Wednesday’s Red Menace: Open Thread


Trump’s hair making a statement about foreigners…particularly his version i.e. the Mexican rapist variety…as in to say, “stay the fuck out of Merica.”


There is a new study out, that states people who have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes early on, have a higher chance of dementia when they reach middle age. Personally I think they should also do a study on the parents of said children who have been diagnosed. (Especially if those children are teen children.)

I think I am going berserk, so excuse the link/open thread today. Just like Jerry in the clip below, the red menace is burning my brain. I’m on no sleep and buddy I am stressed out.



My red menace is a kid named Jake, who drives a red Kia.

The other red menace of late is Trump…although, I think he is playing the part of detractor extraordinaire perfectly.

So the pictures you see today are various images of Trump’s magnificent and “lively” coiffure.

‘Our First Openly Asshole President': Stewart Returns from Break to Shred Trump | Mediaite

Trump's hair giving examples of how grand his living room is.

Trump’s hair giving examples of how grand his living room is.

‘Advice for Future President Trump?’ Stewart Talks with Obama for One Last Time | Mediaite



Trump’s hair showing by raised hands, who is the biggest nut case….oh, I mean….who has the biggest nut sack in the press room during his “fuck John McCain” interview.


The latest news on Sandra Bland:

Sandra Bland Death: Texas to Look Into Alleged Edits of Dashcam Video – NBC News

If you missed the other big news from yesterday on this issue…

New Video Shows Aggressive Arrest of Sandra Bland Prior to Her Death in a Texas Jail | Mother Jones

Fox is reporting: Navy officer, Marine reportedly returned fire at Chattanooga gunman | Fox News

And, this is going on: Lawsuit says Lauderdale sheriff denied inmate access to abortion |

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton is facing a federal lawsuit accusing him of denying a woman’s civil rights, specifically, her right to an abortion.

The suit names Singleton as the defendant in his official capacity as Sheriff of Lauderdale County. The lawsuit was filed in district court Monday by attorneys for a woman who is an inmate in the Lauderdale County Jail.

Her attorneys claims the sheriff is violating her civil rights and is asking a court to step in so she can get an abortion.

Attorneys for the woman, identified only as “Jane Doe,” filed the complaint claiming Sheriff Singleton is violating her rights to get an abortion and allowing cruel and unusual punishment.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton

The lawsuit states Jane Doe knew she was pregnant before she was incarcerated and she tried to get an abortion before she was locked up. She’s reportedly in her first trimester.

The suit also claims the sheriff has denied her request for a medical furlough or supervised release to abort the fetus. Instead, he directed her to seek a court order since her situation is not a medical emergency.

Take a look at that dud, oops….dude. (Sheriff.)


The suit goes on to claim that by preventing Jane Doe from getting medical services to terminate her pregnancy, her constitutional rights are being denied.

Trump hair when he goes to a AARP event, and he has to work the crowd.

Trump hair when he goes to a AARP event, and he has to work the crowd.

Attorneys are asking for an emergency injunction asking that the sheriff be ordered to immediately grant the woman’s request for counseling and the abortion.

Jane Doe is being represented by a Florence attorney and two lawyers with the ACLU foundation, one in Montgomery, the other in New York.

We’ll stay on top of the story and let you know what the court decides.

Even though time could be an important factor in this case, there’s no word on how long it could take for a judge to rule.

Sad situation, but then there are a lot of things being chipped away from Women’s rights the last few days/weeks.

Silhouette of Trump's hair in the glow of NYC he plans his next ambush.

Silhouette of Trump’s hair in the glow of NYC lights….as he plans his next ambush.

But y’all realize, with the narrative being hijacked by a man walking around with a red squirrel on top of head…people are not seeing what is really going on.

This is an open thread.

Trump Hair Gallery below:

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Some of those pictures have captions written on them. Not all of them because I am just too damn tired and stressed out to do an more…

Good night all. By good, night I mean, good morning.

Sunday Reads : Trump too far….

Good Afternoon

Yeah well, a good thing can only go so far…am I right? /snark

Donald Trump says John McCain ‘not a war hero'; Republican rivals denounce him – LA Times

Donald Trump, whose bombastic statements have shot him to the top of Republican presidential primary polls, mocked Sen. John McCain’s war record as a POW in Vietnam on Saturday, crossing a line that triggered condemnations from previously quiet GOP leaders and rivals.

They used their strongest terms to date — calling Trump’s comments “slanderous,” declaring him unfit for office, and asserting that the Republican Party has no tolerance for disparaging statements about combat veterans.

The question now is whether Trump, who saw his campaign take off after broadly denouncing Mexicans who cross the border illegally as rapists and drug dealers, will remain popular with segments of the GOP base who revere military service, prisoners of war and the 2008 presidential nominee’s connection to both.

I think the answer to that question can be found in the comment section of the next link…Donald Trump Says He Does Not Owe John McCain Apology – ABC News

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he does not owe John McCain an apology for saying the Arizona senator is only a war hero “because he was captured.”

Trump told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week” that he won’t be pulling out of the presidential race over his comments, which he made Saturday during a campaign event in Iowa. Trump said he left to a “standing ovation” after speaking at the Family Leadership Council summit.

“When I left the room, it was a total standing ovation,” said Trump. “It was wonderful to see. Nobody was insulted.”

Damn, Jon Stewart has a gold mine here for his final week.

When speaking about McCain on Saturday, Trump said he likes “people who weren’t captured.” He didn’t back down when asked about the comment.

“People that fought hard and weren’t captured and went through a lot, they get no credit,” he said. “Nobody even talks about them. They’re like forgotten, and I think that’s a shame, if you want to know the truth.”

Before Trump’s comments Saturday, McCain had said the real estate mogul was firing up “crazies.” Trump had already found himself embroiled in controversy over comments he made last month regarding Mexican immigrants.

Raddatz asked Trump if McCain’s capture in Vietnam — where he spent five years as a prisoner of war and was beaten and tortured by the North Vietnamese — described a war hero. He reiterated what his campaign said following his comments Saturday — that he was disappointed in the Arizona senator because of how veterans are treated in the U.S.

“I’m very disappointed in John McCain because the vets are horribly treated in this country,” said Trump. “I’m fighting for the vets. I’ve done a lot for the vets.”

Trump said veterans were treated like “third-class citizens,” adding that McCain has “done nothing to help the vets.”

Trump didn’t serve in the Vietnam War after receiving four student deferments and an additional medical deferment after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1968. He said he would have “proudly served” but wasn’t drafted because of his high lottery number.

“If I would have gotten a low number, I would have been drafted. I would have proudly served,” he said. “But I got a number, I think it was 356. That’s right at the very end. And they didn’t get — I don’t believe — past even 300, so I was — I was not chosen because of the fact that I had a very high lottery number.”

Asked if he would continue his pattern of “name-calling, using terms like ‘dummy,’ ‘loser,’ ‘total losers’ on Twitter and elsewhere” when he’s “criticized or attacked” if he was elected president, Trump told Raddatz he only gives it back to people who attack him.

“When people attack me, I let them have it back,” he said. “People are constantly attacking my hair. I don’t see you coming to my defense.”

If you go to the link, you will see a shitload of “crazies” coming to Trumps defense, most of them in a completely fucked up fantastic sort of way.

And speaking about fucked up…Cosby depositions have become public:

What We Learned From the Newly Revealed Cosby Deposition | TIME

Bill Cosby Deposition Released: Admits Affairs and Giving Women Drugs :

Bill Cosby Deposition Reveals Callous Pursuit Of Women | Vanity Fair

On Saturday, The New York Timespublished a detailed account of Cosby’s testimony based on the transcript of the deposition, which had been publicly available, but tucked away. TheTimes says that in the deposition, Cosby “comes across as alternately annoyed, mocking, occasionally charming and sometimes boastful, often blithely describing sexual encounters in graphic detail.” It’s a sharp contrast to his sitcom-sharpened image of fatherly charm.

