That’s right, folks, this is the 105th version of Snarky Snippets!!! The concept started as just one post on a day that I didn’t have a major topic, but had several little things I wanted to write about. Several commentors suggested I should do this more often, so I began writing snarky snippets once a week or so. Nowadays, however, it is more like 3-4 times a week! This morning I wondered if I had done one hundred yet, so I did a quick keyword search and came up with 104, making this the 105th! I start with some rather cheering news to kick off the weekend …
Roger goes down in flames!
Well, folks, you know how Trump has said that the Mueller investigation into the ways in which Russia interfered with our 2016 election and who may have been involved within Trump’s campaign, is naught but a ‘hoax’, a ‘witch hunt’, and that nobody has been convicted of anything? WRONG! Just this morning, Trump’s long-time friend, ally and former aide was convicted on all seven felony counts with which he had been charged! ALL SEVEN!
The friendship between Stone and Trump dates back more than 40 years. Does anybody really believe that Stone was involved, but that Trump knew nothing about it? I don’t. Trump did not testify in person in the Mueller investigation, but rather submitted answers in writing to the questions posed by Mueller and his team. In one such answer, he claimed that he could not recall the specifics of any of 21 conversations he had with Mr. Stone in the six months before the election.
Stone is the sixth individual to be convicted on charges stemming from the Mueller investigation. The others are:
- Rick Gates, Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman
- Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor
- Michael Cohen, Trump’s former longtime attorney and “fixer”
- George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide
- Paul Manafort, Stone’s former partner
Remember how, after the Mueller report was released and Attorney General William Barr gave his misleading summation of the report, Trump kept screeching, “No obstruction, No collusion!” It was a lie then, we all knew it was a lie, and Stone’s conviction proves the lie. I wonder what ol’ Trumpie will have to say now?
Stone’s sentencing will be interesting. On one count alone, he could face up to 20 years, which at age 67 could amount to a life sentence. It is anticipated that he will receive a lighter sentence, but then again … remember when he posted a picture of Judge Amy Berman Jackson with the cross hairs of a gun near her head? Might not go so well for him after all.
Ohio wants to “Make America Stupid Again”
Most days, I am ashamed to say that I live in the state of Ohio. Like any other state, it has its ups and downs, but since the state’s electoral votes went for Trump in 2016, I would just as soon live in Bangladesh or somewhere. Today’s latest had me picking up my jaw from the floor where it had dropped.
A proposal in Ohio would allow students to be exempted from answering questions correctly in school if their wrong answers conform with their personal religious beliefs. In essence, a student wouldn’t be penalized if their answers were scientifically wrong, even if they’re in a science class or science-based school.
In part, the bill reads that no school “shall prohibit a student from engaging in religious expression in the completion of homework, artwork, or other written or oral assignments.” So, for example, if a young person answers on a test that the earth is flat, his/her answer cannot be counted wrong as long as he or she claims it is what is taught by their religion??? Science is factual, not subject to the whims of one religion or another. The U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state. This bill is discriminatory, for if two children both get the answer to question #14 wrong, but one claims it was a result of her religious beliefs, then she will not have it counted against her, while the other will. Discrimination!
The proposal has already been passed as a bill in the Ohio state House of Representatives. It now goes to the Republican-led Senate, where, if passed, it would move onto Republican Governor Mike DeWine’s office for his signature. I swear if this one passes, I’m moving to a different state!
Only in Kentucky …
I have a number of friends who live in Kentucky, so I am not putting down the state per se, but let’s face it, this is the state that keeps sending Mitch McConnell back to the Senate time and time again … says something, don’t you think?
Well, this latest has nothing to do with politics, but it crossed my radar last night and I let out a WTF before I could catch myself. The headline reads …
Kentucky man wins 3-year court battle to put ‘IM GOD’ on license plate
Back in 2016, the man, one Ben Hart, ordered personalized plates, otherwise known as ‘vanity plates’ for obvious reasons. He requested the plates read “IM GOD”, but was turned down by the state Department of Transportation. Some things are just deemed to be inappropriate. Most people would have just picked something else, or given up on the personalized plates altogether, but not Ben Hart.
He took the state to court, aided by the American Civil Liberties Union in Kentucky and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Three years this has been in process, until finally on Wednesday a U.S. District Court judge in Frankfort ruled in favor of Hart, saying personalized license plates are private speech, and protected under the 1st Amendment. 🙄
I wonder how much money was spent on this foolishness?
Well, folks, that’s a wrap for today’s episode of Snarky Snippets! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!