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30 September 2006
  Raging Rudolf and "Lucky Number"

I ought to wait till Christmas but what the hell. The classic MAD TV parody.


And for absolutely no reason, Lene Lovich.

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  October Surprise

More on the House GOP leaders' cover-up of Rep. Mark Foley's predatory activities, which go back at least to 2005.

And here's Sara Robinson's take on it at Orcinus.



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  Diebold For Victory!

Big surprise: Diebold's voting machines have been tampered with. Keep that in mind this November if the GOP wins.

It amazes me that there are people who still don't believe that the GOP has stolen the last three elections. If you were them, and you had the power, and, if you lost that power and stood to face such intense consequences for all you've done--up to and including impeachment--why wouldn't you?

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GOP Can't Replace Foley

According to Florida election law, it appears that Rep. Foley will have to stay on the ballot, internet predator or no.
A spokeswoman for the Florida Secretary of State's office just confirmed for us that Foley's name will have to remain on the ballot in November and that any votes cast for him will be deemed to be votes for the candidate the GOP chooses to replace him. The spokeswoman said voters will not be able to write in the name of a replacement candidate. Thus, anyone wishing to vote for the Republicans' replacement for Foley will have to cast his or her vote for the disgraced congressman instead.
And, given Florida's history with nuanced ballots, say goodbye to at least one House seat, GOP.

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Insert Petard and Hoist

And the GOP loses what would have been a safe House seat, because newly-resigned-in-disgrace Rep. Mark Foley of Florida has been exactly the kind of predator on the internet he warned us about.

Which explains his very confident expertise on, and slightly more serious than necessary interest in, the subject. But it's usually a rule of thumb with Republicans that their worst faults can be divined from what they call their enemies. If they constantly yammer about internet pedophiles, they probably have at home a very crusty keyboard. If they rail against gay marriage, it's usually because they fear they'd be tempted to marry a man if it were legal. Republicans definitely have a poetic way with comeuppance. (Click here, here and here for other charming and hilarious examples of Republican family values.)

I can only imagine what the skeletons in the closet of the right-to-lifers must be. Oh, wait, I don't have to imagine.

Oh, and the GOP leaders knew all about it and covered for him. That's traditional values for you.

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29 September 2006
 
If Ya Love America So Much Why Don't You Marry It?

The GOP, fresh from nullifying the Constitution, accuses Democrats of loving America more than the War in Iraq. What awful people we liberals are.

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28 September 2006
  The Two Americas

Fascinating article on Red vs. Blue in this country(or "metros" vs. "homelanders") here.

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  !!!-- "Is This Thing On"

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  U.S. Constitution 1789-2006

Well, it was an old document anyway, right?

And regarding the nice things I said about Senator Graham? I take them all back.

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26 September 2006
 
Not So Much A Grand Finale As A Grand "Finally."

Tony Blair's farewell speech to his party. And only he could introduce a 39-point program while announcing he's a lame duck.

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  About Those Falling Gas Prices...

Ain't working.

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25 September 2006
  The Chemical Brothers: "Setting Sun"

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Quote For Monday

For all those who think that we're in this situation because we've been taken over by fascists. No, we haven't. Do you really think it takes that much in America? This administration doesn't (effectively) stop information from getting out. We know. We're just enablers. We let it happen, again and again, and then all we do is whine about it and pretend we're helpless because it's easier and we don't have to sacrifice anything that way. We're just pampered cowards, that's all. The quote:
In the future, when history is written, just remember: it's not that we weren't told what was going on. It's that we looked the other way.
Andrew Sullivan
And here's Bill Clinton dressing down Fox newspig Chris Wallace, reminding you that standing up to these fuckers sometimes takes a little anger. Yes, anger. Does that frighten you? Poor babies. (and if you go to YouTube, ignore the stupid title some Republican idiot gave it)

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22 September 2006
 
I Must Be The Most Boring Guy On Earth...

...because I just scored an 88.1% score on this test. Take it yourself and feel free to comment on your score here.

