Still More Snarky Snippets …

These days so much is wrong in this country-that-I-once-called-home that it’s hard to confine my snark to simple snark without taking it into a full-fledged rant, but I shall try …

AG Barr wants you … to die!

The not-so-honourable U.S. District Attorney Bill Barr is threatening to sue states that are trying to protect their citizens.  Yep, you heard me right.  Said Barr in his two-page letter to the 93 U.S. Attorneys …

“Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public. But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis.”

WHOA … Back it up there, Billy Boy!!!  Then just how in the Sam Hell is it that Donald Trump, that ‘man’ you said was above the law, was able to suspend the U.S. Constitution to give himself additional powers that would have our Founding Fathers clutching their heads as they rolled around in their graves???  So, our state government doesn’t have the right to keep us safe, but Trump has the right to incite riots, to siphon funds earmarked for other causes to his abominable ‘wall’, and he stands in front of television cameras broadcasting to at least 50-60 people and says he has “total authority”?

My recommendation for Mr. Barr is that he pick up a copy of the U.S. Constitution and actually sit on his fat ass and actually read the thing … all 8,000 words!

As much as I am a fighter, as much as I chafe at being ‘told’ or ‘ordered’ to do something … yes, a stubborn wench I am … I still have a bit of common sense that says if Trump/Barr have their way, every bloomin’ one of us will end up with the coronavirus by the end of June.  Some will survive, some won’t.  Laura Ingraham made the statement a few days ago that death is just part of life.  In other words – oh well … as long as she and other shallow-minded people can go back to shopping and getting drunk in bars, what are a few million lives?


Look at that grin … I think he enjoys being a toadie!!!

No doubt this directive came from the fool in the Oval Office, as he is chomping at the bit to get everything “opened back up”, thinking that the economy will just pick right back up where it left off in early March and he can toot his horn and win the election in November.  Ain’t gonna happen.  It will be years before the economy fully rebounds … hopefully long after Donald Trump is naught but a little urn of ashes sitting on Melania’s dresser.

Time to put ol’ Mitch out to pasture …

As I noted yesterday, Trump is playing a game of “pick-and-choose” over which states should receive federal aid, the criteria being whether they play nice with Trump, praise him and agree with him in all things, or at least pretend to.  But the idea actually started last week with none other than the cruel Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell.  McConnell suggested that the states should just go bankrupt if they run out of money after paying billions in unemployment claims, and more billions to treat coronavirus victims.  Well, McConnell’s idea didn’t go over so well with most anybody, including his own fellow republicans in both the House and Senate.

The governor of Mitchie’s own state, Kentucky, even stood up to him … that takes some guts and Governor Beshear deserves a round of applause!  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put it in context …

“Don’t say state and local. Say what the state and local governments fund: police, fire, teachers, hospital workers. Funds small business but also fund police, fire, school teachers, and hospital workers. How can you exclude them when you’re talking about priorities?”

Priorities, indeed!  Funny, isn’t it, that McConnell is all too willing to fund a worthless wall on the southern border costing hundreds of billions of dollars, but he’s not willing to help struggling states keep their public schools open or police, fire and hospital workers on the job.  Methinks ol’ Mitchie has outlived his usefulness in Congress, for he has forgotten that PEOPLE are the priority, seems to have forgotten that the government exists for the PEOPLE!  I do sincerely hope that Kentuckians have the good sense to put Mitch McConnell out to pasture this November … it is long past time!

Return to ‘business as usual’?  I think not

I saw this brief snippet in the New York Times this morning:

China’s Factories Are Back. Its Consumers Aren’t.

The manufacturing giant is once again turning out steel and cellphones. But job losses and pay cuts have left its people reluctant to spend — a problem the U.S. and Europe may soon face, too.

I have said the same a few times in recent weeks.  You can open a business, produce a product, but in these times of uncertainty, the wise and sensible among us aren’t going to rush out and buy, buy, buy.  This is one of a few reasons that Trump’s plan to get everything opened up and running full steam isn’t going to work.  First, one doesn’t just snap their fingers and all of a sudden restaurants have plenty of food, factories have all their raw materials and workers in place, ready to fire up those assembly lines.  It doesn’t work that way.  But even once the factories are rolling out new gadgets and the restaurants have turned their sign to “Open”, the customers will return slowly … very slowly.

open-signPeople have been out of work, living on unemployment which is, at the most, about 66% of average income.  People are still frightened of catching the coronavirus which, as medical experts are telling us, will be a valid concern at least throughout the summer.  And people have seen from the past two month’s experience that … anything can happen.  The sensible will start beefing up their savings rather than spending money on non-essentials such as dining out, new clothes, new appliances.

Nope, folks, there will be no quick return to ‘business as usual’, no matter how much Donald Trump, William Barr, and the foolish gun-totin’ protestors would like it to be so.  All they are doing is putting more lives in danger.

I haven’t done a cartoon post for quite a while, nor am I likely to anytime soon, for frankly even the great talent of the political cartoonists cannot make me find anything humorous about life today, but here’s one that I at least grinned at …


34 thoughts on “Still More Snarky Snippets …

  1. Jill, there was some good news today. The Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 to say GOP efforts to renege on written commitments to health insurance were inappropriate. This Marco Rubio led effort screwed Americans by raising their premiums and causing insurers to leave the ACA markets.