The testimony was recorded as part of a lawsuit filed in 2005 against the actor and comedian by a woman, Andrea Constand, who worked at Temple University as a basketball manager, who made what is now a familiar claim—that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her. While dozens of women have now come forward with similar stories, at the time, Constand was the only one to file suit against Cosby.

New York Times reporters Graham Bowley and Sydney Ember describe Cosby’s demeanor in the depositions as an “unapologetic, cavalier playboy” and as “someone who used a combination of fame, apparent concern and powerful sedatives in a calculated pursuit of young women” with “casual indifference.”

I think it is safe to say he sees the victims of his rapes not as young women…or humans at all. Like any serial rapist, the man does not care what happens to the women, his “casual indifference” is typical of the criminal psychology innit?

This month, Constand’s lawyer and the A.P. asked the court to lift the confidentiality clause so her client would be free to release the nearly 1,000-page deposition transcript, according to the Times. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno unsealed a portion of Cosby’s deposition, ruling that “the stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct is a matter as to which the A.P.—and by extension the public—has a significant interest.”

But indifference is not limited to rapist alone….leaders of countries can show indifference to whole nations.

When did European politics lose its sense of empathy? – Comment – Voices – The Independent

When did European politics lose its sense of empathy    Comment   Voices   The Independent



Riots are breaking out in Athens and forest fires burn around the Greek capital as the anger of the people spills over. The country’s creditors have confirmed they will insist on even harsher austerity measures, despite a no vote in a national referendum on exactly that proposal.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and Wolfgang Schäuble, her Finance Minister, remained firm, in spite of a warning from the International Monetary Fund that, without substantial debt relief, any new bailout would fail. The message is clear: we don’t care about the wishes of your people, nor do we care about their suffering. Democratic process means nothing; obey the creditors, or we’ll take a wrecking ball to your economy.

Greek upset over the harsh terms attached to Europe’s latest financial deal isn’t merely a question of a belligerent refusal to pay. Living standards have plummeted in Greece, with alarming results. Heart attacks are rising among young people, youth unemployment has reaching staggering rates and hospitals and pharmacies struggling to treat and prescribe for life-threatening conditions. Signs in chemists list medicines that are out of stock – not obscure medications, but insulin, heart medication, thyroid tablets.

Just a fortnight ago in Britain, a short video of Ken Livingstone’s speech in the wake of the London 7/7 bombings circulated on the 10th anniversary of the event. The clip from the former mayor, like many famous political speeches, speaks of community, resilience in the face of tragedy, and the importance of sympathy and empathy.

A decade on, empathy is an unfashionable political emotion, and the effects of that cultural change are being felt across Europe.

Read the rest of that piece. It points out some obvious things…

Last week, the Home Office announced cuts to the subsistence payments given to Britain’s 27,800 destitute asylum-seekers. A single parent with one child seeking asylum in Britain will now receive £73.90 a week, rather than the £96.90 previously paid, because, the Home Office says, that is “significantly more cash than is necessary” to feed, clothe and nurture an adult and child in one of the most expensive countries in Europe.

Meanwhile the Children’s Society warns that an increasing number of vulnerable children are being forced to represent themselves at immigration tribunals, due to the removal of legal aid for such cases under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

If you fall sick in Britain, your luck may run out, too: David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith are considering forcing workers to “save up” for their own sick pay and periods of unemployment – an idea borrowed from that bastion of workers’ rights, Singapore. Most people save up for a rainy day, if they’re able to. It’s not a surprise that a washing machine doesn’t last for ever. But saving up to replace a social safety net stripped away is another matter, and ignores the fact that the people least able to save are the people most likely to be sick – those in menial jobs, with poor working conditions and caring responsibilities, the already disabled.

The policies knocked out by governments at home and in the eurozone share a common approach: they fit an ideological mission statement and ignore a human cost.

More on Merkle:

Merkel Rules Out Greek Debt Write-Off, But Open To Other Relief

The rest of today’s links are here, in a dump. My Bebe came back from Panama City Beach today…so I am running even later than usual.

The worst place for bacteria at the beach – CBS News

Congress to examine FBI handling of Tennessee shooter | Reuters

Women inmates suffer agonizing deaths |

A black transgender woman is in jail because police were called on her for being transgender

House GOP Files Bill That Allows Employers To Fire Single Pregnant Women |

The Texas county where Sandra Bland died: there’s ‘racism from cradle to grave’ | US news | The Guardian

Prosecutor investigating Sandra Bland’s death has troubling history of racial bias — just like the sheriff

Planned Parenthood ‘sting’ video: the abortion debate’s latest battleground | US news | The Guardian

Street Artist Revamps Abandoned Buildings With Creepy Baroque Imagery

Archaeologists find Assyrian tablets in Turkey, some about women’s rights – Al Arabiya News

New dinosaur find shows a ‘feathered poodle from hell’ |

This is an open thread…


Friday Nite Lite: Duck, Duck…How Luckovich Draws a Duck?

Good evening

Y’all know my appreciation for Mike Luckovich, the cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. I thought this was neat as all get out….check this:

Mike Luckovich draws the news  Lame duck



That is the link to the article, but since it is behind a paywall…the link to the video can be found here:

Why do I want to see The Shining for some reason…must me the eyebrow thing….



Luckovich, kicking ass as usual.


Alright, now the other cartoons.


Sounds like a solution to me…loves me some SLJ.




















And finally,


Just put this here if anyone wants to support Planned Parenthood.

By the way, have you all seen these?

Photos: Amy Schumer’s Sexy Star Wars-Themed GQ Shoot | GQ

Have a good evening…This is obviously an open thread.


Wednesday Reads: Stolen Head, Captured Cow and Rufus T. Lightning Bug?

Nosferatu-Original-PosterGood Morning

Only a few real news stories for you this morning, simply because I’ve no idea what is going on out there…

Let’s just start this off with a strange story out of Germany…and it does not involve Greece.

Silent film legend F.W. Murnau’s head has been stolen · Newswire · The A.V. Club

Friedrich Plumpe, known professionally as F.W. Murnau, was one of the great artists of the late silent era, producing a string of masterpieces in Germany and America—most famously Nosferatu, The Last Laugh, and Sunrise—before his untimely death in 1931, at age 42. Murnau’s death occurred under murky circumstances—his Rolls Royce was being driven by a 14-year-old boy when it slammed into a light pole outside of Santa Barbara—leading to decades of speculation and rumor.

Today, the story of Murnau’s death gets a little bit weirder: Der Spiegel is reporting that someone has broken into the Plumpe family crypt outside Berlin and stolen the director’s head.

murnauIt is unknown how or when the perpetrators gained access to the tomb, though, notably, the coffins of the director’s brothers Robert and Bernhard were not disturbed. The Plumpe crypt is located in Südwestkirchhof Stahnsdorf, a large woodland cemetery known for its mausolea and dense forestation. According to local police, the break-in was first noticed on Monday morning.

This is not the first time that someone has broken into the crypt, and, at present, the cemetery’s administrators are weighing whether to permanently seal the tomb or to bury the director’s body separately from the rest of his family to prevent further vandalism. Police have reportedly found wax drippings at the scene, suggesting either a ritualistic element, or that Murnau’s head was stolen by old-timey grave robbers by candlelight.

About his death: GarboForever – The Death Mask of F.W. Murnau


Murnau’s Death Mask
In 1931, seven days before the premiere of his film Tabu, he allowed a fourteen year-old Filipino boy named Garcia Stevenson to ride his limo. And for some absolutely bizarre reason, he let the boy drive the Packard vehicle beside him.

Stevenson, driving too fast and swerving to avoid a truck, eventually crashed against an electric pole, killing the legendary film director. Garcia was not hurt, nor the other person in the car, but Murnau’s head was cracked open on a roadside pole and he died at hospital shortly afterwards. He was 42 years old.

