Friday, June 28, 2019

Four Political Cartoonists Weigh In on the Migrant Children Fiasco

by Nomad

This month, the editors of the New York Times' decided to close down all political cartoons from its newspaper. That decision came as a result of a controversial cartoon critical of Benjamin Netanyahu and which some considered anti-Semitic. Here's the item in question. Judge for yourself.

The elimination of this feature sparked widespread protests with one cartoonist calling it “chickenshit and cowardly.”

This move by the NYT actually follows a long term trend. As one source notes:
A 2012 report by The Herb Block Foundation found that there were fewer than 40 editorial cartoonists with newspaper-staff jobs in America, a steep decline from more than 2,000 such positions in the beginning of the 20th century. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sanity Sunday - Soul Mix

by Nomad

Thought I would drop a Sanity Sunday on you today. The theme is soul groups from the early 70s. The period linking soul and the disco era produced some fantastic music.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Populus vult decipi: How Another Trump Supporter Finally Sees the Light

by Nomad

During the 2016 election campaign, Kraig Moss followed Donald Trump all across the United States singing his praises- literally. Following the candidate from rally to rally, Moss strummed his guitar and belted out his pro-Trump ballads. He even recorded a CD with hits that included Save Our Nation, Build the Wall and Trump Train.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Images from the Hong Kong Protests

by Nomad

Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents took to the streets in mass demonstrations against a proposed extradition law that would allow residents to be tried in mainland China.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Empathy on Trial: Trump Admin Targets Those Who Help the Undocumented Stay Alive

by Nomad

A controversial case in Arizona illustrates the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy on humanitarian assistance for undocumented migrants.

Humanitarians on Trial?

A jury in Tucson Arizona went to deliberations on Friday in the criminal trial of Scott Warren. Warren, a volunteer for the humanitarian aid organization No More Deaths, is charged with two felony counts of harboring illegal immigrants and one count of conspiracy to transport the two men. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Lunatic President: Donald Trump, the Moon and Fox News

by Nomad

Trump's Gibberish about NASA

Last Friday,  President Trump sent a tweet about NASA that had a lot of people screaming into their pillows.  
For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!
Almost every news outlet focused on the Mars /Moon confusion- which was probably more of a problem with Trump hackneyed phrasing than anything else. Trump (probably) does not believe Mars is a part of the Moon but part of the "bigger things we are doing."
But that very generous interpretation opens a new can of worms for Trump.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sanity Sunday - In Memory of Leon Redbone

by Nomad

On Thursday of this week, news came that singer-songwriter Leon Redbone had passed away at the age of 69. He has been called "perpetually anachronistic," "mysterious" and "a man out of time, a vaudevillian who tottered along in a television age."