Saturday, April 30, 2022

Tweets Of The Day


Great job!  Now please get Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner out --


R.I.P. --



Non compos mentis (also, "Person, woman, man, camera, tv") --


The GQP base --



Say their name --



What's that Musk-y smell? --



Totally nuts (wait for it) --



Today's Cartoons


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(Dave Whamond,

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Nick Anderson, Reform Austin News, TX)

(Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune)

(Stuart Carlson,

(Clay Jones,

(John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

(Steve Breen, San Diego Union-Tribune)

(Lars Kenseth, @larskenseth)

Rep. Raskin Slams MTG For Putin Support


ICYMI, Maryland's terrific Rep. Jamie Raskin, a leader against Trumpism and for preserving our democracy, gave a memorable response to the execrable Rep. Marjorie Traitor Green (Putinist-GA) in the debate over providing aid to Ukraine in its fight against Putin's invasion. He pointed out Greene's shameful slander of our NATO allies as "Nazis," a line right out of Kremlin propaganda. 

The aid legislation passed by an overwhelming vote of 417 - 10, with the 10 being diehard Putinists, including Greene. Watch.

Suspicious "Suicides" Of Russian Elites Mount

We may never find out why so many well-heeled Russian "businessmen" have died violently since January, usually in "murder-suicide" scenarios where family members are also killed. The fact that four out of the five known deaths were people affiliated with Russia's state-owned Gazprom giant raises suspicions that the Kremlin may have discovered the four taking too much of thug and criminal Vladimir Putin's share. Perhaps they were suspected of sharing information with the world about corruption at the Kremlin and had to be silenced.

The alleged murder-suicides also bear the marks of professionals, where the deaths are meant to signal others what might be in store for them if they stray too far. Killing entire families, rather than just an individual target, is part of that mode. For a regime that puts no premium on human life, it's entirely thinkable. 

Mikhail Watford, a Ukrainian-born oil and gas billionaire, was found dead at his estate in Surry, England in March. British police don't suspect foul play, but Russians assassinated abroad aren't normally stabbed or shot to death. We trust the British authorities will investigate thoroughly and we'll see if Mr. Watford can be added to the growing list.

(photo: S. Bobylev / TASS)


Friday, April 29, 2022

Tweets Of The Day


Republicans in disarray! (Rep. Madison Cawthorn hypocrisy edition) --






What's that Musk-y smell? --


"Landslide Glenn," the uniter 😏 --


Tanks, Poland! --



The GQP/ Christofascist Putin caucus --



The migratory human race (TGIF!) --




Elon Musk, Bag Holder?

Watching billionaire narcissist Elon Musk's machinations over buying Twitter, aside from drawing attention to himself and his warped "libertarian" view of freedom of "speech" (i.e. hate speech), we wonder what was the point? Twitter is what many on Wall Street call "an asset in decline," with diminishing value and having a host of up-and-coming competitors. Musk himself waived his right to review Twitter's assets before his purchase, something that this boy genius may come to regret. From Business Insider Linette Lopez's sharp reporting:

"As it stands, Twitter does not exactly rake in money — it brought in just under $5.1 billion in revenue last year and posted a net loss of $221 million, in large part due to the settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought by some shareholders. But even that doesn't tell the whole story.

'There's a lot of volatility and maneuvering in the reported profits, unusual items, and massive tax adjustments,' [Bond Angle CEO Vicki] Bryan told me.  'You can't gauge this company until you know those numbers.' In other words, you don't really know what you've got until you look under the hood.

The most notable under-the-hood item, according to Bryan, is the roughly $630 million Twitter paid in stock compensation to employees last year. Instead of paying their workers bigger salaries upfront, tech companies like Twitter (and Musk's Tesla) offer employees stock that they then can sell down the line. That can be good for employees who hope that the stock is more valuable when they're able to sell, and it's good for Twitter because the company doesn't have to pay that money out in cash or count it as an expense. But once the company goes private that will change, and employees will need to be compensated in cash. Twitter's debts will need to be paid in cash too."  (our emphasis)

Musk will have to dip deeply to pay those and other debts, and he's not receiving the best terms to secure debt financing. As one anonymous hedge fund source told Lopez, "Musk's terms are commensurate with him being an over-levered clown." Ouch!

Lopez also notes that Wall Street has a term for someone potentially like Musk, comparable to the person left standing in a game of musical chairs: a "bag holder."  It's "a person who is stuck with an asset in its decline, usually with no hope for a turnaround and no one to step in to help keep it afloat." That would be fine with us.

(photo: CNN)

QOTD -- The Asteroid Coming For Our Democracy


"White Christian nationalism advocates for maximum freedom for our group. But there is also this connection between authoritarian violence and social order. Christian nationalism wants order in the form of hierarchies. Men on top. Whites on top. Christians on top. Heterosexuals on top. And any threats to that order are met with justified, righteous, good-guy violence. That is what we saw on Jan. 6: the justification of righteous violence in taking back our country from, in the words of the QAnon Shaman, 'the tyrants, the communists and the globalists,' and showing them "this is our nation, not theirs." So there is this kind of holy trinity: Freedom for us, order for everybody else. And when that order is violated, they get the violence." --  sociologist Samuel Perry, in an interview regarding his book (along with Philip Gorski), "The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy," and the foundational mythology of a "Christian nation" under threat from "un-American and ungodly forces."  Perry describes White Christian nationalism as an "asteroid coming for democracy," the truth of which we observe daily in the existential threat that the words and actions of the Malignant Loser and his rotted out Republican Party/ cult represent.


Weekend Music Twofer


If, as it's said, music is the universal language, we have two examples of that today. A group of young Chinese musicians (apparently from Hong Kong) provide a beautiful, though deadpan, take on the Hank Williams classic "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)," substituting the 2-string Chinese erhu for a fiddle.  Great solos and vocal. 

Meanwhile, a more animated group of young Japanese musicians calling themselves Redbull perform a rollicking version of the bluegrass classic, "Fox On the Run," at the Rocky Top club in Ginza, Tokyo.  A fine time was had by all, including us.  Hope you enjoy (h/t Brother Hackwhacker).



Disney Rejects DeSantis' Mickey Mouse Attack


It's pretty obvious that mini-Trump demagogue and culture war panderer Gov. Ron "One Glove" DeSantis isn't much of a forward thinker, preferring to ban talk about LBGTQ+ citizens, removing math books that might hint at "critical race theory," and doing much to spread COVID in Florida over the past 2 years of inaction and misinformation. His latest brilliant gambit aimed at the far-right Christofascists that dominate his and the Malignant Loser's base is to wage war on the Disney World operation in Florida by removing their special, self-governing status. Vanity Fair's excellent Bess Levin reports on what's in store for DeSantis' voters:

"Last week, like the petty tyrant he is, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill dissolving Walt Disney World’s special district status, as retribution for the company’s decision to speak out against his bigoted 'Don’t Say Gay' law. Set to go into effect next June, the move abolishes Disney’s self-governing jurisdiction, the Reedy Creek Improvement District, and no longer allows it to effectively run its own city in and around the theme park. That means the counties of Orange and Osceola would be required to pay for services like firefighting, which Disney currently covers, and would be on the hook for Reedy Creek’s roughly $1 billion in outstanding bond debt. In other words, DeSantis’s act of revenge would not only punish a private company for condemning his anti-LGBTQ+ law, it would likely punish Florida residents too, whose property taxes would go through the roof."  (our emphasis)

According to CNN, Reedy Creek Improvement District informed its bondholders that a 1967 law would require Florida to pay off "all such bonds together with interest thereon, and all costs and expenses in connection with any act or proceeding by or on behalf of such holders" before any action of the kind DeSantis is pushing. In other words, under the law, Disney World / Reedy Creek Improvement District will continue to operate unless and until DeSantis coughs up roughly $1 billion to cover its bond debt. 

DeSantis needs to turn his attention back to book banning and botching public health responses, which score him points in MAGAworld, because he's lost his battle with Mickey Mouse.


"Ask Me Nicely"


It's already clear that the forthcoming (May 3) book by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, "This Will Not Pass," will be a source of more appalling details about the workings of the Trump regime.  Here's what "The Hill" has seen so far (our emphasis):

In the aftermath of devastating storms that knocked out power to tens of thousands of people in Connecticut in August 2020, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) called the White House seeking federal help. Hours later, then-President Trump called back.

There’s something you want to ask me about FEMA?” Trump said, according to Lamont’s recollection. “Well, ask me nicely.”

The anecdote, reported by the New York Times journalists Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns in their forthcoming book, “This Will Not Pass,” is just one of a series of Trump’s interactions with governors that struck many state executives as blatant departures from the norms of cooperative governing. 

A brutally transactional, quid pro quo (remember that?) approach to governing, more reminiscent of a petulant mob boss than a president of all the people, is one of the hallmarks of Trump's "management" style.

We already know his narcissistic sociopathy was key to his botched handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The book provides specific examples of how he viewed his role as akin to a mob boss and his blatant disregard for the health and safety of others:

When Trump called California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to discuss a cruise ship moored in San Francisco Bay, on which passengers were sick with the coronavirus, Trump agreed to allow the ship to dock so passengers could be treated. Trump said he would be watching, for “the reciprocity,” according to the book.

“He used to say that even privately — that was one of his favorite words,” Newsom recalled later to authors Martin and Burns. “It says everything and nothing at the same time.”

Trump showed his lack of enthusiasm for containing the virus later that summer, as he tried to push North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to allow the Republican National Committee to hold his renominating convention as normal, without requiring masks or social distancing inside the arena in Charlotte.

The book reports that Cooper told Trump he was worried about the delegates who would celebrate Trump’s renomination, many of whom were older, almost all of whom would travel from other parts of the country to come together.

“Aren’t you worried about them, particularly?” Cooper asked Trump.

“No, no, I’m not,” Trump replied.

“I’ve never had an empty seat, from the day I came down the escalator,” Trump told Cooper, recalling his campaign announcement at Trump Tower in New York. “I don’t want to be sitting in a place that’s, you know, 50 percent empty or more.”

A final anecdote further illustrates Trump's narcissism, in its most ludicrous yet predictable form:

On a visit to the White House early in the pandemic, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) was taken aback when Trump showed him a room adjoining the Oval Office crammed with MAGA gear.

“They literally hand you a shopping bag, and you took anything you’d like,” Murphy recalled to the authors.

A "gift shop" of MAGA junk next to the Oval Office.  Sic transit gloria, America.

What has leaked from the book so far doesn't add much to our basic knowledge that this is a terribly sick, hollow person who had no business being anywhere near the presidency.  What you see here is the banality of American fascism.  Nor will any of this penetrate the bubble that his cult resides in -- they're way beyond hope.  But insights from such books serve as a warning to the rest of us that the danger of the Malignant Loser and his movement regaining power is real and ongoing.

(Photo:  Gage Skidmore)

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Tweets Of The Day


No foreign intervention in Ukraine!  says war criminal Vlad the Invader  --


Republican game plan lies on immigration laid bare (more of this, please!) --


Take.  The.  Layup.  Please --


What's that Musk-y smell? --




Book banning boomerang? --





QOTD - It's About The Bluff


"I’ve seen prosecutors who would chew off their own foot rather than give up on a $20 hand-to-hand drug deal. I’ve seen U.S. Attorneys who would start with the damn part-time janitor in the building where corrupt business was being conducted and work their way mercilessly up the food chain from there. What is it about this ambulatory lump of triglycerides that scares the daylights out of every prosecutor who crosses his path? I mean, the guy isn’t even as rich as he says he is. And anyway, giving up on wealthy criminals because they can afford better lawyers than the government can is yet another set of rails on which we can run to authoritarian hell. That’s always been the former president*’s fundamental immune system, and he hasn’t even had top-of-the-line legal help. It’s all about the bluff. Always was." -- Charles P. Pierce, on  Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's apparent decision not to extend the term of the grand jury investigating the financial crimes of the Trump Organization. What a chickenshit they elected up there in Manhattan.

Today's Cartoons


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(Michael de Adder, Washington Post)

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Bill Day,

(Gary Markstein,

(David Horsey, The Seattle Times)

(Michael L. Martin, @EandPCartoons)

(Ann Telnaes, Washington Post)

(Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee)

(Robert Ariail, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, SC)

(Kate Isenberg, The New Yorker)

Tool Talk With Trump And Tucker

The Malignant Loser and testicle- toasting frozen fish twit Tucker Carlson have a completely normal conversation about Ohio Republican Senate candidates:

In the days before Donald Trump endorsed J.D. Vance in Ohio’s Republican Senate primary, the former president huddled with his son, Don Jr., and several staffers at Mar-a-Lago. On the phone was Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a major ally of Vance’s.

After promising Trump that Vance was with him on the issues despite the candidate’s past anti-Trump comments, Carlson — according to three sources familiar with the matter — turned to a lurid closing argument. “You can’t trust” David McIntosh, the president of the conservative Club for Growth and a top backer of Vance’s rival Josh Mandel, Carlson claimed. McIntosh had just concluded his own phone call with Trump during that same midday meeting. The reason, Carlson asserted, is that McIntosh has an embarrassing and “chronic” personal sexual habit.

Rolling Stone cannot confirm the claim and will not repeat it. But during that phone call, the twice-impeached former president spent a notable amount of time gossiping and laughing about the prominent Republican’s penis and how “fucking disgusting” and “fucking gross” he allegedly was.

Trump had already displayed a long, abiding interest in Mandel’s own sex life, having spent months privately regurgitating and spreading salacious, unverified rumors that he’s heard about “fucking weird” Mandel’s supposed debauched ongoings. Carlson’s comments about the proclivities of Mandel’s patron threw both Trump and his son into fits of laughter(our emphasis)

It's bringing coals to Newcastle to point out how the lurid, sexually explicit rumors -- here being shared by the gossip guys (notably the Malignant Loser, credibly accused of 25 sexual assaults over time) -- are part and parcel of a long tradition of Republican sexual perversity attempting to hide behind the party's veneer of "traditional family values."  (You can search "Republican family values" on this website for examples of hypocritical Republican perverts and sexual assaulters.*  Jordan Weissmann compiled a list of notable Republicans involved in sex crimes against minors, just going back to 2006.)

It's a powerful testament to the rot and overwhelming sickness in our country that these bottom- feeders have cult followings in the many millions, and that they continue to be treated as serious leaders and influencers by their rotted out party and by our broken political media.

* Or, look here for one just convicted.

(Image:  Brandon Celi, New York Times)

Pic Of The Day: Stop Lying, Kevin


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The conservative never-Trump group Republican Accountability Project is taunting House Minority Leader and abject lying coward Kevin "Qevin" McCarthy by sponsoring six billboards in his district that call out his lying about asking the Malignant Loser to resign and saying he'd "had it" with him in the wake of the January 6 insurrection. 

The Malignant Loser is apparently holding off on taking revenge on McCarthy until after the mid-term elections. However, in a new revelation, the Malignant Loser said that McCarthy isn't capable of disrespecting him, and that he has an "inferiority complex." Take it from a mentally ill expert, Qevin.

(photo: Republican Accountability Project)

U.S. To Sell Russian Assets For Ukraine Aid


The Biden Administration has plans underway to use the assets of sanctioned Russians to pay for aid to Ukraine. In support of that, in a lopsided 417 - 8 non-binding vote, the House urged Biden to sell off the real property and yachts seized from Russian oligarchs and use the funds to support humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine. The vote comes a day after Attorney General Merrick Garland told the Senate Appropriations Committee that the Biden Administration would ask Congress for authority to liquidate seized Russian property and provide the proceeds directly to Ukraine. 

The European Union and our other allies (the UK, Canada, Japan, etc.) should make it a priority to explore similar actions in a concerted effort to liquidate all current and future seized Russian assets for the benefit of Ukraine. Aid currently coming out of the western alliance should be reimbursed by seized Russian assets and penalties. Russia should pay dearly for destroying the lives, cities and towns of its neighbor, no matter how many years it takes.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Today's Cartoons


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(Andy Marlette, Pensacola News Journal, FL)

(Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News)

(Ed Wexler, @EdWexler)

(Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee)

(Clay Jones,

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News)

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

(Rick McKee, Counterpoint)

(Benjamin Schwartz, @BentSchwartz)

Tweets Of The Day


The McCarthy Tapes, 1/10/21:  the truth accidentally comes out, is promptly lied about --



The principle- free GOP, many years down a bad road (check out full thread) -- 


The New York Effing Times gladly assists in that 👆project, cont. --


Teaching honest, accurate history is popular ... even among most Republicans --


Republican incompetence factors into the DeSantis War on Disney --



And the rest is, well, history --




QOTD -- Dry Run


"The last presidential election was a dry run for the next.
"From long before Election Day 2020, Trump and Republicans planned to overturn the presidential election by exploiting the Electors and Elections Clauses of the Constitution, the Electoral College, the Electoral Count Act of 1877, and the 12th Amendment, if Trump lost the popular and Electoral College vote.
"The cornerstone of the plan was to have the Supreme Court embrace the little known 'independent state legislature' doctrine, which, in turn, would pave the way for exploitation of the Electoral College process and the Electoral Count Act, and finally for Vice President Mike Pence to reject enough swing state electoral votes to overturn the election using Pence's ceremonial power under the 12th Amendment and award the presidency to Donald Trump." -- former 4th Circuit Court of Appeals judge J. Michael Luttig, on the on-going Republican plan to use lessons learned from the 2020 election coup attempt to install a Republican President in 2024, regardless of the popular will.  This is a brief snippet of Luttig's article, which lays out in detail the Republicans' multi-step plan to overturn future elections, starting with employing the independent state legislature doctrine, in concert with abusing Congressional powers to reject State electoral votes.  It's a must read.

What makes this especially noteworthy is that Luttig is a staunch conservative (appointed to the Federal bench by George H.W. Bush) who was a "mentor" to oleaginous creep Sen. "Cancun Ted" Cruz (Sedition-TX).  It seems whatever lessons in constitutional order that Luttig may have communicated slid right off the back of "rule of lawless" Cancun Ted.

Pics Of The Day


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The Ukraine-Russia friendship statue in Kiev, as a crew stands by to tear it down.

Cranes begin the process.

All over except for the cheering. So much for being friends with Russia.

(all photos by Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

Mid-Week Song: Warning Signs

Formed in Seattle in 2004, Band of Horses released their sixth album last month, "Things Are Great." A track from that album, "Warning Signs," is our mid-week song choice today. Enjoy.

Viktor Orbán -- American Christofascists' New Hero?



Authoritarian/ Christofascist evangelicals in America have long had an affinity for the "pro- family, traditional values" nostrums of Russian war criminal Putin, whose rhetoric and actions closely align with their anti- LGBTQ, anti- immigrant, anti- democracy goals.  With his on- going butchery in Ukraine, however, it's become untenable for many leading Christofascist evangelical leaders to associate themselves or their movement with Putin.

Former evangelical Chrissy Stroop has been watching these alliances over the past decades and believes these American authoritarian Christofascists have found a new foreign strongman to admire and emulate:  Hungary's Viktor Orbán:

... a thorn in the side of the EU who promotes what he calls “illiberal democracy” and has stifled dissent against his hardline, nativist, socially conservative agenda.

Orbán is already the darling of certain far-Right Americans, such as the arch-reactionary writer Rod Dreher, a convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, a cradle Episcopalian. And his brand will likely receive a major boost when the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meets in Budapest next month.

In some ways, Orbán is a more natural political role model for authoritarian evangelicals than Putin. A Calvinist himself, Orbán’s right-wing populist Fidesz party won another huge majority in the Hungarian parliament earlier this month, while Orbán himself won a fourth term as prime minister. This was thanks in large part to the backing of Hungarian evangelicals who, on the whole, find his anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ platform appealing.  [snip]

With this in mind, and given the general right-wing American embrace of Orbán that is well under way, it is likely that the American Christian Right will move to build closer ties to the Hungarian premier, the Fidesz party and Christian structures inside Hungary.

It’s important to keep an eye on these developments for those of us concerned about international coalitions working to oppose women’s and LGBTQ rights, whether or not Orbán comes to loom as large among America’s elite evangelicals as Putin once did.

Orbán's recent electoral victory, the result of rigged election rules and focused media messaging (sound familiar?), was further proof of Hungary's descent from a democracy to an authoritarian state. It's the kind of "illiberal democracy" that's clearly no democracy at all, but rather a government that blurs the lines between state and party and religion to reign without checks and balances -- what we would call a Republican paradise.

Fortunately, we saw the defeat of Orbán- like far- right authoritarians, France's Le Pen and Slovenia's Jansa, in elections last week.  The ebb and flow of the battle for democracy continues in Europe, America, and around the world.

(Image: three stooges/ screenshot via Salon)

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

QOTD -- Republicans Declare War


"I explained to a local candidate on the sidewalk yesterday the Republican effort to 'defund the left' at the state level. They mean to strip blue cities of revenue-generating public assets, provoke a financial crisis, force municipalities to cut services and/or raise taxes, then claim (after voters have forgotten why their cities are in financial straits) that it’s what you get when you let Democrats run things.

"Don’t forget Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s attack on his own state’s economy. It’s war. Do they have to spell it out?" -- Tom Sullivan at Hullabaloo, on the Republican war on Blue America.  Sullivan also notes the ongoing Republican political culture wars (citing Gov. Ron "DeSanty" DeSantis's attacks on education, Disney, free and fair elections, etc., and Sen. Rick Scott's proposed tax increases on low- and- middle income earners and retirees -- two of Floriduh's gifts to the nation).  

You don't win this war by assuming a defensive crouch, looking for common ground.  You win it by going on offense and staying on offense.  They are an existential threat to us all;  we need to act like it.

Dr. Birx On That Disinfectant-Ingesting Moment

ABC News interviewed Dr. Deborah Birx, the former coordinator for the COVID-19 response for the Malignant Loser, and she described the infamous moment when the Very Stable Genius suggested that bright lights and ingesting a disinfectant might be ways to cure COVID-19. As you remember, Birx was listening to an awkward conversation between the Malignant Loser and a Pentagon scientist, when the conversation went off the rails as the Very Stable Genius proposed introducing powerful lights and disinfectant into the human body:

“'I was paralyzed in that moment because it was so unexpected. I just wanted it to be ‘The Twilight Zone’ and it all go away,' Birx continued. 'I could just see everything unraveling in that moment.'”

She later described having to counter the misinformation the Malignant Loser was spreading about the spread of COVID and its seriousness, speaking to VP Mike "Dense" Pence:

“'I am saying exactly, exactly the opposite of what the president is saying, because the data is telling me we are going to have a very deadly fall and I have to make sure the American people are ready,' she said she told Pence. 'He looked at me and said, ‘You need to do what you need to do.’”

When the Malignant Loser wasn't peddling disinfectants and hydroxychloroquine, he was imagining it would just go away. Indeed, in a conversation a year later with Bob Woodward, the Malignant Loser admitted he "downplayed" the pandemic so he wouldn't look bad for failing to adequately address it and so his re-election chances wouldn't be hurt. As a result of his deadly incompetence, hundreds of thousands died on his watch. But don't tell that to his cult.....

(image: If only....)

Today's Cartoons


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(Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer)

(John Darkow, Columbia Missourian)

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Examiner, KY)

(Stuart Carlson,

(Jen Sorensen,

(Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News)

(Mike Smith, Las Vegas Sun)

(Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune)

(Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press)

(Peter Kuper, @PKuperArt)