Probably funnier if you have not been in earshot of the Pittsburgh Police’s sonic cannon. Using military-grade weaponry—even the non-lethal sort—is a strange way to “Protect and Serve.” Watched them do it for a pre-planned, 15 minute lie-down protest. It equally hit the people (including babies) in the cars stuck behind the protest.
15% of income is actually way better than the proposed Trumpcare numbers (where you may have to pay upwards of 50% of income, with older people hit hardest). I’ll take 15% for sure, consistently. Especially as there’s nothing stopping employers from paying a heck of a lot more, as regular paycheck, if they’re not on the hook for your healthcare costs.
Please make there by a way to turn the “replacement” comics off, either individually or entirely. Hoping to see something you like, and instead seeing something you dislike is not a bonus. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the substitutions, anyway. Garfield as a substitution for Mom’s Cancer? Andy Capp (which was regressive 40 years ago) as a substitution for (Th)ink? (Just in case I’ve never heard of Garfield?) If the guy who drew Mom’s cancer has another strip, and you want to drop that in as a substitution, fine. But not random dregs.
Presume this was written / submitted some days ago?
I’m looking at a graphic from a couple of years ago, showing the huge proportion of our budget going to the military, and another showing the cost of corporate subsidies. Now, some of those are overlapping (subsidies to military hardware development). But add in cost-savings to consumers, if we were able to pay the same prices for drugs as the rest of the free world…and the cost savings for not having to pay a “profit premium” on our health care…and the Bernie numbers start to look downright conservative.
I guess we each see what we’re expecting to see.
“Raven,” as well as the non-English version Brynn, have been used as names for a long time, implying “beautiful, smart and black haired” in cultures where they don’t imply “beautiful, smart and black.” The victim blaming comment is still thoughtless, though. The cure for name discrimination—which certainly does exist!—is not “name camouflage.”
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Thanks for this, deftly handled.
You know, you can deplore murder, and support free speech, without actually lauding every instance of free speech. Including those that were (horribly and criminally) “answered” by murder.
The “mes fesses, tu les aimes, mes fesses?” (naked mohammed as porn bottom) Hebdo drawings are only be funny if you think it’s funny to mock islamic people for kneeling, butts-up, during prayer. (Or, I suppose, if you think it’s intrinsically funny to imagine any religious figure as a naked, ass-up gay porn figure, with dripping genitals.)
I completely support the right to print those particular cartoons. The ACLU supported the right of Nazis to march in Skokie, for the same reason: Free speech matters above all. But I don’t therefore have to support giving the publication, overall, a special commendation, or a gold star for the quality of their speech.
Over the years, some of the Hebdo art has been brilliant. Most of it has been puerile T&A. Some of it has been small-minded…unfunny to anyone who doesn’t find T&A intrinsically groundbreaking and funny…and, yes, bullying in tone (that being the core of “punching downwards”).
The “crying mohammed” is brilliant, but if you listen to the video where they decided on that cover, one guy first says, “we can’t just run another Mohammed as camel-f*cker cover, they’ll all be expecting that.” Problem is, he’s right. Most of the publication was at exactly that (very low effort, very low effect, very repetitive) level. It’s a shame, as each of the cartoonists could, and sometimes did achieve brilliance.