A Basketful of Snippets (The Snarky Kind)

Something caught my eye this morning, blatant racist behaviour by cops – the people we are told to respect and look up to.  But first … there was this by Fox News’ own Tucker Carlson …

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“Duh … who me?”

“If you were to assemble a list, a hierarchy of concerns, problems this country has, where would white supremacy be on the list? Right up there with Russia probably. It’s actually not a real problem in America. This is a hoax. Just like the Russia hoax, it’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power.”

Now, keeping in mind Mr. Carlson’s claim that white supremacy is naught but a ‘hoax’, a ‘conspiracy theory’, consider the following …

I was incredulous, couldn’t believe what I was reading.  Surely this was a joke, albeit a sick one?  But no … this was no joke.  It happened in Galveston, Texas, last Saturday when police arrested Donald Neely on suspicion of criminal trespassing, though there is no indication that Mr. Neely did anything wrong … seems like he was just the wrong colour, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.  Two white officers, identified only as P. Brosch and A. Smith, were on horseback when they saw Mr. Neely, who is African-American, and decided to arrest him.

The officers both had radios and could have called for a squad car to pick up Mr. Neely.  But they did not do that.  Instead, they put him in handcuffs, behind his back, then attached a rope to the cuffs, re-mounted their horses, and pulled Mr. Neely down the street by the rope.Donald-Neely-arrestA couple of passersby saw this abomination and took pictures and videos.  Needless to say, the community, or at least part of it, was incensed.  Galveston police chief Vernon Hale offered a tepid apology …

“First and foremost, I must apologize to Mr. Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment … I believe our officers showed poor judgment in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of arrest … my officers did not have any malicious intent at the time of the arrest.”

Poor judgment???  No malicious intent???  If you buy into that one, come see me, for I’ve got a great bridge I’ll sell you cheap.  The officers, as of this writing, have not been disciplined nor terminated.  Anybody else thinking “Jim Crow”?


In other news …

  • You guys remember a few weeks ago when I got banned from Twitter for a day for calling Ann Coulter a ‘bimbo’? Well, guess who’s been banned now?  No, no … not me.  @TeamMitch, Mitch McConnell’s campaign account.  Remember that picture I showed you of the faux tombstones, one with McConnell’s opponent, Amy McGrath’s name on it?  Well, since he posted that picture to his campaign account on Twitter, that account is banned until they agree to take the photo down!  So, perhaps Twitter does have some standards after all.  Now, if they would just ban Trump for all his bluster, ranting and lies …

  • Remember back in July, when Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced her resignation as White House Press Secretary? Trump then replaced her with Stephanie Grisham, who until that time had been Melania Trump’s personal slave spokeswoman, but we have seen nothing of her since then!  Nary a press briefing has she held, not even an impromptu gathering on the White House lawn.  Hmmmm … suspicious?

  • But, speaking of press secretaries, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, Grisham’s second-in-command, criticized President Obama, saying that while Trump is trying to “move the country forward”, Obama is taking it “to a dark place that we never want to be and we never want to visit again”. Say WHAT???  Presumably he was referring to Obama’s speech earlier this week where he urged us to reject leaders who stoke fear and hatred and normalize racism, but I have no idea how that is taking us to a dark place.  Seems to me it is Trump who’s taking us to a dark place.

  • BrockwaySpeaking of a dark place … here’s a sample of some ‘great’ behaviour. Curt James Brockway took umbrage, I guess, with a child age 13 who failed to remove his hat at an event at the Mineral County (Montana) Fair on Saturday when the national anthem was played.  The kid wasn’t being obnoxious, he just didn’t remove his hat, which is certainly his prerogative.  But ol’ Curt decided to slam the kid into the ground and the child suffered a concussion and temporal skull fractures.  Oh, and by the way, much of the fair is sponsored by the NRA.  Tell you anything?curt-brockway-assault

  • One last snippet, and this one will have you rolling your eyes and shaking your heads. It involves Trump’s buddy Steve Bannon, so don’t look for logic.  Bannon claims that the El Paso shooting was actually a sign of how ‘great’ Trump’s economy is!  That’s right, folks … if the economy were not so great, all those people wouldn’t have been in Wal-Mart (never mind that people only shop at Wal-Mart when they cannot afford to go elsewhere) and that the shooter wouldn’t have had anybody to shoot.  And as for the democrats, according to Bannon … “What the Democratic candidates are attacking is the Trump miracle.”  Stop shaking your heads now, else you’ll develop a rattle up there … trust me, I’ve had one for a while now.

