Let The Snarky Snippets Roll!

I’ve always been a news junkie, I think since I learned to read at around age 5 or so, but I cannot remember a time that the news created as much angst as these last few years, and especially the last week or so!  What to do with all that angst?  Well, turn it into snarky snippets and share it with my friends, of course!  😏


Florida’s #1 Jerk

Numerous states in this country have the misfortune to be governed by fools who put their own political careers ahead of the well-being of the people of their state, but I often think there is none so corrupt, so uncaring for the people of his state, as Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis.  Now, mind you that DeSantis has never been mistaken for a great humanitarian, having spoken and passed laws against immigrants, against the LGBTQ community, against women, against voting rights, and more.  But since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, DeSantis has been even more crude & cruel than usual, refusing any sort of restrictions such as lockdowns, mask mandates or vaccine mandates.  All of which, naturally led to Florida being the state with the highest per capita hospitalizations for COVID in the nation.

But what he did this week is beyond unconscionable.  On Wednesday, DeSantis scolded students for wearing face masks at a press conference he called, saying, “You do not have to wear those masks, I mean, please take them off.  Honestly, it’s not doing anything, and we gotta stop with this Covid theater. So if you want to wear it, fine. But this is ridiculous.”

The governor of a state of 21.48 million people telling school children to take off their masks, to expose themselves, their families and friends, to a deadly disease that has already killed nearly 1 million people in this country, with Florida having the third highest death rate from Covid in the country!  What a bastard!  I’ve heard that DeSantis is actually considering a run for president in 2024 … Florida, you can keep him … he’s not setting foot in the Oval Office if We the People have anything to say about it!


They say they love veterans, but …

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would expand health-care eligibility for veterans who were exposed to burn pits and other toxins.  Interestingly, just 34 of the Republicans in the House voted for the bill, with 174 voting against it.  The final tally was 256-174.

The U.S. military used burn pits throughout Iraq and Afghanistan to dispose of waste, medical and hazardous materials, and jet fuel, exposing veterans to toxins that have caused long-lasting medical problems. Veterans who have been exposed often face difficult disability benefit claims processes with the Department of Veterans Affairs to get necessary health care.  Under the House bill, 23 health conditions, including respiratory conditions and cancers, would be considered to have either been caused by or exacerbated by military service, meaning veterans with these conditions would no longer have to prove that they were caused by their exposure to the toxins.

However, the Republicans decided the cost was too high, so … let the veterans suffer.  This from the very people who claim to be dedicated to the nation’s veterans, who tout their own ‘patriotism’.  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hit the nail on the head when she said …

“It’s a cost of war. For the Republicans to go to the floor and say that veterans really don’t want this help because it’s going to cost money, and they’re more concerned about the budget than they are about their health. Oh, really? You just gave tax cuts in 2017 to the richest people in America. Tax cuts for the rich, cancer for our veterans … That’s how we see this discussion.”

She’s right.

The bill will have to go through the reconciliation process with the Senate bill that passed last month and is much narrower in scope, only extending how long post-9/11 combat veterans are guaranteed VA care by expanding a window of health-care eligibility from five to 10 years after they’ve been discharged.

Republicans claim they are the friends of veterans … with friends like that, who needs enemies?

66 thoughts on “Let The Snarky Snippets Roll!

  1. Reblogged this on CRAIN'S COMMENTS and commented:
    I don’t normally bring politics into this blog, focusing on issues that affect health and financial well-being. However, I strongly support programs for veterans to address suffering caused by their service to the country. And frankly, what has happened this week is disgusting.

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  2. Thank you for sharing!!.. DeSantis (like Trump) is a arrogant dictator kept in power by the people he caters to…. for a the mindset of a Republican, money trumps everything… 🙂

    Until we meet again…
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    And may all the wishes you wish come true
    (Irish Saying)

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    • You’re right, I’m sure. When I think of Florida, I think of many retirees and I think those people must surely have better sense than to keep electing this goon, but … perhaps it is money that is the motivator. Sigh. I love that second line of the Irish Saying … “Everything go right, nothing go wrong” … someday, perhaps!

