Net Neutrality

Net Neutrali….


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With power, people on the Trump train have had a difficult time not coming off like entitled, out of touch dirtbags.

From Omarosa bringing her bridal party to the White House, to Steve Mnuchin and his wife hashtagging their name brand apparel while traveling on taxpayer-funded luxurious flights and posing for photos while holding money, to Donald Trump Jr. being…well, Donald Trump Jr.

We can add the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, to the list of Trump goobers who would help their causes by shutting the hell up.

After the FCC repealed Net Neutrality by a vote of 3-2 (Republican members voted yes while the Democrats voted nay), Chairman Pai made a video of himself dressed as Santa Claus doing the Harlem Shake while wearing eclipse glasses and sporting a toy gun and a fidget spinner. In the video, Pai is mocking those who disagree with the FCC’s ruling saying they can still “post photos of cute animals, stay part of your fave fandom, and ruin memes” in a post-net neutrality America. Sure you’ll still be able to do that. It just might cost you a lot more and it’ll all upload slower.

By the way, the Harlem Shake was a short-lived viral fad from 2013, where he’s taking our internet back to.

The video was released by the conservative hack website Daily Caller. The video was pulled off YouTube for a short while over complaints of copyright infringement over their use of the Harlem Shake. The Caller complained it was pulled because of YouTube’s liberal bias. Yeah, biased that you can’t steal shit that doesn’t belong to you. Do they not get the irony that they’re supporting big corporations takeover of the internet while bitching about not being able to steal a song and post it online?

Trump Jr. tweeted after this vote that Pai was Obama’s FCC Chairman. It’s true Obama appointed him to the commission but it was Trump who made him chairman. Junior should at least put a little effort into reading someone’s Wikipedia page before posting his little stupid proclamations.

The ruling removes regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility like phone service.

Over the past 11 months as chairman, Pai has lifted media ownership limits, eased caps on how much broadband providers can charge business customers, and cut back on a low-income broadband program that was slated to be expanded to nationwide carriers.

Pai said, “Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas.” Yeah, they’ll be encouraged to build more networks they can charge more for. With the end of net neutrality, consumers will have more difficulty accessing content online and that start-ups will have to pay to reach them.

Mignon Clyburn, a Democratic commissioner said, “I dissent, because I am among the millions outraged. Outraged, because the F.C.C. pulls its own teeth, abdicating responsibility to protect the nation’s broadband consumers.”

While Trump has lied about “a lot of people” being angry over the FBI’s bias, Clyburn is correct that millions are outraged by this repeal. And, just as Republicans have ignored polls showing very low approval for tax cuts for billionaires and corporations, the FCC ignored the people who use the internet.

Defenders of the repeal have also boasted how they haven’t noticed any changes to their internet since the vote. But, being that they are conservatives that means they’re stupid. The changes won’t go into effect for several weeks. That is, unless the multiple states filing lawsuits can stop it. Seriously, it’s the liberal states that may be our only stop gap from Trump fuckery. But, even Mississippi has filed suit to stop this change.

Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T assure us they won’t abuse the power the FCC just gave them, so it’ll be business as usual. Well, now I do feel better. Ow!!! Have you ever rolled your eyes so hard that you hurt yourself?

Creative notes: I felt kind of bad there’s not a lot of art in this cartoon. I usually spend four to six hours on a cartoon, but this could have been drawn in about 30 minutes. I did spend over two hours on it, but I procrastinate a lot while I work.

There are two political cartoonists who rarely actually draw their cartoons. What they do is take pics off the internet and add labels and their signature to it. Other times, they take a drawing of something they drew previously, like a news anchor at a desk, and just change the labels. Is it still a cartoon if you don’t draw it?

I kinda felt like one of those guys with this one. I debated myself about doing it. But, sometimes you don’t need a ton of artwork to make a point. Some cartoonists do brilliant work with minimal art.

I still feel a little bad. So, even though I plan to take Saturday night off, I think I’m going to dish out a bonus cartoon this morning. Stay tooned.

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 (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Dilly Dilly


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The Federal Communications Commission has decided to repeal Net Neutrality. What is that? Net Neutrality is a set of rules put in place by the Obama administration that prohibit high-speed internet service providers, or I.S.P.s, from stopping or slowing down the delivery of websites. They also prevent the companies from charging customers extra fees for high-quality streaming and other services. Sounds like a good thing, right? Well, say bye-bye.

