Tuesday, January 31, 2023

QOTD -- Same Answer

 

(Kevin Wallace, NYAG's senior counsel): "From at least 2005 through the present, you've had an ongoing agreement with Mr. Weisselberg and Mr. McConney that they would prepare the Statement of Financial Condition in a manner that included valuations that depended on false and misleading assumptions as a means of inflating reported values; is that correct?" ...

"Same answer."  -- The Malignant Loser, in his August 10, 2022, deposition in New York Attorney General Leticia James' civil fraud investigation, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self- incrimination more than 400 times.  It's significant because a jury in a civil case can make adverse inferences about someone taking the Fifth.  Anyone with a clear conscience who hadn't committed false and misleading statements would have no problem answering that or any of the other questions to which the Malignant Loser took the Fifth, right? 

Part of his deposition had been obtained by CBS News (video here).


Tweets Of The Day

 

Poll shows the Malignant Loser's fatal grip on the Republican / Seditionist Party --



Just stay away from Teslas --  



Another coup? A brown nose? A pardon? --  



Ron DeSanctimonius and his dangerous authoritarian agenda --  

 

 


As DOJ breathes down his neck, Santos / Devolder / Tom Ripley retreats --  


 


 The more, the faster, the better -- 



Male crotch groper Schlapp and "wife" booted from Fox --  



Made for each other --  


 

 

Today's Cartoons

 

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(John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

(Matt Wuerker, Politico)

(David Horsey, The Seattle Times)

(Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee)

(Clay Jones, claytoonz.com)


(Dave Granlund, politicalcartoons.com)

(Bill Day, floridapolitics.com)

(Mike Smith, Las Vegas Sun)

(Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer)

(Pia Guerra and Ian Boothby, gocomics.com)


AZ Official: Kari Lake May Have Violated Law



Arizona's Secretary of State Adrian Fontes has asked Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes to investigate whether Trumpist election denier and loser of Arizona's 2022 gubernatorial race Kari "Shallow" Lake committed a felony in posting signatures of voters she claimed were fraudulent. According to the Washington Post:

"As part of the former gubernatorial candidate’s grievances, a Jan. 23 tweet from Lake’s account claimed 40,000 ballots didn’t match voter signatures that Arizona had on record. The tweet included a graphic containing images of 16 voter signatures.

'I think all the ‘Election Deniers’ out there deserve an apology,' the tweet said.

In his letter, Fontes pointed to state law involving public inspection of voter registration records. That law says records containing voter signatures 'shall not be accessible or reproduced by any person other than the voter.'

Violation of that law, he wrote, is a felony."  (our emphasis)

Lake has continued to maintain falsely that she won the election, offering no credible evidence to prove her case. As late as Sunday at a so-called "Save Arizona" rally, Lake reiterated her claim that the election was "stolen" from her, specifically targeting Dem leaning Maricopa County officials for abuse. She lost statewide by over 17,000 votes to Dem Katie Hobbs. Last month, a Republican-appointed Maricopa County judge threw out her case claiming election fraud, which the judge said was based on "speculation" and "conjecture" rather than facts and evidence. He later ordered her to pay the litigation costs of the defendants in the case. Meanwhile, Lake is raking in large sums from her gullible followers in her election- denying fundraising scam.

(photo: Lake with her malignant mentor. Mario Tama / Getty Images)

 

Trump's Legal Exposure Grows: Another Grand Jury Convened

 



Better late than never?

Donald Trump faces new legal jeopardy after Manhattan prosecutors convened a state grand jury to investigate any role he may have played in making hush money payments to a porn star on the eve of the 2016 election.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office was to begin presenting evidence to the grand jury on Monday, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because it isn’t public. 

Bragg has been investigating whether Trump and his company falsified records to conceal the payments to pornographic film actor Stormy Daniels, intended to keep her from going public about her alleged affair with Trump. Trump has denied the affair.

The empaneling of a grand jury is a major escalation of Bragg’s probe of Trump’s activities, reviving a line of inquiry that appeared to take a back seat as the DA focused instead on tax violations at the Trump Organization. That investigation resulted in a guilty plea from the company’s longtime chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, and the conviction of two Trump business units.  [snip]

One likely key witness for the new grand jury, and any criminal charges that may result, is former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who helped arrange the hush money payments, pleaded guilty to campaign finance and other violations in 2018 and was sentenced to three years in prison. 

Cohen said Monday he has met with Bragg’s office 14 times, most recently two weeks ago.

There's another pecker in the picture (other than the Malignant Loser's), one who's been spotted going into the building where the grand jury is meeting on Monday --

Former American Media chief David Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump, struck an immunity deal in 2020 with federal prosecutors as part of their investigation of Cohen. The company, which agreed to sell the Enquirer, entered into a related nonprosecution agreement covering crimes including perjury and obstruction of justice. The deals stemmed from the company’s alleged efforts to aid Trump by purchasing the rights to potentially damaging stories and declining to publish them, a practice known as “catch and kill.”

Just to recap the state of play in the Malignant Loser's circles of legal hell (ed. : this is not Jack Smith Special Counsel)--

 

 

Damn, someone somewhere nail this rat.  Please.

BONUSSteve M. is reserving judgement.

(Photo: via Stormy Daniels/ My Space)


Monday, January 30, 2023

QOTD -- Selective Amnesia Is Going Around

 

...[F]or all the horse race coverage there was virtually no mention of the most interesting aspect of Trump’s emergence back onto the campaign trail: He seems to have forgotten the Big Lie.

What was once the dominant theme of every speech, sometimes in tedious detail that would go on for hours, has all but disappeared. One has to assume that this is the result of the thrashing his election-denialist candidates got in the November elections. Even Trump seems to have realized that the message had penetrated as much as it was going to penetrate and nobody wants to hear about it anymore.

Perhaps most disturbingly, all that breathless horse race coverage also omitted the most salient fact about Trump: He planned a coup and incited an insurrection.

It doesn’t appear that the media considers that to be particularly relevant to his candidacy, which is a stunning development. How quickly they have decided that today Donald Trump is just another Republican, standing in front of a crowd, asking them to love him. --  Heather Digby Parton, writing on the emergence of the clearly deranged Malignant Loser on the campaign trail over the weekend, and how the media is once again assisting in his effort to elide history and the basic, evil nature of the grifter and his grift.  Say it with us: Sic transit gloria, America.

BONUS:  More commentary in the same vein here.


Tweets Of The Day


It's the opposite of the Republican/ Oligarch agenda, which is "afflict the afflicted, and comfort the comfortable" --

 


Marjorie Taylor Traitor Greene of the Putin Republican caucus --

 

 

Meanwhile, MTG's heroes have thoughts about bringing about "peace and calm" --

 


They haven't changed and they never will --

 

 

It's already happening here:  the "Dissident Homeschool" Nazi network --

 

 

It's already happening here:  the DeSantis purge of higher education in Florida --


 

 

Overcompensating Sen. Josh "Hawlin' Ass" Hawley gets sportsball discussion tips --

 

 

 

Republican "Fair Tax" Plan A Gift To Dems




As part of Squeaker of the House Kevin "Qevin" McCarthy's pathetic quest to be Speaker of the House, he promised some of his caucus' most rabid pro-plutocrat members to back a nutty, regressive tax proposal for a national sales tax of 30%. The tax would replace the income, estate and payroll taxes, and abolish the IRS, handing their mega wealthy donors a lasting gift. How big a gift? An analysis by the Tax Policy Center estimates that the top 1% would have their taxes reduced by 40%, while middle and working class families would end up paying more. The Center's analysis says that, "In other words, the more you make, the lower your tax burden, and the less you make, the higher--a mirror image of today’s moderately progressive tax system." From the linked Politico article:

"Most GOP members appear determined to distance themselves as much as possible from the idea, and McCarthy himself said this week he doesn’t support the legislation. But Democrats aren’t going to let the issue die quietly. They’ve been more than happy to use it as a cudgel to portray Republicans as dangerous radicals. [snip]

Various forms of the legislation, dubbed the 'FairTax Act,' have been around for decades and attracted little serious attention from Republican leaders. But a spokesperson for Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, one of the 21 GOP holdouts who initially blocked McCarthy’s speakership bid and is a co-sponsor of the legislation, said McCarthy promised that the legislation would go through the committee process."  (our emphasis)

The article goes on to note that many House Republicans are treating the so-called "Fair Tax" Act as "radioactive," knowing that it's a clear giveaway to the wealthiest, and a burden on the middle class. But it's a long-time hobby horse of the social Darwinist far-right, whose simple, avaricious faith is "survival of the wealthiest is survival of the fittest."  Democrats need to spotlight this Republican "Fair Tax" proposal, explain it to voters, and hang it on the neck of every Republican running for office every day. It's a political gift to them, and it would be political malpractice to waste it.

