The Fixer

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The Book Of Weirdo Is Here

Just received my copy of the long awaited Book of Weirdo. This is a massive volume, featuring testimonials from the countless artists and writers who contributed to Robert Crumb’s quarterly magazine over its twelve year run.

As the title confirms, Weirdo was not a comic book filled with musclebound crusaders or anthropomorphic bunnies and mice. We were weirdos, each and every one, rejected by the mainstream media but gratified to know that we were not alone.

You didn’t have to be a great artist, and it helped to be anti-social. These were people who would vent their anxieties, hates and fears on paper. Their heroes were Bukowski, Burroughs, and Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of MAD magazine.

So I fit in, although barely. I only had one strip published during the entire run, but I’m proud to be a member of the club. I also have a few illustrations in the book, along with a story about Don Donahue, first publisher of ZAP, and a mummified head.

I must credit author and editor Jon B. Cooke for assembling this Frankenstein. His meticulous attention to detail will surely be a great reference for future historians, or perhaps aliens should the human race destroy itself.

The Book of Weirdo will illustrate where it all went wrong.

(The Book Of Weirdo can be purchased @ www.lastgasp.com)

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Fear Itself

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Law By Decree

The question of continuing the death penalty has weighed heavily on the conscience of California for decades. In 2016 the voters once again rejected Proposition 62, the latest attempt to end the practice.

That didn’t stop newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom from effectively shutting down San Quentin’s executions for at least the duration of his term of office. It comes after candidate Newsom stated that he would not obstruct the will of the voters on the issue.

Newsom carefully crafted his decree so as not to trigger the courts by instituting a moratorium rather than a blanket commutation of the individual sentences. But his action does raise questions on the power of the executive branch. Should the Governor defy the will of the voters and/or the elected legislature?

Is it any different than the President declaring a national emergency on his pet project, the border wall? Democrats call it frivolous, but the people who elected him demand it. And, as many others have pointed out, what’s to stop the next president from declaring an emergency on gun ownership or climate change? It all depends on your politics.

And it also challenges the role of California’s direct democracy tool, the initiative. The left advocates majority rule of the people, so why are they suddenly backpedaling when democracy doesn’t give them the result they desire?

I’m not a fan of the death penalty, but I am even less a fan of politicians who say one thing and then do another.

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Mazemart

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Very Bad

I’ve covered every president since Jimmy Carter, and I have never seen the level of vitriol from any one of them like the utterings of our current Fearless Leader. Even Nixon kept his nastiness off of the public airwaves, at least until his tapes were released.

It’s the same with Boss Tweet’s threats to “investigate” Saturday Night Live. All the previous targets have taken the ribbing in stride. It’s the tradition of the American free press, and has been since the day the Republic was born.

At least he writes all the material for us.

 

 

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When Cultures Collide

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Inept or Insane? You Be The Judge

So now come the veiled threats to unleash the cops, the military, and the bikers upon the Enemies of the Republic. Some of these wannabe cowboy vigilantes are developing itchy trigger fingers, egged on by the fucking President of the United States.

The media on both sides are only fanning the spark. Facebook, once a platform to keep in contact with old friends, relatives, and kitty videos, finds itself in the unenviable position of censoring some of the most vile threats and fake news. Inevitably they end up pissing off everyone who gets purged for using a forbidden word or photo.

One of the more popular titles on Amazon is “The Awakening”, a volume filled to the brim with half-baked conspiracies and calls for the faithful to rise up against the Deep State. Some believe that “Q” is none other than the Great Orange Rooster in the White house, sending oblique messages to the troops via hand signals and handwritten clues scrawled onto his notebooks, which are then “carelessly” allowed to be photographed at public meetings.

What mad world have we descended into in this Brave Young Century? Is there any hope of reconciliation with such lunacy?

It certainly isn’t coming from the far left, who have jumped the shark into their own fantasy world. They really believe the majority of Americans are ready to rein in the capitalist juggernaut by decimating the insurance and fossil fuel industries, while providing vast new entitlements.

Nancy Pelosi knows better. She’s been around long enough to see big promises dissolve into electoral dust. She may want the same things that Bernie and AOC preach, but she knows that dumping all that expensive and disruptive change onto the Democratic platform in one bloated package is more likely to scare off the independent middle.

And that means four more years of the Trumpublicans, or Q-Tippers, or whatever they are calling themselves this week.

Over at the movie room in the darkest recesses of the White House, Trump and his henchmen gorge themselves on Quarter Pounders and McNuggets while watching videos of Bernie Sanders extolling the virtues of Soviet Russia. There is no alcohol, at the order of El Presidente, but they are all giddy and high-fiving each other at the prospect of a Sanders nomination. Who knows what hidden Sanders videos are being unearthed from the KGB archives, ready to be run on an endless parade of TV ads during the fall campaign?

At this point, smart independents will want to stock up the old bomb shelter and keep their heads down until the crazies kill each other off. The geeks will inherit the earth, or what’s left of it when the smoke clears and the radiation drops to an acceptable level.

Best start buying up all your favorite movies and documentaries on DVD, as the streaming and cable services will be the first victims of the conflagration. We’ll want future generations to remember what humanity was like when we had a functioning civilization.

Otherwise our race may devolve into Herbert George Wells’ subhuman Morlocks, from his classic, The Time Machine. Most science fiction authors do a lousy job at predicting the future, but Wells was spot on, foreseeing world wars, weapons of mass destruction and a backlash against science.

Soylent Green is Eloi!

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Auntie Vax

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St. Piran’s Day 2019

Grass Valley celebrates its Cornish heritage this day at city hall. There will be songs, gongs, and a food fight, as representatives of the twin cities vie for bragging rights at the annual pasty toss. The pasties will then be torn to pieces by wild dogs, in the true English tradition. The carnage begins @ 9am.

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