Monday, March 19, 2012

Komics KKKorner (03/19/11)

Been an annoyingly hectic week. I'll try and post a little more often, but that probably won't happen any time soon. We shall see!

Okay, I got some awesome ones for today. First up...

Okay, so some quick background info. The president gave a speech where he criticized the Republican presidential candidates as "members of the flat Earth society" for their opposition to new and better sources of energy. Now, if I were a Republican voter that heard this, I'd assume that I'd be angry at this assertion. Because, although I'd presumably be supportive of most pre- Enlightenment era ways of thinking, something like Flat-Eartherism is a bridge too far. And if I were a Republican voter who's also a web comic artist, I'd want to turn the president's comments around and show that it is HE who is the TRUE flat Earther!

At least, that's what I THINK the artist would be going for. Unfortunately, this comic makes it difficult to deduce which side this guy is on. As you can see from the speech bubble, Obama's clearly insulting the Republicans for their supposed flat Eartherism, and the artist wouldn't be agreeing with Obama's insults, ergo, Obama is the actual flat Earther. Okay, if that's the case, it wouldn't explain why he's seemingly excited over sailing past the edge of the Earth. Wouldn't a flat Earther be far more cautious of such things? Wouldn't such a person presumably not want to go anywhere near (what they would think is) the edge? Furthermore, it seems pretty clear that (at least in this particular dimension), the Earth IS flat. So again, if the artist is saying that Obama's the flat Earther...that he was actually right?

That can't be it. Maybe this guy's trying to say that he based on the way the topography works in that world that the Earth is indeed flat and the Republicans are correct! But...then this would only confirm Obama's original statement about being flat Earthers! Doesn't this defeat the whole purpose of the comic?

 And finally, note the title, "The Nina, the Pinta and the Barack Obama". This makes this whole jumbled mess all the more confusing because the artist is clearly making a reference to the ships Christopher Columbus used to get to the New World. As the story goes, Columbus went on his voyage in those ships in order to prove the Earth was round! This metaphor fails on multiple, MULTIPLE levels. What the fuck?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Welcome to Komics KKKorner

This is one of the new (and hopefully regular) features/gimmicks I've come up with. Komics KKKorner is where I scour the frightening world of right wing web comics and post the absolute worst of the worst. The cream of the crap. Etc. This includes comics that are either noteworthy for their level of offensiveness, pointlessness, or those that just simply inadverantly make the complete opposite point of what the artist was attempting to go for (this happens with great frequency for these type of comics).

So without further ado, let's begin...



This wonderful piece of artistic political commentary was done by right wing comic, Mike Lester. It appears to be based off of a painting called The Problem We All Live With, by Norman Rockwell and....that's about as far as I can go trying to make sense of this moronic cartoon.

The point of the original Rockwell painting, was to show how a young black child needed to be escorted to (an all White) school by U.S. Marshalls because of the prevalent racism against black people at the time. And this is why I'm sort of at a loss as to what Lester's trying to get at. Taken in the same context as the Rockwell paining, Limbaugh is apparently in need of protection from the evil liberal critics (who are supposed to represent the KKK, I'd imagine. Also, note the word "conservative" written on the wall, presumably supposed to be an equivalent slur as "nigger" in the Rockwell painting. Awesome work, Mike!).

Now, if that WAS what Lester was going for, that'd be one thing. Yes, it would still ultimately be fucking retarded and offensive, but  at least I'd understand his point. The problem though, is that the marshalls are labeled "NFL", "Lib Media", and "True Racism". Is Lester trying to say that Rush is being protected by the NFL, Lib Media, and True Racism? That can't be it. Is it that those things are somehow part of the government? The latter two I could understand from the prism of a right wing twit, but where does the NFL fit in? And even if the NFL was part of the government, THAT STILL WOULDN'T MAKE ANY GODDAMNED SENSE!


Next up...


Right off the bat, you can already tell this one's a winner. Here we have Obama dressed as royalty, I'm guessing cause he made recess appointments, you know, like all the other dictators throughout history. Or maybe cause he's black and all black people like bling.

Then we have Sandra Fluke, who after being attacked 70 times in the course of 3 days by a certain fat right wing radio host, feels that she should stand in solidarity with her "sisters". One who was insulted twice, several years ago, and another who was insulted by someone who got suspended for a week on his network. Clearly the same situations, all three. I do have to give the artist credit for not only projecting his own feelings and trying to get Fluke on his side, but for at least having the decency to not depict Fluke as a morbidly obese, sex starved bull dike like all the other right wing artists.

And the last one for today:

Right. Obama wants to tax rich people as way to slowly start stealth taxing the middle class as well. If Obama's plan to turn the U.S. into Cuba is to do so by increasing taxes on all income levels, then he's pretty much the most inefficient socialist dictator in history.


That's all for today, people!

