If you think that the fact that it’s Thanksgiving, the fact that I have a turkey to roast, stuffing to make, potatoes to cook, and all the other stuff is going to keep me from being a snarky you-know-what today, then you don’t know me well. Last Thanksgiving, I managed my usual two posts plus a music post, and while I may or may not have a second post today, I at least have some short snarky snippets to share with you! I consider it my civic duty … it’ll give you something to discuss over your turkey & gravy!
Who knew …
… That those of us whose humanitarian values have led us to be called “liberals”, as well as some other less savoury names, were trying to change the name of the holiday presently known as “Thanksgiving”? Funny, but I hadn’t heard that one until this morning when I was reading that in Trump’s rally yesterday, he claimed …
“But now we’re going to have to do a little work on Thanksgiving. People have different ideas why it shouldn’t be called ‘Thanksgiving,’ but everybody in this room I know loves the name ‘Thanksgiving,’ and we’re not changing it.”
And the crowd cheered.
To the best of my knowledge, there has been no movement to change the name of Thanksgiving. There were numerous humorous responses on Twitter, but one of the responses to his foolish remark was spot on:
“Well, many Natives, like myself, call it #nationaldayofmourning & as far as I’m concerned, if you don’t like it, grab a ship back home and shove some crumpets up your bum and let us repair this land.”
He also returned to one of his favourite themes, what he refers to as “the war on Christmas”. He claims that he has now “made” everyone say “Merry Christmas”, rather than “Happy Holidays”. Bullshit. I typically go for the “Have a great holiday” line, though sometimes I may say “Merry Christmas”. Thing is, see … not everyone celebrates Christmas as a religious holiday. Many of us celebrate it as a secular holiday, a way to begin the long, dark winter season with light and festivity. If you choose to celebrate it according to your religion, fine. If you don’t, then that’s fine also. Once again, Trump has overstepped his boundaries.
And about that rally …
Not surprisingly, Trump used much of his time at his aforementioned campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, talking about his pending impeachment. He cast the impeachment inquiry as a desperate effort by democrats to win back the White House in 2020. He went so far as to call the impeachment proceedings ‘bullshit,’ prompting a new audience chant containing the expletive. And he put those proceedings in the same category as the Mueller investigation, labeling all of it a ‘scam’ and a ‘hoax.’
“They’re attacking me because I’m exposing a rigged system that enriched itself at your expense and I’m restoring government of, by and for the people.”
Say WHAT??? I’m still speechless and have steam coming out of my ears over that blatant, bald-faced lie!
“The radical Democrats are trying to overturn the last election because they know that they cannot win the next election. It’s very simple.”
Tucker said WHAT???
Tucker Carlson of Fox News fame is a grade-A jerk. No surprise there, we’ve known that for years. But, he may have crossed a line this time.
“Why do I care … what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia? And I’m serious. Why do I care? Why shouldn’t I root for Russia, which I am?”
After the predictable backlash from those who remember that Russia is a domineering, bullying nation that is seeking to restore an ‘empire’ ala the Soviet Union, ol’ Tucker said, halfheartedly, that he was only joking. Right, Tuck.
Spencer speaks …
Funny, isn’t it, that Trump who dodged the draft back during the Vietnam War, who has never served a single day in the military, is now micromanaging the military of which he knows absolutely nothing? Ousted Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, has written an OpEd in response to his firing. The thing he wrote that struck me as being 110% true is that Trump …
“… Has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.”
Can’t argue with that … Trump has no clue what the words “ethically” and “rules” mean. Commander-in-Chief??? Hah! The most unlikely of candidates for that job.
For the love of animals? Doubtful
In December 2010, President Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill, H.R.5566 – Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, that banned videos that show animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled or subjected to other forms of torture. On Monday, Trump signed into law another bill, H.R.724 – Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, that is essentially an expansion of the original. This one makes such cruelty to animals a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Since the bill had bipartisan support in Congress, and since it is basically a no-brainer, there would have been absolutely no justification for Trump to not sign it, but some have found a morsel of redemption for Trump in the signing of this bill, saying, “See … he did something good!” We are, it would seem, desperate for him to have one little redeeming quality. But wait …
Do you see the irony here? Trump’s two elder sons are both big game hunters who have killed numerous beautiful animals for sport. No contest, they are guided by experts, they have big guns, the animal is in a preserve and has no guide, no gun. Senseless slaughter, pure and simple. Sorry, folks, but this bill does not apply to people who slaughter animals for food or to those who hunt, trap and fish. Too little … far too little.
And now, I leave you to enjoy your Thanksgiving with friends and family. Have a great one, my friends!