Mike Doonesbury graduated from Walden University (aka Yale) and pursued an advertising career that took him to a Seattle software company as its advertising director. Doonesbury lives in Seattle with his second wife and, in today's strip, is drinking coffee (What else in StarbucksWorld?) and listening to talk radio. Mike Doonesbury is listening to NPR and (old college classmate and chum) Mark Slackmeyer. On today's "All Things Being Equal," Slackmeyer is interviewing Tea Party acitivist, "Lamont Whirley." The final panel speaks for itself.
In the seond 'toon in today's twin bill, John Sherffius takes on the dumbest public body in the land (and that's saying a lot): The State Board of Education of Texas. The born-again majority on the SBOE has proposed revisions of the high school history curriculum. Sherffius gives us a view of the opening paragraph of the resulting history textbook in the Lone Star State. The old hymn unknown to the SBOE Dumbos contained the phrase, "Weep, little children, weep." Truer words were never spoken.
The Tea Party crowd and their ilk on the Texas SBOE love to call men like Representatives James Clyburn (D-SC) [and John Lewis (D-GA) niggers and Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) a faggot. The name-callers are dumber than dirt and deserve to burn in Hell (if it exists) through eternity. F*ck them and the horse they rode in on. If this is a (fair & balanced) Sunday benediction, so be it.
[As an undergrad at Yale University, Garry B. Trudeau drew a caricature of the Yale QB (and Saturday hero), Brian Dowling, for the Yale Daily News. Trudeau followed with a comic strip for the paper, "Bull Tales," that evolved into "Doonesbury." Trudeau holds a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Yale. "Doonesbury" was syncicated nationally and appears in more than 1,000 newspapers today. In 1975, he became the first comic strip artist to win a Pulitzer Prize, traditionally awarded to editorial-page cartoonists. In 1993, he was made a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.]
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Texas SBOE's Historical Revisionism
By John Sherffius
[John Sherffius began drawing editorial cartoons for the Daily Bruin, the campus newspaper at UCLA. After two years of working as a freelance artist, after graduation, he was hired by the Ventura County Star in Southern California as a graphic artist and gradually worked his way into editorial cartooning for the paper. In 1998, he was hired by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the newspaper's editorial cartoonist, a job he held until 2003 when he quit the paper over editorial differences. Sherffius bridled at editorial insistence that he tone down cartoons attacking Republicans. Sherffius then went to work for the Boulder Daily Camera where his cartoons appear regularly and are syndicated nationally by the Copley News Service. Sherffius won the 2008 Herblock Prize for Editorial Cartooning.]
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