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Trump Panic

Donald Trump just can’t help panicking and pissing all over himself, even when he is being asked questions by someone like Sean Hannity, who is totally on his side. No wonder Trump’s lawyers are trying to shut him up, but to no avail. Trump has become what he hates — a LOSER. And all the Republicans throwing their hats into the presidential ring know it.


Crisis Averted

I haven’t posted for a few weeks, but I’ve been closely watching the US inching closer to a disastrous dumb default. Listening to popular news media, you would have been bombarded by continuous bullshit from the “Freedom Caucus” and Donald Trump saying that a default would be a good thing (TM). And complaints that Joe Biden wasn’t doing anything to solve the problem.

And yet, somehow magically, the problem was solved. Done. Biden has signed the bill, a whole two days before the world economy would start crashing on Monday.

Most importantly, the Freedom Caucus showed that it just wants attention, but was a paper tiger, “Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

The good news? Bipartisan government is back. And Biden knew what he was doing. The far-right Republicans won’t be able to pull this stunt again for at least 2 years.

© Bill Bramhall


A civil court jury, including at least one vocal Trump supporter, unanimously declared Donald Trump liable for both sexually abusing E. Jean Carroll, and defaming her, awarding her $5 million dollars. Trump then stupidly, on national television, defamed her again. He also says he will appeal. Yes please, keep being an unrepentant misogynist bastard and keeping this in the news during your political campaign, that will really help. After all, only half the voters are women.

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Will it Ever End?

It is more likely that Fox News ends up with a replacement for Tucker Carlson who is just as bad as him, and maybe even worse. It’s just locked into the genes of Fox News. They need toxic lies, in order to keep their rabid base watching.

© Rob Rogers

The Empire Strikes Back!

Florida is the state where tin-pot dictators go to die. Just ask Ronald D. DeSantis, who is about to have his future completely destroyed by Disney (the very model of a Mickey Mouse outfit). You don’t mess with the mouse!

You have almost certainly heard about the fight between DeSantis and Disney.

  • DeSantis got Florida to pass a law prohibiting classroom discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity, popularly called “Don’t say Gay”. Did DeSantis miss the memo that gays now have rights?
  • Under pressure from their employees, Disney criticized that law.
  • DeSantis makes a mistake, writing, “If Disney wants to pick a fight, they chose the wrong guy.” He also started calling the company names, like “Woke Disney”.
  • At the behest of DeSantis, the Florida legislature — which was previously heavily gerrymandered by DeSantis, so much so that the Republican-controlled legislature balked but was overruled by the governor — started targeting Disney with extremely hostile measures. First they took away Disney’s special tax district, something that is common in Florida (including Daytona speedway, The Villages, and hundreds of others).
  • Then DeSantis pushed through an “oversight board” to control Disney World, which was filled with his lackeys.
  • Disney quietly did an end-run around that board, which enraged DeSantis. The governor then went ballistic, threatening to reappraise the value of Disney World to raise its property taxes, imposing tolls on the roads that go there, and developing the surrounding land with annoying businesses, including a new state prison.
  • So today, Disney sued DeSantis. In their complaint, they point out that the First Amendment means “In America, the government cannot punish you for speaking your mind.”

Let me just point out that Disney is the linchpin that turned Orlando into an international tourist destination. Disney World is the largest private employer in the state with 75,000 employees, paid $1.2 billion in state and local taxes in 2022, and they are very popular in Florida.

And yet, DeSantis went on the warpath against Disney simply because they dared to criticize DeSantis for passing an unpopular law. Like I said, DeSantis is a tin-pot dictator. He wants to control what teachers can say, what books can be read, and to destroy the freedom of speech. Republicans are supposed to be for small government, not taking over private businesses.

The lawsuit says that DeSantis created a “relentless campaign to weaponize government power against Disney in retaliation for expressing a political viewpoint.” And all the evidence for this came right out of his mouth and pen.

I also want to point out that Disney is a huge company, and has some of the best corporate lawyers in the world. They held back to let DeSantis hang himself, and the governor and hopeful presidential candidate took the bait.

I can’t imagine any way that Disney doesn’t absolutely win this case, and on top of that, makes DeSantis look like the drooling idiot he is. Indeed, DeSantis is now taking heat from other Republicans. Even Trump wrote last week, “This is all so unnecessary, a political STUNT!” And (using a pejorative name), “DeSanctus is being absolutely destroyed by Disney.” Whatever you call him, I believe that he will be out of politics entirely in a few years (partly because he is term limited as governor).

© Christopher Weyant

How To Become MAGA!

You just need these cool new glasses that you can buy from Trump’s campaign!

© Tom Tomorrow

And all the other insidious menaces that vie for your attention, now including Nuclear Warming! Trans Athletes (because we can’t complain about gay people anymore)! Disney World! You can learn to love Putin and Russia! And you’ll need to buy yourself an AR-15 before Biden takes them away from you!


It’s all about the Grift!

Usually, when you see that word, you think about Donald Trump, but not this week! The grifter supreme right now is Clarence Thomas. Thomas was young and inexperienced when he was nominated to the Supreme Court by George H. W. Bush, having spent only one year as a judge. He was confirmed, despite attorney Anita Hill testifying that Thomas sexually harassed her when he was the chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she worked as an advisor to him.

Thomas is unusual in that he almost never asks any questions, or even speaks, during oral arguments for cases before the SCOTUS. This, combined with the fact that he is also the most conservative justice on the court, seems to imply that he has already made up his mind on most issues.

