Posted: February 14, 2018 Filed under: morning reads, open thread, Political and Editorial Cartoons, Republican politics, the GOP, War on Women, Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons, Women's Rights
A card tRump could never send…
Happy Valentine’s Day!
When you got friends…who needs lawyers? Wait, or is that vice versa…
Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Says He Paid Stormy Daniels Out of His Own Pocket – The New York Times
Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornographic-film actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump.
In the most detailed explanation of the 2016 payment made to the actress, Stephanie Clifford, Mr. Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, said he was not reimbursed for the payment.
“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement to The New York Times. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
He declined to answer several follow-up questions, including whether Mr. Trump had been aware that he made the payment, what the motivation was or whether he had made similar payments to other people over the years.
Mr. Cohen has previously said that Mr. Trump has denied an affair with Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels.
Cohen’s statement about what he called “a private transaction” was the first time that he has acknowledged a role in the payment, which was first reported in January by The Wall Street Journal.
Gee, hell of a guy.
tRump has great lawyers, huh? Remember this?
Trump’s lawyer claims responsibility for president’s problematic tweet – NBC News
President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer took responsibility Sunday for a tweet that Trump sent the previous day, in which the president said for the first time that he knew his former security adviser, Michael Flynn, had lied to the FBI before he fired Flynn in February.
The tweet caused an uproar in Washington because it implied Trump knew Flynn had committed a felony — lying to the FBI — when he told then-FBI director James Comey to go easy on Flynn the day after the firing.
Interfering in the FBI’s investigation could be construed as obstructing justice, potentially creating legal jeopardy for Trump. Within a few hours, Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, stepped in to say that he wrote the tweet, not the president.
Dowd told NBC News that he drafted the tweet and then sent it to White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino to publish. When asked for the original email he sent to Scavino, Dowd said he dictated it orally.
Cartoons to the rescue:
Jasper and the First Amendment: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Angelo Lopez
Valentine to Hope: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
Rob Porter: 02/12/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
02/13/2018 Cartoon by Lisa Benson
Nick Anderson cartoon: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson
02/13/2018 Cartoon by Kevin Siers
02/09/2018 Cartoon by Kevin Siers
Doug Jones rains on Gop parade: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
02/09/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
Trump Bone Spur Salute: 02/08/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
The Flu: 02/11/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis
Deficits: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis
02/09/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson
Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett
02/13/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller
02/10/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller
Media Magnet: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Eric J Garcia
I think the best thing about that cartoon is the dead squirrel on top of tRump’s head.
02/13/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies
02/12/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies
One Korea: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
Gerrymandered State: 02/12/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
Deficit Apocalypse: 02/11/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
Visitors: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell
Parade: 02/09/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
This next cartoon is from 1941:
And I will end it with that magnificent cartoon from Luckovich…
This is an open thread.
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 30, 2018 Filed under: Civil Rights, Human Rights, morning reads, open thread, Political and Editorial Cartoons, racism, SOTU, the GOP, Trump, U.S. Politics, Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons | Tags: "Ethnic Affinity", African-American, Asian-American, Congressional Black Caucus, discriminatory advertising, exclude by race, Facebook, Facebook advertisers, Facebook advertising, Fair Housing Act, Fair Housing Act of 1968, Hispanic, multicultural affinity, ProPublica, target marketing, The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Anyone know exactly what “multicultural affinity” means?
In advertising terms it is:
used to descibe the quality of people who are interested in and likely to respond well to multicultural content. referring to their affinity to the cultures they are interested in. based on affinity, not ethnicity.
According to my Facebook categories, I have African-American multicultural affinities.
They also say I’m “very liberal” …I wonder what gives them that idea?
The reason I came about this discovery was an article about Facebook ads targeting your political affiliation:
How to Change Facebook Ads Privacy Settings Targeting Your Politics – Thrillist
Unless you’ve managed to avoid your Facebook feed for the last year and half, no doubt you’ve learned a whole lot more about your friends’ and family’s political views than you ever cared to. And even if you’ve personally made a conscious effort to stay neutral or discreet about your leanings in the midst of the madness, the reality is that Facebook has a pretty good idea of your political preferences anyway.
That’s because included amongst the hordes of data Zuckerberg and Co. are constantly collecting about you in order to better serve up ads is an inference about how liberal, moderate, or conservative you might be. Here’s how to find out what you’ve been categorized as, and how to change it.
What I find interesting…is that on that political front, facebook does not have any sample ads for my “very liberal” political leanings:
But what is really funny….is that they have samples of ads for my African-American “multicultural affinity”:
Hmmmm, credit problems and burner phones? Okay….
But what is interesting is that Facebook has me “categorized” as a US soccer kind of person…not one who has an American Football affinity:
Damn, no sample ads for that either….but keep that tidbit of info handy because we will come back to it shortly.
Why does all this shit matter you may say?
New Facebook Multicultural Affinity Targeting: More Granular Segmenting Options for Brands – PerformicsPerformics
(Date on this link is from 12/2015)
The 2010 U.S. Census reported that Hispanics, African Americans and Asian Americans make up one-third of the U.S. population, and that number is growing rapidly. Reaching and personalizing to these audiences is an essential part of any brand’s marketing strategy. As such, Facebook recognized a need for more multicultural targeting across Facebook and Instagram.
According to Facebook, Multicultural Affinity is “the quality of people who are interested in and likely to respond well to multicultural content.” This new targeting solution enables advertisers to more effectively reach and engage people of varying traditions, beliefs, aesthetics, languages and musical tastes. The targeting is based on affinity, not ethnicity. Affinity can be described as “a relationship, like a marriage, as a natural liking, and as a similarity of characteristics.” This means that ads can be targeted to people with multicultural interests.
Three audiences have been broken out in Multicultural Affinity: Hispanic, African American and Asian American affinities:
You can go to the link to read about the three audiences, the point to this should be highlighted here, cough…cough:
This targeting is very concentrated and it may not be the best solution for every advertiser or every campaign. To drive the best results, this targeting should only be used with a specific goal to reach a specific audience. Conduct a test to see how Multicultural Affinity targeting performs against existing targeting to determine its effectiveness.
However when you look more into the real reason for the breakdown, you can see what the real target is used for:
Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race — ProPublica
Oh, look at the date on this, Oct. 28th, 2016
Facebook’s system allows advertisers to exclude black, Hispanic, and other “ethnic affinities” from seeing ads.
Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers.
That’s basically what Facebook is doing nowadays.
The ubiquitous social network not only allows advertisers to target users by their interests or background, it also gives advertisers the ability to exclude specific groups it calls “Ethnic Affinities.” Ads that exclude people based on race, gender and other sensitive factors are prohibited by federal law in housing and employment.
You can see the actual name of this feature was called “Ethnic Affinity”:
The ad we purchased was targeted to Facebook members who were house hunting and excluded anyone with an “affinity” for African-American, Asian-American or Hispanic people. (Here’s the ad itself.)
When we showed Facebook’s racial exclusion options to a prominent civil rights lawyer John Relman, he gasped and said, “This is horrifying. This is massively illegal. This is about as blatant a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act as one can find.”
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 makes it illegal “to make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.” Violators can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 also prohibits the “printing or publication of notices or advertisements indicating prohibited preference, limitation, specification or discrimination” in employment recruitment.
Facebook’s business model is based on allowing advertisers to target specific groups — or, apparently to exclude specific groups — using huge reams of personal data the company has collected about its users. Facebook’s microtargeting is particularly helpful for advertisers looking to reach niche audiences, such as swing-state voters concerned about climate change. ProPublica recently offered a tool allowing users to see how Facebook is categorizing them. We found nearly 50,000 unique categories in which Facebook places its users.
Oh boy…go and read the whole thing, and then see the follow-up here:
Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude… — ProPublica
Yeah, the date here is Nov. 21st, 2017
After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced it had built a system to spot and reject discriminatory ads. We retested and found major omissions.
In February, Facebook said it would step up enforcementof its prohibition against discrimination in advertising for housing, employment or credit.
But our tests showed a significant lapse in the company’s monitoring of the rental market.
Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook, but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users, such as African Americans, mothers of high school kids,people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina and Spanish speakers.
All of these groups are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to publish any advertisement “with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.” Violators can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
Every single ad was approved within minutes.
The only ad that took longer than three minutes to be approved by Facebook sought to exclude potential renters “interested in Islam, Sunni Islam and Shia Islam.” It was approved after 22 minutes.
Under its own policies, Facebook should have flagged these ads, and prevented the posting of some of them. Its failure to do so revives questions about whether the company is in compliance with federal fair housing rules, as well as about its ability and commitment to police discriminatory advertising on the world’s largest social network.
Damn…that is surprising…ain’t it? (Snark is heavily insinuated here.)
Based on Facebook’s announcement, the ads purchased by ProPublica that were aimed at racial categories should have been rejected. The others should have prompted a screen to pop up asking for self-certification. We never encountered a self-certification screen, and none of our ads were rejected by Facebook.
“This was a failure in our enforcement and we’re disappointed that we fell short of our commitments,” Ami Vora, vice president of product management at Facebook, said in an emailed statement. “The rental housing ads purchased by ProPublica should have but did not trigger the extra review and certifications we put in place due to a technical failure.”
Vora added that Facebook’s anti-discrimination system had “successfully flagged millions of ads” in the credit, employment and housing categories and that Facebook will now begin requiring self-certification for ads in all categories that choose to exclude an audience segment. “Our systems continue to improve but we can do better,” Vora said.
About 37 percent of U.S. households rented in 2016, representing a 50-year high, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. On average, renters earn about half as much as homeowners, and the percentage of families with children that rent rather than buy has increased sharply in the past decade, the study said. Minority renters have long faced pervasive housing discrimination. A 2013 study by HUD found that real estate agents show more units to whites than to African Americans, Asians and Latinos.
Gee…innit that the three categories of multicultural affinity?
Facebook has been under fire for other aspects of its automated ad buying system as well. Two months ago, the company disclosed that it had discovered $100,000 worth of divisive political ads placed by “inauthentic” Russian accounts. And in September, ProPublica reported that Facebook’s ad targeting system allowed buyers to reach people who identified themselves as “Jew haters” and other anti-Semitic categories. Facebook pledged to remove the offending categories and to hire thousands more employees to enforce its ad policies.
“We’re adding additional layers of review where people use potentially sensitive categories for targeting,” Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch said during Senate testimony earlier this month.
After Stretch’s public statement, we wondered whether the ability to buy discriminatory housing ads had really been addressed. So we set out to buy an advertisement with the exact same targeting parameters as the ad we bought last year. The ad promoted a fictional apartment for rent and was targeted at people living in New York, ages 18–65, who were house hunting and likely to move. We asked Facebook not to show the ad to people categorized under the “multicultural affinity” of Hispanic, African American or Asian American.
(ProPublica generally forbids impersonation in news gathering. We felt in this instance that the public interest in Facebook’s ad system justified the brief posting of a fake ad for non-existent housing. We deleted each ad as soon as it was approved.)
The only changes from last year that we could identify in Facebook’s ad buying system was that the category called “Ethnic Affinity” had been renamed “Multicultural Affinity” and was no longer part of “Demographics.” It is now designated as part of “Behaviors.”
Go…yeah, go and see the actual screenshots of the ad placements. Remember that thing I mentioned up top about the soccer affinity?
Then we decided to test whether we could purchase housing ads that discriminated against other protected categories of people under the Fair Housing Act.
We placed ads that sought to exclude members of as many of the protected categories as we could find in Facebook’s self-service advertising portal. In addition to those mentioned above, we bought ads that were blocked from being shown to “soccer moms,” people interested in American sign language, gay menand Christians.
Just read the rest of the thread at the link, but wait there is more:
According to ProPublica, Facebook to Temporarily Block Advertisers From Excluding… — ProPublica
Uh…the date on this is Nov. 29th, 2017
The social network’s actions come after a ProPublica investigation revealed that Facebook failed to keep its promise to reject discriminatory housing ads.
Facebook said it would temporarily stop advertisers from being able to exclude viewers by race while it studies the use of its ad targeting system.
“Until we can better ensure that our tools will not be used inappropriately, we are disabling the option that permits advertisers to exclude multicultural affinity segments from the audience for their ads,” Facebook Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a letter to the Congressional Black Caucus.
ProPublica disclosed last week that Facebook was still allowing advertisers to buy housing ads that excluded audiences by race, despite its promises earlier this year to reject such ads. ProPublica also found that Facebook was not asking housing advertisers that blocked other sensitive audience categories — by religion, gender, or disability — to “self-certify” that their ads were compliant with anti-discrimination laws.
In her letter, Sandberg said the company will examine how advertisers are using its exclusion tool — “focusing particularly on potentially sensitive segments” such as ads that exclude LGBTQ communities or people with disabilities. “During this review, no advertisers will be able to create ads that exclude multicultural affinity groups,” Facebook Vice President Rob Goldman said in an emailed statement.
Goldman said the results of the audit would be shared with “groups focused on discrimination in ads,” and that Facebook would work with them to identify further improvements and publish the steps it will take.
