Story by Dan Soto. Illustration by Bearman
Local residents in the small town of Bedrock are in an uproar over the shooting of Bamm Bamm Rubble. Bamm Bamm, the adopted son of Barney and Betty Rubble, was shot by Sgt. Boulder of Bedrock while peacefully walking towards the policeman and holding nothing more menacing than a turkey leg.
“It was cold blooded murder” cried Betty Rubble who lost her only son. “All Bamm Bamm was doing was was trying to offer Sgt. Boulder a bite from his turkey leg!”.
“I don’t quite understand this.” explained his father, Barney. “It’s not like he had a bag of candy or soda in his hand. For crying out loud, it was just a turkey leg!”
Local authorities have given the following statement regarding the shooting.
“This morning at 7:31 AM, Bedrock Standard Time, Sgt. Boulder was being approached by Bamm Bamm Rubble with what appeared to be a significant sized weapon. Sgt. Boulder attempted to warn Mr. Rubble to freeze but to no avail. Mr. Rubble continued in a threatening manner towards Sgt. Boulder while yelling the words “Bam Bam” in defiance of the officer’s direct order to freeze. As Mr. Rubble continued forward, Sgt. Boulder, who has been on our force with stellar credentials for 24 years, drew his weapon and, once again, ordered Mr. Rubble to freeze. Mr. Rubble defiantly disregarded this order and continued to advance toward Sgt. Boulder which left him with no choice. Sgt. Boulder has been questioned and released and is found to have complied completely within our code of ethics. There are no plans for further investigation at this point”
“Prehistoric profiling. This is nothing less than prehistoric profiling and neither I, nor Wilma will stand for this”, said Fred Flinstone, the Rubbles’ neighbor.
Today’s Editorial Cartoon is sponsored by your local police department. OK maybe not but the cops are getting some bad reputations all over the U.S. as cities try to figure out how to manage the Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy protests.
First, I am a huge supporter of the police in general and the tough job they do. And they are just following orders in many cases. However, some of the tactics they have engaged in during the sweeps of the occupy locations are questionable at times. Maybe it is adrenaline or maybe it is just a few assholes on the force happy to show who is boss, but there has to be a better way.
Now I don’t for a minute think that in all cases the protestors who claim innocence are in fact so. When you come at a cop with a potential weapon or show aggression in response to an order, all bets are off.
But to let a group assemble for an extended period only to decide you have had enough and aggressively remove them without warning is wrong IMO. I get it though. If the cops announced they would be removing people at a specific time, they run the risk of additional protestors coming out in force to try and stop it putting officers at risk. Maybe a better way would have been to surround the park with officers and announce to the protestors that they had 30 minutes to remove themselves and any belongings they wanted to keep from the park. After that the park would be emptied with force if necessary. Seems to be what they are doing in Toronto by serving eviction notices.
Any thoughts on how to best manage the occupy movements so that they can remain peaceful, without crimes, sanitation issues and other problems that tend to start after prolonged encampments?
Now my Australian readership (which is about half the visitors on this site) might take offense to my latest editorial cartoon, but remember I poke fun at Americans all the time.
It seems that when some guys did a blackface version of the Jackson 5 on an Australian Gong Show and guest judge Harry Connick Jr found it offensive, some (not ALL…some) Australians responded that blackface isn’t offensive like it is in the United States.
Then when KFC put out an ad where a white guy gets a bunch of black folks to sit down so he could watch the game by pulling out a bucket of chicken, some Australians responded that Americans took it wrong and it isn’t offensive like it is in the United States.
Now it seems that an Indian cartoonist got upset that Victoria police were slow to indicate that the murder of an Indian student in his belief was a race crime. So he published a cartoon in the Delhi Mail Today of a Victorian Police officer in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Now the Acting Prime Minister of Australia has come out and said that the cartoon was offensive. Really?? The KKK as I understand is strictly an American racist organization so clearly it can’t be offensive like it is in the United States.
Thanks to the Daily Cartoonist for turning me onto this story.
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So you might notice some changes around here. First I redid the Bearman Cartoons logo. Not entirely happy with it but I am still tweaking.
The second came from a comment on Reddit from someone calling himself GodShapedBullet. He said “I think the comics might be funnier if you lead with them. Nothing ruins a joke like explaining it.” Since most of my stuff was topical and you all probably haven’t heard about the situation, I had been putting the cartoon last. But he had a point so going forward I’ll try to put the cartoon first.
George Ford gave me the idea for this cartoon. He came up with it but never could figure out how to make it fit with the story lines he had going. Now why he gave it to me I dont’ know because it isn’t topical humor. But I had fun with it. Arctic Blast and EQ Comics have strips about crazy Frosty’s right now.
I think the most prolific snowman cartoons come from Tundra cartoonist Chad Carpenter. I thought for sure he would have done this idea and spent 20 minutes going through his archive. Now he may have done it but I couldn’t find it.
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