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Toon - Orbs

A belligerent man in a Trump hat was kicked off a flight as a crowd chanted: Lock him up!

A man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat was removed from a United Airlines flight in Shanghai. (Clark Gredońa)

Like some bizarre parody of a Trump rally, a belligerent man in a “Make America Great Again” hat was booted off a plane in Shanghai Sunday — defiantly waving as a crowd of passengers jeered in the terminal: “Lock him up! Lock him up!”

It’s unclear whether Chinese police did jail the man or who he was. As others on the United Airlines flight described it, he started arguing before he stepped onto the plane.

“Obviously, the hat provoked some of the stuff,” said Alexis Zimmerman, who was flying back to Newark from a business trip.



Monday Toon Roundup 3- The Rest



RW idiots




The Issue

Penn State


Monday Toon Roundup 2- A quick one while he's gone

Monday Toon Roundup 1 - Orange of Arabia

Oh those poor Rich people!

How the Wealthy Talk to Their Children About Money

Ron Weiner remembers sitting his two girls down to discuss the amount of money they stood to inherit. One was in college and the other in high school at the time, and they wanted nothing to do with the conversation.

“They didn’t want to hear about it,” said Mr. Weiner, chairman and president of Perelson Weiner, a certified public accounting firm. “They weren’t prepared to receive that information at those ages — it wasn’t in their sense of what was relevant to them.”

That was 20 years ago. He and his wife, Vicki, who owned an investor relations firm and now runs a nonprofit that lends money to women, have persisted each year in trying to educate their daughters about the wealth that they will inherit. But it has been a slow process.

“We’re getting closer,” said Mr. Weiner, 71. “The thought of being left all of this money is outside of their frame of reference. You can’t force-feed it.”

Even so, Mr. and Mrs. Weiner are doing something that many affluent people find very difficult to undertake: talking to their heirs about the millions they will have to manage after their parents are gone.


A 90% inheritance tax should cure these people's problems!

Mr Fish Toon - The Hole Truth

Peter Ackroyd: A secret history 2,000 years of gay life in London

In his flat in Knightsbridge, central London, Peter Ackroyd ushers me into his study. It is a tight, faintly anonymous space crowded with books and prints, and with a discouraging view on to the back of a building. Now in his late 60s, Ackroyd is famous for his Stakhanovite appetite for work: his books could fill a decent-sized bookcase, though such is their girth, you would probably need to reinforce it (his gargantuan 1990 biography of Dickens weighed in at 1,195 pages). As far as I can calculate, there are now 18 works of fiction and more than 30 biographies and histories. Ackroyd does nothing by half measures, as the legendary tales of his drinking testify.

Much to the teeth-gnashing of academics, Ackroyd is no respecter of specialism, gliding serenely across such topics as Charlie Chaplin, Edgar Allan Poe, Turner’s watercolour technique, the origins of Englishness and the history of Venice. His abiding love is, of course, London – the city where he was born and has almost always lived, and which has infiltrated everything he has done. So deep does the obsession run that even Ackroyd seems at a loss trying to explain it: “How can I put it? London has always been a refuge.” It’s not clear whether he means geopolitically or personally. Perhaps it is both.

The new book, a history of gay London entitled Queer City, returns to familiar territory, so much so that it’s surprising Ackroyd hasn’t already written it: in fact, it turns out that, after a manner of speaking, he has. The very first work in the bibliography is by “Ackroyd, P”, a little‑known 1979 work on transvestism and drag. More famously, a 1983 novel is written as a fictional diary by Oscar Wilde, a photograph of whom decorates his study, sandwiched between Thomas More and the Elizabethan magus John Dee.

Yet the new work goes far deeper, travelling from the barely visible remains of Celtic London and the arrival of Christianity in the AD300s to the great sex scandals of the 19th century – Wilde included – and on to recent fights for gay rights. As ever, the book is rambunctiously inclusive, practically Rabelaisian. One sentence quotes Julius Caesar on the flamboyantly long-haired, moustachioed Celts, who honoured what Aristotle called “passionate friendship between men”. In the next sentence, Ackroyd drily remarks: “You can still see them walking in the streets of London.”



Florida Man strikes again

MAY 20, 2017 10:00 AM
Bible-quoting whip-its fan attacks musician with whipped cream container, cops say

Three weeks after Terry Backus allegedly stomped a homeless man while inhaling “whip-its,” he used a commercial grade metal container to strike a 76-year-old man in the head, police say.

Backus, a self-styled Bible-quoting preacher from North Carolina, admitted to Key West Police Officer Carter Sims he indeed struck Mustafa Abadal-Khallaq Tuesday afternoon while in a small park at 200 Front St. in Truman Annex. Backus was booked on a charge of felony aggravated battery.

“He spoke of God and how he was a holy man, etc.,” Sims wrote.

A witness said Backus struck Abadal-Khallaq in the head with the container and was “ranting about Jesus Christ the savior and how this was his world,” Sims wrote.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/florida-keys/article151702022.html#storylink=cpy
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