Let’s Embrace The Lincoln Project-For Now

Our friend Jeff over at On the Fence Voters has written an excellent post about the Lincoln Project, their work, and how they are helping to oust the current Madman-in-Chief. Please take a look, and especially be sure to watch the videos … especially the first one! Thanks, Jeff!

On The Fence Voters

Many of you may not know who The Lincoln Project is, or what they’re all about. But the fact is, the group is currently producing some of the most scathing political ads now airing against the current president. It’s gotten his attention, as well as the rest of the Republican hierarchy.

For some background, the group consists of former Republicans who are self-described “Never Trumpers.” Many of the individuals in the group include former Republican campaign operatives like Steve Schmidt and Rick Wilson. They cut their teeth in the political world, working for previous candidates such as John McCain and George W. Bush. George Conway, an attorney who’s married to White House advisor Kelly Anne Conway, is also a group member.

Anyone who has seen Schmidt or Wilson on the various talk shows know that they are two of the most anti-Trump spokespersons. Schmidt, for one, is perhaps the most…

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Above The Law???

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court has one final chance to do the right thing, to stand for truth and justice instead of simply pandering to Donald Trump. On Tuesday, the Court is scheduled to hear one of the most consequential cases ever considered on executive privilege. Trump v Vance concerns a subpoena issued by the Manhattan district attorney to President Trump’s accountants demanding the release of tax returns and other financial documents to a grand jury. What is at stake is no less than the accountability of a president to the rule of law.

Attorney General William Barr has said that Trump, so long as he remains in office, is above the law.  We the People disagree.  This case may be the deciding factor.  That Trump has fought so hard to keep his tax returns a big secret when every other president since 1968 has released multiple years’ tax returns, and even Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence, has released 10 years’ worth of returns.  So, what is he hiding?  Some say only the fact that he is far less wealthy than he claims, but I personally think he is hiding something far more important.

Kellyanne’s husband, and co-founder of The Lincoln Project, George Conway, has written an OpEd for The Washington Post that sums it up quite well …

George Conway: No one in this country is above the law. The Supreme Court is about to teach that lesson.

ConwayBy George T. Conway III 

Contributing columnist

May 8, 2020 at 6:50 p.m. EDT

Twenty-six years ago, I published my first op-ed. Entitled “‘No Man in This Country … Is Above the Law,’” it addressed news reports that President Bill Clinton planned to claim an immunity from having to respond to Paula Jones’s sexual harassment suit. “In a case involving his private conduct,” I wrote, “a President should be treated like any private citizen. The rule of law requires no more — and no less.”

The piece led to my ghostwriting briefs for Jones, including a Supreme Court brief two years later. The Supreme Court agreed unanimously that Jones could proceed, and, like the op-ed, quoted from the Founders’ debates about the status of the president: “Far from being above the laws, he is amenable to them in his private character as a citizen, and in his public character by impeachment.” Which meant that while a president could be impeached for official misconduct, he “is otherwise subject to the laws” — and therefore could be sued — “for his purely private acts.”

I couldn’t have imagined then that another president would challenge that proposition. Then again, I couldn’t have imagined President Donald Trump.

But here we are. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear telephonic arguments in three cases addressing whether Trump can keep his tax and financial information from being disclosed, whether from Congress or criminal prosecutors. In Trump v. Vance, which involves a New York state grand jury investigation, Trump’s lawyers argue that, even when it comes to purely private conduct, the presidency insulates him from the legal process.

The case arises from a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization, and it seems there’s plenty worth examining: whether, as suggested by extensive reporting in this newspaper and other outlets, Trump’s businesses may have dodged taxes. And whether Trump’s hush-money payments, made through his lawyer Michael Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, violated state law. (Cohen pleaded guilty to federal crimes arising from those payments, which the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said were made “at the direction of Individual-1” — Trump.)

