Snarky-Inducing Things On My Radar

You would be surprised if I said I didn’t have any snarkiness built up and just waiting for an outlet, wouldn’t you?  Just when we think it’s gotten as bad as it can get here in the U.S., fate (or Donald Trump) steps in to prove to us that no, it can get much worse.  Which has me lying awake nights wondering … what’s next?  But, for today, here are a few of the things on my radar …


The press must do better!

I am fully supportive of our free press, I realize that they are the only thing standing between us and a dictatorship, but sometimes I get frustrated with them.  One example … the headline reads:

The president’s convention speech will be moved from Charlotte, N.C., after Republicans clashed with Democrats over virus concerns.

Makes it sound as if it were just more political fighting … democrats vs republicans, round 2,114.  But that was not the case at all!  North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper refused to allow a full-fledged, packed stadium style convention to take place in light of the precautions the state is taking due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Yes, Governor Cooper is a democrat, but his decision was not an attempt to stifle the Republican National Convention on political grounds, but rather to protect the people of his state.  That is, after all, his job!

Now, the republican leadership and Donald Trump may choose to view it as a political move, but the free press should be neutral, should be above the petty grievances of political parties.  I am disgusted and disappointed that the New York Times stoops to such cheap tactics.  Governor Cooper did offer a compromise, a smaller convention with safety measures in place, but Trump and the GOP said, “All or nothing at all.”  So fine, let them have it elsewhere — it looks like Florida’s Governor DeSantis is eager to invite more coronavirus cases to his state.  North Carolina may lose a bit of bar and restaurant revenue, but they may also save a heck of a lot of lives.  Thumbs up to Governor Cooper!


One bit of good news …

Representative Steve King of Iowa has been on my radar for several years.  He is a blatant racist and doesn’t care who knows it.  He even earned the Idiot of the Week award back in 2017.

In the past year or so, his rhetoric has become even more offensive, so much so that last year his own party stripped him of all his committee assignments.  But on Tuesday, Steve King got what he deserved!  He lost the Iowa primary by ten points to his contender, Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra.

King claims that his loss came from an effort to “push out the strongest voice for Christian conservatism”.  He then went on to claim that the “spirit of America is being fractured by anarchists in this country.”  Yep, he’s still as much an idiot as he was in 2017!

Thumbs up to the people of Iowa for finally removing this ugly racist wart from our Congress!


Another good bit of news …

Donald Trump has been throwing his weight around (and there surely is a lot of it to throw around!) these past few days, and one of his threats has been to send the military into our cities to quell the protests, most of which are peaceful, that are a response to the continual racism in this nation.  Turns out that his Defense Secretary, Mark Esper, doesn’t agree with him.  Esper actually found his cojones and said in no uncertain terms that he opposes sending active-duty troops into U.S. cities to deal with violent protesters.

“The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire situations. We are not in one of those situations right now.  I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”

Is it possible that even some of Trump’s sycophants are beginning to see what sort of tyrant they’ve aligned with?  We can only hope.


About damn time …

Finally, more than a week after the brutal murder of George Floyd by police in Minnesota, the other three officers involved who stood watching while Derek Chauvin choked Mr. Floyd to death, have been charged with “aiding and abetting murder.”  The three former officers are Thomas Lane, 37, J. Alexander Kueng, 26, and Tou Thao, 34.  Thus far, Thao is the only one who has been arrested, though there are warrants out for Kueng and Lane.

Tou Thao has faced six prior misconduct complaints in his career with the Minneapolis Police Department. He also was the subject of a lawsuit that claimed he and another officer punched, kicked and kneed an African-American man, leaving the man with broken teeth and bruises.

In addition to the charges against the three, charges against Chauvin were upgraded to 2nd degree murder on Wednesday, charges that carry a potential maximum sentence of 40 years.  I really hope he serves every single day of those 40 years.  And, since these are not federal charges, Trump won’t be able to pardon him!


And speaking of pardons …

On Tuesday, Charlie Kirk, the founder of the conservative group Turning Point USA, wrote on Twitter (do any politicians actually communicate in more than 280 characters anymore?):

“Roger Stone will serve more time in prison than 99% of these rioters destroying America All because he supports Donald Trump. This isn’t justice. RT for a full pardon of Roger Stone!”

Trump went on to share the tweet Thursday morning, writing in his own accompanying message:

“No. Roger was a victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt, one which will go down as the greatest political crime in history. He can sleep well at night!”

roger-stoneRoger Stone … a lifelong criminal with a list of crimes longer than my arm, can sleep well at night as Trump will pardon him, ensuring he doesn’t pay for his crimes. Meanwhile the rest of us lie awake worrying about the state of our nation with a madman at the helm.  See the irony here?


TrumpThe answer is “EVERYTHING!”

