My top 5 favorite political cartoons this week...
I thought this 1st one, by Mike Luckovich at GoComics.com, was astute...
We've been discussing political correctness this weekend, and I winced when viewing this next cartoon, immediately thinking of a tar baby. Perhaps I'm the only one. Or perhaps I'm not and this foreign cartoonist simply didn't realize the racist implications. Or perhaps he thought, Screw it....
For 40 years Paul McCartney was my favorite Beatle - until last week when he decided to get liberally clever and classless when receiving the Gershwin Prize at the Library of Congress...
But I digress. Here's another good cartoon this week, by Gary Varvel at GoComics.com...
by Clay Jones at GoComics.com...
by Signe Wilkinson at GoComics.com...
As a law student, I *love* that last one.Posted by: Kelsey at June 6, 2010 10:28 AM
The employment office one is my fave.Posted by: Kelli at June 6, 2010 12:16 PM
Yeah, I think it does look like a tar baby.
I never quite understand people taking the opportunity to get political when they're accepting an award that isn't related to politics. Was it Joe Pesci whose entire Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech consisted of "It's an honor. Thank you"? Whoever it was, I like that guy.Posted by: Marauder at June 6, 2010 1:13 PM
I couldn't believe Paul did that. I never liked him anyway, so no love lost. I like Ringo myself!Posted by: Heather at June 6, 2010 1:18 PM
Re Paul McCartney - I can never have any respect for a man who dyes his hair, LOL. Vanity of that sort just doesn't become men.Posted by: Julie Culshaw at June 6, 2010 4:05 PM
Hilarious $2 hug video
Posted by: hippie
at June 6, 2010 5:32 PM
Total crack up.
Why was it insulting that Paul said that? It isn't a big mystery that people made fun of the former President because he wasn't too bright. Are you folks suggesting we shouldn't ever poke fun at Obama?Posted by: Ex-GOP Voter at June 6, 2010 5:42 PM
Paul McCartney-> stick to making music and stop offending 1/2 of all Americans...Posted by: Jasper at June 6, 2010 6:57 PM
This has been rocker showed a total lack of class and his comment was totally uncalled for. But then he admires Obama so that explains a lot. Suppose an American rocker, after entertaining members of the British government, made a comment ridiculing the intelligence of the queen? You would consider this acceptable and a real display of class?Posted by: Mary at June 6, 2010 10:13 PM
I have to laugh at the Europeans. People who would be speaking German if not for us and who can't even make a decent roll of toilet paper, yet they see themselves as so enlightened.
I also winced at this "tar baby" cartoon about which I'm sure the enlightened Europeans are totally clueless. Something about only seeing his gleaming white eyes and teeth was disturbing to me, kind of made me think of Al Jolson movies put out by those enlightened souls in Hollywood.
ExGV, what a stupid statement. President Bush kept this entire country safe from another terrorist attack after 9-11, including your butt. You are confusing an empty suit that gave good speeches that "gave you tingles up your leg" about "Hope, Change, Transparentcy, No more business as usual and Yes We Can" with superior intelligence which is just as stupid as assuming the president who didn't give great speeches lacked intelligence.
Paul McCartney is stupid and arrogant as well to come into the U.S. stand in the White House and insult a former president of the U.S. who did more to help people all over the entire world than McCartney could ever "Imagine". No, I did not agree with everything President Bush did nor did I agree with President Clinton about most things but for any foreigner to insult any of my presidents makes me very angry.Posted by: Prolifer L at June 6, 2010 11:04 PM
Would it be classy for me to go to England to accept an honor, and in my speech, insult a current or former Prime Minister? Prince Charles? The Queen?Posted by: Kel at June 6, 2010 11:26 PM
Not to mention, George W. Bush is married to a .... LIBRARIAN. I'm pretty sure the man knows what a library is.
The only person McCartney made look stupid with his comment was.... McCartney.Posted by: Elisabeth at June 7, 2010 12:07 AM
Paul's comment was a beautiful occasion of insight into Obama's popularity with his ever-shrinking fan base. Nobody has been able to point to a single accomplishment of his, other than the fact that he isn't George Bush.
The oft-repeated slur against Bush is the same as the worn out lefties have made against every Republican since Eisenhower:
Republican = Caveman
Democrat = Genius
Has ANY President who has gone to the Ivies ever garnered more than the "gentleman's C"?
