Thursday, July 30, 2009

Baaaa




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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Me, as a pop icon

Who's hungry? Actually, my kids think I'm the best chef ever, but how many ways can you prepare hot dogs, mac and cheese, or frozen pizza?

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Me, as a pop icon

Who's hungry?


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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Aw shucks

It must have been a couple of years ago that I first accidentally ran accross some picture of Hitler that seemed banal, mundane, even downright charming. I knew it had to have been a bit of NAZI propaganda, but I just knew it was like the mother lode of irony- yet it lay fallow for all that time until now. All of a sudden I can't stop. Though I must say, if you do a Google search for "Hitler, sweet, friendly" you come up with some disturbing stuff. There are a lot of white supremacists and neoNAZIs out there who post these pictures without an ounce of irony and are proud as can be of their amazing leader. THAT gives me shivers. Let us all pray and remember and remind others so that it will never happen again.


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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What a great guy!

Once again, the initial point of this series is to highlight the way we sometimes blindly follow and loyally defend public figures without carefully scrutinizing all of their positions on all of the issues. There are figures whom I have criticized as a writer and cartoonist, such as Congressman Steve King and Governor Sarah Palin whom people vehemently protected as if they were family members. The same people, sometimes in the same breath would attack me for being pro-abortion. I am not pro-abortion, however, it's not the only political or moral issue out there and I believe that it is used callously as a politically expedient campaign tool. New reveal that the ultimate conservative, Richard Nixon actually advocated aborting the children of interracial couples.


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Deep Thoughts

Please don't send hate mail if your a Buddhist. I'm not trying to make fun of Buddhism of de-legitimize his amazing teaching in this quote. It ought to be obvious that the juxtaposition of a pacifist, pious philosophy with evil is supposed to, uh, um, it's supposed to uh, well, I don't know what it's supposed to do. I guess I thought it was funny when I started it, but I think by trying to explain, defend, or analyze it I've pretty much ruined whatever effect I might have been after.
Never mind.


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Quiet time




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Monday, July 13, 2009

So loveable and adorable

*Let me clarify- I am not equating and never DIRECTLY compared Congressman Steve King or former President Gorge W. Bush to Adolf Hitler. The point of this series is to highlight our tendency not to scrutinize some public figures if we somehow identify with them or find them charismatic. It could be a teacher, a leader, a therapist, a celebrity, athlete, clergy or political leader- it doesn't have to be Bush or King, we're often taken in and should always maintain a healthy level of cynicism. Now, I'll admit that I do think that some of King's statements lean toward racist and his politics lean toward corporatism (if not fascism) and Bush's grandfather was a financial supporter of the NAZIs running up to WWII, but seriously, I have not yet and am not now comparing either of them to the great scourge of the 20th century. But if I were (and I'm not) hyperbole is the birthright of satire, so as egregious as such comparisons might be, I think I'd still be within my rights as a smart assed trouble-maker.

No, no, forget that's not true. Egregious is egregious. No one is as evil as Hitler was and no one deserves to be demonized that much. People must be REALLY paranoid to compare Obama to Hitler and it's just as unfair, irresponsible and outrageous to compare Bush to Hitler too. So again, I promise that I'm NOT trying to compare anyone to anyone. Just trying to be funny and make people think by using irony. Cheap, overly simple, unfairly easy irony, but irony none the less.

On a lighter note, the momentum has taken over so that these are just starting to be funny now rather than a therapeutic means to work through personal angst. I think this one is particularly silly. Of course it's not true, although Disney's fifth major animated feature Bambi did come out in 1942 and it was based on a book by an Austrian author.


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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Who'd you rather have a beer with?

*This one was inspired by an article in USA Today back in 2004. Satirists shouldn't patronize their readers by spelling things out for them, but if you haven't caught on yet, the point of this series is that sometimes we're really taken in by how populist politicians try to be.

For example- I may see my Congressman (Steve King) as an egocentric, xenophobic, bigoted demagogue (based on his public statements, voting record and behavior) but plenty of good people just see him as "good people," partly because he's warm and friendly and partly because he's as "pro-life" as he can be to get having to kill a doctor at his church somewhere in Kansas.

Mind you, I'm not pro-abortion either, but some people don't think you should speak out about corruption, hypocrisy, economics, health care, civil rights, the environment, violations of the Constitution, or unjust wars unless you are as absolutely over the top zealous about eliminating all abortion as they are. But that's a different ax for me to try to grind another time in a different cartoon, collage, or image. Just had to get it out of my system.



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Saturday, July 11, 2009

A very nice guy who likes people


*Actually, this series of Hitler as a lovable guy was originally inspired by something someone said on facebook about Iowa Congressman Steve King, they had babysat his kids for him when they were younger and thought he was a really sweet guy. This particular installment is really about George W. Bush from an August 2005 column for Solon.com by David Brooks.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

One of us




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Thursday, July 9, 2009

What a great guy!




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Monday, July 6, 2009

Lame duck or dead fish?

Come on all you Caribou Barbie fans, let me have it. I know that nothing provokes your ire more than my poking fun at the lovely yet often incoherent hockey mom.

If you agree with this cartoon, feel free to download, upload, email, print, post, embed, share, print or whatever you want with this cartoon. It drives me crazy that all I can do is post it on the web and not publish it in some newspaper or have it be distributed by some syndicate. Whatchya gonna do?

I can almost guarantee that- even though I'm no longer published in the Mapleton PRESS- it will receive some angry feedback from friends here in the Western Iowa area and from hard core conservative Christians and fellow Concordia Alumni (thanks to my posting it on facebook).

Why they can't see that you don't have to make anything up or lie about her to make her look bad because she does it herself, I guess I'll never know.

But seriously, do me a favor and send this around or hang it up. If not for the hope of increasing my visibility and therefore marketability, if only to propagate awareness about the idiocy of her nonsensical career! Thank you!


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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Mal•Adjusted



In non clinical terms, Bob is a jerk.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Mal•Adjusted


Total nonsense. But Old Bob Miller's Sarsaparilla made in Mesa Arizona was awesome, it had bite. I think they're out of business now. Sioux City Sarsaparilla is now the predominant maker nationally, but just a little more sweet and a little more smooth than I personally prefer.


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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Mal•Adjusted


I've been reading 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.' The narrator isn't MPD exactly, but he's "chasing the ghost" of his former self. It made me think of this. I have a friend who's a psychology professor that asked if he could use some of my cartoons to illustrate lectures. I guess that also fed into this too.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mal•Adjusted




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