Category Archives: Idiocy

Headline of the day: Having his senior moment

The front page of today’s New York Daily News:

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Rabid Rudy suffers Trump-induced amnesia

How else to explain that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani seems to have forgotten the city’s most traumatic event.

You know. . .

A little thing we call 9/11. . .

A thing that happened while he was mayor. . .

From the Associated Press:

Rudolph Giuliani, promoting Donald Trump’s national security plan, said Monday that in the “eight years before (President Barack) Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States.” That’s an apparent omission of the largest terror attack in United States history.

Giuliani was mayor of New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 and in the hours after the World Trade Center fell, while then-President George W. Bush was largely unseen, he became the face of American grief and determination. His brave and graceful performance in the weeks after the towers’ collapse earned him the nickname “America’s mayor” and he was soon launched into national political stardom, his name synonymous with the response to the attacks. That made his comments Monday all the more puzzling.

“Under those eight years, before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when Clinton and Obama got into office,” Giuliani said ahead of Trump’s speech on national security.

The eyebrow-raising comments, which were immediately lampooned on social media, were a far cry from Giuliani’s usual speeches, which are often peppered with references to the resolve New Yorkers displayed after the attacks. In fact, his discussions of the attacks were so common that Vice President Joe Biden once said of him there were “only three things he mentions in a sentence: A noun, a verb and 9/11.”

UPDATE: One of the tweets inspired by Rudy’s outburst:


Headline of the day: When spooks go very wrong

From the Intercept:

The Raid

  • In Bungled Spying Operation, NSA Targeted Pro-Democracy Campaigner
  • Tony Fullman is a middle-aged former tax man and a pro-democracy activist. But four years ago, a botched operation launched by New Zealand spies meant he suddenly found himself deemed a potential terrorist — his passport was revoked, his home was raided, and he was placed on a top-secret National Security Agency surveillance list.

Headline of the day: Call it a case of flailing upwards

From the Independent:

Donald Trump’s spokeswoman claims Barack Obama ‘invaded Afghanistan’

  • Spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said on Saturday that Afghanistan was “Obama’s war”. In truth, the US and UK led the invasion of the country in October 2001 at the direction of President George W Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
  • Ms Pierson, who is Mr Trump’s national spokeswoman, was talking on CNN about Mr Trump’s shifting views on whether or not Mr Obama was the “founder” of Isis – a claim he made earlier this week.

While Obama certainly aided the rise of ISIS by his Hillary Clinton-enable military adventures in Syria and Libya, the caliphate has longer roots, dating back to Dubya’s days.

Headline of the day: Gee, you really think so?

From the Intercept:

Donald Trump Makes It Very Hard to Figure Out What He Really Thinks

Headline of the day: Another Trump supporter

From the McClatchy Washington Bureau:

Arizona mayor refuses invitation written in ‘Mexican’

The mayor of an Arizona border town won’t attend a meeting of mayors from each side of the border because the invitation was written in both English and Spanish, which he referred to as “Mexican.”

Graphic Representation: Is he on Hillary’s payroll?

How else to explain Trump’s rapid self-decomposition.

At the very least, he’s keeping the media’s attention well away from Clinton’s inherently dangerous military/industrial agenda and making her look like a reasonable person by comparison.

Maybe he’s not releasing his taxes because he’s broke, and the only way back is to take some cash under the table to tank his own campaign.

Or maybe rich Republicans are chipping in so he’ll make way for their own choice?

[No, we really don’t think that, but the only other explanation is that he’s flamin’ bonkers.]

We begin our offerings with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s editorial cartoonist:

Mike Luckovich: Protecting

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Next, we turn to the Arizona Republic:

Steve Benson: Clinton’s distinction, Republicans’ extinction

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The Charlotte Observer weighs in with this:

Kevin Siers: Trump Talk

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While the Kansas City Star makes an observation:

Lee Judge: Watch or for the sewer trout

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And from the Washington Post, a living autopsy:

Ann Telnaes: Speaking of what’s going on in a candidate’s head

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UPDATE: One more cartoon, this time for Britain, with the Independent weighing in:

Dave Brown: Lair,  liar, hair’s on fire

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Finally, and while it’s not a cartoon, we decided to include today’s New York Daily News front page, with its call for The Donald to call it quits:

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