Let’s not forget this amid the unrelenting praise of a certain Arizona senator

You’ve seen the constant tributes and the incessant hagiography following his death, but I can’t let this pass.

He thought it was a good idea to put an incompetent Alaskan airhead in the No. 2 spot of his presidential bid, legitimizing to the mouth-breathing idiot base of his political party that morons should be handed the levers of unrivaled power.

And once you can absorb that, you understand that’s why we now have Spanky and his criminal gang laying waste to everything this country used to stand for.

My mom told me not to speak ill of the dead. But don’t make them out to be saints when they paved the way for the worst sinners.

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The Queen of Soul has died at 76

When I think of Aretha Franklin, this is the decade that comes to mind:

It’s 1967, I’m 12 years old, and my mom has put the 45 on our tiny mono record player with the tone arm that automatically goes right back to the beginning when the song is over. And the one song plays on and on for hours.

I’ll quote Steely Dan here:

Hey, 19! That’s ‘Retha Franklin.
She don’t remember the Queen of Soul.
Hard times befallen the soul survivors.
She thinks I’m crazy, but I’m just growin’ old.

Mental illness and terrorism

The leaders of the NRA terrorist group have a saying. You know it. It’s a lie, as this cartoon proves:

Because this happened:

James Shaw Jr. single-handedly wrestled an AR-15 from a man at a Waffle House who had just gone on a shooting rampage in Antioch, Tenn., early Sunday, killing four people.

Shaw said he didn’t consider it heroic when he rushed at the man, took his gun and pushed him out of the restaurant. Shaw was getting breakfast with a friend at the time.

“I’m not a hero. I’m just a regular person, and I think anybody could have did what I did if they are just pushed into that kind of cage,” he said, growing emotional, at a news conference Sunday. “You have to either react or you’re going to fold, and I chose to react because I didn’t see any other way of living, and that’s all I wanted to do. I just wanted to live.”

So this takes care of one lie on the right. Here’s the other lie:

THERE WERE plenty of warning signs about Travis J. Reinking. He once told police that music superstar Taylor Swift was stalking him and hacking into his phone. Another time, he barged into a community pool, jumping into the water wearing a woman’s pink housecoat and challenging lifeguards to a fight. Then there was his arrest by the Secret Service for breaching White House security because he wanted to meet with the president.

Yet there he allegedly was early Sunday morning — just nine months after his White House arrest — at a Waffle House outside Nashville, in possession of an assault-style rifle that authorities say was used to kill four people and wound several others.

This is the typical “white guy is mentally disturbed” mass killer explanation. But look at the names of the people he killed:

Joe R. Perez, 20

DeEbony Groves, 21

Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29

Akilah Dasilva, 23

This is a racially motivated shooting. If Travis J. Reinking has Muhammad as his first name and the victims’ list consisted of Janet, Chrissie, Jack and Mr. Roper,  the pussygrabbing Orange Utan would be rearing himself up on his haunches and screaming “TERRORIST, TERRORIST, TERRORIST” to appease his inbred base. But he doesn’t make a sound. Reinking is a right wing gun nut terrorist, encouraged and motivated by the NRA.

Don’t pretend it’s just a mental health issue.

And while we’re talking about mentally disturbed white guys, here’s the latest from Toronto:

The Globe and Mail spoke to three of Alek Minassian’s former classmates who described him as being socially awkward, believing he may have suffered from a social or mental disability. 

Minassian kept mostly to himself at school, and seemed to constantly rub his head or hands – a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), they added.

Other classmates suggested he had never exhibited any indication of possessing extremist views or violent tendencies and was described by one couple as being “friendly”.  

One student said Minassian did not interact particularly well with other students, but would not describe him as a loner. 

And this:

At a news conference Tuesday, Detective Sgt. Graham Gibson said that “the accused is alleged to have posted a cryptic message on Facebook” minutes before he began his attack. The Facebook post referred to a misogynistic online subculture for “involuntarily celibate” men.

If you want to say he’s crazy, fine. But the last paragraph indicates a hatred of women. If he acted out of hatred for women, he’s a terrorist.

The terrorist label in the American media seems to be reserved for brown people. The mentally disturbed label is usually applied to whites. Either call everyone involved in mass murder a terrorist or call them mentally disturbed. Don’t stereotype groups because it serves a political purpose.

First lady funerals

We all know Spanky McPornfucker was playing golf while the funeral of Barbara Bush took place. The morality police on the right responded with a collective …

Oh yeah, they had no response to that.

