Taliban

Burqa, Hijab, Handmaid


Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman was detained for allegedly failing to adhere to hijab (headscarf) rules in Iran. She died at a morality police detainment center. Protests have broken out in Iran following Amini’s death with thousands of women burning their veils and hijabs.

President Ebrahim Raisi warned that protesters would be dealt with “decisively” after days of nationwide unrest. Over 35 people have died during these protests that have broken out in over 40 cities. Protesters are demanding an end to violence and discrimination against women as well as an end to compulsory wearing of the hijab.

Women in Iran and Afghanistan don’t want to be suppressed any longer by their ultra-conservative governments. Here in the USA, ultra-conservatives are also working hard to subjugate women and take choices away from them. It’s all about control.

Republicans want the United States to be governed like Iran and Afghanistan, with religion. They want to force their “values” on the rest of us. First, they take away the right to choose, then the right to vote, and ultimately, the right to choose what to wear.

The morality police in all three nations need to be done away with.

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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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Oppression With The Fringe On Top


It’s happening again. Another state is destroying women’s constitutional reproductive rights.

When one backward knuckle-dragging fucknut red state succeeds in destroying a freedom, then other backward fucknut states follow the lead.

Texas basically banned abortion, made it a criminal offense, and created a bounty-hunting business for anyone to report on a person receiving or giving an abortion. Yee-haw, motherfuckers.

Oklahoma, another yee-haw state, has copied Texas’ abortion restriction laws and has made ANY abortion illegal except to save the life of the pregnant woman. The governor has promised to sign every piece of legislation limiting abortion that reaches his desk. The new law would make performing an abortion or attempting to perform the procedure a felony punishable by a maximum fine of $100,000 or a maximum of 10 years in state prison, or both.  There’s another bill in progress that copies Texas’ bounty-hunter law.

With the bounty-hunter laws, you can report a person for receiving an abortion in Oklahoma and Texas, even if you don’t know that person and the abortion doesn’t affect you in any way. This law, allowing you to report and cash in on something that doesn’t affect you and isn’t your business, isn’t surprising when you realize most of the people who’ve been trying to destroy abortion rights don’t have a uterus.

I guarantee you this: If men could give birth, there would have been abortion pills in vending machines before we even thought about eradicating Polio. Cavemen would have invented the pill, and then the vending machines before they got around to the wheel and sliced bread. We wouldn’t even be talking about abortion except in sex-ed classes where students would have free condoms thrown at them. In Florida, Ron DeSantis would be teaching how to put a condom on a banana to kindergartners. Abortion would be as common as clipping your fingernails. And then if one religious zealot said out loud, “maybe there should be a few restrictions on abortion. I mean, doesn’t the fetus have rights? Isn’t it a person? Isn’t it…” He wouldn’t have finished that sentence because an angry mob would have beaten him to death with sticks, stones, and condom-wrapped bananas

There would be horror movies directed by men about men being forced to carry an abortion to term. That’s scarier than Jason Vorhees and Freddy Krueger riding into your bedroom on Jaws to a soundtrack provided by Nickelback.

But since men can’t get pregnant, they’re creating laws that will force rape victims to have their rapist’s babies. They’re forcing teenage girls to have their uncle’s babies.

Last Wednesday, Missouri Republicans passed a bill that allows family members to file wrongful death lawsuits. They’re banning “abortion-inducing drugs,” and defunding Planned Parenthood.

Federal Medicaid law protects every Medicaid patient’s right to choose their provider including Planned Parenthood. This does not fund abortions. There are other health treatments provided by Planned Parenthood like birth control, STI testing and treatment, cancer screenings, and other preventive services. But conservative men don’t care about those treatments as it doesn’t affect them. Other states that have “defunded” Planned Parenthood are Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas. In Missouri, a state court said they can’t do this, but the legislature has ignored that ruling. This will also surely hit the 6-3 conservative majority Supreme Court.

The Democratic governor of Kentucky just vetoed an abortion-banning bill, but the Republicans will probably override it next week. In Maryland, the Republican governor VETOED a bill expanding abortion, but the Democratic majority in the state legislature overrode him.

Colorado, a blue state surrounded by abortion-restricting yee-haw states, signed a bill last week codifying abortion rights. The bill states, “The Reproductive Health Equity Act states that “every individual has a fundamental right to make decisions about the individual’s reproductive health care, including the fundamental right to use or refuse contraception; a pregnant individual has a fundamental right to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion and to make decisions about how to exercise that right; and a fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent or derivative rights under the laws of the state.” It also bans local governments from restricting abortion, like towns and counties in the district that sent Lauren Boebert to Congress.

Nebraska failed by two votes to advance a “trigger” bill that would have made abortion illegal immediately after Roe Vs. Wade is struck down by the Supreme Court because that’s exactly what Republicans are expecting.

The Supreme Court has allowed new abortion restrictions to stand in places like Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. Republicans are chomping at the bit for a case to go before the Supreme Court that will finally give them the opportunity to ban abortions nationwide. I expect that to happen too. The pro-freedom people are all about banning freedom.

I think if we ban abortions then we need to also ban Viagra and all other erectile dysfunction medication. I researched this and I believe it’s a fact that nearly all abortions are created with the help of a penis. I’m also pretty sure every Republican male writing these abortion laws loves his penis and needs medication for his penis to work. It would explain why they’re so frustrated and angry.

I am being funny but I’m always funny when I’m serious. Democrats in each of these states need to try to attach riders to these bills that ban penis pills. Sure, they won’t survive but it’ll make a very loud point. The point will be that Republican men are totally opposed to their private parts being legislated. I can not wait to hear Ted Cruz give a passionate speech about dick rights.

Or at the very least, Democrats in these state legislatures should craft bills banning Taliban laws. Have fun with that.

My advice to women who live in yee-haw states is…move.

Music note: I listened to some Bob Seger last night while taking a walk and it got good to me. So I started listening to it again while drawing today and then it got very tired. Classic rock does that to me. I’ll go a long time without listening to an artist, and it’ll be good when I finally do…and then it’s too much and it’ll be like four years at least before I listen to another Bob Seger song. So, I switched over to Blondie who was nearby in the B’s. Yeah, that’s classic rock too, but it’s weird so it’s still fresh to me.

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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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Turn Out The Lights


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I have a very non-bold prediction. A year from now, a majority of Americans will be satisfied with the way President Biden handled the withdrawal out of Afghanistan. And those still giving him low marks won’t remember why. Case in point: We lost fewer Americans in Afghanistan than we lost to Covid during the Trump presidency (sic), a virus he admitted he downplayed. Ask a Republican about that now and he’ll give you the same look a dog gives after he’s asked to tell the ingredients of moussaka.

Despite the world screaming at him, President Biden stuck to his promise. He stuck to a deadline when horrible images were coming out of the Kabul airport. He stuck to his deadline when people were falling off planes. He stuck to his deadline after a terrorist attack killed 13 Americans and over 160 Afghans. He stuck to his deadline and when that deadline came, we were gone. Yes, there are still Americans in Afghanistan, but he stuck to the deadline.

This is leadership. Republicans don’t recognize it because they’re Trump supporters.

Biden has made mistakes with this ordeal he inherited, mostly with his prediction that Afghanistan wouldn’t fall to the Taliban. But outside of that, I don’t think you can blame him for anything. Last night, a few political prognosticators were clamoring for a resignation from the White House over this. Who do they want to resign? They don’t know…just someone. Someone has to pay. Except we already fired the guy who made this shitty evacuation deal with the Taliban, so we’re good. Also, how do you fire someone for doing exactly what you told them to do?

Yesterday, I saw a lunatic on social media describe the withdrawal as nothing but a disaster for President Biden. Yet, over 123,000 people were evacuated in a span of two weeks. That is not a total disaster. Yes, a lot of people were left behind, including Americans. But President Biden showed leadership and stuck to the deadline. Were we supposed to extend the deadline again and bring in more troops to do it right? I don’t care how many people you airlift out of Afghanistan, there will will always be someone in Afghanistan who wants to get out of Afghanistan. It’s like Mississippi that way.

Remember, this withdrawal was set by a deal Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo made with the Taliban. A lot of people say we should have started our withdrawal earlier, but the Afghanistan government asked us not to out of fear there would be a mad rush to the airport creating a humanity crisis…which happened anyway. So, how could we have avoided this “disaster”? Answer: We couldn’t have.

But for some reason, despite this being such a huge “disaster” for President Biden, Republicans still have to make shit up.

The Taliban’s seizure of U.S. weaponry has been covered extensively. There are fears the Taliban will use these weapons against the United States. But, even if the Taliban could somehow fly Black Hawk helicopters across oceans halfway around the world, or drive the stolen Humvees to our shores, they promised they would never attack, or allow any group from inside their nation, to attack America. This is in the deal made by Donald Trump. I mean, it’s like Republicans suddenly don’t have faith in Donald Trump as a great dealmaker anymore. But, just like the treaty he signed with North Korea, there are not actual obligations or accounting required from the Taliban in the Trump deal. Even the part about negotiating peace with the Afghan government only required the Taliban to think about trying to make peace with the Afghan government maybe possibly kinda sorta.

Republicans also found a clip of a helicopter flying over Kabul with a man dangling from it. They claimed the person was being hung from the helicopter, which was stolen from the United States. Then, they claimed not only was it an innocent person being hung, but an Afghan interpreter who helped the United States. Of course, this is all Joe Biden’s fault. But…

…it wasn’t true. There was a guy swinging from the helicopter but he wasn’t hung. He was alive and waving. A reporter who knew the pilot said they were trying to hang the Taliban flag onto a tall building from the helicopter, but it didn’t work out. The pilot was trained by the U.S. and was in the Afghan military, but I guess he works for the Taliban now.

