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Daring to Hope

It is still Pinky (Bubba: an’ BUBBA’S!!!) Birthday Season, so we have still more ‘toons starring this dynamic duo! (Bubba: don’ forget ping!) Yes, you too, Ping.

But first…some things that inspire…

Hope

Yes. I said it. Hope.

Seriously, there has been so little hope available lately. HWMNBN is now trying to disrupt the USPS with his hand picked handmaiden, with mail in voting the target of his malevolence.

But let’s put that aside for one day (after you call or email your Rep and Senators, and maybe your state’s AG while you’re at it.) while we acknowledge we have not one, but TWO things to be hopeful about. I’m not sure which one is more momentous…

Okay, since I got this news first, Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris to be his VP. That news alone made my heart soar, and made the sick feeling in my stomach recede for just a moment. ( Read Connie Schultz’s lovely post on hope here) Hearing their joint announcement helped me believe again that a future is possible. But then…

VETERINARY STAFF FROM DA ZOO SAID THEY SAW A POSSIBLE CUBBY ON MEI XIANG’S ULTRASOUND!!!!!!!

Now, we know from past experience that it’s not a done deal till a cubby (or two) pops out, and even then, success is not guaranteed. But for the moment…

Let’s choose HOPE!

So with no further ado, let’s get on to the celebration of all things Pinky! (Bubba: an’ bubba!!!!!)

Really, Pinky….It’s not nice to tease your little brother.

These paws are made for walking….eventually.

Happy 100th day Birthday! More frosting!

panda

You better watch out….

And then there was the day he had to figure out what to wear for his debut…

I’m ready for my close up!

I didn’t THINK that Pinky knew the “share” word.

That Pinky is too clever for her own good!

What’s that blinking red light over there?

I has no sekrets!!!!

You can’t just DO stuff. You need instruction from an expert!

Well, I could go on all day, but I’ll save some for next week, next weekend being Pinky ” Bubba’s actually birthday weekend! Until then, we’ll be keeping our pseudo thumbs crossed for a new cubby (or two!) in DC and for democracy to continue standing!

Don’t forget to tune in on Tuesday for the final installment about Six and Sebben’s great race! What  was that stuff Six dumped on the track??? Any guesses? Here’s episode One and episode Two, in case you missed them!

Panda on
Call your Reps
Bob T Panda

Death Cult Boopsie

Ya kind of have to wonder. Are they all smoking weed at the WH? I mean, where do they come up with the things they tell people at press conferences and interviews? Is it really necessary to attack scientists and other experts who are trying too…IDK…keep us all from dying in the streets?

What will they try to convince us of next?

DC Boopsie’s name has been changed to protect the innocent (me) from the wrath of large toy companies you know who I mean.

Vocabulary enhancement of the week: “Protracted criminal conduct” (See: District Atty NYC)

Hang in there and wear a mask, everyone!

Masks made from Spoonflower fabrics by PandaChronicle

Panda On
Bob T Panda

Unka Justin is just being sensible.

Unka Justin has the right idea. I mean, if people around the WH are going to swan around  without masks on, probably coughing and sniffing indiscriminately, then he is just better off staying home. But You Know Who would rather…

Blame Canada! (Our Neighbors to the North!)

Please, please PLEASE, Canada! Won’t you annex Whidbey Island? Please?

*Now over 4.5 million cases and over 156,000 deaths, and I only wrote this cartoon about 2 weeks ago.

Hey, head over to the Buy Stuff with Pandas page and see the new layout and new felties! There were starting to be too many felties for everyone to have their own picture. All the other info is the same!

And for those who sew (and even those who don’t) both cotton material and ready made masks are available over at my new page on Spoonflower! They are more substantial than the masks available on Redbubble. I like the Redbubble ones when it is warm, because they are so light weight, but if you prefer cotton and wan’t a little more coverage, these might be just the thing!

Masks made from Spoonflower fabrics by PandaChronicle

Be the bear!
Bob T Panda

 

Panda Satire is Absolutely an Essential Industry

The internet is such a strange place…

We know so much, and yet so little about the people we encounter here. In the early days of online chat rooms, making connections with people had a somewhat sketchy, if not downright sleazy, implication. But as the world of social media developed and grew, it became a place to form relationships with people with similar interests.

I first dipped my feet into the social media stream when I started putting my panda ‘toons online. I wanted to see if there were panda fans out there (ha ha ha, right?) who might find my ‘toons about badly behaved panda kindergarteners and their beleaguered feline associate, humorous. It turns out that there was an appreciation for panda satire amongst the lovers of pandas that congregate on line. I mean the panda lovers congregate, not the actual pandas. But then again…

At some point I connected with the folks that organized an IRL Panda Convention in San Diego, home to the magnificent Bai Yun and her fuzzy stud muffin hubby, Gao Gao. It was not without a bit of trepidation that I made my foray for an extended meeting of real life panda fans. I had already met some of the DC panda clan. But that was just a meet up at the zoo and then lunch. This was a whole weekend of pandemonium. This would have been in early 2013, when the cute Wu Self made his public debut. If I remember correctly, he slept through most of it.

