Thursday, November 30, 2023

Today's Cartoons


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(John Darkow, Columbia Missourian)

(Joe Heller,

(Ward Sutton, Counterpoint)

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; context here)

(Jimmy Margulies,

(Nick Anderson, Reform Austin News, TX)

(Monte Wolverton,

(Matt Davies, Newsday)

(Ann Telnaes, Washington Post;  context here)

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

(Jack Ohman, Tribune Content Agency)

(Dave Whamond,

(Corey Pandolph, The New Yorker)

Tweets / Xeets Of The Day


Is Henry Kissinger about to meet Old Scratch?  --




The Malignant Loser caught in major violation of court order. -- 


Also, the Malignant Loser's attorneys are slowly throwing him under the bus. --

What's that Musk-y smell?  Musk tells advertisers go f*ck yourselves! They respond.  -- 


Vice President Harris dunks on loser Kevin "Qevin" McCarthy. --

The staggering losses of the Russian invaders since February 2022.  --  

Guys, try not to be so obvious. -- 



"How Adult Toddlers Behave"


Using a description of fascist fanboy/ exploding- car- and- rocket man Elon Musk that could easily apply to the Malignant Loser, here's tech commentator Kara Swisher's take on Musk's latest profane outburst against advertisers fleeing "X":

Trump Has Tantrum Over Koch's Haley Blessing

The Malignant Loser has always seen the world through his criminally narcissistic eyes as "me against them." Needless to say he was in high tantrum mode after the right-wing Koch Network endorsed fast talking flip flopper Nikki "Nimrata" Haley for President. You could feel the heat coming off of his failed "Truth Social" media platform as he whined in his ALL CAPS, illiterate style:

"The Globalist Koch Fake 'Network,' Americans for China Prosperity, who constantly admit that they did better in Business under President Trump than EVER BEFORE, have decided to back Nikki 'Birdbrain' Haley over Ron DeSanctimonious, a minor hit for Ron. I was never in the running because I'm all about Making America, not the outside World, Great Again!

"These losers have fought me from 2016 to the present. They are bad for our Country, and so is a very weak and ineffective Birdbrain, who still says that "President Trump was a GREAT President, I will never run against him." She's down 50 Points, she better start running FAST!"

Haley will no doubt try to thread the needle by pushing back while not alienating too many of his angry cult, an act doomed to failure.

The rage-filled Malignant Loser should count to 10 before he puts his little fingers on the keyboard, so that he doesn't make gaffes like calling the Koch network "Americans for China Prosperity" and then say they did better under his regime "than EVER BEFORE" in the same sentence. D'oh!  The Malignant Loser's "Truth Social" postings are like a Rorschach test of his disturbed and dangerous mind, such as it is. 


Sentencing (And Re-Sentencing) The Insurrectionists: Airheads And A Proud Boy


These "airhead" MAGAts (are there any that aren't?) got off lightly, stupidity being the last refuge of insurrectionists:

The mother and son duo who helped a Jan. 6 rioter steal former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s laptop was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 months and 18 months of home incarceration, respectively, according to WUSA9.

Maryann Mooney-Rondon and her 25-year-old son, Rafael Rondon, were taken into custody in Oct. 2021 after they were identified by Sedition Hunters, the online community that looks into Jan. 6 rioters using publicly available footage and videos posted on social media websites. These internet investigators referred to the pair as “AirheadLady” and “AirheadBoy” after they were recorded leaving the Capitol with stolen escape hoods meant for members of Congress and their staff.

NBC News reported that the pair were pinpointed by a Sedition Hunter comparing facial recognition to Facebook photos after the FBI incorrectly raided the residence of Marilyn Hueper in Alaska. Agents mistook Hueper, who was on the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 but did not break into the building, for Mooney-Rondon.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Jia Cobb said she was giving the pair a “significant break” and explained, “I just think that they were acting very stupidly.”

Rafael Rondon confessed to the FBI in August that he helped an unidentified man disconnect cables out of Pelosi’s laptop. Ahead of his sentencing, he said, “I made a stupid mistake. I realize that.”

WUSA9 stated Rafael was handed a 14-month prison sentence in July after pleading guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm.

