Snarky Snippets For A Rainy Day

Rainy days seem to make me more snarky than usual … I wonder why that is?  Well, it isn’t raining yet, but the clouds are moving in rapidly, so I might as well go ahead and get my suit of snark on.


A new trial?  HELL NO!

Predictably, Derek Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, has filed a motion asking for a new trial.  Who could have seen that coming, eh?  He cited a number of “reasons” for the request, including the judge’s decisions to not sequester the jury during the trial, to not change the location of the proceedings and to not grant a new trial because of publicity that he claims included the intimidation of the defense’s expert witnesses.  He also claimed “that the jury committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations.”  Interestingly, however, he provided little or no detail to support his complaints.

His single “example” that the jury had been tainted revolves around a single juror and Nelson’s supposed complaint stems from the fact that said juror had attended the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  Say WHAT???  So, now we are disqualified from serving on a jury if we have attended an event, one that was attended by tens of thousands of people including notable celebrities, civil rights leaders, and even members of Congress???

It is highly unlikely that Chauvin will be granted a new trial, and if he is, it is even less likely that the outcome would be any different than the first trial.  The entire world has seen the indisputable evidence.  It is merely a delaying tactic … Chauvin and Nelson are hoping that the memory of that video of him killing George Floyd will fade in peoples’ minds, but that is NOT going to happen.  What will happen, if Chauvin is granted a new trial, is that tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars will be wasted.  Precious time and court resources frittered away on an attempt to set a racist murderer free.  Frankly, I have spent all I plan to spend to try this horrible excuse for a man.  He has been proven guilty and will be sentenced on June 16th.  Anything else is unacceptable, is a waste of time, money, and resources that could better be spent elsewhere.


Hand over da memo!

Earlier this week, a bit of positive news came when Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court in Washington ordered the Department of Justice to release a March 2019 legal memo clearing former President Trump of potential obstruction of justice charges following the Mueller investigation, with the judge accusing former Attorney General William Barr and agency lawyers of deceiving the public.

Judge Jackson gave the DOJ two weeks to release the legal memo in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW).  The Justice Department under Barr had argued that the memo should be withheld because it falls under exceptions to the public records law for attorney-client privilege and deliberative government decision-making.

The reality I think we are all aware of is that there was nothing honest or open about William Barr’s assessment of the Mueller Report, and that there is something in that report that has been kept from both the public and from Congress that proves Donald Trump and/or those working on his behalf did, in fact, condone Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Soon, perhaps, we will have the proof we need, as well as some hope that the former guy may finally pay a price for his traitorous dishonesty, for subverting the voice of We the People.

May 17th, one week from next Monday, is the deadline Judge Jackson gave the Justice Department … stay tuned!


And from the annals of ridiculous lawsuits …

Stephen Miller

Former presidential aide, Stephen Miller – the white supremacist with ties to Nazis – has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration.  Why, you ask?  He claims the Biden administration’s funds reserved for “socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers” discriminate against white people.  I don’t know whether to laugh or throw something!

The complaint comes from America First Legal (AFL), a group founded and subsidized by Miller, whose mission statement on their website is to …

“Fight Back Against Lawless Executive Actions and the Radical Left.”

In a statement announcing the lawsuit, Miller cited words from the late Martin Luther King, Jr., writing, “Americans ‘should not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’”  How DARE an avowed white supremacist quote the late, great, Dr. Martin Luther King!  And frankly, if Mr. Miller and his band of merry racists were to be judged by the ‘content of their character’, they would likely be found to have not a single redeeming quality in their ‘character’.

I hope this lawsuit is laughed out of the courts and that this organization soon disbands, for their only purpose is to destroy diversity and create an all-white fascist nation.  Sigh.  Oh, and the AFL group is also complaining about school children learning the true history — the good, the bad, and the ugly — of this nation.  What a group, eh?

A Little Bit Of Snark In Da Snippets

I still haven’t run out of things to be snarky about and it isn’t looking like I will anytime soon!  I am greatly relieved to have a real president, one whose tweets are few and are always positive, never whiny or ranty.  I am happy to wake in the morning knowing that we haven’t likely started a war somewhere.  And I’m pleased with Joe Biden’s performance as president these past 30+ days.  However, the racists still exist and many of the loudest ones languish in Congress, so yes, I still have my snarky cap on!


