Kicking Off The Weekend With … ‘Toons!

Wolf-FridayHey friends!  It’s Friday and time for the weekend.  I don’t know about all of you, but I have found this to be an exhausting week.  It seems we barely recover from one Trumpian abomination before we are hit with the next one.  When does it end, we ask?  It ends when we throw the buffoon out of the White House, but meanwhile we have to find a way to alleviate the pain, and today I propose we do it with a bit of humour.  Needless to say, the political cartoonists have been working overtime this week …


Mass shootings have taken much of the spotlight in recent weeks, after the ones in El Paso and Dayton two weeks ago.  The NRA and republicans (kind of hard to tell them apart these days) took up their usual mantle, claiming that guns aren’t the problem … almost anything else is, such as mental health and their new “devil”, video games …

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When Ken Cuccinelli announced a re-write of the Emma Lazarus poem on the base of the Statue of Liberty, and claimed that the welcome of the tired, poor huddled masses meant only Europeans with plenty of money, the cartoonists fingers were itching.  My fingers were itching, too, but mine were itching to wrap themselves around Mr. Cuccinelli’s neck, for I have no talent with a pencil!

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Trump continues his infernal trade war, though he did walk it back a step last week when retailers panicked at the thought of Chinese tariffs on certain goods right before they start buying up junk for the holidays. Meanwhile, though, the tariffs are hurting the U.S. as much as any, especially the farmers.

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Mitch McConnell is always good for a joke or two.  Funny thing, that he relaxed certain sanctions against Russia, and then Russia invested money into a factory in ol’ Mitchie’s home state of Kentucky.  Add to that his refusal to even allow the Senate to consider legislation to put in place election security measures, and you can see how he came by the nickname of “Moscow Mitch”.  I hear he isn’t too fond of the moniker … but, if the shoe fits …

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This week, the Idiot-in-Chief announced new rules that would weaken the Endangered Species Act (as well as the Clean Water Act), in the interest of the logging and fossil fuel industries.  

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And lastly, just because I find this one fitting …

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Have a great weekend, my friends!

37 thoughts on “Kicking Off The Weekend With … ‘Toons!

    • I know … every time I think we’ve hit rock bottom, the floor shifts and goes even lower. At least the political cartoonists put it into some form of humour … sometimes I laugh, other times I cry.

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      • Lovely montage Jill.
        Well worth fighting for…which is why the War for the USA’s soul in 2020 is to be fought.
        Oh there’s heat…but by Jove, it’s a good heat!
        I’ve also got ‘Brown Nose’ Johnson in my sights, and the Labour Party needs a purge of the Corbyn Fluff and Betrayal clique.
        I’m alive.
        And writing…..✌️

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          • Nope. I’m cool, got my vibe going.
            ‘I am actually good..’

            “I’ll die way before Methuselah
            So I’ll fight sleep with ammonia
            And every morning, with eyes all red
            I’ll miss them for all the tears they shed
            But I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted
            I miss prosthesis and mended souls
            Trample over beauty while singing their thoughts
            I match them with my euphoria
            When they said, “je suis plus folle que toi”
            But I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted
            Nous et la man on est de sortie
            Pire qu’une simple moitié
            On compte à demi-demi
            Pile sur un des bas côtés
            Comme des origamis
            Le bras tendu paraît cassé
            Tout n’est qu’épis et éclis
            Ces enfants bizarres
            Crachés dehors comme par hasard
            Cachant l’effort dans le griffoir
            Et une creepy song en étendard
            Qui fait:
            I’m doing my face
            With magic marker
            I’m in my right place
            Don’t be a downer
            I’m doing my face
            With magic marker
            I’m in my right place
            Don’t be a downer
            But I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted
            I’m actually good
            Can’t help it if we’re tilted…..”
            BUT not with the dancing…..OK…..nnnnnnoooooo dancing…..and I don’t fight sleep either 😴 😌

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    • Um … yeah … right … of course … I hope, anyway. I’m pretty sure not in my lifetime, but hopefully sometime. Meanwhile, we have to be able to find humour somewhere in it all, and the political cartoonists are doing a great job with that!

