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Rent Is Due For Biden


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I was watching a story on CNN last Thursday about rent going up across the nation. It’s not just going up $20 here and $30 there per month. There are increases across the nation from 35 percent to 54 percent. People can’t cope with that, especially low-income people. They don’t have excess money for rent. I personally don’t believe our current inflation is forcing landlords to jack up rental prices to these extremes. Are property taxes going up? Are adjustable mortgages going up? From recent studies, no.

When asked about the possibility of a recession, President Joe Biden, who lives rent-free in the White House, said he’s not worried about it. He better start worrying about it because he was elected to worry about it.

I was talking to fellow cartoonist Michael De Adder last week during the Herblock Award festivities about our readers and how most of the time we are preaching to the choir. I told him that after Biden was elected, some readers came down on me for the way I caricatured him, finding it too harsh. I laughed with Michael over how they were OK with me basically drawing Donald Trump as a mango fascist Oompa-Loompa over the past six years, but give Joe Biden a high forehead with very little hair on it and they howl. Yes, you do that.

My other colleague and Russian stooge Ted Rall claims he’s the only liberal cartoonist who’s criticized President Biden, First off, he’s echoing Russia’s talking points on Biden and he’s a lying lunatic. I’ve seen plenty of liberal cartoonists, who are on President Biden’s side on most things, criticize him on other issues. It’s the MAGAt cartoonists who’d never criticize Trump but go after President Biden for saying crazy things and his low approval ratings. That’s called hypocrisy.

I am not a Democrat. I’m a liberal independent. Sure, I vote Democrat and will never ever vote for a Republican again, but I’m not a partisan while most of my audience is. I know each time I hit Biden that the cartoon will get very few shares and likes on social media. If anything, it confuses my readers which means I should do this more often.

And the thing is, most of my readers don’t love Biden. They’re defensive of him because he’s what they got right now. On the end of the spectrum, there’s a cult for Donald Trump. Joe Biden does not have a cult. I guarantee that more Democrats are willing to criticize Biden than there are Republicans criticizing Trump.

So, when my editor at CNN picked this, I knew it wouldn’t go over well with my audience on social media. It has only received 11 shares far on Facebook while getting more comments. My editor believed in the cartoon and that we need to go after both sides when called for. And you know, I almost didn’t send the rough to my editor.

My friend Mike Peterson disagreed with the cartoon today on The Daily Cartoonist, but I’m fine with his criticism and I think it was more than fair.

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Nuclear Outrage


Good lord, what is it now?

Fox News is in the business of scaring fragile white people. President Barack Obama once said that if he watched Fox News then he’d probably hate President Obama too.

White conservatives are afraid of any change, especially if that change is a threat to their white privilege. They’ve even created a conspiracy theory, pushed by Tucker, called the “Great Replacement Theory,” where liberals are using immigrants to replace people of European ethnicity. And none of those immigrants are going to ever say “Merry Christmas.”

But what the hell are they reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop while never telling us what’s on it? Sure, The New York Times acknowledged there’s a laptop that Rudy Giuliani claims belongs to Hunter, but we still don’t have any real dirt.

Last week, a college trans swimmer won a women’s competition. This has been covered on actual news outlets, but it’s not the lead it is over at Fucknut TV. Republicans are so outraged by this you’d think they came home to find a trans swimmer in their bathtub corrupting their rubber ducky. He’s seen too much!

Florida’s goon governor, Ron DeSantis, even took time off from signing hate legislation and screaming at children for wearing face masks, that he signed a proclamation declaring the woman who came in second in the swim competition as the actual winner. I wonder if Sidney Powell has notarized it yet.

Republican elected officials are putting more effort into frivolous culture war issues than they are putting into performing their actual jobs, from DeSantis’ hate legislation to Marsha Blackburn asking Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to “define” women, to Ted Cruz wasting everyone’s time on Critical Race Theory and “racist babies.” It’s like there are no more adults in the GOP or on conservative TV.

Fox News spends a good chunk of its time complaining about the mainstream media, but guess what, Kitty Cat. Fox News is the ratings leader, something conservatives are very proud of but, that makes Fox News the mainstream media.

So, most “news” watchers in this country are being outraged by wokeness, the Great Replacement Theory, the War on Christmas, Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, trans swimmers, trans Potato Heads, George Soros, Italian Sattelites changing ballots in Dominion voting machines, convoy truckers’ freedom being taken away, bamboo ballots, Hillary Clinton, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and the rest of the “squad,” a black female vice president, a black female Supreme Court Justice, Jussie Smollett, socialist face masks, vaccines with microchips, the WAP song, unsexy M&Ms, Dr. Seuss being canceled, the election stolen from Trump, the gay “agenda,” cancel culture, the federal deficit (only when we have a Democratic president), the “Russia hoax,” Dr. Fauci doing his job, and Hunter Biden’s laptop. What did I leave out?

Here’s a new guideline: If Fox News reports it, then you probably don’t have to be upset over it.

Music Note: I listened to the Wallflowers and Toad the Wet Sprocket.

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Night and Day


Eric Trump went on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show a couple nights ago and pushed the laughable idea that his father was tough on Putin and the Russian dictator never would have considered invading Ukraine while Eric’s daddy was president (sic).

Eric said, “My father would have called up and would have said, ‘Vladimir, don’t even think about it, don’t even try us.'” Eric is basically still in the mindset of my daddy can beat up your daddy. Eric, your daddy got his ass kicked by Nancy Pelosi. Your daddy got his ass kicked by Hillary Clinton. Your daddy got his ass kicked by Barack Obama. Your daddy got his ass kicked by Joe Biden. Eric, your daddy got his ass kicked by Greta Thunberg.

And, Eric, your daddy’s ass was owned by Vladimir Putin.

It’s stupid, laughable, and ridiculous to even suggest that Putin didn’t invade Ukraine while Trump was president (sic) because he was afraid of him. Trump, the guy who was afraid of getting his hair wet during a ceremony for war dead, is tough? The guy who needs two hands to hold a glass is a badass? If Donald Trump was ever going to kick Putin’s ass, for Trump’s sake, let’s hope Putin’s not at the top of the stairs. Donald Trump is afraid of rain, stairs, cups without handles, strong women, and black women especially.

Donald Trump built a reputation of being tough from a reality TV show where his catchphrase was “you’re fired.” But in real reality, he always sent an underling to do his firings because he is a coward. He couldn’t even fire Omarosa. He even chickened out when she called him and blamed someone else.

If Vladimir Putin was afraid of Donald Trump, then why did Putin help Trump win the 2016 election? Why did Putin endorse Trump if he’s afraid of him? Putin was afraid of Hillary Clinton and I don’t blame him because she was going to kick his ass.

People are typically not afraid of their subordinates, especially ass-kissing subordinates. Trump was kissing Putin’s ass before he ever met him. Trump loves Putin so much, he was lying about meeting the guy before he met him. Trump thought being on the same TV show with Putin, even though they weren’t on it together, qualified as meeting him.

It’s bad enough Donald Trump was a poodle for Putin, but it’s worse he betrayed his nation to do it. When Trump took the oath of office, it was for an office Putin gave him. Part of that oath is a promise to defend your country. When the time came for Trump to defend America, he instead defended Vladimir Putin.

While Putin was stacking his army around Ukraine, Trump said it was a “savvy” strategy and called Putin a “genius.” Three weeks into this war and we know now that Putin is NOT a genius. This military “genius” is running out of fuel, armor, food, and troops for his war. Vladimir Putin seriously underestimated Ukraine, which is now threatening to become his Stalingrad. Speaking of Stalingrad, Putin is about as much of a military genius as was Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Saddam Hussein.

People like Trump, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, and every Republican and NRA member who’ve taken vacations to Moscow to see a white nationalist utopia up close, believe that being a fascist dictator is the result of strong leadership skills. How many people called Hilter, Stalin, and Mao geniuses while they were killing millions of their own people? Donald Trump called Putin a genius shortly before he started bombing baby hospitals and kindergartens.

