Prickly City: Carmen and Winslow Will Be Better Off With Obamacare. Wait and See.

Prickly City


I came upon the comic strip above—Prickly City— in this morning’s Tribune.  It’s clever, no doubt.  And I like  its satirical edge.  Packs a punch.

Of course,  its main target is the Affordable Care Act.   But it manages to incorporate some sharp thrusts at  the overreach of drones and the pandemic snooping of the NSA.

‘Medidrone’ is a sweet blend of a  neologism.  If it’s  original, score a point for the cartoonist’s wit.

I happen to be  on the same page when it comes to  drone deployment and eavesdropping on  electronic  conversations.

On the other hand, the ACA, alias Obamacare, for all its warts— like fines and glitches—is here to stay.  And, Mr. Scott Stantis, that’s a very good thing for our citizens.  Come rain, come shine.  Especially during pouring  bouts of the  former.



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  • The comics are becoming more political, but this one is pretty mild, especially since it is quite clear that there is a tax penalty for not signing up. The only difference is that I don't think that the IRS takes PayPal. Maybe I'm wrong, but TurboTax and EFTPS still ask for my bank account number. And, obviously, there has to be some way to monitor compliance.

    Now, if some drone would drop a bomb on the BCBSIL computer, I would appreciate it, since I am in the 5th month of getting dunning letters from them, even though they owe me premium money. I am getting really sick of their music on hold.

  • I erased my first post...Your second cartoon insinuates anyone that has issues with this law is racist, IMO, or maybe the guy hates big ears, hmm?

    : a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government.

    Your cartoon accomplishes that.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I don't see that. The last panel didn't say "that mulatto who was born in Kenya." Right wingers have all sorts of reasons they don't like Obama.

    I think that the cartoon shows the normal hypocrisy of Republican members of the House who voted to repeal "Obamacare" 45 or so times, but when asked, say they have nothing against the three things mentioned, but never offer an alternative, as well as forget that this is essentially Romneycare.

    Has any right wing cartoonist been suppressed? Or are there any? Nobody has kicked Dennis Byrne off the Tribune or Chicago Now, even though 35% of his stuff is anti health care (according to the right pane).

    I think thou protesteth way too much.

  • Jack, read your post compared to mine, who is protesting too much? You even broke out the bold on me.

    Like I said, what is it that the old white guy dislikes, Obama's big ears? The cartoon gives nothing else. How would it read with a person of color as the antagonist. Given the current environment that throws racism around like the new McCarthyism, I'm confident that I'm not too off base.

    I'm done debating Republican/Democrat, there's no consciousness there for the participants, you might as well argue The Bears are better than The Packers or vice versa.

    This Law didn't have to be this big, but there are too many powerful lobbyists protecting their cash cows. One being the ABA.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    You seem really confused for no apparent reason.

    In the second cartoon, the protagonist with the brown hair appears to be a pink woman, no different in color than the blowhard next to her.

    The black girl in the first cartoon is the lead character, but I take it that AW cited it as not being sympathetic to Obama, with the combination of the black lead character not obeying the individual mandate and facing a drone.

    Maybe you need to adjust the color settings on your monitor, or maybe explain how AW's choice of cartoons demonstrates fascism. I don't think that you can.

  • I only mentioned the second cartoon, and to me the antagonist would be represented by your 'blowhard', the enemy right? Now imagine him as a person of color, with nothing else given, this cartoon loses much of it's bite, wouldn't you say?

    I read a lot of chat boards, as I'm sure you do also, and much a fair criticism to this administration gets swept under the umbrella of racism. Who want's to risk criticizing the government if your going to be called a racist? That is my demonstration of fascism. Holder's recent quotes could hardly be taken as anything else, though no President has been belittled as often as GWB.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    On your use of the word 'fascism'. Orwell in 1944 wrote that the word was meaningless, but roughly the equivalent of 'bully'.

    One historian, Gaeteno Salvemini, said that fascism makes taxpayers responsible for private enterprise because the State pays for the blunders of private enterprise. Profit is private and individual. Loss is public and social. [taken from Wikipedia]

    Sound familiar?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Aside from whether Wikipedia is a source (I guess one can assume that it quoted Salvemini properly), this gets back to my point a couple of days ago that I don't have a dog in the fight between the Ukrainian Fascists and the Ukrainian Russians. Apparently there really are Ukrainian Fascists, since there are reports that they told the Jews to turn themselves in.* As in Egypt, there is the question whether there is a third faction that believes in democracy and friendship with the West.

    Being a bully and antisemitic seems to be common traits of both fascists and communists, the difference being that the fascists usually are right wing.

    But I guess, from Salvemini's definition, George Bush was a fascist. I wouldn't go that far.

    * I had mentioned on the Daily Beefing that the Ukrainian Jews I know had no use for either the Ukrainians or Russians. Somehow, his database got wiped out after I suggested that he had not demonstrated that Jeb Bush has a uterus.

  • In reply to jack:

    I didn't know that, Jack, about the Ukrainians. There's a lot the American media doesn't tell us. The official line is that we are supporting a democratic government in Ukraine.

    As far as calling anyone a fascist, cf. George Orwell.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I mentioned the similar stuff with regard to Egypt.

    I've also received appeals to give to the Jews who are facing attack in Kiev, but the last I heard, the Russians hadn't moved on Kiev. So, it definitely appears that there are fascists there, although maybe not in the government.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Well if you are referencing the too big to fail banks, I completely agree. They should be rotting in stockades in the public square. How does JPM do something so wrong that they have to pay a 13 billion dollar fine and nobody goes to jail?

    Or are you referencing the car industry where we bailed out the stinking unions?

  • In reply to 4zen:

    No, to your first. You are less convincing that Craig Ferguson calling his floor producer a racist because he bleeps anything Craig says within 6 of George Carlin's 7 words "you can't say on TV."

    And I have been on many internet forums, and have concluded that most of the commenters have severe perceptual and cognitive problems. I hope that you are not placing yourself in that category.

    And, as far as the cartoon losing its bite, I suppose that you are among those who believe that there aren't Black Republicans. But you now say that you are beyond political labels. But I'm sure you could find one in the House majority if you really tried.

    Whether I confused the protagonist with the antagonist, both of them in the second cartoon are honkeys. I guess my use of that term should make my viewpoint clear, not that I subscribe to it myself.

  • In reply to jack:

    You didn't mess up protagonist and antagonist, in my haste I misunderstood what you had said, but there is no edit.

    Sorry I couldn't convince you Jack, I guess you are right, plenty of Black Republicans out there, though according to the Huffington Post Romney polled 0% of the black vote to Obama's 94% right before the last election.

    And according to a Gallup poll in January, 42% of the population identifies with being independent politically, 31% Democrat and 25% Republican. Though I've said I identify with fiscal conservatism.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Yep, that 'no edit' can be infuriating. As far as Black Republicans, there's the inestimable Mr. Cain, and that former Florida Congressman, and uh................., others, shall we say, too numerous to mention.

  • In reply to jack:

    Are there any Black Republicans in the House? or the Senate? There might be one from New Jersey in the near future. Fingers crossed.

  • Oh, I see I wrote antagonist and you parroted back protagonist, so who is confused for no apparent reason Mr. Rude?

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