Sep 27

no shit saturday: AWCAB edition

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no shit.

I’m surprised a conservative still remembers Ferguson.

I don’t know why it’s like pulling teeth finding an image of Time magazine’s latest cover, with Chad Stover the football player who died during a game. But I can’t find one, so this post will be sans image.

But I wanted to ask: did Time run a cover story about the domestic abuse scandals in the NFL? Because I find it odd they wouldn’t consider that to be a cover-worthy story, but when something bad happens to one of the players that needs to be front and center.

Kind of reminds me how Time never saw fit to put Nancy Pelosi - first female Speaker of the House - on the cover, but the instant John Boehner became Speaker they put him on the cover.

Related to my last post about the fear-driven sensationalism of conservative cartoonists, Varvel could very well rerun this cartoon (or its basic idea) six months from now, replacing ‘Ebola’ with ‘Iran’ or ‘North Korea’ depending on what’s in the news at the time.

Because really, ebola is one of the greatest threats to us right now? No, it’s just one of the most hyped ‘Is this coming for you?’ things right now. If, for example, five people in India died of small pox there would be a dozen cartoonists drawing the Grim Reaper with ‘Small pox’ written on his cloak. Never mind the possibility of an actual small pox epidemic, or the disease coming to America.

And hey, you know what one of the actual four horsemen of the apocalypse is? Famine. But you never see conservatives (or anyone, really) talking about the millions of people around the world going hungry. That can’t be sensationalized, that can’t be framed in an ‘You’re in imminent danger!’ manner, so who cares?

Related to my last post about the fear-driven sensationalism of conservative cartoonists, Varvel could very well rerun this cartoon (or its basic idea) six months from now, replacing ‘Ebola’ with ‘Iran’ or ‘North Korea’ depending on what’s in the news at the time.

Because really, ebola is one of the greatest threats to us right now? No, it’s just one of the most hyped ‘Is this coming for you?’ things right now. If, for example, five people in India died of small pox there would be a dozen cartoonists drawing the Grim Reaper with ‘Small pox’ written on his cloak. Never mind the possibility of an actual small pox epidemic, or the disease coming to America.

And hey, you know what one of the actual four horsemen of the apocalypse is? Famine. But you never see conservatives (or anyone, really) talking about the millions of people around the world going hungry. That can’t be sensationalized, that can’t be framed in an ‘You’re in imminent danger!’ manner, so who cares?

The threat of ISIL attacking American soil is about as remote as the threat of giant cockroaches.

A good cartoon.

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I was considering writing a little piece about how we collectively accept the premise that in a debate one must accord the other side a level of sincerity and seriousness (ie., we assume the other person is arguing a position they believe), but that it’s hard to when we have shit like this, or any other ‘OMG, ISIL is about to attack American soil any minute now!’ in direct contradiction to the basic fact that they can accomplish their goals without crossing the ocean.

But I didn’t want to get too long-winded, so let me just say: I accept there are some serious-minded conservatives, but it’s difficult to hear them when crap like the above cartoon represents the primary conservative talking points: unbridled fear and blind emotional reaction.

The threat of ISIL attacking American soil is about as remote as the threat of giant cockroaches.

A good cartoon.

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I was considering writing a little piece about how we collectively accept the premise that in a debate one must accord the other side a level of sincerity and seriousness (ie., we assume the other person is arguing a position they believe), but that it’s hard to when we have shit like this, or any other ‘OMG, ISIL is about to attack American soil any minute now!’ in direct contradiction to the basic fact that they can accomplish their goals without crossing the ocean.

But I didn’t want to get too long-winded, so let me just say: I accept there are some serious-minded conservatives, but it’s difficult to hear them when crap like the above cartoon represents the primary conservative talking points: unbridled fear and blind emotional reaction.

Sep 23

Yeah, and then we started the bombings, allowing us to turn our attention back to bigger issues.
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Alternate: Republicans only care about problems that allow them to demonize non-whites.
A good cartoon.

Yeah, and then we started the bombings, allowing us to turn our attention back to bigger issues.

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Alternate: Republicans only care about problems that allow them to demonize non-whites.

A good cartoon.

President Obama has eight balls, because he drives a Ferd.

President Obama has eight balls, because he drives a Ferd.

Sep 19

Democrats spend too much time trying to appeal to conservatives instead of their base.
A ‘fundamental problem with American politics’ cartoon.

Democrats spend too much time trying to appeal to conservatives instead of their base.

A ‘fundamental problem with American politics’ cartoon.

Sep 18

And if a frog had wings he wouldn’t bump his ass on the ground so much.
Though I guess a half-sloshed man leaning on a bar to stay upright as he half-yells to anyone who will listen that he knows how to fix all the problems is an even better representation of editorial cartoons than this was.

And if a frog had wings he wouldn’t bump his ass on the ground so much.

Though I guess a half-sloshed man leaning on a bar to stay upright as he half-yells to anyone who will listen that he knows how to fix all the problems is an even better representation of editorial cartoons than this was.

Oh, look at Gary trying to sneak in this idea that it’s the Obama administration that’s declared a war on women and the middle class. Nice try, Gary.
And really, does it matter if 140+ airstrikes are referred to as ‘war’ or not? Shit’s getting done, so sit down.

Oh, look at Gary trying to sneak in this idea that it’s the Obama administration that’s declared a war on women and the middle class. Nice try, Gary.

And really, does it matter if 140+ airstrikes are referred to as ‘war’ or not? Shit’s getting done, so sit down.

A cartoonist from Singapore has a very strong opinion about Scottish independence. For some reason.
And he’s presented it in such a classy way.

A cartoonist from Singapore has a very strong opinion about Scottish independence. For some reason.

And he’s presented it in such a classy way.