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Paper or Plastic, collage, photomontage, Paul Jacob, James Gill, illustration, politics

I Prefer Plastic

When I go to the supermarket, and get asked “paper or plastic?” — about which bag the checker should wrap my purchases in — I almost always say “plastic.” They are lighter than paper bags, are easily re-usable for a wide variety of home purposes, and resist water — thus






Chicken Politburo, politics, photomontage, Paul Jacob, James Gill, collage

Despotic Denver?

In what sort of place does the government get to determine whether you can open a restaurant at an airport, according to whether your political beliefs line up with the politicians in power? Iran? North Korea? Egypt? China? Cuba? The old Soviet Union? Russia today? Actually, over far too much






Presidential Weirdness

Weird & Wacky

Have you noticed how weird politics has gotten? I don’t mean government spying on us or never-ending wars or crony capitalism or rights violations or mounting trillions in debt or new, innovative forms of waste, fraud and abuse. I’m just talking about the presidential horse race. The Donald is way






Teacher's Union

Money (for Us) Good, Profit (for Them) Bad

“One thing that we’ve done,” Dennis McBride of Support our Schools-Wauwatosa told a crowd at a free event hosted by the non-profit Wisconsin Public Education Network, “is we’ve made sure every time one of our legislators pops up his or her head above the foxhole, we’re there to shoot at






Jack boot, photomontage, collage, James Gill, Paul Jacob, Common Sense

Cannabis and Kings

The over-riding reason to end the War on Drugs is to re-establish the rule of law in this country. From Nixon and Reagan to the present time, America has vastly increased the population of prison inmates, many of them for drug offenses. The “land of the free” shouldn’t boast a






Politicians in a jar

Republican-Required Referendum

Last November, Nevada Republicans scored a “stunning” political sweep. The party’s incumbent governor rolled up a 40-point win, while the GOP gained majorities in both the Assembly and Senate — the first time Republicans have controlled all three since before the Great Depression. At the same time, voters crushed a






Jefferson Davis

Iconoclasm Spasms

As America stands upon a precipice of insolvency, as southern European nations undergo the spasms of sovereign debt catastrophe, as many of our citizens call the Chinese devaluations of their money “currency wars,” obsessing about political symbolism seems . . . a tad . . . trivial. First it was






Eternal Koch

Gross Domestic Prevarication

A sign of these sorry times for professional journalism: Time magazine runs a dishonest smear against Charles Koch, completely twisting the billionaire’s remarks at a recent meeting of major donors in Orange County, California. “Charles Koch Says US Can Bomb Its Way to $100,000 Salaries,” screamed the headline. The sub-heading






Import-Export Boogymen

Cruz “Loses”

When Sen. Ted Cruz gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, last week, he ruffled a few feathers. Calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar in front of everybody is just not done. “Elder party statesmen have not been amused,” the Los Angeles Times reports: On Sunday, 81-year-old






Finding the Right Balance

Fifteen or Fifty or Zero?

Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell just stumbled into a truth. Raising minimum wages could be disastrous. Depending on the rate. While “Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and a host of other well-intentioned liberals want to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour,” she calls the proposal “badly misguided.” And






Future Fail

Failing in the Future Biz

If you can’t sell us the future, you’re doing it wrong. We all want to get there in one piece. Right now, a horde of Republican presidential candidates and a small cohort of Democrats vie to present themselves as visionaries, leaders. Yet, what they all have in common is that






Work more

Work Longer?

Set aside all the snake oil that sleazy, slippery-tonged solons have sought to sell us, now comes the Bush behind Door #3 to tell the teeming masses of tailing media what we need to do . . . if Americans want to grow economically as a country, and succeed individually.






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