Monday, December 29, 2008

Fighting Words: 12/29/08 Cartoon...

"The American Dick-tionary"...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Animation FYI

So you may have noticed that the little animated additions to my weekly cartoons have disappeared. They've been a casualty of an increase in my side freelance work... (Money is good. I like money.)

Not sure how much excitement there was for those little animations anyway, since they were sort of crude. However, some of the other stuff I'm working on involves that damn Flash computer program, so my skills with this should be getting more gooder...

In other words, when I get back to doing regular animations, maybe I'll be able do something worth looking at!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Yes... I still hate the Yankees...

I was a little worried after last season, when the Yankees failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1993, that I would have to stop hating them... that they might become, like, the underdogs now or something.

Nuh-uh. Nope.

With today's signing of Mark Teixeira, their off-season spending spree is now up to $423.5 million. ESPN news just ran a graphic showing some other things that could be bought with that kind of money, including something like 25% of the entire General Motors Company. But an even more galling figure is $1.3 billion -- the price tag for their brand new stadium opening up in April:
The new stadium on the north side of 161st Street is 63 percent larger than the old, with four merchandise stores instead of one, and 13 restaurants, lounges and food courts for the public, including a martini bar and a steak house that figure to become a destination for Wall Street's elite. There are 51 available luxury suites priced from $600,000 to $850,000 each, up from 19 at the old ballpark.

I say every other team in baseball should slash their ticket prices in half for games against the Yankees next year, so everybody who's struggling through our new Great Depression can go "explain" to them exactly how we feel about this.

Fighting Words: 12/22/08 Cartoon...

"Wild Planet, #6"...

Yeah, I'm pretty sick of the snow now.

A typical Seattle winter day of about 40 and rain actually sounds pretty nice right now...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dog In Snow

Can't really get out to get much work done right now, here in the Great Northwest Snowstorm of '08!!, so I took the opportunity to play with my dog in the snow a bit...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Fighting Words: 12/15/08 Cartoon...

"A Christmas Carol"...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Fighting Words / Art News

Been a while since I did one of these posts, so let's catch up shall we?
  • I did a workshop this morning at an elementary school in Kingston, WA, where I talked to some teachers about how to show kids how to do comics.  You know what they say: those who can't do, teach.  Those who can't teach... um... try to show other people how to teach.

    I have a decent little presentation put together, so if any other schools in the Puget Sound area want to bring me in to give a talk, send me an email at nomind (at) And if you want to pay me to do it... well, I know how all you teachers here in Washington state are rolling in dough these days!

    Someone also sent me a great link recently for a group called "The Comic Book Project," which seeks "to help children forge an alternative pathway to literacy by writing, designing, and publishing original comic books." Check it out...

  • I've updated the "Commercial Art" post to include a finished logo and sign design that I did for a local restaurant that's opening up soon, and I also put up a link to some Flash slideshows that I'm doing for clients of my dad, a wedding photographer.  The slideshows are probably the classiest thing I've done as a designer (they include great music by a local musician)... if you're a freelance photographer looking to add a new product or promotional tool, send me an email at nomind (at)

  • I've also started taking website design and construction jobs (links coming soon), and I'm even doing a tattoo design for a friend of mine. Someday, I'll do a page on my site with all of the non-Fighting Words projects that I've been working on...

Monday, December 08, 2008

Fighting Words: 12/8/08 Cartoon...

"The Reign of Big Beta"...

I had to do a little cultural research on this one... the Betamax/VHS format war was a bit before my time. For most of my life, "VCR" just meant "VHS."

Of course, if you got the point I was really driving at here, you know the cartoon itself has very little to do with videotapes...

Mark Fiore already did a great 'toon a few weeks ago on the lack of innovation in the auto industry, but I thought I'd go ahead and follow through with this take on the issue that I had been planning.

UPDATE: Hey, how about that... Ford actually did come out with a car they called the "Futura"...

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Note to self

I was up very late the other night examining a masterpiece... an unparalleled example of human creativity at it's highest levels.

Here is a note that I scribbled to myself, verbatim:

Take relatively simple idea and present it with the utmost imagination, holding the audience's attention at every moment. The genius here is in the minutia, the subtle ideas of movement, timing, atmosphere, sound, music, and the perfect mix of obvious and unexpected, usually with a deeper literary or allegorical meaning that is only slightly alluded to.

Was I watching an experimental dance of some kind? A ballet? A beautiful foreign film?

Hell no:

Chuck Jones = super-genius.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Fighting Words: 12/1/08 Cartoon...

"Change Has Come"...

Meh... take a week off and it's like I haven't done one for a year...

By the way, it's sort of a sequel to this one:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Flash poster

Here's an interesting use of Flash in a "poster" for the upcoming Terminator: Salvation.  I like short, relatively simple but interesting uses of Flash like this (that aren't confined to pop-up ads)... 

I really hope this movie doesn't suck, by the way...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sorry about your job... here's a blog!

I am a believer in the idea that the internet will be the future of newspapers, but something about this doesn't sound quite right:
The TypePad Journalist Bailout Program offers recently terminated bloggers and journalists a free pro account (worth $150 annually) on the company’s popular blogging platform. In addition to the free yearly membership, the 20 to 30 journalists who are accepted will receive professional tech support, placement on the company’s blog aggregation site,, and automatic enrollment in the company’s advertising revenue-sharing program.

I'm sure TypePad is just trying to do something nice for recently laid-off journalists, and someday this might be a really cool offer.  But at this point in time, it would just seem to add fuel to the Huffington Post way of thinking about the internet... like, "hey, exposure is just as good as money!"

I suppose the conclusion to draw is that it's just a shame newspapers have allowed their industry to get to this point, and haven't made more progress in making their product work on the internet (maybe, by extension, helping to make the internet a more reputable and profitable medium in general).  Of course, it's harder to do this when you've laid off all your talent.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Fighting Words: 11/24/08 Cartoon...

"The Skeptics"...

Classic Fighting Words this week -- doing a little recharging this weekend...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Fighting Words: 11/17/08 Cartoon...

"Chez Newspaper"...

Three more editorial cartoonists lost their staff jobs at daily papers last week. Among the many reactions to the layoffs, Jimmy Margulies did a pretty ingenious mock news article which reported that Harper's Weekly had eliminated the position of Thomas Nast.

I did a bit of analysis on the challenges facing the newspaper industry (and by extension my chosen profession) in this post last year.  However, I think this article by Philip Meyer is a must-read. Here's a few highlights:

The endgame for newspapers is in sight. How their owners and managers choose to apply their dwindling resources will make all the difference in the nature of the ultimate product, its service to democracy and, of course, its survival.