What’s worse is that while Trump’s grift is technically legal (consisting mainly of fleecing his followers for political donations), Thomas, who as a lawyer should know better, accepted lavish gifts from at least one billionaire, and then did not declare them, as required by law. Making him even more suspect is the fact that his wife Virginia is a far-right GOP activist, who still believes the false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, and who played a role in the illegal plot and insurrection to overturn that election on Jan 6. Despite this, Justice Thomas refuses to recuse himself from these cases where he has a clear conflict of interest.

Is it any surprise that trust in the Supreme Court is at a historic low?

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Our Own “Profoundly Stupid Person”

Hopefully you missed it, but Donald Trump had a lengthy interview with Tucker Carlson this week. And apparently, Jimmy Kimmel was not impressed. For example, Trump claimed that “the biggest problem we have in the whole world” is “not global warming. It’s nuclear warming”. There’s just one problem with this problem. It doesn’t exist. It’s not even a thing. It is less real than “covfefe”.

Kimmel comes right out and says it: “It did make one thing very clear: The fact that Donald Trump is a profoundly stupid person. I think it’s important to remember that. He does not have the best words, he’s not a stable genius, that mental competency test he’s always bragging that he passed? It’s something the average 7-year-old could pass.”

There’s so much more to this, and I suggest that you watch it.

It looks like the chickens are coming home to roost.

© Mike Luckovich

Not only that, but a new poll from ABC/Ipsos (done after the indictment) shows Trump with a favorable rating of 25%, and an unfavorable rating of 61% (with 13% with no opinion or don’t know). I believe that is the lowest rating Trump has ever had. And that was before the cheese slipped completely off the Cheetos’ head.


SNL Trumps Easter!

Another case of not being able to distinguish satire from reality?


Grumpy Trumpy Felon!

While the media televises Trump taking his limousine in NYC (yawn), Randy Rainbow provides us with some real entertainment.



Yesterday morning, I published two cartoons about Donald Trump getting indicted. I actually wrote it the night before, but published it early the next morning. And lo and behold, a few hours later, Trump was indicted. Coincidence? I like to think not!

But I know what you are thinking. Trump has been able to wiggle out of just about everything in his life, and this time will be no different.

However, it is already different. Trump is now a loser. Since the Republicans became enthralled by Trump, they have lost the last presidential election, lost the Senate, and did much worse than expected in the House. I’d bet money that the majority of Republican politicians, who right now are screaming bloody murder about the indictment, are actually secretly hoping that Trump goes away forever. Their only concern is not upsetting his base.

Speaking of Trump’s base, note that there were no violent protests yesterday from the MAGA faithful. After all, after the 2020 election Trump incited them to riot and foment insurrection at the Capitol, and a bunch of them went to jail for it. And people died. Maybe they are thinking twice now.

In addition, even back in 2016, the thing that got Trump in the most trouble was the Access Hollywood tape, containing the famous line “Grab ’em by the pussy.” The current indictment is also all about Trump’s philandering ways. That will piss off some voters.

Also, this is the first time that Trump has been in serious jeopardy. This is a criminal indictment which contains more than 30 charges. Yes, Trump has been able to weasel his way out of civil lawsuits by settling out of court, and also out of political charges, including two impeachments (which are political, not legal). But the only thing that needs to happen here is for a jury to convict Trump of a crime. If this indictment doesn’t do the job, there are at least two more criminal indictments in Georgia and at the federal level, close to being announced, and which are slam dunks. After all, we have actual recorded phone calls of Trump attempting to overturn the election in Georgia, and the undisputed facts that Trump stole classified documents illegally, and then lied about it.

Today, Electoral-Vote has a very thorough article about why this time is different. If you don’t believe me, give it a read. You’ll be glad you did!

Even if Trump avoids going to jail (which I don’t think he can do), the indictments and the evidence that those indictments present will alienate more voters. Trump lost the 2020 election, and even in 2016 he lost the popular vote, and the electoral college was very close. If Republicans still nominate Trump for the next election, it is very likely he will not only lose (bigly!), but the Republicans will also lose control of both houses of Congress. Trump will continue to soak his base out of their money, but even they will tire of that.

So let’s celebrate the first indictment, and look forward to even more legal troubles for Trump.

© Clay Bennett

The Two Americas

Donald Trump is claiming that the investigations into his crimes are a “witch hunt” against a presidential candidate. But his followers don’t seem to see the gross hypocrisy of their (and Trump’s) calls in 2016 to throw Hillary Clinton in jail.

© Clay Jones

But even worse, Trump seems to be claiming that a president, even after he (or she) is no longer president, is above the law. That would make them a king, or at least a dictator!

© Clay Bennett

I’m still hoping that Trump will end up in jail, and I will celebrate when he does, especially if his followers realize how idiotic they have been.

UPDATE: Trump was indicted today. The cheering has already begun:

From @maggieNYT: “A large group of former Trump Organization employees is sending texts quietly cheering the latest developments, a reminder of how many people have felt burned in various ways by Trump over the years.”


Going Down!

Two stories paint a dismal picture of the good old USA. The first is a study that shows that while life expectancy around the world decreased in 2020 due to COVID-19, most countries were able to reverse the trend and increase life expectancy by 2021, while the US continued to drop precipitously, down to the level it was in the 1990s. Not stated was the reason for the decline in the richest nation in the world. Was it due to people refusing to mask or social distance? Injecting bleach into their bodies? Mass shootings? Suicide? Who can guess?

Second was a new poll, done by WSJ/NORC that compared results from a poll in 1998 to ones from today. The number of people who say that Patriotism, Religion, Having Children, and Community Involvement is “very important” to them is dropping rapidly. The only “value” that is increasing in importance is Money. What a sorry state of affairs.


Tuckered Out

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”: