I was plugging along, working on a post about the democrats and last night’s debate, when I came across a few snippets that … well, I just couldn’t resist another snarky snippets post! The debate post will come later, hopefully tomorrow afternoon, but for today I was sidetracked … that seems to happen a lot!
She got WHAT from WHOM???
Trump’s kids are hot on the campaign trail, stumping for daddy. Late last month, daughter Ivanka (you know, the useless one whose sole purpose in the administration seems to be to stand by daddy fluttering her lashes) attended a “retreat” (what the Sam Heck are they retreating from?) arranged by Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Jackson Hole in the Wyoming mountains. The sole purpose was to bilk money from the wealthy potential donors in attendance.Ivanka was asked what personality traits she has inherited from her parents. She said that her mother gave her an example of how to be a powerful, successful woman, and that … wait for it … her father had given her his “moral compass”! Hoo-boy! If that one didn’t make you nearly fall out of your seat laughing, then nothing will! Moral compass??? What moral compass??? Well, folks, you’ve got to feel sorry for the little Trumps, if nothing else. Ivanka and Jared have three (this family really makes the case for forced sterilization): Arabella Rose, Joseph Frederick, and Theodore James. See, they cannot even give the poor kids simple names … well, at least their last name isn’t Trump, though I’m not sure ‘Kushner’ is any more respectable.
I’ve heard of ‘vaping’, but never cared enough to figure out exactly what it is. I knew only that it was a replacement for smoking. But, in the past few weeks it has been in all the headlines, as apparently a few people … I believe it is six people, to be exact … had died as a result of vaping. I still wasn’t all that interested, and I’ll tell you why. I am a smoker. I started smoking at age 13, some 55 years ago. I smoke, on average, 3 packs a day. That is my choice, and I’m well aware of the health risks involved, and I accept full responsibility for my actions and the results of those actions. Period. So, if people choose vaping instead of smoking tobacco, fine, but accept that the onus is on you, not society at large.
But what did finally catch my attention was when it was announced that Trump is considering a ban on flavoured electronic cigarettes. The reason?
“We can’t allow people to get sick. And we can’t have our youth be so affected.”
Oh … oh oh oh … the IRONY!!! This, from the ‘man’ who has fought tooth and nail to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and cause some 20 million people to lose their access to affordable health care! This from the ‘man’ who refuses to even consider the most minimal of gun regulations, due to pressure from his buddies over at the NRA!
There is not even any evidence thus far that it was vaping that caused the six deaths. Consider the most recent case, a 50-year-old man from Kansas who had a history of underlying health issues! Not a child, not even a healthy adult! Six cases … and he’s going to ban it! Heck, last year in the U.S., five people died from eating lettuce contaminated with E. coli from contaminated water that was used to irrigate the crops. Simply testing the water would have prevented it, but Trump & Co. even then refused to make testing of irrigation water mandatory. And … Trump did not ban lettuce … I know this because I just bought some on Wednesday.
There have been 22 school shootings in the U.S. in 2019 thus far. Six deaths possibly related to vaping, and he’ll ban e-cigarettes, but 22 school shootings don’t even warrant a consideration of enhanced gun safety laws??? This, folks, is a problem. This is an upside-down setting of priorities. The only thing I can figure is that the vaping industry doesn’t have a strong enough lobby.
And, since nobody … not even me … does snarky better than the late-night hosts, let’s let Jimmy Kimmel start our weekend out with bunch of laughs!
Have a great weekend, my friends!