Cartoon of the day


“Because when it actually works they just call it medicine”

Thanks, Barry Ritholtz

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BREAKING NEWS: Trump White House Denies Any Ties to United States

❝ In a fiercely defiant statement…the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, denied that any member of the White House staff has ever worked “in any way, shape, or form” for the benefit of the United States.

Angrily addressing the press corps, Spicer said that any allegations that members of the Trump Administration have ever acted in concert or collusion with the United States are “unequivocally false.”

❝ “At no time during the transition or afterward did any member of the Trump team have meetings, conversations, or any other contacts that furthered the interests of the United States of America,” Spicer said. “In the thousands of communications that took place, the United States never came up even once.”

❝ Drawing a stark contrast with the Administration of former President Barack Obama, Spicer said that many members of Obama’s staff were “clearly and flagrantly working for the United States government at all times.”

“President Trump has put an end to that,” he said.

I think this is satire; but, I’m not thoroughly convinced.

Nixon had a tape gap; Reagan, a memory gap; now, Trump faces an Incompetence Gap

❝ I just read that the Trump administration has filled only 22 of the 553 key positions that require Senate confirmation. This makes me worry that the administration will not have enough manpower to produce the same volume and standard of incompetence that we’ve come to expect so far.

❝ Granted, in its first few months the administration has produced an impressive amount of ineptitude with very few people.

On his worst days Sean Spicer can produce more errors than 10 normal men on their best days. Kellyanne Conway can flail her way through television confrontations 24/7 and still have the stamina to lose to the Teletubbies on Saturday morning…

❝ But can this last? By midsummer, during the high vacation and indictment season, we could see empty hallways in the West Wing and a disorienting incompetence shortage emanating from Washington…

❝ Now I’m not underestimating the president’s own capacity for carrying on in an incompetent manner almost indefinitely. I don’t think we’ve reached peak Trump.

Nor do I think we’ve approached anything like an imminent proto-fascist takeover of our nation. After all, the Bikers for Trump never produced as many murders as a Rolling Stones concert. Trump’s dedicated fans in the Nazi and white-supremacist crowd still couldn’t fill the average minor league baseball stadium for a rally. The illiterate and uneducated continue to miss out on Il Duce’s Twitter storms – left to rely on Alex Jones and cable television for guidance.

We’ll just have to wait and watch. Consider our options. While Trump’s life-size imitation of a margarine-stuffed piñata flails back at reality. Perhaps imploding in the end.

RTFA for the rest of David Brook’s subtle satire.

Clowns writing Trump’s scripts are as ignorant as he is


Nigerian Muslim poet Albasheer Adam Alhassan – at present a bank manager 🙂

The world has learned to take things US president Donald Trump says with a pinch of salt and in celebration of a day more synonymous with pints of beers and shamrocks, president Trump delivered another one of his odd gaffes.

In a St. Patrick’s Day reception with Enda Kenny, the Irish prime minister, Trump quoted words from what he appeared to believe was an Irish proverb.

“As we stand together with our Irish friends, I’m reminded of that proverb–and this is a good one, this is one I like. I’ve heard it for many, many years and I love it,” Trump said. “Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue, but never forget to remember those that have stuck by you,” Trump said, uncharacteristically reading from a script.

But it turns out, the “Irish proverb” is in fact part of a poem titled “Remember to forget” written by Albashir Adam Alhassan, a Nigerian poet. The gaffe may have been missed by prime minister Kenny, but it wasn’t missed by Twitter users.

RTFA for some of the chortles over Trump’s latest dull normal incompetence. Frankly, that the poet in question turns out to be Muslim is stone awesome. Being quoted by an anti-Muslim bigot is even better.