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28 February 2011
  Deconstructing Comics: Jamie Delano (podcast)

An interview with the one and only Jamie Delano this week! Have a listen!

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27 February 2011
  Scooby Solved

Who paid for the trips of the Mystery Machine around America?

Scooby's snacks?

Shaggy's pot?

Velma's vibrator batteries?

And remember: gas was NOT cheap in the 70s, and vans get terrible mileage.

I'll tell you: insurance companies.

Remember, every single haunting was an insurance fraud scheme.


And if they couldn't find anything, they just dressed up some hobo in a swamp monster suit to discredit the owner's case.

This is my theory, that it is, which is mine.

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23 February 2011
  Scott Walker When Talking to the Kochs Admits What We Already Know

Fake Koch: [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.

Walker: All right, that would be outstanding.
A Buffalo Beast reporter called Gov. Scott Walker pretending to be one of the Koch Brothers, who are pretty much known to be behind the GOP push to break unions. Or at least Scott Walker seems to think so. Because he revealed much. Here's the transcript, as the Buffalo Beast's traffic today has prevented most from getting to it. Notice first that Walker is on a mutual first-name basis with the actual Koch. And that he didn't even pause to try to verify that this was Koch. But then, that would be a rude way to treat your boss, right?

Walker: Hi; this is Scott Walker.

Koch: Scott! David Koch. How are you?

Walker: Hey, David! I’m good. And yourself?

Koch: I’m very well. I’m a little disheartened by the situation there, but, uh, what’s the latest?

Walker: Well, we’re actually hanging pretty tough. I mean—you know, amazingly there’s a much smaller group of protesters—almost all of whom are in from other states today. The State Assembly is taking the bill up—getting it all the way to the last point it can be at where it’s unamendable. But they’re waiting to pass it until the Senate’s—the Senate Democrats, excuse me, the assembly Democrats have about a hundred amendments they’re going through. The state Senate still has the 14 members missing but what they’re doing today is bringing up all sorts of other non-fiscal items, many of which are things members in the Democratic side care about. And each day we’re going to ratchet it up a little bit…. The Senate majority leader had a great plan he told about this morning—he told the Senate Democrats about and he’s going to announce it later today, and that is: The Senate organization committee is going to meet and pass a rule that says if you don’t show up for two consecutive days on a session day—in the state Senate, the Senate chief clerk—it’s a little procedural thing here, but—can actually have your payroll stopped from being automatically deducted—

Koch: Beautiful.

Walker: —into your checking account and instead—you still get a check, but the check has to be personally picked up and he’s instructing them—which we just loved—to lock them in their desk on the floor of the state Senate.

Koch: Now you’re not talking to any of these Democrat bastards, are you?

Walker: Ah, I—there’s one guy that’s actually voted with me on a bunch of things I called on Saturday for about 45 minutes, mainly to tell him that while I appreciate his friendship and he’s worked with us on other things, to tell him I wasn’t going to budge.

Koch: Goddamn right!

Walker: …his name is Tim Cullen—

Koch: All right, I’ll have to give that man a call.

Walker: Well, actually, in his case I wouldn’t call him and I’ll tell you why: he’s pretty reasonable but he’s not one of us…

Koch: Now who can we get to budge on this collective bargaining?

Walker: …I think the paycheck will have an impact…secondly, one of the things we’re looking at next…we’re still waiting on an opinion to see if the unions have been paying to put these guys up out of state. We think there’s at minimum an ethics violation if not an outright felony.

Koch: Well, they’re probably putting hobos in suits.

Walker: Yeah.

Koch: That’s what we do. Sometimes.

Walker: I mean paying for the senators to be put up. I know they’re paying for these guy—I mean, people can pay for protesters to come in and that’s not an ethics code, but, I mean, literally if the unions are paying the 14 senators—their food, their lodging, anything like that…[*** Important regarding his later acceptance of a Koch offer to “show him a good time.” ***]

[I was stunned. I am stunned. In the interest of expediting the release of this story, here are the juiciest bits:]

Walker: …I’ve got layoff notices ready…

Koch: Beautiful; beautiful. Gotta crush that union.

Walker: [bragging about how he doesn't budge]…I would be willing to sit down and talk to him, the assembly Democrat leader, plus the other two Republican leaders—talk, not negotiate and listen to what they have to say if they will in turn—but I’ll only do it if all 14 of them will come back and sit down in the state assembly…legally, we believe, once they’ve gone into session, they don’t physically have to be there. If they’re actually in session for that day, and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they’d have quorum…so we’re double checking that. If you heard I was going to talk to them that’s the only reason why. We’d only do it if they came back to the capital with all 14 of them…

Koch: Bring a baseball bat. That’s what I’d do.

Walker: I have one in my office; you’d be happy with that. I have a slugger with my name on it.

Koch: Beautiful.

Walker: [union-bashing...]

Koch: Beautiful.

Walker: So this is ground zero, there’s no doubt about it. [Talks about a "great" NYT piece of "objective journalism." Talks about how most private blue-collar workers have turned against public, unionized workers.]…So I went through and called a handful, a dozen or so lawmakers I worry about each day and said, “Everyone, we should get that story printed out and send it to anyone giving you grief.”

Koch: Goddamn right! We, uh, we sent, uh, Andrew Breitbart down there.


Koch: Yeah.

Walker: Good stuff.

Koch: He’s our man, you know.

Walker: [blah about his press conferences, attacking Obama, and all the great press he's getting.] Brian [Sadoval], the new Governor of Nevada, called me the last night he said—he was out in the Lincoln Day Circuit in the last two weekends and he was kidding me, he said, “Scott, don’t come to Nevada because I’d be afraid you beat me running for governor.” That’s all they want to talk about is what are you doing to help the governor of Wisconsin. I talk to Kasich every day—John’s gotta stand firm in Ohio. I think we could do the same thing with Vic Scott in Florida. I think, uh, Snyder—if he got a little more support—probably could do that in Michigan. You start going down the list there’s a lot of us new governors that got elected to do something big.

Koch: You’re the first domino.

Walker: Yep. This is our moment.

Koch: Now what else could we do for you down there?

Walker: Well the biggest thing would be—and your guy on the ground [Americans For Prosperity president Tim Phillips] is probably seeing this [stuff about all the people protesting, and some of them flip him off].

[Abrupt end of first recording, and start of second.]

Walker: [Bullshit about doing the right thing and getting flipped off by “union bulls,” and the decreasing number of protesters. Or some such.]

Koch: We’ll back you any way we can. What we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.

Walker: You know, well, the only problem with that —because we thought about that. The problem—the, my only gut reaction to that is right now the lawmakers I’ve talked to have just completely had it with them, the public is not really fond of this…[explains that planting troublemakers may not work.] My only fear would be if there’s a ruckus caused is that maybe the governor has to settle to solve all these problems…[something about '60s liberals.]…Let ‘em protest all they want…Sooner or later the media stops finding it interesting.

Koch: Well, not the liberal bastards on MSNBC.

Walker: Oh yeah, but who watches that? I went on “Morning Joe” this morning. I like it because I just like being combative with those guys, but, uh. You know they’re off the deep end.

Koch: Joe—Joe’s a good guy. He’s one of us.

Walker: Yeah, he’s all right. He was fair to me…[bashes NY Senator Chuck Schumer, who was also on the program.]

Koch: Beautiful; beautiful. You gotta love that Mika Brzezinski; she’s a real piece of ass.

Walker: Oh yeah. [story about when he hung out with human pig Jim Sensenbrenner at some D.C. function and he was sitting next to Brzezinski and her father, and their guest was David Axelrod. He introduced himself.]

Koch: That son of a bitch!

Walker: Yeah no kidding huh?…

Koch: Well, good; good. Good catching up with ya’.

Walker: This is an exciting time [blah, blah, blah, Super Bowl reference followed by an odd story of pulling out a picture of Ronald Reagan and explaining to his staff the plan to crush the union the same way Reagan fired the air traffic controllers]…that was the first crack in the Berlin Wall because the Communists then knew Reagan wasn’t a pushover. [Blah, blah, blah. He's exactly like Reagan. Won't shut up about how awesome he is.]

Koch: [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.

Walker: All right, that would be outstanding. Thanks for all the support…it’s all about getting our freedoms back…

Koch: Absolutely. And, you know, we have a little bit of a vested interest as well. [Laughs]

Walker: [Blah] Thanks a million!

Koch: Bye-bye!

Walker: Bye.

Notice he's planning to trick the Democrats into returning. And how he considered using agents provocateurs, and by the way, even discussing that in an official capacity may be itself a crime.

But it's obvious, mainly, that Walker is doing this for the Kochs and it has nothing to do with budget balancing. It's about breaking unions and worker rights in this country. And he is their servant, not the public's. He's hoping to get enough visibility and brownie points that the Kochs will back him for president, maybe.

Dream that dreamy dream, Walker.

You might wonder: yes, but isn't that illegal? No.

Wis. Stat Ann. §§968.31(c) It is not illegal . . .

c) For a person not acting under color of law to intercept a wire, electronic or oral communication where the person is a party to the communication or where one of the parties to the communication has given prior consent to the interception

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22 February 2011
  What To Do With Rush Limbaugh

Well, not listen to him. Heavens no, nothing so self-destructive.

Limbaugh needs to be given to a needy cannibal family.

Oh, they're there. You just don't see them because that's what it looks like when someone's shunned. And it's precisely because society excludes them that makes them the most needy. I mean, you wouldn't give them a hand, would you?

