Travel Ban

Captain Underpants


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I was feeling my British lineage on Saturday and was dining on bangers and mash at an English theme pub when word came through on the attacks in London.

Three terrorists in a van ran over people on the London Bridge and then commenced to stabbing innocents who were enjoying an evening out in the British capital. Seven people ultimately died from the attack with scores more wounded. But the Brits fought back.

There are reports of pub patrons and employees throwing glasses at the attackers. One restaurant owner and his staff pulled their customers inside from a terrace where they were dining when they saw the attackers approaching. Strangers welcomed people into their homes. One of the stabbing victims is a journalist (who survived).

London police killed all three terrorists within eight minutes from when the attacked started. They shot over 50 bullets into them as the police were afraid they were wearing suicide vests. As it turns out, they were fake suicide vests to discourage people from getting close enough to stop them.

Londoners survive. They carry on. Their way of life continues and they refuse to be intimidated, whether their city is being bombed by the Luftwaffe or three cowards are running wild in the streets with knives. One man returned to a pub after the attack to pay his tab and leave a tip.

After the attack, Ariana Grande held a benefit concert in Manchester to support the victims of the terrorist attack in that city that targeted attendees at her concert. It was a star-studded event that featured Pharrell Williams, Take That, Robbie Williams, Little Mix, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Liam Gallagher, Miley Cyrus, and Coldplay.

While people of the U.K. presented multiple examples of how to respond to terrorism, and not have their way of life derailed, our president exhibited how not to react. Trump made it political, personal, and extremely immature. He’s continuing to embarrass our nation and thumb his nose at our European allies.

First, the man who has access to the best intelligence in the world retweeted a post from the Drudge Report that said, “Fears of new terror attack after van ‘mows down 20 people’ on London Bridge…” Remember, this is a president who derides the press as “fake news” but he’ll rely on right-wing conspiracy sites for news.

He sounded presidential for a second by tweeting support for the U.K., and then he tweeted that our courts need to enact his travel ban, which his administration has told us time and again, is NOT a travel ban.

The mayor of London, who is the first Muslim elected mayor of a major Western city, told his citizens not to be alarmed over more police officers patrolling the streets. Trump decided to take a part of his statement and misrepresent it. Trump tweeted “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!” Personally, I would prefer a president who does not have a comprehension problem.

Trump has feuded with the mayor before and what better time to troll him than during a terrorists attack. Rational people will be appalled by Trump’s personal attack on the mayor, but his base will probably rejoice over his tantrum. Trump is serving as president only for his base and not all of the people. Trump also used the occasion to attack proponents of gun control.

Monday morning Trump took to Twitter again to attack the courts and defend his travel ban. Again, he referred to it as a “ban,” and even wrote, “People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!” His lawyers should have fun with that at their next court appearance.

Trump spent his campaign promising to ban Muslims. He said Islam hated us. He proposed surveillance over mosques. Now his administration tells us it’s not about Muslims or even a “ban,” and those in the press who describe it as a “ban” are fake news outlets. Now their leader has doubled down on that term. Once again he’s contradicted his team and destroyed their credibility along with his own.

Trump hasn’t even waited for the details to emerge to use the attack for political arguments. So far there hasn’t been one attack that would have been prevented by his ban, as most of these terrorists have been home-grown.

Trump is about as presidential, helpful, and mature as a man pretending to be a superhero in his underpants.

Creative notes: I expect to see another cartoonist to portray Trump as Captain Underpants. I haven’t seen the movie yet but intend to after it’s available as an online rental. It won’t take long as the studio behind it had the horrible idea of releasing it the same weekend as Wonder Woman. I do hope to see Wonder Woman after the excitement dies down a little. I did see Guardians of the Galaxy sequel last week.

Before the movie, I was eating sushi at the bowling alley attached to the theater (yes. Bowling alley sushi). A very nice young man in a professional wrestling T-shirt told me he saw the movie four times. The movie was good but not so good you should see it four times in the theater.

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Blocking Bigoted Brackets


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No matter how much Trump and his band of goons adjust and modify their bigotry, federal courts continue to deny them from making their hatred U.S. law.

After No. 45’s first ban on Muslims from select countries was knocked down by federal courts, he went back to the drawing board. This time he put a smiley face on it.

His first argument for the travel ban was that we’re facing such a dangerous threat from Muslims that the ban can’t wait. Then he made the ban wait so it wouldn’t distract from a speech where he used coherent sentences.

His second argument is that it’s NOT a ban against Muslims. He and his people are using this argument despite the fact Rudy Giuliani said Trump called him and asked how they can create a ban on Muslims and do it legally, and that Trump said he was calling for a “ban on Muslims entering the United States,” and that other time where he said “Islam hated the United States.”

Hawaii saw Trump’s newest ban and instead of saying “mahalo” they said “aloha.” Aloha as in goodbye. While English speakers use “aloha” to say hello and goodbye, in the Hawaiian language it means peace, affection, compassion, and mercy. Each of those components are missing from Trump’s Muslim ban so it’s no wonder Hawaii’s attorney general took it to court, and the court put a temporary restraining order on it.

Trump said the judge was “overreaching,” and 45 is a man who knows all about reaching and grabbing the wrong places.

It’s no wonder Hawaii would want to reject a ban on a class of people. Japanese-Americans make up around 30% of the state’s population and they’re well aware of this nation’s history of reactionary executive orders that discriminate against certain groups of people. During World War II the government decided that people of Japanese descent in the United States could not be trusted, so they interned them in camps like prisoners of war. Men, women, and children were locked behind fences. Homes and businesses were lost. It has become one of the greatest failings of the United States and it shouldn’t be forgotten.

Hawaii is rejecting Trump’s bigotry. I stand with Hawaii, my former home for a year.

To Hawaii, I say “mahalo.”

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Trumped By Judges


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Donald Trump is treated unfairly. Don’t take my word for it. His supporters will tell you he’s treated unfairly. Donald Trump will tell you he’s treated unfairly.

The media is mean to him. The networks treat him unfairly. Saturday Night Live is cruel. His fellow Republicans weren’t fair during the primaries. The entire system was unfair. The debates weren’t fair. Pictures of him aren’t fair. Every day someone writes to tell me I’m treating him unfairly. Every. Freaking. Day. Often those people are newspaper editors.

Even those close to him are treated unfairly. His wife is mocked for stealing a speech. Not fair. His sons weren’t allowed to profit off his presidency. Just mean. His daughter is having her name trashed because a clothing store doesn’t want to sell her Chinese-made fashion line. How cruel.

This is 2017 but we still have a lot of progress to make before this nation will stop discriminating against and persecuting powerful famous white billionaires.

One of the most famous instances of Trump whining about being treated unfairly was when he said a judge wasn’t fit to oversee a Trump University lawsuit because he was Mexican (actually born in Indiana but of Mexican parents). So we’re mean to racist white billionaires. Have you ever heard of a mistrial being declared because a judge was white? I haven’t.

Donald Trump is a racist. He’s often given clues by referring to groups as “the,” as in THE Mexicans, THE Hispanics, THE gays, THE etc. He even once referred to a man as “my African American.” Nice.

If you say someone isn’t fit to do something, like preside over a trial, because of their ethnicity, you’re not going to get much more racist than that unless you start burning crosses in the guy’s yard. Donald Trump is a racist.

Of course Donald Trump doesn’t think he’s a racist. David Duke claims he’s not a racist. But trust me, Trump. You’re a racist. Do conservatives believe one has to drop N-bombs to actually be a racist?

So at the very least you can say the system isn’t treating Trump unfairly by race because the three judges who ruled against him on Thursday are white. If we’re going by Trump’s stereotype, they were very fit and qualified to judge him.

I guess it’s too bad for Trump that his bigoted travel ban has to go back to court. Trump even said “he’ll see them in court,” which is where one normally sees judges.

Perhaps Trump wouldn’t have these sort of problems if he wasn’t so racist, and if he could put a little more time and effort into an executive order so that it comprises more than 140 characters.

Creative note: I had writer’s block tonight. I started working around 2:00 AM and then I trashed the cartoon. I wasn’t in love with it. That doesn’t mean this one is great. I think my creative wall showed up because I really felt good about a couple of my cartoons this week. So maybe I felt I couldn’t keep my personal momentum going. Maybe I got too cocky. Maybe it’s just one of those days.

I tell people we’re not going to run out of issues with Trump in the White House but ideas are another matter. I’ll just do it again tomorrow.

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A Haunted Hounding


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Commercials have become a huge thing now for Super Bowls. Companies spend millions for airtime and many go over the top for creativity and humor. Others do not. During this year’s Super Bowl a few had small political messages in them. Budweiser aired a commercial that was pro Immigration (as their founder immigrated here) and now wacked-out-of-their-gourds conservatives are boycotting the company.

The company had another commercial which was non-political but kinda creepy. It featured the ghost of Spuds Mackenzie, their advertising icon from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Nobody wants to see a dead dog.

Back to this boycott thing: There’s a special irony and stupidity for any white person to be anti-immigrant. And why are you anti-immigrant and hating on refugees? Is there no compassion in your soul?

People are boycotting Starbucks because they plan to hire 10,000 refugees across 75 countries. Why hate on that? Now a much smaller coffee company called the Black Rifle Coffee Company pledges to hire 10,000 veterans. How is that supposed to hurt people who are in favor of helping refugees? Good for them for wanting to hire veterans. Bad for them making a publicity stunt on something they’ll never do. Meanwhile, Starbucks will hire 10,000 refugees and they’ve already initiated a program to hire veterans too.

The Tiny Penis Coffee Company will not be hiring 10,000 veterans. They don’t have stores. They’re based in Utah and they’re a mail-order company. They’re not going to be able to fit 10,000 veterans into their mail room. Another thing, their coffee beans are imported. What, did you think Utah was prime farm country for coffee beans? They’ll create 10,000 jobs for Colombians before they hire 10,000 veterans.

Trump’s ban on Muslims is failing. A federal judge in Washington State temporarily struck it down. Trump replied on Twitter by calling the judge a “so-called judge” and saying if anything bad happens then the judge should be blamed. Our so-called president needs to read his executive orders better and lay off the Twitter and Cable news.

Now 127 companies are opposing Trump’s travel ban. If you want to boycott businesses that are pro-refugees, and pro-law, then you’re gonna have to do without Adobe, HP, Pandora, Tesla, TripAdvisor, Apple, DocuSign, DropBox, eBay, Facebook, Google, GoPro, Indiegogo, Intel, Kickstarter, Levi, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, Netgear, Patreon, Paypal, Pinterest, Quora, Reddit, Shutterstock, Spotify, Squarespace, Uber, Yelp, Wikimedia, and finally, Twitter.

If you’re boycotting Budweiser for their pro-immigrant commercial (and not for their watery beer), but using Facebook and Twitter to express your outrage, then you’re a hypocrite. But then again, conservatives are always hypocrites.

If you’re really against immigrants and everything about them, then you need to boycott yourself.

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