Jan 16 2021

Cartnoon

Horsepower: James Watt and the Transition from Horse to Steam

How much power is there in a horsepower, where does the term come from, and how did it become the most common way of talking about the power of a car engine? In fact the history of horsepower begins in the 18th century, and with a man whose name has become synonymous with a measurement of power – James Watt. It is history that deserves to be remembered.

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Jan 16 2021

The Breakfast Club (Preservation Of The Future)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

There are four and a half days until the Inauguration of the 46th President of the United States Joeph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris.

This Day in History

Start of Operation Desert Storm; Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off; Prohibition takes effect ; Shah of Iran flees into exile; musical “Hello Dolly” opens.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.

Dian Fossey

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Jan 15 2021

Late Night Today

Late Night Today is for those folks who can’t resist the call of an early bedtime but still need a good chuckle and some satirical perspective to end their day.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

Former Presidents Really Got A Kick Out Of The Current President’s Second Impeachment

The impeachment really got the portraits jumping out of their frames

As Joe Biden’s Inauguration Approaches, The Fascist Threat Is Growing

President-elect Biden won’t be taking his beloved Amtrak train to his inauguration next week because of the clear and present threat posed by violent extremists inspired by the outgoing president.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:

From Starbucks to Roseanne: Discrimination in America

Kens, Karens, and Roseanne. Here’s a look at discrimination in America.

late Night with Seth Meyers:

After Second Impeachment, Trump Begins Moving Out of White House: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at a twice-impeached Trump turning against some of his closest allies as his White House gets packed up.

Jimmy Kimmel Live:

Trump is Almost Gone

Moving trucks showed up outside the White House marking the current administration’s final week in office, Trump reportedly did not want to denounce the violence following last week’s attacks, Rudy Giuliani is on the outs and Trump is insisting on personally approving reimbursements for his travel expenses, Lindsey Graham is fighting back against the House’s impeachment ruling, new Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has plans to impeach Joe Biden before he even starts, major corporations have been releasing statements condemning violence in Washington after a can of Axe Body Spray was found at the site of the invasion, and this week in Unnecessary Censorship.

The Late, Late Show with James Corden:

Trump Is Giving Rudy the Ol’ Stiff!

James Corden kicks off the show excited to share he’s going somewhat off the grid with a new, old cell phone (no email, web, keyboard) — and the gang takes bets on how long he will last with it. And James dives into the headlines, including reports that an isolated and angry President Donald Trump is cutting lawyer Rudy Giuliani out of the picture, Donld Trump Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle moving to Florida and Dodger Stadium becoming a massive COVID-19 vaccination site.

Jan 15 2021

Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news media and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

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Paul Krugman: Four Rules That Should Guide Bidenomics

Basically, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.

Here we go again. For the second time in 12 years a newly elected Democratic president is inheriting an economy in deep distress. And while it’s hard to focus on such things after last week’s Trumpist putsch, a lot depends on whether Joe Biden’s plan to deal with our economic woes is effective.

The narrow Democratic margin in Congress means that the most ambitious progressive goals will have to be put on hold. But the rescue package Biden unveiled Thursday already indicates he won’t exhibit the excessive caution that inhibited President Barack Obama’s response to economic crisis.

Still, in case anyone on the Biden team is feeling cautious, let me offer four rules, based on hard experience, that should encourage them to be bold in dealing with the mess we’re in.

Eugene Robinson: The Republicans are out of time to repudiate Trump’s election lies

If they don’t reaffirm the integrity of the election, the country may never recover.

President Trump is impeached yet again, disgraced yet again, soon to slink away in shame. But he leaves a poison trail behind him as he departs, an insidious Big Lie about “voter fraud” that gravely threatens our democracy. The Republican Party he leads is out of time to repudiate that lie. If its members fail to act now, they may never extricate themselves, or their country, from it. [..]

The biggest problem facing the nation now is not what to do with Trump, who will soon become yesterday’s news. The crisis is that more than 70 percent of Republican voters believe — falsely — that there was some kind of widespread fraud in the election. The essence of democracy is accepting both victory and loss as legitimate outcomes.

A GOP that internalizes and retains Trump’s conspiratorial worldview is not a political party. It is a dangerous cult. Elected officials who have cynically — or cravenly — gone along with that cult’s lies will not find it easy to reverse course.

Much more important than whether Trump is convicted in his coming trial is whether Republicans level with their constituents and tell them that Trump is lying.

If Republicans won’t — or can’t — tell the truth about the November election, they are no longer participants in our democracy. They are its enemies.

Amanda Marcotte: Republicans threaten violence if Trump faces repercussions — but it was impunity that moved his mob

Trump and his mob believe they’ll never pay the piper

There is no way to defend Donald Trump’s behavior last week, when, after pouring gasoline for months, he lit a match and set the insurrection fire. And, by and large, Republicans aren’t even trying. Instead, the Republican arguments against impeaching the president for a second time largely cite “concerns” — or what might be better described as threats — that any effort to hold Trump accountable for his behavior may anger an already angry mob, leading to more violence.  [..]

