Friday Nite Lite: Oh….Canada

Good Evening

Tonight’s cartoons touch on the terrorist attack in Canada. One in particular: The Canadian Political Cartoon That Has Everyone Talking | Mediaite

Canada’s The Chronicle Heraldran a cartoon this morning that many on social media are lauding as a powerful and uplifting message after yesterday’s deadly shooting in Ottawa that left a Canadian soldier dead and two others wounded.

The cartoon, produced by artist Bruce MacKinnon, portrays the fallen soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo being helped by one of the men on the war memorial where he was killed, and simultaneously becoming a part of the memorial itself.

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It is a good one indeed…

AAEC – Political Cartoon by MStreeter, Savannah Morning News – 10/24/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – 10/24/2014

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Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Terrorism in Canada – Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel, Indianapolis Star – 10/24/2014

Cartoon by Gary Varvel - Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Terrorism in Canada

OTTAWA SHOOTING – Political Cartoon by Deb Milbrath, Cartoon Movement – 10/23/2014

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - OTTAWA SHOOTING

 

 

 

Mike Luckovich: Tinted Pope – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

 

Signe Wilkinson: Airbags – Signe Wilkinson – Truthdig

Mysteries by Political Cartoonist Gatis Sluka

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon – Political Cartoon by Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press – 10/24/2014

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Protective Gear – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 10/23/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Protective Gear

 

Hands Up – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 10/21/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Hands Up

Ebola Czar – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 10/19/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Ebola Czar

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette – 10/23/2014

 

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 10/23/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 10/14/2014

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Sexy GOP by Pat Bagley

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Nick Anderson: Dallas Deaths – Nick Anderson – Truthdig

Renee Zellweger and ISIS by Political Cartoonist Daryl Cagle

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Obama Political Liability by Political Cartoonist John Darkow

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This is an open thread…

 


Wednesday Reads: Damn you #DishNetwork, Bring Back #TCM

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A horrible thing happened yesterday. Dish network took the Turner classic movie channel off the air. This event is disastrous….it is like the end of the world in my house. According to Turner Network at savemyshows.com: DISH dropped your shows

Despite our best efforts, we were unable to reach an agreement with Dish Network, and they have unilaterally decided to pull CNN,Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang off the air upon the expiration of our current deal. Turner has worked diligently for months to come to a fair agreement including multiple extensions and compromises, and it’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers. We are hopeful our counterparts will return to the negotiating table, and we’ll get a deal completed.

TCM his my only reason for living. This channel is my lifeline…It gets me through the day, especially when the Zoloft is just not enough. Some people are addicted to booze, some people have to take pills or chase women, hell some need to shoot heroin with a meth back. Well I have to watch TCM, it is my drug of choice…and right now I am going through severe withdrawal. I’m not kidding. It is fucking bad. We are taking methadone clinic withdrawals…we’re talking Cartman on zero KFC Gravy:

Medicinal Fried Chicken – Full Episode – Season 14 – Ep 03 | South Park Studios

(Starts at the 5:14 mark)

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-36-15The TCM/Turner site continues…

The media landscape continues to progress at a rapid pace and finding solutions to complex business issues that respond to evolving viewer consumption habits takes time. Turner has worked diligently for months to find solutions to address these issues. In an effort to find workable solutions, we have provided numerous extensions over the course of the past few months — with the latest deadline to reach a new deal expiring on October 21 at 2 am (EST). Despite this pause in our negotiations, we remain committed to reaching an agreement and are hopeful Dish will return to the negotiating table and, we’ll get a deal completed.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-20-46Dish customers do not have these specific networks on their channel lineup and are no longer able to watch these networks on TV or online. Our viewers have alternate ways to receive these popular networks though by calling their local cable operator, telco or another satellite provider to switch services or by calling 1-800-233-SAVE to ask for these channels back.

And you just know I called Dish and gave them the what for…I will change satellite providers if need be, but we have had Dish for..evah, so this is a very upsetting situation. And how long can this shit fuck go on?

Having these popular networks go dark is not something that we wanted to happen. As programmers, our most important relationships are with our viewers and distributors. We are disappointed that, despite our best efforts, we were unable to come to terms with Dish, and they have elected not to continue our long-standing relationship. We regret the interruption of service for Dish customers who rely on us for quality programming. Despite this pause in our negotiations, Turner remains committed to reaching an agreement, and we are hopeful Dish will return to the negotiating table to get a deal completed.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-37-13Dish customers have lost these leading networks due to unreasonable demands by Dish. Turner has worked diligently for months to find solutions to complex business issues that address the future of the multi-screen world, while creating additional viewing opportunities for Dish’s customers we both serve. It is disappointing, but not surprising considering its history, that Dish has decided to involve viewers in this particular way, and have elected, yet again, to try and advantage its business at the expense of its customers.

Dish will not credit our account for the amounts we are paying on these channels that we are not receiving at the moment…fuck Dish.

But I was so pissed off about what they have done….they gave me a pitiful $30 bucks off our next bill. I told them I could not give two shits about this measly $30 dollars…I want my TCM back! It is fucking outrageous.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-33-36Of course Dish has their own webpage set up…fuck them: www.dishstandsforyou.com

This is not the first kind of dispute for Dish Network: CNN, Cartoon Network Among Networks Dropped By Dish In Carriage Dispute | Deadline

Dish has been involved in several high-profile carriage disputes over the past decade that have led to the pulling of cable networks, including the 2012 standoff with AMC Networks, in which AMC and its sibling channels were off Dish’s platforms for months, and a similar blackout of Viacom nets, including MTV, in 2004.

 

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-34-18Dish was recently in a dispute with Disney,..

Dish has been in the midst of several content negotiations recently, including a lenghthy legal dispute with Disney, which ended with a deal that would allow Dish to option several Disney properties, including ESPN, ABC, and Disney content for its forthcoming OTT (over the top) network, a stand alone Web TV network designed to appeal to cord cutters.

During that negotiation, Dish leveraged its AutoHop feature, which allows subscribers to auto-skip commercials for network programming during next-day viewing, as a bargaining chip. In exchange for unprecedented online access to Disney’s cache of content, Dish agreed to delay AutoHop programming for Disney-owned ABC for three days proceeding the original air date.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-35-28That deal puts things into perspective: How big media channels feel about online streaming services – Business Insider

The Information’s Martin Peers wrote an interesting column on Thursday arguing traditional media companies are simply denying how online streaming services, like Netflix and Amazon, are disrupting the $100 billion-plus TV network industry.

And more disruptive services are coming. Dish Network, for example, plans to launch an online service with a smaller package of channels but programs from big media companies like ESPN, A+E Networks, and Scripps Networks Interactive.

[...]

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-27-04…the TV networks getting involved with Dish’s fledgling service are clearly wary of what it might mean in terms of cannibalizing their other deals with cable networks. Peers offers this particularly startling bit of information:

To be sure, programmers are taking steps to limit erosion in their deals with Dish. One industry executive says the Disney agreement with Dish has a provision that if the streaming service signs up more than a certain number of subscribers, the deal is off. Dish declined to comment.

In other words, Disney will play along with Dish Network’s new service, but if it succeeds to a certain extent, they will be forced to pull out — likely to honor their partnerships with longstanding cable providers like Time Warner and Comcast.

Peers offers two potential reasons for why big media companies like Time Warner are downplaying streaming and other disruptive services:

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-27-52The simple answer is that most media company CEOs are nearing the end of their careers and are more focused on short-term quarterly performance than trends that might or might not happen for a decade. Another answer is that they’re in denial about the implications of what they’re doing.

