HAIL DUBYUS!

An Illustrated Guide to Mendacity and Folly in the Imperium Americanum

Four Years of HAIL DUBYUS! Bloody But Unbowed!

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Four years–and one and a half years of intentional marginalization by someone in Google Image Search. I mentioned I think one of the Directors of Google looked into my censorship complaint. Well, he went to his people at Image Search and they told him: “He’s crazy, Google doesn’t censor.” But–isn’t that what they WOULD say? Friends told me, Google is all filters, you’re just running afoul of them somehow. Excuse me, but AI doesn’t set these filters by themselves. Someone has to program in the filters, which means someone decides what key words will disappear a website. I’m going to take the month of August off, when Congress (and the Iraqi government) is also on vacation. It’s time to move this site to a permanent domain location. I’ll be posting reruns of some of my best old cartoons with new text and occasionally posting new material on my deviant Art site. Y’all have a good month and we’ll see you in September.

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Trick Or Treat? We’ve Been Tricked So Long, We Wouldn’t Know A Treat If It Bit Us

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Of course, Bush is saying the Democrats will raise taxes. But who put us in a position where the national debt was so massive. The bulk of Bush’s tax cuts went to the rich. If we took away their tax breaks, we’d have enough to pare down the debt AND give the middle class some tax relief!

In the meantime, an update on our NEW Google censorship problem. Remember how I said that the image search results between China and the US were interchanged? Well, they fixed China, but left the US results in total censorship! Exactly what I expected them to do, since you can’t trust anyone to fix anything right over there when they screw up. I’ve sent a letter to the image search team and if that doesn’t get a response, I start writing VPs…

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And Are We Being Censored AGAIN Over Here? Mmmmmmm Could Be…

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(The Nation) Waterboarding’s Comeback

(David Corn) This Is What Waterboarding Looks Like

(WashPost) Waterboarding Historically Controversial: In 1947, the U.S. Called It a War Crime; in 1968, It Reportedly Caused an Investigation

This is for all you who don’t know what kind of techniques The Party doesn’t consider torture. I understand that in order to justify it’s not being called torture, we’ve petitioned the Olympic Committee to have it instated as a sport :-)

In the meantime, my hits took another dive on Saturday and after the problems with Google in the spring, I checked Image Search http://images.google.com for “hail dubyus” to see how many of my cartoons were there and found…ONLY 42! After being up to 386 earlier in the week. Funny, I thought, that was the number of images that showed up when I searched http://images.google.cn (Ahem the censored image search suitable for the People’s Republic of China). So I searched there for “hail dubyus” and whaddya know–386 images available. Someone switcherooed my image availability between China and THE REST OF THE WORLD. Funny thing, I checked a number of other sites to see if it happened to them–like Playboy, since the Chinese are as much against flesh as they are against politics–but it only seemed to affect MY site. This isn’t saying it HASN’T been done to anyone else, but it looks MIGHTY FISHY from where we stand, especially with our history. We have written various people and if ANYONE out there knows ANYONE with clout at Google, please give us an email. It COULD be a simple error that can easily be fixed…Then again, there’s a good possibility someone at google or hacking google thinks we’re the Most Dangerous Cartoon on the Internet…

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