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Some Costa Rican Tongue


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I drew this cartoon for The Costa Rica Star and it ran Friday, March 16.

The president signed a new anti-nepotism law and I speculated  it could impact the next administration, if that presidency is occupied by religious wingnut Fabricio Alvarado and his speaking-in-tongues wife.

I draw four cartoon a month for the Star. Since there’s five weeks in March and the election is in early April, I took this week off so I can draw next week closer to election day.

Here’s the video.

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Costa Rican Gayday


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I drew this cartoon last week for The Costa Rica Star.

Costa Rica’s uber-evangelical candidate Fabricio Alvarado’s team has stated being gay doesn’t mean a maybe-future Fabricio administration won’t hire you. It just means that you probably won’t be able to work for them and if you do, you have to stay in the closet.

If you do become a member of the Alvarado administration, you can’t engage in homosexual behavior, like being in a gay pride parade, which is an example they cited. You also probably will not be tolerated if you give off a perceived gay vibe.

Fabricio is in a statistical dead heat with Carlos Alvarado (no relation). Fabricio has pulled out of five planned debates, most likely because Carlos will eat him alive. Fabricio doesn’t really have any position except being anti-gay. Seriously. His entire platform is, no gays, no gays, no gays. He is so afraid of gays that he’s probably gayer than Mike Pence.

Fabricio is the candidate for the National Restoration Party, which is very religious. Fabricio himself is a preacher and a Christian singer. It’ll be like electing an ignorant game-show host to your nation’s highest office. I wish there was an example where that’s already in place, so I can point out how it doesn’t work.

Carlos is from the Citizen Action Party, which is caught up in the Cementazo scandal (which Fabricio isn’t entirely clean of himself) and hasn’t done anything with its leadership role to pull the nation out of debt, repair the economy, or restore its credit rating. While Carlos’ party is responsible for most of the nation’s ills, Fabricio doesn’t even know what they are.

In the early 1990s, the race for Louisiana’s governor was between former Democratic governor Edwin Edwards, who had a history of corruption, and former grand wizard David Duke. There were bumper stickers in the state which read, “Vote for the crook. It’s important.”

Carlos Alvarado hasn’t been shown to be a crook at all. His greatest crime so far is that he’s associated with a party that’s failed to lead the nation out of debt and restore its economy.

But, the voting citizens of Costa Rica need to vote for Carlos Alvarado. It’s important.

Here’s the video.

Please consider making a donation to keep the cartoons, columns, and videos coming. Reader contributions, small and large, really do help and are appreciated in a time of dwindling revenue for political cartoonists. You will also be supporting free speech and liberty while those in power are doing all they can to suppress it. You can also support by purchasing a signed print for $40.00. Just look at the right of this page and click the PayPal button. Thank you!

Expat Democrats


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This cartoon ran last week in The Costa Rica Star.

I get annoyed at people who claim they’ll leave the country if they don’t get their way. You hear a lot of celebrities make that promise. But, after they don’t get their way they don’t ever do us the favor of keeping their promise and leaving. They stay and continue to vent.

One of their favorite destinations to not go to is Costa Rica. Rush Limbaugh swore he’d move to Costa Rica if Obamacare passed. He’s still here. If Rush had moved to Costa Rica he would have discovered a nation that already has a national health plan. Oops.

Liberals and Democrats aren’t any better. How many swore they’d move to Canada, France, the UK, or Costa Rica if Trump won. None of them left.

A lot of lefties believe Costa Rica is a liberal utopia in Central America. It’s a nation that takes climate change very seriously. However, it’s a very religious nation where abortion and same-sex marriage are illegal….for now.

An international court recently ruled that Costa Rica needs to allow same-sex marriage. Costa Ricans have responded to this by putting a candidate into their presidential runoff who is campaigning on the nation leaving the international court system and vowing to never recognize same-sex marriage.

So, liberals, if you want to be an expat in Costa Rica, keep in mind there’s a very strong religious conservative tilt in the nation despite the legal prostitution. That’s weird, right?

The Costa Rica Star discovered I am making videos of my cartoons. They’ve asked me to do the same for them. There is not a video for this cartoon, but there is one for the next. You can go to the Star’s YouTube channel and check it out.

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

Costa Rica Is Not An S-Hole


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Here’s last week’s cartoon for The Costa Rica Star. There’s a new one for this week and you should go check it out.

I will no longer be drawing two cartoons a month for The Star. I’m going to draw four. HAHA. Did I scare you? They kinda scared me too. We’ll start that in February. So, you’ll be seeing a lot more cartoons on Costa Rica through 2018.

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

Cementazo Christmas


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I usually wait a week after I draw a cartoon for The Costa Rica Star before I post it on my site. But, since this has a Christmas theme I’m really not going to wanna see it again after today. I’m not a fan of Christmas clichés used in cartoons, like the naughty list or Santa’s lap, even when I use them.

Do me a favor. Click on the Star’s link above just so they get a hit for this cartoon today. It won’t hurt as they don’t run an annoying video or pop-ups on their site like the ones here.

I’ll be posting a new cartoon in an hour or so. Yes, I’m drawing today. I have deadlines. Besides, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself otherwise.

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.

Sticky Marchamo


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This cartoon was published December 1 in The Costa Rica Star.

In Costa Rica, the government makes you purchase an annual Marchamo sticker for your car. It’s basically a property tax based on the value of the vehicle. In the United States, you can usually look forward to the tax bill on your vehicle being cheaper next year. Not so in Costa Rica. For some reason, the value of your vehicle often increases in Costa Rica. Many believe it’s based on how much revenue the government wants to create.

The money is supposed to go toward the infrastructure, like roads. But, nobody ever sees improvement on the roads.

Some people believe the money actually goes toward Christmas bonuses, called “Aguinaldo.” The Aguinaldo is not based on performance and is a “13th” month salary paid to every salaried employee, government and private, documented and undocumented, in the nation. It’s a law. The president of the Banco de Costa Rica (a government bank) will receive a $50,000 Christmas bonus.

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.

Costa Rica Hooker Fire Sale


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This cartoon was published November 24, at The Costa Rica Star. I still have one more cartoon I drew for the Star I need to post here.

The Hotel Del Rey in San Jose is well-known as a place to find a prostitute. It’s not even an open secret and prostitution is legal in Costa Rica. They market themselves just as that. The place is full of clubs and there are other websites that provide tips on how to go about finding a prostitute without getting ripped off. Hey, I research.

It seems a lot of the women are not local to Costa Rica, with many being Russian. That makes me concerned if sex trafficking is part of this equation.

Anyway, there was a fire at the hotel which probably ruined trips for lots of gringos. That’s too bad. They should probably go fishing anyway.

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.