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If Trump, Pruitt, and Zinke were actual humans . . .

If Trump, Pruitt, and Zinke were actual humans . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2510: I photographed this caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I feel sorry for people like Donald Trump, Scott Pruitt, and Ryan “I’m a Navy Seal” Zinke, who have no appreciation for nature. While an actual human being might look at this photo and appreciate the majestic caribou or […]

Scary times ahead?

Scary times ahead?

Marty’s photo of the day #2505: It’s unsettling to know that some of the things I wrote about in Time Is Irreverent, depicting America in 2056 as a theocracy, are starting to come true. Yesterday, Donald Trump signed a memorandum to deploy the National Guard along the Mexican border. In my book, the guards are […]

How I know Planet Earth is totally screwed

How I know Planet Earth is totally screwed

Here’s how I know Planet Earth is totally screwed: I live in the mountains, in the Bitterroot Valley. No matter what the temperature, I go on a half-hour bike ride each morning down the hill to my mailbox to get the newspaper. I do this both for exercise (the ride back up is strenuous) and […]

Propping up the micro-phallic compensator business

Propping up the micro-phallic compensator business

A news story in this morning’s paper reports that the Trump Administration has pledged financial support to states to start arming and training teachers. Aside from the plan being insane, I object to paying for the guns and training with my tax dollars. Republicans managed to write into law a provision that made sure that […]

Death penalty for drug dealers? Then be consistent and . . .

Death penalty for drug dealers? Then be consistent and . . .

Yesterday Führer Trump aroused his followers by endorsing the death penalty for drug dealers. He suggested that the penalty was appropriate because people die incidentally as a result of the drugs the dealers sell. Okay, but if we’re going to punish people with the death penalty for incidental deaths, we must be consistent and punish […]

Evangelical flimflam men

Evangelical flimflam men

Marty’s photo of the day #2480: “So let me get this straight. . . . Evangelical Christian leaders screamed about immorality and impeachment when Bill Clinton had an affair, yet when Donald Trump has multiple affairs with porn stars and brags about sexually assaulting others they give him a mulligan? Hypocrisy isn’t a strong enough […]

Wars are seldom fought for American interests

Wars are seldom fought for American interests

Marty’s photo of the day #2476: Quick! Name a war in the last 70 years that the United States fought that later you thought, “Wow! I’m sure glad we got involved in that one.” Can you? I didn’t think so. That’s because the biggest lie that politicians and the military tell us is that our […]

So many guns, so many questions

So many guns, so many questions

When Republicans say that mental illness is the problem, not guns, I’m never sure how to respond. Should I ask why mental illness is such a huge problem in the United States, but not Great Britain and Australia? Or should I agree, proclaim that the best indicator of mental illness is owning an assault rifle, […]

The Golden Age of Right-Wing Cultism

The Golden Age of Right-Wing Cultism

There’s no point in holding back: Republicans are gullible and stupid! In this morning’s Missoulian, Montana Republican State Senator Albert Olszewski accused the Democrats of holding our military ransom for almost a decade. How much money do we need to give our military? We already spend more on defense than the next nine most powerful […]

Thoughts and prayers

Thoughts and prayers

Thoughts and Prayers: Thought: If the United States truly is the greatest country in the world, it must flip-off the NRA and the ammosexuals and follow Australia’s lead with respect to guns. Prayer: Hey, God. You’ve chosen to ignore the millions of prayers to stop senseless mass shootings, and you haven’t resurrected even a single […]

Republicans: What is wrong with you people?

Republicans: What is wrong with you people?

Hey Republicans! Answer me this: Why is it that when it comes to protecting our children from mass shooters (a real threat) that “thoughts and prayers” are all you are willing to give, yet when it comes to protecting our country from foreign invasion (an imagined threat) you think that spending more on our military […]

Today the Fox News’ talking point is . . .

Today the Fox News’ talking point is . . .

Without even having to watch, it’s easy to tell what the current talking points are on Fox News. Yesterday, a letter in my local newspaper from a Republican called the Democrats shameful and unpatriotic for not applauding Trump at the appropriate times during the State of the Union Address. Today, Crybaby Donald took that message […]

Why I’m not watching tonight’s State of the Union Address

Why I’m not watching tonight’s State of the Union Address

I don’t think I’ve missed a State of the Union address in twenty years. But quite frankly, my time is more valuable than another Donald Trump performance. I know what’s going to happen anyway—and you probably do too: 1) Trump will pretend to be sane for the hour or so he speaks. 2) The media […]

Trump-based vs. Reality-based

Trump-based vs. Reality-based

Marty’s photo of the day #2425: Today I offer two descriptions of this photo. One for reality-based humans, and one for Donald Trump and his supporters:   Reality: I took this photo in Zimbabwe.   Trump: I took this photo in a shithole country.   Reality: After a friendly woman braided Deb’s hair for a […]

Donald Trump will never see something like this

Donald Trump will never see something like this

Marty’s photo of the day #2424: Remember when kids didn’t need violent video games, 4-wheelers, the latest electronic gadget, helicopter parents, or the constant drone of a television to keep them entertained? Remember when a water puddle and a ball were all that were necessary to put wide smiles on children’s faces? Donald Trump certainly […]

I resolve not to spit in the face . . .

I resolve not to spit in the face . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2394: The Republican-led Senate just passed their tax bill, which is a giveaway to the rich (Jesus’s favorite people) and opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling (because Jesus thinks wilderness looks better covered with oil spills). Consequently, here is my New Year’s Resolution: I resolve not […]

The silver lining of the Trump presidency . . .

The silver lining of the Trump presidency . . .

The hypocrisy and disingenuousness of conservative Christians has never been more apparent than it is now with their support of everything Donald Trump. First, they voted overwhelmingly for Trump, who is the opposite of the Jesus depicted in the Bible, then they supported Trump when he attempted to take away health care, gave corporate polluters […]

It’s okay to talk politics on Thanksgiving Day

It’s okay to talk politics on Thanksgiving Day

Marty’s photo of the day #2375: I had this great caption in mind for a turkey photo I had taken several years ago. Of course, with all the photos on my hard drive, finding a specific photo isn’t always easy. Then I came across this moose photo I took several years ago. I’m thankful for […]

Microphallic compensation tools & fetish patriotism

Microphallic compensation tools & fetish patriotism

This year, my two favorite terms are “microphallic compensation tools,” for assault rifles, and “fetish patriotism,” for the hyper-patriotism that both the military and the far-right generate to keep the cash flowing for new military toys. With today being Veterans Day, fetish patriotism will be at an all-time high. It’s quite possible to be a […]

Yay, America! We’re #1!

Yay, America! We’re #1!

During the past month I have been working from 4:30 in the morning until 9:00 at night every day, putting the final touches on my new book Time Is Irreverent. Consequently, I’ve had very little time to pay attention to the news. I now have a bit of a break, as I just sent my […]

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