Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Happy Anniversary, Barry!


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In the biggest political upset in half a century, Massachusetts voters - Republican, Independent, and Democratic - voted to make Republican Scott Brown a senator, thereby ending the Democrats' veto-proof super-majority.

As Massachusetts was the fourth most liberal state in the nation, there is no explanation for this phenomenon other than a complete repudiation of the Obama administration's failed policies, questionable goals, and ugly backroom deals and bribes.

Some pundits suggest that the Democrats will now "double down" on the dirty tricks and dealmaking to force their agenda through against the wishes of the American people. But the Democrats would do so at their own peril; the Massachusetts' election returns clearly say "Stop! We've had enough!"

And we have. MORE than enough.


Hope n' Change would like to thank all of the people of ALL parties who made this victory possible (especially those courageous Democrats who chose to put their country ahead of their party)...and reminds them to keep their powder dry and their enthusiasm up. There's a big housecleaning coming in November...
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11 comments:

Philip said...

Jon Stewart: Say, didn’t Bush get bills passed with fewer Senate votes?

Elvis said...

Love your work, Stilty baby!
I hate to get too excited, but yesterday's vote in Mass. may have saved the union.

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Suzy said...

Now I'm hearing that Brown's personal life may cause alot of heartache to the Republican party. Hope not.

Cindy said...

I've seen in the last two cartoons, that the caricature of Obama kind of has him looking like a monkey. Personally, I think Obama is an evil man, but to portray him in a Darwinist manner, takes away from the biting, spot-on commentary that goes with the cartoon and gives something for lefties to go, "see...see...they portray a black (well, sorta black) man as a monkey". It takes the debate into an area it doesn't need to go and away from the real matter at hand. Thanks.

Buzz Bannister said...

Nice work Stilton...spot-on.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Cindy- In yesterday's cartoon, Obama's eyes were enlarged for comic effect. In today's cartoon, in which you assert he "looks like a monkey," absolutely nothing has been done to his picture other than to render it in black and white.

Hope n' Change would never stoop to coarse and offensive racial stereotyping, and we're proud of the fact that we've got quite a few black fans and followers. We would never deliberately violate their trust, nor should any political website turn to such ugly and intellectually vacant arguments.

Please know that we appreciate your concern; you're right in all your substantive points, just wrong that we did (or ever would do) anything to turn the picture of Obama into a racially offensive image.

If you'd like to compare the original full-color photo of Obama with the black & white rendered version, you can see them side by side at the link below. In making the Hope n' Change version, we adjusted contrast, brightness, and gamma levels, then vectorized the final output. Absolutely nothing else was added, removed, or altered.

http://usera.ImageCave.com/Farley/ObamaFaces.jpg

Philip said...

Breaking: Obama says to slow down on health care

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Philip- Thanks for the link...a GREAT story. Sounds like the Democrats got the message last night, loud and clear.

Cindy said...

Thank you for directing me to where I could compare the color picture of Obama with the black and white version used in your last two cartoons. Indeed, it's the same picture. However, the tweaked black and white rendering still comes out in such a way that could be misconstrued and I would hate to see something like that take away from the excellent commentary accompanying it. Thank you for what you do to keep us informed. Your site is one I check daily and truly enjoy.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Cindy- Glad that the side-by-side helped! I'd still hate to think that anyone could misconstrue the image, but at a certain point it's out of my hands and in the eye of the beholder. I can honestly say that the thought never entered my mind.

I'm sure the "unhappy Obama" character will reappear from time to time, but for the most part you'll continue to see the standard "happy Obama" who usually appears in the strips.

Please know you have my sincere thanks for bringing up the topic and discussing it so eloquently - and for visiting regularly. It means a lot to me!

Delta said...

Well, here in Massachusetts last night, the state exploded into cheers at about 8:30 when the results started coming through, and man oh man, what a night it was!!!!!