What Could Happen …???

The race is on and with just over 100 days until election day, most of us know who we will be voting for.  Most every legitimate poll shows Biden leading Trump by somewhere between 8 to 15 points, and that’s comforting for those of us who genuinely believe that the nation cannot tolerate another term with Trump holding the reins.  But we cannot become complacent, for to do so would be a serious mistake.  Trump still has about a 40% following … people largely with a single agenda who will not abandon Trump no matter what he does.  His goal, and that of the Republican Party as a whole, right now is to increase that following, or short of that, to dilute the vote of the majority.  A lot can happen in 100 days!  The Washington Post published an article by a few of the pundits, opinion writers from both sides of the aisle, who have given their views on what, exactly, Trump could do in the next 100+ days to change the tide and actually win the election.  I thought they were worth sharing … some are worth some thought.  Take a look …


Here’s what could happen to put Trump in the lead

Post-PunditOpinion by The Ranking Committee

July 24, 2020 at 9:41 a.m. EDT

Rankings wrangler Drew Goins here for Round 67, which finds President Trump behind in a trailing-by-13-points-in-Florida sort of way. But it is yet July, which leaves time for not only an October surprise but an August and September one, too. Trump might be praying all those aliens pay a visit and reverse his fortunes, but short of that, here’s what the members of the Ranking Committee think could turn the race around for Mr. President.

— Drew Goins


Better pandemic management

He starts wearing a mask regularly and takes covid-19 seriously. Unless he does that well, he doesn’t have the credibility with swing voters to make any Biden gaffe matter.

— Henry Olsen


Pandemic credit-stealing

Trump would gain a huge amount of ground if he (a) set low expectations for his performance during the pandemic and (b) skated by on the achievements of health officials. Trump isn’t about to start handling the coronavirus competently or effectively, but voters often don’t judge presidents on pure managerial ability. They ask themselves, “Are things getting better or getting worse?” and if things are getting better, they tend to give the president credit. So Trump needs to set as low of a bar as possible and cross his fingers that people who work for him — scientists, public health officials, et al. — do their job well and unintentionally push him over the top.

— David Byler


Non-distancing Democrats

The race will close as they always do, but the momentum behind President Trump’s comeback will be significantly fueled by what Democrats and, by extension, Joe Biden don’t do: condemn violence in the streets of Portland, Ore., and elsewhere and repudiate utterly and without equivocation “defunding the police” or “redirecting funding for the police,” which are effectively the same thing in the ears of a majority of voters. As the Democratic Party collapses into apology for the protesters in Portland, Trump will regain ground lost to voters professing “Trump fatigue.” Better that than fear for personal safety.

— Hugh Hewitt


Large-scale retaliation from leftists

It seems obvious Trump is sending federal law enforcement into cities to confront protesters not just because the TV imagery it creates tickles his authoritarian fancies but also as deliberate incitement, to stoke violent civil conflict. But why? One possibility: to provoke a dramatic, large-scale retaliation from a self-described leftist. That might shift the suburbs against the protests and in Trump’s direction. Is that overheated? Perhaps. But ask yourself: Why is Trump actively trying to push the nation to the brink of civil war? Do you have a better explanation?

— Greg Sargent


A Supreme Court vacancy

A spot opening up on the Supreme Court could remind reluctant conservatives of the same deal they made with the devil in 2016 — and help them ignore even the most devilish deeds Trump has carried out in office. This could win back some of the suburban voters the president has lost over his tenure, and maybe energize others who otherwise would have sat this mid-pandemic election out.

— Molly Roberts


A time machine

Trump is so far behind and so personally discredited, I find it impossible to think of something he might realistically do to rehabilitate himself. Even if we developed an effective vaccine (very difficult given the timeline), it almost certainly would not be distributed in time. As for Biden, I do not believe a single gaffe out there could sink him. What I think would pose a real problem is massive voter suppression. Literally preventing people from voting or their votes from being counted is the greatest threat to Biden, and to our democracy. Aside from that, Trump would need a time machine — to go several months back, acknowledge the pandemic and put in place a mammoth federal response. While there, he could react to the killing of George Floyd like a normal, empathetic human and even champion a list of agreed-upon police reforms.

— Jennifer Rubin


Nothing

I genuinely don’t have a plausible scenario. At this point, I don’t think there’s any way Trump can become competitive with Biden in the polls. And I think the only way Trump could even conceivably eke out a win on Election Day would be through voter suppression on an improbably (perhaps impossibly) massive scale.

— Eugene Robinson


So Trump saying, “If elected, I will immediately resign and hand power to my new vice president, Mitt Romney,” doesn’t count? I mean, beyond that, we’re into “Joe Biden is identified as the perpetrator in a gruesome double homicide.” I’m struggling to think of anything else that will save Trump.

— Megan McArdle


My own personal favourite it Eugene Robinson’s, naturally.  However, the others all make valid points and we need to keep our eyes on the ball, my friends.

Fodder For Da Snarky

One good thing about not being able to go out these days is I have lots more time on weekends to peruse the news, stay on top of things, and feed my snarky side.  This weekend there is much fodder for that snarky side …


Well, no surprise that Trump commuted Roger Stone’s three-year sentence.  The only surprise was that he commuted the sentence rather than issuing a full pardon, but apparently that was at Stone’s request, so he can return to the courts and continue trying to plead his innocence.  Make no mistake, Roger Stone is not innocent … he is a criminal, has been engaged in criminal activities most of his adult life, and the only thing he’s innocent of is being a decent human being.  Roger Stone is guilty of breaking the law in order to help get Donald Trump elected.  He has the blood of this nation on his hands, and it is my belief that he will once again be complicit in working to alter the election of 2020. Roger-StoneStone was to have reported to prison on Tuesday, after being denied a delay.  He claimed he has health conditions that put him at risk for contracting the coronavirus and possibly dying.  At the risk of sounding like a cruel person, to this I say, “Oh well … one less festering sore on the body of humanity.”

Stone stands a seven-times convicted felon, a record that will remain with him for the rest of his life.  He should be spending the rest of his life in prison, but instead he will no doubt be back to his dirty tricks by next week.   In fact, he told NBC News he plans to celebrate his freedom by writing a book about his experience, possibly filing a complaint against federal prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky, and helping “exonerate” his felonious friend, former national security adviser Michael Flynn.  Birds of a feather …


blm-bannerOn main street in the small town of Clifton, Virginia, there is a banner that reads, “Welcome to Clifton where Black Lives Matter”.  Most people are supportive of the sign, applaud its message.  But this woman took umbrage …

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She said, in an email …

“BLM is a bit of a dangerous Trojan Horse and they are catching well-meaning people into dangerous posturing that can invite mob rule and property looting. Let’s not be tricked into joining cause with radical extremists seeking to foment a cultural revolution because they hate America.”

Do you recognize the woman?  Her name is Ginny Thomas, and she is the wife of Clarence Thomas, the only African-American on the U.S. Supreme Court.

ginny-clarenceOh, the irony!


It seems that our own “leader”, and I use the term very loosely, isn’t the only one who is clueless on how to address the coronavirus pandemic and keep the people in their countries safe.  Boris Johnson, aka BoJo, has come up with a novel idea for combatting the virus … put everyone on a diet!

According to The Guardian

Downing Street is planning what has been billed as a “war against obesity”.  As well as longer-term proposals to reduce the incidence of obesity, government officials are having urgent discussions about how to persuade people to lose weight in the next few months, before an anticipated resurgence in coronavirus cases in the autumn.

The UK has experienced the highest death rate from coronavirus in Europe, and one potential factor may be high rates of obesity and associated lifestyle-linked conditions such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, which are strongly associated with worse Covid-19 outcomes.

There is logic to people getting into shape, becoming healthier and therefore better able to survive a case of the virus.  However, a few things should be noted.  First, weight loss doesn’t happen overnight, or even over a summer.  Second, exercise is every bit as integral to a healthy lifestyle as better eating habits.  And thirdly, this doesn’t do a thing to address stopping the spread of the virus, only perhaps its intensity.

Ah well, at least BoJo isn’t suggesting that citizens of the UK ingest bleach!


In a comment to my piece about the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, I noted that there was a video with a number of clips showing Trump’s personal financial involvement with the Saudi’s both before and during his presidency.  One reader asked me to share that video, which is well worth the 4 minutes it takes to view …

A Snarky Bit Of This ‘n That

The Supreme Court has been hard at work, trying to wrap up their business before the two-month break coming up.  These days when the Court speaks, it usually raises my hackles, and raised hackles lead to a bit of ranting, ‘cause it isn’t healthy to keep it all bottled up inside, y’know.


I am thoroughly confused about the rationale behind yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that restricts access to birth control for women.  Within the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), there was a mandate which says that insurance plans sponsored by large employers must include preventive care — including all forms of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration — at no additional cost.  Trump and his band of merry henchmen came along and decided that any company having a religious objection to birth control, can opt out of the mandate, leaving their female employees a little poorer after paying full price to purchase their own birth control, sometimes thousands of dollars.  For some it is cost-prohibitive.

