Today’s Snarky Snippets …

I’m feeling snarky today.  “What’s new?”, I hear you asking yourself as you shake your head.  Nothing much, I suppose, and I have a feeling I will continue feeling snarky for at least the next 16 months, probably longer.

A double standard?

Peter-YarrowIn the news this morning, I read that Peter Yarrow of the famed folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, was to perform at a 2-day music festival in Norwich, Connecticut in September, but that his scheduled appearance has been canceled.  Why?  Because of an “indecent liberties” conviction in 1969.  What happened was two teenage girls, sisters aged 14 and 17, snuck past hotel security and went to Mr. Yarrow’s room, seeking his autograph.  When he answered the door, he was naked.  Yep, that’s all.  He did not touch the girls, did not invite them in, did not “grab them by the {ahem}”.  For this, Yarrow was convicted of taking “indecent liberties” and sentenced to three months in jail.  In 1970.  Again, he did not know who was at the door, the girls went unannounced to seek his autograph, and he did not touch either of them.

While I think answering a knock on your hotel room door while stark naked is a really stupid thing to do, I also think sneaking to a celebrity’s hotel room is a stupid thing to do.  I am a supporter of the #MeToo movement, and make no mistake, I think every sexual predator should receive the Lorena Bobbitt treatment.  However, I do not see this as a case of sexual assault, abuse, harrassment, or anything more than stupidity.  Fifty years later, Mr. Yarrow is still paying the price for an episode of bad judgment.  But, on the other hand …

At least 17 women have accused Donald Trump of varying inappropriate behavior, including allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault, the latest being a credible accusation by E. Jean Carroll who has provided details in her autobiography of the assault, which took place in the mid-1990s.  He has cheated on all three of his wives.  He has admittedly gone into dressing rooms of underage girls to view their naked bodies.  And then there was his infamous mic-drop moment when he bragged that “when you’re famous, they let you do it … you can grab them by the {ahem} …”  And yet, nearly half the adults in this nation are willing to allow this ‘man’ to sit in the Oval Office, are willing to ignore or overlook his words and actions … words and actions that far exceed Mr. Yarrow’s on a scale of atrociousness.

Peter Yarrow, when informed of the decision to drop him from the roster of the Norwich festival, bowed out with grace.  When Trump hears criticism based on his sexual exploits, he responds with rants and vitriol.  Make of it what you will.

Say WHAT???

I realize that not everyone is a history buff, and some people have never read a book of history since leaving that European History class in their senior year of high school.  No problemo … we all have our own interests.  One of mine happens to be history, primarily U.S. history and post-WWI European history.  However, I cannot imagine anybody in this country whose jaw didn’t drop when, in his speech yesterday, Trump, speaking of the time of the Revolutionary War, said …

“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports, it did everything it had to do.”

In case there are any Trump supporters reading this who may not understand the gaffe … the Revolutionary War ran from April 19, 1775 to September 3, 1783.  Wilbur and Orville Wright flew their first airplane on December 17, 1903.  Doesn’t it seem that, even if he didn’t know the exact dates, he would have realized the airplane did not exist at the time of the Revolution?  120 years later, after the end of the war …

Y’know … I don’t mind so much if the president of the country makes a bad decision that gets us all killed, as I mind that such an ignorant person has my life and yours in his hands.  Just imagine how much danger such ignorance puts us all in.  Sigh.  At least the meme-makers had fun with it.







And my favourite …


Have a great evening, and remember friends …


‘Toons From 4th Of July …

I do not know what the damn fools in my neighborhood think they are celebrating, but they are still putting off loud fireworks at midnight!  Every single time one goes “BOOM”, my heart tries to leave my chest.  My poor kitties have taken up residence under the sofa.  I have a headache, despite 4 ibuprofen.  I’m debating whether to call the cops, or grab my solid wooden rolling pin and go bash some heads.  Next year I’m either leaving the country the first of July, else going camping deep in the forest.  Bah humbug.  That said, I am incapable of writing anything coherent tonight.

So, I was thinking it has been a while since I’ve done a ‘toons post, and with the utter ridiculousness of Trump’s July 4th campaign rally / ego-stroking circus, there must surely be some great, mocking ‘toons out there.  I wasn’t wrong.  I’m sure there will be even more out later today, but for a few Friday morning laughs, check these out!

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The baby trump blimp arrived in good time for the festivities, but wasn’t allowed to fly, nor to be anywhere in Trump’s sight.  Turns out, the entire government quakes in their little shoesies at the thought of Trumpie becoming upset.  Le gasp!  But, the blimp nonetheless was there … and it’s on video!

I, for one, did not watch his speech, did not even seek a transcript, nor do I have any intention of doing so at this time.  I know without even being told that he said nothing of relevance, nothing truthful, and nothing that wouldn’t make my blood pressure rise, which I do not need right now.  I’m sure we’ll all hear enough of it on every media outlet later today.  The girls and I ‘celebrated’ Chris’ day off by going out for Chinese, and visiting our local Barnes & Noble.

I shall return this afternoon, hopefully with something of substance.


Jolly Monday Smiles

Good Monday morning, my friends!  Another rainy one, eh?  Don’t worry about tracking the mud in … we’ll clean it up later.  Just come on in.  How was your weekend?  Did you do fun and exciting things?  We are finally now officially in summer.  On the first day of summer, parts of Colorado saw up to two feet of snow! snow-colorado.jpgWe, on the other hand, have had fairly mild temps, but I do wish the bloomin’ rain would quit.  Then again, at least I haven’t had to water the flowers for over a week now!  So, are you guys in the mood for a bit of humour to start this week off right?  Grab a snack and a drink and pull up a chair … let’s get this show on the road, shall we?

Long arm of the law …

Amy Rush is now 45 years of age, but back in 1990, at age 15, she tried to run away from home.  She was apparently hitchhiking when an older man picked her up (no, don’t worry, this isn’t a story about sex, drugs and alcohol) and gave her a ride.  Well, the man was stopped for speeding, and young Amy was also ticketed … for not wearing a seat belt!  The ticket was for $35, and the officer didn’t question why Amy was with the man, or what relationship there was.

Fast forward to last week when Amy, much to her surprise, received a letter from a debt collection agency looking to collect that $35!  According to Amy …

“I’ve almost considered driving down there the two and a half hours to talk to a judge to tell him how absolutely ridiculous this is and what a waste of taxpayer money this has been for the 15 years. I can’t imagine the postage they’ve paid on following me around trying to get this $35.  I told them they can keep sending me mail and wasting more money because I’m not paying it.”

Good for her!  I wouldn’t pay it either, especially in this day and age where some can commit murder and not be held accountable!  Twenty-nine years it’s been, and they’re still trying to collect.  🙄

What to do with those pesky pennies?

I am not a big fan of spending hours … even days, months or years … building something for the sole purpose of proving that it can be done, or in this case, setting a Guinness World record, and then destroying all that work.  However, Cory Nielsen of Phoenix, Arizona, has built something that is really rather cool, and I couldn’t help but share it with you. penny-pyramid-2.jpgIt is a pyramid made of pennies.  1,030,315 pennies, to be exact.  It weighs 6,360 pounds and stands 44.6 inches tall.  At the base, it is 65 rows wide by 65 rows long, and stands 65 rows tall.

About three years ago, Nielsen built a small one on his desk at work (nothing else to do?), using only a few pennies … 41,000 to be precise.  He showed pictures to some colleagues at work, and they wondered if that was a world record. Nielsen replied to them, “I don’t know; if it isn’t, I’ll make it one.”penny-pyramid-1.jpgOriginally thinking the world record was made of only 626,789 coins built by a man in Colorado a couple of years ago, Nielsen knew he could beat that, and so the building process began.

Once the pyramid construction began, he found out that the actual world record was set in Lithuania.

“I was already committed, and so I went ahead and beat that one too.”

And what do you think Mr. Nielsen plans to do with the pyramid that has more than $10,000 worth of copper in it?  Destroy it and take it to the credit union.  Somehow … I’m just not sure it was worth all that time, but it is rather cool … in a way.

Mr. Nielsen has a few YouTube videos …

Congratulations to Mr. Nielsen  … I guess … on fulfilling his life’s goal?  I wonder what’s next for him?

A new job for Filosofa?

I have been in an Ikea store just once, and once was enough.  It was a frustrating, painful experience, and even prompted a post on this blog some five years ago … wow, has it really been that long?  I still remember it as if it was only yesterday!  I just went back and looked … it was in the early days of this blog, and I had exactly one ‘like’ and two comments on that post!  Anyway, I don’t like to shop there, but I have a friend who works there, and I do know they treat their people very well.  So, I think I might just have found myself a job, folks!

According to United Press International (UPI) …

Furniture chain Ikea posted an unusual job opening for a “happiness hunter” willing to temporarily live in Denmark and get paid in money and meatballs to study what makes a home happy.

The company said the winning candidate will live for two weeks at a temporary home in Copenhagen and will experience “home visits, guided tours, talks and dinners” in a bid to determine the ingredients for a happy home.

The person will document the experience on social media.

The winning candidate will be paid a salary that corresponds to the average Danish living standard and receive free meatball meals from Ikea.

Applications are being accepted online through July 1.

What do you think, guys?  Sounds good, yes?  Guess I better update my résumé!

As you know, for me the only way to kick off a new week is with a cute animal video …

And I came across these …


And lastly, I promised this song, The Rainbow Connection, sung as only Kermit The Frog can sing it, to a special young reader …

And that’s it for today, my friends.  Be sure to share those smiles this week, for not everybody got to hear Kermit singing!  Keep safe and have a great week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!


Humour To End The Week …

It’s Friday … finally!  The end of a loooooong week for us all.  Let’s start the weekend off on the right foot … let’s laugh at some of the stupidity of our government.  We can effect change over time, but there is no immediate solution, so that which you cannot change … you laugh at!

One of the two biggest stories of the week was Trump kicking off his 2020 campaign.  Now, I don’t understand why this is a big deal, considering he registered to run for re-election on the very day he was inaugurated after stealing his first election!  But, a big deal was made by the trumpians, so it made the news.

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And the democrats mostly launched their campaigns already, though with somewhat less fanfare …




The second big news item was the escalation of tensions between Trump and Iran.  Note that I did not say ‘between the U.S. and Iran’, for this attempt to bully Iran into a war is solely a creation of team Trump-Pompeo-Bolton … the rest of us have no interest in starting a new war in the Middle East, especially one that is built on lies and false premises.


The immigrant situation at the southern border continues, or perhaps worsens as Trump announced that he is going to deport some 11 million immigrants … the fact that it isn’t true matters not to his base, for as long as he says it, they lap it up like a cat laps up cream …

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The media was its own news this week, when the New York Times announced the firing of its political cartoonists (baaaad move) and when Trump announced that his primary mouthpiece, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, would be leaving at the end of June (YAY!!!)


A few ‘toons about the abomination that is Trump …


Have a great weekend, my friends!

Letting The Mind Off The Leash …

I decided just to let my mind off the leash to ramble wherever it wishes this afternoon …

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Until today, we did not live on lakefront property …20190618_151141.jpgIt has rained almost constantly since Friday night, and this is the result.  This used to just be grass, but now I’m wishing I hadn’t given away my fishing rod ‘n reel several years ago!  For a time, the flowers were enjoying the rain, but now I hear their wee voices saying, “Enough already!!!”  Anybody have a small boat we can borrow, just in case?

I remember as a small child overhearing somebody say to my mother, “We lost our mom today”, and I remember wondering why they weren’t out looking for her if she was lost.  Why is it that some people find it so hard to say, “he died”?  It isn’t a difficult word … four letters, one syllable … died.  But instead people say someone “passed” … huh?  No, they didn’t pass … they died.  Or worse yet, is when they say the person “went home”.  No!  She died.  Period.  Call a spade a spade, because finding cutesy little ways of saying ‘he died’ isn’t going to bring him back to life, and it’s confusing as hell to children and those adults like myself who take words quite literally.

Having recently hit the big 6-8, a few friends have told me that 68 is “the new 40”, and one even told me that 80 is the new 40.  I don’t believe them, of course, for I know what being 68 feels like, and I can still remember what being 40 felt like … and believe me, 68 ain’t no 40.  But it made me start thinking … what is the average life expectancy in the U.S. now, and how does it compare to other nations?  It’s plenty old … 78 … but it doesn’t rank in the top ten, and doesn’t even make the top 50!  Surprised?

