Saturday, December 16, 2017
I guess you could read the phrase in today's drawing two ways. One way is that the GOP is actively, aggressively ripping apart the foundations of our democracy in order to establish the oligarchy they so clearly desire. The other is that they are relying on Trump---a person who is certifiably cruel, selfish, bullying, dimwitted, and prone to incoherent rage---to get their own selfish wants met. You wouldn't be wrong on either count, and the fact that they are actively trying to disrupt and prematurely conclude Mueller's Russia investigation counts as evidence (evidence-based!) on both counts.
Housekeeping note: Posting for this project will be spotty for the next day or two, and then will resume but probably look/feel somewhat different. More on that as events unfold!
Friday, December 15, 2017
It's the end of the year, and so the idea of endings being front and center in the collective mind is not unusual. But man, it was REALLY front and center (and then front again) today. Today's headlines were all about endings--20th Century Fox being swallowed whole by Disney; the death of net neutrality; the death of AIM, AOL's pioneering instant messenger service; Dababneh's resignation (sorry---if you don't live in Los Angeles you're like, "who?"), the death of, uh, basic science vocabulary in the CDC because of some stupid command handed down by our shit-for-brains (and that is an evidence-based assertion, btw) president.
We are almost at the end of this drawing project, and you might expect me to coast through the last two weeks of the year. But nothing could be further from the truth. Things are going to get pretty weird around here in the final two weeks of the year, starting Sunday.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
We're all still clearly riding the Doug Jones victory high, and we're still talking about how incredibly united and motivated the African American women of Alabama were during this election. It's nice to have nice things to think about during the holiday season. But get ready for the repeal of net neutrality (as a side note, fuck you, Ajit Pai, you fucking fuck). And the steaming pile of pig shit known as the GOP tax bill. And hell, we're so late in the year, get ready for the 2018 midterm elections, when we can possibly turn this shit show around.
Like many of the spikes on 2017's political seismograph, we owe this week's political moment to women---the courageous women who stepped forward and call out Roy Moore (pictured in the sauce pan) for his shitty, criminal behavior, and then for African-American women, who turned out in large numbers for Doug Jones, catapulting him into a deep red Senate seat. And, you might ask, why the hell are we referencing Steely Dan in all of this? Because it makes sense, that's why.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Well, well, well well well. It looks like the Senate will not have to worry about admitting a pedophile into their ranks. We'll get into more (but not Moore!) of this weird, wild special election tomorrow, you can be sure of that. Until then I would like to say, to the people of Alabama, thank you for your good sense.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Well, Tuesday's special election in Alabama to fill Jeff Sessions' vacated senate seat probably won't end in sexy cyborg eagles carrying him off to his doom, but we can dream, right? Right? Anyway, do the right thing tomorrow, Alabama (hint: the right thing is to not vote for Moore, because he is a racist pedophile).
Sunday, December 10, 2017
The California wildfires seem to be losing their hold on the front page (for now. let's just hope they disappear IRL too), thus making room for other local headaches, like misbehaving deputies, and more international stuff, like Afghan commandos and french rock and roll idols. It was one of those rare news days of 2017, the kind that don't make you seriously wonder if humanity can possibly survive until the end of the week.