Archive for January, 2005

January 25, 2005

The Iraqi Resistance

Jason writes a letter that reveals much of the mindset of the pro-invasion set:

So, Ted, I was wondering if you were willing to acknowledge, at this point, that the despicable terrorists in Iraq aren’t quite the bold Freedom Fighters that you had painted them out to be. Not too long ago, you were

painting them out as to be noble fighters for the common Iraqi against the oh-so-sinister American regime. I’m just wondering if your opinion has changed now that they have bombed Iraqi mosques, killed Iraqi judges and done everything they can to usurp the democratic process.

First and foremost, let’s get our terms straight. There is no democratic process in Iraq. Iraq is occupied by 150,000 U.S. troops. The Baath and other parties are proscribed from participating in elections or holding public office. In a real democracy, voters are free to choose from any party. In a real democracy, a foreign occupation force does not exert any political influence whatsoever. And in a real democracy, people aren’t afraid to venture out into the streets, risking rape or kidnapping in order to vote. You can’t have democracy without basic security, period.

So this is not democracy.

Which gets us to the next term: “Iraqi judges,” etc. By definition anyone who holds public office in an occupied country is a collaborator. This would include, for example, Palestinian Authority “leaders” under the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Now a collaborator may or not be a good person, and he may or may not be laboring under a benevolent occupier, but he is certainly a collaborator and thus a fair target for nationalist/patriotic resistance forces seeking to expel the occupiers.

Collaborators are, in some ways, even more of an enemy to the Iraqi resistance than the Americans. They demoralize the resistance and set an example of subservience that other Iraqis may emulate. It’s not surprising, therefore, that Iraqi guerillas would choose to execute them.

I can understand your fear that we, the filthy Americans, seek to set up a puppet regime in Iraq. However, I can’t see how any civilized person would believe that blowing up voting stations and killing candidates is the proper

way to retaliate against such an alleged invasion.

The puppet regime is already a given. And the election is a lame attempt to legitimatize that puppet regime. Iraqis who vote in this show election are no different than Frenchmen who cheered Marshall Pétain during the Nazi occupation. Had there been an “election” under Vichy rule, it would have been the patriotic duty of every Frenchman to bvoycott it.

I’ve known many of your type and I know that you never, ever are willing to admit to a wrong. You were unwilling to admit that you had severely overstated your case against the Nazi werewolves, and I’m sure you’d be unwilling to admit that you were incorrect in your support of these vile murderers.

I can and do admit when I’m wrong, as readers of the Rallblog well know. And, by the way, I checked into the comparisons with the Nazi “werewolves” resistance after the fall of Germany at the end of World War II. As I wrote originally, there are no documented cases of casualties inflicted by them. None. They may have cut a few power lines, but they had nothing like the effectiveness of the current Iraqi resistance fighters–to which the Hard Right tried to compare them.

So go ahead and put my e-mail address up on your blog if you wish. All of your fanatical fans are just as blinded with anti-American hatred as you are, and I always love to hear from such idiots. And, please, Ted, drop the

pretense about you being a great patriot. You’re not. You’re a fucking socialist piece of shit who abhors everthing about our nation – other than the wealth and the freedom of speech that it bestows upon you.

I only run your email address if you cross the rhetorical line outlined in my email rules. (Which Jason didn’t.) Whether or not I am a patriot is for others to judge. I do love this country, however, and I’m fighting my damnedest to remind my fellow Americans of our core values, those we all learned as children, and to stop the Hard Right from revolutionizing us into a neofascist nightmare. (By the way, I don’t recall labeling myself. And another by the way: since when are socialists anti-patriotic?)

If you would in some way condemn the Iraqi terrorists, then perhaps I’d think a little bit better of you, but – until then – you are disgusting.

And I might think better of you when you stopped using loaded rhetoric like refering to resistance fighters (a clearer and more neutral term) as “terrorists.” Unless, of course, you also consider George Washington to have been a terrorist, in which case we’ll let it go.