President Joe Biden doesn’t call Vladimir Putin a genius. President Joe Biden says Vladimir Putin is a “war criminal.” Biden probably called Putin that because he is a war criminal. The Kremlin says that’s “unforgivable.” The Kremlin has never criticized Donald Trump that way. What’s unforgivable is targetting civilians, including children, the way Putin has. What’s unforgivable is betraying your nation to be Putin’s toadie.

Eric Trump is the dumbest Trump, but to be fair, that’s like saying someone’s the dumbest in an elevator with Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Madison Cawthorn. The reason Vladimir Putin didn’t invade Ukraine during the Trump presidency (sic) is that he didn’t have to.

If Putin’s attack on Ukraine is all about NATO, then why would he have invaded Ukraine while Donald Trump was undermining and trying to destroy NATO?

Donald Trump was never tough on Putin. Joe Biden has been nothing but tough on Putin. Putin didn’t invade Ukraine because Biden is weak. Since the invasion began, Putin has learned just how tough Biden is.

Right now, Vladimir Putin is missing him some Donald Trump…because Donald Trump was NEVER tough on Vladimir Putin.

Music Note: While drawing today’s cartoon, I listened to the White Stripes album “White Blood Cells” until I got tired of it, then switched over to Kings of Leon’s “Only by the Night.” Fun fact: Every KOL album title is five syllables.

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Boats Boats Boats


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I kinda suspect my editor picked this solely on “SS Harumph.” Oddly enough, I think I only heard one reader say anything about that.

Go read my editor’s column.

Music Note: I listened to Billy Joel while drawing this cartoon. Don’t ask me why.

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Gassy GOP


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We picked a good time to do a cartoon on gas prices as I didn’t see many if any, in relation to the war in Ukraine, before we published this on Sunday. But the very next day, I saw several.

Since then, this has been one of the leading stories from the war. Now President Biden has banned imports of Russian oil and Republicans are back to blaming him for increased gas prices.

Most cartoonists have now drawn a cartoon on gas prices in relation to the war. In fact, I’ve drawn two more since this cartoon. I even have more ideas on it which I should sit on for now.

Go read my editor’s column.

Oh yeah, the price in this cartoon was the national average on Sunday.

Music Note: While coloring this cartoon, I listened to Beck, Pete Droge, and since I was in the Petes, Pete Yorn.

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Blame Putin


This entire war is Vladimir Putin’s fault. It’s not the fault of Ukraine. It’s not the fault of NATO. It’s not the fault of Bananarama. And it’s not the fault of President Joe Biden. Yet, conservatives keep trying to latch on to a way to blame President Biden, and they keep coming up empty.

The first reason they have that it’s Biden’s fault is that Biden is president. I mean, it’s nice they’re acknowledging he’s the legitimate president, but that’s not a reason to blame him. You hear the goons say this never happened while Trump was president, which is true. But what would have happened if Trump had won reelection would have been the destruction of NATO, a North Korean invasion of South Korea, and Putin going on a larger land grab in Europe than just in Ukraine. For god’s sake, Trump was lobbying to get Putin back into the G7, which Obama had him removed from. The reason Putin didn’t invade Ukraine while Trump was president is that he didn’t have to.

They also say this happened because Biden is weak and Putin only respects strength. But how exactly is Biden weak? It’s Biden’s leadership that’s organized 99 percent of the world to unify and sanction Putin, his cronies, and Russia. Biden has crippled Russia’s economy.

If Biden’s weak on Putin, then what the hell was Trump to Putin? Biden has been tough and has issued criticism on him repeatedly. Trump has NEVER said a bad word about Putin. In fact, when other people say bad things about Putin, Trump defends him. Trump defended Putin when Bill O’Reilly called him a “murderer.” Trump defended Putin when our government says he meddled in our election. While standing next to Putin, Trump took his side over American intelligence’s accusation that Putin tampered with our election. Right before this war began, Trump called Putin a “genius.” Trump has yet to say one bad thing about Putin since this war began nearly two weeks ago. Donald Trump even tried to give Vladimir Putin a free penthouse back in 2016.
The goons may be right in that Putin doesn’t respect weakness as he never respected Trump.

Some Republicans say Biden hasn’t done enough for Ukraine, yet Biden has increased military weaponry to that nation without ever holding it up in a quid-pro-quo for political dirt on an opponent. Unlike Donald Trump, President Biden has not extorted President Volodymyr Zelensky.

My question to the president’s critics is: What would you have done better? What would Trump have done better? What wrong move has Biden taken? You can’t point out anything that would improve this situation. Oh, you would ban Russian oil from being imported into the United States? Sure, and right after that, you’d blame President Biden for increased gas prices, which is actually an international problem.

When you claim Vladimir Putin would have behaved differently if Trump was in office at this time, how do you know? When did you become experts on Vladimir Putin? There are diplomats and foreign policy experts who’ve been studying Putin for decades who can’t tell you what he’s going to do next. Putin can’t tell you what Putin is going to do next. But I know what Trump would have done. Trump would give Putin everything he’s ever asked for.

Vladimir Putin is a liar. He’s not a man of his word. He doesn’t have any clue what he’s doing. He’s not even sure what his objective is. And after years of being accused of being savvy, smart, manipulative, and a genius, we’ve discovered over the span of less than two weeks that Vladimir Putin is a worse military strategist than Saddam Hussein.

Vladimir Putin is also a murderer and a war criminal. This is an unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation. This war has killed thousands of innocent civilians, including children. He’s targetting civilians intentionally. He’s destroying Ukraine for his ego and to save face. And you want to blame someone else?

The blame here lies entirely on Vladimir Putin. Don’t you dare take that away from him.

Music Note: My random player started on Eddie Money and I just let it keep rolling for a while. An Eddie Money/Heart concert was my very first one if you don’t count the times my mother took me as a child to see an Elvis impersonator or Charlie Pride.

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Ya Ukrayinets’


President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union speech last night, and he delivered. Last night, we saw leadership from an American president. It was refreshing.

President Biden came out strong in his first SOTU address, standing with Ukraine and condemning Vladimir Putin’s tyranny. A heartwarming moment was when he pointed out one of his special guests, the Ukraine ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, who appeared moved by the sustained applause. Markarova even got a hug from First Lady Jill Biden.

President Biden stated, “In the battle between democracy and autocracies, democracies are rising to the moment and the world is clearly choosing the side of peace and security.”

President Biden pledged to stand with Ukraine and pointed out other nations doing the same. He said, “Members of the European Union, including France, Germany, Italy, as well as countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and many others — even Switzerland — are inflicting pain on Russia and supporting the people of Ukraine. Putin is now isolated from the world more than he has ever been.”

He pointed out the Justice Department and our allies’ efforts to seize and freeze assets of Russian oligarchs. He said, “Tonight, I say to the Russian oligarchs and the corrupt leaders who bilk billions of dollars off this violent regime: No more. I mean it. We’re coming for you.” Russian oligarchs unable to access their fortunes or even sail on their superyachts will put pressure on Putin.

President Biden also announced a new ban on Russian aircraft from flying in the United States.

President Biden’s leadership is a welcome change from the former guy, who withheld American military support from Ukraine in an extortion attempt to receive a political favor. The irony here is, the former guy withheld the aid to hurt the current guy. Today, the current guy is delivering more military aid without demanding a quid-pro-quo.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said yesterday, “Biden is one of the leaders of the world and it is very important that the people of the United States understand despite the fact that the war is in Ukraine…it is a war for the values of democracy, freedom.”
President Biden made clear last night he fully understands that. Meanwhile, and despite rousing support from Republicans last night, the former guy doesn’t understand that and has yet to issue any criticism of Putin or Russia for their invasion of a sovereign nation. Trump has given blame to President Biden for the war rather than placing it where it belongs, on Vladimir Putin, who he called a “genius.”

Republicans were still nitpicking about our response to Russia’s invasion. In the GOP rebuttal, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds claimed the war only happened because of Biden’s “weak” leadership. But here’s a question for the goons: What should Biden be doing differently? Oh yeah, stop Russian gas imports into the United States. That’s fair criticism, but Reynolds also criticized high gas prices in her rebuttal.
You can criticize the administration for our nation still importing Russian fuel. You can criticize the administration for high gas prices. But, you can’t criticize it for both. Pick one. Republicans don’t have solutions. They only have dog whistles and methods to create new problems for Democrats to solve. Kim Reynolds opposed President Biden’s American Rescue Plan but took credit for that plan providing over $210 million in federal funding for rural broadband projects in Iowa.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy called out Soviet tyranny in his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech.