The U.S. ranks 53rd in the list of life expectancies, at 78.7 years, falling behind the Nordic countries (no surprise there) and almost every country in Europe and the UK.  We also rank lower than much of Asia, such as Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea.  We even have a lower life expectancy than Puerto Rico. Why?  According to the British Journal of Medicine (BMJ), the answer is summed up in one word:  despair.

According to the report …

“In 1960, Americans had the highest life expectancy, 2.4 years higher than the average for countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). But the US started losing ground in the 1980s. US life expectancy fell below the OECD average in 1998, plateaued in 2012, and is now 1.5 years lower than the OECD average.

We are seeing an alarming increase in deaths from substance abuse and despair.”

If the substance abuse and despair were bad before, can you imagine what they will be like by the end of 2020?

And since after that, you need a laugh or two … heeeeere’s Jimmy!!!

I Can’t Seem To Stop The Snarky …

Will there ever come a day that I don’t have an excess of angst just bubbling over, demanding to put fingers to the keyboard and words to the page?  I have my doubts.

On Sunday morning, Trump posted the following tweet that was liked by 52 thousand mindless people:

“A poll should be done on which is the more dishonest and deceitful newspaper, the Failing New York Times or the Amazon (lobbyist) Washington Post! They are both a disgrace to our Country, the Enemy of the People, but I just can’t seem to figure out which is worse? The good news is that at the end of 6 years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT), both of these horrible papers will quickly go out of business & be forever gone!”

There are multiple problems with these brief 103 words.

The first, of course, is that the New York Times is not failing, nor is The Washington Post, and that neither are necessarily dishonest, though they occasionally get it wrong.  Both have made mistakes, and to their credit, they have printed apologies and retractions when necessary.  Neither are “the enemy of the people”, and in fact they are #2 and #3 on my daily source list, preceded only by The Guardian.

The second problem with Trump’s tweet is that Trump is doing nothing that even has the remotest chance of making the United States ‘great’, and it is highly speculative that he will have another six years, at least, if we have such a thing as a fair and honest election in 2020.

And lastly, though perhaps most importantly, is his innuendo that perhaps “people would demand [he] stay longer”.  No.  Effing.  Way.  The United States Constitution which, albeit singed around the edges, remains in place today, is clear on just how long a president may serve, and it is not one single day over eight years.  Trump will be an exception ONLY IF he is, at the end of his term, a dictator rather than a president.  If that happens, I blame every single person who ever voted for him, who ever attended one of his rallies and chanted “lock her up”, or who ever wore a maga hat.


Arthur Laffer

On Wednesday, Trump will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to a man named Arthur Laffer. Who, you might ask, is Arthur Laffer?  Laffer is best known for the Laffer curve, an illustration of the concept that there exists some tax rate between 0% and 100% that will result in maximum tax revenue for government.  More to the point, Laffer was an economic advisor to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.  This, more than anything, is why he is receiving the Medal of Freedom.  Like Miriam Adelson, who received the medal last year for no reason other than her and her husband’s magnanimous donations to Trump’s election campaign in 2016. The medal no longer has any meaning for it is now being given as a reward to those who lick Trump’s boots.

Last week ABC News aired an interview on This Week between Donald Trump an ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.  There is quite a bit that was of interest in the interview, and the part where he said he would accept information from a foreign entity about his political opponent if it were offered has already been discussed at some length in the news and other blogs.  But, I want to share with you a bit of the dialogue they had concerning Robert Mueller’s report.  Remember, folks, don’t expect truth from the mouth of da trumpeter …

STEPHANOPOULOS:  What’s your pitch to the swing voter on the fence? 

TRUMP: Safety, security, great economy. I think I’ve done more than any other first-term president ever. I have a phony witch hunt, which is just a phony pile of stuff. Mueller comes out. There’s no collusion. And essentially a ruling that no obstruction. And they keep going with it. You know what? People are angry about it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I don’t think that’s why he found — but we don’t have time for that now. We’ll talk about later.

TRUMP: That is what they found. Excuse me. He found no collusion. And they didn’t find anything having to do with obstruction because they made a ruling based on his findings and they said no obstruction.

STEPHANOPOULOS: They didn’t examine collusion. He laid out evidence of obstruction. 

TRUMP: Oh, are you trying to say now that there was collusion even though he said there was no collusion? 

STEPHANOPOULOS: He didn’t say there’s no collusion. 

TRUMP: He said no collusion.

STEPHANOPOULOS: He said he didn’t look at collusion.

TRUMP: George, the report said no collusion. 

STEPHANOPOULOS: Did you read the report? 

TRUMP: Uh, yes I did, and you should read it, too. 

STEPHANOPOULOS: I read every word.

TRUMP: All right, let’s go. You should read it, too, George.

monday-toon-1It’s reminiscent of an Abbott and Costello clip, don’t you think?  A more stupid man has never sat in the Oval Office.  And then the conversation turned to former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who testified under oath to Robert Mueller’s team that Trump had asked him to fire Mueller, and then later that he had asked him to deny that he had ever asked him.

TRUMP: I don’t care what he says. It doesn’t matter. That was to show everyone what a good counsel he was. Now, he may have gotten confused with the fact that I’ve always said, and I’ve said it to you, and I’ve said to anybody that would listen, Robert Mueller was conflicted. 

STEPHANOPOULOS: But why would Don McGahn lie — … Why would he lie under oath? Why would he lie under oath to Robert Mueller?

TRUMP: Because he wanted to make himself look like a good lawyer. Or — or he believed it because I would constantly tell anybody that would listen, including you, including the media, that Robert Mueller was conflicted. Robert Mueller had a total conflict of interest.

After the interview, he tweeted …

“Think I will do many more Network Interviews, as I did in 2016, in order to get the word out that no President has done what I have in … the first 2 1/2 years of his Presidency, including the fact that we have one of the best Economies in the history of our Country. It is called Earned Media. In any event, enjoy the show!”

I think it is a threat to torture us!  And by the way … Trump’s approval rating based on an aggregate of polls rose from 41.2% to 42.5% just last week … an increase of 1.3%.  Can anybody ‘splain to me what the heck he did last week to make more people like him???

Last but not least, I promised a picture of my latest bumper sticker …



And now, I return you to your own life, and I am going to knead some onion bread for tonight’s supper.

Monday Is For … Being Jolly!

Good Monday morning, friends!  Come in, and welcome!  Did you all have a wonderful weekend?  Mine?  Meh.  Chris was out of town with her band at a competition in Chicago, so Goose and I just chilled out.  Other than the tornado warnings throughout the night Saturday night, nothing much to report.  I am dying to show you guys the new bumper sticker I got for my van, but … um … it’s slightly political, and the only rule for Jolly Monday is no politics, so I’ll sneak it into this afternoon’s post!  You’ll love it!  Now, grab a bit of a snack and something to drink, and let’s have a chuckle or two!

More money than good sense

Get a load of this one.  A lock of Beethoven’s hair is going on the auction block at Sotheby’s in London and was initially expected to bring between $15,000 and $19,000, however it sold for £35,000, or $44,082.50 USD!  The auctioneer said the hair was given by Beethoven to contemporary Anton Halm as a gift for Halm’s wife.  Say WHAT???  Who gives a lock of their hair to a friend for his wife … who gives a lock of hair to anybody, for that matter.  Apparently, Mr. Halm had previously bought what was supposedly a lock of Beethoven’s hair from a third party at some point, but it turned out to be goat’s hair.

Personally, I think there’s something wrong with anybody who wants a lock of someone else’s hair, except maybe their own child!Beethoven hairThe hair is held together by a genuine silk thread, and is encased in a 19th century glazed oval frame.  That amount of money … for a lock of hair of a dead person, albeit a famous dead person … is further proof, if any were needed, that people with money to burn are people of very little brain.

Name that baby!

Did you have trouble choosing a name for any of your children?  My late ex and I fought over a middle name for our first child, daughter Chris, and thus she has no middle name.  Her first name is Christina, and I wanted her middle name to be ‘Maria’, but Donnie (the late ex) said it sounded too Spanish.  So, we left it for her to choose her own, and she never did.  The next one, a boy, I chose Michael, and Donnie insisted on “Frank” for the middle name, after his favourite uncle.  Never mind that Uncle Frank had made passes at me on multiple occasions!  Then, when the third one came along, I chose Thomas, and Donnie ranted that I had named the first two, this was the last one, and it was his turn, so the poor kid ended up with the name “Clifford William”.  Anyway … to the point …

If you’re having trouble settling on a name for your baby, there is a start up company, Future Perfect, that will do it for you … for a mere $350!  Founded by two moms who met on a playground and bonded over their children’s unique names, the company offers a variety of packages ranging from the $100 “The Riff” package that includes a 15-minute “namestorming” session via phone, to the $350 “The Works” package that features a 15-minute consultation that leads to a list of 10 suggested first names and 10 suggested middle names for the baby.

