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Occasional Blog Maintenance

Hey, guys! How IS everybody? We’re well but it’s still gonna be awhile before regular frequent blogging resumes here! Nevertheless, here’s a little bit of something from Rick Stevens‘ “Diesel Sweeties” to tide you over. It seems Red Robot and the brown kitty have decided to hit the road and bond over some quality time together!..




BTW, I am absolutely delighted to share some incredible news: this humble blog has already set a new record for views in 2016! To paraphrase a certain political figure of some currency, just imagine what I could have done if I had just blogged a little more frequently!…

Okay, enough of that, but seriously: a tremendously  gigantic, really YUUUUGEthank you” to all the people all over the world who have chosen to visit and view the material here.

Without each and every one of you, all of this would be literally pointless. Please never doubt that your visit(s) is/are deeply appreciated!

And that goes DOUBLE for artists like Rick Stevens, whose work appears here only with his consent…

Okay, all for now! See you again soon I hope!


I Miss Blogging!

Hello, anybody still out there?

It may not seem long to you, gentle reader, but it feels to me as if my previous post of any consequence was ages ago… To make up for lost time, here are a few works of art from Rick Stevens‘ “Diesel Sweeties” universe:



Okay, let’s see what else we have here…


And finally…


If you came here expecting to see something about the recent U-S Presidential Election, I have really have nothing to say that hasn’t already been expressed elsewhere by folks much more eloquent than I can ever hope to be.

No, I’m NOT altogether overjoyed, but I’ve lived through some pretty dreadful Presidents in my day, and I expect I will live through the pending administration as well.

And if I don’t… well, I’ll be perfectly happy to leave the mess behind for somebody else to clean up since I do not consider myself to be responsible for it in the first place.

Or as we used to say back in my college days, “Don’t blame ME, I voted for McGovern!”

P.S.: Please understand, I’m NOT all the way back to regular posting yet, so please be patient! I’ll do my best to resume blogging regularly as soon as I can!

In the meantime, as always, THANKS!!!



Extremely Short Post

Okay, the family and I are all fine.

It’s gonna be a little longer before regular posts resume on this blog.

We have traded pre-election anxiety for post-election anxiety, but be of good cheer: there’s a lot of time between now and the assembling of the Electoral College and the American News Media are very highly motivated right now… Jay Pochapin tightly cropped headshot 092914

Meanwhile, know that the United States of America has always survived against some pretty daunting odds, so have faith. We can do this. And we will.

Love & kisses,



Oldies but Goodies!

Here’s a few cartoons that were posted on this humble blog several years back. In the spirit of recycling, I thought they were worthy of a second look…

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Cartoon

And speaking of recycling and resetting, here’s an early seasonal reminder for most of our U-S readers, about a week ahead of schedule…

change your clocks and smoke alarm batteries

Alright people, that’s a wrap! See you again soon!


A Brief Note of Explanation

Sometimes, things happen in Life.  Some are unexpected, others can be anticipated.

Two weeks ago I didn’t expect, but now I anticipate, that I may be absent from this humble blog for several weeks.

I am fine.

My family is all fine.

I will be taking a break from posting, just a little one.

How long? I don’t know.

But I wanted to put this post out there so that, when the time comes, nobody thinks I’ve been the victim of Alien Abduction, deportation or anything else.

So there you have it.

Enjoy me while you have me!

Meanwhile, back at the First Amendment…




Okay, folks, that’s all for now!


RSDS: Count Bloodzo Returns! And Early Voting Totally Rocks!

Is there a sudden chill in the air? Or is it just me?


Naturally, my thanks to Rick Stevens, whose “Diesel Sweeties” creations are becoming a regular staple of this humble blog!

On a different subject…

My wife and I partook of the opportunity to vote early on Monday.

If this is available to you fellow Americans (some states allow this innovation, some states don’t), I personally recommend it highly.

Regardless of the party or candidate you prefer, it is much quicker than waiting until the actual Election Day to cast your ballot, since the crowds are spread out over the 7-14 days this option remains open.

One thing’s for sure, if you wait until the actual day of polling, you’re likely to encounter some lengthy delays due to all the interest in this year’s contest.

Actually, the longest portion of the process was providing the necessary IDs in order to swear out an oath on paper to attest to the following: that my wife and I were not dead (apparently this is very important and not terribly obvious), that we hadn’t already voted in this election and that we promised we wouldn’t attempt to vote again in the same election (Thanks, Donald!)

The actual voting part of the whole thing was the fastest part. Where we live there were only three races on the ballot: President, U-S Senator and U-S House Representative. Not even so much as a single ballot initiative.

Once we had voted, our election officials even offered us a chance to pick from a giant bowl of candy!

Do you know it took me longer to select a candy bar than it took me to select a presidential candidate?

How’s that for an editorial commentary?

Just remember, you can only show up to vote in the U-S Presidential General Election once every four years!

Unless you’re dead, of course… In which case, you may have wound up in the Unhappy Place (Thanks, Donald!)

Your visit is appreciated! Please come back soon!


Matt Bors and KOTOPOPI! On Motives and Halloween!

Well, it’s been a little while since we posted anything from the talented Mr. Mat Bors… So, to make up for that unintentional deficit, while also touching briefly on a topic of some moment…

Having now dispensed with that nagging question, let us return to more cheerful thoughts of the season. That’s your cue, KOTOPOPI!…





The three panels above are merely a short portion of a most remarkable post!  The original post includes descriptive prose concerning carnival traditions in different European cities, including some most impressive photos.

When your kids ask you what Halloween is like elsewhere, you and they will find this most illuminating. I recommend it highly!

Please see it in its entirety HERE:


And that’s all for now, my friends! Please take good care!



RSDS: Halloween, Star Wars and Cats on the Internet!

You know, when you stop and think about it, the triad listed above has come to be the 21st Century analog to the Wizard of Oz’ litany: “Lions and Tigers and Bears…”

Oh my…

Alrighty then, Rick Stevens, you’re on!…


Where would I be without Rick Stevens and “Diesel Sweeties“?

Probably posting a lot of blank blog pages, I should think. I really owe him big-time!

But no more or less than I owe you good folks who stop in from all over the planet to enjoy this stuff!

Please keep coming back!


TMW: This Explains EVERYTHING!

We’re within 2 weeks of this epic melodrama’s end! We can all see the light at the end of the tunnel! And at long last, all is being made clear!…


Thanks to Tom Tomorrow who explains so much so easily!

There are more posts in the pipeline, so please keep checking in from time to time to see what’s new!

And now, the regular closing Public Service Announcement

Assuming you live in the United States and assuming you are registered to vote and assuming your state permits Early Voting, please cast your ballot as soon as conveniently possible. It looks very likely the polling places may be swamped come November 8th, so if you can avoid the crowds and the lines on that fateful Tuesday, I encourage you to do so.

Until we meet again along the Interwebs!…


RSDS: One More Halloween Post!

At this point, anything that doesn’t touch on the upcoming U-S Presidential Election is a welcome addition!…


Yeah, just giving out candy is good! As always, a giant thank you to artist Rick Stevens, the creator of “Diesel Sweeties“! And more and more thanks to everybody who comes to view this blog!

I heartily recommend Rick’s website, where all sorts of RSDS-related merchandise is available for purchase at popular prices!  Check it out at: http://www.dieselsweeties.com!

He’ll be glad you did!

More material coming very soon, so please remember to check back!

So what are YOU GUYS handing out this year??