Marching Along to a Demented Drummer

The last several days have seen a bounty of great art surface…

Let’s begin with Scott Bateman:

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Sometimes all you need is one great rendering:

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The situation is certainly not lost on Rick Stevens’ “Diesel Sweeties”:

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Joey Allison Sayers decides to deliver a rendition that touches on at least one additional topic:

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Such a Lovely Time!

Where so much is wonderful that when it comes to the “Diesel Sweeties,” artist Rick Stevens has nothing to write about…

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Anything that appears to touch on contemporary reality is, I am sure, merely a matter of coincidence!

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Should it be necessary, self-help methodologies are standing by to remedy whatever may trouble you:

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To any of you who regularly frequent this humble blog, topics touching on American Politics are our regular bread and butter. One of our more frequent contributors, Kotopopi, takes a swing at the topic in the latest installment of her series, “Millennials”:

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It’s come to my attention there’s a grassroots effort underway in her home country (France) to draft Barack Obama as a candidate for President. Of France.

Gee, I wonder if America could persuade some other country to take the current office holder off our hands?

We’d be willing to take a loss on the deal.

And he comes completely equipped with a family and cabinet (Supreme Court Justices not included.)

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Your assurance of quality… pretty much…

Waiting for St. Patrick…

…Or someone like him.

First, I find the springtime holidays confusing.

What exactly does it mean if a leprechaun awakens to see his shadow? Six more weeks of unleavened bread? A plague of rabbits and hardboiled eggs? Boston Red Sox spring training?

Somebody please help me out here…

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Social media, which was going to revolutionize EVERYTHING, has totally failed to do anything of the sort, thereby joining the Information Superhighway, Dolby 5.1 sound systems and the 3D HDTV on the scrap heap of recent history..

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Tempting though it may be, I refuse to write what I know. It’s too depressing. Besides, every time I think I know something, it turns out I don’t. And I refuse to acknowledge so much as one more existential crisis after the most recent general election…

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For those with too much time on their hands, have you noticed how it looks as though Kellyanne Conway has practically fallen off the face of the Earth in just the past two weeks? Hope you enjoyed your 15 minutes of game, there, K.C.!

Wrap it up already! Want to know the secret to successful blogging? KISS! (Keep It Simple, Sweetie!) You know, short, like a career in the office of #POTUS # 45.

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The snakes are still around!

We’re workin’ on it!

Do We HAVE to Celebrate Presidents’ Day This Year?

First of all, I have nothing against Presidents, as a rule. Some my favorite people are Presidents, you can ask ANYBODY!  Really.

And I happen to think it’s just environmentally responsible to recycle leftover Valentine’s Day cards…

Seriously, when I was a lad, every grade school student recognized that historic tableaux of “George Washington Crossing the Delaware (River)”.

Of course, the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue would NEVER be content with anything so humble as a mere rowboat…

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Most Presidents embrace the concept of political correctness, but Rick Stevens’ “Diesel Sweeties” crowd is a crowd apart:

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And the notion that the current new administration is especially warm to Kremlin interests is simply ridiculous:

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When every cabinet level appointment candidate’s the best available, especially where education’s concerned:

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I thank Rick Stevens for permitting me to repost his work here.  And special thanks to David Horsey of the Los Angeles Times. Thanks also to you for coming to look at it.

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Seven Donalds; see if you can guess which one is not like the others!…         (Hint: The duck BELONGS there!)

 

See you soon!

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Valley Happentine’s Day!

That’s right, we don’t have our tax refund yet and the local florist doesn’t think I have a trustworthy face, so…

In a little more than 10 days the love of my life and I will have been married for 11-and-a-half years.  The second most important love of my life (my daughter) and I will have been hanging out together for more than 14 years.   Wow.

It’s true: a man can certainly be changed by the love of a good woman, even more so by the love of two exceptional women.   I have truly been blessed.

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I’m not about to try and tell you it has always been easy – for any of us.

I had been a middle aged bachelor.  I figured any chance I had of having a family had slipped through my fingers years earlier, without my even having noticed.

What an amazing force God is; what an amazing force love is.   Both are sublime and yet they are also both inexorable.   You have no more chance of resisting them than you have of resisting the earth’s rotation or its revolution around the sun.

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I suppose some people arrange their lives in such a way as to shut these forces out; we can be an incredibly willfully stubborn species.

But for most of us, there is little choice…   If we are willing to remain open to the possibilities.

I love you, my sweethearts both.

Shamelessly Shilling

First, I wish to excuse myself to all the folks who read this humble blog from outside of the United States and not merely because of, well, you know…

Here in the USA, February is Girl Scout cookie season, and my sweet daughter is a Girl Scout, a Junior, to be precise, which places her Mom and I squarely in the thick of things.

At this stage of our lives as a family, we’ve got this cookie sales thing just about down to a science.

Jamie, my wife, is the brains of the outfit.  She places orders, books the sales booths with local merchants, chaperones the girls and transports at least a few of them.

Jamilah, our daughter, is the charming sales associate.

And I, I am the brawn, I am the mule, the moose.  I do the heavy lifting.

What heavy lifting, you may ask?  Well, how do you think 40 or 50 cases of various product makes its way from the car to the house? And often back to the car? And then to the sales table in the vestibule at your local supermarket or big box retailer?

Yep, Daddy (among others)!

So please make it a point to lighten my load and get out and buy some Girl Scout cookies today!

I’ve already had two inguinal hernias repaired when I was younger and had access to decent medical care. But now, we can’t really afford even the stripped down drive-thru kind of “McMedicine” they practice today!…

Also, my shoulders and lower back will thank you.

This has been a public service announcement. We now return you to our regular programming…

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Rob Rogers is an Op/Ed cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a friend from my former hometown where they’ve recently had a water quality scare and a boil water order that’s just been lifted. . .

