Category Archives: Politics

Graphic Representation: A Trumplandia™ Frightzine


We begin with a general assessment from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Mike Luckovich: The Scream

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From the Miami Herald, the other big winners:

Jim Morin: Smoke gets in your eyes

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From the Arizona Republic, a day that will live in infamy:

Steve Benson: America’s next Pearl Harbor

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The Salt Lake Tribune looks at the impact of handing the nation’s environment to Big Oil’s pet:

Pat Bagley: Environmental Predation Agency

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The same appointment, see from the candidate’s home state, via the Tulsa World:

Bruce Plante: Oklahoman tapped to run EPA

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Other appointees, as seen by the Sacramento Bee:

Jack Ohman: Donald Trump and the General election…

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And while it’s not a cartoon this tweet from the Apppointer-in-chief with one of those generals, his Defense Secretary pick, might as well be:

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From the Los Angeles Times, another general:

David Horsey: National Insecurity Adviser

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The Washington Post makes excuses:

Tom Toles: Trump has quietly replaced swamp-drain with brain-drain

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From the Lexington Herald-Leader, a graphic comment on Littlefingers’ refusal to attend those vital daily intelligence briefings:

Joel Pett: Intelligence briefs. . .very brief

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The Buffalo News ponders a governing style and its impact on the public:

Adam Zyglis: Post-truth world

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Finally, from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Trump’s other China policy:

Clay Bennett: Signature Collection

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Trump to continue as producer of ‘Apprentice’


Not only will President Pussygrabber be presiding over the nation.

He’s also continue as the top producer of the television shows that brought into the living rooms of millions of Americans every week.

Oh, but he’ll not longer be hosting.

That job goes to another guy who left show biz for politics.

From the McClatchy Washington Bureau:

In keeping with his unorthodox style, Donald Trump will be the first U.S. president in a lot of ways.

He’ll be the first commander-in-chief to be a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. He’ll be the first president with his own line of vodka. And, according to media reports on Thursday, he’ll be the first president to executive produce a reality TV show while in office.

Variety broke the news that Trump, who rose to fame thanks in part to his stints on the reality TV shows “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice,” will continue to serve as executive producer of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” when it comes back on NBC this January after a two-year hiatus.

The new iteration of the show, which will be hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, is just the latest in a series of business ventures Trump is involved in that has raised questions about potential conflicts of interest when he takes office.

As executive producer, Trump will almost certainly not be involved in the day-to-day operations of the show, but his name will appear second in the credits, per Variety, after Mark Burnett, who helped create “The Apprentice.” And as executive producer, he will receive an undisclosed fee, which Variety reports is likely to be at least $10,000 per episode, with the show scheduled for an initial eight episodes after the new year.

Words fail us.

Headline of the day: The shape of things to come?


From the Independent:

Donald Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon wanted to limit vote to property owners

Senior aide allegedly said it would be ‘not such a bad thing’ if millions of African-Americans lost right to vote

Greeks hold strike, marches against austerity


With the reign of austerity continuing in Greece, an ultimatum accompanying the modest debt relief granted the nation by the financial oligarchs of the Troika earlier this week, Greeks held a general strike today and turned out on the streets.

From Kathimerini:

A nationwide strike in Greece against spending cuts disrupted public transport, state-run schools, ferries and national rail services Thursday, and left public hospitals running with emergency staff.

More than 7,000 demonstrators marched in three separate demonstrations in the capital to protest against cost cuts the government is taking to satisfy its bailout creditors.

“We can either accept our continuing descent into poverty or fight against it,” theater actor Dionysis Xenakis said.

He was joined at the rally by musicians playing drums, as a nearby group of demonstrators chanted “People, fight back. They’re drinking your blood.”

Protests were held in cities around Greece, with more than 5,000 at marches in the country’s second largest city, Thessaloniki.

Headline of the day II: Fox heads to the henhouse


The latest deplorable appouintment from President Pussygrabber, via the New York Times:

Trump Selects Ally of Fossil Fuel Industry to Lead the E.P.A.

  • Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, has been a key architect of the legal battle against President Obama’s climate change policies.
  • His actions fit with President-elect Donald J. Trump’s comments during the campaign.

Iceland government formation talks drag on


Will the Pirate Party be able to form a government coalition in the nation with the world’s oldest parliament?

Tasked with forming a new government following last month’s election ousted the old neoliberal coalition, Pirate Party founder Birgitta Jónsdóttir [previously] has been trying to unite five parties with disparate goals to form a new ruling coalition, but so far without concrete results.

From the Iceland Monitor:

As informal talks between Iceland’s newly elected representatives drag on, with no formal solution in sight, the possibility of sending the people back to the polls is being mooted in some quarters.

“It wouldn’t be a catastrophe,” said the Finance Minister in Iceland’s current caretaker government Bjarni Benediktsson on Icelandic national television yesterday.

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Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, who has been formally mandated by the President of Iceland to form a government – the third party representative to attempt to do so – has told Icelandic news website mbl.is (link in Icelandic) that talks to end the deadlock are progressing “slowly but surely”.

Jónsdóttir is working towards a five-party coalition – unprecedented in Icelandic political history – bringing together all Icelandic parliamentary parties except the two currently in government.

This line-up was attempted last month by leader of the Left-Green Movement Katrín Jakobsdóttir – the second party leader to be given the presidential mandate, after Benediktsson himself – but formal talks ultimately broke down.

Jónsdóttir is, however, confident that things are now going better this time round and insists that progress is being made. Informal talks are expected to continue for the next few days, with a decision on whether it is worth launching formal coalition negotiations between the five parties to be taken towards the end of this week.

Duterte: Donald Trump makes me ‘feel like a saint’


The brutal Philippine president, who has drawn international condemnation for ordering police and vigilantes to kill drug dealers on site, racking up a body count in the thousands, says he’s just talked to The Donald, and the call left him dancing on air.

It’s easy to understand why they get along. After all, it was Duterte who called Barack Obama the “son of a whore.”

From the Associated Press:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he felt “like a saint” after his phone conversation last week with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who he said praised him for “doing great” in his deadly campaign against illegal drugs.

Duterte said in a speech Wednesday that Trump told him not to worry about Americans criticizing him, saying “you are doing good, go ahead.” He said Trump invited him for coffee if he visits the U.S. to hear how he deals with the media, his critics and the public.

Duterte quoted Trump as saying, “We should fix our bad relations.”

The friendly exchange was a departure from Duterte’s hostility toward President Barack Obama. He lashed out at Obama for raising concerns over the drug crackdown, which has left more than 4,000 suspects dead.