I repeat what I said in the last piece … some people have a lot more money than common sense.

Climate Change ahead …

You know those digital traffic signs that road crews use to warn of various road conditions ahead?  Well, in Houston, somebody got the idea of hacking one such sign.  The sign originally read “Reduce Speed Now”, but one morning last week, motorists were seeing a variety of messages, including …

  • Global warming at work
  • Warning: Hurricane Human
  • Triassic weather ahead
  • We are the asteroid

sign-hackedPersonally, I think the messages are relevant and timely.  The original message might have been intended to save lives that day, but … the replacement messages might save lives over a much longer term.

Apparently, this is not a new phenomenon, for in North Carolina last month, somebody changed a digital sign to read, “Idiots on bikes”, and in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, an extremely obscene message replaced the original that warned of a detour.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

You just have to see/hear this beautiful, talented young lady play the song …

Isn’t she amazing?

How about a few cartoons to bring a chuckle?


And, what is Jolly Monday without a cute animal video?  I actually came across this one a few weeks ago, put it away for safekeeping, and of course forgot where I put it … rather like the bunch of fresh parsley I lost this weekend.  Anyway, prepare to smile …

jollyAnd that’s a wrap for today, my friends!  Please don’t forget to share those gorgeous smiles I see on your faces … I left a few extras by the door, so feel to grab one on your way out in case you lose yours sometime this week.  Love ‘n Hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!


Saturday Surprise — Happy Father’s Day

It’s Saturday, folks!!!  The WEEKEND is finally here!  For me, it’s a quiet weekend.  Chris is in Chicago for a band competition, so it’s just me and Miss Goose.  Yesterday … we did nothing useful.  We both went for a walk, she took out the trash, I tidied the kitchen, and we snacked on whatever is residing in the fridge that isn’t covered in green fuzz.  Who knows what today will bring?  I definitely have to at least do a load or two of laundry, but beyond that … probably not much!  Sunday is Father’s Day, so before I forget, I want to wish all you dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!!!

And thus ends another Saturday Surprise!  Have a great weekend, my friends!weekend

Snarky Snippets — Two Of ‘Em!

Just a couple of snarky snippets to share with you today, for my mind has not yet stopped bouncing about from pillar to post.

Let ‘em all go free …

Remember Flint Michigan and the water crisis?  I first wrote about it in January 2016 when children in Flint were found to have high levels of lead in their blood, which was eventually traced to the water, and in late December 2015, residents were warned not to drink the water, cook with it, or consume it in any way.  The city, in an effort to save money in 2014, had switched from the Detroit water system to using water from the Flint River, without the proper testing, and the result was toxic levels of lead in the water. At least 12 people died from an outbreak of Legionnaire’s Disease as a result of the contaminated water.  It is now more than three years later, and the water is still not safe to drink, still does not meet federal standards.

Fifteen state and local officials, including emergency managers who ran the city and a member of the governor’s cabinet, had been accused by state prosecutors of crimes as serious as involuntary manslaughter. Seven had already taken plea deals. Eight more, including most of the highest-ranking officials, were awaiting trial.  And then, in a jaw-dropping move yesterday, prosecutors dropped all charges against officials accused of ruining the community’s drinking water and ignoring signs of a crisis.

Why??? The answer is simple:  politics and … well, politics.  Michigan’s Republican attorney general in 2016, Bill Schuette, appointed a team that began investigating and announcing criminal charges, however they apparently didn’t do much of an investigation.  After three years, the cases were moving at a crawl.  Then, in 2018, a new attorney general took office, Dana Nessel, a Democrat.  New prosecutors assigned by Ms. Nessel expressed concern about evidence collection and decided to drop the charges and open a new investigation. Flint-protestThree years … who knows how much money wasted … and not a single prosecution, not a single person has spent a single day in jail.  Even the seven people who had made a plea deal had not yet been sentenced.  Understandably and justifiably, the people of Flint are disgusted and out of patience.  Although a new investigation has been promised … every promise that has been made to the people of Flint thus far has been broken, and they still do not have potable water, so why should they believe this promise?

You will NOT be missed, Sarah …

Sarah-Sanders-2It was announced yesterday that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving at the end of June.  Mind you, it’s been some 94 days since she last held so much as a press briefing, so nobody knows quite what she has been doing for the past three months anyway.  But, if you want a good laugh, consider this … she said she hopes to be remembered for her transparency and honesty!  🤣🤣🤣  She has been anything but transparent or honest, and has been naught but a paid mouthpiece for whatever gaslighting Trump ordered her to do.  Surely she has told nearly as many lies as Trump himself, and she is one of the ones who claimed that “God wanted Donald Trump to become president.” 

Trump announced Sander’s departure … via tweet, of course …

“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas. She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”

Sarah-cartoon-2I don’t know whether she actually plans to run for governor against incumbent Asa Hutchinson, whose term will end in 2022, but nothing would surprise me these days.  One could hope that the good people of Arkansas have better sense.

Fox ‘News’, meanwhile had this to say …

“Sanders did her job, just not the role the liberal press demanded. She served as President Donald Trump’s press secretary, not the ally journalists wanted to help them oust Trump. Instead of celebrating a woman rising to such an important role, both news and entertainment media mocked her looks, her job performance and, even, her honesty.”

Did you expect otherwise?  I wonder who Trump will find to replace her?  She’s leaving some pretty big shoes to fill …

That’s all I’ve got for today folks!  Hope you all have a great weekend!

Tidbits From A Bouncing Mind

Once again in the throes of mind bounce, and having many disruptions and distractions, I think it’s better I stick with a few bits ‘n pieces today, rather than try for a longer post.  First off, I would like to share with you the latest Borowitz Report … it explains some things we’ve all been curious about …

borowitz-andyMINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”

More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.

While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.

Bye-Bye Kellyanne!  We won’t miss you!Kellyanne-ConwayBreaking news in The Washington Post this morning:  Office of Special Counsel recommends removal of Kellyanne Conway from federal office for violating the Hatch Act  

The Office of Special Counsel has recommended the removal of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway from federal office for violating the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in political activity in the course of their work.

The report submitted to President Trump found that Conway violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.”

The counsel said Conway was a repeat offender and recommended that she be removed from federal office.

The Office of Special Counsel is run by Henry Kerner, whom Trump nominated to the post.

Best guess is that Trump will choose to ignore the recommendation just as he does all others, but it was a nice try, anyway.  And by the way … if the Hatch Act “bars federal employees from engaging in political activity in the course of their work”, then isn’t Trump in violation of the Act for holding all his rallies, and denigrating all his political opponents?  Think on that one for just a minute.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch …

While we have always believed that no person is above the law of the land, Trump claims otherwise.  He filed a brief in The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that takes the position that Congress cannot investigate the president, except possibly in impeachment proceedings.  According to Kellyanne’s husband, George Conway …

“It’s a spectacularly anti-constitutional brief, and anyone who harbors such attitudes toward our Constitution’s architecture is not fit for office. Trump’s brief is nothing if not an invitation to commencing impeachment proceedings that, for reasons set out in the Mueller report, should have already commenced.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform subpoenaed Trump’s accountants in mid-April for relevant documents, and Trump tried to block the move, only to be sternly rebuked in mid-May by a federal judge in Washington.

The appeals brief filed Monday by Trump attacks that decision. But to describe Trump’s brief is to refute it. He argues that Congress is “trying to prove that the President broke the law” and that that’s something Congress can’t do, because it’s ‘an exercise of law enforcement authority that the Constitution reserves to the executive branch.’”

It’s rather akin to saying that a police officer who shoots an unarmed person without just cause cannot be fired or prosecuted.  So … a return to the days of the Old West???  There is, it seems to me, more than ample cause to start impeachment proceedings immediately, if for no other reason than to ensure that Bozo the Clown is not on the ballot in 2020!

And that’s a wrap for this afternoon, folks!  Have a good one!