Play Nice With Bad Guys


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After 9/11, President George W. Bush didn’t fly to Europe to quarrel with our allies and accuse them of not contributing enough to their defense. He didn’t go to England and tell a British tabloid that Tony Blair’s rival would make a great Prime Minister. He didn’t go to Helsinki and hold a summit, including a two-hour private chat, with the leader of the Taliban. He didn’t invite Osama bin Laden to the White House. He didn’t dispute our intelligence blaming the attack on al-Qaeda and instead say it could be other people, maybe China, or a 400-pound guy on a bed in New Jersey. He didn’t lavish praise on bin Laden while accusing the press of being the real enemy. He didn’t call the European Union a foe of the United States while calling the Taliban a competitor. He didn’t congratulate bin Laden on winning reelection to the presidency of al-Qaeda or lobby for him to be added to the G-7. He didn’t listen to any crazy ideas from bin Laden about allowing him to interrogate Americans in Afghanistan.

What George W. Bush did was climb on top of a pile of rubble that was once the World Trade Center and promise that the people responsible would be hearing from us very soon. He rallied the American people and NATO. Then we attacked the people responsible.

Bush made a lot of mistakes after that, like attacking the wrong nation a couple of years later, but he didn’t placate and massage the feelings of the guy responsible for attacking our nation.

We also changed how we do a lot of things. For starters, you can’t take box cutters and pocket knives on commercial flights anymore. You can’t even walk through security at an airport with your shoes on. What are we doing to prevent further attacks on our electoral process from Russia? Nothing.

Last week, House Republicans voted AGAINST renewing funding for election security to combat efforts by foreign powers to meddle in our elections. Donald Trump has not directed the National Security Agency to do anything to prevent Russia from attacking our elections in the future. It took Trump five months to enact sanctions against Russia after they were passed by Congress.

Of course, we shouldn’t go to war with Russia over election meddling. But, we shouldn’t be sitting around with our guard down. We should enact measures to prevent future attacks. We shouldn’t be awarding Vladimir Putin with high praise and summits. We shouldn’t be inviting him to the White House.

Russia attacked our nation. They are not our friends. Trump can’t even bring himself to criticize Putin, instead, wishing for his dictatorial powers.

If Trump was president in 2001, we would have lost further buildings, airplanes, and American lives because he doesn’t know who the bad guys are. He can’t, and refuses to recognize an attack on our nation. He would have encouraged them to attack us again.

We need to treat Russia as a foe who has attacked the United States. In fact, we should start treating Donald Trump the exact same way.

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Clean Energy In Costa Rica


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This cartoon originally ran July 13, 2018, in The Costa Rica Star.

Costa Rica has run almost entirely on clean energy for the past four years. The goal is not to use any fossil fuels at all in the future. This would really infuriate conservatives in the U.S.

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Costa Rica Protests


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I apologize for not posting this one earlier. It was originally published June 6, 2018, in The Costa Rica Star.

There was a protest against Uber on the same day as Americans were protesting at the American embassy in Costa Rica. Taxi drivers were protesting against Uber, which is illegal in Costa Rica, and they were blocking roads. The Americans were protesting against Trump’s policy of separating families and creating baby prisons.

Including “Democrats Abroad” in the speech balloon was my editor’s editing. I didn’t really care as I didn’t think that detracted from the cartoon. I think he wanted it there as he’s a Trump supporter. Yes. A Canadian Trump supporter in Costa Rica who runs a newspaper. Go figure.

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Deflect With Philandering


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We’ve heard this before. Many pundits have described the past week as the worst of the Trump presidency. Granted, it was particularly craptacular, but it has some stiff competition for the worst designation.

There was the week Trump praised Nazis. Who can forget “shithole countries?” What about feuding with a Gold Star widow? And, in case you have to be reminded, there are still baby jails. But, publicly kissing the ass of a Russian authoritarian who helped you win your election and taking his word over your own government’s intelligence agencies does leave a putrid funk. Add on top of it, Trump’s backtracking on if Russia meddled in our election, and the additional backtrack of saying Russia isn’t targeting us anymore. The only way it could get worse is if Trump invited Putin to the White House…aw, crap. At least his Director of National Intelligence didn’t have to find out about the WH invite on live television…never mind.

Maybe the heaviest confirmation that this was the worst week of the Trump administration, so far, is that they’re trying to change the subject to Trump’s canoodling with Playmates and porn stars and his repeated lies about it.

On Friday, it was leaked to the press that Trump’s former lawyer/fixer, Michael Cohen, had taped a phone call with then-candidate Trump two months before the election about paying a former Playmate for her silence about their supposed affair.

The FBI had seized the tape (and there may be others) during a raid on Cohen’s office. The Justice Department is investigating Cohen’s payments to multiple women before the election as possible campaign finance violations. Trump has stated in the past that the accusations of his philandering are “fake news.” But as we all have come to know so well, Donald Trump lies about everything.