Oust DeJoy!

louis-dejoyThe United States Postal Service (USPS) is in the news again this week as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is testifying before Congress about the dire failures of the postal service to meet the nation’s needs.  The mail … at least important mail … has been so slow that the Pony Express could have delivered it faster (funny how the junk mail and advertisements always get through, though), but then DeJoy was hired for one reason only:  to slow the mail to a snail’s pace prior to last November’s election in order to interfere with our mail-in ballots arriving in a timely manner.  He succeeded in slowing the mail, but we managed to get our ballots in on time despite his efforts to lose or delay them.

Democrats in Congress have called for his resignation, his ouster, and I fully agree.  He did not come to the job with any relevant experience, and he did not come with the intention of helping us, only of harming us.  But DeJoy says he has a plan that he will unveil soon, to restore the USPS.  Details of his plan thus far are sketchy, but what we do know is that he plans to slow the mail (what, it isn’t already slow enough???), while charging us more (what, $80 to mail a bloomin’ package isn’t already too high???) to mail letters and packages.  This, in and of itself, is unacceptable, but add to it the fact that with higher postal rates, the Consumer Price Index will leap skyward as companies are forced to pay more for the shipping of materials and finished products, and will naturally pass their increased cost on to We the Consumers.

It’s a lose/lose situation for We the People, and the only winner would be Mr. DeJoy himself who would get to keep his job … not that he needs it, with a net worth of $110 million.  Unfortunately, as I have written before, President Biden does not have the ability to directly fire Mr. DeJoy, but he can fill the vacant seats on the Board of Governors that does have the ability to fire DeJoy.  The USPS needs a strong leader who understands the workings of the organization and whose goal would be to restructure it for maximum efficiency while restoring customer service.  DeJoy ain’t that person!


Stephen Miller rears his ugly head … again

I’m told that I shouldn’t consider republicans to be racists, but I go by the old adage if it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.  That said, I do know a few republicans who aren’t racist, so I stop short of saying “all”.  I’ve long said that the biggest appeal of the former guy to republicans was the fact that he created in their minds a supreme danger of all immigrants and promised that ‘he alone’ could and would fix the problem.  As a result, thousands of children were taken from their parents, put in cages, denied basic healthcare and hygiene, and often were abused in a variety of ways by those in charge of their welfare.  As a result, those seeking asylum from life-threatening situations were denied entry into the country.  As a result, billions of taxpayer dollars were wasted constructing a few miles of a hideous ‘wall’ at the southern border that would serve no purpose.

President Trump Speaks On Immigration With 'Angel Families'

Stephen Miller

President Biden is attempting to repair the U.S. immigration policy, but the GOP is not onboard with his vision.  Thus, they have hired America’s chief racist, Stephen Miller, along with two other supreme racists, Tom Homan and Mark Morgan, to advise the conservative House members as they organize their opposition to Biden’s planned changes as laid out in his recently unveiled blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform legislation.  Miller, you may remember, was largely the architect for the hateful separation policy that brought so much grief to so many, especially children.

The meeting between Miller, Homan, Morgan, and House Republicans was organized by the 147-member Republican Study Committee, a group of traditionalist conservative lawmakers that also has met recently with other officials from the former administration, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Fox News host Tucker Carlson.  WTF does Tucker Carlson have to do with any of this, other than he is a racist to the very core?

The recently unveiled Biden bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, and incorporates many provisions supported by Republicans in the past as well as by business groups today.  The chief argument by republicans seems to be that it leaves out funding to complete the ridiculous ‘wall’ at the southern border … a wall which has been proven unworkable and uber-costly by numerous experts.  The U.S. is currently in debt to the tune of some $27.9 trillion, and people around the nation are starving, are in danger of losing their homes, so we damn sure don’t need to spend billions of dollars on a white elephant that benefits nobody!

