Fri, Sep 25 - Hmmm I'm not sure if this week's strip, is about anything in particular. But then again... you never know. Sometimes we end up with Bob the Angry Flower cartoons that I'm confident are absolute nonsense, and then a week later I realize it was some damn fool clear expression of an event or process or anxiety I simply hadn't noticed before. So... I don't want to say it's totally about nothing this time around. I've been burned on that score before. Fri, Sep 17 - And How It Goes I watched the Republican debate on CNN two nights ago. I had a whole bunch of reactions, to wit: Carly Fioriana came out on top. She did so by doing two things. She shut Trump down. Not once but twice.
I watched the Republican debate on CNN two nights ago. I had a whole bunce of reations, to wit: Carly Fioriana came out on top. She did so by doing two things. She shut Trump down. Not once but twice. 1) She destroyed him on his earlier remarks about her. She did it by waiting for the opportunity -- the debate-- and then hit him with himself and stood back. Once she'd done that, she later on did the second, Not to say I'm all in on Carly Fioriana. She's a terrifying figure, a monster being with no evident warmth or compassion for anyone. She's *worse* than Trump, far worse. She's not on record as having given a shit about anybody. She's got plenty to say about how much she intends everyone else on Earth to knuckle under to her. But has she even displayed a flicker of kindness? Maybe she has, but holy damn, I never naw a crack in the hate-rage armor last night. She's your terrible mom, or step-mom-, or grand-mom, saying what is right and true and what you must do right now. And why? Cuz she says. Oof, sorry, I'm not liking Carly. Woman or not, she seems like a creature of hate and rage arguing for power for its own sake. She's offering all the arguments for power, whether power over the poor, the young, the black, the female or the anybody else who didn't do what she did. I look at her and I shudder.
Fri, Sep 17 - And The How It Goes I watched the Republican debate on CNN two nights ago. I had a whole bunce of reations, to wit: Carly Fioriana came out on top. She did so by doing two things. 1) She shut Trump down. Not once but twice. She destroyed him on his earlier remarks about her. Se did it by waiting for the opportunity -- the debate-- and then hit him with himself and stood back. One she'd done that she did the second,2) She announced, without letting him interrupt, his history as somebody who has taken piles of other people's money and then lost it. Of course Trump spouted what he's always spouted -- that it's not he who went baknkupt (only his comapnies), and that he was good and smart and got loads of credit from bailing from Atlantic City before it fell apart before everybody else. But, for the first time, somebody posed to Trump his record of dumping other folks' debts, and made him squirm about what he'd do if he were in charge of America. Not to say I'm all in on Carly Fioriana. She's a terrifying figure, a monster being with no evident warmth or compassion for anyone. She's *worse* than Trump, far worse. She's not on record as having given a shit about anybody. She's got plenty to say about how much she intends everyone else on Earth to knuckle under to her. But has she even displayed a flicker of kindness? Maybe she has, but holy damn, I never naw a crack in the hate-rage armor last night. She's your terrible mom, or step-mom-, or grand-mom, saying what is right and true and what you must do right and true, and why? Cuz she says.Is there love in there? Compassion? Maybe. Perhaps. But holy shit did Carly not display any during the debate. She struck herself as the Republican Woman, againt Clinton, saying all the hardest tough things againt women that no other Republicans have the balls to say out loud. That women need to quit complaining about thousands of years of historical imbalance. That women should just shut the fuck up about their interests as women, cuz that's just a bunch of special-interest whining. That women need to stop being such helpless sluts getting fucked and whining about how they end up pregnant all the time because right women don't do that. Because she didn't.Right women did better. Like she didSo shut up, women. Stop talking about women. Quit whining. Oof, sorry, I'm not liking Carly. Woman or not, she seems like a creature of hate and rage arguing for power for its own sake. She's offering all the arguments for power, whether power over the poor, the young, the black, the female or the anybody else who doesn't have power. I look at her and I shudder. Given all that, or nothing besides, how would you folks a cartoon this week? How about this one?
Fri, Sep 4 - Not True I just thought I'd get the non-trueness of this week's strip out of the way at the outset. Bob's predicament, his problem, shall we say, is not one that is actually real in this world. It's not a thing. Still, it's real to him, and in cartoonland, that's the only thing that counts. Right, okay, now we've got that out of the way, let's proceed to this week's instance of jocularity, a fun little trifle I like to call
Fri, Aug 28 - Trumped Up I'm of two minds about the bizarre phenomenon that is Donald Trump. On the one hand, I feel like I'm being trolled, and that any attention paid to his clown act is wasted effort on a ridiculous sideshow. But on the other hand... it's a ridiculous sideshow! It's a clown act! I, like everyone else, can't look away! So, hitting while the iron's hot, and with great debt to Fantastic Four #1, I present
Fri, Aug 21 - Quick quick Hey, folks, after last week's drunken ramblings, it's gonna be a quick one this time, just a fast divebomb to zoom in and leave y'all trembling in the aftermath ofFri, Aug 14 - I don't wanna knowthis week, seeing as how the I saw the new Fantastic Four movie. It's too late in the morning for me to unpack all that's in and not in that film. But I will say that there's an aching lack of joy, wonder, amusement, fantasy. It's as real and dead as an iPhone plug that doesn't work any more. Josh Trank, you writer and director of this movie as well as Chronicle and the brilliant The Death and Rebirth of Superman tube on YouTube (**edit: wrong guy; Trank directed Chronicle, but it was Max Landis who wrote it and did the DaRoS YouTube**), I feel for you. Something fell. I've never made even a small movie, and I've certainly never made a multimillion-dollar superhero movie. I wonder how you feel about this motion picture. I know I don't know how I feel about it.
