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January 31, 2013
Not fully developed cartoon ideas on Obama, Kerry, Gore

Most days, I come across great topics for cartoons, but am swamped doing other things. Like drawing cartoons. Sometimes these micro-cartoon events may deserve their own comment, but usually I just either throw them away, or put them on Facebook, with my descriptions of what I ate for dinner involving arugula.

This week I saw a few things that lightly to heavily bothered or amused me.

--The Great Barack Obama Shotgun Assertion. This week the president said that he frequently went skeet shooting at Camp David, which has not previously been reported in the news media, nor have any photographs been released of this hobby. The CMM (Conservative Mainstream Media--Drudgefox, etc.) snorted that Obama was basically lying. Honestly, I cannot fathom why in the world the president would bother to lie about this. I suspect there are many hobbies this and previous presidents have enjoyed in the privacy of Camp David which weren't photographed, either, ranging from poker games to intern bathing. So, I believe Obama when he says he was skeet shooting.

KERRY.jpg--John Kerry LuvFest 2013. Remember when John Kerry was the stiff, tedious inappropriate windsurfer? Now he's the most qualified, bestest-ever in the history of the United States candidate for Secretary of State. This official re-baptism and re-apotheosis of former presidential candidates isn't new (#Hillary2016), but in Kerry's case, it was kind of surprising to me. After all, he managed to blow a very winnable 2004 election by acting like a more entitled, stiffer Al Gore. He was confirmed by his colleagues to the tune of 94-3 (only Sens. Cornyn and Cruz, R-Planet Texas, and some other cranky colleague passed on the coronation).


GORE.jpg--Al Gore, Livin' Large on Letterman. The former vice president, who looks like he's been hitting the Superbowl treats a little early, made an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman last night, and he was, like, ginormous. I mean, had to keep his front jacket button buttoned sitting down ginormous. The single life must be keeping him from hitting the elliptical. He also didn't do a terrific job of defending his sale of Current TV (which only appears in the headlines when it's being created or sold) to Al Jazeera, the ESPN of the Islamic Jihad. Kidding. Anyway, Gore in person is very likable and amusing, and on television seems like he's leading a focus group for second graders.

--Sen. Lindsay Graham, Cracker. Oh, this is really rich. So Lindsay Graham says that Secretary Clinton "got away with murder" in not knowing about the Benghazi threats. Huh. OK, let's run through the list of previous Secretaries of State who got away with murder, or could theoretically fall in the category of having bloody hands. Perhaps Henry Kissinger got away with a little murder in Cambodia, Vietnam, and other Peace-is-at-Hand conflicts? Did Condi Rice and Colin Powell get away with murder on Iraq and WMD? I know, it's harsh, right? So maybe we ask Sen. Graham that next time he's on Meet the Press.

Finally, if you dipped your toe into the LMM (Liberal Mainstream Media--we have to differentiate here) this week, you would think that Hillary Clinton has all but announced for the presidency in 2016, and the Iowa caucuses are three weeks away. CNN has practically starting running The Race for The White House 2016 graphics already. Please. Can we just enjoy a break?

Besides, there's a California governor race to obsess on in 2014.

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