Devin Has A Cow


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In 1983, Hustler Magazine published a parody mimicking a Campari advertising campaign that conducted interviews with celebrities about “their first time,” a double-entendre about their first time drinking the alcohol. In the parody, the subject was the famous televangelist Jerry Falwell who misunderstood the “first-time” question and said his first time was with his mother in an outhouse. At the bottom of the ad was fine print which said, “ad parody—not to be taken seriously,” which was for readers who took Hustler seriously. Jerry Falwell took it seriously.

Falwell sued the owner of Hustler, Larry Flynt. Falwell won in a U.S. district court in Virginia, and then he won an appeal by Flynt. On the claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress, the jury ruled in favor of Falwell and awarded him $150,000 in damages. Flynt didn’t take it lying down and took it all the way to the Supreme Court where he won a unanimous decision by all eight judges (there was a vacancy at the time), even the freaky conservative ones like William Rehnquist and Antonin Scalia.

They ruled that the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution prohibit public figures from recovering damages from emotional distress caused by a caricature, parody, or satire. Larry Flynt, a porn publisher, spent millions protecting our freedom of speech. Every editorial cartoonist in this nation owes Flynt a big thank you, which I gave in person several years ago.

So, if Flynt can get away with saying Jerry Falwell had drunken outhouse sex with his mom then a parody Twitter account can impersonate Congressman Devin Nunes’ mom and his cow. Right? Yes, they can, but Nunes doesn’t think so and has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Twitter, his fake mom, and the imaginary cow. Seriously.

Maybe Nunes believes he has a case if the cow’s followers believe it’s an actual tweeting cow. Only if they’re Republicans. Does the cow need a disclaimer that it’s not actual Devin Nunes’ cow?

Nunes, like Donald Trump, has very thin skin. These guys who consider themselves “Constitutionalists” want to destroy First Amendment protections. Trump wants the FCC to regulate humor so it’s not one-sided and Nunes wants laws preventing people from making fun of him. Trump and Nunes are also arguing that social media platforms, like Twitter and Facebook are restricting conservatives’ accounts on their platforms. They’re really worried it’ll hamper Russian trolls in 2020.

To argue about these platforms that don’t allow diversity of viewpoints, he went on Fox News and talked to Sean Hannity. Seriously.

The person you need to help sell that saying untrue stuff should be illegal is…Sean Hannity? Seriously?

In the lawsuit, Nunes argues that being called a “presidential fluffer” and “swamp rat” (seriously) interfere with his important investigation of “corruption by the Clinton campaign and alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election.” He also argues that people on Twitter making fun of him were trying to influence the outcome of the 2018 Congressional election. Seriously.

I’m going to make a public statement now and I want to be clear. The cartoon above was drawn with malice with the intention of defaming and injuring Devin Nunes’ name and reputation. I would say “good name,” but Nunes doesn’t have one…like his face. I really want Nunes to feel bad about this.

Here’s the thing, Devin (may I call you “Devin” or do you prefer “Mr. Fluffer?”)…I’m not afraid of Donald Trump. I’m not afraid of his supporters. After three years of them threatening and trying to intimidate me on SOCIAL MEDIA LIKE TWITTER, I’m still not afraid of them. Granted, none of them has started a cow Twitter account against me, but if they had, I think I could handle it. My point is if I’m not afraid of the president of the United States, who has hired fixers in the past to bully people and has the largest bully pulpit in the world in which to bully, then I’m not ever going to be afraid of a whiny, little, thin-skinned, presidential fluffer, treasonous pissant like you or any lawyers stupid enough to help you sue without understanding how the First Amendment works.

I don’t know your mom, and I’m sure she’s a nice person, but she should be more ashamed of you than of the account parodying her. And if you did actually own a cow, it would have jumped a fence by now to avoid being associated with you. The only cow dumb enough to be seen with you in public is orange with a bad combover.

Save yourself the trouble of suing me, Congressman and I’ll just go ahead and write you a check for a pair of big boy pants. Try not to shit in them next time someone calls you “fluffer.”

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The Conway Mood Killer


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It’s kind of unusual in the new normal that George Conway is a Republican who is still a Republican and not a member of the Trump cult, as the guy is a fierce critic of Donald Trump. What’s even more unusual is that he’s married to Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to Trump on his payroll.

George has gone after Trump several times in the past, most recently this weekend after Trump conducted a Festivus celebration on Twitter and aired his grievances. George accused Trump of being mentally unbalanced and published symptoms of narcissism disorder, with each one fitting Trump. Kellyanne said she didn’t agree with her husband.

Today, Trump said that George is a loser. Now, Kellyanne has a test of loyalty. While disagreeing with her husband about Trump’s mental state, is she going to disagree with her boss that her husband is a loser?

This is a bonus cartoon so you’re just getting the short blog tonight.

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Kitty Kitty Bang Bang


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One of the many disturbing details of the white nationalism terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand was that the killer live streamed a video of it on Facebook. In case you’re an internet or social network newbie, “live stream” means real time, as it was happening. Viewers were able to watch people being murdered as it happened.

Of course, the video violated all sorts of the social network’s policies. That guy won’t be allowed to post again, so there. Facebook rushed to remove the video…12 minutes after it had ended. Naturally, there are online goobers who downloaded the thing and re-uploaded it. Some of those who reuploaded did it so they could be the one to deliver breaking news to their friends. Others may have done it to share the outrage and thought they were doing a service. And, a lot of those who reuploaded were cheering and celebrating the attack. Over the 48 hours after the attack, over 1.5 million reuploads of the video were attempted.

There is a segment of our society that supports white terrorism, despite what Donald Trump says. The killer had posted links to the video, as well as his manifesto, to the racist hater board 8chan before the attack. There were people sitting in front of their monitors with popcorn waiting for it to take place.

What’s the deal with 4chan and 8chan? Why are there two of them? Is 8chan four times the hate of 4chan? Please don’t tell me the answer because those are rhetorical questions.

Facebook claims only 200 people saw the live stream as it happened and only 4,000 before they removed it. Who knows if that’s true because the network has been caught lying in the past about their views to attract advertisers. The beginning of the massacre would have been a great time for one of Facebook’s famous outages that outrage each of us so much, but those things never occur early in the a.m. east coast time.

Usually, when Facebook removes content, it’s only after a user has reported it. In this case, Facebook claims they removed it after being contacted by police in New Zealand. That is being disputed by Jared Holt, a member of Right Wing Watch who was monitoring 8chan and reported it to Facebook. And I thought the guy at Media Matters assigned to monitor Limbaugh had a shitty job.

At this very moment, Facebook is removing further reuploads of the video by white nationalists. The company says it has generated a hash of the video to prevent any unedited versions from being posted and is using audio recognition to identify versions of the video that have been screen recorded. 1.2 million attempted uploads of the video were blocked within the first 24 hours, but that means 300,000 versions still managed to slip through Facebook’s filters. On top of all this, they have their regular day job of stopping the racist shit Steve King uploads.

Other networks are combating the attempts to upload, like YouTube, Twitter, Reddit (real popular with racists), and Steam. Steam? Great. Now there’s another social network I don’t know anything about (Google+ is gone so we have that going for us). These social networks aren’t just working to remove the video, but also “tributes” to the attacker.

Personally, I ran across the video on Twitter shortly after the attack without even searching for it. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I didn’t watch the entire thing and I don’t recommend that you watch it either, if you haven’t already. Though, I’m sure you can still find it on 8chan (Seriously, is 4chan and 8chan like Twix? You got one for white supremacists and another for white nationalists?).

A lot of people don’t even want to deal with politics on Facebook and would rather see bathroom selfies (my nieces need to stop those), pictures of babies, vacations (yay, you), food (I don’t care), and cats. That’s all well and good until your pre-teen stumbles upon pictures of Steve King’s cat.

Creative notes: Yes, the kitty is inspired by Berkeley Breathed’s Bill the Cat from his great comic strip Bloom County. There’s an apology in small print on the cartoon acknowledging it. I Googled “Kitty Kitty Bang Bang” and my name to see if I had used the title in the past. Previously, I used Mr. Whiskers Kills. I still like that one.

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A Rising Threat


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Donald Trump went on another vile bender Sunday attacking everything he perceives as a threat.

He attacked General Motors for closing a plant in a town where he told workers not to sell their homes. Can they sue him for bad real estate advice? He also attacked the local UAW president.

He went after Saturday Night Live for making fun of him after they ran a rerun over the weekend. Trump’s whiny victimization was also a rerun as he had complained before when it originally aired. He said the FEC should look into the treatment he’s receiving from comedians, tweeting, “Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this? There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia!” I had no idea that the Russians were meddling in SNL skits. They’re really getting around NYC, meeting with Trump’s campaign at Trump Tower, Paul Manafort in cigar bars, and now SNL’s writing room. Fortunately, there are not any laws mandating TV shows give equal time in their comedy treatment.

Trump, the counter-puncher, went after a dead man, accusing John McCain of leaking the Russian dossier to the press before the election and of being last in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy. He was wrong on both counts. McCain, who was well-known as a poor student, graduated fifth from the bottom of his class. He also did not leak the Steele Report/dossier to the press or to Democrats. He gave it to the FBI after the election which is what you do when you’re informed of something that may be a threat. When Russians were contacting the Trump campaign to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton, nobody from the campaign contacted the FBI. Instead, they said, “Gimme, gimme.”

Meghan McCain defended her war hero father by tweeting at Trump, “No one will ever love you the way they loved my father.” Boom. Lindsey Graham, McCain’s supposed best friend, defended McCain’s war service while not mentioning Trump. I respect McCain while also disagreeing with him on several matters. For example, he had shitty judgment in friends.

What you wouldn’t find among his list of Sunday grievances was the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand or the movement responsible for the attack, white nationalism.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s temporary chief-of-staff because he drew the short straw, went on Fox News and told Chris Wallace that Trump is not a white supremacist, even though Wallace didn’t ask the question (there’s a reason it’s in the prepared talking points). Mulvaney asked rhetorically, “How many times do I have to say that?”

The answer to that rhetorical question is a lot. You’re going to have to defend him from being a white supremacist when he defends Nazis. When he says we should ban all Muslims. When he says Islam hates us. When he says Mexico is sending us rapists and Murderers. When he says a judge can’t preside over his trial because of his Mexican lineage. When he claims black and brown kids proven innocent of rape should still be put to death. When he’s the biggest proponent of the birther movement. When a white nationalist kills 50 Muslims after publishing a manifesto saying Trump is, “A symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” And, when he refuses to denounce white nationalism or even recognize it’s a growing threat.

You will also have to defend him from being a white supremacist when on the same day of your defense, he’s tweeting that Jeanine Pirro’s suspension should be lifted by Fox News, which came about because of her Islamophobic rant on their network.

Trump tweeted to Fox News, “Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country.” Yeah, that’s what you should tweet about the weekend after 50 Muslims are killed by one of your supporters. You should complain about political correctness which means you want more racist viewpoints expressed by the network. Trump’s tweet was something a white supremacist would tweet or post on 8chan.

It’s been more than three days since the white terrorist attack in Christchurch. Will Trump eventually denounce white nationalism? I’m not entirely sure. After he was criticized for defending the Nazis who murdered Heather Heyer in Charlottesville and marched around the town with tiki torches chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil,” he was forced to clarify his comments and criticize Nazis and white supremacists. According to Bob Woodward’s book, Fear, Trump told aides it was the “worst speech” and the “biggest fucking mistake” he’s ever made.

President Obama asked, probably rhetorically, “How hard can that be? Saying Nazis are bad?” Well, it’s really hard to say Nazis are bad when you’re courting them and maybe even more so when you are one of them.

Mulvaney said Trump is not a white supremacist. I’m not buying it. You’re not buying. But do you know who really isn’t buying it? White supremacists.

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Crazy Wavy 2020


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Here’s a Sunday bonus cartoon for you.

I’m not the first to think of the wavy inflatable ad thingies after watching Beto O’Rourke last Thursday during his swing through Iowa. Donald Trump also noticed and asked, “Is he crazy or is that just how he acts?” It’s like Trump, who looks like he’s playing an invisible accordion while he’s talking, has never seen a tape of him speaking. But then again, he’s also insulted other people’s hair, and we all know Trump has seen photos of himself.

I think my next cartoon will be on the New Zealand terrorist attack. Since my last cartoon was on the same subject, I wanted to break them up with something a little goofier. That’s why you’re getting this goofy cartoon today. Also, I haven’t drawn a cartoon since Saturday morning and I didn’t know what to do with myself.

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St. Patrick’s Green New Deal


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Here’s this week’s cartoon for CNN’s weekly opinion newsletter, Provoke/Persuade.

We originally started out planning to do a cartoon on the college cheating scandal. The producer and I had a long talk about it Thursday night and we both thought it’d still be the largest issue of the week by Sunday. After seeing the rough for this cartoon, she changed her mind and thought the newsletter should have something on St. Patrick’s Day.

On Friday morning, we were still going with the St. Paddy’s toon but she said if I came up with anything on New Zealand, which happened early Friday morning our time, that I should bounce it off her. Unfortunately, everything I came up with on New Zealand was really mean. We stuck with the St. Paddy’s cartoon. She did say that it’d be hard to do something appropriate on New Zealand.

The cartoon I drew on New Zealand was not one of the ones I submitted to CNN. I didn’t get that idea until late Friday afternoon. I doubt they would have wanted it either.

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Costa Rica Catholic Church


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This cartoon was first published in The Costa Rica Star, March 8, 2019.

The Catholic Church scandal with sexual abuse has extended to Costa Rica.

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What kind of person would want to be part of something that disparages, slanders, and disrespects Dear Leader and his sycophantic followers? Hopefully, you. 
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