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Intelligent Life


Pentagon officials testified before a House subcommittee on Tuesday about unidentified flying objects or as some prefer, unidentified aerial phenomenons. We have been conditioned that anytime we hear the term “UFO,” we think of aliens from outer space. But the “U” is for “unidentified.” In case you’re a Republican, yes. “Unidentified” begins with a “U.” Just because something is unidentifiable doesn’t mean it’s not from this planet.

It’s not that I don’t believe there’s life in the universe other than our planet. In fact, I think it would be very arrogant to believe we are the only life or that the universe revolves around us. And if we ever do prove there’s life out there, it’ll definitely prove that a god does not exist. How arrogant is it to believe that a supreme being started life in the universe here on our blue ball? Religion teaches us that the entire universe does revolve around planet Earth.

I’m a bit of a geek. I like a lot of science fiction. I love the idea there’s a galaxy like Star Wars where there are civilizations of various sentient life forms throughout the galaxy, and we can all travel from one planet to the next as easily as going from New York to Idaho, hypothetically. The only people who seem to be going to Idaho lately are racist gun-humpers looking to join a white nationalist militia. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s a place called Knowhere that’s the head of a deceased celestial and the home of the Collector’s museum where he keeps all his stuff collected from across the galaxy, like a dog. It’s a horrible place and Starlord says it sucks, and he’s from Earth. Maybe Idaho is one of our Knowheres…or maybe it’s our entire planet.

My one fear of discovering life outside this planet is that it will all be like Star Trek and just bore us all the fuck to death.

I’m not just open to the possibility of life beyond our planet, I’m certain of it. I think it’s implausible for there not to be life somewhere else. That doesn’t mean there are colonies, cities, or angry beings salivating to conquer us. For all we know, it’s just amoebas. but there is probably life somewhere. What I don’t believe is that we’re being visited. Sorry, kids.

I love science fiction but it’s science fact I believe in. Our Earthly science tells me we’re not being visited. If you are planning a trip to Pluto and have a spaceship that travels 590 miles per hour, it would take you about 680 years to get there. Maybe you have NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. It only took that thing nine and a half years to reach Pluto. Even then, they needed a push from Jupiter’s gravity. I read.

For alien life to come to our planet, they would have to have technology we can’t even imagine yet, but science does change as we learn more. So to come here, Aliens would have to have the tech and the desire. It would require a reason to visit us despite the time involved…and probably expense. Just how tasty is our flesh to aliens? Maybe they’ll fly a million light-years with a push from Jupiter for Popeye’s spicy chicken sandwich. They better call first. And quite frankly, that might be the best reason to come here.

When aliens land in most movies, they land in the USA. Though there was that one time, in “District 9,” where they landed in South Africa, which has to be way worse than landing in the United States. In that case, we never find out they came and it seems their ship broke down over Johannesburg, which for us would be like your car breaking down on a road through trip Indiana. In “District 9,” these higher beings of intelligence really like cat food, the moist kind in cans. None of that dry shit. Your cat’s right. Canned cat food is also the best dining experience you might find in Indiana.

But they usually land here and only occasionally is it because we’re the location of the United Nations. And have you been to that neighborhood? Eh, it’s alright. There are no Subway stations near it, the view is of Queens, and it’s across the street from Trump World Tower. Even New Yorkers don’t go to that neighborhood. In the remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” the alien landed in Central Park at night. Intelligent life would not do that. Also, this intelligent life was Ted from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Disappointed.

The one thing “The Day the Earth Stood Still” got right is that as soon as the alien stepped outside his ship, we shot him. And that was in New York City. If Klaatu landed in Alabama, he’d be lucky if he only got shot. That alien got himself a perty mouth.

Dear aliens, avoid dueling-banjo states.

Immigrants from south of our border are limited with their options. It’s hard to swim to Holland, so they just walk north. But if you’re in a vehicle that can travel across the universe at light speed, you have more options than a pair of Adidas knock-offs will give you. Why would you land in the USA when you can go to France, Germany, or any of the Scandinavian nations everyone raves about. The top ten nations on this planet that have been rated the happiest are all in western Europe and Scandinavia. We’re rated the 19th happiest. Put that on a travel poster. Come to America, where you’re only kinda likely to get shot by a white supremacist with an assault rifle he bought legally, and if you get raped, you’re gonna have that baby. But, you can super-size your combo meals in America.

