JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Bob Gorrell)

In other news, a massive queer dance party was held outside Mike Pence's new home in DC last night. I love this.

Meanwhile, Maryland state lawmaker David Vogt has fired a staffer who was actually the mastermind of the fake news website "ChristianTimesNewspaper" that spread hoaxes about Hillary Clinton, among other things

Finally, here's a moment of Zen.

Franken: Thank you so much for coming into my office. Did you enjoy meeting me?

Perry: I hope you're as much fun on that dais as you were on your couch.

May I rephrase that, sir?

Here's President Obama's final press conference in full.

Programming note... I'm going to be offline tomorrow. I'm not sick. At least not yet. Doing this requires paying close attention to the news every single day and I have no intention of doing that tomorrow. For my own well-being, and for yours, I encourage you to avoid all news broadcasts tomorrow and have a drink instead. Watch a movie. Play a game. Do anything but watch the inauguration. I'll see you all on Monday in this once-great nation.

  • Badgerite

    It was nice to have a president with a … know…..personality and everything.
    I shall miss that.

    • ProudLiberalAlways

      We’re going to miss a real personality in a pres.–as opposed to continual reaction–also I think I’m most going to miss a Pres. with ethics and class. God knows that’s gone!!!!!!

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Both my wife and I are avoiding news today
    I’m taking her to see the film “Hidden Figures” tonight with drinks after.
    Gotta numb the pain.

  • Georgie

    I’m going to listen to Illegal Smile/John Prine tonight for a start. I’ll miss President Obama, he is a great man with a wonderful family. And I look forward to seeing what Michelle and him will doing in the future:

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    I feel ill again, like I felt in the days immediately after he was declared the winner. I can’t watch my country swear in such a person.

  • swift_4

    Codenames is a good game for 4 or more people. You can get it at Target, now that they’ve started selling good games.

    I’d also recommend Ticket to Ride.

    And if you didn’t know, there’s a whole world of board games beyond the usual crappy ones you know from childhood. has ways to find all of them.

  • Scopedog

    See you on Monday, Ashby.

    And no, I am not watching the Inauguration–and I’m also staying offline for most of the day. I’ll focus on my art tomorrow, maybe catch a movie.

    Barack and Michelle Obama were class and dignity personified. That they took so much shit–from all sides–and still stood tall and proud made me proud. Now we go from them to…

    …And also, I’m completely out of patience and f**ks when it comes to those who still want to fight the primary again and are still whining about how horrible Hillary was and how Bernie could have won. And f**k the media for enabling Ol’ Yellow Stain because all they cared about were emails.

    • I’m going to focus on my work and then watch movies with the hubby while imbibing. It’s the best I can do.

  • stacib23

    This is so painful for me. To follow Barack and Michelle Obama and their beautiful family with this bunch of nitwits is almost more than I can bear. To have this country codify it’s racism and misogyny by voting this abomination to the highest office breaks my heart.

    A couple days ago, a guy at work was referring to the Engineering department. He called them “a bunch of brown people” – to me, a black woman. I said, “you know that’s fucking racist, right?”. He just shrugged. This is only his second week of work, and he will be terminated tomorrow. I work at a company that proudly boasts of having people from 28 countries employed there. Needless to say, neither my immediate manager nor HR was okay with this. My thought, after my initial anger was It Begins.

    • JMAshby

      I’m a white guy so I can’t say I know exactly how you feel, but President Obama changed my life. I wouldn’t be who I am today without him. I was born under Reagan. I grew up under blowjobgate. I became an adult under Dubya. I had no concept of true statesmanship or public service before Obama. I had no concept of pragmatism. I was extremely cynical and hopeless after 8 years of Bush. Obama changed the world for me and millions of others.

      Now we’re about to install someone far, far worse than Bush. It’s going to take a lot of effort to not fall back to where I was before Obama.

      I know far better people today than I did then. Maybe that will make the difference.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        I, too, am white. I’m Jewish, but we’re not really a discriminated against group – not on the coasts, anyway. So I also never had any experience with what it’s like for people to be racist against me. I understood it only in the “racism is bad, m’kay” sense.

        Until my honeymoon. In Grenada.

        You see, there, apparently, white people are the victims of racism.

        It was rather mild by “racism” standards. And they were still leery of pissing off American tourism dollars. So no one turned a hose on me. No one made me sit in the back of the bus. And they were still polite enough (spending American dollars).

        But the way, they’ll politely make small talk with a black tourist, but snap at you. The way they’ll smile and nod at black people and shoot a glare at you. Twice I was in line at a store – clearly ahead of another black individual – yet the cashier insisted that that person was ahead of me and served them first. I heard several things said under their breath in another language that I didn’t understand, but which did not sound friendly (though this could be my imagination, so take it with a grain of salt).

        It wasn’t devastating. And there were other things on my mind (honeymoon, remember?) that took higher priority. And most of my time was spent at a hotel where this wasn’t an issue (only when we explored the island).

        But still, you can feel it. I was there a week and it really took me from an intellectual/theoretical understanding to a more grounded, visceral understanding. I can’t imagine living my whole life under that kind of cloud. I’d probably snap.

        Every white person should have to spend a week being casually discriminated against.

      • stacib23

        Thanks, JM. I’m trying so hard, consciously, to not let my emotions color my interactions. I’m surrounded by rabid Trump supporters at work, and for two days after the election I couldn’t make myself even speak to them. As the office manager, that was so not cool, but I couldn’t control myself. Coming here helps, but it took almost two months before I could go online and I still can’t watch anything referencing Trump. How in all hell will I make it through these next four years???

    • Heartbroken–that is a very good way to describe how I feel. That and grief. I feel like someone I loved has died. And technically it has…my country…or at least the country that I thought we were.

      And I’m glad you called that asshole on his BS. I don’t work in such an enlightened environment so I just have to sit here and listen to the hatefulness. The only way I maintain any kind of peace is due to my Bose noise cancelling headphones.