Saturday, September 30, 2023

Today's Cartoons


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

(R.J. Matson, CQ/Roll Call)

(Marian Kamensky,

(Patrick Chappatte, Le Temps, Geneva)

(Paul Noth, @PaulNoth)

(Ann Telnaes, Washington Post)

(Bart van Leeuwen,

(Matt Davies, Newsday)

(Christopher Weyant,

(Dave Whamond,

(Clay Jones,

(Ellis Rosen, @EllisRosen)

Shutdown Avoided, For Now? (UPDATED)


Squeaker McCarthy (who may not be Squeaker for long after this) needed all House Democrats to pass a temporary continuing resolution to keep the Federal Government open for another 45 days. Now, the Senate needs to act:

House Republicans, after a week of struggling, found a bipartisan path to keeping the government open past tonight: jettisoning aid to Ukraine in a move critics say will embolden Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

The House voted 335 to 91 for a temporary funding bill to keep the government open until Nov. 17 and also fund disaster assistance. Two hundred and nine Democrats joined all [sic] 126 Republicans in voting for the package.

It now heads over to the Senate, where a bipartisan plan to keep the government open was stalled by Republicans who wanted to see what the House sent over.  [snip]

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said there is enough Ukraine aid still in the pipeline for another 45 days. Aid could be attached to another bill later on, but would probably have to be more than the $6 billion that was at issue here and it’s unclear what bill it would have to be attached to in order to pass.

We hope this ends the current brinksmanship, at least until November, when the GQP crackpot caucus will again try to sabotage government operations.  The aid for Ukraine needs to get passed, though, as Democrats will demand.

How this will affect the Squeakership of Kevin McCarthy remains to be seen, but alleged child sex trafficker Rep. Matt Gaetz (MAGAt- FL) already has threatened to file a Motion to Vacate if McCarthy introduced a CR (you know, the one Gaetz left in the bathroom).  So that bridge has been crossed.  Ninety-one MAGAt Republicans voted against their Squeaker, following orders from the Malignant Loser, who has been pressuring his MAGAt followers to not pass a CR.  The ketchup will be flying this afternoon.  

Have any deals been made with House Democrats to give McCarthy cover for doing the CR?  It would be irresponsible not to speculate!

UPDATE:  The Senate passed the House CR and President Biden signed it before midnight.   Next deadline:  November 17.

UPDATE IIGaetz says he'll file a Motion to Vacate this week, to oust Squeaker McCarthy.

Tweets / Xeets Of The Day

Shut. Him. Up. --



Let. Him. Talk. -- 




It's not the only thing the Malignant Loser overstates the size of -- 

The Malignant Loser's most despicable statements downplayed by our broken media --  



That same broken media needs to come clean on the Government shutdown --  


Climate crisis evidence, part infinity --  



More cases of vodka to Russian air defense units in Ukraine, stat! --  

Aww, just stop and give the little guy a hug --  


Michigan Lawsuit Seeks To Bar Trump From Ballot

A lawsuit filed yesterday in Michigan seeks to bar the Malignant Loser from appearing on their 2024 ballot, citing the 14th Amendment prohibition against anyone who swore an oath to the Constitution and subsequently engaged in insurrection or rebellion. The Malignant Loser led the attempt to overturn the 2020 Presidential election, culminating in the attack on the Capitol to obstruct the electoral count. From the Associated Press:

"A liberal group on Friday filed a lawsuit in Michigan contending that former president Donald Trump is disqualified from regaining his old job based on a rarely used, post-Civil War provision in the U.S. Constitution.

This is the first time an organization with significant legal resources has sought to block the GOP frontrunner’s campaign in a swing state.

Free Speech For People argued that Trump’s attempt to overturn his 2020 election loss and encouragement of the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol violated section three of the 14th Amendment, which holds that anyone who swore an oath to uphold the constitution and then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against it is barred from holding office." (our emphasis)

In September, a group of Minnesota citizens filed a petition with the Minnesota Secretary of State seeking to bar the Malignant Loser from the ballot in that state. The Secretary of State said he would honor the court's ruling on the petition. 

