Horrifying Fashion


Cjones09172021

I read comments by right-wing morons (I know…redundant) saying it was hypocritical for Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to attend a $35,000-per-ticket event in a very expensive dress with the words, “Tax the rich” on it. Republicans are very bad at comprehension and getting points.

Actor Michael Rapaport tweeted, “Custom TAX THE RICH dress while at the most elitist event in the world. @AOC will soon be rich with a ginormous production deal from somewhere & done with Politics, guarantee it. Stop treating ANY of these people like celebrities they are public servants and work for us.” I’m so glad Phoebe ditched his ass on Friends for shooting that bird. I’m also glad that shark ate him in Deep Blue Sea, which killed another bird.

Sean Hannity wrote on his blog, “BACKLASH: AOC Under Fire for Wearing ‘Tax the Rich’ Gown to NYC’s Ultra-Elite Met Gala.”

Sure, this event costs $35,000 to attend, and up to $300,000 if you wanted to sit down. Yeah, it was attended by Rihanna, Channing Tatum, Zoe Kravitz, Iman, Megan Fox, and Lil Nax X (I know who a couple of those people are).

Talking to The Washington Post, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I mean, I think I’m kind of at the point where no matter what I do, if I wake up in the morning, there’s going to be someone who has something to say about that.”

The event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is for charity and is one of the most photographed events of the year. Kim Kardashian wore a head-to-toe black Balenciaga haute couture outfit. I don’t know what that is and I still don’t know why Kim Kardashian is famous. Is she the one with the big butt?

Anyway, it’s impressive to attend an event Kim Kardashian is also attending, and everyone ends up talking about your butt. On AOC’s booty, it was, “Tax the rich.”

The dress’ designer is Ghanaian Canadian Aurora James who accompanied AOC to the gala. She is the founder and creative director of Brother Vellies, a luxury accessories brand centered on keeping traditional African design techniques alive, as well as founder of the 15 Percent Pledge, a nonprofit that boosts Black brands.

James started her business just three years ago with $3,000, selling her designs at the Brooklyn flea market. She went from a flea market to the Met Gala in a span of three years. Ocasio-Cortez said, “That’s really the story of our city. It’s the story of we should be centered, especially as a Black woman immigrant designer in an industry where that is severely underrepresented.”

I don’t see a reason to criticize the congresswoman for attending this event. It’s for charity and she was invited, which I think means as an elected official, she didn’t pay. There were also several other elected officials at the event, but none of them were Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez so they escaped unscathed from criticism.

The major point being missed is that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a dress saying, “Tax the rich” to an event full of millionaires and billionaires. Jesus preached to prostitutes. And from the looks of this event, AOC preached to a bunch of whores too.

For the record, I wrote this blog at 1:30 A.M. while wearing slip-on Skechers (no socks), Calvin Klein shorts (which I just realized), and a plain grey T-Shirt.

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Extra Illegal In Texas


Cjones09162021

If Texas Governor Greg Abbott can eliminate all rapists from his state, then why hasn’t he already done it? This is the new thing for Republicans. Just say some incredibly stupid shit and your base will eat it up. You can’t try that nonsense with Democrats.

Greg Abbott has signed the bill basically banning abortions in Texas. It does allow abortions within the first six weeks, before most women know they’re pregnant. Abbott acted like that was plenty of time for someone to know they’re pregnant…not that he’d know from personal experience…which also gives another example of why men shouldn’t be legislating women’s bodies.

These motherfuckers don’t even understand how mysterious lady parts work, and they want to legislate it? That’s like regulating the internet and asking, “Is the internet on computers now?”.

When asked why Texas is going to force women to carry their rapists’ babies, Abbott said “Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets.”

You know, the streets of Texas where the streets are full of rapists on the streets that are in Texas with all the streets and raping in Texas. And after we eliminate the rapists from the streets of Texas and eliminate them from the Texas streets, we’ll go after the rapists on the sidewalks of Texas where they will also be eliminated. You can’t avoid Texas justice, you rapists, just by going from the streets in Texas to the sidewalks in Texas, you Texas rapists, you.

OK, if you can eliminate all the rapists from the streets of Texas, then why didn’t you do it before you made aborting your rapist’s baby illegal?

So, why haven’t you already banned rape in Texas, Greg Abbott? Do you hate women so much that you had the ability to rid your state of rapists but will now only do it because you’re being criticized over forcing women to have their babies? How did you break the news to the rapists, I mean, since you obviously care about them more than you do about women?

Here’s the thing: You’re not punishing rapists. You’re punishing women. In fact, you’re punishing women for being rape victims. This is an anti-women law.

There are about 18,000 rapes in Texas every year. Let me rephrase that. There are about 18,000 REPORTED rapes in Texas every year. And why would you report a rape if the state isn’t going to take it seriously? At this very moment, there are over 5,000 rape kits in Texas waiting to be tested.

What untested rape kits mean is that there are 5,000 rapes in Texas being ignored. Nobody’s prosecuting or even trying to find the rapists. Hey, Greg Abbott, don’t you have to find the rapists before you can get rid of them?

With 5,000 untested rape kits sitting on shelves in Texas, that tells me Texas doesn’t give a flying fuck about women. But they’re going to go out and eliminate rape. They have a better chance of eliminating BBQ, Tex-Mex, monster trucks, racism, big stupid hats, and Blue Bell ice cream than they do of getting rid of rapists.