It is now clear that [the internet] is as disruptive to today's newspapers as Gutenberg's invention of movable type was to the town criers, the journalists of the 15th century.


Robert Picard, a media economist who looks at newspapers from an international perspective, believes that [newspapers] try to do too much. He expressed this view in June at the Carnegie-Knight Task Force conference on the Future of Journalism at Harvard University. Newspapers "keep offering an all-you-can-eat buffet of content, and keep diminishing the quality of that content because their budgets are continually thinner," he said. "This is an absurd choice because the audience least interested in news has already abandoned the newspaper."

If they should peel back to some core function, newspapers would still have to worry about the Internet and its unbeatable capacity for narrowcasting. The newspapers that survive will probably do so with some kind of hybrid content: analysis, interpretation and investigative reporting in a print product that appears less than daily, combined with constant updating and reader interaction on the Web.


[I]t is possible to envision a scenario in which newspapers trim down to a specialized product and survive by serving a narrow market well. They are already trimming down. But what are they trimming down to? Have they thought about what's left after all the shrinkage?
One of the rules of thumb for coping with substitute technology is to narrow your focus to the area that is the least vulnerable to substitution


I still believe that a newspaper's most important product, the product least vulnerable to substitution, is community influence. It gains this influence by being the trusted source for locally produced news, analysis and investigative reporting about public affairs. This influence makes it more attractive to advertisers.

It's pretty clear to me what major industry in this country is most in need of a "bailout"... the question is: would they know how to use it right?

Fyi - no animation quite yet on this 'toon again, but if you missed it, I did do a little something for last week's. I'm kinda liking this schedule of getting the static 'toon done and posted on Mondays, and then coming back to the animation later in the week (when I can take my time and put some thought into it).

Friday, November 14, 2008

Viaduct Revisited...

The Seattle P-I has some really cool graphics illustrating the differences between the various plans for the Alaskan Way Viaduct, which I blogged about in this post last year. State officials have said that they will make a final decision by the end of the year.

Now, if you live in Seattle, you probably know all about this already. If you don't live in Seattle, take a look at the pictures (especially the "Waterfront view") and tell me which option you would choose for your own city. The differences in the images are glaring. This area has the potential to be one of the coolest (and most valuable) parts of the city. It makes absolutely no sense to spend so much money on another giant concrete slug running through there... especially if it's just to save a couple minutes on a trip to the airport for people who just have to drive their cars everywhere. The alternative option of an elevated freeway dressed up with grass and other development just looks odd to me, and extremely expensive. The tunnel options all seem extremely dangerous given the crumbling seawall.

Take that money, invest more in Metro buses and streetcars and light rail, make the streets surrounding that area easier to travel on, and let the citizens enjoy that area finally. Boom, I just solved Seattle's biggest problem.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Good God that's cute...

I hate "cute" stuff. It's all "nice" and... um... "cute." I like stuff that kicks ass, like death metal and raw sewage!!

Of course, when it comes to dogs (especially my dog), I am probably the biggest softie on the planet. And damned if this isn't about the cutest thing I've ever seen...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Fighting Words: 11/10/08 Cartoon...

"Letter From 2012 in Obama's America"...

This was one of those cartoons where doing the artwork was like going back to drawing in class in middle school... like, "kick ass, I'm gonna draw a TERMINATOR now!"

If you haven't seen the letter that was the inspiration for the 'toon, do yourself a favor and check it out... pure hilarity! Just a harmless piece of fearmongering propaganda that was apparently being circulated by James Dobson's Focus on the Family before the election. It's an invented letter from the perspective of an imaginary person from 2012, telling the story of the horrific world we'll live in after 4 years under the thumb of the tyrant Barack Obama. It is a world where U.S. cities are getting attacked by terrorists left and right, Israel has been nuked by Iran and forced to cede most of its territory (apparently, Israel didn't feel like retaliating that day), and the Boy Scouts of America no longer exists because the new liberal Supreme Court was trying to force young boys to sleep in the same tents as homosexual scoutmasters. The "tipping point" for all this horror, and the reason the Court was now stacked with liberal oppressors, was Justice Scalia's surprise resignation in 2009 due to "health reasons." Uh-huh. I'll bet just about anything I own that Scalia will keep a death grip on his seat until the moment he breathes his last breath.

By the way, no animation on this one quite yet, as the coloring took for-ever...

Friday, November 07, 2008

My Palin Admission

Now that that's over...

I have an admission to make regarding the popular perceptions about Sarah Palin. I don't expect to do any more cartoons about her, so I'll blog about it now. Here's my admission:

I DO think that it's possible that there was an element of sexism in how people evaluated her, in one respect only...

Yes, she is an incredible moron, who is in no way qualified to hold higher office. Yes, she's an extremist nut-ball who has no business making decisions for the rest of us on important stuff. And yes, she deserved to get hammered for these things in the media.

But these things were also true of Bush. This should have been abundantly clear before the 2004 election, and yet people gave him the benefit of the doubt and put him in office for a second term.

Sexism? Who knows...

All I know is I won't be giving up the chip on my shoulder over the '04 election any time soon...

From the Neglected News Dept.

... in the "how in the hell am I just now reading this?" division...

On Tuesday, Mexico's Secretary of the Interior (their #2 official, the equivalent of Vice President) was killed when his Learjet crashed into "a posh Mexico City neighborhood" amidst rush hour traffic. Nine people on the plane and five people on the ground were killed. According to the Yahoo story, speculation is widespread that "the drug cartels were to blame."

Am I missing something here? Aside from being a rather important news story, it's at least interesting, wouldn't you say? Yeah we've had other stuff going on this week, but...

Thankfully, almost every news site on the web has among their lead stories that one of Hugh Hefner's ex-girfriends is getting married.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Obamas considering rescue dog

Of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with why anyone would support Obama (the politician) on anything...

But it would be yet another really, really cool side-story in this whole great saga.

Pure Science Fiction

Almost lost among all the big news: celebrity global warming-denier (and pal of everyone's favorite senator) Michael Crichton died at 66.

Escaping from reality will never be the same again...

Monday, November 03, 2008

Fighting Words: 11/3/08 Cartoon...

"The Bradley Effect"...

No animation on this one yet, as I wanted to get it done and posted. I also want to see if I can use the Twilight Zone theme song royalty free...

Mainly though I want to get some other stuff done tonight so I can rest my eyeballs on the TV screen all day tomorrow. It all comes down to Pennsylvania, folks. The race in that state is crucial not only because of the polling numbers and the number of electoral votes at stake, but also because I think the results in PA will shed light on just how much influence naked racism will have on the results of the election as a whole. It cracks me up that John Murtha is getting so much flak for telling the truth about many of the people in his state.