And we should be grateful for a 19 rating. Half the nation hates the other half. Our infant mortality rate is ridiculous. We’re in the process of denying women rights over their own bodies. We’re the mass-shooting capital of the planet. We’re in the process of making it illegal to vote if you’re black, which will soon join the illegality of walking while black. The majority of this nation consists of religious fundamentalists. The governor of our third-most populous state is in a feud with a cartoon mouse. We only recently figured out that gay people deserve the same rights as heterosexuals, though they’re trying to change that in yee-haw states. We’re outlawing teaching our racist history. We put immigrant children into baby cages. We made an orange racist Oompa-Loompa reality TV host the president (sic) or our nation. Our Chinese food isn’t really Chinese. Every streaming service is raising its prices to deliver the most popular movies from 2009. Two Broke Girls lasted for six seasons while Arrested Development only lasted for three (initially). Someone in this nation thought Train’s “Soul Sister” was a good idea. McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish still only comes with half a slice of cheese. There are still people in this nation putting ketchup on hotdogs. And have you heard of KFC’s Double Down sandwich? That thing alone makes me want to move to France.

And, we are so stupid that when a planet-killing virus spreads across the planet, half the people think aquarium cleaner and bleach are a cure while refusing to wear face masks because they believe it’s a socialist attack on their freedom.

On top of all that, the people we’ve chosen so wisely to lead us consist of Rick Scott, Ron Johnson, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Ron DeSantis, Rand Paul, Marsha Blackburn, Josh Hawley, Tommy Tuberville, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Lindsey Graham, Marsha Blackburn, and Ted Cruz. I seriously doubt intelligent life from another planet wants to talk to any of these fuckos, but if they’re into anal probing, I suggest each of them as candidates. We’re talking about miles of ass here. In fact, aliens, go ahead and keep them.

The rest of the world can be ugly too. We kill our most beautiful and amazing creatures (we’re running out of rhinos and they’re awesome). We kill each other. Have you heard what’s happening in Ukraine? The most horrible vile people are in charge of places like North Korea, Belarus, and Saudi Arabia. There’s still an active slave trade on this planet. We’re destroying the planet’s climate. North Korea is threatening to nuke us and South Korea gave us “Baby Shark.” Canada inflicted the globe with Nickelback and poutine (what the fuck is a cheese curd? What’s wrong with cheese that you feel you need to curd it?). Nations argue with each other over who has more right to reject immigrants. Also, I think some people in Europe are starting to put ketchup on hotdogs.

Aliens aren’t coming here because of our intelligence and they don’t want our oil as that’s going to run out. But if they’re coming here, it’s because they want something. Maybe they want our water. Maybe they want to view our wildlife as we do have amazing creatures. Maybe ant aliens want us to enslave us to work in their sugar mines (Hail ants). Maybe they want to convert us to their alien religion.

All the people who claim they were abducted by space aliens are in places like Hooterville, Georgia. And if aliens do abduct from Hooterville and they latch onto Marjorie Taylor Greene to study…they’re not coming back…

…unless she’s delicious.

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Bow Chicka Bye-Bye


The good news is that the Moron House Caucus lost one of its members last night. From this point forward, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, and Matt Gaetz will have to spread racist nutjob conspiracy theories from the halls of Congress, or whichever outhouse they’re dwelling in at that moment, without Madison Cawthorn.

The bad news is that there may be more Trumpian lunatics coming as we’re having mixed results from Trump endorsements.

West Virginia lost a congressional district which forced two Republican incumbents, MAGAt Alex Mooney, and establishment guy David McKinley, who voted for the infrastructure package AND a commission to investigate Jan 6, to face off in a primary last week. Guess which one Trump endorsed. The Trump-endorsed lunatic won over the guy who’s been bringing the bacon home to the country roads and mountain mamas of by-God West Virginia for years.

Fun fact: John Denver had never visited West Virginia before he recorded “Country Roads,” and the two guys who wrote it got the idea while driving through the state to Maryland. The song actually describes the western part of Virginia more than West Virginia. West Virginia seceded from Virginia to join the North during the Civil War, but today there are counties in Virginia that want to join West Virginia because it’s more like the yee-haw south.

Sorry for the digression. On the same night a Trumper was winning in West Virginia, another Trump-endorsed MAGAt lost in Nebraska. Jim Pillen, who was endorsed by the governor and the rest of Nebraska’s GOP establishment, defeated Charles Herbster, who was endorsed by Trump who also held a rally for him, despite, or because of, eight women accusing Herbster of groping. Trump won Nebraska easily in 2016 and 2020.

In last night’s Pennsylvania’s GOP U.S. Senate primary, Trump-endorsed lunatic Mehmet Oz is running closely behind Dave McCormick, who criticized Trump over Jan 6, and supports gay marriage, though he did air a commercial with people in the background chanting, “Let’s go, Brandon.” Dr. Oz is a Trumper who promotes homeopathy and pseudoscience. He was a big fan of Hydroxychloroquine curing COVID.

In Idaho, Governor Brad Little defeated the Lieutenant Governor, Janice McGeachin, who issued a ban on face masks while the governor briefly left the state. McGeachin has appealed to the growing racist militia movement taking hold in northern Idaho and has spoken at events organized by white nationalists. Hey, guess which one of these two Trump endorsed. She lost last night.

But the biggest loser of the Republican primaries so far this year has to be Madison Cawthorn, the yee-haw fucknut who has tried to sneak a gun onto a domestic flight more than once, wears women’s underwear, and has spoken out loud about being invited to Republican cocaine orgies in the nation’s capital. Since those orgies are supposed to be a secret, the establishment put a lot of money into defeating Cawthorn, who got an extra endorsement from Donald Trump this week. Trump’s endorsement may have given Cawthorn a fighting chance, but it didn’t win him the primary.

What I wonder is why the GOP establishment put so much effort into defeating Cawthorn while ignoring all their other lunatics currently holding office? How many more of these lunatics will Trump endorse? How many of them will win? How many will join the Republican orgies? Is this why Mitch McConnell is often called “Cocaine Mitch?” Do Republicans have enough awareness to make their cocaine orgies handicapped accessible? Does Washington, DC have city a code requiring wheelchair ramps to be at every Republican cocaine orgy?

The only reason the GOP establishment went after Cawthorn was because of his statement about cocaine orgies. All the racism, lies, conspiracy theories, trolling, and bringing guns onto airplanes didn’t concern them, but that orgy thing did. I mean, they got upset over it like it’s an actual thing. Hmmm.

It’s fun to watch Republicans beat Republicans, but these are primaries. In some cases, Democrats would prefer the Trump-endorsed candidate to win, as they can often be easier to defeat on a state-wide basis (in swing states) than a more reasonable Republican who’s only slightly OK with insurrections and racist conspiracy theories.

Maybe next time, Madison, leave out the cocaine when mentioning Republican orgies…or is it leave out the orgies when mentioning the cocaine?

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go 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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Formula for Insurrectionist Babies


Here’s your cartoon for this week’s CNN Opinion newsletter. Please sign up to get these in your inbox every Sunday. 

Music note: I listened to Filter, the Toadies, Stone Temple Pilots, and Tears For Fears while making this cartoon.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go 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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Trump, Thoughts, and Tops


Every time I touch on Trump’s “very fine people” statement on the violence in Charlottesville that occurred on August 12, 2017, I get angry responses from his cult of defenders. They claim he never praised Nazis and he did condemn them. Let’s look at the facts.

On August 12, 2017, there was a rally by Neo-Nazis to preserve a statue of Robert E. Lee that the city planned to remove. They held a march with tiki torches and chanted “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” There was violence between the racists and anti-racists. One of the racists murdered Heather Heyer and injured several others when he drove into a crowd of peaceful innocent anti-racism protesters. Donald Trump spoke about the violence on that day.

From his bed-bug infested golf resort in New Jersey, Turdberry, I think it’s called, Trump condemned the violence and hate. He said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
That was his strongest statement that day against hate and bigotry, by blaming both sides. It was his first statement. It was prepared beforehand.

On August 14, 2017, two days later, Trump issued an official statement from the White House condemning Neo-Nazis. The short statement included, “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Donald Trump could never say something this forcefully off the cuff or as a response to a question. He could only do so two days after the fact and as an official statement prepared by a staff of goons. It took him two days to say something negative about hate groups. The only thing more difficult to get him to criticize is Russia. But yes, Donald Trump condemned Neo-Nazis…and a day later, he defended them.

On August 15, 2017, during a press conference in Trump Tower, Donald Trump told reporters there were “very fine people on both sides.”

When a reporter pointed out it took Trump over 48 hours to criticize hate groups, he asked Trump, “why did you wait so long to blast neo-Nazis?” Trump’s excuse was that he didn’t want to condemn the hate groups until he knew the facts.
Yes, the man who told over 30,500 lies while president (sic) and admitted he didn’t have any information that George Soros was funding migrant caravans even though he made the claim, and who often supported his bullshit with “many people are saying,” didn’t want to say something without having all the facts.

It was pointed out to Trump that Senator John McCain blamed the alt-right, and Trump refused to join him. Trump instead asked the reporter to define the “alt-right,” and defended Steve Bannon as someone who’s “not a racist.”

And then he asked the reporter, “Okay, what about the alt-left that came charging at — excuse me, what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?”

He continued to equate the anti-racists with the hate groups, using the bogus term “alt-left,” and said, “Let me ask you this: What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do. As far as I’m concerned, that was a horrible, horrible day. Wait a minute. I’m not finished. I’m not finished, fake news. That was a horrible day.”

