Snarky … grrrrrr … Snippets

I thought I had gotten rid of most of the snarky yesterday afternoon, but it turns out I had more.  And one of my beloved readers said that yesterday’s snarky snippets were too mild and asked if I was coming down with something.  So, let me see if I can do better today …

Send Lindsey to Siberia … please!

Lindsey-Graham-2-facesYesterday, after Nancy Pelosi appointed the seven impeachment managers who will prosecute the case against Donald Trump, the seven hand delivered the two articles of impeachment to the Senate.  Weasel Lindsey Graham, he who cannot remember which side of the fence he sits on, had this to say …

“The best thing for the American people is to end this crap as quickly as possible, to have a trial in the Senate, bipartisan acquittal of the president. And on Feb. 4, when the president comes into the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union, he will have been acquitted by the Senate.”

Lindsey-Graham-2NOT SO FAST, you little jerk!  The president having already been impeached, this is serious business and you get paid to take it seriously.  Obviously, Lindsey is not qualified to sit on the jury, for he has already shown bias.  Can you imagine during jury selection for a murder trial, if a potential juror said “let’s just end this crap quickly and acquit him”?  Get him out!  Send him … and Moscow Mitch along with him … to Siberia … without winter coats!

Now, there isn’t much hope that the Senate will ultimately convict and evict Trump, but there is now some ray of hope that they will be forced to allow witnesses and testimony, which Mitch had initially said he would not allow.  Republican Senators Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lamar Alexander, and Lisa Murkowski appear to be willing to call witnesses, including John Bolton.  Two other senators have indicated that they are not willing to rush the trial just to have it done with before Trump’s State of the Union on February 4th.

Lies, lies, and still more lies …

Trump and his tweets … don’t believe a single thing that comes out of his mouth or his tweety-thumbs.  A few examples from yesterday …

Trump: I was the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare.

False. In fact, Trump has done everything he can to undermine protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, from spending two years trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s protections, to authorizing the sale of short term health plans that don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions so Americans unknowingly lose their protections.

Trump: …if Republicans win in court and take back the House of Representatives, your healthcare, that I have now brought to the best place in many years, will become the best ever, by far.

False. The Trump Administration is currently in the courts trying, yet again, to get the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, which would mean 20 million Americans lose their care and all the protections put in place, including protections for pre-existing conditions, would go away — immediately.

Trump: I will always protect your Pre-Existing Conditions, the Dems will not!

False. Trump STILL hasn’t put forward a health care plan that would do anything other than make millions of Americans lose their care and mean worse health insurance for millions more. He’s had three years to do it.

Send Junior to fight the fires …

Much of Australia is being devastated by the bushfires that have been burning out of control for weeks now.  I hadn’t heard much news on this side of the pond about what the U.S. was doing, other than having sent firefighters, so I went in search of.  Now, between the Soleimani assassination, Iran’s missiles fired in retaliation, impeachment, and the downed Iranian jetliner in Iran, the Australian fires and most everything else have been relegated to the back pages, so I turned to sources outside the U.S.

What I found was that Trump had “sent love” to Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison.  That was about it for Trump’s response.  Go figure.  But Junior had his say … a chip off the ol’ lying block, Junior falsely claimed that the fires were all a result of arsonists, not climate change.

After Junior’s tweet, conservative media outlets quickly picked up and amplified the story. They championed it as finally revealing the true cause of the catastrophe, not to mention undermining the legitimacy of climate change and adding that extra thrill of a conspiracy theory.

But Junior’s wasn’t the only conspiracy theory, nor even the worst of the lot.  One conspiracy bizarrely claims bushfires have been lit to clear a path for high-speed rail down Australia’s east coast. Others baselessly claim Islamic State is instructing its followers to wage war on the country with fire, that Chinese billionaires are using lasers to clear the path for new cities, or that eco-terrorists are trying to spur action on climate change by manufacturing a catastrophe.

Anything to keep from having to admit that climate change is a real threat and that if we don’t change our ways, we will destroy all life on this planet.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison, like Donald Trump, is largely a climate denier, always seeking other excuses.  Animals are dying by the thousands, people’s homes are being destroyed, and the only thing people can seem to think about is making up trashy conspiracy theories?  Some days I hate humans!

Well, I’ve got my blood pressure up and heart racing now, plus I’ve likely worn the lettering off another key or two on my laptop, so I think I shall stop snarking … there, was that snarky enough for everyone?  Oh, one aside … today is National Nothing Day.  According to the National Day Calendar people …

“The observance was created as a day to provide Americans with one National Day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything.  While it may be a good day to celebrate nothing at all, we suppose putting nothing in a glass and setting it on a table might suffice for celebration. You might leave your diary page blank on every January 16th. Don’t mark anything on the calendar on the 16th, either. It would be interesting to see what would happen if you sent a blank email dated January 16th. How many replies would you get saying, ‘There’s nothing here.’ 

