Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Here's a Virtual Parade of Horribles and Deplorables

All right, let's get all of this out in the open in one post.

Item the First, firing missiles at another country does NOT f*ing make you "Presidential."

When President Assad of Syria gassed thousands of Syrians in 2013, including a lot of children, Trump criticized President Obama for even considering launching a strike against Syria (President Obama didn't). He also said over and over that America shouldn't be involved. Now, allegedly due to Ivanka's outrage over the attack, Trump decided to flip-flop and lob about $100 million of missiles at a Syrian airfield, doing minimal damage and not even putting it out of action for a single day.

Besides Ivanka's influence, why did Trump suddenly get all sad at Syrian deaths? Maybe to distract from the Russian entanglements controversy that's engulfed his entire adminstration? Maybe to distract from the fact that he's almost 100 days into his Presidency and has accomplished NOTHING other than to cancel a bunch of stuff President Obama enacted? Maybe to boost his historically low poll numbers?

In any event, Donald J. Trump did not suddenly become the President because of this. He acted in a fit of anger and has absolutely no idea how to follow up the attack with anything that would help the situation. Calling him Presidential is a moronic thing to say. I'm looking at you, Fareed Zakaria, you dumbass.

Item the Second, Mitch McConnell is one of the worst human beings ever elected to the U.S. Senate. His hypocrisy knows no bounds. He puts his party over the well-being of the country every single day.

After refusing to allow President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, to even get a hearing, much less a vote, yesterday, McConnell wrote an editorial in the Washington Post that had the utter gall to say this:
On Thursday, Democrats mounted the first successful partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee in U.S. history; in other words, a partisan Democratic minority tried to block the bipartisan majority that supported Gorsuch from even voting on his nomination. It was a direct attack on the traditions of the Senate and yet another extreme escalation in Democrats' decades-long drive to transform judicial confirmations from constructive debates over qualifications into raw ideological struggles.

And this:
This unprecedented attack on the traditions of the Senate, if allowed to succeed, would have resulted in a brazen new standard—that the nominees of Democratic presidents would be allowed to proceed to up-or-down votes, but the nominees of Republican presidents would have to secure supermajority support to do so—an obviously untenable situation.  Link
After he, and other Republicans, expressly stated that had Hillary Clinton won, they would NEVER vote on her nominees. It's a friggin' miracle his head didn't explode.

Item the Third, Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to just forego pretending to be not racist today. In the prepared version of his speech to border control agents, the totally not racist and supposedly INDEPENDENT Attorney General, wrote:
“We mean criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent citizens,” Mr. Sessions said, according to the text of his prepared remarks. “It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth.”
“This is a new era,” he said. “This is the Trump era.”  Link
Yes, he called human beings "filth" and said "This is the Trump era," giving White Nationalists all over the country an erection. No word on whether or not he "Seig Heiled" afterwards.

It reminded me of this.

And finally, United Airlines sucks ass. You've probably already read about the incident of hired security goons brutalizing a passenger being kicked off a plane because United wanted to make room for some of their own employees. When that kind of event goes viral, any smart company would immediately apologize and do everything they could to fix the problem, if for no other reason than avoiding bad publicity. But United decided to offer a non-pology, then blame the victim, and then after several clarifications, finally actually kind of apologized. By being so stupid about this, they've probably cost themselves millions of dollars of business and everyone now hates them.

Oh, and you assholes who dug up an over ten year old crime conviction by the victim to support the idea that he somehow deserved this treatment? Go to hell. You suck too.

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