Republicans, stop getting your news from 4chan and YouTube. Also, maybe don’t buy into Taliban propaganda. I know it’s hard because it’s so similar to Trump propaganda.

Then, Republicans found a photo of a bunch of dogs in crates. The Washington Times reported they were rescue dogs abandoned by the U.S. military…and Joe Biden. Also, none of the dogs were house trained. Goddamn you, Joe Biden! Again, it wasn’t true. They were not military dogs or owned by the United States.

Republicans, stop getting your news from The Washington Times, which is literally owned by a cult.

A lot of these idiots say we should have taken all this military equipment with us when we left Afghanistan. The problem with that brilliant idea is that it didn’t belong to us. It belonged to the Afghanistan government. Republicans are very simplistic thinkers.

They’re also lying about the cost of the equipment left behind with some claiming it’s over $80 million when it’s actually closer to $16 million.

The truth is, all that military equipment has already served the purpose it was made for. That purpose was for the military industrial complex to make money. The U.S. defense industry is all about making money off the backs of taxpayers, which means they have to keep producing weaponry, even if those weapons are never used.

Currently, the Lima Army Tank Plant in Ohio produces 11 Abrams tanks a month. These tanks are about $6-8 million each. What are we doing with these tanks? We’re putting them in storage. We already have over 4,000 tanks in storage and the military has actually said it has enough tanks. But nope. The government keeps ordering more tanks.

The other thing about the military industrial complex is that it makes shit to fall apart. A Toyota hatchback will last two decades longer than a $8 million Abrams tank or a $10 million Black Hawk helicopter. All those tanks in storage will fall apart just by sitting there, and then we’ll spend millions upgrading them, and then upgrade again when the upgraded shit falls apart. It’s why I’m not that concerned with the heavy machinery and aircraft seized by the Taliban. And when that shit breaks down and they need to reorder parts from the U.S. government, good luck with the U.S. government’s automatic voice greetings.

“Thank you for calling the U.S. government’s tank and helicopter parts division. Your call is very important to us. Currently, our operators are assisting other customers. You’re our 87th caller…someone will get to your call shortly. If you would like to hang up and have a service representative return your call….” Spoiler: Nobody’s going to return your call. Also, after waiting two hours to be number two in line, it will hang up on you. It’s scary how I know all that by heart…and you do too.

There are still people to be rescued from Afghanistan, but we’re out of the Afghanistan business and President Joe Biden made it happen. A year from now, or tomorrow, most of us are going to be glad to be out of the Afghanistan business, except for simplistic-thinking MAGAts and people who build Abrams tanks for a living.

As for all the material shit we left behind, it’s another cost of this two-decade failure. Let it go. And I would have told the last American soldier in Afghanistan to turn out the light, if there were actually any lights in Afghanistan.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: here are SIX 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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Kabul’s Reapers


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How bad is ISIS-K? The Taliban hates them.

We spent the past two decades fighting the Taliban. The Taliban created a safe haven for al Qaida to train and conduct their terrorism. Al Qaida attacked the United States at least three times from the comfort and safety of the Taliban’s Afghanistan. So when you hear the Taliban are upset over a terrorist attack by ISIS-K, it’s not that the Taliban hates terrorism…they just hate that brand of terrorism.

It’s like pumpkin spice coffee. Hating pumpkin spice coffee doesn’t mean I hate all coffee. ISIS-K is the pumpkin spice of terrorism just like Donald Trump is the pumpkin spice of American presidents.

The Taliban claims they are the new-and-improved Taliban. Donald Trump wanted a photo-op with them. Mike Pompeo did get a photo-op with them. Donald Trump wanted their leader released from an Afghanistan prison, and he’s now ruling over the entire nation. Donald Trump negotiated our exit from Afghanistan, not with the government of Afghanistan, but with the Taliban. Today, we’re allowing the Taliban to manage security outside the Kabul Airport. The Taliban has assured us they will not attack U.S. forces during the withdrawal.

And then yesterday, a terrorist attack hit the airport. At this time (around 9:00 AM EST, 08/27/2021), at least 110 people are dead, including 13 Americans. ISIS-K has claimed responsibility. There was a warning the day before that ISIS-K might attack the airport. So yeah, I believe it was ISIS-K. How horrible do you have to be for the Taliban to think you’re an extremist? And there isn’t a guarantee the Taliban won’t create another safe haven for al Qaida.

One thing I despise about this is the nationalism we inject when there were so many other losses. I’ve already seen at least three cartoons with crying Uncle Sams and folding American flags. There will be more. I’m not against mourning the Americans who died. I’m against only mourning the Americans who died. Most headlines are saying, “13 Americans dead…and some other people.”