32 thoughts on “Snarky-Inducing Things On My Radar

  1. I KNOW that some police officers treat those of color differently. I am of mixed race, but LOOK white. Until summertime comes along and my melanin is stimulated by the abundant sunshine…then I look mixed. I was a passenger in a car last summer ..the driver was african-american. He had a broken tail light. was stopped, puled from his car, slammed against the rear and searched while I sat in the front seat terrified by the second officer who stood next to me with his hand on his gun. Turned out well eventually…johnny was allowed back in his car (no explanation as to why he was basically assaulted) and we left. I was stopped this week, George (whiter than white blond) next to me. broken tail light. officer was the SAME ONE that stopped Johnny. I was asked politely for my dl, proof of insurance, and was told to have the light fixed. Told to have a nice day and the officer left.
    As for the cheeto and his convention…why doesn’t he simply have it at mar a lago? that way everyone of the fascists will be in the same building, trump will make money and they all can carry the virus home with them.

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    • Hi Sue.

      I’m so sorry you had to witness such a horrible treatment of a friend at the hands of police.

      There is no excuse whatsoever for police to treat people differently because of their skin tone. It’s reprehensible and speaks only to the superiority power tripping complex that people vested with authority have over others.

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    • I know it too, Suze! I live in a predominantly African-American/immigrant neighborhood, and I see it far too often. I do like your idea about him having it at Mar-a-Lago … let them all infect each other and leave the rest of us alone!

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    • In my research this evening, I came across a scene where cops in riot gear were destroying medical supplies, bottled water, etc. and I thought, “This is like a scene from a movie about the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s!” This is what this nation is rapidly becoming. Sigh.

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  2. The dark, bitter lump of coal which has replaced what used to be my heart sez “Ah, let the Republicans have their big convention! I hope they hug and kiss all their friends!”

    Sorry, this is what I have been reduced to.

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  3. Jill, Roger Stone brags on being a “dirty trickster.” That is the kindest reference that could be made to him. Paul Manafort is a kindred spirit of Stone’s. Both were found guilty by juries. Michael Flynn is guilty of more than he admitted to, as for his testimony, prosecutors did not pursue the other charges. Plus, Trump was told by his own people not to hire Flynn.

    These are the folks Trump holds up as “great guys.” In and of itself, that tells you the kind of person the president is. If you close your eyes, you can hear Joe Pesci define a fellow mobster as a “goodfella.” Keith

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        • It’s all a matter of perspective. If a black person says police brutality is a myth perpetuated by the media, I like to know why. Candice Owen made an interesting point, you may agree or disagree, but like rawgod opened my eyes recently, DON’T assume a person has to think a certain way just because you do. Also never tell a person what he or she can or can’t do, that’s their personal experience and we should all respect that. Also important to keep an open mind and see the person for who they are, not what you think they are due to media bias spin or personal prejudices. Perspective.

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          • I totally agree.

            Just because I may not believe that something isn’t true doesn’t mean that it’s not.

            This is a lesson we can all learn from in this hyperactive 24/7 media onslaught of editorials, perspective which are claimed as truths, etc.

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      • Candace Owens’ reputation precedes her … I did actually see her statement in another source, and no, I don’t give it another thought. She is like Ben Carson in so many ways, albeit not as intelligent.

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    • Hi Scottie, I know you cannot see the picture, so let me tell you what it shows.. A long line of Park Police and their white scooters, police in beind the scooters like cowards, putting handcuffs on a black man being held against a tree. I didn’t count the cops, but must have been twenty of them at least, all there to arrest one man.
      No one tells us why the man was being arrested, but they certainly were not taking any chances he might get away. Park police? I say cowards.

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      • It’s amazing how much of a story I miss simply because I am unable to view the images acompanying that story.

        thank you for the perspective, oh and, for the record, replying to another comment, just becauwe it was this one source who told a different story from his perspective as an officer on the scene, doesn’t make it any less true or detracts credibility from that information.

        How many times throughout history was the one person right about something and the 99 others wrong?

        Think about it.

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          • thanks for sharing that. His question about why the cops aren’t busting the heads of the looters is a good one for that is what they should be doing.

            these punks looting and vandalizing don’t deserve bail, they deserve to be thrown in jail for the criminal acts they’re taking part in.

            I was going to purchase a new album from an artist that I like but when I read that all the proceeds of that sale were going to a bail fund, I couldn’t in good conscience support that particular release.

            Now that doesn’t mean that I no longer support or like that artist, just this one project.

            at the same time, I’m not going to stoop to a level and let him know of that decision because it really wouldn’t matter. He can do with and support what he wants with his art and I can elect to be or not be a part of that process, based on my own personal beliefs and that’s the beauty of this country, we all have the freedom to support who we want.

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          • You know, I just thought about my last response while I was putting laundry in the dryer and asked myself “How do you know which people those funds are going to? they likely are going to help get innocent protesters out of jail who have been arrested” so I officially detract my previously narrow-minded statement. I’m no one’s judge or jury and I am ashamed for even thinking that way for a minute.

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            • We all go by immediate information and circumstances when formulating our thoughts at any given moment. But we also have the ability to change our mind when weighing issues and applying our moral or ethical code, that is intelligence!
              No need to feel ashamed about anything, acknowledge those thoughts and feelings and move on.

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