Snarky Snippets With A Twist

There is much I could find to write a scathing rant about today, but there is also some good news, so I thought just for once I’d try to focus on that.  Don’t expect this to become the new norm, though!


Score one for justice!

On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.  Garland is politically moderate, and Obama’s hope was that he would not be found offensive to either side, particularly Republicans in the Senate led by Mitch McConnell.  His hopes were to be dashed, for McConnell was determined that President Obama would not be allowed to fill that seat.  Period.

Republicans themselves had spent years suggesting Garland as an acceptable Democratic choice for the Court, and it is said that Mitch McConnell and Merrick Garland were friends.  However, McConnell and other Senate Republicans refused to even so much as hold a hearing or vote on the nomination, claiming that with only eight months until the presidential election, the seat should remain open for the incoming president to fill.  Some even said that if Hillary Clinton were elected, the seat should remain open for four years … or forever!

It had nothing whatsoever to do with Merrick Garland’s qualifications, and everything to do with partisanship.  The Senate Republicans wanted only an ultra-conservative to fill that seat, not a liberal or even a moderate.  Why?  Their goal was to gain a conservative majority in the Court that would be willing to overturn two previous Supreme Court decisions if the opportunity arose:  Roe v Wade, and Obergefell v Hodges.

Well, today it is Merrick Garland who will have the last laugh, for President-elect Joe Biden, who will take the Oath of Office in just two weeks from today, has announced his intention to nominate Merrick Garland as United States Attorney General!  From what little I know of Garland, I think he will be a fine Attorney General, and I’m admittedly not above being thrilled to know that Mitch McConnell and his uber-conservative cronies must be pulling their hair out … or will be once today’s circus in Congress has finished.


Score two for justice!

And in other positive news, the Georgia runoff elections for Georgia’s two seats in the U.S. Senate was yesterday.  While the count is only about 98% complete as of this writing, Raphael Warnock, the democratic candidate, has been declared the winner over Kelly Loeffler, although by a narrow margin of 1.2%.

The other race, being even closer, has not yet been called as of this writing, but Democrat Jon Ossoff is leading over David Perdue by about .4%, or 17,567 votes.  I fail to understand how so many people in Georgia could vote for Loeffler and Perdue, both of whom have allegations of insider trading and other criminal conduct in their past.  However, a narrow win is better than no win.  For the sake of my own health, I have stayed largely off of Twitter today, so haven’t seen any of Trump’s tweets, but I’m sure he is crying “Foul” as loudly and ignorantly as usual.  However, his voice is becoming less and less relevant, even to many Republicans.


Tidbits

Rumour had it that Trump was planning to head for his golf course in Scotland on the 19th, the day before Joe Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States.  However, Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that Trump will not be allowed into Scotland, for the country is in strict lockdown and nobody is allowed to enter, including Trump!  Guess he’ll just have to settle for Mar-a-Lago for a while.

We all need a chuckle today.  You’ll love this parody of Trump’s felonious phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last Saturday, put to the Stevie Wonder song, I Just Called to Say I Love You

Snarky Snippets For A Dreary Grey Day

Okay, folks, the holidays are over and I for one am more than ready to return to my normal routine.  Let’s get the tree down, pack those decorations away, finish all those leftovers, and get back to whatever passes for ‘normal’ in your household!  My psyche doesn’t handle disruptions well at all.


Sorry, Louie, but the answer is ‘NO’

I told you earlier this week about a lawsuit filed by the ignoble representative from Texas, Louie Gohmert and others, that sought to attempt to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the results of the election.  The suit was a bad joke, for there were no grounds whatsoever for it, and most every political analyst and constitutional law expert said it was doomed to fail.

Well, fail it did.  Yesterday, Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle of the Eastern District of Texas ruled that Gohmert and other republican lawmakers lacked the proper standing to sue Mr. Pence in the matter.  The real kicker in this ruling, though, is the fact that Judge Kernodle was appointed by Trump himself!  And, to heap insult onto injury in the eyes of Trump, the Department of Justice, representing Pence, had asked the Judge to reject the lawsuit.  I hear that Trump is not a happy camper about these latest developments, and Gohmert claims he intends to appeal, but with only five days before Congress meets to certify Joe Biden’s electoral win, I doubt there is time, nor is there willingness on the part of any judges to open themselves to what would follow if Pence were forced to take away the people’s will.

Score one for justice.toon-2


They never give up, do they?

This just in, as I was writing the above snippet – several republican senators, led by Ted Cruz of Texas, have signed a statement saying that they will refuse to certify the electoral votes for Joe Biden unless a ten-day audit is performed.

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More grandstanding, and a move that is destined to fail, for frankly the votes of these idiots are not requisite for a majority vote to certify the results of the Electoral College.  The democrats have a majority in the House of Representatives, and in the Senate, a number of republicans have already acknowledged Joe Biden’s win and will not align themselves with these spoiled brats.  The ones who have signed the statement are:

  • Ted Cruz – Texas
  • Ron Johnson – Wisconsin
  • James Lankford – Oklahoma
  • Steve Daines – Montana
  • John Kennedy – Louisiana
  • Marsha Blackburn – Tennessee
  • Mike Braun – Indiana
  • Cynthia Lummis – Wyoming (senator-elect)
  • Roger Marshall – Kansas (senator-elect)
  • Bill Hagerty – Tennessee (senator-elect)
  • Tommy Tuberville – Alabama (senator-elect)

And, of course, good ol’ Josh Hawley from Missouri said last week that he intends to contest the results.  These people make me literally sick.  They are elected to do what is in the best interest of the people of this country, not to kiss the ass of the idiot-child trying to hold on to the Oval Office by lying, cheating, and bullying.  They are perfectly willing to say to us … “you do not matter, your vote does not matter, we don’t feel one whit of responsibility to you”, for that is exactly what they are telling us!

Their efforts will fail, on Wednesday, January 6th, Joe Biden’s electoral win will be certified and two weeks later, on January 20th, Joe Biden will be inaugurated the 46th President of the United States.  However, what they ARE doing is demoralizing us, keeping our angst stirred, and slapping us repeatedly in the face.  They are putting their own desires and fortunes ahead of ours, and THAT is simply wrong!  I hope the people of those states begin demanding that they be held accountable, either through impeachment or other means.


He’s stabbing his own in the back

As you all know, the Georgia runoff races for the U.S. Senate are in just three days.  Polling is erratic, but one thing is for certain, that both races are looking to be remarkably close.  So, what does Trump do to help his side?  He basically tells republican voters not to bother, that the elections are “illegal and invalid”.  This is one time that I’m applauding his false claims, for if he convinces republicans to stay home on Tuesday, so much the better for the nation.

In addition, he has been verbally attacking Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both republicans, for the past month over their honesty in certifying the election in Georgia.  He claims they owe it to him to overturn the voice of the people, but both Kemp and Raffensperger remember that their loyalty is to the people of Georgia, not a two-bit madman who is attempting to hijack the election.

Last month, Trump attended a rally in Georgia (did he do any real work in 2020?) where he proceeded to spend most of his time lamenting his own situation, making his tiresome false claims about voter fraud, and yadda yadda yadda.  He did Loeffler and Perdue, the two republican candidates, no favours then, and he is doing them none now.  He’s scheduled to attend another rally on Monday, the day before the elections, where he is likely to further hurt their cause.  I suppose we ought to thank him for the help he is giving the two democrats, Warnock and Ossoff!

CRAZY … They Are CRAZY!!!

Just a minute … {deep breath}  {another deep breath}  {a series of deep breaths} … okay, I think I’m fine now.  Sorry ‘bout that, folks … I was so mad that I think I forgot to breathe for a few minutes!  Okay, let me back up.  I have concluded that there is something fundamentally wrong with the brains, such as they are, of most republicans.  Yes, nearly half of them were so blind that they voted for Trump last week, but even that pales in comparison to what certain congressional republicans are up to.

