The Week in Editorial Cartoons – The Perfect Oil Clean Up Crew

(8PM EST   – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)

Crossposted at Daily Kos

THE WEEK IN EDITORIAL CARTOONS

This weekly diary takes a look at the past week’s important news stories from the perspective of our leading editorial cartoonists (including a few foreign ones) with analysis and commentary added in by me.

When evaluating a cartoon, ask yourself these questions:

1. Does a cartoon add to my existing knowledge base and help crystallize my thinking about the issue depicted?

2. Does the cartoonist have any obvious biases that distort reality?

3. Is the cartoonist reflecting prevailing public opinion or trying to shape it?

The answers will help determine the effectiveness of the cartoonist’s message.

:: ::



Clean Up Crew by Cam Cardow, Ottawa Citizen, Buy this cartoon

SPECIAL DAILY KOS ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS

Two new environmental series were started recently and eKos — which I highlighted last week — has some exciting new updates.  The environmental challenges we face today are many, daunting, and transcend national boundaries.  Please support these efforts through your diary comments and, importantly, recommends to highlight many critical issues that we, as a country and integral part of the larger international community, are confronted with.  These talented and dedicated writers count on your active support to bring these issues to the forefront and attention of not only our national and state legislators but also many influential environmental groups.  Thank you.

EcoAdvocates is a new series initiated by Meteor Blades and Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, who are its contributing editors. This series focuses on providing more effective political pressure and taking action on environmental issues. The series’ contributing writers provide a diversity of perspectives including wind/energy/climate change; water; agriculture/food; mountaintop removal mining/coal; wildlife; environmental justice; and indigenous/human rights/civil rights. Contributing writers include: Bill McKibben, Jerome a Paris, mogmaar, boatsie, Aji, rb137, Ellinorianne, faithfull, Oke, Jill Richardson, Patric Juillet, Josh Nelson, beach babe in fl, Ojibwa, Muskegon Critic, Desmogblog, A Siegel, gmoke, DWG, citisven, and FishOutofWater.

This Week in Climate Change by LaughingPlanet is a new weekly series at Daily Kos devoted to climate change and related news. The hope is that we can engage in constructive debate about the issues raised by the topics presented, and coalesce around the action items proposed each week.

The diary is published weekly on Wednesday afternoons around 1:00PM Pacific Time.

The eKos Earthship Wednesday: Climate Bill Reax Open Thread was posted earlier today.  Please follow it closely for important updates.

You can now get the eKos RSS Newsfeed on your desktop and an RSS Widget for posting in diaries and comments.  Detailed instructions for the newsfeed are provided in this diary.  

patrickz also posted instructions on how to include the widget in diaries and comments

One of the original goals of the eKos project was to link up all

recent eco-diaries to provide more exposure.  I think we finally have a

solution.  It isn’t flashy, but it updates automatically via the eKos

RSS feed.  Any diary tagged ‘eKos’ will go into the feed (keep in mind

that you may have to refresh the browser to see it update, and that it

may take a few minutes to update even then).

I have the code for the widget posted in a Google doc:

http://docs.google.com/documen…

I have two versions, one for diaries, one for comments.  I added spaces

to the diary code so that it would be centered.  The code includes a

link back to the google doc page, to help spread the widget.

If you can, please post the code at the end of your eco-diaries.  I

think this will help bring more eyeballs to everybody’s work.  Please e-

mail me if you have any problems embedding the widget, or if you have

any suggestions.

:: ::

INTRODUCTION

More than three weeks after the British Petroleum Oil Spill in the Gulf Coast region, one would have thought that editorial cartoonists would move on to other issues and not cover environmental dangers posed by this disaster as much as they’ve done brilliantly since April 20th.  That has certainly not been the case over the past few days.  This week’s cartoons cover a wide range of issues connected with the cleanup: what our responsibilities ought to be as energy consumers and citizens, governmental oversight and accountability, assessing the damage done, re-evaluating our energy policies, and coming up with workable solutions to minimize contaminating the Gulf’s waters.

Bruce Beattie

Bruce Beattie, Comics.com (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

As if dealing with this environmental and economic tragedy weren’t enough, Wall Street had a severe case of the jitters and with several economies in the Euro-Zone (Greece’s in particular) needing a very serious economic stimulus injection, the cartoonists were handed another major issue to dwell upon.  

An article in the Outlook section of the Washington Post detailed what’s at stake and separates fact from fiction



Monte Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons, Buy this cartoon

:: ::

5 Myths about the European debt crisis

Just when the American economy appeared to be on the mend, a new crisis is stressing global financial markets.  Greece’s difficulty in financing its bloated budget deficit — and the prospect that its debt troubles will spread throughout Europe and beyond — is dominating the news.  The euro has shed 12 percent of its value this year, and U.S. stock markets have shuddered in response, with the Dow declining almost 6 percent in the past week alone.

The authorities have stepped in, with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund putting together a $141 billion rescue plan that compels Athens to swallow some tough austerity measures.  Will it work?  Or will the problems spread?

Read the rest of this article

Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s nomination by President Barack Obama to the United States Supreme Court received a generally favorable reaction from the editorial cartoonists.  

A few facts about Kagan’s nomination and how the court’s makeup will change this coming Fall

  • She will be the third female justice (and fourth ever) on the bench.  Interestingly, all three of them are New Yorkers.
  • How geographically diverse will the court be?  Four justices are from New York (Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Roberts), two from neighboring Trenton, New Jersey (Scalia and Alito), two come from Northern California (Kennedy and Breyer), and Justice Thomas is from Georgia.
  • When she finally replaces Justice John Paul Stevens, it will be the first time in the country’s history that none of the nine justices will be a Protestant.  The court’s religious makeup will be six Catholics (Roberts, Kennedy, Alito, Thomas, Scalia, and Sotomayor) and three Jewish justices (Ginsburg, Breyer, and Kagan).
  • Upon her confirmation, six justices will hail from Harvard Law School including Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Breyer, Ginsburg, and Kagan.  Ginsburg, though, transferred and graduated from Columbia Law School.  The other three (Kennedy, Alito, and Sotomayor) are Yale Law School graduates.

As the below cartoon by Clay Bennett of the Chattanooga Times Free Press indicates, the Republicans will make some noises in coming weeks (like they usually do) but no one thinks that Kagan won’t be confirmed to the bench

Clay Bennett

K-A-G-A-N by Clay Bennett, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

After forcing Governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) out of the Republican Party in Florida, Teabaggers claimed their first victory over an incumbent United States Senator when three-term Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) was defeated this past weekend at the Utah Republican Party’s nominating convention.  With the Tea Party’s ultra-right challengers creating trouble for the GOP establishment in several states (Arizona and Kentucky among them), where is the Republican Party headed?  And given the fact that such developments push eventual Republican nominees even further to the political right, is this a gift for the Democratic candidates in the November Elections?  It certainly cannot hurt.

Long gone are the days when the GOP boasted a number of political moderates such as Governor Nelson Rockefeller (R-NY), Senator Edward Brooke (R-MA), Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY), Senator Mac Mathias (R-MD), Senator Chuck Percy (R-IL), and Senator Mark Hatfield (R-OR) who actually had an interest in governance and enacting meaningful legislation.  

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers noted this trend on his blog

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers, Comics.com (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

:: ::

Borders

Arizona isn’t the only xenophopic place around.  Have you seen the wall and barbed wire surrounding the Republican Party lately?  It is frightening how far to the right they are swinging.  In the process, they are scaring away moderates like Arlen Specter and Charlie Crist.  Advice to prospective members of the GOP: if you want to join, remember to bring your papers.

Altie cartoonist Matt Bors issued a challenge to Grover Norquist, who objected vociferously to the use of the term “Teabagger” by President Barack Obama.  In a move widely interpreted as a sign of desperation, Norquist has (as this diary goes to press) placed a call to Republican pinch hitter extraordinaire Alan Keyes.  No word yet if Keyes — known to pop up in strange political environments and places — will accept and force Bors to pay “reparations” to Teabaggers.  

Developing…

Matt Bors

Matt Bors, Comics.com (Idiot Box)

Finally, while not planned for this week but given the large number of editorial cartoons on the Gulf oil spill and breaking news of Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, I wanted to share the work of these talented cartoonists.  I’ll probably post another 20-30 cartoons in the comments section which will bring the total number closer to 130 in this diary.

Enjoy the cartoons and do share them with family, friends, and acquaintances.  Nothing like a good editorial cartoon to rebut Rightwing talking points.  The next edition of this diary will be published on Monday, May 24th.  Thanks.

:: ::

1. CARTOONS OF THE WEEK



Jesus Gulf Oil Spill by Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons, Buy this cartoon

:: ::

He can’t walk on water anymore, can he?  I wonder what the religious fundamentalists are thinking of now.  Is it apocalyptic enough for them?

