The NRA and its slippery slope

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the NRA applies its level-headed, reasonable slippery-slope arguments to all regulations and reforms.

Chagrin Falls - "2018: A Marketplace Odyssey"

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the Smythes of Chagrin Falls, USA, have a bad feeling about the digital assistant in their home.

Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Occam's Razor, Actually-Man, & More!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix features The Adventures of Actually-Man, Beltway Banalities, Dr. Science-Head, and significantly MORE!

Is this what your Facebook feed looks like?

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH we take a peek at Gavin Smythe's very typical Facebook page.

Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump in XXX-rated "Hard and Stormy Night"

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump get into some hot XXX-rated legal action!

Lord Birthday's How to Appear Normal at Social Events

Who is Lord Birthday?

He’s a brilliant cartoonist who has a new book that just came out, How to Appear Normal at Social Events.

But it’s more complicated than that.

His cartoons started on an Instagram account in 2015, and as their popularity grew to become a sensation, drawing a following that’s now up to 184k, his real identity remained a closely guarded secret. No one knew who Lord Birthday was except he and his wife.

The cartoons themselves reflected this mystery. They are hilarious and fascinating, but cryptic and absurd, with a cartooning style that is reminiscent of outsider art. They seem weird and oddly authentic, and you could imagine their creator as someone living on society’s fringes.

Then in 2017, with a book deal done and publication looming, Lord Birthday very reluctantly revealed himself on a podcast, Invisibilia. The link is here, and the segment on Lord Birthday starts at 20:00.

He’s Chad Murphy, a business school professor at Oregon State University, described as “the squarest man on Earth,” raised a Mormon, and he talks about the “birth” of Lord Birthday as though it was something that was visited upon him very suddenly. As though another personality suddenly appeared to him, and within moments he was drawing these strange pictures and making absurd word combinations.

He’s now apparently coming to terms with the secret coming out. As a fellow pseudonymous cartoonist whose personality seemed to be split in two, I can relate.

Not only does he have to incorporate the existence of Lord Birthday into his professional life, but also into his family. Read the rest

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Hard Times in VHS Country

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH, even though techonology has moved on, the government tries desperately to save the VHS cassette-makin' way of life.

Trump: Protect Schools by Arming the Crisis Actors

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Trump proposes that we protect our schools by giving the crisis actors firearms.

News of the Times Flashback: Pearl Harbor Attacked; FDR Doesn't Know Who Did It

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH we remember Pearl Harbor and the the Fake News hoaxes saying it was Japan that attacked it

Trump's "Immigrant Crime Stories Round Up" lists the latest crimes committed by immigrant gangs

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Trump's White House keeps tabs on the horrible crimes committed by immigrants and the criminal gangs they form.

Chagrin Falls: Gavin Smythe's Isle of Mansplaining

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Gavin Smythe of Chagrin Falls USA has a Very Important Opinion that he needs to tell you.

Trump's new lawyer: Harvey Richards, Lawyer for Children!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Donald Trump gets a new lawyer to match his temperament and mindset: Harvey Richards, Lawyer for Children!

The True Top-Secret Story of Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH is revealed the true, top-secret story of Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels!

Donald Trump to sweep his own Dishonesty and Corruption in the Media Awards

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Trump rolls out the red carpet for his Dishonesty and Corruption in the Media Awards.

It's a Line-Cutting World After All

Walt Disney World is apparently planning to allow guests who stay at their most expensive resorts with "club level" service to buy cut-the-line ride Fastpasses for $50/day, according to WFTV's Chip Skambis.

This privilege would be only for those who stay three nights in club-level rooms, which seem to go for about $800/night and up (way up).

Disney has long tried to seem egalitarian in the way it treats ride lines. The Universal Orlando theme parks down the road have no such compunctions -- they allow anyone willing and able to pay $170 - $190 per day to cut past every poor slob who could only afford the $110/day admission price.

But Disney has avoided this overt wealth-pandering, basically having everyone play by the same line-waiting rules. Sure, Disney has had its “VIP tour service,” in which, for $425-$600 per hour (that’s not a typo: per HOUR) you can hire your very own line-cutting top-flight Disney “cast member,” but that's clearly for the super-rich, and who wouldn't cater to that group? Not even the most militant Marxist would want to see Mark Zuckerberg and family among the crowd waiting in line for Peter Pan’s Flight.

But I just came from Disney World, and I could see the writing on the wall.

First of all, the nature of these Fastpasses has changed. When they got their start, they were a way for people to show up at a ride, and then, instead of waiting on the line, get a slip of paper to show up at a later time and get right onto the ride -- essentially allowing them to do other things during the time they would have otherwise been waiting on the line. Read the rest

A Calvinesque and Hobbesian Look at the Very Stable Genius of Donald Trump

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH the boy president Donald Trump and his imaginary publicist John Miller convince the world that little Donald is a very stable genius.

Super-Fun-Pak Comix, feat. Frankenstein's Baby, Funny Business, and More!

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Super-Fun-Pak Comix features Frankenstein's Baby, Al Herazin's Caption Contest, & etc.

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