Now, internet service providers can charge more to see certain content and even limit access to certain websites. If a provider doesn’t like some content, like it may contain facts it doesn’t want too many people to see, it can slow down the speed of that site. How many times have you ever visited a slow website burdened by stupid videos and pop-ups and decided the wait wasn’t worth your time? Oh, every day? Me too. Hopefully, you don’t have that problem with this site and the new video ads WordPress has chosen to display here (though it does give me a few bucks occasionally).

Now, why would the Trump administration want this? It’s not like Donald Trump understands a damn thing about Net Neutrality, or anything that actually exists. For Trump, it’s getting rid of another Obama policy. For the rich jerks that Trump works for, it gives them another opportunity to get richer. For right-wingers who may control internet access, it allows them to control what you can and can’t see. You’re never going to see the pee tape.

Breitbart loves this shit as it could limit access to not just liberal sites, but legitimate news outlets. They hate facts. But, as a column at Boing Boing (love that name) points out, Breitbart is too dumb to survive the Net Neutrality Apocalypse. For conservatives who love this ruling, they have to believe Republicans will control all three branches of government forever.

Google and Facebook are going to fight this and it will end up in court. If we’re lucky, it’ll turn out like most rulings do for Trump. He’ll lose. You may need to yell at some congressmen and senators though.

And, if you don’t…..DILLY DILLY!

Creative notes: I’m trying to get a little ahead for Thanksgiving. There’s food to eat and a couple of invites for me and I’d like to do something tomorrow other than sit in my room watching CNN all day with a cat on my lap. I will be drawing again tonight. I also need to draw a cartoon for Costa Rica, which should I should be doing by tomorrow morning but, I might be working on it tomorrow night. I am in the pit of deadline misery.

I’ve been wanting to use the “dilly dilly” thing ever since I saw that commercial. Another cartoonist actually beat me to it a couple weeks ago, but he used it for a sports cartoon. Dilly dilly is just so stupid, how can I not love it?

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 (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.

Dirty Little Secrets For Sale


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What’s good for business apparently is internet providers prying into your personal business.

Google, Facebook, and other companies already collect your information and search history. That’s why if you buy your diapers for your niece’s new baby you continue to see diaper ads all over Facebook for the next month. But now Congress has passed a bill that will let internet providers sell your search history. I’m sure you have nothing to worry about because you’re not the type to visit Pornhub.

Not only will companies like Comcast and Verizon be selling your info, they’ll be competing with Facebook and Google for those sales. So it’s on. Even pop-up blockers and anti-tracking software may not even be able to hide you as your VPN can sell you out.

Perhaps our only hope is that President Trump will share Obama’s concern for your privacy and not sell you out to the highest bidder. Happy April Fools!

Is “goat tickling” a thing?

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Caption Contest #219 Winner


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This week’s winner is Ricky Toler of Spotsylvania.

Runner ups are:

Dale Stout of Colorado Springs, Colorado who submitted “This is creepier than Creepy Rob Lowe.”

Bentley Pamm of Spotsylvania who submitted “Everybody’s gone surfin’…….only now we pay……”

Stan Kennedy Jr. of Fredericksburg who submitted “My Spidey Sense is tingling!!”

Patrick Cady of King George who submitted “Careful—there is a black widow at the center of this WEB!!”

Mike Haddad of Willobrook/DuPage, Illinois who submitted “Al? Al?! Gee, Mr. Franken, where are you when I need you?!”

Mike Blevins of Spotsylvania who submitted “I find nothing neutral about this.”

Kathy Mannix of Washington, D.C. who submitted “My escape goes through the Chamber of Secrets at the FCC!”

Dennis Silver of Spotsylvania who submitted “Where is Charlotte the spider when you really need her.”

Come back Monday and play again.

 

My First Reprint in Politico


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After being a professional cartoonist for over 20 years I don’t get too many firsts when it comes to national reprints but I got one today. I’ve always admired Politico. They have great reporting and I was impressed that they hired a cartoonist and a great one at that in Matt Wuerker.

This cartoon has been very successful so far. Each of my newspaper clients that publish my work online have used this one and it made USA Today on Thursday (which I didn’t notice until late last night). I felt kinda guilty I didn’t make it exclusive for The Daily Dot, a client I draw exclusive work for. I did give them a cartoon on the same subject which I think is going to work really well. I’ll publish that as soon as The Dot puts it up.

Thank you, Politico. Read Politico and The Daily Dot. You’ll find great content at both. Stay away from those mouth breathing bottom dwelling right wing “news” sites.