Saturday, January 24, 2015
Friday, January 9, 2015
The beginning of my political awakening was when I discovered MAD Magazine when I was 10.
I loved satire. I loved the artists who created it: Norman Mingo, who created Alfred E.; Dave Berg ("The Lighter Side"), Sergio Argones (the little cartoons in the margins) and Antonio Prohias ("Spy vs. Spy"), and above all the immortal Don Martin and his awesome drawn sound effects (KERSPLORTCH!). The fold-ins and William M. Gaines, Editor.
Imagine if all these great cartoonists were brought together at their offices on MADison Avenue ...
... and some asshole with a machinegun killed them all, and MAD Magazine with them.
The more I think about it the angrier I get.
God bless them. Their names:
• Charb – (real name Stephane Charbonnier) 47, an artist and publisher of Charlie Hebdo
• Cabu – (real name Jean Cabut) 76, the lead cartoonist for Charlie Hebdo
• Georges Wolinski – 80, an artist who had been drawing cartoons since the 1960s
• Tignous – (real name Bernard Verlhac) 57, a member of Cartoonists for Peace
• Bernard Maris – (known as “Uncle Bernard”) 68, an economist and columnist for the magazine
• Honoré – (real name Philippe Honoré) 73, the artist who drew the last cartoon tweeted by the weekly publication
• Michel Renaud – a former journalist who was visiting the Charlie Hebdo offices
• Mustapha Ourrad – a copy-editor for Charlie Hebdo
• Elsa Cayat – a columnist and analyst for Charlie Hebdo
• Frederic Boisseau – a building maintenance worker
• Franck Brinsolaro – 49, a policeman appointed to head security for Charb
• Ahmed Merabet – 42, a police officer and member of the 11th arrondissement brigade [and a Muslim]
Regardless of their political views, they were martyrs for FREEDOM. Remember them.
Posted by (c)2014 Richard L. Kent, Esq. (MichiganSilverback at gmail dot com) at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Horrible news from France--a satirical leftist magazine was struck by two terrorists today, who appear to have killed at least 11 people (including several police) before fleeing.
While I wouldn't normally be a fan of Charlie Hebdo, which according to the Great God Wiki is a leftist rag, today everyone who loves the freedom to speak must stand united with them. This attack in Paris was an attack on every free man and woman wielding a pen (or keyboard). It was meant to terrify us all into silence--in particular, silence about Islam, and silence in the face of Islamist fundamentalism.
In short, the islamist-fascists want us to cooperate with them, if only passively.
As I have said before, freedom still exists where you can stand up and say "Fuck you!" ..... and live.
Today we stand together with Charlie Hebdo.
We will not be silenced.
Posted by (c)2014 Richard L. Kent, Esq. (MichiganSilverback at gmail dot com) at 7:41 AM