Mid-Week Snarky Snippets

Well, the conflict between Trump and Iran seems to be simmering rather than boiling over, at least for the moment.  Trump claims no lives were lost in last night’s bombings, though I am very skeptical.  You don’t drop 12 ballistic missiles without their being some casualties.  It’s rather a shame when one doesn’t trust a single word the president utters, but he has brought that on himself with his constant lying.  About the only thing you can predict about Trump is that he will lie.  Time will tell.  Iran announced, after attacking two military bases in Iraq last evening, that they are finished … for now … retaliating for the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani.  Trump insists he will impose even harsher “punishing” sanctions on the country than before.  I read his speech and all I really saw was “blah blah blah” … nothing relevant or likely true.  I have to wonder, though, if he realizes that the sanctions he imposes do not hurt the government but hurt the people, people who are already struggling to survive?  Or if he even cares.  Doubtful.  Well, since that situation appears to be relatively stable for the moment, though it’s not likely to remain so for long, I shall turn my thoughts to other things today.


Mitch’s Dog-and-Pony Show …

Mitch McConnell proves to us once again that the will of the people matters not one bit.  He has decided to move forward with the impeachment trial, despite the fact that Nancy Pelosi has not yet sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate.  He really wants to just sweep this bit of dust under the rug and get it over with before we get close to the November election.  He has better things to do, y’know, like campaign for his own re-election, and protect li’l Donnie from the big, bad democrats!

Mitch announced yesterday that he will not commit to calling witnesses or hearing new evidence.  As we heard last week, both Mitch and Lindsey Graham have made it perfectly clear that they have no intention of conducting a real trial, but rather a dog-and-pony show that will result in the predetermined acquittal of Donald Trump.   Mitch says he “has the votes” to move forward … in other words, the republican senators have already decided their vote without seeing the articles of impeachment, without hearing from any witnesses, and without seeing the evidence.  Wow.

If the events of the past week have not convinced the republican senators that this “president” is a clear and present danger to the survival of life on planet earth, then they are as blind, deaf and dumb as I originally thought.  The majority of people in this country do not support Trump, but … we really don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, do we?


Snowball vs bullet

Remember when you were a kid?  Ever throw a snowball at a person or a car or other object just because it was fun?  You didn’t intend harm, you were just having fun.  A group of kids in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, were having fun lobbing snowballs at passing cars last Saturday.  Harmless fun … a snowball thrown at your car isn’t likely going to damage the car or cause an accident.  But …

The driver of a white Toyota took umbrage and fired shots into the group of children, striking two — a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy – and then drove off.  Both children are expected to recover, and police have yet to find the driver of the vehicle and are asking for any information from possible witnesses or nearby home-surveillance cameras.

It’s a sign of the times in this country … people are angry and it doesn’t take much to set them off, which in my book is yet another good reason that we do not need guns in the hands of every Tom, Dick and Harry in this nation!


What will $20 million buy?

Two Super Bowl add slots.  Both Trump and Democratic hopeful Michael Bloomberg have spent $10 million each to buy a 60-second ad during the Super Bowl on February 2nd.  I don’t watch the Super Bowl, but if I did, this news would be enough to cause me to skip it this year.

My first complaint is that Super Bowl ads are usually the ones that sponsors go all out on, like Budweiser’s Clydesdale commercials … the ads are usually more fun than the game itself!  And so now, people have to watch two rich, old men running their mouths and telling who-knows-what lies?  No thanks!

My second, more viable complaint is … how many people could be provided a home, how many children could be fed … how much better use these two privileged men could have put that money to.  It literally sickens me to see so much money literally thrown down the toilet for self-interest.  Yes, yes … I realize this is the way of the world, or at least the political world in the United States.  I do know that every political candidate takes money from both rich and poor, then uses it to get their name and face splattered all over the media so people will remember them on November 3rd.  But, I still think it’s a crappy way to spend money when people are living on the streets, children are going to bed hungry at night, and people are dying because they can’t afford medical treatment.


The earth moved …

Among the news of the Trump-Iran embroglio and the Mitch & Lindsey show, you may have missed the fact that a major earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit Puerto Rico yesterday.  The island has been mostly without electricity ever since. earthquakeI had an email this morning from our dear friend Horty, aka Dr. Rex, telling me that she and MJ are safe, though their plans to return back to the states have been delayed.  Apparently, the island has been experiencing tremors constantly since December 28th and the earth still trembles today. earthquake-2According to The Guardian

Many Puerto Ricans woke up on Wednesday to a second day without electricity after the island’s worst earthquake in a century knocked out power, collapsed homes and killed at least one person.

All schools remained closed and public employees except police and health workers stayed at home as engineers checked the safety of buildings after Tuesday’s 6.4-magnitude quake and powerful aftershocks.

Some Puerto Ricans in the hard-hit south of the island moved beds outside on Tuesday night and slept outdoors, fearful their homes would crumble if another earthquake hit after a week of tremors.

Keep safe, dear Horty & MJ!


Well, I have imposed enough of my ill-humour on you for one afternoon, so I shall go take my hostilities out elsewhere … perhaps on the load of towels sitting in the dryer!

35 thoughts on “Mid-Week Snarky Snippets

  1. So glad Horty and her Partner are safe.
    We are in times now where every human being has to step up and participate in this thing we call life, instead of the constant rhetoric of death. We need to look out for each other. This constant ‘clash of the titans’ attitude is destroying everything. 😔

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    • Hey, Colette,
      There was a time titans clashed, yet no one knew it for months, if ever. Hell, Europeans didn’t even know about wars in Asia or the Americas. Areas had no effect on other areas, it was like reading a piece of fiction. Now, with world media, we are affected by world news within hours, though we might not feel actual affects for a long time. But the world leaders are still stuck in the old days, thinking they can cause wars in their own areas, or in far distant lands, without repercussions. Greta Thunberg is trying to teach them they affect the whole world, no matter where they are.
      The time for separate nations is past. It is time to erase all borders: one world, one nation, one people! Or else…

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      • I just said something similar about the fires in Australia… This is no longer just a matter for the Australian Government, it is a crisis for all of us… Borders no longer exist when it comes to traumas and destruction of the planet. Its our home… Who cares where the lines are drawn in our minds… They just don’t exist in the natural world. They are a man-made construct.

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        • I have argued that with university professors, years ans years ago. I asked them to show me a border, and they kept showing me maps of the world. I would show them pictures of trees and grass and other nature scenes, and ask them to show me those lines, but they just laughed. They really believe borders exist. So much for universities being the home of the intelligentsia!
          You go girl!

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        • I just said something similar, too! This is, whether people like it or not, a global world … we’re all in this together and it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to help each other. Sigh. This “tribalism” sickens and disgusts me.

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  2. Jill, good snarks. A few reactions. You cannot measure the impact of galvanized hatred for the US in Iran, the worsening relationship with Iraq and the further distrust our allies have toward a president who does not honor relationships. Yes, Iran may back down, but we lost a chance to change the paradigm with the Nuclear agreement with Iran whose median age is 35. Trump has stoked a new generation of hatred instead.

    Please call and email GOP Senators and share your disappointment in having no witrnesses. I have called four, thus far. They need to hear that we have concerns about the president’s actions in strongarming Ukraine. I believe the honorable public servants who testified under oath at great risk over the tweets of a person with a poor track record.

    Puerto Rico is having a tough few years under the wrong leader with the hurricane and earthquakes. Maybe he will come throw them more paper towels.

    Thanks, Keith

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      • I believe that! They watch for the ads and because it gives them a good excuse to sit around drinking beer for an afternoon and holler at their wife, “Honey … more chips and wings, please!” 😉

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    • I have emailed both Senators Portman and Brown, and am planning a follow up email if I don’t get a response. I am also working on a letter to the editor of my paper. I may post one or the other on my blog soon.

      Iran may have done a mild retaliation to prevent going to war … for now … but this isn’t over. If Trump makes another foolish mistake, my guess is that all bets are off. And our allies may well look at us and say, “We told you so”. Sigh.

