A Trumpian Hole


Fox News’ Tucker Carlson argued last night that journalists should be up in arms and defensive of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange because he’s “one of them.” No. He’s not.

Don’t mistake what Assange did with what journalists do. Journalists will publish leaked information. They will publish from anonymous sources. Journalists publish news. What journalists do NOT do is aid in acquiring hacked information. Journalists do NOT coordinate with a political campaign on the timing of releasing hacked information or any information. Journalists do NOT attack one campaign in order to help another. A journalist does NOT become a front for the Russian government as it wages an assault on another nation’s election.

After holing up in Ecuador’s London embassy over the past seven years, originally claiming asylum from rape charges in his native Sweden which have since been dropped, and remaining to avoid being extradited to the United States, Assange was arrested on Thursday by London police. Now, Assange is facing the threat of being deported to the U.S. over charges that he hacked into the Pentagon’s computer in 2010. Interestingly enough, an attack that Donald Trump said at the time warranted the death penalty.

Ecuador got tired of Assange and evicted him from their embassy after he continued to use WikiLeaks to attack foreign governments, attempted to swap out security cameras, spread feces on the walls, refused to clean the bathroom, and failed to look after his own cat. No word if the kitty has been evicted too.

Assange actually sued Ecuador, while being their guest, last year over “violating his fundamental rights.” He was upset Ecuador demanded to approve of his visitors and wanted information on any wireless devices they’d bring, restricted his internet usage, told him to avoid speech or activities that could be considered political or could damage relations between Ecuador and other countries, and that cat thing. It’s really annoying when you criticize governments for expelling Russians over poisoning people in London and you won’t clean the litter box.

A reporter asked Trump yesterday if he “still loved WikiLeaks,” a statement he made on the campaign trail in 2016. Trump’s response was, “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing.” I find that reaction similar to Austin Power’s claim of not being familiar with the Swedish-Made Penis Enlarger saying, “That sort of thing’s not my bag, baby” despite writing a book titled, Swedish-Made Penis Enlarger Pumps And Me (This sort of thing is my bag, baby).

Despite his protests, WikiLeaks is the sort of thing that’s Trump’s bag, baby.

Trump mentioned WikiLeaks more than 100 times during the last month in the 2016 campaign. Among his comments were, “This WikiLeaks stuff is unbelievable. Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks. Oh, we love WikiLeaks. Boy, they have really — WikiLeaks! They have revealed a lot.” Now, he’s about as familiar with WikiLeaks as he is with Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Michael Cohen. If you could financially invest in cognitive dissonance, now would be the time.

It was Cohen who claimed that Donald Jr. informed his father of an upcoming release by WikiLeaks. In fact, the first dump of stolen emails from the Clinton campaign was on the same day the Access Hollywood tape was released of Trump bragging about assaulting women.

If Assange is extradited to the U.S., it puts more pressure on Roger Stone whose own charges stem from his coordination with Assange and WikiLeaks. Stone is angling for a presidential pardon and he may get it. Assange’s cooperation may not be credible as it’s been reported by Ecuador that he’s lost his mind. What may be more important is if Ecuador shares data they acquired on Assange during his stay, like a list of his visitors and who all he was in contact with. It will be interesting to see how Trump handles his prosecution if he is extradited to the U.S.

There are concerns how the Trump administration and his Justice Department will treat this as it applies toward journalism, which Trump has called “fake news” and has openly wished to destroy press freedom.  Assange is NOT being charged for publishing information but for the hacking he did to obtain it. But again, what Assange is doesn’t have anything to do with journalism.

Julian Assange is no more a member of the journalism community than is Tucker Carlson.

Creative notes: I wasn’t really eager to do a black hole cartoon. Almost every cartoonist in the nation has done one by now and most involve Trump (though nowadays, just about every cartoon is about Trump). But I liked the WikiLeaks aspect of this. I had three roughs drawn out from my work with CNN last night and I showed them to my friend, Karen. This idea got the largest reaction from her.

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But HIS Emails


When a white cop shoots an unarmed black guy or a black child playing with a toy gun, we’re told it’s disrespectful to criticize the police. Cops work dangerous jobs and their lives are on the line on a daily basis, so how dare you question them. When a jury, prosecutor, or a grand jury lets one of these cops go, we’re told to trust the judicial system and this is how it’s supposed to work. So, don’t question or criticize law enforcement or the judicial system…unless they go after a white billionaire. Then they’re all corrupt Democrats who probably contributed to the Clinton Foundation.

Trump, his sycophants, Republicans in Congress, and the idiots at Fox News are publicly smearing the FBI and Special Counsel, Robert Mueller. They’re painting them as corrupt and engaging in a political witch hunt. Fox News has even called the investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia a “coup.” I hope for Christmas someone sticks a dictionary into a stocking at Fox News. If there’s only one copy they can pass it around to each other. It won’t see much use.

White House informants (people who work there and secretly hate Trump) report that Trump has accused Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General who appointed and oversees the Special Counsel, is a Democrat. In reality, he’s a Republican though he is from Maryland which probably makes Republicans suspicious.

Trump’s lawyers are also contributing to the propaganda that Robert Mueller, a Vietnam veteran and a Republican whose reputation has never been questioned until now, is a political hack trying to thwart the will of the American people, who praise and worship Donald Trump who has personally sacrificed to do so much for this nation.

I hope Trump’s judicial nominees aren’t an indication of the type of private legal counsel he’s hired that he doesn’t plan to pay for. They’ve told the president the Special Counsel’s investigation will wrap up by January (wrong) and that now Mueller’s office has broken the law by gaining access to the Trump transition team’s emails. Wrong again.

Mueller has been given access to tens of thousands of transition emails, as well as laptops, cellphones, and at least one iPad and other documents related to 13 transition officials. These were provided by the General Services Administration which was storing all the transition material.

Trump’s lawyers are arguing that this stuff doesn’t belong to the public, the GSA was not authorized to release them, and that a portion is covered by various privileges including attorney-client privilege. That’s almost as silly as Trump Jr. arguing his chit-chats between him and his daddy are subject to attorney-client privilege.

The GSA provided office space, computer systems, and emails to the transition team, which it has done for other transition teams in the past. They had an agreement that all the documents would be destroyed (why?) after the transition was complete, but the transition team asked them to archive the material after Congress made document requests last year. After Congress made the requests, destroying them may have been illegal.

However, transition officials signed other agreements that warn them material kept on government servers are subject to monitoring and auditing and there are no expectations of privacy.

None of this has prevented Trump’s team to complain to Congress and the public that Mueller is overreaching. Here’s the thing: If you are arguing a case and you have an issue with how the opposition has gathered evidence, you present an argument to the judge to dismiss the material. Trump’s lawyers will not do that. Why? Because after the judge laughs them out of court then they won’t be able to argue to the public about the travesty and injustice Mueller is hitting them with.

How many times have I written on this blog that conservatives have no sense of irony? Countless! This is another example.

Does no one on the Trump team see the irony and hypocrisy of Donald Trump complaining about investigators looking at his government email? This is the man who screamed “I love WikiLeaks” and publicly asked Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s email and release it to the press. You remember that “Russia, if you’re listening” shit.

Trump tells us “many people” are angry over this. Where are these angry people? I’ve heard more people express anger over The Last Jedi than over these transition emails. And, they’re all wrong. Emails ending in “.gov” are not private emails and The Last Jedi was freaking awesome.

Trump also keeps saying there’s no collusion. I’m sure there’s not, other than that time Donald Trump Jr., Jared, and Paul Manafort entertained Russians in Trump Tower, and Jared’s bank deals, and Junior’s coordination with WikiLeaks, and Michael Flynn, and Carter Page, and George Papadopoulos, and….well, you get the picture.

I hope Mueller keeps applying the pressure. I plan to and I’m sure I’ll be joined by the rest of my fellow rebel scum.

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Collusion Over Coffee


It’s been a very busy week for bullshit.

First, Vladimir Putin told Trump he didn’t have anything to do with Russia meddling in our election. As if, Russia had Wikileaks hack into the DNC, made attempts to hack into voting systems, placed ads on Facebook and Twitter, sent Russians to hang out with Trump sycophants, and unleashed troll farms, all without Putin being aware of it. Worse yet, Trump believed him.

