The Bookworm Beat: August 22, 2014 illustrated edition — the best one ever

My friend Caped Crusader, who has a real knack for finding pictures that are worth their weight in thousands of words, worked overtime the last couple of days, and sent me an amazing batch of cartoons and posters taking on the world today. Consider this your “weekend funnies” edition.

To begin with, there’s something about Leftism that induces amnesia:

Ferguson amnesia

Obama amnesia

Obama’s golf game makes irresistible fodder, not only for people who have noticed that he’s checking out of governing, but for political cartoonists who need a good image to highlight that checking out. Now all we need to have happen is for a killer rabbit to wander across the golf course. (And wouldn’t it be great if it had the name tag “Isis” hanging around its neck?)

Standing in my line

If I had a son

Headlines today

ISIS hiding on the golf course

That's where I left my putter

Presidents during a crisis

A few pointed pictures say a lot more about the right to bear arms than even one of my longest essays would:

Sexy women

gun owners and self defense

Military style guns

Guns in schools

Who we defend with guns

Perhaps because race is about color, and color is a visual thing, posters also tend to expose the worst excesses of the Left and race:

white people are white

The death of African Americans

It’s also easy to use a few pictures or a punchy quotation to expose all the fallacies of the Leftist approach to the economy and to reveal the wisdom of the conservative approach:

Democrat promises and deliveries

Essential notions of society

Bono supports the free market

I could (and will) write a whole essay about the wonders of the internet and pictures when it comes to understanding radical Islam and those who do (and those who won’t) stand against her:

Jews do not threaten Muslims

Peace through Hope strategy

Don't stand in the Jews way

Islamofascists want to kill you

And finally, we round out our image gallery with random wisdom about Obama the lying liar, illegal immigration, the lack of wisdom in today’s world, and rules for living smart:

No one trusts Obama

Good immigrants and bad immigrants

World IQ over time

It's called whining

Robert Louis Stevenson on the cards of life

The MSM works itself into a frenzy celebrating a “bipartisan” (but strangely Leftist) political cartoonist

Herb Block cartoonI found myself in the unfortunate position last night of having to watch HBO’s hagiography . . . oh, sorry — documentary about Herbert Block, who was a political cartoonist for the Washington Post for several decades.  Although the show’s ostensible premise was that Block (known professionally as Herblock) was a bipartisan scourge of all presidents, one wouldn’t have known that from watching the show.

Block himself admitted that he was a “liberal,” a statement that, when run through the HBO to English translator, comes out as pretty darn hard Left.  To the extent Block criticized Democrat presidents, it was because they weren’t Left enough for him as is the case with the cartoon above, which came out under Carter’s presidency.  Incidentally, Block admired Carter, which tells you everything you need to know about the man and his world view.  It’s patently clear that Block emerged from the Roosevelt era (yes, he started working back then) as a solid-Left Progressive.

My problems with the show began instantly when I didn’t get his cartoons.  (I didn’t get them when I was a youngster/Democrat either.)  They were neither funny nor clever nor astute nor well-drafted.  They were just illustrations consistent with the same points being made in that day’s Pravda.  If you want witty, brilliant, clever cartoons, you need to check out Michael Ramirez (who’s also a better draftsman than Block ever was).

All that is bad enough — hard-core Leftist praised as “centrist,” pedestrian drawings with Leftist themes — but what made the whole thing nightmarish was the parade of talking heads who repeated over and over again that Block was incredibly brilliant and bipartisan.  Yes siree, his views were middle of the road, you betcha.

These assurances that Block was as 1950s American as apple pie came from a laundry list of the Leftist media’s Who’s Who.  The WaPo, in its rave review about this HBO hagiography . . . sorry, there I go again.  Reset:  The WaPo, in its rave review about the documentary (because Block’s “brilliant” humor was bipartisan), also provides a useful list of all the rapturous media Lefties agreeing that Block was brilliant and, yes, bipartisan:

There’s Tom Brokaw, Ted Koppel, Jim Hoagland, Ken Auletta, Don Graham, Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Clarence Page, Hendrik Hertzberg, David Brooks, Bob Schieffer, Eugene Robinson, Thomas Friedman, Michael Beschloss; from the cartooning world, there’s Jules Feiffer, New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff and former Philadelphia Inquirer cartoonist Tony Auth; and from “The Daily Show,” there’s Jon Stewart and Lewis Black. To name a few.

Funnily enough, the show’s creators didn’t talk to Charles Krauthammer, or George Will, or even Michael Ramirez to learn more about Block’s brilliant bipartisanship.

Having watched the documentary last night, and then having spent today being bombarded with MSM hagiographies . . . er, obituaries about the “brilliant” Pete Seeger (the man who never met a communist madman/dictator he didn’t admire), I’m not sanguine about America’s future.  As long as the media continues to act as intermediary and interpreter for Americans viewing the world around them, things are only going to get worse at home and abroad, not better.

It turns out that Lincoln misspoke when he said that you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.  If you’re America’s 21st century media machine, you actually can.