Michael Ramirez for June 23, 2021

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    Pogostiks Premium Member 3 months ago

    The real crime is allowing an entire mob to attack the Capitol and then pretend that there is no reason to investigate further. Another crime is doing everything possible to rig the next elections by gerrymandering and changing vote-counting officials and other blatantly nefarious schemes which show a total contempt for democracy and the Constitution. In other words, this entire cartoon is simply an attempt to distract us from paying attention to the most pressing problems.

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    baroden  3 months ago

    No law ever stopped a crime.

    If you want people to respect the law, build respect with the people you’re trying to protect. Every instance where power is abused y law enforcement is a setback.

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    ollou90  3 months ago

    Pathetic, but still better than what we have now.

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    bkincaid  3 months ago

    Our biggest crime problem is the plethora of idiots trying to overthrow democracy. Yes, I’m referring to you, Ramirez.

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    Iseau Premium Member 3 months ago

    Why don’t all you liberal, defund the police, 2nd amendment hating, commenters ask some one in New York City, who lost there job, business, or was robbed, beaten or hospitalized due to the George Floyd demonstrations (RIOTS) how they feel about the Democratic administration prosecutors dropping all the cases and not bringing to trial any of those arrested or charged for offenses.

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    FrankErnesto  3 months ago

    The problem is not soft on crime, the problem is soft on police officers that commit crimes.

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    suzalee  3 months ago

    Put guns in virtually everybody’s hands, and you’re going to have deaths by gun violence.

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    The Nodding Head  3 months ago

    NY Police complain of the saturation of guns due to the Iron Pipeline of firearms coming from Southern states with easy access. No room for that in the cartoon, Ramirez?

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    Durak Premium Member 3 months ago

    Yes. Let’s solve all our social and cultural problems with a gun.

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    nodjt  3 months ago

    Speaking of soft on crime, why is Trump a free man?

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    Gen.Flashman  3 months ago

    Just last year conservatives were calling Biden a racist for sponsoring the 1994 Crime Bill which conservatives (who all voted for it) claimed locked up 1,000s of innocent young black men.

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    librarylady59  3 months ago

    And the republican congress folks crap on the Capitol police.

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    piper_gilbert  3 months ago

    What Mike is saying is we need to be tougher on criminals, except for the Jan.6 criminals. Am I right?

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    flpmlp  3 months ago

    You nailed it, Michael!

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    mikemck  3 months ago

    All of the tough on crime measures haven’t worked but sure let’s try them again. Or we can look into the root cause (it’s not like we don’t know what it is) and work towards fixing it.

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    Let us start cracking down on republican criminals.

    Attorney for Capitol rioter tells CNN client is reformed because she has a ‘library card’

    Oath Keeper at the ‘epicenter’ of MAGA riot case offered witness protection by feds: reporter

    Angry conservatives erupt in violence over Fox-hyped anti-racism lessons

    Trump denies report he demanded DOJ investigate Saturday Night Live — but insists the show’s attacks on him were ‘illegal’

    Trump’s former bodyguard is the one who really knows where the bodies are buried

    If insurrectionists had a bin Laden logo — all cases would be considered terrorism: Ex-FBI agent explains why

    Republicans’ latest power grab: Stripping authority from Democratic mayors

    The Jim Crow Republicans aren’t just attacking voting — they want to rewrite history

    Experts beware: America is hurtling towards a Scopes moment as Republicans rage at critical race theory

    ‘I alone can fix it’: Internet celebrates new book on Trump’s ‘catastrophic final year’

    Jared and Ivanka distancing themselves from Trump as he keeps throwing fits about the election

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    GOP-led probe finds no evidence of Michigan election fraud — and busts Trump allies for ‘purposefully defrauding people’ with ‘ludicrous’ claims

    Far-right extremist faces up to 30 years in prison after FBI raid finds unregistered weapons

    Trump openly wished for John Bolton to die from COVID-19: New book

    Pelosi to create committee on Capitol riot after Republicans blocked commission, reports say

    GOP senators refused to back bipartisan body to investigate lethal Trump-inspired effort to stop certification of Biden’s win

    Nancy Pelosi is to create a select committee on the Capitol riot after Republicans blocked a 9/11-style commission, reports say.

    The House speaker told Democratic colleagues of her intent at a private leadership meeting on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

    The committee will be created after Republican senators refused to back a bipartisan commission to investigate the violent attack by Donald Trump’s supporters on 6 January.

    Ms Pelosi does not need Republican support to establish the committee.

    Five people, including a US Capitol police officer, died when the one-term president’s supporters tried to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.

    Mr Trump was impeached for a historic second time in the wake of the violence, although he was acquitted in the Senate, despite a bipartisan majority of senators voting to convict.

    New video shows gym owner attacking police officer during Capitol riot, prosecutors say

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    ChristopherBurns  3 months ago

    Really? Which ones?

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    As Charles Blow observes, we are now living in a country where “Democrats are playing an honor game; Republicans are playing an endgame.”

    Blow writes:

    Republicans are in win-at-all-costs mode. They don’t really care how they sound today or will be judged by history. The only thing that matters is winning and retaining power, defending the narrative of America that white people created and protecting the power and wealth they accrued because of it.

    I say dispense with the phony, wish-driven narrative Democrats are selling. Go down screaming and fighting. Much of the Democratic agenda may be stalled, but never stop reminding voters why it is: not because Democrats haven’t compromised enough, but because they could never compromise enough.

    The current status quo is an unwinnable negotiation, because it isn’t a negotiation. This is a war. And in it, all is fair. Republicans have embraced a liar and racist in Donald Trump because their voters embraced him. They have excused and multiplied, in fantastical ways, the insurrection at the Capitol. They are rushing to write voter restrictions that also give them more say over how results are verified.This is the reality we all face, and all Democrats, elected officials and voters alike, need to internalize this now:

    They need to go on the record and speak plainly: The Republican Party has given up on the idea of a true and full democracy. They are attempting to tear it down and erect in its place a system that reduces voter rolls and skews the will of the American people.

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    Reframe the filibuster. Call it what it is: GOP Cancel Culture – why we can’t have nice things.

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    Valiant1943 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Poverty, the complicity of the NRA, lack of jobs…poor policing and I could go on and on

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    casonia2  3 months ago

    Oh, spare me, Ramirez!

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    ferddo  3 months ago

    Police do not have the privilege of dispensing street justice death penalties for crimes that do not carry death sentences in court…

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    john.horvath Premium Member 3 months ago

    For a hammer, everything looks like a nail. :-(

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    silego  3 months ago

    “Soft on crime”, “Hard on crime” is all BS and missing the point. If you want to stop crime, you need to look into preventing it BEFORE it happens. Enough of this pathetic obsession on reactionary methods, start focusing on preventative methods of addressing crime.

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    Judge releases Capitol rioter to go on vacation after she makes ‘divine special appearance’ in court

    Whistleblowers say Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is distorting testimony to get their lawsuit dismissed

    Missouri Republicans circle the wagons to prevent local police from enforcing gun laws

    Brian Sicknick’s partner says she once supported Trump — but now she’ll never forgive him

    Republicans have made it disturbingly clear: They will defend Trump’s Big Lie at any cost

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    The United States just brought down Iran state news

    “The U.S. seized roughly three dozen websites, the majority of which are linked to Iranian disinformation efforts, said a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case had not yet been officially announced by the American government,” said the report.

    Multiple global leaders are working to bring back the 2015 nuclear deal that former President Donald Trump broke with Iran. It’s particularly important as the new anti-west leader Ebrahim Raisi was “elected” in what some are calling a “rigged” election.

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    ncorgbl  3 months ago

    Crime has always been a human trait. But conservatism promotes crime.

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    Trump’s bizarre reason for passing over a top candidate for the Joint Chiefs of Staff revealed in new report

    Trump did not like the airplane he flew.

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    Kracklin Rosie  3 months ago

    So much verbal vomit from the left here. Michael really pulled someone’s strings. Democrats, always blaming legal gun owners when they are not the ones committing the violence. I’d like a lefty here to explain exactly why the main issue with Biden and the Democrats is the semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, when 93% of shooting deaths is done by HANDGUNS.

    It’s the big cities run by Democrats that have the overwhelming violence, crimes and murders. I’m happy in my relatively small city with its low crime rate. Go ahead Democrats, defund your police and make them quit and retire from the big cities. We’ll welcome them with open arms in small town USA and watch as you lefties get eaten alive by your own. Note that, the Democrat politicians you keep voting into office have their own personal bodyguards while you ordinarily Joe and Jane citizens have to look out for yourselves. Who you gonna call…

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    The big lie minority Republican mobsters want to nullify your sacred vote and pretend that you don’t exist.

    This needs to be cracked down on heavily.

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    Kyrie Eleison  3 months ago

    They’re not soft on crime, they’re complicit with crime.

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    public.bill  3 months ago

    Ramirez sure touches a lot of nerves. He gets more lefty criticism — and inane comments — than any other three cartoonists combined. Keep up the good work, Michael!

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    apfelzra Premium Member 3 months ago

    And so many guns in this country in the hands of morons who shouldn’t have guns — THAT isn’t a problem????

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    Jack Dawson  3 months ago

    The problem is that so many of the commenters here actually believe what they post. San Francisco does not arrest shoplifters if the total amount they steal is under $950. Some cities do not require cash bail an are then shocked when criminals repeat their violations, often the same day. Felons who commit crimes with firearms get those charges dropped on a regular basis. Add to that the lenient treatment of BLM or Antifa rioters and looters and you have a system that is soft on criminals. It is not about race, it is about turning a blind eye to uncivilized behavior.

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    Concretionist  3 months ago

    Whenever we’ve had a chance to compare how various policies actually work (or don’t) to ameliorate crime, we find that —

    THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is to provide an environment where young people can not just get ahead but clearly see that they will be able to get ahead within the system. Note: For black kids, systemic racism makes that pretty hard, unless they can excel at sport.