What does a rapist in Texas look like? To start with, they probably look a lot like Greg Abbott. This abortion ban rapes women.

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Foo-Foo Drinks and Rockets


Cjones09152021

What’s up with North Korea and its dictator, Kim Jong Un? After months of silence from the cherub leader, he shows up leaner in oversized suits, testing missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons, and drinking foo-foo drinks sucked through swirly straws. It’s so weird and crazy that like with Trump, we stop noticing the crazy hair after awhile.

Maybe North Korea picked Saturday to fire rockets in honor of its 73rd anniversary as its own nation, or they picked that day, 9/11, to spite the United States (just in case it is all about us). And while it’s not groveling appeasement like Donald Trump did Dear Leader to Dear Leader, the Queen of England sent North Korea a congratulatory note on its anniversary, though she didn’t mention Kim.

But back to this missile test. Weren’t they supposed to stop testing missiles? There was no condition for North Korea to stop firing missiles in the treaty Trump and Kim signed in Singapore back in 2018. But then again, there weren’t any conditions required in that document about anything, making it as worthless as generic paper towels tossed to Puerto Ricans by Trump after a hurricane. But, Kim did make a personal promise to Trump that he would stop testing missiles, and then Trump stopped military exercises between U.S. troops and South Korean forces on the Korean peninsula. But somebody lied.

It’s hard to tell who’s a bigger liar between Trump and Kim, but Kim started firing missiles again in 2019…and continues to do so. Meanwhile, our readiness for an invasion by North Korea into South Korea only got weaker and weaker. You can thank Donald Trump for that just like you can thank him for the treaty with Afghanistan. Trump, the self-proclaimed greatest negotiator, really sucks at treaties. Trump treaties are crafted with less attention than he used to pay to his tweets, before he was kicked off twitter for encouraging white supremacist terrorists to overthrow the United States government.

Donald Trump left a nation and world in worst shape than he found it. All North Korea did in exchange for Donald Trump rubbing Kim’s ego was rub Donald Trump’s ego. That’s all Trump wanted from North Korea, to have his ego inflated, himself praised, headlines, ratings, and photo-ops. And there were probably a few foo-foo drinks.

Oddly enough, in the movie that pissed off North Korea so much that they hacked into Sony, “The Interview,” makes a big deal about Kim being insecure about his love for margaritas because his father called them “gay” drinks.

Soon, you can expect North Korea to test more missiles and nuclear bombs. Nothing has changed from the Trump/Kim summits (there were two of them and three meetings) except legitimizing Kim Jong Un as a world leader. Look what the Queen did.

Trump and Kim have so much in common. They’re both tyrants with ridiculous hair and bad taste. Neither can find a suit that fits. What would you like to bet Kim puts ketchup on steak also?

And there’s nothing wrong with metrosexual foo-foo drinks. At a political cartoonists convention in Washington, I was in Georgetown with the now-deceased Mike Ritter, who was gay. Mike wanted to go to a gay bar and only a few of us straight cartoonists were willing to go with him. And to show his gratitude that I did, he bought me an appletini. It was delicious. I miss my friend Mike.

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Punch Drunk Trump


CNN09122021

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

So what happened Saturday?

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Donald Trump provided live ringside commentary during a boxing match that cost pay-per-view viewers $49.99. The real show was Donald Trump as the match was stopped in the middle of round one because the 58-year-old Evander Holyfield, who hadn’t boxed in over a decade, was in danger of being killed by his opponent, 44-year-old Vitor Belfort.

Donald Trump did not care about any this, just like he didn’t care when he put the lives of elected officials, Capitol Police, his cult, and his own vice-president in danger on January 6. As long as Trump gets paid and attention, Trump only cares about Trump.

The fight was originally planned to be a bout between Teófimo López where he was to defend his unified light heavyweight championship against George Kambosos Jr in California. The rights to air the fight was won by Triller, a poor man’s TikTok, for $6 million. Triller has been trying to get into the boxing game and wanted to be taken seriously, but shit happens.

The date for the fight was moved, then moved again, and then Lopez caught the coronavirus and Triller needed a replacement fight. With a week’s notice, they got Belfort vs. Holyfield. Originally, they had Boxing Hall of Fame announcer Jim Lampley to call the fight, which brought a lot of legitimacy to Triller’s presentation. For the pay-per-view replacement fight, he was replaced with Trump and Donald Trump Jr. So long, legitimacy.

I’m shocked that the boxing profession, known for its long storied history of honesty, being on the up-and-up, and a system that purges any and all associations with conmen, would do business with Trump and Trump (sarcasm).

After all this shit, the  the California State Athletic Commission refused to sanction it (because someone could possibly be killed in the ring). So the fight was moved to Florida where anything goes like riding in cars with alligators through drive-thru liquor stores.

Donald Trump also went to a fire station in Manhattan (probably on Triller’s private jet which the use of was part of his payment) on the 20th anniversary and attacked President Biden’s handling of Afghanistan and to claim he won the election.

Then, he released a video attacking President Biden for surrendering to the Taliban without mentioning our president (the real one) was abiding by a peace treaty that our fake president (Trump) had negotiated with…wait for it…the Taliban.

