Category Archives: Humor

Graphic Representations: Variations on a theme


If there’s anything The Donald loves, it’s a good [or not-so-good] conspiracy theory.

Trump has also been the target of an occasional conspiracy theory as well, one that has a certain air of verisimilitude [see below]..

Now during our years in journalism, we encountered lots of such things, and some of them actually did pan out.

Anyone who didn’t believe conspiracies exist has been lobotomized. Otherwise, why would our criminal laws charge people with conspiracy?

That said, The Donald is singularly unselective in picking the conspiracies he believes in, and seems to worship altars of Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and the local blowhards down at the corner bar.

That said, one Clinton has entertained a conspiracy theory or two of his own, as Newsday reports:

Bill Clinton told friend Webster Hubbell before appointing him associate attorney general: “I want you to find the answers to two questions for me. One, who killed JFK? And two, are there UFOs?” Clinton was “dead serious,” Hubbell wrote in a 1997 memoir.

And then there’s this, from the Washington Times:

It was an unusual question, but the candidate answered it. During a campaign stop late last week in New Hampshire, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton was asked her opinion about UFOs and whether the U.S. government would ever acknowledge the existence of such unearthly craft.

In a casual conversation with the Conway Daily Sun, a local paper, Mrs. Clinton vowed, “Yes, I’m going to get to the bottom of it.” She later added, “I think we may already have been visited. We don’t know for sure.” Mrs. Clinton also suggested that a future task force could be assembled to investigate Area 51, a top secret military installation in Nevada long rumored to have had dealings with UFOS.

But the best one appears to be real:

Former president Bill Clinton had a private telephone conversation in late spring with Donald Trump at the same time that the billionaire investor and reality-television star was nearing a decision to run for the White House, according to associates of both men.

Four Trump allies and one Clinton associate familiar with the exchange said that Clinton encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party and offered his own views of the political landscape.

Okay. Enough with the prologue, now on to today’s Graphic Representations, the topic being The Donald’s embrace of the conspiracy milieu.

First, from the editorial cartoonist of the Miami Herald:

Jim Morin: The Morning Papers

BLOG Trump Morin
Next, the take from the Charlotte Observer:

Kevin Siers: Trump Talk

BLOG Trump Siers
The Sacramento Bee weighs in with the inevitable:

Jack Ohman: Tinfoil hat. . .

BLOG Trump Ohman
The Minneapolis Star Tribune takes a dig:

Steve Sack: Trump’s slogan

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And the Atlanta Journal-Constitution sees the grandest conspiracy of all:

Mike Luckovich: Also known as. . .

BLOG Trump Lucko

John Oliver tackles presidential primaries


And, of course, finds the whole process confusing, corrupt, and absurd.

From Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Primaries and Caucuses

Program note:

Primaries and caucuses are a surprisingly undemocratic part of the democratic process. John Oliver discusses our convoluted system for choosing presidential nominees.

The curious case of the American religious Right


From Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the curious case of the moralizing theocratic wing of the GOP embracing a serially polygamous transgender bathroom-approving Cheeto-haired hypocrite as their new standard bearer:

The Religious Right

Program note:

The untold story of how Christian conservatives went from politically inactive to never shutting the hell up.

Obituary of the day: Considering the options. . .


Yep, a real obituary for a Richmond nurse, and it’s the best first line ever — and in our half century of journalism we’ve written quite a few obits.

From Bliley’s mortuary in Richmond:

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And now for something completely different. . .


It’s been too long since we’ve offered a video from the ABC [the A stands for Australia] News comedic duo [previously], with their idiosyncratic take on the news.

From ClarkeAndDawe:

Clarke and Dawe: Australians who require Panamanian legal advice

Program note:

“Mr Lewis Poles, Tax Advisor”

Poll facts of the day: Root canals beat The Donald


From the Public Policy Polling report, we covered previously, voters were given their choices between The Donald and several alternatives:

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And now for something completely different. . .


How about a 1970 mockumentary from Canada, one that offers an alternative explanation for a phenomenon that will be familiar to viewers of the 1994 film Forrest Gump.

Form the National Film Board of Canada:

Doodle Film

Program notes:

This short mockumentary explores the life of chronic doodler David Watts. Taking himself very seriously, the film’s narrator traces the history of Watts’ problem back to a second grade notebook cover and follows it through to its natural end – a man who covers every available surface with doodling… including his wife.

Directed by Donald Winkler – 1970