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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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Friday, September 14, 2007

He Ain't Heavy, He's Maliki


at 9/14/07, 7:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like this one but think you should change the words on the soldier to "Soldiers sacrifice" instead of "American Sacrifice".

I think it would be great if more Americans were called upon to help in the War on Terrorism - war bonds, victory gardens, a higher tax on luxury items especially SUVs, a call to service if not military then humanitarian or security related but that has not been asked of us in any real way. Yes I know we could do it on our own (myself included) but it always seems like that bigger house, or larger car is more important than a little sacrifice.

at 9/14/07, 8:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm? >> we (W?) still think Maliki is the Best option.

This says it all about the Iraq political situation.

When W talks about supporting the "Iraqi people", is that the Sunni, Shiites, Kurds or the other Shiites? He has never mentioned this divide!?

at 9/15/07, 7:15 AM Anonymous Dan said...

The conduct of Malaki and the Iraqi government is the strongest reason I can think of for withdrawing troops NOW!

Our soldiers are helping the average Iraqi in many ways, but it's a job that should be done by the Iraqi government and not American men and women. Staying in Iraq only enables, and I use that term with all the psyco-babble implications included, the Iraqi government to continue not doing their jobs.

at 9/15/07, 7:29 AM Anonymous Bill Adkins said...

7:58 PM Anonymous demonstrates the ignorance of so many Americans today. The Bush Blunder in Iraq is not part of the War on Terror. Bin Laden is still out there producing videos 2194 days, over six years, after 9/11/2000 --- and we're bogged down in Bush's trillion dollar blunder in Iraq. And 7:58 PM Anonymous buys the lie that Iraq is part of the pursuit of Al Qaeda. Sheesh!!

at 9/15/07, 7:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

its an interesting perversion of he ain't heavy, he's my brother. i would never consider an individual like maliki to be my brother. that our soldiers are being maimed or worse dieing while that incompetent fool sips his tea and takes his vacations is obscene.

but then iraq was never about terror or bin laden. its always been about oil and money and boy are the neocons raking that in.

just remember, our soldiers died because george bush lied. it really cheapens the sacrifice.

at 9/15/07, 8:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This cartoon is insensitive & distorts the truth. For every U S soldier killed, hundreds of Iraqis civilians & soldiers are killed. So how can we just see American sacrifice. We removed a tyrant who terrorized his people into submission but started a civil war. Gee, I guess we just couldn't see what's coming down the road. Who's to cleanup the mess? WANGLAW

at 9/15/07, 11:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

obviously the changes aren't permanent, which is the real issue; need to get hones with americans about why we're really there

at 9/15/07, 11:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 9/15/07, 12:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe we should send the NFL to Iraq and teach them how to play fair

at 9/15/07, 1:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

let's get the Chinese to sell the terrorists fake bombs like they sall us fake drugs (fake anaesthesia too?)

at 9/15/07, 2:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

fake parts for jet engines, too!

at 9/15/07, 2:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fake WMD

at 9/15/07, 3:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


G0D of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine
Lord God of Hosts be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!
The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word
Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

Rudyard Kipling, 1897

at 9/16/07, 5:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

American Republican Christians can justify anything!

at 9/17/07, 8:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go, bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait, in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child.

Take up the White Man's burden--
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain,
To seek another's profit
And work another's gain.

Take up the White Man's burden--
The savage wars of peace--
Fill full the mouth of Famine,
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
(The end for others sought)
Watch sloth and heathen folly
Bring all your hope to nought.

Take up the White Man's burden--
No iron rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper--
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go, make them with your living
And mark them with your dead.

Take up the White Man's burden,
And reap his old reward--
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard--
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:--
"Why brought ye us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?"

Take up the White Man's burden--
Ye dare not stoop to less--
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloak your weariness.
By all ye will or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent sullen peoples
Shall weigh your God and you.

Take up the White Man's burden!
Have done with childish days--
The lightly-proffered laurel,
The easy ungrudged praise:
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers.

The White Man's Burden
Rudyard Kipling
McClure's Magazine 12 (Feb. 1899)

at 9/17/07, 12:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without getting into the politics of this whole issue, in response to the first comment, there is simply no need for victory gardens or war bonds. We are a vastly wealthier country than we were in the 40's, the % of GDP taken up by this war is miniscule in comparison to that of WWII.

That said, it certainly does seem like the Iraqi government isn't very interested on dealing with the situation on their own. I hope for their sakes that Bush has his way and our troops stay there for the long term. I hope for our troops sake that they don't.

at 9/17/07, 12:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't we just wire them up/vidoe cam all the signals from Congress; we could wrap them up in technology with ipods, and get them so bogged down with interest groups and other garbage they don't have time to fight anymore and we can bring ALL our troups home

at 9/18/07, 12:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The voting issue is mostly about the war, not democrat vs republican, because no matter WHO is elected, that is where ALL the money is going, bottom line; NOT to health care, NOT to education, NOT to fixing bridges and roads, NOT to financing the police force; $40K of my salary last year went to the government, so as a voter, I should have a say where my money goes, and I don't; the money is also not going to increasing funding for technology to beat terrorism, as the technology is out of date, and does not address terrorist tactics locally or out of the country, where many Americans also reside; the fact is, this war could be worse than the vietnam war in all ways,in duration, financially and in injuries (which are going to cost a lot of money too); the real issue is for EACH candidate to come up with a REAL plan with specific ways to address each issue of the war, as well as a specific timeline, and if they can't or won't, don't vote for them, and since the primaries are early this year, they should have plenty of time to come up with a plan and EXPLAIN it; the two main issues are to vote for someone who is INTELLIGENT, and to make sure ALL voters are encouraged, enabled and ALLOWED to vote, that the voting system WORKS technically and is set up well in advance to account for all absentee ballets, and that noone is barred or intimidated or preveneted from voting due to time of day, work schedules, or other fake reasons; all ages need to be involved and educated since this war affects ALL Americans, here and abroad, and we are all PAYING for it, we should all have a say in it, young, old, etc.; maybe the rock starts can have some benefit concerts and the christians can have some revivals so that we all go into this with some realistic expectations and SOLUTIONS

at 9/18/07, 8:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is an article from Newsweek (Sept 10th edition) which does a much better job of addressing my point of Americans not being asked to sacrifice.

And I do agree with Bill that the war in Iraq should not have been part of the war on terror but whether I agree or not until we can get our troops out THEY are sacrificing a bunch for us and WE should not forget it.

anon 7:58pm

at 9/19/07, 12:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

for what, is the question

at 9/19/07, 12:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

we're not free
when voters are prevented from voting, we're not free;
when the polls are fixed, we're not free;
when engineers are force to sign off on bad designs and products and manufacturing, we're not free;
no health coverage, we're not free;
when teachers are forced to pass kids in algebraII when they have a 7th grade math competency for no-child-left-behind, we're not free;when teachers can't protect themselves i a classroom, we're not free; when you can't protest the war, we're not free

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

and when churches force membership, beliefs, tithing and ownership, we're not free

at 9/19/07, 1:10 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about all the people suffering at home?

at 9/19/07, 1:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, you should draw a picture of a voter at the polls with lady liberty on one should and bush on the other; you should post your bushian politics vs justice cartoon asap :)

at 9/19/07, 1:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

or mercy

at 9/19/07, 1:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the next white house needs to be a M*A*S*H unit

at 9/19/07, 1:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

need to get bush crutches for his brain

at 9/26/07, 12:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about all those here who are suffering because of the stupidity and senselessness of the war?

at 9/26/07, 12:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the guy on the backs of the soldiers should be bush

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