here’s an article I wrote for the Buffalo Beast in the form of a transcript of James Lipton interviewing Corine Lombardo, the shamed military spokesperson who shilled for Bush during the recent teleconference. It somewhat of a companion piece to my comic last week.
The first is Eric Alterman’s current column in Nation which tackles a problem I suggest in this week’s comic: Why won’t Democrats tackle issues an overwhelming majority of Americans want solved?
Here is the liberals’ problem in a nutshell: More than 30 percent of Americans happily answer to the appellation “conservative,” while 18 percent call themselves “liberal.” And yet when questioned by pollsters, a super-majority of more than 60 percent take positions liberal in everything but name. Indeed, on many if not most issues, Americans hold views well to the left of those espoused by almost any national Democratic politician.
In a May survey published by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 65 percent of respondents said they favor providing health insurance to all Americans, even if it means raising taxes, and 86 percent said they favor raising the minimum wage. Seventy-seven percent said they believe the country “should do whatever it takes to protect the environment.” A September Gallup Poll finds that 59 percent consider the Iraq War a mistake and 63 percent agree that US forces should be partially or completely withdrawn. Continue reading
The second article was brought to my attention by Ben Adler over at Campus Progress. It’s a New York Times article about the environmental devastation of gold mining. I knew it was bad, but I had no idea it was like this:
The price of gold is higher than it has been in 17 years – pushing $500 an ounce. But much of the gold left to be mined is microscopic and is being wrung from the earth at enormous environmental cost, often in some of the poorest corners of the world.
Consider a ring. For that one ounce of gold, miners dig up and haul away 30 tons of rock and sprinkle it with diluted cyanide, which separates the gold from the rock. Before they are through, miners at some of the largest mines move a half million tons of earth a day, pile it in mounds that can rival the Great Pyramids, and drizzle the ore with the poisonous solution for years. Continue Reading…
The Republicans are rotting with corruption. Are the Democrats asleep? No, they have an even less effective strategy.
I’ve got a new one pager and some other stuff coming late this week.
And be sure to buy the new book.
I’ve got a new full page comic on Bolton in the current issue of the Seattle Stranger.
Ever wonder why I can apply my deodorant .36 seconds faster than you? It probably has something to do with the fact that I have ergonomically designed grips on my shit and your using the old primitive design from last week! Get with the program you smelly sonuvabitch!
The alt. weekly Seven Days has picked up Idiot Box! Welcome newfound hippy readers!
“I started taking jump pictures regularly in early 2002…”
the rest, as they say, is photo blogging history.
Want to be a professional propangandist? Go to college at The Film School of the Americas! This comic was inspired by recent staged teleconference with Bush and soldiers in Iraq. In case you missed it, this weekend the Village Voice further uncovered that one of these soldiers is a military spokesperson.
I have somewhat of a companion piece for this comic that will be printed in the Buffalo Beast later this week. I’ll keep you posted.
And be sure to buy the new book.
The long awaited issue #36 of World War 3 Illustrated is finally here and I’m proud to say I’m a contributor. Peter Kuper, Joe Sacco, Steve Brodner, and a slew of other artists more notable than me are in this 25th Anniverssary issue.
WW3 is the longest running zine in history.
Co-founded by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, WW3 was born on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and has been a platform for political art and comics from the rise of Ronald Reagan to nightmare of G.W.Bush.
The new issue,”Neo Con” #36 edited by Ryan Inzana and Peter Kuper, includes a wraparound cover by Sue Coe and art, articles and comics by “the usual gang of agitators” including Eric Drooker, Seth Tobocman, Sabrina Jones, Mac Mcgill, Ryan Inzana, James Romberger,Chuck Sperry, Nicole Shulman (who co-edited a recent book on the history of the Wobblies ) plus a nine page strip by Zap comix luminary, Spain written byJustin Wertham , Joe Sacco’s account as an embedded journalist in Iraq, Princes Of Darkness an article on the history of Neo Cons by Eric Laursen as well as comics and illustrations by Steve Brodner,Tom Tomorrow, Sam Weber, Barron Storey, Barry Blitt, David Rees, Knickerbocker, Matt Bors, Tauno Biltsted, Felix Sockwell and Thomas Fuchs. For the first time in our history WW3 includes a color section with a new installment of Peter Kuper’s Richie Bush and Penny Allen’s WAR IS HELL a “Fumetti” (photo comic) assembled with photos by an American Sgt. in Iraq with his running commentary.
My comic the other week in the Nation caused some Christians to write in complaining of making a blanket statement against ‘Christians’ instead of ‘fundamentalists’ or ‘right-wingers’. They only printed one, but you may find my reponse interesting, which I did in comic form.