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Election! Vote!

Today is election day, and I am totally afraid to predict what might happen. That’s both the result of the election, or what the reaction might be. I wouldn’t be surprised by anything that might happen.

Will someone hack into the voting machines and throw a few elections? We know it could be done.
Will there be violence? Duh, we’ve already had violence.
Will young people finally realize that they need to vote? That looks promising.
The only thing I’m sure of is that America will become even more divided.

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The only thing we have to fear…


© Rob Rogers

Could this election get any sillier? Is the dominant topic really a small, ragtag bunch of refugees fleeing Honduras in Central America? They have just only crossed the border into the most southern part of Mexico, and their numbers are already decreasing. Apparently they are going to walk north across mountainous country full of dangerous criminal organizations. Hardly anyone thinks that many, if any at all, will even make it very far, let alone within spitting range of the US border. And yet Donald Trump is sending US troops to the border now, even though it is illegal for the military to operate as police inside the US.

This is not our greatest problem in the US. In fact, it is almost not worth any mention at all. But even Fox News is talking about it nonstop. Don’t believe me? Here’s actual footage from Faux News:

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The Fabulous Falsehoods!

From electoral-vote.com, talking about how Donald Trump seems to be going for a all-time world record in lying:

For the first year of his presidency, he was averaging about five lies a day, and in the second year that slowly crept up to about 7.5 a day. In October, though, his average jumped to a staggering 35.6 lies a day, including one day (October 22, the day of the Ted Cruz rally) where he issued forth with an amazing 83 whoppers. To squeeze that many in, you pretty much have to lie about everything.

So last night, Trump said:

And I say, all I’m doing is just telling the truth, what can I say?

Ding, ding, ding! We have a winning liar!

What is even more frightening is that his insults are literally leading to injuries. Again from Electoral Vote:

Of course, the biggest problem is not the lies, per se, but the fact that lots of people take what he is saying as the truth and as a call to action. In the case of Robert Bowers, of Tree of Life Synagogue infamy, it is about 95% certain that he was egged on by the President’s words and actions. In the case of pipe bomber Cesar Sayoc, it is about 99% certain. And on Friday, we got our first 100%. The Nigerian army, among the world’s most cruel and corrupt military forces, opened fire on rock-throwing protesters and killed at least 40 of them. Then, they posted a clip to their official Twitter account of Trump’s Thursday remarks about opening fire on rock on throwers.


© Matt Bors

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A nation of immigrants

Stephen Colbert is on a roll. And Donald Trump is out of control.

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Happy Halloween!

The scariest things this Halloween are Fox News and Donald Trump. Even though they are trying to scare everyone by claiming that the US is being invaded by immigrants. You know, immigrants, like the ancestors of almost everyone in the US. Indeed, the immigrants already invaded, long ago.


© Keef Knight

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Birthright Citizenship

Yesterday, Donald Trump said he was going to end birthright citizenship, which is the right of people born on US soil to become US citizens. Trump claims he can do this with an executive order.

Most of the response to this concentrated on pointing out that you can’t just overrule the 14th amendment to the US constitution with an executive order. For example, House Speaker Paul Ryan responded “You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order.”

And of course, these days Trump does not seem to be able to open his mouth without a lie coming out, and an easily disproved lie at that. Trump claimed that the US was the only country that has birthright citizenship. Turns out that our two nearest neighbors, Canada and Mexico, both have it. As do many other countries in the western hemisphere. In fact, there are three dozen countries that have it. Here’s a map:

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Rage

In April 2016, Donald Trump was interviewed by Bob Woodward and Bob Costa. They asked candidate Trump if he needed to tame the rage in the Republican Party. Trump replied:

Yes, yes, but I bring that out in people. I do. I’m not saying that’s an asset or a liability, but I do bring that out. …

I bring rage out. I do bring rage out. I always have.

In an interview yesterday, Bob Woodward was asked about that interview in 2016, and replied:

He’s clearly proud of it. We now know, as president, that is part of the strategy of, blame the news media, get the environment roiled up as much as you can. And in some ways, it’s worked. And so, he’s embracing rage. And of course, rage is fury, uncontrolled anger.

When he blames the media, when he goes up in these rallies, I mean, they are all designed to raise the boiling point, raise the temperature.

We know presidents have extraordinary power. He has probably more power than any president I’ve reported on, going back to Nixon. And he has seized it with the communication channel — with the tweeting, and the rallies and the press conferences.

Let’s not kid ourselves … He’s stoking the fires.

A president has the great opportunity to heal things, to make things better. … Even his supporters know that they’re being riled up, and a lot of people like it.


© Jen Sorensen

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Speaking Truth to Lies

Yes it is true. Donald Trump, who says that Hillary Clinton should go to jail because she used a supposedly unsecured email server, is using an unsecured iPhone, and there is evidence that Chinese and Russian spies are listening in on his phone calls.

Even crazier, if you listen to what Trump is saying about his “middle class tax cut”, he contradicts himself one sentence later (in the video below). First he says they will pass such a tax cut before November. Then, when asked about the fact that Congress isn’t even in session until after the November election, he admits that Congress won’t vote on it until after the election. So he isn’t going to pass it before November at all, is he? He isn’t even very good at making stuff up!

