How far into the horrific past will 2017 regress?

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH we examine how far back into mankind's morally horrific past this current year of 2017 has regressed.

Lucky Ducky finally benefits from a Republican tax plan!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Lucky Ducky, the poor little duck who's rich in luck, takes advantage of Hollingsworth Hound's Republican-style tax plans.

REVEALED: Trump's Incredibly Stupid, and Brilliantly Effective, Media Strategy

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Donald Trump demonstrates his stupidly transparent media strategy that is extremely dumb... and works.

Woody Woodpecker, reimagined in South America

70 or so South American animators were assembled by Brazilian animator Ivanildo Soares to recreate a 1961 Woody Woodpecker short, "The Bird Who Came to Dinner."

It's a late-era Woody cartoon, and it's pretty uninspiring. But somehow it inspired these animators to reimagine the entire cartoon, individually, and in intervals of only a few seconds that are weird, creative, and jarring. The soundtrack is exactly the same, but every cel has been replaced, in very diverse styles.

Here is the original 1961 cartoon.

The Bird Who Came To Dinner - YouTube from Marcelo Glauco on Vimeo.

And here is the new South American twist. It's pretty fun to watch.

What spurred these animators to this project? I can't seem to find the answer, but it may have something to do with this: Like France's inexplicable love for Jerry Lewis, and the theory that "Germans Love David Hasselhoff," South Americans apparently love Woody Woodpecker.

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Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Frankenstein’s App & MUCH MORE!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix features Frankenstein's App, Percival Dunwoody, Idiot Time Traveler from 1909, & MORE!

The NFL’s leaked memo on acceptable player stances during the national anthem

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH is leaked the NFL's memo to players' on acceptable positions during the playing of the National Anthem.

Trump could be put in jail for his attacks on NFL players

Trump's Fascistic, un-American rantings about NFL players kneeling in protest during the playing of the National Anthem are offensive and repugnant. But they're also probably illegal, carrying a possible penalty to Trump of disqualification from public office, fines, and up to 15 years in prison.

There's a specific statute at play, and it's 18 U.S.C. sec. 227. This statute reads:

The first question could be, Is the President covered by this statute? Yes, he is specifically listed as a "covered government person" under (b)(3).

Next, Does the President have the intent to influence an employment decision or employment practice of a private entity? Clearly, he does. The current version of his outrage started when he said, at an Alabama rally in support of his losing candidate, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired.'"

If this sort-of rhetorical question phrasing isn't obvious enough, his subsequent tweets make explicitly clear that he intends to influence the employment decisions and practices of the NFL. He urges flatly, "Fire or suspend!" and "NFL should change policy!"

Next, with that intent, has there been some official act he's taken, influenced, offered or threatened? For a while, that was unclear. Surely when the president presses for an action so strongly and repeatedly, there's some implied threat that he'll use his power to effectuate some official act in response to non-compliance. Read the rest

You won't believe the bizarre tax policy on Counter-Earth

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH we peer into the strange and bizarre way Counter-Earth uses tax policy to try to help the middle class.

The N.R.A. Provides the Solution to North Korea's Nuclear Weapons

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the N.R.A. uses the impeccable logic it applies to firearms in the U.S. to solve the problem of North Korea's nuclear weapons.

La-La Land Records: movie and TV soundtracks for the absolutely obsessed

I just came across this amazing company, La-La Land Records, that releases soundtracks of movies and TV shows.

But they don't just release ordinary soundtracks, like their score to the new movie Kingsman: The Golden Circle. They also produce obsessively researched and mind-bogglingly complete soundtracks for older properties.

For example, they offer a 3-CD set for the Henry Mancini soundtrack to the 1965 movie The Great Race, which must have a running time longer than the movie itself.

But it's on televisions series that they really shine. The Star Trek: The Original Series soundtrack is a 15-CD monster that will set you back $224.98. The complete DVD set for the series (which includes music and dialog and moving pictures) only costs $39. The La-La Land soundtrack set is beautifully packaged, and includes such tracks as "Zap the Space Ship" and "Mudd's Farewell/Back in Orbit"

If you love the incidental music from the TV show Lost In Space, you are really in luck. Their 12-CD set contains over 14 hours of musical interludes like "A Running Start / Never Fear / Zeno's Plan", and includes a 104-page booklet.

This stuff is not for me; I couldn't even make it through the end of one of those sample tracks. But I'm strangely glad this stuff exists. Some might call this music entertainment detritus, but others clearly love it, and for them and for posterity, it's been expertly curated, cataloged and archived. Read the rest

Trump's Lifetime of Patriotic Devotion to the Highest Ideals of the American Flag

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Donald J. Trump's lifetime of patriotic devotion to the highest ideals of the American flag justifies his opinion on National Anthem protests.

Trumpsters seek out Rocket Man, only to be confused or enraged by a pro-refugee video

Trump supporters are flocking to the official video for Elton John's "Rocket Man" song, to applaud Trump's use of the nickname for Kim Jong-un in tweets and on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly.

However, the video itself is either confusing them, enraging them, or being completely misunderstood by them.

Turns out the video, the winner of a competition judged by songwriters Elton John and Bernie Taupin, is by Stephen McNally and Iranian filmmaker Majid Adin, who traveled through Europe during the 2015 refugee crisis. It's a stunning and heartbreaking animation that reimagines the song as a metaphor for the plight of immigrants and refugees, a group for which Trump and his supporters have shown only antipathy.

Most YouTube comments (but don't read them -- never read YouTube comments; I did so you wouldn't have to) from Trump supporters seem either oblivious to the fact that they're cheering a pro-refugee video, or furious that they were tricked into watching something that actually has sympathy and heart.

Anyway, if you have sympathy and heart, this is a really great video.

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White Supremacist President Furious at Being Called a White Supremacist

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH a White Supremacist President is outraged when he is referred to as a White Supremacist.

Warning - Category 5 Global Warming Denial to Make Landfall

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH a Global Warming Denial warning is issued.

TOM THE DANCING BUG: More Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Three-Panel Biographies, and more!!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix features Three-Panel Biographies, This Is Not a Pipe, Family Circus du Soleil, and MORE!

God-Man vs. the Menace of Ooze!!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the omnipotent superhero God-Man must rescue reporter Mary May from the villainous Ooze! Or must he??

What we know will NOT happen with Trump

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH is illustrated the Trump scenario we know will NOT occur.

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