An article in The New York Times referred to the boxing match as “three hours of Trump recalling different boxers he’d known and been friends with, before two depressing top bouts, both over in the first round, each of which featured one washed-up fighter beating another.”

Ryan Kavanaugh (no relation to the rapey Kavanaugh that I’m aware of), whose company owns a majority stake in the Triller app, said he was negotiating with Barack Obama to be a commentator on a future boxing match. According to an Obama spokesperson, “There is no offer and no negotiation.” Triller cliaims there are emails and texts to prove there have been negotiations but refused to offer proof. It’s hard to believe that someone associated with Trump and Trump would be so dishonest and deceptive (sarcasm).

Since there’s probably no way in Hell President Obama is going to call a boxing match for Triller, and since they are in business with the Trump and Trump, I’m shocked they’re not already selling the PPV. Soon, I expect Donald Trump to take a gig like one of those old washed-up fighters who get paid to have their photos taken with gamblers. Of course, it won’t be at any Trump casinos because Donald bankrupted those.

If you bought Triller’s PPV to hear Trump bark for three hours and saw less than five minutes of boxing (I’m guessing here), then you’re a fool and a sucker…

…just like everyone who voted for Donald Trump.

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Conspiracy California


Cjones09142021

Do you hear that? What is that sound? That sound is millions of Californians holding their collective breath. It will soon be replaced by the sound of Republicans whining.

The reason millions of Californians are holding their breaths is because tomorrow is election day for the recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom. The entire recall was engineered politically by Republicans, not because Newsom is a horrible governor but Republicans would rather destroy than build. They would rather the state’s business be put aside for a year while they play games with the state’s flawed recall system.

Sure, there should be a recall system for every state, but in California, the requirements for the recall and to get on the ballot are way too easy.

To get on the ballot, all one needs is 65 signatures if they have $4,194.94 for the filing fee. So if you’re a rich person and a lunatic (this is California), you can get on the ballot. You can get on the ballot if you’re a poor lunatic too if you can drudge up 7,000 signatures. There was a requirement that each candidate turn in five years of tax returns, but a judge knocked that down…which helps a lot of people get on the ballot who either don’t want voters to know how little they pay in taxes or don’t want it revealed they don’t pay any at all. You know, Republicans.

The recall is two votes. The first vote is if you want to recall the governor. If you don’t want to recall him, you vote no. Regardless of how you voted on the first question, you vote on the second question. Your vote on the second is for who you think should replace the governor if he is recalled. If the vote is yes to recall, then the top vote getter on the second question, no matter how many or how few votes he gets, is governor of California. With 46 candidates on the ballot, the winner will most likely not be the top choice by a majority of California voters. The governor is barred from being one of the recall candidates.

The system is designed to make a maniacal person the governor of the largest state in the nation. And if Newsom is recalled, that’s what California’s going to get. That sounds far-fetched, but keep in mind, we made Donald Trump president (sic) of the United States of America.

The main Republicans on the ballot are a former mayor of San Diego, a multimillionaire, a former assemblyman, and Caitlyn Jenner, who is a lunatic. No, not because she’s a transgender woman but because she’s a transgender woman who’s a Republican. That’s almost as bad as being black and Republican which bring us to Larry Elder, a black Republican who is also a lunatic.

Also, being a black Trump supporter doesn’t make you a lunatic. All Trump supporters are lunatics.

There are no prominent Democrats on the ballot. The Democratic Party took the route of presenting a united front behind Governor Newsom and against the recall. The risk here is if the vote to recall Newsom is over 50%, then the next governor of California will most likely be a Republican, which brings us back to Larry Elder.

We covered this guy last week. He’s a lying conspiracy-spreading gun-waving fucknut with a radio show. Everything he says could come out of the mouth of a Klansmen. Nazis love this guy. He’s a Trump supporter who’s nose-deep into MAGAt land. He drinks the Kool-Aid. Hell, he bathes in it. But, he knows he’s going to lose.

While this isn’t really a race between Newsom and Elder, both candidates have run like it is. The first race is between Newsom and the recall. Then, the race is between Elder and the other 45 idiots on the ballot. But if you vote against Newsom, and even if you plan to vote for someone like Jenner, you’re probably going to make Larry Elder governor. But Elder is no Arnold Schwarzenegger, who won the last recall election. Schwarzenegger is a movie star, and even as a human-stomping terminator, people still liked him. Schwarzenegger was/is a moderate Republican that even if you disagreed with him, wanted progress for California. Schwarzenegger loves California. Larry Elder hates California and he wants to destroy it. So naturally, he should lose.

The only thing worse than a terminator being sent from the future to destroy our planet and society is a Republican terminator in the present trying to destroy everything. Typically, Republicans come from the past. Tomorrow, I expect California to tell Larry Elder, “Hasta la vista, Baby.”

Governor Newsom is mostly likely going to win over the recall. And Larry Elder knows this because like Trump, he’s starting to cast doubt on the election.

Larry Elder is using the Trump playbook, which is still weird to me. How does a guy who never read a book, even the ones he supposedly wrote, have a playbook? But Larry’s using it and it’s an extension of the Big Lie that still exists where Trump claims he won the election.

There are still Trump cultists who believe he won and that Joe Biden is an illegitimate president. This is anti-democratic and a card to play by sore losers and lunatics. It’s anti-American.

