Lessons From Kansas


Indiana lawmakers made sure not to do one thing last Friday when they banned most abortions in their yee-haw state. They made sure not to let their citizens vote on it. It’s a lesson they learned from Kansas.

Indiana is the first state to create new limits on abortions after the Supreme Court overruled its predecessors and declared it’s not a constitutional right. This vote was just three days after voters in Kansas rejected a measure to strip abortion from the state constitution, and after a ten-year-old fled Ohio, where nearly all abortions are banned, to abort her rapist’s fetus in Indiana.

Republicans nationwide were eager to ban abortion after the SCOTUS ruling but Kansas has slowed their roll. State Republicans in Florida, West Virginia, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Iowa were talking a lot of shit until the conservative voters in Kansas spoke out. The question every conservative needs to ask who plans to enact a state ban on abortion is: Is your state more right-wing fucknut fundamentalist than Kansas? It’s a good question and someone’s actually studied it. More on that in a minute.

Indiana’s fucknut Governor Eric Holcomb signed the new ban into law faster than Josh Hawley could run from a MAGA riot he helped instigate (I’m gonna be using this one for a while). The signing was within minutes of its passage, which was from a special session he called just to ban abortion. They knew not to let their voters vote on it.

In Kansas, Republicans thought it was a safe bet their voters would ban it, but just in case, they put the measure on the primary ballot, NOT the general election ballot. Gee, why is that?
Fewer people vote in primaries than in general elections. But, Republicans, I’m sorry to say, are much more consistent than Democrats in voting in primaries and special elections. Republicans are also much more motivated by wedge culture war issues like abortion than are Democrats. But, Kansas found out that even conservatives didn’t want to totally ban abortion. And, when it finally comes down to banning abortions, Democrats turn out the vote among themselves and Independents. The GOP just learned that the hard way in Kansas. It was like that time Eddie Murphy found out the hard way his hooker was a dude.

Indiana Republican goon legislator John Young said, “I know the exceptions are not enough for some and too much for others, but it’s a good balance.” Really? It’s a good balance to take away a woman’s right to control her own body and health? If John Young had a uterus, I bet he’d have a totally different definition of a “good balance.”

A good balance would be to let Indiana’s voters vote on it. Give more women a say in how their bodies are regulated. Don’t just leave it up to goons like John Young Governor Holcomb.

Right-wing and Indiana cartoonist Gary Varvel did a cartoon of it snowing in Hell because it’s such an unlikely occurrence that yee-haw state Republicans would ban abortion. What. A. Shocker.

Protestors were at the state capital demanding their legislature allow them to vote on it. Todd Huston, the Republican Speaker of the House said, “We’ve talked about the fact that voters have an opportunity to vote, and if they’re displeased, they’ll have that opportunity both in November and in future years.” That sounds like a statement from a goon in a safe district. By his logic, Indiana shouldn’t ever have measures put on ballots, just candidates.

Jennifer Drobac, a law professor at Indiana University Bloomington said, “Law made in haste is often bad law. This highlights the fact that these guys are not anticipating how unworkable this legislation will be. This is going to impact thousands of people who get pregnant in Indiana alone.” But they didn’t anticipate how unworkable it is because they don’t care if it’s unworkable. If it forces children to have rapists’ babies, that’s workable for male Republicans. They’re not shooting rapists’ babies out of their pee-holes.

The most recent unworkable Republican law made in haste that comes to mind is the one in Florida where fascist Ron DeSantis and other fascist Floridians stripped away Disney’s special district, leaving a giant tax burden on voters in the state which they haven’t figured out how to repair yet. Their knuckles have to be raw after dragging them on the ground so quickly.

So, which states would ban abortion if it’s left up to voters? That’s a good question and Nate Cohn of The New York Times might have the closest thing we’ll get to an answer without every state holding elections on the fundamental rights of abortion.

According to the Times’ analysis, support for abortion rights is below 50 percent in ONLY seven states, and it’s close in each of those seven. In fact, it’s only within a point or two in Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Even in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, it’s within four or five points. These are close or within the margins of error. It’s possible that if left up to voters, not one state in this nation would ban abortion.

