Tag Archives: Rick Stevens

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…

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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.

Figure Out Something

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.

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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.

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Reviewing everything that’s happened only in the past week makes many contemplate emigration, perhaps to Canada?

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Revelation is not limited to the closing pages of the New Testament.

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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!

Annnnnnd I’m out.

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…

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.

Tax Day + Earth Day = Tearthax Day

It’s all about transparency and accountability.

For the first time in more than two generations, the United States is governed by a President whose financial life remains stubbornly shrouded in secrecy.

His environmental policy harkens back to the rapacious avarice of the so-called “robber barons” of the 19th century.

And a significant number of Americans seem to be okay with that.

Or at least they will be until their own finances are in ruins and almost everything they eat, drink or breathe is toxic.

Of course, in the end, the irony is that the ultra-wealthy will end up trapped by their own heedless avarice, imprisoned in a tightly circumscribed bubble that becomes their permanent and eternal habitat.

Of course, eventually the walls are breached, their sole comfort being that they will be the last to go. There will be none left to mourn or bury or remember them.

But they will have lasted the longest.

Well, THAT was certainly depressing! Time for some comic relief, I think!

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Okaaayy, let’s try again shall we?…

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Many thank yous to all who take time out their own days and nights to visit this humble blog! Please share, like comment or whatever using the assorted widgets below!

Do you know for the longest time I thought a “widget” was what happened when Gidget got mixed up in Necromancy!…

Shows you how much I know!…

Annnnnnd I’m out!

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!

Cats, Creativity & Caricature!

Let us take a moment to compose our thoughts…

There, that ought to do it.

We begin this latest installment with dependable Rick Stevens’ “Diesel Sweeties...

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Our pixelated pundit likes to tackle the topic of creativity…

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Do you think he has a feline companion (or two) in his life? He certainly seems to relate to them well! I don’t recall ever having seen a dog in any of his work…

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We haven’t seen much of Don Asmussen‘s work recently.

Please permit me to remedy that inadvertent oversight…

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Please be of good cheer! These samples of feline admiration, creativity and caricature are here for your enjoyment thanks in large measure to the permissions of the respective artists!

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As always, I also thank you, the readers who visit this humble blog.

Several weeks back, while pondering where our readers come from, I noted that almost all of our readers hail from the Northern Hemisphere.

Well, a few folks must have taken notice! Since that time, our Readership Research Department informs me we’ve since seen a significant upswing in readers from South Africa!

It would seem word really does travel across the Internet!

Isn’t modern technology wonderful? Seriously, right now I am SO filled with wonder!…

Among other things…

See you again soon!

The Cartoons Are Back!

Okay, no threat of selfish or portentous thoughts this time! Your humble blogger has returned to the tried and true.

Please enjoy the pretty pictures!…

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Thanks to Rick Stevens for permission to repost his “Diesel Sweeties” online comic here!

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Matt Lubchansky weighs in on the topic of the American Healthcare Act

Thanks to all who visit this blog!

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Please hurry back soon!

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