All-American Winter Games

All-American Winter Games

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I haven’t caught Olympic fever, but this winter has brought on a major case of cabin fever to everyone in the northeast. Complaining about the weather is a tradition even older than the Olympics, so I figured I’d join in.

Apparently other parts of the country/world are experiencing different weather abnormalities, but I don’t have to walk on their unshoveled sidewalks, so who cares?

One Nation, Under Surveillance

One Nation, Under Surveillance

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I generally try to avoid doing consecutive comics about the same topic, but last week, a few polls taken after Snowden’s NSA whistleblowing show that Americans support the snooping, especially when it’s falsely framed against terrorism.

The same country that accepts thousands of gun and traffic deaths, for the sake of personal freedom, cowers in a corner, pisses their pants, and hands over their privacy whenever the authorities whisper “terrorism” into their precious little ears.

Fifty years or so from now, when books are written about us, we’ll be labeled “The Scaredest Generation,” if books are still around in 2063.

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.

Oprah’s Next Chapter

Oprah's Next Chapter

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 I didn’t really care about Lance Armstrong’s confession or the inauguration, so I went back to the gun debate. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre is a human goofball, and that’s probably why the NRA President David Keene has recently taken over saying dumb gun-things to the public.

Intransigence Training

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I also forgot to write about last week’s comic about the 113th Congress. The word “intransigent” bugs me to no end. It’s just a way make acting like a petulant baby sound like a serious position.