The Winner

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, former astronaut, senator, and first American to orbit the earth John Glenn passed away today at the age of 95. Here's the New York Times obituary written by the same man who filed the original Times' report on the Apollo 11 landing.

To the America of the 1960s, Mr. Glenn was a clean-cut, good-natured, well-grounded Midwesterner, raised in Presbyterian rectitude, nurtured in patriotism and tested in war, who stepped forward to risk the unknown and succeeded spectacularly, lifting his country’s morale and restoring its self-confidence.

It was an anxious nation that watched and listened that February morning, as Mr. Glenn, 40 years old, a Marine Corps test pilot and one of the seven original American astronauts, climbed into Friendship 7, the tiny Mercury capsule atop an Atlas rocket rising from the concrete flats of Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Glenn was the last surviving member of the Mercury 7 which included Alan Shepard, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Donald “Deke” Slayton, Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra and John Glenn.

Meanwhile, Retired General Barry McCaffrey has withdrawn his endorsement of Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn after he read Flynn's tweets which McCaffery describes as "demented."

“But I must admit,” McCaffrey said, “I’m now extremely uneasy about some of these tweets, which don’t sound so much as if they are political skullduggery, but instead border on being demented. So I think we need to look into this and sort our what’s going on here.”

“I think that we need to aggressively examine what was going on with Gen. Flynn and his son, dealing with these transparent, nearly demented tweets that were going out,” he continued. “I think it needs closer scrutiny.”

Among other stories, Flynn and his son have shared the infamous "Pizzagate" fake new story about a child sex trafficking ring headquartered in a D.C. pizzeria.

How far we've fallen.

  • mnpollio

    And we are still falling – we have not hit the ground yet. 2017 looks to be a tsunami of batsh*t craziness and a whole lot of hurt for the average citizen.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    How far we’ve fallen.

    A matter of perspective. Take a look at ye olden politics. Just off the top of my head, I recall Jefferson accusing Adams of being a hermaphrodite.

    • No, no, he accused him of having a hermaphroditic character. The Modern equivalent would be calling him a pussy, I believe. Wait…’re right. We’ve only gone from calling someone a pussy to grabbing them.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        We’ve only gone from calling someone a pussy to grabbing them.

        Jefferson slept with raped his slaves and forced them to care for his illegitimate offspring. At least a few of those offspring, being “mulattos,” then became his slaves as well. That’s on top of the fact that, you know, he had slaves in the first place. Or that he had numerous affairs with married women.

        The times may be different, but I’m going to go ahead and call a spade a spade: that’s pretty reprehensible – and tops anything Trump has done.

        And, in terms of hypocrisy, not even Trump can come close to having personally written the words “all men are created equal” and being an adamant slaver.

    • Scopedog

      True…but both Adams and Jefferson, for all their faults, were still paragons of humanity compared to troglodytes like Trump and Flynn (and Flynn’s son).