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Going Bananas!

rich bastardsEvery July 4th the people of this country, except minimum-wage workers at every retail operation, take a day off from their labors to celebrate America's independence from foreign powers.

In the same way I think the richest 400 families in America ought to begin celebrating January 20th, 1981, the day of Ronald Reagan's inauguration, as the day this country took its first step towards becoming the true banana republic it is today.

These families have managed, over the past 30 years, to acquire almost everything of real value in this country, not to mention several foreign countries, so I think they deserve a moment in the sun to gleefully and triumphantly rub their wholly remarkable gift for rapacity in our grubby little faces.

So here's to you, barbarous oligarchs! It's a hard job being so ruthlessly insatiable but take solace in the fact that someday, and someday soon, you'll own literally everything in the world and your horrendous labors will at last be at an end.


Ellison Wonderland

harlan ellisonBack in the summer of 1977 I was interning away at Don Punchatz's Sketchpad Studio when famed sci-fi writer and cranky young jew Harlan Ellison stopped by for a visit. Don had illustrated several covers of  Mr. Ellison's books and so they were well known to one another.

I was tending to my business of sweeping the floor, in all likelihood, so all I really remember of the event was that he complained of simultaneously suffering from both a cold and VD and was thus "drooling at both ends." Even so, I think he managed to disappear into the late summer evening with one of my female compadres in breathless, starry-eyed tow.

I've dredged up this sordid recollection because Beloved Girlfriend and I enjoyed a documentary this weekend featuring Mr. Ellison called "Harlan Ellison: Dreams With Sharp Teeth". It was hilarious from start to finish as Harlan has, in his own words, "no off switch". I was amazed to discover, over the course of 90 rollicking minutes, that he writes all of his books on a manual typewriter, and he's a two-fingered typist. Wow.

It's available on Netflix and I completely, thoroughly and whole-heartedly recommend it.



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #69 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(69) 8-22-2011: The GOP has a new job-creation plan... to have one rammed down their throats.

You see, the Democrats want to include a job-creation trigger in the new Super Committee that will require the Republican Party to vote either for or against it. To vote against it would be, uhhh, dumb but I wouldn't put anything past our little conservative pals. Stay tuned.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? They're breathlessly referring to some minor new immigration policies as "blanket amnesty!"

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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