Bloomberg’s Food Rules

Bloomberg's Food Rules

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Oddly enough, one of my more “New Yorky” Strips didn’t appear in Sunday’s NYTimes. It wasn’t censored or spiked in deference to Bloomberg, just to make space for an ad. Yay, capitalism!

I don’t really have an opinion on Bloomberg’s soda ban other than it was a dumb idea. People should drink less diabetes-juice, but the proposed ban was incredibly arbitrary. A better way to reduce consumption of that junk would be to tax and stigmatize it like cigarettes.

In actual news, a class action suit started today against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, which affects around 500,000 people a year. Most of them are considered “suspicious” for carrying around too much melanin.

I don’t know enough to say whether the NYPD killing of Kimani Gray was justified or not, but they sure used a lot of bullets and many of them were in his back. Based on their long, horrible history, the NYPD shouldn’t get the benefit of the doubt.

Black Friday Bargains! and Post-Election Stress

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I don’t understand the Black Friday hysteria. Shit’s on clearance December 26th. There’s other bits of news commentary crammed into this comic, but I don’t have time to write about any of it. I have to get a cartoon done this week, holiday or not.

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If you missed it earlier, this is my post-election comic. I’m so glad that’s over. This was the first election where I had to pay attention to everything because of The Strip. In previous years when I was just doing BFW, I could tune in and out as I pleased. Besides the not-having-any-money part, it was a pretty sweet gig.

Obama/Biden Campaign Gear

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It’s a new BFW! Here’s what I wrote on the front page about that:

Okay, so BFW’s return from hiatus was premature. The fact is that Big Fat Whale earns me pennies, even though it takes nearly as much effort as The Strip, which pays my bills and has many more readers. (A few million or so.) After the election, I’m going to try to incorporate The Strip into this site, so it doesn’t get so stale and showcases my best and most current work. And when the spirit, or someone’s pocketbook, moves me, I’ll continue to post new BFWs as well.

This week also marks 11 years since I made the ridiculous decision to start a weekly comic strip in an industry that was just about to start its precipitous decline. I stuck with it for a decade, because I refused to work an office job, and that stubbornness paid off last year with the NYTimes gig. If you told that to 22-year-old me, I would’ve punched you for being so sarcastic.

Romney/Ryan Campaign Gear

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Sorry for yet another delay, but thems the breaks with free content. I’ve also had a slew of computer/electricity troubles, but at least I got a computer from this decade out of it.

Fair Warning: If you’re in the “DO YOU WANT OBAMA TO LOSE?!” freakout squad, you might want to skip next week’s Obama/Biden version of this cartoon.

This is your last chance to buy tickets to see me babble incoherently in DC tomorrow. Many of my more-qualified colleagues will also be speaking, so it’s worth it even you hate my guts!

Guns n’ Dum-Dums

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I drew this after the Aurora, CO and the Wisconsin Sikh shootings, and sadly another mass shooting has apparently happened today. We’re averaging something like 20 of these every fucking year. I had no idea it was that high until recently, when these shootings interrupted the usual “silly season” reportage. No regulations will ever get passed, despite whatever NRA conspiracy says about Obama wanting to “take yer gunz.” The only way to protect ourselves is to gather every platitude-ridden speech from both sides of the aisle, stuff them in our shirts, and hope that’s enough padding to stop all that unregulated semi-automatic gunfire.

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I don’t watch a lot of live television, but thanks to YouTube and stupid media outlets embedding ads for “discussion and analysis,” I’ve seen my fair share. They are all dumb, but if you’re targeting people who make decisions based on commercials, being dumb helps.

In Boardrooms Across the Country …

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Corporate profits are at an all-time high, but for some reason the economy’s still in the shitter. The reason? Trickle down economics doesn’t work. Corporations have no incentive to increase wages or create jobs, unless they’re thinking about the long-term macro-economic picture. If the rabble class has a few extra dollars, they’ll spend it immediately and create a multiplier effect on the larger economy, including the 1%’s obscenely large portfolios. But greedy fucks tend not to be that insightful.

Unions used to be around to fight for this stuff, but a bunch of dum-dums got conned into cheering their decimation thanks to the crab mentality. Now we’re all working our asses off, increasing productivity for corporate bottom lines without any benefits to ourselves. Shit is fucked up. If you’re not angry, you’re either rich, stupid or both.

Box Office Duds

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I enjoyed “The Avengers,” but “The Dark Knight Rises” is the only summer blockbuster I’m looking forward to. Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” is the movie I’m most anticipating this year, but it’s not coming out until the fall. I guess the awesomeness that is summer television will have to tide me over.

No snark either. Breaking Bad, Comedy Bang Bang!, and a bunch of other shows are entertaining me much more than the ridiculous news stuff I have to follow for that other comic strip I do.