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Gang Activity: A Sense of Urgency Sets In Weeks Before the Election as Mortimer Blunders, Rushing to Establish His Lasting Legacy

September 20, 2006

Bazooka Joe 14“Why is Mort now saying the Geneva Conventions prohibition of ‘outrages upon personal dignity,’ is too vague to be enforced, and that the War Crimes Act should be rewritten?”

“He’s trying to find the 6th dimension!”

[Salon: The GOP’s tortured logic]

Note the concerned looks on Joe’s and Val’s faces in the first frame.

Then, the sense of relief in the second frame when their expressions relax, as they realize that Mortimer is merely fucking insane.

Of course, if there were a third frame, the concerned looks would likely return at the realization that they’d entrusted a great deal of political power to a bunch of apparent sociopaths. (Or, in the simpler, more innocent, Bazooka World context, that their friend may be suffering from some sort of mild psychosis.)

  1. September 20, 2006 11:35 AM

    Hm, I thought their expressions of relief had a more sinister connotation, a relaxing into belief that they knew what was going on. “Ah, yes! A sixth dimension! It makes perfect sense! We can go about our business now without giving it further thought!” Which is not only complacency but complicity, an active taking part in the horror stumbling along the street right in front of you. That’s the sinking feeling I got when I saw their expressions of relief, and the sense of discouragement was similar to that I felt when I heard the crowd booing Ray McGovern when he stood to question Rumsfeld in Atlanta.

  2. September 20, 2006 11:54 AM

    So, are you hereby crushing all my hope of an awakening in the third frame?

    (It’s only feels ‘crushing’ because I know you’re making sense.)

  3. September 20, 2006 2:48 PM

    Crushing, aye. If only they had mocking expressions on their faces, we could call on the subversive power of humor to give us hope (in the same way that Stephen Colbert’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner performance (genius!) gave me a surprisingly deep sense of optimism); but no, they show only relief, the lazy reliance on received wisdom.

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