Benghazi

Hillary’s Foundation


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A conservative watchdog group has released a bunch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state which raises a lot of questions about the relationship between the department and her charity, The Clinton Foundation.

When Clinton took the job as head of the State Department she promised there wouldn’t be any overlap between it and her charity. Then her aide, Huma Abedin, was simultaneously employed by both. They understand conflict of interest about as well as employers at Fox News.

Many critics have charged that the foreign nations donated to the charity in a pay for play scheme to receive special treatment from the state department, though there’s no proof of that. The foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with Obama’s presidential transition team in December 2008. Under the terms of that agreement, the foundation promised to report its donors in order to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest. It would say who gave, but it wouldn’t say precisely how much.

However, it’s a little disturbing that these emails show people from the foundation lobbying for jobs for donors to the foundation. The emails weren’t between Clinton and anyone from her foundation, but her aides at the state department. The official at the foundation wanted the state department to connect a Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire donor to the charity to the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon. That’s a bit of an overlap between the charity and the department.

The question is: Did a foreign billionaire donate to Clinton’s charity to gain favor with the state department? It’s a legitimate question.

I don’t think Clinton is corrupt. I do think she is arrogant and obtuse to act surprised when it catches up to her. She threads the needle between improper and illegal which discourages the public from trusting her. There are a lot of Democrats who don’t trust her.

Hillary Clinton may be the most qualified person to ever run for president. She’s very accomplished, intelligent, understands policy, has the experience, and has a great understanding what the job of president entails. She is the best we have prepared for the position. Yet in her race against an orange, ignorant, racist, flame-throwing Cheeto, you would think she’d be leading by more than ten points in the polls.

I don’t mind drawing cartoons about Hillary Clinton. The responses are always amusing to me. Clinton defenders will see this and accuse me of being a right winger, as if this is the only cartoon of mine they’ve ever seen. Others readers, including some of my editors, will be glad I hit Hillary and a week later tell me I never hit Hillary. Go figure.

I don’t try to make one demographic happy with every cartoon. If you believe I’m always on your side of the aisle, or on the opposite, at some point I’m going to let you down. Yes, I’m liberal but I’m not a member of any party and I don’t campaign for candidates or join causes. I don’t promote. I denigrate. Editorial cartooning is a negative art form.

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Republican Balls


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You can’t bring tennis balls to the Republican convention in Cleveland. You also can’t bring laser pointers, coolers, selfie sticks (that one I support), water cannons, axes, cestuses (Google that), and fireworks. There are 72 items banned from the convention. Guns is not one of them.

The Cleveland police asked the governor to suspend open carry laws, because they apparently don’t believe in that “good guy with a gun” narrative nonsense. Governor John Kasich said no.

I’m watching the convention as I watch this and the theme is “Make America Safe Again.” It’s coming off more as “Make American Paranoid.” They’re talking about death and stoking fears and spreading conspiracy theories. And Republicans wonder how a Donald Trump could become their nominee.

It sounds like a brilliant idea to make everyone paranoid, fearful, and angry in a gun zone.

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Benghazi Brouhahahaha


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For a bunch of people who like to complain about government spending, taxes and even the collection of taxes, Republicans don’t have any inhibitions toward spending it on wasteful partisan politics, goose chases, manufactured scandals, and witch hunts.

Republicans have spent over two years and $7 million of taxpayer money in a partisan Congressional investigation trying to destroy Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. On Thursday they released what is supposedly their final report on Benghazi which failed to be the destructive force for Clinton they had hoped it would be. All it revealed is what we already knew, that there were plenty of failures within the State Department and U.S. military, but no evidence of actual wrongdoing or professional misconduct by Hillary Clinton or any other Obama administration members. Republicans want to cry…or keep making up stuff.

The GOP spent more time on an investigation on Benghazi than they did on 9/11, the largest and most destructive terrorist attack ever committed against the United States. There have actually been seven Congressional investigations into Benghazi. The 9/11 hearings were bipartisan and weren’t designed to destroy George W. Bush. Every member of that committee, Democrat and Republican, signed off on the investigation. The Republicans on the Benghazi Committee refused to even let their Democratic counterparts see their report before they released it to the public.

Kevin McCarthy, a Republican member of the committee, even boasted months ago how the committee was hurting Clinton’s poll numbers.

The only thing the Benghazi Committee succeeded in doing, other than wasting time and money, was build stupid and ridiculous conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton, which Republicans are gullible enough to believe anyway and without having to spend $7 million of taxpayer money.

Republicans keep bringing up the names of the four Americans who died in Benghazi and have blamed Clinton and President Obama for their deaths. What the GOP has actually done is used their graves, service, and memory for cheap political gain.

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No Burning Of Hillary


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I don’t like cheer leading. I don’t like saying somebody did something awesome. I prefer to be negative and to criticize. Editorial Cartooning is a negative art form. However there really is not a doubt Hillary Clinton knocked it out of the park during her testimony at Thursday’s Benghazi hearing. She was calm, professional and informed. She knew her business. This is what people mean when they talk about an adult in the room. There were other adults in the room, specifically Ranking Member Elijah Cummings who could have done a mic drop after going off on the Republicans.

The GOP’s plan was to grill her for eight hours or so. Testifying underneath that pressure will make anyone crack. The witness will get testy, lose their temper, become sarcastic and angry. I know I would. I’d be biting heads off within five minutes. Hillary testified for nearly eleven hours and kept her cool the entire time. They even questioned and insinuated that she didn’t care about those lost in Benghazi. Clinton only raised her voice twice and each time it was to defend someone else. I don’t know how she didn’t lose it during Jim Jordan’s machine gun questioning tactic. Somehow the guy can talk without breathing. Also to Clinton’s credit she only laughed once at the stupid questions (Were you alone? Were you alone all night?).

Committee chairman Trey Gowdy said after the hearing he didn’t learn anything. If that’s the case then what was the point for this hearing, after seven other Congressional investigations and 32 hearings? Maybe one of the Republicans could have asked about those who perpetuated the attack, yet they didn’t ask one question about the attackers.

While Clinton represented herself well, and even looked presidential, the Republicans were sweating. Gowdy had a very slick sheen going on during the hearing. Pundits often say the Clintons are lucky for the enemies they have. That is true. The GOP have been very incompetent in their pursuit for dirt on Clinton, as they have been in the past. I believe this is what accounts for their irrational hatred for all that is Clinton.

I believe stupid people are not aware they’re stupid. There will be plenty of conservatives who will say Clinton was terrible. They’ll say she was condescending. Her looks of patience can also be interpreted as one of smugness, but it’s hard to keep a straight face when you’re forced to suffer fools. There are conservatives who are admitting the committee was an embarrassment and they really got spanked. I don’t think Clinton hurt them as much as they hurt themselves. It would help, after all the hearings and investigations, if they had an idea how the State Department worked.

You can focus on emails, who had her email address, if Clinton was alone the night of the attack, why she is friends with Sidney Blumenthal, when she talked to the victims, but none of that helps prevent future terrorist attacks, which is supposed to be the point of the hearings.

There were hearings on 9/11, the Beirut Bombing, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the bombing of African embassies and the USS Cole. Those hearings were to find out failures to prevent the attacks. There should be an investigation on the attack in Benghazi and there’s been eight. After eight investigations and over $20 million it’s not about preventing future attacks. It’s purely partisan and political. A political party should not use deaths of Americans for political gain. This is what the Republicans have done and it’s disgusting.

What does the committee do now? Nobody knows. Not even those on the committee. They’re out of matches and it’s time to wrap it up. If they want to beat Hillary Clinton for president they need to do it on the campaign trail and maybe actually have a candidate who can oppose her who isn’t ridiculous.

I actually watched most of the hearings. I’m a geek like that.

