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commented on Chip Bok
3 months ago
Considering the sorts of cartoons that Mr. Bok creates, I really doubt that he gives a damn about understanding issues or helping those who view his cartoons to understand them. Still, I’ll add my voice to the others who have pointed out that this cartoon just exhibits the sort of extreme ignorance that may well doom us to greater environmental catastrophe than we need to face. “Global warming” refers to the rise in average global temperatures—the increase in thermal energy in the world as a whole. It does not mean, as Mr. Bok appears to believe, that temperatures everywhere will be a little higher than they have been in the past. A few minutes of reviewing serious research (Fox News doesn’t count) would make this clear. It would be nice of Mr. Bok decided to provide intelligent and insightful cartoons advancing his viewpoint, rather than the sort of ignorant biases he often chooses to base his cartoons on.
commented on Glenn McCoy
5 months ago
This is really vile! I can’t stand Sharpton but really, no one—not even Sharpton—was asking for cops to be killed. It’s really regrettable that simple-minded people feel they have to reduce these issues to taking sides: either you’re with the cops and won’t hear of any criticism—everything any cop does is golden because they’re the “good guys” protecting us from the “bad guys”—or you’re against the cops because they’re all thugs who don’t deserve to live. What a ridiculous, juvenile way to think of these issues. There are, without doubt, instances unnecessary use of force and, yes, brutality by police. And these unjustified acts are disproportionately directed at young black men. You’d have to be blind or a fool to deny that. And, yes, the vast majority of police are good, decent, brave men and women who are risking their own safety to protect us. Both claims are true. Glenn McCoy seems not to be able to hold both truths in his head. Worse, he seems not to understand that those he disagrees with are capable of holding both truths in their heads.
commented on Glenn McCoy
7 months ago
It’s because so many of their members believe what McCoy is pushing here that the Republican Party is called “the Party of Stupid.”
commented on Lisa Benson
7 months ago
Put your fingers in your ears, Lisa, and shout loudly, “la, la, la, la,” so you don’t have to hear that the horribly incompetent, mismanaged, corrupt government program making loans to alternative energy corporations expects to make $6-7B on the loans it’s made. (Check out the story in Bloomberg: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-11-12/u-dot-s-dot-expects-5-billion-from-program-that-funded-solyndra) Personally, I’d like to have my own assets mismanaged as incompetently.
commented on Tom Toles
9 months ago
Maybe one of the contestants in this war over territory should have been depicted as female. It ain’t just men who do this. (“On Tuesday, a Florida woman was removed from a flight from New York to West Palm Beach after she “flipped out” when a seat back was reclined in front of her, reported ABC News.”<http://www.boston.com/news/nation/2014/09/02/the-war-the-reclining-airplane-seats-continues-with-another-flight-diversion/TuhYpHAyM086ygqmsJJQIK/story.html>)
commented on Henry Payne
10 months ago
On seeing Payne’s cartoon, I logged on to post a comment pointing out the ignorance it showed. I was pleased to see that others had already done so. Elian was to be returned to his only surviving parent, his father from whom he’d been kidnapped by his mother who wasn’t happy with the custody decision and chose to subject Elian to a life-threatening boat trip to Florida. He was never in any danger of being abused, forced into slavery or being a child soldier, or killed. Yes, he should have been returned to his father and there would have been no controversy over it but for the Right’s paranoia over the failed communist regime in Cuba. The situation with the children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador is completely different. Only someone suffering from a blinding political agenda and disrespectful of his audience would suggest that the cases are symmetric.
commented on Lisa Benson
over 1 year ago
Ms. Benson proves that there are still professions (?) that one can pursue even if one has neither knowledge of the relevant facts nor intelligence to evaluate the evidence. America’s a great country; you can always find an audience that allows you to be a cartoonist (or pundit on Fox, for that matter) and pontificate about things you have no understanding of. (And, I use ‘pontificate’ with apologies to the current Pontiff.)
commented on Dana Summers
over 1 year ago
To Parker Pleads Pardon for Dr. Canuck and Martens:
One point in response and one questions:
There are, of course, many negative stereotypes of women. I certainly didn’t mean to suggest otherwise. Though I’ve seen many of those—and many recently—I don’t remember seeing any recently that suggested that the difference between men and women was that men are responsible, multi-faceted characters and women have only one hedonistic thought. That’s what Dana Summers’ cartoon is saying if you take it seriously. (And, again, I assume it was meant in a light-hearted, teasing way.)
But my question is this: Why do you think it’s amiss for me to make the point I did about courts? There’s ample evidence that fathers are routinely relegated to a status of second-class parent (if they’re allowed to continue to parent after divorce at all). (Read Sanford Braver’s Divorced Dads: Shattering the Myths for evidence of this.) And it seems obvious that part of the reason courts tend to favor mothers is that there is a stereotype that mothers are better parents. The image of a lazy, bumbling, incompetent, or uncaring father is a common trope in advertising and in popular comedies. It doesn’t seem at all amiss to me to suggest that the specific stereotype that Summers’ cartoon reinforces (mom’s thinking about the kids, meals, laundry—everything that’s necessary to provide a good home for kids—and dad’s just thinking about beer) plays a role in disadvantaging men in divorce/custody proceedings.
commented on Gary Varvel
over 1 year ago
Perhaps political cartoonists should be required to take a course on climate and weather so that they would understand the difference between the two. I think it’s unfortunate that global climate change has gotten labeled in the popular press “global warming.” That has led people who don’t understand the issues (or don’t want us to understand the issues) to think (or pretend to think) that the now well-established theory of global climate change means that for each of us, everywhere, every day will be a couple of degrees warmer. When we have a cold snap in a region, this leads people like the dullard Sen. Inhofe and others to think that global climate change has been refuted.
Perhaps it’s bad form to make a serious comment about a cartoon such as this, but I’ll do it nevertheless. Of course, all of us know that this is a false characterization of the differences between how men and women think. (And I don’t mean just because some of us men think more about single malt scotch then we do about beer, or even because we know that most men think more about sex than beer.) Men juggle lots of different issues and they’re not all shallow, hedonistic concerns. Men think about and worry about how their children are doing. There’s plenty of research about how men’s well-being is affected by concerns for the well-being of their children. Men worry about whether they’ll be able to support their families. The are more likely than women to have the responsibility for keeping cars and houses in good working order—keeping track of these things, if not doing the work themselves.
And, if we wanted to paint women in a bad light, we could reverse the cartoon’s target and portray them about thinking only about the next sale on women’s clothing or the latest romance novel they read while men juggle serious concerns about work, family, and so forth.
I’m sure Summers means this strip to be good-natured teasing. And, there’s one way in which the stale trope of the good-for-nothing (even if lovable oaf) of a man works to men’s advantage. It sets a low bar for men to exceed. But these sorts of cheap shots at men bother me because men do care about and think a lot about their children and making their lives go well. When mothers and fathers divorce, these hackneyed stereotypes of men as useless, hedonistic, loafers hurt their chances for achieving shared custody of their children. Courts, who are notoriously bad at actually relying on social science research, are not immune to being influenced by these stereotypes. Far too often, they take good, loving fathers (who think about much more than beer) our of their children’s lives, except as financial providers through forced child support payments.
Even jokes meant in jest can contribute to an environment that harms good fathers, and their children.
Now, I’m going to take a break to get a beer—which is, of course, all I’ve been thinking about as I’ve typed this.
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