Wednesday Reads: Quick Round-Up and Cartoons

Photo by Laura Sauceda August 27 near Texas City, TX · Click on photo for link.

It has been a hellish few days…but it may be just the beginning, as the true impact of the destruction starts to become more clear.  So here are a few quick links to start you off and then the main reason for the post today…the political cartoons.

A review of tRump tweets this morning:


And as you can see, still no empathy:


A reminder for you all, from tRump’s visit to Texas yesterday:

Wasn’t that image of tRump hiding behind a defensive fort of vehicles, with a solid wall of building buffered behind him, a perfect reflection of his attitude towards the victims in this disaster? Geez!


And lest we forget:

Such an asshole.

Hey, he is one of many though…

Joel Osteen Sails Luxury Yacht Through Flooded Houston To Pass Out Copies Of ‘Your Best Life Now’

HOUSTON, TX—Although Joel Osteen took flak over the weekend for closing up his church to flood victims and all but disappearing during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the megachurch pastor reportedly returned to the city on his luxury yacht “S.S. Blessed” to make amends Tuesday by tossing copies of Your Best Life Now to stranded flood survivors.

Osteen had his on-call yacht captain steer the large vessel through the flooded streets of the city, pulling up to survivors stranded on their roofs and on the roof of their cars as the prosperity gospel preacher smiled, waved, and threw out signed editions of the bestselling positive thinking book.

“Believe and declare you are coming into a shift!” Osteen yelled through a bullhorn, according to reports. “God wants His best for you! Enlarge your vision, develop a healthy self image, and choose to be happy!”


Then there is this:



Some updates on Harvey:

Hurricane Harvey damages petrochemical refineries, releasing thousands of pounds of airborne pollutants | PBS NewsHour

Comedian Points Out The Irony In One Of President Trump’s Latest Hurricane Harvey Tweets

U.S. Coast Guard has saved 4,322 lives in Houston flooding: official

Meanwhile, Texas is not the only place experiencing the effects of climate change, flooding is killing many people all over the world:

Floods and devastation in India, Nepal and Bangladesh – in pictures | Global development | The Guardian

Floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal kill 1,200 and leave millions homeless | The Independent

And, here in Georgia, a State GOP shithead has threatened to lynch a former colleague:

Talk of ditching Confederate statues could cause Dem. to ‘go missing’ | Political Insider blog

A Georgia Republican lawmaker warned a Democratic former colleague who criticized his support for Civil War monuments on Facebook that she won’t be “met with torches but something a lot more definitive” if she continues to call for the removal of statues in south Georgia.

State Rep. Jason Spencer, a Woodbine Republican, also wrote former state Rep. LaDawn Jones that “people in South Georgia are people of action, not drama” and suggested some who don’t understand that “will go missing in the Okefenokee.”

“Too many necks they are red around here,” he wrote. “Don’t say I didn’t warn you about ’em.”

Jones, who represented an Atlanta-based district from 2012 to 2016, responded that she saw his remarks as a “threat of physical violence” but said she was confident that future generations will abandon a “we are better than them” mentality.

“Enjoy but know … WINTER IS COMING,” wrote Jones, who is black. “You know it too … otherwise you wouldn’t have found a need to even make this post or those hollow threats of not coming to south GA.”

Spencer said in a text message that his words were not meant as a threat, but instead a “warning to her of how people can behave about this issue.”

“She is from Atlanta – and the rest of Georgia sees this issue very differently,” said Spencer, who was elected in 2010 to represent the southeast Georgia district. “Just trying to keep her safe if she decided to come down and raise hell about the memorial in the back yards of folks who will see this as an unwelcome aggression from the left.”

Do you fucking believe this…well, yes of course.

Spencer also asked that we include a picture he provided of him standing in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument that was unveiled Monday on the Georgia Capitol grounds.

Jones said in an interview that Spencer sat next to her for four years in the Georgia House and that they developed a friendly, if sometimes testy, relationship.

“If it were anybody other than Jason Spencer, then I would be alarmed. But we had a unique relationship in the Georgia Legislature,” said Jones, who served from 2012 to 2016. “If that had come from anybody else, I’d take it as a serious threat.”

Still, she added, she was “concerned” by his reaction.

You can go to the link and see the actual screenshots of the “discussions.”

And yet: KKK hoods and urine-proof sheets spotted in Trump Tower gift shop via Raw Deal.