And here's a fairly chilling Stan Ridgway video for your trouble. Best puppet/dummy use ever.

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  George Allen: Losing In Style

I always say that if you're going down in flames anyway, you might as well make sure you do it as loudly as possible. Like Sen. George Allen, whose "ethnic rally"(watch below) did so much to repair the damage done by his "macaca" comment. And I gotta say, to use a racist term so archaic that it draws everyone's attention and tattooes itself into their mind precisely because of its obscurity--that's style.

Now he's freaked out because someone suggested he might be partly Jewish, which he considers defamatory. Having lost any non-white votes already, why not lose the Jewish vote too? George, you're a fuckup for the ages. (Click here for the General's spirited defense)

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21 September 2006
 
Drunky McSkilling

Well, at least he didn't rail about it being a Jewish plot. Guess Jeff Skilling understands how worth it raping California was now.

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Connecticut's Republican Candidate: An Update

Seems that the chair of "Scooter" Libby(remember him?)'s legal defense fund has taken time out of his busy schedule to raise funds for good ol' Joe Lieberman. More here.

Good to see the GOP looking after their own. And people say their party is now a desperate shambles.

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  An Important Message From Bill Hicks


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!!! Live

Or "Chkchkchk," as some know them. One of the groovingest bands around right now, Check 'em out!

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20 September 2006
 
"Corporal Payne?"

Interesting name for a British soldier who has testified how he not only practiced torture upon Iraqi prisoners but enjoyed it as well.
"The choir consisted of Corporal Payne systematically assaulting each detainee in turn by, for instance, hitting them in their stomachs, kicking them and punching them wherever on their bodies, causing them to shriek out or groan in pain, their various noises constituting the music," he said. Groans of pain from the detainees were heard on a film recorded by another soldier and shown in court.
Wait, I think I remember this Python sketch.


It's good to know the Brits have kept their famous sense of humor.





 
 
Alas, Poor Horatio, I Knew Him As Little As I Could

Horatio Sans-Talent is at last gone from Saturday Night Live!

Not that I'll ever bother watching the show again, which I haven't since about halfway through Horatio's tenure(it's long since become, rather than satire, an enabler). But if there's anything that will drive me away from anything, it's some producer's idea that having a fat guy on is somehow in itself funny, and if he constantly loses character, it's even funnier.

Chris Parnell, who helped drive me from the show with, possibly, the worst Bush impression ever, is gone too. Fine.

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19 September 2006
  It's Li'l Bush!

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  Bill Clinton on the Daily Show

In two parts, both here.


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Throw Scarlett A Sandwich

I rarely bother with celebrity news, because it's mind poison. But when I came across this story, I couldn't help noticing the stark difference between these pictures, the first one recent(Sept. 10), the second from January, of the apparently starving Scarlett Johansson:

"I'm curvy — I'm never going to be 5'11' and 120 pounds. But I feel lucky to have what I've got."

Must be quite a tapeworm she got since January.

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  Liquid Fraud

The "liquid explosives" matter last August is possibly bunk. Remember this as you surrender your shampoo at the airline gate.

From Raw Story:
"The idea that these people could sit in the plane toilet and simply mix together these normal household fluids to create a high explosive capable of blowing up the entire aircraft is untenable," said Lt. Col. Wylde, who was trained as an ammunition technical officer responsible for terrorist bomb disposal at the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Sandhurst.

After working as a bomb defuser in Northern Ireland, Lt. Col. Wylde became a senior officer in British Army Intelligence in 1977. During the Cold War, he collected intelligence as part of an undercover East German "liaison unit," then went on to work in the Ministry of Defense to review its communications systems.

"So who came up with the idea that a bomb could be made on board? Not Al Qaeda for sure. It would not work. Bin Laden is interested in success not deterrence by failure," Wylde stated.

"This story has been blown out of all proportion. The liquids would need to be carefully distilled at freezing temperatures to extract the required chemicals, which are very difficult to obtain in the purities needed."


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18 September 2006
 
It's A Nice Day; the Disabled Can Walk To The Entrance

The General informs us of how Joe Lieberman feels that "handicapped parking" signs are meant for lesser people.

Then again, as a candidate he is disabled, so maybe it's just an admission.

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Thou Shalt Have No Gods Before Me

Maybe these "Christians" need to bone up on their Ten Commandments (and it really should be easy here, it being the first) before they have their children worship before a picture of George Freaking Bush.


Just give these idiots a state where they can leave reasonable people, Christian and non-Christian alike, alone.

It's true that the Muslim world is deserving its perception as violent when they allow only their extremists their way. The same is true of Christians. If they do not condemn and fight this kind of thing, then they are that thing.


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Vladrushka Comes Early

I thought it was going to be out in December, but it turns out (ahem) Blowjob #19, which is entirely devoted for all 24 pages to the satirical Vladrushka epic "Gulag Gangbang," is coming out this week and is already available to order online. I have just seen the issue, also with a cover by me (click here to see) and it's gorgeous if I do say so myself. I did it in a very elaborate pencil style--not the cover--and hope you all dig it.

If you're over 18, order directly from Fantagraphics here. Or reserve a copy at your favorite comics dealer. The Cold War, propaganda, sex, and Mel Gibson(or in any event, ahem, someone remarkably like him). How can you go wrong?

Don't forget to check in at This Sickness today for the latest installment of "Soft Ceiling" as well. Keep them pageviews a-coming, and thanks!

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  Bruce Willis Abandons GOP

And it shows very good judgment, too.
"Please write this," said Willis, who has voiced support for the war in Iraq and appeared at the White House with President Bush. "I'm always being accused of being a Hollywood Republican — but I'm not!"

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17 September 2006
 
Rumsfeld: You All Have The Memory of Gnats, So Listen To This

Rumsfeld is now claiming that removing Saddam Hussein brought down gas prices. This would explain, perhaps, why gas prices have started coming down very, very recently. (I expect we'll be hearing a lot of this bullshit notion in the next few weeks, particularly on Fox News)
SECRETARY RUMSFELD: The fact of the matter is - if Saddam Hussein were still in power in Iraq, he would be rolling in petrol dollars. Think of the price of oil today. He would have so much money.
As opposed to the administration's friends in the oil companies. Yeah, that would be terrible.

Except that Saddam has been out of power for close to three years now, and it was in fact the period
when and after he was deposed that gas prices started going up, and up, and up to the catastrophic levels we've known during this war. And, you may recall, the administration has insisted all along that they have no control whatsoever over the price of gas. In addition, remember that Saddam was under sanctions? He wasn't "rolling in petrodollars" and wouldn't be. That's why such a thing(though it was of course rife with corruption) as the Oil For Food program existed, if the name isn't enough to give a hint. It's the war that we started that drove up gas prices.

The one most basic thing that might have been perceived as a benefit of this war by the average person, lower gas prices, was exactly what they could not provide, and yet at this late stage of the game they still expect, at least from their base who don't care about the rest of what's wrong with this war, to receive the benefit of it.

What amazing nerve.

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  Nancy Grace: Heart of Coldest Stone


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16 September 2006
 
If Only All Republicans Were This Bad At Corruption

U.S. Rep. Bob Ney(R-Ohio), who as you may recall spent quite a lot of effort to get reporters to be his best friends so that they would be gentle with him if the completely unfair indictment against him was proved "true" by his vast conspiracy of left-wing enemies, has admitted that he has known the pleasure of Jack Abramoff's lingering, smoldering kiss. Which is truly the gift that keeps on giving.


Bobby and Jack, Sittin' In a Tree.

I'm sure the bluster he exhibited will count in his favor. They may even let him keep the rug in prison.

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  Stan Ridgway: "Drive She Said"
Go ahead, try to resist that riff.

And just for good measure, Wall of Voodoo doing the best cover ever done of "Ring of Fire."

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Props To Lindsey Graham...

...who along with John McCain and John Warner delivered one hell of a rebuke yesterday to the Bush administration over Bush's detainee bill.
Mr. Graham has similarly drawn on his legal and military background in challenging the White House. “The Geneva Convention means more to me than the average person,” he said...

"Where in American jurisprudence do you find support for the concept that a person accused can be tried and convicted on evidence which that person has no opportunity to see, confront or rebut?” Mr. Graham wrote...

Mr. Graham added, “There are three branches of government, not one.”
Well done, fellow South Carolinian.


Look who's sad.

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Protest By Game

Are you a gamer? (I'm not, incidentally) Are you against the war in Iraq? Then why not do as this guy did: he plays the Army's online Iraq video game, which is meant to recruit more cannon fodder, and purposely gets killed:
He logs on to the game and does nothing. While other online players around him simulate war -- and eventually shoot him -- he types into the program's chat interface -- typically used for gamers to strategize with one another -- the name of each service person killed in Iraq. As of Sept. 14, he'd entered 1,273 names of the 2,670 Americans killed there; he plans to continue until the war ends. "I'm trying to remind other gamers that real people are dying in Iraq," DeLappe says.
Do as he has done. Flood it. Every bit helps.

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15 September 2006
 
A Typical Bill O'Reilly Listener

Those conservatives. Why do they hate our dedicated law enforcement officers?


Check out the prolonged abuse this guy gives the officer, who is merely giving him a citation for speeding and noise. Did he want to get arrested and maybe get to be a martyr on O'Reilly's show? (Fat chance--O'Reilly may be stupid but he's not that stupid)

And yet the officer remains bizarrely patient, even after being called an "animal." Who among us would call a cop all these things to his face over this? (and who among us would get away with it?)

But this goes well with the way the chickenhawk conservatives profess respect(and accuse liberals of the opposite) for soldiers, cops, and firefighters, and then screw them over and abuse them whenever they are more than silent symbols.

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14 September 2006
  What The Hell, Let's Be Evil

Google is courting the GOP.

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Why Remove Such A Great Permanent Enemy?

Bush once again declares that getting the man responsible for 9/11 is not at all a top priority for his administration. But Saddam Hussein, who had nothing to do with it, apparently was enough of a priority that we've still got Iraq stuck on our feet.

Why would he remove Bin Laden? Bin Laden has done more for Bush's political career than Karl Rove.

This man needs to be removed from office, along with Dick Cheney. Right away. Whether Bush was responsible for allowing 9/11 to happen or not(and I have a hard time he wasn't now, given how convenient that turned out to be for all those things, like the Iraq War, that they had planned anyway but would have had a harder time selling to a non-traumatized America), he has used it to fool us into becoming torturers and murderers.

Every child, every civilian, every soldier that dies in Iraq: by letting Bush continue as he likes, you might as well be planting the IEDs. You, me, all of us: we are murderers, we are torturers.

So either become comfortable with it or do something about it.

"You could have said no. You have no spine." --V

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13 September 2006
  Nancy Grace Murders Young Mother

She finally drove someone to suicide. You're quite the journalist, Nancy!

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Heckuva Job, Georgie

Only George Bush could have brought Iraq and Iran together. He's a uniter!


I'm sure the thousands who died for this result are very grateful to you.

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  Scarborough: I Don't Want The Republicans To Win This Fall

Joe Scarborough, one of the few relatively honest conservatives left, on why he thinks the Republicans will get their "brains beaten in this fall." And why that's a good thing from his perspective.

Remember too: that election is only eight weeks away. Eight weeks before George Bush loses the ability to continue putting us and the world through hell. (Not that I don't suspect they're flirting with a backup plan; I imagine blowing up Congress and claiming terrorists did it is somewhere in the back of Rove's vile mind)

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12 September 2006
  Jan Svankmajer's "Et Cetera"

A little lesson in authority from the legendary Czech animator.

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"The Impolite Phrase Is 'Impeachable Offense.'"

Keith Olbermann's rather angry(and rightfully so) words about Bush's address last night.
...Yet what is happening this very night?

