Category Archive: Politics

Dec 17 2014

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb – Nathan Fetter-Vorm

If I was a high school who had to write a report on the creation of the atomic bomb, the people involved, the events surrounded it, and the repercussions,  I would be very happy to have this book at the quick. It does a good job presenting the information in relatively basic terms in fair and broad strokes. I did feel that this isn’t so much a comic as, exactly as advertised, a summary backed by illustrations, but I would rather have a comic. 

Nov 02 2013

WHAM: I’m Pro-Life

I’m frantically getting ready for WHAM, which means I’m polishing up some oldies and goodies.

I still like the simplicity of this one. I had to clean up the text because this one is so old I was still printing font on paper and then gluing it to the artboard.

I’m Pro-Life will be available as an 11 x 14″ print.

I'm also pro-print!

Oct 31 2013

WHAM: The Scourge of Socialism

I’m frantically getting ready for WHAM, which means I’m polishing up some oldies and goodies.

Had to do almost nothing to this one, because it’s perfect. OK, I thought about spending hours trying to get all the lettering perfectly centered; but that ain’t happening. I’ll bet no one even notices. I spend enough time fretting over these things that I can allow a few super minor issues to fly by.

The Scourge of Socialism will be available as an 8.5 x 11″ print.   And I’ll probably have post cards/note cards as well.

Available as a Print!

 

 

Oct 31 2013

WHAM: Your Guide to the Budget

I’m frantically getting ready for WHAM, which means I’m polishing up some oldies and goodies.

I only made some minor tweaks to this one. It was either in good shape already, or I spruced it up for zine fest (I can’t remember now).

Your Guide to the Budget will be available as an 8.5 x 11″ print. I may have post cards/note cards as well.

Available as a Print!

Oct 31 2013

WHAM: Burning Question

I’m frantically getting ready for WHAM, which means I’m polishing up some oldies and goodies.

I only made some minor tweaks to this one. I thought about adding flames to the title as Mark! and HTH suggested, but I’m feeling a bit uncreative at the moment, and I think this one looks pretty good (so I don’t want to risk screwing it up and wasting a few hours that might be better spent). I may still go back if I have time, especially as I may try to do a larger version of this one (time permitting).

Burning Question will be available as an 8.5 x 11″ print. I may even make this one available with a matte or frame, since it’ll easily fit the standard 8 x 10″ frame.  And I’ll probably have post cards/note cards as well.

Available as a print!

Oct 31 2013

WHAM: Get Out of the Way!

I’m frantically getting ready for WHAM, which means I’m polishing up some oldies and goodies.

I’m not convinced that coloring this one makes it better (especially since I suck at picking colors), but it probably makes it more sell-able (since black and white is under-appreciated).

Get Out of the Way will be available as an 11×14″ print (unless Bea tells me it has to be 8.5×11″) and probably as post cards/note cards.

Available as an 11x14" print!

Oct 30 2013

WHAM: Dear Mister President

I’m frantically getting ready for WHAM, which means I’m “correcting” some oldies and goodies.

Not too much work to do on this one. I thought about coloring it, but I actually like it as a black and white; plus I don’t think that color would add much. (And unfortunately, the comic is still relevant.)

Dear Mister President will be available as an 11×14″ print (unless Bea tells me it has to be 8.5×11″) and probably as post cards/note cards.

 

Oct 30 2013

WHAM: Action News: Earth Day

I’m frantically getting ready for WHAM, which means I’m “correcting” and colorizing some oldies and goodies.

Action News: Earth Day will be available as an 11×14″ print (unless Bea tells me it has to be 8.5×11″) and probably as post cards.

Available as a Print!

Oct 23 2013

Time to Vote

Early voting has begun in Houston. Find your polling place and time here:
Voting Early: http://www.harrisvotes.org/EarlyVoting/EarlyVotingLocationsSchedule.pdf
Voting on Nov 5: http://www.harrisvotes.org/VoterBallotSearch.aspx?L=E

Here are my picks (feel free to scream at me if you know better):

Mayor: Annise Parker

COntroller: Ronald Green

City COuncil At Large 1: Stephen Costello

City COuncil At Large 2: David W Robinson

City COuncil At Large 3: Jenifer Rene Pool

City COuncil at large 4: CO Brad Bradford

City COuncil At Large 5: Jack Christie

City COuncil District B: JErry Davis

City COuncil District C: Ellen Cohen

City COuncil District D: Assata Richards

City COuncil District H: Ed Gonzalez

City COuncil District I: Graciana Gracie Gares

City COuncil District J: Mike Laster

City COuncil District K: Larry Green

HISD District I: Anna Eastman

HISD District II: Bruce Austin

HISD District IX: Wanda Adams

Prop 1: YES/FOR

Prop 2: No/Against

Prop 3: No/Against

Prop 4: YES/FOR

Prop 5: No/Against

Prop 6: YES/FOR

Prop 7: No/Against

Prop 8: YES/FOR

Prop 9: YES/FOR

Oct 16 2013

Destroy America!

