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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Far away thoughts

This is actually next week's strip but I wanted to post it this week while people were still thinking about it because we all know once a story leaves the 24 hours news cycle it isn't happening anymore.

I have to say that I've been especially touched by how people (neighbors, bank teller, school bus driver...) have been asking if I had family in Japan and if everyone was OK. It's a nice balance to the ridiculous nastiness and public displays of ignorance.


  1. talk about ignorance squared. One of these posts talked about the Krauts Nuking Pearl Harbor????

    Of course none of them talked about the violation of civil and constitutional rights in rounding up Japanese-Americans and placing them in camps in this country.

    By the way the Dotson who posted his ignorance is somebody I don't know and I don't want to know.

  2. This may be presumptuous of me, as I'm usually a quiet reader of this comic/blog and I'm only one guy, but I'd like to apologize on behalf of my skin color for the idiot white people who post #@(& like that.

  3. Hey, Froyd! We're American! We ain't s'pposed to 'pologize for nuthin'!

  4. When a terrible tragedy like this happens, we see both acts of great empathy and friendship, as well as utter callousness and lack of compassion.

    The people of Japan are showing such deep strength and humanity, it overshadows all the idiots out there who are making fun of this tragedy.

  5. If the earthquake was "revenge" for Pearl Harbor as those Facebook goons claim, then does that make Hurricane Katrina "revenge" for My Lai?


  6. Reactions like those facebook posts always baffle me. Why do people want to believe that a horrible tragedy is payback for a past mistake. It comes across as a kind of cosmic "the bitch was asking for it" argument.If people can't help or don't want to help, that's fine. It's their choice. But have the decency to show a little empathy (then again, I'm from California, so the images of towns laid to waste due to earthquakes sends chills through me)

  7. I'm annoyed when I read about people's ignorance like the ridiculous facebook posts and the stupid ucla girl. I'm not only annoyed by them, but by the fact there are many good people in this world and the small pool of ignorance like these speak louder. I'm humbled and appreciate the strength of humanity and good when I see the relief work in Japan. It's times like this when we see the true good and bad in all of us.

    I really like this week's comic. True and sincere. I feel the same way about my family in Japan too. Hope your family is safe.

  8. Beautifully put and drawn. Very touching - thanks for creating and sharing it.