You could probably have predicted my angst would be running high today and I would pop up with a new batch of Snarky Snippets, yes? You guys know me so well! I have been pounding my keyboard so hard that I no longer have an ‘I’, ‘O’, ‘L’, or ‘N’ … the keys work, but the lettering has been worn off. Good thing, I guess, that I took that typing class back in high school so I know where the letters are even without lettering to guide me!
Aw shucks, Mr. Barr … we can read as good as you … maybe even better!
I don’t know about you folks, but I learned basic reading skills at an early age. Since then, those skills have been enhanced and honed, and I am now quite capable of reading many things. There are things I choose not to read, for they either bore me or are offensive, but my literacy skills are at least on a par with most people’s. Why, I have even read the U.S. Constitution, something that has not, as I understand it, been done by the ‘man’ who swore under oath to uphold said document.
Along comes Mr. William Barr, the alleged Attorney General of the United States, who determines that We the People are not capable of reading a 400-page document, the Robert Mueller report, and that we haven’t the intelligence to understand it, even if we could make out the words. So … Mr. Barr decided that he would just save us the trouble of having to struggle with all that reading, and he would call a press conference and ‘splain it all to us! Why, isn’t that nice of him?
And, guess what else! Mr. Barr delayed the release of the document in order to have numerous meetings with Trump’s lawyers. Why, you ask? Well, remember back when Robert Mueller first presented the report to Mr. Barr, and Barr wrote his own 4-page little summary, whereby he informed us that Trump, Ivanka, Kushner and all the rest were innocent of any and all wrongdoing, and that Mueller’s report cleared their names? Turns out that Barr felt Trump’s lawyers ought to write their own little report to ‘splain just how, even though Trump & his cronies were in frequent communication with Putin and other Russians, there was no wrongdoing, for we might mistakenly decide on our own that there is some guilt there. William Barr — Trump’s puppet on a string.
I will not be watching Mr. Barr tell fairy tales at 9:30 a.m., nor do I have any immediate interest in the rebuttal document by Giuliani and Co., though I will no doubt read that later just to see how the spin doctors played their hand. I will, however, be reading the document prepared by Mr. Robert Mueller, whom I trust emphatically. And I will draw my own conclusions based on the modicum of intelligence that I possess. The next act in this play needs to be for Robert Mueller to testify before Congress, specifically the House of Representatives, where not everybody is drinking Kool-Aid.
Two thumbs up 👍 👍 for New York City!
Some good news from New York City. While Donald Trump and his cronies trash regulations to protect our environment and do everything they can think of to hasten the demise of the human race, New York is taking a big, positive step. The New York city council is expected to pass legislation today that will set emission caps for buildings and impose strict fines for those buildings that are found not in compliance. Their stated goal is to achieve a 40% overall reduction in emissions by the year 2030. It’s not enough, but it’s a start, and a damn sight better than our federal government is doing!According to the New York Times …
Buildings are among the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions because they use lots of energy for heating, cooling and lighting, and they tend to be inefficient, leaking heat in the winter and cool air in the summer through old windows or inadequate insulation. An inventory of greenhouse gas emissions published in 2017 found that buildings accounted for 67 percent of the city’s emissions.
I admit a bit of demonic glee picturing Trump trying to figure a way around the law. That is, until I remember that he is ‘above the law’ and will likely be the largest violator. I hope the city goes after him with the big guns!
It makes sense … it makes perfect sense!When I first heard that Bernie Sanders, not only a democrat, but a democratic socialist candidate, was appearing on Fox ‘News’, it was one of those wtf moments. But then I pondered on it, did a bit of reading, and suddenly the 💡 came on over my head. It’s positively brilliant, for a few reasons:
- Most Trump-supporters are Fox viewers, and vice versa. Therefore, they really have no idea what the democrats stand for, because all they have to judge by is what they are told by the likes of Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, Tucker Carlson, and of course Trump himself. This gives them an opportunity to see that democrats are not, in fact, the big bad wolf, but people whose goals are humanitarian. Now, I don’t look for them all to jump up and go change their party affiliation after seeing Bernie or another democratic candidate on their favourite news network, but it might open their minds a bit, might actually cause them to start thinking about some of the issues, realizing that there is more to it than they have been told.
- It gives the democrats an edge they would not otherwise have … it shows they are not pandering only to their own supporters, but are reaching out to everyone. That’s important, folks, if you remember my post from last night where I posited that Trump is not our president because he speaks to and for only those who praise him. The democrats, by appearing on Fox, are showing that they are for the entire nation, not just their own corner.
- It is irritating the heck out of Trump! Could this be the end of the romance between Trump & Fox?
Other democratic candidates are slated to appear on Fox as well, including Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Julián Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker. Sanders’ appearance at a Fox Town Hall garnered the biggest television audience of any 2020 Democratic candidate — more than 2.5 million people. This is a great way for the candidates to begin ‘reaching across the aisle’, and who knows … maybe a few Trump supporters may decide to sit on the other side of the aisle.
Well, I’m about out of snark for tonight, so I’ll return you to whatever you were doing.