Republicans who would consult and listen to Stephen Miller cannot deny their racism, for Miller is the very definition of the term white supremacist.  But, it seems they are determined to attempt to block anything and everything that President Biden tries to do, simply because … because he isn’t a republican.  Not much other reason, when you peel away the layers of excuses.

liz-cheneyInterestingly, Representative Liz Cheney, one of ten republicans in the House who voted to impeach the former guy and who has taken considerable flack from the Republican Party as a result, gave a speech yesterday at the Reagan Institute in Washington, where she said …

“It’s very important, especially for us as Republicans, to make clear that we aren’t the party of white supremacy. You certainly saw anti-Semitism, you saw the symbols of Holocaust denial, for example, at the Capitol that day. You saw a Confederate flag being carried through the Rotunda. And I think we as Republicans in particular have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection.”

I would hope that most people in the Republican Party would listen to Ms. Cheney rather than Mr. Miller and Tucker Carlson, but … sigh … I know the reality is not what I would wish.  The GOP is greatly diminished, and it’s due to the racism and people like the former guy and Stephen Miller, among others.

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The Week’s Best Cartoons 6/13

I had a serious piece lined up for today … a re-blog … a dark, but important piece. But, I changed my mind when I woke with a dark cloud over my head this morning, and decided to go with TokyoSand’s excellent selection of political cartoons from the past week instead. As always, thank you T.S.!

Political⚡Charge

By Lalo Alcaraz

Editorial cartoonists appear to be one of the last groups of people who speak out and say exactly what’s happening. They reveal what’s really going on behind all the pomp and circumstance in front of cameras and reporters, and entertain us along the way. Although to be clear, they’re not necessarily “funny.” Especially this week.

Here are our great editorial cartoonists on what they saw in the news this week.

Black Lives Matter

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

By Angel Boligan

By Clay Jones

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Christopher Weyant

By Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune

By Steve Sack, Star Tribune

By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle

Elections Continue

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Michael de Adder

By DL Weeks

By Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press 

Corona Surges

By Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News

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And Still More …

Yes, folks, I am back with another dose of snarky snippets to get your day started right!snarky


Awwww … Donnie got his feelings hurt

Never before in my memory has a president of this nation attempted to manipulate polling data in such a way.  Until Trump, of course, but then he has demolished most of the things we thought to be normal.

On Monday, CNN released poll results showing Biden leading by a staggering 14-point margin, one of many polls showing Trump down by high-single-digit to low-double-digit margins.  Is it any wonder, given his horrendous actions of the past two weeks since the May 25th murder of George Floyd?

So, Trump took to his favourite venue, Twitter, and said that he hired conservative pollster McLaughlin & Associates to “analyze todays CNN Poll (and others),” which he said is “FAKE based on the incredible enthusiasm we are receiving.”  Incredible enthusiasm???  I’ve seen none, but if there is any, it’s from the white supremacist element.  He then sent a letter to CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, asserting that the poll is “designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling.”

It should be noted that all polls have a margin of error, some are more misleading than others, based on who’s doing the polling and the tone of the questions.  The most reliable polls are neither conservative nor liberal, but ask questions in a neutral tone.  McLaughlin is not among the most reliable, and in fact earns a C/D rating in FiveThirtyEight’s poll ranking.

The letter also ‘demanded’ that CNN retract the poll and apologize to the whiney toddler in the White House.  Not gonna happen, folks.  Donald Trump needs to learn that he does not control the nation, and damn sure has no special hold over the press.  Facts is facts, though Trump seems to believe otherwise.  The larger issue here, though, is that Trump believes he should be able to control the free press, which opens a whole new can o’ worms to be discussed another day.


Guess who’s writing Trump’s speech?

Remember on Tuesday I told you that Trump is considering addressing the nation sometime this week on the topics of race and national unity?  Well, guess who’s writing the speech for him?  None other than the biggest white supremacist in the administration, Stephen Miller.  This makes as much sense as me trying to write a piece about what it’s like to be a tilapia fish in the ocean!!!  I had to laugh, though, for any speech by Trump is bound to be so filled with lies and self-promotion that it’s more or less stand up comedy.President Trump Speaks On Immigration With 'Angel Families'Miller was a chief architect of Trump’s travel ban, the administration’s reduction of refugees accepted to the United States, and Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. He has prevented the publication of internal administration studies that showed that refugees had a net positive effect on government revenues.

The people of Iowa finally had the good sense to reject their white supremacist representative in Congress, Steve King, by voting him out in the primaries.  Unfortunately, it isn’t so easy for We the People to have a voice in ejecting a cabinet member.  We will get rid of Miller when we get rid of Trump … and not likely a minute before.  Meanwhile, Trump’s Miller-concocted speech should be good for a few eyerolls and will likely gain widespread approval from Trump’s white supremacist supporters.


A thumbs up to FedEx … 👍

FedExFormer FedEx employee James DeMarco staged an exhibition on Monday during a Black Lives Matter protest in New Jersey.  His behaviour was a disgrace … he is shown kneeling on a friend’s neck, mocking the brutal murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin on May 25th, and as protesters passed by his display of inhumanity, he yelled at them, “He’s dead because he didn’t comply.”

DeMarco

Notice the pickup truck in the background with the U.S. flag and a Trump banner prominently displayed.  White supremacists are coming out of the woodwork, it seems, and our ultra-liberal 1st Amendment gives them the right to make an ass of themselves and offend people possessed of consciences.  But, while the Constitution might protect DeMarco’s right to be a jerk, FedEx does not.  On Tuesday, they issued the following statement …

“FedEx holds its team members to a high standard of personal conduct, and we do not tolerate the kind of appalling and offensive behavior depicted in this video. The individual involved is no longer employed by FedEx. A diverse and inclusive workforce is at the heart of our business, and we stand with those who support justice and equality.”

One man who participated in DeMarco’s little stunt turned out to be a correction officer … his bosses recognized him on the video and he has since been suspended pending a “thorough investigation”.

Extremely Snarky Snippets

Oh my, oh my … so much to snark about today that I don’t know where to start!  Let’s start with the ignominious, facinorous Rush Limbaugh, shall we?


Dr. Rush …

One of the most filthy people on the airwaves today is Rush Limbaugh.  He mocks women, people of colour, people with disabilities, LGBT people … just about anyone who isn’t a fat, white male like himself.  A couple of weeks ago, Donald Trump awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, thereby cheapening the value of that medal for all who will receive it in the future.  But … yesterday ol’ Rush surpassed even himself for utter stupidity.

Limbaugh“Folks, this coronavirus thing, I want to try to put this in perspective for you. It looks like the coronavirus is being weaponized as yet another element to bring down Donald Trump. Now, I want to tell you the truth about the coronavirus. You think I’m wrong about this? You think I’m missing it by saying that’s — Yeah, I’m dead right on this. The coronavirus is the common cold, folks.”

The common cold?  Then … why is the World Health Organization (WHO) telling countries to prepare for a pandemic?  He goes on in a rambling speech whereby he likens the Corona virus, or COVID-19, to the drug fentanyl.  I wonder where Rush got his medical degree?  Perhaps one of those claw machines they have in restaurants and amusement places?  And how in the Sam Heck is this going to bring Donald Trump down?  Nobody is blaming him for this one!


Cruelty to animals, maga-style

This is one of the most sickening, disgusting things I have seen of late.  Just ahead of last week’s Democratic debate, a group of jackasses calling themselves Pigeons United to Interfere Now, or PUTIN, glued … yes glued tiny maga hats onto the heads of pigeons in Las Vegas! pigeons-1The political prank was meant to be an “aerial protest piece” against Democratic presidential candidates, who were in the city ahead of the debate, as well as a sign of loyalty to Trump, who was also in the city that night, said the radical group in a statement.

BULLSHIT!  Who gave these jackasses the right to abuse animals to promote yet another jackass???  Angry?  Oh no … I’m not angry … I am furious, enraged, and seething.  I hope the pigeons pooped on the heads of every one of these people!  They even put a tiny trump-like wig on one of them!pigeons-2PETA, the animal rights group, said in a statement …

“These bozos aren’t scoring any points: Stupid pranks like this one are serious business that can interfere with pigeons’ ability to fly, see, and avoid predators, so it’s no surprise that at least one pigeon used in a similar stunt has already died. PETA is no stranger to provocative protests, but whatever your cause or political affiliation, pigeons should be left in peace.”

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.


The anti-Greta???

Oh good grief!  While still incensed and enraged over Rush, and the pigeons, I came across this:

The anti-Greta: A conservative think tank takes on the global phenomenon; How a group allied with the Trump administration is paying a German teen to question established climate science.

Apparently, young climate activist Greta Thunberg is getting under some climate deniers’ skin, and so they found themselves a patsy to promote “the other side”.  Of course, the problem is that scientific fact is on Greta’s side, and this ‘other side’ is a fantasy.Naomi-SNaomi Seibt is a 19-year-old German girl who denounces “climate alarmism,” calls climate consciousness “a despicably anti-human ideology,” and has even deployed Greta’s now famous “How dare you?” line to take on the mainstream German media.  Last month, Heartland Institute, an influential libertarian think tank in suburban Chicago that has the ear of the Trump administration, headlined Naomi at its forum at the UN climate conference in Madrid.  Later this week, Naomi is set to make her American debut at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, a high-profile annual gathering just outside Washington of right-leaning activists.

Would someone please tell me what it is the damn republicans don’t understand about:  “We, the human species, are destroying the environment”?  There aren’t any hard words in there.  Scientific data has proven it thousands of times over.  We can see it with our very own eyes, and feel it with just about every breath we take.  But the “conservatives” are apparently a bit on the dense side.

Here’s Naomi’s take on climate change …

“I don’t want to get people to stop believing in man-made climate change, not at all. Are manmade CO2 emissions having that much impact on the climate? I think that’s ridiculous to believe.”

Okay, well … somehow I don’t think Naomi will ever even be in the same orbit as Greta Thunberg, but … nice try, republicans.  No go crawl back under your rocks … and take Naomi with you, for we have serious work to do to try to save life on Earth, and we don’t have time to play your silly games!


Keep him in India … we don’t want him back

Trump is in India … and so are Melania, Ivanka, and Jared.  On our dime.  Why?  I don’t think anybody knows.  Seems the Kushners wanted a vacation, Melania wanted to check out the beautiful silks, and Donnie went along for the ride.  On our dime.  Does anybody have a clue what this will cost us?  And yet … we must slash Medicare Disability, Food Stamps, and cut education funding?  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Oh yeah … and racist primo Stephen Miller and his new bride tagged along too … free honeymoon, I guess.

I must admit a bit of joy, though, when I saw that while Trump was giving a speech, tens of thousands of people simply got up and walked out.  I’m not sure if it was his poor way of speaking, if they didn’t like what he was saying, or if they were just bored and figured they’d rather go watch grass grow.

I still want to know how much this dog-and-pony show cost us … it cost India a fortune – about 1.5% of the government’s annual budget, from what I’ve read, for they even widened some roads, built a 400 meter wall around a slum so Trump wouldn’t see where the poor live, and put up lots of signs like this one …Trump-Modi


Well, folks, I’ve vented enough for one night, and it’s time for me to relieve some stress by … folding a load of laundry, rolling some smokes, and maybe sweeping a floor or two before I go to bed.

The Week’s Best Cartoons ⚡ 2/22

And, to break the darkness of my last post, here is TokyoSand with the best cartoons of the week! Thank you, TS!

Political⚡Charge

Here are some of the best editorial cartoonists in the country with their visual opinions about this week’s news:

Trump Pardons / Roger Stone

By Steve Sack, Star Tribune

By Lalo Alcaraz

By Ann Telnaes, Washington Post

ByJim Morin, Miami Herald

Russia’s Back

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News

The Primary

By Signe Wilkinson, Philly Daily News & Philly Inquirer

ByDavid Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Daily Star

By Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch

And Other News

By Nick Anderson

By Ed Hall

By Marc Murphy, Louisville Courier-Journal

ByDavid Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Daily Star

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Will The Court Do The Right Thing?

Nearly a million young people may soon find themselves adrift, without a home or a job, and yet it is barely a blip on the radar, lost in the hoopla surrounding the impeachment proceedings.  Granted, the impeachment of a corrupt president is high priority, is perhaps the most important thing happening in this nation at the moment.  But, the lives of 700,000+ young people are pretty important, too.

Imagine you came to this country as a very young child … your first memories are of life in the United States.  You speak English, you went to school in this country, got an after-school job when you were 16, graduated high school with honours, and now you’re in college, studying to become a doctor, a teacher, or an accountant.  Your grades have earned you a partial scholarship, you are working nights at a food processing plant … and tomorrow it could all be taken away.  You could lose your job, be kicked out of school, and in fact be deported.

Deported?  To where?  You’ve never been outside the U.S. in your conscious memory!  This is your home!  You know nobody in the country of your parents’ origin.  What will you do?  How will you live?  You barely even speak Spanish!  And why?  What have you done wrong?  You’ve never even had so much as a parking ticket … you’ve lived your life well, respecting others, respecting the country that gave your family the opportunity for a better life.

More than 700,000 young people may face this situation soon, if he Supreme Court rules in Trump’s favour on the issue of ending DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy that has been in effect since 2012.  Yesterday, the Court heard arguments from both sides, and indications are that they will likely rule in Trump’s favour.

In 2012, President Barack Obama introduced the program, which shields people who were brought to the United States as children from deportation. It was intended as a stopgap measure, and didn’t provide a pathway to citizenship. But it did allow participants, known as Dreamers, to get work permits, and in some states, including California, to access in-state tuition and legally drive. Dreamers can renew their status in two-year intervals.

To be eligible for DACA status, applicants had to show that they had arrived in the United States before they turned 16 and were no older than 30, had lived in the United States for at least the previous five years, were a high school graduate or a veteran, and had committed no serious crimes. The status lasts for two years, allows recipients to work legally and is renewable, but it does not provide a path to citizenship.

In 2017, for reasons I cannot understand, Trump decided to end the program.  Trump had previously indicated his support for DACA, but it was the work of white supremacist Stephen Miller and racist former Attorney General Jeff Sessions that convinced Trump to end the program.  They claimed that the program was illegal and unconstitutional, and apparently Trump, never having read the Constitution, decided to end the program.  In his formal announcement to end the program, Trump wrote …

“I do not favor punishing children. The program is unlawful and unconstitutional and cannot be successfully defended in court.”

However, it has been successfully defended in court, not once, not twice, but three times.  Three federal appeals courts have ruled that when an administration revokes a policy like this, on which so many people, businesses and even the U.S. economy have relied, the administration must provide a fully supported rationale that weighs the pros and cons of the program, the costs and the benefits. Faced with those lower court decisions, the Trump administration appealed to the Supreme Court, where it now awaits its fate.

These young people have faced discrimination that nobody reading this post has likely ever faced. They are banned from many colleges, are not eligible for any federal grants or loans, and in most states,  they cannot even qualify for in-state tuition.  And yet thousands of them have graduated from college in the United States. How do they do it? The motivation of many of these students is so strong it is almost absurd.  And if Trump has his way, it may well be a death sentence for many of the 700,000.

Maria Nava, who graduated from high school in 2003, received no state aid. But her generous sister promised to contribute her own earnings to help put Nava through college. Trouble was, their combined earnings weren’t much. Nava used up the small private scholarships she earned as a top-ranking student. Most semesters, the sisters could afford just one class at Nava’s local community college. One class at a time. Nava graduated from her two-year college in 11 years.

If the Supreme Court overturns lower court injunctions and says Trump followed the law in rescinding DACA, not one of these amazing, accomplished young people will be able to work for a law-abiding employer in the United States.  After Nava’s 11 years at a two-year college, after more than 8,000 DACA teachers have been hired by U.S. school systems, after 14,000 DACA nurses and other professionals got jobs in health care — all who have jobs will have to be fired when their DACA expires. Those who are students will be ineligible for a job with a law-abiding employer.

I sincerely hope that there are five justices on the Supreme Court who have not exchanged their conscience for partisanship.  If the Court sides with Donald Trump & Stephen Miller on this issue, we will know that the Judiciary Branch of our government is no longer an independent, non-partisan branch, but rather an extension of the Executive Branch, currently led by a bigoted, corrupt, wanna-be dictator.

Open Letter to Donald Trump – #4

Dear Mr. Trump,

I have not communicated with you since February, as all my previous advice seemed to go unheeded.  However, today I am once again compelled to speak to you, and since what I have to say will require more than 140 characters, I cannot use your favoured method of communication.

