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One Week Later

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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1,461 Days Later…

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.

For example:

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…is now the unofficial motto of both the White House and Congress. Whereas:

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…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…

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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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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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Your assurance of quality… pretty much…

Trump, Voltaire & Proust?

Hello, everybody!  It’s time once again for the one-fingered typing tutorial, in which our hero (that would be me) tries to craft a series of interesting and articulate sentences without losing grasp of the idea(s) he wanted to express in the first place back when the sentence began.

I’m serious.  This a real and genuine problem.  But then at my stage of life, anything that exercises and strengthens short-term memory is a good thing.

Unless we’re talking about #45.

You know, Old Don. The Supreme Comb-over. Melania’s federal Sugar Daddy and Trust Fund Baby Daddy?

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Back on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, the super-villainous Borg were fond of threatening everyone they came into contact with with the quickly-hackneyed phrase that “Resistance is futile.”

Everybody.

Even the baristas at Starbucks (“Hey, that’s OUR motto!”)

Even the poor schmuck who delivered from Pizza Hut (“Okay, so that’s 2,000 pepperoni, 3,000 meat-lovers, 500 cheese-lovers… and one thin and crispy crust with anchovies and black olives…”

“Oh really?  No tip?  Dude, that’s not resistance, that’s just messed up…”)

Please excuse me for a second while I scroll back up just far enough to remind myself where me and my finger were going with this.

Right, got it, the President-Defect, old what’s-his-face…

Okay, well, the New Administration may WISH they commanded the kind of sang froid normally associated with the Borg, but it turns out there’s a big difference between what’s futile and what is merely juvenile…

The art of cartoonery above is the product of Mark Kaufman and the writers at the editorial cartoon website, http://www.thenib.com.  Much of the art that you see here comes to my attention through their website, so I recommend it highly…

And now, let’s lighten the mood somewhat, shall we?  I know, let’s check in with everybody’s favorite homicidal red robot!…

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Oh, Rick Stevens, what hath thou wrought?…

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And now, let us once again careen back toward the world of current events…

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I am – as always – immensely grateful to Rick Stevens, whose art regularly appears here with his permission. “Diesel Sweeties” is, IMHO, the “Peanuts” of its generation and Stevens is their Charles Schulz.

And I?

Why, I am Voltaire! (Assuming you are willing to overlook the nagging details of culture, creativity, language and that whole typing-with-one-finger thing…)

On the other hand I DO tend to do a lot of my writing reclining in bed…

Do you suppose I could be Marcel Proust?

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RSDS: Read & Rule!

It’s time for another visit from Rick Stevens‘ “Diesel Sweeties“!

(BTW, this post is dedicated to my beautiful wife, Jamie, whose birthday is today!  🎂🎁)

As many fear the incoming acceptance of fake news and genuine ignorance of many basic truths, these characters remind us some realities remain immutable…

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It’s also refreshing to see someone endorse bound printed media…

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And..

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 If you like the artwork and – like me – you appreciate a good read that fits conveniently on a bookshelf or nightstand, please visit …

http://www.dieselsweeties.com

I know the artist will appreciate your support! And, as for me, please like share or comment on this blog post at your pleasure…

Thanks for stopping by and please come back soon!

(🎉🎂 🎁🎈Happy Birthday,

my Beautiful Wife! 🙌👊👏🎆)

 

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Newer Is Better!

Hello,everybody! It’s great to see everyone so bright eyed and ready to tackle the New Year!

And what better way to kick off 2017 (Version 1.0) than by revisiting the gang at “My Cage” by Ed Power and Melissa DeJesus…

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I’m still typing with one finger on the Amazon Fire, and for whatever reason I’m unable to adjust the color of the fonts, so I cannot highlight titles and names the way I’d like. But to give credit where it’s due, please enjoy this recent edition of Rick Stevens’ “Diesel Sweeties”!…

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Okay, before we all get TOO paranoid…

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Yes, I suppose that WAS dated… Unless of course we’re talking about something like Chinese New Year! Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Please remember your visits here are always appreciated, and please don’t forget to spread the love via the “like”, “share” and “comment” buttons below…

Hurry back soon!

(I’m actually starting to get faster at this!)

KOTOPOPI: When Trolls Post…

Okay! Yesterday I managed to post something with virtually no political overtones whatsoever!

You know, it’s not so easy to find something like that on the ol’ World Wide Web anymore!

Speaking of which, how do you cope when some unpleasant online character decides to throw some shade at you?

Let’s consult our continental cartoonist, KOTOPOPI, who should have some idea.

She lives in France you know, the acknowledged worldwide leader among nations when it comes to diplomacy…

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Lesson duly noted!

Thanks to KOTOPOPI for granting permission to re-post her work.

Please feel welcome to take advantage of all those little widget-y buttons and stuff down below and please don’t forget to check back here often!

And God Bless Us … Everyone!

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RSDS: Not Enough

I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m gonna guess that if you live in the United States, you spent Sunday night either watching or listening to the Second Presidential Debate. Or else Sunday Night NFL Football. Either way, come Monday morning, you probably felt like this (if only inwardly…):

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Now that we have less than a month to go before the U-S General Election, it may be too late in many places to register to vote for the November 8th Election Day this year, but it’s not too late to register now for next year!

There’s a handy little widget at the bottom of this page that will help you get in touch with the local election commission in your area!

And if you’re already registered, it’ll help you locate the local polling place in your neighborhood!

Please don’t hesitate to consult it! The service is FREE!

As always, thanks for your visit and please feel welcome to share, comment, re-post or like this post if the spirit moves you!  Thanks also to Rick Stevens!

I hope to see you again real soon!

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RSDS: On Cats, Companions and Nurturing!

Any alien lifeforms observing the contemporary Internet could be excused for thinking that felines run the planet through the humans who serve them.

Apparently this thought has occurred to our friend, Rick Stevens, as well.

Needless to say (although I’m saying it anyway,) his take on this subject is somewhat altered…

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Of course, the observations don’t end there…

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As we head into the week and the scary prospect of one remaining Presidential debate, please know that your visit is appreciated!

Thanks also to Rick Stevens, whose “Diesel Sweeties” comic strip is highly unique and spot on when it comes to people, cats, robots and contemporary social phenomena.

I know he welcomes visitors at his own website, http://www.dieselsweeties.com , where T-shirts, pins and stickers are also available.

A reminder that if you need any basic information about registering and/or voting anywhere in the United States, the new little widget at the bottom right corner of this page will provide helpful information.

The U-S General Election is now less than ONE MONTH AWAY! Don’t miss the chance to make an historic contribution to America’s future and VOTE!

Thanks a bunch for visiting and please come back again real soon!

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RSDS & The Analog Book!

Gosh, there’s just so much I’d like to say!  Like “Thank you!” to Rick Stevens, the creator of the “Diesel Sweeties” e-comic as found on Medium.com.

Meanwhile, here’s something cartoonist Rick Stevens has to say:

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And then there’s this take on the matter of antique printed media formats:

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Thanks as always for your visit and please make it a point to return again soon!