Friday, September 30, 2022

Today's Cartoons


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(Randy Bish, @Bishtoons)

(Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News)

(Dave Whamond,

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer)

(Christopher Weyant, Boston Globe)

(David Horsey, The Seattle Times)

(Rob Rogers,

(Clay Jones,

(John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

(Tommy Siegel, @TommySiegel)

Putin's New Puppets

Russian thug and war criminal Vladimir Putin signed papers which he claims makes the four Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in the east, and in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south part of Russia. The illegal act follows the sham "referendum" held in those regions that saw armed military going door to door with election workers to force the collection of ballots, resulting in a Soviet-style outcome.

Reminiscent of Adolf Hitler's taking of Austria, the Czech Sudetenland and other countries' lands by force in the 1930s,  Putin's land grab is triggering further sanctions and penalties against his regime and his allies (ed.:  enough with these incremental sanctions ffs).  Congress also added $12 billion more in military aid to Ukraine, on top of the billions already provided.  As noted in the tweets below, in response to Russia's criminal annexation, Ukraine is applying for expedited NATO membership, which will be a tough sell to those in the alliance who are weak in the knees already.

(photo: Putin, center, surrounded by four Ukrainian Quislings at today's event. Getty Images)


Tweets Of The Day


Loser Putin annexes Ukrainian territory, Ukraine responds by asking for NATO membership --





Christofascist Republican Russian nesting dolls --




When they tell you who they are, believe them --


Income inequality in one chart --



Tory! Tory! Tory! --



Now appearing at TJ Maxx (Happy Friday and Taste The Biscuit!) --




Weekend Music Twofer


UK indie rock band The Big Moon is releasing its new album "Here Is Everything," soon.  We've featured their 2019 single "Your Light" in 2020, and today we feature their latest release from that new album, "Trouble."

Our second selection is from a band The Big Moon toured with back in 2019 and one we've also featured before, Boston's Pixies.  This is "Haunted House" from their new album "Doggerel," a song which we think could have been written and performed by XTC.   Hope you enjoy.

Corrupt Trump Judge Again Rules In His Favor


Trump-appointed Federal District Judge Aileen Cannon, who has already been rebuked by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals for various inexplicable actions in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case, superseded her own special master appointee, Senior Judge Raymond Dearie, and gave the Malignant Loser more time to delay in a ruling yesterday. From the New York Times' account:

"The decision, included in a six-page order issued by Judge Aileen M. Cannon, was among several to ease demands by the special master, Judge Raymond J. Dearie. Under requirements he put in place in recent days, Mr. Trump’s lawyers would have been forced to test excuses they have made in connection with the trove of documents taken from his estate, Mar-a-Lago.

Judge Cannon also rejected a swift timetable Judge Dearie had set to resolve the review of the documents, slowing the matter down."

One of the Malignant Loser's vile accusations is that classified documents were planted by the FBI in their August 8 search warrant execution. Cannon relieved the Malignant Loser's lawyers from having to state that accusation on the record for Judge Dearie. The egregious favoritism of Cannon's rulings drew comments from some legal observers:



Cannon's serving the cause of the Malignant Loser, and is unfit for her position. The 11th Circuit Court glossed over that in their rejection of her decisions, but with her lifetime appointment, she's capable of doing more damage to the rule of law in homage to her cult leader.


QOTD -- "He Suuuucks"


Mastriano is struggling in the polls in part because, according to political scientists, he suuuucks.  Among the ways that he sucks, he attended the Jan. 6 riot, has a long-standing association with Christian nationalist ideas, proposed charging women who violate an abortion ban with murder, is connected to a social media site run by a notorious anti-Semite and was photographed wearing a Confederate uniform.  Because historically, nothing projects winner like a Confederate soldier in Pennsylvania.”--  Stephen Colbert on last night's "The Late Show," describing the suckitude of Christofascist Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Doug Mastriano.  If there's a sure thing in politics this year, it's that Mastriano is going to lose... big time.

Colbert also refers to Mastriano as an "egg with dentures."  Can't argue with that:

Thursday, September 29, 2022

DeSantis And His KKK Appointee


As we watch ham-faced bigot and demagogue Gov. Ron DeSantis (Sedition - FL) preen in the role of disaster manager in front of the cameras (and not acknowledging the Federal / Biden Administration assistance he's getting), it's important to highlight a recent incident that speaks volumes about his judgement and character, or lack thereof. The incident involves an appointee of DeSantis, who was photographed in a KKK outfit. The New York Times' columnist Charles Blow comments:

"In July, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida appointed Jeffery Moore, a former tax law specialist with the Florida Department of Revenue, to be a county commissioner in Gadsden, the blackest county in the state.

On Friday, Moore resigned after a picture emerged that appeared to show him dressed in Ku Klux Klan regalia.

Neither Moore nor DeSantis has confirmed that Moore is in fact the man in the picture. When Politico reached out to DeSantis’s office for comment, his communication director responded, 'We are in the middle of hurricane prep, I’m not aware of the photo you sent but Jeff did submit his resignation last week.'

This is not the first, shall I say, 'awkward' racial issue DeSantis had encountered. But throughout, he has had much the same response: Instead of addressing the issue directly, he — or his office — claims to be oblivious. That’s the DeSantis M.O."  (our emphasis)

DeSantis is following the Malignant Loser's play-it-dumb playbook here, as we recall when he was asked about Klansman David Duke's endorsement in 2016. More recently, there was the Malignant Loser's feigned ignorance of QAnon in 2020. They'll embrace the racists and crackpots until it's out in public, then they'll head for the tall grass and issue dishonest statements intended to push the issue off of the front pages, while waiting for the broken media to move on.

(photo: via Politico)


Tweets of the Day


Cast ballots, not stones -- 

Seditionist wife of Supreme Court Justice Thomas has nothing to say --  

Reminds us of cultish tributes to a certain Dear Leader --


Lizzo triggered the racists by playing Madison's crystal flute --  


Mobilizing an exit from Putin's Russia --  

Tucker Carlson: star of Russian state TV --  

Words of wisdom -- 



Today's Cartoons


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(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

 (Ann Telnaes, Washington Post)

(Lalo Alcaraz, LA Weekly)

(Matt Wuerker, Politico)

(Clay Jones,

(Scott Stantis, Counterpoint)

(Pedro Molina, Counterpoint)

(Lisa Benson, Counterpoint)

(Jason Adam Katzenstein, The New Yorker)

A Modest Proposal From The Malignant Loser

The Malignant Loser is apparently upset that Hurricane Ian has taken the spotlight away from him (if not his legal problems), and took to his failed social media site yesterday (no link) to lend a hand to his friend and object of his admiration, Russian thug and war criminal Vladimir Putin:

"The Russia/Ukraine catastrophe should NEVER have happened, and would definitely not have happened if I were President. Do not make matters worse with the pipeline blowup. Be strategic, be smart (brilliant!), get a negotiated deal done NOW. Both sides need and want it. The entire World is at stake. I will head up group???"  (our emphasis)

With Russia's military folding on the battlefield and Ukrainian forces gaining ground, "both sides" aren't looking for a "deal" now, especially Ukraine, which wants to recapture territory that Russia grabbed, going back to their 2014 annexation of Crimea. And clearly, if the Malignant Loser were President, it's obvious that his pro-Russia sentiments and extortion of Ukraine to get dirt on Biden, which led to his first impeachment, clearly suggest that he would have sided with Moscow. Indeed, when Putin's forces invaded Ukraine in February, the Malignant Loser called the invasion "genius" and praised the Russian thug for being "savvy.

Finally there's the insanely delusional proposal that he "will head up group???" to negotiate peace, as if the Biden Administration, or more importantly Ukraine, wants a treasonous asset of Russia involved in any negotiations ever. Putin, on the other hand....

(photo: Puppet and master. Getty Images)





Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) husband filed for divorce Wednesday on the grounds that the marriage is “irretrievably broken,” according to court documents.  

Perry Greene is also asking the Floyd County Superior Court to seal the divorce proceedings, “because the parties’ significant privacy interest in sealing the records outweighs the public’s miniscule interest in access to said records.”