Before I spooj on this week's updates, I must allow that I'm in into REO Speedwagon's "I Don Wanna Know" as I create the update. So, so don't tell me that you love me, because I don't wanna.......knoooww
Are We Feeling The Bern? I think we're closer to it now than we have been. Last week Bernie Sanders, an unapologetic socialst, arrived in Seattle to boost his message. He accepted an invitation to speak in Westlake as part of a rally about Social Security. Right before Sanders was scheduled to speak, or indeed, after he'd delivered his first sentence, two young women leapt to the stage. They wore Black Lives Matters t-shirts. They took the mic and insisted that they be heard. They were yelled at by the crowd, and they yelled right back at the crowd. Sanders eventualy left the stage.The rally was shut down in their wake.Were they bad? I'll say that when I heard about it, I was hella frustrated with these women. If I'd been there to hear Sanders speak, I'd be boiling with anger that they took over the whole thing without even a scrap of interest in hearing what anybody else had to say. I was reminded of radical folks in my university years who felt that the radical need to be heard meant that you screamed and yelled and said what needed to be said, and if people got pissy with you for raising your voice, you didn't give a shit because all those would-be lily-livered supporters, if they weren't on your side when you got in faces and went big, if they weren't with you, then fuck 'em. They were never there to begin with. I hesitated about how I should feel about it. I know that there's no such thing as polite social action or waiting turns. The whitehot thing that needs to be talked about must be talked about NOW, and always, cuz otherwise it'll be ignored. But holy cow, did I not respect their lack of respect. Man, I don't think I would have enjoyed their yelling fiesta if they'd delivered to people I felt really needed to hear it. Calling for answers and refusting to listen... I didn't like that too much. And then, well, shit, am I the racist that they accused everyone presnt of being? On that, I guess I have to go, yeah, I am. If I am a pureblood racist because I find yelling and not listening distasteful, if I would have disliked some white goofbats who yelled over people I *(dislked)* and refused to let them speak, and would have felt that was a powerful issue that needed attention but also would have felt that if that had been your rally and a phalanx of environmental activists took *your* mic over and refused anybody else speak on Black Lives because the death of the planet is so much more important and anybody talking about anything else is missing the point and adding to the problem, then yup, I'm that racist. So, uh, yeah... I'm that racist dink. I won't give blanket approval to all actions taken on the BLM banner. I'll be the white guy deciding how much I approve. I'll be screamed and yelled at and I won't immediately say yes to all complaints. I'm that racist dink. However, I will say that, after the rally last weekend, Bernie Sanders amended his platform. You can see his general platform here, and you can see his brand-new set of Racial Justice policies . They're hardly new, in that he's been supporting them for decades, but they'e muore up front than they've ever been. They are deep and detailed. He's been working on them forever, but this event pressed him to go front and center with policies that speak to the horrific injustices that Blacks, and other minorities, in America face in trying to live a fair life. He talks about Racial Justice in terms of Phsyical Violence, Legal Violence, Political Violence and Economic Violence. And the things he's saying apply to pretty much everybody in this damn fool country. So, to conclude: I don't like people yelling to hold others to account but refusing to let them respond. I like very much that, after getting yelled at, a political candidate amended his platform and took on the problems he was yelled at for. I seriously doubt that the women who broke up his rally will note his change of policy directive or emphasis, because I think that they're ultimately more interested in yelling than in making useful or stategic change. But what the fuk do I know? I'm just a goof-ass cartoonist! here
I don't wanna know Before I spooj on this week's updates, I must allow that I'm in into REO Speedwagon's "I Don Wanna Know" as I create the update. So, so if you don't want to tell me that you love me,
because I don't wanna.......knoooww Anyway, let's move on from typing words and sentences into webcartoon updates, shall we? Let's amuse ourselves and others by presenting a brand fresh new shocking difficult striving oldschool lameass WeAllreadyKnowWhatHeHasToSay Bob the Angry Flower Cartoon, by which we mean this week's, by which we mean Fun, right? . this week, seeing as how the