Just A Little Bit Of Snark …

These days, I typically am not even out of bed before I have a lovely buildup of snark.  Perhaps I should stop reading the headlines on my phone before my feet even hit the ground?  Today is no exception …

A new idiot on my radar … this one a Democrat!

This morning, a new abomination crossed my path and left me (nearly) speechless.  And this one, my friends, is a democrat!  Meet Rubén Díaz Sr., a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 15th District of New York, South Bronx.


Mr. Díaz was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1963, and moved to New York City in 1965, the same year he was found guilty of marijuana and heroin possession charges and was sentenced to probation.  The following year he became an evangelical Christian and eventually an ordained minister.  But those are not the reasons I call him an abomination.

Mr. Díaz is both a homophobe and a misogynist … not to mention that he enthusiastically supported Donald Trump in 2016!  Let’s take a look at just a few of his political stances …

  • In 1994, while on the Civilian Complaint Review Board, Díaz was critical of the city hosting the Gay Games, claiming that doing so would lead to an increase in AIDS cases and to wider acceptance of homosexuality by young people. Díaz wrote that hosting the Games would lead children “to conclude that if there are so many gay and lesbian athletes then there is nothing wrong, nor any risks involved.”

  • In 2002, Díaz was elected to the New York State Senate. He represented the 32nd district in the New York State Senate from 2003 to 2017, during which time he attempted, along with two other state senators, to use his leverage to ensure that the Senate would not vote on the issue of same-sex marriage.

  • In 2017 Díaz was elected to the New York City Council, representing the 18th district. Last year, Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for Díaz’ resignation after Díaz claimed that City Council was “controlled by the homosexual community”.

  • He is strongly against a woman’s right to choose an abortion, saying, “Abortion is the American Holocaust…. The comparison is plain: six million Jews were exterminated by Hitler in Germany; Almost 48 million babies have been exterminated in the abortion clinics of America. We have simply been in the killing for a longer period of time than Hitler.”

  • Most recently, he claimed that he would not “rat” on fellow council members if he saw evidence of sexual harassment. “I’m not gonna rat my people out! This place is full of rats! So we’re supposed to be rats?”  He later claimed his comment was misinterpreted.

Interestingly, Mr. Díaz’ own granddaughter is a member of the LGBT community, and during one of his rallies, he called her on stage and proceeded to say how much he loved her.  Her reply …

“You cannot tell someone that you love them and stay silent when people call for their death. ‘Love’ is empty when you say someone’s life isn’t natural.”

Díaz’ support of Trump, much like most evangelicals, is based on Trump’s promise to nominate Supreme Court Justices who would, given the chance, overturn Roe v Wade and Obergefell v Hodges, thus returning the nation to the dark ages where women and LGBT people were treated as second-class citizens.  Sadly, Mr. Díaz is polling high in his district.  There are some 12 democratic candidates running for the congressional seat, but only one, Ritchie Torres, who seems to stand a chance.  Let us hope the people in his district wake up and smell the coffee before the primary election on June 23rd.

There’s a price to pay for listening to Trump …

Today, the New York Times reports that in at least 21 states, the number of coronavirus cases is on the rise.  The only thing that amazes me about this is that people are amazed by it.  The health experts all warned this was what would happen, but … to our government, it seems that the economy is of greater importance, greater value, than our lives.  Florida is one of those 21 states that have seen an increase in cases, and the RNC has tentatively scheduled their national convention in Jacksonville, Florida, where they plan to hold a “large-scale event” in August, further endangering thousands of people.  What could possibly go wrong, eh?

Michael Flynn – it ain’t over yet!

Last month, after the Department of Justice, without cause, dropped all charges against Michael Flynn, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan asked former federal judge, John Gleeson to weigh in on the matter.  Flynn had, after all, entered into a plea agreement, pleading guilty of charges of lying to Congress, while being let off the hook on numerous other charges in exchange for his guilty plea.  And then, suddenly, almost certainly under the orders of Donald Trump, William Barr announced that the charges were being dropped.  As I said at the time, I smelled a very large rat.

Well, former Judge Gleeson also smells one, and he has recommended that sentencing should proceed.

“The facts surrounding the filing of the Government’s motion constitute clear evidence of gross prosecutorial abuse. They reveal an unconvincing effort to disguise as legitimate a decision to dismiss that is based solely on the fact that Flynn is a political ally of President Trump.

Everything about this is irregular.

President Trump today has the unreviewable authority to issue a pardon, thus ensuring that Flynn is no longer prosecuted and never punished for his crimes because he is a friend and political ally. But the instant the Executive Branch filed a criminal charge against Flynn, it forfeited the right to implicate this Court in the dismissal of that charge simply because Flynn is a friend and political ally of the President.”

