The Week In Pictures

Midweek in Pictures: Hump Day Edition

Featured image Today is Wednesday. Maybe. I think. If I have counted right, this is a Week 10 of the [temporary] Midweek in Pictures special series. This has not become a mere berm to overcome, but a metastasizing hump. Harumph, harumph. I can’t use it.   And finally . . . something to confound the “trigger discipline” crowd:   »

The Week in Pictures: Lockdown or Lockout Edition

Featured image When does a quarantine lockdown become a government-imposed lockout for American business? Who could have imagined a time when a “job action” would come to mean going to work? And yet here we are. But millions are dying!, says Slow Joe Biden. Headlines of the week:   And finally. . . »

Midweek in Pictures: Week Nine From Outer Space Edition

Featured image Is it actually Wednesday? I’m not fully sure. The days blend together such that it seems almost like we’ve been transported into that bizarre French Revolution calendar where every week has 10 days or something. I do notice that toilet paper is finally returning to stores in abundance, so much so that I’m thinking of buying a case and TP-ing Gavin Newsom’s house. Who’s in? And finally. . . »

The Week in Pictures: Flynn Effect Edition

Featured image The “Flynn Effect” refers to the gradual increase in IQ scores over the decades, but you don’t need an IQ much above room temperature to recognize by now that the whole Trump-Russia-Collusion obsession was in fact a political hit job from the beginning. The floor is open for nominations of what effects should be applied or discerned from Comey, Brennan, and Clapper. Meanwhile, just keep Biden your time during martial »

Mid-Week in Pictures: Giant Murder Hornets Edition

Featured image Giant murder hornets? As Joe Biden might say, c’mon man! Meanwhile, this, from The Week cheers my heart: “California highway police say that while overall traffic levels are down 35 percent this year because of a stay-at-home order, the number of speeding tickets for driving more than 100 mph has increased by 87 percent, with one motorist caught doing 165 mph.  Commissioner Warren Stanley warned that higher speeds can ‘significantly »

The Week in Pictures: Nork Diversion Edition

Featured image My hunch about Kim Jong Un is that he’s hiding out in a remote, undisclosed location to avoid contracting the coronavirus, but can’t dare show his face without provoking a backlash among the rest of the Nork elite along whom the virus is rumored to be running rampant. Better to cultivate uncertainty and confusion. Meanwhile, Joe Biden came out of hiding, tan, rested, and ready. Um. . . Headlines of »

Mid-Week in Pictures: Week Seven Edition

Featured image I truly did lose track of what day it is. It know it is a day that ends in “-day” but that’s no excuse. The surprise of the day is that the economy “only” fell at a 4.8% rate in the first quarter, which is way less than I was expecting (and in any case the economic hit didn’t start to come until late in the quarter), but the reason »

The Week in Pictures: Same Damn Thing Edition

Featured image Edna St. Vincent-Millay is reported to have once said that “History isn’t one damn thing after another—it’s the same damn thing over and over again.” That certainly describes the day-to-day news cycle right now, and the challenge of doing the weekly picture gallery. Have you heard? There’s a pandemic! And Orange Man Bad. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like the pandemic of predatory politicians and the mindless media is going away »

Some Extra Pictures: Land ‘O Flakes Edition

Featured image Okay, so this is not quite a full Week in Pictures special edition, though the circumstances very nearly warrant it. As you may have heard amidst the unremitting din of coronavirus news, the Land ‘O Lakes butter people have removed the native American woman who has adorned their packaging for decades. Yes, insert “Elizabeth Warren hardest hit” jokes here. Below, behold my newest sacred relic—one of the last of the »

Midweek in Pictures: Virus Crisis Volume 6

Featured image So this marks the sixth week in a row of a special midweek edition of Week in Pictures, which our operating guidelines say is only supposed to happen on weeks with extraordinary news events, etc. But as the lockdown has become the new normal, we’ll just have to see if we can keep this up. For now, meme-generation, along with stocking Nancy Pelosi’s ice cream supply, seem to be the »

The Week in Pictures: Team Joe! Edition

Featured image The Biden campaign has committed one of the biggest blunders since Michael Dukakis rode in that tank. No, I don’t mean running with dementia in the first place: rather it is the “Team Joe” avatar where you can upload your own photo and slogan for the campaign. People are having lots of fun with this. We’re only including a few here. I am sure someone—maybe even Joe in his few »

Mid-Week in Pictures: What Day Is It Edition

Featured image Mid-week, schmidweek, I can’t tell Sunday from Wednesday right now, so at this point it really doesn’t matter if it’s Saturday or whenever. Though as it happens today we are halfway between Western Easter and Eastern Orthodox Easter, so this is a suitable time to get in a few Easter-related memes and such that we didn’t have on hand last Saturday. And oh yeah, somebody named Barack O’Bernie or something »

The Week in Pictures: MAGA-Hunkering Edition

Featured image At some point, and one hopes it is soon, we’ll need to make the transition from mega-hunkering to MAGA-hunkering. In the memetime, the only two segments of the economy that are clearly thriving are alcohol sales, and meme-making. I suspect the two are related. Just a hunch. I could be wrong. Headlines of the week: And finally. . . »

Mid-Week in Pictures: Halfway Point Edition?

Featured image I’m wondering where we are on the Churchill scale: with some indications that the curve is in fact bending down, are we now at the beginning of the end [of quarantine shutdown], or the end of the beginning? Well, either way, several more weeks of MWiP is near certain. And finally. . . »

The Week in Pictures: The Great Hunkering Edition

Featured image April is going to seem even longer than March. How do I know? Simple: SiriusXM satellite radio has added the Billy Joel Channel back into rotation. Maybe someone—Al Yankovic perhaps—can offer some modifications, such as “We Didn’t Start the Fire—China Did!” Or “The Great Suburban Showdown in the Paper Products Aisle.” Or, “Joe Biden Is Proof That Only the Good Die Young.” And for Congress, “Last of the Big Time »

Midweek in Pictures: April Fool’s Day Edition

Featured image Well thank God March is finally over. It only lasted longer than the Thirty Years War. And now April, T.S. Eliot’s “cruelest month,” which will likely seem longer than the Hundred Years War. Where is our Marlborough, who led the War of the Spanish Succession? A Marlborough is obviously what we need for the War of the Spanish Flu Succession. (Thanks, I’ll be here all month. Try the roast beef.) »

The Week in Pictures: Life Is Zoom-ing By Edition

Featured image I remember when I was a kid we were promised flying cars and videophones. Well, we finally got the videophones, and how do we like living the life of Zoom? And why do have this uncontrollable urge to put Kleenex boxes on my feet like Howard Hughes? Maybe it has something to do with solitary confinement. And flying cars would come in handy now to enforce “social distancing.” Incidentally, why »