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.

It’s Snarky Snippet Time!!!

It seems about time for some snarky snippets, don’t you think?


Rules were made to be … rescinded?

If you don’t like a rule, you can just ignore it.  If that doesn’t work, you can just re-write the rule.  At least, if you are Donald Trump, that seems to be the way it works.  I’m reasonably certain that it would not work that way for most of us.

Case in point …

Back in 2016, President Obama signed an executive order, part of which mandated an annual accounting of how many civilians have died in military and CIA strikes.  The goal was to increase transparency in an effort to limit the number of civilian deaths as a result of drone strikes in countries like Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan.  The deadline for that annual accounting by U.S. intelligence officials passed last week with no report issued.  And so, Trump merely rescinded that part of the executive order with an executive order of his own.  As I said at the beginning, if you don’t like the rule, or miss the deadline, just get rid of the rule!

The number of drone strikes abroad has dramatically increased since Trump took office.  For example, during President Obama’s entire eight years in office, 154 strikes were carried out in the war-torn country of Yemen.  Comparatively, during Trump’s two years, 176 have been conducted.  Extrapolating the data, more than 4.5 times as many per year under Trump.  And yet, he has decided it is not important for that data to be made public.  I beg to differ.


Freedom???

I have frequently compared the Trump administration to George Orwell’s book, 1984, and with good reason.  One of those reasons is what Orwell dubbed ‘newspeak’, and what the Trump administration has termed, ‘alternative facts’.  Either term works.  It is the means Trump & Co. use to justify the unjustifiable.  I have also said that somebody needs to write an “Alternative Facts Dictionary”, for it becomes confusing to those of us who grew up with Merriam-Webster as our guide.  Here’s a new one for you:  Freedom = deprivation of rights.  That’s funny, for I thought it was the opposite.

Specifically, ‘religious freedom’ has become a buzzword for “anything the Christians don’t like is bad and will not be tolerated”.  But would somebody please explain to me what problem Christians have with LGBT people?  Mind you, before somebody takes umbrage, I am not referring to all Christians, but the group of them that agree with Mr. Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple and ended up costing much money and causing much angst as a result of his homophobia.  Though not Christian myself, I have many friends who are Christians, but who are not homophobes. In fact, I have a number of friends who are both gay and Christian.  But then there are those others …

Nebraska State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks introduced LB 627 in January this year, a bill that would have updated all relevant state statutes to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  No-brainer, right?  But did you know there are more than two dozen states that have no LGBT nondiscrimination protections at the state level?  Long story short, the bill failed to garner the votes needed to pass. Opponents of the bill claimed that it would be used to target religious business owners in the state and punish them for their beliefs.  Bullsh*t!  People in this nation are not punished for their beliefs, but for their discriminatory actions!

Senator Robert Clements suggested that LGBT people didn’t deserve protections because he wasn’t aware of any science suggesting they were “born at birth that way.”  By a grammar book, Mr. Clements!  And perhaps re-read that bible you claim to be spouting from.

This, as well as anything, epitomizes why I eschew religion … far too often it is used as justification to promote bigotry and hate.  Michael Pence, Donald Trump, the televangelists, and all those who would enforce the “Christian point of view” on the rest of us are bigots, plain and simple.  Believe as you wish, but don’t punish those of us who do not think as you do.


Take THAT, Fox ‘News’!

Three cheers for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) who today announced that they will bar Fox ‘News’ from sponsoring the 2020 Democratic Primary Debate.  The reason they cite is an article in The New Yorker titled “The Making of the Fox News White House”.  According to DNC Chairman Tom Perez …

“Recent reporting in the New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration and Fox News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates. Therefore, Fox News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.”

Among other things, the article reported allegations that late Fox News founder Roger Ailes passed along questions to Trump prior to a 2016 Republican primary debate and noted that former Fox executive Bill Shine is now the White House communications director. Several other former Fox News employees and contributors work in the Trump administration.

I have referred to Fox as state t.v. more than once, and while that may be somewhat of a stretch, it most certainly is not an arms-length relationship as it ought to be.

Trump is none too happy about the DNC decision, it would appear.

baby-trump“Democrats just blocked @FoxNews from holding a debate. Good, then I think I’ll do the same thing with the Fake News Networks and the Radical Left Democrats in the General Election debates!”

Such is not, contrary to what he may believe, within his power.  But wait!  There are executive orders!  Oh, but it’s going to be a fun twenty months.  Define ‘fun’ as ulcer-inducing in this case.  Shoot me now.


I end this morning’s snarkiness with a cartoon …Mitch-hunt