Archive for February 2007


February 27, 2007

You ever been fired or had to fire someone?  I’ve fired a lot of people, and then I was fired too.Here’s the thing though – I’ve never known a company to ask, “We’re letting you go, but, oh, would you mind sticking around for a few months?” 

Well Donald Rumsfeld can still be found in the Pentagon.  He’s listed as a non-paid consultant, but he has seven paid employees working for him.  Rumsfeld resigned on November eighth right after the Democrats took a number of seats in the elections.  The strange thing was that a week before his resignation President Bush was saying that Rumsfeld was doing a heck of a job and would continue until the end of his presidency.  Oh yeah – we saw that with Brownie and Katrina too.

So why is Rumsfeld hanging around?  He’s reviewing and sorting through top secret documents, and he needed the status of non-paid consultant to do so.  That seems as backward as keeping him around after he resigned.  He quit, so why would he be involved with top secret documents?   

The Bush administration is tricky.  The president didn’t lie about Rumsfeld being around until the end of the administration.  He just moved him around.  Everybody moves around in this administration or is brought in from the previous administrations of Daddy Bush, Reagan and even Richard Nixon’s administration.   

This is an administration that likes to think of itself as a corporation, which might explain why they are in so much trouble.  It’s not great business sense to rehire employees.   

Write your congress people and draw some attention to why this ex-employee is still hanging around on the premises.   

Jake Drew

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Oil and Cigarettes

February 15, 2007

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced that 2006 was the most profitable year in their history.  Actually in any corporations history!  Exxon recorded 39.5 billion dollars in profit for 2006.  Within days of this acknowledgement Exxon Mobil was trying to get a federal appeals court to have another look at the $2.5 billion compensation to Alaskans for the 1989 Valdez tanker oil disaster.  Originally an Anchorage court ordered the oil corporation to pay $5 billion, but that amount was cut in half.

It made me think about the tobacco company settlement in 1998.  Forty-six states took a settlement of 206 billion dollars from the cigarette manufacturers to cover health costs of sick smokers.  It took 85 years from the time that the tobacco industry introduced cigarettes to soldiers during World War I to the $206 billion settlement. 

1914 was a turning point in the tobacco industry because this hooked a lot of men into smoking cigarettes.  It was a boom from that time on.  It was 1950 when the first medical report came out that linked lung cancer to cigarette smoking, and in 1965 due to pressure from the U.S. Surgeon General cigarette packages had to carry a warning about cancer and smoking. 

No one ever talks about the health risks of inhaling automobile exhaust.  Maybe there isn’t any, but I highly doubt it.  There is that whole global warming issue – oh, but that’s still debatable at least in the United States.    Automobile production probably hit it’s stride in 1950 after World War II.  Americans moved to the suburbs, and by 1956 the street car systems in almost every city had been replaced my bus systems. So I figure on a comparison time line I’d say that the oil industry can enjoy ample profits until around 2035.  That’s about twenty-eight more years before they have to own up to the disasters they have caused to the planet.  I don’t know if we can wait that long.  I’m not even sure we can wait another ten years!  There is no excuse right now as to why we don’t have affordable, humanitarian friendly, non-gas guzzling transportation or vehicles. 

If you want to protect your health, write a congressperson about this concern.  There is no reason why the oil industry is making humongous profits at the cost of human lives.  We tax the heck out of the tobacco industry, so why does the oil industry get by? 

– Jake Drew

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February 2, 2007

The Bush Administration has decided that there is something to this Global Warming scare.  I don’t buy into it because in every State of the Union for seven years he has brought this up.  It doesn’t matter if we reduce oil imports by 20% by 2017.  So what if we are “addicted to oil”.  So what if the United States is responsible for 25% of the world’s carbon emissions and we only hold 5% of the world’s population.  There’s a whole group of people out there that think global warming is natural, and we can’t or shouldn’t do anything about it.  Best excuse – it’s god’s plan.  

Most people don’t care about the environment.  Nature is nice to watch on Television, but they don’t even want to send their kids outside.   It’s a scary world out there. You have anthrax in the ground levels, Lyme disease, bird flu virus, child predators driving around neighborhoods, and don’t you dare talk to strangers, even though they live three houses down from you.   

Plus to reduce oil dependency we might have to give up some of our “freedoms”.  Little Johnny can only participate in one sports activity, because of the gas expenditures from driving him back and forth.  He could ride his bike though.  Eliminate recreational vehicles.  Shopping would be reduced to once a week.  Cut out shopping – then we aren’t supporting the troops!  

If you want to do something about the environment, you have to humanize it.  It’s not a good thing if the glaciers melt away.  Warm weather is nice to people, but ocean levels rising would displace a lot of people.  Cities and suburbia will need to make room for a lot of new neighbors.  U.S. citizens already try to avoid contact with people by eating fast food, renting DVDs, no eye contact when walking, and talking to people through cell phones.  Increased population is really going to hinder our lives.

The environment needs a spokesperson.  It has to be a person and not a cuddly animal character like a polar bear.  Polar bears aren’t found in our everyday lives, they live in zoos.  Global warming isn’t going to affect the zoos.  We need a celebrity to draw attention to the issues.  Paris Hilton would be ideal!  She already has that tag line, “That’s Hot!”.  Plus we all have an interest in her, and she could use a little polish on that soiled image of hers. 

You could show her watching a bunch of hunched over bicycle riders going by with their tight buttocks up in the air.  She could use her tag line.  She could be cuddling up with a polar bear, though not a polar bear rug.  All that tan bare skin against the furry whiteness – Oh, man!  That’s hot!  

Jake Drew

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