:: ::

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Boston Globe)



Neanderthal Beck by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, Buy this cartoon



Tea Party Victim by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, Buy this cartoon



RJ Matson, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Buy this cartoon

Drew Sheneman

Drew Sheneman, Comics.com (Newark Star-Ledger)

Mike Luckovich

Mike Luckovich, Comics.com (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)



Big Fat Greek Market by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Buy this cartoon

Chip Bok

Chip Bok, Comics.com (Akron Beacon-Journal)

Steve Sack

Steve Sack, Comics.com (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)



Moderate Republicans by John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Buy this cartoon



BP Mother’s Day Gift by RJ Matson, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Buy this cartoon

Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Houston Chronicle

:: ::

2. Looking at Ourselves in the Mirror: Don’t Blame Us, We’re Only Consumers!

MIke Thompson

Mike Thompson, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Detroit Free Press

:: ::

Thompson doesn’t exonerate one of the the main culprits in this environmental disaster — all of us!  If it weren’t for our insatiable appetites and our gas-guzzling ways, our drug dealers (the oil companies) would not be making it easier for us to get high.  Are oil companies like British Petroleum ethical and genuinely concerned about the environment as they would like us to believe?  Hardly, as Thompson graphically illustrates in this brilliant animation in which he gives us a tour of ‘BP Land’  

You have to wonder when we Americans are going to finally learn our lesson.  Sure, British Petroleum and its contractors deserve all the scorn Americans are heaping on them.  But in a sense, that scorn is a little like a junkie getting mad at their dealer for spilling their drug of choice on the ground.

America, as even former President George W. Bush acknowledged, is addicted to oil.  We burn through about 21 million barrels of oil per day, but only pump about six million barrels per day.  As a result, we fight wars for oil, we cozy up with dictators for oil and anger millions, we send billions of dollars overseas each year to buy the stuff and we destroy our planet by using it in our cars and homes.

Forget about what we pay at the pump, the price of oil has climbed dramatically over the past few decades and will go higher still.  By 2030, the world’s population will be roughly double what it was in 1980 and the demand for oil will far surpass supply, according to published reports.  So even greater sacrifices loom if we fail to wean ourselves from our drug of choice.

:: ::

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers, Comics.com (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

:: ::

Rogers notes on his blog: Gasoholic – It’s BP’s fault!  It’s Obama’s fault! It’s Sarah Palin’s fault!  There is plenty of finger pointing going on with regards to the largest oil spill in history.  We Americans need to take long, hard look at our reflection in the rear-view mirror of our SUVs.  If we weren’t consuming, they wouldn’t be drilling.



Oil on Their Handsby Nate Beeler, Washington Examiner, Buy this cartoon



Oil Spill Cleanup by David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Star, Buy this cartoon



BP Oil Leak Repair Plan B by Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com, Buy this cartoon

Bruce Beattie

Bruce Beattie, Comics.com (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

Don Wright

Don Wright, Comics.com (formerly of the Palm Beach Post)

:: ::



Tony Auth, wpcomics.washingtonpost.com (Philadelphia Inquirer)  and Joel Pett, mcclatchydc.com (Lexington Herald-Leader)

(click link for larger image)

:: ::

Clay Bennett

Gulf Beaches by Clay Bennett, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

:: ::



Pat Oliphant, wpcomics.washingtonpost.com (Universal Press Syndicate) and Tom Toles, news.yahoo.com/comics (Washington Post)

(click link for larger image)

:: ::



RJ Matson, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Buy this cartoon

Chris Britt

BP Cooking With Oil by Chris Britt, Comics.com, see reader comments in the State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)



Exxon Gratitude by Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com, Buy this cartoon



Offshore Oil Rig Spills by Andy Singer, Politicalcartoons.com, Buy this cartoon



Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer, Buy this cartoon

:: ::



Joel Pett, mcclatchydc.com (Lexington Herald-Leader) and Ben Sargent, wpcomics.washingtonpost.com (Universal Press Syndicate)

(click link for larger image)

:: ::

Clay Bennett

Drill Baby Drill by Clay Bennett, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Drew Sheneman

Drew Sheneman, Comics.com (Newark Star-Ledger)



Palin Oily by Steve Greenberg, Freelance Cartoonist (Los Angeles, CA), Buy this cartoon



Pat Oliphant, wpcomics.washingtonpost.com (Universal Press Syndicate)

(click link for larger image)



Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons, Buy this cartoon

Paul Szep

Paul Szep, Comics.com

Steve Sack

Steve Sack, Comics.com (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Bill Day

