Thursday, October 22, 2020

Today's Cartoons

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(Peter Brookes, The Times, London)

(Nick Anderson, Washington Post Writers Group)

(Robert Ariail,

(Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee) 

(Dave Whamond,

(Kevin Kallaugher, Baltimore Sun)

(Rob Rogers, Counterpoint)

(Stuart Carlson,

(Signe Wilkinson, Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News)

(Mike Peters, Dayton Daily News)

(Phil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal)

(Tom Toles, Washington Post)

(Martyn Turner, Irish Times, Dublin)

Franklin Graham Has Something Un-Christian For You

As if on cue, fundie religious bigot and Trumpist homophobe Franklin Graham has reacted to the statement from Pope Francis to recognize civil unions for gay and lesbian couples simply to protect their legal rights. Not marriage, mind you, just civil unions. The fulminating Franklin equates the statement to the fall of Christianity, saying on Facebook:

“For Pope Francis to attempt to normalize homosexuality is to say that Holy Scriptures are false, that our sins really don’t matter, and that we can continue living in them. If that were true, then Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection wouldn’t have been needed. The cross would have been for nothing.”

We're far from being Bible-thumpers, much less religious, but it seems that Graham's religious beliefs are based in the eye-for-an-eye Old Testament rather than the Sermon on the Mount. He's about anger, retribution and hubris, not loving your neighbor.  So, basically a typical right- wing Republican.

So it's really no surprise that this far-right Bible-thumping politico-pastor is proud to support thrice-married, serial sexual predator and amoral liar Donald "Two Corinthians" Trump, who infamously cleared a peaceful protest with clubs and tear gas in Lafayette Square so that he could hold someone else's Bible upside down in front of a church he doesn't attend. How he squares his fealty to Trump with the policy of separating small immigrant children from their parents at the southern border, Trump's hush money to a porn star so she wouldn't reveal their affair, his refusal to denounce white supremacy, etc., can only be explained by his moral bankruptcy (oh, and because he's a right- wing Republican). But please do condemn civil unions.

Having The Last Word

Georgia May Adkins, age 93, passed away from a stroke in St. Paul, MN on September 28. She made one thing clear with regard to flowers for her memorial:

We suspect that Mrs. Adkins was also inclined to cast her ballot early, which everyone should do if at all possible.

Quote Of The Day

 “Can you imagine if I had had a secret Chinese bank account when I was running for reelection? You think Fox News might’ve been a little concerned about that? They would’ve called me Beijing Barry! [snip] My first job was at a Baskin Robbins when I was 15 years old.  I think I might’ve paid more taxes that year working at dispensing ice cream.” -- President Barack Obama yesterday in Philadelphia, reflecting on the news that corrupt narcissist Donald "COVID Donnie" Trump has a secret bank account in China, and that he paid infinitely more taxes in China than in the U.S.

Pics Of The Day: Rudy, Rudy, Rudy, Cont'd.

As we noted in our post yesterday (check it out for context), Russian stooge and drunken, dirt-digging buffoon Rudy "Colludey" Giuliani, Trump's "personal lawyer," is featured in Sacha Baron Cohen's new Borat film, and Rudy, shall we say, has his little hands full. Perhaps it was the woman's Eastern European accent that struck a chord with Rudy Colludey to make him feel at home. It's doubtful he was looking for a "microphone" in his trousers while lying on that bed ("micro" yes, "phone" no).

(photos: Amazon Studios)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Today's Cartoons

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(Jeff Danziger, The Rutland Herald, VT)

(Signe Wilkinson, Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News)

(Ken Catalino,

(Phil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal)

(Drew Sheneman, The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ)

(Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee)

(Matt Davies, Newsday)

(Nick Anderson, Washington Post Writers Group)

(Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News)

(Bill Day,

(Tom Toles, Washington Post)

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press)

(Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy

When not engaged in acting as an eager funnel for Russian intelligence smears of the Bidens, Trump "lawyer" and hatchet man Rudy "Rudy Colludey" Giuliani shows he can be conned by anyone appealing to his vanity, especially a young woman:
The reputation of Rudy Giuliani could be set for a further blow with the release of highly embarrassing footage in Sacha Baron Cohen’s follow-up to Borat.

In the film, released on Friday, the former New York mayor and current personal attorney to Donald Trump is seen reaching into his trousers and apparently touching his genitals while reclining on a bed in the presence of the actor playing Borat’s daughter, who is posing as a TV journalist.

Following an obsequious interview for a fake conservative news programme, the pair retreat at her suggestion for a drink to the bedroom of a hotel suite, which is rigged with concealed cameras.

After she removes his microphone, Giuliani, 76, can be seen lying back on the bed, fiddling with his untucked shirt and reaching into his trousers. They are then interrupted by Borat who runs in and says: “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”


Even before he reaches into his trousers, Giuliani does not appear to acquit himself especially impressively during the encounter. Flattered and flirtatious, he drinks scotch, coughs, fails to socially distance and claims Trump’s speedy actions in the spring saved a million Americans from dying of Covid. He also agrees – in theory at least – to eat a bat with his interviewer.


Although unfortunate, the circumstances of the setup appear consensual, with Giuliani led to believe he was being courted. Bakalova, 24, is highly plausible in the sting, despite also having to pretend, for the benefit of viewers, to be a feral child posing as a far-right journalist.

"Courted."  Yes, a young woman would definitely want to "court" someone who is 76, clearly delusional and who looks like this --

Russian intelligence hardly broke a sweat when they spoon fed garbage to this useful idiot.  But you have to say, he fits the profile of a depraved, inner circle Trumper.

BONUS(?):  Screengrab via HuffPo--

BONUS II (?): The Daily Beast adds a bit more context -- 

On what appear to be hidden cameras, we see Giuliani remove her microphone and ask for her phone number and address as he sits down on the bed. He starts patting her backside as she removes the microphone from his pants. Giuliani then lies down on the bed and starts sticking his hands down his pants in a seemingly suggestive manner. [snip]

The startled Giuliani, who had no reason to believe his interviewer was underage, sits up abruptly and gets out of there as fast as he can. “Rudy, Trump will be disappoint! You are leaving hotel without golden shower!” Borat yells after him.


Tweets Of The Day -- Celebrity Randoms

She's the boss -- 



Her boots are made for walkin' -- over Republicans --



Missing --



He's the wind beneath her wings -- 



 A sandwich is born -- 



Don't curb your enthusiasm! 



Trump's Self-Sabotage In Final 13 Days

Disregarding the advice of advisors and allies, unhinged demagogue and master finger-pointing deflector Donald "COVID Donnie" Trump is rampaging through the U.S., holding Nuremberg-style COVID super spreaders. Believing that his presence at rallies will erase his deficit in the polls, Trump is using the same "strategy" as in 2016, with the intensified dimension of non-stop lying and deflecting from his monumental failure to control and manage the coronavirus, which has killed over 220,000 Americans. Nancy Cook at Politico writes:

"Trump views rallies in battleground states as the linchpin of his closing argument, a means to excite his supporters and ensure they vote on Nov. 3. But many Republicans close to the White House, former senior administration officials and political advisers say the rallies are largely a way to keep the unscripted and undisciplined president occupied, since they do little to persuade new Trump voters. Rallies, they note, do not woo senior citizens, independents or suburban women, many of whom have moved away from the Trump ticket this election cycle. Most of Trump’s rallies are no longer televised nationally as they once were." (our emphasis)

Worse for the orange shitgibbon is the negative image of him holding rallies with most of his cult not social distancing or wearing masks, with him showing the same dance moves from years ago when he partied with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The suburban women, and seniors that he needs to win back see the rallies for what they are: ego- stroking a reckless narcissist high on steroids. It's reinforcing the obvious theme that Trump doesn't care about anyone but himself, his cult included (but he wants them to cast their ballots for him before they get sick).

His advisors were trying to restrain him from holding fewer COVID-spreaders, but Trump wants to hold up to five a day in order to give him a boost from his adoring cult. Since they appear to be backfiring on him, we say "knock yourself out."

