The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of the Panel: Dell #4

from The F.B.I.
(Artists Unknown)
(The F.B.I. #1; April-June, 1965)


Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Isn't it sweet that the extreme right has gone from hooded rallies in rural fields at night to FOX News? Now that's progress!

I need a drink.

Fred said...

Somehow, I'm guessing Dell didn't distribute this comic in certain parts of the USA in 1965.

Mr DeBakey said...

A recent poll found that 46% of Mississippi Republicants feel inter racial marriages should be illegal.

Those Frenchies have a sating for that, "Plus ca change..."

Iain said...

Destroy the right wing.

Mystery Jig said...

Fuck the Klan. That's as eloquent as I can be on the subject.

homesteader said...

The truth is that the klan was the terrorist arm of Democrat party. Any book on Reconstruction documents this.

Gary said...

You should have run this on Robert Byrd's funeral day -- and remember, President Clinton said it was cool he joined the klan and lynched black folks, 'cause he did it to win an election.

As much as people love to push the Klan as some sort of cartoon organization, let's not forget that racism knows no party or ideology. The Klan in the south was, and what little it remains still is, a bunch of Democrats like Mr. Byrd.

I really think it disgraces those who suffered and died at the hands of the Klans, and the Republicans like Grant and McKinley as well as the Democrats (NOT Woodrow Wilson, of course, who loved Birth of a nation) who fought for racial equality.

Gary said...

And "destroy the right wing" is the exact sort of incivility that led to the Klan, and that President Obama -- as well as Presidents Clinton and Bush 41 at the new Civility Institute at UAz -- asked us to eliminate from our discourse.

John said...

There is no need to "destroy the right wing". The Republican Party of the early 21st Century is a motley, dysfunctional gaggle of ignoramuses who will succeed quite thoroughly at destroying themselves if we just give them enough rope. Let them nominate some half-wit clown like Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum or Michelle Bachmann or Mike Huckabee or Donald Trump (I can't believe I just wrote that), and then sit back and watch the train wreck. Only when this party absolutely crashes and burns in an apocalyptic electoral landslide of historic proportions will there be any chance that some adults might actually find themselves back in charge. Until then, conservatism, properly understood, will remain lost in the wilderness.

G said...

History shows that the Ku Klux Klan was the terrorist arm of the Democrat Party. This ugly fact about the Democrat Party is detailed in the book, A Short History of Reconstruction, (Harper & Row Publishers, Inc., 1990) by Dr. Eric Foner, the renown liberal historian who is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. As a further testament to his impeccable credentials, Professor Foner is only the second person to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians.
Democrats in the last century did not hide their connections to the Ku Klux Klan. Georgia-born Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan wrote on page 21 of the September 1928 edition of the Klan’s “The Kourier Magazine”: “I have never voted for any man who was not a regular Democrat. My father … never voted for any man who was not a Democrat. My grandfather was …the head of the Ku Klux Klan in reconstruction days…. My great-grandfather was a life-long Democrat…. My great-great-grandfather was…one of the founders of the Democratic party.”

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John said...

The number of todays' Klan members who are also registered Democrats would fit in the back seat of my car.