Posted: February 7, 2018 Filed under: morning reads, Political and Editorial Cartoons, Psychopaths in charge, Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons
There will be GOOSESTEPPING in the streets come springtime…yup. You can count on it…with just about as much certainty as you have that tRump is turning America into his own little authoritarian regime.
This gif is from the Wonkette site, had to grab it…it was perfect…
By now you all have heard of this shit:
Trump’s ‘marching orders’ to the Pentagon: Plan a grand military parade – The Washington Post
President Trump’s vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to plan a grand military parade later this year showcasing the might of America’s armed forces.
Trump has long mused publicly and privately about wanting such a parade, but a Jan. 18 meeting between Trump and top generals in the Pentagon’s tank — a room reserved for top-secret discussions — marked a tipping point, according to two officials briefed on the planning.
Surrounded by the military’s highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump’s seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive, the officials said.
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” said a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning discussions are supposed to remain confidential. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
Shows of military strength are not typical in the United States — and they don’t come cheap. The cost of shipping Abrams tanks and high-tech hardware to Washington could run in the millions, and military officials said it was unclear how they would pay for it.
The Pentagon also confirmed the plans following The Post’s initial report. “We are aware of the request and are in the process of determining specific details. We will share more information throughout the planning process,” Defense Department spokesman Thomas Crosson said in a statement.
Contrast this news with the words spewing from tRump’s mouth yesterday:
Trump: ‘I’d love to see a shutdown’ over immigration – CNNPolitics
“If we don’t change it, let’s have a shutdown,” Trump said of the nation’s immigration laws. “We’ll do a shutdown and it’s worth it for our country. I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of.”
He added: “If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don’t want safety, and unrelated but still related, they don’t want to take care of our military, then shut it down. We’ll go with another shutdown.”
The orange ass was talking about immigration, (and cough… the military) but when you put it in context with the enormous cost involved in the “dictatorish” show of force parade that he has “ordered,” it truly is…fucked up. (No other way to say it.) I mean think about it. Pennsylvania Avenue will have to be redone/repaired because of the damage done to the asphalt from the heavy artillery.
More on this nut:
When asked to clarify his remarks at the end of the roundtable, Trump told reporters again that he would shut down the government over immigration.
“I would shut it down over this issue. I can’t speak for everybody at the table but I will tell you, I would shut it down over this issue,” he said, adding that if the US doesn’t straighten out its borders “we don’t have a country. Without borders we don’t have a country.”
What the hell is happening in this country?
And why isn’t anyone stopping it?
Now the cartoons:
I may have had these next few cartoons on last week’s post…I can’t remember:
02/05/2018 Cartoon by Charlie Daniel
02/07/2018 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker
Bear Hysteria: 02/07/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis
Chief Wahoo: 02/06/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis
Groundhog Day: 02/02/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis
Rule of Law: 01/31/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis
02/06/2018 Cartoon by David Horsey
Trump Perjury Trap: 02/07/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
02/03/2018 Cartoon by Scott Stantis
Treason: 02/07/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell
02/07/2018 Cartoon by Scott Stantis
02/07/2018 Cartoon by David Horsey
And I am ending it with this cartoon here:
If Watergate happened with today’s media: 02/07/2018 Cartoon by Jen Sorensen
Cause it is the fucking truth.
Yeah, this is an open thread…
Posted: January 10, 2018 Filed under: #EndChildMarriage, morning reads, open thread, Political and Editorial Cartoons, Psychopaths in charge, Republican politics, U.S. Politics, Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons, Women's Rights
Mickey, down and out.
Click on picture for link to website.
Yeah, that image above is perfect. That about puts my family’s emotional state on display, “Fuck it all Man.” My mom’s cancer is back and if you remember, surgery was not an option because of her blood issues and problems with anti-bodies…and chemotherapy was difficult because she could not tolerate the medicine cocktail that was used. Next week she begins a new chemo treatment, with a different drug concoction. We will see if she can handle these medications. But they are supposed to cause sores on the bottoms of her feet and palms of her hands. It is all very upsetting. Fuck it all…man.
Hopefully I can find some funny cartoons today…let’s see what we got?
Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 01/10/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett
Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 01/09/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett
Good Dog: 01/10/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell
OFFSHORE DRILLING: 01/10/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
01/09/2018 Cartoon by David Horsey
like, smart………: 01/09/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
01/10/2018 Cartoon by David Horsey
01/05/2018 Cartoon by David Horsey
01/09 Mike Luckovich: Lucky audience. | Mike Luckovich
12/29 Mike Luckovich: Flying media monkeys | Mike Luckovich
01/09/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies
I thought you would find these interesting…comics from the other side, cough…cough. Uh, I get it that there is that 30ish% of people who will never turn against their “dear leader” but at what point do these media and editorial news outlets/artist realize that the propaganda they spin is beyond any sane person’s belief.
Any Time Now: 01/10/2018 Cartoon by A.F.Branco
Hackwork: 01/09/2018 Cartoon by A.F.Branco
Malpractice: 01/08/2018 Cartoon by A.F.Branco
The Beltway Outlaw: 01/03/2018 Cartoon by A.F.Branco
Coal Hard Truth: 12/27/2017 Cartoon by A.F.Branco
01/10/2018 Cartoon by Joel Pett
The Pacifier: 01/09/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell
01/08/2018 Cartoon by Joel Pett
Garden Pest: 01/05/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
Marijuana Laws: 01/09/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell
I Alone: 01/08/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell
Trumpinburg: 01/10/2018 Cartoon by Tom Curry
See No Evil: 01/10/2018 Cartoon by Jen Sorensen
01/10/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller
01/09/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller
01/06/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller
Jeff Sessions’ war on marijuana: 01/09/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
01/10/2018 Cartoon by Charlie Daniel
Nick Anderson cartoon: 01/09/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson
01/06/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson
Dog Shaming: 01/09/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
History: 01/07/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
01/08/2018 Cartoon by Matt Wuerker
Geniuses: 01/09/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis
01/10 Mike Luckovich. Nash nail And thumb. | Mike Luckovich
This is an open thread…
Posted: August 23, 2017 Filed under: Free Press, Hillary Clinton, morning reads, open thread, Political and Editorial Cartoons, Psychopaths in charge, right wing hate grouups, the GOP, Trump, U.S. Politics, Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons
My glorious friend Jessie sent me that image…she knows my partiality to the phrase, “Fuck you!”
(Maybe it would help if I told you, Jessie is from Brazil?)
Working the Google:
The Orange Dumb Scary Shithead was making words last night. Second night in a row, right? I won’t listen to it speak anymore. If I can stand the aftermath of tweets from the peanut gallery once it has stopped spewing the verbal diarrhea, I will take a look at my Twitter feed. Otherwise, I will wait until Dak or Boston Boomer puts up their post to find out what the hell the shitwad said.
This is a problem today, because I am the one writing the post. So this means I have to go and make myself dig in, and here it goes.
Clinton says her ‘skin crawled’ from Trump’s looming behavior at debate – POLITICO
In an excerpt from her forthcoming book on the 2016 race, Clinton recalled Trump’s uncomfortably close positioning on stage during the town hall-style debate at Washington University in St. Louis. The event took place just days after an audio recording from a years-old “Access Hollywood” interview surfaced of the president bragging in vulgar terms about how his celebrity status allowed him to sexually assault women without consequence.
“This is not OK, I thought. It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces,” Clinton wrote in her book “What Happened,” an excerpt of which was broadcast Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“It was incredibly uncomfortable,” she wrote. “He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, ‘back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’”
Oh wait…that wasn’t Hillary’s take of last night’s performance….it was an excerpt of her book.
‘back up you creep, get away from me.’
Fuck yeah? I see another meme or tattoo in the future, don’t you?
But back to last night. (See how I am avoiding covering this Phoenix rally thing…)
‘Sh*tshow of the highest order’: Internet loses it after Trump’s ‘insane, absurd, off-the-rails’ speech RawStory.com
Donald Trump on Tuesday night spoke at a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, Arizona. After spending 45 minutes maligning the “fake news” and re-litigating his reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia (while leaving out his “both sides” remark), Trump hinted he will pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, argued anti-Confederate protestors are trying to take away “our history” and complained—live on TV—that the mainstream media is too scared to show him live on TV.
The entire event was vintage Trump and ought to dispel and notion of a “pivot,” which was an idea floated Monday night after the president stayed on-script during a speech on Afghanistan.
It was a free-wheeling, decidedly “off-the-rails” speech that no-doubt satisfied Trump’s cracking base.
Here are some stellar reactions to the president’s doozy of a campaign rally (who’s he running against, exactly?), if you lack the time or will to react yourself:
You can click on the link to see those reactions…here are a couple of the good ones:
Trump Goes Off-Script in Hour-Long Public Meltdown | Vanity Fair
After walking on stage at the Phoenix Convention Center to “God Bless the U.S.A.” for what was, effectively, a 2020 campaign rally, Donald Trumprepeatedly ditched his teleprompter and went off-script as he ranted about being mistreated by the media in the wake of Charlottesville, relentlessly attacked an array of enemies including both of Arizona’s Republican senators, and portrayed himself as the true victim of a violent clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters that left one woman dead. Journalists and other social-media commentators watched, stunned, as he proceeded to spend the rest of his hour-long speech unloading on the mainstream press, praising a CNN pundit who was fired for tweeting a Nazi slogan, and re-litigating his entire response to Charlottesville, line by line, in what has become a hallmark of the Trump presidency: a full-on public meltdown.
With a captive, cheering audience of thousands before him, Trump reveled in the opportunity to vent, after a long summer of political crises, and to set the record straight. “What happened in Charlottesville strikes at the core of America,” he said, blaming the “thugs” and the “dishonest media” for the violence in Virginia. This statement drew nearly a minute of boos from the rabid crowd. “I strongly condemned the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the K.K.K. They know it because they were all there,” he said, referring to the media. “I thought I’d take just a second and do this, because you know where my heart is, to show how damn dishonest these people are.”
He proceeded to reread the statement he initially gave in response to the protest, conveniently leaving out the part where he blamed “many sides”—both white supremacists and the anti-racist counter-protesters—for the violence. He mocked the media: “It took a day! Why didn’t he say it fast enough!” He berated The New York Times,The Washington Post, and CNN in one breath, and flatly defended himself against charges of racism. “And then they say, is he a racist? And then I did a second one,” he said, referring to another statement he gave. “And then I said, racism is evil. Did they report that I said racism was evil? They all say what a bad guy I am. And then you wonder why CNN is doing relatively poorly in the ratings. They put seven people, all anti-Trump, and then they fired Jeffrey Lord!” he added, referring to the pundit who was fired after tweeting “Seig Heil” at a critic. “Poor Jeffrey.”
This is disgusting. But then…tRump used the two words that no longer signal dog whistles to me…
“The words were perfect,” Trump said of his own words about Charlottesville. “They only take out anything they think of, and all they do is complain. The media can attack me, but where I draw the line is when they attack you, the decency of our supporters. You are honest, hard-working, tax-paying—and you’re over-taxed, but we’re going to get your taxes down—Americans. It’s time to expose the crooked media deceptions and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting divisions. They are trying to take away our history and our heritage.”
Here are a few tweets highlighted from the Vanity Fair post:
Trump on removing Confederate statues: ‘They’re trying to take away our culture’ | TheHill
That is a little review article from The Hill going over what the tRump has been saying about this culture and heritage.
