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Yay, America! We’re #1!

Yay, America! We’re #1!

During the past month I have been working from 4:30 in the morning until 9:00 at night every day, putting the final touches on my new book Time Is Irreverent. Consequently, I’ve had very little time to pay attention to the news. I now have a bit of a break, as I just sent my […]

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 […]

Satan and the NRA

Satan and the NRA

In the wake of yet another mass shooting, Senator Claire McCaskill has called on the NRA to do some “soul searching.” While I appreciate Senator McCaskill’s comments, if we wait for the NRA to find its soul, nothing will ever get done. The NRA, CEO Wayne LaPierre, and its membership all sold their souls years […]

Open wide, Wayne LaPierre!

Open wide, Wayne LaPierre!

When I told Martyman that it was too soon after Las Vegas to make a political statement about how easy it is to buy high-capacity, rapid-fire guns in America, he said to me, “That’s what right-wingers always say! Yet after mass shootings, what do those people do? They hurry out to buy more microphallic compensation […]

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 […]

Martyman blends in with the new conservative look

Martyman blends in with the new conservative look

Marty’s photo of the day #2068: With Donald Trump’s presidency less than a week away, Martyman has decided it would be safest if he tried to blend in with the new, trendy conservative AmeriKKKa fashions. Here he is, combining the ever popular, NRA-friendly “armed bull” look, with the cutting edge, Trump-friendly “Putin is such a […]

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 […]

Don’t have a cow, Martyman!

Don’t have a cow, Martyman!

Those of you who follow Martyman will be glad to know that he has successfully returned from his time traveling adventure to the “2018 Annual joint KKK and NRA ‘White Friday’ sheet and Uzi sale” on the White House lawn. One thing people kept telling him, in 2018, was to “not have a cow” about […]

Martyman gets locked up—in 2018!

Martyman gets locked up—in 2018!

I rarely re-read novels, but I’m doing that with one of my all-time favorite novels, “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Martyman was reading over my shoulder, so I commented to him, “It’s really too bad we can’t time travel. We could check in with America two years from now and see how we’re surviving the Trump […]

Why fer-de-lances are better than Donald Trump

Why fer-de-lances are better than Donald Trump

Marty’s photo of the day #1937: You are looking at a fer-de-lance that I photographed in Costa Rica. It’s the deadliest snake in the Western Hemisphere (although it’s not the most venomous). I know some followers of my blog cringe when I post snake pictures. But wouldn’t you rather look at this snake than Donald […]

Shouldn’t be being shot by a police officer be one of the most difficult things to happen to a human being?

Shouldn’t be being shot by a police officer be one of the most difficult things to happen to a human being?

After watching videos of the police shootings of the black men in Tulsa and Charlotte, I have to wonder: why are police officers even issued Tasers? In both situations, if violence was even necessary, a Taser would have done the job just as effectively as a gun. Not all police officers are bad. I remember […]

From the New Ammosexual Bible

From the New Ammosexual Bible

Marty’s photo of the day #1823: Here’s a passage from the New Ammosexual Bible: For I received from Lord NRA what I also delivered to you: that the Republican Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took an assault rifle, and when he had given thanks, he loaded it, and said, “This is my […]

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 […]

You’d be safer with a pack of wolves

You’d be safer with a pack of wolves

In the United States, you could stand in the midst of a pack of wolves, swim with a shark, and then camp near a grizzly bear and her cubs—all within 24 hours—and still statistically have a better chance of living than if you spent that same day at a school. People in other countries look […]

If we’d only listened to the great deity of the sewer: the NRA

If we’d only listened to the great deity of the sewer: the NRA

Another day; another mass shooting.  But don’t worry gun owners. You’ll still be able to acquire all the firepower you need more easily than you can get a driver’s license. Because here in America we value your hobby (and your insecurities) more than we value lives. And despite the fact that countries like Australia have […]

Cecil the lion leads the way to social change

Cecil the lion leads the way to social change

After Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion, people around the world collectively expressed their outrage, and as a result, trophy hunting will never be the same. Seldom has activism produced such quick results. In fact, more than a dozen airlines promptly banned the transport of animal trophies on their aircraft. Now comes the flow of […]

Can we at least blame the correct accomplices?

Can we at least blame the correct accomplices?

This week has been another sorry chapter in America’s ongoing love affair with guns. The fact that we continue to defend guns, as more and more people die, shows what a warped society we live in. Especially when bear spray will safely outperform guns for personal protection almost every time. Yet we continue to value […]

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