 

Today's Tomorrow Cartoon: Big Issues

 

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The MAGA cult can't deal with the serious issues we have in this country, because they literally have constructed an alternative reality where manufactured culture wars and resentments rule. In the case of weapons of war, the issue for them is how to keep the flow of those weapons going, even to the mentally ill. In the case of reproductive rights for women, it's forcing them to give birth no matter what their circumstances. 

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly


The good:

Petr Pavel, a retired general and former senior Nato commander, has swept to the Czech presidency after a landslide victory over the former prime minister Andrej Babiš in an election overshadowed by rows over the war between Russia and Ukraine.

With nearly all the votes counted, returns showed Pavel prevailing by the emphatic margin of 58.3% to 41.68%, the largest ever recorded in a Czech presidential poll and reflecting an advantage of more than 958,000 votes nationwide.

Pavel’s supporters immediately hailed the result as a victory for liberal democracy over oligarchic populism, which they believe BabiÅ¡ represents.  [snip]

He called his win a victory for “truth, dignity, respect and humility” and vowed to seek national unity after an election campaign widely denounced as bitterly divisive. “We have different views on many things, but that doesn’t mean we are enemies,” said Pavel. “We have to learn to communicate with each other.”

In a highly symbolic moment, he then received the congratulations on stage of Zuzana Čaputová, Slovakia’s president, who – like Pavel – has spoken out against populism and invoked the values of Václav Havel, the one-time dissident who was the first post-communist president of the former Czechoslovakia.

The outcome represented a personal vindication for the pro-western Pavel, who was forced to deny false eve-of-poll reports of his own death announced on a counterfeit version of his campaign website, sparking allegations of dirty tricks and a police investigation.

It also amounted to a humiliating rebuff for Slovak-born BabiÅ¡, 68, a billionaire tycoon who stood accused of running a shameless, scorched-earth campaign after portraying Pavel as a warmonger for his support of military aid to Ukraine. At one point, BabiÅ¡ even appeared to question Nato’s collective security arrangements by saying he would never send Czech troops to Poland, a fellow member of the military alliance, if it was attacked by Russia...

Now, if only Hungary's Orbán, another Putin/ Trump pal in NATO, was as vulnerable to removal.  Still, perhaps this is a sign that right- wing populism is in retreat in Europe.

The bad:

The good news is many Republicans want to leave Donald Trump in the dust. The bad news is so many of them are just as odious.

Case in point: Mike Pompeo.

This choleric guy, who was plucked from back-bench House obscurity by the Trump team and inexplicably elevated to CIA director and Secretary of State, is clearly maneuvering to run for president in 2024. It’s obvious in two ways: He has sought to make himself more telegenic by losing massive amounts of weight and he’s seeking to romance the right-wing donor class and Duh Base by singing all of MAGA’s greatest hits.

Earlier this week, he said on TV that “the left” had “exploited” the violent events of Jan. 6 insurrection and that the day had ended in “glory.” Apparently “the left” is exploiting the courts, which continue to send insurrectionist thugs to the slammer, and bending the minds of the 140 Capitol cops who are still reeling from the physical assaults they suffered that day.

And a year ago, for instance, on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Pompeo lauded the mass murderer as “very savvy…very shrewd…elegantly sophisticated…one who is not reckless but has always done the math…He is a very talented statesman.” Right. Putin is so talented he has united the western world against him, strengthened NATO, and wrecked the economy of his own benighted country. 

Putin is arguably a clear and present danger to world peace, but Mike Pompeo disagrees. A few months ago he decreed: “The most dangerous person in the world is Randi Weingarten. It’s not a close call.” In case you didn’t know, Weingarten runs one of unions that represents public school teachers.