A few other links:
Trump Hints That He’ll Pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio: ‘I Think He’s Going To Be Just Fine’ | Mediaite
Five Reasons Racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio Should Not Receive a Presidential Pardon | American Civil Liberties Union
‘What do you say to that?’: Stunned Don Lemon rips Trump’s ‘unhinged, embarrassing’ speech Raw Story
From Sarah Kendzior, published two days ago…The Trump ship may finally be sinking – The Globe and Mail
One tweet that was highlighted and seemed to pop up in many of these articles that reviewed the rally from last night, asked a question we all know the answer to already…
In other news…Via Reuters, the admiral in charge of the Seventh Fleet is gone: U.S. Navy relieves Seventh Fleet commander in wake of collisions in Asia
Let’s just get to the fucking cartoons already:
08/23/2017 Cartoon by Nick Anderson
08/22/2017 Cartoon by Charlie Daniel
Cartoonist Gary Varvel: The Afghanistan trap: 08/23/2017 Cartoon by Gary Varvel
Cartoonist Gary Varvel: America’s future: 08/22/2017 Cartoon by Gary Varvel
Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Trump’s total eclipse: 08/21/2017 Cartoon by Gary Varvel
Teddy Roosevelt Trump: 08/23/2017 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 08/23/2017 Cartoon by Clay Bennett
Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 08/22/2017 Cartoon by Clay Bennett
08/22/2017 Cartoon by MStreeter
Exit Strategy: 08/23/2017 Cartoon by Tim Campbell
First One Down: 08/20/2017 Cartoon by Tim Campbell
08/23/2017 Cartoon by Kevin Siers
08/20/2017 Cartoon by Kevin Siers
08/23/2017 Cartoon by Joel Pett
Finally seeing the (torch) light: 08/23/2017 Cartoon by Jen Sorensen
08/23/2017 Cartoon by David Cohen
Democratic Backsliding: 08/23/2017 Cartoon by Angelo Lopez
Afghanistan WAR: 08/22/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
08/22/2017 Cartoon by David Horsey
Solar Eclipse: 08/21/2017 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
08/17/2017 Cartoon by David Horsey
And with that…I leave you with a lingering image…this is an open thread:
Posted: August 20, 2017 Filed under: Afternoon Reads, Donald Trump, double-speak, Free Speech, History, morning reads, open thread, Psychopaths in charge, racism, right wing hate grouups, Spain, the GOP, U.S. Politics | Tags: RIP Dick Gregory, Solar Eclipse, USS Indianapolis
The Orange Turd was at it again…
*Edited to add the first tweet…
Okay, the heel part is bad…and that is what most people seem to be focusing on, but what pissed me off more was the asshole is still condoning the white supremacist. Right?
I wanted to share this artwork with you, by cecile.dormeau . When I saw it, I immediately identified with the drawing. Many of you may also see yourselves…I tell myself daily, I don’t give a shit about the horrors around me, talking bout this jackass twit above. I avoid the news as much as possible, for the sake of my sanity…and still, I lie awake at night, unable to sleep because…
Here is the image if the Instagram does not load properly:
I just love Dormeau…follow her, she is fantastic.
Just a few more Tweets:
Enough of that shit…on to something in historic news:
Wreckage of U.S.S. Indianapolis, Lost for 72 Years, Is Found in the Pacific – The New York Times
In the 72 years since the Indianapolis, a United States Navy cruiser, sank about 12 minutes after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, the disaster has inspired controversy, dozens of books, a play and a famous scene in “Jaws.”
But the resting place of the Indianapolis had remained a mystery.
That was until Saturday, when a team led by Paul G. Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, announced that it had found unmistakable wreckage of the Indianapolis18,000 feet deep in the Philippine Sea, rekindling memories of the Navy’s worst disaster at sea.
“While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming,” Mr. Allen said in a statement on his website.
Mr. Allen’s search expedition released pictures of wreckage on the sea floor, including a telltale piece of hull bearing the number 35 — evidence to the 22 still-living survivors that the ship they frantically escaped in the early hours of July 30, 1945, had finally been found.
The discovery promises to revive interest in the loss of the Indianapolis, the ordeal of the survivors and the controversial court-martial of the ship’s captain, Charles Butler McVay III. Roughly 400 of the 1,196 sailors and Marines onboard died in the initial attack, but those who escaped spent five days floating in shark-infested waters before they were rescued.
Only 316 men were saved after an aviator spotted them by chance.
I associate this wreck with the monologue from the film Jaws…
More on the find:
Photos from the wreckage of the Indianapolis, released Saturday by Paul G. Allen. At left, an anchor windlass mechanism; at right, a box that apparently held tools and spare parts and that bears the cruiser’s name. CreditPaul G. Allen
There is a lot more at the link, so please go and read the rest, plus watch the video about the underwater archaeology expedition.
