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  1. about 2 hours ago on Tom Toles

    “The Cad Batter”

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    Mitch in political uniform is a slugger;

    In normal life he would be deemed vicious mugger.

    As hit man designated by his manager, Trump,

    He gives the head of Democracy far more than a bump.

    Then he has additional misuse for that bat …

    (But let’s not stretch this metaphor further into that!)

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    Mitch the Pitch quite simply must enjoy his hack work —

    You can tell by his ever incipient snide smirk.

    And his occasional little quiver and spasm

    Could mean he is having a hidden orgasm.

    His Republican flock he keeps tightly in line,

    They seem to agree his Sheepocracy baaa-ndy and fine.

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    If Justice prevails (but it hasn’t lately, much),

    Mitch in his glory with his manure Midas touch

    Will get his comeuppance, in this life or next.

    St. Peter might click on his File of Lives text

    And read the achievements that Mitch proudly claims —

    Then appoint him to endless terms in Hell’s flames.

  2. about 4 hours ago on Tom Toles

    Another O_C classic. Hit way out of the park. I, too, find myself giving McConnell “the finger” whenever he appears on television. I often think if I won a big lottery prize I would contribute a large sum to his defeat in his next re-election bid. In my opinion, his political tactics stain American politics. They border on evil.

  3. about 4 hours ago on Ted Rall

    Many times Rall offers anarchistic opinions, seemingly just for the hell of it, without offering even a hint of constructive input. It’s easier than drawing a wise cartoon, I guess — more like a “wise-guy” cartoon. Actually, I admire his tenacity in being a snot. There might be value in it, but I just can’t see it at the moment. I reserve the future right to always say, “My opinion is not necessarily the correct one.”

  4. about 4 hours ago on Jack Ohman

    While not a perfect parallel, our present situation might be compared to certain elements in “The Frogs,” a Greek comedy by Aristophanes.

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    “But now / you silly fools, it’s time to change your ways / use worthy people once again.

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    The eyes in the background of this cartoon must be “the frogs,” with their croaking sound, “Brekekekex Koax Koax.”

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    In the “parabasis” within the play, Aristophanes refers to the political situation in his contemporary Athens. The city is unstable in terms of internal politics and foreign policy. There are threats to democracy, both internal and external. Athenians are seeing an erosion of their rights. In the past, oligarchies have dominated the government and have persecuted citizens unfairly.

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    (Sorry, I haven’t read this play in a long time, and have rearranged words and phrases within a summary from a related website.)

  5. about 5 hours ago on Tom Toles

    Mitch McConnell: The Louisville Mugger.

  6. about 18 hours ago on Jack Ohman

    Part Three:

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    When still he did not go, I said,

    “Will you leave when I am dead?”

    The Man Not There did softly say,

    “I will go with you on that day.

    In case you did not realize,

    I go with e’vryone who dies.

    Your conscience is my duty whole,

    Then travel with your parted soul.

    Each day alive your aim should be

    To prepare yourself to follow me.”

  7. about 19 hours ago on Tom Toles

    Whoa, you must have an advance copy! When I buy one for myself, it will go into my bookshelf next to Ambrose Bierce’s THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY.

  8. about 19 hours ago on Tom Toles

    Hardly a small difference. Look it up. I guess the lack of distinction for many people is a big part of our societal problems.

  9. about 19 hours ago on Tom Toles

    It has long occurred to me that women were always present at critical points of my life. They were there assisting my mother and me at my difficult birth. They helped treat me during childhood illnesses. Women alone taught me in early years of education; they taught me to read and write. Women were present during each of my operations, and female faces were the last I saw in going under anesthesia. And most likely, female faces will be the last I see before death. And after death … who knows?

  10. about 23 hours ago on Tom Toles

    Above the “commode”?