For the record: I don’t share the vision of radical Islamism that some of the anti-US resistance in Iraq apparently wants to impose on Iraq and the Middle East. I wish nothing more than to see the people of the world rise up, overthrow their dictators and autocrats, and create just, peaceful, representative political and economic systems that reward people for their hard work and provide security in their everyday lives. Taliban-like theocracies are obviously antiethical to that goal.

But ultimately it’s up to the citizens of each nation to decide for themselves, sometimes via civil war and acts of violence, to determine how they want to live. Who is to say that my vision, that our vision of democracy, is best for every country? Besides, we still have too much work to do here in the United States of America before we can hold ourselves up as a shining beacon of hope to the rest of the world. We have an unelected dictator for a a”president,” a nation that denies tens of millions of people access to basic healthcare, kids throwing their unwanted babies into Dumpsters, young adults plunged into student loan poverty, systemic racism that divides our cities and suburbs into haves and have-nots, a wildly inadequate retirement system that the ruling party is trying to get rid of–like I said, we have a lot of work to do.

The choice between radical Islam and American-style pseudodemocracy is a false one presented by the Hard Right. There is 0.0% danger that Islamists will take over the United States. And it is 0.0% our business whether it takes over other countries.

January 25, 2005

The Iraqi Resistance

Jason writes a letter that reveals much of the mindset of the pro-invasion set:

So, Ted, I was wondering if you were willing to acknowledge, at this point, that the despicable terrorists in Iraq aren’t quite the bold Freedom Fighters that you had painted them out to be. Not too long ago, you were

painting them out as to be noble fighters for the common Iraqi against the oh-so-sinister American regime. I’m just wondering if your opinion has changed now that they have bombed Iraqi mosques, killed Iraqi judges and done everything they can to usurp the democratic process.

First and foremost, let’s get our terms straight. There is no democratic process in Iraq. Iraq is occupied by 150,000 U.S. troops. The Baath and other parties are proscribed from participating in elections or holding public office. In a real democracy, voters are free to choose from any party. In a real democracy, a foreign occupation force does not exert any political influence whatsoever. And in a real democracy, people aren’t afraid to venture out into the streets, risking rape or kidnapping in order to vote. You can’t have democracy without basic security, period.

So this is not democracy.

Which gets us to the next term: “Iraqi judges,” etc. By definition anyone who holds public office in an occupied country is a collaborator. This would include, for example, Palestinian Authority “leaders” under the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Now a collaborator may or not be a good person, and he may or may not be laboring under a benevolent occupier, but he is certainly a collaborator and thus a fair target for nationalist/patriotic resistance forces seeking to expel the occupiers.

Collaborators are, in some ways, even more of an enemy to the Iraqi resistance than the Americans. They demoralize the resistance and set an example of subservience that other Iraqis may emulate. It’s not surprising, therefore, that Iraqi guerillas would choose to execute them.

I can understand your fear that we, the filthy Americans, seek to set up a puppet regime in Iraq. However, I can’t see how any civilized person would believe that blowing up voting stations and killing candidates is the proper

way to retaliate against such an alleged invasion.

The puppet regime is already a given. And the election is a lame attempt to legitimatize that puppet regime. Iraqis who vote in this show election are no different than Frenchmen who cheered Marshall Pétain during the Nazi occupation. Had there been an “election” under Vichy rule, it would have been the patriotic duty of every Frenchman to bvoycott it.

I’ve known many of your type and I know that you never, ever are willing to admit to a wrong. You were unwilling to admit that you had severely overstated your case against the Nazi werewolves, and I’m sure you’d be unwilling to admit that you were incorrect in your support of these vile murderers.

