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Mitchy Oscars


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Music note: I listened to Hole while drawing this. There’s a bit of irony in that Courtney Love can’t sing, but bass player Melissa Auf der Maur provides amazing backing vocals on the “Celebrity Skin” album, especially on “Heaven Tonight”

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Justice Jackson


by a 53-47 vote, The United States Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court yesterday, making her the first black woman in history to be on the court. Three Republicans, Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski joined every Democrat in voting for her.

There should have been more Republicans voting for Justice Jackson as she’s one of the most qualified judges to ever be nominated for the Supreme Court, if not the most qualified. The three Republicans who voted for her know full well that Jackson will cast votes they disagree with, but they also know she’s qualified and understands the Constitution. These are qualifications the rest of the GOP in the Senate don’t care about, or at least not when their racist cultist base is watching.

Sure, you had Tom Cotton saying she would have defended Nazi war criminals. You had Marsha Blackburn asking her to define “woman.” You had Ted Cruz on a tangent about racist babies. You had Lindsey Graham upset and flailing his arms around about something or others. And then there was Josh Hawley, the goon who gave a fist salute to terrorists, being the ringleader for the attacks painting her as soft on pedophiles. But where were the more rational members of the GOP during this?

I get there was no hope to get votes from Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Tommy Tuberville, Chuck Grassley, or Rick Scott, even though some of them have voted for her in the past. But why didn’t Mitch McConnell vote for her? Voting for her could have helped his arguments for stealing Supreme Court seats and had made him look somewhat reasonable.

Why didn’t Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy vote for her? Cassidy voted to impeach Trump so he’s somewhat reasonable. John Kennedy once rejected a Trump nominee for a lower court because he was unqualified…so why reject someone who is?

Others I could see crossing party lines to vote for her are Richard Burr, Thom Tillis, Ben Sasse, Rob Portman, Jim Inhofe, Pat Toomey, John Cornyn, Mike Lee, and Tim Scott.

Tim Scott is the only black Republican in the Senate. He’s acknowledged racism from conservatives at times, so why join the racists in rejecting the first black woman on the Supreme Court? I know he represents South Carlina, but he could have chosen to be a powerful voice in doing the right thing. His vote to confirm could have prompted more yes votes from his side of the aisle. Besides, he had voted for her in the past.

And Lindsey Graham…this guy previously voted to confirm Judge Jackson to federal courts…twice. In fact…a lot of these Republicans had supported Jackson in the past.

Which Republicans voted to confirm Judge Jackson to federal courts in the past? They are Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Chuck Grassley, Richard Shelby, Mitch McConnell, Mitch Inhofe, John Cornyn, Mike Crapo, Richard Burr, John Thune, John Barrasso, Roger Wicker, Jim Risch, Roy Blunt, Jerry Moran, Rob Portman, John Boozman, Pat Toomey, John Hoeven, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Deb Fischer, Tim Scott…wait for it…Ted Cruz.

So what happened between these Republicans voting yes to voting no? Did they not do their research last time? Did Judge Jackson do something new and despicable between the votes? Or…hear me out…the cameras were on?

After the vote and while Democrats celebrated, the Republicans walked out of the chamber. They went from voting for her to voting no to being disgusted she was confirmed. Republicans are all a bunch of posers who won’t even consider doing what’s right if there’s a camera in the room. They all just want to grovel and appeal to their MAGA racist bases…even the black guy.

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson won’t change the political makeup of the court. Conservatives hold a 6-3 advantage. But I hope President Biden gets another appointment. Hell, the orange ass-clown got three. I’m looking long-term. I hope the future brings us Democratic presidents who get Supreme Court nominations who will stop Republicans from putting justices on the bench dragging this nation backward.

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson is a step in the right direction.

How disgusting do you have to be to be proud it’s on your record that you voted against the first black woman on the Supreme Court?

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Jail For Ginni


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Ginni’s Disappointing Hole


When the Supreme Court rejected Donald Trump’s efforts to block the National Archives from giving documents from his presidency (sic) to the January 6 committee investigating the attack on the Capitol building, only one justice dissented. I’ll give you one guess who that justice was.

In the weeks between the 2020 presidential election, won by Joe Biden over Donald Trump, and the January 6 attack, Ginni Thomas sent multiple text messages to Trump’s Chief-of-Staff Mark Meadows to do everything he could to overturn the election. Ginni is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Did you think that same-last-name-thing was just a coincidence?

