Terrorism

The-Anti-Anti-Fascist


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Other than voting and drawing political cartoons, I am not an activist. By that I mean, I don’t protest. I don’t sign petitions. I don’t write or call my congressman or senators (they’d call me first). I don’t contribute money to causes or political campaigns. I don’t plant signs in my front yard. I don’t put political bumper stickers on my car. So, to all those people sending me petitions and things through Facebook and Twitter messengers I “HAVE” to share…STOP! And while we’re on the subject, stop sending me memes and other political cartoons too. I just don’t need the aggravation, OK? But I digress.

I don’t participate because of the entire journalism ethics thing. I can draw cartoons opposing Trump but I can’t be part of a political organization opposing Trump. Being part of an organization makes me biased while attacking Trump. Being independent while attacking Trump makes me impartial. A lot of people don’t understand that and that’s OK, just so long as I do. Conservative cartoonists don’t understand it but they don’t do ethics anyway.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, I went to a Trump rally. I talked to a lot of Trump supporters. I did not protest. I didn’t wave a sign. I didn’t scream or even heckle. In fact, I didn’t even tell one Trump supporter my thoughts and opinions about Trump. I wasn’t there to tell them my opinion. I went to try to understand theirs. I failed because I still don’t understand it. But, I went to observe and learn. It was terrible and I needed a power washer to scrub the residual hate off me, but again, I digress.

So, I oppose Trump but I’m not in an organization. Am I part of a movement? Am I the Resistance? One reason among many that I oppose Trump is because I am anti-fascist. Donald Trump is a fascist wannabe. Does my opposition to Trump make me Antifa? I don’t know.

Here’s the thing, kids. Antifa is not an organization. It’s a movement. It’s not a Democratic movement. It’s not a liberal movement. It’s not even a large movement. It’s anti-fascist. Many of them engage in violence and destruction. A true liberal would never trash a Starbucks. I think I can say I’m anti-fascist without having to give the qualifier, “But I oppose violence and vandalism.” That gives control of the narrative to Donald Trump and Republicans.

Yesterday, there was a demonstration from the far-right racist organization Proud Boys in Portland, Oregon. The founder of Proud Boys describes his group as a “fraternal organization” for young “Western chauvinist” men. Their rally was a so-called “End Domestic Terrorism” rally, but they weren’t there to end mass shootings by white guys with manifestos repeating Donald Trump’s rhetoric. Their goal was to get Antifa declared as a domestic terrorist organization.

Proud Boys is a fascist organization that only admits men and promotes violence. The Southern Poverty Law Center has described it as a “Far-Right Fight Club.” Except these guys are too stupid not to talk about Fight Club. One of the initiations for membership is to get into a “major” fight “for the cause.” Another rule for Proud Boys is that they refrain from masturbating which I’m sure isn’t frustrating because being a punchy, angry, right-wing racist in a pro-chauvinism group while having a bad haircut and wearing a polo shirt must make you a chick magnet.

While the founder disavowed the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville where a white nationalist killed Heather Heyer and another was convicted for assaulting DeAndre Harris, Proud Boys were there participating with other racist organizations.

For their hate rally in Portland yesterday, Antifa rose to oppose them. Guess which group Donald Trump tweeted an attack of. Guess which group he didn’t mention.

Earlier this month, while speaking to reporters about white supremacists violence, Trump said that “Antifa” and “other kinds of supremacy” were similarly concerning. Trump can’t criticize white racists without a qualifier. And, what other kinds of supremacy? Nachos supreme?

Yesterday, he tweeted that Antifa should be designated as a “terrorist organization.” Last month, Republican senators Bill Cassidy and Ted Cruz introduced a bill designating Antifa as a terrorist organization.

Yesterday, Representative Dan Crenshaw sent a tweet complaining that Antifa was violent while Hong Kong protesters were demanding freedom and actually fighting fascists. With the amount of violence and shutdowns of highways, businesses, and even the city’s international airport, maybe Crenshaw shouldn’t be comparing Antifa to the Hong Kong protests. Or course, it’s also possible that Crenshaw is doing the thing Republicans always do and that is talking about something that they don’t know anything about.

Why are these Republicans attacking a movement, not an organization, while ignoring murders by white supremacists? Why haven’t any of them mentioned “Proud Boys?” Surely, Ted Cruz has to have an issue with the masturbation policy.

I wish Antifa wouldn’t engage in violence and vandalism. That will not create real change and only give stupid Republicans a false narrative to help deflect from racist organizations, the base of their support. Republicans are afraid to criticize racist.

But, why designate Antifa as a terrorist organization? Wouldn’t they have to be an organization first? Has Antifa actually killed anyone? Donald Trump supporters have killed more people than Antifa. Can we designate MAGAts as a terrorist organization?

Yesterday in Portland, 13 arrests were made and the mayor described it as “largely peaceful.” So much for that terrorist narrative. The majority of domestic terrorist attacks are committed by white racists, yet you don’t hear Republicans talking about any designations for them, if they even talk about them. Designating Antifa as a terrorist organization is a fascist move. It’s legally designating protest and dissent against Donald Trump as terror.

Personally, I’m more concerned about the movement that guns down people in churches, synagogues, mosques, schools, theaters, festivals, and retail stores than I am about the group that’s going to make it a bit more difficult for me to get my frozen mocha. And, I am intense about frozen mochas.

I am against fascism and I should be able to say that without the qualifier “but I’m against violence.” I draw cartoons opposing fascism. Does this make me the Resistance or Antifa? I will not allow fascist Republicans to designate my cartoons and free speech as a form of terrorism, but that’s where they’re trying to take us.

I will not fit into your narrative. When you scream against Antifa, you’re the one who needs the qualifier. While shouting against Antifa, you need to state you’re against fascism. If you don’t, from here on I’m just going to assume you’re a fascist…just like Donald Trump.

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Terrorist Rhetoric


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I’m not saying that if you’re a conservative who is in favor of strong and strict immigration policies, then you’re on the same side as a terrorist or the equivalent. But, if you’re using the issue of immigration to malign people and you use the same talking points and lies that inspired a terrorist to kill eleven people, then you’re speaking the same language. You’re talking the talk. What concerns me is if you’re going to start walking it.

The first argument Donald Trump made after the massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh was that more guns will decrease gun violence. His second argument was that the shooter was not a fan of his.

It’s true. The shooter responsible for the killings at a Pittsburgh synagogue wasn’t a Trump fan, but he was a fan of the Trump agenda. His problem with Trump is that he didn’t believe he is really a nationalist, and he didn’t hate enough.

Despite having a Jewish son-in-law and a daughter who converted, Trump is not a friend to Jewish people or any minorities for that matter. The only minority he likes is the one percent of this nation that has the most wealth. While he talks a big game and moves our Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, he defends Nazis who chant “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”

While calling himself a nationalist, Trump complains about globalists. The Pittsburgh shooter calls himself a nationalist and complains about globalists. When people like that say “globalists,” they’re talking about Jews.

Trump has spent the past few weeks trying to scare Americans about an invasion of immigrants who are walking toward our southern border. The shooter has taken up his mantle and has also complained about this “invasion” on social media posts. The shooter has blamed Jews for funding the caravan where Trump has blamed one Jew.

The shooter wrote in another post that Trump was too soft on the “kike infestation.” He also wrote that Jews and immigrants will prevent Trump from making America great again. He may not have believed in the man, but he believed the message. He repeated it often enough. He used it Saturday as the basis for his attack.

White supremacist Andrew Anglin said that when Trump refused to condemn people like him after Charlottesville, he said, “We interpret that as an endorsement.” According to the Anti-Defamation League, the incidence of anti-Semitic hate crimes jumped nearly 60 percent in 2017, which is the largest spike since they started keeping track in 1979.

Trump may not have ordered Nazis to run people over, or white supremacists to mail pipe bombs or to shoot up synagogues, but he has set the tone.

Trump condemns the atmosphere of hate while continuing to hate. He talks about all sides having a civil tone, and in the same breath, he blames the media for violence. The media are at fault for doing their job. The most hateful rhetoric the media has published over the past three years is when it has quoted Donald Trump.

Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh know this, and they don’t want Trump to visit their city. In a letter signed by over 16,000 people discouraging Trump from visiting, they wrote “For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.”

When you go online and echo Trump’s lies about the media or the migrant caravan, you’re repeating the argument of a white supremacist who killed eleven people in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. Just like the pipe bomber, this shooter isn’t one of you as much as he is you.

The shooter may not have had all the Trump stickers, but he had the rhetoric. If you’re a Kool-Aid drinking Trump sycophant, you have it too.

Before we can remove all this hate and start to heal, we have to remove the source. We have to remove Donald Trump from the presidency. We need a president who doesn’t embolden Nazis and white supremacists.

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Stop N Go


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Trump and other Republicans are real quick to use the term “radical Islamic terrorists.” They were very critical of President Obama for not using the term and his refusal to accuse an entire religion of being terrorists. But, when terrorism is committed by white Christians, Donald Trump isn’t sure who to blame.

After a white supremacist drove his car through a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, injuring 19 and killing one, Trump said blame belonged to “many sides.” Two days later he said, “OK. Nazis are bad.” A day after that, he said there were good people among the Nazis, the Klan, and other white supremacists. He also said there were bad people among the counter-protesters and blamed them for instigating the violence. He described the white supremacists as only being there to defend their heritage and said that they “had a permit.” Fact check: Both groups had permits. Go tell your crazy uncle.

Trump explained his delay to blame Nazis and the Klan as his need to have “all the facts.” This from a guy who has a plaque at one of his golf clubs commemorating a Civil War battle that never happened.

After the attack in Barcelona, Spain, which was also a vehicle driven into a crowd, Trump blamed “radical Islamic terrorists,” and then he started tweeting a story about General John Pershing executing Muslims by shooting them with bullets dipped in pigs blood. Trump didn’t wait as long to cast blame for Barcelona as he did for Charlottesville. Apparently, the only facts he needed was that brown people committed the attacks in Spain.

The man who needs “all the facts,” was promoting a myth with the Pershing story while also endorsing violating the Geneva Convention. This is why he’s an international embarrassment. OK, it’s one of many reasons.

Trump portrays himself as a tough guy when talking about how he wants to execute Islamic terrorists, but displays cowardice by refraining from criticizing white supremacists or criticizing them with caveats.

In just seven months, Donald Trump is a failed president. He’s complicit with Russia, his White House is in chaos, He hasn’t passed any major legislation, and he’s given comfort to Nazis and Grand Wizards. David Duke is a very happy person.

Trump’s racism has come as a surprise to Republicans who ignored his racist comments during his campaign. Who could have predicted that the guy who retweeted anti-Semitic statements, called Mexicans “rapists and murderers,” and said a judge of Mexican descent wasn’t qualified to preside over one of his many lawsuits, would be so ambivalent and appeasing of Nazis?

What’s equally disturbing are the people who still support Trump joining him in enabling Nazis and equating them with peace activists. Conservatives hate liberals so much, that they will side with Nazis. They’re already creating conspiracy theories for Charlottesville and repeating Trump’s new favorite word, “Alt-Left.” It’s nearly impossible to scroll down your Facebook news feed without feeling nauseous.

You can be a Republican and not like Nazis, right?

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Hostile Social Media


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Criticism for the way social media, and the internet in general, as to how terrorists and other extremists use it isn’t anything new.

Facebook was blamed back in 2014 for failing to pass on information that could have helped prevent the murder of a British soldier by Islamist terrorists. The London attacks from Saturday has renewed the criticism, specifically from British Prime Minister Theresa May.

It is difficult for companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google to eliminate extremists from using their platforms. YouTube alone has over 400 hours of video uploaded every minute (they’re all Nickelback). Usually, the only way these companies can be made aware of hostile content is when users bring it to their attention. I’m sure those notifications are lumped in with each complaint a user sends that someone hurt their feelings in a debate of Pearl Jam versus Incubus (Pearl Jam is better).

