"A Pepper Spray Thanksgiving," Norman Rockwell's long-lost Saturday Evening Post cover

By artist and illustrator Bob Staake, whose work you may have seen on the cover of the New Yorker. Gonna have to add this one to the meme-stack. As I post this, word's coming in that the ACLU has just delivered a letter of condemnation to UC Davis chancellor Katehi.


  1. the SAME Bob Staake who wrote “the red lemon” “the donut chef” and “look a book”  some of my son’s favorite books.  thank you.  brilliant art continues on!   :)

  2. On the plus side, the indefinite leave will give the bad lieutenant time to work on the release of his first album, under the moniker Public Officer. The album, entitled “It Takes a Nation of People With Tents to Keep Us Back,” is said to have standout tracks “Bring the Pepper Spray” and “Pepper Spray for Your Right to Fight” as well as “Caught, Can We Get a Witness?”

    1. Coolest thing about that is it’s one of the ones he included himself in.  Older man on right with pipe = Rockwell himself.

  3. Remember those times when Westboro Baptist Church protesters got pepper sprayed and beaten up by riot police?
    Me neither.

  4. That’s because the whole damn family are trained lawyers and quite rich from it. They’re professional trolls and, unlike students and unemployed protestors, have the money to fight in court.

  5. I don’t mind the pepper spray–I just wish he wouldn’t stand on the damn serving dishes while he’s doing it.

  6. Putting the pepper spraying police officer inside a Norman Rockwell painting is a very important political point. It shows the OWS folks as the “real Americans,” and the pepper-spraying cops as alien. Me likey.

    Now if I could get a pepper-spraying police guy in a handy form that would keep the cat off the table, for Christmas. (Dear PETA I don’t have to put pepper spray in it. Water will do.) Press his little stomach and the water comes shooting out at the bad old putty tat. How cute!

    1. I would think his reaction would be the same as everybody else’s. 

      The initial reaction should the spray be directed at the face, is the completely involuntary closing of the eyes (sometimes described as leading to a disconcerting sensation of the eyelids “bubbling and boiling” as the chemical acts on the skin), an instant sensation of the restriction of the airways and the general feeling of sudden and intense, searing pain about the face, nose and throat. Coughing almost always follows the initial spray. 

  7. Your non-violent disembodied floating head doesn’t belong here,  get your chin off the silver and stop being such a communist, granny!

  8. Her name reminds me of kitteh (katehi).  I’ve actually started to read it as Kitteh and some how it helps.

  9. I really hope this is the height of violence against protestors, but I fear it is the beginning if our government does not step up to protect the 1st amendment rights to assemble peacefully. Im not sure why this video is getting vastly more attention than other examples of police brutality, but Im glad the world is waking up. Egyptian govt is now following US example – how terribly tragic.

        1. At first I let it be because I figured it was the moon, and he could jump quite easily, or was in landing mode… then I figured that was lazy, and fixed his arm.

  10. It’s wonderful after a fashion.  If extremely cruel. And a bit amusing. 

    It’s as if every bully and sadist in this world can now be told to “Smile! You are on the Internet now… You are a douche AND a meme for sadism, and your public life is crippled if not dead. Find a nice place to hide, there are millions wanting to slap you and spit on you, figuratively and literally… your victims had no appeal, and neither will you have one.”Harsh? Undoubtedly. A deterrent for others contemplating inflicting suffering gratuitously? A man can hope too.

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