Snarky Snippets … Or … Mini Rants?

I’m not sure if this is a snarky snippet or a mini rant … I’m leaning toward mini-rant, but I’ll let you decide.  I know that by the time I finished writing it, there was smoke coming out of my ears, and my throat was sore from incessant growling.  Aren’t you glad you don’t have to live with me?

Rogue cops … or is this the wave of the present?

Y’know … I have long said that most police officers are good people doing their best to keep the public safe, and that there were only a few rogue cops giving them all a bad rap.  Today, I’m not so sure about that.  From an article in The Washington Post

“Police swarmed an impromptu field station in Asheville, N.C., on Tuesday, dispersing medics who had gathered in an alley to treat protesters.

The officers, wearing riot gear and carrying shields, violently dismantled the station. Police can be seen stomping on the provisions and stabbing water bottles in video and images captured by journalists at the Asheville Citizen Times.”


Sean Miller, a student at University of North Carolina at Asheville who spoke on behalf of the medics, told the Citizen Times that about a dozen people — including doctors and first responders — were at the medical station when police suddenly arrived.  The medics moved the station to a public park after the police smashed about $700 worth of eyewash, food and other supplies.

This reminds me of something I would expect to see in a movie about Nazi Germany, not the former United States of America.

Sure, just trash the environment, Donnie!

Yesterday, Trump signed another one of his executive orders, this one calling on agencies to waive required environmental reviews of infrastructure projects.  Environmental reviews.  Waived.  So, if a project will contaminate the water source that serves a community of thousands of people … oh well.  If a project will completely eradicate a species of rabbits that live in its path … so what?  This is Donald Trump’s land, after all, Donald Trump’s water and air supplies … none of the rest of us matter one whit!

The stated goal is to fast-track big new infrastructure projects to boost the economy, but in truth it is yet another bonus for the fossil fuel industry.  Trump’s order directs federal agencies to look for ways to avoid time-consuming processes and build transportation and energy infrastructure, including highways, oil and gas pipelines, and fossil fuel export terminals.

Usually big projects like these require long approval processes under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). President Nixon signed NEPA into law in 1970. It requires agencies to examine the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and consider alternatives. It also gives people a chance to see how a project might affect them and weigh in on what decision the government should make. If a project affects an endangered animal or plant the Endangered Species Act might also be involved.  Nixon may have been a crook, but he hads a hell of a lot more conscience than Trump has!

Another one takes a stand …

Grassley-1I am not a fan of Senator Chuck Grassley.  He has been in the U.S. Senate since January 1981, nearly 40 years, and before that he served six years in the House of Representatives.  He has an ‘A’ rating from the NRA, which tells you a lot right there, and after Trump took office and almost immediately fired James Comey, Grassley told people to “Suck it up and move on.” 

But yesterday, he did something that I have to applaud.  He announced that he is blocking Trump’s nominations of Christopher Miller to head the National Counterterrorism Center and Marshall Billingslea to be the State Department’s undersecretary for arms control and international security, pending explanations by Trump for the firing of a number of Inspectors General.  He said he will not allow consideration of Miller’s nomination to proceed until the White House provides answers on Trump’s firing in April of intelligence community inspector general Michael Atkinson.  In addition, he said Billingslea’s nomination cannot proceed until Trump explains why he terminated State Department inspector general Steve Linick last month.

In recent months (since February, when the Senate, including Grassley, gave Trump a free pass by refusing to convict him of the well-proven impeachment charges), Trump has fired five Inspectors General.  In addition to Atkinson and Linick, he has pushed out Glenn Fine, chairman of the federal panel Congress created to oversee his administration’s management of the government’s $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. He removed Christi Grimm as principal deputy inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, after Grimm’s office criticized the administration’s response to the pandemic. And he replaced the acting inspector general at the Department of Transportation.

Says Grassley …

“Though the Constitution gives the president the authority to manage executive branch personnel, Congress has made it clear that should the president find reason to remove an inspector general, there ought to be a good reason for it. The White House’s response failed to address this requirement, which Congress clearly stated in statute and accompanying reports.”

This time, anyway, I’m proud of Grassley … it apparently takes a lot of courage to stand up to the bully in the White House … courage that very few of them seem to have.

They’re spending our tax dollars on WHAT???

You remember that $2 trillion bill Congress passed back in late March?  Some taxpayers received $1,200 from the bill, some small businesses received some money, large chunks went to corporations affiliated with Trump & his cronies, but much of the money that was allocated to the Pentagon to “battle the coronavirus pandemic” has been spent on things that have literally not a damn thing to do with providing medical equipment or helping people in any way.

The Washington Post received a copy of the Pentagon’s spending plans to use the money.  To date, of the $10.5 billion they received, they have spent only $2.65 billion.  Most disturbing though, are some of the things they are spending the money on, such as submarine missile tubes, space launch facilities, and golf course staffing.  GOLF COURSE STAFFING???  And just what earthly purpose in battling the coronavirus pandemic do submarine missile tubes and space launch facilities have???  Are they going to torpedo the virus, or send those who contract the virus into outer space?  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Take a look at the article in The Post  … it is guaranteed to make smoke start pouring out of your ears!

23 thoughts on “Snarky Snippets … Or … Mini Rants?

  1. Hey i love this post, i feel like this is so interesting and really typically felt throughout the nation. Please feel free to check out my recent blog post regarding trumps recent decisions!

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  2. If you have any doubt that we live in a police state, liberal media CNN released footage of 2 black teenage protesters peacefully protesting in Atlanta GA. Leaving to go home, they were surrounded by riot police, their car window smashed and both were tasered, dragged out and assaulted for doing nothing wrong!
    This is a direct message from the police state that they don’t mind thugs looting, burning, causing mayhem… but peaceful protesters should be deterred at all costs. Very disturbing video footage.


  3. Jill, we must applaud Grassley for holding up these nominees, to learn more on the firing of these two Inspectors Generals. It matters not who is in the White House, firing the Inspectors General is wrong and must be investigated.

    The attacks on the environment are scary as they do not get the notoriety they need due to Trump’s distractions and malfeasance.


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    • Agreed, and I do applaud Grassley for this. I hope he sticks to his guns. I bet ol’ Mitch McConnell, he who wishes to rubber-stamp whatever Trump wants, is fit to be tied!

      I think I am most concerned about the abolishment of environmental reviews and regulations. Long after coronavirus is a memory, long after Trump is wasting space in the history books, we will have to live with the results of the decisions being made today about our planet. On this side of the pond, those decisions are destructive and terrible. A generation or two from now, as they struggle to have potable water and breathable air, they will look back on us and ask why … WHY we let this happen.


      • Jill, this president will not be remembered well, nor will his sycophants like McConnell and Graham. Mark Shields said on PBS Newshour last night in his recap, he so wishes Senator John McCain were still alive. McCain would vilify this White House incumbent and make his other Senators stand up or hide. McConnell has long ago run out of lids to cover up Trump’s messes.

        Seeing Trump yesterday makes me believe he has punted both the pandemic and response to the protests to the states. He wants someone else to blame for his role in stirring up the pot. Keith

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        • I fully agree with Shields … McCain was one of the best of the best and I wish he were still around, too. I like the way you state that about McConnell, that he has “run out of lids to cover up Trump’s messes.” So true, and yet, he doesn’t back down an inch. Apparently he actually has NO conscience. Nor does his wife, Elaine Chao, who was applauding the rollback of regulations on truckers to keep our highways safe.

          Trump is always all too eager to take credit, even when there is none due, but never to accept blame for anything. His statement a few months ago, “No, I don’t take responsibility …” is his motto.

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  4. You know Jill, the other day I was listening to talk show host Thom Hartmann and he mentioned the old Andy Griffith show-always one of my favorite shows growing up. What was it about Andy that he liked, and I did as well? He never brandished a gun. The only time he used one was when there was some wanted criminal in town or whatever. But he was usually the ‘sheriff without a gun.” If we didn’t have a country with over 300 million guns in the hands of Americans, maybe we could actually have Andy Taylors running our police departments. Instead, most of them are armed to the hilt, looking more like the military than local police. It’s so disgusting. We need so much reform of our policing in this country.

