Meet Michael Ramirez – Cartoonist

Meet Michael Ramirez – Cartoonist

I am a political cartoon fan(atic). Political cartoons fascinate me because the really good cartoonists manage a truth in one cartoon that writers can take thousands of words to say. The good cartoonists are as honest as good reporters. Which means there are a lot of bad one. Many cartoonists, especially those on the left, parrot the talking points of the leftist writers. Lots of Nazi references and lots of smears.

One of the best, IMO, is Michael Ramirez. He was one of my first discoveries when I first began collecting cartoons on-line. He is so good. No, he’s great.

Michael Patrick Ramirez (born May 11, 1961) is an American cartoonist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. His cartoons present mostly conservative viewpoints. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.

Ramirez was born in Tokyo, Japan, to a Mexican American father and Japanese American mother. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree. He has worked for The Commercial Appeal of Memphis for seven years and then for the Los Angeles Times.

In 1994, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. He again won the Pulitzer for editorial cartooning in 2008. He is a three-time winner of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism in 1995, 1997 and 2007. In 1996, he was given the Mencken Award for Best Editorial Cartoon.

He is a regular contributor to USA Today and The Weekly Standard, and his work has a subscription/distribution of over five hundred and fifty newspapers and magazines through Creators Syndicate. He was also the co-editor of the Investor’s Business Daily editorial page In 2018, he joined the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

I was all ready one of his biggest fans when Michael Ramirez made me love his cartoons even more with his masterful skewering of the mediocrity that was Obama. And his slobbering fans in the media. No one did it better than Michael Ramirez.

If his cartoons skewering Obama weren’t enough of a gift the ones he did about Hillary were pure gold.

Ramirez is no fan of Trump either as many of his cartoons show. Although he seems to have relented a little since Trump has been slapping the media around. Most of us who lean right like that. The cartoon below was titled: Bird Brain.

Michael Ramirez usually has something to “say” about things in the news. He says what he has to say about both left and right. The right isn’t safe from his caustic wit or cartoons if they are in the wrong.

Remember this one when pin-headed Kathy Griffin thought showing her holding Trump’s severed head made for good comedy?

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Michael Ramirez initially planned to study medicine in college and considered journalism a hobby. He became seriously interested in that field when his first cartoon for the college newspaper, lampooning candidates for student office, had the student assembly demanding an apology.

Ramirez was a regular guest on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He has been on CNN, CNN International, Fox News Sunday, BBC Television, BBC Radio, NPR, the Michael Reagan Show. His cartoons have been featured on CNN, Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Rush Limbaugh Show. His work has been published in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, Time Magazine, Politico, National Review and US News and World Report.

He is the author of two books, Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion and Give Me Liberty or Give Me Obamacare.

Michael Ramirez lambastes Elizabeth Warren and her claims of being “Native American” often but I really liked this one:

I am amazed not only at the quality of the Ramirez cartoons but of the number. The man just keeps turning them out and with him, quantity is also quality.

I love is cartoons and make no secret of it. But of all of them, the one below is my favorite. He manages to destroy two things I dislike most, Obama and the Media, in one fantastic cartoon. Well done Michael Ramirez, very well done!

I don’t always agree with Michael Ramirez and his POV but I always respect that it is well thought out and that he has done his homework. His opinion on Coronavirus isn’t the same as mine but after reading his essay I understand how he came to his conclusion and agree with most/much of it.

I would rely on the advice of medical experts rather than the opinion of political pundits who think this “may not be as bad as they are making it out to be.” In retrospect, even if this turns out to be less than what is anticipated, I will be glad we took precautions to insure it was not worse. I think that is common sense.

Take politics out of the equation. Covid-19 doesn’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, whether you’re a Never Trumper or an Always Trumper, a liberal or a conservative, Chinese or American. If your immune system is not up to the task, it will kill you. ~ Michael Ramirez

I hope you enjoyed learning something about one of the great cartoonists of our day. I know I enjoyed researching him. Even if we don’t always agree – I still respect him, admire him, love his cartoons and mostly agree with him. What more could I ask for?

Have a great day and laugh often – it’s good for what ails ya – like still being under house arrest by our own government.

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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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I have so many things to be thankful for today and all the rest of my days. Life isn’t always perfect and I can, and do, complain with the best of the complainers – but – I also know I am fortuniate beyond my deserving to have been born and lived my life in this country. With it’s flaws, and what country doesn’t have some, it is still, in my opinion, the greatest place on earth to live. And I am thankful that I do.

I am thankful beyond telling for friends and family who love me beyond my deserving. I am always thankful for that and also amazed.

I am also thankful for 2 small things. Things that make me happy. One of them is cheesecake and the other is cartoons. Political cartoons. Conservative political cartoons. Although during the Holidays the line is often blurred between liberal and conservative cartoonists somewhat. Some of those on the left come up with some delightful Holiday cartoons.  I’m thankful for that because I really don’t like thinking they are evil all the way through.

