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.