Premium Cartoon News Bob Englehart is the staff cartoonist for the Hartford Courant, and his cartoons are nationally syndicated by Cagle Cartoons. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:54:56 +0000 hourly 1 Time Off For Bad Behavior Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:55:31 +0000 Bob Englehart 135552 600 Time Off For Bad Behavior cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

The only time I wear a watch is when I’m on vacation so I know when it’s over. A vacation from a job you hate is a godsend, but it’s different when you like your work. You leave the office looking over your shoulder thinking about what you want to do when you get back. Sometimes you take your work with you. Your family and friends encourage you to let it go for awhile, it’ll be there on your return, but you can’t quite put it out of your mind. You keep coming up with good ideas.

When I’m on vacation, I have this feeling that some event will happen that cries out for a cartoon and that I’ll have to let it go, ignore it if I’m to stay true to the idea of a vacation. That feeling started back in the last century when President Richard Nixon resigned as I was touring the wilds of Canada.

Now, with modern communication tools, technically I could do something about it but back then, all I could do is feel sad for my country.

Nothing of that magnitude has happened since, but that’s not to say I don’t think about it when I’m sloshing around a swimming pool up in the Adirondack Mountains. I say all this because this is the week I usually take my vacation, but this year I’m not going until October. By then, I’ll be more than ready.

It’s good to take a break now and then, even when you like what you’re doing.

Can We Talk About Race? Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:33:54 +0000 Bob Englehart 134999 600 Can We Talk About Race? cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

I would love to see a dialogue on race in the United States, but a dialogue is mostly effective between friends. What we need first is a conversation. A conversation can build trust and understanding where there is none before, but it takes friends working together to get something done. If you have a friend you can talk to about anything, and if your friend is of a different race, then you know that race doesn’t matter and that’s the ultimate goal.

Race doesn’t matter.

Maybe before we have a conversation, we should have a discussion. Decide what the ground rules are, what words we can use. A huge problem is the sad fact that many people have made a lucrative career keeping the races apart.

Can we find equally lucrative work for these people who will be out of a job? Do we care? And what exactly is race? What’s the definition? It varies among scientists and sociologists.

But let’s start the conversation here, on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and any other social media that comes to mind. I would admonish people to keep a civil tongue in their heads, but that’s what ends most conversations about anything controversial. I promise to read all comments and respond to the ones that make sense.

Tattoos Tell All Mon, 08 Jul 2013 14:41:15 +0000 Bob Englehart  Tattoos Tell All cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

I rode up on the elevator with a guy who said he went to high school with Aaron Hernandez in Bristol. He said Hernandez hung out with a rough crowd and was arrogant as hell, but he was a nice guy. Well, we’ll see about that. I come at this story as a neutral observer. I don’t know Hernandez and I’m not a Patriots fan, nor do I hate them. I admire Bill Belichick and Bob Kraft as an owner. Kraft lets Belichek make player decisions and seems to have the good sense to stay out of the way. That Tim Tebow deal is starting to look like genius.

I’m not a tattoo fan, either, especially the kind Hernandez has and way too many other athletes, too. That illustrated man look sickens me. My grandfather had a tattoo on his right forearm. It was a big blurry blob. I asked him one time what it was suppose to be and he said a sailing ship. These people getting tattoos today aren’t thinking long term. What’s that fancy design going to look like in 35 years? I am especially creeped out by tattoos on the neck and face. The only kind of tattoo I like is the kind hidden by clothes or discretion.

Strong Gun Laws Made Weak Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:20:44 +0000 Bob Englehart  Strong Gun Laws Made Weak cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

So, the government gives with one hand and takes away with the other. Our legislature crafts a perfectly good gun law, the toughest in the nation they say, and a Connecticut bureaucratic board nullifies much of it by making it so much easier for anyone to get a permit. Not only that, we have our own Wayne LaPierre gun nut on the board, a zealot named M. Peter Kuck who was appointed by former Gov. John G. Reprobate.

OK, here’s my solution. There are seven members on the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners. Gov. Malloy appoints these folks so he can tell the members to hand in their resignations today. Replace them with a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a social worker, a hostage negotiator, someone who lost a loved one to gun violence, a minister and a first responder.

Also, change the rules. If the chief of police of any city or town says that so-and-so shouldn’t be granted a permit to own a gun because he or she is a psychotic troublemaker, then that opinion rules the outcome. I mean, who knows unstable citizens better than your hometown police department?

See, problem solved, as are most problems when a little common sense and anti-gun furor is applied. I have another solution that is not only elegant, but it saves tons of money. Scrap the board. Problem solved again.

Domestic Spying Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:55:35 +0000 Bob Englehart 132863 600 Domestic Spying cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

President Obama is no better than any other president who has occupied the office in recent history.  Well, maybe he’s better than a couple, but power still corrupts. The Founding Fathers were genius in knowing the pitfalls of power. That’s why they limited the term to four years, and later, Congress limited the terms to two.

The Patriot Act is an end run around the Constitution. Enforcing it in secret with no transparency is antithetical to our freedoms and it’s another campaign promise Obama has broken. We need to be open and honest about what’s going on with domestic spying. Between the NSA, the FBI, the Connecticut legislature’s penchant for secret meetings, cameras on every street corner and drones, what are we the people to think? This all lends credence to the survivalists’ fears that the government is out to get us.

The whole domestic snooping thing started with J. Edgar Hoover, Tricky Dick Nixon and later, the George W. Bush administration, but that’s no solace to us now. I wish there were a viable opposition party to weigh in on this. The Republicans have no credibility as responsible critics. As annoying gadflies, yes, but as critics, no. They’ve vowed to bring down Obama from day one, but when people like me who have generally supported him say he’s gone too far, well, let’s just say it’s a new day, a day you can believe in.

Gross Old Party Fri, 07 Jun 2013 07:05:06 +0000 Bob Englehart 132809 600 Gross Old Party cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

The extremism of the Republicans undermines everything they try to do, from their criticism of issues from the ridiculous to the sublime and to their desire to be taken seriously by the “mainstream” press.  Because the moderates can’t, or won’t, distance the party from all the nuts, religious extremists and the talk show haters, their big tent is a freak show.

Thank God for the mainstream press, of which I am a proud member. I know we’re doing the right thing because the extremes on both ends of the political spectrum hate us. The right says we’re ignoring them and the left says we’ve sold out. If wanting a newspaper job that will support a family of four is selling out, where do I sign. If ignoring the rants of the right-wing airwave maniacs while searching for the truth is wrong, then like the song says, I don’t want to be right.

In the information age, misinformation thrives. It only has to be sold with authority and gravitas. Hard facts eventually emerge and moderate people will respond accordingly. The right wing will believe anything negative about anyone who’s not like them. The left wing lives in a dream of possibilities. The right wing lives in a nightmare of terror. The middle watches, listens, reads and runs this great country.

Vigilante Government Wed, 15 May 2013 13:48:50 +0000 Bob Englehart 131727 600 Vigilante Government cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

What is it with second terms? I’m beginning to think that maybe the president should be term-limited to one six-year stint in the White House. Something happens to human beings when they are granted the power a president of the United States has. His first term is devoted to being re-elected, so everything is moderated, but when the pres has nothing to lose in a second term, the potential for bigger trouble than usual brews every day.

It seems President Obama‘s administration has embarked on a journey to undo all the good it has done by screwing up big time. Is the president intentionally alienating all his supporters? Is it his plan to ease our pain of his leaving in 2016 by making us loathe him to the point where we’ll be glad to see him go? Just as well. I’ve never felt completely comfortable liking the president as I have the past four years. I don’t care who you are or what you believe in, you can never trust a politician.

This whole thing looks like harassment. This stuff is something done in other countries without a free press. The fact that the Hartford office of the Associated Press was targeted along with other locations brings home the outrage. Obama has two and a half years to go. Between this and the IRS targeting conservative groups, what more trouble can his administration get into? Let your imagination run amok because whatever you conjure up will probably happen.

Here’s the AP story

NRA Convention Wed, 08 May 2013 13:02:28 +0000 Bob Englehart 131331 600 NRA Convention cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

When I draw Wayne Lapierre, he always comes away looking like a loathsome swine with a dollop of Adolph Hitler in there. I think that’s very unfair. To swine. Of course one can never be unfair to Hitler.

I can’t help but think these gun nuts are living a self-fulfilling prophecy like the Branch Davidians did in Waco, Texas, and Jim Jones’s Kool-Aid drinkers in Central America. They believed the world was coming to an end and it did for them. The gun nuts fear a civil war, and there will be one. For them. The rest of us have state and local police, the FBI, Homeland Security, the United States Army, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Navy and Coast Guard.

I feel badly for the children who are caught in their parents’ craziness. They don’t know any better and don’t have much of a chance. I mean, what kind of responsible parent gives a 5-year-old a real gun to play with?

If you believe the rhetoric, these NRA guys are really tough with their new motto “Stand and Fight.” It’s more like “Stand in Fright.” Their new logo looks interesting. It’s a highly stylized designy NRA eagle looking like it’s going down in flames, something we can all hope and pray for.

You’ve seen the gun owners wearing a yellow sticker that says “Another Responsible Gun Owner.” I’m going to make one that says “Unarmed, Unafraid and Unimpressed.”

Don’t Cross This Red Line Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:08:17 +0000 Bob Englehart 130874 600 Dont Cross This Red Line cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

President Obama has threatened Syria a total of seven times now using the “red line” metaphor. It means that if Syria crosses an imaginary red line in the sand, Obama will…will…will what? Be angry? Clearly, Bashar Assad is not frightened by the president’s rhetoric. Could it be the president is sounding like a parent who threatens his child with punishment but never follows through?

The red line Obama is so fond of is about chemical weapons. If Assad uses chemical warfare on his own people, he will have crossed the red line and Obama will…er…you know. There will be consequences. Heads will roll. A price will be paid. Yadda yadda yadda.

Our foreign friends and their intelligence sources are certain Assad has used sarin on his people, but Obama doesn’t want to make the same mistake the W Bush administration made in Iraq, so he’s examining the evidence while building a coalition to do what, I don’t know.

I’m sure part of any strategy would be to not make threats, even veiled ones, if we’re not going to follow through. The president doesn’t say what he’ll do. He just indicates there will be a change in U.S. policy toward Syria. What does that mean? Use your imagination.

Boston Will Heal Wed, 17 Apr 2013 07:05:06 +0000 Bob Englehart 130342 600 Boston Will Heal cartoons

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A pressure cooker. That’s what the Boston Marathon bomb was made of. Something as domestic and peaceful as a pressure cooker can be turned into a dangerous killing device. Certainly, the cynical gun owners will demand we outlaw pressure cookers as a joke, but you know what, gunslinger? Your license to carry wouldn’t have helped Monday. Your gun collection locked away in your gun safe at home would not have helped you on the streets of Boston. You good guys with guns need to shoot bad guys with guns. The bad guy in Boston probably had a cellphone.

There’s a movement afoot on Facebook to wear purple for Boston. I say we wear purple for everybody. Wear purple for understanding, for peace, for community, human dignity and human kindness. The Boston Marathon bombing caused a moral injury. A moral injury is a transgression of deep belief in how to treat others. The only thing that can fix a moral injury is moral healing, and that starts with each of us.

RIP Annette Funicello Wed, 10 Apr 2013 07:10:34 +0000 Bob Englehart 130004 600 RIP Annette Funicello cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

When I was 11 years old, I had a crush on Annette, as did most of the boys in my 6th grade class. One day, I had a brilliant idea. My hormones were just starting to percolate and so was my blossoming adult imagination. My mother would let me babysit for my younger brother occasionally, but she didn’t pay very well. I came up with a scheme to make more money. I told my friend Terry about it and he was enthusiastic.

I would draw Annette’s picture and sell them to the boys at school. I think I charged 25 cents, or 50 cents, I don’t remember. All I know is that a lot of my classmates were spending their lunch money on art.

School Daze Thu, 04 Apr 2013 07:10:35 +0000 Bob Englehart 129654 600 School Daze cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

Let’s make it as bizarre as possible. I mean, why stop at having armed guards in schools. Let’s have them dress up and roam the halls as big lovable mascots. Let’s have Benny the Bear carry an assault rifle under his fury costume. How about Danny the Blue Dragon carrying an Uzi inside his lovable fat belly.

Life just gets more and more absurd on this planet and I know why. Overcrowding. That’s right, we’re rapidly approaching the tipping point. All this crazy killing is nature’s attempt at crowd control. We think we’re at the top of the food chain (I’ll discuss that later) and no other animal can annihilate us, so we have to annihilate each other. That’s pop wisdom.

I suspect about a billion people will have to kill each other with guns and bombs in order to even things out and take pressure off the Earth to provide sustenance for all these people, but guns and bombs won’t do it alone. Now, about that food chain.

We are not at the top. Viruses, bacteria, fungus and germs of all kinds are. There’s always a new virus brewing in the rural regions of China. That bug will have to kill another billion people because of a simple law of nature. It must always be in balance. It has no choice, no alternative. For every problem mankind solves, nature creates another. That’s the way it has always been. What to do? Armed guards in schools. Armed mascots. Armed teachers. Armed students. While we’re at it, give our body’s microscopic cells little tiny guns too.

Confused Supremes Fri, 29 Mar 2013 07:05:35 +0000 Bob Englehart 129340 600 Confused Supremes cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

It’s obvious to me that we as a country need to have same sex marriage recognized and legalized in all 50 states. It doesn’t make sense any other way. We tried different rules for different states with slavery and that didn’t work out so well.

Marriage is marriage and it’s not about procreation or same or different sexes. Marriage is about whatever the two people getting married want it to be.

I’ve heard all the arguments against it and they’re all based on fear, prejudice, hatred, or a very narrow certainty about what some religion says God wants us to do. I say if two people love each other, want to try like hell to spend the rest of their lives together and want all the benefits society gives people like that, then let them get married. We have no right to stop them.

Gay marriage is practical and logical. Society is strengthened when people pair up in a legally established and committed way. Winston Churchill said, “Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing after they have exhausted all other possibilities.”

The right thing the USA will do eventually is standardize gay marriage across the country. I love it when people, i.e. society, race far ahead of our old creaky institutions that are then left with the choice to evolve or die. That’s the kind of choice conservatives like, isn’t it?

Gay Divorce Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:13:15 +0000 Bob Englehart  Gay Divorce cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

I saw the beginning of the end of the traditional Grand Old Party back in 1980 when the Reagan campaign invited the religious right to occupy a central role in Republican politics. Until then, they had been dismissed as a fringe element too extreme for mainstream America.

The Supremes had ruled on abortion in Roe v. Wade only seven years before.

The religious right, fueled by anti-abortion fervor, took over the GOP. It was a symbiotic relationship. The religious right seemed willing to go along with anything the Republicans wanted as long as it ended abortion on demand.

The Republicans would put a plank in the campaign platform that demanded a constitutional amendment protecting zygotes and fetuses, the “unborn.”

Ronald Reagan, a B actor in Hollywood but an A actor on the world stage and not really a church-going guy, was elected over Jimmy Carter, the actual born-again Christian. Why? Because the Democrats felt that reproductive freedom and choice was best left to individuals.

I don’t know if the mainstream Republicans are finally starting to recognize the effect that religious extremism has had on the party, or not. The anti-abortion crowd still clings to their goal of stacking the Supreme Court with judges who appear to them likely to overturn Roe  v. Wade. Now their certainty of what God wants has led them to try to ban gay marriage with another of their religion-based amendments.

Meanwhile, that storied progressive political party, the secular institution that elected Abraham Lincoln president twice, continues to suffer embarrassing defeat after defeat.

Violent Video Games Don’t Cause Violence Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:15:19 +0000 Bob Englehart  Violent Video Games Dont Cause Violence cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

Art doesn’t cause violence. Arrows cause violence. Here we go again with the age old debate. We’ve been here before with “Beavis and Butt-Head”, “Ren and Stimpy”, “Itchy and Scratchy”, “Tom and Jerry” and a host of other violent cartoons, video games, movies and novels.

The reason we have violence in art is that it reflects the violent world we live in. Children play with toy guns because they’re trying to make sense of the world they live in. It’s as much a part of the human experience as making up scary stories around the campfire.

I know the story of a young boy in day care who was playing guns. The concerned teacher told his mother and she tried to stop him by taking his toy guns away. The next day, he went to day care and used the banana in his lunch as a toy gun. That young boy is a man now and he’s not violent in any way.

Art feeds fantasy, yes, but we all have fantasies that would land us in jail or the hospital if we acted on them. We can label art with ratings. We can monitor what our children watch when we’re there to supervise. We can put age limits on its purchase, but as long as the world remains a violent place, there will be art made to reflect it and process it in a safe, controlled manner. It’s the mentally healthy thing to do.

Don’t Chuck Chuck Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:10:35 +0000 Bob Englehart 125716 600 Dont Chuck Chuck cartoons

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Never is political hypocrisy more on display than in the nomination process. The fact is, if a Republican President (say, a newly elected Mitt Romney) had chosen Chuck Hagel, the GOP-ers would sail him right through. It’s also true when the shoe is on the other foot, Democrats will destroy a Republican president’s nominee when it’s their turn to derail the proceedings. I can just hear what the Dems would say about Hagel’s “Jewish lobby” remark.

I don’t care one way or the other whether Hagel gets the nomination. I just like slamming those incompetent Washington congressmen in the party of “Hell No.” From what I can tell, the problem with Hagel is he’s an independent thinker. We independents get in a lot of trouble for not following the official line. It costs us time and money, but we’re stuck with our view of the world.

My favorite example of an independent thinker thrown out into the snow is Joe Lieberman, our former senator. He had few friends when he left the Democratic Party and went out on his own. He really only had one ally. The people of Connecticut.

Happy New Year, Such As It Is Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:27:21 +0000 Bob Englehart 124673 600 Happy New Year, Such As It Is cartoons

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I’ve talked to people from all over the country and all over the world during the holiday season and I’ve come to this conclusion. Whatever we decide to do about guns and gun control is filled with pitfalls, so, pick your pitfalls.

Geneticists are studying the DNA of the Sandy Hook Elementary School killer to see if there’s anything they can find out about him on a molecular level. Maybe that’s ultimately the answer. I still say that a hundred years from now, doctors will take a newborn baby, extract his or her DNA, examine it for susceptibility to disease, tweak it, put it back and like magic, the kid will grow up free of the maladies that affect us today.

Maybe the scientists will be able to fix a broken spirit, a madness, a tendency toward violence. Even that is filled with pitfalls. Again, what pitfalls are you willing to live with?

Repeal the 2nd Amendment Mon, 17 Dec 2012 21:59:11 +0000 Bob Englehart  Repeal the 2nd Amendment cartoons

Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

I spent the weekend with children. I was with my two 5-year-old granddaughters and my 11 year-old grandson. I also rehearsed for my church’s Christmas pageant, which is filled with kids. That seemed to help my mental state. In a few days I’ll see my 18-year-old granddaughter who is studying to be a kindergarten teacher.

I expect to see concrete changes come from President Obama’s speech and presence in Newtown the other night. Newtown––appropriately named Newtown––is the center of the new world.

Happy Veterans Day Sat, 10 Nov 2012 13:27:51 +0000 Bob Englehart 122115 600 Happy Veterans Day cartoons

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Every Veterans Day, I call my dad in Indiana and wish him well and thank him for killing the Nazis. He’s 90 years old, but when he starts talking about his time in London with the Office of Strategic Services, it’s as if it all happened yesterday.

This is a man who has been out of the Navy for 67 years who still is haunted by World war II and we expect men and women who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan to shake off that trauma and put on a happy face.

When my dad was fresh out of the service, there were no mental health programs to help, no nothing. My dad didn’t even talk about what he did in the war until the 50th anniversary of D-Day. I said to him, “The Vietnam veterans, that’s all they want to do is talk about their experience. That’s the thing about you World War II guys. You won’t talk about it.” he said, “We weren’t suppose to.” I always took that as an admonition that comes with being in the spy service and also a generational thing. The men of my father’s era didn’t talk about the pain they were going through, whether it was divorce, business failure, financial trouble, confusing feelings, or whatever. They weren’t suppose to.

Well, the historical 2012 election is over so let’s all thank the people who protect our democracy. Happy Veterans Day to you servicemen and women and thank you. Here’s the phone number of Connecticut’s Military Support Program from the Connecticut Department Of Veterans’ Affairs if you want to talk to somebody. Talking is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength.

Politics Takes A Back Seat Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:12:11 +0000 Bob Englehart 121544 600 Politics Takes A Back Seat cartoons

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Predictably, the storm has been blamed on climate change, that is, human destruction of the earth’s atmosphere. Opinion alert: Yes, the earth is warming. It’s a natural phenomenon that has gone on for millions of years. The Earth was tropical during the time of the dinosaur and it wasn’t because tyrannosaurus rex had bad farts. And later, it was an ice box when mastodons roamed lower Manhattan and a one mile thick ice sheet covered Foxwoods. In the 1970s, scientists were warning us about the next ice age.

Has human existence changed the climate? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know. If we stopped burning greenhouse gases right now, today, would the Earth go back to a medium temperature we can all agree on any time soon? If we lived the life vegans wanted us to, would the bad storms moderate by next week? Of course not. All that has happened in this current conversation is that more fear has seeped into the human psyche.

My attitude is simple. Nobody has the right to pollute another person’s environment. Study what the New England manufacturers did to the region’s rivers back in the 18th, 19th and well into the 20th centuries if you want to see gross human hubris in action.

Look, if you own a pond on your property and it doesn’t leak into ground water or a stream, you can pollute it to death if you like, but you have no right to pollute your neighbor’s pond. This is the central issue in smoking bans. Nobody has the right to pollute another person’s air, whether it’s cigarette smoke, that hideous perfume that gives me a headache, or the steel mill next door. Stop polluting the atmosphere, rivers, streams and oceans and we’ll see soon enough what happens to the planet.

Earthlings, if you want to save the planet, stop being such slobs.

The Last One On One Tue, 23 Oct 2012 19:45:38 +0000 Bob Englehart englehart presidential debate The Last One On One cartoons

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It’s interesting to me that rabid partizans from either party cannot possibly be a reliable judge of how their candidate did in the debates. Hardcore Obama supporters swear he won the first debate. Mitt-ites will never accept the fact that Romney lost the next two.

I have always been suspect of pundits who sell themselves as either conservatives or liberals. That means they cannot ever change their minds with new information because it would mean a loss of income, some of those incomes in the seven figures. This what’s behind all the outlandish claims being made mainly by conservatives, such as the polls are biased and favor President Obama.

Hey, dude, reality favors Obama. My support for Obama and the Democrats is good for this election only and ends November 7. After that, all bets are off. I will not, repeat not, support any Republican for national office as long as the tea party, the religious extremists and Grover Norquist are in charge of the Grand Old Party.

Facts Schmacks Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:08:03 +0000 Bob Englehart 119759 600 Facts Schmacks cartoons

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I went to to check on some facts. They have a feature on stump speeches and this is all from Mitt Romney’s stump speech, which apparently is all lies and half truths:

Romney says Obama said by now [unemployment] would be down to 5.4 percent. But Romney is referring to a speculative report issued at the beginning of Obama’s presidency containing projections, not promises. Those projections relied on prevailing economic models that quickly proved to have underestimated the depths of the recession at that time.

Romney says median family income dropped $5,000 under Obama. That’s an exaggeration. The true loss of inflation-adjusted, median family income was $3,290 during Obama’s first three years. Romney’s figure is based on a report that covers a period that includes 13 months before Obama took office.

Romney says health insurance premiums have gone up $2,500 under Obama. The actual increase has been $1,700, most of which was absorbed by employers and only a small part of which is attributable to the health care law.

Romney blames Obama for the cost of gasoline doubling, but that’s misleading. Gasoline prices happened to be unusually low when Obama took office due to the recession and financial crisis.

There are more, but you get the idea. And isn’t allabout Mitt.

They’ve got some stuff coming from Obama, too. Check it out, stay informed and don’t believe anything a politician says.

The Great Debate Wed, 03 Oct 2012 07:38:24 +0000 Bob Englehart 119615 600 The Great Debate cartoons

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I should’ve paid more attention to Mitt Romney when he was the governor next door, but there was nothing remarkable about him. He was a Northeast moderate Republican, something fairly common here in the region that birthed the Constitution of the United States.

Most of the Republicans in New England are moderate, but they seem conservative when compared to the tree-hugging, radical, vegan, pot-smoking Democrats in the region. However, we’re all, Democrat and Republican alike, a bunch of wild-eyed Northeast liberals as far as the tea party in the heartland is concerned. They have no powers of discernment anyway, so we don’t really care what they think.

I suspect that Connecticut is 70 percent liberal Democrat and about 30 percent conservative Republican. No wonder I feel right at home.

Stop, Thief! Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:58:56 +0000 Bob Englehart 119214 600 Stop, Thief! cartoons

Does the year 2000 ring a bell? Will it be deja vu all over again? The GOP stole one election and I fear they’re fixin’ to steal another. Somebody said, and I don’t know who, the only way to ensure the election won’t be stolen again is a large turnout and landslide for President Obama.

I can only hope that Democratic volunteers and poll workers are out there in force to fight this assault on voting rights by the Republican-controlled legislatures. The federal gummint is doing what it can to stop, or overturn these laws. That’s why Eric Holder is under assault from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. I wish the Attorney General success.

Mitt Hits Keep On Comin’ Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:36:58 +0000 Bob Englehart 118707 600 Mitt Hits Keep On Comin cartoons

Mitt Romney isn’t doing well on the Sunday morning public affairs talk shows. At least, not on the ones I occasionally watch. I think his problem is the more we get to know him, the more we distrust him.

I started drawing Mitt with black rectangles over his eyes at first because that’s the way he looks to me in reality, but also because it reminds me of the old technique of hiding a person’s identity, say, a person who might be caught in a compromising situation when a photographer is in the room. I never quite understood it. I mean, how does hiding a person’s eyes with a black rectangle disguise who it is?

When I drew Romney the first time with the rectangles over his eyes, I thought the symbolism was perfect. We know this guy, but we don’t know this guy. Not really. He’s flipped and flopped so many times. So the black rectangles capture his remoteness, his hidden identity.

I’ll keep drawing him this way until something happens to change my opinion of him, but I can’t think what it might be that would make me want to flip flop.

Mitt The Twit Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:32:35 +0000 Bob Englehart 118582 600 Mitt The Twit cartoons

I was all set to do a Joe Ganim cartoon when I read about the Libyan Islamist extremists and their murderous deadly hysteria they like to wear on their sleeves. I was all set to draw a cartoon about the thickness of skin on the world’s great religions and how thin the skin is on Islam’s more deranged practioners. I was all set to do those things when I read Nitwit Mitt Romney’s statement using this opportunity to criticize the Obama Administration.

It fits Mitt. In fact, it fits all the people who think Mitt is not a twit, that Mitt’s It. It fits the modern Republican Party, perpetually in a snit, completely out of touch with the reality of working class people. But, hey, let Mitt be Mitt, I say. Mitt has all the charm of a zit.

9/11 Seared Into The Memory Of A Generation Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:33:54 +0000 Bob Englehart 118416 600 9/11 Seared Into The Memory Of A Generation cartoons

This day is our Pearl Harbor Day and will be as long as there are people who will remember. As for the real Pearl Harbor Day, that generation, the Greatest Generation, is dying out and with it, those emotional memories of where they were when they first heard.

We baby boomers, Gen X-ers, whatever we want to label adults living today, have a ways to go before we reach the end of our time on the planet. 9/11 will be with us for a long time, our defining moment in the war on terror.

But a child born 11 years ago today would, of course, have no memory of that Tuesday in September when the unthinkable happened. I hope their generation will be spared the trauma and death that a day like that can bring. If it is, it will be another milestone for the human race, but a positive one this time.

Clint Misfires Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:05:47 +0000 Bob Englehart 117941 600 Clint Misfires cartoons

I’m a Clint fan. Well, I was until I found out he’s a Republican. I’m joking. I didn’t see his performance last night, but I heard plenty and saw plenty on the Internet the next day. Now I fear he’s become a pathetic old man who wandered away from the home. Couldn’t someone at least have combed his hair?

If I were an actor, I’d keep my politics to myself. Guys like Eastwood, Alec Baldwin and George Clooney who wear their politics on their sleeve don’t do themselves any favors. Just because an actor likes a particular brand of politics doesn’t mean squat. I’ve met plenty of actors and for the most part, they’re empty vessels waiting to be told who to be.

I’ll give Clint the benefit of the doubt and tell myself that he was talked into this debacle. Either that, or I’ll blame it on the director.

Ryan Paves The Way For Obama Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:41:40 +0000 Bob Englehart  Ryan Paves The Way For Obama cartoons

Tea party dreamers, if they do in fact dream, will see this cartoon and say, “Yes! We want to throw a monkey wrench into the political system!” Hey, go for it. The thing is though, this monkey wrench will lodge in the Romney campaign and de-rail it as sure as God made little green sour grapes.

Wait till America learns about Ryan’s plan to throw a monkey wrench into Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and just about every safety net program we have. Are you middle class? Duck! Even thoughtful Republicans have opposed it in the past. Let’s see if they have the courage to oppose it now.

Read the profile on Paul Ryan in the New Yorker, that liberal rag I’ve subscribed to since the 1970s. I told my wife last week that I thought Romney would pick Ryan. I had a hunch and my hunch paid off. Maybe it was more like a prayer, something the GOP doesn’t have now.

Supremes Dig Obamacare Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:33:33 +0000 Bob Englehart  Supremes Dig Obamacare cartoons

It’s a rare joy the past couple of years to see a Supreme Court decision with which I agree. What will Obamacare mean to the average American? I don’t know exactly, but we’re off to a good start.

It has seemed that every attempt to make the United States compatible with the rest of the industrialized world as far as health care goes has only made the situation more complicated without actually benefitting us. For instance, HMOs came about as a result of the Clinton attempt to simplify health care. HMOs gave us drive-thru mastectomies and a bunch of other outrages.

So, who knows what Obamacare will do for us. Long term, I hope we end up with single payer health insurance. Short term, it starts a serious plan to make health care affordable for more people. Maybe.

Roger Clemens Walks Thu, 21 Jun 2012 07:10:54 +0000 Bob Englehart 113737 600 Roger Clemens Walks cartoons

Those of us who follow baseball have a pretty good idea who cheated. We think we know who took steroids and human growth hormone. We don’t need a perjury trial to make it any more clear. We’ve seen the impossibly bulked up players. And now, fairly, or unfairly, Roger Clemens tops a list of men who will have a very hard, if not impossible, time of getting into Cooperstown.

It doesn’t make any difference that back in the day Major League Baseball was vague about chemical enhancement of a players ability. It’s still cheating and we know who played baseball honorably, the hard way, the only way. If anything, our heroes of old used drugs that had a detrimental effect on a player’s ability, such as alcohol and nicotine.

Having said that, although slightly scarred, I still like baseball. I’ve followed the White Sox, the Reds, the Mets and the Yankees. There is nothing like the hum of a major league ballpark on a warm sunny afternoon. I go to many Rock Cats games in New Britain and watch at least two or three games of the Little League World Series on TV.

Sure, some of the cheaters have gotten away with it, but for the most part, the game today is played on the up and up. Either that, or science has come up with enhancing drugs that can’t be detected. There, that’s how I’ve been scarred.

Memorial Day Mon, 28 May 2012 12:38:17 +0000 Bob Englehart Englehart’s View by Bob Englehart

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My father served in the Office of Strategic Services in World War II. The OSS was the forerunner to the CIA. When I was a kid, I’d ask the inevitable question, “What’d you do in the war, daddy.”

He’d say “Dodged bombs in London for three years,” and then he’d change the subject. I didn’t find out about the brutality he witnessed and friends he lost until the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1995. He went into detail, to a point, and then his eyes welled up with tears and he stopped talking. But he was one of the lucky ones. He survived in one piece to play 18 holes of golf at 90 years old and to begin to forget about the war.

As long as there are human beings living on the planet Earth, we’ll have war. So many good people have died in wars designed to save the world from a megalomaniac like Hitler, or for unclear wars like Iraq and Vietnam, or nation building in Afghanistan, or to hold this country together like in the Civil War. Good people die in bad wars too. I know so many veterans, good people, who say that they simply did what their country asked.

Take a moment this weekend and say a thank you to the good people who died so that we may choose whatever we want to do on Memorial Day because in the end, it’s about freedom.

Let The Games Begin Mon, 02 Apr 2012 20:31:40 +0000 Bob Englehart 109200 600 Let The Games Begin cartoons

Cross-posted at The Hartford Courant

The Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments this week about the constitutionality of Obamacare. Frankly, I lost interest months ago when the president chickened out on the single payer issue, but let’s face it.

Half a health care reform is better than nothing.

And that’s what conservative Republicans want…nothing…nada…no health care reform. They want a patchwork system to leave it up to the states and that won’t work. Massachusetts is the first state in the country with comprehensive universal health care. Everybody has to buy coverage…thank you moderate Mitt Romney…but Massachusetts hospitals near other states without universal health care like New Hampshire are plagued by uninsured folks crowding the emergency rooms looking for care.

I don’t know if the Supremes will give Obamacare their stamp of constitutional approval, or not. Appellate courts have already said it’s constitutional and some of them are dominated by conservatives. There is already a mandate of sorts. Governments force us to buy car insurance if we want to drive a car on the streets of America.

But in the end, nobody knows how it will turn out. This court is so political and wrongheaded, you never know what’s going to happen. In the end, they may decide that an insurance policy is a human being.

Conservative Republicans prefer a dog-eat-dog world, where people have to compete for basic rights like health care. It reminds me of a story that’s playing right now at a local movie theater near you.

Yes… it’s a contest and the Republicans are sharpening their arrows for the last round of The Health Care Games.

About Trayvon: How Low Can You Go? Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:58:18 +0000 Bob Englehart 108835 600 About Trayvon: How Low Can You Go? cartoons

I suppose the death of Trayvon Martin was just too tempting for America’s two most desperate and despicable Republican presidential candidates to leave alone. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum spewed their anti-Obama venom over the weekend appearing on the TV talkers and they looked like total idiots, and not the good kind of idiots the Red Sox claimed to be.

I swear, if either of these two lowlifes get the GOP nod, I’ll have to file a lawsuit and have all Republicans involuntarily committed to the nearest mental institution.

Too Many Deployments Thu, 22 Mar 2012 13:00:17 +0000 Bob Englehart 108538 600 Too Many Deployments cartoons

Cross-posted at

I intentionally held off commenting on the soldier who killed so many innocent men, women and children in Afghanistan until I read more facts. There is no excusing the soldier, BUT, and there is almost always a “BUT.” Four, count ‘em, FOUR tours of duty in a combat zone is absurd. It’s the armed forces way of saying “we don’t have enough soldiers to carry on these wars we like to wage, so we’re going to over-tax the few people we have until they break.” They either break in the zone, or they break when they get home, but they will break in some way.

As I recall during the Vietnam war, soldiers were sent to combat for twelve months and if they survived, they were done. Why? Because there were always fresh bodies to throw at the enemy because of the draft. Do we need another draft today? Some people think so, but the draft usually sucks up poor people and minorities who don’t have connections to powerful big shots.

Once again, I say get out of Afghanistan. We did everything we could, killed bin Laden, tried to instill democratic ideas to that failure of a government that that toad Karzai runs and drove the Taliban into hiding. We’re done. Goodbye, and, you’re welcome.

For Ron Paul, It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over Sun, 11 Mar 2012 08:10:47 +0000 Bob Englehart 86889280 09133035 For Ron Paul, It Aint Over Till Its Over cartoons

Ron Paul is a libertarian more than he is a conservative. That means he’s against everything. OK, I’m exaggerating. He’s against almost everything. Basically, he wants the government out of our lives at every level. He has said in the past, “the proper role for government in America is to provide national defense, a court system for civil disputes, a criminal justice system for acts of force and fraud and little else.”

People who follow Paul and agree with him will say that we the peeps have gotten weak, and lazy, that we have an entitlement mentality. Of course those same people don’t see their own entitlement mentality. They only see it in people not like them. So, a Ron Paul presidency would mean goodbye Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, regulated commerce, product safety, mandated fair play and just about everything else we rely on government for. Ron Paul, from Texas, wants to return us to the good old days of the American west. But, you know what? I like the guy!

He doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of being elected president, but he’s like one of those community gadflies who harass the local town council. Trouble is, after getting used to so much attention and banging their head against the wall, those gadflies often go insane.

Ron Paul says he’s in it until the end. I wonder if he’ll recognize it. He hasn’t recognized it so far.

Whitney Houston Tue, 21 Feb 2012 08:02:45 +0000 Bob Englehart 229919340 20132054 Whitney Houston cartoons

I was in New York this past weekend and listened to Whitney Houston‘s funeral on the radio and watched some of it on TV. It was on about seven or eight stations. The tribute by Kevin Costner was moving.

She was such a big star that a memorial cartoon is still in order. I think Whitney ushered in the era of folks trying to outdo each other in singing the “Star Spangled Banner.” No one has topped Whitney at the Super Bowl after 9-11, Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock or Marvin Gaye‘s rendition at the 1983 NBA All-star Game. Check it out.

If Wall Street Could Talk Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:52:18 +0000 Bob Englehart 23456312130540 04134401 If Wall Street Could Talk cartoons

It sounds like the Wall Street occupiers want everything the tea party doesn’t.

The occupiers want a combination of social justice and a free ride. They’re as unfocused as the tea party is focused, which is all a way of saying nature has everything balanced as usual.

The left has come up with a movement that’s as whacky, though well-intentioned, as their cousins on the right.

I think the Wall Street occupiers will accomplish plenty if they just scare the hell out of the billionaires and corporations. The out-of-control disparity of wealth in the United States can only serve to destabilize society. That’s historically what happens when the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class gets the shaft.

Slutwalk Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:22:31 +0000 Bob Englehart 98835 600 Slutwalk cartoons

Seriously Red Sox? Fri, 30 Sep 2011 17:46:28 +0000 Bob Englehart 305253700 29130624 Seriously Red Sox? cartoons

All I can say is thank God I’m a Yankees fan.

Tea Party Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:07:23 +0000 Bob Englehart 98657 600 Tea Party cartoons

FEMA Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:58:05 +0000 Bob Englehart 98567 600 FEMA cartoons

Netflix Thu, 22 Sep 2011 19:41:04 +0000 Bob Englehart 98421 600 Netflix cartoons

Can the Poor Get Poorer? Thu, 15 Sep 2011 02:02:03 +0000 Bob Englehart 327208680 14141036 Can the Poor Get Poorer? cartoons

It’s the old cliché–the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The new twist is that no one can do anything about it. The politicians sold out long ago and are focused on their own campaign war chests. The rich are buying politicians as fast as they’re elected and thanking God this isn’t Egypt, Libya, or Syria. And the middle class? It is resting comfortably–thank you for asking.

I have a friend who works as a wine merchant in Fairfield County. She tells me that people there get upset if the bottle of wine they’re buying is too cheap. A hundred bucks a bottle? Not good enough. They’re not happy unless the merchant charges $200.

The last time there were this many poor people in the United States, another Democrat was in the White House, Bill Clinton. I don’t think this bodes well for President Obama, particularly because the poverty rate among his peeps is so much higher than for the rest of the United States. Can poor people look to the Republicans to help them out of poverty? I don’t think so. The GOP wants to slash the safety net that so many people rely on.

I think the economy has become like the complaint a former publisher of the Hartford Courant had about the weather. Everybody complains, but nobody does anything about it.

GOP Hearing Test Wed, 14 Sep 2011 01:42:37 +0000 Bob Englehart 98077 600 GOP Hearing Test cartoons

I love it when Sour Krauthammer writes a column about everything that’s wrong with liberals or what he thinks President Obama is going to do with his “liberal” agenda. In the process, he enumerates everything I like about the liberal point of view!

It just proves to me once again that at its most essential, there are two ways to view the world. Both are viable and important to human survival. Krauthammer looks at a situation and says, “This is bad.” I can look at it and say, “This is good.” We’re both right, of course. What is missing is someone to make it work, someone to bridge the middle between the different points of view. As long as their points of view aren’t extreme, people can solve any problem. The trouble is that one side, the Republicans, are dominated and guided by an extreme element unwilling to compromise. Even among lifelong Republicans, the element is recognized as extreme.

There are plenty of people to bridge the middle in the GOP. They’re called moderates. They need to come out of hiding and reclaim their Grand Old Party.

FEMA at GOP Headquarters Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:36:12 +0000 Bob Englehart 277945100 31122234 FEMA at GOP Headquarters cartoons,0,7703191.story

I knew it! I knew this would happen. Tuesday afternoon, I drew a cartoon about CL&P not getting power restored in a timely fashion, and Presto! We have power at my house as of Tuesday night at 7:30PM.

It’s the same principle I use when it’s been raining for five days in a row. All I have to do is draw a cartoon about the rain and, Presto! I’ll wake up to a beautiful sunny day. Happens every time. I should’ve drawn my lack-of-electrical power cartoon on Monday!

I still say we have to return to Nikola Tesla (the early 20th century inventor of AC current and many other electrical platforms), and his miracle inventions that were no less important to modern life than the Apple computer and Microsoft programs. We have to match technologies between modern computing and its power source, electricity.

Tesla’s work with wireless technology reflects the nature of the Internet. For instance, Tesla formed a partnership with J.P. Morgan to build a power plant on Long Island that would send power wirelessly (there’s that word again — WIRELESSLY), to people all over New York who would be able to draw on it for free, or maybe just a low service fee.

When Morgan found out about it, he withdrew his support. His famous quote: “If anyone can draw on the power, where do we put the meter?”

Off the Grid Tue, 30 Aug 2011 01:13:50 +0000 Bob Englehart 268529840 29123140 Off the Grid cartoons

I remember Hurricane Gloria in 1985. My family was watching the TV coverage on Channel 8 and it looked pretty bad. It came boiling across Long Island Sound and the closer it got to Connecticut, the more we were frightened. We’d never been through a hurricane before. We’d come from the Midwest and lived with the threat of tornadoes, but never experienced one. Hurricanes were something new.

In the front yard, the wind picked up and the trees swayed, but the storm seemed manageable. It didn’t feel that dangerous. Meanwhile on TV, it looked like the end of the world.

As the eye passed overhead, the sun came out and the hurricane broke up. My son and I went out to the front porch. The rain was warm, the clouds were flying by and we could see the TV in the living room. The coverage was still dark and foreboding in New Haven, but in West Hartford, it was over.

I came to two conclusions that day. One, everything looks worse on TV and two, the buildup to the storm is worse than the storm itself.

Hurricane Irene socked Middletown in the eye. It did more damage than Gloria but it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. We lost power at 12:15PM Sunday and it hasn’t come on as of this writing. I talked to a friend who’s an electrical engineer and he talked to the electric company and they said it might be Thursday before we’re back online. I suspect we’ll lose everything in the fridge, but that’s a small price to pay considering.

On the bright side, I spent most of the storm with family and friends, and I still have a large piece of hurricane pie (apple) left.


Blustery Day Sun, 28 Aug 2011 16:44:06 +0000 Bob Englehart 270832140 28054328 Blustery Day cartoons

Well, this is one for the record books. Last night, my wife and I went down the hall to friends and we watched “Doc Martin” till about 11PM. I had a slice of hurricane pie (apple). Then we came home to wait out the storm, but I fell asleep at around 1 a.m.. It’s blowing, raining and gusting right now. Horizontal. Geoff Fox was right. It’s worse than Gloria. We still have power though at 8:30 a.m.. I’ll try to do updates throughout the day as long as CL&P lets me.

10:15 a.m. Looks like the worst is over. Still wind gusts to 60 MPH.

I still say that the buildup to the storm is worse than the storm itself.

An Apple A Day… Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:01:54 +0000 Bob Englehart 97400 600 An Apple A Day... cartoons

I’m an Apple guy. Always have been, always will be. I had one of the first Macs way back in the 1980s when the screen was black and the type was yellow. Today I work at home on an eMac OS X, admittedly the Underwood typewriter of computers, but I love it. Its old-fashioned cathode ray tube gives me perfect color. At the Courant, I also use a Mac OS X, but it has a big, flat-screen display.

I don’t have stock in Apple (unless it’s through the mutual funds I own), and I wish Steve Jobs good health, but I don’t think at this point it matters much who is at the helm. Jobs did one of those things few people do in their lifetimes. He created something bigger than himself. Apple will go on. The company will thrive, creative leaders will develop new products, and the industry will continue to expand. Apple’s future as a leader in the digital universe is secure. Hey, Apple learned from the best.

East Coast Rocks Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:00:15 +0000 Bob Englehart 269645100 23133325 East Coast Rocks cartoons

Yeah, I felt it. I had just made a chocolate run and was sitting at a busy intersection in West Hartford when my car started to rock the way it does when the windshield wipers are going full blast, but they weren’t on. “What the hell?” I thought. I looked in the rearview mirror and wondered if the big truck behind me was somehow shaking my car. Then the light changed. I forgot about it and headed to the office.

I drove to the Courant down Asylum Avenue, and all the office workers were out on the sidewalk. “What the hell?” I thought. “What is this, a mass fire drill?” I didn’t know about the earthquake until I pulled into the paper’s parking lot, and NPR announced the breaking news. I rode the elevator with TV news anchor Brent Hardin, who had had a similar experience.

The newsroom was abuzz; people were joking and, of course, making light of it. FoxCT interrupted its regular programming, and weatherman Geoff Fox talked about the big earthquake—5.9 on the Richter scale, 10.0 on the New England excitement scale. I’ll bet that in California people don’t even stop typing for a 5.9.

The Bus Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:21:11 +0000 Bob Englehart 349362180 17124847 The Bus Doesnt Stop Here Anymore cartoons

Unlike 2008, President Obama is doing everything wrong this year. He’s acting like he’s afraid of being direct, forceful, showing his anger. He’s trying to sound casual (“No drama Obama”) but he’s coming off as a wimp. He’s trying to make peace with those stupid Tea Party cretins. What a waste of time. His rhetoric is unconvincing, his manner is passive and he has loser written all over him. Having said that, if any of this current crop of Grade B religious nuts get the GOP nomination, I’ll have no trouble voting for Obama again.

Where, oh, where is the party of Everett Dirksen, Dwight Eisenhower and Gerald Ford? Where is the religious pragmatism of Ronald Reagan? When will I be able to vote for a solid, moderate Republican again? Not in 2012, unless somebody comes along that hasn’t been vetted yet.

Modern politics is about the divide between those who are in favor of gay marriage, taxing the rich and freedom of choice on one side and those who are against all that on the other. The pious hypocrites versus the honest sinners.

Could a Republican be nominated to lead the party to the White House in 2012 if he or she didn’t regularly go to church, was in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy, gay marriage, freedom of choice, and a balanced budget amendment? Of course not. You only find that kind of Republican leader in New England.

Rick Perry Tue, 16 Aug 2011 13:05:47 +0000 Bob Englehart 96868 600 Rick Perry cartoons

Prayers Have Been Answered Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:05:45 +0000 Bob Englehart 324943720 27131217 Prayers Have Been Answered cartoons

This cartoon was inspired by something a new freshman Representative from Louisiana said, although you don’t need to know the quote to enjoy the cartoon. Jeff Landry came to Washington without any previous experience in elected office. He said about the House debt ceiling/ budget plan, “When there is this type of pressure, I do what I was taught to do. I get on my knees and I ask for some understanding and some leadership.”

Some of these new Congressmen are sensitive about how they think President Obama is portraying them. The same story had another great quote in it that may inspire another cartoon. Another freshman congressman Rep. Trey Gowdy from the great state of South Carolina said “We’re not a bunch of knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing Neanderthals.”

No, they’re not. They’re a bunch of knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing Australopithecus…es. That’s an anthropologist joke. See, Australopithecus came before Neand…never mind.

