Saturday, February 4, 2017


A White House adviser's commentary about a massacre in Kentucky that never happened has sparked seemingly endless snickering online, with jabs like "never remember" and "I survived the Bowling Green massacre."

Kellyanne Conway mentioned the fictional massacre in an MSNBC interview Thursday as the reason for a temporary travel ban for Iraqis in 2011, saying it also proved why the Trump administration's ban was necessary. It thrust this college town back into the national spotlight, nearly three years after a sinkhole that swallowed several classic Corvettes at a museum in Bowling Green garnered worldwide attention.
Mayor Bruce Wilkerson said he understands how a person can "misspeak", but what if the same person "misspeaks" over and over?  When do we stop understanding?  Conway "misspoke" again later the same interview when she said Trump's immigration ban of immigrants from several majority Muslim countries was similar to the plan President Obama put in place to slow the vetting of Iraqi refugees in 2011.  Two Iraqis were arrested and charged with trying to send weapons and money to Iraq and helping Al Queda attack Americans in Iraq.  The two were convicted and are now serving prison sentences.
For Bowling Green radio personality Jelisa Chatman, Conway's remarks were like a gift from heaven as an on-the-air subject.

"You wake up in the morning and you think, 'What am I going to talk about today?'" she said. "And God is like, 'Here you go. You need something to talk about, how about this?"
Heh heh.
At Home Cafe Marketplace, the most popular pizza Friday was "the Bowling Green Massacre" pie. The specialty pizza with blackened chicken, mac' and cheese and jalapenos was on pace to set a one-day sales record at the Bowling Green restaurant, said owner Josh Poling.
All proceeds from the specialty pizza's sales will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, he said.
Bravo, Josh!  I give regularly to the SPLC, but I gave an extra and generous donation after the group quickly filed suit to temporarily halt Trump's travel ban from the seven countries.  The order barred entry even to US citizens with dual citizenship, permanent residents with green cards, and refugees who had already been rigorously vetted and cleared for entry into the US.

Many thanks to the many attorneys at airports around the country who volunteer their services to assist people who are detained and interrogated.
"It's funny and we can laugh at it," said Barry Kaufkins, who teaches at Western Kentucky. "But I think a lot of the laughter is so we don't cry. A lot of people are really worried about some of the rhetoric, not to mention the behavior, from this administration."
Indeed. We take our small satisfactions and humor where we find them to take a break from weeping and wailing over the damage the Trump maladministration has done at home and abroad in two short weeks.

Spokespersons for Trump say the several court orders from federal judges around the country to stop implementation of the executive order will be appealed.  I'm no lawyer, but it seems to me Trump's tweet could to his appeals, but what do I know?
@realDonaldTrump  7 hours agoMoreThe opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!


Jay Simser said...

Excellent post. My Facebook is giving me problems but I am glad I can register my approval here. I always enjoy what you have to say.

Pablo in the Gazebo said...

From the looks of her coat in that photo she is obviously a N.E. Patriots fan, which falls right in line with her boss, and makes it all the more difficult for me to watch the game.

June Butler said...

Thanks, Jay. I'm having problems with formatting on Blogger. I hope this is temporary. I'm enjoying my blog again, but lately it's time-consuming to format.

June Butler said...

Conway wore the outfit at the inauguration. Since I don't pay attention to football, I didn't think of the Patriots.

Pablo in the Gazebo said...

June Butler said...


Anonymous said...

From Russ:

It will be interesting to see how these court rulings against the executive order play out as they go up the appeals ladder. I haven't studied the law on this subject; but all politics aside, it would seem to me that the President does have (or should have) power to protect the nation from an imminent threat by noncitizens coming to our shores.

Remember that after the Boston Bombing, the police (a branch of executive power of the state) closed down the entire city and metro area for what was it, two or three days? People were ordered not to leave their homes for any reason. But I don't remember anyone raising a hue and cry then over civil liberties, do you? Though it obviously was a huge curtailment of individual freedom.

I suppose it will come down to the Supreme Court weighing the risk of harm versus the extent and length of a ban - and the high court will surely be thinking of other presidents, other situations. A highly interesting case from a constitutional point of view.

June Butler said...

I don't know what the final outcome of the litigation will be, but Boston had a bombing, and the bombers were still at large. What was the harm that precipitated Trump's executive order? It seems to me that Trump's fear of an attack is not sufficient cause to ban Muslims and allow Christians. We'll see.