The following are those little snippets of news that I hear throughout the day, coalescing into the (warning: turn on your snark-0-meter) unbridled compassion and empathy I end up feeling for some of the most tragically affected in our country. This does happen on a regular basis you know–I feel compassion and empathy. For the most tragically affected–in so many ways–in our country.
Who, pray tell, am I referring to? Yes, right, I’ll get to it.
Last week, on one of the random days that the stock market twitched a bit, it seems that Walmart stock dropped about 12%. Or was it 11%? Something like that. Tragic anyway. Tragic. I guess they reported that their earnings for 2016 or 2017 were going to be really low. (I will say that anytime anything about Walmart is said, I only pay attention with about half an ear. I detest Walmart. I always have. I think they may have been started with good intentions. Hats off to good ol’ Sam. But I think The Greediness has overtaken them and they do despicable things. I digress…) Back to the news report. Because of that little blip in the value of their stock that day, the four Walton family members that control Wally World lost about $9 BILLION. Too bad. So sad. Tragic. Simply tragic. Oh, and one of the reasons given for the projected low earnings? No. Silly you. Not “Obama.” Well, I suppose they will find a way to link it back to him, but one of the reasons was because they are having to increase wages. Well really.
Another piece of tragedy. The esteemed Congressman Trey Gowdy (can’t help myself here–you know the one with the weird gray haircut that looks like a cone on his head???) who, and I say this knowing that it sounds ridiculous, is in charge of the hit job committee on the embassy in Benghazi. The ridiculous part was the “in charge of.” What a dork. What a jerk actually. I think the number thrown around now is somewhere around $27 million spent on Benghazi hearings. ?!?!?@?!??!? Yeah. That’s a lot of money. For shenanigans. Here’s the tragic part (snark again). Mr. Gowdy has been complaining to some media that he’s had a helluva week and “poor me” and whatnot. I can’t even go find the link to the articles I read cause I simply don’t have the time and I’m already simmering as it is. Tragic. He’s feeling put upon because his shady dealings are being unshaded. Get a grip Gowdy. You made your bed.
More tragedy? The House of Representatives has some fairly moderate members I guess. Ones that aren’t hellbent on throwing temper tantrums and threatening to run this country, and subsequently the global economy, off a cliff. These members have been caught saying that if the so-called Freedom Caucus continues to hold the House hostage, they might just quit. Throw in the towel. Give up. The tragic part? Republicans…you made your bed. You created this mess. You let it get to this point. Too bad. So sad.
Tragic is the fate that has befallen Jeb!, the wanna-be Shrugger-in-Chief. That seems to be good ol’ Jeb!s answer to tough questions he’s encountering on the campaign trail. Mass shooting at a campus in Oregon? “Stuff happens,” with a shrug. Space shuttle blowing up? “Can’t remember the name,” with a shrug.
Gah. The man (Jeb!) is pathetic.
Oh god. I just remembered one of the most tragic things of all. I read this in passing a few days ago and I stuck it away in the recesses of my mind because I didn’t want to acknowledge it. So I didn’t track it down and find out if it’s true or not. But it’s possible that along with that nifty little punctuation symbol (Jeb!), the “smart” Bush brother may be following, oh this hurts, a Paleo diet. It hurts because I cannot have anything in common with that man. I simply cannot. I thought he’d been looking sort of slim and trim. I figured it’s cause the only thing he’s been eating is his foot (or both feet on some days), but it might be because he’s getting healthy. Ugh! I mean, that’s great for him and all. I wish all people could find out how awesome this way of eating is, how good you’ll feel, how happy your brain and body will be. But seriously. Jeb!? Ugh.
Gotta go work on geography. We happen to be on Canada and its provinces. Kind of cool now that they just elected a dreamy new leader!!