Wednesday Reads: Too Close and Too F’d Up

Well, as I write this post…the election in PA is too close to call…and it is up to the absentee ballots. I will have the latest results posted below:

**NBC has called this an apparent win for Lamb**

See time stamp on that tweet for reference.

News broke last night that Stephen Hawking passed away:

Now for the cartoons:

Local Election: 03/13/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Local Election

Saccone Disclaimers: 03/11/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Saccone Disclaimers

03/13/2018 Cartoon by Tom Stiglich

Cartoon by Tom Stiglich -

Digital Attack: 03/13/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Digital Attack

WANTING JOB: 03/07/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - WANTING JOB

Nick Anderson cartoon: 03/13/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

Nick Anderson cartoon: 03/10/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

Nick Anderson cartoon: 03/08/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson

Cartoon by Nick Anderson - Nick Anderson cartoon

03/12/2018 Cartoon by Tom Stiglich

Cartoon by Tom Stiglich -

03/13/2018 Cartoon by David Cohen

Cartoon by David Cohen -

03/09/2018 Cartoon by David Cohen

Cartoon by David Cohen -

Trump’s Small Pause: 03/13/2018 Cartoon by Steve Artley

Cartoon by Steve Artley - Trump's Small Pause

Protectionism: 03/09/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Protectionism

03/13/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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03/12/2018 Cartoon by David Horsey

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03/11/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson -

03/08/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson -

Uh…I really don’t like the comparison of Clarice to Trump…

This is an open thread….

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56 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Too Close and Too F’d Up”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Well, morning all. I updated the thread with this nugget:

    Here’s a few more.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Oh, and then there’s Maude

    • NW Luna says:

      That’s one of the milder actions the U.K. could have taken. But without the rest of NATO their realistic responses are limited. They know that the US won’t stand with them.

      • quixote says:

        A headline I saw in the British press said the best way for them to stick it to Putin would be to abandon Brexit.

        The light bulb went off. She (he?) is right! And it’s something they could do right now, and it would help rather than hurt Britain itself.

        And it would mean May admitting she might have been wrong to railroad it through (even though she used to be a Remainer!), and ignoring all those who want to go back to the 1950s of the mind.

        Oh well. It’s a good idea though.

        • NW Luna says:

          It would be good for them to abandon Brexit regardless! Seems many now realize they were wrong about that.

      • Enheduanna says:

        I wish they would tell tRump he’s not welcome to come there for a visit.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    We got 22 inches of snow here, and there’s another nor’easter coming.

  4. Pat Johnson says:

    I applaud their efforts but as long as a fully controlled GOP congress sits in power nothing will change.

    It is going to need a Dem majority with lots of young faces to overrule the NRA.

  5. NW Luna says:

    Great cartoons, JJ. The “Fly, my pretties!” with Putin and trolls is my favorite.

  6. NW Luna says:

    Young deplorables in Russia. Scary.

    Russia’s young people are Putin’s biggest fans

    “What the Russian soul demands,” says Yekaterina Mamay, “is that there be one strong politician in the country who resembles a czar.”

    In Russia’s upcoming presidential election, the 20-year-old student, who knows that journalism in her country is not free, will nonetheless vote to reelect Vladimir Putin.

    Today’s Russian young adults have no memory of life before Putin, who first took power as their president 18 years ago. Some have taken to the streets in protest, but social scientists say many more have grown to accept him. Polls show that Putin enjoys greater support among youth than among the public at large.

    “We already know everything about him,” Pavel Rybin, 20, who is studying event management, said of Putin. “If now the people elect him again, everything will be quiet and calm.”

    Shaburov said he has watched Navalny’s videos highlighting apparent government corruption. He said he is upset to see officials steal public money in broad daylight and “grandmothers and kids” dragged from Navalny rallies by the riot police. But this is no time for an untested leader like Navalny, he said, given Russia’s tumultuous history.

