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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A Drink with Jam & Bread


"Life," Marvin the Paranoid Android said, "don't talk to me about life!"

And there's so many interesting things about life. (I can hear my 9th grade English teacher, the feared & respected Mrs. Bauer, chastising me for starting a sentence with and. But I digress.)

Let's start off with the insanity over this Dubai port deal. As you can see from an earlier post, I'm one of those who thinks it's a bad idea to give control of our ports to a country that supported terrorists. Or- let's face it- ANY COUNTRY. However, I can see the argument that the Bush administration would not have done this deal if there were any risk at all. Then again, this is the same President Bush who did a stunt on an aircraft carrier and claimed "Mission Accomplished" when the casualties were less than half of the present tally, the same president who could not see that Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis just don't want to live under the same roof together, the same… I could go on all night. The most worrying factor is the secrecy and the insistence on Bush's part that this deal goes through. And why is a president getting so involved as to threaten veto power if the deal falls through? Ooh, Mama, I is so confused…

Do you want to know what irks me to know end? That they find some pervert who downloads kiddie porn, (do I have to put the obligatory "I am against kiddie porn downloading" here?) some poor schmuck who probably never would have gone out of his house to get kiddie porn if the internet wasn't so damn quick, easy and anonymous- and they take him, and put a 3 x 5 mug shot of him in the newspaper. Then they write a two page article about what a monster this guy is, give him a jail sentence longer than if he had actually raped someone, and crow about what they're doing to protect our kids.

So what's the problem, I hear you cry. The problem is that it's SMOKE AND MIRRORS. They do the easy task of finding the downloader, put his head on a spike, and like a nutty president, claim "Mission Accomplished." BUT WHAT ABOUT FINDING THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THIS VIDEO IN THE FIRST PLACE? WHAT ABOUT ACTUALLY SAVING THOSE KIDS WHO WERE RAPED AND TORTURED FOR THESE VIDEOS? Nope, sorry, that's too hard. Maybe the public will forget about that bit if we give these downloaders a two-page spread in the Daily News. IF YOU CAN TRACE THE REVENGE OF THE SITH DVD ON THE INTERNET BACK TO ITS SOURCE AND GIVE THE UPLOADER THREE FUCKING YEARS IN JAIL, WHY CAN'T YOU TRACE KIDDIE PORN AND SAVE SOME ACTUAL KIDS?

Sigh.

A friend of mine once said, "I decided to just be honest with everyone and tell them what I truthfully thought. Then no one liked me anymore." Ah, the American dream, to no longer give a damn if you're liked…

TTFN
-Tony

11 comments:

steve said...

And you nailed it on the nose Tony! It couldn't have been said any better. Oh, and great drawing there too!

HARDWAX said...

Beatiful illustration. I'd say, tea is maybe the only thing he's been consuming for a while now, but it sure looks like he's diggin it.
I'm wading through your narrative in increments, it's difficult for me-i'm not used to thinking.

TXArtcGal said...

So...tell us, what is really on your mind? Seriously...great post!! I just shake my head trying to figure out so many things myself. You don't want to get me started!

btw...LOVE your tea illustration!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous illustration ... the ribs, the knee bones, what a model pose and beautiful smile!

Proud to have been part of catching *things* who made some of those videos in the first place in Australia!

GO TONY!

Hellcat said...

Delicious looking Tes-Bone Tony
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Hellcat said...

TEA BONE! TEA BONE! TEA BONE!
*vomit*

isay (Marissa) said...

"and a nice cup of tea helps me get through life" i like it and what a great illustration and post-tony!

Knitting Painter Woman said...

You are not alone... and I don't mean that the NSA has bugged your phone, either. Great caffeine jitters for Mr. Bones. And I so agree about the kiddie porn, stuff. Most of us worry about the wrong stuff, I think.

Caroline said...

Your chap looks like he's been round the block a few times - certainly due a cup of tea but I am worried about where it will all go... looks like he'll be sitting in a puddle of it soon...

Have you tried sorting any of these world problems out in your dreams? I've often wondered whether those people so closed to rational argument might be open to persuasion in their dreams.... but I just don't go lucid often enough...

carla said...

I feel your pain, man! Have a cup of tea and a cookie...what else can you do? As always, your illo and commentary provoke much thought; you always seem to nail it just right!

french toast girl said...

I dig. :)