Snarky HAH!!! Snippets

I bet you’re really surprised to find that Filosofa is once again feeling snarky, aren’t you?  I mean, whatever could possibly have set me off now?  The impeachment trial is going so well, Donald Trump is keeping his mouth closed and the republican senators are showing their wisdom and integrity and … gaaaakkk … I cannot even carry on that charade!  I’m making myself sick!  However, for the moment, I shan’t touch on the impeachment trial … perhaps later today.

Another 5-4 decision …

Well, I had held onto a thin thread of hope that the courts in this nation, especially the U.S. Supreme Court, would retain their independence, their integrity, even in the face of the Trump regime, but that hope is fading fast.

It started back in June 2018, the Supreme Court upheld Trump’s discriminatory travel ban against people from predominantly Muslim nations.  Since the text of Trump’s proclamation did not specifically say it was a ban against Muslims, though it was, Chief Justice John Roberts, along with four other justices, deemed it to be valid.

Since then, the Court has ruled to uphold numerous of Trump’s mandates that had been struck down repeatedly by the lower courts.  And then came yesterday where, once again, the Court proved in a 5-4 decision that they are no longer a non-partisan, fair and impartial branch of government.  The ruling allows his administration to implement a rule denying legal permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance in the future.  Now, the problem with this is multi-fold, but the first thing that jumps to mind for me is … who decides, and based on what criteria, which immigrants are “likely to require government assistance in the future”?

Do we trust ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to apply a fair and equitable standard?  Ha ha ha ha ha!  ICE, the ones who happily separated children from their parents three years ago and unconscionably put them in cages, without bothering to do the due diligence to ensure that the children could be reunited with their parents at some point!

This policy is almost certain to become a wealth test … only the wealthiest will be allowed to apply for permanent residency (green card), for it is only wealthy people Trump has any use for.  Make no mistake … this is discriminatory on many levels, and the Justices who sit on the Supreme Court all know it.  Impartial?  Fair?  Honourable?  HAH!

The peacemaker???  HAH!!!

Question:  How can a ‘man’ who cannot even keep peace within his own nation, who has only further divided his own nation since taking office three years ago, possibly be the person to develop a peace plan for the most volatile area on the globe?

Answer:  He can’t.

Not only is he a divider rather than a peacemaker, but he does not understand, has never understood, and doesn’t care to learn the complexities of the Middle East.  And yet, he claims to have a plan that he will unveil at noon today.  Funny, Jared Kushner … whose only qualification to even set foot in the White House is his father-in-law’s claim to the Oval Office … was allegedly the one who drafted the ‘peace plan’.  Kushner, like his father-in-law, has experience as a shady business mogul … not any in government, history, or foreign affairs, and apart from the fact that he is Jewish, likely knows less about the Middle East than I do!

So, what’s in this ‘peace plan’ that Trump only presented to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (another who is as corrupt as Trump himself) yesterday?  I don’t know, but according to an Israeli television report, it is “the most generous proposal ever presented to Israel.”  Speculation among Israeli media claims that it would pave the way for Israel’s annexation of virtually all settlements in the West Bank, which Israel has controlled since the Six-Day War of 1967, give Israel full sovereignty over Jerusalem, and make no major provision for returning Palestinian refugees.  That, my friends, would lead to all-out war.  But, again, that is speculative.  I understand that Trump/Kushner did not meet with Palestinians while preparing this plan.

A headline in Haaretz, a bi-lingual Israeli newspaper, raised my hackles …

Trump’s Peace Plan Means Settlements Are Permanent. Democrats, Get Used to It

And the article begins …

“Even when Democrats hold the White House again, they won’t be able to reverse the core terms of Trump’s Middle East peace plan, and U.S. leverage over Israel will have diminished.”

Part of me wants to tell Israel where to put it, walk away and leave them to their own devices.  My father was Jewish, and I was raised in a Jewish/Catholic household, but today I have no use for either of those religions.  The Jewish state has become arrogant, domineering, and cruel, stealing land from Palestinians, killing wantonly, and claiming it is their god-given right to do so.  However, for the U.S. to walk away would mean certain death for large numbers of Palestinians, because Netanyahu, like Donald Trump, cannot be trusted to place any value on any human life other than his own.

Time was that we had intelligent Middle-East experts in our government … experts that advised the president in areas of foreign policy and diplomacy.  They have all left now, and we are left with the pompous Pompeo, the ignorant, cruel Kushner, and Trump himself.  What could possibly go wrong?

A quiz …

I came across this interactive quiz in The Washington Post yesterday.  I found it fun and interesting, and thought you might, too, so check it out if you feel so inclined.

43 thoughts on “Snarky HAH!!! Snippets

  1. OKAY, Jill, done. I abstained from answering 2 questions completely, and only answered 3 under duress. I did not like the way these questions were asked, as they assumed their options covered all choices, but that was not true. Probably I should not have answered any of them, but, such is life. I got 11 Sanders, 10 Warrens, and 10 Yangs.
    Would I vote for any of them if I was American and believed in voting–maybe, but unsure. A lot would depend on what they thought about those questions I did not agree with them on. Disagreements would be way more important that agreements. For example, I would not vote for anyone who supported the death penalty, or anyone who supported bans on abortions. Maybe that is why I don’t vote, all it takes is one policy to turn me against someone, even if I agree with 99 others they support…

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    • This thread contains information known as “facts” which seem to seriously upset many on the Left. There never was a State of Palestine. Every subsequent offer which has been made to Palestinians has been rejected.

      So with one article, you’ve thrown Americans and Jews under the bus as a friend of mine from Israel said when I sent him a copy of the blog post.


      • How can there be Palestinians if there was never a Palestine. Maybe there was never an official nation called Palestine, I don’t know. But obviously believed there was an area of the world that they called Palestine, and that is all it takes for that area to exist. Borders are figments of our imaginations, I have yet to see a line anywhere that declares itself to be a border. All it takes is a group on people, or other living beings, agreeing on something to actualuze that belief.
        But even worse, how are Americans being t.hrown under the bus? Americans live nowhere near the Middle East, life there only concerns them on an esoteric level. And the Israelis are bullies, esoecially Natenyahu’s henchmen. Why do you think he has been indicted. And why do you think Trump has been impeached? These men take advantage of those poorer or weaker than they. They are not worthy of telling others what to do.

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    • I had the same complaint, that they assumed the 2,3, or 4 choices they offered were sufficient, but I guess they can only do so much in this venue. But, as for your not voting … I can only sigh, for that is the biggest problem with our elections today … some 40% not voting. Sigh.


  2. how many of you guys actually read the agreement? How many of you read any of the policies you so often criticize This is “orange man bad” syndrome at it’s worst. Read the 181 page agreement and then get back with me about it.

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    • Trump is a greedy, misogynistic narcissist, Scott, who cares nothing about people who are poorer than he is. Money is his god. Power is his lust. Sorry, but I have to question anyone who thinks Trump is a benefit to anyone but himself and his fellow money-grubbers.
      I won’t mince words, I do not like him as a person, and I like him even less as a politician. He runs on a platform of fear, hatred, and division. He is a racist, a bigot, and a conman.
      If this is the man you want governing the nation you live in, have at it. He thinks he runs the world, and the people of the world don’t want him.

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  3. Chief Justice John Roberts is fast becoming a huge disappointment in the Supreme Court and so far during his role as the presiding judge at the Trump impeachment trial. It is dubious at best that we can expect fair rulings from Trump’s supreme court. Apparently, from my readings today about the Middle East Peace Plan, it is more about scoring political wins for Trump and Netanyahu than a viable peace plan. This is especially true for Netanyahu since just becoming the first Israeli sitting prime minister to be formally indicted and another election approaching. Then of course, Trump needs to keep his base appeased this election year too. I have yet to find any response to the unveiled Kushner peace plan from the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Thank-you!

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    • Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in a televised address : “I say to Trump and Netanyahu : Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass.” Jared and Donnie, that sounds like a no deal to me! Thank-you!

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    • You are so right … I feared this would be the case when first Gorsuch, then Kavanaugh were confirmed to the Court, but I had hoped the Justices would follow their conscience, hoped that they would be able to resist Trump’s bullying and harassment. The “peace plan” was never expected to be anything other than political gain for Trump & Benji. Funny, that Benji is facing an election while he is charged with fraud and breach of trust. This peace plan is a joke, and Trump/Kushner are about as qualified to write it as my cat, Boo. Sigh. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Sigh.


  4. The Trump peace plan for the Middle East? Geez Jill, I can’t wait to see it. I’m sure it’s going to be fair on all sides. Right? How can you have a plan between two stakeholders when one of those stakeholders does not participate? Only in Trumpworld Jill.

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    • ‘Tis rather like a 2-year-old child attempting to repair a computer. Sigh. I will email you tonight or tomorrow with Friday’s post for your review, by the way. Hope you’re enjoying your vacation!!!


      • Jared…The greatest man alive! UGHHH!
        Vacation has been wonderful Jill. Just what the doctor ordered! Thank you for asking.
        I will look for your email later tonight. We’ll be traveling a good part of today and late afternoon. Looking forward to seeing it.
        My turn next week! I’m ready to get back into it. I’m always tuned in, even on vacation, so I’m well aware of what the idiot-in-chief is up to, as well as his boot-licking Republican sycophants. They all need voted out!!
        We’ll talk…..,

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        • I’m sure that is part of it, but … in many ways, I think we were making progress as a society, as a species … learning to treat everyone well, learning to care. But then, a series of events, culminating in the refugee crisis, turned us back around and now we are headed back to darker times. Sigh. Hugs Jack. ❤

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  5. Jill, one of the challenges of having such an untruthful president, is everything he says must be taken with a grain of salt. While I applaud the mission of peace, not involving the other party is not an agreement – it is a demand. Keith

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    • Of all the leaders in the world, I would say Trump is the least qualified to develop a Middle East peace plan. But, as you say, one cannot believe anything he says, and to try to develop a “plan” that affects multiple nations by communicating with only one of those nations is … a fool’s errand.


  6. I think it was yesterday that I saw an article where Israel was allowing her citizens to visit Saudi Arabia. The geopolotics of the Levant are changing and it will be a delicate matter how the Krushner/Trump proposal plays out especially given they didn’t think Palestinians should have had a word in there.
    In a few short years it will be Orwell’s 1984 where we will not know who was our enemy yesterday

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