I am filled with snarky today … it is flowing from my ears, my very pores. The republicans have gone beyond ridiculous in their objections to the impeachment process, are doing their level best to make it seem like a three-ring circus, and the low growl in my throat is a constant these days. So, to take our minds off the buffoons like Matt Gaetz, Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, et al, here are a few snippets unrelated to impeachment
Pardon pen over-inked!
In the Kentucky governor’s race last month, the incumbent, republican Matt Bevin, was defeated by Andy Beshear, a democrat. Bevin did not go gently into that good night, for he claimed there were voting ‘irregularities’, and for a time it appeared he would force a vote in the State Legislature. He ultimately conceded when he realized that there was absolutely no evidence of any ‘irregularities’.
But still, Bevin was determined to go out with a bang, and that he did. From the time that Bevin conceded the election to Beshear on November 14th until the date of Beshear’s inauguration on December 10th, Bevin issued pardons for some 428 people. The list includes a man convicted of reckless homicide, a convicted child rapist, a man who murdered his parents at age 16 and a woman who threw her newborn in the trash after giving birth in a flea market outhouse.It is not unusual for governors to issue pardons as they leave office, but pardoning murderers and child rapists is definitely outside the norm.
Among those pardoned was Brett Whittaker, a man who was convicted on two counts of murder for killing a pastor and his wife while driving under the influence in 2011, and Dayton Jones, who was convicted in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy at a party. And there was Patrick Brian Baker, who was convicted in 2017 of reckless homicide, robbery, impersonating a peace officer and tampering with evidence for his role in a 2014 home invasion that resulted in the death of Donald Mills. It’s almost as if Bevin sought the worst of the worst to pardon, his way of giving a middle finger to the people of Kentucky.
Congratulations to Greta, another black mark for Trump
A 16-year-old girl with Asperger’s Syndrome from Sweden is this years’ Time Magazine Person of the Year! That’s right, Time Magazine chose Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has brought awareness to the ongoing climate crisis to so many people, for their coveted Person of the Year award. She is the youngest person to earn the title in the magazine’s 92-year history.But, apparently Donald Trump thought that he should be ‘person of the year’, and he couldn’t keep his mouth shut, or rather, his thumbs still.
What kind of ‘man’ denigrates a 16-year-old girl who is trying to raise awareness about a serious problem affecting the whole world? Certainly, this is not the sign of a ‘man’ who ought to hold a position of power, if he cannot even treat people like Greta with a bit of decency and respect. To her credit, Greta altered her Twitter bio …For my part, I congratulate Ms. Thunberg and thank her for doing more than her share to bring awareness to people around the globe, and apologize to her for the poor manners of the person sitting in the Oval Office.
They are “devastated”?
One week ago today, three U.S. servicemen lost their lives and eight were wounded by a Saudi wielding a 9mm Glock 45 pistol in a killing rampage in Pensacola, Florida, that the FBI says is being investigated as terrorism.There are many unanswered questions, but the fact is that three are dead at the hands of a Saudi national. We remember the killing of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, killed on orders by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. We remember that 15 of the 19 hijackers who changed our lives on 11 September 2001 were from Saudi Arabia. And then, we hear the ‘president’ of the United States respond …
“I spoke with the King of Saudi Arabia. They are devastated in Saudi Arabia. We’re finding out what took place, whether it’s one person or a number of people. And the King will be involved in taking care of families and loved ones. He feels very strongly. He’s very, very devastated by what happened and what took place. Likewise, the Crown Prince. They are devastated by what took place in Pensacola. And I think they’re going to help out the families very greatly. But, right now, they send their condolences.”
I imagine they are about as devastated as they were by Mr. Khashoggi’s murder. But to the point, does he expect us to feel sorry for the poor, ‘devastated’ Saudi dictators? Not a word from Trump about the threat of terrorism, or a shred of curiosity about motives and whether the Saudi officer was radicalized and by whom, or a thought about what Saudi Arabia could do to help investigate the shooter, or perhaps a lament that the killer, a guest of the United States, would carry out such a horrific assault on his hosts, or even a worry about where the 21-year-old officer got the weapon. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. It seems that he is more concerned with the Saudis than with the people he was hired to protect and represent.
Trump’s love affair with the likes of Vladimir Putin, Mohammed bin Salman, Jair Bolsonaro and other strongmen dictators is appalling … and dangerous … and disgusting.
Well, folks, it’s Friday afternoon … so, have a great weekend … if you can.