Even in Florida, where Republicans are talking big shit about banning abortion, 57 percent of its voters favor abortion rights. Texas and West Virginia are both at 52 percent in favor of abortion rights. All other MAGA-voting red states are also above 50 percent. Ohio, which has banned abortion even in the case of rape and incest, is at 61 percent. And in Indiana, which just banned abortion without letting the voters have a say, the support for abortion rights is at 58 percent. Keep in mind, Kansas overwhelmingly approved of abortion as a state constitutional right by 59 percent.

Knowing that they’d have the exact same results as Kansas, Indiana Republicans chose not to their voters made the call on abortion rights. But don’t worry. The fundamentalist fucknut goons took care of it for you.

Republicans are on the wrong side of every issue, but especially abortion, they had to steal three Supreme Court seats to overturn Roe. They’re changing election laws in multiple states to make it difficult for minorities to vote, but even with that, they should allow voters to vote on abortion. These GOP legislators are too cowardly though.

What they should do is put it on November’s general election ballot. That would increase voter turnout which is the last thing fascist Republicans want. A proven fact is that when more people vote, Democrats win more seats. Republicans are morons but they know they can’t win on the issues. It’s why they create bullshit like Critical Race Theory and gay textbooks.

Republicans, if you really want to ban abortion in America, then let Americans vote on it.

Cowards.

Music note: I listened to Queens of the Stone Age’s “Rated R” album and some Joan Jett.

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My Favorite Fascists


Less than two weeks ago, Hungary’s fascist Prime Minister gave a speech in Romania where he denounced a “mixed-race world” and endorsed the racist Great Replacement Theory. His government has ended the legal recognition of transgender people. His party’s proposed legislation to end “positive LGBTQ” images in movies, television, and advertising. His legislation banning any mention of “gay” in Hungarian schools was the model for Ron DeSantis’ own hate bill.

In a speech in 2018, Orban said, “We must state that we do not want to be diverse and do not want to be mixed: we do not want our own color, traditions and national culture to be mixed with those of others. We do not want this. We do not want that at all. We do not want to be a diverse country.”

In case you still don’t find the guy charming, he’s also antisemitic. He’s described George Soros, a favorite punching bag for Republicans and a Hungarian native, as someone who “hates Christianity.”

Tucker Carlson loves Orban and even broadcast a few of his shows from Hungary’s capital, Budapest. Donald Trump endorsed Orban. Last Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Victor Orban was met with thunderous applause.

And why wouldn’t they greet Orban with applause? He’s practically saying the quiet parts out loud. In addition to Soros, he also denounced immigration, abortion, LGBTQ rights, and “the Woke Globalist Goliath.” Who taught him that word, “woke?”

The gang that tried to destroy our democracy on January 6, 2021, is holding parties with fascist leaders as speakers. And they do love them some fascism. In Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Nevada, the Republican nominees to oversee state elections deny the legitimacy of Biden’s election victory.

In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis, who’s gone to war with Disney over his Don’t-Say-Gay bill, has legalized running over black protesters, fought every public safety effort to end the COVID pandemic, and has scolded students for wearing face masks has now decided to suspend an elected Democratic state attorney and replace him with one of his own choosing.

DeSantis suspended Andrew Warren, the state attorney for Hillsborough County for refusing to enforce “any prohibition on sex-change operations for minors” or laws related to abortion. The thing is, Warren hasn’t done any of that yet. He was suspended for his statements.

A governor can suspend an official for refusing to follow the law, but not for his thoughts. This is what DeSantis did, furthering his fascist profile for his upcoming presidential run. He literally replaced the voters’ choice for a state attorney, and he did it without a riot or goading Mike Pence to help him.

Warren was frog-marched out of his office by Florida State Police, who have become DeSantis’ personal goon squad, and said, “It’s something you would see happen in Russia or China or North Korea where the king sends in his police” to remove an official from office without “due process” or “basis,” he said.

Or, you’d see it in Hungary. In 2021, Hungary passed a law banning sex education involving L.G.B.T.Q. topics. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary said, “We were watching the Hungarians,” and were inspired by their legislation” in regards to Florida’s Don’t-Say-Gay bill.

Republicans aren’t shying away from fascism. They’re praising and openly emulating fascists. Pretty soon, people are going to be swimming from Florida to migrate to Cuba.

We only have two powerful political parties in this country. The Democratic Party and the Fascist Party. The fascists are overruling elections.

Music note: I listened to some 90s alt radio.

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Space Tripping with the King


You don’t need a blog today. More importantly, I don’t need to write a blog after drawing until 4 p.m. on a Saturday.

There are a lot more important things I should probably be covering since I have covered the Alex Jones story already, but this was too much fun.

I don’t think my entire readership put together can find all the Easter eggs in this cartoon. Good luck.

Update, all the Easter eggs found by readers so far:
I don’t give away the Easter eggs, and people ask me all the time what something is before it’s been found. What’s the point of hiding Easter eggs if I have to point them out? I have put thousands of Easter eggs in my cartoons that still haven’t been found. But, these have been found so I’m gonna go ahead and spill them in case you’re still searching.

Nixon’s head in a jar (nod to Futurama).
Space cat (I made him up).
Elvis’ banana sandwich.
Elvis’ “TCB” belt buckle.
Bumper sticker “You can have my ray gun when you pry it out from my cold dead tentacles.”
Borg Cube.
Millenium Falcon.
Meteor Worm from “The Empire Strikes Back” chasing Millenium Falcon.
“Keep Altair IV Weird” bumper sticker from “Forbidden Planet.”
Aurebesh (Star Wars alphabet) bumper sticker translated to “shit happens.”
And perhaps the toughest catch of them all, the galaxy on Orion’s belt from “Men In Black.”

And, some people are finding things that aren’t actually there.

Music note: I listened to Kaiser Chiefs and Kings of Leon. No Elvis.

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Roughs, Volume 148


This is a pretty large batch of roughs, 14 in all drawn on August 28 and 29. But to be fair, I didn’t send all of them to an editor.

Like this one. I did not send this one to an editor.

Everyone and their brother drew weather cartoons over the past week, and I was about to draw this one but other stuff got in the way. My position on weather cartoons is, don’t draw them unless you want to suck. Now drawing climate cartoons, that’s different. This is a climate cartoon. I was actually inspired by a really stupid cartoon drawn by a really stupid right-wing MAGAt cartoonist that said the reason it’s hot is that it’s summer. Of course, he’ll shit out a cartoon this winter saying snow in Denver in January proves Global Warming is a hoax. I just can’t even with motherfuckers. I just can’t.

This was kinda boring, which is why I thought my editor might go for it. HAHAHAHA. He doesn’t read this, does he?

While I don’t like this cartoon, this is some more bullshit that pisses me off. I’m on Truth Social as an experiment and to be honest, I don’t interact or engage a lot with the users there, but they’re terrible people. They’re the worst. They comment on my work and they argue that Brittney Griner should be forced to stay in Russia since she’s criticized the United States. how dare she. Meanwhile, they’re all kissing the big orange ass of a guy whose motto is “make America great again.” They wear hats that literally say our nation isn’t great.

Tomi Lahren, who worked for that guy, tweeted that at least Griner won’t have to hear the national anthem for nine years. Yeah, Griner has a problem with the national anthem while goons like Lahren have a problem with democracy. We know what this is really about though. It’s like “shut up and dribble.” Griner is a black lesbian with a voice. How dare she exercise the same constitutionally-protected freedoms as little blonde Barbies.

Anyway, I didn’t love the cartoon.

I wasn’t too crazy about this one either. Also, noticed that I signed these roughs? I did that because they’re starting to show up on other websites, so I figured I should at least sign them so the thieves have to go to the trouble of removing them.

By the way, Tracey… I saw your post on social media about someone sharing your cartoon after removing your signature. I’m with ya’. I hate when that happens to me or anyone else. But…maybe don’t cry as big of a river about “respecting” creators’ copyrights until after you stop stealing ideas, tracing photos and claiming they’re your caricatures, signing your name on clipart and claiming it’s your artwork, and making cartoons by inserting a bunch of typed text around logos. Maybe actually draw your cartoons, and then you can complain about people manipulating your artwork when it’s actually your artwork.

Personal beefy rant over.

I turned this one into an official cartoon last Sunday. I took all day on it too.

Another I’m not crazy about.

This one became an official cartoon but I wasn’t entirely in love with it. To me, it seemed to be on the brink of my usual humor but it wasn’t all the way there with my weirdness.

This is another that became an official cartoon. I only saw one cartoon on burn pits when I drew this one last Saturday. On Monday, there were about 30 of them. And after that, the bill passed. I’m not going to say it passed because of us cartoonists, but I think we were a part of the national shaming that forced Republicans to finally do the right thing on the issue.
I wasn’t happy with the artwork in the official cartoon but it did very well on social media and a few clients ran it.

This was OK but I didn’t make an official cartoon of it. I need to do a few more of these meat-and-potato issues for my clients.

I like where this one was going but it wasn’t all the way there for me.

I didn’t like this one very much.

I turned this one into an official cartoon and I think it’s just OK. I think I really wanted to draw Hannibal.

This one became the official cartoon for the CNN Opinion newsletter and I really liked it. It was fun to draw.

Which one of these is your favorite?

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Primarying Democracy


It’s always a mixed bag from my readers anytime I criticize Democrats. Some will agree with me, most won’t, and even more will just stay silent. I don’t get a lot of shares on social media when I hit Democrats. And then Trumpers will claim the next day that I never hit Democrats, or even issue that complaint in a reply to the cartoon hitting Democrats. Seriously.

But I believe in every opinion I express. I don’t pander and I’m not partisan because principles are not partisan. It’s why I’ll never be a member of any political party because it seems somewhere along the way, no matter which party you’re in, you’re gonna have to put ethics, morals, and principles aside for a minute.

Liz Cheney is a Republican and one of the few who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his coup attempt. There are a few other Republicans like Cheney who don’t push Trump’s Big Lie that he won the election, like Michigan Congressman Peter Meijer, who also voted to impeach Donald Trump. Naturally, Democrats will still try to beat Meijer in the general election because he’s still a Republican after all. But, should the Democrats try to beat him in his Republican primary? Should Democrats give money to an election-denying Kool-Aid-swilling fascist Trump cultist in order to have an easier path to victory in the general election this November? It makes sense politically but it doesn’t make sense morally.

There are only ten Republicans in the House who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his coup attempt. Democrats have praised them for standing up for truth and Democracy.

Democrats can’t argue for more Republicans to be like Cheney and Meijer and then pump money into their election-denying opponents’ primary campaigns. It also tells Republicans not to ever vote with them again, not to stand on principles.

Democrats have spent at least $43,885,000 on advertising campaigns in races across six states promoting MAGAt candidates against somewhat rational and reasonable Republicans (they’re still Republicans). In Michigan, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spent $435,000 on ads promoting Meijer’s primary opponent to Republican voters as a candidate “handpicked by Trump to run for Congress.”

Last Tuesday, Meijer lost to John Gibbs, an election-denying MAGAt. Now, Democrat nominee Hillary Scholten will face off against the Gibbs goon in November. But what if it doesn’t work? If Democrats had lost to Meijer, then that would have been a seat occupied by a non-MAGAt Republican who supports democracy. If they lose to Gibbs, it’ll be another MAGAt in Congress pushing for fascism. Gibbs may be in Congress voting against certifying the next presidential election Donald Trump loses.

I don’t think Democrats are working with a sound strategy.

Carolyn Lukensmeyer, the founding executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, told Newsweek, “This choice by the DCCC to put a huge amount of money into supporting far-right candidates who support the conspiracy theories about a fraudulent election, is another egregious attack on people’s trust in our government.”

It’s unethical. It’s shady. And it’s telling those who pay attention that Democrats are just as shifty as Republicans.

It’s not just the DCCC playing these shifty hands and it’s not just happening in Congressional races. The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and the House Majority PAC have run TV spots for a bunch of election deniers.

In a report in Newsweek: Last month, the DGA and Democratic incumbent Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker dropped $35 million on ads elevating Republican state Senator Darren Bailey. In Maryland, the DGA booked almost $1.2 million of airwaves to emphasize Republican state Representative Dan Cox. The House Majority PAC also spent thousands on Chris Mathys in California and Lori Saine in Colorado, while the local chapters in Colorado put millions into highlighting Ron Hanks and Greg Lopez. Bailey, Cox, Mathys, Saine, Hanks, and Lopez have all denied the legitimacy of the last presidential election.

If you win at all costs, then you’re going to be bankrupt in victory. In this case, the Democrats will be morally bankrupt.

