Snarky Snippets From Da Rabbit Hole

I’m keeping nice and warm down here in the rabbit hole, and the rabbits are generously sharing their carrots with me … so I don’t have much desire to write a lengthy post in this nice warm, dark space, but a couple of thoughts do come to mind …

A hint of … conscience?  Convince me

I have found at least three Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives who maybe … just maybe … actually have a shred of decency and a degree of intelligence.  Their names are Ken Buck (Colorado), Nancy Mace (South Carolina), and Victoria Spartz (Indiana).  I was told a couple of weeks ago that there are about 40 ‘moderate’ Republicans in the House today, but I had begun to doubt, since I hadn’t seen anything to give me reason to believe that.  These three, however, have all said they would oppose removing Representative Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee on which she serves as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations and the Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact.

McCarthy’s intention to remove her is retaliatory in nature … he’s still trying to “pay back” the Democrats for removing conspiracy theorists Marge Green and Paul Gosar from their committee assignments last year due to their roles in the January 6th attempted coup and other transgressions that proved them untrustworthy.

“I think that we should not engage in this tit-for-tat.” – Ken Buck

Don’t let that fool you, though, for these three have voted along the party line often enough to prove their loyalty to party and when push comes to shove, I imagine they will toe the line.

And then there were seven … and three more …

First, five police officers were fired, then charged with second-degree murder among other charges in the case of the brutal murder of Tyre Nichols.  I questioned why five officers were even involved in what began as a routine traffic stop.  I still question that, but now we’re up to seven officers having been involved!  Two more, one unnamed, and Preston Hemphill have also been “relieved from duty” but not charged … yet.  Hemphill apparently fired a taser gun at Nichols.

Preston Hemphill

The other officer has not been named, for reasons beyond my comprehension.  I wonder how many more are going to go down in this investigation once the full truth comes out?  How many police does it take to question one unarmed man during a traffic stop?

In addition to police, EMT personnel failed to exercise the standards of care and two of the EMTs and the ambulance driver have also been fired.  They are Robert Long, JaMicheal Sandridge and Lt. Michelle Whitaker.

Not only did the EMTs fail to do an assessment of Mr. Nichols’ condition, but it took a full 27 minutes after their arrival until the ambulance left to transport Mr. Nichols to the hospital.  Was there not one single person there who cared about this human life???  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

As if it weren’t bad enough …

Yes, I’m talking about the gun crisis in this country.  As if it weren’t bad enough that on average 117 people lost their lives every single day in the United States this year thus far, now the Florida legislature wants to make it even easier for people to own and carry a gun … in public.  Says Florida’s Republican House Speaker, Paul Renner …

“What we’re about here today is a universal right that applies to each and every man and women regardless of race, gender or background.”

The bill in question is one that would remove the requirement to obtain a government-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Stupidly, the Florida Sheriff’s Association has thrown its support behind the bill, and Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis has already said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.  And it should come as no surprise that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is also 100% behind the bill — in fact, they are laughing and chortling wildly.  The governor recently applauded the Sheriff’s Association for saying they would outright refuse to enforce any and all gun control legislation!  Is Florida still a part of the U.S.???  I’m not so sure it should be!

And on the subject of guns, our friend Keith Wilson had an excellent post yesterday that I urge you to read!

30 thoughts on “Snarky Snippets From Da Rabbit Hole

  1. That’s twie I’ve pulled you out in theast few days. Now I’;M LEAVING A PAIR OF STEPLADDERS AND WALKING AWAY.It’s up to you now.Come out into the daylight to be wih people who care or stayt i he hole eating carrots.

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  2. Twenty-seven minutes, Jill? No ambulance call should ever take 27 minutes to assess an injured individual, load them into an ambulance, and transport them to an Emergency Department facility! The following is pure speculation on my part, but was that delay on the EMT/driver personnel, or did the cops interfere with their work? That seems the more likely circumstance to me. The cops were trying to figure out how to spin their actions,and they would not let the ambulance people do their work properly until they had their stories straight, meanwhile possibly hoping the victim would die so that he could not give evidence against tnem. As I said, pure speculation, but not without probable cause.

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    • Agreed, rg. I have not watched the video, so I don’t know whether they were trying to get the cops to stand down so they could assess the patient, or if they were just standing on the sidelines watching. Apparently there was enough neglect on their part, though, for them to be fired.


      • I won’t abide by the firings YET. But the powers that be acted quickly, except in the case of the white cop, so there is no way to know if they deserved it. Probably we will never know, unless they sue for wrongful dismissal.
        As I said, I was just speculating, so hopefully time will tell. I cannot see Emergency Personnel doing everything in their power to save a life in their care. I believe there was interference.

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        • From all I’ve heard and read about the video, there can be no doubt that the five deserved their termination and in my book, deserve prison. As re the medical personnel … I agree … they forsook their oath to help people, so there must have been some interference.


    • Does it almost sound like some kind of premeditated attack to you, Erika? It certainly seems possible to me. For at least 7 officers to come together at a traffic stop, and for at least 6 of them to act together to take down a defenceless person, does not seem like a random act to me. It sounds personal. Like at least one participant had a grudge of some kind with Mr. Nicnhols, and he enlisted the help of the others. Hopefully, it was not intended to go as far as it did, just a bunch of cops trying to teach a civilian a lesson of some kind, but as with any mob the mob mentality took over and they could not stop. So maybe not premeditated murder, but certainly premeditated use of force by whomever organized this beatdown.
      And no matter what, cops or any other public servants, do not nave the authority to take matters into their own hands, though they all too often do. They are not judges, but some are definitely executioners!

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      • To be honest, it does sound premeditated. But what confuses me is that each one of those officers has a body cam and all of them know that what happens will be on camera. I mean, are they stupid or just arrogant? This all doesn’t make sense to me.
        And of course, no one has the right to take the law into their own hands. Least of all those who have the trust to take care of exactly that.

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        • Arrogance sounds like a good possibility. Or they believed they had protection from above, until they went too far.
          In this time of racial unrest, where America is sitting on a powder keg witn a lit fuse, even the powers that be cannot publicly condone the actions that led to the death of Tyre Nichols. The trials of these cops will take a while. There is no guarantee they will be found guilty. Maybe their superiors are hoping things will not be as volatile a year or two down the road.

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          • It is terrible that the law has become such a spongy substance instead a solid ground where people can rely on. So, you are right, who knows what the final verdict will be. But times have changed and it is not so easy anymore to get away with a lenient sentence since the people are not shutting up anymore. It is even more important to set an example and I hope that this will be the case. We will see…

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      • Oh, my, I thought the same. A few days ago, I met my best friend and we were talking about how people can rob and beat people who are much weaker and helpless. I said, I think, I was one of those who might not think twice and tries to stop violence. Not necessarily smart, but the older I get the less I care what others think of me. It is more important if I can look into the mirror.

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