Actually, Pompeo has been off his rocker for a very long time. Remember Benghazi, the faux-scandal that House Republicans like Pompeo tried to pin on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? That ginned-up brouhaha ended when a string of congressional panels – the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and three others – all concluded that she’d done nothing perfidious or criminal. But none of that mattered to Pompeo, who insisted on NBC News that she was guilty of something. He was asked, where’s the evidence? He replied: “In my heart.”...

The arrogant asshole also smeared Jamal Khashoggi in defense of his Saudi pals.  So Pompeo, DeSantis, Youngkin,  etc., etc.  The horse race media will try its best to sanitize these bums, but remember the Angelou maxim:  "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."

The ugly:

The man accused of brutally attacking former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer last year expressed regret on Friday that he didn’t do more, according to a jailhouse call that he reportedly had with a California news station.

David DePape shared a stunning lack of remorse for the violence during what was described as an unexpected phone call to KTVU, the San Francisco TV station reported. The call followed the public release of police body camera footage capturing the incident.

“I want to apologize to everyone. I messed up. What I did was really bad. I’m so sorry I didn’t get more of them. It’s my own fault. No one else is to blame. I should have come better prepared,” he told KTVU reporter Amber Lee, according to audio of the call posted online.  [snip]

DePape, who is behind bars on charges of attempted murder, elder abuse and kidnapping, which he’s pleaded not guilty to, reportedly refused questions from Lee reasoning that it could jeopardize his criminal case. Regardless, in the call’s recording he appears to admit to plotting and carrying out the Oct. 28 attack while defending it as taking a stand for Americans’ freedom.

“You’re welcome,” he says after acknowledging the video footage capturing the early morning home invasion that hospitalized 82-year-old Paul Pelosi.

“Freedom and liberty isn’t dying, it’s being killed systemically and deliberately,” he says in the recording. “The people killing it have names and addresses so I got their names and addresses so I could pay them a little visit. Have a heart-to-heart chat about their bad behavior.”...

This deluded loon, like his cult leader, doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut.  FAFO.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Across The Universe, Cont. -- Young Stars

 

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From NASA/ESA, January 23, 2023The bright variable star V 372 Orionis takes centre stage in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which has also captured a smaller companion star in the upper left of this image. Both stars lie in the Orion Nebula, a colossal region of star formation roughly 1450 light years from Earth.

V 372 Orionis is a particular type of variable star known as an Orion Variable. These young stars experience some tempestuous moods and growing pains, which are visible to astronomers as irregular variations in luminosity. Orion Variables are often associated with diffuse nebulae, and V 372 Orionis is no exception; the patchy gas and dust of the Orion Nebula pervade this scene.

This image overlays data from two of Hubble’s instruments. Data from the Advanced Camera for Surveys and Wide Field Camera 3 at infrared and visible wavelengths were layered to reveal rich details of this corner of the Orion Nebula. Hubble also left its own subtle signature on this astronomical portrait in the form of the diffraction spikes surrounding the bright stars. These prominent artefacts are created by starlight interacting with Hubble’s inner workings, and as a result they reveal hints of Hubble’s structure. The four spikes surrounding the stars in this image are created by four vanes inside Hubble supporting the telescope’s secondary mirror. The diffraction spikes of the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope, on the other hand, are six-pointed as a result of Webb’s hexagonal mirror segments and 3-legged support structure for the secondary mirror.  

[Image description: Two very bright stars with cross-shaped diffraction spikes are prominent: the larger is slightly lower-right of centre, the smaller lies towards the upper-left corner. Small red stars with short diffraction spikes are scattered around them. The background is covered nearly completely by gas: smoky, bright blue gas around the larger star in the centre and lower-right, and wispier red gas elsewhere.]

Credit:  ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Bally, M. Robberto


Today's Cartoons

 

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(Christopher Weyant, Boston Globe)

(Darrin Bell, DarrinBell.com)

(Robert Ariail, Spartanburg Herald-Journal)

(Robert Auchter, MichiganRadio.org)

(Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee)

(Matt Davies, Newsday)

(Mike Smith, Las Vegas Sun)

(Michael L. Martin, @mmandmm1967)

(Shannon Wheeler, CartoonStock.com)


QOTD: The House Investigations Begin

 

From Rae Hodge writing in Salon.com regarding the upcoming "investigations" contemplated by the Republican House:

"The Biden administration has been gearing up for the GOP's promised investigations at least since May, when presumed GOP targets like the Department of Homeland Security began a process that might be described as legal waterproofing. After recruiting a slate of veteran white-collar lawyers and former political advisers, Biden officials built the administration's response strategy last summer in a series of meetings. 

