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December Postcard 8


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The Boyfriend


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December Postcard 7


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Girl on a Train


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December Postcard 6


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Travel in Style


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Three Little Maids in Nature

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Statue of Stone, Man of Iron


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Running Bar


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“Francis” is adorable

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You won’t see many comics recommendations here at CA HQ, but Francis has won my heart:

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Yes, God is laughing at you, Pope Rat, and you’re lucky that’s all God is doing to you.

God bless GoComics for running Francis online. In a world full of bitter, creepy, inconsistent, stupid, and just plain bad webcomics, this is a good ‘un.

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Overdressed Girl in Nature

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Oscar Wilde Muses on a Construction Site


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Jesus Lacking a Human Audience


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Goddess and Pup


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Yes, it happened. On to November.

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And on November 8, 2016, don’t forget to vote for the Democrats. They appear to be our only hope at the moment, God help us.

Have we hit bottom with Trump? Or is there worse to come? I wonder.

Oh well, hurry November.

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Girl in Arches


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GQ Chew Toy


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Family and Dog


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Carp and Babe


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Donald Trump; Tiny Dancer

“But that’s not all the 54-year-old Sheehan – Orlando’s first out gay elected commissioner – had to deal with at Orlando’s cemetery. She has had to put up construction fencing all around the plot of land, and organise a human chain from within the LGBT community to encircle the grave at each funeral. That way, they’ll be able to keep at bay the vile homophobic group the Westboro Baptist Church, which is certain to turn up and picket bearing placards proclaiming ‘God Hates Fags’.”
Orlando’s first out gay elected official: ‘We’ve been dealing with hatred forever’, by Ed Pilkington, The Guardian, June 17, 2017

“Since taking over the majority in 2011, House Republicans have intensified their efforts to give away natural resources owned by the American people to a few special interests. From threatened and endangered wildlife to mineral resources to fisheries, Republicans have attempted to shift control and decision-making authority from federal agency stewards to states and localities – even those with a track record of short-sighted or irresponsible management.”
The Republican crusade against public land must end, by Raul M. Grijalva, The Guardian, June 17, 2016

“I spent five hours at the Donald Trump rally in Sacramento, California, on 1 June. I spoke to and overheard dozens of the rally’s attendees, not as a journalist but as one ticketholder to another – I was dressed in jeans, workboots and wore a Nascar hat – and found every last one of the attendees to be genial, polite and, with a few notable exceptions, their opinions to be within the realm of reasonable. The rally was as peaceful and patriotic as a Fourth of July picnic.

“And yet I came away with a host of new questions and concerns. Among them: why is it that the song Trump’s campaign uses to mark his arrival and departure is Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer?’ Is it more troubling, or less troubling, knowing that no one in the audience really cares what he says? And could it be that because Trump’s supporters are not all drawn from the lunatic fringe, but in fact represent a broad cross-section of regular people, and far more women than would seem possible or rational, that he could actually win?”
‘Could he actually win?’ Dave Eggers at a Donald Trump rally, by Dave Eggers, The Guardian, June 17, 2016

Dave, we’ll have the deprogrammers there in a couple of hours. Just hold on, Dave, hold on. Did anyone give you an open drink, or a drink in a glass? We’ll need to know what kind of tox screen to run when the team gets there.

“But, as Trump has taken hits for his attacks on a federal judge over his Mexican heritage and a controversial response to last weekend’s Orlando terror attacks, his poll numbers have taken a nosedive. At 38.3%, Trump’s average support in a one-on-one matchup against Clinton is the lowest it’s been since August 15 – just two months after he launched his campaign last year.”
Polls: Donald Trump collapses, by Canmua, June 17, 2016

Don’t relax. It’s only June. However, I do wonder what the 3-way race would be like: Hillary, Trump, and someone the RNC thinks could be disruptive enough to win. Trump was saying he’ll “go it alone” earlier this week, maybe that’s changed.

“Artist Spencer Tunick put out a call last month asking for women to protest Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention this summer. The caveat? They would be protesting completely nude, as part of a performance art installation masterminded by Tunick.”
More Than 1,500 Women Want to Protest Donald Trump By Posing Nude, by Jessie Van Amburg, Time, June 17, 2016

Be careful what you wish for, boys.

“The future of the party and the country much more closely resembles Bernie Sanders’ vision than the pundits are willing to acknowledge. The generation of young voters that grew up with the cynicism of the Bush White House and the economic struggles of the Great Recession could easily have rejected politics. Bernie’s campaign empowered them, and millions of other Americans of all ages, to demand a more responsive political system and an economy that rewards hard work instead of a large bank account.”
Has Bernie Sanders changed American politics? Reviewing a ‘political revolution’, by Jeffrey W Rubin, Raúl M Grijalva, Keli Goff, Kim Phillips-Fein, Matt Laslo, Barrett Holmes Pitner, Barbara Lee, and Maria Cardona, The Guardian, Friday 17 June 2016

Hear, hear!

“We’re likely to hear a lot this election season about experience. Trump has no experience governing or serving in elected office. Hillary Clinton has a lot. But it’s less clear how experience factors into presidential success, both electoral and governing: Were our most successful and beloved presidents the ones who spent years honing their skills in national government?”
Our Worst Presidents Came In With A Lot Of Experience, by Julia Azari, 538, June 15, 2016

Trigger warning: Nixon. This is a dumb article, but it’s an election year, so it’s kind of interesting. Not having Ronald Reagan and GW Bush tied for worst POTUS on the list completely invalidates this study. Especially putting R Reagan above JFK, LBJ (civil rights, okay?), and Bill Clinton? Jesus, what drugs where you on when you made this list? I don’t think the Founding Fathers count in this poll, so they’re out. All the generals should also be out because to even get to be a general requires leadership skills which can be applied to being POTUS. Except US Grant; I think he used up all his POTUS mojo in the Civil War. Trump’s lack of POTUS qualifications goes way far beyond legislative experience. He’s a disaster; he’s always been a disaster, but one confined to his own little hellish circle. He’d be an international disaster as POTUS. Nice clickbait, Nate, thanks. And it you really don’t think this is clickbait (hey, it got me), could you please check your office vents for a gas leak that causing your group to publish such suspect stuff? History and I will thank you.

“The massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday was the worst mass shooting in American history and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11. Through another lens, however, it was not an outlier. The gunman’s choice of target, a gay club, makes him just one of many to commit hate crimes against gay Americans. Although the magnitude and violence of the attack was unusual, the targeting of LGBT Americans is sadly common.”
Hate Crimes Against LGBT People Are Sadly Common, by Ella Koeze, 538, June 14, 2016

Trigger warning: depressing charts.

“‘I misspoke,’ he said. ‘I did not mean to imply that the president was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the president himself.’ The statement failed to explain how a president could make a decision yet not be personally responsible for the same decision.

“Perhaps McCain isn’t really responsible for his own comments either. In which case, this column should be read solely as a commentary on McCain’s mouth, rather than on McCain’s brain.”
John McCain blamed Obama for the Orlando shooting. That’s some pretzel logic, by Richard Wolffe, The Guardian, June 17, 2016

You mean what’s left of McCain’s brain. McCain’s just still mad because he and wazzername lost in 2008, thanks be to a merciful God. Just ignore him.

Is it November yet?

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From wp.com testing jetpack and syndication

From wp.com testing jetpack and syndication. maybe it goes the other way.

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Boy in Arches


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Failed Casino Capitalist

“But even as his companies did poorly, Mr. Trump did well. He put up little of his own money, shifted personal debts to the casinos and collected millions of dollars in salary, bonuses and other payments. The burden of his failures fell on investors and others who had bet on his business acumen.”
How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions, by Russ Beuttner and Charles V. Baglijune, NY Times, June 11, 2016

Let’s not bet the country on Trump.

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America isn’t great? Since when?

“‘Donald Trump chose racism as his weapon, but his aim is exactly the same as the rest of the Republicans,’ Warren said. ‘Pound the courts into submission to the rich and powerful.'”
Elizabeth Warren labels Donald Trump ‘nasty, thin-skinned fraud’ in speech, by John R. Ellement, Boston Globe, June 9, 2016

I like E Warren, but I hope to God H Clinton doesn’t put her on the ticket. E Warren doesn’t have the people skills to be there. Leave her in Congress, put her on the Cabinet, but not on the ticket. What about Bernie? B Sanders would make a great veep.

“The former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said he will consider voting for the Libertarian party in the presidential election instead of Donald Trump, in a stark example of how far the GOP establishment is from accepting the billionaire leading its bid for the White House.”
Mitt Romney may vote Libertarian, as GOP criticism of Trump deepens, by Nicky Woolf, The Guardian, June 9, 2016

Tentatively good for you, Mitt, for considering possibly maybe not voting for Trump. If that’s the best you can do under these circumstances, then I commend you as well as I can under these circumstances. Yeah.