On top of that, Trump claims that he is currently working with the Republican leadership on this, but none of them knew anything about it until after Trump started promising it.

There is more about this fictional tax cut starting at 6:10 in Stephen Colbert hilarious monologue on the Late Show. You should watch the whole video, as it is all about Trump’s exploding number of lies, often featuring clips of Trump lying.

UPDATE: On Saturday, Trump tried to justify his decision to hold two campaign events (a campaign rally in Illinois and a speech at an agricultural convention) the same day as a mass shooting killed 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

And with what happened early today — that horrible, horrible attack in Pittsburgh — I was saying maybe I should cancel both this and that. And then I said to myself, I remember Dick Grasso, a friend of mine, great guy. He headed up the New York Stock Exchange on September 11. And the New York Stock Exchange was open the following day. He said — and what they had to do to open it you wouldn’t believe. We won’t even talk to you about it. But he got that exchange open.

There’s just one problem. Trump made this all up. The NYSE didn’t reopen until Sept 17, the longest amount of time it was shut down since the Great Depression.

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Problem Solved!


© Tom Tomorrow

And of course, now the latest scandal fades from our memory, replaced by a new scandal. And so it goes.

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The Dark Ages

Actually, this comic brings up something I’ve always thought about. The Dark Ages happened after both the Greek and Roman civilizations. This is strong evidence that things like democracy, freedom, and the arts should not be taken for granted. They can — indeed they have — gone away, replaced by feudalism and serfdom.

I have often wondered how this happened. How could civilization go backwards? And are we seeing the start of the same thing now, with the US backsliding toward a new version of the dark ages where science is once again abandoned and replaced by various doctrines? Where the rule of law is replaced by might makes right? And where individual liberty is replaced by legions of dittoheads, sucking up propaganda like babies?

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Playing the Victims

A new survey conducted by YouGov and The Economist teases out something that we have long suspected. Trump voters say that men are discriminated against more than gays, women, and ethnic minorities.

According to the result, the percentage of Trump voters who believe that the following groups face “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of discrimination in America today are:

  • Men — 49%
  • Hispanics — 42%
  • LGBQT — 41%
  • Blacks — 38%
  • Women — 30%

How did so many people convince themselves that men are victims of discrimination? It is almost enough to make you feel sorry for men. Well, maybe not.

Among people who voted for Hillary Clinton, only 11% said that men face discrimination in the US.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is trying to redefine gender to mean the biological gender you were assigned at birth (listed on your birth certificate). In the US, there are around 1.4 million people who recognize themselves as a gender other than the one on their birth certificate.

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How to Vote

Cute video.

If you pause it at 1:18 you can see him voting for Lily Tomlin over Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, and Carol Burnett for the important post of Minister of Comic Relief. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

And be sure to vote.

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Promises, Promises

On Saturday, Donald Trump told reporters in Nevada that he was working with Republican congressional leaders on “a very major tax cut for middle-income people” to be announced in early November or just before November. In other words, right before the midterm election.

There’s just a couple of big problems. Congress is not even in session again until after the midterm election. And it is their lame duck session, when something as big as this is almost impossible to pass. In other words, there is basically zero chance that this will happen.

Not only that, but he claimed that the big tax cut he already passed would help middle class people, and we know how that turned out.

One pattern we have seen over and over again with Trump is that he promises something big, his base eats it up, and even the media report on it, and then nothing actually happens. Once again, he’s just blowing smoke. How many times will Americans fall for this flim-flam before they wake up?

Remember health insurance? Trump promised “No one will lose coverage. There will be insurance for everybody. Healthcare will be a “lot less expensive” for everyone — the government, consumers, providers.” Yup, that was way too good to be true.

Or when he promised that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat? That dissolved after a week.

He promised he would never approve the AT&T / Time Warner merger. They merged.

He even promised to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. Nope.

Digging a little deeper, Trump promised that he would not take vacations or time off. He even attacked Obama for golfing, but has gone golfing far more than Obama ever did. And then there his his so-called “executive time“. What a joke.

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Could our politics get any crazier?

Sure they could!


© Brian McFadden

There’s only a few weeks before the election. People (including me) have noted that when Donald Trump accuses someone of something, it is probably true that he himself is guilty of the same thing (or worse).

  • Will evidence surface that Trump was actually born in Kenya?
  • Will we find out that Trump had an affair with Hillary Clinton after Bill’s infidelity?
  • Will Melania Trump confess to being an illegal immigrant and get herself deported to escape from Donald?
  • Will we find out that Ted Cruz is actually a mole planted by the Canadian government?
  • Will evidence surface that Trump’s children are all gay? And at least one of them was born with the opposite gender?
  • Doctors will find a chip in Trump’s brain that was implanted by the Russians?
  • And (hopefully) will we find out that Trump has been trying to throw the midterm elections for the Democrats so that he can continue to play the victim to his base?

If you think these things are too crazy, you probably aren’t paying enough attention.

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The Likely End

You have scientists on both sides of it. My uncle was a great professor at MIT for many years, Dr. John Trump. And I didn’t talk to him about this particular subject, but I have a natural instinct for science, and I will say that you have scientists on both sides of the picture.

— Donald Trump, repeating lies about climate change.


© Tom Tomorrow

The only thing this comic left out was the right blaming the asteroid on Obama and/or Clinton.

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