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Baby’s Black Balloons


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I was opposed to the invasion of Iraq. At the same time, I wasn’t hoping for it to fail. I didn’t wish death on American soldiers. I wanted the invasion to be a success. While I felt everything being promised by the Bush/Cheney administration, like “they’ll treat us as liberators,” and “it’ll be quick and easy,” was total bullshit, I wanted to be proven wrong.

Most people want our president to succeed, even if they didn’t vote for him, don’t like him, and don’t have any faith at all in the person. They want America to succeed regardless of the president and which party he belongs to (or Russian dictator). Regular people don’t want American failures so they can score political points for their partisanship. While I don’t want stupid and regressive policies inflicted upon my nation, I don’t want Vladimir Putin sitting in the Oval Office to prove my point.

Donald Trump wishes failure on America. He said so himself as he says “we’ll just wait for Obamacare to fail.” These are not words of patriots. Donald Trump and many Republicans are not patriots. Fortunately, there’s about three in the GOP Senate, and they’re all women. They have blocked the Republicans from stripping health care from millions of Americans just so the rich can get a generous tax break.

While it’s easier to wait for something to collapse than actually work on it (and cast blame on the party that doesn’t control Congress), we didn’t elect a president to take it easy (though I am kinda relieved every time he’s on a golf course).

Now the GOP wants to repeal Obamacare without a replacement and give themselves a deadline to replace within two years with “something better.” These guys spent seven years voting to repeal Obamacare without ever proposing a solution. They’ve had the House, Senate, and White House since January, and they can’t submit a plan that works or is acceptable to the public. Do you really believe they’ll come through in two years?

Republicans wished Obama to fail. They said so. Now they’re in power, and they still wish pain and suffering on America. The responsible thing to do would be to make Obamacare better, not wish for it to die and affect millions of Americans. Republicans won’t just wait for it to die on its own. They’ll do everything they can to make it fail.

Trump and the GOP continue to describe Obamacare as failing. That is a lie. It’s not failing. It can be a lot better but it’s not going to die on its own. The GOP will have to manipulate it to make it fail, and they’re willing to do that.

Donald Trump doesn’t care about you, your health, your family’s health, or this nation. Donald Trump only cares about Donald Trump.

Creative note: Even though this is published early, you’re still getting another cartoon in the morning.

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GOP Can’t Hear You


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Are you looking forward to screaming at your Republican representative at his or her town hall about their stripping health care from millions of Americans? Too bad. Congress will have a month-long August recess, but don’t expect there to be many Republican members willing to hear you out.

There won’t be very many opportunities for you to unleash your verbal Kraken at your Congressman or Senator. There’s a better chance Donald Trump will give a one-on-one interview with Lawrence O’Donnell than Speaker of the House Paul Ryan holding a town hall. In fact, nearly 160 Republicans have yet to hold a town hall in 2017.

During the July 4th break, Ryan refused to hear from his constituents. His excuse? He’s worried too many people will attend his forum that are not from his district and that they won’t be civil. What he and other Republicans are really afraid of are hearing examples from their constituents of how Obamacare has helped them, saved their lives or the lives of their loved ones, and how the GOP’s reckless plan to ditch Obamacare and cut into Medicaid will destroy their lives. A lot of people have problems with the “Repeal/Replace” only being a ruse to provide huge tax breaks to rich people.

Refusing to hold meetings with their voters will also save Republicans the trouble of lying to their constituents and reading their own plan so they’ll actually understand it. It works for Trump. They really don’t mind all the angry phone calls as they have people to take those calls for them. The stacks of post-it notes reading “Betty from Dubuque hates you” doesn’t affect them all that much.

Republicans didn’t seem to care at all when people protesting their health-care plan were arrested at the Capitol. Eighty people were arrested at the House and Senate buildings for protesting. Many of those were in wheelchairs and dragged out by police with their hands zip tied.

Republicans tend to be tone-deaf, but now they prefer to be entirely deaf to your complaints. While John McCain recently had eye surgery to improve his vision, most Republicans choose to remain blind to the real-world problems of their voters.

If you can’t get up those steps in August, or can’t even find them, don’t worry too much. We can do our own repealing and replacing in November 2018.

Creative Notes: I usually try to take Saturdays off from drawing a cartoon so I can recharge. I usually work at night, so Sunday night is the start of a new week for me (and sometimes there’s nothing really new on a Sunday to inspire a cartoon). I’m not always able to get that day off, but I did this weekend. In fact, I drew my last cartoon Friday afternoon so now it kinda feels like I haven’t drawn a cartoon in two days. Actually, it’s been three days since I’ve had to think of a cartoon because this cartoon was halfway in the can. I don’t normally save ideas. I usually hate them when I return to them. I have a folder full of outdated ideas represented by rough drawings.

I started this cartoon Thursday night, then I had another idea I felt fit the moment better. But, I still liked this one so I didn’t trash it. Most of the drawing was completed and all I had to do was tighten things up a bit and color the cartoon. I still procrastinated while working. I watched a bunch of pointless stuff on YouTube, drank some coffee, read a few articles, some hate mail, and finally completed the cartoon in three hours, which should have taken about 30 minutes.

At some point, I’ll tell you why I’m the world’s greatest procrastinator.

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.

Repeal, Replace, Reboot, Reweb


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What if Jared Kushner is Spiderman? Hmm? Hmm? Hmm? No? Well, we can all at least agree that it’s not Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump is not Batman. If anything, all three of these guys would be super villains….if super villains were really, really stupid and crashed into a lot of shit.

The Republicans keep rewriting their health-care plan, and each time it gets worse. It’s like those Incredible Hulk solo films (comic book theme today. Yes, we’re doing this). Even Edward Norton, acting in and writing the film, didn’t help much (Mark Ruffalo kicks ass though). Now they’ve let Ted Cruz (bwahahaha) sink his fangs into it. That would be like trying to improve that Lone Ranger movie by having Kevin Smith rewrite it (The Clerks guy has made a couple of movies you can laugh at, but he really hasn’t ever made a good movie. Ever. Discuss).

The new plan already has GOP defectors, moderates like Maine’s Susan Collins (hero) and scary conservatives like Kentucky’s Rand Paul (villain). The new plan still has massive cuts to Medicare in addition to allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for preexisting conditions. Who in the Hell thinks that improves coverage? Oh yeah. Ted Cruz. Who let Cruz, Shitweaselman, get involved? Mitch McConnell, Turtleman!!!!

Deceit not only comes in ugly packages like Ted Cruz. It can come in a pretty wrapper, like Jared Kushner.

Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law has a security clearance as senior advisor to the president. Having a security clearance is serious business as it allows you access to classified intelligence (Stuff like, Ted Cruz is an alien reptilian). Lying on the application can send a person to prison. Jared has had to amend his at least twice. He forgot to mention he met with the Russian ambassador and the chairman of a Russian government-owned bank. Apparently, during his chats with the Russian ambassador, Kushner asked for a “secret and secure communications channel” with the Kremlin using Russian diplomatic facilities, in an attempt for the transition team to communicate with Russia without the U.S. government’s knowledge.

He has had to amend his application a second time after someone leaked that he, Trump campaign manager (at the time) Paul Manafort, and his idiot brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Russian lawyer who was promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Some people are speculating that it was Jared who leaked the meeting with the lawyer so that maybe it would be old news by the time he testifies before the United States Senate. Other say that’s crazy as it puts him in legal hot water. Plus, why would he sell out his wife’s brother? But then we remember, he’s the son of a man, Charles Kushner, who hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law, recorded the entire ordeal, and then sent the tapes to his brother-in-law’s wife, Charles Kushner’s sister. That’s some shady shit right there. That’s the sort of devious stuff that will land a guy in prison, which is where Charles went.

How many more times will Jared be rebooting his clearance application? And why is Ted Cruz so icky?

The GOP health-care plan and Kushy’s clearance has had as many reboots as Spiderman. I liked Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman. That third movie went a little off the rails, but it was still a good trilogy. Then they rebooted it which seemed pointless. Now they’re rebooting it again, but this time Spidey is still in high school (Spider-man: Homecoming) and getting all tangled up in the MCU, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has him swinging around with the Avengers.

I will be checking out the new Spiderman though I’m not sure how I feel about it. Everyone says it’s great but the entire Avengers thing is starting to look like a club that’s not very exclusive. They’ll let anyone join. Plus, Marisa Tomei is Aunt May? Aunt May is supposed to be old and frail, not the wise-cracking Italian hairdressing mechanic from My Cousin Vinny, or the stripper from The Wrestler. If nothing else, I’ll enjoy watching Robert Downey Jr. play Tony Stark again.

I have an idea. Can we reboot the presidency?

Creative notes: I started with another idea and the bulk of it was drawn. I had this idea and was just going to tweet it out as a smart-ass comment, but then I thought it would change things up a bit and make a decent cartoon. I still like the first cartoon I was working on and may finish it this weekend.

I occasionally tweet out smart-ass comments on Twitter that amuse me, but not enough to create a cartoon out of. You should definitely follow me there if you don’t have enough sarcasm in your life.

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.

Health Care Detained


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I know. This cartoon is pretty harsh. While I don’t believe Republicans really want to hurt Americans, I do believe the majority of them put their special interests above the health of our citizens. They don’t want us to see what’s going on behind their curtain.

It’s terrible that Otto Warmbier was detained for 17 months by North Korea for swiping a propaganda poster he wanted to keep as a souvenir. It’s a tragedy that the Kim regime returned him in a coma, which he died from on Monday. The mystery is: what did the Kim regime do to Warmbier that put him into a coma?

My point here is that Republicans in Washington need to express a bit more concern than Kim Jong Un does for the health of Americans. They can start by crafting their health care plan in open and not in secret away from the American public, their Democratic opponents, and even the majority of their own party.

I’m for open government, here and in North Korea. I’m also for punishing those who seek to hurt Americans, intentionally or not.

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