Snarky Snippets — Yes, Again

Good afternoon, my friends!  As you might expect, the events of the last two days – Iowa caucus, impeachment trial, State of the Union address – have my hackles raised and have left me filled with snarky angst.  And you know what that means, right?  Snarky Snippets!


The economy is … what???

Trump claims the economy is so great, but I see signs to the contrary.  One of the largest and oldest retailers, Macy’s, plans to shut down 125 stores over the next three years, 30 in this year alone.  They will also be cutting some 2,000 corporate jobs.  Hmmmm … that doesn’t sound like a sign of a booming economy to me.

Yesterday it was announced that the number of homeless students in the U.S. is at its highest number in over a decade – 1.5 million!  Most are staying with friends or other family members, but some 7% are living in abandoned buildings or cars.  It begs the question, for whom is the economy so great?

As I mentioned in a previous post, there is more to the economy than just the stock market and employment rates.


Time for her to go

The self-serving senator from Maine, Susan Collins, lost part of her vertebrae and found it impossible to stand for what is right, once again, so she plans to vote to acquit Trump on both charges today, along with all but two of the other republican boot-lickers.  But Sue had an interesting spin … she is convinced that because of the impeachment, Trump will be a better president going forward …

“I believe that the president has learned from this case.  The president has been impeached. That’s a pretty big lesson.  He was impeached. And there has been criticism by both Republican and Democratic senators of his call. I believe that he will be much more cautious in the future.”

Oh, sure, Sue … he’s going to stop calling people names, stop using vulgar language, start acting like a human, stop throwing away OUR money on his damn wall, start supporting humanitarian causes, and treat our allies like friends instead of like enemies.  Perhaps we should all sit in a circle and sing Kumbaya?

Susan Collins wasn’t alone in her blind stupidity, though.  Senator Joni Ernst was equally sycophantic …

“I think that he knows now that, if he is trying to do certain things — whether it’s ferreting out corruption there, in Afghanistan, whatever it is — he needs to go through the proper channels.”

Are these people really so utterly clueless, so stupid?  No, I don’t think so … I think they know full well that Trump has broken just about every law in the book in his efforts to first get and then hold the center of power that is the Oval Office.  I simply think they care more about their own future than ours.


A few had courage

Kudos to four members of Congress who skipped the campaign rally/State of the Union address last night:

  • Ayanna Pressley: “The State of the Union is hurting because of the occupant of the White House, who consistently demonstrates contempt for the American people, contempt for Congress & contempt for our constitution. I cannot in good conscience attend tonight’s sham.”
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump’s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution. None of this is normal, and I will not legitimize it. Consequently, I will not be attending the State of the Union.”
  • Maxine Waters: “To think that I would attend the #SOTU to hear the message of an IMPEACHED president is a thought that in no way would be consistent w/ my fight and struggle against this dishonorable president. I will certainly NOT be there!”
  • Bobby Rush: “It would be painfully hypocritical of me to endure 90 minutes of unrelenting lies and all types of distortions and untruths, while at the same time watching his Republican apologists cheer. I cannot honor this man in any way.”

I’m told that several other democrats did walk out during the speech, once they realized that it was being turned into little more than a campaign rally.  What, I wonder, kept the rest of the democrats in Congress from doing the same?  I’m sure they will claim professionalism, but frankly the time has come for them to show the nation that this “president” is not legitimate, that he deserves no respect.  At least House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave him the proverbial finger when she ripped up her copy of his speech, later explaining that she couldn’t find a single page that contained truth.


A slap in the face

I do not know of another time in the history of the nation that the Presidential Medal of Freedom was awarded to such an undeserving person as Rush Limbaugh.  Mr. Limbaugh is a racist, a misogynist extraordinaire, a hypocrite who calls abortion “murder”, yet fully supports the death penalty.  He is a climate denier and referred to the 2017 Women’s March as “”Deranged Feminazi March”.  While not of the same caliber as Alex Jones, Limbaugh has engaged in a number of his own conspiracy theories, and his statements have an 84% “untrue” rating.  He has done not one damn thing in his entire adulthood that would qualify him for the Presidential Medal of Freedom … not one!  

And yet, during his State of the Union address, Donald Trump awarded him that honour.  Why?  No doubt because Mr. Limbaugh has been such a strong supporter of Trump’s, has defended the indefensible time and time again.  This, my friends, is a slap in the face to the people such as Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa who have received the medal for acts of bravery and humanitarianism.  In fact, this is a slap in the face to every person in this country.  The medal no longer has any meaning, any value.  It is naught but a trinket, handed out for political favours.

There will no doubt be some who tell me that I shouldn’t criticize Limbaugh, who has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, but let me make my position clear from the outset:  being ill does not suddenly erase all the evil he has perpetuated.  He is not a good man, not a kind man, not deserving of any honour, let alone the freedom medal.


