Daniel Ruth is appalled by the fabulists that are Trumpling into power. Follow the link and read his column.

Mike Smith provides the illustration:

Man looking at headline on laptop:

We are a society of stupid.


Plans for Trump's new Air Force One with Donald Trump modifications:  Trump standing in doorway saying,

The Seattle Times wonders how canceling the order for new planes creates jobs. Meanwhile, Noz points out that the reason for Trump’s dissatisfaction with plans for Boeing to design and build the new planes is obvious. Here’s the gist:

. . . what’s in it for him?



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U. S. Treasury with new sign saying

Via Job’s Anger.


The hunt for politeness continues.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reported that 31-year-old Shannon Heath Bell of Flomaton has been charged with illegal deer hunting that led to the death of another person.

The ADCNR said that at approximately 6 p.m. on Friday, Bell and Donna Loraine Martin, 35, of Flomaton were illegally deer hunting from a compact pickup truck on County Road 40 near Pollard Landing in Escambia County.

According to a preliminary hunting accident report, Bell was pulling a rifle out of the vehicle, stock first, when it discharged, hitting Martin in the stomach.

Equal parts guns and stupid with a dash of lawbreaking–that’s one recipe for a cocktail of death.


The Charlotte Observer observes:

Saying “thank you” is always right, but Trump’s moves since the election seem to be saying “fooled you.” His top appointments and others under consideration are a mix of billionaires, hard-right Republicans and generals. It’s not a group that appears concerned with the needs of working people.

The Observer and a majority of the voters saw through the con before the election, but they don’t get to attend the Electoral College.

More observations at the link.


Mel Brooks:

We’re going to die anyway. And because of that, let’s have a merry journey, and shout about how light is good and dark is not. What we should do is not future ourselves so much. We should now ourselves more. ‘Now thyself’ is more important than ‘Know thyself.’


Whatever happened to “impressionists” (I mean the comedians, not the painters; I know what happened to the painters–they left their impressions)?

Rich Little doing Donald Trump–what a long strange trip that would have been.



I remember reading Lena Horne’s autobiography when I was in high school. I don’t know why I happened to pick it up at the local public library (I would commonly check out about a dozen books when the bookmobile came round each week) except that I liked her singing, but, looking back, I realize that reading it was a touchstone in raising my consciousness about race and racism in the United States.


Shorter Badtux: Lies have consequences.

Discussion Question:

Who’s more dangerous, the liars or the persons stupid enough to believe them?


Dick Polman waxes Pence-sive.


Be polite to the grocery store clerk “associate.”

Reading police were called to a Weis parking lot Monday where a customer accidentally shot an employee, a store official said.

Company spokesman Dennis Curtin said an associate was grazed by a bullet after a gun carried by a customer accidentlally discharged at its store located in the 2000 block of North 13th Street about 10:50 a.m.

Had the clerk been packing, he could have grazed right back at him.

The stupid. It burns.


When fellowship is needed, join us . . . .

When: Thursday, December 8, 6 p.

Croc’s 19 Street Bistro
620 19th Street (Map)

More here.


Trumpling down.


For those who breathlessly wait for QOTD to arrive every day, I have created a QOTD category and moved all the QOTDs (there are almost 2500 and counting) into it, with the help of a nice little WordPress plugin called “Batch-Move Posts.”

The plugin works very nicely, though it could do with clearer instructions.


I would have preferred doing it with an SQL query, but I couldn’t find where in the tables WordPress hides the link between the categories and the posts, as it’s changed since I first started using WP.