It seems the material for snarky snippets just never ends … it’s like a parade of mind-boggling idiocy these days. I suppose I should be grateful … I never have to look very far for a topic!
Sheriff Joe’s in the news again!
You all remember the most bigoted, corrupt sheriff of the 21st century, former Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa Country, Arizona, right? A blatant racist, he had a history of abusing prisoners, and when the courts told him “you can’t do that”, he went right on doing it anyway. So, eventually he was convicted on ‘Contempt of Court’ charges, but was pardoned almost immediately by his soulmate, the equally corrupt, equally bigoted Donald Trump. Now, in my book, despite his pardon, he is still a convicted felon, and some news outlets such as Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, and CNN felt the same, for they continued to refer to Arpaio as a ‘convicted felon’. Arpaio, rather like somebody else we know of who cannot stand to be criticized or mocked, took umbrage and filed a lawsuit against the three … a lawsuit seeking compensatory damages of $300 million! Sheesh … he sued claiming defamation, but frankly ain’t nobody’s character worth that kind of money! And, as I said, he was convicted of a felony. The pardon kept him from paying a fine and going to jail, but it didn’t, in my book, erase his guilt.
Well, fortunately, a federal judge had some good sense and tossed the case out, saying that Arpaio and his lawyer had failed to prove actual malice. Score one for justice. But wait … there’s more!
In 2016, Arpaio lost his bid for re-election to Paul Penzone by a 13% margin. Arpaio, by the way, is now 87 years old. But, guess what? Arpaio is planning to run again for Sheriff of Maricopa Country in 2020! I cannot imagine that he stands a snowball’s chance, but the mere fact that he plans to run after having been exposed as a cruel, unjust racist, boggles the mind. This, folks, is the mind of a megalomaniac, similar to the one sitting in the Oval Office. Hopefully the people of Maricopa Country laugh him all the way out of the state!
The wall …
We all remember Trump’s utterly ridiculous promise to his base to “build a big, beautiful wall” along the entire U.S.-Mexican border, and his further promise that “Mexico is going to pay for it”. Well, the battle has been ongoing for the nearly three years Trump has been in office, because the wall he wants is a) cost prohibitive, and b) useless. Well, by siphoning funds away from other, more worthy humanitarian projects, Trump has succeeded in building some 76 miles of his damnable wall. That’s 76 miles of the 1,954-mile-long border, and it has thus far come at a cost of over $10 billion! That much money spent on something so inane that the only people who want it are bigots who wish to keep out people with skin darker than their own. Anyway …
The relatively short, expensive section of wall seems to not be quite as secure as Trump claimed it would be. Yesterday, it was reported that gangs of smugglers have breached the wall by sawing through sections with commonly available and relatively inexpensive hand tools! Now, I realize that having gangs of smugglers sneaking into the country is no laughing matter, but admittedly I had a great chuckle over this. Trump has pulled out all stops to get his wall built before next year’s election, for it seems to be the one promise he made that really matters to his base. So, he’s spending money that he has no right to spend and threatening to break the law by telling his people that he will pardon them of any potential wrongdoing should they have to break laws to get the barriers built quickly, and all for a structure that you or I could saw a human-size hole in! The wall that Trump claimed was “virtually impenetrable”, that border crossers cannot get over, under or through. I think We the People should get together and file a class action lawsuit against him for misusing our hard-earned tax dollars on such foolishness!
How many more?
On Hallowe’en night, five people were shot dead at a party in Orinda, California, east of San Francisco. Also on Hallowe’en night, a seven-year-old girl who was out trick-or-treating in a bumblebee costume was shot in the neck by a fifteen-year-old boy and critically injured. Last Sunday, October 27th, two people were shot and killed at an off-campus homecoming party near Greenville, Texas.
In an October 30th interview with Tucker Carlson, Detroit Police Chief James Craig spoke about the importance of owning and carrying a firearm for self-defense. He stressed that “being an armed citizen is about staying alive”.
If Chief Craig is right, if this nation has regressed to the point that our only hope for staying alive is to join the enemy and carry around a loaded weapon, then all I can say is this is not a nation we can be proud to live in, but rather is a nation that thrives on violence, that worships killing.It is a damn shame that the people we elect to office, the people whose salaries we pay, are more committed to selling their votes to the gun lobby than they are to making this a safer nation. Yes, I’m speaking to you, Mitch McConnell, and to you Donald Trump, and to every other member of Congress who has taken money from the National Rifle Association in exchange for refusing to vote for a ban on assault weapons, or enhanced background checks, or a gun registry. Damn each and every one of you. The eight deaths listed above are on your shoulders, along with other 32,858 so far this year.
Okay … I’ve snarked enough for one night. Have a wonderful Sunday!