Destroy America

Remember how Democrats held America hostage after Medicare Part D passed? Remember how Democrats pushed the country toward financial Default over the Bush Tax Cuts? Remember how they shut down the government over the Iraq War?

No, you don’t; because it never happened. In fact, Democrats helped implement these programs they hated, because they passed in the legal way the Constitution requires.

The Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) passed the House, passed the Senate, and was signed by the President. And just for good measure, the Supreme Court gave it an “OK” as well. And then Obama went and won a second term against a guy who promised to dismantle Obamacare.

But the Republicans, who claim to love the Constitution, say that none of that counts.

Tell me again that there’s no difference between the two Parties. Tell me again how “both sides do it.”

Nov 06 2012

VOTE!

You mean you haven’t yet?!

Oct 30 2012

A Brief History of Obamacare

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By their own admission, Republicans in Congress made keeping Obama to one term their primary agenda: not jobs, not fixing the housing situation, not getting the economy under control. No it was stopping Obama. So any legislative victory had to be prevented, even when the legislation was a gift to Republicans.

That’s why passing healthcare reform was such a struggle. Of course, let’s not forget that Obama and the Democrats were fairly tepid about the fight—they completely eschewed the public option—and once the Affordable Care Act did pass, Democrats ran away from it as quickly as possible, because the Republicans had made it toxic with their non-stop mantra of Socialism, Communism, and Death Panels (regardless of how much sense their “argument” made). And because the Democrats were too scared to explain the new law—much less promote it—health care reform lingered as a problem in the public’s mind.

Which made it all the more infuriating, because when you actually talk about the specifics about the evil scary Obamacare, it turns out that Americans largely like what’s in it. (Which is probably why the Republicans wanted to prevent any type of rational conversation.)

So I’m glad to see that Democrats are finally starting to embrace the pejorative “Obamacare” label. Because for all its faults, the Affordable Care Act is a huge leap forward for America. And twenty years from now, when we’re fighting the next progressive battle, we’ll need to (again) remind people that it was Democrats, not Republicans, who have been looking out for their interests.

Oct 28 2012

My Election Picks

For those of you living in USA/Texas/Houston, here’s how you should vote:

President: Barack Obama (D)

Senator: Paul Sadler (D)

Representative District 2: Jm Doughty (D)
Representative District 7: James Cargas (D)
Representative District 8: Neil Burns (D)
Representative District 9: Al Green (D)
Representative District 10: Tawana W Cadien (D)
Representative District 18: Shiela Jackson Lee (D)
Representative District 22: Kesha Rogers (D)
Representative District 29: Gene Green (D)
Representative District 36: Max Martin (D)

Railroad Commissioner: Dale Henry (D)
Railroad Commissioner, Unexpired Term: Josh Wendel (G)

Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 2: RS Roberto Koelsch (L)
Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 4: Charles E Waterbury (G)
Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 6: Michele Petty (D)

Judge, Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, PResiding Judge: Keith Hampton (D)
Judge, Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7: Mark Bennet (L)
Judge, Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8: William Bryan Strange, III (L)

Member, State Board of Education, District 4: Lawrence Allen, Jr. (D)
Member, State Board of Education, District 6: Traci Jensen (D)
Member, State Board of Education, District 8: Dexter Smith (D)

State Senator, District 4: Bob Townsend (L)
State Senator, District 6: Mario Gallegos, Jr (D)
State Senator, District 7: Sam (Tejas) Texas (D)
State Senator, District 11: Jacqueline Acquistapace (D)
State Senator, District 13: Rodney Ellis (D)
State Senator, District 15: John Whitmire (D)
State Senator, District 17: David Courtney (G)

State Representative, District 127: Cody Pogue (D)
State Representative, District 130: Art Browning (G)
State Representative, District 131: Alma Allen (D)
State Representative, District 132: Phil Kurtz (L)
State Representative, District 133: Gerald Lafluer (L)
State Representative, District 134: Ann Johnson (D)
State Representative, District 135: Paul Morgan (D)
State Representative, District 137: Gene Wu (D)
State Representative, District 138: Lee Coughran (L)
State Representative, District 139: Sylvester Turner (D)
State Representative, District 141: Senfronia Thompson (D)
State Representative, District 142: Harold V. Dutton, Jr (D)
State Representative, District 143: Ana Hernandez Luna (D)
State Representative, District 144: Mary Ann PErez (D)
State Representative, District 145: Carol Alvarado (D)
State Representative, District 146: Borris L. Miles (D)
State Representative, District 147: Deb Shafto (G)
State Representative, District 148: Henry Cooper (G)
State Representative, District 149: Hubert Vo (D)
State Representative, District 150: Brad Neal (D)

Justice, Court of Appeals, 1st Court, Place 2: Ron Lovett (D)
Justice, Court of Appeals, 1st Court, Place 6: Chuck Silverman (D)
Justice, Court of Appeals, 1st Court, Place 7: Natalia Cokinos Oakes (D)
Justice, Court of Appeals, 1st Court, Place 8: Nile COpeland (D)
Justice, Court of Appeals, 1st Court, Place 9: Kathy Cheung (D)
Justice, Court of Appeals, 14th Court, Place 3: Barbara Gardener (D)
Justice, Court of Appeals, 14th Court, Place 4: Jim Wrotenbery (D)
Justice, Court of Appeals, 14th Court, Place 5: Tanner Garth (D)
Justice, Court of Appeals, 14th Court, Place 8: Julia Maldonado (D)

Judge, Civil District Court, 11th District: Mike Miller (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 61st District: Alfred Bennet (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 80th District: Larry Weiman (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 125th District: Kyle Carter (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 127th District: R.K. Sandill (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 129th District: Michael Gomez (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 133rd District: Jaclanel McFarland (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 151st District: Mike Englehart (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 152nd District: Robert Schaffer (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 164th District: Alexandra Smoots-Hogan (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 165th District: Josephina Rendon (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 215th District: Elaine H. Palmer (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 333rd District: Tracy D. Good (D)
Judge, Civil District Court, 334th District: Donna Roth (D)

Judge, Criminal District Court, 174th District: Rueben Guerrero (D)
Judge, Criminal District Court, 176th District: Shawna L Reagin (D)
Judge, Criminal District Court, 177th District: Vivian King (D)
Judge, Criminal District Court, 178th District: David L Mendoza (D)
Judge, Criminal District Court, 179th District: Randy Roll (D)
Judge, Criminal District Court, 337th District: Herb Ritchie (D)
Judge, Criminal District Court, 338th District: Hazel B Jones (D)
Judge, Criminal District Court, 339th District: Maria T Jackson (D)
Judge, Criminal District Court, 351st District: Mark McInnis (D)

District Attorney: Lloyd Wayne Oliver (D)

Judge, County Court at Law, No 1: Erica M Graham (D)
Judge, County Court at Law, No 1: Damon Crenshaw (D)

County Attorney: Vince Ryan (D)

Sheriff: Adrian Garcia (D)

County Tax Assessor-Collector: Ann Harris Bennett (D)

County School Trustee, Position 3, At Large: Diane Trautman (D)
County School Trustee, Position 4, Precinct 3: Sylvia Mintz (D)
County School Trustee, Position 6, Precinct 1: Erica S Lee (D)

County Commissioner, Precinct 1: El Franco Lee (D)
County Commissioner, Precinct 3: Glorie McPherson (D)
County Commissioner, Precinct 4: Sean Hammerle (D)

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Place 1: Dale M Gorczynski (D)
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Place 1: JoAnn Delgado (D)
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 Place 1: Mike Parrot (D)
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 Place 1: J Kent Adams (D)
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6 Place 1: Richard C Vara (D)
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7 Place 1: Hilary H Green (D)
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8 Place 1: Tommy Ginn (D)

Constable, Precinct 1: Alan Rosen (D)
Constable, Precinct 2: Chris McDonald (D)
Constable, Precinct 3: Ken Jones (D)

Metro Referendum: For/Yes

Houston Council Member, District E: Elizabeth Perez

City of Houston Special Charter Amendment Election, Prop 1: Yes/For
City of Houston Special Charter Amendment Election, Prop 2: Yes/For

City of Houston Special Bond Election, Prop A: For/Yes
City of Houston Special Bond Election, Prop B: For/Yes
City of Houston Special Bond Election, Prop C: For/Yes
City of Houston Special Bond Election, Prop D: For/Yes
City of Houston Special Bond Election, Prop E: For/Yes

Houston Community College System Bond: For

HISD Schoolhouse Bond: For

Oct 20 2012

Those People

Jun 28 2012

Flashback: Dear Mr. President…

Let’s face it, the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”) is a far cry from the public option for universal health care, and its provisions are practically straight out of the 1993 Republican playbook (how it went from “the conservative alternative” to “socialism” is beyond me), but it’s a good day when more people can get health care. So in (modest) celebration of today’s ruling, here’s a little gem from 2010.

Jun 26 2012

Inventor

Superheroes are pretty pathetic if you think about it. And the more powerful they are, they more impotent they seem to be at effecting any real change. Let’s face it, instead of spending hours punching bad guys as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne could do more a lot more for Gotham by creating some Green jobs for the unemployed.

