Sunday, December 26, 2004

Comments from the week of Dec 19, 2004

Ramblings for Wednesday-
Today's cartoon is a portion of a much larger piece I've been developing on and off for the past few years which I call 'The Shepherd of the Snows.' I've begun the process of scanning the drawing -it's so large it needs to be scanned in 10 segments, and I have a legal size scanbed, which says something about how carried away I got. I'll present the rest of the drawing in the weeks to come.

As an appendix to yesterday's cartoon; on Tuesday Chris and I were fortunate enough to meet the great, great, great, great (not sure about the number of greats) grandson of Charles Dickens, who performed an excellent one-man enactment of 'A Christmas Carol' at the St. Paul Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota.

'To Dan and his faithmouse, Gerald Charles Dickens'

Following the show, Mr. Dickens was kind enough to sign my copy of his great great great (you get the idea) Grandfather's book 'The Life of Our Lord' with the following inscription-'To Dan & his faithmouse, Gerald Charles Dickens.' Not only that, but he drew a pretty nifty mouse as well.
A new character ducked his head into yesterday's cartoon; his name is Ferret Nietzsche.

Ramblings for Monday-

A great presentation of the operations in Fallujah from Techniguy's site. You'll need powerpoint and patience (large download) but very informative. I learned about this by way of the Hope4America Yahoo group I belong to. Hi, Mary!

Ramblings for Sunday-
Previous posts from the past week have been relocated as has been our recent vice to the blog.
I'm happy to retort that Men's News Daily has returned to form after a two day hijacking by Brazilian anti-war hooligans or vandals posing as such.

One of my recent cartoons is posted on this eloquent and thoughtful thread.

Friday, December 24, 2004

I write the Reverend Jackson

Dear Rainbow/Push Coalition,
Regarding the Reverend Jackson's recent comments-
"In the last budget, we cut housing again, and that was Jesus' dilemma. In Bethlehem, his family ended up homeless," Jackson told MSNBC's Campbell Brown. "Rome was a wealthy country that left Jesus and Mary and Joseph, in a sense, homeless," he complained. "He was born an at-risk baby."
No baby was born more 'at risk' than Christ, but His state wasn't due to a lack of governmental assistance. It was because man's sinful nature necessitated atonement.
Also, Jesus wasn't homeless, either 'in a sense' or 'not in a sense.' His parents couldn't find a hotel room. The holy family was on the road because of a census forced upon them for the purpose of tax collection.
I'm sure the Reverend will be supporting the coming overhaul of the tax system to spare current families similar unwanted burdens.

Merry Christmas!
Dan Lacey
New Market Township, Minnesota

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Comments from the week of Dec 12 2004

Ramblings for Saturday-
I'd like to thank Janet Parshall
for including one of my recent cartoons in her current newsletter. Later tonight I should have the image posted in our Cafepress store (thanks also for the plug!) Stacy at E-involved is the culprit behind all of this....

Ramblings for Friday-
Men's News Daily has been hacked by Brazilian anarchists and is still on it's haunches. A few visits from friendlies once they return to form would be much appreciated by webmaster Mike. -Dan

Ramblings for Wednesday-
I'll be posting photographs of recent portraits later this evening (really truly) along with a cartoon I've drawn for Stacy Harp at e-involved. I've also moved the cartoons below this dialogue box to the 'past month' page (actually the past two months page) to save a little loading time. Those of you dialing in with a 28k modem probably won't mind a few less toons-Dan

Ramblings for Tuesday-
Today's cartoon is the first in a lengthy series addressing anti-Christian bigotry and repression in our public school system, which has become the dominant theme this holiday season. If you don't care for civil rights oriented Christmas cartoons, you may wish to return in a few weeks.