Below are few that I enjoyed this morning.

Rick McKee, with whom I often disagree, reminds us once again that we are one made up of many.  Those who insist on dividing us into easy controlled little tribes are not our friends.

I don’t often agree with Bill Day but this is an amusing and perfect example of why I sometimes do.

Jeff Koterba and the reality of the times in which we live.

This wonderful Paul Fell cartoon should become a classic!

Joe Heller always has terrific holiday cartoons. This one is no exception.

Henry Payne has been a favorite of mine for a long time. This silly cartoon is one of the reasons. I love his often skewed look at life. Perhaps because I share it.

Another great cartoon from the always brilliant Michael Ramirez.

I love taking potshots at Elizabeth Warren whom I find repulsive and this superb Pat Cross cartoon does it so well I don’t feel the need to do it myself. Thanks  Pat!

No collection of cartoons featuring turkeys would be complete without Adam “Shifty” Schiff.  Steve Kelly did it admirably in this cartoon.

Last but far from least is this great Gary Varvel cartoon. The man is is a genius and his cartoons a delight!


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Happy Thanksgiving Ya’ll!

Week’s End Roundup 🤠

Week’s End Roundup 🤠

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I found some interesting things, some outrageous things and some things that are just plain dumb to close out the week and head into the week end. Here we go…

Quote of the Day:“Intellect is not wisdom.” ~ Thomas Sowell,

CNN Photographer Resigns After Long History of Anti-Semitic Tweets Revealed

By Mary Chastain

GOP operative Arthur Schwartz discovered old anti-Semitic tweets from relatively new CNN photo editor Mohammed Elshamy. He celebrated the killing of “4 jewish [sic] pigs” in a terrorist attack in 2011 and cheered on Hamas.

Elshamy resigned late Thursday night.

CNN and the left cannot complain about this happening because last week the network dug through Monica Crowley’s old tweets and blog posts after President Donald Trump appointed her as assistant treasury secretary for public affairs.

So why can’t the left complain about this?

Remember, back in 2016, Crowley withdrew from consideration for the position of senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council after Kaczynski’s team accused her of plagiarism in her book and doctoral thesis.

So a week after Trump picked Crowley, Andrew Kaczynski decided to go after Crowley again. His team brought up old tweets and blog posts from Crowley that criticized President Barack Obama for his support to build a mosque near Ground Zero, wondered about his loyalties to America, and questioned why it took him so long to produce his birth certificate.

Whatever. It just seems to me Kaczynski has it out for Crowley for some weird reason.

Mueller Hearing Is a Disaster For the Ages

By Mark Davis

Here’s the investigation we need now: a blue-ribbon panel revealing who in the world thought Robert Mueller’s testimony would be a good idea.

Was it Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, the chairs of the two committees that dragged this poor man through this needless hell? Was it Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a last-ditch effort to gin up a narrative for impeachment? It surely was championed by the media culture as a day of history, a high-stakes moment in time that would surely resonate.

Well, it resonated, all right, echoing across a landscape filled with expectations based on political interests. President Trump’s supporters expected a validation of their dismissal of the Mueller probe as an empty exercise. His enemies breathlessly sought, at long last, something to bolster their years of telling us that his downfall is just around the corner.

But my empathy has its limits. Mueller is still the man who willfully dragged America through years of unnecessary and expensive drama. He is still the man who lamely tried to sell excuses about why he said he found no collusion but denied us that clarity on obstruction. And to this day, he seems to harbor the bizarre notion that he had the power to exonerate.

Feminist: ‘Twitter Is in the Business of Protecting [Trans] Predators and Silencing Women’

Last year, Twitter permanently banned Canadian feminist journalist Meghan Murphy after she confirmed the identity of Jonathan Yaniv, an activist accused of sexual harassment who claims to identify as a woman under the name “Jessica.” Canada had a publication ban on Yaniv’s name, but the ban was lifted earlier this month.

The truth has come out about Yaniv, and it isn’t pretty: he appears to have a fascination with women putting in tampons; he has allegedly harassed at least one 14-year-old girl; he tried to force women in waxing studios to wax his private parts and filed human rights complaints against them when they refused; and he tried to orchestrate an event to have 12-year-old girls topless in a pool without parent supervision.

Now Murphy is speaking out, condemning Twitter for banning her to protect Yaniv. She sued Twitter early this year.

“Twitter is in the business of protecting predators and silencing women who try to hold those predators accountable,” she told PJ Media in an interview Thursday. “Twitter should be humiliated. They allowed this predatory man to have me permanently suspended from Twitter just for acknowledging that he was the one responsible.”

California officials keep schoolkids in the dark about MS-13 slaughter spree in their midst

By Monica Showalter

If an ‘ordinary’ (if that is the word) axe murderer were running around at a public school, wouldn’t it have made sense to get the criminal out as quickly as possible? No niceties, just get the beast the heck out to protect the kids.

In the sanctuary city of Los Angeles, things are different for illegals. Twenty-two MS-13 members who’d chopped up a classmate and ripped his heart out at a Panorama City neighborhood school were apparently left to do what they do by authorities, and anyone saying anything about it or wondering where the disappeared kid was got sanctioned and punished. The remaining kids were reportedly so scared they wouldn’t talk about it, according to the report. What a nightmare school going to that school must have been and probably still is.

Here’s the Fox News report, drawing from a Los Angeles Times story that described the MS-13 criminal spree as something that just, sort of, “spilled over”:

Students, parents and teachers at a California high school community are expressing unease this week after it emerged that administrators – following instructions from police – kept them in the dark about classmates who allegedly were linked to violent MS-13 activity, a report says.

The community at Panorama High School told the Los Angeles Times they received few to no details until prosecutors last week announced murder and racketeering charges against 22 suspected members of an MS-13 clique in the Los Angeles area. Six Panorama students, the newspaper adds, were detained in February 2018 with no explanation. They are now linked to the off-campus killings of a classmate and another individual allegedly carried out by the clique, investigators revealed.

And yes, nearly all of the arrested were illegals. They were allowed to walk around among schoolkids and continue their business until authorities could close in on them for multiple grisly murders. The kid who got his heart ripped out in the canyon after being lured there by a female teenaged gang member apparently was here illegally, too. And according to Homeland Security’s Ken Cuchinelli, five of these charmers were asylum seekers.

Mueller was Weissmann’s Sock Puppet

By Daniel John Sobieski

Robert Mueller was revealed to be an empty suit during his feeble performance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on Wednesday, unable to answer questions on a report that it became painfully clear he could not defend because he did not write it. The true author is likely longtime associate Andrew Weissmann, often called Mueller’s “pit bull,” who perhaps should also have the title of Mueller’s “Rasputin.” As Rep. Louis Gohmert, one of Mueller’s  questioners, told Tucker Carlson Wednesday night:

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked lawmakers for pagination clarification to stall during his two hearings, according to Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.

Additionally, one of Mueller’s deputies, prosecutor Andrew Weissmann appeared to be the main force behind the Russia investigation, Gohmert claimed Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”…

Elaborating on his view of the deputy prosecutor, Gohmert claimed the proceedings showed the power he claimed Weissmann had while working under Mueller.

“It’s also clear from the hearing today that Weissmann was the driving force behind all this,” he claimed.

Weissmann’s record speaks to his ruthlessness in pursuing a target doing such things as withholding exculpatory evidence.

Ilhan Omar Claims White Men ‘Cause Most Of The Deaths’ In America. She’s Wrong. Here Are The Facts.

By Matt Walsh

Imbecilic bigot Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) claimed in a recently resurfaced interview on Qatari propaganda network Al Jazeera that Americans should be “fearful” of white men who are “causing most of the deaths within this country.” These racist and blatantly false comments came in response to a question about Islamophobia. The interviewer asked if Islamophobia might be the result of a reasonable fear people have about Islamic terrorism. Omar could have responded that we shouldn’t fear anyone based on race, ethnicity, or religion, and that each person should be judged according to his or her own merits — but instead, she took the opportunity to fear monger about the dreaded white man.

According to the Department of Justice, white people (not just men) commit about 45% of the murders in the U.S. That seems high until you consider that white people are over 60% of the population. Whites are therefore underrepresented in the homicide department by about 15%. Blacks commit a little over 50% of the murders in America, despite accounting for only 13% of the total population. Those are the simple facts of the matter. Facts cannot be racist. Lies can be racist. Conclusions can also be racist. Ilhan Omar took a racist lie (that white men cause most of the deaths in America) and drew a racist conclusion (that we should therefore fear white men). It’s a racism double whammy, of sorts.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says What Conservatives Have Said About Kavanaugh All Along

By James Barrett

Ginsburg praised Kavanaugh, along with conservative 2017-appointee Justice Neil Gorsuch, in response to a loaded assertion by Duke Law Professor Neil Siegel. In comments highlighted by National Review, after Ginsburg gave a 30-minute speech focused on the 2018 term, Siegel said in the Q&A that he worried that “nominees for the Supreme Court are not chosen primarily anymore for independence, legal ability, [and] personal decency,” and wondered aloud “if that’s a loss for all of us.”

Ginsburg clearly understood Siegel’s subtext and came to the defense of both Kavanaugh and Gorsuch.

“My two newest colleagues are very decent, very smart individuals,” Ginsburg said. As evidence of their fair-minded competency, she noted that “she assigned two opinions to Gorsuch and one to Kavanaugh during the last term, something she was only able to do only because the two justices senior to her on the court (Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Thomas) were in the minority,” National Review’s John McCormack notes.


Crickets’: Not one House Dem — out of 70 contacted — was willing to go on ‘Fox News @ Night’ after Mueller hearing

By Breck Dumas

A few hours before Shannon Bream’s “Fox News @ Night” show began, the journalist took to Twitter to announce that her staff “has reached out to roughly 70 Dem offices to get a Member to join our show tonight. Crickets. So, if you’re a House Dem and willing to talk about the Mueller hearing — let us know ASAP.”

The fact that politicians of any stripe would shy away from “Fox News @ Night” is noteworthy, given the show’s spot in cable’s Top 10 ratings and Bream’s reputation for fairness in reporting. Nonetheless, the late night anchor made it clear the invitation is still open if Democrats change their mind.


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Have a wonderful day and please – Be Well!

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🤡 The Jim Acosta Show 🤡

🤡 The Jim Acosta Show 🤡


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News Networks and News people are not supposed to be the story. They are supposed to report the news – not be the news. Alas CNN, finding itself lagging so far behind in the ratings that even H & G’s First Time Flippers ranks above them needs to be the news. They need to draw some attention to themselves.

And who better to do that then their very own clown:

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For weeks the “news” has been all about Jim Acosta and CNN.

Not that the “news” isn’t often about Acosta since that’s the way he obviously prefers it. A grandstanding showboat with delusions of grandeur lacking integrity, intellect and talent. And yet there he is front and center in the “News.”

If you have been lucky enough to have been visiting a distant planet and haven’t heard about the Jim Acosta show:

CNN’s Jim Acosta struggles with White House aide to keep microphone during testy Trump exchange

Acosta and Trump got into a heated debate after the reporter asked him about the migrant caravan. Trump told Acosta to let him do his job.

“Honestly, I think you should let me run the country and you run CNN,” Trump told Acosta.

The reporter tried to ask him another question before a female White House aide walked over to him.

Trump then told him, “That’s enough!”

Acosta continued to try to talk as the aide was seen trying to take the microphone from his hand. She grabbed the microphone but Acosta wouldn’t give it up.

In case you didn’t notice the two “questions” Acosta asked weren’t so much “questions” as Acosta’s opinion and phrased in the have you stopped beating your wife mode CNN uses so often with Trump.

The next chapter in the Acosta melodrama was:

CNN’s Jim Acosta Denied Entrance to the White House, Press Access Revoked

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta was denied entry to the White House on Wednesday following a heated exchange with President Trump at a press conference.

“I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH,” Acosta wrote on Twitter. “Secret Service just informed me I cannot enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit.”

“Hit” would be the operative word here.

And the melodrama continued:

CNN files lawsuit against Trump administration over Jim Acosta’s White House credentials

CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Tuesday morning demanding the return of the White House credentials of Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent. The White House last week suspended Acosta’s “hard pass,” which allows him press access to the White House, hours after he sparred with President Trump at a press briefing.

CNN says it has asked the court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Acosta, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.

The suit was filed in D.C. District Court.

Clown animated emoticonThe clown show continues:

Judge orders White House to reinstate Acosta’s press credentials

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to reinstate press credentials for Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed to the bench by President Trump, granted CNN’s request to restore the press pass for Acosta, giving him regular access to the White House grounds to cover events and press conferences.

“I want to emphasize the very limited nature of this ruling,” Kelly said Friday in granting the temporary restraining order in favor of CNN.

After the ruling the White House said it will abide by a federal judge’s order to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass, but insisted “there must be decorum at the White House.”

Kelly did not rule on whether the administration violated CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights. The network and Acosta are arguing that the administration didn’t like the questions Acosta asked and therefore revoked the pass, committing what’s known as viewpoint discrimination, which is prohibited by the First Amendment.

Image result for clown emoji images In spite of the victory laps being taken by Acosta, CNN and the rest of the Trump hating MSM this was a TRO, a temporary restraining order, and a very narrow ruling. It had NOTHING to do with 1st Amendment rights. It was about the 5th Amendment.

Jim Windolf, media editor of The New York Times, was among those expressing caution after Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted a temporary restraining order blocking the White House’s revocation. “Subtext of the judge’s order: You can kick a reporter out of the White House, but there are procedures you have to follow,” Windolf tweeted. 

In a hearing in D.C. federal court, Kelly ruled that the government violated Acosta’s Fifth Amendment right to due process when it rescinded his White House press credentials following Trump’s contentious news conference the day after the midterm elections. The ruling signals that Acosta is likely to prevail on the merits of his Fifth Amendment case, as the White House did not properly give notice, explanation, and an opportunity for rebuttal, as the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals had said was necessary in a similar case decided more than 40 years ago. Kelly explicitly did not rule on Acosta’s claim that his First Amendment rights had been violated.

The number of people who were eager, to go on the record mendaciously is staggering.

Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute called the ruling a “victory for press freedom.”

“We need reporters to be able to ask tough questions in these press briefings without having to fear that their access will be revoked as a result,” Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute’s executive director, said in a statement. “The First Amendment forecloses the White House from selectively revoking access on the basis of a reporter’s viewpoint.”

