Last week, a woman was forced off a Southwest Airlines flight for wearing a t-shirt.
The shirt in question bore the phrase "Meet the F*ckers" and an image of US President Bush, VP Cheney and Condoleezza Rice. The passenger, Lorrie Heasley, refused to remove it after other passengers complained. Apparently "Southwest rules filed with the FAA say they can remove a passenger that is offensive, abusive, disorderly or violent or for clothing that is "lewd, obscene, or patently offensive," but the airline says the curse (not the political message) led to her being asked to leave. Ms. Heasley is now speaking with the ACLU to see if she can initiate a lawsuit, but the NYTimes checked with experts in constitutional law and they don't think she has a case.
Well, the makers of the t-shirt have responded: "If any T-Shirt Hell customer is kicked off of any commercial airline flight simply for wearing one of our shirts, we will provide you with alternate transportation to get you to your original destination. This transportation includes, but is not limited to, the T-Shirt Hell corporate jet."
So BoingBoing recently linked to this fantastic comic book serial from the 60s entitled "This Godless Communism,"
a surprisingly in-depth (and hilariously slanted) history of the rise of the USSR, its leaders, and their philosophies. It's great, but it is far from the only thing on the site, the Authentic History Center
. Just looking at the other comics and cartoons they have, there is a huge amount of ancient political cartoons
, fantastic WWII-military-themed comic strips
(surprisingly good!), and generally awesome period-relevant comic book covers
, some of which link to full comics (Donald Duck's Atom Bomb?!
). There is a collection of embarassing shows of race-sploitation in comics in the 70s
, and the racist toys and artifacts section
would make Archie Bunker blush (Chop Suey Specs!
). Guaranteed to make you wince and chin-stroke simultaneously.
Matt Cooper (no, not this Matt Cooper)
is a 21-year-old political science student at the University of California at Davis. He's also running for President.
4,563 cartoons by Welsh cartoonist Leslie Illingworth
"The Illingworth cartoon collection at the National Library, which contains 4,563 images
, explores a wide variety
through the eyes of one of Britain's best known cartoonists of the twentieth century."
By Thai cartoonist Stephane Peray.
Want to know what the difference is between real life and the internet?
The funny folk at
Red vs. Blue would be happy to demonstate.
(Warning: 22.125MB Quicktime .mov file but worth the wait, I thought. The Red vs. Blue site also offers a DivX download.) Metafilterians may enjoy the Political Section, where they do political discussions as badly as we do. One naughty word may make the audio NSFW in some locations. Seen at
Hating Dick Cheney
- Our vice president is so widely hated as being an evil puppeteer
, but this seems to be far from the truth. He's really "a frazzled, heart attack survivor who's barely hanging on—to life, his job, his position, his sense of self-esteem."
Friday scary-flash spook-a-thon: The Minister of Fear [via Kos]
Cheney not to run again.
Rumours have been flying on the net for hours and now Drudge has it. Interesting development, if true...
Difficult questions asked without political bias.
The Apartheid Wall continues. Haaretz
reports that Israel will soon begin construction of the wall around the illegal settlement of Ariel
, deep inside the West Bank, stealing thousands of acres of Palestinian farmland in the process.
is a nonprofit that's working to reform the presidential debate
process for the american election. they have some pretty big names on their board from across the political spectrum, including john b. anderson
, angela "bay" buchanan
, and randall robinson
From the website:
Currently, the presidential debates are secretly controlled by the major parties, through the private bipartisan corporation called the Commission on Presidential Debates, resulting in the stultification of format, the exclusion of popular candidates, and the avoidance of pressing national issues.
The major party candidates never pay a political price for their antidemocratic practices; posing as an independent sponsor, the Commission on Presidential Debates shields the major party candidates from public criticism and public accountability.
Political ads fail their mission.
In an Advertising Age
poll, 92% of respondants said the ads had not swayed them to change their prospective votes. More than half said the ads didn't influence them, and nearly a quarter found Bush's ads "not at all persuasive." Before you liberals get cocky, consider this: 29% thought Kerry's ads were totally unpersuasive.
Bush's campaign commercials feature footage from 9/11
, but anger firefighters and families of victims
. Is it disingenuous to defend the ads
when you claimed just nineteen weeks after the tragedy that you would not use the disaster for politcal gain? If anyone should be able to use the event for political purposes, it would be Giuliani, who defends
The Campaign Desk
If you are a political news junkie, try this: Critique and analysis of 2004 campaign coverage from Columbia Journalism Review
It is good. It is solid.It is intelligent.
Former Davenetics publisher and CSPAN fanatic Dave Pell is now blogging at Electablog
. After a couple years of earnest "soapbox 'n rants" style of political blogging, it's nice to see political-themed sites with a sense of humor and humility popping up (like wonkette
as well, mentioned last week
Rebellion brewing in Saudi city
The tiny city of Sakaka in the remote al-Jouf province that borders Iraq may seem an unlikely setting for the beginning of a revolution against the ruling al-Saud family.