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Also, just so you know, Grant Street is the main thoroughfare in downtown Pittsburgh.  What is it with cartoonists and these metaphors about brewing coffee?

As always, thank you for your visit!

And buy those cookies!  

Where’s the liniment?

February Post, version 2.0

First, thanks to everybody who took the time to reach out to me during my birthday. It was greatly appreciated.

Now, let’s get down to business!..

This time out, we bring you new art from Tom Tomorrow, Rick Stevens and Matt Lubchansky…

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Next, let’s visit with Uncle Rick…

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Matt Lubchansky shows us how a favorite presidential claim about the opposition plays out in Real Life…

Thanks to every artist whose gifts appear here and thanks to YOU for coming, thanks for liking, thanks for sharing and thanks in advance for your next visit!

Birthday Musings

Some Thoughts Further Along the Timeline

Gosh!   Has it really been a year already?   Wow!

366 days ago (remember, it was a leap year,) I had no idea how much change was in store.

We were about to weather an ice storm which would shut the town down for almost three straight days.

The Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup.

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series!

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And something else happened; if only I could recall what it was…  Oh yeah, that’s right!…

Everybody thought the election in November would boil down to a contest between Clinton and Bush.

We were a simple people. It was a simple time in our history.  And now we know:

👉 About 46% of us are still a simple people! 👈

As one of my former Radio colleagues used to say on his morning talk show almost two decades ago, “Paging George Orwell!”

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Eric Blair, better known to the world by his pen name, George Orwell

I suppose it goes without saying that, as simple people go, some are simpler than others.  Take this map of the world as seen by the new federal administration:

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A View of the World, as Seen by Emperor Donald the Last

Let’s change the subject shall we?  Oh, yes please!…

My wife and I are more in love than ever after 11-and-a-half years. Our daughter is blossoming into a beautiful and truly awesome young lady. Tiny Pochapin is as devoted as ever. Whatever may happen outside these walls, that will never change.

I have transitioned from a desktop PC to a tablet computer (a TC (?)) and have developed a shaky talent for typing with two fingers on a miniaturized keyboard equipped (or as I prefer to think of it, “booby trapped,”) with a dangerous autocorrect feature.  It hasn’t managed to sneak anything by me yet, but it’s only a matter of time…

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My work continues to keep me busy, but I still manage to carve out a little time to write.

I’m proud to say I’ve invented a new word, Trumpid™©®, and a couple of hashtags, #ThanksVladimir and #EmperorDonaldTheLast.

I onced fantasized about writing a monumental novel that would move people deeply and alter the course of their lives. Now I’m satisfied to spit out a hashtag that struggles to achieve a couple days’ currency.

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My thanks go out to the many talented artists, such as Tom Tomorrow, Rick Stevens, Kotopopi and Matt Bors, who have blessed this blog with their own genuinely extraordinary gifts over the past year.

In fact, it’s been too long since Matt Bors’ talent has graced this blog..

Last month my Mother passed away at the age of 90. That was a challenge, but my family was there for me to help me meet it.

She never saw this blog, but I know she would have approved of it inasmuch as I learned progressive pragmatism at her knee.

But death didn’t just touch my nuclear family. For Baby Boomers like myself, the Grim Reaper seemed to gallop straight through the heart of our popular culture, as not just David Bowie but Maurice White, Buckwheat Zydeco, Alan Rickman (my favorite “Galaxy Quest” character) and…

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Prince!

My God, the way that man moved around the stage, he had to be in prime physical shape… except for the painkillers. But still, he was almost 10 years younger than I am!

I mean, what am I still doing here?

Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds…

Mary.

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I SO would have married her in a minute!…

Mary F**king Tyler Moore!

Where is the justice?

Oh, and this just in!… or out…

Sir John Hurt!

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John Hurt and Derek Jacobi 40 years ago relishing a scene together in the BBC production “I, Claudius” as nephew Caligula and his uncle Claudius. Their characters would both be emperors of Rome before the series concluded.

Man! This is turning into one casualty-intensive year! The man who channeled Caligula, Winston Smith,

John Merrick and the poor Kane, himself the first casualty in the sci-fi action-thriller “Alien” franchise.

Let me tell you something…

I would trade ALL of the Desperate Housewives AND throw in the entire cast of Jersey Shore PLUS most of the Republican National Committee AND the entire present day White House staff (ESPECIALLY Kellyanne “They made me read “Nineteen Eighty-Four” in college but I never really got it” Conway) just to get all of these departed talents back.

It would be a bargain, and…

Admit it, just between us, who’d miss ’em?

Finally, perhaps, here’s a purported White House Press Corp flow chart intended to help the dishonest media stay oriented:

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Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I rest my case.

Until next year.

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RSDS: Punch & Judy with a Twist

I must be getting old.

Current events, especially the American political atmosphere, are becoming more difficult to process intellectually.

So we harken back to the days of slapstick puppets to serve as a metaphor:

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But let us remember that, no matter how amusing it may be to watch one fictitious character hit another, in Real Life, there are always consequences for any violent act:

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What an imagination Rick Stevens must have! Just consider how broadly he populates his “Diesel Sweeties” universe:

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Once again, my thanks to Rick Stevens for his permission to re-post his art here. And thanks to everybody else who comes here to look at it.

I look forward to your swift return to this humble blog!

P.S.: We’ll miss you, Mary!

Autograph = Earthquake

 Time for a visit from Tom Tomorrow!.. 

Okaaayyyyy… I think that sums it all up very neatly!

Remember, boys and girls, anytime you find yourself challenged by any situation that’s obviously “rigged,” just call on your “alternative facts” and jump into a whole new universe where YOU make the rules!

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