Trump’s Caravan

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Rob Rogers)

In other news, Foreign Policy reports that Trump's national security adviser John Bolton has been waging a whisper campaign against Secretary of Defense James Mattis with the goal of ousting him.

Meanwhile, the Daily Beast reports that the Saudi's fall guy for the killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, General Ahmed al-Assiri, met with Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn during the transition where they talked about waging covert operations against Iran.

Finally, Honda and General Motors have both filed briefs opposing the Trump regime's effort to roll back California's fuel efficiency standards, and General Motors has gone even further than that.

In filings due Friday, General Motors Co. plans to propose that instead of opposing California’s so-called zero emission vehicle sales mandate, federal regulators should instead embrace a nationwide electric-car sales program starting in 2021. Honda Motor Co., meanwhile, took exception to Trump’s proposed freeze on mileage standards and called for steadily increasing requirements to continue.

The automakers know that fossil fuels are the past and they don't want to see the Trump regime impede their big plans to move toward all electric vehicles.

Shout out to the original synth master, John Carpenter.

Here are some other stories I didn't get to this week:

The social media accounts of the MAGABomber are just as unhinged as you would expect, or possibly worse.

Moody’s Investors Service is warning that the quality and safety of leveraged loans (the kind of loans that corporations use to make large acquisitions) are at their lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis. Businesses are sitting on $1.4 trillion in debt from such loans.

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP (formerly just TPP), is set to finally take effect after Australia becomes the sixth country to ratify it next week. The agreement will cut tariffs between the trade partners by the end of the year.

The wife of infamous white nationalist Richard Spencer has filed for divorce claiming he's been physically and emotionally abusive. I'm very shocked that a Nazi would beat his wife.

The Air Force apparently got caught spending nearly $1,300 on coffee cups. That's for each individual cup totaling over $328,000 for all of them. I honestly had no idea there are coffee cups that cost that much.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says most of the federal government was blindsided by Trump's "zero tolerance" border policy because the Department of Justice provided no advance warning before the policy was made official.

Former GOP congressional candidate Jeremy Ryan, who ran in the Republican primary to replace Speaker Paul Ryan (no relation), was arrested for trying to obtain radioactive material so he could use it to kill someone. So there's that.

Rep. Steve King met with some neo-Nazis during a trip that was funded by a Holocaust memorial.

The Guardian reports that Brett Kavanaugh was involved in a club that also counted current solicitor general Noel Francisco as a member. Francisco is currently arguing cases at the Supreme Court on behalf of the Trump regime.

Now, just a quick update on my mother's condition: we spent several hours in the emergency room with her on Wednesday. She's being discharged from the hospital today, but she's far from out of the woods. It's still possible I'll have to step away at some point. We're playing it by ear.

Have a good weekend.

  • katanahamon

    Best wishes for you and family. We have to take better care of ourselves as the healthcare situation in this country really doesn’t have our best interests in the forefront. One small tip, nearly all people are not getting the proper amount of minerals in their diet, magnesium being one of the largest. It helps relax muscles and blood vessels, helps regulate blood pressure and digestion. That and potassium..grab a magnesium supplement, and some orange juice for potassium, you’d be surprised how much it helps. My sister tried five different BP meds and found better results just with magnesium and orange juice bringing her mineral levels back in balance. Also, N acetylcysteine is good to help the liver function.

  • katanahamon

    “On the day of a horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that claimed the lives of at least 11 people, some people wondered if President Donald Trump would go ahead with planned events for the day, including speaking at the Future Farmers of America Convention in Indianapolis and a rally in Illinois.

    Trump decided to go ahead with both events, but he did joke at the FFA Convention that he almost canceled for another reason ― a bad hair day.” Huffpost

    Vile. Just..a vile man. Please vote D.

  • Nefercat

    “The Air Force apparently got caught spending nearly $1,300 on coffee cups. That’s for each individual cup totaling over $328,000 for all of them. I honestly had no idea there are coffee cups that cost that much.”
    This immediately reminded me of this line from the original Independence Day:

    President Thomas Whitmore: I don’t understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?

    Julius Levinson: You don’t actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?

    • Tony Lavely

      Thanks for this; I’d forgotten that exchange.

  • muselet

    Hospital stays suck, and not just for patients. Best wishes to both your mother and you, Ashby (don’t forget to take care of yourself, too: you’re under more stress than you think).


  • Christopher Foxx

    That’s lying.

    That should be THE talking point the Democrats keep top of the list.

    But that would mean they call Republicans on their shit relentlessly, and the Dems just aren’t up to making that kind of effort.

  • Username1016

    Best wishes to your mom.

    • Victor the Crab

      What Username 1016 said!