Meanwhile, Mooney-Rondon admitted that she gave the thief gloves so that he wouldn’t leave any fingerprints. Prior to the ruling, she apologized to the court and said, “I was the adult in the room and I failed. I have brought embarrassment to my family.”

But when asked about why she committed the act, the mother claimed that the man who stole Pelosi’s laptop was working in an organized group and she only participated because it was the “easiest thing to do.”

The man in question has not yet been arrested.

Maybe it was this pinhead --

This violent MAGAt Proud Boy is going back into the slammer:

A Texas man who shot toward sheriff’s deputies who were making a welfare call to his house on the day he had agreed to surrender on charges for taking part in the in the U.S. Capitol riot was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm.

Nathan Donald Pelham, who was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Dallas. Pelham was accused of firing the shots from his rural home on April 12, the day he was told he was charged with four misdemeanors for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack.

Prosecutors say Pelham had agreed to surrender on the Capitol riot charges when he was contacted by an FBI agent. Later that day, though, a deputy from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was sent to the house about 50 miles (81 kilometers) northeast of Dallas in response to a welfare call made by a relative. A child was sent out of the house and deputies began to hear gunshots, according to court records. The Justice Department said no law enforcement officers were injured.

Investigators say Pelham entered the Capitol wearing goggles and a hat with the Proud Boys’ logo, but later denied affiliation with the extremist group. He allegedly stayed inside the Capitol for about seven minutes. About two months later, Pelham was stopped while attempting to enter Canada and told Border Patrol agents that he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, court records show.

He was sentenced to time served in the Capitol riot case in September.

Turns out time served wasn't enough to clear his empty head. 

Get more insurrectionist airheads off the street.  Please check out the FBI January 6 website and call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit, if you see anyone you recognize.

(Photos:  top, U.S. District Court for DC;  bottom, U.S. Attorney for DC)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Today's Cartoons


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(Peter Kuper,

(Dave Whamond,

(Jimmy Margulies,

(Tim Campbell, Counterpoint)

(Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News)

(Dave Granlund,

(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News)

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

(Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press)

(John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

(Paul Noth, @PaulNoth)

Hunting Hunter: Another Shot In The Foot

Inept, radical and hypocritical Republicans on the House Oversight Committee have been trying since last January to find imaginary dirt on either President Biden or his son Hunter for the purposes of a fraudulent, retaliatory impeachment of the President. Of course, they've come up with zip. They demanded that Hunter Biden appear for a closed door deposition, which they could later manipulate and quote from selectively and maliciously. Imagine their embarrassment when Hunter Biden said he'd be happy to testify, but only in public, something the MAGA crew wanted to avoid at all costs. From MSNBC's Hayes Brown:

"Republicans have demanded that Hunter Biden appear on Dec. 13 for a closed-door deposition to discuss his past business dealings and whether his father ever improperly used his influence while in office to boost those endeavors.

But rather than fight the subpoena, Hunter Biden appears eager, maybe too eager, to appear before the GOP-led panel. In a letter from his lawyer on Tuesday, Biden not only agreed to testify but to do so in an open committee session. And in his response, Oversight Committee Chair Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., made clear how caught off guard he was — and how unprepared he is to back up his tough talk in public."  (our emphasis)

Fearing that they wouldn't be able to control the narrative in a public hearing, Comer & Co. are now faced with the problem of explaining why a public hearing with Biden is worse than their closed door deposition. Here's an example of what they wanted to do to Hunter Biden with their deposition scheme:

"The Oversight Committee has already held numerous closed-door interviews with people in the Bidens’ orbit, including Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s former business partner. Archer’s interview, in particular, was exploited by Republicans who teased out portions that sounded damning, including that Joe Biden had spoken numerous times with his sons’ business associates. Once the full transcripts were released, however, it became clear just how much of a stretch the GOP was making in their characterization of Archer’s testimony as damning for the president."  (our emphasis)

Of course, in an open hearing, Republicans would be free to fling their conspiracies and innuendo at Biden, but Biden and Dems on the Committee would be able to push back and fact check in real time, blunting the intended effect of slanderous Republican accusations. It's clear that's what they're afraid of, with their year-long buffoonish attempt to smear President Biden and his son crashing in flames.

BONUS:  More on "James Comer's most dishonest attack yet."

(photo: James "Wile E. Coyote" Comer and Hunter Biden)

Tweets / Xeets Of The Day


It's the fascism, stupid (cont.) --



"My offer is this:  nothing" --


Not likely --



An "epic humiliation" for James Comer's impeachment clown show --



What's that Musk-y smell?  Stale Pizzagate --


Embraceable you --



Toxic Trumpist masculinity (WaPo wants you to date them, ladies!) --



Lightweight bravely standing for everything and nothing --




Rep. Santos/ Devolder/ Kitara seen blowing out of DC --




Mid-Week Songs: The Quiet Beatle


Twenty-two years ago today, George Harrison passed away from lung cancer at the age of 58. His legacy, both as The Beatles' lead guitarist and in his later solo career, is matched by very few musicians now or in the past. With the recent release of The Beatles' new, and likely final recording "Now And Then", the group gained new attention some 61 years after the release of their first single, "Love Me Do" (a remix of which appears on the other side of "Now And Then"). Harrison's compositions were outnumbered by the Lennon and McCartney songwriting juggernaut, but he can claim authorship of two unforgettable songs, which we feature today: "Something", featuring his first wife and muse Pattie Boyd, and "Here Comes The Sun." Enjoy.

This Must Be Bad News For Biden (UPDATED)


Gas prices:

In a gift to American shoppers this holiday season, gasoline prices have dropped for 61 consecutive days after getting dangerously close to $4 a gallon in September.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas stood at $3.25 a gallon on Tuesday, according to AAA. That’s down five cents from a week ago and 26 cents from a month ago.

Gas prices have now fallen every day since the peak on September 18, AAA data shows. The streak is a victory for consumers, saving them extra cash just in time for the crucial holiday shopping season.

Americans are particularly sensitive to shifts in prices at the pump as they are highly visible and largely unavoidable.

“Gasoline prices are so in-your-face. This is a clear tailwind for consumer spending,” said Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis at the Oil Price Information Service...

Falling gas prices are only to the credit of Republican Presidents, so checkmate, libs!

Consumer confidence:

After declining for three straight months, American consumer confidence ticked up in November as the all-important holiday shopping season kicks into high gear.

The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 102 this month from 99.1 in October. Analysts were expecting a reading of 101. The October reading was revised down from an original reading of 102.6.

The index measures both Americans’ assessment of current economic conditions and their outlook for the next six months.

The main index was boosted by respondents whose outlook for the next six months improved.  [snip]

... Still, about two-thirds of those surveyed still expect a downturn before the end of 2024...
Don't worry, though.  With Republicans and their news media boosters constantly chirping on their "bad economy" narrative, consumers' irrational fears of a recession will dog Biden and Democrats through next year's election!  Checkmate, democracy!


US economic growth was even stronger in the third quarter than previously estimated, underscoring the economy’s remarkable resilience in the face of elevated inflation and high borrowing costs earlier this year.

Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic output, rose at an annualized rate of 5.2% from July through September, according to the Commerce Department’s second estimate, released Wednesday morning. GDP is adjusted for inflation and seasonal swings.

Wednesday’s latest reading reflects an even faster pace of growth than the blistering 4.9% rate the department initially estimated. It factors in greater business investment, government outlays, residential investment and inventory growth...

Suck it, Dims!


QOTD -- A Man Diminished


"...When Trump’s supporters talk about the 91 felony charges he’s facing from four indictments in four jurisdictions as if they’re just water bouncing off a duck’s back, it’s hollow boosterism. They want to portray Trump as a strongman whose might makes him immune to morality, laws, and the Constitution.

"What they refuse to see is a man diminished. Trump is being stalked by something he has dodged for decades — accountability. Now he has to deal with Tuesday’s surprising news that the political network founded by Charles and David Koch, the ultra right-wing and diabolically powerful billionaires, has endorsed Nikki Haley for the Republican presidential nomination. It’s a clear attempt to prod the party beyond Trump who, at least to the Kochs, has outlived his usefulness.

