Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Blight of the Union


Has any US President so consistently rushed when he should have waited, waited when he should have acted, squandered when he should have saved, hoarded when he should have spent, lied when he should have told the truth, told the truth when it was too late, and overall, zigged when he should have zagged?

It's true there hasn't been another terrorist attack in the US since 9/11 but it's impossible now to believe that is because of the competence and leadership of our President.

While it's tempting to think an Al Gore presidency would have been better, the Republicans would have been working from day zero to derail him.

When Al Gore didn't invade Iraq (or North Korea, or Iran), they would have shouted "coward" and "traitor". They would have kept beating the WMD drums and it would have worked because running in fear is America's favorite exercise. Possibly, Al Gore would have been impeached over something like that iffy Bhuddist monastary campaign contribution in the 90's. Remember, they impeached Clinton over such a trifle. At the very least Gore would have been damaged enough to lose re-election in 2004.

Only through the lens of the utter failure of George Bush has the country begun to see the foolishness of this act-first-think-later policy. Two-thirds of the country, anyway.

The clarity won't last long. There will always be new things to scare people with, and there will always be people who say they have super secret information that makes it all true.

And realistically, George Bush has left this country so damaged that I doubt any amount of good government can set it right again.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Baker effect

(image from CartoonBrew.com)

If I had to name one thing that identifies Chuck Jones' later style it would be... too much mascara!

I sense Tammy Faye Baker standing beside the drawing board and saying,

"more... more... more... no, more... wait, let me get my eyelash shovel from out of the pickup and I'll show you how a pro does it."

Monday, January 21, 2008

They're figuring out...



... that they've extracted too many jobs and too much money from the US for us to continue to buy their crap.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

West losing crazy-race


Just when I thought Western Civilization could at least claim supremacy in mounting ineffective shows of humanitarian concern (like fun-runs for breast cancer, dancing for Katrina victims and pop songs for hunger), one of Osama bin Laden's 19 sons has announced he wants to promote peace between Islam and the West with... a horse race across North Africa.

The image of a horde of arabs on horseback will dispel any doubts about the culture's modernity. And even if the media doesn't flock to cover this event, I can't think of a better place to find backwards Americans ready to have their attitudes set straight than THE SAHARA DESERT.



Nineteen sons! The bin Ladens must be pretty well-heeled. If any of them are reading this it would be fab if one of you could order me a copy of the new Popeye DVD collection which includes "Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves". That would be good for me to watch in fully restored color. I've got it on my Amazon wish list.

Thanks in advance!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Duckless

When I had a Cadillac it had ducks and fins on it. Now you don't even get ducks with your Cadillac.


I bet somewhere in Detroit there's an executive who got a bonus for finding a way to save 37¢ on every 100 cars by losing the ducks.

You think I'm kidding. Back in the automobile golden age interior trim pieces were held on with screws and nuts and lock washers. But sometime in the 70's they figured they could shave a little off the manufacturing cost of each car (and I'm talking pennies here) by using plastic push fasteners. It was a revolution in assembly line technology but after a few cold winters the plastic fasteners would crack and stop holding things together.

I remember riding with my manager once in his 1978 Cadillac Seville. He gets in, grabs the armrest to pull the door closed and the whole interior side of the door comes off in his hand.