Coming Attractions: Summer 2013

Coming Attractions: Summer 2013

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I took a break from the faux-scandals of the week before the holiday and celebrated the unofficial start of summer. I don’t have a crystal ball, but it’s a safe bet that all of these titles will come up at some point, plus a bunch of silly season stories.

As for real summer blockbusters, I’ve only seen “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and it was okay. I’ll probably see “Man of Steel” too and have the same review. The only 2013 movie I’m really excited about is the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Obama’s Leak Freakout

Obama's Leak Freakout

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Of the three “scandals” that involved the White House last week, the AP one is the only one I think has legs. The Benghazi attack has become a sideshow ever since Mitt Romney held that weird press conference immediately blaming Obama for the attacks.

The IRS thing is shitty, but I doubt the Republicans will want to shine too much light on it and risk reintroducing the American public to the damage done by the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision. As Bors’ recent cartoon highlights, the “victims” of the IRS’s keyword targeting are pretty shitty themselves, so it’s hard for me to muster up the outrage to give a fuck.

The Obama Administration has been aggressively going after journalists for years now; indicting more of them than all previous administrations combined. The giant dragnet they used to get two months’ of the AP’s phone records is ridiculous. If sources know their records can be secretly obtained on a government’s whim, they’ll cease to be sources, which is the textbook definition of a chilling effect.

If the DoJ went after financial criminals with the same zeal they use against reporters for simply doing their jobs, the world would be a better place. But reporters aren’t the ones who finance campaigns.

Truth in Commencement Speeches

Truth in Commencement Speeches

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I’m a couple months too old to be considered a millennial, but since everyone under 60 has been screwed by the Boomer generation, I can sympathize. No benefits, no pensions, and no hope of ever retiring is our fate, all so they could play make-believe with supply-side economics.

I was drawing this when Time’s trolling cover story about “selfish, lazy, millennials” came out, so this isn’t directly in response to that, just a happy accident. Leave it to a rich-as-fuck columnist to be willfully ignorant of wage stagnation in the face of sky-high worker productivity and corporate profits.

It’s not all bad news, my fellow middle-agers and youngs; eventually these greedy shitheels will all die off. And we’ll have a couple months to enjoy a world without them before climate change finishes the job they started.

Take an Indefinite Vacation!

Take an Indefinite Vacation!

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The ongoing hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay has begrudgingly brought our illegal prison back into the public consciousness. A couple months ago I did a cartoon with a panel about the idea of an indefinite vacation, and decided to expand on that idea in The Strip.

This Digby post sums up everything that’s wrong with the rationale behind Gitmo. America turned into a bunch of scared babies after 9/11, and history will forever remember this period as “The Great American Freak Out.” Hopefully history will also remember that we locked up dudes, tortured and never charged them, all because some bad guys turned us into a nation of pants-pissing reactionaries.

7 Epic Congressional Fails

7 Epic Congressional Fails

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Whoops! I forgot to post this on Monday. The nice weather is making me dumb.

Besides a critique of those ever-present listicles, this is a hodgepodge of news I missed while Boston was engrossed in Marathon madness.

Austerity is bunk, and its biggest advocates, Reinhart and Rogoff, are being pretty petulant about being exposed as lazy hacks. I’m glad it happened, but it shouldn’t have taken a grad student at UMass to expose this fraud. Anyone who watched even a shitty History Channel documentary about the Great Depression could tell you that when they tried austerity in 1937, it killed the recovery. Things didn’t improve until WWII happened. Government deficit spending came back in vogue, without anyone having to admit that austerity was a really bad idea.

I could post articles for every other panel, but it’s Wednesday and I’m busy writing next Sunday’s cartoon. In conclusion, I hate Congress.