Wednesday Reads: Itty Bitty Hump Day Cartoons 

04/19 Mike Luckovich: Heartless. | Mike Luckovich

How goes it?

This latest “armada” shitbacle seems like a scripted backstory for Veep.

Despite talk of a military strike, Trump’s ‘armada’ actually sailed away from Korea – The Washington Post


Yeah, it was going the other way…

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters on April 11 that the Carl Vinson was “on her way up there.” Asked about the deployment in an interview with Fox Business Network that aired April 12, President Trump said: “We are sending an armada, very powerful.”

U.S. media went into overdrive, and Fox reported on April 14 that the armada was “steaming” toward North Korea.

But pictures posted by the U.S. Navy suggest that’s not quite the case — or at least not yet.

A photograph released by the Navy showed the aircraft carrier sailing through the calm waters of Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on Saturday, April 15. By later in the day, it was in the Indian Ocean, according to Navy photographs.

In other words, on the same day that the world nervously watched North Korea stage a massive military parade to celebrate the birthday of the nation’s founder, Kim Il Sung, and the press speculated about a preemptive U.S. strike, the U.S. Navy put the Carl Vinson, together with its escort of two guided-missile destroyers and a cruiser, more than 3,000 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula — and more than 500 miles southeast of Singapore.

Instead of steaming toward the Korea Peninsula, the carrier strike group was actually headed in the opposite direction to take part in “scheduled exercises with Australian forces in the Indian Ocean,” according to Defense News, which first reported the story.

Here is the NYTs article:

Aircraft Carrier Wasn’t Sailing to Deter North Korea, as U.S. Suggested –

Yet I wonder, if that was the real situation…what about this news from earlier in the week?

I really hate that fucker tRump.

But hey…even if it was all just play-acting…and the “armada” was too far away to actually do anything if the North Koreans did start a nuclear catastrophe, the swinging dicks had their fun.




As you can see, that “gentleman” had his own version of make-believe too:

North Korea Celebrates Founder’s Birthday With Mock Missile Attack On United States | The Huffington Post

North Korea marked the birthday of its founder on Sunday with a massive celebration featuring military musicians and singers performing beneath images that included a simulated missile attack on the United States.

Footage from North Korean state-run TV showed leader Kim Jong Un in attendance at the celebration of the 105th birthday of his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, who died in 1994.

About 1 hour and 13 minutes in, video screens in the concert hall highlighted various North Korean weapons, including missiles being launched. Eventually, the footage changed to computer graphics showing several missiles destroying a city.

The city wasn’t named, but one of the images featured a tattered American flag over a cemetery, with the entire scene engulfed in flames

Video at the link.

Now more cartoons, cause I can’t take this shit anymore.





SHAMELESS MARKETING: 04/19/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - SHAMELESS MARKETING

CRUMBLING FOREIGN POLICY: 04/18/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - CRUMBLING FOREIGN POLICY

04/19/2017 Cartoon by Tom Stiglich

Cartoon by Tom Stiglich -

04/19/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson -

Nick Anderson cartoon: 04/18/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

News on Twitter:

This last one is for the medievalist in the group…

This is an open thread…


28 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Itty Bitty Hump Day Cartoons ”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Oh oh, I see a lot of comments over on the other post from Dak…something big must have happened. I’m afraid to look over and see what has happened.

  2. Enheduanna says:

    Lots of shoes dropping for sure! O’Reilly tossed off the air? Chaffetz out of politics (and behind bars maybe?) sweeeeeeet

  3. dakinikat says:

  4. NW Luna says:

    JJ, really cool round-up of cartoons. And love your commentary!

  5. NW Luna says:

    Sisters! Listen to this young woman preach!

    12-Year-Old Stops Carjacker And Saves Herself and Little Sister from Abduction:
    Maddie Weiler’s quick thinking saved the day.

    ….When asked what advice she’d give other young women put in similar positions, Maddie, who suffered a fracture to her wrist, said to never give up: “Just fight them.”

  6. NW Luna says:

    Well, well, well! File under “Who’d aThunk It?”

    A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.

    They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale for what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies [], after the election.

    The institute is run by retired senior Russian foreign intelligence officials appointed by Putin’s office.

  7. bostonboomer says:


  8. NW Luna says:

    Gender politics in archeology — Article published last year which I saw only recently.

    Where Are All the Prehistoric Women and Children?

    Ethnographic research revealed that gathered foodstuffs often are more important than hunting, not less, because they provide more predictable and reliable sources of calories than hunting, particularly of big game. Other research indicates that strict, Western-style divisions of labor are far from the norm and certainly aren’t universal. While one cannot deny that divisions and specializations exist, people in all societies tend to come together to do what needs to be done at any given moment; people pitch in when and as needed.

    …archaeologist Joan Gero, one of the pioneers and leaders in gender archaeology, pointed out decades ago that stone tools and their manufacture are decidedly not the exclusive purview of men.

    Regardless of gender, there is also a functional argument here: Clovis points are not just effective as lance tips; they are equally if not more effective as hafted knife blades. But if hafts and handles are not well-preserved, we often default to interpretations that emphasize violence and dominance (i.e., hunting, not processing).

    • Enheduanna says:

      Fascinating – I will bookmark for when I can read this. I only just found out they think some prehistoric cave paintings are by women artists based on the hand prints.

      If you have Netflix or can find this movie, it is about the caves at Altamira, in Spain. “Finding Altamira” stars Antonio Banderas who plays the discoverer of the paintings. Actually it was his daughter who found them. Great true story (subtitled).

  9. NW Luna says:

    To put this in perspective, coal employes about 60,000.

  10. dakinikat says:

    The one thing about living in Nebraska was that no matter what the subject, the state was always the butt of a joke.

    The New York Times Makes Nice With the Right
    Adding Bret Stephens to its roster of op-ed voices seems to be some kind of atonement for missing Trumpism. But is it the right move?

    You have to have a pretty long memory to recall Roman Hruska, a beefy, bespectacled, old-school conservative Republican senator from Nebraska who served from 1954 to 1976 and looked right out of central casting for a Midwestern Rotarian.

    Hruska was not given to soaring oratory or intellectual derring-do, but he did make one lasting contribution to our political dialogue. It was during the Senate debate in 1970 over Nixon’s Supreme Court nominee G. Harrold Carswell. Carswell had been labeled a racist and a mediocrity when Hruska boldly came to his defense. “Even if he were mediocre,” Hruska declared, “there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren’t they, and a little chance? We can’t have all Brandeises, Frankfurters and Cardozos.”

    So you wouldn’t exactly call Hruska a liberal exemplar, but I thought of him this week when The New York Times, in a Hruska-type move, announced it was adding Bret Stephens to its roster of op-ed page columnists. To hear The Times tell it, Stephens is no mediocrity. (As you’ll see, there is some doubt about that.) Though I never read him regularly at The Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary, The Times has portrayed him as fitting into the sensible, intellectual, head-over-heart, ideology-over-empathy, markets-over-mankind wing of conservatism, and he won points on the left for his vehement opposition to Donald Trump — which is something when so many Never Trumpists on the right seem to have taken that declaration the way Trump took his marriage vows. But whether Stephens is a journalistic Carswell or not, what struck me wasn’t mediocrity. Rather, what struck me is what the Times’ hiring of Stephens says about the media in this perilous moment for democracy, for decency and for common sense

    I kept getting introduced to the old dude. He always seemed dumbstruck by life.

  11. NW Luna says:

    Wow. NARAL is retweeting messages which knock Sanders, and Perez/DNC for hauling Sanders around on their “unity” tour. Good on NARAL! Watch for Sanders to say that NARAL is “the Establishment” next.

    • quixote says:

      Yeah, the Bernoid is apparently fully on board with how optional control over your own body is. It’s not important. When it’s women, that is. Somehow I don’t think he’d be okay with men being attached to act as dialysis machines no matter how they felt about it.

      What I keep boggling about is how women’s rights could fall off the table completely like that, while everybody else’s rights inch forward. Women, though, are within striking distance of the Handmaid’s Tale. As Glosswitch points out, we already have poor surrogates in India acting as baby machines for rich people. The only thing Atwood got wrong was the method of insemination and the localization.

  12. joanelle says:

    Thanks for. This post, JJ. Comics are great!