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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Cecilia Slaby


at 9/4/07, 2:32 PM Blogger Frank Robinson's Ghost said...

Pretty much says it all.

at 9/4/07, 4:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim - Drawn with a pencil?

at 9/5/07, 8:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

weak about "no child left behind" ..hmmmmmm... more ire and rage against W than for 1 who leaves her own to die.

at 9/5/07, 9:20 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How in the world do mothers and fathers keep thinking it is safe to leave children in the car? Every summer, we read the same story over and over again -- another child died today in Florida. People need to THINK, not be self-centered and focused only inward the way Americans so often are.

at 9/5/07, 9:39 AM Blogger Jim Borgman said...

Yeah, I drew it in pencil and then realized it was best left that way. I may try more of that technique in the future. It's very freeing.

at 9/5/07, 12:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

great drawing; W killed more of his own, that's why (duh)

at 9/5/07, 12:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

not a good reflection on the schools either (assistant principal? a place for kids?)

at 9/5/07, 2:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to Anon 8:14
Every American Christian Republican should adopt an innocent Iraqi man, woman or child caught in the crossfire of this war, especially those who lost children as senselessly as this child died

at 9/5/07, 2:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the state should provide every child with a cell phone and instructions on how to dial 911 because their parents are so stupid

at 9/5/07, 2:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

where's the donut police when you need them?

at 9/5/07, 3:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon 2:05
Why shouldn't a Democrat do the same?? Many of them voted for the war too.
One can only hope that it was truly an accident. I can't see how she wouldn't suffer because of it for the rest of her life. I couldn't imagine what life would be like if that had happen to me. I can't see myself doing something like that either, but I'm sure everyone would say that too.

at 9/6/07, 1:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey liberal pacifists. How many did Saddam gas, torture, and murder during his "reign of error"?
While I certainly don't approve of the conduct of the war, blaming W for the killing of Iraqi civilians is like blaming Truman for the dead in Hiroshima,or Churchill for those killed in France during WW II, or even Lincoln for the casualties of the Civil War.

Where were your poison pens when we (properly, imho) deposed Milosovic ?

back on point: What type of person leaves their child alone in a car while "going about their business" ?
I am a parent, son of a teacher, and I wouldn't leave my dogs, let alone my children, unattended in a locked car for ONE MINUTE, much less an entire day. Could someone explain to me, short of medical emergency, how and why such behavior is rationalized ?

Leaving the lights on or forgetting your purse or your breakfast is a "mistake." Leaving a child to die in an overheated car somehow seems a bit more severe: negligent,criminal, and morally reprehensible.

BTW, I voted for Kerry, so save the stereotypical "American Christian Republican" horsebleep for another day.

at 9/6/07, 12:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Queen City of Child Abuse and Neglect
Interactive: Marcus Fiesel update

at 9/6/07, 12:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

would it be immoral to clone Mother Theresa? the US needs her!

at 9/6/07, 12:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Borgman,
I would like to thank you for this touching cartoon in response to this tragedy. Thank you for not playing into the politics or public opinion surrounding this event. The family has enough to worry about without people comparing this to W's terrible policies. One is in no way relavent or comprable to the other.

at 9/6/07, 1:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how many kids are going to get killed playing with toys made in China!

at 9/6/07, 7:17 PM Anonymous Reality Check said...

Anon 1:05

Reality Check time: We didn't depose Milosevic, not one US soldier ever set foot in Belgrade; Milosevic was eventually brought down by his own Serbian people, we just provided the air support.

Rather than insult the feats of Truman, Churchill, and Lincoln. We no more "liberated" Iraq, than we "liberated" the Philippines in 1898; back then, the locals also fought back when they realized the "liberators" were there to stay (the islands just happened to make a great naval outpost; add to that lingering Manifest Destiny); I might even add Germany's "liberation" of Yugoslavia in 1941, and how those ethnically fractured locals fought back fiercely . . .

at 9/7/07, 1:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 7:17 Comparing our troops to Hitler's army in 1941: now I understand the leap of little faith that fuels your vitriol towards US military and political action in the Middle East.
Insulting MacArthur and thousands of Filipinos who fought alongside as we rolled back the Japanese invaders; invoking "manifest destiny" ... are you a closet isolationist wishing for an America tied to the gold standard ?

Are you anti-American, anti-Bush, or some combination ?? The 2 are not one and the same, contrary to your stereotyped simplification of my worldview.

BTW, "we" DID defeat Milosovic, "we" being the coalition of nations led by the United States and Great Britain.
The fact that France is more Vichy and less de Gaulle some 50+ years after "we' liberated that proud nation does not diminish the efforts of our military freeing enslaved peoples from dictatorial tyrants.

at 9/7/07, 12:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how many kids are going to die of AIDS this year

at 9/7/07, 12:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kids should have cell phones so that when their parents are driving drunk or leave them home alone to go to a bar they can call 911

at 9/7/07, 4:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

gotta make sure the cell phones don't have lead paint on them tho!

at 9/7/07, 5:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when is everyone perfect and without fault. I find it interesting that our world cannot accept accidents as such or have compassion and instead of being innocent until proven guilty you are guilty until proven innocent. Yes, it was horrible what happened, but there is not one parent in the world who hasn't at one time or other left their child unattended to do something.

This woman will live with this the rest of her life. God help everyone who judges her - how about people who drive drunk with their child in the car but are never caught - this is negligect; how about people who knowingly have their children do pornographic acts but are never caught - neglect; people who use drugs and leave their kids with nothing to eat or drink - neglect. Let the woman get on with her life if she can and pray for her instead of belittling everything that happened. Oh you perfect people - newsline - NO ONE IS PERFECT.

at 9/7/07, 6:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe we could put baby seats in the cars that morph into ejection seats when parents try to outrun trains, or kids are left in the car overnight, or when parents drive drunk a couple times a week!

at 9/7/07, 9:15 PM Anonymous Reality Check said...


I just love it when the historically ignorant get the wrong idea, and just dig themselves in a deeper hole!

The Yugoslavia 1941 comparison has nothing to do with Hitler, it has everything to do with Yugoslavia and its similarities to Iraq. Both were artificial nations created from remnants of the Ottoman Empire after WWI. The German occupation had to deal with a primarily Croatian resistance, while the US has to deal primarily with Sunnis. Both led to superior, supposedly unbeatable armies (40 German Divisions) getting bogged down by a determined local insurgency.

You insult Filipinos when you ignore the 600,000 of their ancestors who died at the hands of American occupiers between 1898 and 1901; interestingly, about the number of Iraqis who died in the first three years since 2003. Of course they fought along MacArthur against the Japanse, "the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy, no more, no less." It literally took a force of nature in 1991, in the form of Mount Pinatubo, to finally get us to leave the islands.

Anti-US? No; quite the opposite, we have unfinished business in Afghanistan that could get done a lot quicker were we to leave the unnecessary adventure of Iraq, something about some "bin Laden" guy, an adventure which just leaves us more vulnerable. Funny how you seem to confuse "anti-US" and "anti-Bush."

Since you didn't get it the first time, let me repeat: we did NOT defeat Milosevic; not one US, British, or any outsider soldier set foot in Belgrade, not even in Serbia. It was the Serbs themselves who brought down their leader, and even turned him in to the international tribunal that would eventually be his end.

Let's quit these "liberation" fantasies; the worst tyrants are the ones who think they're doing the right thing . . .

at 9/7/07, 9:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey reality check 9:15: Are you the king of the world, a descendent of the Phillippines, or a frustrated lefty civics teacher or professor, underpaid and under appreciated, with waayyy too much time to twist your historical opinions into FACT. Pick and choose your illusions. Sprinkle in some random data about Filipinos(" the 600,000 of their ancestors who died at the hands of American occupiers between 1898 and 1901; interestingly, about the number of Iraqis who died in the first three years since 2003.") Must be a war database, eh, Che ??

As for "Liberation fantasies", the ends do justify the means in the cases of Phillipines, Yugoslavia/Serbia/ Bosnia, and Iraq. In your Quixotic attempt to smear the US efforts in Iraq, you miss these facts that led to our intervention. Oil, a massive military mobilized against Israel, and ethnic genocide.

Why don't you go after the US govt for our shameful treatment of Japanese-Americans and German-Americans ?

"As for "weapons of mass
destruction", same logic as "Remember the Maine"

I again ask :Are you anti-American, anti-Bush, or some combination ?? The 2 are not one and the same !

As for the purpose of the blog which I posted, before you latched onto my "W" line like a Clinton to an intern, are you a supporter of Ms. Slaby and the Clermont County just-us system, or do agree with my assumption that the woman needs to face trial and account for her action (inaction).

at 9/8/07, 3:28 PM Anonymous Reality Check said...

Ah frustration kicks in! Sorry to break it to ya, no matter how much you deny, deny, deny, 600,000 Filipinos will still have been killed by American occupiers between 1898-1901, and quite a few more afterwards! Nice try with the "opinions not facts" thing, seems like classic projection.

"Quixotic Attempt"? Ah, more projection. I guess Iraq is a classic "tilting at windmills" case . . .

Funny how I already answered you question, yet you ask it again. Sorry you don't understand basic language comprehension.

I have nothing to say on this Slaby thing, I just have a problem with letting historical inaccuracy and lies go unchallenged . . .

at 9/9/07, 9:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reality check operates in a world void of facts: on the anniversary of 9/11 he would have our adversaries send us home with our tails between our legs, regional policy interests be damned ! Just vote for Hillary and believe in your own mind, oh feckless wannabe.