Obama can still win if he loses PA (assuming he loses FL and/or OH, even though he has slight leads there), but it'll be close then...

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Ted Stevens caricature


And I thought my caricature was nasty!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

News item

109 year-old woman, daughter of a slave, casts her vote for Obama.

via Buzzflash

Great stat...

...heard in passing on Air America just now:

Apparently, a poll was done of people who had already voted in the State of Florida, and 6% of those people were... you guessed it... still undecided about who they were going to vote for.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Worst of the Worst

Esquire has a list of the 10 worst members of Congress.  Hard to argue with most of their choices, but...

OK, you know when someone does a list of the 10 greatest rock songs of all time or 10 greatest pro sports teams of all time, and some music/sports geek (like me) has to post a screaming rant protesting the exclusion of one or more choices?  I hate to be that guy, but...

C'MON!! How you gonna do a list like this and not include a guy who has to be one of the top 10 assholes in the entire history of congressional assholery? SERIOUSLY PEOPLE... put some effort into it...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Good news:
If the Army tries to court-martial 1st Lt. Ehren Watada a second time, it cannot prosecute him for refusing to deploy to Iraq, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

Seeking a conviction on that charge -- the most serious that Watada faced -- would constitute double jeopardy, U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle in Tacoma decided.

The Watada case was the inspiration for this cartoon last year...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Little Anim...

To make up for the lack of animation on this week's 'toon, here a little somethin' somethin' to look at... my first walk-cycle! I did this a while ago, part of my perpetually in-development second full animated short:

Doesn't look like much, but that's actually a lot of work on Flash.

As unbelievably complicated as Flash is for a numbskull like me, it actually starts to get fun once you get the hang of it...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fighting Words: 10/13/08 Cartoon...

"Period Piece"...

Tryin' something a little different with this one... no animation yet, but I'm sure I'll come back to it at some point this week and pick at it.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Debate Deux

I found it interesting that David Gergen, in CNN's post-debate cluck-fest, said he thinks Obama's "blackness" (his word) will automatically cost him 5 points on election day... as if that many people who go into the booth fully intending to vote for Obama will all change their mind at the last second when they remember he's a black guy.  I usually like Gergen's levelheaded analyses, but you gotta wonder here what century he thinks he's living in... or more to the point, if he's actually correct, what century that 5% of voting Americans think they're living in.

Matt has a 'toon on the subject...

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Flash Probs

I'm getting more reports that the Flash versions of my 'toons aren't working quite right for some. I've noticed myself that it's hit-or-miss on Safari, especially when linking in from certain sites. However, it seems to work just fine in Firefox.

Two solutions for now: view the animation in Firefox, or click on the link to the non-Flash version above each cartoon.

Thanks for bearing with me...

Monday, October 06, 2008

Fighting Words: 10/6/08 Cartoon...

"Corporations: CRISIS!!"...

Some previous episodes with the Corporation Guys:

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Ghosts I - IV

Updating this post, I did indeed end up buying a "copy" of NIN's online album offering, Ghosts. I gotta say, even though it's all instrumental, it's damn good.

Great zone-out-while-working album...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Random Thoughts

  • You might notice that my "Moron" posts have disappeared... they haven't gone away forever, but they won't necessarily be every week anymore. I'm not gonna do 'em unless I have something interesting that I really want to talk about. I will be doing more posts on other topics, though...

  • I've made my Archives front-page a little more user-friendly...

  • Seeing Griffey back in the MLB playoffs brings back some fuzzy memories. I have a vague recollection of my hometown having a successful baseball team once. I can't be sure, though...

  • I think if I don't talk about my favorite TV shows more often, they're going to suspend my blogging license...

    So anyway, if Fox cancels Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, I'm gonna be supremely pissed. I watched the pilot last year out of curiosity, fully expecting it to suck, and I've been totally hooked ever since. Lena Headey brings a really cool vibe to the title role...


I'll call that a successful prediction... Palin didn't sound quite as stupid as she had the potential to (aside from her bizarrely exaggerated folksiness), and yet not a word escaped her lips that might indicate that she has the capacity to formulate independent thoughts on most important issues.  She was clearly coached to steer the topics toward answers that she had already rehearsed ahead of time.

Most prescient pre-debate editorial cartoon:

Clay Bennett
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Oct 1, 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Palin debate ramp up

As is often the case, I'm reminded of a quote from the West Wing:
Toby, I'm absolutely terrified we're going to lose the expectations game. I can't believe how many times I get asked what would be a win in the debates. At this point I feel like if -- and only if -- Ritchie accidentally lights his podium on fire does the President have a fighting chance.

I disagree.

Disagree all you want, but I'm right.

These two men are going to be side by side on the stage, answering questions. That's the ball game.

If the whole thing is, he can't tie his shoelaces and it turns out he can, then that is the ball game.

And I believe he'll have to do more than tie his shoelaces.

Not much more.

I think everyone needs to cool it a little on the predictions that Palin will have a total meltdown in her debate. If it turns out she sounds just slightly less dumb than Tina Fey's caricature, then we'll be treated to a mudslide of claims that she "won" the debate... when she still hasn't actually said anything of substance.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Even more debate thoughts...

I'm going to be hammering on McCain some more in the next 'toon, so I'll document here what's bothering me about Obama's performance last night.

What we have here is a tale of two Obamas. First, we have the Obama who is an electrifying presence and a dynamic public speaker, who energizes his base and motivates people to vote for him because he is Barack Obama. This is the guy we saw during the DNC.

Then we have the Obama who stumbles through his arguments and gets weighed down by figures, who kow-tows to the far right in an effort to ingratiate himself some mythical Democratic notion of the "reg'lar Amer'can," and who makes proud independents ultimately not trust him and feel ambivalent about their choice since they don't really see any difference between the two candidates. This, of course, is the Obama we saw last night, for the most part (congratulating John McCain for his stance on torture? What?! The same guy who voted against the ban on waterboarding?).

This second guy is the type who merely motivates people to vote for him just because... well, he's not quite as bad as the other guy. Ask John Kerry how this guy does in elections that should, by all accounts, be easily winnable.

Personally, I'd like to see the first Obama in the next debate.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Debate "whaaaaaa?"

Did McCain just try to compare Obama to Bush on Iraq at the end there?

That's an impressive little bit of hypocritical bullshit jujitsu to make that argument...

MORE THOUGHTS: Don't get me wrong, here... I wasn't entirely blown away by Obama's performance tonight.

But I did think he landed the zinger of the night when he finally came back at McCain's deranged mocking of the concept of international diplomacy with, "Look, nobody is saying we're gonna sit down and have TEA with these people, you disingenuous piece of shit!!!!"