Bill Day, Comics.com (Memphis Commercial-Appeal)

:: ::

3. Supreme Choice Number Two: The Initial Impressions

Chan Lowe

Chan Lowe, Comics.com, see reader comments in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

:: ::

In March 2009, the United States Senate confirmed Elena Kagan as the 45th Solicitor General by a vote of 61-31, with seven Republican Senators supporting her.  With there being virtually no chance that the GOP can derail Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States, Lowe sees evidence emerging in Florida of a vicious whispering campaign against the nominee.  Will the GOP get anywhere by using such slimy tactics?  Highly unlikely  

If the past is any indicator, we’re in for a poison-pen version of “This Is Your Life,” where every utterance ever made by Elena Kagan will be unearthed, deconstructed and evaluated for its damaging potential.

And that ain’t all…

If Ms. Kagan is in fact a lesbian, one has to wonder why this matters any more than being a heterosexual when it comes to interpreting the Constitution and deciding matters of law.

There will, of course, be a whispering campaign larded with what Chicago’s original Mayor Daley used to call “insinuendo.”  It will be ugly and stomach-turning, but I’m sure Ms. Kagan knows what’s in store for her.  If she can weather this, Antonin Scalia will seem like a pussycat by comparison.



Elena Kagan by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Buy this cartoon

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Boston Globe)



Supreme Court Nominee Kagan by David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Star, Buy this cartoon



RJ Matson, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Buy this cartoon



Kagan Supreme Court Nominee by Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com, Buy this cartoon

Nick Anderson

Diversity by Nick Anderson, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Houston Chronicle



Kagan Wrasslin by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, Buy this cartoon

:: ::

4. Teabaggers, Wingnuts, and Delusional Thinking

MIke Thompson

Mike Thompson, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Detroit Free Press

:: ::

Thompson deconstructs Glenn Beck’s fear of the term “social justice” and finds nothing but conspiracy-laden messages embedded in those two words while acknowledging at the same time that perhaps Beck was justified in ranting against “socialism.”  Not!

Libertarian/conservative pundit Glenn Beck has been on the defensive ever since he urged his followers to run from churches that preach the concept of social justice.  Beck sees the term “social justice” as code for a diabolical leftist plot.

After all, if you subtract “justice” from the term “social justice” and add the letters “ism” you get “socialism.”  Then, if you subtract “social” from the word “socialism” and add “commun” you get “communism.”  And if you rearrange the letters of “communism,” you get “mom in scum” which is a blatant attack on the sacred institution of motherhood.  Why, those churches might as well be preaching against baseball and apple pie, too.

So once again, Beck is right.

Matt Bors

Matt Bors, Comics.com (Idiot Box)



Matt Wuerker, Politico

(click link for larger image)



Ironic by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Buy this cartoon



The Bile Slick by John Cole, Scranton Times-Tribune, Buy this cartoon



Gusher by J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register, Buy this cartoon

:: ::

Crow thinks that the Right is running a familiar play from its political playbook: the best political defense is a good offense, facts be damned. The Rush Limbaughs of the world seem confused about this oil spill and making comparisons where none exist

Cap that Gusher

The worst I’ve heard comes from none other than the de facto voice of the Republican party, El Rushbo.  Limbaugh accuses rogue environmentalists of sabotaging the oil rig – they blew it up – to further their anti-drilling agenda. That’s a beauty of a stretch, even by Rush’s turbo stretch mark standards.

First of all, environmentalists, usually classified by the Rushie dittoheads as tree-hugging, spineless, pony-tailed wimps, are rarely associated with violence of any type, let alone violence in the the destruction of nature. They wouldn’t harm a fly-zone.  Perhaps the Rushster is confusing lefty haters with the pro-life extremist abortion clinic bombers, or the anti-guvmint Tim McVeigh types.



Neanderthals by John Cole, Scranton Times-Tribune, Buy this cartoon

Bruce Beattie

Bruce Beattie, Comics.com (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

Chan Lowe

Chan Lowe, Comics.com (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

:: ::

With the political divorce between Governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) and his party finally over, Lowe takes the Florida GOP’s temperature and finds the hypocrisy mind-boggling

The way the Republican Party leadership was talking about poor old Charlie last weekend in the wake of his apostasy, you’d think he was the guy who left the SUV full of explosives in Times Square.

Some senator on Meet the Press huffed about how Charlie, by resolutely ignoring the Voice of the People, had been beaten fair and square by Marco Rubio, and instead of being man enough to bow out of the race had decided to become the skunk at the garden party.

