😏 Two Snarky Snippets 😏

I just seem to be full of snark these days, don’t I?  These two crossed my path and I found myself unable to resist them!  I am working on a more serious piece at the moment, but these two little snippets gave me an interlude of mirth, and so I had to share them with you all!


Out of the Mouths of Babes …

huntsmanAbby Huntsman is a general assignment reporter for Fox News Channel. She currently co-hosts Fox & Friends Weekend.  In addition, Ms. Huntsman is the daughter of US ambassador to Russia and former Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman.

On Saturday, Huntsman had none other than Trump’s former communications director, Anthony Scaramucci on Fox & Friends, when she said this …

“Anthony, talk to us about this moment. I mean, this is history, we are living history. Regardless of what happens in that meeting between the two dictators, what we are seeing right now, this is history.”

Did you hear it, folks???  She plainly said “meeting between the two dictators.”

The word, once spoken, can never be unspoken, and once heard, can never be unheard.  This word was heard ‘round the world, and when I read it on The Guardian, I literally let out a WHOOP!!!  GOTCHA!!!

Scaramucci didn’t catch her ‘faux pas’ either, but somebody backstage must have, for later in the show, Huntsman apologized …

“I do want to point out that earlier, as you know sometimes on live TV sometimes you don’t always say things perfectly. I called both President Trump and Kim Jong-un a dictator. I did not mean that, my mistake, so I apologise for that.”

Yeah, right, sweet cheeks!  And by the way … I have a beautiful bridge in Brooklyn for sale real cheap!

Trump, as of this writing, had not responded to Huntsman’s Freudian slip, but many others did …

“Abby Huntsman calls it a “meeting between two dictators.”  Believe it.  We are here!” – Amy Siskind

“#TwoDictators walk into a bar.  The short one says; “I like your hair”, the tall one says “did you see the size of my crowd”.”


Know your deplorables …

Quite by accident I stumbled across this little gem on Amazon this morning.

deplorables-1deplorables-2deplorables-3Yes, folks, it is a deck of playing cards featuring such utterly deplorables as Kellyanne Conway, Ivanka, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, Sean Hannity, and of course, that #1 deplorable, Donald Trump himself!  At only $9.99, this is a must have!  I am considering ordering a case and giving a pack to all my friends!

Details:

Sold by A Patriotic LLC and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Standard poker-sized (2.5″ x 3.5″) deck of 52 playing cards, plus 2 jokers

Information about a different deplorable political figure on each card

A portion of sales donated to nonprofits that support freedom of the press

The top positive review reads:

“Extremely well-done — the information is good (the pack includes citations!), the logic is solid, and the print quality is very high. The only thing this deck can’t do is self-update, but then again, every member of the Resistance can enjoy putting an X on individual cards as this feckless administration carries on with its personnel shenanigans…and as Mueller time draws nigh.”


Well, back to work for me … I hope you enjoyed these two little gems!  Have a great day!

More Snarky Snippets …

Today finds me with an overload of snarkiness and far more to do than time in which to do it, so I thought it a perfect day for some snarky snippets!


He found one!

Mark this day on your calendar, folks, for today, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, stood up for a moment from his never-ending boot-licking and denied one of Donald Trump’s conspiracy illusions!  Well … sort of, anyway.

Paul Ryan“Normally I don’t like to comment on classified briefings. Let me say it this way: I think Chairman Gowdy’s initial assessment is accurate. I think — but we have some more digging to do. We’re waiting for some more document requests. We have some more documents to review. We still have some unanswered questions. But I have seen no evidence to the contrary of the initial assessment that Chairman Gowdy has made. But I want to make sure that we run every lead down and make sure we get final answers to these questions. I’ll leave it at that.”

In case you’ve forgotten what Representative Trey Gowdy said last week, he said that, “the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do” in investigating information alleging certain Trump campaign advisers had suspicious ties to Russia, “and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.”

Ryan also responded to a question about whether Trump would be able to pardon himself, the hot topic of the week, to which he said, “I don’t know the technical answer to that question. But I think obviously the answer is, he shouldn’t and no one is above the law.”

Seeing one of Trump’s sycophants turn, even so slightly, almost brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it?  Of course, Ryan has nothing to lose, for he is not running for re-election in November, so one might question why it took him so long to find a cojone.


Throw the bum out!

You all remember the Brock Turner case, right?  Brock was the Stanford University student who, back in 2016 was convicted of three felonies for sexual assault and rape against an unconscious woman on campus.  Despite the seriousness of his crime, and despite three felony convictions, the judge gave Turner a slap on the wrist.  Though the minimum sentence was to have been two years, Judge Aaron Persky gave him a six-month sentence, of which he served only three months.  There was speculation at the time that perhaps some money had exchanged hands between Turner’s wealthy father and the good judge.

perskyWell, yesterday, Judge Persky became the first judge to be recalled in California in more than 80 years!  He had four years left in his term, but voters decided they had enough of him.  A recall campaign began almost immediately after Persky handed down the sentence, and was able to garner enough signatures to put the matter on yesterday’s ballot.  I see this as a win, although I also understand the concerns of some who fear it will send a message to judges who will be more hesitant to grant leniency even where leniency would be appropriate.  Now if only they could find a way to stick Brock Turner back in jail for another year or two …


Like a sausage?

I like President Emmanuel Macron of France.  He is intelligent, charismatic, and has his heart in the right place.  I did not like the way he cozied up to Trump during his last visit here, but I don’t think that will be happening again any time soon!  Macron is none too happy with Trump over the ridiculous tariffs Trump imposed last week on nearly every one of our allies.  In fact, nobody except Trump and his sycophants are finding any joy.  But I do believe that one can safely assume the bromance is over when Macron compared his most recent phone call with Trump to sausages, saying it’s best not to know what’s inside.macron-trump-sausage

“As Bismarck used to say, if we explained to people how sausages were made, it’s unlikely they’d keep eating them.”

It is said that the call was “terrible”.  I do hope somebody puts Trump in his place soon, before we have no friends left.


Trump’s new advisor?

We have seen just how little Trump listens to the few experienced advisors he actually has, preferring instead to listen to the likes of Sean Hannity over at FOX.  But I think he has found a new advisor, one who is similar in nature to his former favourite Hope Hicks, and also to Kellyanne.  Last week, after Trump got on his pardoning rocking horse and started issuing pardons to bigots and bimbos, he was paid a visit by one of those Kardashian people, asking him to commute the life sentence of one Alice Marie Johnson.

Now, if I requested an audience with Trump (which I would never do, for fear of contracting a fatal illness) to discuss, say, making student loans affordable, or protecting wildlife and the environment, I would be laughed off the continent.  But let some entertainer who has acquired wealth not by use of any brain cells, but rather by the shape of his/her body ask for an audience, and the door is always open.

Bottom line is that today, at the behest of the Kardashian person, Trump commuted the life sentence of Ms. Johnson.  I make no judgement as to whether she should have remained in prison or not, for I haven’t time to delve into the details – some of us use our heads for more important matters.  But the point is that Trump did exactly what he was asked by this Kardashian person, whereas he does not take the advice of people with brains who have decades of experience.  If General Mattis had asked him to pardon Ms. Johnson, she would still be sitting in her cell.  It is said that Trump is considering many more pardons … I wonder if the Kardashian people will provide him a list?

I wonder if there is a way to use this knowledge to the advantage of the nation?  Perhaps a Kardashian person could be planted to convince Trump to fire Scott Pruitt?


Oh … and by the way … Melania Trump seems to have been found, if anybody cared.

And thus ends my Snarky Snippets for today.  I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.snarky-toon

Saturday Surprise — The Week in Pictures

When I first came up with the idea for the Saturday Surprise feature last August, I asked for suggestions from my readers.  One of those suggestions was interesting pictures from the week before, and today, being of somewhat diminished energy and creative juices, I went in search of some of the week’s best pictures.  The volcanic eruptions in Hawaii provided some really great shots, and so did … well, you’ll see.


Italy Bosco VerticaleOfficially opened in October 2014, Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) is a pair of award-winning residential towers in the Porta Nuova district of Milan, Italy.  The towers have heights of 110 metres (360 ft) and 76 metres (249 ft) respectively and host 900 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 meters or 10-30 ft) and over 2,000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants distributed in relation to the façade’s position towards the sun.  Now guess what an apartment in these buildings costs?  Prices range from $845,000 to $2.6 million!!!  Guess I won’t be moving any time soon.Bosca Verticale-2


polish landfill fire.pngThis fire at a landfill site in the town of Zgierz, central Poland, has been burning for over three days, and at least 250 firefighters have been battling the blaze.  Poland has had a rash of fires at illegal waste dumps in recent weeks, and officials believe the fires were intentionally set.


Canterbury church

In England, an installation at Canterbury Cathedral of 100 baubles for a new exhibition, Under an Equal Sky, that will hang from the nave ceiling. The exhibition reflects on themes of war and remembrance, migration and refugees and marks 100 years since the end of the first world war.


plane on Downing St

Now here’s something you don’t see every day … a plane outside 10 Downing Street!  It is a Royal Air Force red arrow jet and is there to mark the RAF’s centenary.  I do hope they didn’t actually land it right there.


bird on deer

A bird rests on the head of a white-tailed deer roaming free in San Jose Villanueva.


India Elections

A supporter of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party dances to celebrate early leads for the party in the Karnataka state elections in Bangalore, India.


