Archive for January, 2011

disarmament now

There is a threat to Americans, and it is not the Communists or the terrorists or illegal immigrants.  The threat to Americans is other Americans with guns.

What we need right now, countrywide, is a ban on all guns.  Gun control is no longer good enough.  When we say “gun control,” the NRA says “Second Amendment.”  Then another innocent person gets shot.  When we say “gun control,” Fox News says “keep America free,” and some disgruntled student shoots up a bunch of his classmates and teachers.

I’m past the point of caring whether 90% of the population can own guns without incident.  When one kid can inflict so much harm to so many innocent people, the time has come to remove the vehicle for destruction.

Two things need to happen in this country, and they need to happen right now: disarmament, and a complete change in political rhetoric.

Disarmament is easy.  We’ve got the military to protect our country, and we’ve got police to protect our streets.  Otherwise, zip.  We, as a society, have proven again and again that the ownership of guns results in the shooting of people.  Politicians are targets, but so is pretty much everyone else.  When a public speaker has to wonder if someone in that crowd has a gun, we have reached the end of the road in terms of sanity.

The second part is tricky, because it means Sarah Palin has to shut up.  When politicians use violent metaphors, it is only a matter of time before some nutcase will follow through on their angry rhetoric.  The case of Gabby Giffords is the latest case in point.

From politicians to news outlets, TV personalities, bloggers, all the way down to the way parents talk to their children, we need to stop the shooting.

The time has come when we, as a nation, need to take a giant chill pill.

If your hatred of guns and violence exceeds even your hatred of certain individuals, you’re not a threat.  People have done crazy things like host a sit-in or march on Washington, but they’d never murder those they disagree with politically.  They would also not talk about murdering their political opposites.

Disarm!  Disarm!  We can’t take any more of this.

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2011-01-11-falling-rock-national-park Today’s strip owes a lot to my friend Haley, who once referred to Boulder, Colorado as a bustling metropolis.  She said that very phrase to me as we sat in “rush hour traffic,” which consisted of three cars at a traffic light.  Haley later moved to Montana, which is bustling in terms of cows and horses, but not people.

Falling Rock’s “one summer park ranger” is an oblique reference to Ed Abbey, the unofficial poet laureate of Falling Rock National Park.  If you haven’t already rushed to your local bookstore or library, go now and check out Desert Solitaire.  One of the very best books written about the American Southwest.ed-abbey

Finally, Selmer, the oldest squirrel in Falling Rock, is named after Selmer Kittelson.  Selmer would have made a good squirrel.

It’s a threefer today at Falling Rock!  Also known as a hat trick.  Very rare, and sure to be a collector’s item.

friday robots

friday-robots-1-14-11-2Happy Friday, everybody!

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Falling Rock National Park officially welcomes baby James K. Shaftacular to the world.  We extend our warmest wishes to the Shaftacular clan, especially Mrs. Shaftacular, who, let’s be honest here, did most of the work.malcom-baby-joshshalek

This robot was specially designed to guide James through the more challenging aspects of the world, including Super Mario Bros. 2 and girls. Congratulations to all those at West Lawn Park.  I look forward to drinking pints with James in about 21 years or so.  In the meantime, maybe orange juice?

the oregon boogeyman visits falling rock

This week in Falling Rock National Park, Carver and Ernesto glimpse the rarely-seen Falling Rock Boogeyman.  Here is one of this week’s strips:2011-01-19-falling-rock-national-park

Those of you who regularly read this blog know that a terrifying Boogeyman named John McLoughlin founded the state of Oregon.  When I was looking for reference pictures for the Falling Rock Boogeyman, I eschewed all animals.  Mammals, reptiles, birds: I considered and ultimately rejected them all.  I needed look no further than photos of the man who once ate the unsuspecting children of unincorporated Oregon.  It helps that John McLoughlin is so bogey-esque; I really didn’t have to do much to him but add body fur.mcloughlin1 mcloughlin-oregon
See the resemblance?