Wednesday Reads: Pelosi, The Wall




12/12 Mike Luckovich: Wall protecting America

That has to be the best representation of the theatrics played out before the cameras yesterday, during the stage show given in the Oval Office.


Trump’s heated meeting in the Oval Office – CNN Video


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This next cartoon from Eric Garcia hits home if anyone has seen the latest series of Narcos: Mexico…

Bury Bush: 12/12/2018 Cartoon by Eric J Garcia

Cartoon by Eric J Garcia - Bury Bush

12/12/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson -

12/07/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson -

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 12/12/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 12/11/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 12/07/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon


Chief of Staff: 12/12/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Chief of Staff

Market Plunge: 12/10/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Market Plunge

Redacted: 12/06/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Redacted

Gut Reaction: 12/01/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Gut Reaction

Tips for holiday cheer: 12/12/2018 Cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Tips for holiday cheer

The Refugee Cycle: 12/05/2018 Cartoon by Jen Sorensen

Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - The Refugee Cycle

Duterte Squashing Dissent: 12/12/2018 Cartoon by Angelo Lopez

Cartoon by Angelo Lopez - Duterte Squashing Dissent

12/11/2018 Cartoon by Bob Gorrell

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Blood Brothers: 12/11/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - Blood Brothers

SHUT DOWN: 12/12/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - SHUT DOWN

President Potty Mouth: 12/09/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - President Potty Mouth

December 7: 12/07/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - December 7

Federal court filings: 12/11/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Federal court filings

12/11/2018 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

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12/11/2018 Cartoon by Nate Beeler

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12/11 Mike Luckovich: Shipmates


And…the latest news:

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison

A federal judge in New York sentenced President Donald Trump’s former long-time attorney Michael Cohen to 36 months imprisonment on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to several charges earlier this year, according to multiple reports.

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23 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Pelosi, The Wall”

  1. Gregory P says:

    I think that the meeting at the White House was to serve 3 purposes for Trump. 1. He got to gaslight and try to blame the Dems, namely Pelosi and Schumer, for his and the Republican’s failure to pass any meaningful legislation in regards to building the wall or really any significant legislation at all. His last 2 years have been a complete failure while owning both Houses and the Supreme Court. 2. He gets to play the equivocation game where Pelosi and Schumer are seen by the gullible in our society as having the same behavior. As one idiot on facebook said, Mike Pence was the only grown up in the room. So by standing their ground Pelosi and Schumer still lost in the eyes of the idiots in this country. Ironically, if they would have capitulated then they would have been admonished for being “snowflakes”. It was a classic no-win situation. 3. I think that by attacking Pelosi and Schumer he was trying to weaken their credibility and hopefully in the process con the incoming Democrats to not vote for her as Speaker. What is clear is that there are way to many people in this country who have no critical thinking skills and are failing our Democracy and failing our fellow citizens. After the Paul Ryan debacle we desperately need a quality Speaker of the House. I think it is imperative that Pelosi regains that position so that the Dems will actually stand up for the American people. It is going to be a thankless job because of just how ignorant our population has become.

  2. NW Luna says:

    The rat as Chief of Staff!

  3. NW Luna says:

    Sigh … It’s semi-officially starting.

    Julián Castro announced Wednesday that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee, giving the former Obama housing chief and San Antonio mayor a head start in a crowded field of Democrats eager to challenge President Donald Trump.

    “Americans are ready to climb out of this darkness,” he says in a 4-minute video laying out his likely candidacy.

    Castro, 44, has been angling for 2020 for months and there is little doubt that he intends to run. He told The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12.

    • quixote says:

      You know what? Bring back the smoke-filled rooms. Maybe minus the smoke. This is 2018.

      Having every Tom, Dick, and Harry bleeding resources into useless competitions is just plain stupid.

      I like Julian Castro but I can’t see him as a nation candidate for Prez.

      Admittedly, he’s better than Biden or Sanders 🙄

      • Sweet Sue says:

        I’m with you, although it won’t be a popular position. That’s how the US got FDR. Can never admit that I’m a bit of a fan of the latter Tammany Hall era-Alfred K. Smith. What can I say? I’m Irish and a Democrat to the core.

  4. NW Luna says:

  5. Enheduanna says:

    Interesting there are two cartoons with an iron maiden theme… Just living through this nightmare shitshow administration is torture for sure.

    Can’t wait for the Pelosi/Schumer/Dump Oval Office meeting toons next week….LOLOLOLOL

  6. NW Luna says:

    Well, not exactly genius since this has been analyzed and written about before, but good that it’s getting more press. (I say that a lot about all those stories in media finally waking up to what they should have seen 3 yrs ago (or earlier).

  7. dakinikat says:

  8. dakinikat says:

    What’s the point of this other than to be an asshole?

    • Gregory P says:

      He and his administration are a bunch racist bigots. It is a war on everyone who is not white.

  9. dakinikat says:

    Bertrand Russell’s Advice For How (Not) to Grow Old: “Make Your Interests Gradually Wider and More Impersonal”

    Russell does not flatter his readers’ rationalist conceits by citing the latest science. “As regards health,” he writes, “I have nothing useful to say…. I eat and drink whatever I like, and sleep when I cannot keep awake.” (We are inclined, perhaps, to trust him on these grounds alone.) He opens with a drily humorous paragraph in which he recommends, “choose your ancestors well,” then he issues advice on the order of not dwelling on the past or becoming a burden to your children.

    But the true kernel of his short essay, “the proper recipe for remaining young,” he says, came to him from the example of a maternal grandmother, who was so absorbed in her life, “I do not believe she ever had time to notice she was growing old.” “If you have wide and keen interests and activities in which you can still be effective,” Russell writes. “you will have no reason to think about the merely statistical fact of the number of years you have already lived, still less of the probable shortness of your future.”

    Such interests, he argues, should be “impersonal,” and it is this quality that loosens our grip. As Maria Popova puts it, “Russell places at the heart of a fulfilling life the dissolution of the personal ego into something larger.” The idea is familiar; in Russell’s hands it becomes a meditation on mortality as ever-timely as the so-often-quoted passages from Donne’s “Meditation XVII.” Philosopher and writer John G. Messerly calls Russell’s concluding passage “one of the most beautiful reflections on death I have found in all of world literature.”

    The best way to overcome it [the fear of death]—so at least it seems to me—is to make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. An individual human existence should be like a river: small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. The man who, in old age, can see his life in this way, will not suffer from the fear of death, since the things he cares for will continue. And if, with the decay of vitality, weariness increases, the thought of rest will not be unwelcome. I should wish to die while still at work, knowing that others will carry on what I can no longer do and content in the thought that what was possible has been done.

    Read Russell’s “How to Grow Old” in full here. And see many more eloquent meditations on aging and death—from Henry Miller, André Gide, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Grace Paley—at Brain Pickings.