Snarky Snippets … Back On Track

Whatever would I make of this blog if I didn’t have Trump and his band of thugs to write about?  Hmmmm … I might have to go back to reading whole books and writing book reviews, or perhaps shut the blog down and go back to knitting scarves and afghans for my friends (yes, I do know how to knit and used to spend many an evening so occupied.  A year or two ago, I gave my stash of yarn and supplies to my daughter, who is now knitting me a sweater with a wolf on it and wolf paw prints on the sleeves!)  Anyway, I do have Trump and the rest of the jerks to write about, so …


The Planet vs Trump … 

Since taking office on January 20th 2017, Donald Trump has had several goals, all of them intended to destroy the U.S. But one, the one he calls his “crowning achievement”, is to destroy the planet, making it uninhabitable for all life forms.  His deregulatory moves have had a terrible effect on all life forms, but they are moves that he has said will “save lives, lift the economy and help the auto industry.”  Frankly, if I cannot breathe, if the bees who pollinate our food are dying, if species are dying out … who gives a royal f*ck about the auto industry … or the economy, for that matter?  And save lives???  What a crock.

During the administration of President Obama, a fuel economy standard was put into place that would lower CO2 emissions, save us all money at the pump, and help with restoring cleaner air to every country in the world.  Given that these standards were put in place under Obama, naturally Trump had to destroy them, just as he destroyed his friends’ toys as a child.  Even the auto industry was not fully behind Mr. Trump’s deregulation and today, four of those automakers are standing firm in their commitment to the people and the environment.

On Wednesday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a multistate coalition, filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s disastrous final rule rolling back the nation’s Clean Car Standards.  Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The battle is expected to reach the Supreme Court.

Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen, while not a part of the lawsuit, have split from the other automakers, declaring that they will continue to follow the lead of California and 13 other states that are upholding tougher standards than those set by the federal government.

By the Trump administration’s own calculations, changing the rule increases the emissions of greenhouse gases, the primary cause of global warming, by at least 867 million metric tons relative to the standards being rolled back. That is greater than the amount many midsize countries put out in a year.  It will also cost the average car owner an additional $500 over a three-year period in fuel costs.

Yet another test for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide whether they place more value on the planet and human life, or whether they are Trumpies above all else.


Pushing the boundaries … or are there any boundaries for Trump?

Since beginning his battle with Twitter a few days ago over his false tweets that Twitter put a fact-checking message on, Trump seems determined to show us just how utterly nasty he can be.  Folks, you can go to your local landfill, dig around all day, and I don’t think you will find anything as ugly, decayed, and downright nasty as the person who sits in the Oval Office today.

Until yesterday, I had never heard of “Cowboys for Trump”.  My supper would have settled better if I had never heard of them.  ‘Cowboys for Trump’ is a right-wing organization founded by a former street preacher named Couy Griffin.  Griffin is also a country commissioner for the county of Otero, New Mexico.  Apparently, the people of that county don’t much care about such things as education or qualifications.  Hmmmm … seems that 40% of the people in the U.S. don’t much care about those things, either.

Griffin has led a number of protests against the closing of the nation’s businesses and stay-at-home orders … no surprise there … he fits the prototype.  But, this week he overstepped his bounds.  In an interview with the Daily Beast on Tuesday, he called for the execution of at least two democratic governors, Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia.  Why?  He claims they are ‘traitors’ for the restrictions they have imposed in their states, trying to keep their populace safe in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“You get to pick your poison: You either go before a firing squad, or you get the end of the rope.”

What a bastard, yes?  But wait … it gets even worse.

Earlier this week, a video surfaced of Griffin at some event with his ‘cowboys’ giving a speech whereupon he said …

“The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”

Okay, so the man is a bloody idiot … we can ignore that, right, although he frankly should be behind bars in Otero Country tonight for that is hate speech and incitement to violence in 8 short words.  But wait … that’s not all …

So pleased and inspired by that video was Donald Trump that he re-tweeted the video on Twitter, with a comment …

“Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico!”

If I said on Twitter, “The only good Republican is a dead Republican”, do you know how fast my account would be closed … forever?  And do you know how long it would take for the cops to show up at my door?  And yet some jackass in Podunk New Mexico can say it in a public venue, tweet it on a public forum, and the fool who calls himself a ‘president’ (and I use the term loosely) can re-play it, again on a public forum, with impunity!  How utterly … unprofessional, demeaning, and downright NASTY is this sorry excuse for a ‘man’?  What’s next … what new low will I be writing about tomorrow?


