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!
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.
Now that the Juno spacecraft is orbiting Jupiter, we’ll soon find out what is under all of those colorful, striped clouds. What if it’s a wonderful planet that is a parallel Earth? Okay, I’m a sucker for imagining cosmic what-ifs.
It has been a pretty depressing several days on the news-of-the-world front, so it seemed like a good time for some galactic escapism! With the extremist death cult of ISIS massacring Muslims during one Islam’s most holy weeks, not to mention attacking the final resting place of the Prophet Muhammad, things are not looking up on our own blue marble.
NASA sent a spacecraft 1.8 billion miles that arrived within one second of its planned arrival time, just as one of the two contenders to lead the free world was tweeting in all caps alongside anti-semitic imagery. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton was admonished by FBI Director James Comey for being “extremely careless” with her email. Sigh, technology. Enjoy the space flight to JupitEarth, and be sure to visit me on Patreon!