Obviously, I added a bit there...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Free Palin 'Toon!

After seeing the Katie Couric interview with Sarah Palin, it's becoming clear that this is a person who is totally out of her league. She has no idea what to say beyond campaign slogans and generic talking points, and she even panics a little when pressed to do some critical thinking on rather simple issues:

COURIC: You've said, quote, "John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business." Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more example of his leading the charge for more oversight?

PALIN: I think that the example that you just cited, with his warnings two years ago about Fannie and Freddie--that, that's paramount. That's more than a heck of a lot of other senators and representatives did for us.

COURIC: But he's been in Congress for 26 years. He's been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.

PALIN: He's also known as the maverick though. Taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he's been talking about--the need to reform government.

COURIC: I'm just going to ask you one more time, not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation?

PALIN: I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you.

Makes me think that this week's cartoon should have looked more like this:

In fact, let's do this: if you click on that image above, you'll get a high-resolution JPEG that should print up pretty nicely. I'll do this Trent Reznor-style and say "this one's on me"... feel free to print that up, and fill in the bubbles with anything (words? doodles? photos? loogies?) that you think best represents what the heck Sarah Palin is really trying to say. Put 'em up in your office to annoy your Republican co-workers who are trying desperately to convince themselves that she is actually qualified! Here's a few more to play with, including some in black & white and some with fewer bubbles:

If you make use of these, do me a favor and shoot me an e-mail at nomind (at) describing what you came up with (or even scan it and send me a copy)... I'd love to see them!

I'll leave these on my server through the election. I took the byline off, but left my copyright on... all I ask is that you not sell it (as in this Creative Commons license).


Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Ed Stein
Rocky Mountain News
Sep 24, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Fighting Words: 9/22/08 Cartoon...

"A Self-Explanatory Cartoon"...

Alternate title: "Four Years of Bleeding Ears?"
Alternate title #2: "The Voice of Pa[l]in"...

OK, this one sucks... but my creative tank was on "E" this week.

A lot of people have been telling me that they think Sarah Palin's voice is so annoying that it will soon start causing them to experience seizures. Mostly women... in case anyone wants to accuse me of being sexist...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

More on the Palin image...

Stuff for this week's 'toon:
  • This cracks me up:
    Robert Kagan, a foreign policy adviser to McCain, derided criticisms of Palin as elitist.
    “I don’t take this elite foreign policy view that only this anointed class knows everything about the world," he said. "I’m not generally impressed that they are better judges of American foreign policy experience than those who have Palin’s experience.”
    One top conservative foreign policy wonk who declined to be named said he believed some of the questions surrounding Palin’s experience are sexist.
    So many things to say here... but most of them would be better saved for another cartoon. Stay tuned...

  • Juan Cole:
    She knows nothing about how Iran is run, or about Pakistan, or about al-Qaeda, and even is ignorant of the Bush doctrine of preemptive warfare. It was a shockingly bad performance.__She had the hubris to suggest that her lack of knowledge and experience is a virtue. Why Americans, practical people, would fall for this line is beyond me. Would you want your car to be worked on by an inexperienced and ignorant mechanic? Would you want a plumber messing around with your pipes who did not know his way around wrenches?
  • Don Hazen:
    And who is left out of the idyllic, nonexistent vision of "America" so adored by conservatives? Huge numbers of Americans: city dwellers, people of color (who represent 26 percent of eligible voters -- but that's not important to Republicans. As the Washington Post reported, the Republican convention was the whitest in 40 years), homosexuals, millions of creative people whose lifestyles are not in the Palin world view, and of course single people, particularly single women.

    ...and he makes this hilarious point earlier:
    The biggest blow to the idyllic scene was the small fact that her teenage daughter was pregnant and was going to get herself married to the guy right away, even if he doesn't want kids and prefers to be "fuckin' chillin," according to his MySpace page.

  • David Talbot:
    "Her campaign locked her in a closet during the governor's race in 2006 -- and they're doing the same thing now," said one longtime Democratic consultant here, who like many others asked to remain anonymous because "it's a small state and Sarah takes names and numbers."
    "They're setting a trap for the country," he continued. "Keep her away from the press, while they set up these phony 'tests' for her. The first test was her speech before the Republican convention. They spread all this nervous chatter about her -- is she ready for prime time, can she pull it off?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fighting Words: 9/15/08 Cartoon...

"The Joy of Painting With John McCain"...

You may also notice that I've changed the title design, both on the cartoon and on the website pages. I was getting a little tired of the old one, and also I've been seeing that Copperplate font EVERYWHERE these days... businesses, advertisements, websites, television, stadiums (it's the font plastered all over the Seahawks' stadium)...


This week's 'toon is done and up on the AAEC site (link below). I haven't yet posted it on my site as I'm finishing up the animation and a couple other little things...

Abell Smith
Eat the State!
Sep 16, 2008

I had my Sunday knocked out watching the Seahawks lose in embarrassing fashion at Qwest Field. Beautiful day weather-wise, though (probably one of our last of the summer), that could not be spent inside...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

More on Palin, RNC...

A couple of things for this week's 'toon:
  • A typically outstanding piece by George Lakoff:
    [T]he Palin nomination changes the game. The initial response has been to try to keep the focus on external realities, the "issues," and differences on the issues. But the Palin nomination is not basically about external realities and what Democrats call "issues," but about the symbolic mechanisms of the political mind -- the worldviews, frames, metaphors, cultural narratives, and stereotypes. The Republicans can't win on realities.
    Just arguing the realities, the issues, the hard truths should be enough in times this bad, but the political mind and its response to symbolism cannot be ignored. The initial Democratic response to Palin -- the response based on realities alone -- indicates that many Democrats have not learned the lessons of the Reagan and Bush years.
  • Paul Krugman:
    [F]undamentalist Christians are sincerely dismayed by Roe v. Wade and evolution in the curriculum. What struck me as I watched the convention speeches, however, is how much of the anger on the right is based not on the claim that Democrats have done bad things, but on the perception — generally based on no evidence whatsoever — that Democrats look down their noses at regular people.
    Thus Mr. Giuliani asserted that Wasilla, Alaska, isn’t “flashy enough” for Mr. Obama, who never said any such thing. And Ms. Palin asserted that Democrats “look down” on small-town mayors — again, without any evidence.
    What the G.O.P. is selling, in other words, is the pure politics of resentment; you’re supposed to vote Republican to stick it to an elite that thinks it’s better than you.

Saturday, September 06, 2008


Obviously, I've got very little in common with Chuck Asay ideologically, but I've always respected his cartooning style, and it's hard to begrudge another cartoonist his or her own editorial slant...

However, I would like to ask him just what the heck he's trying to say with this cartoon:

Chuck Asay
Creators Syndicate Inc.
Sep 5, 2008

Friday, September 05, 2008

Call for complaints...

I've been getting a few reports that the Flash versions of my recent comics aren't working right for some people. If you're having problems (or even if they work perfectly for you), please send me an email at nomind (at) and give me an earful...

Really... it's the only way I'll learn...

Thursday, September 04, 2008

More on Conventions...

No Moron post for this week's 'toon on the media and the DNC... cuz... well... I don't feel like it.

However, here are some videos from the RNC that totally blew me away... it's highly probable that you've seen some of these already:
  • I first saw the video of Amy Goodman getting arrested for being a journalist when Jen linked to it. Here's another one from after her release. Glenn Greenwald also has a ton of video links.

    Yeah, thank God the cops were able to subdue that frightening menace to public safety, Amy Goodman (who can't weigh more than 100 pounds). She was about to go Godzilla on that street! Amy Goodman SMASH!!!

    The fact of the matter is that this is about as egregious a violation of the First Amendment as you will ever see caught on video. One would hope the St. Paul police department will be facing some serious legal consequences.

  • This is close to the most hilarious thing I've ever seen. Fox News is now officially something out of a Paul Verhoeven movie. They apparently just don't care that they have completely turned into a giant parody of themselves.

  • Here's a video of Rage at the RNC, doing Bulls On Parade and Killing in the Name Of (without instruments).

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


As with Katrina, I was pretty much glued to the television over the weekend watching hurricane coverage. I just realized that DirectTV has been airing coverage by WDSU, which is the local NBC affiliate in N.O. So all this time, I could've been watching people who actually care about giving out substantive information on what is happening to their region, instead of relentlessly forcing the "story" angle down our throats...

Mainly, though, I could've spared myself the pain of watching cringe-worthy anchoring by CNN's Rick Sanchez and MSNBC's Dan Abrams.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Fighting Words: 9/1/08

"The Li'l TV Journalist Kit!"...

Hurricane coverage...

First really shitty moment of the coverage:

CNN just cut off the president of Plaquemines Parish, who is on the scene fighting a levee breach south of New Orleans (with peoples' homes at risk), to go to Laura Bush speaking at the Republican Convention...

Are you kidding me?

...and HOLY SHIT. They just did it again for Cindy McCain!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Evacuation Shocker...

Who would've guessed that the private contractor who played such a huge part in screwing up the Katrina evacuation, a busing company called Landstar Systems, would now fail to fulfill its contract to supply buses for a Gustav evacuation!

And, what an incredible surprise that Landstar is politically connected to the Bush administration! Who could've predicted that such people wouldn't really give a shit about the citizens of New Orleans!

I'm shocked! SHOCKED, I tell you!

Holy Crap!

News... overload...

Too... many... cartoon... ideas....

Of course, the only one of these stories that really matters in the immediate future is Gustav. Whether or not it hits New Orleans directly, NOLA is predicting it will be a Cat 4 before it hits land. Perhaps we could finally all agree that global warming might have something to do with it, considering our shores are getting hit by monster 100-year storms about every 3 years now?

Just a thought...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Slowpoke at the DNC...

If you're reading this blog right now... dude, get off the internet and turn on the convention! Actually, better yet, turn on the TV (don't forget to mute the talking heads), stay on the internet, and go to CWA-er Jen Sorensen's live-blog from the festivities. She's got some great observations...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More on Revisiting Katrina and... uh-oh...

By itself, of course, John McCain's "houses" gaffe is pretty meaningless. It's just another "gotcha" moment that the media loves. I saw a figure somewhere that Theresa Heinz-Kerry is actually worth five times what Cindy McCain is worth... and, as you may recall, we heard a little bit about that one too. What makes this one important is that it reminds (or should remind) everyone about that crazy little thing known as right-wing economic philosophy, of which John McCain is a dutiful follower. You know, that little school of thought that says "greed is good" and dreams of an American plutocracy where 99% of us simply exist to enhance the wealth of the super-rich. And three years later, Katrina is still the issue that exposes Republican economic policy for what it is... a scam.

However, all that really matters at the moment is that there's another hurricane headed into the Gulf with an ominous projected path. Cross your fingers and toes that everybody has learned their lesson... I just saw the embattled Ray Nagin on CNN, who is about to leave the Dem convention to head back to N.O. He didn't blow me away with his optimism...

Articles and stuff for this week's 'toon:
  • On Katrina: Oxfam has released a report that "reveals how little progress has been made."

    From a NOLA resident:
    We normally work a 40-hour workweek, and we go home, and we take a couple of days off, and we go about our business. And that's not the way Katrina has left us all. It was seven days a week, 24 hours a day down here. And people don't understand or appreciate the fact that we're not back. We won't be back for 10 years.
    McCain was asked by a New Orleans reporter why he voted twice against an independent commission to investigate the government’s failings before and after Hurricane Katrina, and he incorrectly stated that he had "voted for every investigation." McCain actually voted twice, in 2005 and 2006, to defeat a Democratic amendment that would have set up an independent commission along the lines of the 9/11 Commission. At the time of the second vote, members of both parties were complaining that the White House was refusing requests by Senate investigators for information.

    Progressive Media USA:
    Friday, September 16, 2005: "Deficit Hawk" McCain was skeptical of federally-funded reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, yet he insisted his tax cuts for the wealthy are more important than reducing the deficit.
    ...According to The New Leader, "An objection of a different sort was raised by Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, who is pondering a run for the Presidency in 2008. He maintains conservatives want to "do whatever is necessary to address this national disaster." Then he adds: "We also have to be concerned about future generations of Americans. We're going to end up with the highest deficit, probably, in the history of this country." [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9/17/05]
    ...During an appearance on ABC's This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked McCain, "If Congress does not give you the spending cuts you say you can get, will you hold off on signing the tax cuts?" McCain said, "No, of course not, because we want to increase people's taxes during a recession?"

    What... a... piece... of... shit.

  • On the McCain economic plan: a great column from Paul Krugman.

    Also Think Progress:
    ...McCain is running a campaign of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich. He recently defined rich as earning $5 million or more and doesn’t know how many houses he owns, and at the same time, McCain is proposing a tax policy that primarily benefits the rich. In fact, under his proposal, McCain himself would receive a $300,000 tax cut, while middle class Americans would receive only a few hundred.
  • On the more humorous topic of McCain's houses, Matthew Yglesias has a list of some of the many amenities offered at one of McCain's more luxurious Phoenix condos. See also two great YouTube clips here and here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

More on McCain Foreign Policy...

For this week's 'toon, I was gonna do something in advance of Obama's VP choice and the Dem convention, but I decided to let the events play out first. My prediction is Obama will pick Bayh... because that's the one that would piss off his base the most and possibly lose the election for him. That seems to be the Obama campaign's standard operating procedure up to this point.

By the way, the joke in the last frame is a reference to obnoxious people who like to quote lines in movies before the characters on the screen actually have a chance to say them. I have a buddy who loves to do this, especially with Dumb and Dumber... hence, "kick his ass, Seabass." Not saying he's like Dubya or anything, but it's still pretty obnoxious...

Articles n' stuff:
  • McCain's pearls of wisdom on the Russia/Georgia conflict:
    "In the 21st Century, nations don’t invade other nations."
    "[The Georgia-Russia war is] the first serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War.”
    Dan Eggen and Robert Barnes:
    McCain and his aides say his tough rhetoric on the Georgia crisis, along with his personal familiarity with the region, underscores the foreign policy expertise he would bring to the White House.
    Really, if you're harboring any thoughts at all about voting for McCain, for the love of God watch this compilation of his finest moments on the campaign trail.

  • Paul Rosenberg on McCain "fanning the flames" with the Russia situation:
    Because the neocon adventure in Iraq has turned out so disasterously, most people fail to appreciate that Iraq was supposed to be a cakewalk, and that the neocon's real primary targets are China and Russia. Although not strictly a neocon-his attitudes derive more from the imperialist naval doctrine that animated the birth of America's "Great White Fleet" 100 years ago-McCain has been a neocon darling since 1999-2000 campaign, when he was their favorite far more than George W. Bush.
  • Robert Parry:
    ...the larger reality should be clear: McCain is a hard-line neoconservative who buys into Bush’s “preemptive war” theories abroad and his concept of an all-powerful “unitary executive” at home.
    From McCain’s pre-Iraq invasion speeches to his campaign’s recent embrace of Bush’s imperial presidency, American voters should realize that if they choose John McCain, they will be locking in at least four more years of war with much of the Islamic world while selling out the Founders’ vision of a democratic Republic where no one is above the law.
  • Another McCain "senior moment" on Iraq:
    In a dramatic error yesterday, John McCain told Katie Couric that it’s “just a matter of history” that Bush’s “surge” policy “began the Anbar awakening.” That, of course, is backwards.
    Today, thanks to some efforts by the Obama campaign, the media started picking up on McCain’s bizarre confusion on his signature national security issue, most notably with coverage from the AP and CNN.
    As of this earlier afternoon, the best the McCain campaign could come up with was this: “Democrats can debate whether the awakening would have survived without the surge … but that is nothing more than a transparent effort to minimize the role of our commanders and our troops in defeating the enemy.”
    Got that? If you think 2006 came before 2007, you’re somehow showing disrespect for the troops.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Friday, August 15, 2008

Fighting Words News: Animated FW Parts...

So, continuing with my expansion from the ultra-lucrative world of print editorial cartoons into the ultra-ultra-lucrative world of animated editorial cartoons for the web (now there's some bitter sarcasm for you!), you may notice that I am now incorporating more Flash into my weekly cartoon. It's basically the same comic, but with some movin' parts and sound FX (if you can't see it, there's a link there to the static version). Hopefully, I'll be able to do a little something every week...

Anyway, this should give me some valuable extra practice with Flash... and maybe give y'all a little added enner-tainmint.

More on the McCain/Bush Economic Philosophy...

Articles n' stuff for this week's 'toon:
  • David Corn on McCain's now-former (or not-so-now-former?) "economic guru" Phil Gramm:
    Because of the swap-related provisions of Gramm’s [2000 Commodity Futures Modernization Act] — which were supported by Fed chairman Alan Greenspan and Treasury secretary Larry Summers — a $62 trillion market (nearly four times the size of the entire US stock market) remained utterly unregulated, meaning no one made sure the banks and hedge funds had the assets to cover the losses they guaranteed.
    These unregulated swaps have been at “the heart of the subprime meltdown”...

  • Thomas Frank:
    Fantastic misgovernment of the kind we have seen is not an accident, nor is it the work of a few bad individuals. It is the consequence of triumph by a particular philosophy of government, by a movement that understands the liberal state as a perversion and considers the market the ideal nexus of human society. This movement is friendly to industry not just by force of campaign contributions but by conviction; it believes in entrepreneurship not merely in commerce but in politics; and the inevitable results of its ascendance are, first, the capture of the state by business and, second, all that follows: incompetence, graft, and all the other wretched flotsam that we've come to expect from Washington.
    And, yes, there has been greed involved in the effort -- a great deal of greed. Every tax cut, every cleverly engineered regulatory snafu saves industry millions and perhaps even billions of dollars, and so naturally securing those tax cuts and engineering those snafus has become a booming business here in Washington. Conservative rule has made the capital region rich, a showplace of the new plutocratic order. But this greed cannot be dismissed as some personal failing of lobbyist or congressman, some badness-of-apple that can be easily contained. Conservatism, as we know it, is a movement that is about greed, about the "virtue of selfishness" when it acts in the marketplace.

  • Robert Reich:
    Inequality on this scale is bad for many reasons, but it is also bad for the economy. The wealthy devote a smaller percentage of their earnings to buying things than the rest of us because, after all, they're rich. They already have most of what they want. Instead of buying, the very wealthy are more likely to invest their earnings wherever around the world they can get the highest return.
    The only way to keep the economy going over the long run is to increase the real earnings of middle-class and lower-middle-class Americans. The answer is not to protect jobs through trade protection -- that would only drive up the prices of everything purchased from abroad. Most routine jobs are being automated anyway. Nor is the answer to give tax breaks to the very wealthy and to giant corporations in the hope they will trickle down to everyone else. We've tried that, and it hasn't worked. Nothing has trickled down.
  • Andrew Leonard on "Obamanomics":
    Obama ventured into adamantly protectionist territory in his denunciation of NAFTA and other free-trade agreements. Later, having secured the nomination, he admitted that he might have gone just a bit overboard in the heat of the moment. What might that tell us about how he would govern? Economic justice and fairness are undoubtedly central to Obama's worldview, but his liberalism is not necessarily the liberalism of a Bobby Kennedy, or even a John Edwards. His liberalism is pragmatic, detail focused and full of trade-offs.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday, August 04, 2008


No Moron post this week, as the subject matter of this week's 'toon is too stupid to expound upon. However, you can expect a few semi-random observations from me this week...

Such as: with the cancer-related death of Tony Snow and the "dire" prognosis facing Robert Novak, does this mean we can expect a change of heart on and serious push for extensive stem-cell research by right-wing media pundits?

Yeah... I'll be holding my breath...

Fighting Words: 8/4/08 Cartoon...