I can and do admit when I’m wrong, as readers of the Rallblog well know. And, by the way, I checked into the comparisons with the Nazi “werewolves” resistance after the fall of Germany at the end of World War II. As I wrote originally, there are no documented cases of casualties inflicted by them. None. They may have cut a few power lines, but they had nothing like the effectiveness of the current Iraqi resistance fighters–to which the Hard Right tried to compare them.

So go ahead and put my e-mail address up on your blog if you wish. All of your fanatical fans are just as blinded with anti-American hatred as you are, and I always love to hear from such idiots. And, please, Ted, drop the

pretense about you being a great patriot. You’re not. You’re a fucking socialist piece of shit who abhors everthing about our nation – other than the wealth and the freedom of speech that it bestows upon you.

I only run your email address if you cross the rhetorical line outlined in my email rules. (Which Jason didn’t.) Whether or not I am a patriot is for others to judge. I do love this country, however, and I’m fighting my damnedest to remind my fellow Americans of our core values, those we all learned as children, and to stop the Hard Right from revolutionizing us into a neofascist nightmare. (By the way, I don’t recall labeling myself. And another by the way: since when are socialists anti-patriotic?)

If you would in some way condemn the Iraqi terrorists, then perhaps I’d think a little bit better of you, but – until then – you are disgusting.

And I might think better of you when you stopped using loaded rhetoric like refering to resistance fighters (a clearer and more neutral term) as “terrorists.” Unless, of course, you also consider George Washington to have been a terrorist, in which case we’ll let it go.

For the record: I don’t share the vision of radical Islamism that some of the anti-US resistance in Iraq apparently wants to impose on Iraq and the Middle East. I wish nothing more than to see the people of the world rise up, overthrow their dictators and autocrats, and create just, peaceful, representative political and economic systems that reward people for their hard work and provide security in their everyday lives. Taliban-like theocracies are obviously antiethical to that goal.

But ultimately it’s up to the citizens of each nation to decide for themselves, sometimes via civil war and acts of violence, to determine how they want to live. Who is to say that my vision, that our vision of democracy, is best for every country? Besides, we still have too much work to do here in the United States of America before we can hold ourselves up as a shining beacon of hope to the rest of the world. We have an unelected dictator for a a”president,” a nation that denies tens of millions of people access to basic healthcare, kids throwing their unwanted babies into Dumpsters, young adults plunged into student loan poverty, systemic racism that divides our cities and suburbs into haves and have-nots, a wildly inadequate retirement system that the ruling party is trying to get rid of–like I said, we have a lot of work to do.

The choice between radical Islam and American-style pseudodemocracy is a false one presented by the Hard Right. There is 0.0% danger that Islamists will take over the United States. And it is 0.0% our business whether it takes over other countries.

January 24, 2005

Plagiarism?

FOR Jarrett writes:

Robert Higgs has decided to copy your December opinion without referencing you. See http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1452. Does it annoy you when others copy your material?

There’s nothing more annoying than being plagiarized. A few weeks after I sent Michael Kinsley a bunch of cartoons in his capacity as a magazine editor, he wrote a column that appeared to lift the rather esoteric concept of my cartoon hook, line and sinker. Of course, I’m not 100% certain. It may have just been a coincidence, though I still doubt it.

There are some remarkable similarities between my column comparing Bush to FDR and the above-referenced piece by Robert Higgs. But is it plagiarism?

Perhaps. Perhaps not. Some ideas occur to different people simply because they’re true or make sense at the time. This could be one of those times. Or Higgs thought that no one in the UK reads my Yankee Dog writing.

Seriously: I don’t know. And when I don’t know something, I assume the best. Unlike, say, the Bush Administration.

January 24, 2005

Plagiarism?

FOR Jarrett writes:

Robert Higgs has decided to copy your December opinion without referencing you. See http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1452. Does it annoy you when others copy your material?

There’s nothing more annoying than being plagiarized. A few weeks after I sent Michael Kinsley a bunch of cartoons in his capacity as a magazine editor, he wrote a column that appeared to lift the rather esoteric concept of my cartoon hook, line and sinker. Of course, I’m not 100% certain. It may have just been a coincidence, though I still doubt it.

There are some remarkable similarities between my column comparing Bush to FDR and the above-referenced piece by Robert Higgs. But is it plagiarism?

Perhaps. Perhaps not. Some ideas occur to different people simply because they’re true or make sense at the time. This could be one of those times. Or Higgs thought that no one in the UK reads my Yankee Dog writing.

Seriously: I don’t know. And when I don’t know something, I assume the best. Unlike, say, the Bush Administration.

January 22, 2005

Ted Rall Clipping Service

It’s time once again to put out a shout out to faithful Ted Rall fans living in cities where my cartoons and/or columns appear in your local paper. I need tearsheets! Mainly to show to prospective clients but also to enter contests like the Pulitzer. Here’s what I need from you: When you see my stuff in print, cut out the WHOLE PAGE and set it aside. Every 2-3 months or so, drop that stack of tearsheets into the mail to yours truly. That’s all there is to it. In return, you get my undying gratitude and a free signed copy of every new book I put out. (Speaking of which: I’ve lost a few addresses of previous TRCSers, so please get in touch if you’re one of them. I want to send you your loot.)

I only need one correspondent per city, so please email me at chet@rall.com. Thanks!

A Note from the Morally Oblivious

From the mailbag:

You are correct, Ted. The Taliban and it’s fighters are not there to kill Americans. They are there to make sure that every man, woman, and child within their grasp has a chance to enjoy being flogged, and have their fingers, toes, eyes, arms, and legs removed for the pettiest offenses. Perhaps, if the subject of this paragon of virtue and fairness that you so loyally defend is doubly lucky, he/she might be able to participate in a public execution in front of the home fans.

And where did I ever say that that stuff was OK? Quite to the contrary, I was loudly decrying the Taliban when they were running most of Afghanistan. That said, what Afghans do to Afghans isn’t my business, your business or George W. Bush’s business. Political change sticks when it occurs organically, without outside interference. Moreover, I’ll happily follow Dubya’s Global Campaign for Freedom when he applies it without concern for oil reserves and/or ideology. When he attacks Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan with the same zest he applies to regime change in Iraq and Iran, I’ll be right there with him. Until then, forgive me if I doubt his motives.

America is not perfect. Nor are it’s citizens, government, and leadership. Sure, we’ve made mistakes, as do all countries.

Is murdering 160,000 innocent Afghan and Iraqi soldiers and civilians a “mistake”? Well, I guess it is. But it’s also an act of genocide on par with the worst moments in human history, and I’m not going to make excuses for the regime that carried it out or the people (including me) who stood by and watched while it went down on CNN.

We are also the only country in the world that is capable of helping other nations.

Really? Tell it to India, a big donor nation for tsunami relief despite being hit hard themselves. Or the Europeans, who gave a lot more than we did on a per capita basis. Or the Soviet Union, who “helped” Afghanistan when they crossed the Friendship Bridge from the Uzbek SSR to invade. Invaders always say they’re there to liberate; hardly ever has it been true.

We citizens of the U.S. will never agree unanimously on the correctness of these efforts to help, or whether they are being carried out in the correct fashion, in the correct places, with the correct amount of money and other resources being allocated to the correct people. The decisions involved in our various aid processes has got to be mind numbing to say the least, and only people who are able to make decisions and withstand criticism from know-everything-do-nothing columnists and media personalities like you should be in positions of leadership.

Yeah, because pundits are so much more of a pernicious influence than, say, Halliburton and other corporate sponsors of the two parties.

You see, Ted, that way we Americans are able to continue to enjoy the freedom to criticize our government, instead of worrying about our government shooting us in the back of the head in front of our friends and family for disagreeing with the Friendly Neighborhood Taliban Radical Islamist that you so staunchly defend.

Except: the Taliban never threatened our freedoms. On that, surely, every sane American can agree.

Friends of Rall

Several correspondents ask, slightly sarcastically: What is required to become a full-fledged FOR (Friend of Rall)? To which, after long rumination, I must reply this: If you have to ask, you probably don’t have it.

January 22, 2005

Ted Rall Clipping Service

It’s time once again to put out a shout out to faithful Ted Rall fans living in cities where my cartoons and/or columns appear in your local paper. I need tearsheets! Mainly to show to prospective clients but also to enter contests like the Pulitzer. Here’s what I need from you: When you see my stuff in print, cut out the WHOLE PAGE and set it aside. Every 2-3 months or so, drop that stack of tearsheets into the mail to yours truly. That’s all there is to it. In return, you get my undying gratitude and a free signed copy of every new book I put out. (Speaking of which: I’ve lost a few addresses of previous TRCSers, so please get in touch if you’re one of them. I want to send you your loot.)

I only need one correspondent per city, so please email me at chet@rall.com. Thanks!

A Note from the Morally Oblivious

From the mailbag:

You are correct, Ted. The Taliban and it’s fighters are not there to kill Americans. They are there to make sure that every man, woman, and child within their grasp has a chance to enjoy being flogged, and have their fingers, toes, eyes, arms, and legs removed for the pettiest offenses. Perhaps, if the subject of this paragon of virtue and fairness that you so loyally defend is doubly lucky, he/she might be able to participate in a public execution in front of the home fans.

And where did I ever say that that stuff was OK? Quite to the contrary, I was loudly decrying the Taliban when they were running most of Afghanistan. That said, what Afghans do to Afghans isn’t my business, your business or George W. Bush’s business. Political change sticks when it occurs organically, without outside interference. Moreover, I’ll happily follow Dubya’s Global Campaign for Freedom when he applies it without concern for oil reserves and/or ideology. When he attacks Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan with the same zest he applies to regime change in Iraq and Iran, I’ll be right there with him. Until then, forgive me if I doubt his motives.

America is not perfect. Nor are it’s citizens, government, and leadership. Sure, we’ve made mistakes, as do all countries.

Is murdering 160,000 innocent Afghan and Iraqi soldiers and civilians a “mistake”? Well, I guess it is. But it’s also an act of genocide on par with the worst moments in human history, and I’m not going to make excuses for the regime that carried it out or the people (including me) who stood by and watched while it went down on CNN.

We are also the only country in the world that is capable of helping other nations.

Really? Tell it to India, a big donor nation for tsunami relief despite being hit hard themselves. Or the Europeans, who gave a lot more than we did on a per capita basis. Or the Soviet Union, who “helped” Afghanistan when they crossed the Friendship Bridge from the Uzbek SSR to invade. Invaders always say they’re there to liberate; hardly ever has it been true.

We citizens of the U.S. will never agree unanimously on the correctness of these efforts to help, or whether they are being carried out in the correct fashion, in the correct places, with the correct amount of money and other resources being allocated to the correct people. The decisions involved in our various aid processes has got to be mind numbing to say the least, and only people who are able to make decisions and withstand criticism from know-everything-do-nothing columnists and media personalities like you should be in positions of leadership.

Yeah, because pundits are so much more of a pernicious influence than, say, Halliburton and other corporate sponsors of the two parties.

You see, Ted, that way we Americans are able to continue to enjoy the freedom to criticize our government, instead of worrying about our government shooting us in the back of the head in front of our friends and family for disagreeing with the Friendly Neighborhood Taliban Radical Islamist that you so staunchly defend.

Except: the Taliban never threatened our freedoms. On that, surely, every sane American can agree.

Friends of Rall

Several correspondents ask, slightly sarcastically: What is required to become a full-fledged FOR (Friend of Rall)? To which, after long rumination, I must reply this: If you have to ask, you probably don’t have it.

