That’s All Folks!

Looney times and merry maladies featuring Bugs Rabbit Kevin and Road Runner Joe:

Attribution: Wile E McCarthy Chases Debt Ceiling Deal by R.J. Matson, CQ Roll Call


21 thoughts on “That’s All Folks!”

  1. alternate thread ‘toon:


    Attribution: Debt Ceiling by John Darkow, Columbia Missourian

  2. Sorry to see Biden moving toward concession on debt deal. If you bargain with terrorists they’ll just get worse. Just raise the limit without Congress (the 14th Amendment scenario), or at least make them think you will. Sure they’ll sue, but would the courts really want to be blamed for defaulting the nation by ruling against the president?

  3. more on the subject of cartoon characters from ms petri

    Opinion | Resign is the last thing George Santos should do – The Washington Post

    Yes, thank you! I, Kevin, your speaker of the House, will gladly take questions on any subject! Any subject at all! Go ahead!
    Oh, George Santos has been indicted? And has confessed to a crime in Brazil? I hadn’t heard. I’m sorry, much on my mind lately! Trying to make the nation default! Default, as they say, is in our stars! Just a little budget humor for you.
    That George has been indicted means nothing. The prosecutor seems to think he committed some crimes — okay, more than a dozen — but George says he did not. Well, who am I going to believe, a prosecutor, or the man who invented the sun?
    There’s a resolution to expel him from Congress? And we’re going to have to vote on it? But — he’s our special guy! “Integrity” is his first name! I just can’t imagine voting to expel the Guinness record holder for most times landed on the moon. I can’t imagine expelling anyone with an R after his name, even if it is preceded by the letters L-I-A. I just don’t see it.
    No, people are just jealous that George wrote “War and Peace.” I bet they saw this Rhodes scholar, the creator of the Walt Disney Co., the very George for whom Georgia is named, getting elected to Congress, and felt as though they had never accomplished anything in their own lives. People see the man who won every Super Bowl while also healing scrofula with his touch, and they cavil and quibble. It’s human nature. I forgive them. George also forgives them. That is just the kind of guy he is — the Son of God, as he once admitted, before performing the miracle of the loaves and fishes. On top of all that, he has a bridge to sell me, though he doesn’t need the money; he already has lots of money from sources I have no questions about!
    Do I think he should leave office? Well, answer me this: Is my House majority large and resignation-proof? Did it take me fewer than 10 votes to be elected speaker? Does it look as if I have a lot of integrity?
    Lately it seems as though lots of the people I associate with in politics are being indicted! And that can mean only one thing: my associates are unsavory the prosecutors are out to get us!
    I think politics is too cynical and full of grifters, and George agrees. As he so famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you! I cannot tell a lie. I did cut down the cherry tree, four score and seven years ago, and the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Integrity is his first name. This was the man who warned that the British were coming! He remembers the Alamo! He built the Grand Canyon!
    Why would I ask him to resign? If it is a crime to do money laundering, make false statements to the House of Representatives and steal public funds, well then I guess the things he has been accused of are crimes! But remember, just because someone is accused of committing crimes does not mean that he isn’t still my special little guy, the reason for my majority, my inspiration! Besides, who could think ill of the man who was the model for Michelangelo’s David while also being John Malkovich?
    Also, I think people who are accused of a crime deserve every possible benefit of the doubt, and possibly not to have to suffer any consequences whatsoever, as long as they are my political ally! Everyone else should have the book thrown at them and become toxic forever!
    Look, I am very busy trying to run the country’s economy into the ground! This is no time to abandon my allies. Because no matter how bleak things look, don’t worry: I know somebody who can turn it all around. The very man who invented economics. You’ll never guess what his name is. He also can, if pressed, turn lead into gold, he says, which might come in handy if something bad happens to the dollar! Now why would I vote for his removal?
    No further questions!

  4. Shakespeare understood Trump & MAGAts

    “He will lie, sir, with such volubility that you would think truth were a fool… He has everything that an honest man should not have; what an honest man should have, he has nothing.” “All’s Well That Ends Well”

  5. Love a little of ol’ Shakes in the morning.
    Craig – if he does give anything for a ceiling change it falls in to the one area I have always had reservations about, giving away to be “bipartisan”.  That left when the round cheater Newt entered the House to be sworn in 1994.  It is nice to have, but that republican party is long gone.
    Something very exciting happened yesterday, Dems took cities that were once solid r.  Jacksonville and Colorado Springs.  I never expected the Springs to change, not with Focus on the Family and Fort Carson and the US Air Force Academy there.  It will be interesting to see how the new mayor handles the job, might be a center Dem, might not be, but he is a Dem.

  6. Maybe Mr Biden is holding a very strong hole card.  I heard him the other day lamenting pres obama’s actions on that one during his term so he’s “aware”.   And he ain’t no dummy.   
    Hard to believe he’d “cave” to such obvious horse shit. Maybe he wants to give Kevin some of the same hotshot that would give him an “out” from his mongrel chorus.

  7. And there are several republicans who haven’t voiced where they’re at, with Kev and his Harpies or with The Right Thing. 

  8. Blue B,  What I like is that as 2024 approaches, significant cities in  2 (OK, FL-duh doesn’t really count) states have swung toward D.  Not sure how far out into the suburbs the voting goes for mayor of either of those cities, but it seems to me to be a sign that the backlash against Rs trying to play OB/GYN is a real thing.

  9. good for them

    Penguin Random House, PEN America sue Florida school district over book bans – The Hill

    Book publisher Penguin Random House, PEN America, authors and parents filed a lawsuit against a Pensacola, Florida school district Wednesday over its removal of books about race and LGBTQ issues.  
    The federal lawsuit alleges that the Escambia County School District and the School Board violated the First Amendment by removing 10 books from school library shelves last year and restricting access to over 100 other titles.  
    Some of those books include “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” a memoir about growing up Black and gay, “And Tango Makes Three,” a children’s book about two male penguins raising a chick together, and “When Aidan Became a Brother,” a book about a transgender boy helping his family welcome a new baby. 
    Other books that have been removed or indefinitely restricted by the school district and board include classics like “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison, “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini and “Slaughterhouse-Five,” by Kurt Vonnegut.  
    The lawsuit also alleges that the removals violate the 14th Amendment because the books being removed or considered for removal “are disproportionately books authored by non-white and/or LGBTQ authors.” 
    Out of the 154 books removed or restricted in the district, 60 percent touch on themes relating to race, LGBTQ identity or feature prominent non-white or LGBTQ characters, according to the lawsuit.
    The plaintiffs, which include five authors of the banned books and parents of two district students, are asking that the titles be returned to library shelves.  

  10. pat, same a-holes that complain about violating 1st amendment rights when some RW dipshit gets shouted down or disinvited to speak at a college campus. Forking hypnocrites – the RW nutcase book burners, that is.

  11. calendar’s getting a bit crowded

    business insider:

    A Manhattan judge scheduled a July jury trial for Michael Cohen’s long-running lawsuit against the Trump Organization, where the former Donald Trump ally alleges he’s owed legal fees for the Stormy Daniels saga as well as other investigations related to the former president’s conduct.
    Cohen first filed the lawsuit in 2019, alleging that the criminal case against him over hush-money payments to Daniels — as well as his role in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, the New York Attorney General investigation into the Trump Organization’s finances, multiple Congressional investigations into Trump, among other things — all stemmed from his role as a former vice president for the Trump Organization and as a personal lawyer for Trump.
    The Trump Organization owes him $2.3 million in legal fees for all those cases and investigations, he says.
    The lawsuit has wound its way through the New York state courts, surviving multiple appeals. In a January court proceeding, New York State Supreme Court Judge Joel Cohen indicated he would finally set a trial date, for July. The court docket was updated on Monday to reflect a July 24 trial date. 
    In the January proceeding, the judge ruled that — because the Trump Organization refused for years to produce Trump and other company officials for depositions — jurors only need to weigh in on narrow issues, like whether the Trump Organization is liable for paying Cohen in the first place.
    Most of the five-day trial’s evidence, he said, would focus on just how much money the company should pay him.
    The case is barreling to trial at the same time as the Manhattan District Attorney’s office’s criminal case against Trump himself, over whether he broke criminal laws in his payments to Cohen to silence Stormy Daniels about her alleged affair with the then-presidential candidate ahead of the 2016 election.

  12. It looks like the greedy old perverts are going to side with “George whatshisname” and not bring the motion to the floor to toss his fat butt out the door. 
    So far we know they side with just about every perversion, fascists act, white supremacist motion and anti-everybody who is not a rich, white bastard.  Quite the accomplishment.  Lie, cheat, steal, take the little kid’s lunch money, kick LGBTQA in the face, steal grandma’s life savings by scaring her into some lie.  Yeah, “republicans” are scum.

  13. Just in case someone is wondering what it feels like to have the entire country, every legislature, filled with anti-LGBTQA legislation, it sucks.  Within the little groups we have there are posts of do not do suicide.  The most vulnerable easily kill themselves under pressure when there is no way forward. 

    I will shock a few of you, hopefully many of you, children kill themselves when they do not understand and do not have the paths to live as they want to.  Yes, six year olds find a way to off themselves.  Younger too.  All of those anti-Trans care statutes have a bloody ending.  Kids figure out how to hang themselves. 
    Those laws against Transgender care do have a terrible result.

  14. AOC says:
    Here’s the deal: McCarthy has nowhere near the votes for a deal and therefore cannot negotiate debt ceiling. You need 218 votes. GOP has maybe ~150. They will need anywhere from 50-100 House Dems to pass anything. Dems have 213 votes for a clean bill & just need to pick up 5.
    We got a preview of this during McCarthy’s disaster of Speaker vote in January. He doesn’t know how many votes he has on what. That’s what makes this “negotiating” rudderless.

    How do you deal with someone who cannot deliver passage? Clean bill needs 5. He can’t pass without Dems

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