STOP COMPARING BILL MAHER TO RUSH LIMBAUGH

As disgusting as this whole ordeal with Sandra Fluke has been, it's been very entertaining to see the righties try and vigorously change tactics throughout the past few weeks. Most recently, many of them have focused their attention on liberal firebrand, Bill Maher. Apparently, a couple of years ago, during one of his stand up shows, Maher called Sarah Palin a "cunt". At some point either before or after, he also called her a "slut". Thus, everyone is supposed to declare that Maher is just as bad, if not a million times WORSE (at least), than Rush Limbaugh, so there!

This is such a stupid argument for a multitude of reasons. But before I get into that, let me just say right off the bat that although I'm a big fan of Bill Maher, he shouldn't have said those things. Most of us lefties (rightfully) despise Palin, but there's a million different ways he could have legitimately attacked her.

Having said that, Maher's comments provide proof of absolutely nothing aside from pointing out that he's a dick. While those words were inappropriate, it's not evidence of misogyny. He wasn't saying that all women are "sluts" or "cunts", as opposed to Limbaugh who hurled slurs at Fluke, and women like her (or rather the idiotic image he had of her). He implied that if a woman's taking any kind of contraception, then they're clearly having hot, sweaty, Jesus-unapproved ugly bumping every 15 minutes. (Some of you will point out that he wasn't criticizing anyone from using contraception, it's just that he didn't want others paying for it. Whether you agree with that or not, his implication of what he thinks women on contraception do still holds). Maher's verbal assault on Palin, was at the very least focused specifically on Palin.

Additionally, with Maher, those were two random instances spread out over several years. El Rushbo, by comparison attacked Fluke SEVENTY TIMES OVER THE COURSE OF THREE DAYS. Get some fucking perspective, people. And that was just with Fluke. Limbaugh's been doing this misogyny schtick for years and years.

But quite possibly the best part of this whole farce is that even if Maher WERE as bad as Limbaugh, that would still have ZERO bearing on Limbaugh being an absolute shit pile. Conservatives are essentially making the argument that it's okay for their teammates to be absolute scumbags if they can find someone equally as scumbaggy on the other side. Two wrongs DO make a right, as it were. That they had to dig up some crap Maher said years ago to defend Limbaugh shows they don't give a shit about the actual subject of misogyny, they just wanted to point at "the left" and say: "SEE, YOU GUYS DO IT TOO!!".

Which once again displays one of the many glaring differences between liberals and conservatives.  Liberals don't take kindly to misogyny in general, whereas conservatives have issues with misogyny inasmuch as it benefits them in attacking liberals (or defending other conservatives, or both).

Saturday, March 10, 2012

BOOTSTRAPPING: TEA BAGGER STYLE

For the 1,023,857 time, I really couldn't come up with a better parody if I tried:

 Mary Brown, a 56-year-old Florida woman who owned a small auto repair shop but had no health insurance, became the lead plaintiff challenging President Obama's healthcare law because she was passionate about the issue.

Brown "doesn't have insurance. She doesn't want to pay for it. And she doesn't want the government to tell her she has to have it," said Karen Harned, a lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business. Brown is a plaintiff in the federation's case, which the Supreme Court plans to hear later this month.

But court records reveal that Brown and her husband filed for bankruptcy last fall with $4,500 in unpaid medical bills. Those bills could change Brown from a symbol of proud independence into an example of exactly the problem the healthcare law was intended to address.

"This is so ironic," Jane Perkins, a health law expert in North Carolina, said of Brown's situation. "It just shows that all Americans inevitably have a need for healthcare. Somebody has paid for her healthcare costs. And she is now among the 62% whose personal bankruptcy was attributable in part to medical bills."


Brown, reached by telephone Thursday, said the medical bills were her husband's. "I always paid my bills, as well as my medical bills," she said angrily. "I never said medical insurance is not a necessity. It should be anyone's right to what kind of health insurance they have.

"I believe that anyone has unforeseen things that happen to them that are beyond their control," Brown said. "Who says I don't have insurance right now?"

In August, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta agreed. Florida and 25 other states were suing, but they needed an individual to contest the mandate. "Mary Brown has standing to challenge the individual mandate," the judges said, and "as long as at least one plaintiff has standing to raise" the claim, the court can rule. The Obama administration appealed, and the Supreme Court said in November it would decide the constitutional challenge.

As if all this isn't delicious enough, here's the icing:

But by then, Brown's small auto repair shop near Panama City, Fla., had closed, and she and her husband had filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. Brown said in the petition that her only income was $275 a month in unemployment benefits.

Good gravy. So much gold in here. Not that I want to revel in a pool of schadenfreude or anything, but I really do have little compassion for those who conduct a crusade trying to screw over other people, who wind up getting screwed themselves.

It would be nice if this woman learned from this experience, but will most likely somehow blame her circumstances on Obamacare anyway.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

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Just making sure this new fangled interwebs software works.

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