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Is Obama The Wolverine Of Presidential Guest Stars?

Or, this made me want to apply this to comics. I mean, I guess I have nothing against comics companies cashing in Obama mania. I don’t hate the guy, even if he is a Socialist Muslim/Christian or whatever is scaring Glen Beck to tears this week, but I don’t think he’s Composite Liberal Jesus (which is half Jesus, half JFK, like you didn’t know) either.

So I really don’t want to make this about politics or offend anyone (this may be the first time I make a liberal more butt hurt than a conservative. Maybe. I can never predict you people). I probably will, but I swear I am totally not trying to.

I’m just wondering; is Obama in danger of being overexposed as a guest star, or did we pass that point long before he was set to team up with Bruce Campbell in a four (!) issue mini-series.

Also, does anyone collect Obama appearances? How deep is that collection now? You’ve got the Amazing Spider-Man issue, Savage Dragon, Youngblood, Thunderbolts, Greatest American Hero, the biography comics IDW’s publishing; did I miss anything? I guess I don’t care that much, since I can’t be bothered to do a Google search and find out in four seconds.

Last Obama/comics crossover item; I did think Peter David’s reference to JFK Airport being BHO now in the latest X-Factor was a cute nod. Of course, I have a higher tolerance for Peter David humor than most. My parents inoculated me at an early age by letting me get his X-Factor run when I was a kid. I bet Jenny McCarthy wants them to not do that now, but why should anyone listen to the second best former co-host of Singled Out about anything again? When I get in to Jenny McCarthy bashing/acknowledging, it’s time to get back to work.

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Barack the Barbarian is one thing, but at least we don’t have an ” Obama: Origins ” title that ties the President’s entire life history to manipulation by a secretly living Joe McCarthy.

On another note, thank you for bashing Jenny McCarthy. Celebrities famous for no particular act of talent or charity shouldn’t dictate public health, especially when it involves egregious ablism.

Not until we get New Obama, Dark Obama, House of O, and he gets cloned.

Unless they’ve already got the Clobama thing lined up.

I’m lukewarm on the guy — neither hate nor love — but I’m already getting tired of seeing and hearing him. Not just in comics but at the top of every news hour, every news website headline, etc., etc.

Just today, he “cooly” killed a live fly on live television and it was all over the news. Riveting.

He’s just overexposed . . . period.

He was in an issue of Secret Warriors too. I think #2 or #3.

The latest issue of Wizard has, apparently, a list of the “rarest” Obama appearances. I’m not sure how anything with him can be rare, but there you have it. If you want to see a list of his appearances, perhaps you should pick up Wizard … if you can stomach it!!!!!

No, because Wolverine paid dues and actually accomplished things before he got insanely popular and started appearing everywhere.

I heard that Obama was originally supposed to be a mutated radical muslim but they retconned his origin after his popularity took off.

It’s worth pointing out that Evan Bryce and Dean Trippe hit on that same idea a little while back in their excellent “President Awesome” webcomic:
http://www.tencentticker.com/presidentawesome/2009/02/13/president-awesome/

I would argue that the Chuck mini-series had an Obama appearance even if they named him something different. I think it’s kinda funny that for several years/decades it seems that comics have avoided too many presidential appearances, to the point that they rarely ever mention the name of the current president (for two reasons I imagine, one to not date the book. two not to defend themselves against being considered one side or the other of the political spectrum.

and I’m glad you allow Jenny McCarthy bashing. The crap her and her followers has started without one shred of evidence(in fact the three major studies say it’s a total crock—they respond with the typical conspiracy nuttism, that make the 9/11 conspiracy nutcases appear almost sensible)

Many indie comic publishers are notoriously desperate for attention, sales, and acceptance. Expect them to ride the Obama gravy train even after the guy is out of office.

