I Never Run Out Of Snarky Snippets …

snarky-toonI don’t know why it is, but I always seem to have an overload of snark in my head these days.  It’s gotten so bad that when I cut a corner too close the other day and bumped my shoulder, I yelled that whatever idiot built this house must have been a republican!  And when one of the kitties turned over the dish of kibble and it went all over the floor, I gave her a 10-minute lecture about the importance of neatness and told her that if she didn’t mend her ways I would give her to a republican family.  So, it must be time for me to open that release valve and share my angst with you, my friends!


Plagiarism???

It was one week ago today that four tornados ripped through central Alabama, leaving devastation and lost lives in their wake.  Donald Trump, with Melania at his side, and the requisite 2 steps behind, went to Alabama to survey the damage, to bring well-wishes, and to be seen as doing that thing that presidents do.  But one thing he did has the wires buzzing …

He signed bibles.  Now, my issue with this is not religious-based, for you all know that I am not religious.  But the way I see it, authors sign books they have written … their own work.  Painters sign their own paintings.  You do not sign work that isn’t your own, and the bible damn sure isn’t written by a man who cannot even write his own name legibly or speak in complete sentences.  To me, this is a form of plagiarism, pure and simple.

Other presidents including Ronald Reagan and Franklin Roosevelt have also signed bibles, and I don’t condone that either, lest anybody think I’m just picking on Trump.  Oh, and it is said that Melania also signed a few.


Chris Wallace feels rejected …Chris-WallaceI’ve generally considered Chris a solid journalist, a cut above the usual Fox ‘News’ fare, and I’ve wondered why he was at Fox when I thought he would likely be welcomed with open arms by any of the legitimate news networks.  Perhaps Chris is also beginning to wonder what he’s doing at Fox.  As I noted in an earlier post the Democratic National Committee (DNC) decided that Fox News would not host the democratic primary debates.  There are very valid reasons for this decision, notably the almost familial relationship between Fox and Donald Trump.  Wallace, who certainly would have been one of the moderators if Fox hosted the debates, seemed disappointed …

“To be banned, or boycotted, for the 12 debates over the next year, is kind of stunning.”

Well, Chris, it’s like that old saying my grandmother used to use:  If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.  Perhaps Mr. Wallace will soon decide to go to work for a legitimate news outlet.

I’m a bit disappointed in Chris for toeing the party line, because in the past, he has shown himself to be far less a trumpeter than the rest of the clan over at Fox.  He criticed Trump for referring to the press as the “enemy of the people”, and in turn he says Trump “let me know that he doesn’t think I treat him fair”.


Shine on …bill-shineAnd speaking of Fox, one of their former executives, Bill Shines, who joined the Trump administration eight months ago as a “assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for communications”, whatever the heck that means, has already resigned.  Why?  Not because he’s fed up with Trump and his ways, but because he wants even more … he is planning to work on Trump’s campaign for 2020.  (Why is there even a Trump campaign for 2020?  He needs to be gone long before then!)

Shine’s new title is “senior adviser to the president’s 2020 reelection campaign”.  Actually, his prior and new title both translate into “boot-licker”, so let’s call a spade a bloody shovel, shall we?  In Shine’s own words …

“Serving President Trump and this country has been the most rewarding experience of my entire life. To be a small part of all this President has done for the American people has truly been an honor. I’m looking forward to working on President Trump’s reelection campaign and spending more time with my family.”

Oh please.  Mr. Shine must have had a pathetically deprived life if this was the “most rewarding experience” in it.  If I were his wife, I’d be packing my bags right about now, for obviously he loves Trump more than her or his children.

However, there may be more to it than meets the eye, for rumour has it that there have been several disagreements between Trump and Shine in recent weeks.  Nonetheless, Trump had high praise for Shine …

“Bill Shine has done an outstanding job working for me and the Administration. We will miss him in the White House, but look forward to working together on the 2020 Presidential Campaign, where he will be totally involved. Thank you to Bill and his wonderful family!”

Stay tuned … Shine may either fade into oblivion and write another ‘tell-all’ book about his stint in the administration, or he may end up being Trump’s next campaign manager.trump-staff.png


Don’t hold your breath, Mike …

I see that Michael Cohen is suing the Trump Organization for unpaid legal fees.    What are the odds of him collecting on that?  Nada. Zero. Zilch.  Even if a judge orders restitution, it won’t happen.  Trump is notorious for cheating legitimate creditors out of their money, so why would he be likely to pay the man who has, under oath, called him a liar, a racist, and a cheat?


Another one drops out …

U.S. Senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown, has dropped out of the running for the 2020 presidential election.  In one sense, I am sorry to hear this, for he is a good man with sound ideas for what a government should and shouldn’t be or do.  I think he would have made a fine president.  However, his odds weren’t good, for he is not well known to most living outside Ohio, and at this point, there are already too many in the running, making the long runup to the primary somewhat of a joke.  While typically I think the more the merrier … give We the People the chance to get to know a wide variety, narrow the field bit by bit, and then settle on one or two of the best.  But these are not ‘typical’ times and if Trump is still eligible to run by next year, we need to have the strongest, most ‘electable’ candidate to unseat the incumbent.  Unfortunately, that is not Sherrod Brown.

While Senator Brown is not in the running, he is still fighting the good fight, as he will hold his senate seat at least until 2025 …

“I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism.  I will keep fighting for all workers across the country… And I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic president.”


And that is just about enough snarkiness for today, don’t you think?  I’m sure there will be more soon, for I never seem to run out of something to natter about.  My family, both the humans and the furry ones, thank you for giving me a platform to vent, thus relieving them of the burden.

The Fox is Guarding the Hen House …

Back in the days when I frequently made hiring decisions, my usual venue to search for employees was the local newspaper.  In the last few years of my career, I more often used CareerBuilder or Monster.com.  On a few occasions, when hiring for a higher-level position, I used headhunters.  But never in my most desperate moments would I have dreamed of using Fox News as an employment agency!

bill-shineToday came the announcement that Trump has hired Bill Shine, formerly of Fox News, to be the new communications director, a position previously held by Hope Hicks, Anthony Scaramucci, Sean Spicer and Michael Dubke.  The position has been empty since Hicks left in March after testifying to the House Intelligence Committee that she had lied for Trump.

Shine comes with his own built-in set of controversies, as he was forced to leave Fox News in disgrace in May 2017.  Shine was accused of covering up for a number of sexual harassment cases within the network.  He had been known as Roger Ailes “fixer”, similar to the role Michael Cohen played for Trump.  Ailes was forced out amid a wave of sexual assault allegations that Shine, apparently, tried to cover up, but that later came back to bite him.  Hmmmm … it seems that he will fit right in with the immorality that exists in the White House, doesn’t it?

But this is not the first time Trump has sought to hire Fox News castoffs!

  • john-boltonNational Security Advisor, John Bolton, has been a Fox commentator/contributor for the past ten years.  When hired on by Trump, he indicated that he still considers himself a Fox contributor.

  • Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Heather Nauert, was an anchor on Fox and Friends since 2007, and was hired into the State Department in April 2017, promoted to her current position in March 2018.


  • White House Director of Strategic Communications, Mercedes Schlapp, was a Fox News contributor until her hiring in September 2017; however, she continues to appear regularly on Fox News.


  • Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Tony Sayegh, has been with Fox since 2009, and despite his duties in his new position, he still finds time to appear regularly on Fox News.


  • K.T. McFarland was hired by Trump shortly after the inauguration in January 2017, to serve as Deputy National Security Advisor under Michael Flynn.  McFarland was a Fox contributor since around 2010.  However, after Flynn’s resignation, she was asked to step down.


  • larry-kudlowAlthough this one comes from CNBC instead of Fox, it is worth noting that Director of the National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, was hired in March 2018 to replace Gary Cohn who decided he had enough of Trump’s ways.  Kudlow had his own program, The Kudlow Report, until he left to take the position Trump offered.

Given the number of these people who continue to be ‘Fox-friendly’, I have to suggest that we do, indeed, have a state-run media in the U.S., and its name is Fox News.

Bill Shine is known to be a close confidant of Trump’s best buddie Sean Hannity, and I see, with his hiring, even stronger ties between Fox and the White House.  Donald Trump’s main ‘claim to fame’ is his old television ‘reality’ show, The Apprentice.  Trump is an entertainer, a provocateur, and he is running our government like just another freak show.  Frankly, if she weren’t suing him, it wouldn’t surprise me for him to put Stormy Daniels in the position of Director of the Office of Cabinet Affairs!  A fitting position, don’t you think?stormy-danielsWe needed a president who thought with his head, one who understood the workings of government, foreign relations, and environmental concerns, to name a few.  We needed a president who had morals, values. We needed a president who represented the best interests of the people … all the people.  We needed an intelligent, compassionate president. Instead, we got Trump and his band of entertainers.  The White House has been turned into the entertainment capital of the nation.  Eat your heart out, Hollywood!