HAIL DUBYUS!

An Illustrated Guide to Mendacity and Folly in the Imperium Americanum

Back On The Ballot A-gain, Back Where A PAC Is Your Friend!

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While Da Prez is on his first-ever SHORT vacation, HAIL DUBYUS! will also take a break next week, hopefully returning in time for any interim appointments he makes during the longer Congressional recess. Furthermore, in celebration of our third anniversary, HAIL DUBYUS! will be reprinting on Fridays during August (during the aforementioned Congressional recess) some of our more celebrated–or most undeservedly ignored–cartoons from the past three years. This will hopefully allow your devoted cartoonist and the squirrels to recover from the beastly heat that IS NOT CAUSED BY GLOBAL WARMING (ahem!). We now have proof that it can’t be, Pat Robertson said that it was! (Reuters) Heat converts Bush ally Robertson on global warming

Anyway, we thought we’d begin our retrospective in honor of Tom Delay, who has just been re-included on the Texas (AP) Court rules DeLay’s name stays on ballot. We have no doubt that the well-fed weasel will attempt to slink off the ballot (AP) GOP to take DeLay case to Supreme Court, but to mark the occasion, we present our November 2004 impression of Tom Delay as Tomdelayo, as played by Hedy Lamarr in “WHITE CARGO.”. Oops, that’s Hedley! Actually, Hedley’s/Hedy’s character was named TONdelayo, but I think our Texas weasel looks quite fetching in a sarong, don’t you? Congratulations, Sugarland!

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Well, You Didn’t Expect Me To NOT Switch Letters, Did You?

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No new articles on this, it’s just that I think this is a REALLY important issue. We have a strange outlook on things in the US. We HATE poor losers. But we LOVE POOR WINNERS. What’s a poor winner? Someone with no class, who does the brag dance, who thinks he has the right to perform the action of the REAL name of the town in the cartoon on his opponent. It’s just as bad sportsmanship as poor losing, but because we worship winners and demand winning SO much, we not only forgive the winner’s bad sportsmanship without batting an eye, we revel in it ourselves as if we had personally won the contest.

Now this behavior has been integrated into our conduct of elections. The winners of an election NOW have the right to rearrange their state’s districts to ensure not only that the winning party keeps its seats, but will gain MORE seats at the next election. True, it’s bipartisan…it means the same for a state held by one party or the other. But, where is the majority right now? The party that led us into war? That screwed the budget to favor the rich? That is turning its back on the environment because it will mean lower profits? Will it be this party that is our defacto ruling party from now on, with no hope of turning the rascals out, because they can rearrange the districting to protect themselves? This is how democracy ends…with a round of applause.

Oh, I decided to try for a TV cartoon effect in today’s cartoon…hope it worked out.

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To The Victor, The Spoils…Now With The Force Of Law

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(WashPost)Tolerating Texas Rules

Once again, the new court has taken steps contrary to the spirit of democracy. By supporting the blatantly partisan redistricting plan, they have enshrined the principle of letting the victor make off with the spoils. The 2006 election may be the most important in American history…unless balance is re-established in the legislature, one party rule will become the NEW American way…

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