Baby Strikers


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This cartoon was published Friday, September 14, 2018, in The Costa Rica Star.

When I drew this cartoon, I knew a lot of the country wasn’t really being affected by the strike. Most of the attention was in the capital and other larger cities. That may have changed this week, and I think I kinda hit it with my latest cartoon (which I’ll post here next week).

I can commiserate with strikers. I believe in the U.S. labor movement. A lot of the laws we have today for workers are because of unions. But, I’m not sure they’re going about it the right way in Costa Rica where they’re arguing against more taxes in a nation that’s deep in debt.

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Why I Didn’t Report


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Donald Trump tweeted, “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”

For the answer to “why didn’t report it?,” one only has to look toward Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who says the Senate will confirm Kavanaugh. It doesn’t matter what his accuser says or what new information comes out. He’s committed to sending Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment, even if it turns out he attempted to rape a girl when he was 17-years-old.

THAT is why so many instances of rape and sexual assault go unreported. To men like Mitch McConnell, it doesn’t matter what she says. When it comes to he said/she said it only matters what he said.

Trump’s tweet, all by itself, should make Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins vote no on Kavanaugh. Both women senators demanded Al Franken resign over a photo of him pretending to grope a woman. You would think they’d have more outrage over someone accused of doing the real thing.

The Senate Republicans and Trump say they can’t delay the vote any longer, which is a lie. They proved they can by delaying Obama’s nominee by eleven months, and not even giving the guy a hearing. They refused to even meet with him in their offices. Not only can they delay, but they’ve shown they’re really good at it.

They want the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to come to them on Monday, and they refuse to bend on that date. They refuse to allow her to speak after Kavanaugh. They refuse to have an investigation. They refuse to hear any witnesses. This is how we select a justice for the Supreme Court, by having as little information as possible?

The Republicans don’t care if new information comes out that shows Kavanaugh is guilty and shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court, just so long as he’s on the court when we find out. There are no interests in facts. Only in putting an extreme right-wing political operative on the bench who will overturn abortion and protect Donald Trump. The bad thing is, if they don’t get this right-wing, knuckle-dragging troglodyte on the bench, why they’ll just have to settle for another right-wing, knuckle-dragging troglodyte.

Over the past two years, Republicans have defended and protected pedophiles, rapists, men who commit and brag about sexual assault, and Nazis. To be a Republican now is to be on the wrong side.

The defense of, “he was only a kid at the time,” is not a defense you would use if it was your daughter.

When you ask, “why didn’t she report it,” the answer is in your question.

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Bert, Ernie, And Squirmy


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It’s a question I’ve had for decades about Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie, but have never received a satisfying answer. Why does Bert have one eyebrow and Ernie doesn’t have any?

The mystery and debate of their sexual orientation have been around for at least a couple of decades. I have cartooned on it, but never really pondered it. To me, they’re asexual. Why? Because they’re puppets for a children’s educational program. But, I do enjoy watching conservatives wig out over it.

The issue came back into the mainstream this week when a former writer, Mark Saltzman, for Sesame Street said he wrote Bert and Ernie as a “loving couple,” taking inspiration from his own relationship with his longtime partner. He also said, “I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were gay. I didn’t have any other way to contextualize them.”

Yikes! or yay!? Some people were celebrating. Others, not so much. This prompted Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, to quickly knock down the idea stating, “Bert and Ernie are best friends and, being that they are puppets, have no sexual orientation.” I’ll tell you this though; I’ve never taken a bath in front of my best friend. But then again, I’m not a puppet.

The only puppet I can think of with any sort of sex drive is Miss Piggy. She really wants to nail that frog. “Miss Piggy” is also the term Donald Trump has used as a defense against those who have accused him of sexual harassment and advances. He has claimed some of his accusers weren’t attractive enough for him to hit on, which may only be true if they don’t look anything like his daughter. I suppose this makes Trump the second puppet with a sex drive.

With Kavanaugh hearings, accusations that he attempted to rape a girl when he was a teenager and hurricanes in the news this past week, we can’t forget that Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin’s puppet. The New York Times published an excellent article rounding up everything we know so far, which is a lot. It all comes down to Trump being controlled by Putin.

Hillary Clinton warned us during the campaign that Trump was Putin’s puppet. He’s done nothing to prove her wrong and everything to prove her correct. This week, on The Rachel Maddow Show, she predicted that Trump will go on a firing spree after the midterm elections. Trump loves firing people if he can do it when they’re not around. He even said he should have fired James Comey before he won the election, back when he had as much authority to fire the FBI director as I do.

I don’t care if Bert and Ernie are straight or gay. They’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, and they’re not traitors. They’re also much more intelligent than Trump, and they’re inanimate objects.

As for Trump, he is Putin’s puppet, and we all saw his hand up Trump’s ass during the Helsinki Summit.

