Tomorrow would have been Joe Kubert’s 88th birthday. He was an artist and an educator, and a round-about anti-war activist. Kubert was born in Poland in 1926 and his family immigrated to America when he was two months old. He, like many Jewish children who had artistic talent and was a Jewish immigrant or a son of an immigrant, went into comics, but unlike many of his contemporaries, he started when he was 11 and a half years old. He was too young to have been drafted in World War II but was drafted in The Korean War. He personally never saw combat, but many of his friends and people he went to Basic with sure did, and he saw how war changed them. He is best known for making Sargent Rock for DC Comics, and like all great war comics, books and movies, it was really anti-war. Because conflicts stink, and all who go to war are casualties one way or anther. Share if you agree.
Originally published December 29, 2011
As my oldest daughter would say, “Whoa.”
I once again urge anyone, service members or family, dealing with depression, please reach out for help.
I see a lot of people with Support the troops bumper stickers. But I want to ask, what have they done to support the troops?
Even when the troops get home, these men and women need to be supported. When my friend Will returned from Iraq, I did my part of supporting him by being his friend. He was stationed near me, still serving but hundreds of miles from his friends, his family and his wife, living alone in a hotel room. He ate out every night. I would bring him home for a home cooked meal. That is how we as Americans need to support our troops. Not buy bumper stickers and ignore them. It’s the small things we can do.
I am not saying “Build them a house,” but just be their friend. 18 soldiers kill themselves a day, and maybe we can reduce that number by just letting them know that you are still there for them. Will told me some awful stuff he witnessed in Iraq, (I hardcore geeked out with my friend Joe over his pictures of Saddam’s Palace.) but when they want to talk about their experience. Listen. Do not judge. Because what ever successes or failures they had over there, remember, you love your friend or family member for a reason. That is what they need most of all.
Even Bill O’Reilly, who sends his books to be burned in Afganistan, does his part to support the troops. And honestly, that is the best way to burn his books, so we can keep the troops warm.
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So Scott Brown is working hard at becoming the first man to lose two elections against a woman, and Chris Sununu is helping him! Chris is the son of former George H.W. Bush’s Chief of staff, Governor of New Hampshire, and a surrogate for Mitt Romney in 2012. So Chris gets in front of a group of people and actually says this:
I love the guy who shouted out “Yes!” when Chris Sununu said “a phony from Massachusetts.” Go back and listen. It’s my favorite part.
Scott Brown just stood there and took it, too. He didn’t even blink. Wow.
Sorry if you wanted more comments on this, but that’s all I got, I am writing this before tonight where I am part of a Plein Air competition and then I’m taking my kid to a free screening of Ghostbusters. I will let you know what happens in the contest, but until then, I have a burning question:
Do you like Word Salad and want to help support me? I write several scripts out and pick which one I think is the best to post, but sometimes there are some perfectly good comics I write that never see the light of day. I was thinking of building a subscription service and I will share rejected Word Salads like this one:
Steve Douchey is a scum bag. He practically said this as a joke. Hitting women isn’t funny and that is why I didn’t run this. Louis Gohmert was also in contention this week. Please let me know if this is something you are willing, or even not willing to subscribe to. Your answers are important to me.
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