Snarky … puff puff … Snippets

More than a few times in the last week, I have found myself dreading to even log onto any of the news sites.  Blogging friend Brian, concerned for my emotional well-being, advised me to take an entire week away from the news, and while I so greatly appreciate him caring, I simply find that I cannot.  Every day brings a new abomination, and somehow, I feel an obligation to keep up.  In part, it is because I think part of the goal of Trump & Co is to overwhelm us to the point that we simply tune out.  I’m determined not to do that … I simply cannot.  A number of my friends and readers have at least partly tuned out, and I understand that … I really do … but I cannot.  Writing this blog is the catharsis that offsets, to a greater or lesser degree, the angst … I think.  Anyway … with that in mind, I can do nothing but give you yet another batch of … Snarky Snippets!

Two thumbs up …

To New York City for a positive move on homelessness.  While Donald Trump, on his visit to California earlier this year, complained that …

“We have people living in our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings, where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes.”

Meanwhile, New York City is expected to pass a new bill in the coming week that will force developers of designated affordable-housing projects to set aside 15 percent of the units for the homeless.  This could ultimately add as many as 1,000 apartments for the homeless per year, almost doubling the 1,300 already in existence.  Many other cities have similar requirements, but none as ambitious as this one.

The homeless rate in the United States has increased in recent years, despite Trump’s claims that the economy is doing so great.  New York City alone has increased from 64,000 in 2014 to 79,000 in 2019.  The increase is partly due to stagnant wages … the low unemployment rate doesn’t address wages … and partly to the increased cost of housing.  The rent in my own small (1,190 sq ft) townhouse has increased from $625 when we first rented it in 1998 to $1,162 in 2019 – an 86% increase in 21 years, though nothing has been replaced, not carpet, linoleum, paint, fixtures or appliances, in that time.  And this is in a low-income neighborhood!  How a person earning minimum wage … which, by the way, has not increased since 2009, ten years ago … could afford even basic housing, plus utilities and food, is beyond me!

Disenfranchising more voters?

Earlier this evening, I saw a tweet by my least favoured representative, Warren Davidson, that called for stricter voting laws.  His comparison was ludicrous …

Warren-Davidson“Saying #VoterID laws suppress voter turnout is similar to saying background checks suppress gun ownership. All polling locations should require #VoterID just like all firearms dealers require a background check.”

Since I take great pride in harassing him at least once a day, I responded with an explanation of the difference between gun ownership and voting, and asked him if he was really that stupid, or if he was just pretending.

But, to the point … Donald Trump has had a very low approval rating for the entirety of his presidency, and now he is being impeached.  The republicans are getting worried about his electability … understandable, since they have tied their carts to his pony.  So, red states are trying to pass more restrictive Voter I.D. laws, and anything else they can do to disenfranchise the poor and minorities who tend to vote largely democrat.

The State of Wisconsin has taken an approach that I find absolutely disgusting.  In October, they sent letters to hundreds of thousands of voters, asking them to respond if they were still at that address or to update their registrations if they had moved.  Sounds innocuous enough, right?  Perhaps it was, in the beginning, but conservatives filed a lawsuit alleging that to avoid fraud, the commission should have thrown out the registrations of voters who did not respond to the mailing within 30 days!  The Election Commission had initially planned to throw out those registrations in April of 2021, after the election, if the people who didn’t respond also didn’t vote.

But, on Friday Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy ordered the state to take as many as 234,000 people off its registered-voter list who had not responded to the letter within the 30-day period.  Now, I can tell you that if I received such a letter, it would probably go straight in the trash, for I take such things with a grain of salt and don’t have time for such foolishness.  Turns out that the majority of those letters were sent to voters in districts that were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016 … coincidence?  I don’t think so.

See, here’s the thing … Trump won Wisconsin by a very narrow margin – less than 1%.  So, there is a push to ensure some of those voters who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, cannot vote at all in 2020.

