Sunday Snarky Snippets …

Sunday afternoon seems a perfect time to share a bit of snarkiness, don’t you think?  As usual, I didn’t have to look far to find some targets for my sharp tongue.


Don’t believe it for a minute

On Thursday, this headline appeared in The Washington Post:

Racial prejudice has declined as a reaction to Trump’s presidency, a new study suggests

Racial prejudice has not increased among white Americans since the explosive 2016 election, argues political scientist Daniel J. Hopkins. It has actually decreased by some measures, he found, possibly as a reaction to Trump’s unexpected ascension to the White House.

… Hopkins believes the study provides evidence that the racially incendiary rhetoric and policies issuing from Trump’s White House have pushed the majority of Americans in the opposite direction.

Unbelieving, my jaw dropped.  Sorry folks, but I’m not buying this one.  Look at the number of people clamoring for Trump’s horrendous border wall to keep out Mexicans and Central Americans … is that not racism?  Look at the people pushing for laws to remove protections from LGBT people … is that not homophobia?  Look at the people who denigrate Muslims … is that not Islamophobia?  And then this from the Associated Press …

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans espoused hate and violence for years.

In 2018, at least nine hate groups operated in the region of Spokane and northern Idaho, including Identity Evropa, Proud Boys, ACT for America and America’s Promise Ministries, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Keegan Hankes, a researcher for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the number of hate groups is growing across the U.S., driven in part by a toxic political culture. The human rights group counted 784 active hate groups in the U.S. in 2014 and 1,020 in 2018. In particular, white supremacist groups are growing because of fears that the country’s racial makeup is changing.

That is an increase of 30% in just four years.  But racial prejudice is declining?  I think not.


How quickly they forget …

Remember back in November when I wrote about Cindy Hyde-Smith, the junior United States Senator from Mississippi who had said that if she were invited to a lynching, she would be “in the front row”?  It was discovered at that time that she has a history of making racist comments, and had posted this picture, captioning it with “Mississippi history at its best!” Hyde-Smith-rifle

When that news broke, a number of companies requested a refund of campaign monies they had previously donated to Ms. Hyde-Smith.

However, memories are short and this is, after all, the era of Trump, the era of white supremacy in the United States.  Hyde-Smith won her special election last November, despite her racist ways, and is now campaigning for re-election in 2020.  And the following companies are lining up to contribute to her campaign:

  • ExxonMobil ($5,000), the fossil fuel behemoth
  • National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors ($5,000), the trade association for distribution companies
  • National Chicken Council ($5,000), the trade association for the poultry industry
  • National Association of Realtors ($3,000), the trade association for real estate agents
  • American Waterways Operators ($2,500), the trade association for the tugboat, towboat, and barge industry
  • T-Mobile USA ($2,500), the telecom giant
  • Genentech ($2,500), the biotech company that makes Tamiflu and Boniva — now a subsidiary of Roche
  • Foley & Lardner ($1,000), a large legal and lobbying firm
  • General Dynamics ($1,000), the defense contractor and aerospace company
  • Resolute Forest Products US ($1,000), the American branch of a Canadian pulp and paper manufacturer

Hyde-Smith also received the legal maximum donation of $10,000 from Dirigo PAC, the leadership PAC controlled by Senator Susan Collins of Maine.  I’ll leave you to make of that what you will.


I though Japan had better sense …

Trump traveled to Japan this weekend (on our tax dollars) and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rolled out the red carpet.  Understandable, I suppose, given that Japan is currently experiencing an economic slowdown and Abe is hoping for a lucrative trade deal from Trump.  Still …

It began with a round of Trump’s favourite activity, golf.  I wonder if he cheated?  Silly me, of course he did!Trump-Abe-fatman

Trump-Abe-golf

Why am I suddenly reminded of that t.v. show, “Jake and the Fatman”?

Then there was the sumo wrestling “basho”, complete with a special new trophy, a 60-pound ‘President’s Cup’ trophy designed just for Trump to present to the tournament winner, Asanoyama.

Trump-sumo

Twins???

Trump-sumo-2

Trump-sumo-toonDinner was a lovely affair … wait!!!  We paid for Melania to go too???  I can’t afford a weekend trip to the Smokies and … Sheesh!

