I wonder if the day will ever come in whatever is left of my lifetime that there won’t be something for me to be snarky or rant about? I’m thinking not, but I wouldn’t mind … honest I wouldn’t! But, for today, there is plenty to bring my blood to a boiling point and have me gritting my teeth ‘til they crack.
Creative Obfuscation 101
Some of the republicans have scrambled around and wracked their little brains to come up with some of he most novel excuses for the mass shootings last weekend. The usual stock ‘reasons’ they offer are mental illness, video games, television, and social media. But this time, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick came up with a rather unique excuse. He claims it is because we no longer have mandatory school prayer (I’m still scratching my head over this one). Perhaps Mr. Patrick has forgotten about the concept of separation of church and state? Frankly, I find religion to be the cause of much of the violence in the world today, not the antidote.
But, you see, they have to make up excuses, for if they cannot direct the conversation into some other channel, then it is going to the most logical reason for mass shootings … guns. Or rather, gun laws, of which we have too few. And they don’t want to talk about gun laws, because … their little buddies over at the NRA who are channeling money into their accounts, will be vewy, vewy angwy.It rather reminds me of the overweight lady who, rather than blame the fact that she eats too much and exercises too little, blames: hormones, metabolism, marital strife, past pregnancies, and anything else that removes the responsibility from her own self.
Where are your values, Mitchie?
We all know that political campaigns can be pretty ugly. It seems to me that the ugliest ones are by candidates that have the least to offer, so lacking any viable platform on which to run, they go on the offensive and attack their opponents. Mitch McConnell, aka #MoscowMitch, crossed the line this weekend, though.
On Saturday evening, just hours after a gunman opened fire in a Wal-Mart in El Paso, leaving 22 people dead and 26 injured, there was a campaign event at a place called Fancy Farm. One of the “attractions” at the event was this …Notice the “tombstone” in the front on the right … the one that reads “R.I.P. Amy McGrath”. Amy McGrath is the woman that is running against Mitch next year. Amy McGrath is also the first female Marine Corps pilot to fly the F/A-18 on a combat mission. McGrath served for 20 years in the Marine Corps during which time she flew 89 combat missions bombing al Qaeda and the Taliban. Mitchell McConnell, on the other hand, served exactly five weeks in the Army Reserve in 1967.
At any time and under any circumstances, the faux tombstone with his opponent’s name would be highly inappropriate. But … the timing here could not have been much worse. We just saw, for the umpteenth time, how a politician’s incitement can lead to deadly violence, and he pulls this crap? And, not content to leave it alone, his campaign posted the pic on Twitter, alongside one of a smiling Mitchie, and the tweet is still there … has not been removed. Every comment I read was negative, calling Mitch out for inciting violence, for disrespect, for inappropriateness. If you ever wondered whether McConnell has a heart or a conscience, this should answer your question.
Ms. McGrath responded the next day …
“Hours after the El Paso shooting, Mitch McConnell proudly tweeted this photo. I find it so troubling that our politics have become so nasty and personal that the Senate Majority Leader thinks it’s appropriate to use imagery of the death of a political opponent (me) as messaging.”
The judge is pondering …
The judge is Judge Reggie Walton, and what he is pondering is … whether the redactions by the Justice Department in Robert Mueller’s final report fall under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and ought to be released to the public.
Two organizations, BuzzFeed and the nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), have filed a lawsuit seeking to remove the black bars covering nearly 1,000 items in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page final report. While no ruling has yet been handed down, at several points during yesterday’s proceedings, Judge Walton seemed increasingly skeptical of the government’s arguments pressing him to leave the redactions untouched.
Now, it is the opinion of this writer that the only valid reason at this point to have all those redactions would be if releasing them would cause a national security issue. Frankly, I cannot conceive of a single piece of information in Mueller’s report that would create a genuine national security issue. The long and short of it is that the redacted portions almost certainly prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Trump and his cronies acted outside the law. It isn’t a ‘national’ security issue, but rather a ‘Trump’ security issue.
But, before you get excited, let me caution you that if Judge Walton rules for the plaintiffs (BuzzFeed and EPIC), Trump’s lawyers will have an appeal all ready to file, and it will be filed before you can blink your eyes five times. The next judge may well be more of the opinion that Trump is above the law and that the public has no right to know how many laws he broke on the path to the Oval Office. Still, there is some hope.
Okay, friends … enough snark for one day, don’t you think? I leave you with a bit of humour …