November 17th, 2012



This post is dedicated to a very special someone.  She is a huge, die-hard Beatles fan, and I know she reads this.

"Day after day, alone on a hill
"The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
"But nobody wants to know him, they can see that he's just a fool
"And he never gives an answer...."

You know, had Obama lost the election, we wouldn't have this entertaining a train wreck.

The Republicans are scrambling, sounding like Derpy in My Little Pony -- "I just don't know what went wrong."  Newt Gingrich is completely flummoxed, having no idea where to search for answers.  Mitt Romney is blaming Obama's "gifts," saying the giveaways he engineered bought the election.  Oh, and I suppose the R's don't give away anything to their corporate benefactors.  Or did he forget about the bailouts and keeping military bases open?

Mittens is proving, once and for all, that he Just Doesn't Get It.  As Molly Ivins would say, he is achieving George Bushian levels of Not Getting It-ness.  None of the party faithful gets it.

But their foot soldiers do.

"But the fool on the hill sees the sun going down
"And the eyes in his head see the world spinning round."

The R's have admitted they were blindsided by the voter turnout for Obama.  They thought disillusionment would make them not vote out of protest.  They have learned nothing from the activist 60's, they thought those days had passed.  The foot soldiers trying to drum up support, the ones who don't live on Capitol Hill but in the Real World, have said that they had Obama beat on the economy, but when the R's started incorporating their hardline stances against abortion, women, gays, and so on, that was what hurt them.


"Well on the way, head in a cloud
"The man of a thousand voices talking perfectly loud.
"But nobody ever hears him or the sound he appears to make
"And he never seems to notice."

Wrong.  I did notice.

I noticed that a college dropout writing about politics just for the hell of it has a better understanding of the world than the pollsters, spin doctors, and political scientists you spent millions on.

Kermit Was Right (animated)I would have been more accurate, and I wouldn't have cost you as much to hire.

I was right.  They were wrong.

I rule.  You suck.

You didn't build a research team.  You built an echo chamber.

And now, you are wondering what went wrong.

Listen to those who worked for you.  They are trying to tell you that your identity politics don't work anymore.  You clinging to them will further marginalize you and destroy you.

You must adapt to the world.  People no longer hate those that are different from them.  You can't use that wedge anymore.

I know you don't know who I am.  And I know I'm dismissed as some crackpot Internet guy who doesn't know anything.  Otherwise, I'd be with the wonks instead of living in Illinois.

But know that, if you did know me, you'd be thinking the same thing I am.

I was right all along.

This is what happens when you don't listen to the common man you are to serve.

Okay.  I'm done with my rare moment of gloating for now.

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

And this is why, when people say they vote for good Christian candidates, they should get their heads examined.

In the state of Tennessee, there is a Republican Rep named Scott DesJarlais.  He ran for re-election to the House in his heavily conservative district and won.  His web site states specifically that, "All life should be cherished and protected.  We are pro-life."

In 2001, DesJarlais was getting a divorce from his wife.  Among the things to come from those transcripts:

*  He had a mistress

*  She became pregnant, and he tried to convince her to have an abortion.

*  His then wife had two abortions herself, first because she was afraid of birth defects from drugs she was taking at the time, and the second because the marriage was in danger.

DesJarlais was a doctor before he became a congressman.

What's that about, "Physician, heal thyself?"

Democracy In Action

Okay, there's been a lot of press about the petitions on the White House web site for states to secede from the Union.  People like me think this is cute, because online petitions don't usually work.  Not with anything big, anyway.

So, for those of you who think this is fraught with portent, let me reassure you that the online petitions on are, in fact, created by a bunch of kooks.  Here's five others available for people to sign right now....

1)  "Establish new legal system of motorcycle riding 'Judges' who serve as police, judge, jury, and executioner all in one."  This one is satirical, as anyone who has ever read 2000 A.D. knows what would happen.  At least, I hope it's satirical.  Currently has 2,017 signatures.

2)  "Nationalize the Twinkie industry."  The government can't run a whorehouse (literally).  You expect them to handle your beloved snack foods?  Currently has 356 sigs.

3)  "Have the government intervene, moderate and expedite the Collective Bargaining negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA."  Let's see, I need to Google what "NHL" stands for..."National Hockey League."  Hockey?  Nope, can't say I've ever heard of it.  Maybe if they played it in Chicago, I'd be more familiar.  Currently has 383 sigs.

4)  "Have the President to attend a party.  If scheduling does not permit, at least have a beer with Drew Curtis."  Finally!  Something I agree with!  Currently has 1,022 sigs.

5)  "For certain counties (within respected states) to withdraw from California and Oregon and form the State of Jefferson."  If you're waiting for a Sherman Hemsley joke, it ain't gonna happen.  Currently has 237 sigs.

...and the hoooooooooooome of the braaaaaaaaaaave.
Ariel Is Ready For Her Close Up

Signal Boosting: Mermaid Shelly's Grotto

Some of you may remember the awesome Mermaid Shelly, a fan of my Sound Waves comics.

Well, she has opened her own little store in Oceanside, CA.  Where she sells all kinds of mermaid stuff and other fun things.  What kind of fun things?  With a little Google magic, you can see for yourself.

If you are in the area, stop by and say hi and help support small business.  It's at 1837 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA, phone number is (760) 231-1430.  You can also see her on the web at

Don't forget, Christmas is coming up!