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Lecture with music, or vice versa (April 2011) One of the benefits of living in a small community with an Ivy League college is that, if you keep your ear to the ground, you can stumble across some pretty interesting events. South African musician and activist Johnny Clegg came to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Random resources
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Posted Feb 15, 2019 at Random resources
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Adjust your bookmark, because the blog is moving in order to become a feature on The Daily Cartoonist, a site newly re-energized with the addition of DD Degg, whom some of you will know from rec.arts.comics.strips. I hope you'll stick with the shift. I'm going to continue to blog daily... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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My town has been replacing an outmoded sewer system, which will improve the cleanliness of the Connecticut River but has played hob with trying to get from one place to another, since it involves very large pipes under very important streets. This has given me many opportunities not only to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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So yesterday's debacle included a crash that lost two hours of work and then, when I started up again, some second wave of technical gremlins that brought things to a quick exit because I had a meeting to get to. "Gremlins," that is, not to be confused with "Femlins," one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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Bizarro got a laff the other day, but then it became strikingly relevant as I hit the road and, as I went through airports realized how many people have, indeed, been transformed into Bros. It's a sort of uniform, and it goes beyond the backwards ball cap and goatee. Wayno... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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Kevin Siers proves that you can breathe life into any tired trope if you are clever and the facts align. The Pinocchio gag may, like Hitler references, have been rolled out too early and used too often, beaten into cliche before we realized how much we were going to need... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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Donald Trump turned 16 in June, 1962, a few months before the Cuban Missile Crisis in October. He was a junior in high school. I was not quite 13 and in the eighth grade, and I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis as well as the Crisis in Berlin and several... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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Most fair-minded observers anticipated bromance. Clay Bennett posted this one a few days ago, which didn't seem much of a shocking prediction but mostly made me wonder when young dorm-dwellers switched from a tie to a sock as a sign that there was a romantic event going on that should... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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Today's Baby Blues, if I were the cartoonist, would have had a fourth panel in which the other shoppers cheer. Savvy shoppers can spot, and avoid, these Coupon Queens by the little accordion folders they carry, full of coupons, as Wanda says, organized and color coded and obsessively catalogued so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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But first, Stephen Collins has a funny commentary based on the World Cup, though the tournament may be over before you see this. However, you should go see the whole thing, of which this is a snippet. Glad to see someone, as they say in Britain, taking the piss out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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Graeme MacKay uses the matryoshka doll image well here, both because we all recognize the Russian toy and because, in this case, the layers of hiding boil down to that last tiny doll, the one that is just a little wooden nib at the end. Mueller's indictments are important because... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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An odd week of funny cartoons that hit me for specific, personal reasons, so bear with me. As a reward for your indulgence, I'll start with the most tasteless, from the Barn. Not that crayons themselves are tasteless, though they're pretty bland. But they also don't digest and the result... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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Let's start with Prickly City, where, for the last couple of days, Winslow has been looking for Carmen and we have what I guess passes for a happy ending now. It is indeed scary what passes for reasonable these days. It's also scary and depressing, by the way and excuse... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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I like Tom Toles' commentary, but, then again, there's a strong element of "So what?" in the air these days. Not "So what? It doesn't matter," but "so what?" in the sense of "So what are you going to do about it now?" because, from the moment Bernie Sanders conceded... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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Patrick Chappatte with a cartoon so wonderful that I don't mind that it may well be obsolete by the time you see this. With the US not qualifying, I've been picking teams throughout World Cup only to have them disappear, and I'm reluctant to say that I'm rooting for France... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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We'll start with a rare example of an artist beating the bureaucracy, with a hat tip to Bado for pointing out this WashPost article. The Postal Service wanted to feature the Statue of Liberty on a stamp. They found a nice photo of her and purchased the rights from Getty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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Arlo & Janis touches off a low-level rant, because I care more about this phenomenon on radio than I do on TV, possibly because I don't watch a lot of TV. I appreciate that, in the Olden Days segment, he had the woman come in from the next room, because,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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I mentioned the other day that, in eighth grade social studies, we learned the terms "log-rolling" and "back-patting," from a teacher who also required us to know the members of the Supreme Court and of the President's Cabinet, and, in the latter case, what their departments were charged with. It's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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Let's start things off with the Serendipity Award, as Rhymes With Orange drops this gag smack in the middle of a massive heat wave at least for those of us in the Northeast, which includes RWOHQ in Massachusetts. I suspect that, if you had a wax museum without AC, you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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David Horsey avoided the two obvious approaches to Fourth of July cartoons: Those simply waving the flag and cheering, and those pointing out the various hypocrisies of celebrating at all. It's almost as if he walks around actually talking to people instead of sitting in his cubbyhole absorbing and illustrating... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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July 4, 1954, came just less than a month after Senator Welch spoke the famous lines at the Army/McCarthy hearings, "Have you no sense of decency?" All the talk about "Making America Great Again" makes it seem like a good time to take a look back at those Olden Days... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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Rob Rogers finally tells the whole story over at the Nib, and it's both fascinating and unsurprising. Go read the rest of it. There are elements of the story that should seem familiar, but it was, on the whole, outrageous enough that it's a lesson in Where We're At. Any... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com
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The best part of the 2018 World Cup is that the US team didn't make it, so we haven't had a lot of coverage and, thus, we haven't had a lot of handwringing by Old Fartstm who feel compelled to hate the world's most popular sport. It also means that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Comic Strip of the Day.com