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    • Yeah … nostalgia for sure. But, was it really ever the way the Andy Griffith show portrayed it? I suspect that black people would see it differently. Like you, I loved the show, loved the lifestyle it portrayed, the way people all just seemed to really care about one another and rally to help one another. But, was it ever really that way in Small Town U.S.A.? I wonder. But, it was also never quite like it is now, where the so-called leaders of the nation promote violence. Sigh. Stop the world, I wanna get off!!!!!!!!!!

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      • No I do not think Mayberry was an accurate depiction overall although I’m sure some small towns may have been similar. There certainly weren’t many black folks in the show, not that I can remember anyway. It’s just some of my hopeful idealism Jill. An Andy Taylor right now would be pretty awesome. I have seen a few over the last few weeks though, to be fair. I’ve seen some police chiefs talking to the crowd, taking knees with them, and even marching. That’s what we need more of. That’s the kind of behavior that can begin to solve this nightmare.

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        • I fully agree … I am encouraged by seeing the police who are showing sensitivity and alliance with the protestors … those are indeed the ones we need more of. I’m disgusted by some of the others, though, and especially the head of the Minneapolis police union. Somebody needs to teach that arsehole how to be human!

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          • Seeing some of these cops beating the crap out of people makes me sick. Using their batons, pepper spraying, kicking, shoving, punching. Those people need fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent. What have we become Jill?

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            • It is sickening, disgusting, and heartbreaking. And to hear the union heads and others say they were justified, that they were just “doing their job”, sickens me even more. Have you seen the video of the two cops shoving the 75-year-old man and then just walking on by? After that, the two were fired, and the rest quit, saying the two who shoved the man were “treated unfairly”. WHAT, as you ask, have we become??? Were we like this all along and people like you and I just failed to see it???

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              • I know this stuff has been going on forever Jill. If not for cell phone cameras, things would just go on as normal. Yes, I saw the man being shoved down. The one cop actually showed a dose of humanity and started to offer help, only to be pulled away by one of the other cops. I hope this time is different Jill. It appears that it might be. National standards and a total restructuring of how we police the streets of America is the bare minimum, in my view. With ‘law and order’ idiot in chief, though, and the do nothing right-wingers in the Senate, nothing happens. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE.

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                • Cell phone cameras and social media have indeed made it hard to hide in the shadows. I wish I shared your optimism that this time it will be different. You’re right that it does feel different, but … will people forget by next week and go back to their tidy little lives? I’m cynical these days, for some reason. Sigh. Yes, we have got to convince people that they must vote. I’m encouraged that Trump’s approval rating is going down, but we both know all he has to do is give a speech, which he is planning to do this week, and play “tough guy” and his base will be back on board with him. Sigh.

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    • I know you’re right, and I’ve met a few of them. But today, it seems that all we’re seeing, everywhere we look, is brutes with uniforms and riot gear and canisters of tear gas … and guns … let us not forget the guns. Sigh.


  5. I’m disgusted that the police would destroy medical equipment and even down to water bags merely because they were set up to help protesters..For a long time I thhink they have exceeded their limits because they know they are so well covered by the law. You need a very strong person at the head of each area ready to stop the training they have
    that teaches them to always be the aggressor so nobody can get the juump on you.

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    • I am disgusted and sickened. It was reminiscent of a post I did last year about ICE destroying water stations set up for immigrants crossing the desert. If this is what “America” is about now, I want no part of it.

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  6. Just thoughts: It’s more important to break up a medical post than to defend the right of coloured persons to not have to face fear every day of their lives. And people say there are no racist cops?
    More protections for the environment from a traitorous president (sic) who wants air and water turned into money which he fills his pockets with. I sure hope he enjoys eating money on his deathbed. There certainly will be no food left to eat.
    Rats from a sinking ship. I hope they have the sense to gnaw the ropes so Trump’s leaky boat can float out to sea. No one will miss him, he may even rediscover the Bermuda Triangle.
    Golf course staffing an essential service. Yeah, I guess, Trump needs someone to play with his balls, I doubt that Melania wants to wash them.

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    • The whole thing … all of it put together paints a picture of a very bleak world in which I see no signs of hope if people still applaud this Jackass-in-Chief. However, I must admit that your final paragraph made me laugh … or at least chuckle!


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