That's why Rush must be donated for their happy Thanksgiving. Because they must learn how to like our holidays, and learn our ways. Then maybe, one glorious day, they'll assimilate, and stop eating us.

It's too late for Jeffrey Dahmer. But not for them. Rush now.

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  And She Laughed

"HE" catches breath "called me WHAT?"

And the First Lady, it was true, was grateful for all the laughter he brought her morning.

But it just wouldn't stop. Even at dinnertime. Suddenly she had to stop eating or she feared she might choke. The laughter just kept rolling of its own accord.

"HIM. Seriously. HIM. HE called ME...oh god" and then she fell on the floor and, like the laughter, she could not stop rolling, as she just laughed and laughed and laughed.

Barack asked, "I don't understand. What'd I miss?"

It was 2 am, and Barack just couldn't take anymore. Even the earplugs wouldn't help. He would have to sleep on the couch in the Oval Office or something. But his wife just wouldn't stop laughing. He couldn't understand what it was all about. She hadn't had the breath to tell him since this morning. She could only gather that some man had called her fat, which also was a bit out of left field.

But Libya was exploding and he had things to do. So he grabbed his favorite blanket, a Bill O'Reilly book if he needed something to make him doze off, and he would have gotten more than one pillow if her head, streaked with gaspy tears as she kept on laughing, would just stop rolling all over them. She'd kept accidentally kicking him too. He stayed clear.


And other guys actually complain about snoring, he thought. They think THEY'RE busy in the morning. He sighed and went off down the hall as what by now was a hoarse cackle just kept going.

He had to find out tomorrow just what was so funny. He could do with a laugh and she was keeping them all for herself. Just like the popcorn that one time.

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19 February 2011
  Why Unions Matter Particularly in Wisconsin

...and why the GOP is using Wisconsin as its first victim in its push to break what little is left of organized labor in this country is explained in this rather educational piece by Rachel Maddow, who seems to be moving from cheerleader to educator. Wisconsin, you see, is where pretty much all the rights you take for granted as a worker were first established. Including weekends. Enjoying your Saturday?

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18 February 2011
  Revolt In Wisconsin

Which is not, as much of the press is reporting, about unions causing the state's shortfall. What caused that were tax breaks the governor's been handing out to business which equal exactly the amount of the shortfall. Which the governor is now using as an excuse to destroy collective bargaining--except for police and firefighters, who contributed to his campaign.

This is the first salvo in the next step of the GOP's dismantling of this country: bust the unions. That's all it is. And look at them in Wisconsin. Guess what: fighting for your rights is not just for Egyptians. And what were they fighting over? Partly Mubarak's police state. But also the way he's been robbing the country and about how his nepotism has led to most not being able to get jobs. It was about jobs and worker rights too. Well, we can fight for that too here, can't we? I mean, what have you got to lose at this point, except what little you have that they still haven't taken?

If unions go, worker rights go. Even if you're not in a union this affects you. Unless you're rich. Are you rich?

Update: And today, they turned out in the tens of thousands in Madison to protest. Other protests in solidarity are planned in other states, like one this weekend here in Washington, in Olympia.

Rabble has been roused. And that's a damn good thing.

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09 February 2011
  Sketch: Vladrushka's "Invest in Russia" Campaign (NSFW)

A pencil sketch, maybe for a later more elaborate piece, depicting part of Yuri & Vladrushka's ill-fated public awareness campaign on behalf of the Russian Oligarchs in 1998. Soon after, they came here.

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08 February 2011
  Sketches: Suzy Spreadwell, America's Sweetheart + Lulu

A sketch of a character I plan for at least a couple of upcoming stories I'm still writing, one Suzy Spreadwell, America's Sweetheart, with whom I intend to reform my previous subversive comics ways, and give the youth of America a role model instead of chastity, prudence and restraint. (update: Episode 1 now up; click here)

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You can't see her purity ring, but it's somewhere, I promise.

And it's hardly meant as cheesecake inspired by Russ Meyer and Dan DeCarlo in the slightest. Do watch for it!

Update: later sketches here.

Also, hard at work on Lulu at the moment. I almost have all of Chapter Two penciled.

And here's a rough sketch for an upcoming scene. Probably NSFW, if you can make anything out through the line tangle I call a drawing. 

(Update: Now you can buy book 1 at Amazon, Comixology & Createspace. Click here.)

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06 February 2011
  This Week's "Deconstructing Comics": Adrian Tomine

About his book "Shortcomings." Listen or download here.

And another reminder, of course: last week's, with a review of Vladrushka & the Man, can still be found here.(second half of program)

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03 February 2011
  Soon It's Reagan's 100th Birthday

Hope they haven't run out of BBQ sauce in Hell for the vile old reptile.

From the Atrocity Exhibition, a book as old as I am, more love for Ronnie from J.G. Ballard.

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