Clown animated emoticonAgain, Judge Kelly’s ruling had nothing to do with the 1st Amendment – it was the 5th Amendment.

Judge Kelly: ” I have not determined that the First Amendment was violated here; I have not determined what legal standard would apply to the First Amendment claim here; I have not determined the specific nature of the First Amendment interest that Sherrill recognizes — or that Sherrill at least doesn’t describe but recognizes, yes; and I haven’t determined what portions of Sherrill, if any, would bind me on those questions.”

White House Announces New Rules For Press Conferences After Acosta’s Antics

The White House outlined the following four new rules that reporters must abide by at press conferences:

1. A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists;

2. At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor;

3. “Yielding the floor” includes, when applicable, physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner;

4. Failure to abide by any of rules (1)-(3) may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.

And on it goes…

I wish you a good day and distance from such foolishness as I’ve addressed here today.

Be well.

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🗣 Talking While Ignorant

🗣 Talking While Ignorant

Did you ever notice how many people rant and rave and carry on about some subject of which they actually know nothing? Talking/speaking while ignorant has become a national epidemic.

Image result for talking head cartoon imagesMuch as it might surprise some/many, reading a headline, knowing a talking point or having read something on Facebook or Twitter does not make you an expert. About anything.

Try learning about a topic, researching it thoroughly and then talk about it. Until then, you are just another ignorant twit spewing nonsense. And who wants that?

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🎆 Cartoon Celebration 🎆


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It’s Friday again so it’s time for me to share some of my favorites from my collection of cartoons. I quite honestly have a very difficult time selecting  which ones to share because there are so many good ones. But here we go…

I’ll start with this fantastic contribution from Pat Cross. He was new to me just a few months ago and has rapidly grown to be a favorite. I like the way he draws and better yet I like the way he thinks.

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I absolutely adore this terrific cartoon from Steve Kelly on the topic of the Dems new favorite nitwit. It’s brilliant!

A.F. Branco, from Legal Insurrection, never lets us down. This cartoon is so brilliant in both it’s execution and message I am in awe. Well done Mr. Branco, very well done!

I love this great Rick Kollinger cartoon about the Morning Joe dysfunctional duo. Mika keeps insisting Trump is nuts which coming from a fool like her seems a bit like takes one to know one. Trump meanwhile is POTUS and she is the sidekick on a very low rated cable opinion program. As well as a notorious cry-baby liberal.

Joe Scarborough? Still trying after all these years to be relevant.

Here’s another winner from Pat Cross. The man just keeps getting better and better.


Ya gotta love this fantastic Tom Stiglich cartoon of the Dems celebrating their near win. Although watch for shenanigans since they claim to have found some more ballots in a very left leaning area in the Ohio special election. Shade of Al Franken stolen elections past.

I love the humor of a Mike Lester cartoon. He always has a great message and his art work is always funny. At least to me. His depiction of Sarah Sanders refusing to play the nasty White House Press Corps game is a real winner. I love his cartoons although nice, decent pigs may take issue with this one.

Lisa Benson has an equally great cartoon about the despicable behavior of the White House press pigs and the way they treat Sarah Sanders. She is the only press secretary to ever have to have Secret Service protection. That’s not funny. But the cartoon is.

The wonderful Bob Gorrell and one of his cartoons that skewers the hypocrisy of both the Dem-Media and the Dems they represent. I love this little news man that Gorrell uses to make his point.

Here’s another winner from A.F. Branco. It so easily depicts the hypocrisy of the NYT, which used to be a newspaper and now isn’t even good fish wrap. There embrace of bigotry and racism from one of their own while pummeling others for the same, or perceived behavior is classic hypocrisy.

Tom Stiglich also has something to say about the NYT and their new racist employee. She sits on the editorial board by the way. Isn’t that cozy.

This great panel by the great Al Goodwyn, of Confederacy of Drones highlights some truths the media and the left doesn’t want people to know, ignorance is votes, or to see.


To finish our baker’s dozen of great cartoons I give you this brilliant cartoon by the fantastic Dixon Diaz. This one speaks for itself and for all of us who actually know what’s in the Constitution.



Here’s wishing you a great day and an even better weekend!

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🇺🇸 Monday – Memorial Day 2018 🇺🇸

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It was a long road from Decoration Day to an official Memorial Day.

Although the term Memorial Day was used beginning in the 1880s, the holiday was officially known as Decoration Day for more than a century, when it was changed by federal law. Four years later, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 finally went into effect, moving Memorial Day from its traditional observance on May 30 (regardless of the day of the week), to a set day—the last Monday in May. The move has not been without controversy, though. Veterans groups, concerned that more Americans associate the holiday with first long weekend of the summer and not its intended purpose to honor the nation’s war dead, continue to lobby for a return to the May 30 observances. For more than 20 years, their cause was championed by Hawaiian Senator—and decorated World War II veteran—Daniel Inouye, who until his 2012 death reintroduced legislation in support of the change at the start of every Congressional term.


