The fans of the Non-Sequitur comic strip need to make Marc Valles feel your pain

For many fans of David Wiley Miller’s “Non Sequitur” comic strip, their first reaction is “I’ll cancel my subscription”. We understand, but this won’t be a very effective step because the paper isn’t really directly financially supported by subscriptions, Advertising is what directly funds the paper but by organizing a boycott against the advertisers you will get Valles attention fast.

Contact the advertisers directly and let them know you’ll be making a different purchasing choice because of the political censorship employed by the Times-Standard

Valles hasn’t been shy about owning his censorship but he’s not being completely truthful “I pulled the plug myself”. “And I didn’t do it because Miller was signaling his distaste for Trump.” “This isn’t about politics” Really? Sure sounds like politics to us. To claim it was about an illegible little F-bomb hidden in a little Easter egg that could barely even be seen with a magnifying glass is clearly just an excuse.

 

 

Another F-ing egotistical billionaire steps up to take on the Jill Stein “Russian useful idiot” mantle

The former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz, a billionaire, confirmed on Sunday he could run for president as a “centrist independent”.

Leading figures in the Democratic party slammed the “half-baked idea” and warned he could split the vote, handing the White House right back to Trump in 2020. (OMFG!)

Schultz responded to such concerns both on CBS on Sunday night and in telling Axios he knew he was “going to create hate, anger, disenfranchisement from friends, from Democrats” but was convinced he was doing the right thing.
(it’s a right thing all right, playing right into the hands of the rightwing)

“I am seriously thinking of running for president,” Schultz, 65, said in a CBS 60 Minutes interview trailing a book launch in New York on Monday. “I will run as a centrist independent, outside of the two-party system.”

Schultz said Trump – another rich businessman, but one who sought the nomination of an established party – “is not qualified to be the president”.
(But of course, Schultz’s giant ego says Schultz is)

Trump, an avid TV watcher, on Monday morning, taunted and baited Schultz to run.  “Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for president!” he wrote on Twitter. “Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the ‘smartest person.’ Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!”

Third-party candidates remain a divisive issue. The role of Ralph Nader in the 2000 election won by George W Bush remains fiercely debated. In 2016, Green candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson attracted hundreds of thousands of votes in states Trump won by slim margins, giving him the presidency in the electoral college despite defeat in the popular ballot.

Two other billionaires, Tom Steyer, and Michael Bloomberg have considered presidential runs. Steyer will not run, choosing to focus on his push for Trump’s impeachment. If Bloomberg runs it will be within the Democratic party.

On Sunday Julián Castro, the former housing secretary who is a declared candidate for the Democratic nomination told CNN’s State of the Union Schultz would “make an impression on the race” and said he was concerned “it would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected”.

The people most favorably disposed to a Schultz presidential run are the ones who want to see Trump re-elected!
Matthew Gertz, a fellow at the nonprofit Media Matters for America, noted conservative enthusiasm for a Schultz run and wrote: “It should surprise no one that the people most favorably disposed to a Howard Schultz independent presidential run are the ones who want to see Trump re-elected.”

Edited from The Guardian

Well, we know this self-important idiot can expect lots of help from Trumps BFF Vladimir Putin

This week’s dumb ass award goes to……….the City of Eureka

 

Ugly green chemical flowing into the bay near the Somoa Bridge – Photo by Doug Neusbaum via RHBB

Yesterday afternoon people were starting to get pretty worried about the bay went reports started coming in about a green liquid that looked a lot like antifreeze was flowing into the bay and moving along the shoreline for several hundred yards. Some observers noticed that it was heavier than water so most of it was on the bay bottom. Just before dusk, the Humboldt Bay fire’s Hazmat team showed up and the Coast Guard was called as well it was being to look like a pretty serious toxic spill with potentially far-reaching impacts.

After a few tense hours, it was revealed that the green liquid substance was not a potent toxicant but a less harmful green dye. It turns out that the brilliant minds at the City of Eureka were doing some dye testing of stormwater and sewer systems.

