Sunday, September 17, 2006

WWC and some other letters too.

Courtesy of Odd Mix, the words this week are Touch and Release. Instead of having one picture of Touch and one picture of Release, there are two pictures of both. I bent the rules a bit. Sometimes I run with scissors, too. Here's my first shot...

The touch of the bee will release the pollen. One more try...

Being a soft touch, you release the dollar. Maybe.

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Blog Blither - that pile of clippings left over from the morning read.

This is an interesting bit of news for those of you that followed the story of Martha Seroczynski. Martha ran into some flak from the Porter County Board of Commissioners in August while attempting to renew her permit to protest the war in Iraq on the sidewalk around the courthouse. You will remember that the requirement to provide liability insurance was rescinded just as producers from the Fox and Friends morning show became interested.

The Post Tribune reported early last week that Valparaiso police had made 12 alcohol-related arrests, Saturday, September 9th, during the Popcorn Festival, a very lucrative annual event also held on the courthouse lawn.

In another section of the paper, "Quickly Answers", I found this little ditty:
"Q: With the question over insurance for the woman protesting the war on the sidewalks in front of the Porter County Courthouse, how much liability insurance must those participating in the Popcorn Festival on those same sidewalks have?

A: The Valparaiso Popcorn Fest, which is sponsored by Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events, does not require liability insurance from people who operate booths on the courthouse square."
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Look at what the Post Tribune has done to my favorite Sunday comic, Opus. Well, actually it's the only comic I read, save for the editorial cartoons. Not long ago, this politically incorrect piece of newsprint appeared in all it's glory, front and center, full page width, under the Sunday Comics masthead. Now relegated to an inside space 60% of the previous size, the print is so small you can hardly see it. Well, I can hardly see it.

So, like Martha, Opus "shows up regularly, with a somewhat unpopular stance for the community" (thanks mjd) and boom, he's banished from the front page of the Sunday Comics.

What's with that?


Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Mmmm, almonds..what is that chocolate bar you show there?

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

This has nothing to do with your post. Regarding your comment on Texas music on my blog, I see by your sidebar that you are a big fan of Texas music. The reason for my comment is, I think I'm going see Walt Wilkins at Courville's here in Beaumont NEXT WEEK. Isn't that a weird coincidence?!

11:57 PM  
Anonymous Wormbrain said...

Is that Opus from Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed? I haven't seen that strip in years!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Swampwitch said...

Just visting for the first time from Spring of the White Robin and reading comments there about why people blog. Thought I would just venture out from my blog community and read for a while.
"Teamwork works." ---gawilli
Love YOUR quote. I saw it first with your name, so you receive the credit as far as I'm concerned.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

Great WWC pics. Glad you played.

So you mean they have a double standard on who must have liability ins. and who doesn't? NO. WAY. haha

Newspaper love to mess around with the comics.

12:48 PM  
Blogger mjd said...

"You can bend and even break rules; just do NOT run with scissors", said with my very sternest teacher voice and glaring with my meanest teacher glare that can freeze human blood in 15 minutes.

The bee picture is great; I think that it is a winner. What kind of flower is the bee touching?

Hey, we know someone from Beaumont.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Of course they moved Opus, he's got you sucked into the comics so now you have to look through the rest of them to find him.

I love the bee shot. He looks so fuzzy!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

I love "Opus", too. None of the papers I take carries that comic, but, it was finally released for the internet, I guess, because I can now see it through the Washington Post on-line. Trouble is, some days the print is so small, I can barely read it. But, being able to read it part of the time is better than not seeing it at all.

7:39 PM  
Blogger willi said...

I love the pic of the bee.

I think I understand the insurance thing. It's like, if you agree with me you don't need insurance. If you don't agree with me, you're going to need some insurance.

Opus! I think the Sunday cartoon was funny of course I needed a magnifying glass to read it.

9:04 PM  
Blogger gawilli said...

cazzie: It is a knock-off brand made with "Nestle Milk Chocolate". The cute little kid from down the street came by on Friday. I'm such a sucker. It's chocolate and that's the important thing, right?

laurie: We have seen Walt Wilkins in Nashville a few times. He is always wonderful to hear and a very nice guy to top it off.

wormbrain: One and the same Opus. I am convinced that Berkeley Breathed knows my thoughts.

swampwitch: I on my way to your blog! Thanks for visiting.

9:28 PM  
Blogger gawilli said...

mjd, I don't know what kind of flower the bee is on, but that will be my next task. I think it must be in the Kalanchoe family because it is a succulent. It's was in my mom's garden and we just kind of planted around it. Oh, and I don't buy that tough teacher thing.

Susan: you are probably right. Suckered again.

Betty: did I tell you that I miss your picture? I'm going to have to check out the Washington Post. My biggest fear is that if it keeps getting smaller, Opus might just fade away. Oh, no.

9:53 PM  
Blogger graymama said...

Hooray you played WWC! and your interpretations were creative and beautiful :-)

The insurance scandle was an interesting read.

You could always call the newspaper about the comics and say that in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act they must print the comics larger. Since I have a visual impairment, I feel your pain. Reading comics is always a challenge!

8:39 AM  
Anonymous OddMix said...

Very nice photos! Thanks for playing.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

The first picture is wonderful. The second made me hungry... I don't know what it is with food and me today. I went to the dentist and now I'm craving junk food. :)

2:30 PM  
Blogger Freakazojd said...

Opus is money! I can't believe they moved him!
I love your WWC photos - in the spirit of hoping that you'll be playing again, I'll add you to my WWC sidebar! :)

1:15 AM  

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