"With the Iowa caucuses less than two months away, it’s another unexpected jolt for the former president whose cult of personality might not be as durable as it once was. Despite his public bravado, he’s old, miserable, and desperate. But as the world witnessed at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a desperate Trump is also a man unbound and at his most dangerous." -- Renee Graham, Boston Globe, concluding her op/ ed, "Donald Trump's Un-wonderful Life."   We agree.  His increasingly unhinged rhetoric and behavior underscore his fear and desperation.  Nobody should be fooled that he's handling any of his legal and political challenges well. That's good.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Pics Of The Day -- Worth A Thousand Words


For those who celebrate, this year's Christmas decorations at the Biden White House are intended to make visitors “see this time of year through the wondrous, sparkling eyes of children.”  The theme is "Magic, Wonder, And Joy."  Here's how it looks (click on images to enlarge).

The grand foyer of the White House:

Seasonal vignettes are scattered throughout.  This is the China Room:

This is the library:

For contrast, let's recall the Trump crime family's decorations ("American Carnage"? "Fascist Chic"?), from 2017 (top) and 2018:

Brrrr.  No magic, wonder or joy there.  Kind of like the 4 years the Malignant Loser put America through.

(Photos: top three, Evan Vucci / AP;  bottom two, Getty Images)

Today's Cartoons


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(Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

(Jack Ohman, Tribune Content Agency)

(Phil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal)

(Ted Littleford, @tedlittleford)

(Rob Rogers,

(Bill Bramhall, New York Daily News)

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

(Jimmy Margulies,

(Robert Ariail, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, SC)

(Peter Steiner, @plsteiner)

Tweets / Xeets Of The Day


Hats off to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for this win. --

Shitstain Tommy "Dixie Dolt" Tuberville makes our military weaker, then complains about it. -- 


The "gigantic global sewer" that Elon Musk has created loses the Mayor of Paris -- 

So Mr. Unexciting or Mr. Dictator / Sociopath / Felon?  Tough choice. -- 

Mike "Fly Guy" Pence: witness for the prosecution. -- 


Breaking "news" from "Bullshit Mountain" -- 


The inane Sen. Blackburn unknowingly blames her party for problems in Tennessee -- 

Rupees and rubles don't cut it. -- 

Give a hug today. -- 


Trump Wants To Repeal Obamacare... Again


The orange menace, who continues to "ace" his cognitive tests, is proposing a real brilliant idea:  repealing the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"):

Unable to come up with new policy ideas, former president Donald Trump has returned to playing the greatest hits. A case in point: He is once again threatening to repeal Obamacare.

It’s hard to think of a more wrongheaded campaign promise than this, on both political and policy grounds.

To be sure, there was once a time when destroying Obamacare, a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act, was a winning issue for Republicans. For the first few years after the marquee health-care law passed in 2010, many voters despised it. The law’s favorability was underwater in almost every poll for the first six years of its existence.

Such disdain had relatively little to do with what the law actually did. Yes, there was a small slice of the population angered by the loss of cheap, threadbare health coverage that was being phased out. A few other critics had philosophical objections to the law’s objectives — i.e., whether the government should even try to guarantee universal access to insurance, or to specific kinds of health-care services.

But for the most part, it was the GOP’s fearmongering campaigns that gave the law a black eye. Obamacare was a technical and complicated suite of programs, and government complexity is generally an opportunity for demagogues. So demagogue Republicans did, convincing Americans that this scary new statute would kill not only jobs and federal budgets, but somehow even your beloved grandma, too. (Remember “death panels”?)

None of these things came to pass. And while the Obamacare brand might have been unpopular, most of Obamacare’s actual provisions were well-liked. Nearly every major plank of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — such as guaranteeing coverage to people with preexisting conditions, expanding Medicaid, and allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance plans for longer — was and continues to be favored by the public.

But it's not favored by a Malignant Loser who has only a hateful, destructive, un-American legacy from his dark four years in office.  Being the sociopathic narcissist that he is, he can't stand to see President Obama's most significant achievement survive, regardless of the pain and difficulties it would cause tens of millions of Americans should it go away.  So, apparently, his ego can't be deterred:

Most Republican politicians have now figured out that talking about health care is a political liability, so they’ve shut up about it. In the 2022 midterms, for instance, health care was the second-most-frequently featured topic in Democrats’ campaign ads (behind abortion); in Republicans’ ads, health care did not even crack the top 20 issues, according to data from AdImpact.