I am more inclined to think that those CEOs are looking to take the money and get the fuck outta there!

 Few more thoughts on the black out here:

TCM Goes Dark on DISH Network | cinematically insane

“I live on a 52-acre farm, and, when I moved out here, cable was not an option,” Ashley Phipps of Julian, North Carolina told me via Facebook message. “TCM is one of the few channels I watch – almost all day, every day. Without it, and with DISH’s high prices, I’m thinking of ending my service.”

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-29-13Unfortunately for Phipps and other DISH subscribers, TCM’s streaming app will not provide an alternative while the linear TV channel is blacked out.

Watch TCM will not be available to DISH customers while the network is off the air,” a TCM spokesperson told me in an email message.

Dish Network dumps CNN, other Turner channels

It’s a good thing cable TV companies aren’t in the car business. If they were, they’d probably come and confiscate your car every time they got into a pricing dispute with a parts supplier.

The latest to use this negotiation-by-consumer-abuse tactic is Dish Network, which has dumped CNN and other Turner Broadcasting channels from its line-up. Or if you prefer, Turner has pulled its programming from Dish. Either way, consumers lose the programming they thought Dish was obligated to provide under its contract with them.

It’s a common tactic and one that leaves consumers fuming.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-30-45“I am sick of being affected because two rich corps won’t kiss and make up,” said Lori of New York, N.Y., in a ConsumerAffairs review. “DISH… I pay each month for certain programming. I want it. Fix this.”

Judy of Carlsbad, N.M., echoed Lori’s comments: “I will have to get rid of Dish if these chanels are not back. I have been with Dish several years and love it, in fact have referred several people, but this will end it.”

Hey, I am seriously having a Rain Man breakdown here! And wouldn’t you know The Innocents was being shown later this week…ugh.

For your news round-up:

Did you see who died yesterday? Ben Bradlee:  Ben on Ben: In memoir, Bradlee shared thoughts about himself – The Washington Post

On Watergate: “When it finally happened, when the president said, ‘Therefore, I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow,’ I remember folding my hands together between my knees and laying my forehead down on my desk for a very private ‘Holy Moly.’…Nixon — not the Post — ’got’ Nixon, but the Post’s reporting forced the story onto the national agenda, and kept it there until the world understood how grievously the Constitution was being undermined.”

More Obits here:

Ben Bradlee Was the Last of the Newspaper Giants – The Daily Beast

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-31-31Journalists Remember Bradlee as ‘Genius Leader’ — NYMag

Ben Bradlee, Editor Who Directed Watergate Coverage, Dies at 93 – NYTimes.com

Ben Bradlee obituary | US news | The Guardian

That one from the Guardian is a thorough one…

Meanwhile, Ebola Could Be Contained Within Six Months: Red Cross Official – NBC News.com

In Maryland: Teen convicted of rape in high school hallway

The verdict for the first count was read: Guilty.

A gasp came from the courtroom gallery.

Then the same verdict was read four more times.

And loud sobs could be heard.

Jocori Scarborough, 18, of Delmar was found guilty Tuesday on all five counts he faced in connection with a May 5 rape of a fellow student at Parkside High School.

In addition to second-degree rape, a Wicomico County jury found him guilty of false imprisonment, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and disturbing or threatening a student.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-32-21You may remember this case…the victim was blamed for the rape…victimized twice.

Wicomico County Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Karen Dean said in her closing argument that Scarborough forcibly had sex with the victim, who testified Monday. The Daily Times and USA TODAY do not name victims of sex crimes.

“She said no,” Dean said. “She said no several times.”

[...]

“(The victim’s) account is all you have to believe to convict the defendant,” Dean said.

There was also DNA evidence that they had sex, Dean said, noting that Scarborough’s DNA was found on the victim’s underwear. Defense attorney Eddie Gonzalez said his client hadn’t denied Scarborough and the victim had sex.

In his closing argument, Gonzalez went over all the levels at which Scarborough would not be able to be found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Even if the jury felt Scarborough was probably guilty, that isn’t enough under the standard, he said.

He said the victim didn’t cry at the time of the incident, he couldn’t see tears on close-up photos of her face later and there was no screaming.

The victim also wasn’t injured, Gonzalez said, and while a nurse had testified it could have been because of her young age, he noted she did say that sometimes victims have injuries.

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-25-29The rape of this 15-year-old happened in the hall of the middle school.

He also questioned why the state didn’t call as witnesses another student who had been in the hallway or another of the victim’s friends who saw her after the incident.

The victim said she was forced to have sex, yet Scarborough had asked for a kiss earlier that morning; and she said she didn’t want to go in the bathroom with him to have sex, but she later went up to him in the hallway, Gonzalez said.

And the girl didn’t report the incident to four school employees at Parkside she came across, he said.

“All you have to do is find one reasonable doubt,” he said. “Beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Dean said the victim wouldn’t have had anything to gain from lying. She didn’t get caught doing anything, she went through a lengthy exam and police interviews, and then gave her testimony in front of a large group of people in the courtroom gallery.

She said there’s a stigma about being a rape victim, with almost everyone assuming the victim is lying.

I am glad that there was justice in this case. Violence against women…it is never-ending:  Accused Indiana serial killer’s violent past raises questions for authorities | Fox News

With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police say has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Indiana court records from 2004 describe him grabbing a woman in a chokehold, dousing her with gasoline and threatening to set her on fire. He was sentenced to a year in prison.

In 2009, he was convicted in Texas of raping a woman. She told police that when she went to his apartment in Austin he knocked her down and began to strangle her, hit her several times in the face and said he could kill her, court records show. He was released from prison last year, when he moved back to Indiana.

In both cases, the charges against Vann were reduced in plea bargains, and Texas officials deemed him a low risk for violence. He registered as a sex offender in Indiana and police made a routine check in September that he lived at the address he provided.

“He was not on our radar at all,” Gary Police Chief Larry McKinley said at a news conference Tuesday, adding that Vann was never suspected of taking part in homicides in the days or months before his arrest at the weekend.Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-23-35

The total so far is seven…seven women murdered, strangled.

Now Vann, 43, is charged with the strangulation death of one woman in Hammond, Indiana, and police say more charges are expected after he directed them to the bodies of six more in nearby Gary. Texas and Indiana authorities have been poring over cold case files and missing person reports to determine if there are more victims.

Family and friends of victims said police should have known Vann was a threat and taken reports of women disappearing more seriously.

And then in South Africa, this news after Pistorius is sentenced to 5 years: Reeva Steenkamp’s Parents: We Have ‘Forgiven’ Oscar Pistorius – NBC News

The parents of Reeva Steenkamp said Wednesday they have forgiven Oscar Pistorius for fatally shooting their daughter – but believe he has not told the full story of the night he killed her. Barry and June Steenkamp made the comments an exclusive interview with ITV News’ Good Morning Britain breakfast show one day after Pistorius was sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison for culpable homicide. “I’ve already forgiven a long time ago,” June Steenkamp said.

“The hatred a lot of people feel towards him as a person, you can’t carry that along with you…it will just make you ill.” She said they were “satisfied by the sentence” but “there’s more to the whole story than anybody knows. Only Oscar knows.” She added: “We don’t want revenge, we want a fair punishment under the circumstances of his disability. We wouldn’t have wanted him to go to jail and be abused, but he will realize that he can’t go around doing that, he can’t kill somebody like that.”

