Ferguson

Straight Outta…


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The Oath Keepers is an organization which encourages members, some believed to be current and former members of the military and law enforcement, to disobey any orders and/or laws they believe violate the United States Constitution. They’re probably a real fun bunch to hang out. Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee and Pat Buchanan think they’re just peachy.

They consist of gun hoarders, birthers and believers of other types of conspiracies such as Obama is coming for their guns and will eventually order martial law. I’m kinda getting tired of waiting on this gun-grabbing martial law thing. Obama’s been in office seven years and he hasn’t violated the constitution or grabbed one gun yet.

This week during the first anniversary of Michael Brown’s death there were protests and violence in Ferguson, Missouri. The Oath Keepers showed up to protect reporters for Infowars, a conservative news organization that’s fun for conspiracy theorists. They also said they were there to protect private citizens and businesses. They were/are armed. It was legal. Now if a group of black citizens walked around with guns cocked and loaded I’m sure there would be a bit more scrutiny.

One of the Oathers referred to Obama as “our mulatto president.” Damn that’s charming.

On another note: I’m sick of the “Straight Outta” memes. Yes, we know you are from somewhere. Some place that doesn’t encourage creativity or originality. Please stop. Of course I’m pretty grouchy toward memes in general. I’m really sick of memes where a quote is invented then placed with a picture of a movie star like Heath Ledger as the Joker or Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. Please stop. I think memes are counter productive to satire and I want to lead a campaign to at least stop my fellow political commentators from sharing them. We can do better than that like…uh…I don’t know. Maybe by creating our own satire like a column or a political cartoon? Hmmm?

Rant over.

Sensitive Cop Feelings


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Police shoot a 12-year old black child in Cleveland who was wielding a pellet gun. That’s not offensive.

In July a black man in New York City is accused of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes and refuses to be hand cuffed. He’s placed in a police choke hold and dies. That’s not offensive.

65% of Ferguson, Missouri is black but 92% of all arrest in the city in 2013 were black. That’s not offensive.

white-on-black homicides in states with Stand Your Ground laws are 354% more likely to be ruled justifiable than white-on-white ones. That’s not offensive.

A black man is killed every 28 hours by police or vigilantes but that’s not offensive.

Black Americans were nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, even though the two groups used the drug at similar rates. That’s not offensive.

There are only three black police officers on the Ferguson police force. That’s not offensive.

In 2013 86% of police traffic stops in Ferguson targeted African Americans. That’s not offensive.

Rudy Guiliani says black people are to blame for police brutality. That’s not offensive.

A political cartoonist (troll) I know posted a photo of protesters last week and wrote “that’s a lot of welfare recipients.” That’s not offensive.

Five members of the St. Louis Rams stage a silent and peaceful protest against the police shooting of Michael Brown that lasts seconds before Sunday’s game. The St. Louis Police Officers Association says THAT’S OFFENSIVE!

Ferguson’s Burning


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I hate having to hit on this issue. I’m sure many of my usual liberal fans and supporters won’t be very fond of it but I can’t ignore the issue.

Most of us hate to see a riot happen over an issue such as this because it actually distracts from where the focus should be. It also gives credence to those who belittle, ignore and justify police brutality and a justice system that discriminates and totally does not have any concern for a large segment of our society.

One of my conservative friends said Obama was “fanning the flames” by saying he understands many people won’t agree with the grand jury decision. Obama also asked for peaceful protests so I’m not sure exactly how he can be so influential with starting a riot while having no influence toward peace.

My next cartoon will be on the grand jury decision. I’m trying to get my work done early this holiday week, not because I have big plans but because I know most editors won’t be at their desks Thursday and Friday. I already finished my Free Lance-Star cartoon for Sunday and I plan to draw another for The Daily Dot before the week is out.

Here’s hoping I don’t burn out.

Smashing Pumpkins


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In Keene, New Hampshire they hold an annual Pumpkin Festival. I don’t know what you’re supposed to do at a pumpkin festival but apparently a lot of participants think you’re supposed to riot. Last year 140 people were arrested at this festival. Last Saturday a riot broke out that required riot squads, tear gas and pepper spray with a dozens of arrests.

When there was a riot in Ferguson, Missouri,  over police brutality a lot of the media called the rioters deadbeats, spongers, unemployed, gangsters, thugs, etc. When this pumpkin riot broke out most of the rioters, if not all, were white. The media didn’t use any of the terms they used to describe the rioters in Ferguson to describe the rioters in Keene. No, those rioters were rowdy, raucous students, bystanders and just a bunch of kids who got drunk. Maybe we should also question why these white kids want to destroy their own community and the level of white on white crime.

Maybe Sean Hannity should swoop in and hold a peace vigil.

Militarized Bumpkins


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Since the incident in Ferguson there’s been a lot of speculation about militarizing police.  There’s supposed to be a difference between the military and local police.  Currently there’s a Department Of Defense program that dispenses unwanted military equipment to police departments across the country.

For example, Culpeper County here in Virginia has a 25 thousand pound mine resistant vehicle.  Culpeper has a population of 16,000.  I wonder what percentage of Culpeperites (Culpeperians?  Culpeperpers?  Culpeperinians?)  are mine laying gangsters.

I’m an Andy Griffith Show fan.  I still watch it every now and then.  Probably the best show ever until Barney left and it went to color.  I saw a few cartoons use Mayberry analogies this week but none had a joke about Barney’s pocket.  You know, Barney has one single bullet and he has to keep it in his pocket.  Andy even sang about it once.  “Oh my Barney, oh my Barney.  Had a jail and couldn’t lock it.  Had a bullet for his pistol had to keep it in his pocket.”

That’s quality entertainment.

Identified The Problem


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This is America, the land of the free.  Right?  We enjoy the most press freedom in the world…..uh…not really.  A few other countries, not many, are rated at being better than we are at press freedom.  What’s going on in Ferguson might knock us further back.

Right now the First Amendment is taking a huge hit in Missouri.  Reporters and photographers are being arrested.  The press is being told where to go and where they can’t go.  The press has been tear gassed.  A no-fly zone for the media has been placed over Ferguson so news helicopters can’t cover the story.  And I believe for the very first time ever, Amnesty International has boots on the ground in the United States monitoring a situation.

The majority of Americans don’t trust the news.  But you can’t have a free country without it.  Do you want the subjects of a story dictating how the story is covered?

I think it’s bizarre that gun lovers who constantly cry for the 2nd amendment and hate big government are the first to poop on the first amendment and defend the police without question.