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With the announcement that American citizen Anwar al-Awlak has been assassinated in an American drone attack the power of the president has expanded far beyond anything that Bush and Cheney had attempted. Sure, al-Awlak was a nasty character. It’s not like Obama ordered the assassination of Ron Paul. But that is how precedent is set. Will there be massive outcry that the president of the United States may now order the assassination of an American citizen? Capital punishment with no trial? And from a purported man of the Left? Or are we so far gone, so wrapped in fear, that this seems justified?

Lord have mercy.

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Little Nemo

When I wrote yesterday that Calvin and Hobbes was “perhaps” the best comic strip ever, my friend Maclin Horton said that he would remove the “perhaps”. Another person commented that Krazy Kat wins in that category.

I admit that while I have seen Krazy Kat my whole life I don’t recall ever reading the strip. I also admit that my use of Krazy Kat being hit by a brick was done only because I liked the image for the accompanying article, and it is apparently out of context.

However, I threw in the “perhaps” because I was thinking of Winsor McKay’s “Little Nemo”. He drew it from 1904 until 1915 and it would be innovative even today. They tell the tale of Nemo in Dreamland and are unrivaled in imagery, sometimes nightmarish. The strips are too small to read, but you can see the graphic excellence of the strip from them:

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Seeing Anew

Since my cataract surgery last week I have been amazed at the fine detail that I had been missing. It’s not that my eyes were terrible before; it is more like everything was slightly faded, or just a little less precise. I don’t have Blue Ray, but I have seen it in the stores, and it is almost exactly like switching to it from regular DVD. Indeed, I am wondering what Blue Ray will look like with my new left eye.

In particular I am taken with the beauty of clouds, the subtle colors and intricate shapes. It is almost visionary, and it was such a relatively small change; I can only wonder what things will be like when we finally see things as they are, when our eyes are awakened to the unseen realm.

And I can hardly wait until my other eye is done, when I can take it all as a blessing without squinting.

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(Thanks to Joseph at Byzantine TX)

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Indict the Criminals

“Impeach Bush” has morphed into “Indict Bush”. A good idea, even if the chances are small:

http://www.impeachbush.org/site/News2/?id=5481

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Virtue Needs Cheaper Thrills

Calvin and Hobbes was perhaps the best comic strip ever. I sure miss it, but you have to give Bill Watterson credit: not only did he quit before he got stale, he never cashed in on the strip, never got royalties from Calvin and Hobbes junk. Those “Calvins” that you see urinating on Ford logos are not by Mr Watterson; they are rip offs. And Calvin’s creator also has enough character that he never sued the usurpers.

This is one of my favorites (click to enlarge):

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No, it isn’t that hardworking postal employees are overpaid:

“The deep hole of debt that is currently facing the U.S. Postal Service is entirely due to the burdensome prepayments for future retiree health care benefits imposed by Congress in the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006,” Nader wrote last week in a letter to Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Connecticut) and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-California.)

“By June 2011, the USPS saw a total net deficit of $19.5 billion … [this] deficit almost exactly matches the $20.95 billion the USPS made in prepayments to the fund for future retiree health care benefits by June 2011. If the prepayments required under PAEA were never enacted into law, the USPS would not have a net deficiency of nearly $20 billion, but instead be in the black by at least $1.5 billion.”

More: http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/27/corporatizing-the-post-office/

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