Just A Little Bit Of Snark …

I’m going to take the rare option of starting today’s snarky snippets with a humorous piece before indulging in snark-worthy detritus.

Oh, da embarrassment!!!

Brant-WalkerBrant Walker is the Mayor of Alton, Illinois, population 26,528.  Like every other city, town and municipality in the U.S. right now, public gatherings are discouraged and isolation is the recommended norm.  Seems the people of Alton didn’t much like the idea of staying home, though, and after the Alton police reported to Mayor Walker that people were still defying the request, the Mayor told police to crack down, to use their discretion.

The mayor even held a press briefing, where he urged the citizens of Alton …

“These are very serious times and I’m begging you to please stay at home.”

Less than 48 hours later, police broke up a gathering at Hiram’s Tavern in downtown Alton.  Walker made the announcement the next day …

“At approximately 1am on Sunday morning, I was informed by the Police Chief that the Alton Police Department was investigating and stopping a social gathering in downtown Alton that was occurring in violation of the provisions of the statewide “Stay At Home” order.

I was also made aware that my wife was in attendance at this prohibited social gathering. I instructed the Police Chief to treat her as he would any citizen violating the “Stay At Home” order and to ensure that she received no special treatment.

My wife is an adult capable of making her own decisions, and in this instance she exhibited a stunning lack of judgement. She now faces the same consequences for her ill-advised decision as the other individuals who chose to violate the “Stay At Home” order during this incident.

I am embarrassed by this incident and apologize to the citizens of Alton for any embarrassment this incident may cause our City.”

Oh, the embarrassment!!!  But I have to give kudos and thumbs up to Mayor Walker for insisting that his wife receive no special treatment … how many people in power do you know who would have done the same?  I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when he next saw his wife, and I would have hated to be the wife!

Jair … a Donnie clone?

Donald Trump has hinted at firing Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and point man for the daily briefings on the coronavirus.  Why?  Likely because Dr. Fauci has corrected Trump’s misstatements on more than a few occasions, and because Dr. Fauci is a scientist, a man who deals in facts.  Donnie doesn’t much like facts.  He likes ‘yes-men’, and Dr. Fauci, though he tries hard to be diplomatic, is not a yes-man.  Still, Trump has stopped short of firing him, likely because of strong warnings from his advisors, a few of whom, at least, were born with a brain.

President Trump Holds Joint Press Conference With Brazilian President Bolsonaro

Bolsonaro (l) and Trump 

Swivel to the south, to Brazil and Dictator President Jair Bolsonaro who, I have said on more than one occasion, is a Donnie-clone.  Yesterday, Bolsonaro fired his very popular Health Minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, for much the same reason Trump has been hinting at firing Dr. Fauci … because he didn’t pander to him.  Just as Donnie is more concerned with his precious economy than he is the lives of the people of the U.S., Bolsonaro was also more concerned with Profit over People.  Said Bolsonaro …

“I know … life is priceless. But the economy and jobs must return to normal.”

I would like to ask both Donnie and Jair a question:  How do you plan to get businesses back up and running in order to fuel your precious damn ‘economy’ if all the people who do the real work, are dead?  The billionaire CEOs are useless … they do not stand for 8 hours a day putting bolts and roof liners into cars on the assembly line, they do not cook the food that is served in restaurants, and they do not serve the endless stream of customers who put their money into the economy.  For that matter, Donnie and Jair … who do you think will buy the goods and services you purport to re-start if you have nary a care for the lives of We the People?

Jair Bolsonaro and Donnie Trump are two peas in a pod … neither has a smidge of foresight, neither a concern for the average person.  They see the world in U.S. dollars and Brazilian reals.  Not much else matters to them.  Jerks.trump-bolsonaro

While you were napping …

The nation and the media have had a single focus for the past month or so:  the coronavirus.  Meanwhile, back at the ranch … Trump and his minions have been taking advantage of the fact that nobody seems to give a shit about anything else going on in the country, and they have been busy little beavers indeed.

Yesterday, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), declared that it is not “appropriate and necessary” for the government to limit mercury and other harmful pollutants from power plants, even though every utility in America has complied with standards put in place in 2011 under President Barack Obama.

Some coal executives have lobbied for the rollback, calling the Obama-era rule one of the worst examples of what Trump has labeled the “war on coal.”  The rule in question, known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), targets a powerful neurotoxin that can affect the IQ and motor skills of children, even in utero. Between 2006, when states began to curb mercury from coal plants, and 2016, when the Obama-era rule took full effect, emissions have declined 85 percent.  And now … the EPA has said

Yet another example of the republican’s motto:  Profit over People.

On a brighter note …

You may have forgotten, amidst all the detritus over the last three-plus years, but back in the day, when we had an actual President and a real First Lady, said First Lady Michelle Obama was the mover and the shaker behind the higher standards for school meal programs.

The year after Trump took office, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reversed those standards, particularly the ones that applied to sodium and whole grains in our children’s school diet.  But this week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland vacated the rule, saying …

“The court concludes that the rule is not inconsistent with federal law, it does not reflect unexplained and arbitrary decision making, it does not represent an unacknowledged and unexplained change in position …”

A little thing, perhaps, but … we must take our victories wherever we can find them these days.

And on that note, I will leave you and go try to find a bit of peace somewhere, a place where I can breathe and stem the flow of the tears that seem to assail me at random times these days.

Little Donnie

41 thoughts on “Just A Little Bit Of Snark …

  1. Kudos to Mayor Walker. Our spouses don’t always agree with our politics and decisions.
    I’ve been grieving for the people of Brazil since the impeachment of their first female president 😦
    I marvel at the skill of our cartoonists. “W.H.O. Dunnit” is perfect!