    “Making a change could lead to the collapse of the country,” Shaburov said. “If we look back and see what happened in the past, it’s better that everything continue as it is now.”

    • quixote says:

      It’s not really accurate to call them deplorables. Bigotry isn’t their primary driver. Being afraid of instability is not irrational when you heard stories from your grandparents about knocks on the door at 3AM. Or when your relatives died in all kinds of wars (think Vietnam and Iraq raised to the tenth power). Or when the only way to get a driver’s license is to pay the police half your week’s grocery money. Etc., etc., etc.

      Admittedly, it’s awful that they can’t see that Putin-style order leads to straitjackets, and that tolerating Putin because you’ve got twitter and travel is a Brave New World. But that just makes them normally gullible, not deplorable.

  7. quixote says:

    Does anybody know when the results for PA-18 get certified? I can’t rest easy until then.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I think the final count isn’t till Friday, but I don’t think Sacone can catch up. It’s over.

      • quixote says:

        Yes, I’d seen somewhere that Saccone would have to get 90% of the remaining absentee vots to close the gap, so that’s good. But part of me is paranoid (if you can call it that these days) that the Repubs will magically find a thousand votes in their handbags.

  8. NW Luna says:

    My Senator!

  9. NW Luna says:

  10. bostonboomer says:

    Apparently Republicans are suing for a recount in PA 18.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/14/recount-pennsylvania-special-election-2018-413822

  11. Enheduanna says:

    Did ya’ll already post about this?

    https://shareblue.com/trump-economic-adviser-larry-kudlow-recession/

    tRump has made this nation a laughingstock and he’ll never “get” that he’s done that.

  12. bostonboomer says:

    • dakinikat says:

      http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/12/trump-turns-to-always-wrong-pseudo-economist-lawrence-kudlow.html

      The CEA chair is typically an economist. Kudlow is not, a fact on his résumé that qualifies rather than disqualifies him for his job. Kudlow is a fanatical adherent of supply-side economics. While many conservative economists believe that, all things being equal, lower tax rates can produce faster growth, Kudlow believes it with a religious intensity. No serious body of economic work could substantiate his beliefs. Indeed, even hard-core conservatives in academia — like Greg Mankiw, a Republican economist with a deep moral disdain for progressive taxation — have nonetheless described the arguments used by Kudlow as those of “charlatans and cranks.” And yet his views have come to dominate the Republicans Party despite decades of unremitting failure. What is remarkable about Kudlow is not just how flamboyantly and demonstrably wrong he has been, but that his influence over the Republican agenda has actually increased.

      Kudlow’s core doctrine is that upper-bracket tax rates are the primary driver of economic growth, and that even minor changes in the level of taxation on the rich have enormous consequences on growth. In 1993, when Bill Clinton proposed an increase in the top tax rate from 31% to 39.6%, Kudlow wrote, “There is no question that Presdient Clinton’s across-the-board tax increases…will throw a wet blanket over the recovery and depress the economy’s long-run potential to grow.” This was wrong. Instead a boom ensued. Rather than question his analysis, Kudlow switched to crediting the results to the great tax-cutter, Ronald Reagan. “The politician most responsible for laying the groundwork for this prosperous era is not Bill Clinton, but Ronald Reagan,” he argued in February, 2000.

    • dakinikat says:

  13. Pat Johnson says:

    I just received my copy of “Russian Roulette”, now Number 1 on Amazon!

    This proves that a majority of this nation is eager for the truth.

    Can’t wait to read his in its entirety.

  14. bostonboomer says:

  15. NW Luna says:

    Shit.

  16. Minkoff Minx says:

    Hey could this be another visit from Putin:

    https://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/ukrainian-national-found-dead-pokhara-hotel/

    “According to District Police Office, Kaski Deputy Superintendent of Police, Khadga Bahadur Khatri, 28-year-old Anpon Kuzniephov with passport ER 545720 was found lying unconscious at the gym-floor near the lobby.

    Kuzniephov was pronounced dead by doctors at Western Regional Hospital.”