Archive for July, 2009

Bearman Cartoon: Beer Summit

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Everyone knows the drink of choice at the Beer Summit

  • President Obama – Bud Light
  • Professor Gates – Red Stripe
  • Sergeant Crowley – Blue Moon

But what does one wear to such an event???

7 30 09 Bearman Cartoon Obama Beer Summit copy

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Bearman Cartoon: Wizard of Odd

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Christopher Smitherman is a former Cincinnati City Council Member and the current President of the local NAACP.  As a public figure (like many others) there are many times that I agree with him and times that I don’t.  But at least I tend to understand what he is saying until I find a recent press release from the NAACP

Huh???? I don’t get it. It starts talking about the budget but then veers off into talking about the Wizard of Oz.

Here is just part of it:

Smitherman says, “Will Mayor Mallory find his ruby slippers click them 3 times and show up at the finance meeting today?”

The Cincinnati NAACP is frustrated that a Scarecrow, a Tinman, and a Cowardly Lion have not been able to find the financial yellow brick road. The Cincinnati NAACP believes that city workers who are laid off deserve severance packages based on their years of service.  “The only hope that City Council has in exercising financial responsibility is in the leadership of Toto.  This means Cincinnati is in big trouble when I am looking for Toto to lead us out of this financial mess.  The Cincinnati NAACP is very concerned that 600 city employees could loose their jobs over the next 12 months and there seems to be no leadership at City Hall for these families.  The City Manager will ask the Wizard of Oz today how he can find $125 million to fund the Cincinnati Pension by January 2010? He will ask the Wizard of Oz how he can find $28 million in 5 months for 2009?  Last but not least he will ask the Wizard of Oz how he can find $40+ million for the 2010 deficit?” Smitherman says.

Was this a reference to something that someone on Council brought up? Who is the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion or Toto? I just didn’t get it…but a couple of lines were just classic enough to make the following cartoon.

7 27 09 Bearman Cartoon Smitherman Wizard copy
 

 

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Fold a Tshirt in 2 seconds

Posted in Cool Stuff on July 28, 2009 by bearmancartoons

UPDATE:  Check out our own friend YorkNBeans video on the same subject that was picked up on CNN.  See it here.

While some people like our friend Lynn think learning to peel a banana like a monkey is cool, I found this more useful. Sure it has been around for years but I am slow (as are many of my readers) and I just discovered this little trick.  I don’t mind DOING laundry, I just hate folding it.

 I guess there has been a video from Japan about how to fold a tshirt in 2 seconds.  Watching the original video there is an obvious cut in action so it appears it was faked.  However, I came across this video.

It actually worked. Now someone just needs to teach this couple how to make a bed in 2 seconds before you make a Youtube video.

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Bearman Cartoon: Don Vitostein

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Matchmaker, Matchmaker make me a match.

Some of you may not have heard but there was a big roundup of conterfeiters, rabbis, politicians and organ smugglers. (see here and here)  It seems one part of this bust was around a group who would find people down on their luck in Israel, give them $10,000, bring them to the US for surgery and then sell the kidney to an American for $160,000.

Under 1984 federal law, it is illegal for anyone to knowingly buy or sell organs for transplant. The practice is illegal just about everywhere else in the world, too.

But demand for kidneys far outstrips the supply, with 4,540 people dying in the U.S. last year while waiting for a kidney, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. As a result, there is a thriving black market for kidneys around the world.

One rabbi was at the forefront while others laundered money from this operation and others through their charities.

Two things come to mind while reading about this.

1.  Do we allow the open selling of organs?  IE if I have a healthy organ and I want to sell it to make money, it is my body shouldn’t I be allowed?  I say NO.  Just as in this case, there were many “volunteers” who were coerced.  I think it ends up doing more harm than good.

2.  How could someone who says they are religious get involved in this?  My feeling is that any group you find, there will be the righteous, the average, and the not so righteous.   I don’t care if they are religious or not.  To which some will say that the religious are then hypocrites.  No…you can’t stereotype every religious person based on the actions of a group of them.

 7 25 09 Bearman Cartoon Kidney Rabbi copy

 

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Guest Editorial Cartoon: Agent_X

Posted in Guest Cartoon with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2009 by bearmancartoons

So just this week I announce that I am looking for webcomics creators to draw what their characters will look like at age 100 and already I have entries from George and Byron (be careful when going to their sites as these guys tend to like to draw protruding nipples).  Remember those interested get to me by August 15.

I also put out an ongoing call to anyone who wanted to submit an editorial/pop culture cartoon and I got my first submission from Agent-X Comics.  This site is full of single panel  gag cartoons that tend to poke fun at social media sites (facebook, twitter, etc) and their users. He is probably most known for this hilarious toon:

So without further ado along the lines of what he is known for with an editorial bent, I give you the first guest editorial cartoon.

Agent_X Guest Cartoon 7 24 09

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Bearman Cartoon: Blue Dog Dems

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2009 by bearmancartoons

I had never heard the term Blue Dog Democrats used so much until recently.  You would think with a Democratic President and Congress, that anything the President wanted could easily pass.  It seems while President Obama wants to rush through Healthcare reform this group of moderate, fiscal conservative Democrats may be the ones standing in the way as they want any reform to not be a drain on the taxpayers or on the deficit. Thoughts?

7 22 09 Bearman Cartoon Bad Blue Dog
 

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Guest Cartoon: Zorphbert and Fred

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , on July 21, 2009 by bearmancartoons

Quick post b/c I saw it’s up today.  Check out my guest cartoon at Dawn Griffin’s hilarious webcomic Zorphbert and Fred.  It’s about two aliens who disguise themselves as dogs.  She asked for guest cartoons to show what they really looked like.  Of course I had to oblige.