Then, Jeff Sessions is questioned by Congress again, and tells us his previous lies weren’t lies. There were a lot of “I don’t recalls,” and he explained how he suddenly remembers telling Papadopoulos not to go to Russia at a meeting he doesn’t remember attending.

I’m not sure this administration can match Reagan’s with “I don’t recalls,” but they may beat them in indictments.

And then…Donald Trump Jr, who got really upset every time someone accused the campaign of colluding with Russia, revealed yet another incident of his collusion with Russia.

During the campaign, Jr. was trading messages back and forth with Wikileaks through Twitter. They even asked Jr. to give them his father’s tax returns so they could leak it and pretend they weren’t just going after the Clinton campaign. Wink wink. Nudge nudge.

Wikileaks suggested to Jr. that Trump not concede if he lost, and should challenge the results (which he still did after winning). Jr. even emailed Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Jared Kushner to tell them Wikileaks just made contact. Jared forwarded that email to Hope Hicks. How often have we seen Kellyanne on TV denying there was any collusion with Russia? Maybe twice?

In keeping with his strategy of not knowing when to shut up, Jr. tweeted out, “Here is the entire chain of messages with @wikileaks9 with my whopping 3 responses) which one of the congressional committees has chosen to selectively leak. How ironic!”

How terrible it must be when someone leaks proof you’re full of shit and a traitor.

Uh, Jr….the fact you replied even once can be described as a whopper. What else can be defined as whopperistic are your denials of collusion. If you were actually transparent you would have revealed this a very long time ago, at least around the time you were calling people liars who accused you of colluding. Or maybe, you could have revealed this after everyone found out you were hosting Russians who were promising dirt on Hillary in Trump Tower.

Jeff Sessions once said “good people don’t smoke marijuana,” but potheads have a better memory than these guys.

People are starting to think maybe Eric isn’t the dumb one after all. At this point, I’m starting to think Carter Page might be related.

Meanwhile, wingnuts are destroying Keurig coffee makers because the company pulled advertising from Sean Hannity’s show when that guy helped deflect Roy Moore’s pedophilia.

Destroying coffee makers should please Kellyanne Conway, who believes kitchen appliances can spy on us.

It’s hard to get cartoon ideas on people who are already cartoons.

Creative notes: Shortish blog today because I need to write ideas for two commissioned projects. Also, I’m not sure if this cartoon is good at all. But, sometimes I’ll go with something if it makes me laugh and I can have fun with it. It’s hard to tell sometimes when you don’t get your idea until 5:00 AM.

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Romping With Hannity


Now that Fox News’ Sean Hannity has abandoned his hunt for the “real” story in the murder of Seth Rich, he can apply his amazing journalistic instincts on another matter. Like defending Republicans who beat up journalists.

Hannity spent a week pursuing a story into the death of Rich, a staffer for the Democratic National Committee. It was a story that Fox News retracted and said it didn’t meet their journalistic standards.

The original story published May 16 reported as fact that Rich was actually the person who leaked tens of thousands of emails from the DNC to WikiLeaks and that his murder was tied to that action. Rich was shot and killed last July in Washington in what police describe as a “botched robbery.” There is no public evidence that even suggests he shared DNC emails with Wikileaks. The Rich family pleaded with Fox to stop spreading speculation without facts.

Fox eventually retracted the story, though without an apology. Hannity, however, on his radio show said that he retracts nothing and will continue to push the story. Hannity was relentless in pushing the bogus conspiracy theory and said that he “is not Fox News.” Later, on his TV show, he said that he would stop covering the issue “out of respect for the family’s wishes — for now.” It turns out he IS Fox News. That means his bosses, and probably a few lawyers clamped down on him. Also, advertisers are bailing on his show faster than if he was spotted at Bill O’Reilly’s strip-club-bachelor party.

Sean Hannity is not a real journalist. He was covering for Donald Trump and his Russia connections. It’s a sad state we’re in when the top-viewed news outlet hires hatchet men instead of reporters.

The press has never been popular. Every town’s newspaper has a derogatory nickname for it. But now it’s worse than ever. The president says the press is the “enemy of the American people” and he’s advocated changing the Constitution to change libel laws and imprison journalists. Your crazy uncle believes Breitbart has as much, or more, credibility than The Washington Post and The New York Times. CNN stands for the “Clinton News Network.” Republicans are body-slamming journalists and breaking their glasses.

