Friday Nite Lite: Feetball Season is Here Again…Posted: August 9, 2013
Hey, well what’s going on y’all?
The TV was on last night and from the speakers came the familiar sounds of Autumn, the pounding and crunching of tackles…deep booming voices of the ESPN dudes calling the game…and the feeble mumbles that eke out of the mouth of the man with the beer gut who sits and watches these games so intently every year.
(BTW, my brother Denny pronounces football as feetball, which makes absolute sense to me…I mean you play the damn thing with both feet, right?)
I do love football season because it means cool weather, fall colors, and watching my kids out on the field cheering and kicking for our Union County Panthers. But tonight is also a Friday Nite Lite…and here are some cartoons to get the evening going.
And here are a few local cartoons…I’ve got the news stories that go with them so you can understand where they are coming from…
Two young children in Pennsylvania were banned from talking about fracking for the rest of their lives under a gag order imposed under a settlement reached by their parents with a leading oil and gas company.
The sweeping gag order was imposed under a $750,000 settlement between the Hallowich family and Range Resources Corp, a leading oil and gas driller. It provoked outrage on Monday among environmental campaigners and free speech advocates.
The settlement, reached in 2011 but unsealed only last week, barred the Hallowichs’ son and daughter, who were then aged 10 and seven, from ever discussing fracking or the Marcellus Shale, a leading producer in America’s shale gas boom.
The Hallowich family had earlier accused oil and gas companies of destroying their 10-acre farm in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania and putting their children’s health in danger. Their property was adjacent to major industrial operations: four gas wells, gas compressor stations, and a waste water pond, which the Hallowich family said contaminated their water supply and caused burning eyes, sore throats and headaches.
Gag orders – on adults – are typical in settlements reached between oil and gas operators and residents in the heart of shale gas boom in Pennsylvania. But the company lawyer’s insistence on extending the lifetime gag order to the Hallowichs’ children gave even the judge pause, according to the court documents.
Reproductive rights protesters returned McCrory’s cookies, saying they would rather have health care.
CREDIT: Corey Lowenstein/News Observer
Reproductive rights activists in North Carolina have been rallying outside Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) mansion, protesting his recent decision to approve a controversial package of anti-abortion provisions attached to a transportation bill. So far, the governor has refused to meet with any of the protesters to talk to them in person. But he has attempted to placate them with baked goods.
On Tuesday afternoon, McCrory — along with four of his security guards — came out of his mansion’s gates to deliver a plate of chocolate chip cookies to the crowd of pro-choice protesters. He handed the plate to one of the activists and reportedly told her, “These are for you. God bless you, God bless you, God bless you.”
The gesture wasn’t well-received by the reproductive health activists frustrated with the governor’s recent legislative decisions. The protesters, who considered the move to be condescending, didn’t eat any of the cookies. Instead, they slipped the plate back under the mansion gates along with a note reading “We want women’s health care, not cookies.” They also began a chant: “Hey Pat, that was rude. You wouldn’t give cookies to a dude.”
As Slate’s Amanda Marcotte points out, it’s understandable that offering up this type of baked good may have come across as offensive to the women’s health protesters. “Next to sandwiches, cookies are probably the most potent edible symbol of the belief that women’s role is to shut up, give up their ambitions, and return to the kitchen,” Marcotte explains. “While it’s unlikely that McCrory was deliberately trying to tell the protesters to know their place, that’s how the gesture reads.”
I love that last one…I think the cartoonist was channeling Young Frankenstein there don’t you?
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