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A reveler dances beneath lanterns at the Jogye Buddhist temple following a lantern parade as part of the “Lotus Lantern Festival” celebrating the upcoming Buddha’s birthday, in Seoul, South Korea.


Rare Pink Flamingo Appears On Haulover Beach In Miami

A lone pink flamingo walks along Haulover Beach on May 17, 2018, in Miami Beach, Florida. Lifeguards on the beach said that the flamingo showed up on Saturday and has been hanging around since.


Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been erupting explosively since May 3, causing widespread evacuations and devastation across Big Island.  Molten lava flows have blocked highways and damaged dozens of buildings, with no sign of the activity slowing down.  Evacuation orders are in effect in certain areas, and police are arresting those who refuse to leave.  It is frightening and tragic … unimaginable and unthinkable.  Here are some pictures of nature at it’s most devastating …

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Last, but not least, I have a special video clip for my two special little guys … you know who you are … I thought you would find this ninja squirrel to your liking!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!  Ullswater lake in England

 

Snarky Snippets for a Saturday Afternoon

Our friend, Eschudel, suggested after my last ‘snippets’ post that ‘Snarky Snippets’ might be a fitting title when I write a compilation of bits ‘n pieces.  Another friend, John, seconded the motion, and since I liked it too, these posts will from now on be called just that!  Thank you Emily and John – there will be a little something extra in your Christmas stockings this year!

Today, I am working on the next stage of our ‘listening and understanding the other side’ project … I really need to come up with a name for it … with Lisa Jensen, and I have to go out in a bit and run some errands, so I am in a bit of a time crunch.   A few worthy things in the news caught my eye this morning, so I shall take advantage of this opportunity to write another Snarky Snippets post!


The headline in Politico read:

Week 53: Trump Goes Spy Hunting and Gets Skunked

Even some of his staunchest supporters couldn’t manage to applaud his performance.

By JACK SHAFER May 26, 2018

“Master table-turner Donald Trump is at it again, spinning the latest damning news from the Russia investigation and flinging it back at his critics to make him look like a victim, not a perp.

This week’s twirl of the table had Trump spinning his interpretive energies into “SPYGATE,” his racy label for the alleged “Criminal Deep State” conspiracy against him. Why call it Spygate? Trump, who lives for catchy buzz-phrases and slogans, told an ally he wanted “to brand” the informant as a spy, and that such language would leave a more lasting impression on the media and public.”

spy v spyNow, personally I am finding this whole “spygate” thing tedious, ridiculous and beneath the dignity of any politician, let alone one who occupies the Oval Office.  But to the point here … we, my friends, are being played.  We sensed it all along, but this is the proof.  He chooses his words and phrases for maximum impact.  Even though he angers the majority of us, it does not matter, for we remember, we notice, we comment, and the media keeps the story alive – that is all he really wants.

It would be wonderful if I could propose, as I have before, a moratorium on everything Trump.  If the media could go, say, a full week without so much as a mention of his name, and if those of us who write these sorts of blogs could write about, say, horse-racing, flowers, art and gnomes for a week, without mention of DT, life would be better. But it won’t happen, can’t happen, and there are some very good reasons why it shouldn’t happen.  Just be aware, though, that he is playing us for fools – let us not prove him right.


Conway vs Conway

It would appear that George Conway, wife husband of Trump’s main boot-licker Kellyanne Conway, does not agree with his wife’s boss’s politics.  Gee … might it be he has a functioning brain, unlike his wife?

As far back as last June, Conway began tweeting tweets that were less than complimentary to Trump, things like this:george-conway-tweetMild, in my book, but it raised eyebrows among Kellyanne’s co-workers, and likely Trump himself.  After that, it is said, he became a Twitter star.  I wish I had known, for most have since been deleted and I haven’t time to dig around the ‘net for archived copies.  But he hasn’t stopped there, according to Business Insider.  Two writers of political commentary say that they occasionally receive emails from Mr. Conway with suggestions on how to strengthen their anti-Trump arguments.

Early in the Trump administration, Mr. Conway was offered positions in the Trump White House, first as Solicitor General, and then as the head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.  He turned both down – probably a good thing.

You have to wonder how this affects their home life, since Kellyanne seems to have been programmed to nod and agree with everything Trump, and hubby is leaning more and more anti-Trump.  Do I hear divorce lawyers salivating?


Gotcha?

Harvey Weinstein was finally arrested yesterday, some seven months after he was accused of sexually harassing, assaulting, or raping more than a dozen women last October.  Weinstein was led in handcuffs past a gantlet of photographers on Friday as he appeared in court to face charges that he had raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex.  But look at this picture, folks …Weinstein smilesWeinstein smiles-2Don’t you just want to slap that smile right off his ugly mug?  Since October, I have hoped to see him spend the rest of his days in prison, but now I am even more hopeful of that outcome.  To smile … that smug little smile … they should tie him to a stake in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard and let women come throw eggs, rotten tomatoes or just spit on his face!

No, not a cruel bone in my body …  😈

After stating the charges, the prosecutor, Joan Illuzzi added that the inquiry had shown “that this defendant used his money, power and position to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually.”  She also noted that the investigation is still ongoing.  Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said Weinstein intends to plead “not guilty”.  Seriously???  Weinstein was released on $1 million bail after only a few minutes in the courtroom.


And I end with a cartoon or two to bring you a smile … or more likely an eye roll.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks!

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Snippets, Snippets, I Got Snippets!

Good afternoon, friends!  I am working on a post that involves a great deal of research, and I had hoped to complete it for this afternoon, but have not.  So, instead I am bringing you my take on a few of the snippets in this morning’s news, but I warn you that I am in full-on snarky mode today, so don’t expect much kindness toward certain unsavory elements in Washington at the moment.


Better polish that résumé, Mr. B …

bridenstine-nasaLast month, Jim Bridenstine was confirmed by the Senate to be the new administrator of NASA. Most of us were not thrilled by Trump’s nomination of Bridenstine, for he did not seem to have a single qualification for the job.  He had no science background, and his relevant experience was limited to having managed an Air and Space museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And while he agreed that humans may have played some role in climate change, he did not believe they were the major contributor, which was likely Trump’s main reason for choosing him. Even some members of the Republican Party voiced concerns. But, as we all know, if Trump wants it, the bootlickers will do their best to give it to him, and so Bridenstine was confirmed.

Now, I’m betting that Mr. B will not have his job for long, and I’m almost sad about that.  Why?  Because yesterday he made the following statement:

“The National Climate Assessment, that includes NASA, and it includes the Department of Energy, and it includes NOAA, has clearly stated it is extremely likely, is the language they use, that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming, and I have no reason to doubt the science that comes from that.”

WHOA!!!  A Trump pick has gone against one of Trump’s ten commandments.  Will he survive?  I doubt it.  Too bad, for the man seems to actually have a conscience and some guts.  I wish him luck in his next endeavour.


Ho-hum … more BREAKING NEWS …

trump-kimThe big “BREAKING NEWS” of the day is that Trump has canceled the summit with Kim Jong-un that was allegedly scheduled for next month.  Ho-hum.  No big news there … the summit was never going to happen.  Kim had already indicated that it was unlikely, and Trump, predictably, couldn’t let Kim be the one to cancel, so he did it himself.  There were reasons, or excuses … yada yada yada … but I predicted way back in the beginning that it would never happen.  Frankly, it’s probably for the best, as neither man has the maturity to craft any sort of reasonable compromise.  Unfortunately, it also means we will go back to the name-calling and threat of ‘button-pushing’ from last year, and the world will feel a bit less safe.  Happily, it means Trump can stop envisioning that Nobel Peace prize.


Does he really not understand, or is he deliberately obtuse?

clapper-beharTrump doesn’t seem to understand English.  He certainly doesn’t speak it well, never quite managing to string a sentence together that makes sense, but his comprehension is not good either.  Yesterday, James Clapper appeared on The View, and was asked:

BEHAR: “So I ask you, was the FBI spying on Trump’s campaign?”

CLAPPER: “No, they were not.”

Okay, that seems a fairly straightforward answer, don’t you think?  So Trump’s response?

“Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign. Large dollars were paid to the Spy, far beyond normal. Starting to look like one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history. SPYGATE – a terrible thing!” — 8:21 AM – May 24, 2018

I think the problem came in when Clapper went on to explain that the FBI was gathering information about what the Russians were doing.  Perhaps he should have just stopped at “No, they were not”, rather than elaborating.  Trump seems to understand very short, direct sentences, but gets confused if too many words are used.


Trump vs the NFL …NFLI can sum this one up in two words:  they caved.  Yes, the NFL, or at least one team owner, admits that the reason for their ban on player protests of kneeling rather than standing during the anthem was due, at least in part, to pressure from Trump.  According to an article this morning in NBC Sports …

“Asked if Trump came up in their discussion, Packers president Mark Murphy replied with a laugh: “Oh yeah. It was more how [Trump] might react, anticipating that. Also, how the fans will react, how the media will react. That’s what we tried to think through. . . . No matter what we did, [Trump] would probably try to get involved one way or the other—either criticizing us or taking credit for the change.””

Though I’m not a sports enthusiast, I recognize that it is entertainment, intended to be FUN.  When politics enters the arena, it ceases to be fun.  Now for Trump’s response to the NFL announcement yesterday …

“You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem, and the NFL owners have done the right thing, if that’s what they’ve done.”

Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country?  Seriously?  Well, maybe I shouldn’t be either, for I would gladly take a knee if I heard the anthem played at this point.  Though, I find it difficult to get back up and might need a hand …


So there you have it, folks … Filosofa’s snippets for the afternoon.  Have a great rest-of-the-day!

You Have Got To Be Kidding!!!

I started my afternoon in fine spirits … I really did.  And then, I sat down to troll the news.  It never fails to wreck my mood, but today’s examples of extreme stupidity sent me from laughter to rage in a short 10 minutes … maybe only 5!  So here are the four stories that led to a progressive declension of humour …


I laughed.  🤣 I couldn’t help myself … I laughed so hard that I scared Ollie off my lap! (They aren’t used to hearing me laugh much these days) And then I got choked and coughed for a while.  And then I returned to the story and started at the very beginning to make certain I hadn’t mis-read it.

House Republican Wants American Taxpayers to Crowdfund Trump’s $20 Billion Border Wall

Turns out that U.S. Representative Diane Black from Tennessee has a really ignorant idea for funding Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexican border … We The People, in addition to paying our taxes for Trump’s other egomaniacal purposes, will then donate whatever monies we have left over to build the bloody wall!!! Diane BlackHa ha ha ha … not a snowball’s chance in Hell!!!!  I would donate to hungry children, I would donate to foodbanks and soup kitchens, homeless shelters and medical research facilities, animal shelters … almost anything but Trump’s infernal wall.

First, it has been proven by experts in the field, time and time again, that, a) it is not needed, and b) it will not stop illegal immigration from the south.

Second, wasn’t Mexico supposed to pay for the wall, Donnie?  What happened?  Did you have to eat some words there, Donnie?

Third, the current administration and Congress have been doing everything in their power to hurt We The People, especially the lower income ones.  So, if I have anything to spare, it will go to help people, not to build a useless and costly wall that almost nobody wants except Donnie.

Ms. Black is the typical boot-licking republican congresswoman who threw her full support behind the donor tax cuts in 2017, is against nearly all EPA regulations, and has glowing endoresements from the likes of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.  But we needn’t worry, for she will not be back in Congress next year, as she is instead running for governor of Tennessee.  They can have her!

But lest you think there is no reward for donating to the ignominious wall, Ms. Black floated the idea of putting up plaques along the wall to commemorate those who donate.  Um … who would want their name on such a hideous display of inhumanity?

Trump & Co currently claim the wall will cost $20 billion, but more realistic estimates run closer to as much as $75 billion.  With that, every single man, woman and child would have to donate $247.52 in order to pay for the abomination.  That is about … oh … $247.52 more than I would be willing to donate.


And then, this next one traded laughter for an eyeroll 🙄

White House Releases Commemorative Coin for North Korea Talkscommemorative coin

FIRST … there has been no summit as yet.

SECOND … it is unlikely now that there will even BE a summit in June, as originally planned, for Trump and Bolton could not keep their mouths shut, and now Kim Jong-un is considering calling it off.

THIRD … they got Kim’s title wrong on the bloomin’ coin!  Kim is not the Supreme Leader – ‘Chairman’ would have worked just fine. And the ‘U’ in ‘un’ is not supposed to be capitalized!  It’s Kim Jong-un … don’t these people know anything???

I have tried to find out how much we, the taxpayers, paid to have 250 of these dud coins minted, and cannot, but whatever the cost, it was yet another egomaniacal waste of our money that could have been used to feed the poor.


Hear that sound, folks?  That is the growl that has started somewhere at the bottom of my throat and is working its way up …

Assault Weapons Manufacturer Is Upset That School Shootings Are Costing It Money

Say what???

“Vista Outdoor, a major manufacturer of assault weapons, is complaining that school shootings, particularly the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, is having an adverse impact on its profits.

The company blames “a substantial increase in the use of social media platforms, including blogs, social media websites, and other forms of Internet-based communications, which allow individuals access to a broad audience of consumers.

In the case of the Parkland shooting, Vista Outdoor cites “a campaign…launched on social media seeking the boycott of certain Outdoor Products brands because of their association with the Company and its brands that operate in the shooting sports industry.”” – ThinkProgress, 20 May 2018

Awwww … pobrecitos


And now, folks, with this next one I have gone from laughter to full-scale $%&@#!

NRA President Blames Santa Fe School Shooting On Ritalin

Oliver North“The problem we’ve got is we’re trying like the dickens to treat the symptom without treating the disease. And the disease, in this case, isn’t the Second Amendment. The disease is youngsters who are steeped in a culture of violence, they’ve been drugged in many cases. Nearly all of these perpetrators are male and they’re young teenagers in most cases. Many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten. Now I’m certainly not a doctor, I’m a marine, but I can see those kinds of things happening and endangering those two gals.”