But what confuses me is that the very people who are against birth control are also viciously against abortion.  This is like … it’s like putting two flavours of ice cream on the table and saying, “You may not have the chocolate.  You also may not have the vanilla.”  If these religious groups do not want women to have abortions, then isn’t the best cure a preventative one?  What the hell do these groups want?

The answer to that question, I think, is simple.  They want women to be forced back into servitude, having a baby every year, not having the opportunities afforded to men, such as furthering their education, finding a satisfying career, or virtually anything else.  They want, it would seem, to control women’s bodies, and in so doing, our minds.

And another thing … the earth is already overpopulated.  In 1800 the world’s population was around 1 billion people. Since then it has increased more than sevenfold to reach over 7.5 billion in 2017 and is forecast to top 10 billion by 2050.  Why in hell would we want to encourage unfettered reproduction???  With medical science now able to keep people alive longer, the birth rate is 3 times higher than the death rate.  Okay, wonderful that you can be cured of many diseases and live to a ripe old age, but somewhere human growth must level off, for the planet cannot support 10 billion people!  Especially since humans seem intent on destroying the planet in every imaginable way!

The Court screwed up on this one, and we women will pay a hefty price for decades!  Thanks, Justices Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Thomas, and Chief Justice Roberts … thanks for nothing!


In another Supreme Court ruling, the Court contributed to Trump’s re-election campaign by saying that his financial records, including tax returns, could not be given to Congress for review until after the election in November.  It is my opinion that the Court, in so ruling, has increased Trump’s chances at re-election, for there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that there will be damning information found in those financial records that might convince some fence-sitters of his absolute dishonesty.

But, the news wasn’t all bad on this one, for the Court did rule that Trump not only lacks immunity from a state criminal investigation but also enjoys no special, heightened standard of proof.  In a nutshell, New York District Attorney, Cyrus Vance has been given a green light.  Well, actually a yellow light, for Trump can still plead for immunity in a lower court, and this could easily bounce around until after November 3rd.  I found humour in the fact that this was a 7-2 ruling, with both of Trump’s hand-picked Justices, Kavanaugh and Gorsuch, siding with the majority opinion.  Trump, needless to say, was not pleased …

“The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!”


Idiots abound these days, don’t they?  Ohio State Representative Nino Vitale seems to have a few damaged brain cells and be following a Trumpian agenda.  Yesterday, when Governor DeWine put into place a mask mandate for certain counties, including my own, where the virus is spiraling out of control, Mr. Vitale seemingly took umbrage and had some advice for his constituents …

“Are you tired of living in a dictatorship yet? This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested. STOP GETTING TESTED! It is giving the government an excuse to claim something is happening that is not happening at the magnitude they say it is happening.”

WHOA!  And this dude was elected into the state legislature???   As I said, idiots abound.toon

The First Amendment …

The First Amendment covers a lot of ground and has been interpreted and re-interpreted ever since its writing.  In the news this week are three things pertaining to the 1st Amendment that worry me in one form or fashion.


Freedom of the Press …

I had heard the name ‘Samantha Bee’, but had no idea who or what she was, nor did I much care … until this morning.  According to Wikipedia, Ms. Bee is …

“… a Canadian-American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actress, and television host. Bee rose to fame as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she became the longest-serving regular correspondent.”

You guys probably already knew that, though, didn’t you?  So why, you ask, did Ms. Bee buzz across my radar?  On her show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, on Wednesday, she made some very astute statements about freedom of the press …

“Look, I know, it’s not exactly a revelation that the president is always trying to undermine the media, but that’s the problem: We’re all so used to it that we act like it’s normal. And the more that we ignore anti-press sentiment in America, the more it will spread.  When Trump became president, he was crushed to find that the job comes with criticism and that the glowing PR he got from the business media isn’t typical of the political press. Since the media refused to love him back, Trump has chosen to do the mature thing and use his presidential power to destroy them.  The scariest part about Trump’s war on the press is that he’s winning. No one’s been able to stop his attacks, so we just go about our lives while they run constantly in the background like white noise — which is, of course, Trump’s preferred color of noise. … When Trump undermines the free press, he’s not just attacking journalists’ rights to do their jobs, he’s attacking your right to know what’s going on in the world.”

She’s right.  If not for the free press, we would know only what Trump wanted us to know.  We would not know that Russia was paying the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers and that Trump knew about this yet failed to act.  We would not have known that he attempted to blackmail the president of the Ukraine to ‘dig up dirt’ on his political rival, Joe Biden.  We would not have known any of the acts that Trump has committed against the people of this nation.  At all costs, we must … must support our free press!  We cannot become complacent and accept the denigration of the press as ‘normal’, for it is anything but normal … at least in this country.


