Sorry Snarky Snippets … Sigh

With apologies to all, Saturday Surprise is on hiatus for this morning.  If perchance I find a bit of humour somewhere in my heart later today, you may see a ‘Sunday Surprise’ tomorrow.  Meanwhile, I am filled with snarky angst, and so I shall share with you some snippets of snark, ‘k?

What an honour … NOT!

I wrote a few days ago about Trump’s rambling speech at the site of a new Shell facility in Pennsylvania where he turned what was to have been a speech into a campaign rally.  It gets even better (where better is worse).  The facility is Shell’s multibillion-dollar ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania that is currently under construction.  An ethane cracker plant is one that takes oil and gas and breaks it into smaller molecules, to create ethylene, which is used in plastics manufacturing.  Not one thing environmentally friendly to see here, folks.  But, to my point …

Take a look at the photo below to see how well-attended the event was by Shell workers …

Shell-workersA dedicated bunch, devoted to being good little Trumpeters, right?  Only problem is that … well, take a look at the memo they received prior to Trump’s visit …

workers-Trump-attendanceFor my visually impaired readers, the relevant points of the memo are as follows:

  • All personnel will be bused to the Trump speech location. Prepare to stand for several hours. You will be standing through your normal lunch period. Lunch WILL NOT be provided.
  • No yelling, shouting, protesting, or anything viewed as resistance will be tolerated at the event. An underlying theme of the event is to promote good will from the labour unions.  Your building trades leaders and job stewards have agreed to this.
  • Your attendance is not mandatory. This will be considered an excused absence.  However, those who are NOT in attendance will not receive overtime pay on Friday.

So, in order to receive their overtime, they must attend a Trump rally, keep their mouths shut, play nice, and stand idly on their feet without lunch for several hours.

It was only a matter of time …

How many times have those of us with functioning brains said that guns in schools are a bad … really bad … idea?  It was only a matter of time before it happened.  Luckily, this time no child was shot, but it will happen … the clock is ticking.

It happened at Highland Elementary School in South Bloomfield Township, south of Columbus, Ohio.  Vicky Nelson, the transportation director for the district, was one of those selected to carry a concealed weapon in order to “protect” the students.  One day back in March (for some reason, this was not made public until just this week), Ms. Nelson had her 6-year-old grandson who attends the school, and another first-grader in her office when she left the office briefly to go to the bathroom.

When she returned, the gun (loaded) was on the desk … the children had found it in the desk and removed it from its ‘concealed’ location to plain view.  This was a near miss but imagine what might have happened.

You’ll be pleased to know that Ms. Nelson has been removed from the school’s concealed carry program and that the school is “currently reviewing the concealed carry program.”  More than once, I’ve envisioned a teacher leaving his gun in his desk drawer, stepping outside for just a minute, and BANG!  It isn’t worth the risk, folks.  Those teachers with guns are not going to stop a shooter with an assault weapon, and it isn’t their job … their job in such a situation would be to see to the safety of the children in their care, not add more bullets to those already flying around!

Prayers for WHAT???

A former co-worker posted a prayer request on Facebook last night.  The reason?  Three days prior, her television had gone out, the television repair person was unable to find the problem, and she was asking for prayers because she thought she had been “pretty patient for 3 days without t.v.”  I nearly choked on my coffee when I read that … children separated from their parents at the border, kept in horrid conditions.  People struggling to put food on the table, others living on park benches on the streets.  People dying of starvation in third world countries.  Air that will soon be unfit to breathe, and water that is becoming increasingly scarce.  Families that cannot afford to take their sick child to a doctor.  And this woman is asking for prayers for an effing t.v.???  Consumerism has run amok.  I wonder how people like her will survive when someday Russia compromises our power grid and there is no electricity for months?  Just thought I’d share that one with you … give you something to think about.

Oh yeah???

Trump held another campaign rally in New Hampshire on Thursday.  When does this guy ever work?  He’s always flitting about the country, playing to his masses, sucking up potential votes for next year … and we’re paying him for this???  Anyway, I just wanted to share with you one thing he said at the rally that really set my teeth on edge …

“See, the bottom line is, I know you like me and this room is a lovefest and I know that, but you have no choice but to vote for me, because your 401(k)s … down the tubes. Everything is going to be down the tubes.  So whether you love me or hate me, you’ve got to vote for me.”

I would willingly swallow a cyanide capsule before I would vote for him.

Greenland is NOT for sale, but …

The current occupant of the big White House isn’t satisfied with just one nation to ruin … he is now seeking, so say certain of his aides, to purchase Greenland.  Well, methinks li’l Donnie is in for a rude awakening, but you just don’t wake up one morning and decide to buy a country.

Greenland is an autonomous territory of Denmark.  Greenland’s Premier Kim Kielsen stated in no uncertain terms …

“Greenland is not for sale, but Greenland is open for trade and cooperation with other countries, including the USA.”

Foreign affairs spokesman for Denmark, Soren Espersen, went a step further …

“If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad. The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous.”

So, I think it’s safe to say that we won’t be buying Greenland, but what, even, was Trump’s motivation for saying, repeatedly, that he wanted his aides to look into it?  Is there coal under Greenland that Mr. Piggy would like to get his hands on?  Here’s one possibility …Trump-tower-GreenlandBut, last night friend Ellen sent me the latest by humourist Andy Borowitz, writing The Borowitz Report for The New Yorker, and this sounds like a much better idea!

borowitz-andyCOPENHAGEN (The Borowitz Report)—After rebuffing Donald J. Trump’s hypothetical proposal to purchase Greenland, the government of Denmark has announced that it would be interested in buying the United States instead.

“As we have stated, Greenland is not for sale,” a spokesperson for the Danish government said on Friday. “We have noted, however, that during the Trump regime pretty much everything in the United States, including its government, has most definitely been for sale.”

“Denmark would be interested in purchasing the United States in its entirety, with the exception of its government,” the spokesperson added.

A key provision of the purchase offer, the spokesperson said, would be the relocation of Donald Trump to another country “to be determined,” with Russia and North Korea cited as possible destinations.

If Denmark’s bid for the United States is accepted, the Scandinavian nation has ambitious plans for its new acquisition. “We believe that, by giving the U.S. an educational system and national health care, it could be transformed from a vast land mass into a great nation,” the spokesperson said.

That “key provision” appeals, does it not?

Enjoy your weekend, my friends!

49 thoughts on “Sorry Snarky Snippets … Sigh

  1. It is arguable that there are several sound reasons for the U.S.A. to purchase Greenland. Not the least of these is due to our Thule Air Base, that is located on the northwestern coast of Greenland. This would be of a national security interest on the government’s part as among other things it is used to scan the skies for foreign military rockets and missiles. Though I have serious doubts that is in fact Trump’s underlying reason for spending taxpayer dollars for Greenland. There are also diamonds, rubies and sapphires that are already being mined by Canada and a New York company. Uranium and iron ore are also profitable resources to consider, plus the oil that could be reached within the next decade as the ice continues melting. Given that Trump would not know these facts on his own, unless someone told him, it may simply come down to an ego trip for him…another “I did what no other president was able to do” moment. Harry Truman offered Denmark many millions back in 1946 for Greenland, but was turned down. In the mid 1800’s the U.S.A. also attempted the same to no avail. I suspect that you may be right, another Trump monument may well be the reason! With regard to the new Shell plant’s Trump rally…undoubtedly, the largest crowd ever gathered there and just for Trump! It is my less than humble opinion that teachers should be armed with books, not guns! Prayers for a sick TV, a novel approach that avoids the need of a service call and possibly cost effective to boot! I love Andy Borowitz, so pleased that you shared!! Perhaps a post titled “Sunday Something” will replace “Saturday Surprise”. Thank-you!


    • Hi Ellen. I read somewhere there is a huge coal deposit on Greenland Trump wants to exploit. He or someone in his closest circle wants this world to end, Digging up coal, drilling the oil out of the ground, adding excessive plastic to the ocean, burning these fossil fuels to increase the CO2 content of the atmosphere, his only aim seems to be destroying the world so no one can have it after he is gone. His gravestone, if he even gets one, should be “I KILLED THE HUMAN RACE!” Fortunately for any life that does survive, it will not know how to read english.