Roosevelt was C+ at Harvard
Truman never earned a college degree
Kennedy was C at Harvard (Guilty of plagiarism in his book: Profiles in Courage)
(Would-be President Teddy Kennedy expelled from Harvard for paying someone to take a final exam for him)
Gore, C at Harvard
Clinton is the big exception, a Rhodes Scholar
Pres. Candidate John Kerry, C at Yale
Obama will not release transcript info.
Gore's opponent in the 2,000 election, G.W. Bush might have been a C+ student in undergrad at Yale, but he earned an MBA from Harvard, while Al Gore actually failed out of Divinity School at Vanderbilt, and dropped out of Vanderbilt law.
Gore did a few months of service in Vietnam as a journalist, while Bush qualified in the Texas Air National Guard to fly fighter jets.
And that Neanderthal Eisenhower??
Graduated 61/164 in his class at West Point, began WWII as a Lt. Colonel, and finished the war as 5-Star General of the Army, having out-generaled Adolph Hitler's forces who had superior firepower, defenders advantage, great generals, and a well-trained, well-equipped military with state of the art weapons.
He also served as President of Columbia University before being elected to replace Harry Truman.
Our greatest military defeats/debacles were Korea and Vietnam. Both were the adventures of Democrat presidents who drove us deep into disaster, with a combined death toll of 111,895 and a combined wounded count of 245,436. Both conflicts saw us extricated by Republicans.
By contrast, 9 years of the war on Terror, in all theaters of combat have produced 4,295 dead, 37,980 wounded.
Obama has spent us into an 11 Trillion dollar hole, and has done little to nothing in marshaling resources to clean up the Gulf in this slow motion Armageddon.
What exactly was Sir Paul bragging about???Posted by: Gerard Nadal at June 7, 2010 4:10 AM
Big G - not able to name a single accomplishment from Obama? Are you kidding? He got health care reform passed - something that people have been trying since Truman, and the biggest cornerstone of Democratic politics. He could do absolutely nothing until he's out and he's still accomplished more than most modern Presidents. Seriously? Seriously?
Mary - I'm not saying it was a classy moment - I'm just saying that we all seem a bit touchy these days, no? I mean, a guy from a rock band insulted a former President and you've got some right wingers WAY up in arms (yet they don't seem too upset by the ever growing number of their own ranks that are cheating on their spouses...)
I'm just saying...Posted by: Ex-GOP Voter at June 7, 2010 6:20 AM
I don't consider a take-over of 1/6 the US economy, the delivery of health care, to be an accomplishment for the following reasons:
1. His legislation DOES contain provisions for death panels.
2. Those panels will be very busy, because he bankrupted the nation with all of his other spending. There just won't be money for keeping the elderly and handicapped alive.
3. Gov't run HC is a major disaster in every nation that has tried it, and they are all bringing back privatization.
4. It pays for abortions.
5. I can't name a single enterprise run by the government that works anywhere near as well as the private sector.
6. The passage of his legislation was unipartisan, and only rammed through with threats, coercion, and intimidation.
7. Over 70% of the nation opposes it.
In stating that this clown has done more than most presidents, I wonder if you mean more than Nixon ending Vietnam, reopening relations with China, and the SALT I nuclear treaty work?
Perhaps you overlooked Ronald Reagan bringing down the Soviet Union?
Perhaps you overlooked Jimmy Carter successfully brokering a peace accord between Israel and Egypt?
Perhaps you overlooked JFK's monumental victory in the Cuban Missile Crisis?
Spending money we don't have, that my grandchildren won't have, isn't an accomplishment. Its a disaster.
Taking over the finest health care system in the world, with the same starry-eyed socialist utopian ideology that has proven ruinous elsewhere is similarly a disaster.
Obama is an empty suit, an ineffective chief executive who only knows the propaganda of the community activist whose job is to simply agitate, but never govern.
It shows.Posted by: Gerard Nadal at June 7, 2010 6:41 AM
Al Gore went to study DIVINITY? As in, to be a Clergyman?
BWAAAAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Is that a joke? For what denomination??Posted by: army_wife at June 7, 2010 6:45 AM
Bush's intelligence is a matter of perspective. And what does infidelity have to do with any of this?
Now please answer my question of 10:13PMPosted by: Mary at June 7, 2010 7:47 AM
Hi Gerard, 6:41am
Let's not forget that Obama's antics have spawned the Tea Party movement of which I am a proud member, having recently joined. There's something about our elected "representatives" openly and proudly accepting bribes, ignoring the will of their constituents, and shoving their middle fingers in our faces that I and other Americans find annoying.
The world's tyrants are givng our fearless leader the finger.