Larry Elder is pushing lies that fraud is already happening in the election and he has help from Tucker Carlson, Tomi Lahren, and Donald Trump. They’re telling their people their votes don’t count. The last time they pulled this bullshit, they lost two senate seats in Georgia. Telling people their votes don’t count is telling them not to vote.

Larry’s going to lose and for the rest of his life, he’s going to be barking on the radio that he won and was cheated and wah wah wah.

Tomorrow’s forecast for California predicts heavy Republican whining. I’ll be back.

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Roughs, Volume 106


Hello, my little bunnies. I drew 14 roughs the week before last. Check ’em out.

Rough1370

This one isn’t a rough. It’s an almost finished cartoon. What happened was, it was almost finished and then I saw another cartoon online kinda sorta similar. I could have gone ahead and published it but I just wasn’t comfortable with it. I know it’s a point that more than one other cartoonist has made, but still….and then I thought of my Alamo idea. So around 9:00 A.M. that morning, I started over.

A few years ago, another cartoonist who posted a cartoon just like mine (and had even commented on it on social media) claimed he didn’t steal it but was in the middle of his cartoon when he saw mine, and he thought since he didn’t steal it that it’d be OK to go ahead and publish his version (that he claims he didn’t steal). Giving him the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t steal it, I thought it was still a very unethical and shitty thing for him to do. Then, The Washington Post reprinted his. I don’t talk to him anymore.

Rough1381

This is what was chosen for the CNN Opinion newsletter. I really liked this one. I actually roughed it out twice but I’m just going to show you the first one.

Rough1382

I later turned this rough into a completed cartoon.

Rough1380

I know a few cartoonists who have drawn more than one Texas Taliban cartoon. Admittedly, I was planning on it and drew several roughs with the concept, but I got over it. However, I did NOT do any Handmaid Tales or coat hanger cartoons. OK, there is one, OK, two coat hanger roughs in here but in my defense, they really suck.

Rough1379

I liked this one. I should have drawn it. Maybe I will. And, yes. I’m getting tired of drawing cowboys.

Rough1378

See? Texas Taliban. I’m glad I didn’t draw this one because I think the Taliban helicopter story, that was debunked later, has expired beyond its shelf life. I do like this image. OK, it has a cowboy helicopter pilot…maybe I’m not tired of drawing cowboys.

Rough1377

I think I told you in the last batch of roughs that the next one (this one) would include a delivery truck cartoon. It’s not good, it has coat hangers, but no cowboys. Yee-haw.

Rough1376

My editor at CNN liked this one while I didn’t. I talked her out of it and you can’t go with everything. I just now noticed I didn’t finish spelling “Taliban.” What distracted me? I’m blaming COVID.

Rough1375

I think she liked this one too. I don’t remember for sure. I liked it well enough. For me, it’s one of those ideas that I’m not in love with that I can live with.

Rough1374

Sometimes you gotta try something that doesn’t work. This is one of those results. And yes, the horns are coat hangers. But…no cowboys. Just a cow.

Rough1373

This was actually my very first Texas/Taliban idea and then I saw Matt Davies do something similar…and then a few others did it too. Years ago, I did an Atticus Finch with a Trump sign cartoon (if you don’t know what book that’s from, get off my blog), and Matt messaged me that he had the same thing on his drawing table when he saw mine, so he threw his away (it probably wasn’t that much of a sacrifice because Matt’s brilliant and probably had six other great ideas to choose from). Matt has ethics and that was the right thing to do. I’ll never forget he did that. Him, I still talk to (maybe to his chagrin).

Rough1372

I don’t remember when I sketched this one out but I did something else on the Texas abortion ban and Uber. I like drawing people in stocks. It’s such a funny pose…in a horrible way.

Rough1369

Oh, yeah. This is the thing I did with an Uber driver in Texas. If you’re an Uber driver in Texas…or anyone in Texas, I’m so sorry. Look! A cowboy, a cow, and a Dallas Cowboy.

Rough1371

My editor also liked this one and I liked the image, but I thought the message was a bit too easy-going. I like being more brutal.

Do you have a favorite? Which cartoons should I have drawn? Should I draw more cowboys?

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are FIVE 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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Mandates. Yes, Please


Cjones09132021

President Joe Biden is getting tougher. On Thursday, President Biden said to the nation, “We have the tools to combat COVID-19, and a distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner. These pandemic politics, as I refer to it, are making people sick, causing unvaccinated people to die.”

Now, the anti-vaxxers are going to triple down on playing the persecuted victims, because white conservatives are the most persecuted people in world history…and if you don’t believe me, ask one of them. What I respect about this is that President Biden admonished the unvaccinated fucknuts while his polls are dropping. He’s not playing politics with this. He’s doing what’s best for the nation, even though half the nation is going to boo-hoo their asses off over it.

Think about this: If this wasn’t to help the nation, why else would President Biden want to do this? Don’t give me that bullshit about him wanting to enact big government and control capitalism…or destroy capitalism. Don’t sell that fascist line after you spent four years supporting a fascist. But why would President Biden want do something that’s going to hurt him politically? Why would Biden want to hand Republicans a huge gift like this of a talking point if he wasn’t truly trying to save this nation?