“A reporter for NBC indicates that inside sources in the Trump campaign express frustration that they just can’t get Trump to shut up! Every time he opens his mouth he seems to reveal what a bigot he is. At a time when white children 5 and under, are the minority in America, it seems that the Donald Trump would realize that offending the majority of voters in America isn’t a good idea.”
The Biggest Hurdle to Donald Trump Campaign is Donald Trump, by Malia Litman, June 10, 2016

What’s the problem? Them’s that’s decided to vote for Trump aren’t going to change their minds (even if they could) unless he starts spouting peace, love and justice (whaddya think the chances of that are, eh?) so who cares what Trump says? This has been a polarized election from the gitgo. Hillary voters are voting for Hillary, Trump voters are voting for Trump. We can only hope more Hillary voters will vote than Trump voters in the big electoral college states (yeah, don’t forget the electoral college; 2000 wasn’t that long ago). Bernie voters will do the right thing; I feel sure of it in my soul. And everyone else — nonvoters, indy voters, whatnot voters — will just to live with whichever of the Big Two parties wins, which is all the nonwinning side has ever done. No one likes to lose, but we manage to keep our civil society (mostly) when we do. If we can learn anything from this wacky election, let it be that we need more than two viable political choices in this country. Maybe we need more than one country. Is that sedition? I wonder. Maybe, but it might also be the best future.

“Donald J. Trump tried out several lines of attack against Hillary Clinton, at one point calling her ‘unfit to be president,’ as he delivered an otherwise noticeably restrained speech to an audience of evangelical activists here Friday.”
Donald Trump, Courting Evangelicals, Faults Hillary Clinton’s Policies and Character, by Ashley Parker, NY Times, June 10, 2016

“Unfit to be President,” says the man who’s never held elected office, a government position, or a law license (or even a job outside of his inherited wealth) of the considerably more qualified and experienced woman who, if there’s a God, will be our first Madam President (and it’s about damn time, too).

“In her day job, Ms. Warren cuts an imperious swath through the Capitol, striding down hallways, her jewel-toned jacket swaying behind her, refusing to speak to or even make eye contact with reporters. Small talk with elevator operators and other staff? Not her style. And the Democrat from Massachusetts is rarely front and center pushing major legislation.”
Elizabeth Warren Endorses Clinton and Goes Taunt-for-Taunt With Trump, by Jennifer Steinhauer, NY Times, June 9, 2016

Nope, not veep material, thank you very much. Next! Get someone who’s good with people and knows how to handle the press (because the press, like the poor, are always with us). I mean, can you see E Warren doing what J Biden does, even as oddly as he does it? I mean, really.

“One big reason Trump is trailing — by an average of 4 to 6 percentage points, depending on which aggregator you use — is because, despite all the bluster, he isn’t doing any better than Romney did among white voters. According to Cohn’s estimate, based on pre-election surveys, Romney beat President Obama by 17 percentage points among white voters. To win, Trump would need to improve on Romney’s margin by a minimum of 5 percentage points if the electorate looked exactly the same as it did in 2012 and every other racial group voted in the same manner as it did in 2012.”
Trump Isn’t Winning Enough White Voters, by Harry Enten, 538, June 10, 2016

Good.

“In January of 1937, the Gallup Poll, then in its second year of existence, posed this question: ‘Would you vote for a woman for president if she was qualified in every other respect?’ Sixty-four percent of Americans said no, 33 percent said yes, and 3 percent had no opinion on the matter.”
From 1937 To Hillary Clinton, How Americans Have Felt About A Woman President, by Clare Malone, 538, June 9, 2016

Thank God it’s the 21st Century!

“But Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk’s reversal in the wake of Trump’s remarks against Judge Gonzalo Curiel may signal that some of the support Trump has received is still fragile. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is calling on other Republicans to unendorse Trump. And dozens of other prominent elected Republicans are holding out on their party’s presumptive nominee.”
What Makes A GOP Leader Resist Trump?, by Daniel Nichanian, 538, June 8, 2016

Are there more Republicans like Mark Kirk? Anywhere? Anyone? Please?

“Engaging with Trump is like rubbernecking a car crash. But sadly, and this is the truth about the effects of any collapse of fundamental fantasies, the car crash is not in the future, but in the past. We are an empire already in a moment of decline, and many have noted that Trump is the first presidential candidate in history to run a campaign that speaks to this: Make America Great Again.”
Donald Trump: the modern-day Nero ready to burn down America?, by Jamieson Webster, The Guardian, June 10, 2016 (Classicists must be loving this election, especially when it’s not their country thrashing around. Oh, wait, he wrote ‘us’ I guess he’s American. Huh.)

