Ted Rall Comics

New Rule: Either Shut Up or, When Things Go Against You, Keep Talking

The governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general of Virginia are all Democrats, and they’re all embroiled in scandal. When the scandal only seemed to affect the governor, Democrats were happy to see him replaced by one of their own. Now that the line of succession leads to a Republican official, they’re remaining silent. How can anyone take them seriously?

Who’s the Real Hero? Not the Person Who Enlists in America’s Murderous Military

Apologists for militarism, particularly liberal Democrats, justify those who enlist in America’s murderous military by saying that many soldiers come from parts of the country where good jobs are hard to come by. It’s time to point out that the real act of heroism is personal sacrifice rather than killing innocent people overseas for a slightly better paycheck and benefits.

If the CIA Had Been Right, They Would Have Told Bush That Invading Afghanistan Would Cost $13 Trillion and Another Defeat

The estimated total cost of the US war against Afghanistan is now running $13 trillion, enough to pay off all debts of all Americans. Why didn’t the CIA, which the media trusts implicitly these days, warn us that we’d lose after spending all that money and destroying hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides?

Howard Schultz: Another Businessman Who Says He Can Do To the Country What He Did for Business and Turns Out to be Stupid

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is flirting with a Ross Perot-style independent run for the presidency in 2020. He self-described centrist sounds more like a Republican, complaining that the country can’t afford big-ticket progressive ideas like Medicare For All or free public college tuition. But the figures clearly show we can. After all, we just spent $13 trillion to invade and get defeated in Afghanistan!

Internet Security Is So Good It’s Even Safe From You

Logging on to a website used to be a simple task: enter your username and password. Now the need to keep hackers out has made logging on so difficult one wonders whether it’s worth it at all.

Someone Online Says Someone Did Something and You Should Be Pissed

Online video of right-wing students from Covington, Kentucky appearing to mock a Native American protester went viral, prompting outrage that later turned out to have been at least somewhat unjustified. Social media is a natural conduit for what the Chinese call “human flesh hunting,” Internet vigilantism that goes awry, The solution, of course, is to wait for all the facts to come out. But who has time for that?

Trump to Trans People: We Will No Longer Hire You to Kill People

The Supreme Court has approved of President Donald Trump’s order banning transgender people from the military—a profession in which people are paid to kill and maim people who mean them no harm.