Garbo and the Death Mask (photomontage)

While the scandalous rumors surrounding Murnau’s death resulted in the appearance of only a handful of mourners at his funeral, Garbo showed up during the interment. Garbo also commissioned a death mask of him, which she kept on her desk during her years in Hollywood (not for her whole life, as many may think). Decades later, Garbo gave the Mask to Murnau’s family.

Murnau was later entombed on Southwest Cemetery (Südwest-Kirchhof Stahnsdorf) in Stahnsdorf near Berlin.


Today, the Death Mask belongs to the Filmmuseum in Berlin/Germany.

sjff_02_img0783‘Nosferatu’ Director F.W. Murnau’s Head Reportedly Stolen From Grave | Variety

In a story reminiscent of one of his own movies, grave robbers opened a metal coffin to access the filmmaker’s embalmed body, said the newspaper. Stahnsdorf is about 12 miles southwest of central Berlin. The nearby graves of his two brothers were not disturbed. Spiegel Online said some wax residue had been found near the grave, pointing to a possible occult connection.

Occult or grave robbing by candlelight…the thing is freaky.

FW Murnau Last LaughFor some background and links on FW Murnau films, look here:

FW Murnau | Film | The Guardian

TSPDT – F.W. Murnau (via the website: They Shoot Pictures Don’t They…)

“He made 17 films in Germany, and a final four in America. Of these, only 12 survive. They form a body of work as startling, and as compelling, as any in cinema. Murnau is hard to pin down. His work has no unifying theme; what runs through it all is an attitude to the image on the screen and to what it can express. There is a sense of life in the whole of every frame.” –The Illustrated Who’s Who of Cinema, 1983

047-sunrise-theredlistObama to hold news conference on Wednesday: White House

President Barack Obama will hold a news conference on Wednesday to answer questions about the nuclear agreement the United States and other world powers recently reached with Iran.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Air Force One that the news conference would take place in the East Room of the White House at 1 p.m. (1700 GMT) before Obama leaves for a scheduled trip to Oklahoma.

I guess we will see more about this later today.

High global political stakes require Iran deal to succeed | MSNBC

He has to earn his Nobel Peace Prize every day

Tabu_R-1978I’m not sure if Obama will ever earn his premature Nobel — blame drones — but thanks to this Iran deal he’s closer than he’s ever been

Hillary Clinton: Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch | World news | The Guardian

Main contender for Democratic presidential nomination welcomes deal on Tehran’s atomic programme but warns of ‘swift consequences’ if breached

About that cow…Polish cow Matylda captured after two years on the run | World news | The Guardian

The cow that escaped from her Polish farm two years ago and lived a free range life in a nearby forest has finally been caught.

Owner Leszek Zasada spoke about his adventure with the brown cow in a story broadcast Tuesday by the all-news station TVN24.

MurnauHe said Matylda escaped in 2013 from his farm in Zloty Stok, in Western Poland, the day after he brought her home.

She survived two frigid winters on her own, but the time on the run took its toll. She lost the calf she was sometimes spotted with and returned home with many scars.

That Planned Parenthood Video About Selling Aborted Fetus Parts is a Fake, Because of Course It Is – The Daily Banter

The Evolving Role of News on Twitter and Facebook | Pew Research Center

Great…and you thought news articles had terrible writing now…imaging how it will be as “articles” get cut down to 140 characters in the form of a tweet.

(I know they are talking about live events and news stories as they happen…and linking tweets to articles, but in this evolving world that is becoming more like Idiocracy every day, you know what it will eventually come to. Ow my balls.)

New Horizons checks in OK after Pluto flyby | Ars Technica


And for Firefly? or is it Lightning Bug?

Regional Breakdown of “Firefly” Vs. “Lightning Bug” | Mental Floss

“What do you call the insect that flies around in the summer and has a rear section that glows in the dark?”

Bert Vaux, a linguistics professor at the University of Cambridge, asked 10,000 Americans around the country that question and others relating to regional dialects. If you use “firefly” and “lightning bug” interchangeably, like I do, you’re in good company. bfi-00m-j9kAcross the United States, 39.8 percent of respondents report using both terms. 30.4 percent say “firefly” exclusively and 29.1 percent say “lightning bug.” Meanwhile, 0.02 percent (or two people total in the study) call the bioluminescent bugs “peenie wallie” (perhaps they wanted to hurt the beetles’ feelings).