Democrats will meet this investigative onslaught with essentially the same playbook Republicans used to defend Donald Trump and his coterie, ironically enough — along with a battery of legal defenses meant to guard against overly broad demands for Justice Department intelligence. Democrats also know first-hand how hard it is to turn investigative findings into a pair of handcuffs. That experience, some argue, may offer Democrats the advantage in landing a balance of public favor."

In a thorough article, Hodge goes on to examine what's involved in these multiple "investigations," which are aimed at stirring up the right-wing rubes that put them in office, smearing Dems, and raising money for 2024. The template for these hearings is the manufactured "Benghazi BENGHAZI!" hearings, which were aimed at taking down Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's poll numbers, as clueless Rep. Kevin McCarthy blurted out to Fox's propagandist Sean Hannity in 2015, giving the game away. There's no difference in 2023, with a Presidential election coming up, and with an even more radical and reckless Republican caucus looking for revenge and conspiracies.

 

Sunday Reflection

 

"We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!'" -- excerpt from the iconic "Howard Beale" rant from the film "Network," by screenwriter, author and playwright Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky, who was born on this day one hundred years ago.  "Network" foreshadowed reality television long before reality television was inflicted on us, and stands as a warning to the desensitizing effect that television has on us. Chayefsky was harshly critical of the abominations of McCarthyism and was a strong defender of Israel's right to exist.

Chayefsky also authored such works as the screenplays for "Marty," "Middle of the Night," "The Tenth Man," "The Americanization of Emily," and "Paint Your Wagon," and the novel "Altered States".

 

Long Ago And Far Away

 

Here's footage of London in the period 1890-1920, combined with views of the same places c. 2015.  Sidebar maps show you where you are and also the camera location where places were filmed from.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

QOTD -- Collapsed Consensus

 

"...With only one of the nation’s two major political parties willing to forthrightly oppose the attempted coup, insurrection became a partisan issue and the national consensus collapsed. Major companies abandoned their promises not to fund the campaigns of election deniers, who also found themselves invited back to major national TV news programs. And after right-wing billionaire Elon Musk took control of Twitter, he lifted Trump’s ban. 

"And now Trump will be back on Facebook, too. This is a manifestly terrible idea with dire potential consequences – Trump used Facebook to fuel the bigotry and violence of his hardcore supporters and channel support for the insurrection; he has shown no remorse whatsoever for his actions and in fact still claims the election was rigged against him; and he has spent his suspension from mainstream platforms using his own Truth Social to push virulent election denial and violent QAnon conspiracy theories. In allowing him back on their platform, Meta executives are making themselves responsible for any effort Trump makes to generate another January 6..." -- Matthew Gertz, Media Matters, on the collapse of the January 6 consensus on the un- American attempted coup and the need to bring all its perpetrators to justice.  Joining the Republican/ Coup Party, corporate America, and many in the mainstream media in fostering that collapse has been social media -- specifically Twitter, and now Facebook.  This is what happens when greed and the concentration of too much power in the hands of galaxy brain mega billionaires like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg corrupt our politics perhaps beyond what even the Republican Supreme Court could do.


Tweets Of The Day

 

How Tyre Nichols wants to be remembered -- 


 


Malignant Loser's first rally where Republicans want someone else --  



And that someone else is also a radical, book-banning nut -- 


 


Feeling more like Kitara / Anthony Devolder / George Santos is heading to prison --  



Putin favorite "Tovarich" Tuck has a modest proposal for his fellow wingnuts --  

 


Time's running short, and tanks alone won't do it -- 



Jo gets the last word(s) --  


 

Today's Cartoons

 

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(Michael de Adder, Washington Post)

(Randy Bish, @Bishtoons)

(Kevin Kallaugher, Counterpoint)

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

(Bruce Plante, cagelcartoons.com)

(Ed Hall, Artizans.com)

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

(Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press)

(David Rowe, Financial Review, Sydney)

(Peter Brookes, The Times, London)

(Brooke Bourgeois, @bro_bourgeois)


Now, To Trial

 

The same-day release of the videos of the Memphis police murder of Tyre Nichols and the attack on Paul Pelosi were hard to watch and process. The first showing a savage beating, kicking, punching, and pepper spraying of a handcuffed and helpless man by several police, and the second showing a right-wing conspiracy-spouting loon striking former Speaker Nancy Pelosi's 82-year-old husband with a hammer are signs of how violent we've become in the age of Trumpism. With mass shootings a daily event, the downward spiral of civic life seems to be quickening, numbing us in the process by the sheer volume.

