Oh, The Irony …

On February 13, 2016, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving the Supreme Court with an open seat.  President Barack Obama nominated a moderate, middle-of-the-road judge, Merrick Garland, to replace Scalia.  However, the Senate, led by none other than Mitch McConnell, not only refused to confirm Garland, but refused to even schedule interviews with him, let alone hold a confirmation hearing.  McConnell said that, with less than a year left in Obama’s term, the empty seat on the bench should be left vacant until a new president was elected.

Fast forward to 2019 when the House Oversight and Reform Committee subpoenaed Trumps accounting firm, Mazars, for some portion of Trump’s financial records.  Trump filed a lawsuit in order to keep Mazars from handing over the subpoenaed records.  That suit came before Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Long story short, on Monday Judge Mehta upheld the subpoena and ordered Mazars to turn over the requested records, saying that the committee had demonstrated a facially valid legislative purpose for its investigation and the issuance of the subpoena.

“It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a president for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct — past or present — even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry.”

Trump, predictably, called the judge’s ruling “crazy” and once again blamed Obama for his troubles …

“We think it’s totally the wrong decision by, obviously, an Obama-appointed judge.”

Naturally, Trump’s lawyers immediately filed an appeal asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the case and overturn Judge Mehta’s ruling.  Judge Merrick Garland serves as the chief judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Let that one sink in.

Now, before you begin jumping for joy, talking about poetic justice (pun intended) and all, let me urge caution, for there is no guarantee that Garland will be one of the three judges who will hear the case.  And even if he is one of the three, Merrick Garland is a man of integrity, unlike some others, who will follow the letter of the law and not let past grievances colour his judgement.  But take some pleasure in the knowledge that Trump likely had nightmares last night in which Judge Garland was banging his gavel on Trump’s head!

And just for kicks, take a look at Stephen Colbert’s and Jimmy Kimmel’s take on this whole thing … both are guaranteed to bring you a few deep belly laughs!

 

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Jolly Monday — A Cake, Candles, Kimmel, and A Grannie House

Good Monday morning, my friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  Mine was fine, but as usual, I am ready to return to the routine, and I have plenty to keep me busy this week!  So what did you guys do … anything fun?

I have gone in search of, and found, a few things I think will bring a smile to your face to start the week off on the right foot, so grab a cuppa and a snack, and let’s get this show on the road, shall we?  Oh … by the way … I baked a cake …

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Don’t try this at home …

Do you guys remember the Jolly Monday post of last November 19th, where I told you about David Rush from Idaho, the man who set a Guinness record for eating the most kernels of corn with a toothpick?  Well, seems Mr. Rush rather enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame and decided to go for another record.  I think, perhaps, he ought to have stuck with the corn-eating where the worst that was likely to happen was that he might choke on a kernel, else poke himself in the eye with the toothpick.

His latest scheme was a bit more potentially dangerous, though he seems to have survived it.  This time, he decided to shoot for the record of holding the most lit candles in his mouth at one time!

Frankly, the worst part as I watched the video was watching him put the candles in his mouth, for I have a sensitive gag reflex and would never have gotten 10 of them in my mouth!  He set the record, holding 100 burning candles in his mouth for 30 seconds.  Congratulations, I guess, Mr. Rush.  The previous record was held by Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya of Mumbai, India.  Mr. Upadhyaya held 41 burning candles in his mouth in 2018.


No wonder we’re in trouble …

You know how comedian Jimmy Kimmel likes to do his ‘man on the street’ thing every now and then, where he takes to the street and asks people questions … usually deceptively simple questions?  Well, the other day he was out on the street asking people if they thought ‘homo sapiens’ should be saved from extinction.  Now, we all know that homo sapiens is the scientific name for the human species, but it may well be that some people didn’t get that memo back in about 3rd grade.  Here were some of the answers to his question …

It speaks for itself, which is a good thing, for I am left with my mouth hanging open, speechless.


A place for … MOI???

I was trolling around my usual internet haunts looking for things for this Jolly Monday post, when I came across this headline …

Amazon’s Selling A Guesthouse ‘Kit’ That You Can Build In Your Backyard In 8 Hours

I read it to the girls, and jokingly said it might be a place they could put me when I am ornery.  Immediately, Chris’ eyes lit up and she said …

“How much is it?”

She said it with gusto.  Even Miss Goose turned around and had that eager-puppy look in her eyes.  Hmph.

Anyway, it is rather cool.

[The] Solvalla garden house kit is made from high quality solid Nordic wood,” the company writes on its website. “This timeless design is an alternative to classic log cabin styled structures. It works well in a variety of surroundings and can be a guesthouse, home office, granny flat, or even a retail space. Versatile Solvalla can also be set up on rooftops of multi-story buildings. Assembly of this solid wood structure takes a full day for two adults. Do it yourself simple step-by-step directions come with the kit and only minimal tools are needed.”