The filing contends that “sensitive personal and financial information” will likely be revealed throughout the case, “which would negatively impact the parties’ privacy interests.” 

The "pro-family" ammosexual gym rat will now have more time to spend promoting herself as the biggest MAGA loon in Congress.

RIP Coolio:

Rapper Coolio, known for hits including "Fantastic Voyage" and "Gangsta’s Paradise," has died at age 59, his manager confirmed Wednesday evening.

The news was first reported by TMZ.

Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr., had a music career that spanned more than three decades.

"As far as what I know now is that he was at a friend’s house and was in his bathroom and had a heart attack," said his manager, Jarez Posey.

Additional details were not immediately available.

He was a talent who also supported educating black students about climate change and who served as a spokesperson for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

You be The Judge:

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run Wednesday, tying Roger Maris’ single-season American League home run record set in 1961.

Judge crushed the record-tying home run in the seventh inning off Toronto Blue Jays’ Tim Mayza, sending it over the wall at Rogers Centre.

The 30-year-old had already matched Babe Ruth’s total from over 90 years ago and could still surpass Maris’ 61-year-old record, sealing his spot among the all-time batting greats. [snip]

“It means a lot not just for me, it means a lot for a lot of people that he’s clean, he’s a Yankee, he plays the game the right way … Baseball needs to look at the records and I think baseball should do something,” Maris Jr. told the YES Network.  

We agree with Maris, Jr. (except for the fact that, regrettably, he's a Yankee -- bleh).

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Today's Cartoons


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(Dave Whamond,

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader, KY)

(John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

(Phil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal)

(Bruce Plante,

(Chris Britt,

(Marty Two Bulls,

(Liza Donnelly, @lizadonnelly)

Tweets Of The Day


The GQP's authoritarian fakery --



Cynical Florida blowhard abhors pettiness --





Keeping up with the coup plotters --



Critical Racist Theory: Canadian wingnut welfare dweeb has "thoughts" about contributions of Blacks Americans --


Putin may try to ensnare dual U.S./Russian citizens in mobilization --



Great Moments in Republican Presidential Leadership --



Mid-Week Song


We're always looking for new releases from The War On Drugs, and we have one that they've held off on releasing for a couple of years: "Oceans of Darkness". (Don't be put off by the title, it's a typically compelling, catchy tune with echoes of Tom Petty and others). They're including it in their "I Don't Live Here Anymore Deluxe" album, which has just been released. Enjoy.

Satirical Video Mocks Sen. Sinema


After her clueless appearance at the Moscow Mitch McConnell Center on Monday, filibuster-obsessed, "relentlessly ignorant" conservaDem Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (BothSides - AZ) was skewered in a satirical, deep fake video featuring the Malignant Loser (with his hands all over her as she spoke). Good job and timely (h/t to Crooks and Liars).

(Originally posted on the Twitter account of Paul Lahticks, his account has been suspended for a "terms of service violation". Twitter: where satire goes to die).

QOTD -- "The Utter Antithesis Of What America Stands For"


"It has to be crystal clear that this is not patriotism, it is not standing up for America to stand up for one man who knows full well that he lost...

 "What happened on January 6 and the effort to keep that spirit alive... is the utter antithesis of what America stands for.  It is the pure embodiment of tyranny and authoritarianism." -- Judge Amy Berman Jackson, sentencing Iowa MAGA cultist and insurrectionist Kyle Young to 7 years in prison for his assault on now former Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone.   Judge Jackson referred to Young as "a one- man wrecking ball" as he carried out his assault, which cost Fanone his career and nearly his life:

Kyle Young, 38, is the first rioter to be sentenced for the group attack on Fanone, who was dragged into the mob, beaten and electrocuted until he suffered a heart attack and lost consciousness.

“You were a one-man wrecking ball that day,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson said. “You were the violence.”

Fanone resigned from the D.C. police late last year, saying fellow officers turned on him for speaking so publicly about the Capitol attack and former president Donald Trump’s role in it. In court Tuesday, Fanone directly confronted his attacker, telling Young, “I hope you suffer.”

“The assault on me by Mr. Young cost me my career,” Fanone said. “It cost me my faith in law enforcement and many of the institutions I dedicated two decades of my life to serving.”

We hope he and all the other insurrectionists suffer, too.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Tweets of the Day


Corrupt Texas AG Paxton can run, but he can't hide --

The feeling's likely mutual --  

How about "seditionist," "insurrectionist," or "fascist pirate"--


Wingnut Clarence Thomas is apparently a tax cheat, too -- 

Screwy Louie Gohmert's gone "down the rabbit hole" of the Big Lie --

Soviet-style election returns in Donbas --  

Twenty-five years smoking weed and no "o.d." yet --  

"Lemme at 'im, lemme at 'im ..... on second thought" -- 

Insurrectionists Hold Key Posts In Walker Campaign


Dimwitted Herschel Walker, the former football star and current Republican nominee for Senate, has drawn quite a collection of extremists, election conspiracy mongers, and nut jobs to his campaign to unseat Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA). As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, at least two of his campaign staff are unapologetic insurrectionists:

"The former football star’s campaign included Mandy Robinson-Hand in an August press release that named dozens of other grassroots supporters. Robinson-Hand, the chairwoman of Taylor County’s GOP, was listed as a campaign 'captain' for the rural middle Georgia county.

Robinson-Hand and her husband, Charles Hand III, were arrested about 14 months after the pro-Donald Trump insurrection attempt. They are scheduled for a status conference in federal court in Washington next month.  [snip]

Among the other 'captains' on the list is Kay Godwin, a Pierce County activist who was among the fake GOP electors who were part of a plot to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. She and others on the phony slate could face criminal charges linked to an ongoing Fulton County investigation."  (our emphasis)

The Hands face four misdemeanor charges for their illegal actions on January 6. An even more insidious activist, Godwin was one of the 11 false Trumpist electors claiming that the Malignant Loser won the electoral votes of Georgia. They represent the criminal core of Trumpism and their cult's drift toward Christofascism, spurred on by the insane QAnon conspiracies.

The Senate race in Georgia will narrow between now and election day, as Republicans will likely come home to their damaged and unfit candidate. You can support the re-election of Sen. Warnock by going here and giving whatever you can.

The "Relentless Ignorance" of Kyrsten Sinema


Lawrence O'Donnell, a former Senate staffer, discusses a portion of self-aggrandizing twit Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's speech yesterday at Sen. Mitch "Grim Reaper" McConnell's taxpayer subsidized "Center" at the University of Louisville.


As the polling shows, Sinema has, indeed, achieved bipartisanship:  she's equally toxic with the entire political spectrum:

As the linked article concludes:

Is there any reason to highlight these poll numbers, other than that they are funny? Yes! In January, my colleague Christina Cauterucci tried to figure out what exactly Sinema was trying to, like, do. What’s the game plan? She seems set up for failure in any 2024 primary. Her willingness to tank major parts of the Democratic agenda is so established now that even her role in helping the recent Inflation Reduction Act pass did not make a majority of her Democratic constituents like her. And while Arizona Republicans briefly warmed to Sinema when she skipped the Jan. 6 Commission vote, it’s not like they would ever vote for her in a Republican primary—not as long as the GOP can scrape up at least one Nathan Arizona–type blowhard with a MAGA hat and a pulse. 

 Cauterucci, in January, highlighted a rumor that Sinema was attempting to set herself up for a run for president in 2024 as a straight-down-the-middle candidate. If this happens, these poll numbers suggest that she may, indeed, be the one candidate who can truly unite America.

She might be a good fit in Andrew Yang's equally pernicious and substance-free  "Forward Party." Or maybe McConnell will put her in charge of the "McConnell Center," since she shares his "values."

Today's Cartoons


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(Dave Granlund,

(Tim Campbell, Counterpoint)

(Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune)

(Patrick Chappatte, NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich)

(Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee)

(Rob Rogers,

(Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader, KY)

(Marc Murphy, Louisville Courier-Journal, KY)

(Ed Hall,

(Asher Perlman, @asherperlman)

QOTD -- Performative Revenge


"Pay no attention to the House Republicans’ substance-free “Commitment to America.” The actual GOP plan, if the party takes control of the lower chamber in January, is a campaign of performative revenge.

