Published in the August 14th issue of The Eagle.

Where did my summer go?

I’m back on staff as the Opinion Editor because I need to complete 2 more semesters of Media Projects before I can graduate next Spring.  

I’m hoping to continue the Stock Social Commentary comics with next week’s issue.  I created a twitter account for the Opinion Section, and I’ll share work through there as well.

Anyhow, I have to get my grind back to the nose-stone

After viewing the "Inspire Her Mind" commercial, which shows a vignette of a shitty parents dissing their daughter for b̶e̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶ ̶n̶e̶r̶d̶  wanting to do science stuff, I went through the rest of Verizon’s youtube channel.

Here is a tear-rendering tribute to how corporate interests are playing their part to contribute to the incredibly awesome oppressive virtual police state we live in.

Thank you, Verizon, for making me feel emasculated and “safe.”

Denis McDonough didn’t have much for answers regarding the Veterans Affairs Healthcare Scandal during his “Face the Nation” broadcast.As a former Marine and Afghanistan Veteran, I wasn’t really surprised. Through my dealings with the VA, I’ve come to expect nothing less than inadequacy from witless and corrupt bureaucrats.  Outside of my G.I. Bill, I don’t use or participate in VA services. I was lucky enough to make it back in one piece, but I’m just one among millions. Many of my brothers & sisters-in-arms still suffer from their combat wounds. Their lives are now dependent on those services, and it pains me to see that America would ask them to again bear the weight of that trauma.There are men and women who have sacrificed their livelihood and well-being for the sake of this nation and it’s citizens. They are owed far more than a suit with talking points and empty promises.

Denis McDonough didn’t have much for answers regarding the Veterans Affairs Healthcare Scandal during his “Face the Nation” broadcast.

As a former Marine and Afghanistan Veteran, I wasn’t really surprised. Through my dealings with the VA, I’ve come to expect nothing less than inadequacy from witless and corrupt bureaucrats. 

Outside of my G.I. Bill, I don’t use or participate in VA services. I was lucky enough to make it back in one piece, but I’m just one among millions.

Many of my brothers & sisters-in-arms still suffer from their combat wounds. Their lives are now dependent on those services, and it pains me to see that America would ask them to again bear the weight of that trauma.

There are men and women who have sacrificed their livelihood and well-being for the sake of this nation and it’s citizens. They are owed far more than a suit with talking points and empty promises.

Hashtag DiplomacyThis was supposed to be published in the May 1st issue of The Eagle, but the opinion editor cut it.  So it goes.Most of the people who are working in the State Department propaganda machine public affairs office are ex-Obama campaign staffers. Macon Phillips (who I posted a drawing of yesterday) is credited as making Obama the “Social Media President.”  He’s now in charge of the Bureau of International Information Programs. They’ve been making slick Youtube videos explaining the U.S. sanctions on Russian officials. 

Welcome to the #UnitedForUkraine hashtag @mfa_russia! 2 steps to join in: First watch an intro video http://t.co/gbM5jUGlGa, then RT!
— Macon Phillips (@macon44)
April 24, 2014
One look at the video, it reminded me of the Kony 2012 bullshit. Why is the video in English?  Who are they trying to inform and persuade with this #UnitedForUkraine hashtag? Obviously the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs knows that they’re getting hit with fucking sanctions. This shit just doesn’t make any sense.Another State Department goon, is Jen Psaki. Psaki was a traveling press secretary for the Obama Campaign in 2008 and followed him to the White House where she served as Deputy Press Secretary and was later promoted to Deputy Communications Director.She was moved to the State Department in February last year a few months before the Snowden leaks, where she has been consistently getting grilled by Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee. (Lee is one of my new heroes.)And then there was this one from back in February about a leaked phone call between Senior US State Department official Victoria Nuland and US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey R. Pyatt.  Lee is fucking merciless.
And this one, that’s unconnected to the situation in Ukraine, but I’ve included it because it illustrates how fucking boss Matt Lee is, and how dimwitted Psaki seems.So… We can see that Psaki is a dipshit, but she needed to show it.

The world stands #UnitedforUkraine. Let’s hope that the #Kremlin & @mfa_russia will live by the promise of hashtag
— Jen Psaki (@statedeptspox)
April 24, 2014
Kerry has since been calling RT a “Propaganda Bullhorn.” I don’t know what to think about that one. It’s hard for me to take RT serious when The production value looks much like an Onion New Network video.
Getting an “editor” from Infowars to comment during your broadcast doesn’t lend to your credibility much.But with all this propaganda flying around, it feels like Wag The Dog.One thing is for sure; the State Department PR people fucking suck.Even a hack like me can tell that they’re doing a shitty job at managing this thing.

Hashtag Diplomacy

This was supposed to be published in the May 1st issue of The Eagle, but the opinion editor cut it.  So it goes.

Most of the people who are working in the State Department propaganda machine public affairs office are ex-Obama campaign staffers.

Macon Phillips (who I posted a drawing of yesterday) is credited as making Obama the “Social Media President.”  He’s now in charge of the Bureau of International Information Programs. They’ve been making slick Youtube videos explaining the U.S. sanctions on Russian officials.


One look at the video, it reminded me of the Kony 2012 bullshit. Why is the video in English?  Who are they trying to inform and persuade with this #UnitedForUkraine hashtag?

Obviously the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs knows that they’re getting hit with fucking sanctions. This shit just doesn’t make any sense.

Another State Department goon, is Jen Psaki. Psaki was a traveling press secretary for the Obama Campaign in 2008 and followed him to the White House where she served as Deputy Press Secretary and was later promoted to Deputy Communications Director.

She was moved to the State Department in February last year a few months before the Snowden leaks, where she has been consistently getting grilled by Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee. (Lee is one of my new heroes.)


And then there was this one from back in February about a leaked phone call between Senior US State Department official Victoria Nuland and US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey R. Pyatt.  Lee is fucking merciless.



And this one, that’s unconnected to the situation in Ukraine, but I’ve included it because it illustrates how fucking boss Matt Lee is, and how dimwitted Psaki seems.
So… We can see that Psaki is a dipshit, but she needed to show it.

Kerry has since been calling RT a “Propaganda Bullhorn.” I don’t know what to think about that one. It’s hard for me to take RT serious when The production value looks much like an Onion New Network video.


Getting an “editor” from Infowars to comment during your broadcast doesn’t lend to your credibility much.

But with all this propaganda flying around, it feels like Wag The Dog.
One thing is for sure; the State Department PR people fucking suck.
Even a hack like me can tell that they’re doing a shitty job at managing this thing.

Rejected panel from this week’s comic for The Eagle.Phillips worked for the Obama campaign as his social media manager.Now he’s working for DoS.  His department is behind the #UnitedforUkraine hash-tag.I feel like the whole thing is a fucking scam to convince Americans, more than actually working on Digital Diplomacy in the Twitter age.I’ll have more about it once my comic is actually published in print.

Rejected panel from this week’s comic for The Eagle.

Phillips worked for the Obama campaign as his social media manager.
Now he’s working for DoS.  His department is behind the #UnitedforUkraine hash-tag.

I feel like the whole thing is a fucking scam to convince Americans, more than actually working on Digital Diplomacy in the Twitter age.

I’ll have more about it once my comic is actually published in print.

KNOW MORE?When I was growing up I was obsessed with the movie Starship Troopers and I always thought it would be cool to click a link on a news story and learn more about it.But now that science fiction has become science fact, the novelty of that dream has worn off. The facebook trending news bar, (I don’t even know if that’s the correct name for that thing,) just pisses me off for some reason.I was taught in a basic reporting class that news stories are about three things: money, people, or both. It’s all different variations on the same formula.However, most of the people I see popping up in that sidebar feed are non-newsworthy individuals of no-consequence who I could really give two-shits less about.

KNOW MORE?

When I was growing up I was obsessed with the movie Starship Troopers and I always thought it would be cool to click a link on a news story and learn more about it.

But now that science fiction has become science fact, the novelty of that dream has worn off. The facebook trending news bar, (I don’t even know if that’s the correct name for that thing,) just pisses me off for some reason.

I was taught in a basic reporting class that news stories are about three things: money, people, or both. It’s all different variations on the same formula.

However, most of the people I see popping up in that sidebar feed are non-newsworthy individuals of no-consequence who I could really give two-shits less about.