Guide to Wunderland
- News Archives
I'm at a drum jam in our woods (great beat!),
tapping a stick on the side of my dijeridu and breathing in to
begin playing it.
vt. becloud [from L. ob in the way + nubilus
- Charlie's Angels :)
- A dark comedy
about three women brainwashed
by a rich madman.
times insightful and hilarious, at others just plain stupid,
this comedy about entrepreneurial pot-smokers in NYC features
a series of cameos by famous stoners who, as assorted customers,
provide a glimpse into the wide range of personality types who
share this particular indulgence. Look for Jon Stewart as the
"Everything's Better on Weed" smoker, Janeane Garofalo
as the "I'm Only Creative When I Smoke" smoker, Willie
Nelson as the "You Should Have Been There In The Sixties"
smoker, and Steven Wright as the Guy On The Couch (who signs
his notes, "Guy On The Couch").
Nader is NOT to Blame
|America Holds Its Breath
So here we are,
in the middle of the most exciting election ever, and like everyone
else, I've been glued to the News for the last two days. What
a situation! Gore has the popular vote by a hair, while Bush
has the lead by an even smaller hair, in a tie-breaker state
where victory would mean an Electoral College upset. Even now,
an automatic recount is underway, amidst claims some voters may
have accidentally voted for the wrong guy. Wow. If it were fiction,
people would call it totally unbelievable. How's
it Going to End? (This is one of those times when I kind
of regret not having a regular job... I miss being able to hang
out at the water cooler, goofing off and gabbing with my co-workers
about the amazing newstory currently unfolding.)
The prospect of a Bush victory now seems all too real, at
least for those of us who stayed up late watching the election
returns, and particularly for anyone who went to bed after hearing
that Bush had won, only to wake up the next morning with the
question back up in the air. (In a thrilling remake of the classic
"Dewey Wins" election, some newspapers even enshrined
this hopefully-wrong conclusion: "Bush Wins!") But
for those of us watching it live, it was like the story of Green Bean that I posted
last year. For a short time, we lived in a world where George
W Bush had actually won the election. During this time, I decided
in my early stages of anger, denial, and acceptance to turn the
wunderland.com banner black this week, and even created the file.
But then, like a death-row inmate receiving a last minute stay
of execution from a governor with a kinder heart than Bush, we
suddenly went into limbo. And while we may yet escape a second
Bush administration, I'm still bummed that Ralph didn't get his
5%, so the black banner still seems appropriate.
But although the presidential race still has us on the edges
of our collective seats, we finally know how this year's ballot
initiatives have gone. The good news is, most all of the drug
war reform proposals passed this year, some by wide margins.
The bad news is, Prop 5 failed in Alaska, but considering how
far-reaching that proposal was, I guess it's not too surprising.
(They were asking for too much... it went beyond mere amnesty
for marijuana offenders, and even provided for restitution for
those imprisoned under marijuana prohibition.) But you can bet
your stash they'll be back next time, with a more tightly crafted
referendum, and having gotten over 40% on this one, the next
one will probably succeed.
While losing Prop 5 is a setback, winning Proposition 36 in
California in a major victory. Having won by a large margin in
a huge state, it shows clearly that voters are tired of punishing
drug addicts rather than trying to help them. Prop 36 will have
a huge impact on the criminal justice system out there, and on
the drug war overall. (For the Feds who think Prop 215 was a
problem, their small headache just turned into a throbbing migraine.)
Ending prison time for drug possession in California is the beginning
of the end of the failed War on Drugs.
I have to get back to watching the news...
Sorry, but the only cartooning I had time for this week was that
one of Tirade at the top of this page, finally putting down his
And if this gap in the glacial storyline bums you out, brace
yourself: I may have to skip the Iceland
cartooning now and again during these next couple of months.
This year's HSS (Holiday Shopping Season) promises to be our
most frantic yet, and I've been so busy all year that I haven't
been able to build up a reserve of new panels. I'm not even sure
what's going to happen next.
PPS: Similarly, I've decided to suspend my Nanofiction
eBook again, at least for awhile. I've used up everything in
my reserve except the failures, and instead of publishing junk,
I'm going to stop and let my batteries recharge. I hope you've
enjoyed what I've published thus far.
|"I've been in the hospital for three weeks
trying not to die and a friend dropped by his deck of Fluxx to
entertain me. It renewed my will to live! What a fun game. Thanks!" -- Frank Giachino, in a comment accompanying an order
|"Suppose you were a CEO of a large organization.
Suppose your one corporate goal was to reduce the importation
of a competitor's product. Your bonus is riding on this, so think
hard. Suppose, in your first year, that your competitor's imports
were up 50 percent. You go to your stockholders, hat in hand,
and ask for another year and more money. Maybe they give you
a year. But who would look at 20 years of wildly escalating imports
and wildly escalating expenditures and conclude that next year,
you ought to be given more money to do what you did last year?
Well, if you are the drug czar, the answer is Congress." -- Heber Taylor, "War
On Drugs High On List Of Stupid Things", Galveston County
Daily News, 11/5/00
|"Hmm, another broccoli-related death."
"But I thought broccoli was-"
"Oh, yes, one of the deadliest plants on earth. Why, it
tries to warn you itself with its terrible taste." -- Dr. Hibbert and Marge Simpson, in the "G-G-Ghost
D-D-Dad" segment of the recent Halloween episode