Monday, June 26, 2017

Today's Health Tip: Get A Pair Of FDA-Approved Innuit-Style Goggles — Before Reading The American Health Care Act (USHR) Or Better Care Reconciliation Act Of 2017 (USS) — To Avoid Bull$hit Blindness

Along with today's 'toon, Tom/Dan's e-mail included the following:

It’s one of those weeks where I’m finishing up too late and juggling the deadline with some family responsibilities, so I’m going to make this a short note. One correction from last week, though — I’ve been going through a bunch of old work in order to put together some new slide shows for the various festivals I’ll be speaking at in July and September (one in Ireland, and three different ones in a two week period in Italy), and I guess after reading a bunch of my cartoons from the 2000s, I had Bush on the brain, because I made an offhand reference to the “Bush cabinet.” For the record, George W. Bush is no longer president — I’m told a fellow named “Trump” has assumed the office. I plan to check into this, it could be relevant to my work.

Actually, speaking of Trump — as we all must, and far too often — check out the video embedded in this tweet and tell me that this is not a man suffering from some form of cognitive impairment. If you can't bear to watch the full video, I've taken the liberty of transcribing it verbatim, and it almost reads like something William Burroughs would have come up with in his experiments with random cut-up text.

TRUMP: Well I didn’t tape him, uh you never know what’s happening when you see that the Obama administration and perhaps longer than that was doing all of this unmasking and, uh, surveillance and you read all about it and I’ve been reading about it for the last couple of months about the seriousness of the, and horrible situation with surveillance all over the place, and you’ve been hearing the word ‘unmasking,’ a word you’ve probably never heard before, so you never know what’s out there, but I didn’t tape, and I don’t have any tape and I didn’t tape, but when he found out that, uh, I, you know that there may be tapes out there, whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else and who knows, I think his story may have changed, I mean you’ll have to take a look at that, because then he has to tell what actually took place at the events, and my story didn’t change, my story was always a straight story, my story was always the truth, but you’ll have to determine for yourself whether or not his story changed but, uh, I did not tape.

INTERVIEWER: It was a smart way to make sure he stayed honest in those hearings!

TRUMP: Well uh, it wasn’t uh, it wasn’t very stupid I can tell you that. He was, he did admit that what I said was right and if you look further back before he heard about that I think maybe he wasn’t admitting that, so you’ll have to do a little investigative reporting to determine that, but I don’t think it’ll be that hard.

The thing that's going to come back to haunt him from that jumbled word salad is the admission that he knowingly and deliberately engaged in witness intimidation. To paraphrase the apocryphal curse, we do indeed live in interesting times.

Until next week!

Dan (aka Tom)

And there you have Tom/Dan's interpretation of the Traitor-in-Chief's appearance on Faux News. It is the babble of an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. If this is (fair & balanced) cartooning with the bite of a virtual Rottweiler, so be it.

PS: Today's 'toon is a colloquy between Sparky The Wonder Penguin (in his Inuit-style goggles to ward off -snow- blindness — just substitute "bull$hit" for "snow") and Biff, the Terrorist man-in-the-street, discussing the Terrorist attempt to destroy the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and millions of US citizens.

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[Dan Perkins is an editorial cartoonist better known by the pen name "Tom Tomorrow." His weekly comic strip, "This Modern World," which comments on current events from a strong liberal perspective, appears regularly in approximately 150 papers across the U.S., as well as on Daily Kos. The strip debuted in 1990 in SF Weekly. Perkins, a long time resident of Brooklyn, New York, currently lives in Connecticut. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism in both 1998 and 2002. When he is not working on projects related to his comic strip, Perkins writes a daily political blog, also entitled "This Modern World," which he began in December 2001. More recently, Dan Perkins, pen name Tom Tomorrow, was named the winner of the 2013 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning. Even more recently, Dan Perkins was a runner-up for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.]

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