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 I’m dealing with a bad allergy attack, so my comments will be very short, you’re lucky I even made a comic.

So Ken Ham is afraid of what he doesn’t understand, which is why, according to him, aliens are going to hell. Although now he denies it, if you can’t save an alien, then they are going to hell, along with your house cat and your dog, right?

I want to write more, but he isn’t worth the energy.

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Apparently, no matter how apt the description, you can’t even say the word Hitler online anymore. Which is a bad thing, sometimes, because there are fair comparisons, like between the Hitler Youth and the foot soldiers of the Reagan Revolution who run the Republican party today. Both were brainwashed into hatred. However, mention the name of Hitler and people sheepishly start shouting “Godwin’s law!”

For those who don’t know, Godwin’s law, first penned by Mike Godwin, states that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches.” (It’s important to note that Mike Godwin himself who explain that his “law” sought to discourage frivolous, but not substantive, Nazi analogies and comparisons.) There is truth to that, and I am unwilling to let unfair comparisons to Hitler slide, however, as Glenn Greenwald said “There simply are instances where such comparisons uniquely illuminate important truths: recall, for example, Andrew Sullivan’s consequential discovery of the stark similarities between the Bush/Cheney and Gestapo “enhanced interrogation” documents, both in terms of approved tactics and “justifications.””

That brings me to the person who made this quote, Gore Vidal. Gore Vidal fought in World War II, he was a pilot and served in the Army Air Corps. He has written fiction and non-fiction alike, including several history books. When someone of the stature of Mr. Vidal makes a comment like this, you must look at his words carefully before you criticize. The Reagan Revolution has grown up, and the leaders on college campuses who lead the way back in 1980 are now old and are clinging to the propaganda of their youth. Their “revolution” is over and we are still suffering from the bad policies and the hatred that gave us Ronald Reagan. Their prejudices stand in the way of progress, which is why Gore Vidal uttered this phrase. Obama, like Neville Chamberlain, constantly extends an olive branch to appease the Republican party and constantly is ignored and slapped away by the former “Reagan Revolutionaries.”

Therefore, I say this analogy is apt.

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Originally published November 30, 2011

I grew up loving Frank Miller. From his book Ronin, a proto-Matrix, to his legendary run on Daredevil. His work inspired me. He also wrote and drew, in my mind, one of the greatest graphic novels of all time, “The Dark Knight Returns.” After DKR, he shifted his art style and did Sin City. When I first saw Sin City I was blown away. The style impressed me greatly. I wanted to draw just like that. Sometimes I still do.

When Robocop 2 and 3 came out I actually argued that the Frank Miller scripts were good despite how badly rewritten they were, and when you get down to it, it’s true. If you know how Miller wrote the sequels and how Hollywood rewrote the script, you can see my point.

But I digress….

Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns is basically Ayn Rand in graphic novel form. Like FOX News, he glorifies Reagan, showing how government tries to stop Bruce Wayne’s private war on crime even though Batman’s private business is doing it better than the police. It is Atlas Shrugged, but better written and has *THE* best fight between Batman, Superman and a one armed Green Arrow. I did not see the right wing plot when I read it because it beautifully captured the near insane voice of Batman.

Frank Miller reinvigorated himself with Sin City. It was highly stylized and pretty good. However, each story of Sin City got progressively worse. Frank Miller became like Metallica; he bought into his own hype and has out grown his current stage as a creative force. In the mid-90’s he did his last 3 projects that are worth mentioning, 1)Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, which retells Daredevil’s origin and streamlines in Frank Miller’s original run to fill in the holes that Stan Lee left, 2) Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot and 3) 300.

300 is important because Frank Miller did two things with it; first it was historically accurate, and secondly, like Metallica’s album “Loaded” he experimented with his style. Not successfully, like Metallica, bu I give points for trying. The problem is, he followed other people’s lead. I have no clue how much he had to do with the film re-write that made it a right wing, thinly veiled “Rugged individualism vs. the Muslim faith.” This marked the beginning of Frank Miller’s crappy years. 

He did a sequel to DKN called “The Dark Knight Strikes Back.” It was unreadable. Then he shifted to Hollywood. He only cares about the money. That is why he did DKSB. Then he did “The Spirit.” I could not tell you what that movie was about. It was less comprehensible then DKSB. It shows Frank Miller is out of touch and is truly part of the 1%.

Back in the 80’s he nearly walked and used his clout to get himself better pay. When I heard this story, I thought he was being selfless to help his fellow less powerful creators. Now, upon reflection, and review, he did it for himself. When he tells the story in Miller/Eisner, it is all “me” and “I.” Just like why he “re-imagined” The Spirit for his film. He did not do a film that captured Will Eisner’s vision that was updated for a modern audience, he made something else.

