Washington

Mount Nevermore


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Donald Trump is proud of the fact he doesn’t know much history and has never read a presidential biography. It wouldn’t matter if he had since he prefers to ignore facts and just make shit up. The president of the United States is proud to be ignorant which is even more of a fault when you’re also stupid.

Politico reports that during a visit to Mount Vernon (in case you’re a Republican and like Donald Trump, Mount Vernon was George Washington’s home) last April with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump learned that our first president (in case you’re a Republican, that’s George Washington) was a major real-estate developer during his time. He wondered how rich he was, and according to three sources, why he didn’t name the compound after himself.

The sources reveal that Trump said, “If he was smart, he would’ve put his name on it. You’ve got to put your name on stuff or no one remembers you.” The VIPs’ tour guide for the evening, Mount Vernon president and CEO Doug Bradburn, told Trump that Washington did, after all, succeed in getting the nation’s capital named after him. “Good point,” Trump said.

Bradburn reportedly told several people that the French president and his wife were more knowledgeable about the history of the property than Trump. Trump was critical of the size of the rooms and stairs, but was impressed by Washington’s bed saying it was “a good bed to die in.”

In that city named after Washington where Trump lives, is a monument named after Washington, which Trump can see from the White House. Also in Washington, DC is George Washington University. Maybe from all of his billions, or more accurately, millions, Trump noticed Washington’s face on the one dollar bill.

As for remembering Washington, there is a state named after him (in case you’re a Republican, that’s Washington state). There are 31 counties and 241 towns named after Washington. There are at least twelve universities named after Washington. There are four forts named for Washington. The private residence of Queen Liliʻuokalani of Hawaiʻi is named after Washington. There are four geological features (mountains and lakes)  featuring the name “Washington.” There are nine parks and five neighborhoods named after Washington. It would be extremely difficult to count how many bridges, streets, parkways, highways, and circles are named “Washington.” There are monuments across the country to Washington. He is one of the four presidents on Mount Rushmore, where Trump’s likeness will NEVER be.

There are statues of Washington, not just in the United States, but in other countries including Peru, France, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Thailand, Hungary, Argentina, and even the United Kingdom, who Washington led a revolution against.

I think it’s safe to say that we remember George Washington.

There are two differences between the stuff named after Trump and Washington. Most things named after Trump, from wine to steaks to magazines to airlines to casinos, etc, don’t exist anymore. Trump’s first term isn’t over yet and already several properties have removed his name (it’s like the number 13…or herpes. You don’t want it). The things still named after Trump, like Trump Tower and Donald Trump Jr., are abject failures. Most things named after George are still there.

The other difference is, most things named after Washington were chosen by other people. Washington didn’t put himself on the dollar bill or Mount Rushmore. Everything named after Trump was named by Trump. Trump has to name stuff after himself because no one else is going to do it. Another difference between the two men is that people debate if Washington was our very best president, but there won’t be any debate about who is our worst.

In the future, you won’t be able to find anything named after Trump, just like nobody names anything after Hitler.

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Partisan Outrage


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When Roy Moore, Alabama’s Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, had a woman accuse him of trying to have sex with her when she was 14, she wasn’t alone. Three other accusers joined her. More accusers came out the next day, and the next, and the next. We’ve hit double digits. You can make a pun out of “Moore” accusers.

After Minnesota Senate Democrat Al Franken’s accuser came out, she was alone and nobody has joined her since. The comparison between Moore and Franken isn’t fair. One was trying to get his rocks off with teenage girls while the other was staging comedy bits. One set a pattern while the other did not. But, politics is not fair.

Donald Trump tweets out an attack on Al Franken while remaining silent on Roy Moore and being tone-deaf regarding over 20 of his own accusers. Trump has boasted, very proudly, about groping women and barging in on teenage girls while they’re naked in a dressing room. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it’s different because Franken admitted wrongdoing while Trump has denied his ever happened, even though he’s on tape admitting it.

For Republicans, lying, deflecting, and calling your accusers liars is more honorable than being honest, apologizing, and calling for an ethics investigation on your own past behavior.

People talk a good game about bridging the partisan divide, but they crap all over themselves when the perfect opportunity confronts them. Alabama’s governor has stated she believes Roy’s accusers but, she’s gonna vote for him anyway. She would rather have a pedophile in the Senate than someone she disagrees with. How is that being a good Christian?

The accusations against Franken won’t be the last to hit Washington. Watch how Republicans respond. The same people critical of Franken and have yelled for him to resign will be silent when Republicans are hit. The hypocrisy won’t matter. It’ll be like it just doesn’t exist to them.

Republicans will take a cue from Trump and Roy Moore. They’ll lie, deflect, and attack the accusers. Being honest is for Democrats.

Creative notes: I completed this cartoon early last night but I held it for today. I sent it to my clients and one of them has already scooped me and published it on their site.

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Gun Violence In Washington State


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This cartoon is on today’s opinion page of The Seattle Times. It accompanies their excellent editorial.

Twenty-one people have been killed and eleven injured in seven mass shootings in Western Washington just this year.

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Sound Transit and Schwag


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I drew this for The Seattle Times, which they ran Thursday.

Sound Transit threw a large party to open new light-rail stations. The party costs taxpayers a whopping $858,000. Those attending were given nice schwag such as tote bags, wallets, lanyards, a commemorative pass. The argument for the party is they need to promote the station so people will use it. Really? It seems people would know there’s a new station in their neighborhood. Ridership has reportedly increased by 25,000 but I doubt that’s because there was a party.

On top of all this the agency is asking for an additional $50 billion. Those better be some very swanky tote bags.

Creative note: When my editor approved this she asked if it was “schwag” or “swag.” I told her it was “schwag” and that I double checked before I sent it to her, but I asked that she and her staff check again just to make sure. I’m always paranoid to tell someone I’m correct about something, even when I’m sure, to find out after publication that I made a mistake in my research. Her assistant assumed it was “swag” since her heard it in a Justin Beiber song. What the? We don’t trust Justin Beiber. What is he, Wikipedia now? I told him to check again and he found the same results I did which is that schwag stands for stuff and low-grade marijuana.

Learning it meant low-grade marijuana was news for both of us but I kinda figured the word had a pot connotation. I’ve known this smelly white dude with dread locks for years who is nicknamed “Schwag.” Nice guy. He’s always mellow.

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Washington State Jailbreak


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Today’s cartoon for The Seattle Times.

There was a software glitch in Washington’s Department of Corrections that allowed a LOT of inmates to be released early. It was so alarming to the department that they ignored it for three years.

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Politicize This


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President Obama visited families of the victims of the Oregon shooting last Friday. There were protest. Why would anyone protest the president visiting families to express his condolences? Why indeed? Because they’re mad the president wants to take away their guns.

The protesters speak of their gun and killing furry animals culture and they believe Obama wants to end that. Obama has actually voiced support for their hunting culture. Usually when one hunts (animals), the weapons of choice are shotguns, rifles, or a bow of some sort, not semi-automatic weapons, so hunters are safe from the prez taking their guns. The president isn’t even trying to take away their semi-automatics.

Yet, they believe the president is coming for their guns. These people are probably the Alabama of Oregon. They’re also upset the president would politicize the shootings, so they stand at the airport and along the road with signs, protesting the politicizing. That’s a head scratcher. Many of the signs also said he needs to go home and back to Kenya. I’m really glad they’re taking a stand on politicizing a crisis. During Friday’s news coverage of the protests, including many interviews, I didn’t see anyone from Fox News, CNN, or MSNBC say “oh by the way, that taking your guns away thing…not happening.”

Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., more fun from the Select Committee on Benghazi. Republican representative Kevin McCarthy swears it’s not a political witch hunt, after he blurbed out it was a political witch hunt designed to destroy Hillary Clinton.

Now a fired investigator for the committee is spilling the beans that it is indeed designed only to destroy Clinton. Many say you can’t take his word because fired people are always upset and try to drag down those who fired him. True. But he is a Republican.

The investigation into Benghazi has so far costs $4.6 million.

The attack on Benghazi resulted in the death of an ambassador, U.S. Foreign Service Information Officer Sean Smith, and two private CIA contractors. Do you know how many private contractors died in Iraq? As of June 20, 2012, 1,569 American contractors have died in Iraq. Where is the outrage? Where are the investigations? Why aren’t we looking for scapegoats?

The president admits he is politicizing gun deaths. He wants change to current gun laws so there will be fewer gun deaths. Will the Benghazi investigation prevent more deaths of Americans on foreign soil? Or is it just designed to destroy one politician the opposing party dislikes?

Conservatives, you have Fox News to assist in your take down of Hillary Clinton. You have Breitbart (if you have a hankering for some racist comments from right wing trolls read the comments under any Breitbart article). You even have that One America Now network (I know nobody watches it but you should visit it one late night for hours of stupid). If nothing else, there’s a gazillion right wing racist trolls on social media to help you. So take the advice from The New York Times editorial page and end your stupid committee. Plus, if Hillary is such an awful candidate, who can’t be elected, who you’ll beat so easily, who’ll eventually destroy herself because she’s untrustworthy, then you don’t need to spend $4.6 million of our money to destroy her.