That leaves the Europeans who continue to adore Obama, but then what do you expect from the people who gave us Franco, Stalin, Mussolini, and Hitler?Posted by: Mary at June 7, 2010 8:02 AM
So true! How pathetic when third-rate European socialists and tinpot third world dictators ridicule a guy who trots the globe bowing deeply to leaders and apologizing for his country.
Having alienated the right and the center, having alienated many on the left, he now has awakened to the reality that he needs to govern without a mandate, without support, and in the face of international scorn. He's realizing that he can't campaign his way out of Islamic terrorism, or this oil disaster in which he and his environmentalist cronies have had no constructive input or resolution at all.
It should really come as no surprise that the man who trots the globe denouncing American exceptionalism is a third rate community organizer with no kill set for governing.
It's also no wonder that he's as pro-abortion as they get. More organizing in lieu of governing.Posted by: Gerard Nadal at June 7, 2010 8:31 AM
"with no SKILL set for governing..."Posted by: Gerard Nadal at June 7, 2010 8:35 AM
Yes, that cartoon is offensive.
Does anyone think that Paul McCartney looks a bit like Sarah Ferguson? Perhaps they're TWINS SEPARATED AT BIRTH?Posted by: phillymiss at June 7, 2010 9:09 AM
Sir Paul got it right. It is such a relief having George W. Bush and his ilk out of power. Not a day goes by that I'm not grateful.Posted by: Hal at June 7, 2010 9:48 AM
Gerard, you seem to know alot about the presidency -- was it true that Harry Truman was once in the Ku Klux Klan?
I heard this, but it would be surprising, since he signed the Executive Order desegregating the Armed Forces.Posted by: phillymiss at June 7, 2010 10:20 AM
Truman and the KlanPosted by: Hal at June 7, 2010 12:02 PM
Then please answer my question in my 10:13PM post.
Also, who was it that said we have 57 states??Posted by: Mary at June 7, 2010 12:02 PM
Thanks for the link, Hal, very interesting.Posted by: phillymiss at June 7, 2010 1:52 PM
Big G - I apologize, I only read the first two sentences. The question is not, do you agree with what he's done. The question is, did he accomplish anything. You say it right off - he oversaw the overall of 1/6 of the US economy (the very fact it is 1/6 points to the need of an overhaul...but that's a different conversation).
Again, I don't care if you don't agree with it - it's a major accomplishment to have done it.Posted by: Ex-GOP Voter at June 7, 2010 5:41 PM
Mary - I did answer it - I said it wasn't a classy moment.
I also get sick of politics when they make huge deals of a British rock star saying something dumb and gloss over people within their own party actually doing stupid things like cheating on spouses. That's what I"m saying. So he said a stupid thing - what should we do, pass a law and not let British people speak their minds?Posted by: Ex-GOP Voter at June 7, 2010 5:44 PM
You said you wouldn't consider it a classy moment.
I didn't ask you that.
I asked if this would have considered this behavior acceptable and a real display of class.
A simple yes or no would have sufficed.Posted by: Mary at June 7, 2010 8:06 PM
Oh and EGV,
I still fail to understand what cheating spouses have to do with this discussion. Wasn't this about Bush and libraries and a has been rock star??Posted by: Mary at June 7, 2010 8:09 PM
algore was seduced by a voluptuous weeping willow tree.
Tipper was the last to know or she was just looking for an opportunity to ditch the global warming geek.Posted by: yor bro ken at June 7, 2010 9:46 PM
You're on the right track. Climate change actually did their marriage in. Global cooling.
Hi Janet and Ken,
It was Bush's fault.Posted by: Mary at June 7, 2010 10:26 PM
You're man crush on b.o. is nauseating.
'knowing what a library is' is faint praise.
The inability or unwillingness to correctly identify the enemies of the constitution, the country and it's citizens whom b.o. has sworn to protect are not the attributes of a leader.
Implementing Spike Lee's suggestion to 'go off' and then threaten, with regard to British Petroleum, to 'kick *ss' are not exactly trademarks of a leader.
BP afterall has both the experience and the resources to 'plug the leak'. Something which b.o. has not a clue about, nor most people in his administration.
Shutting down offshore drilling off the Gulf Coast for 30 days is not a particularly brilliant move either. BP was leasing the Deepwater Horizon for 525,000 dollars a day. There are many similar rigs at work in the Gulf.
No company is going to let an expensive piece of equipment like that sit idle while b.o. dithers and dallies and looks for opportunities to capitalize both politically and financially on a tragedy of this magnitude.
Those corporations will move their equipment to locations where they can be utilized and they will not return quickly.
