We’ve all been there. On the bus, on the train, standing on the street, waiting for the light to change. And that guy…you know the one, that guy with the vaguely threatening air starts ranting. Maybe he’s just ranting. Maybe he is being aggressive towards someone. And we quietly edge away, hoping he won’t direct his venom at us, hoping that the light will change, that he’ll move on. But this Memorial Day…this day when we honor those who lost their lives in the service of our country…
This Memorial Day, we watch in horror as one Democratic norm after another gets thrown under the bus.
On this day, when we learn that one of the men who lost his life defending a stranger on a Portland Oregon streetcar, was an Army veteran, we learn a new meaning to the phrase service to our country. Neither he, nor the other two young men who stepped up to defend two teenage girls who were being harassed on the streetcar, turned their backs and said this is not my fight.
The young man who was killed by this attacker had just graduated and was at the start of a promising life. He stepped up to protect two young women, one African American, the other wearing a hijab, who were being verbally attacked by that guy, he made it his business to defend people he did not know. A third defender is still in the hospital in critical condition. I am sending light and healing his way.
In the face of seemingly state sanctioned hatred, love and compassion still exists.
A GoFundMe campaign for the families of the three victims has raised over $700,000 in less than 48 hours. There is still good in the world. I will have to hold on to that.
Oh, it is that time again! The first cubbies (twins!) have been born at a zoo in China and the Smithsonian just announced in their email that Mei Xiang has entered the Panda Season of Love! And now it is baby panda season!!!!
To celebrate, let’s revisit some classic toons about baby pandas, but first… Mei Watch!
Soooo….you are saying no pandas in bikinis?
#6 is getting ready to make his move!
will the pitter patter of little paws soon follow?
…if I were a panda, yadda dah dah da- da- da- AAARGH! I can’t stop!!!!!
Stay tuned for more Mei Watch news (however we will not be posting videos such as the 2012 video at the Pan Diego Zoo!) as it becomes available.
Pseudo thumbs crossed!
Bob t Panda
Have a fabulous furry Friday!
It’s worth a mention here, that my secret password only page about the China trip won’t go live until June 7th, when I launch my Kickstarter campaign. If anyone here wants a sneak peak at the campaign, send me a message on the contact page, and I’ll send you the preview link. You won’t be able to pledge yet, but you can see what the project is about and what the rewards are!
Oh my, oh my! Seems like there may be crocodiles cruising the Potomac, looking for politicians to to chomp. The news has been very …what would you call it? Wild? Unbelievable? But in a year when so many things seem like they should be beyond belief, I’m trying not to think, “oh, this is one more thing of no consequence…something I never thought I would see, and yet, there seem to be no consequences.” Are crocodiles lunching on hunters any more unbelievable? The Limpopo seems a benevolent place, compared to what is happening in Washington DC.
But now, Lunch on the Limpopo Part 2!!!!
You just can’t trust crocodiles.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s out there, pandas and human (okay, and puppies and kittens et al) here’s a bonus Mom’s day ‘toon for you!
Well, wasn’t that a fun little tale, of KittySue and the Three Pandas? And for those of you who were wondering if maybe you missed an episode between episode 12 and episode unlucky 13 (aka the finale), well, you didn’t. We were employing the time honored dramatic tactic of only implying that violence was going to take place. (In my house, this is usually accomplished by putting a blanket over my head and asking Mr. Badger to tell me when the scary part is over.) But now, we turn to a real life drama that took place in Africa, on the banks of the Limpopo River.
We call this little segment, Lunch on the Limpopo…
What goes around, comes around.
Anything to distract us from the fall of civilization as we know knew it.
…but I play one in Congress. Well, I have been restraining myself (somewhat) on commenting on the political shenanigans coming out of Washington DC (heretofore known as “The OTHER Washington) but I’m afraid they’ve riled me yet again. Actually, I’m in a fairly constant state of rage and anxiety these days, as are many of my friends. Doctor Doctor can’t you give me something to ease my pain and suffering? Nope, sorry. Political anxiety is no longer covered by your insurance.You may want to print this list to see who you want to vote out in 2018.
Unless, of course, you are a member of Congress, and then you have the best healthcare in the country, paid by guess who?
So, with all that in mind, it seems like a great time to replay these ‘toons, in which Bob plays a soap opera doctor, on All My Pandas Time of General Suffering…or something like that.
