Hello! I realize my previous post was more than 18 months ago. Rest assured that, with the LORD’s help, newer posts should start to appear soon. I have much to tell even as the greatest republic the world has ever seen appears to be in jeopardy. Please be of good cheer!
Okay, so we’re back in business!…
And there’s no shortage of graphic art to be posted!…
I’ve been looking and downloading and uploading. Everything except posting!
Of course, it’s nice to be in demand, but there’s something to be said for time off as well…
I’m sure the time may come when this humble blog will return to political topics, but not just yet…
Until next time, please know every visit is appreciated, as is every time you make use of the “like,” “share” and/or “comment” buttons below!
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Dude, where HAVE you been?
As usual, I’ve been commandeered by that original social media platform, Life.
Someday, I may write more about this pause in my posts, but for now, I’m just pleased to be back. I’m also learning to use the WordPress app that I’ve just installed on my tablet.
You may wish to check that your seatbelt is fastened and that the safety lap bar is locked in the down position…
So now that I’m back, let’s make up for some lost time with good ol’ Rick Stevens!…
At this point, let’s see what else I’ve been salting away for an eventual return…
I know, it’s a little dated. But let’s be clear, in this country, at this time, nothing has much of a shelf life, except for human nature. For a while, at least, I want to see if I can keep this humble blog a little less political. That would make for a lot less wear and tear on your humble blogger…
There’s plenty more to come in the days and weeks ahead! Please be patient and thanks for coming back!
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Is there anything so instantaneous as outrage?
When there’s nothing else to be done, I repost cartoons that I’ve found online.. It helps.
The past two weeks have been more than a little rough. Between the White House, Congress and Manchester, England, not to mention the current President’s “Grand Tour” of major centers of faith and Brussels as well, this has not been an easy time to be an American.
Of course, expecting things in life to always make sense is somewhat irrational, which can lead to outraged responses as easily as not.
I humbly thank the folks who come to to visit this blog.
My gratitude also to the many artists whose talents help make up the lion’s share of these posts.
Please help elevate and calm my spirits by clicking on the “like,” “share” or “comment” buttons below. I promise to strive to be less outraged!
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In 1973, I was transitioning between my sophomore and junior years in college.
Like so many young men and women at Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, I followed the story of the Watergate break-in and the growing evidence that the Nixon White House was involved.
When Brent Snowcroft acknowledged to the Justice Department that President Richard Nixon routinely tape recorded conversations in the Oval Office, the nation was stunned. But now, at least, we could get to the bottom of this mess. All we needed to do was listen to the recordings.
Once we could obtain them, that is.
I remember all this clearly and easily. I was between 19 and 20 years of age at the time. The 45th President of the United States was between 26 and 27 years old back then. It seems incredible he couldn’t or wouldn’t remember anything about those singularly historic developments.
And yet, within the last two days, the President has tweeted to former Director of the FBI James Comey and threatened to release certain recorded conversations if Comey testifies in the (as of this writing) ongoing Congressional probes of possible collusion between the Trump Presidential Campaign/Administration and Russia.
Philosopher Georg Hegel once opined that if you don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past, you have to know history. To ignore the lessons we can learn from the past means we are doomed to recreate them.
And President Trump (just like your humble blogger) has had the opportunity to know these lessons first hand. But it would seem he wasn’t paying attention. His threat to Comey strongly implies that Trump has made such recordings.
Be prepared to hear him attempt to walk the threat back (“I never said I had any recordings, I merely suggested he should hope I didn’t. Actually, I don’t make recordings; they’re so much trouble, so much trouble… But it would have been a terrific idea if I had.”)
So now we have to go round and round the mulberry bush to try and obtain copies of these supposed recordings. And so it goes.
For those too young to remember, eventually Richard Nixon’s recordings were obtained and, once heard, his fate was sealed.
Let us pray that, thanks to Donald Trump’s own monumental ignorance of recent American Political History, the demise of this administration will be just as inevitable.
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When the going gets crazy, sometimes it’s best to just get out of the way of the artwork! Our old friend, Rick Stevens will take over from here…
Sometimes you find the purest forms of communication in the least expected location…
This much is certain: the Republican Party has undergone a metamorphosis…
Then there’s the matter of Culture and the Arts. Abraham Lincoln died watching live theatre. Richard Nixon enjoyed screening movies.
#EmperorDonaldTheLast doesn’t read books or magazines or even briefing reports longer than one page, and those have to be heavy on bullet points and graphics.
So when he tried to cut endowments for the arts and humanities, what did he think would happen?
And the fate of healthcare hangs precariously in the balance…
And, oh yes, there was something about the … was it… the FBI?..
