I thought you guys could use a bit of humour to lighten the mood this evening …
I have an overdose of snark tonight … it is turning my skin green, stopping up my right ear, and making steam come out of my nose! I think I am not well equipped for life in the 21st century, and in fact I think I may be ill-equipped for life among the human species! Nonetheless, perhaps because I am too filled with snark tonight, I have only three brief ones …
Judge Brainless Twit rules against common sense …
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is one of the better governors in the nation, in my view. He cares about the people in his state, and it shows. Back at the beginning of the pandemic six months ago, he did as many governors of both parties did, ordering restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down. The reason, of course, was to attempt to slow the spread of the lethal coronavirus in his state. This summer, he has lifted many of the restrictions, allowing businesses to reopen and canceling a statewide stay-at-home order.
In May, a lawsuit was filed by four Western Pennsylvania counties, as well as business owners and lawmakers, and their specific grievances included a March stay-at-home order that required all but “life-sustaining” businesses to close.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had already ruled in Governor Wolf’s favour in a previous, similar case, but this time the case landed in U.S. District Court and was heard by a Trump-appointed judge, Judge William Stickman IV. Yesterday, the Judge ruled in favour of the plaintiff’s and concluded that Governor Wolf’s lockdown orders had been unconstitutional.
“The court believes that defendants undertook their actions in a well-intentioned effort to protect Pennsylvanians from the virus. But even in an emergency, the authority of government is not unfettered.”
Even the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld similar stay-at-home orders and forced business closures! Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states, and after this judge’s grossly incompetent ruling, I would not be surprised if there are even more. Y’know … republicans are screaming about their “constitutional rights” to keep businesses open, to congregate in bars, churches, and spas, but has it ever occurred to them that the only reason the state even needs to mandate these closures is because the people themselves are too damn stupid to use common sense to keep themselves and their families safe? Just another instance of fools putting profit over people.
He’s not concerned – he’s far away!
This past weekend, Trump held a couple of his infamous and insidious rallies in Nevada. The rallies that had been scheduled were cancelled due to state limitations on large gatherings, but Trump finally found a friend with a facility large enough to hold a few thousand people, so the Trump Freak Show was on. I know little about the rally, care even less about it, but when asked by a reporter asked about the safety factor, Trump claimed …
“I’m on a stage and it’s very far away. And so I’m not at all concerned.”
Nothing about the whether he was concerned for the safety of his supporters, thousands of whom showed up at the rally, or their families or others they might encounter and pass the virus on to, if it spread at his event. He’s not concerned because he is safe, and to hell with the thousands of his idiotic supporters who apparently also don’t care for their own or their family’s well-being! Ask me again why I think Trump supporters are lacking in both intellect and common sense!
Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak said that the president acted selfishly and irresponsibly, defying emergency directives and endangering efforts to get the state’s economy back on track after the pandemic. I would have loved to see the Nevada State Police show up and arrest Trump on charges of public endangerment and breaking the law forbidding large gatherings! And if he resisted, perhaps they could have followed the advice he has given to police officers … “Shoot him!” Wouldn’t have broken my heart.
Lay down Sally …
Hurricane Sally is rapidly intensifying and slowly edging toward the coastline of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, where it is forecast to push a dangerous surge ashore and unload tremendous rainfall through Wednesday.Since it is predicted to hit Alabama, at least Trump won’t have to get out his Sharpie this time.
While I do have several more topics on which I could deliver a bucket of snark, I am tired and growly, so I’ve enlisted the help of late night comedian Seth Meyers to give us his take on Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, the previews, and Trump’s juvenile response. Heeeeeere’s Seth!
I am fuming, so let the reader beware that this is likely to be a rant of Filosophic proportions.
Let’s get one thing straight here, people … WE ARE ALL IN THIS BLOODY MESS TOGETHER! Democrats, Independents, Republicans, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, White, Black, Male, Female, Gay, Straight, Young, Old … WE ARE ALL SUFFERING THE SAME DAMN FATE! What the Sam Hell is so hard about just stepping up to the plate, accepting that we have one hell of a mess on our hands, and working together to find the best way to keep people safe and at the same time, attempt to restore the democratic republic that has been seriously eroded over the past three months … er, years???
Whew … that said …
Why am I angry tonight? Because, we have an election coming up in exactly 165 days, just over 5 months, and not only Trump, but the majority of the damn Republicans in Congress are doing every single thing they can think of to ensure that the election is dishonest, unfair, and that as many poor, elderly, and minority voters as possible will not be able to vote. I’m sick of this, people!
