You’re FIRED!

There was never anything that deemed Kellyanne Conway qualified to sit on the U.S. Air Force’s Board of Visitors.  She has no military experience at all and her appointment to that position by the former guy can only be said to have been a political favour.  Okay, every president has likely meted out such favours, and the next president most often reverses them if they aren’t qualified.

On Wednesday, the White House told 18 officials who had been appointed by the former guy to serve on the boards of U.S. military service academies to resign or be dismissed.  Of the 18, only one that I’m aware of was even remotely qualified for the positions to which he had been appointed:  former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.  Among the least qualified were former Trump advisor and one-time campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.  Neither had a shred of qualifying experience for the positions to which they were assigned.

A sample of one of the letters from White House assistant Catherine M. Russell read …

“On behalf of President Biden, I am writing to request your resignation as a Member of the Board of Visitors to the U.S. Naval Academy.  Please submit your resignation to me by the close of business today.  Should we not receive your resignation, your position with the Board will be terminated effective 6:00 p.m. tonight.  Thank you.”

And the fight was on … naturally it was, for anything that President Biden says or does is food for the Republican gristmill.  And naturally, Kellyanne’s was the loudest voice of dissent, tweeting …

“President Biden, I’m not resigning, but you should.”

Former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, whose claim to fame was his ridiculous and disproven claim about the size of the former guy’s inauguration crowd in 2017, is also flapping his wings and crying “Foul!”.  Again, not surprising but also neither mature nor professional.  Spicer, in fact, has threatened to sue current White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for her remarks when asked to comment on the terminations …

“I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer and others were qualified, or not political, to serve on this board.  But the president’s qualification requirements are not your party registration. They are whether you are qualified to serve and whether you’re aligned with the values of this administration.”

And so, while wildfires are raging throughout the West, while floods are crippling the northeast, while more than a thousand people per day are dying in the U.S. alone as a result of COVID, while voting rights and women’s rights are being decimated on a daily basis, this … the removal of highly unqualified individuals from positions they never earned, will be in our faces, cost the government wasted time and money, and give more fuel to the GOP fires already burning out of control.  What’s next, I wonder?  The quality of food served in the U.S. Capitol?  Not up to Republican standards?  🙄

Snarky Is Baaaaaaack!

My snarky side took a bit of a break after the events in my own life on Monday night, but suddenly it has returned with a vengeance!  No point in holding it back, now is there?


Delusional bimbo

I had to laugh when I read that Kellyanne Conway said …

kellyanne“From the time the electors certified the results to the time the president leaves office should have been spent reviewing and reliving the policy accomplishments of his four years and reminding Americans we are more peaceful or prosperous.”

We are neither more peaceful nor prosperous by any stretch of the imagination than we were before Donald Trump took office.  We are more divided than at any time in at least the last 150 years, as evidenced by the events of last Wednesday and the aftermath.  And prosperous?  All time record high unemployment numbers, people who cannot afford to pay their rent or mortgage, and between 3,000-4,000 people dying every day of a pandemic that was so poorly handled by the Trump administration that the world looks on in disgust. 

Sorry, Kellyanne, but your ‘hero’ is a big-time loser who has done more damage to this nation and its people than any other president in the history of the United States.  His ‘legacy’, such as it is, will be one of death and destruction.


Republicans and impeachment

I was pleased to see that 10 republican members of the House of Representatives voted in favour of impeachment.  Mind you, it’s too little too late, so I’m not going to propose that perhaps they’ve found a conscience and regret their prior sycophancy to Trump, but for this time anyway, they managed to do the right thing. 

I’m also pleased to read that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has condemned Trump’s actions of last week and said he ‘might’ even consider voting to convict Trump on the impeachment charges once the charges are presented to the Senate and they conduct a trial.  I’m not holding my breath, and again, it’s way too little far too late for him to redeem himself.  Best thing he could do after the impeachment trial would be to resign from the Senate … he’s way past his “best by …” date.  However, McConnell holds a great deal of sway with other republicans in the Senate, and if he votes to convict Trump on the charges, I believe that other republican senators will follow suit, which could result in the necessary 17 republican votes needed to convict Trump, thus ensuring that he can never again hold public office.  Not even as sanitation worker or dogcatcher. 

