Friday foibles and fumbles

Since I am struggling for a longer topic and did not want to repost an old post, here are a few foibles and fumbles for this Friday.

  • Help me understand how a person gets elected to Congress that believes in things like a Jewish laser from space is causing the wildfires? But, she must be OK in the eyes of many as she believes everything the former president says.
  • Speaking of said former president, taking a page out of deceased war hero and Senator John McCain’s op-ed a few years back, how can the actions of the former president before, leading up to and during the insurrection on a third branch of government not be viewed as “traitorous.”
  • I cite Senator McCain’s words as he called the former president’s siding with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki over the input of his own intelligence people as “traitorous.” It should be noted President Biden is getting kudos from Republican legislators for pushing back on Putin in his first call. Putin is a malevolent and deceitful person, the kind of person the former president holds in high regard as a strong leader.
  • House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy traveled to Mar-a-Largo to kiss the former president’s ring. Some may use a body part in this sentence, but let’s keep it clean. McCarthy has ranged from blaming the former president for a role in the insurrection to it is not his fault over the last twenty days. Between him, Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and, disappointingly, former UN Ambassador and SC governor Nikki Haley, groveling at the feet of the insurrectionist former president to woo his followers is rather insulting and distasteful.
  • President Biden has been a busy camper with executive orders. I am delighted he has rejoined the US into the Paris Climate Change agreement and is taking actions to help heal the planet. And, I am glad to see a president who actually considers the pandemic a problem. Mind you, it is not as important as trying to overturn a just election or inciting an insurrection which was the focus of the last president, but over 400,000 citizens dying is a problem that needs to be dealt with.
  • On a sad note, two US treasures passed away this week, Cicely Tyson and Cloris Leachman, both terrific actresses. Tyson had key roles in movies like “Sounder,” “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” to name only a few. Leachman was the consummate supporting actress, often in a comedic role. Her roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Young Frankenstein,” and “The Last Picture Show” were compelling.
  • Let me close with a note about collaboration. Collaboration is hard work, which is why it is not done as often as it should be. Working with others toward a common purpose is essential to gain buy-in and sustainability. As noted above, executive orders are easy to do and easy to change. Yet, they are not laws. Congress must do their job and work together to enact laws. If the US flip-flops with every new president on working with other countries, then those countries will find more predictable trading partners.

That is all I have for today. Have a great Friday and weekend. Let me know your thoughts and reactions.

29 thoughts on “Friday foibles and fumbles

    • Erika, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene also believes Sandy Hook was a hoax, 9/11 was an inside job, the Patkland shooting was a false flag and it is OK to kill political opponents. Unless this behavior is severely condemned, Republican silence enables her voice. Keith

      • PS – It should be noted conspiracy peddler Alex Jones lost a lawsuit and had to pay restitution for calling Sandy Hook a hoax.

      • True. Silence abetted the former president’s malfeasance just as it does Greene. What Greene fails to understand is she will sink herself as she keeps talking. Keith

  1. I hope you have a great weekend too! I very much remember the first time I saw Fried Green Tomatoes, she did a great job in it!
    So very true about the other countries, they aren’t going to be patient with us flipping and flopping!

    • Joy, so true. I did not just make this up, as even our business people lament the same. US farmers lost sales pipelines due to retaliatory tariffs and the buyers found other sellers in South America.

      “Fried Green Tomatoes” was excellent as was Tyson. She had a small, but powerful role in “The Help.” Keith

    • Janis, I will need to check that out. There was a good piece on how Mitch McConnell blew his LBJ moment, referencing LBJ passing the Civil Rights Act knowing it was good for the country, but bad for his party. We should not forget that Marjorie Taylor Greene is only following the lead of another conspiracy theorist – Donald J. Trump. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: Per a great post by Jill, two time Pulitzer Prizee winner Nicholas Kristof lamented in the comparison of retiring GOP Senator Rob Portman to the addition of GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene. Kristof noted it is sad the Republican Party traded a statesman (Portman) for a kook (Greene). He said that was indicative.

  3. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Like Keith, there are just so many topics swirling in my head today that it’s hard to corral them into a nice, coherent post. Thumbs up to our friend for managing to hit on many of the most relevant issues without producing a 3,000 word missive! Thanks, Keith!

  4. I know you wanted your nation to start healing, but looks like the opposite is, yet again. The Repuglygarbagecan Party should be dismantled, destroyed, bared upon, and eradicated. That would make the world a better place to be.

    • RG, what is interesting, the more folks are clinging to the remnants of Trump, the more it is starting to unravel, with our without a trial. Of all people, Steve Bannon just raked Rudy Giuliani over the coals for blaming the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Lincoln Project and Antifa. Another major donor of the GOP just quit and said this is the Trump party, which includes all of his conspiracy theories, and joined the Democrat party, which he called a big tent party.

      While the toadies and more zealous MAGA folks are blasting Republicans trying to the right thing, the QAnon folks and their inanities can no longer be covered up, as the blanket isn’t long enough. As two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof said, they traded a statesman in Rob Portman, who announced his retirement, for a kook, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. And, she is not alone. Keith

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