The freedom the press enjoys is indicative to what sort of nation we live in. A free press means freedom to all. When that’s shut down or infringed upon, your freedom is next. The press’ freedom is your freedom. You need to understand that. It’s not just so Anderson Cooper can run wild and roll his eyes at Kellyanne Conway. It’s so you can live in a free nation where your right to know is not violated….or your right to report.

Apparently, you even have a lot of freedom to report lies. Ask Sean Hannity.

Creative notes: I started this cartoon last night and put it aside to draw my Hulk cartoon. I think I made the right choice but I still wanted to finish this. I called up my former FLS colleague Hilary and asked her where I should put the hyphens in “conspiracy.” Hilary is smarter than I am and she makes me write good (see what I did there? That’ll piss her off to no end).

Men’s rompers were in the news earlier this week. Do you know why? I don’t. If you find out, can you let me know what’s up with men’s rompers? I didn’t care enough to do any actual research into it. I just saw a bunch of posts on Facebook and then I Googled to see how many recent news stories came up. Quite a few. I didn’t read any of them but they were there.

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Hacked Devices


I have to admit that I am not very knowledgeable with a lot of technological gadgets. I don’t feel a need to own the newest cell phone, tablet, TV, laptop, etc. When I put my fairly old flat screen TV up in my new place my friend who helped me was disgusted with how old it was and that the frame around the screen was so “large.” It works for me. The only reason I have a Surface Pro 4 was because it was for my work which is the one thing I am super picky about. I’ll never figure out all the amazing things I can do with it as I’ve only used it for surfing the internet and creating my cartoons. I’m a very bad and lazy nerd.

So when WikiLeaks revealed hacked data informing the world that the CIA has the capability to hack into cell phones and televisions, I had some research to do.

Oh my god! The CIA is reading and viewing everything about you? Why at this very moment someone at Langley is laughing at your penis pictures stored on your phone. Well, not really.

When I say “not really” I’m talking about the hacking. You should probably still delete those penis pictures. It’s very doubtful the CIA is hacking into your phone, television, or Cuisinart.

WikiLeaks claimed that the CIA can “bypass” encrypted message apps such as Signal and WhatsApp and they gave the impression they were doing wide sweeps on the entire world population. I had not even heard of those two apps before. Do you know why WikiLeaks dumps thousands of pages at once instead of trickling them out? It’s because the press will run wild with the headlines before they can go through all the details of the documents. If they did that then the outrage wouldn’t be as intense as it is now. I’m pretty sure I’m the only political cartoonist in the nation who read the details of the CIA’s capability within those leaks. After you read it you still have to understand it.

What WikiLeaks actually revealed is that the encrypted apps work very well and the CIA has to develop more advanced techniques to target individuals one by one, not a wide sweep of multiple devices. You’re in more danger of your little sister hacking into your phone and using your twitter to announce your hemorrhoids to the world than of the CIA snooping on you. I seriously doubt spooks have much interest in your cat pictures, no matter how adorable you attest that they are.

The techniques the CIA is using to target individual phones is to use the apps the same as the user they’re targeting. These methods are not new and have been open information at geek conferences. The only new information is that the CIA is using them.

Did you understand any of that? I had to read this New York Times article three times. I lied. It was more than three times. Please read it in case I didn’t do a good job of explaining it here. It’s the best explanation to this entire WikiLeaks insanity.

I think the bigger news is that the CIA can be hacked into. Our president, who said he loved WikiLeaks, has been pretty silent on this latest cache dump. He’s the head of our government and it’s being threatened by the same hackers who worked with the Russians to help him become president. Now they’re still threatening our nation. It’s an uncomfortable position in that he swore and took an oath to protect our nation and also declared his love for our enemy’s handiwork.

WikiLeaks is trying to discredit our intelligence agencies as they investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. Let’s not forget that during our outrage at the CIA.

If you voted for Donald Trump and you still believe in him then you’re crazier than anyone talking to their vacuum cleaner.

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Commuting Manning


Like most presidents before President Obama is issuing pardons and commuting sentences in his last days in office.

Obama has commuted more sentences than the last 12 presidents combined. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Out of the 1,385 since 2014 540 were serving life sentences for low-level drug offenses. As usual pardons and commutations can be controversial.

The most controversial of Obama’s commutations is the one for Chelsea Manning, an Army private convicted of leaking a large amount of diplomatic and military documents to WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange promised in the past to allow himself to be extradited to the U.S. to face charges if Manning was freed from prison. We’ll have to wait and see if he’s a man of his word. The Obama administration said that was not a factor in their decision to free Manning. I believe that as I wouldn’t trust Assange either.

The president felt her sentencing, 35 years, was too harsh and that after seven years she had served enough time. The administration compared it her case to Eric Snowden’s, who fled the country. In contrast Manning took responsibility and expressed remorse for her crime. There is no evidence that Manning’s leaks threatened American lives.  Manning’s 35-year prison sentence was the harshest ever imposed for a leak conviction.

Predictably Republicans are upset. Their first argument is that this will set a precedent that in future those who compromise national security will not face consequences. That’s a dumb argument. First off, Obama won’t be around to commute sentences. Second, who wants to face seven years in a military prison?

The United Nations special rapporteur on torture called her treatment “cruel, inhuman and degrading.” Manning is a transgender who went by Bradley at the time of conviction. She was kept in solitary confinement for the first year of her incarceration and she’s tried to kill herself twice. I don’t see how anyone can say she didn’t suffer consequences for her actions.

The hypocrisy is that those upset with Manning turn a blind eye to the Republicans use of emails leaked by WikiLeaks. They often argue that we should look at the contents of the leaks more than the fact they were leaked, or who hacked and leaked them. With that argument maybe they should look at the contents of Manning’s leaks which exposed the military for killing civilians, journalists, and the abuses of detainees by Iraqi military officers.

Manning’s conviction stands. She is guilty. It’s not a good crime. Neither is using material hacked by foreign spies so you can assume the highest office in the land. A president who is at the very least complicit with that foreign power and unable to recognize the transgression, or even criticize the foreign leader, bothers me much more than what Manning has done.

I don’t feel like my life is in any danger by what Manning revealed nor do I feel threatened by her freedom.

I can’t say the same about Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office.

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Podesta’s Prince Of An Email


I have beaten Marco Rubio up a lot over issues and grand standing and the fact he doesn’t have any accomplishments. But more than once this week I have called out Republicans and Trump supporters for not speaking out against Wikileaks. Now I have to be fair and commend Senator Rubio for doing just that.

Rubio is in a race for his senate seat yet he’s refusing to use any information provided by Wikileaks and the Russian government. He says “Today it is the Democrats. Tomorrow, it could be us.” What do you want to bet they have information from the Trump campaign they’re holding onto until they need it?

Rubio also said “I will not discuss any issue that has become public solely on the basis of WikiLeaks. As our intelligence agencies have said, these leaks are an effort by a foreign government to interfere with our electoral process, and I will not indulge in it.” Good for you, Senator Rubio for exhibiting principles that the rest of your party seems to be lacking. Now if you only had enough to pull your support from Donald Trump.

Everyday there are new dumps from the Clinton campaign’s emails. Most notably they’ve been fishing in campaign manager John Podesta’s in and out boxes. What we have discovered is that he grouped vice presidential candidates into “food groups.” There were groups for business leaders, military leaders, women, white guys, and black guys. There was also one exclusively for Bernie Sanders who Podesta referred to in one email as a “doofus.” I’ve been called worse by friends and family than “doofus,” though that word is one of their favorites for me. At least I never got “hipster doofus” which is another Seinfeld reference.

Still, there’s no real dirt in the emails greater than what is probably in Podesta’s spam folder, like free credit checks, check out my webcam, viagra ads and offers from that persistent Nigerian prince.

This is all you’re getting from me today for a column. I have more work with the debate tonight, an exclusive cartoon comping up this weekend for The Costa Rica Star, and I have to work on a special double-secret project for an alternative publication. At some point tonight I plan to eat something.

Yes, there will be a cartoon on the debate by tomorrow. I’m sure I’ll also tweet out a lot of sarcasm so go follow me on Twitter and enjoy the show.

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