Given that the coronavirus will almost certainly still be at pandemic levels, given that there will be no cure, no vaccine that is sufficiently tested to be widely available, and given that there is no reason to believe the number of new cases or the death toll will be dramatically decreased by November, it only makes sense that we go to a system of mail-in voting. Now, it’s no surprise that the damn fool sitting on his fat arse in the Oval Office is trying his level best to put a stop to the mail-in voting efforts … that’s a given, but some of the people on the far right side of the aisle on Capitol Hill are playing games with not only our taxpayer dollars, but with our very lives and I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!
Former Representative Darrell Issa, who served in the House of Representatives from 2001 – 2019, declining to run in the 2018 election, as he was outclassed and knew it, has filed a lawsuit to attempt to stop California from going to an all-mail voting system in November. WHY??? Because he, and the conservative group backing him, Judicial Watch, claim that switching to an all-mail voting system is a democratic attempt to “interfere with the election”! Say WHAT??? Interfering in what way, exactly? Is it interfering to ensure that ALL eligible voters have the right to vote in a safe manner?
The lawsuit claims that Governor Newsom’s order to allow all-mail voting violates elections provisions of the Constitution and represents an “unlawful attempt to supersede and replace California election law” by creating “an entirely new system” that does not conform with an existing state law, the Voter’s Choice Act, which lays out requirements for counties that wish to mail ballots to all voters. Make sense of that if you can!
Newsome is running again this year, hoping to win the seat vacated by Duncan Hunter who resigned in January after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations (remember the rabbit?) The lawsuit also charges that Newsom’s order has scrambled Issa’s campaign by compelling him to “reevaluate his electoral strategy” and increasing the cost of running a campaign. So WHAT??? Get over it, Darrell! Our lives are more important than your damn campaign costs!
And on top of that, of course, Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal funds from states that implement mail-in voting, calling it ‘voter fraud’. Without a shred of evidence, Trump claims …
“I think just common sense would tell you that massive manipulation can take place. And you do have cases of fraudulent ballots where they actually print them and they give them to people to sign, maybe the same person signs them with different writing, different pens. I don’t know. It’s a lot of things can happen.”
Never mind that many states, including my own, have had the option for mail-in voting for years and never mind that voter fraud is virtually non-existent in the U.S. Trump cannot make that decision … well, he can, but it won’t hold water if Congress challenges him. Will Congress step up to the plate and protect our voting rights? I don’t know about you, but my level of trust in Congress to protect us against Trump right now is around nil.
Voting in the U.S. is a right, not a privilege, not as Trump claims, an ‘honour’ … it is a right set forth in the U.S. Constitution and one that is not to be infringed on, although in truth the republicans have infringed on it numerous times in past years, with restrictive voter ID laws, gerrymandering and other games intended to disenfranchise those of us likely to vote democratic. People like Darrell Issa and Donald Trump are attempting to interfere with that constitutional right. We must stop them! If you live in the district Issa is running in, California’s 50th district, San Diego County, make sure he knows that you will not vote for him unless he withdraws his lawsuit and shuts the f— up! The rest of us need to make sure our representatives and senators know this is NOT going to fly!
There are many crucial issues facing the people of the United States today, but I can think of none that are more important than protecting our right to vote … EVERYONE’S right to vote! If nothing else, all of this should make you more determined than ever before to vote in this year’s election and vote these asses out of Washington!
And to conclude … Seth Meyers takes a more even-toned approach addressing the same topic …
How many more times must we be embarrassed … nay, humiliated … by the ‘man’ in the Oval Office? The latest …
Just call on Dr. Trump …
As you likely know, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was hospitalized on Sunday after battling coronavirus in isolation for ten days, when he took a turn for the worse. Since Monday, he has been on oxygen. While not a fan of Mr. Johnson, in comparison to our own evil despot he is nearly a genius, so I am certainly hoping for his recovery. Enter Dr. Trump …
Continuing on his previous myth that he is a “stable genius”, knows more than all the experts in the world, and so forth, he decided to help PM Johnson …
“We’ll see if we can be of help. We’ve contacted all of Boris’ doctors, and we’ll see what is going to take place, but they are ready to go. We’re working with the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] and everybody else, but we are working with London with respect to Boris Johnson.”
More than 435,000 cases in his own country, nearly 15,000 deaths, Trump having not a shred of medical background, and he’s going to help Boris??? Now you’ve got to really feel sorry for Boris! It would be funny, except this is a person who is supposedly the leader of a nation of 330 million people, and he obviously has the mentality of a four-year-old child! Please, people, vote this asshole out! Meanwhile, our apologies to both Prime Minister Johnson and the good people of the UK … we will try to keep him on a shorter leash.
