Who will Republicans Blame for the Subprime Meltdown?

The greedy poor and avaricious minorities of course:

In other words, if poor people in general, or blacks or Hispanics in particular, were less likely to be approved for a mortgage, the only possible reason was racism or classism or whatever. Thus “creditworthiness” was an illegitimate, dead-white-male concept, like middleclassness. Because, after all, isn’t everyone entitled to credit? Therefore, I propose any bailout bill start with these words: “It is the sense of Congress that credit is not a civil right.”

Racist Archetype in a Dennis the Menace Comic

From The Vault of Buncheness:

Yes, this actually ran nationwide in 1970, which beggars the question of just how out of touch creator Hank Ketcham was. Were the 1960’s something that didn’t happen for him? Whatever the case, the Cleveland Press printed this apology the day after the strip ran, printing it in place of what would have been that day’s DENNIS THE MENACE installment:

Yesterday’s DENNIS THE MENACE cartoon offended a number of Press readers. The Press apologizes for the affront caused by the cartoonist. It assures subscribers that such a thing will not happen again.

(via Slog)

Ken Burns on Palin

From The Hollywood Reporter:

NEW YORK — Count filmmaker Ken Burns as someone who isn’t enamored of GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

The maker of “The Civil War” and “The War” didn’t flinch from criticizing GOP presidential candidate John McCain and Palin when asked at a panel discussion Monday at Fordham University’s law school.

“He (McCain) selected someone who is so supremely unqualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency and he has turned the selection process into a high school popularity contest and an ‘American Idol’ competition,” Burns said. He said that McCain made a “cynical” pick in what he said was the most important decision of his presidential candidacy.

Burns, whose lifelong work is in American history, said that “in the whole history of the Republic there has been no one with as thin a credential” as Palin. He said it was, for McCain, a “Hail Mary pass” that will be decided in November.

Man decorates basement with $10 worth of Sharpie

From Kentucky.com:

When Charlie Kratzer started on the basement art project in his south Lexington home, he was surrounded by walls painted a classic cream. Ten dollars of Magic Marker and Sharpie later, the place was black and cream and drawn all over.

There are fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, Winston Churchill lounging with George Bernard Shaw — and the TV squirrel Rocky and his less adroit moose pal Bullwinkle.

Says Kratzer of his cartoon of a cartoon: “You appreciate the cleverness more as an adult.”

There’s Georges Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. There is Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, and the Cornell Law School, of which Kratzer is an alumnus. There is Kratzer’s dad. There is the harlequin pattern — alluded to in culinary culture today by the Panera bread bag — and a fake fireplace facing a real one.

There are both The Walrus and the Carpenter (from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There), and William Shakespeare. The Marx Brothers peer around a corner. A flip-top garbage can is transformed via marker art into Star Wars’ plucky little beeper R2D2.

Says Kratzer, 53, the associate general counsel for Lexmark: “People are amazed that with something as simple and inexpensive as a Sharpie, you can decorate a whole basement.”

Well, it takes talent besides an inexpensive marker. You could give me a gold plated sharpie and the only thing you’ll get painted on your walls is a mess….. And maybe a triangle. I can draw triangles.

(via A Welsh View)