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    • I agree … what he did was BRAVE! You know that expression about “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”! Re: Brazil … I agree that Rousseff’s impeachment was the worst thing that could have happened to Brazil, and Bolsonaro is a nightmare, just as is Trump. I thought that cartoon was so very apropos! Glad you liked it!

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  2. He sure seems to have a penchant for dictators doesn’t he? That alone should piss off every American. But, the MAGA crowd could care less. I’ve stopped trying to understand them. It’s impossible!!

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    • I think the evil and cruel despots are drawn to each other, like flies to honey. It should piss off every American, but … I think the right and the left have completely different ideas about what this nation should be. I have come to think that this is no longer the “United” States, but merely a conglomeration of states with little or no common ground between liberals and conservatives. I have come to believe that in one way or another, this nation cannot stand as one for another decade. Civil War? Maybe. More likely secession, state by state, starting with probably California.

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      • I never thought it was possible Jill. But, after Trump, anything is possible. It’s certainly simmering out there. The disconnect is real and dangerous. When a huge chunk of people get there news from The Trump Propaganda Network(Fox), is it any wonder?

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        • Nope, no wonder at all. And I’m just waiting, for unless I miss my guess, if he keeps inciting and encouraging the masses to protest against the continued (and necessary) shut-downs in each state, I think violence is likely to erupt just about any time. And Fox is complicit as well as Trump and his cronies.

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          • They really are a danger to a humanity, that network and all their right-wing hosts. Unfortunately, those who watch it are the most misinformed people in the country.

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            • Exactly … under-educated, and largely influenced by religions that aren’t really religions, but bigoted, hate-filled pulpits. Sigh. Do you find yourself waking angry in the mornings, before you’ve even checked for the latest news? I go to bed angry and wake angry. Sigh.

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              • Yes. Yesterday was tough. I was angry when I walked my dogs in the morning. The little one wouldn’t listen to me and I yelled at him. I felt so bad. We made up, of course. But I do think we’re all feeling a little short tempered these days. If we only had the right president for the right crisis……we don’t!!!!

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                • I hear you, my friend. More than a few times, I have yelled at the cats … usually deserved, but still, I love our furry family members and don’t like it when my temper boils over. No, we don’t even have a president and haven’t since January 20th 2017. Sigh.

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  3. I’m not entirely in disagreement with Donnie and Jair, concerning lockdown restrictions. But perhaps our agreements are for different reasons. I worry that we’re heading into a deep depression, and I believe that poverty has a way of shortening lifespans. I worry that poverty will kill more people than the coronavirus. So even if we put profit before people (as Donnie seems to want), I think people will benefit if it keeps them out of poverty. Liberals don’t seem to understand this, and I find my philosophies sliding more and more toward the conservative side, the longer these lockdowns continue.

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    • You make a valid point, but I would argue on a couple of fronts. First, if the experts are right, and I think they are, if we try to go back to ‘business as normal’ too soon, we will be hit with another wave and … deaths will once again skyrocket, and another shutdown is almost a certainty. Second, remember that old saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink”? Most people are not likely to resume their normal activities until they feel it is safe to do so. We know we cannot trust our government, so just because Trump or the governor say it’s safe … means very little to most of us. So, open the shops, the restaurants, the theaters, but if there isn’t enough business to even cover the overhead, what’s the point? Third, we aren’t going to be able to just return to the state of things as they were in January. The supply chain has been disrupted, restaurants will have problems getting what they need, and some businesses will never open their doors again. Plus … a large portion of the population, having been out of work, laid off, furloughed or whatever, will not be able to afford to go out to eat, take in a movie, or buy new shoes. Trump is a dreamer if he thinks everything will be rosy again anytime soon, for I think it will be the end of the year, perhaps longer before businesses start to turn a profit again, before people feel secure going out. I know I have no intention of going beyond the grocery store until I can go out without seeing people wearing those masks! In the long run, we can help those who might be struggling in poverty … government can and should, but if they don’t, we can give to organizations that do. My daughter and I donated her stimulus check to the local homeless shelter and food bank, for they needed it far more than we did. At the end of the day, saving lives matters more than putting dollars into billionaire’s pockets. At least to me. But then, I am and have always been a quasi-socialist.

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      • There’s a lot to be said for socialism. But I also think there’s a lot to be said for capitalism. I think both systems need each other.

        I’m not so pessimistic about the prospects of businesses being able to recover. Business owners can be very innovative. That’s how they’ve made their businesses survive. And many people, who aren’t highly concerned about the coronavirus, would frequent those businesses.

        At the very least, I want to see more discussion in the media about the pros and cons of lockdowns, than I’ve seen from the groupthink of weeks past. Fortunately that seems to be starting, due to the recent protest movement that has begun.

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        • I am not completely against capitalism, but I do not like the unfettered capitalism in the U.S. today. When profit is the only motive and the government looks the other way while shortcuts are taken, safety regulations ignored, and then people die, it has gone too far. When industries can buy and sell politicians, then said politicians put those industries’ profit ahead of the environment, ahead of the future of all humanity, then it has gone too far. When we wear blinders while entire species are being destroyed for the profit of the fossil fuel industries, it has gone too far. And, of course, when I hear of people whose net worth is in the billions, while others are going to bed hungry at night, it raises my hackles.

          I do agree, though, that there needs to be open and honest discussion about everything that is happening today, but at the end of the day, I think we must listen to the experts, for most of us are fumbling in the dark right now, depressed about the state of things, but not knowing how to fix it.

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  4. Well done Brant Walker for setting an example to his wife. One night she won’t forget in a hurry. I actually hope there was someone there spreading Coronavirus to show the danger is real. Some people take a lot of convincing.. I hope you’re in bed now.

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