Love is…

Posted in Observations with tags , on February 13, 2010 by bearmancartoons

…taking time out for real life.

Our friend YNB, Beano, The Bean, Just Jill over at the Elemental My Dear Blog has a challenge out to her readers to define what “Love Is’  Head over to her site and see who has answered the call but be prepared to bring a hankie as none are provided and several are needed.

She encouraged us to think of it in terms of our own style.  My style has always been not to follow the rules so I decided to talk about what Love ISN’T.

Love is not…relationships on the internet.  Sure there are those who meet, fall in love via the web and live happily ever after.  But if you have been working that route for 2+ years, I have to tell you, you need to do something else.  I spent my single days internet dating.  It was when I realized that route wasn’t working that I started spending those hours volunteering.  Meet new people, who introduce you to new people, who introduce you to the love of your life.  I repeat this constantly to single friends.  “If you always do what you have always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”

Love is not…another visitor, another hit, another follower, another comment.  I am the worst about dashing home from work or dinner or wherever to see if I had a comment to respond to or got closer to a daily visit record.  That isn’t love, that is ego.  And I am all for ego stroking but there are times where it can get addictive.  I didn’t start this site to make money, I did it to share my work and hopefully make someone laugh once in a while.

So because that isn’t love, I have decided to take a break to refresh my real relationships.  I also have been slacking in doing volunteer work the last year so I want to explore opportunities to keep giving back.  So I am going to take a break for the next week and not get on my blog, not visit your blog.  No twitter, facebook, stumbleupon, reddit, etc etc etc.  It’s a time for me to refresh and renew the real relationships that I have in life with loved ones.

I had things lined up to post over the next week automatically but I pulled them all.  I can’t offer advice and then feed your habit of coming here 20x a day. haha  So nothing from me.  Some people might cry that that is the wrong thing to do to keep people coming back to your site and building your audience.  Screw that.  The people that care will be back.  And don’t worry, I will be all ready for some new ego stroking when I get back. 

Hope everyone has a safe Valentines Day (for those countries that celebrate) and take the time to go hug a real person.  Remember your computer doesn’t hug back.

Abe Vigoda is ALIVE Cartoon

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2010 by bearmancartoons

2 13 10 Bearman Cartoon Abe Vigoda

The rumors of his demise are FALSE.  This is one of thos trivia questions that has gone on for at least 15 years.  Is Barney Miller and Fish actor Abe Vigoda alive or dead.  ALIVE, ALIVE, ALIVE I tell people over the years.  Finally thanks to Snicker’s Superbowl Ad, I finally have proof.

In case you missed it..

Abe is ageless.  Maybe because he looked 80 when he was 30.  Here’s to long life!!!

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Sarah Palin’s Hand

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2010 by bearmancartoons

2 9 10 Bearman Cartoon Sarah Palins Hand

I questioned myself as I thought of and drew this editorial cartoon.  Even now I understand the impact of the word “retard” or “retarded” but I don’t know if I am offended by every usage of it as others.  First some background.

Former Vice Presidential candidate and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin continues to make news this month.  This week she was a keynote speaker at the Tea Party Convention.   During a Q&A discussion she could be seen checking out notes written on her hand.

And last week she called out President Obama to fire Chief of Stafe Rahm Emanuel for saying that some liberal activists are “fucking retards”  Yet when Chris Wallace confronted her about Rush Limbaugh’s similar use, she blew it off as satire.  So when someone uses the word “retard” or “retarded” in jest it is OK.  HUH??

As someone with a close relative who has Downs Syndrome, I would have to be restrained if someone called her a retard.  But I don’t have the same visceral response if someone called me it or my ideas retarded.  So as I say, I struggle with whether or not “retarded” should be avoided in all speech. 

For those who have an issue with using “retarded”, do you have similar issues with words like “idiot”, “moron” or “imbecile”??  If not, why not??  All of those words were used as IQ categories before the term “mentally retardation”  We now use terms such as “special” and “developmentally disabled”.  In 25 years, will those too be considered bad?

What is your opinion??

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Airport Body Scanner Smuggler

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2010 by bearmancartoons

2 7 10 Bearman Cartoon Airport Body Scanner

There seems to be a wide range of people who are concerned in the US with the TSA putting Body Scanners in the security lines as another line of defense against terrorism.  This article from the Washington Post explains much of it.

I think the above might be an unintended consequence for those men who are “underpacking”.

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I’m Just a Healthcare Bill Tshirt

Posted in Cool Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2010 by bearmancartoons

Schoolhouse Rock - I'm Just a Healthcare Bill TshirtDon’t know about kids outside the USA, but in the US we were exposed on Saturday mornings to little blurbs between cartoons called School House Rock.

These little ditties taught me the different between an adjective and an adverb, what the preamble to the US Constitution is and one of my favorites, was Bill.  It told the story of how a bill becomes a law on Capit0l Hill.

Unfortunately many bad bills get made into law and many good bills sit forever never becoming law.  No matter which side of the healthcare debate you are on, you might enjoy the latest tshirt from WackSack.com.  It shows “BILL” beaten down and depressed because he is the “Healthcare Bill”.

Those of you who remember School House Rock…what was your favorite???

Vote for Monsterplex on Zuda

Posted in News with tags , , , , on February 2, 2010 by bearmancartoons

As many of my loyal readers will attest, I am a fulfiller of dreams.   Brock Heasley has such a dream.  His dream is to get a contract with DC Comics.  Brock is the mind behind Superfogeys, the webcomic about old superheroes in a nursing home (that yours truly provided a guest cartoon for just last month).  As good as Superfogeys is, Brock and his team have submitted MONSTERPLEX to Zuda.  Zuda is a site owned by DC and each month they pit 10 different webcomics against each other.  If he wins, he gets a one year contract to keep making it.

From Brocks site on how you can help:

1. First of all, go to http://www.zuda.com  Pretty cool, right?

2. Hit the “Sign Up!” link in the upper right hand corner. You can’t vote or interact with the site in any meaningful way without registering first (don’t worry, it’s painless and DC Comics won’t spam you afterwards).

3. Follow the instructions to create your Zuda account.

4. Click on the Zuda logo in the upper left corner of the screen to go back to the homepage.

5. Click on “VOTE” to go to the current competition.

6. Scroll down until you see MONSTERPLEX and then click on that!

7. Now, this is the good part. There’s a whole bunch of things you can do to support MONSTERPLEX and they’re all right here:

a. Click the VOTE button!

b. Give MONSTERPLEX a star rating under “Rate This Comic:” (5 is great, but follow your conscience.)

c. Click the red “+” sign to “Add to Your Favorites”

d. Scroll way down on the page and leave a comment!

So go off and do your good deed for the day.  Brock promises that if he wins, he will add a real Bear-Man to the monster mix who wears a beartoons.com t-shirt all the time.  OK, I totally made that up.  But I have dreams too you know.

Scott Brown and Abortion Cartoon

Posted in BearToons with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2010 by bearmancartoons

1 31 10 Bearman Cartoon Scott Brown Abortion

It is interesting how often political party members get into a tizzy when one of their own doesn’t go along with the party line on every single issue.  Not that it ever was a secret but now it is out in the news that Scott Brown, the Republican who won Ted Kennedy’s Senatorial seat, is not a pro-life senator.  He believes the government should stay out of the debate (with the exception of late-term abortions) and shouldn’t provide federal funds to support it.

Are Republicans who looked at this guy as a savior now going to backtrack?  The problem Republicans are having is their small tent litmus test mentality that says you have to fit into every category to call yourself a Republican.  At least on the surface I like the fact that Brown is trying to open the doors of the tent a little wider.

Fiscally I lean to the right and socially to the left.  As I have said before I want the Conservatives to stay out of my pants and the liberals to stay out of my wallet.
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