Archive for the ‘Cartoons’ Category


This cartoon is found many places, but I found it on Huffingtonpost.

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Update: The link is too small in this picture. So here it is: MadMenYourself.com

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I have been a huge fan of Robotech ever since I was a kid. It’s actually a bit of an obsession. Today I was having a conversation about Princess Leia’s hair when suddenly I realized that maybe George Lucas inspired Minmay’s haircut. Don’t judge me too harshly for this post.

1. Minmay from Robotech in 1982.

2. Princess Leia from Star Wars 1977.

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David Horsey on the GOP

It’s a beauty.

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This is not to be missed.

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Over the weekend I was having a lot of conversations about the “Global Financial Crisis.” I thought the Global Financial Crisis is much like Weapons of Mass Destruction — a mouthful of a phrase that surely could be shortened like WMD. The obvious answer would be GFC, but GFM was suggested with the M standing for Meltdown. We thought that was more fitting. Which will you use?

Cartoon via David Horsey.

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When I read the hype about the cartoon, I assumed it was overblown. Then I saw it, and I couldn’t think of any meaning except to incite violence. That’s how I read it and I couldn’t fathom reading it in the way the cartoonist “intended.” I’m very glad to see Rupert Murdoch has now issued a real apology.

As the Chairman of the New York Post, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages. The buck stops with me.

Last week, we made a mistake. We ran a cartoon that offended many people. Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt offended, and even insulted.

Over the past couple of days, I have spoken to a number of people and I now better understand the hurt this cartoon has caused. At the same time, I have had conversations with Post editors about the situation and I can assure you — without a doubt — that the only intent of that cartoon was to mock a badly written piece of legislation. It was not meant to be racist, but unfortunately, it was interpreted by many as such.

It might behoove our crazy right Limbaugh fans to understand that most people don’t accidentally offend a distinct group of the population on a daily basis, and perhaps that if we did we might want to reflect on why that is. But then that’s assuming that any of this is an accident.

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Sponge Bob Square Pants Man

So I’m in the pub Naked City in Greenwood last night, a place  I highly recommend. It was snowing quite a bit and we had a good view of Greenwood. We watched people walking down the street delighting in the snow, and we saw a few cars go by. At some point an older Subaru drove up and a man wearing a Sponge Bob Square Pants shirt and a top hat got out of the car. He walked into the pub and tried to start up a conversation with various groups of people, though not us. He went up to the barman, had words and then muttered something inaudible but clearly not pleasant. He then went walked out shaking his head as if to say “what a load of crazies.” He then went to the pub next door and was out of our view. Minutes later he left with clearly the same result. He then got in his car and drove off.

So here’s what I want to know. Who is this guy? What does he want? And why is he braving terrible Seattle weather to get it? I remain in the dark.

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What I love about David Horsey is the attention to detail.

See the original in full here.

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I’m going to sound a little old by saying that I just found out that the reason why people wait in line at the stores is because stores offer only a limited amount of items for a crazy-low price. I always thought prices got lower the closer you got to Christmas.

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We can all relate.

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Mad Men has entered the popular consciousness.

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Via Seattlepi.

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Clearly, my mom’s understanding of FDIC wasn’t that far off. David Horsey gets it right.

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I wish the Animaniacs were still around just so we could see what their depiction of George W. Bush would be.

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I was surprised to see a cartoon by Adrian Tomine on NPR bemoaning the image of the character Long Duk Dong from Sixteen Candles as it was just 3 weeks ago that I wrote this random post on why I think Gedde Watanabe’s portrayal of Long Duk Dong is the best Asian American performance ever. Tomine is clearly annoyed by the stereotypical elements of the character and says that that negative image has followed Tomine throughout life. I on the other hand argued that the great thing about Long Duk Dong is that he defies the Asian stereotype. Introduced as an obedient and innocent exchange student, he later is proven to be just as real and typical of a teenager as the other students at the high school.

Stereotypes pervade comedy because they are often based on an element of truth, but it is smart stereotypes that make Sixteen Candles a great movie. In my earlier post, I showed the same clip below talking about the obedient innocent Asian stereotype that Long Duk Dong first appears to be along with the funny revelation from the audience that Grandma and Grandpa have brought over the exchange student for slave labor.

Now I’d like to talk about the other stereotype in this clip: the brother Mike. If you watched the film you know that Mike is an idiot. He is an overweight kid who watches TV and plays video games. In this clip he feels oh so superior for being a native English speaker in his own country who knows how to pronounce the word quiche. He laughs at the stupid foreigner who doesn’t. Does Tomine think this stereotype is unfair? I think this stereotype is hilarious because OMG it is so true. I have definitely witnessed an American treat a person with a foreign accent (though usually not European) as inferior for making a mispronunciation.

Tomine’s cartoon depicts what he feels are painful moments in two parts of the film: “No more yankee my wankee” and “Wassa happening hot stuff.” It’s true that Long Duk Dong has perhaps an overly done up Chinese accent, but is Tomine’s problem that it is overly done or that Dong has an accent at all. If it’s the latter then I have news for Tomine; foreigners and immigrants usually have accents. Asian immigrants and foreigners are every bit a part of the American experience as Asian Americans born here who don’t have accents. And what’s wrong with a done up accent for comedic affect? I don’t see anyone complaining about the ridiculously unauthentic “Manchester” accent of Daphne on Frasier. So long as it’s not a pejorative representation then I don’t see what the problem is.

Tomine also says that his impression of actor Gedde Watanabe is that he is “an honest guy whose desire to be a professional actor supersedes any sense of ‘political correctness’.” As a former actor, I don’t think taking that part was due to a desire to be a professional actor as much as a desire to get a really good part. Sad to say that Watanabe hasn’t gone on to do anything else that high profile and we should blame Hollywood for that as there are a lack of good parts for non-whites and people with accents. By the way, Watanabe is an Asian American who doesn’t have an accent.

I would argue that Long Duk Dong was Watanabe’s role of a lifetime. He owns that part and those of us who have done comedy can respect such a thorough embodiment of the character as what Watanabe does. Compare it with Christopher Guest’s style. Long Duk Dong is unaware he is funny. The character is played completely straight as a real person.

Over the years I have definitely heard my share of ignorant statements from people who notice my race, so I don’t mean to completely disregard Tomine’s life experience. I just think Long Duk Dong is something to be proud of and not ashamed. And note to Christopher Guest: hire Watanabe.

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By virtue of the fact that you are reading this, you can probably relate.


Courtesy of xkcd.

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Man, I was just saying that the cartoon thing in Japan was weird and then I see this.

Japan has created an unusual government post to promote animation, and named a perfect figure Wednesday to the position: a popular cartoon robot cat named Doraemon.

Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura appointed the cat an “anime ambassador,” handing a human-sized Doraemon doll an official certificate at an inauguration ceremony, along with dozens of “dorayaki” red bean pancakes – his favorite dessert – piled on a huge plate.

The whole article is worth a read as the press conference has the Foreign Minister talking directly to Doraemon.

I really don’t get it, but I guess that’s what is so endearing about Japan. It’s a country with many mysteries.

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It’s been a great two weeks. I have only been to Asia once before in 2001 when I went to Thailand. Now that I have been back, I’m mad at myself that I haven’t come to this beautiful continent more often. The history here is incredible and rivals anything around the world. I know that in these two weeks in Japan, I have barely scratched the surface. I’d like to just summarize the most important parts of my journey.

The People

The Japanese people are some of the nicest people in the world. They are ever so polite, and this can be daunting for someone like me who is at times confrontational. Often when I would get an answer that I did not like, my displeasure would show on my face. But the Japanese never do this. They always show a smile even in the face of rudeness.

They are also extremely into process. They have a process for just about everything. When we went to book a hotel through the tourist information center, we did not bring our passports and unfortunately we were asked to provide our passport number. When we asked the woman helping us she nodded and went about finding a big binder with the written policy which said: “To Be Advised.” In other words there was a policy that said we should write “To Be Advised” if we didn’t have our passport number.

But the country is extremely well run because of this. The trains and subways were always on time. We missed two trains within 30 seconds of their scheduled departure.


I haven’t quite come to a conclusion as to what all of the cartoons and animation says about the country. There’s a strong possibility I am over analyzing. They have porn depicting animated characters. We went to see a Kubuki play about a husband and wife. In the play, they revealed a portrait of the husband. But when the wife’s portrait was to be shown it was a cartoon. It was very odd, I couldn’t figure out why the man was real and the woman was fake.