Trump hasn’t gotten the message, though. Over the weekend, he declared on social media that the failure to terminate Obamacare during his presidency “was a low point for the Republican Party, but we should never give up!”

Given the popularity of Obamacare, Democrats are already seeing to it that the Malignant Loser's vow to "never give up" trying to end it is part of their 2024 strategy.  They can include it with Republican plans to cut Medicare/ Medicaid and Social Security.

Of course, the pathological liar Malignant Loser and his cult in Congress repeatedly promised a super- duper replacement for Obamacare, but somehow it never materialized during his time in office.  They don't need to be given any more chances.

(Photo illustration: Elizabeth Brockway / The Daily Beast)

Time For A "Rocket Docket" For Trump Trials


Randall Eliason, former chief of the fraud and public corruption section of the U.S. Attorney's office for Washington, D.C., writes in this morning's New York Times that the Federal judiciary needs to move more aggressively in its schedules for the Malignant Loser's trials on multiple felonies. It's already a given that the Malignant Loser will use every tactic to delay the trials for the January 6 insurrection and the purloined classified documents to beyond the election so that he can shut the Federal cases down. From his essay:

"If Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president in 2024, it’s now clear he will likely still have criminal indictments hanging over his head on Election Day. It’s possible that his criminal liability for the events leading up to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol will remain unresolved.

If that happens, voters will go to the polls without knowing whether one of the candidates in the current election is criminally responsible for trying to overturn the last one and subvert the will of the voters.

Having an election under such circumstances is unthinkable. As Richard Nixon might have put it, voters have a right to know whether their candidate is a crook. It can be avoided, but it’s going to require the judiciary to take some extraordinary steps. And whether it happens will be decided by a relative handful of federal jurists — including a number appointed by Mr. Trump himself."

It's not helpful, to say the least, that he has a virtual co-conspirator in the form of Judge Aileen Cannon overseeing the classified documents case, putting roadblocks in the way of the prosecution where possible. It also wasn't helpful that Attorney General Merrick Garland dragged his feet especially on the January 6 insurrection case, waiting until Congress had provided him cover to appoint a Special Counsel despite the Malignant Loser's crimes being committed out in the open and on videotape. Eliason concludes his essay:

"A functioning democracy requires an informed electorate. It’s hard to imagine a more important piece of information for voters to have next November than whether a candidate is criminally culpable for trying to overturn the last presidential election.

Our legal system can resolve this case expeditiously while still protecting the defendant’s rights, but the judiciary will have to step up and do its part to protect democracy."

With numerous Trump appointees on the Federal bench, it's doubtful whether they can be counted on to assure speedy trials, effectively giving the Malignant Loser a pass on his crimes.


QOTD -- Not The Dating Kind


"It's an amusing truth that comes up with regularity: Men who love Donald Trump struggle on the dating market. This is neither surprising nor regrettable. Supporting Trump is much like refusing to bathe, blowing your nose in your hands or farting loudly on purpose. It's a repugnant habit that makes you repulsive to normal people. The whole point of dating and marriage is to find happiness, not to spend the rest of one's days suffering in silence while the racist you live with cackles over Greg Gutfeld's latest hateful diatribe disguised as 'comedy.' [snip]

"But of course, women's happiness is not actually the concern of the Washington Post editorial board. The more serious argument comes from their insistence that cross-political marriages will help save the nation from 'the Trump-era divisions' and social ills stemming from men's misogyny. Basically, it's a gussied-up version of the classic 'Beauty and the Beast' fantasy, where a woman's love can turn the brute into a prince. It's cruel on its face to expect women to give up their own happiness in hopes they can turn a redhat into a better man through patience and love. But it's also a false hope. It's hard enough to get anyone to change their minds about politics. Trying to get men who already think women are inferior to listen to their liberal wives is a joke..." -- Amanda Marcotte, in Salon, writing why "It's a good thing women won't date Trump voters," an opinion in opposition to a brain- dead, misogynist editorial (no link!) in the fast- declining Washington Post that essentially urges women to overlook political objections and give those Trumpers some lovin'.  Marcotte's response in full is a great response and well worth the read.

(Photo: Ladies, these dreamboats can be yours, if you behave! / Getty Images)