Music note: I listened to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers while drawing today’s cartoon.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Big Fat Liar


If you’re a gaslighting conspiracy theorist with a national platform spreading bullshit that defames, libels, and tears apart democracy, you better have good lawyers. Alex Jones, fortunately for the rest of us who hate lies, conspiracy theories, and bullshit, does not have good lawyers.

Alex Jones is a conspiracy theorist as it’s his business. He knows the bullshit he’s spreading is fake. Conspiracy theories are his business but lying is his nature. He’s also not intelligent enough to get away with it. Yesterday, Alex Jones was busted during cross-examination of not just being a liar, but of withholding evidence. And, the revelations came from his own legal team. Oopsies.

Jones (no relation to yours truly) is currently defending himself from defamation lawsuits brought by the families for lies he had spread about the 2012 school shooting. For years, he’s been telling lies that the shootings never happened. From his conspiracy theories of the government turning frogs gay to COVID vaccines creating Monkeypox to Lady Gaga performing a Satanic ritual during the Super Bowl halftime show, this one about Sandy Hook may be the most hurtful. The problem is, there are people who believe it.

Jones did not create the Pizzagate conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton and other Democrats were operating a Satanic sex trafficking ring of babies from the basement of a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor, but he promoted it on his show. The man who showed up and shot an assault rifle into the pizza parlor over this story was a big fan of InfoWars, Alex Jones’ platform.

When the pizza shooting happened, Alex Jones backtracked and issued a public statement that Pizzagate wasn’t real, even though he was one of its biggest advocates. Yesterday, faced with evidence he’s a liar, he backtracked on his Sandy Hook lies.

Alex Jones is a big fat sweaty coward.

He helped Donald Trump and Steve Bannon engineer the turnout for the January 6 attack on the Capitol. He promoted the Big Lie that Donald Trump won the election. On that January 6, 2021, he was at the Capitol. He used a bullhorn to direct the crowd of Trump terrorists. He told them which doors to go in. He was at those doors, pointing them out to the angry crowd. Once they started breaking, he ran off faster than you can say “Josh Hawley” and assumed a broadcast position overlooking the terrorist attack from where he blamed…you’re gonna love this…Antifa.

Alex Jones is a big fat sweaty liar. He can’t even own his own bullshit. He can’t take responsibility for his actions. It’s starting to look like he’s about to.

In testimony on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, Jones continued to insist that he had complied with court orders to produce documents and testimony in the run-up to the defamation trials. In fact, his losses by default in four other defamation cases resulted from his failure to produce those materials.

During cross-examination yesterday, the lawyer for the Sandy Hook families said to Jones, “Mr. Jones, did you know that 12 days ago, your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cellphone with every text message you’ve sent for the past two years?”

This is important because Jones had claimed for years that he had searched his phone for texts about the Sandy Hook cases and found none. Oops.

The lawyer, Mark Bankston, then asked, “You know what perjury is, right?” If he doesn’t, he’s about to find out.

Bankston also presented financial records that contradicted Jones’s claim under oath on Tuesday that he was bankrupt. The lawyer produced financial records indicating that Jones was earning as much as $800,000 per day in recent years by selling diet supplements, gun paraphernalia, and survivalist gear in ads accompanying his broadcasts.

Bankston also aired clips from Jones’ broadcasts attacking the judge and jury in the case. The clips showed the judge, Maya Guerra Gamble, engulfed in flames with Jones saying, “That’s justice burning right there.”
Did I mention Jones was stupid?

Another InfoWars broadcast show in court falsely linked the judge to pedophilia and human trafficking and claimed Jones’ political enemies had handpicked “blue-collar” people who “don’t know what planet they’re on” and are ill-equipped to decide what monetary damages he must pay to serve on the jury.

The texts also revealed that he knew he was promoting lies about the coronavirus pandemic. Jones received a text from a staff member saying his coronavirus lie was “another Sandy Hook,” which he agreed with showing that he knew both were lies. On Wednesday, his coronavirus lie was still on his InfoWars website. Once again, oopsies.

Now, Jones is going to be paying out his Pinocchio nose to the families. But it gets worse. It gets so so much worse.

Bankston estimated that the files relayed to him in a major flub by Jones’ lawyers contained several hundred gigabytes of material. Golly-gee wilikers. I wonder who else might want to see those text messages? Perhaps the January 6 Committee investigating the Trump white nationalist terrorist attack? Maybe the Justice Department, that’s also investigating the white nationalist terrorist attack. Here comes that word again. Oopsie.

Another fun detail: Jones’ lawyers did NOT challenge the evidence they accidentally sent. How are these lawyers going to remain in business after this? Will they change their names? Maybe “Lionel Hutz” is available.

It was fun to watch Jones visibly uncomfortable for most of the 40-minute cross-examination, sweat running into his eyes and down his neck, saying he believed “100 percent” that the shooting occurred.

What will be more fun than that will be watching his expression when the final number, decided by the jury he called stupid, is read aloud that he has to pay to the Sandy Hook families, who are seeking $150 million in damages. And there’s one thing that will be even more fun than that.

I’m going to enjoy the hell out of Alex Jones going to prison.

Music note: I continued listening to Weezer.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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Follow Kansas


The Wizard of Oz is a brilliant movie, especially when you factor in the time it was made. From top to bottom, with the script, music, performances, costumes, and color, it’s nearly a perfect movie. And for cartoonists, it’s full of metaphors. Who hasn’t used flying monkeys in a cartoon? I usually stop at flying monkeys, but most other cartoonists mine the entire film for references in their work. The late great Dick Locher, who drew Dick Tracy and was an editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, once wrote a column about his love for using the Wizard of Oz in his cartoons. He had no shame in it, nor should he have. But, I have never really connected with using it in my cartoons, other than with the flying monkeys.

The flying monkeys are perfect for MAGA so I got a lot of use out of that metaphor. But I’ve never been able to connect to the rest of the movie. Honestly, for cartoons, it’s always bored me. So I struggled a bit with drawing this because I had a hard time getting into it. While I felt it was a good cartoon, I had doubts because of my anti-Wiz instincts. So I felt some relief when Laura, one of my proofreaders told me she liked it (without my having to fish for a compliment).

I told Laura about my doubts (I have them often), and she reassured me by saying, “Hey, who belongs in abortion commentary more than a teenage girl who spends a lot of time with men into cosplay? I’d say Dorothy has a stake in the issue.”

I told her that was going into the blog because it made me literally laugh out loud.

And Kansas seems to understand that Dorothy and all women in that state have a stake in the issue. Last night, Kansas voters resoundingly decided against removing the right to abortion from the state constitution.

It wasn’t a close victory either with the vote coming down to 59 percent in favor of keeping abortion as a right to 41 percent who opposed. This is a solid rejection of the United State Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that had protected abortion rights throughout the country. 

Republican lawmakers across the nation are in a frenzy to ban all abortions in yee-haw states, even when the life of the mother is in danger. Even in the case of rape and incest. Kansas is the first time it’s been given to voters instead of fundamentalist fucknut lawmakers. Kansas voters said no.

Here’s the thing, kids. Kansas is a yee-haw state. Donald Trump beat Joe Biden in Kansas in 2020, 56 percent to 41 percent. In that election, Kansas was 19 percent more Republican than the national average. Abortion got a higher percentage last night than Trump got in 2020.

How bad is it for this nation that Kansas is more liberal and reasonable than the Supreme Court?

Kansas is not pro-abortion. It’s not liberal about abortion. It’s not a liberal position to want abortion to remain legal, despite what Republicans tell you. Republicans are the ones who are extreme on this issue. Forcing a ten-year-old to have her rapist’s baby is the extreme position.

It’s safe to say that the majority of Kansas voters would allow restrictions on abortion, but they don’t want it banned outright. Today, abortion is legal in Kansas up to the 22nd week of pregnancy. Other Republican fucknut yee-haw states are trying to ban it outright. Who knew Kansas was more liberal than Ohio?

Republicans put this measure on the ballot believing they were on the right side of the issue. They thought Kansas voters would send a message to the nation on banning abortion. They were right. The right-wing conservative majority of Kansas said to keep abortion as a constitutional right. Oops.

In 2017, Gallup found that 70 percent of Republicans wanted abortion to remain legal. It said 56 percent wanted it legal in some circumstances while 14 percent said all. In 2018, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that 52 percent of Republicans did NOT want Roe v. Wade overturned. A study by the Pew Research Center published June 13, 2022, found that 61 percent of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases

Republicans learned something last night. They learned not to give the issues to voters again. While I’m sure all the yee-haw states would love to restrict the hell out of abortion, I bet the majority of voters in every state would vote to keep abortion legal. I bet the majority of voters in every state think it’s a really horrible position to force a child to give birth to her rapist’s baby. The fact is, the majority of this nation is pro-choice.

What kind of monster would force a child to give birth to her rapist’s baby? A fundamentalist fucknut Republican monster.

Pro-choice is not pro-abortion. Pro-choice people don’t love abortion.

Years ago when my little sister was a teenager, I asked if she was pro-life or pro-choice. She said she was pro-life as she thought abortion was wrong and she could never see herself getting one. So I said, “So, you believe abortion should be illegal.” And she said, “God, no. That option should be there, especially in the case of rape and incest. I just wouldn’t get one.” Then I had to give my little sister the horrible news that she was pro-choice. Now, she may have changed her mind since then since she’s gone full MAGA, but my point is, pro-choice is not pro-abortion.

The fact is, abortion should remain legal, even if you hate it.

Republicans can click their heels all they want but it won’t stop their anti-abortion position from always being the wrong position. Republicans know this too. You can bet they won’t put any more abortion questions on red state ballots again.

Music note: No, I did NOT listen to the Wizard of Oz soundtrack while drawing this. I listened to Weezer.

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Working In A Coal Mine


Here’s your cartoon for this week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday. 

Music note: I listened to something but I don’t remember since this was drawn five days ago. Ha.

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To Boldly Go…


If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you know I don’t love what we call in my industry, “obituary” cartoons. I don’t like drawing a cartoon commemorating someone’s death only because that person was famous. I would rather memorialize someone who contributed something to society, whether positive or negative. What made it important for me to draw a cartoon on Nichelle Nichols and Bill Russell is that they were both pioneers in advancement for black people and they both died a day apart. It felt it was appropriate to put them together.

Nichelle Nichols died Saturday and Bill Russell died Sunday. Neither set out to be civil rights icons, but that’s how it worked out.

Nichols’ portrayal of Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on Star Trek was groundbreaking for black actresses and black women in the United States. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, a trekkie, told her, “for the first time on television, we will be seen as we should be seen every day.”

Nichols had given Gene Rodenberry, the creator of Star Trek, her written resignation after just one season. She was planning to go to Broadway as she preferred the stage over the screen. She ran into Dr. King at an NAACP banquet who told her upon hearing that she was leaving, “you cannot, you cannot…for the first time on television, we will be seen as we should be seen every day, as intelligent, quality, beautiful, people who can sing dance, and can go to space, who are professors, lawyers. If you leave, that door can be closed because your role is not a black role, and is not a female role; he can fill it with anybody even an alien.”

She stayed. Rodenberry had actually torn up her resignation even before she told him she had changed her mind. He wasn’t having it and knew the importance of having an incredibly talented black woman in that role. Her beauty was just a bonus.

After a scene was aired where she kissed William Shatner, the studio received a letter from a white Southern bigot who wrote he was against “mixing of the races,” but wouldn’t blame Captain Kirk for kissing a woman of Uhura’s beauty. Captain Kirk was a racial pioneer too. As Eddie Murphy so eloquently put it, “Captain Kirk once fucked a green bitch.”

Dr. King compared Nichols’ role as Uhura to the ongoing marches in the Civil Rights movement. He told Nichols she was playing a vital role model for black children and young women across the country, as well as for other children who would see black people appearing as equals. She didn’t take it lightly.

While filming “Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country” in 1991, Nichols refused to say two lines in the script that made her uncomfortable. One was in a scene where Klingons were arriving on the Enterprise and she was to say, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” The other was, “yes, but would you like your daughter to marry one [a Klingon].”

Bill Russell stood his ground too. He felt he was a player for the Celtics, and not for the city of Boston.

Russell, an 11-time NBA champion, is considered a pioneer in men’s basketball. He was one of the first Black superstars in the league. One of, if not the, first to be paid equally with White players. He was the first black coach in the NBA. He was a 12-time all-star and won Most Valuable Player five times. He captained the U.S. basketball team and won gold in the 1956 Olympic summer games.

In college, where he won two national championships, his team was often forced out of hotels and restaurants due to segregation. In the pros, he received racist taunts from fans, including Boston Celtic fans. He was active in the Black Power movement and supported Muhammad Ali’s decision to refuse to be drafted.

He once said, “I dislike most white people because they are people … I like most blacks because I am black.” A lot of white people, including teammates, wondered how a guy whose home was broken into by whites who left racist graffiti on his wall and feces in his bed could say something like that.

While Russell praised the Celtics for being racially progressive, he felt Boston was not. He alienated Celtic fans by saying, “You owe the public the same it owes you, nothing! I refuse to smile and be nice to the kiddies.” But perhaps Boston alienated him first.

Russell refused to attend the ceremony when his jersey No. 6 was retired in 1972. He also refused to attend his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1975. When 30,000 Celtic fans greeted their team returning from winning another championship in 1969, Russell wasn’t there. He had retired and was done with Boston and wouldn’t return to the city for years. He didn’t even tell his coach he was done. He was done.

When Russell originally retired, he demanded that his jersey be retired in an empty Boston Garden. The Celtics re-retired his jersey at the new Fleet Center in 1999. This time Russell was in attendance, as well as Wilt Chamberlain (his greatest rival), Larry Byrd, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. The extended applause brought tears to his eyes.

President Obama presented Russell with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Obama also met Nichelle Nichols in the Oval Office in 2012 where he confirmed for her that he too had a crush on Lieutenant Uhura.

I don’t believe either Russell or Nichols set out to become Civil Rights pioneers, but that’s what they became.

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B-Ball and Cannibal


It was bad enough that we are offering Victor Bout in exchange for basketball player Brittney Griner and accused spy Paul Whelan. But now, the Russians are asking for an assassin to be included in the deal, a convicted murderer who’s not even in United States custody.

Viktor Bout is a Russian arms dealer without the charm of Nicolas Cage who sold weapons to terrorists planning to attack the United States. He’s currently in U.S. custody serving 25 years after being convicted of conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and officials, delivery of anti-aircraft missiles, and providing aid to a terrorist organization. I mean, damn. Even Donald Trump has only done two of those things.

I’m not sure about all the details with Paul Whelan as like the people holding him, the Russian Federal Security Service, Whelan has a long history of lying. But Brittney Griner is being held captive by Russia for possessing a little bit of hemp oil. What were the Russians afraid of? That she’d spread it around and Russian civilians would get the munchies? So, trading an innocent and harmless basketball player who’s never hurt anyone for a guy delivering anti-aircraft missiles with the intention to kill Americans is bullshit.

But now, the Russians want Vadim Krasikov, an assassin who murdered a Chechen fighter in Berlin in 2019. Krasikov was convicted in Germany. He’s not ours to give away.

What this means is that the Russians aren’t taking our offers of trading the arms dealer for Griner and Whelan seriously. They’re fucking with us.

Trades in professional sports will often include players from more than two teams. Usually, everyone gets some value…except the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings. Those teams always get fucked in deals. But then again, it was the Saints’ own stupidity that traded an entire draft for Ricky Williams with then head coach Mike Ditka announcing his willingness to do so two months before the draft, thus eroding any leverage he may have begun with (if you ever get an opportunity to play poker with Mike Ditka…DO IT!). It was the Vikings’ own stupidity that gave the Cowboys three Super Bowls in exchange for Herschel Walker, and this was before Herschel Walker was talking about our good air going to China with their bad air coming over here.

I just hope the Biden administration is smarter than the Ditka one. If not, we’re going to give Russia a bunch of murderers and terrorist arms dealers and all we’ll get in return will be a bunch of hot pockets and a Yugo.

I do believe President Biden is smarter than Mike Ditka. After all, Ditka’s a Trumper. You gotta be a moron or a white nationalist to be a Trumper. Biden is not a moron.

I just wish we could trade the equivalent of Brittney Griner for Brittney Griner. I mean, we have a lot of Russian hockey players. Can’t we just give one of those back to Russia? There’s a bunch of them making American dollars who’ve posed with Putin for photo-ops.

But then again, if Putin really wants a pro-Russian criminal who’s committed to destroying the United States, let’s go back to my original idea from last week. Let’s give him Donald Trump.

Music note: I listened to Men At Work.

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