"Election Beat Magazine!"...

Thursday, July 31, 2008

More on Rove's contempt for everybody...

Real quick Moron post for this week's 'toon, as I've got about eight different (animated) balls in the air...
  • Brave New Films has an entire website devoted to sending old turd blossom to jail.

  • David Iglesias:
    It is unacceptable in a country where the rule of law is the cornerstone of our jurisprudence that a former White House official fail to appear to claim privilege before Congress. Rove should have appeared before Congress and claimed privilege. Rather, he thumbed his nose at a co-equal branch of government and showed his utter disregard for their powers. His actions are contemptuous per se and he should be held in contempt by the House. The language of 18 USC § 1503(a) is broad since it speaks of “influencing” an “officer…of the United States” in the “discharge of his duties” including the “due administration of justice.”
    Applying this test to the allegations concerning the Siegelman matter, for instance, the evidence suggests that Rove influenced a U.S. Attorney in the discharge of her duties. This is a very serious matter and needs to be fully investigated since a non-attorney policy adviser has no business influencing the indictment of an elected official.
  • In case you missed it, the House Judiciary Committee did indeed vote to hold Rove in contempt of Congress. So, this means the Democrats are totally getting serious now and he's gonna be in a jail cell by the end of the week, right?

    Uh huh...

    Pelosi says the full House isn't even going to think about it until September, by which time the Dems will be in full-on election mode. Close Obama adviser Cass Sunstein has already "cautioned against prosecuting criminal conduct from the current administration," or even the "slight appearance" of such attempts.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

GOOD one...

Yeah, that's me being sarcastic... apparently it has to be specified these days.

Vanity Fair clearly does not hire political cartoonists to do their political cartoons. Otherwise, they'd know that their hilarious (sarcastic again) parody of a parody has already been done a few times. Once by a two-time Pulitzer winner.

Good research, guys (sarcasm).

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

More on... that thing that seems to have gone away...

Very short Moron post for this week's 'toon, as the uproar over the New Yorker cover finally seems to be dying down. In a way, I'd like to see people keep talking about it... I think the more we talk about the farcical fear-mongering over Obama's racial background, the easier it will be to defuse when the real Swift-Boating gets going. This is especially true if people are forced to confront our institutional racist tendencies through satire... good satire will always have the effect of making people stop for a moment to consider the absurdity of some of their most deeply-help social preconceptions.

The part of this debate that I think should go away is the part that is kept alive by commentators (mostly on the left, it seems) who have completely missed the point of the satire. Seriously people... go watch Dr. Strangelove or Spinal Tap. Then get a freakin' clue.

For the folks who fret over the idiots who "won't get" the cartoon, I offer these two tidbits:
  • My favorite quote on the issue, by Derf:
    So many people are misinformed, and you can’t draw to the morons of America. If you don’t know that Obama isn’t a Muslim, we can’t help you.

    ...It’s not up to us to hold people’s hands.

  • My favorite cartoon on the issue (y'know... other than my own), by John Branch:

    John Branch
    San Antonio Express News
    Jul 20, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I opened up accounts on Twitter and Digg, so I'm trying a blog post to see if the little icons show up...

I also set up a page on Photobucket, and watch out for me on Flickr, Friendster, and any other silly social networking site I might come across. Frankly, I just don't see the point of most of these things.

However, if you're really into these sites... then me too! They're the coolest things ever!! If you want to "follow" me or "friend" me or "tweet" me or whatever, then do it, yo...

More on the National Surveillance State...

The reasons for the timing of this week's cartoon are obvious (see the sham FISA "compromise"), but it's really a subject that's been bothering me more than usual lately. There are a disturbing amount of "red light" cameras going up in intersections around Seattle lately, especially in suburban areas. Aside from the questionable effectiveness of "red light" cameras, how do we know that this is the only reason for these cameras? How do we know the FBI or NSA don't have access to these cameras? There are wide swaths of the greater Seattle area where there isn't a square foot of public area that doesn't have a government eye on it. Maybe I'm paranoid, but this really bothers me...

Articles n' stuff:
  • Jack Balkin:
    I have noted previously that we are in the midst of the creation of a National Surveillance State, which is the logical successor to the National Security State. And we have noted that, like the National Security State before it, the construction of this new form of governance will be a joint effort by the two major parties.
    ...We are going to get some form of National Surveillance State. The only question is what kind of state we will get. As of right now, it looks like we will get one that is far less protective of civil liberties than we could have gotten.

  • Predictably, the ACLU website has a lot of good material on this subject, particularly on the high-tech tools available to the watchers and the ways these tools can be used. One piece says plainly, "the fact is, there are no longer any technical barriers to the Big Brother regime portrayed by George Orwell."

    More objectionable examples of our brave new world... first from John Cole:
    A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers.

    This bracelet would: take the place of an airline boarding pass, contain personal information about the traveler, be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage, [and] shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes

    Juan Cole:
    Till now, DOJ guidelines have required the FBI to have some evidence of wrongdoing before it opens an investigation. The impending new rules, which would be implemented later this summer, allow bureau agents to establish a terrorist profile or pattern of behavior and attributes and, on the basis of that profile, start investigating an individual or group. Agents would be permitted to ask “open-ended questions” concerning the activities of Muslim Americans and Arab-Americans. A person’s travel and occupation, as well as race or ethnicity, could be grounds for opening a national security investigation.
    Tim Shorrock:
    Under a proposal being reviewed by Congress, a National Applications Office (NAO) will be established to coordinate how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and domestic law enforcement and rescue agencies use imagery and communications intelligence picked up by U.S. spy satellites. If the plan goes forward, the NAO will create the legal mechanism for an unprecedented degree of domestic intelligence gathering that would make the U.S. one of the world's most closely monitored nations.

  • Julian Sanchez:
    The original FISA law was passed in 1978 after a thorough congressional investigation headed by Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) revealed that for decades, intelligence analysts — and the presidents they served — had spied on the letters and phone conversations of union chiefs, civil rights leaders, journalists, antiwar activists, lobbyists, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices — even Eleanor Roosevelt and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The Church Committee reports painstakingly documented how the information obtained was often “collected and disseminated in order to serve the purely political interests of an intelligence agency or the administration, and to influence social policy and political action.”

    ...if you think an executive branch unchecked by courts won’t turn its “national security” surveillance powers to political ends — well, it would be a first.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Cartoon Controversy!

Lotta talk today about the cartoon on the cover of the New Yorker. Like many cartoonists whom the New Yorker does not know exist and/or would never publish in a million years, I basically did that same cartoon a few weeks ago (linked below). Anyway, I haven't read anyone else's comments on the subject yet so this may have already been said, but here's my opinion on the "controversy"...

Of course, satire must be done carefully, and the New Yorker illustration may suffer from missing context. However, the Obama campaign's failure to show that they get the point of the joke is yet another missed opportunity to demonstrate a level of intellectual sophistication commensurate with that of his base. The fact that he continues to try to appeal to morons who don't get when they're being made fun of just alienates him further from the people he is supposed to be representing.

Fighting Words: 7/14/08 Cartoon...

"Notice From the National Surveillance State"...

Friday, July 11, 2008

More on Obama's shift to the right...

I've been playing a ton of poker lately, so no matter how much thought I put into this week's 'toon, it was always gonna be about poker. It just so happened to fit what Obama's been doing lately...

Articles n' things:
  • As usual, Glenn Greenwald is spot-on:
    The central problem is that if Democrats embrace the GOP framework of National Security -- that "Strength" means what the GOP says it means -- then that framework gets enforced and perpetuated, and it's a framework within which Democrats can't possibly win, because Republicans will always "out-Strength" Democrats within that framework. It's only by challenging and disputing the underlying premises can Democrats change the way that "strength" and "weakness" are understood.
    Drawing a clear distinction with the deeply unpopular GOP is how Democrats look strong. The advice that they should "move to the center" and copy Republicans is guaranteed to make them look weak -- because it is weak. It's the definition of weakness.
    The most distinctive and potent -- one could even say exciting -- aspect of Obama's campaign had been his aggressive refusal to accept GOP pieties on National Security, his insistence that the GOP would lose -- and should lose -- debates over who is "stronger" and more "patriotic" and who will keep us more safe

  • Makes you wonder if Obama's critics on the left are correct, that his public persona is masking the fact that he's not all that great on the issues after all. In contrast, Ralph Nader is often portrayed in a negative light, but the man is consistent... and he always makes a few good points:
    The corporations are pulling Obama every day, every day, twenty-four/seven, in their direction. If all these liberal groups with all their single issues are not pulling in the other direction, where do you think the Democratic Party and the nominee is going to go? Even if they’re elected, they won’t have any mandate.

  • It's not just what Obama has been saying, but who he's saying it to.

    On late-term abortion:
    In an interview this week with "Relevant," a Christian magazine, Obama said prohibitions on late-term abortions must contain "a strict, well defined exception for the health of the mother." Obama then added: "Now, I don't think that 'mental distress' qualifies as the health of the mother..."
    On free trade:
    Obama's interview with Fortune magazine -- headlined "Obama: NAFTA Not So Bad After All" -- is the best news the McCain camp has received since Mike Huckabee folded his run for the Republican nomination.
    On faith-based initiatives:
    On June 10, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama convened a meeting in a law office in downtown Chicago with a wide array of about thirty evangelical leaders, in an unprecedented effort to win their support.
    How many "liberal" groups or publications has he pandered to lately? Aren't we supposed to be his base or something? And what the hell is up with the timing, here? Don't he and his advisers realize just how fast his base will leave him if he keeps acting like John Kerry?

    The most common reason given for overlooking these betrayals is: we can't afford to have another Republican-appointed member of the Supreme Court. But can we really trust Obama to pick a friendly Justice either? One thing's for sure: he better turn it around quick. His base is paying attention, and they'll desert him in a hurry if he stops representing them on the issues.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Yet again...

Following up on my previous post on the House vote on the FISA "compromise," here's the list of the surveillance-society-loving Senate Democrats to vote against in November, including most of the usual names: Feinstein, Inouye, Rockefeller, Bayh, and... Obama?

Yeah... we should be that pissed at him about this. This could be, in his own words, a "deal breaker." More to come on this soon in my Moron post for this week's 'toon...

There's already an online movement going to punish Democrats for caving on this (via Cursor)...

Monday, July 07, 2008

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Bye Bye Sonics...

Boy am I glad I came to this conclusion a year ago, so I could avoid feeling the sting today. Not so much, though... it still stings.

The interesting thing now is whether the mayor and city counsel are allowed to keep their jobs come election time. I'm betting no... as the Sonics memories come bubbling up, it's going to sink in with even the armchair sports fans just how much the citizens of Seattle got FUCKED.

So bye-bye Greg Nickels... my track record of predictions on this subject has been pretty good.

Hey, the guy had to get home...

Sent to me by friend of mine:

This is only funny 'cuz it sounds like something that people I know would try to do...

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

More on the Death of Impeachment...

Some cartoons have characters that are just damn fun to draw... this week's is one of those cartoons. By the way, that is indeed supposed to be Chief Justice John Roberts at the ripe old age of 95 (or however old he'll be in 2048), presiding over the impeachment proceedings.

Most of what I was going to talk about in this 'toon (like the FISA "compromise" and Obama's toe-dipping in right-wing waters) is getting pushed to next week's 'toon. Here's a couple articles, though:
  • Dennis Kucinich on Democracy Now:
    George Bush has enough time to bomb Iran on another pretext. He has enough time to continue policies of torture. He has enough time to continue policies of eavesdropping and wiretapping. He has enough time to continue to ignore critical science with respect to global climate change. He has enough time to help facilitate more violations of election law for the 2008 election.
    We don’t have enough time. We can’t spend any more time temporizing, while the Constitution, the United States laws, international laws, are being shredded.

    Jason Leopold:
    Kucinich said the articles of impeachment against President Bush are a way for lawmakers to "create an historical record of the misconduct of the Bush administration."

  • Gore Vidal's article of impeachment:
    And as I listened with awe to Kucinich, I realized that no newspaper in the U.S., no broadcast or cable network, would pay much notice to the fact that a highly respected member of Congress was asking for the president and vice president to be tried for crimes which were carefully listed by Kucinich in his articles requesting impeachment. But then I have known for a long time that the media of the U.S. and too many of its elected officials give not a flying fuck for the welfare of this republic...

  • And, in case you missed it (and judging by the crickets coming from the "liberal media," it's entirely possible that you did):
    Ivy Leaguers and other top law students were rejected for plum Justice Department jobs two years ago because of their liberal leanings or objections to Bush administration politics, a government report concluded Tuesday.

    In one case, a Harvard Law student was passed over after criticizing the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. In another, a Georgetown University student who had previously worked for a Democratic senator and congressman didn't make the cut.

    Even senior Justice Department officials flinched at what appeared to be hiring decisions based — improperly and illegally — on politics, according to the internal report.

    I suppose this report will go with the NIE on Iran's nuclear weapons program (or lack thereof), into the mainstream media's circular file cabinet... into a file labeled "Proof That the Bush Administration Lied About Important Stuff," in a redwell called "Stuff That We Will Never, Ever Talk About"...