Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Howdy one and all. Things are going OK (if slowly). I'm just relaxing and saving up some energy to (maybe) finish my book. I think I am going to have to write at least another 40 - 50 pages (I got some new ideas during my hiatus). More details to follow.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
This little piece reflects a rather cynical view of Washington politics as they seem to exist today. It seems like everywhere you turn politicians are increasingly turning away from their responsibility to the public and selling out to lobbyists and special interests.
The symptoms of this malaise vary. Repressive copyright measures like the DMCA are being used increasingly to criminalize millions of American citizens. The Patriot Act is being used to (unconstitutionally) to imprison and spy on American citizens without warning or legal recourse. The NSA is spying on the American public (not for the first time). Congress fails to vote for Net Neutrality. Congress tries to close the analog loophole for copying (for personal use) copyrighted material. Millions of tax dollars are given to the phone companies as incentives to run fiber optic networks to American homes and no protest is made when they fail to live up to their responsibilities. Mickey Mouse is about to fall out of copyright and become public domain only to have copyright law extended so the Walt Disney company can continue to rake in millions of dollars a year at the expense of the American public (this is the same company that used public domain to make billions with Snow White, Cinderella, etc.). I could fill 50 blog entries with examples.
The fact is, politicians think they can get away with these abuses of their positions and power. I love America. I think we have one of the best countries in the world. It is a land of opportunity that people still flock to in droves. I love my country and that is exactly why I want it to continue being great. I want our leaders to be accountable. I want to wake up and find an America where more than 50% of the population votes for a president. I want us, as a people, to make this happen. The question is, will we?
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sometimes in life we find that we should have taken the path more travelled. The lady in my latest composition has just discovered this deadly fact at her own expense (or perhaps she escapes to learn from her mistake, I'll let you decide).
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
It has been a while since the last Punk IT was put out. My wife has had a quiet day today (she just had extensive ankle surgery). She feels better and that freed me to come out with a new issue. Hopefully, tomorrow I'll get to edit my book again.
You can never tell how it's going to be from one day to the next. Saturday, upbeat. Sunday throw up all day. Monday, blah. Tuesday, woopee. I hope she feels well. I hate to see her feel like this. Anyway. Enjoy the comic.