In one of those messages, she urged Meadows to “release the Kraken and save us from the left taking America down.” The “Kraken” is what Trump’s ridiculous Qanon lawyer Sidney Powell kept promising to release which would prove the election was stolen by Democrats. We never got that Kraken. We did get a bunch of Crapen. Get it? Crap, Crapen, Kraken? Never mind.

In another text, she wrote, “I can’t see Americans swallowing the obvious fraud. Just going with one more thing with no frickin consequences.” She also wrote, “We just cave to people wanting Biden to be anointed? Many of us can’t continue the GOP charade.”

The texts were a part of more than 9,000 documents turned over to the Jan 6 Committee. The texts detailed Meadows’s interactions with Republican politicians and other assorted goons as they planned strategies to steal the election and install the guy who lost it, Donald Trump, as a fascist Cheeto dictator.

The committee got 29 text messages, most of which were from Ginni which makes me assume that at some point, it got too crazy even for Meadows to respond to, which is like the morning I woke up to find 19 blood-curdling messages from the girl I met in Las Vegas. Is it blood “curdling” or “curling?” Anyway, I was scared.

Here’s the thing, kiddos: Ginni was a part of the effort, coordinating with the Trump White House (sic), to steal an election and install Tiny Orange as a dictator. Her husband sits on the Supreme Court, which is supposed to be a check on the other branches of government (in case you’re a Republican, there are three branches of government, In case you’re Senator Tommy Tuberville, Congress is NOT two of them), and would later hear cases involving Trump’s attempt to overturn the election he lost.

Ginni is a GOP operative goon and a lot of the crap she’s involved in lands before the Supreme Court…which her husband, who is also a goon, will vote on. Does he ever recuse himself from cases that involve his wife? No. She claims they never discuss their work with each other. If they did, I can see it in my head in the style of one of J.D’s fantasies from the TV show Scrubs.

Clarence and Ginni are at the breakfast nook.
Clarence: Ginni, what will you be working on today?
Ginni: Oh, Clarence. I expect a busy day trying to install Donald Trump as a fascist Cheeto dictator by overturning the election he lost to the actual winner, Joe Biden. Grr, I hate Joe Biden.
Clarence: And how will you overturn it?
Ginni: By releasing the Kraken. What are your plans for today?
Clarence: Obviously, voting to support your Kraken. Grr, I hate Joe Biden too.
Ginni: You are the bestest judge ever, Clarence.
Clarence: I know. Can you pass the Coco Puffs? I’m really coo-coo for them.
Ginni: The doctor says you’re supposed to be eating Grape Nuts, but since you’re going to vote for my Kraken…

So, have you figured out which one of the nine Supreme Court justices voted to keep the Jan 6 Committee from seeing that Ginni Thomas tried to overturn a democratically-held election and install a fascist Cheeto dictator?

I’ll give you just one hint: He’s coo-coo.

Music Note: It’s Friday and I don’t have the idea for this week’s CNN cartoon yet, so I didn’t listen to music. I was thinking and watching news. It didn’t work.

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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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Defenders of Terrorism


It’s very amusing to hear the goons who defended an insurrection go after someone who defended terrorism suspects as a public defender and accuse her of being soft on crime.

When Donald Trump was impeached for using government resources to extort a foreign president for political dirt on an opponent, and then impeached again for inciting a terrorist attack to overturn a democratic election, senators Tom Cotton, John Cornyn, Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley each voted against conviction.

There is no better example of being soft on crime than rejecting to punish terrorists.

Let’s get one thing straight and out into the open: The people who attacked the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, were not protesting. They were not exercising their freedom of speech. They weren’t protesters who just got a little too passionate. They were not people who “loved their country” or who cared about “election integrity.” They were terrorists.

People who try to overturn a free and fair democratic election are not patriots. People who try to overthrow the government through violence to install an unelected fascist dictator are terrorists. People who break into the Capitol building with nooses while wearing riot gear and chanting to hang the vice president of the United States are terrorists. People who attack law enforcement to overturn the government are terrorists. Ashli Babbitt, the goon stealing Nancy Pelosi’s podium, the idiot who sat at her desk and stole government documents from it, the howling Qanon Shaman, and everyone who defecated in the hallways and smeared it on the walls is a terrorist who attacked the United States of America. This should not be debatable or questioned.

Even Republicans who have condemned the attack are using the same lies to change voter laws that the terrorists used to overturn our government.

And another thing: You can’t accuse people of being soft on crime if you want a child to be forced to carry her rapist uncle’s baby.

John Cornyn described Ketanji Brown Jackson as “zealous” when she was picked as a public defender to defend terrorism suspects. He accused her of doing her job. A lawyer does not become a public defender with the goal of not giving every defense a fair trial. A person doesn’t become a public defender with the intention of giving some suspects just 30 percent of effort in their defense. Republicans need to remember that everyone in America deserves a fair trial. It’s in the Constitution. I known Republicans stop reading at the Second Amendment, but trust me. It’s in there.

And some of these Republicans didn’t just choose not to punish Trump for the insurrection. They didn’t just defend the terrorists. Some of them aided and abetted the terrorist attack, which was committed by white nationalists, by the way.

Josh Hawley was pictured outside the Capitol giving the terrorists an enthusiastic fist bump to show his solidarity. He also voted against certifying the electoral college. Ted Cruz pushed the lie that the election was rigged and still voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. Marsha Blackburn initially intended to vote against certification but changed her mind after the terrorist attack.

When it comes to defending the Constitution and the United States of America, Republicans are the weakest and the most pathetic.

Music Note: I listened to Van Joy, The Lumineers, and Tonic while drawing this cartoon.

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Racist Babies


I’ve heard for years from people who have experience with Texas Senator Ted Cruz that nobody likes him. Former Democratic Senator Al Franken said he likes Ted Cruz more than anyone else in the Senate likes him…and he hated Ted Cruz. Even Republicans don’t want to get stuck in an elevator with Ted Cruz.

I think it’s true. Nobody likes Ted Cruz and the new evidence to this working theory is taken from yesterday’s hearing on Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. We expected a lot of hostility from Republicans on the nomination of a black female who may be the most qualified justice ever nominated for the Supreme Court. We even expected some stupid questions from Republicans because Tom Cotton, Marsha Blackburn, and Josh Horseface Hawley are on the committee. But did anyone expect stupidity on the levels Ted Cruz gave yesterday? Yeah, we did.

Ya’ see, kids…these senators don’t put their questions together by themselves. They have staffs who help them. Ted Cruz did not personally go to Kinko’s for the huge graphics on easels he displayed yesterday. Senators also coordinate these questions with their colleagues so they’re not ALL asking the same Qanon questions about pedophiles. So you would think that somewhere in the process of Ted Cruz putting together his presentation, someone would have said “uh, no.” You would think there would have been at least one “please don’t do that” from amongst his staff and colleagues. There should have been at least one person in the room who cared enough for Ted Cruz and would have tried to prevent him from making a royal sniveling condescending ass out of himself and said, “Senator, maybe lecturing black women on racism isn’t the best way to go.” Someone should have pointed out that the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory don’t have anything to do with being a federal judge. At the very least, someone should have said, “Please, Senator, for the love of God and all that is holy…don’t ask her about racist babies.” But no, someone on his staff went to Kinko’s to pick that shit up so Ted could go on national television in front of the entire goddamn world and ask a black female judge with a degree from Harvard who’s about to be appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States if she believes babies are racist. For all we know, one of his daughters made the Kinko’s run.

Nobody stopped him because nobody likes Ted Cruz. Somewhere in the halls of Congress yesterday, someone who had been in that room helping Cancun Cruz prepare his line of questions was snickering their ass off.

Ted Cruz, like most MAGAts, is a victim of the Dunning-Kruger Effect which is when an idiot doesn’t know he’s an idiot. For Ted, his case should be called the “Duh-Kruger Effect.” This is not the same level as Herschel Walker saying evolution isn’t real because we still have monkeys, but Ted Cruz is on the level of being a smart idiot. Ted tries really hard to be stupid. The only people worse are those who believe Ted Cruz really showed someone else up.

Judge Jackson had to wade through a lot of absurdity yesterday and will do so again today. She had a lot of pauses before answering questions which is probably her way to prevent her first reply being “are you an effing moron”? Or, “Did you eat paint chips as a kid”? Or, “Did your mother drop you a lot when you were a baby?” Or, “What freaking snail pond did you slither out of”?

Lindsey Graham used his time to rant about the treatment Justice Amy Coney Barrett received during her confirmation hearings, not for the Supreme Court, but when she was nominated for a lower federal bench in 2017. Back then, Senator Diane Feinstein asked Barrett about her religion because Barrett had a history of making a huge deal about her religion. So Graham asked Judge Jackson yesterday to rate her religious faith on a “scale of one to ten.” Graham was trying to make white people who are in fundamentalist cults appear as victims.

Senator Horseface (Hawley. Keep up) said, “I’ve noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children,” he said accusing her of “a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes.” This is the same guy who let Donald Trump off the hook for his appalling crimes. Ted Cruz had also gone down the pedophilia rabbit hole. This is an appeal to the Qanon crowd who believed Hillary Clinton was running a pedophile ring in a DC pizza joint, which is still better than what they’re doing at Papa John’s.

John Cornyn scolded Jackson, who is a former public defender, for the way she represented “people who have committed terrorist acts against the United States,” saying her “zealous advocacy has gone beyond the pale.” Like Hawley, this guy voted against impeaching Donald Trump who called for terrorists to attack the very Capitol where he was scolding Judge Jackson for doing her job as a public defender.

Tom Cotton, another goon cozy with Trump’s white nationalist terrorists, tried to associate Judge Jackson with “anarchists, rioters, left-wing street militias,” the “breakdown of society,” and “Soros prosecutors” who “destroy our criminal justice system from within.”

Marsha Blackburn, who may have fewer working brain cells than Herschel Walker, accused Judge Jackson of providing “free legal services to help terrorists get out of Gitmo and go back to the fight,” supporting “the radical left’s attempt to pack the Supreme Court” and harboring a “hidden agenda to let violent criminals, cop killers and child predators back to the streets.” Blackburn is another GOP goon who voted against impeaching Trump for inciting a terrorist attack. Blackburn also accused Judge Jackson of seeing the United States as a “fundamentally racist country” and having a “personal hidden agenda to incorporate Critical Race Theory into our legal system.” I don’t even know how that would work.

Blackburn then accused Judge Jackson of trying to incorporate Critical Race Theory into every aspect of society where you won’t even be able to get an order of Chicken McNuggets without them having a little CRT in them. They always screw you at the drive-thru!
OK, I made that paragraph up, but it’s just as legit as what Blackburn actually said.

But it was Ted Cruz who brought props and even a copy of the children’s book, “Antiracist Baby.” Ted held up the book and asked Judge Jackson perhaps the most ridiculous question that’s ever been asked in the United States Capitol building, and keep in mind, this is the same building where Trump terrorists were asking where was the best spot in the hallways to drop a deuce. Keep in mind, this is the same building where Senator Tommy Tuberville pushes every button in the elevators because the colors are pretty. Keep in mind, this is the same building where Marjorie Taylor Green checks under every desk for free gum. Ted Cruz asked Judge Jackson if she believes babies are racist. This isn’t like the Chicken McNugget thing I made up. This actually happened.

Judge Jackson sits on the board of Georgetown Day School and Cancun Cruz was asking her how Critical Race Theory was a part of the school’s curriculum. Board members of the school don’t set the curriculum. Critical Race Theory doesn’t have anything to do with federal judgeships. And, Georgetown Day School is private. “Antiracist Baby” is a book taught at the private school.

Ted then went after her for past statements she had made about the school advancing “social justice.” Ted and other Republicans have made “social justice” a code word for racists to react negatively to, like “welfare queen,” “woke,” and “books.” They find “social justice” nearly as icky as we find Ted Cruz.

Ted talked about another book taught at the school, “Stamped,” which is by the same author as “Antiracist Baby.” Ted had major issues with text on page 33 (he was trying to prove he read the book) where the question is asked if it’s OK to send white people “back” to Europe. Ted miscomprehended, or lied, about the passage as it’s not saying we should send white people “back” to Europe. It’s illustrating a point about black and brown people being told to “go back to where you came from,” like when Donald Trump made a rally chant of “send them back” about nonwhite women in the United States Congress.

Before the hearing, Ted was in Montana and pitched a fit because he missed the boarding call. He made so much of a ruckus that the cops had to be called. Ted really wanted to get on that flight as if he was fleeing from a snowstorm and escaping to Cancun. Ted was trying to get back to Washington, DC so he could take part in the hearings. He eventually got a flight out and I can guarantee there was at least one racist baby on that plane.

Music Note: I listened to the Rolling Stones while drawing this cartoon.

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Talking To Ketanji


I do not expect Ketanji Brown Jackson to get a fair hearing from Republicans today. If they take their cues from Tucker Carlson, they’ll all demand to see her LSAT scores, something they didn’t request from Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, or Amy Coney Barrett.

Republicans are seeking reasons to oppose confirming Jackson other than they don’t like her politics or that she was nominated by the other team. It was more common in the past for senators to vote for a judge nominated by the president of the opposing party. What really mattered to most was if they were qualified. In1993, 96 senators voted to confirm Ruth Bader Ginsburg and it didn’t surprise anyone she turned out to be a liberal Supreme Court Justice because everyone already knew she was a liberal judge. Everyone knew John Roberts was a conservative in 2005 and he got 78 votes. The Supreme Court used to be a much more serious place before it got jackasses like Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Rick Scott, Tommy Tuberville, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Marsha Blackburn, Lindsey Graham, Ron Johnson, and Rand Paul.

Now, it’s much more partisan and none of Donald Trump’s three picks for the Supreme Court could reach the super-majority requirement of 60 votes, so Mitch McConnell lowered the requirement to 50. To be fair to Democrats though, there were major problems with each of Trump’s picks other than all three being goons

Neil Gorsuch was a pick stolen from President Obama and Republicans wouldn’t even allow a hearing for Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland. Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault and proved himself to be too vindictive, whiny, and immature for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. Amy Coney Barrett was another stolen pick and she’s in a cult. Also, all three picks were chosen by the fundamentalist right-wing fucknut organization the Federalist Society, which is a legal club for goons where there is probably a lot of harumphing.

President Biden promised on the campaign trail he would pick a black woman for his first SCOTUS pick. Republicans, who were enthusiastic when Ronald Reagan and Cheeto both promised to pick women, were very upset over Biden’s promise to pick a black woman. It makes me think their outrage is less about the woman part and more about the black part. Maybe that’s why Tucker wants to see her LSAT scores but not those from white nominees.

Also, conservatives never demanded to see Trump’s school transcripts but did demand to see Obama’s. I’m starting to detect a pattern here.

Of the115 Supreme Court justices in our nation’s history, 108 have been white men. None have been a black woman. Republicans today are acting like Ketanji Brown Jackson is taking an opportunity away from a white guy.

If Donald Trump had openly admitted his first nomination would be a white guy, Republicans never would have claimed he was limiting the pool of talented and qualified candidates to choose from. They’d claim there are plenty of qualified white men for the Supreme Court, so selecting from a list of only white male candidates isn’t an issue. The same is true of picking from only black female judicial candidates. There are multiple black females qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.

Jackson is currently a judge in the DC federal appellate court. She worked as a clerk for the man she’s replacing, Justice Stephen Breyer. She’s also been a federal public defender, an attorney in private practice, a federal district court judge, and a member of the US Sentencing Commission. She’s qualified. Also, she’s not a goon.

As long as all 50 members of the Senate vote for her, Jackson will be our next justice on the Supreme Court. Some Republicans have already voiced opposition to her. Senator Chuck Grassley implied today that she disagrees with criminal law.

Senator John Cornyn has speculated she’s a “true believer” in defending terrorists.

Senator Josh Hawley, who is also a head-up-his-ass imbecile with a horse face, has implied she supports child pornographers and sex offenders. But, Jackson comes from a family of law enforcement and has the support of law enforcement groups, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police, and dozens of former state attorneys general. She’s already been confirmed by the Senate three times.

Grassley has already objected to her statement, “”presidents are not kings” and some Republicans are demanding she recuses herself from any cases that may (most definitely will) come before the court involving Donald Trump since she has already heard a case involving the Tiny and obstruction of justice. Of course, Republicans aren’t going to ask Trump’s three picks on the court to recuse themselves. Can I get a harumph?

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is demanding that she oppose expanding the court and stacking the deck for liberals, you know…after he spent eight years blocking Obama’s justices to federal courts, then rushing in the least qualified cultist shitweasels he could find to stack the decks during the Trump years, including the three MAGAt morons he put on the Supreme Court. Can I get another harumph?

Ketanji Brown Jackson will not change the balance of the court since she’s replacing a liberal, but did you hear that Clarence Thomas is in the hospital? Can I get a harumph?

Music Note: I listened to The Hives while drawing today.

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Radical SCOTUS


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

My editor asked for a cartoon on President Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Ketanji Jackson Brown. I then saw an article where the chairperson for the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, had issued a statement about how “radical” KBJ is but nowhere in the statement did she mention what makes her so radical. So, I focused on that.

I have another cartoon idea on Ketanji Brown Jackson that I plan to draw in the coming days. Stay tooned for that.

Music Note: While coloring this cartoon, I listened to Beck, Pete Droge, and since I was in the Petes, Pete Yorn.

