Monday, August 27, 2007


Help! Yesterday I woke up and it was 1957 again! Instead of young enlisted persons being killed in a foreign land to save a weaselly President's (and a pathetic Congress') botched war, I heard about "noble" sacrifice and patriotic fervor for heroic deeds.

Instead of biting and serious comics such as Get Your War On, or those by Aaron McGruder, Lynda Barry, Ted Rall, or Tom Tomorrow or I got a 10 year send up of "Sluggy"!

Gosh, all I missed was a few cigarette commercials, a car ad, and a stirring rendition of the national anthem.


Anonymous said...

Oh and the sons of wealth and privilege really *are* serving their country just as much as those poor people! NPR told me so!

Porter Melmoth said...

Indeed, 'Get Your War On' was the first thing I thought of when I heard the teaser announcement for this segment. Then I heard a reference to the 'Sluggo' profile, and I didn't bother.

Indeed, it's a question of 'why bother?' I can see why you're reverting to weekly digests, Mytwords.

I grudgingly have to admit though, I heard of Gonzo's resignation first on Neocon Public Relations. You know, Mourning Edition (ME invariably puts me in a bad mood; and that's a pretty mournful fact). I was about to indulge in a NPR-less morn, but then, annoyingly, decided to flip it on, and a mucus-voiced Inskeeper was rattling out the (good?) news. NPR's very ease of accessibility is one of its most alarming factors. It's that damn convenience thing.

Porter Melmoth said...

I just have to add:

Sorry, it's 'Sluggy'. Just the kind of weak amusement that Liane would feature. So, Liane?, get your war on, baby!


Regarding Gonzo's resignation:

Few people do fussy, nasaly delivery better than Ari Shapiro, who was positively fluttery today, as if he, by his show-offy prancings in that tinny, narrow, suffocatingly-awful voice, actually had a stake in Gonzo's waddling off of the blighted Bushique stage.

Speaking of Ari, that other Ari of note, Fleischer, has surfaced again - possibly for air, after years-long submersion in the sewery sump of shadowy bargain Bush basement life - to give us a powerful (in the perfidious sense) series of pep-talk ads that do nothing but contribute to the subversive and floating anxiety that is so mentally retarding this country.

My farewell message to Gonzo is, as Porky Pig would say: Get out! Out! OUT!! OUT!!! OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Mom! Just like those Ari Fleischer propaganda ads on the teevee now!

(aww, in hindsight I see the astute Porter beat me to the punch regarding those repulsive and falacious "resolve strengthening" spots)

Must say, (holds nose) NPR (stops) sure knows how to follow their marching orders.

And lastly, the cartoonists mentioned are paramount indeed (TMW is my weekly wallpaper) - I'd also like to cite other faves not already mentioned: Pat Oliphant, Ben Sargent, Ann Telnaes and MOST ESPECIALLY Tom Toles!