February 1, 2011 – Drawing today’s Editorial Cartoon
Feb 1st, 2011 by Rob Smith, Jr.

Wow! I’ve gotten lax updating this site! I’ll clean up my act. Above is a recording from UStream of me inking today’s cartoon, which I’ll post later.

January 4th, 2010 – Brain Removal
Jan 4th, 2011 by Rob Smith, Jr.

The West Palm Beach, Florida, story below makes me crazy!!! Brief comments below!


Ibis HOA wants to remove 168 oak trees

by Andrew Abramson

Al Vazquez, chairman of West Palm Beach’s Green Task Force, wishes his neighborhood had the same luscious oak trees that line the streets in Ibis, an upscale West Palm community west of I-95 off Northlake Boulevard. So Vazquez was stunned to learn that Ibis officials were planning to remove 168 oak trees and replace them with palm trees.

“We should be so lucky,” Vazquez said. “What these people want to be removed is just insane.”

Read the rest of the story by clicking here.


Remove that canopy of trees and the folks in that subdivision will watch their air conditioning bills double or triple. Palms of any kind cannot provide the shade and cooling an oak can.

Sounds like realtors at work here. Nothing costs tax payers more than realtors, road builders and developers trying to make a buck.

And who would vote for a candidate dumb enough to buy a home in a swamp, which is what all of those western neighborhoods were just a handful of years ago.

Bill McCollum for Florida Governor!
Aug 4th, 2010 by Rob Smith, Jr.

I was writing a response to a post on the Red State website and realized I haven’t written anything here about our Florida Governor’s race! I hope the response get’s across my strong opposition to this carpetbagger Scott:

Rick Scott is a mess. Scott moves to Florida a few years ago and has never been involved in politics, except as a lobbyist, he botched his own business and was thrown out by his own board, and apparently has yet to visit much of our great state to even know where he is. Considering he has only gotten to where he is by buying his way into everything, I have to question how he can be a successful politician. Business and public service are entirely different and can not be handled the same. I’d like to see this guy start smaller with a county commission seat first and see how he performs before putting him in charge of a state he doesn’t even understand.

Everytime I hear this guy talk, I realize that his talk could be for any state in the country. He never addresses specific Florida issues. From everything I can find out about the guy, he, much like Obama, is only JUST NOW visiting the state during campaign tours. Look at what a great understanding Obama has of the U.S. Out state is very, very different from Pensacola to Fort Jefferson. The people are different and the politics are different. If you don’t know how to navigate those narrow shoals, your boat is doomed. Ask any state-wide politician, real estate folks, tourism people or just travelers that traverse the state. It ain’t the same. You have to know it. Rick Scott does not.

I was supporting McCollum before all this Scott mess. I’ve been a fan of McCollum since he got in office. Anytime I’ve heard someone say there is not an honest politician anywhere, I point to McCollum. He has had a squeaky clean career… and he sure knows Florida. He’s been here all his life and traveled it extensively. He’s been a solid conservative with a slew of accomplishments.

Let’s let Scott take a smaller political position, if he truly wants to be a public servant, and see if he can handle it. In the meantime, let’s get a knowledgeable, successful public servant as Bill McCollum to be our next great Governor.

May 28, 2010 – Clogging Pipes
Jun 4th, 2010 by Rob Smith, Jr.


June 23, 2009 – Florida Turtle Tunnel
Jun 28th, 2009 by Rob Smith, Jr.

2009-0623-turtletunnel-chriApparently part of this project has already been done. Nevertheless, it’s listed in the stimulus stuff. I can’t see any turtles being for that much money spent.

Most of this was created in the computer which really skyrocketed the time it took to do it. I get too detailed oriented when working in the computer…Even after 24 years of using them!

May 29, 2009 – Everglades Pythons!
Jun 1st, 2009 by Rob Smith, Jr.


Above is the final art of Friday’s cartoon on Glenn Beck. To see it there click here. Below is the very rough pencil drawing. I’m pretty knowledgeable of the environs of the Everglades. So I filled in the landscape when I inked. Still I should probably pencil a bit tighter.

The pythons are loose and it’s actually a very serious matter. These guys eat everything and spit out what can’t be digested. According to State wildlife officials in a story last year, there’s little to stop the migration of pythons throughout the state of Florida due to their ability to reproduce like rabbits, lack of natural predators and the difficulty in finding and killing them. As that migration north occurs, many native and non-native wildlife will begin to disappear as these critters literally eat their way into the Southeastern U.S. The prediction is that within fifty years these giant snakes will be well embedded throughout Florida.

What to do about it? Well, it’s like those immigrating into the U.S. that demand we speak their language and they have little interest in learning ours. Aggressiveness rules. If we in Florida handle the python issue as we handle other aggressiveness into the country, we’re in big trouble. I doubt that we will change signage to add a python language or that the U.S. government will belittle everyone else in favor of the pythons. However, if we just sit back and drink beer and watch football and don’t react to this threat, we could have interesting neighbors in our own backyard.


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