Category Archives: Pandas speak out

Free Speech or something like it…

When I listen to the things that come out of 45’s mouth (which I do as rarely as possible) I start to think that maybe this whole free speech thing is overrated. Then I smack my self on the head, and remind myself that free speech lets me express my honest displeasure with the powers that be, without the risk of getting thrown in prison for it.

But the operating principle of this “administration” seems to be, the speech of some gets to be freer than the speech of others.

I’m not sure how much more of this I can take.

Be the Bear!
Bob T Elections have consequences Panda

PS: Don’t forget! Our Kickstarter is still gong on! I’ve recently added a new reward, and rewritten the project home page to make it (hopefully) less confusing. Seriously, every time I do this, in some ways it’s like the first time! :-}

“If the people hate me, it means they want me to run for president!”

Okay, I may be paraphrasing just the tiniest bit, but in several articles I read recently, Howard Schultz seems to think that the intensely negative response that his announcement of a possible presidential run means…are you ready? It means that “They Like Me! They really Like Me!!!

Um…no. That is not what it means. It means we think you are a deluded tool.

The people have spoken!

Meanwhile, I just got notice that I should have Pinky’s very own pins in my hot little hands by the end of this week. I apologize to those who hoped to have them in time for this weekend’s Pandamonium Convention in Memphis, but I probably won’t receive them till the end of the week. I will be getting them in the mail by the beginning of next week.

Here’s the photo the folks at Pin Game Strong sent me for a sneak peek:

Pinky’s official pin on Pinky’s official card!

If you missed the opportunity to get one of these pins while my kickstarter project was live, never fear! I ordered extra and after I’ve sent them off to all those folks, I’ll let you know how you can get your own Pinky Pin! Stay tuned for the next pin project, coming soon!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Stay tuned for the return of Frank and Mikey, later this week!

After the Mitten’s Tower sign, anything would be an improvement, wouldn’t it?

Well, maybe not this…

Has anyone checked Babette de Panda’s tax returns yet?

And what ABOUT that pesky thingie in the Constitution about not profiting from elected office?

“Hey! I’m still back here!”

Apparently #HowardsEnd (my new name for the erstwhile coffee billionaire would-be-presidential candidate) was “wowing” the crowds once again at the SXSW conference in Austin Texas. And by “wowing” I mean underwhelming the audience with his continued lack of any kind of policy specifics/visions for America other than, “Democrats are socialists”; “Everyone is mean to me because I’m rich,” and “Democrats are the real spoilers” Wah, wah, wah.

Is this what you mean by a “listening tour?” Be better Howard.

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

And now, a subject near and dear to me…

I can’t help it. I’m a Scorpio. We hold grudges. And when you get a Scorpio artist/writer/cartoonist with the power to make fun of those who have wronged them and never apologized, well, then! Then we have an excellent story line for some ‘toons, should, for example, they decide to run for president as an independent candidate.

Any similarities between this ‘toon and a certain undeclared presidential candidate are quite possibly intentional.

What WERE you thinking?

Be the bear!
Bob T Panda

Is it starting already?

The State of the Pandas Address (especially Pinky!!!!)

Who wouldn’t want to listen to what these pandas have to say? I know I would!

Tune in now, as Pinky addresses Congress!

Even Nancy Pelosi listened enthusiastically!

Panda on!
BobT Panda

Tune in on Thursday for the dramatic conclusion. (there may be yelling.)

How do you spell “emergency collusion”?

What cunning plan has Pinky devised? Will they be able to sneak out of the house? Will Mommee Mei find out? Will Bubba be grounded? Has Bubba learned anything from Pinky? And what about Ping Ping?

Let’s find out!

I see trouble in my crystal ball…

Panda On!
Bob T Panda

Pinkstarter update: Pin design has been finalized, submitted and approved and the order is in. A team of pandas is standing by to make our pins! Stay tuned!

Please, not another ShutDown!

As some of you may know, I try to work a bit ahead on my ‘toons, so that power outages, snowpocalypses, and gallivanting around do not interfere with my schedule of posting ‘toons for your enjoyment. So, sometimes, they are a bit out of sync with what is going on out in the world.

