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Today is a Good Day to Resign

klingon translationIf you need to resign, you might as well do it in style and with some fun. That’s what Councilman David Waddell decided to do. The politician, who represents Indian Trail, N.C., decided to translate his letter into Klingon using Bing. The resignation letter was sent to Mayor Michael Alvarez as an “inside joke.” The Mayor has since called the letter “childish,” “unprofessional,” and an “embarrassment.”

Waddell’s resignation is effective on January 31. This is his first term and his four-year seat would have expired in December 2015.

The politician resigned over disagreements with the rest of the council. Both runaway development and how requests for public information is handled are two of the issues cited by Waddell. In November, a plan to establish more fees for some public records and add more restrictions on how they can be viewed was tabled.

Waddell also has stated he needs to devote time to mounting a write-in campaign on the Constitution Party’s platform against U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

(via The Charlotte Observer)

Obama Hulks Out

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On Thursday night’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart had this funny bit about President Obama “hulking” out during budget negotiations with Republicans.

Around the Tubes


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It’s the usual Friday news dump, but there was only one big shocker as far as news.  You can find that below as well as other things you might have missed in the last 24 hours.

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – Gio Spinella And The Politics Of ComicsInteresting news of Canadian councilor Gio Spinella.

IGN – Goodbye, TokyopopThe American publisher calls it quits in the US, but still is going on elsewhere.

The Beat – A little Tokyopop follow upFolks react to the news of Tokyopop.

Graphic Novel Reporter – Librarian wins $20,000 Graphic Novel Library Collection at Texas Library Association’s Annual ConferenceCongrats Weslaco Public Library

Technique – Students design comic booksAnother great example of comics being used in an educational setting.

Con Coverage:

Comic Book Resources – CBR’s MoCCA Festival 2011 Report

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Graphic Novel News – The Books of Magic

Grizzly Bomb – Superman: Earth One

Comic Riffs Looks at Obama


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The Washington Post’s column Comic Riffs has a look at the best cartoons of President Obama from 2010.  Written by Michael Cavna he writes:

Enough political misfortune must be amassed before the slings and arrows really stick with substance, perhaps even striking an Achilles’ heel or two.So it is that the cartoonists’ darts, in 2010, appeared to more routinely fly true, from both sides and the middle. Which sets up 2011 as potentially a defining year, not only for President Obama’s ever-sharpening image but also for even some of the political satirists bearing sharpened nibs.

There’s some great cartoons and if you like political cartoons, definitely check it out.

11/4/08

Official Press Release

FILMBUFF PROUDLY PRESENTS

11 / 4 / 08

A FILM BY JEFF DEUTCHMAN

11.4.0870 MINUTES – NOT RATED

“This film takes you back to that historical day in 2008 when a nation built on the backs of slaves elected an African American as president.  Sitting and watching it was EXHILARATING — and it helped shore up my waning hope that change could still occur.”
–Michael Moore 

“Watching the film you’re reminded how it felt for so much of the country to have so much hope.”
–Ari Berman, The Nation

“A PROVOCATIVE CINEMATIC EXPERIMENT.”
–Michael Tully, Hammer To Nail


ABOUT 11/4/08:

Two weeks before the election of Barack Obama, filmmaker Jeff Deutchman asked his friends around the world to record their experiences of 11/4/08, a day that had become “historic” before it had even taken place.  He collected footage from a combination of passionate amateurs and acclaimed independent filmmakers, including Henry Joost (Catfish), Margaret Brown (The Order of Myths), Joe Swanberg (Alexander the Last) and Benh Zeitlin (Glory At Sea).
In this vérité documentary, we see the results of that project: in St. Louis and Austin, idealistic volunteers think they can turn their states blue; in Chicago, voter lines are made even longer when Obama shows up to cast his own vote; in Alaska, children seem to be as invested in the election results as their parents; in Paris, an organization discusses whether there could ever be a black President of France; in Dubai, Berlin, Geneva and New Dehli, expatriates express their emotion from a distance; and in Harlem, a felon casts doubt on whether any of this will actually affect his life.

As we approach the final announcement of Obama’s victory at 11pm EST, what emerges is a portrait of how people choose to live through “history”: the celebration of a new future remaining entangled with the universally visible tensions of the past.
FESTIVALS / ACCOLADES:

Special Achievement in Interactive Filmmaking, Chicago International Film Festival
Official Selection, Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival

Official Selection, Indianapolis International Film Festival
Official Selection, Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Series NYC

Official Selection, Sarasota Film Festival
World Premiere, SXSW Film Festival


DISTRIBUTION:

The film releases nationwide on VOD October 22, 2010 via the following digital platforms:

·       iTunes

·       AmazonVOD

·       Sony Playstation

·       CinemaNow

On October 20, 2010 11/4/08 will play theatrically in the cities listed below and followed by a simulcast Q&A with Jeff Deutchman live from the Philadelphia Film Festival.

·       Austin, TX

·       Brunswick, ME

·       Cary, NC

·       Chicago, IL

·       Claremont, CA

·       Dallas, TX

·       Davis, CA

·       Encino, CA

·       Honolulu, HI

·       Lake Worth, FL

·       Lake Park, FL

·       Newport, RI

·       Pasadena, CA

·       Philadelphia, PA

·       San Jose, CA

·       Santa Monica, CA

·       St. Johnsbury, VT

·       St. Pete Beach, FL

·       Three Rivers, MI

·       Traverse City, MI

·       West Hollywood, CA

·       Wilmington, DE

Tea Party Nut Takes on the 99


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the 99Over at Patriot’s Corner, a right wing/teabagger website, “PatriotUSA” takes on the comic book series The 99 and it’s “stealth jihad.”  In an article largely ripped directly off from Family Security Matters, the blog is concerned that the “muslim potus” is crossing the line by “government sanctioning of religious cartoons” to indoctrinate the impressionable youth.

While the blog is right that some nefarious organizations do use comic books and cartoons to indoctrinate the youth, I think this nutcase is a bit off.  Lets break it down on why this person is crazy (overlooking the birther statements) and why he hopefully hasn’t had children to pass on the crazy.

A comic book is something that a child (or adult) elects to read. Pages must be turned, text must be read to make sense of the pictures. Animated cartoons do not require such deliberate behaviour on the part of the viewer. They are there, they move, they have a soundtrack with music, the characters speak, and no-one has to turn the pages

Well, lets start with the above.  I’m pretty sure turning on the television, finding the channel, looking up the time the show is on, these all qualify under deliberate behavior.  Hell, it might be easier to read the comic.  I mean, if it’s difficult to “turn the pages,” it’s a wonder this person can turn on their computer and type on their blog.

Now, onto the 99.

The new media outlet, called The Hub, will officially start airing on October 11, with veteran broadcaster Margaret Loesch running the schedule. And on the schedule of The Hub network will be an animated series called “The 99”, which will bring to life the Islamic cartoon superheroes. This is the first time that I am aware of where a religious cartoon series has been broadcast and aimed at the general viewing public.”

Well, there’s a lot of issues here.  Lets begin with the television network which is being brought to television by Hasbro.  In the beginning of his rant, PatriotUSA claims we need to watch out for the “government sanctioning of religious cartoons” with our tax dollars.  Last I checked, Hasbro was a toy company.  I’m sure they get tax breaks, but aren’t the Teabaggers pro-capitalism?

Next lets go into the whole “religious cartoon” part.  I’m going into the way back machine to a show called Davey and Goliath.  While it wasn’t a cartoon, it was a stop motion animation show aimed at children and created for the Lutheran church by Clokey Productions between 1960 through 1975.  The show aired on some ABC stations and generally had the characters dealing with important topics and overcoming them through their belief and faith in God.  So there goes that whole argument that this upcoming show is a first.

The article then goes on to link to Family Security Matters and their article on The 99 written by the organization’s editor Adrian Morgan.  The organization is a right-wing organization on the hawkish side of things. Dr. Naif al-Mutawa is the creator of the comic book series.  He created it after seeing anti-Western hate up close.  Family Security Matters goes onto praise the comic series:

I am sure Dr. Al-Mutawa is well-intentioned, and his comic books are – of themselves – not designed to promote archaic intolerance. Some of the superhero characters are female, and these do not always wear hijabs (headscarves). In Muslim countries and Muslim homes in America, this is perfectly acceptable, and can not be seen as a bad thing.

Their issue begins with President Obama’s praise for Al-Mutawa.  They claim there should be a separation of church and state.  I hope they are equally outraged at each year’s prayer breakfast, as well as the religious doctrine that drove the previous administration.  The writer seems to miss the fact the President was praising him for doing good in his society and helping to bridge the west and Islam.  The things this same writer at times recognizes and praises.

They continue to cite the recent episode of the censorship of South Park for it’s depiction of Mohammed.  If you can’t make fun of a religion’s leader, why be able to show it in a good light is their point.  Now the humor of this is they themselves by calling for the show now to be shown is censorship.  A bit of a catch-22 and hypocrisy if you ask me.

In Kuwait, the Ninety-Nine has been seen as educational and instructional, and has not been criticised. But it does seem strange that Islam – dressed up in the form of cartoon superhero characters – should be presented on the screen.

Are we going to see ass-kicking Christian superhero nuns, called Faith, Hope and Charity, whooping sinner’s butts and sending Satan into Hell? It is doubtful.

Hmm, actually we do.  There’s numerous comic book series that deal with this.  Anyone remember Warrior Nun Areala or how about the current Magdalena?  The lesson with that statement?  Don’t make stupid comments like that without basic research.

This disparity is one of the worst things affecting society at present. Christianity and Judaism do not get featured in mainstream media, but Islam is not only depicted in all strands of the media, it is being promoted by a president who seems to have forgotten what he swore to uphold when he entered office.

Again, as show by those two comics, and I can go on for a while with more examples, that’s not the case.  There’s numerous vocal Christian characters, Jewish characters (did you know The Thing was Jewish!?) and characters of all faiths and backgrounds.

There are some Christian movie-makers and animators, whose work goes out on cable or on DVD. Would these people’s work be endorsed by the president? Would their handiwork be broadcast in Kuwait?
Everyone is equal under the law. The separation of Church and State was a principle designed to ensure that peoples of all faiths were similarly treated as equals under the law. There is too much bias in America and the West, where Islam can be promoted, but it can never be criticized. This breaks the contract that was established more than two hundred years ago – in the First Amendment – to protect everyone’s religious rights.
Again the lack of actual facts is astounding.  The right, and numerous backers of this organization, espouse the United States is “Christian” founded on “Christian” principles.  The last President leaned heavily on faith based programs and evoked religious imagery.  But, it seems why actually base your final argument on facts when it’s clear that the rest of your article is a work of fiction to begin with.

Blagojevich Goes to Wizard World


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Recently convicted (on one count) former Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich is heading to Wizard World this weekend in Chicago.  Before his recent court appearances the disgraced former Governor was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice.

Blagojevich will appear at a photo session at 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and then sign autographs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“I’m looking forward to meeting loyal supporters and other fans on Saturday,” said Blagojevich, whose many recent television appearances included a stint on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

“Wizard World Chicago Comic Con is all about pop culture, and Rod Blagojevich is as relevant to today’s news as it gets,” said Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard Entertainment. “We think the court of public opinion will show him to be a popular figure at the show.”

Me and BlagojevichThat’s me and the Governor in 2002.  I worked in Illinois on a coordinated campaign that involved his Governor race.  I met him on a quite a few occasions….

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