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  • Wednesday, 27 July 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    The Kremlin Convention

    What sounded like a wild conspiracy theory about, oh, three seconds ago, now sounds like a plausible explanation.  Every time you think this presidential race can’t get any weirder, it does.  It now sounds increasingly likely that the Russians hacked the DNC’s email, then helped release what they found to the world on the eve of the Democratic convention.

    Trump bounces between denying any involvement and not knowing Putin, to calling on Russia to hack candidate Clinton’s email to find the missing 30,000 emails related to her private email server scandal.  Donald Trump praises Putin, Trump says he wouldn’t necessarily protect the Baltic states, Russia releases hacked emails to help Trump and undermine the Democrats.  Suddenly, the conspiracy doesn’t sound so far fetched.  (And The Donald usually loves a good conspiracy!)

    Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders has fully endorsed Hillary Clinton even though there seem to be quite a few bitter Bernie-or-Busters at the Philly convention.  After some wild floor protests on the first day, the star power and speaking prowess of Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton has made the convention look pretty successful.  Sure beats Scott Baio.  Enjoy the cartoon, and be sure to check out my Patreon page!

  • Wednesday, 20 July 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    Make America Crazy Again

    It’s hard to keep up with the parade of craziness coming out of the Republican convention in Cleveland.  Leading up to the convention, Donald Trump implied President Obama is in league with cop-killers and terrorists, soon after, Rudy Giuliani ginned up the boogie-man factor by shouting, “you know who you are and we’re coming to get you!”  (That doesn’t count various calls for Hillary Clinton’s imprisonment and execution by firing squad.)  And it’s only Wednesday!

    Let’s not forget poor Melania Trump’s deer-in-the-headlights plagiarism speech, a wrong which pales in comparison to her husband’s stated policies.  But never mind the Trumps, the craziness doesn’t stop there.  Take a minute to read about the Republican Party platform, you’ll see there is more than enough extremism to go around.  

    This would be such an entertaining sideshow if there wasn’t an actual chance (apparently a small one), that Donald Trump could be the next president of the United States.  As I’ve said before, even though he’s a long shot, this is a little too close for comfort.  Enjoy the cartoon, and remember you can go behind-the-scenes and get other goodies on my Patreon page!

  • Wednesday, 13 July 2016 , By Mark Fiore

    The Amazing Non-binary Brain

    Even before the recent racially-charged violence in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, there was an undercurrent of “either-or” thinking in the United States.  Whether we’re talking about partisanship, foreign policy or race, the George W. Bush-style thinking of “you’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists” seems to be on the rise.  Binary brains are all the rage.

    Support for Black Lives Matter does not equal support for killing police officers, obviously.  Maybe the terrible events in Dallas (and Louisiana and Minnesota), will allow people to see that they don’t have to stay on one side of an imaginary divide.  Yes, you can support police and despise police brutality, just like you can support racial justice and encourage community policing.  (I’m told there are even— gasp— police officers of color!)

    It’s not all about easily-defined boxes as some people and the media tend to depict— it’s not just black and white and people of color versus cops.  There is plenty of awfulness to go around but (I’m hoping) even more good.  Let’s chalk up this cartoon as a little hopefulness amidst the tragedies.     

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