Sunday, May 28, 2023

'Remember' Funnies

Lest we forget ...
The definition of insanity and all that.  Nothing changes until we do, and too many of our decrepit overlords are unwilling to rethink any of their moldy tropes.

K-Pax can now block me on social media since he is no longer a public official (temporarily, I believe). The Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives lanced a boil yesterday, but I'm still doubting that their MAGA fever has broken.

This was one of those weeks when so much happened that our collective memory has trouble keeping up (or maybe just mine).

Media considers white-collar crime -- no matter how consequential -- boring and unreportable. Meanwhile crimes like shoplifting and fare-jumping are endlessly fascinating to reporters and editors. 

The result of this is a pattern in which crimes typically committed by rich people are barely acknowledged, no matter how many millions of dollars are involved, while crimes typically committed by poor people are put in the spotlight. The media paints a very deceptive picture and unfortunately many Americans are fooled.

Judd Legum in The Guardian (from 2021) has a tale of two such crimes.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Hope Is Action* Funnies

A week (or so) remaining in the Texas legislative session and after a really abominable performance to date, the worst may still be to come.

Republicans in Congress are once more threatening to compel the nation to perform financial seppuku, and Joe Biden is once again folding like a rusty lawn chair to their austerity demands.

I don't care for Biden and won't be voting for him, but I don't hold animosity for the man in the way that Mike Fluggenock does.

It is with anxiety, chagrin and dread that I present this, my first cartoon of the 2024 Presidential “election” slog ...

…and despite the massive disappointment and lack of enthusiasm of huge swaths of Democratic voters, Gropin’ Joe announced his re-election campaign kickoff with a promise to “finish the job”… at which point yours truly, like millions of others, is cringing and asking themselves: what job would THAT be — immiserating the poor and the working class? Terrorizing immigrants and bullying our next-door neighbors? Fattening up the war profiteers and Wall Street? Beating down anti-war dissent in public media? Dragging us into World War III?

Lotta big jobs to finish there, Joester; guess you’re going to need four more years to thoroughly fuck shit up, huh?

IMHO there are bigger problems in the world that Biden simply has no interest or even the capacity to resolve.  He was wrong for the job four years ago and now has the abysmal track record to prove it.  Joe Biden is nothing more than the product of a dysfunctional system (OTOH, a system that's working perfectly if you're wealthy).  That's why the choices will be presented as 'democracy' or MAGA 2.0.  Fascism or plutocracy/oligarchy.  I will choose neither.

*Madam Secretary needs to work on her gaslighting.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Mothers Day Funnies

My mother transitioned at the end of February this year.  So today's celebrations are more muted than has long been for yours truly.  A wise person said that our ancestors live on so long as there are those alive who knew them and share their recollections -- good, bad, in-between -- with friends, family, and friends and family still to be known.  That wise person was, of course, Mom.

Honor your mother today if she is in your life.  If she is not, do so if your memories of her allow you. (For some this isn't possible and for that I am sorry.)

On to the cartoons.

Media silos have come down to this: each party’s cable TV news network ignores stories that are inconvenient to their party, while amplifying those that are damaging to the opposition.

There's a certain cadre of pundits who get a lot of mileage out of posing as open-minded defenders of ideas and debate, but in reality they are stuck in the right-wing narrative that the threat is from the left rather than overwhelmingly from the right. It should now be obvious to anyone with half a cortex that the right's screeching about "wokeness" and free speech is disingenuous, part of a larger strategy to impose their own radical ideology on America and undo all social progress of the 20th century. Creating a moral panic about public schools and universities is all part of the plan. Somehow these useful idiots (as depicted by the above cartoon character) tend to overlook the fact that today's GOP is openly looking to the illiberal dictatorship of Hungary as a model. Orban has seized control of that country's universities and cultural institutions to promote what he calls "Christian" values and "national identity."

For more on the subject, I highly recommend this excellent essay from Dave Karpf.

"What Mothers Really Want", by Emily Flake
And three more wishes here.

Sunday, May 07, 2023

Democracy 86'ed Funnies

In the District of Columbia (and two states), drivers over the age of 75 have to take a new road test to show that they are still competent to drive. Meanwhile President Joe Biden, resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, claims that he will be perfectly OK to run the United States military until he is age 86, no test required.
If we had a wide variety of parties and candidates to choose from, it would be credible to say that we the people have the democracy that we deserve. But we don’t.

Ted Rall gets it. Gail Collins doesn't.

Too far below, she means.
Cathy Wilcox, cartooning from Australia where the love of pommy bastards is oftentimes muted, offers this guide to the Royal Stuff, which seems to prove the persistence of memory down there, since my search for oatcake references drew articles about the Duchess of Cornwall from three years ago.
U.S. solar expansion stalled by rural land-use protests
Last: Joel Pett -- one of this blog's very favorites -- won the 2023 RFK Cartoon Award.