Standing in West Berlin, Kennedy said, “Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast was civis romanus sum (I am Roman). Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is Ich bin ein Berliner!”… All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin, and therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!'”

Kennedy was championing democracy over Soviet fascism. Last night, President Biden did the same, except now it’s just Russian fascism.

Presidents usually say the line “the state of our union is strong” at the beginning of their SOTU speeches, but last night, Biden saved it for the end. I liked it.

President Biden said of Putin, “He thought he could roll into Ukraine and the world would roll over. Instead, he met a wall of strength he never imagined. He met the Ukrainian people.”

With President Biden’s leadership, rallying the world to place sanctions on Russia, Putin, and the oligarchs in ways the Russian dictator never imagined, he met Joe Biden.

Creative Note: I sent this cartoon to my proofers, Laura and Hilary after I had finished the drawing but before the shading and coloring. Always looking out for me, Laura asked where I got the translation. I got it from Google Translate, which is a really useful feature for a cartoonist like myself. The note I included with the cartoon said I had no idea why there’s an apostrophe after “Ukrayinets” and told my proofers to check behind me if they wanted to. Laura wanted to. And wouldn’t you know it? Laura has a friend from Ukraine she took a language class with…a friend who could also be a proofreader in English. A smart friend. So Laura asked her if I was correct.

Her friend, Marijka, replied: “The Ukrainian language has a soft sign/letter. The apostrophe is used to denote this. And the soft sign appears at the end of the word in this phrase.”

I got it correct. Thank you, Laura and Marijka. And thank you Google Translate. As I said, it’s a very useful feature. I’ve used it multiple times in the past as I like inserting languages other than English into my cartoons occasionally. What I do is type the phrase in English into Translate. Then, I take the translation and do a Google search of that to see where it comes up, just to double-check.

And since this cartoon didn’t take long to color and I was talking to Laura throughout that process, I didn’t have time to listen to any music.

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Picky For Putin


Like the United States, Russia has a Supreme Court with justices nominated by the president. Unlike in the United States, Russia’s court system is not independent. In the United States, there are three branches of government. In case you’re a Republican, like Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville, those branches are congress, courts, and the presidency. They are equal branches.

Donald Trump never understood the separation of courts from the presidency. Before he was president (sic), he claimed a judge was unqualified to hear one of his lawsuit cases because that judge was “Mexican.” After he became president (sic) and a judge from a lower court halted his racist travel ban, Trump called him a “so-called judge.” He threatened to dismantle the 9th Circuit. He said “that’s not law” with one ruling as it came from an “Obama judge.”

Regarding the 9th Circuit, Trump said, “People should not be allowed to immediately run to this very friendly circuit and file their case…and you people know better than anybody what is happening is a disgrace, in my opinion, it is a disgrace what happens with the 9th Circuit.”

Trump also said, “The 9th circuit is something we have to take a look at because it is not fair.”

Vladimir Putin controls Russia’s courts by appointing goons and stooges he can control economically and politically. People get thrown off buildings in Russia for disagreeing with Putin. When the government presents evidence in a Putin court, it is taken as absolute fact without challenges. Trials in Russia are often held the day after the arrest. People go to jail for saying bad things about Vladimir Putin. Ask Pussy Riot. Russia’s courts put Alexei Navalny in prison for failing to die after being poisoned by Putin’s goons.

Russia’s constitution barred Putin from seeking a third term in 2008, so his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, ran for president and appointed Putin as his prime minister after he “won.” When Medvedev’s first term was over, he didn’t run for reelection. Instead, he nominated Putin as the party candidate. After Putin won the election, he re-installed Medvedev as prime minister. Medvedev spoke openly about their arrangement. Hee-hee, corruption is fun.
Putin is in his fourth term as president and he was scheduled to step down in 2024, but they fixed that. The Duma, Russia’s congress, passed legislation that allows Putin to serve two more terms. If Putin, who is 69 now, serves two more terms, he will be in office until 2036. Guess who signed the law allowing Putin to stay in power beyond his constitutional term limits? That was a rhetorical question but in case your name is Tommy Tuberville, it was Putin.

