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  1. There is unrest in the forest
    there is trouble with the trees
    for the maples want more sunlight
    and the oaks ignore their pleas

  2. This is a great one, Zack.

    Of course, the image it conjures to me is a clear cut forest.

  3. I think you have come upon a brilliant new addition to the cast. Scarily well done.

    • wootabega
    • Posted August 23, 2009 at 6:21 pm
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    This comic reminds me how much I love Rush.

  4. Who are you basing this new character on, because it doesn’t sound like anything an actual person would say.

    I mean his name sounds kind of like Barack Obama’s but I’m not seeing any connection otherwise.

    • Mark
    • Posted August 23, 2009 at 8:05 pm
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    Aww Chris, don’t worry about it – he told Joe the Plum Tree that he was only interested in a redistribution of branches to spread the leaves around.

    • ikabod
    • Posted August 23, 2009 at 11:24 pm
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    Redistribution of wealth is always fun until someone looses and eye or the rich run out of money. Yes then we are all miserable, equally. Good times.

    • Mark
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 12:16 am
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    O/T: I know this is being a bit picky, but it’s one of my pet hates – that should be ‘loses’, not ‘looses’. 🙂

    • Donna C
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 12:58 am
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    Aww Chris, don’t worry about it – he told Joe the Plum Tree that he was only interested in a redistribution of branches to spread the leaves around.

    ROFLMBOOOO!!! Absolutely classic!!! Two thumbs up Mark!

    • Donna C
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 1:00 am
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    After seeing this one Zack…and the dumbfounded looks on the faces of the children…I am so curious how you will play this out! So ripe for the picking, and so many roads to choose from!

  5. I’m not surprised that the left, especially those that troll here, are completely humorless. They can’t take a punch…ironic, since they deliver so many, if only in the virtual realm.

  6. Humorless and not amused by unfunny things are not the same thing, fellas. I’m not surprised that the right interprets any sort of lazy name calling = “comedy the left just can’t take”. And thanks for calling me a pussy, David!

    Anyway, Mark, is this the same Joe the Plum Tree that wasn’t actually a Plum Tree, but said he did on television and made dubious claims about the number of branches he had so that he could accuse some young camper of being a low down dirty socialist?

    Because those trees have been redistributing branches for ages, and only seem to get freaked out when trees that aren’t part of the John Birch Society are doing it.

  7. Love the poem, Dave! Absolutely spot on message and really nicely turned. You’re like a latter day, conservative-leaning Joyce Kilmer.

    Thanks Brian. Your image should warm the heart of any serious lefty with its promise of a level playing field, no lifeform rising higher than any other, and sawdust as far as the eye can see.

    Appreciate that Joseph. I’ll plan to have this character sort of flit in and out of the plotline now and then. As it is we already see far too much of him on the national stage.

    I think Rush is terrific too, wootebega, and glad to hear you’re coming around. My favorite moments are when he plays Obama quotes and soundbytes speeded up to sound like an immature child or a munchkin.

    Chris– thanks for the comment, but I can’t come up with a better response/explanation than Mark did.

    Nice work, Mark. I guess it’s our lot in life to not only draw the stuff but then to have to talk them through it, too! “Joe the Plum Tree.” Love it.

    I like the summary, Ikabod. And don’t sweat the occasional spelling glitches as e.g. Mark here pointed out; your messages are inevitably spot-on. I’m reading the Carlo D’Este biography of Patton and the general was among the world’s worst spellers (in fact was dyslexic).

    Mark– I try to cut my visitors some slack on the spelling/grammar stuff, since I’m grateful they’re even taking the time to drop a line– but certainly you’re spot-on in the critique, and “lose” versus “loose” is an all too common mistake. Thanks for caring.

    Thanks Donna… I’m thinking of one last summer camp installment, hopefully to be published tomorrow, which should sort of cap the whole mess. Much appreciate you hanging around for the show and hope you like the path I’ve decided to finish up on.

    David: There does seem to be a humorless strain, doesn’t there. Though, I’d have to disagree when you say the left’s punches are restricted to the virtual realm. Just ask Kenneth Gladney, black Republican who was pummelled brutally by Democrat union thugs a week or so back for daring to make his thoughts known at a town hall meeting.

    • Mark
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 8:34 am
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    Well, Chris, Plum Trees can’t talk and never did I suggest they can…

    So when did Plum Trees start speaking to you? Just lie on this couch and tell me alllll about it… 😉

  8. Chris: Love the John Birch reference (“Birch”…trees… I get it!). Gotta tell you though the JBSociety has got to be one of the most underpopulated clubs on the planet. I doubt whether 99 & 9/10s of conservatives even know if it still exists or not (I for one don’t). Can their membership even number in the dozens, I’m wondering…

    • Jake
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 10:08 am
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    David’s poem is take from the lyrics of a song by the Canadian prog-rock group named Rush. Likewise, woot’s comment was about the rock group, not Limbaugh. I figured after your comments about The Barn, you would be familiar with the band Rush. They have a Randian slant to their lyrics. Lyrics aside, I really don’t care for Geddy Lee’s voice.


    Rush–The Trees

    • Jake
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 10:10 am
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    Oh, and doing things like playing “Obama quotes and soundbytes speeded up to sound like an immature child,” mostly just makes Limbaugh look like a child.

    • Methodistmin
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 11:08 am
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    If people are aggravated by the cartoons, why don’t they just not look at them and not click on the site? Zack is not holding a gun to anyone’s head to read “diversity lane” and there are plenty of other sites where people can argue about politics and be humorless about it.

  9. Thanks Jake for the Rush info, and in fact I’m familiar with but a small proportion of the group’s output. Funny how many levels this dialog has been working on: of course I knew that wootabega didn’t REALLY like Rush Limbaugh, and so my feedback was sarcastic– as I had thought his had been in “liking Rush.” Little did I know that we were talking past each other altogether. Wish I was up on all the stuff all you guys reference.

    Still– I do find Limbaugh’s mockery of Obamaspeak pretty funny.

    • Methodistmin
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 11:41 am
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    I have a feeling, though, that Jake probably finds Al Franken quite funny.

    Rush Limbaugh is a conservative court jester and does much of what he does for to see how people react, and definitely for ratings. Why even bother getting upset about his tricks with Obama’s voice?

    • Donna C
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm
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    “Why even bother getting upset about his tricks with Obama’s voice?”

    You clearly know not of that to which you refer Methodistmin! You need to get with the program…are you suggesting that you do not worship at the altar of the 0bamessiah? For Rush to alter his voice in any way, is purely blasphemous! I fully suspect that Chris, or any one of the other trolls hanging around of late have already reported your comments to barrysbrownshirts@whitehouse.gov. What ARE you thinking?! I suggest you go into hiding. Before you disappear for your thoughtcrime.

    • Jake
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 12:12 pm
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    “I have a feeling, though, that Jake probably finds Al Franken quite funny.”

    His SNL stuff was ok (for what it was); however, his political radio/books aren’t really my thing. Feel free to continue to tell me what I like if it makes you feel better about yourself.

    Donna,

    I am pretty sure I haven’t said anything positive about Obama’s policies anywhere on this site. In fact, my longest post about Obama was entirely composed of criticisms. I guess it is easier for you to argue with the people you imagine than those who exist, so shine on you crazy diamond.
    Oh, and to borrow from Meth, “Why even bother getting upset about people criticizing Limbaugh?”

  10. Zack, thanks for making Mobami’s head so much less creepy this time around. It makes his words that much creepier.

    • Methodistmin
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 12:19 pm
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    Nope; The only Messiah I have said, “My kingdom is not of this world,” and whatever interest I might have had in Obama ( since I was a liberal at the time of the primaries) was lost when he said during the NH primaries, “A light is going to shine down from above and you are going to pull the lever for Obama.” It didn’t, and I didn’t. :^) In addition, I have a problem with people who refer to themselves in the thrid person. Next thing you know, Obama will get wind of the Mobambi camper in Zach’s latest and say, “We are not amused.”

    • Methodistmin
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 12:21 pm
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    No fear, Jake. I think you’re probably a troll and won’t bother reading or responding to you anymore.

    • Jake
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 12:53 pm
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    “Someone disagrees with me, they must be a troll.”