It’s interesting how some of the republicans are appalled by what Trump did, inciting a terrorist rebellion against the United States from within, but yet refuse to condemn him, saying that impeachment or any form of punishment would only further divide the nation.  WTF???  How can we get any more divided? 


As if

I hear Trump released a video of himself yesterday reading a statement that was obviously not written by him …

“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers.”

Right, Donnie.  I read that Ivanka, Jared and others begged him to read the statement and record the video telling him that it would boost his image among republicans who were turning against him.  I actually wonder, reading those words, if somebody wasn’t off to the side with a gun pointed at his head, for this is a far cry from his words of a week ago when he said he would never concede and urged his terrorist supporters to ‘go to war’ for him.

If I had to guess, I would guess that through some other venue, perhaps one of his children’s social media accounts, he is talking out of the other side of his mouth, encouraging another terrorist riot similar to last Wednesday’s next week. 


Congratulations, Donnie …

Ol’ Trumpie always declares he is first, best, and any other superlative he can think of, like covfefe.  Well, he’s got his wish … he is the FIRST president in the history of the United States to be impeached twice!  Way to go, Donnie … we knew you could do it! 


Two worthwhile reads …

Two of my blogging buddies, Jeff over at On the Fence Voters, and Keith at Musings of an Old Fart, published excellent posts last night.  I wanted to re-blog them both, but had already started this post and … well, there are only so many hours in a day and only so much energy to expend, so instead I am including a link to both here and I really hope you will check them out … you won’t be sorry!

If You Still Think The Election Was Rigged  by Keith Wilson

The Big Lie(s)  by Jeff Marzick


Last but not least, Don Lemon hits the nail on the head with this one …

Your Afternoon Dose of Snarky

I’m back with just a few more short snippets … it seems that in the time it takes me to make a cup of coffee, there are at least five ‘breaking news’ events!  How I long for peace.


Time Magazine Announces …

Time Magazine has just announced their 2020 Person of the Year!

Person-of-the-Year

Except … it’s actually two people … President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris!  Time‘s choice to name Biden and Harris over Trump, who was also on the short list, marks the first time a president-elect and vice president-elect have appeared together on a Person of the Year cover.

According to Edward Felsenthal, Time’s Editor-in-chief …

“If Donald Trump was a force for disruption and division over the past four years, Biden and Harris show where the nation is heading: a blend of ethnicities, lived experiences and worldviews that must find a way forward together if the American experiment is to survive.”


Jobs for useless people

kellyanneWith only forty days left of his term, Trump is handing out jobs like they were candy.  The one that first caught my eye was Kellyanne Conway, his right-hand bootlicker until she resigned in January.  She will now serve on the board of visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  I’m not sure what that entails, or what the pay is, and I suspect it’s more of an honorary thing, like most of the rest of the jobs he’s handing out.

Ol’ Elaine Chao, wife of obstructionist Mitch McConnell and outgoing Transportation Secretary, was also given a job as a member of the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, along with Lynn Friess, the wife of Republican megadonor Foster Friess.  Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union and a major bootlicker of Trump’s is to be named to the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board.

There are more than two dozen such relatively meaningless appointments including Pamela DeVos, the sister-in-law of outgoing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who will also serve on the Kennedy Center board of trustees.  The DeVos family made more than $14 million in donations to Trump and the Republican Party in the run up to the 2016 election.  The DeVos family, by the way, has a net worth of $5.6 billion … yes, that’s $5,600,000,000 … an obscene amount of money by any measure.

I have no idea why any of these people, all independently wealthy, even wanted these jobs, or why Trump is doling them out willy-nilly, but my best guess is simply to prove he can.  It might have been nice if he had spent as much time, and paid as much attention, to the approximately 3,000 deaths per day we are now registering as a result of the coronavirus, or if he had worked with his cabinet members to ensure a smooth transition for Biden and his team on January 20th.  In other words, if he had done any of the work for which we are still paying him.


An addendum to this morning’s post …

The case I mentioned earlier today, filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to ‘throw out’ ballots cast for Joe Biden and hand the election to Donald Trump seeks to throw out more than ten million votes!  Ten million of the people in those four states stand to have their votes negated if Paxton’s suit should see the light of day.  Fingers crossed that it won’t, but just the fact that it is a possibility should fill you with rage.  Ten million people stand to have their constitutional rights taken from them … and why?  To salve the ego of the ‘man’ who cannot stand to lose, even though he’s been losing all his life in the game of humanity.

Georgia:   2,473,633
Michigan:   2,804,040
Wisconsin:   1,630,866
Pennsylvania:   3,459,923
   Total:  10,368,462

A question I hadn’t considered, but that was mentioned in the comments is … if the Court were to order those votes to be thrown out, wouldn’t that include the other votes on the ballot … those for candidates for the House of Representatives, Senate, and state and local offices?  Talk about mass chaos!

The attorneys general for the four states involved have denounced Republican efforts to subvert the election and asked the Supreme Court to reject the lawsuit that seeks to overturn the victories in those states by President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., calling the audacious effort an affront to democracy and the rule of law.

“The court should not abide this seditious [emphasis added] abuse of the judicial process, and should send a clear and unmistakable signal that such abuse must never be replicated.  Let us be clear, Texas invites this court to overthrow the votes of the American people and choose the next president of the United States. That Faustian invitation must be firmly rejected.”

Even though Ohio is not one of the states named in the lawsuit, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, a republican, expressed his concern, saying that “The Constitution means today what it meant a month ago.”

Earlier this year, Trump told supporters that if he lost the election, he would leave the country.  Well, Donnie boy … you lost, now GO!  Bye-Bye Donnie!  Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out!

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In case you missed it …

In other news, the U.S. government was due to shut down at midnight tonight.  Normally, this story would have dominated the headlines for the past several weeks, but instead has barely received a page 36 below-the-fold mention!  But never fear …

The Senate on Friday passed a one-week spending bill that will prevent a government shutdown, giving the White House and Congress another week to negotiate a broader set of spending measures. The vote came just hours before a midnight deadline.

The bill had already passed the House of Representatives. The measure still has to be signed into law by President Trump, something a White House spokesman said Friday he is expected to do. — The Washington Post

So, a week from now it will be the same ol’ story … the more things change, the more they stay the same.

I Didn’t ‘Cancel’ Anybody’s ‘Culture’!

Why is it that people these days feel a need to create cutesy sayings that could be otherwise defined without completely re-writing the English language?  A week or so ago, I puzzled and pondered over being called ‘woke’, which made no sense at all either grammatically or in terms of syntax.  I am awake most often, and I awoke this morning, but … que es esto ‘woke’???  Okay, so I figured that one out with help from both Merriam-Webster, Google, and a few helpful readers.  Before that, there was ‘social distancing’, which is just a nice term for ‘stay away from people’.  More than a few times, I’ve been labelled a ‘snowflake’, which I always take as a compliment, for snowflakes are beautiful and unique, but I’m told it isn’t intended as a compliment.  How I long for the good ol’ days when people just called me “bitch” and I knew what they thought of me.

Today’s latest, and I’ve heard it bandied about a few times, but only today did it fly onto my radar, is “cancel culture”.  What the SAM HELL do these people even mean?  Okay, back to my ol’ friend Google, who tells me that ‘cancel culture’ “describes a form of boycott in which an individual (usually a celebrity) who has acted or spoken in a questionable or controversial manner is boycotted.”  So … why the hell didn’t they just say that???  Is this a generational trick to try to exclude us older folks from the conversation?

I go on record right now, today, at this very moment, as saying that if people must speak in these evasive terms, then I do not choose to take part in the conversation.  I could wipe the floor with those who think this is cute … remember, I came of age in the 1960s when “Lay it on me, man”, and “All show and no go”, and “Let it all hang out” were the buzz phrases of the day.

The first time I heard of ‘cancel culture’ was a few weeks ago when it was used by Ivanka Kushner, after she was uninvited to give the commencement address at Wichita State University in Kansas, in part because of her father’s unfeeling responses to the murder of George Floyd, and in part because they realized that Ivanka cannot relate to the average person just finishing college, walking into the world of uncertainty.  She was, after all, born with a silver spoon in her mouth and has never … not one day in her life … been deprived or denied anything she wanted.

Speaking of Ivanka …

On Tuesday, Ivanka apparently became the unofficial spokesperson for Goya products!  Now, you may or may not know that many of us, this writer included, are boycotting (cancel culturing???) Goya products after Goya’s CEO, Robert Unanue, praised Donald Trump, saying …

“We are all truly blessed … to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder. We have an incredible builder, and we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president.”

This after Trump said of Mexican immigrants to the U.S. …

“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

You just keep on praying Mr. Unanue, because while I used to use Goya rice and beans in my cooking … I will never again purchase your products.

But, Ivanka and Donnie have both endorsed Goya in the past week …

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The United States Office of Government Ethics has this little rule called the Hatch Act that says, “Executive branch employees may not use their Government positions to suggest that the agency or any part of the executive branch endorses an organization (including a nonprofit organization), product, service, or person.”

Hmmmm … but the rules of ethics don’t really seem to apply to Trump & Co, do they?  Remember just a week or two after Trump’s inauguration, when his ‘senior advisor’, Kellyanne Conway, publicly promoted Ivanka’s line of apparel and other over-priced junk?  That, too, was in violation of the same ethics ruling, yet Kellyanne is still part of Trump’s entourage of clowns and has paid no price for her perfidy.  Neither I’m sure, will Ivanka.  Rules, in the world of Trump, are for us peons, made to be disregarded by those of wealth and power.

But back to ‘cancel culture’.  If I choose not to buy Goya products, or shop at Wal-Mart or Home Depot, or eat at Chick-Fil-A because the people who would profit from my purchases support an ideology that I find offensive, that is my choice.  I am making a consumer choice based on my own values.  My purchasing power is my voice. I am not canceling anybody’s culture, but rather am refusing to support those who are racist, homophobic, or abuse their employees.  Period.  No need for cutesy labeling.  It seems to me this is just another way to further divide the populace of this nation, as are the other labels that people have dreamed up for those who don’t agree with them, or don’t act the same or believe the same.

Meanwhile, both Donald and Ivanka are in violation of ethics rules and both should be officially censured, or better yet, fired!

Truth Must Triumph

In this, the era of ‘alternative facts’, has truth taken a long hike, is it gone forever, or do we just need to dig a little deeper to sift through the detritus? Jerry from On the Fence Voters has written a thoughtful piece about truth in the era of Trump . And at the end, there’s a petition to sign to “Make America Rational Again”, though in truth, that starts with We the People on November 3rd. Thanks Jerry!

On The Fence Voters

Nearly two decades ago, the evangelical mega-ministry Focus on the Family produced a video/teaching series with the title The Truth Project. I’ve watched only the first episode of the series, and that’s all one needs to watch to know the series’ emphasis, which is, as Jesus said, “For this reason I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth” (John 18:37, emphasis added).

Del Tackett, the series’ presenter, quotes the 1828 version of Webster’s Dictionary for his definition of truth: “conformity to fact or reality.” That’s a nice, concise, easy-to-remember definition—although it might be a bit too simple. In an infinite universe that, as most physicists now postulate, consists of at least 10 dimensions, finite beings cannot always determine what is fact or reality.

But in most situations, and for our purpose here, that simple, straightforward definition of truth—conformity to…

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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.

Snarky Snippets Hot Off The Press!

Yesterday I had a bad case of mind bounce … it happens every so often … and the best I could do was an afternoon re-blog.  Today, however, I am back on my game and filled with snark!  Here are just a few of the things flying about on my radar today.


He should have stayed home …

Every time Trump is allowed to travel abroad and attend international conferences or events, I cringe.  Not because I fear he will embarrass us … there is never a doubt but that he will … but because I wonder how much long-term damage he will do to our relationships with the rest of the world, how much more he will tarnish the image of the U.S. in the eyes of the world.

This week, he is in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum.  This year’s forum is focusing on seven themes: Fairer economies, better business, healthy futures, future of work, tech for good, beyond geopolitics and how to save the planet. Young climate activists and school strikers from around the world will be present at the event to put pressure on world leaders over that last theme.  In my opinion, that last one is about the only one that really matters, for if we do not address climate change, none of the rest will be required 100 years from now.

But, of course, Donald Trump feels differently.  He boasted that his support for the coal and oil industries meant the US was self-sufficient in energy.  He attacked climate activists …

“To embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the errors of yesterday’s fortune tellers and we have them and I have them and they want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen.”

Greta Thunberg, who was also invited and is attending the forum, was apparently one of those “perennial prophets of doom” to whom he referred, as he later said he didn’t know much about her other than that she seemed “very angry”.  She’s not the only one!

Beyond that, he tooted his horn a lot, bragging about the economy, about trade deals, even claiming he would soon be making a “very good deal” with Boris Johnson of the UK, and even had the unmitigated gall to claim proudly that the U.S. is the #1 producer of oil and natural gas – definitely not a boast-worthy claim, whether true or not.

Then, of course, he was asked about his impeachment, and he used the opportunity to whine …

“It’s just a hoax. It’s a witch hunt that’s been going on for years, and frankly, it’s disgraceful.”

Oh, and he also claimed that he and his minions are preparing another “middle-class tax cut”, that he will announce details in 90 days, but that he will only enact it if he is re-elected, the republicans gain control of the House, and hold the Senate.  Well duh … that’s the only way he’ll get any legislation passed, but … ain’t gonna happen, Donnie boy!  And, his last so-called middle-class tax cut actually hurt the middle class and gave the tax cuts to the wealthy 1% and corporations, many of whom pay less in taxes than you or I do.

So, once again, We the People ask forgiveness of our friends across the pond, for the abomination we unleashed on the world in 2016.  Sigh.


And in other news …

Kellyanne said WHAT???

Trump’s mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, once again opened her rather large mouth … a mouth that seems to be completely detached from anything remotely resembling a brain.  It was during a news conference yesterday, Martin Luther King Day, and Kellyanne was asked why Trump’s public schedule of events on Monday did not include any functions meant to commemorate Dr. King.

kellyanne“The president … agrees with many of the things that Dr. Martin Luther King stood for and agreed with for many years, including unity and equality. And he’s not the one trying to tear the country apart through an impeachment process and a lack of substance that really is very shameful at this point. I don’t think it was within Dr. King’s vision to have Americans dragged through a process where the president is not going to be removed from office, is not being charged with bribery, extortion, high crimes or misdemeanors.”

Somebody really needs to shut this woman up, for she knows not what she says … she just opens her mouth and out comes stupid.


The hovering dentist

Dr. Seth Lookhart is was a dentist in Anchorage, Alaska.  One of his patients was a woman named Veronica Wilhelm, who one day needed a tooth extracted.  Simple procedure, right?  Well … Dr. Lockhart performed the procedure … while on a hoverboard!  But wait … that’s not even the worst of it!

First, he sedated Ms. Wilhelm, filmed himself extracting the tooth while on his hoverboard, and … wait for it … sent the video clip to at least eight of his friends!

Turns out this wasn’t his only crime, for he has been billing Medicaid for types of expensive sedation not typically covered by private insurance.  His misdemeanor medical assistance fraud offenses carry a possible sentence of up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $25,000 and he could be ordered to return funds to the state of Alaska Medicaid program and his former business partners.


Okay, folks, that’s all I’ve got for today … time to go look in on the impeachment trial …

The New Pinocchio Drug!