Trump-Abe-dinner

Presumably Trump and Abe managed to find some time to talk business, as Trump said …

“The prime minister and I talked lot today about trade and military and various other things. I think we had a very productive day.”

Your tax dollars hard at work.


On that note, I shall leave you with something to ruin your appetite so you don’t eat too much this holiday weekend …Trump-as-sumo

 

28 thoughts on “Sunday Snarky Snippets …

  1. As Trump seemingly will not preside as President after his meltdown with Pelosi last week, he can concentrate on taking more vacations at taxpayer expense. A pathetic show of narcissism.

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    • Indeed it is. I was complaining not too long ago about all Trump’s golf outings at taxpayer expense, and a reader reminded me that at least while he’s out playing golf, he isn’t destroying anything. Point well taken. Sigh.

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  2. I seem to remember that polls can be skewed according to the people you ask. Remembering the polls when Trump was elected we should remember and realize we can’t trust them. As the well-known saying tells us: “If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck….” I have one remark about Trump in Sumo garb: “Ewwww.” —- Suzanne

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    • Heh heh heh … a disgusting image, isn’t it? I think they believe that it makes them appear ‘tough’. The worst are the ones who take selfies with their big gun and the dead animal they just murdered. 😥

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  3. Jill, I do not know the veracity of the first study, but it seems out of kilter. I have seen the data on the significant increase in hate crimes. Sheriiffs and police chiefs have forewarned about the increase in domestic hate groups. Then there os the increased animosity toward thr LGBTQ community perpetuated by some religious leaders in backlash to marriage equality laws.

    We must shine a spot light on bigotry and hate. This is especially true if the purveyors are religious or political leaders. Bigotry in leadership is uncalled for. We need leaders to be our better angels not our worst. Keith

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    • I agree … I think their methodology may have been flawed, for from what I could tell, they based it on interviews with people who claimed not to be a bit prejudiced and to be appalled by the racism Trump has promoted, rather than on hard data, facts. You are so right … we must keep shining a spotlight on every form of bigotry and let it be known that this is NOT acceptable. We are all humans, we are all on this earth together … sigh.

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  4. Our news pointed out that Trump’s seat at the sumo wrestling was back a little. The Japanese didn’t want trump being squashed by a falling sumo wrestler. Wouldn’t that have been something!

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  5. Are these people serious about racial profiling and prejudice being less under the Trump administration? I have never seen a bald face lie this obvious in the news in my life! The Pacific Northwest having hate groups doesn’t surprise me. Remember that Portland stabbing that happened a year or two ago? I think people are surprised because most parts of that region in America are heavily liberal in contrast to let’s say the South, but racism still happens there. In the words of Malcolm X, “Anywhere [in America] South of Canada is still the South.”

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    • I had the same thought when I read the article … surely it must be a joke. But, I think their methodology was flawed, for it seems that they based their conclusion on interviews with white people who were aghast at the notion that they might actually be prejudiced. I know very few people who are going to come out and admit it. The facts say otherwise. I see it with my own eyes right on my own street. And yes, even in New England which I’ve always considered to be one of the two most liberal-thinking, diverse areas of the country, bigotry is rising its ugly head. Sigh.

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      • I thought it was a joke at first, too. That doesn’t surprise me at all with them cooking the books with handpicking potential interviewees. Of course they won’t admit it since the two worst things someone can be called start with R: Rapist and Racist. I agree the facts say otherwise since my skin tone made me a target for mistreatment. That is sad about New England since I’ve been to two of those states (Vermont and New Hampshire). One story from the latter state a few years ago involved a biracial boy being lynched by white teenagers and it infuriated me to no end. I wonder if those hellions were charged as adults with attempted murder. I guarantee you if these were black teens doing that to a white child, then I know that would’ve happened.

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        • I think that for the most part, New England remains diverse and liberal-thinking, but there are some whose racism and bigotry have been encouraged by the current environment under Trump, who makes it clear that he doesn’t have any problem with such as the KKK, white supremacists, anti-LGBT and other hate groups. I was researching a Washington State Senator, Matt Shea, who basically proposes turning the nation into one where if you don’t act according to the Christian bible, you will be executed. The insanity is spreading, not only here, but in Europe as well. I’m not sure I see a good ending, at least not in my lifetime.