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Picky For Putin


Like the United States, Russia has a Supreme Court with justices nominated by the president. Unlike in the United States, Russia’s court system is not independent. In the United States, there are three branches of government. In case you’re a Republican, like Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville, those branches are congress, courts, and the presidency. They are equal branches.

Donald Trump never understood the separation of courts from the presidency. Before he was president (sic), he claimed a judge was unqualified to hear one of his lawsuit cases because that judge was “Mexican.” After he became president (sic) and a judge from a lower court halted his racist travel ban, Trump called him a “so-called judge.” He threatened to dismantle the 9th Circuit. He said “that’s not law” with one ruling as it came from an “Obama judge.”

Regarding the 9th Circuit, Trump said, “People should not be allowed to immediately run to this very friendly circuit and file their case…and you people know better than anybody what is happening is a disgrace, in my opinion, it is a disgrace what happens with the 9th Circuit.”

Trump also said, “The 9th circuit is something we have to take a look at because it is not fair.”

Vladimir Putin controls Russia’s courts by appointing goons and stooges he can control economically and politically. People get thrown off buildings in Russia for disagreeing with Putin. When the government presents evidence in a Putin court, it is taken as absolute fact without challenges. Trials in Russia are often held the day after the arrest. People go to jail for saying bad things about Vladimir Putin. Ask Pussy Riot. Russia’s courts put Alexei Navalny in prison for failing to die after being poisoned by Putin’s goons.

Russia’s constitution barred Putin from seeking a third term in 2008, so his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, ran for president and appointed Putin as his prime minister after he “won.” When Medvedev’s first term was over, he didn’t run for reelection. Instead, he nominated Putin as the party candidate. After Putin won the election, he re-installed Medvedev as prime minister. Medvedev spoke openly about their arrangement. Hee-hee, corruption is fun.
Putin is in his fourth term as president and he was scheduled to step down in 2024, but they fixed that. The Duma, Russia’s congress, passed legislation that allows Putin to serve two more terms. If Putin, who is 69 now, serves two more terms, he will be in office until 2036. Guess who signed the law allowing Putin to stay in power beyond his constitutional term limits? That was a rhetorical question but in case your name is Tommy Tuberville, it was Putin.

If Putin can usurp the Russian constitution and stay in power for three decades, don’t you believe he controls the courts?

This is why Trump loves authoritarians like Vladimir Putin (Nicknames: Pale Mouth, Botox, Pootie-Poot), Recep Erdogan (Modern Yazid), Rodrigo Duterte (Duterte Harry), Xi Jinping (Big Daddy Xi), Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (The Pimp), and Kim Jong Un (Kim Fatty III). They don’t have things like pesky constitutions giving them term limits, or at least not real ones, which Donald (Cheeto Hair Fuhrer) would love to have done away with.

Trump can’t appoint puppets to the courts unless the judges just agree to follow Trump out of some cultist adoration without any payoff. Judges aren’t congressmen. So the best Trump could do was to appoint goons like Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barret. Fortunately for Trump, the people he does control were the ones who put them on the Supreme Court. Yet, these three goons have each handed Trump losses, especially in regards to him stealing an election he lost and hiding evidence that he tried to steal that election. Trump wants what Putin has, a corrupt system. Despite all of Tiny McGrimage Gropenfuhrer’s efforts, we still have a court system independent of the presidency.

This is why it’s so refreshing to have Ketanji Jackson Brown as our next Supreme Court Justice, barring any disaster coming from the Senate. She will be an independent voice. She’ll make the court look more like America. She’s not a pick from the Federal Society. Unlike Neil Gorsuch, she’s not taking a stolen seat. Unlike Brett Kavanaugh, she’s never been accused of sexual assault or of boofing. Unlike Amy Coney Barrett, she’s not stealing a seat or a member of a religious cult.

Republicans are taking a few minutes away from focusing on repeating Russia propaganda to attack KBJ as being a “radical.” What’s so “radical” about her? I think for Republicans, the “radical” part is she doesn’t look like them.

Ketanji Jackson Brown has already issued a ruling against the Trump administration for her seat on the Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit. In that ruling, she wrote, “Presidents are not kings.”

How radical.

Music Note: I listened to Pete Yorn and some Stones while drawing today’s cartoon.

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Kids, I’m in the Denver airport and it’s 5 AM. The coffee places are just now opening and they’re calling to me. I’m also super sleepy, so you’re not going to get a blog for this until later. Probably much later. Sorry. I’m on the move.

For now, someone else write the blog for me on this issue and leave it in the comments. This should be fun.

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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