Friday Nite Lite: Late As Usual

Good Late Night

Luckovich Sandwich tonight.

Just a few to post tonight, the rest are via Cagle so you will need to go and click on the links to view them directly.

Mike Luckovich: Cage-Free Bankers – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

Moochers and Takers – Truthdig

Baltimore Study – Truthdig

Texas Bikers – Truthdig

Heavy Brother by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

WHACKO TX by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

Air Bag Recall by Political Cartoonist Bob Englehart

Air Bag Recals by Political Cartoonist Paul Zanetti

GOP Crowd Control by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

Colluding Banks by Political Cartoonist Adam Zyglis

The Problem With Airbags by Political Cartoonist Ingrid Rice

Republican Science by Political Cartoonist Pat Bagley

Knowing What We Know Now by Political Cartoonist Bob Englehart

Arctic Drilling by Political Cartoonist John Darkow

Memorial Day REPOST by Political Cartoonist John Cole

Memorial Day REPOST by Political Cartoonist John Darkow

IRISH FOUR LEAF CLOVER by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

Memorial Day by Political Cartoonist Bob Englehart

Government pensions by Political Cartoonist Eric Allie

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Wednesday Reads: Getting Medieval on the GOP’s Ass!

015869e914b4837726f0e88eeec3b043e2fb7bdbadHey Y’all

I could not bear to write a post today. So just take this one for what it is, my overzealous attempt to find a few Medieval images for the thread that reminded me of the GOP idiots who are running or announcing that they are running for Prez…in 2016. I was looking and next thing I know it is four am…go figure.

So, I decided to post the illuminations, manuscripts,  marginalia, bestiary, cheeky monkeys and the like with my own various commentary. Most of which will call back to the clowns that Boston Boomer and Dakinikat have been talking about lately. The images below are found here:

J.J. Lopez Minkoff on Pinterest

and here:  Pinterest: Getting Medieval On Your Ass


So the captions within the slide show are just my observations. Click on the links above for the information on the links.

Just a few that are beyond the scope of the political references that are the theme of the post today.



This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode with the marbled rye…“Seinfeld” The Rye (TV Episode 1996) – IMDb it airs tomorrow by the way on TBS.


The next image is also from a Seinfeld episode.



Little Jerry was born to cock fight! “Seinfeld” The Little Jerry (TV Episode 1997) – IMDb



Little Jerry is lean, mean, peckin’ machine!





Okay, now for the slide show…click on the first picture below, it should open up to the larger gallery slide show….if you cannot read the full caption under the image, use the down arrow on your keyboard, it should work to move the text so you can read the entire entry.



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Sunday Reads: “Made in England” and Other Stamps of Approval

8m3GETVPcRkGood Afternoon

Did anyone catch the film Tales of Hoffmann last night? It was on TCM, and unfortunately it is not scheduled for broadcast again anytime soon. I missed it. And that is such a disappointment.

More on this film at the end of the post. The images you see are from that opera/ballet put on film in 1951 and 4K digitally restored by Martin Scorsese in a 2015 release that is being screened in limited engagements worldwide. (A few being in Austin, Nashville, San Francisco, and a couple of more cities in the US, as I said more on this later…)

First, let’s get some newsy links out of the way:

The numbers out of Nepal are shocking:

Nepal quake death toll becomes highest on record; dozens still missing | Reuters

The number of people killed in Nepal by two major earthquakes has surpassed 8,500, making the disaster the deadliest to hit the Himalayan country on record, as rescuers on Sunday searched for dozens of people still missing in remote villages.

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, killing thousands and demolishing more than half a million homes, most of them in rural areas cut off from emergency medical care.

A second major quake struck on Tuesday 76 kilometers (47 miles) east of the capital Kathmandu, just as Nepalis were beginning to recover from the previous earthquake.

The death toll from the two quakes now stands at 8,583, the home ministry said on Sunday.

The previous deadliest earthquake to strike the country – in 1934 – killed at least 8,519 in Nepal, as well as thousands more in neighboring India.

Just last night another strong aftershock, if you want to call it that, struck Nepal. Makes you wonder if this is just the few before at big one, by that I mean even larger than the upper 7’s we have already seen.

460_originalTurning to US news: Duke professor: Blacks riot because they’re lazier than Asians and have ‘strange’ un-American names Will this shit ever stop:

A North Carolina professor said over the weekend that he was suspended after he was caught writing in the New York Times comment section that there was a link between the Baltimore riots and “strange” names that black people had instead of having traditional white names.

According to WTVD, Duke University Professor Jerry Hough responded to a New York Timeseditorial titled “How Racism Doomed Baltimore” by suggesting that the author’s attitude was what was “wrong” with the black community.

“[T]he blacks get symbolic recognition in an utterly incompetent mayor who handled this so badly from beginning to end that her resignation would be demanded if she were white,” he wrote. “The blacks get awful editorials like this that tell them to feel sorry for themselves.”

Hough noted that “the Asians” faced discrimination throughout U.S. history: “They didn’t feel sorry for themselves, but worked doubly hard.”

“I am a professor at Duke University,” he admitted. “Every Asian student has a very simple old American first name that symbolizes their desire for integration. Virtually every black has a strange new name that symbolizes their lack of desire for integration.”

Hough added that blacks made the problem worse by refusing to date white people.

“It was appropriate that a Chinese design won the competition for the Martin Luther King state,” he concluded. “King helped them overcome. The blacks followed Malcolm X.”

Oh brother….read the rest of what was said and the reaction at the link.

tales-of-hoffmann-the-1951-003-moira-shearer-dances-in-the-ballet-of-the-enchanted-dragonflyIn other news: Addicting Info – Elitist White Teabagger Pens An Article About What It’s Like To Be Black

Alan Caruba, contributing writer for the fringe right-wing Tea Party News Network, has some pretty impressive credentials. Founder of “The Center for Anxiety,” a conservative propaganda mill, Alan has spent his entire life on the quest for knowledge.

Not the kind of knowledge a contemporary student or scholar craves, mind you; Alan’s quest is for knowledge of how to be as ignorant as humanly possible.

At that he is a complete success. Caruba is a notorious science denier; for years he’s claimed that universities keep the myth alive for the benefit of…who knows who. He’s also a proponent of all things biblical, and he hates the LGBT community with a passion because he’s so much better than them.

The list goes on, straight down the lines of the fringe right.  Alan Caruba is a holier than thou myth junkie whose views are appreciated by knuckle-dragging nitwits across America.

It’s no wonder he writes for the number one publication of the Tea Party.

6a00e55290e7c4883301b7c748f65b970b-800wiYou ready for it? There are a lot of misleading and flat out wrong…go and take a look.

That should put you in the mood for…

Op/ed via NYT:  Housing Apartheid, American Style –


A long read via HuffPo: 61 Years After Brown v. Board Of Education, Many Schools Remain Separate And Unequal

So as you take time to read those, let’s segue to a segment from John Oliver, on the current situation in US Education:

American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.

Well, what do you expect, after all that standardized testing…you go to college, right?

Then what happens?

The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) Balle-4Want a job before graduating college? Study technology, and be a man |

Having a job in hand prior to commencement is a coveted security blanket, but not an easy one to land.

Still, some groups of college seniors and grad students have a better statistical chance of getting one before they enter the real world, according to a new survey.

Being a techie male puts you in the best position, says the annual Career Insight Survey from the career network AfterCollege.

Just 14 percent of college seniors have a job locked up before graduation this year, according to the findings, and only 13 percent of graduate students do.

But, among technology students, 28 percent have jobs in place. That’s far better than business students at 18 percent and life sciences students at 15 percent.

Meanwhile, 18 percent of men have a job being held for them compared to just 11 percent of women students.

“What’s particularly shocking this year is the clear discrepancy in job hunt success based on gender and area of study,” said Roberto Angulo, AfterCollege CEO.

This is particularly shocking?


More links…quick like:

The Right Baits the Left to Turn Against Hillary Clinton –

I hope this Blue Bell situation gets settled soon, but it looks like it is not: Blue Bell Creameries lays off 1,450 employees due to listeria outbreak

Xmas gifts - The Tales of HoffmannCheck it out, gays get rights before women do in Ireland. Sorry, I am so happy for this but it still stings a bit…Ireland appears set to say ‘yes’ in gay marriage vote – Al Jazeera English

The same-sex marriage referendum has transformed Ireland before it’s even begun | Una Mullally | Comment is free | The Guardian

However here in the States, Cruz needs to shut the fuck up: Addicting Info – Ted Cruz: Gay Marriage Is The ‘Greatest Threat To Religion In American History’

I can tell him where he can stick his threat to Religion too…

There is an interesting story here: Daughters of Diaspora | Al Jazeera America

Shaped by the decisions their mothers made, two cousins grapple with assimilation in both the U.S. and France

f0a581c69a1a6393ca31694449607031RIP: Elisabeth Bing, ‘Mother of Lamaze,’ Dies at 100 –

It seems this first is a long time coming: Juana Garcia, first female NY Water Taxi captain, takes helm – NY Daily News

As a call back to Emma Watson’s He for She Campaign: Salma Hayek Speaks Out on Hollywood’s Failures to Women

And while we are on the subject of Hollywood and women: Why Peggy Olson is the biggest badass on Mad Men

What is Mad Men really about? The series opens (“Smoke Gets in your Eyes”) with handsome, duplicitous, womanizing, alcoholic Donald Draper (or Dick Whitman) alone in a bar, observing patrons through smoke, seated exactly like the opaque window-jumper from the series credits.

However, the unique event which propels the first episode, and the brilliant series that follows, is Peggy Olson’s first day of employment at Sterling Cooper. And what a remarkable day it is. What begins with an awkward elevator ride with Ken Cosgrove (version 1.0), leads Peggy to personal and professional life lessons from Joan Holloway (later Harris), who sends her to a condescending, slut-shaming (and probably ex-lover) gynecologist where she scores her first birth control prescription. From there, we witness a terse Don Draper rebuff Peggy in a cringeworthy exchange, and watch her momentous day end as she guides drunk vulture Pete Campbell into her apartment for a one-night stand.