For people whose birthday lands on January 16th, wrap an empty box. That should elicit and a nothing response appropriate for the celebration.  When asked, “What are your plans, today?” your response should definitely be, “Nothing.” What else would your answer be on a day like today? Now that we think about it, “Nothing” works well as an answer when recognizing the day.”

So, have a Happy Nothing Day!

28 thoughts on “Snarky … grrrrrr … Snippets

  1. Combining Harold Pullman Coffin’s National Nothing Day with words from Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump Jr. is a stroke of pure genius…well done!! Nothing by definition refers to a person or thing of no importance, consequence or interest. Both fit the definition and additionally both have nothing in the spaces where their brains should be causing both to say and do things that are worth nothing for the greater good of mankind. One might fairly say that both are good-for-nothing! I had planned to pass at least part of this un-event by finally reading John D. Barrow’s “The Book of Nothing” that has languished on my bookshelf since given to me in 2002. Unfortunately, my day was upended…literally and figuratively! Thank-you!

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    • Ha ha … I didn’t even think of that connection! The National Nothing Day part was truly an afterthought, for I had marked on my calendar that you brought it to my attention last year, and I was determined not to let you down this year! I … um … sense something ominous in your last sentence. You haven’t had another fall, have you???


  2. I apologize in advance for what I am about to say, but why the hell are Americans willing to let this mock impeachment trial go ahead when you already know it is going to find Trump not guilty. You might as well be running the OJ trial all over again. Guilt has no bearing on the outcome of the trial, nor will “truth” be heard.
    I cannot believe how WIMPISH Americans are. At least have a sit-in at the courthouse (wherever that is) and refuse to leave until the court runs an honest and non-partisan trial, IF THAT IS EVEN POSSIBLE! It would be preferable to make a citizen’s arrest of every Rebublican senator who has already said they will toe the party line. Talk about conspiracy to subvert justice, and the American government. I thought that was a crime!

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    • No need to apologize, rg. The trial, I believe, will be held in the Capitol, since it is a trial by Senate. Sigh. Perhaps there will be protests … I honestly don’t know. But, my thoughts are that such a movement as you suggest would only add to the carnival atmosphere and make it seem even less solemn. As of today, there is still some hope that the Senate will be forced to conduct at least a semi-honest trial, since the requisite 4 republican senators have stated that they wish to hear witness testimony. Also, new evidence has come to light this week that makes it clear beyond a doubt that Trump broke the law. I still don’t think he will be convicted, for I doubt there are enough republican senators with the cojones to do so, but … I don’t think staging a sit-in at the Capitol will accomplish anything, either. Sigh.

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  3. There’s a special place, somewhere for good ole’ Lindsay. And it ain’t that place where they say is up in the sky somewhere. He really thinks that unless he kisses Trump’s rear-end every waking moment, he might not get reelected. What a complete buffoon. I hope the guy who’s running against him, I think his name is James Harrison, cleans his clock! He’s an African-American. I know it won’t be easy in the Deep South, but who know’s Jill? Maybe they’ve had enough of him. I know I have!

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    • I know what I’d like to do to ol’ Lindsey … ever read Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum”? Yes, Jaime Harrison is the guy running against him, and like you, I hope the good people of South Carolina have had their fill of Lindsey and his wishy-washy, back and forth, not to mention his support of an evil regime! Well, since in Florida, also a red state in the deep south, democrat Andrew Gillum would have beaten DeSantis had certain voted not been compromised and certain voters disenfranchised, I think it’s safe to say that the people … at least some of them … are getting tired of the “good ol’ boys”. Let’s hope, anyway.

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      • At the end of Brian William’s show on MSNBC last night, he played a clip from twenty years ago from good ole’ Lindsay, espousing the absolute necessity to have witnesses at Clinton’s impeachment. Then, he did a flash forward to now, and his recent comments about ‘getting this crap over with.’
        Just when you think hypocrisy with this crowd can’t get any worse, it does Jill. I’m so disgusted with all of them!

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  4. Jill, two comments. Taking Donald Trump at his word is a fool’s errand. What the Bloomberg commercials do not say is Trump, by executive order in 2017 (after the failed attempt to repeal the ACA) to discontinue the reimbursement to insurers for assuming co-pays, deductibles for people making less than 2 1/2 x poveety limit, caused premiums to go up for people because insurers committed to do this. Trump then lied to people that this move would only affect insurer profits. That simply is not true. The CBO said it affects the deficit by $10 billion per year due to increases in the premium subsidies to match premium increases. Those most impacted were people with no subsidy. In short, Trump screwed people over with higher premiums and lied about it. And, that is the truth says this retired actuary, benefits consultant and benefits manager.

    As for Lindsey Graham, he is betraying his oath to the constitution. It is that simple. He truly should be embarassed by his fall, but so should many Trump sycophants.



  5. A nothing day is a just a space waiting to be filled with Hugs. Make someone’s day with a hug. Bring your blood pressure down from idiot comments from Trump or Lindsay Graham, hug somebody. It’s a great stress reliever.

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