A mini-series, created, influenced -- possibly financed by -- the most radical and cold of domestic political Machiavellis, continues to be televised into our homes.

The documented truths of the last fifteen years are replaced by bald-faced lies; the talking points of the current regime parroted; the whole sorry story blurred, by spin, to make the party out of office seem vacillating and impotent, and the party in office, seem like the only option.

How dare you, Mr. President, after taking cynical advantage of the unanimity and love, and transmuting it into fraudulent war and needless death, after monstrously transforming it into fear and suspicion and turning that fear into the campaign slogan of three elections? How dare you -- or those around you -- ever "spin" 9/11?


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  This Flag Desecrator Must Be Punished

George W. Bush on September 11, 2006.


No wonder Laura looks so unhappy. She's married to a man who likes to wipe his feet on our beloved flag.

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11 September 2006
 
Endless War

Bush promises endless war well into the 22nd century and none of us are going to do anything to stop him, are we? And what lessons of 9/11? He and Cheney say they'd do everything the same. The only lesson in all of this is that we irresponsibly allowed these people to take our nation away from us and turn it into something quite new, stupid and evil.

Read this Sidney Blumenthal article at Salon examining, at length, just what we, the American people, set loose in the past six years. And that everything the Republicans have done since 1994, from impeachment to the present day, has been toward stealing absolute power from an electorate that, under fair circumstances, would reject them. Think about that. Does a thief have a right to be allowed to keep what he steals? Or a better way of putting it: do you have a right to what you won't fight for? What is really important to you, this country and freedom, or when you see pictures of Suri?

Remember when this was a good country? It wasn't so long ago.

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9/11 Docudrama: Sneak Peek at the Bullshit

Hey! Wanna count up the lies in ABC's 9/11 docudrama coming up tomorrow night but don't want to be part of their audience share? Well then, click right here.

And here's a couple of gems.



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10 September 2006
 
Martin Amis on Religion

A fascinating(and long) essay by Martin Amis on Islamism and the destructiveness it shares with all religions. (The thrust of this essay is that it, and all other religions, are something we'd be better off without) My favorite bits were at the end and both are, actually, quotes from others that summarize my entire opinion of all religions. One is a couple of quotes from Philip Larkin, the other from Joseph Conrad.

In Philip Larkin's 'Aubade' (1977), the poet, on waking, contemplates 'unresting death, a whole day nearer now':

This is a special way of being afraid

No trick dispels. Religion used to try,

That vast moth-eaten musical brocade

Created to pretend we never die...

Much earlier, in 'Church Going' (1954), examining his habit of visiting country churches and the feelings they arouse in him (chiefly bafflement and boredom), he was able to frame a more expansive response:

It pleases me to stand in silence here;

A serious house on serious earth it is,

In whose blent air all our compulsions meet,

Are recognised, and robed as destinies.

And that much never can be obsolete,

Since someone will forever be surprising

A hunger in himself to be more serious,

And gravitating with it to this ground,

Which, he once heard, was proper to grow wise in,

If only that so many dead lie round.


People of independent mind should now start to claim the spiritual high ground, too. We should be with Joseph Conrad:

'The world of the living contains enough marvels and mysteries as it is - marvels and mysteries acting upon our emotions and intelligence in ways so inexplicable that it would almost justify the conception of life as an enchanted state. No, I am too firm in my consciousness of the marvellous to be ever fascinated by the mere supernatural, which (take it any way you like) is but a manufactured article, the fabrication of minds insensitive to the intimate delicacies of our relation to the dead and to the living, in their countless multitudes; a desecration of our tenderest memories; an outrage on our dignity.

'Whatever my native modesty may be it will never condescend to seek help for my imagination within those vain imaginings common to all ages and that in themselves are enough to fill all lovers of mankind with unutterable sadness.' ('Author's Note' to The Shadow-Line, 1920.)


I would also point out this additional thought, to those still adhering to their beliefs in the world beyond. Consider all the harm that has been done in the name of religion(and, as Montesquieu pointed out, no kingdom has ever been as bloody as that of Christ--something I am quite sure Jesus would have despised, and I think the poor guy probably would have said nothing had he known how badly he would be misunderstood and misused). Consider every death, torture, war, censorship, and stalling of scientific progress--everything that has ever been done because someone claimed they were sure what God wanted. (which of course was usually simply what that person wanted, dressed up in God rags)

Consider then, doubled upon the horror of the acts themselves, the magnificent evil of this: Suppose it was all in the cause of imaginary foolishness. Suppose we have done all these things to our fellow man for something that never existed.

I have a dear friend I've known since childhood who, whenever we speak, attempts to convert me to Christianity. She is quite beautiful and intelligent, but also, sadly, quite insane. (That isn't my opinion, it's a clinically diagnosed fact.) When she speaks of religion it is always a sign that her medication is failing, and that she is going to have one of her "turns" very soon. There was a time she could be conversed with, and wrote poetry, and that was given up for God. But her god is no comfort to her. Much like in the film Through A Glass Darkly, "God" is only her way of making sense of the chaos that is her diseased mind. The idea causes her more torment than anything, by making her give everything up for it. But this, the one thing that cannot be seen or pushed aside, the one thing that has harmed her more than anything else, the thing that has destroyed her life, is the exact thing that is the worst problem.

The waste. Just think of the waste of time, lives and progress. Enough, we should all scream at once; let us have our lives and what would have been done with them without this hallucination. Religion is the enemy of humanity, an embodiment of our worst impulses disguised as our best.

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09 September 2006
 
Rumsfeld Should Be In Jail

Rumsfeld not only didn't bother to think of a postwar plan for Iraq. This unforgivable incompetent actually threatened to fire anyone who did.

"The secretary of defense continued to push on us that everything we write in our plan has to be the idea that we are going to go in, we're going to take out the regime, and then we're going to leave," Scheid said. "We won't stay."

Scheid said the planners continued to try "to write what was called Phase 4," or the piece of the plan that included post-invasion operations like security, stability and reconstruction.

Even if the troops didn't stay, "at least we have to plan for it," Scheid said.

"I remember the secretary of defense saying that he would fire the next person that said that," Scheid said. "We would not do planning for Phase 4 operations, which would require all those additional troops that people talk about today.

"He said we will not do that because the American public will not back us if they think we are going over there for a long war."

And yet we did stay there and they've always insisted we should. So it was not that we would not have a long war, it's that they didn't want us to think it would be. But then what?

Why would this be? Could it be that they wanted the chaos and death so that they could hide behind "we're at war" all this time and not have to appear to attend to anything else? Did they have any plan or was the whole point destabilization to keep the oil and munitions moguls assured of a market?

All the deaths of Iraqis (at least 30,000 according to Bush himself months ago) and our troops (almost 3,000 as we approach the fifth anniversary of 9/11) are on the heads of these malicious murderers. When do we do something about it? When do we stop this, even if it is long past too late?

And if we do not, is this sin upon our heads?

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08 September 2006
  "My Fellow Americans, We Are Going To Invade Iran"

This does not look at all good.

And here's who's behind the 9/11 docudrama Bush will no doubt be coming in at a well-timed moment during. (David Horowitz is among them)

Has a propaganda operation ever been as obvious? Not since Jud Suss.

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  "Soft Ceiling" in This Sickness

In today's installment, Rosa's boss takes her considerable frustration out on her hubby. Check it out!

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06 September 2006
  The Sultan's Elephant

This is truly amazing.

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  DeLay's Wife

So, what about that do-nothing job she had through which DeLay funneled campaign money into his own pocket, anyway?

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  Anderson Cooper Former CIA Spook?

That would explain why the lack of any discernable personality.

Perhaps then he might have the expertise to report in-depth on the CIA gulags in Europe that Bush just admitted exist.

