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Today is apparently my 9th anniversary of having joined Deviant Art.  And I have nothing to show.

However, about 10 months ago, I was interviewed on a site called The Comics Decoder, and I completely forgot to mention it ... until now.  The interview is here, if you're into that sort of thing.

Stop whatever you’re doing.

Go here and give Joel Hodgson your money. All of it. Right now.

That is all.

Remarkably, after reducing the strip’s update schedule to 2 days per week, I somehow managed to produce *more* comics in October than in any of the previous five months. Also, I didn't miss a single update, which hasn’t happened since … ever.

I should have done this sooner.

I posted a comic.

It is here: inhumanrelations.com
For whatever reason, DeviantArt won't let me login to my account from my regular internet connection, so I'm typing this on a 3G network via phone. It is slow and annoying and it's making me meshuga.

Since I can't post any comics here until this is cleared up, go to inhumanrelations.com if you want to keep reading the strip.

I hate typing on a phone so The End.
Annoying outside interferences have arisen, so my comic is doing the hiatus thing until December 8th.

I mention this for the half-dozen people who might have wondered why I wasn't posting anything.
I put together a "best of" retrospective thingy for my first webcomic, Mullein Fields (which ran from 2003 to 2006). Rather than have people wade through 570-odd strips to figure out what was going on, the strip is now organized and compiled with a running commentary.

I spent a week and a half on this thing, forgoing work on my regular comic. I probably could have divided my time between both, but I'm a failure at multitasking.

Enjoy, if you want.
I changed my website from Comic Press to Comic Easel. How is this relevant to you, you may ask?

I guess it isn't.

But I figured I'd use this as an opportunity to shill my website, since it's costing me ten bucks a month in hosting fees.

Go visit.
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I don't really have anything to say. I just wanted to knock the previous year-old journal entry out of the top spot.
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As a result of this, a giant 28-inch-diameter tree fell on my house ... so, long story short, no cartoons for a while.
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From The Americanization of Emily:

"We shall never end wars by blaming it on ministers and generals or warmongering imperialists or all the other banal bogies. It's the rest of us who build statues to those generals and name boulevards after those ministers; the rest of us who make heroes of our dead and shrines of our battlefields. We wear our widows' weeds like nuns and perpetuate war by exalting its sacrifices."
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Phil Ochs' song is as relevant today as it was in 1966 ...

I cried when they shot Medgar Evers
Tears ran down my spine
I cried when they shot Mr. Kennedy
As though I'd lost a father of mine
But Malcolm X got what was coming
He got what he asked for this time
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I go to civil rights rallies
And I put down the old D.A.R.
I love Harry and Sidney and Sammy
I hope every colored boy becomes a star
But don't talk about revolution
That's going a little bit too far
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I cheered when Humphrey was chosen
My faith in the system restored
I'm glad the commies were thrown out
Of the A.F.L. C.I.O. board
I love Puerto Ricans and Negros
As long as they don't move next door
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

The people of old Mississippi
Should all hang their heads in shame
I can't understand how their minds work
What's the matter don't they watch Les Crane?
But if you ask me to bus my children
I hope the cops take down your name
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I read New Republic and Nation
I've learned to take every view
You know, I've memorized Lerner and Golden
I feel like I'm almost a Jew
But when it comes to times like Korea
There's no one more red, white and blue
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

I vote for the Democratic Party
They want the U.N. to be strong
I go to all the Pete Seeger concerts
He sure gets me singing those songs
I'll send all the money you ask for
But don't ask me to come on along
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal

Once I was young and impulsive
I wore every conceivable pin
Even went to the socialist meetings
Learned all the old union hymns
But I've grown older and wiser
And that's why I'm turning you in
So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal
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Gross...

The U.S. military taught its future leaders that a "total war" against the world's 1.4 billion Muslims would be necessary to protect America from Islamic terrorists, according to documents obtained by Danger Room. Among the options considered for that conflict: using the lessons of "Hiroshima" to wipe out whole cities at once, targeting the "civilian population wherever necessary."
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This song triggers some weird and unwelcome 1996-era flashbacks ... but I like it anyway.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO8vBV…
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The Hammonton Goodwill is my new favorite store. I picked up three old-school, Jim Rockford-esque sportcoats for $6 a piece, and they are rockin'.

