Bowe Bergdahl: Pawn

I am glad Bowe Bergdahl is back in the hands of the US military. He’ll be tried in a miliary court and they will determine if he deserted or not. The biggest problem is Bergdahl is now the pawn of the Obama administration and his Republican critics. I do not envy Bergdahl this at all.

As a military veteran, I find Bergdahl disgusting. I did not serve in combat (no wars going on at the time). I was not in the infantry (I was an engineer). I was not the best soldier by any stretch of the word (no awards beyond an honorable discharge, a good conduct award and always qualifying 40/40 on the rifle range), but I do know some great soldiers and they do not deserve to be associated with Bergdahl.

My problem is all the attention a complete failure is getting. Bergdahl has no value as a soldier, but he does as a political pawn (not to mention as a diplomatic pawn).Bowe-Bergdahl-Pawn-Political-Cartoon-Portrait

Please Read:

Charles Krauthammer: Bergdahl Coming Home — Free Him, and then Try Him


It is days like today that I wish someone would go out and burn all the grass in the entire state. I hate grass pollen. It screws up my head when I’m not taking sudefed and screws up my head when I am. Grass growing next to the highway is the worst. Here I am driving a a twenty-five year old pick-up at seventy miles an hour and sneezing every ten seconds or so. That’s way safe, huh?

You’d think small minded control freaks would use this as an opportunity to pass some legislation requiring goats to eat all the grass next to the highway so people won’t sneeze, but no! Eatting grass is is dangerous to the goats.

I recommend fire. We need a bunch of those old cowboy types who used to be employed burning out the irrigation ditches out next to the high burning every bit of grass to be seen.

Whatever. Not only does grass pollen make me a dangerous driver (I deliver pizza for a living, so I’m also sneezing every ten seconds on city streets getting my pizza out to you), but it also interfers with my comic. I can’t draw and sneeze at the same time. I am trying however. Below is an image that if you click on it, you can see the entire comic on my webcomic Cobalt City.


(BTW: the quote in the image above comes from Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death.)

Cliven Bundy


I haven’t had a chance to draw a political portrait in a while. This is Cliven Bundy. Here in the Western United States, the states like Utah and Nevada are trying to win back control of BLM lands. It is probably a good idea since there is so little property for taxation available in both states.

The problem, though, is idiots like Cliven Bundy. Bundy refuses to pay the fees and taxes required of all ranchers who use BLM land. This is not heroic, its criminal no matter how you feel about his politics. That he is also a racist is no surprise, but racism is not common to the Libertarians I know.

A further embarrassment about Bundy is his Mormonism. I’m a Mormon. One of the key things about Mormonism is the belief in the rule of law. The law of the land in the United States is a balancing act of federal, state and local laws and officials. One cannot recognize one without the other. When I was growing up, a neighbor was a tax protester like Bundy. Eventually, he was excommunicated and spent years in federal prison.

Although Bundy is a Mormon, he is a figment of generations past and a criminal. Regardless of his religion and politics, this guy is a creep.

Edit: Check out

  • this great video about Bundy by Rachel Maddow.
  • this article in the Deseret News explaining some of the local issues motivating Bundy.

Two Story Small House


On Monday, I posted a sketch of a one-thousand square foot house I drew in Google Sketch-Up. I mentioned the challenge of drawing a two story version in the comments. Here is the solution I came up with while sitting in the doctor’s office for my annual check-up (all-good, slightly low potassium, but still okay for a forty-four year old dude).

My interest in home design, especially small homes, comes from the fact that there hasn’t been a concerted effort by government or developers to build low to middle income neighborhoods in quite some time. I know many cities have worked on poverty housing-projects, but none of these have encouraged home ownership. I personally believe one of the best ways to address poverty and community marginalization is home ownership by the people who live in, can’t afford to leave and often don’t want to leave those neighborhoods. Home ownership, education, gender and racial empowerment and family stability rebuilt and enriched on a community by community basis is something government might want to consider.