Some days my head simply spins on its axis (my neck) trying to keep up with everything happening in the nation, the world today. There are days that I can pick a topic, focus, and write a relatively coherent post on a single topic. Other days, however, I simply cannot gain that level of focus that is requisite, so instead I toss out a few snippets, usually snarky ones. Today is such a day. The week is topsy-turvy and my mind is spinning at somewhere around 136 rpm (revolutions per minute). Thus, today I give you another episode of Snarky Snippets …
Will Congress find their conscience, or will millions be living on the streets soon?
The current eviction moratorium, that prohibits landlords from evicting tenants who have fallen behind on their rent, is set to expire tomorrow. This means, in a nutshell, that millions of people could be without a home soon … millions, not hundreds, not thousands, but millions, the majority of them children. It was hoped that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) would extend the moratorium, given the new surge in cases due to the Delta variant (and the anti-vaxxers), but last month, when the Supreme Court upheld the current moratorium, they also made it clear that it could not be extended again except by an act of Congress.
President Biden called on Congress to act “without delay” to extend the eviction moratorium. Biden’s request prompted House and Senate Democrats to begin exploring whether they could rally enough votes to approve the new protections for renters. It remains unclear if Congress has the time and support to act ahead of the current July 31st deadline.
I have very little doubt that the members of the House of Representatives will rally and manage to vote ‘yea’ on a hastily prepared bill that will keep millions of people sheltered. However, once such a bill reaches the Senate, possibly even sometime today, it will almost certainly go into the “Dead Bills” bin along with the For the People Act and probably hundreds of other pieces of legislation that the senate Republicans, along with Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are holding up in a game of roulette. Let’s hope I’m wrong, for with the current heat wave that is affecting some 20 states at the moment, this is no time to be living on the streets.
The Four Stooges … or the Four Gs
Yesterday, Representatives Matt Gaetz (the sex trafficker), Margie Greene (QAnon member in good standing), Paul Gosar (white supremacist extraordinaire), and Louie Gohmert (the idiot in too many ways to count), went to the D.C. Department of Corrections (where they should all be standing on the other side) in an attempt to visit some of the prisoners who have been arrested in connection with their role in attacking Congress and the Capitol on January 6th. They were turned away by jail officials. The Four Gs claimed they were there to inspect the treatment of suspects. Funny, isn’t it, that at least tens of thousands pass through the prison system each year, yet these three never came to check on those people.
Now, I may have a suspicious mind, but given that the four were accompanied by cameras from right-wing news organizations, I have a sneaking hunch that this was intended as a photo op, as an excuse to rile the masses yet again, as they surely knew they couldn’t just waltz in and visit with the prisoners of their choice.
When told that they were “obstructing entrance into this facility,” Gohmert responded …
“We’re the people that vote on whether or not to fund you, at what level, and we’re trespassing?”
WHOA … can we say ‘abuse of power’ or throwing one’s weight around? For the record, Congress has ZERO influence, for the D.C. Detention Center is not a federal facility and is fully funded by Washington, D.C. taxpayers.
The action at the jail was the group’s second this week, after they barged into the Justice Department on Tuesday trying to ask questions about the detention of January 6th suspects awaiting trial and whether any were being held in solitary confinement. Gosar called them “political prisoners” who are being “persecuted” and unjustly punished. Oh wait … pobrecitos … were they not the ones dressed like maniacal cavemen carrying clubs, bear spray, and other weapons on that fateful day? Were they not the ones that scaled the outer walls of the Capitol, beat police officers, broke windows to gain access, and caused millions of dollars in damage to OUR property? Excuse me, perhaps I’m thinking of a different bunch of bozos.
Gohmert seemed to be the spokesperson for the bunch and said …
“The supervisor came down and was standing right here and turned her back on me. The other one said she won’t talk anymore and that we’re trespassers. We’re in totalitarian, Marxist territory here. This is the way third-world people get treated.”
Get a life, Louie!!!
And of course, ol’ Margie also feigned indignance …
“We suspect there is a two-tier justice system in the United States, for Trump supporters that are charged for Jan. 6 and catch-and-release for BLM rioters.”
Yeah, that’s right, Margie … when a cop pulls a person over, the first question out of his mouth is to ask whether the person is a trumpeter or not … if he is, then he is carted off to the Gulag, never to be seen or heard from again. Sheesh, but how did we manage to get so many dumbasses in Congress this time ‘round??? And four of ‘em whose surname starts with ‘G’. One media outlet, The Hill, referred to them as the ‘seditious four’ … sounds about right to me.
A dangerous thing to say
One of the Four G’s, Margie Greene, made a very dangerous statement when speaking to the Alabama Federation of Republican Women last week. First, she told the group that President Biden “is going to be sending one of his police state friends to your door,” referring to the volunteers the president has mentioned sending to rural areas to help people better understand and have access to the vaccination. But the worst part was when she told them …
“We all love our Second Amendment rights, and we don’t like the federal government coming on our property to tell us what to do. You have HIPAA rights and you do not have to tell your medical information and you can tell them to get off your front porch and get off your front lawn.”
WHOA NELLIE! This is a lawmaker, a member of Congress, advising people to get their guns out … this is incitement to violence, plain and simple! In my book, that statement alone is grounds for her immediate expulsion from Congress. Mr. Kevin McCarthy damn well better take action … it is long past due.