VLADRUSHKA by John Linton Roberson (c) 2022.
I Didn't Write That!
31 August 2007
Food Tastes Better

...and the air smells sweeter.

Yesterday was Karl Rove's last day. Ever.


  If Sen. Craig Had Been British

By way of the General.(though he posted only one of them)


30 August 2007
The Marine Haditha Massacre

24 cowering women and children, murdered as random reprisal for a roadside bomb with which they had nothing to do. I hope the Marines felt like big, strong men. And they claim, "Oh, but we were ordered to."

Since Nuremberg, of course, that's no longer so. Obeying an illegal order makes you also culpable. One might say, "But if I refused what my commanding officer said, he'd shoot me."

Yes? And? If your choice is between your life and that of even one person you know is innocent and helpless, then, as a soldier, if you have to die, shouldn't it be over what's right? You might say, "But then he'd just ask someone else to do it." I imagine watching your death, at the hands of your CO, over refusing to kill women and children, might inspire different feelings in your fellow soldiers and perhaps some second thoughts. That's why they call such people "heroic" and that's what "self sacrifice" means. A soldier of any honor should be ready to lay down his life rather than commit what can only be called cold-blooded murder. I don't mean combat. I mean something like this.

Here's parts 1 and 2 of an interesting 20-year-old Ethics in America on this subject, in the hypothetical.


"Nice people don't go around getting themselves knifed to death."--Orenthal James Simpson

A quote from O.J. Simpson's book, I Did It. (no, have a look at the title on the current book jacket, which is included in the Slate article; it'll take you a bit to find the "If")

Ted Bundy once put together something like this, but told it to the cops rather than a ghostwriter.


29 August 2007
What Scouting and the Catholic Church Have In Common

5,100 scout leaders over the past 60 years have been removed for sexual abuse. This might, to some, imply they've been diligent in rooting them out, though seemingly unable to prevent them from being part of the organization in the first place. (after all, that's an average of 85 molesters a year) Then you come across this:

The Boy Scouts insist that these numbers represent only a tiny percentage of scoutmasters, and the organization now requires criminal background checks and has instituted educational policies intended to prevent abuse. Despite the increased scrutiny, the head of the Scouts' child abuse prevention program was convicted in 2005 of trafficking in child pornography.


28 August 2007
  Why I Left South Carolina In The First Place

Try. Just try to understand what Miss South Carolina here is saying.


Republican Hypocrisy Yet the Fuck Again

So very, very much of it, too. Yet another conservative Republican official, this time Senator Larry Craig, (the co-chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, incidentally) who is showing remarkable comedic talent in explaining his toilet trading.

Why does this matter? Because once again, the Republican is not just secretly gay but actively fighting against gays. Every time. Every single time the loud moralists turn out to be exactly what they claim disgusts them so much. This is probably how they're able to describe that which revolts them in such enormous detail.

But then, if I had a desire for power, money, and secret perversions I want covered up, I too would probably join the party that will give you all this in exchange for being a walking, talking rubber stamp. If they were willing to cover for an outright child molester like Mark Foley, well, it just makes you wonder what we haven't heard about.

Below, some TV commentary on Craig, and his hilarious "I am not gay!" press conference today. Don't you love that the very first thing Craig says is "Thank you all for coming out today?" Ah, if only he could.

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27 August 2007
  They're All Going Away!

Alberto Gonzales. Resigns.


24 August 2007
Inland Empire

Lynch's latest, now out on DVD. I know I keep saying this, but I really can't say enough good things about this strange and overwhelming movie. It's a tough one and you have to watch it a number of times, and I still don't yet claim to fully grasp it. But I like that mystery in Lynch. Buy it, rent it, watch it. It's awesome. Below are some bits of it.

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  More On Nugent's Obama Assassination Threats

He himself thinks that people who say the kinds of things he did should be arrested. Take him at his word, Secret Service that is supposed to follow up on any threat like this to any presidential candidate. Even a Democratic one.
Hannity had Nugent on his Fox show in July to discuss a blog post in which a writer said he had "dibs" on Rush Limbaugh if it ever became legal to shoot him, and that others would be "welcome to" Nugent if they wanted him. Hannity said he took such threats seriously, and he asked Nugent if people who make them ought to be arrested. Nugent's answer: Yes.

