I woke feeling a need for a bit of snarking this morning, and wouldn’t you know that I found plenty to be snarky about!
Yesterday I mentioned the republicans – 10 representatives and 7 senators – who had the courage and conscience to stand up against Donald Trump, to vote to impeach and in the case of the senators, to convict on the impeachment charges. The Republican Party, as I told you, is planning to censure them, a largely symbolic move, but one that will have repercussions the next time they come up for re-election. None that I’m aware of, however, have faced the level of censure that Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger is facing: his own family is disowning him!
He received a letter penned by his cousin, Karen Otto, and signed by six other family members, that starts out …
“Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us …”
It goes on to say that he has “joined the devil’s army”, referring to democrats. But the part that made me laugh was when she said that “Donald Trump is not perfect, but … it is not up to us to judge”, and yet that is precisely what she is doing to her cousin! Can we say ‘hypocrisy’?
Adam Kinzinger is a republican with republican ideologies … that did not change when he voted to impeach Donald Trump. He merely saw what Trump had done, knew it wasn’t the right thing for anyone, let alone the president, to do, and decided that there should be consequences for Trump’s actions. That’s it. He did not go against his religion, as his cousin’s letter implied, nor did he set aside his republican views. He found his conscience and said that there must be accountability.
I have a great deal of empathy for Mr. Kinzinger, for with a family like that, who needs enemies? Read the entire letter here. Ms. Otto ends by saying …
“Donald Trump has done more for the American people in four years than you, the Rino’s, and democrats have done in years!!”
This woman needs help!
Fox goes to the UK
Ol’ Rupert Murdoch, whose Fox News is struggling financially and is the subject of a $2.7 billion lawsuit, is taking his show on the road, it seems … or rather, across the pond to the United Kingdom! I hope he takes his nasty crew with him … Hannity, Ingraham, Pirro, Carlson and the rest.
According to an article in the New York Times …
Rupert Murdoch and a competing group of investors are seizing this moment to create two upstart news services that will challenge the BBC and other broadcasters by borrowing heavily from Mr. Murdoch’s Fox playbook.
While Britain has long had a freewheeling, unabashedly partisan newspaper industry, critics say the last thing it needs after Brexit is a Fox-like news channel — one that could sow further divisions and open the door to the kinds of conspiracy theories nurtured by President Donald J. Trump, and amplified by Fox.
The service, which is to begin a low-key rollout in April, will promote Mr. Murdoch’s stable of British media properties, from The Sun, a mass-market tabloid, and The Times, an upmarket broadsheet, to Talk Radio, which offers Rush Limbaugh-style commentary. All skew to the right.
News UK TV will also skip breaking news coverage and feature shows with politically opinionated voices. But it is punching up the lighter side in its publicity. The first announced show, “News to Me,” will be hosted by Gordon Smart, a Scottish-born rock music aficionado who worked for The Sun.
Fox ‘News’ has played a large role in exacerbating the divisiveness in this country, and now Murdoch hopes to do the same in the UK. I hope … I truly hope that his venture fails from the start. Our friends in the UK have enough troubles without adding the Fox idiots whose only goal is to create hate.
Just a little ruckus
Senator Ron Johnson, a republican from Wisconsin, has been on my idiot radar for some time for a variety of idiotic things he’s said and done, but his recent comments about the January 6th attack on Congress and the Capitol take the cake …
“This didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me. When you hear the word ‘armed,’ don’t you think of firearms? … To call that an armed insurrection, it was the most pitiful armed insurrection anyone could possibly imagine.”
Well, Mr. Johnson … perhaps while you were cowering in a closet, you didn’t notice the guns and other weapons. Five people died, including a police officer, and two more officers have taken their own lives since then. Other police officers were so traumatized that they have reportedly contemplated self-harm, with one turning in her gun. Guns, bombs and stun guns were seized from members of the mob, while other rioters used wrenches, clubs and flagpoles as weapons. An officer has said that police “had been seizing guns all day.”
Gun-toting mobs chanting, “Hang Mike Pence” seems to me enough to label it an ‘armed insurrection’. But, Johnson was one of the 43 republicans who voted to acquit Trump on the charge of inciting an insurrection, so I suppose Ronnie had to somehow justify his actions. I suppose that, unlike Adam Kinzinger, Ron Johnson’s family is proud of him. I’m not … I call him a coward and a bastard.