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Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – Snarky Wednesday! – Otto Von B., Donald T., Hillary C., and all the rest.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 – Snarky Wednesday! – Otto Von B., Donald T., Hillary C., and all the rest.

Just when you thought it was safe to start reading Here’s What I’m Thinking. Today is for those of you who have missed The Snark. You can skip to the end for the zingers if you do not want to read the backstory.

On this day – some 365 days from now – in 2017 somebody is going to be sworn in as the POTUS and a bunch of people are just going to be swearing. Every morning after each presidential election I would write the following sentence on the chalkboard of my classroom, on the white board in my office or a stickie note on my office door. I wanted to write it early in case any of the candidates are elected and I seriously consider going to live with Miss Rolene in the islands.

God protects fools, drunks and the United States of America.

From the website: http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/there_is_a_providence_that_protects_idiots_drunkards_children_and_the_unite

“There is a providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children, and the United States of America” is often said to be a quotation of Otto von Bismarck (1818-1898). The quotation in the form “God always helps fools, lovers and drunkards” exists in French from at least 1708. In 1849, “the special providence over the United States and little children” was attributed to Abbé Correa.

The old French proverb was credited to Bismarck in 1907. The proverb—in its many forms—is still cited. Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg (1 April 1815 – 30 July 1898) German aristocrat and statesman; Prime Minister of Prussia (1862 -1890), First Chancellor of Germany (1871 – 1890); he is nicknamed the Iron Chancellor and is noted for the laconicity of his statements. Misattributed This saying appears as early as 1849 in the form “the special providence over the United States and little children”, attributed to Abbé Correa. There is no good evidence that Bismarck ever repeated it.”

Here’s what I’m thinking – since everything that comes out of the presidential candidates’ mouths tends to be misquoted, I thought I would at least try to accurately attribute the quote.

The Iron Chancellor? Hmm? Historically it was a time of evolving social, economic and political change. It was a time that involved significant changes brought about by foreign wars – mostly started and/or caused by Bismark – to unify Germany. Immigrants were emigrating all over the place. (My peeps were already in the United States – from Ireland, England and France – just think if the Irish and the Catholics had not been allowed in the country.) The French even tried to build a wall to keep out the Germans. Historically in times such as these Chancellor has been translated as Dictator.

Question to Mr. Donald Trump. Allegedly 41% of your followers think the United States should bomb the city of Agra bah. Since that is the fictional town in the movie Aladdin, will the bombings be done from fictional airplanes and/ or with fictional missiles?


Did I mention I have a degree in history with emphasis in the rise of Bismark and the Age of Revolution?   Bismark was a cause of the Age of Revolutions. Draw your own conclusions.

Tx State Cemetery (800x530)

Friday, January 16, 2015 – Snarky Friday

Friday, January 16, 2015 – Snarky Friday

The trivia question for today is: Who said “”I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it?”

To the Honorable (?) Randy Weber, United States House of Representatives

Washington D.C

Dear Representative Weber,

Thank you for embarrassing Texas by both tweeting and comparing the POTUS to Adolf Hitler regarding the United States high level absence at the anti-terrorist march in Paris on Sunday, January 11, 2015.

May I offer just a few suggestions?

  1. Stay off Twitter. Or at least understand it and learn to use it correctly. It is designed to communicate something very rapidly and SOMEBODY will see the tweet before you can delete it. 140 characters, not words, but letters, do not really allow one to express complex thoughts and opinions, especially those as controversial as yours. Perhaps a better use of the technology would be “Giving my opinion n explaining it on my website.” Or “Giving my thoughts and opinions. Watch Fox News.”
  2. Karl Rovian tactics are so yesterday. Character assassination strategies are old and outdated. Perhaps you could try something new and different. Have you thought about the concept of compromise?
  3. Please take a course in world history. Even if it is a MOOC – Massive Open Online Course. Explore the faces of evil who have conducted holocaustic behaviors and genocide over time. Let’s see to name a few: there’s Attila the Hun, Genghis Kahn, Pol Pot, the Romans, The Crusades, the white man and the Native Americans, Osama Bin Laden, that guy in the country that used to be Yugoslavia, and you already mentioned Hitler. Next time you want to compare people you disagree with to others in history, perhaps these will give you more names of people who had their own agenda and proceeded to kill others if they were in the way.
  4. May I suggest you actually read The United States Constitution? This is the document that begins with “We the people of the United States of America in order to form a more perfect UNION…” It is kinda of important to be united. We have already tried that civil war thing and it really made a mess of the country. The Constitution is not the document that begins with “We the people, but only my people and those who believe as I do, to my God, and have the same values and language and religion and color and sexual orientation and …” It is also a handy guide for exactly how the government works. Not to be confused with your copy that is how you think the government works.

If you take that world history course, it will help you see Hitler’s name was spelled A-D-O-L-F.  Not A-D-O-L-P-H.  You were probably thinking about the meat tenderizer inventor. This is probably what caused you to tweet Commander-in-Chef, rather than Commander-in-Chief.  Unless of course unless you were actually referring to a cooking school.

And last, if the POTUS, or other high level officials, had gone to Paris, wouldn’t you have complained and tweeted that they should NOT have gone?

But aren’t you glad we live in a democracy where freedom of speech is a constitutional right?  That Voltaire guy had some good beliefs about speaking, freedom and democracy didn’t he? His philosophies and beliefs were an integral part of the thought processes when the English colonies were transitioning to The United States of America. He was from France you know.  Paris, in fact.

Sincerely yours,


The quote is often attributed to Voltaire, but it is actually Evelyn Beatrice who wrote under the pseudonym S. G. Tallentyre. She was an English writer best known for her biography of Voltaire entitled The Friends of Voltaire where she actually wrote the line to illustrate Voltaire’s beliefs regarding freedom of speech and a democratic nation.