Past Due Snarky Snippets!

It’s been a while since I’ve let loose with a string of snarky snippets, and the snark is building up … I noticed steam coming out of my ears as I was brushing my teeth this morning!  So …

Just one more lie …

One of Trump’s campaign “promises” was that he would bring troops home from the Middle East.  So why, some have asked, did we recently deploy 2,000 troops to Saudi Arabia.  When Trump was asked that question, he responded …

“Saudi Arabia, at my request, has agreed to pay us for everything we’re doing.  I said, ‘Listen, you’re a very rich country. You want more troops? I’m going to send them to you, but you have to pay us.’ They’re paying us. They’ve already deposited $1 billion in the bank.”

Trouble is, that appears to be untrue according to the Pentagon …

“Consistent with the president’s guidance to increase partner burden-sharing, the Department of Defense has engaged Saudi Arabia on contributing to US activities that support regional security and dissuade hostility and aggression. The Saudi government has agreed to contribute to the costs of these activities, and discussions are ongoing to formalize these contributions. Contributions of this nature do not lead to the deployment of additional US forces, and they do not drive DoD to take on new missions or responsibilities.” – Pentagon spokesperson, Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich

“Discussions are ongoing” is quite different from Trump’s unequivocal claim that Saudi Arabia had “already deposited $1 billion in the bank.”  I’ve heard a few question just whose bank account that check was deposited into.  I find it rather unconscionable that Trump happily sends troops to a country that is not an ally, and whose Crown Prince ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year.  Trump refused to hold the Saudis accountable then, and now he is sending troops and lying about the justification, just as he lied about the justification for ordering the assassination of Iranian General Soleimani.

Poor little ousted CEO …

In light of Boeing’s recent and ongoing crisis (see Expendable Lives), the company fired Chief Executive Dennis A. Muilenburg.  He will not receive any additional severance or separation payments in connection with his departure, and Boeing said he had forfeited stock units worth some $14.6 million.  Wow, pretty tough, eh?  Why, he might need to apply for food stamps and housing assistance, yes?  NO!

Muilenburg still walks away with other stock and pension awards totaling some $62.2 million!  AND … Boeing’s new chief executive, David Calhoun, will receive a $7 million bonus if he is able to get the 737 Max, which has been grounded since March, safely flying again.  Seems to me that Boeing has far more money to burn than it has compassion or conscience for human lives.

An apology … of sorts

Last week, Representative Doug Collins of Georgia made the following remark in an interview on Fox News …

“Nancy Pelosi does it again and her Democrats fall right in line. One, they are in love with terrorists — we see that. They mourn Soleimani more than they mourn our Gold Star families who are the ones who suffered under Soleimani. That’s a problem.”

What a nice man … NOT.  Two days later, he managed an apology, of sorts …

“Let me be clear, I do not believe Democrats are in love with terrorists, and I apologize for what I said earlier this week.  The comment I made on Wednesday evening was in response to a question about the War Powers Resolution being introduced in the House and House Democrats’ attempt to limit the president’s authority.”

This morning, when she opened her floor speech, Pelosi graciously accepted Collins’ apology …

“As I enter into the conversation, I want to thank the distinguished gentleman from Georgia for his apology for his ridiculous remarks about me and House Democrats. Thank you, we accept your apology, Mr. Collins. Now I want to go the purpose of why we are on the floor today.”

Pelosi-clapSpeaker Pelosi does have a way of making her point while at the same time being gracious, rather like her applause at the beginning of Trump’s State of the Union Address last year!  I like that woman!

And speaking of that bill …

Last week, after Trump nearly started a new war in the Middle East by ordering the assassination of an Iranian general without informing Congress nor seeking their advice, a number of members of Congress realized the danger Trump poses to this nation and that his power needs to be reined in.  Thus, the House proposed and passed a bill to curtail his war-making powers.

Most of us didn’t think the bill stood a chance in the Senate, where Mitch McConnell seems to be running a dog-and-pony show, but … today it appears that at least the requisite four republican senators have found the courage to stand and do the right thing!  What changed?

