Jul 18, 2015
Amazing......Confederate flag demonstrators greeted President Obama in Oklahoma while visiting a Federal prison to discuss his efforts to overhaul the criminal-justice system. That's not as surprising as when the demonstrators then say they're not racists. It makes one wonder then what do those racists believe is.... racist.....?
Well- that's proof that racists are a special kind of stupid.....and as Ron White says, You can't fix stupid.
Racists waving the confederate flag outside the first black president of America's hotel is NOT (?) racist they're just out here supporting their flag.
I'm not saying they don't have the right to gather and fly whatever flag they want. I'm also not saying they don't have the right to lie about what they are doing or who they are. That's what freedom of speech and expression looks like. In a free country you are going to see and hear things that are so disagreeable...they're just not going to make any sense. I AM saying I'm totally AMAZED. Amazed that they think this is supporting their flag. This is just further proof that racists have more than one screw loose.
It just keeps keeps bouncing around inside my head....how does any sane brain look at a flag that has represented white supremacists hatred for the black race for 150 years say the flag doesn't have anything to do with racism......??? How is that possible?
It's possible when a society doesn't value it's history. When a culture celebrates the traitors of it's past, the celebration legitimizes the symbols of the traitors. That celebration tends to white wash the history of those symbols. When the uneducated see the long-time celebrated symbol, they don't see the history- they see the celebration.
Jul 13, 2015
You want to see what newspapers used to be like...? When the newspapers weren't afraid to make a statement for the defense of it's citizen readers....? When publishers cared about defending their bottom line by puting their passions on the front page...?
Check out the link above....The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson Miss. wanted to find out which of it's state legislators were for and against removing the Confederate battle flag from their state flag. The executive editor had a hunch that there may be bunch a racists in the state legislature. In their roll call to find out who was for and who was against the stars and bars aspect of the state flag...they found an even bigger story.
67 legislators went on record but the bigger story was almost twice as many ...106 to be exact, did not want to take a position.... either way. This story is just another example of what I've always said...more and more people nowadays just don't want to do their jobs anymore. They don't have any problem accepting their paychecks...but doing their job for it...forget it.
These are state legislators, who citizens of Mississippi are expecting to be debating their issues. How can you debate anything if you are not willing to even say how you feel on whatever subject....?? Especially easy issues like the confederate flag as your state flag.
Taking a position on issues is the very essence of being a representative of the people in a state legislature and more than half of them in Mississippi don't even understand why they are there.
Jul 10, 2015
Well they brought down the traitors flag from over a 150 years ago. What took them so long I'll never know. OK- I do know, I guess I should say I don't understand why it was put up in 1961 in the first place.
And what the hell was going on in the U.S. Congress about making sure the traitors flag could or should still be flown 'n' sold at national cemeteries.
I guess it's still further proof how deep racism is rooted in this country.
Racism is so deeply rooted...that most people don't even know what it is. Most people believe to be a racist means you have to wear a white robe and fly the rebel battle flag.
Jul 9, 2015
So- Bill Cosby is a rapist.
The Cos is not in jail right now because he used his drugs 'n' money to abuse lady justice. Seriously- he's not in jail because of the statute of limitations....for the individual crimes. What about the criminal ....the SERIAL criminal...who has been accused and confessed....? I guess if you have enough money . the statute of limitations works out pretty good for you.
Cosby exploited a huge hole in our justice system. This mess seems to be a slow motion accident that is far from the terrible tumbling. I just now found out that some states may NOT have a statute of limitations for sexual abuse.
Now...he's being drawn 'n quartered in the court of public opinion. He's toxic....commercial interests are dropping they're association with what used to be America's lovable father figure. Disney is is removing a bronze bust of him from Disney World. TV Land is dropping his popular show from their rerun lineup.
Joe Paterno looked the other way, the Donald shoots off his mouth, Tiger Woods cheated, Jared Fogle 'Mr. Subway' hires a sick child porn aficionado to work at his foundation.....but Cosby drugged, raped, bought off, denied and lied.
Seems like these celebrities messing up seems to be getting worse and worse every time one is revealed.
It's weird because these celebrity people seem to go out of their way to do themselves in. Or maybe it's just karma's way they have just been the receipient of just way too much money.
Jul 8, 2015
Happy Fourth of July....celebrating our Independence.
What does that mean to you...? Does that mean watching fireworks at night like Francis Scott Key did over two hundred years ago that inspired him to write our national anthem....?
Does that mean reveling in our God given right of free market capitalism to embrace pyromania....?
Literally believing in American Exceptionalism.... that playing with fire and gunpowder will not have any consequences....?
Not that much difference between the last two choices...except that one is a little safer than the other.
Buying and setting off your own fireworks as always been a pet peeve for me. .... which makes great material for me to comment on. I see my cartoons on this subject as a public service announcement... a reminder to be careful with your lethal explosives.
The above cartoon I don't believe got much exposure in the print world as the visual subject matter of hands and fingers lying out on the street might be a bit shocking and we wouldn't want to make anybody to think twice about playing with matches and gunpowder. (I don't tell newspapers what to print and they don't tell me what to draw.)
When I saw the included news item about a man accidently killing himself while building a pipe bomb for his own Fourth of July celebration...I felt extremely justified in addressing the issue. Usually I exaggerate to make a point...but I only showed injuries in addressing an unfortunate death.
Then a couple of days after the fourth, it's reported that the New York Giants star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is in a hospital getting his finger amputated due to playing with fireworks. This is a professional football player with an unsigned multi-million dollar contract on the table. When I use the word multi-million.... I don't mean 3 or 4...I mean we're talking as much as $60 million dollars.
Good luck signing that contract without your index finger.......because the Giants have pulled their $60 million contract offer.
Jul 7, 2015
Traditional media is dissolving....journalistic ethics....and professional codes of conduct just aren't what they used to be. Which is somewhat surprising in this age of the internet.
It turns out the Internet is a two edged sword...as it is very easy to double check the originality of a cartoon. On the other side, it's so easy to steal from the Internet, there is a growing number ne'er-do-wells who do just that.
In the old days (pre-Internet) plagiarists would have to copy the cartoon...today in the digital Internet age they don't even bother copying OR plagiarising ....now it's just cut, copy 'n' paste STEALING. Meaning the thieves don't even bother trying to hide their theft by copying a cartoon so the art is at least in their own drawing style.
Jul 6, 2015
The above link will take you to an EBAY page that is auctioning off a personal letter that I sent an autograph collector. He or she requested a photo along with my autograph....maybe also along with a doodle or two....I really don't remember....mainly because the letter was sent more than 32 years ago.
The hand-drawn stationary was originally from when I lived in Chicago.....which you see that address crossed out and replaced with the name and address of a newspaper that has been dead for almost 30 years...The Journal Herald....in Dayton, Ohio. I was the last editorial cartoonist for the Journal Herald before it closed Sept.15, 1986....after starting there in the summer of '82.
I noticed the listing was from the UK....but I can't help but wonder....who would want to buy one of my hand written letters from 32 tears ago. More interestingly- WHY would anybody want a personally hand written from 32 years ago....? The most notable aspect of the letter was the perceived value of my correspondence.
Dave Thompson contacted me via Facebook and shared the Ebay link....that let me know I could buy my own personally written and signed letter for only ......$49.00
Jun 29, 2015
Jon Stewert's monologue last night was very apropos. I also can not believe or accept ... or as Jon said wrap his head around the fact that we as a country will not do anything to try to avert another mass shooting.
We've accepted the fact that
Heritage not hate....or heritage of hate....or the symbolic representation of victimhood. Well, which does the Confederate Flag represent...?....most likely all three. I've heard the heritage Vs hate debate for decades. I haven't heard as much about the victimhood aspect of the rebel flag.
I have read over the years that a significant amount of southerners are still fighting the American Civil War. Or they're still upset of the final outcome that they lost......and that flag flies everyday over the capitol dome, it's on t-shirts, license plates posters,etc,etc..... It's a constant reminder that since they lost they are being put upon....ie: victims.
Jun 29, 2015
Paul Conrad, famous LA Times editorial cartoonist was on Nixon's enemies list. Then had a series of audits by the IRS.
A small handful of editorial cartoonists have been sued for libel by businesses and businessmen (yeah Conrad was also on that list). FYI- no American cartoonist has ever lost a libel lawsuit
A growing number of staff editorial cartoonists in America have simply been expunged from our daily newspapers by publishers and editors. Those managers believe the best way to stop a ship from sinking is to shoot holes in the bottom to let the water out.
Most politicians (other than the afore mentioned Nixon) believe that when you are the subject of an editorial cartoon they've reached a certain level of power and influence. Depending on their level of vanity they check to see how fat and/or bald they were drawn. Once they've double checked to make sure their name was spelled correctly they let it be known that they would appreciate to own the original cartoon to be framed and to hang it in their office.......water closet.
So- a few lawsuits and layoffs...American cartooonists have had in easy compared to cartoonists in the rest of the world
Jun 26, 2015
I've been following and commenting on the news for the past almost forty years and I can not remember any two week period like our country has just experienced. It went from weird to disastrous to contemplative to jump for joy and back to disastrous.
About two weeks ago the President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP lost her mind but found another race to identify with. She cashed in her credibility and 15 minutes of fame doing network interviews trying to convince the world of the importance of what race a person identifies with. Nobody has figured out yet why she wanted to do this or why re-identifying yourself with another race was important.....or even why some network news producers granted her as much air time as she received. I seriously doubt we'll ever find out the answers to these questions. I truly believe she's the product of a strange family life.
Speaking a strange family life....in shoots Dylann Storm Roof. I mean who names their child Storm....?....I know it's only his middle name ....but geeze but that doesn't answer the question....why would you give the name Storm to a child...?
I guess it all went downhill from there. It takes a village and we all failed him and we paid for it......some more than others.
On the bright side....our society seemed to finally understand forgiveness by what survivors and relatives of the victims said at Dylann's bond hearing. They told him that they forgive him and ask God for mercy on his soul.....and hate doesn't win.
Now if we as a society can put THAT kind of understanding on the front end of living out lives...we won't have to suffer as much at bond hearings and funerals.
The Charleston massacre led to a public debate about the displaying the flag of treasonous traitors of the United States over southern statehouse and grounds.