Freedom of Speech …

The 1st Amendment includes many freedoms, including the aforementioned freedom of the press.  It also includes freedom of and from religion, and the one most-oft quoted, freedom of speech.  Over the past two centuries, that ‘freedom of speech has been interpreted by the courts to mean a wide variety of things.  Signs and symbols by hate groups such as white supremacists and neo-Nazis have been ruled acceptable because … freedom of speech.  KKK rallies have been deemed allowable under freedom of speech.  But, in my opinion, there simply must be limits.

This …nazi-flag-shooting… is highly offensive to all but the most ardent anti-Semitic white supremacists.  A woman was shot four times in the back in Garfield County, Oklahoma, for trying to remove one of the flags.

Now, I can tell you for a fact that if anybody in my neighborhood were to sport such a flag, I would not only remove it, but would douse it with lighter fluid then set fire to it.  The Nazi flag is a symbol of anti-Semitism, of hatred, around the globe.

The owner of the house and flags, one Alexander Feaster, was arrested and has been charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and shooting with intent to kill, and is due to appear in court later this month.  A neighbor said that he had been flying the flags for around a year, and they had been snatched from his home a few times in the past. They added that he would occasionally dress up in black uniform with a red swastika armband – an outfit reminiscent of Nazi SS uniforms.  No less than 15 guns were recovered from Feaster’s home upon his arrest.  Who the hell needs that much firepower?

The district attorney says he is considering possible charges against the woman, who is expected to recover from her gunshot wounds.  Why?  Trespassing?  Destruction of private property?  In this case, I don’t see it … it was justified.  However, I know at least two of my readers who will disagree with me, so it is only my opinion.


Freedom of/from Religion …

The 1st Amendment says this about the freedom of religion …

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof

That’s all … just 16 words.  However, lengthy tomes have been written in order to interpret how this clause should be applied.  There are those who argue this is a Christian nation … it is not!  It is a secular nation, the foundation of which calls for a distinct separation between church and state.  This includes education.

A portion of our tax dollars is used to fund public schools.  PUBLIC schools, not parochial or religious schools.  If you want to send your children to a religious school, you do have that right … just not at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state of Montana could not use a provision in its Constitution to exclude religious schools from its private school scholarship program.  Although the ruling was narrow, applying only to the case before them, it is likely that religious groups in other states will be heartened by the decision and file their own cases against states.  By the end of next year, we could easily see a broader ruling stating that any state that issues vouchers or similar programs to help with tuition at private schools must also include religious schools in the process.

In fact, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos suggested just that …

“I’m calling on all states to now seize the extraordinary opportunity to expand all education options at all schools to every single student in America.”

I’m betting that those who championed and cheered this decision will be horrified when some day a family uses their vouchers to send their child to an Islamic school, won’t they?  Meanwhile, though, I am offended and angered by this decision.  As a citizen, as a taxpayer, and as a non-religionist, I absolutely do NOT want my tax dollars supporting a religious school where children are taught every form of bigotry imaginable.  It is a gross miscarriage of justice that people of differing religions and of no religion must pay to send another person’s child to a school that teaches only one religion and teaches that it is the one and only right religion and the rest of us are wrong in our beliefs or non-beliefs.  This is, in part, why there is so much hatred in this country today.

You want to send your child to a religious school, fine, but not on my dime!

One Out Of Three …

The Supreme Court was busy yesterday morning.  They made one good decision and two horrible ones.  Let’s start with the good …


On the upside, the Court struck down Louisiana’s restrictive anti-abortion law.  Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the Court’s liberal justices … not because he was against the law or pro women’s rights, but simply because four years ago, the Court struck down a similar law in Texas, thereby setting the precedent.  I will never understand why men think they know anything about this topic, or why they think they have a right to tell us what we can or must do with our own bodies.  Watch them scream and yell if you suggest that women should decide whether men can have a vasectomy, or those little blue pills they’re so fond of.

Anti-abortion groups went ballistic, saying it will give them more motivation than ever to turn out at the polls in November.  Once again, folks, we have people in this country who are so narrow-minded that they will return a madman to the Oval Office for another four years, simply to deny women the same rights that men have to make our own decisions regarding our own bodies.  And here I thought we were living in the 21st century.

At any rate, thumbs up to the five on the Court who voted right on this one.


In another ruling, the Court gave the federal government the right to carry out executions.  Funny, isn’t it, that people like Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Alito and Thomas are so horrified at the thought of a woman having the right to control her own body, but they are ready, willing and perfectly happy to say it’s okay to murder federal prisoners … people who are actually already people.

