Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Ted, he murdered two people in cold blood, before killing some cops. I realize you applaud those latter deaths, but how can you ignore the first two?

  2. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    He went after someone’s daughter and her fiance, two people who had never even had the opportunity to wrong him! And another one of the murders was a wildlife officer, not a cop!

    He isn’t some martyred hero. He didn’t go first after “corrupt cops”, or make any attempt to protect innocent people. He killed innocent people.

  3. neatslob

    neatslob said, over 3 years ago

    In this age of social media, there are ways to call attention to a problem that don’t involve murdering people.

  4. wmbrainiac

    wmbrainiac said, over 3 years ago

    the folks accusing the cartoonist of celebrating the mayhem as a rational response have it wrong. he simply suggests that much of what we accept from our officials is, upon reflection, enough to break a mind.

  5. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Like many others I decry the murdering of anybody for any reason. But I think his cartoon (I hope that isn’t the wrong term) speaks to the Desperation and Frustration one might feel when they perceive themselves to be wrongly dismissed from their career.

    Take out the hotbutton topic of gun violence and imagine that he killed these people with a car or a knife or, to quote Archie Bunker, pushed em out a winda. The violence he committed still isn’t justified but NOW we could focus on whether or not his dismissal was justified. And if it wasn’t, we would heap some blame on his superiors that did this.

    And don’t expect me to feel worse because he killed police officers. Killing is wrong . We give it special attention in the legal system because we want the public to respect the authority of the police.

    As to somebodies comment that their are better ways to draw attention to your plight I disagree. I think it is fair to say their are less evil ways, and there ways that have a better likliehood of you getting justice but I think he did a pretty good job of drawing attention to the issue on which he was most dearly focused which was his perception that he was wrongfully terminated and wasn’t going to get justice. There is so much noise in the media that standing in the marketplace and saying “I was wronged” won’t get near as much attention as Honey Boo Boo talking about farts.

    I’m betting that when the LA police force reviews this they will publically say that “Everything was right and done by the book” because no one will ever admit to having screwed up. But Privately there will be some admission of wrong doing and some Lt. Probably won’t ever get promoted again.

  6. SwimsWithSharks

    SwimsWithSharks GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Yeah, it would have been swell if they’d let that psycho keep his badge.

  7. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago

    Teddy has once again returned to his Shock Jock routine.

    Oh no, did the guy lose his job that he feels was for unfair reasons? Welcome to the world of millions of people that experience the same thing every year. You suck it up and get a new job. Is it tough? Ya, but that’s life. You don’t cowardly kill people that had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with it.Oh and his whining about being called names on the playground is just pathetic. He said he wanted to clear his name, well I’m sure he made his family proud to be related to a vicious, cowardly killer.

  8. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Now I understand why Joker was the real hero of the movie “Dark Knight”. It all fits!

  9. californicated1

    californicated1 said, over 3 years ago

    How many of you out there are Coloradoan-born, -raised and -educated?

    I just live here in Livermore, California these days and usually wonder why nowadays, but that’s beside the point.

    And if you are Colorado-born, -raised and -educated, you probably learned along the way about Colonel John Chivington.

    Back in November of 1864, Chivington was given orders, both from the War Department and from his superior officer, Territorial Governor and General of all Union forces in Colorado Territory, to take troops into the Arkansas River Valley both in Colorado Territory and into the state of Kansas and look for Curtis and his Confederate raiders, who were making life very messy along the Chisholm and Santa Fe trails.

    On November 29, 1864, Chivington’s forces encountered an aboriginal settlement of Kiowa and Cheyenne peoples, mostly, women, children and the elderly along the banks of Sand Creek, a tributary of the Arkansas River in what is now Prowers County, Colorado, near Lamar.

    Chivington gave the orders for the troops to fire on the encampment and leave no one alive.

    General John C. Evans, Chivington’s superior officer isssued no such order for the engagement or even eradication of aboriginal peoples if they were encountered by Chivington and his forces and when Lincoln’s cabinet and the War Department found out, they wanted heads to roll, not only Chivington’s, but also Evans’.