With the expectation that the issue will ultimately be decided by the right-wing dominated Supreme Court, the likelihood of him being barred from ballots is almost nonexistent. Legal scholars from conservative Judge Michael Luttig to progressive Professor Laurence Tribe argue that the provisions must be applied to Trump. But to repeatedly take note of his sedition in the historical record, and to provide him and his cult with additional legal / political headaches, is worth it.

(photo: Trump exhorting his violent mob to "fight like hell" to overturn the election)


Trump Co-Defendant Pleads Guilty In Georgia RICO Case


Former Federal prosecutor Joyce Vance discusses the significance of the plea agreement made by one of the Malignant Loser's co- defendants in the Georgia election RICO case:

The standard practice for prosecutors who are trying to hold the leaders of a group of criminals accountable is to “go up the chain.” In a drug trafficking case, that means you start with lower level defendants, perhaps people engaged in hand-to-hand drug buys that are readily provable. Then the prosecutor “flips” that defendant to help prosecutors make a case on his supplier. They continue up the chain as far as they can, reaching larger and larger dealers, regional suppliers, and hopefully, depending on the type of case, they end up able to prosecute the leaders of the drug trafficking organization.  [snip]

That brings us to today and Scott Hall, an Atlanta-area bail bondsman who was facing seven charges in the Fulton County case, including a RICO violation and conspiring to steal sensitive election data in Coffee County. This afternoon, with little advance notice, Hall pled guilty to five misdemeanors, will serve five years of probation, pay a $5,000 fine, and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. It’s the sort of deal that is so beneficial to a defendant that it suggests prosecutors believe his cooperation is valuable enough to merit the bargain.

So what might Hall be able to do? It’s not clear how important of a role he played in the overall scheme, and who he might have had direct communications with. But Hall was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell when she went to Coffee County, Georgia on January 7, the day after the insurrection, to carry out her scheme to illegally access voting machines. Hall’s cooperation is a bad sign for Powell. And Powell, in turn, had conversations about pursuing the Big Lie with others in the group and was in the room with Trump during some of the key conversations.

Sidney Powell isn't the only Trump co-defendant who should be concerned by Hall’s plea deal. Hall reportedly had an hour long call with Jeff Clark on January 2nd. That’s a long time for the Georgia bail bondsman to have been on the line with the Attorney General-wannabe who wanted to push states Biden won to call those results into question based on untrue allegations of fraud to try and swing the electoral vote call to Trump. It’s unlikely the call was just an hour of pleasantries. Precisely what was said and how good Hall’s recollection is—and whether or not he has contemporaneous notes or other verification of what took place during the call—remains to be seen...

Hall is unlikely to be the only co-defendant to accept a plea agreement in exchange for testimony. As the smaller fish look around and see others taking the off ramp while their personal resources dry up and blow away and prison terms loom, the compulsion to protect the Malignant Loser will fade quickly.  That's the beauty and brilliance of Fani Willis' bringing a racketeering case against this collection of seditionist misfits.  One by one, the misfits cut deals and the case gets stronger.

(Photo:  Hall / Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

Gen. Milley On Democracy And "Wannabe Dictators"


Gen. Mark Milley, speaking at his retirement ceremony yesterday, spoke forcefully about defending democracy and the proper role and allegiance of the military (excerpts):

Friday, September 29, 2023

QOTD -- Birdbrains


The Malignant Loser on the person he chose to be UN Ambassador, Nimarata"Nikki" Haley, today:

MAGA, or I, will never go for Birdbrain Nikki Haley. No loyalty, plenty of lies! “I will never run against our great President,” she said,“he has done an outstanding job.” To which I responded,“How nice of you to say, Nikki,” knowing full well that her words mean nothing. She even came to Mar-a-Lago with her family, “bearing gifts.” Anyway, Birdbrain doesn’t have the TALENT or TEMPERAMENT to do the job. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Well, as we always were told, it takes one to know one.  Haley was one of the six craven candidates at the first Republican "debate" who said she'd still support the Malignant Loser even if he was a convicted felon, so...