Here are a few other articles on the matter:
Facebook disabling “multicultural affinity” group advertising tool – Axios
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in a letter today to Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond that it is disabling a tool that allows advertisers to exclude “multicultural affinity” segments from their audiences. She also declared that Facebook is “determined to do better” on multicultural marketing.
Why it matters: Rep. Robin Kelly said in a press release earlier this month that Facebook’s “Ethnic Affinity” advertising option makes Facebook “complicit in promoting restrictive housing practices.” Sandberg said in her letter that Facebook would strengthen policies to prohibit discriminatory advertising, and that until Facebook can “better ensure that our tools will not be used inappropriately,” the tool is being disabled.
Facebook suspends ability to target ads by excluding racial groups | Article [AMP] | Reuters
Sandberg said in the letter that advertisers who use Facebook’s targeting options to include certain races for ads about housing, employment or credit will have to certify to Facebook that they are complying with Facebook’s anti-discrimination policy and with applicable law.
Sandberg defended race- and culture-based marketing in general, saying it was a common and legitimate practice in the ad industry to try to reach specific communities.
I take it, those ads for burner phones and credit problems are legitimate practices…reaching a specific community…the multicultural African-American affinity community.
Alright…now for the fucking funnies!
By the way…if Mueller is fired…protest marches are already planned. To find the closest one in your area, text Mueller to Resistbot at 50409…the location of the nearest immediate protest march will appear with all pertinent information.
And now the cartoons:
And that’s all folks!
This is an open thread…
Posted: January 24, 2018 Filed under: 2018 elections, Congress, corruption, Donald Trump, Federal Government Shutdown, Free Press, morning reads, Obstruction Charge?, open thread, Political and Editorial Cartoons, racism, Republican politics, right wing hate grouups, Russian Trump Investigation, the GOP, U.S. Politics, Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons, white nationalists | Tags: You say collusion I say conspiracy
The quick storyline of the film which this poster above is portraying is spectacular:
A superstitious middle-aged woman falls in love with a taxi driver, while trying to learn the identity of the unseen person tossing eggs at her.
Honestly the plot to, Too Afraid of Life or Splat, seems to make more sense than the reality we are experiencing now…
Tabio’s screwball soap opera takes us into the lives and loves of a family in the middle-class suburbs of Havana. It’s tacky, it’s wacky, it’s, well, serious too. Widowed Concha (Granados) distrusts the alliance of brawn and brain when her beloved baseball-player son marries a girl engineer with her own ideas (about bureaucratic impedimenta, the role of women, and Concha). Concha has problems enough: made wary of men by the philandering of her dear departed, she distrusts the charms of taxi-driver Tomas, so is forced to take comfort in the spells of a Santeria-cult priestess. When the young marrieds move in, splat! – eggs start to fly. Tabio leaves no doubt that this is farce, not so much admitting the presence of the camera as flaunting it. Every mirror reveals the camera crew, props are thrown onto the set, the film cranks to a halt for apologies about missing scenes. The sight gags, absurd histrionics and hyperbolic use of sound communicate an infectious sense of fun, but the film can’t quite hide a deathly conventional morality which, sadly, hauls it back into sanity and nauseating good faith.
If only there was a mirror to reveal the true farce behind the facade…meaning that this past year is all just some crazy ass twisted fraud of a disaster film that has been in production…simply to run out of money.
Now we are at an end, with the reality finally at hand; that it is over…sorry about the missing scenes, especially the last act that included the impeachment.
(Honestly, I still thing the asshole will get away with it.)
But, on with the cartoons:
Oh, and please…why hasn’t it happened yet!
Again, many of these cartoons above are foreign press.
CHIP RESTORED: 01/23/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
DEAL MAKER: 01/22/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
The following is exactly what the GOP wants you to believe:
Untitled: 01/23/2018 Cartoon by Bob Gorrell
01/23/2018 Cartoon by David Horsey
01/18/2018 Cartoon by David Horsey
01/23/2018 Cartoon by Lisa Benson
Nick Anderson cartoon: 01/23/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson
Empowered Women: 01/23/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
Monster Larry Nassar: 01/19/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Congress’ continuing resolutions: 01/23/2018 Cartoon by Gary Varvel
01/23/2018 Cartoon by MStreeter
01/21/2018 Cartoon by MStreeter
Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 01/23/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett
Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 01/21/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett
Hannibal Trump: 01/23/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
Great Power: 01/21/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
GOP Health: 01/19/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
Wretched Refuse: 01/18/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
01/23/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies
Applause: 01/23/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell
01/23/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller
01/23/2018 Cartoon by Joel Pett
01/24 Mike Luckovich: Travel ban! | Mike Luckovich
01/23 Mike Luckovich: Miller time. | Mike Luckovich
01/21 Mike Luckovich: Tummy ache. | Mike Luckovich
01/19 Mike Luckovich: Dealmaker. | Mike Luckovich
01/18 Mike Luckovich. full disclosure form. | Mike Luckovich
01/18 Mike Luckovich. Weight of the Presidency. | Mike Luckovich
I had to end it with Luckovich…fucking awesome.