On a brighter note …

There are many republicans in Congress who I’d like to see ousted, who should have been ousted long ago, but while the list is long, one man is always at the top of the list:  Mitch McConnell.  Mitch gave his all to ensure that President Barack Obama had to fight tooth and nail for what few proposals he got by during his eight-year tenure in office.  He ensured that our Supreme Court has the least integrity of any in the history of our nation.  And he rules the Senate with an iron hand, threatening and bullying just as Trump does.  Mitch long ago forgot to whom he owes his allegiance and is naught but a high-paid bootlicker for Donald Trump.

I was happy to see this new ad by The Lincoln Project, the political action committee formed in late 2019 by several prominent Republicans with the goal of preventing the reelection of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

30 thoughts on “Snarky Snippets … Back On Track

  1. Dear Queen of Snark : This title was earned by the highly talented level of snarcasm that you possess and freely dispense on Snarky Snippets. In the midst of unprecedented turmoil and failed leadership (at the highest level of our government) which provides an unending supply of snark worthy events, I can only applaud your tireless efforts to keep your followers informed. Would that it were no longer necessary for you to spend countless hours researching and writing these posts, undoubtedly your time could be better spent on other pursuits that would surely be less stressful. One can only hope that this too shall come to pass…but, don’t count on that happening anytime soon! I have just been reading from various sources that trump has announced that he is immediately withdrawing from the decades-long U.S. membership in WHO! No matter that the U.S. had a major part in the founding of WHO in 1948. Never mind that the organization is deeply engaged in dealing with Covid-19 as it devastates the World and that the funds from the U.S. are sorely needed to continue doing so. I read that this may be an overreach of his constitutional powers…surely this is snark worthy material! Sigh!! Thank-YOU!

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    • Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I feared that I had lost my snark-ability, but your kind words assure me that I’m still, as you have dubbed me, the Queen of Snark! There are days, admittedly, when I would love to be able to simply tune out, not hear the latest, nor write about it, but rather sit on the patio watching the birds and the errant squirrel who visits a few days a week. But, that is not who I am … so, I shall continue my attempt to make a small difference somehow. This, too, shall pass, they say, but … I’m not so sure. At least, I’m not so sure it will pass in my lifetime, for the problems in this nation, in the world, extend far beyond Donald Trump or Boris Johnson or Vladimir Putin or Jair Bolsonaro. But, on the bright side … I am NEVER bored!!! Love you, my friend!

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  2. The following statements you made have to be the most dishonest in recent posts.
    “If I said on Twitter, “The only good Republican is a dead Republican”, do you know how fast my account would be closed … forever?  And do you know how
    long it would take for the cops to show up at my door?”
    This is absolutely false and you know it. Liberals and leftists for years have been posting anti-republican sentiment all over twitter, including celebrities posting pictures of bloody trump heads as expressions of artist freedom. so don’t even play the victim in this artificial narrative.
    Your account wouldn’t be shut down and if it was, I’d defend your right to say what you wanted because that is what free speech is all about. I may not agree with what you say but I’ll defend your right to say it.
     

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    • Actually, Scott, a few months ago I was banned from Twitter for calling … I think it was Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, or one of the others, a ‘bimbo’. Within minutes of my posting my comment, I received an email saying that I would be banned for a period of … I think it was 3 days … and that I must remove my post. Now, tell me there’s no double standard? Trump has called people far worse than that! I really wish you would stop accusing me of dishonesty … I am not dishonest and I do research for my posts.

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    • No, that’s not what it means.

      Rather, it means that if Trump tweets some defamation, then we can sue Twitter. So Twitter will be forced to ban Trump.

      That’s not what Trump wanted. But it is the implication of what he is trying to do.

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    • So … was I not snarky enough, or too snarky? You and Roger both commented that I need a break from it, so I must be losing my edge here. As I commented to Roger, though, I cannot step away from the horrors I see, and I like to think that in some small way, what I do has value. Perhaps I delude myself, but … I have to keep trying. Glad you liked The Lincoln Project ad, though … they are doing some awesome ads, and I only hope they succeed in waking up a few republicans.
      Cwtch

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  3. Y’know Jill, I think you should give yourself a time-out from posting about these folk, History and Circumstances will consume them in the fires they created, they will walk into an ocean of Folly and drown.
    Review books, write your observations on Life, talk about the Good Folk.
    These hate mongers and mischief makers are not worth your time.

