Wednesday Reads: “this other stuff”

This other stuff eh?


Do you think they are lumping it in with this other stuff?

I really hate these assholes.


Now before the cartoons, a few items of news to relate:

Dipshit Local Rep Woman IS NOT MOLESTING YOUR TEENS OKAY? | Wonkette

This story is best told from the Wonkette article itself….



She posted this picture on twitter on purpose.


While we’re all still shrieking at the walls about Paul Ryan’s shitty grinning tax bill O-face, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s claims that the Dems told the GOP to go ahead and miss them with all that tax bill writing the Republicans absolutely BEGGED them for help with, let’s take a quick moment to stand in awe of the kids in Minnesota who tried to talk to their state representative, Mary Franson (R – REALLY REALLY REALLY DUMB).

It all started when this lady, Rep. Mary Franson, became twitter famous last week, by getting her ass handed to her by the AAHS Dems, the Alexandria Area’s chapter of Minnesota High School Democrats. The group asked Rep. Franson to meet with them, because they are interested in politics, and she ostensibly works in the field. But instead of being like, yeah, awesome, let’s encourage kids who want to be politically active, Mary Franson got super shitty and refused to meet with the teenagers by responding to them on twitter with: “It’s not a Legislator’s duty to meet with a ‘proudly’ partisan democrat group. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.”

In your face, kids. You see that serious adult person emoji shrug? You see the way she used a small “d” and no “-ic” in her incorrect spelling of the modifying adjective democrat? To their credit, the high school kids stayed respectful, continued to sound like the only grown ups on the feed, and tried to gently remind their representative that she represents them. Rep. Mary Franson was not about to hear that and basically told them all to fuck off and stop bothering her. So these tweets spread out all over twitter pretty good, and a bunch of people who saw them were like, wow this lady seems pretty shitty, but Rep. Mary Franson was like HOLD ON I’M NOT DONE.

Oh that is only the beginning. Go to the link and read the whole account…you will not be disappointed.

The title of this next link made me think of the age old question, how many licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?

How Long Does It Take a Southern White Democrat Elected by Black Voters to Shift to the Right? Less Than a Week.  – Rewire

Over the past few days, many voters in Alabama who helped carry Doug Jones to a historic election victory have expressed frustration over recent comments from the senator-elect regarding both President Donald Trump’s alleged history of sexual harassment and the GOP tax bill. In an interview this week with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Jones said that he doesn’t agree with the Democrats who argue Trump should resign from office over the allegations regarding sexual assault and harassment because the allegations “were made before the election, and so people had an opportunity to judge before that election.” He also gave a less-than-clear answer on how he would have voted on the GOP tax bill, were he given the chance.

That Jones would pursue a faulty strategy of shifting to the right is not surprising. In fact, many of those who voted for him expected such a shift, although we didn’t necessarily expect to see it before the election was even certified. What we also did not expect, and what may be more troubling, is the feedback from supporters within the progressive community asking us to “be patient” with Jones. Such feedback is very reminiscent of the comments from white clergy members urging Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to wait—comments which gave birth to Dr. King’s famous “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.” While my comments below are in no way comparable to that remarkable letter, they are my attempt to explain why we cannot wait.
In science news:
For the first time scientists have directly observed living bacteria in polar ice and snow

For the first time scientists have directly observed living bacteria in polar ice and snow – an environment once considered sterile. The new evidence has the potential to alter perceptions about which planets in the universe could sustain life and may mean that humans are having an even greater impact on levels of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere than accepted evidence from climate history studies of ice cores suggests.

Life where we didn’t think it could exist before…
Then I wonder…if this kid will have any issues, psychological issues that is…knowing that almost a quarter of a century past between the time they were conceived to the time they were born. And then there is this whole “mother” thing:
Woman Gives Birth To Baby From 24-Year-Old Frozen Embryo : HEALTH : Tech Times

Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, a medical director at the National Embryo Donation Center in Knoxville, delivered Emma Wren Gibson on Nov. 25. Emma weighed six pounds and measured twenty inches long.

She had been frozen or cryopreserved since Oct. 14, 1992, which is now considered to be the longest known frozen human embryo that resulted in a successful birth.

Surprisingly, the embryo was conceived just a year and a half after Tina’s own birth, which makes it just a year younger than the mother. The embryo was thawed on March 13 and was later implanted in Tina’s uterus after two days.

“It is deeply moving and highly rewarding to see that embryos frozen 24.5 years ago using the old, early cryopreservation techniques of slow freezing on day one of development at the pronuclear stage can result in 100 percent survival of the embryos with a 100 percent continued proper development to the day-3 embryo stage,” said Carol Sommerfelt, Lab Director at the National Embryo Donation Center.

Emphasis mine…see what I mean?

On a more serious note:

Coming to the aid of drowning migrants? Get ready to be treated like a criminal | Lorena Gazzotti | Opinion | The Guardian

Authorities on both sides of the Mediterranean want to silence the activists and NGOs who are inconvenient witnesses to the brutality of border policing


And at last…before the laughs:

Someone Dubbed Trump’s Horrible Speeches Over His Animatronic, And It’s Terrifying | HuffPost

As if Walt Disney World’s animatronic of President Donald Trump wasn’t scary enough.

On Tuesday, Twitter user @DustinGiebel dubbed audio of Trump’s more controversial speeches over footage of the Florida theme park’s newly unveiled talking robot.

Here’s animatronic Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women on the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape:

Go to the link to see  more dubbs…this one tho:


Now the cartoons…



12/20/2017 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson -

Donor Dessert: 12/20/2017 Cartoon by Paul Fell

Cartoon by Paul Fell - Donor Dessert

12/20/2017 Cartoon by MStreeter

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12/19/2017 Cartoon by Joe Heller

Cartoon by Joe Heller -

12/20/2017 Cartoon by John R. Rose

Cartoon by John R. Rose -

Elephant Anatomy: 12/19/2017 Cartoon by Steve Greenberg

Cartoon by Steve Greenberg - Elephant Anatomy

12/19/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

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12/19/2017 Cartoon by David Cohen

Cartoon by David Cohen -

Dark Side Tax Plan: 12/19/2017 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Dark Side Tax Plan

Net Neutrality: 12/17/2017 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Net Neutrality

12/19/2017 Cartoon by John Cole

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12/20 Mike Luckovich: The dark side. | Mike Luckovich

12/19 Mike Luckovich: Need a jump. | Mike Luckovich




Flashback to 2013:



I’m gonna end with this tweet:


This is an open thread.

29 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: “this other stuff””

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Can y’all imagine the conversation of that one gazelle to his family?

  2. Enheduanna says:

    JJ fantastic post – so much wtf going on! 24 year old newborns?? Wow.

    And as far as alien life – anyone who has been responsible for cleaning a bathroom for years on end knows that life will not be denied. As far as I’m concerned it’s impossible to get rid of.

    And I want to know what those alloys are.

  3. quixote says:

    I’m not sure why there’s so much OMG-the-Pentagon-is-wasting-money-on-stupid-stuff vibe around their study of unexplained sightings. Isn’t a large part of their whole job description knowing what’s out there in case it’s a threat? Can you imagine the reaction if aliens visited and the Pentagon response was, “Yeah, we refused to track that ship because it was weird”?

  4. bostonboomer says:

    This piece by David Corn today is excellent.

    • Catscatscats says:

      Great article bb. Excellent assessment of what we are facing. Personally, i have no confidence in any of our institutions putting a stop to these republic-eating parasites. So much damage has been done. It took us generations to get to this point and one year (two if you include the illicit campaign to install dump) to bring us to our knees. It is going to be a tough slog out of this cesspool.

  5. dakinikat says:

    The most scary thing is that it does seem like we’ve suddenly lost the framework that gives us a reference of what’s ‘normal’. I’m not really comfortable with that word but we had an idea of what was moral and ethical, what are values are based up as Yates wrote in USA TODAY, and what we could expect from the rule of law. We had problems–like the unequal treatment of minority populations of all sorts–but the momentum was towards a “more perfect union” and certainly was better than women not voting, slavery, and the mass slaughter and pillage of our indigenous people. Things are certainly better for many of us in terms of access to institutions we never would have had like GLBT have access to marriage and women to combat positions in the military and GLBT can be out in the military. We’ve seen inroads in many things. But how can you continue this forward progress when some one blows up the framework, the intrinsic values, and the institutions that support them all along with how we interact? It’s awful!

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  9. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s an article on how the tax scam is going to kill the housing market in Massachusetts.

    How GOP Tax Overhaul Will Affect MA Homeowners

  10. NW Luna says:

    Every once in a while POTUS* tells the truth.

    Trump just admitted the GOP’s tax cuts were deceptively sold to the public

    The president said the bill was really about corporate tax cuts and repealing Obamacare. He just handed Democrats some talking points for 2018.

    While talking about the corporate tax rate being cut from 35 percent to 21 percent, Trump said, “That’s probably the biggest factor in our plan.”

    So now Democrats have clips of the president talking about how this was really more about the corporate tax cuts all along and saying he just undid Obamacare — both of which weren’t part of the argument for the bill. They also happen to be pretty good talking points, with the latter being something Democrats can credibly use to force Republicans into ownership of whatever happens with the American health-care system from now on.

  11. NW Luna says:

    We knew this.

    America’s 20 largest companies on the tax overhaul
    Businesses are getting a major tax cut. Many say they’ll give more money to shareholders. None have announced raises for workers.

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  13. NW Luna says:

    Good! But those idiots who say don’t make the midterms about Trump are asinine!

    Forget what they say — House Democrats are readying for impeachment

    To fill their top spot on the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats had a choice between experts in two critical policy arenas: a constitutional law ace with firsthand experience battling President Trump, and an architect of sweeping immigration legislation.

    By a wide margin, they chose the constitutional law expert [Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)]. Why? To ready themselves for a battle with Trump that could end with impeachment proceedings.

    Leaders have cautioned the rank and file not to push for impeachment because the public might view it as an overreach. The House’s few remaining moderate Democrats from swing districts have regularly warned the party’s liberal flank against making the 2018 midterm elections about Trump or the investigations into his presidential campaign.

    • Enheduanna says:

      The Dems do not have a problem with the public thinking they overreach – it’s quite the opposite. Dems do not fight back. How can they sit there and be cowed by accusations of overreach after everything the GOPers have done – starting with stealing a SCOTUS seat.