Friday, October 31, 2008

Things that go bump in the night

Halloween 2008
Flesh-eating zombies, blood-sucking vampires, chainsaw-wielding cannibals and psycho killers. These are the stuff of modern horror, but for this writer they are nothing compared to the real nightmares of 21st Century life. In honor of Halloween, I present some things that really scare me.

The Tax Man- the Internal Revenue Service has the power to seize bank accounts and property, levy fines and in general make your life a living hell. No agency should have so much power.

The Department of Motor Vehicles - staffed with bureaucrats imported from the fifth ring of Hell, waiting on line at the DMV is akin to an eternity amid the fire and brimstone of Damnation.

It's a Small World - Devised by the most deranged minds at Disney, this is truly one of the horrors of the modern world. As I wrote in a previous blog, I was once trapped on this ride for 10 minutes and was afforded a brief yet vivid glimpse of Hell (imagine the unrelenting horror of children singing that song ("Its a world of laughter, a world of tears...") over and over and over.)

Opening up my 401K Statement - These days few horrors compare to the utter gut-wrenching feeling of opening the mail box and finding my latest 401k Statement. Opening the envelope should definitely be accompanied by shrieking violins a la the shower scene in Psycho.

President McCain and Vice-President Palin - None of the above even comes close to the unrelenting terror of the thought of these two winning in Tuesday's election. It's enough to make me sleep with the lights on.

Lucy for President?

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Originally published June 9-11, 1960

(Courtesy of Fantagraphic's excellent The Complete Peanuts 1959-1960)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Charlie Brown for President?

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Originally published June 6-8, 1960

(Courtesy of Fantagraphic's excellent The Complete Peanuts 1959-1960)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Today's Political Quote

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, born on this day in 1858.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wouldn't It Be Nice

From the Beach Boys seminal 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds, comes this video of their top 10 hit. It's reminiscent of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night and Help! as well as the Monkees in it's silliness, but watching it brings a feeling of wistfulness; I can't help but think that most of the original members of the band have moved on to that Big Pipeline in the Sky, and the ones remaining are forever at war with each other. Still, thanks to the miracle of modern technology, all you have to do is click on the "play" arrow below and you'll be instantly transported back to the endless summer of 1966....

Best Political Ad of 2008!

Opie, Andy, Richie and the Fonz for Obama...

Special thanks to Booksteve for calling this ad to my attention. Since I saw it on his excellent blog, I've noticed it on other sites as well. Still, it deserves all the PR it can get, so here it is...