I think I’m supposed to call all of these posters “memes.” But you know what? To me, they’re still “posters.” The other thing I can tell you is that there are a lot of them. These should keep you entertained for a long time.
Sorry for the blog slow-down, but my sister and I are busy sorting through my Mom’s things. It’s been a surprisingly pleasant task. She and I don’t see each other often, so it’s nice to be together. Also, we’re remarkably in sync about Mom’s stuff — what gets tossed, what gets sold, what gets scanned, and what gets kept. Importantly, as to that last, she and I want to keep different things, so there’s no tug-of-war. It’s all good.
Also, last night after finishing the sorting, we went to have dinner with a WWII veteran. I don’t think I’ll breach his privacy if I say that he was a delightful gentleman, with a fascinating life story (before, during, and after the war), and a most gracious host. Also, his best friend turns out to be the brother of a very famous man whom I cannot name (that privacy thing again). What I will say, though, is that the famous man is a Republican. This means that 30 years ago, during my misspent Democrat youth, I would have been horrified to meet the brother of this famous man. Thirty years later, of course, I was thrilled beyond words.
And now to the posters, good ones all. Some, by the way, might be duplicates. I fell a little behind on my “file” housekeeping this week.
My website was down for two hours! It was traumatic, but I spent the time in my safe space (dog, chocolate, book), and am now refreshed and ready to face the world with a sterling illustrated edition. In defiance of convention, I will not issue a trigger warning. You’re own your own. The only warning I’ll issue is that this post is so long, I’ve had to divide it into three parts so your eyes don’t get all buggy. (Part 2 and Part 3):
If you haven’t read Jerome K. Jerome’s charming Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, first published in 1886, I recommend it. It is a pleasant antidote to today’s Sturm und Drang. But if you like to be mentally perturbed, you can’t do better than to read this post.
All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. During a Private Facebook discussion, a British graduate student quoted the Bible to support Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk. When this private discussion got publicized, the university decided it might have offended people, and immediately expelled him from its Master’s program:
Ngole’s future at the university was then subjected to the “Fitness to Practice” committee, which ruled that his conservative Christian beliefs about marriage would negatively impact his “ability to carry out a role as a social worker” and that his post “transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the social work profession.”
The committee ruled that Ngole was to be “excluded from further study on a program leading to a professional qualification.” In late February, the school informed Ngole that he would no longer be recognized as a university student.
“Your student record will be terminated shortly and your library membership and university computer account withdrawn,” Ngole was told. “You may wish to contact your funding body for advice on your financial position.”
Ngole appealed the committee’s decision . . . and lost:
He was told by the university’s appeals office that his post was “inappropriate” and went against outlined conduct. The appeals committee determined that the expulsion was a “proportionate” punishment.
George Orwell published Animal Farm in 1945 and 1984 in 1948. He was prophetic, with 1984 becoming a reality only 32 years after he first predicted an all-controlling government.
Meanwhile, suffer the little children…. There’s not a speck of blood to be seen in this video, there are no bombs exploding, body parts flying, or knives flashing, yet it is one of the scariest videos I’ve ever watched:
Sometimes I’m so slow to come up with a solution to a problem that I amaze even myself. Case in point: how best to sort posters and cartoons so that I can group them by subject in these illustrated editions. I was reviewing each file separately, which took forever because I usually have 30-40 images waiting to be published at any time. It finally occurred to me that, when I save the JPGs or PNGs, I should include a keyword in the file name. That’s made things much easier. I’m therefore happy to present you with all the posters that have in their file names the words “stupid,” “Obama,” or “Hillary.”
Ted pulled it off. Feel free to comment here about your reaction to that victory. I will edit comments that are impolite.