Editorial and Political Cartoons

I’m a guy with a bag of pencils (and sometimes pens) and work on my drawing craft when time fits.  There are plenty of life’s absurdities and I try to point them out, and besides, it’s good therapy!

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(12/8/2019):  So out of nowhere (but presumably, possibly, while sitting on the pot at 2 a.m. tweeting), Dear Leader says we waste water by flushing too much.  The metaphor is way too “ripe” to resist.  Make sure to use some air freshener!

(12/5/2019):  An apt metaphor for current political discourse.

(12/2/2019):  Yet another initiative in our fine state from our tax-avenging crusader.  Just like in previous editions, the “kitchen sink” approach collides with the “single subject” clause in the State Constitution.

(11/21/19):  A few new additions:

Our fair city has struggled with homelessness, tents pitched on sidewalks and parks, and out in the County there are plenty of vacant lots dotted with the down and out.  One answer was to give developers a eight and twelve year tax credit for building “multi-family” dwellings; however some of them will have the “affordable” rent of over $2,200 a month (according to an article from the Tacoma News Tribune.  Maybe there’s a failure in captialism, eh?

Donald Trump and Stephen Miller’s exercise in white nationalism reaches the classroom.  I don’t see how any ICE agent could have a conscience.  Maybe they don’t.

So the Supreme Court has decided to postpone any action on the review and disclosure of Donald Trump’s tax returns.  I wonder aloud if they’ve been bought by the Russians as well.  All hell should break loose if they have.  Meanwhile, two cartoons address the issue of Trump strategy:


(11/2/19):  Our favorite Alaskan Govenor (no, it’s not Sarah Palin although some may miss her after Mike Dunleavy is done) has done such a good job at starving out the state that now the ferry system is failing.  Two boats, the Aurora and LeConte, are undergoing repairs, but – lo and behold, there’s not enough money to fix them both!  So Gustavus, Pelican, Angoon and Tenakee – all villages, like the Southeast, predominantly “blue” in political leanings, get the brunt – with ALL ferry service cut off for the winter.  It’s great punishment, but fits right in line with the Trump farm team – punish districts that don’t support you.  This is the Governor who cut funding for the Alaska Supreme Court after they issued a decision that he didn’t like.

(10/15/19):  Our local loudmouth talk radio host stepped in it when a trailer was inadvertantly parked in front of a Seattle City Council member’s home.  Of course, the more fang-bearing folks in the city jumped all over it, including KIRO; someone spray painted the trailer, a KIRO reporter rummaged through it, Dori Monson thought it was “great” on Twitter with all of it, until it was discovered it was a struggling couple who parked it there, a totally random choice, until they could get their act (with help) in making it a home at an RV Park.  The couple were threatened, KIRO has egg on it’s face, and Monson shamelessly tried to “make nice” with the couple by giving them $100 and nudging “no hard feelings” to them on the air.  I have a better idea.  Maybe big mouths with microphones ought to STFU until they find out what’s happening – and that goes for their reporters and KIRO in general.  This whole  fiasco really sucks, and KIRO has done most of it.

(10/10/19):  Some don’t know what “post no bills” means.  Well, around my locale, nothing not moving is fair game.  Lately, it’s been those “I’ll buy your house” vulture real estate people, but garage and yard sales are prevalent, too.

(9/8/19):  It’s been a while since I posted (having the nerve to take some time off over the summer), so here’s a bundle.

Here’s a few for my friends in Alaska who are suffering from the Trump farm team under Gov. Dunleavy.  No doubt, slumping oil prices have dented Alaska’s budget, but the ferry, education and other service cutbacks makes it look like Brownback’s Kansas – and that didn’t work either.  A recall effort is underway.

There’s a lot of pompous, sanctimonious and awful talk radio personalities out there, we have one out of Seattle.  It doesn’t matter what he says (and sometimes, when I can stand to listen, I agree in part) but-that-voice.  I tune out the Seahawks’ halftime commentary for the same reason.

Our friends in Oregon had a contentious legislative session; Republicans, upset over a proposed carbon tax bill, left the state.  One even said that cops that anyone coming to bring him back to Salem (i.e., State Police) better have flak jackets and be single – inferring violence.  Sheesh.

Trump-inspired tweets are a dog-whistle to racists and calls to action to mass shooters.  There I said it.  Several other cartoons have expressed this more succinctly

Jesse and Earl are confused by both hurricane Dorian and “sharpiegate”.  Which way should they go?

Washington State GOP House Leader J.T. Wilcox has a quandary, one of his colleagues from Spokane has been emailing correspondence with white-nationalist and fundamentalist groups in the area that train with weapons – presumably to kill people – in a pending “Christian war”.  Matt Shea has also collaborated in (in what a typical conservative vernacular calls “just joking”) conversations of the planning of violence on political opponents.  Sorry to shit on Mr. Wilcox’s annual event, but this one smells – and should smell here as well.


(7/11/19):  Jeffrey Epstein has put a new spin on the profile of pedophile.  I wonder how many other of his wealthy brethren are complicit?

(6/29/19):  Two cartoons, all in the subject matter of the criminal, immoral and disgusting treatment of children at our border.  If you’re a Trump supporter, all I have to ask is “What the f— is wrong with you?”

(6/21/19):  The secret of the Trump Administration decision-making is revealed.  Take a spin then tweet.

(5/31/19):  More tariff madness from the Trump kakistocracy.  Tariffs address nothing (except maybe indulge bluster), raise prices and tank markets due to uncertainty.  But I’ve come to expect it from this ding-a-ling.  (NEW:  This cartoon was selected the “People’s Choice” 1st Place at the Homer Davenport Cartoon Festival in Silverton, Oregon last August!  Woot Woot!)

(5/25/19):  After reading an NPR article (link is provided below), the irony struck me – we can all be refugees, albeit with different reasons.

(5/24/19):  Amtrak 501’s inaugural run ended in tragedy, the result of a critical mass of a hurried rollout and bad judgement.    The NTSB has complete their report and changes have been implemented; that doesn’t stop our local State Senator from trying to form a “legislative committee” to veto new transit proposals.  It’s a dumb idea, it assumes legislators have the expertise (doubtful) and puts too much power in their hands as a result.  Perhaps the legislature should clean their own house first and deal with the white supremacist in their midst who is advocating violence first (“bloodshed or Liberty”, indeed).

(5/21/19):  A bit of humor.  Ned was a skeptic at heart, but his embrace of idioms was becoming problematic.

(5/19/19):  Amidst all the Alabama Abortion Law coverage is the recently passed Georgia law, which is no better.  It creates a “conspiracy” charge for women who wish to leave the state to obtain an abortion, as well as anyone who helps them.  It effectively codifies women in Georgia as property of the state.  Let freedom ring, eh?

(5/11/19):  The meat-ax approach to tariffs by the Trump administration hurts consumers with higher prices, damages corporate supply chains, devastates farmers and domestic manufacturers who can’t sell their products overseas.  Finesse is involved, however the lack of competency with this administration negates that, so we effectively have a “Trump tax” with the sleight-of-hand of a pickpocket.

(4/19/19):  In a rather insipid and tactless floor speech, Sen. Walsh of Walla Walla (R – Trump Farm Team) characterizes nurses as “spending most of their time playing cards”.  The nurses aren’t taking it kindly.  No word if Walsh will continue her stand-up routine, conflating cops with donuts, firefighters with driving fire trucks to the store and migrants being evil (oh, wait, that’s a GOP platform plank).  If she don’t get it with what nurses do, she should get out.

(4/18/19):  Gov. Dunleavy’s ferry cuts, only this time affecting the SW Alaska route.  They’re just as vulnerable, maybe more so.

(4/10/19):  We’re growing fast here, and things are getting unmanageable.  Zoning is always contentious, I’ve always wondered if there was a study to juxtapose campaign contributions with how things pan out.

(4/1/19)  My friends in Alaska are experiencing the Trump farm team with their new Gov. Dunleavy.  He promised a lot, and has changed his tune, including eliminating the ferry system – the lifeblood of the coastal communities.  Here’s what Alaska would look like if eliminating the ferry system was compared to the road system.

(4/1/19) The Department of Homeland Security resigns.  Or is fired. Who knows.  The complaint from Trump is she wasn’t “tough enough.”

Our Governor, has considered throwing his hat in the ring as a candidate for President in 2020, with climate change as his major theme.  It may be a good thing, without dealing with it, all the other points may be moot.

Our idiot-in-chief manufactures a partial government shutdown for his ego-driven piece of work, the “wall”.  This pretty much sums up the logic.

Nancy Pelosi, now Speaker of the House, currently has more balls than any man in the White House.  There was a song by the Ozark Mtn. Daredevils, with apologies to them, I stole a line that kind of sets the stage.

You’d be hard pressed to find more of a racist piece of work in Congress than Steve King from Iowa.  Thankfully (I think), the GOP leadership gave him a slap on the wrist, taking away his committee assignments for his insipid comments.  I  only hope Iowa voters can make a perform a more substantial act.

(1/25/19):  The shutdown continues and federal employees (air traffic controllers, Coast Guard, food inspectors, courts) aren’t getting paid.   Something to consider before you eat, drink, boat – or fly.

So 45 thinks “walls” work.  Like the one in San Antonio.  Local must be wondering if they’ve missed something (SA is over 150 miles away from the border).

I read an NPR.org article recently, it said 129 people have filed to run for President in 2020 (and the article was from May 2017!).  Over 1,700 ran for President in 2016; in my estimation 1,699 of them would have been better that the buffoon we’ve ended up with.