Now, the biggest problem I have with the death penalty is that more than a few times, a prisoner on death row has been found to be innocent of the crime for which he is serving time.  The state releases him, pays him a bit of restitution, and while his life has been shattered, he still has a chance to put it back together.  If he had been executed … what???  Does the government say, “Oops … sorry ‘bout that!”?  Executing a person is pretty darn final.

The second problem I have with the death penalty is that it is inhumane.  Think of how many executions were botched a few years ago and people died after sometimes hours of intense pain.  Hell, the guillotine was kinder!  Proponents of the death penalty say execution by lethal injection is painless and humane, but we’ve seen that it isn’t.  And by the way … the people who seem most gung-ho for executing criminals are Christians … what happened to that tenet that says it’s not up to humans to decide life and death?


And I’ve saved the best (worst) for last.  The justices ruled that the president has unfettered discretion to fire the head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). This should raise your hackles, if you remember the reason the CFPB was created back in 2010.  It was in response to the financial crisis of 2007-2008 caused by reckless speculation, loose credit, and too much debt in asset markets, namely, the housing market.  The purpose of the CFPB was to provide a single point of accountability for enforcing federal consumer financial laws and protecting consumers in the financial marketplace.  It was to promote fairness and transparency for mortgages, credit cards, and other consumer financial products and services and ensure that the financial crisis of 2007-2008 would not be repeated.

Until today’s Supreme Court ruling, the CFPB was an independent agency, not answerable to the president.  In order to ensure the CFPB’s independence, the law creating the agency called for it to be headed by a single director, confirmed by the Senate, who would serve a five-year term and who could only be fired for malfeasance, inefficiency or neglect of duty.  Today, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the conservative wing of the Court, saying that “the structure of the CFPB violates the separation of powers.” 

Bullshit.

The structure was so determined in order to ensure the independence and integrity of the agency.  Think about all the people Donald Trump has fired since the Senate refused to convict him of the crimes he had committed back in February.  He has fired most everyone who was tasked with overseeing his office, with ensuring that he acted properly and in the interest of the nation and its people.  Now, he’s been given another he can fire … the Director of a very important regulatory agency.  It is only a matter of time before Kathy Kraninger, the current Director, is given her walking papers, and someone totally unqualified for the agency position will be put in place to undermine the good work that has been done for the past ten years.

Way to go, John Roberts.  Is there anything else you’d like to give Trump?  Perhaps the authority to rewrite Article II of the U.S. Constitution to say that he can do anything he likes, as he told a group of young people he could do?  Or, perhaps you’d like to simply declare that there will be no more elections in the U.S.?


Independence and integrity in our Supreme Court?  I think not.  The only good decision, in my book, was the abortion decision and it wasn’t done for the right reason, not because John Roberts believes that women have rights, but simply to maintain a precedent.  Apart from that decision, the Court handed Trump presents wrapped in gift paper with pretty bows.  Bah Humbug.

On This Day In 2015 …

Today’s post is courtesy of The Obama Foundation’s website


JUSTICE LIKE A THUNDERBOLT

A Rally … Of Sorts {Yawn}

Well, I know you’re all dying to know how Trump’s rally last night in Tulsa went.  Here were some of the headlines …

Don’t call it a comeback: Trump’s Tulsa rally was just another sad farceThe Guardian

Trump’s rally looked like his vision of America. Limited and pitilessThe Washington Post

Trump Rally Fizzles as Attendance Falls Short of Campaign’s ExpectationsNew York Times

Trump holds low turnout rally amid virus fearsBBC

Trump comeback rally features empty seats, staff infectionsAssociated Press

Trump campaign blames protesters for disappointing turnout at Tulsa rallyPolitico

half-empty-venueI think it’s safe to say it wasn’t the grand slam event he and his campaign had predicted.  The venue, capable of holding 19,000 people, was only half full.  A campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, blamed the low turnout on protestors …

“Sadly, protesters interfered with supporters, even blocking access to the metal detectors, which prevented people from entering the rally.”

Only thing is that there weren’t that many protestors … around 175 total … and reporters traveling with the presidential motorcade said they saw no protesters or supporters en route.  The crowd size … even Fox News was forced to admit that the building was nowhere near filled to capacity.  Funny, isn’t it, that Trump’s campaign manager, the ignoble Brad Parscale, said he had over 1 million requests for tickets.  Hmmmm … the answer to that conundrum may lie in part with a grandmother in Iowa.

Mary Jo Laupp, a 51-year-old grandmother living in Fort Dodge, Iowa, appears to have helped lead the charge on TikTok late last week when she posted a video encouraging people to go to Trump’s website, register to attend the event — and then not show up.  Now, Ms. Laupp only joined TikTok earlier this year, and only had a thousand or so followers, but her call and the video seem to have reached many thousands who happily complied!  Heck, if I had known about it, I would have gladly done it!

Apparently, the Trump campaign got wind of this scheme in the days leading up to the rally, and upon checking, determined that the number of fake requests numbered in the hundreds of thousands.  In addition, apparently a bunch of teens did the same thing on a site called K-pop (never heard of it until last night), where 18-year-old Erin Hoffman said …

“Trump has been actively trying to disenfranchise millions of Americans in so many ways, and to me, this was the protest I was able to perform.”

half-empty-venue-2But the bulk of the reason people didn’t show up is likely the fear of the coronavirus.  Few masks were observed, the crowd that was in attendance were closely packed together to present an image of a full arena, and most importantly, as I told you yesterday, Tulsa has been the site or a severe uptick in new cases this month.  This was no time for people to be joining hands and singing Kumbaya or whatever they sing at Trump rallies.  I’d bet money that a week from now, Tulsa will be in crisis mode with hundreds of new cases from the rally attendees, their families, friends, and people they work with.

Speaking of the coronavirus pandemic … Trump declared that he has ordered testing to slow down.  Why on earth would he do that, given that we are now at 2.3 million cases and 122,000 deaths, and still counting?  Because he fears that more testing will reveal more cases and he doesn’t like seeing the number of new cases still rising dramatically.  It’s the numbers that matter, folks, not our lives – remember that on November 3rd!

He also touched on two recent Supreme Court decisions that didn’t quite go the way he had hoped … extending civil rights to include LGBT people, and denying him the right to end DACA …

“Think how important it is… It’s almost like we’re a minority court.  I’ll be soon announcing a new list of exceptional candidates [for the Supreme Court], and I’ll only pick from that list.”

What makes him think he will have the opportunity to fill another seat on the Court???  No Justices have announced an intention to retire, and after next January, it won’t (fingers crossed) be his game to play anymore.

I won’t bore you with further details of his two-hour speech, for it was mostly lies and praise for … himself, of course.  Frankly, his words at a campaign rally hold no interest for me, since I really don’t have time to fact-check every utterance that spews from his mouth.  I did find some humour, however, when I heard that he spent 8 full minutes trying to justify why he couldn’t seem to walk down a ramp the other day after giving the commencement speech at West Point Academy, and why it took him two hands to pick up a small glass of water (“I just saluted 600 times, like this!”).  To coin his own words:  Sad.

All-in-all, he was his usual disgusting, obnoxious self, told a bunch of lies, and blah blah blah.  There’s not much else to say … I believe that his fans were given face masks and a cup of Kool Aid at the entrance.  Most chose not to wear the face masks, but it seems that every last one of them did drink the Kool Aid.  And now … on to more important, more interesting things!grass

Just A Few Mini Rants …

I have just about had enough … enough of Donald Trump … enough of this country.  What follows are my thoughts today, as life under a regime filled with hatred, corruption, and gross incompetence colour my thoughts.


Rallying to the cause … whatever the cause is

BOZOsIf only these people could view themselves through my lens … BOZOs!  Losers!  Crazy people!  Not a single mask in sight, ugly clothes, rolls of fat, tongues lolling out … oh my!  I would laugh … actually did laugh … ‘til I realized that these are … voters.  Ugh.  These are the bloody fools who have set fire to our Constitution and signed on to murder the nation once known as the ‘United’ States of America.

Never mind, I suppose, that Tulsa has seen a spike this month in coronavirus cases, and never mind that at least six of Trump’s campaign staff have tested positive for the virus …Tulsa-coronavirus

And never mind that much of the nation is still celebrating Juneteenth and the National Guard has even been called in to try to keep peace in the threat of protests against the nation’s top racist performing at the BOK Center yesterday evening.

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Initially, Trump was planning to speak to the fools outside before his rally in the BOK Center, but the outside speech was canceled yesterday afternoon, as Trump’s courage fled 🐔 when he heard about all the protestors waiting outside.

Any expense to We the People in order to humour Trump and his rabid base.  All I’ve got to say is that anyone foolish enough to turn out for that rally deserves whatever comes to them.  That includes Trump and his entourage.  Party on, you gun-lovin’ fools!


A win for We the People …

cover of John Bolton's bookJudge Royce Lamberth struck down Trump’s request to stop the presses on former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s book, The Room Where It Happened.  The judge did state that Bolton was wrong to have skipped the governmental review process, but said that since hundreds of thousands of copies of the book have already shipped, to order an injunction against its release on Tuesday would be meaningless.