Joshua Katz, a graduate student in statistics at NC State University, turned the survey data into the map you see above, which shows how the exclusive use of “firefly” is a western phenomenon, with a small enclave of support in Massachusetts.



I guess that explains it. Firefly is a Hollywood thing.

I will leave it at that. Enjoy the videos of Rufus T Firefly below, from the film Duck Soup.











tumblr_m0xkh7YZEI1r0i1g5o1_500Jake got a speeding ticket the other day, 95 in a 70 zone. Along with following too close, and something else…his license will be suspended for six months. His attitude and depression was bad before, it is worse now.  It just gets better all the time, doesn’t it?

Anyway, please post links to things. Have a good Wednesday.


Sunday Reads: It is good to laugh.

24df9318711830327428a2cd653beceaGood Afternoon

This past week has become a blur to me. Not sure if it is the extreme heat, or the added depression from missing my family…especially my Uncle Johnny D, who I realized is an anti-depressant pill personified. I think it is because we laugh so damn much when we are together.

And it is not that what we laugh at is always funny, on many levels it is sad and terribly pathetic. I don’t know, we do this thing…we laugh, and it feels good. I forgot what it was like to laugh like that…and since he left a couple of days ago…it has hit me hard.

Seven years since we saw each other. And see, the thing is, we picked up where we left off. It is not something you can do over the phone. We need to be next to each other. There is an energy between us.

So. I am in a deep funk. I spent all day Friday thinking it was Thursday…and when I realized my error, I was too indifferent and exhausted mentally to give a fuck. Anyway, what I am saying is this: Here is the cartoon post I should have done on Friday. (But I didn’t do, because I am a selfish depressed shit.)

Bill Cosby Admission – Truthdig

The Donald – Truthdig

Clay Bennett: Bill Cosby – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

Nick Anderson: Texas Textbooks – Nick Anderson – Truthdig

Clay Bennett: The Duke’s Hazard – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

I think that taking this show of the air was ridiculous….leave the shitty shows on the air dammit.

Leave the monuments too….that is an important teaching tool.

Y’all know where I stand, Dak has made repeated post about this….I’d write something more on this but I refer to the top of the thread where I say I am too deep in funk to give a shit.

Nick Anderson: The Comb Over – Nick Anderson – Truthdig



On to the cartoons from Cagle:

This is a damn good one: Freedom Bakery Tall by Political Cartoonist Daryl Cagle

Peace by Political Cartoonist Pavel Constantin

Srebrenica 20 years safe haven by Political Cartoonist Tom Janssen

United Airlines computers by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

Trump piñata by Political Cartoonist John Cole

Flag History by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

Cosby by Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee

And now, from the Association of American Cartoonist:


Heritage Collection: 07/10/2015 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Heritage  Collection

Bill Cosby Unraveled: 07/10/2015 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Bill Cosby Unraveled


07/10/2015 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson -


07/10/2015 Cartoon by David Horsey

Cartoon by David Horsey -

07/07/2015 Cartoon by David Horsey

Cartoon by David Horsey -

06/29/2015 Cartoon by David Horsey

Cartoon by David Horsey -

07/10/2015 Cartoon by Charlie Daniel

Cartoon by Charlie Daniel -


07/11/2015 Cartoon by Joe Heller

Cartoon by Joe Heller -


07/11/2015 Cartoon by John R. Rose

Cartoon by John R. Rose -


07/11/2015 Cartoon by Bob Englehart

Cartoon by Bob Englehart -

This next one is very on point:

Over reach: 07/11/2015 Cartoon by Ed Hall

Cartoon by Ed Hall - Over reach

Law of Averages: 07/08/2015 Cartoon by Ed Hall

Cartoon by Ed Hall - Law of Averages

Poisoned: 06/25/2015 Cartoon by Ed Hall

Cartoon by Ed Hall - Poisoned

Bruce Plante Cartoon: Bill Cosby: 07/11/2015 Cartoon by Bruce Plante

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - Bruce Plante Cartoon: Bill Cosby

