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Hey boys and girls! It's time for current events! YAY! (Don't worry, a new Dead Days is coming soon)
Alright, so the Collegian (the college newspaper I illustrate for) is back in full swing and this is the first piece of the new year.
Ya see, PRESIDENT BUSH (holds for applause... ha) wants to pass this new immigration policy in America that basically allows many illegal immigrants in the states to keep their jobs and not get deported back to Mex, thus allowing those workers to possibly apply for permanent residency and patching up relations with Mexico.
The Problem with that is that, the author of the piece wrote, is that it helps kill our economy! One of the reasons is because that something like $10 Billion is being sent OUT of the U.S. to the immigrants families back home each year! That's $10 Billion no longer in the U.S.
This was really a tough piece for me to do, because for years, my parents (and half my brothers and sisters) were illegal immigrants out of Mexico doing just that, and without that, my family wouldn't have eaten. So I sucked it up and stayed subjective without being cynical. I'm really happy with the piece. It's almost like a infographic! It's fun to do things with political cartoons other than one old guy in a suit talking to another old guy in a suit. Anyway, Thanks for reading!
-John
P.S. Hee! Lookit Unki Sam fall! Hee!
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I don't understand why people think they're SEXY?! I mean... ugh... it just really bothers me. I mean I'm all for drawing things with no political meaning behind them but you CAN'T DRAW A NAZI AND SAY IT HAS NO REPRESENTATION OF YOUR IDEAS/BELIEFS. I don't understand how someone can just sit down and say "I'm gonna draw nazi yaoi today!!! Yay!" and not think that it will be offensive or have any political implications. As much as you want to think "OMG ART MEANS I CAN DRAW WHATEVER I WANT AN NOT HAVE TO THINK OF ANY IMPACTS" that's not the way it works. When you draw something and post it online it has messages that follow. STOP BEING STUPID.
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People can be so concerned with keeping "undesirable" thoughts and opinions censored that they're often oblivious to everything else around them that should be blocked out. Rather than blanking out all of the evil surrounding her, or even her own nudity, her mind in being censored instead.
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A design I made by request to go along a website article about Barack Obama. The design was to be inspired by the Blaxploitation film movement of the late 70's.

There will be some more political stuff coming these few weeks :)

Hope you dig!
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To discriminate is to make a distinction. Discrimination means that we are not equals, that some of us are better than others. Discrimination is not right and it is not fair. Today, millions are still discriminated because of their social status, race, religion, sex, disabilities, ethnicity and age. Many of us still label people we don't know and make judgements based on stereotypes.

Will we ever truly live in a democratic system if some people are still rewarded not by their skills or by their abilities but because of who their father is or because of what they look like? Discrimination is a crime. Don't make assumptions about people you never really took the time to get to know.


This is the second part of a triology on human connections:
Part one: Don't let it get you
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Just be free
DIOSSANTO.com on : [link]
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Homophobia IS Gay. Please help support Gay Rights and Equality in your community. We may have different tastes, but we're really all the same.
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Taken in Austin, Texas...

Now that I live in the city, it's exciting to be there in the midst of human action. To many, such a protest as this seems childish. Also, it's unfortunate that many of the participants are also not the brightest of people... however, the majority wanted to follow the rules, and were very irritated at those who didn't because they only hinder their purpose.

I always thought of Scientology as kind of a Tom Cruise joke, but after doing my own research, I've developed a strong opinion against it.

This was a protest run by an internet-run group called "Anonymous", who claim they are a legion of revolutionary force. For once, they are doing something outside of the protective borders of the internet. Conservative news sources are still calling them nothing more than "teen hackers", even after the protest.

Here are some lines straight from the official Scientology website's FAQ... if you go to their site yourself, you'll see it's a bit freaky that the entirety of the content is about the horror of/fight against psychiatry and drugs, or defending their own religion.
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(Scientology is all the education you need, apparently)
Does it cost a lot to be a member of the Church and take services?

"No.... The training delivered by Churches of Scientology could be compared to taking a course in a school or similar facility. Four years at a typical university would cost between $30,000 and $40,000; four years at a top university would run between $80,000 and $90,000 or even more. And those figures do not include additional costs such as books and supplies."

(Well, they encourage religious freedom.. but Scientology is the only TRUE way to help society...)
Why do some people oppose Scientology?

"There are certain characteristics and mental attitudes that cause a percentage of the population to oppose violently any betterment activity or group. This small percentage of the society (roughly 2 percent) cannot tolerate that Scientology is successful at improving conditions around the world. This same 2 percent is opposed to any effective self-betterment activity. The reason they so rabidly oppose Scientology is because it is doing more to help society than any other group. Those who are upset by seeing man get better are small in number compared to the millions who have embraced Scientology and its efforts to create a sane civilization and more freedom for the individual."

(These last two were RIGHT next to eachother in the questions)
Did he make a lot of money out of Scientology?

"No. Mr. Hubbard was one of the most successful writers of modern times and even after his death his books continue to sell as many copies or more than those of top best-selling authors in the world today. More than 110 million copies of Mr. Hubbard’s books have been sold in 32 languages and distributed in 98 countries."

Wasn’t L. Ron Hubbard mostly a science fiction writer?

"No..."
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Hearing Tom Cruise talk about it is scary enough, and their website just enhances my skepticism of everything they are about.
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MANY HAVE DIED DUE TO ASSOCIATION WITH THE CHURCH.
VISIT [link]
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The information from this site and others, which I verified with official news sources, completely changed my ideas of Scientology.

Or google "Scientology IRS" and you'll get plenty of stories.
THEY ARE OBSESSED WITH MONEY AND CONTROL THEIR MEMBERS FINANCIALLY, MENTALLY, AND SOMETIMES PHYSICALLY.

I'm not necessarily for Anonymous and their actions... I think some of the people that want to be involved with them are just creepy 4chan.com weirdos. But, I don't like Scientology. Sorry, John Travolta. Religion, salvation, and true advice for betterment should not cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, prevent you from receiving appropriate medical attention, or forbid your freedom within the religion itself. :(

I welcome any comments for or against my statements! I'm here to learn...

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