Freedom From Want

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Bruce Plante)

In other news, Trump is now officially backing child predator Roy Moore in the Alabama senate race. Trump says we "don't need a liberal Democrat," but he'll settle for a pedophile.

Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's wife has reportedly been involved in making travel plans at the department, aggravating department employees and possibly misusing government resources.

Finally, State Department officials have accused secretary Tex Tillerson of violating US law against child soldiers by intentionally excluding certain countries from a list of those who use them. Apparently it's all about money.

A confidential State Department “dissent” memo not previously reported said Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided in June to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a U.S. list of offenders in the use of child soldiers. This was despite the department publicly acknowledging that children were being conscripted in those countries.

Keeping the countries off the annual list makes it easier to provide them with U.S. military assistance. Iraq and Afghanistan are close allies in the fight against Islamist militants, while Myanmar is an emerging ally to offset China’s influence in Southeast Asia.

Programming note... unless something earth-shattering occurs between now and then, we'll be back in action here next Monday. Congress is on recess and Trump is headed to the Mar-a-Lago so, hopefully, we might all enjoy a few days of relative peace and quiet before the next shitfest.

It may not be for everyone, but I'll go ahead and recommend The Punisher on Netflix if you need something to watch overt the weekend. It's very intense.

Happy Thanksgiving.

  • muselet

    Happy Thanksgiving, all.

    Ashby, I’m thankful you’re willing to keep an eye out for appalling news stories, and keep up the site’s reputation for snark and outrage. You do yeoman’s work, and you don’t get nearly the thanks you deserve for it. So thank you.


  • Aynwrong
    • muselet

      Right back at you.

      (“Oh, boy, here come the meat sweats.”)


      • Aynwrong

  • Victor the Crab

    AAAAND, one more thing! Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, announced today that they plan on overturning Net Neutrality and hand over the internet to service providers like Comcast and Verizon. Because fuck the idea of the internet as a public utility for the people, when profits for corporations come first, second, third, etc.

    The FCC will vote on this December 14 and it is expected to pass along party lines 3-2.

    Enjoy your peaceful time off, Ash. I’m sure you won’t have many left after this.