I bet you guys thought I had relieved all the angst and snark yesterday afternoon, didn’t you? Well, think again. I had hopes of posting something less acerbic this morning, but as fate would have it, the idiots in this nation just keep getting more and more ridiculous and … that low growl has started up in my throat once again. So … more snippets of snark are in order.
Only in the U.S.
Okay, we’ve all seen the results of the hoarding swine who bought up all the toilet paper and bottled water the first day the word ‘coronavirus’ hit the U.S. news. Last weekend, it was widely reported that the sales of spirits and cannabis was doing a booming business with revenue 500% to 800% higher than normal. But guess what the latest item to be snatched up in a surge of panic buying is? Guns and ammunition. WTF???????????
Do these nutcases honestly think they’re going to have to take to shooting people over a roll of toilet paper? They cite the potential for ‘social unrest’ as the reason for their fear, and the ‘need to protect themselves and their families’. Bullshit.
Sales were especially pronounced in North Carolina and Georgia, which experienced a leap of 179% and 169% respectively. Other states with large increases included Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Illinois and New York. And guess what kind of guns they’re buying? They’re not buying hunting rifles, or 6-shooters … noooooo … they’re buying mostly AR-15s and other semi-automatic assault-type rifles. So apparently, they plan to be able to take out their entire neighborhood if they feel justified in doing so.
Some people (not the gun buyers, obviously) expressed concerns for the safety of children. A sudden increase in guns and rifles in domestic homes could put children at risk through lack of safe storage. Firearms are already the second most prevalent killer of children in the US after car crashes.
Surely the Founding Fathers are now kicking themselves for writing that damn 2nd Amendment into the Constitution.
Ohio’s Dictator DeWine
The governor of the State of Ohio has decided to strip U.S. citizens living in this state of their right to a representative government by postponing the Democratic primary scheduled for today. Governor Mike DeWine announced yesterday afternoon that he would postpone the primary until June, but he was struck down by Ohio Judge Richard Frye, who said that DeWine waited too late … less than 24 hours before the polls would open. The judge also said that DeWine’s postponement until June was arbitrary at best, as there is no reliable evidence that the coronavirus crisis will have ended by June.
DeWine, however, apparently believes he has some sort of dictatorial executive privilege (perhaps he listened to Trump brag that he can do anything he wants to do) and has decided that the polls will not open today after all. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
And like his role model, he made the announcement via tweet …
“During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus. As such, @DrAmyActon will order the polls closed as a health emergency. While the polls will be closed tomorrow, Secretary of State @FrankLaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity.”
This is unacceptable!!! It’s our choice, Mikey, not yours!!! If I’m willing to risk sickness and possibly even death to preserve the few democratic principles left in this nation, and I am, then it isn’t your place to rob me of that right!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Yes, folks, I know this pandemic is serious, but so is our right to a representative government! If people cannot be bothered to carry hand sanitizer with them and use it as they leave the polling place … if we are thought to be so effing stupid that we cannot take responsibility for taking precautions in order to exercise our RIGHT to cast a vote, then we have lost our nation. We no longer have any semblance of a democratic republic, at least not in Ohio.
The three other states with primaries today are, sensibly, going ahead, trusting people to look out for themselves. How many other states are going to usurp our Constitutional rights? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Department of Injustice strikes again …
Concord Management and Consulting is a Russian-owned company charged with conspiring to defraud the U.S. government by orchestrating a social media campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The evidence against the company was meticulously detailed in Robert Mueller’s report about Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election. However, yesterday the Department of (In)Justice under Attorney General William Barr dropped all charges. WHY???
Because … wait for it, you’re gonna love this one … the company failed to comply with trial subpoenas and the submission of a “misleading, at best” affidavit by Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a co-defendant and the company’s founder. The company refused to provide the information requested in the subpoenas, so the prosecutors dropped the charges!
Now let me tell you the real reason the charges were dropped. Because Vladimir Putin, Trump’s soul brother, told Trump to make it happen, Trump told William Barr to make it happen, and it happened. Next time you are subpoenaed to testify in any trial, just don’t bother to show up, and all the charges will be dropped, right? No, folks, there are two sets of laws in this country … the ones that apply to Donald Trump and his cronies, and the ones that apply to all the rest of us.
In a somewhat related story, Trump is “strongly considering” a presidential pardon for Michael Flynn, who has twice pled guilty to lying to the FBI in the case of Russia’s meddling with our election. Recently, Flynn asked the judge if he could rescind his guilty plea. If Trump pardon’s Flynn, he will come into a great deal of criticism, but … when has that ever stopped him from doing precisely whatever he wishes?
Okay, folks, I’ve shared my angst with you for now, but I’m betting there will be more by this afternoon. If not, perhaps I can share something nicer, but … don’t hold your breath.