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Jeebers Q. Croutons . . .

. . . that was . . . sheeat. That was beautiful.

Clean up the language and you could submit that as an op-ed column.

In fact, why don't you?


Re: Jeebers Q. Croutons . . .

Thanks for the kind words.

In truth, on re-reading this entry, it all seemed so... dare I say it... Coulteresque?

It all fell apart for them because truth did in fact matter.

The only silver lining to the financial bollixry that we'll be living through for the next while is that it proves once and for all that those smartest guys in the room who came up with a gazillion ways to make money without making anything were just very bright idiots, and the people who made things in exchange for money weren't the suckers they were made out to be, but the ones keeping reality warm for the rest of us.

In much the same way, all those people who didn't care about facts or other people's ideas, but focused on imposing their own beliefs on the world, and who'd gotten so fucking smug about it by 2005 (and there's probably a significant overlap here) have been exposed as the myopic idiots they always were. They may never fully pay for what they did (though I'd expect some heads to roll) and they'll never fully admit their inadequacies, but to see them brought down is some pretty good catharsis right there.

So go make us all some comics, and we'll find some micropayments for them,and reality will prevail. At least until the economy is fixed and everyone forgets and votes the assholes right back in, but that could take 2, maybe 3 terms, so why worry!

Thanks! And I do have more Electric Sheep comics in the works, I promise you this. In the meantime I've also got a fill-in novella I'm doing for Jenn Manley Lee's Dicebox, titled "Don't Look Back" (my own little tribute to the Prog rock of my childhood.)

>Nixon was nudged out of office by a momentary gust of public disfavor over a botched burglary attempt

Al Capone went to prison for tax fraud. You take what you can get, when you get anything at all.

Where it all changed for me

"What made 2005 the bleakest year of my life was the realization that I lived in a Post-Truth America. The Neo-Cons had created an environment where truth not only didn't matter, truth was outright impossible."

Oh yeah. I've been there.

You know where it all turned around for me?

Sitting in a dark theater, watching V for Vendetta.

Specifically, the scene where John Hurt's Chancellor rants on TV, warning everyone to stay the fuck home or else.

And then the movie camera backs up and shows us the pub, the living rooms, the old age home rec room, and we see that there's not a single goddamn person watching.

Aw shucks. If I knew scads of people were gonna be reading this I would have made an illustration to go with it!

Damn, that was awesome. Thanks, Patrick.

Maybe Planned

"...the Neo-Con Superstorm eventually blew itself out. Exactly how and why, I don't fully understand."

I submit that the Superstorm is not over. Who in their right mind would like to be president during a great financial catastrophe? Much like “there has never been a terrorist attack on GWB’s watch”, the financial apocalypse will be the result of Democratic policies.

The public is incredibly stupid; they will consume whatever they are fed, and they are fed by whoever has the money to feed them. This decade’s flavour is proto-fascist propaganda.

Finally, if you think that Obama’s words are not heavily tested in focus groups, you are in for a disappointment. I believe

Re: Maybe Planned

"Who in their right mind would like to be president during a great financial catastrophe?"

It occurred to me during the election that the Repugs really didn't want to be holding the bag. The appearance of Sarah Palin made it very clear the the ticket existed only to pander to the twitchies who were already committed.

Of course, the notion that someone might want to sacrifice some of their own to aid their country during crisis is so completely alien to most Neocons that they could very well mistake it for a symptom of not being in one's "right mind".

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i just ran across your post in boing boing.

amazing, that was a great read, thank you!

I too am here via boingboing, and I couldn't agree with you more. Well said.


I have been following your work for years.

When can we expect a finish to the apocomon series? Or... you know... any of that other stuff you finished that was awesome that you never finished?

My plan is to finish all the outstanding novels this year -- Apocamon, Spiders, Mother of All Bombs, and the Scotty Zaccharine story. These stories are all retrospectives on the decade that's drawing to a close, I realize, so it's now or never. If I'm not able to complete them in graphical format I'll simply upload the screenplays for all to read and move on. In 2010 I'll be publishing Delta Thrives and another new series I'm developing. (I might also have a movie in the works at that time, but ssssh, it's a secret!)

amen, brutha. amen! *cincin*

Very well said. I hope the next eight years are kinder to you than the last.

I live in Australia. Last year our election swept out John Howard, a Bush-ist crony that has been heaped with a pile of dubious awards by the conservative think tanks you refer to. The euphoria when Australia watched him lose his seat (and thus his job as PM) was electric. I'd be very surprised if champagne stocks across Australia were not severely depleted that night.

Post-Howard, we have Kevin Rudd, who is turning out to be as much a jaded demographic-pleaser as Howard. In the euphoria America is feeling with Obama as President, don't get complacent. Make sure he actually does some good, and lives up to the promises. Celebration, release, all these things are good, but the future is still waiting to be built, so don't let it slide away, like Australians seem to have with K-Rudd.

I'm not here via Boing^2. Great read.

I think the Neo-Cons eventually lost power because one can only manipulate things just _so_ much. Even a powerful nation, like ours, cannot alter the Truth. We avoided it, concealed it, put lipstick on it, and a whole bunch of other verbs, but, in the end, the Iraqis were not delighted to have us invade their country, etc.

A few elections back, I decided that it didn't much matter which party for which a particular candidate was batting; they're two sides of the same coin, and trading one overlord for another didn't really mean much, just going by the platforms. Instead, I started looking at the actual candidate: how did he conduct himself as a person?

Shrub has consistently demonstrated that he is a man of self-interest. He was a frat boy and a bully who coasted through life on money and family with no achievements in life to speak of. It's always been about him and his buddies and all the benefits they can squeeze out of life, and he brought this to his presidency. From year one, he has never had the best interests of the American people at heart, and he surrounded himself with cronies that helped him manipulate every situation to their benefit - and lied about it, and played dumb. Thousands of people are dead and everyone else on the planet thinks we're assholes, just so he can beat his chest and tell himself he's a tough guy. He doesn't care that he ran the country into the ground, because he doesn't have to help clean it up.

I will never get over the fact that he was elected TWICE. Kerry wasn't anything to write home about, but at least he wasn't a malevolent and selfish little monkey.

I'm glad that the US has pushed far enough past racism to elect a black man, but what makes me the happiest is that we elected a guy who actually gives a shit about us, and who has a history of giving a shit about us.

Anyway. *ahem* I'm adding my voice to the chorus of MOAR COMIX PLSKTHX.

Good riddance to Dubya, hello Great Depression 2.0

I was worried they'd assassinate Obama, but then again if that happened the social unrest would likely disrupt the country enough that heads would have to roll. If this country ever had a "popular insurgency" it'd melt like ice cream on hot pavement no matter how many cameras they had to watch it.

What I feel they'll do is keep enough toadies in to try to "Carter" Obama. To bitterly oppose each and every progressive plan, to blame him totally for all failures and to take credit for what he manages to accomplish.

Remember in the 90s the government was shut down by political bickering and we lost a good portion of the Jupiter probe from Gallileo because the scientists were locked out of their control rooms among other stupidities? This was the Republicans braying "Wag the Dog" since Clinton was good at going after actual enemies of the USA with minimal collateral damage... And if I remember right that particular Filibuster saved the life of Osama bin Laden...

Anyways, like all your fans I am drooling to see a new E-Sheep up again...

Let's bribe you...

Let's each put aside some $ on a gift card like US$10 which we'll transmit to him as soon as we see a new e-sheep site with at least two new comics and the archives...

Including the stuff that disappeared, like the Bush/Humungus joke and "Dolphin Brother"...

Also, I checked Renderosity and there's a "pfarley" member, but no pics or data... Is it you or someone else? I'm bringing that up because a lot of us fans would gladly fill a 'wishlist' for you or even make you 3d stuff on request if we could...? And what about a new server? I like for my own inflictions of frustration on the world which causes me pain "Dreamhost" which gives what in the late 90s would have been a staggering amount of space and bandwith for a very low price...

Bribing Patrick

I'm ready to send him $100.00 as soon as the archive goes back up.

Brilliantly said, sir. Thank you.

I was wondering where you'd got to. Glad to see you're still here. Keep up the good work!

What Nixon teaches us

If there's one lesson to be learned from Nixon, its this: Despite the seriousness of his crimes, the Republicans were basically out of power for only FOUR years, and then the Reagan Era started. So as wonderful as it is to see the Bushies out and Obama inaugurated, we need to be forever on our guard, because the American Hard Drive is notoriously short on memory.

Nice piece

Excellent article. The vomiting a cannonball is quite possibly the most perfect metaphor for this situation. Cheers.

Greetings from Europe

Kudos for such a concise summary, although I can't help feeling you have missed a very important point: the lasting damage for America's reputation is almost as bad as the financial crisis brought on by the license to print money the bush administration gave many banks. Or maybe even worse.

Greetings, Alex

Sustained applause. Here via Making Light.

First step, uncover the network

A step toward combating this '5th column' in America would be to identify its members.

Most people don't understand that when Fox quotes AEI, citing a study by the Heritage foundation it is exactly like the Pravada quoting TAS and citing an study written by the KGB.

There are also local 'journalists/operatives' in every city that need to be identified. As well as college professors and other fellow travelers that need to be pointed out; just so everyone understands that this is a giant echo chamber with no critical thinking going on.

Now, don't get creepy on us

Wait . . . you're trying to sound nuts, right?

As much as I despise these goons, tracking down them down as undesireables plays into the most cherished masturbatory fantasies of the Right.

What they need is derision and mockery.



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