If Putin can usurp the Russian constitution and stay in power for three decades, don’t you believe he controls the courts?

This is why Trump loves authoritarians like Vladimir Putin (Nicknames: Pale Mouth, Botox, Pootie-Poot), Recep Erdogan (Modern Yazid), Rodrigo Duterte (Duterte Harry), Xi Jinping (Big Daddy Xi), Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (The Pimp), and Kim Jong Un (Kim Fatty III). They don’t have things like pesky constitutions giving them term limits, or at least not real ones, which Donald (Cheeto Hair Fuhrer) would love to have done away with.

Trump can’t appoint puppets to the courts unless the judges just agree to follow Trump out of some cultist adoration without any payoff. Judges aren’t congressmen. So the best Trump could do was to appoint goons like Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barret. Fortunately for Trump, the people he does control were the ones who put them on the Supreme Court. Yet, these three goons have each handed Trump losses, especially in regards to him stealing an election he lost and hiding evidence that he tried to steal that election. Trump wants what Putin has, a corrupt system. Despite all of Tiny McGrimage Gropenfuhrer’s efforts, we still have a court system independent of the presidency.

This is why it’s so refreshing to have Ketanji Jackson Brown as our next Supreme Court Justice, barring any disaster coming from the Senate. She will be an independent voice. She’ll make the court look more like America. She’s not a pick from the Federal Society. Unlike Neil Gorsuch, she’s not taking a stolen seat. Unlike Brett Kavanaugh, she’s never been accused of sexual assault or of boofing. Unlike Amy Coney Barrett, she’s not stealing a seat or a member of a religious cult.

Republicans are taking a few minutes away from focusing on repeating Russia propaganda to attack KBJ as being a “radical.” What’s so “radical” about her? I think for Republicans, the “radical” part is she doesn’t look like them.

Ketanji Jackson Brown has already issued a ruling against the Trump administration for her seat on the Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit. In that ruling, she wrote, “Presidents are not kings.”

How radical.

Music Note: I listened to Pete Yorn and some Stones while drawing today’s cartoon.

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Peppa Putin


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The crazy thing is, Vladimir Putin has less of a legitimate beef with Ukraine than Kanye West has with Peppa Pig.

Putin built up forces around Ukraine, surrounding it on three sides, without any real reason. Russia has been picking on Ukraine for years, annexing Crimea back in 2014. This current beef is over the future of Ukraine and Putin’s fears it’ll someday join NATO, which could block Putin’s access to the Black Sea. But, what Ukraine does with NATO is a matter of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Putin has placed about 190,000 troops on the Russian and Belarusian border with Ukraine. Then, Putin said he was going to pull his troops back. After saying he wouldn’t recognize two separatist regions in Ukraine, today he announced he’s recognizing them and is sending in “peacekeeping” troops. So much for pulling his troops back.

Rebels in Ukraine don’t control as much area in Ukraine as they claim belongs to them. The big question here is: Will Putin just send in peacekeeping troops to what they control or to all they claim? Also, a month or so ago, President Biden said any incursion into Ukraine will be seen as an invasion. So far, they’re not calling this incursion an invasion. This may also be Putin’s way of saving face.

Putin has sent a list of demands which include that Ukraine never becomes a member of NATO and that Nato removes any troops or weapons deployed to countries that entered the alliance after 1997, which would include Poland, the former Soviet countries of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and the Balkan countries. He’s also demanding that NATO never hold drills in eastern Europe, Ukraine, Georgia, or central Asia. Putin also wants the restoration of a nuclear missile treaty that Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of in 2018. With none of these demands being met, Putin may try to save face by only occupying territory that’s already occupied by pro-Russian forces. A full invasion will bring harsh sanctions Russia can’t afford. Today, Germany declared the Russian-owned Nord Stream 2, a pipeline delivering Russian oil to western Europe through Germany, dead. Russia does not want to lose that money.

So what’s Kanye’s beef with Peppa?

Peppa has a better album than Kanye, according to someone somewhere. That has upset Kanye. But is that fair? Don’t a lot of people and farm animal cartoon characters have better albums than Kanye?

To be fair, I only know a tad more about Kanye than I do about Peppa Pig. I know Kanye was married to one of the Kardashians who is now dating Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson. I know Kanye is a rapper. I know Kanye loves Donald Trump and even got to visit the Oval Office. I know Kanye probably has some mental issues. I just found out Peppa Pig is British and female. I saw the movie “Snatch.” I do NOT want to go anywhere near any British pig farms. Thanks to that movie, I’m more afraid of British pigs and Gypsies than I am of Kanye.

Over the weekend, Kanye posted an enemies list which consisted of Apple, Spotify, Vivendi, Universal, Lucien Grange, Tik Tok, Black History Month, President Obama, the entire cast of SNL (not just the one sleeping with his wife), Hillary Clinton, the Devil, Corey Gamble, Jeff Bezos, Charlamagne, Disney, “Librals,” Skete, Wiz Khalifa, Jay-Z, Billie Eilish, Ray J, Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Kimmel, Harriet Tubman, Travis Scott, J. Cole, South Park, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, TMZ, American Music Awards, Beck, Drake, his wife, and Peppa Pig.

I know. The list has a lot more questions (Harriet Tubman?), but let’s focus on Peppa Pig. What’d Peppa Pig do to Kanye? Pitchfork, which is something that rates albums (God, I’m old) gave Kanye’s “Donda” album a 6.0 rating. It gave Peppa Pig’s soundtrack a 6.5 rating. Kanye hosted listening events in Chicago and Atlanta, which Ms. Pig noticed along with the Pitchfork ratings and tweeted, “Peppa didn’t need to host listening parties in Mercedes-Benz stadium to get that .5.”

Probably realizing it could start a new east coast/west coast feud, Peppa quickly deleted the tweet, but not before fans noticed that a cartoon British pig was throwing shade at Kanye, and not doing a half-bad job with it.

You don’t see Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky throwing shade at Vladimir Putin with tweets saying things like, “Yo, Pootie. Saw shirtless photo, Volody don’t need no bra.”

Putin and Kanye are both friends of Donald Trump. They’ve both had one-on-one meetings with the guy. Donald Trump has also met with both without bringing along a translator.

But if nothing else, Peppa Pig is the one who started the fight. So maybe my cartoon’s wrong. Maybe despite Kanye being a bully in the past (harassing Taylor Swift) and being a Trump fan like Putin, Peppa is the real bully here. Peppa wanna be starting something. Maybe Peppa and Putin could be possibly putting on a co-production of Peter Piper picking a peck of pickled pickles in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Couldn’t Putin just do what Kanye did? Make an enemies list and stop there? Trump has.

Music Note: I resumed listening to the White Stripes’ “Elephant” album while drawing this cartoon.

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Fox and Crack


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Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, who is only 15, failed a drug test but will be allowed to compete anyway. Sure, the medication was a performance-enhancing drug, but it’s not like she’s a black athlete caught smoking pot.

Valieva may not be the bad guy in this as it’s possible she wasn’t even aware she was doped, but she may have wondered where all the new and sudden-found stamina and increase in her heart rate came from. Doping is common practice with the Russian Olympic team, so who knows. The defense here is that Valieva accidentally took her grandfather’s heart medication. I had to live with my grandmother for a few months when I was a child but I don’t recall ever accidentally taking Milk of Magnesia.

The skater is expected to take gold and if she does, there won’t be a medal ceremony…because that would just be embarrassing. What’s the point of doing these drug tests if they’re not going to do anything after finding prohibited stimulants in an athlete’s system? Maybe the International Olympic Committee should come clean and simply state they’re only going to be testing black athletes from now on.

Honestly, with the way they like to root for Russians, display racism, scream about white people being victimized, and their love for bullshit, I’m shocked the heads at Fox News aren’t screaming about the injustice of humiliating Kamila Valieva with a drug test while allowing the Super Bowl Halftime Show to be ruined by an untested Snoop Dogg (I had a cartoon of that on my table, but I chose this over that. It was wordy).

Fox News does love them some bullshit. Right now, the Fox bullshit is that President Joe Biden is going to spend $30 million to distribute free crack pipes. Of course, it’s not true but that hasn’t stopped the Fox fuckers or my conservative colleagues from pushing the propaganda. Cartoonist Gary Varvel, who’s real big on pro-Jesus cartoons, made a crack pipe joke on Hunter Biden. See you in Heaven, Gary. Other far-right white-nationalists cartoonists who’ve jumped all over this talking point are Branco (who also made a Hunter joke) and Tom Stiglich. Ben Garrison drew one under his wife’s name (really) accusing Biden of profiting from Mexican drug cartels while handing out crack pipes for Black History Month (seriously). Gary I-Don’t-Criticize-Tiki-Torch-Nazis McCoy didn’t draw a cartoon on it, but he did share a meme, which is easier than having to draw or use your own brain. Gare Bear, just do what your lazy far-right colleague Bob Gorrell does, just use clipart and pieces of your old cartoons. Why does someone want to be a cartoonist when they don’t want to draw? Now, they’re all off to draw the same cartoon on the Durham report and Hillary spying on Donald Trump.

I digress. But if you’re not an avid viewer of Fox News, Newsmax, One America News, or your favorite goose-stepping senators’ Twitter feed, what you probably said when you first heard about Biden and crack pipes was, “what?” That’s what Hilary, one of my proofers, said. But, she said, even without knowing the Fox crack-pipe lie, the cartoon still works.

So, where did this crack-pipe lie come from? I’m glad you asked. The Department of Health and Human Services announced a federal grant focused on community-based harm-reduction services. The grant would allow organizations like support groups and local governments to receive part of a $30 million fund from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

The federal funds are designated for harm-reduction efforts to reduce the illness, injury, and trauma that can come from addiction to stuff like opioids and heroin. These organizations receiving the funds would have three years to spend the money. Some of these organizations may purchase overdose-reversal medications, safe-sex kits, and safe-smoking kits. These kits may include alcohol swabs, lip balm, other materials to promote hygiene and reduce the transmission of diseases like HIV and hepatitis. They will not include crack pipes. Some kits may include rubber mouthpieces to prevent cuts and burns, but no pipes. But for rightwingers, the pipes are calling.

From this, the wingnuts took off. Senator Marco Rubio tweeted, “Biden is sending free meth & crack pipes to minority communities in the name of ‘racial equity.’ There is no end in sight for this lunacy.” It’s true, there is no end in sight for this lunacy.

Senator Tom Cotton sent a racist tweet saying, “Last week, Biden talked about being tough on crime. This week, the Biden Admin announced funds for crack pipe distribution to ‘advance racial equity.'” Republicans believe crack is smoked exclusively by blacks…except Hunter Biden.

Senator Marsha Blackburn sent a letter to Health and Human Services stating, “Government-funded drug paraphernalia is a slap in the face to the communities and first responders fighting against drugs flowing into our country from a wide-open southern border. If this is the president’s plan to address drug abuse, our nation is in serious trouble.” Blackburn gave the department until March 1 to clarify whether the Biden administration is authorizing the distribution of crack pipes or something something something is going to happen.

Justthenews.com posted a headline saying, “Biden administration funding crack pipe distribution, saying it’s needed for racial equity.” Every right-wing propaganda outlet, like The Washington Free Beacon, along with the stupid senators, has made the claim that Biden is handing out free crack pipes for racial equity. Do you hear the dog whistles in that? But neither Biden nor anyone in his administration, has ever made such a claim. Listening to these racist nitwits, you’d think Biden was buying crack pipes in bulk from Costco and throwing them out from the back of a bus while driving through Harlem and Compton.

These right-wingers took a lie, spun it into a conspiracy theory, then laced it with racism. The people too slow to catch the racism in the “racial equity” with free crack-pipes claim are the only people who argue the GOP isn’t racist.

Believe it or not, Rubio, Cotton, and Blackburn are this way without having smoked crack. I don’t know what Tucker’s on.

Music Note: While coloring today’s cartoon, I listened to Eddie Vedder’s new album, “Earthling,” Beck, and the Supremes.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

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.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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