Of course, Trump lost the Nov. 3 election to Joe Biden by 74 electoral votes, the exact number he won by in 2016. Yet his team continues to amplify the foundational lie that lead to last week’s violent desecration of the U.S. Capitol. In addition, multiple Republicans have spent the days since whining about Trump being “canceled,” callously acting as if the loss of his Twitter account is the real crime while ignoring the ones he incited, like beating a cop to death with a fire extinguisher during a treacherous riot.

The flaws in this let-the-terrorists win argument should be immediately evident.

For one thing, Trump supporters already violently tried to overthrow the government — not because Trump was being impeached, but because they reject the results of a democratic election and believe Trump should be illegally installed as an authoritarian leader.

Karen Tumulty: Trump’s stench will cling to Republicans long after he’s gone

The 45th president leaves Republicans at a hinge point on his way out the door.

Donald John Trump now bears the distinction of being the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

Unlike the first time, this was a bipartisan congressional rebuke. Ten Republicans — including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who ranks third in the GOP House leadership — joined 222 Democrats in voting to impeach.

But Trump is unlikely to pay any price beyond political humiliation. Although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) let it be known, through a tactical leak to the New York Times, that he thinks Trump’s impeachment was warranted, McConnell does not plan to reconvene the upper chamber to conduct a trial in the week before Trump’s term expires.

The constitutional grounds for holding an unprecedented trial after Trump leaves office are questionable, as former federal appeals court judge J. Michael Luttig argued in a Post op-ed this week.

The wisdom of doing so is even more questionable. Such a politically fraught exercise could undermine Joe Biden’s ability to successfully launch his presidency amid a convergence of challenges: the covid-19 pandemic, a ravaged economy, a racial reckoning and frayed U.S. relationships with international allies.

Even more than it was 13 months ago, the case for removing Trump from office was utterly clear.

This time, lawmakers were not asked to adjudicate conflicting accounts of a private phone call with a foreign leader. The evidence here was what they had seen and heard with their own eyes and ears just a week earlier.

Michelle Goldberg: Trump’s Inevitable End

Has the reckoning come too late?

The House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment report quotes, at length, the speech that Donald Trump gave to his devotees on Jan. 6 before many of them stormed the Capitol, baying for execution. [..]

Trump now becomes the first president in American history to be impeached twice. Half of all presidential impeachments since the Republic began have been impeachments of Trump. This latest impeachment is different than the first, and not just because it was bipartisan. It culminates a week in which Trump has finally faced the broad social pariahdom he’s always deserved.

When a mob incited by the president ransacked the Capitol, killing one policeman and pummeling others, it also tore down a veil. Suddenly, all but the most fanatical partisans admitted that Trump was exactly who his fiercest critics have always said he was.

Jan 15 2021

Cartnoon

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Jan 15 2021

The Breakfast Club (Impeached Again, Naturally)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

There are five and a half days left until the Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Vice President Kamala Harris.

This Day in History

Martin Luther King, Junior born; Richard Nixon suspends U.S. offensive in Vietnam; Queen Elizabeth the First crowned; Work completed on Pentagon; first Super Bowl takes place.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Jan 14 2021

Late Night Today

Late Night Today is for those early risers who can’t stay up to watch the late night talk show but still need a good chuckle to end their day.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

<center.The President Had A Clear Message For Mike Pence

Even Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion couldn’t ignore what happened in the Oval Office.

House Votes To Impeach And McConnell Provides Cover For GOP Senators To Break With The President
Quarantinewhile… Internet-Connected Sex Toys Targeted By Hackers

Quarantinewhile… In a brand new sub-sub-segment, Stephen Colbert welcomes his writer Django Gold for an examination of a troubling story about what happens when a malicious stranger takes control of your wifi-enabled chastity cage

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah:

Saluting the Heroes of the Insurrection

Cruz. Hawley. Pirro. Dobbs. Pierson. Graham. Pence. Carlson. Cawthorn. Jordan. Gaetz. Gohmert. Ingraham. Tuberville. McCarthy. Guilfoyle. Greene. McEnany. Biggs. Gosar. Hegseth. Brooks. Giuliani. Don Jr. Lara. Eric. Donald Trump.

Today, we salute the Heroes of the Insurrection.

Late Night with Seth Meyers:

Trump Is Now the Only President To Be Impeached Twice: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at the House voting to impeach President Trump for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, making him the first and only president in history to be impeached twice.

