Sunday: None of that…

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Good Afternoon.

Like Spiderman in the comic above…that painting pretty much looks the way I feel. (I should also point out, she looks like I look as well, but we won’t get into specifics for now.)

After reading Boston Boomer’s post yesterday, and thinking about just how disgusted the shitty news can make most of us feel…I am going to stick with the funnies today and give a quick link dump at the end. Get ready, there’s a lot!

NFL PreGame by Political Cartoonist Gary Varvel

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Mill by Political Cartoonist Sergei Tunin

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Referendum of Scotland and the Queen by Political Cartoonist Marian Kamensky

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Scottish Taps by Political Cartoonist Taylor Jones

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Matt Davies, Newsday – 09/21/2014

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NFL: Well-equipped – Political Cartoon by Bruce Plante, Tulsa World – 09/21/2014

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - NFL: Well-equipped

 

Smartwatch – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 09/21/2014

 

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Smartwatch

 

Defeating ISIS – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 09/19/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Defeating ISIS

Wife Beater – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 09/18/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Wife Beater

 

SCOTLAND’S DECISION by Political Cartoonist Randy Bish

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Hits of the week by Political Cartoonist Cameron Cardow

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Adrian Peterson by Political Cartoonist Rick McKee

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Bad Goodell by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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National Football League by Political Cartoonist Bob Englehart

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I’m Baaaack by Political Cartoonist John Darkow

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NFL Wives – Political Cartoon by Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News – 09/18/2014

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - NFL Wives

Find the diference by Political Cartoonist Kap

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NFL by Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee

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9/19 Luckovich cartoon: Don’t leave mad | Mike Luckovich

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by John R. Rose, Byrd Newspapers of Virginia – 09/19/2014

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Links to news items will be in the comments below…this is an open thread.


Friday Late Night Open Thread: But Little Jerry Was Born to Cock Fight!

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Good Late Night!

No cartoons for tonight, I have been sucked into iPhone hell….completely surrounded by shitty apps and extremely annoying long convoluted ways of just opening up a single email. Ugh!

Having to get both my phone and my husband’s up and running has been depressing. I didn’t realize how much time I’ve wasted today. So I only have one story for you, and it is a good one. We all could use a laugh. (Well I thought it was funny…)

Walmart Says Rooster Combat at Mexican Store ‘Wasn’t a Cockfight’ – Bloomberg Businessweek

It’s been a bad week for Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), at least as far as its public relations are concerned. Today is news that a Walmart store in Mexico hosted a cockfight to promote soda. The incident, which has brought the retailer’s Mexican unit under investigation by local officials, prompted an unintentionally amusing response from a company spokesman. He admitted to Bloomberg News that there were cocks in the store, and those cocks were indeed fighting each other. But since the roosters weren’t armed with blades, and no betting took place at the store, Walmex spokesman Antonio Ocaranza stood his ground: “It wasn’t a cockfight.”

The cockfighting probe comes just days after the head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. public relations team, David Tovar, resigned because he had lied on his résumé about graduating college. Like I said, bad week for Wal-Mart PR.

So back to the cockfight. Apparently a Mexican soft drink company staged the event at a store in the city of Boca del Rio on Sept. 15. Photos of brawling roosters in a store aisle—surrounded by shoppers—quickly made it on to social media. (Of course they did.) Animal rights groups complained to officials. (Ditto.)

Now Walmex has until Sept. 24 to provide evidence in its defense. Otherwise it could face a $7,200 fine.

Just a piss in the bucket compared to the $439 million  the company has spent on the investigation into allegations of corruption by their Mexico Executives…etc.

I just want to know, were any of those cocks paid to take a dive in the third round?

This is an open thread!


Friday Nite Lite: Oh Boy, Not Again!

Evening!

Hey, well here’s a few cartoons, my internet is worse than ever…

Signe Wilkinson: Freedoms – Signe Wilkinson – Truthdig

 

 

Clay Bennett: Paramedic – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune – 09/11/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by MStreeter, Savannah Morning News – 09/12/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by John R. Rose, Byrd Newspapers of Virginia – 09/12/2014

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9.11.2014 – Political Cartoon by Deb Milbrath, Cartoon Movement – 09/11/2014

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - 9.11.2014

 

Going Down – Political Cartoon by Tim Campbell, Current Publishing – 09/11/2014

Cartoon by Tim Campbell - Going Down

 

This is an open thread.

 


Live Blog: President Obama’s Speech on Dealing with Islamic State Militants

In this image made through a window of the Oval Office, President Obama speaks on the phone to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah on Wednesday (NPR)

In this image made through a window of the Oval Office, President Obama speaks on the phone to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Wednesday (NPR)

President Obama will give a prime-time speech at 9:00 tonight in which he will lay out a strategy to deal with the Islamic State Militants in Iraq and Syria. Let’s watch the speech together and discuss on what the President says in real time. I’ve gathered some links to articles that report on and react to the leaked content of the speech.

According to The Washington Post, Obama will announce a ‘broad coalition’ to fight the Islamic State terror group.

The United States will lead a “broad coalition” to defeat the Islamic State through air strikes and support for military partners on the ground, President Obama will announce Wednesday night….Obama will tell the country that the offensive against the militant group will not involve combat troops, but rather a “steady, relentless effort” that involves air power and backing for partner forces, according to early excerpts provided by the White House.

“So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat. Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” Obama will say, using an acronym for the Islamic State terrorist group.

Obama will make clear to a war-weary public that the offensive will not resemble the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but rather other, more covert, missions against terrorists.

“I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil,” Obama will tell the nation.

“This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

Frankly, I’m very worried about this. I really don’t see how this is going to end well. I hope I’m wrong.

Richard Engel writes at NBC News, What Happens After the U.S. Bombs ISIS?

On one level, bombing ISIS is easy. The U.S. knows where the group operates. There’s no need for a ten-year hunt like the one for Osama bin Laden. The terror group has two capital cities, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. Al-Qaeda never had such an obvious home address.

Finding a justification to attack ISIS is also simple. It has threatened to carry out another 9/11, beheaded two American journalists, slaughtered thousands of Iraqis and Syrians and is a danger to U.S. allies in the region. Many in the U.S. military believe ISIS needs to be immediately, and repeatedly, smashed by American drones and warplanes.

But what then happens to the Middle East – this seething cauldron of competing interests, religious passions, ethnic tensions, long memories and oil? The key question now, as before the Iraq invasion, is what happens after the U.S. starts bombing.

ISIS controls a territory roughly the size of Maryland where 8 million people live. If it’s attacked and toppled, who will fill the void? In Iraq, it will be the Kurdish fighters or the Iraqi army. The two don’t trust each other and have different objectives for the territory they control. The Kurds are laying the foundation for a future independent state. The Iraqi army is increasingly an Iranian-guided, Shiite force.

The U.S. spent billions of dollars to build a secular, professional national Iraqi army but failed because, despite all the U.S.-supplied guns, tanks and planes, the Iraqi military fell apart when challenged by a band of terrorists. President Obama wants to reconstitute it now as part of his ISIS strategy. Why would it work this time when it didn’t before, even as U.S. troops were standing next to Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad, shoulder to shoulder?

Good questions. Read more at the link.

From the LA Times, Obama to call for ‘steady, relentless’ effort against Islamic State.

Nearly six years after he was elected on the promise to end America’s decade of wars, Obama planned to detail a military campaign that is broader and more complex than any he has launched during his tenure.

Obama is expected to expand U.S. airstrikes against the militants in Iraq to include targets throughout the country as well as across the rapidly disintegrating border with Syria, where the group harbors its weapons, camps and fighters.

White House officials say Obama also plans to further train and arm Iraqi and Kurdish troops as well as opposition forces battling the Islamic State in Syria. He’ll tout beefed-up partnerships with governments in the Middle East and Western allies, who have been asked to assist in the training, gather intelligence and counter the Islamic State’s appeal in the broader Muslim world.

In his televised remarks, Obama was to describe the effort as a “broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.”

“Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” according to prepared remarks released by the White House, referring to the Islamic State by a commonly used abbreviation.

Those article spell out the gist of what the President will say. Here are a few more links to peruse if you want more.

Reuters, Bill to fund U.S. government ensnared in debate about Islamic State.

LA Times, Cheney urges Obama to launch ‘immediate’ assault on Islamic State (Sigh . . . why won’t he go away?)

Foreign Policy, There are already troops in Iraq. Problem is, they’re Iranian.

The New York Times, What Obama Faces in a Campaign Against ISIS.

Please us know what you think of the speech in the comment thread. Watch the live stream at CNN here and at the LA Times with live updating here.

 


Sunday Reads: Cartoons

Good Morning

The internet has been giving me problems again, so let’s see if this works…I’ll post some cartoons and keep this an open thread.

