Friday, February 26, 2010
This NYT/Reuters article about the gold medal-winning women's hockey team made me chuckle:
I say drunkenly honking the Zamboni horn is entirely appropriate! Had the team tipped over the Zamboni, that may have pushed the envelope, but as far as I can tell, these ladies are being exemplary Olympic role models.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Love this photo. Via my colleague, Campus Progress editor Kay Steiger, Canada rubs it in (presumably after hockey loss?):
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I dig the Winter Olympics. I love the beauty and precariousness of snow sports; I appreciate the (relative) absence of bloated salaries and thick-necked machismo; and perhaps most importantly, I enjoy the abundance of cute European dudes with names like "Wolfgang." Plus, there are actual women competing, something you
I dig everything, that is, except for ice dancing. I mean, come on, people. Wake up and smell the cheese! You know what I'd like to see? Totally nonchalant ice dancers. At the end of their routine, instead of acting like they just survived a hurricane, they'd be like "whatev." I'd give that performance a gold.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
A bit late posting this to the blog, as I've been busy with my moonlighting gig, hostessing and pouring wine. It seems the entire northern hemisphere is on spring break this week.
Enough people were confused by last week's cartoon that I decided to issue a clarification. Given the ongoing rash of terrible cartoons about snow disproving global warming, I felt it important to clear my name. I hope you regular readers don't take the insult in the last panel personally.
While I thought this one was kind of a throwaway, more people have written emails of approval than I expected. Which confirms my belief that I can never predict which cartoons of mine readers will like!
PS: It was thanks to me that this guy managed to get a table at a full restaurant the other night:
It was hard, but as I sat his party, I resisted any temptation to sing "Footloose" or "Danger Zone."
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Argh! I just realized that some people are reading this week's cartoon as an endorsement of the view that snowstorms disprove global warming. Not regular readers, I'm guessing. I think the sarcasm is obvious from the beginning, but doesn't the last panel give it away? With the line about rain in Europe disproving droughts in Africa? Put on your irony caps and READ MORE CLOSELY, PEOPLE!
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
I'm going to insult another cartoon now. This one apparently suggests that feminists dislike Sarah Palin for her looks and mannerisms, as opposed to her politics. Okay, you got me. I find her politics so enlightened, she could lead the colonial fleet on "Battlestar Galactica" -- but I just can't get past that beehive.
(Related cartoon: "What's in the Beehive?")
Bad editorial cartoons suggesting winter weather somehow disproves global warming have been chapping my hide for weeks now. Brian recently alerted me to this blog, which actually collects them. (Scroll down to April 8 for a nice rebuttal.)
Then I saw this story on TPM about an absolutely moronic GOP ad attacking the Congressman I voted for when I lived in Charlottesville. A description:
It doesn't take much effort to understand that snow is consistent with global warming and that 2009 was one of the hottest years on record (via BoingBoing).
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Speaking of people torn in two, I occasionally get emails from somewhat confused conservatives who like my cartoons but hate my politics. Yesterday I received this ambivalent classic:
Jen -- Needed a laugh, went to your strips. Decade of Doom = clever, funny! Circle of Stupidity = dumbUm, thanks?
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
So the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can spend as much as they want to influence elections. I've been watching with exasperation as various lefties tie themselves in knots over perceived conflict between the First Amendment and the destruction of what little remains of our democracy. It's not that complicated, people!
There's free speech, and then there's money you can spend to advertise that speech. Under campaign finance laws, corporations are still free to say whatever stupid thing they want, no matter how boneheaded or contrary to the public good. They just can't flood the airwaves -- the public airwaves -- with paid propaganda that most ordinary Americans can't afford themselves. (Yes, I know the law also affects labor unions and groups like Planned Parenthood, whose vast war chests simply crush those of giant multinationals, no?)
Using the court's logic, those without money to advance their viewpoint have, de facto, limited free speech. It all goes back to Isaiah Berlin's (and others') concept of positive and negative liberty: corporations' "freedom" to dominate the media (thus intimidating politicians in the process) takes away your freedom to be heard; or freedom from having your voice effectively censored.
Addendum: As an example of the conflicted lefties mentioned above, there's Glenn Greenwald, who takes an abstract, libertarian view of free speech (as opposed to empirical). He messily tries to argue against making a distinction between money and speech here. But he uses a bunch of ridiculously extreme counterexamples no one is proposing. In the 21st-century mass media age, a legal entity with millions and millions of dollars to purchase and distort reality is a little different from the piddling amounts of money spent in citizens' political activism.
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