The state grand jury subpoenaed the Trump Organization and Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars, seeking tax returns and financial records. Trump sued to block the subpoena to Mazars — on the ground that he’s president. The lower federal courts rejected his pleas, and now he’s in the Supreme Court. Where he will lose — or should.

To say Trump’s argument is frivolous demeans frivolity. Clinton v. Jones dictates the result: The subpoenaed documents have nothing to do with Trump’s presidential duties — zip. That alone does it.

But Trump’s case is even weaker than Clinton’s. At least Clinton was being sued personally. He ultimately had to give evidence himself, which he did (infamously) at a deposition. But because the suit had nothing to do with presidential duties, the Supreme Court said it could proceed.

Here, Trump hasn’t been charged with or sued for anything. He’s not being required to do anything. The subpoenas have been directed at his company and his accountants. They don’t require his time or attention.

Trump’s position stupefies. In essence: Authorities can’t investigate anything touching his personal affairs — including, ahem, payments to pornographic actresses — because he’s president. Think of the logic: Not only does the president enjoy a personal constitutional immunity — his businesses do, too.

It doesn’t matter that Trump challenges a criminal inquiry, while Jones involved a civil suit. Whether a sitting president can be indicted remains unsettled, but Trump hasn’t been charged. In fact, presidents have given evidence in criminal matters many times — including ones touching them personally. Chief Justice John Marshall ordered President Thomas Jefferson to produce documents in Aaron Burr’s treason case. A unanimous Supreme Court ordered President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes, and rejected a claim of presidential privilege — in a case in which Nixon was named an unindicted co-conspirator. Clinton provided grand jury and criminal trial testimony in the Whitewater and Lewinsky investigations — matters in which he was potentially a target.

Trump complains nonetheless that letting 50 states conduct investigations involving presidents would endanger the presidency, as well as federal supremacy. A short answer is one the court gave in Jones, where Clinton raised the specter of countless private plaintiffs bringing meritless suits: Courts can address vexatious litigation case by case, and if that doesn’t suffice, Congress can legislate a fix.

A more fundamental answer, though, may be found in an amicus curiae brief in the Vance case, a brief submitted by the Protect Democracy Project and joined by me and 36 other conservatives: “The Constitution is concerned with the supremacy of federal law, not the supremacy of federal officials.”

Likewise, the Constitution is concerned with protecting the presidency, not the person who happens to be the president. That’s because no one in this country is above the law. The Supreme Court is now called upon to teach that lesson once again — even if Trump will likely never learn it.

When this case is decided, we will know two things once and for all:  1) Do we still have an independent, non-partisan Supreme Court that decides cases on merit?  2) Do we have a president, or have William Barr, Mitch McConnell, and now the Supreme Court turned the presidency into an autocracy?  Stay tuned …

Mourning In America

If you haven’t seen this latest advertisement by The Lincoln Project, a group of Republicans with consciences, it speaks for itself.  And it must be working, for Donald Trump wasted his time at 12:46 a.m. writing a series of mindless tweets in a rambling, incoherent response.  The day after this ad was released, The Lincoln Project saw their biggest fundraising day to date, so apparently some people are listening, perhaps opening their minds.  Thumbs up for the Lincoln Project, and I sincerely hope they can make a difference.

“Country Over Party” Say These Republicans …

The Lincoln Project is a political action committee formed in late 2019 by several prominent Republicans. The goal of the committee is to prevent the reelection of Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election.    Members of the advisory board have written an OpEd in The Washington Post that I think is worth sharing here.  Remember, as you read, that these are all Republicans who clearly see what Trump is doing to this nation and want something better.


We’ve never backed a Democrat for president. But Trump must be defeated.

By

George T. Conway III, Reed Galen, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver and Rick Wilson

April 15, 2020 at 2:35 p.m. EDT

The authors are on the advisory board of the Lincoln Project.

This November, Americans will cast their most consequential votes since Abraham Lincoln’s reelection in 1864. We confront a constellation of crises: a public health emergency not seen in a century, an economic collapse set to rival the Great Depression, and a world where American leadership is absent and dangers rise in the vacuum.

Today, the United States is beset with a president who was unprepared for the burden of the presidency and who has made plain his deficits in leadership, management, intelligence and morality.

When we founded the Lincoln Project, we did so with a clear mission: to defeat President Trump in November. Publicly supporting a Democratic nominee for president is a first for all of us. We are in extraordinary times, and we have chosen to put country over party — and former vice president Joe Biden is the candidate who we believe will do the same.

Biden is now the presumptive Democratic nominee and he has our support. Biden has the experience, the attributes and the character to defeat Trump this fall. Unlike Trump, for whom the presidency is just one more opportunity to perfect his narcissism and self-aggrandizement, Biden sees public service as an opportunity to do right by the American people and a privilege to do so.

Biden is a reflection of the United States. Born into a middle-class family in coal-country Pennsylvania, he has known the hardship and heartbreak that so many Americans themselves know and that millions more are about to experience.

Biden’s personal tragedies and losses tested his strength, his faith and his determination. They were enough to crush most people’s spirit, but Biden emerged more compassionate toward the suffering of others and the burdens that life imposes on his fellow Americans.

Biden did what Americans have always done: picked himself up, dusted himself off and made the best of a bad situation. In the years since he first entered office, Biden has consistently demonstrated decency, empathy and humanity.

Biden’s life has been marked by triumphs that didn’t change the goodness in him, and he is a man for whom public service never went to his head. His long record of bipartisan friendship and cross-partisan legislative efforts commends him to this moment. He is an imperfect man, but a man who loves his country and its people with a broad smile and an open heart.

In this way, Trump is a photonegative of Joe Biden. While Trump has innumerable flaws and a lifetime of blaming others for them, Biden has long admitted his imperfections and in doing so has further illustrated his inherent goodness and his willingness to do the work necessary to help put the United States back on a path of health and prosperity.

Unlike Trump, Biden is not an international embarrassment, nor does he demonstrate malignant narcissism. A President Biden will steady the ship of state and begin binding up the wounds of a fractured country. We have faith that Biden will surround himself by advisers of competence, expertise and wisdom, not an endless parade of disposable lackeys.

For Trump, the presidency has been the biggest stage, under the hottest klieg lights in a reality show of his making. Every episode leaves the audience more shocked and divided. Trump’s only barometer is his own ego. The country, our values and its people do not factor into Trump’s equation.

Biden understands a tenet of leadership that far too few leaders today grasp: The presidency is a life-and-death business, that the consequences of elections have real-world effects on individual Americans, and that all of this — all of the struggle, toil and work — is not a zero-sum game.

The coronavirus crisis is a terrifying example of why real leadership looks outward. This crisis, the deaths and economic destruction are immeasurably worse because Trump and his administration were unwilling to do what was necessary to mitigate its worst effects and bring the country back as quickly as possible.

We asked ourselves: How would a Biden presidency handle this crisis? Would he spend weeks lying about the risk? Would he look to cable news, the stock market and his ratings before taking the steps to make us safer? The answer is obvious: Biden will be the superior leader during the crisis of our generation.

We’ve seen the damage three years of corruption and cultish amateurism can do. This country cannot afford to be torn apart for sport and profit for another term, as Trump will surely do. If Biden takes office next January, he won’t need on-the-job training.

We are in a transcendent and transformative period of American history. The nation cannot afford another four years of chaos, duplicity and Trump’s reality distortion. This country is crying out for a president with a spine stiffened by tragedy, a worldview shaped by experience and a heart whose compass points to decency.

It is our hope that when the next president takes the oath of office in January, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. will be the president for a truly united America. The stakes are too high to do anything less.

Saturday’s Snarky Snippets

First, I must apologize that there is no Saturday Surprise post today … Saturday showed up, but Surprise didn’t.  Hopefully it will return next week.

