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Republicans are noisy about free speech but all about oppressing statements they don’t want to hear. Republicans and MAGAts are all over Twitter celebrating Elon Musk bringing “free speech” back to the platform, which to them includes conspiracy theories, lies, covid misinformation, and organizing terrorist attacks by white nationalists in order to overturn the government and install a fascist Oompa Loompa as a dictator. But free speech-loving right-wingers were all behind Donald Trump saying, “Fire that sonofabitch” regarding NFL athletes who kneeled during the national anthem. They’re all supportive of the NFL blackballing a Super Bowl quarterback who protests racism. They’re all behind the governor of Florida in his attempts to literally outlaw “wokeism,” as he says his state is where “woke goes to die,” and a court just ruled against his attempts to make it illegal for corporations to have “woke” policies.

It seems that Republicans are all about free speech but only if the speech is what they want to hear. It seems they would love us to be a nation that bans free speech and the right to protest, like Iran.

Iran is an oppressive fundamentalist government. Protests have been erupting in cities across the nation since the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who died in custody after being arrested for not wearing the hijab in accordance with government standards. The United Nations says over 300 people have been killed and over 14,000 have been arrested during the protests. Now, the government is giving the death penalty to protesters in a nation that’s already murdered over 400 of its citizens with its death penalty.

The protests have even reached the World Cup in Qatar as players for the Iranian national team refused to sing the nation’s national anthem before its game against England. Some players reported that government officials threatened members of the players’ families, saying they would receive “violence and torture” if they refused to sing at the next game or engaged in any protests against the regime. When the next game came up, against Wales, the players sang the national anthem. Smile unless you want a headless grandmother.

A source told CNN that players were promised “presents and cars” if they played well, but that switched to violent threats against their families. The source also claimed, “In the last game against Wales, the regime sent over hundreds of these actor supporters in order to create a false sense of support and favor amongst the fans. For the next game against the U.S., the regime is planning to significantly increase the number of actors into the thousands.” That game is happening today at 2 p.m.

I wonder where Iran got the idea to put actors in the stands to give a false impression of support? That’s a trick Donald Trump did when he announced his 2016 presidential campaign. I hope the Iranian actors are paid more than what Trump paid his fake supporters, which was $50.

Here in the United States, our government doesn’t threaten athletes for protesting the government and refusing to participate in the national anthem while it’s played before games. Our government only intimidates them and coordinates with leagues to have them blackballed.

For four years, Donald Trump was the federal government. While he was president (sic), he called for NFL players who refused to stand during the national anthem to be fired. The NFL was listening and Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback who took his team to the Super Bowl, didn’t receive even one official tryout with an NFL team from 2017 until this year, which was with the Las Vegas Raiders (who didn’t sign him). Not only has no team signed the guy, even to a backup position, but 31 of the 32 teams won’t even look at him. And it took six years for one of them to do that.

The NFL has banned a player for silently protesting while allowing another to continue playing despite over two dozen accusations from women of sexual harassment and sexual assault, even after the player, DeShaun Watson, settled 20 lawsuits with his accusers. The NFL did suspend the guy for 11 games with a fine of $5 million after the Cleveland Browns signed him to a $230 million contract.

We are better than Iran, but I don’t know how much better.

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Deshaun Watson


Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam wrote, “We spent a tremendous amount of time exploring and investigating the opportunity to trade for Deshaun Watson. We are confident in Deshaun and excited about moving forward with him as our quarterback.”

If they actually investigated Watson, they would have found there are at least 22 accusations of sexual abuse against the guy but just one incident of protesting racism by kneeling during the national anthem. Protesting racism can really ruin a guy’s NFL career but sexual abuse, yeah, not so much.

Donald Trump attacked Colin Kaepernick and black NFL players for protesting social injustice and racism by saying if he was an NFL owner (something the NFL wisely said hell to the no to), he would have screamed, “Fire that son of a bitch.” Though if Trump was ever actually an owner of an NFL team and had to fire a “son of a bitch,” he would have had someone else do it. Since the owners of all 32 teams in the NFL are spineless billionaire white cowards, most of whom probably voted for spineless billionaire white coward Trump, not one team would give Kap a real tryout, so don’t even mention hiring the guy. I can’t fathom the idea that every one of the 91 quarterbacks in the NFL is better than Colin Kaepernick.

Fortunately for DeShaun Watson, Donald Trump never scared the NFL by saying “fire that son of a bitch” to players who commit sexual assault. I will bet you a ton of Brett Favre penis-phone pics it never crossed Donald Trump’s mind.

