I’m becoming a regular reader of Rush Limbaugh. Couple of things I liked today. Firstly the image at the top of his discussion of last night’s Republican debate:
What I liked about it is that as he’s standing there he’s got a lit cigar in his hand. Help! All the candidates are gonna die!
About 10 years ago, when I used to read leftwing blogs and commentaries, there was one commentator whose icon at the top of the page showed him rather ostentatiously smoking a cigarette, in a time when the antismokers were already in ascendancy. I was glad there was someone around who was bucking the trend. I like people who buck trends.
But then one day the cigarette vanished. I never normally write to these guys, but this time I emailed him to ask why the cigarette had gone. There was no reply. And after that I never read his commentaries again. In fact I can’t even remember what his name was. As far as I was concerned he may as well have died.
Anyway there’s a question that Rush Limbaugh asked in another article:
The question is not what’s wrong with Trump, not what’s wrong with Cruz, not what’s wrong with any of them. The question is: What’s wrong with the people currently leading the country?
Well, I’m not an American, and I have no idea what is wrong with the people currently leading America. But the strange thing, here in the UK, is that I have exactly the same question about the people leading my own country. What’s wrong with them? What the hell is the matter with them?
And my guess is that they’ve become globalists. They’ve signed up for a New World Order in which sovereign states like Britain and France and Germany simply cease to exist, and become regions inside some sort of global government, in which the EU will be the European area government or something. So they’ve stopped looking after their own countries’ business any more, for the simple reason that pretty soon none of these countries is going to exist any more, so what’s the point? But it’s worse than that, because in addition to getting ready for the transition to global government, they’re actively demolishing their own countries, shattering their inner cohesion. Mass immigration is one way they’re doing it. Favouring Islam and undermining Christianity is another way. Smoking bans are another. Global warming is another too. It’s why we’re under cultural attack from all quarters. Because they don’t want there to be any coherent or cohesive resistance to their plans.
This is a conspiracy theory, of course, and I don’t like conspiracy theories. But currently, aside from sheer incompetence, it’s the best explanation I’ve got. There are some things that don’t fit, though: If that’s what they’re doing, I don’t know why they haven’t yet abolished the British monarchy. Nor do I know why they haven’t gone after tea with the same fury that they have tobacco. So maybe there’s no conspiracy after all.
In other news, I read this today in the BMJ:
We need to regulate the contents and construction of cigarettes to discourage initiation and facilitate cessation.
I guess it’s the next logical step after display bans and plain packaging: You add rat poison to cigarettes. That would “facilitate cessation.”
I’ve spent the whole day using Manga Studio 5 to create more cartoons. I’m slowly learning. Here’s one result:
From left to write, Amanda Sandford, Sheila Duffy, Deborah Arnott, and Sir Ian Gilmore, all equipped with long, pointed noses with outsize nostrils. I’m sorry if Sheila Duffy looks passably human: this will be rectified in future iterations.
It’s another line of attack. I’ve noticed that the cartoonist Josh started doing pictures in aid of the climate sceptic cause. When he started out he was very uncertain, but he’s grown greatly in confidence since then. I suppose I’d like to do something a bit along the lines of Gerald Scarfe, or this Ralph Steadman cartoon I came across yesterday:
I remember looking at some of Steadman and Scarfe’s cartoons, and wondering how anyone could possibly survive the kind of attacks they launched.
Carlos Santana, While My Guitar Gently Weeps: