Wednesday Reads: Quality Portraits

Facebook is in the news again. When I logged on to Facebook to get some cartoons, I had over 30 alerts…it has been a while since I’ve been on any social media. Avoidance. That is my motto these days.

Well, Johnson wasn’t one of the two senators who voted against the support of NATO, so there is that…

Senate votes to support NATO ahead of Trump summit | TheHill

Lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of a motion supporting NATO, as President Trump continues to criticize the alliance ahead of his summit in Europe.

The nonbinding motion, which came as the Senate voted to reconcile its version of the annual defense policy bill with that of the House, expresses the Senate’s support for NATO and calls on negotiators to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to it.

The 97-2 vote in the Senate comes as Trump heads to Brussels. He will also travel to the United Kingdom and meet one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki during his trip.

GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) voted against the measure.

Thanks to Dak for sending me the twitter link to those images…

Dick Durbin has been busy:

And Durbin tweeted this too, back on the 7th:

Dick Durbin Warns That Trump’s DOJ Nominee Is Linked To Putin

Smoke and mirrors is the way that the Trump administration operates. Deflect attention from something critical by focusing the news cycle on something altogether different. This coming week will be focused on the SCOTUS nomination, which means the appointment of former Sessions staffer Brian Benczkowski to head the Department of Justice Criminal Division could fall through the cracks unnoticed — and that could be disastrous. Benczkowski “previously represented Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, whose owners have ties to President Vladimir V. Putin.”

For more information click on the link above…

Feinstein is also calling attention to this matter:

It looks like Benczkowski is going to be comfirmed anyway:

Fucking Manchin. I wonder what the Russians have on him…for his continued support of tRump? Must be a boy in his “golden showered” past….because if it was just a woman, in this climate today…where a president can payoff porn stars without any negative affects, an affair with a woman is just no big deal.

In other news:

Oh, one more thing:

I can’t take anymore, here are the cartoons.

07/10/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers -

Child Abuse: 07/07/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Child Abuse

07/10/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller

Cartoon by Joe Heller -

07/07/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller

Cartoon by Joe Heller -

EPA Resignation: 07/06/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - EPA Resignation

California Firepublic: 07/09/2018 Cartoon by Steve Greenberg

Cartoon by Steve Greenberg - California Firepublic

Rob Rogers: 07/10/2018 Cartoon by Eric J Garcia

Cartoon by Eric J Garcia - Rob Rogers

07/09/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies -


07/05 Mike Luckovich: No comparison.

07/06 Mike Luckovich:Toxic.

07/08 Mike Luckovich: Don and Vlad

07/11 Mike Luckovich: Rightward.

This is an open thread….

40 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Quality Portraits”

    • Enheduanna says:

      RIP Tab Hunter….

      I still have my “scratch n sniff” card from Polyester – hahahahahaha

    • bostonboomer says:

      I watched the documentary about him on Netflix after I heard he died. I highly recommend it.

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    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Yeah. Fucking hell…

    • dakinikat says:

      You have to have achieved peak moron to think Trump is anything but a Russian Asset, a liar and a total nincompoop.

    • dakinikat says:


      resident Donald Trump was described by a Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt as being like a seagull who will fly into NATO and “defecate over everything.”

      Speaking on Tuesday evening, ahead of the president’s planned visit to Brussels this week, Stirewalt suggested there was no way to stop Trump from pursuing his own agenda.

      “Quit kidding yourselves,” Stirewalt said in a message aimed at Republicans.

      “You will not stop Donald Trump from undermining NATO… and you will not stop him from realigning U.S. foreign policy to be more favorable towards Russia. He is going to do it,” he continued.

      “And the Republicans who say, ‘Well, we have a broad foreign policy apparatus and we forced him to impose these sanctions and we forced him to do these things,’ he’s going to fly into Brussels like a seagull. He is going to defecate all over everything, squawk and fly away is what he’s going to do in Brussels,” Stirewalt added.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    On Benczkowski, Maddow did a segment on him last night, but I still have not been able to find a clip about it…

  3. dakinikat says:

    I knew you’d love those photo memes!! xoxo and hope life and circumstances are being easier on you!

  4. Sweet Sue says:

    So what’s the meme? Ugliest hairdos of the eighties? Jeez, we were all butt ugly in the Reagan years.

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  7. dakinikat says:

    Please tell me I’m wrong about this:
    I don’t think Trump wants to understand or is likely even capable of the NATO alliance because he’s a Russian asset whose personal interest lies with Putin. He is going to blow it up.

    My guess is he’s about ready to shutdown Ramstein AFB and will fire Kelly and Mattis if that’s what it takes. He’s trying to put a russian plant behind Rosenstein and signed an executive order to change administrative judges from merit based appointments to political. With McConnell’s help, he’s stacking the courts with young inexperienced right wing reactionaries. You’d think he kept Hitler’s playbook in his nightstand … oh wait! And he just defied a court order or reuniting those children who he is dehumanizing.

    Theresa Mary’s government is in crisis and he’s buds with the Russian backed Brexit faction who all conveniently just quit cabinet positions. Then, there’s the debriefing and rewards he’s going to go collect in Helsinki sans babysitters.

    The Republicans are worthless dupes who likely got campaign funds from Russian oligarchs… McConnell we know did. The Russians hacked the RNC and likely have Kompromat on the likes of McConnell, etc. So, it’s time to take all of this very seriously as he’s realigning us with the Saudis,the Israelis,and the Russians. (SEE the Seychelles meetings.)

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    • dakinikat says:

      When Fox News just started as a channel, it wasn’t too different from the kind of programming you’d see on any other cable news network. Yes, it definitely had a conservative lean, but it hardly existed in its bizarro parallel universe. Today, it’s become conspiracy peddling GOP agitprop whose primetime stars are beloved by outspoken neo-Nazis and Klansmen, exchange secret scoops with a Russian disinformation asset, and performed Nazi salutes at the Republican National Convention while anointing The Donald as their official candidate of choice. It’s InfoWars with higher production values and fewer plugs for supplements, mercifully relegated to proper commercial breaks.

      We’ve all heard or have our own stories of middle-aged or older relatives who were enthralled by the channel’s siren call and became paranoid and far more aggressive. Its programming is by far the overwhelming choice for a nostalgic generation playing directly to their rose-colored version of the past and using that as a springboard to bombard them with outrage and fear fodder. From a scientific standpoint, conservatives tend to have an enlarged and more active amygdala, a part of the brain’s limbic system responsible for fear and anger, as well as creating memories of emotional events. This means they respond more readily to angst and rage and see novelty with suspicion.

      • NW Luna says:

        “…stories of middle-aged or older relatives who were enthralled by the channel’s siren call and became paranoid and far more aggressive.”


        What about those young tiki-torch-waving thugs?

  10. dakinikat says:

    Great podcast!

    Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior

    Gaslit Nation is a bi-monthly podcast from DAME magazine that cuts through the noise of the news cycle to help listeners gain a sense of control in an out- of- control world. Hosts writers Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa are women whose voices are part of the larger zeitgeist transforming civic engagement across the country.

  11. dakinikat says:

    Fact Check: Trump’s Claims On NATO Spending

    President Trump has been making plenty of claims about how much the U.S. contributes to NATO while portraying other members of the alliance as deadbeats. Here is some of what he’s said and how those statements stand up to the facts.

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    polls looking good still!!!!

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