A Texas grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against Deshaun Watson from the accusations of 22 accusers. When a grand jury ignores 22 accusers, it means a prosecutor didn’t want to bring charges. Also, this was in Texas which many believe despite being one of the 50 United States, is actually a third-world country.

Watson’s accusers claim his sexual harassment and abuse occurred during massage sessions. Watson and his lawyers admit he had sex with some of the accusers, but that it was all consensual and whatever happened was “mutually desired.”

Watson was so tainted by the accusations that his own team, the Houston Texans, declined to play him for the entire 2021 season. The Browns said they weren’t interested in Watson and they had a first-round QB in Baker Mayfield, but then turned around and traded three number one draft picks, and then some, to bring in the Texan QB, then signed him to the largest guaranteed contract in NFL history. That is $80 million more than the previous record for fully guaranteed money at signing. Now, Watson has $230 million to settle those 22 civil lawsuits.

The NFL has a history of not caring about sexual assault and is now accused of cultivating a rape culture. There are currently 15 women accusing Washington Commanders (I’m still not used to that name) employees and owner Dan Snyder of sexual harassment and verbal abuse. Patriots owner Robert Kraft was accused of soliciting sex during a Florida massage, but cops dropped that investigation because, you know, Florida. The NFL bans players who are convicted of sexual assault, but they’re pretty much free to play until a conviction comes in. Not sure exactly how they would handle an owner convicted of being a gropey billionaire (The “Gropey Billionaires” would make a great punk rock band name).

The NFL is still investigating Watson, but Cleveland did not trade three number one draft picks and sign the guy to $230 million guaranteed if they believed he won’t play. The NFL has much more tolerance for sexual harassment than it does for protesting against racism. Hell, the NFL has more tolerance for running a dogfighting business than it does for anti-racism protesters.

Deshaun Watson has escaped accountability. Sure, he’s innocent until proven guilty, but can 22 accusers be lying? The only people who used to believe that are Donald Trump and MAGAts. All those women are lying, and in the case of mall food court aficionado Roy Moore, he said he didn’t do it.

Perhaps the only justice being served here is that Deshaun Watson now has to play for the Cleveland Browns. At the least, they’re an organization terrible at judging character.

Music Note: I must have been in the mood to rock with women while drawing today because I listened to Alanis Morisette, the Cranberries, Garbage, and even a couple of tunes by Olivia Newton-John.

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NFL Racism


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Former coach of the Miami Dolphins, Brian Flores, filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL and three of its teams, the Dolphins, New York Giants, and the Denver Broncos, accusing them of sham interviews, incentives to lose games, and press to improperly recruit players. Naturally, the NFL and the teams denied all of the accusations. Sure, they’re not racist. Meanwhile, how long has Colin Kaepernick been out of the league since protesting systemic racism?

Currently, there is only one black head coach in the NFL, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers. There have been nine openings this season with four of them being filled so far with…wait for it…white guys. If a team doesn’t hire another black coach this season, Mike Tomlin is in danger of becoming the NFL’s Venus Flytrap. We already lost Dr. Johnny Fever so we can’t allow this to happen.

There is a rule in the league, called the Rooney rule, requiring each team to interview two minority candidates for head-coaching jobs. Since this doesn’t require a team to actually hire a black head coach, they can just go through the motions, interview non-white candidates and then go ahead and hire their white guy. Everyone knows there are teams that do this, but they’ve become so relaxed about it, that according to Flores, some teams conduct the interview with the black candidates AFTER they hire their white guy.

Black coaches have been saying in private for years that most of their interviews were shams. But Flores is saying he has proof of these sham interviews. He has screenshots of text messages from Patriot’s coach Bill Belichick that shows he was aware of the Giants hiring a white head coach three days before they interviewed Flores.

Flores was previously an assistant coach under Belichick, who texted him congratulating him on being hired as head coach of the Giants. But, he hadn’t been hired by the Giants. After Flores told Belichick he hadn’t even been interviewed yet, the Patriot’s coach found out it was another guy who was hired, a white dude, and apologized to Flores. Three days later, Flores went to the sham interview…reportedly.

He’s also accusing the Denver Broncos of using him to get around the Rooney rule in 2019, saying they were drunk when he came in for his interview and didn’t take it seriously. If there are mojitos at your job interview, that means you either got the job or the interviewer doesn’t even know you’re there.