He then defended the hate groups, because they had a permit, and said, “I will tell you something. I watched those very closely — much more closely than you people watched it. And you have — you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now. You had a group — you had a group on the other side that came charging in, without a permit, and they were very, very violent.”

A reporter asked him, “Mr. President (sic), are you putting what you’re calling the alt-left and white supremacists on the same moral plane?”
Trump: “I’m not putting anybody on a moral plane. What I’m saying is this: You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs — and it was vicious and it was horrible. And it was a horrible thing to watch.
But there is another side. There was a group on this side. You can call them the left — you just called them the left — that came violently attacking the other group. So you can say what you want, but that’s the way it is.”

Reporter: “You said there was hatred, there was violence on both sides. Are the…”
Trump: “Yes, I think there’s blame on both sides. If you look at both sides — I think there’s blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it, and you don’t have any doubt about it either. And if you reported it accurately, you would say.”

Reporter: “The neo-Nazis started this. They showed up in Charlottesville to protest…”
Trump: “Excuse me, excuse me. They didn’t put themselves — and you had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group. Excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”

Kids, he defended Nazis and hate groups. He defended the hate groups in Charlottesville. He defended the people marching with tiki torches while chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil.”

What he did was equate anti-racist groups with hate groups. He refused to say something bad about the alt-right and came up with the term “alt-left,” ignoring that if the “alt-left” is a bad thing, then the comparable group, the “alt-right,” is bad too. Yes, he condemnded Nazis the day before, but then turned around and defended them the next day by pointing out they had a permit as if they had a right to be there but the left didn’t. Then, by saying “very fine people” on both sides, he claimed very fine people march with Nazis who chant “Jews will not replace us.”

Let me make one thing clear: Very fine people do NOT march with Nazis. Very fine people don’t socialize and mingle with people who chant “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”

I don’t care how much you love a statue, you don’t march with Nazis unless you’re a Nazi. I don’t care if the government is trying to take down a statue of one of my heroes, like Tom Petty, Charles Schulz, or Herblock, as soon as a Nazi showed up, for whatever reason, I wouldn’t march with him. This isn’t like a school assembly thing where you mouth the words while the rest of your classmates are singing. Even if you don’t mouth the words, your silence while marching with people chanting antisemitic slogans is an endorsement of those statements.

Good people don’t hang out with Nazis. The only people who march with Nazis are Nazis. But then again, maybe they’re like those Trump voters who claim they’re not racist, but racism isn’t a dealbreaker.

Racism and Nazis should be a dealbreaker. And if they’re not a dealbreaker for you, like they’re not with the peddlers of the “Great Replacement Theory,” such as Trump and Tucker Carlson, then you’re just as racist as the white supremacist shooter in Buffalo.

Music Note: I listened to the Butthole Surfers (because I was drawing a butthole), Cake, and Everclear.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go 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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Tucker’s Boy


I heard someone on a Sunday morning news show say there hasn’t been an increase in white supremacist groups, but that they’ve been given credibility and legitimized. No shit, Sherlock. But maybe with all the big-time support from major players, like Donald Trump and the entire gaggle of idiots at Fox News, perhaps they have increased recruitment for hate groups. There was no Qanon before Trump.

The number one terrorist threat in this nation is angry whiny little-dick-suffering white guys. Most terrorist attacks are committed by these goons. This has only increased during the Trump era. Who heard of Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, and Boogaloo Boys before Donald Trump occupied the White House? And when you point out to conservatives that white nationalists are the number one terror threat in this nation, they get upset. They claim they’re not racists but they’re very defensive and protective of white hate groups.

When a black man drove a truck through a parade killing people and another shot passengers on the subway in Brooklyn, I had right-wing trolls comment on my various platforms that these attacks were proof white supremacy isn’t the number one terror threat. But these goons don’t even recognize white nationalist terrorist attacks as acts of terrorism. Case in point: The January 6 attack on the Capitol building to overturn an election that many of them say was just a bunch of tourists exercising their freedom of speech.

Not only can’t they see white nationalist terrorism, but they also can’t even see white nationalism. Donald Trump said he didn’t know anything about Qanon except that they love their country. He couldn’t tell the difference between anti-racism protesters and the Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville in 2017, even after the Nazis killed Heather Heyer, an innocent anti-racism protester. And on the top-rated “news show” in the nation, its host, Tucker Carlson, asks, “What is racism?”

Tucker Carlson’s show isn’t just the top-rated in the nation, beating its competition by a wide margin, but it’s the most popular show with white nationalists. David Duke, a former Grand Wizard, says Tucker speaks for the racists. And with promoting the Great Replacement theory while saying he doesn’t know what racism is, he is doing the bidding of racists.

Tucker has been talking about the bogus conspiracy theory for years that white people in this nation are being replaced by non-white immigrants. They believe this is a Democratic Party strategy to eventually erase white people and have a non-white Democratic Party-supporting voting majority. They use this shit to justify changing laws to make it harder for non-white people to vote and to advance other conspiracy theories. White racists truly believe this shit.

And just like what happened in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 where nine black parishioners were killed inside a church, we had another young racist engage in a mass shooting to kill black people.

Yesterday, a young man drove over 200 miles to kill black people. He was a believer in the Great Replacement theory that Tucker peddles on his show. The white supremacist didn’t hide his intentions or motivation. He wrote a 180-page manifesto of his hate and intentions and had the “n-word” written on the barrel of his assault rifle. He shot 13 people, killing ten.

This 18-year-old kid threw his own life away while destroying many others and took credit for the violence in the name of white supremacy. This is Tucker’s boy. Tucker Carlson needs to own this.

The writer of the manifesto plotted his actions down to the minute, included diagrams of his path through the store, and said he specifically targeted the Tops Markets location on Jefferson Avenue because its zip code has the highest percentage of Black people close enough to where he lives.

The manifesto shows the shooter has been planning the attack for the past few years and became more serious since January. He whines about “white genocide” taking place in America and proudly brags about his racist and anti-Semitic views. I guess if he had a talk show on Fox News, he’d also be saying, “What is racism?” with a wink.

The manifesto writer conducted a Q&A with himself where he said he supports “those that wish for a future for white children and the existence of our people.” This is not the first white supremacist mass shooting in the Trump era. This isn’t the first with a manifesto. And if Fuckers like Tucker keep pushing their racist agenda on primetime television while Donald Trump conducts hate rallies where the all-white crowd chants “send them back,” it won’t be the last.

The shooter live-streamed his white nationalist terrorist attack on Twitch, which I guess is another hangout for white racist goons in addition to 4chan, Gab, and Truth Social. But these goons don’t need the dark web anymore because the number-one “news show” in the nation promotes their racist theories. White supremacy is now mainstream.

What does it say about America that its top-rated news show is hosted by a white supremacist? Tucker doesn’t have to just look into a mirror to see white supremacy. He can just look at the white supremacist shooter who killed ten people in Buffalo.

If Tucker Carlson had a son, he’d look like the Buffalo white supremacist shooter.

It’ll be interesting to hear what Tucker talks about Monday night on his show. I predict he will not own this.

Signed prints: The signed prints are just $40.00 each. Every cartoon on this site is available. You can pay through PayPal. If you don’t like PayPal, you can snail mail it to Clay Jones, P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. I can mail the prints directly to you or if you’re purchasing as a gift, directly to the person you’re gifting.

Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go for $45.00 each, signed. Also, I have copies of my first book from 1997, Knee-Deep in Mississippi available for $20.00.

Tip Jar: if you want to support the cartoonist, please send a donation through PayPal to clayjonz@gmail.com. You can also snail it to P.O. Box 3721, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

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Roughs, Volume 136


So yesterday I tweeted and posted to Facebook that I had a rough so nasty that I didn’t send it to my editors at CNN. Maybe I shouldn’t have singled CNN out because I didn’t send it to any of my clients. It’s nasty. Naturally, this got lots and lots of readers intrigued with many demanding to see it immediately. Claytoonz readers tend to be on the freaky side. But enough with the teasing and leaving you hanging, here it is.

I told you it was nasty. This was drawn a few days ago and I immediately knew I couldn’t send it to my clients but my online audience would want to see it.

The rest of these were drawn two weeks ago, right after the leak of the SCOTUS decision allowing states to ban abortion. There are more roughs than what you’re seeing here but I placed a few into the infamous “Maybe” folder. I’ll probably give up on a few of those this week and you’ll get to see those next week.

This was a cartoon in progress I gave up on. All the money bags were going to be labeled with assorted big-spending government shit Republicans love and when I got to this point of the drawing, I got very bored. I thought of another idea on the subject of student-loan fairies that actually went over with my readers very well.

I don’t love this but it’s something I threw against the wall to see if it would stick. I thought it was possible.

This is the rough sketch for the cartoon that was picked by CNN for the Opinion newsletter. I didn’t love it at first but I warmed up to it as the drawing went along. I think it was a good cartoon. And it ran a day before Victory Day.

There were more Victory Day ideas.

Honestly, I wasn’t really into the subject.

But it was an assignment.

This one is probably my favorite of the Victory Day cartoons.

I drew this rough on a Thursday and did the cartoon last Saturday. I really liked this one though it took four forevers to draw. Readers on GoComics were analyzing the finished cartoon to see if I had simply copied and pasted all the women. I did not.

I didn’t do anything with this one.

I saw a few other cartoonists making this same point, but not directly about the Thomases. I didn’t think this was strong enough to go with.