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Further, his proposal for a solution … not limiting guns in any reasonable manner, nor limiting who can get their hands on them, or banning assault weapons.  No, ol’ Ollie’s solution is metal detectors in every doorway in every school!  Brilliant, Oliver … we cannot pay our teachers a living wage, cannot afford to upgrade curricula, books and equipment, but we should invest millions, or more likely billions of dollars for bloomin’ metal detectors!!!


And so concludes another episode of America’s Stupidest People.  Thank you for joining us and stay tuned next week …

More Rambling Bits ‘N Bits ‘N Pieces

Mind bounce has returned and brought about a strange rattling noise in my head, as well as a popping in the ears, and a swirling sensation when I stand.  And so, this morning I must start your day with a few random bits ‘n pieces from that strange place inside my head.


And the question is …

This week, we learned what questions Robert Mueller plans to ask Donald Trump if Trump consents to an interview (a matter in which he may have no choice).  The questions, along with an analysis of what they may indicate, can be found in the New York Times article titled, The Questions Mueller Wants to Ask Trump About Obstruction, and What They Mean.  The reason we know what these questions are is that they were leaked, not by anyone on Mueller’s team, but by somebody with connections to Trump’s own legal team.  Trump, of course, is blathering that the leak was ‘disgraceful’ … he seems to like to use that word quite a lot, doesn’t he?  Perhaps it’s because he looks in the mirror first thing every morning.

I am, for the moment, veering away from saying much about the questions or likely answers.  Why?  Because … think about this one, folks.  What difference does it really make?  Do you honestly think that Donald Trump will tell the truth if he is interviewed?  Seriously?  Do you think he is even capable of telling the truth.  Why, I could write answers to those questions right now that would come as close to the truth as anything that will emit from Trump’s foul mouth!  But, he’ll be under oath, you say?  So?  He was also under oath on 20 January 2017 when he said, “I, Donald  John Trump, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” And by the end of the day, he would already have broken that oath.

Oaths, promises and truth mean nothing to people like Trump. I support and applaud Robert Mueller for his organization, persistence and determination to get at the truth.  But the only way he will get the truth from Donald Trump will be if he connects him to a polygraph machine, and we all know that isn’t going to happen.  So again, why even bother?


A slight bit of humour …

French President Emmanuel Macron visited Australia for talks on trade and regional security yesterday.  At the end of a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Macron said …

“I want to thank you for your welcome. Thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome.”

Rather reminds me of the time in 1963 when a line from President John F. Kennedy’s speech in Berlin was translated as “I am a jelly donut”.

Thought you needed a bit of a chuckle.  Moving on …


Classless, Tasteless … Abominable …

Kemp.pngMeet Brian Kemp, currently Georgia’s Secretary of State, but running for Governor of that state in November. Mr. Kemp likes his guns.  I ask you to watch the following 30-second ad he is currently airing and tell me what you think …

I am betting that you are as appalled as I am. In a tweet last week, he wrote …

“I’m a conservative businessman with a 4-Point Plan to put hardworking Georgians first. I’m also the proud father of 3 teenage girls. Here’s the thing: If you want to date one of my daughters, you better have respect for women & a healthy appreciation for the 2nd Amendment.”

This sets my teeth on edge and sends a chill down my spine.  While many were appalled, even a number of gun owners, others saw nothing amiss, calling it ‘hilarious’ and ‘clever’ …

“A politician who doesn’t feel the need to do things the ‘politically correct’ way and stands for his beliefs, despite knowing that masses of our soft society will be offended. I’m sold!”

“Great commercial. Mockingly blasts through today’s hyper-PC nonsense.”

What have we become?

Pooh-sad


AHA!!!  Gotcha!!!

giulianiLast month, it was announced that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani would be joining Trump’s chaotic legal team, after the departure of John Dowd in March.  I once respected Giuliani.  I have not ever since he sold his soul for the chance to lick the boots of Donald Trump.  When the announcement was made, Trump said …

“Rudy is great. He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country.”

‘This matter’, of course, referred to the investigation by Robert Mueller and his team.  Giuliani himself said that he felt the investigation could possibly be closed within a couple of weeks.

Now, remember how Donald Trump and his lawyer/fixer, Michael Cohen both tried to claim that the $130,000 paid to porn star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence about her affair with Trump in October 2016 was paid by Cohen and that Trump had no knowledge of said payment?  Well, guess what, folks?  Methinks somebody is not telling the truth.  GASP!!!

Rudy Giuliani appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show last night where he plainly stated, for all the world to hear, that Donald Trump reimbursed Mr. Cohen the $130,000.  He said it and then, when questioned by Hannity, he repeated it!!! And when Hannity seemed to be trying to help Rudy out of this situation, Rudy emphatically stated it again!  I am eager to see Trump wiggle his fat patootie out of this one, aren’t you?

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Ty Cobb & Emmet Flood

Oh, and by the way … in case you hadn’t heard, another rat jumped ship yesterday.  Ty Cobb, the Trump attorney who had been working closest with Robert Mueller’s investigation, resigned.  No surprise there.  He has been replaced by Emmet Flood.  Now what’s interesting about this is that Flood was the attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial.  Hmmmm …  🤔 … could it be that Donnie is beginning to see the handwriting on the wall?


Well, folks, that’s all I have for the moment, but stay tuned, for I’m sure to be back with more later on.

Sunday One (or two) Liners …

It is Sunday morning, and I have promised to make a nice brunch for my family.  And then I must wash my daughter’s uniforms, because otherwise she will have no pants to wear to work tomorrow.  And so, I do not have a lot of time and am going with just a few brief snippets this morning that I came across while trolling the news.


Pinocchio x2

I frequently wonder about the physical and mental well-being of republicans in Congress.  Turns out I am right to be concerned.  Take, for instance, Ohio’s representative Jim Jordan, who told Anderson Cooper last week that he has never heard Trump tell a lie.  “I’ve never heard the president… He’s always been square with me, that’s for darn sure.”  When asked to think harder, he contemplated for a moment, then said, “I don’t know of it.  Nothing comes to mind.”  This man is not only deaf, but also not too smart and does not belong in Congress!


Aliens, Anyone?

In Florida, Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is looking to replace retiring Miami Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  Aguilera may fit right in with the current batch in Congress, for she already lives in a world of fantasy.  Ms. Aguilera says she’s been aboard a spaceship crewed by aliens. As in extraterrestrials, not Mexicans. Three blond, big-bodied beings — two females, one male — visited her when she was 7 years old and have communicated telepathically with her several times in her life.  Among other things, she claims to know …

  • There are 30,000 skulls — “different from humans” — in a cave in the Mediterranean island of Malta.
  • The world’s “energy center” is in Africa.
  • The Coral Castle, a limestone tourist attraction South Miami-Dade, is actually an ancient Egyptian pyramid.

Great … well, as I said, she will fit right in with the others who claim that Trump is an honest and decent man … just about as much a stretch of the imagination as alien abductions.


Re-writing History?

Presumably on Trump’s orders, the Department of Homeland Security has removed 12 reports from FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) website.  Rather like removing the phrase “climate change” from the EPA’s website, don’t you think?  The reports?  They were primarily positive evaluations of FEMA’s operations during the tenure of President Obama.  Go figure.  I wonder if the next generation, or the one after, will be able to believe anything they read about President Obama in their history books?


Trickle-Down Didn’t Trickle

First quarter reports on U.S. economic growth showed a distinct slowing of such growth.  Why?  Because consumer spending slowed to a pace not seen since 2013.  Now wait … weren’t those ‘tax cuts’ supposed to encourage people to go out and spend more money?  What happened, Donnie?

According to an article in Reuters, “Consumer spending in the last quarter was undercut by a decline in purchases of motor vehicles, clothing and footwear as well as a slowdown in food and beverages outlays.”

Hmmm … who could have predicted this?  Oh wait … I did!!!!

A footnote here … while most working people say they are seeing little, if any, difference in their paychecks, America’s biggest banks are boasting record profits.  Think about that one … more on this later.


Say WHAT?

“I would rather have the popular vote because it’s, to me, it’s much easier to win the popular vote.” – Donald Trump

Trump now says he wants to get rid of the electoral college – the very tool that put him in the Oval Office – as it is much easier to win the popular vote.  If it’s so bloomin’ easy, then why did he lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes???

Where is that doctor who supposedly declared him mentally fit?  Oh … yeah …


Shut up, Public!!!

Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) says that he is considering removing the agency’s database of consumer complaints from public view.  His excuse is that he claims it contains information that has not been vetted by the bureau and could be used unfairly against financial institutions.

Awwwww … gee golly gosh … we certainly wouldn’t wish to be unfair to the very institutions that caused the financial crisis of 2007-2008 now, would we.  We The People, after all, are not smart enough to understand that information and make our own judgments, just like Trump said we aren’t smart enough to understand his tax returns, so he just kept them private.


Well, now that I’ve managed to either make you chuckle or growl on this fine Sunday afternoon, I shall go make some mini-quiche and pancakes for my girls!  I hope you all enjoy a wonderful, relaxing Sunday afternoon!

Sunday Afternoon Bits ‘n Pieces …

It’s Sunday afternoon, friends, and I know you have better things to do than listen to me go off on some long-winded tangent that will only serve to anger or depress you.  So, I am going off on a few short tangents that shouldn’t get your knickers into too much of a twist.  (Have you noticed that my UK friends are having an influence on my vocabulary?)  So here are just a few little Sunday snippets, and then you can go back to grilling out, tossing a ball around in the back yard, planting a tree, or hugging your ‘significant other’.

A well-deserved honour

Colin Kaepernick, the man whose humanitarian values far exceed those of a president who so cruelly mocked him, has been publicly acknowledged for putting his knee down for the cause of justice.  Amnesty International awarded Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, in recognition of his sideline protests against racial inequality. The former San Francisco 49ers star was given the award at a gala ceremony in the Netherlands.  A few snippets from his acceptance speech:

“Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation — the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex. How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, ‘freedom and justice for all,’ that is so unjust to so many of the people living there? While taking a knee is a physical display that challenges the merits of who is excluded from the notion of freedom, liberty, and justice for all, the protest is also rooted in a convergence of my moralistic beliefs, and my love for the people.”

Kaepernick is most deserving of this award, for his single, courageous act started a movement whose voice is heard loud and clear by many who would prefer to remain deaf.   However, he does not deserve the treatment he is receiving at the hands of his former team, the San Francisco 49-ers, the NFL, and the ‘man’ who sits in the Oval Office.

Did he find his conscience?

I have largely regarded Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a man without a conscience.  He is a documented racist, and since taking his current position in the U.S. government, has proven himself to be a lap-puppy to Donald Trump, asking ‘how high?’ when Trump tells him to jump.  But last weekend, he did something that indicates he might be developing a late-stage conscience after all.

In a phone call with White House counsel Donald McGahn, Sessions indicated that he is seriously considering resigning his post if Trump fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  True, he only said he “might consider”, but this is more than I would have expected of the Sessions of yore.

An update …

Last month I wrote a post about three men in Kansas who had plotted to blow up a mosque and a community of Muslim immigrants on the day after election day 2016, but were caught by an FBI informant.   The three, Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Eugene Stein, had their day in court last week and all three were convicted on Wednesday of one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy against civil rights.  Their sentencing will take place on June 27th, and all three could potentially face life in prison.

Prosecutor Risa Berkower said at the trial, “They wanted to send the message that Muslims are not welcome here – not in Garden City, not in Kansas, not in America.”  Funny, isn’t it, how a few men think they know what the entire nation of nearly 326 million people want?  Who elected  these three to speak for us all?

Another small kudo to Jeff Sessions here for his support of the ruling:

“The defendants in this case acted with clear premeditation in an attempt to kill people on the basis of their religion and national origin. That’s not just illegal—it’s immoral and unacceptable, and we’re not going to stand for it.”

I hope these three men are given the maximum sentence, for their brand of evil, of hatred, has no place in this world.

When all else fails, blame it on Obama!

The NRA, who in the eyes of most of us bears a large portion of the responsibility for every  single person who dies in a mass shooting where the shooter uses assault-style weapons, has decided who is to blame for the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

NRATV host Grant Stinchfield claimed in a segment on his show Friday that President Obama owes an apology to the survivors of the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead.  The ‘rationale’?  That President Obama put students in danger by implementing school discipline guidelines and refusing to arm teachers.

In the words of Peter, Paul & Mary … ‘When will they ever learn?  When will they ever learn?’

And I now return you to your regularly scheduled Sunday afternoon activities … hopefully you are doing something fun this afternoon!

Saturday Surprise —

Good Saturday morning, friends, and YAY – it’s the weekend!  Unfortunately, we are predicted to get what may turn out to be our biggest snow of the winter … four days into spring!  But, I’m hoping this is just winter’s last hurrah and we can then move on to a bit of warmth and sunshine.  I hope your weather is better and that you can get out and enjoy a fine Saturday!

I hope you will forgive me, but this is likely to be a short Saturday Surprise, for I find I am exhausted tonight (Friday) and just cannot do much more.  Not to mention that the Significant Seven are driving me nuts tonight!  😺 😺 😺 😺 😺 😺 😺


The Sony World Photography Awards winners have just been announced, and some of these photos are so awesome that I couldn’t resist sharing them with you.  Since there are 94 of them, I couldn’t share them all, but picked out a few of my favourites.

 

Deadvlei, Namibia

Mount Bromo, Indonesia

U Bein Bridge, Myanmar


I came across this tweet today and it made me laugh


Now for your daily does of cute … if this doesn’t make you grin, then you need to go back to bed …


And what say we wrap up with a few cartoons?

Have a great weekend, friends!  Do something fun, even if it’s just helping the neighborhood kids build a snowperson!  Love ‘n hugs!