Donald Trump has never issued any sort of statement, whether in an interview, tweet, press conference, answering questions on the White House lawn, or calling Fox and Friends while sitting on the toilet without lying.

The question about this leak is; who did it? The people who have the tape are the FBI, the prosecutors, Cohen’s lawyers and Trump’s. Trump complains about leaks while his White House is constantly leaking. The main suspects for the leak are on the Trump Team. Perhaps they believe talking about porn stars and playmates is a reprieve from the talk of Trump’s treasonous behavior. Maybe they’d rather his supporters carry the image of him being spanked by Stormy Daniels (the porn star who reminds Trump of his daughter) over being spanked by Vladimir Putin. Either way, they both have something on him (as well as the Playmate).

Is this tape dangerous legally? Possibly. Is it dangerous politically? Hell no. Polls this week show that Trump supporters, who wrongly claim Obama carried out an apology tour, love the way Trump is handling Russia, or how Putin is handling him. Trump once said he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and he wouldn’t lose their support. He could also sell out to a hostile foreign government and pork a porn star on that same street without any repercussions from his base.

During the Clinton era, Republicans said we can’t trust a man who is disloyal to his wife. They used it again last week against FBI agent Peter Strzok (oh, the hypocrisy). But, is reminding us about Trump’s disloyalty, to his wife and nation, the way to go?

Trump is loyal only to Trump. It’s probably on Michael Cohen’s tape, and it’s definitely on the Helsinki tape.

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An Incredible Offer


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When Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to allow Robert Mueller to fly to Russia and question the people there he’s indicted in exchange for the U.S. to send over American citizens Putin wants to throw out of high rises, Donald Trump should have given a very quick and negative response.

Trump should have said, “let me think about it and now that I have thought about it hell no.” No commas. No spaces. No pauses. Maybe throw in another expletive. Instead, because he’s Donald Trump who puts his personal interests before those of the United States and engages in treasonous behavior, he said, “it’s an incredible offer.”

That was Monday. Later in the week, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president will “meet with his team” to mull over the “incredible offer.”

Even though nearly 80% of Republicans polled believe Trump’s Helsinki summit with Putin was a success, Republicans in elected offices had a little trouble swallowing the idea of handing Americans over to Putin.

The Senate voted 98-0 to approve a resolution introduced by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that the U.S. should “refuse to make available any current or former diplomat, civil servant, political appointee, law enforcement official, or member of the Armed Forces of the United States for questioning by the government of Vladimir Putin.” In other words, no. The Senate actually compromised and passed something in less time than it took Donald Trump to decide that handing American citizens over to Putin was a bad idea.

It took four days for Trump to reject Putin’s “incredible offer.” Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, “It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it.” It was made in “sincerity?”

One of the people Putin wants to be handed over is Obama’s ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul. He said, “Most shocking, and just lamentable, I think is my real reaction, when the White House was given the opportunity to categorically reject this moral equivalency between a legitimate indictment with lots of data and evidence to support it from Mr. Mueller with a crazy, cockamamie scheme with no relationship to facts and reality whatsoever, the White House refused to do that.”

Bill Browder is an American-born British financier who successfully lobbied Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act, a law to punish Russian human rights violators. Putin has put out international warrants on him for years, which Interpol keeps rejecting. Despite giving up his American citizenship, Trump was still considering handing him over. Browder said the idea, “is probably one of the most insane things I’ve ever heard coming out of [Trump’s] mouth.” That’s a huge statement because a lot of crazy has come out of that mouth.

Browder summed up the situation best by saying, “What President Trump was saying is that he wants to take a bunch of loyal patriots, people who have given up money for government service to serve their nation, who have been protecting this nation against Russian interference, Russia organized crime, and he wants to hand them over to the Russian criminals. To hand me over to Putin is basically to hand me over to my death.”

Seeing as this one of the public disasters from Helsinki, one has to ask; Just what the hell did they agree to in their two-hour private meeting?

Trump will get another chance to suck up to Putin because; wait for it…he’s invited him to the White House. Obama didn’t grant Putin even one summit, and in less than two years Trump is going to give him two.

One current diplomat with the State Department said, “The president has first and foremost his interests at the top of his mind, as opposed to the government’s. That’s very clear over the past week and a half, between shitting on our NATO allies and kissing Putin’s ass. He cares more about himself than the nation and any of us who serve it.”

I saved the best for last. The diplomat (remember, he’s still working for Trump) also said, “Either he’s compromised by Putin or he’s a pussy, in which case he should grab himself.”

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A Pair In Helsinki


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This is something I drew just for social media because it amused me and I knew I could knock it out really quick. I had no intention of sending it to my newspaper clients.

Then I thought that a few would want the option and would probably run it. I’m thinking of the alternative weeklies. So, I sent it to my clients with a warning that some of them may not even want to open the files.