During the course of the past seven months, you have had many, many opportunities to prove to the good people of this nation that you were of sound mind and fit to lead this nation of some 300 million people.  You have missed every single such opportunity, in fact have shown us the exact opposite and have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are not of sound mind, and are incapable of leading this or any other nation.

While I have many a bone to pick with your behaviour, rhetoric and actions over the past seven months, today I will only address the most recent and most obvious example that you are not a man who can step up to the plate, not a man of honesty and integrity as your predecessor was, and are not a man who can accept the responsibility for his own words, actions and mistakes.

On Saturday, 13 August, this nation suffered a terrible blow.  We saw, in Charlottesville, Virginia, racism rear its very ugly head and groups of people acting with evil intent proved to us that the fight for justice, for equality, is no further along than it was sixty years ago.  Evil men armed with assault weapons roamed the streets, thugs incited crowds of peaceful protestors, and three people lost their lives to white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.  You were handed a perfect opportunity to respond to the fears of the nation, and yet, your response was neither timely nor appropriate.  You claim that “everybody” said your speech was “beautiful”.  No, Mr. Trump, that is a blatant lie.  I did not hear a single person say it was ‘beautiful’ and even members of your own party, people who, until Saturday gave you their full support, have said your speech was inappropriate, that you should have spoken boldly against white supremacist and other hate groups.  But you refused to do so, and we can only conclude that your reason is because you support the brand of hate that was in evidence on Saturday.  There can be no other reason.

You claim you did not give a timely speech because you were waiting for facts, but you eschew facts, truth has never mattered to you in the past, and in reality, it is obvious that it does not matter now, either.  You let your nation down.  You let the very people who voted for you down.  When you could have led, when you could have been strong and encouraged the people of this nation, you instead hid as a coward, then failed to address the issue at hand, blaming all rather than placing the blame on the shoulders of those who were responsible.

You defend your advisor, Steve Bannon, claiming that he is a “good man” and not a racist.  You are aware, as we all are, that Mr. Bannon is a member of the racist, white supremacist group that calls themselves the ‘alt-right’.  How, sir, does that make him “not a racist”?  Yes, Mr. Bannon is a racist, as are two of your other close advisors, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka.  Your Attorney General, Jeff Sessions is a known racist.  You have surrounded yourself with proven racists, yet we are to believe that you are not a bigot. This is simply not credible.

When asked if you thought race relationships had gotten worse or better since you took office, you said “better or the same”.  How you could even say that with a straight face is beyond me.  We have had murders of Indians, Muslims and African-Americans.  We have seen Mosques defiled and destroyed.  Even your favoured state-media outlet, Fox News, reports an increase in hate crimes.  According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. increased by 86% in the first quarter of 2017, since your inauguration.  Both the FBI and the Southern Poverty Law Center have noted a significant rise in hate crimes since your inauguration, primarily against immigrants, African-Americans, Muslims, and LGBT people.  And yet, you do not address this issue, instead you spend your days making false promises that you have no intention of keeping, tweeting juvenile rants against those who, in your eyes, have failed to do your bidding, and tooting your own horn.

You have been given countless opportunities to do something positive, but every action, every message from you and your administration has been negative.  You are not the president this country needs in order to function as a democracy, and I am now convinced that you can never be.  You are not the president your supporters voted for, and even they are becoming increasingly disappointed in you.

In light of all the above, I am requesting, as a taxpayer, as a citizen of this nation, that for once in your life, perhaps the only time in your life, you put the welfare of 300 million people ahead of your own and step down from your position.  In essence, Mr. Trump, as one of your employers, I am asking for your resignation.  You have had seven months to prove to us that you were capable, but you failed miserably, so, in the words you have so fondly used hundreds of times … Mr. Trump, YOU’RE FIRED!

Sincerely,

Jill Dennison, citizen and taxpayer

P.S. In case you have misplaced my previous letters:

Open Letter to Donald Trump

Open Letter To Donald Trump – #2

Open Letter to Donald Trump – #3

Another White House Ghoul

Yet another of Trump’s top advisors that I have largely ignored is Stephen Miller.  But in the past few days he is flying around on my radar and making me very uncomfortable, so it is time to take a closer look at Mr. Miller.

Miller’s career path has not been what I would call illustrious.  He served as communications director for former senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which certainly does nothing to raise him in my esteem.  He was also press secretary for former Representative Michele Bachmann (former Idiot of the Week and also America’s #1 Bimbo), which again, is not a feather in his cap.  And now, Mr. Miller is a “senior advisor” to Donald Trump.

millerThough raised by two liberal, Democratic parents, he became a conservative while in high school after reading a book, Guns, Crime, and Freedom, by National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre. While still in high school, he started appearing on conservative talk radio shows and writing letters to editors.  While attending Duke University, he criticized poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, accusing her of “racial paranoia”, and also established a relationship with white supremacist, anti-Semitic Richard Spencer, about whom I have written before.   A former advisor at Duke later said of Miller that he, “seemed to assume that if you were in disagreement with him, there was something malevolent or stupid about your thinking — incredibly intolerant.”  Sound familiar?

Which brings us to present day.  As ‘Senior Advisor’, Miller was not subject to confirmation by the senate, and therefore officially began his new position on January 20th.  Until late last week, Miller kept a fairly low profile, or perhaps was simply overshadowed by Trump’s immigration ban and all the controversy it entailed, as well as the contentious confirmation hearings for DeVos and Sessions, among others.  But late last week, his name started appearing more often.

When the infamous ‘immigration ban’, banning people from entering the country from seven specific, Middle-Eastern, primarily Muslim countries was first signed into law, I was fairly certain its author was none other than Steve ‘Breitbart’ Bannon.  Turns out that Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions and Bannon all corroborated on the order.  Three bloomin’ racists putting their big heads together … imagine the possibilities.

Once the travel ban was halted by U.S. District Judge James Robart, and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the ban, Miller adamantly defended Trump’s crude and hateful criticism of the judge.  (It should be noted that, emboldened by Trump’s very unprofessional tweets condemning Judge Robart, the judge has been a target of many threats, including one referring to Robart as “dead man walking”.  This, people, is the president we elected.)  But back to Miller … he appeared yesterday morning on the Sunday morning talk show circuit, including an interview on ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos where he told so many lies that The Washington Post wrote an entire fact-checking article  disproving nearly everything he said on the program.  Other questions he simply averted, as is the standard operating procedure for the Trump team.  Alternative facts and non-answers.  Click here  for the transcript of the entire interview. He later did another interview on CBS’ Face the Nation where he spouted more of the same.

Miller defends Trump’s verbal (Twitter) attacks on Judge Robart and the appeals court, supports and falsely claims knowledge of Trump’s assertion of massive voter fraud, and of the travel ban says that “all options are on the table”.  Despite, or perhaps because of his lies and evasions, Trump was proud of his boy Stephen, tweeting, “Congratulations Stephen Miller- on representing me this morning on the various Sunday morning shows. Great job!” just minutes after the segment aired.

CNN considers that Miller may be the most powerful player in the White House, and I think that, in conjunction with Steve Bannon, that may well be true.  Certainly he is, with his racist views and links to white supremacists, one of the most frightening.  Glenn Thrush of the New York Times said, “The (Steve) Bannon cluster in the White House is moving full speed ahead in part because they don’t feel like they have a lot of time, and I think if you look at the backlash against the travel ban, they may not have that much time.”

The most immediately concerning thing to me is that Trump, Bannon, Miller and others seem to believe that the courts have overstepped their bounds in placing constitutionality over the power of the president.  The appeals court last week asked repeatedly for some evidence that there was a real threat of danger from the seven countries listed in the ban, but the Justice Department, which was defending the administration’s position, could not provide such evidence.  If the Trump administration ultimately has their way on this issue, it may set a powerful precedent for future cases where Trump and his minions make decisions that are unconstitutional and not in the best interest of the nation.  If the court’s power is reduced and the power of the executive office increased, we will have taken the first step toward an autocracy … a step that may be nearly impossible to reverse.  Along with Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller may complete a triumvirate that is destined to change the values of this nation.