The Bible: Crystal Ball or Mirror?

I know a little bit about the bible. I have an M.Div. for Christ’s sake; it’s one of three graduate degrees for Pete’s sake! I may no longer be an ordained Benedictine monk, but I sure as Hell sat through my share of biblical studies, theology, even Greek courses. Most of them were fascinating. I had a brilliant seminary professor, one of several like that, in fact, who approached the study of sacred scriptures from a literary-criticism perspective, steeped in critical hermeneutics, semiology, and philology…right up my alley. He planted the following image in my mind (I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.):

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A Gallery of Trump or Trump-Related Illustrations: 2014-2018

Well over 100, and counting, of my digital (iPad) cartoons, doodles, and photo-mashups about this nightmare, dating back to late 2014: This Post has been converted into a Page (See above) called Trump Gallery since it keeps on growing.

 

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Heavens to Betsy: Deregulate this!

I’m just going to say it. These folks are deep-down frightened. They see what’s unfolding, and no matter how hard they slam on the brakes, there’s no stopping the inevitable demographic and economic changes and the corresponding cultural diversification and darkening of our collective pigmentation. Right now all they can do is wall themselves off economically, skim off as much as possible for themselves, take refuge in their own amnesia, and throw it in reverse.

Beer context: Pine and Palm’s Pacific Coast Porter
17th Street Pub
Sketch Club, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil

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Transubstantiation & Optical Delusion

Once in a while I can’t help seeing our current excremental political situation from the standpoint of the opposition. For example, just yesterday I saw a tweet with a link to an actual story about how American evangelicals could overlook this so-called president’s sexual relations with a porn star because he was subsequently ordained by “God” to become POTUS. How could the views be so different?

What explains the perceptual and conceptual polarization? I came up with the following explanation, a variation on an earlier explanation.

The earlier explanation:

Words escape me.

Trumpeffect, GOP, Reload, Overload: A Feeble Update

There’re more below, but let’s start with this image conceived at breakfasttime just minutes ago:

If you have a cognitive periscope, and if it’s sticking up above the surface, then you know this is an endurance test, and we’re over our heads in it! Take the latest mass shooting, for example, and all of the prayers and inactivity associated with it:

Ok, the shit’s been hitting the fan for so long, inspiring “cartoonery,” (wait is that even a word?) on my part so often, that I’ve gotten into the habit of simply posting images on Instagram rather than posting on this illustroblog. So, this post is a collection of images that reflects my take on the last few days of this colossal assault on our country by the barely elected clown and all those who look the other way for one reason or another.

So, then there’s this from a few days again:

While I’m at it, here’s one from early January that was rejected by the New Yorker, my first and only attempt so far. Incidentally, I can understand why it wasn’t accepted; I’ve done better. Still, I have an account, and I’ll give it a try again soon. At any rate, here’s what I had submitted; it accentuates how Trump is caught in the past and incapable of facing the reality that lies before the rest of us, and not just the 30 some percent of the eligible voters who he calls his base, whose view of reality is irreversibly subverted. Ok, the image:

I just want you to know that my first Trump-related post was from way back in December of 2015! The image highlights what we’re only now beginning to comprehend, namely, that Trump is only tip of the iceberg, that behind him is a gaggle of despicable cowards; check it out: https://portfoliolongo.com/2015/12/14/when-you-see-one-on-the-kitchen-floor/

Here’s pretty much how I feel about all this: