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January 04, 2013

Dean Trippe: Batman is a liberal

Responding to some dummies who think that just because Batman is super-rich, he must be a conservative, Dean Trippe drops some knowledge on their fool heads. 77% Recycled From Other Tumblrs | A friend of mine asked me recently, was I gonna go...
This is the kind of bullshit spewed by dummies who never read Batman comics and never watched Batman: The Animated Series and have never met me. BASICALLY YOU GUYS ARE ALL STUPID AND DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT BATMAN. First off, Batman fights those would would endanger others. That’s it. The majority of Batman’s villains have amassed criminal fortunes at the cost of innocent lives. Batman doesn’t give a damn about property or social status or even his own inherited wealth (except that it can be used to prevent tragedies like the one that defined his life), he only cares about saving lives. Preventing crime. Capturing criminals. On top of that, dude is all the time giving criminals second chances. He gets ex-cons and even ex-Arkham patients(!) jobs at his own damn company, geniuses! Yeah, he’s such a Republican. Dude helps fund the police crime lab, manages outreach programs and scholarships, donates to every freaking charity in the city, and STILL spends all his time and money saving your hatin’ ass, because THAT’S WHO HE IS. Please tell me Bruce Wayne isn’t for higher taxes for after school programs, public housing, and healthcare, all of which reduce crime, because I like arguing with people who don’t know shit. If Batman cared about his money, he’d be running Wayne Enterprises instead of letting his pal Lucius do that stuff. And he sure as heck wouldn’t be funding Batman, Inc. all over the world if it was just about getting his kicks punching poor criminals in the face. Batman poured his bleeding heart out on the floor before congress to get federal assistance when Gotham needed it. Batman FREQUENTLY adopts orphans whose parents he couldn’t save or who generally just need his help. (Robinhood is like the Big Brother program, but replace Big with Bat.) Batman is hardcore BFFs with the biggest liberal softy in the DCU, Superman, whom he respects, both for his work as a superhero AND a member of the fourth estate. Batman fights rich criminals all the damn time, son. And you know what? If you hench for a homicidal maniac, sometimes you get batarang’d and them’s the breaks. You don’t get to hurt people and get away with it in Gotham City. Not anymore. Batman doesn’t kill. Batman doesn’t use guns. Batman wants the mentally ill to get help, not be sent to prison. Is it working out great? NOT REALLY, BECAUSE WE ALL WANT MORE ROGUES GALLERY STORIES. Blame the fans for the failure of Arkham, not Batman. Dude’s doing his level best, and it’s a damn sight better than any of you are doing. But if you’re having trouble getting your head around there being ONE GOOD RICH GUY (and he’s fictional), let me break it down for you: LEX LUTHOR IS A CONSERVATIVE. BATMAN IS A LIBERAL.

January 03, 2013

Tom the Dancing Bug: The National Rhetoric Association

Language Log -- The National Rhetoric Association

December 08, 2012

The Oatmeal is a soulless hack

The Secrets Of The Internet's Most Beloved Viral Marketer
“At the beginning, I assumed that, to be successful, I had to sort of pander to these ideas that were coming out of Digg,” Inman told an interviewer this month. Digg, of course, is no longer the social media giant it once was, but posting his comics there was responsible for much of his early success. Inman said he regrets that blatant pandering now, but his comics still seem to be written according to that formula — simply pointed at Reddit, Digg’s bigger spiritual descendent. But Inman has had a complicated relationship with Reddit. Two years ago, Redditors discovered he had been posting his comics to the site himself, and, in his past job as an Internet marketer, had posted his linkbait quizzes and comic infographics designed to draw traffic to his SEO clients. If there’s one thing Reddit hates, it’s spammers, and after Inman’s Reddit activity was outed in a thread for a webcomic satirizing The Oatmeal’s pandering, there was a veritable Reddit backlash against his comic. Inman reacted by rickrolling readers who had been linked to The Oatmeal from Reddit. Soon he stopped, and Reddit, apparently unable to resist a webcomic from a sharp traffic guru aimed squarely at them, resumed serving as a major source of traffic. But the damage was done. Inman mocked his critics, but in the end, when his bottom line was threatened, his business sense forced him to capitulate.

December 06, 2012

Twitter the Comic is just great

Funny tweets turned into four panel greatness. Twitter: The Comic *Thanks, Ken Lowery!*

November 26, 2012

How Charles Schultz quietly attacked racism in Peanuts

By presenting Franklin as just a normal kid, who played with and went to school with the rest of the Peanuts gang. Racist anti-segregationists went nuts at the time. Especially when the kids were shown in school together. Black People Can’t Swim - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money

November 23, 2012

OGLAF: Vocabulary Bears

Rough Trade

November 16, 2012

What the existential threat of Israel attacking Iran does to a person

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