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Whose Squat To Pop?


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On Tuesday Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia. In doing so the Republican party effectively stole a Supreme Court appointment from President Obama and the Democrats.

The GOP gambled in not allowing Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland a hearing for the seat. Their argument was that it was a seat to be filled by the next president. Their actual argument was that it was for the next Republican president and Ted Cruz even said it should remain unfilled if Hillary Clinton wins the election.

Presidents serve four year terms. Not three. They still execute the powers and responsibilities of the office, even during the last year of their term. Apparently the United States senate does not.

Republicans also argued that Obama was a lame duck president. He was not. The lame duck stage is between the election and inauguration day. Not a year before the election.

The GOP gambled and they won. They played partisan politics with a Supreme Court nomination. They neglected their duty and responsibility. Now they’re crying that Trump’s nominee shouldn’t be held up in political purgatory, even though they did the same thing and without a good reason.

Trump promised a staunch conservative to fill the seat. He also promised to unite the nation and be a president for everyone, even those who didn’t vote for him. If he actually wanted to fulfill that pledge who would have nominated Merrick Garland. At least then he’d finally get a hearing, less enough a vote.

Republicans are the party of “no.” Even when it comes to hearing.

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Hillary’s Supreme Court Nominee


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An open letter to the Republican members of the United States Senate:

Dear honorable senators;

You’re all idiots.

Do you honestly believe President Hillary Clinton is going to nominate someone more conservative than Merrick Garland? Oh, some of you think Ted Cruz will be the next president and will make the nomination…or Donald Trump. Do you really want to see what sort of poo flinging monkeys Donald Trump will nominate?

Ted Cruz is not going to be president. He’s not going to win your nomination and if he did he would need the votes of women and minorities and trust me. Nobody of color is going to vote for Ted Cruz. You managed to find a Hispanic that Hispanic people don’t like, but to be fair, most people don’t like Ted. And unless there’s a large Oompa Loompa demographic out there I don’t see Donald Trump winning the election.

So you’re stuck with President Hillary Clinton. If you don’t approve Garland to the Court then you’ll be facing a nomination from Clinton. You might want to go with the straight white guy while you can.

I know you’re sticking with this argument that the people need to decide. They did. They decided in 2008 and again in 2012. By the way, every poll says you need to have a vote on confirmation. You also say you want a strict Constitutionalist on the Court, which is ironic since you’re ignoring the Constitution in regards to this nominee. Can you show me where it’s written in the Constitution that the president doesn’t nominate Supreme Court justices in his last year in office? How about the part of the document that says you can avoid doing your job? I can show you where presidential terms are four years, not three.

It’s really hard to buy that your fight isn’t just partisan horse dookey. You have stated that your job is to make Obama a one-term president (which you failed), you shut down the government over trifle issues, you’ve attempted to defund Obamacare over 50 times while never passing a jobs bill, and you’ve literally passed more snowballs in the Senate than any bills that are constructive.

The real big part of this issue that certifies your idiocracy is that you’re not just facing the prospect of another Democratic administration. You’re facing the very real possibility that this entire stupid, partisan ordeal will cost you the senate. I’m sure the Democrat controlled senate will love Hillary’s Sister Souljah.

Happy legislating.

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Hate-Mongering Religious Extremists…And Then Some *Update*


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This is America. Land of the free. Home of the brave…and a lot of whack jobs.

A hate-mongering Islamophobic group decided to have a “free speech” event in Garland, Texas. It wasn’t so much as a free speech event as much as it was an event designed to insult and bait Muslims. It worked.

You’d have to be an idiot not to think this event would attract nut jobs, even the violent type. There was a ton of security. So much that when Islamic terrorist showed up the shooting only lasted about 15 seconds. One security guard, who was unarmed, was injured. That security guard is probably the only unarmed person in Texas. The two attackers were killed.

This group’s attempt to exercise “free speech” in the form of a “draw Muhammad” contest was a giant bulls eye in the easiest place in the world to buy a gun.

I support everyone’s right to freedom of speech. I exercise it everyday. But that doesn’t mean I can’t say “maybe you shouldn’t say that.” This is America where we have freedom of speech. Every American has a free speech event everyday in this country. You don’t need to rent out a civic center display your hatred stupidity for all the world to see. You have Facebook and Twitter for your covert racist comments.

We have a right to free speech but maybe we should choose how to exercise it more wisely. I’d state that even if there wasn’t a terrorist attack. Maybe we could choose to be less rude and stop provoking people. That doesn’t mean I think anyone should shoot at you because you’re saying some stupid stuff. I don’t think you should be shot at for drawing Muhammad but I also think maybe you should stop trolling people by drawing Muhammad.

And yes. If you draw Muhammad with the intention to anger Muslims then you are being a bigot. In the future you may be a bigot for whom large groups hold candle lit vigils.

*Update*

My friend, Mike Csotd Peterson, wrote an excellent article on this subject and he shared my cartoon with it on his website, Comic Strip Of The Day.

Mike starts his column off with “Clay Jones comes out of the blocks fast with this response.” Yeah, there’s a reason for that.

I am probably the first cartoonist in this country to cover the subject. Yeah I’m bragging but it’s just because I was probably the only cartoonist awake when the news broke. I wasn’t just awake, I was just starting to draw. I work very late. I had a lame idea on another subject that I was putting off, hoping for better inspiration. Even after I had this subject I sketched out an idea and put that off for over an hour as I felt I could do something better. I probably sketched out three ideas. I can’t share them here because I drew them in pencil which does not scan well. I also erased two of them. I started drawing around 1:00 AM and I know I finished up at 3:00.  I know this because that was the time on the microwave as I made celebratory popcorn to eat while lying in bed with the Beagle Chubbs as we watch TV.

Another note on the creativity: I turned the volume down on the TV while I drew and the soundtrack was Foo Fighters. None of their lame latest crap. I was listening to the obscure B-sides from their earlier days. Stuff you’re not cool enough to have ever heard.