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: January 3, 2018 Filed under: #EndChildMarriage, morning reads, Nepal, open thread, Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons
Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, p. 17r – Christine of Pisan, Epitre d’Othea, c-1460.
Which way do you go? That is one tough decision…
At any rate, things are getting bad over in the Northeastern United States. I mean, when sharks are becoming “sharkcicles,” it is time to take these cold mutthafukken temperatures for serious.
Sharks are freezing to death in the US, due to a record cold winter — Quartz
It’s so cold, sharks are washing up on beaches
In Massachusetts, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy found three thresher sharks washed up in Cape Cod, “stranded due to cold shock,” which can cause cardiac arrest in animals.
The conservancy collected tissue samples from the sharks that will be examined “once they thaw.”
“We hauled the shark off the beach and it is currently thawing at NOAA Fisheries Service to be dissected later,” the group wrote on Facebookabout the latest shark discovery. “A true sharkcicle!”
Other cold weather related news bits at that Quartz link above.
Actually, all should pay attention, the next cold blast is something frightening:
‘Bomb cyclone’ to blast East Coast before polar vortex uncorks tremendous cold late this week – The Washington Post
This thing is expected to have a barometer as low as Hurricane Sandy, and bring cold air from…Siberia, Greenland and the North Pole down into the East Coast.
Unforgiving cold has punished the eastern third of the United States for the past 10 days. But the most severe winter weather yet will assault the area late this week.
First, a monster storm will hammer the East Coast from north Florida to Maine with ice and snow. By Thursday, the exploding storm will, in many ways, resemble a winter hurricane, battering easternmost New England with potentially damaging winds in addition to blinding snow. Blizzards warnings have been issued for the Virginia Tidewater and eastern Massachusetts and Maine, and could be extended to other portions along the eastern seaboard, presently under winter storm warnings.
“This rapidly intensifying East Coast storm will produce strong, damaging winds – possibly resulting in downed trees, power outages and coastal flooding,” the National Weather Service tweeted Wednesday morning.
Forecasters are expecting the storm to become a so-called “bomb cyclone” because its pressure is predicted to fall so fast, an indicator of explosive strengthening. The storm could rank as the most intense over the waters east of New England in decades at this time of year.
National Weather Service hurricane hunter aircraft are even flying into the storm to gather data and refine the forecast given the possible severe impacts in coastal areas.
That article is being updated as the new information comes in, so be sure to check it out. Lots of info there.
Yesterday, I went on Facebook, and this was the “notification” that greeted me:
Isn’t it fucking depressing?
The whole thing is filled with a comical disparity.
Meanwhile tRump is going off on Twitter…
I bet you…like something YUGE is going to be coming out in the next few days. If the Orange Caligula is threatening nuclear war while referencing the size of his dick…it has got to be some pretty bad news.
Geez. I can’t take this shit.
On to a bit more bad news…Peggy Cummins passed away in the last week of December. She was one of those actresses that was too good for Hollywood. Her role in Gun Crazy is one of the best performances, ever.
Peggy Cummins Dead: ‘Gun Crazy’ Star was 92 – Variety
Peggy Cummins, star of the 1950 film noir classic “Gun Crazy,” died in London on Friday. She was 92.
The actress died of a stroke, her friend, Dee Kirkwood told the Associated Press.
Cummins started her career in theater when she was 13 years old, taking the stage in London and quickly landing roles in British films, including “Old Mother Riley Detective” and “English Without Tears.” Darryl F. Zanuck, who was then-head of 20th Century Fox, brought her to the U.S. in 1945, where she starred in “Moss Rose” and “Escape.”
Her big break came with the thriller “Gun Crazy,” where she played Annie Laurie Starr, a sharpshooter in a traveling carnival who seduces Barton Tare (played by John Dall) to marry her and join her in a life of crime. The film was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry in 1998 because of its significance. “Gun Crazy” went on to inspire “Bonnie and Clyde” and the French new wave.
