Archive for December, 2010

The Anti-Defamation League Continues to Embarrass Me

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2010

They issued a year-end statement yesterday condemning bigotry in the United States against Jews, gays, blacks, and I think there were more groups on the list, but any mention of the now socially-acceptable Islamophobia was conspicuously absent.

Not surprising, really, given the ADL’s opposition to the (not at) Ground Zero (not a) Mosque.

I’ll repeat what I said this past summer:  “As a Jew, the fact that so many Jewish groups are joining the hysteria troubles me. And it’s stupid as well, because traditionally, when a government looks for excuses to single out and discriminate against a religious group, it tends to be the Jews. Letting hysteria decide where Muslims can’t build… is that a precedent we really want to support? Hatred of Muslims is just the flavor of the week: anti-Semitism endures.”

Filed in ADL, Anti-Defamation League, Bill Bickel, Ground Zero Mosque, bigotry | 35 responses so far

CIDan

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2010

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Couldn’t they still use the door??

Filed in Bill Bickel, Brevity, Guy & Rodd, cars, comic strips, comics, humor | 27 responses so far

2010 Comic Strip Question

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2010

Open question: What comic strip did you discover in 2010 that you now read religiously?

Update: Feel free to include links if you’d like: I’ve overridden the “2 or more links send a comment into moderation” function.

Filed in Bill Bickel, comic strips, humor | 60 responses so far

Over Where?

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2010

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Dilbert, New Year's Eve, Scott Adams, comic strips, comics, humor | 17 responses so far

Cetacea I Don’t Understand

Cidu Bill on Dec 31st 2010

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Clear Blue Water, Karen Montague-Reyes, New Year's Day, comic strips, comics, humor | 13 responses so far

Socks!

Cidu Bill on Dec 30th 2010

If you live pretty much anywhere in the United States, there might have been a day this month when you came in from the cold and the first thing you did was put on a pair of warm, dry socks.

Now imagine you’re a Marine in Afghanistan, where winters can be bitterly cold, and you don’t have socks that can stand up to the weather.

Rob Verbeck, a long-time visitor to the CIDU site, is an elementary school teacher in New York, and his class is organizing a drive to send “40 below” socks to these Marines. He set up a link on his class page explaining how you can order socks from Extreme Outfitters, and the company will send them to Rob’s school and waive the shipping charges. He’ll take care of sending them all overseas.

Please remember how your feet felt when you came in from shoveling snow or just walking through the slush this month, and help out: if even 1% of everybody who visits CIDU this week buys just one pair of socks each, that’s going to add up to a whole lot of socks — and hopefully we can do better than that.

Thanks.

Filed in Afghanistan, Bill Bickel, Iraq, Marines, Rob Verbeck, socks | 8 responses so far

Offensive and Politically Incorrect Advertising

Cidu Bill on Dec 30th 2010

Old Ads and Old and New Ads

That being said, I have no idea why this one (apparently by a sweater company) is included with the sexist ads:

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And (though I know what a postage meter is) I have no idea what this one even means:

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Filed in Bill Bickel, advertising, racism, sexism | 45 responses so far

Irene in Ohio is a Synchronicity Fan

Cidu Bill on Dec 30th 2010

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Filed in B.C., Bill Bickel, Jerry Scott, Zits, comic strips, comics, humor, synchronicity | 19 responses so far

Appreciation

Cidu Bill on Dec 30th 2010

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The mystery here is the first two panels. If any non-geezers are puzzled by the final panel…

Filed in Alvin and the Chipmunks, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Least I Could Do, comic strips, comics, humor | 12 responses so far

I Ask, You Tell

Cidu Bill on Dec 29th 2010

Now that they’ve struck down Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (and I really wanted the actual law repealing it to be called the Fred Phelps Bill, just because it would drive him crazy), the government insists the changeover will still take several months to implement.

I need somebody to explain this to me: I understand there are some side issues to work out (such as the logistics of returning outed and ousted servicepeople back into the military) — but for now, “implementation” seems fairly straightforward (no pun intended): “You know that whole ‘discharge them if you find out they’re gay’ thing? Stop doing it.”