So, in conclusion, please be of good cheer!
If you have a faith life, meditate and pray. If you don’t have a faith life, work on your deep breathing and relaxation exercises.
If you’re the primary cause of all this tension, please resign, thereby sparing us all of the time and stress of having to have you impeached…
Thanks to the artists.
Thanks to the rest of you.
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It’s hard to know where to start…
This blog often takes its cues from the American political scene, and that’s been unusually chaotic these past 18 months.
And it doesn’t help when what used to pass for simple reality seems somehow unreal…
Elaborate explanations are offered to misdirect attention from the obvious to the impossible.
Reviewing everything that’s happened only in the past week makes many contemplate emigration, perhaps to Canada?
Revelation is not limited to the closing pages of the New Testament.
To wrap it up requires more at this point than I am prepared to provide. And I have a backlogjam of topical artwork to present.
I wish to thank these noble artisans to whom I turn week in and week out to help me get some perspective and thereby figure things out.
Please be of good cheer! There’ll be lots more art coming your way shortly!
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Hi there, boys and girls! Do you know what today is? That’s right campers, it’s the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of this blog!
(Insert pause here to allow for the thunderous applause, whooping and whistling to die down and give everybody a chance to take their seats again.)
Yes, it was back in the dim dark days of 2013. Mitt Romney was still coming to grips with his own election defeat. President Barack Obama was considering arming Syrian rebels. The U-S was telling Mexico any trade deal would have to be tied to immigration reform. Any of this sound eerily familiar?
And a temporarily unemployed former radio announcer from Pittsburgh set out to kill a little of his extra free time by trying his hand at blogging.
We were living in a much simpler era. Humorous signs that used to be confined to cubicles in the office have since taken on much more sinister meanings.
…is now the unofficial motto of both the White House and Congress. Whereas:
…is now the unofficial motto of the US Departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security.
Four years ago, if I wanted to treat my online followers to dinner, all I’d have needed was a single booth at the local diner. Today, I’d probably need to book something at Chuck E Cheese, assuming we didn’t mind sharing the place simultaneously with a few children’s birthday parties.
But it’s been worth every penny.
I’ve had the chance to stretch my writing talent (and, occasionally, to sprain it,) to become acquainted with new people all over the world (some of whom live in the most unexpected places,) and just generally acquire my sea legs in an emerging medium. And I haven’t done it alone.
Some very talented people have contributed to this effort. I try to always make it clear that the cartoonists get credit for their unique gifts; folks like Rick Stevens, Arianna Stefannini (“Kotopopi,”) Jen Sorensen, Matt Lubchansky, Matt Bors, Rob Rogers and, of course, Tom Tomorrow.
My wife and daughter get credit for tolerating this obsession.
But it is the support and encouragement of my fellow bloggers which has proven to be so important. They have set an example and given me more than a little idea of what works and what doesn’t.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t express my thanks to the President of the United States.
Every artist must have a muse.
Over the past two years #EmperorDonaldTheLast has been a fertile source of ideas such as I would never have imagined four years ago when I set out on this project.
His singular level of absurdity, audacity, lack of grace and mind-boggling sheer stupidity make this exercise an unalloyed pleasure.
Donald, I couldn’t have done it without you!
And now we return to our regular programming…
Please help me to celebrate this anniversary bigly by liking, sharing and commenting, via the handy-dandy widget buttons below… So important…
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Okay, so maybe you wouldn’t recognise the official Massachusetts state flower, above, on sight. That’s okay, since I probably wouldn’t either.
Where I live, the springtime weather is starting to moderate from rain showers to milder, sunnier days now, which makes it easier to be upbeat…
All right, so the weather’s better, but the climate in our nation’s capital really hasn’t changed at all…
If we find ourselves feeling better, does that affect reality?…
Of course, some people just never abandon their already established points of view. That’s when the debates really begin!..
Therefore: thanks to the various artists whose art really makes this humble blog what it is (besides merely humble.)
It’s sobering to think that without their contributions, these sentences and paragraphs wouldn’t make much sense all by themselves.
Please remember to “like,” “share” and “comment” as the spirit moves you by using the little widget buttons below!
Until next time, please be safe and may the LORD bless you all, wherever you are!
And here’s another picture of a Mayflower for all you garden enthusiasts..
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Hello! Let’s waste no time!…
Say, do you know what? That’s okay, neither do I. I hear that’s pretty common nowadays…
When people start to question your judgement, that’s when you need to reframe the question to your own advantage!..
How often do you contemplate the nature of existence?
Why not sit back and try to take the long view?..