I suppose it goes without saying that I have enough snark buildup this morning to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool, and I imagine most of you do, too.  I shall try hard not to mention the cause of it all, since I cannot do so without smoke emitting from my ears.  Twice already the neighbors have called the fire department.


Why is Kellyanne even allowed to speak?

Ms. Kellyanne Conway has opened her mouth once again and as always, it came out stupid.  On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the life expectancy rate in the U.S. had risen from 78.6 years to 78.7 years.  whoopee.  36 days.  Thing is, it’s likely untrue.  The CDC is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  We quite literally cannot trust any information that comes from any federal agency at this time.  Not to mention the fact that with the elevated stress levels in this nation, we are all at greater risk of dropping dead any day.  And, the suicide rate, which must be factored into any such equation as life expectancy, has increased over the last three years.  And … far more people currently have no insurance, thanks to the chipping away at ACA in the past three years.  Prescription medications are ridiculously overpriced. All things considered, I would say it’s far more likely that the life expectancy in the U.S. has decreased.  And … in 2014, when the nation had an intelligent human being for a president, the life expectancy was 78.9 … higher than the one reported today.KellyanneBut, Ms. Kellyanne Conway has decided that we should all sent ‘thank-you’ notes to Donald Trump and his family …

“This has not happened through coincidence, it’s happened through causation. It’s owing in large part to a whole-of-government approach to treat the whole person led by President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and really the entire administration.”

Bullshit.

According to the report, the slight uptick is due to a decrease in heroin overdoses … not a damn thing to do with Trump or Melania or anybody else in the administration.


Meanwhile, Kellyanne’s better half, George …

Tweeted a response to House Democrat Adam Schiff …George-ConwayDon’t you just wonder what dinner table conversation at the Conway house is like?


The wall came tumbling down

Trump has bragged about his “big, beautiful wall” … that is actually just more of a fence, and there is only, at last reckoning, about 75 miles of it built.

“What I do best in life, I build. … I want it to be so beautiful because maybe someday they’ll call it ‘The Trump Wall.’ Maybe. If they call this ‘The Trump Wall,’ it has to be beautiful.”

Believe me, there is nothing beautiful about a structure designed to keep people out, but apparently there’s nothing very strong about it, either.  In Mexicali, Baja California, it got a little windy on Wednesday morning.  Turns out, Trump’s wall can’t stand up to the wind, for a 130-foot section blew right over.wall-blew-overLet’s see … so far, men have proven it can be cut through with cheap saws, mother nature has proven a bit of a wind gust can knock it down … oh yeah, Donnie, that’s about a wall, alright.  Personally, I’m giving some thought to going to the border and setting fire to it … I’d probably only need my zippo lighter and a little help from the wind.


Pompeo the Pompous …

Remember a few days back when I told you about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo being rude and hyper-critical of NPR host Mary Louise Kelly because he didn’t like the questions she was asking him during an interview?  Well, it has turned into somewhat of a feud, for the next day, Pompeo issued a statement wherein he did not even deny his disrespect and verbal abuse toward Ms. Kelly, but claimed she had lied to him and told him their “post-interview” conversation would be off the record.  Well, buddy, when you curse and berate a reporter, make a blatant attempt to belittle her, I think you get what you deserve.

Ms. Kelly wrote an excellent OpEd in the New York Times explaining the interview and her stance — I highly recommend you read it.  Then, Pompeo barred another NPR reporter from accompanying him on his trip this week to … where else … the Ukraine … presumably as “punishment” for Ms. Kelly’s interview.  But here’s the kicker … since the feud started, NPR (National Public Radio) has seen a major increase in donations from listeners among the 1,000-plus NPR member stations.  Put that one in your pipe and smoke it, Mikey!

Two of my favourite late-night comedians, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert, did a great job with this … it’s a short one (2:24 minutes) and guaranteed to make you laugh.

Shopping Makes For Snarky Snippets!