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53 thoughts on “Snarky Snippets — Yes, Again

  1. You’re like the Queen of Snark on target 100% of the time. The best cartoon was Pelosi tearing up the SOTU while Trump tore up the constitution which in fairness must be thicker as he’s been doing it for a while.
    Cwtch

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    • Why, thank you, kind sir! That is high praise! Yes, that ‘toon was spot-on … he has shredded the Constitution for sure. You know … I haven’t checked his speech, but the Constitution is only just over 8,000 words, so I’d bet his blustering, babbling speech is the thicker of the two documents.
      Cwtch

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  2. There is most certainly an overabundance of snark worthy material these days. The political cartoonists must be working overtime just trying to keep up with all that’s happening. I have read the entire State of the Union Addresss and the fact checking and/or rebuttals of his statements from a number of sources. This was Trump being Trump…omit, exaggerate and outright lie with the rare but occasional fact. There is some criticism of Nancy Pelosi for tearing up the speech at the end whilst caught on camera. Quite frankly, I don’t know how she managed not to tear it up page by page as it was given! Total aside to Susan Collins : What Trump learned from his case of impeachment is that YOU along with the rest of the Republican Senators will also omit, exaggerate and outright lie to save his butt and your own. The Senate is no longer the separate Legislative Branch but an extension of the Executive Branch of Government and both are controlled by Trump. Love the Claytoonz! Thank-you!

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    • If you could read the entire thing, you have a stronger stomach than I!!! Personally, I loved seeing Nancy tear up her copy of the speech … loved it so much, in fact, that I’ve watched the clip a dozen or so times! We must take our small victories wherever we can find them. I was far more offended by two things: his awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the abominable Rush Limbaugh, and him using the return of a soldier and reunion with his family as a photo-op moment, a made-for-television scene. And, seeing Trump’s botox wife there was pretty offensive, too. You are so right about the Senate … the republicans in the senate seem to see their role as supporting the president, rather than providing checks and balances. Balance of power? Separation of power? HAH! Sigh. Glad you liked the Claytoonz, though! 😉

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  3. YAY JILL! I love your Snark! Our Macy’s is closing along with Books a Million, 5 restaurants and several other stores that are smaller but still will hurt the people who have worked there for several years and will find it difficult to find new jobs in our “booming” economy. I have to wonder if the Turnip checks things like this out because I know he is never wrong so if he says it is so, well he’s going to have the devil to pay. Literally! He’s made his thoughts about the average middle to low class American abundantly clear.

    I’ve grabbed your toons to send to my sis who is a fan of political cartoons of the turnip. Love ’em — love you. Gotta try to stop laughing lone enough to get up for a pit stop.

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    • Thank you, my dear friend!!! I’m not sure about our Macy’s … since I don’t shop there, I didn’t care enough to check … and our Books a Million went under a year or two ago, along with at least three restaurants locally in the past 2 months! But, the thing that aggravates me most is that … our government has refused to even consider raising the minimum wage for more than ten years, while inflation/cost-of-living has increased steadily during that time. How in hell can an economy be considered “great” when the average working person has actually lost ground??? It’s ‘great’ for Trump and his rich fossil fuel buddies, sure, but the rest of us are barely keeping our heads above water!

      Always help yourself to sharing the toons … I’m glad they made you laugh!!!! Love ‘n hugs!!!

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      • I DON’T SHOP MACY’S EITHER OR ANY STORE OT ER THAN WALMART BUT SINCE MY FAVORITE JOURNELIST (SP) LOCALLY WROTE ABOUT IT I DIDN’T MISS THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT. BUT HOW CAN HE SAY THE ECONOMY IS SO GOOD WITH THE NATIONAL DEBT HAVING MORE ZEROS THAN I CAN COUNT? AND REALLY JILL, HAVE A HEART HERE. IF THEY RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE THOSE POOR RICH PEOPLE MIGHT HAVE TO SUFFER A LOSS TO THEIR OWN INCOME. HOW WOULD THAT LOOK FOR THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE GREATEST THIRLD WORLD COUNTRY IN HISTORY TO HAVE TO GIVE UP A FEW DOLLARS EACH MONTH TO THROW A TINY BONE TO THE GREAT DOWNTRODDEN? ANd for anyone who takes my remark here as anything more than my kind of snarky remark, I am one of the “great unwashed” also. litterally, at the moment!

        THANKS FOR THE TOONS, SISSY WILL LOVE THEM. JUST HAVE TO FIND ‘EM ON MY OUT OF SERVICE AGAIN COMPUTER! FOR A MACHINE THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE SO SMART THAT DANGED DEVICE SURE IS DUMB! LOVE N HUGS BACK ATCHA!

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        • Oh, whatever was I thinking! You’re so right … it would be awful … terrible … if someone who only had a few billion in his investment portfolio had to spend a few thousand more each month to keep his billion-dollar business going! Why, he’d likely just give up and … take his billions and move to the Cayman Islands, and then where would we get our tax revenue? Oh wait … the rich don’t pay taxes, do they? 🤣

          I hear you about the ‘smart’ technology! I curse mine daily! I recently bought a new laptop and I am in constant battle trying to convince it that we ARE going to do things MY way!

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  4. We are witnessing the breakdown of democratic government in both our nations. Trump and Johnson can now chip away at fair, impartial electoral processes without constraint. Our constitutions are not designed for the pressures which it faces these days. I have to say sadly that the politics on both sides of the divide has broken down. Looking at the UK I can shout at Johnson but in reality the problems stem before him. The Labour and Liberal parties are just as culpable. Too many self interested, over promoted wannabes inhabit our systems. What chance of change when many in our Labour Party think a Corbyn did a great job and won the argument. What chance for the Democrats when they can’t even count a few votes – probably too mush shouting at each other.

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    • I agree, and with so much money in politics here, I don’t know how we begin to implement change in our corrupt systems. The polarization in this country is making it very likely that nothing of value can be achieved. Shouting, name-calling, threatening … it is the way of our government today. 😥

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  5. allow me to ask you a question to which I will not pretend to know the answer, because I want you to actually engage with me and answer the question yourself.

    If, when Obama was president, and the republican leader of the house or senate had torn up his copy of the state of the union address on camera after it was delivered for all to view, would you be calling that member of congress childish, petulant, infantile and uncouth?

    If the answer is yes, why not the same outrage towards Nancy who did this very same thing last night?

    Don’t give me any excuses like “but this is different, Obama had more class” or “These are different times” or whatever the most current progressive talking point is on the issue.

    It was certainly unpresidential for Donald Trump not to shake her hand before the address, just as it was unbecoming for her not to use the traditional presentation of words to introduce the president before the state of the union speech.

    No excuses here either, both the house and senate have traditions going back decades if not centuries that they abide by and for her not to honor those traditions is just as inexcusable as his behavior towards her last night.

    In other words, both of these individuals left decorum and respect behind and engaged in nothing more than immature high school antics and that is what is a disgrace in this country.

    Gone are the days when politicians rise above personal differences to come together for the good of the nation and Donald trump did not cause this, he’s just the latest actor in an ongoing demonstration of ridiculous theatrics designed to distract the people and keep them entertained.

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    • No excuses, Scott, but a very simple answer. Speaker Pelosi said she tore it up because she could not find a single page that contained the truth. Obama’s State of the Union addresses were not filled with lies and self-promotion, but rather told the “state” of the union and what the plan was moving forward. It’s not an excuse and I’m not talking about personae, but the simple fact is that Obama was a president … he was accountable for what he said, whereas this address of Trump’s was a) more of a dog-and-pony show, with him awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to a racist, bigoted journalist, and using the return of a serviceman as a photo-op moment, and b) a campaign rally whereby he patted himself on the back, tooted his own horn, and in general rallied the masses. It was a circus compared to any and every SOTU that Obama ever gave!

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      • I thought the medal of freedom was awarded to military personnel, at least that’s how I remember it?

        I don’t ever recall Rush being in the military so I tend to agree that this gesture devalues the medal.

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        • No, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is only awarded to civilians. The last one I recall Trump awarding was to Miriam Adelson in exchange for the mega-dollars she and her husband donated to Trump’s 2016 campaign … another outrage.

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    • Romney did show courage, but … it hasn’t in any way diminished my disgust and abhorrence of the campaign rally/reality show that was misnomered a “State of the Union” address. Nor has it diminished my disgust for the other 52 republican senators who are placing their own welfare above ours. Sigh. I seem to be just disgusted in general at the moment.

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  6. Great snark Jill! That last cartoon is a hoot….So true. The King, and all of his whoppers.
    As I write this, and as you probably know, at least one member of the Senate grew a pair. Romney spoke pretty clearly today. Whether he’s doing it because he’s a political opportunist or not, he deserves high praise for a courageous act. Now, all we need is 19 more! UGHHHHH

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    • While I admire Romney’s courage in standing against the bully, I question … why did he only vote yes to convict on one of the two articles? He voted with the rest of the fools on the “Obstruction of Congress” article … hedging his bets? That confused me. To me, the members of the GOP in both chambers of Congress have proven that they care far more for their own wealth and power than they care about our well-being. The most disturbing thing, though, is that the average registered republican is too bloody ignorant to see it. Sigh.

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      • Yeah, you have to take what Romney did with a grain of salt. He deserves praise for sure. But, let’s be honest. He’s been very muted at some of the other crap Trump’s done. He’s not exactly been exhibiting courage up to this point. But, we’ll take it Jill. There’s not much else we can hang our hats on, right?

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