And on that note, I will leave you to go find a more peaceful blog to read.  Something fun and uplifting.  Might I suggest this one by Gottfried over at Banter Republic … he’s always good for a bit of humour!

56 thoughts on “A Basketful of Snippets (The Snarky Kind)

  1. Regarding the national Anthem story, I have this to say.
    lance Jasper is full of shit but ballwashing bastards like this will say anything to defend their scum clients and remove any semblance of responsibility for their actions.
    This is not at the feet of trump, this is the responsibility of a man who consciously decided to commit a criminal act. Instead of blaming the people who do these horrible things, democrats want to blame the president which is just stupid.
    I’ve listened to Trump rallies, listened to what he has to say at press conferences because if I’m going to be informed about what he’s saying, I’d rather hear it from him and not a pres who obviously has their own political agenda to shove down the throats of the American people.
    so why am I not out there slamming teenagers to the ground or doing anything else violent? Could it be because I’m not a robot who acts only on the last stimulus I recieved? Maybe I have a conscience and decide to be a nice person as much as I’m humanly able to be. These people who chant “send her back”, slam kids to the ground and shoot up public spaces are evil not because of a political puppet whose strings are really pulled by the federal reserve but because they’ve elected to be that way. What the hell has happened to the notion of personal responsibility. People don’t want to look at themselves anymore, they want to take the easy way out and blame a person they’ve never met for the horrible things that are occurring in our society. Stop with the blame game, grow up and put the blame for all this shit where it belongs, on the individuals and even the parents of these kids who do these shootings and other horrible acts.
    https://www.complex.com/life/2019/08/montana-man-attacked-boy-national-anthem-says-donald-trump-rhetoric-influenced-him?utm_campaign=complexmag&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

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    • I agree that Curt Brockway is responsible for his behaviour. That he is not remorseful in the least speaks of his character, and I sure hope he doesn’t have a wife or kids of his own. The attorney is reprehensible, and citing Trump as the cause carries no logic. BUT … with that said … this is more and more seeming to be the nation we are becoming, one with little tolerance for any who are different, one where hatred and cruelty are becoming a way of life. Did Trump cause it? No, but his unconscionable rhetoric, his calling for protestors to be beaten up at his rallies, his praise of Gianforte when he beat up a reporter with the Guardian, his endless spewing of hatred and divisiveness has given some people like Brockway the idea that this is now acceptable behaviour in the U.S. Words do have consequences. People like myself hear Trump’s words and it makes us more determined than ever to be kind, compassionate, understanding and caring of everyone. But, other people who maybe have a cruel streak in them to begin with, or maybe are just bigots from day #1, hear Trump’s words and think it’s okay to act in such a manner. So no, Trump isn’t the one who should be in jail over the beating of this boy, but indirectly, he has opened the door to this behaviour.
      Hugs!

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      • I can see that side of it as well.

        things are just totally crazy and I try not to let my imaginings lead to where they will be in the next year and a half.

        I just try to create more music that will hopefully calm people and lead them to a bit of serenity and draw them into a source bigger than themselves if I can.

        Have a good weekend my friend.

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        • I agree … I am so sick of this whole mess … I dread getting out of bed in the mornings, knowing that whatever is in the news, it won’t be good.

          You have a great weekend, too, dear Scott! Hugs!

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        • Good to know … for I am not religious at all, and in fact I think religion causes more problems than it solves. I rather adhere to Marx’ take on it as religion being “the opiate of the masses”.

          I do research a lot, but not as much as I wish I could. I spend, on average, 12-14 hours a day on my blog … two posts per day, plus the music post that only takes, maybe a half-hour, for I usually already have a song in my head. I read, I research, try to understand, and then put fingers to keyboard and write. I also take care of a household of myself, my daughter and 25 year-old granddaughter, and 5 furry family members! I sleep sometimes as much as 3-4 hours a night! But, I love what I do, and I like to think that somehow I make a difference, albeit a small one.

