Friday, September 6, 2013

The Straight Line has been Crossed

READERS- Rather than keep everyone on pins and needles (including those of you who might enjoy that sort of thing), I've decided to let you know what the future holds for Hope n' Change Cartoons. The answer may be just as vague, but far more honorable, than anything Barry has said about his plans for military engagement with Syria - though I'll have to admit that he didn't raise the bar very high.

Put simply, there are two dynamics which I have to balance. The first is that upon long and careful consideration my family situation simply won't let me commit to a reliable Monday, Wednesday, Friday publishing schedule at the present time. The second dynamic is that if I don't say SOMEthing about the jackass-in-chief on a semi-regular basis, I'll blow myself off the toilet by rocketing blood out of my keester. Which is actually sort of fun, but Mrs. Jarlsberg frowns heavily on the subsequent clean-up and decontamination procedures.

All of which boils down to this: Hope n' Change Cartoons will continue, but with no set publishing schedule.

So maybe I'll post every day some weeks, or maybe I'll go a week without being able to post anything. Maybe I'll post a cartoon, a cartoon and commentary, or just a graphic. When an idea and a little "me" time coincide, I'll post what I can - and when they don't, I won't.

I'm truly and genuinely sorry that I can't currently make a firmer commitment than that. I'm so humbled and honored that many of you have told me that you make a visit to Hope n' Change a regular part of your daily routine, and I don't want to disappoint anyone.

But wait! I've got a fiendish plan! At the top left of this page, you can add your name and email address to the Hope n' Change mailing list - and I'll send you an email whenever there's new content. There won't be any spam, and I won't reveal anything to the NSA because, frankly, I have no idea how this stuff works (much like Barack Obama and foreign policy).

Of course, you can still drop by as often as you want to chat with friends in the comments area, and I'll be there as often as possible too!

SOoooo, that's the new gameplan. I'm going to be attending to family issues first and foremost, but will also try to grab my bullhorn as often as possible (despite the danger of growing hair on my palms) because I genuinely believe that under current circumstances silence is a sin.

Thanks to ALL of you for your support and suggestions, and for staying with me on this wild ride. You have no idea how important all of you are to me.    -Stilton

PS: My other webcomic, Johnny Optimism, will continue to publish every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Assad Sad Situation

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As nearly as Hope n' Change can tell, B. Hussein has never given a mouse fart about Assad killing approximately 100,000 of his own people using conventional weapons but, in order to avoid looking like Mr. Coldheart Nutfumbler during the run-up to last year's elections, said that a "red line" would be crossed if Assad used poison gas.

Which Assad did, months ago, and Barry did nothing other than go golfing.

After which more chemical weapons (in this case, Sarin gas) were used in Syria with a much larger and better documented body count. Unfortunately, it's not quite clear which of the combatants used the nightmarish weapons. But still, the president now wants to blow something up (anything, really) in Syria to show that he's still aggressively leading from behind. Or perhaps leading from his behind - the fog of war makes everything unclear.

But the bottom line (see what we did there?) is that Obama still doesn't give a mouse fart about Syrian deaths caused by bullets, explosives, or chemical weapons - but cares a lot about saving political face at a time when the entire world is seeing him as an ineffectual, lying, crap weasel whose only real interest in the Middle East is strengthening the Muslim Brotherhood.

Assuming, of course, that it doesn't interfere with his tee times.

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