    At Chivington’s Court Martial, Chivington was asked why he gave the order to massacre the settlement and his answer was that “nits make lice”.

    His approach was the same as a pest control professional would take when encountering vermin and other household pests and that not only did the current generation have to be dealt with, but so did any future generations.

    Now don’t get me wrong, nobody likes the idea that they and their families have to pay the consequences of the actions of one of their own that did wrong to somebody else, including any children out there, but in the greater scheme of things, if a person did wrong against me, not only will I consider them bad people to begin with, but I will consider the family that spawned that bad person, too, and that mentality may have also been running through this rogue Police Officer’s mindset as well.

    Remember that this cop was also a soldier and trained in those ways, too, where everybody that you know is not on your side might be an enemy, too, and that it may be safer to consider them hostile until proven otherwise.

    And if livelihoods and futures have to be sacrificed by one side, perhaps they should be sacrificed by all sides involved, which may mean that even families and their children are targets.

    It’s the stuff that generational blood feuds, wars and even genocides are based on.

    One may not like the mindset out there that “nits make lice”, but the rationale is out there for why some folks consider it as an option, and even follow up on it like this rogue Police Officer demonstrated, doesn’t make it right, doesn’t justify the act, but it also doesn’t make it wrong, either, to go after the children and the relatives of those that do one wrong to the point that even futures are sacrificed.

    For the record, which this is becoming, I don’t support the rogue cop’s actions, especially after resorting to “Rambo” style tactics or even Eric Rudolph’s tactics, either, but I do understand why he may have considered going after the families and the children of the folks who may have done great wrong by him and to him.

    And once again, we are back to Chivington’s sentiment about his actions at the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29, 1864 and that Californians may not understand it or have a paradigm that fits it, even though Coloradoans understand it, for better or worse, because that is also a part of their history.

  10. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    For one who is a proponent of the violent overthrow of our system, isn’t it interesting that your radical agenda can be freely expressed because of the freedom’s guaranteed you by the First Amendment? Obviously you hate America, your choice. But why you stay here when all you do is denigrate our country is a mystery to me. You speak of the military as being full of criminals and cowards.

    However you would cast doubts on the system in relation to this demented action is a stretch to me. LAPD, like any organization can and has had problems with racism. In this particular case I really don’t see it. Worse case scenario, get the ACLU, NAACP and every other organization you can to dispute their case. But take it to the streets and murder innocent people and ambush and murder police? On any level and rationale, it’s wrong.

  11. Hedgehog

    Hedgehog said, over 3 years ago

    Classic false dichotomy Mr. Rall. There are plenty of options between mass murder and self-destructive passivity.

  12. Donald Williams

    Donald Williams said, over 3 years ago

    And I’m not sure why Mr Rall accepts that someone burned to death in a cabin surrounded by an armed force is a suicide.
    Christopher Dorner was murdered by the “authorities” – as evidenced at the following sites:

  13. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 3 years ago

    The recent gun violence has blame pointing all directions. One major direction has been the mentally ill released to the streets and now making up a portion of the homeless.
    Not very fair and many worry a mental person may access a weapon and kill innocents.
    I see Mr. Rall’s point that crazies cannot be regulated to a “type” but any person across a broad spectrum can go over the edge.
    The homeless have a resilience equal to any in the middle class and are not the ones to be implicated as more dangerous.

  14. jackson49

    jackson49 said, over 3 years ago

    Fed marshalls made the KKK blush, burning up black people on live TV…
    well first the drug test, then the arraignment, and the trial,..

  15. Ted Rall

    Ted Rall GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Well, I wouldn’t say it was in “cold blood.” He was pissed. English words mean things.

    Also, nothing in this cartoon endorses what he did. I am merely pointing out that when you screw people all the time, as bosses do in America, you can’t be surprised that not all of them take it lightly.

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