Later that fall, I returned to DC, after Princess Pinky was born, and once again met up with the DC pandaratti. The DC folks are a unique bunch, mostly because the zoo is in the middle of the city, and there is no admission fee, (although many of them are zoo supporters through FONZ: Friends of the National Zoo.) When a zoo is that accessible, it’s only natural that people go frequently and form close friendships with people they meet repeatedly.

Later in 2013, when the SOB GOP shut the government down, I turned to Twitter to join with other people expressing their outrage in general at such short sighted malfeasance. But I also found, there there was a whole community of panda fans there, that I like to call #PandaTwidder. Needless to say, bonds were formed over the injustice of The Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Panda Cam Shut Down of 2013.

When I find myself in times of trouble, fluffy pandas comfort me…

Those who are familiar with my story of how I got into panda satire (and those that haven’t, should read this page of the Panda Chronicles that tells the story of my Pandapiphany…) know that pandas first invaded my brain in early 2008, and then by late 2008, when the economy had gone to hell in a hand basket, they proceeded to save my sanity. (That claim is somewhat open to question.)

And while I love those little fluffy black and white bears more than I can say, it is the people who love them and share my fascination obsession with them that have really saved me. We now find ourselves in even worse times than the financial meltdown of 2008. (2020: hold my beer) We have an incompetent, quite possibly criminal “president” careening toward 100’s of 1,000’s of deaths from an out of control pandemic (which he takes no responsibility for), we have unidentified military-like personnel beating and kidnapping people off the streets in Portland, OR, we have millions of people out of work who have lost their health insurance and if the GOP controlled Senate doesn’t take some action on disaster income relief, millions will be out on the street.

On top of this, we have just lost one of our own…

On Sunday, one of the guiding lights of Panda Twitter passed away from a heart attack. Who knows how you cross paths with anyone on Twitter. Some one you follow, follows someone else, before you know it, you are in a 12 way conversation about whether this panda or that panda is the best panda ever, and don’t you think mebbee Bubba needs to lay off the Binky Bars. However I met Jayelle, she was a fan and friend of Panda Satire from the time we met. She was a fierce defender of social justice and voting equality. She loved her wife and she loved her brother and his family more than life itself.

It’s impossible to know everything about those you think of as your friends on Twitter. But if I know nothing else, I know these things: First, that one of her last thoughts must have been, “Damn! I don’t get to vote for Joe Biden and see Trump leave the WH in disgrace.” Not necessarily in this order, I think she told her wife she loved her, that she apologized to her most beloved niece and nephew that while she wouldn’t be there in person to see them grow up, she would always live on in them; to her brother who has serious health problems, that she was so sorry that she wouldn’t be there to support him, like she had been doing for so long; that she was furious that she wouldn’t get to see Bubba Wallace win his next race.

Jayelle had a huge heart and shared it freely with people on Twitter she would never meet. Who knew it would let all of us down so very badly. Rest in Power, Jayelle. Your absence leave a hole that can’t be filled.

But because she loved panda satire so much, this one is for you, Jayelle…

When you can’t make fun of politics via panda satire, the terrorists have won

Panda on
Rest in Power, Jayelle
Bob T Panda

Yet more scandals…

Sigh…as I prepare todays post, I listen on the news as this dysfunctional, disastrous, dastardly, dim bulb in the WH is attempting to throw dirt on Dr. Anthony Fauci. “They” say “he got things wrong.”

See, what scientists do, is they develop theories based on past research and accumulated knowledge of studies they have worked on or read or studied. Then they do more research and study and discover that some things they thought were true, turn out not to be. Then they take that new knowledge and work their way through all the puzzles till, hopefully, they figure out what the real information is.

Do you think that maybe You Know Who is trying to distract us from the real scandals?

Did we think it was going to be THIS bad?

Save us from the poop flinging monkey!

Be the Bear!
Bob T Panda

Don’t forget it’s Panda Birthday Season!

 

Are they going to jump from their platform?

It really does seem like this, doesn’t it:

Well, it IS rather easy to understand…

I bet Joe Biden can come up with something a bit more informative, something maybe more substantive and helpful to the millions of people in this country. As opposed to only helping you know who.

Be the bear, everyone!
Bob T Panda

PS: I got to send out more pandas this week! felty happiness winging their way to spread joy and pandi-ness. I’d like to point out, that most of my shipping materials (except for some of the boxes) are recycled materials. A gallery I once showed with used to make fun of my heirloom bubble wrap collection. I have a hard time throwing anything out, and all that bubble wrap that stuff comes in is very useful for sending other stuff out! I recently realized that the tiny scraps of felt that I make the panda attire with, can be saved and used as the inner stuffing for Banky Pig and Mr. Bun!  My pack rat tendencies do come in handy!

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
Register to Vote
VOTE
Bob T Panda

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

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!