I was watching an old tape of Comic Relief ’87 when I saw the Tweets that Robin Williams had passed away. He had an amazing career, graduating from stand-up comedy to TV, to roles in movies which showed his amazing range of talent. The only other celebrity that I believe can claim such range is Tom Hanks. Let me know if you have another nomination for ‘best range’. Rest in peace, Mr. Williams.
This week, much of the focus of the political cartoons surrounded Santa and consumerism around the holidays. I’ll pass on that for now. For me, low wages are still an obsession. I’m not a fan of the Occupy movement, only because their message was too disjointed. But I do think the minimum wage needs to rise. At least to get back to the level of the late 70’s adjusted for inflation.
I am well aware that The Onion is a satirical web site. After Nelson Mandela’s passing, The Onion offered a remarkably believable fabricated quote, “Today we lost not only an international hero and a symbol of the resilient human spirit, but also the very first political figure ever who people actively wish was still alive and affecting world affairs.” Mandela was such a revered figure that even The Onion turned its satire toward others out of respect for a man of his stature. I recall how when he was sworn in as president of Africa, he was gracious enough to invite his former jailers to the ceremony,
To be fair, a Twitter friend reminded me of Kennedy and Churchill. We needed to look back 50 years to find another beloved politician. Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela.