Modern Day

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort reportedly owed $17 million in debt to Russian interests before he joined the Trump campaign. You may recall that he worked for Trump "for free." Curious.

Meanwhile, the CEO of Target says Hispanic consumer spending and shopping has plummeted, at least at their stores, because they're afraid of Trump's racist deportation force, otherwise known as ICE.

Cornell didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name, but he talked about a shift in behavior this year and mentioned “border towns” -- where retailers for years have depended on shoppers from northern Mexico for higher revenue. Trump took office in January after promising to crack down on undocumented immigration, especially from Mexico. Purchases by Hispanics at U.S. retailers in categories tracked by researcher NPD Group have fallen 8 percent this year. [...]

Sneakers are taking a hit with purchases by Hispanics declining at a high-teen percentage this year, according to Matt Powell, also an analyst at NPD. He said that’s after growth last year in the mid-teens range. The brands seeing the biggest impact are VF Corp.’s Vans, Nike, Skechers and Nike’s Jordan brand, according to NPD.

Powell called the drop unprecedented.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “It’s really there and material.”

Finally, one of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's aides has been dismissed following yesterday's story that the GOP congressman was directed by Moscow to smear their opponents.

Linkin Park leader singer Chester Bennington reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself today at his home in Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County. He was 41.

I've been listening to Linkin Park since I was in high school, and they have a lot of great songs, but this has always been my favorite. And it seems appropriate.

If you ever have suicidal thoughts, you can reach the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. An online chat is also available if you can't or don't want to speak.

  • Badgerite

    Here’s the thing with the trump freak out over Mueller. Whatever Special Counsel Mueller can uncover, one can assume Putin already has. That means that trump is, indeed, Putin’s bitch. If trump is that afraid of what Mueller might find, imagine his fear of what he knows Putin already has on him. He is compromised. Totally and completely compromised. In terms of counter intelligence, money is a carrot and blackmail is a stick. And Putin has used both on trump. As well as on trump’s family. Putin owns him.
    Apologees to Grover Norquist but I think it is plain that a POTUS has to be more than an empty vessel that you keep in office to do one thing and one thing only and that is to sign legislation that destroys effective governance and explodes the public treasury. ( see tax cuts for the 1%)
    Character matters. trump has none.
    It would never even dawn on him to stand up to Putin. Is the GOP the same way now? Is that all they are about? Personal, material, self interest.

    • Remember when one of the biggest GOP talking points against Bill Clinton was that “character matters”. Apparently not if you’re a Republican. Nothing new there.

    • Victor the Crab

      No apologies to Grover Norquist. Just a bouquet of “fuck yous” to the ugly, scary Grover monster.

      • Badgerite

        Well, when you are advocating civility and country over party probably such “bouquets” should be put on hold.