Naked Hypocrisy

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Ed Hall)

In other news, as of this writing (5 pm eastern) there is no deal to keep the government open after tonight. A shutdown will occur at midnight if nothing is passed.

Meanwhile, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that nearly 50 percent of Americans would blame the GOP for a shutdown while just 28 percent would blame Democrats.

Finally, the Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy, the first one since 2014, has placed nations and states such as Russia and China back on the top of the list of threats instead of terrorism. The strategy calls for preparing to face conventional armies, again, instead of stateless actors.

I'm not a strategist, but it feels like that should have always been the case. Fighting terrorism with the military -- the "war on terror" -- has always felt like a distraction. You can't "win" a "war on terror" because terrorism is just a tool.

In any case, here are some other stories I didn't get to this week:

The CEO of Coca-Cola has joined numerous others calling on Trump to abandon his trade war fantasies and renew DACA.

The Trump regime will block Haitians from obtaining temporary or seasonal visas. Will this apply to the Mar-a-Lago?

Banks want to use blockchain technology to resurrect mortgage-backed and other packaged securities. What could go wrong?

There's a warrant out of Hungary for Seb Gorka's arrest on gun charges. Apparently he was a wanted a man the entire time he spent skulking around the White House.

Trump Towers in India is so desperate for buyers they're trying to lure investors with a meeting with Don Trump Jr. Who the hell wants to meet the dumbest Trump?

The Trump regime is withholding $1.5 billion from Puerto Rico, claiming the island has enough money right now. It doesn't.

Investors say the risk of a debt ceiling default is already showing up in the treasuries market because Republicans are probably going to play games with it.

The watchdog group Public Citizen says at least 4 foreign governments spent money at Trump properties in 2017. Not surprisingly, that includes Saudi Arabia. I think we know why Trump kissed their ass last summer.

  • Aynwrong

    “Meanwhile, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found that nearly 50 percent of Americans would blame the GOP for a shutdown while just 28 percent would blame Democrats.”

    I’m just gonna go ahead and assume that the other 22% are currently too busy trying to answer a question they consider to be far more important.

    Anyway, here’s a song that I’m always in the mood for.

    • JMAshby

      I’m always in the mood for any Credence song.

  • Badgerite

    “Gun charges?” Besides which Gorka don’t look like no Norwegian to me.
    Note to Tucker Carlson – am I supposed to have anything in common with someone born here who raises their arm in the Nazi salute and chants “blood and soil”? I do not. I do, however, relate the American dream of a free, open and democratic society that people who come here from everywhere hold dear.
    Government of the people, by the people for the people that attracts immigrants to these shores from all over the world.
    It is the American idea and anyone who will commit to that can become an American. That is the strength of the American idea. It involves universal concepts of human freedom. And people from all of the world and any religious background can and do commit to that idea as American citizens. When a country treats all its people and even foreigners fairly, it makes your society better and stronger. It leads to a stable society with a universal appeal. Policy choices based on what is in the long term interest of the nation, not based on what a particular donor class needs to maintain a privileged status or power and money. Policy choices based on scientific consensus. Not on propaganda from the fossil fuel industry and exploitation of internal divisions and hatreds. That is how it makes the country stronger and better.

    • Aynwrong

      Very well said.

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      • Badgerite

        How about this? Tucker Carlson is an idiot. And a bad dancer to boot.

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