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      • Yep, best I can figure the coal and possibly oil are his reasons. Either that or … and this thought did cross my mind … Putin has told him he needs to start an “empire”, and what better place to start than a country of only 58,000, where the sun largely doesn’t shine, and where we already have military presence? And then … there’s the coal and oil as a bonus … and diamonds and uranium and iron and … oh, just all sorts of rich boys’ toys. Bah Humbug … I shall now return to my rabbit hole …


        • I’d join you, but it is too far to tunnel.
          Just don’t be surprised if Trump starts a military action to annex Greenland, since Denmark won’t sell it to him, and he wants it because it serves his purpose.
          This is not a prediction, this is just a negative hope on my part.
          Trump has a huge military, sitting around with nothing to do but build a wall on your southern border. He hasn’t had his war yet, and most good republican presidents like to hold a war somewhere to give reason to their huge military budgets. Greenland is not at all defended. It is ripe for the taking. Does Greenland = Poland, Austria, and The Ukraine? Only time will tell.

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          • Your notion chills me to the bone, and sadly is not all that far-fetched. I think early on he hoped to start a war with DPRK, then later with Iran (which is still a possibility). Greenland/Denmark would be much easier, I imagine. Shudder. And with Bolton and Pompeo on his staff, anything is possible.


            • None of them would surprise me. Greenland is easiest, and a few atom bombs would wipe out either North Korea or Iran, without hardly an American life lost–or so he thinks.
              He swcares me more than any living being in the universe right now. And if he reads this, he will be smiling, because that is who he wants to be.

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    • When I was but a teenager, I met a man named Bob Everett who worked for Phillips Tech Rep and was stationed at Thule AFB. We corresponded for a year or so, then lost touch, but I still remember the pictures he used to send me of the sun shining at midnight, or darkness at noon six months later.

      I owe you for the Borowitz Report, for I wouldn’t likely have seen it otherwise, but it did add a bit of humour to an otherwise humourless piece, didn’t it? Too bad Benjamin is just a wee too young yet to appreciate Borowitz! Or Don Lemon or Stephen Colbert or Jimmy Kimmel. 😉


    • I spent the first year of the Trump regime thinking it couldn’t possibly be real, that it was just a really bad nightmare from which I would waken soon. Now, however, I only cringe when I wonder, “What next?” Sigh. The vote next year … it is our last, best hope. Tell your friends! 😉

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  2. By the way, I just blew up (figuratively) the picture of the meeting crowd. Where were all the MAGA hats? And talk about an interesting speech! Half the crowd were not even listening, and most of those who were didn’t look too interested (as per their posture.)
    What a horrid way to treat human beings! Guantanamo Bay had to be less of a torture.

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    • I know!!! I blew up the pic as I was writing this last night, and I thought the exact same thing … they all looked bored out of their gourd! They were there only because they needed that overtime that they had already earned to pay the rent/mortgage and put food on the table, otherwise, I doubt more than 10-20 would have shown up.


      • If that. On another website there was a close-up of him and those behind him. He was ranting. They were just as bored as the rest. What people won’t do for money. SHELL should be very ashamed!

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        • Yes, Shell should be ashamed on several levels, the first being coercing their employees to attend a hate-fest by the hate-mongerer, and the second being the fact that they are even building that plant to manufacture plastic! Why not, instead, put the money and effort to try to develop a biodegradable product to replace plastic? Or … spend the time and money to clean up the plastic in the oceans? Sigh.


          • Good idea, but I fear the oceans are beyond repair. Microplastics are everywhere, and how we could get them totally out would take more ??? than humans are willing to give. (I cannot remember the word I want. If you can supply it please do.)
            As for Trump saying there is no American plastic in the ocean, someone please dump some good old American plastic down his throat. See how he likes it.
            Shell, a company that originated in apartheid South Africa. They couldn’t care less about anyone but themselves!!!

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            • Is ‘sacrifice’ the word you were looking for?

              Trump said that??? That there is no U.S. plastic in the ocean??? What a crock! There’s probably more U.S. plastic in the ocean than any other, for we are a plastic society, and that includes a portion of the people. Bah Humbug!


  3. Well I kind of like Denmark… You could do well adopting their proposal… We’ll except for one thing… They still brutally hunt whales and dolphins (Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands), which is not so good.

    I have been feeling snarky all week and it is nothing to do with Trump (who I am trying hard to ignore). 😑

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    • No, I’m not in favour of killing whales and dolphins, but relative to what we are killing under Trump, it may be the lesser of two evils, for we are killing the entire planet under Trump’s regime.

