There was much big news this past week, mostly the Ethiopian Airlines crash and the two mosque shootings in New Zealand and add to that Trump’s veto of the bipartisan bills to halt his emergency declaration and his frequent Twitter rants. So, smaller stories may have gotten lost in the shuffle. Now that I have caught my breath, I’ve caught up on email and would like to bring you some of those little stories, along with, of course, my snarky commentary.
Kellyanne speaks … sort of
Just as Trump shuns our friends, nations that have long earned our respect, and panders to dictators who have by no means earned our respect, he shuns the legitimate press and panders to the likes of Fox, Breitbart and even Alex Jones. Thursday, he gave an interview to Breitbart, and here is a snippet of what he said …
“I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of Bikers for Trump. I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”
Oooohhh … tough talk from a wuss who cries every time somebody says something negative about him! But then, the next day, America’s #1 bimbo, Kellyanne Conway, appeared on CNN for a segment with Chris Cuomo. Cuomo mentioned Trump’s remark and asked Kellyanne if she really thought that was appropriate speech for a world leader, given that it sounds more like something Don Corleone would have said. Kellyanne’s response?
“You’re just reading into it like you usually do. He was talking about how peaceful and gentle many people are who are otherwise tough. Christopher, he didn’t threaten and he’s not threatening violence.”
Cuomo gave up on that one and moved to another topic. In a Wednesday interview, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said that morals don’t matter much when it comes to presidents. Cuomo played that clip for Kellyanne, and mentioned, as a lead-in to a question, that the Republican Party once had a mantra, “character counts”. Before he could get to the question, Kellyanne burst forth with …
“I’m sorry is there a question lurking in there or are you pontificating? Because you invited me on here to answer questions.”
The entire interview was ridiculous, but good for a few laughs if you have the stomach for it and ten minutes to spare.
A real shocker!
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was attending a vigil for victims of Friday’s massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, when she was confronted by a student who seemingly blamed her for the massacre.
“This right here is the result of a massacre stoked by people like you and the words that you put out into the world. And I want you to know that and I want you to feel that deep down inside. Forty-nine people died because of the rhetoric you put out there.”
Clinton handled the situation with remarkable aplomb …
“Certainly, it was never my intention. I do believe words matter. I believe we have to show solidarity.”
But here is the strangest thing of all. Somebody you would least expect came to her defense. Take a guess … a wild guess. Give up? It was Don Trump, Jr.!
“It’s sickening to see people blame @ChelseaClinton for the NZ attacks because she spoke out against anti-Semitism. We should all be condemning anti-Semitism & all forms of hate. Chelsea should be praised for speaking up. Anyone who doesn’t understand this is part of the problem.”
You could have knocked me over with a feather!
Thumbs-up x2 for New Zealand’s good sense …
In the wake of Friday’s mosque shootings, a few people have said some really, really ignorant and cruel things. One of those people was none other than radical Milo Yiannopoulos, who is apparently trying to set a record for being uninvited to the most places. Yiannopoulos was scheduled to visit Australia and had just been issued a visa over the objections of the home affairs department.
But then, in a Facebook post, Yiannopoulos blamed the radicalism behind the attack on left-leaning progressives, and called Islam a “barbaric, alien religious” culture. After that, immigration minister David Coleman said on Saturday that comments about Islam made by Yiannopoulos in the wake of the Christchurch massacre were “appalling and foment hatred and division” and he would not be allowed in the country. Score one for common sense!
In the aftermath of the shootings, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made a promise to the people: “Our gun laws will change”. While most European nations ban them, New Zealand allows, with a special permit, pistols, semi-automatic weapons and machine guns. That is the only major difference between NZ and most other European nations’ gun laws, and it was the reason the shooter, Brenton Tarrant, came to the country from his native Australia, to do his dirty deeds.
New Zealand Attorney General David Baker announced at a vigil late Friday that the country would ban semiautomatic weapons. Although this will require more than a statement by the Attorney General and the Prime Minister, and is far from a done deal, isn’t it refreshing to see a country that doesn’t hide behind a shield, a country where the heads of government put the lives of the people they represent ahead of the profits of gun manufacturers? Listen up, U.S. lawmakers!
Score two for common sense!
A bit of good news …
I conclude with a tidbit of good news. The University of Tennessee announced recently it would guarantee free tuition and fees to admitted in-state residents with a family household income of less than $50,000. University President Randy Boyd announced the program, to start in the fall of 2020, saying …
“This isn’t a school just for the wealthy or the elite. This is a school for everyone. It is critically important that we take a lead role in ensuring students can achieve their dream of obtaining an undergraduate college degree. It is our mission and responsibility to do everything we can to ease the financial burden for our middle- and working-class families, and UT Promise is an ideal conduit to achieve that.”
Let us hope that this paves the way for many, many more colleges and universities to offer similar opportunities. Similar free-tuition programs are available in Oregon, Nevada, Arkansas, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Indiana. Lawmakers in eight other states are considering similar programs. Eat your heart out, Betsy DeVos!
I think that’s about enough of my snarkiness for one day, so enjoy what’s left of your Sunday, and I shall return in the morning with Jolly Monday!