Sad to see this come across my news feed last night:
Dick Gregory, cutting-edge satirist and uncompromising activist, dies at 84 – The Washington Post
The comedian Dick Gregory rose to national prominence in the early 1960s as a black satirist whose audacious style of humor was biting, subversive and topical, mostly centered on current events, politics and above all, racial tensions. His trademark was the searing punchline.
“A Southern liberal?” he once said. “That’s a guy that’ll lynch you from a low tree.” Another: “When I get drunk, I think I’m Polish. One night I got so drunk I moved out of my own neighborhood.” On segregation: “I know the South very well. I spent 20 years there one night.”
Mr. Gregory, 84, died Aug. 19 in Washington. His son, Christian Gregory, announced the death on Mr. Gregory’s official social media accounts. The cause was not reported.
His expert timing and bold humor — often pulled from the day’s headlines — inspired the careers of comedians such as Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.
Mel Watkins, a journalist and scholar whose books include “On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy,” said that Mr. Gregory broke the mold among black comedians by employing political satire at a time when audiences expected black performers to do minstrel skits in baggy pants and outsize shoes and use slapstick humor.
“He was the comic that made white America aware of the fact that African American comedians were perfectly capable of satire,” Watkins said. “He was sharp. He was urbane. He smoked a cigarette on stage. He was very calm in demeanor but very outspoken in what he said. … He brought in current political and social issues into his comedy — which was astounding to most white Americans at that time. It was during a time when blacks were considered incapable of doing this.”
Read the rest of that obituary by T. Rees Shapiro, it is a very good article.
More on Dick Gregory:
Just a few more links for you, in dump fashion:
‘Las Ramblas cries but it is alive’: Barcelona recovers historic defiance | World news | The Guardian
‘It’s a total mess’: GOP sheriffs reportedly under pressure from Trump to break the law– via Raw Story
White Supremacists Didn’t Show Up In Boston, But These Awesome Signs Did | HuffPost
Sewing Seeds of Hate: Donald Trump’s Unforgivable Disgrace – SPIEGEL ONLINE
Steve Bannon returns to Breitbart: ‘I’ve got my hands back on my weapons’ | US news | The Guardian
One last visual feast before we go…there are some marvelous photographs here:
People in the Earliest Photography – These 39 Rare Portrait Pictures That Were Taken From the 1840s ~ vintage everyday
|Girl wearing a white chemisette, holding long watch on chain, 1845
That is only one image for you…please go click on the link to see the others.
One day more:
My daughter sent me this tweet that is making the rounds…it is from a newscast in 1979. A reporter is discussing the next solar eclipse, on August 21, 2017…where he hopes to find…a world in which:
“May the shadow of the moon fall on a world at peace.”
Don’t know whether to laugh or cry…
I think I will cry.
This is an open thread.
Posted: August 8, 2017 Filed under: Afternoon Reads, Psychopaths in charge, Surreality, U.S. Politics | Tags: but her emails, Donald Trump, Fantasyland, Federal climate change report, Hillary Clinton, Kurt Andersen
I’m having another one of those days when having a corrupt, moronic, megalomaniacal monster as “president” is just too much to bear. Why is the universe torturing us like this? Is there any hope for the future?
One positive sign is that people of conscience in the government continue to leak information that Trump would prefer to hush up. Vanity Fair summarizes reporting from The NYT and The Guardian: Damning Federal Climate Report Leaked Before Trump Can Suppress It.
According to a government report that was leaked to The New York Times, average temperature in the U.S. have risen rapidly since 1980, and recent decades have been the hottest in the past 1,500 years. “Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” reads the congressionally mandated report, which was drafted by scientists spanning 13 federal agencies. The National Academy of Sciences has signed off on the paper, and it is now awaiting approval from the Trump administration.
According to the Times, scientists fear that the Trump administration could either alter or suppress the findings, and for good reason. The notion of the president’s team signing off on such a report seems about as plausible as the president having read the pope’s manifesto. Its assertion that “many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate change” jar inconveniently with Trump’s instinctive assumption that global warming is actually a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese.