I also thought, since I never win journalism contests that maybe I’ll put it at the top of all my entry packages. Heh. Heh. Package.

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The NRA Is Fatale


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There are several reasons why Russia targets conservatives and their organizations for disinformation and espionage.

The first reason is they’re stupid. You may think I’m generalizing Trump supporters, but I don’t think I am. These are people who were standing in the rain during Trump’s inauguration and the newly sworn in president told them that it wasn’t raining, and they said, while being drenched, “Yeah…it’s not raining.” So, if you need morons to believe Hillary Clinton is running a child sex slave ring out of the basement of a pizza shop that doesn’t have a basement, look no further than the drenched idiots singing It’s A Sun Shine Day.

Another reason; they don’t care if information is true as long as it confirms their bias. Look at the birther campaign. There is not one tiny fragment of evidence to support that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Yet, many people still believe this debunked lie. Unfortunately, one of them is now president of the United States. It also helps if the targets for your disinformation campaign are racists.

The biggest reason Russian spies target conservative groups is the one rarely acknowledged. Republicans welcomes, encourage, and enable it. You don’t see Donald Trump doing anything to discourage or combat the current disinformation campaign by Russian troll farms. And, yes. They’re still attacking us. Trump was told after the election that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the cyber attack on our election. What did Trump do? He’s spent every day since denying the assault was inflicted by Russia. Even yesterday, he denied they were still attacking us.

Take a look at Jacob Wohl. You may think Mr. Wohl is a bad example as he’s only 20-years-old and runs a fake news site. But, he’s been retweeted by the president, and he has over 154,000 followers on Twitter. Yesterday, this young idiot tweeted, “If Russia assists MAGA Candidates on the internet in this year’s midterms, that’s not the end of the world.” He also tweets a lot of conspiracy theories and fake news, proving my first two examples by his number of followers eating that stuff up.

Enter Maria Butina. Ms. Butina is a young, attractive Russian spy. She targeted conservative groups like the National Rifle Association and the National Prayer Breakfast to influence powerful Republicans. She was secretly in contact with Russian intelligence operatives, a senior Russian official and a billionaire oligarch close to the Kremlin whom she called her “funder.” And, she used sex in her covert operation, which might be what they’re praying for at that National Prayer Breakfast group. Who doesn’t want sex with their pancakes?

Butina lied on her Visa application to attend American University in Washington, D.C. She was living with a Republican operative twice her age that she privately disdained, but he was doing her homework. For a Republican, doing her homework and helping her attack our nation is worth it if the sex is good….or at the very least…it’s sex.

Butina was caught by the FBI while she was planning to leave the country. They’ve charged her with conspiracy and illegally acting as an agent for the Russian government. While she was in Federal Court for a hearing yesterday, Donald Trump was telling journalists that Russia isn’t trying to attack our next election.

While the NRA touts itself as a patriotic organization, they were an easy tool for America’s enemies to be used to sabotage our Democracy. Before Butina moved to the U.S., she was flown over multiple times by the NRA for various gun-nut events. Her contacts with the NRA got her very close to high-level Republicans, evidenced by her Facebook page where she posted photos of herself with former presidential candidates Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal, and former US Sen. Rick Santorum. She met Donald Trump Jr. at an NRA convention in Louisville. She even got close to Donald Trump Sr., meeting him on one occasion and asking a question from the audience at another. She attended his inauguration which got her handler to refer to her as a “daredevil.”

In 2015, an NRA delegation including GOP activist Paul Erickson, former NRA president David Keene, NRA Vice President Pete Brownell, major NRA donor Joe Gregory, and Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke traveled to Moscow, where they met with Kremlin officials. It was an event Butina helped organize. Clarke filed a report that Butina’s organization paid $6,000 for his trip. NRA spokesgoon Dana Loesch at first denied there was an official trip to Moscow, and then later said this trip wasn’t “official.”

After Trump won the election, Butina contacted her handler with the message, “I am ready for further orders.”

Currently, the FBI is investigating if Russians illegally funneled money to the Trump campaign through the NRA.

Russians refer to the people in the NRA and other assorted Republicans as “useful idiots,” implying they’re being fooled into helping them. They are idiots, but, what if they’re not being fooled, and they’re going along willingly? According to Mr. Wohl, it wouldn’t be the “end of the world.” It could just be the end of our democracy.

What are you willing to sell your country out for, a conservative Supreme Court, an end to legal abortion, an AK-47 in every home? Sex with a Russian ginger?

Patriotism seems to be a thing of the past for conservatives much like ethics, principles, reading, knowing stuff, etc. A Russian spy in the NRA isn’t a big deal to them, but it’s a big deal to me because the NRA controls Congress and the presidency. What do you want to bet Maria Butina isn’t the only spy infiltrating conservative groups?

I can think of one big orange one currently in the White House

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