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  2. I have t been replying much, but I still read and love your posts. I’m just so over it all with trump and his supporters. It just seems hopeless. Too many citizens here seem so much like him and such truly horrible people. I know they’re good people out there, but…….I feel overwhelmed.

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    • Hello Mary. I understand how you feel. This week while getting my three allergy shots the LPN and I got talking about the state of the healthcare system in the US. She then said ” That is why people better get behind President tRump so he can fix this mess”. I decided to avoid the tRump part and focused on healthcare something I had worked in and she was. She went on to tell me how horrible the Canadian healthcare system was and how everyone in Canada has super long wait times and hates their system. Totally false but she was convinced of her “truth” I went on to refute each of her claims and then she gave me this remark that ended the conversation ” Everyone better support tRump or the Democrats will make it so no one can get healthcare unless you are one of the drug using people who refuse to work or illegal immigrants”! I was shocked. I know she can be a bossy bitch not well liked in the office but I had no idea she thought this way, despite the facts. But then she told me she did not need to work and she loved to shop, she only worked to get away from her kids, and preferred to only work three days a week so she had more time to shop. I was actually speechless for once. Hugs

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    • Awwww … thank you, Mary! I figured maybe you were giving yourself a bit of a break, and I would certainly understand … we all need to step back and breathe every now and then. I do fear that his attitudes are spreading throughout the nation, and it disgusts me to hear people still praising him, despite the fact that he has shown his true colours, spews hate every single day, and has no clue what the heck he is doing. Despite all his fowl language, despite his braggadocio, his juvenile and hateful response to the events of last weekend, his approval rating dropped by only four-tenths of one percentage point.

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  3. This is just sad. Incredulous at the first one and the boy in hospital. That photo of the man in ropes behind the horse is outrageous. And infuriating. I tell my grandkids things have not changed and here is blatant proof

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    • I agree with you … this is our nation in the 21st century … not much different than it was in the middle of the 20th century, in the days of Jim Crow and poll taxes and segregated schools. Contrary to what we thought, it never went away … it just slunk under the rocks until Trump gave a dog whistle and said it was okay to come slithering back out again. Humans … they claim to be the superior species? HAH!!! I know of no other living species that is as cruel as mankind.

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  4. wow; when you put all those stories together in one place, it paints a sad, depressing, and disturbing picture of our country and our leaders. I hope things change with the next election, but I realize it will take time.

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    • In the past decade, this nation has become one that I no longer recognize. Every day, it seems there are new abominations, things I wouldn’t have believed 10 years ago, but now they’ve become commonplace. Even if we make some major changes, or at least one change in the Oval Office next year, the elements that put Trump into office will remain. He only played on the fear of immigrants, and the fear of socialism that were simmering just below the surface, he was and is the catalyst that brought these attitudes out from under the rocks where they had been hiding. Getting back to a nation that puts people first, that respects others … I think it will be a decades-long process. Unless another catalyst comes along, but I’d rather not even think about that right now.

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  5. Yeah – the white guy says white supremacy is a hoax. Quel surprise. Probably also tells women who are being harassed to learn how to take a joke. Well, at least moscow mitch’s team of destruction got a Twitter schooling.

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    • Hello eschudel. Carlson was born wealthy and brew up entitled and thinking his poop did not stink. He went to fancy private schools and his first jobs were not earned but given to him based on his family wealth. Sound like anyone else we constantly hear about? Hugs

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  6. Jill, if white supremacy is a hoax per Tucker Carlson, someone better tell the FBI and Southern Law Center. They are tracking over 1,000 hate groups, the significant majority of which are white supremacists dwarfing other missions. Let me speak plainly, Carlson’s words put people in danger. I also believe the same can be said of the US president. This independent and former Republican voter think the president should be forced to resign. If he does not, the Mueller report provides ground to impeach and convict this corrupt man. Keith

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    • Carlson calls white supremacy “a hoax,,,,a conspiracy theory to keep a hold on power”? Last time I looked, Trump was in power. So Carlson is on the ‘right’ track, but it’s more than a theory — it’s an actual conspiracy to help Trump keep his hold on power.

