Monday, June 20, 2016


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Caution: visitors must wear helmets. Falling bottle zone.
Hope n' Change is taking a much-needed break this week - a "Summer staycation" in which we're not actually going anywhere but enjoying family time, playing "whiskey bottle fetch" with Penny (the official dog of Hope n' Change), and taking the opportunity to catch up on a growing pile of personal and professional projects.

The comments section will remain open (as always, just click on the page's title - "Staycation" in this case - to go to comments) and we'll be dropping in regularly to chat and help bemoan the state of the world.

Of course, if more feces hit the fan than usual we'll snap back into action. For that matter, if we just get a random cartoon idea we'll tag it onto this page - no promises, but the odds are pretty good that we'll get at least a minor creative itch before 7 days have passed.

We'll return to our usual Monday, Wednesday, Friday publishing schedule as of Monday, June 27. Here's hoping the world can hold together till then!

-Stilton Jarlsberg

PS: In the interim, you can avoid withdrawal symptoms (and enjoy news, humor, and pithy commentary) over at The Daily Gouge.



“To the LGBT community — we stand with you,”
President Obama’s utterly useless attorney general said. “The good in this world far outweighs the evil. Our common humanity transcends our differences, and our most effective response to terror is compassion, it’s unity and it’s love.

Which confuses us here at HnC. Aren't gay bars like the Pulse filled with people exercising their compassion, unity, and love? Let's make "group hugs" Plan B, and "shooting the shit out of terrorist monsters" Plan A.



While we hate to wrap up the week on a grim note, some things are worth noting. June 24th marks 43 years since 32 men were burned alive, almost certainly deliberately, in a gay club in New Orleans - an event which sadly has special resonance in the wake of the Orlando massacre. The case was never solved because it seemed that so few cared about men who were considered social outcasts.

Happily, that degree of blind hatred and prejudice is rarer now, although there are still shocking throwbacks from some people so vile they could make the Westboro Baptists blush with shame.  Hope n' Change sincerely hopes that the ongoing politicization of the nightmare in Orlando never obscures the fact that the victims were first and foremost human beings with families, friends, and futures which will now go unrealized.


Friday, June 17, 2016

The Nut Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree

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Insanity doesn't run in our family. It gallops.
Let us turn away briefly from the awful news of the day, and instead take a moment to celebrate fathers in time for Father's Day. Specifically my father, although I've never heard a bad word said about your father.

I lost my father 10 years ago, but plenty of colorful memories survive. He was a kind and gentle man, a great husband and father, and the most creative and funniest man I've ever known or hope to know.

He was a gifted writer, an award-winning painter, prolific cartoonist, part-time inventor (with multiple patents, including the one for the yo-yo seen with the bikini babe above), successful entrepreneur, and flamboyant cross-dresser. Okay, he wasn't actually that last one, although he was certainly willing to wear whatever Easter outfit he thought would give others a laugh.

Of the many gifts he bestowed, it is likely that this desire to make others laugh (and a delightfully skewed view of the world) is what has influenced me most. In every way imaginable, I'm my father's son and glad to be so.

So here's a big Hope n' Change cheer not just for my dad, but for all dads who invest their lives and love doing so much for their families.  Best wishes to all for a very happy Father's Day!

POLITICAL PS: I really wanted to give us all a break from politics today, but an additional (and pessimistic) cartoon/commentary squeezed out of me anyway. You can find it immediately below this post - although I won't blame you a bit if you choose to instead focus on the happier topic above.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Good Old Bad Old Days

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No, we're not nostalgic for terror, tragedy, and death. But we were surprised and saddened today to find ourselves nostalgic for an America which actually stood united when America we haven't seen since 2001.

Sadly, this is probably the biggest victory achieved by the 9/11 hijackers - ably abetted by too many on the Left. Not the least of whom was Hillary Clinton, who stood on the Senate floor and declared "Bush knew!" about the September 11 attacks and did nothing to stop them.

The hijackers set the wedge...but it took the concerted efforts of many on the Left to follow through with the splitting and fragmenting of our country.

The New York Times (which seems to have forgotten what used to stand at the Ground Zero monument) recently editorialized that the Orlando attack only happened because of...Republicans. There was no mention whatsoever of ISIS or Islam.

It's entirely possible that the terrorists (and we include quite a few domestic politicians and media members in that broad category) may have already won.