Y’know, I strongly suspect D Trump’s reasons for thinking American isn’t as great as it could be are VERY different from my reasons for thinking America isn’t as great as it could be. But, in truth, America is always great and not great in different ways at different times. That’s what makes it, y’know, America. Our American Yin and American Yang ever striving to be greater. And isn’t striving to be great the thing that makes the greatest great? Or something. I suspect D Trump doesn’t understand that. I mean, when was America just great? We’re more of a journey to greatness, which makes us great in progress. Once we stop that journey, I don’t know what happens. Perhaps we decline and eventually vanish, like Rome. But who knows? America is many things, but mostly it’s like nothing else now or ever. So who the hell knows what’s going to happen? And speaking of Rome, if Nero were alive today, I’d suggest he sue for libel.

“Donald Trump is not really exceptional among current Republican presidential candidates. He is the one with the brightest plumage, of course, and the one who has had long experience at cultivating celebrity. If Trump seems strangely incapable of consistency except in the matter of walling out and deporting immigrants, somber Ted Cruz is lurking nearby to alarm us with his ideological purity. If Trump is his own invention, there is Rubio, the polished creature of hired advisors and their moment-to-moment calculations.

“The only satisfaction to be found in a Trump win lies in the fact that the others have lost, and lost badly. On the other hand, Trump’s bluster distracts attention from the others’ stated positions, so if one of his competitors manages finally to make the case, to the public or the party, that he is least objectionable, the claim might well be groundless.”
Trump: the great orange-haired Unintended Consequence, by Marilynn Robinson, The Guaridan, March 10, 2016 (Yes, and old story, but a good one.)

Gah. How long have we been at “least objectionable candidate” instead of “best person for the job” in American politics? Did I nod off and this happened?

“When Hillary Clinton laid claim to the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday night, she unleashed a torrent of “first woman” commentary. If challenger Bernie Sanders ever backs down, she will be crowned the first female presidential nominee of a major US political party. If she wins in November, she will be the first female president in this nation’s 240-year history.”
Women who ran before Hillary Clinton: ‘I cannot vote, but I can be voted for’, by Maria L. La Ganga, The Guardian, June 8, 2016

Yeah, we have indeed come a long way, baby. And no going back either. Isn’t it great!?!

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ZitsTrot convergence

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It’s always so odd when this happens.

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Boy and Bridges


Boy and Bridges
May 29, 2016
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Hacked or Trumped with? You decide

‘”Donald Trump is a shape shifting lizard!!’ an electronic road sign was informing motorists around Dallas as of Tuesday (5/31/2016).”
Hacked road sign dubs Donald Trump a “shape-shifting lizard”, by Lisa Vaas, Naked Security, June 2, 2016

Amusing, but explains very little. And in Dallas of all places, hm.

“You can dance around the question of whether Donald Trump’s ‘he’s a Mexican’ criticism of federal judge Gonzalo Curiel, born in Indiana, is technically ‘racist.’ There no such race as Mexican, after all, and the citizenry of Mexico ranges from blue-eyed blonds to those with dark skin and jet-black hair.

“But what’s clear about Trump’s argument, and what is deeply un-American about it, is its essentialism. Trump is saying that because of who you are, in an ethnic or hereditary sense, he will make judgments about what you think and what role in society you can play. The related assumption, as Garrett Epps explains to irrebuttable effect, is that people’s public roles cannot be separated from their ethnic or religious identities. A ‘Mexican’ judge will think and act as a Mexican, not as a judge.

“There is no more un-American concept.”
The Un-American Essentialism of Donald Trump, by James Fallows, The Atlantic, June 6, 2016

And this, among other reasons, is why D Trump must fade from public life as soon as possible. [photo trigger warning on that link – really]

“An even more daunting estimate, from UCLA researchers, finds that if Mr Trump wins the same percentage of the white vote that Mr Romney did (59%) he would have to carry 47% of the Hispanic vote – a number only George W Bush in 2004 approached.

“If the party were to thrive, Republican National Committee analysts wrote in their 2012 post-mortem, they would have to find a way to make their party more welcoming to minority voters – particularly Hispanics. Immigration reform should be a priority. Outreach efforts must be improved. Off-putting rhetoric should be adjusted.

“Instead the party nominated Donald Trump.”
Donald Trump’s Hispanic voter ‘doomsday’, by Anthony Zurcher, BBC, June 6, 2016

This should make Trump unelectable… but I still feel very nervous.

“So, does that mean Pouncey would take a stab at diagnosing Donald Trump? She declined the opportunity, saying instead that Trump behaves so extremely that he makes her uncomfortable as a person.”
Psychiatrists Can’t Tell Us What They Think About Trump, by Maggie Koerth-Baker, 538, June 6, 2016

“In your guts, you know he’s nuts.” Meh, I’m not sure Trump is insane; that would be too easy. Still, nevertheless, he shouldn’t be POTUS, because whatever he is, he shouldn’t be Commander in Chief (now that would be insane).

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