One of the earliest commemorations was organized by recently freed slaves.

As the Civil War neared its end, thousands of Union soldiers, held as prisoners of war, were herded into a series of hastily assembled camps in Charleston, South Carolina. Conditions at one camp, a former racetrack near the city’s Citadel, were so bad that more than 250 prisoners died from disease or exposure, and were buried in a mass grave behind the track’s grandstand. Three weeks after the Confederate surrender, an unusual procession entered the former camp: On May 1, 1865, more than 1,000 recently freed slaves, accompanied by regiments of the U.S. Colored Troops (including the Massachusetts 54th Infantry) and a handful of white Charlestonians, gathered in the camp to consecrate a new, proper burial site for the Union dead. The group sang hymns, gave readings and distributed flowers around the cemetery, which they dedicated to the “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

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We’re all aware that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, but Congress has also established an exact minute of remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance Act, which was adopted in December of 2000, encourages every citizen to pause each Memorial Day at 3:00 p.m. local time to remember the brave men and women who died serving this country. In addition to any federal observances, Major League Baseball games usually come to a stop during the Moment of Remembrance, and for the past several years, Amtrak engineers have taken up the practice of sounding their horns in unison at precisely 3:00 p.m.

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“Taps,” the bugle call typically performed at military funerals as well as the annual Memorial Day wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, was actually adapted from a separate Civil War bugle call known as “Scott Tattoo,” which was used to signal lights out. The new melody later became the preferred accompaniment at military funerals after Captain John Tidball of the Union Army alert nearby Confederate troops to their location.

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I found some stories about those who served. I thought you might like as much as I did.

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First is an oldie but still a goodie.

 Memorial Day: A Time for Heroes 

In this Guideposts classic story, a teenager learns the importance of Memorial Day.

I leaned against an oak at the side of the road, wishing I were invisible, keeping my distance from my parents on their lawn chairs and my younger siblings scampering about.

I hoped none of my friends saw me there. God forbid they caught me waving one of the small American flags Mom bought at Ben Franklin for a dime. At 16, I was too old and definitely too cool for our small town’s Memorial Day parade.

I ought to be at the lake, I brooded. But, no, the all-day festivities were mandatory in my family.

A high school band marched by, the girl in sequins missing her baton as it tumbled from the sky. Firemen blasted sirens in their polished red trucks. The uniforms on the troop of World War II veterans looked too snug on more than one member.

“Here comes Mema,” my father shouted.

Five black convertibles lumbered down the boulevard. The mayor was in the first, handing out programs. I didn’t need to look at one. I knew my uncle Bud’s name was printed on it, as it had been every year since he was killed in Italy. Our family’s war hero.

And I knew that perched on the backseat of one of the cars, waving and smiling, was Mema, my grandmother. She had a corsage on her lapel and a sign in gold embossed letters on the car door: “Gold Star Mother.”

I hid behind the tree so I wouldn’t have to meet her gaze. It wasn’t because I didn’t love her or appreciate her. She’d taught me how to sew, to call a strike in baseball. She made great cinnamon rolls, which we always ate after the parade.

What embarrassed me was all the attention she got for a son who had died 20 years Image result for memorial day quote imagesearlier. With four other children and a dozen grandchildren, why linger over this one long-ago loss?

I peeked out from behind the oak just in time to see Mema wave and blow my family a kiss as the motorcade moved on. The purple ribbon on her hat fluttered in the breeze.

The rest of our Memorial Day ritual was equally scripted. No use trying to get out of it. I followed my family back to Mema’s house, where there was the usual baseball game in the backyard and the same old reminiscing about Uncle Bud in the kitchen.

Helping myself to a cinnamon roll, I retreated to the living room and plopped down on an armchair.

There I found myself staring at the Army photo of Bud on the bookcase. The uncle I’d never known. I must have looked at him a thousand times—so proud in his crested cap and knotted tie. His uniform was decorated with military emblems that I could never decode.


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Over a slice of  Nancy Young’s apple pie, I learn about love and war

A candy striper’s Lily of the Valley-scented letters represented a sliver of saneness for Marine Bill Young, who, at the time, was a machine gunner in Vietnam.

“When the mail came in, it was a big deal; it was your only connection with the real world,” Bill recalls, nearly 49 years later. “You’d get these letters, and they’d have a perfume smell.”

Newburgh, Indiana, native Nancy Market was the sweet-scented sender. She didn’t know Bill at first, only that he was the weapons platoon leader of a friend of hers “in country.”

“I’m a senior, almost a student nurse, 18 years old, black hair, brown eyes, and 5’ 4 ½” tall,” she wrote in letter one. “P.S.: “Write when you have time—”

Bill stayed busy in battle: search and destroy, snipers, ambushes, air strikes, VC that “melt away” in the mist, the retrieval of body parts of men he knew. But he found time to write during spurts of calm that were flanked by the flashpoints of war.

