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On the other hand, he had to get up each morning at 6 AM, leave the house by , get to San Diego around and then leave again by six or so. Since some of the best portions of the con are in the evening, he was spending hours a day on the San Diego Freeway and foregoing about half the convention to save fifteen or sixteen dollars a day. We mocked Bob for this. Even the cheapest of us — and you know how cheap comic fans can be — thought this was a silly way to save money.

And by the way, he wasn't doing this because he didn't have the loot. During the con, he spent a few hundred bucks on old issues of Captain Marvel , his main passion of the time. But I got to thinking: Let's say your car gets around 20 miles to the gallon. It'll probably be well over four bucks, maybe five by the next Comic-Con International. Driving to and from San Diego will therefore cost around sixty dollars.

In the last week, I've received a number of e-mails asking if I have any inside info on a rumor that the Comic-Con International is soon to relocate from its native San Diego. Yes, I have inside info. It ain't true. It is conceivable that the day might come when some other town will be a better fit for the nation's largest gathering of people like you and me. It is also within the realm of human possibility that the civic leaders of San Diego — the ones who run the convention center and arrange deals for big assemblages to assemble therein — will dictate unacceptable terms.

That's why the Comic-Con organizers need to always keep their options open and to explore alternatives. But frankly, I can't think of another town that would work for the event. There's a huge Los Angeles convention center and another in Anaheim but both are vast, impersonal spaces in which you'd never find your way to, say, my panels. Either would make for a very different kind of convention.

Housing would be harder to secure and farther from the con, and I suspect most Southern Californians would commute each day rather than pay for a room. That would, in turn, have a major impact on the convention itself. One of the things that makes a convention of that size economically feasible is that so many people spend so much money at local hotels and restaurants as a direct result of the con.

If they tried to relocate to Anaheim and kept the con in July or August, we'd be fighting for hotel space and intermingling with folks attending Disneyland during its peak season.

The convention is well-run and if it was forced to move, I'm sure they'd figure something out. But it may never come to that and it certainly won't in the foreseeable future. So ignore the rumors. The con is staying in the area code for now. Even if that means some of us have to park in Bill Clinton spent a goodly portion of his run-up to the presidency attacking Big Tobacco, and pledging to raise taxes on cigarettes, and America liked that because we all know Cigarette Companies are evil.

It occurs to me that a Democratic candidate today could get a lot of similar traction running against Big Oil, and not by raising those taxes but by limiting profits and lowering prices. I don't know the precise wording but some sort of caps on what can be charged at the pump and how much Shell can gross would sit well with a lot of voters including, if certain polls are to believed, a lot of Republicans.

I'm not sure I believe this survey which says that nine out of ten Americans believe that high gas prices are merely a matter of the oil companies gouging us for sheer profit.

But the number's probably close to that and we don't even have any prominent figures making that case in public yet. America has come to that view on its own. Suppose the Democrats made that a major theme of the election: "It's time to stop the oil companies from soaking us just because they can.

More to the point, would the Republican party be credible in saying, "We'll handle that"? They can't even blame it on the war because it's their war, and America's becoming disenchanted with it, too.

I think Republicans would be stuck. They probably couldn't even get George W. Bush to pledge not to veto any legislation that prevented companies from raising prices whenever they feel like it. They're raising prices because they can, the same way you'd make your employer pay you twice as much if you thought he had no choice but to comply.

A small group would scream that it's Socialist to prevent anyone from earning as much money as possible. I don't think most Americans buy that premise when there's no reasonable alternative and we're all chipping in to make millionaires into billionaires.

I'm not even saying there aren't drawbacks and dangers to the government freezing or otherwise limiting the profits in any industry. I just think that it's sounding more and more like an issue where the Republicans couldn't compete with Democrats on Election Day. But don't worry if you think it's a bad idea. It's not like the Democrats will do anything with it. Andrew Sullivan , who is arguably a Conservative, discusses why inarguable Conservatives are unhappy with George W.

Okay, let's imagine you have some friends that you don't really like that much. Let's imagine they have a small child. Let's imagine you have to go to their house and it seems appropriate for you to take a gift to that small child. You want to give the kid something that will really annoy the parents to the point where they'll rip handfuls of hair from their skulls and run screaming into the street.

What do you do? You give the child one of these. To get the full effect, click the button that says "See it in action. Tommy Bond, who played the bully in 18 "Our Gang" comedies and later was the first screen Jimmy Olsen, has died at the age of Tommy was five years old when he was discovered and cast in Hal Roach's kid gang comedies.

He played a few small roles in the films in , then was dropped from the cast. Later, he was brought back and cast as Butch, the little tough kid who was always looking for an opportunity to beat up Alfalfa or otherwise cause trouble.

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