Author Archives: Ampersand

Cartoon: What Bathroom Bills Do

If you enjoy these cartoons, please support them on Patreon. Another week, another cartoon! This is something I’ve seen trans friends and advocates point out – that access to public bathrooms is, to a great extent, a prerequisite for access … Continue reading

Posted in Cartooning & comics, Transsexual and Transgender related issues | 48 Comments  

The Electoral College Was Created To Protect Slavery

The common belief that the electoral college was created to protect the interests of smaller states is a myth. Historian Paul Finkelman writes (pdf link): The implication of Hardaway’s argument is that the electoral college was created to placate the … Continue reading

Posted in Elections and politics, Race, racism and related issues | 53 Comments  

Cartoon: On Stopping Bigots From Speaking

If you enjoy these cartoons, please support them on Patreon. :-) I’m not shy about being partisan; most of my cartoons are unambiguously from the left. But I don’t agree with all lefties about everything. This is one of the … Continue reading

Posted in Cartooning & comics, Free speech, censorship, copyright law, etc. | 15 Comments  

Open Thread and Link Farm, Pie In A Mirror Edition

The case for having the federal government guarantee a job for every9oe who wants one – Democracy Journal I’m worried about unintentional effects if this were to happen, but I’m also intrigued by the idea. One of the “Death Panels” … Continue reading

Posted in Link farms | 24 Comments  

Health Care Policy, Controlling Costs, And Not Admitting What You Want

The AHCA, also know as “repeal and replace,” has suffered an embarrassing defeat, and that makes me happy. It’s looking likely that Obamacare is going to survive. For now. The Republicans are in an interesting position. Most conservative intellectuals seem … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care and Related Issues | 53 Comments  

Cartoon: Who We Call Racist

Please support these cartoons at Patreon. One thing that continually bugs me is the “racists are unicorns” view, which I hear usually but not exclusively from the right. Basically, in this view, almost no one is racist, and no act … Continue reading

Posted in Cartooning & comics, Race, racism and related issues, Racism | 125 Comments  

Cartoon: Treadmill

If you like these cartoons, please support my Patreon! TRANSCRIPT OF CARTOON Panel 1 A toddler runs on a full-sized treadmill, carrying a teddy bear in one hand. A woman in a tight black dress squats, smiling, to address the … Continue reading

Posted in Capitalism, Cartooning & comics, Class, poverty, labor, & related issues, Economics and the like | 4 Comments  

Christian Teen-Torture Camps And Republican’s Reality-Denying Bubble

20/20 Video – Teens Gay Conversion Camp Administrators Sent To Prison For Child Abuse Pastor John David Young: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com The Harrowing Story of Life Inside Alabama’s Most Sadistic Christian Bootcamp A Firsthand … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative zaniness, right-wingers, etc., Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer issues | 4 Comments  

On Wedding Cakes, Gay Weddings, And Free Speech

This is a reply to a comment left by MJJ on the Muslim Ban thread. I’m putting my response here, and hopefully further discussion of this issue will move to this thread. I didn’t think Melissa’s cakes has gone bankrupt? … Continue reading

Posted in Free speech, censorship, copyright law, etc., Same-Sex Marriage | 146 Comments  

Cartoon: Muslim Ban

IF you like these cartoons, please support them at my Patreon. This is another one inspired by current events (as I’m sure you’ve already figured out). The point being made – that folks favoring the Muslim ban because of terrorist … Continue reading

Posted in Bigotry & Prejudice, Cartooning & comics, Immigration, Migrant Rights, etc, In the news | 102 Comments