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Salve festa dies

By Michael J. Smith on Monday May 2, 2011 11:33 PM

From Mike Flugennock:

Welcome, folks, to Day One of Obama’s second term.

... Go ahead, America, throw yourselves a goddamn’ party. Enjoy it while you can, before you wake up and realize you’ve still got no job, your house is about to be foreclosed, and you’re about to lose your Medicare and Social Security.

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Even if it is only rubbing-in to the revelers what losers they are, the domestic angle makes me queasy. It should be a reminder that, if the 'conomy wuz goin' great, support for the rest of the empire would be that much higher, or that the "radical middle" staunchly support anything as long as it means that they might not lose their healthcare along with their jobs. Implement a full-on big L social program and they'd be feeding you soylent green.


More so than the libs who are high-fiving one another about OBL's termination, I get a kick out of the left-libs who "tsk, tsk" the libs for succumbing to the "U!S!A! U!S!A!" buffoonery. Their remonstrations invariably go something like, "Of course, I don't mourn Osama's passing, but these celebrations are shameful." What amuses me is not their disapproval of the jingoism. The jingoism is idiotic. Nor is it their "realization" that standard-issue liberals are imperialist war-mongers. (Although it is a bit amusing that just now they are recognizing this... uh, hello?)

What amuses me is their qualifying "I don't mourn Osama's passing..." Well, I don't mourn his passing, but I don't not mourn it either. And I certainly don't think the veracity (or not) of my claims regarding US imperialism (or whatever) have anything to do with my making a McCarthyist admission about the evil nature of Islamist terror. Anarchists talk about the "cop in your brain." These folks have a "Hitchens in their brain."


Then again, I may have to take that back. The standard-issue libs are giving the left-libs a run for their money. I went to the Facebook page of an old college pal who is a Grade-A certified Obama-ite. His page is mobbed by Obama-ites. How do they react to Dick Cheney congratulating Obama for getting his man? "I never thought I'd live to see this." Um, I don't think further comment is required...


Hell, if US special forces knocked off OBL on Bush's watch, the libs would claim that the squad leader, and his commander, were life-long Democrats. And the left-libs would whisper in hushed tones, "I don't mourn OBL's passing, but these guys are a little too prideful about it..."

"Hitchens in your brain? Eeeeewwwww.

When this news first came across my Twitter feed, my first thought was oh, Christ, is Bin Laden dead again? ...as in the past decade I'd heard Bin Laden's death reported more times than I'd had hot dinners.*

When it turned out it was true, my next immediate thought was oh, shit; I was hoping maybe he could help me find a goddamn' job! The doorknobs in charge here now sure don't seem to have a clue in hell...

What with all the All Bin Laden, All The Time on the news right now, I'm actually longing for the days of round-the-clock saturation Royal Wedding coverage.

Any bets on how soon this will be flushed from the news cycle? I'm thinking Friday, on the outside; it'll probably be that long before people sober up and remember that they're still unemployed, their houses are about to be foreclosed on, and they're about to lose their Medicare and Social Security. Remember how quickly everybody came down from the We Captured Saddam Hussein rush?


*In other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.


Mike, I really don't get why you torment yourself with the news, or the news cycle. You're a hardier soul than I, that's for sure.

Mike, I love this one! Only, there should be more women and children in that pile - for accuracy's sake.


Nice one, Mike.


Actually, if you look closely, there's maybe half a dozen women in that pile; they're the ones in burqas and headscarves.

Actually, as I'm an editorial cartoonist, I have to pay close attention to the media and the news cycle. I got the idea for this one as soon as I saw the news come across my Twitter feed, and had to have it finished and posted while the news was still "hot"; it was what I call a "Great Caesar's Ghost" Moment. I had this one roughed, final drawing done, scanning/production finished and the cartoon posted to the blog within 24 hours; I'm still paying for it with with sleep deprivation.

The piece I did on the Anonymous leaks of the trove of incriminating Bank Of America emails was done in Great Caesar's Ghost Mode as well. I had that one drawn, prepped and posted within 12 hours of getting the news that the leaking was underway:



Gee I'd hoped you 'd have Barry waving the rag like body of
The dead mass murdered in his raised hand

Tightens the pun


flug you need a witful collaborator
hard pill to swallow
but if you were working for me on a party editorial page
such would be your fate assigned a party iconoographer and ideologian

are we better with 100 indy rads like you ???
or a few party ed page spots
100 party fellow travelling politoonists
struggle to fill

a question for the ages eh ???

op sez on 05.03.11 @20:29:
are we better with 100 indy rads like you ???

I like to think so, especially after seeing Mike Lukovitch's cartoon of a pair of bare feet on a slab with a toe tag reading "Mission Accomplished". Hell, somebody's got to stand up and call bullshit on this whole sick-ass shitshow.

Shame, too; I normally rather dig Lukovitch's stuff.


Given the parties we got as rummy might say
You appear to be dead right flugelhorn
The usual clown shit comes out no better excreted onto paper in pictures then in. Words

Though the ghoulishness of the toe tag take itself has a nice countering chill to it
Worse then father smiths lord of the flies jacobinite head

I once was offered a Hank of gyro off a turning stake in Cairo that looked like that head of mjs's

I had on a very nice Spanish leather sport jacket This was 1966
The locals were much impressed
was 18 and I still turned it down


"I had on a very nice Spanish leather sport jacket This was 1966
The locals were much impressed
was 18 and I still turned it down "

How very interesting!!! So glad you shared that!!! Impressive. What did your trousers look like?


I'm with Flug on this one. Picture worth a thousand words, and all. I'm still trying to think of something to say about this episode. It nauseates me on so many levels I don't know where to start.


Towards the more serious side:



Art. 148. The law of war does not allow proclaiming either an individual
belonging to the hostile army, or a citizen, or a subject of the hostile
government, an outlaw, who may be slain without trial by any captor, any
more than the modern law of peace allows such intentional outlawry; on the
contrary, it abhors such outrage. The sternest retaliation should follow
the murder committed in consequence of such proclamation, made by whatever
authority. Civilized nations look with horror upon offers of rewards for
the assassination of enemies as relapses into barbarism.

Instructions for the Government of Armies of the United States in the
Field, prepared by Francis Lieber, LL.D., Originally Issued as General
Orders No. 100, Adjutant General's Office, 1863, Washington 1898:
Government Printing Office.

MULTILATERALS PROJECT, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

On December 4, 1981, President Ronald Reagan issued Executive Order 12333 on
“United States Intelligence Activities.” Section 2.11 of the order provides: “Prohibition on
Assassination. No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government
shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination.” Section 2.12 of the order prohibits
indirect participation in activities prohibited by the order, stating: “Indirect participation.
No agency of the Intelligence Community shall participate in or request any person to
undertake activities forbidden by this Order.”


numerous mods since 9/11 but not sure how many apply to military and doubt msny apply in fsct.


Statement: 'Towards the more serious side:'

applied to a utube link which i had added not to the post or commentary -- it seemed some humor could help but then my immediately above may contain enough of that.

Flug - i'd not seen your bank of america work,,,,,it's very good

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