I stayed up as late as I could last night…but today I’ve been away from the news. So I do not know what has transpired since around 5 am. Anyway, let’s take a look at some cartoons.
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The days do pass…
…and the horror with each passing day becomes more unbearable.
In a little-noticed 6-3 vote today, the House Administration Committee voted along party lines to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which helps states run elections and is the only federal agency charged with making sure voting machines can’t be hacked. The EAC was created after the disastrous 2000 election in Florida as part of the Help America Vote Act to rectify problems like butterfly ballots and hanging chads. (Republicans have tried to kill the agency for years.) The Committee also voted to eliminate the public-financing system for presidential elections dating back to the 1970s.
“It is my firm belief that the EAC has outlived its usefulness and purpose,” said Committee chair Gregg Harper (R-MS), explaining why his bill transfers the EAC’s authority to the Federal Election Commission.
Doesn’t it make you want to puke? Curse the GOP? And then puke again?
Thirty-eight pro-democracy groups, including the NAACP and Common Cause, denounced the vote. “The EAC is the only federal agency which has as its central mission the improvement of election administration, and it undertakes essential activities that no other institution is equipped to address,” says the Brennan Center for Justice.
This move is particularly worrisome given reports that suspected Russian hackers attempted to access voter-registration systems in more than 20 states during the 2016 election. Moreover, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration set up by President Obama in 2014 outlined an “impending crisis” in voting technology and the Brennan Center found that 42 states used voting machines in 2016 that were at least a decade-old and at risk of failing. The EAC was the agency tasked with making sure these voting systems were both modernized and secure.
The EAC is not a perfect agency. It lacked a quorum of members from 2010 to 2014 and was paralyzed by inaction. Then, last year, its executive director unilaterally approved controversial proof-of-citizenship laws in Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama, which the federal courts subsequently blocked.
But given the threats to American democracy at this moment, the EAC needs to be strengthened, not replaced.
The whole last few weeks have been nothing but a farce, filled with ridiculous appointments, statements and orders. I no longer find things to be “ironic” but absurd…For instance, the last paragraph of this Nation article…
It’s particularly ironic that the Trump administration is preparing to launch a massive investigation into nonexistent voter fraud based on the lie that millions voted illegally while House Republicans are shutting down the agency that is supposed to make sure America’s elections are secure. It’s more proof of how the GOP’s real agenda is to make it harder to vote.
No fucking shit!!!!!!!!!!!
There is no fucking irony people. It is being done ON PURPOSE!!!!
How else does a fascist take over a government? How else does fascism and authoritarianism gain control? We are seeing it every minute of every day.
So here are the bloody cartoons. My life is so disgustingly depressing, not even these babies are laughing it up anymore for me…but maybe it will bring a smile to you all? I hope.
Funny video below, enjoy it!
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That is a cartoon from 2010, it sure does have meaning today, only I think a slight change would update the thing. Make that “Arizona” sign a US Border Crossing, and you have it made.
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Even this baby knows how bad things are.
Of course, it is bullshit.
But isn’t it lovely to think so….that something like Twitter deleting tRump’s account, could actually happen.
Here are a few cartoons for you today. (My mom finally sees the oncologist today, so hopefully there is some action in the way of surgery planned. Soon.)
I love the way Luckovich draws tRump’s little hands.
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As you may have guessed, tRump was sounding off on his twatter again. You would think that the powers that be (if there is still a thing like…actually is looking out for the country’s best interest) that someone would take the man’s Twitter access away. Right?
But to put tRump’s bragging aside, yes please! The main thing getting attention last night on twitter was Bill O’Reilly. The asswipe is not even using dog whistles anymore. He is just whipping out the flagrant bigoted bullshit for all to see.
I don’t think these jerk offs are going to be subtle any longer. Take this latest from Newt:
During a Monday appearance on NPR, Trump adviser Newt Gingrich argued that Congress should consider changing ethics laws so President-elect Donald Trump could freely mix his administration and his business interests.
“We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don’t work,” Gingrich said during a panel discussion on “The Diane Rehm Show.” “We’re going to have to think up a whole new approach.”
The “new approach” Gingrich has in mind also involves Trump liberally using his pardon powers to extract his advisers — including, at least during the presidential transition, three of his adult children — from whatever legal troubles they might find themselves in.
“In the case of the president, he has a broad ability to organize the White House the way he wants to. He also has, frankly, the power of the pardon,” Gingrich said, in comments first covered by Politico. “It’s a totally open power. He could simply say, ‘Look, I want them to be my advisers. I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules. Period.’ Technically, under the Constitution, he has that level of authority.”
Gingrich suggested Congress should consider changing ethics laws so Trump can freely intermingle his business interests and duties as president. He also floated the idea of a Trump-created “panel” led by former government officials that can help monitor his conflicts of interest.
“Congress can try to figure out how to do this,” he said. “I’ve suggested that people who are widely respected, like Attorney General [Michael] Mukasey, might — that the president-elect might want to form a panel who are sort of a review group, if that makes sense, and that the panel would monitor regularly what was going on and would offer warnings if they get too close to the edge.”
Can you believe this shit? Well…yeah of course you can.
And with that, here are your political cartoons for the week.
Killing Human RIghts Activists: 12/21/2016 Cartoon by Angelo Lopez from Philippines Today
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I’m glad today is cartoon day, because after the super disturbing news feeds of slaughter in Aleppo, or the various tRump cabinet appointments/nominees and/or visitors to his Penthouse White House, be it breaking stories about tRump’s business ties are jeopardizing the US and the security threats they cause…and all the news from different states, how women are losing their rights and getting fucked with no source of day after pill. It is like every tweet that twit sends out only justifies the fear that grips me…and makes me numb.
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I saw a post on Facebook yesterday, it said that Media Matters is changing their focus from primarily Fox News to fake news websites and Facebook. The post was from a Politco page on FB. So I take it to be true….right?
Romney Kisses Trump Butt | DarylCagle.com
That is a Cagle cartoon, and they are very obsessive about their cartoons. Now that article also includes a discussion on how he came up with the idea.
I will give you links to the Cagle Cartoons below and hope that you visit the site and check them out.
Many of these are from foreign cartoonist. So you can get the feel of how #tRump is being received around the world.
And from Politico Cartoonist Matt Wuerker:
Ain’t that the truth.
I think Dak may have used that Horsey one on her post this past week…
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My mom has her specialist appointment today, this morning. We are driving down to Gainesville for that…so I’ve scheduled the post. I hope there are no formatting issues. If so, maybe Dak or BB can clean it up. I will try to pop in later on…if I can. Have a good day.