There is a new drug on the market.  I don’t know the medical name, but it is commonly referred to as the “Pinocchio Drug”.  Apparently, the drug is available only to republicans, and early drug trials were performed on a number of Trump’s own staff members.  The drug makes it such that the person who takes it cannot recognize a lie.  A few examples …


First, there was the new White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, who replaced Sarah Huckabee Sanders in June, but has never yet held a press briefing, and continues to be Melania’s “communication director”.  In an interview with The Washington Post, when reminded that the WaPo Fact Checker had documented 12,019 lies told by Trump from the time he took office on January 20, 2017 thru August 5, 2019, and then asked if she thinks he lies, she responded:

“No, I don’t think they’re lies … I think the president communicates in a way that some people, especially the media, aren’t necessarily comfortable with. A lot of times they take him so literally. I know people will roll their eyes if I say he was just kidding or was speaking in hypotheticals, but sometimes he is. What I’ve learned about him is that he loves this country and he’s not going to lie to this country.”

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On the same day, Wednesday, one of Trump’s re-election campaign spokespeople, Kayleigh McEnany, appeared on Chris Cuomo’s CNN program … she has obviously also been taking the drug …

Cuomo: You don’t think this President has lied to the American people?

McEnany: Let me finish, Chris.

Cuomo: You–

McEnany: No, I don’t think the President has lied.

Cuomo: –have to answer that question, first.

McEnany: I don’t think the President has lied.

Cuomo: He has never lied to the American people?

McEnany: No, I don’t think the President has lied.

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Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney proclaimed with a straight face on Friday morning that President Donald Trump has never lied to the American people, asserting that Trump has only ever exaggerated and spun.  Varney was interviewing Joe Walsh, who recently threw his hat into the presidential ring in a bid against Donald Trump for the republican nomination.

Walsh: Stuart, do you believe this president lies?

Varney: No.

Walsh: You don’t believe he’s ever lied?

Varney: He exaggerates and spins.

Walsh: Okay. Do you believe he’s ever told the American people a lie?

Varney: No.

Walsh: Stuart, he said there were high-level phone calls with Chinese officials, his staff admitted that was not true, that he lied in order to manipulate the market.

Varney: That’s not a lie. If the man said and he did that high-level talks had been held with China, that is not a lie. They were held with China. 

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The drug has apparently been on the test market for quite some time, for back in April 2018, U.S. Representative Jim Jordan from Ohio, one of the founding members of the ignoble House Freedom Caucus, was interviewed by Anderson Cooper …

Cooper: So you have heard the President lie? You haven’t heard the President lie?

Jordan: I’ve not heard the President — he’s always been square with me. That’s for darn sure.

Cooper: What about the American people?

Jordan: The American people elected him president of the United States.

Cooper: OK. But I mean, have you ever the President lie? That’s why I’m asking you?

Jordan: I have not. And the American people feel like the treatment he’s receiving from the top people of the FBI —

Cooper: A, I don’t think you can talk about all the American people. But I’m asking you — just yourself, have you ever heard the President lie?

Jordan: I have not.

Cooper: Really? So when the Washington Post counts hundreds and hundreds of times, none of those are believable to you.

Jordan: I have not seen what the Washington Post reported. You are asking me if the President communicated something it wasn’t accurate to me, I’m not —

Cooper: No. No, not to you. Has the President publicly said anything that is a lie?

Jordan: I mean, look, I don’t know of it. Nothing comes to mind. But look, people who talk as much as you and I do, my guess is probably, Anderson, you may have said something at some point that wasn’t 100 percent accurate.

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Then there was Steve Bannon, Trump’s former “chief strategist”, who when asked if Trump lies, replied …

“Not to my knowledge, no. I think he speaks in a particular vernacular that connects to people in this country.”

Yeah, a vernacular of vitriol and outright lies.  Go take another dose of the drug, Steve.

And, of course, there was the very first test of the drug on Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway on the day of the inauguration, when Spicer claimed that Trump’s inauguration “drew the largest crowd ever” (it didn’t, not even close), and Kellyanne backed him by saying it wasn’t a lie, but merely a set of “alternative facts”.


Trump-pinocchioI hope that either this drug is taken off the market soon, or that someone develops an antidote and force feeds it to every bloody republican!  Listen up, people!  Yes, Trump lies … every damn day he lies … and he is making us all sick!  Get off the drug, now!  Take, instead, a dose of reality!

Above The Law … Once Again!

Donald Trump claims to be above the law.  That is a matter of opinion, however since he has selectively placed his lackeys such as William Barr in key positions, for the moment, it seems to be the case that he cannot be held accountable.  The exception, of course, would be if Congress would use their Constitutional oversight authority, but with the likes of Mitchell McConnell in the position of Senate Majority Leader, that seems highly unlikely.  So, okay, Donald Trump is effectively, though not legally, above the law.

But Trump is not alone.  Attorney General William Barr has placed himself effectively, though not legally, above the law by refusing to answer a subpoena issued by the House of Representatives.  Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross claims immunity from the law, as he too refused to respond to a subpoena by the House.  How many others?  I’ve lost count.  But this latest one … this is too much.

Trump’s personal mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, has been found by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel to be in violation of the Hatch Act.  The Office of Special Counsel is led by a Trump appointee, Henry J. Kerner, and it was he who testified before the House Oversight Panel last month that Kellyanne had violated the Hatch Act not just once, but repeatedly, and he called on Trump to terminate Ms. Conway’s employment.  Trump immediately refused to do so.

The Hatch Act, for those who may not be familiar with it, is a United States federal law whose main provision prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials, from engaging in some forms of political activity.

The counsel states that Conway participated in media interviews and used her social media accounts, with her title, to engage in activity affecting the midterm elections. She has also made a number of remarks aimed at 2020 democratic presidential candidates including Senator Cory Booker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden. She has also openly endorsed Trump’s re-election. According to the letter by Mr. Kerner …

“Ms. Conway’s advocacy against the Democratic candidates and open endorsement of the President’s reelection effort during both official media appearances and on her Twitter account constitute prohibited political activity under the Hatch Act.”

Not once, not twice, but multiple times.  Remember when she almost got in trouble for urging people, on television, to buy from Ivanka Trump’s clothing line?  Kellyanne doesn’t seem to learn.  But then, she has Trump to bail her out, so why does she need to try to ‘do the right thing’?

Kellyanne was cordially invited to testify, to present her side if she had one, before the House Oversight Committee, but “the White House” declined the invitation on her behalf.  So, committee chairman Elijah Cummings issued a subpoena.  And guess what?  She defied the subpoena.  Therefore, we can only conclude that Kellyanne also considers herself to be above the law.

Now, here’s the thing, folks.  Trump said during his 2016 campaign that he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue in New York and shoot somebody, and he would get by with it.  When he said it, we all rolled our eyes and said, “Yeah, right, Bozo.”  But today, it is no laughing matter, for he has declared himself above the law and his lackeys, including the United States Department of Justice, will support him.  And now, that privilege extends to his entire staff, all the way down to his paid mouthpiece.

But let me tell you something.  If I stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue in New York, or my street in Podunk USA and shoot someone, I will be immediately put to death by police who shoot first and ask questions later.  If I am issued a subpoena by a federal agency and I defy that subpoena, I will be shot dead by police who will claim I was resisting arrest (because I would be resisting, but that’s a minor detail).

If the likes of Trump and Conway are not held accountable to the very laws that they have sworn to uphold, then is there any law & justice in the United States?  Trump has stated that Article II of the United States Constitution gives him the authority to do “whatever I want”.  It doesn’t, but somebody has to draw the line.  Typically, that would fall to the Attorney General and Congress, but we cannot count on either.  So, if Kellyanne is immune, and William Barr is immune, then it must follow that any and all of Trump’s cabinet members are immune from being held accountable … for anything.

If that isn’t enough, coupled with Trump’s atrocious racist running commentary against four members of the House of Representatives for the past 48 hours on Twitter, and coupled with Robert Mueller’s citation of no less than ten incidences of obstruction of justice by Trump … if all that isn’t enough for the House of Representatives to open an impeachment inquiry, then I don’t know why we even have a Congress!  To the members of the House, I say:  Off your asses, folks … it’s showtime!  It’s now or never!  Use it or lose it!!!

And, to add a bit of humour to the topic, if that’s possible, I have invited Mr. Seth Meyers to contribute his take on the topic.

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!