A law unto himself …

Remember how there were a number of people who had heard Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, several of whom found the call deeply troubling, and one found the courage to become “the whistle-blower”, which has led to the impeachment that is almost certain to take place on Wednesday?  Well … the Trump administration has fixed that problem for any future phone calls.  According to CNN …

“Donald Trump’s senior aides have further restricted the number of administration officials allowed to listen to the President’s phone calls with foreign leaders.  Transcripts of Trump’s calls with world leaders are also disseminated to a far smaller group of people inside the White House, continuing an effort to limit the number of people with insight and information about the conversations.”

It’s rather like the child who, getting caught stealing cookies from the cookie jar, learns to make sure that next time, mommy is in the bathroom before dipping into the jar.  Well, it fits, doesn’t it, for we have a child in the Oval Office.

trump-phone-call.jpgMake of this what you will, but I find it deeply concerning.  It’s yet another attempt at covering up his actions, rather than promoting that ‘transparency’ he promised some three years ago.  Remember the ‘swamp’ he was going to drain?  That swamp was a rose garden compared to the swamp he has built.

Well, folks, that’s all I have time for tonight!  Enjoy what’s left of your weekend!


25 thoughts on “Snarky … puff puff … Snippets

  1. Well done anyone making an efffort to help rehouse the unemplyes. People on the streets soon lose hope of their lives turning round. Rehome them with working bathroom and kitchen and life looks better. Looking at the homeless situation, the unemployed situation, the amount of placed paying minimum wage or below, how can anyone saay Trump’s America is improving,

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    • You are so very right. Sometimes all people need is a little hand up, a small amount of help so that they can breathe long enough to see their path in life. As to your final question … that is mine also … how can it be said that Trump is “making the U.S. great” … again??? Was it ever? I think perhaps not.

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  2. I failed to watch the news for one week…yes, on purpose. My BP was so high that the doc thought I would stroke out with the next outrageous trumpism I heard……..I’m back at it though, and sending daily rants to my elected legislators….and daily sarcastic remarks to the cheeto. Re homelessness. this past week our city council voted to allow homeless apartments to be created within an almost abandoned mall.(after being harangued by myself and two other old ladies for five years) The stores have basically given up and moved on, but there is a small emergent care clinic, one small bakery, a restaurant and a gym for seniors still there. the four large empty stores are being fitted with “apartments” fully furnished with beds, dressers, etc……they bathrooms are all large but will be community baths…showers are being put into each “apartment”. I am THRILLED that our city is doing this and hope when it is done that other cities come check it out and copy the idea. It actually gives me hope that other things can change if we just make enough noise…and stick with it until the change we need comes about. Keep on snarking, woman. It works!

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    • Two thumbs up 👍👍 to your City Council for taking steps to house the homeless, but I have to smack them a bit, too, for the fact that it took them 5 years to open their eyes to the problem! My biggest ‘thumb up’, however, goes to you and your two helpers for keeping up the pressure, for never letting the ball drop. Great job, ladies!!! And thanks, Suze … yeah, I’m in it for the long haul, for I could not do otherwise.


  3. I have tried to lay-off he news a bit too, but find I cannot. I don’t want to become one of the worn out people. I hear often from friends who hate trump, that they are just tired of it all. I do know they will vote and vote blue, so that’s a good thing.

    What I try to do to keep stress away are two things.

    One is simply….do other things..get out with family, get outside with nature, get involved with a hobby or help someone in need..
    I know this only goes so far and is temporary.

    So second and longer lasting, is taking the long long view. A view even beyond our lifetime. Almost like you’re on the outside looking in at a society gone mad and not just the US. It will get worse. I feel certain trump will be re elected. The Dems just seem to be falling apart.

    So we must deal with that, mentally and think way ahead until he is long gone..say 20 years or so and maybe by then, through attrition by death of the old white supremacy religious element, things will begin to turn around.
    For if not, the game is over for good and the only saving grace to that, is that, hopefully one day, the planet will restore itself, will recover….without man or with a few good men and women…

    All things come to an end, but the earth itself has a long long way to go yet. It will not miss us.

