Thursday, February 09, 2006

Time for some laughs

The other day Reddhedd at firedoglake asked how we could "effectively cut through that pee-your-pants fear that Rove and company have been stoking in this country since 9/11." Right question.

Actually, we know one of the answers -- when the sky is falling, laugh a little. A previous generation of activists took this to brave lengths. The two guys below, Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, were on trial in 1970 for conspiracy and inciting to riot, facing serious prison time. So they came to court dressed in judicial robes. Abbie blew kisses at the judge and offered to set him up with a good LSD dealer. Jerry tried to run a pig for President (some ideas are timeless.) On a serious plane, their antics helped delegitimize the culture of fear that supported the anti-Communist rationale for the Vietnam war.

Confronted with our current wannabe King, we need all the laughs we can get. Fortunately, Photoshop and the web have made satire a lot easier to circulate than it was 35 years ago. Some borrowed gems:

From the Onion, via War and Piece.

From The BEAST blog.

From everywhere -- with thanks to Rep. Rangel.

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