Sunday, October 15, 2017

"Twitter Milestone"

Thank you to all of our supporters and followers!

--Ben Garrison

Friday, October 13, 2017

"The NFL Fumbles Again"

The NFL needs its fans a lot more than the fans need the NFL.
Commissioner Roger Goodell is just starting to figure this out as the decline in attendance and TV viewers continue to wane.
“Dilbert” cartoonist Scott Adams called it right. President Trump can’t lose this debate because “gravity is on his side.”
After Trump denounced the kneelers, more kneelers came out to virtue signal merely to ‘resist’ the president, thus enraging their fans even more. Too many players went full-SJW mode, apparently not caring that most of their fans do not support socialism, the Antifa or Black Lives Matter. They simply want to watch a football game and be entertained while suspending disbelief long enough to pretend that their support of their team somehow ties them in tribally with that team. 
The kneelers shattered that illusion. Many fans began to realize they had nothing in common whatsoever with most of the spoiled millionaire players who continue to publicly display contempt for their country, their flag and their fans. (Now ex-fans) Why support players who hate you?
Roger Goodell showed abject weakness from the very beginning by not decisively punishing Kaepernick for kneeling during the anthem and now the subversive virus has spread. It remains to be seen if he will be able to quell the protests. Yes, we are guaranteed free speech in our Constitution, but that doesn’t mean we are guaranteed not to suffer the consequences of our free speech.
If an employee routinely insulted customers, his boss can fire him because he knows it hurts the business. How much more the NFL will suffer remains to be seen, but many fans will not return. After making his “every one should stand for the National Anthem “ statement, Roger Goodell said Wednesday that “there has been no policy change” regarding players standing for the national anthem before games. Yet another fumble by the NFL.
Trump’s swift kick to the NFL’s bottom line got their attention. Now will they stand to attention? Stay tooned.
—Ben Garrison

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Videos for beginning cartoonists:

If you go to my YouTube channel, you'll see I've begun some short, simple videos designed to help beginning cartoonists.

I'm not a video expert and the quality isn't top-notch, but I did the best I could. Shown here is a photo taken from the end result of the third video.

--Ben Garrison

Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Humiliate the NFL"

I was a big Dallas Cowboys football fan when I was growing up. Probably because they were my Dad’s favorite team. When he decided to move our family back to Texas, I watched the Cowboys play every Sunday. I knew the names of all the players. Dad took me and my younger brother to a playoff game in 1973 at Texas Stadium. He could only afford end zone seats, but we were thrilled just to be there. Roger Staubach tossed a long TD pass to Drew Pearson and he scored right in front of us. Dallas beat the Rams that day and I’ll never forget watching my favorite players in person. There were larger than life heroes to me.

The illusion of heroic NFL players has now been shattered. The spell has been broken. Sure, some good ones are still playing, but most strike me as rich, entitled showboating brats who take their fans and their country for granted. Last weekend was the final straw. I’m now boycotting the NFL. 

The lefties who run Hollywood infused our movies with tiresome, rote political correctness. The lefties took over education and taught kids to obey big government while dumbing them down and telling them lies about US history. Feelings became more important than reason in colleges. The lefties controlled the mainstream media and the news narrative. Everything was increasingly slanted toward globalism and socialism. Not content with that, the lefties also attacked the NFL. Football had to be controlled. Political correctness had to be injected into football. After all, strong men were showing too much assertiveness and aggression. Suddenly concussions became a worry. Rules proliferated. Players began wearing pink. Then the players began putting their emasculated weakness and ignorance on display by kneeling in front of our flag.

All we can do now is reject them. It may be their ‘free speech,’ but we have free speech, too. We need to speak out against the league and owners who are allowing the on the job protests to occur. We, the customers are being insulted. Our only recourse is to take our business and attention away from them. We know that if any of us exercised our free speech at our own workplaces and began insulting customers, we would be fired. The same needs to happen in the NFL. They need to start firing players, but they probably won’t because apparently hating on President Trump is a priority in their business plan. So kneel away, you bums! I won’t be tuning in.


—Ben Garrison

Monday, September 25, 2017

"Dear Seattle Seahawks"

Here is a tweet released by the Seattle Seahawks:

My response:

Dear Seattle Seahawks,

I have been a fan of your team for over three decades. I attended many games when I lived in Seattle. Due to your disgraceful actions regarding our flag, I will no longer watch you on TV. If I can help it, I will avoid your advertisers and sponsors. May you all fail miserably for your contemptuous attitude toward your own customers.

— Ben Garrison

Friday, September 22, 2017

"The CIA Unleashed Upon Us All"

Our founding fathers never wrote the Central Intelligence Agency into our Constitution—and with good reason. An unaccountable institution that can hide under the claim of ‘national security’ at every turn while conducting secret operations that include routine violations of our Bill of Rights and even outright torture would be unthinkable to the great men who started our Republic.

The CIA has over 21,000 employees under a $15 billion dollar annual budget and perhaps more (think about the missing trillions just before the 9-11 attack). Add up the budgets of all the secretive alphabet agencies and it pushes $50 billion per year. Combined with the tax dollars that are fire hosed into the military industrial complex and we’re looking at over $800 billion per year spent on a military empire controlled by operatives who are unaccountable to We The People. In other words, we aren’t allowed to know where much of the money is being spent. Hush hush! Just shut up and pay the shadow government. 

The CIA had its origins in WWII. Spy operations and code cracking existed among the various military branches and the FBI, but it was decided in 1947 that a ‘centralized’ agency was needed to better coordinate and comprehend the data. Thus the CIA was created under The National Security Act of 1947. President Truman found that he had a private army theoretically under his power, but later on he expressed trepidation toward a ‘dangerous’ and secretive agency capable of all sorts of clandestine operations that could spark war and conflict with other countries.

Kennedy heeded Eisenhower’s warnings about the military industrial complex and secret organizations gaining too much control over our country and he decided to do something about it. CIA Chief Allen Dulles was instrumental in the coup in Iran that installed the hated Shah. He also was involved in the coup in Guatemala and failed coup against Castro. Kennedy at first praised the Dulles, but wised up later on during his administration and fired him. Allen Dulles was miffed. Kennedy was assassinated. LBJ appointed Dulles to head the Warren Commission, which helped cover up evidence while pinning the blame on a 'lone gunman,’ Oswald. With Kennedy gone, the CIA and the Deep State were able to pursue Vietnam and rake in the dough while 58,220 Americans died in a futile war. LBJ himself profited handsomely because he controlled a huge amount of Bell Helicopter stock.

The CIA had grown use to overthrowing governments and they got away with it again when Kennedy was killed. Most people in those days trusted their government and the mainstream media. They swallowed what the Warren Commission shoveled. The CIA’s string of successes made them grow even bolder. It got so bad that President Ford set up an Intelligence Oversight Board to help stop abuses. The CIA promptly made sure the board was filled with cronies by the time Bush came along. The board did nothing. Whistleblowers were harassed and silenced. 

The movie “Snowden” helped reveal the CIA's modus operandi and it’s abhorrent. Edward Snowden is the quintessential whistle blower who believes in our Constitution. He showed how the CIA and its spinoff, the NSA routinely records everything we say on the Internet and on cell phones. People are being spied on through their own web cams on personal computers. Make sure you keep that covered! Computer microphones are turned on remotely and we are listened to. They can even track us through ’smart’ TVs. This is all a violation of our Fourth Amendment and each instance is a felony, but it helps them dig up dirt to extort us all and especially Congress. The CIA chief under Obama, John Brennan, even hacked Congress directly and got away with it. It was Snowden's duty to sound the alarm and he did that courageously. I believe he should be pardoned, but unfortunately President Trump doesn’t see it that way and even called Snowden a ‘traitor.’ You’re wrong, Mr. President. It’s the operatives in the CIA and the Deep State military industrial complex that are the traitors. It’s time to do what President Kennedy wanted to do: Break them up and make them accountable to the rule of law under our Constitution. And while you’re at it, let’s break up the central banks and end the Fed, too.

—Ben Garrison

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Irrelevance Park"

Hollywood’s summer box office flopped. Revenues are down nearly 16 percent--a precipitous drop from last year. The NFL ratings are also crashing. "Thursday Night Football" is down 13 percent from last year and fewer fans are attending games. The Emmys ratings have also cratered. What’s causing these declines? It could be that leftist politics are being injected into American entertainment.

Hollywood continues to spew out the same politically correct kitsch. Their movies have become too formulaic and repetitive. There are too many comic book movies chalk full of computer graphics showing crass, physics-defying violence. And of course, political correctness is always the number one priority. Then we’re expected to endure condescending lectures about climate change and social justice from the overpaid actors who show up at the Oscars.

The NFL’s decline is due to too much political correctness as well as the feminization of men. We are supposed to fret about overpaid athletes getting concussions, which can later lead to permanent brain damage. This used to be part of the game. It has always been violent. Like boxing, such violence is part of the attraction. Don’t want to be punch drunk? Don’t box or play football. It’s their choice and they know the risks. It’s difficult for a lot of ticket buyers to feel sympathy for players who command multi-million dollar contracts and then worry about getting injured. 

More rules and penalties made the game safer while also rendering it duller. Some say the game is being feminized. Players wear pink for ‘breast cancer awareness month.’ Pink everywhere.

Then came the national anthem protests. Many players can’t even articulate why they are insulting our country. Maybe something somewhere past present or future is not equal. To them, America is not perfect and must be disrespected until it is. Why can’t they protest on their own time? Last week, a Seattle anthem sitter also gave the black power fist salute after making a tackle. It’s now on the field. Sure, it’s his free speech, but it’s our free speech to speak out against it and stop supporting the NFL. If they can dole out fines for those giving the finger to the crowd or making lewd dances after a score, they can certainly hand out stiff fines to the sitters. 

The latest Emmy award show hit a new low when they devolved into a Trump hate fest. No matter what size screen, the lefty actors seem to think we’re fascinated by their Trump bashing. It has become both tiresome and predictable.

We’ve been seeing Silicon Valley and social media companies try to excoriate conservative voices from the Internet. The big money media and entertainment arms are starting to lose revenue, subscribers and viewers. They’ve long been accustomed to controlling the levers of our culture, but now they’re pushing those levers even more vigorously and blatantly toward collectivism. Americans can boycott and stop participating.

Let’s try reading more books instead.

—Ben Garrison