Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Today's Cartoons

 

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(Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer)

(Benjamin Slyngstad, @EandPCartoons)

(Ann Telnaes, Washington Post)

(Andy Marlette, Pensacola News-Journal)

(Marc Murphy, Louisville Courier-Journal, KY)

(Steve Breen, San Diego Union-Tribune)


Tweets Of The Day -- Getting Political Edition


Let's get political, dammit! --

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blood on his hands --

 

 

 

Who matters and who doesn't --

 

 

 

 

Mid-Week Song: One Life

 

Released a few days ago, British singer James Bay has a sweet love song to his wife and infant of seven months. It's a brief, but melancholy, respite from the news of the day.

"When Are We Going To Do Something?"

 

You may have seen this viral video of Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr deliver impassioned remarks yesterday before their game in San Antonio. No basketball talk, no basketball questions, just laying it on the line about the violence that day in Uvalde, a 90 minute drive away. 


Their Small Faces

 

It'll hit you as the pictures of the children from yesterday's horror in Uvalde, Texas, start being broadcast. Second, third and fourth graders, their small faces full of innocence and wonder, some smiling some not.  Their photos will shatter you and tear you up, like the photos from Sandy Hook Elementary did almost 10 years ago. At some point, their pictures will be small squares neatly displayed on your screen, nineteen of them and counting.

Our own children have little ones of elementary school age, and we shudder to think what parents and children are imagining this morning as they go off to school. We know what we're imagining and fearing, not only in schools but in grocery stores, parks, malls, and everywhere kids gather.  What needs to happen is for all parents, grandparents and their families to imagine the worst, and to channel that fear into a continuing, angry resolve to act, to demand action on gun safety, because that may be the only thing that saves us from this continuing darkness. 

The vile and bloody gun makers lobby's strategy after such massacres is to lay low and instruct their lackeys in politics (and by that we mean the Republican / Shooters / Great Replacement Party) to accuse those that want strong gun control legislation of "playing politics." They know that this is the EXACT time to discuss those measures before the country drifts back into its fog of memory and everyday life. We can't let that strategy work again, we can't be deterred or demoralized lest the future be like the past but worse. Look at the faces of the children from Uvalde, Newtown, and Parkland, and say you can't do anything. 

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

QOTD: Another Illness Among Us

 

"There was this reaction to Barack's election. There were things released by the Trump election. And now it all came together on Jan. 6. All these people with these so-called grievances and this sense of mistreatment were there attacking the greatest symbol of our democracy.  

Seeing a Confederate flag inside the halls of Congress? All of it was hard to believe. It was unbelievably enlightening yet frightening at the same time. It should be a wake-up call for everybody in this country. There is an illness among us. There is an illness in the body politic of this nation. It's like a cancer. If you leave it untreated, it will metastasize and it will consume us. We've got to take firm steps that begin with holding people accountable. Then we have to look at the country's institutions to make sure that what happened on Jan. 6 doesn't happen again." (our emphasis)  -- Former Attorney General Eric Holder, on the Trumpist insurrection at the Capitol, speaking to Salon.com's Chauncey Devega

Holder is now fighting the good fight as the chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee working to counter the Republican / Great Replacement Party's gerrymandering efforts to rig future elections by literally letting politicians (i.e., Republicans) choose who votes for them, rather than the other way around.

 

Horrific Shooting At Texas School (UPDATED)


An 18-year-old identified as Salvador Ramos has killed 14 elementary school children and a teacher* at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, earlier this afternoon:

Fourteen students and a teacher are dead after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

The 18-year-old suspect, a student at Uvalde High School, is also dead, he said.

"He shot and killed horrifically and incomprehensibly 14 students and killed a teacher," Abbott said during an unrelated press briefing.

The suspect also allegedly shot his grandmother before entering the school and again opening fire, Abbott said. He did not say anything further about her condition.

Abbott said the shooter had a handgun and also possibly a rifle.

The killer is dead, and the investigation into his motives is underway. Texas is a "constitutional carry" state.

Fourteen children and a teacher. *

Not counting today's massacre,  there have been 26 school shootings in this country so far this year, with 46 people killed or injured.

There is so much vile sickness in this country.  Vile and sick.

*UPDATEThe death toll has risen to 19 children and 2 teachers.

BONUS:  Sen. Chris Murphy's (D-CT) remarks on the Senate floor moments ago --

Today's Cartoons

 

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(Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer)

(Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press)

(Rob Rogers, Tinyview.com)

(Mike Smith, Las Vegas Sun)

(Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune)

(Dave Granlund, politicalcartoons.com)


(Ann Telnaes, Washington Post)

(Joe Heller, hellertoon.com)

(Jake Goldwasser, @WeeklyHumorist)


Tweets Of The Day

 

No Russian caviar, hor d'oeuvres or vodka this year in Davos -- 

 


"She's the loser, she wasn't important" the Malignant Loser hasn't said yet -- 



"I saw later that I got some tuna stuck in my Moustache of Understanding....." --  



Another one bites the dust. Do svidaniya! --

 


One old war criminal washes the hands of a newer one --  



Roger Stone, a "picky" clothes shopper --  


 

Three Blind Rats



This is really par for the course for a party/ cult whose idol is King Rat, the felonious Malignant Loser:

The House Ethics Committee said Monday that it is investigating a trio of GOP lawmakers over allegations ranging from accepting a “free or below-market-value trip” to Aruba to engaging in an improper relationship with a staffer.

One of the lawmakers, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), is a freshman who lost his GOP primary battle last week. The other two are Reps. Ronny Jackson (R-Tex.) and Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.).  [snip]

In Cawthorn’s case, all 10 Democrats and Republicans voted unanimously to establish an investigative subcommittee into the embattled North Carolina Republican’s actions. The subcommittee is tasked with determining whether Cawthorn “improperly promoted a cryptocurrency in which he may have had an undisclosed financial interest, and engaged in an improper relationship with an individual employed on his congressional staff,” the committee said.  [snip]

In Jackson’s case, the Texas Republican’s campaign committee “reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes,” the Office of Congressional Ethics said in recommending that the matter be further investigated.

The Federal Election Commission prohibits the use of campaign funds for memberships in country clubs and similar organizations. There is “substantial reason to believe” that Jackson used his congressional campaign funds to “pay for unlimited access to the Amarillo Club, a private dining club located in Amarillo, Texas,” the OCE said.  [snip]

The House Ethics Committee also published a report on Mooney, who this month won the primary race for the GOP nomination for West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District.

The report said the committee would continue to review several allegations against Mooney, including that he may have accepted a “free or below-market-value trip” to Aruba, used a campaign vendor’s Washington property as a free source of lodging, converted campaign funds to personal use and pressured congressional staffers to run personal errands for his family.

Who could possibly have foreseen that these members in good standing of the Corrupt Cult -- a "dark MAGA" nitwit, a pill- pushing drunk, and an anti-Semitic, pro-Russian crank -- would be blind to ethics issues?  Clean government is for losers!


So Much Explained In A Headline

 

From CNBC:


Biden tops list of Americans banned from traveling to Russia, but Trump is not on it


The story continues:
"Over the years, Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and criticized investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that ended with Trump's victory over Democratic rival Clinton.

Trump was impeached in 2019 for withholding congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine while pressuring that country's then-newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to announce investigations into Joe Biden, who at the time was the leading Democratic candidate for the White House."

Trump is all about himself and money, so one can safely bet that his primary interest in keeping thug and war criminal Putin happy with him was all about commercial deals in Russia (Trump Tower Moscow, a Trump Tower St. Petersburg, a Trump Golf Club Sochi, etc.). Trump saw his future fortunes in Russia, where a strongman ruler like Putin could reward him for undermining NATO and Americans' faith in their own government to the point of insurrection. With unlimited resources from fossil fuel sales and no land use or building regulations / rules to stand in the way, Putin could offer (and likely did) the Malignant Loser billions in "deals" in Mother Russia for his post-Presidency if he just did his bidding on the international stage. It almost worked.

 

Monday, May 23, 2022

QOTD -- Charging Trump

 

"By every objective measure, and according to the judgment of numerous former federal prosecutors, and now a sitting federal judge, former President Donald Trump committed crimes when he – unlike any U.S. president before him – refused to accept the results of a free and fair election and attempted to overturn it. Many regular citizens who acted on Trump’s false claims and exhortations have been convicted of the same charge that Trump would likely face if indicted. And far from being weak, the evidence that Trump knew he could not obstruct an official proceeding to maintain himself in office is, as a legal matter, overwhelming and of a kind used to convict ordinary and high-profile Americans every day. Attorney General Garland has repeatedly said that the DOJ will seek accountability for anyone, at any level, who is legally responsible for the insurrection that culminated on Jan. 6, and that the Department’s charging decisions would be governed by the facts and the law, not politics. For all these reasons, we have cause to expect that the DOJ’s investigation will result in charges against Trump if the admissible evidence matches what we have seen in the public record. And when and if that happens, justice has far more than a fighting chance to prevail." --  Kristy Parker in Just Security, concluding an article on the case for optimism that the Malignant Loser will, indeed, face justice for his role in the January 6 insurrection.  It makes us more optimistic, so good read.

Tweets Of The Day


Why we can't have nice things, part infinity --

 


Christofascists' "social order" of abuse and violent domination --

 

 


 

What's that Musk-y smell? --

 

 

 

Is victory for glorious Russian army and for supreme leader Putin! --

 

 

 

Russian Diplomat: Take This Job And Shove It

 

Russia's Counsellor to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, has abruptly resigned over Putin's war of aggression and territorial expansion. Boris Bondarev delivered his resignation statement to his superiors this morning, and released it to fellow diplomats and others in an effort to start an exodus from the Russian Foreign Ministry. Here's an image of the statement (click to enlarge):


The courage it took to have made such a public move is huge, as he'll undoubtedly face severe penalties for his honesty ("aggressive war unleashed by Putin," "serious crime against the people of Russia," the Russian Foreign Ministry is "all about warmongering, lies and hatred," etc.). We hope he can find safety somewhere in the aftermath of his resignation.

 

Today's Tomorrow Cartoon: Guns 'N' Great Replacement

 

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"The Lib Owners" are trying to shift the conversation from the racist Buffalo massacre and the availability of military-style weapons to the old standbys to distract. They know they have blood on their hands, and that this will happen again. 

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