The food here is wonderful though perhaps limiting to a picky eater which I am thankfully not. We found we would order things from picture menus that we didn’t want. For instance when we ordered what we thought was a chicken skewer, but when we got it it was a chicken skin skewer. Just the skin. If you’re up for the ride, then you’ll get a lot out of dining in Japan. If not, you may need to limit yourself to things you recognize completely. But the diversity of the food is amazing. They eat so many different types of food. Diverse meat choices, fish choices, vegetable choices and even seaweed choices.

The Language

If you plan on going to Japan, be warned that most of the Japanese either don’t speak English or don’t feel comfortable doing so. I wish I had learned more Japanese before we arrived, but we had no time as this vacation was somewhat last minute. A hardship we had was arranging accommodation in Japan when we didn’t speak the language. If you call a guest house and ask in Japanese “do you speak English” you will most likely get the reply no. This differs from most Western European locales where they usually say “a little” but then you find out they speak a lot. So a good way around this is to arrange all of your accommodation via email prior as they are more comfortable reading English than speaking it.

Necessity required that we make some accommodation arrangements while we were there. Even when we were told no one spoke English, we used our phrases out of our guidebook to try to find some way to communicate. Desperation made us press, and if we could get a person who would give one word answers that helped a lot. We had a 1/3 success rate with this.

But isn’t going to an exotic place what we all love about going on a holiday? As difficult as it was at times to communicate I loved that I was in a country that didn’t speak my language.

Good Variety of Options on Our Itinerary

We had a great time visiting art galleries, museums, shrines, temples, but we made sure to do the fun stuff too like Sumo and Baseball. A good variety did us good.

I hope you enjoyed my tourist blogging experience. I grimace at the thought of returning to the daily news of real life.

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From Lonely Planet:

The park [Nara-koen] is home to about 1200 deer, which in Pre-Buddhist times were considered messengers of the gods and today enjoy the status of National Treasures.


A manhole.


Once again the popular cartoon mascot.


In the woods.

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Last night we took a traditional Japanese bath in our Ryokan. You first rinse off then get into the tub to relax. Once you are relaxed you get out of the tub and wash with soap and water. You then rinse off and get back into the tub. This picture shows that you are not supposed to stand while soaping yourself as soap will fly everywhere including the tub.


There’s nothing more secure than seeing the sign “Western Toilet.” Fortunately, most places have them. For the ones that don’t you can see here what they look like and what you are supposed to do.


The Ryokan guide says:

From the sanitation point of view, a Japanese style toilet bowl has an advantage since it will not contact the bare skin of the user when used.

They are difficult to manage to say the least. I could go on but I’ll refrain.

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Can’t say that there is much in the news to blog about, but I noticed not too many people have looked at my post on Caparezza. So I’m going to give it another go.
Do you like rap, yodeling, computerized singing, or Italian? If you answered yes to any of these, then you may like Caparezza’s Jodellavitanonhocapitouncazzo.


I haven’t a clue what he’s saying and judging by the animation it could be dirty, but it’s mesmerizing nonetheless. You will get the song in your head.

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Newspapers across Europe Wednesday reprinted the controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed that sparked worldwide protests two years ago.

The move came one day after Danish authorities arrested three people allegedly plotting a “terror-related assassination” of Kurt Westergaard, the cartoonist behind the drawing.

I will never understand how you can protest a violent depiction of your religion by being violent. However, it is not particular to the Muslim faith that logic and reason do not enter into the equation. In my short time blogging, I’ve come across quite a few evangelical Christian bloggers through comments that they have posted on my site or trolling. The circular logic and reason that they employ to argue their points is mind boggling in itself; I can never follow along. I suppose that’s what home school does to you.

One of the plotters in this case was Danish. He will be tried. The other two are Tunisian. They will be deported. Apparently the plot was intercepted too early in the process to bring charges against the Tunisians, but I find it appropriate justice that they will be forced to leave the country. They had an opportunity to live in a modernized country and experience the benefits that go with it yet they squandered it. Why should you enjoy the benefits of of modernity while at the same time you try to take society back to the dark ages? Again, the logic makes no sense.

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Do you like rap, yodeling, computerized singing, or Italian? If you answered yes to any of these, then you may like Caparezza’s Jodellavitanonhocapitouncazzo.


I haven’t a clue what he’s saying and judging by the animation it could be dirty, but it’s mesmerizing nonetheless. You will get the song in your head.

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