Sunday, July 14, 2019

Musical Sunday


Yesterday on Cartoon Saturday, we looked at one sort of alien. Today, Phil Collins and Genesis look at another ...



Have a good day, and be sure to have your documents with you when you go out ... Der Furor is watching!

More thoughts later.

Bilbo

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Cartoon Saturday


Sometimes you just have to shake your head in despair ...

The British ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, resigned this week after an anonymous leaker published private diplomatic cables in which he starkly disparaged the US president and administration; Billionaire business tycoon and one-time third-party presidential candidate H. Ross Perot died at the age of 89; Der Furor held a "social media summit" at the White House on Thursday, inviting stars of the far-right Internet, conspiracy theorists, anonymous trolls, and misinformation purveyors; disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was arrested and charged with running a sex-trafficking ring involving underage women ... and his lawyers proposed a bail package that would allow him to remain out of jail pending trial and live in home detention at his $77 million Manhattan mansion; and a British warship chased off a group of armed Iranian small boats which attempted to hijack a British-owned tanker in the Strait of Hormuz.

This past Monday marked the anniversary of the famous "Roswell Incident," in which US government agencies were said to have recovered the wreckage of a crashed unidentified flying object and the bodies of the aliens inside, all of which are now stored in a carefully-hidden and secured facility, probably at Area 51 in the remote Nevada desert. It seems reasonable, therefore, to dedicate this week's cartoon selection to aliens ... the tantalizing and exciting ones from outer space, not the evil hordes from south of the border.

Was that today? ...


When you gotta go, you gotta go ...


Aliens make serious mistakes, too ...


Recreation is important for aliens, too ...


The excursion costs extra ...


Alien yard work ...


We come in what? ...


Not the game show I'd like to participate on ...


School children are the same everywhere ...


Abort for sure! ...


And so you have it - this week's collection of cartoons about the real alien threat. I hope you enjoyed it and are now ready to suck it up, grit your teeth, and get ready to face the new week when it arrives on Monday. First, though, come back tomorrow and join Phil Collins and Genesis as we continue our alien-themed weekend.

More thoughts then.

Bilbo

Friday, July 12, 2019

Great Moments in Editing and Signage


It's that time again ...

It's such a pain to have to de-bone bananas ...


The latest from Der Furor's DOJ ...


Those ducks can really be a serious problem ...


This is a rather odd side business, don't you think? ...


NOW I understand ...


They say it's for men only, but in these days of gender identity confusion, I can see a lawsuit coming ...


I can absolutely see this diet causing significant weight loss ...


I wonder if this is under consideration for a GOP slogan in 2020 ...


One wonders if they read the instructions ...


Now that's some serious pollution ...


Okay, that's enough. Let those sink in while you make your plans to come back tomorrow for a Cartoon Saturday look at aliens ... the ones from outer space, not from south of the border. See you then!

Bilbo

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Poetry Sunday


Many years ago, before the dinosaurs turned to oil and Washington's army captured the airports, I was a nerdy, bookish high school student who often envied the "in crowd." I'm older now, if not necessarily wiser, and this poem by Dana Gioia speaks to me, then and now.

Pity the Beautiful
by Dana Gioia

Pity the beautiful,
the dolls, and the dishes,
the babes with big daddies
granting their wishes.

Pity the pretty boys,
the hunks, and Apollos,
the golden lads whom
success always follows.

The hotties, the knock-outs,
the tens out of ten,
the drop-dead gorgeous,
the great leading men.

Pity the faded,
the bloated, the blowsy,
the paunchy Adonis
whose luck's gone lousy.

Pity the gods,
no longer divine.
Pity the night
the stars lose their shine.


Have a good day and enjoy the rest of the long Fourth of July weekend. Monday will be here soon enough.

More thoughts coming.

Bilbo

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Cartoon Saturday


We've survived the Fourth of July as re-branded by Der Furor. Now we can move on to the next outrageous abuse of presidential decorum and authority ... but first, the news:

Comedian Arte Johnson, the "verrrrry interesting" and hysterically funny star of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, passed away at the age of 90; a tragic fire at a Jim Beam warehouse in Kentucky destroyed 45,000 barrels of bourbon, just when they were most needed to help us get through the presidential campaign; a Navy SEAL charged with premeditated murder and numerous other charges was acquitted, but was reduced in rank and will have his pay reduced for four months; the administration did a 180 degree turn when, after telling the courts it was going to drop the problematic census question on citizenship status, Der Furor tweeted that he still wanted it; and in France, a rooster named Maurice has been hauled into court and charged by his owners' new neighbors with disturbing the peace by crowing too loudly.

This week, in honor of the unexpected success of Der Furor in delivering a relatively coherent and non-partisan speech, I thought a collection of cartoons about public speaking would be appropriate ...

At the White House speechwriting staff meeting ...


A sign of the times ...


The funeral oration, updated ...


God rethinks a commandment ...


Not quite a thumbs-up ...


"Free" speech, updated ...


Most Congressional hearings are like this ...


Take-your-child-to-work-day fail ...


Getting ready ...


Even kings need focus groups to review their speeches ...


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

Bilbo

Friday, July 05, 2019

The Right-Cheek Ass Clown for July, 2019


It's a new month, with new opportunities to recognize outstanding ass-clownery ... not that we'd ever run out of potential dishonorees. This time, a previous winner receives her second award (you can read the first one here) as we present the citation for

The Right-Cheek Ass Clown for July, 2019


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As the "Counselor to the President," Ms Conway holds no formally confirmed government position, and yet is one of the most visible and voluble spokespersons of the administration, aggressively defending its most outrageous actions and using her platform in the White House to engage in partisan political activities in violation of the Hatch Act (7 USC §7323, in case you want the official text). Although she holds a law degree from George Washington University Law School, Ms Conway appears to take a very dim view of actually upholding the law, responding to a recommendation that she be fired for violations of the Hatch Act by saying, "Blah, blah, blah ... Let me know when the jail sentence starts."

More recently, she accused questioners of a lack of patriotism and love of country for questioning the propriety of Der Furor's "Salute to America" politicization of the traditional Fourth of July festivities on the national mall ... going so far as to accuse reporters, rather than the administration, of politicizing the event.

I could go on, but it would just make me more angry ... and you should be angry, too. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Readers, Kellyanne Conway receives her second award, earning our designation as the Right-Cheek Ass Clown for July, 2019.

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

Bilbo

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Musical Sunday


As Donald Trump continues to embarrass the nation at the G-20 summit and prepares to hijack the Fourth of July celebration to stroke his own ego, this parody of the Kingston Trio's classic song "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" is particularly timely ...



Expect better from the current administration ... but prepare to be disappointed.

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

Bilbo

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Cartoon Saturday


We've almost survived June. Almost ...

Yet another woman has come forth with a credible allegation of sexual misconduct (actual rape, this time) against Donald Trump; a pregnant woman in Alabama has been charged with manslaughter in the death of her unborn child after being shot in the stomach ... the woman who shot her has gone free, and the woman was indicted because police say she was at fault for initiating the shooting; during a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Japan, Donald Trump joked about Russian interference in the upcoming presidential election, wagging a finger at Putin and saying "don't meddle in the election, please;" in a convoluted non-decision, the Supreme Court declined to get involved in solving the problem of politically-motivated gerrymandering, allowing existing gerrymanders to stand and effectively killing future lawsuits on the topic; and the first candidate debates of the 2020 election season took place on Wednesday and Thursday as 20 Democratic hopefuls took to the stage in Miami in an attempt to separate themselves from the herd.

There hasn't been a White House press briefing in months, which makes one wonder why the Executive Branch is funding a public information function at all. How about some cartoons about the media?

The sign-off I'd like to see ...



 When the occupant of the Oval Office threatens to jail journalists, it's a good talk to have ...

I agree ...


It's not true that nobody's buying fairy tales any more - Donald Trump still enjoys strong support among part of the population ...



 Me, too ...

Sigh ...


It's quite the stress test!


You could get whiplash listening to explanations coming out of the White House and its apologists ...


Fox is probably hiring ...


Yes, fairy tales can be useful preparation for later life ...


We just need to survive one more day to put the sad month of June behind us ... I'm crossing my fingers.

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

Bilbo

Friday, June 28, 2019

Great Moments in Editing and Signage


The last collection for June ...

Well, it is good advice ...


Such a deal! ...


Anything I could say would just get me in trouble, so I'll pass on this one ...


Memories of mom ...


I think someone in the marketing department needs to consider another line of work ...


Well, what would you expect? ...


I thought it would have been Exhibit A ...


Not for my granddaughters ...


Strange, but true ...


Sometimes, the wife just has to step in and take charge ...


And that's it for the final collection of great moments for June. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the last Cartoon Saturday of the month ... more thoughts then.

Bilbo