After I drew this cartoon, my copy editor Laura suggested I make Kavanaugh the pregnant one since he probably deserves it more. I agreed and swapped them around. That’s in the videos of it and I was asked if I made the change out of concern for race. No. That was not a factor.

This wasn’t good enough but it made me snicker.

I didn’t think this was strong enough either but it amused me enough to draw a rough of it.

Which of these are your favorites? I know. It’s “roll of your sister.” Freaks.

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Ultra-MAGA


So there’s a MAGA lunatic running for the United States Senate in the Republican primaries. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “they’re all lunatics.” And you’re right. So, what makes this MAGA lunatic different from all the other lunatics?

The only real difference between Kathy Barnette and other Trumpers is that she’s black, but I don’t think that’s why they’re opposed to her. Usually, Republicans LOVE finding a black friend, which to them is a black person who hates black people as much as they do. They come in handy and can be used to prove they’re not racists (I can’t be racist if I have a black friend). But they don’t want to be friends with Kathy Barnette. Republicans, including the MAGA king himself, Donald Trump, are afraid if she wins that they’ll basically be forfeiting the seat to Democrats. But, a lot of people, myself included, thought the same thing about Trump, who became their orange friend.

So, what’s so weird about Kathy Barnette? It’s not like she’s proposed something as outrageous as taxing the poor, like Florida MAGA goon Senator and Voldemort lookalike Rick Scott has done. President Joe Biden has used this proposal to point out “ultra MAGA.” And nobody can be less qualified for office or as stupid as Donald Trump.

Tweets have been revealed by Barnette where she states, “Just confronted a Muslim,” and another asking for prayers for her and her children because she was about to board a flight with a lesbian on it, which makes two things Republicans don’t want to see on commercial flights, face masks and lesbians. But Republicans are already homophobes and Islamophobes. Donald Trump proposed a Muslim ban as a candidate and enacted it as president (sic). We couldn’t elect a bigger hater to federal office than Donald Trump, even if we elected David Duke, Steve Bannon, or Stephen Miller.

Kathy Barnette believes the election lie, is pals with the MyPillow fucker and Steve Bannon (which finally gives both of them a black friend), went to Washington, DC on January 6 to take part in the terrorist attack, and still hasn’t refused to concede she lost a race for a House seat two years ago. She is just as MAGA as the rest of them. She should be at Mar-a-Lago posing for photo ops with Donald Trump right alongside Kevin McCarthy and Kyle Rittenhouse. Is the issue that she’s not the chosen one? There are three candidates for the seat in the GOP primary and polls have them tied when you include the margin for error.

Personally, I hope she wins because she probably will hand the seat to the Democrats. I also hope Eric Greitens, the ultra-MAGA fucker in Missouri wins.

Greitens is a former governor who resigned in disgrace. He’s been accused by his ex-wife of spousal abuse, that he tied her up and blindfolded her then forced her to have sex with him in a basement. Most Republicans are avoiding the guy but Trump hasn’t endorsed anyone yet in the 21-field of candidates. But, the man accused of abuse has received support from Steve Bannon, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump Jr.

Since the start of the Trump era, the GOP usually goes for the vilest people they can find. These people usually endorse pedophiles even while accusing Democrats of being “groomers.” There have been mixed results from Trump endorsements this year as well giving one candidate a landslide win in West Virginia against an incumbent who brought home the bacon for the state, and a huge loss to a Trumper in Nebraska.

This is how fucked up the Republican Party is: They’re running commercials in Pennsylvania lying about Kathy Barnette. Why would they need to lie about her? Can’t they just point out she’s a conspiracy-believing nutjob like Marjorie Taylor Greene in addition to being extremely bigoted and stupid? No, that would make more Republicans vote for her. What they’re telling people is that she supports equality, Black Lives Matter, wants a statue built for President Obama, and chews with her mouth closed. Ouch. That’ll hurt you in a Republican primary that appeals to mouth-breathing racist Qanon fucknuts.

Unfortunately for Republicans, they just now decided Barnette is a threat which left them less than a week to destroy her. If she wins the primary, Republicans will rally behind her. They’ll do the same if Greitens wins the Missouri primary. Remember how Republicans once said they’ll never support Donald Trump before they all started building shrines to their cult god?

The Republican Party is a cult that consists of bigots, liars, and conspiracy theory peddlers who have to cheat to win. So it’s very enjoyable to watch them beat themselves.

Ultra-MAGA will destroy this nation…just like original formula MAGA.

