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Several nights ago, uncomfortably close to midnight, I found myself leaning against the bed of a pickup truck, embroiled in a rambling conversation with a couple of my gentlemen neighbors. As mosquitoes repeatedly dive-bombed my ankles the topics soared from women to astronomy to sports and, inevitably, back to women.

Eventually we wandered into the political arena, at which point one of my neighbors, whom I'll call "Phil", bemoaned the state of the U.S. deficit and the $5 trillion dollars Mr. Obama has larded it with since his election. This is, of course, #3 on the list of Right Wing talking points, right after #1: "He's a Kenyan" and #2: "Did I mention he's a Kenyan?"

I asked Phil to explain into which magic economic vortex all this money had mysteriously vanished and, after a couple of seconds of befuddlement on Phil's part, I reminded him that $4.3 trillion of that money was a direct result of two unfunded wars, Medicare Part D, and the famous Bush Tax Cuts. The missing $700 billion was part of president Obama's Stimulus Package.

"Money well spent", I reminded Phil.

At this point he got a sour look on his face and headed for his house in a huff. As he was opening his front door he looked back at me and told me that he thought I was a good neighbor but that he "Didn't believe a word that I said". With that, the door closed behind him before I had a chance to tell him the following.

"Excellent, Phil. Don't believe anyone, about anything, especially me. But it's easy enough to find out the truth these days when someone makes a remarkable allegation. So go find out if I'm wrong. I'll be waiting."

The funny thing is that earlier in the evening my other neighbor, "Bob", proffered some news about dark matter which was unknown to me but the facts of which, in casual conversation, seemed questionable. It was the first thing I researched when I went back home that evening.

And you know what? He was right. Thanks, Bob.


If you're curious about why Republicans LOVE Citizens United, check this out.

And sorry for the simple textual cartoon. I'm still busy as a little rabid beaver over here, trying to make my rabid little living. Real comic art, such as it is, will resume on Monday... hopefully.

Finally, I just noticed that this cartoon is dated 5-4, just like all of the latest Supreme Court rulings. Synchronicity strikes again.



Notes, Notes, and More Notes.

War On Terror: You know those idiots in the Bush administration who stumped for the war in Iraq? Guess whose presidential team they're now a part of? Yes, it's the Quisling Administration, Part 2."

Employment: And what does your average housewife, Ann Romney, wear when she recently appeared on CBS This Morning? Why, your average $990 t-shirt. Even the Washington Freaking Post called this wardrobe malfunction "tone deaf".

Sleaze: The Right Wing Propaganda Machine is screaming about the Obama "Forward" campaign. That's because the GOP's platform is backward. Back to witch burnings, back to back-alley abortions, back to the good old days of masters and slaves. And guess which one YOU are?

Technology Nerdgasm: Wind power without the blades! This is bloody brilliant! And kind of pretty, too.

Heresy: A church in New Zealand erects a billboard that exclaimed in huge letters "JESUS HEALS CANCER". Authorities there say "OH NO YOU DI'IN'T!"

Humor: "Hookers in Times Square, God bless 'em, are offering a Mitt Romney Special. For an extra $20 they'll change positions." –David Letterman


And now our Chart of the Day: Percent Growth in Productivity and Hourly Compensation, or "The illustrated history of you being screwed by people like Mitt Romney."

Percent Growth in Productivity and Hourly Compensation

Larger version here.

Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation5-4-2012: The House is in recess until 5-7-2012. No jobs will be created.

Click here for the 2011-2012 list of "Republican Job Creation".


Fox News Lies. Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies! When Fox News is unable to propagandize legitimate news stories they simply make stuff up, his time about the exciting Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yeah, that's "news" all right.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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136 million Americans
Pick 525 congressmen 100 senators
Who confirm 9 judges
Of whom five make the laws
That affect every one of us.

Which means when the Supreme Court is packed with partisan judges your vote is worth zero.

The countdown has begun.

Overturn Citizens United.

Overturn Citizens United