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    • I haven’t had much of a funnybone lately, in truth. Even the cartoons just didn’t seem funny, but today I had limited time and figured it was time for some ‘toons. I also haven’t had a song in my heart of late, so I’ve not posted music for a day or two. Might try to do one before I go to bed tonight … don’t hold your breath, though. LuL.

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          • LoL. I played these, and a few more too, for my girlfriend first, before I suggested them to Jill. She was only a baby when these came out, and had never heard of them. She suggested only the ones I gave Jill. But it goes to show great minds think alike…

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              • How much Canadian music did you get over there? Just for curiosity’s sake. The Guess Who, The Collectors (later Chilliwack), Steppenwolf (mixed CanAm), Neil Young, Sugarloaf, Five Man Electrical Band, ‘Blood, Sweat, and Tears’, and bunches of others too many to mention.

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                • I had ‘Wheatfield Soul’ & ‘American Woman’ by The Guess Who; The six Steppenwolf Albums up to ‘For Ladies Only’; Neil Young’s ‘Everyone Knows This is Nowhere’ & ‘After The Goldrush’, the single ‘I can’t quit her’ by Blood Sweat & Tears (ran out of cash for anything else at the time), never got around to checking The Collectors, Five Man Electric Band & Sugarloaf…. but did pick up on April Wine in the mid 70s.
                  No doubt about it…Canada rocks!

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          • After a couple more hours, I started to remember some other Canadian stars, in particular Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, and Leonard Cohen. Plus one Jazz great I met and loved, Oscar Peterson. 0

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              • Seems to me you did a Lightfoot tune earlier this year, but he had a lot of great ones. My favourites are Black Day in July and Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, but there are lots to choose from.
                Joni Mitchell: Song to Aging Children Come, from the movie Alice’s Restaurant.
                Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah, but Susanne from the 60s.
                This woman is not from Canada, but I don’t know if you have ever played her: Melanie, Candles in the Rain, and lots of others.

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                • Damn, you’re good! I checked (for you know I cannot remember what I played yesterday, let alone earlier this year), and I did indeed play “Sundown” on 20 February! Darn, ’cause that was the one I most wanted to play this week … ah well … I’ll find another … Oh, “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” … that’s a good one, but sad. “Rainy Day People”, “If You Could Read My Mind” …

                  I’ll have to check out the one by Joni Mitchell, for I don’t remember it, as well as Leonard Cohen. I don’t think I’ve played Melanie, but David had mentioned her once, so I probably have a note about it in my music file …

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                  • If you don’t know Cohen, you are about to fall in love. He died about a year ago, but his music will live on for a long time. Probably his most known song as far as radio goes is the cover by Abba of First They Take Manhatten, Then They Take Berlin, but that is not representative of his music. Think Tom Waits, but without the growl. A great poet and showman.
                    The Joni Mitchell song I mentioned is not well known, it never hit the radio where I was. Her voice is generally too high for me to understand, though she had some big hits. Songs to Aging Children Come was a sad song, full of meaning, and I could understand most of the words. They brought me to tears in the movie.

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                    • I remember “Songs to Aging Children Come” and some of her others. I haven’t checked out Cohen yet, for I fell fast asleep in my chair before I even finished with comments last night. This evening, for sure … I’m eager, since you say I’m gonna fall in love when I hear him! I’ll let you know!

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        • I don’t recall ever hearing of those bands, though perhaps I have and just forgot. I’ll have to check them out.

          I could have sworn I used that egg poster, but when I looked in my WP media library, I didn’t see it, so I guess I didn’t. Next time I do a post that includes anything on racism, I will definitely use it … it’s too good not to!

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  1. I know political cartoonists always have a plethora of fodder to choose from, no matter who is in the White House. But it must be exhausting now trying to keep up and to actually pick something to write about. Will this rollercoaster never end?

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    • I’m sure they are doing double-duty these days. Oh how I wish I had artistic talent … I would love to take aim at Trumpie for all the world to see! I wonder if he ever looks at them? It will not end until he is out of office, for sure, and maybe not even then, for the elements that put him there will still exist. Sigh.

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