Thursday, May 25, 2017
I felt a little bad that the last time I drew Pope Francis his face was obscured by one half of a pair of dice, so I made sure to include him today. We can hope that some of his kinder, gentler papal wisdom rubbed off on national embarrassment Donald J. Trump when the two met, but let's be real: Trump is a raging narcissist and an utter fool, and his only thought on meeting anybody is how he can use that person for his own gain. I imagine it was all just a fabulous photo op for him. I wonder if somewhere in Trump's dim, flickering synapses he was able to realize, when he came face to face with the pontiff, that this is as close to heaven as he will ever get.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
England would have been the focus today regardless, but Roger Moore's improbable appearance on the front page (he died recently) sort of put a weird spin on the whole thing. With everything that's going on in the world, the romanticization of National spy organizations and their stateless supervillain nemeses really feels like something from the most bygone of eras.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
All eyes are on Manchester today, of course, because some lowlife zealot decided that god wanted him to blow up children. Despite ISIS' best efforts to be the biggest asshole on the front page today, a photo of Trump touching the Western Wall is what appeared above the fold. I guess ancient masonry can't jerk its hand away when you reach out for a little suggestive rub, so it makes for a somewhat normal official photo. Oh yeah, and the White House released something it thinks is a budget today, but it's actually just a whole lot of wishful conservative thinking swaddled in incorrect math. In other words, it's one ugly baby.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Sometimes the front page gets all Hometown Buffet on you--you get a little medical marijuana, a little Femi Kuti, an unappetizing dollop of Trump--and it's hard to know where the focus of the drawing should be. And then you read Frank Shyong's article about Lai Hang (I'm not even going to get into it here; just go read it), and it's so heavy and heartbreaking that you're just like, "fuck it, we're going with a guy wearing a hazmat mask and rocking the mic."
Sunday, May 21, 2017
I didn't have anything as splashy as a glowing orb to work with when figuring out today's drawing, but hey, cannibalism is always a crowd pleaser, right? I don't know if Trump's overseas trip to Saudi Arabia even qualifies as a political event. Isn't it just two filthy rich families getting together to figure out how to get more money for themselves and their friends?
Saturday, May 20, 2017
After yesterday's Roger Ailes drawing you might think today's doodle is merely extending that theme. Alas it is not (exactly). That's Donald and Melania up there, emphatically not letting their hands touch as they walk side by side on the White House grounds, mentally preparing themselves to spend a long time on an airplane together.. On the rare occasions where these two are actually in the same space, their body language is completely hilarious. Fake marriage. Sad!
Friday, May 19, 2017
Drawing Roger Ailes isn't exactly my idea of a rip-roarin' Friday night, but the news is the news is the news (I think Gertrude Stein said that), and draw it I must. I mean, look at this pig. This is the scumbag who engineered a bullshit news station that steadily poisoned journalism and American political discourse for a generation, culminating in our current disastrous, inept, criminal presidency, an administration which might, even if it does not serve for one full term, do enough damage to the American experiment that another generation might come and go before that damage is repaired. Oh, also Roger died recently. See how I turned it all around at the end of the piece? That's quality news delivery; take note, Fox and Friends.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Say hello to former FBI chief Robert Mueller, the guy chosen by Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to act as independent counsel for the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. All we're hearing from anybody---Republican or Democrat---about Mueller is that he's a take-no-shit, law abiding kind of guy. Those are pretty great qualities! I think we can move the national mood-o-meter up to "cautiously optimistic." For now. Go get 'em Bob.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Which Trump scandal are we all focusing on today? Is it Comey? Russia? Flynn? It's so damn hard to keep up. Anyway, let's take a break from cataloguing Trump's fuckups and pour a little out for Brad Grey, who passed away Sunday evening. If you don't know who that is, well, there's no reason you should if you don't work in entertainment. He ran Paramount for the past dozen years, but more important, he's the guy who brought The Sopranos to HBO. Now there's a man who contributed something to this crazy world. Thanks, Brad, and rest in peace.
Monday, May 15, 2017
An Aleppo not being bombed around the clock, Trump walking back some of his genuinely insane ideas about foreign policy, and refugees settling into American life in deep-red Idaho? It's like a paper from another world. Not that I feel any better. There's still plenty of stupid shit happening in the world (that Syrian war is far from over, for instance). But if we're occasionally gifted with a news cycle that's not across-the-board grim, that's....something?
Sunday, May 14, 2017
It's Mother's Day, but hey, it's also 2017 so I'm drawing these fucking asshats. The entire front page, in fact, was hilariously male: There was the pack of GOP politicians (the photo was from their "celebration" in the Rose Garden after they squeezed the universally maligned AHCA through the House, a bill that explicitly defunds planned parenthood and offers up the possibility of pregnancy as a pre-existing condition for which women could be denied coverage. But hey, Happy Mother's Day!), the gruff, gettin'-shit-done miners who dig tunnels for urban infrastructure (a legitimately interesting read, if only for the descriptions of the equipment they use to dig these tunnels), and a photo of the Secretary of the Interior on a fucking horse wearing a goddamned cowboy hat. It was a real Marlboro Man day at LAT. To be fair, there were pockets of gender-neutral reportage on A1 today. The piece about the total solar eclipse that's happening later this year, for instance. I mean an actual solar eclipse, not the metaphorical eclipse of American intellectualism and decency that has kept us fumbling in the dark since January 20. Although maybe I mean that too; it's so hard to tell these days.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Lee Baca's career seems to have finally reached its dire, sad conclusion, where he will sit in a jail cell for the next few years as Alzheimer's robs him of the only thing that actually matters. I get that the charges of which he's been convicted are really fucking serious, but damn, I can't help feeling a little sorry for the guy; that's a shitty way to spend your winter years. But that's the price you pay when you fuck with the FBI. I mean, what person in a position of privilege and power would be stupid enough to fuck with an FBI investigation?
This week began and ended as a hot mess. I'm not going to try to unpack it here. I am, however, going to draw a diminutive Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submerged in a cocktail-sized ice bath, because that's pretty much where he landed after the White House fucked him over. But it's cool. Rod's coming to the Senate next week to talk about Comey's firing. Hey, what's Trump doing this weekend? Working hard, I bet, in the Oval Office on all that legislation to help the poor, rural constituents who voted for him. Ha! I'm kidding, Trump is never in the Oval Office on the weekends. Also, he really doesn't give a shit about any of the poor people who voted for him. The weekends are his time to pretend he knows how to play golf. That's way more important to him than whatever poor people are dealing with.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Who's that fellow up there pulling the strings of that puppet president? That's Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister who made a visit to the White House the day after Trump fired Comey. The Los Angeles Times featured a photo of the pair's meeting on A1, but they didn't have a staff photographer on hand to shoot the occasion. No, they had to procure this photo from the Russian Foreign Ministry, because no American news outlet was granted access for this visit. Only the Russian Foreign Ministry. Still, as crazy as that little nugget is, it's hardly the most insane thing to happen in Washington in the past 48 hours. I'm not entirely sure what the craziest thing would be, at this point---Spicer hiding from the press in the bushes? Trump contradicting two solid days of spin issued by White House flunkies and the VP about why Comey was fired? Lavrov joking about Comey's ouster? Take your pick, I guess. It's nonstop crazytown over there, and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
I guess there was little chance that I wouldn't be drawing James Comey tonight. I mean, he was literally the only picture on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, so I really didn't have a choice. Not that I would've selected anything else in lieu of our freshly minted ex-FBI chief. I'm sure tomorrow I'll be drawing a selection of the traitors and scumbags who fired him. Anyway, there you go. My gut feeling is that we haven't seen the last of Comey. He is (was?) scheduled to testify before Congress in a few days. I don't know if his firing changes that, but I don't see any practical reason why it should. And if Congress doesn't want to hear from Comey anymore, you know who does? The rest of America. Don't be shy, Comey. Tell us what's on your mind.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Sally Yates's testimony that she did in fact tell the White House---twice!---about exactly how deep Michael Flynn moral cretinism ran was some pretty bombshell stuff. Of course Trump's own brand of moral cretinism is in a class by itself, and thus he pushed his way into the news cycle with the spectacularly stupid decision to fire James Comey, the FBI director, today (I don't want to say I called, because I totally didn't, but I would like to officially declare my May 4 drawing as some sort of bizarre precognitive act). Nothing quite screams "I am guilty as fuck!" like firing, for the flimsiest of manufactured reasons, the very person who is investigating your alleged crimes, thus allowing yourself the opportunity to appoint one of your spineless flunkies to the newly vacated post. We are in serious trouble as a nation if we don't get a special independent prosecutor on this mess pronto.
Monday, May 8, 2017
I know, politics weighs heavily on your mind these days, but clear a little corner for the demise of net neutrality, would you? Because it might happen under this regime. Ajit Pai, the current FCC chair, wants to eliminate net neutrality protections put in place by the Obama Administration. So, once more, and I'm sure not for the last time, we have an appointee hostile to the ideals of the department they are tasked to oversee spending their time there effectively neutering said department. That's all for tonight. Go on back to your surfing or googling or trolling or whatever it is you do on the internet while you still have bandwidth to do so.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Today's A1 drawing most certainly got filtered through up-to-the-minute news gleaned via social media. The LAT story about the French election was that Macron's campaign got hacked and, exactly one day before French voters went to the polls, thousands of documents were dumped, and fake documents were intermixed with the authentic documents. That's potentially a category 5 political shit storm for Macron (how do you say "political shit storm" in Russian? Just asking), but it turns out French voters are not easily swayed by stupid bullshit they read online. Macron won handily, with over 65% of the vote. Well done, France! Oh, and can a bunch of you move here and live in small towns in Pennsylvania and Michigan and get American citizenship by 2020? Merci, that would be great.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Hey, if you were worried about all the federal money (i.e., your tax dollars) that's being spent so Trump can go to Mar-a-fucktwat every single weekend (check your list of grievances; it's on there, probably about 30-40 items down), worry no more. He's decided to go to another resort in New Jersey that he owns and, according to him, it'll cost less. Which is another way of saying that it'll still cost you money. But really, what do you expect him to do? Stay at the White House? Go to his house in New York and pretend he has a real marriage? Not do something that is completely fucking idiotic?
Friday, May 5, 2017
Jesus, look at these smug pricks. That's Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Steve Scalise up there, and they're all super happy because they managed to squeeze some health care legislation through the House! In case you couldn't or wouldn't read the contents of their bill, let me give you a one-sentence summary: They took federal funds away from healthcare programs that aid the poorest and most vulnerable Americans and gave all that money---$600 billion dollars, give or take---to the wealthiest Americans and to insurance companies. And they are really fucking happy about it. They had cases of beer (shitty, shitty bud light, of course, because they are lacking in taste as well as empathy) brought into the white house so they could toast their victory, they were so fucking proud of the fact that they fucked over millions of their fellow citizens. But those people are poor, so fuck them. The rich people they gave all that money to, they're the ones who fund their campaigns.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Comey? Again? This guy floats to the top of A1 every so often, and every time I see him I think, "Hey, it's that Comey guy! Maybe this time he has the news we've been waiting for, i.e., the Trump-Russia smoking gun." Invariably, I am disappointed, because he's either in super-vague spy mode or he's talking about Hillary's goddamn emails. One of these days, I hope he'll do us all proud. Anyway, props to photographer Tomas Ovalle for providing an ominous photo of huge, gaping, industrial pipes (in an unrelated story about the crazy amount of snowmelt we're bracing for here in California), because they were really useful for this drawing.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Since the writer's strike is over, I figure this is great time to pitch new show ideas, so here goes: a bunch of supreme leaders and dictators and strongman-type presidents meet up to discuss their nefarious plans, but instead they realize that what was really missing in their lives was each other. No? The only thing more insane than this idea is the fact that these assholes are actually in charge of shit? I mean, at least if it was on TV maybe our authoritarian nitwit would see it and realize---what's that? Preposterous? He has no love in his heart? You're probably right. I'll, uh, work on it and get back to you.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Los Angeles Times covered yesterday's local May Day march from the angle of, "how did the cops do?" Pretty well, in their assessment.In any case, big props to all who marched for worker and immigrant rights.
There was a little nugget at the very bottom of the front page that caught my eye. The new head of the USDA, Sonny Perdue, made his first act as Secretary the rollback of parts of Michelle Obama's Healthy eating initiative, because of course he did.
Monday, May 1, 2017
You know who has a logo that's really hard to draw? The United Nations, that's who. I wonder if our UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, has ever considered the visual complexity of her new workplace's emblem, or the fact that it centers the world around the North Pole, or if she wonders what's with the leaves surrounding the map, or if she's just too busy making veiled threats at the rest of the UN body on behalf of her idiot boss to notice such things.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
There were Just so many hats on the front page today that they could not---would not---be ignored. Funny pope hats, funny chef hats, plain jane baseball caps, you name it, it was on there. Well, at least if you named one of those three it was. Plus, the main image above the fold was a perfectly lovely illustration by Chris Gall. And what do you do when your illustration project unexpectedly finds somebody else's illustration as its subject matter? You steal their hat, that's what you do.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
We all know that today is the 100th day milestone/nonmilestone (depending on where you live on the spectrum of acceptance) of Trump's Idiot Variety Hour. There are plenty of entertainment options out there for you to turn to that'll get you through this dark night, but not here. At mixed media daily, we're taking the high road. We're just gonna replace the heads of religious leaders with craps dice. Hey, did you know that there's a Golden Arm Club at many casinos for craps players who can throw for over an hour without hitting seven? I sure didn't. Not until today.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Here in the greater Los Angeles area---just like regular folks elsewhere---we like to acknowledge the anniversaries of significant events in our town. This month we are revisiting the '92 LA riots, which means we are, collectively, temporarily obsessed with them. We are talking about whether they should even be named "riots," or if "civil unrest" or "insurrection" or some other term would be a name that better fit the circumstances. Today the LA Times worked the story from a pretty great angle: the pastors in South LA who spent those fraught days trying to cool down a lot of overheated people on both sides. I mean, 25 years was a long time ago, but are those guys still working? Because we might need them again, only this time for the entire nation.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Today we're celebrating filmmakers here at mixed media daily because, well,l that who was on the front page today. Up top we have Justin Chon, who just released a film about the Korean American experience during the 92 LA riots (did you know that this year is the 25th anniversary of the LA riots?). Down below we have Jonathan Demme, who passed away recently, and who of course directed a quiet little film called "The Silence of the Lambs," which pretty much makes him a goddamn national treasure. Also in local film-related news, the WGA might go on strike next week, which, if you're not in the entertainment business, will affect you not at all, but for me, well, let's just say that if it goes down I might have a lot more time to put into these drawings.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Ah jeez, look who showed up on the front page today. To be fair, I haven't had to draw the tang creeper in a while (19 days, to be exact! That's got to be a record here at mixed media daily). Trump's 100 day mark is coming up, so of course there are a lot of job performance think pieces popping up, including the one today in the LA Times whose accompanying photo provided the fodder for today's drawing. As a bonus I've included my own assessment of Trump in the illustration. Feel free to quote me on that.
Monday, April 24, 2017
I have to go iron some shirts and generally get ready for my day tomorrow, but let me mention the big story above the fold today: Marine Le Pen is in the French presidential runoff. Hey France, remember how all of us here in America joked around all through our presidential campaign after Trump won the Republican nomination? And then you remember what happened after that? So, um, don't let that happen in your country. Be smart, France!
Sunday, April 23, 2017
We move from Syria to Iraq for today's installment of "Cities that Are Living in Total Fucking Hell." Mosul absorbs a lot of ordnance from both sides of the Isis conflict, which is just a roundabout way of saying that our people have accidentally killed a bunch of Iraqis while trying to free them from Isis. War ain't pretty, but it also shouldn't be taking lightly. Or used as a diversionary tactic to draw attention away from your shitty poll numbers. You can't see it, but I'm looking in the White House's direction.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The day's activities were full of promise (the March for Science, Earth Day, and Record Store Day all took place today), but the front page was not having any of it. Instead it implored you to take a long, hard look at Aleppo as it begins to return to whatever passes for normalcy in a city like Aleppo now that one of the fightin' sides has tucked it firmly within their sphere of influence. But fear not; if that article sent you into dark places, right next to it was a little story about some weird burger being served on North Korean airline flights. "North Korean Burger," by the way, would be an awesome name for a 7" record store day exclusive release. Ty Segall, I'm looking at you.
Friday, April 21, 2017
I don't know if there's ever been a point in history when labor hasn't been embattled, but that time certainly is not now. Whatever his campaign rhetoric might have been, Donald Trump is clearly, glaringly, anti-labor (in every sense of the word, really. How many trips has Trump made to Mar-a-Lago since taking office? And how much has that cost us as taxpayers?). I hope that one day we will have a real deal union renaissance, but we're most likely going to have to wait at least one election cycle.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Apparently vast quantities of trees here in Southern California are dying off due to a variety of invasive insect species. That and the fact that many species of trees that grow here are not suited to our bone dry climate are quickly ushering in a horrible new era of treemageddeon, or the treepocalypse, or some other such cutesy portmanteau. Speaking of gnarly old trees that sexually harrassed much younger trees (that's what we were talking about, right?), Bill O'Reilly has been fired. And then handed $25 million dollars for being fired. Because America, I guess.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
So it turns out that the USS Carl Vinson was never headed for the Korean peninsula. Between Kim Jong Un not being able to fire a missile without it blowing up in his face and Donald Trump having no clue where our warships are, I'm thinking maybe, just maybe, we will survive as a species because of good old-fashioned ineptitude. I for one am intrigued by our future of bookless libraries (!) and community choice aggregation programs.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
There's a lot of yelling on the front page today: Erdogan is yelling at Europe, Mike Pence is yelling at North Korea, a bunch of Trump-supporting miscreants are yelling at anybody within earshot in hopes of getting into a fight, border agents are yelling in support of Trump. If the question, "is anybody listening to these asshats?" just popped into your head, allow me to answer it: no, nobody is listening to these asshats. But don't expect them to stop yelling.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Meet Don Cameron, the manager of a farm in Helm, CA, who's pioneering a method of reclaiming some of our storm water runoff by letting it flood his fields and slowly drain back into the soil, and thus into the San Joaquin Valley aquifer, where many of the central valley farmers get their water, and which has been overpumped in previous drought years. Kudos to you, Don! I hope you can get many of your fellow farmers to follow your wise example. And let me tell you, it's always nice to devote my sketching to things that don't make me angry. So I'm going to stop right here. But first I'll mention one other interesting California story on A1: there's been an Assembly bill proposed that would add tax on alcohol in order to eliminate sales tax on diapers and tampons. Needless to say, I was completely absorbed by these two stories. I'm sorry, I had to do it. But I'm finished now.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Happy Easter/vernal equinox/wickerman-themed blood orgy/whatever you people do to blow off some steam this time of year. If you're a North Korean soldier with unwavering commitment to the motherland, you probably did hours of fascist lockstep marching. If you hate Donald Trump and all the shitty things he stands for, you maybe whipped up a sign and went to one of the many tax day marches that took place around the country. If you're one of Trump's cronies, you probably spent some time defending the administration's decision to keep all the White House visitor logs secret. And, in all likelihood, you were probably yelled at/laughed at for your pathetic attempt. But hey, that's just a hazard of your job. The important thing is that you spend your time and energy defending a person who lies so much that he really can't distinguish fact from fiction anymore, and in fact he doesn't care about that distinction anyway. That's the honorable path. You just stick with it. It's all gonna be fine.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
All right, we are all still here (I say that with only about 20% snark). Now we can get back to worrying about long term, slow burn endgame scenarios, like climate change and, uh, bullet trains. In all seriousness, California's bullet train project seems to be a rich tapestry of poor financial planning and inept logistics. It's almost like we hired the North Korean ICBM team to design and build our high speed rail system. In any case, let's call it a night, go color some eggs, and reconvene here tomorrow for, hopefully, another day.
Friday, April 14, 2017
This weekend is both the opening of Coachella here in sunny California and the Day of the Sun celebrations in North Korea. That is a broad spectrum of pageantry, my friends. Of course the performance roster at only one of these events might trigger all-out global nuclear annihilation. And I know you're all sitting back and saying, "I know, Lady Gaga, right?" But that's not at all what I'm talking about, you shallow bastard. If North Korea goes through with their incredibly stupid plan to conduct a nuclear test this weekend, and if Donald Trump decides to go with his incredibly stupid plan to launch an attack at North Korea if/when they do test a nuke, then I don't know---I guess if you die at Coachella while watching Father John Misty perform "Pure Comedy," you get a perfect score for activity/apocalypse synergy.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Punch and Judy show that currently passes for American foreign policy kept on keepin' on today. We dropped an enormous bomb on Afghanistan. We thoroughly freaked out North Korea. Russia's mad, or they're pretending they're mad so we won't catch on that they're totally making out with Trump behind the tool shed when no one is watching. China is just like, "We find your leader too dumb to work with. Is there, um anybody else we can talk to? Do we have to go to fucking Florida every time we want to discuss matters of state?" I guess all we can do in these troubled times is check in with the folks who hold the keys to preventing all-out nuclear holocaust: how's that Trump-colluding-with-Russia investigation thing going, Comey?
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
I was half expecting to be drawing the poor guy who got thrown off of a United Airlines flight for having the audacity to buy a ticket, but he did not appear (although a story about the incident did). Instead I got a wooden bridge, which, hell, I'll take it! And fine, I'll draw Gorsuch's stupid hand, too. And what's going to tie these two disparate things together? A school shooting, of course, because we live in America.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Well, hey, mixed media daily is proud to present the 100th drawing of this project today! The big stories for our sort-of-special day are the Isis bombing of Coptic Christian Churches in Egypt and Trump's plans to slash the budgets of the U.S.'s international health initiatives, because he cares so much about all those beautiful babies out there in the world. Even conservative hardasses like Bill Frist find the White House's proposed budget cuts heartless and potentially devastating to the citizens of developing nations. But still, maybe when those defunded populations start to die off Trump will launch some missiles at Malaria's airfield. To show he cares.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
It's Sunday, there's been a lot to process in the past week, so here at mixed media daily headquarters we're gonna kick back and enjoy the spring wildflowers. Well, we're going to allude to President Xi's surprise stop in Alaska. Speaking of Alaska, we're going to to read that story about how Exxon Mobil was working behind closed doors to retool their business to deal with the effects of the climate change science they were denying and disparaging in public. And hey, they're not the only climate change-denying assholes on the front page today; there is, of course, a story about Trump. But still, we're gonna spend some time admiring the poppies, and we encourage you to do the same. Just don't you know, walk all over them while you're admiring them.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
More than representing a picture of presidential power, the front page photo of Donald Trump meeting with President Xi Jinping of China in some ridiculous, garish, sad Palace of Versailles knockoff room in Mar-a-whatever the fuck it's called, his romper room for stupid people with too much money, is more a portrait of tastelessness and pathetic posturing than anything else. I doubt the Chinese were intimidated or impressed. I'd love to hear all the jokes they passed around among themselves after visiting that place, though; there's probably some comedy gold in there. In lighter news, Mr. Fries Man popped up on A1! I mean, if you want to impress some out-of-towners, get them a box of Mr. Fries Man shrimp and lemon garlic sauce fries. That's how you do it, Don.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Now I don't pretend to know the late Don Rickles' political leanings, but I can't imagine he wouldn't look at the tableau of political power couples on the front page and just be like, "Well, civilization was nice while it lasted." I mean, maybe I'm just projecting. In any case, rest in peace, Mr. Warmth; may your one-liners forever shake the heavens with laughter.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
There were plenty of stories on the front page to deal with today---visa scams, Gov. Brown's transport tax plan, Trump fawning over the authoritarian strongman currently in charge of Egypt---but sometimes the events of the day bleed into the drawing. To be fair, there was a story on A1 about Trump hinting that he would respond to the Syrian chemical weapon attack. But then, an hour or two later, I was listening to live NPR coverage of the Tomahawk missile bombardment of a Syrian military airbase, with the article still in front of me on my desk. I don't find anything comforting or correct about this bully and unrepentant liar dipping his toes into the act of waging war. I also find the timing awfully convenient, considering how much hot Russian espionage garbage is piling up around this administration. So I guess what I'm saying is, let's not all be distracted by a bunch of shiny missiles blowing up an airstrip in a war-torn country.