Filed in Bill Bickel, DADT, Don't Ask Don't Tell | 31 responses so far

Big, Bad Anachronism

Cidu Bill on Dec 29th 2010

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I don’t even know where to begin…

Filed in Hey Geezers! Comics!, James Dean, Jimmy Dean, Shoe, comic strips, comics, humor | 30 responses so far

The Arlo Sandwich

Cidu Bill on Dec 29th 2010

Morris Keesan wonders how this one slipped past the syndicate:

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Filed in Arlo Award, Bill Bickel, Dilbert, Scott Adams, comic strips, comics, humor | 16 responses so far

Goodbye, Old Man, Goodbye

Cidu Bill on Dec 29th 2010

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Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Jimmy Johnson, comic strips, comics, humor | 14 responses so far

Post-Christmas Awww

Cidu Bill on Dec 28th 2010

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Frazz, Jef Mallet, comics, humor | 6 responses so far

Because television is mindless??

Cidu Bill on Dec 28th 2010

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Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Jimmy Johnson, comic strips, comics, humor | 13 responses so far

The Future of the Internet

Cidu Bill on Dec 28th 2010

An NPR panel discussion from 1993: generally interesting and, at least at one point, laugh-out-loud funny (with the benefit of almost two decades of hindsight)

Filed in Bill Bickel, Internet, NPR | 11 responses so far

What the Hell…?

Cidu Bill on Dec 28th 2010

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Filed in Argyle Sweater, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Hell, Scott Hilburn, comic strips, comics, humor | 15 responses so far

I’d be lying if I said I understood this one

Cidu Bill on Dec 27th 2010

Timothy Carignan sent me this one as an Arlo candidate. I can see where it could be interpreted that way. I can also see an interpretation that isn’t even remotely Arloworthy, but doesn’t really work as a gag.

Actually, even what I think is the Arlo explanation doesn’ really work for me.

Oh hell, let’s just cut to the chase and say I don’t understand this one. Probably. Continue Reading »

Filed in Arlo Page, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Leigh Rubin, Pinocchio, Rubes, comic strips, comics, humor | 20 responses so far

Pencils

Cidu Bill on Dec 27th 2010

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Is “four pencils and an eraser” another well-known phrase that Tom Batiuk made up? And is that actually a punchline?

I’d actually have described four regular basketball players and a much taller center as a message from Batiuk to his readers.

Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Funky Winkerbean, Tom Batiuk, comic strips, comics, humor | 20 responses so far

Boxing Day LOL

Cidu Bill on Dec 26th 2010

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Filed in Bill Bickel, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Cow and Boy, F-Minus, Far Left Side, Frazz, Jef Mallet, Mark Parisi, Mike Stanfill, New Adventures of Queen Victoria, Off the Mark, Tomb Raider, comic strips, comics, humor, lol, xkcd | 70 responses so far

We Wish You a LOLly Christmas

Cidu Bill on Dec 25th 2010

Janice Rey, Elyrest and Timothy Carignan:

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Filed in Bill Amend, Bill Bickel, Christmas, Comics That Made Us Laugh Out Loud, Fox Trot, comic strips, comics, humor, lol | 95 responses so far

Ronald Reagan’s First Term as President Called…

Cidu Bill on Dec 24th 2010

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I mean seriously, does this make any sense at all right now?

Filed in Bill Bickel, Joe Martin, Willie and Ethel, comic strips, comics, humor, inflation | 42 responses so far

Yes, We Have No Idea

Cidu Bill on Dec 24th 2010

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Gasoline Alley, comic strips, comics, humor | 20 responses so far

What’s in YOUR Nativity Scene?

Cidu Bill on Dec 23rd 2010

A Catalan tradition

Filed in Bill Bickel, Catalan, Christmas, caganers | 14 responses so far

Speaking of Lightbulbs…

Cidu Bill on Dec 23rd 2010

Odd bit of personal synchronicity here…

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Cyanide and Happiness, comic strips, comics, humor | 11 responses so far