Thursday 28th of May 2020

cartoonist goes to the white house...


A cartoonist who created a “blatantly anti-Semitic cartoon,” according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), has been invited by US President Donald Trump to attend the social media summit on Thursday at the White House. 

“Honored to be invited to the White House! Thank You Mr. President!” Ben Garrison tweeted Saturday.

During the summit, attendees are expected to discuss social media issues and policies. Surprisingly, social media giants Facebook and Twitter were not invited to attend the event.

In 2017, Garrison created a cartoon showing Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros using puppet strings to control then-US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and retired CIA Director David Petraeus.

“Soros, who is Jewish, is himself depicted in the cartoon with puppet strings, being guided by a greenish hand and arm labeled ‘Rothschilds,’ the name of a Jewish family long involved in the banking industry. The thrust of the cartoon is clear: McMaster is merely a puppet of a Jewish conspiracy,” the ADL wrote in a 2017 article. 

According to the ADL, which described Garrison as a cartoonist known for “right-wing, anti-government and conspiratorial themes,” the cartoon implies that a Jewish cabal controls world order. 

Garrison’s invitation to the White House has been met with rebuke by some.

“It is completely unacceptable that the Trump Administration would invite someone to the White House who has been known to write anti-Semitic cartoons,” US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told Jewish News Syndicate (JNS). “The Trump Administration continues to create an environment where hateful speech, including anti-Semitism, is condoned. The President ought to revoke his invitation immediately.”

“By inviting a cartoonist to the White House whose work the Anti-Defamation League calls ‘blatantly anti-Semitic,’ President Trump is, again, fanning the flames of hatred,” Democratic Majority for Israel president and CEO Mark Mellman told JNS. “At a time when anti-Semitic incidents are increasing at an alarming rate, President Trump should withdraw his invitation to this purveyor of anti-Jewish hate and condemn all forms of bigotry.”


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pizzagate had nothing to do with russia?...

(JTA) — An artist who drew a cartoon that showed U.S. government officials as puppets of George Soros and the Rothschilds says he has been invited to the White House by President Donald Trump.

The Anti-Defamation League called Ben Garrison’s 2017 cartoon “blatantly anti-Semitic” and said that “the thrust of the cartoon is clear: (then-National Security Advisor H.R.) McMaster is merely a puppet of a Jewish conspiracy.”

The cartoon, which the ADL said was commissioned by right-wing radio host Mike Cernovich, shows liberal Jewish philanthropist George Soros pulling the strings of McMaster and former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus. Above Soros, a green hand labeled “Rothschilds,” the well-known Jewish banking family, manipulates him.

The Rothschilds often appear in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, which have them running a secretive international Jewish cabal that controls the world.

Cernovich is known for starting the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory, which claimed falsely that the Clintons were running a pedophile ring in the basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant.




I think Gus did far worse than this... with no prejudice. See also:


palestine capers...


cartoonists of the world revolt... or at least draw something like "je suis against le new york times that feeds me"...

bell blows the lid...

Steve bell cartoon in the Guardian...



See also: and europe continues to be the bitch of the US...


Note: After Duccio? The only work by Duccio that looks vaguely like this cartoon is "the Flight Into Egypt":


bill black — the laughing economist...


For a breath of fresh air above the smelly sewers of Washington, one needs to watch :


US Government Could Run out of Money, But That’s not the Real Story

Bill Black demystifies the reality of debt, what really's happening, and why the politics of debt is so convoluted...

This seems serious enough but William K. Black is the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One. He teaches economics and law at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). He was the Executive Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention from 2005-2007. He has taught previously at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University…


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This interview is really hilarious (especially after a boozy lunch). It tells the TRUE story of economics and how the world is run by grand economic (fake) delusions and dorks, using political morality as a foil to distract us, the toilers and daily crappers, from the little value of what we do.



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not all of them are comedians...

New York (CNN Business)   A conspiracy theorist, a meme creator and a plagiarist. Those are just some of the eyebrow raising attendees who will descend on the White House on Thursday for an event that will likely become a forum for airing claims of anti-conservative social media bias.

President Trump is calling it a "social media summit," but the White House did not extend invites to representatives from Facebook or Twitter. Instead, the White House has invited its political allies to the event. In addition to inviting leaders from traditional conservative think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation and Claremont Institute, the White House has requested the presence of far-right internet personalities and trolls, some of whom have pushed conspiracy theories, lies and misinformation.It's perhaps the clearest example yet of President Trump legitimizing fringe political allies.The White House has repeatedly declined to release a list people it expects to attend, but some of the recipients have turned to social media to boast about being invited.Among them are Bill Mitchell, a radio host who has promoted the extremist QAnon conspiracy theory on Twitter; Carpe Donktum, an anonymous troll who won a contest put on by the fringe media organization InfoWars for an anti-media meme; and Ali Alexander, an activist who attempted to smear Sen. Kamala Harris by saying she is not an "American black" following the first Democratic presidential debates.
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military budget on parade...

For a country that spends such vast sums on its national security apparatus—many times more than the enemies that supposedly threaten it do—the United States has a strangely invisible military establishment. Military bases tend to be located far from major population centers. The Air Force’s vast missile fields, for instance, are hidden away in the plains of the northern Midwest. It is rare to see service uniforms on the streets of major cities, even Washington. Donald Trump did dream of holding a “beautiful” military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, complete with “a lot of planes going over and a lot of military might,” but the Pentagon nixed the scheme by putting out word that the extravaganza would cost $92 million. The estimate was surely inflated—­it was four times greater, in real dollars, than the price tag for the 1991 Gulf War victory parade—­suggesting that the military prefers a lower profile. It often takes an informed eye to appreciate signs of defense dollars at work, such as the office parks abutting Route 28 south of Dulles Airport, heavily populated with innocuously titled military and intelligence firms.

Largely out of sight, our gargantuan military machine is also increasingly out of mind, especially when it comes to the ways in which it spends, and misspends, our money. Three decades ago, revelations that the military was paying $435 for a hammer and $640 for an aircraft toilet seat ignited widespread media coverage and public outrage. But when it emerged in 2018 that the Air Force was now paying $10,000 for a toilet-seat cover alone, the story generated little more than a few scattered news reports and some derisive commentary on blogs and social media. (This was despite a senior Air Force official’s unblushing explanation that the ridiculous price was required to save the manufacturer from “losing revenue and profit.”) The Air Force now claims to have the covers 3-D–printed for $300 apiece, still an extravagant sum.

Representative Ro Khanna of California, a leading light of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who has spearheaded the fight to end U.S. participation in the Saudi war of extermination in Yemen, told me recently that he sees this indifference as a sign of the times. “There’s such cynicism about politics, such cynicism about institutions,” he said, “that the shock value of scandals that in the past would be disqualifying has diminished.” We were discussing another apparent defense rip-off, in which a company called ­TransDigm has been deploying a business model pioneered by the pharmaceutical industry. TransDigm seeks out unique suppliers of obscure but essential military components, such as a simple cable assembly, and buys the firm, quickly boosting the component’s price (by 355 percent in the case of the assembly). Khanna was particularly depressed that the Defense Department’s inspector general—whom he, along with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Ohio Representative Tim Ryan, had prompted to investigate the company—had concluded that ­TransDigm’s way of doing business was, in his words, “awful, but legal.” (Unsurprisingly, Wall Street loves the company; its stock price has doubled in the two years since Khanna first raised the issue.)

At a time when defense spending accounts for fifty-three cents out of every dollar appropriated by Congress, one might expect that the Pentagon would be under intense scrutiny by those who believe that the money is urgently needed elsewhere.


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