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  3. I don’t get this mask business. I started college back in the 70s & EVEN THEN during flu season, all the Asian students masked up & quite a few American students followed suit. It was a health issue. When I went back to school in the late 90s & then again in 2008, there were EVEN MORE students from all places (the State University of NY at Buffalo is often called the UN of colleges) who masked up during flu season. I mean … it’s so NORMAL. To say that to go “maskless” is to go back to “normal” just doesn’t make sense to me. Isn’t it a personal choice? A choice you make for your health & the health of people around you?

    This culture of selfishness & how it’s been made to seem to be a virtue. That’s what I don’t understand.

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    • I’m with you on that! Though I don’t recall ever being in a place where masks were the norm, even during flu season, it makes no sense whatsoever to me for people to refuse to wear one when they have children and/or elderly parents at home, and when in addition to risking the health and lives of their family, they have friends and co-workers. It seems they no longer care about anybody other than themselves. The “culture of selfishness” is an apt description.

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  4. I think we are living in times when agendas mean more than the rights of humans. De Santis is one of those men that make me nauseated just thinking about him. Abbott too, down there in Texas.

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    • Yes, you are right … and political careers take precedence over the common good of the people in this nation. DeSantis and Abbott are definitely two of the very worst, and yet they keep getting elected! Where have people left their brains?

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      • In the 1800s it feels like… The positive is that truth is beginning to be written and body cameras are starting to make accountability stand up just a little bit. I really hope Ketanji will make a difference for Roe v. Wade. Barrett has been a nightmare.

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        • Yes, like you I have concerns that Roe v Wade will be overturned. I’m sure Ms. Jackson will not vote to overturn it, but the reality that we must remember is the Court will still be unbalance with a heavy dose on the conservative side. I fear for women’s rights, civil rights and voting rights until or unless we re-structure the Court. One option is to add seats, increase it from 9 to perhaps 13, giving Biden the opportunity to nominate more moderate justices, but that in itself faces an uphill battle.

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          • I am definitely with you on fearing for women’s rights to their bodies and beyond. Texas and Alabama have already found ways to go around the Roe v. Wade precedent, and I think Arkansas has as well. Being human is an uphill battle these days…It feels like a time warp.

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            • Texas and Alabama’s laws could and should be shot down by the courts, but with Roe v Wade on the chopping block in the Supreme Court, I’m afraid my hope is dim. There are many in this country who, if they could get by with it, would like to strip women of the right to vote, of EEOC protections and more. This is still very much a male-dominated country and we’ve had to fight long and hard to get where we are today. If we lose that, then we should probably take to the streets in constant protest!

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              • I agree 110% I lived in that world with my ex-husband. It was exhausting. It’s like the Southern states have gotten so radical, or always been that way. My eyes didn’t open really until I moved out of his environment. I am so glad that ended.

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                • I, too, had an ex-husband who believed a woman’s “place” was in the home, dinner should be on the table the minute he walked through the door, and when I decided to go back to school to get my Master’s degree, nothing I did pleased him, so I finally said, “So long! ‘Bye” I sometimes worked three jobs to support my kids, but it was still better than living in the Victorian era! Luckily, I never lived in the deep south … Virginia was bad enough, especially after having spent my youth in NYC and San Francisco! Isn’t it funny that there is so much difference between the views of those in the South vs the North? I hope you are much happier now, my friend!

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                  • That is awesome that you got away and bettered you for you 🙂 I did the same thing when I got out here. I am still working towards getting where I want to be in my career. Baby steps! I would have to say, (and not to offend other Southerners) but you aren’t missing much there lately. It’s beautiful country, but those southern values are riddled in oppression and white colonization. I am much happier now, and in moving to California, I found my voice. I found my love of that voice and what it can do for folks that do not have one. Thank you for the care, my friend!

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                    • Good for you, my friend, that you are working toward a goal … I think we are happiest when we have a goal in front of us, something to strive for. Yes, baby steps! Rome, as they say, was not built in a day! Yes, parts of the South are gorgeous, but I cannot help but think of the history … history that I fear is in danger of being repeated. California is good … I love northern California … the entire Pacific Northwest, in fact, but I’m not a fan of LA or even San Diego. You are one of the few people I’ve known who could say that they found their voice and their love of that voice! I’m so happy for you! 👍

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                    • Thank you so much, Jill. I always feel very lucky when I meet folks like you that embrace people in a certain way. The phrase that comes to mind is transparent kindness, which to me means real and honest along with being kind.

                      I am a big fan of Northern California also, specifically the Bay Area. I would love to go up to the line between CA and OR. I will probably end up living up that way if my career goes where I want it to. I am with you about southern CA though…It’s nothing like the north.
                      I hope this day finds you safe and happy, my friend 🙂

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                    • I’ve found over the years that I feel closer to some of my blogging ‘family’ than to some people who I have known for decades! I’ve found a number of ‘soul mates’ here on my blog, and I think of you as one. I like that term … ‘transparent kindness’ … it is the honest compassion of humans toward both other humans and other species as well. To me, a person who can brutally torture a cat or shoot a mountain lion is not a good person.

                      I hear that the Bay Area has changed a great deal since I was last there in the 1970s … I don’t know if I would even recognize it anymore. But yes, do take a trip north to Oregon and Washington … there lies some of the best that nature has to offer!

                      Happy? Hmmmm … I am content. I look at my daughter and granddaughter, my five feline family members, and … yeah, life is good. Hugs, my friend!

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                    • Awww! This made my late night, Jill! I see you as one of my blogging family also! My family is small in my “real world”, so I have a saying that you can never have too many good folks in your life 🙂 You are one of my folks.

                      My favorite city, so far, is Oakland. I do a lot of marches up there in the summer time or whenever they are going on. I hop on the train and just enjoy the cooler weather up there when it’s hot as satan’s armpits in the Valley.

                      Grandbabies and furbabies are the best! I have two chihuahuas that spend a majority of the day at my feet and on my lap lol. My daughter and granddaughter just moved out to their own new place, and I miss them so immensely.

                      Hugs to you, my friend 🙂

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                    • Awwww … thank you for that! So, you are a ‘night owl’ too, are you? I rarely see my bed before 3:00 a.m. and then I read for an hour or so before closing my eyes.

                      I never spent much time in Oakland. We lived in San Mateo and Palo Alto and I hung out in San Francisco when I could sneak away! That was during the early 1960s, Haight-Ashbury was the place to be … Summer of Love and all that! Have you been to the Redwood Forest? If not, you must go … it’s awesome!

                      I didn’t know you had a granddaughter too! We have so much in common! I know you must miss them terribly … Chris and Natasha have lived with me since before Natasha was born in 1994 and I cannot imagine life without them here! They have been so supportive since I’ve been going through these heart problems … they’ve reminded me of the importance of being alive!

                      Hugs ‘n love, my friend!

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                    • You’re welcome! You’re awesome and good people. I am definitely a night owl. I do my best thinking at night. I need to get better about getting in bed, but my insomnia is legit lol.
                      Redwood Forest is on my list because I want to stand inside of the tree like everyone else does in pictures 😀 I do a lot of lobbying up north in those cities where you used to be. My ACLU chapter is a sister chapter of ACLU NorCal. I am a volunteer, and I hold the chair for my county. My chapter is still growing though, so I do more work on the northern counties when there is a call to do so.

                      My grandbaby is almost 16 months old 🙂 She’s a ham and tons of personality. I miss seeing her in person. It seems like every time my daughter video calls me that she has grown inches and developed new things about herself. They are my life…those two crazy girls 🙂

                      Hugs and love right back to you, my friend…my real name is Amy 🙂

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                    • Thank you, dear friend! As are you! I seem to only be capable of coherent thought once the sun goes down. I’m curious … you mentioned before doing marches, and now lobbying … what sort of causes are you supporting? Sounds like a fun and certainly important job, though probably exhausting sometimes both physically and emotionally.

                      Oh wow … a toddler! That is such a fun age … and one that requires lots of stamina to keep up with! My granddaughter will be 28 years old in November, so it’s been a while since we’ve had a little one in the house, although our 5 cats more than make up for it!

                      Take care and have a wonderful weekend ahead, Amy! Hugs!!!

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                    • You’re welcome my friend! I am the same way, plus my time away from my room adds to time away from my blog lol. I could blog all day if I wanted to.

                      My major cause is wrongful convictions, but I do a lot of lobbying on racial disparities and mass incarceration…criminalizing the unhouse with criminal fines and fees which result in arrests for being without a roof. I do a lot of activism. Right now we are preparing for DA primaries, and we have a 10 day long workshop coming up on some other legislation. I keep myself pretty busy with chapter work and state work. Now if I could get a job to get paid for it LOL. I do it all volunteer basis right now. It’s exhausting but so worth it. That’s why it is so hard to watch genocide in Ukraine. I am so empathic and benevolent that it tears my heart apart.

                      Aww! My daughter is 21, will be 22 in April. This is my first grandbaby, and I am in heaven 🙂 She’s my princess and my heart. I have my furbabies too 🙂 They are like having two 2-year-olds lmao. So I can definitely relate haha!

                      You have a wonderful weekend too, and I hope you felt a bit better today! Hugs to you, Jill!

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                    • I used to spend all day and night on my blog, but I just don’t have the time or energy anymore, and it’s not healthy for me, as the things I write about weigh heavily on the mind. I now spend a few hours each evening on family time, and another few reading, and if I do a few more re-blogs instead of writing my own, or skip a post occasionally and don’t read many of other people’s posts, then so be it. Balance, my friend … it’s all about balance.

                      Wow!!! I’m impressed and proud of you … you’re fighting the good fight! I took a class several years ago while working toward a Ph.D. that was taught by The Innocence Project and it changed my views on the death penalty! I used to think that there were some people for who the death penalty was appropriate, but I no longer think that, thanks to what I learned in that class! I hear you, though, about wishing you could combine your passions and activism with a paying job! If I come up with any ideas, I’ll let you know! Yes, seeing the pictures and videos from Ukraine is disheartening … those of us who care deeply will have some of those images burned in our brains for a long time to come. And I think it will get worse before it gets better. 😔

                      I remember when Natasha was born and I concluded that while having kids was certainly special, having a grandbaby was even better! They have lived with me for her whole life, I helped raise her while Chris went to school to get her nursing degree, and then together we homeschooled her from kindergarten through high school!

                      Oh yes, the furbabies are a joy and a pain at the same time! All of ours are rescue kitties — at one time we had ten! — and come with problems, both physical and emotional, that make it even more difficult sometimes. But, we love them and I cannot imagine life without them!

                      Hugs, dear Amy!

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                    • Thank you! There is a book that reminds me of your story with the death penalty, except it was a lead prosecutor that saw things from the wrongful conviction side of things. It’s called Blind Injustice by Mark Godsey. Great book! I think it’s on all formats. I wrote a paper on him in my college research. He founded the Ohio Innocence Project. I’m kind of a nerd with my activism because I love case law and how it applies to state convictions. I am so glad that class changed your mind. I have always thought that the death penalty was too final and calls for a perfect legal system to implement. Death is revenge, not justice. I can talk all day about these topics 😀 I was going to do my A-Z on that theme, but I figured I would play it a little safer 🙂

                      That is so awesome that you got to help raise your grandbaby! It’s another thing we share in common. It’s so hard to be away from her, but they video call me and she blows me kisses. Sweetest baby ever. I need to add new pictures of her.

                      The old house where I moved from has over 20 cats out there that get their own bowl and spoiled rotten by my best friend. My male cat populated the planet before he died. Old fool he was lol. I miss having cats sometimes. I didn’t have that many, but they have definitely taken over the old homestead lol.

                      Big hugs, Jill!

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                    • I checked into that book and have downloaded a sample to my Kindle, for it sounds interesting! You’re right that death is revenge rather than justice, and death is also final … cannot be revoked if later evidence turns up that would have proven the person’s innocence. My main reason for my earlier support of the death penalty was based on the assumption that the person was guilty and why should we pay to house and feed them for decades, but after taking that class and seeing how many people have later been exonerated … just the thought of executing a person then finding it was the wrong person is heartbreakingly tragic. I never realized how many factors could enter into an error, such as false witness reports, coerced confessions and more. Think about the Central Park Five … years of their lives wasted, ruined, but at least they are still alive and can move on I hope. I can definitely see that you have a passion on this topic! Have you considered law school?

                      How far away are your daughter and granddaughter? Can you visit them often? I’m glad they stay in touch frequently!

                      20 cats??? Whew … that’s a handful! Sounds like your male cat was a regular Catsanova!!!! Five is more than enough for me!

                      Have a great week ahead, dear Amy! Hugs!

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                    • It’s a breath of fresh air when you meet someone whose mind can be changed by seeing the world through their own eyes 🙂 The Central Park Five was tragic and is another case that inspired my work. I am trying very hard to make my way to law school. I have ran into funding issues for my BA degree, but I am starting paralegal courses at the local community college in May. I have been studying for the LSAT since 2013. I had my own issues with injustice in the family courts the had caused me to lose all three of my children in small town white America (Arkansas). So it began my voice, and it was attempted to silence me. When I moved out here, I learned more of the history of mass incarceration and wrongful convictions because my ex-boyfriend is a victim. We work on his case every day. My passion for saving people is selfless, but I know if I can get to at least a paralegal certification that I will be more help than what I am now.

                      They are about 40 minutes away 🙂 I would have already been up there everyday, but I have a few problems with my car. I should see them this week 🙂 thank goodness because I miss them so much!

                      Yoshi was definitely a casanova 😀 He was king of his castle, that’s for sure!

                      You have a great week too, my friend! Hugs to you Jill!

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                    • I agree … far too many people today have an opinion and are so sure they are right that they don’t even bother to listen to opposing views, to consider that there might be other factors involved. I really hope that you can get to law school some day soon, for I think you would make a fabulous lawyer!!! Maybe you should try getting a job with one of the (few) companies that offer free college tuition to their employees? Although I’m not sure there are any that would fund law school. But I think you’re right … start off with the paralegal certification and see what paths that might open for you!

                      You, my friend, have had many troubles in your life! I cannot imagine the heartbreak you must have suffered at losing your children. 😢 It makes me sad just to think about it. Did you ever get them back? I know you are close to your daughter, but what about the other two? My heart goes out to you.

                      Car troubles … sigh … I can so relate! Seems to be the underlying story of my life! Even when I rented a car to visit my friend Herb in Pennsylvania, it got a flat tire and cost me about 4 hours time! I recently inherited my daughter’s Saturn when she bought a new SUV, and it runs fine, except the battery keeps dying because I don’t drive it enough … usually only once a week to the grocery store, which is just a mile from my house! Luckily, my neighbor, who is also a good friend, is a mechanic!

                      Your cat’s name was Yoshi? Awesome … I must tell Natasha, who is a huge fan of Nintendo’s Yoshi!

                      Hugs and love, dear Amy!

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                    • Thank you so much for that support of my dream of becoming a lawyer! I really hope that I can accomplish that dream, and it’s nice to hear that I could be good at it. I am hoping the paralegal job will open me up to a firm that will help with tuition. I am excited to start those classes for sure.

                      My middle daughter is the one that has always been fighting to be with me, and I get to have a relationship with my oldest daughter now. My son got adopted, so I am not allowed in his life 😦 He got raised by radical conservative folks, so he has a very different view of the world than I do. He uses racial slurs and loves #45…will not get vaccinated. I can only pray that he comes back to me, but he was very little when they stole my kids.

                      I did get the car problems under control for the most part. I have a few more things to get done. I need a new battery, and I have to fix the windshield washer sprayers. I am pretty handy with cars because of working on them with my ex-monster (ex-husband). I can pretty much diagnose, but I cannot always know how to fix it.

                      Yep he was my Yoshi-san 🙂 A black tuxedo cat, but he would do his little tongue like the Ninetendo Yoshi when we were helping him. He was a rescue. His momma tried to kill him, so we nursed him back to health. He became the biggest cat on the block 🙂

                      Hugs and love right back to you, Jill! I appreciate you!

