More Cartoons

So ever since signing up to Instagram recently, I’ve been trying to post a new piece of art or cartoon every day (or as close as possible), to exercise my topical muscles a bit.

In the rush of it all I’ve not had the chance to update this site, so here are my most recent cartoons in one lump sum.

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Cartoons below – hope you enjoy them.

Speedy Boarding – 16th April 2017 – You have to ask yourself if the guy at the end of the Priority Queue really feels like he’s got his money’s worth
Turkeys Voting for Christmas – April 17th 2017 – Both specific to the Turkish referendum granting dictatorial powers to Erdogan, and a more general point on the recent (or is it?) trend for people to consistently vote against their own interests


“Who else wants a shot??” – April 18th – Theresa May calls a snap election before the reality or ramifications of Brexit become manifest
Empty Chair – April 20th 2017 – In the wake of Theresa May refusing to take part in any debates, BBC and ITV both threatened to replace her with an empty chair.

I came, I saw, I quit

So Sarah Palin has resigned as Governor of Alaska:

Gov. Sarah Palin will resign her office in a few weeks, she said during a news conference at her Wasilla home Friday morning

I won’t go on about this much. Even after all this time I’m still sick of hearing about her escapades.

On the face of it, this seems like a resoundingly stupid thing to do: to remove herself from elected office, thereby throwing away the last miniscule vestige of credibility she may have had. And why? Her garbled statements fails to shed any light. Was it because she would not stand by while taxpayer dollars were spent investigating her? Or maybe it was because staying on would be a quitter’s way out?

In any case, PalinSpeak is such a convoluted, contradictory mish-mash of talking points and vague folkisms that parsing it is a pointless endeavour. Theories abound as to why she’s taking the chance to quit now rather than end her term and not run for reelection, of course.

Ace of Spaces speculates that it could be ill health:

It’s over. You can’t resign from a governorship and then run for higher office. Barring some strong reason, like needing treatment for cancer.

I certainly hope that’s not the case. More likely, though: scandal.

I would not be surprised if this latest round of revelations shook something else loose that we haven’t heard about yet.

My guess is that regardless of the circumstances of her resignation, she won’t be leaving the spotlight anytime soon. To the ire of many who’d rather be getting on with more important things, a large number of Americans simply can’t get enough of her.

Prediction: She’ll accept a prime time show on Fox News, offering her a platform to further lodge herself in the public eye and secure a strong fan-base. Her first-night viewing figures will break records, and within 3 months of starting, her show will be in the top 3 most viewed shows on the channel.

Update 05 Jul 09 – Josh Marshall reports that Palin is now threatening to sue The HuffPo, Washington Post, NY Times and MSNBC for defamation after they all reported a possible scandal involving the contractors used to build the Wasilla Sports Complex.

RIP Madelyn Dunham

Tragic. I’m glad Obama had his chance to see her before this, and I hope everyone who mocked him for taking time out of his campaign feels shame to their core.

I can’t think of anything else to say, so I’ll leave with a word from Andrew:

“May she rest in peace. She did good.”

Good luck tomorrow, America. Let’s see what you’re made of.

Plan for Change

A new 2 minute-long ad from Obama spells out what he wants to do once in office.

Personally I love it: it’s substantive, logical, and it highlights the effects to the working class. But I’m not sure if your average low-information voter is going to sit through 2 minutes of, well, just talking. Maybe I’m underestimating the average American, but there’s a reason why most political ads are 30 second long “hit-and-run” style messages, with exciting graphics and the reassuring bass growl of a narrator.

This actually hits on the reason why I simultaneously respect Obama so much, and fear for the election: he’s not speaking down to people. He’s not telling them what to think, he’s not pushing smears, he’s not peddling to the lowest denominator. If America reacts to open, honest discussion of the issues, I’ll raise a glass to a people whose judgement survived 8 years of empty politics. But if they don’t, then they’ll have earned what they get in McCain.