We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Years ago there was an excellent Calvin and Hobbes toon. In it, Calvin was either writing a journal and/or taking photos or drawing pictures. Hobbes asks him why he's doing it. Calvin replies that he is pre-shaping his past for his eventual run for the Presidency. As I recall it, it entails a portrait of a noble young Calvin, studying a book.
If any reader can find a copy of that toon, we'd love to see it again.
Well, then - division of labor. I'll look through "Scientific Progress Goes Bonk," "Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons," "The Revenge of the Baby-sat," and "Yukon Ho!" and you look through the rest. Deal?
Yes, but as a fan of both, I recommend the
prescient Pogo, Everyman (or Every-possum),
as the supreme source for daily rebuttal of ongoing
Walt Kelly was truly Occam's razor, and was wasted
on the harmless Eisenhower 50's. Truly, his commentary
is timeless and will skewer 'The One' as effectively as
he did Estes Kefauver, et al. Check it out!
I enjoy your blog daily ...
thanks for the hard work.
great post from deep in the blue ridge --agree, Pogo was a masterpiece. Walt Kelly is somewhere reading your post and (as goes the old Louisiana expression) "grinnin' like a possum eating banana peels".
Another masterwork imho was Al Capp's "L'il Abner" --with that cast of characters i knew for a fact was real, having grown up in the deep south just in time to have memories of the last of that hardscrabble generation. It's true every person in a Dogpatch town was an eccentric --and how.
It was great --folks was determined to have lotsa laffs if conditions would possibly permit.
Looking back (that's in retrospect in big words): looks to me as if the decline of those wonderful cartoon strips was one of the first indicators that our culture was being "deconstructed". Of course, some just retired--but, they were never replaced with the same quality--or the same freedom of speech (accompanied by insight).
One of the things that began to happen was that individual comics were shrunk so the newspaper could fit one or two more on the page. Several comic strip artists complained about this - Bill Watterson among them. They could no longer draw anything with any scope or depth. So that didn't help.