Snarky Snippets … And A Rant (Or Two)

This post started out being just a collection of Snarky Snippets, but by the third story, it had turned into a full-blown rant.  The issue of guns and the stupidity of people tend to do that to me.  Sigh.


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Earlier this week, I reported that Trump had issued pardons to two convicted war criminals, along with one who was still awaiting trial.  One of those convicted and pardoned was Edward Gallagher, a former Navy SEAL, who was accused of shooting civilians, murdering a captive Islamic State fighter with a hunting knife in Iraq, and threatening to kill SEALs who reported him, among other misconduct.  In his July court-martial, he was found not guilty of all charges but one:  posing for photos with the teenage captive’s dead body.

And then, last week, Trump pardoned Gallagher.  The Navy, however, is going forward with its plan to expel Gallagher from the SEALs, given that his crime brought shame upon the entire Navy.  And then, Trump intervened yet again, tweeting …

“The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!”

Legally, this is a mine field and adds to the chaos that has become the United States government.  The secretary of the Navy and the admiral who leads the SEALs have threatened to resign or be fired if Trump is allowed to have his way in this case.

The Navy secretary, Richard V. Spencer, said disciplinary plans against Chief Gallagher would proceed because he did not consider Mr. Trump’s statement on Twitter to be a formal order. Mr. Spencer added that the president, as commander in chief, had the authority to intervene and that it would stop “the process.”

I am neither a legal scholar nor a military strategist, however from a layman’s point of view, it seems that Trump is way out of bounds on this one.  First, he has zero military experience himself, having dodged the draft through his father paying a doctor to lie about a foot condition (blisters, I believe).  Second, although Trump is, as ‘president’, also Commander in Chief of the armed forces, I don’t think that should give him the power to micromanage the military, as he is attempting to do in the Gallagher case. And third, even though Trump pardoned him, it does not negate the fact, at least in my mind, that Gallagher was proven guilty of such a heinous, disgusting crime.  Frankly, I don’t want him in the military in any capacity.


They’re building their own wall …

There are only two things, as best I can figure, that keep Trump’s base Velcro-ed to him:  the economy remaining relatively strong, and his promise to build his damned wall, come hell or high water and at any cost to the environment.

He hasn’t gotten much of his wall built, and what he has built has already been proven ineffective, as it can easily be sawed through with a simple power saw.  But never fear, Steve Bannon has formed a right-wing group of people who are taking matters into their own hands.  The group call themselves We Build the Wall, and their president is a man named Brian Kolfage.

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Kolfage & Bannon

They have been bulldozing the banks of the Rio Grande to erect a privately funded border fence along the water’s edge … even though they have no permits to do so.  Never mind that construction activity along the river banks is tightly regulated under international treaties because structures can exacerbate flood damage and alter the course of the river channel.

The International Boundary and Water Commission, which issues permits to build in the Rio Grande channel, has asked the group to suspend construction, submit a detailed engineering study and withdraw its excavators and other heavy equipment from the river levees.  But Kolfage said his group is barreling forward anyway … one could only hope they would all get washed into the Rio Grande and out to the Gulf of Mexico.we-build-the-wallThe damn fool, Kolfage, tweeted …

“Who else loves the fresh smell of diesel in the morning when we’re building the wall? Does it look like we were told stop? NOPE! Burning & Churning suckers.”

According to its website, the group has collected nearly $25 million in private donations and pledges, with plans to build at least 35 miles of barriers at up to 10 locations along the U.S. southern border in support of Trump’s mission to seal the border off to migrants.

No concern for the environment, no concern for the rule of law … vigilantes, in my book, and I’d like to see the lot of them in prison.


Second Amendment sanctuaries???  WTF???

Earlier this month in the state of Virginia, democrats rode a platform on gun control to historic victories in state elections.  But … the gun nuts in the rural counties aren’t liking it one bit.  They want to declare their counties ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries’, meaning that any new gun legislation passed in the state legislature would not be honoured in those ‘sanctuary’ counties.  They say they fear that their ‘way of life’ is being cast aside. toon-guns.jpgTheir way of life???  Excuse me, but … how does gun ownership constitute a way of life?  Let’s get some facts straight here … guns are made for one thing and one thing only:  to kill!  To cause death.  The words ‘life’ and ‘death’ are polar opposites!  They cannot exist together … they are mutually exclusive!  Are these people … ah, never mind … I’m not going for the jugular just yet.

When the General Assembly convenes in January, Governor Ralph Northam has promised to move quickly with Democratic leaders to pass measures such as universal background checks, limits on the types and numbers of firearms that can be purchased and a “red flag” law allowing authorities to seize weapons from someone deemed a threat.  All very sensible, long overdue, and not-yet-enough measures.

Do the people of rural Virginia not care if their children are shot in school?  Do they not care that it is not safe in this country anymore to go out to a restaurant, to even walk down the street?  What the heck has happened to sanity in this nation?

gun owners

They walk among us …

The people behind this movement say any kind of gun restriction feels personal. They’ve heard that some proposals would prevent kids under 18 from owning guns and say people who would ban assault weapons don’t understand what they are.  So … they want kids owning guns???  And what’s with them saying we don’t understand what an assault weapon is?  Oh yeah, folks, we understand full well what it is … a killing machine that can mow down hundreds within a minute or two.  NOBODY outside of the military needs such a weapon.  NOBODY!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Turns out that rural Virginia is not alone, not even the first to follow this path of idiocy.  In New Mexico, 25 of the 33 counties have declared themselves ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries’, with some law enforcement officials saying they would go to jail rather than enforce firearm restrictions!  In Illinois, nearly two-thirds of its counties have done the same.


A bit of humour to end this snarky rant …


Okay, my friends, I have now sent myself into a fit of heart-pounding apoplexy and need to calm down, so I’m finished snarking ‘n ranting for tonight.  I think I’ll just turn off the computer and read for a while …

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34 thoughts on “Snarky Snippets … And A Rant (Or Two)

  1. Need to reply to this at ‘their’ level
    So ‘we’ are going to build a wall are we? Are ‘we’ going to build a wall along the entire USA Mexican Border. Are ‘we’ going to build it with little circles at intervals for ‘us’ to ‘circle jerk’ in while ‘we’ are building the wall.
    Hey Bannon! Get your sorry butt over here and campaign for Johnson, we could do with fresh meat!

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  2. Hello Jill. Nice rants, I love them. On the We Build the Wall group they already got into trouble on one section they did. They built the wall across a roadway leading to a levee and a monument. They were ordered by I.B.W.C. to open the gate and lock it open. Last I read it was still open. That is what you get when you do not follow the rules. https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/447922-privately-funded-border-wall-ordered-to-keep-gate-open-indefinitely

    On the gun nuts, what they mean by culture is the way these guns were sold, the advertising. It equated guns with a guy’s manhood. Guns were your masculinity. The Bushmaster advert had the saying “Consider your man card reissued” written on it. That is why a court said the lawsuit by the Sandy Hook parents can go forward despite an immunity law. These guys actually feel they will be less than a man if there is any gun regulations or restrictions. They sure don’t want their little boys growing up with out a gun to make them male. It is the same argument they have against sexual education in schools. Horrors. Of course that growing up part is made iffy by the very guns they worship. Hugs

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  3. Jill, when members of society hold the freedom to bear arms more dear than freedom of press, it speaks volumes. It is OK to screw allies over who need our help to make our country less safer or to ignore military leaders and free soldiers convicted of war crimes to show how we fight matters not, but don’t deny a person an AK47. It truly boggles the mind. Keith

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      • Jill, this next statement will likely leave you mouth agape, but I read that Tucker Carlson is pulling for the Russians over Ukraine. My first thought was his indoctrination is complete. Putin has to be smiling at inane comments like this. I again say the current president is a national security risk ignoring his vast intelligence arm to listen and heed disinformed talk show hosts who lack credibility. So, the “ordained” comment supplements this disinformation cited by a talk show host. Sadly, too many people will believe this BS. Keith

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        • I saw that one this morning and yes, my jaw dropped and I uttered an unladylike WTF! What a dolt. Yes, Trump is certainly a national security risk, but also an international one. Our allies no longer feel they can count on us and view us with suspicion. Trump proved them right when he abandoned the Kurds in Syria. And yes, sadly too many will believe it and repeat it. We really need to rid this nation of Trump before it’s too late, for I believe there will come a point that it is too late.

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  4. OY VEY!! These people are nuts Jill. Shouldn’t all of us possess the type of firearm that yahoo in the photo is holding? I certainly want one, don’t you? Seriously though, those ARE sensible regulations. But this is what we’re up against in the country. Unbelievable.
    And yes, the idiot should stay out of the internal military stuff. Let them handle it. He has no right, as far as I’m concerned. Again, is this supposed to play to his base? Do they think the guy deserves SEAL status? They probably do, because their dear leader says so! Geez

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  5. What amazes me about all of the rantings from the right is the blatant disregard for common decency and good manners. It is so full of hate and assumtions of superiority. Sounds more like Hitler and his disciples every day.

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    • Exactly! I read something by a republican earlier today who said that the current GOP no longer has the values of honesty and integrity that it once had … she was 100% spot on with that statement. You’re right … in 2016, I made the Hitler comparison a couple of times, and people said I was nuts. I think Trump & Co have the potential, if we leave them in office long enough, to become every bit as bad as Hitler.

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      • Jill, I agree. When I see some religious leaders say Trump has been ordained by God, it truly sickens me. I can argue against Trump’s policies and taking too much credit and shunning any blame, but how he acts is important.

        He is largely untruthful. He bullies people who get in his way. He does not argue issues, he name calls and labels. He has sexually assaulted or harassed countless women and teen girls. He is has far too many corrupt dealings. Two quotes come to mind.

        Michael Cohen, his attorney fixer said under oath, “Donald Trump is a racist, he is a con artist and he is a cheat.” And, no one batted an eye. Conservative writer David Brooks said Trump lacks “morality and empathy.”

        It is said the people who are most against torture are leaders who fought. They note clearly we have to be better than this. The same goes for Trump – we have to be better than this. A key question for a parent is would you want your child to emulate Donald Trump?

        Keith

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    • Yep … it doesn’t matter if they can write their name, if they know how to read … as long as they have the money and haven’t murdered anyone in their past, they can buy any kind of gun and as many of them as their small hearts desire. What’s really frightening is when law enforcement says they will not enforce gun laws … and when people are up in arms because kids under 18 can’t buy guns. It’s CRAZY, I tell you!

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