On top of blaming the idiots for this, where the blame truly does belong, he mandated every business in the nation with more than 100 employees require their workers to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. Republicans are livid and vowing to fight this in the courts.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott called it “an assault on private businesses.”

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said Biden had “declared war against capitalism” and promised to “fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.” Yeah, sure.

The Federalist, a right-wing online publication for yee-haw douchey-doos, called it a “fascist move.” If the “Fascist Move” was a dance, it’d be all the rage at Mar-a-Lago.

J.D. Vance is a fucknut running for one of Ohio’s senate seats and he called for “mass civil disobedience,” urging Americans to refuse to comply with any new requirement or to pay any subsequent fine. Yeah, don’t listen to that guy.

It gets more extreme. Josh Mandel, another goose-stepping douche canoe running for that Ohio senate seat, warned that President Biden will send the Gestapo to enforce his order. I’d rather vote for Howie Mandel. At least he’s not a Nazi accusing other people of being Nazis.

But here’s the thing, kiddos: President Biden doesn’t need the Gestapo (sic). No, because big businesses is saying, “Yes, please.”

The fact is, this pandemic is hurting businesses. It’s been hurting them since the start of this pandemic. The economy is in a recovery mode now (partly thanks to Trump being defeated at the polls), but it’s a slow recovering. The pace would pick up greatly if more Americans would get vaccinated. Everyone fighting vaccinations and politicizing this is waging war, not just on Democrats and liberals, but on America. Every business owner, large and small, knows this pandemic is what hurt them. Wall Street knows it. Every bar and restaurant knows it.

Companies want their employees to be vaccinated. They want to mandate they do so and some companies have. But, other companies have resisted out of the fear some workers will quit and go to another company without a vaccine mandate. Now, President Biden has eliminated that concern for them. President Biden, in an act of leadership, is being the bad guy for America’s businesses. They now get to say, “Don’t blame me. Blame the president” while actually being giddy as shit this is going down.

An employee can quit over these mandates, but where’s he going to go? He can’t even drive Uber without getting the vax. He can’t collect unemployment either.

This will be taken to court with one argument being that the president can’t force people to receive vaccines. But, he’s not. If you work for a large company and don’t want to get the vaccine because Tucker (who has been vaccinated) told you not to, then you don’t have to. Just take a COVID test each week. I’m sure that’ll be fun and you can still claim you’re owning the libs.

President Biden has ordered the Labor Department to write an emergency rule requiring employers with more than 100 workers to demand weekly tests or proof of vaccination. Violations are punishable with fines up to $14,000 each. Ha! Ha! What gives President Biden the authority to do this? Congress gave it to him.

In 1970, Congress gave the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) authority to write regulations governing workplace safety, including emergency standards that are valid for six months. I’m sure some courts will strike it down and it’ll go back and forth, but how is not spreading a deadly virus at work not a workplace safety issue?

The other thing is, the government already does mandate vaccines. There are multiple vaccines required for attending public school. Did you attend public school? Then guess what, fucker. You got vaccinated against all sorts of nasty shit, whether you wanted it or not. And as I recall, I did not want it because I was a little chickenshit child deathly afraid of needles. I didn’t even think about what was in it or even what it was for. I don’t recall all of them, but I do recall being an elementary student in Elgin, Illinois standing in line for a shot and letting each kid behind me go in line before me. I was breaking in line backwards until I got caught.

And if I recall correctly, the needles used to vaccinate me as a child looked like harpoons used by whalers.

Republicans need to get the hell out of the way and help the rest of us save this nation. And why are Republicans opposing big business on this? The GOP is the big business party. They gave them all massive permanent tax cuts under Donald Trump. And it was Trump who hurt the economy by playing down, under his own admission, and politicizing the pandemic.

The Republicans gave up being the party that supports the troops, veterans, police, being anti-terrorist, anti-Russia, and being the party of family values. What are they going to give up next? Divorces?

Sure thing, Republicans. Stop being the party that supports capitalism. While you’re at it, why don’t you stop being the party of racism, sexism, and against free elections? How about you stop being the party that spreads lies and conspiracy theories? Or best of all, just stop being a fucking cult.

President Biden is being a leader. He’s doing something half the country will rip him apart for, and he knows it. The Republicans are going to excoriate the president over this. They will win a lot of independents who will see this as an overreaching move by Biden and big government. They could possibly bring him down with this.

And all the while, the president will be saving the country.

Note: I’ve been trying to cut down on my cursing in the blog. But every time, fucking Republicans.

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Confederate Furries


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In 1995, I worked for the Daily Leader in Brookhaven, Mississippi. The Leader was a small five-day-a-week newspaper (Monday through Friday) with a circulation of around 5,000 a day (if my memory is serving me correctly). I was not hired to be a cartoonist but as the staff photographer. But I still did my daily cartoons which unfortunately, my publisher had no interest in. I was self-syndicating to state newspapers, so when my publisher killed a cartoon, I didn’t stress over it. But when he killed a cartoon criticizing the KKK, I knew we had an issue.

Previously, this publisher had killed a cartoon depicting state legislators as clowns. Today, I refuse to draw politicians as clowns as it’s such a lazy concept. I was probably the only cartoonist in the nation not to draw a clown car cartoon during the 2016 GOP primaries, but this was 1995. My publisher left me a note that he killed the clown legislature cartoon because we were to respect the lawmakers and not mock them in such an open fashion or some boo-hoo shit like that. I knew I would not last long as this job if I couldn’t mock politicians. I was right. I was fired in my eighth month.

