The Illustrated Frank J: Maybe They Shouldn’t Have Lit Their Money on Fire and Used It to Burn Down Orphanages

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The King, the Mice, and the Cheese

I remember reading a book when I was a kid about a king who was tired of his kingdom being full of mice, so he got a bunch of cats to chase them away. But now his kingdom was overrun with cats. So he got a bunch of dogs to chase them away. But now his kingdom is overrun with dogs (which I’m not sure why is a bad thing), so he got lions to chase away the dogs. Of course lions — being larger versions of cats — are much worse to have around, so he got elephants to chase away the lions. But now the kingdom was full of elephants, so he got mice to chase away the elephants and then we’re back where we started.

Politics is a lot like this, but for the cycle there’s just Democrats and Republicans.

“Our country is overrun with Democrats! Let’s get some Republicans to chase them away!”

“Oh no! Now our country is overrun with Republicans! Let’s get some Democrats to chase them away!”

The Democrats were counting on this cycle with that Georgia special election. Trump is unpopular, so they were thinking that people would want them — which is this error they’ve been constantly making. But the Democrats awfulness is still too much in people’s minds. Thinking Trump is a moron, boorish clout is still not the same as thinking Democrats are better. Of course the big question is will people still remember how much they disliked Democrats in 2018?

At the end of the story, I think the king learned to like living with the mice. Maybe a better ending would be to instead use traps to get rid of the mice. For a while, you’d have traps everywhere, but then eventually you would dispose of them and everything would be good. I’m not sure there’s a political analogy to that, but the question should be how to do we get out of this cycle?

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WE Watch the Watchmen

A new survey shows that anxiety levels are climbing faster in the US than in the rest of the world.

Makes sense. Unlike the rest of the world, the US doesn’t have a more powerful country it can count on to stomp heads if commies or terrorists snap their leashes.

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Cartoon of the Day – Losers


[Michael P. Ramirez]

I’m worried the GOP will get tired of winning before the Democrats get tired of losing.

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Thursday Night Open Thread

I haven’t trashed Obama in a while. I don’t know why. Let’s fix that now.

Obama wasn’t the first person that thought he was the Emperor of the United States. You may have heard of Norton. If not, this’ll be a treat. If you have, it’ll probably still be a treat.


[The YouTube]

It’s your turn to rule. You control the flow of conversation now. It’s Thursday Night Open Thread.

Who wants to start?

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Guaranteed They Can Change That Number

A new report shows that 24% of Americans don’t have single dollar saved for emergency.

That’s terrible. They should have a government program to fix that. It’ll be 48% in 3 years.

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Fire!

[RHNB-Celluloid Ping Pong Balls (In a Tube)] (Viewer #72,218)

There’s a political metaphor in here somewhere, but I’m not quite sure what it is. Trump making his way through the primary process to the nomination to the election, maybe?

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Link of the Day: They Always Look Cute When They’re Holding a Sign

[High Praise! to The People’s Cube]

On Hodgkinson

[Think you have a link that’s IMAO-worthy? Send it to harvolson@gmail.com. If I use your link, you will receive High Praise! (assuming you remember to put your name in the email)]

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Fisticuffs!

A new poll shows that 73% say the tone of political debate in America encourages violence.

The other 27% said political civility is alive and well and vowed to beat the snot out of anyone who says different.

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Ask Any Sanders Supporter

[High Praise! to Freedom Is Just Another Word]

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Straight Line of the Day: Shock Poll! Now More Popular Than Obama’s Presidency…

Works like this: I feed you Moon Nukers a straight line, and you hit me with a punch line in the comments.

Shock poll! Now more popular than Obama’s presidency…

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The Illustrated Frank J: The Fat Lady Didn’t Sing, So It’s Not Over. Making Excuses for Losing Isn’t Singing

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They’re Keeping the Jive Lady, Though

Boeing says it’s working on developing a self-flying plane.

The downside: the “Airplane!” reboot won’t be as much fun without Otto.

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Cartoon of the Day – Offensive


[Mike Lester – GoComics]

There’s no need to protect inoffensive speech.

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Wednesday Night Open Thread

Comedians these days just aren’t as funny as comedians used to be.

Maybe it’s the language. Sure, not all comedians use salty language in their comedy routines, but many do. And those that do are the ones I’m talking about when I say that comedians today aren’t as funny as comedians used to be. But, I could be wrong.

One of the all-time greats was Bob Hope. I remember watching his specials on TV when I was a child. Sure, his humor was silly and stupid — not Three Stooges stupid, but still some of it was stupid. But, he was funny.

Remember hearing the strains to “Thanks for the Memory” and know that it was time to go into the TV room and watching an hour or so of something that had funny stuff? Well, I do.

I always through of that song as the Bob Hope Theme. But, it was an actual song, as I learned when I was old enough to ask such things. But, I’ve never seen the movie it’s from.

[The YouTube]

I need to check that movie out some time. Right now, though, I’m awaiting some more current, profanity-free entertainment. From you. Because it’s Wednesday Night Open Thread. Your turn to take over and lead the conversation. Some of it better be funny. Or we’ll send you to bed before Joey Heatherton appears on stage with Bob Hope.

Who wants to start?

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