Good morning, friends, and welcome to the rabbit hole … er … Filosofa’s Word. Perhaps I should rename this blog “The Rabbit Hole”, what do you think? Anyway, what better way to partly relieve the angst than just a few snarky snippets?
It seems that politicians no longer care what they say, to whom or about whom they say it. Do they really think that it’s impressive or funny when they thoughtlessly denigrate others? And I’m not just talking about Trump, although he certainly is chief among them for horribly disgusting behaviour and language.A few weeks ago, I wrote about Stephen Moore, one of Trump’s picks for the Federal Reserve Board. What I did not know when I wrote that piece is some of Mr. Moore’s past misogynistic comments that have recently surfaced after an investigation by CNN. Here are just a few (the comments in blue are Filosofa’s own snark) …
- When he found his wife had voted for a democrat in 2000, he said “Women are sooo malleable! No wonder there’s a gender gap.” (If we’re so ‘malleable’, jerkface, then how come you couldn’t convince her to vote your way? Maybe she actually … has a brain and knows how to use it???)
“How outrageous is this? This year they allowed a woman ref a men’s NCAA game. Liberals celebrate this breakthrough as a triumph for gender equity. The NCAA has been touting this as example of how progressive they are. I see it as an obscenity. Is there no area in life where men can take vacation from women?” (Oh yeah, Buster, you can go jump in that bloomin’ lake over there!)
“Here’s the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything.” (Fine by me … try making your own coffee, your own bed, or your own kids, A$$hole!)
“What are the implications of a society in which women earn more than men? We don’t really know, but it could be disruptive to family stability. If men aren’t the breadwinners, will women regard them as economically expendable?” (Your sort are certainly expendable, Bucko!)
“Well, we’ve probably gone too far in providing the safety net for the elderly. To a large extent, we’ve started a system in this country where we are taxing struggling middle-class families that are young to provide lavish government benefits for people over 65.” (Now wait just a minute here … did he say ‘lavish’? I can barely afford my insulin! And why tax the ‘struggling young middle-class? Why not try taxing that fat cat 1% rich bastards?)
As I noted in my other post about Mr. Moore, his wife finally and wisely divorced him, and then he failed to pay child support. What a guy, eh? And Trump wants him to sit on the Federal Reserve Board. Go figure. If the Senate confirms this one …
Steve King can relate?
Another Steve … you know what? Trump seems to attract people with that name and they are all jerks! Stephen Moore, Steve Mnuchin, Steven Miller …
Congressman Steve King … remember him? He’s been on my radar numerous times, but back in March 2017 he earned Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award. Since then, he has been called on the carpet more than once for bigoted, hate-filled remarks made in public, and was removed from his committee assignments by members of the House. Well, somehow he’s gotten it into his head that it makes him rather like the biblical Jesus Christ …
“For all that I’ve been through and it seems even strange for me to say it but I’m at a certain peace. And it’s because of a lot of prayers for me. And when I had to step I have to step down to the floor of the House of Representatives and look up at those 400-and-some accusers — you know we just passed through Easter and Christ’s passion — and I have better insight into what He went through for us, partly because of that experience.”
Oh spare me. The interesting thing here is that even the unconscionable Mitch McConnell called Steve King out for his bigotry. One of the best comments on the Idiot of the Week post two years ago came from my good friend Emily ..
“When they send people to Congress, they aren’t sending their best. They’re idiots, and numb-nuts, and some, I assume, are good people…”
We, the United States, no longer have a representative on the United Nations’ committee on racism. Why? We did have a representative on the committee, Gay McDougall. But, she had at some point said things about Trump that he didn’t like, so when the State Department planned to re-nominate her, Trump nixed the idea. And did he replace her with someone else? No, he did not. Why? Because, as we have all heard, he has little or no respect for such international cooperatives, which is why he stupidly pulled us out of the Paris Accord, the Iran deal, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and is gradually pulling away from the United Nations. According to one official …
“… it cements the narrative that the Americans just don’t care about these kinds of things anymore.”
I’m certainly no fan of Kirstjen Nielsen, former Director of Homeland Security, but it appears she was at least trying to do one thing right, and that was assure election integrity, or at least an election free of Russian interference, next year. Ms. Nielsen had become increasingly concerned about Russia’s continued activity in the United States during and after the 2018 midterm elections — ranging from its search for new techniques to divide Americans using social media, to experiments by hackers, to rerouting internet traffic and infiltrating power grids.
Concerned, Ms. Nielsen was trying to arrange a meeting with administration cabinet officials to coordinate a strategy to protect next year’s elections, but she was warned off by White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney. Why? Because it might upset Donald Trump who does not wish to hear about the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections since it calls into question whether he would have been able to win on his own.
A) He did not win, for Hillary Clinton had almost 3 million more votes than he, and B) No, he couldn’t win a contest for dogcatcher on his own.
And so, Ms. Nielsen eventually gave up. According to a document prepared by government intelligence agencies …
“Russia’s social media efforts will continue to focus on aggravating social and racial tensions, undermining trust in authorities and criticizing perceived anti-Russia politicians. Moscow may employ additional influence tool kits — such as spreading disinformation, conducting hack-and-leak operations or manipulating data — in a more targeted fashion to influence U.S. policy, actions and elections.”
Yet, we are to do nothing because it might make Little Donnie feel bad? Bull!
I could go on … and on … and on. In this era of Trump, the b.s. just keeps coming at warp speed. I’ve been knocked off my feet a few times in the past week or two, and I’m sure it’s going to get worse before it gets better. My means of surviving is to write about it and share it with you guys! Isn’t that kind of me? I believe it is only right to share everything!