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“You’ve Been Teabagged!”

April 13, 2009

All across the USA people will be protesting Obama’s taxation plan, and reliving the glory days of the Boston Tea Party.  Anyone thinking that the modern form of teabagging has anything to do with abusive government taxation has been drinking something other than tea.  Actually they should be embarrassed by their lack of history and their lack of modern slang.   Let’s just say the word teabagging has to do with sex more tax.

Here’s how most people think of the Boston Tea Party of 1773.  You have to remember that tea was the coffee of the day.  The East India Company was a faltering tea importer to this continent.  History gets a little watered down, so most people today think that the Tea Act of 1773 was England’s way of milking some more cash through a tax on tea to the Americans.

Let’s untwist that tea bag back into shape.  The Tea Act gave the East India Company absolute access to the American tea trade – and exempted the company from paying taxes to England on any tea shipped to the new colonies. 

The point of the Tea Act of 1773 was increase profits for the company and to make the stockholders rich and create a monopoly to drive their smaller competitors out of business.  Since the East India Company no longer had to pay taxes, the company could lower their tea prices to a point where smaller importers and local teahouses couldn’t compete.   Hmmmm – sounds more like Wal-Mart. 

The early colonists were so angered by Wal-Mart – errr – I mean the East India Company that they revolted against the company and the English.  Their anger was aimed at a multinational corporation that was taking advantage of a situation.  Small businesses were being driven out because they still had to pay taxes and that this Tea Act was put in place without consulting the colonies.  Thus came the phrase: “No Taxation Without Representation”.

The people who stormed the British tea ships were resisting the influx of a multi-national company that was destroying the smaller businesses.  Once the Boston Tea Party occurred England responded by closing the Boston ports until the disposed of tea was paid for.  The citizens declined to pay!   This insolence was a dip into things to come. 

Wow!  Have times changed!  Can you imagine if corporate media existed back then and could control people to act out against their own best interests?  I’ll stick to my coffee.

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I did this cartoon thinking about how can department stores offer 50-70% off merchandise?  If you think of the design, the production, legalities, shipment, and sales people, and whatever else — what was the profit margins like without the discounts?  What if the auto industry could knock off 70% on a car?  Whooo-wee!

Hey Ralphie!

March 12, 2008

I’m standing in the toothpaste aisle of the grocery store.  There is probably fifty types of toothpaste to choose from.  There’s even lemon flavored toothpaste!   The United States is full of choices, and we love choices.  Somebody is out there rubbing lemon flavoring all over the inside of their mouth.   

So in the land of choices, why don’t we expect the same thing in our political elections?  Let’s face it candidates are products and are marketed as so.  John McCain is the tough, durable truck.  Barack Obama is the fabric softener that will make your clothes feel good against your skin.  Hillary Clinton is the cereal that is good for you, but you aren’t sure what’s really in it.   

George Bush was sold to us as a guy you want to have a beer with.  Of course he’s an alcoholic, so how’d that work out?  Personally I don’t want to have a beer with a president – I want someone who will save our country from corporatists, will uphold the Constitution, and show the world what a great country this is.   

Ralph Nader announced recently that he’ll run for the third time.  The reason for his candidacy is always the same.  Republicans and democrats have lost their focus and favor corporations over the people.  These two parties have lead us into a war full of lies, destroyed the educational system to a point where most U.S. citizens believe the bible should be a text book, stripped away freedoms and rights,  taken apart regulatory agencies, destroyed the middle class in order to beef up corporations, and on and on.   

Ralph Nader is a viable candidate.  Ralph Nader did not cause Al Gore or John Kerry to lose the elections.  Gore and Kerry caused their losses.  In 2000 Nader’s percentage was 2.7 and in 2004 he received half of one percent.  Al Gore is a brilliant man, who should have had a greater voting percentage than George Bush, but of course U.S. citizens would rather have a beer with their alcoholic president than a talk with a president that might inspired them or bring this country back to the state of a world power – not just an oil greedy military power.  

These coming elections will be the same as the last two.  The television debates or commercials between the republican and the democratic candidate will be made up of two bland sour cream dips, and they will leave out the spicier dip just like in the past.

– Jake Drew

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Pull Over and Stop!

January 20, 2008

President Bush looked like a guy walking along the highway with an empty gas can as he returned from Saudi Arabia this week.  Dana Perino, the mile a minute voice for the White House stated, “The president said there’s a hope that as a result of these conversations that OPEC would be encouraged to authorize an increase in production,….”.  

There’s no hope!  George went begging, telling the Saudis, “Paying more for gasoline hurts some of the American families.  High energy prices can damage consuming economies,…, it could cause our economy to slow down, and if the economy slows down, there will be less barrels of oil purchased.” 

How could King Abdullah not laugh at such a threat?!  Then the best part George sees that his threats are useless, so he offers King Abdullah twenty billion dollars in weaponry, such as hummers and 900 satellite guided bombs.   Eisenhower is probably rolling an Edsel in Heaven right now.

Wasn’t it George Bush that told the United States that we were addicted to oil, and that we have to get away from relying on foreign oil?  Well that observation whizzed by us like the Indy 500.

In the last week I’ve noticed all these articles coming out about the new automobiles on the market.   

General Motors’ message has two themes: Get younger and greener. They are coming out with a big, tough Hummer HX Concept with a 304-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, but will be able to consume E85.  

Ford Motors is moving in the right direction by parking their product lines like Freestar minivan, the monster-sized Excursion SUV, the Lincoln Aviator mid-sized SUV and LS sport sedan.

Ford plans to inch along into 2010 with the arrival of a sub-compact car, the Verve.  Also they have an advanced engine in the works, “EcoBoost”, which uses twenty percent less fuel.  The technology debuts as a 340-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 in the Lincoln MKS luxury sedan in 2009. 

Pickup trucks are sliding out of control like a truck on an icy road,  Ford and Chrysler hopes to lure sales back by painting the trucks in red, white and blue, better-performance, packed full of luxury trimmings, like softer fabrics with richer colors, and the latest automotive gadgets.  Yee-ha, Toby Keith! 

But get this!  France’s MDI Group headed by Guy Negre has come up with an engine that could revolutionize the auto industry.  The engine could be the biggest technology advancement of the century.   Compressed Air Technology (CAT) automobiles would leave all other cars along the roadside with it’s significant economical and environmental advantages.

India’s Tata Motors has signed on to produce the car.   The air car/mini-CAT refuels in minutes from a special air compressor, can run about 125 miles on a tank of air, reaching top speeds of 70 miles per hour.  The cost of the car – around $7000.  The car has a fiber glass body, which will freak out U.S. drivers, but it is powered by the expansion of compressed air, using no combustion at all, and the exhaust — well, that would be air, which is clean and cool enough for use in the internal air conditioning system.

While the rest of the world is on the move, The United States seems to be that guy you run into on the street, who hits you up for five bucks because he ran out of gas.   

 Jake Drew

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