You Hammontonians get rid of some nice stuff.
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That's what cats are wearin' nowadays.
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Ah, the Bush years. I remember them well. What I remember especially vividly is the hyper-tribal, authoritarian streak which ran through many of George W. Bush's most ardent supporters. Even the mildest criticism of "their guy" caused them to fly off the handle. Yes, it was a scary time to be a rational, critically-thinking humanoid.

In fact, just look at this creepy blog post from a rabidly pro-Bush website circa 2006, which describes in detail the author's experience in a checkout line with an elderly, anti-Bush cashier:

I stopped to pick up some groceries on the way home from work tonight.  It had been cold and blustery most of the day and I work outside. I really just wanted to get home, peel off all the layers of clothing and crack a beer but I needed to pick up a few things ...

The cashier ... started making small talk with the lady in line before me and out of the blue said, "Of course [the president] says there's no inflation.  I don't think the man has ever had to buy groceries in his life.  He probably gets his employees to do it for him." ...

So the woman begins checking out my groceries and starts in with me about "that man, that elitist" in the white house having "no idea" what it's like for regular people out here.  On and on.

My anger was building up to a boil; I mean, I just wanted to get home to that beer and who knows how many people before me had to hear this crap?  

So after I was all paid up and everything was in my cart I said to her, "I suggest you keep your political opinions to yourself when you're standing there because you never know who's standing here.  I don't appreciate hearing my president trashed like that.  That's all I'm going to say."

Her eyes flashed with anger and realization that I must be one of "those people".  She drew in a breath, about to say something and I said,

"If you say one more fucking thing I'll go find your manager and all three of us can discuss this."

At that, she suddenly deflated.  Now the look in her eyes was fear.  She looked down and meekly mumbled "Ok.  Sorry sir."

I left then, proud of myself and still full of anger.


Wow, what a fucking asshole. I sure am glad the dark days of the Bush Administration are behind us and that supporters of the current president are far more level-headed and less prone to spastic episodes of authoritarian intimidation when faced with criticism of their leader.

Oh wait, my mistake, this *wasn't* written by a rabid Bush supporter six years ago ... it was written a rabid Obama supporter three days ago.

Happy Authoritarian Fun Time, everybody. -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEypM_…
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They weren't really sisters, but you know what? That doesn't matter. They were brilliant.

Just listen.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFEwJ6…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeOs19…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqzBCR…
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It's a good thing Gaddafi is no longer in control of Libya, otherwise we would be forced to care about things like this:

Doctors Without Borders has suspended its work in prisons in the Libyan city of Misrata because it said torture was so rampant that some detainees were brought for care only to make them fit for further interrogation, the group said Thursday.

Amnesty International also said it has recorded widespread prisoner abuse in other cities as well, leading to the death of several inmates.

The allegations, which come more than three months after former leader Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed, were an embarrassment to the governing National Transitional Council, which is struggling to establish its authority in the divided nation.
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If you were concerned about SOPA and PIPA at all, you need to stop what you're doing and read this Glenn Greenwald post.

Choice quote:

"Critics insisted that [SOPA and PIPA] were dangerous because they empowered the U.S. Government, based on mere accusations of piracy and copyright infringement, to shut down websites without any real due process. But just as the celebrations began over the saving of Internet Freedom, something else happened: the U.S. Justice Department not only indicted the owners of one of the world's largest websites, the file-sharing site Megaupload, but also seized and shut down that site, and also seized or froze millions of dollars of its assets — all based on the unproved accusations, set forth in an indictment, that the site deliberately aided copyright infringement.

In other words, many SOPA opponents were confused and even shocked when they learned that the very power they feared the most in that bill — the power of the U.S. Government to seize and shut down websites based solely on accusations, with no trial — is a power the U.S. Government already possesses and, obviously, is willing and able to exercise even against the world's largest sites (they have this power thanks to the the 2008  PRO-IP Act pushed by the same industry servants in Congress behind SOPA as well as by forfeiture laws used to seize the property of accused-but-not-convicted drug dealers)."
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