“I waited for his letters! I was very excited,” recalls Nancy. “I might go a week without getting a letter, and you just didn’t know. He might’ve been killed. I read where the average life span of a Marine Corps machine gunner was two weeks.”

Nancy’s letters to Bill arrived by chopper. The anxious glance for an Evansville postmark. The onion skin envelopes crinkling with freshness in the jungle heat, delivering sweet daydream relief within otherwise nightmare. He’d read her words: “I went down to the river Tuesday night and watched the annual fireworks. Beautiful is all I can say to describe the color, the breathtaking pride I felt thinking of you and the rest of the men who are fighting to make July 4th fireworks possible for us at home.”



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For Memorial Day, One Veteran’s Story

On Memorial Day, we honor those who died while serving their country. But how should those who don’t have personal connections to such losses commemorate their sacrifice? The Library of Congress’s long-standing Veterans History Project suggests talking to veterans, and paying tribute to the legacy of service and sacrifice by listening to their stories.

The Veterans History Project, created by Congress in 2000, currently holds 97,620 collections of veterans’ stories—audio interviews, pictures and documents—ranging from World War I to the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 57,000 of the accounts are from those who served in World War II, as Congress mandated that older veterans’ stories be gathered first. One of those stories belongs to my grandfather, Eric L. Strauss, who passed away in March 2011.Related image

My grandfather was never forthright with his story—being Jewish in Nazi Germany, escaping to America and fighting a brutal war against his home country. A strong, silent type, he chose to shield his children and grandchildren from the horrors of his experiences and bear the painful memories alone. But when approached by the Veterans History Project, he came to understand that history is not merely a recitation of past events. Rather, it is a collection of thousands of individual stories, each with a unique vantage point. By exploring individual stories like his, future generations can better understand the realities of war.

On Memorial Day, those who made the ultimate sacrifice in battle cannot tell their stories. But we can get closer to understanding their experiences by listening to the stories of veterans whose lives were touched by their service.


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Bless you all and may this day be filled with family love and remembrance.

🇺🇸 This Is An Open Thread 🇺🇸

😠 Facebook Outrage – Rages On 😤


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If cartoons and cartoonists are any indication then the outrage twoards Facebook is far from over. Even the sleazy Stormy Daniels hasn’t calmed the trouble waters.

The cartoons are everywhere:

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How did people think Zuckerberg got to be a gazillionaire?

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Many a truth in a simple little cartoon:

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Then there is the whole bias against Conservatives thing.

F-bomb by Zuckerberg ain’t just an expletive. Although it seems to have caused a lot of them to be used.

Zuckerberg got off relatively easy in the hearings since many of them wouldn’t know one end of a Facebook page from another.

Not a doubt in my mind that the thought expressed in this cartoon is true.

I suspect he does know the meaning of the word when it comes to his own personal privacy.

Always gotta read the fine print.

Funniest part of the whole outrage thing is that it comes from both left and right. First thing they’ve agreed on in a very long time.

Not all that outraged is she?

Now that’s funny!

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There are many more cartoons but I’ll just post one more. I think it covers the topic as well as any.

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Y’all have a great day.


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🌬We’re Having Weather Again 🌨


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Once upon a time there was a safe topic of conversation. It was called weather. Folks that would not, could not agree about politics or religion all talked about the weather. It simply was. Related image

Some liked snow – others did not. Some loved the gentle fall of rain while others complained there had been too much and it was drowning the crops/flowers. Some liked the hot weather. Others, like me, not so much.

Everyone talked about the weather but nobody did anything about it.

Now it seems that if you don’t believe in Global Warming you are doing something about it. Something bad.


Back in those good old days when we had to walk to school through 10 foot of snow, uphill both ways, the weather simply was. And yes, we did complain about it. A lot. But we didn’t blame the weather on other citizens, even Republicans.

I was a Democrat in those long ago days, so everything else was the fault of Republicans. Except the weather. And now that I am no longer a Democrat even the weather is the fault of the Republicans.Which is only one of the many reasons I am no longer a Democrat. I’m not a Republican either so Global Warming isn’t my fault.

Related imageNow the weather is also the fault of those knuckle-dragging Republicans who are responsible for drowning polar bears. What kind of monster wants to kill polar bears? They are so soft and fuzzy and have all those big teeth and for crying-out-loud they are bears. Big mean bears. I don’t want to kill them but I don’t want to find one rummaging in my garbage cans thank you very much. Any critter that eats seals is never going to be among my favorites. Funny the things some liberals will clutch to their breast, rhetorically,  in order to make other seem like heartless folk.

And in spite of all the hysteria about us knuckle-dragging unbelievers, I’m an Independent but unbelieving Independents are knuckle-draggers too, polar bears seems to be doing just fine. Alas poor Al, that’s an inconvenient truth.

It is increasingly obvious that polar bears are thriving despite having lived through summer sea ice levels not predicted to occur until 2050 – levels of sea ice that experts said would wipe out 2/3 of the world’s polar bears.

We had snow again last night. A lot of snow. There was a big winter storm that stretched from God knows where to we’re all going to die. It even had a name now that some idiot decided winter storms need a name. I don’t know what this one was named. I don’t care what this one was named. It’s a damn snow storm and it left about 6 inches of snow  where we had just finished removing snow. It filled in all the nice edges of the sidewalks and driveway which were nice and clean.  I have a name for it – #@c%(*y$@!!

However, it was a snowstorm not Armageddon. Weather folks seem to find increasing delight in turning every bit of weather into Armageddon. Too hot, too cold, too much rain, too little rain, snow, no snow whatever the condition they have an Armageddon scenario for it. I just want the damn weather report not the posturing of some catastrophist.

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I like snow. I like it about two days before Christmas until New Years Day. Then I just want it to go away. Snow that stays very long gets gray and dirty and ugly. And once the Christmas Card look is no longer wanted – it is no longer wanted. At least by me. It is a perfidious malingerer that wants to be coddled and shoveled. And snowblowed by over-grown boys who think it’s fun to blow snow with their big noisy boy-toys. Related image

To be fair the man/boy I live with has a new cordless electric snowblower because we don’t like noisy and we don’t like keep gas cans in our garage. Man/boy pouted through the early part of winter because he had this lovely new machine and no snow. What little there was came light and fluffy and I usually swept it off the sidewalks. The driveway was none the worse for 1/2 an inch of the stuff.

Now the snow has come in increments. Snow – snowblow and shovel. Wait a few days – rinse, lather and repeat. After a few repetitions the man/boys loose their enthusiasm.

We actually are quite lucky. Although there appears to be about 6-7 inches of new snow that is nothing compared to what was dumped elsewhere.

Winter Storm Mateo

Chicago’s two biggest airports, O’Hare and Midway, had hundreds of flight cancellations on Friday – some of which were canceled on Thursday before the storm arrived – because of Mateo, FlightAware reported. More than 200 flights were also canceled Friday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Public schools in Chicago and Detroit were closed Friday because of the winter Related imagestorm, city officials announced. Numerous school districts in Nebraska and Iowa also canceled or delayed schools Friday because of the snow and frigid temperatures, according to the Associated Press.

“Periods of heavy snow will arrive into Friday across the southern Great Lakes,” said meteorologist Jonathan Belles. “Friday morning’s commute could prove difficult in Chicago and Milwaukee, if not impossible for some spots. Visibility will be reduced due to falling snow from Chicago to Detroit on Friday.”

The winter storm also caused issues in Montana. After more than a foot of snow fell in Havre, city officials warned residents in a Facebook post that roads were “extremely hazardous,” and there were many accidents and stranded vehicles that blocked roadways on Thursday.

Image result for funny snow images I am not one of those who feels better about my particular condition because someone else is worse off. So knowing that some people got a foot of snow makes me feel no better. It may make me feel like a wuss for complaining but not for long.

And I’m sorry but I just don’t care that  the Eiffel Tower Remains Closed as Snow, Freezing Rain Hits Paris.

If you look at the weather map below you will see the blue zone, signifying heavy snow, just barely touches Wisconsin – that’s where I live.

Our household, made up of one old bat and one old crock did what we’ve always done when a storm is predicted. We went to the store, got bread, milk, bird seed and ice melt so that we wouldn’t need to go out today when the roads are bad. Since we’re both retired we can sit inside and watch those that have to go out and sympathize with them.

We can watch the fools that don’t have to go out but went out anyway and shake our heads at their foolishness. Just as we’ve always done because fools are not a new phenomenon. Garden Gnome, Winter, Snow, Dwarf, White, Cold, Hidden

I waded through the snow to feed the birds and squirrels. Since I am getting shorter, shrinking at an alarming pace, the parts of me that get wet and cold go further up my tailpipe every year. By next year I expect to be the size of a garden gnome and will not dare venture out if there is more than an inch of snow.

Wherever you are, snow or no snow, warm or cold, be well. I hope your day is filled with whatever you like best. As for me, I’m sitting here where it is warm knowing I don’t have to go outside again today. I don’t have to use the snowblower. All is well. And it’s still snowing.

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Good Riddance 🗑

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Charles Manson is dead. Good riddance to a monster. I hope he likes he new digs in hell.

The cartoonists that I love so much seem to feel much the same way that I do.

I don’t often “like” Milt Priggee‘s cartoons but I like this one very much.

I like Mark Streeter‘s take too.

Paul Fell is right on target too.

Love this Glenn McCoy cartoon as much for the expression on the cartoon Manson’s face as for the welcome in hell for the monster.

Good cartoon from Lisa Benson coming at the topic from a different direction. I love the way this gal draws too.

I like all the cartoons about the death of Manson but I think I like this one from Tom Stiglich best of all.

All in all, in my opinion, the world is a better place now that Manson isn’t in it.