About that 5 Years: Shakesville: Pistorius Gets Five Years; Expected to Serve Ten Months

In sporting news: First openly gay NFL player Michael Sam released by Dallas Cowboys | Sport | theguardian.com  It is a shame…

The latest NRA campaign: NRA: Guns Aren’t Scary Because They Are Just Like Vacuum Cleaners | Crooks and Liars

Medicinal Fried Chicken - Full Episode - Season 14 - Ep 03 - South Park Studios 2014-10-22 04-24-39The NRA is hoping they can “Demystify Guns” in their new video from Bill Johnson because of the many “dust ups” as he calls them, over the new open carry laws that wingnut states have been passing recently. The problem isn’t the guns that people use to kill thousands of people a year, but the idea that we’re blaming the guns for the violence around them when they are nothing more than a few bits of plastic and metal, no scarier than your vacuum cleaner or lawnmower.

[...]I didn’t know that vacuum cleaners can hurl projectiles at a sufficient speed to blow somebody’s head clean off, did you? Or, if I’m armed with a lawnmower, I could protect my house under siege by a gang of marauding black youths. Just think what would have happened if George Zimmerman was armed with a cordless Dustbuster instead of a gun.

And finally:

Why Is This Country Full Of So Many Idiots? | Crooks and Liars

You will just have to go to the link to find out…

What going on in your world today?


Sunday Reads: Hello is there anybody in there?

92ec4136a38bb759a3e7149d4ac263e7.jpgGood morning

Well, I am starting this post in a new way. I am writing it on my iPhone using the talk to text thingy. You know, that app where you talk and it writes what you say. So far… it has disappeared on me once, and has gone black a couple of times so if it does work I will be amazed.

I feel like I’ve gone down the rabbit hole, into techie hell. (Actually isn’t it Apple “Genius” hell?)

Let’s get on with this post, whose theme song should be Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb

With the Ebola virus making the rounds, and since I’ve been sick over the last two weeks…the words to this song hit home. (And now Boston Boomer is out for the count, hopefully she will be feeling better soon.  )

During the rest of the post, the lyrics to Comfortably Numb will be in dotted here and there…starting with the title of this thread.

 Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?

Honestly? I wonder if the Ebola hysteria has caused people to lose it completely. Take this latest bit of…you fucking kidding me…out of Maine:

0e4244cf01d3e0016892d7a3566ebadeMaine school board puts teacher on leave after she traveled to Dallas – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

The teacher, who has not been named, attended a conference 10 miles from the hospital where Ebola patients have received care.

A teacher at Strong Elementary School was placed on a 21-day paid leave of absence after parents told the school board they were concerned that she might have been exposed to Ebola during a trip to Dallas for an educational conference.

The teacher, who was not named, attended a seminar held by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that is still meeting in Dallas.

“At this time, we have no information to suggest that this staff member has been in contact with anyone who has been exposed to Ebola,” the district wrote in a statement published on its website. “However, the district and the staff member understand the parents’ concerns. Therefore, after several discussions with the staff member, out of an abundance of caution, this staff member has been placed on a paid leave of absence for up to 21 days.”

It takes two to 21 days for someone who has been infected with Ebola to show symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

The decision to place the teacher on leave was made by the MSAD 58 school board Thursday evening, after parents and community members expressed frustration that they were not notified that the teacher would be traveling to Dallas, where the nation’s first Ebola case was diagnosed.

Wow. What can you possibly say about that?

Things have gotten almost up to 11, and I know that as the days get closer to Election Day 2014, certain politicians will continue to use the fear as campaign fuel.

Come on, now,
I hear you’re feeling down.
Well I can ease your pain
Get you on your feet again.

I have some quick links for you now. Updates on some stories:

Darren Wilson says he feared for his life, struggled over gun with Brown | theGrio

Sounds like Wilson is taking his cue from Zimmerman.

The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb last summer has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun, The New York Times reported.

Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson has told authorities that Michael Brown reached for the gun during a scuffle, the Times reported in a story posted on its website Friday night. The officer’s account to authorities did not explain why he fired at Brown multiple times after emerging from his vehicle, according to the newspaper.

You can read the rest if you want.

By the way, did y’all ever see John Oliver’s take on the Ferguson mess?

Now when you watch it, make sure you keep a mental note on the pumpkin festival (it starts at min 7:12)…and the big ass tank that is used to protect it…because it may just have a connection to this next story:

077243eba9ee62f0063adb315cc19958College Pumpkin Festival Careens into Violence and Arrests

Keene State student Ellery Murray told The Boston Globe she was at a party that had drawn a large crowd when people started throwing things. She said police responded in riot gear and used tear gas to break up the crowd.

“People were just throwing everything they could find — rocks, skateboards, buckets, pumpkins,” she said. “People just got too drunk.”

The Southwestern New Hampshire Fire Mutual Aid organization said on Twitter that several people were injured from thrown bottles at a party involving hundreds of people.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan said state and local safety officials worked to defuse what she called “the situation.”

Hours after the commotion broke out, emergency officials said they were still working the scene and couldn’t provide any details.

I wonder if the local police put the military tank/truck thing to good use?

Another cop tale for ya, and yes it is in Georgia: Georgia teen forced to ground at gunpoint for seat-belt violation files $12.5 million lawsuit

The family of high school athlete who was pulled over and forced to the ground at gunpoint over a seat-belt violation has filed a $12.5 million lawsuit against the Waycross, Georgia police department contending the officer involved was only given a slap on the wrist for his actions, according to News4GA.

Saying “I could have been another Trayvon Martin case,” Montre’ Merritt explained to reporters how the traffic stop in front of his home where officer Officer Cory Gay held a gun to his head and ordered him onto the ground still haunts him.

“That night when it happened, I felt like I could have been another Trayvon Martin case,” Merritt said. “And just hearing how Mike Brown went about his case for doing the right thing. He still got shot. I just feel like I don’t want any of my friends or family, I don’t want that to happen to anybody.”

According to the suit, Merritt was pulled over by Gay on Jan. 18, in front of his home and instructed at gunpoint to get out of his car and on the ground where Gay handcuffed him. When Merritt’s mother came outside to see why her son was being arrested, the officer told her it was for a seat belt violation.

The Merritt family subsequently filed a complaint with the Waycross Police Department over Gay’s actions.

Following an investigation by police authorities, Gay was found guilty of using excessive force and was suspended for five days without pay. Gay was also ordered to take Judgmental Use of Force Training.

Unhappy with Gay’s punishment, the family filed the lawsuit against the police department.

Good luck with that.

Okay, if you have another 16 minutes…take a look at this segment from John Oliver’s show on Prisons.

Up next a story that reflects on another side of the prison system. I don’t know if you remember a horrible shooting and dual murder here in Georgia a few weeks ago, a young couple was kidnapped and held for ransom, only to be shot execution style. The woman, who was 7 months pregnant, was kept alive long enough to give birth to her daughter. They finally caught the people responsible, and as you can imagine…this is not the first murders the dudes have committed.

DA announces plan to seek death penalty in couple’s… | www.wsbtv.com

Friday, District Attorney Paul Howard announced a big decision to seek the death penalty for the two men accused of kidnapping and murdering a man and his pregnant fiance.

Channel 2 Action  News learned the suspects were accused of a combined seven killings.

Families present for the announcement told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh they were shocked to see how many lives were impacted by just two suspects.

“I’m going (to) hope that justice will do what’s necessary because obviously it failed us before; they got out,” said Beverly Fowler, godmother to victim Briana Brooks.

The families stood united with Atlanta investigators who helped put two murder suspects back behind bars.

Friday, a grand jury handed up a 30-count indictment of Andre Gay and Richard Wilson.

“We will continue to do the job we need to do to make sure they are never released again,” said Atlanta Detective

If you can, watch Briana Brooks mother as she describes what happened to her daughter, it is emotionally wrenching.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said both Gay and Wilson have served time for prior murders. Gay, who was sentenced to life, was just paroled in January, but victims’ families were never notified.

“I believe that the parole board should personally notify the family members,” said Howard.

Howard thinks that should happen within 60 days.

Howard said he was shocked to learn what the state means by “electronic monitoring” of parolees.

“That does not mean they will wear ankle bracelets and it doesn’t mean that — the monitoring doesn’t go on during the entire time that they are on parole,” Howard said.

“Overwhelming that so many families are affected by two individuals who really don’t care for life,” Strong said.

Kavanaugh contacted the state parole board to get their reaction to these criticisms. A spokesperson emailed the following statement:

“The Parole Board recently met with DA Paul Howard to discuss the Andre Gay case and Mr. Howard shared information with the Board.

“Prior to this case, the Parole Board has been working on determining how additional notifications may be made to victims and law enforcement regarding board decisions and how new notifications above those that are statutorily required, can possibly be implemented.

“The Parole Board’s supervision of offenders on parole in the community is consistently under review to ensure those on parole are in compliance with their supervision.

“The Parole Board is committed to public safety and will continue to make supervision of offenders its number one priority.”

See, how the hell did these guys get approved for release to begin with? I don’t know but this is a perfect example of the criminals that need to remain behind bars.

Relax.
I’ll need some information first.
Just the basic facts.
Can you show me where it hurts?

After this next video segment from Oliver…you will be hurting between your head something fierce!

Unbelievable, innit?

In endangered animal news: Death of white rhino in Kenya leaves only six animals alive in the world | Environment | The Observer

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Sudan, one of the six remaining northern white rhinos, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy near Nairobi. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

An endangered northern white rhino has died in Kenya, a wildlife conservancy has said, meaning only six of the animals are left alive in the world.

Suni, a 34-year-old northern white, and the first of his species to be born in captivity, was found dead on Friday by rangers at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy near Nairobi. While there are thousands of southern white rhinos in the plains of sub-Saharan Africa, decades of rampant poaching has meant the northern white rhino is close to extinction.

Suni was one of the last two breeding males in the world as no northern white rhinos are believed to have survived in the wild. Though the conservancy said Suni was not poached, the cause of his death is currently unclear.

I hope his death was natural causes…read more about Suni’s life at the link.

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship, smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.

We started the post off with the results of Ebola fear mongering is bringing folks here in the US, Digby had an interesting graphic on her blog yesterday:

Hullabaloo-Fear for all

It was interesting at least…

The rest of today’s post will have links dealing with fun stuff…yeah we are half way through, so you can either keep going…or come back later, but the next series of links deal with a huge inflatable butt plug that was installed in some plaza in Paris.

Art for controversy’s sake: If they’ll build a giant ‘sex toy’ in the middle of Paris, then surely anything’s possible

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a tree, apparently. The 80ft green structure called Tree has attracted at lot of attention since it appeared in Paris’s Place Vendôme. Created by Paul McCarthy, an American artist, as part of his exhibition Chocolate Factory, the installation is officially described as a Christmas tree. Social media wags, however, have suggested that it looks more like something rude (ask your mother). Vandals took it a step further yesterday when they cut the cables holding the structure upright, forcing security guards to deflate and remove it.

Surely Tree is exactly what a great work of public art should be – controversial. Just like the adjacent Vendôme Column was, back in its wild youth. That now venerable monument, constructed between 1806 and 1810 to commemorate Napoleon’s victory at Austerlitz, was first attacked by a mob on horseback in 1816. That attempt to dislodge Napoleon’s statue from its perch failed, but the Vendôme Column has been dismantled and rebuilt on several occasions since. As for obscenity, is Tree really that much more blatant than the Vendôme Column and the many other giant phallic symbols that hide in plain sight in civic centres the world over?

Yeah, more at the link…but for now…it is a flaccid butt plug.

Giant Butt Plug in Center of Paris Deflated by Prudish Vandals

An 80-foot inflatable butt plug by American artist Paul McCarthy was cut down from its supports early Saturday morning by vandals, forcing authorities to deflate the installation that many prudes in the city of Paris saw as an eyesore.

According to The Guardian, the vandals waited until the attention of security guards was elsewhere and then cut the cables keeping the sculpture, titled “Tree,” in place. Police are investigating the incident; it had only been two days since the sculpture was inflated in Place Vendôme.

During the inflatable butt plug’s grand unveiling on Thursday, one man’s response was to slap McCarthy in the face three times, “yelling that he was not French and that his work had no business in the square, before running off,”Le Monde reported.

The FIAC (a French contemporary art fair), who was responsible for bringing “Tree” to Paris, said they will reinflate McCarthy’s work “as soon as possible.”

Now, a group of links on women, starting with a great quote and photo editorial from actress Danai Gurira for Byrdie | Tom & Lorenzo Fabulous & Opinionated

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“The Walking Dead” actress Danai Gurira is featured on Byrdie photographed by Justin Colt and styled by Zoe Costello.

On female struggles and feminism: “There’s a saying in Africa, if you give a woman empowerment, you empower a community, you empower men, you empower man. When women become empowered and live in their strength it’s beneficiary to others, and I think as young women today we sometimes forget that we are standing on the struggle of other women. Those women had to stand up to make a change, and they were not popular, and now we’re making them unpopular again.”

I especially love what the “Uncles” had to say about this editorial:

O to the MG, that shot in the Sacai is the very definition of FIERCE.  Actually, scratch that. While that shit is FIERCE, it doesn’t hold a candle to that soundbite about feminism. GIRL. That was awesome.

Sorry for the RANDOM all-caps words, but WE tend to lose all control WHEN we see a fabulously fierce LADY in stunning CLOTHES saying really SMART things.

Damn you got that right! Click the link to see the other gorgeous shots…and to read another bite about her Walking Dead character, Michonne.

When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons.
Now I’ve got that feeling once again
I can’t explain you would not understand
This is not how I am.
I have become comfortably numb.

Here we go….UN Woman launches campaign in India for greater participation of men in promotion women’s rights | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

The UN Women launched a campaign in New Delhi on Saturday, aiming at ensuring greater participation of men in promoting women’s rights and gender equality.

“We need boys and men to work with us. ‘HeForShe’ is a global solidarity movement to end gender inequality by 2030. The goal is to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change in the effort to achieve equality. When women are empowered, the whole of humanity benefits,” UN Women Representative, Rebecca Tavares, said.

The ‘HeForShe’ campaign in India was launched by Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi. UN Women believes that it is critical to engage all stakeholders in support of women’s rights, including the active participation of men and boys.

This is good.

But all the talk over in Vatican City is sounding hollow on the women’s issues front: Our favorite Pope still needs to address one major issue | Grist

Pope Francis, a.k.a. the Ultimate Chill Dude Pope of All Time (UCDPAT), has been a publicity dream for the Catholic Church. Even on Grist, we’ve sung his praises for his love of public transit and calls to action regarding climate change. There’s just one little area, however, where ol’ UCDPAT’s climate action plan leaves a lot to be desired: contraception.

