Silk Road to Ruin has all the analysis and it's structured very well. I rely on my notes more and I use direct quotes. But there's nothing like writing about it right away.— Ted Rall
The most tempting Ted Rall quotes that are free to learn and impress others
Most people don't know how to tell stories.
The experts who managed the original Marshall Plan say Afghanistan needs a commitment of at least $5 to $10 billion over 5 to 10 years, coupled with occupation forces of 250,000 Allied soldiers to keep the peace throughout the country.
Trying to rebuild Afghanistan on the cheap has left the country in the hands of warlords and an impotent Northern Alliance puppet regime that runs Kabul and nothing else.
If I had to rank my skills, I have a long way to go before I can write a good graphic novel.
I don't think anyone has written a great graphic novel.
When I put together a graphic novel, I don't think about literary prose. I think about storytelling.
When you have birds you stare at them a lot and their eyes are recessed on their head. When they look at something they tilt their head in a quizzical expression.
The first step to stringing the boss up from a lamppost is saying the boss is a moron.
When you do a cartoon based on news headlines, you do it based on incomplete information.
Close friends love you for who you are; not what they want you to be.
Orrin Hatch was the keynote speaker at the last meeting of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He sought me out because he was a fan. I was thinking he had confused me with someone else.
Even though I'm a leftist. I think the left eats its own.
I'm a better editorial cartoonist by default because so many editorial cartoonists out there are so awful.
The best thing about being a cartoonist is to walk into a bar or someone's apartment and they don't know you, but they've taped one of your pieces up.
There was an honorable tradition of using anonymous sources that was ruined by Jayson Blair.
On the ground, Pakistan is the most virulently anti-American state on the planet.
Over time, however, the endless war in Iraq began to play a role in natural selection. Only idiots signed up; only idiots died. Back home, the average I.Q. soared.
Money stress is what used to remind me of my Dad most.
Conservative humor is frankly harder than liberal humor.
You get points for just being liberal. You can get more points if you make fun of your own side sometimes.
I would like to fire every cop in America and start from scratch.
We don't need as many of them, and the whole model of policing is completely off the rails. For the most part, the police are engaged in very little protection of the public. That's probably 5 percent of what they do. The rest of it is writing tickets.
Anyway, I tried liking Jimmy Corrigan but I couldn't.
Up until 1995, I still had a day job that I hated.
I was still personally involved in things in the 90s.
Americans are not terribly intelligent people. They need to read important things several times.
Do our government's poorly paid contract killers deserve our 'support' for blindly following orders?
Life is incredibly short, yet we're always told that change takes time.
For a race of mortals, dicking around just isn't acceptable.
I'm a better polemicist in prose.
Comics are too big. You can't say any kind or genre of comics is better than another. You can say so subjectively. But to say it like it's objective is wrong. It's wrong morally, because it cuts out stuff that's good.
Saddam Hussein, influenced by fascism, ordered the deaths of tens of thousands of people, fought two disastrous wars, turned his nation into an international pariah and ruined his country’s economy. In other words, his record is identical to George W. Bush’s.
I think jazz is good, but I don't enjoy it. It's not for me.
The word 'hero' has been bandied about a lot to refer to anyone killed in Afghanistan or Iraq. But anyone who voluntarily goes to Afghanistan or Iraq [as a soldier] is fighting for an evil cause under an evil commander in chief.
It's a perfectly valid position to not like Shakespeare.
Anyone should be able to read comics.
Here in the US, we've built this insane infrastructure of oppression.
When it's not run by a Barack Obama - who, by the way, I don't think is a perfect president - but by someone who is off-kilter, like a Carly Fiorina, that could be dangerous.
That's what comics journalism does better than anything else: you can get a feeling of what it was like. Like Scott McCloud says, especially with a simple drawing style, you can project yourself into the image, and imagine yourself having those experiences.
Imagine foreign troops sitting idly, laughing as hooligans trashed the Smithsonian, stole the gold from Fort Knox and burned down the Department of the Interior. That was us in Iraq.
I never consciously do any work directly influenced from any movie, unless I'm doing a parody.
At this point, American workers are pretty respectful of the bosses they loathe.
For an ordinary citizen, what is the common interaction you have with a police officer? When they pull you over for speeding, or when they write you a ticket for parking. The rest of the time is patrolling minority neighborhoods like an occupying army. It's suppression of blacks, and it's revenue enhancement. Surveillance is a Band-Aid. That's like saying, "Let's surveil the SS." No! Let's get rid of the SS!