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February 15, 2003
What he said
So, when huge numbers of people turn out against something, at some cost to themselves, in an effort to signal to their State bureaucracy that they really, really don't like what it's doing --- well, you'd think it would give conservatives of a certain stripe some pause. After all, people aren't stupid. And it takes a lot to get them annoyed enough to join a protest march. And the strengths of both democracy and the market are rooted in disaggregated decision-making, right?
Why am I ever surprised?
I wrote this cartoon in 1991. Nothing ever really changes. The cops I talked to today were estimating 100,000 people out there, which means there were probably at least double that, if not more. And it gets, what, a five second mention on the news? Hey, journalists, here's your damn lede: "In a city which experienced the attacks of 9-11 first hand, hundreds of thousands of citizens braved the cold to say no to war..."
But no, of course not. I don't know why this surprises me, after so many years.
Oh well. Here are some pictures I took today. (Ladies take note--that handsome fellow in the last thumbnail is none other than young August, who I ran into in one of the protest pens along First Ave.)
Well, you're right on target about the city's efforts to try to prevent people from participating in today's rally. Here's my story:
This is what democracy looks like
Anyway, I'm beat. Will try to get some of my own photos up later.
February 14, 2003
Astroturf fights back!
Help President Bush Call Them Out!
Ladies who lunch, unite!
They're mad as hell and they're not going to take it any more:
Responding to France and Germanyís opposition to the U.S. position on Iraq, the Womenís Republican Club of New Trier Township is taking action.
Freedom of speech, continued
Clyde Haberman, in the New York Times:
Normally, the forecast is someone else's department. But this time it has political potential. They say it will snow tomorrow, with temperatures no higher than the mid-20's. It will be interesting to see if bad weather affects the turnout for the large antiwar rally planned near the United Nations headquarters. Some less-than-hardy souls may stay home.
Freedom of speech, unless its controversial
Feb. 13 ó Getting out the antiwar message has never been easy, but now a peace group has accused one of Americaís largest media companies of censorship for its refusal to run a national billboard campaign with the slogan: INSPECTIONS WORK. WAR WONíT.
From the mailbag
February 12, 2003
Another busy day...
...including, yes, another flooded hallway. But I did want to note quickly that it looks like we may actually have won one, for a change.
At least for now. But I guess we have to take what we can get these days.
This is an interesting point:
One important factor in the breadth of the opposition is the fact that the research project is headed by Adm. John M. Poindexter. Several members of Congress have said that the admiral was an unwelcome symbol because he had been convicted of lying to Congress about weapons sales to Iran and illegal aid to Nicaraguan rebels, an issue with constitutional ramifications, the Iran-contra affair. The fact that his conviction was later reversed on the ground that he had been given immunity for the testimony in which he lied did not mitigate Congressional opinion, they said.
I never could decide if the Bushies were just so damned clueless, they didn't understand how the appointment of Poindexter would be perceived--or if it was a deliberate middle finger aimed at anyone who cared.
In either case, it looks like it backfired on them.
February 11, 2003
This is from antiwar.com:
MSNBC television report this afternoon that their translation of the latest Osama bin Laden tape being read on Al-Jazeera television contains an appeal to the Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
I recorded the translation as it was being broadcast, and here's the beginning of Osama's message to the Iraqi people, courtesy of the Tom Tomorrow transcription service:
We would like to confirm at this time the lies of America and her allies. And what they are trying to do. We want you to be faithful in your fight. We want you to believe in God, the one and only God. We want you to get rid of the government that you have, they are (indecipherable). We want you to fight for the cause of God. Fight the tyrant and fight the agents of the devil because the devil is going to be overcome and defeated.
(UPDATE: I know that none of the online transcriptions feature this passage. Nonetheless, it is what the real-time translator says on my recording of the initial broadcast. MSNBC says it was just a bad translation.)
Now it all makes sense
Now I get it. We must go to war with Iraq because of the link between al Qaeda and Iraq which will be forged...as a result of our war with Iraq.
It's a pre-crime sort of deal.
(Yeah, I know, I spent the summer making fun of that metaphor. So sue me.)
They report, you decide
"If this tape exists, and it sounds like it does, of course again we don't know exactly what it contains, what is the significance of it and does it tie bin Laden to Iraq?"
--Fox news anchor, a few moments ago, asking panelists to discuss a tape none of them have heard.
Report from the ground
Here's a blog by an American peace activist in Baghdad.
Who needs "old" Europe?
They may have doubts, but "new" Europe is with us all the way. What does this mean, exactly? Quiddity runs the numbers on the Vilnius ten, and finds a combined military budget which almost rivals the budget of the New York City police department. But not quite.
On to war!
February 10, 2003
Lost a lot of time today dealing with a washing machine repairman who came to the apartment and succeeded only in flooding my hallway, so blogging will be light while I catch up on cartooning.
February 09, 2003
As noted above...
I've just updated the Crass Commercialism section. I always get a steady stream of requests for t-shirts, but more readers than usual thought that last week's cartoon ("Like Father, Like Son") would make a nifty fashion statement (probably because--unlike most of my work--it's concise enough that passersby might get the gist of it without pausing and staring at the wearer's chest for several minutes).
Up til now, this just hasn't been something I've had time to deal with. But I've finally realized that the fast-paced world of the internet has caught up with my needs, in the form of on-demand printing. Following the lead of the Propaganda Remix Project and the whitehouse.org parody site (and many others--I clearly haven't been paying attention here), I've set up a store at Cafe Shops, and if you go and browse through it, it looks like there must be a whole damn warehouse full of Tom Tomorrow crap somewhere--but none of it exists until you order it. If there's anything there you want, you may well be the only person on the planet who owns that particular item.
I, um, got a little carried away with the selection of available products, so if you've been dreaming of a Sparky lunch box or a Blinky tote bag--or even one of these-- well, today's your lucky day, champ.
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