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.

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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┬áto 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┬átargeted 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.