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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, April 02, 2008

Welcome Home Vets


at 4/3/08, 6:19 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 1997 President Clinton vetoed a Republican bill that passed the Senate and Congress to allow for drilling and exploration in Anwr.

President Clinton said "we would not see benefits for ten years" as he vetoed this bill.

DUH! It is not 11 years later.

We need to begin drilling not only in Alaska (entire state) but in the 85% of our shores where oil is sitting waitting for us to come-get-it.

And then we need to wave all environmental requirements to begin an emergency era where we construct some 30 oil refieries throughout the U.S. Get this done within 5 years!

This emergency act would include a committment to nuclear power plants. To hell with the 11 years it takes just to put together the paperwork - wave it - and lets get a beautiful structurre right down there on the west side of the river bank.

That veteran who made a sacrifice for his country should pay 69 cents for his gas - as we all should.


But unfortunately, world peace and economic stability dictates that we keep a close eye on that area.

at 4/3/08, 7:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recall John Kerry saying of George Bush during Kerry's losing presidential campaign that Bush was "intellectually lazy".Your juvenile,"Air America" take on the Iraq War and the cost of a gallon bears that remark out for yourself today,Jim.By the way,petrol is $10 a gallon in the UK.

at 4/3/08, 12:15 PM Blogger Philip Shade said...

Anon 1: The problem isn't lack of oil, its lack of refineries. And you can wave all the enviro regs you want, it won't help

No new refineries have been built in the US for 20 years - refinery capacity has actually gone down. Not because of regulation, but because oil companies don't want to spend the money. Yes they can build a refinery in 5 years, but it will take them 20 years to see a profit on it.

Anon 2: UK drivers pay substantially higher taxes per liter/gallon than US drivers do.

If we matched our fuel tax percentage to the UK's we'd probably have more than enough money to pay for our crumbling infrastructure.

Jim: I know keeping gas cartoons fresh can be hard (just did a gas cartoon myself). I'm sure you're gonna get a bunch of vitriol for it, but: Good job!

Wish I worked for a paper that would let me be more controversial.

at 4/3/08, 5:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

philip shade...congressman John Dingel,D,MI,has proposed a .50 a gal tax...yet it's DEMS who hold hearings and grill Oil Execs about the cost of fuel...Dingel's answer? Make it even more expensive with Big Govt pocketing the extra change-nice...
Here's the beautiful part...Dingel could get that proposal passed and the DEMS would still blame Big Oil and Bush for the price! America! What a country!Just say NO to ANWR!

at 4/4/08, 1:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who doubts that the Iraq war was and is about oil is riding the stupid pony. Jim, your cartoon cuts right to heart of the poison behind the Administration's policies and Big Oil's behavior.

Instead of invading the middle east or drilling holes in the Alaskan tundra, why not invest the billions we've wasted in Iraq in developing alternative sources of energy? That way we'd achieve oil independence and the OPEC countries could literally pound sand for all we care. So why haven't we done it? Because petroleum companies have a stranglehold on Washington. They like having us dependent on their product.

at 4/4/08, 4:41 PM OpenID BillAdkins said...

How do you ask 4000 men and women to die for a mistake? George W. Bush just lied to them. And to all those who have been maimed in Iraq, too. Iraq is America's greatest military/strategic/diplomatic blunder. I'm not a pacifist, I'm a realist - something that can't be attributed to George W. Bush.

at 4/5/08, 4:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great cartoon, Jim, keep the heat on big oil, and love the way you use disabled vets to further YOUR business/career.

How about lets see one with the same vet, limbs missing and on crutches, looking up at a Huge school teacher and saying something like, 'thanks for not much', and have "Big Education" on the teacher.


at 4/5/08, 12:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim, Despite all the negative comments you've gotten, please know that I appreciate your courage in showing Big Oil for the greedy, amoral corporations they are. May we see no more blood for oil!

at 4/6/08, 10:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

what if an alternative fuel source was developed and made available but like the VCR of decades ago cost a small fortune to purchase in its early entry into the marketplace...say...$25 a gallon now but in 5-8 years will be down to $3.
Congress would still hold hearings,Borgman would still draw Big Evil Oil cartoons,and LIBS would say that the war was illegal and fought for Oil executives.Name another country that refuses to exploit its natural resources for energy like we do...

at 4/7/08, 8:50 PM Anonymous Reality Check said...