(photo: Partying like there's no pandemic.)

Mid-Week Song: Can I Believe You

The Grammy-nominated indie folk band Fleet Foxes released their fourth studio album "Shore" last month to very positive reviews. Our choice today is a song from that album, "Can I Believe You." The video offers some strong interpretive dancing from Jade-Lorna Sullivan and Jean Charles. Enjoy.

Giant Toddler Throws Tantrum, Cuts Off Interview


This should be must- see t.v.:

President Trump abruptly cut off an interview with the “60 Minutes” star Lesley Stahl at the White House on Tuesday and then taunted her on Twitter, posting a short behind-the-scenes video of her at the taping and noting that she had not been wearing a mask in the clip.

Mr. Trump then threatened to post his interview with Ms. Stahl ahead of its intended broadcast time on Sunday evening, calling it “FAKE and BIASED.”

The spectacle of a president, two weeks from Election Day, picking a fight with the nation’s most popular television news program began on Tuesday after Mr. Trump grew irritated with Ms. Stahl’s questions, according to two people familiar with the circumstances of the taping.

One person briefed on what took place said that Mr. Trump had spent more than 45 minutes filming with Ms. Stahl and her CBS News crew, and that the taping had not wrapped up when the president’s aides had expected it to.

So Mr. Trump cut the interview short and then declined to participate in a “walk and talk” segment with Ms. Stahl and Vice President Mike Pence, the people said.

It appeared that Ms. Stahl’s approach did not sit well with the president. Hours later, Mr. Trump said on Twitter that he was considering posting the interview with Ms. Stahl “PRIOR TO AIRTIME!” He described it as a “terrible Electoral Intrusion” and suggested that his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., had been treated less harshly by journalistic interlocutors.

We wonder what would happen in tomorrow's "debate" should moderator (and femaleof color!) Kristen Welker dare to press the Giant Toddler and damage his giant, unwarranted, but fragile ego. Accuse her of being "FAKE and BIASED"?  Stomp off the stage?  Hold his breath?  Better have the waaamblulance ready!

This latest tantrum by the Giant Toddler will certainly stand in sharp contrast with the Joe Biden/ Kamala Harris interview 60 Minutes will run during the same program.  It's set to air this Sunday, a little over a week from the end of the election.

"Infecting Us" And "Go From There"


Starting off the day with two more good Biden- Harris ads, "Infecting Us," and "Go From There," which aired during Game 1 of the World Series last night (and yes, that's Sam Elliott's voice on the latter).



Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tweets Of The Day -- Randoms


Flash: cultists aren't "normal" --



Maybe they make bad choices --


Atlas shrugged --



Meanwhile, McPaper gets off the fence -- 



On court balancing, go big or go home -- 



He's just getting warmed up -- 



The Cancer's Cancer Is Terminal


News Item: Rush Limbaugh announces his lung cancer is terminal.

One of hate radio's founding fathers announced yesterday on his venom fest that his lung cancer has reached the terminal stage. (We thought he already announced essentially that last winter, hence his absurd award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Oh well, anticipation on our part).

There was a time recently when Republican politicians had to kiss Limbaugh's ample rear end to avoid being on the other end of his poisonous tongue. Then demagogue and bigot Donald "COVID Donnie" Trump ascended above him as a cult leader. A major disseminator of the birther lie about President Obama, Limbaugh is known for his misogyny and casual racism, among other things = cough cough Oxycontin =.  Limbaugh has been singularly responsible for the steady degradation of political dialogue into the sewer for over a generation. So from us, buh-bye.

(photo: Limbaugh with the instrument of his demise. Suck it)

Today's Cartoons

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(Michael de Adder, Toronto Star)

(Michael Ramirez, Las Vegas Journal-Review)

(Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News)

(Stuart Carlson,

(Pia Guerra, The Nib)

(Tom Toles, Washington Post)

(Walt Handelsman, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans)

(Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer)

(Chris Britt,

(Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee)

(Rob Rogers,

(Jen Sorensen,

(Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press)

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)