No Consequences

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, Russia has "voted" to amend their constitution and allow Vladimir Putin to continue ruling until the year 2036. Putin took a page out of the 2004 GOP campaign to win votes.

Russians have been encouraged to vote with prize draws offering flats and an ad campaign highlighting other constitutional amendments in the same reform bundle, such as the pensions protection and a de facto ban on same-sex marriages.

Meanwhile, Trump says he's looking into fully repealing the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing which is equivalent to taking a pro-segregation position following weeks of anti-racist protests. This could be related to Trump reportedly abandoning "Jared Kushner's woke shit."

President Trump has told people in recent days that he regrets following some of son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner's political advice — including supporting criminal justice reform — and will stick closer to his own instincts, three people with direct knowledge of the president's thinking tell Axios.

Behind the scenes: One person who spoke with the president interpreted his thinking this way: "No more of Jared's woke s***." Another said Trump has indicated that following Kushner's advice has harmed him politically.

Imagine thinking Jared Kushner is "woke." He's literally a slumlord!

Finally, Britain has now passed Boris Johnson's self-imposed deadline for requesting another Brexit extension and will begin preparations for crashing out of the European Union with no deal. Over 100 British CEOs have written a little to Johnson calling on him to explain his plans.

Given the “enormous economic shock” from the pandemic, “a no-deal outcome would be hugely damaging to the U.K. economy,” they wrote. “We are therefore calling on you to ensure full transparency over the substance of these negotiations and these deals, to enable proper assessment of the potential economic consequences and through that assure us that the economic downside on our businesses can be minimized.

There is no plan.

Programming note... I'm taking some time away for my birthday beginning tomorrow. I intend to be back here next Wednesday but I'm not planning to take any more significant breaks between now and the presidential election in November.

If you're going out this weekend, wear a mask!

Thank you for all of your support and I'll see you next week.

  • gescove

    Happy Birthday, Ashby!

  • Draxiar

    Yay for you, Ashby! Enjoy the time away!

  • KanaW

    Happy Birthday, and have a great little holiday.

  • Wildson
  • muselet

    • Vladimir Putin has long wanted to be, as Charlie Pierce puts it, Tsar of all the Russias, and now he is. Hey, what could possibly go wrong?

    • Donald Trump already has the racist honky vote wrapped up. Who is he going to win over by going full-on KKK?

    • Those 100 British CEOs sound like they’re whistling past the graveyard. I hope they don’t expect a sensible response from Boris Johnson.

    • Happy Birthday, Ashby.

    • RIP, Carl Reiner. (NSFW, and it wasn’t his joke, but his delivery was perfect.)

    Have a safe weekend, all.


  • Aynwrong

    The Bush/2004 comparison isn’t exactly where my mind went when I first heard about the Putin referendum. I wondered if the GOP had exported the Southern Strategy. Yours is more apt.

    Keep Putin in mind the next time Republicans decide to extol the importance of Democracy and bemoan the “weak and feckless” Dems who aren’t tough enough to defend it. Or some such nonsense.

    Happy Birthday Ashby.

  • Nefercat

    Happy birthday!

  • Robert White

    Happy Birthday