"Ginned-up investigations, cruel attacks on the marginalized, even a concocted impeachment of President Biden — that’s what the nation has to look forward to if Republicans win the House. Those are the only things the party agrees on, except fealty to Donald Trump and an all-consuming desire for power." -- Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post.   Imagine spineless cipher Kevin McCarthy as Speaker (and third in line to the presidency!).  Or a feral "Gym" Jordan as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee.  Or every deranged member of the caucus in a position to cause more even damage and disrepute to fall upon the chamber.  Turning the House over to these treasonous trolls will give them a legitimized national platform.  And we've seen by their words and actions in these mid-term campaigns how they'd run things:  by relying on lies, fear, anger and hate to keep a grip on power at all costs.  That's all they offer, and why they need to be crushed in November.

Russia's Sham "Referendum" Ends Today

The sham referendum vote in Ukraine's Donbas region ends today, with evidence that Russian and pro-Russian soldiers are going with election workers door-to-door to force residents to fill out ballots. The ballots have a simple "yes" or "no" on whether to be annexed by Russia, and are conveniently placed in a transparent carriers so that their votes can be viewed. 

Russian war criminal and thug Vladimir Putin will use the predictable outcome to claim that the population desires integration with his imperial Russia, and is threatening Ukraine with using nuclear weapons to "defend" the new Russian territory -- which Putin took by force from Ukraine.

Meanwhile, opposition within Russia is growing to the call up of men to serve as Putin's cannon fodder in Ukraine. Thousands of military age men are fleeing Russia by car and plane, and demonstrations and sabotage of recruiting stations are growing. Putin has the security police to put down the demonstrations so far, but the more widespread they become, and the more troops he needs for his war of choice, that situation may change as Russian elites see his imperial fantasies as the true threat to Russia.

(photo: Election worker goes door-to-door to force voting. Reuters)


Monday, September 26, 2022

DART-ing An Asteroid -- Live Tonight (UPDATED)


Must- see NASA TV tonight!

More than 6.5 million miles away from Earth, a cosmic collision is imminent.

In a first-of-its-kind maneuver, a NASA spacecraft is set to intentionally smash into an asteroid to test whether deflecting a space rock could one day protect Earth from a potentially catastrophic impact.

The crash is planned for 7:14 p.m. ET Monday. Live coverage will air on NASA TV beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

The mission, known as DART, or the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, will attempt a method of planetary defense that could save Earth from an asteroid on a potential collision course with the planet. It's a rare opportunity to conduct a real-world experiment on an asteroid that doesn't pose a threat to Earth, said Bruce Betts, the chief scientist at the Planetary Society, a nonprofit organization that conducts research, advocacy and outreach to promote space exploration.  [snip]

The DART probe's target is a space rock called Dimorphos, which measures 525 feet across and orbits a much larger, 2,500-foot-wide asteroid named Didymos.

On Monday, the spacecraft will crash into Dimorphos at a blistering speed of around 4 miles per second, or 15,000 mph. The goal isn't to obliterate the asteroid but rather to see whether the collision can alter the space rock's nearly 12-hour orbit.  [snip]

The DART probe, which is about the size of a small car, will be destroyed in the maneuver, but a small, Italian-built cubesat that was deployed as part of the mission will be able to assess the immediate aftermath.

The tiny satellite, known as LICIACube, will fly within 25 to 50 miles of Dimorphos a few minutes after the crash, Dan Lubey, the LICIACube navigation lead at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement — "close enough to get good images of the impact and ejecta plume, but not so close LICIACube could be hit by ejecta.  (our emphasis)

We'd say, assuming all goes as planned, that's a damned good use of taxpayer dollars.




Tweets Of The Day

Meadows' texts confirm plot to overturn election --


As Christofascists revel in their cruelty,  Buttigieg comes for them --




Vote Republican, get this bullshit for 2 years --


Ready, aim ... --



The Great Escape --


Keep a positive thought --


Happy 5783! --