This is why he does not get the Occupy Wall Street movement. He is too selfish and out for himself to care that most of America is really hurting. He writes incomprehensible comics that defy logic and just doesn’t care because he is making a crap ton of money. Just look at “Allstar Batman and Robin.” Or don’t. I don’t recommend it at all. Though, you should watch this! If you aren’t convinced that his writing has turned to crap, he previews the next two issues after that!

Frank Miller even is a pretentious artist. I had a friend who attended Joe Kubert and Frank Miller came to speak. He told me everything he said and my friend even asked for advice just for me, knowing how much I loved his work. Frank Miller said “Imagine the world as a black and white negative.”

After being told this, I spent too much time studying negatives.

Does this even make sense? Not really, it is something that some pseudo intellectual has-been would come up with to feed his ego and make a 19 year old look at negatives for a year.

Which brings me to his comments on the Occupy movement. Like all of his recent work, it is childish, self-involved and makes no sense. ““Occupy” is nothing short of a clumsy, poorly-expressed attempt at anarchy, to the extent that the “movement” – HAH! Some “movement”, except if the word “bowel” is attached.” He rants. He shows his Neocon stripes by adding “Wake up, pond scum. America is at war against a ruthless enemy. Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism. And this enemy of mine — not of yours, apparently - must be getting a dark chuckle, if not an outright horselaugh - out of your vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle.”

What does that have to do with anything? Obviously, he is a neo-con who doesn’t realize that the Cold War is over. This is the 21st century, and he is still stuck in the 1970’s. Frank Miller, your time is done. I have said this in the past and I will say it again, some artists have a best by date, and Frank Miller is past due for being tossed out, because I drank his milk and he is making me sick.

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This graphic was originally from a comic which hasn’t run yet here on Tumblr.

This graphic was originally from a comic which hasn’t run yet here on Tumblr.

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Originally published November 29, 2011

The pictures of people being pepper sprayed have deeply affected me. Pepper spray and tasers are meant to be a substitute for the gun, not just another weapon in the arsenal of cops.

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Centuries ago, Mahatma Gandhi would have been the genesis of a religious movement, however, in the 20th century we can separate fact from fantasy and see how a man of peace could single handedly and non-violently overthrow a nation. As Chris Hedges said, “A nonviolent movement that disrupts the machinery of state and speaks a truth a state hopes to suppress has the force to terrify authority and create deep fissures within the power structure.” Before starting his journey of non-violent revolution Gandhi studied Tolstoy who laid out the kernel of non-violent revolution. Tolstoy himself had developed a cult around him in Christian circles about his interpretation of the Bible. With this knowledge, Gandhi changed the world through peace and showed others the way. Bayard Rustin was an American acolyte of his who brought this idea to Martin Luther King. England always being loyal to God and crown have committed great atrocities against the people of India in the name of both. So forgive Gandhi not being too faithful in the character of people who call themselves “Christian.”  Often times they fall short of what they preach or too often use their teachings to commit the most depraved acts of violence in the name of their God. Share if you agree.

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Originally published Novemeber 28, 2011

Looking at the over reaction of the Mayors across the country, we can say they did learn a few things. No one has been killed yet. No uncontrolled fires set by the police. No tanks. Lets just hope things don’t go this way…

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Sometimes I find quotes on subjects, transcribing them from a podcast, from a book or article. I have no clue where I found this Derrick Jensen quote. That’s fine. Christianity was suppose to be a benefit to the world yet the moment the Romans nailed Jesus to a tree, it seems that people have been trying to exploit the religion to their advantage. Constantine, instead of  turning the other cheek,  raised an army and painted a cross on their shields, setting for the next 2000 years a precedence of violence and subjugation. That being said, the Bible still allowed slavery, segregation, misogyny and a host of other atrocities, and not to understand that is foolish. After rediscovering this quote, I look forward to reading more work by Darrick Jensen. Share if you agree.

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Originally published November 25, 2011

I agree with the idea of Small Business Saturday. In fact, I love it. Small businesses are the gems of the American landscape. I love finding those cool little shops in America. From Texas Taco in Patterson, NY to Faces of Northampton, MA to Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN, and Mumbles and Squeaks Toy Shoppe of Elicott City, MD, I love those places. I have a laundry list of places I enjoy hitting. However, I don’t have the money to spend like I once did. That makes me worry that some of these places might disappear.

When you pay by credit card, remember only 96-98% of your money goes to the store you are shopping at. The bank not only charges you high interest rates, and absurdly high fees, it also takes 2-4% of the purchase price for themselves. Honestly, I am not mad about that, to me I see that as the price of doing business. However, with these small businesses, that money could make or break them. If you have the cash, why not pay with it and pad your favorite small business with the little extra that cash brings them.

Happy Holidays!

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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.