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          • That makes sense about New England leaning towards the left from what I know about it. That’s true on a nationwide scale especially since he called them good people and that’s his voter base. While the alt-right needs to be called out on their overt bigotry, there’s also covert bigotry coming from the left, too. In VT, there was the sole Black state politician (I forget if she was a state senator or representative) who was bullied out of office, but no one had her back which raised a lot of red flags to me.

            I wasn’t familiar with Matt Shea, but that’s shameful. It’s one thing if one believes in Christianity, but to enact some kind of (for a lack of a better term) Christian Sharia law is just plain insane. I’ve heard stories in Europe with the nationalist angle besides the whole Brexit situation. This certainly isn’t a good look on many countries.

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            • Ahhh … yes, that would have been in Vermont … Kiah Morris, a State Representative who resigned last fall. I remembered hearing about it, but just now went back to refresh my memory. Unconscionable! I suspect it was a combination of the fact that she was a woman and also an African-American woman. Women are still not considered equal to men by a large portion of this nation, hence all these restrictive abortion bans being passed in a number of states. Sigh. What are we becoming?

              I am not a Christian, and try to walk softly on the topic, for I respect other people’s beliefs even when I don’t share them. But in the past few years, I see so much that to me spells hypocrisy, especially coming from the ‘evangelicals’ who are anti-everything … anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, anti-women’s rights. They claim Christianity, which I always thought was supposed to be about love and treating everyone fairly, but they propagate hate and bigotry wherever they go. Sigh. I will not live in a country whose laws reflect those “values”.

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              • Kiah Morris! Thanks for reminding me since I forgot her name. It was a terrible situation when all of that happened. That is true about women not being equal in multiple fields. Her race certainly played into it as well. Vermont only has a 2% Black population which gives her a huge disadvantage as well.

                That’s fine and I respect that, so don’t feel bad. Even I’m tired of so many hypocrites who bash anyone who isn’t like them. The evangelicals in this country certainly irk me and I can’t stand people who play up all of this hate and bigotry.

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                • I agree … her race was likely the main factor, being a woman didn’t help any. I remember being so disappointed … this is what I expect in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia … not Vermont!

                  Sigh. When did somebody decide that people with white skin, who speak English, prefer the opposite sex, and are Christian, are better than all the other billions of people in the world? As my granddaughter would say, “who died and left them boss?”

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                  • Sure, Jill. Those aspects didn’t help her situation. That’s definitely true and it’s a shame that happened. The people of Vermont should know better and do better.

                    Yeah, seriously and I’ve thought about that too. People are not superior to each other. Your granddaughter said it best when it came to that situation. It’s as if bigotry itself is a religion with more followers than any other religion, cult, or worldview.

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                    • Sigh. When will we learn to accept all people “as is”, rather than comparing them to our own flawed selves? When do we finally realize that every culture has richness and beauty, that our own is not any better than another’s? When do we stop fearing ‘other’ and start embracing the differences between us? Sorry … sometimes I just don’t feel as if I belong in this world. Too much hate for me, too much bigotry in all its forms.

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                    • I’m really sorry that you let the words of others cause you to hate yourself. 😥 I hope you like yourself now? As far as the human race goes, if we haven’t learned after all these centuries, my guess is that we never will. Sigh. I plan to come back someday as a wolf, for I’m rather tired of being a human.

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                    • It’s a growing process. It wasn’t just about the name-calling and bigotry, but just how much I was lied to in my life about history and my worth. Whenever I would call out these bullies in the past, I was made to look like the bad guy which caused me to be insulted to silence most of the time. Growing up, reading a lot, and blogging has helped me express myself in ways I wanted to do before. Whether it’s writing my own fiction that I wanted to read, reviewing obscure media including going in detail about certain film plagiarism controversies, getting back into music and poetry, and posting news stories that aren’t covered enough.

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                    • I’m glad you found your niche … we all have one, but sometimes finding it isn’t easy. And, I’m glad you found my blog, for I enjoy ‘chatting’ with you! You are a wise man … don’t ever let anybody tell you differently.

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