More on Cummins death from Eddie Muller:
With that, here are your cartoons:
ME TOO, ME THREE……: 01/03/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
01/03/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson
SheepDream: 01/03/2018 Cartoon by Eric J Garcia
Resolutions: 01/03/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell
01/02/2018 Cartoon by David Cohen
That should get the party started…
One more thing, about resolutions…
I have decided to become more vocal and advocate for ending child marriage. Every year I donate money each month to Planned Parenthood and ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Association, but this year I am going to put that into something that has grabbed my attention.
I think we all are aware of the impact of child marriage throughout the world. Over the holiday I saw a repeat of a report by CBS news called The Lost Girls.
Nepal | The Lost Girls – Videos – CBS News
Nepal has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Correspondent Reena Ninan travels to a rural Nepali village to follow one woman in her controversial fight to end child marriage.
Please watch the video, it is only twenty minutes…
Nepal | The Lost Girls: One woman’s battle to end child marriage – CBS News
During Ninan’s stay, Rachana stopped a wedding by calling the police. And overnight, her mother’s worst fear came true — an angry mob confronted Rachana at her home. But she didn’t let the incident prevent her from losing sight of her main goal.
“If a girl hears my story, and how I started my journey, at least I’m giving hope to them,” she added. “There are some people who don’t like the work I am doing. If I die for this reason, I know my sisters will be inspired and they will carry on.”
“If I lose hope, if I give up, nobody will dare to take this issue ahead,” she continued. “I’m happy to put my life at risk.”
Shortly after filming, Rachana stopped another three weddings. Her work has spurred a movement to end child marriage in her home district of Surkhet by 2020, ahead of the government’s 2030 target to wipe out the practice nationally.
She recently started an NGO called Sambad, which means “dialogue” in Nepalese, to help boys and girls alike discover their self-worth. She’s been fighting to empower the youth to focus on the importance of education. But in this conservative society, change isn’t easy. For some, this is the only education they will ever receive. For others, it’s the only place they’ll ever feel loved.
Saving futures: a message from Nepal – HS Insider via LA Times
Rachana Sunar (center behind the second child from left in the front row) with children at the Saturday school-children’s center she runs. Image courtesy to Rachana Sunar.
Her activism was going door-to-door in her village, trying to convince families that any appeal child marriage may have in the short run was no match for its long-term harm. She also would stop weddings by calling the police, sometimes even on wedding day. By thwarting weddings and changing minds, she has stopped over 50 weddings and increased awareness of the pernicious effects of child marriage among Nepalis, including by educating over a thousand children on avoiding child marriage.
She started a NGO called Sambad, which translates to “dialogue,” with the support of the Stromme Foundation and Kirdarc Nepal. There, she worked as a social mobilizer discussing various issues with the wider community. Although the original Sambad program ended after a year, Sunar and others who worked at Sambad continued the program, which works to empower children and transform society.
Sunar also runs a Saturday school-children’s center facility for 59 children called Baalbagaicha Gayankunj. When she hears the innocent laughter of the children at the facility, she feels more compelled than ever to help provide them with peace and love, and to educate them into better people. She hopes to open a school for needy children and girls at high risk of being married too early, giving them free education up to high school and providing counselling on the harm of child marriage.
“[S]chool will empower [the children] to. . .be independent,” Sunar says. She absolutely believes that “empowered girls. . .will [become the] future leader[s] of the nation.”
When the Prime Minister of Nepal visited an area close to her home village, she presented him with a framed letter on the topic of ending child marriage and asked him to support her and the other activists working on the issue, which he agreed to. In the video of that encounter (part of the CBSN documentary), she was visibly excited at not just having met the prime minister but also getting an important endorsement for the issue closest to her heart.
…she is full of hope and optimism about the positive effects her work will have in the long-term. Her aim is to eradicate child marriage in Nepal by 2030. For her, the strength to keep going in her activism stems from seeing girls start getting more equal opportunities.
“When more than 100 girls in my community called me a big sister and when they thanked me for my guidelines[, I] feel proud of being their big [sister] who always takes care of [the] younger sisters,” she asserts.
Rachana is truly an inspiration, I would love to get in touch with her and find out if there was any way to assist her in her efforts. I guess the connection with Sky Dancing and Dakini and Nepal so near to Tibet…it just seems like a good outreach for me to follow. At any rate, that is my thought process going forward.