But why was the Klan cartoon killed? I didn’t get a memo on that one so I asked. “What up with killing the Klan cartoon?” I was told it was too controversial. Why, in 1995 was it controversial to criticize the KKK? This was deep south Mississippi. Five years before this at my previous paper, they lost advertisers when I drew a cartoon criticizing segregated high school reunions (in 1990). There were also segregated baseball little leagues.

Brookhaven is in southern Mississippi, To them, Memphians are Yankees. One of the publisher’s secretaries saw the cartoon and thought all the Klansmen were cute (and she was young). While the Klan wasn’t what it was during Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement, or displaying themselves in public and marching down the street (Donald Trump hadn’t told them to yet), they were still there. They were still an institution. Racism was still an institution. While I did anti-racism cartoons that ran in Mississippi newspapers, like in Jackson, Tupelo, Vicksburg, Biloxi, Greenville, Clarksdale, Columbus, Oxford, Hattiesburg, Batesville, etc, they didn’t run in Brookhaven. And when I was fired, none of my cartoons were ever in the Daily Leader ever again. I don’t think my publisher was a racist but he was a businessman. When the publisher is the president of the Chamber of Commerce, there will never be any criticism in his newspaper.

In case my old publisher finds this, I’ll be fair and point out that when I was fired, it wasn’t for my cartoons (but they probably didn’t help my case). I was fired because I didn’t do a good job at the job he hired me for. He was perfectly justified in canning my ass. But before he fired me, he did ask that I decrease the amount of cartoons I was drawing. That was really when I knew I wasn’t long for the job. I didn’t do it. The publisher did enter my cartoons into the state newspaper contest after I was fired and never gave me plaque after they won first place.

I actually enjoyed living in Brookhaven. It’s a beautiful city and the people were wonderful to me. I was kinda treated like a rock star there. I wouldn’t call it a racist city but it still had the old institution of racism that wasn’t to be criticized and usually, best to just not ever mention it. But I’m sure things have changed now…or I hope they have. Because if that old institution can come down in the capital of the Confederacy, it can come down anywhere.

Richmond, Virginia was the capital of the Confederacy. Between 1900 and 1925, they put up a LOT of Confederate statues on Monument Avenue, which could have been called “Racist Avenue.” Putting up Confederate statues to honor those who waged war against the United States of America was a trend in the deep south of the United States of America in the early 1900s. This was because the KKK was making a resurgence during this time. The film, “Birth of a Nation,” still regarded as the most racist film in Hollywood history (white actors in blackface played slaves), was released in 1915. The film was even screened in Woodrow Wilson’s White House. White racists were feeling good and Confederate monuments were going up throughout the south.

In Richmond, they up statues to J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, Matthew Fontaine Maury, and Robert E. Lee. The city erected other monuments to the Confederacy throughout the city, including cannons to memorialize the city’s defense against the Yankee invasion.

These monuments are signs of racism. While there are arguments and defenses that these things, including the Confederate flag, are not racist, they are. They are nothing but racism. When some goober tells you the Civil War wasn’t about racism, the goober is only half-right. The Union did not fight to end slavery, but the Confederacy’s fight was only about slavery. “States rights” is code for slavery.

These monuments are (or “were” in a lot of cases) about nothing except glorifying the fight for racism. And these cities, such as Richmond, had a hard time taking them down. In 1996, Richmond put up a statue to Arthur Ashe, a black tennis champion from the city, to appease the city’s black community. It’s like, “Here. We gave you one, now shut up about our five.” But just how stupid is it to have a row of white racist Confederate general, white racist Confederate general, white racist Confederate general, white racist Confederate general, white racist Confederate naval commander, and black tennis guy?

Finally, during the George Floyd protest, these monuments started to come down. There were legal fights over the Lee statue but last week, Robert E. Lee finally came down in Richmond, Virginia. It took over one hundred years, but it’s done.

Richmond is a very history city and it should always recognize its past, as the rest of the south can, but they can do it without honoring the horrible parts of it. There are differences between markers and shrines. Let’s dismantle those shrines.

Republicans point out that it was Democrats who put up these racist statues and monuments, but it’s Republicans today who are trying to preserve them. The capital of the Confederacy was Richmond. Today, the capital of the Confederacy is Mar-a-Lago.

Now on to something else: Matthew Fontaine Maury, who had a statue in Richmond, still has a lot of shrines. This Confederate, who designed a plan to expand American slavery to Brazil, and was a fugitive from the United States after the war until he received a pardon, is still being honored. There is a Maury Lake and a Maury River. There are Maury Halls at James Madison University, the University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, and the United States Naval Academy (which would be like putting up a Rommel Hall at West Point). Tidewater Community College has a ship named after Maury. The United States Navy had ships during World War One and Two named after Maury. The U.S. Navy also commissioned the USNS Maury in 2013. Really? The United States government was still naming shit after Confederates in 2013? There is a bust of Maury in the Hall For Great Americans in New York City. There are several elementary schools in Virginia still named after the guy. There was one here in Fredericksburg which was turned into condominiums. Since he’s from Spotsylvania County, there’s still Maury Field here in Fredericksburg where the James Madison High School football team plays (why not, uh…James Madison Field?). There is even a fucking crater on the moon named after the guy. Why do we need space racists?

