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Republicans are having racist conniption fits over President Joe Biden’s pledge to nominate a black woman to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court by Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement. They’re trying to mask their opposition to Biden’s promise by claiming it’s about choosing the most qualified person to sit on the highest court in the land, no matter what their race or sex may be.

Really? No.

Before Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, he promised during his campaign that if he got a nomination to the Supreme Court, his first would be a woman. When a vacancy did come up in his first year, he kept his promise and nominated Sandra Day O’Connor. Reagan got three justices on the court, but he made four nominations. The three that made it, O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, and Anthony Kennedy, each got over 97 votes. Trump’s three steals barely got 50 each.
Reagan nominated Robert Bork who was so far right, even several Republicans voted against him. He only got 42 votes. This was back when Republicans, some of them, would refuse an unqualified and racist nominee.
Reagan’s next choice wasn’t ever formally nominated though Reagan said it was his intention to do so. Douglas Ginsburg was the choice but withdrew after it was discovered he had smoked some marijuana once upon a time. This was the 80s. Kennedy was the nominee who finally got through the Senate.

After Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, Trump promised to nominate a woman. Trump did nominate Amy Coney Barret but she was actually chosen by Mitch McConnell. No other candidate was vetted, or at least not seriously.

When Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump both promised to nominate a woman to the Supreme Court, Republicans howled in protest and demanded they nominate the best person, regardless of sex or race. Just kidding. There was none of that. The only real requirement for these justices was that they would be religious zealots who’d strike down abortion and recognize that guns and corporations are human beings. Two of Reagan’s picks let him down on those scores.

Today, Republicans are screaming about nominating the most qualified person and we shouldn’t even look at sex or race. But this party talking about the most qualified also put lightweight sex fiends Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh on the court.

Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker said during a radio interview, “The irony is that the supreme court is at the very time hearing cases about this sort of affirmative racial discrimination while adding someone who is the beneficiary of this sort of quota.”
He added, “The majority of the court may be saying writ large that it’s unconstitutional. We’ll see how that irony works out.” Wicker didn’t express any opinions on the constitutionality of Clarence Thomas voting on cases his wife is tied to.

The Supreme Court was founded in 1789 and it took nearly 200 years before a woman was placed on it. Of the 115 people who’ve been seated on the court, 108 have been white men. Roger Wicker now wants to yell about affirmative action? Do you honestly believe each of those 108 white men was the most qualified in their time? Being a white wan was one of the qualifications for the Supreme Court until 1967.

Without knowing who President Biden is going to nominate, Wicker said, “I think they will misinterpret the law.” Good job keeping an open mind there, Roger. Could you at least pretend?
Wicker is worried about the judgment of a person he’s judging without even knowing yet. That’s like when I knew the guys my little sister was bringing home to meet me were idiots before I met them. Except, in that case, they were all idiots.

Fortunately for Roger Wicker, Mississippi does NOT pick the most qualified for its Senate seats. Case in point: Cyndi Hyde-Smith, a woman, is the other Senator. She’s a big fan of campaigning with nooses and Confederate flags.

Wicker predicts Biden’s nomination of a black woman won’t get one Republican vote. He may be right.

Georgetown Law faculty member and former lawyer for the right-wing CATO Institute Ilya Shapiro tweeted his preferred pick, Sri Srinivasan, is Asian and “doesn’t fit into the latest intersectionality hierarchy so we’ll get a lesser black woman.”
He also tweeted Biden’s pick “will always have an asterisk attached” to her name, a kind of “affirmative action” scarlet letter on her permanent judicial record. I’ve been saying the same thing about the three goons on the court only because Vladimir Putin helped the reality TV host who nominated them to steal the Oval Office.

Florida state representative Anthony Sabatini demanded the president “be impeached for his anti-white racist exclusion of any white nominee to the Supreme Court.” Again, 108 white guys on the Supreme Court.

George Washington University legal professor Jonathan Turley tweeted that Biden’s pick will cause all kinds of “jarring and incongruous moments” because “when the justices will hear arguments on the use of race in (college) admissions, one member will have been selected initially through an exclusionary criteria of race and sex.” One member? How about Clarence Thomas, who is only on the court because he’s a black male conservative?

When did President Biden EVER state he was making his pick on an “exclusionary” criteria?

Tucker Carlson and Candace Owens have also both falsely claimed being black and female is the only qualification President Biden is seeking. Owens, who is black and female, claims she fits the bill and conservative white men have brought her name up as a nominee because they like black friends who say what they say (Candace, a former liberal, figured out there’s an industry to that). But these fuckers screaming about qualifications ignore the fact Owens is not a judge, or a lawyer, or have a bachelor’s degree, or any college degree, or is even competent at doing whatever it is she does.

Tucker, proving once again he’s a real piece of something and that conservative “humor” only relies on stupidity and vileness, said Biden should nominate the sister of George Floyd, Bridgette Floyd. He said, “she is not a judge or a lawyer or whatever, but in this case, who cares? Clearly, that’s not the point anymore…this law stuff.”

Tucker spreads racism and conspiracy theories on a supposed news network. Clearly, that’s not the point anymore…this journalism stuff.

Where were these conservatives’ howls of protests and pearl-clutching over qualifications when Reagan and Trump promised to nominate women? Where were these protests when Trump put nine judges on the federal bench that the American Bar Association rated as not qualified? Seven of them have lifetime appointments.

Of President Barack Obama’s federal appointments (that weren’t blocked by McConnell), 42 percent were women. Only 24% of Trump’s were women.

When it comes to race, Trump appointed fewer non-white judges than Obama (36%), Clinton (25%), Carter (22%), and even George W. Bush (18%). Only 16% of Trump’s judges were non-white, and he only got his percentage that high because a few of them were Oompa-Loompas.

There has NEVER been a black woman on the Supreme Court. Some of the most qualified people to serve on federal benches, including the Supreme Court are black women. If anything, being a black woman is another qualification to add on top of the rest of their qualifications. This nation is actually being robbed from a lack of diversity. Hell, Reagan even once said he wanted to put an Italian on the court, and Republicans didn’t yelp about affirmative action or asterisks.

Hell, these people didn’t like it when President Obama nominated a moderate white guy for the Supreme Court in 2016. Republicans will scream over any nomination President Biden makes. Now, they’re thinking if they pick something specific, even before they know who the person is, they can make it seem like they’re not opposing just because it’s a Democratic president’s pick. Unfortunately, that one thing they chose is racist. But this probably sells really well in Mississippi.

Biden’s pick will be more qualified than any of Trump’s three picks. And, his pick wasn’t stolen or influenced by Russia. This will be the purest confirmation to the Supreme Court since Elena Kagan, even if no Republicans vote for whomever Biden selects.

Republicans are claiming 239 years is too soon to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court. That’s racist.

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I’m always on my colleagues about drawing so many cliff cartoons. At the site GoComics, I saw four in one day last week. Cartoonists draw a lot of cliffs. I will draw one every now and then but I try to limit it to one a year…or even less. This cartoon does include a cliff, but since it’s, as my proofer Laura said, “So weird and random,” I don’t think it counts.

What do you think? Is this a cliff cliché cartoon?

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One of the many disturbing details of the white nationalism terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand was that the killer live streamed a video of it on Facebook. In case you’re an internet or social network newbie, “live stream” means real time, as it was happening. Viewers were able to watch people being murdered as it happened.

Of course, the video violated all sorts of the social network’s policies. That guy won’t be allowed to post again, so there. Facebook rushed to remove the video…12 minutes after it had ended. Naturally, there are online goobers who downloaded the thing and re-uploaded it. Some of those who reuploaded did it so they could be the one to deliver breaking news to their friends. Others may have done it to share the outrage and thought they were doing a service. And, a lot of those who reuploaded were cheering and celebrating the attack. Over the 48 hours after the attack, over 1.5 million reuploads of the video were attempted.

There is a segment of our society that supports white terrorism, despite what Donald Trump says. The killer had posted links to the video, as well as his manifesto, to the racist hater board 8chan before the attack. There were people sitting in front of their monitors with popcorn waiting for it to take place.

What’s the deal with 4chan and 8chan? Why are there two of them? Is 8chan four times the hate of 4chan? Please don’t tell me the answer because those are rhetorical questions.

Facebook claims only 200 people saw the live stream as it happened and only 4,000 before they removed it. Who knows if that’s true because the network has been caught lying in the past about their views to attract advertisers. The beginning of the massacre would have been a great time for one of Facebook’s famous outages that outrage each of us so much, but those things never occur early in the a.m. east coast time.

Usually, when Facebook removes content, it’s only after a user has reported it. In this case, Facebook claims they removed it after being contacted by police in New Zealand. That is being disputed by Jared Holt, a member of Right Wing Watch who was monitoring 8chan and reported it to Facebook. And I thought the guy at Media Matters assigned to monitor Limbaugh had a shitty job.

At this very moment, Facebook is removing further reuploads of the video by white nationalists. The company says it has generated a hash of the video to prevent any unedited versions from being posted and is using audio recognition to identify versions of the video that have been screen recorded. 1.2 million attempted uploads of the video were blocked within the first 24 hours, but that means 300,000 versions still managed to slip through Facebook’s filters. On top of all this, they have their regular day job of stopping the racist shit Steve King uploads.

Other networks are combating the attempts to upload, like YouTube, Twitter, Reddit (real popular with racists), and Steam. Steam? Great. Now there’s another social network I don’t know anything about (Google+ is gone so we have that going for us). These social networks aren’t just working to remove the video, but also “tributes” to the attacker.

Personally, I ran across the video on Twitter shortly after the attack without even searching for it. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I didn’t watch the entire thing and I don’t recommend that you watch it either, if you haven’t already. Though, I’m sure you can still find it on 8chan (Seriously, is 4chan and 8chan like Twix? You got one for white supremacists and another for white nationalists?).

A lot of people don’t even want to deal with politics on Facebook and would rather see bathroom selfies (my nieces need to stop those), pictures of babies, vacations (yay, you), food (I don’t care), and cats. That’s all well and good until your pre-teen stumbles upon pictures of Steve King’s cat.

Creative notes: Yes, the kitty is inspired by Berkeley Breathed’s Bill the Cat from his great comic strip Bloom County. There’s an apology in small print on the cartoon acknowledging it. I Googled “Kitty Kitty Bang Bang” and my name to see if I had used the title in the past. Previously, I used Mr. Whiskers Kills. I still like that one.

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