(15 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 3, 2018 'A Skeleton Key To The Gemstone File' Turned 40
A "viral" document before personal computers existed, 'A Skeleton Key to the Gemstone File' summarises and highlights the letters of Bruce Porter Roberts and redefines the definition of "Mafia." It paints for us a truer picture that reveals how deeply the roots of organized crime intertwine every aspect of US politics and culture.
(26 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 29, 2016 The Streets of Taiwan...a poem
I wrote this one summer when I was visiting Taiwan. I had lived there previously so I was already familiar with the island. One question that looms throughout the piece is the relationship between China and Taiwan. China claims it as a territory. Taiwan considers itself independent (with help from the US). Series: Poetry (2 Articles, 4288 views)
(16 comments) SHARE Friday, October 14, 2016 'Evolution in Practice'--a cartoon
Ralph drew this cartoon with India ink on a handwritten letter in the 1990s. The letter subsequently got wet and smudged, so I had to do a little inexpert graphic repair. The original caption, "Evolution in Practice", was smeared beyond recognition. Series: Primitive Man (17 Articles, 19111 views)
(27 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 9, 2016 Be All You Can Be (a cartoon)
One of Ralph's cartoons served as cover art for a book whose title was that cartoon's caption: Be All You Can Be was the US Army's recruiting slogan for about twenty years (80s-90s). Considering that he was a major when he drew it, his irreverent attitude towards the military may seem a little surprising. Yet there are many military service members who don't appreciate their lives being casually squandered, not to protect the Series: Primitive Man (17 Articles, 19111 views)
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, September 30, 2016 The Priestly Class (Two Cartoons)
In "The Lowest Animal," Twain says: "Man is the Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion -- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself, and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight. He has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother's path to happiness and heaven. Series: Primitive Man (17 Articles, 19111 views)
(12 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 24, 2016 'The Pimps': A cartoon inspired by Dick Gregory
Ralph drew this after we talked about my hearing Dick Gregory speak at Compton College in winter of 1981. He'd said, " "These manipulatin' pimps don't give a damn about none of ya'all!"
Gregory was referring to a presumed tiny group of oligarchs who seemed to be rather running amok.
Ralph made an acronym of PIMPS, and he had cartoon. Series: Primitive Man (17 Articles, 19111 views)
(43 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 10, 2016 Many of our valiant police...
This week's "primitive man" cartoons is a drawing he created to protest the harebrained cannabis policies in 1980s California. I thought it appropriate since we've evolved so little in terms of modernizing drug policy. Lately we've been told Cannabis will remain Schedule 1 according to DEA. Also, they're adding kratom (mitrogyna speciosa) a benevolent herb, to Schedule 1. Delegitimizing nature is symptom of severe human defect Series: Primitive Man (17 Articles, 19111 views)
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 3, 2016 The Invention of the Wheel
"The Invention of the Wheel"
#2 in a series of "primitive man" cartoons by Maj. Ralph Hamilton (1918-1999). Series: Primitive Man (17 Articles, 19111 views)