Jimmy Kimmel Live:

Trump Impeached AGAIN After Inciting Violence at the Capitol

Donald Trump made history today as the first president to be impeached twice, several Republicans in the House voted to hold Trump accountable while the rest of them put their crazy on full display, Chuck Norris set the record straight about being at the Capitol riots after a look-a-like photo circulated online, Nancy Pelosi’s stolen lectern was returned, several GOP members popped off about having to go through metal detectors on their way into the Capitol, VP Mike Pence received a vulgar threat from Trump, Mitch McConnell is said to be pleased about impeachment after years of supporting our dear misleader, and Jimmy checks in with our favorite stoner from Michigan, Freddie Miller.

The Late, Late Show with James Corden:

A President So Nice He’s IMPEACHED Twice
 

James Corden is out of the garage with a shady coat of paint on his desk, whether he asked for it or not, and he recaps the news, notably Donald Trump being impeached for the second time during his single term as president. And Trump is becoming increasingly ostracized, with New York City cutting off all association with his organization and the European Union declining to meet the Secretary of State. And James looks at a Brazilian church that unveiled a very unfortunate collection of wax figures depicting notable figures like Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela.

Jan 14 2021

Cartnoon

Sam Bee returned last night and had a lot to say.

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After four years of holding it all in, Sam is finally free to torch all of her sick Trump burns.

It’s a Little Too Late For Republicans To Denounce Trump Pt. 1

After a violent far-right insurrection of the nation’s Capitol, many former Trump affiliates are finally saying “enough.” How brave! But before you make yourself ill trying to tweet a thank you to Mitch McConnell, remember, these people are NOT heroes!

It’s Just a Little Too Late For Republicans To Denounce Trump Pt. 2

After a violent far-right insurrection of the nation’s Capitol, many former Trump affiliates are finally saying “enough.” How brave! But before you make yourself ill trying to tweet a thank you to Mitch McConnell, remember, these people are NOT heroes!

t Shouldn’t Have Taken An Insurrection For Social Media To Block Trump

After allowing the president four years to post hateful, inflammatory, and downright false information across the internet, social media companies are finally taking action! Thank God they were able to step in before he caused any real damage….

Congratulations, Georgia!

Given the near-coup that occurred last week, it was difficult to find a moment to celebrate the monumental Senate wins of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff! So let’s take a second to bask in the joy of Georgia electing its first black Senator, and first cute lil dork Senator.

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Jan 14 2021

The Breakfast Club (The 50-50-90 Rule)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

There are six and a half days left to Donald J. Trump’s occupation of the White House.

This Day in History

George Wallace is sworn in;United States ratifies a peace treaty with Britain;, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill meet; Joe DiMaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe get married;Today Show debuts.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

Andy Rooney

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Jan 13 2021

Late Night Today

Sorry this is so late and blogging has been sparse, real life gets n the way. However, better late than never, this is the roundup of the late night show you can’t stay awake to watch.

As always we start with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert who has new app for banned twitter users.

This Is The New App For Suspended Twitter Users

This Is The New App For Suspended Twitter Users

Like many of us, Stephen is still pretty angry about the riot last week.

FBI: The MAGA Maniacs Who Tried To Overthrow The Government Are Going To Pay

While the president tries to shift blame for last week’s insurrection, the FBI and Justice Department are making it clear that the terrorists involved will face very serious federal charges. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Washington and around the country are bracing for a second wave of right-wing violence.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah wonders why the alt-right is so angry.

Why Is the Alt-Right So Angry?

What’s really getting some in the alt-right so riled up? Michael Kosta finds out.

Late Night with Seth Meyers takes a Closer Look at the Squatter’s sedition speech.

Trump Defends His Sedition Speech as Support for Impeachment Grows: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at House Democrats calling on Vice President Pence to remove President Trump through the 25th Amendment as they prepare to vote on a resolution to impeach Trump.

Jimmy Kimmel Live examines the Squatter’s trip to his wall and his demented speech.

Trump’s Bananas Border Speech, Looming Impeachment & Crazy Conspiracies

Eight days are left of Donald Trump’s presidency, the House will vote to impeach tomorrow, new details have been released about what went down at the White House on Wednesday during the attacks on the Capitol, one of the rioters (who was dressed like a Viking) isn’t happy with his accommodations in jail, Trump flew to Alamo, Texas to brag about his “wall” the same week his supporters showed that walls serve no purpose whatsoever, three Democrats in the house have tested positive for COVID after being holed up during the Capitol lockdown with maskless colleagues, and it turns out that QAnon is just a build-your-own-apocalypse.

Last up is The Late, Late Show with James Corden still in his garage shares his thoughts on the Squatter, his second impeachment, Rudy and the virus.

President Trump Will Always Be #1 – In Impeachments!

James Corden looks at the news of the day including Trump’s final visit to his beloved border wall, impeachment efforts in the House that would make Trump the only president impeached twice, news that Rudy Giuliani may be disbarred and California’s plan to turn Disneyland into a mass vaccination site.

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