HAIL DUBYUS!

An Illustrated Guide to Mendacity and Folly in the Imperium Americanum

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going: BYE BYE DONALD!

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Wanna Talk Mandate NOW, Georgie?

Well, the good news is that my natural paranoia about stealing elections turned out to be false and after 6 years of single-party government, the USA returns to a democratic system of government. The Democrats won the House by a huge margin, the Senate is JUST in Democratic hands, and George Bush has either got to learn humility and compromise or accomplish nothing in his last two years. I wish Nancy Pelosi had not promised not to seek impeachment for him, because if there’s any president who deserved it, it’s him. Perhaps, the grass roots will take it out of her hands :)

And the latest good news is that Don Rumsfeld has decided to scoot (or has been told to scoot) after four years of uncomprehending and uncompromising incompetence. I’m told there were cheers you could hear from the Pentagon all the way in Nordstrom’s in the mall across the street–the street being I-395! We’ll miss you Don, but hey, stuff happens …

The fun news of course is one of the election glitches that happened in Colorado. I haven’t been able to find out much more, but 41 out of 50 laptops seem to have been disabled by a squirrel at some point in time yesterday. Probably the squirrel ate through a cable connecting the laptops to the net (the best I can figure) but the only link to it I can find is through Wonkette, so click here for the link (Wonkette) Terrorist Squirrel Causes Chaos in Colorado

Now the bad news. I got an answer from Google–NOT by mail or email, of course, but by action. Remember how there were only 42 cartoons (out of an already reduced 386) left on Google Image Search because they’d subjected it to the Chinese censorship criteria and left China UNcensored? and how after I alerted them, they fixed China but left the US results censored? And how I wrote them again? WELL, guess what? There are only TEN (10) images now for my image search results! And two of those are my header and sidebar images! I’ve decided I’m NOT paranoid, someone IS out to get this page at Google. Yup folks, THIS PAGE IS TOO POLITICALLY DANGEROUS FOR GOOGLE. Or at least for someone who can alter search results who works there. I’m not sure of my next step, but believe me, it’s time to escalate. I’ll let you know if there’s anything YOU can do :)

This Friday, being Veteran’s Day, we’ll be taking the day off, so we’ll be back on Monday with more HAIL DUBYUS!

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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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