From my cousin Fred. We needed this:

Danish writer Mikael Wulff and cartoon artist Anders Morgenthaler, “the creative duo known as Wumo,“ have created a brilliant series of graphs that illustrate some of the basic painful truths of everyday life in the Western world. Their graphs and diagrams are snarky and sarcastic but, for the most part, true. This, coupled with their simple and official-looking design, makes them a delight to look at. Wulff and Morgenthaler share these images on Wumo (formerly known as Wulffmorgenthaler). If you think you may have seen their work before, it should come as no surprise – they are a fairly successful cartoon duo. Their rise to success started in 2001, when they entered and won a cartoon competition. When they won, they received a one month run of their comic strip in Politiken, a national Danish newspaper. Their popularity soared with the new exposure, and they soon found more and more publishers, including several blogs and newspapers throughout Scandinavia and Germany. Their most recent accomplishment was becoming a regular cartoon strip in the New York Times.

Letter about a letter in the War Street Journal on Gay Marriage

Dear Editor,

Douglas Taylor-Weiss makes a good point regarding the fundamental freedom of marriage and its link to orderly procreation but doesn’t quite get to the most important one. (Gay-Marriage Conservatism letter, July 29)

The so-called right to gay marriage is really a ticket to violate the rights of others such as to not bake a cake or restrict entrance into private property.

There should be no place in law to allow enslavement, which is basically what happens in all these trendy new “rights” laws.

What if the partners in a marriage simply wrote and signed a contract, leaving the rest of us alone to enjoy our lives?

Fritz Groszkruger

Here is the letter:

In “Congress Should Codify Same-Sex Marriage” (op-ed, July 26), Theodore Olson and Kenneth Mehlman write, “Marriage is a fundamental freedom deeply rooted in the history and traditions of our country.” Well, yes, but that is only because marriage has been the union of male and female from which all human history comes to life. Same-sex unions omit the fundament that makes marriage fundamental. This house is built on sand.

Douglas Taylor-Weiss

Letter to Farm News on the biggest stupid idea to come along in a while

Dear Editor,

In David Kruse’s article “Clearing some foul air about CO2 pipelines”(July 22 Farm News), he declares CO2 pipelines to have a “public good.” His reasoning is that ethanol and fertilizer plants have to meet “demanding CO2 emission standards.”

This line of thinking sets a precedent where any so-called authority can impose rules favoring their pals and legally force anyone to do anything.

Just because the link is repeated billions of times doesn’t mean CO2 emissions are going to change the course of nature. The earth warms and cools on a scale much bigger than Mr. Kruse’s car or any other energy source could significantly change.

These standards he talks about, whether in good faith as being helpful or as a grand scheme to fleece ordinary Americans, are obviously wild guesses and not legitimate reasons to ruin wonderful farmland and trample property rights.

The fact that such bogus reasons have any sway at all is a sad indicator that Americans either have given up on defending themselves and they just don’t care and want to live their lives in peace and leave this country to our children in a shambles. Or, the media is now unapologetically doing the bidding of shysters and the public is proving itself to be too shallow-minded to question and resist.

Fritz Groszkruger