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  5. Well, here, talk about a jerk. I’m eyeballing Steven Douglas Merryday. He’s ordering the Navy to keep an officer in a command position on a ship even though said officer has disobeyed orders and refused to get a vaccine. The officer is mentioned as Doe. ‘Merryday scorned the notion that Doe might get sick, writing that he is “triumphantly fit and slim and strong.”’ Meanwhile, the Navy can’t deploy this ship, pointing out that without his vaccination, the ship won’t be allowed in many countries, etc. Such logic doesn’t matter to this judge. Read the whole thing at Slate. Be ready to clench your teeth.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/an-anti-vax-judge-is-preventing-the-navy-from-deploying-a-warship/ar-AAUCPpu?ocid=uxbndlbing

    Hugs and cheers, as always, Michael

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    • Definitely a growl-inducing story!!! We the People should sue for the waste of $1.8 billion in our tax dollars on a ship that cannot operate because of one lousy man and his so-called religious beliefs that put the nation and the world at risk! I did a bit of digging and found that the man’s name is Lucian Kins and the ship is the USS Winston Churchill. Kins was actually terminated last December, but firing (along with 34 others) was blocked by Judge Reed O’Connor, saying it was a violation of their ‘religious beliefs’. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  6. Hello Jill. I think most people do not understand what a loser DeathSantis is because of all the press he gets as Florida’s governor. Before he was governor, he was a second rate state house member that no one really heard of or knew. He is super ambitious and ran for governor, and everyone was laughing about it. Then DeathSantis ran a series of commercials where he praised tRump and over the top talked up tRump’s wall and other bigotries. He show cased himself building a wall with his baby child, he showcased himself reading to his toddler about the great and wonderful tRump. He proudly proclaimed he was more pro tRump than any other candidate. And it worked. He won the governorship. His only thought since then has been the Oval Office. He now thinks he is a shoe in for the 2024 election if he can just be as much an asshole pro-trump anti-mask anti-vaccine bigot racist as possible. At the same time he was making the rules to take away protections from school kids he was sending his kid to private schools that used those same protections. So yes he thinks it is OK for him and the elite to have things denied to the public trash. I live in Florida and he has really changed the tone down here. People feel entitled to be even more rude and crude because of him. Best wishes. Please keep up the pressure on him, if he gets into the Oval Office, he won’t give it up.

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    • Thanks for your first-hand observations, Scottie … I wasn’t aware of much of that. I have to ask how and why the people of Florida can possibly think that either DeSantis or Trump are good for this nation! I’m not at all worried about DeSantis gaining momentum in his run for the Oval Office, for I think his campaign will quickly be dead in the water. The majority of people in this country are not going to fall for his spiel. Then again, that’s what I said about Trump in 2016 and look how well that went. 😔 Still, DeSantis doesn’t appear to be popular in the general population. The thing I worry most about is the batch of voter suppression laws in the states. If Congress doesn’t get off their collective arses and override those with federal voting rights legislation, it will be a huge problem and the racist white male population may run the country before we realize what happened. Yes, I will keep reporting on DeSantis and others … my voice is small, but small things can sometimes add up. Hugs

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      • Hello Jill. You say your voice is small, but I would disagree. While both the male and female lions roar, it is the female lion that leads the hunt. Keep leading the hunt for these bad politicians and we will win I believe. If the women of the country refuse to tolerate the misogyny and bigotry of the white male hierarchy the males will either change or lose their positions of power. Hugs

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  7. did you read the actual bill the republicans voted against? I’m guessing not because,if you had, it is likely that there was a bunch of unrelated crap in there not designed to benefit the veterans. that’s how congress does this shit, they create a bill that says one thing, load it up with a bunch of bullshit and then when people don’t vote for it because of all of the extraneous crap, they get unnecessarily demonized by people like you and other progressives who don’t even read the legislation in question in the first place.

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  9. I am a broken record, but de Santis cannot hold a candle to Jason Kenney, as far as being a political a**hole goes. Every thing he does right now is to make people suffer. He has a leadership review coming up in April (he would not allow it to happen when it was needed) and he thinks he can win by supporting almost every conservative (republican) talking point. He is killing us, throwing our tax dollars away trying to sue the federal government for acting properly, preventing help for homeless people and drug addicts, trying to prevent teaching anti-racism in schools, opening up coal mining 50 years after it was outlawed. I can’t remember all the things he is doing right now. Oh, paying to help build religious schools while tsking money away from public schools, paying to help build private seniors homes while letting public housing for seniors deteriorate beyond repair. The list is endless. And then claiming to be a strong leader after disappearing during the 4th wave of Covid, and wavering back and forth on the need for masks and social distancing. What was good 6 months ago is now useless, non-functioning.
    The man is inhumane! As bad as ce Santis is, I’ll take him over Kenney any day. de Santis may be stoopid, but Kenney is mean and cruel. How anyone can vote for either of these azzhats I cannot understand.

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    • I think Kenney and DeSantis are like two peas in a pod, and there are many other ‘peas’ that fit in that ‘pod’. You guys need to oust Kenney before he sets his sights on the office of the Prime Minister, as DeSantis has set his on the presidency. I’m sure there are worse people, but these two are bad enough to destroy both of our countries!

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      • Kenney is certainly destroying our province, but whether he can be ousted will become evident in April. We all know he cheats at leadership coventions, and he will probably cheat at this one, Alteady he is changing the rules on who can vote in the review.

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  10. Jill, on several occasions DeSantis has basically led a charge against protecting children’s health. It is sad that he does not get even more criticism for making political the pandemic. His efforts have endangered kids.

    As for the vote you mention, we should not forget that two months before the Phoenix VA Hospital debacle where vets were waiting months for appointments and procedures, Republicans voted against a bipartisan bill submitted by Senator John McCain for $64 billion worth of staffing and other improvements. The spokesman for the Veterans noted how denigrating that vote was to people that fought for their country. Then Phoenix happened and the GOP asked how could you let this happen? The Veterans spokesman was livid.

    Four months pass and a bill finally was signed for $16 billion worth of help, 1/4 of the amount requested. It truly was a disgrace and McCain told people so. The motto is go fight, but when you return you are on your own. Keith

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    • Kinda like the anti-abortion crowd who want babies to be born, then care not one whit about the life of that baby, or the life of the mother of that baby. Hypocrisy at its worst, but they see nothing wrong. They have their own lives, who cares about anyone else, as long as no fetus gets aborted!

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    • I find it amazing (not in any good sort of way) that DeSantis is still polling high, even after all this! I have a number of Florida readers and they all despise DeSantis, but apparently the majority of Floridians love him.

      In truth, I HAD forgotten about the Phoenix VA Hospital debacle … but you’re right … that was another such episode of those who claim to love the veterans won’t put their money (our money, actually) where their mouth is. It is a disgrace that veterans have to wait endless months to receive medical care, and an equally big disgrace that there are a number of veterans who are homeless, but do you hear the Republicans even mentioning that?

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      • Jill, politicians in general, but moreso with Republicans, tend to fail to remember their role in greasing the skids for failure. The VA Hospital is one good example. The COVID pandemic is another as most of any criticism that could be directed at Biden should instead be directed at Republican governors like DeSantis and Abbott, eg along with Trump who hyper politicized COVID from the outset, with governors still so doing. Keith

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        • Agreed. If Trump had done the right thing and encouraged everyone to take precautions, DeSantis, Abbott and the rest would likely have gone along with it, as would have the people. We will reach the 1 million mark in COVID deaths this month and I think we could have been at less than half of that if the guys at the top had done the right thing. By the time Biden became president, the die was cast, and yet I keep hearing him blamed for the overcrowded hospitals, the death toll, and more. One thing does concern me, though, is the lifting of mask and vaccine mandates, for we are still averaging 2,000+ deaths per day … COVID isn’t over yet, but people are acting as if it was.

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    • No surprise there! I thought surely the representative for my district, Warren Davidson, would have voted ‘nay’, for he is a jerk in most things, but to my surprise he voted for the bill!

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