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Friday, October 03, 2008

The Grate Debate

More whacky, wonderful stuff in the news. On the one hand we have the Senate dealing with what our leaders keep telling us is an economic catastrophe of historic proportions by passing a bill meant to ease the crisis. But not just any bill. This one's loaded with so much pork one can actually hear it oink. Meanwhile, the media giants are arguing about who won the vice-presidential debate. Who won? Funny, I didn't think there was supposed to be a winner until November, and I was under impression it was decided by votes, not a bunch of pundits scoring it like it was synchronized swimming.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John, okay so how are the Demos and The Repubs ever going to come to some way of passing a bill that might save our economy and keep the rest of us from living inside cardboard boxes? The answer of course is quid pro quo, and in this case that quid rhymes with pig. Pork-barreling or whatever euphemism you choose to call it is how it’s done in our nation’s capitol. Now you liberals might think that sheer intelligence alone should convince the rest of the country to punish Wall Street greed but let’s face it the obvious as far as I can recall ain’t ever won anybody any votes. But pork does.

Give a little pork, give a lot of pork, you get a lot of filet mignon back.

11:51 AM  
Blogger John M Crowther said...

Hiya, Anon. There's a lot of stuff "done in our nation's capital" that's neither right nor moral nor even healthy. This is a perfect example of the old saying, you can't make chicken salad out of chicken shit. Best you can hope for is chicken shit salad. But to get back to the porcine metaphor, isn't there something about sow's ears? Or is it pork bellies?

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez. This is getting ridiculous. "Anonymous" isn't a conservative. S/he is a liberal who thinks s/he knows how a conservative thinks, but is very sadly mistaken. I've seen through the ruse ever time one of these asinine posts have been made.
The only people likely to be fooled are those liberals who WANT to think the worst of conservatives. So hang it up, "anonymous".
It's growing tiresome.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous The true Anon. said...

Hey! There used to be a time in this great country of ours when being anonymous was an honor like the Congressional Medal of the same name. Now every Tom, Dick and Harriet can assume the name without the credentials. This faux anonymous seems to think I am a liberal in sheep’s clothing or maybe a pig’s. I am a conservative down to my hooves and the twist of my tail. Without pork-barreling there’d be no bacon so don’t forget it!

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Jean said...

QUOTE: Who won? Funny, I didn't think there was supposed to be a winner until November, and I was under impression it was decided by votes, not a bunch of pundits scoring it like it was synchronized swimming.UNQUOTE

She held her own though didn't she? She has charisma. He was the perfect gentleman. Surprisingly it was all very civil even if many issues were left hanging and therefore remain unresolved. I guess it did offer a (slightly) clearer insight though. You have way more interesting politics over there than here! LOL

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Lee said...

Agree with you, Jean. Sarah is charming and did a good job. Way to go, Sarah! Can you imagine what a show it would be with Hillary as president on the dem side and SP as vice president on the rep. side.
Still not sure what I am going to do in the way of a vote but know that I like both vice pres. better than the two running for president. (Big sigh)

8:32 PM  
Blogger John M Crowther said...

Sarah Palin's "aw shucks" "golly gosh" down home charm works as long as you don't listen to what she's saying, or better, isn't saying as she substitutes loopy nonsequiturs and canned talking points for substantive discussion of issues.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Jean said...

Oh I dunno John... she's way more eloquent than G Dubya. But I guess he's a man and can get away with it! *wink*

11:07 AM  
Blogger John M Crowther said...

Wow, Jean, to put "eloquent" into the same sentence with either of them denigrates the concept of eloquence. The biggest problem we have is that people are paying attention to style while ignoring the substance, or lack thereof. Indeed, it's the very thing that gave us Dubya in the first place.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Jean said...

Mmmm maybe. But isn't that just politics? Style is what sets people apart. Very few politicians have substance as well! LOL

Politicians are adept at not answering the question... (or worse... answering the question with another question) I think this debate proved she was up there with the best of them. (grin)

So why she is being singled out confounds me. Perhaps she presents a greater threat than her opponents are comfortable with. They should not underestimate her. Even Biden was caught on the back foot and missed the opportunity to be as hard hitting as he needed to be in this debate.

She may lack the polish of older more world weary politicians but therein lies her appeal I suspect. Whether we like it or not... it's her freshness that people are responding to. That doesn't make them dumb... it just means they are bored with the same tired old rhetoric.

I fear that attempts to disparage her will only fuel people's determination to see her in. Methinks the Democrat's need to rethink the response... and soon.

But hey... that's just me... and I can't vote anyway! grin.

5:29 PM  

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