I am growling today. Every headline I read raises my hackles and makes me wish I had never heard of the United States, let alone have to live here. Typically, I blame 90% of it on Donald Trump, and certainly he deserves the lion share, but I also have to blame the blind 40% of this nation that still … STILL … after the corruption, the childish temper tantrums, the shredding of the Constitution and the ill will he’s brought from our allies … they STILL effing love him! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr …
Ditch the veggies – give the kids burgers instead!
Donald Trump’s main mission in life, it would seem, is to attempt to erase President Obama from the annals of history. It must be miserable to be so jealous of one man. Granted, Obama was far wiser, much better looking, had integrity, dignity, spoke well, and had a genuinely beautiful family … all those things that Trump lacks. But, his envy is costing us in so many ways. First, there was the rollback of all the environmental regulations that had been put in place during Obama’s tenure to try to do our part to combat climate change. Then, there was the rollback of law enforcement oversight to try to better screen and train law enforcement officers as we hoped to reduce the tragic shootings by police of unarmed black men. Then there was the utterly ludicrous pulling out of the Paris Accords and the terrible decision to leave our allies holding the bag on the Iran nuclear deal. And all for one reason and one reason only: because he is jealous of President Obama. But this latest …
You may remember that Michelle Obama’s key initiative during her time as First Lady was fighting childhood obesity and providing better nutrition in school meals. A worthy endeavour, indeed. Well, that’s the latest thing being rolled back. Yes, pick your jaws up off the floor, but the USDA Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps proposed new rules for the Food and Nutrition Service that would allow schools to cut the amount of vegetables and fruits required at lunch and breakfasts while giving them license to sell more pizza, burgers and fries to students.
Why, you ask? Well, the gobblety-gook explanation Mr. Lipps gave was something about having to provide students with two bananas to meet dietary guidelines. Okay … sooooo … bananas are cheap … what’s the problem? Well, the real problem is that it was under Obama that we began taking school nutrition seriously, and both Obamas were instrumental in providing more healthy foods and less fat to kids in school. Can’t have that now, can we.
Another likely reason is the potato lobby that has been pushing for this change, and that the potato industry was behind a change that happened quietly last March making it easier to substitute potatoes for some fruit in weekly breakfast menus. Once again, corporate profit over the well-being of people. Sigh.
Senator Martha McSally, bitch extraordinaire
The incident in and of itself was bad enough. A CNN reporter, Manu Raju, asked Senator McSally a legitimate question …
Raju: Senator McSally, should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?
McSally: You’re a liberal hack. I’m not talking to you.
Raju: You’re not going to comment, Senator?
McSally: You’re a liberal hack, buddy.
Whoa! McSally is quite a step down from her predecessor, the late Senator John McCain. McCain once interjected when, at a campaign event while he was running against Barack Obama, a fan was being critical of Obama, calling him an “Arab” among other things. McCain did not let the woman finish, but took the microphone from her and said, “No, ma’am. He’s a decent family man, citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what this campaign issue is all about.” And here is his successor calling a reporter a ‘liberal hack’ simply because he asked a very valid question. Yes, that would have been bad enough, but …
McSally was so proud of her behaviour that she put a video of the incident on Twitter. And, McSally’s re-election campaign is already using the incident as a fund-raising tool!
Now, McSally faces re-election later this year, as she was only appointed to finish the term vacated by reason of John McCain’s death. She ran for the other Senate seat from Arizona in 2018, but lost to Kyrsten Sinema. And, she wasn’t even Governor Doug Ducey’s first choice to fill McCain’s seat … he initially chose Jon Kyl, but Kyl resigned due to health concerns. With such low values as she has shown, I don’t care if it’s Moe from the Three Stooges running against her, I hope she loses big-time. Where is the decency in politics today??? Oh … I guess she’s just following this example …
A great bunch of people … NOT!
Yesterday, Trump announced that Alan Dershowitz; Ken Starr, the independent counsel during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial; former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi; as well as Robert Ray, who succeeded Starr at the Office of the Independent Counsel during the Clinton administration; and Jane Raskin, who helped defend Trump during the Mueller probe, would join White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow in defending the president on the Senate floor.
I don’t know much about some of them, but let me share with you what I do know. For one thing, Dershowitz, Starr, and Ray have made roughly 300 appearances on Fox News in the past year, which should tell you something about their integrity right there.
Ken Starr was named the 14th president of Baylor University in Waco in 2010 and chancellor in 2013. After the mishandling of campus sexual assault allegations, he was ousted as president in 2016 and resigned as chancellor and law professor shortly after, cutting all ties with the university.
Alan Dershowitz defended Trump’s ol’ buddy Jeffrey Epstein in his sex abuse cases, and was himself accused by no less than three women.
Pam Bondi was Florida State Attorney General back in 2013 when her office was investigating the now-defunct Trump University on charges of fraud. Donald Trump wrote a check for $25,000 to Bondi’s re-election campaign and suddenly there was no longer an investigation.
So, Trump has a fine, upstanding legal team. Doesn’t matter, does it, since the jury reached their decision before there was even a case to try. Welcome to the tinpot dictatorship of America.
I shall now retire to my dark tower to growl in private and practice howling at the moon. Have a fine weekend, if you can.