The NRA and Comic-Con
Apr16

The NRA and Comic-Con

The NRA and Comic-Con by Daryl Cagle This weekend I went to the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Nashville, Tennessee, my hometown. I’m an editorial cartoonist; I sit at home drawing and I rarely go to big conventions. The only thing I have to compare the NRA to is the San Diego Comic-Con, and I thought the NRA convention stacked up pretty well to Comic-Con. The NRA convention is half the size of Comic-Con. The...

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Arming U.S. Covert Agents in Mexico is Integration Run Amok (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar07

Arming U.S. Covert Agents in Mexico is Integration Run Amok (La Jornada, Mexico)

Has the so-called Security and Prosperity Partnership [SPP] of North America gone too far, and when does “integration” became a byword for foreign coercion or even occupation? For Mexico’s La Jornada, Carlos Fazio calls President Enrique Peña Nieto a tool of Washington for seeking changes to the country’s Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives to allow undercover U.S. agents to lawfully carry weapons in Mexico....

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With ‘Nuclear Taboo’ Broken, Putin Threatens the Whole of Humanity (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Feb18

With ‘Nuclear Taboo’ Broken, Putin Threatens the Whole of Humanity (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

This much is clear, the ceasefire agreed to in Minsk has done little to dampen the alarm felt by most east Europeans about what they perceive as Russian expansionism. In this column from Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, senior commentator Janusz Rolicki writes that Russia’s new military doctrine fails to renounce the first use of nuclear weapons, which until recently was the centerpiece of the contemporary world. Rolicki believes...

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The Very Trees Cry Out: NO NO NO– Three Muslim Students Murdered
Feb11

The Very Trees Cry Out: NO NO NO– Three Muslim Students Murdered

DATELINE: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 3 Muslim students shot dead by middle-aged shooter. This should be at top of cable news and top of every newspaper in the USA. Two of the dead were married just 1.5 months ago in joyful celebration. The other dead young person is a sister.”Each of the victims, Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, were just embarking on the first stage of their...

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Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Points to George Zimmerman Arrest as Underscoring Florida Gun Law Flaw
Jan10

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Points to George Zimmerman Arrest as Underscoring Florida Gun Law Flaw

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s latest arrest, Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has issued this press release and statement: ‘Florida’s Lax Gun Laws Make It Easy for Dangerous People Like Zimmerman to Buy and Carry Guns’ WASHINGTON, DC – A Florida judge set a $5,000 bond for George Zimmerman on January 10 and ordered him to surrender his firearms as a consequence of his January 9 arrest for...

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A New Year’s Musing On America’s Dysfunctional Society & Broken Politics
Jan05

A New Year’s Musing On America’s Dysfunctional Society & Broken Politics

Scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. There is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe. ~ FRANK ZAPPA The United States enters the new year a deeply dysfunctional society with a severely fractured political establishment and a dearth of ideas about how to confront either. Police routinely abuse black men and...

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Cartoon: Guns
Jan02

Cartoon: Guns

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Thank Ted Cruz for the Surgeon General the NRA Hates
Dec21

Thank Ted Cruz for the Surgeon General the NRA Hates

Thank Ted Cruz for the Surgeon General the NRA Hates By Dick Polman For 500 days, President Obama’s Surgeon General nominee had languished in limbo, and with Republicans set to take over, it appeared that well-credentialed Dr. Vivek Murthy would never get confirmed. Until Ted Cruz came to the rescue! Cruz guy is so addicted to grandstanding that he has no clue how to best help his own party. Sometimes it’s wisest to just...

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Two NYPD Officers Murdered in Brooklyn/ UPDATED: De Blasio, mayor, Spurned After
Dec20

Two NYPD Officers Murdered in Brooklyn/ UPDATED: De Blasio, mayor, Spurned After

UPDATE: It appears to be shaping up that Bill de Blasio, current mayor of New York City, is disliked intensely by many in NYPD, in their opinion after De Blasio did not stand up for law and order nor unequivocally for police officers assaulted during protests [despite clear videos of same], for backslapping, ignoring questions he’s ‘uncomfortable’ answering that are seemingly germaine to the lead up to the...

