Cartoon Commentary ➕ Open Thread

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As I’ve said so many times you are more than likely tired of hearing it – I love cartoons.

I tend to think in images which may explain my life long love of cartoons. I remember “reading” the political cartoons in the local newspaper long before I understood that most politicians belong in a cartoon.

So today again here are some of the cartoons that “spoke” to me the most.

It seems that Congressmen and women who returned to their districts were met with some unfriendly fire. Some of it was  organized people who wanted to intimidate a particular politician and to silence any voice being heard from an opposing position. That’s not a Town-hall – that’s thuggish.

All voices need to be heard. Including that of the politician.

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There are a lot of cartoons aimed at the people still suffering from TDS aka Trump Derangement Syndrome. If Donald Trump cured cancer they would complain that he put Oncologists out of business. No arguing with crazy.

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Of all the people I loathe, and there are far too many, it takes too much energy, Cecile Richards is near the top of my list.

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I liked this one because it addresses an issue dear to my heart – privacy. It was supposed to be a top issue for the Republicans too.

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There are quite a few cartoons about the ongoing Susan Rice is a liar scandal. Funny how most of them are coming from the right side of the political cartoon world. Or is it funny? I hold cartoonists to a higher standard than “journalists.” Probably because I believe that most “journalists” sold out long ago.

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When the reach exceeds the grasp and the story doesn’t end as the left would like and when sometimes all that smoke doesn’t produce a fire or a “smoking gun”, no matter how you spin it… No surprise, there’s a cartoon for that.

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A city council that was stupid enough to ask a question that they really didn’t want answered.

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The age old politician “blame-game.” Only this time the finger of blame should be pointing right at Harry Reid and those that supported his “nuclear” action. Smart people would have realized that this was an action certain to come back and bite them. But we aren’t talking about “smart” people, we’re talking about politicians.

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Healthcare is a recurring theme on the front pages and for cartoonists. Although I don’t know why it’s referred to as “Healthcare” – it’s health insurance.

Healthcare is about making healthy choices so that you don’t need to spend as much time visiting a doctor and therefore don’t need to worry as much about health insurance all the time.

If I had eaten sensibly I wouldn’t have clogged the arteries leading to my heart and I wouldn’t have needed a triple bypass. My own damn fault and if I were limber enough I would still be kicking my own backside.

When disaster strikes, in spite of healthy choices, then you need affordable health insurance. Which I don’t believe we’ll get until the government gets out of the health care business. In my experience nothing they’re involved with is ever cheaper.

The Dems flim-flammed us on this issue and now it’s the GOP’s turn.

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I don’t watch the Simpsons and find most of the adult cartoon shows on television silly and insulting to my intelligence. I find Homer particularly stupid. But I did like this…

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Then there is the ongoing problem with Korea and China…

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The news about Bannon’s banishment makes you wonder if anyone really “likes” the man except Trump and now Trump seems less than pleased.

I wonder if Bannon knows that old adage about how you treat people on your way up because you will have to face them on you way down. If he’s on his way down. With the volatile Mr. Trump – who knows?

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Then there’s the problem with our intelligence gathering people. There is something seriously wrong going on but none of us really knows what it is. With so many in government, on both sides of the aisle, with something to hide – will we ever really know?

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The always brilliant folks at Liberal Logic 101 skewer the left with, well logic. Many of those protesting and commenting on-line are ignorant beyond belief. Liberal Logic is great at setting them straight and informing us at the same time.  I love it.

Then there is the brilliant Democrat Strategy of filibustering Judge Gorsuch. The nuclear option by Mitch McConnell surprised the right as much as the left. Who knew he would actually fight for something Republicans wanted?

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And here we are stuck in the middle of two warring factions, neither one of which gives a rat’s backside about us or the country.

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More logic from Liberal Logic on the whole “wiretapping” brouhaha. You have to speak very slowly when trying to explain actual “facts” to most people on the left. Most of them have a talking point intellect.

Either they all ready know and are being dishonest or they haven’t a clue and are being dishonest about knowing what the hell they’re talking about.

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Now that we don’t have Harry Reid around to loathe there is the ever-moving mouth of smarmy Chuck Schumer. It’s said the most dangerous place in Washington D.C. is between Schumer and a microphone.

There are a lot of pants, and panties, in Washington that should be on fire for lying. Schumer is right at the top of the list.

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Cartoonists comment on Syria quite a bit. I’m sure there will be many more after the airstrike on the Syrian air base last night. Since I am ambivalent about Syria I don’t know what to think about the air strike.

If this is just to send a message that chemical weapons will not be tolerated I am fine with that. And I always trust and respect our men and women in uniform. It’s the politics of the thing that worries me.

I am not ambivalent about the violence – I am just not sure that if we go blundering in we won’t make things worse like we did in Libya.

In the mean time people are suffering and dying.  Same old world, in this relatively new century.

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Below is another cartoon on Syria. The always brilliant A.F. Branco wants us to know that President Donald Trump is not a wimp like President Obama – I’m not sure I find that comforting.

It seems like the John McCain/Lindsay Graham school of action. I know I’m not comfortable with that.

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And last but not least a cartoon for those of you that love Spring, as I do, but suffer from all the pollen that is suddenly everywhere. Oh well, at least the bees are happy.

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Hope you all have a great day. Happy Friday!

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22 Responses to “Cartoon Commentary ➕ Open Thread”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    From PJ Media

    Twenty-four hours ago, Chuck Schumer was taunting Donald Trump as a “98-pound weakling” on China before Xi Jinping’s visit.

    What a difference a day makes. Now, after the cruise missile attack on Syria, Chuck is singing a different tune:

    “Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do,” Schumer said in a statement released late Thursday. “I salute the professionalism and skill of our Armed Forces who took action today.” [He didn’t quite say “President Trump,” but we know what he meant.]

    https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2017/04/06/trump-schools-obama-and-democratts-with-attack-on-assad/

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Horrific Murder Case Puts Milwaukee’s Progressive Failures in Spotlight

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin has been a bastion of the Left for over a century now; the last Republican mayor left office in 1908, and a string of Democratic and socialist mayors has ensued. Various sources have rated the city as one of the ten poorest in the nation, and also as one of the most segregated.

    Both of these failures can only be viewed as products of the party in power. After 100 years, the Left surely owns this one.

    The latest is Tom Barrett, a former U.S. congressman who ran for mayor when his district was eliminated through redistricting, and who has twice run — and thankfully lost — bids to become governor. Barrett’s administration has been characterized by a program of rapid gentrification of the downtown area — typified by his “trolley to nowhere,” an oblong closed loop in the downtown area being built with a federal grant from the Obama administration, in a city which wisely did away with street cars over half a century ago — at the expense of the surrounding neighborhoods which are descending into chaos as a result.

    Further evidence of this depravity was provided by the murder last week of Greg Zyszkiewicz.

    The 64-year-old city building inspector was on a routine call in one of those crumbling neighborhoods. Mr. Zyszkiewicz, by all accounts a model citizen and family man, was found slumped over the wheel of his car with the motor running, apparently the victim of an attempted car theft gone wrong.

    Five suspects were apprehended, of which three have been charged: two 17-year-olds and a 21-year-old, all three of whom have criminal histories. The 21-year-old was a convicted felon out on bail awaiting sentencing when the murder took place. One of the 17-year-olds shot Mr. Zyszkiewicz in the face with a sawed-off shotgun.

    https://pjmedia.com/blog/horrific-murder-case-puts-milwaukees-progressive-failures-in-spotlight/

    • piper Says:

      A friend who was also a building inspector knew Greg and is very upset by his murder, said that Greg was planning to retire soon. This murder is another crime in a long crime wave in a city that needs governance not another road to nowhere legacy of a failed mayor. I rarely drive into Milwaukee since my needs/wants can be met in my small suburb.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

