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I don’t know why Michael Moore makes so many average people angry. He tries to speak as an average person poking at large corporations who are keeping us down. He speaks truth to power and his work enrages those who are in power. Reagan made a deal with the devil, only it was with the Dominionists and he used his power to walk America backwards. Now we are the most powerful nation in the world yet we are behind in technology, in education, healthcare, and so on. The Roman Empire didn’t fall, it slowly collapsed, what was suppose to be propaganda by King Constantine in the 3rd Century, ended as a people who became bloated and behind the rest of the world. People stopped calling them Roman and started calling them Byzantine. What had been a steady decline was put in place by Leo III who started an internal holy war and Constantinople lost countless artifacts. Eventually, other empires replaced them in importance until finally, the Turks rose up and established the Ottoman Empire in what once was The Roman Empire. Ronald Reagan was like a Leo III by decimating American infrastructure in a holy war of his own. Now we watch our country crumble away… We need people like Michael Moore to name and shame those who hurt America. The average American shouldn’t hate him, but our corporate elite tell us to hate him. Share if you agree.

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Originally published November 28, 2011

Please don’t pepper spray your Fox News watching uncle. However, if he says pepper spray is a food, ask him to add a little to his turkey. That should end the debate.

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Dominionism is a mindset that lead to the dark ages, the rise of Hitler and every other dark deed done in the name of God. It is the fearful propaganda that lead to book burning and the fall of the Roman Empire. It is inherently corrupt and contradicts the theology they believe in. Today, the powers controlling the Tea Party, the pro-fetus wing, and the libertarian wing of the Republican party are supporting this movement. Dominionists have 7 mountains they are trying to take over: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family, and religion. Dominionism is built with the same foundation as fascism; authoritarian and hierarchical structure that is fundamentally opposed to democracy and liberalism, and it is exactly what Henry A. Wallace warned us about. In his amazing editorial about how fascism would come to America he said “The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact… They use every opportunity to impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism…They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest.” How else can you explain their unwavering support for Israel, despite its war crimes? They are flag waving crazies who are in the pocket of big business. The Hobby Lobby decision is a great example. Chris Hedges sums up what dominionism is and why we should all be scared. Share if you agree.
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Originally published on November 23, 2011

Comics can be works of art. However there is also a lot of crap. For every Dave McKean there are 40 Rob Leifelds

I want to call on all teachers to find ways to include comics in the classroom. Whether it is a conversation starter (Like Right About Now) or something like Maus, which tells a powerful and personal tale of the Holocaust. Anyone have any questions or resources? Let’s share them!

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With today being the final day of Worldcon (Or NASFiC) I end sci fi week with one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. His work does not address the politics of the day but analyzes religion by taking old stories and finding new takes with them. American Gods has a subtext of how liberal American culture has transformed the beliefs of the old world into the new world and what we actually worship. Neverwhere is about how we don’t see what we don’t want to see, because we can’t deal with the homeless. Gaiman’s books more often than not reflect inward. Coraline used this inner reflection to defeat the Other Mother, Odd discovers that because of his crushed leg he has learned compassion and wisdom to outsmart the gods. Neil Gaiman writes with a poetry and wit which is rarely seen in literature these days with books that are hard to fit into a literary category other than great. He has written comics (Sandman), TV (Doctor Who, Babylon 5), movies (Mirrormask), children’s picture books, chapter books and short stories and does it all effortlessly.  When you are done reading or watching, oftentimes you feel like you too have made the journey with the characters and unlike so many other books, he leaves you hungry for more. This quote is from Coraline and I am fully willing to admit I am taking great liberty with Neil Gaiman’s words and meaning, however, I’ve been wanting to make this graphic since the beginning of Occupy but never had a workable composition until now. Mr. Gaiman is the only writer whose novels I’ve read multiple times and when he allowed me to use his words in my comic, I was beside myself with joy. I feel this is a worthy image for what Mr. Gaiman’s work means to me. Far better than slapping this quote over some Occupy protesters. Share if you agree.

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Renee Ellmers has been the U.S. Representative for North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district since 2011. She really needs to go. Anyone who is not bright enough to do their job, shouldn’t have that job. Seriously, why do Republicans keep finding morons who can’t understand their job?

Politics is all about the cold sale. I hate that. I really do, and whether you are a nationally known politician seeking higher office or a canvasser trying to fight for clean water, you are doing cold sales, and you are rewarded for your success financially. What you don’t hear from news reporters is how much of a pyramid scheme it is. Which is usually why candidates from poorer districts are usually brighter, because they have to actually deal with their consituents and not with big business in their district trying to buy their vote.

Renee Ellmers’ gerrymandered district seems to include affluent suburbs of the Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham area, including Fort Bragg, avoiding places where people have an education, a conscious, or a clue what their best interests are. Which is why Renee Ellmers was elected. One thing about sales is you don’t have to know about what you are selling, you just have to be convincing and know some techniques. I have worked in sales myself, and sold products I didn’t use nor did I understand how they worked. It’s obvious to me that Ellmers doesn’t understand her job.

What I find most insulting about this quote is that just because she can’t understand something, she assumes, because she is a self-loathing misogynist, that all other women are like her. Just because I don’t understand why grown-ass men watch My Little Pony, doesn’t mean bronies can’t enjoy their favorite TV show, it just means that show is not for me. Just because Miss Ellmers can’t understand politics, doesn’t mean all women are clueless as her; it just means she shouldn’t be a politician. Maybe she would be happier selling used cars. She doesn’t have to understand how they work, but she can get the deal done. Also, a used car saleswoman is a huge step up from a Republican Congresswoman.

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Babylon 5 is easily the most important show of the 90s. Often ignored by critics because of the many short-comings of the show, this show allowed the current golden-age of television. Babylon 5 was a science fiction epic, it was a call back to Frank Herbert, a story that was the rise and fall of empires and corruption in politics. It was subversive without being overtly so. It was riveting television, because unlike most TV shows, it was one focused story told over five seasons. It was also populist! J. Michael Straczynski understands the deficit of leadership we see in this country, and more leaders need to be of the people. Share if you agree.
Babylon 5 is easily the most important show of the 90s. Often ignored by critics because of the many short-comings of the show, this show allowed the current golden-age of television. Babylon 5 was a science fiction epic, it was a call back to Frank Herbert, a story that was the rise and fall of empires and corruption in politics. It was subversive without being overtly so. It was riveting television, because unlike most TV shows, it was one focused story told over five seasons. It was also populist! J. Michael Straczynski understands the deficit of leadership we see in this country, and more leaders need to be of the people. Share if you agree.
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MoCCA is a real place. You should go if you ever find yourself in New York City. There are a few museums like this across the country. I used to hang out at the Word and Pictures Museum when that existed. They have wonderful programming and talks regularly at these places.

Keith’s story is very simular to my own. I am a slow reader. I enjoy a good book but because I am a slow reader I do not get to as many books as I would like. However, comic books have helped me to be the man I am today.

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The wonderful thing about science fiction is how you can tell a morality tale and not feel like you are lecturing. Battlestar Galactica effortlessly was what science fiction should be at the time; thanks to corporate media wanting to be close to the Bush administration, it was a show that was truly subversive. The show has all sorts of flaws, however, the strengths are incredible. I love how, without rearranging my back catalog, it somehow works out with what I am picking for themes. Share if you agree.

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Originally published November 21, 2011

Not much I feel I can add to this one, PhilCon was a blast, and I have some awesome news that I cannot wait to tell you, however, I can’t announce it yet. So stay tuned!