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  1. 3 days ago on Gary Varvel

    Exactly what is this cartoon supposed to represent? I understand that Varvel is afraid of what is effectively a third Obama term (I personally thought that they went comparatively well, compared to one Trump term), but what is the girl supposed to represent?

  2. 3 days ago on Michael Ramirez

    Actually, “big government” is very American. It’s just democratic, so everything works well.

    Agriculture: With the Homestead Act, Lincoln basically enacted land reform, giving thousands of acres in the West to prospective farmers. Handouts!

    Industry: For decades, American protectionist tariffs let American industrial might grow without competition. This was gradually supplanted by the individual income tax, but not before the US became the largest industrial power in the world. Government contracts and subsidies also helped.

    Cars: The vast majority of automobile roads are built and maintained at the behest of the government. Not to mention that the federal government pretty much single-handedly bailed out the auto industry in 2009.

    Military: America! F—- yeah! Also, entirely run by the government

    Funnily enough, the eagle also lives in Europe, while Turkey is a uniquely American bird. In fact, I believe Benjamin Franklin actually wanted the turkey to be our national bird, viewing the eagle as a parasitic scavenger. Not to mention all of the association with European monarchies and the Roman Empire.

  3. 3 days ago on Al Goodwyn Editorial Cartoons

    They DID cover the Hunter Biden scandal. It just didn’t have the desired effect because everyone with any critical thinking skills could see how utterly ridiculous it was.

  4. 5 days ago on Gary Varvel

    Discounting the recession he inherited, Obama had rather good economic growth. Trump hasn’t accelerated it.

  5. 5 days ago on Michael Ramirez

    Actually, considering he was also responsible for NYC, where two-thirds of his Covid deaths were, Cuomo did a good job. He limited Covid spread, so his cases per capita are much lower than places like Florida, Texas, and Georgia, not to mention some midwestern states which are being hit even harder. However, the case fatality ratio was much higher for NY. Maybe it was because Trump decided to abandon the states and make them compete for their own supplies when NY was seeing its surge. Remember that?

  6. 6 days ago on Michael Ramirez

    John Kerry did the Iran Deal successfully. President Trump crashed the Iran Deal. Just one of the many smaller, individual reasons why Trump has been a terrible President.

    But I’m sure he’ll turn everything around in his last 2 months /s.

  7. 6 days ago on Henry Payne

    Payne is clearly terribly misinformed. The study only found that wearing a mask does not significantly reduce the chance of you catching the virus. The main value of masks, the fact that they reduce the chance of the wearer spreading the virus to someone else, was not explored by the study. And less mask wearers than were present in the study actually complied and wore a mask.

    Transmission in Denmark in general is low. So any results of this study are not well applicable in the US. Their new cases per capita are about one-third of what they are in Colorado, my home state.

    Even with all these limitations, more non-mask-wearers than mask-wearers got Covid-19. Wear a mask. Always.

  8. 6 days ago on Lisa Benson

    As soon as Trump broke the agreement, Iran started developing nuclear weapons again. They are an Islamic Republic, meaning that their leadership is still at least partially responsible to the Iranian people. Our sanctions, among other things, inhibit the delivery to Iran of medical supplies, and lower the quality of living in Iran. My guess is that very few of the Iranian people want nuclear weapons. And the regime probably wants it as an insurance policy against US invasion.

    If Iran rejoined the nuclear agreement with us, then, if Biden is at least somewhat competent, they will have to give up their enriched Uranium stockpile (like they did in 2015), and submit to inspections again. However, given the likelihood that we would break the agreement again, they might not sign on again. IF AND WHEN THEY DO GET NUCLEAR WEAPONS, IT WILL BE TRUMP’S FAULT!!!

    Sanctions aren’t as effective as you think. With time, they will start developing a more domestic economy, and stop relying on trade at all, if we keep cutting off trade, because they will know that trade is not a reliable means of economic growth. We’ve had an embargo on Cuba for decades, and their economy has not seriously collapsed; their regime is only slowly transitioning to more market liberalism. And, I would argue, increased trade brings friendlier relations, because war would disrupt that trade. So Trump’s harsh trade policies on pretty much everyone don’t help us in the long run.

  9. 7 days ago on Ted Rall

    You’re not wrong. My point was that the ease with which Hitler could violate Versailles was due more to the unwillingness of the French and British to go to war while Germany was still comparatively weak. I don’t think anyone was expecting the US to stop Hitler at that point.

    Thank you for your service!

  10. 8 days ago on Gary Varvel

    I don’t think there’s a prison sentence for violating lockdown rules. Only a fine. But I could be wrong.