Not-So-Snarky Snippets

Ahhhhh … it is like a breathe of fresh air to have positive news on the political front to write about.  Already I can feel the difference in the tone of the news sites I frequent … well, most of them, anyway.  And it was truly bliss to troll the news this evening and see not one single thing about the person who left the White House for the final time yesterday morning.  So, forward we move.

My usual ‘snarky snippets’ came about as a direct result of you-know-who and his cohorts, and there isn’t a doubt in my mind that I will still have many more snarky snippets, for there are still many unsavory elements in our government, such as Josh Hawley, Marjorie Taylor-Greene, and Lauren Boebert.  Add to that the long-termers like Jim Jordan, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham … and well, you can see how the snarky snippets will be around for a while.  However, there will also be times that, finally, I will be writing about positive things happening and those need a different name.  The best I could come up with last night was ‘Not-so-snarky Snippets’, but you guys are more than welcome to think up something better if you can.  My mind is tired and my imagination took a long hike and hasn’t returned yet.


First bit of good news …

After the inaugural festivities yesterday, something awesome happened.  Vice-President Kamala Harris administered the oath of office to newly elected Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, both from the state of Georgia, and Alex Padilla, the former California secretary of state, who was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to fill Harris’ own Senate seat.

The Senate is now tied with 50 Republican senators and 50 Democratic senators, however in the event of a tie on any given vote, Vice President Harris will provide the tie-breaking vote, so in essence, there is now a Democratic majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  It is my hope that this will streamline the process of President Biden’s nominees for cabinet positions being confirmed, not to mention other legislation being passed.  What would really be nice is if the two parties reached across the aisle and worked in a bi-partisan manner for the best interests of the country, but perhaps that’s asking just a wee bit too much.


Never too soon to get to work

President Biden and his wife had an exhausting day yesterday, with all the inaugural activities.  Personally, I felt more sorry for the First Lady, for her feet had to be killing her after wearing those high-heeled shoes all day!  Heck, it wore me out and all I had to do was sit here at my computer, with occasional breaks to fold a load of laundry or cook supper.  However, that didn’t stop the President from getting busy once the festivities were over.

“I think some of the things we’re going to be doing are going to be bold and vital. And there’s no time to start like today.”

President Biden signed 17 executive orders yesterday, pertaining to the environment, education, the pandemic, and immigration.  Just a brief overview of a few of them …

  • Environment
    • One order was to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords which we so negligently backed out of in 2019, though unofficially we backed out of our obligations under the agreement in 2017. This was one of my biggest hopes, that we would re-join, for we were one of only 9 nations on the planet that was not committed to reversing the effects of climate change, and in fact had increased our CO2 emissions with the rollback of environmental regulations.
    • Biden also revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that has been the source of numerous leaks and spills, damaging water supplies and endangering both human and wildlife. The pipeline would also have increased CO2 emissions significantly and have further damaged the atmosphere.
  • Immigration
    • The President signed an order repealing the ban on travel from several majority-Muslim nations.
    • Another order called on the Department of Homeland Security to extend the initiative protecting ‘dreamers’, people who were brought to this country as children, from deportation and issuing them work permits.
    • He put an end to the false ‘national emergency’ that was put into place by his predecessor as a means for obtaining additional funding to build a wall – a wall that had no purpose but would cost billions, if not trillions of taxpayer dollars.
  • Pandemic relief
    • In a directive to the Department of Education, Biden asked the department to consider extending a freeze on both interest and principal payments for federal student loans until September 30th.
    • In a separate directive he asked the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to extend a moratorium on evictions that expires after this month to at least through March.
  • Education
    • Biden rescinded the “1776 Commission” established by his predecessor. The commission, staffed by 18 ultra-conservative members, not a historian in the bunch, recommended the teaching of history as viewed through rose-coloured glasses.  An alternate reality, or revisionist history so to speak, that downplayed the darker side of the history of the nation, glossed over or even changing facts to glorify or ignore such things as slavery, Jim Crow, Japanese internment camps, the turning back of the SS St. Louis carrying Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Germany.  I breathed a sigh of relief when I heard he had rescinded the commission, for this is the way authoritarian countries educate their young, with fantasy that suits the leaders, rather than facts. 

All in all, President Biden had a busy day, and from the looks of it, all his days are going to be pretty busy.  I cannot argue with a single thing he’s done thus far, though of course some Republican lawmakers are … shall we say, not happy.  I’ve read a number of comments from them this evening and finally stopped after I found myself saying, “Shut up, bitch” to my computer.  I figured it was time for me to turn my thoughts elsewhere, for the past couple of weeks have already taken a toll.  Now’s the time to find the positive, and there will be plenty of that, I think. 


Aside from all that, I was moved to tears a few times yesterday morning while watching the ceremony.  Funny, when I watched the last inauguration in 2017, I was spitting and cursing, but yesterday morning I was mellow … and thankful that sanity has returned to the White House. 

32 thoughts on “Not-So-Snarky Snippets

  1. Hi Jill, in honor of #46, how about posts about “Positive Progress”? You can highlight all the great changes the Biden administration would make during these upcoming 4 years! You should keep Snarky snippets to a minimum, IMO you’ll be in a better mood, and uplifted state of mind. It’s time for celebration indeed ❤
    Believe it or not, majority of Trump supporters believe that Trump is still planning to execute his military coup… and it's not over yet! So yeah, remain diligent 'cause ya never know what those wackos are up to.

