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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/164935645/60th-anniversarykorean-war-commemorative-graphic-n

6 Days left and $1500 short on the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War graphic novel.  I’m asking my readers and followers to consider giving what you feel you can, even if its just SHARING THE LINK on your social media, blogs, and other pages!  Please help Clayton out with this project!

Clayton worked hard with a number of great creators to publish this to commemorate the sacrifices of a “forgotten” generation of America’s Veterans who served from 1950 to 1953 in the killing fields of Korea securing Liberty south of the 38th Parallel.    Lets NOT forget the Korean War, as its still going on to this day ion one of the longest ceasefires in history!

So, check it out folks!  Clayton has been a big help and mentor for me just being himself, doing his jobs, and juggling with a few graphic novel/fundraising projects as well!  This man’s work deserves our attention!  I also know Clayton is driven by the same passion for this project (more so than myself actually), and that is the impact Korean War Veterans have had on our lives.  They are a quieter and smaller group of Veterans, but in no way any less influential than all the Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq Veterans.  Lets honor these men and women before their generation is gone forever from the living.

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Recently YouServed at http://www.vamortgagecenter.com/blog/ started running a few of my Simple Analysis cartoons (don’t worry, I’ll like them to here shortly…). One day, while I was visiting Doug TenNapel’s blog and forum (of which I’ve been a member for some time now) I saw his pin-up of Earthworm Jim that he is getting ready to auction off at the Dallas Comic-Con in May. Not only is this piece of art awesome because EJ is dressed to kill as a soldier (http://tennapel.tumblr.com/post/20033708711/detail-of-the-earthworm-jim-piece-to-be-auctioned), but Doug is donating the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project! So, with YouServed running some of my cartoons on the blog, I figured I’d use my new-found influence with the Redshirt and Producer Marcus, and mentioned the awesome artwork to him to see if he wanted to set up an interview with Doug. Marcus then turned around and said, ‘that’s a great idea, how about you arrange the interview’.

So here I am, I got on Facebook (since I’m following Doug there as well), and I just sent the message with my fingers crossed… Within minutes I got a chat right back from Doug, and worked out a good date and time for the interview. Well folks, its time!

On the YouServed Blogtalk Radio page, at 9PM EST (6PM PST, and 4PM AK) Doug will be interviewed! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/youserved/2012/04/18/you-served-radio

Be sure to listen in!

Once again, GWOT Veterans are in the cross hairs of the very government they served to protect YOUR liberties…  When you sit and read the articles, keep in mind how easy it would be to construe a wounded Veteran from recent operations in Iraq who loves to be prepared and live outdoors showing up at a surplus store.  Having been wounded, and losing limbs, they can easily be ‘profiled’ according to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force handout as a domestic terrorist.  This after MIAC, and the DHS Report in 2008.  BOHICA!

David Codrea’s Gun Rights Examiner article:  http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/fbi-adds-preppers-to-potential-terrorists-list?CID=examiner_alerts_article

PDF of the FBI handout to Colorado Surplus stores…  ColoradoFBISurplusStore

Based on current events, for further details…

Well, I just wrote my Senators and Representative… More on that in a moment.

First and foremost, lets look at the air heads running our National Security agencies, namely our civilian intelligence and Homeland Security…

First the DNI (Director of National Intelligence, the position created by President G.W. Bush to correlate all the CIA, NSA, and DIA data) James R. Clapper is attempting to back peddle from his statement that the Muslim Brother hood is a ‘largely secular’ organization. Anyone who has done homework on Islamo-Fascism and Radical Islam knows about the Muslim Brotherhood, they are the root of modern Radical Islam; they inspired Al-Qaeda! In fact, the top Al-Qaeda officers were all involved in the Muslim Brotherhood first, that is the group that radicalized their beliefs and instilled the supremacy of the Sharia Law and Quaran over all else in their lives; most especially the need to instill it upon the Infidel (or kill him). I recommend reading “The Looming Tower” by Lawerence Wright to dig more into the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda. In the face of this information that has been out for decades, the DNI needs to resign. That kind of ignorance is not acceptable in that particular government post.