Music note: I turned on the music after the lettering and listened to the “MusicForTheMorningAfter” by Pete Yorn throughout the drawing, shading, and coloring. The only tune left to listen to when I was done was the hidden track. You get ten points if you tell me the name of the track.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: There are 19 copies of my book in stock, which go 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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Shireen Abu Akleh


Shireen Abu Akleh was an esteemed American-Palestinian journalist who was killed earlier this week in the West Bank city of Jenin, where Israeli forces have been making military arrests and raids.

Abu Akleh was a reporter for Al Jazeera who’s been reporting for the past 25 years on Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation. Millions watched her report the news on TV on a near-nightly basis. She should have been allowed to do her job, not murdered for it.

Shireen Abu Akleh is an icon in the Middle East and foreign journalists who report there hold her in high esteem as well. Now, Arab journalists are staging sit-ins around the world in protest of Israel and wanting her death covered. Qatar lit up a building in her image. Nearly every cartoonist in the Middle East has covered her death (and I may be the first in the United States). Newborn daughters are being named after her. She has become a symbol of Palestine.

Israel’s first response to news of her death was to publish a video of a Palestinian gunman shooting indiscriminately from inside the Jenin refugee camp, blaming Palestinians for her death. The only problem is she wasn’t anywhere near that location.

Israel’s usual strategy for explaining its killing of civilians is to deny and deflect. They often blame Palestinians for the Israeli Defense Forces’ murder of Palestinians. They will claim the civilian they killed was in the same area as terrorists. Or, they’ll claim the civilian was a terrorist. Israel bombed an 11-story building last year which housed Palestinian media networks and the Associated Press but justified it by saying it was being used by Hamas.

After Israel published their video blaming Palestinians for shooting Abu Akleh, Al Jazeera posted footage showing Abu Akleh face down on the ground in a less built-up area and her colleagues trying helplessly to reach her as bullets continued to fly. The word “PRESS” was visible in large letters on her protective gear. Her producer, Ali Samudi, who was also shot, said, “We saw the soldiers in the area and there were no Palestinians there. The soldiers were about 150 meters away….I did not see who was shooting, but I see from where the bullets coming. They coming from the area where the soldiers. There were no fighters in the area.” 

Two hours later, a local researcher for the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem filmed a video geolocating the clip of the Palestinian gunmen in the Jenin refugee camp, hundreds of yards and several turns away from the spot where Abu Akleh was killed.

Israel backtracked and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told reporters he was very sorry “for what happened.” Israel wants all the forensic evidence so they can “investigate,” but the Palestinians don’t trust them. Israeli minister Diaspora Minister Nachman Shai said, “Israel’s credibility is not great in situations like this.”

Last week, The International Federation of Journalists, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS), and the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians filed a formal complaint at The Hague for Israel’s “systematic targeting of Palestinian journalists.” An estimated 50 Palestinian journalists have been killed since 2000, according to the PJS.

This morning during Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral service, Israeli police teargassed the crowd, fired flash grenades, and used batons to beat the people carrying her coffin. They’re still working on that credibility.

When Vladimir Putin’s government kills a journalist, we call it out. We condemned Russia for the death of Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski last March covering the war in Ukraine.

When Mohammed bin Salmen had Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi murdered and his body sliced up into multiple pieces with a bone saw in the basement of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey, we condemned it and demanded accountability. At the time of Khashoggi’s murder, we had a president (sic) who deflected for MBS. Recently, Trump’s goon son-in-law, who never asked questions or demanded justice for the murder, got a huge financial reward from MBS. This is what happens when you put people into power who don’t respect democracy or press freedom.

Al Jazeera is calling out western media for its coverage of Abu Akleh’s murder. They’re accusing western media of “whitewashing” the story and shying away from implicating Israeli forces in her death.

Beth Miller, the political director of Jewish Voice for Peace, slammed the New York Times for a headline that said Abu Akleh “dies at 51”, without mentioning the cause of her death. Bassam Khawaja, the co-director of NYU Law’s Human Rights and Privatization Project, tweeted: “‘Dies at 51’ is a really strange way to say a journalist was shot in the head.”

The Associated Press, the BBC, and other western news outlets have been accused of taking the Israeli narrative, that Abu Akley was killed by “random” gunfire. Even after being bombed by Israeli forces, the AP still carries the Israeli Defense Forces’ water. ‘Tis but a scratch.

We’re always cautious with the Israeli government, a caution we don’t have for Saudi Arabia or Russia. But it’s not antisemitic to call out a corrupt government that murders journalists just like it’s not Islamophobic to call out Saudi Arabia’s monarchy for butchering a Washington Post reporter. It doesn’t mean you hate Russian people by being against poisoning journalists or throwing them off buildings.

As a political cartoonist, I recognize we cartoonists stand on the shoulders of journalists like Shireen Abu Akleh, who put her life in danger to report the news. Journalists should be protected by governments while they do their jobs, not murdered by them.