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      • Good point. Two things. First, I shared my concerns with Fox News over these insulting and inane remarks. Second, there is a greater conspiracy that is unspoken, of which your theory is a part. Former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt noted a year ago, at the end of the 20th century, the Koch Brothers did some demographic projections and did not like what they saw. So, there has been a long term strategy to woo more non-whites to the GOP at the same time as limiting the voting rights and opportunities of non-whites.

        Trump did not invent this, but has used it to the hilt. The GOP took advantage of Obama’s winning to appease this building base of discontent who are worried when the whites are no longer a majority. They have gerrymandered, passed highly restrictive voting laws and where they could taken over university system boards to squelch progressive research. Trump was recruited by Roger Ailes after Romney lost. And, he has played the racist and xenophobia card to solidify votes. Also, embracing the lily white, LGBT hating Russia is part of this equation.

        What has troubled me is I had been sensing some of this. Yet, when Steve Schmidt laid it out in detail, saying it is imperative for Dems to win the midterms, it made it more troubling. What the base does not realize is they are being played by Trump and the “haves” to keep control as US demographics change. I wish I were making all of this up, as it is scary. This is why it is so critical that Trump lose or be removed from office.

        Keith

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        • Hello Keith. Yes you are correct as far as I can understand things. A forced minority rule over the majority by making laws that limit the majorities rights. Sounds like they have not learned from South Africa where this was tired before. I hope it doesn’t get that far but I think that is their goal. White rule no matter what. Hugs

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      • Like you, that confused me … but then, Tucker confuses me as a rule. And, if white supremacy is a hoax … why are there so many incidents of people of colour being harmed? Why did the white lady that lives across the street from me threaten my neighbor for wearing a hajib? Sigh.

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        • Jill, we need to remember the theme that Fox started years ago on reverse racism. These traces back to why Roger Ailes started Fox, to concentrate whatever messaging that will help his warped view of the world. The show “The Loudest Voice,” with Russel Crowe playing Ailes is frightening.

          But, this theme that white supremacy groups are aiding and abetting a crime. We must applaud all Republicans who are calling the president what he is – a racist and xenophobe. Or, as Michael Cohen said under oath, “Donald Trump is a racist, he is a con-artist and he is a cheat.” Keith

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          • I put “The Loudest Voice” on my watchlist when you mentioned it before, but haven’t yet watched it. Maybe this weekend.

            I do applaud those republicans who have the courage to stand against all these injustices. What I would like to see, though, is somebody with the power (translation: money) take the GOP to task and donors to stop donating until they come back to some sense of decency, of morality. Won’t happen, though, for those people with that kind of money and power are benefitting from all this.

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            • Hello Jill. Do you remember back in early 2017 when big money donors went on TV news shows to demand the tax cuts they wanted or they wouldn’t donate to either party. Yes they mostly shut off the Republicans but some Democratic party big money were also on TV saying they either got the cuts or no more money. They got the tax cuts that now are a threat to the financial stability of the nation. Hugs

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              • I never saw them on t.v., for I almost never watch television, and when I do, it’s usually something on Britbox or Netflix. But yes, the donors got their tax cuts, and now our deficit is skyrocketing, but they are fat and happy. But there will be a day of reckoning. This economy is going to take a nosedive. I predict by the end of this year, some analysts predict by autumn of 2020, but simple math tells you we cannot continue spending more than we are taking in. Trump’s trade war is costing us all, and the market is being held up by a tenuous thread that will snap sooner or later. And I am going to laugh when the fat cats wake up one morning, look at their investment portfolios and die of heart failure! Even then, though, it will hurt us average people far more than it will hurt the fat cats. This country cannot continue to support the fat cats on the backs of we the little people. Sigh. Hugs, my friend!

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    • If only there was a majority in the House for impeachment Keith. I’d love to see the Country presented with hard facts even if it would not fly in the Senate who would kill the motion. The people deserve to have the facts before them prior to the election.It would be very telling as to how many would still vote for Trump regardless of the truth.,
      Hugs

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      • I’m hoping that his latest, his rhetoric over the past several days, may change some minds in the House. All they need to start the process is 50%, and then perhaps they can gather enough to convince another 17% to vote to impeach. I’m fairly certain his 40% base wouldn’t much be swayed by finding out how crooked he is, for they likely already know and don’t care, but perhaps some members of the Senate might awaken?
        Cwtch

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    • As I was just telling David, one has to wonder if Tucker and his buddies actually believe what they say? He gets paid $6 million per year for what he does, which is spout garbage. I know white supremacy exists, for I have seen evidence of it on my own street! All one has to do is pick up a newspaper. Yes, Carlson and his ilk put people in danger, as does the so-called president of this country. I would love to put out a call for Trump to resign, but we both know it will never happen. Even if he is defeated next November, I suspect he will have to be dragged out by the military to get him to leave. Impeachment is the next best (legal) option, but we also know the Senate will never vote to convict and remove him, so that leaves either the election in 2020, or the illegal option. Sigh.

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  7. Galveston is known for being a racist place. Back in the early 70’s the police would round up “darkies” (their words, not mine) every Sunday morning as people were on their way to the only African Methodist Church on the island, haul them to the jail for “questioning’, then release them an hour later…thus making everyone “late’ to worship their “N$#%@@ idea of God”. I was arrested along with them in 1974 for being a “N#$@#$” lover”…I happened to be walking down the street behind a beautifully dressed couple on their way to church…I was on my way to the beach a block further. I liked walking by the church as the music was just incredible. Of COURSE the police had malicious intent!

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  8. Jill, as one who is on the outside, your country is a strange place. With all the history of racism, to pull a man while riding on horseback is just crazy.
    And that Bannon reasoning; that’s a strange one.

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    • Heck, even from within the country, it is a strange place. In truth, I no longer recognize this country, and if I had the wherewithal to do so, I would leave it. Instead, I stay and I fight. Bannon is indeed a strange one … he has said for years he wished to ‘deconstruct’ the entire government and start over. He’s also tried to play a role in EU politics, but I think without too much luck.

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  9. I think the rarified air at Fox obviously doesn’t contain enough oxygen to prevent hallucinations though he’s probably right about somebody trying to keep a hold on power. To hold onto power you have to be in power and who would that be I wonder.
    Lets hope the Galveston Police didn’t have any malicious intent after the arrest either.
    OK so the fair is sponsored by the NRA for mainly the brain dead but surely that nasty microbe could have removed the child’s hat and explained about respect though he obviously had none himself. Or heaven forbid, he could have nicely asked the child to remove his hat.Just stand him in front of me while I test a theory out with this big hammer.
    I think I want to try whatever it is Steve Bannon and Hogan Gidley are on, iit obviously removes you from reality quickly enough and By Gum we need that these days.
    Cwtch

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    • Hello David. As I posted on this the man has a history of assaulting people. He got a ten year sentence for pulling a gun on a family and assaulting them. However the judge let him off with out serving a day of it. This time a judge let him go on his own recognizance while the prosecution asked for $100,000 bail. Something is not adding up. He does totally violent aggressive shit and get let off. I am sure it will come out he is connected to a wealthy family or something. In the case of his hurting the 13 year old boy he told the people around him he had done nothing wrong and he was allowed to do what he did. Hugs

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    • I often wonder if ol’ Tucker, as well as some of the rest of them, really believe the b.s. they spout, or if it’s just all a big game to them, albeit one for which they are paid quite well … Tucker makes $6 million … yes, I said million … per year! For lying and being ignorant. Sigh … I should have such a job. I think the uproar by the time they got Mr. Neely to the police station was such that they likely let him go with an apology. Turns out, he has a series of mental health issues and has been homeless for some time. The man who fractured the kid’s head … he tried to say the kid cursed at him, but there were many witnesses, all of whom agree that the kid said not a single word to the man. Far as I’m concerned, what’s the big deal about keeping your hat on during the anthem anyway? Personally, i would have followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead and taken a knee. I do hope the kid’s parents sue him for at least enough money to send the kid to Harvard in a few years. No, please don’t try what Bannon and Gidley are on … it seems to turn people into morons.
      Cwtch

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    • Yes, I am constantly reminded of the time Obama was heavily criticized for wearing a tan-coloured suit, and Michelle Obama for wearing a sleeveless dress. And yet, Melania Trump was once a nude model and her nude photos still circulate on the ‘net. And Trump is a fat, slovenly slob, but nobody says a word. Sigh.

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