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  4. “Divide and Conquer” “Scorched earth policy”. This is where we are Jill. He’s gonna try and take us all down with him. There aren’t enough four letter words in the dictionary to describe how I feel about the moron. Many thanks to the Lincoln Project though. Those guys are doing one helluva job with their ads. Better than the Dems I must say. They’re going to keep it up all the way till the election. You know it gets under his skin. That’s enough for me!

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    • Yep, that’s what it looks like to me, too, and like you, I have worn out my 4-letter vocabulary … there isn’t a word that defines the hatred I feel toward him, and also those who enable him. The Lincoln Project is doing GREAT work, and Keith sent me a link tonight for another group just getting started, “Republican Voters Against Trump” https://rvat.org

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  5. Thank you for leading with the important stuff, which is of course what this Administration is doing to the planet.

    But the Twitter stuff is what tout le monde will be jabbering about today, alas.

    As to what gets someone “censored” by Twitter.

    Let’s just say, if you know this children’s prayer, which goes:
    If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”
    And you’d saw this meme that had a cherubic child saying “If Trump should die before I wake, I pray the Lord the news ain’t fake.”
    And you quoted it in reply to an open-ended Twitter thread about praying for the President?

    Let’s just say that reply is enough to be permanently banned from that particular website.
    Yes, after formally making an appeal. Nine years of posting history wiped clean.

    (So I hear.)

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    • Thanks! Climate change, protecting the environment and animals is my pet peeve. If we don’t start taking care of this planet, and I don’t mean just vague regulations that might help in 50 years, then none of the other issues in the world are going to matter one bit by the end of this century.

      Funny thing … I was banned from Twitter a few months ago for calling one of the Fox News talking heads, I think it was Laura Ingraham, a ‘bimbo’. Seems that my comment was far less toxic and hate-filled than the many tweets Trump has posted about other people, and yet I was banned for three days and forced to take my post down, while Trump has a field day with no censoring whatsoever. Double standard? Oh yeah.

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  6. Jill, I am tickled and concerned that the new commercials pushing the president’s reelection note he is “rough around the edges” noting that he gets things done. If someone uses this line, the response is he is far more than rough around the edges. Teddy Roosevelt was rough around the edges. His attorney fixer, Michael Cohen, under oath said “Donald Trump is a racist, he is a con-artist and he is a cheat.” I could use others, but I like the fact this was said by his fixer under oath. And, why does Trump need a fixer?

    If you don’t like that one, just tell them you know this old white fart, who left the GOP many moons ago and is an independent that says “Trump is the most corrupt and deceitful president in his lifetime, including Nixon.” As for McConnell, he has put America in harm’s way by refusing to fund election security to guard against Russian influence. McConnell set the stage for Trump to call foul when he loses. When Harry Reid was in the Senate, I wrote a piece that McConnell and Reid were the poster children for what is wrong with Washington. Then came Trump who showed how badly things could become. Keith

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    • PS – On a positive note, a new group called “Republican Voters Against Trump” are airing commercials to try and coax more Republicans to see reason. Here is a link:
      https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/elections-2020/get-republicans-to-vote-against-trump-this-group-will-spend-dollar10-million-to-try/ar-BB14HwIu?ocid=spartandhp

      I will save you the trouble of reading Trump’s response, which will occur in a day or so. “They are losers.”
      Keith

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      • Thanks for that link!!! In addition to The Lincoln Project and Republicans for Rule of Law, perhaps there is some hope to convince at least a reasonable portion of republicans! I loved the opening quote on the Republican Voters Against Trump website: “I’d vote for a tuna fish sandwich before I’d vote for Donald Trump again”. Perhaps there is hope after all. And thanks for providing his predictable answer! He seems to have his hands to full at the moment to have noticed this group.

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    • Someone said to me the other day that they were afraid democrats were trying to undo all the great things Trump had accomplished. When I asked the person, taking a line from your book, to help me understand just what great things he had done, she shut down, called me a name and declared the conversation over. There is no substance … they just want everyone to believe what they say without having any facts to back them up. If he’s just ‘rough around the edges’, then Charles Manson must have just had a flaw or two.

      Yes, Reid and McConnell … poster boys for why we need term limits! Like you, I thought no president could be more corrupt than Nixon, but … it’s all relative. Relatively to Trump, Nixon gets a C+ at least. He, at least, did some really good things during his time in office, whereas I cannot point to a single good thing Trump has done in nearly 4 years.

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