Climate Change

Trumping Obama’s Legacy


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Other than proposing to build a ridiculously expensive and stupid wall on the border with Mexico, Donald Trump hasn’t presented any original ideas of his own. His legacy will be undoing Obama’s legacy.

Trump has yet to realize the presidency is bigger than him, that he’s a public servant, president for all the people and not just his incredibly shrinking base, or that the job entails more than ego gratification.

Just as Woogie couldn’t get over Mary in There’s Something About Mary, Trump can’t get over Obama. President Obama is smarter than Trump. He’s cooler, smoother, and much more articulate. Obama had high approval ratings when he left office where Trump’s are proving historically low. Obama was well liked while Trump is less popular than gonorrhea. Which prospect sounds more enticing, eight years of Trump or wicked, burning venereal disease? Gonorrhea please, and thank you.

Trump can’t get over Obama. The guy even attacked him in front of Boy Scouts.

Trump has held a grudge against Obama before he had a reason to hate him. Trump was the biggest advocate of birtherism in this nation. Nobody campaigned harder on the racist lie that Obama was illegitimate. Obama ribbed Trump so hard at the White House Correspondents Dinner, that today Trump won’t even attend the dinner as president.

When Trump talks about enacting a new health plan, he talks more about how terrible Obamacare is than how great his own plan is. He tells us he’s just going to let Obamacare die…and then he stabs it. He’s shortening the enrollment date and cutting the advertising budget by 90%. If more people sign up for Obamacare, it’s not going to die. For Obamacare to die, it’s going to need a great big orange push. The biggest gripe he has with Obamacare is that it has Obama’s name.

Trump is ending DACA, a program that allows people to stay in this nation that were brought here, by no choice of their own, by their parents. These young people are effectively Americans. This is home to them, and they’re making this country a better place. Many are skilled and highly educated. Trump doesn’t care if he ruins lives and makes this nation weaker. Allowing them to stay was an Obama initiative, and he can’t have that.

Trump has pulled us out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and he’s reversing Obama’s climate policy. He doesn’t need to understand anything about it other than Obama got us into it.

He’s banning transgenders from serving in the military. Why? You guessed it. Obama allowed them to serve. Trump didn’t even discuss the issue with the military. He surprised them with a tweet. He talks about making our military more effective yet, he wants to kick people out we’ve spent millions of dollars training.

Now he’s trying to kill the treaty we have with Iran that prevents them from having a nuclear weapon. The Obama administration spent two years on this deal. It involves every member of the United Nations Security Council, us, Great Britain, France, China, and Russia, as well as Germany and the European Union.

The treaty with Iran prevents them from developing nuclear weapons. Republicans love to say it helps them acquire nuclear weapons. That’s an argument they haven’t explained. Iran has been in compliance with the agreement. For some reason, Republicans believe destroying a treaty that Iran is abiding by, that prevents them from acquiring nuclear weapons, will somehow make the world safer.

Trump argues that we gave Iran millions of dollars in the treaty. That’s a lie. We returned money to Iran that we froze in 1979. It’s Iran’s money.

Trump wants a better deal with Iran that was negotiated over two years between several nations, allies, and adversaries. I don’t see how that’s possible since the current treaty was negotiated by people a lot smarter than Trump and his cronies. If anything, Trump has proven that he is not a good deal-maker.

Yanking us out of the Iran treaty will betray our allies and tell our enemies that they can’t trust us. Why should North Korea even talk to us if we’re liars? How bad is it that our president is coming off as more extreme and radical than the Iranian regime?

But, forget all that. Screw the safety of the world. Forget even reading the agreement before you get rid of it. The most important thing is Trump’s ego. He’s serving a constituency of one, himself.

Obama’s legacy, lives of Dreamers, the climate, world safety, etc. Trump would rather piss on it all than having anything positive left behind by Obama. Or in his case, he’ll hire Russian hookers to do it.

Creative note: I’m not totally insane. I realize most of my clients won’t run this cartoon (if they even get it). But, I provide seven cartoons a week to them, and they can pick and choose what they want. So, occasionally they’re going to get something a little dangerous from me.

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It’s Raining Mayhem


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I consider myself a well-read person. I read into every issue I cover, and I go down internet worm holes and read stuff that’s not important to anybody. I know stuff. But, there’s a lot of stuff I will never understand.

I don’t understand why now is the best time to revoke DACA, and threaten to deport around 800,000 young adults who were brought to this nation by no choice of their own when they were children. Trump says he only wants people who are educated, working, and can be a benefit to this nation…so why kick 800,000 people out who fit those guidelines? I guess I can understand it if the explanation is that Donald Trump is racist toward brown people. Even if he’s not, his base is racist.

I don’t understand why we’re talking about pumping billions into a useless wall on the border that can be circumvented by a $45 ladder when FEMA is about to run out of money from rebuilding American cities struck by two major hurricanes. I do understand that it’s feeding a racist base, but I don’t understand why anyone, even racists, support something so expensive and useless.

I don’t understand why we argue about the debt ceiling each time it comes up. It’s money that was already agreed upon. I do understand why Republicans wanted to use it to shut down the government during the Obama era, as they were just total obstructionist and hated everything connected to Obama. But why are they threatening a government shutdown while they have the House, Senate, and White House? Don’t Republicans understand they control the government? I do understand why Trump made the magic-bean deal with Democrats, and that’s because he’s not a great deal maker. It was great for Democrats and the nation, but not for Republicans. I think Trump made that deal because if the negotiations were to continue, trying to understand how the debt ceiling works would have confused and exposed him. That, or he was too busy ogling his daughter who had walked into the room. Ew.

I don’t understand people who still deny Climate Change. I understand why Republicans oppose it, as they’re funded by oil companies. I understand why conservative think tanks continue to claim it’s a hoax because they’re funded by oil companies. I do understand why Donald Trump believes it’s a hoax created by China, and that’s because he’s an idiot. An editor wrote me a couple days ago and said he’d never run my work because it’s so divisive. Yeah, OK. But I’m not so divisive that I made the weather and climate partisan issues.

I don’t understand why people listen to Rush Limbaugh. I actually worked with two, TWO, editorial writers at The Free Lance-Star who listened to Rush on a daily basis. The man proves time and time again that he’s an idiot, and he doesn’t understand how anything works in the real world. Yesterday, he told his listeners that these hurricanes are never as bad as advertised, and it’s a conspiracy between the media and advertisers who sell stuff during an impending disaster. I guess Rush didn’t watch any of the footage from Houston. Was Harvey not as bad as advertised? I thought it was actually worse.

Would Rush be pushing this theory if he was still hawking Florida orange juice? Years ago he briefly pitched the orange stuff until the company that hired him realized that most people hate Rush. Most would rather throw oranges at him than take his suggestions on what to drink.

The real danger with Rush is that there are idiots who will believe him. Rush may have put stupid people’s lives in danger. Now that I think about it, it might even out. The one question I want answered is; Will Rush evacuate his Palm Beach home, or will he sit on the beach screaming for Irma to bring it on? I challenge him to do a live show from his front porch during the hurricane. He should put his money where his fat-ass mouth is.

I don’t understand Florida. It’s a really weird place. I don’t understand why people retire to live among giant, flying, creepy, stingy, buzzy things. I don’t like bugs. Reptiles, I can deal with. Currently, there’s a really long fuzzy centipede thingy with antennas and a gazillion legs in my shower that someone needs to come over here and kill it for me.

I don’t understand why there’s only one road out of the Florida Keys. I realize it’s a very long road and it’s difficult to build bridges going over seven miles from island to island, but wouldn’t that be much easier logistically than wasting billions on a wall on the Mexican border that goes over mountains, deserts, rivers, and private property? Hurricane Andrew hit 25 years ago. Couldn’t there have been another road constructed in that time frame? Florida, stop electing Republicans who look like Voldemort.