Second, the Director of Central Intelligence Leon Panetta, made the statement yesterday that Mubarak would indeed step down and announce it during his speech to the Egyptian people. That didn’t happen, the resignation just happened today… While it did indeed happen, the speculation that it would happen yesterday during the speech… It didn’t. I believe Mubarak resigned today after he made his get away in order to make said get away… However, Panetta made his statement not based on Intelligence collected by the CIA he heads, but based only upon assumptions made by the media.

Finally, we have ‘Big Sister’ Janet Napolitano. Janet Napolitano is the Secretary of Homeland Security, the head of the Department of Homeland Security which now is in charge of a plethora of government agencies charged with the defense of the US within our borders and disaster preparedness/response. I’ve blogged enough about her incompetence (with the capstone being that DHS Report on ‘Right Wing Extremism’…). So, as Iran and Venezuela start being buddies and discussing the placement of Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles (not capable of hitting the US, but Puerto Rico and Columbia are certainly in range if that happens), we still have a porous border. Arizona is suing the US Government to cover the costs of arresting Illegal Aliens. This was a counter suit in response to the Federal suit against Arizona because of a law they had to pass that is an exact mirror to the US Immigration Enforcement policy… Why? Because the US Border Patrol and ICE have been hamstrung by Napolitano and DHS (I won’t blame her completely, this type of agency incompetence dates back to the late eighties). Our Border is just about on fire with war between the cartels, Mexican Federal Government, the US Border Patrol, and US Citizens along the border. What has DHS done? Almost nothing for all the billions they’ve spent, and all the Predator UAV’s they fly. How many OTMs have come through enroute to carry out terrorism? Yet while this is happening, if you want to fly you are essentially strip searched without a Warrant or probable cause (well, I suppose wanting to fly is now probable cause…).

So, here is my letter to my Senators and Congressman:

11FEB2011

Dear Senators Murkowski and Begich, and Representative Don Young,

In light of recent events involving the Director of Central Intelligence, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Secretary of Homeland Security all displaying blatant signs of incompetence, it is my belief all three need to fired and their agencies investigated by the Senate and the House committees appropriate to the task. When both the DCI and DNI make public statements to Congress that are absolutely erroneous and not based on real intelligence (of which they are the head of the agencies that collect such data and have NO excuse for not drawing upon those resources), but instead on open source media reports without correlation to other intelligence sources, it frankly scares me. These are the men who are responsible for heading up the agencies that are responsible for keeping track of what is going on in these foreign countries. Our DNI denied stated against 90 years worth of Muslim Brotherhood history, that they were a SECULAR organization?! Either this is a denial of fact made willfully, or gross incompetence (one just needs to study a bit about the Muslim Brotherhood in order to find such a statement moronic).

That in and of it self is cause for extreme concern. What brings the fear factor up even further is the gross incompetence of the Dept. of Homeland Security under the current Secretary Janet Napolitano. Where do we begin here? That whole ‘Right Wing Extremism’ report that profiled returning GWOT (wait, never mind the reality of this Global War on Terror, this administration re-named it something els entirely, yet another reason I’m beginning to fear for the survival of my country) veterans such as myself as a threat? Or perhaps the fact that our Southern Border is still as porous as ever in spite of the creation of DHS back in the Bush Administration and the placing of the US Border Patrol under DHS. Meanwhile, we have to submit ourselves to ever more invasive search procedures to board US commercial flights! Tell me there isn’t something wrong the idea that anyone can sneak in from Mexico through rugged terrain, live here illegally and get a construction job under the table (or smuggle drugs), yet all everyone has to be just about stripped searched at our airports on their way to visit family? Why is Napolitano against putting more forces on the border and building fences in the face of Venezuela and Iran building closer strategic ties? This is the realm of our survival in which she can make great strides (there are great ideas for compromise on the border that indeed close it down to smugglers, increase security, yet still allow for the masses of immigrants seeking greater opportunity here in the US to come and find jobs).

This current Administration is compromising our National Security by hiring incompetents within our Intelligence community and Homeland Security; while simultaneous hiring 9/11 Truthers and Communists as ‘czars’ in other areas of government. This should sound the alarm in the back of your mind, and if does not you need to educate yourself on the ramifications of these facts. I can tell you that the 9/11 Truther lies are spoken as a fact in the Middle East, and I strongly believe that this movement is fed by not just the conspiracy nuts, but also our enemies; yet we have people who believe in such propaganda now running parts of our government?!

On the National level we have morons running the top three civilian agencies responsible for our National Security, and we have people who couldn’t pass a background check for a Secret or Top Secret security clearance being appointed by the POTUS as ‘Green Jobs Czar’, or other such frivolous posts. On top of this, locally, we have nut jobs like Schaeffer Cox running around utilizing these realities to set himself up with a cult of personality rounding up disciples to help him carve a kingdom for himself in Alaska when the US Government finally falls apart?! Well, with morons on top, its no wonder where these guys get their crazy ideas.

Respectfully,

Michael J. Sutherland

OUT NOW!

Check it out: http://heroesfallenstudiosinc.webs.com/

All proceeds are going to go to:

Soldiers Angels

Wounded Warrior Project

The USO

and

Fischer House

On top of where everything is going to support, this project thus far is rather unique in that Clayton Murwin, the man who worked to put this together, worked very hard to find the comic book industry talent to work pro bono while also getting them in touch with OEF/OIF Veterans willing to tell their stories. I became involved through a chance encounter with one of the Vets involved, Victor Castro, through the IAVA Community of Veterans social network. Since then, I’ve worked with Valerie Finnigan who did the script, and finally the illustrators. Clayton was even kind enough to take a look at a few of my cartoons that I’d drawn on a my last deployment on the back of inventory sheets that were part of our units unofficial ‘morale file’ and asked if he could use some! Obviously, the coffee stains, smears, and dust weren’t acceptable for the final product; so I re penciled most of them and sent them to Clayton who in turn sent them to some real professionals in the comic book industry who know what they are doing with inks!

So, there you go folks! Finally, some real war comics based on real stories from real soldiers. Not the usual war comic that comes out these days, at least not anything like I’ve seen at my local comic shop!

…never falls far from the tree!  Especially the Murkowski family (and their connections to Stevens and his wrong doings in the Senate and here in Alaska).  Nepotism at its finest!

This one I did with an idea from a volunteer in the Joe Miller for US Senate campaign.  This is another off the cycle additional cartoon to my stack for the year!  Election season is fruitful for political cartooning!

I like Joe Miller!  Good, solid, Constitutionally ground Conservative.  Pretty much what the Republican Party SHOULD be, but isn’t.  Especially up here in Alaska where our incumbent Senator Murkowski is too wishy washy and socially liberal.  Yes, Senator Murkowski isn’t the worse that we’ve had, but she sure lost all my support by approving Holder for Attorney General!  So, when I heard Miller is ahead by 1600 votes the night all precincts reported in I was happy.

Then the Republican Machine came in…  The “Club” doesn’t want an outsider!

My thoughts and Prayers are with the Stevens Family and Friends.  Former US Senator for Alaska Ted Stevens was killed in a plane crash near Dillingham AK yesterday.

Anchorage Daily News article

Fairbanks Daily News Miner article

Its been 10 years (01AUG00 or 02AUG00 depending on if you count leaving MEPS or entering the base for Basic Training as the start of a career) since I joined initially, and just about four since I got out (01JUL07…). Lets just say, I couldn’t help but laugh when I went to apply for my first job out of the military in 2008 and I actually had to answer this question (and did so truthfully, laughing). Perhaps I should really have lied, as the context obviously was more geared toward “Do you have an issue with Safety violations?”.  So, needless to say, the big box stores with their fancy online applications never called me back.  However, my present local employer (whom I filled out paper application did, and hired me on the spot after a 15 minute interview, my manager is a Vietnam Veteran…) did, so I ‘m glad I did answer truthfully.  While I didn’t operate out of up armored humvees (my outside the wire time was either Stryker or dismounted from Stryker), most GWOT vets have, so that is why I illustrated them here.  So here you are, a little tale of Veterans adjustment to civilian life, and the humor that accompanies it sometimes.