The faithmouse store (2005 calendar pictured)More Ramblings for Monday-
The assault against religious freedom continues this holiday season with even more cases of public schools pronouncing as illegal any form of Christian free expression. Most if not all of these cases (which have increased dramatically since the President's re-election last month) will be won by parents (as has been the history) but only after prolonged and expensive legal defenses waged by willing citizens. These battles fought over the rights of children to dress up in Christmas plays as angels, or to perform instrumental
music for their peers and parents, is forming a deep and wide foundation of support for a future 'Religious Freedom' amendment to the United States Constitution, which, written correctly, may
enjoy the broad based nonpartisan support which promoters of theTraditional Marriage Amendment found so elusive. Democrats would be wise to hop aboard this train, as it leads directly into the soul of the Middle American vote. Remember, you heard it here first, folks. Well, maybe not first.

Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' - banned by Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Washington.

mouse with harpRamblings for Monday Dec 13-
Today's cartoon is a revision of yesterday's toon. Things change quickly around here. The design is a take off on Mel Brook's High
, which was itself a homage to Alfred Hitchcock. Mel Brooks, one of my heroes. I forgive him for the Spanish Inquisition bit in History of The World, Part II. Mel served as a Corporal in the Army during World War II, and while in France he and his comrades accidentally severed communications for the ninth army when they discovered a hidden German arms cache and used the white insulation caps on nearby telephones poles for target practice. Mel once said that the best way to deal with a bully was to make fun of him. Of course, the very best thing to do is to forgive him...right after you're done making fun. Second to beer, humor is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Ramblings for Sunday Dec 12-
I'm painting, painting, painting.......

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Of Christ and Hitler Redux

For those still propagating the falsehood that Hitler was a Christian, and Nazism some insidious extension of the Christian faith-

The Confession of Faith of the Reichsarbeitsführer-
"Once your heart is branded with the swastika,
You hate any other cross!
If you identify yourself with your nation,
You laugh at redeemer cranks.
Beware anyone one who demands:
'Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself'
What the Nazarine demands is our demise..."

A song of the 'Reichsjugendführer
"Before thee, my Fuehrer
though thousands may stand before thee,
each feels thy eye on himself alone
and thinks, his own hour has come,
when thou sees the depths of his soul.
In those few minutes in thy presence,
we would open every door to thee,
all thoughts we lift to thee, that thou correct and improve.
So good art thou and so great; so strong and infinitely pure
To thee we reveal without deceit our hearts’ innocence.
None depart from thee with empty hands,
if thine eyes have touched him with their steely gaze.
We know that thou proclaimeth constantly:
I am with you and you belong to me!"

Another widely used song of the Reichsjugendführer:
"How often we heard the sound of thy voice
and listened silently, folding our hands,
as every word pierced the depth of our souls.
We know it, one day the end will come,
and free us from force and from need.
What is a year when the era shall turn?!
Where is a law that will stifle our faith,
the pure faith you have bestowed,
that beats as our hearts and guides our existence.
My Fuhrer, thou alone art the way and the goal!

The official song of the Hitlerjugend (Youth of Hitler) at the Reichsparteitag 1934:
"We are Hitlers joyous youth,
What need we Christian virtue!,
Our Fuehrer Adolf Hitler is always our redeemer!
No wicked priest can hinder us,
To sense that we are Hitlers children;
We follow not Christ but Horst Wessel,
Away with incense and holy water!"

Instructions for the central memorial ceremony at the Munich Field Marshal Hall:
"National Socialist Worship
On these steps to the Hall of the Field Marshals,
to which we make pilgrimage, once stood a sacrament of battle,
In this, its only cathedral, Germany,
may stand only those who carve their motivation deep into their deeds.
You are pilgrims, if you honor the glory of your nation
above the revelations of any religion.
You sense the holiness of the Hall of Field Marshals.
What value have prayers and hymns,
The swinging of incense bowls
in comparison with the muffled rhythm of our drums
when our Fuehrer ascends the steps?
The sighs of the watchers extinguish the earth,
still trembling under our approach.
Gray clamour huddles at the end of the world.
The Fuehrer arises! He raises his hand to eternal salute.
His heart beats the heartbeat of his people
His step is our prayer ...
He arises and stands shrouded in miracles?
He burns with the faith of his comrades.
No priestly ordination has more power than the silent, stonelike prayer of the man
in whose being the nation is moved
The vow we make here is our prayer to the creator!
May our banner wave! Let it be hoisted, for it is our German high altar!
The standard bearers rejoice:
What is death, when you command us to live, O Germany!

