Posts Tagged ‘Wizard of Id’

Wizard of Id (5/28/11)

May 28, 2011

Cops, firefighters, teachers, even¬†bureaucrats; they all belong to a class of people that’s taking serious heat these days: government employees. States and municipalities have run out of money, and many have blamed their misfortune on unionized workforces earning what they consider to be lavish salaries and benefits. My home state of Illinois, despite raising taxes earlier this year, is still in the red. I’m all for shared sacrifice, but as the son of a schoolteacher, I take issue with the notion that government workers are privileged. While some employees make six figures, the majority make less than their counterparts in the private sector. And many are losing their jobs as the recession drags on. Some¬†privilege.

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Wizard of Id (4/10/11)

April 10, 2011

I like to run. On warm spring mornings (or even cool spring mornings), I enjoy stepping outside, riding my bike to the park, and dashing across the still-wet grass. But under no circumstances would I ever run a marathon. Why not? Well, consider the first guy who ran a marathon. He dashed 26.2 miles from Marathon, Greece to Athens to deliver some Important War News. Then he died of exhaustion. That’s not something I want to emulate. And those absolutely insane runners who sprint for 100 miles or more? I’m surprised the trails they use aren’t littered with corpses. From what I understand, they are littered with dehydrated, vomiting contestants whose bodies are starting to fail. Again, not something I want to emulate.

Wizard of Id (1/24/11)

January 24, 2011

Chicago was in an uproar yesterday over Bears quarterback Jay Cutler having sat out much of the second half of his team’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. With a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, Cutler sulked on the sidelines while his replacement (and then his replacement’s replacement) led the Bears’ offense. Turns out he injured his knee, and while die-hard fans (and even some rival players who took to Twitter to share their pearls of wisdom) insisted he was being soft, I’m not sure that’s completely fair. “Go back out there!” people exclaimed. “Football is a physical sport!” Actually, football is a violent sport, which is why I can only stomach it in small doses. If Cutler’s knee was shot, there’s no way he should have gone back out on the field.

Wizard of Id (1/9/11)

January 9, 2011

This strip, which shows an ineffectual head of state groveling before a wealthy oil dictator, could have been written in 1973. Or 1979. Or 1990. Or 2003. Or 2008. While many people think we should do more to satisfy our energy needs domestically, it can’t be that popular of a notion because we haven’t taken meaningful steps to do it. Of course, now that mass-market electric vehicles have arrived, we have no excuse. How difficult would it be to wrap solar panels around every single streetlight and telephone pole in America, or to plant windmills atop every tall building? Not difficult at all, I suspect. But I wouldn’t hold my breath on any of those solutions, not as long as there’s money to be made from oil.