    VERY IMPORTANT ALSO: Rapid and obviously fair resolution of criminal acts… proportionate to the size of the crime.

    What NEVER works well or for long: Over-armed cops who exert power that’s only slightly related to actual criminal acts, or/and is disproportionate: Being tazed for talking back. Being murdered for holding a phone…

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    fusilier  3 months ago

    Mr. Ramirez, why don’t you look at Ted Rall’s ’toon for today, and just think about it.


    James 2:24

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    wildthing  3 months ago

    “Exceptional” conservative policies have made America the worlds largest prison problem.

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    grumpypophobart  3 months ago

    And what precisely, is the ‘crime problem’? 1) Poverty is perhaps one of the most concrete reasons why people commit crimes. Economic deprivation is seen as a major instigator in this regard. 2) Drug addiction. Treat drug addiction as a health problem, not a crime and help addicts. 3) Unemployment (which of course results in poverty), are the top three reasons for crime. We could and should add peer pressure into th mix, but proper firearms regulations will not add to the overall crime rate. It may however, decrease the number of homicides in a country. Liberal policies are directed towards all of the above reasons for crime through lobbying for decent wages, employment and health care. Sheesh!!

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    ‘Shut down the circus’: Wisconsin paper decries Trump’s voter fraud conspiracies as even key GOP figure distances himself

    On Wednesday, the Wisconsin State Journal Editorial Board tore into former President Donald Trump’s ongoing conspiracy theories about the presidential election in an editorial demanding the GOP “shut down the circus” of Arizona’s partisan “audit” — and noted that even one of the most powerful Republicans in the state has started to run away from the nonsense.

    “Gullible Trump believers have spread the conspiracy theory that tens of thousands of ballots from China were dumped into Arizona’s vote total so President Joe Biden could win,” noted the board. “Despite no evidence to support the wild accusation, Arizona has gone on a state-sanctioned search for bamboo fibers in the paper of ballots in Maricopa County, where most Arizona voters live.”

    Even Wisconsin House Speaker Robin Vos, a far-right Trump ally who hired former police officers to help investigate election conspiracy theories, is starting to back away from this, noted the board.

    “Rep. Dave Murphy of Greenville, one of four GOP lawmakers who made the trip to Phoenix, is so deep into Trump deception that last week he criticized his own Assembly leader for his skepticism. Murphy called Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, ‘foolish’ for joking about” the Arizona China theory, the board wrote. “The Arizona audit — appropriately dubbed a ‘fraudit’ on social media — won’t be completed until later this summer by Cyber Ninjas, an unqualified and provocatively named company whose top executive is a Trump supporter.”

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    Fox News hosts are ‘the weak ones’ who can’t handle contrasting views: former Republican Party aide

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    ‘I got to manhandle 5 cops and live to tell’ boasted newly arrested capitol rioter

    “The video shows Bingham first turning to confront and shout at Officer Hussain before squaring up with Officer Agyeman and ultimately attacking Officer Agyeman… At some point during the fight, Bingham scratched Officer Agyeman on the right side of his left eye.”

    “As Bingham continues to scuffle with the officer, other officers get involved to pull Bingham away from the officer he attacked. Eventually the officers are able to get Bingham away from the officer he attacked and push Bingham towards the doorway w. It takes several other officers to finally push Bingham out of the doorway where Bingham then exits the Capitol.”\

    The reports quote social-media posts indicating that Bingham had been in a foyer near where Capitol rioter Ashley Babbitt had been shot. During his altercation with police, Bingham can be heard saying, ""You won’t hurt ANTIFA, but you’ll murder innocent girls!" “Where do you want me to move? Push me again!”

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    DrDon1  3 months ago

    The above represents Ramirez’s muddleheaded thinking at its finest! Just how did Ramirez win any prizes for his editorial cartoons?

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    Here is the answer to the Ramirez cartoon.

    “We will find you”: Biden signals crackdown on gun dealers who break the law

    “Today the [Justice] Department is announcing a major crackdown to stem the flow of guns used to commit violent crimes,” Mr. Biden said. “It’s zero tolerance for gun dealers who willfully violate key existing laws and regulations. And I repeat, zero tolerance. If you willfully sell a gun to someone who is prohibited from possessing it, if you willfully fail to run a background check, if you willfully falsify a record, if you willfully fail to cooperate with inspections, my message to you is this: We will find you.”

    Mr. Biden called gun violence an “epidemic” throughout the country and reiterated the cyclical nature of violence with more crime in the summer annually. The president also warned that after the pandemic this “traditional summer spike may be more pronounced.”

    Mr. Biden’s speech is centered around the 30% increase in homicides last year during the pandemic across the country, according to a 34-city sample from the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, which was cited by the White House.

    Aggravated assaults and gun assaults also rose by 6% and 8% last year, according to the study.

    The NRA and GQP insure that every murderous lunatic can get a gun.

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    @Rad-ish  Premium Member 3 months ago

    Takes a lot of words just to list the amount of Republican crimes that come to light every day.

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    Night-Gaunt49  3 months ago

    Propaganda not reality. Political lies.

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