GREAT ANTIDOTES FOR BLOATED EGOS

first_img“It’s like drinking from a fire hose. It’s overwhelming,” says Nate Beeler, a conservative staff cartoonist with The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, whose work also is distributed by Cagle Cartoons.“You can’t keep up,” says Adam Zyglis, who draws five cartoons a week for The Buffalo (NY) News and is the president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. “You have to prioritize. You could easily do two, three, maybe more cartoons a day.”And on the receiving end of this avalanche of cartoons are the nation’s opinion editors, who often struggle to give political “balance” to the commentary they present to their readers.In emails and calls to their colleagues, editors have been searching for conservative – yes, especially pro-Trump – columnists and cartoonists. Some also are looking for columnists to explain how the largely ignored people who live in the fly-over states were able to surprise all those “brilliant” political pundits by electing Trump.Editors are looking for the Holy Grail of “balance” for their pages. And the job is made tougher in this Trump era by 2016 voters handing control of Congress, as well as the White House, to the Republican Party.“Power corrupts, no matter who is in power,” says the conservative Beeler, explaining that it is his job “to take on people in power.” And with few exceptions, those people will be the Republican politicians, who now have absolute power.This imbalance has happened before, when absolute political power has shifted to one political party or another after an election. But it seldom lasts. Usually within an election cycle or two, fickle voters return to divided government, splitting up power between parties in Congress and the White House.But in the meantime, the life of an opinion editor can be pure hell, with readers screaming about what they perceive is bias in the newspaper’s sometimes lopsided criticism of those in power.Good luck achieving some ideal concept of balance in an opinion section, when there is little balance of power in the halls of government. And with the election of Trump, there is also no shortage of criticism.The president’s critics are not confined just to the Democrats, snotty cartoonists and the “dishonest media.” They include many people in his own political party.With Trump showing no signs of mellowing and a small group of advisors in the White House egging him on, the fire-hose-flow of controversies shows no sign of abating, and neither does the flow of cartoons that criticize and ridicule the president.During last summer’s presidential campaign, Daryl Cagle, a cartoonist, who worked for more than a decade drawing The Muppets, and was later on the staff of The Honolulu Advertiser and MSNBC before creating his Cagle Cartoons syndicate, wrote prophetically about how a Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton administration would look in cartoons.“Cartooning is a negative art and a supportive cartoon is a lousy cartoon. Hillary is a rich character that we have known for decades. There is a grand history with Hillary and Bill Clinton that gives us many more clichés for a broader cartoon palette.“If Trump loses in November, we should enjoy four years of great Hillary cartoons. If Trump wins in November, the Trump-monster cartoon-apocalypse will continue. God save us.”And, indeed, it has continued. In fact, Trump seems to be invigorating cartoonists.“We have a newfound mission,” Zyglis says. “What we do is important. It always has been. But there is more immediacy today. This is a time we are needed the most.”“Editorial cartooning becomes more important as democratic institutions are threatened,” Zyglis says, noting the insults Trump throws at just about every institution that stands in his ways, including the courts, intelligence agencies and news media.“It is clear how much he despises the media. And in authoritarian regimes, satire is the first target. Look how ‘Saturday Night Live’ gets under Trump’s skin. An editorial cartoon is just a single panel form of a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit.”But Beeler is confident his colleagues will stand strong and prevail against Trump’s attacks because “editorial cartoons are great antidotes to bloated egos.” GREAT ANTIDOTES FOR BLOATED EGOSBy  Dianne HardistyYou can almost hear the screams of editorial page editors: “Find me a pro-Trump cartoonist!”Good luck finding a “pro-Trump” cartoonist of any political stripe, including conservative, these days.“A real editorial cartoonist is not pro-anything,” explains Rick McKee, a staff cartoonist with The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. His work is distributed to hundreds of newspapers around the country by the Cagle Cartoons syndicate.“Editorial cartooning is a negative art. You may be more supportive of a certain point of view. But it’s criticism. You don’t want to be a cheerleader for any particular politician,” says McKee, who takes a conservative approach to most political issues.Since Donald Trump was sworn in as president in January, editorial cartooning has kicked into high gear. And the new president’s combative nature, compulsive tweeting, political stumbles and thin skin have been the gifts that keep on giving to the nation’s cartoonists. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: Hamilton Remains Box Office Darling

first_img View Comments With the official start of fall comes cooler weather and milder crowds, and though most Broadway shows faced an expected dip in grosses, a select few celebrated an uptick. The gargantuan hit Hamilton seems to never be satisfied, as it hit its highest capacity to date last week and jumped to $1,567,451. There was also The Book of Mormon and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, with the latter reaching its highest gross since June. Meanwhile, the Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening opened to well-nigh unanimous raves. We suspect forthcoming word-of-mouth and assurance of a production far from the one that closed only six years ago will lead to a more prominent presence on the boards during its limited run.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending September 27:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,758,556)2. Hamilton ($1,567,451)3. The Book of Mormon ($1,489,769)4. Wicked ($1,426,156)5. Aladdin ($1,347,833)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Gin Game ($321,528)**4. Amazing Grace ($256,284)3. Fool For Love ($239,768)*2. Hand to God ($205,062)1. Dames At Sea ($144,944)***FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.40%)2. Hamilton (101.36%)3. Fun Home (101.01%)4. The Lion King (100.01%)5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.00%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Matilda (70.23%)4. Les Miserables (70.20%)3. Jersey Boys (69.24%)*2. Hand to God (45.68%)1. Amazing Grace (45.61%)* Number based on eight preview performances**Number based on six preview performances***Number based on five preview performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

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‘High-value’ drug suspect falls

first_imgOfficers of Police Station 7 stagedthe entrapment operation which led to the arrest of Unggod around 6:30 p.m. onJan 5, the report added.  Bacolod City – Police nabbed a “high-value” drug suspect in abuy-bust operation in Barangay Vista Alegre.  Antidrug officers inspect the items seized from Angelica Unggod during an entrapment operation in Barangay Vista Alegre, Bacolod City on Jan 5. POLICE STATION 7/BCPO The suspect was detained and charged withviolation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PNcenter_img Aside from suspected shabu, a P300marked money was also recovered from her, police said. Suspected shabu weighing about 2.5grams valued around P20,000 was seized from 22-year-old resident AngelicaUnggod, a police report showed.last_img read more

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Blatter saddened by Egyptian tragedy

first_imgFIFA President Blatter has sent a letter of condolence to Mohamed Gamal, the President of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), following the tragic events at the match between Zamalek and ENPPI, in which a number of people lost their lives. FIFA President Blatter also extended an offer of support to the EFA, adding that FIFA would be on hand for any help required in the aftermath of the tragedy.”I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Egyptian football community for the tragic events that occurred at last night’s match in Cairo between Zamalek and ENPPI,” Blatter wrote.”My thoughts and sympathies are with the families of all those who have lost their lives yesterday evening. It is so sad that a game of football, which should be the scene of joy and positive emotions, should be overshadowed in this way.”We await the results of the investigation into this tragedy and are ready to provide the Egyptian Football Association with any support they may need in dealing with the aftermath of this event,” FIFA President Blatter concluded.last_img read more

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Dodgers starter Alex Wood subdues Giants as Kike Hernandez, Matt Kemp supply power

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez (14) high fives teammate Austin Barnes (15) after hitting a two run home run as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) looks down in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (27) high fives third base coach Chris Woodward (45) after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner makes a catch in foul territory off the bat of San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt (not pictured) in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp points to the sky after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood throws to the plate against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes throws out San Francisco Giants’ Alen Hanson (not pictured) in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner against the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen coach Mark Prior looks on during batting practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, left, along with manager Dave Roberts during batting practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen takes infield practice prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw works out in the infield prior to a Major League Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Enrique Hernandez makes a diving catch on a drive by San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey (not pictured) in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Enrique Hernandez makes a diving catch on a drive by San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey (not pictured) in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez hits a two run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez hits a two run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez (14) high fives teammate Austin Barnes (15) after hitting a two run home run as San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) looks down in the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (27) high fives third base coach Chris Woodward (45) after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (27) high fives third base coach Chris Woodward (45) after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — On another night, in another month, in another season, it might have been a mismatch.Alex Wood versus Madison Bumgarner?Advantage, San Francisco Giants.But on this night, on an otherwise gloomy June evening, Wood was the dominant left-hander. Wood was superb for 5-2/3 innings and Kiké Hernandez and Matt Kemp supplied him with all the run support he would need in the Dodgers’ 3-1 victory Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Hernandez and Kemp provided Wood with the power boost Dodgers pitchers have come to expect in June. Their homers were the 33rd and 34th the Dodgers have slugged in 13 games this month, tops in the majors. Not coincidentally, the Dodgers are 11-2 in June.Hernandez broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run homer in the fifth, after Kemp gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with a leadoff homer in the second. Hernandez is hitting .441 (15 for 34) with five doubles, three homers and seven RBIs lifetime against Bumgarner.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Kenley Jansen threw a scoreless ninth for his 17th save.Wood’s victory was only his second win in 14 starts in 2018. His only other win was May 20 against the Washington Nationals. Two no-decisions and a loss followed, accompanied by a serious case of frustration and self-examination.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Wood rebounded Saturday in a big way and was nearly flawless for four innings against the Giants, looking nothing like the pitcher who went into the game with a 1-5 record and a 4.43 ERA. He gave up only a pair of walks before yielding a lead-off single to Mac Williamson in the fifth.The Giants were off balance and off base for most of the game. Wood didn’t overpower them, striking out only two. He gave up four hits and one run with two walks before yielding to reliever Yimi Garcia with two outs and a runner on second base in the sixth.“It feels really good when you start executing,” Wood said. “The breaking ball was probably the best it’s been all year. I felt really confident. I think I’m trending in the right direction. Tonight was a big step for me. It’s nice when you win and also when you contribute to the win.” “Um, I don’t know,” Hernandez said when asked to explain his success against Bumgarner. “My first year, I probably got him more times than he got me. After the two-home run game here in 2016, he got the best of me, adjusted to me. I hadn’t made too many adjustments.”Hernandez hammered a fifth-inning curveball that Bumgarner left up in the strike zone.Bumgarner (0-2) continued his search for the form that made him a four-time All-Star, making only his third start since coming off the disabled list June 5. He was lost to the Giants for the season’s first two months because of a fractured left hand.He gave up three runs and five hits with three strikeouts and four walks in six innings.Before the game, the Giants learned third baseman Evan Longoria would undergo surgery on his left hand and will be out 6-8 weeks. Longoria fractured his hand during the Giants’ 16-inning victory Thursday over the Miami Marlins.Alen Hanson replaced Longoria again Saturday and delivered several fine plays at third. Hanson also drove in the only run Wood gave up, a sacrifice fly that scored Williamson from third in the fifth. Williamson singled and went to third on Joe Panik’s single.“He was down in the strike zone, the changeup was considerably better, the breaking ball too,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think he got into a good rhythm. I thought that fifth inning got to be a little long for him. The curveball wasn’t getting there for him.”Garcia got the final out of the sixth for Wood, and the Dodgers’ bullpen blanked the Giants the rest of the way. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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