January 19, 2005

Illegal Immigrants

This week’s column on illegal immigration is provoking some interesting mail. Among the replies is this excellent question from Theo:

Your current column states that there are “nine million illegal immigrants… living and working in the United States.” And that “ten percent of the U.S. workforce is currently undocumented.” Is that a typo? It can’t be true that only ninety million Americans work, out of a population of 280 million, can it? Perhaps I am mistaken. But if you are in error, please correct your column. You know that the right-wing

morons are always looking for some way to twist your words… let’s not give them any ammunition, even by way of an honest mistake.)

No, let’s not. Theo is quite right; the US workforce is significantly larger than 90 million. You get to 10 percent by adding the 9 million undocumented illegals who live here permanently to the migrants who go back and forth betweem the U.S. and their nations of origin (usually Mexico).

January 19, 2005

Illegal Immigrants

This week’s column on illegal immigration is provoking some interesting mail. Among the replies is this excellent question from Theo:


Your current column states that there are “nine million illegal immigrants… living and working in the United States.” And that “ten percent of the U.S. workforce is currently undocumented.” Is that a typo? It can’t be true that only ninety million Americans work, out of a population of 280 million, can it? Perhaps I am mistaken. But if you are in error, please correct your column. You know that the right-wing

morons are always looking for some way to twist your words… let’s not give them any ammunition, even by way of an honest mistake.)

No, let’s not. Theo is quite right; the US workforce is significantly larger than 90 million. You get to 10 percent by adding the 9 million undocumented illegals who live here permanently to the migrants who go back and forth betweem the U.S. and their nations of origin (usually Mexico).

January 18, 2005

But the Rallblog Doesn’t Pay Anything

Bill writes:

big fan of the cartoons, though now enjoy the Rallblog even more. As a Brit, though living in Southern Africa (countries down here get election monitoring teams from Europe and America – perhaps Botswana should have sent some to the US in return last year), I have a question: I realise that the US and it’s administration is your major focus, but have you deliberately chosen to lay off the other members of the coalition of the willing? Like the UK and Tony Blair? Now there’s a country where seemingly most of Blair’s party didn’t support the war and he got more support from the opposition! A lot of Labour supporters want him out, but the party to stay in. And one of the biggest complaints is of his `Presidential style’ and the `US corruption of UK politics’. Actually, maybe it just isn’t funny enough…

We kind of have our hands full with Bush, don’t you think? Besides, Steve Bell does such a good job savaging Blair that I hardly think I could compete. But there’s more to it than that. First, it’s true that American readers and editors just aren’t really interested in the assorted toadies and lackeys in the coalition of the shilling. More importantly, Bush and the US are the root of the problem, which is why I focus on them.

But Merch Does

Lee writes:

Are you still selling signed books? If so, how much for Generalissimo El Busho and Gas War? Thanks!

As a general rule, I sell signed copies of my new books when they first come out. That way I can buy the correct number from my publisher and send them out without having to turn my home into a warehouse. I have very few copies of EL BUSHO or GAS WAR around so I’m loathe to sell them at this point. What I will do in these situations is sign books that you send me to sign. Here’s the procedure:

1. Send the books you want me to sign to: Ted Rall, PO Box 1134, New York NY 10027

2. Make sure you include a self-addressed STAMPED envelope large enough to hold the books and containing sufficient padding to protect them during shipment. Postage should be sufficient for the weight of the books.

3. Include a note letting me know how you want it signed (“For “Bob,” just my signature, whatever).

4. Allow up to 4 weeks for me to send them back.

Ted Rall Subscription Service

By popular demand I’m issuing a reminder about the Subscription Service for 2005. For $10 per year you get my cartoons and columns emailed directly to your address, sometimes days before they go online. It’s a good way to save web-surfing time and to pay my legal expenses at Guantánamo, so if you’re game, here’s how to sign up:

1. Send an email to chet@rall.com indicating your interest.

2. I’ll respond and tell you how to pay via PayPal or:

2b. Simply send $10 to Ted Rall, PO Box 1134, New York NY 10027 with a note containing your email addess.