I spent several hours today driving through packed parking lots, wending my way through crowds in stores, and watching my bank balance take a nose-dive, all of which has only added to my normal snarkiness.  Yes, yes, it’s called “finish the last-minute Christmas & stocking shopping on the last Saturday before Christmas”.  Bah humbug. I am not a shopper … the various concoctions that humans put on their bodies to make themselves smell flowery sets off my asthma, I am uncomfortable in crowds, and I tire easily … all of which adds up to not being a very happy shopper.  When I returned home and sat down, removed shoes, and let out a deep sigh, daughter Chris said I looked like I had just come through a war zone.  In truth, the stores on the last Saturday before Christmas rather resemble a war zone.  Anyway … the end result is that I’m tired, wheezy, and snarky.  You know what that means, right?


An update …

First, I start with an update on an October post, titled Her Life Mattered, about Atatiana Jefferson, an African-American woman who was shot through her apartment window by a trigger-happy police officer, Aaron Dean.  In October, Dean was charged with murder, and on Friday a grand jury indicted him.  The county prosecutor’s office has announced plans to “prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law,” though a trial date has yet to be announced.  With so many cases in the past few years where a white officer killed an unarmed black person and the officer was let off with no more than a slap on the wrist, it is good to see this case being taken seriously.


Gotta love George Conway

George Conway, husband of the infamous Kellyanne Conway, is a smart man.  The first clue was that he turned down a job in the Trump White House, and I imagine he congratulates himself on a daily basis for that move.  I still wonder, though, how he manages to share a home and a dinner table with his wife, one of Trump’s biggest bootlickers.

After Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday, then Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that she will not send the Articles of Impeachment over to the Senate just yet, until she sees some signs that the Senate is prepared to hold a fair and impartial trial, Trump is fuming and stewing.  Oh wait … Trump is always fuming and stewing about one thing or another, isn’t he?

So what do you call a person who holds the most powerful office in the nation, stewing over his inability to influence a coequal branch of government that just accused him of high crimes and misdemeanors? George Conway has an idea …ImpotusWorks for me!  He’s always giving others nicknames, maybe it’s his turn to acquire one!  I can’t wait to hear if he likes it!


The “Space” is in his head!

Little boys and their toys … sigh.  Only problem is, this “little boy” is a 73-year-old juvenile delinquent who is using OUR tax dollars … some $4.7 billion in start up costs alone … to fund his stupid games!  Think about that one … do you know how many children could eat for a full year for $4.7 billion???  Approximately 3 million children could be fed for a full year … and he is spending it playing space games instead?  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Stupidest damn president this country has ever had!  I wonder which of his wealthy donors will benefit from this one?

With his signing of the defense spending bill on Friday, Trump created a sixth and completely unnecessary branch of the U.S. military called “Space Force”, joining the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines.  Senior military officials have previously raised concerns about what it will cost, and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned against rushing into creating the force without clearly defined goals, but when does Trump listen to anybody?

According to the oaf in the Oval …

“Space, going to be a lot of things happening in space.  Space is the world’s newest war-fighting domain. Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital. And we’re leading, but we’re not leading by enough. But very shortly we’ll be leading by a lot.”

What “grave threats”???  The biggest threat to the security of this nation is Donald Trump himself!  War-fighting domain”???  What the hell does that even mean?  I tell you, the only space we need to be concerned about is the one between Donald Trump’s ears!


And now that I’ve managed to raise my own blood pressure, if not yours, I end with a bit of dark humour about the potential impeachment trial in the Senate …

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A few Republican voices

One of my biggest concerns for the future of this nation has been that the republicans in Congress, whose duty it is to serve the nation … ALL of its people … pretend to be blind to the atrocities committed by the ‘man’ in the Oval Office. To that end, they are doing a disservice to us all, and putting this nation in danger of being ruled by an authoritarian. So, I find it encouraging when republicans begin to find their voices and speak out. Our friend Keith has written a post that I think you’ll find encouraging about a few of those republicans with conscience. Thank you, Keith!

