Rainy Day Snarky Snippets

The dreary gloom outside matches my mood inside, so … It’s time for some snarky snippets!  Granted, most of what I write these days is snark-filled, but still there is more … it’s never-ending.

AR-15 vs pandemic

Junior, aka Donald Trump, Jr., has contracted the coronavirus.  He says he is doing well … too bad.  He also said he will pass the time in isolation battling with the virus by cleaning his collection of guns.  I wonder just how many he has?  And what … does he think if he gets those guns all nice and clean (how did they get dirty, anyway?) that he can just shoot the virus and make it go away?  Or perhaps he’s planning another killing spree with his brother soon …


The last party …

Meanwhile, Karen Pence, has invited Congressional Club members to an afternoon “Christmas Craft” at the VP’s residence on December 9th at 1 p.m. Attendees are requested to wear ‘Holiday Attire’, but the invite makes no mention of masks. The event comes as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has discouraged holiday gatherings, and as we have set new records nearly every day for new cases and deaths due to the pandemic. Her husband, Vice-president Mike Pence, is allegedly the head of the White House’s coronavirus task force, which has said indoor gatherings should be limited.  Oh, the irony!  The delusion!  The stupidity!


Thankfully, this will likely be the last time she gets to use that title.

Poetic justice …

Merrick-GarlandIn a bit of fun irony, it is reported that President-elect Biden is considering Merrick Garland for the position of Attorney General!  You’ll remember that moderate Garland was President Obama’s pick to fill the Supreme Court seat left open on the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2012.  Mitch McConnell single-handedly refused to allow the Senate to even interview Garland or consider the nomination, claiming the seat should remain open for the next ‘president’ to fill.  Funny, isn’t it, how he changed his tune this year after the death of Justice Ginsburg?  I wonder if Moscow Mitch will find some objection to Garland as Attorney General?  Wouldn’t it be nice if the other republican senators grew a pair and stood up to Mitch … just once?

mnuchinGiving Americans a middle finger

It isn’t bad enough that Trump is certifiably insane and is throwing roadblocks up all over the place to deny President-elect Biden access to information that would allow for a peaceful, smooth transition in January, but his minions are playing the game also.  On-his-way-out treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin has decided to end a variety of programs aimed at helping markets, businesses and municipalities weather the pandemic and asking the central bank to return the funds earmarked to support those efforts.

By ending the programs, Mnuchin is taking away a source of economic support just as the new administration comes into office and as rising virus cases dog the recovery. By asking the Fed to return the money that enables the emergency efforts, he could make it harder for Democrats to restart them at a large scale and on more generous terms.  This is another trumpeter giving We the People a middle finger.  Again.  If this country goes into a deep recession next year, don’t even think of blaming the Biden administration … put the blame where it belongs, in Donald Trump’s court.

The murderer is back on the streets

Remember Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old white supremacist punk who shot and killed two people at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin back in August?  Well, he is out of prison on $2 million cash bond as of yesterday.

Hours after the release, one of his attorneys, Lin Wood, posted this picture of Rittenhouse alongside actor Ricky Schroder.


“Free at last!!!,” Wood wrote, above the smiling photograph in which the newly freed Rittenhouse is wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company t-shirt.  Well, not exactly ‘free’, since he faces five felony charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.  In another tweet, Wood called Rittenhouse “a hero”.  And this may well define just what is wrong with half of this nation today.  When we applaud killing, when we call cold-blooded killers ‘heroes’, then we have for damn sure lost all shreds of humanity.

Personally, I hope Rittenhouse goes to prison and doesn’t come back into society until he is too old and doddery to even walk straight, let along shoot straight.

A final note …

And last but not least, Fox News’ idiot Geraldo Rivera thinks Trump should be honoured by having the coronavirus vaccine named after him.  Personally, I think it would be more appropriate to name the virus itself after Trump, for he has the blood of hundreds of thousands on his hands due to his intentionally inept response.  Yes, the trumptanicvirus … or TTV … sounds about right to me.

A Total Lack of Conscience …

Donald Trump was planning to use Mollie Tibbetts as a poster child for building “The Wall”, but Mollie’s family wants no part of it.  Hats off to them!

The story:

Mollie Tibbetts was a Psychology student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  She was a cross-country runner, and a state-level competitive public speaker; she was active at church and was spending her college summer vacation working at a day camp helping children with literacy and crafts.

On 18 July, Mollie went for an evening run and disappeared until this week, when her body was discovered hidden in a cornfield about 12 miles from town.  Charged with her murder is 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera who, we are told, is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who has been in the country since at least 2014.  There appears to be sufficient evidence that Rivera did, in fact, murder Ms. Tibbetts, but in this country, there is a presumption of innocence until guilt is proven in a court of law. Neither the media nor Donald Trump are a court of law, nor am I.  However, Trump has already convicted Mr. Rivera in his mind, on Twitter, and in the media, and now is determined to politicize Ms. Tibbetts’ death to serve his own ignoble purposes.

Within hours, Trump created a short (1:06) video clip that he posted to Twitter.  It begins, “Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently separated from her family.”  He then goes on to denigrate Democrats, claim that the wall is being built, claim that we have the worst immigration laws and border security, etc., etc., etc.  It is almost as if he orchestrated Ms. Tibbett’s death to give him this very platform.

While I have no desire to minimize Ms. Tibbetts’ tragic death, I question why Donald Trump is not as disturbed by the hundreds of people who die by the hand of angry white men each and every week in this country?  Where is the empathy, Mr. Trump?  Those murders don’t support your warped theory, do they?  Facts, people … focus on the facts.  While Ms. Tibbetts’ death is tragic, it is the anomaly rather than the norm.

Since his initial video clip, Trump has invoked Ms. Tibbetts name and the tragedy of her murder multiple times.  But the members of Mollie Tibbetts’ family are having none of it.  Her aunt, Billie Jo Calderwood, wrote on Facebook:

“Please remember, Evil comes in EVERY color. Our family has been blessed to be surrounded by love, friendship and support throughout this entire ordeal by friends from all different nations and races.”

I wish I could hug this woman!!!

However, if you think that respect for the family or for this tragedy will stop Trump & Co from politicizing it, from using it to promote their own agenda, think again.

“If Mollie Tibbetts is a household name by October, Democrats will be in deep trouble. If we can be blocked by Manafort-Cohen, etc, then GOP could lose [the] House badly.” – Newt Gingrich

Don Trump, Jr., also had to get his say in, only he couldn’t be bothered to spell Ms. Tibbetts’ name correctly.Don JuniorOn the flip side, one of Fox News’ own contributors, Geraldo Rivera, apparently found a bit of a conscience lying on his dresser, for he said, “This is a murder story. It’s not an immigration story.”

For Donald Trump, or anybody to use this tragedy to promote an agenda, even if the agenda were legitimate, which this one is not, is unconscionable.  It is crass, it is crude, it is unfeeling and unthinking.  The Tibbetts family deserve better than this.  They deserve compassion, they deserve privacy, they deserve respect.  They do not deserve seeing their name on every news site and television news show.  They deserve much better than the fake sympathy Trump uttered in his photo-op video clip.

And once again, I would remind people that the vast majority of murders in this country are committed by U.S. citizens, not immigrants.  And there are literally hundreds every day.  In 2016, there were approximately 17,250 murders in the United States.  That is an average of 47 per day every day.  That is an average of 329 every week.  Have you heard Trump’s outrage over the murder rate statistics?  No, me either.  Did you hear him call for stricter gun laws after the Parkland mass school shooting in February?  Nope, me either.

Mollie Tibbetts’ death was, as so many deaths are, unnecessary, tragic, and sad.  But it was one … one … of tens of thousands that happen every year in this nation of unlimited and unrestricted gun ownership.  Almost without fail, most murders are committed by U.S. citizens, mostly male.  They are not typically committed by immigrants.  Let’s get the facts straight and leave the poor family of Mollie Tibbetts to grieve in private.

Mollie Tibbetts

Mollie Tibbetts  —  R.I.P.