Monthly Archives: June 2011
I know you like them, but I didn’t have time for 2-Panel Comics this past week. Just too much going on, but I swear I’ll scour the internet incessantly for imagery, art and photography this weekend and prepare some good stuff for next week.
My FourStory article last week reviews what the Republican Presidential Candidates actually said in their debate last week. Here’s what I mean:
The GOP debate this past Monday, revealed (to no one’s surprise) that Mitt Romney is embarrassed that he tried to help the poor citizens of Massachusetts by providing state-mandated health insurance. Instead of letting them die poor and pathetic, that is. As it’s seen as common knowledge that Republicans cannot show any inclination to help the plight of the poor, Tim Pawlenty implied that Obamacare was an inherently evil institution, and has used the term “Obamneycare” to accuse Romney of wanting to help the people in his state. When Pawlenty was called out on this statement in Romney’s presence, he backed down, providing ample evidence that the lock-step Republican institutional structure matters more than having a backbone.
I found two images somewhere on the internet and turned them into a 2-panel comic.
“Dammit Jacques! Call that monstrous thing off!”
“I apologize, Admiral. The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters… and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.”
Happy Birthday, Jacques Costeau.
A story on (appropriately) FourStory dealing with the bureaucracy of Section 8 housing. Here’s a good example of what I mean:
Section 8 rules are sometimes a little wonky, and other times counterintuitive to the program’s financial constraints (which have grown dramatically over the years while the number of available units and employees have not). For example, if you miss part of your monthly payment, you have to make it up at the end of the year. That sounds perfectly acceptable to Joe Section-8-er, except that the remaining payment checks go to the government and the subsequent fine is upwards of $1,000. Why the government would collect a payment that’s supposed to be for a landowner, I have no idea. Why the government would charge someone already struggling to pay their Section 8 housing costs a fine of $1,000 seems beyond reason. It makes sense that the fine should deter people from missing their monthly payments, but at what point is it unreasonable? Maybe when the renter cannot afford their next year’s payment because they’re too busy paying off last year’s ludicrous fine. To people who need to use Section 8 housing, $100 is a lot of money to most people; $1,000 is almost impossible.
Click here to read more, because you can bet there’s plenty more where this came from.
But the demon had no patience for begging, “FEAR NOT IN THE SACRIFICE, MY DAUGHTER, FOR MY MINIONS SHALL TAKE FINE CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN!”
‘Do not fret, my dearests,’ the Devil lyrically mused to the shivering children. ‘When you grow to adulthood, we shall only take the best care of you each. Now, come along with me… there is much to do and see.”
So shall the cycle continue eternally.
I just received another charming email from my friend, the artist Ahde Lahti. In his own words, “Black and White diagram, in Tribute to Giovanni Batista Piranesi (1720-78).” Click the image for the full-size!
Check out more of his stuff at his site, LahtiDesign.com