The other thing I despise is the immediate pile-on by Republicans to attack Biden, and I’ve already seen cartoons doing that. Liberals and Democrats didn’t do that to George W. Bush on 9/11. Can Republicans give it a day before they politicize 110 deaths? Did Democrats attack Ronald Reagan the day terrorists killed 241 Americans in Beirut, or did they give that a day? When a Republican is president during a terrorist attack, we’re supposed to rally around the flag. When a Democrat is president during a terrorist attack, then we need to start impeachment hearings. The exception to this is Donald Trump because when terrorists committed attacks during his presidency (sic), they were his terrorists.

President Biden said to the terrorists responsible for this attack, “We will hunt you down.” He’s continuing the evacuations despite more threats. He said this is the worst day of his presidency. That is leadership. We will continue to evacuate Americans and refugees, and looking at our track record at finding and killing terrorists, we will hunt them down.

The worst thing that could come from this terrorist attack is that it makes us stay in Afghanistan longer. Quite frankly, that’s what terrorists want. It’s a lot easier to kill Americans over there than over here. We still have to leave Afghanistan…now.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: here are SIX 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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Mr. Taliban Head


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Tucker Carlson has a nightly TV show in prime time where he offers his opinions on anything and everything despite the fact he has no real world experience at anything. Tucker especially fails at grasping foreign relations and the military. This trust-fund baby barely survived prep school and even got kicked out of one in Switzerland, probably for being too white.

None of that stops Tucker from being Tucker. Even if Tucker was capable of understanding complex matters, he’d still use the fall of Afghanistan as ammunition for his favorite cause, hating progressivism, which he also seems to know nothing about. Yes, Tucker is blaming the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban on wokeness.

First, when liberals speak of being “woke,” they’re being sarcastic. It’s kind of a way to mock conservatives who mock liberals, or just empathetic people for being openminded. Woke is another culture war brand like cancel culture and political correctness. Woke is gaining a better understanding or race and sex. Cancel culture is getting rid of hateful images and not letting Nazis speak on college campuses. Political correctness is just not being an asshole. Conservatives hate all these movements and if they’re really good at hating it, they get a talk show. But none of this stuff is weakening our military.

Last week, Tucker said on his show, “It turns out the people of Afghanistan don’t actually want gender studies symposia. They didn’t actually buy the idea that men can become pregnant. They thought that was ridiculous. They don’t hate their own masculinity. They don’t think it’s toxic — they like the patriarchy. Some of their women like it too.”

This is why people who watch Fox News are so ignorant of current events. If you listen to Tucker, it sounds like the Taliban won an election and the people rejected the liberal agenda of the former government. This sells really well to Tucker’s audience, which is mostly made up of Christian male white supremacists. But how does Tucker know any of this? Has there been a poll in Afghanistan? Can Tucker cite a source that he didn’t pull out of his ass?

The Taliban did not win an election. The people of Afghanistan did NOT choose the Taliban. For that matter, the government that was chased out was only slightly less conservative than the Taliban. Both sides create laws guided by their religious fundamentalism. This was not a battle between conservatives and progressives. Basically, this is like going from conservatives in Alabama to conservatives who want to eliminate voting and women’s right entirely. OK, Alabama was a bad example.

Prep boy Tucker is also selling the idea the military was selling “wokeness.” Do what? The United States military wasn’t selling liberalism to Afghanistan. The U.S. military was even turning a blind eye to the child-abuse culture of Afghanistan. Yes, that is a real thing. Ignoring child abuse is not being woke.

But Tucker is not alone with this idiotic argument.

Rod Dreher, from the American Conservative (it’s a magazine…I think), wrote, “America might not know how to win actual wars, but it sure is going to equip its troops to win the culture war against traditional morality and old-fashioned American values.” Dreher, like Tucker, is a big fan of the nationalistic Hungarian government. They’re hungry for Hungary. See what I did there?

Kurt Schlicter, who writes for the ultra-conservative website, Town Hall, also uses the word “woke” to describe our military. He also ponders the question: Why hasn’t Antifa done anything about the Taliban yet? This is where you’re allowed to pause to slap your forehead.

You can look at these morons and believe their opinions shouldn’t matter because they are in fact morons. These opinions are not based on any facts and they’re only used to spread their brand of hate. But, they have a large audience that eats up these moronic opinions. Tucker has the most popular “news” show on primetime. Kurt Schlicter has over 340,000 followers on Twitter. Roy Dreher has over 70,000. People, mostly racists, are listening to these mooks. Hate sells. It got Donald Trump elected. It’s making Tucker Carlson richer. It makes people buy shitty pillows.

While the United States didn’t defeat the Taliban, Afghanistan lost Afghanistan. And it’s not because people can’t decide if Mr. Potato Head is a mister or not. Fact: Neither Mr. or Mrs. Potato head has a penis.

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Notes on my book, Tales From The Trumpster Fire: here are SIX 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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Burqas and Babies


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Whining about mask mandates is a first-world problem. The debate over vaccines is a first-world problem. People in a lot of other nations can’t debate vaccines because they don’t have access to them. Here in this country, we have the privilege of faux outrage. We have access to vaccines to refuse to take. If we didn’t have the vaccines, Republicans would have to go back to screaming about Critical Race Theory and whether or not Mr. Potato Head has a ding-dong.

White Republican males have to be the most persecuted people in the history of persecuted people. They even claim that teaching about other people’s persecution is persecuting them.

Conservatives are screaming about mask mandates in schools. They refer to masks as muzzles which only demonstrates their stupidity. They’re attacking scientists, doctors, and educators because they’re trying to save lives. The fact is, face masks do save lives. Anyone who is willing to expose their child to the coronavirus for their partisan politics should have child protective services called on them.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, women don’t have the luxury of debating covering their faces. In Afghanistan, mandatory means mandatory. Here, you can at least opt out with a doctor’s note. Even places that require vaccinations will give you an out if you have proof of a recent negative covid test. There are no excuses in Afghanistan. Women in Afghanistan have been beaten for not covering up. When people start beating you for not wearing a face mask at Walmart, let me know.

The real irony is that the people in the United States protesting mask mandates and vaccines while shouting about freedom are closer aligned to the Taliban than they are to democracy. MAGA and the Taliban are both cults.

While our failure in Afghanistan is an international embarrassment, so is the refusal to be vaccinated in this nation. It’s a huge embarrassment to the world that so many Americans refuse to protect their children in service to their cult.

Being outraged over having to wear a face mask is a first-world problem. Your being a whiny little…baby…is a luxury.

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New and Improved Taliban


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The Taliban is trying to reassure the world they won’t suppress and subjugate women like they did the last time they ruled Afghanistan.

A Taliban spokesman said, “If the international community is worried about these issues, we will tell them there will be nothing against women in our ruling.” He then added, “Our women are Muslims, they accept Islamic rules. If they continue to live according to Sharia, we will be happy, they will be happy.”

Ya’ see, that’s the problem. If you accept your suppression, you’ll be happy. Another spokesman said, “”We are guaranteeing all their rights within the limits of Islam.” Yes, Afghan women’s rights will be guaranteed within the way the Taliban views Islam. They even admit their rights will be “limited.” Oops. This is like the Republican Party defining the scope of reproductive rights.

Not only is there concern over how the Taliban defines Islam, but how they define education. They’re promising girls can go to school this time, but to be taught what? Can they learn math, science, civics, and language, or will it all be religious studies and home economics? Will there be classes on how to cook for your man and pick Taliban fleas out of his beard to make him happy?

The Taliban is trying to tell us they’re not the old Taliban that beat women for not wearing burqas and for not being accompanied by a male while outside their home. They’re telling us they’re not the same old Taliban that wouldn’t allow girls to attend a school or be employed. But just as recently as July 12 of this year, Taliban fighters beat a mother of four to death for not cooking for 15 of their fighters. When her children protested, they threw a grenade at them. I’ve wanted kids in the neighborhood to shut up before, but it never occurred to me to throw a grenade at them. OK, it did, but I still didn’t do it. I didn’t have a grenade.

The Taliban swept across the nation so fast, that many women didn’t have time to purchase a burqa in order to obey Taliban rules. As crazy as it seems, a lot of people don’t just have burqas lying around in case the Taliban seizes their government. Idiots. For many of these women, the burqa represents a sudden loss of their rights. Shortly after the Taliban took Kabul, a women’s beauty parlor removed large photos of women off their outside walls. And since every woman in the nation now has to wear a burqa, the prices of these unwanted but mandatory items increased tenfold. Some households don’t have enough burqas so the women have to share them. There are community burqas.

Now, the Taliban is promising to form an “Afghan inclusive Islamic government,” but nobody knows if that will include women or even a parliament. There are even women in today’s, or yesterday’s, parliament…but that parliament probably doesn’t exist anymore.

The Taliban has controlled parts of Afghanistan over the past two decades. During that time, religious scholars, government officials, journalists, human rights defenders, and women had become victims of targeted killings. The old Taliban would even beat men for not having beards.

The Taliban is trying to assure the women in their nation and the world they have changed, but I don’t believe them.

Side note: This cartoon has already got me banned on Facebook for three days. Yes, the appeal is in.

Update: The appeal failed. Funny thing though, several cartoonists did this idea after me and none of them were removed from Facebook. I’m special.

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 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. 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: here are SIX 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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Ridin’ With Biden


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Just like President Biden, I’m going to make a prediction: This cartoon will NOT get a lot of love.