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In a New York Times article today (see link below), co-authors George Conway, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, and Rick Wilson penned “We are Republicans and we want Trump defeated.” Here are three paragraphs from the article:

“Mr. Trump fails to meet the bar for this commitment. He has neither the moral compass nor the temperament to serve. His vision is limited to what immediately faces him — the problems and risks he chronically brings upon himself and for which others, from countless contractors and companies to the American people, ultimately bear the heaviest burden.

But this president’s actions are possible only with the craven acquiescence of congressional Republicans. They have done no less than abdicate their Article I responsibilities.

Indeed, national Republicans have done far worse than simply march along to Mr. Trump’s beat. Their defense of him is imbued with an ugliness, a meanness and a willingness to attack…

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Tidbits From A Bouncing Mind

Once again in the throes of mind bounce, and having many disruptions and distractions, I think it’s better I stick with a few bits ‘n pieces today, rather than try for a longer post.  First off, I would like to share with you the latest Borowitz Report … it explains some things we’ve all been curious about …


borowitz-andyMINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”

More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.

While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.


Bye-Bye Kellyanne!  We won’t miss you!Kellyanne-ConwayBreaking news in The Washington Post this morning:  Office of Special Counsel recommends removal of Kellyanne Conway from federal office for violating the Hatch Act  

The Office of Special Counsel has recommended the removal of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway from federal office for violating the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in political activity in the course of their work.

The report submitted to President Trump found that Conway violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.”

The counsel said Conway was a repeat offender and recommended that she be removed from federal office.

The Office of Special Counsel is run by Henry Kerner, whom Trump nominated to the post.

Best guess is that Trump will choose to ignore the recommendation just as he does all others, but it was a nice try, anyway.  And by the way … if the Hatch Act “bars federal employees from engaging in political activity in the course of their work”, then isn’t Trump in violation of the Act for holding all his rallies, and denigrating all his political opponents?  Think on that one for just a minute.


Meanwhile, back at the ranch …

While we have always believed that no person is above the law of the land, Trump claims otherwise.  He filed a brief in The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that takes the position that Congress cannot investigate the president, except possibly in impeachment proceedings.  According to Kellyanne’s husband, George Conway …

“It’s a spectacularly anti-constitutional brief, and anyone who harbors such attitudes toward our Constitution’s architecture is not fit for office. Trump’s brief is nothing if not an invitation to commencing impeachment proceedings that, for reasons set out in the Mueller report, should have already commenced.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform subpoenaed Trump’s accountants in mid-April for relevant documents, and Trump tried to block the move, only to be sternly rebuked in mid-May by a federal judge in Washington.

The appeals brief filed Monday by Trump attacks that decision. But to describe Trump’s brief is to refute it. He argues that Congress is “trying to prove that the President broke the law” and that that’s something Congress can’t do, because it’s ‘an exercise of law enforcement authority that the Constitution reserves to the executive branch.’”

It’s rather akin to saying that a police officer who shoots an unarmed person without just cause cannot be fired or prosecuted.  So … a return to the days of the Old West???  There is, it seems to me, more than ample cause to start impeachment proceedings immediately, if for no other reason than to ensure that Bozo the Clown is not on the ballot in 2020!


And that’s a wrap for this afternoon, folks!  Have a good one!

A Batch of Mini-Snarkies

Mind bounce has returned and I cannot seem to stay focused long enough to finish the post I was working on tonight, so instead I give you a few very short snippets.  But don’t worry … they are not short on snark!


The George & Kelly show …george-kellyanne-conwayI have to admit that I take great pleasure in the anti-Trumpian comments I see from time-to-time by none other than George Conway, Kellyanne’s husband!  Here’s his latest tweet …

“Even the modern tyrants whom the president … praises demonstrate more facility with language and more attention to governing detail than does he. To borrow from popular culture, Trump looks less like the sinister Emperor Palpatine and more like the hapless Jar Jar Binks.”

One commenter praised George, saying …

“Your bi- partisan honesty is making you an American hero.   You are amongst some of society’s opinion leaders who stepped up to the plate after Senator McCain could no longer do so….Thank You.”

I repeat what I’ve often said … I wonder what their home life is like?


Ann Coulter makes sense???

coulterThe very name makes me see red, for she is the most radical, foul-mouthed, utterly stupid woman on the face of the earth.  However, on Friday she miraculously said something that was actually true and made sense …

“The goal of a national emergency is for Trump to scam the stupidest people in his base for 2 more years.”

A change of heart?  No, she just happens to be feuding with Trump and was likely trying to get his goat.  Either that, or it was an accident.  Even the stupidest of people will sometimes accidentally say something sensible.  Nonetheless, she got it right … this time.


A tweet is worth a thousand words …

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They turn on their own

A pair of Fox ‘News’ hosts have called for Florida Senator Marco Rubio to step down because he spoke out against Trump’s declaration of a state of emergency.  You may remember last April (or, if you’re like me, you may not even remember yesterday) when I wrote a piece about Fox hosts Diamond and Silk?  Well, it was they who took umbrage at Rubio’s statement:

“We have a crisis at our southern border, but no crisis justifies violating the Constitution.  Today’s national emergency is border security. But a future president may use this exact same tactic to impose the Green New Deal.”

And Diamond & Silk’s response …

Brilliant … simply brilliant and so typical of the republicans today!


Oopsie!

Last December, Trump announced his choice of former Fox ‘News’ reporter Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.  Of course, Ms. Nauert is highly qualified … she worked for Fox and she praises Trump – the only two qualifications necessary for any position in today’s federal government.  But yesterday Ms. Nauert suddenly removed herself from consideration for this prestigious position.  Why?

heather-nauertWhat Ms. Nauert said was that “it is in the best interests of my family”.  But it seems there is just a little bit more to it than that.  You see, about 10 years ago, she hired a foreign-born nanny who didn’t have the proper work visa and Nauert didn’t pay proper taxes on time.  Yep, she fits right in with the Trump bunch.  I wonder if this means she will have to step down from her current position as Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs?


Who’s guarding the henhouse?

As I mentioned earlier this week, the national debt has now reached an all-time high of $22 trillion … that’s t-r-i-l-l-i-o-n.  But Trump & Company seem to be shrugging their shoulders and saying, “So what?”mick-mulvaneyI find it interesting, and more than a little bit disturbing, that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has no apparent interest in the ever-growing national debt.  Mulvaney was one of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus and a deficit hawk.  But last week, when asked if Trump would mention the debt in his State of the Union address, Mick said that he would not, because “nobody cares”.

And Trump himself, who was highly critical of the debt under President Obama …

“Our debt is about to top $17T. ObamaCare and China (& others) are killing American business.” – 24 June 2013

“So many problems in the U.S. and leadership that is hopeless…and now, on top of everything else, we just hit $18 trillion in debt!” – 13 October 2014

“With America’s debt topping $21T by the end of his presidency, Obama will have effectively bankrupted our country.” – 10 February 2015

The same man who tweeted those tweets now shrugs his shoulders after adding nearly another $3 trillion to the debt and bringing it to its highest level in the history of the nation.  And when financial advisors attempted to explain the severity of the situation in 2017, he reportedly said, “Yeah, but I won’t be here”.


And on that note, I bid you a happy Sunday!

A Day For Snarky Snippets …

Today just seems like a good day to release a bit of snark, don’t you agree?  I’m fed about up to the gills with Trump, his mouth, his rhetoric, his immaturity, and I’m ready to vent, so …


Mr. Kellyanne ConwayGeorge ConwayGeorge Conway has the misfortune of being married to Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s “senior advisor”, or right-hand man woman.  George Conway is an attorney who was actually offered a high-ranking position at the Department of Justice last year but turned it down (smart man).  Conway has been a frequent critic of Trump and his policies, his rhetoric, and recently, he participated in an 80-minute wide-ranging discussion on Yahoo News’ Skullduggery where he didn’t pull any punches when it came to Trump.