And The Guardian obtained some internal administration emails that demonstrate Trump’s efforts to censor scientific research and results
It must be irritating for the White House, then, that just as the Times broke their story, the Guardian obtained a series of e-mails that implicate his administration in a bout of hoax-perpetuation, too. Staff at the Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.) have been told to get inventive with their use of language, and are being advised to replace the term climate change with the phrase “resilience to weather extremes,” according to the outlet. Bianca Moebis-Clune, director of soil health at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (N.R.C.S.), a U.S.D.A. unit that oversees farmers’ land conservation, helpfully circulated a concise encyclopedia of other, non-synonymous terms. For example, “reduce greenhouse gas” could, and should, be replaced by “build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency.” “Sequester carbon” is no longer wholly appropriate, so staff should now refer to “build soil organic matter.”
“We won’t change the modeling, just how we talk about it—there are a lot of benefits to putting carbon back in the sail [sic], climate mitigation is just one of them,” she wrote in an e-mail to staff on February 16, referencing advice from a colleague from the U.S.D.A.’s public affairs team to “tamp down on discretionary messaging right now.” Still, her note was not all negative. References to economic growth, emerging business opportunities in the rural U.S. and “improved aesthetics” should be “tolerated if not appreciated by all.” In another e-mail to senior employees on January 24, just days after Trump was inaugurated, Jimmy Bramblett, deputy chief for programs at the N.R.C.S., said, “It has become clear one of the previous administration’s priority is not consistent with that of the incoming administration. Namely, that priority is climate change. Please visit with your staff and make them aware of this shift of perspective within the executive branch.” He added that “prudence” should be used when referring to greenhouse gases, and that existing work on air quality regarding these gases could be stopped.
More from The Washington Post: White House reviewing new report that finds strong link between climate change, human activity.
The draft report, which has undergone extensive review, estimates that human impact was responsible for an increase in global temperatures of 1.1 to 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit from 1951 to 2010.
“Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate changes,” the report notes. “There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate.”
That counters what Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Energy Secretary Rick Perry have said.
It remains unclear how the White House — which announced in June that it would pull out of the Paris climate accord — will handle the report. Many scientists are looking at it as a test case of the administration’s attitude toward science in general.
“The current situation will provide an acid test of whether the Trump administration is open to hearing the scientific truth about climate change or is so much in the thrall of fossil fuel interests that they are fixated on hiding the reality from the public,” Michael Oppenheimer, a professor of geosciences and international affairs at Princeton University, said Monday night.
The Climate Science Special Report is a key element of the National Climate Assessment, which, according to the 1990 Global Change Research Act, is supposed to be issued every four years. However, the assessment has come out only three times. The 2000 assessment, finalized under President Bill Clinton, came under attack once George W. Bush took office. Bush administrationofficials declined to cite it in subsequent federal reports, arguing that aspects of the data analysis were flawed.
According to the WaPo, the White House has had a copy of the report for “several weeks.”
Kurt Andersen has a new book coming out on September 5 called Fantasyland: How American Went Haywire; and The Atlantic has published an excerpt from it as its September cover story: How America Lost Its Mind. It’s a long article, and I haven’t finished it yet. Here are the first several paragraphs:
When did america become untethered from reality?
I first noticed our national lurch toward fantasy in 2004, after President George W. Bush’s political mastermind, Karl Rove, came up with the remarkable phrase reality-based community. People in “the reality-based community,” he told a reporter, “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality … That’s not the way the world really works anymore.” A year later, The Colbert Report went on the air. In the first few minutes of the first episode, Stephen Colbert, playing his right-wing-populist commentator character, performed a feature called “The Word.” His first selection: truthiness. “Now, I’m sure some of the ‘word police,’ the ‘wordinistas’ over at Webster’s, are gonna say, ‘Hey, that’s not a word!’ Well, anybody who knows me knows that I’m no fan of dictionaries or reference books. They’re elitist. Constantly telling us what is or isn’t true. Or what did or didn’t happen. Who’s Britannica to tell me the Panama Canal was finished in 1914? If I wanna say it happened in 1941, that’s my right. I don’t trust books—they’re all fact, no heart … Face it, folks, we are a divided nation … divided between those who think with their head and those who know with their heart … Because that’s where the truth comes from, ladies and gentlemen—the gut.”
Whoa, yes, I thought: exactly. America had changed since I was young, when truthiness and reality-based community wouldn’t have made any sense as jokes. For all the fun, and all the many salutary effects of the 1960s—the main decade of my childhood—I saw that those years had also been the big-bang moment for truthiness. And if the ’60s amounted to a national nervous breakdown, we are probably mistaken to consider ourselves over it.
Each of us is on a spectrum somewhere between the poles of rational and irrational. We all have hunches we can’t prove and superstitions that make no sense. Some of my best friends are very religious, and others believe in dubious conspiracy theories. What’s problematic is going overboard—letting the subjective entirely override the objective; thinking and acting as if opinions and feelings are just as true as facts. The American experiment, the original embodiment of the great Enlightenment idea of intellectual freedom, whereby every individual is welcome to believe anything she wishes, has metastasized out of control. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams, sometimes epic fantasies—every American one of God’s chosen people building a custom-made utopia, all of us free to reinvent ourselves by imagination and will. In America nowadays, those more exciting parts of the Enlightenment idea have swamped the sober, rational, empirical parts. Little by little for centuries, then more and more and faster and faster during the past half century, we Americans have given ourselves over to all kinds of magical thinking, anything-goes relativism, and belief in fanciful explanation—small and large fantasies that console or thrill or terrify us. And most of us haven’t realized how far-reaching our strange new normal has become.
Continue reading at The Atlantic link.
One more hopeful bit of news is that Trump’s base is shrinking. Yesterday Trump tweeted the “fake news” that he wants people to believe. The Washington Post: No, Donald Trump’s base is not ‘far bigger and stronger than ever before.’
President Trump is clearly rankled by the notion that his political support is slipping, pushing back against the idea during a barrage of tweets Monday from his Bedminster, N.J., golf club, where aides said he is having a “working vacation.” [….]
In fact, as his overall approval rate has sunk, some of the president’s core supporters have soured on his performance, polls show. A Quinnipiac University poll last week found 23 percent of registered voters “strongly approve” of Trump’s handling of his job, down from 29 percent who felt that way during his first week in office. Even white voters with no college degree — one of the demographics that backed his candidacy most enthusiastically — disapprove of how Trump is handling his job by 50 percent to 43 percent.
His support among Republicans is still around 75%, but the trend is downward. You can read the Trump tweets at the WaPo link, if you wish.
I know there’s much more happening, but I’m burned out at the moment. I’m hoping the return of Rachel Maddow tonight will give me something to hang onto.
What stories are you following today?
Posted: June 28, 2017 Filed under: Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congress, Donald Trump, Free Press, just because, Medicaid, Medicare, morning reads, open thread, Political and Editorial Cartoons, Psychopaths in charge, Republican politics, the GOP, We are so F'd, Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons
This cartoon by Marian Kamensky says it all!
See all those people in the riot behind tRump? That is what I see everyday here in Banjoville.
At least one reporter spoke up yesterday during the White House Press Conference, in what has become the tRump regime’s latest attempt to grab democracy by the pussy.
And would you believe in the same conference that thing behind the podium went on to suggest….
….a video by James O’Keefe.
It really begs this question:
And all I can say is, take a look at one of the responses to that tweet:
What does that mean? Are other news outlets forcing their colleagues to “follow” these outrageous rules being set against the press and by extension the people? Authoritarian rule. I suggest a new set going forward for the WH press room:
I think the beams of light give it a nice historical feel…Bannon will like that, and so will the crowd of hateful moronic shitheads that don’t have a problem with the fall of our democracy and freedom.
I realize that I keep harping on this GOP healthcare bill being the tRump Administration’s “final solution” ….but think about it.
Do you see it?
Tell me if I am not drawing conclusions that are not too far fetched?
Next up… a few quick hits:
Alright enough. More cartoons, because:
End this on a funny or die note:
This is an open thread.
(I hope the format isn’t too bad, I had to do this post on my phone. )