They cajoled, they scolded, they threatened, they raised the rates. The Midland, Texas, city leaders did all they could to get residents to use less water due to the shrinking reservoirs and the on-going drought. It worked. People took the matter seriously and curtailed their water usage like the good citizens they are.
Now the city is crying because the revenue from the residents' water bills isn't high enough. The bureaucratic solution is to make residents pay more to make up for the short fall. So now citizens have to pay for the water they didn't use. Sigh. The citizens just can't catch a break.
Sometimes the jokes write themselves. If I weren't so lazy I would learn how to draw cartoons:
First panel: Mayor looking straight out at you and saying earnestly: "We are very proud of our ability to take a long range view and solve potential situations before they develop into problems."
Second panel: Mayor looking through the wrong end of a telescope at a glass of murky water. "It's half empty. No, it's half full. No wait, it's half empty."
Third panel: Mayor looking earnest again: "There is no temporary crisis that can't be cured by a permanent hike in your taxes, fees, and rates. You can thank us later."
Did you ever see an amusing Tweet and think, "That should be a cartoon caption?" That's where Twaggies.com comes in. It's a site where visitors can submit Tweets they think are funny, and if an artist agrees, it shows on the site as a cute cartoon.
It's a lot more work drawing a picture than it is posting a one-liner. So it's fun to scroll down to see what they came up with.
They are the people out there who seem obsessed with other people's mistakes and can't wait to tell them about it. Maybe it's the I'm-smarter-than-that-jerk syndrome. This clever cartoon exaggerates the situation, but that's what makes it so funny.
For the rest of us it's available in a 40s style cartoon edition. The first page says it was "Originally published in Look magazine, Reproduced from a booklet published by General Motors, Detroit in the 'Thought Starter' series (no. 118)."
And there's archive.org for anyone who needs the captions read aloud by a computer generated voice. Watch and listen.
Don't know whether the copyright on the illustrations is still valid, but since Hayek himself may have opposed copyright laws, the illustrations are reproduced below. [Isn't that collectivist thinkng? -- ed.] Never mind, just enjoy the illustrations.
Apparently there was a picture of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in full cover Muslim garb circulating on the web in Egypt, and a Christian businessman reposted them on Twitter. Oops.
Here come the Facebook protests from angry Muslims claiming to be offended. And "The prosecutor general's office said a group of Salafist Muslim lawyers had filed a complaint accusing Mr Sawiris of religious contempt." Link.
The potential for prosecution aside, isn't it nice that it's just an internet riot this time?
The colorized original can also be found at Archive.org which notes, along with some technical information, the following:
The Arabs look evil and behave really bad in this racist cartoon, but the heroic pig looks a little strange too. There are no references to religion here, but some of the Arab stereotypes depicted have been revitalized in recent caricatures of Muslims, notably in the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
Spoiler alert! !
Suicide Bomber runs at the fort with a bomb strapped to his head. Porky opens the front door, Ms. Camel and Junior Camel open the back door, and Suicide Bomber runs straight through the fort smack dab into his fellow thugs, Ali Baba and his Dirty Sleeves.
This was a great idea -- designate May 20 as "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" in solidarity with cartoonists who have drawn heat for depicting Mohammed in cartoons and especially the "South Park" creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, whose drawing of Mohammed got censored out of a recent episode.
Do your part to both water down the pool of targets and, oh yeah, defend a little something our country is famous for (but maybe not for long? Comedy Central cooperated with terrorists and pulled the episode) the first amendment. Sponsored by Citizens Against Citizens Against Humor or CACAH (pronounced ca-ca)
The person who came up with the idea got cold feet. But others picked it up and ran with it. Michael C. Moynihan invites submissions and promises to publish the best ones.
So can anyone get in on this? How about someone with no talent and a ghastly sense of humor?