Sen. John McCain passes after long battle with cancer


August 29, 1936 — August 25, 2018

John Sidney McCain III is no longer with us.

Whether undisciplined rich boy, Naval Academy screw-up, brave fighter pilot, tortured prisoner of war, U.S. senator, elder statesman, or conscience of the Republican Senate when any conscious at all was a dim candle barely flickering among dark clouds, his voice will no longer be heard.

McCain passed after battling brain cancer, battling Donald Trump, battling his fellow Republicans, battling Democrats, and battling anyone else with whom he disagreed. Some thoughtful people in our nation will mourn his passing. Others will celebrate, mocking the broken man who lost much of his mobility from torture at the hands of his North Vietnamese captors. Largely though, most folks won’t really give a crap, offering at most a shrug and “another politician bites the dust. Good riddance!”

That is what it has come to for our heroes.


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Trumplandia: Aug. 18 — 25, 2018

Usual great weekend wrap with delightful, snarky commentary.. and dont forget incredible banner.


The Shit Hits the Fan Edition


Gallup Poll: 42% — up from 39% last week
Rasmussen Poll: 46% — down from 48% last week

Welcome to Trumplandia, a place where with a bit of wit and snark, we keep the world caught up on all of the tasty Nuggets-O-Trump you may have heard about but were too busy to care. Because most of this minutia occurs just below the massive headlines about the POTUS, it’s in a land of its own. Here, an infusion of social media, video clips and print media meld with our outdated political views to make more delicious “Fake News” about our Commander-in-Chief.

So just like the president, we start it all with a little tweet like this:


The Splatter Effect

The week of our Trump — Aug. 18, 2018: Where last week it appeared President Donald J. Trump was balancing…

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His crowing was just . . . too annoying

There is a lesson here.


The author with 45, her rooster that just wouldn’t shut up.

A friend of mine and I recently took our roosters to a feed store to get adopted. Marie’s guy had gotten mean. Just going into the pen meant risking fingers, eyes, teeth. Mine was just loud. Even though we both live in a rural area, the sound carries. Doesn’t sit well with many of the neighbors, or me.

When you get a batch of chicks from a hatchery or feed supply, the “pickers” who are trained to separate the females from the males often don’t get it right. You can’t tell for sure with most breeds whether you got stuck with a rooster until the birds are about five months old. The day you hear that fateful crow, it’s a moment for the palm of your hand to slap your forehead.

My bird started yelling — oh, I mean…

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Fearmongering, Fantasies, False Facts Earn Donald an ‘F’

Another good one MACellini on a roll.


“Fox and Friends’ ” so-called  “news anchor” Ainsley Earhardt sat across from Donald outside the Oval Office this week and tossed softball questions at the self-proclaimed “president for life.” She asked him for a grade on his job performance to date. Surprise: He gave himself an “A-plus.”

Not so fast, Donald. This isn’t reality television where you get to approve scripts and call all the shots. Your grade is much lower than that on all fronts based on your constant fear-mongering campaign, fantasies about what the country and world look like and your unrelenting barrage of false facts and outright lies on key issues.

Your grade is actually an “F,” and that’s being generous.

Let’s address your fear-mongering rhetorical blasts. When asked about the possibility of your being impeached in the wake of former personal lawyer Michael Cohen telling a federal judge earlier this week that you “directed” him to…

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Donald Won’t, So Let’s Find Patriotic Touchstones to Bring Us Together

Good piece, something to think about


Join the project: The Shinbone Star invites you to share your “patriotic touchstone” ideas for bringing the country together. Keep them short. Keep them clean and not mean. We want constructive concepts that could reach across the emotional and often impractical arguments that divide us. Send your ideas as a comment at the end of this posting. We have a few thoughts of our own, so read MACinelli’s post below and get a jump-start on contributing to the conversation on how we can do Donald’s job for him. We are all Americans. We all love our country. Remove Donald’s constant attempts at dividing us and we believe there is much common ground that can restore respect — if nothing else — for each other.

Donald Trump hates what America stood for at home and abroad when he wasn’t president, which covers more than 200 years of our nation’s history…

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A quick timeout to honor one of our own


Up near the top of the Our Staff page it says that The Shinbone Star relies on contributions from a lot of people, including some who fly well under the radar. Today we honor one of them.

Skye Hunter toils mostly in anonymity, her work seen only on Saturdays, gracing the top of our weekly recap column, Trumplandia.

Saturday is not one of our biggest readership days. We understand that people are out and about on the weekend, and that even when they do read there’s a tendency to scroll past Trumplandia’s banner and get into the meat of the column. If that describes you, then you’re missing a good bet. Skye’s clever artwork by itself is often worth a chuckle or two to start your weekend right.

Actually, Skye did take to her keyboard one time, and if you missed it, we hope you’ll follow the link to…

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Tail Gunner Joe just one of many unsavory ghosts guiding Trump


Joseph McCarthy covers the microphone while having a whisper with Roy Cohn.

Tail Gunner Joe McCarthy is back in the news. He is a former Wisconsin chicken farmer, an occupation he once shared in common with Nazi SS Leader Heinrich Himmler. Both were dreaded for their viciousness. McCarthy gave himself his nickname for his time in the Marine Corps in World War II, occasionally manning the twin machine guns in the back seat of a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber.

Tail Gunner Joe in a Dauntless dive bomber.

Both men rose to the highest levels of government by destroying their perceived opponents. Himmler murdered them in secret, McCarthy pummeled them into mush during hours of Commie-baiting Senate hearings shown on grainy black & white television. People liked news raw in those days.

President Donald Trump was nicknamed “Cadet Bone Spurs” by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), an Iraq War veteran who…

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It only takes one bozo

Will know answer soon.


The jet-setting dapper dandy from small potatoes Connecticut who used his burning ambition to be someone, certainly is a someone of the moment. Today his case goes to a jury of 12 people from around Alexandria, Va. The city is currently a Democratic bastion, but that can change in the region’s volatile politics that are more and more blue than red most of the time. It is no accident the government wanted the case tried there.

The quivering sliver of the American consciousness aware that nouveau riche, pretentious, pace setter Paul John Manafort is teetering on the edge of oblivion, didn’t complain too much after his defense team rested its case without a murmur. Nobody likes a guy who flaunts his wealth so he can be one of the big dogs.

Yesterday afternoon, the defendant with credentials made from gold-plated lead was taken out of his lawyer’s hands and placed…

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Lost In Space Comes To The Pentagon

Space Farce explained.


With an announcement that sent asteroids off predicted trajectories, space cadet and great interstellar explorer Donald “Captain Bone Spurs” Trump added another dimension to the largest and most powerful military force on the planet. As of today the United States of America has a nascent sixth branch of the military – the U.S. Space Force.

Several sources confirmed to the Shinbone Star that Trump conceived his stellar idea while reading the back of a box of Lucky Stars cereal. He told them he had reached his brilliant decision after seeing clear evidence that the Russkies and pesky Chinese want to monopolize outer space in his cereal bowl. To prove it he laid out two soggy bits of cereal that looked like dreaded Communist red stars. He reportedly changed his story after hearing chief of staff John Kelly snickering in the next room.

Secret Tralfamadorian outer space envoy and special counselor…

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