And So It Begins …

It’s been a while since I’ve written a snarky snippets post … but then again, almost all my posts are snarky, aren’t they?  But today my snark-o-meter is telling me it’s time to let a bit of it out before I implode, so here we go …

Another day, another impeachment … ho hum

On President Biden’s first full day in the White House back in 2021, Marge Greene filed impeachment charges against him.  He had barely even sat down in the chair behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office when she decided he had committed impeachable offenses.  Nobody else chose to play her stupid game and the charges sat in the dead impeachment file box, but were added to numerous times over the last two years.  In total, impeachment charges have been filed against President Biden no less than nine times in two years, five of which were filed by Marge Greene herself.  Grounds?  There were none.  Republicans just like the limelight.  One of the things we have heard repeated ad nauseam for the past year or more was that once the Republicans had a majority in the House, they would be impeaching … pick a name!  President Biden, certainly, but also Attorney General Merrick Garland, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.  Grounds?  None.

And so it began yesterday when Representative Patrick Edward Fallon of Texas filed articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.  Grounds?  The resolution claims Mayorkas “engaged in a pattern of conduct that is incompatible with his duties,” complaining that he has failed to maintain control over the border.  In other words, “None.”

Mr. Fallon has a bit of a history of histrionics:

  • Last June he blamed mass shootings on “overuse of these dang smartphones.”
  • In June 2021 he co-sponsored a bill that would ban teaching the history of racism in Washington DC public schools.
  • Also in June 2021, he signed a letter which demanded that Joe Biden take a cognitive function test.
  • Days after being sworn-in in January 2021, Fallon voted to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election.

Prepare yourself for a number of impeachments over the coming months, none of which will have grounds, none of which will result in anybody’s removal from office … it is just another of those distractions the Republicans love to use to keep us stressed and redirect our attention away from their own criminal activities.

Meanwhile, down in FloriDUH …

Newly seated Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson is unveiling his first legislative proposal … a proposal that would prevent businesses from tracking Floridians’ firearm and ammo purchases. Once I got past the spluttering indignation at such a proposal, I looked at his title and wondered what the Sam Hell the Agricultural Commissioner has to do with firearms regulation???  Since when do gun sales fall under the umbrella of the guy who’s supposed to oversee farming and fruit trees?  Turns out that in Florida, the Department of Agriculture also includes Consumer Services, the people who issue gun licenses.

Now … I don’t know about you guys, but I think there damn well better be a database of who owns what firearms in this country!  If you don’t want your name on that database, then don’t buy a gun!  Seems real simple to me.  Says Mr. Simpson …

“We are all blessed to live in the free state of Florida where our Second Amendment rights are valued and protected, but Democrats in Washington continue to try to chip away at these rights — and we must stay vigilant.  The ‘Florida Arms and Ammo Act’ draws a line in the sand and tells multi-national progressive financial institutions, and their allies in Washington, that they cannot covertly create a backdoor firearm registry of Floridians — or else.”

Oooohhhhh … tough talk.  Apparently, Simpson, and probably most of the airheads in Florida’s state government, believe that their “Second Amendment rights” are far more important than the lives of the people who pay taxes to support them.  Or the children who attend schools in that state.  If his proposal gains ground and actually becomes law, I suspect it will become a matter for the courts to decide.  We shall see if common sense prevails or if it has left the building.

Beating a dead horse … at our expense!

House Republicans have been busy little beavers this week, it seems.  Not, mind you, that they’ve been spending their time on anything useful or beneficial to We the People, but you have to give ‘em credit for finding unique ways to spend our hard-earned tax dollars!

They have commissioned a ‘special investigative panel’ to delve into the origins of Covid-19.  Um … haven’t the scientists already done this research?  Seems to me that the scientists have traced the origins to a Wuhan market in China, but apparently the Republicans in the House a) don’t believe in science, and b) have nothing better to do with their time and our money.  They claim to believe that the coronavirus originated out of laboratory experiments in Wuhan, China, potentially backed by U.S. money … probably somehow tied to George Soros or some other philanthropist.

But wait … it isn’t only the origins of the virus, but they will also be ‘looking into’ vaccine development, school closures and other mitigation measures to examining the roughly $5 trillion in emergency federal aid approved since early 2020.  Why?  Are they really so stupid that they don’t believe the measures taken to protect the public safety were necessary?  Are they a puppet of the conspiracy theorists who claim there was never a threat, despite the deaths of some 6.7 million people worldwide, 1.1 million in the U.S. alone?  And would they have preferred to let people lose their homes and starve to death rather than spend tax money for emergency aid?  Wow, what a bunch of people, eh?

19 thoughts on “And So It Begins …

  1. you’re so funny talking about the criminality of the republicans while ignoring the fact that a set of clasified documents was found in the penn biden center office and, apparently, another batch reported by NBC at another undisclosed location.
    if this were trump, you’d be saying “lock him up” even if the location of a second set of documents wasn’t officially disclosed.
    Like I always say, if you’re going to call out criminality, at least be fair about it.
    Sure the republicans have their issues but why is it that you never hold the democrats to those same standards? I don’t really expect an answer, it’s just something I’m going to be curious about until I see evidence of equal treatment of the two parties, neither of which I have respect for or trust anyway as they’re both corrupt and reprehensible.
    How is the wonderful world of sound going for you? I’m sure it will be a whole new world of discovery for quite a while.

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    • I figured you’d be jumping the gun on this, Scott. When and if there is something to report about whatever documents were found, I will do so, but at the moment I have no details and I’m not going to jump in and make up facts.

      The wonderful world of sound is … beautiful! And, I’ll be getting new glasses in a couple of weeks, as well, so I’ll be able to see clearly again! Thanks for asking! Hugs back to you, my friend.

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    • I find the discovery of these documents very “convenient”. Documents from 10+ years ago at an old office sounds far-fetched to me. I do see your point also, Scott, regarding blame, but I also think that the Republicans put themselves in that lime light. They are constantly doing something that catches the eyes of the media outlets. I will be interested to see what comes of the documents for both Trump and Biden.

      I do think that the difference between the two incidences is that an investigation didn’t reveal such documents in the Biden situation. This information was released by his lawyers after discovery not from a search and seizure. I just refuse to drink the Kool-Aid on this one regarding the Biden docs. Something is fishy…

      Nobody is perfect, and I doubt we will see anyone locked up for a significant amount of time because money is power. Money doesn’t care how you vote…it just runs the world.

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    • Scott, one big difference, at least in what I’ve read so far, is that the documents were behind locked doors. A bit of a contrast to those found at Trump’s location. Also, Biden was a Vice-President, not the POTUS. Another “slight” difference. OF course, what becomes of all this remains to be seen.

      But one thing is for sure … this game of tit for tat is really childish.

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      • nan, thanks for your professional assessment of my personal moral failings regarding the subject matter at hand. Childish is hardly an accurate interpretation of the act of calling out someone for doing what someone else did but who doesn’t receive the same scrutiny or criticism for doing that very thing.

        Is it any wonder I hardly reply to other comments around here? I know that I’m the black sheep of the family, no need to remind me of the obvious.


        • Scott, my comments were not meant to be “personal.” I was simply disagreeing with your perspective. Notice that I said that this is what I’ve read.

          And the tit-for-tat comment was related to the political maneuverings that goes on nowadays. Again, NOT directed at you personally. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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      • Many differences, from what we know so far. Trump’s was intentional, Biden’s was not. Trump tried to hide his and didn’t give them back when requested, Biden voluntarily returned them immediately. Trump had a whole basement full of boxes filled with classified docs, Biden had less than 20 documents. Trump shared his with foreign officials, Biden did not. But, the Republicans are going to seize on it, for it’s all they’ve got and they desperately need something. Must be scary to be that desperate!


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  3. Jill, I keep going back to the word irrelevance. These elected or appointed officials are making themselves irrelevant by focusing on unsupported, exaggerated or inane things. Anyone who name calls, labels or denigrates people as a tactic must not really have much of an argument. We have serious issues that need serious and civil discussions by serious minded people. If they want to be heard, they need to focus on things in their purview supported by points of argument, otherwise they need to remain silent. As Twain is alleged to have said, it is better to let people think you are a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. Keith

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    • Good try, Keith, but the whole loint of Republican effort (?) right now is to stop democracy in its tracks. They want their salaries, but they don’t want to earn them. They want to destroy the very fabric of life in America!
      But they have no sense of the future, of what destroying life in America really means. It is just a game to them. They don’t realize, if and when they destroy democracy, they will no longer be useful to the powerful and wealthy. They think they will be rewarded, but once their work is done their reward will be a legal firing squad. Bye bye!

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    • I agree wholeheartedly that they are in many ways irrelevant. BUT … too many people are willing to buy into their schemes and play their games … too many people will vote for them simply because they are loud and they are entertaining. And thus, we cannot really close our eyes or turn our backs on them, can we? I do agree that there are far more serious issues at hand, but it’s hard to keep them front and center with the clowns doing cartwheels in front of our faces. Sigh.


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