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Monday Toon Roundup 4- The Rest







note- not much tooning the rest of the week from me. Busy.

Monday Toon Roundup 3-Politics





Monday Toon Roundup 2-2016

Monday Toon Roundup 1- Crazy Party

Mike Luckovich Toon- Jeb announces...

Jeb Bush is modeling his campaign on one of military history's great disasters

Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy on rebooting Jeb Bush's presidential un-campaign:

By hiring Mr. Diaz, Mr. Bush wanted to send a clear signal that "the culture of the Bush operation will now be a Pickett's Charge engagement campaign with his main opponents," according to one Bush ally.

This is a reference to an element of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. Except Pickett's Charge was a bloody disaster for the men involved that devastated the strategic position of the men who'd ordered it.

The context was that General Robert E. Lee had ordered a daring Confederate invasion of the North, which eventually led to a massive gathering of Union and Confederate forces in the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. On the third day of that battle, Lee ordered artillery bombardment of Union positions on the high ground at Cemetery Ridge, followed by an infantry charge. Union forces correctly predicted what was up, and silenced their guns during the Confederate barrage. That lead the rebels to mistakenly believe that they'd knocked out the Union's big guns, so they sent 12,000 men to try to take the ridge. They were cut to pieces by Union guns, suffered a 50 percent casualty rate, lost the battle, and permanently lost the strategic initiative in the larger war.


Paul Krugman also weighs in
Don’t Know Much About History, Jeb Bush Edition

Hmm. Pickett’s Charge is not exactly something you want to emulate …

I find myself thinking about an incident from a while back, where Jeb invoked the spirit of a “mystic warrior':

After more than an hour of solemn ceremony naming Rep. Marco Rubio, R-West Miami, as the 2007-08 House speaker, Gov. Jeb Bush stepped to the podium in the House chamber last week and told a short story about “unleashing Chang,” his “mystical warrior” friend.

Here are Bush’s words, spoken before hundreds of lawmakers and politicians: ”Chang is a mystical warrior. Chang is somebody who believes in conservative principles, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism, believes in moral values that underpin a free society.
”I rely on Chang with great regularity in my public life. He has been by my side and sometimes I let him down. But Chang, this mystical warrior, has never let me down.”

How was he to know that “unleashing Chiang” was about landing Kuomintang troops on the mainland, where they would have been slaughtered? (Maybe that Pickett comparison isn’t so off after all.)

Pipe bombs found in van of dead gunman who attacked Dallas police headquarters

A suspected gunman in a van was shot dead by a police sniper Saturday following an overnight assault on Dallas police headquarters that forced officers to dodge bullets and in which at least one pipe bomb exploded when a robot touched it.

The suspect sprayed squad cars with an assault rifle during the attack and then got into an hours-long standoff with officers that ended early Saturday when a police officer armed with a .50-caliber rifle shot through the windshield of the suspect’s van, where two pipe bombs were later recovered.

No officers or civilians were injured in the attack.

“We barely survived the intent of the suspect,” police Chief David Brown said at a news conference. Bullets pierced the doors of the police department, but only struck furniture.

Before he was shot, the suspect claimed in a phone call during a police chase that the van he was driving was full of explosives. The vehicle appeared to be outfitted with gun ports on the side.



U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East Europe

Source: NYT

RIGA, Latvia — In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say.

The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine have caused alarm and prompted new military planning in NATO capitals.

It would be the most prominent of a series of moves the United States and NATO have taken to bolster forces in the region and send a clear message of resolve to allies and to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, that the United States would defend the alliance’s members closest to the Russian frontier.

After the expansion of NATO to include the Baltic nations in 2004, the United States and its allies avoided the permanent stationing of equipment or troops in the east as they sought varying forms of partnership with Russia.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/14/world/europe/us-poised-to-put-heavy-weaponry-in-east-europe.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Toon: Death Panel

You can't read the TPP- And You can't find out who in Congress has read it

You probably know by now that no normal Americans are allowed to see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. It’s classified. Even members of Congress can only read it by going to secure reading rooms in the basement of the Capitol.

But here’s what you might not know: you’re not even allowed to know who in Congress has bothered to do this.

If President Obama’s push to pass the TPP ultimately collapses — and with this week’s vote it does seem to be deflating like a botched soufflé — one key reason will be his administration’s extraordinary secrecy about it.

According to congressional staff members, the House Security Office and the Senate Security Office are responsible for supervising the reading of the TPP text. However, when I asked both offices, neither would answer any questions whatsoever, including:

Which members have gone to the secure rooms to look at the TPP?


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