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Concrete Evidence


Lake Mead is a Colorado River reservoir just 30 minutes outside Las Vegas. Former Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman said Monday. “It’s not a bad place to dump a body.” Well, now it is.

Climate Change is an international crisis and it’s affecting everyone, whether they know it or not. Republicans in fucknut Florida claim it doesn’t exist while their state is slowly going underwater. In other locations, lakes and rivers are drying up. In the United States, we’re slowly losing Tulare Lake, Salton Sea, Pyramid Lake, Owens Lake, Mono Lake, and Lake Mead. Lake Mead is starting to reveal secrets.

The water level in Lake Mead has dropped more than 170 feet since 1983. Mayor Goodman is a lawyer who used to have Vegas mobsters as clients, and he said they were always very interested in “climate control,” which was mob code for keeping the lake level up and bodies down in their watery graves. Two sets of human remains have emerged in Lake Mead over the past week.

One of the bodies was found in a barrel and authorities say the person was shot.

Michael Green, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas history professor whose father dealt blackjack for decades at the Stardust and the Showboat, said, “If the lake goes down much farther, it’s very possible we’re going to have some very interesting things surface. I wouldn’t bet the mortgage that we’re going to solve who killed Bugsy Siegel, but I would be willing to bet there are going to be a few more bodies.”

Las Vegas was founded by the mafia with Bugsy Siegel being a driving force behind it. This isn’t a whispered-about secret. There’s a mob museum in Las Vegas. What was once a dried-up little desert town founded in 1905 started to grow with the construction of the nearby Hoover Dam, reduced residency for divorce, and the legalization of casino gambling, all in 1931. Now the U.S. Census predicts Nevada (in case you’re a Republican, that’s where Las Vegas is located) will be the fastest-growing state for the next two decades and by 2030, Las Vegas will have over four million residents. Right now, the population of the city is a little over 640,000.

The mafia is responsible for the creation of the nation’s most popular gambling destination, but the days of celebrity mobsters may be over. The bodies people are finding are from decades ago and while there are predictions more bodies will be found as Lake Mead dries up, most won’t be from mob hits. Sorry to ruin it for you.

Sure, a body in a barrel is a pretty good sign the mob was responsible, but most bodies may be from other murders or just swimming and boating accidents. Professor Green pointed out, “People will talk about this for the right reasons and the wrong reasons. They’re going to think we’re going to solve every mob murder. In fact, we may see some. But it’s also worth remembering that the mob did not like murders to take place in the Las Vegas area because they did not like bad publicity going out under the Las Vegas dateline.” Ever hear the expression, “Don’t shit where you eat?”

While discovering bodies in barrels is intriguing and adds to mob folklore, it’s the wrong focus on a lake evaporating. The real focus here should be Climate Change.

The mob will never kill as many people as Climate Change kills, which is blamed for over 250,000 deaths annually.

A grandmother dying from heatstroke in August because she can’t afford air conditioning may not be as glamorous as goons shooting Bugsy Siegel in the back of his head in Beverly Hills, but it’s the death we should be talking about. We still don’t know who killed Bugsy or why, but we know who’s killing grandma. Not to mention that cities like Las Vegas are having to find alternative sources of water.

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Roughs, Volume 135


What to the what-what? A mid-week batch of roughs? The thing is, kids, I totally forgot a week. I should have posted two Saturdays ago what I posted last Saturday and last Saturday I should have posted this that I’m posting on a Wednesday. It’s Wednesday, right? It’s very confusing to be me. This is not a large batch and it’s from…shit, I can’t remember. Fuck it. Let’s just read them.

This one didn’t really do it for me and I did something else on free college. I can’t remember what that was but I’m pretty sure it was better than this one.

I tempted my editor at CNN with this, but then we went with something else. I didn’t love this one anyway.

I totally forgot about this one and it’s too late to use it now because the trial is over. I should have gone with this one because the idea is my kind of crazy, but I didn’t think the issue was that important on that day. And, no. Marjorie Taylor Greene shouldn’t be allowed on the ballot since she helped terrorists try to overthrow our government.
“Shouting into AOC’s mail slot” sounds dirty.

I didn’t go with this one because I thought maybe he’s not overreacting. Jump, Leon!!!! Whos’ Leon? I don’t know. It just came to me. I’ve been watching a lot of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

This is what I drew for CNN on that particular week and no, my readers didn’t like it. It got about seven shares on Facebook and I had people screaming at me for a week. But I’m OK with that. Scream away, kids. Scream away.

Anyway, kids, there will be a batch of roughs blogged this Saturday that were drawn last Thursday and Friday which I would be blogging the Saturday after next Saturday if I hadn’t posted this batch on Wednesday…I think.

Walk away slowly, kids.

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