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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 06:56 PM

A response to sore-loser trolls in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Post-Gazette is blessed with an award winning editorial/political cartoonist, Rob Rogers. His editorial cartoons cover national and international issues. His syndicated work regularly appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and Newsweek, to name a few. Rogers' cartoon "The Gingrich Who Stole Christmas" was the cover for Newsweek's 1994 year-end issue.
His work received the 2000 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club and the 1995 National Headliner Award. In 1999 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has won 12 Golden Quill Awards.

Rob Rogers is a national advocate for the profession of editorial cartooning. An active member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, he served as president in 2006-07. He has hosted two national AAEC conventions, the 2003 event in Pittsburgh and the 50th anniversary convention in Washington, D.C., in 2007.

He regularly speaks to public audiences and school groups about his work and his creative process. Rogers has also curated two national cartoon exhibitions, "Too Hot to Handle: Creating Controversy through Political Cartoons" at The Andy Warhol Museum and "Bush Leaguers: Cartoonists Take on the White House" at the American University Museum. In 2009, Rogers celebrated 25 years as a political cartoonist with the release of No Cartoon Left Behind: The Best of Rob Rogers. For more information go to www.robrogers.com.

In other words, this man is a national treasure. However there is a hard core group of neocon/tea party types who have taken to flooding the PG blogs on Rogers' cartoons with dozens of harangues a la Rush Limbaugh.

Here is the response I posted on the PG/Rogers' blog.

Good golly, Miss Molly! Talk about your nattering nabobs of negativism attempting to breathe life into the still born trickle down theory. Plowing through their endless diatribes on this thread is deja vu of Hitler in his Berlin bunker, screaming at his generals for three straight hours in the dying hours of the Third Reich. One pictures the tsar and tsarina waltzing under Rasputin's benevolent eye in the Winter Palace as the gathering mob howls at the gates. Or perhaps, guys in white robes circled around a burning cross, shouting "Save your confederate money, boys! The South's gonna rise agin!"

Facts are facts, and the tide of history, as evidenced in the scientifically CERTAIN projections of demographic changes, has turned and tolls the knell of parting day on conservatism. Yes, angry little pockets will survive, living in their own world, aptly described as Angryoldwhitemenistan, but majority rules.

Some comments indicate a stubborn refusal to even consider modifying the GOP to reflect the will of the new majority. I like that, because the more they convince themselves their loss is due to a failure to communicate, i.e., style, and not the content of their platform, i.e., substance, the faster their numbers will shrink. For example, from earlier posts:

"In the end, conservatism will win out."
"I often see comments on liberal blogs that include statements about how conservatives must be more moderate to get elected in the future.In fact, the exact opposite is true. If anything, conservatives need to double down"

But it is the holiday season! Time for making merry! In that spirit, let's have a sing-along!
Picture a chorus of the resident conservative/tea party trolls in curly red wigs, little red dresses with white collars, and black belts, singing:

Conservatives will come out, tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
We will whine.

The way that we think about tomorrow
Won’t clear away
our cobwebs and our sorrow
Till there’s none!

When stuck in defeat
All gray and lonely
We stick out our chins
And pout and say,

Conservatives double down,
Tomorrow.
Stay the course and hang on
‘til tomorrow
Come what may

Tomorrow, tomorrow
Fact free “tomorrow”
It’s only an impossible-reversal-of-demographics away!

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Reply A response to sore-loser trolls in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Original post)
Divernan Nov 2012 OP
a geek named Bob Nov 2012 #1
johnp3907 Nov 2012 #2
freshwest Nov 2012 #3
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #4
Permanut Nov 2012 #5
maindawg Nov 2012 #6
The Doctor. Nov 2012 #7

Response to Divernan (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:01 PM

1. I may have to start regularly reading this guy...

 

I like his style...

Mind you, the idea of rush singing Annie tunes is enough to have me reaching for the Niacin...

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Response to Divernan (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:21 PM

2. Good one!

Personally, I can't read those comments. I just check out his 'toons in the paper, and then skim through the negative letters about them that get printed. With columns by Tony Norman and Reg Henry to get to I don't have time for such crap.

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Response to Divernan (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:29 PM

3. LOL! You were great. Thanks for sharing that reply.

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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:31 PM

4. Excellent! nt

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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:45 PM

5. K & R for Angryoldwhitemenistan. n/t

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Response to Divernan (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:00 PM

6. couple thoughts

angrywhitemanistan= aka Wyoming

I am reminded of an old European theory . America always does the right thing, after trying everything else.

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Response to Divernan (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 01:57 AM

7. Great lead-in,

 

spectacular smack-down in the middle.

Wish you had even a short wind-up at the end that 're-explained' or summarized your point. That would have made your piece a much stronger commentary.

Still and all, it was fun to read and I loved the point.

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