AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 4/22/2004 10:57:00 AM ----- BODY: Danby - I love most things about living in Maine. The two exceptions are the winter weather and the local media. The best thing about the web for me is that I can read national newspapers instead of the local rag, the Bangor Daily News. As small-city papers go, the BDN isn't terrible - some of the reporting is great and the paper does a good job of covering the region and state. The major problem with the Bangor Daily is its editorial page. Or, to be more specific, George Danby. Danby is the editorial cartoonist for the BDN, and his specialty is poorly-drawn caricatures with floating pieces of paper in the foreground. These floating papers have comments on them which are supposed to help explain the cartoon. Today's cartoon is a good example of Danby's subtle style. George W. Bush is shown standing in front of a beautiful Maine backdrop. Behind the backdrop is a picture of smog and midwest pollution. Get it? Maine's air is really so unbreathable and Maine is so polluted thanks to Bush's policies that he has to fake a backdrop of a beautiful state! Isn't that great? Isn't that funny?! Because, you know, Maine really does have great big clouds of midwest pollution hanging over its major cities, ruining the scenic vistas and killing off the wildlife. Three and a half years of George W. Bush have turned this state from vacationland into a post-apocalyptic nightmare. Oh, and just in case you didn't get the joke, a Danby paper explainer is there for you - It says "Bush - Clean air? Don't hold your breath." Stop, George...you're killing me! Another Danby classic shows a plane piloted by the president with the words "Mideast Peace" written on it. The cartoon, titled "The A-Bomb," shows the plane dropping a bomb with the name "Ariel Sharon" on it. Because, in the world of George Danby, Ariel Sharon is the REAL threat to peace in the mideast, not the dozens of Palestinian suicide bombers that kill innocent Israelis. These are only a couple of examples of the overwhelming mediocrity of George Danby. Actually, mediocrity would be an improvement. The BDN should really find someone with an original voice instead of settling for what we have now. Find a young libertarian who isn't afraid to take shots at both sides, instead of the constant litany of inspid liberalism that Danby brings to the editorial page. Oh, and funny would be good too. --------