CSotD: Forked Tongues and Empty Chatter

The big news this morning is about Tucker Carlson’s interview with Vladimir Putin last night. It was so predictable that cartoonists weighed in days before it happened, which would normally be dangerous but, well, not always.

Bill Bramhall widened his vision to take in the international significance, as Carlson’s fawning is tied into Republican refusal to oppose Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. This also brings in Carlson’s pretentions of having scored a journalistic victory in getting the interview, which was so preposterous that even the Russians laughed it off.

Rather, as Bramhall accuses, the stooge was employed by Putin as a weapon. Russian media has been replaying Carlson’s pro-Russia/anti-Ukraine rants as in-house propaganda, and granting the interview was easier than employing their troll factories to infiltrate American social media. Not that they’ve given up on that.

The only miss in the flood of prophecies came from Christo Komarnitski (Cartoon Movement), who foresaw a clash that never happened. However, I’m willing to give him a pass because of the possibility I misread Bulgarian sarcasm and that he was mocking the concept that it would be a real interview by a real journalist.

If you missed it, either intentionally or not, and want a wrap-up, I like what Oliver Darcy had to offer over at Reliable Sources. That’s one of my regular morning stops because he’s not afraid to take a stance but keeps the facts involved in his reporting.

Clay Bennett (CTFP) offers an understated but impossible to misinterpret evaluation that brings in not only Carlson but Fox. I continue to be gobsmacked that rightwingers who used to shout “Go back to Russia!” and fling red paint at anti-war demonstrators are now falling in line with commentators who are not just sympathetic to Putin but actively promote his views and values.

Perhaps Michael de Adder does better by basing his criticism on current events rather than expecting readers to remember how things were way back when they worshipped the Gipper and wanted that wall torn down, much less in the days of Joe McCarthy and “Are you now or have you ever been …”

Today, Putin’s thugs are executing civilians. They’re currently kidnapping children and reprogramming them. And if murder and rape aren’t specifically directed by Tucker’s bestie, the kidnapping is a government policy.

So what? Not only have we’ve gone from “Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad” to “Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better,” without the sheep questioning the change, but people still believe Democrats are drinking children’s blood in the basement of a pizza parlor built on a slab.

We’re well past that thing that floated around on Facebook a few years ago, “If you’re ever wondered what you’d have done in 1930s Germany, you’re doing it now.”

Which, horrifyingly, brings us to our

Juxtaposition of the Day

Bill Bramhall

Mike Lester — AMS

Take your pick.

Bramhall expresses horror at how an organized lynch party in red shirts is being promoted as the heroic new Brown Shirts. His cartoon largely speaks for itself, though I hope people who pay any attention to the news have heard that the man being beaten by Sliwa’s thugs was born in the United States, had not shoplifted and was singled out because he was speaking Spanish.

Campaigning through book burning is already happening. Minorities are being beaten on live TV.

How long before Kristallnacht?

As for Lester, when his cartoon got negative feedback at GoComics, he stepped in to explain “When you import people from cultures drastically different from your own it becomes a form of suicide.”

Because people born in this country would never assault a police officer.

Except maybe in Greenville.

Or Nashville.

Or Warren.

Or Seattle.

Or Connecticut.

Or El Paso.

Or New Hampshire.

Or elsewhere in New York City.

But certainly not in Oregon, where your dog can be used to assault police instead.

People don’t have to come from overseas to be declared terrorists. As La Cucaracha (AMS) points out, you can be born with the wrong last name and be labeled not simply a punk or a gang member but officially a terrorist. Though this particular not-a-racist was forced to withdraw his proposed legislation for revision.

Juxtaposition of the Day #2

Darrin Bell — KFS

Steve Kelley — Creators

Fortunately, we have the power of the vote to keep our country on the right path. More or less, and subject to how things are stacked up and then how they’re reported.

Bell is correct that there’s not a lot of point in celebrating Biden’s win in South Carolina, since the primaries as a whole — not just the relatively meaningless Democratic race — had an extremely low turnout.

You may recall that the Democratic Party dismissed the New Hampshire primary as not being representational enough and declared that no delegates would be awarded, and Biden didn’t even enter there, though he walked away with a massive write-in vote.

However, taking the two NH primaries together, about a third of registered voters showed up here, while South Carolina turned out a massive four percent of their voters.

Which makes me really, really hope South Carolina is not, in fact, more representative.

Meanwhile, out in Nevada, Kelley celebrates a bit of electoral jiu-jitsu, in which the Republicans decreed that candidates had to choose either the primary or the caucus but could not enter both, and that only the caucus would award delegates.

However, they didn’t decree that citizens could only vote in either the primary or the caucus, which led to a massive victory in the primary for the Little Orange Man Who Wasn’t There.

This was a move that would make Elbridge Gerry jealous, because not only did the MAGAts get to vote for their man twice, but it gave the Horserace Hacks an easy, fun headline about how Haley lost to None of the Above, sparing them the work of digging in for more in-depth analysis.

And as Brendan Loper suggests, the gamesmanship in Nevada may have set a new standard for future elections, since we’re probably going to keep holding them for the sake of preserving a nominal democracy.

Even Vladimir Putin has to run for election every few years. Really. You can ask his lapdog.

Or we could turn it around. There’ll be more than one office on November’s ballot.

7 thoughts on “CSotD: Forked Tongues and Empty Chatter

  1. Finishing “second to none” reminded me of “Sister Boom Boom”, who ran for election in San Francisco as “Nun of the Above”. The strategy did not work, but it was considered enough of a threat that the city later passed a law against using pseudonyms on ballots.

  2. Mike, if you think this comment is too ‘brutal’ you can delete it. But, what we see is that all that you posted today seems to reinforce the (crude but effective) statement by our Heroic Heretic(tm):
    The corrupt, corporate owned duopoly running this failing country has given us a choice for president that is limited to Feces or Excrement and nothing else viable!

    1. I don’t have a problem with it, though I disagree. I felt that way about Nixon/Humphrey, not realizing that Nixon was actively dishonest, and I supported John Anderson in 1980 because while I preferred Carter to Reagan, I hoped Anderson might get enough support to create a third party. But, while I had hoped Biden would be a one-term caretaker president, the difference between a Biden presidency and a Trump presidency is so stark and existential that I find it impossible to ignore.

      OTOH, that’s why we let everyone vote.

  3. Wow, that Lester comic is genuinely revolting. And then to double down with the “importing other cultures is suicide” bit.

    But then , nothing right-wingers say or do surprises me anymore. No low is too low.

  4. Thanks, Mike for your reply. I have always hoped for more and better options in elections, in spite of the ‘if you vote 3rd party you are a traitor’ rhetoric. I read into your comment that you support viable candidates outside the ‘prescribed’ favorites. You seem to vote responsibly, not knee-jerk like so many. I DO understand your position on tRUMP and Biden. The last thing we would support is a tRUMP dictatorship. So, maybe we should be more nuanced in our pronouncement. But, I really wish that the corp. dem. machine had come up with a better choice for us. I wonder if maybe the mixed signals on people vs. war and corp. destruction came from powers behind the scenes dictating Biden’s actions. It is not easy to find any real depth and honesty in reporting these days (CNN admitting Israel getting to view/approve their stories?!).

  5. Funny how in New Hampshire, Biden won by a landslide with write-in votes,
    But apparently Trump didn’t get enough write-in votes in Nevada to even show up, let alone do better than NoTA.

  6. Let’s see the purest left voted for Nadar in 2000, and we got Bush the lesser. In 2016 they voted for Stein. And we got trump.

    To paraphrase Bush #2, “Is our left capable of learning?”

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