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  4. Jill, there are two different themes here. First, in my work advocating for homeless working families, there are two misconceptions that I must invariably overcome. That many on various welfare and social security programs are gaming the system. While there is a very small percentage of folks who do, the vast majority are people in need. The other is the people in poverty are lazy and not pious. Both of these are off the mark. Poverty is the absence of money, period. I have seen folks work multiple jobs to make ends meet. I have seen people who are more pious than the church members who are helping them. True story, we used to have church volunteers sign a statement to not proselytize to the homeless families. We did not need to, as the homeless families were examples of piety in tought times to the volunteers.

    As for cheating on elections, this has been done by both parties for years. But, as one judge said as he threw out a NC voter ID law as unconsitutional, it was surgical discrimination by the GOP. With ALEC, cookie cutter discrimination has been used for over ten years in various GOP led states. So, when Trump says people are trying to “steal the election,” think about the person saying that.


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    • I do not understand, Keith. How does piousness have anything to do with homelessness, and who made such a connection in the first place? Homelessness has absolutely nothing to do with religious belief, or non-belief. If churches make aid depend on religion, that is up to them. But if governments make aid dependent on belief, then those governors should not be allowed to run for office. Need is universal!

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      • Rawgod, good question. You and I agree on this. There are many a strident religious follower who believe the reason one is poor is that they are not pious enough, as strange as that sounds. If you were a better person, then you would not be poor or homeless. This has manifested itself in an ugly with this prosperity churches, so having a lot of money is a sign of God’s favor. I have seen this first hand, but Tavis Smiley and Cornel West addressed it in their book “The Rich and the Rest of Us.” Their key point is poverty is the lack of the money, nothing more, nothing less..

        The other hurdle I faced when I spoke with church, rotary and business groups, is to make people aware that these homeless people had jobs, often more than one. And, per the book, “Nickeled and Dimed in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich, minimum or low wage jobs actually perpetuate poverty. So, getting the minimum wage up is critical. Helping people save is critical. Helping people budget better is critical. Our social workers spend a lot of time helping people budget and save.


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    • I would add another misconception to your list … that people on welfare are predominantly black. I hear this over and over, and it simply is NOT true! It makes me so angry … there are these assumptions and our government does nothing to dispel the myth. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

      Yes, trying to sway elections is an age-old game played by both parties, but the republicans take it to the nth degree. Watch, for I predict more states will try similar moves over the coming 11 months. In a fair and honest election, Trump would stand as much chance as one of my kitties, so it is up to the GOP in each state to ensure that we do NOT have a fair and honest election. Ol’ Mitchie is doing his part by sitting on legislation that would provide for election security.


      • Jill, you are so right. The majority of people on food stamps are white. Policing food stamps will disproportionately impact that demographic. Also, a less noticed consideration is tightening up Social Security disability which will impact rural people in distressed areas, in particular West Virginia.

        As for the election, not doing what is needed to solve a problem of influence, suppression, and let’s call it what it is – cheating – means it will happen again and again. It matters not who benefits, we cannot condone cheating, which is precisely what Mitch McConnell is doing. Keith

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        • I find it ironic that the republicans are all about tightening up “social welfare” programs and even talk about cutting Social Security, for “we must control spending”, and yet there is rarely a word breathed about cutting military spending, even though our military budget is so bloated it should have burst by now. Nor do they talk about raising taxes … why, that would just be silly, asking their donors to pay their fair share of taxes now, wouldn’t it. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr. Sorry … I’m in a cynical mood tonight. And at the name of Mitch McConnell … double grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.


  5. Hello Jill Grand rants. I also find I am driven to find out how my country and the world has been screwed over again all the time. While I have my phone silenced at night I still get the displayed news notifications. I often wake up, take a glance over the listings. The more you know the better prepared we are.

    The rise in costs including rent is horrible. People like Joe Biden do not realize how hard it is for people today, especially the young and the older groups. Have you seen his young people complain they have it too hard and he mocks them? Both have low incomes trying to stretch the money they have to cover all their needs. It simply is not working anymore. The hospital system where Ron works the nursing staff threatened to quit if the system did not raise the pay of CNA’s. The system has not increased the pay for them for 10 years with after a certain number of years locks them in with no raises allowed only a lump sum bonus based on the old rate of pay, and they simply can not hire any and those that were there are leaving. The nurses therefore have no help. Management did not care because they were lower employees, they should suck it up right? Management by the way makes huge salaries of well over hundreds of thousands and quarterly bonuses. This is for all management at all levels. Faced with a walk out of the nursing staff, management has announced in January they are redoing all the lower level workers pay rates to bring them up to the current living wage standards. Well why work in a hospital and run your butt off doing hard work when you can make more in a doctors office doing little.

    On the judge in Wisconsin I found him a bit two faced. While decrying taking people off the roles were bad he ordered it done faster than the Republicans wanted, and refused to give them more time even though he admitted they couldn’t do it in a the month he gave them. So what is his real feelings on dienfrachizing voters? Hugs

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    • I do the exact same thing, Scottie! I turn the ringer off, but I get breaking news updates, and if I wake during the night and see the blue light flashing, I absolutely must check to see what’s happened now.

      This is why I propose that there be a “wealth limitation” on who can run for both Congress and the presidency, because those who were, like Trump and so many in Congress, born with the proverbial ‘silver spoon’ in their mouth, cannot possibly comprehend the problems the rest of us face. They’ve never had to choose between paying the electric bill or putting food on the table, never had to delay taking their sick kid to the doctor because they couldn’t afford it. We need people in our government who truly understand the plight of the poor and the homeless. I’ve also said before that every member of Congress should have to spend one week out of every year in a homeless shelter, or in low income housing with no access to their wealth, but only allowed the amount of money a person earning minimum wage would have for that week. My daughter is Nurse-Manager for a urology group here in Cincinnati, and she has the same problem as where Ron works … the turnover rate is so high that she’s constantly having to work 80 hour weeks because she’s filling in for staff.

      I think we are going to see many more attempts to disenfranchise the poor, minorities and young voters in the coming months. Trump could not win a fair and honest election, so they have to go the extra mile to make sure we don’t have a fair and honest election. Sigh. Hugs!!!

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      • Hello Jill. Well said. The more people they can disenfranchise, the harder they can make it for the poor just to live, the less likely those poor will be able to take the time or have the needed papers / transportation to vote. The Republicans want voting to be a right of the wealthy only. I was asked why the Republicans would slash benefits in an election year, it is because it makes it harder for poor people to vote, and that is their point. As you say people who have always had it well can not see the struggles of those who have not. These Republicans and wealthy people do not see the poor as the same humans as they are, they simply do not see the lower incomes as humans deserving of right. Just as the white slave owners did not see blacks as fully human. The idea of a better class or superior race never left this country, it just became more political. Hugs

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        • You’re so right, Scottie. They would love to make both voting and higher education a ‘privilege’ available only to the wealthy. In their minds, I think they believe we are too ignorant to make such decisions as who should run our country. But therein lies the keyword: OUR country. This nation doesn’t just belong to the wealthy, but to ALL of us. Everyone should be incensed that any one of us are paying more in taxes than big corporations like Amazon and Exxon-Mobil, yet we have virtually no representation anymore. Citizens United made sure that only the wealthy would be represented in the U.S., and increasingly we are seeing the results of that. Hugs!

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  6. In regard to the homeless, Trump sounds just like Scrooge. I heard a long time ago that in D.C. when someone important was coming they would round up and hide the street people. That business about voting is scandalous. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • Yep, Scrooge or the Grinch! He’s more worried about the image of the people who have far more than they need than he is about the survival of those who have far too little. Look for more attempts by states to disenfranchise poor, minority, and younger voters in the coming months. Sigh.

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