      Yes, my heart goes out to Puerto Ricans … Trump acts as if it is a foreign country, and not one he likes very much at that. Horty emailed me just a bit ago and said they are still having aftershocks of 3-4 on the Richter Scale. Frightening, to say the least.

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  3. The only thing I noticed about Trump’s little victory lap today was that he once again, blamed the ‘black guy’ for the mess. His hatred and disdain for Obama is what drives him. Erase everything he did…blame him for what’s bad…say it’s all because of me when something good happens. This IS the current president of the United States. No words Jill….

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  4. Iran shot 12 missiles, 4 never made it, and the other 8 hit basically nothing. That is a huge base. I believe that Iran planned it that way. They look good to their people, but not escalate things anymore, by actually killing Americans. Despite Iran’s tough talk, they cannot afford a war. Their economy is terrible, and they have nothing to match our firepower. So they save face this way , and can pull back on the rhetoric for now. So, yes, Trump won this round. As hard as that is to say.
    I wholeheartedly agree that the 20 million could go to far better means. That’s the problem with these rich bastards, they don’t put the money where their mouth is. So much could be accomplished if we had more like Bill Gates. At least he talks the talk but walks the walk, and it still doesn’t put him in the poorhouse does it?

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    • Hello Jerry. I posted this in a reply to a different post here on Jill’s blog. I add it here because I think people are really taking the wrong idea from this seeming deescalation of the current situation. Hugs

      I think both sides are playing the same game here. Get the other side to think it is over and then strike when their guard is down. The reason I say this is in the information we have. The US had 14,000 troops in that area and just this last week we sent 10,000 more. That is a lot of military in one week. They include 3,500 paratroopers who were told to leave all electronics behind including phones, tablets, and gaming devices. The reason given was the DOD did not want any leaks as to where these people were going and what they would be doing. These troops specialty is dropping behind enemy lines to fuck up as much stuff as they can before or at the start of a war. On the Iranian side, they announced they had 13 scenarios to use. They made sure to send a very measured response as expected making sure they killed no one. They deliberately killed no one, and even bragged how measured and appropriate their response would be. Their missile technology is very good, if they had wanted to do more they could have. The other things they are really good at is patience and long term planning, oh and also cyber warfare hacking. They have lots of sleeper cells and surrogates all over the world and especially in that area that they can call on at any time. Some of these surrogates have already announced they plan to avenge the death of the Iranian General. So when everyone thinks it is over the shit will hit the fan. Things will get bad for a while. They will hit us with cyber warfare attacks and guerrilla warfare. The US will hit them with infrastructure fights and try to take out their surrogates. IMO Hugs

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    • It is said that Iran did plan it that way … they needed to retaliate, but did not wish to bring war, for as you said, they cannot afford it. The reason their economy is in the tank can be laid directly at Trump’s feet, for tariffs and sanctions hurt the everyday people, not the leaders. However … that said, I don’t think Iran will hesitate to retaliate more aggressively if Trump doesn’t get his nose out of the region. He has no pony in their show. Iran is an autonomous nation, and Trump needs to learn that he is not the dictator of the entire world, but only of the U.S.

      I agree on the campaign money end, though actually Bloomberg does quite a bit of philanthropy, but still, it is disgusting to think of the amount of money wasted on political campaigns as a whole. This is what Citizens United gave us … our politicians are for sale to the highest bidder. Sigh. Hugs, Jerry.

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  5. Hello Jill. I often will look up sites that will show the Super Bowl commercials so I can enjoy them and not have to suffer watching the game it self. As you mentioned some of the adverts are grand and even become iconic. Hugs

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    • I do the same! I still have the one from the 2002 Super Bowl where Coca Cola did a one-time-only ad with the Clydesdales in honour of 9/11. I still cry every time I watch it, too. I will not be looking up Trump’s or Bloomberg’s ads, however! Hugs.

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      • Hello Jill. I loved the one where the baby Clydesdale was trying to pull the wagon by itself, and the wagon started moving all the way out of the barn. Then you seen two large Clydesdales meant to be the parents pushing the wagon from behind. It brings tears to my eyes just remembering it. That is what it means to be a parent, or should mean. Hugs

        Sorry for the low quality video.

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