Super-Snarky Friday …

Well, Jeff Flake and Susan Collins will vote to confirm Kavanaugh. surprise. not.  The Senate has the votes to confirm the jerk and by Monday, no doubt he will have donned his robes. And that is all I have to say about that. PPBBBBBTTTTTHHHH.

For those of you who may have wondered whether I retain the capacity of logical thought, allow me to share with you a conversation between me and myself this morning as I went about the Friday house chores:

Me: Chris’ birthday is on the 26th.  If it’s a weekday, we should send her flowers to her office.

Myself:  What day of the week is it?

Me:  I dunno.  What’s today?

Myself:  Friday.

Me:  No, stupid, I mean the date.

Myself:  I dunno.  Yesterday was the 4th.

Me:  (pulls cellphone out of pocket, clicks on calendar app)  Hey!  It’s a Friday … three weeks from today.

Myself:  Duh.

Juan Romero died on Monday of a heart attack.  He was only 68, one year older than me.  Who, you ask, is Juan Romero?Juan RomeroJuan was 18 years old in 1968 and was working as a busboy when Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador hotel in Los Angeles, California.  Juan has carried the guilt of Kennedy’s death with him his entire life, for he had reached out to shake Kennedy’s hand and as Kennedy stopped to shake hands with the young busboy, the shots rang out.

“If I wouldn’t have extended my hand, he wouldn’t have gotten shot,” he once told his daughter Josefina.  Of course, we all know better, and perhaps so did Juan, but he nonetheless carried the guilt for 50 years.Juan Romero-2

Melania Trump is touring Africa … nobody is quite sure why, other than she wanted to get as far away from her husband as possible – who can blame her?  Anyway, my friend Senam – he calls me his Big Sis and he is my li’l Bro – who lives in Ghana wrote to me a couple of nights ago to say that she was visiting Ghana, but that it was very low key … “Nobody really cares.”

Rather a fitting statement, don’t you think?Melania-jacket

Ben and Jackee Belnap of Salt Lake City, Utah are not very happy campers today.  They had borrowed money from Ben’s parents to buy University of Utah American football season tickets, and had been saving to repay them.  Finally, they managed to save the $1,060 (for football tickets???  What were these people thinking???) and had taken the money from their locked safe and put it on the counter so they wouldn’t forget it when they went to visit the parents.

Enter two-year-old son, Leo.  Now, at two years of age, I find this one hard to credit, but the Belnaps have already shown they aren’t the brightest bulbs in the pack, right?  Apparently Jackee had taught little Leo to use the family’s office paper shredder.  When Leo spotted that envelope full of cash cluttering up the kitchen counter, he decided to be helpful … and … yeah, you got it … Leo shredded the entire $1,060!  Where were Ben & Jackee?  Who knows, but they weren’t watching Leo!  Shredders are dangerous things … they can mangle fingers and other body parts.  In my opinion, being in full snark-mode today, this couple got exactly what the deserved.  And Ben’s parents will need to wait a while longer to get their money, but hey … they raised Ben, so maybe they get what they deserve too!

Maybe I do have one last thing to say regarding the Kavanaugh fiasco.  This morning, the a$$ in the White House declared that the two women who confronted Jeff Flake in the elevator last week were paid to do so.

“Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love!”

Way to go, Republicans, for voting this jackass into office.  Thanks a million.

And on that note, I shall stop for today.  I am obviously in no mood to play nice.  I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll be back in the morning with Saturday Surprise!

Senator Susan Collins Is The Real Reason The RNC Is Now supporting Judge Roy Moore Again

Senator Susan Collins earned our kudos when she voted against the abominable ACA repeal bill a few months ago, but now? Not so much, since she sold her soul downriver to the big money donors and came out in support of the latest tax “reform” bill that is destined to cause nothing but grief for the 99% of us who are not wealthy. Ms. Collins current term does not end until 2021, so perhaps she believes we will forget her treason against We The People by then. Please read Gronda’s excellent post to see where Ms. Collins stands and what she is doing now. Thank you, Gronda!

Gronda Morin

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It seems that the republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine did a major fubar by being talked into voting for the US senate tax bill in the wee morning of December 2, 2017.

Her constituents have held her to task bigly for this vote to where it is very unlikely that she will vote in favor of the final legislation.

The US Senate’s Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is aware of this fact and he needs to guarantee that 51 republicans will vote in favor of the final bill’s passage.

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So, the RNC Republican National Committee officials which had previously withdrawn their support for the alleged pedophile republican candidate Judge Roy Moore who is running to become the US senator from Alabama on December 12, 2017, but they have reversed their earlier decision and are now backing him because the republican senate leaders need his vote to pass their…

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The Rick & Bubba Show

rick-bubba-2Donald Trump does not like any of the news outlets that I like.  What a surprise, yes?  He calls such esteemed journalistic enterprises as The Washington Post and the New York Times, “failing”, “losers”, and “fake news”.  He likes Breitbart and Fox … and he seems to now have a new favourite, the “Rick & Bubba Show”, a syndicated radio program based in Alabama that airs across the South. The hosts bill themselves as the “two sexiest fat men alive.”  No, dear readers, I am not kidding. Can you imagine Presidents Obama or Bush appearing on the Rick & Bubba Show?

Yesterday, Trump did a 15-minute call-in interview with Rick & Bubba.  He spent a bit of time criticizing John McCain and Susan Collins, both of whom have said that they will not vote for the Graham-Cassidy bill that would rob millions of U.S. citizens of health care.  I find it interesting that even though Senator Rand Paul has also said he would not vote for the bill, Trump has not criticized him. His strongest condemnation was against Senator McCain …

bill“It’s disgusting. When I ran, I was told I’d have a bill on my desk and I’d sign it on Day 1. Now, when it matters because you have a president who is actually going to sign it, they don’t do it. And they pander, and they grandstand. You look at McCain — what McCain has done is a tremendous slap in the face to the Republican Party. Tremendous. He was good to go all the way up until 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning when he voted … Without John McCain, we already have the health care.”

A slap in the face to the Republican Party?  Am I the only one who sees a problem here?  John McCain, nor any of the other 534 members of Congress, answer to the Republican Party nor do they answer to Donald Trump!  Each and every member of Congress was voted into the office they hold by the constituents of their district, their state, by We The People.  For the record, the Graham-Cassidy bill is not a health care bill.  It would provide nothing and take away health care from tens of millions of people.

Perhaps it is time the members of our legislative branch woke up and realized that they are public servants, hired by the people and responsible to the people and their best interest.  A few get it, but it would seem, when there are some 49 Republican senators who are willing to vote for a bill that would take health care away from many of the very people who voted for them, they have obviously lost their way.  It is time we start preparing to oust these donkeys in 14 months!

Trump also used the interview to speak of his support of Luther Strange in today’s republican primary election for the open senate seat in Alabama.

[Luther Strange] will absolutely win against the Democrat, whereas Ray’s [Roy Moore] going to have a hard time. If Ray wins, they’re going to pour in $30 million, like they did in Atlanta … The good new is I’m 5-0. I want to make it 6-0. I’m doing it really for the country. We can’t lose him.” 

One of the hosts corrected Trump’s misnomer, telling him that it is Roy Moore, not Ray, to which Trump replied …

“I don’t know Roy Moore at all. And I think it’s perhaps indicative when somebody doesn’t even know his name. You know, that’s not a good sign — for him.”

You have to at least chuckle a bit when Trump predicts the candidate will lose simply because he, Trump, cannot get his name right!  What an ego!

And then he took on Mitch McConnell, saying …

“As you know, Mitch is not, polling-wise, the most popular guy in this country. They like to label [Strange] because he happened to be there for a number of months in the Senate, so they like to label him as Mitch’s best friend but he’s not. He hardly even knows him. He’ll be fighting Mitch. I know he’s going to fight him on that ridiculous filibuster rule where you need 60 votes instead of 50 or 51. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. So that means we need eight Democrats, and the Republicans can end it. And Mitch wants to keep it, which is ridiculous by the way. But Mitch wants to keep it. How do you get votes? That means you get eight Democrats every time. It is absolutely insanity to keep it. The Republicans have a very slim margin.”

You can listen to the entire segment    if you’ve a mind to, but frankly I wouldn’t waste my time. As always, Trump is full of himself and says little of value.

My point in all this?  Simply this.  It is the way of a child to attempt to get his way by ranting, pouting and criticizing others.  The same behaviour is highly unbecoming, unprofessional and unacceptable in an adult, and most especially to a ‘man’ who holds in his hand the keys to the highest government office in a nation of more than 300 million people.  At a rally last July, Trump claimed, “With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s held this office.” He has not once proven those words in eight months in office, and I do not believe he is capable of doing so.

dennis-menaceThis nation is in a great deal of turmoil, both internally and internationally.  Trump has almost single-handedly caused a great divide among the citizens of the U.S., tensions are high, and violence threatens to erupt in many venues.  He has also escalated tensions between the U.S. and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, and it will require mega-doses of diplomacy to stabilize that situation.  We do not need this errant tyrant in the Oval Office, and we do not need boot-lickers and yes-men in Congress.  Anyone … anyone who thinks this situation is good for the country, should be required to take a crash course in both civics and the history of Germany in the 1930s.

A Man Of Honour — Senator John McCain

When I heard on Monday that John McCain would be returning to Washington for Tuesday’s vote on the Senate health care bill, I was surprised, to say the least.  Having just been diagnosed with a particularly virulent form of brain cancer, and still recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot from over his eye, I thought the last thing he would do was come back at that time … for a single vote.  As I pondered why he would, at such a difficult time, come back to work to cast a single vote, I sensed there was more to this than met the eye.

Meanwhile, once it was announced that he would return for the critical vote, people made assumptions and began spouting their mouths before thinking, and I was disturbed by some of the comments I saw both on mainstream and social media.  I saw him called a POS (piece of sh**) and worse.  I even saw a few that said they were glad he had cancer.  These were people who, like myself, opposed the inhumane health care bill that was on the Senate floor, and I could understand their frustration, but was disappointed in their lack of humanity under the circumstances.

McCain did return, and voted on Tuesday to open debate on repealing ACA (Obamacare).  The vote was not, as some apparently believed, a vote to pass the bill, but merely to open debate on the Senate floor.  In the back of my mind, I had a seed of doubt that he would actually vote for the bill itself, but merely felt it needed to be debated, as the specifics of the bill had been largely kept secret even from most senators.  Meanwhile, the hostility from the masses grew more vile.  For once in my life, I kept my mouth shut and adopted a “let’s wait and see” attitude. I did not discuss it with either family or friends, for I thought I knew what was about to happen, but I could not be sure.

The bill, then open to debate, would repeal large pieces of ACA without a replacement and would, by Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates leave as many as 32 million people unable to afford health insurance.  Although we were told a viable replacement would be forthcoming at some point in the future, there was no guarantee, and no word as to how far into the future.

Senator Susan Collins of Maine, and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska had made clear their intention to cast “nay” votes, so for the republicans, McCain’s support was crucial, but uncertain.  The bill was debated, if one can call it that.  McCain was coerced from many, including numerous senators, VP Pence, and even Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tried to assure McCain that he would steer the House toward a conference committee with the Senate.  McCain also received a phone call from Donald Trump at some point on Thursday.

And so, in the wee hours of Friday morning, the bill finally came up for a vote.  So sure were the republicans that they had convinced Senator McCain, that Mike Pence was on hand, fully planning to cast the tie-breaking vote.  Imagine, if you will, the surprise on the faces of some 49 republican senators when Senator John McCain, when called on for his vote, simply gave a thumbs-down signal.  And the bill that would have hurt so many in order to benefit a select few was officially, as of 1:30 a.m. on Friday morning … dead.

“I thought it was the right vote,” McCain told reporters as he left the Capitol. “I do my job as a senator.”

As I said in a previous post, I have not always agreed with John McCain, but I always thought he voted his conscience, which is a lot more than can be said for so many on both sides of the congressional aisle.

McCain will return to Arizona this weekend to begin treatment for his cancer, and it is not yet known when or even if he will return to the senate.  He came to town this week to review a bill and cast his vote for what he believed was best.  He achieved that goal.  He is an honourable man, and I hope … I sincerely hope that those who, without thinking, publicly accused him of treachery, will be as honourable and just as publicly tender an apology for their misspoken words.  We The People, and I certainly include myself in this, need to learn to think before we speak, else we are destined to lose not only our credibility, but also our right to be heard. Think about it.