I warn you, I am in a very foul mood tonight, and these snarky snippets are likely more like mini-rants.
Those Trumpians are real winners, eh?
We have heard of Trump’s … er, shall we say dislike … for Representative Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, and those of us with any sense see his tirades for what they are … the juvenile, racist rantings of an ignorant fool. But here’s something to give you a chuckle.
The pro-Trump person who was hoping to vie for Representative Omar’s congressional seat in 2020 is named Danielle Stella, a 31-year-old special education teacher. Ms. Stella is a supporter of QAnon, the conspiracy theory group, if that tells you anything. Well … turns out that twice this year, she has been arrested for shoplifting!
In January, she stole 279 items valued at $2,327.97 from a Target store in Edina, Minnesota, and in April she was accused of stealing “tick spray and other items” from a Cub Foods grocery store. What a fine, upstanding citizen, eh? She may be a thief, but … it won’t matter to republicans who will prefer her over Ms. Omar because why? Because her skin is white, because her parents are of European ancestry, and that is all that matters to the vast majority of republicans today.
Oh yeah, and while Stella is busy referring to Ms. Omar as a “witch” and a “criminal”, she herself had a DUI in 2009, along with a charge of fleeing from the police! A fine lot they are. Their “leader” has been a criminal since he was old enough to walk, and the followers figure it’s okay for them to steal from a Target store because they are privileged and … white.
And on a related note, some jerk named Chris McDonald is calling for Representative Omar to have her citizenship revoked and be charged with treason. My response to him is that he should have his license to be a part of the human race revoked. (I warned you I was in a bad mood)
Another winner, friend of da trumpeter …
Jeffrey Epstein … you all remember him, right? The abhorrent sex trafficker who seems to somehow believe himself to be above the law? Oh, that’s right … that’s a given among those in Trump’s “circle of wealth”. Anyway, the first news I saw yesterday morning was that he was found unconscious in his jail cell with marks on his neck that seemed to indicate a failed suicide attempt.
Funny, though … it wasn’t big news, was more or less swept under the carpet. Wonder why? Oh yeah, that “wealthy privilege” thing again, the same thing that enabled him back in 2008 to serve his 13-month sentence in an unlocked cell, to which he only returned at night, spending his days “working” at his own company, hobnobbing with rich associates, etc.
Later in the day yesterday, it was finally reported that Epstein claims to have been beaten up, although he apparently had no cuts or bruises on his face. And, he has been placed on suicide watch. Given the number of young lives he has ruined, I think they should give him a good sharp knife with his supper and let him have at it. Assuming that he did attempt to strangle himself, wouldn’t that indicate that he likely figures he’s going down for a long time this time, most likely without that VIP treatment he received last time?
Hey! Where’s ours?
On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) levied a $5 billion fine on social media giant Facebook for taking liberties with our privacy – our personal information, including our phone numbers. Okay, fine, but it seems not to have really fazed the company, for there was barely a blip in the value of their stock, and by Wednesday it was at an all-time high. Now, why do you think investors didn’t lose confidence when informed of the fine? Largely because this is the 21st century, the age of electronic spying, and it barely raises an eyebrow anymore. This is the age of a wealthy madman in the White House and crimes among the wealthy are given mostly a wink-wink and not much more. After all, those big corporations that pay no taxes are “trickling down” all that money to we the little folk, right? WRONG!!!
But the thing that galls me the most about this is that the FTC is fining Facebook, Facebook will presumably pay the FTC, an agency of our federal government, but … where is ours? WE were the ones whose information was misused, sold to advertisers who now bombard our phones with robocalls day and night. WE are the ones who suffered … where is our share of that $5 billion? Instead, it will go into the federal coffers so that Donald can play a few extra rounds of golf, eat another steak or two on our dime, and Junior or Ivanka can travel halfway around the globe when I can barely afford a trip to the grocery store!For the record, Facebook’s revenue last year was $56 billion. That’s $56,000,000,000. And do you know what they paid in taxes? Put it this way … thanks to Trump’s donor tax cut in 2017, Facebook’s effective tax rate dropped from 43% in 2017 to 16% in 2018. There is doubt whether they actually paid any, and I don’t have time to research it, but I do know that in 2013, they actually received a refund!
I want a slice of that $5 billion they are paying to the FTC!
Okay, enough of my ranting for tonight. Go find something pleasant to read. I recommend my friend Anne Lawson’s Art blog to bring you a bit of peace to counteract my snark.