alien copay I drew this quite some time ago. Anyone who has spend time in an American hospital might feel the same way. Insurance is fraught with trip lines and “gotchas” (for example, I once called to see if my new eye doc was under my plan. “Yup, you’re good,” was the response. I had my eyes checked, ordered new glasses, and went home. A week later, I got a huge bill. The doctor was covered, but the clinic, and related services, was not).

Anyway, I thought I’d see if anyone else thought this cartoon was funny, or if it was just me…

© Brad Skiff

Fort Casey

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Fort Casey is located along the coast of Whidbey Island. It is one of three forts conceived and built in the late 1800s – early 1900s to protect the entrance to Puget Sound from naval invasion (the others are Fort Worden and Fort Flagler). The invention of the airplane rendered the three forts essentially obsolete almost immediately after their construction.

The above image is part of the ammo hoist system used to bring 300 pound shells from the powder room below. Below is one of the huge guns in its firing position.

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Big gun and the sun

© All images Brad Skiff

What Happened?

Crater of Imbecils

Here’s the cartoon I drew to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing (it ran in the Omak Chronicle this past Wednesday).

This was such an important human moment, earned with tremendous intellectual and inspirational effort, which got me to thinking: What the hell happened to the general population’s science-based reasoning skills in the last 50 years? (After I drew this, I realized I forgot to add Flat Earthers–in fact, there are so many other cockeyed conspiracy theories which deserve a place in that crater that it terrifies me.)

Technical achievements mean little if we selectively believe whatever conveniently agrees with our world view, our religion, our politics…

© Brad Skiff