Can we finally change these names? While we’re at it, can we please finally change the name of Route 1 in Fredericksburg, which runs from Maine to Florida? In Fredericksburg, Route 1 is “Jefferson Davis Highway.” Even if the Virginia General Assembly doesn’t change it for the entire state, the city can change it here. The city is blue, so c’mon. Also, it’s a really long title when you’re filling forms out by hand. As to the complaint that it’s expensive for businesses to change signs, letterheads, and such to a new name, it’s good for business not to display anything racist. If there were Nazi Donuts, it wouldn’t matter how good they were, you wouldn’t buy them. Sure, MAGAts would, but ignore that for now. Businesses don’t willingly post racist signs…well, there is one chimney business in Stafford County that does that, but that’s Stafford and the local GOP HQ used to be across the street until a Spanish-speaking church took it over (Nice!).

Richmond and Fredericksburg are blue now. Together with northern Virginia, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and the entire Chesapeake area, they make Virginia blue. They’re taking out the trash and it’s time for the rest of the nation to join in.

American south, take out the trash. Yakety-yak. Don’t talk back.

Creative note: I dedicate this cartoon to my padawan, Alexandra Bowman, who is a student at Georgetown and a master at everything. I showed her the rough to this cartoon and she loved it. When I passed it over in favor for yesterday’s cartoon of Trump and boxing, she was disappointed. So, I felt I owed it to her to draw “Confederate Furries.” Also, I showed it to my colleague Chris Britt who suggested I add “do not recycle.” He said that alone could be the cartoon and I could take the furries out, but I couldn’t break Alex’s heart like that.

Update: The General Assembly has approved a name change of Jefferson Davis Highway to “Emancipation Highway.” It does allow municipalities to opt out of that name and choose another, but they can’t go with “Jefferson Davis.” My city, Fredericksburg, plans to stick with “Emancipation” while the two red counties surrounding the city are offended by “Emancipation.” Spotsyltucky, I mean, Spotsylvania will go with “Richmond Highway” while Stafford will name the road “Patriot Highway” because they’re a bunch of jackasses. Using “Patriot” is a wink and nod to right-wingers because they think they own that word. The irony is they are not patriots.

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Palooka Trump


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I have already posted this cartoon on Facebook and immediately, I got the question, “Is this a thing?”. Unfortunately, or thank the gods, it is a thing.

Donald Trump and his idiot underling namesake, Donald Trump Jr, will be doing ringside play-by-play commentary in Hollywood, Florida for a boxing match between Evander Holyfield and Vitor Belfort. These two guys are way out of their prime, out of shape, over the hill, out of their depth, in over their heads, and will probably only humiliate themselves and shouldn’t be anywhere near a boxing ring. The two boxers are probably too old for this too.

This fight will be on a boxing streaming platform (I’m not telling you where) and if you find it, it’ll cost you $49.99, which would be about two and a half orders of Trump straws.

As I said, these boxers are old. Holyfield is 58 and his opponent, Vitor, is old for for boxing too at 44, but a 14 year age difference between boxers isn’t a real competition. This is a joke. But nobody’s going to purchase this event to watch two old guys fight. They’re going to purchase this to watch two dumbasses bark for what will probably be two rounds of old guys punching. If you really wanted to watch two old guys slap each other silly, you could get that on a public bus for $1.25. Bonus: One or both of the old guys might be racist so you get the entire Trump package right there.

But other than praising Confederate generals and claiming their statues could have defeated the Taliban, this is the best way for Trump to put the attention back on him on 9/11.

What? 9/11? Yes, apparently, on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack that hit the Pentagon, destroyed the World Trade Center, and killed nearly 3,000 people, folks might be talking about something other than Donald Trump and his big stupid orange ass. Donald and Donald doing play-by-play of a geezer fight might just fix that and divert the attention back on Trump and Trump.

Those loser presidents, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden, will probably be observing the anniversary in some sort of solemn manner with dignity. Suckers. If they were smart, they’d be calling play-by-play for a mud wrestling match between Grimace the shake monster and Mayor McCheese and charge twenty bucks to see it on YouTube.

If another other former president was going to call a boxing match on 9/11, they’d be vilified on Fox News. But Trump doing it is exactly what MAGAt nation wants. Do you remember when Reagan was criticized for making paid speeches after his presidency, or when Clinton was criticized for doing the same thing? People are still screaming at Barack Obama for tan suits, mustard on burgers, and mom jeans. But charging to ramble word salads at a geezer fight is OK…if you’re Donald Trump. I mean, it’s not like anyone expects anything dignified from Trump anyway, or Coke Jr…I mean, Don Jr.

We don’t know how much Trump is being paid for this event, but reportedly, he’s bragged to friend that the amount is “obscene.” He’s also getting the use of the pay-per-view company’s private jet. I wouldn’t feel safe flying on a Trump plane either.

I have another not-so-bold prediction: In the future, Donald Trump will further reduce himself and do a wrestling event. He’ll probably be on some pay-per-view where he’s shaving Vince McMahon’s head. What? He already did that?

OK. Next prediction: Trump starts doing commercials with the General and Shaq, or with Shaq and Papa John’s (they fired their last racist), or Shaq and toner cartridges (every color except black and brown), or Shaq and home security, or Shaq and Icy Hot, or Shaq and Gold Bond, or Shaq and…you get the idea.

Or better yet, Trump joins Insane Clown Posse and raps about beating Biden’s ass. I mean, he’s already done half of that. No, not the beating. Just the bragging. Trump used this boxing event to speculate on him boxing someone and said, “I think probably my easiest fight would be Joe Biden because I think he’d go down very, very quickly.”

When the election was called for President Biden, he jogged to the podium to make his acceptance speech. The only thing that jogs on Trump are his man boobs while he’s breathing. I seriously doubt Trump would be any contest for President Biden as hes already got his ass kicked by him once before. Also, to get into the ring, there might be stairs.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are FIVE 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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911/20


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“Too soon” in this cartoon is accurate and it’s not.

Editors are word people. Most cartoonists prefer as few words as possible. Yes, even me. While a cartoonist believes the best cartoon is one without any words (this is true), an editor will sometimes suggest, or demand, that there be more text and labels. From my experience, this isn’t always a big deal and it’s just something cartoonists and editors don’t see in the same way. A cartoonist should be able to explain to the editor why his suggestion doesn’t help the cartoon and he should also be able to listen to the editor just in case his suggestion actually does improve the cartoon. Most of all, you need to respect what’s being offered.

But the other area where cartoonists and editors differ is on “too soon.” Often when there is a tragedy, especially one that involves a death, editors will say “too soon,” unless they want you to do a memorial type of cartoon. These are necessary at times but honestly, they’re usually not good cartoons. There are exceptions to this but crying Uncle Sams, Statues of Liberty, or weeping bald eagles suck. But when an editor says “too soon,” what he really means is never. Most cartoonists don’t do “too soon.”

Even readers will yell at me that a cartoon is “too soon.” Those readers may not know me well enough because I don’t really do too soon. I don’t worry that much about negative reader reaction, especially if I feel I’m saying something I believe needs to be said. I stand behind my work. Also, I’ll take another shot tomorrow. If you don’t like me today, maybe you’ll like me tomorrow.

9/11 was definitely a too soon situation when it was too soon. But that kind of dragged on. In fact, it’s still dragging.

There is so much to reflect on with 9/11. There are so many details and aspects of it. And when I saw there was a new documentary on Netflix on 9/11, I didn’t really wanna watch. When I see the previews for all the upcoming 9/11 specials, they’re telling what time I don’t want to watch my TV. I don’t really wanna live through that again. When I talked to one of my copyeditors this morning, she thought this cartoon was too light for the subject and said she didn’t want to watch the documentary. Another cartoonist has already commented on the cartoon with “yikes!”. Maybe this is the wrong cartoon for the 20th anniversary. I had another idea that was much more insightful and sophisticated, but it had a lot of words and panels. And I kinda wanted to capture the “too soon” part of this. Even my copyeditor who thought this was the wrong cartoon said she can relate to the “too soon” part since she did work for newspapers.

Lately, I’ve been getting into some of the documentaries on Netflix. Check out Cocaine Cowboys. How To Be A Tyrant was entertaining but more like Cliff Nights on fascist history. I watched Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster, but fast-forwarded through the middle of it because man, Metallica is whiny. I’ve watched a few episodes of Fear City on the New York mafia in the 70s (it’s good, even with Rudy Giuliani in it). I’ve watched a few episodes of Toughest Prisons (some are hard to watch). I’ve watched every one of the creations of classic movies from the 80s and 90s, and I don’t even like Dirty Dancing. There’s a documentary on video games. I started to watch the one on Jeffrey Epstein but honestly, I had a hard time with all the icky details. It’s weird I can watch Evil Genius, where a guy gets his head blown off, but I can’t watch things about pedophiles.

And when I saw the preview for the 9/11 documentary, I thought it was probably something put together really well, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch it. So I started watching it. I got halfway through the first episode (they’re in installments) when my internet went out. My internet went out because Cox sucks. Since I have internet TV, and no cable, I couldn’t watch it. When my internet was finally restored, I wasn’t in the mood any more. I had to build myself up to put it on the first time. But I do plan to finish it. I think I probably should go through it again. But, I don’t want to watch all the memorials. Is it still too soon?

I have a really good friend who was born right before 9/11 and it intrigues me that she doesn’t know a world before 9/11. Perhaps a documentary for her will be on that. I wonder how she feels about watching stuff on 9/11 now. It’s not as much reliving for her as it is is for me and you. I’m going to ask her about that.

For me to watch a documentary on 9/11, it’s to remember that day and learn behind-the-scenes stuff. Or maybe it’s more for the personal stories of survivors. But I haven’t learned anything new from this one yet. Perhaps this documentary will ask hard questions. Why haven’t I learned anything from this documentary yet? Because I was there. I remember what I was doing when it happened. I remember that entire day. It’s a day I don’t want to relive.

Since I started this blog, I got three more comments on this cartoon on Facebook. And they’re all negative. So now I don’t know how to feel about it because I don’t know if the negativity is for the right or wrong reasons.

But then again, maybe the negative comments (all from friends and supporters) kinda proves the point of this cartoon.

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