What made the comments ugly and cynical was that, up until Thursday, the GOP establishment would have been perfectly happy to support Charlie’s candidacy with money, staff, and boots on the ground had he won the primary.

:: ::

5. Barack Obama: A Logical Man in an Illogical World



Is it Your Katrina Yet by Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com, Buy this cartoon



Joel Pett, mcclatchydc.com (Lexington Herald-Leader)

(click link for larger image)

:: ::

6. UK Elections: We Finally Have a Prime Minister



Brian Adcock, The Scotland (U.K.), Buy this cartoon

:: ::

Read this terrific article in the Washington Post to get a good feel for what the U.K. Election means for politics on this side of the pond.

:: ::



Fight for British Premiership by Stephane Peray, The Nation (Bangkok, Thailand), Buy this cartoon

Paul Szep

Gordon Brown by Paul Szep, Comics.com (Huffington Post)



British Elections by Deng Coy Miel, Freelance Cartoonist (Singapore), Buy this cartoon



Britain Awaits Election Results by Patrick Corrigan, Toronto Star, Buy this cartoon

:: ::

Note: There are more editorial cartoons on the U.K. Election in this Live Blog diary that I posted on election night this past Thursday, May 6th.

:: ::

7. The Times Square Bomber: Were We Just Lucky?

Chan Lowe

Chan Lowe, Comics.com (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

:: ::

Nothing succeeds like success.  In the case of the (potential) New York City Bomber, Lowe thinks the system worked, the government authorities performed well, and left conservatives griping about the lack of a comprehensive anti-terror plan with no basis for complaining

There really are some things government can do better than the private sector.

When the t-shirt vendor told the authorities about the smoking SUV, it set into motion a chain of events and a meshing of resources and manpower that culminated in the apprehension of the perp before he could skip the country…

Thanks to the initiative of the vendor (from whom we could all learn something about vigilance) and the exemplary detective work of the authorities, nobody was hurt and we are now gaining valuable information in the war on terror from a live captive.

A result that’s pretty hard to complain about, whatever your political bent.



Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer, Buy this cartoon



Pat Oliphant, wpcomics.washingtonpost.com (Universal Press Syndicate)

(click link for larger image)



NY Little Bit of Luck by Adam Zyglis, Buffalo News, Buy this cartoon



Stuart Carlson, wpcomics.washingtonpost.com (Washington Post) and Jim Morin, mcclatchydc.com (Miami Herald)

(click link for larger image)

Don Wright

Don Wright, Comics.com (formerly of the Palm Beach Post)

Bruce Beattie

Bruce Beattie, Comics.com (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers, Comics.com (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

:: ::

Given the failed recent attempt by a Pakistani-American to detonate a car bomb in Times Square in New York City, Rogers examines the differences between the Taliban factions in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  While he isn’t gloating and, surely, it isn’t time to celebrate for terrorism remains a real danger, Rogers wonders if American actions in Afghanistan aren’t screwing up Al-Qaeda’s overall strategy of inflicting massive damage in Western countries

Taliban Dad

There’s a difference between the new Taliban in Pakistan and the old school Taliban in Afghanistan.  The Pakistani branch isn’t satisfied with the usual drug trafficking and persecution of women.  They want to go all al-Qaida on Americans.  Problem is, they are too busy dodging our drones to get proper training.  The result?  A botched car bomb in Times Square.

:: ::

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers, Comics.com (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

:: ::

First the underwear bomber … now the Times Square bomber.  Is it me, or are terrorists more inept than they used to be?  Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that recent terrorist attempts have failed.  But it must be embarrassing to the Taliban and al Qaida to see these screw-ups carrying the torch for their organizations.

link

:: ::

8. Trouble Still Brewing in Arizona

Chris Britt

Lady Liberty Has Some Advice for Mexican Immigrants by Chris Britt, Comics.com, see reader comments in the State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)



Arizona Boycott by David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Star, Buy this cartoon

Steve Sack

Steve Sack, Comics.com (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Clay Bennett

Arizona by Clay Bennett, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

:: ::

9. The World Economy: Uncertain Times



Wall Street Jitters by Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com, Buy this cartoon



Greek Mythology by Olle Johansson, Freelance Cartoonist (Sweden), Buy this cartoon



Jim Morin, www.mcclatchydc.com (Miami Herald)

(click link for larger image)



Tony Auth, wpcomics.washingtonpost.com (Washington Post)

(click link for larger image)



Icebergs by Cam Cardow, Ottawa Citizen, Buy this cartoon

:: ::

10. Mother’s Day 2010

Bill Day

Bill Day, Comics.com (Memphis Commercial-Appeal)

Dana Summers

Dana Summers, Comics.com (Orlando Sentinel)

:: ::

11. Sports Talk

If you aren’t familiar with these recent cases, read this column by Sally Jenkins in the Washington Post — ‘George Huguely, Ben Roethlisberger, Lawrence Taylor: Male athletes encouraged to do the wrong thing’ — to understand the below cartoon.

