A Funnies Kind of World
I know I've been negligent. I am a serial obsessive and my obsessions have been elsewhere. One thing I had to stop obsessing about was Iraq. It was driving me crazy and there's never been anything I could do about it. But, it turns out that the Democrats were really just blowing smoke. When push came to shove, they were unable to unleash the Murthas of the world. It's true that they are congenitally unable to recognize an enemy. Every situation is seen as a simple misunderstanding among reasonable people. But, they are susceptible to persuasion when in a position to make decisions. The Left has been unable to set the agenda.
One thing I have never neglected, however, are the funnies. I read them every day. I can't get enough of them. Sadly, one of my favorites has bit the dust. The Boondocks has been replaced by something dreadful. I don't think I would like most of the people who like The Boondocks, and I suspect I wouldn't get along too well with Aaron McGruder, the creator of this radical strip. But the cartoon itself is (or was) awesome. It's about a truncated family of 10-year old Huey, a budding black radical, his younger brother Riley, a self-styled gangsta, and their beleaguered grandfather, who have moved from the city to the suburbs. The representation of the ensuing culture clash has been perceptive, blunt, honest and constructive, with enough forgiveness and humanity to make it bearable. I think McGruder has done a lot of good with this medicine, and I will miss my daily dose.
Today's funnies had some small consolation in Opus, an oh-so-delicate jab at religious sensitivities, including a pinch on the cheek of Islamic cartoon-o-phobes. (It's not online yet. You gotta buy the paper.) I won't mention the cartoonist's name, since he and Opus may be in the soup. Can't have that.
12/3/2006 11:33 PM