    Did you go to the David Waldman school of debate?

    Seriously, what kind of intelligent discussion did you think you would spark with your Franken comment? Why should I bother to produce thoughtful response to such a remark? If you want someone to respond to you in a meaningful fashion, you should probably try to produce something better than a comment that amounts to basically this: “Based on absolutely no evidence, I am going to accuse you of being a hypocrite.”

    How is your remark about Franken not an attempt to troll me?

  11. Just to clear the air, not that I understand why I need to specifically justify why I follow this site:

    I do consider myself a progressive/liberal/member of “The Left”, though I am by no means a Marxist/Stalinist/Maoist or any other overbroad brush you wish to paint me with.

    I’m a fan of the comics artform (click on my name and see a site about comics I run!) and don’t recall exactly how I came across this site. It may have been on a comics-related blog, or it was somehow linked to me by one of my friends in Kansas (I grew up there and am still in touch with many friends who live there). I think Zack is a Kansan, or at least he appeared on a radio show out in Kansas.

    I like Zack’s art style quite a bit, and while I am not the target audience for the political slant of the strip in the slightest, I try to avoid spending all my time getting information from a like-minded echo chamber. If reading things you find disagreeable (especially when they’re presented in a form you enjoy) is your definition of a troll, then I don’t know what to tell you.

    It seems to me you (Donna specifically, but many commenters here) are far less willing to listen to anyone who might not share your dismal opinion of our president, or any other ‘diverse’ ideas. I admit I’ve probably been a smartass here and there, but I think that’s perfectly fitting the tone that Zack sets and most of the commenters here follow.

    I don’t think anyone has reported you to some fictional e-mail address that is a take-off on something that has very little basis on reality, though I do hope that even though there is Democrat in the White House, everyone here would do their patriotic duty to “If You See Something, Say Something” in the event of actual dangerous talk/actions and not just some harmless internet bickering.

    I agree, it’s disconcerting to hear an official organ of the White House say things like, “Americans need to watch what they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like that; there never is.” That sort of thing is scary, and a large part of why I didn’t want Bush re-elected after his office made that remark in 2003.

    • ikabod
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 2:39 pm
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    “Americans need to watch what they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like that; there never is.” Your absolutely right. However, I find having my “fishy” anti health care emails being sent to flag@whitehouse.gov just as “Disconcerting”… If not more so.

    • Methodistmin
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 2:52 pm
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    I believe flag@whitehouse.gov has been
    taken down.

    • Donna C
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm
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    “Donna,

    I am pretty sure I haven’t said anything positive about Obama’s policies anywhere on this site.

    I guess it is easier for you to argue with the people you imagine than those who exist, so shine on you crazy diamond.-Jake”

    Did I say that you have? Point out where I implied you have. I commented on the influx of trolls…I didn’t even say libs! Do you count yourself amongst the trolls?

    Oh, and to borrow from Meth, “Why even bother getting upset about people criticizing Limbaugh?”

    Are you on drugs? This is pretty far out of left field. BTW, criticize him all you like. Doesn’t bother me in the least. Not a big fan of Limbaugh. Sorry to burst that bubble.

    • Donna C
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 4:04 pm
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    It seems to me you (Donna specifically, but many commenters here) are far less willing to listen to anyone who might not share your dismal opinion of our president, or any other ‘diverse’ ideas. -Chris

    ROFLMBO! If you only knew just how funny this comment was. As I stated elsewhere on this site, many of us grasped so desperately to liberalism, as many of you are revealing yourselves to be doing. I lived liberalism for years, to an extent that would make you look moderate, if not downright conservative. I even voted for BubbaBill. Twice. At least try to read commentary, and know your “enemy” before putting in your two cents worth…cos it only makes you look stupid and lazy.

    I don’t think anyone has reported you to some fictional e-mail address… -Chris

    Lawsie mersie. It was a J.O.K.E. I daresay, most here understood that. Need I include the definition for you? My suggestion: lighten up…you’re going to have a stroke. How tightly ARE your knickers knotted up, anyhow? (BTW…that, too, was a joke. Just thought I’d clarify.)

    • Donna C
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 4:06 pm
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    When speaking with, or to, libs…why does it seem there is always a need for disclaimers? One of life’s eternal questions…

    • ikabod
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 5:12 pm
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    The emails where to be sent from those individuals that RECIEVED emails from those that where against the Healthcare bill. See this is the problem. Only good intentions come from Obama. The so-called warrantless wire tapping (you forgot to mention wire tapping for foreign phone calls) Yes the double standard is evident here. Clinton can have his ECHLON project, and its for the good of the country. 60 minutes did a story on this back in 2000. Back then it was all good. “But to find out what the bad guys are up to, all electronic communications, including those of the good guys, must be captured and analyzed for key words by super computers.” http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/02/24/60minutes/main164651.shtml I didn’t make this up. Yet Bush is up to know good listening in on so-called “grandmas conversations”. I can imagine that once the religion of peace members got wind of the wiretaps that pretty much ended the usefulness of the project. The bottom line is this when my communication is being monitored or analyzed there had better be a damn good reason or don’t do it at all. I have a little more acceptance of having a sweep of transmissions being used for keeping the country safe rather than my arguments against health care being sent to the Whitehouse for further scrutiny. As far as wiretapping if you have a better way to deal with finding out what the bad guys are doing, please with all of your progressive means at your disposal. Enlighten us!

    • ikabod
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 5:16 pm
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    So thats “no good” not “Know good”! Jeesh its getting late!

    • Mark
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm
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    It’s alright, ikabod, I know a typo when I see won.

    • Mark
    • Posted August 24, 2009 at 6:38 pm
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    btw, I second Donna’s ‘conversion’ from the left. Here in Australia I actually helped my brother three times with elections for the Labor Party (the Aussie equivalent of the Democrats) and belonged to a union for over ten years and even went on strike twice.

    I can only shake my head now at that toxic mix of idealism that ignores reality. But I was young and foolish. And there’s that quote about not being a lefty when young is proof of want of heart, but not being conservative at 40 is proof of want of head (I’m paraphrasing) Motivations don’t change much, but understanding and experience does increase greatly. I know now that leftist ideas just don’t work, for all the good intentions of (some of) those who hold to such ideas.

    But really, Chris, you can defend your sense of humour all you like, to get all huffy about Donna’s email address gag does you no credit. It’s clear this cartoon (getting back to the topic) is am excellent gentle mockery of the Big O and more specifically, what he stands for.

    • Hysterical Woman
    • Posted August 25, 2009 at 9:26 am
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    I’d like to hear one Obama supporter call Obama “the Messiah”. Please don’t say “read between the lines” or point to a leftist or near-leftist who hates Obama.

  12. Hysterical Woman, let me quote from Newsweek editor Evan Thomas, and also TV commentator Chris Matthews, in answering you. the following is a much-publicized, well-documented exchange between the two.

    Newsweek editor Evan Thomas brought adulation over President Obama’s Cairo speech to a whole new level on Friday, declaring on MSNBC: “I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.”

    Thomas, appearing on Hardball with Chris Matthews, was reacting to a preceding monologue in which Matthews praised Obama’s speech: “I think the President’s speech yesterday was the reason we Americans elected him. It was grand. It was positive. Hopeful…But what I liked about the President’s speech in Cairo was that it showed a complete humility…The question now is whether the President we elected and spoke for us so grandly yesterday can carry out the great vision he gave us and to the world.”

    –Newsbusters

  13. Thanks for the repartee, Methodistmin. Interesting to get your input. I know what you mean about Why come here if it aggravates you; I wouldn’t do it; you wouldn’t do it; but I’m thinking for some it must be like scrathing an itch. Or is it moth to a flame? Scratching a flame? Anyway, I’m grateful to have my liberal or Left visitors since they so liven things up. Only when they start cursing furiously or telling other visitors to drop dead do I click the Spam button.

  14. Appreciate that art feedback, Wesley. Am still kind of working out the bugs on the character so it’s great to get feedback. And– sorry to creep you out on the earlier drawing. One of those “too close for comfort” deals, I guess.

    • wootabega
    • Posted August 27, 2009 at 6:45 am
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    I don’t kid about liking Rush. Moving Pictures is one of the greatest rock albums ever.


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