If you ever want to read a good analyses of Mad Men and the relationship of costumes to characters, go to TLo:

Mad Style | Tom & Lorenzo Fabulous & Opinionated

You will not be sorry….take a look at how they described the last time we saw Peggy, which touches on that first episode of Mad Men:

Cue the rockstar entrance:

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Everyone out of my way. It’s my first day on my new job.

No perfectly put-together and professional suits here. She went for a sassy little dress (complete with a row of Pussy Power buttons) instead because Roger Sterling gave her permission to stop worrying about what others think of her. And of course, it’s got her signature power color, that mustard yellow, which has been a consistent motif for her going all the way back to Day One of her career:


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Kick ass, Peggy. Kick ass.

And as Peggy navigates the tight hallways of McCann Erickson and embraces her future …


Mad-Men-Season-7-Episode-12-Mad-Style-Costumes-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (33)Don’s in as wide open a space as possible, with no idea of what is future’s going to be. We noted before that each final shot of this season has Don stationary, while the camera moves away from him, but this time he’s moving away from the camera himself. It feels less like things are being stripped away from him and more like he’s deliberately running away.


Seriously, their work on these Mad Style reviews is excellent. I think I will miss it just about as much as the show itself…which airs the final episode tonight.

Okay, more quick links, on Cuba:

12TALESJP-articleLargeCuba a wonderful, eye-opening experience – LA Times

Travel to Cuba – Los Angeles Times

[Postcard] | Kid Chocolate’s Place, by Jason Novak | Harper’s Magazine

On England:

Visitors enjoy Canterbury cathedral’s celebrated stained glass at ground level | Culture | The Guardian

Ben Latham-Jones acquires Ealing Studios Entertainment | Deadline

Ben Latham-Jones has fully acquired Ealing Studios Entertainment, the production entity of the iconic London-based studio, it was announced today. Latham-Jones, a former creative director for Fox, will take over the role of head of studio from Barnaby Thompson, who will now segue into focusing on directing. Thompson will retain his shares in Ealing Studios Operations, which runs the stages and facilities side of the business, alongside partners Harry Handelsman and Uri Fruchtmann.

19Latham-Jones hopes to turn Ealing into a hub of British filmmaking excellence, recalling its heyday under legendary exec Michael Balcon, who was responsible for classics including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets

Which brings me full circle back to the film The Tales of Hoffmann…

The Tales of Hoffmann review – Powell and Pressburger’s other magic ballet film | Film | The Guardian

“Made in England” is how Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger finally stamped their unworldly, otherworldly Tales of Hoffmann from 1951, an adaptation of the Jacques Offenbach opera, which is now on rerelease. It actually negated English and British cinema’s reputation for stolid realism. This is a hothouse flower of pure orchidaceous strangeness, enclosed in the studio’s artificial universe, fusing cinema, opera and ballet. It is sensual, macabre, dreamlike and enigmatic: like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In his autobiography, Powell recalls talking to a United Lead Michael Powell Emeric Pressburger Tales of Hoffmann 4K Restoration HD still 15Artists executive after the New York premiere, who said to him, wonderingly: “Micky, I wish it were possible to make films like that … ” A revealing choice of words. It was as if what this executive thought he had seen was some kind of miraculous film that he still did not believe was “possible” in any sense. Robert Rounseville is the famous poet Hoffmann, in love with a dancer, played by Moira Shearer. Hoffmann regales tavern drinkers with tales of his three former loves: Olympia, Giulietta and Antonia – an automaton, a courtesan and an invalid, three different manifestations of love’s dangerous, seductive power. In each case Robert Helpmann plays the dark nemesis figure, with his extraordinary, skull-like face. You might compare this to the 1948 Powell and Pressburger film The Red Shoes, though in many ways it is even more hallucinatory.

‘The Tales of Hoffmann,’ Newly Restored, Opens at Film Forum –

Admirers and detractors of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s film “The Tales of Hoffmann,” from Offenbach’s opera, are equally vociferous. The newly restored edition, playing at Film Forum Friday through next Thursday, reminds us why. This 1951 film belongs to a bewildering number of categories. It’s lip-sync opera, multilayered meta-theater (indeed, a dizzyingly baroque exercise in overt artifice), kitsch extravaganza of luridly colored design (by Hein Heckroth) and keenly musical ballet.

6a00e55290e7c4883301b8d0d253ce970c-800wiAnd what’s more, it’s an over-the-top example of 1950s neo-Romanticism tipping over into surrealism; it’s not merely Anglophone but terminally English (the ostentatious quaintness of several accents is its most dated feature); it’s steeped in ideas from Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (the femme fatale entrancing the hero, the dolls whose poignancy and vivacity raise questions about reality); and it’s an audacious essay in film fantasy, sui generis in its inventions and its splicing of different arts.

I think the next sentence best describes this film:

I love it except when I don’t. It’s crazy, twee, camp, exhilarating, trite, bold.

“Tales of Hoffmann” followed the success of Powell and Pressburger’s “The Red Shoes,” and again its dance heroine is Moira Shearer. Though “Hoffmann” doesn’t have the obsessive fervor of “The Red Shoes,” it’s a much better demonstration of Shearer’s dancing. (She was often the first to say so.) She’s again teamed with the dance-mime stars Léonide Massine and Robert Helpmann; we also see again the ballerina Ludmilla Tcherina.

talesofhoffmannstella_vd_188x141_121820081113Watching it again after many years, I’m startled to see just how pervaded by dance and choreography it is. Sometimes in small, scarcely dance moments, it captures the alchemy of movement meeting music better than anything in “Red Shoes.” No wonder: The choreographer is Frederick Ashton, one of the most tellingly musical choreographers of all time, and the conductor is Thomas Beecham, experienced in working with dance since the Diaghilev Ballets Russes, and with long experience with this opera. (His rhythmic élan is a source of life from the very opening bars.) Ashton also gives the film’s best performances, though only in supporting roles.

Best to read the rest of the review at the link.

Other reviews of the film here, if you have access:

h10Classic film of the week: The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) | The Times

Three Lovers Lost: On ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ – WSJ

Review: 1951’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ is a triumph of cinematic art – LA Times

Opera Fresh: Classic “Tales Of Hoffmann” Film Gets New Life With 4K Restoration – NYFF: The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

Video clips here: Videos for The Tales of Hoffmann

There are three at that link.

And….the trailer:

But what I want to really share, is the significance of the film….

h11Schoonmaker, Scorsese on Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Tales of Hoffmann’ | Variety

This week, Camerimage film festival presents a retrospective of the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Last month at the Lumière Festival, Thelma Schoonmaker, the three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, spoke about “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which is one of the films screening at Camerimage.

Martin Scorsese has influenced generations of new filmmakers. But who and what films influenced Scorsese? One front-runner: “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which liberated the duo from the constraints of early 1950s’ sound cinema.

In a video presentation made for and screened at the Lyon Lumière Festival in October, Scorsese admitted that he became “rather obsessed” by the movie.

hoffmann1That could be an understatement. Attending Lyon, Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese’s three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, took a captivated audience through the film, shot in only 17 days, its singularity and huge impact on not only Scorsese but also George Romero. Cecil B. DeMille was another large admirer. Bertrand Tavernier pointed to “Blade Runner” as just one movie that channeled “Tales.”

It is fascinating.  Read more…at the link.

Another look here:

An even more enchanting ‘Tales of Hoffmann’ after restoration – LA Times

Martin Scorsese said it was a big influence on his films “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull.” George Romero, director of the seminal zombie thriller “Night of the Living Dead,” said it was the reason he became a filmmaker.

the-tales-of-hoffmann-4-600x437The “it” in question is Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s Technicolor masterpiece “The Tales of Hoffmann,” which has entranced and influenced filmmakers since its release in 1951.

“Ten Commandments” director Cecil B. DeMille wrote the British filmmakers in 1952, telling Powell and Pressburger: “For the first time in my life I was treated to Grand Opera where the beauty, power and scope of the music was equally matched by the visual presentation.”


” ‘Tales of Hoffmann’ was a daring and bold thing to try,” said Margaret Bodde, executive director of the Film Foundation, which Scorsese began 25 years ago to preserve and restore motion pictures. “The film is like an experimental film. If you read the description of the production, you wouldn’t have imagined it would have come out as well. It holds your interest in a way that you wouldn’t imagine a film like this would. ”

Now, 64 years after its initial release, “Tales of Hoffmann” has been digitally restored by the Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive in association with Studiocanal. Scorsese, Schoonmaker and Ned Price, vice president of mastering for Warner Bros. technical operations, supervised the restoration work, which was completed by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging.

This restoration, which opens Friday for a weeklong run at Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, brings out all the detail in Hein Heckroth’s lush production and costume design and Christopher Challis’ vivid Technicolor cinematography. The new version also includes six minutes of footage that was cut before its original release, as well as an epilogue.

tales-of-hoffmann-the-1951-007-robert-helpmann-ludmilla-tcherina-in-act-iiThe original 35-millimeter Technicolor three-strip nitrate camera negative and 35-millimeter original soundtrack negative from the British Film Institute vaults were used for the restoration. The material for the added footage was also discovered at BFI.

Those involved with the Film Foundation Technicolor restorations of Powell-Pressburger’s “The Red Shoes” and “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” from 1943 had to contend with mold on the original negatives. But that wasn’t the case with “Tales of Hoffmann.”

“It was in quite good condition,” Price said. “We dealt with the normal shrinkage, which is inevitable with film. Over time, they lose moisture. They shrink and they warp differently. But we aligned the three strips, and they matched perfectly.”

Schoonmaker, who also supervised the restoration of “Red Shoes” and “Blimp,” said the team was “very lucky that we could concentrate on the color and the detail instead of having to spend a lot of money on cracks and mold and dirt.”

Hoffmann3For years, fans of the film have talked about missing footage, Schoonmaker said.

“Scorsese and I didn’t know what that was,” she said. “Finally, when we started getting all the elements together, the woman at the British Film Institute scoured the vaults and found the missing six minutes.”

Read more about the restored footage…

You can still catch this film on the big screen.

Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger – Pure Genius

Look on that page for scheduled screenings of this film and other Powell and Pressburger films.

m3005Events & Excursions– Portland, San Diego, Berkley…Albuquerque…Austin, go and check it out.

It is exciting because The Tales of Hoffmann is being shown in Nashville May 29th through June 4th…hopefully I can get up there to see it with my mom and Bebe…anyway, just be sure to see if you are lucky enough to be near a screening.

Well, this is a long thread for sure. Thanks to Boston Boomer who wrote all the threads this week, you sure are a hell of a trooper, super woman.

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Friday Nite Lite: BB King Tributes


Good Evening


That is about right…still. (Not towards you all, but just how I’m feeling…still.) Certain manager of a big named store quit, leaving someone stuck holding the bag and since said shit store does not promote from within the  store itself, once again, another fuck over. Sorry, it is just exhausting.

Now the cartoons.


First the Cagles:

Amigo Two by Political Cartoonist Mark Streeter

THE THRILL IS GONE by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

BB King RIP by Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee

Jeb by Political Cartoonist Joe Heller

BB KING by Political Cartoonist Randy Bish

Lack Of Air by Political Cartoonist Tim Campbell

Meme by Political Cartoonist Terry Mosher

Brother George: 05/14/2015 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Brother George

That Reminds Me: 05/15/2015 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - That Reminds Me

Texas Invasion: 05/13/2015 Cartoon by Rob Rogers

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Texas Invasion

05/08/2015 Cartoon by David Horsey

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Mike Luckovich: America, Home of the Brave – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig


BB King – Truthdig


Blues Boy RIP – Truthdig


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Wednesday Reads: An uneasy trend


Just can’t seem to bring myself round to reading any news lately. I have spent most of my time immersed in episodes of Foyle’s War. What an incredible series, if anyone has Netflix….

Anyway, so for today’s news reads, it will be a lazy link dump. The latest on the Amtrak accident will be at the bottom of the post.

Just to highlight something before we get to the hard core stuff:

Remember that black man found dead, who supposedly “hung” himself from a swingset in South Carolina?

6c65a16190169620760d6d9d13a26db9Check this out: Black Man Found Hanged From Tree in Greensboro, Georgia – NBC

A black man who’d recently been questioned in connection with the death of a white woman was found dead hanging from a tree Monday morning in rural Greensboro, Georgia, police said. Local and state investigators said there was nothing to immediately suggest foul play.

Greensboro Police Chief Ossie Mapp told NBC News that a neighbor called 911 about 9 a.m. ET to report finding a body behind a house on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Police discovered the body of Roosevelt Champion III, 43, who Champion didn’t live at the address in Greensboro, in east-central Georgia between Athens and Augusta, Mapp said.

Champion’s body was suspended by tie-down strap similar to those used to secure cargo on the roofs of vehicles, Mapp said.

There were no visible wounds on Champion’s body, his feet were scraping the ground and his knees were slightly buckled, suggesting that he hadn’t been lifted into the tree, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Joe Wooten, who is in charge of the investigation. Wooten and Mapp said it’s too early to determine the formal cause of death, which is pending an autopsy.

924dcb7b423f9a51a51916680d18236fBut Wooten said Champion was questioned at least twice last week in a homicide case involving the death of a white woman. In the end, no charges were filed, he said. Details of that investigation weren’t immediately available.

“I understand that there is a lot of concern” in the community because the victim was a black man who was hanged in the Deep South, Wooten said. “Because of that, we’re going to be as transparent as we can be.”

Okay, whatever…

Champion’s family does not believe it was suicide: Death of G.A. Man Found Hanging Ruled a Suicide — NYMag

Many suspected foul play when a black man recently questioned in the murder of a white woman was found hanging from a tree in Georgia on Monday, but his death has been ruled a suicide. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said an autopsy found no evidence of trauma to the body of Roosevelt Champion III, and his hands and feet were not bound. However, his family refused to accept that explanation. “I’m angry, I’m angry because I don’t have answers,” Miranda Wright, one of Champion’s sisters, told NBC News. “He’d do a lot of things but he wouldn’t have harmed himself, I doubt it.”

05e1596df83058e3e8b4ac7902113895…but keep in mind, just a few counties over from where Champion was found hanging from the tree:

Nine Georgia deputies fired over black inmate’s death | Reuters

Nine sheriff’s deputies in Georgia were fired on Friday over the New Year’s Day death of a black inmate who had been placed in restraints, officials said.

The dismissals come amid a series of killings by police in cities including of Baltimore, New York, and Ferguson, Missouri over the past year that have raised questions about officers’ use of lethal force, especially against black men and other minority groups.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said its decision was based on an internal review and a separate probe by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into the Jan. 1 death of 22-year-old Matthew Ajibade.

67ab5a4d880f4b9a0f1557015b694363Officials said he injured three deputies while being booked into jail on charges of domestic violence, battery and resisting arrest. Ajibade, a college student, was then placed in an isolation cell and later found unresponsive, officials said.

The local Savannah Morning News reported that area clergy members said in a letter to the sheriff’s office this week that Ajibade suffered from bipolar disorder. They also said he was handcuffed to a restraining chair when officials used a taser on him, according to the News.

The Sheriff’s office said it had turned over its findings to the county prosecutor to weigh possible criminal charges. The office said it would not make its report available unless a local court rules the findings are subject to release or the prosecutor finishes investigating.

b0a49517c5319d733a906c66e38f6e0eThe office did note in Friday’s statement however that among the changes instituted following Ajibade’s death and the subsequent investigations was a “clear written policy of when tasers may not be used.”

And while you are thinking about all this goings on in Georgia….‘The Nightly Show’ skewers Georgia educators |

Monday night’s episode of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” focused on three stories of racism and bigotry that have been trending in the news. Two of those stories involved Georgia educators.

“The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” has been making waves since its premiere in January. The new show, a spinoff of “The Daily Show,” focuses less on the media’s coverage of political news (that’s Jon Stewart’s job) and more on trending news topics.

edaa5ff3241ec9ed0422f6cd8f60d233The show begins with a monologue by host Larry Wilmore and ends with a roundtable discussion that often features one comedian, one celebrity and experts on the subjects being discussed.

Last night’s show began with host Larry Wilmore discussing the remarks made by Principal Nancy Gordeuk at the graduation ceremony of Stone Mountain’s TNT Academy. The video — of Gordeuk calling the crowd “goobers,” “cowards” and (after accidentally dismissing the crowd before the Valedictorian’s speech) yelling,“Look who’s leaving? All the black people.” — was played.

Wilmore then played the video clip of Gordeuk claiming the devil was responsible for her comments.

The show then switched focus to Nancy Perry, the Dublin, Georgia, teacher that was removed from the classroom after telling students President Barack Obama was not Christian, if their parents voted for Obama they were not Christian, and the President is an “evil Muslim.”

Here are the best quotes from Wilmore’s monologue:

 “The devil? First of all, everyone knows the devil hasn’t been back in Georgia since he lost that fiddling competition.”

“A Georgia teacher tells her students Obama is an evil Muslim. In a related story, she’s now the front-runner for the Republican primary!”

d80cc1c20827139a5a935e913cdf1af9(After guessing what Ledbetter called the President) “Evil Muslim, I almost went with that! I had huge fan of late term abortions.”

“Hey Georgia educators, can I talk to you for a sec? If people wanted their kids to learn coded racism, false truths about the president and be talked down to, they would homeschool them. And leave them watching Fox News all day.”

“They (parents) have their kids in a Georgia public school to learn actual facts. You know, like the Civil War should actually be called the ‘War of Northern Aggression.’ So teach them what’s right and leave your half-baked, unsubstantiated opinions where they belong: Thanksgiving dinner.”

Wilmore was then joined for a round table discussion with comedian and show contributor Mike Yard, comedian Rachel Feinstein, and film and television producer (and Georgia resident) Will Packard.

The best quotes from the roundtable:

“It’s weird, it’s almost like black people can’t do anything right now. Everything we do is stereotypical. We like chicken, that’s bad. We like watermelon, ‘Ehh, they like that watermelon’. They leave when you dismiss them? ‘Look at these Negros, just doing what we tell them to do.’” – Mike Yard

6188f584a1ffef532abdc63e60b2ec4d“If you look, it was the black people leaving … But here’s the thing: If you were a student or parent and had to be subjected to this crazy racist principal all year and finally you graduate? You would get the hell out of there too!” – Will Packard

“People always blame the devil too. I thinks it’s okay, like if you murder your kids, blame the devil, but not for casual, everyday racism.” – Rachel Feinstein

Put this is perspective…or context with the rest of the shit going on in the US of late.

Which brings me to this: Shakesville: And Again

924dcb7b423f9a51a51916680d18236fjIn March, 19-year-old Tony Robinson, a black man, was killed by Madison, Wisconsin, Police Officer Matthew Kenny following an altercation, according to police. Today, the prosecutor announced that Kenny will not face charges.

“I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of a lawful use of deadly police force and that no charges should be brought against Officer Kenny in the death of Tony Robinson Jr.,” Ismael Ozanne, the Dane County district attorney, announced Tuesday afternoon at a news conference.

…Robinson’s death on March 6 prompted days of sustained, peaceful demonstrations in Wisconsin’s second-largest city. Police say they were responding to multiple calls about a disturbance involving Robinson, including calls that said he had assaulted other people and ran into traffic.

In a brief statement after the shooting, police said that when they found Robinson, “a struggle ensued” and he was shot and killed. Kenny was placed on paid administrative leave, and the police chief apologized for the shooting and asked for patience during the investigation.

…Ozanne, who was appointed in 2010, is a lifelong Madison resident and the first black district attorney in Wisconsin history, according to his office. He said that he viewed his responsibilities through this lens as “a man who understands the pain of unjustified profiling” and described discussions he has had recently with community members who are distrustful of the criminal justice system.

“My decision will not bring Tony Robinson Jr. back,” Ozanne said Tuesday. “My decision will not end the racial disparities that exist in the justice system, in our justice system.”