What I don’t understand is why people are at the stores fighting over bottled water at this time. Their water at home has not been turned off yet. Are we such a spoiled, first-world nation that we’d rather punch a guy over a bottle of Dasani, Voss, or Fiji water than to drink out of the tap? By the way, your tap water’s PH level is around 8.0. Dasani is 4.5, Voss is 6.0, and Fiji is 7.5. That stuff from Walmart is 6.5. In a natural disaster, I think you’ll be OK if you drink from the tap for a few days.

Lastly, what I really don’t understand are Trump sycophants. I understand partisanship, spin, and even loyalty. What I don’t understand is tying your little row boat to a sinking yacht. Everyone has flaws and defects, but Trump is just one big defect. The man has proven he is not anything he’s boasted about himself. He doesn’t know more than the generals. He doesn’t understand how government works. He’s not a great deal maker. He doesn’t have the best brain. He doesn’t have the best words. He didn’t even write the book he brags about writing. If we attached a disaster rating system to human beings, Trump would be a category five.

I don’t understand people who believe Obama is a Muslim, but think Trump is a Christian. I get the worship of a cult of personality….but why of a personality that is so stupid? Some people don’t understand why Trump’s attack on veterans didn’t kill his campaign, or his mocking a handicapped reporter, or his “pussy grabbing,” or the racism, or the stupidity and the not knowing anything. For me, I don’t understand why the ridiculous hair didn’t kill the campaign. This man actually chooses to look the way he does. Would you vote for a guy who knew he had a booger hanging and didn’t do anything about it?

Even if you’re a racist, you’d think you’d find a much more competent racist to follow. There are plenty of racists out there who are able to hide it better and are not displaying it on Twitter on a daily basis. I don’t believe that everyone who voted and supports Trump is a racist. But, I don’t understand why racism is not a deal breaker for the rest of them.

Trump understands two things, and that’s marketing his name and his debt. But even the stuff he’s marketed has gone under. And understanding how to make other people pay for your debt doesn’t mean you understand the federal debt. We’re not gonna get Russian banks to finance the border wall. Quite frankly, I’d be surprised if Trump is capable of dressing himself and tying his shoes.

Regarding Irma: I have friends in Florida. If you’re down there, get out. I do hope the hurricane spares the state from the brunt of its devastation. And if you’re staying, you can drink the tap water. You’ll be fine.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Climate Cliche


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I don’t know which is more ironic. Conservatives who deny the science of climate change who are in areas affected by natural disasters, or the same conservatives asking for federal money for those disasters while screaming against the ill effects of socialism.

Wildfires are raging across the West in Oregon, California, Washington state, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, and Montana, and they’ve already burned over seven million acres. Houston, the Texas and Louisiana coasts are still drying out from Hurricane Harvey. Many people are estimating that the rebuilding will cost over $150 billion. That’s billions. Hurricane Irma is sweeping through the Caribbean and is aiming straight for Florida or South Carolina, and is the largest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded since they started recording hurricanes.

Your rigid partisan beliefs don’t change facts. They don’t change science. Harvey and Irma aren’t taking polls while they’re destroying your house. The climate doesn’t care what you believe, or that you don’t know the difference between “climate” and “weather.”

You’ll refuse to acknowledge wildfires and catastrophic level hurricanes are evidence of climate change, but I’m sure you’ll point out that February snow in Buffalo proves it doesn’t exist.

Like the guy in the cartoon, I’ll be rolling my eyes at you.

Creative notes: This cartoon is exactly why a lot of my colleagues don’t like me and I don’t have any friends. I make fun of them. Before we can make fun of other people, we have to learn how to laugh at ourselves. A lot of cartoonists haven’t figured that out. But in their defense, I can be a jerk.

Over the past week and then some, several cartoonists drew the guy in the water with a sign saying “climate change is a hoax.” Every cartoonist will have the same idea as another cartoonist from time to time (it happened to me last week), but some avoid the herds. At least they weren’t the same guys who drew arks. Someone lazy always draws an ark.

So, I tried to take the cliche and make fun of it while making an actual statement on the issue, while also realizing most readers won’t understand it’s a cliche. Most newspaper editors seem to love the most obvious ideas. I’ll be honest and admit that I often draw cartoons while not being sure if they actually work that well. This is one of them. I wait for the reactions. The worst reaction is no reaction.

My friend and colleague Matt Davies did draw one the other day that definitely worked. He was probably aware of all the “wading climate denier” cartoons and decided to put a twist on it. He’s one of the more brilliant people doing this job and his cartoon actually included a topic most haven’t tackled yet, myself included. I’m still jealous.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Know Your Poles


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Those Coca Cola commercials that appear around Christmas where polar bears are playing with penguins have always pissed me off. A few years ago, a colleague of mine drew a cartoon that had both polar bears and penguins in it, without any reference to that being part of the joke. Ugh. I also saw a cartoon today of Kim Jong Un’s shadow being cast over the United States…and it was coming from Europe.

I know I can be a real stick in the mud over such things that may seem trivial to others. But, I think it’s kinda important to know a few details, whether you’re writing commercials, drawing editorial cartoons, or heading up the Environmental Protection Agency.

A report put together by several government agencies warning about climate change was leaked to the press this week. Why would something like that have to be leaked? Because, some people in those agencies are worried the Trump administration will suppress the report…or worse yet, deliver it to him underneath the stack of pro-Trump propaganda binders he receives twice a day.

Creative Notes: Short blog for this as it’s a bonus cartoon. I’ll be drawing again later tonight or super early in the morning. I really liked this idea and I wanted to do it.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

The Trump Orbit


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The first thing I want to touch upon regarding Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement is all the sycophants’ boot licking. Is there a White House mandate that everyone has to praise Trump as though they’re unthinking subservient underlings?

Mike Pence can’t give a speech without uttering the phrase “under the leadership of President Trump.” He often repeats the phrase multiple times in one speech. He used it during the announcement of Trump pulling us out of the Paris Agreement. Pence and EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, talk about how brave and courageous Trump is for the United States to leave the agreement. Of course, if Trump had decided to stay in the agreement they’d still be describing him as brave and courageous.

No. He’s not brave. If he was then he would have made the announcement when he was in Europe in front of other world leaders. If he had any courage he would tell us whether he still believes Climate Change is a myth created by the Chinese (two things the Chinese did not invent: Climate Change and fortune cookies).

Speaking of myths, these tool bags talk about how America won’t be following the rest of the world and will instead be leading. Leading who? Syria and Nicaragua, the only other two nations not taking part in the agreement? We were not following the Climate Agreement. We were leading. Trump said the rest of the world was laughing at us but they won’t any longer. That’s another myth because ever since last November, the entire world can’t contain the giggles.

Trump supporters are also celebrating his keeping a campaign promise. You mean you’re excited the liar-in-chief kept a promise? A promise he had to waver on? He’s not keeping a promise for what is best for you. He’s doing what’s best for his ego. He was never committed to this promise as he had to give it further “study” after he won the election. Trump has put more study into an executive order making the McRib a permanent item on McDonald’s menu. I remember a few of his other promises, such as locking Hillary up, moving our embassy to Jerusalem, and taking us out of NAFTA.

Trump didn’t study the issue either, except for how it would affect his base. He doesn’t care that the majority of scientists wanted us to stay in the agreement, or NASA, or the majority of politicians and even business leaders. He’s ignoring most U.S. cities which will still honor the Paris Agreement. Hell, he even ignored members of his cabinet and his own daughter on this one. Trump did what Trump believes is best for Trump.

That’s because for Trump, and all his sycophants, who are nothing more than a bunch of Vidkun Quislings, the earth revolves around Trump.

Creative notes: Yes, this is totally out of my style. Why did I do that? Why no booty lips? I thought hard about this and I still have some concern about making Trump’s caricature a bit different from the way I usually draw him. My biggest worry is that it may not be me. So, I left the crazy hair in. The biggest reason I changed it a little was that I wanted to give him that stupid crap-eating smile he gives when he’s proud of himself, like a toddler successfully using the potty. It’s hard to give him that smile with the big lips. The other detail I really wanted was the chin and, as Trevor Noah puts it, vagina neck. Yeah, gross.

