I don’t want you to miss this amid election news. Back from his rocket trip with a new book,”American Patriots,” Rick Santorum is warning of the latest dangers laying siege to this great nation. One of them? Happiness. Yes, really:
Did God give us the right to pursue a good time? Dont get me wronghappiness is a wonderful emotion and a state to be desired. But is that what our founders really intended to be the pursuit of our country and its peopleto be happy? Lets put it this way: How would you like your tombstone to read, Here lies [your name]. He/she was happy? Count me out! Isnt life supposed to be more significant than that? Lets face itmany of lifes pleasures are not even good for us, as my waistline constantly reminds me.
Tombstones indicating a satisfactory existence? No thanks. Besides, did the founding fathers even want us to be happy? I think they wanted us to be miserable. And my waistline is growing. So happiness from eating food is bad. Though if I lose weight, I’d feel better about my health also bad. What to do.
I have a book for Rick he might enjoy the cover of. Inside it’s all secular philosophy and other stuff he doesn’t like, which, I guess, mean he does?
There was a lot of talk about the economy and teachers at last night’s foreign policy debate. Those languishing in our Cuban prison camp must have felt a little left out:
Among the millions of people watching the US presidential debate on television last night were inmates at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, Reuters reported today.
Miami Herald journalist Carol Rosenberg tweeted that two blocks of cooperative captives watched last nights Obama-Romney debate on TV, third listened by radio.
Maybe they’ll get a shout out from the most liberal Democratic primary candidate in four years, before he’s shuffled out of the race.
Ah, the 90s.
From Uncanny X-Force Annual 1994. Artist: Sandu Florea. Via Instagram.
I was interviewed by Jim Rugg and Jasen Lex for their podcast “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” We covered a lot of ground in 46 minutes. You can listen here.
I know Jim and Jasen from my time living in Pittsburgh looong ago when I first began drawing political cartoons. If you like drawing at all, I urge you to check out Rugg’s Notebook.
After shopping the idea around a bit, Im enthusiastically forgoing a publisher, Bors, a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist, tell Comic Riffs shortly before his official launch at noon ET Monday. Few are interested in anthologies, claiming no one buys them, and the ones who are interested offer incredibly low advances.
Im better off going directly to my readers, selling them the book, and not splitting the money with anyone else, says Bors, who in March became the first alt-cartoonist to win the Herblock Prize. I think Ill raise more … in the first week than I would have gotten for an advance, anyway. Im solely responsible for this project, and I like that.