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My post-apocalyptic gift to hypocritical far-right

My post-apocalyptic gift to hypocritical far-right

Marty’s photo of the day #2565: I don’t know if there is a god. But I do know that if a god exists, and she has any decency at all, it will be the honest, generous, and ethical people who go to heaven and the hypocritical far-right Christians who will end up stuck on Earth. […]

“Oh, yeah? You can’t make me not buy it!”

“Oh, yeah? You can’t make me not buy it!”

Despite quite literally putting a warning on both the Amazon and Goodreads pages for my science-fiction political-comedy, Time Is Irreverent, conservatives keep buying it and are then surprised when they hate it. I should have thought of this marketing tactic years ago: Tell someone not to buy your book and they go, “Oh, yeah? You […]

Yes, I do take requests

Yes, I do take requests

Marty’s photo of the day #2494: I worked my way through high school and college as a DJ at radio stations WEBC and KQDS in Duluth. That avocation is long behind me, but I still take requests. Yesterday a friend wrote and requested a marmot picture. So let me, uh-um, clear my throat and find […]

When stereotypes are accurate

When stereotypes are accurate

Marty’s photo of the day #2472: As a liberal, I try to avoid grouping people in stereotypes. But sometimes you can’t argue with their accuracy. For instance, I have neighbors who have been known to shoot off their guns in such rapid succession that I can smell the gunpowder more than a quarter mile away. […]

So many guns, so many questions

So many guns, so many questions

When Republicans say that mental illness is the problem, not guns, I’m never sure how to respond. Should I ask why mental illness is such a huge problem in the United States, but not Great Britain and Australia? Or should I agree, proclaim that the best indicator of mental illness is owning an assault rifle, […]

American gun death resurrections

American gun death resurrections

Soon Republicans and the NRA will agree to make it a bit harder to acquire bump stocks. Then they’ll puff out their chests, tell us all how much they care, and go on offering prayers for the victims of the next slaughter—and the next. If prayers were effective against America’s gun death epidemic, victims would […]

A calming flower for an infuriating day

A calming flower for an infuriating day

Marty’s photo of the day #2324: What kind of photo do you post on the morning of yet another mass shooting? I ultimately decided on this beautiful flower, but only because it’s calming. Tell us again, NRA and NRA-supporting voters and politicians, why is it more important for you to have easy access to rapid […]

My front yard elk and possible poachers

My front yard elk and possible poachers

Marty’s photo of the day #2081: This was the scene in my front yard yesterday. For the last few days, we’ve had a herd of elk hanging around. At this time of year they are a bit scraggly, as they are losing their winter coats. They were also quite skittish, so I had to be […]

Watch out Martyman

Watch out Martyman

Marty’s photo of the day #2063: Watch out Martyman! Here’s what Montana’s Republican candidate for Congress, Greg Gianforte, said before going out to shoot massive numbers of prairie dogs with Donald Trump Jr.: “What can be more fun than to spend an afternoon shooting the little rodents?” When the Republican Jesus heard that, he thought, […]

Women: Don’t Have Sex With Republican Men!

Women: Don’t Have Sex With Republican Men!

Women: Only you can save America! In a single week: On a national level, Republicans stood up for your freedom to be killed, by making it easier for the severely mentally ill to buy guns. On a state level, Montana Republicans stood up for your freedom to be killed, by voting down a bill that […]

The high price Republicans paid for Donald Trump

The high price Republicans paid for Donald Trump

Flash back to the year 2000. George W. Bush became president of the United States with the help of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and a politically motivated, right-leaning Supreme Court. Later George W. Bush would do the worst thing any U.S. president could ever do: he’d lie to start a war. President Obama followed President […]

Jesus talks to Republicans about Trump

Jesus talks to Republicans about Trump

“Hey Republicans! Jesus here. As people who claim to follow me, you should know that I never said anything against abortion or gay marriage, and you certainly should know that I would always support a person’s right NOT to get shot over your childish fascination with guns. Yet you say you can’t vote for Hillary […]

Martyman photobombs Jesus

Martyman photobombs Jesus

“Hey Republicans! Jesus here. As people who claim to follow me, you should know that I never said anything against abortion or gay marriage, and you certainly should know that I would always support a person’s right NOT to get shot over your childish fascination with guns. Yet you say you can’t vote for Hillary […]

Trump plants the assassination seed, twice

Trump plants the assassination seed, twice

You probably already know that yesterday, for the second time, Donald Trump insinuated that Hillary Clinton should be assassinated. Here are Trump’s exact words: “I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm, right? Take their guns away, she doesn’t want guns. Take their—and let’s see what happens to her. Take their […]

Can’t sleep next to your AR-15? Too bad!

Can’t sleep next to your AR-15? Too bad!

The problem with political talk shows is that guests and hosts all fail to listen to me when I yell at the TV. Last night, on Real Time with Bill Maher, one of the topics of discussion was the sit-in earlier this week by House Democrats. Republican Michael Steele mentioned that the reason the GOP […]

A gun with sexy parts!

A gun with sexy parts!

After reading an article about the Orlando shooter and that he used a new type of assault rifle, called a SIG Sauer MCX, I was curious what it looked like and ended up on the Guns & Ammo website. There I watched a short video of a SIG Sauer representative describing the features of their […]

Has he survived?

Has he survived?

Marty’s photo of the day #1827: With all the poaching done in Zimbabwe, I can’t help wondering every time I look at my elephant photos, if that particular animal is still alive. Hopefully this big guy has been crafty enough to escape the evil men with guns.

How many must die in a mass shooting before Americans act?

How many must die in a mass shooting before Americans act?

In 1996, when a gunman killed 35 people and wounded 23 more (the Port Arthur Massacre), Australians got pissed and said enough is enough. The Australian government then enacted tough gun laws and instituted a gun buyback program. It worked, as Australia has not experienced a mass shooting since. And overall, Aussies continue to be […]

A Well Regulated Malitia

A Well Regulated Malitia

Marty’s photo of the day #1651: Men in Iquitos, Peru, demonstrating what a Well Regulated Militia actually looks like. Note the lack of paranoid pot-bellied men carrying misspelled signs.

Republicans, guns, mental illness, and a handy-dandy list

Republicans, guns, mental illness, and a handy-dandy list

So Donald Trump and other Republicans are once again using the “mentally ill” excuse for mass shootings. Normally liberals would scoff at this, as it protects the gun industry and the NRA from scrutiny and keeps the political contributions coming into right-wing politicians. However this could be an opportunity for compromise. Can we all agree […]

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