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Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Struggle

While preparing this week's post I noticed for the first time how our starring character resembles action hero Vin Diesel,  however this toon was originally published before he became famous. And it was during that time a number of years ago we were also having difficulties with our economy. Although what was happening back then was quite tame in comparison to where we are now. I don’t want anyone in the audience to get the wrong idea about this week’s cartoon. In no way am I making light of people who have been negatively affected by America’s poor economy. God knows I’ve been unemployed for extended periods of time myself, and have had my own struggles with survival. My aim with today’s post is to encourage people in these harsh times to be patient, resourceful, and to make creative use of their entire skill set.

There are thousands of blogs out there filled with political rantings and BuckToonz is not one of them. But if it was, you might hear me say something like this; these down turns in the economy are usually cyclical, and historically our capitalist system always corrects itself within a few years. Now that's true unless the government starts monkeying around with the economy. Government  interference prolongs the problem and increases our pain. The bottom line is this--if you’re not happy with the economy or anything else, then you must hold your elected officials accountable. Remember-- they work for us, and we can and should "fire" them for incompetence and poor performance.

On a lighter note, I want to welcome our new readers in Iceland. You have a beautiful country that holds a particular fascination for me. Visiting Iceland is item #7 on my "Bucket List". 

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Have you ever heard of an adult being described as having "a very active imagination"? Why not? That comment is normally used in reference to a child. Albert Einstein said once, "Imagination is more important than knowledge". Now that really says something, because old Einstein was a pretty sharp guy. If your particular "reality" falls short of your expectations, then use your imagination (plus consistent directed action) to alter the landscape. Imagination is also wonderful cure for boredom.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Easy Pickings

Extraterrestrials have appeared several times on this blog because it's a fun subject that offers many comedic possibilities. See past posts here, there, here again, and once more.  In this week's post we see that these off-planet visitors/trespassers/invaders have come up with a better method to obtain subjects for their experiments. Perhaps they are feeling a bit guilty about the whole "abduction" thing and see this new protocol as being a bit more like having "volunteers".

This cartoon first saw the light of day a number of years ago. I have a cousin who saw it in print somewhere and promptly displayed it upon her kitchen refrigerator door, unaware that I was the creator. While visiting her a few months later I noticed the toon, solved the mystery as to its authorship, and thanked her for the compliment.

For my international readers; here in the States the kitchen refrigerator door is a place of honor for displaying children's art works, and favored cartoons. It is high praise indeed to make it onto the old 'fridge door.

If you enjoyed this week's cartoon then please share the link with other folks. Your feedback and comments are always welcome.