Shut Up Republican Style


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Republican Congressman and chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee is really getting fed up with people saying his committee is less about finding out the truth of the Benghazi and preventing future incidents, and more about a political witch hunt designed to destroy Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. He’s especially annoyed with Republicans saying it’s a partisan hack job.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy bragged about Clinton’s poll numbers dropping because of the committee. To make matters worse GOP Congressman Richard Hanna said the committee was designed to go after Hillary Clinton. As if that wasn’t enough to expose the worst kept secret in D.C., a fired Republican investigator claimed he was fired because he refused to go after Clinton.

That was enough for Gowdy who later exclaimed to his colleagues “shut up.” Really. He said they need to shut up. Right on cue, Congressman Mo Brooks did something a real Mo would do, and said if Hillary Clinton is elected president, she’ll be unique as she’ll be open to impeachment on her very first day.

If he’s mad at those guys then he’s probably royally peeved at his committee member who accidentally released the name of a CIA source. Oh wait. That was Gowdy who released that name. D’oh!

I’m waiting for a Larry, Shemp, and Curly to jump into this any time now.

Meet The New Boss


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Same as the old boss.

What’s a gaffe in Washington? When a politician accidentally speaks the truth.

Examples are Republicans admitting that voter ID laws are only created to decrease votes for Democrats, or when Mitch McConnell admitted Senate and House Republicans only interest was to make Obama a one-term president. Then there was that time on the campaign trail Mitt Romney said he didn’t care about the 47% (because they felt they were victims and were entitled to the government for free stuff).

Good politics doesn’t always equal good government.

California congressman Kevin McCarthy is probably going to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. What he said Wednesday isn’t really a gaffe or a freudian slip (saying something you’re thinking that you shouldn’t say) since he meant to say it, which he later tried to clarify. He stated that the Benghazi investigations, which they created a special committee for, is part of a strategy to destroy Hillary Clinton politically. Well we knew that. It’s just surprising that big mouth actually fessed up to it.

His actual quote is “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought.”

I wonder if Republicans get the irony where he says we can’t trust Hillary Clinton while he admits they’re wasting government money on personal vendettas.

Right now Hillary is sending probably sending him an Amazon gift card as a gift for his new office. Thanks for the new right-wing conspiracy.

Of course politics is always played in government and legislating but at some point our elected officials should actually attempt to legislate. Stop all the pointless investigations into Benghazi, email and Planned Parenthood and stop wasting time trying to vote out Obamacare. Stop wasting our money on your frivolous little adventures.

I started to put a label on John Boehner but I didn’t like the way it looked. Besides, he’s orange. He’s smoking a cigarette. Screw it. The readers should know it’s John Boehner. I’m really going to miss drawing him. All I’ve done over the past few years was draw an orange Bob Dole with a cigarette.

Have you ever seen the Speaker’s gavel? It’s symbolically huge. It’s like Thor’s hammer here and Kevin McCarthy isn’t worthy.

I’m gonna try something new for a while:

About a year ago I set up a tip bucket (it’s on the right side of this page). About a week after setting it up someone actually gave me a tip. Cool. Since then, nothing else. Aw.

Several months ago I allowed WordPress to put ads on my page. I figured nobody would look at them. I never look at ads. I kill them on news pages as soon as possible. They’re annoying. But somebody must be looking at them. WordPress surprised me yesterday and deposited a payment into my Paypal account. I was impressed. Not impressed with the amount of the payment but just the mere fact there was one. This website has now officially paid for itself (though not for the time and maintenance, just the costs).

A friend who looks at this website every single day said “hey, you should put up a tip bucket.” I said there is a tip bucket. She had never noticed it before. So maybe nobody’s seeing it.

I don’t like asking for money. I have never advertised it. Nobody owes me anything and I’m glad you’re reading the cartoons for free. But it’s hard to eat when nobody pays you. Right now I am making my living on newspapers mailing me tiny monthly checks. Occasionally I get a commissioned assignment to create a cartoon or illustration for a publication. Some of my clients are very lackadaisical about putting a check in the mail. Most of them get around to it but sometimes they wait three months, or longer and they need a nudge. Enough whining.

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I’m going to start posting a note (for a while at least) about the Paypal tip button. I’ll make it short.

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