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Racism’s uncomfortable truth
Dec09

Racism’s uncomfortable truth

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s observation that racism is “deeply rooted” in U.S. society is an understatement. Racism is as American as the Fourth of July, and ignoring this fact doesn’t make it go away. These truths, to quote a familiar document, are self-evident. Obama made the remark in an interview with Black Entertainment Television, telling the network’s largely African-American audience...

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The impact of digital violence (Guest Voice)
Dec08

The impact of digital violence (Guest Voice)

I consider myself a digital evangelist, but in the last weekend I began to question myself on how far this evangelism can go. My reflection started when I decided to play with my nineyearold nephew. He’d been playing his Sony PlayStation. What I saw sent chills down my spine. “See this, uncle, I have killed all… graphic via...

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The question we can’t answer
Dec02

The question we can’t answer

WASHINGTON — Michael Brown’s death was part of a tragic and unacceptable pattern: Police officers in the United States shoot and kill civilians in shockingly high numbers. How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure, because police departments don’t want us to know. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, in 2013 there were 461 “justifiable homicides” by police —...

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Contempt for a community
Nov28

Contempt for a community

Joep Bertrams, The Netherlands[/caption WASHINGTON -- The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization. No one should have been surprised that police officer Darren Wilson was not charged in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I've written before, and likely will have to write again, about the tragically low value our society places on the lives of young black men. Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch led the grand...

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Tamir Rice Shooting Sparks Toy Gun Bill
Nov24

Tamir Rice Shooting Sparks Toy Gun Bill

An Ohio legislator planned to introduce a bill Monday requiring all toy firearms to have brightly colored strips indicating they’re fake after Cleveland police fatally shot a 12-year-old boy with a BB gun this weekend. Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati, wanted airsoft guns, air rifles and gun replicas to have fluorescent strips to “prevent future deadly...

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Cartoon: School shootings
Nov18

Cartoon: School shootings

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Guns on the Ballot: Voters 1, NRA 0
Nov15

Guns on the Ballot: Voters 1, NRA 0

Guns on the Ballot: Voters 1, NRA 0 By Dick Polman Every once in a while something good happens, something that restores one’s faith in humanity. So put your hands together for the voters of Washington state. In the midst of the Republican midterm tsunami, 59 percent of them made history. They said “yes” to a state ballot measure that requires background checks for virtually all gun buyers. In other words, a lopsided...

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A Nation of Fear
Nov08

A Nation of Fear

by Walter Brasch Maintenance workers at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., airport shot and killed a bear and her three cubs. The bears had crawled under a perimeter fence and were just lying around, several hundred yards from a runway. The airport director claimed the bears might have posed a risk to flights. The mother bear weighed less than most pro football linemen. While the airport officials were worrying about what a bear and her...

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Is There a Pony in Last Night’s Mess?
Nov05

Is There a Pony in Last Night’s Mess?

Last night was, without a doubt, a disaster for Democrats. But it reminds me of a story about a little boy who desperately wanted a pony for Christmas. On Christmas morning he wakes up to find a pile of horse manure under the tree instead of a pony. The child, an eternal optimist, immediately starts digging through the pile repeating to to himself, “There must be a pony here somewhere.” I don’t know if Democrats will find a pony in...

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Trust and the Democratic Process
Nov03

Trust and the Democratic Process

It is worthwhile giving some thought to the role that trust plays in a democracy. Ideally, democracy can be defined as a form of government where all eligible voters have an equal say in determining policy, how they will be governed, and the laws that will be enacted, with the will of the majority being followed. In addition, the rights of minorities will be protected. America is a republic, or a representative form of democracy,...

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Despite Pennsylvania Cop Killer’s Capture, A Very Big Question Remains
Nov03

Despite Pennsylvania Cop Killer’s Capture, A Very Big Question Remains

The surrender of cop killer Eric Frein on Thursday after an excruciating 48-day manhunt in the dense woodlands of the Pennsylvania Poconos is not the end of the story. It is the end of the prologue to a very big question that demands to be asked — and answered: What prompted this wily survivalist to shoot dead a particular state trooper and critically wound another? To suggest that the shootings were random begs credulity,...

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