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last month that his company will add 3,000 employees to scrub harmful content from the network. The director of policy at the media giant says they want “Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists.” So basically they want Facebook to treat terrorists like it does the casual user.

May wants to tighten Internet regulation in order to deny terrorists a tool for planning attacks and spreading extremism. That’s where things get tricky when it comes to free speech in open societies. Do you really want Donald Trump deciding what is extreme?

Social media is very friendly to extremists. Whether those extremists are jihadists, conspiracy theorists pushing a story about Hillary Clinton murdering people and selling child-sex-slaves out of a pizza parlor, or Nazis sharing links to Breitbart (tell your uncle to stop that). Facebook is annoying enough with pictures of vacations (yay, you’re living so well!), people who are determined to show you what they’re eating every day (A friend actually posted a photo of Cheerios last week), and yeah….cat pictures. Dog pictures and their crazy antics are always acceptable. Your cat is boring.

While Facebook is great for keeping up with old friends from high school that you’ll never see in the flesh ever again, it annoys the hell out of me by giving me a notification every time a friend is conducting a live video, or when I’m added to a group I never had the intention of joining. I have thousands of “friends.” I don’t need this crap.

I do believe companies, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, are better at regulating their content, as sucky as they may be, than the government. The internet is a place for ideas, even bad ones. If you own a platform then you have the right to decide what stays and what is trashed. I don’t think we need new laws making those decisions for us.

Just as a business can reject your patronage, media giants have the right to deny you service on their platforms. Their judgement is better than the government. That’s good for you, me, and Mr. Whiskers Kills.

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A Trump Scare


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A violent weekend with mass stabbings in Minnesota and bombings in New York City and New Jersey prompted responses from both presidential candidates.

Hillary Clinton held a news conference at an airport and encouraged Americans to go about their lives, don’t be deterred by terrorists, don’t live in fear, and that we’re well prepared to fight terrorism at home and abroad.

Trump’s response was the equivalent of a drunk monkey throwing paint on a wall, but with a lower speaking level. He said we have to “knock the hell out of them” and possibly use profiling to stop terrorism. In the past he’s talked about profiling, bringing back water boarding, mass surveillance of mosques, and not taking in refugees from troubled areas (Muslim nations).

He blamed the attacks over the weekend, and in the past, on our immigration policies, even attacks that were committed by citizens born in the United States. He blamed terrorism on Obama and Clinton and said we’re too soft in fighting ISIL.

After the suspected bomber was apprehended and wounded in a shootout with police Trump complained how the guy will receive medical attention and legal representation. Trump doesn’t support the guy’s Constitutional rights for a fair trial but he’ll support his 2nd Amendment rights to own a gun.

Hillary Clinton has actual experience as part of a government fighting terrorism. She was in on the decision to take out bin Laden. Trump yells and screams about “knocking the hell out of them,” torturing and banning Muslims, and even compared refugees to Skittles. He claims he has a secret plan to fight terrorism, which is probably like his secret plan to replace Obamacare with “something better.”

Clinton accuses Trump of giving comfort and aid to the enemy. I’m not sure that’s entirely true but I can see how his rhetoric can be used by the enemy to inspire recruits and copycats. Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, the Klan, and Scott Baio all want to see Trump elected, so why not ISIL?

Trump wants accolades for saying the attacks were bombings before the authorities announced it. In the past he said he received congratulations for predicting terrorists attacks. What sort of sick morbid people does Trump hang out with? His sons?

One candidate is meeting with world leaders this week at the United Nations. The other is making Skittles analogies.

Trump’s stupid analogy about three skittles in a bowl being poisonous does make a little sense. Out of the 17 candidates in the Republican primaries we grabbed a handful of arsenic.

I’d rather vote for the paint-throwing drunk monkey.

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Trump’s Tantrum On Terror


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Usually after a national tragedy, the country comes together. People with different philosophical and political beliefs can push them aside, at least for a few days, to unite and stand together. Then there’s Donald Trump.

Immediately after the attack in Orlando Trump tweeted how people were “congratulating” him on being right. Terrorist attack on our nation, 49 dead, over 50 injured, and Donald Trump uses it to point out how great he is.

