Friday odds and ends
Ridiculously out-of-control long edition
I've been too busy redesigning this website (which I can hopefully debut soon, dear readers!) to blog much this week, yet I have so much to share.
- In no particular order:
- Regarding abortion Feministing ponders the whole use of anti-abortion language by pro-choicers business, of which my good friend Ted Rall's latest cartoon is a prime example. He makes a really powerful pro-choice statement in the cartoon itself, but uses the anti-abortion language of "killing unborn babies" in his headline. I still like the toon overall, but in terms of the language debate, I agree with I'm with Katha Pollitt.
- Regarding awesome books: In fact, Stephanie McMillan and I actually argued with Ted about that very abortion language issue over beers last night following Stephanie's Barnes and Noble book-signing for Minimum Security. Which is a book you should buy, along with Tom Tomorrow's new book, Hell in a Handbasket.
- Regarding me in a radio interview: Speaking of good arguments with cartoonist friends, Matt Bors, Jeff Swenson and I had a good debate going over the Mohammed cartoons on the Humanist Network News' latest podcast.
- Regarding Mardi Gras being whiter than usual: Feministe gives Charlotte Allen a good thrashing.
- Regarding black cartoonists, and the lack thereof in the funny pages: There aren't many black comic strips in the funny pages, and when the genius that is The Boondocks goes on a six-month hiatus, there will be even fewer. However, the temporary departure of The Boondocks might speed the launch of a strip about a group of students at a historically black college, Watch Your Head.
- More reproductive rights must-reads: From Pandagon ("When I Give You My Sperm You Better Keep It"), Body and Soul, and New York magazine ("New York City: The Abortion Capital of America."). Also, Mother Jones has an excellent Plan B timeline. Oh, and Feministe on the "partial-birth" abortion ban.
- The Onion and I feel the same way about the spineless mass of jelly that is the Democratic Party as we know it.
- CJSD learns us some "Classroom Bias for Dummies."
- Good goddamn cartoons: Kirk Anderson draws a disturbing agricultural scene, Rob Rogers apologizes, Matt Bors exposes a vast homosexual conspiracy.
Read anything good lately? Have a blog to plug? Let folks know in the comments...