First, I must apologize that there is no Saturday Surprise post today … Saturday showed up, but Surprise didn’t. Hopefully it will return next week.
I suppose it goes without saying that I have enough snark buildup this morning to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool, and I imagine most of you do, too. I shall try hard not to mention the cause of it all, since I cannot do so without smoke emitting from my ears. Twice already the neighbors have called the fire department.
Why is Kellyanne even allowed to speak?
Ms. Kellyanne Conway has opened her mouth once again and as always, it came out stupid. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the life expectancy rate in the U.S. had risen from 78.6 years to 78.7 years. whoopee. 36 days. Thing is, it’s likely untrue. The CDC is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). We quite literally cannot trust any information that comes from any federal agency at this time. Not to mention the fact that with the elevated stress levels in this nation, we are all at greater risk of dropping dead any day. And, the suicide rate, which must be factored into any such equation as life expectancy, has increased over the last three years. And … far more people currently have no insurance, thanks to the chipping away at ACA in the past three years. Prescription medications are ridiculously overpriced. All things considered, I would say it’s far more likely that the life expectancy in the U.S. has decreased. And … in 2014, when the nation had an intelligent human being for a president, the life expectancy was 78.9 … higher than the one reported today.But, Ms. Kellyanne Conway has decided that we should all sent ‘thank-you’ notes to Donald Trump and his family …
“This has not happened through coincidence, it’s happened through causation. It’s owing in large part to a whole-of-government approach to treat the whole person led by President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and really the entire administration.”
According to the report, the slight uptick is due to a decrease in heroin overdoses … not a damn thing to do with Trump or Melania or anybody else in the administration.
Meanwhile, Kellyanne’s better half, George …
Tweeted a response to House Democrat Adam Schiff …Don’t you just wonder what dinner table conversation at the Conway house is like?
The wall came tumbling down
Trump has bragged about his “big, beautiful wall” … that is actually just more of a fence, and there is only, at last reckoning, about 75 miles of it built.
“What I do best in life, I build. … I want it to be so beautiful because maybe someday they’ll call it ‘The Trump Wall.’ Maybe. If they call this ‘The Trump Wall,’ it has to be beautiful.”
Believe me, there is nothing beautiful about a structure designed to keep people out, but apparently there’s nothing very strong about it, either. In Mexicali, Baja California, it got a little windy on Wednesday morning. Turns out, Trump’s wall can’t stand up to the wind, for a 130-foot section blew right over.Let’s see … so far, men have proven it can be cut through with cheap saws, mother nature has proven a bit of a wind gust can knock it down … oh yeah, Donnie, that’s about a wall, alright. Personally, I’m giving some thought to going to the border and setting fire to it … I’d probably only need my zippo lighter and a little help from the wind.
Pompeo the Pompous …
Remember a few days back when I told you about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo being rude and hyper-critical of NPR host Mary Louise Kelly because he didn’t like the questions she was asking him during an interview? Well, it has turned into somewhat of a feud, for the next day, Pompeo issued a statement wherein he did not even deny his disrespect and verbal abuse toward Ms. Kelly, but claimed she had lied to him and told him their “post-interview” conversation would be off the record. Well, buddy, when you curse and berate a reporter, make a blatant attempt to belittle her, I think you get what you deserve.
Ms. Kelly wrote an excellent OpEd in the New York Times explaining the interview and her stance — I highly recommend you read it. Then, Pompeo barred another NPR reporter from accompanying him on his trip this week to … where else … the Ukraine … presumably as “punishment” for Ms. Kelly’s interview. But here’s the kicker … since the feud started, NPR (National Public Radio) has seen a major increase in donations from listeners among the 1,000-plus NPR member stations. Put that one in your pipe and smoke it, Mikey!
Two of my favourite late-night comedians, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert, did a great job with this … it’s a short one (2:24 minutes) and guaranteed to make you laugh.