks it confers power and respect to the person. He is such an narcissist he doesn’t care people will die and he can not conceive of anything going wrong with him in charge. We are in deep trouble when the rest of the world is trying to stop the US from going to war and the US doesn’t care. I can not remember a time our Sec. of State was excluded from the important world meetings. I cannot remember a time when other countries refused to share the most important intelligence with the US. Add to that the massive spending increases on the military to build up the already severely bloated over sized military, well you can see the writing on the wall. Hugs

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      • Just so you know, Scottie, I haven’t hit a notify button for over a year, but I keep getting emails, and replies keep tumbling intomy notifications box. I think that button is some kind of holdover from an ancient version of Word Press. It appears to be obsolete now.

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        • Hello Rawgod. No it works. The one reason you maybe getting email notifications on comments is if your WordPress following is set to do so. Just as mine is set to notify me of new posts, many people manage the conversations that way. I can not do that. I get way too many emails a day because I subscribe to far too many blogs and far too many YouTube channels. I currently have a back log of 32,742 emails I have not read. Some days I get close to the new day mark. Most day I do not. This is why I tell people to let me know or resend emails if you get no response in a reasonable time. Hugs

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          • That is way above my understanding of Word Press, or computers in general. I came to computers late in life, resisting them as long as I could, and using them very narrowly ever since. The only thing I use You Tube for is to listen to music. I willingly admit I am a dinosaur. I think I have close to 100,000 unopened emails in my gmail account. I really have no idea. I gave up trying to keep it clean many years ago. But no matter, this is unimportan, a side issue at best. As long as we are getting comments and replies, and new postings, all is well.

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            • Hello Rawgod. I agree. I love the comments and replies as much as the posts a lot of the times. I often answer comments in my head if I am not involved in the conversation, as it helps me understand my own points of view. On the email thing, every so often I delete them all and promise my self to do better at reading the new ones. Never works. I am lucky in my set up that I can have news or YouTube on while I also am blogging and doing other online things. Still there is never enough time in the day to do all I wish I could. Be well. Hugs

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              • Hugs to you. I want to say, “Soldier on,” but that only makes sense in my mind. Being a pacifist, the only soldiering I want anyone to do is to keep being themselves. So, I guess, “Keep being yourself!” is the way for atheists to soldier on…

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    • Excellent summation, Scottie, and I agree with all your points! We are quickly becoming the pariah of the world, and deservedly so. Trump is destroying decades-old alliances, he is destroying the world’s view of the U.S., and he is destroying this nation from within. And still, his base are bleating and cheering him, egging him on. I know far too many Trump supporters and I no longer consider them my friends, for anybody who can support this madman cannot possibly have a heart or a brain. Sigh. Hugs!

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  8. The actual American government and Mike Pompeo are showing a principal bad and undiplomatic behaviour, while cancelling just fixed appointments in Berlin and Moscow shortly without further explanation, and then moving to Bruxelles without any kind of invitation. This shows clearly that this president and government in Washington do not care of Europe or anybody else in the world, America first.

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    • They don’t care for America either…only themselves..
      And they don’t care for the trump cultist base either…they just use them for the fools they are

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    • Trump is a user of people … always has been. Many people who have had business dealings with him in the past have said that he is not honest in his dealings and that he only uses people. Thus, he has never formed any true friendships and doesn’t, seemingly, understand how friendships and alliances work. He doesn’t get the concept of “give and take”, but only the concept of ‘take’. In any relationship, it is all about him. Consider that the ‘man’ has had 3 wives and cheated on every single one of them. He is not to be trusted and I would not blame our allies one bit for turning their backs on the U.S. Sigh.

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      • I do not think a breach to come in the near future, especially countries in the East like Estonia and Poland fear a too big Russian influence or even invasion. Whether, this is probable is another question, but their historical bad experiences enforces such fears.

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        • True, and I hope you are right. There are so many facets to this, so many considerations from all around the globe. It boggles the mind, and that is a mind that is capable of processing information, connecting actions to consequences. Unfortunately, Trump is largely incapable of any of that. This is what is most frightening, that we have a madman at the helm who sees this all as just one big game, winner take all, and he refuses to listen to anyone.

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  9. Thanks for this article. It deserves a wide audience. I struggle to understand why so many in the US are still backing Mr Trump in view of the damage he has done and continues to do. Perhaps the current share market might cause some to rethink.

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    • They are backing him because he tells them he is winning. Winning is all important to them, not how the game gets played.
      They do not want to admit they are the ones being played, because that would mean they are losing. They do not want to be losers, so they close their eyes and believe his lies.

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    • In short, he promises them what they want: to overturn Roe v Wade, and to “make America white, Christian again” by halting immigration, abolishing civil rights for LGBT people, and other bigoted goals they have.

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