Oregon Standoff

Whoa Bundys


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There’s been a fair amount of news coverage of the protests going on over the North Dakota Access Pipeline but it’s being overshadowed, like most other issues, by the presidential campaign.

The pipeline is a $3.7 billion dollar project that will create 40 permanent jobs. It has been controversial from the start for its negative effects on the environment and it’s angered Native Americans from the Meskwaki and Sioux tribal nations, and actor Mark Ruffalo (don’t make him angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry). Rezpect Our Water, a group organized on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, has sued for an injunction and there has been several protests in North Dakota.

Arrests have been made of unarmed protesters and even a journalist for covering the protests (those charges were later dropped when a judge decided it’s legal to report the news). Many protesters were pepper sprayed and attacked by dogs brought by private security. At least six people have been treated for dog bites.

Meanwhile a bunch of white hillbillies just got acquitted after taking over a Federal wildlife sanctuary in Oregon. The Bundys (yeah, those guys) spent six weeks turning the federal property into their own private gun-happy Yee-Haw party. One of their buddies was shot and killed while resisting arrest.

On Thursday a jury in Oregon acquitted seven of the Bundy people of all federal charges. They still have to remain in jail because they face charges in other states. Their lawyer was so upset he argued with the judge to the point he had to be tackled by U.S. Marshals.

Since a bunch of white nutzoids can occupy federal property and skate, does that mean armed black protesters can take over a federal building? No. They’re lucky not to get shot while peacefully protesting. And you see how Native American protesters are being treated, who are NOT occupying federal property. Basically that’s their property.

The scariest aspect of this is that it might encourage armed conservatives to monitor polling stations on election day. I kinda expect the Republican candidate to use the Bundy case to further encourage that upcoming mayhem. Maybe after he loses the election Donald Trump will attempt to occupy the White House.

I’m sure someone else has drawn a cartoon on the DAPL issue but I haven’t seen one, or I’ve seen it and forgotten. I expect several to come on the Bundy acquittal.

I used “mace” in this cartoon because it has fewer words than “pepper spray.”

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Enough Bundy


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It’s time for the Bundy Militia to go home. Everyone’s tired of them. Oregon’s tired of them. America’s tired of them. The birds are tired of them. It got to the point that someone has lost their life over this ridiculousness to make a point. It’s time to go home.

I had two other ideas for this cartoon but they weren’t suitable for family newspapers. I toyed with the idea for a nano second to draw them and post them on the website, without sending them to my clients. Then I thought about it and decided not to do anything with my name on it that I wouldn’t want in a newspaper.

Here’s the rough.

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Militant Wishlist


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I really wanted to include tampons, which is on the Militants’ wishlist, but I was afraid that would scare off newspapers from running this cartoon.

The anti-government gun nuts occupying the federal bird sanctuary in Oregon have sent out a wishlist. On the list is stuff like underwear, blankets, hot dogs, radios and tampons. They’re also asking for cigarettes and money. It sounds like they weren’t prepared at all for their takeover.

Meanwhile, before El Chapo was captured actor Sean Penn got to interview him in person. This has angered a lot of people who believe Sean Penn shouldn’t be hanging out with the leader of a drug cartel who’s one of the most wanted men in the world.

Those who are most offended are Mexican journalists. Drug cartels have killed journalists in Mexico. Sean Penn’s interview for Rolling Stone is a slap in their face as El Chapo got final approval of the article before it was printed. That’s a luxury I doubt Rolling Stone has ever extended to Pearl Jam.

Sean Penn is not a journalist and if with practices like this, Rolling Stone is losing any credibility it had left as a source of journalism.

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Militant Snackers


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The Bundy militia guys didn’t prepare properly for their occupation of a federal bird sanctuary. Yeah, they brought guns, thermal underwear, and a big blue tarp to bunker under to shoot federal agents from, but they forgot snacks.

While asking Americans to grab a gun and freeze with them while waiting for the feds, they’re also asking the public to mail them snacks. Yes…please use the government owned postal service to send snacks.

Personally, I think they can chew on bark. However, if you must send them snacks you should go to Walmart and buy the store brand of mixed nuts and send that to them. It’s appropriate because of the implication, but nobody likes those things. Everyone fishes around for the cashews and leave those big ugly tasteless Brazilian and walnuts which leave your mouth dry. Bleah.

While you’re assembling your care package to send to Oregon, make sure to include diapers. Really big diapers.

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A Little Militant Lunacy


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Showing that they can do the Occupy Wall Street crowd one better, a group of right wing militants are now Occupy Bird Sanctuary. A federal bird sanctuary that is.

Remember that crazy old rancher who was dickering with the government over his cattle grazing on federal land? Cliven Bundy, inspired a standoff between armed local anti-government activists and federal officials seeking to confiscate cattle grazing illegally on federal land in Nevada. Now his two sons have overtaken a federal building in a remote part of Oregon.

Friends of the Bundys have been in a battle with the government over federal land. Dwight Hammond and his son Steven Hammond were sentenced to prison for setting fire on federal lands. There’s a terrorism aspect to the conviction which has a mandatory sentence of five years. The judge gave them less and after finish that sentence another judge said “wait a minute, hillbillies, you have more time to serve” and sent them back to prison. OK, I made that quote up but that’s what happened.

So a bunch of armed militants against the federal government staged a protest and then occupied the federal refuge and they say they’re willing to stay there for several years. They claim their group has 150 members but some witnesses say they only counted 15, which might just be as high as they’re capable of counting. They’re calling for supporters to arm themselves and join them. They say it’s a peaceful effort, but if the government tries to kick them out they’ll fight back. That’s peaceful?

Their supporters call them patriots. If they were black they’d be anarchists. If they were Muslim they’d be terrorist. They National Guard, FBI, and ATF would be all over it by now. There are now reports government agents are on the way but they’re kinda taking their sweet time about it. It’s a good thing they’re not a bunch of black 12-year-old kids with pellet guns or they would have been shot by now.

For some reason these people think it’s their Constitutional right to steal federal land and to rob taxpayers. If they can’t take it then they should be able to set it on fire and endanger the lives of fire fighters.

You can be unhappy with the government and still love your country. Nobody is 100% happy with government. But to take up arms and threaten war with the government, is declaring war on your country. It is treason. These people are traitors to the United States of America. They have all the integrity and morals of al Qaida and ISIS.

And it’s probably not going to do the birds any good.

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