Oops! They forgot to let any of us know.

We can’t prove it yet, but we seriously suspect our “favorite” Eureka official Miles Slattery had a hand in this

This weeks delusional Dumb-ass award goes to Trump and his loony friends at FOX news

Lyin’ ass Trump retweeted a completely false claim from Charlie Kirk that some protesters in France had chanted “We want Trump.”……………………That never happened.

Tucker Carlson agreed with the claim of his guest that feminists are trying to “disappear males” from the planet.

Fox & Friends lauded Trump’s pick of former Fox anchor Heather Nauert as UN ambassador, saying that she is “very smart.” (She thought D-day was the high point of US-German relations)

Laura Ingraham went on an off the wall crazy rant about the left, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and child pornography (she really scares us)

Ingraham compared people who protest Confederate statues to ISIS.

Fox guest and GOP Rep. Louis Gohmert went on an anti-Semitic rant about George Soros that the Fox host later tried to distance the network from.

Lou Dobbs called climate change a UN plot. (of course, he did)

A Fox host complained that people who rely on government programs like food stamps don’t feel enough shame.

Sebastian Gorka called the Democratic Party “fundamentally un-American.” (he would know)

NRATV said that coverage of school shootings contributes to “the wussification of America.”

from Media Matters

 

Once again Dumb-ass Donny embarrasses the country with his callous ignorance

Malibu Evacuated as Woolsey Fire Rages

Just like last year’s Santa Rosa wildfire, there are no forests to manage near Malibu! Trump is just criminally ignorant. He insults the brave firefighters and has no empathy for the dead or the people who have lost everything!

Here’s what dumbass Donny said on Twitter:

There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!

Governor-elect Gavin Newsom responds:

Lives have been lost. Entire towns have been burned to the ground. Cars abandoned on the side of the road. People are being forced to flee their homes. This is not a time for partisanship. This is a time for coordinating relief and response and lifting those in need up.

California Professional Firefighters President Brian K. Rice issued the following statement following the President’s tweet.

“The president’s message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is Ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines.

At a time when our every effort should be focused on vanquishing the destructive fires and helping the victims, the president has chosen instead to issue an uninformed political threat aimed squarely at the innocent victims of these cataclysmic fires.

At this moment, thousands of our brother and sister firefighters are putting their lives on the line to protect the lives and property of thousands. Some of them are doing so even as their own homes lay in ruins. In my view, this shameful attack on California is an attack on all our courageous men and women on the front lines.

The president’s assertion that California’s forest management policies are to blame for catastrophic wildfire is dangerously wrong. Wildfires are sparked and spread not only in forested areas but in populated areas and open fields fueled by parched vegetation, high winds, low humidity and geography. Moreover, nearly 60 percent of California forests are under federal management, and another two-thirds under private control. It is the federal government that has chosen to divert resources away from forest management, not California.

Natural disasters are not “red” or “blue” – they destroy regardless of party. Right now, families are in mourning, thousands have lost homes, and a quarter-million Americans have been forced to flee. At this desperate time, we would encourage the president to offer support in word and deed, instead of recrimination and blame.”

California Professional Firefighters represents more than 30,000 frontline firefighters and paramedics in California.

Trump’s new top economic adviser is not just a little wrong, but wildly, historically wrong

This weeks’ Dumb Ass Award (and it seems like every week) goes to Doofus Donald Trump

Every time we think Trump has scraped the bottom of the barrel he seems to be able to dig deeper into his barrel of incompetent misfit toys. This guy is a complete idiot.       

Dumb Ass Award winner from 2007 (well Trump does love winners)

Trump’s new top economic adviser isn’t an economist, but did play one on TV….WTF!

Donald Trump named CNBC pundit Larry Kudlow his new top economic adviser. Kudlow is a supply-side fanatic who has a record of being wrong about the economy. Not just a little wrong, but wildly, historically wrong. Here are some facts about Kudlow (there are many more):

  • Kudlow does not have either a graduate or undergraduate degree in economics and has not written scholarly papers on the subject.
  • Kudlow argued in 2002 that invading Iraq would create an economic boom in the United States.
  • In December 2007, while the Great Recession was beginning, Kudlow insisted “there ain’t no recession” and the “Bush boom continues.”
  • In July 2008, seven months into the recession, Kudlow was still arguing that there was no recession or housing crisis, arguing that America was “in a mental recession, not an actual recession.”
  • In September 2008, Kudlow argued that lower oil prices would “make it much easier for people to pay their mortgages on time,” thus abating the growing credit crisis.
  • Kudlow called the “higher income inequality” of the modern era a “falsehood” and denounced “tired, banal, and boring” policy focus on the issue.
  • Kudlow is also a climate change denier who once argued that the Keystone Pipeline would be good for the environment because animals would snuggle underneath it (The pipeline would be built underground).
  • So what is Kudlow’s qualification? According to Kudlow himself, Trump liked that Kudlow spent so much time on television.

from Media Matters

 

The United States is Disgraced and Humiliated on the world stage…….again

Still not “our” President

In a fundraising speech Wednesday, Trump admitted once and for all that he just makes stuff up.

Trump who has racked up more than 2,000 false and misleading claims since being named the winner by the Electoral College. Trump insisted to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the United States runs a trade deficit with Canada — despite having “no idea” whether that was the case. (Surprise! It’s not.)

“I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know,” Trump said. “I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’ You know why? Because we’re so stupid.”

None of this is hugely surprising. Trump utters way too many falsehoods for it to be a coincidence. And we’ve seen over and over again — particularly most recently in meetings with lawmakers about guns and immigration — that Trump simply doesn’t do his homework beforehand. He generally doesn’t seem to have even a cursory understanding of what Congress is up to or about the underlying policies.

But the fact that Trump would make up this particular fact is especially remarkable and ominous.

The first reason is that this is perhaps the one issue Trump has focused on for decades: trade. It would be more understandable for him to make things up on guns and immigration, but trade is supposedly the issue on which Trump has been entirely consistent for many years. The idea that other countries are taking advantage of the United States was a talking point long before he became a politician.

Trump for years has talked about how the North American Free Trade Agreement is such a bad deal. And he threatened Canada with new steel and aluminum tariffs before he decided to exempt them, for now, as long as the NAFTA negotiations go his way.  Yet he didn’t even know that the United States runs a trade surplus with Canada!? If he doesn’t have that basic a level of background knowledge on an issue he apparently cares deeply about, what does he study?

The second reason is that it was a rather pointless invention. Trudeau knows the truth: He has been involved in policymaking for years and knows these things because it’s very important to his job as a world leader. Why Trump would feel the need to make something up that is of such consequence to Trudeau doesn’t even make sense for strategic reasons. It’s not as if Trump was going to pull one over on the prime minister and have the Canadians suddenly cave on NAFTA negotiations.

The final part of this is what it says about Trump’s brand of diplomacy. This isn’t the first time we’ve got a glimpse behind the curtain. Early in his presidency, The Washington Post obtained transcripts of his calls with the leaders of Australia and Mexico. Trump’s call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull turned contentious after Trump became enraged by an agreement the Obama administration made with Australia to take some refugees. Trump didn’t seem to have any understanding of the agreement of Australia’s policy of not accepting refugees who arrive by boat.

What happens if Trump takes this approach — or the one from the meetings on guns and immigration — to his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? Can a guy who can’t be bothered to understand the basics before talking to foreign leaders and lawmakers do the kind of homework required for very sensitive and complicated negotiations involving nuclear programs? And what if he doesn’t even try? What if he decides to wing it, as he did with Trudeau?

Thus far, Trump has shown no signs that he thinks that style isn’t working. And apparently, it’s still very much a part of his international diplomacy.

edited from – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/03/15/why-trumps-admission-that-he-made-stuff-up-to-justin-trudeau-is-particularly-bad