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'Cancel Culture' Is About the Past, Not the Future

From 2009: Learn to Speak Tea Bag

Insist Republicans speak English Only. Real English, not that weird conservative dialect they have with Calvinball rules for definitions.

Joe Biden Is Right - The Professional Left with Driftglass & Blue Gal

Podcast. 57 min. You can probably skip to the ~14:40 mark.

Rubin (WaPo): Biden should defend local officials against tyrannical GOP governors


The Republican Party used to hold fast to the mantra that the government closest to the people governs best. It also used to support latitude among local governments to improvise as “laboratories of democracy” on everything from school curriculum to zoning and policing, under the assumption that lower levels of government are more responsive to voters.

No longer. Today, Republicans are on a binge of micromanaging local actors and punishing those who do not knuckle under. Now it’s up to the Biden administration to protect local leaders from their overreach.


Local officials resisting their governors’ edicts in Texas and Florida underscore the wisdom of the “go local” philosophy that used to animate the GOP. Voters in these communities are siding with their local leaders, asking for mask and vaccine mandates. If only bullying Republican governors still believed in their own principles.

The Biden administration and Democrats more generally should ride to the rescue of local actors battling intrusion by reckless, hyperpartisan governors. The feds can intervene in cases to defend local officials and protect them from fines and punishment. The administration can stand shoulder to shoulder with local school officials trying to save lives and those trying to protect democracy. Democrats might even remind their political opponents that the government closest to the people often knows best.

TOON Bonus 2 - Hobbes And Bacon

Since I posted The Compleat Bloom'n Hobbes earlier, I thought I'd add another loving continuation/tribute to Calvin And Hobbes.

These appeared in an online comic strip by Dan and Tom Heyerman called Pants are Overrated in 2011. Between May and October 2011, four of the Pants are Overrated strips were tributes to Calvin and Hobbes taking place about 26 years after the end of the original. Calvin is in his early 30s, he's married Suzy Derkins, and they have a little girl named Bacon who's about the same age they were in the original.

The original site no longer has the content, though a posting from February says it's under construction to get it back up and running.

In the meantime I've saved copies to the Imgur account I use for when I want to post an image that I can't directly link to.

So here they are, with a bonus treat: Guess who was nightmare fodder in 2011!:




TOON Bonus - The Compleat Bloom'n Hobbes

Berkeley Breathed has been continuing Bloom County on Facebook, allowing a much slower pace than syndication, and has recently finished up a storyline featuring other old friends.

Added for your C&H pleasure, TOON Bonus 2 - Hobbes And Bacon

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