The terrorist was born in the United States. That news was reported and confirmed Sunday. A day later Trump conducts a speech where he calls for a ban on Muslims immigrating to the United States because the Orlando attacker was “Afghan born.” What the Hell does that mean? Was he swaddled as a baby in an Afghan carpet? Maybe delivered by an Afghan Hound?

The shooter was born in the United States. Everyone and their brother, even those with stupid brothers, knew of this. Trump is so obnoxious that he can’t even let information sink in that challenges his narrative.

Speaking of narrative, he’s sticking with the GOP talking point that we have to call these attacks “radical Islam.” They can’t just say “radical.” They have to put the Islam into it. When an abortion clinic or church is attacked, they don’t refer to the killer as a “radical Christian.” Do you know why? Because Christianity doesn’t have anything to do with their warped viewpoint that makes them kill. Islam doesn’t either. Republicans, especially Donald Trump, prefer to scapegoat an entire religion.

Trump wants the president to decide who can and can’t enter the country. I think Hitler sought, and achieved, the same power.

Then Trump said Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the 2nd Amendment. They’ve been saying the same thing about Obama for years. How bad is your platform when you have to make stuff up? Pretty weak when you can’t stick to facts.

The worst part of Trump’s tantrum? He insinuated that Obama supports the terrorists. He was the birther campaign’s champion. He was proven wrong. He’s already proven wrong with his latest accusation. His campaign is making excuses for his comment ““He doesn’t get it or, or he gets it better than anybody understands. “It’s one or the other. And either one is unacceptable.” He later said Obama is either not tough and smart or has “something else in mind.”

The bad thing is, a lot of Obama haters have been saying the same crap for years. Obama is a Muslim. He hates America. He’s apologizing for America. He supports Muslims over Israel. There’s never any proof to any of that but yet they keep it up. Now their presumptive nominee is doing the same. They have the crazy, paranoid, conspiracy theory loving candidate. No wonder his favorite publication is the National Enquirer. It should be Breitbart.

Republicans won’t talk about Trump today. I can’t blame them. But instead of hiding in shame I would like to think I would have the principles to denounce a member of my party who accuses the president of supporting terrorism.

Hillary Clinton attacked Trump today. So did the president and he tore Trump apart, especially over his proposal to ban Muslims and his questioning the lack of using the term “radical Islam.”

We might have to introduce a new term into the political dialogue to be used for the rest of this campaign. “Traitorous Trump.” The man will put politics and himself above his nation.

The man, and anyone who supports him, is supporting treason.

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Patience With The TSA


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One of the stories this week every American political cartoonists drew a cartoon on were the long lines in airport security checkpoints. Every cartoonists except me, until now.

The point made by each and every single one of those cartoons were “the lines are long” and “waiting sucks.” I’m really not into that sort of commentary. There were also a bunch of cartoons about graduation with the point that the job market stinks. Yeah, hard hitting stuff. I’ve done my share of those cartoons in the past but that was when I was on the staff of a newspaper and editors LOVE light-heart crap. I’m sure many of my newspaper clients would like for me to draw more of those.

I don’t disagree that waiting sucks. But complaining about long lines is like complaining about the weather.

With the downing of EgyptAir maybe we should keep things a bit more in perspective.

I have had no personal experience with waiting in a country other than the United States, but I have read Americans have the least amount of patience. I’m probably the worst one. I hate waiting in traffic, in lines, for people,girls (seriously, girls. Why?) trailers at the movies, my dog to hurry up and poop. I lose patience with microwaves. Hurry up and pop that popcorn, dammit!

But you know what’s worst than waiting in line at a TSA checkpoint? Exploding. Exploding would suck. Drowning sucks too. Also, eaten by sharks. That’s probably not a good time.

I think it’s too soon to blame this on terrorists. ISIS hasn’t even taken credit yet which is surprising, even if they didn’t do it. Whether this was terrorism or not, it’s a reminder that having the TSA keeping us safe is a good thing. Even if you have to smell someone’s stinky feet on your way to your flight.

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