The Cure For Winter Doldrums? SNARKY SNIPPETS!!!

I am feeling snarky today … and you know what that means!

Alabama … one of the most close-minded states in the union.  When the state redrew its district maps based on the 2020 census last year, it did so with one goal in mind – to dilute the votes of the Black portion of the state’s population.

A federal court in Alabama struck down the heavily gerrymandered map, told the state to go back to the drawing board and come up with one that is more fair and equitable.  Rather than doing so, the state appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to restore the map and … guess what?  The five conservative justices struck down the lower court’s ruling and upheld the racially gerrymandered map.  To his credit, Chief Justice John Roberts voted on the side of right, but the side of justice was outnumbered.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Alabama is comprised of a population that is 27% Black, yet under the new map, they only have some 14% representation.  The Supreme Court … the last resort for justice … has failed in its duty, has given a ‘hats off’ to racism, to white supremacy.  Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett are no longer deserving of the respect their seats on the bench might have otherwise afforded them.

Both Justice Elena Kagan and Chief Justice Roberts wrote dissenting opinions to which Kavanaugh wrote a convoluted rebuttal that isn’t even worth repeating.

State Supreme Courts in both Ohio and North Carolina have struck down heavily gerrymandered maps as well.  Will those cases end up in the laps of the U.S. Supreme Court justices and will they again vote in favour of white supremacy?  Stay tuned …

Remember I told you recently of the IRS’ plan to require a video selfie of your face plus a photo ID in order to access your tax data on their site?  Well guess what?  They’ve changed their mind!  Score one for sanity, for the right to privacy!  Apparently, they heard from enough of us that we consider this a dangerous invasion of our privacy that they backed down … at least for now.  According to agency commissioner Charles P. Rettig …

“The I.R.S. takes taxpayer privacy and security seriously, and we understand the concerns that have been raised. Everyone should feel comfortable with how their personal information is secured, and we are quickly pursuing short-term options that do not involve facial recognition.”

Score one for We the People!  For once, our voices were heard and actually listened to.

I recently read that people with heart conditions, cancer, and other health issues are being put on the back burner for medical care including hospitalization, often having to wait for weeks or even months, because most resources are being used to treat Covid patients.  Now, on the surface this would make sense, but one must think below the surface … only an inch or so below … and realize that 99% of Covid patients whose conditions are serious enough to warrant hospitalization, refused to be vaccinated.  In my book, and I’m sure there are many who will disagree with me, these people should be at the bottom of the list, for they brought it on themselves, whereas cancer and heart patients are truly victims of their disease.

I see an anti-vaxxer with Covid as a victim of his own suicide, so to speak.  Medical resources are already stretched thin … why should the man or woman who refused to take steps to preserve their own health be awarded priority treatment?  Let them go to the back of the line and at the end of the day, if doctors and nurses still have the time and energy, then they can take care of the patients who believed that their personal freedom was the only thing that mattered.

Last but not least … take a look at this cartoon by Ed Wexler … think long and hard about it, for it is so spot-on in our society today … tragically spot-on.

21 thoughts on “The Cure For Winter Doldrums? SNARKY SNIPPETS!!!

  1. ‘ IRS’ plan to require a video selfie of your face plus a photo ID in order to access your tax data on their site? Well guess what? They’ve changed their mind! ‘
    Y’see this is why you don’t want folk like me either running the country (Leastways I admit to being totalitarian….with a sense of proportion though)

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  2. As you know, I and my husband both have heart conditions. Mine needs surgeries that can not be scheduled due to the covid situation, so I get where you are coming from. I go a bit further…I want ALL unvaccinated-by-choice patients to be refused service. Period.

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    • I’m with you on that, my friend! However, that Hippocratic Oath will not allow doctors and hospitals to simply turn them away. Sigh. I was hoping you wouldn’t need any further surgeries. Keeping you in my heart, dear Suze, and hope that all will be well … or at least okay, for some days I think that’s about the best we can do. Hugs!

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  3. My thoughts almost exactly on anti-vaxxers with Covid. No hospitalisation until they are too sick to stay at home, meaning on death’s doorstep. They made their choice, and they have to live, or die, by it. It’s like an atheist switching sides on his or her death bed, just in case!

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      • In Alberta of late there have been a few deaths right in the waiting rooms of the ER. They are being so crowded and the staff so overrun that patients are waiting over 24 hours in some cases to be seen (All people of colour, but there is no systemic racism here!) by doctors. Triaging mistakes have been made (Triage in mustards have been made, according to Spelchek!) and no one can be held responsible under the circumstances (though I heard at least one family is planning to sue).
        Covid is only part of the problem. The ruling United Conservative Party is still trying to destroy our public health system so they can bring in private health care, so they are understaffing hospitals and refusing to bargain wages in good faith, taking away benefits or other things for every wage gain, no matter how small for ALL MEDICAL PERSONNEL! Right now they are asking nurses and doctors to take oay cuts, all while spending millions around the world trying to convince people they should buy our faced gas and oil. What hypocrites!
        I call it criminal, but they just change the laws without telling We the People what they are doing.

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        • Sigh. The world is crumbling right beneath our feet, my friend. I must admit I got a chuckle from “triage in mustards” though! And meanwhile, your truckers are going about annoying and disrupting life because they don’t want to save their own selves by getting a simple little vaccine! I read today that there is great empathy for them on the part of our Republican Party … great, just great. Sanity seems to be in short supply all over the world!


          • The story is even Trump “go funded them” with a couple hundred thousand dollars, which never reached them. I cannot beliĺeve Trump would give his money away like that. But yet I can see him trying to help anti-government rioters. I heard on the news today the protests have spread to France.

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            • Nah, Trump probably supports them, but like you, I don’t see him giving money away to any cause. Yes, the protests do seem to be spreading. A damn shame those people don’t care as much about racial and gender discrimination, about climate change, about income inequality, but no, they care only about being stubborn and “defending” what they perceive as their “rights”.


  4. As soon as I read ‘The Cure…’ my mind went to a quote learned long ago : “Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.” – Hippocrates. The owner, a registered nurse, of a private home for differently abled children that I was employed at as a teenager had a plaque with those six words mounted in every room. You must be wondering what that has to do with this Snarky Snippets post and rest assured, I will tell you! It is my experience that your magnificent snark such as in this post : sometimes cures consternation, often treats by enlightenment and always comforts the bewilderment about the world that surrounds me. Hats off to Snarkdom’s finest…YOU! WHAK!!

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    • I do believe that you, my dear friend, have a perfectly appropriate quote for every single occasion!!! This one fits well here! Ahhhhhh … but I feel my head swelling … getting three sizes too big for my hat … from your kind words! I almost titled this post “The Queen of Snark Strikes Again”, but thought it sounded a bit arrogant to call myself the Queen of Snark! Thank you so much, dear Ellen … you’ve brought a smile to my face tonight! WHAK!!!


  5. Freedom of choice comes with responsibilities, I believe the Austrian PM announced last year that citizens who refused the vaccination will not have access to public medical care, they can check themselves into a private clinic at their own expense. I think that’s just and fair, u can’t have it both ways.

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