We love birdbrain- on- birdbrain verbal violence!

Today's Cartoons


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(Jack Ohman, Tribune Content Agency)

(Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune)

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

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press)

(Rob Rogers,

(Clay Jones,

(Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News)

(Tim Campbell, Counterpoint)

(Mike Smith, Las Vegas Sun)

(Pedro Molina, Counterpoint)

(Peter Steiner, @plsteiner)

Biden's Speech On The MAGA Cancer


ICYMI (as we did), President Biden gave what many believe was one of his best speeches yesterday in Tempe, honoring the late Sen. John McCain and blasting the MAGA movement and its leader as a danger to the Constitution and to democracy itself. Watch the video (Biden's remarks begin at approximately 4:25, following an excerpt of Cindy McCain's lovely introduction):

Biden has said he decided to run for President after the Malignant Loser's comments about neo-Nazi rioters in Charlottesville, VA, in 2017. His speech in Tempe marks a new, aggressive posture toward the fascistic, anti-democratic MAGA movement and its cult leader, in reaction perhaps to the Malignant Loser's violent rhetoric (e.g., against Gen. Milley and judges overseeing his cases), and his demand that his followers in the House shut down the Federal Government.  Gloves off.

(hat tip to our Florida Bureau Chief Gail)

Tweets / Xeets Of The Day


The shutdown about nothing (cue "Seinfeld" theme music) --



Obstructing justice for their cult leader --


Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) puts Republicans' impeachment inquiry in context --



House Republican Putin caucus numbers 117 --


Fani is! --



Can I get a witness? --


An RBG- level disaster? --


All the lies and both- sidesism fit to print  --


Don't sleep on racist radical Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin --


What's that Musk-y smell?  All hat (worn backwards), no cattle immigrant Elon --




On the cutting edge of ugly (Happy Friday!) --




Ed. note:  a quick advisory that the days of this Hackwhackers feature may be numbered, due to the ongoing genius of the Chief Twit:

Elon Musk said Monday he's moving to require all users to pay a monthly fee to use his social media site X, previously called Twitter.

No. Nope. Non. Nein. Nyet. 


Weekend Music


In 1966, Manfred Mann had a modest hit in the U.S. with the power pop anthem "Pretty Flamingo" (the recording did much better in the UK and Ireland, where it hit #1).  The song has been covered by such artists as the Everly Brothers, Gene Pitney, and (in concert) Bruce Springsteen.  We especially like this live version performed at Montreux in 1989 by Elvis Costello, with a backup band consisting of Nick Lowe on bass, and Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford on guitars and Gilson Lavis on drums.  "She's out of reach, and out of sight."  Hope you enjoy.

House Impeachment Inquiry "Botched" Say Republicans


It looks like his fellow right-wing Republicans are highly displeased with Kentucky MAGAt bumpkin Rep. James "Homer" Comer's ludicrous opening act in the show trial / impeachment inquiry of President Biden:

"The Thursday hearing began with the Republicans' own witness, lawyer Jonathan Turley testifying that he doesn't believe there's enough evidence to impeach President Joe Biden.

Stephen Neukam of The Messenger tweeted on Thursday afternoon that anger is growing within the GOP as Republicans flail – and Democrats appear to have their act together.

'Republican aides tell me the impeachment hearing is being overshadowed by spending battle,' Neukam posted on social media. 'A House GOP aide told me this would be the biggest story in the country, but is being overshadowed. I asked another if he was paying attention. The answer? 'Spending spending spending.'

He went on to quote another house staffer: Chairman James "Comer (R-KY) and staff botched this bad."

The aide said the information from the Republicans has been 'confusing,' while Democrats appear 'on message.'