Looks like 10:07 finally gets it! Yes, if we get started on alternate resources now, they'll be much cheaper later!

Of course, hearings would still need to be held, time doesn't make crime go away (statute of limitations notwithstanding).

Certainly, time won't make the Iraq fiasco any less wrong . . .

Yes, it is also amazing the way the US won't exploit its natural resources; the windy northern Great Plains for wind power, the sunny Southwest for solar power . . .

Oil: A filthy, obsolete relic of a resource that deserves to be left in the ground . . .

Antonio E. Gonzalez
Los Angeles, CA

at 4/8/08, 9:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical's same old tiresome "blood for oil" rant.

If we are getting so much oil from Iraq I wonder why the cost of a gallon of gas hasn't dropped. I wonder if J.B. has any mutual funds that invest in oil companies.

It's a juvenile cartoon as usual. Libs can never see the big picture.

Lord, sometimes I wonder how J.B. and I walked the same halls at Elder. Some of us grew up there....others keep drawing childish cartoons.

at 4/8/08, 7:08 PM Anonymous Reality Check said...

Good point 9:16, since the Iraq invasion, oil and gas have pretty much quadrupled, showing just what a huge mistake it was!

The "big picture," of course, is that our occupation has destabilized the area, provided a safe haven for terrorists, helped create many more terrorists, distracted us from the true enemy in Afghanistan/Pakistan, and caused the world that supported us after 9/11 to see us as the bad guys; but hey, so long as oil/gas prices are kept high so Big Oil can make obscene profits, it's all good!

Sorry about your failing art at Elder though, I'm sure you made up for it . . .

at 4/8/08, 10:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Reality Check (if that is your real name...wink-wink), I see you drink the Kool-Aid.

Oil companies bad.....GWB bad....blah, blah, blah.

Are you still driving your car? Do you have any mutual funds that invest in oil companies? Do you purchase plastic products?

If so, then Mr Reality Check you are part of the problem (in your mind).

All the crap you posted has nothing to do with the rise in oil's called supply and demand. If people stopped using gas and oil the price would drop. So, take the bus, ride a bike or walk and stick it to big oil!

Nice comment about the Elder/Art thing.....very clever, and yes...childish. Something normal people have come to expect from the Bush haters.

Keep worshiping at the alter of J.B. though. Those who can do....those that can't draw cute littel pictures, complain a lot and have never had an original thought in their lives.


at 4/8/08, 11:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elder... wasn't that the playground of Strittmatter and Kuhn?

at 4/9/08, 11:54 PM Anonymous Reality Check said...

Looks like a certain anonymous poster is getting angry over the truth, but I won't let that stop me from telling it anyway!

BTW, my real name is already posted, you just have to scroll up; I just happen to take pride in being a Reality Check on ignorance; but, just for you, I'll put it up yet again!

Plastic? Even with the massive amounts of plastic produced around the world, it is diminutive compared to the oil used to make gasoline. Not knowing this is . . . childish . . .

Supply and demand? Of course! The supply was wrecked by the invasion of Iraq, leading to the quadrupling of oil/gas prices we eventually saw. The demand increase from India, China, and world growth could account for maybe $10, but not likely more. Thanks for clearing that up!

Seriously, time for a Manhattan/Apollo Project to get us off oil. Time for that relic of the Industrial Age to die . . .

Antonio E. Gonzalez
Los Angeles, CA

at 4/30/08, 12:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reality Check:

The price of gas increasing has much more to do with the weakening dollar than Iraq. As I'm sure you know, Iraq only has a very small percentage of the world's oil and no capability to quadruple the cost of gas. You simplistic view is quite amusing.

If you are going to attack our government, atleast know what you're talking about and go after the fed.

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