Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
"There are people who are like tigers thirsting for blood. Anyone who has experienced this power, this unlimited mastery of the body, blood, and soul of a fellow man made from the same clay as himself, a brother in the law of Christ- anyone who has experienced the power and full license to inflict the greatest humiliation upon another creature made in the image of God will unconsciously lose the mastery of his own sensation.Fyodor Dostoyevsky in "The House Of The Dead"
Tyranny is a habit; it may develop, and it does develop at last, into a disease. I maintain that the very best of men may be coarsened and hardened into a brute by habit. Blood and power intoxicate; coarseness and depravity are developed; the mind and the heart are tolerant of the most abnormal things, till at last they come to relish them.
The man and the citizen is lost for ever in the tyrant, and the return to human dignity, to repentance and regeneration becomes almost impossible. Moreover, the example, the possibility of such despotism, has a pervading influence on the whole of society; such power is a temptation. Society, which looks indifferently on such a phenomenon, is already contaminated to its foundations."
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
There's an Underground Comix story called "The Day JFK Bought The Farm" from 1982 (Gates of Eden #1) by Michael T. Gilbert. The comic is told from the point of view of a young teenager who is missing all his favorite shows on TV because every channel has coverage of the JFK assassination and funeral ("They even bumped Rawhide!"). It is a savage satire, simultaneously ripping on the budding "Grief Porn" of 24/7 TV coverage of tragedy and the growing influence of the Boob Tube in American culture.
Hey, how about this for commemorating 9-11? A National Moment of Silence!! (the two exclamation points are necessary in representing the Twin Towers on the eventual bumper sticker) on 9-11, and the moment lasts from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. No? Too Austere?
Well, how about this? "The Commodification of Grief Porn" (came across that phrase in one of BDR's generous links) has only had its surface scratched. Let's make 9-11 a National Holiday, give the kids the day off from school. The Holiday will be celebrated like Halloween, The Day of The Dead, Christmas and Easter all rolled into one. People will dress up in costumes (this will give Rudy Giuliani an excuse to dress up like Marilyn Monroe in public), kids will go door to door. Instead of handing out candy, you'll be expected to hand out any unused prescription drugs. Kids will go to school the next day and swap their favorites. ("Hey Joey, I'll trade you some Zoloft for a couple of Viagras.") Somebody on Tumblr will make an animated GIF of Charlie Brown smoking "rocks" .
The week prior to 9-11 Day, in school and at home, children will erect replicas of the Twin Towers using old cereal boxes. Box Tops for Education will be replaced by Boxes for 9-11. Back to school shopping in August will see a spike in Tony the Tiger's bottom line. Underneath the Twin Towers, the 9-11 presents will placed. Some families will open one present on 9-11 Eve, others will wait until 9-11 Morning to open presents. Every TV Christmas Special will be retooled for 9-11. The Grinch Who Stole 9-11 will break box office records.
At the Mall, men will dress up in Dick Cheney costumes, and children will line up to sit on his lap and tell him what they want for 9-11. The stockings were hung by the Twin Towers with care in the hopes that St. Dick would soon be there to scare. The 9-11 Shopping Season will begin mid July, and all the 9-11 toys will be made in China.
Monday, September 12, 2011
But it's probably some Christianists looking to set up a militia, or maybe a couple of Sons of The Confederacy hoping for the South to Rise Again ,so expect this story to fade away.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
This cartoon is of American Troops torturing a Filipino with "the water cure" during the war against Filipinos. The cartoon comes from The Forbidden Book, a collection of political cartoons and history about the 15 year long Philippine-American War that began in 1898 (Teddy Roosevelt declared an end to the war on July 4,1902, despite the fact that the first battles in Mindanao had just begun. Mission Accomplished!) It is an amazing book. NEVER FORGET
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Sunday, September 04, 2011
“We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom,” was just released by Wayne Bell, publisher of Really Big Coloring Books Inc. in St. Louis. It begins with big graphic black-and-white drawings of bin Laden plotting the 9/11 attacks, then shows the burning towers, the hunt for bin Laden, and ends with a Navy SEAL shooting bin Laden as he hides behind a woman in Islamic garb.
According to the publisher, the book’s initial print run of 10,000 copies has already sold out.
I've been doing it all wrong. Here I've been trying to sell comic books when the real money is in coloring books. Zen Coloring Books next to the Highlights in every dentist's office in America!! Never Forget!!!