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I Didn't Write That!
05 November 2003
  Face It, I'm Always Right

As I said on July 21, in "The Next Nostalgia Wave":


Do you honestly believe it's a coincidence that we have such terrible unemployment--particularly for you twentysomethings--and they "underestimated" the troop strength needed? ...
The intent is to re-establish the infamous Military-Industrial complex of the pre-Ford era as a permanent and major component of our economy, chumps. And their next step will be to bring back something that even I only dimly remember, something that made young people once much more averse to blindly supporting a war, something that at least might equalize the class differences in those who actually serve....Did you know the Selective Service is still in operation? You should, because the boys among you had to sign up for it at 18. You didn't think much about it, did you?

Soon you may have to, because with the news few of you will voluntarily sign up for the military. They will have to restore the Draft. And maybe when the sons--and daughters?--of privilege are dying along with the saps in the working class who thought the military was just a way of getting experience for other jobs, you'll start to care.


...an avid reader over in jolly olde England, one James D., passes on to me this story confirming what I couldn't help see happening. Seems the Defense Department is not so quietly recruiting draft board officials.

Again, this was inevitable. Again I will taunt you. Moloch is hungry for more of our country's young, and the sand of Iraq is already wet with them--as are, of course, Bush's hands. And he shows no sign of doing anything sensible regarding Iraq--like pulling out our troops rather than wasting their lives as he is and tormenting their families.

Now that you, your younger sibling, or your child can be made to go, and college deferments have now been more or less abolished(you get to finish out the semester you're called up, suckers) so that the privileged will have to send their own into the fire for Haliburton--maybe you'll wake up then.

But what in the world can you do about it, you cowards? Bush already learned you're not even willing to wait out a fair vote count. No wonder he has no respect for any of you.

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Mr. James D., by the way, is as some of you may know a talented and respected writer of frightening comics and other media, most famously such works as Hellblazer, World Without End(purchase here), Ghostdancing, 2020 Visions and Animal Man, as well as the recent, late and lamented Outlaw Nation. If you have any taste you already read him. If you don't, read some immediately. Thankyew.

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In other news: begun work at last on Falling Sky. Important: I intend to, initially at least, serialize this on the web, so bookmark my site today and keep watching. (No, nothing's been updated yet. I keep being promised a redesign by this friend of mine but alas, still naught)

And if I can get away with it, another 24-pager of Rosa & Annalisa called "Soft Ceiling," which is an experiment between sketching and computer art. More, as always, later.

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