Barack Obama

Obama’s Afghanistan


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On Thursday Obama officially gave up ending the war in Afghanistan. It was something he vowed to do before he was elected. This has to be a huge disappointment for the president.

Despite killing Osama bin Laden and other terrorists, mostly through the controversial drone program, most people (not just Republicans) give the president low marks in foreign policy. I think the president realized people are going to remember Iraq and Afghanistan more than his other foreign policy endeavors.

The bad part is Iraq and Afghanistan were inherited from the previous administration. Hopefully it won’t be leftover again after the next. I also hope the candidates vying for the job will start talking about Afghanistan.

I know it’s a bold prediction drawing the future administration here. But I believe that if Malia becomes president she’ll have the same color drapes in the Oval Office as her father.

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Hangin’ With The Pope


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I rejected my first idea. I was going to draw some wing nuts upset the Pope was visiting communists and then say “and he’s meeting with the Castros too.” I figure that idea might be obvious. We’ll see in a day or so and I probably just gave the idea to someone reading this.

We have had almost eight years of people accusing Obama of being something he isn’t like Muslim, Socialist, Communist, foreign born, etc. Now the Pope has to deal with it.

Conservatives are upset because he believes in science, reality and puts an emphasis on caring for the poor over capitalism. A lot of people think those are Marxist tendencies. You know, like Jesus had.

At least no one is accusing the Pope of being Muslim. At least not yet. The way this nation is dumbing down I won’t be surprised if someone accuses the leading Catholic of being a member of another religion.

Trump’s Birther Support


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At a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire last night, The Donald invited the audience to ask questions. Of course he didn’t answer any of the questions but his responses were still very enlightening.

The very first question he received was from a conspiracy theorist. The man said “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one.” Trump stopped the guy to tell the audience the upcoming question was going to be very important. The man continued “He’s not even an American. But anyway, we have training camps, growing, where they want to kill us. That’s my question: when can we get rid of them?”

Did Trump correct the man? Inform him that Obama is an American-born Christian? That we do not have Muslim training camps? That we shouldn’t demonize Muslims? No. Trump responded “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. I mean you know a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there and we’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things.”

Do you know what Muslims do? They pray three times a day on their knees. Do you know who else has knees? The devil!

For the record, there’s nothing evil about Muslims. A lot of them are better Americans than those spreading lies and fear. We shouldn’t berate them, stereotype them, discriminate against them, fear them or call a bomb squad when a Muslim child makes a clock.

Some people wonder why crazy people are attracted to Trump. Donald Trump is sexist, misogynist, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic and a birther. So guess what element his campaign is going to attract? Nuns?

Trump was a birther before birtherism became cool. He was right there with the Tea Party and their covert racist chant “I want my country back.” Trump claimed he sent investigators to Hawaii to investigate the truth about Obama’s birthplace. He later stated his investigators were amazed at what they found and that he’ll release his findings in the future. This was about two years ago and we’re still waiting for those findings. They probably found out Ted Cruz was born in Canada.

Some analysts say Trump’s response to the crazy question guy will cut into his base. No it won’t. That is his base. A crazy, racist, birther, xenophobic, sexist glue-sniffing base.

Here’s some fun poll findings: 29 percent of Americans  and 43 percent of Republicans think Christian Obama is a Muslim. 43 percent of Republicans want to believe something that lacks any proof, evidence or even a scant clue to warrant their suspicions. Same for the birthers.

Twenty percent of Americans believe Obama was born outside the United States.

Where do Trump supporters land? Glad you asked. 66 percent believe Obama is Muslim while only 12 percent believe he’s Christian. 61 percent believe he was born elsewhere while only 21 percent believe he was born here.

What would have been really amazing at the Trump rally would have been if the first guy picked to ask a question wasn’t a raving lunatic. I’m surprised he wasn’t wearing tin foil on his head (Great idea for the Trump marketing team. Sell Trump 2016 tin foil hats at the rallies. It’ll be huuuuuuuuuuuge).

During the 2008 presidential campaign a crazy lady told John McCain that Obama was an Arab. McCain corrected her and he was lavishly praised for his bravery. I think that’s a sad statement on today’s political climate. Saying the truth and not tolerating crazy crap from lunatics is considered brave.

Other than picking Sarah Palin as a running mate, McCain didn’t encourage or invite the crazy freaks. OK, that Palin selection went a long way into the land of crazy, and we’re still stuck with her and now her ignorant, hypocritical and slutty daughter. Thanks, McCain. But I digress.  John McCain did not play to the insane crowd. Trump is beating the drum for their support.

The other candidates want Trump’s support. Just remember what and who they’re going to get when they take it away from Trump. It doesn’t always work. Look at Ted Cruz’s numbers. But then again, Cruz is the type of guy that requires a pork chop to get his dog to play with him. Even Kim Davis didn’t want a photo op with that guy.

Republicans still use “socialist” as a dirty word as though it’s the same as communism and Bernie Sanders will turn us into the Soviet Union. I think he’s going more for a Norway type of thing. Compared to the country Republicans want us to become, socialism is looking pretty damn good.

By the way, what the hell is a Muslim Training Camp? Do they train you to be Muslim? Wouldn’t that be a mosque?

Trainwreck


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New York Senator Chuck Schumer is going to vote against Obama’s deal with Iran. That’s a blow for Obama as Schumer is highly respected, may be the next Majority Leader, and is the highest ranking Jew in the Senate. It also hurts that he’s a Democrat. Ouch, Obama.

There’s talk about punishing Schumer for this but I think that’s a dumb idea and would be very unfair. While I disagree with Schumer, and I believe no deal is a pathway to Iran having nukes, punishing him is bad politics and would send a very negative message.

It took me about eight hours to draw this cartoon. Well, not to draw it but it took me that long to finish it. I started the cartoon then ordered some Kung Pao Chicken, went into a food coma, woke up, jammed to some Pete Yorn, walked the Beagle, Watched the end of Across The Universe, corresponded to some social media comments, and then I started drawing again. It’s a hard job. I do have Kung Pao leftovers for tomorrow.

I am really not fond of using movies for an analogy in a cartoon, unless it involves sharks in twisters.

Why do I not like using movies in cartoons? I’m glad you asked. Because it’s lazy. It’s not unique or original.

I suspect it works like this for other cartoonist because it’s how it used to work for me: You need an idea but you don’t have one so you think “hey, there’s probably a new movie out there everyone’s talking about and I can just draw that and throw in some labels and maybe a caricature.” Work day is over and I’m brilliant. No I’m not.

Not only is it lazy, it’s just too obvious when the movie is popular. There’s been a dozen to a hundred political cartoons with Minions. I refuse to draw Minions, just because everyone else is doing it. Lazy. Plus, I felt the movie kinda sucked in comparison to Despicable Me (Despicable Me 2 was just OK). I’ve also seen a few with the new Mission Impossible. I don’t know which number Mission Impossible is this new one. I don’t like Tom Cruise, though the fairly recent one where he’s fighting aliens at Normandy and reliving the same day over and over was really bad ass. I digress.

Now if you do a cartoon with a movie that’s not popular you may think “yeah, I’m brilliant” except nobody else wants to do that because most people don’t want to suck. Readers may not remember the movie you’re referring to if it’s not current, so the movie should be a classic or at least well known in pop culture like Gone With The Wind, Rebel Without A Cause, Jaws, Star Wars, Wizard Of Oz, Blues Brothers, you get where I’m going here.

Last week some dork did a cartoon with the movie Shallow Hal. Do you remember Shallow Hal? It’s a Farrelly Brothers movie with Jack Black and it’s not a good Farrelly Brothers movie with Jack Black. It sucked. It makes things that suck seem to suck less because it sucks so much. It came out in the early 2000s and I doubt it would have been a good idea then. Did I mention it sucked? Basically, Hal is shallow. He’s hypnotized to only see the inner beauty in people, thus he starts dating Gwyneth Paltrow who is a total beautiful soul, generous with a huge heart, and she’s morbidly obese with cankles and acne. The movie teaches us the lesson to judge a person by their inner beauty and it uses a lot of fat jokes to sell that message. In the movie poster you see Gwyneth and her beauty but her shadow is huge. In the cartoon the shadow is a mushroom cloud but the physical person is an evil hideous-looking Iranian Mullah. Did the cartoonist even see the movie?

I did see a cartoon earlier this week that used the movie Trainwreck. Honestly, I can’t remember if it was good or bad, who drew it or what issue it covered. I decided not to go looking for it when I got this idea. I’ll do that later though to compare.

In my defense to this cartoon: Trainwreck stars Amy Schumer. She’s a cousin of some sort to Senator Schumer. They even had an anti-gun press conference together last week. That may go over readers’ heads, but screw it. I kinda like it, despite it breaking all my rules.

I really don’t like rules despite having a hundred of them for cartooning. In this case, the man I’m sticking it to is myself.

By the way, the movie Trainwreck is pretty funny. Lebron James steals the movie. Spoiler alert so stop reading here: You see a lot of John Cena, the wrestler. I mean a LOT of John Cena. You see more John Cena than anyone would ever want to see of John Cena. Over seeing that much John Cena, I’d rather watch Shallow Hal.

Update: A friend told me it looked like Schumer was holding a turkey leg to his mouth. It’s supposed to be a bottle inside a bag. His comment bothered me enough to redraw the bag. At least now it doesn’t look like a turkey leg.

Here’s the rough.

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More Republican Crazy Talk


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My friend and fellow cartoonist Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution drew a great cartoon on GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s “oven door remark.” He drew Huckabee making the statement on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice. It was the kind of idea I wish I had thought of except there’s one problem.

Huckabee is not an apprentice when it comes to stupid statements. He made a comment recently about transgenders saying he wishes he could have used that excuse in high school to shower with girls. Hang in there, Huckster. Maybe someday a girl will want to shower with you.

He once compared his weight loss to being in a concentration camp.

Continuing on the Holocaust theme he once compared it to abortion.

He once asked if Mormons believe Jesus and the Devil are brothers.

He congratulated Canada on their National Igloo (Canada doesn’t have a national igloo).

Then there was the time he compared being gay to bestiality and pedophilia and said “I think the radical view is to say that we’re going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal.”

Did you hear about the time he claimed that the Newtown shooting was because “we systematically removed God from our schools.”

When it comes to crazy, stupid and just odd statements, Mike Huckabee is no apprentice.

 

 

Black Tape


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On Saturday a deranged lunatic killed two New York City police officers while they were sitting in their car in Brooklyn. Earlier in the day the same psychopath shot his girlfriend in Baltimore. After shooting the policemen he killed himself.

Now on the news and social media I see a lot of right wing rhetoric blaming the protestors, President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, NYC Mayor De Blasio, Al Sharpton and others for inciting this crime. NYC police officers turned their backs on the mayor at a news conference. The president of their union said the mayor and others had blood on their hands.

That’s just more lunacy.

This shooter incited himself. He did not need protesters voicing opposition to a very real problem on police abuses to incite him.

I do not think the police actions have earned them to be assassinated. But while right wing rhetoric say protesters have figurative blood on their hands, many police officers have literal blood on their hands. They’ve killed many black men and even children and a system is in place where they investigate themselves with very little consequence except for public outrage.

The police put themselves on a higher pedestal than those they police. Look at the police reaction in Brooklyn on Saturday. They closed down blocks, sent out officers in military, swat and riot gear, closed down subway stops, and had a helicopter circling above the neighborhood. Is that how they react when an officer kills a man suspected of selling loose cigarettes?

These same people who blame the protesters rushed to defend Sarah Palin of inciting the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Palin had posted cross hairs on Giffords Congressional district. Go figure. Of course Giffords wasn’t out abusing her authority to encourage being shot. Palin also stated “don’t retreat…reload.” Imagine the outrage if Sharpton had said such an inciting statement.

Cops don’t deserve to be shot down or assaulted in any way. They do deserve our respect and thanks for doing a dangerous job from which they may not come home from after each shift. They also deserve scrutiny and accountability. Saying as such and even being angry at them does not make anyone liable for the actions of lunatics.

If this man was incited to shoot cops then who or what incited him to shoot his girlfriend?