Open Thread

Death Convention

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Clay Bennett)

In other news, President Obama announced today that Cuba will be removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism because Cuba actually does not sponsor terrorism.

Meanwhile, attendees at this year's NRA meeting were apparently warned that Muslims are taking over American cities. You better go buy a gun now before a "no-go zone" is established in your neighborhood. Suckers.

As a relatively young person, our relations with Cuba have always struck me as distinctly archaic. I can't say that I've ever been able to relate to the animosity or comprehend our public policy that remained in place after the Cold War ended. It's good to see things change.

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    Ooo ooo I get to re-post an idea I had when this cartoon made its way to Reddit a few days ago. A great practical joke, that I would totally never do because gun nuts are mentally unbalanced, would be to put up a table outside a large gun store. As people come out with their shiny new killing devices you would offer them a choice of discounts. They could get a 10% discount on a gun safe or trigger lock or a 10% discount on a child’s coffin. This has Sasha Baron Cohen written all over it.

  • i_a_c

    As a relatively young person, our relations with Cuba have always struck
    me as distinctly archaic. I can’t say that I’ve ever been able to
    relate to the animosity or comprehend our public policy that remained in
    place after the Cold War ended. It’s good to see things change.

    Other than you and I, this sentiment is also shared by younger Cuban-Americans. See the following link for various poll questions asked of Cuban-Americans which are broken down by age group. In fact, only the 65+ age group continues to favor the embargo and oppose reestablishing diplomatic relations.

    http://worldmountain.com/cp14/polltables.htm

    An action long overdue.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I can’t say that I’ve ever been able to relate to the animosity or comprehend our public policy that remained in place after the Cold War ended

      I knew an older Jewish couple once who utterly refused to believe the word “kindergarten” was of Germanic origin. They were that intent on avoiding having anything to do with Germany. And given their family expediences, I could understand why they’d have intensely strong anti-German feelings.

      But …

      Nazi Germany was decades and decades ago and modern Germany is vastly different. To carry over the feelings toward that Germany or Cuba to this one, to let the actions from generations ago continue to screw things up today seems woefully counter-productive.

      It’s good to see that Cuban-Americans from younger generations aren’t carrying on their grandparents’s feuds. Now, if we could just get folks in the Middle East to do likewise.