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New "Soft Ceiling"

Yes, it's still going. It'll be in This Sickness well into November, o ye faithless, and if you haven't been reading, you've just missed the start of the dirty part(but certainly not the end--the rest is the dirty part).

Anyway, today we see the humiliation of Rosa's boss, prompting vicious threats to be bandied about. If over 18, have a read! (particularly not safe for work)

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  Japan: "Swing"


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05 September 2006
 
Why Won't Lieberman Just Run As A Republican?

I mean, he's been taking their money secretly, lots of it(which explains how he can do without the DNC's support). Might as well just drop the other shoe on his way down.

The White House funneled millions of dollars through major Republican Party contributors to Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s primary campaign in a failed effort to ensure the support of the former Democrat for the Bush administration.

A senior GOP source said the money was part of Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove's strategy to maintain a Republican majority in the Senate in November. The source said Mr. Rove, together with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, directed leading pro-Bush contributors to donate millions of dollars to Mr. Lieberman's campaign for re-election in Connecticut in an attempt that he would be a "Republican-leaning" senator.

But how did he not play ball? What I get out of this is that they might as well have saved their money--Joe would do it for free.


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Beautiful

Florida's GOP is now going to definitely lose one Senate seat. Because Katherine Harris just won the nomination for it.

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03 September 2006
 
Katherine Harris Brings God Into Slow Meltdown

She's always good for a laugh, isn't she?(Because as you recall, the GOP in their withdrawal of all support for her a bit back seems to have verified she's not good for much else)

I imagine the last thing God might want is for Katherine Harris to associate herself with him. Possibly not a good idea so close to an election she will already lose.

Harris, GOP senatorial candidate from Florida, produced this united front by doing an interview with the weekly newspaper of the Florida Baptist State Convention. In it, she pronounced the separation of church and state a ``lie'' and warned that if Christians don't stand for election, we will end up ``a nation of secular laws.'' The coup de grace was this bon mot: ``If you're not electing Christians, then in essence you are going to legislate sin.''
Now she's talking about theocracy, because, I guess, if she can't count on anyone else, surely by merely mentioning God, religious righties will come to her aid, right? At the very least, can't a Republican rely on their automatic vote?

She may not have considered that they might just all stay home to pray for her win.

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Bush's Transformation to Nixon Complete

Except at least Nixon had a pair and, for all his evil, resembled an actual president. But Nixon was, you may recall, one of the all-time Jew-haters.

Well, it seems Bush may be a closet anti-Semite:

"You know what I'm gonna tell those Jews when I get to Israel, don't you Herman?" a then Governor George W. Bush allegedly asked a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman.

When the journalist, Ken Herman, replied that he did not know, Bush reportedly delivered the punch line: "I'm telling 'em they're all going to hell."...

Bush's thoughts on the fate of non-Christian souls became a minor source of controversy after he told the Houston Post in 1993 that only those who "accept Jesus Christ" go to Heaven.

Read more.

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02 September 2006
 
Hounds of Love

What, you thought the vlogging was over? Hell no. Here's Kate Bush's famous performance of "Hounds of Love" at the BPI Awards almost 20 years ago.


And Kate's Terry Gilliamish actual video of the same song. (and good lord, did she ever look sexier?)

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Karl Rove: I'm Melting!

Or at least his influence is. And you know, I don't care if not listening to him results in Republicans getting re-elected, because without his influence perhaps they might not be as evil, and might remember what actually keeps them in office: taking care of the actual needs of Americans. And that would be better for the country, which is all I care about anymore. We can go back to partisan bickering and other bullshit once the main problem, this presidential administration that has fucked us all over, is gotten rid of. In my view, I'm ready for any politician who has their priorities straight. (This does not include any supporter of the Iraq war or any religious rightie)

Phew! Is that the unmistakable whiff of dead political hack I smell?

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01 September 2006
  Another Electric Company Classic

And a sweet one too. (And, apparently, this too was composed by Tom Lehrer)

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  Whut? When?

I don't usually delve into celebrity news, but...


Um...sui generis.

Or not.

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