Thursday, September 14, 2006

Discourse about the place of Political Cartoons on an Environmental Listerve

Political Cartoons on an Environmental Forum

(Pam to Rick)

This is really inappropriate for the forum.


(Rick to Pam)

I thought that many in the environmental movement, would be
quite concerned with the "Environmental Stewardship" of the Bush Administration.

Afterall, it is true that concrete and chainsaws are part
of the natural process, heck even pesticides, and petroleum
executives are part of the great chain of life.

I just hoped to share some political insights with my collegues
on the greenside.

also see:

I hope if you find these cartoonscapes, utterly offensive you
can find your delete button. If your keyboard has already been
clearcut, through the "Healthy Forests Initiative",
you might find it under a "Clean Air Act" smog bank.

solidarity & peace

(Pam to Rick)


I don't find them utterly offensive. I find some of it quite
funny. I just don't think that the forum is the right place
to forward this stuff. The club is supposed to be non-partisan.
The slant of your messages are not.

These messages are more appropriate between friends not for
general consumption. In other parts of the country on various
club listservs your privileges to use the forum would be removed.


(Rick to Pam)

If, god willing one of the other parties does finally get in power
and has the power to make the kind of hideous, murderous and
repulsive mistakes as the current junta...
I will, I have and do... lance them with my fascist piercing
purple pen (mouse)

deep meaningful bow to brother woody (guthrie) that is;

And I'm sure, if I rub enough republican sierra clubbers wrong -
I'm sure my posting rights will be terminated. I do not fear.
My heart is my censor.

I appreciate your comments and thank goodness I may still
yet wield my mouse in defense of the defenseless, and in
favor of true conservation...
like the teddy roosevelt kind.

Who was a steward of our natural world... albeit,
one not without some imperial dreams of his own.

You seem a thoughtful person, and I hope my modest rejoinder
was heard in the spirit (giggles) it was offered and -
since you do admit - at least one made you smile

That's what I take to the bank... the smog bank, because -
I write to catalyze people toward thinking and laughing,
about tremendously serious matters

long may the republic wave


(Pam to Rick)


It might be your intent to catalyze people but I think
the danger is that you will more likely alienate people
before they get your underlying message.

We need all the help we can get to raise people's consciousness
and be able to make positive changes. If you turn them off
before you give them the message what have you accomplished?


(Rick to Pam)

Pam, thanks again for writing.

And while I long to please, and coax a gentle guffax, so as to
move my good colleagues into action. I think time is short and
action must be taken.

I have been a passionate crusader for the environment since the
early sixties, when my family was given a copy and we each read
Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring", blessings on her name.

"Silent Spring" alerted a few to the tragic consequences of
apathy and trust of big gov't & big coroporation and the casual
poisoning of the environment.

I have stood for women's rights, african american rights,
hispanic rights, a women's right to choose, and in opposition
to many STUPID wars, (albeit REAL MONEY MAKERS) and in opposition to the trashing of the only planet
we can afford to mess up... (can we???)

But while I would like to pen thoughtful dispassionate
paragraphs and pages to move the sleeping masses... (
and I do, I can send you some of my essays), I understand that
a cartoon's POKE in the FRONTAL LOBES & Werniche's Area,
does not require expensive minutes of time, it requires
mere seconds.

And since "my fellow americans" all too often choose distraction
over thoughtful discourse, I must draw pungent (hopefully humourous)
or at least thought provoking
cartoons. - They require virtually no TIME CONSUMING minutes,
only seconds to achieve communication - that some will find these
heavy handed or unbalanced; I ask them to SEEK OUT
- FOX NEWS... if they want "fair and balanced"

Will I lose some audiences, am I preaching to the choir?
Well if they get up off their collective
(and often delightful asses) and VOTE?

Well then I leave them to the equitable voting machinations
of ESS & DIEBOLD with the likes of "Katherine Harris" to
count their votes.


solidarity & peace
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