Even when they’re criticizing a fellow Democrat, Democrats don’t like it when I draw cartoons on Democrats. Even while Democrats were screaming for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign, they didn’t share my cartoons saying the same thing. It’s possible they don’t want to help give Republicans something to share and it’s also possible that every cartoon I drew on the subject sucked. Already this morning (after this cartoon was posted on Facebook), a liberal accused me of going after “low-hanging fruit.” If a president making a promise that doesn’t come true and costs thousands if lives is “low-hanging fruit,” then what isn’t?

The only people who will give me credit for this will be a few other cartoonists and the jerk who left a comment yesterday on my YouTube channel accusing me of covering up for President Biden. Even then, his kudos will be given begrudgingly, if at all. But I can’t care about any of this. I have to care about doing my job.

I’ve been saying that President Biden should be criticized for Afghanistan, but not by those who refused to criticize Trump. That jerk calling me out on YouTube yesterday never attacked Trump for downplaying the coronavirus. All the Republican cartoonists drawing the same cartoon of the Saigon airlift labeled “Afghanistan” never criticized Donald Trump for saying the virus would “magically disappear” or be gone by Easter, 2020. Their criticism here isn’t legitimate because they are strictly partisan. I have to take Biden on for this because I’m not those guys.

Yes, Donald Trump shoulders a LOT of blame for this. I covered this yesterday. But right now, thank God, Donald Trump is not the president. Joe Biden is. To ignore that would be abdicating my responsibilities. Cartoons don’t have to be fair, but cartoonists should be.

I am not a Democrat. I vote Democrat because they’re on the right side of the issues most of the time and they are the only answer to a corrupt and evil Republican Party. Other than that, I really don’t give a shit about the Democratic Party. I don’t join parties and I advocate for issues by myself, not as a part of any movement. I was never a part of the “resistance.” I’m my own resistance. If you get too close, I will bite your fingers. But Republicans are evil, corrupt, greedy, and racist. Democrats are clumsy and oftentimes, stupid.

When I criticize Joe Biden, keep in mind, I took on Trump for over four years. I’m not trying to make a case about how awesome I am for this as basically every liberal cartoonist is doing the same thing (though I have seen a couple trying to shift blame from Biden). The point is, liberal critics usually have more credibility than conservative critics. Yesterday, I saw a tweet from Trish Regan going after Biden for this and even attacked him for using a teleprompter. People in Afghanistan aren’t dying because the president of the United States used a teleprompter. If President Biden was playing golf, you know she would have gone after that too. But for four years, this person ignored Trump’s use of a teleprompter, his word salads, and his golfing. But maybe it’s not fair to use Trish Regan as an example because this person was so full of crap, that Fox fired her. By the way, I’m pretty sure when Trish Regan had a TV show, she used a teleprompter.

This is why I resent political tribalism. Wrong is wrong and it should be called out, not just when it comes from your side…but even when it comes from someone you supported and believed in. Here, President Biden disappointed me. I believed in President Biden.

I don’t blame President Biden for pulling us out of Afghanistan. I don’t even blame him for the way he did it. Every person who’s attacking him for the way he did this can’t tell you a better way it could have been done. Nobody is an expert on evacuating Afghanistan without collateral damage after years of fighting in that nation, because no one has ever done it.

What I’m disappointed in is that President Biden made an arrogant prediction. He should not have done that. I don’t care what assurances he had from our intelligence network or from the former Afghan president and government. President Biden knows history and he should have known that it was something he couldn’t predict. The only thing that probably could have been predicted was the way it turned out because there wasn’t an exit strategy when we invaded Afghanistan two decades ago and none was ever made during the past two decades.

Up until this point, President Biden has been fairly straight with the American people. All conservatives had to go after him was the border (which they ignored Trump on), his stutter (while ignoring Trump’s word salads, bullshit, and when he would make up names of countries), and the fact he likes ice cream (ignoring that Donald Trump liked ice cream too and wouldn’t share equally with his guest. Seriously. This was a thing). Conservatives keep going after Biden for liking ice cream as if it’s some sort of character flaw. Disclaimer: There is ice cream in my fridge right now. I even had a bowl last night. I even liked it.

I was also disappointed with Biden’s speech yesterday. It took him and his team two days to come up with something to defend themselves with, and what they came up with sucked ass.

After four years of hearing a president (sic) refuse to accept any responsibility for anything that went wrong, it was refreshing to hear President Biden say, “The buck stops here.” But then he went on to blame others. And, that blame is fairly placed on the former Afghan government, that was trained and supplied by the United States for two decades. It was a force of over 300,000 strong versus a Taliban force of around 80,000. The smaller Taliban army didn’t defeat the much larger Afghan army as the Afghan army refused to fight. They saw the Taliban army coming in their small Toyota pickups and 20-year-old hatchback cars with soldiers piled into and hanging out of the trunks…and the U.S.-trained Afghan army threw down their weapons and went home. The president fled the country. But the president and Afghan army didn’t force President Biden to predict that we won’t see a replay of Saigon. President Biden declared that we won’t see people overrunning a U.S. embassy rooftop to be evacuated.

