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I have nothing to add to this cartoon:

© Tom Tomorrow

Why does anyone believe anything Tucker Carlson says? Not to mention the other “entertainers” on Fox News.


Short Attention Span Economics

In 2008, the meltdown cratered a bunch of tech companies. In response, Obama got Dodd-Frank passed, to make sure it wouldn’t happen again. Then Donald Trump got elected, and he repealed almost all of Dodd-Frank.

Now, the same thing that happened in 2008 happened again. If Dodd-Frank were still law, the Silicon Valley Bank would not have failed.

Hypocritically, Republicans are blaming the SVB failure on “woke culture”.

If you don’t believe me, just take “A Closer Look”:


Rats Deserting a Sinking Ship

Former VP Mike Pence is not the first member of the administration of Donald Trump to attack their former boss, but he is the first presidential contender to do so. At the annual Gridiron dinner for journalists, Pence said:

History will hold Donald Trump accountable for Jan. 6. Make no mistake about it: What happened that day was a disgrace, and it mocks decency to portray it in any other way. President Trump was wrong. His reckless words endangered my family and everyone at the Capitol that day.

Pence also attacked Tucker Carlson of Fox News for portraying Jan 6 attack on the Capitol as a peaceful protest by “sightseers”:

Tourists don’t injure 140 police officers by simply sightseeing. Tourists don’t break down doors to get to the Speaker of the House. Tourists don’t threaten public officials.

Pence also lauded the press, and thanked them for their coverage of Jan 6:

We were able to stay at our post in part because you stayed at your post. The American people know what happened that day because you never stopped reporting.

Regardless of what I (or anyone else) thinks about Mike Pence, I thank him for speaking the truth. Especially after Tucker Carlson hypocritically kissed Trump’s ass and lied (again) to his listeners about the Capitol insurrection, just after the Dominion lawsuit publicly disclosed that around Jan 6, in internal communications at Fox News, Carlson said about Trump, “I hate him passionately.”

What gives me hope that this signals the rats are deserting Trump is that already Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) publicly agreed with Pence and condemned Trump.

We now know that the majority of Republican politicians and media dislike Trump and wish he would disappear, but they are too chickenshit to say it out loud.

© Kal

Sarah Silverman hosts the Daily Show

I freakin’ love her!


Ratings Uber Alles

I’m sure most of you know about the Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit against Fox “News” Corporation, which claims that FNC defamed Dominion by spreading lies that Dominion’s voting machines deliberately switched Trump votes to Biden votes. You probably even saw the recent news that everyone at FNC — including management from the top on down, to their talking heads — knew that they were deliberately spreading lies. Yes, that includes Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and the rest.

But FNC did it anyway, because after the 2020 presidential election, when FNC broadcast that Biden won in Arizona, their MAGA viewers started jumping ship for even crazier “news” organizations like Newsmax. FNC’s ratings were plummeting, and their stock price dropped.

In desperation, FNC did what they always do. They made up lies (or spread them) that their Trump loving viewers wanted to hear. They were so desperate that when one of their reporters accurately fact checked a tweet from Donald Trump, saying (the truth) that there was no evidence of any voting hardware that deleted or lost any votes, Carlson told others, “Please get her fired. Seriously… What the f*ck? I’m actually shocked… It needs to stop immediately, like tonight. It’s measurably hurting the company. The stock price is down. Not a joke.”

Yes, it is all about ratings and money.

This is no surprise. Way back in 2003, two Fox News reporters were fired because they refused to add information to a story that they and FNC knew was false. The reporters sued under the whistleblower law, but FNC countered that the whistleblower law did not apply because there was no law, rule, or regulation against a news organization knowingly lying in a news broadcast. Fox was admitting they were knowingly lying, but that was their right. Sadly, FNC won the case.

In the current suit, FNC again claims that it is their right to lie as much as they want. Isn’t it amazing that anyone actually believes anything they say? But this case is not about whistleblowing, it is about defamation, and the general consensus is that FNC will lose this case. I hope it costs them a lot of money and viewers. I’d be happy if it bankrupts them.

© Michael de Adder


After the GOP got baited by Biden, then this?

© Nick Anderson

They just can’t help themselves.


Biden’s SotU Speech

I have not watched a State of the Union speech for a long time, but for some reason I felt like watching Joe Biden’s speech tonight. I’m really glad I did. If you didn’t see it, you should. It starts off a little slow, but gets going soon. It had just the right amount of bipartisanship, along with some cute barbs that he threw at the GOP. Of course, they started yelling back at him, but that just made them look childish, to the point where even Kevin McCarthy started shushing his party members.

Overall, Biden looked strong and like he was having a good time, and enjoyed sparring with the Republicans. He even slyly backed them into agreeing to keep funding Medicare and Social Security.

If you want to watch it, you can find it on youtube or on

Or you can read a good (short but sweet) review (and translation!) on Politico.


Opportunistic Hypocrisy

One might even say that it is ballooning! Ever since the Chinese weather/spy balloon was sighted over the US and getting media attention, Republicans have been attacking Biden for how he handled it.

  • Marco Rubio said on CNN: “It’s not just the balloon. It’s the message they are trying to send the world: ‘we can do whatever we want and America can’t stop us.'”
  • Ted Cruz chimed in with: “I think this entire episode telegraphed weakness to Xi and the Chinese government.”
  • Republican congressman Michael Turner (R-OH) said waiting to shoot down the balloon until it would not hurt anyone on the ground “sort of like tackling the quarterback after the game is over.” He also called China’s decision to fly a balloon over the country “a crisis”.
  • And Donald Trump of course, weighed in, saying that he “would have shot it down before it entered the U.S.”

There’s just one problem. This is not the first time that Chinese balloons have drifted through US airspace. In fact, there were three known Chinese balloons that did just that during the Trump administration. Of course, Trump could use the excuse that since he never read anything, he didn’t know anything about the balloons.

There was also a previous balloon during the Biden administration. But it never came up in national media, so the Republicans ignored it.

I think it is safe to assume that the GOP’s plan is going to be to say anything that could possibly make Biden look bad. Even if it is something they themselves are guilty of. They have no interest in governing, or doing the right thing. It is all about power, and attacking their “enemy”, the Democrats.

UPDATE: Members of the Trump administration are claiming that there were no balloon incursions during Trump’s presidency. In response, the Biden administration is offering to brief them on past Chinese spy balloon incursions.

© Matt Davies


I fear that US politics is so crazy, that most voters have just tuned completely out.

© Tom Tomorrow

Not everyone is hurt by all this chaos, some thrive on it. You might have had problems affording gasoline, but Exxon Mobil had their most profitable year ever in 2022. Donald Trump did no campaigning until last weekend, instead having dinner with racists, but he still pulled in $9.5 million in donations. Republicans in Congress are threatening to crash the global economy by defaulting on the US debt, but are planning to prioritize paying Wall Street investors first, over people who depend on Social Security, Medicare, Food Stamps, and everyone else. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Republicans are also trying to eliminate federal income taxes, and replace them with a 30% national sales tax, which would destroy poor people and most of the middle class, while creating a titanic windfall for the richest people.


Randy Rainbow is In da House!

The first Randy Rainbow song of this year, a parody of “Master of the House” from Les Misérables. Not safe for work!

An added bonus for true Randy Rainbow fans, here is Randy giving a speech accepting the Making a Difference Award 3 months ago.


Let those who are innocent cast the first stone?

And now, classified documents have been discovered at the residence of Mike Pence, despite the fact that Pence claimed he didn’t have any.

Now, don’t get me wrong. It is not a crime to accidentally or inadvertently have some classified documents show up where they shouldn’t be. The crime is to take them intentionally, or to keep them (or even just try to keep them) after their discovery. It appears that neither Pence nor Joe Biden broke the law, while Donald Trump is guilty, guilty, guilty! The hypocrisy is that Republicans defended Trump and tried to downplay his crimes, while attacking Biden. It will be interesting to see how they respond to the news about Pence.

I would guess that there are a very large number of classified documents floating around the homes of government workers. This is a problem, but it isn’t a crime. If it were up to me, I’d have the home of every congress critter be searched for classified documents. That just might shut everyone up.

© Scott Stantis

Best Santos Burn

Lying Rep. George Santos is the humor gift that keeps on giving.

Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) is an actual recipient of the Wilson Prize for High-Energy Particle Accelerator Physics. Foster welcomes the newest member of the House committee on Science, Space and Technology.



CNN catches Republican Congressman Byron Donalds being completely hypocritical.

The replies are pretty hilarious, too!

Turns out that Donalds is also a criminal. In 1997, he was arrested for dealing marijuana, and in 2000, he pleaded guilty to felony bribery (as part of a scheme to defraud a bank). And of course, he was one of the members of Congress to object to the certification of electors in the 2020 election. So in addition to calling for Biden to resign from the Senate, he tried to block Biden from becoming president.


Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

Actually, it is WAY more than twice.