The five fired Memphis officers now await trial for second degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault, among other charges likely to be added. Pelosi's attacker faces Federal charges of attempted kidnapping of a Federal official, assault on an immediate member of a Federal official, and State charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and breaking and entering. If justice is done, all should spend most, if not all, of the rest of their lives in prison.

 

Dud Republican Congressman Gives Out Dud Grenades

 


 

He seems nice (and smart!!):

A newly elected Florida Republican sent grenades to fellow members of Congress, prompting one aghast Democrat to say “not even George Santos could make this stuff up”.  [snip]

The grenades were sent by another freshman, Cory Mills, a member of the armed services and foreign affairs committees.

Stamped with a Republican elephant, the inert projectiles came with a letter in which Mills said: “It is my pleasure to give you a 40mm grenade, made for a Mk19 grenade launcher. They are manufactured in the Sunshine State and first developed in the Vietnam war.

“Let’s come together and get to work on behalf of our constituents.”

As pictures of the grenades spread online, a spokesman for Mills told the Washington Post: “Per the letter, the grenades are inert, and were cleared through all security metrics. I just wish they tagged our official account.”

The comparison to Santos was made by congressman Jim Himes of Connecticut, a member of the House intelligence committee.

Mills, 42 and a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, won the contest to succeed the Democrat Stephanie Murphy in Florida’s seventh district last year. [snip]

A defense and security contractor before entering Congress, he has boasted about selling teargas used against protesters for racial justice...

We always say nothing says "Let's come together" like handing out grenades, dud or otherwise!

Being an inert projectile himself, Rep. "Dud" Mills is naturally a racist and an election denier who ran with the Malignant Loser's full endorsement.  His most recent performative antic further solidifies his reputation as your bog standard Republican/ Seditionist/ MAGA meathead, which was first burnished by his uproarious take on the assault on Speaker Pelosi's husband earlier in the month.

Nice job, Florida 7th! 

(Photo:  Thumbs showing off their IQ's and/or penis size?  You decide.)


Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow In History

 

Milestone dates in history, January 24 - February 4.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Today's Cartoons

 

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(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)


(Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News)

(Chris Britt, gocomics.com)

(Rob Rogers, Counterpoint)

(Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press)


(Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer)

(Kevin Kallaugher, The Economist, London)

(Tjeerd Royaards, @cartoonmovement, Amsterdam)

(Tim Campbell, Counterpoint)

(Lars Kenseth, @larskenseth)


Fear Russia's T-14 Armata.....NOT!

 


The feats of Russian engineering never cease to amaze. For example, the Russian regime's newest main battle tank, the T-14 Armata, which has proven to be rather underwhelming, according to reports:

"Russian troops in Ukraine were reluctant to accept main battle tanks in Ukraine because they were in such poor condition, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has said.

In an intelligence update on Twitter, the MOD said Russia worked to 'prepare a small number of T-14 Armata main battle tanks for the type's first operational deployment in Ukraine'.

'However, in recent months, deployed Russian forces were reluctant to accept the first tranche of T-14 allocated to them because the vehicles were in such poor condition,' the update said.

The MOD said it was 'unclear' which aspects of the vehicle prompted the reaction from Russian troops, but officials have 'publicly described problems with the T-14's engine and thermal imaging systems'."  (our emphasis)

In other words, they stall and can't locate targets through thermal imaging. The T-14 was first displayed in 2015 at Moscow's "Victory Day Parade" in Red Square, where it promptly stalled and had to be towed away, something Ukrainian farmers are excited about:

 


With sanctions crippling Russia's ability to buy foreign technology for its weapons, the T-14 might be the pinnacle of Russia's home-grown technology. As they might angrily exclaim, "shitsky!"

(h/t Crooks and Liars)

(photo: Russian officials discuss assigning blame as the T-14 is towed away/ AP photo)