Gleeson recommended that Judge Sullivan not pursue new charges of contempt of court, but rather that he instead proceed to sentence Flynn on the original charge, to which he pled guilty two-and-a-half years ago.  We will see where this goes, but I think we can all make an educated guess.  Sigh.

18 thoughts on “Just A Little Bit Of Snark …

  1. There’s something very predictable when you start to read the profile for a character like Diaz, and as you go further down you are saying ‘uh-huh’ ‘yeah’ ‘saw that coming’. Real ol’ style Southern Demo-krat y’all go theah.

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  2. How Diaz has been backed by Democrats I’ll never know. He’s obviously got a very intelligent granddaughter, he should remember her words.I too hope he loss. I suppose the judge will be overruled by the Supreme Court majority in the Mike Flynn case.

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    • I’ll never know either … and in NEW YORK!!! One of the most liberal cities! I’m not sure what will be next, but if the Judge does go ahead and sentence Flynn, I imagine his attorneys will appeal to the Supreme Court, where of course Trump will have his way. It makes me feel tempted to go break a law, and when they try to arrest me, I will plainly state that I’m going nowhere, because if Michael Flynn is above the law, then so am I. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  3. Jill, Barr has failed to learn a lesson. When you get to close to Trump, your reputation will get tarnished. What puzzles me is Flynn is bad news. Trump was told by his own staff DO NOT HIRE FLYNN. Now, after admitting he lied to the FBI, they convicted him and did not pursue his other wrongdoings.

    There is a petition by 2,000 former justice people of all political persuasions asking for Barr’s resignation over this. Now, Judge Gleeson has called him on the carpet. All for a president who is enamored with a man he was told not to hire. Barr has damaged his name. Trump does that to you. Keith

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    • I read an article yesterday saying that Barr was a bully, even as early as high school. I was surprised, for I always thought he was well-respected until he threw his lot in with Trump. I’m pleased about the petition, but of course like the others who have been called on to resign, he won’t. The day may come when he wishes he had never heard the toxic name “Trump”, though.


      • Jill, for some reason people who should care about their reputation, don’t seem to make the connection they will be remembered for their actions. Take Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia – the reason I know his name is he blatantly cheated to win the election, suppressing votes as Secretary of State. Take Senator John Kyl of Arizona – the reason I know his name is he said it was the reporters fault for Kyl’s lying for taking his words as the truth (that sounds like a mini-me of Donald Trump). And, Barr will forever be remembered for whitewashing the Mueller report and trying to whitewash history. As for Trump, it is hard to pinpoint his sins for remembrance. Corrupt, untruthful, bully would be one way. Keith

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        • You’re right … like you, I recognize the names and faces of more people in our government today than ever before, and mostly not because of the good things they have done. If I were related to Barr, Kemp, McConnell, or so many others, I would change my last name.


  4. On a grander scale, Senatre Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign is tenuous. Polls have him running in a dead heat — or even trailing — the Democratic Party’s preferred Senate candidate, Amy McGrath. A recent RMG Group poll had McGrath at 41 percent of voters, while McConnell trailed at 40 percent in the Kentucky senate race.
    Unfortunately AOC and Bernie Sanders endorsed McGrath’s primary opponent, the far-left progressive state Rep. Charles Booker.

    Over the past year, McGrath had raised a substantial campaign war chest with the help of national Democratic leaders. Her campaign was almost completely focused on the upcoming head-to-head against McConnell.

    She looked like she had a real chance to upset McConnell.

    And suddenly, after two endorsements by Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders, McGrath and her resources have been drawn into a bitter primary battle with a far-left progressive — a primary fight she and her campaign had considered wrapped up just last week.

    The former Democratic presidential frontrunner told his millions of supporters that McGrath was not “real change” from McConnell. She’s been referred to as a “Trump Democrat” — someone that’s potentially electable in deeply conservative Kentucky.

    A far-left socialist candidate is almost certainly not going to unseat McConnell, experts say.

    That didn’t stop Sanders from throwing the Democratic primary into chaos Tuesday.

    “One of the ways we must continue building that movement is by electing progressives at all levels of government,” Sanders said. “Because the truth is, real change never happens from the top on down. It happens from the bottom on up.”

    Media darling and far-left leader Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Booker on Tuesday as well —

    Dems better unite or face the consequences, Progressives are threatening to sit out the election rather than support Biden. This doesn’t help, just handing over the election to Repugs and Trump.

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