Tonight I came across some things that I can actually applaud, rather than snark about! Well, okay, there may be just a wee bit of snarking woven into the tapestry, but for the most part it is a more upbeat piece.
Steve King gets a statue!
You all remember Steve King, right? He is the U.S. House member from Iowa who first appeared on Filosofa’s Word when he won the honour of Idiot of the Week in March 2017, and again in July of that year when he threatened democrats if they didn’t stop talking about Russian interference in the 2016 election and proposed taking funding from Planned Parenthood to build Trump’s wall. Then, just last year he found his way onto my radar twice … in March for making such horridly racist and homophobic remarks that even Mitch McConnell condemned him! And then again in August when his misogynistic remarks earned him condemnation from some top congressional republicans including House Freedom Caucus leader Kevin McCarthy, and again Mitch McConnell, plus caused him to be removed from the committees on which he had served. With the exception of Donald Trump and possibly Mitch McConnell, no other has had as much air time on Filosofa’s Word!
Well, today ol’ Steve is back on my radar, but this time it is he that is the brunt of the joke! Comedy duo Davram Stiefler and Jason Selvig, known as The Good Liars, have placed a statue … a very tiny statue … of Mr. King in front of the Iowa statehouse in Des Moines. The inscription on the plaque at the base of the statue reads …
“This site is dedicated to Confederate sympathizer and White Nationalist, Steve King. Here, King is honored with the world’s smallest Confederate statue. A tiny statue for a tiny man.”
King’s history of bigotry in all its forms was what prompted the duo to create the tiny statue, according to Selvig …
“We’re just saying we should respect our ancestry and our heritage and – like it or not – Steve King’s racism is part of our heritage and we need to respect that. Racists are trying to bring down others so they can make themselves feel better. That’s the mark of somebody who is very small.”
Just how small is this statue? Four inches. Yep, not much bigger than your finger is long. Fitting, don’t you think? Oh, by the way, this team, The Good Liars, are the same ones that switched covers of Donald Trump Jr’s new book and replaced them with ones that read: “Daddy, Please Love Me: How Everything I Do Is to Try and Earn My Father’s Love”. I like these guys!
Plastic Bags are … banned!
New York is banning the distribution of single-use plastic bags statewide, effective today. The goal is to reduce the billions of discarded bags that stream annually into landfills, rivers and oceans. For the record, I applaud this move and wish every state in the nation would follow suit. At the urging (actually, it was more of a threat than an urging) of my granddaughter, Miss Goose, I bought re-usable canvas bags a year or so ago, and mesh bags for produce, and rarely us the store’s plastic bags. It’s really not much more trouble, and it feels good, knowing that something so simple can make a huge difference if we all do it. So, thumbs up to New York, the third state after California and Oregon to take this step. Stores will be required to sell paper bags at five cents each or offer sturdier reusable bags that can be used at least 125 times.New Yorkers currently use 23 billion plastic bags each year, state officials say, many of which end up as one of the most problematic forms of garbage. They blow across streets and become caught in trees. They harm birds and marine creatures. They clog sorting machines, making recycling them cumbersome.
I imagine there will be a few bumps in the road the first few weeks, but New Yorkers are a resilient bunch and they will quickly be smoothed out … those New Yorkers who are whining today about the inconvenience will adapt quickly. Now, to wake up the rest of the states!
Yesterday was the South Carolina Democratic primary, and late night comedian Stephen Colbert was on hand for the fun. He shared a meal and a drink with candidate Elizabeth Warren, and they even played a little game of “Name That Billionaire”! It was all in good fun, and I think you’ll get a few laughs from it!