Of course, it’s not too big a leap to say the same about any real person, especially those whom our society deems “important”: millionaires, politicians, celebrities. Imagine if they used their vast resources to make a real difference instead of just further self-aggrandizement. Maybe if we had more heroes in real life, we wouldn’t have so great a need for them in comics (or film for those of you who don’t read comics).

That said, I would absolutely fight crime in other universes if I had the opportunity.

Mar 06 2012

Burning Question

Burning Question

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The phenomenon of climate change is well established within the scientific community. Unfortunately, the science is not what you see in the popular media. At one extreme, you have people denying that climate change is real. At the other extreme, you have movies like The Day After Tomorrow showing widespread planetary destruction.

You wouldn’t trust a politician, a pundit, a corporation, or a Hollywood director with your health issues; you’d ask someone trained in the study of human anatomy, like a doctor.  Why do you listen to these people when it comes to climate change?

By the way, I use the term “climate change” rather than “global warming” because although the globe is warming, that terminology leads people to think that snow somehow disproves the science. In fact, large snow storms are completely predicted by global warming. Some areas of the globe will get much less water (drought), but that water has to go somewhere. If it is winter time, that water will show up has harsher snowstorms.

Feb 21 2012

Political Advantage

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Do you think Congress seems aloof to the needs of average Americans? Perhaps it has something to do with all their political advantages:

  • The average member of Congress makes $174,000 per year. The average American is lucky to reach $50,000.1
  • Members get an automatic cost of living increase.2 I’ll bet you had to ask for your raise.
  • Members get a taxpayer-paid per diem, or more likely, they get wined and dined by a lobbyist. You probably paid for your own sandwich.
  • Most members get a guaranteed pension in addition to Social Security. You probably don’t have a pension (if you’re lucky, you have a 401K), and you may even have been fooled into thinking Social Security should be privatized.
  • Members who lose their job (by being voted out—they are never “downsized”) typically have an even more lucrative lobbying job waiting in the wings. You’ll have to search the want ads.

So unlike the average American, Congress’s major concern is tax cuts. What more pressing problem could there be?

Of course, Congress can do the right thing when their own interests are at stake. After the financial accounting scandals of Enron, WorldCom, and the like, Congress moved quickly and unanimously (522-13 in favor) to implement financial regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley.3 And why? Because Members own stock portfolios, and they wanted to make sure they could trust the financial information they were getting. In other words, they were covering their own asse(t)s.

With this bit of recent history in mind, it seems to me that the way to make Congress care about the little guy is to make them a little guy, too. Here’s a few suggestions:

  • Members’ salary cannot exceed the national average. I’ll bet that raises the minimum wage.
  • Members cannot have better health care than the average American. Boom: universal, single payer.

When Members stop being millionaires, they may start to govern for the rest of us.


Notes:

1. Congressional data for 2011-2012. Here is a source of info on Congressional salaries and benefits. Average personal income is highly variable, depending on how you slice the data: education, race, and age make big differences in the final number. And really, economists say you should look at the median (the number that falls in the middle) rather than the average income. For 2010, that amount was about $27,000.

2. In the past, Congress had to vote for the pay increase, but they realized that doing so year after year really made them look bad. So they changed the law to make it automatic. Now they have to vote NOT to get a pay increase, which surprisingly hasn’t happened.

3. Yes, the law could have been much stricter, but still: how often do you see Republicans vote in favor of regulation?

Feb 07 2012

Privacy? Please…

In honor of Google’s new worrisome privacy policy and the news that the FBI may be using FaceBook and other social media to spy on Americans:

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In the Information age, data is power, and it should be no surprise that governments and companies want as much access to your personal information as possible. Because once you understand and can track someone’s behavior, you can keep tabs on them and/or sell directly to them. (I’m not sure which I fear more.)

Companies work hard to get a hold of your information. And while you may be willing to share some secrets in exchange for a product or service, you have no control over what is ultimately done with that information or who gets it.

It’s true that organizations are now required to disclose their privacy policies. But that doesn’t mean much, because if you actually read those policies, you’ll see that your rights are pretty limited. “Opting out” is always tricky or cumbersome. And even the most ethical company can change owners (and policies) at the drop of a hat.

But why should they have all the power? We’ve seen how far companies will go to protect their intellectual property. People need to start protecting their own intellectual property. In a world where data equals dollars, shouldn’t you be the one who decides how to buy and sell your info? I’m quite serious: I want a Constitutional Amendment guaranteeing the right to privacy. But barring that, I want to require companies to get my express written permission to use my information—every time they want to use it. More than that, I want a dollar every time someone downloads my data. If iTunes can do it, I should be able to as well.

Nov 25 2011

Let the true November holiday step forward!

Let’s bring back Evacuation Day! Screw those lobsterbacks!

Check it!

and watch/read this!

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