From National Socialism as Religion, Global Journal of Classical Theology, Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Comments from the week of November 28, 2004

Ramblings for Friday-
Today's cartoon promotes spiritual love for Christ, which easily trumps the carnal. Radical lifestyle oriented activism places the actual person second to their stated sexual preference; there is no respect in a militant universe for the homosexual who consciously turns his back upon what he perceives to be his own nature and follows a calling which supersedes the temporal. This intolerant posture allows the monsterous Fraud Fits' (and his Boptist Church of Bunnies) of today to operate with 'seeming' moral approval. Most homosexuals dedicated to the church are there because God calls them to a lifestyle of selflessness and sacrifice - this cartoon is for them.

Ramblings for Thursday-
A preview of Friday's new Gaybear cartoon (I know, promised two weeks ago..) is posted.

I just realized one can stretch an empty table in order to fill a vacuum rather than just typing a bracketed P over and over again. I'm a genius!

Greetings to our many visitors from Polipundit.I've traded a few emails over the past year or so with Vincent Newstead at Religion Related Injuries, a respectful although adamant critic of this cartoon and far more so of the philosophy behind it. Today's cartoon springs from a recent e-conversation. American history is a fine musical instrument and it's maestros are our saints. Looking at the cartoon again this morning I wish I had added rich wood grain to the column instead of red and blue, so, I'll put it on the block for a rework. I'll mosey around to it sometime over the weekend.

Ramblings for Wednesday-
A hearty welcome to visitors discovering faithmouse courtesy of Men's News Daily. Today's cartoon references the controversy concerning the fifth grade teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary School in Cupertino, California who's been forbidden to teach to students not only from the Declaration of Independence but from documents such as George Washington's journal, John Adams' diary, Samuel Adams "The Rights of the Colonists" (great beer, by the way) and William Penn's "The Frame of Government of Pennsylvania." My observation is this-how can some reconcile the competing arguments that (a) America does not have a Judeo-Christian foundation, against (b) our founding documents need to be suppressed because of their Judeo-Christian foundation? Reuters News story -Declaration of Independence Banned at Calif School

A few posts old and new have been added to the emails I've been displaying for the past few weeks. The list has grown a bit long, so I'll be relocating the lot of them to the blog soon. Timothy has changed this week, and now Faithmouse herself will be 'macro-evolving'; a bit of this transformation can be cleaved from today's toon.

Ramblings for Monday-
The Reverend Martin Luther King cartoon is completed and posted as today's cartoon. This is in response to the continuation of racist attacks in the form of cartoons and commentaries which have greeted black politicians over the course of the past decade. History is slowly forgetting that the man who's name is synonymous with the Civil Rights movement found his strength through Christ. 'Reverend', his earned title, is rarely associated with his memory. We remember Gandhi as a Hindu, but not Martin Luther King as a minister. This cartoon was my answer to the dearth of responses in my medium to the rash of attacks upon a very capable civil servant.

Ramblings for Saturday-
Timothy A. Bear (teddy bear) appears in today's toon in his true colors; a ragtag assortment of secondhand textile patterns. Wishy-washy Christian that he is, he still has trouble believing the obvious, that he was made by a creator, and he is his handiwork. Faithmouse topped 200 affiliates with the Spare Change link added yesterday, with roughly half hosting the actual updating cartoon. Thanks guys!

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Godspeed, Christpilot

Faithmouse is blessed to have a fan in Christpilot, who flies large sky vehicles with mounted weaponry for the United States Army (nuff said). Whether or not you believe that defending our friends from enemies does or doesn't violate Matthew 5:39 is beside the point: I'm glad he's there and doing his best to honor Matthew 7:4.
Christpilot returns to Iraq next month and promises to send photos of the countryside. These photos are sure to make their way into the backgrounds of future cartoons, and subsequently a home in our Pro-Military gallery.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Ramblings for Wednesday, Nov 24

I spend a lot of time researching stories on the internet (in other words, just poking around), staying abreast on the news and starting and abandoning cartoons I have the good sense never to post on the cartoon web site. I'm amazed by both the richness of the material to be had and the fact that so few cartoonists cover the same ground I'm happy to tread. If faith-the purpose and motivation of most of human life-is mentioned at all, you can bet hands down it will be in a disparaging if not outright bigoted manner. This is why the cartoon site grows steadily in popularity and support. It's not outrageous for a cartoon to be centered around faith in God, in fact, faithmouse occupies the great American middle ground. However, I'm resigned to have the cartoon categorized by some as a sort of crazed though obscure icon of the vast right wing conspiracy, seeing that the word of mouth of my outrageousness (huh?) contributes to raised page rankings and helps to bring new fans to the site. As a cartoon still searching for print distribution, faithmouse can use all the friends it can get.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Ramblings for Tuesday, Nov 23

The unfinished 'email' cartoon from last week has been posted as today's toon. Mentioned are two good friends of faithmouse-Stacy Harp of E-Involved, and Joshua O of Hello Infidels. If they serve you lemons....

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Maximilian Kolbe, blogsaint

Greatly in arrears am I in postings for this blog, therefore I request Saint Maximilian Kolbe to be protector of this cyber realm during any extended future absence. I don't believe he'll mind the job; after all, Maximilian was sent to Auschwitz as a result of both his media savy and extreme political incorrectness.

I trust former prisoner 16670 will perform his duties admirably.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Judge StarMole wins one for George Bush

Although I shall always wear the shame of miscalculating Minnesota for Bush2004 (alongside the good company of Powerline and Karl Rove) I'm willing to put forth the premise that, without the help of of Judge StarMole, John Kerry would currently be President elect.
On February 4th of this year, Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall and three other judges of the state's Supreme Judicial Court put forth an earthshaking ruling which contained this statement-

"For no rational reason the marriage laws of the Commonwealth discriminate against a defined class; no amount of tinkering with language will eradicate that stain."

Last spring, our fearful Minnesota liberal Borg prevented a definition of Marriage amendment from going before the voters. Democratic lawmakers knew that such an amendment would act like a magnet to draw Christian voters regardless of party affiliation to the polls. If their efforts to limit free speech had been unsuccessful, Minnesota might today be the 12th state to resounding add an amendment to it's State constitution defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Without the issue of Gay marriage, George Bush might not have been able to solidify and expand upon his base. The wreath of morality might have been more easily worn by John Kerry, preaching a deceptive message of anti-war against the enemies of our own nation and a war against poverty and the creators of wealth here in our own.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Curt shilling

Yes, it's true. After years of selfless altruism the faithmouse site will soon be engaged in curt shilling; I may even post a link to the new haberdashery on this blog as well. The first faithmouse book (an anthology of 2004 cartoons) is also in the works. I've even discovered that this blog is newly listed as a share on a fantasy blogsharing site. The current value of the share is $0, but, if my financial instincts prove correct the price is likely to double before year's end. My advice-get in on the ground floor now, a task best accomplished through a window.
What has doubled over the course of the past two months are visitors to the cartoon site. This is delightful news, however, jpeg and gifs images are far more expensive to display in mass quantities than piddling buckets of text, therefore because I fancy myself clever I am inventing a way to pay for the ever increasing bandwidth. Hence, a store. My product comes highly recommended by me; it's clean and positive, it fights a good fight in a way I hope is entertaining to those outside of it's base demographic (which is anything but base.)

