Archive for October, 2008

Oil Electoral Vote

October 13, 2008

No doubt everybody reading this has noticed the sudden and dramatic drop in gas prices.  Now, they are still ridiculously high, but more drop-age is to come.  In fact by November we should be looking at $2.00 a gallon or even less.

Don’t get too excited, folks, it is temporary.  Anywhere from 10 minutes after the election to Jan 1, 2009 will see the price go back up possibly achieving record highs.  Why?  Simple; the election.  As you may remember it did the same thing two years ago when the Republicans were trying to fill the seats in congress and the senate.  Well, here we go again.  As soon as the election is over and the dust has settled, the prices will go right back up regardless of which party comes out on top.  Come November, get your gas cans ready and fill up as much as you can while it is relatively cheap.

What I would like to know is if we are sending any foreign aid to the oil producing nations.  If we are, we should damned well stop it.  They are getting enough of our money at the pump.  Instead, use that foreign aid money to cut down on the cost of gas over here.

Wait-a-sec.  Didn’t we win that little war with Iraq?  Why aren’t we hauling off their oil for war reparations?  Could it be that the oil companies don’t want that oil to become available?  After all, it would bring the price down and no good capitalist wants that to happen.

The truly annoying thing is that no matter who gets into the oval office, you and I will continue to be screwed over by the oil companies.  Time to buy 10 speeds America.

This has been a Wolf Rant.

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Comic Industry

October 4, 2008

The comic book industry has been committing slow suicide for the last 20 years or more.  Book prices well out of the reach of younger readers combined with such gimmickry as multiple covers where you get a different cover on the same story has eroded many persons interest in the genre.  People develop their interest in comics when they are young, usually starting with Richie Rich and Archie, then graduate up to the superhero genres, but no parent is going to waste $3 on a comic-book for their 6 year old.  Next, comics are found almost exclusively in Comic Shops, where younger readers won’t be able to get to them unless mom & dad go there, too.  What the industry should do is bring back inexpensive titles, maybe reprints of older stuff like Casper, and get these into the supermarkets where many of us first discovered them way back before there were comic shops.  I used to walk three miles out to Hall’s Bookrack when I was 14 to get the latest Swamp Thing (1st series) and what-not.  That was over 30 years ago.  My own initial exposure to comics was at my grandparents home where my uncles and aunts, only a couple years older than myself, had comics all over the house.  Nowadays, if Dad is a collector, comics are stored in polypropylene bags with acid-free backboards stuffed into long white cardboard boxes where the kids won’t mess them up.

Hang on to your collections, folks, because the era of the paper comic will soon vanish and you’ll be sitting on a gold mine.