Original Artwork

While we’re shilling, this is a reminder that I do sell my original artwork. Prices vary between $300 and $500 per cartoon. Please bear in mind that you’ll be getting the ink drawings only–that means no colors or grayscale shadings are included. Still, original cartoon art is highly collectible and way cool to have on your wall, so if you’re interested in a piece just shoot me an email at chet@rall.com and I’ll let you know whether I have the piece you’re inquiring about. Payment can be done by PayPal or check/money order.

As an inducement good for the rest of January only, I’ll throw in a free copy of a signed book of your choice (one of my books, natch!) with the sale of each original.

January 18, 2005

But the Rallblog Doesn’t Pay Anything

Bill writes:

big fan of the cartoons, though now enjoy the Rallblog even more. As a Brit, though living in Southern Africa (countries down here get election monitoring teams from Europe and America – perhaps Botswana should have sent some to the US in return last year), I have a question: I realise that the US and it’s administration is your major focus, but have you deliberately chosen to lay off the other members of the coalition of the willing? Like the UK and Tony Blair? Now there’s a country where seemingly most of Blair’s party didn’t support the war and he got more support from the opposition! A lot of Labour supporters want him out, but the party to stay in. And one of the biggest complaints is of his `Presidential style’ and the `US corruption of UK politics’. Actually, maybe it just isn’t funny enough…

We kind of have our hands full with Bush, don’t you think? Besides, Steve Bell does such a good job savaging Blair that I hardly think I could compete. But there’s more to it than that. First, it’s true that American readers and editors just aren’t really interested in the assorted toadies and lackeys in the coalition of the shilling. More importantly, Bush and the US are the root of the problem, which is why I focus on them.

But Merch Does

Lee writes:

Are you still selling signed books? If so, how much for Generalissimo El Busho and Gas War? Thanks!

As a general rule, I sell signed copies of my new books when they first come out. That way I can buy the correct number from my publisher and send them out without having to turn my home into a warehouse. I have very few copies of EL BUSHO or GAS WAR around so I’m loathe to sell them at this point. What I will do in these situations is sign books that you send me to sign. Here’s the procedure:

1. Send the books you want me to sign to: Ted Rall, PO Box 1134, New York NY 10027

2. Make sure you include a self-addressed STAMPED envelope large enough to hold the books and containing sufficient padding to protect them during shipment. Postage should be sufficient for the weight of the books.

3. Include a note letting me know how you want it signed (“For “Bob,” just my signature, whatever).

4. Allow up to 4 weeks for me to send them back.

Ted Rall Subscription Service

By popular demand I’m issuing a reminder about the Subscription Service for 2005. For $10 per year you get my cartoons and columns emailed directly to your address, sometimes days before they go online. It’s a good way to save web-surfing time and to pay my legal expenses at Guantánamo, so if you’re game, here’s how to sign up:

1. Send an email to chet@rall.com indicating your interest.

2. I’ll respond and tell you how to pay via PayPal or:

2b. Simply send $10 to Ted Rall, PO Box 1134, New York NY 10027 with a note containing your email addess.

Original Artwork

While we’re shilling, this is a reminder that I do sell my original artwork. Prices vary between $300 and $500 per cartoon. Please bear in mind that you’ll be getting the ink drawings only–that means no colors or grayscale shadings are included. Still, original cartoon art is highly collectible and way cool to have on your wall, so if you’re interested in a piece just shoot me an email at chet@rall.com and I’ll let you know whether I have the piece you’re inquiring about. Payment can be done by PayPal or check/money order.

As an inducement good for the rest of January only, I’ll throw in a free copy of a signed book of your choice (one of my books, natch!) with the sale of each original.