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So, after some deliberation, I decided to stop running this blog.

I’ve said my bit. most of my best work is in the early days of the blog when I could still muster up fucks to give, still found it in me to be really offended by comics, and didn’t just fall to sacatic “yeah, because you know…” humor and swearing. I haven’t had the time to really go through the Cagle site recently, and nor the Political Cartoon tag on Tumblr. I’d say I’d pass the torch on, but the relay has already passed me. A Good Cartoon and SECOTM are better, more active and more consistent blogs these days anyway. This was a fun thing to do for a while, but it was a chore for a while, and an ignored side project for the last month.

I might still update once in a blue moon if I suddenly get inspired to do so, but mostly, I’m just gonna call it quits and consentrate on my personal blog and few fan blogs.

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So I did what seemingly most people talking about it didn’t: I watched the Obama campaign ad about the Osama.

It’s here if you want to take a look.

To summarize, it’s Bill Clinton talking about how a president has to make decisions, and that Romney had said, in 2007 that trying to hunt down Bin Laden wasn’t important and had criticized Obama’s decision to authorize attacks into Pakistan if necessary.

Now, when people criticize the ad, or the act itself, I’m a bit torn. I can buy the criticism when it comes from the left. Matt Bors, for example offers no compromise. To many critics on the left, the whole idea of attacking someone in Pakistani territory was dangerous idea, because Pakistan has nuclear weapons and might consider it to be a provookation (though pragmatically, it turned out that the fact that Bin Laden was hiding in plain sight was far more embarassing than the amount of pride they had to criticize the surprise attack). But from the right? I don’t buy it. With so much beating of the war drum, and acting like the whole world is their enemy, I think Asay, Ramirez and the rest of the usual suspects would have defended a Navy Seal raid of the Vatican to catch Osama. Actually, that’s not even theoretical, conservative pundits defended US attacks on a Vatican embassy in order to catch Noriega. And let’s not forget many of the verysame cartoonists own glee about the Osama killing a year ago.

Now about the ad itself. Is it grandstanding? I wouldn’t say so. It’s more solemn. it does criticize Romney, but without the usual scare chords and such. The emphasis in visuals isn’t the usual millitary jingoism, instead, there are firemen celebrating in New York (FDNY being one of the heroes and victims of 9/11). The ad does claim some amount of personal responsibility to Obama, but they cite George Bush on this. And sure enough, as many pople have noted, Bush did a quite a lot more, and undeserved grandstanding. Glass houses and rocks, people.

So yeah, what do I think? Well, for one, the ad is not that bad. It could have been a lot worse. It’s also a bit of a double edged sword. Either you retain an image as a man of peace, or you play by the rules of the political discourse and remind people that you’re not weak on defense (which is a bit of a misnomer, as the US would have to cut down excessively to be considered less than paranoidly hard on defense). In the end, do you hate the player or do you hate the game? If you really do hate the game, then yeah, I’ll take your criticism with face value, but if you’re player-hating, then no, you don’t get to say Obama “spiked the ball” when Bush landed a goddamn fighter jet ona  aircraft carrier and held a speech in fronnt of a huge American Flag banner reading “Mission Accomplished”… nine years ago, during a war that is still ongoing.

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At first I missed the thin column on the far left that reads ‘Fantasy Friday.’ Doesn’t change the fact that Muir is exposing himself as a naive oaf who doesn’t understand… well, anything.
Let’s say Obama is removed from office. Congrats Joe Biden, you’re running things now. Does Muir not realize that?
And what is Obama supposed to be arrested for, anyway? Just being a Democrat? Just because Muir doesn’t like him? What actual crime has he committed that would warrant impeachment, let alone an unprecedented removal by some never-named authority (really, who’s supposed to be arresting him)?
‘Fantasy’ is certainly the right word. The only connection reality here is that the White House and Barack Obama exist. Everything else here is the fevered dreams of a madman.

My fantasy friday is that Chris Muir finds his calling as a shitty porn cartoonist, and stops polluting the net with his ludicrous political fantasies.

But he can’t draw porn, either. He just traces. Badly.
As far as I know, his only talent is doing exactly what he has been: “drawing” comics so terrible that you can’t look away. Kantian nihilism!

I hadn’t looked into Muir’s work, because I’m not a masochist, but I guessed that would be what he does. He really can’t draw for shit. Further evidenced by these comics, that seem to be photoshop filter remakes of photos of the White House, and rarely ever drawing actual people.
If there’s one goal for my blog and my co-operation with SECOTM, it would be to mock Muir to the point that he stops publishing his bullshit comic, and go work on something productive with his life.

pleasingtumblog:

wtfpoliticalcartoons:

secotm:

At first I missed the thin column on the far left that reads ‘Fantasy Friday.’ Doesn’t change the fact that Muir is exposing himself as a naive oaf who doesn’t understand… well, anything.

Let’s say Obama is removed from office. Congrats Joe Biden, you’re running things now. Does Muir not realize that?

And what is Obama supposed to be arrested for, anyway? Just being a Democrat? Just because Muir doesn’t like him? What actual crime has he committed that would warrant impeachment, let alone an unprecedented removal by some never-named authority (really, who’s supposed to be arresting him)?

‘Fantasy’ is certainly the right word. The only connection reality here is that the White House and Barack Obama exist. Everything else here is the fevered dreams of a madman.

My fantasy friday is that Chris Muir finds his calling as a shitty porn cartoonist, and stops polluting the net with his ludicrous political fantasies.

But he can’t draw porn, either. He just traces. Badly.

As far as I know, his only talent is doing exactly what he has been: “drawing” comics so terrible that you can’t look away. Kantian nihilism!

I hadn’t looked into Muir’s work, because I’m not a masochist, but I guessed that would be what he does. He really can’t draw for shit. Further evidenced by these comics, that seem to be photoshop filter remakes of photos of the White House, and rarely ever drawing actual people.

If there’s one goal for my blog and my co-operation with SECOTM, it would be to mock Muir to the point that he stops publishing his bullshit comic, and go work on something productive with his life.

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The “Obama ate a dog” story was too juicy (apologies) to ignore. It’s just plain funny. Adding to the comedy is the fact that people are talking about the candidates’ decades-ago treatment of dogs in the first place. Obama’s campaign is “obsessed with the dog thing,” as even liberal commentators like Chris Hayes acknowledge. And now Romney supporters will obsess over the ate-a-dog thing. There are much bigger fish to fry — and like most people, I prefer seafood over canine. When it comes to election politics, fairness goes out the window. I hope my cartoon helps highlight how silly it is.
Nate Beeler on the Dogmeatgate. I actually kinda agree with him here, the whole thing is a non-issue.

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For other good blogs about political cartoons:

Matt Bors, when the revolution comes, he will be the cartoonist first up against the wall… to pose for pictures of a new, peaceful time.

SECOTM does the same shit that I do, but more regularly and better than me, that’s why I reblog his posts all the time. And his side project Iran Has Nukes! counting all the cartoons telling the same they told us before the war on Iraq.

A Good Cartoon offers “alternative” interpretations of terrible political cartoons.

Chuck Asay Explained what exactly goes in the mind of one of the  most ridiculed cartoonists, who borders on self parody half the time.

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