I tried to come up with something fun for a Saturday Surprise post, but sadly the snarky angst is bubbling over, so please forgive my lack of humour today. Perhaps there will be a Sunday Surprise – who knows?
The not-so-great State of Ohio
I hate the state I live in – Ohio. I have always hated it, and had it not been for a job offer from Honda back in the 80s, I would never have moved to this state. I’ve lived in the State Capitol, Columbus, and for the last nearly 30 years, have lived in the northern suburbs of Cincinnati. The state is heavily republican, and about 80% of the people are arrogant bigots. But what I read today makes me more determined than ever to get the hell out of this state!
This memo put out by two state legislators says it all …
One of the “greatest presidents in American history”????? WTF????? If this passes, then I am definitely leaving the state, if I have to live in a lean-to in the mountains and forage for wild berries and mushrooms to eat!
Jon Stewart on Twitter
Comedian Jon Stewart, a long-time favourite of mine, joined Twitter two days ago, though he has long said it would never happen, and already he has nearly one million followers! Wow … I’ve been on Twitter since January 2009 – 12 years – and I have only 140 followers! And he’s only tweeted twice! Hmmmm … wonder what I’m doing wrong?
Reward for bad behaviour?
Yesterday I wrote a rant about newly-elected representative Marjorie Taylor-Greene. She is a conspiracy theorist, a gun-totin’ bitch, a Trump loyalist, and played a role in the attack on Congress on January 6th. Many, including myself, have called for her to be removed from the House of Representatives, for she is not somebody I want making the laws that I live under.
She is not, in fact, lawmaker material, but rather troublemaker material with her many nasty remarks and allegations that 9/11, the Sandy Hook school shootings, and the Parkland school shootings were all hoaxes. More recently it has come to light that she said that ‘wildfires in California were not natural. Forests don’t just catch fire, you know. Rather, the blazes had been started by PG&E, in conjunction with the Rothschilds, using a space laser, in order to clear room for a high-speed rail project.’
But now for the worst of it!
The only education this woman has is a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She does not have a degree in education, has never been a teacher, and yet she was placed on the House Education and Labour Committee! She would be making the decisions about what is taught and how it is taught in our public schools??? NO! Just effing NO! After her committee placement was criticized by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and in light of Greene’s spreading of conspiracy theories regarding school shootings, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz introduced a motion to remove Greene from all committee assignments. I want her removed from Congress … hell, truth be told, I want her removed from the planet Earth! Send her to join her alien friends somewhere way up in space! See if Elon Musk can help.
A breath of fresh air … literally
President Biden has nominated Deb Haaland to be the new Secretary of the Interior, replacing Trump’s fossil fuel entwined David Bernhardt. Let me tell you just a bit about Deb Haaland …
Ms. Haaland is a politician who has been the U.S. Representative from New Mexico’s 1st congressional district since 2019. The district includes most of Albuquerque, along with most of its suburbs. Haaland is a former chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. Along with Sharice Davids, she is one of the first two Native American women elected to the U.S. Congress. Haaland is an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo and a 35th-generation New Mexican. Haaland is a political progressive who supports the movements to abolish ICE and to implement the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.
When President Biden picked Representative Haaland to be his Interior secretary, the positive response to the historic choice was so enormous, it virtually overshadowed any meaningful dissent. But now that the bulk of the confirmation hearings are due to start next week, the naysayers are coming out of the woodwork. Why?
Two words: fossil fuel. Senator Bill Cassidy, a republican from Louisiana who sits on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which will oversee Haaland’s confirmation proceedings, and appears ready to hold Haaland to account for the Biden administration’s plans to stop issuing new leases for oil and gas drilling on federal lands. THOSE LEASES NEED TO BE STOPPED! Fossil fuels are just that … fossil: a relic of the past! Renewable energy is where we turn our sights now, Mr. Cassidy!
Ms. Haaland stands for strong conservation, climate action, and tribal rights … all in direct contrast with the fossil fuel industry, in whose pockets are many of the republicans in Congress, obviously including Mr. Cassidy. I have sent an email to both of my state’s senators urging them to confirm the nomination of Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior, for I feel strongly that her values are what this nation needs more of.
A laugh or two
And last, I give you a bit of humour about … well, about so many things. This clip from Jimmy Kimmel actually made me laugh, so watch it – it’ll be good for your blood pressure!