      Sorry you’re having a rough week … I’m assuming the hubby? Hang in my friend. Email if you feel like chatting. Hugs and love … ❤

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  4. Since he’s been selling you out since he came to power the least he could do is accept Denmark’;s terms, just think a proper medical service and a good educational system. On top of that the chance to MUSGA or Make the United States Great Again. Any states not wishing to be Made Great can apply to drop out and sink or swim on their own.

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    • Absolutely so! I’d much rather he sell us to Denmark than to his buddy Putin! Actually, I think I remember from last year’s post about the happiest nations, that Denmark ranked right up there in the top 5, if not 1st place, so heck … what are we waiting for! I’d almost pay THEM to take us under their wing, especially since their condition is that Donnie-boy must go! Any who object can go right along with Donnie, eh?

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  5. Jill, is main job is running for reelection. That has been clear from the outset. Taxpayers are funding his travels and security, not to address problems, but go to pep rallies where truth is superceded by bumper sticker slogans.

    The book “Fear,” among other reports, note he does not start his business day until 10 ish, while focusing before about what is being said about him. Perception exceeds reality as his focus. Or, as Billy Crystal used to say when he parodied Fernando Lamas, “It is better to look good than to feel good.” Keith

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    • Quite so … and I suppose, given the fact that everything he touches, he destroys, we should be thankful that he is out either golfing, hob-nobbing, or campaigning … on our dime. But somehow, I’m still feeling very much cheated by a paid civil servant wasting my tax dollars playing only to a small portion of the country, will working toward the demise of the rest of us. Sigh.


  6. In a very sick way, this is more humourous than most of Friday’s ‘toons.
    I wonder who the joker was who wrote the manifesto of how to attend and conduct yourself at a Trump rally. “Be nice boys and girls. Don’t heckle the speaker. Stand in his presence, No Sitting! Lunches are not allowed, so if you drop from fatigue or hunger, do it quietly so no one will notice. And remember, if you don’t attend, you won’t be paid for
    the overtime you already worked. Your union stewards said we could screw you if you don’t want to come.”
    Let’s see: Be at work by 7. Stand around till after lunchtime. Can anyone imagine having to stand up listening to Trump talk for over 4 hours, possibly more, about how great he is? Especially in a tent, wearing hi-vis long sleeve shirts inside a tent filled with hundreds of people, probably with the sun shining down heating the tent. Hell, I would have fainted after 15 minutes! On purpose!
    And I would be demanding next day that all my union stewards be fired!
    I’ll let others talk about the rest of your post. I’m sure they will do a credible job.

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    • I’m thinking the author of the memo/manifesto may have been named Hermann Göring? Did you also notice in the picture, a certain lack of enthusiasm by the Shell workers? None were cheering, applauding, jumping up and down, but frankly, by their body language, I thought they all seemed rather bored with it all. Too bad one of them didn’t sneak in an AR-15 … oops, I didn’t say that, ‘k? Don’t need them white men in dark glasses showing up at my door 😉


    • Oh what a lovely (NOT) image. Sigh. I would surely love to be a fly on the wall in the Oval Office when he’s told, “No, Donnie, you cannot buy Greenland. There are just some things that money cannot buy … Greenland is one of those things.” Can you imagine his temper tantrum? 🤣

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  7. 🤣 for tbe last one 😡 for tbe first. If that doesn’t remi d anyone of Hitler’s Germany then I don’t know what does. I am currently on hiatus from reality and binge watching an Australian soap. Such a relief 😜. Sending you good vibes, bucket fulls of wine (yes in times like these its ok to start drinking at breakfast) and some home made brownies. 🙋‍♀️🐝

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    • So very true … I had the exact same thought, that it was Hitler-esque. Sigh. People in this nation are going to go on about their merry little lives, ignoring the reality of what is happening, then one day wake up when it’s too late and blame people like me for not telling them, or for not stopping it. Sigh. Thanks much for the vibes, the wine and the homemade brownies! They were all much appreciated … especially for telling me it’s okay to substitute wine for my morning coffee!!! 🍷 … do I have chocolate on my mouth? Hugs, dear friend! 🤗🤗🤗

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