Hell yes, it is time for another fucking year to roll around. So let us start the party early with this kickass artwork by surreal artist Surazica.
There is something about that poodle’s attitude that grabbed my attention.
You can scroll through some close-ups here:
I don’t know what 2018 will bring, but I do feel we will have to be vigilant and aware…because it seems like a turning point is coming.
I think we all have a sense of it…
Now a few links to start you going:
Have a safe evening tonight…please take care of yourself and be aware of your surroundings.
Happy Christmas Eve…
It is like we have been sucked into a vortex of shit.
Transported into some time-warp to hell.
This year has passed in what seems, if we were watching a film, both in fast forward and slow motion. And it has been like watching one of those end of civilization movies…or even better still a WWII film about Hitler and his authoritarian ways.
Let them eat cake! Donald Trump, his fellow Republicans and other plutocrats throw crumbs to the American people while telling them they best be full and not spoiled by such acts of generosity.
On Wednesday Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans celebrated the passage of their so-called “tax reform” bill. They are resplendent and gloating in the aftermath of a political victory — one that comes from hurting the American people and forcing through (quite literally) in the dead of night one of the most unpopular and destructive pieces of legislation in recent history.
The Republican “tax reform” bill is at its core an effort to overturn the social and political progress of the 20th century by enacting a Social Darwinist agenda whose ultimate goal is to give even more money to the very richest Americans and corporations by punishing “the useless eaters.” This is evil; there is no socially redeeming value to Donald Trump and the right-wing agenda to remake American society in the service of a dystopian Ayn Randian vision.
Masked by the lies and rhetoric of “making America great again” by empowering “job creators,” the Republican “tax reform” bill is one of the greatest moral hazards in American history. Trump and the Republicans in Congress who inflicted this legislation on the American people will personally profit from it. For example, it is estimated that Trump will see his own taxes reduced by tens of millions of dollars a year. Changes in the estate tax will also allow Trump to pass along at least one billion dollars more to his family and other beneficiaries. Other Republicans such as Bob Corker and many otherswill makes millions of dollars more a year from changes in the tax code related to real estate.
In essence, Donald Trump and the Republican Party and their other right-wing allies have committed the equivalent of “Grand Theft U.S.A.” where they entered the bank, stole the money, placed explosives and triggered them, and are now forcing the working class, the poor and other Americans to pay for this act of legal looting.
This brazen act of financial abuse and violence against the American people was enabled by extreme political polarization in combination with Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s contempt for democracy. Donald Trump is a petit-authoritarian and aspiring despot. Using the government to personally enrich himself appears to be one of Trump’s most important goals. It is one shared by despots and other authoritarian leaders around the world. To the degree that his fascist tendencies serve their agenda, the Republican Party will continue to support him. The political calculus is simple. In all, today’s Republican Party values winning more than democracy or human decency.
Can the harm done to American democracy by Donald Trump and the Republican Party be healed? How does extreme political polarization advance Trump and the Republican Party’s extreme right-wing authoritarian agenda? Is it possible to convince Trump’s voters that he is a threat to the country’s democracy? How is Trump mimicking the behavior of despots from other countries and in other eras? Do most Americans really understand the dire threat to their country posed by Donald Trump and his right-wing enablers and other supporters?
In an effort to answer these questions, I spoke with Brian Klaas. He is a fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. Klaas is the author of several books including his most recent, “The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy.” (Read an excerpt published here at Salon.)
Klaas explains the connections between political polarization and America’s crisis of democracy under Donald Trump as:
Polarization is absolutely essential as a precursor to authoritarianism because you need to have political tribalism. Republicans are afraid of their base. They are not afraid of a Democrat beating them. This is partly because of demographic clustering, but it’s also largely due to gerrymandering. And gerrymandering intensifies all of the incentives to be extreme. Consequently, if a Republican does not march in lockstep with Trump, he or she may face a primary challenger. The alternative is winning an easy election against a Democrat. On top of that you have Fox News and a broader right-wing echo chamber that are de facto outlets for Trump, akin to some type of state-sponsored media in an authoritarian or dictatorial regime.
Well, this is a depressing way to start…
See what I mean.
Looks like someone sent an early Christmas gift to Steve Mnuchin:
A suspicious package addressed to Treasure Secretary Steve Mnuchinleft in the driveway of one of his Bel Air neighbors Saturday evening brought the Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad. It turned out to be a bunch of crap. Literally.
According to the LAPD, a neighbor discovered the package around 5:30 PM local time and called the police. When the bomb squad looked inside the gift-wrapped box, they found a “pretty good quantity” of
Hey, is that the same kid?
What is a Christmas post, without something Divine?
Yeah, it is that time of year…
Damn, this is not a happy thread at all.
Merry Christmas to all you Sky Dancers!
Have a safe and wonderful day!
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:
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?
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.
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.
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:
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:
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…
Flashback to 2013:
I’m gonna end with this tweet:
This is an open thread.
One thing about binge watching a TV show that is all about how to get away with murder, you begin to obsess about ways to rid yourself of a body. And when you also have a tree crew working at your house at 7am in the morning, after only getting a couple of hours sleep from your all day gluttony of murder and mayhem…watching a tree that is way larger than the size of a human…being shredded into little itty bitty pieces by one of those huge tree chippers…a Vermeer , well of course your mind takes it a step further.
I still cannot bring myself to keep up with the latest news, I don’t want to see the way tRump is working his way out of this…I am grateful that today is cartoon day.
Remember: Nate Beeler is a right leaning (cough) cartoonist.
This is an open thread…
After the Senate passed that monstrous #TaxScamBill , I needed to evaporate into myself…if that is even possible. From the moment I saw a tweet saying it was a done deal, I put away the phone. I have not turned on my laptop. I haven’t even watched the news channels. In fact, I was awake the last 24 hours watching old episodes of How to Get Away With Murder. (Seriously, if that is not evaporating into the void, I don’t know what else is.)
Today, it is 3:30…and I wake up to find out more shit has hit the fan. tRump has gone on a Twitter tirade, but even on MSNBC, the tone is strange. Like…it is never gonna happen. tRump is never going to go down. Honestly. Will we ever learn?
I will just highlight a few tweets from today:
And then there is this:
I am going back to my Netflix feed.
This is an open thread.
Good Morning…From Hell
It may be repetitive, sure…but fucking hell!
Sticking with sarcastic Tweets that have a lovely truthful bite about them:
tRump is non stop today:
I guest that explains this:
There is a desperation in the orange asshole’s tweets this morning. Something big must be about to happen…
Now, a few Cartoons:
This is an open thread.