Marvel’s continued use of him keeps painting the company as the desperate media attention whores that the House of Ideas has been over the last few years. This is the company who puts Stephen Colbert in comic books and the guy barely even promotes them on air. Hasn’t Marvel realized that aside from the occasional massive mainstream attention thing only comes around once every 5-10 years, and all the NY Daily News articles in the world won’t change that? All it does is reveal how little the mainstream public cares about comics, the Cap #600 thing being a perfect example of a collective “whatever”.

I said this way the fuck back in January.

He’s overexposed in all media. He’s the rock star President and everyone is giving him all kinds of exposure that has nothing to do with him y’know doing the job of president (see the story on him and basketball that’s up on espn.com currently if you don’t believe. Now I’ll admit that I dislike his politics, but these appearances really aren’t making me like him anymore. At this point, I’m just thankful that he hasn’t made a guest appearance in anything that I read on a routine basis.

Speaking of Obama and comics. Did anybody else find it a little disheartening when Spider-Man and Wolverine fist bumped about Bush being out of office. They compared him to the Green Goblin in that scene. I get that the artistic community as a whole is incredibly liberal but give me a break.

You missed the analogue in Final Crisis #7. The Morrison Grant for Quantum Physics said in an interview (maybe on this site?) that it was a shoutout, right around/after the election. This was in return for the “my father, Jor-El sent me to Earth” speech a few months earlier.

I think if anything Comics are just holding up a mirror to the current pop culture trends (much like they always have really).

Its not really relevant whether he has “achieved” anything or not, I mean I don’t expect a Gandhi Vs Wolverine One-shot to rush of the shelves because of Gandhi’s incredible life.

Just wanted to point out that when I first read this article, the ad under it (for a comic seller) used a pic of Wolverine, and when I went back to the main page, the ad under it was for the Ash/Obama crossover book.

Fun.

As someone who completely disagrees with Obama on just about every single policy and doesn’t much care for the cult of personality developing around him, I’m not particularly shocked by all the comic appearances. Obama tests well in many of the same demographics that comic books do, so it’s only natural that an industry on shaky grounds as it is would try to take advantage of that.

It’s funny you should mention JFK, however; Kennedy appeared in more issues of Superman comics than any other president to date.

Chuck D- Even guys like my grandpa (hardcore Fox-News dittohead conservative True Believers) are happy Bush is out of office. At the end of his term the guy was incredibly unpopular.

Beyond the obvious cashing-in, I’d’ve thought the Obamamania was mostly because writers and artistic types in general tend to skew liberal in their politics. The fact that he’s relatively young and relatively black — and thus more salable than the average old white guy in the office — seems to have had less effect on his election and treatment since than the fact that he came after eight years of GWB.

The fact that they’ve turned all this massive liberal relief into a money-making machine … well, that just proves we’re in America, baby! U! S! A! U! S! A!

Sick as I am of this, I would be so all over a Zombie Obama cover for the next Marvel Zombies series. (Unfortunately, there’s no way they could do an Ape Obama cover after the controversy over the monkey shooting cartoon a few months ago.)

Ethan Shuster

June 18, 2009 at 6:45 am

Yeah, he’s showing up entirely too much on the comics page. Let’s just move on and let him be president.

Luckily, none of the comics guest-starring Obama have been particularly any good. So I haven’t actually read any of his appearances.

This a question I’ve been asking myself more and more lately. (For me, the Bo Obama comic was a real low point.) I edit the blog Literary Obama and I can hardly keep up with all of Obama’s guest appearances and, as Lawrence pointed out, most of them aren’t very good. I’m a strong admirer of Obama (obviously) so I will probably keep buying the comics. But am I actually reading them? Not really. And that may be the more important question. I’d love to see something genuinely creative and engaging and not just designed to take my money. If it is a Zombie Obama comic – LOL – then I’m all for it, as long as it’s done well. I do like the artwork for Kyle Baker’s forthcoming bio, but do we really need another one of those too?!?!

Note that there’s an interview with Jeph Loeb at Marvel.com where he teases on the Red Hulk’s identity. This quote stands out:

[Quote]”It was all figured out from the start,” Loeb promises. “What we’re hoping to do when it’s over—and trust us, even after issue #600, it’s far from over—we’ll do a piece where we show you all the clues along the way. We’ve said from HULK #1 that if you look carefully, you can figure it out. But be warned, if all you look for is ‘Who is the Red Hulk?’ you’ll miss the bigger picture. It’s like trying to figure out Watergate and not realizing it goes all the way to…well, you’ll see.”[/Quote]

It makes sense now. Red Hulk is totally Barack Obama.

If Obama is half-Jesus and half-JFK, doesn’t that make Superman’s brother?

I don’t care about all the Obama appearances. I don’t buy any of those comics anyway, so who cares? If you don’t like the president, just don’t buy those comics.

What bugs me though, really really bugs me, is how so many of the artists on these books just draw a generic black guy in a suit. Come on, is it that hard to draw a reasonable likeness of the man?

and I’m glad you allow Jenny McCarthy bashing. The crap her and her followers has started without one shred of evidence …

Give the poor woman a break. Jenny McCarthy is Alicia Silverstone, or Tea Leoni, with naked pictures on the Internet. Just like Siverstone and Leoni, McCarthy was kinda sexy and kinda funny in the ’90s and it just seemed like a matter of time before something connected. It never did. Then, a younger generation of kinda sexy, kinda funny women came up behind her and overtook her.

Now, McCarthy is a rich woman with a sick kid, who has a lot of time on her hands and the ability to get on Larry King. How this effects 99.99% of the world, I cannot possibly imagine.

I was a strong supporter of Obama when he was running for office, and remain a strong supporter now that he is President (though I do believe he is not perfect and am not 100% satisfied with everything he has done). And even though I am inclined to view these things charitably, I think there is a bit of overkill. I bought the original IDW bio, and the Spiderman issue (and Thunderbolts, but thats on my monthly pull list anyway), but none of the other gimmick comics. I just don’t see them as entertaining, or worth my money, or even collectible. I mean, I saved the newspaper from the day after the election, and from inauguration day, and a commemorative Time or Newsweek (I forget which), but thats about all I need in the memento department. I certainly don’t need Barack running around in a loin cloth.

What really makes me laugh is the theory that all the Obama appearances are some liberal conspiracy. I can certainly sympathize with the distaste of seeing a politician you viscerally disagree with lauded (and yes, there was a brief time that GW Bush could do no wrong in the eyes of many, despite his current unpopularity), but I think Obama-mania in the comics world has little to do with politics and everything to do with profit. As soon as people decide these Obama books are worthless and stop buying them, they will stop being produced. Its called capitalism, and it is pretty darn amusing to this lefty to see right-wingers whining and moaning about it just because there is currently high demand for something they happen to dislike.

“I did think Peter David’s reference to JFK Airport being BHO now in the latest X-Factor was a cute nod. Of course, I have a higher tolerance for Peter David humor than most. ”

As do I, but I happen to think that nod is more awkward than cute. Not because I can’t imagine them renaming the airport, but because I can’t fathom them using his initials. ‘JFK’ was always a common acronym, as was ‘LBJ'; no one, anywhere, has ever referred to Obama as ‘BHO.’

” Now, McCarthy is a rich woman with a sick kid, who has a lot of time on her hands and the ability to get on Larry King. How this effects 99.99% of the world, I cannot possibly imagine. ”

The neurodiversity movement is based on the idea that autism is far more than a disorder, and is an identity in and of itself. When ignorant celebrity figures like McCarthy talk about curing autism, it’s very like they’re echoing the humans’ comments in X3 about a cure for the mutant gene.

It’s not just that she’s a moron who believes that vaccines cause autism without any hard proof, it’s that she’s set her son up as an pitiful brain damage survivor who she’s somehow managed too cure and make normal. I feel a lot of sympathy for the boy, since instead of being loved for his neurological difficulties, he’s become stigmatized for them.

I can certainly sympathize with the distaste of seeing a politician you viscerally disagree with lauded (and yes, there was a brief time that GW Bush could do no wrong in the eyes of many, despite his current unpopularity),

There was a time GW Bush could do no wrong IN COMIC BOOKS? When pray tell? At best there were times the media laid off of GW Bush because the post-9/11 sentiment in the country made it inconvenient to attack him but there was never a time the media was actively sympathetic to him in the least.

Am I the only one who thinks all the Obama comic appearances are fun and exciting? I’m happy that we have a president we can celebrate in comics, only in America, baby! Comics should be good, but comics should be fun, too. For all of you who worry about the “politics” of it all, Obama in comic books is THE way to get past all of that. What’s the harm, the REAL harm, in having a random comic featuring the President in a hilarious random scenario, such as trapped in the center of the earth, and having to rely on his diplomatic skills to negotiate with the lava monsters to escape? How does Obama interacting with lava monsters affect your political sensibilites? Are you anti-lava monster or something? Well, I’d buy the comic! I say give Barack Obama his own ongoing already!

Why do so many forum posting comic fans take comics so seriously? Comics are supposed to be fun, wild exercises of the imagination, not formulaic movie script adaptations that adhere to your demands as fans. Why can’t we put today’s famous in people in comics? Like Eminem and the Punisher…sure it was terrible…but it was AWESOMELY terrible!!! It was a great use of the imagination. Why couldn’t we have a comic where Brian Phelps teams up with Namor to save the dolphins or something? Why can’t we have Rev Al Sharpton and the Black Panther team up and fight a bunch of racist zombies in the jungles of Wakanda? Let’s let comics be free from the usual, and what’s expected, and let’s go for the craziest they can be! If you want “cool,” wait for the movies and/or animated series!

What really makes me laugh is the theory that all the Obama appearances are some liberal conspiracy. I can certainly sympathize with the distaste of seeing a politician you viscerally disagree with lauded (and yes, there was a brief time that GW Bush could do no wrong in the eyes of many, despite his current unpopularity), but I think Obama-mania in the comics world has little to do with politics and everything to do with profit.

I haven’t seen many complain about a “liberal conspiracy” here or elsewhere. I’d like to think nobody is that stupid. It would be like if someone from the other side of the spectrum thought these comics are actually meant to be a celebration of how SUPER AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL!! Obama is.

They’re not. As you said, it’s about money. When I walk down the streets of Manhattan and see a guy selling poorly-made handbags with Obama’s face on them, it’s pretty clear to me that this Obama merchandise trend is all about the money. And when the well runs dry, so will the handbags/t-shirts/comics/etc.

‘Course we could debate the potential pratfalls of Obama being merchandised like Harry Potter, but never underestimate the stupid buying decisions of the American consumer. I still remember news reports about people who bought Windows 95 who didn’t even own computers and people who bought buggy iPhones on the day they came out for three times the price you could get them a few months later.

He’s not quite at Wolverine levels yet, but there are a few easy steps to rememdy that.

1) He needs a clone, who is a younger female version of him and has an even more extreme version of his personality.

2) Secondly, he needs a son, who is like him, but evil and with tatoos and a mohawk, and who pretends to be him to the general public.

3) Then, he needs to run a second country, and be in the cabinet/house of representitives or equivelant of at least three more countries, and inexplicably still perform at his peak in all of them and no one notice he’s speading his time so thin.

4) Next, every single time anything happens in the distant future, it must feature a version of him thats older but more experienced. He’ll be alive in any scenario, but 99% of the time any other one person will be long dead, probably in very unpleasant circumstances.

5) He then needs his origin story retconned several times, always for the worse. Any one part of it will be removed and replaced with something ‘cool’ which actually isn’t.

6) He needs to have his skeleton ripped out, but still be fine, but then it gets put back in later to no lasting ill effect. This is to show how awesome he is.

7) At some point he needs to kill John McCain. This can only be achieved with a ridiculous mystical sword, as otherwise he doesn’t actually die.

Two words:

“Reagan’s Raiders”

They’re doing it because most of their creators and consumers like Barack Obama. It’s tedious, yes, but it’s an easy way for ideology to dovetail with profit.

I’d also like to point out that as far as exposure goes, in independent and mainstream comics combined, W. Bush was a common figure in the last year of his presidency. I’d guess that most of those portrayals were critical, but then again, he was somewhat-to-very unpopular with most of the country.

Burgas: Yeah, thanks for the head’s up, but I’m not buying Wizard for anything less than naked Megan Fox pictures printed on golden paper, and also you get money when you read it.

Oh, and I can’t believe I forgot SuperObama in Final Crisis and Nick Fury showing up in the Oval Office in Secret Warriors to tell him he’s not such hot shit, basically. Now that I know about Barack the Barbarian, I can’t forget that no matter how hard I try.

Also, does anyone want to draw Composite Liberal Jesus? That would be awesome if they did.

Oh, and Alex officially wins this comments section. Everyone else can go home.

Wait, no, Alex and Tick Tocking are co-winners. Now everyone else can go home.

Do people even realize that JFK wasn’t particularly liberal?

“I bet Jenny McCarthy wants them to not do that now, but why should anyone listen to the second best former co-host of Singled Out about anything again? When I get in to Jenny McCarthy bashing/acknowledging, it’s time to get back to work.”

Still bitter about that horrible Saturday Night’s Main Event, I see. :)

And I said that I’m not going to buy any series that has an Obama guest appearance. At this point, it’s just getting to be cliche. Listen, Megan Fox is a comics fan, put HER on your cover already and stop cheapening a rather important political office and the democratic process in general.

Geez, shouldn’t have gone to sleep watching The West Wing last night, I’m all hot and bothered.

They’re doing it because most of their creators and consumers like Barack Obama. It’s tedious, yes, but it’s an easy way for ideology to dovetail with profit.

Right, except I’d call it .001 % ideology and 99.999% profit. Right now Obama apperances seem to be selling.
Back when they sold in the millions, comics were all about finding a trend and riding it out ’till it dies. I’m personally not the target market for this stuff but by ‘n large, I see this as smart, sensible behavior.

i proactively avoid anything with Mr. Obama on it.
And, as Bernard Goldberg points out in ‘Arrogance’, there is no liberal conspiracy, because there is no need for one. Up to 90% of the media & entertainment industries are liberal. So, no conspiracy because many of these people simply assume that everyone [who has a brain] thinks they way they do. So, it becomes an unspoken agreement and assumed culture, rather than an active conspiracy.
Plus, Mr. Obama sells things and this still is a capitalist society……for a little while longer.
DFTBA.

@Carl: Dubya wasn’t very conservative either — neither was Reagan, for that matter –, but that never stopped anyone on either side from declaring them arch-conservatives. The liberal creep of the last few decades has resulted in “neo-cons” who are considerably closer to the left than many “liberal” icons of the past.

@Alex: I think #5 in your list has already happened.

“There was a time GW Bush could do no wrong IN COMIC BOOKS? When pray tell? At best there were times the media laid off of GW Bush because the post-9/11 sentiment in the country made it inconvenient to attack him but there was never a time the media was actively sympathetic to him in the least.”

I’m assuming you don’t include newspapers, blogs, Fox News, or the radio as “media?”

Tonto Goldstein

June 18, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Obama love-fest is pretty tiresome, but its even more exxaggerated because of the constant Bush Bashing, even today. In the current Amazing Spider-Man arc, Wolverine (of all characters) lectures Spidey about revenge, and gets political by saying “Look how long it took to get rid of the last guy,” as they fist pound each other. Pretty Lame. Espcecially coming from Wolverine. As a tough-on-crime, punch first, ask later character, he would be the last character to go bleeding heart liberal.

I’m assuming you don’t include newspapers, blogs, Fox News, or the radio as “media?”

No, I’m talking the mainstream media. Things that a moderate or a liberal would call mainstream at least. Major newspapers, major network news, CNN, MSNBC. Most liberals consider Fox News and talk radio and blogs “fringe,” despite their size and scope. But what I said is especially true about superhero comic books, I never saw ANY nice portrayal of Bush in 8 years that comes close to what Barack has gotten in 4 months.

“I’m assuming you don’t include newspapers, blogs, Fox News, or the radio as “media?””

Yeah, I don’t particularly care, but this “liberal media” boogeyman that has served as a way for righties to paint themselves as some poor oppressed minority in popular culture seems to be mostly pushed by the massive number of right wing media outlets. Interestingly, Olberman does the same thing over at MSNBC (painting himself as the mavericky truth teller against the bad ol’ conservative media), only his talking points are newer and haven’t really become the kind of parrot facts yet that the right’s have. It’ll probably happen though.

Look, the “mainstream media” doesn’t really exist. There are right and left outlets, and I believe, a very small number who are just trying to do the job. But since ratings and sales rule all, popular presidents will be on tv a lot. The media didn’t make Obama popular; the fact that he’s a young, eloquent, coolish seeming guy made him popular. Certain media outlets just realized they could make money showing him being such. Similarly, the media didn’t screw Bush. The Iraq War and a tanking economy screwed Bush. It’s okay if you still like him, hell, this is America. But to imply that everyone who disagrees is some media bobblehead to your brilliant, clear thinking self is arrogant and really pretty obnoxious.

On a more serious note than my last post, you have to bear in mind that relative to quite a few countries, the entire US political system is right skewed to a degree anyway. The British moderate right is far more left than the american right (although… arguably these days its more left than Labour, the supposed left). Here in the UK there is no notable equivelant of the anti-abortion lobby, the pro-gun lobby and a government backed health service is taken for granted rather than seen as a sign of weakness by the right, amoung other things.

In general the media is always going to be slightly left inclined on average purely because the right tends to be tradititionalist and thus jobs in the creative industries tend to come off as ‘not a proper job’. The exceptions tend to come when business men (who of course are holders of respectable jobs) create media based around their own personal world view.

Oh, and I almost forgot that Obama needs to travel to Japan and learn samurai training to help master himself. Despite samurai not being quite as common in Japan as you’d hope.

“…I never saw ANY nice portrayal of Bush in 8 years that comes close to what Barack has gotten in 4 months.”

Holy Crap! Words to remember forever.

Jenny McCarthy is speaking the truth as she perceives it. For that, at least, you should admire her. She could just be making up stuff and spouting off about it.

The connection between autism and vaccinations has neither been proven nor disproven. One thing we do know is that there have been more cases reported over the last 20 years than is within the statistical norm. Improved diagnostic methods and better reporting methods would not account for such an increase.

My heart goes out to any parent who has to spend the rest of their life watching out for a disabled child of any type. My friend has a disabled child who will never be able to live on her own. The child turns 21 this year, and this would normally be a time where a parent would be looking forward to seeing her get married, then possibly grandchildren, and more time alone to live life together. Instead, there is only the continuation of the status quo.

I’m assuming you don’t include newspapers, blogs, Fox News, or the radio as “media?”

I’ve never understood the logic on the whole “mainstream media” complaint. Fox News is pretty consistently the highest rated cable news channel. Where I live, there are two radio stations that broadcast nothing but hard-right talk radio. The Wall Street Journal is a national newspaper whose editorial page is exclusively conservative, at least from an economic standpoint. Even in comics, for every clearly left-leaning creator (i.e. Peter David, Tom Peyer) there is a right-leaning one (Chuck Dixon, Rob Liefeld).

The GOP is not exactly suffering from a lack of outlets for its ideas, nor have they been for at least 15-20 years.

“What bugs me though, really really bugs me, is how so many of the artists on these books just draw a generic black guy in a suit. Come on, is it that hard to draw a reasonable likeness of the man?”

YES! It’s shameful, really.

“Most liberals consider Fox News and talk radio and blogs “fringe,” despite their size and scope.”

No, that’s not true at all. Fox News is as mainstream as you can get.

@Tonto Goldstein:

In the current Amazing Spider-Man arc, Wolverine (of all characters) lectures Spidey about revenge, and gets political by saying “Look how long it took to get rid of the last guy,” as they fist pound each other. Pretty Lame. Espcecially coming from Wolverine.

Wolverine is a Canadian. Have you ever talked to a Canadian about George W. Bush? Even the Conservative ones make a face like they ate something that had gone bad when our 43rd President comes up. A little fist-bump strikes me as plausible.

@ Tick Tockin:

Why couldn’t we have a comic where Brian Phelps teams up with Namor to save the dolphins or something? Why can’t we have Rev Al Sharpton and the Black Panther team up and fight a bunch of racist zombies in the jungles of Wakanda?

Deal me in.

Maybe you could balance it out by having Tony Stark go hunting with Dick Cheney. He still wears his chest plate at all times, right?

” Jenny McCarthy is speaking the truth as she perceives it. For that, at least, you should admire her. She could just be making up stuff and spouting off about it. ”

I don’t mean to drift too off-topic, but this is a really sore topic for me, so I’ll make the following points;

A.) Because you honestly believe something doesn’t make it right. Would it be right for McCarthy to talk about how God hates homosexuals?

B.) Just because there’s been a rise in autism diagnoses over the years doesn’t mean vaccinations are responsible. The ” evidence ” I’ve heard says that it’s a correlation between the higher mercury levels in autistic brains and the mercury in vaccinations. How does Point A go to Point B?

C.) I completely understand that it’s hard for the parents, but it’s just as hard ( if not harder ) for the autistic person themselves. Because an autistic person has a different way of thinking and feeling, they are too often treated as inferior, a burden on their loved ones who will never live a full life. There are definitely challenges that come with the disorder, but also talents and insights unique to the experience; can anyone say that because of neurological differences or even impairments, a human being has nothing to contribute to society unless their brains are somehow ” cured ” ( I.e. made ” normal ” )? Autism isn’t just as disorder, it’s a part of identity, and I wish people like Jenny McCarthy would realize that ( since she’s basically calling her own son ” defective ” without her kooky treatment plan ).

“Improved diagnostic methods and better reporting methods would not account for such an increase.”

Unfortunately, what may account for the increase is parents increasingly pushing for an autism diagnosis when one really shouldn’t hold, in an effort to find excuses for their child’s underperformance. I’ve been around too many teachers in my life to not have heard stories about perfectly normal kids who were struggling in class suddenly coming back with letters from doctors saying the kids are autistic and deserve special consideration.

It’s a shame, since the disease does legitimately hit so many, and those autism-of-convenience kids are soaking up resources that should be going to legitimate cases.

On a lighter note, remember that Wolverine’s Canadian. Odds are pretty good that he couldn’t stand Bush by default.

Can we go a week without having an article about Obama?

another obama article, i find this one interesting, im fond of reading articles about him may it be good or bad.

I don’t know that Wolverine is all that Canadian anymore. I mean, I’ve never heard him apologize for killing anyone, he hardly ever says “aboot” or “eh?”, and I’ve never seen him in a hockey jersey. He doesn’t quote Kids in the Hall a lot, and to my knowledge has never told anyone how they’d really like the Tragically Hip if they’d just give ‘em a try. Besides, he’s supposed to be short, so if he were really Canadian he would have been played by Rick Moranis.

Between the beer and the violence and the crazy sideburns, I think he should be an honorary Texan.

(This post brought to you by MuchMusic and the Society of Ignorant Alabama Hillbillies Making Fun of Canada for No Good Reason.)

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