The result will be that America will become even more dependent on imported oil from countries who's Jew hating populations want to destroy us.
The price of gasoline will increase and the ripple effect to the economy as people who work in the oil industy in the USA are laid off will only serve to deepen and prolong the recession we are now experiencing.
I grieve the deaths of the 11 people who died on Deepwater Horizon, people who died trying to provide for our energy needs, to protect the environment and to save the lives of their co-workers.
I regret the damage to the environment and the economy on the Gulf Coast, but British Petroleum has committed to compensating affected industries and paying for the cost of the clean up.
This is an imperfect world and sometimes bad stuff happens.
Hopefully the ongoing investigation will determine the causes of the accident and changes will be made to further reduce the chance that this does not happen again.
From my perspective having watched most ot the testimony given on CSPAN in recent days those in charge of the investigation are more inteterested in evading their own culpability and assigning blame to others than discovering the facts in the case.
Then, with in few days after the Kenner, Louisianna hearings concluded, b.o. decrees that the United States government will use both civil and criminal law to punish those responsible and he will personally 'kick *ss'.
b.o. may think he is currying favor with his political base, but he seems oblivious to the fact he is making an enemy of the very people he needs to provide the solutions to both the immediate and the future problems associated with deep water oil exploration.
b.o. is guilty of both malfeasance and misfeasance. He is incompetent, negligent and corrupt.Posted by: yor bro ken at June 7, 2010 10:41 PM
Posted by: Hal at June 7, 2010 12:02 PM
"Truman and the Klan"
Wasn't Harry Truman a democRAT?Posted by: yor bro ken at June 8, 2010 6:34 AM
Yes, Truman was a Democrat. I thought everyone knew that. People are complicated. We're all "bro ken" in one way or another, right? I don't believe Democrats (or anyone) are completely good, nor are Republicans completely bad. Most of us, regardless of politics or party, are basically good and doing the best we can.
"Most of us, regardless of politics or party, are basically good and doing the best we can."
We can and should do better than legalized abortion. If you know deep down that abortion further harms women and children and you support it anyway, you have crossed the line from basically good to basically bad at least to me.
Ken and Hal,
Someone posted on another thread that only Democrats were allowed into the klan. No surprise there since Democrats founded the Klan.Posted by: Mary at June 8, 2010 1:52 PM
If the wikipedia article is correct then Truman only joined 'good ole boys' to advance his political career and really did not share their bigotry or at least their methods.
But Truman had to be aware these were men most of low degree. He made a political calculation that the benefits to be derrived from associating with these scoundrels were greater than the risks.
Truman does not strike me as one of the self serving political opportunists that populate the democRAT party today.
He is as far removed from them as JFK is from b.o.!Posted by: yor bro ken at June 8, 2010 5:18 PM
Posted by: Mary at June 8, 2010 1:52 PM
"Someone posted on another thread that only Democrats were allowed into the klan."
Kind of like only liberals are welcomed in the congressional black caucus or the NAACP.
And only liberals are welcomed in La Raza and LULAC.
Just because you were born in a Central American country and have spanish sir name and speak spanish does not mean you qualify to be a legitimate 'latino'.
[It's a paraphrase, but it is real close to an exact quote by a spokesperson for LULAC or La Raza.]
You have to be a 'liberal democRAT'.
Apparently Robert Byrd was a very active and enthusiastic klan member and recruiter and this has not seemed to be an issue to Democrats.
As for Truman, its not like the klan were secretive, they were in fact powerful and made no attempt to hide their racist agenda. Why should they? They had the police and politicians. Truman certainly had to know who they were and what they advocated. I can't be quite so charitable as to agree that he saw them as "good old boys" and didn't share their bigotry or methods. Does anyone think the klan let just anyone in for any reason?Posted by: Mary at June 8, 2010 7:54 PM
Any involvement in the Klan is a blot on the character of that person. No doubt about it. We can make excuses and try to understand the historical context, but it was wrong. So, Truman wasn't perfect. I bet he'd be the first to admit it. He did some thing right, however, and I'll not judge him solely by his worst act, but by the balance of his life. As we all know, Jefferson was a slave owner. A bad thing to be, even in those days, and I suspect Jefferson knew that.
We've all made mistakes. Hopefully, we've all tried to rise above them.Posted by: Hal at June 8, 2010 10:37 PM
Would you be so charitable if Republicans had founded the klan as its terrorist arm? If President Truman had been a Republican?? If Senator Byrd was a Republican? If George"segregation forever"Wallace had been a Republican?Posted by: Mary at June 8, 2010 10:52 PM