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How One (Cocktail) Party Rule in DC Is Holding Back America

Here is something you need to know about Washington, DC: It’s a big club. The membership includes Republicans, Democrats, bureaucrats, lobbyists, journalists, and, most importantly not you. After yapping at each other’s heels all day in the halls of Congress and on TV, they often spend their evenings palling around in DC’s many bars and restaurants. Like Morton’s The Steakhouse, which is where our story begins.

Shoot the Moon

This one goes out to the “good guy with a gun” folks — the ones who react to every mass shooting by advocating for more guns — to, you know, stop the shooter.   Let’s picture a different version of what would have happened during the July 4th mass shooting in Highland Park, IL. In this brave vision, endorsed by the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers, the parade route is lined with “good guys with guns.”  

Southern Discomfort

Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies, with real life dialogue, were a staple of the Village Voice in its heyday. Now he’s back with his unique take on the 21st century.   While you’re here enjoying Stan Mack’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

Quo Vadimus — Where Do We Go?

Any comparison of Payton Gendron’s mass murder in Buffalo to the mass assault on the Capitol on January 6 might seem like something of a stretch.  After all, the deadly January 6 riot resulted from the inability of Trump Republicans to accept an election defeat. The slaughter of 10 people in Buffalo looks more like a one-off act by a deranged racist, obsessed with internet memes propagating the “great white replacement theory.”

Another Death Down the News Hole

Video shows Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh being shot by an Israeli sniper in the occupied West Bank. But pro-Israel Western media outlets as though she simply dropped dead.   While you’re here enjoying Ted Rall’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

A Man of Faith Goes for a Stroll

Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies, with real life dialogue, were a staple of the Village Voice in its heyday. Now he’s back with his unique take on the 21st century.   While you’re here enjoying Stan Mack’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

DeSantis’s New Voter Fraud Police — Good Cop or Bad Cop?

Imagine a well-intentioned but perhaps naïve NASA engineer proposing to equip the International Space Station (ISS) with a $3.7 million car alarm to prevent it from being stolen. Seeing how nobody has ever tried to steal the ISS (and that a car alarm would do nothing to stop a thief), this would be a truly useless expenditure. That being said, it would be a harmless waste of taxpayer money proposed by a well-meaning government official. Somebody with more sinister motives, on the other hand, could do a lot of damage with that kind of money. And that brings us to Florida Gov.

“Justice” Is Unkind

After half a century of legalized abortion, the United States Supreme Court is about to roll back the clock of women&;s rights to 1972. Can&;t wait for their next contribution to the march of progress.   While you’re here enjoying Ted Rall’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

News of the DNA

Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies, with real life dialogue, were a staple of the Village Voice in its heyday. Now he’s back with his unique take on the 21st century.   While you’re here enjoying Stan Mack’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics:   

On Abortion, US Gets What It Deserves

If you woke up to the news that a Saudi judge had ruled that any man could punch unaccompanied women in the face, or that the Taliban’s Sharia court had decided that girls were no longer allowed to have appendectomies, would you be surprised? Of course not. Maybe outraged, but certainly not surprised. After all, this is the kind of nonsense that women-hating theocracies do.

Hanger Judges

Justice should not be blind. The reality if the Supreme Court does overturn Roe v. Wade is as obvious as it is bleak. While you’re here enjoying Jon Richards’s latest cartoon, please take a moment to read these articles on related topics: 

In Ukraine, Biden Bombs Back Better

Ahead of troubling midterms and seeking to win a disappointed and dispirited nation, President Joe Biden takes the US back to the status quo: war.    While you’re here enjoying Ted Rall’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

On the Waterfront

Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies, with real life dialogue, were a staple of the Village Voice in its heyday. Now he’s back with his unique take on the 21st century.   While you’re here enjoying Stan Mack’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

Term Limits: A Recipe for Younger Dems and Crazier Republicans

Should there be term limits? Both Democrats and Republicans are making a compelling case to settle this debate. There is just one problem: While term limits seem like a good way to rejuvenate an aging Democratic Party, they would only accelerate the GOP’s descent into madness.

Bipartisanship in All the Wrong Places

  Turns out that bipartisanship isn’t dead after all. There is still an issue that many Democrats and Republicans can agree on: corruption. Not fighting it, mind you, but rather turning a blind eye to it. Granted, it would be impossible to entirely eliminate corruption in Washington, DC. The federal government now doles out more than $4 trillion annually, and anybody who can afford a lobbyist, i.e., rich people, large corporations, and foreign countries, wants a piece of that pie.

Twitter’s Private Driver

Always Advance, Never Retweet: Amid the chaos, consternation, and possible securities law violations following Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter stock and announcement that he wants to take the company private, there’s hope.    While you’re here enjoying Ted Rall’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

Whose Yacht Is It, Anyway?

As countries seize assets tied to sanctioned Russian business and political leaders, owners of superyachts linked to Vladmir Putin and his associates via a web of shell companies are asking a key question: Whose yacht is it, anyway?    While you’re here enjoying Jon Richards’s latest cartoon, please take a moment to read these articles on related topics: 

Democrats Discover the Amazon

Without help from major labor unions or members of the national Democratic Party like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), who they say Amazon workers in Staten Island fought to form a union on their own. Against overwhelming odds, they won the right to organize.  

His Cup Is Full

Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies, with real life dialogue, were a staple of the Village Voice in its heyday. Now he’s back with his unique take on the 21st century.   While you’re here enjoying Stan Mack’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

The Outliar: How Trump and MAGA Nation Broke the Truth

Great news: We won a Pullitzer Prize in the “Combined Cartoons and Editorials” category. It was our third. This is a lie, of course, and a clumsy one at that. It’s spelled “Pulitzer,” there is no “Combined Cartoons and Editorials” category, and the winners are announced in May. In addition, it would be easy to check past Pulitzer Prize recipients.

Ukrainian Health Care for All

At the same time that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was telling the press that Social Security and Medicare should be curtailed for future generations, Congress was sending billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine.   While you’re here enjoying Ted Rall’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

Traffick Court

Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies, with real life dialogue, were a staple of the Village Voice in its heyday. Now he’s back with his unique take on the 21st century.   While you’re here enjoying Stan Mack’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: