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The progressive editorial cartoon about anti-vaxxers hating masks.

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This comic originated from recently hearing someone ask if anti-maskers normally cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough. And the general agreement is, yes, they do. Which just drives home what hateful, moronic assholes these people are.

Believe it or don't I've been wrestling with this cartoon for three days. Did I, I asked myself, really want to show my cartoon avatar being urinated upon? Well, since you're looking at it, and probably retching a little, I suppose I did. Though we shall all hope for more enlightened ''toons soon, shall we?


If you're wondering why I'm not opining graphically about Afghanistan it's for the same reason that I'm not making comics about our leaving Vietnam.

First, we shouldn't have gone there and, second, we needed to get the fuck out as soon as possible.

Eisenhower tried to warn us about the military-industrial (congressional)-complex but we're still not listening. By now, it (and by "it" I mean "institutionalized murder") has become a socialized jobs program that exists largely to profit government insiders handsomely.

It was never about communism or terrorism. It's about naked greed and a willingness to look the other way when it comes to slaughtering innocent people.

That being said, I hope all Americans in Afghanistan get safely out, all of our Afghan allies find a new home, and that the Taliban moderates into a sensible governing force.


I sort of promised earlier this week to talk about the Infinite Cat Project, and so I shall.

The ICP was a web site that I began in 2006 featuring cats watching other cats on computer monitors. (Here are the first 50 cats converted into a nice, nifty video package.) It was fearsomely popular for the first couple of years and the line of felines eventually stretched to over 1850 cats.

The site also featured art, comic, games, stories, and health advice all centered on the subject of the moggies. The ICP found its way into news articles, several books and and least  two video productions.

In 2020 Covid-19 came into our lives. I knew from the very beginning this virus was serious business and I, frankly, feared for my future.

Then, almost exactly a year ago, Summer of 2020, I received an email from a British concern which inquired if I wished to sell the ICP.

Coincidentally, I had been pondering for some time the eventual fate of the web site as I am, as you might suspect, getting on in years and there is no one among my friends and family who I know would take the task upon themselves should I meet my timely fate. (All fates are timely unless it happens to YOU.)If I went, the site would go, too. (As would this one, but let's not think about that.)

The Brits promised they'd continue the ICP indefinitely and that they'd employ all the newest technology to bring the site into the 21st century. After some haggling we agreed at what I considered a fair price and the deed was done, though the moment I pressed the "Accept" button on the escrow site was one of the hardest and most emotionally wrought moments in my storied life.

But it had to be done. And so accept I did.

Sadly, all their promises went for naught as their real goal in purchasing the site was not the cats but the backlinks, which all now refresh to a pet supply site. Yes, there is a token handful of the original cat pics but the page seems to have been programmed by a toddler. Don't waste your time.

And yet I still missed my daily commune with the kitties so I shortly thereafter developed The Poozycat Project.

Believe it or not, though, the Infinite Cat Project still lives on, trapped in cyber-amber, in its Summer of '20 version at archive.org. You can also view a fan's exceptional revamp of the concept at catdive.com. Highly recommended.

If you have any other questions, like where you can play "Cat Bowling", let me know.


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News & Notes for August 18th, 2021

Florida REpublican Governor DeSantis nakedly engaging in Covid-19 drug grift.

President Joe Biden recommends antiviral booster shot, to be available September 20.

Americans: George W. Bush is responsible for this Afghanistan mess.

Solar power could provide 40% of U.S. energy by 2035.

Texas requests five FEMA mortuary trucks.

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