May 28, 2008
Rising gas prices
Another day, another record price for gas. And automobile drivers have it relatively easy -- truckers have to contend with diesel prices already well over $5 per gallon.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:46 AM
May 25, 2008
Measure B, the Do-it Center - Home Depot war
Thousand Oaks' Measure B is largely a battle between the Do-it Center and its much larger rival, Home Depot, with the two companies financing most of the "yes" and "no" campaigns, respectively. While I like the Do-it Center store, have often shopped there and sympathize with its plight, it seems the ballot measure is too much of a scorched-earth proposal to support, with more potential negatives than positives for the city.
Here is how I used a computer to lay out the gears, which would be extremely challenging to draw well if done entirely by hand. I used a light box to trace the gears in ink on my drawing paper before scanning back into the computer.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:47 AM
May 21, 2008
Iran's growing influence
In part thanks to U.S. mistakes in the region, iran is stronger and more dangerous than ever, taking power by proxy in Gaza, in parts of Lebanon and iraq and through supporting terrorism in other nations. And despite a U.S. intelligence report to the contrary, Iran has apparently NOT given up on its nuclear weapons goal (unless you believe our bumbling intelligence agencies are better informed than Israel's reknown and much closer ones).
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 3:03 AM
May 16, 2008
Calif. ruling on gay marriage
The California Supreme Court rules that bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional.
In anticipation of likely questions I may get on this:
1. I don't know if the bears depicted are females, males, or one of each.
2. I'm straight, and happily married to a lovely woman.
3. My thinking behind this is basically, why should one person's private happiness (in this case, two peoples' happiness) be a reason for other people to be upset or hostile to the point of trying to prohibit their pursuit of happiness? There is no real negative impact on others' well-being, other than their not liking the situation. The rights of inheritance, hospital visits and other basic rights of marriage are not unreasonable to give to loving, committed couples even if they happen to be of the same gender.
Of course, this matter is probably not really over. There will likely be proposed constitutional amendments to ban gay marriages via ballot initiatives... and if those were to pass, future ballot initiatives to overturn those amendments.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:41 AM
May 13, 2008
Democrats' civil war
State after state, the bitter battle between Clinton and Obama drags on, weakening a party which early on was seen as having a clear path to victory in November.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:26 AM
May 11, 2008
A "perfect storm" of rising prices hits consumers hard, and nowhere more so than in California.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 2:16 AM
May 6, 2008
COMMENTS ARE WORKING AGAIN -- PLEASE COME BACK!!
The interface for this blog changed a month ago, and my Comments dropped to nothing. I thought maybe nobody had anything to say, but after a month of no comments, I did a test and found there was a technical glitch that prevented any comments from being left!
Sp, PLEASE COME BACK AND COMMENT AGAIN! Feel free to leave your comments over the past month's cartoons, too.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 10:32 AM
Global food crisis
A number of factors, from climate change affecting crops, to corn being diverted to ethanol production, to regional warlords refusing to let food shipments go through, to rising fuel prices making food distribution costlier, to simply the increase in the world's population, have helped create a global food crisis.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 6:01 AM