Robinson, of course, being dead, was unavailable to tell his version of events. But, according to Kenny, he chased Robinson into a building, where Robinson hit him in the head and so he “opened fire after he feared that he would be hit again and his gun taken and used to shoot him or others. Kenny fired seven shots in three seconds, and all of the shots hit Robinson on the front of his body.”

Toxicology shows Robinson was high, but what the fuck? Shoot him over repeatedly killing him? Dead? I don’t get it.

856d0cc00487daaf6beecbb393df3a68The Latest: Protesters seek walkout over Wisconsin shooting – GreenwichTime

The rest in of it in dump format:

Did Jeb Bush just commit a War Crime in Justifying the Iraq War? | Informed Comment

Jon Stewart Slams Jeb Bush For Name-Dropping W. On Foreign Policy | Crooks and Liars


Allen West Got Sharia Law All Over Him In The Walmart Checkout Line | Wonkette

98f690472d5a2663f25cc01d746a08bbNBA Promo Thinks It’s Hysterical to Hurl Your Girlfriend Across the Room | Mediaite

Reporter Shauna Hunt Shuts Down Fuck Her Right in the Pussy | Mediaite

Toronto FC Fan Fired By Hydro One Over Vulgar ‘FHRITP’ Incident | Crooks and Liars

Women Harmed by Unpredictable Scheduling | Al Jazeera America

Health Department: Insurers Must Cover All Birth Control Methods

Reproductive rights remain brightest partisan dividing line | MSNBC

be170528f071cc32394000abc46fd60c5 Ways to Stop Bad Attitudes About Women in Power | Tabby Biddle

Texas House Approves Scarlet Letter for Obamacare | The Bob and Chez Show | News and Politics Podcast and Blog

Bernik: Sandra Lee’s condition splits doctors’ opinions – NY Daily News

Toyota and Nissan recall 6.5 million cars over airbags – BBC News

And the latest on the Amtrak Derailment:

At least six die in Philadelphia train derailment, scores hurt | Reuters

Philadelphia Amtrak Crash: Black Box Recovered, Mayor Says – NBC

Amtrak train crash: Derailment happened on same stretch of track as 1943 Franklin Junction disaster – Americas – World – The Independent

This is an open thread…

Sunday Funday Mother’s Day Funkday….

347a54415738d035b6ac126dd1758e32Happy Mother’s Day

To all you Mothers out there.

I honestly have been in  so deep a funk lately, that even the Hillary announcement has not lifted me out. Every country that is holding elections is going with right wing conservative parties…are you noticing this?

Well, Japan and England…Scotland, Israel, India, Australia, and the Not-Alberta portion of Canada. Right wing Enda Kenny of Ireland and Leader of the Fine Gael, their Conservative Party, is hoping this latest election in the UK will bode well for them in the next go round. 

3c6407eb3e1ec663b58c4beff0a1f76eHell, look at the news out of Japan lately…revisionism of history in academics? It reads like something you see going on around the campuses here in the US.

I think it starts with this constitution issue….and connects to things we talked about long ago, back when Fuckushima (spelling yes on purpose) really fucked things up…We need to talk about Abe | The Japan Times

Recent statements by the government of Shinzo Abe raise disturbing questions about decision-making in Japan. How much room is there in Abe’s political view for questioning or debate or argument, let alone dissent? Or is he just dedicated to rewriting the Constitution to remove the taint of the Occupation, allow fully-fledged military forces, and thus make Japan a “normal” country — without considering what “normal” means or its implications — and to hell with anything else?

Consider some recent actions:

fc686f638d618f500639a5b687546647• The passing in late 2013 of the secrecy law, allowing the government virtually unchallenged powers to designate information in the fields of security and diplomacy almost without limits as “secrets,” thus making topics related to the information virtually closed for public discussion.

Okay, now that article/op/ed goes into a lot of things, way beyond what I want to point out, so go and read it in full. The main thing I want to address is the Secrecy Law. 2013.

Bring it up to 2015.

Academics fail Abe administration on history | The Japan Times

On May 5, in an open letter in support of historians in Japan, an international group of 187 scholars (of which I am one) urged Japan to acknowledge and atone for the forced prostitution that occurred during wartime, stating: “Denying or trivializing” what happened to the “comfort women” is “unacceptable.”

3641cf936c3d0b96f38815fe4dbeb41dThere are many instances of sexual violence in wartime, but the letter, which has already been widely circulated on the Internet and has been the topic of numerous news reports, says, “The ‘comfort women’ system was distinguished by its large scale and systematic management under the military, and by its exploitation of young, poor and vulnerable women in areas colonized or occupied by Japan.”

The scholars note disagreement over how many women were involved, but stress that “large numbers of women were held against their will and subjected to horrific brutality” in what was a brutal and “inhumane system.” The letter goes on to call for further research that is “free from government manipulation, censorship and private intimidation.”

I asked some U.S. academics about their perspectives on government censorship in 21st-century Japan. Thomas Berger, a professor of political science at Boston University and author of the 2012 book “War, Guilt and World Politics after World War II,” had various talks and his participation in an NHK documentary cancelled due to what he believes was a combination of self-censorship and pressure from senior management.