Conway has created a group consisting of conservative lawyers called ‘Checks and Balances’, of which he says …

“It’s about the principles, it’s about the rule of law. You don’t have to stay silent when you see something that you don’t like that is inconsistent of these timeless principles.”

In speaking of the position he turned down at the Justice Department, he says he feels like he dodged a bullet …

“It’s like the administration is like a shit show in a dumpster fire, and I’m like, I don’t want to do that. I realized, you know, that this guy is going to be at war with the Justice Department. He’s going to be at one end, and if I get this door prize, I’m going to be in the middle of a department he’s at war with. Why would anybody want to do this?”

Trump, for the record, claims not to know George Conway …

“You mean Mr. Kellyanne Conway? He’s just trying to get publicity for himself. Why don’t you ask Kellyanne that question, all right? She might know him better than me. I really don’t know the guy.”

While Conway did vote for Trump, because he says he didn’t like the Clintons and felt Trump was the ‘lesser of two evils’, when asked if he would vote for him again, he says …

“Faced with the choice again, I would probably move to Australia.”

Conway is in favour of impeachment, saying …

“I’m open to supporting what’s constitutionally appropriate, and if any constitutional officer commits an impeachable offense, then they should be subject to potential impeachment and removal under the Constitution. Including any president.”

I still have to wonder what the conversation at the supper table is like in that household.


Here we go again …

I am so tired of this same ol’ threat coming from the ugly mouth of the ugly man in the Oval Office.  It’s really getting old and tired and somebody ought to shut him up.  The latest?  He thinks now would be a good time to shut down the federal government if he doesn’t get funding for his abominably expensive and thoroughly useless, unnecessary southern border wall.  Yawn. govt shutdown.jpgWho thinks it’s a good idea to shut down the government to assuage Donnie’s ego?  Virtually nobody.  The republicans in Congress don’t think so.  The democrats in Congress don’t think so.  And We The People, at least the thinking majority of us, don’t think so.  It’s like the 8-year-old kid who wants a BB gun for Christmas.  It’s dangerous, it’s a horrible idea, but he will throw a temper tantrum until he finally wears mommy and daddy out and gets his way.

Never before in less than two years have there been threats of shutdowns as many times as since Trump took office.  It’s lost its clout, Donnie … grow a pair and give up on your damn wall.  Put the nation ahead of your ego, or take your ego and go play in somebody else’s yard, please.


In the matter of the medal of honour being awarded to Miriam Adelson

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the Congressional Gold Medal—the highest civilian award of the United States.  Don’t let that fool you, for it doesn’t necessarily mean that the recipient did a damn thing to promote freedom within the nation.  The intent is to “recognize those people who have made ‘an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors’”Trump-AdelsonThe Medal of Freedom was established in 1945 to honour civilian service during World War II.  Somehow, last week’s recipients pale in comparison to anyone who received the medal under other presidents.

Donald Trump draped the Medal of Freedom around the neck of Ms. Miriam Adelson, the wife of Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate who donated some $30 million to Trump’s campaign toward the end of 2016.  Frankly, I think she should be stripped of this medal, for instead of promoting freedom, she and her husband have contributed to robbing the citizens of this nation of their freedom.

Robert Weissman, president of public interest group Public Citizen, said it was difficult to believe the decision to recognize Miriam Adelson was based on merit …

“It’s emblematic of the corrupt and transactional presidency of Donald Trump, and it is a shame, but not a surprise, that he is corroding and corrupting a civic treasure, an honor like the Medal of Freedom.”

According to E Fletcher McClellan, a political science professor at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, there are no limitations and Trump has total discretion regarding who should receive the medal.  Frankly, after Adelson receiving it, I don’t see that it has meaning any longer.  Such a slap in the face to truly deserving people who have received the medal in the past.  At least it didn’t cost the taxpayers much … the medal is made of brass alloy and is said to cost $29.98.

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