One thing about the recent Speaker of the House election that seems to have been largely ignored (including by most media outlets) is that the MAGA 20 keep claiming that they are fiscal conservatives who want to reduce the federal deficit. This is a baldfaced lie.

First, let’s make sure we are all on the same page with our terminology. The national debt is how much money our government owes. Note that having debt is not always a bad thing. It is like a family buying a house by getting a mortgage. As long as they can pay off their mortgage over time, there is no problem.

And in fact, taking on debt can be a good thing, like getting a mortgage to buy a house to live in. The house itself has value, so (as long as you pay your mortgage off over time) it can offset the debt. Another example is taking on student loans to get an education, so you can get a good job and pay off those loans. Likewise, the government can take on debt to improve the country. For example, to build a highway system in order to increase commerce, or to fund things like schools and libraries to increase knowledge. Borrowing money is also called for to combat emergencies, such as WWII, or the Covid-19 pandemic.

A more important measurement is a deficit. When the country spends more than it takes in (in taxes, etc.) then it is running a deficit. When there is a deficit, the national debt continues to grow. Alternatively, if the country takes in more money than it spends, there is a surplus. The last time the federal government ran a surplus was the last four years of the Clinton administration. The only way to reduce the deficit is to either cut spending or raise taxes.

Ok, so back to the Republicans claiming that they want to reduce the deficit. They have done this many times. We all remember “trickle-down economics“, which the GOP claimed would help the economy. But the truth is that every Republican administration that has promised to reduce the deficit, has only cut taxes and increased the deficit.

Reagan claimed that the government was not the solution, it was the problem. Grover Norquist said that the plan was to cut the size of the government “to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” The Republicans claimed that the way to force spending to go down was to cut taxes (to “Starve the Beast“). So they cut taxes, but continued to increase spending (especially for the military).

Back to the Clinton administration, on becoming president he inherited a deficit, but early in his first term Clinton raised taxes on higher income taxpayers, and cut spending. This is the exact opposite of what the Republicans have done repeatedly, but as a result the US had strong economic growth, record job creation, and budget surpluses.

When Clinton’s second term ended, George W Bush quickly went back to cutting taxes on the wealthy. VP Dick Cheney famously said, “deficits don’t matter” as the Bush administration cut taxes not once, but twice and ran up the deficit. They also increased spending, including passing Medicare Part D, and starting two unnecessary wars.

During the Obama administration, the Republicans tried something even more insane. They refused to pay on the US government debt. This is called a default. Back to the analogy of a family buying a house, this is like refusing to pay your mortgage payment, not because you don’t have the money, but because you just don’t want to pay it. Immediately, several things would happen. Your credit rating would crater, which means that you would have to pay a higher interest rate, and you would lose your home if you continue to not pay.

Indeed, what the Republicans wanted to do would have increased spending and made the deficit worse. Because so many people invest in the US debt, it would have caused a major world financial collapse. Just two days before this would have happened, the GOP backed down, but there were still major financial repercussions. The stock market dropped significantly, and the credit rating of the US government was downgraded for the first time in our history. The GAO estimated that this stunt cost the government $1.3 billion dollars in 2011 alone, and more costs in following years.

The next Republican president was Donald Trump, who said, “This is the United States government… you never have to default because you print the money.” Trump didn’t even pretend to be a fiscal conservative. Again, the deficit increased.

Which brings us to now. The Republicans again now refuse to raise the debt limit. The treasury department says that we will hit the limit on Thursday (two days from now). If the debt limit isn’t raised, “Failure to meet the government’s obligations would cause irreparable harm to the U.S. economy, the livelihoods of all Americans, and global financial stability.”


Sabine Hossenfelder

I’d like to share an interesting source on the internet with you. I’ve been enjoying watching videos on YouTube from Sabine Hossenfelder. Sabine is a physicist who mainly posts videos explaining physics (such as quantum mechanics) in her series “Science without the Gobbledygook”. She does a good job of simplifying complex subjects (similar to what Richard Feynman did while he was alive).

Why am I talking about physics in a political humor blog? Because Hossenfelder also explains many other things in videos, including things related to politics. For example, here’s a video that talks about Longtermism, which is a political philosophy popular among tech billionaires also involved in politics like Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and Jaan Tallinn.

She also has videos about the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy, the use of diesel fuel for transportation, transsexual athletes, falling testosterone levels, climate change, the problems with the use of plastics, light pollution, earthquakes, nutritional labels on foods, pseudoscience, Covid-19, and many others.

Hossenfelder also has a website, where you can sign up for her free weekly email newsletter.