Answer my question RC, should Ms Slaby keep her job, face criminal charges, or be given a pass by those who use semantics to cloak a tragedy ?

God bless our police and friefighters !

at 9/9/07, 10:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey know it all Reality Check !

200,000 deaths in Phillipines related to cholera epidemic at end of war. 34,000 died as direct result of the war. Although the government found the Philippine-American War too controversial for an official history, the war's anti-imperialist opponents were eager to write about it. In the decades following the war, the anti-imperialists crafted their version of the war's history. In it the U. S. Army engaged in a brutal subjugation of the Philippine people using a scorched earth policy to pacify them, and that anti-imperialist interpretation has dominated the history of the war ever since.

Considerable evidence exists, however, to support the argument that atrocious acts of war, for all their widespread publicity, were neither the major nor the most important feature of the army's approach to pacification, as the leaders of the Philippine revolution recognized at the time. They feared what they called the army's "policy of attraction," the term used to describe such army activities as the establishment of schools, municipal governments, and public works projects. The leaders of the revolution feared that the Americans would succeed in winning Filipino acceptance of American rule through such an enlightened policy, and many guerrilla leaders ordered acts of terrorism against their own people in an attempt to counter it. Terror, however, did not prevent all Filipinos from collaborating with the Americans as the army created a positive image of the benefits of colonial rule by the reforms implemented in the occupied towns.

Although tensions within the revolution were heightened by the American presence, one important division in Philippine society was masked by it, that between liberal revolutionaries seeking to enhance their political and economic power in a modernizing Philippine state and peasants longing for the stability and continuity of traditional village life. While many leaders of the revolution and their elite supporters saw themselves engaged in a forward-looking movement having as its goals such "modern" objectives as economic development, increased world commerce, and the creation of a unified Philippine state, the peasant guerrillas who followed them often sought a far different world, one rooted in a seemingly utopian but probably mythical past where life was less complex and free from the pressures and insecurities of an expanding commercial agriculture and money economy. At times the goals of the Filipino peasant, whether social revolutionary or reactionary, had little in common with the revolution of the elite, the Western educated intellectual, or the opportunist.

As the pressures of the modern world and expanding metropolis intruded on their lives, peasants fought back, not only enlisting in the revolution against Spain and then against the Americans, but also participating in highly spiritual millenial movements or engaging in social banditry, two very common forms of resistance where peasants under stress are finally pushed to action. In the Philippines such responses had begun long before the revolt against Spain, and they continued long after the revolutionary leaders of 1896 and 1898 had joined with the Americans in the administration of the colonial government. During the Philippine-American War, the clash between tradition and modernizing tendencies, as well as that between elite and mass, formed strong undercurrents that were little understood but of great significance in undermining the strength of the Philippine revolution. The Americans, with their emphasis on progressive reform and their tendency to support the interests of the Filipino elite in its clash with the more traditional or radical peasantry, represented a haven from the vagaries of revolutionary fortune for many Filipinos.

For both evidence of the reform activities of army officers in the provinces and the supreme importance of the individuals concerned see Brian McAllister Linn, The U.S. Army and Counterinsurgency in the Philippine War, 1899-1902 (Chapel Hill, 1989). See also Gates, Schoolbooks and Krags, esp. 54-155. Attempts to demonstrate that the Army's work was unsuccessful or not oriented toward reform are sometimes undermined by their own data. See, for example, Virginia Frances Mulrooney, "No Victoy, No Vanquished: United States Military Government in the Philippine Islands, 1898-1901" (Ph.D. Diss., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975), chap. 5.

Perhaps you need to retake your history courses before you claim any semblance of intellectual superiority.

John M Gates
Aileen Dunham Professor of History, Emeritus

Mailing Address Department of History
The College of Wooster
Wooster, OH 44691


at 9/16/07, 3:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Slaby:

Did you fail EDU 101-- remember Lee Canter's
"Get Parents on Your Side"
The most important person in a child's life is their parent.

Your district's poor rating was only by the standards of

Leave NO Child Behind

How can you face your parents with this double IRONY??

at 9/19/07, 12:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

2-year-old girl saves mom
A toddler dials 911 after her mom collapses and tells the operator, "Momma owie." sept 19, 2007

at 9/19/07, 1:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Report: Revoke license

A state hearing examiner has recommended that Lifeway For Youth Inc., the private foster care company that placed Marcus Fiesel, should lose its license in Ohio.

Cincinnati Enquirer, Sept 19, 2007


at 9/20/07, 12:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trustin's killer gets death

A three-judge panel determined that Lamont Hunter should be executed for torturing, raping and ultimately killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in January 2006.

Cincinnati Enquirer, Sept. 20, 2007

What's with abusing little kids????

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