As much as I seem to hate apple picking in this week’s new Dustinland comic, I actually kind of enjoy it for some reason. Just seems like something you have to do each year. But it’s better when it’s not too crowded and when it’s cool out, not 75. But hey, climate change! Fun times.
Really though, I went to an orchard this year that was so crowded, people were waiting 30 minutes just for coffee and donuts. I mean, with a five-year-old in tow, that’s just not gonna happen. I bet the farm I visited got written up on Time Out or something. Man, nothing ruins a cool spot like a Time Out link.
I’ll admit it, a lot of my comics are depressing. I am definitely a pessimist. Or perhaps a realist at best. But as I allude to in this week’s new Dustinland comic, that’s what’s nice about being a parent. Kids are so naive and wonderful, they do seem to really love life. And that’s something to learn from. True, you can never go back to the garden again, but you can at least try to learn something from the way they experience life. In the face of such endless misery — like the awful events in the news today, this week, this month, this past year — what else can you do but try to do your best, to make the world better, and to find some joy in the world, wherever you can.
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Tagged children, fatherhood, fathers, five year old, happiness, joy, kids, optimism, parenthood, parenting, parents, pessimism, positivity, raising kids
You know, one thing that kills me about Trump (one non-obvious thing that is) is that he makes me question whether I can post a comic about anything other than politics. It feels so trivial talking about other things while he’s out destroying America and our future, but you know, life does go on. And I have the right to talk about other things going on in my life. So here you go. New Dustinland comic that was literally written by my son. I sort of explained to him what I do on the side recently, and he said he wanted to make a comic, and told me word for word what it would be. Not sure if I’ll show him this one but hey, I enjoyed it. Hopefully you do too.
I’m not going back to 100% parental comics of course, but I just can’t do all Trump all the time. It’s just not fun, and it’s also really hard to say something interesting and original when there’s a topic that everyone in the universe is discussing 24/7.
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Tagged children, dad, dadhood, dads, family, father, fatherhood, fathers, fouryearold, kids, raising kids, toddler, toddlers
This week’s Dustinland comic harkens back to the Bush era and the old phrase “the terrorists win.” Back then it was used by Bush and co (including tens of millions of Trump supporters who like to pretend they didn’t vote for Bush) to silence dissent with patriotism. I’m repurposing the phrase and using it to describe what is actually happening, which is the terrorists are getting exactly what they wanted. And yes, I’m not afraid to say Islamic terrorists, because that’s what we’re talking about. Their goal was an has been to destroy the West from within, to spread fear, to use our strengths against us, and it really seems to be working. The U.S., half of Europe, we’ve all been blinded into voting for the biggest assholes who use our fear of terror attacks and Muslim culture in general to grab power and twist laws. So while the common folk debate whether there should be a travel ban to the Mid East or not, Trump and his buddies will be filling their pockets, erasing freedom of the press and making it impossible to vote for a Democrat. So there you have it. Democracy traded for the illusion of safety.
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Tagged america, donald trump, middle east, politicin, politics, terror, terrorism, terrorist, the donald, thedonald, trump, uspolitics, voting
This new Dustinland comic is pretty straight forward so not too much to say here, aside from the fact that I was inspired to write it after reading comments from Trump supporters regarding the Women’s March. It really was amazing how people who didn’t know each other were saying almost identical things in completely different forums and social media platforms. I know there’s a lot of similarity between liberal ideas, but the speed in which the identical response to the Women’s March was shared between Trump fans was really amazing, and sort of scary. For a group that proposes to be about freedom and anti-establishment values, they seem pretty eager to accept and spread any propaganda that reinforces their beliefs and makes them feel better about themselves in the face of evidence and facts that paint them and their man in even the slightest negative light.
Should be a fun four years (or months). Oh well, they can always read last week’s comic for excuses once the S.S. Donald starts taking on water.
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Tagged 2016 elections, america, conservative, democrats, donald trump, election, election 2016, inauguration, liberal, politicin, politics, president, presidential, presidential election, republicans, the donald, thedonald, trump, uspolitics, womens march
This week’s Dustinland comic seems pretty self-explanatory. I just know the excuses are going to start rolling in as the Trump presidency disaster unfolds so it will be fun to get ahead of them now and then we can look back at this strip in a year or two and laugh. Or maybe we’re all really so fucked that we won’t be laughing at all. Hard to tell. Hey, maybe Trump is a secret genius and I will say BOY WAS I WRONG! WHAT A GUY! I would love that, really. I think the odds of that happening are about the same as the odds of my entire house suddenly turning into a 25-ton block of gold but sure, let’s see what happens.
I guess there is one thing I want to speak on — the ending. Isn’t it funny how nobody voted for Bush? We had him for eight years (through illegal elections) and millions of people voted for him twice yet suddenly no one seems proud of that. That’s who I see at Trump rallies. The same people—mostly—who said it was “unpatriotic” to not blindly support Bush through illegal wars and disastrous economic policies meant to benefit the .01% at the expense of the rest of us, now suddenly they’re these angry populist anti-war anti-interventionists. Really it comes down to this: After 9-11 they figured we could bomb our way to safety. That didn’t work, so now we can wall our way to safety.
I went off track there a bit but the point is, no one is willing to take responsibility for the failed Bush presidency, and no one will be willing to take responsibility for the unfolding Trump nightmare that could potentially destroy this country, if the GOP isn’t strong enough or patriotic enough to stop him. That’s really what it’s going to come down to. Will the Paul Ryans and John McCains have the balls to stop Trump as he runs this country as his own personal family bank account / PR machine? We’ll see. I imagine they’d love to boot Trump and insert Pence and then boom, it’s like Bush all over again but with a slicker speaker. Seems like a win for the traditional Republican machine. Well, we’ll see. Fun times! I look forward to the excuses!
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Tagged 2016 elections, america, donald trump, election, election 2016, future, Hillary, hillary clinton, inauguration, politicin, politics, president, presidential, presidential election, the donald, thedonald, trump, uspolitics
This week’s new Dustinland comic is not really pro Trump or anti Trump. It’s about how his weaselly ways seem to work. Well, at least in terms of his own self interest. As for the rest of us, well, we’ll see how this experiment works out pretty soon.