:: ::

Drew Litton

Drew Litton, Comics.com (Chicago Tribune)

:: ::

Drew Litton

Drew Litton, Comics.com (Chicago Tribune)

:: ::

12. RIP Ernie Harwell (1918-2010), Lena Horne (1917-2010), and Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010)



Mike Thompson, see reader comments in the Detroit Free Press

:: ::

Ernie Harwell was a Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster who worked for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1948-49), New York Giants (1950-53), Baltimore Orioles (1954-59), and California Angels (1992) over the course of a very long career.  But it was his tenure with the Detroit Tigers (1960-1991, 1993-2002) that made him the “voice of the Tigers” and a living legend.  

Thompson remembers Harwell’s generosity and humility when the two met for the first time a few years ago during a book signing in Detroit

I sold a respectable number of books that day, but the crowd of people lined up to buy Harwell’s book was enormous.  When the crowd died down, Harwell introduced himself and suggested that we exchange books.  I’m not sure he was really interested in a copy of my book, that wasn’t the point.  Harwell had put himself in my shoes – some poor sap with the unenviable job of trying to sell a book next to a local legend.  He sensed that I might be feeling a little embarrassed and was reaching out to me, a complete stranger.

In a world where the rule seems to be that fame goes hand in hand with pretentiousness, Harwell was the exception.  I ran into him again years later in the press box at either the baseball All-Star game, or the World Series (I don’t remember which) and Harwell remembered me. Proving that even as he was pushing 90, his memory was still better than mine.

People like Harwell, who become famous yet maintain a sense of humility, don’t come along too often.  When such people leave us, they’re missed.

John Sherffius

John Sherffius, Comics.com (Boulder Daily Camera)

:: ::

Read more about singer, actress, and activist Lena Horne and also see my tributes to the Reverend Benjamin Hooks and Dorothy Height in previous editions of this diary.

:: ::



Mark Streeter, Savannah Morning News, Buy this cartoon



Mark Streeter, Savannah Morning News, Buy this cartoon

:: ::

Actress Lynn Redgrave came from a very distinguished theatrical family in London, England.  She was the daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave, younger sister of Vanessa Redgrave, and aunt to the late actress Natasha Richardson.

:: ::

13. Final Thoughts



Jen Srensen, Slowpoke, Buy this cartoon

:: ::

Sorensen isn’t that much into new technology.  As long as something is functional, she’s quite happy with it.  I concur.

I don’t begrudge people for getting excited about the iPad or their iPhone, but I’m put off by the expensive data plan, and kind of surprised so many people are willing to sign up for it.  I’ve literally saved thousands of dollars by using a cheap-ass cellphone that costs me less than $10/month.  And I just seek out free wifi for my netbook when I travel.  Of course, I’m a frugal cartoonist, and if I had a high-paying job in a cubicle farm, I might treat myself to an iPad too.

:: ::

A Note About the Diary Poll

John Sherffius

John Sherffius, Comic.com (Boulder Daily Camera)

:: ::

If you aren’t familiar with any of the movies or documentaries listed in the diary poll, please see this list from Grist and also this one from Green Nature.

I’ve seen about half of these movies and I’m still partial towards ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ as not only did it breathe new life into the Climate Change debate in 2006 but I also worked for the 2000 Gore Campaign in Nashville, Tennessee.  🙂

Don’t forget to take the diary poll.

:: ::

                   

                                                            Get the eKos widget code!

[poll id=”

1230

“]

9 comments

Skip to comment form



  1. Mike Peters, Dayton Daily News

    (click link for larger image)

    Tips and the like here.  Thanks.  



  2. Joel Pett, http://www.mcclatchydc.com (Lexington Herald-Leader)

    (click link for larger image)



  3. RJ Matson, Roll Call, Buy this cartoon

    • Edger on May 13, 2010 at 2:06 am

    of Tony Hayward having his nose rubbed in his own mess, as part of his paper training, in prison.

    Can you help me out here?

Comments have been disabled.