The draft document from the 2014 Synod on the Family (which comes to an end on Sunday) includes a significant reworking of the language used to address homosexuality, premarital cohabitation, and divorce. Let’s be clear: This is no small deal! That the Church would begin to make moves around welcoming gay, unmarried, and no-longer-married couples (for the record, that covers about 95 percent of the couples I know) into the Catholic community represents an enormous — and positive — step forward.

But guess what? When it comes to women, and the control that they can have over their own bodies, not much has changed.

6a8d22a0ac38f9e429c8a6bb80de3ef0The next link I have for you is a good one, from a couple of weeks ago: Men deserve everything women get: waiting periods, purity control and science-free sex education | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Enjoy that one in full…it is so good.

This op/ed however…was published today: A woman’s option to freeze her eggs should never be a job perk – Comment – Voices – The Independent

Go and check that one out in full as well…it is good too.

Oh, and don’t forget to eat your Wheaties! A Former Secretary of State Is Now on a Box of Wheaties | Mediaite

But with all these links on women, there was some sad news a couple of weeks ago: Jerrie Mock, First Solo Female Pilot to Circumnavigate the Globe, Dies at 88 – NYTimes.com

Jerrie Mock, who as a relatively untested pilot accomplished in 1964 what Amelia Earhart could not — becoming the first woman to fly solo around the world — died on Tuesday at her home in Quincy, Fla., near Tallahassee. She was 88.

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Jerrie Mock in the Spirit of Columbus, the single-engine Cessna 180 she piloted around the world in 1964. Credit Robert W. Klein/Associated Press

Her grandson Chris Flocken confirmed her death.

When she took off on March 19, 1964, from Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Mock was a 38-year-old homemaker and recreational pilot who had logged a meager 750 hours of flight time. She returned there on April 17 — 29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes later — after a 23,000-mile journey over the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Pacific, with stops in the Azores, Casablanca, Cairo, Karachi, Calcutta, Bangkok and Honolulu, among other places.

She was stalled by high winds in Bermuda and battled rough weather between Casablanca and Bone, Algeria. She navigated 1,300 miles over the Pacific from Guam to tiny Wake Island, three miles in diameter, without the benefit of ground signals. Between Bangkok and Manila, she flew over embattled Vietnam.

“Somewhere not far away a war was being fought,” she wrote later, “but from the sky above, all looked peaceful.”

The thing she said when asked about why she made the trip is a perfect answer…

Ms. Mock and her husband, Russell, were half-owners of the plane, an 11-year-old single-engine Cessna 180 named the Spirit of Columbus (evoking the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane Charles Lindbergh flew in becoming the first to cross the Atlantic solo 37 years earlier).

The Mocks’ plane had been modified for the journey. Three of its four seats had been removed and fuel tanks were installed in their place. And the radio and navigational equipment had been augmented, although as she recounted in her 1970 book, “Three-Eight Charlie” (a reference to the plane’s serial number, which ended in 38C), she soon discovered that a crucial radio wire had been disconnected, leaving her cut off from the ground during the first leg of the trip, to Bermuda.

That summer, Flying magazine asked Ms. Mock why she had undertaken such a treacherous journey alone.

“It was about time a woman did it,” she said.

And that is all we have on links that focus primarily on women.

O.K.
Just a little pinprick.
There’ll be no more aaaaaaaaah!
But you may feel a little sick.
Can you stand up?
I do believe it’s working, good.
That’ll keep you going through the show
Come on it’s time to go.

There is a story over at the Times which hits home for me: Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor – NYTimes.com

Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring.

But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best.

“To spend thousands of dollars just making sure it hasn’t grown?” said Ms. Wanderlich, 61. “I don’t have that money.”

About 7.3 million Americans are enrolled in private coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and more than 80 percent qualified for federal subsidies to help with the cost of their monthly premiums. But many are still on the hook for deductibles that can top $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for families — the trade-off, insurers say, for keeping premiums for the marketplace plans relatively low. The result is that some people — no firm data exists on how many — say they hesitate to use their new insurance because of the high out-of-pocket costs.

Once my family gets our insurance sorted out, I will have a long post about it, because it really is a frightening mess.

The rest of today’s links are in dump format:

11551cac58847b2c364753828245ef0dWhy some newspapers are abandoning endorsements Editors see a risk to credibility, and search for different ways to foster debate -: Columbia Journalism Review

Perhaps it is because of assholes like this?

Rick Perry’s demented world order: Why this man can get nowhere near the White House – Salon.com

Hey…in other turd news: Hurricane Gonzalo Sucked the Water Out of People’s Toilets in Bermuda

Okay, that was a stretch. But what about some other science links?

See one of the year’s best meteor showers, thanks to Halley’s comet

dfb80cb75000b46cbc240ec01601fc3bHow Whooshes and Beeps Can Make Babies Better Listeners – The Atlantic

U.S. Dust Bowl Conditions Not Rivaled in 1,000 Years – Scientific American

Yeah up next….Book Reviews:

Their Struggles: Bristol Palin & Malala Yousafzai’s Memoirs, Compared -Now that is one hell of a compare and contrast theme.

And then there is the controversy about the new Scrabble dictionary: New Scrabble Dictionary Disrepects The Game | FiveThirtyEight

Hmmm….how about some books about film directors?

New Book Explores Masculinity in Scorsese Films | New Republic

Silent Movie Bookshelf: Charlie Chaplin – A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd | Movies Silently

This next link is not a book review, but it is an article, originally published on December 6, 1954… about one of my favorite authors: In Praise of Oscar Wilde, on His Birthday | New Republic

f51e0b8e3f6366d6b0e4bdeb456ebf57Back to Hollywood:

Hollywood’s men in black: A history of cinema’s favourite colour from Brando to The Matrix – Features – Fashion – The Independent

Review: Princess Kaguya (Just Watch It Already!) | The Mary Sue

Early 20th C. Sphinx Recovered in California – Archaeology Magazine

Here is a hint…”I must have killed more people than Cecil B DeMile.” Jim- Blazing Saddles

This leads us to our history section of the thread:

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Are Government Acts still translated into Norman French? – UK Politics – UK – The Independent

The Relationship of Light and Colour in Medieval Thought and Imagination-Medeivalist.net

A quick segue to court themed articles and links:

Horrible Legislation In American History  : Lawyers, Guns & Money

Court vacates restraining order that barred journalist from contacting Georgia county commission candidate – The Washington Post

Georgia Reporter Served With Stay-Away Order After Writing Critical Profile Of Candidate

09524b15857b08aad3295cb10a62c667Now for something funny:

SNL’s Impoverished Africans Ask Bill Hader for More Than 39 Cents a Day, or Else… | Mediaite

You need to go to that link to watch the video clip…but don’t watch it while your drinking that 39 cent coffee…or you may choke on your java beverage.

We are getting near the end of our post…so the next few links deal with a subject that y’all know is quite an obsession for me:

Woman who slept with dwarf stripper at her bachelorette party gives birth to dwarf  – NY Daily News

This is the headline that Digby thought was hilarious: Dwarf stripper impregnates bride-to-be at her bachelorette party – Los Angeles Strange News | Examiner.com

While reading that NY Daily News piece…this other midget story got my attention: Dwarf on dinner date with fiancée given coloring book, crayons by waitress – NY Daily News

That is horrible. How could the woman even confuse the dude for a kid? Go look at the picture.