Criminal Governor – Truthdig

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon – Political Cartoon by Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press – 09/06/2014

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

Bullets and Burgers – Political Cartoon by Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News – 09/06/2014

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Bullets and Burgers

Joan’s final gig by Political Cartoonist Peter Lewis

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Digital Privacy – Truthdig

Clay Bennett: Islamic State Cancer – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

 

Putins Dream of Empire by Political Cartoonist Martin Kozlowski

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Joan Rivers by Political Cartoonist Randall Enos

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Joan Rivers by Political Cartoonist John Darkow

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Former Virginia Governor McDonnell the Crook by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

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Nick Anderson: BP Ruling – Nick Anderson – Truthdig

 

Jennifer Lawrence and Apple iCloud by Political Cartoonist Taylor Jones

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Putin Strategy by Political Cartoonist Arend van Dam

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Joan Rivers obit by Political Cartoonist Jimmy Margulies

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Joan Rivers 1933 2014 by Political Cartoonist Taylor Jones

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Joan Rivers by Political Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons

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Tin Man – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 09/05/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Tin Man

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Gustavo Rodriguez, El Nuevo Herald – 09/05/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette – 09/05/2014

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon – Political Cartoon by Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press – 09/05/2014

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

 

Duck Dynasty Jihad – Political Cartoon by J.D. Crowe, Alabama Media Group – 09/05/2014

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Duck Dynasty Jihad

RIP JOAN RIVERS – Political Cartoon by Deb Milbrath, Cartoon Movement – 09/05/2014

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Kids and Guns by Political Cartoonist Randall Enos

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Dressed To Kill by Political Cartoonist Paul Zanetti153009 600 Dressed To Kill cartoons

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by John Cole, Scranton Times/Tribune – 08/31/2014

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9/5 Luckovich cartoon: Wing Lift | Mike Luckovich

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And…..this is an open thread.


Friday Nite Lite: Goodbye August

Evening All!

Tonight we have a lot of cartoons dealing with kids and guns. So here we go…and in random order:

NRA Kids and Uzis by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 08/29/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune – 08/29/2014

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Global Warming Treaty by Political Cartoonist Rick McKee

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Market Basket finish line by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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Hating Obama – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 08/28/2014

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More gun madness by Political Cartoonist Taylor Jones

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Ray Rice and Josh Gordon Suspensions by Political Cartoonist Jeff Darcy

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ferguson by Political Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons

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Signe Wilkinson: Beef Race – Signe Wilkinson – Truthdig

 

This is an open thread.


Friday Nite Lite: Ferguson and more…

Good Evening

 

Mayberry 2014 by Political Cartoonist Mike Luckovich

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Oh, there is a shitload for you tonight.

(In no particular order.)

 

 

 

 

 

Ferguson Wave by Political Cartoonist Daryl Cagle

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Paul Fell, Artizans Syndicate – 08/22/2014

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Barney’s Tank – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 08/22/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Barney's Tank

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by MStreeter, Savannah Morning News – 08/22/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 08/22/2014

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Iraq Lesson Not Learned – Truthdig

 

New Sunrise – Political Cartoon by Ed Hall, Artizans Syndicate – 08/22/2014

Cartoon by Ed Hall - New Sunrise

Mike Luckovich: Ice Bucket Challenge Gone Wrong – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

 

Clay Bennett: Perry – Truthdig

 

Obama Vacations and Coffee Breaks by Political Cartoonist Monte Wolverton

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Ferguson a moment’s pause by Political Cartoonist Taylor Jones

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Ferguson Autopsy Report by Political Cartoonist Jeff Darcy

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Could Be Worse – Political Cartoon by Ed Hall, Artizans Syndicate – 08/20/2014

Cartoon by Ed Hall - Could Be Worse

Little League phenom Mo’ne Davis by Political Cartoonist Taylor Jones

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 08/19/2014

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Miranda Rights – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 08/19/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Miranda Rights

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Paul Fell, Artizans Syndicate – 08/19/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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Heaven’s Back Gate – Political Cartoon by Steve Artley, Artleytoons – 08/19/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by MStreeter, Savannah Morning News – 08/19/2014

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Bus Ride – Political Cartoon by Tim Campbell, Current Publishing – 08/19/2014

Cartoon by Tim Campbell - Bus Ride

Beware The Alpha Parents – Political Cartoon by Paul Combs, Tribune Media Services – 08/19/2014

Cartoon by Paul Combs - Beware The Alpha Parents

 

Ferguson and race in America by Political Cartoonist Patrick Chappatte

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Ferguson Police by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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Clay Bennett: Equal Justice – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

 

Ferguson Keystone Cops by Political Cartoonist Rick McKee

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HANDS UP! DON’T SHOOT! – Political Cartoon by David G. Brown, Los Angeles Sentinel – 08/17/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by John Cole, Scranton Times/Tribune – 08/17/2014

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Militarized – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 08/17/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Militarized

 

Radioactive Kids – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 07/27/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Radioactive Kids

 

Ferguson Exit by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack152650 600 Ferguson Exit cartoons

 

This is an open thread.