Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Is This Tomorrow?

You know how you've been clamoring for a comic book that depicts the poorly educated ultra-conservative American's nightmare visions of the future? Well, Jebus has finally answered your prayers:

LIBERALITY FOR ALL #1 It is 2021, tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of 9/11 It is up to an underground group of bio-mechanically enhanced conservatives led by Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North to thwart Ambassador Usama Bin Laden's plans to nuke New York City...And wake the world from an Orwellian nightmare of United Nations dominated ultra-liberalism.

Series concept: What if today's anti-war Liberals were in charge of the American government and had been since 9/11? What would that society look like in the year 2021? What would be the results of fighting “a more sensitive war on terror” and looking to the corrupt United Nations to solve all of America 's problems?
You realize you have to go and read the preview of this, right? Of course you do. Please note that two of the conservative super-heroes are, in real life, convicted criminals.

For Liddy's role in the Watergate scandal, which he coordinated with Hunt, Liddy was convicted of conspiracy, burglary, and illegal wiretapping and served four and a half years in prison before having his 20 year sentence commuted by President Jimmy Carter.

North was tried in 1988 in relation to his activities while at the National Security Council. He was indicted on sixteen felony counts and on May 4, 1989, he was convicted of three: accepting an illegal gratuity, aiding and abetting in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry, and destruction of documents. [The conviction was later overturned on a technicality, but there's no question he was guilty.]
Incidentally, there's one passage in the comic that strikes me as particularly weird:

Usama bin Laden: "If it were not for American leaders like them [President Chelsea Clinton and Vice President Michael Moore]], I would not be here today".
Huh? What the fuck did Chelsea do to make the right-wing hate her? Is it just that she's related to Slick Willy? Well, it doesn't matter because Bill Clinton was the BEST PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar and a communist.


Matthew said...

Yeah, I caught that too. Chelsea? Grasping at straws a little aren't we? Very hateful.

I like how conservatives act like they're the unrepresented minority when they won an election and have control of both houses.

But otherwise, this was a real nail biter! Get them while they're young. Like those Anti-smoking Spider-Man comics.

Koala Mentala said...

I think this is aimed at adults, actually. Kids who know or care who Gordon Fucking Liddy is are probably already sufficiently brainwashed.

Matthew said...

Don't adult comic books usually have boobs and weird tentacle sex? This comic fails on every level!

katiedid said...

I think it's strangely amusing that in the background is one of the just recently rejected designs for the building intended to replace the World Trade Center in NYC. Apparently their ability to forsee the future does not extend to being able to read about the present.

Koala Mentala said...

Most adult comics are about loneliness and despair.

Speaking of rejected design plans, a recent superhero comic by Grant Morrison is full of proposed buildings that never materialized.

Koala Mentala said...

Some interesting comments on the comic.

By the way, here's something to consider when imagining a UN takeover of the United States:

To put in perspective the UN's expenditures – some $1.3 billion per year for the UN alone and about $12 billion for the entire UN system – compare them with expenditures by governments and by other bodies:

* The administrative budget of the 15-country European Community amounts to some $4.5 billion.

* The two states in the U.S. with the smallest budgets – Wyoming and South Dakota – have a budget of more than $2 billion each.

* The World Health Organization (WHO), which has reduced or eliminated the incidence of a number of diseases worldwide, including smallpox and polio, has an annual budget of $421 million – about what it cost to build the new American Airlines Center, a basketball/hockey facility in Dallas, Texas.

* The annual budget for the city of Zurich is $3.1 billion.

* Metropolitan Tokyo's Fire Department has a budget of $1.8 billion.

* The University of Minnesota has a budget of $1.9 billion.

* The budget of the New York City Board of Education for fiscal year 2001 was more than $12.4 billion.

Ashlee said...

I stumbled randomly across your journal and I have to say that I really enjoyed your blogs..

Koala Mentala said...

Thanks Ash! We depend on people like you to pay the bills.