Just About the Lamest 9/11 Anniversary Cartoon



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  1. That’s gay.

    (By which I mean stupid, not homosexual.)

  2. I have a feeling that if that’s the lamest, we’ve all been spared a huge bout of eye rolling. Let’s not be too hasty. The day is young.

  3. I’m not even sure I understand what it means.

  4. 1) history is an old dude.
    2) he’s very tired, as old folk tend to be.
    3) 9/11 is a very heavy book.
    4) he’d rather not have to pick up the sequel, or write it.
    5) on this point i am confused, because is he writing the history book or is the book an allegory for the experience of a symbol?
    6) perhaps this is some sort of koan, meant to be puzzled out at length.

  5. Borgman has gone round the bend.
    His absolute worst was recently. It was a gallery of bullets. This one killed so-and-so, and so forth.
    The Enquirer is convinced not only gun control, but bullet control will produce Nirvana here in Sinincincinnati.

  6. Dennis:

    Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. But you knew that.

    Still pretty lame.

  7. Damn this stupid culture of victimization. It reminds me back right after 9/11 people would talk about how its the apoclypse and the world was going to end. What would these people think had they lived in Darfur or Rwanda in the late 90s?

    Yes, we feel for the people lost and it hurt our pride as a nation. But some perspective please.

  8. That’s gay.

    (By which I mean stupid, not homosexual.)

    That’s a very interesting point you’ve stumbled onto there C. A few months ago, a BBC Radio DJ in the UK said that ‘Gay offically meant rubbish as opposed to homosexual’. All the rent-an-opinions ‘came out’ of the woodwork and shouted about whether or not gay meant rubbish, whether it had specifically evolved from the idea that to be homosexual is rubbish, whether it retained the traditional idea of naive happiness or whether gay just meant a predeliction for male bum-sex.

    I can remember listening to all these people get soooooo angry about a word. I have no opinion, but what I do know is that that cartoon is gay.

    (By which I mean stupid, not homosexual.)

  9. Yes I agree with you, the mentioned cartoon is very lamy.
    I think the grey man within this cartoon does not represent the real picture of 9/11.

    Thank you for sharing this story with me !

  10. Here is a link to a slew of 9/11 editorial cartoons. Discuss.

  11. Explainer,

    Well, yeah, I’m sure that’s what he was going for, but the bit about History saying it doesn’t intend to repeat itself sort of goes off in another direction.

    Yes, pretty lame in any event. But I’ve got to admit that I’ve never seen a political cartoon that didn’t make me cringe in embarrassment.


  12. Ah, reading is fundamental. He’s saying “want” not “intend.” So…um…San Dimas High School football rules!

  13. For what it’s worth: People learn from history IN ORDER TO REPEAT IT. That’s the entire point, no matter what Santayana says.

  14. How about Osama in a cave, in pretty much the same finger-wagging posture and wearing the same expression as Old Man History, saying “Don’t MAKE me come over there.”

    Too soon?

  15. Why would Old Man History make a special point about not wanting to repeat 9/11? If the tome on 9/11 is that thick, what of the Holocaust, the firebombing of Tokyo, the Civil War, etc.?
    I don’t want to analyse this any further…it makes me feel embarrassed to be a human being.

    Oh, one more thing: I think that with this cartoon the terrorists have officially won. I think I can hear their cheer: “2-4-6-8! Who do we appreciate? Aaaaaaaaaaamericans!!” (Hey, there’s a lame cartoon idea there.)

  16. Maybe he means that he doesn’t want to repeat the day September 11, 2001. I mean, where is he going to get the technology to warp the space-time continuum? He doesn’t even have electricity yet.

  17. Why is history left-handed?

  18. I sure Ann Coulter could explain it Tim.

  19. So if I walk into a cowboy bar in the heart of Texas and proclaim loudly “I’m gay!”, does that mean I’m homosexual or stupid?

  20. Tim

    ‘Cause he’s so sinister, man . . .

  21. So if I walk into a cowboy bar in the heart of Texas and proclaim loudly “I’m gay!”, does that mean I’m homosexual or stupid?

    Depends whether you’ve just stubbed your toe or just ripped open your shirt! 🙂

  22. That’s Alan Greenspan, probably talking about a soft landing.

    It’s like docking an oil tanker, in fact. Audio here rhhardin.home.mindspring.com/imuscut.dock.ram (Feb 27 2000)

  23. And what, pray tell, are we supposed to have learned?

  24. The full quote is “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, or at the very least change their major.

  25. Just About the Lamest 9/11 Anniversary Cartoon

    For me, the message of the cartoon is good cuz the import is that it is an admonition that our government should end the needless interventions that motivated the 9/11 attack.

    “The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.”

    James Madison

    “Now let me repeat the warning: If this Prodigal Nation does not cease its mindless interventions in quarrels and wars that are not America’s concerns, our lot will be endless acts of terror until, one day, a weapon of mass destruction is detonated on American soil. What is it about global empire that is worth taking this risk? “

    Pat Buchanan-1999

  26. why do Rick Barton, James Madison and Patrick Buchanon hate ‘Murika? 🙂

  27. Rick Barton,
    As a citizen of Sinincinnati, I’m forced to endure Borgman.
    I agree with you that I agree with where he’s coming from. What we are discussing here is his rising percentage of strike-outs. (Something must be eatin’ him.)

    Very recently he had one I thought of bringing to the attention of H&R because of it’s boldness and edginess. It was Uncle Sam coming into the Oval Office offering to buy out the remaining years of Dubya’s contract.

  28. History isn’t some Old Dude. Hasn’t this guy ever been inspired by Clio?

    If we are to heed Santayana’s warning, let us also listen to what J.Q. Adams said about our country:

    Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.

    But she goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy.

    She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.

    She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.



  29. As a erstwhile cartoonist myself, I have to come to the defense of Mr. Lameness, as it’s not easy being a staff cartoonist and having to draw a cartoon on demand just because you’re contract or syndication deal calls for it, rather than inspiration driving the creative process.

    I think the better cartoonists look for any opportunity to avoid the daily or semi-daily strip grind (Berkeley Breathed going Sundays-only, or Aaron McGruder moving his strip to TV) in order to keep from terminal lameness. Or just quit altogether on a high note (Calvin and Hobbes) …

    Unless, of course, you’re Bill Keane, in which case you have a robotic mindless audience guaranteed for The Family Circus, regardless of whatever stinkaroo you draft… sort of like Fox News …

  30. Those who do not learn from cliches are doomed to repeat them.

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