February 7, 2014
Congressional Budget Office (CBO) figures show as many as 2 million Americans might quit jobs they don’t like, and go chase their dreams, because now they can get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).
Conservatives, and more than a few news organizations, misreported the study to say, as they claim, that the ACA will require the firings of 2 million people.
You can read the CBO report here, and draw your own inferences (make them reasonable, please); but Pat Bagley, the master cartoonist at the Salt Lake Tribune, put it in picture form. Several panels in this cartoon, each telling no fewer than a thousand words.
Pat Bagley’s cartoon from the Salt Lake Tribune, on reports that the ACA would enable workers to quit jobs they keep solely to keep health care benefits.
This is why the GOP doesn’t like ACA, you know. It really does give average citizens some choice. Freedom to choose NOT to feed the profit-gouging machines of the friends of the GOP threatens the GOP much more than did Americans drinking coffee instead of tea, in 1773.
Bagley’s cartoon is more than picture-perfect. It’s truthful.
November 27, 2013
November 1869, in the first year of the Grant administration — and Nast put aside his own prejudices enough to invite the Irish guy to dinner, along with many others.
(Click for a larger image — it’s well worth it.)
Thomas Nast’s “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving,” 1869 – Ohio State University’s cartoon collection, and HarpWeek
As described at the Ohio State site:
“Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Dinner” marks the highpoint of Nast’s Reconstruction-era idealism. By November 1869 the Fourteenth Amendment, which secures equal rights and citizenship to all Americans, was ratified. Congress had sent the Fifteenth Amendment, which forbade racial discrimination in voting rights, to the states and its ratification appeared certain. Although the Republican Party had absorbed a strong nativist element in the 1850s, its commitment to equality seemed to overshadow lingering nativism, a policy of protecting the interests of indigenous residents against immigrants. Two national symbols, Uncle Sam and Columbia, host all the peoples of the world who have been attracted to the United States by its promise of self-government and democracy. Germans, African Americans, Chinese, Native Americans, Germans, French, Spaniards: “Come one, come all,” Nast cheers at the lower left corner.
One of my Chinese students identified the Oriental woman as Japanese, saying it was “obvious.” The figure at the farthest right is a slightly cleaned-up version of the near-ape portrayal Nast typically gave Irishmen. Other friends say both are Chinese. Regional differences.
If Nast could put aside his biases to celebrate the potential of unbiased immigration to the U.S. and the society that emerges, maybe we can, too.
Hope your day is good; hope you have good company and good cheer, turkey or not. Happy Thanksgiving.
More: Earlier posts from Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub
And in 2013:
Yes, if you’re a faithful reader here, you’ve seen it before.
November 2, 2013
Brilliant cartoon by Clay Bennett at the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. It’s a perfect summary of GOP policies on everything, and why those policies won’t work.
Clay Bennett cartoon in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press, September 12, 2013
I love Bennett’s clean lines, and acid commentary.
October 7, 2013
Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press:
“Ayn Rand akbar!” Clay Bennett cartoon in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press
I was thinking this cartoon shades a great deal toward the too brutal side; but then I pondered just what Cruz proposes, which is to finish the work Osama bin Laden couldn’t finish himself.
Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial cartoonist Clay Bennett, self-caricature – Wikipedia image
Then someone referred this article to me today; one might wonder if Sen. Cruz’s idea is, indeed, to bring down our nation, or at least, to plunder the government and those Cruz considers “beneath” him.
What do you think? Too brutal, or too close to the truth?
September 27, 2013
Cartoon by Jeff Danziger, in the NationalMemo, and other New York Times Syndicate clients.
Jeff Danziger drew cartoons for the Christian Science Monitor when I discovered him. He’s moved from there (as has a lot of the good stuff that used to show up in the print editions, especially since it’s gone to electronic daily publication). But his style is cool, to me, and he’s spot on here.
I don’t think he’s a Texan. Here he captures small-town Texas well, with an especially nice flourish in the Shiner ad on the pool table light.
Is this right? He’s been nominated for a Pulitzer, but never got the award?
September 24, 2013
The great editorial cartoonist Bill Mauldin of the Chicago Sun-Times illustrates the gender dimension of the controversy over Carson and Silent Spring. In this 27 October 1963 cartoon he pairs her with Jessica Mitford, author of The American Way of Death, a scathing indictment of the funeral home industry. Men from both industries have been flattened under the platens of the women’s typewriters. All rights reserved © 1963 by Bill Mauldin. Courtesy of Bill Mauldin Estate LLC
Captured from Mark Stoll’s “Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a book that changed the world,” at the Environment and Society Portal.
A well-fitting image in the few days before the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) opens its 2013 convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee (October 2-4). It was the power of the typewriter in 1963; the power of the word processor in 2013, more likely. In either case, it’s the hard work of environmental journalists, who are out to make the world a better place by showing us what it is, what shape it’s in, and how we might conserve it.
August 12, 2013
Another cartoon on climate change denialism, and the bizarre logic some denialists use — no apologies made to Niemoller at XKCD’s site:
XKCD cartoon, by Randall Munroe
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July 19, 2013
I have no idea whether he was Catholic, but some organization should consider canonizing the great political cartoonist Herblock. He was a prophet.
See this cartoon of his from 1999, 14 years ago.
Herblock cartoon from 1999. “Kids these days. Craziness in schools, movies, video games — terrible! Here [showing a handgun to a customer], try this little dandy.”
From a collection posted by the Boston Globe.
Tip of the old scrub brush to Dan Wasserman. Another tip of the old scrub brush to Brian Cronin at Comic Book Resources.
July 14, 2013
Hard to believe this cartoon was published back in May.
Steve Benson cartoon for the Arizona Republic, May 10, 2013: “Speaking of holding women in captivity . . .”
Apparently the Texas Lege thought it was a model for action, and not a ridiculing of their ideas.
January 28, 2013
If you repeat some hoary old falsehood often enough, people will begin to assume it’s got some accuracy to it, right?
Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor are at it again, complaining that the Senate hasn’t passed a budget.
But that’s false. In fact, no only did the Senate pass a budget, but so did the House — and then (perhaps stupidly), they made it a law instead of the budget resolution the Congressional Budgeting process calls for.
Then-Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, explained last April how this worked:
We’ve got a budget, by law — and it’s a disaster.
We don’t need a budget resolution nearly so badly as we need some Congressional leadership who understand supply and demand, and who are committed to good government and not the destruction of America (even if unintentional).
Cartoon by Pulitzer Prize winner Pat Oliphant, syndicated by Go Comics
Text of Sen. Conrad’s remarks, below the fold.
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December 25, 2012
An encore post, from 2008.
Thomas Nast helped bring down the crooks at Tammany Hall with cartoons. Boss Tweed, the chief antagonist of Nast, crook and leader of the Tammany Gang, understood that Nast’s drawings could do him in better than just hard hitting reporting — the pictures were clear to people who couldn’t read.
But a cartoon has to get to an audience to have an effect.
Here’s a cartoon below, a comment on the security wall being built in Israel, that got very little circulation in the west at Christmas time. Can you imagine the impact had this drawing run in newspapers in Europe, the U.S., and Canada?
It’s a mashup of a famous oil painting* related to the Christian Nativity, from a London-based artist who goes by the name Banksy. (Warning: Banksy pulls no punches; views shown are quite strong, often very funny, always provocative, generally safe for work unless you work for an authoritarian like Dick Cheney who wants no counter opinions.)
Banksy’s modern nativity — does he ever bother to copyright his stuff, or would he rather you broadcast it?
* At least I thought so in 2008. I can’t find the painting now. Anybody recognize a work underneath Banksy’s re-imagining? Let us know in comments, eh? Perhaps this one, by David Roberts? Perhaps this engraving after Joseph M. W. Turner? Turner’s original?
Tip of the old scrub brush to Peoples Geography.
More, in 2011:
More in 2012:
December 19, 2012
An observer of American politics may wonder whether the past few days have changed any of the old political lines on gun control issues and the Second Amendment.
Does a view from Canada tell us anything? Here’s Aislin‘s cartoon, from the Montreal Gazette, for December 18, 2012:
Aislin, Montreal Gazette, December 18, 2012
Too brutal, or too close to the truth?
A little history quiz in a cartoon, yes? Can you identify all six symbols? How many must one know to understand the cartoon?
U.S. flag at half-staff, at the Minuteman Memorial in Lexingon, Massachusetts (Summer’s End. Lexington Green, 11 September 2002. Photo taken in Minute Man National Historical Park. Sculpture : “Minuteman” by sculptor Henry Hudson Kitson (1863-1947), dedicated April 19, 1900. Erected 1899 : SIRIS Image: Wikipedia)
December 18, 2012
Pat Bagley, in the Salt Lake Tribune, December 17, 2012, on gun safety issues, “Coming to Grips with Gun Control.”
This would explain why the National Rifle Association (NRA) feels like it need not offer condolences to victims of gun violence in a recent mass shooting, and has gone silent on Twitter and Facebook.
November 28, 2012
Watching New Yorkers get caught not-yet-prepared to stop the shutdown of the subways and electrical grid due to the Sandy storm surge at high tide, and noting that the ridicule heaped by denialists on those who tried to warn us about such storms, I asked at Climate Sanity about updates on their rosy “What? Us worry?” view of climate change.
Photo of water in 86th Street Station in Brooklyn, NY, after Sandy – photo found at Naked Capitalism. Denialists could note that subway crime was significantly reduced at the time of this photo.
Surprisingly, we got an answer. ‘What? Worry? Us? What surge? You shoulda seen the Hurricane of 1938! Why, back in the Jurassic there were even BIGGER surges . . .’
It’s a classic example of how rabid advocacy for a disproven position can predict that the rabid advocate will not change her/his mind, at least publicly.
Cartoon by Joel Pett, USA Today