Veterans

A Junior Sacrifice


cjones11132019

A few years ago, a special interest group asked me to draw a series of cartoons for them on climate change. They didn’t specify where they stood on climate change in their initial feeler, but I got the idea they wanted me to provide cartoons denying it. They didn’t even specify what they would do with the cartoons or where they would be published. Before I replied, I did a little digging (in case you’re a Republican, that’s research) and discovered the company was owned by a much larger company famous for pumping millions into Republican candidates, right-wing think tanks, and mostly into efforts fighting climate change legislation.

I declined for two reasons. The first reason is that I believe in climate change. Why did they seek me out? There are plenty of hack cartoonists out there who’d be willing to take their money. The other reason I declined is that working for them would have been unethical. Even though I draw cartoons, I’m still a journalist. I need to retain some independence, credibility, and integrity. This company wanted a series of cartoons and they were offering me a lot of money to do it. Did I make a sacrifice for principles? Sure. But you could also argue that if I did it and took the money, that I would have sacrificed something much costlier.

When I think about veterans, like my father, and those who died and are buried in Arlington National Cemetery (which is just up the road from where I live), I don’t think, “gee…I can relate. I sacrificed too because I turned down a money-making opportunity. I’m awesome.” What kind of ridiculous asshole would even think such a thing to compare losing money to lost lives? Donald Trump Jr. is that kind of ridiculous asshole.

Donald Trump Jr. has written a book. I know. Who knew he would even bother reading a book, less enough write one. It’s only about 300 pages, which someone with an adequate level of literacy could read in one sitting. It’s called, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.” In it, Jr writes, “A victimhood complex has taken root in the American left,” while using all 300 pages to whine about how he, his father, and family have all be victimized.

In one passage from Triggered, Trumpy Jr. compares his “sacrifices” to those who have fought and died for our nation. He recounts a visit to Arlington National Cemetary and as Taps was playing, “In that moment, I also thought of all the attacks we’d already suffered as a family, and about all the sacrifices we’d have to make to help my father succeed — voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were ‘profiting off the office.”

Seriously, Jr? Hearing Taps make you think of lost money and not lost lives? At the very least, hearing Taps should have made you think of all the money you stole from veterans with your fake charity.

Author and Iraq War veteran Matt Gallagher tweeted at Jr., “Imagine going to Arlington … and being moved to think about money. You are a soup sandwich, @DonaldJTrumpJr, and my friends buried there would tell you the same thing.” A soup sandwich indeed.

Jr, you haven’t sacrificed shit. You haven’t even earned what you have less enough sacrificed to get it. You didn’t have to be the best to get into college. You didn’t have to be the best to get a job at your company. You didn’t have to be the best to get your position in that company. You don’t have to give good speeches to get speaking engagements. You don’t have to have any qualifications or accomplishments to go on talk shows. Hell, you didn’t even have to write a good book to get a book deal. Everything you have is because your name is Donald Trump. You have never had to need or want anything in your life. You’ve never had to work or accomplish anything to be where you are today. What the hell do you know about anything? You don’t even know how to be honest as just this week, a court has ordered you and your shithead siblings to attend classes to learn you’re not supposed to steal from charities.

This is the same guy who claimed he could make millions if his name was Hunter Biden. The guy who is currently making millions because he is literally named “Donald Trump.” And even his claim of a sacrifice is a lie because he’s still making foreign business deals. Has Hunter Biden ever stolen from a charity? Has a court ordered him to attend classes to learn that putting money meant for charitable causes into your own pocket is bad?

On top of all that, Jr should stop comparing himself to those who have served and actually sacrificed for our country. His father is a draft dodger. He never served and neither did his brother, Eric, or his brother-in-law, Jared, who are all making money off the presidency. People who served were shot at, Jr. When you go to Africa and shoot big game animals on a reserve, they’re not shooting back.

Obviously, Jr projects a lot. It must run in the family, just like being oblivious. The best example of him projecting and being oblivious is the fact his book is titled “Triggered.”

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Traitors For Trump


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This is where you’re supposed to stand up for what’s right.

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman is a decorated Iraq war veteran. He’s an expert on Ukraine serving on the National Security Council in the White House. Now, he’s being smeared as a “Never Trumper” and even a traitor. His crime? Speaking out in a sense of duty. Vindman was on the call between Trump and Ukraine’s president and he was so troubled by what he heard, he registered internal objections…twice.

In Vindman’s opening statement which was released to the press, he says, “I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine. I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.”

Now, people who call themselves patriots are smearing a decorated war veteran to defend a draft dodger. I guess all those years of service to his country doesn’t mean anything if he says something negative about Trump. I guess screaming “lock her up” at a Trump rally is greater service than fighting for your country.