In one publication, partially funded by a government-sponsored NGO, Berger was asked to avoid the comfort women issue. He insisted that it be left in, but it came at a cost.

c6e22134a5d4f793e45e56c3c134ba1a“I did compromise by not using the term ‘sexual slavery,’” he says, while asserting that would be something he would not agree to now. Taking issue with revisionist views, Berger believes there were tens of thousands of comfort women, including some professional prostitutes, “the majority of whom were coerced in one way or another to become comfort women and who had no possibilities for escape once they reached the front lines,” she says. Moreover, “there was a far larger pattern of sexual abuse by the Japanese Army involving millions of women, some of whom were kidnapped and kept as what we today would call sex slaves.”

2f35b1c43ac788ea08fa86969350dd85Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has long lobbied for a more positive spin on Japan’s past because he thinks that the prevailing narrative unfairly stigmatizes Japan and that it is difficult to nurture pride in youth based on so-called masochistic history. Thus the government is now whitewashing the history taught in Japan’s schools by forcing textbook publishers to hue to new guidelines aimed at imposing patriotic education. As a result, the comfort women have disappeared from all but one of Japan’s middle school textbooks.

Critics point out that the purpose of history is not to nurture pride and that airbrushing history is not the basis for sound education. Furthermore, promoting a propagandized version of history that fails to address the horrors Japan inflicted throughout Asia from 1931-45 leaves students poorly prepared to develop critical thinking skills and engage with others in the region. How can Japan pursue its long-standing goal of internationalization if its students are left in the dark about its past and force-fed a valorizing and exonerating history that tramples on the dignity of Japan’s neighbors? Can this jingoism serve as the basis of what the government envisions as “Super Global Universities”?

96230c69a45bd83047c79ed628684f55Hmmmm, more on this open letter here:

Historians Urge Japan to Set War Record Straight – WSJ

You can read the actual letter in full, available for download here: Open Letter in Support of Historians in Japan | H-Asia | H-Net

And on the affect this situation with Japan is having on Foreign Relations.

South Korea’s Park Chides Abe But Seeks Stable Japan Ties – WSJ

Shinzo Abe’s Sorry Apology | Foreign Policy

Now think about these nations, and their fucking right wing asshole elected officials…what they stand for, who they represent, what they are doing to the people who already have a limited voice in the policies that effect the public in general. By that I mean the everyday people. Those who we used to refer to as the 99%. We, are the those who get fucked along the way….you know who we are.

2b5e4c8eb627c954dda03c32782e6b74I’m gonna narrow it down to women, children, students, the minority majority (those of the other races that will or already make up the majority, but who are not white, non-white, non- Hispanic/Native-Indian/Asian, including of course…but not limited to blacks, African-Americans, Latins, Hispanics, webbed footed, one-eyed, two headed person…who may or may not be gay, trans, bi, or lesbian…disabled, sick, mental, mad. Almost like anything you’d find in a modern Dickens novel.) The main thing being that we are not white men or white uptight women who don’t mind being trampled on and over and used by said white men of the “right kind of” faith.

7a8f132cbe08e2af6d7d0076da37f711I know we preach a lot  to the choir. Dak and BB have mentioned many times about funding for education, healthcare, housing, etc. and how the powers that be are making it harder and harder to get an education, stay healthy and keep dry.

The lord on the manor keeps his peasants and slaves from learning how to read. Keeps them feed just enough to survive so they can’t runaway….or just fat and distracted enough to ignore what is really going on right in front of them.

e74c05410ee7d3ad1591193f63b737eaAnd so many times, we have said it before, history will teach us nothing?

Back to Japan and England, Israel, and the other conservative governments agendas…

It is disturbing to me that the conservatives of other nations, like the conservative bigots of our nation, want to rewrite our  history or seem to have the audacity to blatantly rule in the Supreme Court that…Civil Rights Act is no longer needed. Women’s Rights? Sure we got that….and Equal Rights are not worthy of discussing, there is no reason to have an amendment either. Religion, of a specific brand, will only qualify for those who sit in those leather seats on the Hill and history….will teach us nothing.

21c507a9cbbcabf46681cd053e94fd6aIt is scary as shit, and it makes me worry for my daughter, what kind of Mother’s Day will she have…and what kind of Mother’s Day will be left for her daughter in those decades to come. Mother’s Day makes us think of what came before us and what will come after us…

Sorry to be such a downer today, but it is just a real lot of shitty things to see in the world.

Hope you all could post some happy mother stories, because this has been a very depressing ten years? or more?

This is an open thread.


Friday Nite Late Lite: Slide some oil to me…

Good Evening

And it is Friday again….just a few since I am running very late.

The Cagle:

First one is great:

COSMIC SIGNALS by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

Moral religiosa by Political Cartoonist Osmani Simanca

Chuck NorrisTexas Tin Foil Hats by Political Cartoonist J.D. Crowe

Texas conspiracy by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

Justus by Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee

Court ruling on NSA phone records by Political Cartoonist Jimmy Margulies

British Elections – Truthdig

Mother’s Day – Truthdig

The rest from…..

Those are all from Luckovich of course…Best of Luckovich May 2015 |


This is an open thread.