'How can you not be better prepared for this?' the staffer lamented." (our emphasis)

You could be better prepared if you had some actual evidence, rather than air blown at you from the hind quarters of the fascist right. When the weaselly law professor and professional shill on Fox "News" Jonathan Turley says you have bupkis, you need to go back to the manure pile and look for that pony. With the infighting in the Republican caucus over the Government shutdown as their template, this farce promises to be one long series of face plants and finger pointing by House Republicans. Loving it!


Senator Dianne Feinstein 1933-2023


The California Democrat and oldest member of the Senate passed away last night:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a vocal advocate of gun control measures who was known for trying to find common ground with Republicans during her three decades in the Senate, has died, according to several sources familiar with the matter.

She was 90.

Feinstein, the oldest member of the Senate, the longest-serving female senator and the longest-serving senator from California, announced in February that she planned to retire at the end of her term. She had faced calls for her resignation over concerns about her health.  [snip]

Feinstein faced some pressure to resign in recent years to make way for younger lawmakers. Last April, Feinstein pushed back against a news report in the San Francisco Chronicle citing multiple anonymous colleagues expressing worries that she was mentally unfit to serve. “I remain committed to do what I said I would when I was re-elected in 2018: fight for Californians,” she said then. 

Democratic Reps. Katie Porter, Adam Schiff and Barbara Lee are running for Feinstein's seat...

Gov. Newsome will now appoint someone to fill the remainder of Sen. Feinstein's term. 

Trump Fraud Trial Will Start Oct. 2

Justice won't be delayed in the State of New York's fraud (and more) case against the Malignant Loser (our emphasis):

An appeals court Thursday rejected Donald Trump’s bid to delay a civil trial in a lawsuit brought by New York’s attorney general, allowing the case to proceed days after a judge ruled the former president committed years of fraud and stripped him of some companies as punishment.

The decision, by the state’s intermediate appellate court, clears the way for Judge Arthur Engoron to preside over a non-jury trial starting Monday in Manhattan in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil lawsuit.

Trump is listed among dozens of possible witnesses, setting up a potential courtroom showdown with the judge. The fraud ruling Tuesday threatens to upend his real estate empire and force him to give up prized New York properties such as Trump Tower, a Wall Street office building, golf courses and a suburban estate.  [snip]

Engoron’s fraud ruling resolved the key claim in James’ lawsuit, but six others remain. They include allegations of conspiracy, falsifying business records and insurance fraud. The judge will also decide on James’ request for $250 million in penalties...

The Malignant Loser's loser legal team will attempt engage in the type of futile delaying maneuvers that have become the standard for this career con man.  The latest one has failed, but they'll keep trying and, we trust, failing.

The basic finding has already been made:  the Malignant Loser "committed years of fraud."

Proud Boy Fugitive Caught


An insurrectionist fugitive from justice has been arrested.  This time, Lock. Him. Up:

The FBI has arrested a member of the Proud Boys who went missing just before he was set to be sentenced for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to a spokesperson for the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

"We can confirm the arrest of Christopher Worrell," the spokesperson told ABC News in a statement Thursday evening. "The FBI arrested him and the Collier County Sheriff's Office assisted."

Worrell, a 52-year-old from Naples, Florida, went missing in August just before he was going to be sentenced for several felonies he was convicted on over his conduct during the Jan. 6 riot.

A judge found Worrell guilty in May 2023 of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon, obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress, and obstructing, impeding, or interfering with officers during the commission of a civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, engaging in physical violence with a deadly or dangerous weapon all felonies, and an act of physical violence in the Capitol Grounds or Buildings, a misdemeanor. The verdict followed a five-day bench trial.  [snip]

After the judge in his case was informed that Worrell had gone missing, the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Worrell had been on house arrest after court records show he complained about the treatment at the Washington D.C. jail. The federal judge allowed him to await sentencing while on house arrest.

Prosecutors had sought a 14 year prison sentence for Worrell.  [our emphasis]

A lot of "deadly or dangerous weapons" there.  Now tack on some more years for flight.

These violent, white nationalist bums should never be on bail, house arrest or anything short of a jail cell awaiting trial. Have judges learned their lesson?

 (Photo: neither proud nor a boy Worrell / FBI)

Thursday, September 28, 2023

QOTD -- Flying Monkeys



Our Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), in his opening statement at the clown show "impeachment inquiry" today:

...To delay justice, Donald Trump would cut off paychecks to a couple million service members and federal workers, and furlough more than a million workers and pay them later for having not worked. They would halt food assistance to millions of moms and kids, and keep NIH, in my district, from enrolling any more patients in life and death clinical research trials.

Trump's convinced that if we shut the government down, his four criminal prosecutions on 91 different charges will be defunded and delayed long enough to keep him from having to go before a jury of his peers before the 2024 election. And like flying monkeys on a mission for the Wicked Witch of the West, Trump's followers in the House now carry messages out to the world: Shut down the government. Shut down the prosecutions...

With a government shutdown looming, these flying monkeys are wasting the public's money and time running cover and trying to even scores for their cult leader.  Raskin has it exactly right, as usual.

(Photo:  Rep. Raskin, with MAGAt meathead Republican Rep. Comer to his left, uses Republicans' words to good effect / AFP via Getty Images)

Today's Cartoons


(click on images to enlarge)

(Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News)

(Andy Marlette,

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Mick Stevens, The New Yorker)

(John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

(Lalo Alcaraz, LA Weekly)

(Matt Wuerker, Politico)

(Rob Rogers, 

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

(Jack Ohman, Tribune Content Agency)

(Gary Markstein,

(Ann Telnaes, Washington Post)

(Banx, Financial Times, London)

Tweets / Xeets Of The Day

The Biden impeachment shit fling is off to a great start. Bwahahahaha! --

And glorious Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-TX) is having none of it -- 

From the Malignant Loser's fake union rally yesterday -- 


Republican "debate" vignettes -- 



Kari, in contrast, will "bond" with Trump at his residences for the VP spot --  


Biden notes one true statement from the "debate" -- 

Tears on his pillow --  

Russians taking a page from genocidal Nazi rhetoric --  

Wow, Secretary of State Blinken has some blues chops for you -- 

Teamwork! --  


The "Populist" Party For The Wealthiest People


The ridiculous canard that the Republican / Forced Birth / Shooters party has become the "working man's party" can be punctured by examining Republican tax policy for the past half century. Using trickle down economics as their lodestar, Republican lawmakers habitually protect the highest income earners (i.e. their donors) in the tax code, sticking it to the middle class when it comes to income taxes. A favorite tactic of theirs is creating loopholes for the very wealthy to slip through in avoiding taxes. But the newest game by right wing Republicans is to keep the Internal Revenue Service back on its heels, and not provide funding sufficient to go after high income tax cheats through audits and enforcement. From Greg Sargent writing in the Washington Post:

"Republicans have been amplifying the claim lately that their party has undergone a 'populist' makeover, rendering it both anti-elite and pro-working class. One way Republicans purport to illustrate this is by attacking President Biden’s expanded funding for the Internal Revenue Service, insisting that it empowers a strike force of bureaucrats to prey on ordinary Americans.

But new data on tax avoidance by the ultrarich badly undermines GOP claims to being an anti-elite, pro-worker party. It shows that if Republicans get their way with regard to the IRS, a nontrivial number of very rich Americans would continue to underpay taxes they owe, effectively making out like bandits — some literally so.

Nearly 1,000 tax filers who earn more than $1 million per year have still not filed federal tax returns for at least one year from 2017 to 2020, according to IRS data provided to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

What’s more, the 2,000 people who represent the highest-income non-filers in one or more of those years owe a total of more than $900 million in federal taxes, the data shows.

'These are people who essentially blow raspberries at the IRS,' Wyden told me. 'They’re sophisticated people. They know this is wrong, wrong, wrong. And they do it anyway.'

