perro callejero joins Rio Blanco Avalanche Center

Tim Lane has a new avalanche dog named Bobby Blue Bland … another down & outer who found a bone and some pets & now has a new home at the Rio Blanco Avalanche Center.

‘Far Side’ cartoonist Gary Larson publishes first new work in 25 years ~ CNN
“Enter if you dare,” is the message on Gary Larson’s website challenging people to explore his new content. “The Far Side” cartoonist surprised fans this week when he published never-before-seen comics for the first time in 25 years.
However, the comics he released Tuesday are a bit different than Larson’s previous works. The “New Stuff” is not the classic pen and ink comics that his followers are familiar with. Larson says on his website that his most recent creations are “the result of my journey into the world of digital art.”
He retired in 1995, citing “fatigue and fear that if I continue for many more years my work will begin to suffer, or at the very least ease into the Graveyard of Mediocre Cartoons,” according to a statement at the time.
Larson, who launched his website only last year, says that in retirement he enjoyed the freedom to cartoon infrequently and without deadlines, and explore other interests.
Cartoonist Gary Larson pictured in 1985.

Cartoonist Gary Larson pictured in 1985. Credit: Paul Sakuma/AP
The 69-year-old credits a clogged pen for inspiring his return to the industry. On the occasions Larson would sit down to draw, he says on his website, it became a ritual of “cursing at, and then cleaning out, my clogged pen.” So a few years ago, he decided to rebel against the “traitorous” pen by experimenting with a digital tablet.
“I got one, fired it up, and lo and behold, something totally unexpected happened: within moments, I was having fun drawing again.” Larson says he was stunned by all the tools and “creative potential it contained.”
He warns his fans that the products of his digital rebirth are not a “resurrection” of “The Far Side.” The single-panel cartoon first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1980 and ran for 15 years until Larson retired. The famous cartoon was featured in nearly 2,000 newspapers and 40 million books, sold 77 million calendars and been translated into more than 17 languages, according to the longtime publisher Andrews McMeel Universal, which hosts Larson’s website.
“The Far Side” fans had an appetite for Larson’s peculiar humor, and it grew to be one of the most beloved cartoons of its time. The “New Stuff” certainly has its own brand, but Larson’s unmistakable style is still present. The first fresh works he premiered depict four bears picnicking on Cub Scouts, a man hailing a taxidermist and two aliens out hunting and planning a “probe and release” of a man approaching in a truck.
Fans are already liking and commenting on his “Daily Dose” of cartoons on the website, eager for the new content to continue.
Larson says he wants to remind everyone that he’s “just exploring, experimenting, and trying stuff.” He says he does not know where his digital journey will take him, but he is grateful to that clogged pen for sending him on this adventure.


Charles Webb, Elusive Author of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 81 ~ NYT

His novel was turned into an era-defining movie, but he was never comfortable with its success, and he chose to live in poverty.

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Charles Webb, who wrote the 1963 novel “The Graduate,” the basis for the hit 1967 film, and then spent decades running from its success, died on June 16 in East Sussex, England. He was 81.

A spokesman for his son John confirmed the death, in a hospital, but did not specify the cause.

Mr. Webb’s novel, written shortly after college and based largely on his relationship with his wife, Eve Rudd, was made into an era-defining film, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft, that gave voice to a generation’s youthful rejection of materialism. Mr. Webb and his wife, both born into privilege, carried that rejection well beyond youth, choosing to live in poverty and giving away whatever money came their way, even as the movie’s acclaim continued to follow them.

“My whole life has been measured by it,” he told the British newspaper The Telegraph in 2007, when the couple were living in a drab hotel room paid for by British social services.

Mr. Webb published eight books, including a sequel to “The Graduate,” “Home School” (2007), in which the main characters, Benjamin and Elaine, are grown up and teaching their children themselves. He agreed to publish it only to pay off a 30,000-pound debt, said Jack Malvern, a Times of London reporter who was friendly with Mr. Webb and helped with that deal.

“He had a very odd relationship with money,” said Caroline Dawnay, who was briefly Mr. Webb’s agent in the early 2000s when his novel “New Cardiff” was made into the 2003 movie “Hope Springs,” starring Colin Firth. “He never wanted any. He had an anarchist view of the relationship between humanity and money.”

He gave away homes, paintings, his inheritance, even his royalties from “The Graduate,” which became a million-seller after the movie’s success, to the benefit of the Anti-Defamation League. He awarded his 10,000-pound payout from “Hope Springs” as a prize to a performance artist named Dan Shelton, who had mailed himself to the Tate Modern in a cardboard box.

At his second wedding to Ms. Rudd — they married in 1962, then divorced in 1981 to protest the institution of marriage, then remarried around 2001 for immigration purposes — he did not give his bride a ring, because he disapproved of jewelry. Ms. Dawnay, the only witness save two strangers pulled in off the street, recalled that the couple walked nine miles to the registry office for the ceremony, wearing the only clothes they owned.

Lots of people momentarily embrace the idea of leaving the rat race, like the characters in “The Graduate.” Mr. Webb and Ms. Rudd did it, with all the consequences it entailed. If they regretted the choice, they did not say so.

“When you run out of money it’s a purifying experience,” Mr. Webb told The Times of London after the couple moved to England. “It focuses the mind like nothing else.”



Charles Richard Webb was born on June 9, 1939, in San Francisco, and grew up in Pasadena, Calif. His father, Dr. Richard Webb, was a heart specialist, part of a wealthy social circle like the one Charles would skewer in “The Graduate.” (Charles described his relationship with his father as “reasonably bad.”) His mother, Janet Farrington Webb, was, he said, a socialite and an avid reader from whom he “was always looking for crumbs of approval.” He said “The Graduate” was an attempt to win her favor; it went decidedly wrong.

A younger brother, Sidney Farrington Webb, became a doctor in Las Cruces, N.M.

Charles went to boarding school and then to Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned a degree in American history and literature in 1961. He said his schools had been “chosen” for him “on the basis of how it looked.” A mediocre student, he nonetheless managed to win a two-year writing fellowship, which he used to write “The Graduate.”

While at Williams, he met Ms. Rudd, a Bennington College student. She was a former debutante from a family of teachers with a bohemian streak — her brother was the avant-garde jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd — and they both rejected the bourgeois worlds of their families. Their first date, they told interviewers, was in a cemetery.

Their romance, and her mother’s disapproval of him, became the basis for “The Graduate.” The inspiration for the character Mrs. Robinson, who seduces young Benjamin, may have come from one of his parents’ friends, whom he accidentally saw naked.

Reviewing the book in The Times, Orville Prescott called it a “fictional failure” but favorably compared its protagonist to Holden Caulfield of “The Catcher in the Rye.”

With its mumbling ennui and conversations that do not connect, the novel captured the moment just before the repressed Eisenhower era blossomed into the Technicolor 1960s. The characters are not idealistic; they’re groping for ideals, their flight from their parents’ values and lifestyles more solitary than collective. In the last pages, Benjamin and Elaine are alone on a bus, shaken, heading into a future that is opaque to them. Hello darkness, my old friend.


CNN Keller confronts Trummp campaign official: is this funny to you? ~ CNN

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CNN’s Brianna Keilar confronts Trump 2020 campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh about President Donald Trump’s recent comments about coronavirus testing that he made at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


The era the Ku Klux Klan controlled Colorado politics ~ 9 News

As many as 35,000 Coloradans belonged to the organization during its peak in the late 20s, according to Bob Goldberg, a professor at the University of Utah.
The era the Ku Klux Klan controlled Colorado politics

DENVER — The decision by a Denver neighborhood to strip the name of a former Denver mayor tied to the Ku Klux Klan is a reminder of the power the KKK had in Colorado for a short period less than a century ago.

Mayor Benjamin Stapleton, a member of the Klan, was elected largely because of the influence of that organization in the early 1920s.

“They had really dominated state government, city government,” said Brian Trembath, a researcher for the Denver Public Library’s Western History Collection.

“They were operating more or less openly and they weren’t quite the lynching, night riding Klan we think of, but they were every bit as hateful,” Trembath said.

Steve Staeger


Working on a piece for on the history of political influence of the KKK in Colorado in the 1920s. The @denverlibrary has some powerful images in its Western History Collection – including this photo of a meeting of the klan atop Table Mountain in 1924 or 1925.

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Steve Staeger


I’ve always known the KKK had a presence here – but reading about their power here in the 20s was eye-opening. The @denverlibrary has a great piece on this if you want to do some advanced reading: 

When The KKK Ruled Colorado: Not So Long Ago

Trembath said the organization wasn’t in the shadows then as it is today.

“Some people might have viewed it as a social club,” he said.

As many as 35,000 Coloradans belonged to the organization during its peak in the late 20s, according to Bob Goldberg, a researcher and history professor at the University of Utah, who wrote a book called “Hooded Empire: The Ku Klux Klan in Colorado.”

“In my mind, the Colorado Klan was the second most powerful Klavern or organization in the United States in the 1920s after Indiana,” Goldberg said.


Goldberg said this movement of the KKK was the second movement in the group’s history. The first focused predominantly on the persecution of black Americans following the Civil War. The third, after World War II, had a similar target.

“It was anti-African American,” he said. “It was for white supremacy.”

“But its larger proponent, its larger issues were in regards to Catholics, Jews, immigrants and the issue of law and order and based on that cafeteria of appeals, the Klan was able to attract many people.”

He describes a Klan that was an economic and political machine, working to uphold Protestant white values to an extreme.

“So they were very anti-Catholic, very anti-immigrant,” researcher Trembath said. “They would try to push bills through the state legislature to ban sacramental wine.”

“[The movement] was able to elect the governor, lieutenant governor nearly all the statewide officers in 1924, two United States senators one of them was a member of the Klan and then the Klan had power locally in towns and cities throughout Colorado,” Goldberg said.


It asserted that political power by directing members how to vote, regardless of party, according to Goldberg.

“The Klan would vote in bloc for a candidate,” Goldberg said. “As John Galen Locke, the grand dragon of the Colorado Klan said ‘we are not Republicans, we are not Democrats, we are Klansmen’. And you were expected to vote the Klan ticket from the top to the bottom.”

And the Klan tried to control the economy, driving businesses toward white Protestant business owners and away from Jewish and Catholic business owners.

“The Klan made sure you were able to put a sticker on the front of your store a sticker that had the letters K.I.G.Y., it stood for “Klansmen, I greet you” and that’s how you knew you were on the favored Klan list,” Goldberg said.

As for why Colorado drew such a Klan stronghold, Goldberg says it has a lot to do with a diverse number of issues in the 1920s and the fact that Locke, the grand dragon at the time, was a charismatic leader.

He also said the Klan was drawn to Denver because it was awash with crime from prostitution to bootlegging during prohibition. The Klan promised ‘law and order,’ which eventually became its downfall.

After Klan leaders got caught up in political scandals, accused of breaking laws, the hate group’s power began to fade near the end of the 20s.

Though Goldberg believes some of the hate from that era reverberates today.

“The idea is we must uphold Protestant supremacy… “protestant hegemony in this country,” he said. “The echoes I hear today are very similar in regards to who are considered insiders and who are considered outsiders, who are considered Americans and whose Americanism is tainted.”