And yes, I know I used the word “midget” …here is a look at that very thing: This Little Person Asked Passersby How They Feel About The Term, ‘Midget’

The term “midget” comes from midge — a small insect that resembles a mosquito.

It’s not a term of endearment, of course, but as Aaron Beelner pointed out in the video above, not too many people realize it’s a “very dehumanizing” way to refer to someone.

In a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, Beelner walked the streets of New York City asking strangers about their thoughts on the term. He also pointed out that October is Dwarfism Awareness Month — a fact no passerby in the video knew.

Beelner stars in “The Little Tin Man,” a film following the life of a struggling dwarf actor that Beelner said is relevant to any minority group fighting for equality.

There are many variations of dwarfism, a condition where an adult’s height does not surpass 4 feet 10 inches, according to the Mayo Clinic. But the most common type among short-limbed dwarfs, achondroplasia, occurs in 1 in 15,000 to 40,000 newborns, as the National Human Genome Research Institute noted.

I still have a hard time giving up that word midget…sorry. I don’t mean disrespect. If anything my admiration is something beyond anything I can explain or control. It goes way back…

Me and my cousin David at a family wedding...I'm around 4 years old, and in the back of the photo...a midget in a tux with a flower in the lapel.

My cousin David and I at a family wedding…I’m around 4 years old, and look in the back of the photo…a midget in a tux complete with a flower in the lapel.

And that leads me to the final link. It has a combination of three things I adore, and I hope you love it too. The Men Of Flamenco: Meet The Dancers Who Turn Gender-Based Traditions Upside Down  It is a photo gallery that includes Flamenco dancers…naked gorgeous men (The one photo on the cover of the book is tasty.)…and….

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They are magnificent!

That post should have taken you all day! LOL

 There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship, smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown,
The dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.


Friday Nite Lite: Ha, good one!

Yeah there are a few real good ones tonight…

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…like the one above.  Too funny.

On with the rest of them…

Clay Bennett: Public Health – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

Please Politicize Ebola by Tina Dupuy

“Politicize” is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. “The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis,” says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize Benghazi. Steny Hoyer says Republicans are trying to politicize the VA scandal. Rush Limbaugh says Democrats politicize EVERYTHING.

You get the picture. People who work in politics use politicization as a pejorative. Like a chef sneering at all the cooking going on in the (gasp) kitchen!

Also saying your opponent is politicizing something is what to say when you hope to politicize something. It’s a “you spot it, you got it” attack.

Put down your hollow barbs, people. We live in a nation where small town police departments immediately use tanks and sound cannons for demonstrations and hospitals hesitate before using hazmat suits for Ebola. We have a problem.

So yes, let’s politicize Ebola. With abandon. With the same kind of passion we normally reserve for football or Pumpkin Spice Oreos.

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Mike Luckovich: Campaign Commercials Meet Ebola – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

EBOLA PANIC – Political Cartoon by Deb Milbrath, Cartoon Movement – 10/17/2014

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EWINGNUT by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

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UpsDowns by Political Cartoonist Joe Heller

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Relocatin’ to Oklahoma? – Political Cartoon by Bruce Plante, Tulsa World – 10/17/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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Gay-Loving Socialist – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 10/17/2014

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Texas ID Law – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 10/16/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by John Cole, Scranton Times/Tribune – 10/17/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by MStreeter, Savannah Morning News – 10/17/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by John R. Rose, Byrd Newspapers of Virginia – 10/15/2014

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DANGEROUS STUFF by Political Cartoonist Randy Bish

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a breath of fresh air by Political Cartoonist Joep Bertrams

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I don’t think much of the hot air coming out of Vatican City…but that cartoon made me laugh…

Mike Luckovich: That’s It! – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

Distancing Dems by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Tim Eagan, The Press Democrat – 10/17/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader – 10/17/2014

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This is an open thread.


Sunday Visions: And what creeps from beneath the sickly hallows…

Mourning…

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Taking a cue from Boston Boomer…

Shall I tell you what lurks under the sickly hallows of my bedclothes?

Something ghastly, directly out of a Roger Corman Film….I am thinking of one of those lovely family portraits in The House of Usher, 1960:

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You remember that scene…don’t you?

Actually, I think those paintings may be too healthy looking. This image from The Pit and the Pendulum is more like it:

pitpend5big Yup, that is how I feel and exactly how I look.

Especially around the eyes…and since this is a bad ass sinus infection, the open mouth, gasping for air is for real!

The sickness has a hold on me. So this is just an open thread….with lots of cool pictures.

If my Z-Pak kicks in later today, I will post a real thread, but for now…adios!

Various horror images from Pinterest, some are movie posters, actors or stills, there are vintage photos, actual graves…or real life horrors. Then others are just comic vulgarities and sprinkled about….are a few…masterpieces:


Friday Fright Nite Late Open Thread

Good Evening

Every day it seems like Halloween has come early…it is even reflected on the cartoon editorials:

Mike Luckovich: Halloween Media Scare – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

Luckovich has some good ones this week! More from him later.

NFL Pink by Political Cartoonist Joe Heller

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Turkeys by Political Cartoonist Steve Nease

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Then you have the funnies that are poking at things that are not funny.

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Paul Fell, Artizans Syndicate – 10/07/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Lisa Benson, Victor Valley Daily Press – 10/10/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by John Cole, Scranton Times/Tribune – 10/09/2014

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Viruses Going Viral by Political Cartoonist John Darkow

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Matt Wuerker, Politico.com – 10/06/2014

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Behead This by Political Cartoonist Steve Nease

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Harpers CF 18s by Political Cartoonist Graeme MacKay

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iphone 6 plus by Political Cartoonist Cameron Cardow

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Lets have some fun…shall we?

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Paul Berge, Q Syndicate – 10/09/2014

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Supremes on Same Sex Marriage by Political Cartoonist Mike Keefe

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Scotus Virus by Political Cartoonist Randall Enos

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon – Political Cartoon by Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press – 10/10/2014

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Ebola Pandumbic by Political Cartoonist Pat Bagley

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EBOLA PREPARATION by Political Cartoonist Randy Bish

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Why is the GOP curring early voting? – Political Cartoon by Jen Sorensen, Self-syndicated – 10/07/20Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Why is the GOP curring early voting?

AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 10/08/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson, Philadelphia Daily News – 10/10/2014

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I just hope they keep TCM as it is…

Getting Closer – Political Cartoon by Tim Campbell, Current Publishing – 10/10/2014

Now, why does this next cartoon feature a thing that looks like a character from Fat Albert? Someone enlighten me.

Cartoon by Tim Campbell - Getting Closer

He has a bling chain and stuff…is it a racial thing? But he also looks like a towel head…and he is next to the road, a flat road, like he is coming across the southern border? Am I reading too much into it?

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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Atlantic hurricane season quiet by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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Biden is Embarrassing by Political Cartoonist Jeff Koterba

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Clay Bennett: Divorce Lawyers – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

Beijing rains on Hong Kong’s parade by Political Cartoonist Taylor Jones

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10/12 Luckovich cartoon: Lost at sea | Mike Luckovich

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10/10 Luckovich cartoon: Uncool for school | Mike Luckovich

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This is an open thread…


Wednesday: Olive Drab and Paisley Blues

2e6c47f5870a721c41ecfe629d3602f8Good Morning

The other day I put some new sheets on my bed, they were these nice old-fashioned olive and blue paisley print cotton sateen ones that I’d bought years ago.  The design was pretty, but for some odd reason, there was something about these damn sheets that attracted me…and it wasn’t until I put them up on the bed that I realized just what that was… These sheets must have reached somewhere in the back of my memories to a set of sheets belonging to my grandparents.

I can remember a paisley print, it wasn’t the same style…hell, the sheets my Nana and Nano had were from the seventies and had that exaggerated bubbleness about them. But they were the same color scheme and that, vivid color combinations like the chords of a song…or the flavors of a dish and smells in a kitchen, is something that can trigger a thought or flashback quicker than any other form of nostalgia out there.

It must be the personal connection, the emotional attachment and physical awareness that reaches our senses. Those sheets. Those olive drab and blue paisley sheets reminded me of being small and young.  Sleeping between my Nana and Nano in their big king sized bed…secure and safe hidden under 1970’s polyester chic bedding, while my beloved grandparents snored loudly on either side.

Things are so disturbing in our world today that we all are either knowingly or unconsciously seeking out some form of comfort and security.  For me it was wrapping myself in a 100% cotton cocoon, a paisley blue shield.  It is a childish approach perhaps, but it is a welcomed one. I am very lucky. I have both of my parents still living…I can be as childish as I like…and hiding in bed avoiding the outside world for a little while, feels as natural as can be.

But all this made me think of our Dakinikat, who is losing her Dad…I cannot imagine what she is going through. I guess when you are faced with the reality of losing a parent, you are also snapped back from the security of that nostalgic cocoon that acts as a refuge. The paisley blues. My thoughts are with you Kat, and I know that there is nothing I can say or do to make things easier for you now…but please know that I am here for you.

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Okay, I had to take that little detour this morning. Now for the news links. Wow, some big news goings on about Ferguson: Federal judge: Police in Ferguson violated Constitution – CNN.com

A federal judge has ruled that police in Ferguson, Missouri, violated the Constitution when they told protesters that they had to keep walking and that they couldn’t stand still.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry issued a preliminary injunction Monday forbidding law enforcement from carrying out the practice because “it is likely that these agencies will again apply this unconstitutional policy.”

Law enforcement agencies adopted the policy on August 18, a few days after protests began following the shooting death of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer.

The case was brought by the ACLU after it saw the strategy being practiced as recently as Se[p]tember 27. In some cases, officers told protesters they couldn’t stand still for more than five seconds. In others, the protesters were told they were walking too slowly.

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The judge said officers have the right to disperse protesters, restrict certain areas from protests, and use other lawful crowd control measures.

“This injunction prevents only the enforcement of an ad hoc rule developed for the Ferguson protests,” she said.

Which is something we will be sure to see more of in the future. Take a look at this shit:

Cringe at the Ugly Way These Cardinals Fans Taunt Ferguson Protestors | Mediaite

Ferguson protestors emerged at Busch Stadium last night after game three of the NLDS playoff game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers; and wow, did things get ugly real fast.

Argus Streaming News, which did an excellent job of posting real-time information during the August clashes with Ferguson police, posted a 25-minute video showing a small group of demonstrators chanting outside the ballpark Monday evening, with another group of white Cards fans chanting right back at them.

At the top of the video, an older gentleman looks directly at the camera and shouts about how if these (all-black) protestors had been working (at night?) “we wouldn’t have this problem!” The crowd soon begins chanting “Let’s go Cardinals!” to drown out the protestors’ chant about “shutting the shit down” if they aren’t given justice for slain 18-year-old Michael Brown. That Cards chant quickly changed into “Let’s go Darren!” referring to Officer Darren Wilson, the Ferguson cop who killed the young man.

b03fada3e154f17f6fc16b1dad480818It gets worse, read more about it and see video at the link.

Then there is news that Huge Increase In Voter Registrations In Ferguson Apparently Never Happened

Last week, numerous news outlets, national and local, reported on a huge increase in registered voters in Ferguson, Mo., following the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. But it apparently didn’t actually happen.

The St. Louis County elections board reported that 3,287 Ferguson residents had registered to vote. That is a huge surge for a city of 21,000, particularly as controversy swelled about the racial make-up of the city government after the shooting. Ferguson is two-thirds African-American, but its mayor and all but one member of the six-person city council are white. B

ut apparently that first report was in error. There was no voter registration spike. The county elections board reversed course on Tuesday and said that, actually, only 128 people had registered to vote since the shooting.

In the world of marriage rights and equality, I have a few links this morning: 000e5bbae730470b27a187399d84c2deNinth Circuit Rules For Marriage Equality In Nevada And Idaho | ThinkProgress

The Ninth Circuit has ruled that the bans on same-sex marriage in Nevada and Idaho are unconstitutional. The Nevada case was remanded back to a district court, which means the final outcome might not come as quickly, but the decision’s mandate will issue in one week for Idaho, which will bring the number of marriage equality states up to 26 — presuming nothing happens in any of the other states impacted by other circuits’ decisions and the Supreme Court’s actions Monday.

Two more bans fall (UPDATED) : SCOTUSblog

UPDATED 10:58 p.m.   The Ninth Circuit Court put its ruling into full effect on Tuesday evening, in this order and this formal mandate.  That should clear the way promptly for same-sex couples to file for marriage licenses in the two states involved directly and, soon, in the other three states in the circuit, depending upon how state officials react.

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Striking down bans on same-sex marriage in two states, and setting the stage for the same outcome in three others, a federal appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday nullified laws in Idaho and Nevada. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is expected to control pending challenges to bans in Alaska, Arizona, and Montana.

a239c978991e05f8e433997a6ef321bfWith developments since Monday’s refusal by the Supreme Court to get involved in the constitutional controversy at this point, it now seems clear that the same-sex marriage campaign has succeeded — or very soon will — in thirty-five of the fifty states, plus Washington, D.C.  That is the combined result of federal and state court rulings, actions of voters in passing ballot measures, passage of new laws by state legislatures, and the Supreme Court’s refusal to second-guess the near-unanimity of federal court rulings in favor of gay and lesbian marriage.

Full coverage at that SCOTUSblog link.

WASHINGTON: Supreme Court clears the way for gay marriage in 11 more states | MCT National News | McClatchy DC

Just 12 years ago it was illegal for gays and lesbians to marry anywhere in the U.S. But Monday, the drive to legalize same-sex marriage – which began some two decades ago as a seemingly far-fetched quest – neared final victory as the Supreme Court cleared the way for gays and lesbians to marry in 11 additional states – bringing the total to 30, plus the District of Columbia.

Now, more than half of Americans live in a state that offers, or will soon offer, what supporters call “marriage equality.” Social conservatives had seen the high court as their last hope to halt the rapid advance of gay marriage. But in a surprise move,cd72b9c622f56c427c44702eef56d259 the justices rejected without comment appeals from five states whose bans against same-sex marriage had been struck down by lower courts.

The decision means gay marriage will soon be legal even in the South. Virginia, one of the states whose laws were invalidated when the high court refused to intervene, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples within hours.

By not issuing a formal ruling, the justices put off the question of whether the Constitution guarantees gays and lesbians a right to marry. Although the outcome does not set a legal precedent that binds lower courts, it did send a strong message that same-sex marriage could soon be legal across the country. The court’s decision made gay marriage immediately legal in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsin.

003fb4ef18d66d5f927c6a36cef804bcIf your state is not on this list…it may well be soon.

Six additional states will be affected, because they are in the same federal appellate circuit court districts that have declared gay marriage bans unconstitutional: North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming.

