Wednesday, September 05, 2012

In which I find graphic meaning in the Mean Season

One of these days, I'm going to treat myself to a new Photoshop package (mine is a many-years-old version that won't function on my almost-new laptop) but this otherwise-awesome computer's minor lacking hasn't stopped me from creating a few political posters by using the Publisher layout of Word for Mac, then converting the results to a .jpg file (I simply take a screenshot of the poster and rename and export it as a .jpg, in case you were wondering).

I began doing these as amusements/boredom-killers on a rainy afternoon--of which there were many this summer, particularly in August--and Tweeted them out via @litbrit and of course, put them on my Facebook page.

And in response to a few readers who've asked me to collect and post them in a single spot...well, here they are! I hope you enjoy them. (Click on any one to enlarge.)

There will be more. Promise.


  1. They're ghastly, to be sure. Too bad the Democrats are no better.

    From Glen Ford at Black Agenda Report:

    "Most people don’t want to be a perceived as party-poopers –- which is why the principled folks that have protested the evil antics of the corporate imperial parties, in Tampa and Charlotte, are so much to be admired. Frankly, who wants to be the one to point out, in the middle of the festivities, that Michelle Obama was just a Chicago Daley machine hack lawyer who was rewarded with a quarter-million-dollar-a-year job of neutralizing community complaints against the omnivorous University of Chicago Hospitals? She resigned from her $50,000 seat on the board of directors of Tree-House Foods, a major Wal-Mart supplier, early in her husband’s presidential campaign. But, once in the White House, the First Lady quickly returned to flacking for Wal-Mart, praising the anti-union “death star” behemoth’s inner city groceries offensive as part of her White House healthy foods booster duties . . . ."

    1. I don't begrudge Michelle for working as general counsel for a large teaching hospital - they and their employees are entitled to legal representation like everyone else, and it may have been a better fit for her professionally as a working mother. Better than being on a 14-hour a day partnership track at a Wall Street firm like many of her Harvard Law classmates, defending corporate pirates and helping them package the kinds of opaque derivative deals that caused the financial crisis.

      WalMart may be a bad place to work (unless you live someplace where every other job is worse or non-existent), but I don't fault the First Lady for giving them a shout-out on what may be the only socially responsible thing the company has done. (By the way, responsible corporate behavior ought to be commended, not ignored simply because the company sucks at everything else). I'd rather see WalMart fill a void in inner city food deserts where they have no competition than watch them destroy one small town after another by squeezing out merchants who have been there for generations.

      To anyone who would suggest that the Democrats are no better than the Republicans, I would simply point to the life experience of the candidates. Michelle said in her speech the other night that her and Barack's combined student loan payment was once more than their mortgage payment. As someone who is 2 years older than the president and still paying back student loans, I can relate to that, as can many other Americans. I wonder how much the Romneys owe on their student loans?

    2. Craig, I, too, paid off student loans. I don't think that in itself qualifies me to be president.

      I can tell you that I wouldn't sending drones to slaughter people, torturing Bradley Manning, prosecuting other whistleblowers, coordinating a Kill List, ignoring labor, giving the richest in the country yet more tax breaks, putting Social Security "on the table," or shitting on civil liberties in general. But what do I know? I'm just a citizen who's not afraid to call out hypocrisy when I see it.

      To wit:

      "Obama campaign brags about its whistleblower persecutions

      Excuse me if I don't join in Democrats' sycophantic cheerleading for an Obama presidency that has shredded laws and liberties"

      by Glenn Greenwald

  2. I love that you're still using your blog as your gallery, Litbrit. Great work!

    I don't get into arguments on comment threads, but with all due respect, "Democrats are no better" is a cop-out. We all have the power to MAKE the Democrats better. Yeah no one gets elected in Arkansas without WalMart money. AND Wake Up is worth supporting. If we give up or think we sound more intelligent from a high horse, we're missing an opportunity to get humble, get busy, and change the world.

  3. Fran/Blue Gal, I've put my ass on the line more times than I can count. I haven't given up, and I don't "think we sound more intelligent from a high horse." I'm doing what I can to change things. And voting based on whether a candidate has a "D" or "R" after his name isn't changing shit.

  4. 'There will be more. Promise.'

    There goes the neighborhood