DOUBLE WIDEby Jim Parnell
All I Got was
This Stupid T-Shirt
So you think you're special, just by being around when the odometer rolled over to 2000, as if that mildly interesting number granted you some sort of historical significance without you doing much more than lift a line on an EKG. That truly arbitrary number, which, by its shape alone seems to confer a mystical hoo-haw to the normal yattering of misinformation, blatant propaganda, and just plain ignorant media fog that surrounds the whole event -- ain't nothing but a number, and who's afraid of numbers? Even bi-i-g, ro-o-ound ones? You?
"Well," say the talking heads, vacuous eyes staring out of the tube in earnest concern, "the World Might End because of the (reverb here) Y2K bug-bug-ug-ug!" I laugh every time I hear that, for a couple of reasons. First thing that crosses my mind is that not a single program written -- no word processor, nor any CAD program or browser, no tax program (ulp!), no missile defense system, no real-time control for fly-by-wire airliners (yikes!), or even medical monitoring and life support equipment (arggh!) is without bugs.
Bubba's Law of Computer Inadequacy: "No program ever written is bug free"
The other thing that cracks me up about Y2K is that the mouthpieces (see Heads, talking) know absolutely nothing about it. Nor do most of you, but at least you're not standing there on national TV with your faces hanging out pretending that you do. Even the supposed "science" reporters tell nothing of any value since their producers generally axe any informative material, deeming it too technical for the MVP's (moronic viewing public) to understand. Yea verily, so do the uninformed stay that way.
The truth of the matter is that the Y2K bug is, for most of the areas where it could be a factor, a rather obscure and convoluted kind of failure mode for obsolete programs that are likely to go tumbling down in little pieces at the slightest touch anyway. Picture, if you will, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of lines of gobbledy-gook code hacked to pieces by legions of scraggly-ass first and second-year co-ops during the sixties and seventies, taking lunch breaks of speed and phenobarbital, washed down by Jack Daniels and Scheaffer beer (at just eight bucks a case, what a deal!). Such code has been patched so many times, there's nothing left of the original. It's all spit and baling wire, with ratty old duct tape wrapped like a big yellow ribbon around the old oak tree!
You may not have noticed it, but that code has been crapping out for years. Extended power outages, airport delays, telephone system failures -- they're all symptoms of aging code and hardware. When it gets bad enough, the owners of the mess excise entire masses of it, like gangrenous limbs amputated to save the patient's life. And guess what? It works better than before! Of course that's not saying much, but what's one more little glitch, I ask you.
I'll put it on the line, here. All this gabble about computer-related disaster at the millenium is just uninformed hype. If it ain't, and the world ends by silicon, rather than fire and ice, I'll send each of you a dollar. By electronic wire transfer, of course.
Then you've got the Revelationists, the Nostradamites, the Survivalists, and any of a million other wacko cults salivating like pervs at the prospect of the upcoming debacle. Like they've got nothing better to do than croak. Well, maybe they don't, but that doesn't mean the rest of us should have to listen to their fatalistic faerie tales. God coming down and smiting the evil, then rewarding the good (read: Christians), followed by a thousand years of the Kingdom of Christ in which everybody gets to live in peace and harmony.
Well, maybe not everybody -- probably not them nasty A-rabs, or them dirty Hindoos. It's an exclusive club, don't you know. But it's easy to join. All you've got to do is sign here on the dotted line, folks! Accept Christ and the local Rotary Club will hand you the Keys to Heaven! No need to worry about global warming! Forget about acid rain and overpopulation -- hell, Armageddon's gonna take care of overpopulation! Don't sweat it, dude! Game over!
I think they're just deadbeats ducking out on the check.
No matter what happens, it should be a hell of a party. I can only hope that you've got something memorable planned, but I have a feeling you'll be like me, sitting at home drinking cheap beer and eating pork rinds, 30 meters down in a kevlar-reinforced bomb shelter, watching the maniacs in Times Square shred each other just before the Russians nuke the Big Apple because their fire control systems won't work after 23:59:59, December 31st, 1999.
Geez, didn't anybody tell them they're allowed to spring forward?
UP THE MILLENNIUM!
For more on Up The Millenium, the entire boxed set is available on DVD and HTML at your local Scientology bookstore. See also The Feat Death of the Universe at this fine retail outlet!
Squeal Like a Pig! -- Thought this might be one of the last comic opportunities I'll have with Clinton leaving office next year... Hey wait a minute, his term doesn't end until January, 2001! So what are all those wonks doing running already...
"Woh no, here comes that screamin' sow-ind again!"With a flourish of Senate investigations, special prosecutors, and late-arriving spoilers and party-crashers, The Bill began his 2nd term running like a gringo on Mexican holiday. In the last year of that term he's still running, trying to shake the kinks out of his karma like an overweight courtesan shaking the wrinkles from her corset. Dodging accusations and questions of ethics with a gusto reminiscent of Boss Tweed, we find him at his first news conference of the millennium...-Frank Zappa
AP: Mr. President, is it true you've had sex with twenty different women since coming into office?
Clinton: Nice turn of phrase, there. To answer your question, hay-ul no, it's at least 25 if you count the ones with multiple personalities!
AP: What's Hilary think of your marital infidelity?
AP: Your wife, sir. She's named Hilary.
Clinton: Oh, she don't know about it.(stunned silence)Clinton: Heh-heh, I guess she does now! Oh well, she needs some competition anyways; gettin' a little complacent lately. That don't mean she wouldn't make a fine Senator, though. The things she can do things with a Whip ...
UPI: Er, uh, even though it's now public record, what were you really trying to say on the videotape you made for the Whitewater committee?
Clinton: Well, actually, I didn't say anything. I thought it would be more interestin' if I was to mime my answers, like one of them Frenchie dudes with the whiteface and black clothes.(at this point the President of the most powerful nation on earth demonstrates his technique, doing the "help I'm trapped in a box" and the "walking against the wind" bits. The camera pans across the reporters, who sit staring, mouths agape, drool running down their chins)Clinton: (chuckles) Foxed you! Actually I was telling the committee they could go fuck theyselfs, since it was too damn late for them to stop me from gittin' re-elected.
UPI: But sir, how could you do that? Wasn't the thought of impeachment going through your mind?
Clinton: Hell no, I was completely confident they wouldn't do a damn thing. I've got this technique, you see: whenever I'm facing a crisis, I give myself an edge, like a gunfighter who makes sure the sun's to his back, you know? The edge I had on that videotape was that I was nekkid as a jaybird under that desk!
All: What? Naked?!!
Clinton: Yep, the old lavalier was just a-wavin' in the breeze! Nuthin' quite so liberatin'. Uh-oh, did I use the 'L' word? Oh well, what the fuck...(right then, Senator Dick Armey -- jeez what a name no wonder he's so repressed -- stands up with a grin and waves brand-new impeachment papers. As he clears his throat to speak, Clinton whips out a .45 and blasts Armey's head off, then redundantly empties a clipful of dum-dums where the head used to be. Sparks flying, Armey's body reels, stabilizes, then begins to speak in an electronically enhanced Texas twang)Armey (buzzing): I've got here in my hand Articles of Impeachment, you sorry Liberal b-b-b-b-b-b-SMAK!-bunghole, you!
Clinton: Goddammit! I knew that bastard was a friggin' android but I never could prove it before now! Hey boys! (waves to the Secret Service guys) I'm tired of this talking. Shoot me that sack of chips over yonder!(the Secret Service guys yank their automatic weapons and begin hosing the Right Honorable Senator, who begins a puppet dance as the rounds toss him around. Finally, they hit the power supply which explodes and wipes out the entire White House press corps.Clinton: Well hell, looks like Texas needs a new senator. Never did like New York much anyhow. Oh Hilary!
Clinton climbs out from behind his podium, wiping off the blood and Gore (Al ? AL!)
Y2K Stote of the Disunion -- The man just can't keep his pants on... OK, I've got a million of these. So sue me.
It was a far cry from the previous addresses, but there was still a spark of life in the old horn-dog yet. As he mounted the podium, the hallowed halls of Congress echoed with a chorus of cheers and catcalls, hurrahs and the thud of dead cats.Hmm. A pretty picture indeed.
And now, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The 2000 State of the Union Address
My fellow Americans, Democrat and - HAWK-TOOIE!- Republican, young and old, liberal and - SNAARF! - conservative, we stand at the threshold of a brave new millennium. It is a time in which we reach out our hand to the next generation, making sure we use condoms even for non-sexual relations like one-sided oral stimulation, and it is a time to give up cigar smoking forever. It is also a time to end the politics of slash and burn, unless you're damn well going to inhale.
In brief, my fellow Americans, or in boxers, we must follow our instincts for survival and perpetuation of the species. We must call a spade a spade, a lie a lie, and a blue dress a Petri dish. Head first into the 21st Century, and your other head will surely regret it later.
Not to pick a well-honed bone, an activity which is well known to Democrat and -WHOCK-TU!- Republican alike, we must now remove the cloud of suspicion and smoke from burning, shredded documents. We must smite the legions of paid prevaricators! We must destroy those that seek to air the dirty laundry behind the politics and shatter the illusion of high moral ideals by ending our complacent, blind, and comfortable tradition of denial. In short, or in Speedos, we
MUST -- KILL -- KEN -- STARR !!!
(which I have authorized the Secret Service to do as soon as he can be located). Aside from this teensy little glitch, the State of the Union is righteous, dudes and dudettes. The stock market goes up and up and up, as the Republican voter rolls go down and down and down.
There is Justice in the Land.
As you know, the measure of a man is his actions, which speak louder than words, or even louder than cries of, "Faster! Faster!" Since this is the last time I will address this body in person, I have decided to address this body WITH my person. All you Democrats close your eyes, now. All -HACK- Republicans, you will now be mooned by the Presidential buttocks.
Ta-ta, and keep smiling!
Grays vs. Slugs (or, Confused Musings on Causality) -- Even aliens have their little spats. But they've got such cool gear...
The silent black helicopter hovered over the NJ industrial park. It was dusk, but the parking lot was still full of cars as the employees labored furiously on in a mania of desperate futility. Ohmm sneezed gobbets of blue slime.Yeow! That's gonna leave a mark. Cheers!
"Geez, boss, that never happened before..." Flipper reared back in disgust.
"Id's jusd a code." Just back from a rendezvous with the local representative from GRABS (GRay Aliens Benefit Society), Ohmm sniffed. "Dose damn Grays. Always grabbing sick humans from trailer parks and poking them in the butt. Why don't they ever nab Harvard grads with up-to-date medical insurance?"
"High profile victims always complain. Besides, who'd want to probe one of those Harvard assholes?"
"A Yaley, maybe? Page 432, paragraph 17a of 'How to Get Ahead When You Don't Know Jack-Shit'. Required reading, 1999 Yale curriculum."
Flipper leered at Ohmm, "And what did little Ms. Gray tell you?"
Ohmm stared at Flipper. "She said to lay off. Those worm-ridden apes down there turn out to be their great-great-to-the-43217th grandmas and grandpas. She said that if we take them out, they'll take us out."
Flipper gasped, "War? They'd go to war over those baboons?"
Darkly contemplating the troublesome Grays, Ohmm nodded silently, then smiled. If they wiped out humans in this time-space continuum, the Grays would never have a chance to evolve...
Better cover his cloaca on this one. He cackled and hacked up a furball, then he set up an ansible-conference to Homeworld to bounce it up the food-chain to upper management.
On the surface of Mars, from their huge underground headquarters beneath the Giant Face, the Gray delegation trained their Alludium Q-34 Space Modulator on the far side of the moon. The Slugs' swarming base filled the crosshairs as the balonium capacitors charged...
Jim Parnell generates bugs for a living -- the ones that infest your computer. In a demonstration of obvious mental deficiency, he plans to be on full life-support in a commercial airliner booking flights and making e-trades at 23:59:59, December 31, 1999.
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