Cartoon: What if Cecil the Lion were an African-American man?

July 30, 2015 Artwork, Comics, In The News Comments (0) 1307

Following his violent confrontation with a dentist from Minnesota, authorities are working to learn more about this lion with a troubled past. Early reports indicate a history of violent predation and conflict with other lions.

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Might makes right

July 23, 2015 Comics, In The News Comments (7) 1312

Sandra Bland died, according to former cop and CNN contributor Harry Houck, because she was “arrogant from the beginning.” Whether police did or did not murder Bland while she was in custody, there’s no question that she was only in custody because she failed to show the arresting officer the kind of deference he expected–he gave her orders, and when she did not comply, he used his power to bully her.

This is in line with the philosophy Los Angeles police officer Sunil Dutta shared with the Washington Post just after Mike Brown was murdered:

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me.

In November I posted a comic about how police hold themselves to the same standard as grizzly bears. That’s still the case, sadly, but police are also are adopting the philosophy of the criminals they are supposed to stop: “I have the gun, so obey me or die.”

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Liz was interviewed by Women’s Running

July 22, 2015 Personal Comments (0) 779

elizabeth-corkum-2Yesterday I shared a story about Liz, my girlfriend who coaches runners professionally. Today, you can read an interview with her in Women’s Running [the same running magazine that just put a plus-size model on their cover*] where she shares advice about what to do after a run or a race. Here’s a taste of the kind of expertise you can access if you don’t treat your coach like a prostitute:

What is most important to have in your checked bag?
In your checked bag, be sure to include something for refueling. “You may have to wait a long time to get out of the athlete’s village and it may be awhile before you can get out for a larger meal.” Corkum packs a protein powder and a shaker to use with the water she is given at the finish line. Within 10 minutes of crossing the finish line, you can get 200-300 calories of protein in to start the rebuilding process, to feel better, faster.

You can find Liz online at Coach Corky Runs.

*Just a related aside here: After seeing Liz, who is also a professional model and usually size zero or an extra small, rejected from the cover of another leading running magazine for being “too heavy,” it was especially gratifying to see Women’s Running use a plus-size cover model. The vast majority of runners in America look more like her than the models on the covers of most magazines–most of whom aren’t actually runners at all.


Photo: Elizabeth Corkum

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How not to hire a running coach

July 21, 2015 Personal Comments (1) 699

My beautiful and talented girlfriend Liz owns her own business as a running coach, nutritionist, and personal trainer here in New York City. She’s coached recreational runners, marathoners, and triathletes all to great success, and her business has grown rapidly in the last couple of years. Until Monday, she’d never had a serious problem with a client–but that changed when a friend referred a new client, let’s call him Sean.

Liz didn’t want to blog about this herself, to avoid further aggravation, but gave me permission to share it with names and identifying information redacted. These are screenshots of their conversation, beginning just as they discuss payment and schedule a lunch meeting to discuss Sean’s running experience and training goals.


“IDK why you’d think I’m asking you out! All I did was invite to you to dinner twice, after we’d already scheduled a lunch meeting! Also, I’m married! Married men never hit on strange women, and they certainly never use their marriage as a smokescreen to escape from a pickup gone wrong…” Continue Reading

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Nathan McLendon Explains It All Wrong

July 21, 2015 In The News Comments (0) 622

web1_Nathanl_McLendon_t300I’m slightly hesitant to publicly criticize an undergraduate for misunderstanding history and civil rights, but since Nathan McLendon (pictured at left, without what I assume is his customary fedora) is apparently a guest columnist at the Albany (Georgia) Herald, and therefore popped up among the Google alerts in my inbox, I’m going to make an exception.

First, I invite you to read the jumble of accreted right-wing talking points the Albany Herald, an esteemed publication with a 125-year history and a 29-word Wikipedia entry,* thinks qualifies as a guest column. Following the thetical headline “Political Correctness Threatens Free Speech,” McLendon asserts the following:

  • That activists seeking to remove the Confederate Flag from popular use are attacking free speech. Which is counter to reality, because those activists are employing free speech in advocating for the removal of a government-sanctioned symbol. It’s McLendon who opposes free speech by suggesting that those raising complaints are somehow committing an offense against public discourse.
  • That public outcry against unpopular opinions attacks free speech. This is a right-wing canard: “If I express my opinion, that’s free speech. If you express criticism of my opinion, that’s oppression.” McLendon backs it up with another deceptive canard, the “bakery owner fined for refusing to participate in a gay wedding.” In fact the fines in question resulted from the bakery owner encouraging harassment and violence against the gay couple in violation of court instructions.
  • That “it’s easier to call someone a racist than to think for yourself.” This follows a lengthy repetition of farcical Civil War history, which I’ll get to in a moment. In the minds of many right-wingers (especially racists), one of the worst things anyone can do is call someone a racist. I just find it so bizarre and slightly amusing that so many Americans frame their opposition to free speech as a defense thereof.

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July 20, 2015 Comics Comments (1) 647

A personal favorite, drawn a little over a year ago to no acclaim.

Point of trivia: You can tell because a croc’s fourth lower tooth is enlarged and visible (sticking out behind its nostrils) when its mouth is closed.

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Weekend at Harper Lee’s

July 15, 2015 Comics, In The News, Pop Culture Comments (0) 554

This one was not exactly fun, but it seems hard to deny. The evidence that really cinched it for me is this analysis at Quartz of the many sections where Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird are identical.

For the record, I could not find a single photograph of Lee’s attorney, Tonja B. Carter, anywhere. So her appearance above is entirely imaginary.

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