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Kevin Lauer is a singer, songwriter, musician, author, poet, and artist from southeastern Ohio. He has recorded four CDs on the Godflower Records label, has published some works of poetry, and has been publishing his weekly political editorial cartoon PolyTicks® since 2005.
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The Florida Senate is debating bestiality. But what's more shocking is that the Florida House has upheld the practice as a legal right since a ban was proposed in 2008.

Story at: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/today-in-tallahassee-outlawing-se x-with-animals/1158916
As President Obama returned Wednesday (March 23, 2011) from his 5-day trip to Latin America, he found the doors to the White House locked. Apparently, White House staff were not made aware that he was back.
Story at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZNAVgOJDd8

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With all of President Obama's bad luck of late with his trusty teleprompter, it's not too difficult to imagine him in the same predicament as "Bruce Almighty"'s Evan Baxter, played by Steve Carell.

Story at: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/The-Vote/2009/0427/obamas-teleprompter-commit s-mutiny-during-major-science-speech
According to former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, global warming is causing more than 300,000 deaths each year. Skeptics question whether those "deaths" are those of humans, animals, or plants.

Story at: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/29/science/earth/29climate.html?_r=1
Arkansas Governor and FOX News TV host Mike Huckabee made waves recently when he criticized "Star Wars" actress Natalie Portman for "boasting" about being pregnant out of wedlock. In response, comedian Stephen Colbert pointed out on his Comedy Central show that the unborn child in question would be Luke Skywalker, the hero of the Star Wars galaxy.

Story at: http://www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/08/stephen-colbert-uses-star-wars-to-blast-mike-huck abees-natali/
When Ohio Republicans proposed a "Heartbeat Bill" that would identify a fetus having a detectable heartbeat as being alive, Ohio Rep. Lou Gentile D-Steubenville skirted the issue, stating, "I came to Columbus to work on the issues confronting hard working families in my district, like creating good-paying jobs. This legislation is likely to be found unconstitutional, even if Ohio Right to Life doesn't support it. I believe we should be focusing on creating new jobs and getting people back to work."

Today's cartoon features Rep. Gentile, the Democrat Donkey, and his hoofbeats stomping the Heartbeat Bill to a bloody pulp.

Story at
http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/552719/-Heartbeat--Bill-Woul d-Limit-Abortions.html?nav=515

This is the uncensored "Bloody" version of the "Muddy" 'toon from the previous page.
When Ohio Republicans proposed a "Heartbeat Bill" that would identify a fetus having a detectable heartbeat as being alive, Ohio Rep. Lou Gentile D-Steubenville skirted the issue, stating, "I came to Columbus to work on the issues confronting hard working families in my district, like creating good-paying jobs. This legislation is likely to be found unconstitutional, even if Ohio Right to Life doesn't support it. I believe we should be focusing on creating new jobs and getting people back to work."

Today's cartoon features Rep. Gentile, the Democrat Donkey, and his hoofbeats stomping the Heartbeat Bill into the mud.

Story at
http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/552719/-Heartbeat--Bill-Woul d-Limit-Abortions.html?nav=515

The next page features an uncensored "Bloody" version of this same 'toon. VIEW WITH DISCRETION
President Obama stars as Johnny Depp's "Rango."
See the original trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH5z_z2Zw5M
First Lady Michelle Obama stars alongside comedian Adam Sandler as Chris Farley's Lunch Lady from SNL in this week's toon. Chicago Public School lunch sales have dropped about 5 percent (about 20,000 lunches per day) since the introduction of a healthier menu at the First Lady's prompting. The district traded in nachos, doughnuts and Pop-Tarts for broccoli, peas, carrots, zucchini, rice and beans. Says one Chicago 6th grader, "This food is disgusting, which is why I'm not eating lunch."

Story at http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2011/02/21/Healthier-lunches-unpopular-with-students/UP I-17571298314341/
President Barack Obama has been criticized for comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Story at: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D96IBRT81&show_article=1
Playing the race card, Rep. James Clyburn stated that opposition to President Obama' stimulus bill "was a slap in the face of African-Americans." Well, Congressman, consider this a big, proverbial smack across the chops from your friends in the GOP who don't think that being fiscally responsible is racist.

Story here: http://www.mrc.org/bmi/articles/2009/Clyburn_Stimulus_Refusal_A_Slap_in_the_Face_to _Blacks_Even_if_Unintentional.html
NBC News anchor Brian Wilson reports on the status of President Barack Obama's birth records, closing with Chevy Chase's infamous recurring "Generalissimo Francisco Franco" quip from the first season of "NBC's Saturday Night," which would later become "Saturday Night Live."
"With tens of thousands of protesters jamming the Capitol and many Wisconsin schools closed for a third day, state troopers were enlisted Friday (Feb 18) in the hunt for 14 Democratic state senators whose disappearance has prevented a vote on the new governor's controversial budget proposal."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/18/AR2011021807527.h tml

As of Monday, February 21, the protests continue and the missing senators are still AWOL.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is under fire for joking in a speech to the American Irish Historical Society, "When I walk by this building, there are a bunch of people that are totally inebriated hanging out the window. I know that's a stereotype about the Irish, but nevertheless, we Jews around the corner think this."

The "New York Post" story is here: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/eire_head_mike_joke_draws_gags_YIDPHuqxPWR7Ry0D6 2vfsJ

The title of this cartoon ("Go n-ithe an cat thú is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat") is an Irish curse which translates to, "May the cat eat you, and may the cat be eaten by the devil."
As Egyptian rioters demand the resignation of their President, U.S. President Barack Obama and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak are recast in Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner's roles of Moses and Pharaoh from C.C. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments."
The Crawling Dead
An homage to the hit graphic novel and AMC television series, "The Walking Dead," on the 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
In the aftermath of the January 8 shooting in Tuscon, AZ, the left tried to focus blame on Sarah Palin and "right-wing rhetoric" from the Tea Party and called for elimination of aggressive terminology in political discourse. Therefore, terms such as "kill the bill" would be forbidden.
In a tribute to "The Wizard of Oz"; as Nancy "Myra Gulch" Pelosi surrenders the gavel to new Speaker of the House John "Cowardly Lion" Boehner, she warns him not to cry, as his tears may cause her to melt. This cartoon was created using Photobie and Microsoft Paint.
Jared Loughner, the shooter who killed 6 and wounded 12 in Tucson, AZ last weekend, is featured in this week's comic. Loughner, as "The Dark Knight"'s Joker, smiles his eerie, psychotic smile as Betelgeuse from "Beetle Juice" comments on his lunatic ramblings. Prior to the shooting, Loughner had posted a YouTube video complaining that "the government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar." One of his former schoolteachers commented to reporters that he recalled Loughner having an "evil smile on his face like The Joker from 'Batman.'" We, the public, saw that Joker smile in his mugshot, which I used to morph with a photo of Heath Ledger's Joker and inserted into a still frame from "Beetle Juice" to make this week's installment of PolyTicks.
Stimulus Pork
President Obama claims that there are "no earmarks" on his economic stimulus plan. You don't need earmarks when the entire package is pork.