Something Ends, Something Begins

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Ben Jennings)

In other news, infamous birther posse sheriff Joe Arpaio officially left office over the weekend. Arpaio was succeeded by Paul Penzone.

Arpaio is still facing charges for contempt of federal court.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Michigan found time between Christmas and New Year's to prohibit local governments from passing their own bans on plastic bags. I can't even imagine taking time between the holidays to halt Big Paper in its tracks.

I hope everyone enjoyed the last holiday season we'll ever see or, at the very least, had an opportunity to forget the world for a few minutes and tune out. I was gifted rum, wine, and vodka. The rum is almost gone.

Today was technically a federal holiday, but I felt like I was away long enough. This could be a slow week, but I'll be here.

Today's cartoon, which is the best representation of 2016 that I've seen, comes to us by way of London.

  • gescove

    As Captain Jack Sparrow asked, “Why is the rum always gone?” It’s a mystery.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Ok, but let’s take a minute to remember William Christopher, who died December 31st.

    To my great shame, I never even knew his name, knowing him only as Father Francis Mulcahy. Despite the fact that I knew most of the rest of the cast by name, it never really occurred to me that he could possible be anything other than what I saw him as on M*A*S*H. He was just that perfect in the role.

    I am not Christian, but in my formative years, he gave me a window into what it meant to be a perfect Christian in the spiritual tradition of Jesus himself. He was kind and tolerant to a fault, always believing the absolute best in everyone personally, and humanity at large. He absolutely refused to pass judgement, and was completely accepting of himself as a flawed and fallible human being. If Mr. Rogers had been a priest, Mulcahy is who he would have been. And somehow, despite the relative one-dimensionality of the character, it never came off as flat or disingenuous.

    If Alda was the heart of that show, Christopher was the soul that gave one of the greatest series of all time it’s intense moral grounding. It was he who gave it the tremendous moral weight that could reduce you to tears seconds after bruising a rib from laughter.

    I feel like I’ve lost an old friend.

    • Mulcahy was one of my favorites too

  • ninjaf

    Good call on the cartoon.

    Glad your holidays were bountiful. Hope you get plenty more booze for the rest of 2017. *sigh*