The total floor area is 172 square feet (16 square meters).

The structure weighs approximately 2480 pounds (1125 kilos).

Allwood is offering the product for a mere $6,550, which I guess is a small price for a safe place to stow your grannie when she gets mouthy.

If you want to add anything extra like HVAC or electricity to this DIY home, you’ll need to figure out how to do that yourself. It doesn’t include any of these amenities.  Hmmm … I’m thinking we could run a heavy-duty indoor-outdoor extension cord and use a power strip and … WAIT … what am I saying???


And what would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video?

Or a cartoon or two …

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Sorry guys … I just couldn’t resist that one!

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jollyAnd that’s a wrap for today, my friends!  Miss Goose just woke me to let me know that I had fallen asleep (so kind of her, yes?) with fingers on the keyboard, and so, I must wrap this up and take my weary bones to bed for a few hours.  Please, if you found something to bring a smile to your face here, share that smile with others … we all need a bit of a pick-me-up these days.  Have a great week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Saturday Surprise — Hodge Podge

Happy Saturday and welcome to the …weekendSo, do you all have big plans, or just a nice relaxing day around the house?  Miss Goose and I are “baching it” this weekend, as Chris is in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada for a band competition.  Yesterday, what that meant was that we didn’t do a darn thing around the house, but today we will try to get a bit more ambitious and at least sweep the floors … or something.  Maybe.

Today’s Saturday Surprise is truly a hodge-podge, rather matching the way my mind works today.  I think this past week required so much concentration on so many topics that my brain has simply said, “I’m done – go away and leave me alone!”  So, let’s have a bit of this and a dab of that, shall we?


Happy face bologna?

Ask anyone from Sydney or Melbourne if they’ve ever tried a slice of “fritz” and they’ll give you a puzzled look. Ask a South Australian, however, and their face will light up with memories of childhood trips to the deli and smiling meat behind the glass.SmileyFritz_JamesRuddSmiley fritz, the cheeriest lunch meat you’re likely to come across, is a thinly sliced and smooth-textured sausage commonly found in supermarket delicatessens and local butcher shops across South Australia. Each slice of the meat appears to have a tidy mop of dark hair, two big eyes, and cheeky grin. For South Aussie kids, no trip for groceries is complete without receiving a complimentary slice to eat on the spot or wear as a mask.

Fritz is unique to South Australia, thanks to the influence of German immigrants in the greater Adelaide region. Though the sausage’s origins are uncertain, local legend suggests it began with a butcher by the name of Fritz who lived in the city of Adelaide or the nearby town of Lobethal in the 1880s. The sausage is also known by the not-so-flattering full name of “bung fritz.” Why? Because the sausage uses a sheep’s appendix as the casing that houses the lightly smoked mince trimmings of pork, lamb, beef, or, in rare cases, kangaroo.

Um … well … I suddenly find I’m not really all that hungry …


Name a country … any country …

I love Jimmy Kimmel.  Well, most of the time anyway.  You know how sometimes he takes to the streets and asks people questions … simple questions that should be no brainers, like “name a book”.  Well, based on this short segment where he had a large map of the world and asked people to identify a country … any country … on the map, I think we are in deep trouble.  Take a look …

At least the little guy knows his geography, yes?


Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww …

You guys all know what a sucker I am for a cute animal, right.  This one comes from The Dodo and if it doesn’t simply melt your heart, then you probably have no heart to melt!


Bee-utiful drawings …

Camilla d’Errico is a Canadian urban temporary painter, toy designer, character creator and comic artist. She’s been interested in art since she was a little girl, and her textbooks were full of cartoons, comics, manga and fantasy-like doodles.

“I am a hopeless romantic that loves the planet, French bulldogs, watermelons, vampires and zombie hunters! I also paint big-eyed beauties surrounded by melting rainbows and lots of animals.”

Her recent paintings of adorable bees that portray iconic cartoon and movie characters are exactly that.

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Batbee

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Beekachu

Harbee Quinn

Harbee Quinn

Jason Voorbees

Jason Voorbees

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Joker

Luke Skyflyer

Luke Skyflyer

Minnie and Mickey

Mickey & Minnie

Nebula

Nebula

Sailor Buzz

Sailor Buzz

Togebee

Togebee

Ahhh … to have such talent!  Miss Goose is the artiste in this house … perhaps one day I will share  some of her work!


Well, friends, I don’t want to take up your entire weekend … I know you have chores and fun stuff planned, so I ask only that you keep safe and have a wonderful weekend!

Jimmy Kimmel Speaks …

It says something when a comedian shows more intelligence, more compassion, and more humanity, than the men and women we elected to administer and oversee our government.  Jimmy Kimmel is a comedian, not a politician.  He makes his money cracking jokes, making people laugh.  But on a number of occasions, he has used his platform, his voice, to send a message to our elected officials, and also to We The People.  Last night was one of those occasions, when he spoke briefly, yet eloquently of yesterday’s school shooting in Texas.

“Hi. Before we get to our guests—and the jokes tonight—I want to take a moment because, as you know, we had another school shooting today. This time in Santa Fe, Texas. At least ten people were killed, ten are wounded. Mostly high school kids. 

And, once again, our leaders are sending their thoughts and prayers. President Trump said he is with the people of Santa Fe in this tragic hour and will be with them forever—except for when it comes time to do something. Then he will not be with them. And neither will any of the congresspeople—or governors—who don’t ever do anything because they are fearful that it will hurt them politically. They know the truth. They know this has gone too far. But they’re too cowardly to do the right thing. They care more about the support of the NRA than they do about children.

So they sit there, with their hands in their pockets, pockets that are full of gun money, and do nothing. They just wait for the outrage to pass, because it didn’t happen to their children. There’s only one way to look at this: How would you feel and what would you do if these were your children who were killed today? The truth about our democracy is that the people don’t make laws, we vote for those who do. So… the least you can do is register to vote right now. I mean the only way we can make any meaningful impact on this epidemic is to make sure we vote for politicians who will do something.”

I give a standing ovation to this man for having more sense and being a better person than those who are sitting in the Capitol or the Oval Office today.

 

Trump Got It All Wrong … Again

Let’s be perfectly clear on something here.  It is NOT against any law to sit, kneel, or even lie prone while the Star Spangled Banner is being played.  It is everyone’s right to do as they will.  According to Title 36 (section 171) of the United States Code, “During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in (military) uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart …”  ‘Should’ does not equate to ‘must’, and there are neither penalties nor punishment for failing to do so.  It is not a law.

Before a pre-season game in 2016, Colin Kaepernick sat down, actually took to one knee, as opposed to the tradition of standing, during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. During a post-game interview, he explained his position stating, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

KaepernickFor the record before we move along, I stand, or rather sit/kneel, with Mr. Kaepernick in his protest.  It is not that I am not loyal to my country, for I am.  But frankly, the flag is a symbol, a mere piece of cloth, that is supposed to represent certain values and ideals.  Today, those values and ideals are being trampled, and I would have done exactly as Mr. Kaepernick did.

Last night, when Donald Trump was in Alabama to support senate candidate Luther Strange, he made the following statement …

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’”  No, Donnie, I would not love to see that.  You have almost single-handedly shredded the values for which that flag once stood. Trump also said such an owner would “be the most popular person in this country. Because that’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect for everything we stand for.” He added that if fans were to “leave the stadium” in response to a protest, “I guarantee things will stop.”

I strongly, adamantly disagree with Mr. Trump, but then what’s new, right?  The right to protest is an important part of our right to free speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.  Mr. Kaepernick, and many others who took his lead and ‘took a knee’ since, are doing nothing more than speaking out against the injustices that have run rampant in recent years in this once-great nation.

Those of us with small voices like mine do what we can to speak out against abuses by our elected officials, and social injustices.  But those like Jimmy Kimmel in his recent series of clips against the abominable Graham-Cassidy health un-care bill, have much larger voices and reach a larger audience, thus they can be said to be actually making a difference.  Colin Kaepernick is a football player of some fame, and as such, his voice is large.  He made a choice to use that voice to speak out against racism and racial injustice in the U.S., his country.  I applaud him and those who followed him, notably Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett and Oakland Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch.  It is not only their right, but in some cases, their duty, their responsibility, to do so.  Time magazine got it right when they said …

“The President of the United States tore into NFL players exercising their free speech rights with more conviction than he condemned white supremacists — one of whom allegedly drove a car into protesters, killing one of them — in Charlottesville.”Time, 23 September 2017

I find it encouraging that Kimmel, Kaepernick, Bennett and Lynch are standing with courage by their beliefs, standing for the values they support.  Some have said that by failing to stand for the National Anthem they are somehow denigrating the veterans who have fought for the independence of this nation.  I say that nothing could be further from the truth … the right to stand up for what we believe in is precisely and exactly what those veterans fought for.  They did not fight for the right of white cops to shoot and kill unarmed African-Americans.  They did not fight for Donald Trump’s right to condemn millions to live without adequate healthcare.  They did not fight for the United States’ right to deny climate change and thus shorten the lives of mankind on earth.  They fought for us to be able to speak out, to maintain our constitutional freedoms, the right to ensure that our government is working for us and not against us.

Donald Trump has it all wrong, but then what else is new?