Tag Archives: American Politics

Some Thoughts on Outrage

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.

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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.

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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!

Annnnnnd I’m out…

What Year Is It, Anyway?

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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Annnnnnd I’m out……

Anything for Art

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…

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Sometimes you find the purest forms of communication in the least expected location…

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This much is certain: the Republican Party has undergone a metamorphosis…

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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?

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And the fate of healthcare hangs precariously in the balance…

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And, oh yes, there was something about the … was it… the FBI?..

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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.

Annnnnnd I’m out.

May Flowers

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…

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All right, so the weather’s better, but the climate in our nation’s capital really hasn’t changed at all…

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If we find ourselves feeling better, does that affect reality?…

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Of course, some people just never abandon their already established points of view. That’s when the debates really begin!..

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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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Annnnnnd I’m out.

April Showers

Hello! Let’s waste no time!…

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Say, do you know what? That’s okay, neither do I. I hear that’s pretty common nowadays…

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When people start to question your judgement, that’s when you need to reframe the question to your own advantage!..

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How often do you contemplate the nature of existence?

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Why not sit back and try to take the long view?..

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Whatever the future may hold, hopefully it won’t be a cynical rehash of the past!

 Wherever you are on the planet, please know your visit(s) to this humble blog are always welcomed and appreciated!

Thanks to all the artists whose work appears here, including Tom Tomorrow and Rick Stevens, to name but a few.

If you’ve enjoyed your visit, please use one of the buttons below to “like,” “share” or “comment.”

Annnnnnd I’m out.

An Homage to Spring

Here, directly above the headline, you see a recent picture of my former hometown (Pittsburgh, PA) taken early this spring. Of course, spring not only means budding flowers and plants, it also means the lawn begins to grow again, too..

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There’s nothing like the return of warm weather to inspire the wanderlust that makes one itching to travel!…

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Here’s a handy infographic that demonstrates how this President spends more time playing golf than Dubya spent clearing brush down in Texas…

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That truly proves a picture is worth a thousand words…

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Without Rick Stevens’ “Diesel Sweeties”, we’d have to rely exclusively on Tom Tomorrow and “This Modern World.”

Whatever else may happen, human nature remains a constant…

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Please like, share and/or comment below. Your visit is appreciated! More posts coming soon!

Annnnnnnnd I’m out!

Too Good To Wait: “Trump’s Legion of Doom!”

It’s been awhile since Jon Rosenberg’s work last graced this humble blog. As soon as I saw this latest art, I felt compelled to share it as soon as possible!…

Thanks again to Jon Rosenberg, from whose mind this cartoon springs. See all his work at http://www.thenib.com! He deserves your support!

And, as always, thanks to you for visiting this humble blog!

Annnnnd I’m out!

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Your assurance of quality… pretty much…

More Political Content, Good Grief!

Gosh! Let’s get down to it shall we, boys and girls?

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Golly, we sure thank all those talented artists at http://www.thenib.com! Like Jen Sorensen, for example!…

Gee whiz, let’s see what Rick Stevens‘ “Diesel Sweeties” have been getting up to!…

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Swell stuff, huh, boys and girls?

Please remember to like or share or comment below, since much of my self esteem as your humble blogger depends on your feedback!

More to come later!

Happy Easter! Happy Passover!

Belated Happy Vernal Equinox, unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case, Belated Happy Autumnal Equinox!

There! I’m pretty sure that should cover just about everybody!

Annnnnnd I’m out!

No Cartoons This Time.

Think of it as an experiment…

As this humble blog goes careening across the Weird World Web (that is what those three ‘Ws stand for, right?), we will soon be approaching its fourth anniversary.

There’s still so much I do not understand.

Specifically, why am I inundated with offers of webinars, books and classes to help me drive more traffic to my blog?

Listen up, everyone, I don’t want a lot of traffic!

This, this right here, is simply a harmless outlet for my own little essays, frequently peppered with some carefully selected cartoons from artists who largely publish online and see no harm in my reposting the selections of their stuff that I personally enjoy, in their own private dreams of the world beating a digital path to their own online doors.

It goes without saying – up until this dependent clause – that the last thing I ever expect to see is the world beating a digital path to my online door.

Had I ever truly thought it would, I’d be selling my stuff for some Real Money by now and this little diatribe would never have seen the light of your screen.

Believe me, I spent 20 years in American Radio, almost 10 years in TV, and almost every second was steeped in a blind desire to generate the largest audience possible. And in the end, it made no difference how well I had achieved that goal. That career came to a close.

Trust me, large audiences are overrated… and they can be so constricting as to make a python blush.

No, what really baffles me about blogging is the seeming irrelevance of the locations from which my blog is read.

Don’t get it twisted, if anybody at all reads these posts, I figure I’m waaaaaay ahead of the game.

But the assortment of countries often puzzles me.

Since English is my native language, I’m not surprised to see the United States and Canada as the top two countries that read my stuff. But then come Germany and France… Followed by the United Kingdom (for as long as that lasts…) Considerably further down the list come Australia and New Zealand.

Unless you’re seeing this blog for the first time, you know I take an almost unhealthy interest in American Politics.

I suppose many other people are at least as baffled as I am about, you know, that person in the White House.

You know, the one who tweets. A lot.

Sorry, folks, all out of profound insights on that one! Your guess is as good as mine. I got nothin’.

I’ve never thought of my self as racist or sexist. Is there such a thing as “hemispherism”? Almost all of this blog’s readers live north of the equator.

Do my posts somehow subtly signal that I’ve never spotted the Southern Cross in the night sky, or that when I flush a toilet, the water flows counterclockwise?

For the first half of last year, I was seeing a tremendous amount of traffic out of Brazil. I have absolutely no idea why. I’d like to think I briefly benefited from a fleeting craze during which sun-bronzed nubile 17-year-old girls followed my every word while tanning themselves and listening to sambas along the beaches of Rio.

It’s the romantic in me.

It seems I do not appeal to Scandinavian tastes at all. That’s okay; apart from Ibsen, Ingrid Bergman and smoked pickled herring, I can’t claim to admire much there. I don’t even care for IKEA. They can keep their meatballs. If I want to eat something bland, there’s no shortage of American cheese over here.

Also, while I appear to be generally well tolerated on the European continent, nobody in Spain reads my blog. Again, I have absolutely no idea why. I mean, if people in France and Portugal find me acceptable, why should the Spanish shun me? I can’t recall having ever expressed anything even remotely insulting to such a revered culture.

What am I to make of this seemingly arbitrary trivia?

Of course, I am nothing if not mercurial, so that could change at any time. In other words, if you happen to know anyone in Madrid or Barcelona, you may want to tell them to get with the program while I still currently revere them.

The absences of certain other locations I completely understand.

For example, I fully comprehend why nobody reads this in Russia, China, Cuba or the Philippines. On the other hand, I appear to draw a small but devoted readership in Malaysia. Don’t ask me why; no idea.

However, where are the readers in places like Chad, Peru or Sierra Leone?

Oh, Iceland, are you out there?

Come in, Latvia, all is forgiven!

Maybe it’s better this way. Maybe the whole low profile thing keeps me out of harm’s way. Quite possibly there’s a hidden benefit to being too small to be considered worth bothering with?

I think I just invented Humble Narcissism.

Too bad there isn’t a market for it…

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Ode to an Odd Spring

It’s been practically two months since the Trump inauguration. The standing of the United States has dropped steeply and swiftly.

The news has been filled with details of a White House in chaos and a President whose lack of engagement rivals that of Louis the XVI.

He has wasted no time betraying the desperate working poor who helped to elect him and his administration spends most of its time denying reality.

Appointees are selected seemingly without concern for their backgrounds or their fitness or their competency.

Can you tell I’m a little depressed over this?

Let’s cheer ourselves up with Tom Tomorrow

Of course, when it comes to escapism via mayhem, Rick Stevens is usually a trustworthy refuge…

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Let’s hear from Matt Lubchansky, who comments on the current U-S Attorney General, Jeff Sessions…

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Okay, I admit it, I’m still pretty bummed out here.

But the world is not without hope!

Children are still being born and still being loved and still love. The days are now longer than the nights and will continue that way for about 6 more months.

And with every misguided and misanthropic step he takes, the 45th President of the United States cements his destiny as a one-term president.

Once his political base wakes up to their harsh new reality, his fate is sealed.

Now, could we please lighten up the mood a little around here?…

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That’s more like it!  

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As always, I thank the artists whose work appears in this humble blog.

Also, thanks to you, gentle visitor!

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