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  2. Jill, there is a collective sigh of relief around the world, even from those who are more aligned with his politics. One of the best metaphors for the former president is after dinner at a G20 meeting. He was seen wandering alone as other leaders chatted over after dinner drinks. Then, he wandered over to Putin’s table and chatted without an interpreter. It was the fox waiting for the gingerbread man to show up. Yet, the key focus is he was the lone party guest nobody wanted to call over. Keith

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    • That is EXACTLY the phrase I used … “collective sigh of relief” around the globe. I remember that incident, and I thought it was quite telling that he had already burned so many bridges.

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  3. Very good that you are now in good spirits, Jill! Don’t want to go on holiday to Mar-a-Lago? Just playing a little golf? 😉 Sorry! POTUS had already done a lot yesterday. Let us continue to wish him every success! Michael

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    • Ha ha … that is the LAST place I would want to go on holiday and spend my hard-earned money! I think I would feel nauseous just being there! Yes, let us continue to hope that Joe is able to repair at least some of the damage that has been done over the past four years.

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  4. Now it’s time to say goodbye to orange clownery
    D-O-N (End of your reign)
    A-L-D (Deny it all you want)
    T-R-U-M-P
    Glad you’re gone (very much)
    Don’t come back (ever again)
    And take your friends with you…..

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  5. And all ‘The Previous Occupant’ could say was something about achieving what they set out to do and there is MR. President Biden undoing of lot of it with executive orders on his first day.
    Snarky Snippet care of Sheila: Apparently Trump’s missus had difficulty getting American clothes for ‘the leaving’, potential suppliers were busy making excuses not to send her any.🤣

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    • Heh heh … I read a tweet this morning that said Trump was the “greatest president ever” and that he had accomplished more than any other president. Well … I guess that all depends on how you define ‘great’ and ‘accomplishments’. In my book, he was never a president, but a dictator who punished all who dared to cross him. I am glad he’s gone, and my only regret is that he still lives.

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      • I would really love to meet these desperate folk and ask them how did he achieve more than:
        George Washington (stayed on for another term as requested)
        Teddy Roosevelt (relected by popular vote)
        Dwight Eisenhower (as above)
        Ronal Regan (as above)
        I just chose those four off the top of my head
        Washington, of course and three Republicans at random.
        The screaming hysterical desperation of these most fanatical of the Unholy Church just begs mockery, holding up their lack of understanding of their own nation, and of course a strong course of medication to calm them down.

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        • Wouldn’t you, though? So would I! How anybody can be so ignorant, so utterly blind to the facts? Sigh. I saw a news thing this morning showing the 5 most popular presidents in our history … guess what? Trump was NOT among them, nor even among the 40 most popular! I’m afraid that my once soft, warm, compassionate heart has hardened and I am now a cruel bitch who doesn’t think twice before wishing a fate worse than death on these fools. This, then, will be Trump’s legacy … he has turned us into cruel, heartless people. And his followers and his sycophants share in the blame.

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          • Not the way it seems to be Jill
            I don’t know if you have the saying in the US Jill, but we say:
            ‘Horse for courses’
            OR
            ‘Warrior for a working day,’ that’s from Shakespeare (Henry the V)
            Or as I say:
            ‘They started it. We’re gonna finish it,’
            That’s the think about ‘snowflakes’ they can turn into a raging blizzard and freeze you in your tracks. Then when the gentle sun comes up, they melt away and water the ground.
            In short you kicked his flabby ass, when it needed kicking.

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              • Lyrics:
                Nighttime is only the other side of daytime
                But if you’ve ever waited for the sun
                You know what it’s like to wish daytime would come
                And don’t it seem like a long time
                Seem like a long time, seem like a long, long time
                Sometimes it seems like a long time, seems like a long time

                Seems like a long, long time

                Yes it does, a long, long time

                Hard times are only the other side of good times
                But if you ever wished hard times were gone
                You know what it’s like to wish good times would come
                And don’t it seem like a long time
                Seem like a long time, seem like a long, long time

                Sometimes it seems like a long time, seems like a long time

                Seems like a long, long time

                Yes it does, a long, long time

                You know what it’s like to wish good times would come
                And don’t it seem like a long time
                Seem like a long time, seem like a long, long time

                Sometimes it seems like a long time, seems like a long time

                Seems like a long, long time

                Yes it does, a long, long time

                War time is only the other side of peace time
                But if you’ve ever seen how wars are won
                You know what it’s like to wish that peace would come
                And don’t it seem like a long time
                Seem like a long time, seem like a long, seem like a long, long time
                Sometimes it seems like a long time, seems like a very long time

                Seems like a long, long time

                Sometimes it seems like a long time, seems like a long time

                Seems like a long, long time

                Yes it does, a long, long time

                Yes it does, a long, long time

                Yes it does, a long, long time

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  6. I wish all Americans Good Luck at the start of this new journey. Welcome back to the World. I hope that the ingrate mutineers settle down to work alongside The Democratic government for the betterment of the Country This just might give you a reason to celebrate more often than you have to snark.
    Cwtch

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    • Thank you, dear David … I’m not sure we deserve to be welcomed back, but I hope that going forward we can earn the trust of our allies once again. There is still a large contingent here that will attempt to block Biden at every turn, will not care about the planet or others on it. I hope they can be overcome and common sense can prevail. Maybe. I hope. Possibly.
      Cwtch

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    • It is here, my friend, but already the other ‘side’ is trying to undo it. I despair for the future of this nation if we cannot learn to meet somewhere in the middle. But, let’s take heart in the fact that we have sanity in our nation now, and … {drumroll} a man who can speak in whole sentences!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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