The accusation that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered to pay Flores to lose games is serious. It undermines the entire league if teams are intentionally losing games in order to move up in the draft. Also, how do you fire a guy for not winning when you offered him bonuses to lose? Since Flores has a winning record the past two seasons, maybe he was fired for winning.

Hue Jackson, former coach of the Cleveland Browns may join the class-action suit as he’s claimed the owner of that team also offered him bonuses to lose.

Also, if owners are paying coaches to lose, it would explain a lot about the New York Jets.

The accusation of improperly recruiting players relates to the owner of the Dolphins setting up a “chance” encounter between Flores and a quarterback who was still under contract to another team. Teams are not supposed to recruit players under contracts to other teams. It’s a big no-no.

Brian Flores is only 40-years-old. He’s younger than Tom Brady, but Tom Brady will probably get a head coaching job in the NFL before Flores is ever offered another one. Hue Jackson may be on the outs too. Look what happened to Colin Kaepernick.

Since the 49s released Kaepernick in 2016, he’s only had one official tryout in the league. He’s so toxic to the league for his anti-racism protests, they won’t even talk to him. He also sued the league and reached a settlement.

That’s probably where this lawsuit will go. There will be a settlement along with a bunch of promises to do better…and a few years later, Flores can sue them again for blackballing him out of the league.

The only thing left here is for Ted Cruz and Roger Wicker to come out screaming there aren’t enough white coaches in the NFL….or with the death of Dr. Johnny Fever, not enough white DJs at WKRP in Cincinnati.

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Tucker Hates Our Troops


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For his latest commentary on the military, Tucker Carlson relied on his vast military experience. Oh, I’m sorry. He relied on his vast Swiss boarding school experience.

I lied. His experience with Swiss boarding schools isn’t vast. He was kicked out. Apparently, he was too white. I hope that didn’t enrage him.

)Tucker has attended at least two private schools and and one private college where he was a member of the Dan White Society, named after the (white) guy who assassinated San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk and mayor George Moscone. Tucker is not a veteran of the military. No, Tucker is a trust-fund baby who grew up with beach views in the shadows of country club tennis courts. But, don’t worry. He has opinions of our military he’s very eager to share.

During a House Armed Services Committee hearing, General and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, said he wished to explore the area of academia that looks into the intersection of race and law. During this hearing, he schooled and embarrassed Representative (sic) Matt Gaetz who was asking about the military “embracing” Critical Race Theory. Gaetz hasn’t been spanked this hard since the last time he paid a teenage girl through Venmo after flying her across state lines to do it.

General Milley said to Gaetz, “I do think it’s important. actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read. And the United States Military Academy is a university. And it is important that we train and we understand — I want to understand white rage, and I’m white — and I want to understand it. So, what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and tried to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out.”

Gaetz was shaking his head the entire time…or it was a side effect after accidentally taking roofies shaped like Bam-Bam.

Milley said he was offended the U.S. military was being accused of “being ‘woke’ or something else” for studying theories that exist.

Wouldn’t you want the military to understand…stuff? When we fought the Nazis in World War II, don’t you think political and military leaders read Mein Kampf to try to understand who we were fighting? Don’t you think a lot of Jews have read the same book trying to understand any of that mindset?

Late night host and comedian Seth Meyers said, ““The GOP used to accuse anyone who opposed their wars of not supporting the troops and now they’re accusing the troops of being too woke. Soon they’re going to start accusing SEAL Team 6 of committing voter fraud.”

It’s so funny that when an athlete kneels during the playing of the national anthem before a game, white conservatives claim it’s disrespecting our military and scream in a rage, “Fire that sonofabitch.” But when a white conservative, who is not a veteran, does it, he’s defending our values or some shit like that.

Since Matt Gaetz is a sycophantic troglodyte with a lifetime membership in the racist Trump cult, Tucker felt it was up to him to defend the racist congressman who enjoys sharing nude photos of girls on the House floor. Guys who share the same extra-small condom size need to stick together.

Tucker accused the general of levying “an attack against people on the basis of their skin color.” If you attack Nazis, will Tucker go after you for attacking them on the basis of their skin color? Maybe, because the general was talking about terrorists.

“White rage is not a medical condition. It’s not even a legitimate academic theory. It doesn’t exist,” Tucker said in a full-on rage.

The irony continued to escape Tucker that he, a trust-fund baby boarding-school white guy was defending white rage on the favorite show of Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, Neo Nazis, the Klan, the MAGA cult, Cheesecake Factory enthusiasts, people who say “anywho,” Ted Nugent, Scott Baio, and other assorted white nationalists. With a name like Tucker, your credibility on racial matters is about as good as that of guys named Brett, Jared, Todd, Colin, Dirk, Biff, Brad, Bryce, Landon, Tripp, Chase, Garrett, Thad, Preston, Chip, Paxton, Scooter (that guy got beat up a lot), or Chaz. If your parents named you Chaz, fuck you, Chaz. Your parents had every intention of you growing up to be a Docker-wearing certifiable douchebag. It’s like having the last name DeVille and naming your daughter Cruella…then being surprised she likes spotted fur coats.

Tucker, who was raised to be douchey and wear bowties, raged on and said, “White rage is a racial attack. So here you have the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a congressional hearing leveling a race attack against American citizens, the guy who’s supposed to be protecting our country.” American citizens, who were 99 percent white and terrorists.

“That is disgraceful. It’s disqualifying. It’s without precedent,” Carlson said. Jesus, you’d think the General was trying to make it harder for white people to vote or legalize running over MAGAts with your car. Trust me. Nobody is trying to make it legal to run over MAGAts with cars. I’ve looked into it.

Fox fucker Tucker went on to say, “We shouldn’t have a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who attacks Americans based on their skin color. It’s disgusting.”

So, why is Tucker’s show the top-rated show for Nazis?

This show was Tucker doubling-down from a previous show where he called the Joint Chiefs chairman “stupid” and “a pig,” adding Milley got his job because “he knows who to suck up to.” I’m sure Tucker got his job at Fox News based on his impeccable credentials as a journalist.

Tucker carried on about the General and said, “Hard to believe that man wears a uniform. He’s just that unimpressive. Notice he never defined white rage.” Tucker, he did define white rage. Except, you think that definition was a bunch of tourists visiting the Capitol.

White rage also comes from the fear of losing your white privilege. Tucker’s privilege of being raised as a douchey trust-fund boarding school baby is a privilege stacked on top of his white privilege.

CNN’s Brianna Keilar (I love her) pointed out that Tucker’s show is another definition of white rage.

Keilar said, “Milley is not immune from criticism, but look at the stripes on his sleeve. Ten of them, we counted. Each one of those overseas service bars is six months deployed. That is five years. That is more time than Tucker Carlson spent at his probably third-choice boarding school.”

She added, “Tucker Carlson didn’t serve. His biggest achievement is having nine lives in the world of cable news, making a bowtie famous, and getting away with promoting conspiracy theories night after night after night.”

If you’re a white conservative and Brianna Keilar’s comments enrage you, good news. There’s a term for that.

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Full Of Crap For Kap


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Pete Rose is banned from Major League Baseball. He’s considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time being voted Rookie of the Year, winning three batting titles, three World Series, two Gold Glove, and one Most Valuable Player Award. He went to the All-Star game 17 times where he played five different positions (no one else has ever done that). And yet, he’s still not in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Why did Major League Baseball banish Rose in 1989? He gambled on teams while he was managing and playing on the Cincinnati Reds. Even Ty Cobb is in the Hall of Fame. MLB is really pissed at Pete Rose.

What did Colin Kaepernick do to be banned from the National Football League? Did he beat someone up? Did he beat up a woman? Was he accused of rape? Did he operate a dog-fighting operation? Was he caught doping up? Did he go out and say a bunch of racist and derogatory comments? Did he expose himself to a female reporter? Was he snagged with underage prostitutes at a massage parlor? Was he accused of murder? did he cheat in the Super Bowl? Did he take out bounties on opposing players? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, and no. All that stuff won’t get you banned from the NFL. So what did Kaepernick do? Kap protested police brutality against black Americans and a legal system that treats Americans unevenly. Basically, Kap said, “Stop killing black men.” The NFL said, buh-bye.

The NFL is really good at lip service. They can literally put the money where their mouth is when it comes to raising charity and they’re good at putting up a dog-and-pony show. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they make their players wear pink shoes. And when Donald Trump started screaming “Fire that son-of-a-bitch” at his hate rallies over black athletes protesting during the national anthem, the NFL claimed they stood with their players, but banned them from protesting…and they banned the man who started the protests, Colin Kaepernick, from playing in the league entirely.

Kaepernick is not officially banned. It’s more of a wink-wink-nudge-nudge-don’t-you-dare-hire-that-guy ban. Last year, after being out of the league since 2016 with no NFL tryouts from any team since, the league gave him a tryout day where every team was invited without the certainty of which would attend. It blew up after the NFL threw a contract at Kaepernick that was unlike the usual contracts for tryouts. The tryout blew up. It was the NFL pretending to give Kaepernick an opportunity. Yet, not one NFL team has invited Kap to their practice facility for a tryout. I mean, it’s not like the quarterback ever took his former team, the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl. Oh, wait. Yes he did. You would think that in the four years since, one NFL team would have said, “Hey, let’s look at that guy.” They won’t even let him apply for a job.

Several current players in the NFL released a video demanding the league take the protest against police brutality seriously. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded with his own video and said, “We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter.” Wow, hey, yay…uh…what’s missing from that?

What’s missing is Colin Kaepernick’s name. They’re against racism and apologizing for being on the wrong side, yet they can’t admit where they were wrong. They say they believe “black lives matter” but can’t admit they’re still punishing someone for believing “black lives matter.” While they now say they “encourage” players to speak out and peacefully protest, they can’t admit they’re punishing a player for doing so.

But the thing is, there’s a difference between “not listening,” which is what Goodell is admitting to, and silencing, which is what they did. They silenced players. The banned protests on the sidelines before the games would start and stuck them in the locker room during the anthem. It’s like saying, “you can protest, but you have to do it silently and out of sight.” The NFL rule was, you can protest as long as nobody can see or hear you.

Colin Kaepernick was not protesting against being asked to help fight a pandemic. He wasn’t protesting because wearing a mask is uncomfortable. He wasn’t protesting for the right to get a haircut or go to the Cheesecake Factory. He didn’t storm a state capitol with an AR-15. He protested the killing of black men by police. Most people can’t even say “police brutality.” For doing the right thing, he was punished.

Drew Brees said he would never agree with someone protesting against “our flag” and cites his two grandfathers and their bravery in fighting for this nation. Drew failed to understand the issue and while citing his grandfather’s bravery, could never live up to the bravery of Kaepernick.

Donald Trump is another coward attacking the NFL, Kaepernick, and black players while hiding in his bunker.

Roger Goodell, every team owner, and every general manager in the NFL are cowards too. They’re afraid of the backlash from angry right-wing fans by bringing back a black man who spoke out against racism.

Speaking out against racism is the right thing to do. The National Football League is four years behind doing the right thing. But as it’s been pointed out, it’s not good enough for white people to not be racists. They need to be anti-racist.

Goodell’s statement says they won’t be racist anymore but we need the NFL to stand up and be anti-racist. The NFL isn’t doing that. It’s just more lip service. They’re still afraid. How can they stand up and help fight racism when they can’t even cite their past racism or fear of speaking against it? How can they stand up and fight racism when they can’t even say his name?

His name is Colin Kaepernick. He put his career on the line for doing the right thing. You punished him for it. You should allow him back in the league and while protesters chant, “Say his name” in regards to George Floyd, the NFL can’t even say “Colin Kaepernick.

Say his name.

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Hollywood Kap Attack


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Every morning while I’m drawing, I take a break to check out some of my colleagues’ work at GoComics and the AAEC’s site. Partly, because I want to make sure nobody scooped me with the idea I’m working on and, because I’m also a fan.

While looking one night/morning a few days ago, I spotted a cartoon by a conservative on being outraged about Hollywood doing a movie about the first moon landing and not showing the planting of the American flag. Then, I saw another cartoon on it, and then another. My first thought was, “what?” The next day, I saw two more.

I am usually aware of every serious news issue before most people but I hadn’t heard of this. But, it’s not uncommon for me to see a cartoon by one of my conservative colleagues that doesn’t make any sense to me. Still, I Googled and there it was. A new movie is about to come out, or it’s already out, called First Man and it excludes the planting of the flag, though it does show the flag later flapping on the moon (do they flap on the moon?).

Did the right-wing blogosphere issue a memo or talking points to get upset over this? Was this all the rage at InfoWars, the Daily Stormer, and 4chan? How do they have the energy to be upset over this at the same time they’re burning their Nikes while calling liberals “snowflakes?” I do envy the conservatives’ ability to multitask.

Yes, conservatives are still upset over Nike running a new ad with Colin Kaepernick. Some of them wanting to send the message that they’ll never support Nike, rushed out to buy a pair, so they could post photos online of them burning the expensive shoes. A few conservatives, figuring out that “Nike” starts with an “N,” bought New Balance shoes, because their logo is a great big “N,” and posted photos of those being burned. Republicans always get in trouble with words that start with “N.”

Speaking of Republicans who have trouble with words…and logic, Trump made a statement about the film. He said, “It’s unfortunate. It’s almost like they’re embarrassed at the achievement coming from America, I think it’s a terrible thing. When you think of Neil Armstrong and when you think of the landing on the moon, you think about the American flag. For that reason, I wouldn’t even want to watch the movie.” This means he’s criticizing the film without seeing it, which I’m sure the majority of other conservatives bashing it haven’t either. And, sure. They’re so embarrassed at one of the greatest American achievements that they made an entire big-budget picture about it. I’m less deterred from seeing this film over the flag flap and more so because Ryan Gosling is in it.

The family of Neil Armstrong, who the movie is actually about, issued a statement saying, “We do not feel this movie is anti-American in the slightest. Quite the opposite. But don’t take our word for it. We’d encourage everyone to go see this remarkable film and see for themselves.” So, maybe go see the movie before you get your butt in a bunch over it. Does that make sense that you should know what you’re talking about before you talk about it? But, to be fair, I’m pretty sure I hate La La Land and I haven’t seen it.

Because of this newest faux outrage by Republicans, a film about one of America’s greatest achievements will have fewer white conservatives in the theaters than BlacKkKlansman (which was excellent).

So, if you do go to see the film, it will probably be safe to wear your Nikes.

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This Thursday is the start of the NFL’s regular season, but as we all know, racism doesn’t have an off-season.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate in Florida said voting for his black opponent will be “monkeying” it up. There are racist robocalls in Florida targeting those like-minded with a “we the Negroes” theme. The president of the United States is spreading a fake story that blacks are killing white farmers in South Africa. Other racist robocalls in Iowa are using the murder of a college student to inflame hatred toward Hispanic immigrants with the message “Kill them all.” A Pennsylvania Republican County secretary just resigned from her position referring to black NFL players who kneel during the national anthem as “baboons.”

This is Donald Trump’s America, where conservatives express hostility toward a black athlete protesting police violence and a discriminating legal system. They claim he’s disrespecting the anthem, the American flag, and our troops, though there’s no evidence of that and the athletes have explained their position. And, who is directing this national outrage at those accused of disrespecting the anthem, flag, and troops? A man who dodged military service by citing bone spurs, said POWs aren’t heroes, that he likes people who aren’t captured, quarrels with Gold Star families, doesn’t know the words to the national anthem, and thinks some of the stripes in the American flag are blue.

Colin Kaepernick is credited and blamed for starting the kneeling during the national anthem. Donald Trump attacked him which encouraged more athletes to kneel. This provided more red meat for Trump to throw to his base as he’s told his rallies that NFL team owners should “fire that son of a bitch” when an athlete kneels. Afraid of being bullied by Trump, no NFL team will hire Kaepernick today, and he’s filed a grievance lawsuit against the league. ESPN, hoping to avoid controversy, won’t air the playing of the anthem.

One corporation isn’t afraid of Donald Trump and that’s Nike. The shoe and athletic apparel company have made Kaepernick the centerpiece of their “Just do it” campaign. Trump sycophants and other conservatives, racists, and anyone with trouble comprehending are now promising to boycott Nike.

Nike is betting on the 18-to-29 age group and not the grumpy, crusty, old man group using race as a wedge issue in their grandstanding. Kaepernick’s jersey became a top seller after he started his protest and remains so today.

While racists are promising to boycott Nike, I thought maybe I should help support a company that’s on the correct side of the race issue by purchasing one of their overpriced shoes. Then I realized that Nike owns Converse and I already own three of those.

The NBA is less intimidated by Trump and his rabid followers of loony idiots. They didn’t freak out when their biggest star called Trump a “bum,” and one owner canceled a game over protests outside the arena over police shooting a black man. Americans need to take inspiration from those with backbones and stand up against tyranny and intimidation. I can’t tell you how many replies I’ve received from newspaper editors telling me they like my cartoons, but they’re too afraid of their readers to run them.

Conservatives campaign less on ideas and more on fear. We can’t allow ourselves to be intimidated and pushed around by demagogues and cowards. Nike won’t, Colin Kaepernick won’t, I won’t, and you shouldn’t either. It’s time to push back.

Just do it.

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Taking A Knee


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After the NFL released their ruling Wednesday that they are banning kneeling during the American national anthem and will fine anyone who does so, Vice President and chief kisser of the orange rumpus, Mike Pence tweeted, “Today’s decision by the is a win for the fans, a win for , and a win for America. Americans can once again come together around what unites us – our flag, our military, and our National Anthem. Thank you NFL.”

What Mike Pence reveals with that tweet is that it was never about the fans, our military, or our nation. It’s all about Trump.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the silent protest to draw attention to police brutality and other social injustice against African-Americans. A few players joined him over time, and after Donald Trump used the issue to divide America further, even more players, white and black, took part.

Trump used the issue to attack black athletes and throw red meat to his base of racist supporters under the pretense that not standing was dishonoring veterans. That’s rich coming from a man who said a POW was not a war hero (I like people who aren’t captured), insulted Gold Star Families, and was himself a draft dodger.

Pence used the issue to stage a photo-op and even flew across the country to pull it off.

None of the critics have actually listened to what the protest has been about, instead pretending it’s something else. Screaming a lie about disrespecting the military is easier and more politically beneficial than confronting the reality that we have a social and legal system that discriminates against black Americans.

The National Football League was wise years ago when they prevented Trump from becoming a team owner. The “Buffalo Trumps” has a horrible ring to it anyway. The league should have exercised that same wisdom and refused to listen and pander to Trump.

The league is allowing players to stay in the locker rooms during the anthem, but will fine teams of any players on the field who refuse to stand. The teams can then punish the players any way they choose. Sure, the players are employees, but can an employer force employees to pledge loyalty? Expect a legal challenge.

The NFL uses patriotism as a marketing tool and even takes money from the Department of Defense to stage tributes in taxpayer-owned stadiums, in cities where they receive huge tax breaks.

The anger directed at the players is based entirely on race, not patriotism. You don’t see the same outrage from Republicans toward Trump for his disrespect of the troops. They don’t ask him to apologize and to be accountable for the attacks he’s waged. These are the same people complaining about “safe spaces” on college campuses.

It’s funny how people are told they can protest as long as they do it peacefully, then told to do it silently, and now they’re being told to do it where nobody can see them. Basically, the rule from Republicans is, don’t protest while black.

One solution the NFL didn’t take advantage of was, leave it alone. An atmosphere where you allow people to express themselves is stronger than one of forced compliance. Since the NFL failed, the players should practice a new protest.

I suggest they go on the field during the anthem and stand. While standing, they should put their fist in the air and give the black power salute like Tommie Smith and John Carlos did in the 1968 Olympics. The new policy doesn’t prohibit a raised fist while standing. Then, we’ll hear from the critics what their problems really are about black athletes making a point.

Standing up for your beliefs is honorable. Kissing Trump’s ass is a disgrace. Pandering to a wannabe authoritarian is un-American.

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Diverse Viewpoints


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Last week, an engineer at Google circulated an internal memo suggesting that biological factors were part of the cause for the gender gap in the tech industry and that the company should stop alienating conservatives. It landed about as well as that Jerry Maguire memo suggesting the sports agency should practice ethics. Just like Jerry, the sexist Google dude was Googling for a new job.

A lot of conservatives rushed to defend the guy and bash Google for firing him. That’s what horrible people do. They defend other horrible people. They accuse Google of not tolerating diverse opinions. This isn’t an argument over whether ketchup should be squirted on hot dogs or not (though those savages should hit the streets too). A company that’s known for innovation and building toward the future doesn’t want to discourage future talent from coming on board because they may be perceived as sexist. And trust me on this: You want to hire women. Every woman I have ever met is smarter than I am….except for women who voted for Donald Trump.

Believing woman are biologically inferior to work for a software company is a view that only those living in caves should possess. What if the guy circulated a memo stating that some races were biologically inferior? At the very least, you don’t want to keep a guy around who’s stupid enough to publish that memo.

Many conservatives are also defending the Nazis who are suddenly finding themselves unemployed after pictures of them marching at the Charlottesville hatefest were published. One guy was actually fired from a hot dog place. Nobody wants a Nazi handling their wiener. Just like the Google dude whined that he really wasn’t sexist, some Nazis swore they weren’t really Nazis. They just really hate blacks, Jews, gays, liberals, and they enjoy driving out of state to goosestep in khakis while holding a Tiki torch.

Nobody wants to be associated with Nazis. The Tiki torch company issued a statement distancing themselves from Nazis. I expect companies that produce polo shirts and khakis to come out next. They issued stronger condemnations of Nazis than the president.

Horrible people continued to defend horrible people and cried about diversity in the workplace. Well, I’m sure those conservatives wouldn’t mind having a conversation at the water cooler with a Nazi. It’s done daily in the White House. But, most normal people don’t want to hang around Nazis.

You don’t have to go so far with the right-wing crap to be a Nazi for me not to want to hang around with you. If your first statement, comment, post on social media about Charlottesville was mentioning Obama, Antifa, liberals, or any other cover to protect your Nazi pals, I don’t want to associate with you. Basically, you suck at life and you’re an asshole.

You’re probably the type of asshole to scream about diversity in the workplace when Nazis and sexists are fired but want Colin Kaepernick banned from the NFL because he refuses to stand for the National Anthem.

Kaepernick is a good football player who can’t find a job in the NFL because of his stance against standing during a song. His refusal to conform to nationalism has rubbed many the wrong way and cowardly team owners are afraid of a negative backlash if they sign him. Beating up a woman will get you suspended for six games, but silently protesting police brutality against black Americans will not be tolerated. How dare he have a social conscience.

In case you haven’t noticed, what happened in Charlottesville displayed a lot of reasons not to stand for the National Anthem. If you have a problem with people who don’t want to conform to your nationalism, then I suggest that you sit down and shut the hell up.

Personal note about yesterday’s cartoon: I didn’t write a blog for yesterday’s cartoon because I didn’t want to distract from it. I wanted that cartoon to speak for itself, and all by itself.

I had a couple of other ideas yesterday but I wasn’t in love with them. Shortly after midnight on Monday morning that idea hit me, which is how all ideas hit me. It’s like someone shows up and I’m seeing who they are. At first, I didn’t realize I wanted to draw it until the full image came into my head. It started with the bumper sticker, which I thought was just OK. Then, the scene kinda zoomed out in my head and I was like “oooh. I gotta draw that.”

I thought it might be one of those with the potential to receive the most hits to the website, most shares, likes, comments…but it didn’t work out that way. I’m not complaining. It just goes to show that I can’t predict how well my cartoons will be received.

But, a lot of individuals really appreciated the cartoon. On top of the shares, likes, comments, clicks on the site, there were a few donations. So whether you donated $1.00 or more, thank you so much for helping me continue to do this. I’ll be sending out a couple more prints this week. If you have not received an email from me yet, you will. I loves ya’.

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Outrageous Distractions


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Before FBI director James Comey’s hearing before Congress, Donald Trump decided to start tweeting about his Russia connections.

He tweeted from his personal account, @RealDonaldTrump, that the Russia story was “fake” news. James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence POTUS colluded with Russia. It’s a fake story the Democrats are pushing as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. The real story are the leaks.

During Comey’s testimony Trump switched over to the official POTUS account to give a live play-by-play coverage of the hearings. He tweeted that Comey said there’s no evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump Campaign and that Russia did not influence the electoral process.

Of course none of his tweets were accurate at all. What? Donald Trump would tell a lie?

Comey stated that there’s no evidence that President Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped. He also stated that the FBI is indeed investigating for cooperation between Russia and the Trump campaign. Comey could not state whether or not Russia influenced the election.

As it turns out, the FBI has been investigating the Trump campaign since July. For some reason weeks before the election they felt the need to only reveal they were investigating Hillary Clinton. They didn’t say anything about investigating Trump.

How did Trump deal with all this? He did what any normal person would do which was to hop on a plane to Kentucky and bitch about Colin Kaepernick.

You remember the brouhaha over Kaepernick, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers? He wouldn’t stand for the pledge of allegiance in protest of the United States continuing to be a system of racism. Trump stated that he likes people who stand for the Pledge.

Seeing that he likes people who stand for the Pledge but he doesn’t like American veterans who were captured, how would he feel toward a POW who stands for the Pledge?

And why the hell is Trump starting his reelection campaign within the first two months of his presidency? Should other candidates start announcing? Did Putin tell him to do this?

It’s funny that Donald Trump screamed loud and proud that he loves Wikileaks during the campaign (the first campaign). The GOP loved James Comey when he revealed he was investigating Clinton. Now the GOP wants to investigate leaks and they’re pretty upset with Comey.

Trump has had the worst start to his presidency than any other before him, except maybe Lincoln and that’s just because half the country seceded before he took office (his tenure didn’t end so hot either). Trump is no Lincoln. While Lincoln managed a war and freed the slaves, Trump’s only talent is distractions and deflections. I’m very interested in what his next one will be.

“Outrageous Distractions” should be a name for a punk rock band. It shouldn’t be the official policy for a sitting president.

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