  4. piper Says:

    Good morning Marge and Amy,
    Always love cartoons – they say so much in so little space.
    I read somewhere that Susan Rice couldn’t actually report NSA’s spying on conversations due to a dash of treason here and there but by unmasking certain people, their names and conversations could be leaked to lower level employees who then could leak to the media who could report them to the public.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      You’re right, she didn’t need to leak anything, by putting her “list” out if became available to many people, anyone of which could be the leaker – maybe several of them. But she made if possible and she knew it. Her story changes daily and she had no credibility to begin with.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ben Shapiro: 5 Big Questions About Trump’s Missile Strike On Syria’s Airbase

    On Thursday night, President Trump ordered a missile strike on an airbase in Syria from which the Assad regime launched its alleged sarin gas attack on dissidents this week. That attack is Trump’s first major military action, and it has been accompanied by predictable shock, celebration, and horror by various parties across the political spectrum.

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/15207/5-big-questions-about-trumps-missile-strike-syrias-ben-shapiro

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Fine, except I like monkeys.

      • piper Says:

        So do I and their opinions matter more to me than the women on the view which I’m forced to listen to when I get my nails done. The opinions/views of wealthy women living in gated communities with armed security is worse than being forced fed to swallow cod liver oil as a child.

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Senate Confirms NEIL GORSUCH

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/04/post-nuclear-world-watch-senate-confirm-neil-gorsuch/

    • piper Says:

      Finally – it would have better without all the drama by the democrats who seems to forget that the republicans went along with the Sotomayer confirmation who is more of a ‘feelings’ person than an appropriate judge to sit on the highest court.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I think they greatly overplayed their hand with this Justice. He was not a radical in any sense of the term and they had all ready confirmed him before.

        Now they’ve cried wolf, actually forced McConnell to deliver something the right wanted and the next time, if there is one soon, they’ll just look ridiculous and no one but their base will believe a word they say. Although why anyone believes a word out of Schumer or Pelosi say is a mystery to me.

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Nikki Haley: Countries Who Wish to Defend Assad Will Do So ‘In Full Public View’

    United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley released a statement Friday addressing Bolivia’s request for a closed door emergency session of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the events in Syria. Haley decided the meeting would be held “in the open.”

    “This morning, Bolivia requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the events in Syria. It asked for the discussion to be held in closed session,” the statement begins, before stating the session would be held in the open.

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/amb-haley-says-countries-who-wish-to-defend-assad-will-do-so-in-full-public-view/

    • piper Says:

      Go Nikki go – like this person more every day. I can see her running for the presidency one day.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        The more I see of her the more impressed I am. She seems to have the ability to pick her fights instead of flailing away all the time. That of course won’t make some happy but it shows judgement and brains to me.

        No wonder Rev Amy likes her so much.

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

  10. justine Says:

    Have we seen proof whether it was the Syrian army or the Syrian rebels who are responsible for the latest chemical attack?
    .

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      At this point I’m not sure anyone “knows” anything for sure. Although given that Mattis was in charge I suspect he knows a lot more than he’s telling.

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Good morning! Just dropping in quickly having to use my cell phone as a hotspot since we STILL have no cable, no internet, and no phone service. Our cell service is EXTREMELY limited – waiting on a cell phone booster that was supposed to come yesterday.

    Anyway – I wanted to say a big thank you to Marge for keeping this going in my imposed absence. I hope you all are well and know you are enjoying Marge’s wit and wisdom.

    I wanted to share this excellent piece by Mollie Hemingway abt Obama’s spying: http://thefederalist.com/2017/04/07/sorry-democrats-the-obama-spying-scandal-isnt-going-away

    Good to *see* everyone, albeit fleetingly. Sorry for the long absence, but it will be continuing until we can get Comcast to actually do their job. Ugh.

    Have a great weekend!

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