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The More Things Change…


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When you see what’s happening now with Christine Blazey Ford, who’s accusing SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape, you realize that Republicans, and maybe even the majority of men, haven’t learned anything over the past 30 years after what they did to Anita Hill.

If the internet was as prevalent in 1991, Ms. Hill would have been the first victim of cyberstalking, bullying, and harassment. Now, they demand that Ms. Ford testify to them without all the facts.

Republicans do not want the FBI to investigate the matter. Maybe they’re afraid they’ll find more Russians. They don’t want the confirmation of right-winger Kavanaugh, who will rule to ban abortion, delayed any longer, especially after the midterm elections. But, why?

What’s so wrong with waiting? Are they afraid we’ll have more information that will prove he should not have a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land? Are they afraid Democrats may take the Senate and do what they did to Obama, not let Trump have another justice to the court? They’re right that Democrats want to delay it, but they should be delayed. We should have all the information we can gather before we put a man on a bench for the rest of his life. Do we really want a man who attempted rape on the Supreme Court?

I don’t care if Kavanaugh was only 17-years-old when this incident happened. A 17-year-old should know about consent. They should not be rapists. Should he carry that for the rest of his life? Yes.

Kavanaugh, who has already been proven to be a liar, should be the one asking for an investigation, not the accuser. If he’s innocent, why wouldn’t he want professionals to look into it? If Ms. Ford is guilty, then she has a lot to lose as it’s a crime to lie to the FBI. It’s funny that she’s the one who wants an investigation and the accused does not. The accused’s friend, a witness to the event, is refusing to testify.

Republicans are afraid this will hurt them in the upcoming elections. So, they want eleven white men, only three who aren’t younger than 55, to grill Ms. Ford. How could this possibly go wrong for them?

Eleven men, all white, and no females from their party on the panel. At this point, they should call it a day and tell Trump to send another nominee. Kavanaugh should have been disqualified before we found out he may have been a guy who would rape a girl. Seriously, we can’t do better than this?

Kavanaugh was accused of holding Ford’s mouth, so she couldn’t cry for help while he attacked her. Right now, I think all eleven Republican white men on the Judiciary committee are doing it again.

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Trumpy Toadstool Texting


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You get a text, and you get a text, and you get a text, and you….

I heard about this system shortly after Trump was elected and my first thought was, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” And, then I heard a detailed description of Trump’s penis and I thought, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”

This is just a boner, er…bonus cartoon. And with that, I’m so sorry.

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Naked Yeti Mario Kart


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Just in case you’ve never heard of it, Mario Kart is a game where a plumber races go-karts against humanoid toad creatures or something like that. I’m not really sure. It’s been around since 1992, and there are still geeks geeking out over it enough that they hashtag it on Twitter so they can talk about it and share tips and tricks. Boy, were they disappointed yesterday.

Along with the video nerds, thousands of people were wondering why Mario Kart was trending. Hopefully, they weren’t eating breakfast when they found out, because it’s bad enough that Donald Trump has now ruined sex, mushrooms on pizza and spaghetti, and Mario Kart for everyone. Think of the children, people.

If you do not want all the above ruined for you forever and can move along without expanding your knowledge of useless stuff, then stop reading right now. Just stop. I’ve warned you. OK, then. But, then again, if you follow me on social media, then I already ruined everything for you yesterday. Sorry about that.

Anyway…Tuesday, The Guardian published excerpts of Stormy Daniels’ upcoming tell-all book, Full Disclosure, detailing her tryst with a future president of the United States. In it, she gives details on the Trump junk. Now, might be when you wanna stop reading.

Don’t blame me for this, but she writes, “It has a huge mushroom head. Like a toadstool. I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart.” I could go into detail to explain what she’s describing there, but I think you get it.

A lot of people were upset with this description and not just Trump sycophants who would probably tell all of us that the president’s penis is perfectly fine, if not truly spectacular. Women want it, men want to be it. No, Mario Kart aficionados weren’t happy. You see, Toad, the mushroom guy with a mushroom cap that’s actually a part of his head, is a nice guy who runs a “Mario Party,” and is very helpful and kind in every way, unlike the president’s penis, where, rumor has it, created Donald Trump Jr, and Eric. Why, Toad didn’t deserve to be dragged into this sordid affair. Hell, Michael Cohen never even called Toad to offer him a buyout for his silence. Toad has been a good Samaritan going all the way back when Mario Bros. was released in 1985, while Trump was pretending to be someone else while calling the media to talk about all the action his weirdly shaped tiny Yeti-pube penis was getting.

Is this information important to the state of our nation (I ask rhetorically)? Yes. Yes, it is. Donald Trump was the one who talked and lied about his weird wiener during a presidential debate. Now, looking at all of his insecurities and feelings of inadequacies, the freakish penis explains it all. The trade wars, quarreling with NATO and allies, admiring dictators, boasting about how strong and awesome he is, the lifetime of lying, and the future end of the world can all be explained by President Yeti Pubes’ (he likes nicknames, right?) teeny, tiny, disfigured, mushroom-like willy. Basically, his dick will be the end of all of us.

This is not the classified information Trump wants us to know. Trump would rather we see the details from the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s meddling in our election. He’s declassifying intel like texts between FBI agents and the FISA warrants for surveillance on Carter Page. You know, because chasing wild, deep-state conspiracy theories is more important than national security.

Trump said that declassifying this stuff may be the “crowning achievement” of his presidency. Really. He believes this will expose the investigation as being corrupt, a hoax, and a total witch hunt. Republicans believe this will validate their defense of Trump and attacks on the Special Counsel just like the Nunes Memo did, which it really didn’t.

Trump has ignored requests from the FBI and the Justice Department not to declassify this. As Rachel Maddow said last week or something to this effect, this is why we don’t let dogs drive cars. That means this is why we don’t let insecure man babies with weird toad dicks become president.

Yesterday, Trump also said the FBI shouldn’t investigate the attempted-rape charges against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, because, INVESTIGATING isn’t something the Federal Bureau of INVESTIGATIONS does. INVESTIGATING is “not their thing.”

What a dick.

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The #SoWhat Movement


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It really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Republicans are defending Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee who is accused of sexual assault and attempted rape. They’ve already defended Nazis.

Donald Trump says “Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people he’s ever known,” but Trump has known people like Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Stephen Miller, Roy Cohn, Rodrigo Duterte, Recep Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un.

Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting and trying to rape Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California, at a social gather in the 1980s when they were both teenagers. She claims Kavanaugh was holding her down and trying to get her clothes off, covering her mouth, so she couldn’t scream, while one of his friends watched. Kavanaugh claims he didn’t do it, and then claimed he wasn’t even at the party. Ford says she was afraid Kavanaugh would inadvertently kill her.

The friend that Ford says witnessed the incident claims it didn’t happen, but he’s also written a book titled, “Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk.” Kavanaugh’s witness is a guy who has boasted about binge drinking until he blacked out.

One of Kavanaugh’s defenses is a list produced by Republicans of 65 women, who knew the nominee during high school, who say Kavanaugh never sexually assaulted them. Seriously. There are a few weird things about this list. One is, it was revealed shortly after Senator Dianne Feinstein revealed the letter detailing the accusation against him. While Feinstein has been criticized for holding back on the letter, there’s speculation that Republicans were also aware of the accusation and had the list ready just in case.

Another problem with the letter is how did Kavanaugh even know 65 women during his high schooldays since he went to an all-boys Catholic school? Granted, I wasn’t the most popular kid in high school, but it was public and I didn’t know 65 girls. In fact, I still don’t know 65 women. Out of those 65 women vouching for the judge, only two will actually go on the record and publicly defend him.

Also, while it’s good there are 65 girls he didn’t assault, even Jeffrey Dahmer could have produced a list of people he’s known that he didn’t eat.

When asked Monday if he may withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination, Trump said, “what a ridiculous question.” He also said he hasn’t spoken to Kavanaugh since the accusations came out, despite the nominee spending nine hours at the White House Monday (maybe it was for the famous meatloaf). But, we don’t know what will come from the hearings next week. Kavanaugh may come off so poorly that they have no choice but to pull his nomination. Seeing that Trump has wilted on “always deny, deny, deny” and says he’s OK with waiting for the confirmation, and he’s known to throw people under the bus quickly, it may not be a “ridiculous” question.

Republicans, who believed all the accusations against Harvey Weinstein and wanted Al Franken tossed from the Senate for pretending to grope a woman, don’t believe Kavanaugh’s accuser. Senator Orrin Hatch, who is on the Judiciary Committee, says the woman is mistaken and may be “all mixed up.” Hatch was also on the committee in 1991 for Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court, where he defended him against sexually harassing Anita Hill, called her a liar, and later said she owed Thomas an apology.

Republicans also argue that if it did happen, then it was so long ago and while he was a teenager, so it shouldn’t be important now. Would you want to hire a guy suspected of being a rapist while he was in high school thirty years ago? Would you want him setting legal policy? Would you want to give him a lifetime appointment?

Just like in 1991, Republicans are not going to come out of the hearing smelling like roses. Their questioning of Ford next week will likely contribute to the women vote and the blue wave coming in November.

The one thing we definitely will not receive from next week’s hearings is proof. Each of us will believe one or the other. Do I believe her at this point? I do. She’s passed a polygraph, had mentioned it years ago before Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court, and it wouldn’t make sense for an intelligent person to subject herself to the lifetime of bullying and harassment she’s about to be the beneficiary of from Republicans. Who in the right minds would look at what they did to Anita Hill and say, “I want some of that?”

And, since Brett Kavanaugh is already on the record as a liar, I don’t believe him.

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