But in this case, even though this series of ‘toons was about the ORIGINAL half-baked, harebrained, ill-advised shutdown, since we are on the eve of another potential shutdown, it is all too appropriate that I run this series now. Really, I hope the Congresspersons can keep HWMNBN from doing the foolish and destructive thing this time, but I have to say, I’m a tiny bit apprehensive. Fortunately, no one has figured out how to shut down the Panda Chronicles yet!

Let’s get these pandas on the road! There’s no time for a shutdown at The Institute for Contemporary Panda Satire!

Dis. Will Not. STAND!!!!!

BTW, I’m happy to say that the responses to my Kickstarter survey are rolling in! I just started the ordering process for the pins, so hopefully, by the time they get here, I should have the labels all ready to go and you will get your Pinky Pins quickly! I’ve already started designing Bubba’s pin and hope to be ready to launch that project by the end of March!

Be the Bear!
Bob T (Essential Worker) Panda

The Scandals Keep Mounting…

Will we ever see the end of this? Voter suppression, lies from what should be trusted government spokespersons, feeding and ramping up the fears of the American public.

But where traumas and tribulations are rampant, pandas ride in to save the day. With humor, at least. That’s something, isn’t it?

Before we get to today’s ‘toon, I want to tell you about a little project I have in mind. A couple years ago, Kickstarter came up with a concept for small projects for the month of January. The idea is that you create a project with rewards limited to 100 “things”, so there is only 1 reward level.

I’ve been thinking about this for a year, and doing some sketches.  There have been some great enameled pins being designed by artists, and I think a series of Panda Chronicles pins would be a great addition to the pins that are now available. Depending on the response for this pin, I can do additional projects with additional images. I

I bet you want to know what the pin will look like…

Of course, Pinky demanded to be on the first pin. Proposed size, approximately 1 inch high by 3/4 inch wide.

Please feel free to share your comments, let me know if this is something you might be interested in. I’m working now on setting up the project over on Kickstarter, and plan to go live around the middle of January, with a 2 week funding period. (not much time, I know!) More information will follow soon!

Meanwhile, here are Tuesday’s pandas!

Is there no end to our misery? The chill of voter suppression can’t be alleviated by putting on a sweater!

Panda on, Panda on!
Bob T Panda

Zero Degrees of Separation

It’s happened again.
It’s happened on multiple fronts in one week.

An attempted church shooting in Kentucky, foiled by locked doors, still results in two dead in a nearby grocery store.
Pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democratic leaders, including 2 former Presidents, and critics of the current “president”. (quotation marks intentional)

And now a massacre by a deluded, angry, bigoted gunman in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, my hometown. I knew it was only a matter of time until this plague of gun violence hit close to home. Way too close. One, and possibly two, of the shooting survivors are people I know.

Our bigot in chief riles up his base. Makes sly comments about violence against those who disagree with him and do not give him the “credit” he believes he deserves. He calls the press “the enemy of the people” and equates desperate migrants fleeing violence in their own countries with an army. He flings words out into the crowds like lit sticks of dynamite and dares them to use them, then claims he did not ask for this action. How can you blame him?

I do blame him.

I blame him for creating the conditions that put one of the kindest, caring people I know in a hospital room fighting for his life. I hope he survives, because the world will be a poorer place without him. I blame our enabler in chief for amplifying the injustice that has caused the deaths of school children, of POC just going about their lives, of people in their place of worship. Each time an attack of this or greater magnitude occurs, those in thrall to the NRA and their contributions say, “now is not the time. Don’t politicize this tragedy.”

But when one tragedy follows on the heels of another, when they pile up like bumper cars at a macabre amusement park, when IS the time? I think the time is now.

Vote like lives depended on it, because they do.

Stop the chaos and VOTE!!!

And now, let there be pandas…

Be the Bear
Bob T Panda

One More Saturday Night (Massacre)

I wish I could take credit for planning this out so well, but really, it was sheer chance that I scheduled my “salute” to Richard Nixon this week, what with the anniversary of the Saturday Night Massacre happening just last week. (Saturday, October 20th being the date that Richard Nixon fired special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, to keep the Watergate investigation from moving forward.)

It didn’t work then and we hope that it won’t work now, but the only thing that can prevent it is…

…As many people voting as are eligible!

“And they called ME a crook!”

Now if those pesky Republicans would quit trying to suppress voting rights for people who are not…um…white Republicans, we would see what’s what.

Now would ya just get out there and VOTE???? (I voted today!)

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda