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Georgia’s Masters


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Republicans across the nation, not just in Georgia, are upset with businesses protesting against the state’s brand new voter suppression laws. The people who scream about “cancel culture” are all about the Cancel Culture Club when it suits their purposes. The Georgia House in the state legislature actually passed a measure to rescind tax breaks on airline fuel because Delta Airlines voiced objections to the racist law. To punish Coca-Cola, will there be a new sugar tax?

Most of the Republican outrage is being directed at Major League Baseball for the moment. A baker should be allowed to refuse to bake gay wedding cakes and Hobby Lobby should be allowed to force the owner’s fundamentalist religious views on its female employees, but dammit…baseball needs to play ball with racists.

MLB has moved the All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver. Republicans claim Colorado has more restrictive voting laws than Georgia. That is not true. They say liberals, Democrats, and protesting corporations are lying about the new Georgia voting law. That is also not true. Mitch McConnell, who is all for corporate donations and the Supreme Court ruling that they have the right to unlimited donations, now says corporations should stay out of politics.

That’s as hypocritical as saying a Democratic president can’t nominated a Supreme Court justice in an election year, but a Republican president can.

The only reason Republicans want corporations to stay silent is because they disagree with them.

So Georgia has lost the All-Star game, but at least they still have the Masters. Oh, boy. Maybe now would be a good time to re-think that name.

It’s 2021 and they haven’t changed that racist name yet? Even if it’s not about masters of slaves, in Georgia, in the deep south, at a golf club that was famous for not allowing black members….change the fucking name, morons.

Golf in the United States has a long history of racism. So when Republicans brag that they haven’t lost a golf tournament over their brand new voter suppression laws, keep in mind they’re talking about a sport that’s whiter than curling, or polo, or hockey, or NASCAR…if NASCAR was a sport.

The Masters tournament is held annually at the Augusta National Golf Club. Its chairman, Fred Ridley, said, “The right to vote is fundamental in our democratic society. No one should be disadvantaged in exercising that right, and it is critical that all citizens have confidence in the electoral process.” Beyond that, he wouldn’t come down on either side of the law. He rejected issuing an opinion on it. But, looking at his words, he could be on either side.

He said, “No one should be disadvantaged in exercising their right to vote.” They could be against the new racist laws that are designed to discourage voting…and to make voting harder if you’re black. He also said, “It is critical that all citizens have confidence in the electoral process,” which sounds a lot like that bullshit Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has been saying.

Kemp argues that the law expands voting…which is a lie. Republicans across the nation, who have proposed over 250 laws designed to make voting harder for black Americans, claim we have to restore “confidence in the electoral process” after an election without any substantial voter fraud. They’re only changing these laws because they lost. Ridley may be giving credibility to their lying argument.

Golfers Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, and Bryson DeChambeau have each voiced support about the right to vote and the importance for everyone to have easy access…but those points are used fraudulently by Republicans to defend the new racist laws. The only golfer to clearly oppose Georgia’s efforts to restrict voting is Cameron Champ, who said the new law is “shocking” and “frustrating.”

Champ said, “It really targets certain black communities and makes it harder to vote.” I don’t watch golf but I know who I’m rooting for.

The PGA and Augusta National Golf Club need to do more for voting rights. Golf has a racist history. This particular golf club has a racist history. One of the co-founders of the club said, “As long as I’m alive, all the golfers will be white and all the caddies will be black.” For what it’s worth, he’s no longer alive. He died in 1977 and it still took the club until 1990 to invite its first black member. Today, out of about 300 members, maybe nine of them are black. The club still bars women from joining…but you can bring your wife.

When it comes to race issues, Republicans are in a sand trap and they can’t get out. The PGA and Augusta National Golf Club should leave them there…and maybe join this century. Sports and businesses should do more for the society they profit from and live in. If you ignore race issues to avoid being on the wrong side, your silence is putting you on the wrong side.

Augusta needs to come toward the light. They can bring their green jackets.

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No Balls For Racists


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Charlie Kirk is a very young conservative activist and the founder of Turning Point USA, a conservative group that pushes toxic right-wing bullshit to white high school and college students and pays him a salary of over $300,000 a year which is why he lives in a fancy-schmancy million-dollar condo on the water in Longjohn, Florida. After Major League Baseball pulled its annual All-Star game out of Georgia over the new voting laws, Kirk tweeted something dishonest and stupid.

He tweeted, “The MLB is okay playing games in Communist China and Communist Cuba but they draw the line at Georgia requiring signature verification & voter ID?” Did you know MLB had games scheduled to be played in Cuba and China this year? Me neither. The reason we don’t know this is because they don’t. But then again, Kirk has pushed multiple lies about the coronavirus pandemic and Donald Trump “winning” the election, among a lot of other lies.

Sure, MLB had two spring-training games in China back in 2008, and the Tampa Bay Rays played a game in Havana against the Cuba national team with President Barack Obama in attendance, but these events are in the past and the U.S. Constitutional right to vote doesn’t apply to people in China and Cuba. What Charlie Kirk did was play whatabout. It’s to deflect from the facts. It’s to protect racists. Maybe he should shut up and dribble?

Charlie Kirk mentioned signature verification and voter ID in his lame tweet. What he didn’t bring up, surely intentionally, was that Georgia Republicans crafted a new law that has made voting harder for black Americans. It has shortened voting times, eliminated drop boxes, made absentee voting more stringent, give the legislature power over local election boards, and has even made bringing someone waiting in line to vote a bottle of water into crime. Of course Kirk was dishonest. He’s a conservative and a Trump supporter. Have you ever met an honest Trump supporter? That’s a rhetorical question because honest Trump supporters do not exist.

Legislators in 43 states are trying to duplicate the racist voting laws in Georgia. There are currently over 250 measures to make it more difficult for some Americans to vote. We should be expanding the ability to vote, not suppressing it. We should not be making voting harder. In this country, it’s easier to purchase an assault weapon than it is for some Americans to vote.

The New York Times examined and published a detailed breakdown of what the law actually does.

The reason there are so many efforts by Republicans across the nation to hamper voting is because Republicans can’t win with their messages and policies. Republicans sell their policies with, “Hey, how about some racist shit and other shit that helps billionaire assholes become even bigger billionaire assholes?” And most Americans say, “Eh. No thanks.” So, Republicans respond with, “Since that person doesn’t like our policies to expand a system of racism for billionaire assholes let’s stop that person from voting.” In case you haven’t been paying attention over the lifespan of this entire country, it works.

While we are a racist country, the majority of us are not racists. How can that be? We have a very racist system that Republicans are fighting to preserve while the majority of Americans are voting to remove it. For example, our political system currently has an equal number of Democrats and Republicans in the United States Senate, despite the FACT Democrats represent over 41 million more Americans than Republicans do. White conservatives expect and demand more political representation. Senate Republicans, despite representing a lot fewer Americans than the Democrats, can block any legislation they don’t like. Despite representing fewer Americans, and with this number dropping each election, Republicans have more justices on the federal courts. While the number of Americans who support Republicans and their racist policies is decreasing by the day, their majority on the Supreme Court will last for decades.

Have you ever seen one of those stupid maps on Facebook idiots post that’s supposed to represent how the country is voting? The majority of the map is ridiculously red while there are little blots of blue here and there. They claim this proves the bulk of the nation is voting Republican. What they fail to point out is that those little blots of blue are cities and urban centers while most of the red are areas are sparsely populated counties where if you hear banjo music, you better run. It works like this: Say there’s an 800-square-mile county in Nebraska and the entire population consists of two Trump-supporting cow fuckers with really bad personal hygiene. That entire 800-square-mile county will be red. Sharing those maps and trying to prove the majority of Americans want racist policies is another example of conservatives and Trump supporters being dishonest…unless they actually believe those maps; then it’s another example of them being morons.

Now Major League Baseball has pulled the 2021 All-Star game out of Georgia which was planned for this July. Rob Manford, the commission of Major League Baseball issued a statement that read, “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box. Fair access to voting continues to have our unwavering support.”

This will cost Georgia millions. This now puts pressure on other companies in the state, such as Delta and Coca-Cola. It puts pressure on Hollywood which is producing shows and movies like crazy in Georgia. “The Walking Dead” is made in Georgia. They make “Stranger Things” in Georgia. All those Avenger movies? Georgia. I watched “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” last night. Once again, fucking Georgia. Can you appreciate the irony they made “Black Panther” in Georgia? We need King T’Challa right now to kick some Republican ass in Georgia.

The MLB boycott It also puts pressure on companies in other states, such as Dell Technologies and American Airlines. Hopefully, it’ll put pressure on racist Republican legislators to stop creating racist voting laws.

Republicans defend themselves over the accusations these laws are racist and restrict voting rights by saying, “Uh-uh. Does not. It expands them in my neighborhood, so what are you talking about? My one black friend saw the law and said, ‘Dy-no-mite!’ This makes life better for black people who enjoy standing in long lines for hours without water. White power! Oops. Did I say that part out loud? Look! A squirrel!”

The states enacting these laws are working to become oppressive fascist states where only the privileged can vote. That brings us back to that Turning Point fucker.

Charlie Kirk, with the limited activity he has going on inside his cranium, did manage to get one thing right…inadvertently. He equated the racist, oppressive Republican-led government of Georgia with fascist oppressive governments in China and Cuba. Good job, Moron. Thanks for making our point for us. Now, put the Twitter device down before you hurt yourself.

Every eligible American has the right to vote. His/her rights should not be hindered. Here comes the pun: Everyone has the right to play ball. Voting rights for black Americans should not be encumbered by those without balls…or in the case of people like Charlie Kirk, whose balls haven’t dropped yet.

Creative note: Usually, when a cartoonist borrows, lifts, or steals from another (usually, one more famous and successful) for a political cartoon, like I did today, they write, “With apologies to…” I totally forgot to do that with today’s cartoon and I should have given Sparky a public apology. I truly owe him an apology as my making one of his characters a Klansman may not be something he’d be thrilled with. Sorry, Charlie.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: I have THREE copies of my book in stock, which I’m selling for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

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BaseBrawl


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It’s been an interesting, and really odd week for fisticuffs.

First, it got weird in Montana when Republican Greg Gianforte body-slammed a reporter for daring to ask him a question about the Congressional Budget Office report. The next day Gianforte won a seat in Congress. Weird.

Then it got even weirder in Texas where things are usually weird enough. The state legislature started the last day of their session on Monday surrounded by protesters. They were trying to stop the state from banning sanctuary cities.

One Republican House member, Matt Rinaldi, was so unhappy hearing the people’s voices, that he called ICE, (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) because some of the protesters were brown. That made Democratic House member Poncho Nevarez very unhappy. Poncho almost got punchy with Rinaldi. There was pushing and shoving on the House floor that nearly turned into a brawl. Rinaldi told Nevarez to meet him outside. Then being a big man who invites someone to come outside to fight, he threatened to shoot Nevarez if he touched him. According to some reports, Rinaldi cursed at several Democrats, spit on them, and used a lot of F-bombs. Weird.

On the same day, which was Memorial day, things got weird in….wait for it….San Francisco. I know, right? Yeah, things got weird….er, in San Fran. This time it wasn’t politicians. It didn’t happen in the Castro District. It was baseball players during a game.

Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland pitched a 98-mph fastball right into Nationals batter Bryce Harper’s butt. Owie. Harper stormed the mound and threw his helmet at Strickland, which totally went in the opposite direction. Benches cleared. Punches were thrown. When all was said and done Harper was suspended for four games and Strickland six.

The funny thing is, nobody is defending Strickland. You can’t even find anyone on his own team who will defend what he did. Harper’s not the most loved guy by his colleagues, but you can’t blame a guy for charging the mound after someone pegs him in the ass with a tiny sphere thrown by a major league arm.

Why did Strickland do it? He claims the pitch got away from him but nobody believes him. The Nationals believe it was because Harper hit two home runs off him….three seasons ago. What? You mean during that series the Giants won, then went on to win the World Series? Strickland waited three long seasons to get his revenge?

Strickland might just be an idiot who’s really good at starting a fight but not finishing it. He may have a future as a Republican politician.

Creative Notes and other stuff:

I was actually watching that game where the fight happened. I was grilling steaks with a few of my friends and just as we sat down with our food, the fight happened. Then we got to see it 28 more times because they kept playing it over and over.

Here are the creative notes: The reason the caps are green in this cartoon is because both teams were wearing green camouflage caps in honor of our troops. Actually, all 30 teams were donning these caps. That has actually created a little controversy.

Major League Baseball is selling the caps. They do that with holidays when they make special gear and schwag for the teams. Usually just seeing the players in the gear is enough to sell the merch. But this time MLB got every team to tweet out a plug for the stuff.

“Today is about honor and respect. Tip your @neweracap to those who’ve sacrificed to keep us safe,” is how most of the tweets were worded.  Yeah, that’ll make the war dead feel better. I bought a fugly $40 cap to thank you for dying. Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy mocked the league with his own tweet which read “generations of soldiers died protecting our country and its freedoms- don’t forget to buy an official baseball hat to say thank you.”

Brandon McCarthy sounds like a real smart ass. I can hang out with a guy like that.

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