Carly Fiorina would look good in shiny black leather.

Carly Fiorina cartoon for your viewing pleasure. I’ll leave it to your imagination about the whip part, but wouldn’t she look fine?

My friend Diane met Carly Simon, but I met Carly Fiorina, who’s running against Barbara Boxer as US Senator. Diane shared an entire lovely dinner and conversation with her Carly, (the singer) and her director boyfriend; I talked with Carly Fiorina for only a  minute, but hey, her bodyguard (?) and PR person smiled at me. And we didn’t share anything to eat, but it was at the Western Foodservice Convention (restaurants, you know. I do a restaurant cartoon, Daily Special, for a lot of papers. Very fun.) so there was food in our surrounding area – think of school lunchrooms.

I wanted to ask her hard-hitting questions, like how she feels about animal rights. Or Prop 8, illegals, that sort of thing. But ABC and KTLA were also there filming, and I’m not going to get caught on tape, oh, no!

So I just  introduced myself as a cartoonist for Slate and various papers, and told her I was glad to meet her in person because I like to draw flattering cartoons of people, not ugly ones. Everyone smiled at that!

She’s actually much prettier than she appears in TV ads – that takes skill, making someone look worse on camera. I met one of her campaign people at LA Observed’s latest rooftop party; he was talking with the famous and fascinating Mickey Kaus, who I’ve known for quite a while, and this guy (who didn’t have a card!) asked if he could use one of my cartoons in a Youtube video of her. No you may not! Unless we can come to a happy agreement. 

Here is my sheep cartoon about the weird youtube sheep ad she paid for to win against Tom Campbell, and I drew a vulture cartoon (Sorry, no link now. Uclick threw away 2 years of my cartoons on Slate, Gocomics and Yahoo News when they kicked me out of Gocomics.) of her and Meg Whitman after their wins.

See what I mean about animal rights?

More comments on this cartoon on GoComics (no link now).

Caption: Carly Fiorina cartoon. Campaign headquarters for Carly Fiorina for US Sen

The Meg Whitman Fork-tongued Doll.

Oh, Meg. Did you learn your doublespeak in Ebay, ignoring your eager buyers and tricking your loyal sellers?

Time for a Meg Whitman cartoon. The doll is a plus. I have been wanting to sell on ebay for AGES, even though I have bought from there many times, until a few years ago, when I got 4 negatives in a row because I complained about sellers selling fountain pens (which I use to draw, and I was in the middle of a book at the time) that were totally broken!!! Once one seller saw a neg on me, they all piled on. Infuriating, since they all LIED in their descriptions!!

But now I’m ready to sell a few things. But in the last year or so, the power all turned south, to the buyers, instead of the sellers. Now sellers can’t even give a negative to deadbeat buyers! And they get dinged for the stupidest things. And have many more fees to pay, of course. Meg, your ebay sucks. How did you screw it all up? I read that the reason you made changes was that buyers stopped coming. Well, poking sellers isn’t going to fix that problem, is it.

Anyway, the latest thing you’ve done is suck up to illegal aliens. Only in Spanish, of course, so we can’t hear what you’re saying. 

NBC covers it here:

She never endorsed the Arizona immigration law but was carefully nuanced in her responses on the issue. Now Whitman is tailoring her pitch to a different audience. In Spanish language media she is proclaiming her opposition to both Prop 187 and Arizona’s SB 1070 (one billboard quotes Whitman in bold type ̶

California Elections are coming, California elections are coming, etc

shave the blue off of California
shave the blue off of California

That title should make an interesting permalink.

But they are coming! November 2! Anxiety! Pressure! My goal is to publish one cartoon a day for this week. And I’m starting off with one that I just love, that is also colorful! Is it mean, as well? I’m sure the libs think so.

I did this one for CalWatchdog, of course, and one of the great things there is that my editor, Steve Greenhut, gets my humor every time! When I started doing California cartoons for them in January of this year, I knew just about what everyone living here knows about the state – not much. Arnold. Complaints about the budget. And how very liberal California is, a true blue state. read more

Building a mosque near Ground Zero? It’s a NO-brainer.

My latest cartoon on building a mosque near the Twin Towers.

Interesting story of man who burned the Koran on 9-11 and then was FIRED from his job at the NJ Transit Authority. From NY Daily News:

Derek Fenton, 39, of Bloomingdale, N.J., burned the book during a protest on the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11 outside Park51, the controversial mosque slated to be built near Ground Zero.

“Mr. Fenton’s public actions violated New Jersey Transit’s code of ethics,” an agency statement said.

“NJ Transit concluded that Mr. Fenton violated his trust as a state employee and therefore [he] was dismissed.”

“He said, ‘This is America,’ and he wanted to stand up for it, in a Tea Party kind of way,” a police source said.

Another police source said Fenton described himself as a “loyal American” exercising his “right to protest.”
If Fenton was fired for burning the Koran while off-duty, his First Amendment rights probably were violated, Chris Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union said.

I would think so! The guy is doing this on his own time, and certainly not representing NJTransit! I don’t believe any book should be burned, let alone religious books. But a book isn’t as bad as a flag, and he did have a right to his beliefs.

Myself, I did some research on the poor souls who were forced to jump from the Twin Towers on Saturday September 11, 2010. Very interesting, and I may post it here. It was the most horrifying part of the event to me, and perhaps to others.

And I think even Obama realizes now that he may have put a big schism in the Democratic party for voters, for him to act like this is no big deal. Freedom of religion, yes. But it’s not like everyone can just

9-11.

9-11
9-11 Photographer Unknown.

Famous Falling Man photo from 9/11. Apparently the photographer made several photos of this man, one of which shows him aiming straight down, like an arrow.

I’m not sure if this is the same photograph sequence that Esquire talks about, although it’s obviously a tall man.  Esquire gets a little dramatic talking about what the AP photographer, Richard Drew, had in mind with his photos, but this still gives me chills:

They jumped to escape the smoke and the fire; they jumped when the ceilings fell and the floors collapsed; they jumped just to breathe once more before they died. read more

Paul Conrad, cartoonist extraordinaire, died this week.

All the cartoonists on Facebook are mentioning this, or linking to the obit in the LA Times:

Paul Conrad, whose fiercely confrontational editorial cartoons made him one of the leading political provocateurs of the second half of the 20th century and who helped push the Los Angeles Times to national prominence, has died. He was 86.

“When it comes to editorial cartooning, I am unabashedly biased: Paul Conrad was simply the best ever,” Times Editor Russ Stanton said Saturday.

He was great, that’s for sure. He won an amazing 3 Pulitzers. He was an exceptionally wonderful cartoonist, and I can’t imagine why the liberal loving Times let him go – he never got a venue as good as that again. Of course, Russ Stanton wasn’t editor when Paul Conrad was the cartoonist there, and none have been hired under your watch, Russ. So your experience is like, nil. (Side note: The LA Times is 4th biggest in circulation, but has fewer editorial cartoons than at least the 100 biggest papers in the country!) read more