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Nadir of Minnesota

Ten thousand reflections of the North Star comprise the nadir of Minnesota, land of Lutefisk and Hot Dish, where come this Tuesday Ralph Nader may chip in George Bush's short put and propel him into the back nine.
Many are the reasons the President has matched par with Mr. Kerry here in the former bastion of Lutheranism, a state currently welcoming an influx of newly plaid attired Somali and Hmong refugees.
They are-
A Republican governor who has tamed a 5 billion deficit without raising taxes, mainly through government attrition.
A refusal this spring by Democratic lawmakers to allow a traditional marriage amendment on this month's ballot, which has infuriated rural voters in conservative and still very Lutheran Democratic districts.
The recent trashing by a State Judge of a popular conceal and carry gun amendment.
Burgeoning suburbs full of new homeowners.
Growth of the evangelical voting block, many living in those new homes yet unpaid for.
A poorly advised recent Kerry commercial extolling the virtues of stem cell research, a subject which has solicited the attention of evangelical suburb families living next door to Dem farmers still hopping mad about being denied a vote on a State marriage amendment.
Lastly, besides the no nonsense Minnesotan attitude on National Security, there is the impossible-to-argue-with Minnesotan resolve to stand on principle. This time around the wreath of principle falls upon the head of the Independent, hithero shut out of the debates and largely of the discussion, still well known and respected throughout the state and dodged by hysterical Democrats trying to upset his canoe wherever he tries to launch it.
The Democrats haven't played fair with public servant Ralph, a fact exacerbated by the fact that their candidate of one of rare privilege. After the still mourned Paul Wellstone and the scandal of a wake turned pep rally, voters passed over a condescending Walter Mondale and voted in Norm from New York, who by proxy had earned the vote through sheer hard work. George works hard too, and so has Ralph. John has inherited a billion dollars. He'll inherit the Loon State's hard line liberal voting base and no one else. Here in the critical second tier, we have nothing if not elses.
Republicans helped elect that giant fake action doll Jesse Ventura last time around, who realized his second fifteen minutes of fame were up when the post September 11th budget limped in. We won't help prop up the Independent this time around, but the Independents and some Democrats will, which may be enough to upset the national golf cart once again.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Of Christ and Hitler

I've received a few hearty emails in response to a post yesterday on the faithmouse cartoon site, which was itself a response to an earlier email. Here is the post in question,which begins with an email received a few days ago-

Michael Badnarik, Libertarian for President

George Bush is not a Christian...
or if he is, he is still propagating evil.

You have been fooled, my friend,

You have been distracted by the "liberal vs conservative" sham...
Best regards..(moniker withheld)
PS -I read Lew Rockwell every day!
"The premier anti-state, anti-war and pro-market site on the net!"

Thanks for the email.
When I was a young atheist attending school in Southern California one of my favorite writers was Kurt Vonnegut, who I read up until about Slapstick. I believe it was in Cat's Cradle that Vonnegut made the comparison between war and icebergs, stating correctly that they were just as hard to stop. Vonnegut, a survivor of the Dresden fire bombing, had his heart in the right place. I'm sure Mr. Rockwell, Lord Chamberlain and all other vociferously anti-war politicians harbor the same dread of war and love of peace shared by the common man. The history of war in the twentieth century is of atheistic monsters such as Hitler, Stalin and Mao who slaughtered tens of millions, their harvest hedged only by the forces of Christianity and capitalism. Saddam Hussein despite shows of Islamic piety had no deity save himself and can be included in this sorry camaraderie. Click here for an article detailing how Saddam viewed himself as the new Nebuchadnezzar. Wherever people are held in bondage you will inevitably find that a Castro or Kim Chong-il is holding the keys. It is only the blood of true empathy which can free them.

'The limit imposed upon evil is ultimately divine mercy' -from Memory and Identity by Pope John Paul II.

My emailer reminded me that there are many sincere candidates in the Presidential race who receive as much attention from the the major media as does my cartoon. Therefore I'll include as many of them as I can in a nice cartoon in a day or two, and all under a protective blessing from Reverend Rhino. -Dan

As you can read from the post, I never said Hitler was an atheist. I said he was atheistic and there is a difference. Anti-Christian bigots work overtime to relate Hitler with Pat Robertson, but history isn't with them. Consider these articles of requirement from Hitler's National Reich Church-

1. The National Reich Church of Germany categorically claims the exclusive right and the exclusive power to control all churches . . .
13. The National Church demands the immediate cessation of the publishing and dissemination of the Bible
14. The National Church declares that to it, and therefore to the German nation, it has been decided that the Führer's Mein Kampf is the greatest of all documents. It ... embodies the purest and truest ethics for the present and future life of our nation.
18. The National Church will clear away from its alters all crucifixes. Bibles, and pictures of saints.
19. On the alters there must be nothing but Mein Kampf and to the left of the alter, a sword
30. On the day of its foundation, the Christian Cross must be removed from all churches, cathedrals and chapels ... and it must be superseded by the only unconquerable symbol, the swastika.
-from the Short Reports article Was Adolph Hitler a Christian?

Hitler's terrifying and genocidal Reich, purged of the Bible and it's Christ and with the Führer installed in His place as God, had no claim to the Christian message to word or in deed. Hitler's references to God in Mein Kampf or his claims to historical guidance and preeminence through the will of divinity are as valid again as the 'faith' of Saddam Hussein. The facts of history damn the ersatz invention of a Christian Hitler. These include the attempted assassination of Judaism and the 800 Christian pastors sent to concentration camps for bravely defying the Nietzschian God-Führer. None of these actions dovetail with the New Testament definition of true Christian character, which is secured firmly upon a foundation of love and charity. Even if failed artist Adolf was a closet Christian, he did a darn good job of keeping it to himself.

In Germany the physically handicapped, mentally ill, and others with so-called "worthless lives" are rounded up and sent to designated hospitals, where they are killed. Referred to by the Nazis as mercy killing and planned by Hitler's office and the Reich Interior Ministry, the "euthanasia" program will claim up to 275,000 lives when it goes into full swing.
-from Adolf Hitler's Killer File

History doesn't record every person who claims to be Jesus as Christ himself, but the revisionists try to extend this courtesy to Hitler ergo his claim to be 'Catholic' and despite his many anti-Christian statements including "(the) organized lie (of Christianity) must be smashed" so that the state would "remain the absolute master." Indeed, Hitler's actual statements and actions are much closer to the philosophy of our current crop of propagandizing atheists and their revered alters of absolute state secularism, than any nonexistent ideology of maniacal Rexism.

As for my 'stepping in the gap' statement, consider the millions saved from starvation by the completely altruistic Marshall Plan, John Kennedy's heroic Berlin air lift and face down of Communist Cuba, the prevention of the suffocation of what has remained free South Korea by the cult of the north, and the limited though positive influence capitalism has wrought upon the perpetrators of the Tiananmen Square massacre. When the Soviet Union finally fell so did it's institutionalized atheism and persecution of Christianity. These benefits are courtesy the Judeo Christian tradition and it's philosophical allies. Longer than ever the line of expatriates extends to these nations and not from them. The atheist nation-behemoths have crumbled, leaving despots and terror cells in their shadows.

Christians who believe the scripture we have been paid for with a price consider it a reference from which to gauge the fair market value of freedom. True freedom can only come from entering into a personal relationship with it's author. Such a relationship will inevitably place one into conflict with those who claim water is best drawn from an empty cistern.

Related post- Of Christ and Hitler Redux

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Related by babysitting to Garrison Keillor

For those who aren't already aware, Garrison Keillor's nephew's wife babysits my nephew. My only other connection to Garrison Keillor (other than residing in the same state) is his presence in a dream I had last Friday night. As I was drawing a cartoon on the hood of a 1970 Chevy Impala, Garrison Keillor frumpishly passed by and refused to look at my work. I realized it wasn't the first time he had given me the cold shoulder. Before exiting my dream he conceded politely that although he understood I was a 'hate' artist, he would give my site a look the next time he was roving through the internet, which I had the distinct impression would be never. Perhaps my dream Garrison will change his mind and drop by one day for a visit.
President Bush has a good chance of adding Minnesota to his electoral college tally early next month, a probability which isn't being celebrated by homegrown liberal celebs such as Al Franken or Jessica Lange or Garrison Keillor. I know for a fact Garrison Keillor won't be celebrating because I witnessed his non-defense of his deceptively subtitled Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts From the Heart of America during an interview with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Channel last month, and I've read his previous 'plain thoughts' on President Bush and Norm Coleman, the latter of whom he has referred to with exceptionally bitter anger, including calling down the wrath of God upon our Republican Senator for his 'sins.' For this last bit of business I admire Garrison's initiative if not his aim. Norm Coleman for all his faults has far outshone his do-nothing Democratic Senate counterpart who evacuated his Washington offices last week and is currently conducting business in a location the terrorists hopefully won't Target. I understand that we are paying Mr. Keillor against our will for his long running radio program, but at least we are receiving product for monies paid.
Much has been said about Mr. Keillor's latest musings in conservative circles, and much more has been said by Garrison to provoke the criticism. The nation has recoiled from the brink of socialism like a drunk avoiding that last muddy fall into the gutter. Many like myself are thankful that we have so far avoided the greatest mistakes of past civilizations and therefore disaster, but the rest see us tumbling blindly over the precipice and remain in a perpetual state of panic. We live with the government Ollie and Lena voted for, but no matter. God is great, and He has afforded us the light of humor by which we can discern the truth. As a former evangelical and a gifted humorist, Mr. Keillor deserves better than the bitter legacy he seems so intent to carve for himself out of a great career.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Kerry Wins Debate

That's right, the most excellently named Hairy Kerry Spice Mouse clearly wins the interactive Humor Debate on (no relation.) Bushy-Tail mouse has some decent lines, such as 'The cat from Iraq is in my sack, and he's not going back, Jack!' but Hairy condescendingly delivers the much funnier soundbites, including a great one liner regarding WMD's.

Hairy Kerry's profile also includes this statement-
Kerry already has lots of cheese for himself, more cheese than any one mouse could ever eat, so he believes he should be elected so he can give cheese to poor mice who could use a good snack.

Great sentiments these, and overlooking the fact that this is the philosophical posture of a small stuffed toy, it's a statement worthy of the respect of any Christian regardless of denomination, political affiliation or animate status.
Under closer inspection please note that Hairy's success at either election or obscurity should in no way affect his stated goal 'to give cheese to poor mice who could use a good snack.' He is free to do this at anytime, regardless of political success. So, what does the Mr. Kerry doll want? For what noble cause does he suffer starched whiskers and incessant mousing? For the opportunity to give your cheese away, of course.
Which is why I suspect he is losing the non scientific poll paws down.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Self Portrait

In his surprising autobiography, Bob Dylan reveals that his favorite politician is Barry Goldwater, the man credited with herding the Republican Party to open territory and away from the east coast elitism which had compromised it's values during the 1950's.
This and other revelations largely explains Mr. Dylan's aloofness and avoidance of interviewers over the decades. In an unguarded moment, much of his career could come slipping out of his mouth. The media could learn to excuse Mr. Dylan's Christianity as an interesting but unfortunate artistic quirk, equal to his falling off of a motorcycle and disappearing for a year, but self proclaimed conservatism remains to this day a revelation safe only for those who have already scaled the mount of fame. As long as Mr. Zimmerman looked appropriately dour and scruffy while rasping his songs of freedom, he was free to daydream about a house with a white picket fence and other vestiges of the American dream.
The original faithmouse offers the wry observation that even she avoids discussing politics at work.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Faithmouse and the Adventure of the Tintin Mousepad

