Saturday, September 19, 2020

Cartoon Saturday


Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get any worse ...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87; demonstrating the most shameless hypocrisy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced within hours of Justice Ginsburg's death that "President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate"; Pope Francis has authorized a new Vatican think tank that seeks to prevent the Mafia and organized crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary; alleging ‘left-wing indoctrination’ in schools, Der Furor says he will create a national commission to push more ‘pro-American’ history; and in Enid, Oklahoma, police arrested a woman after a high-speed chase ... she told arresting officers she had to have a bowel movement, and it was her birthday.

Having to spend so much time in quarantine and limiting our outside contact this year has led to lots of time for reading ... so why not a collection of cartoons about books and reading for this week, eh?

If only weight loss were that simple ...


Where else would you stock those books? ...


Every reader has at least one book that was this good ...


I think Der Furor's administration would benefit from awarding a few of these medals ...


A lesson many children of this century need to learn ...


Marketing "The Inferno" ...


I can see this happening to me ...


So, who wrote stories for ancient Greek children? ...


Good question ... how does an author sign an e-book? ...


You had to see this one coming ...


And that's it for this week's collection of Covid-era cartoons about books and reading ... I hope you enjoyed them. Now you can go back to your own reading.

Have a good day and a great weekend. More thoughts tomorrow, when Musical Sunday returns. See you then.

Bilbo

Friday, September 18, 2020

Great Moments in Editing and Signage


And here we go again ...

Someone really ought to check on ad placement ...


What, two weren't enough? ...


So, what do I use it for? ...


Well, it's honest ...


How can you pass up a deal like that? ...


Good! I hate ice made from phony water ...


Truth in advertising can be a bitch, eh ...


Sometimes, you really need the support of your local police ...


Crime wave ...


Aha!! ...


There you go ... another collection of editorial and signage gems. My attempt at helping you wrap up another week of economic, climatic, political, and social disaster with a smile ... or, at least, a grimace.

Have a good day, and come back tomorrow for Cartoon Saturday. More thoughts then.

Bilbo

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Ass Clown Special Achievement Award for September, 2020


Last Friday I awarded the Right-Cheek Ass Clown award for this month to Attorney General William Barr. It was his third award, and richly deserved. But while the award was righteous, I agonized a great deal over the selection because, as I noted at the time, there were so many well-qualified candidates. So many, in fact, that I have decided - for the second time in the history of this award - to present an extra, out-of-cycle award.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Readers, 

The Ass Clown Special Achievement Award
for
September, 2020


Is presented (for the seventh time, either as an individual or a shared award) to

The Republican Party


The behavior of Der Furor - his coarseness, his contempt for the law and the dignity of his office, and his utter lack of qualifications the position he holds - is offensive to millions of Americans of all races, religions, and economic backgrounds. But no matter how outrageous his conduct and no matter the damage he inflicts on our country and our standing in the world, he continues to be supported and enabled by a Republican party interested only in the perpetuation of its conservative agenda ... an agenda that is increasingly at odds with the needs and desires of an evolving American population. As long as the GOP is able to churn out battalions of young, deeply conservative judges in assembly line fashion, slash taxes on the wealthy and big business, and eliminate regulations that promote workplace safety and a clean and healthy environment, Republicans are perfectly willing to let Der Furor get away with behavior and conduct which, had it been done by a Democratic president, would have them screaming bloody murder until their heads exploded.

This is, you may recall, the party which ignored its responsibility to justice and the nation by stubbornly refusing to call a single witness, subpoena a single document, or say so much as a potentially critical word about the defendant during Der Furor's impeachment trial.

I am not the first person to note the moral bankruptcy of the Republican party, nor will I be the last. The willingness of Republicans to cast away conservative principles in support of a manifestly unfit president is a shameful blot on the party that still has the nerve to invoke the name of presidents like Lincoln and Eisenhower. The Republicans have aided and abetted crude and unpresidential behavior that has caused damage it will take decades to repair ... if, indeed, it can be repaired at all. They have earned the disgust and condemnation of Americans who still believe in the Constitution, the rule of law, and the dignity of the office of the president.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Readers, the second-ever Ass Clown Special achievement award is presented to the Republican Party. The nation needs a party that can represent the traditional conservative values of prudent and responsible government ... but today's GOP is not it.

Have a good day. More thoughts coming.

Bilbo

Note: the last award presented to the GOP was in April of this year. You can go back and read it here; I should have just copied it into this one.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Poetry Sunday


From my childhood I recall the Catholic Ash Wednesday ritual in which the priest makes the sign of the cross on your forehead while intoning, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return." This poem by Danusha Laméris thinks about the ubiquity and permanence of dust.

Dust
by Danusha Laméris

It covers everything, fine powder,
the earth’s gold breath falling softly
on the dark wood dresser, blue ceramic bowls,
picture frames on the wall. It wafts up
from canyons, carried on the wind,
on the wings of birds, in the rough fur of animals
as they rise from the ground. Sometimes it’s copper,
sometimes dark as ink. In great storms,
it even crosses the sea. Once
when my grandmother was a girl,
a strong gale lifted red dust from Africa
and took it thousands of miles away
to the Caribbean where people swept it
from their doorsteps, kept it in small jars,
reminder of that other home.
Gandhi said, “The seeker after truth
should be humbler than the dust.”
Wherever we go, it follows.
I take a damp cloth, swipe the windowsills,
the lamp’s taut shade, run a finger
over the dining room table.
And still, it returns, settling in the gaps
between the floorboards, gilding the edges
of unread books. What could be more loyal,
more lonely, and unsung?

Have a good day and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Put off the dusting until tomorrow.

More thoughts coming.

Bilbo

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Cartoon Saturday


I got my flu shot last week. Now I wish I could get vaccinated against 2020 ...

Brian Murphy, the former head of the intelligence branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), claimed in a whistleblower complaint that top DHS officials ordered agency intelligence analysts to downplay the threat of violent white supremacy and of Russian election interference; fires destroyed Greece's largest migrant camp, located at Moria on the island of Lesbos, leaving nearly 13,000 people without shelter; a priest in Wisconsin told Catholics they would “face the fires of Hell” if they voted for Democrats; Dame Diana Rigg, acclaimed star of stage and screen and recently remembered as tart-tongued Olenna Tyrell in "Game of Thrones," died at 82; and although the book will not be officially released until next week, excerpts and supporting audio recordings from Bob Woodward's book "Rage" paint a devastating picture of Der Furor's incompetence and self-absorption in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This week, in honor of the way this misbegotten year seems to be going, I thought a collection of cartoons about the trials and tribulations of Sisyphus would be appropriate ...

It definitely feels like this sometimes ...


Some people just can't leave work behind ...


I know this feeling ...


Zeus must use that "like" button a lot ...


Uh, oh ...


It's a thought ...


If, like me, you went to a Catholic grade school, you can relate ...


He should have left the kids at home ...


It's a valid question ...


Everybody's gotta start someplace ...


And there you are - a very apropos collection of cartoons about surviving the Endless Year.

Have a good day and a great weekend. More thoughts coming.

Bilbo

Friday, September 11, 2020

The Right-Cheek Ass Clown for September, 2020


We are two weeks into the month of September, and it's time to announce our first Ass Clown Award for the month. As you know (because I've whined enough about it), this year has been an especially tough one in which to bestow these awards because the enormous number of potential awardees makes the selection process so difficult. It's also been a depressing exercise, because it makes me focus on the worst aspects of what's already a miserable year.

But that's all beside the point, because we need to get this award presented, and so - without further ado - I present the award for

The Right-Cheek Ass Clown for September, 2020
 

to

Attorney General William Barr
(third award)


Mr Barr has received this award twice before (you can read the citations here and here), and he continues his worthiness this month with his latest perversion of the Department of Justice in the service of Der Furor. 

At the request of the White House, the Justice Department this week asked to take over the defense of Der Furor in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll, a woman who has accused him of sexual assault. While the alleged assault took place some 20 years ago - long before Der Furor became President - Barr's Justice Department is claiming that it must take over the defense because Der Furor's comments which led to the defamation lawsuit came while he was in office. The move puts the cost of defending Der Furor's personal interests at the expense of the American taxpayer -- yet another example of how the Justice Department under Attorney General Barr has acted as the personal legal service of Der Furor rather than the defender of justice for the nation. While it must be noted that there is a legal basis* (however tenuous) for this action, its employment at this time makes clear that its goal is the protection of Der Furor at all costs.

This award is being presented on September 11th, 2020 ... the nineteenth anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks on the United States carried out by Al Qaeda. It is noteworthy that the Justice Department under this Attorney General refuses to acknowledge the fact that more Americans have been murdered by radical white activists, neo-nazis, and militias since 2001 ... with the results we see: heavily armed, self-styled "peacekeepers" turning out not just to oppose those who commit violence to protest the actions of this administration, but to intimidate those who would protest peacefully.

I believe that the overt politicization of the Department of Justice is the worst damage Der Furor and his hand-picked henchman, William Barr, have wreaked upon our government and the nation ... and that's saying a lot. They have proven that the words engraved on the Supreme Court building - "Equal Justice Under Law" - are false. They have undermined the confidence of average Americans in our ability to depend upon the equal administration of justice, and sown the seeds of doubt that the might and majesty of the government and the law will be employed for our protection. Indeed, the shameless conduct of William Barr tells us that the law exists not to serve the nation, but to serve the interests of a corrupt president.

"Equal Justice Under Law?" Not under this Attorney General.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Readers, Attorney General William Barr has received his third award, named the Right-Cheek Ass Clown for September, 2020. If you are not outraged by his conduct, you need to rethink your view of our rights, and of the responsibilities of those who are supposed to enforce them.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow, on Cartoon Saturday.

Bilbo

* The so-called "Westfall Act" (DC Circuit Court decision 05-5161, April 11, 2006).

Thursday, September 10, 2020

What the Next Generation is Learning

Der Furor has done almost immeasurable harm to this county in many areas: he has worked to wreck our health care system (in the middle of a pandemic); squandered the support and goodwill of our allies; enriched the rich while beggaring the middle and lower classes; and coarsened our discourse ... and all that's just for starters. The really sad part of it (aside from the fact that so many Americans who should know better are willing to forgive his excesses) is the effect his behavior and personality are having on our children and grandchildren.

I saw this meme on line the other day, and it really hits home:


What will our society look like when the last shreds of decency are gone from a generation that has learned the foul lessons of Der Furor? I certainly don't want to live in a country full of people who behave like him, but we may well do so.

Have a good day. Set a better example for your family than the fatuous, brutish, and ill-mannered ignoramus in the White House. 

More thoughts tomorrow, when we announce the Right-Cheek Ass Clown for September.

Bilbo

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Musical Sunday


I first saw this music video on Mike's blog, and was hopelessly hooked. Lindsey Stirling is a great violinist and fiddle player, and this is an amazing video. If you have time, check out the "behind the scenes" video that goes with it.



Yee, HAH!! Take THAT, Durango Black!

Have a good day and enjoy the rest of your weekend. More thoughts coming.

Bilbo

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Cartoon Saturday


Silly you, hoping that September would be less crazy than August ...

Continuing his efforts to cast doubt on the validity of the upcoming election, Der Furor suggested to a crowd in North Carolina that they vote twice - once by mail and once in person - to "test the system" and see if their second vote was accepted (note: it is illegal in every state to vote twice in the same election, or to encourage people to vote more than once); legendary baseball pitcher Tom Seaver died at the age of 75; House speaker Nancy Pelosi came under criticism for having her hair done in a San Francisco salon - not permitted under local Covid-19 ordinances ... a stupid thing to do that gave Der Furor and his minions another distraction from from their own hypocrisy and failure; in a Wednesday interview on CNN, Attorney General William Barr said that reports of an “epidemic of cops shooting unarmed black men" was a “false narrative”; and in (where else?) Florida, a 22-year-old man was arrested for drunk driving after crashing his Mazda into an electronic sign cautioning motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

This week, because - sadly - it seems very timely, a collection of cartoons about our national gun fetish, which is making demonstrations a lot more dangerous ...

Thoughts and prayers ...


It makes you wonder how people managed to hunt for tens of thousands of years without semiautomatic weapons with high-capacity magazines ...


Weird, eh? ...


Too bad there's not a placebo ...


Bandoleers of little blue pills crisscrossed on your chest don't look nearly as imposing as big iron ... 


There's a lot of misinterpretation and reinterpretation going on ...


A possible option? ...


Did you understand that, Sancho Panza? ...


Yep ...


Some rights just seem to go together, don't they? ... 


And that's it for this week. Adjust your mask and bulletproof vest for comfortable protection before going out.

Have a good day and a great weekend. More thoughts tomorrow, when Musical Sunday returns.

Bilbo

Friday, September 04, 2020

Great Moments in Editing and Signage


And away we go with the first set of Great Moments for September ...

Yes, all gun owners are upstanding citizens, responsible and well-trained ...


True ...


Good advertising? ...


Well, it's a start ...


An interesting defense. I wonder if Der Furor would use it ...


Hey, at my age, that IS late night ...


If you're in need of a new job ...


Truly a full-service place ...


Better check their papers ...


In 2020, this may well be the new fashion rage ...


That's all for now. Have a good day and come back tomorrow for the first Cartoon Saturday of the month. More thoughts then.

Bilbo