A few things, I think, contributed to the change of heart.  First, the classified, closed-door briefing last week from the president’s national security team. White House officials at the briefing, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, cautioned lawmakers not to question Trump’s judgment on Iran.  Then there is the fact that Trump keeps changing his story about the justification for the assassination, and when he finally couldn’t keep his stories straight, he simply claimed …

“It doesn’t really matter, because of his horrible past.”

But, before you get too excited about the possibility of this actually passing the Senate, remember that the odds of Trump signing the bill into law are slim-to-none, and it is unlikely that either House or Senate would be able to provide a 2/3 majority to override his veto.

Okay … so that’s enough snark for one day!  I’ll be back soon!

27 thoughts on “Past Due Snarky Snippets!

  1. Trump isn’t going to change. He seems incapable of it. There just have to be enough votes to work as a crowbar to pry him out of the office. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with all the tough guys who said they’d physically defend him. They may blow away like the ghosts who won the battle to get back their honor in THE LORD OF THE RINGS. They will probably just disappear with the wind. Trump will just be a defeated old man. He’ll probably just go to Mar-a-Lago and live until the rising sea levels of Climate Change he doesn’t believe in washes it and him away. —- Suzanne

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  2. I admire Nancy Pelosi’s intelligence and grace under fire. I just looked up her age. Maybe her being 79 impresses me because I’m 64 and don’t think as fast as I used to. Thank you for your thoughtful snark.

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  3. Jill, after hearing about the internal emails of Boeing folks, it is shameful and deeply troubling. The concept of having companies do their own governance as the NTB let Boeing do is not oversight. There are too many known and unknown failures.

    By the way, The Washington Post did an editorial on the released evidence of Lev Parnas (Giuliani henchman). There is a reason Trump hides evidence. It reveals both Giuliani and Trump have not been truthful about Ukraine (my current post includes pieces of this editorial. Keith

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  4. Let’s not overlook Boeing’s COMPLETE attitude. While the ousted CEO was receiving his generous severance package for his failure, a Boeing supplier had to lay off 2800 workers because of the 737 Max disaster. Not Boeing’s problem, right? A different company, right? Yeah, but I think that some of that 62 million buckeroo payout could’ve gone far to ease the workers’ plight. Did they get anywhere near that? Hell, no; 60 days severance.

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    • I’m with you on this one! As the truth comes out, it appears that both Boeing and the FAA were at fault, but who is paying the price? The guys who got paid maybe $10 per hour to put the bolts and rivets into the planes. As usual, the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. Frankly, I am hoping to see Boeing go down over this … bankrupt, kaput!

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  5. Jill, The Washington Post did an editorial on the released evidence from the phone and email of one of Giuliani’s henchmen. There is a reason Donald Trump is doing his best to hide evidence, as these documents. Trump’s Ukraine rationale falls apart. My latest post includes pieces of the editorial and a link. By the way, Gosar got justifiable grief for sharing a doctored photo and then being disdainful about. Of course, Trump did the same thing one more time. Keith

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        • No worries, Keith! Your first comment, for some reason that I cannot figure, went into my spam folder. I fished it out when I returned to work after supper and saw it there. It happens every now and then … usually because somebody includes a link, but you hadn’t, so I dunno what happened. Anyway … it’s all good except that I still haven’t gotten over to read your piece yet! I will before I go to bed, though! Promise!


            • I know … I don’t understand why it is suddenly doing this. It happened again this morning … I rescued it from the spam folder, but I don’t get it. If it doesn’t fix itself in a couple of days, I’ll contact WordPress. Remember, this is what happened to Roger back when he was Woebegonebuthopeful. I keep a close eye on my spam folder anyway, and will continue to keep a lookout for your comments. Sorry about this, Keith!


    • Uh oh … mild? You {achoo} don’t mean {cough, cough} … Noooooooooooooo!!!! I can’t be losing {achoo-choo-choo} my touch! I must {cough cough} try again! Stay tuned … I shall try to do {cough, cough, achoooooo} better! 🤒


  6. I find it most amazing that a disgraced and fired CEO can walk away with millions, but they cannot give the rank and file a $1/hour wage increase. How did these CEOs become so important, no matter how bad they are for their company/corporation/organization, that their welfare is more important than the people doing all the real work.
    Our capitalust society has its ass on backwards! This is republican thinking.

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