Trump, who loves to call everyone else a ‘loser’, couldn’t bring himself to apply that term to himself, so he claimed a win … somehow … in that convoluted little mind of his.  He tweeted …

“BIG COURT WIN against Bolton. Obviously, with the book already given out and leaked to many people and the media, nothing the highly respected Judge could have done about stopping it…BUT, strong & powerful statements & rulings on MONEY & on BREAKING CLASSIFICATION were made…. ….Bolton broke the law and has been called out and rebuked for so doing, with a really big price to pay. He likes dropping bombs on people, and killing them. Now he will have bombs dropped on him!”

Sure, Donnie … whatever you say.  Bwah ha ha … We the People are the real winners, for we can see just what you were up to that violated the Constitution and the public trust.  No doubt, we will not soon forget what we read … at least not before November 3rd!


WTF???  Did he fire him … or didn’t he???

I wrote yesterday about Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) who said he had definitely not resigned, after Attorney General William Barr announced in a press release that he had, in fact announced his resignation.  Well, it was only a matter of time until Trump fired Berman, and that time frame was only hours.  This morning, true to form, Trump fired the man who was investigating him, as well as some of his cronies.  In a terse statement, Barr the Toadie said …

“Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the president to remove you as of today, and he has done so.”

But there’s a plot twist here … as he was leaving the White House for his rally in Tulsa, Trump told reporters Barr was in charge of the issue and said:

“That’s all up to the attorney general. Attorney General Barr is working on that. That’s his department, not my department. But we have a very capable attorney general, so that’s really up to him. I’m not involved.”

BULLSHIT.  He’s involved up to his neck in alligators.  It was Trump and his cronies that Berman was investigating, not Barr!  Barr is following orders, though as clumsily as a rabbit trying to play baseball.

What is next in this saga is anybody’s guess, but interestingly, when Barr first announced, erroneously, that Berman had resigned on Friday night, he claimed that Craig Carpenito, the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, would fill the shoes as an interim replacement until Trump’s pick, Jay Clayton, could be confirmed by the Senate.  But today, when Barr announced that Trump had fired Berman, he said that Audrey Strauss, deputy U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, would serve in the interim.  One must ask the question:  Do either Trump or Barr have the slightest clue WHAT THE SAM HELL they are doing???

We haven’t heard the end of this one, my friends … at least I hope not.  I hope our attention span isn’t so short that by Monday morning this abomination has been lost in the wake of other news.


WHY???

This week, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that allows those who were brought to this country as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permits, among other things.  It was the right thing to do, as I have stated in earlier posts.  However, Trump is determined to renew his effort to end legal protections for hundreds of thousands who fall under this ruling.

The burning question I have is … WHY???  Why the Sam Hell is he so bent on hurting people who have done nothing but add value to our nation?  Is it because his evangelical base think that lily white skin is the only sort worthy of life?  WHAT have any of the immigrants ever done to Trump???  Have they cost him money?  A night’s sleep?  A meal?  I think not.  They have done not one damn thing to the bastard!

Yes, I am furious.  Trump would send these young people into an uncertain future, in a country they do not know, with no friends or family … and FOR WHAT???  Because he is a bastard.  No other explanation for it.


And on that note … I bid you adieu … until later.

The Week’s Best Cartoons 6/20

Every Saturday, TokyoSand takes the time to compile a collection of the week’s best political cartoons, and this week is no exception. Thank you, TS, for your hard work and your permission to share!

Political⚡Charge

By John Darkow

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.”

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

SCOTUS Decision

By Walt Handelsman,The Advocate

By Ann Telnaes, Washington Post

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

By Nick Anderson

By Steve Sack, Star Tribune

And DACA

By Signe Wilkinson, Philly Daily News & Philly Inquirer (From 2017)

By Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

By Ed Hall

Black Lives Matter

By Kevin Necessary

By Matt Davies, Newsday

By Matt Wuerker, Politico

By Kevin…

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Join Me In Some Snarky Snippets?

Lots on my radar in the past 24 hours … I guess it must be time for some … Snarky Snippets, eh?


In the small town of Bethel, Ohio, about 20 miles from where I live, a peaceful protest for Black Lives Matter took place last weekend.  It was a small demonstration, nobody engaging in any form of violence, just people turned out to make their voices heard.  There were about 80 people there … not a lot, but enough.  And then, things turned ugly.

On Sunday afternoon, some 700 counter-protestors showed up … motorcycle gangs, “back the blue” groups and proponents of the Second Amendment.  Some carried guns, others carried baseball bats and clubs.  700 people obviously intending violence, against 80 unarmed peaceful protestors.Bethel-1

Bethel-2Police say there were about 10 violent altercations, but no arrests were made because police were so overwhelmed that they had to prioritize keeping order and keeping people safe.  Wow … they couldn’t be bothered to look into the ‘violent altercations’ as a part of their effort to keep people safe?  And why the Sam Hell were there nearly nine gun-totin’ counter-protestors for every one peaceful protestor???  If this is a reliable measure of the types of people in this state, then I’m getting the heck out of Dodge!Bethel-3It is reported that the violent counter-protestors were bussed in from all over the state, and that Police Chief Steve Teague had prior knowledge on Sunday morning that the counter-protestors were armed and on their way to his town …

“If you would’ve asked me a week ago if any of this would come to Bethel, I would’ve said never. I’m still kind of in shock of it being here. It’s kind of amazing how quick social media spreads. We were told this morning they were bussing in protestors. We’re given screenshots from social media with some guys saying, ‘We’re going to Bethel, we’ll take care of what they didn’t take care of yesterday.’”

Bethel-4Wow, what a great police chief, eh?  Scratches his rear end while his town is being overrun by jackals with big guns looking for trouble.  Luckily no one was killed or seriously injured … this time.  I sense it is only a matter of time until blood is running in the streets of the U.S., especially with law enforcement officers like Teague, or those who only know how to shoot black men.


Amidst the snark, I’ve got to give the U.S. Supreme Court a big thumbs up!  Yesterday, the Court rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, a reprieve for nearly 650,000 recipients known as “dreamers.”  The 5 to 4 decision was written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and joined by the court’s four liberals.

It was the right decision.  Imagine that you were brought to this country when you were a baby, or 4 years old, have lived here all your life, went to school, worked two jobs to put yourself through college, and all of a sudden you are threatened with being deported to a country you never knew … a country where you have no friends, no relatives, no job … no future.

But, of course, Trump had to rant and rave, for that is all he knows how to do when crossed …

“These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!”

I’ve got no idea how he made the leap from protecting young people’s lives to guns, nor do I particularly care.  And after that, he finished with …

“Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?”

I couldn’t resist … I responded to his tweet with “Nobody likes you, fool!”  Trump’s rants these days are just so much noise … I doubt anybody with a brain takes them seriously.  But kudos to Chief Justice John Roberts, as well as Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Ruth Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayer, and Justice Elena Kagan … great job!!!


Mary Elizabeth Taylor is an American politician who has served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs since October 18, 2018.  Taylor was viewed as a loyal member of the administration and is a lifelong member of the Republican Party.  Justice Neil Gorsuch administered Taylor’s oath of office at her swearing-in ceremony in December 2018 at the State Department.

Mary-E-TaylorBefore joining the administration, Taylor was an aide to Senate Majority Leader (not for long) Mitch McConnell where she worked as a member of his cloakroom staff helping oversee legislative debates on the floor. She comes from a family with a history of public service; her mother, Kristin Clark Taylor, served as the White House’s director of media relations under President George H.W. Bush and was the first black woman to hold that job.

Mary Elizabeth Taylor resigned yesterday.  Why?

“Moments of upheaval can change you, shift the trajectory of your life, and mold your character. The President’s comments and actions surrounding racial injustice and Black Americans cut sharply against my core values and convictions. I must follow the dictates of my conscience and resign as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs.”

It speaks volumes when a lifelong republican, a party loyalist, can no longer stomach Trump’s racism.


Until Monday, Michael Henkel was the supervisor for the Writ Services Unit of the Philadelphia Family Court … an important position.  Mr. Henkel was fired on Monday.  Why?  For having violated “multiple codes of conduct and nondiscrimination policies.”  Specifically, over the weekend, Mr. Henkel was caught on video ripping down Black Lives Matter posters and art that were put up along a chainlink fence just outside of a Philadelphia community center. In the video, the man says that his tax dollars “pay for” the fence, which gives him the right to pull down the artwork … put up on the fence by other people whose tax dollars pay for that fence.  See the irony there?

But it gets worse.  A woman who lives in the area said “Black Lives Matter,” to which Henkel replies: “Not to me they don’t.”

Yep, folks, it’s all on video … he really said that.  Michael Henkel … a man who has held a position responsible for making sure that everyone connected to Family Court proceedings was informed about court dates and other important information in a city where almost half the population is black.  Good riddance, Michael … farewell, adieu.  WHERE do these asshats come from???


Okay … I’ve managed to get my own blood pressure above the recommended daily allowance now, and likely yours too, so … I shall gently bow out for a few hours … but never fear!  I shall return!