All My Pandas……
Oh, Doctor …
And it is but a small leap (well in my mind, anyway) from pandas pretending to be soap opera doctors to pandas with gender identity issues, because you know your government wants to have something to say about that too!
Hmmm… I had an idea the other day, but I seem to have misplaced it. That will teach me to write things down more often, especially when I have an idea! Fabulous Furry Friday comes but once a week, but you can read panda satire anytime. Well, if you have my books, you can, or even if you just pop into the archives and root around in there!
Did you know that Children’s Book Week is coming up on May 1st? Well, even if you didn’t know, it is! Huzzah! And even if you don’t have any children sitting around cluttering up the living room, you are never too old to enjoy books written for children. When I am feeling a little unsettled or fluffy around the edges, there is nothing more soothing than sitting down with my copy of Winnie the Pooh or any of the picture books I have been collecting for the last 8 years.
What are your favorite books for children (and the child still in you?)
Mini Bob, hanging out with Pooh Bear and thinking about a snack
The irony of Mehitabel criticizing Pooh Bear for his wardrobe, does not escape me.
I’m not sure Mehitabel has anything to talk about.
hmmm…well….We’ve already done an encore presentation about the Panda Season of Love, aaaannd, Easter is over, so, I know! WE will do a Fabulous Furry Friday random pick! And you can always ask for replays of your favorite “toons (if I can find them, or if I remember!)
Here’s today’s Fabulous Furry Friday Favorites!
Here’s a selection from March of 2015!
Um…pass the beer and poutine, please!
Okay…maybe ONE ‘toon from the Panda Season of Love!
We KNEW that was you!
I was really afraid this was going to happen.
Now where did that cat go?
Despite the fact that Bob is still wearing his vacation outfit, he’s back and ready to report!
But maybe you should be careful what you admit to, Pinky.
Mehitabel! Can you take a meeting?
Yo, don’t bogart that agenda, boys, pass it over to me….
That’s for us to know and you to (try to) find out. Fabulous Furry Friday brings you the best in recycled encore presentation panda humor, every Friday! Huzzah!
But first, you might want to hop over to Whidbey Life Magazine and read my post about meeting my on-line panda friends in real life! Huzzah again! You can read other articles there too, but since they’re not about me, you don’t have to.
Pinky made me say that.
Now, hurry up with those ‘toons, okay?????
Varooooooomba! Thanks to Lynnie Ness for alerting us to the “off label” use of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner.
Did he really have to tell them THAT???? Getting ready for the Panda Season of Love!
And then there was Henry Nicholls’ article about wild pandas….
I can’t believe I have never (at least not to my recollection) done an April Fool’s day cartoon. Obviously, the panda kindergarten is custom made for this day. I would be an April Fool not to take advantage of the confluence of zeitgeist. Or something like that. So to make up for the lack of specifically April Tom foolery, I shall have a Fabulous Furry Friday of cartoons where the young panda set makes a fool of Bob!
I should have lots to choose from!!!!
Do we have to count panda adoption fees?
Trick or Trick!!!!!!!
Ah, fall…or something…is in the air! Hey! Is this one of those poor joke cartoons?
The panda kindergarten at their best…or is that worst?
Huzzah! it’s the year of the Dragon!
Nothing like a bit of the great outdoors to straighten up the panda kindergarten.
What do you mean by “was?”
And don’t forget, you have until TOMORROW to take advantage of my one week sale on Books 1-6! Check it out HERE!
Pinky and Bubba have gotten so much attention recently, so I thought we would give Bob and Mehitabel a chance to shine in today’s edition of Fabulous Furry Friday! Put your paws together and give a big Panda Chronicles welcome for this encore presentation, featuring our favorite cartoon panda! (and cat. Don’t forget the cat.)
Let Bob Speak!!!!!
The Life of PIE….get it? *chortle chortle*
And here are some very early Bob ‘toons!
bears in the air…
Pandas have a better idea…
notice the stylish design….
please have your tray table in their upright position for take-off…
…and most of all, don’t panic.
see, doesn’t this look just like British Airways’ new paint job?
I rest my case.
All My Pandas……
Everything I know
Pandas have long been active in literary pursuits
Have a happy weekend, everyone. Monday you can go back to worrying about the downfall of Democracy as we know it.