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Trump displays in Minnesota

Trump displays in Minnesota

Marty’s photo of the day #3805: I haven’t posted for a while because I have been so busy on my North Dakota/Minnesota college speaking tour. Today’s photo is of a house I passed on the highway just outside of Hutchinson, Minnesota. Even in liberal Minnesota, when you get into the country there are still Trump […]

Anti-vaxxers vs Musical Bliss

Anti-vaxxers vs Musical Bliss

Many months ago, I bought tickets for Deb and me to attend the Halestorm and Evanescence concert in Portland, Oregon on November 5th. Finally, we could enjoy live music again! Then Republican anti-vaxxers ruined it for the rest of us by spreading the Trump/delta variant. Sure Deb and I are vaccinated, but breakthrough cases happen, […]

The long and the short of it

The long and the short of it

Marty’s photos of the day #3673: On February 12, 2020, I got my hair cut in preparation for a college show in New Jersey. At the time, I had no idea how hard the COVID-19/Trump pandemic would hit, and that following that show, I would be switching to performing at colleges via Zoom. After that […]

Martyman and the QAnon conspiracy theory

Martyman and the QAnon conspiracy theory

Marty’s photo of the day #3536: According to a QAnon conspiracy theory, which is believed by countless Republicans and Evangelical Christians, tomorrow (March 4th) Donald Trump will rise to power again. To that, Martyman—an action figure with more brainpower than anyone who believes anything from QAnon—says, “I’ve got Trump right here. And he isn’t rising […]

A whole other level of stupid

A whole other level of stupid

Marty’s photo of the day #3458: “Trump did what? And his cult bought it? Oh, man, that’s a whole other level of stupid. Even baboons wouldn’t fall for that.” (Orangutan, photographed on the island of Borneo)

The Don’t Get Covid-19 and Die Tour continues

The Don’t Get Covid-19 and Die Tour continues

Marty’s photo of the day #3407: Today is day #3 of my 2,600-mile roundtrip “Don’t Get COVID-19 and Die Tour.” Yesterday was a relatively uneventful travel day from southern Utah to Sun City West, Arizona. Since I only had 8 hours of driving, I kept an eye out for some desert to explore, but didn’t […]

Making the most of the Trump Pandemic

Making the most of the Trump Pandemic

I feel almost guilty saying it, but Deb and I have adapted quite well to life in the year 2020. While we mourn the massive Trump-induced deaths, racial injustice, out-of-control cops, and the slow murder of our planet, curling up in a corner and whimpering isn’t our style. We’re doing what we can to bring […]

Dealing with GOP bullies

Dealing with GOP bullies

People write me whenever newspapers publish my guest columns. Sometimes I get hate mail; other times I get thank you notes. When my most recent column ran (in six newspapers so far), I received a note from a man with a PhD who claimed to be a liberal. He said that he usually enjoyed my […]

No, God doesn’t get the credit when COVID-19 is defeated

No, God doesn’t get the credit when COVID-19 is defeated

This morning, I read an AP article about Donald Trump’s business and spiritual advisers pushing him to declare everything hunky dory with COVID-19 in time for Easter. God forbid that American church leaders and evangelists miss out on one of their biggest paydays of the year! Trump evangelical adviser, Johnnie Moore, even went as far […]

Behind the screen

Behind the screen

Marty’s photo of the day #3202: I call this photo from the Amazon Rainforest of Peru “Behind the Screen.” This morning as I scrolled through my photos, deciding what to post, it struck me as a metaphor for what is happening here in the United States, where Trump and his wealthy corporate advisers are pushing […]

If Trump’s National Day of prayer doesn’t work, then . . .

If Trump’s National Day of prayer doesn’t work, then . . .

To fight COVID-19 and appease his evangelical followers, Donald Trump has declared today a “National Day of Prayer.” That’s fine—as long as the rules regarding the results are consistent. If COVID-19 suddenly stops in America, Trump’s right-wing Christian followers will rightfully claim that prayer works and God swooped in to help. On the other hand, […]

The GOP suicide cult

The GOP suicide cult

Sometimes bad news can be good news. Soon Senate Republicans will reject impeachment witnesses and acquit Traitor Trump. When that happens, their white-supremacist and evangelical Christian cult will celebrate without realizing that the acquittal will backfire bigly. That’s because the rest of America will know that the GOP sold out their country to protect the […]

The only impeachment deal the Democrats should make

The only impeachment deal the Democrats should make

By standing by their cult leader, the Republicans have totally fucked themselves (and not in a good way). Over the past few weeks, pundits have speculated that the Democrats would try to make a deal with the Republicans, but the impeachment trial has changed that. If the Republicans don’t allow witnesses, their deceit will follow […]

Saved from the brink

Saved from the brink

Marty’s photo of the day #3146: I photographed this Antarctic fur seal on a little island off the coast of Antarctica. This species of fur seal almost went extinct due to over-hunting, but fortunately international protection stepped in before it was too late. Thank God the Trumps weren’t in power at that time, or Donny […]

It’s not the toads’ fault

It’s not the toads’ fault

Marty’s photo of the day #3110: This is a marine toad (also called a cane toad) that I photographed in Puerto Rico. These large toads are native to South America and have been introduced to places like Puerto Rico and Australia, where they have created havoc. It’s not the toads’ fault, of course, it’s the […]

Off to the editor!

Off to the editor!

Yay! I just sent Time Is Irreverent 3: Gone for Sixteen Seconds off to my editor. After I wrote my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents (published in 2007), it took me nine years to publish Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico. […]

Words for the cult and their angry Trumpsgiving

Words for the cult and their angry Trumpsgiving

Like many of you, I learned this week that liberals had declared war on Thanksgiving, and that Fox News and Trump cultists get very angry and explode in a high-blood-pressure rage at the very thought of renaming the holiday to call it “Celebrate Immigrants Day” and include brown people in what they believe is a […]

The Bluebird of Trump Family Perp-Walks

The Bluebird of Trump Family Perp-Walks

Marty’s photo of the day #3073: The Bluebird of Trump Family Perp-Walks. (Photographed in Yellowstone National Park)

The Republican Jesus has a new song!

The Republican Jesus has a new song!

It’s been awhile since the Republican Jesus has made an appearance on my posts, but he’s a busy guy, visiting various gun-loving Christian groups across America. His favorites include a Montana group that meets in a church and will provide you with a loaner gun if you show up without one, and “Calling for Christ,” […]

Do we have a Russian asset in the White House?

Do we have a Russian asset in the White House?

With the Trump Administration now forcing the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate themselves in a criminal probe aimed at clearing Russia from their interference with the 2016 election and instead switching the blame to the Democrats, there should be little doubt in any sane person’s mind that Donald Trump is a Russian asset. At […]

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