First, they are pouring gasoline on Trump’s baseless claims about “massive voter fraud”.  Mitch McConnell is encouraging Trump, saying that he has every right to demand recounts and pursue litigation.  Well, he certainly has the right to ASK for recounts … I’m not crazy about that word “demand”, but in every state but one, I think, the margin by which Biden won is not likely to be altered by a recount enough to make a difference.  Does he have the right to file case after case of non-existent claims of voter fraud?  I think not. It is a waste of taxpayer dollars.  And all his little lawsuits are basically being thrown out of court at a laughable rate.  But what really set me off was …

In Georgia, the two republican senators who will face democratic challengers in runoff elections on January 5th, are calling for the head (resignation) of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, because his office said there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the state.  These two senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, have ‘demanded’ Raffensperger’s resignation … there’s that word again!  Is that all republicans know how to do … demand???  That explains a lot!  Kelly Loeffler, for the record, is not yet an elected senator, and she did not beat her opponent, Raphael Warnock, on November 3rd.  She was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to replace Johnny Isakson, who retired in 2019. She lost her bid to retain the Senate seat on November 3rd to Warnock by a 7 point margin.  She is also the one, you may remember from previous posts, who is accused of insider trading, selling off stocks after being briefed on the coronavirus pandemic.  Fingers crossed for democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossof to beat the pants off of Perdue and Loeffler on January 5th!

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Kelly Loeffler / Raphael Warnock

Perdue & Loeffler claim there were “too many failures in Georgia elections this year” but offered not a single shred of evidence to back up their theory.  If, by some chance, both of these fools were to lose their runoff in January, then the Senate would be tied at 50 democrats and 50 republicans, and voting ties would be decided by Vice President Kamala Harris – this is why the congressional republicans are trying so hard – lying, cheating and stealing – to find some way to deny We the People our choice.  And I am furious about it.  DAMN IT, people, we voted and Joe Biden won fair and square.  Period.  Dot. 

Raffensperger hit back at the senators’ demand, saying he would not be resigning and calling the accusations of a lack of transparency “laughable.”

“I know emotions are running high, politics are involved in everything right now. If I was Senator Perdue, I’d be irritated I was in a runoff, and both Senators and I are all unhappy with the potential outcome for our President. But I am the duly elected Secretary of State. One of my duties involves helping to run elections for all Georgia voters. I have taken that oath, and I will execute that duty and follow Georgia law.”

WHOA … a decent Republican — one with integrity? Listen up, Mitchie, Lindsey, Matt, Rob, Susan, and all you other boot lickers.

The margin between Biden and Trump in Georgia was 11,413 votes, and thus far no winner has been called in Georgia either by the media or the state.  Doesn’t much matter in the sense that Joe Biden is ahead of Donald Trump even if Trump were to somehow win Georgia! 

Now, any normal human being would have, by now, accepted the results and be making plans to do their job to the best of their ability no matter who is president.  Any … ANY other president would have already called Joe Biden and congratulated him on his win.  That is the mark of a man.  Donald Trump is not one of those.  And think about it, folks.  Joe Biden didn’t just win the most electoral votes and the most popular votes … he did so despite numerous adversities and hurdles.  He did so in spite of an out-of-control pandemic that curtailed his ability to hold rallies and speak directly to people.  He did so in spite of Russian influence on social media and elsewhere.  He did so despite the blatant lies that Trump and other republicans made up about him and his family.  And still … he won.  He won, not because of millions of fake ballots, not because election officials threw away Trump ballots … he won because he is a good man, because he has plans for curtailing the pandemic, for taking care of the environment, for ending systemic racism in our police departments, for re-building our education system, and so much more.  He has plans to bring us together, to unify the people of this nation.  This, my friends, is how Joe Biden won – by being honest, by being a man of integrity and values, and by being both intelligent and compassionate, by caring for ALL the people in this country, not just those who swear an oath of fealty to him.

And now, it is time for Donald Trump and the rest of the republicans in Washington to put on their big boy undies, accept their losses, and move on in the fashion of professionals instead of schoolyard bullies.  This nation needs a chance to heal … it will be hard if we have to listen to the voices of fools who have a 7-year-old mentality.