Friday, August 31, 2007

Images from the Dark Side of War

Not that there is a "light side".

Be warned some of these photos will make you sick at heart.

Porn Bush. Snicker.

I'm not an artist, but I do find this deviously amusing. Apparently, some Republicans disagree. Juck em, if they can't take a foke.

Have you no shame Mr President

A great column by a great writer, Joe Galloway.

Galloway was prominently featured in the move "We Were Soldiers Once and Young". He was awarded the Bronze Star as a civilian journalist for saving the lives of American soldiers during the battle depicted.

Unlike our President or Vice President he knows the cost of war up close and personal.

Is their polygamy in the afterlife?

Personally I would settle for some random sex with other angels. Assuming I end up in the nice place instead of the hot and toasty place.

Those Kwazy Mormons.

Lotsa great posts at this site today

Putting Senator Droppy Pants in perspective.

Double standards regarding religious toons watch.
This is regarding publishing or not publishing toons that may offend Muslims or Christians. I say publish em' all and let God sort it out.

On Attorney General Fredo Gonzales.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

William Ligue for Governor

Apparently this family can't stay outta trouble. This is the kid who ran out onto the field at Comiskey in 2002 and attacked an umpire. The photo is his daddy who led the brave assault.

Only one thing I can say "retroactive abortion".

Many Toons.....Some Must be Read....

Keith Knight
Aug 30, 2007

M.e Cohen
Aug 30, 2007

Rob Rogers
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Aug 30, 2007

Ann Cleaves
Aug 30, 2007

Tim Eagan
The Press Democrat
Aug 30, 2007

Randy Bish
Aug 30, 2007

Paul Fell
Artizans Syndicate
Aug 30, 2007

Josh Ritter: Great American Singer? Apparently

Josh Ritter.

Never heard of this guy before today. Turn up your speakers. Strikes me as Dylanesque. Only difference you can understand what he is saying.

Turn up your speakers.

GREEEAT Article on Owen Wilson.

Apparently, the great writer and absurdist actor Owen Wilson tried to kill himself the other day. Unlike me, and likely you dear reader(s), he has great talent.

I wish him well.

This is a great post.

2 Great Videos. One serious. One funny

Good Commentary on Senator Craig

From Joan Walsh at

I feel bad for the old queen. I also feel bad for that teen beauty pageant girl whose answer to a question is zipping around email boxes everywhere. So she is an eejit. So what. Many people are.

The "closeted gay homophobe" story line is becoming so familiar that this time around, I found myself feeling sorry for the guy and thinking more about psychology than politics. What kind of self-hate drives gay Republicans to crusade against gay rights, preach their narrow "family values" -- and to risk their status by repeatedly soliciting sex from anonymous men in bathrooms? It's clear that a significant number of men are drawn to the moralizing right wing of the Republican Party because they can't accept their own sexuality; projecting and demonizing are soothing.

Paternal Penguins Pique Parents

From the NY Times.

People need to lighten up. It's stupidity like this that leads to conservative Republican Senators trying to have sex in public bathrooms. Sex is only dirty and wrong if you are doing it right. It should NEVER occur in a public bathroom. Now Forest Preserves are ok. Sleeping bags out in the woods.........ok. Ah, memories of my misspent "yout". Before Viagra was invented. Before the need for such things.

It is clear that people are born gay. Just like I was born a heterosexual and ,according to many of the women I have "dated", an asshole.

There are real issues out there.

An award-winning children’s book based on the true story of two male penguins who reared a baby penguin stands atop the American Library Association’s annual list of works that drew the most complaints from parents, library patrons and others, The Associated Press reported. Published in 2005, the book, “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, with illustrations by Henry Cole (Simon & Schuster), was named one of that year’s best by the association. But some parents and educators complained that it advocated homosexuality. In all, the number of books challenged last year was 546, compared with 406 in 2005, but low in contrast to the figures recorded in the mid-1990s, when challenges exceeded 750 a year. The American Library Association defines a challenge as a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.” Other books on the 2006 list included the Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s “Bluest Eye” and her Pulitzer Prize-winning “Beloved,” both challenged for language and sexual content. Judith Krug, director of the association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, said 30 books were banned last year.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Daily Show on Gonzales

So many toons

The cartoonists are really doing a job on Gonzales today.

Check it out here. I don't have the heart for it.

More Republican Sex Scandals

Ya just gotta love those crazy GOP members. GRAND OLD PARTY. Oh yea.

Here is the story.

It's almost always the most right wing pro family values types that get caught with their pants down around their ankles.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Lovely New Graffiti on New building

Saw this while walking my girlfriend through Challenger Park.

It is on the back of "Watercolor Condos". The new building under construction on Kenmore and Buena.

WTF Hulk Hogan's Son hurt in car crash

I hope the son recovers, but it strikes me as silly to be on the first page of Yahoo News. How bout something about oh I dunno........THE WAR!

From yahoo.

Attorney General Gonzales resigns!

and somehow there is hope in the world. From the news of Yahoo.

Interesting Opinion on Hate Crimes

From the Sun Times.

If the Senate this fall passes the Matthew Shepard Act -- known also as the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act -- a long and ugly history of violence and hate based on sexual orientation may finally approach an end. The legislation passed the House of Representatives and soon will be voted on by the Senate.

I'm not sure I agree with the idea of "hate crimes" legislation. It seems to me that all crimes of violence are "hate crimes". If I beat someone to death because I'm merely in a bad mood should I be punished less than if I beat someone to death because I disliked whatever group they belonged to?

It seems to be a way of criminalizing "thought" as well as action.

It's a complicated issue. I can see the point of those who support "hate crimes" legislation.

Guide to Chicago Speak


Here are just two examples


June 6, 2007
alderman /AHL der man/ n. 1. Mayor of ward. 2. Protector of duck livers. 3. At times prey for federal investigators and corrupt developers.

Cash station

June 13, 2007

cash station /kash STAY shun/ n. An ATM in Chicago. Origin: The name "Cash Station" was coined by First National Bank of Chicago's ad agency in 1979 and used for a network of automated bank machines in seven Midwestern states. The network was sold in 2001 and its machines were to adopt the STAR logo. But Chicago has resisted. An estimated 1,000 "Cash Station" signs remain here because banks know Chicagoans will better recognize them, says former Cash Station CEO Steve Cole. The generic use of "cash station" is a Chicago thing. "People tell me they go to New York and say, 'Where's the nearest Cash Station machine?' And people look at them and say, 'What the hell is that?'" Cole said.

Facing a Draft Ted Nugent Wet His Pants

If you scroll down you will see the video I posted of Ted Nugent being an asshole.

When I was sitting at the eastern end of Navy Pier this morning, I biked down there, I read this in the Sun Times.

Roeper scored with this column.

Cowardly Major Newspapers

This toon not published by many newspapers because of fear of upsetting Muslims. Too fucking bad. If Muslims or Christians or Jews or Hindus or Pirate Worshipping Sheep Rapists find a toon offensive then they should be told to stick it.

Here is the story. Followed by the toon. Which I posted yesterday.

TTTTToooons for a Monday in August.

Jimmy Margulies
The Record
Aug 27, 2007

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Opus and Lola Granola to the Rescue

The Hunt For Bin Laden

grrrrrrrr.....this story is pissin'me off.

Damn weasel ass civilian and military officials blew several good chances to kill that asshole. General Tommy Franks didn't want to risk the lives of Army Rangers to get him. I guess he wasn't watching the twin towers fall on September 11th.

Ted Nugent is an asshole.

From the Blog of one Andrew Sullivan.

Kerrey to Run For Senate Again?

Damn, two Nebraska natives, injured Vietnam vets, may be getting into the action.

I always like Bob Kerrey. Plus he banged Deborah Winger. Gotta admire that.

3rd Party? Bloomberg and Hagel?


That could be interesting. Both of them appeal to me for different reasons.

2 Toons for 1 Sunday

John Branch
San Antonio Express News
Aug 26, 2007

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Our Everyman Mayor

Paul Green on RM Daley.

Interesting article.

3 Toons same low cost + 1 free

Joe Liccar
Examiner - Morris News Service
Aug 25, 2007

Richard Bartholomew
Aug 25, 2007

Clay Jones
Free Lance Star
Aug 25, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

Photos I took of the storm damage

Yesterday we had a massively damaging storm that hit parts of our neighborhoods.

I will go out later and check out any damage in Graceland Cemetery.

Storm Photos.

Video Bushisms

Mucho Toons for a Rainy Friday

Rex Babin
Sacramento Bee
Aug 24, 2007

Dwane Powell
News and Observer
Aug 24, 2007

J.D. Crowe
Mobile Register
Aug 24, 2007

Jeff Darcy
The Plain Dealer
Aug 24, 2007

Sandy Huffaker
Aug 24, 2007

To America's Troops

Peggy Noonan certainly knows how to write.

From the Opinion Journal.

Uptown Theater Slideshow

I found this at the blog of Lynn Becker. It has more great links.

Major Storm Damage

We got hit hard yesterday. TMOJAY from the Buena Neighbors Board posted these photos.

Sad to see all those old trees down. If it stops raining I'll head out later and take some pics around the hood and Graceland Cemetery. Apparently Graceland got hit hard.

However, here is an interesting toon I found that deals with how a young kid dealt with his fear of the wind. Purely by coincidence, I found it this morning while looking at Walken vids.

Desperate Times Call for New Leaders: Walken for Prez!

Walken for Prez.

I got the fever and only one thing is gonna take care of it. MORE WALKEN.

3 Vids:Obama Scores, Green Candidates 1 and 2

Kinda amusing.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Obama on the Daily Show

Daily show. I am listening to this as I type.


Found this linked at DA Beachwood Reporter. Click on the image and you will see the light. Just like President Dumbass.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Perhaps you have seen the Cheney Video

From the 90's where he explained why the first President Bush didn't go to Baghdad during the first Gulf War.

Here is a funny and sad take on it in light of later events.

Tings were better before.

Interesting toon that deals with an almost universal belief "tings were betta before".

As always click on the toon and it will get larger. Which will be better.

It's the media's fault.

I suspect many politicians would empathize with this.

New Dog Chew Toy

New Dog chew toy.

Ron Paul from the 80's

Sure, he's crazy. But he is amusing. Better him than most other Republicans.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

"I'm tired of being afraid"

Great introduction of her husband to an Iowa crowd. Michelle Obama.

I am impressed.

From NYC a Great Column on Fireman and Death

Michael Daly is a good columnist. He ain't Royko or Breslin, but few are that good.

From the NY Daily News.

She ain't no damn lesbian she just likes Obama

These guys are funny. Talking about political children.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Last and funny toon for a long day

Poor Michael Vick.

Wow...someone speaks truth about Lake Dumping

I generally find Dennis Byrne who writes for the Tribune annoying, but this time he is basically correct. Chicago dumps more into the lake than BP. We need more refineries. We aren't about to cut back on gas usage.........unfortunately.

Also conveniently missing from the debate is the context that could be provided by comparing BP with other industrial and city "dischargers." According to the EPA, BP's 4,925 pounds of suspended solids allowed a day compares with 16,630 at International Steel Group's East Chicago plant and 121,861 at its Burns Harbor facility. Ispat Industries' East Chicago plant is allowed 130,453 pounds, about 27 times BP's limit. Chicago, of course, is on another planet, permitted 243,000 pounds, almost 50 times BP's. Maybe Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who is threatening to sue BP, ought to sue himself. Except, I suppose that Chicago's discharges don't count because they aren't into the lake; they're just gifted to the Illinois river system.

Sex Industry Professional for Hillary Clinton

I'm sure her hubby is proud of her.

Appropriately this comes from the Las Vegas Review Journal.

It was a liberal conspiracy after all!

As always click on the image and it will get larger than Liz Taylor after a trip to Old Country Buffet.

Quote of the day

From the soon to be "married" Andrew Sullivan.

I've learned these past few years that just because some people are paranoid doesn't mean the Bush administration isn't capable of almost anything.

Sullivan is a gay man planning to marry his longtime partner. I think the Republic will survive. I hope for the same from the Bush presidency.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

One of these toons is TOON TASTIC

David Horsey
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Aug 19, 2007

Jeff Darcy
The Plain Dealer
Aug 19, 2007

Opus toonster

Two Doonesbury Toons for da price of UNO

As always click on the toon and the spirit of Elvis will enlarge them.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Elvis or Groucho?

That's an easy one. You can bet your life on it.

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Concrete Killing Fields of Our Cities

and a toon that fits the topic.

From the amazing Stanley Crouch. If you do a wikipedia search on Mr Crouch you will see he is an interesting and angry man. Sometimes I think the best writers are often the most angry.

We have now developed an urban badlands which is national and troubling because of the incredible numbers of people who are murdered or suffer the physical and psychological effects of violent crime. Our presidential candidates are quick on the draw when asked about the war on terror or homeland security, but the American people have not heard a peep from them about the concrete killing fields of our cities. Perhaps, because so many of the perpetrators and the victims are "people of color," the donkeys don't want to be seen as bleeding hearts while the elephants are afraid of being called racists.

This toon reminds me of a t shirt I saw in a shop on Broadway around 4600 North. It glorified "gangsta" culture.

Ed Gamble
Florida Times Union
Aug 17, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Apocalypse is Upon Us

Jenna Bush Engaged. From the Yahoo of News.

The Cubs are in contention for the playoffs and it is already Mid August.

Hillary Clinton is the Democratic frontrunner.

Mayor Daley said something coherent the other day.

I got hit on at a bar by an attractive college age girl the other day. No money exchanged hands.


All for Jesus, All for Jesus, All for Jesus

Well I just spoke to God. SHE actually called me. SHE said Sam Brownback is an asshole......not a rare commodity in the presidential race.

Is Obama Black Enough?

From the good enough mind of Clarence Page.

I know it is a question that the black community, or at least part of it, is asking.

The real question should be is he smart enough. Is he good enough. Is he wise enough. Is he experienced enough. Compared to many people we have elected, including the present occupant of the White House, those answers are overwhelmingly YES.

That doesn't mean I am supporting him. I will have to see how the race plays out.

Now as to the question that part of "black America" is asking.

Trust me. He is black enough. If he was going to marry a white woman much of her family would be saying "OH HE IS BLACK". White folks on the street who didn't know him would say "he is black."

One day we may get beyond questions of race. I won't live to see it.

3 toons for a 70 degree Wednesday Morn

Matt Bors
Village Voice
Aug 16, 2007

Rex Babin
Sacramento Bee
Aug 16, 2007

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Why Rudy G should NEVER be President

From the Magazine of Reason.

We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don't see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.

The comments under the quote are devastating. This is a man who has little respect for any "freedom" outside his own. The great NYC columnist Jimmy Breslin called him
"a small man in search of a balcony."

3 Toons, 1 is classic

Pedro Molina
El Neuvo Diario
Aug 15, 2007

Richard Bartholomew
Aug 15, 2007

Gary Varvel
Indianapolis Star
Aug 15, 2007