    Republican Senators are beginning to realize Trump’s poor COVID-19 response is hurting their own reelection chances. Trump is not too happy a memo has surfaced saying they need not defend Trump, but should blame China.

    Too bad they did not realize this when they could have removed him because of his corruption with Ukraine. Keith

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  2. Politics tires me to the point of exhaustion, that and I have expended my energy on the entertaining music post! You however, Our Queen of Snark, snarl in the face of these evil beings and attack by going for the jugular. Hang on, mayhaps the pests will be mortally wounded and disappear from the planet. One can hope! Thank-you!

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  3. That is a cute cartoon, Jill. I can’t speak. My heart is too heavy, my anger too raw and my hope too dim today. I, like you, am a fighter; but it is getting difficult to decide which fight I am going to have the tenacity to finish.

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    • I hear you, my friend. Last night, I crawled into bed at 4:30 a.m. and sobbed into my pillow for at least an hour, wishing to just simply not wake up this morning. But, sigh, I woke to fight another day. That’s rather how I see it … I must have some purpose, small though it must be. It’s either fight or die. For now, I keep fighting. Come November 4th, who knows?


  4. Love the cartoon.
    Barr seems to be all Barr and no bite. It won’t surprise you that I agree with Barr’s words. But so far I haven’t seen any action behind them. Probably because Trump keeps waffling back and forth between being pro-Lockdown and anti-Lockdown. Barr is his lapdog, so he must be feeling pretty confused right now.
    What you’ve described is a good ol’ fashioned recession or depression, when consumer confidence is so low, no one wants to spend money. I think you’re right that if we opened everything up right now, spending would not go up much. The damage has been done. The best those who worry about the economy can hope for, is to limit the damage by ending the lockdowns soon. And that’s my hope.

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    • I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that you agree with Barr … but Tippy … the federal government SUING the states??? Think about that one. It’s like … we’re suing ourselves! The federal government is suing the people who they are supposed to be representing! Da Prez cannot pick and choose who the government represents … now, say Barr sues Ohio (where, unfortunately, I am forced to live at the moment … horrible state) … who pays the price? The bloomin’ taxpayers, ie, ME!

      There is no doubt in my mind that our nation, and many others in the Western world, will plunge into a depression the likes of which have not been seen since WWII. It will happen, despite Trump’s declarations and rants. How can it not? At this point, it’s already inevitable, so should we risk another 100,000 lives to try to stop a speeding bullet?

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      • I understand there’s such a thing as Sovereign Immunity, that limits the federal government’s right to sue states, and vice-versa. But there are exceptions. As I understand, the federal government can sue a state if the feds allege a state is violating the constitution. I think this is the basis Barr would rely upon, should he ever decide to take action.

        A depression the likes of which we haven’t seen since WWII scares the hell out of me. The immiseration and privation people endured during the Great Depression was horrible. Some starved to death. Some died because they couldn’t afford decent medical care. And on and on. I suspect poverty kills just as assuredly as the coronavirus. I don’t know how much poverty is inevitable at this point, but the sooner we can head at least some of it off, the better, in my view.

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        • Perhaps the CAN sue the states, but … just because one can do something doesn’t necessarily make it the right thing to do. Suing the state is going to hurt the people of that state, and those people are citizens of this struggling nation who deserve a federal government that helps, not harms them.

          The depression is inevitable, but tell me … think of the people you love most in this world … would you sacrifice them for economic security? That’s how I have to look at it. Life has value, else why bother with anything?

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          • I’m one of those with underlying conditions. I want the young, healthy people to go out, have fun, get infected, and develop some herd immunity. They can stay away from people like me while they’re doing this. Their herd immunity will protect us all. I suspect this will help everyone in the long run, much better than hiding from this virus for years, as if the sky is falling.

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            • Well, the problem with that is the concept of “herd immunity” … another of those cutesy new terms they’ve made up … because according to the experts, there is absolutely no evidence that a person who has had the virus once and survived can’t get it again. Like you, I have numerous underlying issues such that I would certainly not survive a case of coronavirus. Now, I would throw myself on top of a child in an active shooter situation, and I would gladly run into a burning building to save a person or even a critter, but … I’m not going to commit suicide to support an economy that is going to struggle for the next few years no matter what. Let’s do it right … let’s take our time and make sure we’re not sacrificing valuable lives for profit.

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  5. Word has it that the DNC is considering replacing VP Biden with another candidate… citing health concerns and stress of running a vigorous campaign amid the ongoing pandemic. I guess buyer’s remorse is setting in.

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  6. Don the Con hopes everything will be peachy once election season is in high gear. I’m with you Jill. That’s highly doubtful. This will take years to play itself out. Once again, as with Obama and Clinton before him, a Democrat will have to come in and clean things up. It won’t be easy.

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    • Sigh. It will take years, and because of the inept bungling by our government, by Trump, it will take twice as long as it would have needed to. Yep, a democrat will come behind and clean up the mess, but then he will be very unpopular among certain elements and will likely be a one-term president. We the People must stand up and make our voices heard, show the people what damage has been done. My new favourite catchphrase: BAH HUMBUG!

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