Let’s end the day’s links on a happy note:



Cartoons start below:

Bullshit: 08/30/2017 Cartoon by Eric J Garcia

Cartoon by Eric J Garcia - Bullshit

08/30/2017 Cartoon by Nate Beeler

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08/29/2017 Cartoon by Nate Beeler

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Arpaio pardon: 08/28/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - Arpaio pardon

HURRICANE HARVEY: 08/25/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - HURRICANE HARVEY

Untitled: 08/30/2017 Cartoon by Bob Gorrell

Cartoon by Bob Gorrell - Untitled

08/30/2017 Cartoon by Tom Stiglich

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08/30/2017 Cartoon by Gary Varvel

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08/27/2017 Cartoon by MStreeter

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New Frontiers in Right-Wing Propaganda: 08/30/2017 Cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - New Frontiers in Right-Wing Propaganda

08/29/2017 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

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Sheriff Joe Rescue: 08/29/2017 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Sheriff Joe Rescue

08/29/2017 Cartoon by Charlie Daniel

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Nick Anderson cartoon: 08/29/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

Nick Anderson cartoon: 08/28/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

08/29/2017 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe

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Bruce Plante Cartoon: Texas Strong: 08/29/2017 Cartoon by Bruce Plante

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - Bruce Plante Cartoon: Texas Strong

08/29/2017 Cartoon by John Branch

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08/29/2017 Cartoon by Kevin Siers

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08/29/2017 Cartoon by Joe Heller

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08/28/2017 Cartoon by David Horsey

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Hornets nest Donald Trump the unifier: 08/28/2017 Cartoon by David G. Brown

Cartoon by David G. Brown - Hornets nest Donald Trump the unifier

08/28/2017 Cartoon by Tom Stiglich

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Compulsive: 08/28/2017 Cartoon by Ed Hall

Cartoon by Ed Hall - Compulsive

Pardoned: 08/27/2017 Cartoon by Ed Hall

Cartoon by Ed Hall - Pardoned


Bagley Cartoon: The Road Not Taken – The Salt Lake Tribune


Bagley Cartoon: The Road Not Taken

08/30 Mike Luckovich: Pleez hep! | Mike Luckovich











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31 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Quick Round-Up and Cartoons”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I started to work on this post early this morning…it is amazing how long it can take to just get one of these things up…when you get distracted.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Ok, I fixed the format and such. As I looked at some of those cartoons, I realized…some of them may be a repeat from before…oops.

      • NW Luna says:

        Don’t worry about it! We can use the humor again anyhow. I’ve seen a few of them in tweets, but not sure if they were posted on here before.

    • NW Luna says:

      Great post, JJ. Lots of cutting cartoons slamming tRump. I notice that Australian one has him as the emperor with no clothes on.

      That Osteen fellow — what a slimy grifter. His tie in that photo is Byzantine — and not in a good way. And he’s botoxed up. Riding around in a yacht throwing tracts? Jesus the liberal street preacher would throw him overboard with his tracts and an inner tube and then start rescuing people.

  2. NW Luna says:

    Fire ants.

  3. Pat Johnson says:

    I want to reach out and punch Joel Osteen right in the face,

    Then I want to haul off and do it again!

  4. NW Luna says:

    Re-posting from last thread,because we need validation how hard it is living in tRump times.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Is that story about Osteen and his yacht real?

  6. NW Luna says:

    WaPo has an interactive graphic which shows you what flooding would be like if hurricane Harvey dumped 51″ of water in your local area. Seattle looks pretty good (all those hills.)

    • Fredster says:

      Of course pity those poor folks at the bottom of those hills.

      • NW Luna says:

        You’re right. Though a lot of rich people live in our waterfront areas! Fortunately our house is way back from the view properties on the edges of hills. A big part of the problem in Houston is the lack of drainage combined with the flat terrain. Seattle still has a fair number of ravines and and even a few creeks to carry off the rain overload.

        In the suburbs and semi-rural areas of Puget Sound too many local building codes allow building in river flood plains. We don’t even have 100 years of history in many locales, so you can’t trust the recent historical record. Also this area has problems with landslides on steep slopes when the rain-soaked soil becomes unstable — such as what happened in Oso a few years back. The timber/logging companies have scalped so many areas so those lands no longer have good rich soil and thick vegetation to soak up rainfall.

        Quick profit makes future generations suffer the consequences.

  7. NW Luna says:

    That ton-and-a-half dinosaur is cool!

  8. dakinikat says:

  9. NW Luna says:

    Some good news!

    AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge late Wednesday temporarily blocked most of Texas’ tough new “sanctuary cities” law that would have allowed police to inquire about people’s immigration status during routine interactions such as traffic stops.

    The law, SB 4, had been cheered by President Donald Trump’s administration but decried by immigrants’ rights groups who say it could force anyone who looks like they might be in the country illegally to “show papers.” The measure sailed through the Republican-controlled Legislature despite months of protests and opposition from business groups who worried that it could cause a labor-force shortage in industries such as construction. Opponents sued, arguing it violated the U.S. Constitution, and U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia’s ruling in San Antonio keeps it from taking effect as planned Friday — allowing the case time to proceed.

    In a 94-page ruling, Garcia wrote that there “is overwhelming evidence by local officials, including local law enforcement, that SB 4 will erode public trust and make many communities and neighborhoods less safe” and that “localities will suffer adverse economic consequences which, in turn, will harm the state of Texas.”
    “The Court cannot and does not second guess the Legislature,” he continued. “However, the state may not exercise its authority in a manner that violates the United States Constitution.”

  10. Minkoff Minx says:

    Be aware:

    • NW Luna says:

      Maybe that will get the attention of Congressional Repubs and we’ll see some real action on emergency preparedness and infrastructure. Or not.

  11. NW Luna says: