As I lay in bed in the wee hours, trying to shut my mind down so that I could catch a bit of sleep, a song popped into my head. No, not the Bee Gees, not Lionel, not even Stevie Wonder. Ernie. Yep, Ernie of Sesame Street fame singing … Rubber Ducky! And so, at 4:34 a.m. I lay in bed singing softly …
And that confirms my suspicions … I am losing my marbles! Don’t ask how that leads into today’s Snarky Snippets, but somehow it does.
On Tuesday, the United States set a record … we flew past the one-million mark in COVID deaths. No, I never said it was a record to be proud of … but who didn’t see this one coming? Initially, scientists predicted we would set this record in late spring or early summer, but by January it was plain to see that it would happen sooner. Mask mandates? Gone. Vaccine mandates? Gone. And yet, the pandemic is still very much with us and not likely to leave anytime soon. The death toll slowed somewhat for a week or two, but it is very much on the rise again and I won’t be surprised to see it go back to an average of 2,000 as it was last year and into the first part of this year.
Today, March 24th, marks one month since Russia first invaded Ukraine. Since then …
- Some 3.2 million refugees have fled from Ukraine,
- 150,000 people are stuck in the northern city of Chernihiv with little hope of aid after Russia cut them off from the capital, Kyiv,
- 13,000 – 14,000 Ukrainians have been killed,
- Between 7,000 and 15,000 Russian soldiers have been killed,
- Cities have been nearly leveled, leaving many homeless and without food or water
Putin denies claims of war crimes, saying that civilians were not targeted and civilian deaths and injuries were merely ‘collateral damage’. Seems to me he doesn’t understand the definition of ‘collateral damage’. Collateral damage is when you bomb a munitions factory and the night watchmen are killed in the process. When you intentionally bomb an apartment complex where people live, as Russia has done in Ukraine, that is a war crime. There is really no grey area here. Those in this country who support Dictator Putin can never lay claim to being humanitarian!
Last month, two top prosecutors leading the criminal investigation into Donald Trump and his business resigned after the Manhattan district attorney said he was not prepared to authorize an indictment against Trump. One of the two, Mark F. Pomerantz, was a prominent former federal prosecutor and white-collar defense lawyer who had come out of retirement to work on the case against Trump.
One part in particular of Mr. Pomerantz’ letter of resignation dated February 23rd stated in no uncertain terms that …
“The team that has been investigating Mr. Trump harbors no doubt about whether he committed crimes — he did.”
So why did Manhattan District Attorney Alan Bragg basically drop the investigation? I don’t know, but frankly it seems highly suspicious to me. Bragg claims that the investigation is ongoing, but he damn sure doesn’t appear to be putting the effort into it that his predecessor, Cyrus Vance, did. Someday, somehow, the truth will be known. I just hope it isn’t too late to keep a megalomaniacal madman from overtaking the nation in 2024.
Our friend Keith mentioned a John Oliver video about ‘Critical Race Theory’ that he had found particularly interesting. I found the video, watched it, and I concur fully with Keith … it is a ‘must see’! It is 28 minutes long and if you’re like me, that’s a big chunk of time that you cannot often afford, but please do take the time to watch this one … John Oliver makes some excellent points and I think you’ll find it noteworthy, but also humorous. Thanks, Keith, for pointing me in this direction!