"You know, I'm an American. I love all Americans. And I would help any American pursue their dreams and their pursuit of happiness," Nugent told Hannity. "But you find that the left, there's a lunatic fringe on the left that literally are trying to force us to comply to their outline of life. And I find it just reprehensible that they would recommend violence, not to mention murder and shooting people and assassinating people. This is bizarre."

That is bizarre!

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  This Sickness Goes Past 150,000 Readers

Thank you, everyone! Remember to send the link to your friends! (over 18 only)

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  Ted Nugent Wants To Assassinate Obama

Or so he said in front of a huge crowd. Isn't it a federal felony to do that even as a joke?


  Michael Vick's Legacy


  Mother Teresa: Agnostic

She had stopped praying some time before she died and doubted the existence of God.
In a new book that compiles letters she wrote to friends, superiors and confessors, her doubts are obvious.

Shortly after beginning work in Calcutta's slums, the spirit left Mother Teresa.

"Where is my faith?" she wrote. "Even deep down… there is nothing but emptiness and darkness... If there be God — please forgive me."

Eight years later, she was still looking to reclaim her lost faith.

"Such deep longing for God… Repulsed, empty, no faith, no love, no zeal," she said.

As her fame increased, her faith refused to return. Her smile, she said, was a mask.

"What do I labor for?" she asked in one letter. "If there be no God, there can be no soul. If there be no soul then, Jesus, You also are not true."
More here. I can only imagine what Christopher Hitchens will make of this.


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23 August 2007
Not In Gitmo!

I've just had my computer in the shop the past four days, in case any of you wondered where I've been.


  Live Long Enough, Anything Can Happen

Arthur Bremer is apparently now considered fit for release.


15 August 2007

That's how many pageviews I got just today at This Sickness?(Over 18 only) I guess y'all must like Vladrushka. I'm going to have to whip up some more stuff with her. (although that's not what's following her starting Sept. 26; that'll be one of three things, and it depends which one I think is finished by then; I never put up a story I haven't completed yet)

Um, weird. But thanks! (and it's fast approaching 150,000 overall, and so thanks too for that, you wonderful art-loving perverts, you)

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Hilaire Belloc: "On the Pleasure of Taking Up One's Pen"

A Librivox audio reading of one of the best cures for writer's block.


  Watch It Quick 75

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14 August 2007
1/2 Hour News Hour Goes Belly-Up

One of the greatest lights of American satire, Fox's "1/2 Hour News Hour," has been cancelled and will go off the air next month. But with such sparkling comedy as you see in the example below, how could that happen?

It's obviously a liberal plot. They must have threatened loyal Fox viewers with anthrax or something to keep them from watching. I mean, can't you tell the show is funny by the intensity of its laugh track?


  Could You Tell A Pollock Forgery From A Real One?

Of course you couldn't.


  A Bit Too Late For My Mom

But this is still a great thing.

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13 August 2007
  "Happy Tree Friends"


  Hawkwind: "Eastern Haze" Live

A bunch of aul' hippies and all.



The Krautrock band Neu and the song Negativland, to be exact. Kind of a crappy homemade video by someone, but the tune rocks.


  Watch It Quick 74

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  Karl Rove Rejoins Outer Darkness At End of Month

He's resigning August 31! Mark your calendars and prepare your subpoenas!


11 August 2007
9/11: Conservative Woodstock

I didn't think that Fox would take this bait, but like the idiotic Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky, they(or at least Brian Kilmeade) seem to think the deaths of thousands are something America needs again, to regain "unity." By "unity," of course, what they really mean is, " We dictate, you shut up." It's good to know that American lives are worth so much less to them than their political hegemony.

And then John Gibson simply gives the game away.


Compassionate Christianity

Don't let the news story fool you. This San Antonio pastor only dragged a 15 year-old girl behind a van because of love.


10 August 2007
  EZ-Pass Can Prove You've Been Cheating

The best part is that it hurts the assholes with nice cars the worst.


  Maybe Now Rich Kids Will Protest

The Bush administration considers a draft.


The Toll of the Sea (1922)

An odd little silent, notable for the extensive and nice tinting. Not colorization--in those days it was done by hand to each frame. And I have the nerve to whine if I have to do it for a comic.


  Dovzhenko and Pudovkin

All of Arsenal and Mother, as well as some of the beginning if Earth. (more when I can get it; Earth may be hokey propaganda, but it's pretty as all hell)

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  "The Man Who Laughs" (1928)

Directed by Paul Leni, starring Conrad Veidt(and courtesy of silentfilmdemocracy). Complete.

And this is the inspiration for the Joker, and no other film has ever gotten it right.(and in this case, he's the hero) Whereas in comics, certainly the late Marshall Rogers--who shared my birthday, as it happens--did.


MaidMarian's Silent Classics

I give you the impeccable taste of Youtube's MaidMarian, from Canada, helping to keep public domain silent(and more) film alive. Indulge in the playlist below(which includes two Dreyer films and one Bunuel film, complete, as well as Lon Chaney and others), and drop by her MySpace page to donate. (tell her I sent you, and put in a request for Chaney's bizarre and wonderful He Who Gets Slapped, directed by Victor Sjöström, whom you might have seen as the star of Bergman's Wild Strawberries)



The greatest British band of the 90s that wasn't Radiohead.


09 August 2007
  Fritz Lang's "M"



  Two Things Which, Combined, Would Be Very Bad

This, and this.


  Dean Yeagle

Craig Yoe has posted some amazingly pretty cheesecake art from one Dean Yeagle. Please don't slobber on your keyboard.


06 August 2007
Inking "Chad the Fat Kid" With a Wacom

Interesting video demonstrating the use of the Wacom tablet as the unholy instrument by which all inking will be destroyed and replaced with the flat, open Eurolines of the Wacom. Then again, I'll be singing a different tune the day I can afford one. (Meanwhile, all of my original art is still ink or full pencil, though I have a pathetic little Pablo tablet I use for Adobe enhancements, correction and color)


05 August 2007
  "Conspiracy Theory Rock"

And a little extra:


  Propaganda (the band)

Happened across "P Machinery" by chance and thought I'd show my age. I like the singer. Reminds me a little of one I actually know.

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Romans. Fighting Indians. In North America.


  Watch It Quick 73

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03 August 2007

An excellent little North Carolina college/public station that my stepfather Alan hipped me to while we were driving to our second unsuccessful attempt to scatter the ashes. Here's the feed you can play in Windows Media or Winamp(or whatever).


All sorts of stuff, especially some really amazing "mountain music," i.e. folk & bluegrass. Their show on Saturdays, "Goin' Across the Mountain," from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., was, I believe, what we were listening to. But also some incredible blues and indie rock. Listen and be sure to bookmark it. (And support it if you can--hey, with the web there's no longer just local listeners)

WNCW: This is what you get for playing a beautiful version of "Barbara Allen" at exactly the right moment, and making a hard time a little easier. Thanks.
01 August 2007
And Now, Back To Normal: Elton, You Ass

An old stupid man is old and stupid whether his name is Ted Stevens or Reginald Dwight, a.k.a. Elton John, who thinks making art, such as music, should be left to the professionals that have huge corporations behind them, and that the internet should be shut down:
"They sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes OK but it doesn’t bode well for long-term artistic vision."
Just stay off his lawn and he'll shut up eventually.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil."
--E. Blackadder, 1789

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December 2016: Politics in Comics
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Erotic Comics, Erratic Censorship

Discussion with Tim Young; also featuring Dale Lazarov & Tim Pilcher.

August 2014:  Crumb’s Confounding “Genesis”
Discussion with Tim Young.

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Discussion with Tim Young, Deb Aoki, & Jason McNamara.

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Comics Events - discussion with Tim Young.
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