Monday, November 26, 2012

The "Save Bill Day" Campaign

Former "Commercial Appeal" cartoonist is being boosted by a fund-raising campaign.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Bill Day, former cartoonist for The Commercial Appeal, is the subject of a fund-raising campaign by cartoon syndicator Daryl Cagle. Day, who has won numerous awards for his work for the Detroit Free Press and the Memphis daily, was laid-off by the CA during one of its many recent down-sizings a few years back.
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Day has been making ends meet by working day jobs and drawing cartoons in the evening. His work is widely syndicated but, as Cagle points out, the syndication money isn't sufficient to pay the bills.

You can read more about the campaign here. Cagle is attempting to raise $35,000, which he says would enable Day to work full-time as a cartoonist for a year.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"All Up in My Snatch"

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM

This is just too funny not to post. You just can't make this stuff up.
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Friday, November 9, 2012

The U.S. is Neither Red nor Blue

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

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This detailed map of the voting patterns in the U.S. in the recent presidential election is fascinating. And it starkly reveals the myth of "red states and blue states."

What we see instead is that is a purplish melange, dictated not by state borders, but by whether we are urban or rural, black, brown, Asian, native American, or white.

Which color do you think is spreading? Which is receding? If I were the head of the RNC, I'd be worried.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Electoral Vote Contest Winner

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 9:11 PM

President Obama was declared the winner of Florida's electoral votes on Thursday, making the final 2012 total, Obama-332, Romney-206.

So who won my Guess the Electoral Vote contest? Nobody got the correct final vote on the nose, but commenter DaveL was the closest, predicting a count of Obama-315, Romney-223. Soooo, DaveL, email me at brucev@memphisflyer.com with your address to collect your fabulous prize!

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Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rove, Fox. Hilarity Ensues.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 1:56 PM

After surviving a very long Tuesday at the office, I went to bed early Wednesday night and missed this — The Daily Show's Jon Stewart performing a laugh-out-loud evisceration of Fox News' election night coverage, including Karl Rove's epic meltdown. If you are not a Republican, you will enjoy this. A lot.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election 2012: Winners and Losers

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Well, the election won't exactly mean "Gay Shariah Law" (with pot), as Chris Davis posted on his Facebook page this morning, but it does mean that Obama supporters are feeling pretty good today. Count them among the "winners" of the 2012 election.

And the losers? Well, let's take a look at just who won and who lost.

Winner: The New York Times polling guru Nate Silver, who aggregated all the polls, stirred them up with his magical formulas, and boldly predicted almost the exact Electoral and popular vote margins.

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Losers: Right-wing poll "truthers," who insisted all the polls were "skewed" by over-sampling Democratic voters. Also included in this category is Karl Rove, who was insisting until the last minute that "his math" was superior to every other pollster's.

And let's not forget Fox News "analyst" Dick Morris, who was calling for a Romney "landslide" just last week, and dear Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal, who wrote a column this week saying she felt a "vibration" that told her Romney was going to win big. She also passed along this revelation to Fox News, which dutifully ate it up.

Winner: Ninth District Congressman Steve Cohen, who trounced challenger George Flinn by a 3-1 margin, though he was not particularly gracious in victory.

Loser: The aforementioned Flinn, who spent nearly $2 million to win a quarter of the electorate by running as "Dr. Flinn." His biggest mistake, in my opinion, was that he didn't take it one step further and brand himself as "Dr. Flinn, Medicine Man."

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Winner: Marijuana, which the voters in Colorado approved for "recreational use." A measure to allow "medical marijuana" in Arkansas failed by a 52-48 percent margin. Medical marijuana, as anyone who's visited California or Colorado in recent years can tell you, is a sham. If you have a headache, a toothache, "depression," or an inflamed bunion, you can get a "prescription for pot. Colorado just cut out the hypocrisy.

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Winner: Gay rights. Maryland and Maine voted to allow gay marriage, joining a number of other states that have legitimized it. If anyone thinks this isn't going to keep happening around the country, I've got a joint for you to smoke. Heh.

Losers: The residents of Tennessee, which will be served by a state House and Senate that features a veto-proof "super-majority" of Republicans, negating even the faint hope that Governor Haslam would grow a pair of sensibly-sized cojones and veto some of the wackier legislation soon to be proposed and passed by this bunch of loons.

Winner: Tennessee Congressman Scott DeJarlais, who won re-election despite sordid and detailed revelations of his numerous affairs, medical malpractice (sleeping with patients), and his urging of one of his mistresses to get an abortion. And, yes, of course, he is "pro-life."

Losers: The fools who voted for this guy — and even those in his district who didn't: You still have a bona-fide sleazebag representing you in Congress. Nice going.

Winners: Democratic Senate candidates, especially women, who won soundly in almost every reasonably contested race, mostly thanks to the Tea Partiers nominated to run against them by the GOP. I'm talking about you, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. Note to the GOP: downplaying and de-legitimizing rape is not a winning strategy.

Winner: The person who correctly picked the Electoral Vote totals in my little contest. Unfortunately, until Florida settles out, we won't know for sure. I'll announce the winner as soon as I can.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Contest! Guess the Electoral Vote

Win semi-valuable restaurant trade bucks and Memphis Flyer schwag.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

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Four years ago, I held an impromptu Electoral College Vote contest. Scott Banbury won, as I recall, but never showed up to collect his booty. At any rate, I think it's time to do it again. Post your prediction in the comments. Also, please predict the popular vote percentages. In case of a tie, the closest popular vote predictor wins.

I'll start. Obama 290; Romney 248. Obama wins the popular vote 50.2% - 49.3%

Here's hoping OTP and his sparring mates make a few side bets.

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