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TOON: Behind the Red, White, & Blue Curtain

Dumb question: how much is left of the filibuster?

We don't hear about it too much anymore.

Has Mitch nuked it for everything, or are Democrats not doing it because they figure he will simply remove it for whatever they try to block?

Also, should Democrats do away with it if they regain the majority?

If Democrats win a veto-proof majority in 2018, what should they do with it?

They should do something bold or they won't have it for long.

Also, they would own whatever does or doesn't get done in terms of legislation, just as Republicans own every stupid ass thing they are doing now.

It would also be great optics to emasculate Trump.

How Doug Jones Destroyed Roy Moores Whole Shtick with One Well-Chosen Verb

This may not be the reason Jones won, but it shows more thought about turning Republicans supposed strengths into laughable liabilities.

Frankly, I'm surprised no one has done this effectively to Trump.

Enter Doug Jones. If there’s one person on Earth whose view of gender is less enlightened than Donald Trump’s, it’s Roy Moore. And like the president, Moore loves playing the tough guy. Hence the gun at the rally. Hence the ten-gallon hat. Hence the decision, however questionable, to ride a horse to his polling place on Election Day.

Jones could have gone the Rubio route and tried to prove he was the alpha of the race. Roy Moore pulls out a pistol? Doug Jones pulls out a shotgun! Roy Moore rides on horseback? Doug Jones rides bareback! And so on, and so on. But instead of fighting on the culture warrior’s turf, Jones turned to ridicule.

“Prancing around on a stage in cowboy suit.”

Look at the word choice in that sentence. Not “walking” or “marching,” but “prancing.” Not at a rally, but “on a stage.” Not dressed like a cowboy, but “in a cowboy suit.” These were precise, cutting words. They didn’t just make fun of his opponent.
They went straight at the central conceit of his public persona – his toughness. Words like “prancing” and “cowboy suit” suggest the opposite of masculinity. Where Roy Moore presented himself as an alpha male, Doug Jones exposed him as a kind of right-wing cabaret act.


Do you want Al Franken to resign?

Given our current political situation, just about any other remedy would be better.

Have him do public appearances in a straightjacket or the Hannibal Lecter restraints.

Let his accusers throw tomatoes at him.

Give him a chaperone.

The Senate is too close. And even the things he's accused of pale in comparison to what Trump or Moore has done, and there doesn't seem to be any rush on the GOP side to show those guys the door.

I'm wondering how many people think his misdeeds merit giving the GOP an even clearer path to finish up their tax bill and damage they want to do to the rest of us.

And everyone in the Senate who is calling for Al to resign should promise to permanently do away with the filibuster when Democrats regain the Senate because they shouldn't be allowed to hide behind that if they think they can afford to throw seats away.

TOON: Senate Republican prayer before...

Will Democrats repeal GOP tax bill as soon as they have Congress & White House?

and I mean a simple majority in both chambers, no more bullshit about hiding behind the skirts of a GOP filibuster?

Republicans have done great harm to our country and their party, but Democrats will blow their chance to fix things if they get back in and play by the old rules.

They should have figured this out in 2006 after the Bush years and even eight years of the GOP talking about Bill Clinton's dick.

Every time Democrats gain power and refuse to put the stake in the GOP vampire, the Republicans come backer meaner, stupider, and more dangerous to democracy.

Stop fucking around, Democrats!

There is no excuse for voting for GOP foreign, trade, economic, regulatory and other policies.

There is no excuse for rummaging through the Heritage Foundation archives to find your policy proposals.

We need a party for the working and middle class, for labor and educators, not just for hedge fund managers and trust fund babies, and certainly not one that gives the very wealthy veto power over the rest of us.

Do you think Mueller is talking to Trump's rape & harassment victims?

I hope so.

I would like to hear that Mueller is paying a visit to Jeffrey Epstein too.

It could put stink on his brand, so rich and even middle class people wouldn't be caught dead at his resorts, golf clubs, or whatever, especially if any of the allegations from underage women pan out.

A tale of two photos: Is Franken accuser's photo shopped?

As someone who messes around with Photoshop quite a bit, I agree with the author of this post.

These are just a few snippets, but her detailed analysis is pretty persuasive.

The most convincing to me was the odd shape & darkness of the shadow on Al's face, and when she pulled up the brightness on the photo, you could see the angular rather than smooth edge of the woman's hair and light where it should be in the shadow.

This doesn't mean her accusation isn't true, but it does go to credibility.

But then there’s this photo, offered by Franken’s second accuser, Lindsay Menz, who went to CNN with the story, as evidence that Franken groped her rear at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. According to CNN, Franken said he did not recall the photo-shoot, which is plausible considering that he would have had his photo taken with dozens if not hundreds of people at the event. Menz originally posted it on Facebook.


My opinion is that this was originally a picture of Franken alone against this same background, to which Menz was added in such a way to make them appear very close together. It would have been easy to do compared to the Tweeden one. Why? The background is simple (makes a huge difference), the dark figures contrast well against it (except in two places, about which more later, but also makes a huge difference), and the light is diffuse, so the shopper doesn’t have to worry about placing shadows precisely.

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