Black Lives Matter

As a country, we have done a fairly terrible job protecting the rights, the health, and well-being of all our citizens. The government’s response to the peaceful protests against police brutality against African American and Latino citizens of our country is only proving the point: There has to be a better way to keep people safe.

We live in a country that has chipped away at the services that serve people of all but the top tier of the economic classes. Health care, school nurses, mental health services, art and music classes in schools: programs that give students  a chance to express themselves. Instead, police departments are given more money for more weapons and more armored vehicles. Do you feel safer? I don’t think I do. When did they start putting armed guards in schools? Doesn’t it make more sense to have fewer guns?

It lifted my spirits to see that the mayor of Washington DC had arranged to paint “Black Lives Matter” in 50 foot high letters on the street fronting Lafayette Square.

Of course Bubba, Ping Ping and Pinky wanted to help…

Well, it WAS a good messaging opportunity…

Panda On
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Bob T Panda

Now Where Were We…Oh Yes! Tigers!

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly get through the day without being overtaken by an overwhelming urge to nap. Not that napping is a bad thing (pandas love to nap!) but it does add to the confusion I have about what day it is. Just when I think I am getting ahead with my panda satire, I find that, no, I’m just ahead of my posting schedule.

But so far, so good.

I’m so grateful for all of the felty panda orders and for those of you who have found something to lift your spirits over at Redbubble! I just delivered a whole bunch of paintings for a show at the Rob Schouten Gallery (Not wasting my fine art degree, still!) If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to, in between felty pandas and naps, click here to see the show!

But then there were all those tigers on the loose…what happened to them?

Personally, I thought Pinky was being very clever and innovative with her cubpaigning

Who thinks Mommee is being unfair to Pinky?

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

 

 

It’s time to be counted…

It’s time to be counted among those that believe that America should be better than it has been lately. I’m reading an article in the New Yorker, about Iceland, and how they have dealt with the COVID 19 pandemic. From the first moment they heard of cases in China, back in early January, they started moving the pieces needed to combat this virus into place. By the time the first case surfaced in February, they were ready. While they had quite a number of cases, they have had very few deaths. Through mandatory quarantine and contract tracing, they were able to keep the cases under control without ever locking down the economy entirely.

Imagine that.

Meanwhile, here we are.

Among other ways of being counted, don’t forget to fill out your Census form!

Do we have to count panda adoption fees?

These days I often feel like I have a sharp pain being my ears. And now, no other countries want us to come visit! Who can blame them. But if you must travel, you can always fly Pand-Air! (From the oldies but goodies file!)

bears in the air…

Beware…..

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.

“Where ignorance meets incompetence…” What does that remind me of?

see, doesn’t this look just like British Airways’ new paint job?

I rest my case.

Many pandas travel via Pand-Air!

pandair flight of the scottish pandas

Pand-Air…it’s the only way to travel

Panda on as best you can!

Put a Tiger in Your…Selfie?

So, you all remember Pinky’s scheme during the 2016 election, where she let people into the tiger yard to take selfies. (for a fee, of course! Tigers don’t grow on trees, you know!)

Mommee Mei put a stop to that, thank goodness!

Oh…um…THOSE tigers…

And don’t forget to check out the new panda felts on the Buy Stuff with Pandas Page! They are pandariffic!

Be the bear!
Bob T Panda

Down in the Bunker, Down in the Bunker…

…People put me down because I’m down in the bunker…

Warning! Meanie ‘Toon Alert!

Yo! Bunker Boi!

sigh…

Be the Bear
Bob T Panda

In celebration of pandas! (Because, duh!)

It’s time for another day of Sunday Panda Fun, because what else do we have to live for? There will be new ‘toons coming down the web this week. Huzzah!

But what to share for our Sunday Funday ‘toons…Truth to tell, I can’t remember from one week to the next which ‘toons I shared last week (although it seems that maybe Pinky took over, last week..) As I have entered a new phase of felty panda making, it seems appropriate that this week’s Sunday ‘toons should celebrate that International Panda of Mystery

Babette de Panda!!!!

Wanting to stretch my creative capabilities, I decided to make a felty Deluxe Babette, and feeling very pleased with the result, posted a picture of her on Twidder. A fan of felty pandas demanded that Babette come to live with her immediately. How could I say no?

Which leaves me in something of a quandary.

I plan on making more, as well as experimenting with some other of the as yet unrepresented pandas. I love the idea of making one of a kind pandas. It excites my muse, as it were. But how to let everyone who might want one see them… So here is what I am thinking. If people are interested, they can let me know via the contact form on the buy stuff with pandas page. I will make a list in the order people contact me.

This will not commit you to anything, other than receiving a photo of the next available panda, then saying “yes, I’d like that one”, at which time I’ll send an invoice and once it’s paid, I’ll ship within the week. Or you’ll say “no” and I’ll contact the next person on the list. I will also be posting them here, as well as on Twitter and Fezbook. (You can also contact me on Fezbook and Twidder, though I can’t guarantee I will see those messages before I see them here)

Here are the first two Babette, international Panda(s) of Mystery! Alas, these two are already spoken for!

Babette the first!

Babette, all dressed up for a costume ball!

This outfit really needed to be seen by more than one angle. 🙂

And with that in mind, let’s look at some of Babette’s early appearances!

All My Pandas……

Wheel…of…PANDAS!!!!!

Huzzah! More Wheel…of…PANDAS!!!

I'm not a doctor but I play one on television

I’m not a Doctor but a play one in a cartoon!

tournament of pandas parade

We call it “extra Fluffy Tuesday” around here.

Says Babette de Panda: “It’s all about MOI` “

Babette and Bee, the Bear have a “discussion”

Babette has ..um…toned her wardrobe down in honor of this important occasion.

“Madame Babette sees all!: I see cake in my…er…your future!”

Babette, in her leading lady role in Wagner’s Cuppycake cycle

As you might have gathered, Babette de Panda is quite a mentor of Pinky! Have a fun Sunday (or at least as fun as you can have during the days of Mitten’s reign of terror.) You can also have fun with cut out paper pandas, including Babette de Panda, on the Have Fun with Pandas page!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

If You Think YOU’VE Been Roughing It, There Was Only ONE Olive in My Martini!

While we try to distract ourselves from the latest crime spree in the White House, let’s re-join Frank and Mikey as they explore the wild frontier in Yosemite National Park! Due to the reduced services, they could not get room service at The Ahwahnee Hotel! Oh the deprivation! No wonder animals are going wild!

(For what it’s worth, when I visited Yosemite a few years ago, our budget did not extend to staying at the Ahwahnee, but we did enjoy a drink at the bar, then watched outside as the moon rose over Half Dome.)

Meanwhile, Frank and Mikey adjust to the harsh realities of the wilderness experience!

Wild thing, I think I love you!

Run wild, run free, Frank and Mikey!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

The Call of the Wild

Some of the (few) uplifting stories of the coronavirus lockdown have been about animals doing things that they don’t normally get to do, in places that they normally don’t get to do them. From penguins visiting other exhibits in the aquarium, to pandas going walkabout in Copenhagen, at long last, wild animals got to reclaim the territory that was rightfully theirs, before people came and messed up the place!

Join Frank and Mikey as they reclaim their wild heritage!

Be a wild thing!

There’s more than one way to be the bear!

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Could we have some fun for once?

No…we can no longer have Nice Things.  The problems of racism and economic inequality have long been with us. Now, HWMNBN has given very explicit permission to the people who behave badly towards others, and to exercise that bad behavior unapologetically.

I know that much of what we see in videos and opinion pieces, are designed and edited to elicit our outrage and horror.  We may never go back to the way things were but I hope we can think about if they were the way we want things to be. I know this isn’t how I want things to be.

The new slogan of the GOP seems to be” “Keep us in power, so we don’t go to jail.” Who needs a 58 page policy platform?

Much better to keep the bad behavior to bears!

Oh, Bob, you didn’t really say that, did you?

And look who Bob’s suspension replacement is! Huzzah!

Mehitabel did NOT approve this cartoon.

Archie, is that you?

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?

Economics and privilege shouldn’t be a zero sum game, that in order for one person to do well, another person has to suffer; how can someone think that one couple’s marriage lessens the validity of another? Maybe we can all work toward making EVERYONE’S life better.

Keep the dialog open, folks! Um…maybe not like this:

This was way too much fun. :o)

Keep panda-ing on, folks
Bob T Panda

 

 

I Knew the Absence of You Know Who in the Tuesday ‘Toon was Too Good To Be True

I don’t know about you, but Tuesday’s absence of mentions about  You Know Who’s reign of terror was just what the doctor ordered. I mean…who would think anything could be worse than a global pandemic with over 112,000 Americans now dead?

Funny you should ask.

Pinky: but Mommee! I didn’t send people IN to da tiger’s cage!!!!

I really wish I had not read all those YA dystopian post apocalypse novels. really, I do. The storm troopers have arrived. I thought we all needed a little break, where the worst thing that happened was Pinky being rude to her departing guests! Break time is now over. 

Wands up, everyone!