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  • Wednesday, 27 April 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    The Math of Democracy

    As the major presidential candidates are biting and scratching their way to get a majority of the delegates, let’s take a closer look at how those delegates are doled out.  Simply put, a presidential candidate has to get a majority of the delegates to become the party’s nominee.  But it’s not always quite that simple, as we’re seeing today.  

    We only pay attention to how a candidate wins the nomination when the contest is close and the competition for delegates is fierce.  The more you look into the nominating process, the more convoluted and ridiculous it appears.  The simplest way I’ve found to think of this, is that the political parties aren’t government institutions, they’re more like strange political clubs that can do whatever they want.  They could nominate a slice of swiss cheese if they changed their rules.

    Each state has different rules and delegates are awarded in different ways depending on where you win and by how much you win.  The entire nominating process reminds me of the housing market before the ’08 implosion, “our entire economy is based on this?!”  Our nation’s leadership is based on this?!  The more you look, the weirder it gets.  (It all matters less, though, the more a frontrunner pulls ahead.)  Enjoy the cartoon, and remember to check out the offerings over on my Patreon page!

  • Wednesday, 20 April 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    Islamophobic Air

    Now that Pope Francis made the wonderful symbolic gesture of flying twelve Syrian refugees to Rome on his plane, let’s take a look at what it’s like for Muslims flying on planes in the United States.  If you’re Muslim, whether you’re a US citizen or not, it turns out you might want to allot a little extra time for being detained after getting kicked off your flight.

    A UC Berkeley student trying to fly from Los Angeles to Oakland was kicked off after a passenger was worried that he was speaking Arabic.  Never mind this guy came to the United States as a refugee from Iraq after his dad was killed by the Saddam Hussein regime.  Then there is the family who was booted from a plane because they wanted a special seatbelt for their child.  Beware, those wily Muslim tots!  

    “Arab” looking people are getting kicked off planes, more Muslims are being attacked across the United States and Mosques are being targeted for vandalism and arson.  Look at Pocatello, Idaho for a particularly sad example of foreign cultural exchange.  But, hey, when two of the most well-known politicians are calling for banning Muslims and/or determining police presence based on your religious preference, some supporters are bound to get a little overzealous, right?  Stay safe, and be sure to check out my Patreon page, where you can help support my work and get some great goodies in return!
  • Wednesday, 13 April 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    Paul Ryan: Totally Not Running

    Leading Republicans other that those named “Trump” or “Cruz” so want a viable alternative to the crazy town race currently under way.  Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, just crushed their dreams.  The story goes that Ryan would make a more mainstream, palatable Republican presidential candidate.

    He’s not like crazy billionaire Trump and unlikeable weasel Cruz, right?  Um, riiiight.  Turns out Paul Ryan isn’t exactly a sane, establishment Republican, he just has the reputation of being one.  He’s the guy who wants to hack away at the social safety net in service of Ayn Rand, though he now cloaks that in bogus budget-speak.  Ryan is smart enough to not wade into the current GOP insurrection and can wait until the dust settles to once again play the part of the sane, level-headed savior. 

    Just like it is mind-blowing that Ted Cruz has become the more acceptable “establishment” Republican, it’s equally amazing that Paul Ryan is now considered anything but a budget hack who wants to blow up as much of government as possible.  (Albeit with a more telegenic blue-eyed smile on his face.)  No telling who will be the next possible fallback, supposedly sane, alternative to Trump or Cruz.  Enjoy the cartoon and be sure to check out my Patreon page!

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