Norway’s Monster Wed, 27 Jul 2011 03:13:26 +0000 Bob Englehart 358130900 26124210 Norways Monster cartoons

I don’t even want to say the animal’s name. As a matter of fact, I think that’s what should happen to murderers, terrorists and assassins. They should lose their names and be given a number, as in “146728 was the crazy guy who killed all those people in the Oklahoma City bombing,” or “34712 and 87365 were convicted in the Cheshire home invasion case.” These creatures don’t deserve names. or human identities of any kind.

As a Christian, I have an obligation to comment on the Norway killer’s so-called “Christianity.” He’s no more a Christian than bin-Laden was a Muslim. I’d like to see more Muslim cartoonists attack the people who claim to share their religion. I don’t have to wonder what Jesus, or Muhammad would say about these people. Unfortunately, these clowns are like natural disasters. As long as there are human beings on this earth, the monsters will move among us. Occasionally, they will strike. All each of us can hope for is to be somewhere else when they strike.

Debt Ceiling Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:50:02 +0000 Bob Englehart 95978 600 Debt Ceiling cartoons

Hot! Hot! Hot! Fri, 22 Jul 2011 13:40:40 +0000 Bob Englehart 95841 600 Hot! Hot! Hot! cartoons

This just in to the newsroom. It’s a hot summer day in July, so hot, you could fry an egg on the sidewalk, not that you’d want to eat it. Not in Hartford, or Bridgeport of course. Maybe in Greenwich where the sidewalks are paved with gold and so clean you could, in fact, eat off of them.

If you have to be outside today, exert yourself and don’t drink any liquids. None. Run as fast as you can, as far as you can. Lift very heavy things and put them down. Shoveling dirt would be good, or do a hundred laps around a flat asphalt-covered roof.
Know the symptoms of heat stroke. Ignore them. If you feel light-headed and disoriented, run faster until the sweat stings your eyes and your legs turn to rubber. Find a mirror, or some other reflective surface, like a store window. See if your cheeks are red. If they are, do deep knee bends until you pass out.

If you are elderly, do not, I repeat, do not go to a cooling center. Stay in your home with all the doors and windows shut and put on your winter coat. Even better, put on a sweater first and sit on a hot water bottle in the attic. Build a fire in the wood stove and turn the thermostat as high as it will go. Drink a bottle of Scotch warmed to room temperature. If you know of any elderly people living nearby, do not check on them. Ignore them. Pretend they don’t exist.

This message brought to to by the American Anti-Common Sense Society.


Job Creators? Thu, 21 Jul 2011 02:11:30 +0000 Bob Englehart 325323580 20131524 Job Creators? cartoons

You have to admire the Republicans for their lockstep march of ideology as they follow orders from their patrons in the topmost regions of the upper crust. Let’s listen in on a meeting with a very highly-paid consultant in the ornate library of the Billionaires Club:

“Look, don’t let the Republicans call you ‘wealthy,’ or ‘rich.’ It sounds bad. There are a lot of people out of work and when those people hear the word ‘wealthy,’ they’re going to hear ‘assholes’ instead. If we want the Republicans to win the hearts and minds of victims of this bad economy, we have to tell them to put a positive spin on our lifestyle.”

“What do we tell them to call us, ‘well off? Upper class?’”

“No, that’s just as bad. Tell them to call you ‘job creators.’”

“Job creators? We don’t create jobs. We put our windfall profits in liquid assets like savings accounts, or invest in oil stocks, hedge funds, or whatever. The last thing we do is create jobs, unless you want to count the illegals we hire to mow our lawns.” (laughter)

“The American people don’t know that. All they know is what they see on Fox News Channel, which isn’t much. Then they watch their stupid prime time TV shows that are mainly designed to keep them in their place. You know, filled with envy and dread. If you call yourselves job creators, it gives them a false sense of hope, only they don’t know it’s false. They think it’s real. It’ll last long enough for a Republican to be elected to the White House. In the meantime, you folks can double your fortunes again so that if Obama should be re-elected and gets his way with tax increases on you, you have enough of a fortune that you won’t feel a thing. You can’t lose.

“What about threatening to leave the country if Obama tries to raise our taxes. Should we try that?”

“You might. It works in Connecticut.”

Bye Bye Borders Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:45:23 +0000 Bob Englehart 337532340 19131707 Bye Bye Borders cartoons

Border’s is…was…my favorite brick and mortar store. Well, my favorite big chain brick and mortar store anyway. Barnes and Noble store interiors seem just a bit more pretentious, but you have to give them credit. B&N was quicker to adapt to the new Internet reality than their rival. My favorite book store of all is R. J. Julia in Madison. I’m taking a writing workshop there with author and teacher Matthew Dicks and I just bought his novel Something Missing.

I admit that I buy most of my books from Amazon, most of my music, too. It’s fast, easy, convenient and cheaper that most retail operations. I know the Internet is killing stores like Borders, but you can’t compete with fast, easy, convenient and cheap. That’s what’s killing newspapers. It’s fast, easy, convenient and cheap to get the news online. Who wants to schlep out to the end of the driveway every morning in the rain, sleet or snow, except our most loyal and diehard readers. God bless ‘em. Like me, they want a newspaper (that daily catalog of human events) to hold in their hands.

Speaking of newspapers, my nephew the lawyer says that the reason London newspapers are doing so well is that they always run a picture of a topless babe on page three. In fact, the term “page three girl” is common in England. I wonder when American newspapers are going to get hip and do the same. What the hell, we’re the Titanic in print. Might as well go down to the bottom with a little soft core porn. That might add a touch more excitement to that trip to the end of the driveway.

Faux News Flops Again Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:56:38 +0000 Bob Englehart 95510 600 Faux News Flops Again cartoons

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Well, I tried to avoid doing a cartoon about Rupert Murdoch’s hacking scandal but it’s just too big. And too much fun! Apparently, Faux News hasn’t covered any of this. I didn’t know because I don’t watch that crap. My time is too valuable to waste, but I’m not surprised. Faux news does the bidding of Roger Ailes, its rotund president in charge of lies and half-truths. Whatever he wants, they do and he’s either getting orders from the top, or he’s using his finely honed skills as a Faux News executive.

Liberals have their multi-billionaire fat cats, too, but none of them are in the same trouble Murdoch is in right now. I hope it continues to go badly for him. He’s done more to spread the gospel of disinformation, sleaze and invasion of privacy around the globe than anyone I can think of. Too bad, too. We need all the newspaper champions we can get.

Eat Peas? Eat This! Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:27:11 +0000 Bob Englehart 23456442428920 13131837 Eat Peas? Eat This! cartoons

Why do I get the feeling we plebs are being played like violins? That’s OK for those contemporary Republican tea party religious nuts, they’re used to it, but frankly, I hate being jerked around by two-bit politicians and charlatans. Those clowns in Worshington D and C are going to play with our fears and emotions and then raise the debt limit at the last second making everyone of them look like a hero, albeit, a manufactured one. We’re near the end of a very bad novel.

The debt limit has been raised a hundred times over the years. It’s as routine for politicians as mouthing the words to the “Star Spangled Banner.” This is not about debt, or ceilings. It’s about those slick bastard politicians using the population’s fear, doubt, anger, frustration and downright hatred for each other to squirm their way to the front of the lynch mob. It sickens me while providing a good living railing against it.

The corporations have corrupted the political process to the point where it doesn’t even function anymore. Time for a revolution, a revolution driven by equality and freedom and common sense, a revolution driven by the Internet. How do we start? Refuse to pay taxes? Occupy the dean’ office. Flash mob in the square? The more I think about it, the more I think that we truly are powerless. Powerless and preoccupied. There’s nothing we can do but watch our middle class lives and jobs dissolve before our very eyes on our Hi-Def TV screens.

I find myself hoping that Pakistan and India go to war, sending back some of those American jobs that the corporations sent over there. I’m not proud of it.

Hard Time with No Porn Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:35:29 +0000 Bob Englehart 23456480344840 12131419 Hard Time with No Porn cartoons

I was surprised that prisoners were allowed to have porn in the first place. I don’t think I’d want anything in my prison that inflamed passions, sexual, or otherwise.  I should think you’d want to lull them to sleep. Make them read The Weekly Standard. William Kristol is human Nyquil.

It turns out it’s easier to hack into somebody’s phone than I thought. There’s a product sold in Europe used to hack into phone conversations. There’s also one sold here in the U.S. for less than $1000. That explains why my enemies know my every move. It reminds me of the old maxim: Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean someone’s not out to get you.

The Middle Class is Going, Going… Wed, 06 Jul 2011 02:52:46 +0000 Bob Englehart 248682540 05132429 The Middle Class is Going, Going... cartoons

The refusal of the nut case Republicans to tax the wealthy at a higher rate is absurd. The support that the tea party and other self-hating conservative herds of sheep give the GOP is even MORE absurd. In essence, tea party Republicans think they can force the Democrats to do their bidding by volunteering to cut their own tea bag-sucking throats. That’s the part that doesn’t make sense.

When a person, or a group, doesn’t make sense to me, I look for four motivating factors; money, love, drugs, and prejudice. Why does the tea party back these Ryan-Bachmann-Palin-type Republicans? Can’t be money. They won’t be getting money from the government, in fact, they’ll be getting less. Any tax break they get will be more than offset by increases in other places. In fact, the older tea partiers would wind up on the streets in their retirement if they got their way.

Love? Maybe the tea baggers love those GOP folks they voted in to office, although it’s very difficult to truly love someone you don’t know. Drugs? Maybe the tea party is stoned and drunk. That’s very possible, given their demands, but I think it comes down to prejudice against “liberals” and “Democrats,” two words that have come to be code words for homosexuals, minorities, and any non-mainstream person who’s not on Rush Limbaugh’s Christmas card list.

Well, I have a radical idea in this age of hyper-partizanism. WE NEED BOTH––A TAX HIKE AND A BUDGET REDUCTION. Having yelled that, I mean to clarify. We need a tax hike on only the rich. The middle class is already stretched to the limit and the poor are worse off than they’ve ever been. Only the rich can afford to pay higher taxes, just as they can afford to pay higher prices for whatever they want, whenever they want it. And don’t be afraid that we’ll lose them. The rich will always be with us.


Whitey Bulger Takes Over Boston… Again! Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:55:07 +0000 Bob Englehart 252452380 28132349 Whitey Bulger Takes Over Boston... Again! cartoons

I like to watch New England Cable News in the morning. I don’t want to hear MSNBC’s opinion, CNN’s opinions, CNN Headline News‘s Robin Mead and her cutesy patter on CNN, or God forbid, anything at any time of the day that Faux News (“We decide, you abide”) has to offer.

I mostly want news I can use, and that means news I can make editorial cartoons about. I can’t use junk news (rapes, robberies, car wrecks, etc.) so I do a lot of flipping around. I watch the Hartford Courant’s TV station, FoxCT, until they get to the fluffy stuff, then I flip over to NECN (New England Cable News).

Lately, NECN has become the Whitey Bulger channel, however, I have to admit I’m a watcher. I know people who know people who were in the Winter Hill Gang, ya know? I know people who know people who were in stir, the slammer, up the river. I’m just sayin’ I gotta stay informed, ya know?

The Rich Play Us Like a Violin Mon, 27 Jun 2011 21:47:21 +0000 Bob Englehart 253310720 27134128 The Rich Play Us Like a Violin cartoons

Divide and conquer. Either the Romans or the ancient Chinese general Sun-Tzu thought up this military tactic back in the day. It’s proved very useful right up to our times, only now it’s about politics. Divide and conquer is the way that the power elite (our so-called “leaders”) use for controlling society and it works. Whether it’s racism, classism, unionism, non-unionism, or sexism, all the manipulators use the isms to feather their own nest and keep it comfy and soft at our expense.

But the most dangerous power elite today is not the royal aristocracy of old, or the church as in Medieval times, but the rich bastards who have bought off those spineless politicians in Washington and Hartford.

You’ve probably seen that clip of Robert Reich a thousand times, but it’s fun to watch and explains part of our problem today. I say part of our problem because nobody’s done a presentation like this to explain how and why the housing bubble grew and burst.

Hope you like this presentation because I’m going to be doing some stuff like this in the near future on FoxCT and here on my blog. We’re working out the details, so stay tuned for an announcement.

Meanwhile, check out Mr. Reich at the bottom of this page:


Smoking Can Be Hazardous To Your Buzz Thu, 23 Jun 2011 03:20:39 +0000 Bob Englehart 295188340 22132143 Smoking Can Be Hazardous To Your Buzz cartoons

If the high price of cigarettes isn’t going to stop people from smoking, the gory pictures on the back of the pack won’t. A pack of butts now is around $8 in Connecticut. I smoked two packs a day when I was smoking cigarettes, so that would be $16 a day, $112 a week, $5,824 a year. My God! I haven’t totaled the annual cost of my hypothetical smoking in ages. Today, it would cost almost six grand annually to feed my habit. It’d be cheaper to smoke pot!

A pack of cigarettes used to be around the same price as a gallon of gas. This held true until fairly recently when state governments saw the gold mine of charging smokers through the cancerous nose for cigarette taxes. I suppose we should be thankful that we’re not paying $8 a gallon for gasoline, but who knows. That day may be coming soon.

The Big Man Gone Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:31:16 +0000 Bob Englehart 94534 600 The Big Man Gone cartoons

I was a huge fan of the E Street Band. I say was because with the death of Clarence, it’s over. True, keyboard player Danny Federici died in 2008. You could argue that that was the day the music died, but he was replaceable, not in our hearts and minds, but on tour. Clarence can’t be replaced. Oh, they can hire a sax player, maybe even an African American sax player, but it won’t be the same. Nobody will bring that Big Man brio to the music that Clarence did.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is the only touring act I go see anymore. I’ve been to a bunch over the years and there’s a sameness to them but it’s not about the music. It’s about worship. Bruce knows that. That’s why he does a little tongue in cheek act about “The Ministry of Rock and Roll.”

When Bruce and the band comes to Hartford next without Clarence, I’ll still go see them. They may even call themselves the E Street Band, I don’t care. Whatever they decide, it’ll be the best rock and roll America ever produced on record. England gave us the Beatles,  Ireland gave us U2, New Jersey gave us Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Heaven gave us Clarence Clemons. He’s back home now.

The Secret to a Long Life Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:46:57 +0000 Bob Englehart 247890740 16141739 The Secret to a Long Life cartoons

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. I’m happy to report Robert Wayne Englehart Sr. is alive and well living in Auburn, Indiana. He’s 89 years old next month and still beating me at golf. He’s always been a physical specimen, broad shouldered, muscular, well proportioned and handsome. I take after him except for the physical specimen, broad shouldered, muscular, well proportioned part. OK, we’re both bald.

He taught himself to play the piano and the banjo mandolin. His favorite song is “He’s In Love With The Garbage Man’s Daughter.” He told me the funniest dirty joke I ever heard; so funny, I won a prize with it.

Time has taken its toll. He’s about four inches shorter than thirty years ago, but his health is good and his bones are strong. A couple of years ago he was cleaning the gutters and fell off the ladder. His young wife Nancy (twelve years his junior) saw it and said, “That’s it! We’re moving to assisted living!”

I expect my father to live well into his 90s, but his generation is rapidly leaving this dimension. The World War II heroes are heading to the last inning, and you know what that means. We baby boomers are stepping into the on deck circle. Pretty soon, it’ll be “Batter up!”


Applying the Brakes Fri, 17 Jun 2011 18:32:17 +0000 Bob Englehart 295027520 16141118 Applying the Brakes cartoons

The car as metaphor. It’s certainly overused, but it’s apt, though I have to ask the Republicans what’s wrong with being the steering wheel? Why not the windshield wipers so we can clearly see the rough economic road ahead? Or how about the carburetor that mixes the air of creativity with the fuel of need? Why not be the crankshaft that passes the power of good ideas to the clutch of tractable voters, the headlights of truth shining bravely forward, the center console of ideological balance, the seat belt of societal safety net and protection? How about the spark plug of inspiration firing the internal combustion of leadership? The transmission of genius to the drive shaft of moderation.

The hell with it. I’m going for a ride.

GOP – Getting America Back to Work Thu, 16 Jun 2011 02:54:21 +0000 Bob Englehart 356645220 15130730 GOP   Getting America Back to Work cartoons

We see them all the time, the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey, but who invented these symbols for the two major parties in the United States? Well, it won’t be a surprise to students of editorial cartoons. It was Thomas Nast.

Nast didn’t create the donkey, though he popularized it. The donkey came about from Andrew Jackson‘s 1828 Democratic presidential campaign. Jackson’s opponents called him a jackass, but instead of being offended, Jackson made it a symbol of his campaign and it stuck to the party. The man had a sense of humor.

Nast created the elephant when he drew the Democratic donkey dressed in a lion’s skin scaring away all the animals in the zoo except the elephant, who wasn’t afraid. Nast, being a die-hard Republican, labeled the elephant “The Republican Vote.” The symbol has a special fondness for me because it was used for the first time in a November 7, 1874 cartoon, which happens to be my birthday. No, I wasn’t born in 1874. It was much later.

Nast chose the elephant because of its great size and intelligence. The party is still large, but I often wonder when I listen to their overall campaign, what happened to the intelligence?



Connecticut Decriminalizes Marijuana Mon, 13 Jun 2011 13:38:06 +0000 Bob Englehart 348290920 09135040 Connecticut Decriminalizes Marijuana cartoons

I never thought I’d live to see the day when Connecticut would do something that made sense as far as drug laws are concerned. Understand that this was the last state to legalize birth control back in the 1960s.

All over the the world, health agencies are starting to look at drug laws in general, and I think they’re leaning toward some kind of legalization. Let’s face it, the war on drugs is a failure. Look at Mexico. The country is very close to being a failed state because of the drug war. Mayors are being shot, and police chiefs resign and flee to the United States. Speaking of the good ol’ USA, Mexico likes to blame us for causing the huge demand for illegal drugs, but let’s face it, the demand is in every country, including Mexico.

I think someday, long after I’m gone, the world’s civilizations will legalize drugs. All drugs. I don’t know if it will be a wonderful world, but it certainly will be interesting.

Teacher Layoffs Tue, 07 Jun 2011 13:01:26 +0000 Bob Englehart 359514200 06132335 Teacher Layoffs cartoons

I think laying off teachers is one of the most short-sighted and stupid things to do to a community. Every municipal bureaucracy is loaded with lazy political appointees, politically connected loafers and cousins of the of rich donors whose absence would not effect the town one iota if they were canned. Sure, get rid of bad teachers, but wholesale layoffs are stupid and reflect the intelligence of the town and city idiots making that decision.

I had some great teachers who advanced my young life as a budding artist. Mrs. Gumper, Mrs. Lebamoff, and Mrs. Fleck come to mind. I’ve had great teachers in other subjects, too. I’ve had teachers of business, geology, and history who opened my mind. My sixth grade teacher, Mr. Brumbaugh, inspired my first comic strip when he decided the class would publish a weekly newspaper.

I had some losers, too, but I can remember only three during twelve years of public school. After high school, the teachers I had at the American Academy of Art were instrumental in giving me the confidence to grow as an artist and stretch out as a professional. No sir, laying off teachers is stupid, but we all know the quality of our municipal leaders. They probably had good teachers. They were just bad students.

Tornado Alley Fri, 03 Jun 2011 12:45:53 +0000 Bob Englehart 93915 600 Tornado Alley cartoonsI grew up in the Midwest and recognize the weather conditions that can cause tornadoes. It was hot and extremely humid Wednesday and a cold front was sweeping toward the East Coast. This system had spawned violent weather in the Midwest, so all that day, I tracked the approaching storm front on the Intellicast website watching radar and the movement of the storms.

The storms waxed and waned as the day went on, but they weren’t giving up.

As the squall line approached New England, I saw it split into two systems west of Connecticut. One part went south toward New York City and Long Island and the other part went north to Massachusetts. At that point, I relaxed, but I had sent certain computer files filled with items I didn’t want to lose to safe storage on Yahoo. My cartoons are on CDs, so it would be easy to scoop them up and run to the basement if I had to. That would take care of my professional concerns. As far as my family, I’d have only prayer and hope they were all safe.

My advice from a guy who lived with tornadoes in Tornado Alley for 35 years, is be prepared. Take watches seriously. A watch means conditions are ripe for tornadoes. Take warnings seriously. A warning means a tornado is on the ground, or has been spotted. If you hear a warning, be ready to run to the basement. If you don’t have a basement, you’re extremely vulnerable. You all know about the bathtub/mattress deal, but those tornadoes in Joplin and Tuscaloosa just about killed everybody without a basement. If you don’t have a basement, hire someone to build a storm shelter next to your house, or office.

This is a year of extreme weather for whatever reason you want to pick. Accept it, and be prepared to go underground. Know where the storms are, when they’re coming and plan ahead. Our tornado season is in July when Long Island Sound has warmed up enough that the cool breezes won’t be able to protect Connecticut like it did Wednesday. I do not look forward to the hurricane season.



Paid Sick Leave Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:00:32 +0000 Bob Englehart 356510320 01043407 Paid Sick Leave cartoons

I’ve seen an ad on TV a couple times. It features the Pond House Cafe in Elizabeth Park. The owner/manager/lessee/whover he is says that he gives his employees paid time off when they’re sick because he doesn’t want them to come to work and infect other employees, or the customers. That sounds reasonable. He does it because he’s smart, compassionate, a good businessman, and wants to attract the best employees. In other words, he doesn’t do it because it’s the law!

This law/mandate/order/command/fiat to pass paid sick leave in Connecticut is a load of crapola. Employers and the marketplace should determine paid sick leave, not the god-awful state government. If the legislature passes this well-intentioned but ill conceived law, you can bet that those marginal restaurants around town barely hanging on will close their doors. They’ll throw the minimum wage employees they have under the unemployment bus to nowhere, and let’s face it. Underemployment is better than no employment, and that’s what those poor folks will be looking at. Crime will go up, prisons will be overcrowded again, we’ll have to build more prisons, which will lead to global warming, and the end of the world will happen sooner than we….wait a minute. I’m starting to sound like a lobbyist.

Let’s just say I’m against mandated paid sick leave.

Joplin Wed, 25 May 2011 13:40:47 +0000 Bob Englehart According to the Connecticut disaster Center, Connecticut ranks 42nd in the country for frequency of tornadoes. That’s a relief to me. I grew up in Indiana, which seemed to rank first. I know that’s not true, but every spring, it was a tornado warning, or watch, three times a week. Ironically, I’d never seen a funnel cloud in the Midwest. In fact, I haven’t seen one anywhere except on TV, and of course in The Wizard of Oz.

248972480 24131548 Joplin cartoonsStill, we’ve had a couple of doozies here. The 1979 tornado that flipped planes upside down at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks and the one in Hamden in 1989 come to mind. Both were rated EF 4, which is one notch under the highest rating. The Hamden tornado happened the day before my wife and I came back from a cross country motor jaunt. We were gone five weeks and heard about the tornado on the radio on the way to Connecticut. When we got home, we visited the town to see for ourselves. It was stunning. The pictures from Joplin come to mind, but not nearly as large an area. One house sat next to it’s foundation, but it was still mostly intact.

I saw the after-affects of the 1974 Xenia, Ohio tornado, when I started work in Dayton, just a few miles to the west. It was an F 5, as they were called then, before the advanced Enhanced Fujita scale. The downtown was still obliterated in 1975 when I saw it, but drive through the town today and you’d never know what had happened thirty-some years ago.

This crappy weather we’ve been having tells me that anything can happen this year. Our tornado season doesn’t usually start until July, which is when the Hamden tornado happened, but the Windsor Locks tornado happened in October, so be prepared. And hurricanes, man, we’re due. I’ve been through two hurricanes, so I have an idea what to expect, but I’m heading to the basement at the first sign of trouble. Except, I’d like to see one funnel cloud in action before I go to the great tornado creator in the sky. Ideally, I’d like to see it far, far away. Over uninhabited land. Heading away from me.

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Regulating Internet Dating Services Mon, 23 May 2011 20:19:39 +0000 Bob Englehart For those of you living in states where the nanny culture is not in control of your everyday life, here’s what’s going on. The Democrats in Connecticut’s House of Representatives have approved a bill that would attach warning labels to Internet dating services doing business in our state that will read:

184526520 20142632 Regulating Internet Dating Services cartoons“There is no substitute for acting with caution when communicating with any stranger who wants to meet you.”

“Never include your last name, electronic mail address, home address, telephone number, place of work or any other identifying information in your Internet profile or initial electronic mail messages. Stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it.”

“If you choose to have a face-to-face meeting with another member, always tell someone in your family or a friend where you are going and when you will return. Never agree to be picked up at your home. Always provide your own transportation to and from your date and meet in a public place with many people around.”

How about some more:

Never get drunk and take your clothes off in a secluded place with a stranger.

Never check in to a cheap hotel under the influence of powerful drugs with a stranger.

Never give a picture of yourself naked to a stranger. Oh wait. Didn’t a Washington politician do that already?

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Terminated Wed, 18 May 2011 23:23:08 +0000 Bob Englehart 248969320 18142813 Terminated cartoons

I saw Arnold in person at a the Association of American Editorial Cartoonist’s annual convention in California a few years ago. I was shocked at how short he was. He’s as tall as I and he was wearing cowboy boots. I’m 5’8″, but I’ll bet Hollywood could make me look 6’3″ in the movies.

That’s one of the great gifts Hollywood gives us, the grand illusion. All kinds of illusions come out of Hollywood and we peons lap it up. That’s why we love it so much when one of the show biz greats goes tumbling down from the heights and goes splat at the front door of the church, or the rehab center. It gives us commoners and lazy people a chance to feel superior for once in our boring, cannon fodder lives. It brings joy to our flea-bitten hearts when the mighty take a belly flop into the tar pit.

Arnold’s political career is over, but his movie career most certainly will take off like a rocket. He’s done with politics. He doesn’t need a Kennedy now. What he needs is a 26 year-old scarlet starlet.

I feel bad for his wife and children, especially the kids. Their half-brother certainly knew them and spent time with them, hell, grew up with them. What a great lie Arnold dropped into the middle of his family. He made them believe he was someone else for ten years. He’s a better actor than I gave him credit for.

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Strauss-Kahn and the Hanging Judge Mon, 16 May 2011 21:45:16 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon May172011 thumb 380x273 Strauss Kahn and the Hanging Judge cartoonsFor those of you living outside Connecticut, State Senator Edith Prague, 85, said this about a man about to go on trial for his alleged part in a crime involving rape and a triple homicide: “They should bypass the trial and take that second animal and hang him by his penis from a tree out in the middle of Main Street.”

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Newt Gingrich Thu, 12 May 2011 22:00:08 +0000 Bob Englehart 93077 600 Newt Gingrich cartoons

Great to have ol’ Newty back. I saw him on Hannity the other night. Yes, I occasionally watch Faux Cable News. I’ll watch it until my B.S. detector goes off, so most of the time I’m not there for long, but I wanted to see how that so-called “news” channel presented the latest Republican candidate.

I also wanted to hear what ol’ Newty’s angle is going to be this time, and he always has an angle, obtuse as it may be. See, Newt is a demagogue in the classic definition. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Eleventh Edition says a demagogue is “a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.”

He used fear of terrorism and ageism the other night and this is only the beginning. And talk about “elites.” There is no one more elite than ol’ Newty. The problem with this guy is, you can’t trust him. Just ask his two ex-wives.

He’s a classic hypocrite Republican, best demonstrated when he was going after Bill Clinton for cheating on Hillary and lying under oath, ol” Newty was having his own affair. He famously asked his wife for a divorce when she was in the hospital recovering from surgery. Here’s a handy website that lists all the reasons Newt is not fit to polish Obama’s shoes, let alone be President.

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Arab Spring Wed, 11 May 2011 01:16:17 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon May112011 Arab Spring cartoons

The Arab Spring has sprung. It’s going to be interesting how all these countries in turmoil today shake out in the end. There’s not a lot the U.S. can do about it, either. Ideally, I’d like to see representative democracy take over, but even that could be problematic, especially for Israel. The mainstream thought in the Arab Middle East is against the existence of that small country. Egypt’s government was an exception, but what happens next is anybody’s guess.

I am in no way a Middle East expert. One of the great things about being an editorial cartoonist is to be able to comment on things I know nothing about. In infuriates the know-it-alls, which gives me great pleasure. Know-it-alls are insufferable bores with a matching sense of humor.

I rarely comment on foreign affairs in general. If I’m not drawing cartoons about national issues, I’m drawing about local ones. I’ve always been concerned about my neighborhood, so I’ll be more likely to draw about Connecticut than Qatar. Some people will see that as provincial, narrow and insular. That’s right. Those people. The know-it-alls.

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Tiger Mom or Mama Grizzly? Sun, 08 May 2011 14:28:01 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon May82011 Tiger Mom or Mama Grizzly? cartoons

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms everywhere. Your job is harder now than ever before, what with all the so-called “role models” out there. I hope you have the strength and courage to reject them and just be yourself.

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Hate Fri, 06 May 2011 11:44:31 +0000 Bob Englehart hc englehart toon May62011 Hate cartoons

I’m something of an expert on hate. I hate all kinds of things, like slow cars in the left lane and standing in line for anything. I’m especially an expert on hating presidents. I hated George W. Bush like no other president who’d come before him, even more than Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson, who were trying to draft me and send me to a war we couldn’t win.

I hated Booosh because he was as dumb as a box of hammers, an inarticulate oaf, a liar, in over his head and a fraud. Probably still is, but now that he’s out of office, I don’t care who, or what he is. I have no feeling for him. He has ceased to exist for me although we’re still struggling with his inept legacy of national debt.

Because of the terrible years with Booosh, I completely understand the hatred the right wing has for President Barack Obama. They hate him because he’s black, a Democrat, and not a conservative. In other words, they hate him because of their crippling prejudice. What I don’t understand is the blindness of it.

Every hater worth his bile has to acknowledge when the hated person does something worthy of praise. It’s called balance, rationality and credibility. Even in my hatred for Bush, I had to applaud his attempt at immigration reform. His plan was the most intelligent and reasonable in Washington. That’s why it was shot down by those blockhead Republicans.

I also liked Bush’s war on AIDS in Africa. He sent a ton of money to that continent to do what he could to conquer that hideous disease. I’ll admit that those were the only two things he did in eight years that I thought were praiseworthy, but praise them I do. In other words, I didn’t hate Booosh out of prejudice. I hated him for what he said and did. I had solid reasons for it and we are still paying for his mistakes.

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Royal Wedding Thu, 28 Apr 2011 20:17:48 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon April292011 thumb 380x275 Royal Wedding cartoons

Wednesday night was the most riveting reality TV I’ve seen in years. Talk about genuine breaking news. I watched the Weather Channel’s coverage of the Tuscaloosa tornado and the 163 others like it that raked 13 states in the South. The weathercasters were visibly shaken by the radar images. They knew it was a deadly outbreak and they said several times they hoped they were saving lives. I’m sure they did.


The storms were fed, as they usually are in the South and South Central portions of the country at this time of year, by streaming heat and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.  I say dam the Eastern edge of the Gulf, drain it and turn it into oil wells and racetracks. The shrimpers and fishermen will have to give up their livelihood, but the oil men will find work for them working the rigs and there’s plenty of work to do at the track. It’s minimum wage work, but work nonetheless.


We can bury the Mississippi River in an underground conduit like Hartford did with the Park River downtown, and route it to the Florida Keys.


This is just one of many plans I have for the planet if it wants to conform to our modern human needs.



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It’s a Forgery! Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:18:16 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon April282011 thumb 380x272 Its a Forgery! cartoons

That President Barack Hussein Obama, what a tease! He strings the lunatics along toying with them for two-and-a-half years, and then just when they’re whipped into a frenzy, he releases his birth certificate. LOL! I was going to draw the Donald (the “carnival barker” Obama called him) in this cartoon, but decided that it’s hard to tell what Trump truly believes. He’ll do and say anything to get attention. He’s gotten enough on this issue, and he’ll get no more from me, but I’ll draw him again in the future if he warrants it. Love that thin straw hair and pucker-mouth.


I’m sure that this whole sorry episode was the Obama Administration’s way of having fun with the racists and nut cases. When this birther thing started, I’m sure a wise ass like Rahm Emanuel suggested they string along the fruitcakes just see how far they could take it. The Obamanistas probably finally got bored with the whole thing and decided to release the document. I’m just guessing because that’s what I would do.


This period in political history will go down as some of the most bizarre ever. I’m astounded daily by how irrelevant the conservatives are becoming and the excesses the welcoming Republican Party allows in their name. Who’s coming in next from the right wing fringe? Oh, right. Ron Paul.



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Republican Budget Wed, 06 Apr 2011 20:08:08 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon Spril72011 thumb 380x274 Republican Budget cartoons

When I saw the news about the Southwest Airlines airplane and the hole in its roof, I knew it would be good for a cartoon. I had one idea of a passenger, a guy maybe, with his head sticking out of the hole and a cigarette in his mouth saying, “Finally, a place to smoke,” but it wasn’t at all political and there’s too much going on in politics right now that need to be addressed.


The Republicans are doing their time-honored schtick of balancing the budget on the backs of the poor and elderly. Instead of easing their financial burden, the GOP will add to it while protecting their benefactors, the rich, from a fair tax rate.


Why this country continues to tolerate the inequities between the rich and the middle class is beyond me. I’ll never understand how the working stiffs in America can possibly be members of the Republican Party at this dark, dark time in national politics. I guess the elephant knows what buttons to push with frightened people. If you’re terrified of terror, an anti-abortion, evangelical Christian who hates gay marriage, and think prayer in school will solve everything, I guess that’s all that matters. The fact that Republicans always do things that are not in the interests of the working man doesn’t enter into the equation. Style triumphs over substance.



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Uconn Tue, 05 Apr 2011 19:54:33 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon April62011 thumb 380x274 Uconn cartoons

It was the ugliest looking championship basketball game in history, but the right team won, so who cares. We know most of the first names of the Uconn men’s team because we’ve been following all season, but some of the names are less well known than the starters and top bench guys. Enosch Wolf, like Niels Giffey is from Germany. Benjamin Stewart, Kyle Bailey and Michael Bradley are not as famous as some of the other players. I particularly liked watching Roscoe Smith play with stitches and a black eye. He looked like a real scrapper.


Many of those players will be back next year. They have talent, experience and the will to win. They’ll miss Kemba, sure.  Who won’t? But I’m so proud of those young men and what they accomplished. They’ll be forever known as the team that came from out of nowhere, from Maui to the moon. They’ve given us all an entertaining lesson on hard work, teamwork combined with individual effort and stick-to-itiveness. Isn’t that what college is all about?


They’ll also be famous for one singular act I’ve never seen before. This team made Jim Calhoun dance for joy.



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The Obama Doctrine Mon, 04 Apr 2011 20:31:27 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon April52011 thumb 380x270 The Obama Doctrine cartoons

I’m burning the midnight oil with these Uconn basketball games. I don’t normally stay up past 10PM, but what are ya’ gonna do? It’s late, it’s great. It’s Tate.


That phrase refers to the clutch game-ending shot that Tate George made back in the last century. The 1990 NCAA Sweet 16 game, Uconn behind by one point, one second on the clock, George shoots a 15-footer and swish, Uconn beats Clemson by a point.


I was emcee at a basement comedy club in a popular Hartford restaurant downtown when we heard this great roar  upstairs. It stopped the show. That was the shot heard ’round Connecticut. Where is Tate George today? We’ve heard so much about Uconn’s dismal graduation rate among its men’s team.


Well, C. Tate George (as he’s known today) is the president, CEO and Chairman of the Board of The George Group in New Jersey. They’re a real estate development firm. Check ‘em out at: He was impressive as a college basketball player and NBA pro and he’s equally impressive in business.




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Libyan Rebel I.Q. Test Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:51:57 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon April12011 thumb 380x273 Libyan Rebel I.Q. Test cartoons

If I seem a little distracted it’s because it’s opening day at Yankee Stadium and spring has finally sprung! The Tigers are in town and it’s cold as hell in New York, but hey, I don’t care. Game on!  Now, where was I?




I’m feeling pretty negative about these so-called Libyan “rebels.” The world media is trying mightily to romanticize these folks into to something formidable, but I’m not so sure. Every time I see them blasting their guns into the blue desert sky in celebration, I cringe inside. Home run by Mark Texiera! Yankees lead 3 to 1. Sorry. What was I saying? Oh, right. That  ragtag Libyan “army” of rebels is going nowhere without disciplined troops from outside. I just hope they’re Arab troops.








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March 31, 2011 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:57:56 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March312011 thumb 380x272 March 31, 2011 cartoons


A friend came over and we watched the Uconn women basketball team play Duke the other night. Boy, are we fans spoiled. Duke got within five points in the first half and we started to freak out. I hope that someday women’s college basketball will be as competitive as the men’s game. Someday, we women’s Uconn basketball fans will have to learn how to lose.




Now, on to other things, like “rock snot.” The front page of the print version of The Courant reported yesterday about the newest threat to Connecticut’s environment, a slimy, suffocating algae called “rock snot.” It’s real name is Didymosphenia geminata, or “didymo.” I prefer “rock snot.” I mean, how can I not do a cartoon about rock snot?




This algae coats the bottom of a river, or pond and kills the aquatic plants and bottom dwelling creatures like mollusks. These in turn are food for trout and other game fish. This algae has been found in the Farmington River, one of the more popular trout streams in the state.




I hope the state doesn’t try to fight rock snot by bringing in some creature that eats it. Then, before you know it, we’ll be overrun by that “cure” and have to bring in another creature to eat the creature who was supposed to eat the original creature.








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Ivory (No Oil) Coast Tue, 29 Mar 2011 20:05:19 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March302011 thumb 380x274 Ivory (No Oil) Coast cartoons

I love it when American presidents try to put a moralistic spin on a naked oil war, and that’s what this Libyan deal is. The reason NATO is involved and taking over the lead is because Europe gets a very large percentage of its oil from Libya. Of course they’d like a more stable leader overseeing the continent’s oil supply. Gadhafi is insane, but so is murdering leader Laurent Gbagbo.




On the other side of the Sahara Desert is the Ivory Coast, where, for all intents and purposes, a civil war is raging with close to 500 dead and 450,000 to a million residents living in refugee camps. The UN is involved in a very limited peacekeeping role, which so far has not kept any peace.




Problem is, Cote d’Ivoire has no oil. Just cocoa. If the countries of the globe ran their cars, industries, military and homes on chocolate, we’d be in the jungle up to our mosquito-bitten armpits. As it stands now, the conflict is just your basic humanitarian crisis, not nearly important enough to send in the world.





RIP Abe Giles Mon, 28 Mar 2011 20:06:27 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March292011 thumb 380x275 RIP Abe Giles cartoons

Abe Giles was a hat man. I’m a hat man. I once was a hat man as part of my official costume, but I auctioned my jute hat for a fundraiser for 9-11 memorial funds and now I just have my shiny bald head except when I need to be warm, support my teams, or when I want shelter from the sun and rain.

I could be wrong, but I think Abe Giles’s favorite cap was a Kangol. I have a white Kangol golf cap covered with autographs by pro golfers and I know the brand is very popular in the African American community.

Giles was very controversial, but he was a power in the community. He was the closest thing to a ward boss left in Hartford politics. Yes, I know he was arrested and convicted of attempted fourth degree larceny in the Eddie Perez corruption case and given a very light sentence. Fourth degree larceny? I don’t even know what that means. It sounds like he was basically busted for political jaywalking.

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Books For Inmates Thu, 24 Mar 2011 20:50:27 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March252011 thumb 380x274 Books For Inmates cartoons

It seems pretty obvious to me that prison inmates should not have access to gory, bloody novels, unless the state is trying to prove that words do, in fact, contribute to violent actions. Why, even the eminent expert on such matters, Sarah Palin, said they do in the video she posted on her website after Gabby Giffords was shot in Arizona.

The Department of Correction is a little late if they’re concerned that the first monster convicted in the Cheshire home invasion murders was influenced by the books he read in the slammer. I guess this goes into the state’s Better Late Than Never file.

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Elizabeth Taylor RIP Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:00:00 +0000 Bob Englehart Elizabeth Taylor was famous for having violet eyes, but were they truly that color? Pictures show her with both violet eyes and blue eyes. It turns out that violet eyes are commonly found in the high altitude regions of northern Kashmir. Who knew? Either way, her eyes were incredible.

hc Englehart toon March242011 Elizabeth Taylor RIP cartoons

Obama, the Decider Tue, 22 Mar 2011 20:12:00 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March232011 thumb 380x274 Obama, the Decider cartoons

I decided to dust off the old god of war, Mars, for this cartoon. The legendary editorial cartoonist Herblock used him all the time back in the day. Always fun to bring back some old symbols.

So, President Obama takes his sweet time in deciding whether to bomb Libya and his critics go nuts. This may be the first time we’ve ever had a president who thinks long and hard about whether to commit to a war and some people see it as weakness. Must be the same people who miss George W’s gift for folly.

Obama obviously was being a community organizer again, only this time he wasn’t organizing Chicago’s South Side. He was organizing the world. He even got some Arab countries to get involved in this caper.

Enlightening bit of info on Time magazine’s website. The Pew Research Center found only 27% of Americans believe the U.S. has a responsibility to act in Libya. Sounds about right. Those 27% must be friends of Joe Lieberman, who’s always ready for a good war. But, generally, I think we the peeps are war weary. I know I am.

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The Cost of War in Libya Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:00:00 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March222011 thumb 380x271 The Cost of War in Libya cartoons

Here we go again, throwing away money in another stupid war. Policeman to the world. USA! USA! USA!  I know this is supposed to be a United Nations action and I guess I’m suppose to feel good about it, but I don’t.

I’m not even sure what our mission is. The generals say one thing and Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton says something different. She’s not going to serve another term if President Obama is re-elected, so everything she says now is suspect as far as I’m concerned. I think her plan is to run after Obama’s second term, and there will be a second term if the Republicans can’t get their act together and there’s no reason to think they can.

By the time 2012 rolls around, most of the country won’t be trusting the GOP anyway. Their dishonorable backstabbing of teachers in Wisconsin is too blatant even for politicians. The Republicans will eventually turn against the tea party, too.

I used 20 years in the caption because those cruise missiles cost a $million a copy and I think that $50,000 a year is minimum wage for a teacher. I know some make less and some make more. One website had Wisconsin teachers averaging $52,644 a year. Connecticut’s is $59, 304 and Mississippi $40, 576 for a year’s wages. But we all know that generally, politicians would rather wage war than teach children. They’ve proven it time and again.

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Republican Sharia Law Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:11:00 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March182011 thumb 380x274 Republican Sharia Law cartoons

Here is the core of the Republican Party today: anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, anti- immigration and anti-labor union. Anything else they claim is B. S. and their typical brand of hypocrisy. They say they want smaller government, but under their rule, the size of government exploded.

They say they want a smaller deficit, but they put us in the red long before the current administration. They say they want prayer in school. They do, as long as it’s Christian prayer. God forbid it should be a Muslim prayer. And sneaky? If they’d been up front about union-busting, they would’ve never been elected to office in 2010.

This modern Republican Party is the most despicable political party ever known to mankind in this country, and eventually it will take its place alongside the Know Nothings, the Black Panther Party and the Communist Party. And not a minute too soon.

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Nuclear Power Industry Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:31:00 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March172011 thumb 380x274 Nuclear Power Industry cartoons

For all you conservative Republicans who think the universe is only 6,000 years old and humans rode dinosaurs to work, you missed a good discussion on NPR the other day. There was a debate between a nuclear power advocate and an anti-nuclear power critic. Yes, these things happen on NPR.

Both people gave an extraordinary account of the facts, figures, numbers, statistics and solid argument for, and against, the atom powering the world’s electrical grid. When I hear somebody making irrational statements, I assume they’re either under the influence of love, drugs, or money. After carefully listening to both sides of the debate, I came to the conclusion that the pro-nuclear power people are blinded by the huge sums of dough streaming into their bank accounts by the atomic energy crowd.

Nuclear power plants are always an accident waiting to happen and there’s no rational reason to spend another nickel on it. We all know the arguments, so please, spare us. Modern inventions are making the nuclear power industry obsolete (except on warships) but don’t take my word for it. Ask the working stiff in Japan.

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Japanese Disaster Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:09:00 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March152011 thumb 380x271 Japanese Disaster cartoons

Earthquakes are the most bizarre of all the natural disasters. It’s like having your country physically attack you. No, not your country’s government, the land itself, the ground we walk on. That soil you love, honor in many ways, knocks you down and kills your loved ones.

The tsunami is not as bizarre. We all know water is a hostile environment for humans, but we learn how to use it. We swim and fish in it, but it rises up one day and drowns your neighbors.

Japan lives on the edge at the intersection of several shifting tectonic plates. We know what causes earthquakes today because of science, but I wonder what the ancients in Japan thought. Angry gods no doubt, although I haven’t done any research on it.

This is the perfect disaster. If Hollywood came up with this scenario in a movie, we’d all roll our eyes. An earthquake, a tsunami, and then a meltdown at a nuclear power plant. It’s too much. I’m expecting aliens to attack downtown Tokyo any minute. Anti-nuke people have been warning us for years that this disaster could happen and the pro-nuke people just dismissed them as being alarmists. Well, here it is.

This is a reminder that the nuclear power industry worldwide operates under Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will. Later, someone added, “and at the worst possible moment.” We only think we’ve harnessed the power of the universe. Every once in awhile, the universe reminds us otherwise.

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Connecticut Budget Sat, 12 Mar 2011 21:30:00 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March132011 thumb 380x272 Connecticut Budget cartoons

The class war has started. This time, the attack on Fort Sumter, so to speak, was in Wisconsin. Governor Walker just ripped away 50 years of union gains through good faith collective bargaining. Now, the recall campaign begins, and they do that in the “Dairy State.”

Walker’s, and the tea party’s, whole plan is to break the unions, and bankrupt them so they can’t raise money for the Democrats. Where are the smart leaders on the left and center? Will they allow this to stand unchallenged?

Just remember, all you tighty righties. You started it.

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Adventures of Huckabee Finn Thu, 10 Mar 2011 21:17:00 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March112011 thumb 380x277 Adventures of Huckabee Finn cartoons

The trouble with politicians like Mike Huckabee is that they are surrounded by toadies who tell them how right they are. Good politicians have someone in the organization who can tell them no and make the boss think. Huckabee doesn’t have a prayer to be elected president of the United States. Well, he has a prayer, but that’s all he has.

It’s good fun to watch and listen to these early candidates make fools of themselves. I can’t wait until Newt makes an announcement. He has more baggage than a 747 on the way to Australia.

I just watched the second half of the Uconn/Pittsburgh game at the Garden. OMG, what a great game! Somebody should write a book about it! Kemba Walker at the buzzer again! I’m sure going to miss him when he’s gone!

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No Party Radio Wed, 09 Mar 2011 20:47:00 +0000 Bob Englehart hc Englehart toon March102011 thumb 380x274 No Party Radio cartoons

I listen to NPR almost exclusively when I’m working, mainly because the only stations I get on my radio in the studio are two NPR stations, a country music station and a religious station. NPR is the better of those choices.

I agree that public radio leans to the left, not as far as some conservatives like to think, but there could be more balance. I’d like to hear more interviews and debates with some of these conservatives out there who are thinking about running for president next year.

Rand Paul was on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” the other day and it was great. Paul was flogging his new book. He dodged and weaved and with his own words showed what a lightweight he is. I’d like to hear some more of that on NPR. Have some conservatives interview liberals, and don’t forget about the moderates.

I hate to be the voice of reason (we all know how unpopular that is these days) but if public stations are going to be funded by the taxpayers, it wouldn’t hurt to be more representative of the public. That seems fair to me.

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