Snarky Snippets (Or Mini-Rants?)

Advance warning … I am in a mood tonight, am feeling the sarcasm & snark bubbling to the surface.  I may not be nice tonight, but those at the receiving end of my mood will have surely earned their position there!

This is what they call ‘karma’

You remember Omarosa, right?  Full name Omarosa Onee Manigault Newman, she was once on the former guy’s television show, The Apprentice, but is better known for her brief stint as assistant to the President and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison during the Trump administration.  She lasted less than a year there before then-Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her, claiming “money and integrity issues”, as well as “inappropriate use of company vehicles”.  Translation:  She disagreed with Trump on something.

The following year, 2018, Omrosa wrote a book titled Unhinged, which was highly critical of Trump and his cronies.  With over 5,000 lawsuits filed by or against him in his lifetime, it came as no surprise that he sued Omarosa, alleging that with publication of her book, she had violated a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).  Last September, Donald Trump lost his lawsuit, when the arbiter rejected Trump’s claims, saying the NDA was “overbroad, indefinite, and unreasonable” and that it went “far beyond what would be reasonably expected to protect” Trump’s interests.

The only remaining question was … money.  That question was answered yesterday when the arbitrator said of Omarosa, “Respondent was defending herself in a claim which was extensively litigated for more than three years, against an opponent who undoubtedly commanded far greater resources than did respondent.”  And with that, Donald Trump, aka the former guy, was ordered to pay Ms. Omarosa Manigault Newman the sum of $1.3 million!

Yep, folks … Karma with a capital ‘K’!

The face of the Maga … er, Republican Party

This, my friends, is the man who was once America’s most beloved mayor, the mayor of New York City at the time of the 9/11 tragedy.

Yep, Mayor Rudy Giuliani brought New Yorkers together, instilled calm to the extent possible, went to Ground Zero, shed genuine tears, and earned my respect as well as millions of others in this nation.

But then, he hitched his wagon to the wrong horse and sunk to depths we could not imagine, costing him his reputation and his right to practice law in New York and Washington, D.C.  Yep, the same Rudy Giuliani who scheduled a press conference at a landscaping company in Holmesburg, Pennsylvania a few days after the 2020 election.  He spoke to the press … the ones that bothered to show up … surrounded by bags of manure and gardening equipment, with more lies about election fraud and whatever else was the dish of the day in Trumplandia.  But this latest tops even that.

The show was The Masked Singer, a reality singing competition television series that premiered on Fox on January 2, 2019.  Giuliani sang Bad to the Bone dressed in a costume that at a glance I thought was a quite colourful chicken, but I’m told it was a Jack-in-the-Box costume!  From America’s #1 Mayor to a … Jack-in-the-box in just over 20 years.  Sad.  The host of the show, Nick Cannon, said …

“Well, Mr. Giuliani, with all of the controversy that’s surrounding you right now, I think it surprises us all that you’re here on The Masked Singer.  What made you decide to do this?”

He said he did it to show his granddaughter that it’s okay to have fun and do things that are out of character.  Well, Rudy certainly has done much in the past 20 years that was out of character … or was it?  Apparently, his singing won him no prizes and he was judged the least talented singer of the group that night.  Ahhhh, Rudy … what happened to you?  From hero to zero, as one newscaster said.

French freedom on the chopping block?

We have our share of troubles here in the U.S., troubles that as I have stated in the past few days, could potentially be the death knell for the nation.  But, our next presidential election is two-and-a-half years away, giving us time yet to make some changes, to convince people not to throw away more than two centuries of progress.  France, on the other hand, will decide this coming Sunday whether to keep their democracy under President Emmanuel Macron, or to toss it all and elect a demagogue and authoritarian, Marine LePen.

LePen is a female Trump, only with more base intelligence, knowing when to tone down her rhetoric in order to win votes.  It is highly likely that Russia’s dictator Vladimir Putin has skin in this game, as he did in Trump’s election in 2016, and LePen has called concerns that Putin posed a threat to Europe “a big scam.”  Oh really?  I wonder if the people of Ukraine would agree with that?

When she traveled to Russia to meet with Putin, according to Euronews, she said that if elected, she would consider plans to swiftly lift EU sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea. “It’s now the world of Putin, the world of Donald Trump,” she told reporters after the meeting.  Damn, I hope NOT!

In the French election on April 10th, Macron won with 27.8% of the vote as compared to LePen’s 23.1%, forcing a runoff election that will be held this Sunday, April 24th.  Too close for comfort, especially given that supporters of the third highest ranking candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who garnered a significant 22% of the vote, may turn next to LePen for her populist views.  I’m pleased to read that the latest polls have Macron at over 55%, but as we know from our own 2016 experience, the polls can be dead wrong.  Fingers crossed that Macron can once again defeat Ms. LePen, else I fear France will soon be closely allied with Russia and may exit the European Union (EU).

22 thoughts on “Snarky Snippets (Or Mini-Rants?)

  1. Trump will never pay, Rudi saw $ signs and I think Macron will win. But LePen or one like her will try again and if trump or DeathSantis is elected in 2024….the whole game is done..finished..over. Europe will be following in our tracks ..look at Hungary….and a few more. It’s just a matter of time.

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    • If Trump does pay, it will probably be out of that huge war chest of campaign donations he apparently has, even against FEC rules, for he seems to think that rules don’t apply to him. I cannot imagine DeSantis or Trump being elected, but then this evening I read an article about a rally held in my own state today and I was thoroughly disgusted by the number of people screaming in support of Trump! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I hope … I truly hope that something happens to change the way people in this nation think long before the 2024 election, but I’m not holding my breath.

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  2. You can’t help but wonder if Rudy Giuliani flipped at some stage.
    I suppose Trump will declare himself bankrupt again rather than pay out
    Yeah Le Penn is a danger, she booted her own father off the stage and made the Extreme Right in France ‘respectable’. She has got brains, but sometimes can be a bit inconsistent. We have to hope.
    Our Boris who is deep do-do would not find her winning a problem. He could ‘seem’ to rank up even more aid and support to The Ukraine and show he really is a ‘Good Sort’ and not ‘like those beastly French ducking out again’ .
    He’d swing to The Labour Party if he thought he could keep his job as PM.

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    • I think you may be right about Giuliani … I thought perhaps he was just bored once he was no longer Mayor of NYC and was lured by the corrupt, but now I wonder.

      Trump will no doubt fight tooth ‘n nail to keep from paying, and he will end up paying lawyers as much as he would have paid Omarosa!

      I see LePen … along with Trump, MbS, Putin and others, as simply evil. Perhaps I’m wrong, but they don’t care about the average person, only about those who can give them something. LePen is certainly more intelligent than Trump, but then … so are my kitties!

      I’ve heard about Boris’ latest troubles … saw a clip from a meeting of Parliament where the MPs … some of them, at least … were calling for his ouster. He seems unwilling to step down, though … rather an egomaniac like Trump?


        • Fingers crossed, and I will be checking the news on Sunday! Meanwhile, Michael, how is your new Chancellor Scholz doing? Are you pleased with him, or do you wish Angela Merkel were still in office? xx

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          • Oh, what a question, Jill! Dont beat me, but i think he is doing the right thing, because Germany has no treaty of peace with Russia. Its a big problem. Oh yes, i am sure Angela Merkel would have stopped Putin before starting his actions against the Ukraine. xx Michael

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            • Sigh … no, I was just genuinely curious what you thought. I respect your opinion and you’re the only German I know who I could ask. It’s just so hard to know … Putin is not sane in the sense that you and I understand sanity, so … would he use nukes? I just really don’t know whether it’s right to send Ukraine the weapons Zelenskyy is asking for or whether it would ignite a nuclear war. I haven’t heard anything really negative about Scholz, which is to his credit. I just think that nobody can top Merkel … she was, to me, a hero! xx


  3. *SIGH* I was all jazzed about your first story (it was sooo satisfying to hear that tRump has to turn lose of a few “nickels” to someone he intensely dislikes) … but then the next two stories brought me back down to earth. Hard.

    Rudy has surely sunk very, very low. And to think people are actually supporting LePen? Egads!

    (There are times when I wish I lived closer to the beach so I could go stick my head in the sand and close off all the *crap* that goes on in the world!)

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    • I wonder if the day will ever come that I have to look hard to find something to rant about? But, at least we got the joy of chuckling over Trump’s loss this one time! I’m betting he’ll appeal rather than simply write Omarosa a check!

      Rudy … it still breaks my heart to see the man I once respected more than any other, sink so low. And yes, apparently just like those on this side of the pond who were gung-ho for Trump (and some still are), a fair percentage of the French people support LePen and her brand of populism. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

      I hear you about sticking your head in the sand, but even if the beach were in your backyard, you couldn’t do it, my friend. You and I … we’re just not made like that … we cannot simply look away, shrug our shoulders, then go back to watching some inane sitcom on television. Sigh.

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  5. Fingers are pointing, but not all in the wrong direction. If France goes populist, in favour of a Putin-protector, which I sincerely hope does not happen, then maybe that will wake up some Americans of the danger of supporting Republican candidates. The question is, with the new state voting laws, will enough American Democratic Party voters be even able to get to the polls to vote?
    Someone, presumably Biden, but House and Senate leaders too, must protect Federal voters from being subject to state voting laws. They must pass a clear and distinctly-worded law that prevents anyone from being refused the right to vote in Federal elections, and also to prevent state gerrymandered riding from being used in federal election.
    In my mind it is incumbent upon the feds to separate themselves totally from using state voting machineries. It is probably too late to set up their own machinery by November, but they cannot wait to pass the laws that prepare the way for this to be used in the coming 2024 election.
    Or is it possible to somehow strike down ALL NEW STATE VOTING LAWS THAT RESTRICT VOTERS FROM BEING ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THEIR OWN HOME AREAS! At least in Federal elections, if not in state elections too.
    IF America does not take control of how Americans gets to vote, RIGHT NOW, then you might as well give up the fight. Soon the Red States will only allow card-carrying member of the Republucan Party to even enter a polling station, BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE THEY ARE HEADED!!!!!

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    • You are so right … the avalanche of restrictive voting laws that are being passed in the states will curtail the ability of those who are most likely to vote Democrat to vote. If you are Black, Hispanic, poor, or live in a rural area, it is being made much harder for you to vote. Add to that the fact that some states are also passing laws that will ensure elections are overseen by only Republicans, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

      There isn’t much Biden can do on his own, but Congress had the chance to pass two voting rights bills that would have overridden the states’ laws … but they failed in the Senate, thanks to Manchin & Sinema. The next best hope for overturning the voter-restrictive state laws is the courts, but even if they work their way up to the Supreme Court, it is unlikely that our right to vote will be protected there, given the current makeup of the Court. Sigh.

      You advise that we “take control” and “fight”, but … HOW??? We don’t know how … violence is certainly NOT the answer, so … what do we do?


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