Charlie Sheen cartoon.

Charlie Sheen cartoon. See, I promised you one. I haven’t seen any other good ones, but will post as I find any.

I mean, really. I’ve never watched Two and a Half Men, and don’t plan to now. Way too much bs, and the silly, silly media for encouraging this public breakdown!

Phil Hendrie (KFI) said the other night that he knows for sure that Charlie Sheen has been diagnosed with grandiose disorder hypomania, says Phil, or some “clinical” term like that. Maybe he’s back on cocaine, I don’t know.

But I know lots of actors, and they’re different from you and I – and they experiment with their own self, which is kind of neat. Maybe he’s just trying on the crazy mask, or the grandstanding one this month. I wish him luck in his 2 upcoming live speaker gigs in Detroit and Chicago, which are sold out.

No details about the show have been disclosed, but it’s being billed as “Charlie Sheen Live: My Violent Torpedo of Truth.”

Cartoon caption: The Prison of Public Opinion. Charlie Sheen: Two and a half years for harassing and grossing us out.

Charles Manson and Me.

Oh, and Ted Rall, but not all in the same room, please.

Charles Manson cartoons

I’m the luckiest girl in the world, to get to do a cartoon on Charles Manson. Charles has been a bad boy again.

I take special note of news about Manson since something he did affects me personally…The LA Times said:

For the second time in less than two years, California prison officials caught Charles Manson, mastermind of one of the most notorious killing sprees in U.S. history, with a cellphone behind bars.

I took note of it the first time they found him using a cell phone – it’s hysterical both that he is so free and easy and sly, and that the security there is so bad! My editor at CalWatchdog wasn’t so sure about the news item then, but when they found the second phone, and actually admitted they know it was the guards doing the smuggling – yet didn’t try to stop them!…okay, then!

From the Los Angeles TImes:

Lawmakers struggling to keep cellphones away from California’s most dangerous inmates say a main obstacle is the politically powerful prison guards union, whose members would have to be paid millions of dollars extra to be searched on their way into work.

Ted Rall did a cartoon on Charles Manson, too, a day after mine…

Analysis of 2 editorial cartoons

Let’s compare the 2 cartoons.

My first idea was to do something about it being an iPhone – kind of obvious, but popular – but I knew there was something better. For me, I’ve found that although the first idea might be easy, it’s not the best idea. That didn’t stop Ted, however, as he used the iPhone idea, and threw in AT & T.

I did my cartoon for CalWatchdog, a state journalism group from a libertarian perspective. Ted, a cartoonist in NY, was somehow hired by the Los Angeles Times to do local cartoons, so I’m surprised he didn’t hit the fact that the Manson murders were committed in Los Angeles, and the  famous investigation and trial was held here as well.

I included the fact that the state knows the guards are smuggling in thousands of phones, but they do nothing. I also brought up unions, since

No Christmas bells for Bell CA

I don’t care how much money someone makes. I’m a capitalist, and good on you for being rich. I was amused, then, to watch the Bell CA fiasco, when the LA Times Reporters noticed what the ignorant populace there didn’t: just how much money the Councilmen, Robert Rizzo, Police Chief, etc were making. Surprising, but THEY WEREN’T CHARGED WITH A CRIME. Because Rizzo and the others did nothing wrong except reward themselves a lot of money by voting for themselves. Nothing wrong with that. read more

Arnold and Obama, sitting in a tree…

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in his last 2 weeks with that title, talked with the Los Angeles Times last Friday about Schwarzenegger’s future plans.

…he initially said, “There’s no rush…. It’s not like I have something in my mind.”

The governor went on to say that he would like to work on public policy issues in which he could have an impact “with my celebrity power, and also my knowledge and experience.”

He said he’s hot for environmental issues, but also likes oil, because he drives a Hummer. That’s our Governator!

The Ticket jumps from there to the possibility that Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to work in some capacity with the Obama administration, and points out that Obama says he would like to add more Republicans to his cabinet, including Schwarzenegger.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger addr...
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Does this smell like love? Schwarzenegger is probably eager to jump into something ASAP, because his high-speed rail project didn’t jump off the tracks like he wanted it to. And because he’s never been shy.

The LA Times covers only the basics when it comes to state news, as I quickly found out when I had to work on state cartoons for CalWatchdog this year, but of course Arnold is part of the Hollywood crowd! There are only a handful of editorial cartoonists in California, but because California is kind of big, occasionally other cartoonists look over here, too.

Big-time cartoonist RJ Matson did this terrific cartoon on Arnold las

Yahoo! News Editorial Cartoon on food stamps.

An alert reader notified me that Yahoo! News Comics no longer has a link for me. The list of editorial cartoons is at the bottom – my name is usually under B for Barstow, of course. My political cartoons (Sorry, no link now. Uclick Gocomics threw away 2 years of my cartoons on Slate, Gocomics and Yahoo News when they kicked me out.) are still there, and are still being supplied by Gocomics, but without a link to them…

I think it’s just a temporary glitch – at least I hope so. Otherwise my Christmas will be rather glum… We only get paid by hits, you know! read more

I am bad, but it’s Halloween.

Little later than I wanted, but still a good scoop.

The LA Press Club has some pretty good speakers, but I was looking forward to the one on talk radio for weeks, and it didn’t disappoint!

KFI’s John Kobylt, half of the John and Ken show, Talkers magazine publisher Michael Harrison and KPCC/LA Times journalist and radio host Patt Morrison will be among the participants of a high-powered panel discussing the state of talk radio in L.A. and the nation, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club, Thurs., Oct. 28, at the Steve Allen Theater.

According to Talkers magazine publisher Michael Harrison, who coined the term “talk media” and defined it years ago in preparation for this new era, “Talk media is collectively the most accurate bellwether of American public opinion in the mass media today.”

Radio veteran Bill Moran will moderate by tossing such queries as “What is the impact of Talk Radio on the mid-term elections?” and “Is a strong news department relevant or even necessary to the content of Talk Radio?”  And there are many other probing questions he will be challenging participants to answer.  Two of those being put on the firing line include top talk show program directors Robin Bertolucci of Clear Channel and KABC’s Jack Silver.

I happened to sit next to Bill Moran at another event and knew he would be a good moderator. He told a couple of us beforehand that he was going to ask John Kobylt why John and Ken had such a strange position on Prop 23 (set up by oil

companies to squash AB 32, our very strong anti-pollution act, which hasn’t even started yet). John and Ken have been ranting for weeks that it will cost everyone their job, and no one believes in Global Warming anyway. (Right.) Bill did ask John about this, and he went right into his spiel against global warming! (Although I agree with him about fluorescent bulbs are ugly, don’t fit anywhere, and have terrible light. Hate.)

Also, before it started, I talked with Patt Morrison of NPR for a couple of minutes about her dog – told her I had been following rescue groups