But one does not have to spend too long here to realise that this is what is happening.
Amazon accepts political contributions? Amazon.com takes the friction out of grass-roots contributions to presidential candidates. 1-Click® payments are the easiest way to make small contributions--from $5 to $200.
Porn star Mary Carey
officially launched her gubenatorial campaign in front of a sports bar in Sacaramento, today. Her platform? Legalize gay marriage, tax breast implants and set up a live, streaming webcam in the Governor's Mansion. God help me, this is starting to sound appealing to me. Are politicians so bad that porn stars
look good by comparison?
Beware technology that disconnects war from politics.
This is a very interesting article by Fredrick Kagan on the growing gulf between America's military means and political ends. "Unless the direction and nature of military transformation change dramatically, the American public should expect to see in the future many more wars in which U.S. armed forces triumph but the American political vision fails."
Dr. Seuss, politcal cartoonist.
Before the Cat strode in wearing a Hat, and before Horton heard a Who, Dr. Seuss drew for a liberal New York newspaper called PM. Through most of 1941 he drew images
that criticized isolationists who thought we could sit out the war. He already had developed his idiosyncratic style, and the University of California at San Diego has all 400 of his PM cartoons on its site. Here's what he drew Dec. 5, 1941
, and this is his cartoon of Dec. 8
. Later in the war, he wrote scripts for 28 "Private Snafu
" animated cartoons, which taught servicemen what not to do. Some were directed by Chuck Jones.
Oh, I So Wish So-And-So Were On The Other Side!
Just move over, dude
! For conservatives, it's often the case that our allies are a damn sight worse than our worst so-called enemies. Here's a prime example, extremely rare
in its totality: an embarrassing piece by an embarrassing neo-con, John Laughland
, about an even more embarrassing neo-con, Michael Ledeen
, in a totally embarrassing magazine, American Conservative
. Do liberals and lefties have it any easier? Who are the Center's and the Left's most difficult-to-explain compagnons de route
dudes? Quite honestly - and although they're certainly not immune to the exquisite unease of political companionship - I enviously fear that they do.
"Fighting the Left - Doing it Right"
- protestwarrior.com is founded on the basis of letting the "pro-government" people who might be the "silent majority" protest in their own way. so while it's not just a pro-troops rally cry, in essence it's protesting for the war... or any war, for that manner. kind of a novel idea.. looks like they're viewing this as a starting point for people to have a retort against other protestors.
(NYT reg req) The law enforcing the soft money ban goes to court tomorrow. Opponents of the law will be led by Kenneth Starr (!), while the defenders of the law will eventually be led by Bush's solicitor general, Theodore Olson, the guy who argued the case that made George W. Bush president. Gee, that sounds fair --- everyone's an arch conservative. This law is toast. Back to the trough!
Australia and Europe incensed over U.S. lies on free trade
Bush: "The final provisions of the farm Bill are also consistent with America's international trade obligations, which will strengthen our ability to open foreign markets for American farm products".
In other words, free trade good when we sell to you, bad when you sell to us.
Foreigners and Rulers,
this is an issue that albeit being an old one keeps cropping up, here is her official position.
I am interested in opinions of whether you think it is okay for a foreigner (born and raised to "adulthood") to become a political leader of another country. And is anyone aware of a similar situation in others parts of the world where this has either been considered or has occurred.
Syria on brink over conflict with Lebanon
Our good friends on the far Left never address this other occupation in the Middle East, an occupation that is not the Israelis in Palestinian lands; and our policy makers in Washington almost never discuss the issue either, but to the people who live in Lebanon it is their country that for many years has been occupied by some 35 thousand man army of Syrians against their will. And it is beginning to anger them.
blair to declare state of emergency, suspend human rights
there is some scary stuff included in these proposals. including internment without trial
there are serious implications here, and i find it frightening.
An Alternative War
is what we need.... Hell with operation "Enduring Freedom" we need "Operation Mammoth Clown Head". [via Cruel Site of the Day]
From its origins
Stalinist rhetoric in the 30's, to ironic Left-wing jibe in the 70's, to
Iconoclastic taunt in the 80's, to the Conservative pejorative of today, has the
had its day? It's probably just me but it seems to be used
far more frequently by people who are in positions of power or by those more in
tune with society's mainstream orthodoxy
than by those who aren't. Of
course, no one ever calls themselves
politically correct. What do you
think, what does the p.c. term mean to you?
The Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution
looks like it states that Texas cannot, in fact, cast its electoral votes for Bush and Cheney. Although he was careful to be photographed in Jackson Hole, WY, Cheney is in fact a resident of Texas and has a Texas driver's license. (Overheard from radio news) (Discuss)