I just can’t seem to tamp down the snark these days … every time I see any news, it raises the hackles and the snark just rolls out. Today is no exception, and the
three four stories below are only the tip of the iceberg.
The purpose of an executive order is not to bypass Congress, though Trump is not the first ‘president’ to use them as a tool to accomplish their goals without the muss & fuss of waiting for congressional action. Trump has abused the power many, many times, and is planning to do so again this week.
According to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows …
“We’re going to get them done when Congress couldn’t get them done. The interesting thing is this president will do more in the next four weeks than Joe Biden and his team did in the last 40 years. So, you just need to stay tuned.”
Somehow, this raises red flags, especially that last sentence … it sounds rather like a threat to me. Rumour has it that the latest batch of executive orders will involve China, immigration, and prescription drugs.
Meadows also said, in the same interview on Fox & Friends, that Trump was right when he claimed that the coronavirus is ‘mostly harmless’. Without actually presenting any data, Meadows claimed the data shows that for 99% of people, the virus is not harmful. Hmmm … I wonder why, then, there have been more than a half-million deaths worldwide, 133,000 here in the U.S.?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could actually trust our ‘leaders’, if every utterance by Trump & Co didn’t send up red flags? Sigh.
Could it be that Trump and Fox are headed for a divorce? Trump claims he’s done with Fox and urges his base to switch to OAN. OAN stands for One America News, however it is anything but a news network … it is a right-wing propaganda network, pure and simple. So, what led to this breakup?
On Sunday, Fox presented the results of their latest polls, showing Trump still trailing Joe Biden. As usual when a network says something Trump doesn’t like, it is labeled ‘fake news’ by him. In this case, he claimed he was leading in “real polls” but did not cite any such ‘real’ polls.
“@FoxNews gladly puts up the phony suppression polls as soon as they come out. We are leading in the REAL polls because people are sick & tired of watching the Democrat run cities, in all cases, falling apart. Also, now 96% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. Another 2016!”
Um, Donnie? You might want to double check those numbers. You are trailing Biden in every legitimate poll, and the 96% republican approval rate you cite is way off base. Last I heard, it was around 85%, with only 57% of republicans saying they strongly approve of the job you’re doing. And you wonder why we don’t believe a word you say.
At any rate, the switch to OAN doesn’t trouble me overly much, for they do not have nearly the exposure nor the credibility that Fox has (not that Fox has much credibility, either). Most people never even heard of OAN until a couple of months ago when they started replacing Fox as Trump’s new love interest.
You may remember the controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline? The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have opposed the pipeline for years, saying it endangers Lake Oahe, a reservoir on tribal land that the pipeline passes under. Today, Judge James Boasberg for the U.S. District Court District of Columbia ruled that the Dakota Access pipeline must be emptied and shut down while the Army Corps of Engineers conducts the environmental impact review that it should have completed before it granted an easement that allowed Energy Transfer Partners to build the pipeline bringing North Dakota crude oil to Illinois in the first place. The judge gave ETP 30 days, until August 5th, to shut it down and empty it completely. The environmental review is expected to take approximately 13 months.
And in other pipeline news, another highly controversial pipeline, the Atlantic Coast pipeline, has been canceled after numerous lawsuits by environmental groups had kept the project in limbo for nearly six years. Duke Energy and Dominion Energy said that lawsuits had increased costs to as much as $8 billion from the $4-5 billion initially projected. The project would have crossed the Appalachian Trail, a historic 2,190-mile hiking trail.
So, score two for the environment this week!
We are personae non grata, and rightly so. Our failure to take the needed precautions to tamp down the coronavirus has led to a steep escalation in new cases, and last week, the EU announced it would not accept travelers from the U.S. Canada had already closed their borders to us, and the UK is likely to follow suit. And now … Mexico! This is the ultimate irony, after Trump has spent nearly four years trying to ban Mexicans from coming into the U.S. This is what I call poetic justice!The town of Sonoyta, just across the border from Lukeville, Arizona, has blocked the border from the U.S. due to growing concern about the surge of cases of the virus in Arizona. Sonoyta Mayor José Ramos Arzate issued a statement Saturday “inviting U.S. tourists not to visit Mexico,” and that people from the United States should only be allowed in “for essential activities, and for that reason, the checkpoint and inspection point a few meters from the Sonoyta-Lukeville AZ crossing will continue operating.”
Good for you, Mayor! It was the right decision … but I’m beginning to feel a little trapped. If the election should go wrong on November 3rd, and we all feel like leaving the country, will there be anyplace left where we would be welcomed?