This is where you need to stand up. Don’t let them do this. I realize you can’t defend Trump on the charges, but you don’t have to slander a veteran. To attack a veteran for being alarmed over Trump’s behavior is putting cult worship before your country. At this point, what are you good for?

We’re America. We honor our veterans. We’re better than this. If you’re still supporting Trump, you’re not better.

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Don’t Mock Vets


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If you told me yesterday that today I’d be drawing a cartoon about Pete Davidson, I would have said, “who what now?”

A friend of mine messaged me on Facebook a Fox News story about the brouhaha over Pete Davidson’s tasteless joke on Saturday Night Live. I hadn’t heard of it yet, and she was hoping I could explain the context of why Davidson was wearing what looked like a prison jump suit. I couldn’t help her out there any more than I could explain why the guy had silverish/aqua colored hair. Seriously, did someone tell him that looks good? Anyway….

Davidson did a sketch on Weekend Update where he gave his “first impressions” of some of the midterm candidates, which he started out by describing as “gross.” He started off easily enough by picking on Florida’s Rick Scott by saying he “looks like someone tried to whittle Bruce Willis out of a penis.” He said New York Congressman Peter King looks like a “cigar came to life.” He said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo looks like “a guy who sleeps with your mom, stays over, and eats breakfast with you in his boxers.” He said Greg Pence, Mike’s bro, “looks like a Ken Doll that spent a year in a river.” Then, he picked on Texas Republican Congressional candidate, Dan Crenshaw.

Crenshaw isn’t off-limits but the comedian went after his eye patch and said, “He looks like a hit man in a porno.” Crenshaw lost his eye while fighting in Iraq. Davidson said Crenshaw looked “kinda cool” but followed up his joke with, “m sorry; I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”

I’m not easily offended and I wasn’t by this, but I didn’t find it funny. In fact, I thought the entire sketch fell flat except for the Cuomo joke, which was oddly specific.

Davidson is facing pressure to apologize, and he hasn’t yet. Democratic Senator, Tammy Duckworth said, “This is absolutely appalling.” Duckworth is an Iraq war vet who lost both of her legs. Other critics even pointed out Davidson’s breakup with pop star Ariana Grande, which is something I have no real knowledge over. I’m getting to that age where I don’t know famous young people anymore.

Crenshaw said he won’t ask for an apology. Davidson lost his father in 9/11 and once said, “I like making things of a dark, awkward — weird things that you don’t really find funny, funny. There’s nothing I won’t joke about, and I think it’s because of what happened to me.”

That doesn’t give you clearance to make fun of patriots who were wounded during service. Granted, the Republicans who are outraged by this sit silently while their president mocks war heroes and Gold Star Families, but this isn’t about whataboutism (I just wanted to point that out).

Fellow SNL cast member Kenan Thompson said the joke “missed the mark.”

Crenshaw tweeted, “Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.” That’s good to hear from a Republican since they’ve actually created an industry of white, conservative, Christian males who are always offended over any slight while calling other people “snowflakes” for getting upset over the president’s racism.

Crenshaw also said, “I want us to get away from this culture where we demand apologies every time someone misspeaks.” That’s a great idea I wish more Republicans would take. Crenshaw also suggested that Davidson and the rest of SNL pool some money together and donate it to a veterans charity.  Let’s just hope that it’s actually donated and not like one of those Donald Trump deals, where he says he’s donating it but doesn’t and he goes out with the money he raised and buys a painting of himself.

For Davidson’s part, he also made fun of himself and said he looks like someone “who makes vape juice in a bathtub.”

I started the day not knowing about Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson, or even who is Pete Davidson, and now I gotta Google vape juice.

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Bleeding Our Vets


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Thousands of Army National Guard members are facing the burden of returning money promised to them by their recruiters.

Thousands of veterans from California, and many in others states, are being punished for the mistakes made by their superiors who gave them enlistment bonuses. Now the Pentagon is saying those bonuses weren’t authorized and the Guard members must pay the military back.

If the military made the screw up then they’re the ones who need to eat it. Many members of Congress, Democrat and Republican, agree.

Very few of us serve our nation in the military. It’s unfair to ask so much of our service men and women and then demand more when they return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

I sent this cartoon to my clients just as I was starting this post and I’ve already heard from one my California editors thanking me for it.

I know I probably messed up something in the uniforms here, especially the guy on the right. I wanted to throw in a little honor for my father in this cartoon so the patch is from the division he served in while he fought in Vietnam, 1st Armored Division, nicknamed “Old Ironsides.” I’m sure Guard members are not in that division but I’m using a bit of creative license here.

Military people are very specific and I’m sure I’ll be hearing from more than one of them, including my son. Go ahead and give it to me. It never hurts to learn something.

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