Instead, we got people chasing airplanes down a military runway. We had people hanging onto wings of those airplanes. We may even have had people falling off those airplanes after takeoff. President Biden never should have predicted this wouldn’t happen. And you should not deflect or defend him for this shit. Nobody should put political tribalism before the lives of people. These are real people, not talking points. They don’t exist so you can make a social media meme.

President Biden shouldn’t have made any prediction. When asked, he should have said, “I don’t know.” He could have told us we have been there too long and we’re leaving. He could have said we spent 20 years and the safety for the people of Afghanistan now falls on the Afghan government. We had every right to leave, even with there being a humanitarian disaster. This disaster would have happened no matter when or how we left.

Biden also predicted the Afghan army was no match for the Taliban. I hope President Biden makes a Super Bowl prediction so I can put money on the other team.

I don’t think we can blame Biden for leaving behind those who helped U.S. troops and are now in danger…but it does fall on him. The blame for this is on U.S. bureaucracy. I know people being left behind would have happened no matter who was in charge because U.S. bureaucracy sucks. Yesterday, I was on the phone for 20 minutes with the U.S. government trying to get a replacement Social Security card…and they hung up on me. Then I called the local Social Security office and after ten minutes of voice prompts, it told me they couldn’t take my call at this time (why can’t you start the recording with the fact you’re not going to take my call?). U.S. bureaucracy is a sonofabitch. Of course, my little tiny problem pales in comparison to people being left behind by our bureaucracy, but I’m making an example. Our government screws up big and small.

Now, we need to do everything we can to rescue every Afghan who helped the United States over the past 20 years, even if that means we have to deal with the Taliban. But we closed our embassy. I understand we don’t want a repeat of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, but we need an avenue to at least communicate with the Taliban. I’m not saying we have to recognize their control as legitimate. Rescuing the people in Afghanistan is the right thing to do. This should be our president’s primary focus now that we have left Afghanistan.

Biden is a disappointment here, but I still have some faith in him. There may not be time to make up for his mistakes, but there is time to save lives. Instead of deflecting and trying to find blame, let’s focus on saving those lives and worry about the political consequences later.

Sometimes it’s tough to do the right thing. People lose elections for doing the right thing. But sometimes, that’s why it’s the right thing.

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Taliban Reinstatement


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At least the MyPillow Qnut got one thing right. There was a reinstatement this weekend by knuckle-dragging cave-dwelling conservative sexist troglodyte fundamentalists who have zero respect for science and will take power against the will of the people. Mike Lindell just got the wrong extremists.

Mike Lindell and other Qnuts predicted Donald Trump would be reinstated on August 13, which was last Friday. If he had predicted it was to be a reinstatement weekend, he would have been correct, except it wasn’t for Trump.

The image of the Taliban sitting inside the presidential palace is probably as disturbing to Afghans as the image of MAGA terrorists storming through our nation’s Capitol building carrying the Confederate flag. If Donald Trump could retake control of our government through a civil war, he would do it. A lot of his supporters are discussing this.

Donald Trump is NOT a constitutionalist. The entire MAGA movement that’s supposed to make America great again is anti-Constitution. Constitutionalists don’t try to overturn elections or call for Myanmar-style coups.

Donald Trump sent his goons to overturn the election in several states. He called state election officials and told them to “find the votes.” He didn’t even tell them to find every “lost” vote. He only asked them to find just enough for him to win. He called his MAGAts to Washington on January 6 to stop the certification of the election. Even after Congress was attacked, 147 Republican/MAGAt members voted to overturn the election for Trump and the terrorists. Since that attack, Trump has expressed no remorse for the Capitol Police officers who died and those who were wounded. Instead, he’s expressed outrage over the death of one of his terrorists. And, yes. Ashli Babbitt was a terrorist.

If Donald Trump wanted to help his MAGA terrorists destroy our nation, he should have given them as much support as he gave to the Taliban.

Trump invited the Taliban to Camp David for a photo-op…on 9/11. He and Mike Pompeo, his stupidass Secretary of State, demanded the release of over 5,000 Taliban members imprisoned by the legitimately-elected Afghan government, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is now declaring himself the new president. While Trump didn’t get his photo-op with the Taliban, Pompeo got one. Trump and Pompeo negotiated the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, not with the Afghan government, but with the Taliban. Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo claimed the Taliban would help fight the war on terror which would be like saying dirt, grime, and soap scrum will join the shower-cleaning fight with Scrubbing Bubbles.

It should also be noted, the Taliban endorsed Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

When the Taliban controlled Afghanistan 20 years ago, only Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates recognized them. The Taliban has barely had the capital, Kabul, for 24 hours, but they’re already being recognized by China and Turkey says they’re willing to talk and open diplomatic relations. But Donald Trump had recognized and legitimized the Taliban back in 2020.

Let Afghanistan be a lesson. While people are shocked the Taliban can recapture the government after 20 years out of power, this is exactly what Republicans are trying to do to our nation. Like the Taliban, Trump and MAGAt America are willing to retake our government against the will of the people. At a conservative conference for fucknuts, former Trump national security adviser, now-disgraced general, and recipient of a Trump pardon, Michael Flynn, endorsed the idea of having a Myanmar-style coup to restore Trump to power.

Donald Trump and his MAGAts are just as horrible and oppressive as the Taliban. They both will imprison political opposition, oppress women, allow a tyrant to rule the nation, and dictate law according to religion.

All those MAGATs who attacked the capitol, the MyPillow Guy, Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, Fox News, every Republican groveling to Trump, and the entire Trump family are the Trump Taliban. Everyone who believes Trump won the 2020 election are the Trump Taliban. Everyone who believes or wishes he’d return to power without being elected are the Trump Taliban. When we oppose the Trump Taliban, we’re not just fighting for our political will. We’re fighting to save our nation.

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The Ashraf Amscray


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I kinda hate this cartoon because it’s a cliché, and I HATE using clichés in cartoons even though I know it’s necessary sometimes. And this situation is a cliché from the president of Afghanistan leaving the country to another foreign invader losing Afghanistan. I drew this over the past hour and I’m still beating myself up over using this trope.

Let’s face facts. President Joe Biden has to eat this. He said it was highly unlikely the Taliban would regain control over Afghanistan after U.S. forces left. It only took about four weeks. The common belief was that it was impossible for the Taliban to take the nation as Afghan forces greatly outnumbered them and they were American trained. Again, four weeks.

Strength in numbers doesn’t always guarantee victory. In World War II, the British with a force of over 85,000 lost Singapore to a Japanese invasion of 35,000 soldiers on bicycles.

Today, Kabul, the capital, fell to the Taliban. The flag over the U.S. embassy has been lowered. The president, Ashraf Ghani, has fled his nation. Taliban troops are in the presidential palace and the fleeing government wants to negotiate how the nation will be governed. Good luck with those negotiations.

This is on President Biden’s watch, so he can be blamed for how we withdrew our troops, but he can’t be blamed for withdrawing our troops. Today, Republicans are saying the “buck stops here” with President Biden. But people who refused to say the buck stops with the presidency while Donald Trump was in the Oval Office do not have the right to say it now.

Donald Trump negotiated a U.S. withdrawal by May of 2021. President Biden extended that to July. Donald Trump said the Taliban was going to fight terrorism. Keep in mind that during the four years Donald Trump was president (sic), he didn’t defeat the Taliban. The only thing he did with the Taliban was invite them to Camp David for a photo-op which they pulled out of because they realized they could not trust Donald Trump. How bad is it when the Taliban doesn’t trust you? Donald Trump even echoed Vladimir Putin’s lying talking point and gaslighting that the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was because Afghanistan attacked the Soviet Union. Donald Trump also asked about pulling all our troops off the Korean peninsula.

Also, keep in mind this a war started by a Republican president…20 years ago.

At the very least, the fall of Afghanistan proves we were there too long and it wouldn’t have mattered how long we had stayed. You can argue about how we pulled out troops out, but pulling our troops out was the right thing to do. After 20 years, how much more are we to give? After spending over $80 billion, how much more are we to spend? We lost over 2,300 soldiers in Afghanistan with over 20,000 wounded. How much more American blood has to be spilled for Afghanistan. We’ve been in Afghanistan so long, this cartoonist doesn’t have to look up or double-check how to spell it. I still have to at least double check Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

I think it was right to invade Afghanistan, but not stay 20 years. The entire point of attacking Afghanistan was to remove a government that allowed a terrorist organization use it as a base to attack us. Before we invaded Afghanistan, we gave the Taliban a chance to round up al Qaeda in the country and deliver to us Osama bin Laden. They refused. We invaded that nation to protect us. We should have to occupy that nation forever to keep terrorists from flying planes into our buildings.

Blame Biden for getting it wrong with his prediction. Blame him for ignoring U.S. intelligence. But if you’re a Republican, shut up. You didn’t blame Trump for getting covid wrong repeatedly. In case you’re bad at math, 600,000 dead is a little bit more than 2,300. It’s like Cuomo all over again. He should be criticized, but not by you.

What should we do about Afghanistan falling to the Taliban? Right now, make sure we have every American out of there. Let’s do all we can to rescue Afghans who helped U.S. troops and were promised they could leave with us. After that, let’s not go back. Will we have to hit the Taliban again at some point? Probably and I’ll probably be OK with that. But I’m not down with nation building again. Why should we fight for Afghanistan when Afghanistan doesn’t want to fight for Afghanistan?

Colin Powell said of Iraq, “You break it, you buy it.” I’m tired of the United States breaking and buying lost causes.

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 9103, Fredericksburg, VA 22403. 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: here are SIX 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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