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26 November 2007
  Evidence of A Parallel Universe?

Maybe.

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  Dennis Hastert Resigns

At last, the shielder of child molesters goes.

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25 November 2007
  More Moore

And in the first video, good ol' Steve Bissette, as well.


And these below would make great Christmas presents, wouldn't they?
 
  "This Vicious Cabaret"



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  Garfield Outed?

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24 November 2007
  Alan Moore/David J.: "March of the Sinister Ducks"



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  Soft Machine: "Moon in June"



 
  Pulp: "This Is Hardcore"



 
  Stan Ridgway: "I Wanna Be A Boss"



 
  Popol Vuh: "Improvisation"(1971)



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Salon Reviews Alan Moore

"The Black Dossier," specifically, which is the new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" volume.

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23 November 2007
  Sunn O)))


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  Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979)

By Stephen Sondheim, of course. The whole ding-dang thing.

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  Bastard Neighbors Drive Teenage Girl to Suicide

You're not gonna believe this.


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22 November 2007
  The Who: "A Quick One (While He's Away)"

Tell me this doesn't rule. Go on, try. I'll hit you, swear I will.

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  Alice In Chains: "Them Bones"


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Thanks For Your Service; Now Give Back Your Signing Bonus

Bush showing mercy to anything but soldiers.

Apart from the "thank you" part, this is what our disgusting government is telling wounded vets. See, their being wounded meant the soldiers didn't serve out their contracts. And they have to get the money to pay for further wounding and death somewhere.

The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments.

To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases.

Now men and women who have lost arms, legs, eyesight, hearing and can no longer serve are being ordered to pay some of that money back.
Why is this administration still being allowed to govern? What has been wrong with us this whole decade?



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  Happy Thanksgiving!



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21 November 2007
  South Park: "The Spirit of Christmas"


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Kansas O'Flaherty, Horrible Comic Strip

My review of the notoriously unholy mess Salon replaced the brilliant Carol Lay on Tuesdays with.

It's quite unkind.


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  I Review More DC Crap

My review of Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #1. Which is a really bad, bad comic.


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  Karl Rove Pretends That He Didn't Cause This

He tells the GOP to distance itself from George W. Bush.


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20 November 2007
 
Scott McClellan: I Lied For Bush

Though we knew this already, and he claims he did so unknowingly.

The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby.

There was one problem. It was not true.

I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the president himself.

Cry me a river. We cried a river over you.


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19 November 2007
  Alan Moore On The Simpsons

And Dan Clowes, and art spiegelman. I think I'm having a nerd orgasm.

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17 November 2007
  Hitchens' Devolution To Celebutard Complete


Some things are better left unknown.

The American intelligentsia once again shows all of us what dignity is. Apparently Christopher Hitchens is going about New York asking people to reach into his pants and feel his newly waxed balls. No, seriously.

While attending the National Book Awards ceremonies at the Waldorf-Astoria, New York's poor Boris Kachka got to look on (and get an invite) in horror as Christopher Hitchens gave party guests the opportunity to feel his freshly waxed genitals. One "high-ranking female Kirkus editor" took The Hitch up on the offer:

She didn't see how she could turn down the opportunity. The Hitch unzipped his fly, we stood guard, and she reached in. We can't personally vouch for what happened in there (and we're ashamed to say we demurred when he offered us a grope), but the editor speculates that he's been doing some post-article maintenance down there. "As smooth as summer cherries," she said.
How do you turn down such an opportunity? Uh, well, backing away slowly seems to work. That's one idea. I was under the impression that such people in New York usually get arrested, but I guess that's only the poor drunks, on the subway.

But wait, she wasn't the only one who took him up on it! No, Hitchens wants everyone to have a feel, I guess in the spirit of socialism and all that:

Mr. Hitchens asked Mr. Shelton if he wanted to feel. Mr. Shelton said he did.

“He looks around and says, ‘is anybody looking?’ And I said ‘no, of course not!’ And we’re standing in the middle of the ballroom at the Marriot Marquee.” Mr. Shelton said. “He unzipped his pants and he said ‘feel it, feel it.’ So I stuck my hand in there and all I really felt was a very clean… penis. That’s all I really felt. So I said, ‘Wow! That’s really great! I mean, nice penis!’ Then I pulled it out and he zipped up.”

Mr. Hitchens asked Mr. Shelton if he’d felt how smooth everything was. Mr. Shelton said he had not.

“I said I really didn’t feel, you know, where it would be smooth and all that,” Mr. Shelton said. “He said, ‘Do you want to feel it again?’ And I said, ‘Well, as a matter of fact, yes, I do.’ So he says, ‘Do you want me to guide your hand?’ And I said, ‘yes, as a matter of fact I do.’ He said, ‘Is anybody looking?’ And I said ‘No, of course not.’ He said, ‘Do you want me to guide you?’ and I said, ‘Yes, please guide me.’ So he takes my hand and he guides it into his open fly and he goes on to rub it all over his very smooth pubic area. You cannot believe how smooth it is. And I said, ‘Hitchens! That is really smooth!’ And he said, ‘I know.’”

At that point, Mr. Shelton took back his hand and Mr. Hitchens refastened his trousers. Just then, one of Mr. Shelton’s colleagues from Kirkus came over and said hello. Pretty soon, according to Mr. Shelton, her hand was in Mr. Hitchens’ pants as well.

“Her hand went in there and it went everywhere. She didn’t need any guiding at all,” Mr. Shelton said. “They sort of both looked at the ground.”

Um. So, Christopher, is this what Orwell would do?

Ew, Grandpa! Ewww!





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16 November 2007
  Adam Smith's Real Views on Capitalism

Here.

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  Chuck Asay Strikes Again

Remember back to when the GOP controlled Congress, and then scratch your head at this whiny and disingenuous strip by water-carrier Chuck Asay.
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What, six years of calls like that weren't enough for you? But then, imagine a time you couldn't slip this intentionally vague strip into.

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  What Should Happen To This President

He should have an unfortunate meeting with Spider Jerusalem.

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15 November 2007
  Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill: An Oceania Tijuana Bible

From the Black Dossier.

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  Barry Bonds Indicted

Will I be free of hearing about him soon then?

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  "This Sickness" Passes 300,000 Pageviews!

304,116, specifically, at this writing. Thanks to everyone(over 18 only) that's been enjoying Story of Oh!

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14 November 2007
  I Trash Jim Starlin

As well as DC's Permanent Crisis, in my review of Death of the New Gods #1.

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  Why I'm Leaving Chicago

Have a look.

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  Mike Mignola: "The Amazing Screw-On Head"



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  Your Wikipedia For Today #8

Political interpretations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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13 November 2007
 
Tom Tancredo: I'm Losing Anyway, So Why Not Make An Ass of Myself?

The worst Republican political ad since...well, last year around this time, I guess.

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  Your Wikipedia For Today #8

Book curse

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12 November 2007
  Your Wikipedia For Today #7

Pacific northwest

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  So Your Writers Are Striking Because You're Cheap and Unscrupulous?

Then prove them right!

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11 November 2007
  Free Superman Comics

Here.

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  Your Wikipedia For Today #6

Charles II of Spain

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When Riverdale Was Taken Over By A Fundie Cult

Great article on Al Hartley's Christian Archie Comics. Did you know he was the son of the Taft-Hartley Act's co-author? Suddenly his adaptation of Chuck Colson's autobiography, in which a completely innocent Nixon almost looks handsome, makes more sense.




And here's many, many more, and an article on another Hartley Spire adaptation, "Hansi, the Girl Who Loved the Swastika." No, I am not shitting you.

And I love Hartley's message(for which he often uses Big Ethel) regarding ugliness and difference, as expressed in this terrifying "parable," Jonathan Siblington Pelican. The message? Yes, if you're ugly or smart or different in any way, you are worthless and people will mock you, and there's no point in trying to achieve anything. But at least God loves you and Christians will take pity on you, so that's okay.

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10 November 2007
 
Chuck Asay: Wrong Again

I love looking at conservative cartoonist Chuck Asay's work. It's the nearest real-world equivalent of the Onion's "political cartoonist" Kelly. Its oversimplifications, the "gosh, we're so innocent" look on all the con characters' faces, but most of all his water-carrying and complete inability to judge present or past history correctly.

Take this cartoon(click image to enlarge), which ignores the fact that Carter gave haven to the Shah, overthrown by his own people(after we had put him in power in the 50s by assassinating his elected predecessor), and that is what caused the Hostage Crisis. God, you're stupid, Chuck.

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  No Country For Old Men Indeed

Norman Mailer, one of the greats, has passed away.

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  Dear God, Is There Anything Left of Taste Anymore?

The closest Bush has ever gotten to combat.

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09 November 2007
 
Black Bay

Given this oil spill in the San Francisco Bay and the fires further south, it appears my decision to move from Chicago to the Northwest, rather than back to CA, was a prescient one.

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08 November 2007
  Your Wikipedia For Today #5

One of my favorite things to do:
Paradigm piracy

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Who Resells Their Computer Every Year?

Salon's resident starry-eyed idiot, Farhad Manjoo, fresh off the heels of an interview with upper-class food fascist Alice Waters, explains to you that Macs are better than PCs because...they have a higher resale value?

Uh, Farhad: it's a computer, not a car. No one buys their computer with an eye to resale.

When reading this weirdly gushing Mac fanboy masturbation, I couldn't help wondering how much Steve Jobs had paid Manjoo to write this ad disguised as a story.

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06 November 2007
  Your Wikipedia For Today #4

Inattentional blindness

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  Your Wikipedia For Today #3

Grunge music 
  "Reality TV" Is Scripted

Just by non-union writers.

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  Hole

I despise Courtney Love as a celebrity. But that was one hell of a band she once had.


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05 November 2007
  Your Wikipedia For Today #2

Cordyceps

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  From 1984: The Short That Destroyed Animation

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  TV Needs Writers Nowadays?

Could've fooled me.

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04 November 2007
  "Legends of the Superheroes"


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  Chris Ware


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  Your Wikipedia For Today #1

Historiography

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02 November 2007
 
Another Stain on Saint Oprah

Maybe she ought to have put all that money into American schools, rather than one in South Africa. Then she could have checked on them more often.

Ah well. Not the first time her judgment has sucked.

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