I looked at a lot of pictures of Trump for this. I still wanted it to have my style of ridiculousness. One thing I avoided was looking at other cartoons of Trump. There are some really good caricatures out there of him and I didn’t want them to poison what I’m doing. As I’ve said many times, my caricature of Trump doesn’t really look anything like him but everyone knows who it is. I don’t think we draw their physical appearance as much as we draw their personality.

Fret not, my dear readers and haters. The booty lips will return.

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Making EPA Toxic


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I really hope The Simpsons are not on a roll with their political predictions.

In 2000 The Simpsons had an episode where Bart has a vision of the future and his sister, Lisa, is the new president of the United States. She makes a comment about the huge deficit and how the country is broke because of her predecessor, President Donald Trump.

This was in 2000 and the idea of Trump being president was supposed to be a huge joke about the stupidity of Americans…and the disaster a Trump presidency would bring.

If The Simpsons’ predictions keep coming true then within the next four years the Environmental Protection Agency will enclose a toxic American city inside a giant glass bubble, not let the citizens escape, and hide it from America, which was the plot of The Simpsons Movie. Eventually EPA (as Grandpa Simpson called it) will attempt to destroy the city and promote America’s brand new Grand Canyon, promoted with help by Tom Hanks (who also comments during the closing credits “If you see me in person, please leave me be.”)

Donald Trump has nominated a climate change denialist to his cabinet as head of the E.P.A. Scott Pruitt is the Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma, where they got rid of the environment. Pruitt is an advocate and puppet for the fossil fuel industry. Pruitt has sued the E.P.A. multiple times.

Pruitt has stated there’s disagreement within the science community about Climate Change. There’s not. He has claimed it’s a hoax, and has vowed to kill the Paris accord which commits nearly every nation to take action to fight climate change.

A 2014 investigation by The New York Times found that energy lobbyists drafted letters for Mr. Pruitt to send, on state stationery, to the E.P.A., the Interior Department, the Office of Management and Budget and even President Obama, outlining the economic hardship of the environmental rules.

If this man will allow oil and coal companies to write letters on his behalf and on his letterhead, he’ll let them write regulations.

Trump met with Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio to talk about the climate. His daughter wants to advocate to fight Climate Change. Trump campaigned stating that Climate Change was a hoax created by the Chinese (surprised he didn’t blame Comet Ping Pong Pizza), but has since said he’s “open minded” about it.

No. Trump is not open minded. He’s placing Ben Carson (a man who doesn’t know anything and has said he’s not qualified) to head HUD, a woman who hates education in charge of education, and reports are coming out now that he wants a fast-food CEO who hates the minimum wage and wants to replace human employees with robots, to head the department of Labor.

So if Trump and Pruitt imprison a U.S. city inside a giant glass bubble, can he get Mexico to pay for it?

Psst. See the fish in the cartoon? I told you watched way too much of The Simpsons marathon last week.

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Gatlinburg Wildfires


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Parts of the South are currently suffering from record droughts and wildfires are burning in every southeastern state. Wildfires in Gatlinburg and surrounding communities in eastern Tennessee has damaged hundreds of buildings and forced thousands to evacuate their homes overnight. More than 14,000 people have evacuated Gatlinburg alone.

A big cause for all of this is Climate Change. Drier summers lead to more fires. Ignoring and denying Climate Change doesn’t work as the world literally will burn around you.

Conservatives love to point at snowfall and cold winters as proof Climate Change isn’t real and it’s all a big hoax. Republican senator Jim Inhofe is actually the ranking member of the Senate committee for the environment. This knucklehead once threw a snowball on the senate floor to prove Climate Change doesn’t exist. I challenge Senator Inhofe to take a snowball to Gatlinburg this week and give it a toss there.

Our planet has gone through ages of discovering and enlightenment. I’m concerned that we’re entering one in this nation that’s an age of denial and stupidity.  Stupidity has lobbyists.

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