But two years ago, this happened:

Newt Gingrich on Thursday ripped into President Barack Obama’s decision to skip the funeral of former first lady Nancy Reagan as “sending his contempt” and “hostility” toward the presidency and ideology of Ronald Reagan.

“I think that you should never assume that Obama does anything by accident or by some shallow reason,” the former speaker of the House and 2012 presidential candidate said on “The Mike Gallagher Show.”

Instead of traveling to Simi Valley, California, with first lady Michelle Obama, the president will keep his plans for Austin, Texas, where he will attend the annual South by Southwest festival. Not since John F. Kennedy attended the funeral of Eleanor Roosevelt in 1962 has a sitting president attended the service of a late first lady. Michelle Obama also attended the 2011 funeral of Betty Ford, and the president did not.

We all know Newton is an adulterous scumbag who philandered while his wife battled cancer. So there’s no reason to be surprised that he says nothing in this instance while he spewed venom two years ago.

Signs from the March for Our Lives

Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly kids, participated Saturday in the March for Our Lives. Below is the main stage after the event. It was impossible to get to it once the event began:
And here are the signs.

This was an official sign from the District of Columbia. It’s sad they had to post it, but there’s always some gun nut who thinks he has the right to terrorize people:

The following is something I’ve been saying for months:

People are sick of the “thoughts and prayers” response from politicians who prostitute themselves for the NRA …

Because people really know what the NRA stands for.

And the people at the march kept the focus on kids. Practically all of the speakers talked about how guns have affected their lives, from Parkland high school students, to kids in Washington, D.C., who have lost siblings to gun violence or who have stared down the barrel of a gun thinking it was going to be their last second alive.

There was also a reminder of when we had a compassionate, responsible, intelligent and uncorruptable leader in the White House not that long ago:

And there was this friendly reminder from a long departed neighbor:

I arrived at the march a little late and had to leave early because of the crush of the crowd, but while I was there, none of the speakers gave a roll call for the congressional whores who take NRA money in exchange for kids lives. Perhaps someone did do it, but if not, here’s a reminder:

Senate:

  • Marco Rubio (R-FL) – $9,900
  • Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – $9,900
  • Rob Portman (R-OH) – $9,900
  • Joni Ernst (R-IA) – $9,900
  • Thom Tillis (R-NC) – $9,900
  • Dean Heller (R-NV) – $9,900
  • Jim Inhofe (R-OK) – $9,450
  • John Hoeven (R-ND) – $8,450
  • Steve Daines (R-MT) – $7,700
  • Ron Johnson (R-WI) – $7,450
  • John Boozman (R-AR) – $5,950
  • Todd Young (R-IN) – $5,950
  • Mike Rounds (R-SD) – $5,450
  • James Lankford (R-OK) – $5,000
  • Bill Cassidy (R-LA) – $4,950
  • Richard Shelby (R-AL) – $4,950
  • David Perdue (R-GA) – $4,950
  • Tim Scott (R-SC) – $4,500
  • Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) – $2,500
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX) – $350
  • John McCain (R-AZ) – $300

House

  • Barbara Comstock (R-VA) – $10,400
  • Mike Coffman (R-CO) – $9,900
  • Will Hurt (R-TX) – $9,900
  • John Katko (R-NY) – $9,900
  • Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) -$9,900
  • Lee Zeldin (R-NY) – $9,900
  • Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) – $7,450
  • Martha McSally (R-AZ) – $6,500
  • Bill Schuster (R-PA) – $5,950
  • Richard Hudson (R-NC) – $4,950
  • Steve Scalise (R-LA) – $4,950
  • Lamar Smith (R-TX) – $4,950
  • Ken Calvert (R-CA) – $4,500
  • Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) – $4,000
  • Robert Aderholt (R-AL) – $3,500
  • Michael McCaul (R-TX) – $3,500
  • Darin LaHood (R-IL) – $3,000
  • Erik Paulson (R-MN) – $3,000
  • Tom Reed (R-NY) – $3,000
  • Diane Black (R-TN) – $2,500
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) – $2,500
  • Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) – $2,500
  • Rodney Davis (R-IL) $2,500
  • John Ratcliff (R-TX) – $2,500
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) – $2,500
  • Pete Sessions (R-TX) – $2,500
  • Roger Williams (R-TX) – $2,500
  • Mike Bishop (R-MI) – $2,000
  • Bradley Byrne (R-AL) – $2,000
  • Buddy Carter (R-GA) – $2,000
  • Chris Collins (R-NY) – $2,000
  • Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) – $2,000
  • Sean Duffy (R-WI) – $2,000
  • Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) – $2,000
  • Tim Walz (D-MN) – $2,000
  • Bob Gibbs (R-OH) – $2,000
  • Paul Gossar (R-AZ) – $2,000
  • Sam Graves (R-MO) – $2,000
  • Glenn Grothman (R-WI) $2,000
  • Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) – $2,000
  • Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) – $2,000
  • French Hill (R-AR) – $2,000
  • Bill Huizenga (R-MI) – $2,000
  • Darrell Issa (R-CA) – $2,000
  • Bill Johnson (R-OH) – $2,000
  • Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) – $2,000
  • Doug Lamborn (R-CO) – $2,000
  • Luke Messer (R-IN) – $2,000
  • Kristi Noem (R-SD) – $2,000
  • Scott Perry (R-PA) – $2,000
  • Robert Pittenger (R-NC) – $2,000
  • Ted Poe (R-TX) – $2,000
  • Tom Rice (R-SC) – $2,000
  • Martha Roby (R-AL) – $2,000
  • Mike Rogers (R-AL) – $2,000
  • Todd Rokita (R-IN) – $2,000
  • Peter Roskam (R-IL) – $2,000
  • Dennis Ross (R-FL) – $2,000
  • Austin Scott (R-GA) – $2,000
  • Jason Smith (R-MO) – $2,000
  • Elise Stefanik (R-NY) – $2,000
  • Steve Stivers (R-OH) – $2,000
  • Mark Walker (R-NC) – $2,000
  • Jackie Walorski (R-IN) – $2,000
  • Mimi Walters (R-CA) – $2,000
  • Joe Wilson (R-SC) – $2,000
  • Rob Wittman (R-VA) – $2,000
  • Steven Palazzo (R-MS) – $1,750
  • Mike Kelly (R-PA) – $1,500
  • Steve Womack (R-AR) – $1,500
  • Ralph Abraham (R-LA) – $1,000
  • Lou Barlettea (R-PA) – $1,000
  • Susan Brooks (R-IN) – $1,000
  • Warren Davidson (R-OH) – $1,000
  • Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – $1,000
  • Louie Gohmert (R-TX) – $1,000
  • Kenny Marchant (R-TX) – $1,000
  • Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) – $1,000
  • David McKinley (R-WV) – $1,000
  • Dave Reichert (R-WA) – $1,000
  • Tom Rooney (R-FL) – $1,000
  • Randy Weber (R-TX) – $1,000
  • Daniel Webster (R-FL) – $1,000
Every politician who takes NRA money is an accomplice to murder. Every voter who selects an NRA shill is an accomplice after the fact. Remember that in November.

Here’s what the NRA terrorist group paid for those thoughts and prayers

From Mock, Paper Scissors

Here’s what the NRA paid for all those thoughts and prayers:

Senate:

  • Marco Rubio (R-FL) – $9,900
  • Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – $9,900
  • Rob Portman (R-OH) – $9,900
  • Joni Ernst (R-IA) – $9,900
  • Thom Tillis (R-NC) – $9,900
  • Dean Heller (R-NV) – $9,900
  • Jim Inhofe (R-OK) – $9,450
  • John Hoeven (R-ND) – $8,450
  • Steve Daines (R-MT) – $7,700
  • Ron Johnson (R-WI) – $7,450
  • John Boozman (R-AR) – $5,950
  • Todd Young (R-IN) – $5,950
  • Mike Rounds (R-SD) – $5,450
  • James Lankford (R-OK) – $5,000
  • Bill Cassidy (R-LA) – $4,950
  • Richard Shelby (R-AL) – $4,950
  • David Perdue (R-GA) – $4,950
  • Tim Scott (R-SC) – $4,500
  • Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) – $2,500
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX) – $350
  • John McCain (R-AZ) – $300

House

  • Barbara Comstock (R-VA) – $10,400
  • Mike Coffman (R-CO) – $9,900
  • Will Hurt (R-TX) – $9,900
  • John Katko (R-NY) – $9,900
  • Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) -$9,900
  • Lee Zeldin (R-NY) – $9,900
  • Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) – $7,450
  • Martha McSally (R-AZ) – $6,500
  • Bill Schuster (R-PA) – $5,950
  • Richard Hudson (R-NC) – $4,950
  • Steve Scalise (R-LA) – $4,950
  • Lamar Smith (R-TX) – $4,950
  • Ken Calvert (R-CA) – $4,500
  • Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) – $4,000
  • Robert Aderholt (R-AL) – $3,500
  • Michael McCaul (R-TX) – $3,500
  • Darin LaHood (R-IL) – $3,000
  • Erik Paulson (R-MN) – $3,000
  • Tom Reed (R-NY) – $3,000
  • Diane Black (R-TN) – $2,500
  • Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) – $2,500
  • Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) – $2,500
  • Rodney Davis (R-IL) $2,500
  • John Ratcliff (R-TX) – $2,500
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) – $2,500
  • Pete Sessions (R-TX) – $2,500
  • Roger Williams (R-TX) – $2,500
  • Mike Bishop (R-MI) – $2,000
  • Bradley Byrne (R-AL) – $2,000
  • Buddy Carter (R-GA) – $2,000
  • Chris Collins (R-NY) – $2,000
  • Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) – $2,000
  • Sean Duffy (R-WI) – $2,000
  • Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) – $2,000
  • Tim Walz (D-MN) – $2,000
  • Bob Gibbs (R-OH) – $2,000
  • Paul Gossar (R-AZ) – $2,000
  • Sam Graves (R-MO) – $2,000
  • Glenn Grothman (R-WI) $2,000
  • Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) – $2,000
  • Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) – $2,000
  • French Hill (R-AR) – $2,000
  • Bill Huizenga (R-MI) – $2,000
  • Darrell Issa (R-CA) – $2,000
  • Bill Johnson (R-OH) – $2,000
  • Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) – $2,000
  • Doug Lamborn (R-CO) – $2,000
  • Luke Messer (R-IN) – $2,000
  • Kristi Noem (R-SD) – $2,000
  • Scott Perry (R-PA) – $2,000
  • Robert Pittenger (R-NC) – $2,000
  • Ted Poe (R-TX) – $2,000
  • Tom Rice (R-SC) – $2,000
  • Martha Roby (R-AL) – $2,000
  • Mike Rogers (R-AL) – $2,000
  • Todd Rokita (R-IN) – $2,000
  • Peter Roskam (R-IL) – $2,000
  • Dennis Ross (R-FL) – $2,000
  • Austin Scott (R-GA) – $2,000
  • Jason Smith (R-MO) – $2,000
  • Elise Stefanik (R-NY) – $2,000
  • Steve Stivers (R-OH) – $2,000
  • Mark Walker (R-NC) – $2,000
  • Jackie Walorski (R-IN) – $2,000
  • Mimi Walters (R-CA) – $2,000
  • Joe Wilson (R-SC) – $2,000
  • Rob Wittman (R-VA) – $2,000
  • Steven Palazzo (R-MS) – $1,750
  • Mike Kelly (R-PA) – $1,500
  • Steve Womack (R-AR) – $1,500
  • Ralph Abraham (R-LA) – $1,000
  • Lou Barlettea (R-PA) – $1,000
  • Susan Brooks (R-IN) – $1,000
  • Warren Davidson (R-OH) – $1,000
  • Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – $1,000
  • Louie Gohmert (R-TX) – $1,000
  • Kenny Marchant (R-TX) – $1,000
  • Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) – $1,000
  • David McKinley (R-WV) – $1,000
  • Dave Reichert (R-WA) – $1,000
  • Tom Rooney (R-FL) – $1,000
  • Randy Weber (R-TX) – $1,000
  • Daniel Webster (R-FL) – $1,000

Beetle Bailey still hasn’t been to war

And now his creator is dead:

Mort Walker, whose “Beetle Bailey” comic strip followed the exploits of a lazy G.I. and his inept cohorts at the dysfunctional Camp Swampy, and whose dedication to his art form led him to found the first museum devoted to the history of cartooning, died Jan. 27 at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 94.

Bill Morrison, president of the National Cartoonists Society, confirmed the death. The cause was pneumonia.

In contrast with the work-shirking soldier he immortalized, Mr. Walker was a man of considerable drive and ambition. He drew his daily comic strip for 68 years, longer than any other U.S. artist in the history of the medium. …

Beetle’s cast includes the title character, a lanky goof-off whose eyes are always covered by the visor of his hat or helmet; his rotund nemesis, Sgt. Snorkel, a violent but sentimental man who frequently beat Beetle to a pulp of squiggly lines; the ineffectual Gen. Halftrack, who ran Camp Swampy (a place the Pentagon had lost track of); Halftrack’s voluptuous secretary, Miss Buxley; Cookie, the hairy-shouldered chef and purveyor of inedible meatballs; and the bumpkin Pvt. Zero.

The characters never saw battle, and weapons and uniforms were not updated. Mr. Walker said that the military setting was simply a convenient stand-in for the pecking order of which everyone is a part.