Some days I think I have turned into a huge cynic, a shrew, and I remonstrate with myself about it. Now, I’ve told you before about these three-way conversations with Me, Myself, and I, right? Well, in this particular conversation. Myself convinced Me that it wasn’t my fault I was turning into an untrusting, cynical human being, and I thanked Myself, while Me felt a bit hurt and left out. Confused yet? Welcome to my mind! Anyway … today I am feeling like a bit of mockery at the expense of Trump & Co., for they deserve it, and it makes me happy. So … snarky snippets it is!
And the award goes to …
Donald Trump has mentioned a few times that he believes he will be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. It galls him to no end that his nemesis, President Obama, earned the award, and he has not a snowball’s chance. However, there is one person in our government today who is being honoured with a prestigious award. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is to be awarded the 2019 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, said in a statement Sunday that Ms. Pelosi is “the most important woman in American political history.” Pelosi is being honored because of her efforts to pass former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law and for helping Democrats reclaim control of the U.S. House during last year’s elections. Kennedy said Pelosi “leads with strength, integrity and grace under pressure.”
The award will be presented to Pelosi on May 19 during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. I smile thinking of what Trump must have said when he first heard this news. 😊
And speaking of awards …
The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, founded in 2014, advocates for the safety of journalists and the release of Americans held hostage abroad. Each year at its annual dinner, the foundation issues a “hostage freedom award” to someone for “courageous work for hostage recovery, press freedom, and humanitarian efforts”. This year, the award was initially planned to go to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but the foundation changed its mind because of what it felt was an inadequate response by the administration to the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Pompeo did not take the loss of the award with good grace, however.
“I regret that there was pressure applied by the media for that award to be withdrawn.”
Ultra-conservative Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen did not miss an opportunity to accuse and abuse the media, saying that the award was rescinded only because “media partners’ promised to boycott the event if Pompeo got the award”.
If you can’t somehow blame the democrats, then blame the media, eh? However, the foundation published a “Letter to the Editor” of The Washington Post on Friday …
“The decision with respect to the James W. Foley Hostage Advocate award was mischaracterized in Marc A. Thiessen’s April 4 column … While it is accurate that our foundation intended to present our hostage freedom award to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and we extended the invitation to him on Nov. 19, 2018, we ultimately decided we could not present the award as planned because of the dramatic change in circumstances when the Trump administration did not press for genuine accountability from the Saudi government for the brutal murder of Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. We communicated the reason for this decision to the secretary’s team on Jan. 11.
Our decision had nothing to do with whether we received media pressure. In addition to advocating for the safe return of U.S. hostages abroad, the protection of free speech and promotion of journalists’ safety are key pillars of our foundation, and this award would have been in conflict with that key principle.”
Simple, straightforward, and honest, but Pompeo exhibits the same character flaw that his boss does … he is a sore loser. Suck it up, Mike.
Even dumber than Kellyanne …
Donald Trump has a ‘campaign press secretary’. I had never seen her until yesterday when she swooped across my radar. As I read the headline, I thought … this one is even dumber than Kellyanne! And that, folks, is a tough act to follow!
Her name is Kayleigh McEnany and she is actually just about to become 31 years of age, though I wouldn’t have guessed it based on what I’ve seen so far. I think you can see, even before I go any further, why Trump chose her for his campaign press secretary.
She even looks a bit like Kellyanne … that is, before Kellyanne aged 40 years in a month from having to go behind her boss and pick up his messes. But to the point. McEnany has pulled some dumber-than-dirt moments in the past year or so, but this one takes the cake. Yesterday, following the lead of Trump and Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, McEnany claimed that Trump should not be forced to release his tax returns to Congress. She said that Congress doesn’t have a legitimate reason to ask for them. (Forgive her, but she’s likely never heard of the word ‘ethics’ before). Her reasoning? Because Congress isn’t asking for the tax returns of other presidents. Let that one sink in just a minute, folks.
“Ironically, the only person whose tax returns they’ve asked for — the only president — is Trump. So it’s a sham reasoning.”
Oh, Kayleigh … please … do go back to school! I hear they offer GED courses at most community colleges? You’re definitely not ready for this job!
Now, as we all know, every other president starting with Nixon has released their tax returns voluntarily, so Congress never had a need to demand them. And even if that weren’t the case … none of those other guys are president today!
President Barack Obama released his tax returns for every year between 2000 and 2015. President George W. Bush released his returns for 2000 through 2007. President Bill Clinton made public his returns from 1992 to 1999 (and then his wife, 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton released their returns from 2000 to 2016). And Trump? Not. One. Single. Year.
If you ask me, Trump is down to dredging the bottom of the barrel to find people willing to work in the chaos that defines the current administration.
And on that note, I shall go see what other mischief I can dig up.