I'm a basemented Tintin fan, so I was thrilled to find some Tintin items at a Turtle Pond Toy Store in Niagara Falls, Ontario Ca. One of these is a mousepad featuring an image from Tintin and the Adventure of The Blue Lotus.

Pictured are Tintin (in the black cap) the twin detectives Dupont and Dupond, Tintin's friend Zhang (featured in two adventures decades apart), and Tintin's canine companion Milou. English speaking audiences know these characters as Tintin, Thompson and Thompson, Chang, and Snowy.

Herge has been unfairly criticized both for continuing to produce work in his native Belgium while it was under Nazi occupation, and for the various controversial political and sociological themes of the adventures. Beyond the charges of Rexism, Racism, Imperialism or anti-Imperialism, the Tintin books are finely researched and illustrated travelogues which accurately capture various exotic locals from the 1930's through the 70's. On a technical level, Herge's ambitious works are exhibitions of control of character fully integrated with complexity of plot. Herge's political ideas may have changed during his lifelong series, but what stayed constant in his cartoons was a complete lack of moral relativism, all expressed in stylish drawing ulitizing one standard line thickness.
Perhaps fellow New York natives such as myself can remember the translated animated series shown briefly on U.S. television.
I would be much flattered in anyone might find a little of the heroic and selfless person of Tintin in the character of Faithmouse.

Tintin ala Wikipedia

Official Tintin site

A stage musical based upon Tintin and the Temple of the Sun

Stubborn Warrior

The faithmouse cartoon site currently receives 500 or so visitors a day, a number dwarfed by the vast and roiling crests of the cybersea, but we're proud of our valiant and loyal pajamahadeen. If you have a Christian and/or conservative friendly site I would be happy to trade DNA between your enterprise and both the faithmouse site and blog. Perfection of soul or patience isn't required, just sincerity of purpose. Let's cross pollinate!

And while we're discussing blogs, hats off to the following braveheart-

Joshua Olinger deleted his excellent MichaelSavageListener blog after discouraging intercourse with a hyperatheist. After some prodding he's returned with refreshed initiative and pretty much the same informative blog at a new address-

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Into the Blog

After arm wrestling with Mambo Open Source for a few months ( which steadfastly refused to act like a proper HTML program) I've deferred my efforts to launch the long promised faithmouse blog to Blogger itself, which holds hands nicely throughout the entire process and doesn't care to challenge me with learning curves. Thank you, Blogger.

Chris and I returned from Niagara Falls in time to catch the first presidential debate. With the sparing now a few days in the rear view, the exchange of empathy regarding My Two Daughters plays foremost to memory. The Dad exchange was an island of non-confrontational calm during an hour and a half dominated by twirling Iraqi sabers. The President chose to rely largely upon sincerity and the power of personality to make point. His diction and delivery followed form and he exhibited rarely a verbal misstep. Senator Kerry, nervous at first, grew confident after the first half hour as he realized he had barely run dry of 'what ifs' and 'what might have beens.' His second guessing was relentless, and the President grew visibly bored of challenging his every thrust (a technique which doesn't fly well with those scoring debates.) The President played fair and did not attempt to circumvent Mr. Lehrer's biased line of questioning, which spared Mr. Kerry of questions regarding his Vietnam service and lengthy anti-defense voting record. The President seemed intent upon affecting the broadest impression on undecideds, and rarely challenged the Senator on more than a few of his faulty points of rhetoric.

So, first round Kerry seems to be the media mantra, although I doubt the impact will be lasting. Thirty days is the current definition of eternity.