The data underscores that when the IRS is underfunded, wealthy tax cheats benefit in a big way. An underfunded IRS is what Republicans are advocating for."  (our emphasis)

The lying Republicans know that by expanding funding to the IRS, it's their donors that will be forced to pay their fair share in taxes, not the Republican-voting small business owner in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have to lie, because undermining the IRS actually hurts that Republican-voting small business owner, who eventually has to pay higher taxes to make up for the wealthiest income earners who are avoiding theirs.


Federal Government Shutdown Impacts


The combination of a radical right-wing Republican House caucus and spineless and powerless "leadership" to change course will almost certainly mean a shutdown of the Federal Government at midnight on Saturday. For those who wonder what the impacts would be not only on the civilian and military employees of the Government, but perhaps on their lives, the Associated Press has a primer:

Millions of federal workers face delayed paychecks when the government shuts down, including many of the roughly 2 million military personnel and more than 2 million civilian workers across the nation.

Nearly 60% of federal workers are stationed in the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.

While all of the military’s active-duty troops and reservists would continue to work, more than half of the Department of Defense’s civilian workforce, which is roughly 440,000 people, would be furloughed.

Across federal agencies, workers are stationed in all 50 states and have direct interaction with taxpayers — from Transportation Security Administration agents who operate security at airports to Postal Service workers who deliver mail. [snip]

Beyond federal workers, a shutdown could have far-reaching effects on government services. People applying for government services like clinical trials, firearm permits and passports could see delays.

Some federal offices will also have to close or face shortened hours during a shutdown.

Businesses closely connected to the federal government, such as federal contractors or tourist services around national parks, could see disruptions and downturns. The travel sector could lose $140 million daily in a shutdown, according to the U.S. Travel Industry Association.

Lawmakers also warn that a shutdown could rattle financial markets. Goldman Sachs has estimated that a shutdown would reduce economic growth by 0.2% every week it lasted, but growth would then bounce back after the government reopens.

Others say the disruption in government services has far-reaching impacts because it shakes confidence in the government to fulfill its basic duties. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned, 'A well-functioning economy requires a functioning government.'”

Our broken media will usually balk at specifically identifying the persons and party responsible, laying the blame on "Congress" not getting its act together. The first thing would be to select a more honest news source. The second would be to understand that this latest hostage taking by the Republican/Forced Birth/Shooters party won't be their last. Every year they've got majority power particularly in the House, expect the debt ceiling, the Federal budget and more to be held ransom to their outrageous demands, which the general public rejects by a significant majority.


Republicans In Disarray: We're In Agreement!


We didn't watch the Christofascist Republican shitshow last night -- precious time we could never have gotten back.  However, in reading some of the post- shitshow analysis, we find ourselves agreeing with some of the comments made by the various also- rans on the stage.  It was sweet Republican- on- Republican verbal violence.  A few favorites:

Bootsie DeSantis on the Malignant Loser's record

“He should be on this stage tonight. He owes it to you to defend his record where they added 7.8 trillion to the debt that set the stage for the inflation that we have.”

Nikki Haley on Vivek "Ramasmarmy" Ramaswamy

"Honestly, every time I hear you, I feel a little bit dumber for what you say.” *

Chris Christie on the no- show Malignant Loser

“You’re ducking these things. And let me tell you what’s going to happen. [If] you keep doing that, no one up here is going to call you Donald Trump anymore, we’re going to call you Donald Duck.

More "debates" please!


* A line that could apply to everyone on the stage, actually.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Today's Cartoons


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(Randy Bish,

(Jesse Duquette, @JRDuquette)

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News)

(Chris Britt,

(Phil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal)

(Jeff Danziger, The Rutland Herald, VT)

(Matt Davies, Newsday)

(Bill Day,

(Tim Campbell, Counterpoint)

(Mike Peters, Dayton Daily News)

(Robert Ariail, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, SC)

(Rob Murray, @RMurrayCartoons, UK)