(Note to Readers: I had already finished this post when I realized what day it is … gasp … Wednesday … good people day! I am too exhausted tonight to spend 4 hours or so working up another post, so ‘good people’ will be pushed back one day and will appear right here on Thursday morning. My apologies.)
Just when you think it can’t get any crazier, any more chaotic … it does. You know it’s gotten bad when you read that the human species will become extinct soon and you breathe a sigh of relief and hope it’s tomorrow.
I no longer know if I’m being snarky or just outright ranting, so I didn’t call this post Snarky Snippets, but it is some cross, some combination of snarky & rant. Hmmm … maybe I should come up with a new category … Snark & Rant.
The shape of things to come …
From the Moorhead, Minnesota police department …
On Monday, October 7, 2019, at approximately 12:08 pm, officers were dispatched to the area of 24 Ave and 8 St S. for a disturbance call. The female caller stated she was driving southbound in the 1000 block of 8 St S when the suspect pulled up next to her and rolled his window down. The male began yelling at the female expressing his dislike for the political bumper sticker the female had displayed on her car. He then pointed to his bumper sticker and further expressed his difference in national political views. The male eventually continued past the victim’s vehicle, and once in front of her, he held up a handgun inside his vehicle.
Officers were able to locate the suspect in a nearby business. After seeing a box for a handgun in plain view inside the suspect’s vehicle, officers found a loaded handgun in the center console during a further search. A passenger in the suspect vehicle also confirmed the actions of the suspect driver.
Joseph Schumacher, age 27, of West Fargo, was booked in the Clay County Jail on two counts of Felony Terroristic Threats and Misdemeanor charges for having a loaded handgun inside a vehicle without a permit.
He is a Trump supporter, she was sporting an Elizabeth Warren bumper sticker. I fear that given the increased venom and vitriol in Trump and his supporters’ rhetoric these days, we are going to see a lot more of these incidents until that inevitable day when …
Death of the innocent
My friend Carolyn lives in a very rural area just outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the Smoky Mountains. Like me, she is a lover of nature and a lover of all critters, large and small. Two days ago she posted this on Facebook …
“It’s days like this (very rare) that make me hate Appalachia. Some #$%& drove by and shot a young tame doe and her baby in my front yard and left them lying there together dead. The little doe had raised the fawn close to my house. I saw them every morning and evening.
If anyone knows who did this, tell me and I will report it so they will get in serious trouble. Thanks for any help.”
Speaks for itself, doesn’t it? 😢
Two thumbs up for da judge
On Monday, Judge Victor Marrero of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled against Trump, dismissing a lawsuit that had been filed by Trump seeking to block a subpoena for eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns. A win for the good guys, but the best part was how the judge stated his decision. The judge said Mr. Trump’s lawyers were, in essence, arguing that the president, along with his family, associates and companies, were above the law.
“This court finds aspects of such a doctrine repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values …”
Hooray … finally somebody understands that Trump cannot, must not be allowed to be above the law. Of course, Trump’s attorneys, knowing full well what the verdict would be, already had their appeals ready, so for now … no tax returns. I reiterate what I have said time and time again: if there is nothing to hide, then what’s the big deal? Obviously, there is something very serious being hidden, for them to go to so much trouble.
Where are the courageous?
Gordon Sondland, the United States’ ambassador to the European Union, had been expected to testify yesterday morning as part of the expanding impeachment probe by three House committees related to Trump’s efforts to press Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Notice I said, “had been expected”. Trump forbade Sondland to testify, and Sondland, apparently unable to find his cojones, caved. He did not have to … he could have defied Trump & Co, gone right on up to the Capitol and given some honest answers. Instead, he cowed in the face of Trump’s bombast.
Wouldn’t it be nice if he, or any republican in Congress, stood up to Trump and said, “There comes a point in every person’s life where they have to make a choice between doing what’s right or wrong, and that time has come for me. I will do what I believe is right, even though there may be consequences. I will put my country before my own self-interest.”?
I have to ask … is there one single republican in Congress with the guts, the courage to do what’s right and put this nation ahead of their slavish devotion to Trump, damn the consequences? I think we have the biggest bunch of wusses and wimps on the right-hand side of the aisle on Capitol Hill that I have ever seen. Gordon Sondland should be at home sucking his thumb and cuddling his dolly if this is the best he can do … we need some people with integrity and strength in our government, not a bunch of cowards.
In light of Sondland’s cowardice, Democrats have subpoenaed Sondland for his testimony and documents that they say are being withheld by the State Department. The subpoena demands those documents be turned over by October 14th, and that Sondland sit for a deposition on October 16th before three congressional panels.
Then later yesterday, White House lawyers called the impeachment investigation “illegitimate” and “constitutionally invalid” and said they will block any and all cooperation with the ongoing inquiries and investigations.
THEY CAN’T DO THIS!!!
Except … they can if nobody will stop them. Who will stop them? Will the republicans in Congress finally wake to the fact that Trump is rapidly escalating his position to that of a dictator? Will they finally hold Sondland and others accountable by giving them a nice cozy jail cell where they can have plenty of time to think about their actions? Will they finally provide the oversight that is mandated by the Constitution of the United States? Will the Courts keep up the pressure, and as Judge Marrero did, say “No, the president is NOT above the law”? Will the trumpeters out there in La-La-Land finally wake up and see what they have wrought?
If none of the above happen, people … if Trump is allowed to virtually render the impeachment investigations dead in the water, then we have lost any semblance of a free nation, we will have become a dictatorship.
Every day seems to get crazier and crazier. I miss having a government I can trust, miss going to bed at night feeling that at least my corner of the world is in capable hands. I want this crazy world to stop, just let me off, let me find a quiet corner, find some peace, sleep without night terrors.