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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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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wildfire


11 Comments:

at 11/1/07, 11:30 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim,

I really have no empathy for those who are having their homes foreclosed. They got what they deserved by going into such a high risk loan. If they had lost their job, had health issues, etc, then I would feel sorry for them, but those that bought a 500,000 dollar home on a 35k per year salary on an interest only sub prime mortgage and those who were speculators, I really don't feel sorry for them.

 
at 11/2/07, 3:09 PM Anonymous Philip Shade said...

I was wondering if you ever submitted a cartoon then opened up a magazine or paper and seen someone had beaten you to the punchline? If so are you gracious (these things happen) or secretly petty (mine's better!)?

I was thinking about it because noticed today that Rob Rogers, John Cole and Nick Anderson all ran cartoons that were nearly identical (Bush as a little boy starting a fire).

PS Love the blog, thanks for taking the time to share with us.

 
at 11/3/07, 5:39 PM Blogger LifeMatters said...

LOL. I love funny cartoons with a purposful message. I believe we have lost our way as Americans. We spend too much money on non-sense and are unfocused. It is important that we all seek our true mission in life and pursue it passionately. Hopefully it is more in line with living a spirit filled life as opposed to a debt filled life.

 
at 11/5/07, 5:49 AM Anonymous robbing peter to pay paul said...

the notion that people earning 35k bought 500k homes is nonsense. its about as real as the conservatives welfare queens.

there was and is some very serious misconduct in the financial sector that took advantage of people. at the top of the pyramid was greenspan.

 
at 11/5/07, 9:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: ANON @ 11:30.

What about those who are being foreclosed on with 50k salaries and 300k homes? I wish everything was so cut and dry as you present it to be. Unfortunately, things aren't so cut and dry.

One of the hallmarks of conservatism is inability to feel empathy for others.

All the cruel, inhumane, and selfish opinions conservatives have about the poor, the environment, etc. . . flow from the inability to feel empathy.

I have empathy for you. Will God have empathy for you at Judgment Day?

Timmy
Dayton, Kentucky

 
at 11/5/07, 4:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not a lack of empathy. It's an inability to understand why an individual's hardship is the responsibility of everyone but the individual. I have a lot of empathy for people in this situation but I don't feel an obligation to bail them out. That includes the 50K/yr wage earner who purchased a house worth 300K and is now being foreclosed because they can't make the balloon payment. I made the choice to purchase a home I could afford, rather than one I wished for, because that is the responsible thing to do. I made that sacrifice, I ask no more of others, and I don't feel the need to bail people out who made a bad decision.

 
at 11/5/07, 4:32 PM Anonymous Jon Sherry said...

Sorry to tread on your sensibilities there Timmy, but empathy doesn't mean condoning or forgiving fiscal irresponsibility. If people choose to enter into risky mortgages, refinance to an ARM, or pull equity out of their house, then they deserve whatever consequences come to them.

Whatever happened to taking out a 30 year mortgage on a house you can reasonably afford, paying it off, and actually OWNING your own home? Sure, you may have less house, but you've got SO much more financial security.

Right now a lot of people are realizing they've mortgaged themselves beyond their means and its time to either haggle with the bank or pay the piper. Why should someone like myself with no consumer debt feel bad for their irresponsibility coming back to bite them?

 
at 11/6/07, 1:05 PM Anonymous Dan said...

Unless hit by an unexpected calamity such as illness or accident, I have very little sympathy for folks who overextend themselves on credit, nor for the banks who pass out money to those with little hope of paying it back.

 
at 11/7/07, 7:00 AM Anonymous Bill Adkins said...

It’s way too simplistic to blame the subprime circumstance for dragging down the economy. Some may have missed it, but oil went to over $97 a barrel yesterday. Only eighteen months ago it was $37 a barrel. Certainly the mortgage crisis is a factor in the mix - but if the mortgage crisis is represented by the fire in the cartoon, then the oil prices and the resulting price of energy in our nation are represented by a huge gasoline tanker fueling that fire. And the dollar is devalued to a level not seen since the early ‘80s when the Japanese were kicking our ass. That it's only a 'subprime'mess'' bringing down the economy is a myth - it's all lenders who are suffering, including those "A" lenders. Wachovia and Chase don't lend subprime -and they're foreclosure rate is rising - it's foreclosures across the board. And let's lay some blame on the Fed, too. With all those Adjustable Rate Mortgages out there, and the Fed KNEW they were there, still Greenspan and Bernanke raised prime 15 straight times, a 1/4 point each time, supposedly to stop inflation, but really reacting to rising fuel prices. That's 3 3/4 points !! What did they think those raises would do to the ARM debtors? Provide candy and flowers? No, the 'subprime bubble' didn't break - the Fed, Greenspan and Bernanke stuck a railroad spike into it.

 
at 11/18/07, 4:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

we won't be able to live in the forest either!

 
at 11/18/07, 4:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

problem is, we've run out of water; who needs oil if you don't have enough water?????

 
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