Daily Archives: September 26, 2010

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Perhaps Reality Will Set In…

Rex Babin in the Sacramento Bee:

Perhaps the Teabaggers are suffering from shortness of view…

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Chan Lowe in the South Florida Sentinel (reprinted from 2009):

Perhaps McCain can tell…

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Matt Davies in The (Westchester NY) Journal News:

Perhaps the Congress will get back to this after the election…

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Joel Pett in the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Perhaps real Americans are uneducated and closed minded…

Art Clokey, Creator of Gumby, Dead at 89…

clipped from www.artknowledgenews.com
Animator Art Clokey, whose bendable creation Gumby
became a pop culture phenomenon through decades of toys, revivals and satires,
died Friday. He was 89.
Clokey, who suffered from repeated bladder
infections, died in his sleep at his home in Los Osos on California’s Central
Coast, son Joseph told the Los Angeles Times. Gumby grew out of a student
project Clokey produced at the University of Southern California in the early
1950s called “Gumbasia.” That led to his making shorts featuring Gumby
and his horse friend Pokey for the “Howdy Doody Show” and several series through
the years.
He said he based Gumby’s swooping head on the
cowlick hairdo of his father, who died in a car accident when Clokey was nine.
And Clokey’s wife suggested he give Gumby the body of a gingerbread man. Clokey
said that though Gumby eventually became one of the most familiar toys of all
time, he was at first resistant to roll out the bendable doll.

Eddie Murphy brought a surge in Gumby’s popularity in the 1980s with his send-up of the character on “Saturday Night Live” as a cigar-smoking show business primadonna.

Clokey said he enjoyed Murphy’s profane Gumby.

Passing on an important message from Howard Dean:

Governor Dean’s organization is trying to keep the best progressive Congressfolk in place as they are challenged by very dangerous people from the right. I pass on this message I received from him this morning:

Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold needs our support right now.

For months, polling has shown Russ neck and neck with his right-wing opponent Ron Johnson and Johnson has already spent over $4 million on slash-and-burn television ads to mislead voters and scare up votes. In fact, he’s been out spending Russ on T.V. by 3 to 1 and as of this week, it appears to be working. The most recent polling shows Senator Feingold down by 7%.

This is unacceptable.

Senator Russ Feingold is one of the strongest progressive fighters in the Senate. Time after time Russ has delivered for America and Wisconsin. It’s up to us to make sure he has the resources to fight back and win.

Contribute $5 now and give Russ Feingold the resources to fight back

Ron Johnson is a multimillionaire right-wing Republican who wants to cut Social Security, repeal the entire healthcare bill, and extend all the Bush-Cheney tax cuts for wealthy millionaires instead of helping middle class Americans. He’s already committed to spending at least 15 million of his own money to win. When asked how much more of his personal fortune he’s be willing to dump into his own election, his response was “all of it.”

The good news is we can beat Ron Johnson and re-elect Russ Feingold with people-power.

Russ is running a real grassroots campaign. They’ve already contacted 228,696 Wisconsin voters, opened 22 field offices across the state, and his most recent T.V. ad is playing in heavy rotation. Russ will win not just because he has a strong record of delivering for Wisconsin, he’ll win because he has the best volunteers and supporters working to get out the vote.

In short, Russ will win, because of you.

Contribute now and send a real progressive back to the U.S. Senate

Let’s face it; elections are going to be close all over the country this November. It’s up to us to make sure we take great progressives like Russ Feingold over the top on Election Day.

Working together, we’re unstoppable. That’s why I know I can count on you today.


Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
Founder, Democracy for America

It looks like I have to make my rules clear…

I’m getting tired of spending too much time eliminating SPAM and putting up responses that I find to be “absolute crap” (my response) or insulting to the owner (me). I don’t mind above-board debates on all topics, political, artistic or otherwise. So here, in a focus (they always appear on the column on the right), are the Comment rules:

A note about YOUR COMMENTS. I accept comments from all sides… but I reserve the right to eliminate comments with offensive (to me) language and comments which promote causes or situations I believe to be criminal or worse. I cut unpaid advertising and absolute crap, too. Once you are cut, you end up on the spam list… so please keep all arguments above board and avoid insulting the owner.

Getting off the SPAM list is very difficult, since I don’t bother reading most identified comments. That’s it.