The pot calling the kettle …
On Tuesday, at his dog-and-pony show, Trump criticized the World Health Organization (WHO) for a slow response to the coronavirus (note the hypocrisy here?) and then claimed …
“We’ll be looking into that very carefully. And we’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see.”
I do wish he wouldn’t say “We”, for really, most of us are not part of, nor supportive of, those things he says we are doing. It gives the wrong impression, makes us all look just as ignorant as he is. Anyway …
16 minutes later he was asked if it was really such a good idea to freeze WHO funding in light of the current pandemic, and he said he didn’t say he was going to. Challenged, he replied …
“No I didn’t. I said we’re going to look at it.”
No, he didn’t … he plainly said, for all to hear, and captured on tape, that he is going to freeze funding. How in hell much stupidity can fit into one body? Well, it is a rather large, flabby body.
Trump isn’t the only idiot …
Ol’ Jerry Falwell Junior seems to be in competition with Trump for Idiot of the Year Award! According to an article in Politico …
“Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, said on Wednesday that arrest warrants had been issued for journalists from The New York Times and ProPublica after both outlets published articles critical of his decision to partially reopen Liberty’s campus amid the coronavirus pandemic.”
Since when is it a crime for a reporter to make a critical statement??? YO, Falwell! Ever hear of the 1st Amendment right to “Freedom of the Press”?
“Falwell and Liberty, one of the most high-profile evangelical schools in the country, have come under fire for welcoming students back to campus after the school’s spring break despite the pandemic, while nearly every other college in the country has ordered students off campus.”
Falwell is an asshole extraordinaire, and not surprisingly a big fan of Donald Trump, one of those idiots who claim “god sent Donald Trump” to fulfill some nefarious mission. And like most everything else happening today, it would be funny, but … the press is our last bastion against a full-blown dictatorship.
“Both articles by the Times and ProPublica quoted students or professors who suggested that social-distancing guidelines, designed to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible virus, were not being adequately practiced on campus.”
Falwell is risking the lives of people, and risking the very core of our freedoms, our rights. Somebody seriously needs to remove this bozo from society! Surely there is a prison cell and an orange jumpsuit with his name on it just waiting?
Need a little something lighter to finish up? How about Seth Meyers bringing you “the kind of story we need right now”?
It’s a snowy, cold Saturday afternoon … my mood as dark as the sky … time for some humour, don’t you think? These two guys speak for themselves and need no introduction from me.
Today, I decided to let a couple of guys speak for me … two of my favourites, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers, for they are far funnier than I am!
Typically, I only do a post of ‘toons once every ten days or so, and since I just did one last Saturday, you may be surprised to see another so soon. Two reasons … these are timely and will lose their ‘flavour’ in another few days as the world moves on, and second, I am still doing research for the post I was planning for this afternoon … I slept too late this morning and am behind … er, behind-er than usual!
But first, I have a short Seth Meyers clip that I hope you’ll watch … it’s funny as heck, but also rather uplifting! Thank you, Colette, for sending me this!
The cartoonists had fun with the New Year … lets take a look …
Today, I had a bunch of snark-buildup, but all just little things, small thoughts (no comment from the peanut gallery about small minds –> small thoughts!) that only warrant about a paragraph each, so I went with calling them mini-snippets. Besides that, it’s housecleaning day, so my time to write is somewhat limited … somebody’s got to keep this place from being condemned by the city!
What is this with the republican loons, from Trump and his family, to Fox News, to the republicans in Congress running around saying that the ongoing impeachment process is naught but an attempt to overturn the 2016 election??? No, dear misguided republicans, it is not an attempt to ‘overturn’ an election that happened three years ago. It is an attempt to remove from office the most corrupt and dangerous president who has ever been in the Oval Office. It is an attempt to restore some semblance of order to our federal government. It is an attempt to save what shreds are left of our democratic system. Got it? Does that register? I, for one, am sick and damn tired of hearing that sorry attempt at a defense.
Now it comes out that not only did Trump attempt to blackmail Ukrainian President Zelenskyy in order to force him to announce an investigation of presidential candidate Joe Biden, but also his former nemesis Hillary Clinton. WTF??? Why Hillary Clinton? My best guess is that he is still so embarrassed by the fact that she won nearly three million votes more than Trump did in the 2016 election that he will not leave her alone until he takes his last breath! Vindictive, ignorant, jealous … what a waste of space on earth is Donald Trump. If he spent half as much time studying the briefs his staff provide him, trying to understand how our government works, actually reading the Constitution, why we might actually have a president. As it is, we have a very ignorant and dangerous juvenile delinquent in an old man’s body.
Trump has been ordered by New York Judge Saliann Scarpulla to pay $2 million in damages for misusing funds from a tax-exempt charity — taking the charity’s money to pay debts for his for-profit businesses, to boost his 2016 campaign and to buy a painting of himself. A painting of himself? Blech. In addition to the $2 million, Trump also agreed to disburse the $1.8 million remaining in the foundation to a set of charities, and to shutter it for good. Funny, isn’t it, that the man who claims to be president of the country, a man who holds our lives in his hands, bilked people out of millions of dollars, spent them on himself rather than such things as helping the poor, or veterans, and yet he remains in office. What a low this nation has sunken to.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is apparently throwing his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential election, after saying he would not do so earlier this year. Bloomberg is another billionaire businessman, folks … just about the last thing we need at this point. At least he does have some governing experience and has a bit of a brain in his head, unlike the incumbent, but still … we do not need somebody with such great wealth that he cannot even begin to appreciate the problems of the average person struggling to provide for their families. Not, mind you, that any of the top candidates in this race are living below the poverty level: Elizabeth Warren’s net worth is estimated at $12 million, Joe Biden’s at $1.5 million, and Bernie Sanders’ at $1.9 million. Still, they are peons as compared to Bloomberg.
Trump, by the way, has already picked his nickname for Bloomberg: Little Michael. He says Bloomberg won’t do well because he has “some personal problems”, and that there is nobody he’d rather run against. Personally, I think he’s jealous because Bloomberg has more money, with a net worth of $51.5 billion, than he does.
Ol’ two-faced Lindsey Graham is back on the radar (did he ever leave it?) Lindsey is so certain that the impeachment process against Donald Trump is without merit that he now says he will not even bother to read the evidence, the pages of testimony that has provided proof that Donald Trump broke the law. Talk about hypocrisy! Look what Lindsey had to say back in 1999 after Bill Clinton had been impeached by the House and was facing trial in the Senate:
“So, the point I’m trying to make is: You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic, if this body determines that your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role … because impeachment is not about punishment. Impeachment is about cleansing the office. Impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”
Yes, Lindsey … let us ‘cleanse’ the Oval Office, let us restore some honour and integrity to the office. And speaking of honour and integrity, Lindsey … where is yours???
Seems that there are millions of people out there, mostly republicans, who claim to think that everything Trump has done is ‘okay’. Obstruction of justice in trying to shut down the very legitimate Mueller investigation into Russian interference in our 2016 election. Obstruction of justice in refusing to allow government employees to honour subpoenas by the House investigative committees. Blackmailing the Ukrainian government to help him against a competitor in the 2020 election. Threatening and bullying political opponents. Removing almost every environmental protection that was on the books and selling off our national land to the fossil fuel and logging industries. Lying on a daily basis to cover his own a$$. And much, much more, yet all of it is ‘A-okay’ with those 40% or so of people who still sing Trump’s praises. Let me just throw out a single question here: What if it was President Barack Obama who had done even a small percentage of those things?
Well, those little mini-snippets should give you something to ponder on this weekend, eh? And to start the weekend off on a humorous note, here’s Seth Meyers …
I’m working on a couple of pieces, hope to have another later this evening, but a while ago I took a break to check my email, and found that Ellen had sent me a couple of short videos to give me a laugh or two. Well, it actually DID give me a laugh … more than a couple, in fact, and I thought … “Y’know … I’ve been too serious lately … maybe my friends would like a laugh, too!” And so, I went in search of some ‘toons to go with the videos.
There are many adjectives that apply to Donald Trump, but the two I find myself using most frequently are “stupid” and “ignorant” — both are terms I would prefer not to have to use, especially in regards to the person whose decisions affect all of our lives! However, over the course of the past week, he has exceeded even his own level of stupidity when it comes to Hurricane Dorian, and hurricanes in general, and it seems the cartoonists and the late night talk show hosts all decided to have a bit of fun. If they can have fun with it, so can we, right? Yeah, I know, there are more relevant issues I should be addressing, but I just needed a laugh, and from the looks on your faces, so do you! I’ll get back to the serious stuff in a minute …
Take a look at Stephen Colbert … he’s always funny, but this one will have you laughing … I promise!
And not to be outdone, Seth Meyers touches on a number of topics and literally had me choking on my coffee …
Now that we’ve had our afternoon chuckle … back to work!
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.