07/11/2015 Cartoon by MStreeter

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07/11/2015 Cartoon by Phil Hands

Cartoon by Phil Hands -

07/12/2015 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies -

07/12/2015 Cartoon by John Cole

Cartoon by John Cole -

07/12/2015 Cartoon by Ed Gamble

Cartoon by Ed Gamble -

Old Glory: 07/12/2015 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Old Glory



HAIRBALL !!!!!: 07/08/2015 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - HAIRBALL !!!!!


This is an open thread…

Wednesday Reads!


Good afternoon 

I’ve just taken some migraine medicine, and when it kicks in I will post a real news reads thread. For now….here is an open thread to get the day started.

I will start you off:
Augusta woman attacks mom, boyfriend for refusing sex:

Tabathia Lee Grooms, 35, told deputies with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department that she was angry because her boyfriend had refused to have sex with her earlier in the day.
According to the incident report, the boyfriend told deputies that Grooms came home from a night of drinking around 11:30 p.m. and attacked him while he was sitting on the couch stating she had sex with everyone else because he would not have sex with her.  
The boyfriend said Grooms then proceeded to scratch his face, head and neck before biting his arm.
Grooms mother also told investigators that when she came out of her room to see what was going on, her daughter punched her in the eye. She said she then snuck out of the house to get away from Grooms.
The boyfriend told deputies he then escaped to the bathroom and called 9-1-1.
When investigators arrived they claimed Grooms refused to give them her name and even threatened to run them over with a baby stroller. She was arrested and charged with two counts of battery.

You take it from there….

Sunday Reads: Summer, is on.

7f22e3beac540720738da4da351b6ee7Good Afternoon

The images today are from artist and illustrator Aurelie Guillerey . They are images I found on Pinterest, there is something about them…well, you will see. Take the picture next to us here.


Just a thought, but is that a crack pipe on the table? Wait…is that table and the chair behind it mushrooms? I think there is also a infographic on the wall of what a liver looks like in cirrhosis. Whoa, is the doctor is giving that stoned dude some medical grade marijuana….and those little yellow pills…is that a whole bottle of “Mama’s little helpers?”

Well, I’ve been binge watching Arrested Development the last two days. My eyes are red and barely open.

So with that in mind, here are your links for today.

I have no words: Maine man tries to launch fireworks off top of his head, dies instantly

Devon Staples (Facebook)

A Maine man died over the holiday weekend when fireworks he was trying to launch off of his head exploded.

The Bangor Daily Newsreported that 22-year-old Devon Staples was drinking with friends to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday when the accident occurred.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Stephen McCausland said that Staples placed a mortar tube on his head at around 10 p.m. and set it off. Staples was reportedly killed instantly from a fatal head injury caused by the explosion.

Staples Facebook page identified his profession as self-employed “Dog Trainer, Dog walker, Dog Sitter, Dog Lover, Doggy Daycare.”

Man Dies After Launching a Firework Off His Head — NYMag

Last night in Maine, a young man died instantly when the firework mortar he was trying to launch from his head exploded, according to the Associated Press. Maine officials report that the man, 22-year-old Devon Staples, had been drinking while celebrating the Fourth of July in a friend’s back yard. It was the first fireworks-related fatality in the state since lawmakers re-legalized fireworks there in 2012. Asreported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 10,500 people were injured by fireworks last year, and at least 11 died from their injuries. The commission points out that “most injuries were associated with misuse or malfunctions of fireworks”:

1f78d9a525f21cfd1f1876701a3f560dThe rest of today’s links in dump fashion, as that is the only way I can proceed after a story like that.

Activist linked to Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul calls for death to gays and their Christian supporters

Clinton Campaign Frustrates Journalists Yet Again By Roping Off Media At Parade


And the HotAir response: Texas wants to bring home all its gold « Hot Air

Eight Must-Read Stories From the Human Rights Reports | DipNote

Every morning I pass a wonderful quote from Eleanor Roosevelt on the wall outside my office: “The battle for the individual rights of women is one of long standing, and none of us should countenance anything which undermines it.”

3d868014fd3e150fdb547418e128a4ebWith the release of the State Department’s annual human rights reports, Roosevelt’s words seem as relevant as ever. The reports show that we have a long way to go before the human rights of women and girls everywhere are protected. More voices are needed to stand up and declare that atrocities committed against girls and women — indeed, against anyone — cannot be tolerated. –

The ugly war on gay rights: When “religious freedom” becomes “freedom from laws” –

Researcher unravels century-old woolly tale to find truth behind massive bones

The Brains of the Buddhists – The Atlantic

73e9c8e5863e673bf56793b10fd1c413Nikki Haley: ‘I could not look my kids in the face and justify that flag’ | US news | The Guardian

This is interesting as hell and it is about Shiloh: Why Some Civil War Soldiers Glowed in the Dark | Mental Floss

When America’s Librarians Went To War : NPR History Dept. : NPR

Jeff Koons: ‘People respond to banal things – they don’t accept their own history’ | Art and design | The Guardian

Keep dancing: the ballet stars leaping through the age barrier | Stage | The Guardian

The New Horizons Pluto Probe Detected an Anomaly, Slips Into Safe Mode | The Mary Sue

c9f7c00056390d5b4b72625fed6ff0de‘It is like being inside a migraine’ – the first visitor to Grayson Perry’s House for Essex reveals all | Art and design | The Guardian

The raging hypocrisy at the center of the Christian right’s persecution complex –

The Real History of the Confederate Flag – Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money

Glad we’ve cleared that up.

Go see that link…it is a cartoon…and it is good.

Why forgiveness from black victims isn’t noble when anger is justified | theGrio

da8d538036d477c75d3391a40a140c55New Jersey boy reels in giant 600-pound sturgeon (VIDEO) – NY Daily News

Leaping Sturgeon Kills 5-Year-Old Florida Girl Boating With Family – NBC News

Greek referendum: live results | World news | The Guardian

Greece referendum: Germany hits back at Greek ‘terrorism’ claims as voting draws to a close – Business News – Business – The Independent

What 100 years of American gender equality looks like – Americas – World – The Independent

KKK holding Labor Day cross burning, have asked supporters to bring their children | theGrio

Eschaton: What’s It All About Then

5589901043ba0f21f642c6a676444b7aWhy Do We Get Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome? | Mental Floss

Hillary Clinton weighed in on a heartbreaking viral Facebook photo – Business Insider

And this:

Hillary Clinton’s Emails Show She’s Basically Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Veep” | Mother Jones

95fb0ec0d012d026ef8aacae6ab31c44The emails depict Clinton consistently engaged in consequential, deliberative, and thoughtful diplomacy on in-the-news controversies and quieter fronts. When she gave a speech in Guatemala, she mentioned the name of a Guatemalan activist because she was told, as she put it in an email, that doing so “might literally save her life.” She and her aides oversaw an effort to pressure the Uganda president to weaken a proposed bill that would criminalize homosexual activity and subject gays and lesbians to the death penalty. (The president told the US ambassador he would work with legislators to revise the measure—a slightly weaker version of which did later become law before being invalidated by the top court in Uganda.) And she wanted to use her position to help a young Yemeni woman named Nujood Ali. In August 2009, she sent this email to a senior department aide: “Do you recall Noori Ali (?), the ten year old Yemeni girl who got herself divorced? I met her at the Glamour awards last year. There was a CNN story last few days about how unhappy she is, still living at home, not attending school and quite angry that her life is not better. Is there any way we can help her? Could we get her to the US for counseling and education?”

Ultimately, these emails display a hardworking secretary juggling many issues while trekking the world and frequently responding to challenges with a sharp and sarcastic sense of humor. But they indicate that government work can be arduous and, at times, silly and surreal.

This is an open thread…have a good afternoon.