Separately, 19 states had legalized same-sex marriage. The high court’s action capped a legal and political reversal of nearly unprecedented proportions on what was once one of the nation’s most divisive social issues. James Esseks of the American Civil Liberties Union called the action “a watershed movement for the entire country. We are one big step closer to the day when all same-sex couples will have the freedom to marry.”

On to another court case making news: BREAKING: Federal Court Strikes Down One Of The Most Aggressive Gerrymanders In The Country | ThinkProgress

7a18379f4c30489069abbf6140d987adOne of the most aggressive gerrymanders in the country is unconstitutional, according to a divided three-judge panel in Virginia.

In 2012, President Barack Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney by three points in the state of Virginia. Nevertheless, Republicans control eight of the state’s eleven congressional districts.

Yet, according to an opinion by Judge Allyson Duncan, a George W. Bush appointee, the maps that produced this result are unconstitutional and the legislature must “act within the next legislative session to draw a new congressional district plan.”Although this will permit the 2014 elections to be run under the old maps, new maps must be in place by 2016 (assuming, of course, that this decision is not reversed on appeal).

As Virginia currently has a Democratic governor, Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be able to veto any plan which is unfair to his fellow Democrats, while the GOP-controlled legislature will no doubt push for a map that serves Republican interests. Because the current maps favor Republicans so strongly, however, the likely result will be maps that are much more favorable to Democrats.

The flaw in the current maps arises from the state’s Third Congressional District, currently represented by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA). In a professed effort to comply with the Voting Rights Act’s requirement that new congressional maps do not cause a ‘‘retrogression in the position of racial minorities with respect to their effective exercise of the electoral franchise,” (a requirement that has since been neutered by the Supreme Court,) the new maps packed an additional 44,711 African American voters into Rep. Scott’s district — thus preventing these black voters from influencing elections in other districts. This decision, according to the court, was not allowed.

8140f8e9ec10b62a57c4125f6d9b3399Finally.

The Voting Rights Act, Judge Duncan explained, “does not ‘give covered jurisdictions carte blanche to engage in racial gerrymandering in the name of nonretrogression.’”

Scott’s new district has “an odd shape” made up of “a composition of a disparate chain of communities, predominantly African-American, loosely connected by the James River.” Moreover, while the new black voters increased the black voter population within the district from 53.1 percent to 56.3 percent, such packing was completely unnecessary to maintain black voter strength in Virginia.

“In 2010,” Duncan explained, “Congressman Scott won 70% of the vote, while in 2012–under the redistricting plan at issue here–he won by an even larger margin, receiving 81.3% of the vote.” The district, in other words, looked a whole lot like a racial gerrymander.

As a practical matter, the map drawers were also quite successful in diminishing the power of Democratic voters because, in a district where the Democrat wins with 81.3 percent of the vote, 31.3 percent of the vote is essentially wasted since it was unnecessary to push the winning candidate over the top. Should the new maps produce a congressional delegation that more closely resembles the state’s partisan preferences, it is likely that Democrats will gain 2-3 seats in the House.

Moving on to world news, AP via ABC News: UN: Syria Declares Another 4 Chemical Facilities – ABC News Another typhoon is heading for Japan: Super Typhoon Vongfong Headed Toward Japan – Business Insider

  Super Typhoon Vongfong is now the strongest Pacific typhoon this year, packing estimated maximum winds of 180 mph, the equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, The Weather Channel reports. The storm is projected to move across the western Pacific Ocean and track north toward Japan before making landfall later this week. “It’s safe to say Vongfong is the strongest storm on earth since Haiyan last year,” The Weather Channel storm specialist Michael Lowry told the website.

be26a85b0c8d3eb7076492a0be61f191And…Radioactive ship drifting off Scottish coast forces oil platform evacuation – Home News – UK – The Independent

Dozens of people had to be evacuated from an oil platform overnight as a radioactive ship drifted off the Scottish coast. [...] The 300ft Parida, which sails under a Danish flag, was being towed by a tug towards Inverness for inspection and repairs on Wednesday morning. The coastguard had sent their own emergency vessel from Orkney to the scene but the ship’s operators arranged for a commercial tow by the Pacific Champion.

Richard Lochhead, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, said ministers were “closely monitoring the incident”. “A Scottish Government Resilience meeting has taken place with key partners including Police Scotland and the Maritime Coastguard Agency, which is coordinating an operation to stabilise the vessel and ensure it is safely recovered to harbour,” he added. 29de400323a2299cec36fe0bed14a270“Ministers have been briefed and Scottish Government officials are engaging closely with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the UK Government and key partners to ensure appropriate response arrangements are in place.”

More on the ship here: BBC News – Radioactive waste ship Parida loses power in Moray Firth

Seems the ship is carrying radioactive waste.

The rest of today’s links in dump fashion, well…in even more dump fashion:

This is a good one, at least I thought it was: Bill Maher and Sam Harris Were Right About One Thing: Many Liberals are Hypocrites on Religion | The Daily Banter   00c90d273d5d39b97a4f4694a70f007c

Jonathan Chait. I would read this if you have absolutely nothing better to do. :  What Liberals Get Wrong About Football — NYMag

On the Georgia scene: Outsourcing, Obama top topics in heated U.S. Senate debate | www.ajc.com

More Bad News for the GOP: Hillary Clinton Could Turn Georgia Into a Swing State in 2016 (thanks for that link BB)

Hullabaloo-  No wrongdoing, no accountability by digby

Sadly predictable:A Habersham County grand jury has decided not to charge any of the law enforcement officers involved in the botched drug raid that disfigured a toddler.

fc253524d4ead7d7ce3b3e0e4452bea0More details at the link…but,

The Feds are looking into the case now. But it doesn’t change the fact that the de facto police immunity from prosecution for negligence in this country is now killing a lot of people.

Some things are beyond the pale and to fail to check to see if children are on the premises before throwing incendiary devices into it is one of them.

Obviously, there was no need to use these battlefield tactics for such a low level crime in the first place but if they insist on using their robo-cop gear they have a special responsibility to ensure that innocent people are not in the line of fire.

No one is more innocent than a baby. They should have to pay a price for that failure.  Any of the rest of us would for doing something this derelict and irresponsible.

You, according to your Facebook Atlas ID | Al Jazeera America

‘Sexting’ is becoming the new norm for teenagers growing up, study finds – Science – News – The Independent aa00360ce603dd8b128c6171dd4e4321For Global Waming: These 10 Countries Have Pledged $2.3 Billion to Fight Climate Change. The US Isn’t One of Them. | Mother Jones

The oceans got hotter than we thought, but the heat stayed shallow | Ars Technica

Finally…did ya see it? Let’s Watch the Moon Drip Red With Blood! | Mother Jones

Don’t look now but the blood moon is back. The full lunar eclipse should begin to be visible around 2:15am PT.

No, it does not mean the world is ending. Watch it here or, you know, just go outside and look up…or don’t! You don’t have to go outside. Maybe you’re a shut in. Maybe it’s cloudy. Maybe you’re blind. Maybe you’ve never been outside because your father was killed by a bear when you were very young and now you have a debilitating fear of bears and there are a lot of bears outside so you don’t go outside. Whatever. It’s not important. What I’m saying is, your inability to go outside is not a deal breaker for me. I’m not going to let our relationship die on this hill. We can make this marriage work whether you want to go outside and watch it or not.

Video at the link. Have a good day and leave some comments below…