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These are perilous times. At least for those of us of a certain age. You know, the ones who grew up with Saturday morning cartoons. Baby Boomers, mostly, but not exclusively. Our parents, looking forward to sleeping in on a Saturday morning, would plop us in front of our smallish (by today’s standards) often black […]

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RIP Stephen Hillenburg, Creator of ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’

 

Public reaction to the death of SpongeBob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg, who died from ALS last Monday, might have confused those unfamiliar with his most famous work. Here was a man being mourned across all ages and demographics, from the trades to Twitter, for creating … a cartoon made and marketed for children?

But this gets SpongeBob, Hillenburg ’s magnum opus, all wrong. At its best, SpongeBob was not simply a kids’ cartoon. From the beginning, Hillenburg brought to the show a unique tone and aesthetic that drew from his background in marine biology. He attended the show’s pitch meeting in a Hawaiian shirt. SpongeBob, the relentlessly upbeat, cleaning utensil-shaped main character, lives in a pineapple under the sea; Squidward, his grouchy next-door cephalopod, inhabits an Easter Island head. And the opening theme song is sung by a portrait of a (human) pirate. Though a veteran of Rocko’s Modern Life, another successful Nickelodeon program, Hillenburg had something all his own in mind from the start.

The result of this tonal intentionality was, at its peak, a delightful, offbeat, and sometimes surreal mix of childish humor for its purported target audience, reinforced by subtle or obscure (though never tasteless) comedy for older viewers. “Help Wanted,” the first episode, which premiered on May 1, 1999 (and which I viewed then as a five-year-old), is a good example of this. On the surface, it is a silly story about a fruit-residing sponge who decides to apply for a job as a fry cook at the Krusty Krab, a fast food restaurant run by a miserly crab in his underwater hometown of Bikini Bottom, a place populated by other anthropomorphic aquatic creatures. Some puerile humor ensues; entering the restaurant, SpongeBob trips on an errant nail and proceeds to spend about a minute tripping, falling, and bouncing around. It’s very silly stuff; slapstick taken just up to the point of absurdity.

Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are actually glad to see Sen. Kamala Harris and other national Democrats admitting they want single payer, government-run health care for everyone and they hope America is still ready to reject it.  They also hammer radical activist Linda Sarsour for acting as if she’s raising money for hurricane victims when her real goal to build up the bank of her organization to foster division along ethnic, racial, and gender lines.  They also pound Politico for a horrible political cartoon characterizing Texans as confederate, Christian rubes who should realize they are being rescued by government rather than God.  And they close by shaking their heads at the cases of Americans who injured themselves by applying sunscreen directly to their eyeballs to look at the recent solar eclipse.

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Feel free to use this space for your gloating, primal screams, teeth gnashing, garment-rending, hair-pulling, smug comments, ‘what-could-have-beens’, etc,…… My comment to a co-worker today, I bet (hope) some cartoonist draws the Statue of Liberty with her hand to her brow, wiping sweat off and saying, “Whew! That was close!” Preview Open

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I’m delighted to announce that Michael P. Ramirez will be speaking at Hillsdale College on Sept. 22, and all nearby Ricochet Members are invited to a private pre-speech meetup with Michael, John Miller and students from one of the finest colleges in the country. We’ll have dinner at a local restaurant, ( I will update with the […]

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UK voters stunned the world by shaking things up with their vote for “Brexit.” Here in the United States, we’ll soon be given the opportunity to vote for Donald Trump – and we think the odds are that if he’s given control of our government, he breaks it. And we’re all for it. Preview Open

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As additional information comes in about the despicable killer in Orlando, the complexity of the story continues to grow. Was the man a self-hating gay? Was he genuinely radicalized by ISIS, or was he simply in love with the thought of using his religion as an excuse for a killing spree? Did authorities who cleared […]

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Bernie Sanders’ supporters, an easily entertained group if there ever was one, were sent into waves of ecstasy when a tiny bird recently alighted on his podium mid-speech, perhaps hoping to enjoy a refreshing bath in his impassioned flecks of flying spittle. Or maybe it was trained by someone not really clear on the whole […]

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Hope n’ Change is still no fan of Donald Trump, but we won’t stand idly by while he’s blamed for the increasingly violent protests being waged by the well-funded and entirely-orchestrated Left. What we’re seeing is the culmination of over seven years of anti-Republican hate speech from the Democrats and media. Members of the GOP […]

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We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Vote

 

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Tonight the various contenders wishing to become president of the United States will get their first real test in the Iowa caucuses. The caucus (meaning “a gathering of Caucasians”) process involves Iowans grouping together to publicly debate which candidates have spent the most money in the state.

Following these impassioned discussions (frequently peppered with expletives like “gosh durn it!” and “hold on thar!”) the Republicans cast traditional secret ballots for their candidates, while the Democrats wave their hands in the air, shout, steal supporters from other groups, and eventually come to agreement via arm wrestling.

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In what is likely a desperate and purely political attempt to make Hillary Clinton look like she wasn’t the nation’s worst-ever Secretary of State, John “You Rang?” Kerry has just come out with the least encouraging pronouncement imaginable about the throat-cutting, suicide-bombing, allegedly non-Islamic murderers of ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, or whatever the heck other name […]

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