Friday Nite Lite: D-Day + 70 Years

Good Evening

A bunch for you today.

Let us start with the D-Day tributes:

D Day by Political Cartoonist Mark Streeter

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D-Day – Political Cartoon by Bruce Plante, Tulsa World – 06/06/2014

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - D-Day

70 years since D-Day – Political Cartoon by J.D. Crowe, Alabama Media Group – 06/06/2014

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - 70 years since D-Day

 

D Day by Political Cartoonist Terry Mosher

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70 years.  Which is something to think about considering these next series of cartoons…dealing with Sgt Bergdahl.

 

Bergdahl swap: Taking care of our own – Political Cartoon by J.D. Crowe, Alabama Media Group – 06/06/2014

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Bergdahl swap: Taking care of our own

 

Clay Bennett: Except Bergdahl – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

 

 

Sgt Bergdahl welcome home by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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Bergdahl Release – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 06/05/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Bergdahl Release

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Tim Eagan, The Press Democrat – 06/05/2014

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GOOD ACT by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

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Welcome Home Sergeant Bergdahl by Political Cartoonist R.J. Matson

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Mike Luckovich: Signs for Any Occasion – Truthdig

 

That really put things into perspective doesn’t it?

 

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Happy Easter Sunday…Reads

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Good Morning and Happy Easter

(Cute illustration eh? Little fucking rabbits…or should I say little rabbits fucking? Well, about to at least.) Oh my, that is a bit too sordid for an Easter Morn, is it not? I don’t know, everything is still a bit hazy since Bebe got back from Chicago.  I have a couple of extra teenage “other people munchkins.” Friends of my son spending the entire long weekend with us…lets just say the big ham is already gone, and it is now 2 am Saturday night.

Vintage Easter Cards (14)The pictures for today’s post are from the 1920’s and 1930’s, that will tie in later. Let’s just kick off shall we?

Quick links to headlines:

Voice of America is reporting: 17 More Bodies Recovered from Sunken S. Korean Ferry, Death Toll at 50

While CNN has the figure up two : Death toll from South Korean ferry sinking rises to 52

This next article from the Irish Times is big news:  Third mate was steering ferry for first time ever before capsize

In the grocers corner, NY Times: General Mills Reverses Itself on Consumers’ Right to Sue

Enjoy your bacon and OJ now, because that stuff is going to get even more expensive: The 10 Fastest Rising Food Prices – 24/7 Wall St.

But that is okay, because you probably will not be able to afford the bacon anyway…since you have to deal with this shit: After foreclosure crisis, renters suffer under Wall Street landlords | Al Jazeera America

The poster child for the foreclosure crisis has been a middle-income suburban family. But low-income urban renters also saw their buildings over-mortgaged at the height of the crisis, and now faceless hedge funds and nameless investors are replacing their desperate landlords — sometimes with disastrous consequences.Vintage-Easter-with-Chicks-and-blimp

Six years after the foreclosure crisis helped tank the world’s economy, investors are snatching up “distressed” properties — those that are in foreclosure or facing foreclosure — and seeking to turn a profit on them. Advocates for affordable housing worry that this profit comes at the expense of tenants.

Joanna Paulino knows this all too well. She lives in a lower-income neighborhood in the Bronx borough of New York City. Her home is a prewar building, a once attractive structure like many others in the city’s outer boroughs. But after years of neglect, it is crumbling; there are more than 140 violations registered against the premises.

Pathetic and disturbing.

Over the last several months, Wall Street firms have snapped up an estimated 200,000 single-family homes with the intention of renting them out. The New York–based hedge fund easter-witch-10pBlackstone Group is now America’s largest landlord of rental homes after purchasing over 40,000 foreclosed single-family homes in 14 metro areas around the country, from Atlanta to Phoenix, to convert into rental properties. But certain investors are also snatching up “distressed” urban rental buildings like the one where Paulino lives in the South Bronx. Unbeknownst to many low-income renters, their buildings were over-mortgaged during the bubble. In New York, many of those buildings are due for refinancing now — making them vulnerable to acquisition by hedge funds.

“Since these buildings are so over-mortgaged,” said Harold Shultz, an affordable-housing expert who works with the Citizens Housing Planning Council of New York, “the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to be refinanced.”

Desperate landlords and banks are looking for new owners and investors. And Wall Street is ready to step in and help out.

These groups often purchase buildings sight unseen, with little knowledge of the conditions a foreclosed building might be in. Sometimes, especially in the case of apartments, foreclosures can take years to resolve.

So while old owners, banks and new owners or investors sort out the debt, buildings languish in disrepair. And when an agreement is eventually reached, there is no guarantee for tenants that conditions will improve.

a860979fb322efa0d91f46f82ff54f11That is just a couple of excerpts. Go and read the whole thing.

I will use those last few stories to tie into the post that Boston Boomer wrote Friday: Friday Reads: American Oligarchy, South Korean Tragedy, and Hillary Under the Microscope | Sky Dancing

Where she focused her post primarily on the study results of Martin Gilins and Benjamin I. Page of Princeton and Northwestern Universities, and a recent article by Larry Bartels, a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.

The word Oligarchy and its various forms were used heavily throughout. (I always have to sound out the word oligarchy in my head when I am reading that word to myself. Even then I am not confident my mind’s voice is pronouncing it correctly.) ;)

On Friday I found this op/ed while looking for cartoons and it struck a chord, but it did not give an answer: How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality by Tina Dupuy

 

Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you’ve been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy?

Circumlocution: a big word meaning using unnecessarily lofty words to express an idea.

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Pat Bagley / Salt Lake Tribune

Welcome to the baffling world of liberal-speak.

Oligarchy, plutocracy and demagogy: The holy trinity of sesquipedalian polysyllable liberal loquaciousness.

This language liberals, in particular, have chosen to talk about elitism is, well, really snooty. When we talk about a tiny fraction of people having undue influence on our politics—we use words barely anyone understands.

Marinade in that irony. It’s like if we were broadcasting NASCAR only in Latin. Oligarchy? That sounds like a German cabbage dish. Demagoguery sounds like a flourish in square dancing. Plutocracy sounds like we should just be friends.

I write for a living and these words make my eyes glaze over. And they’re used all time, often by well-meaning liberal-types attempting to advocate for the have-less in this nation. Case in point: Paul Krugman. His columns “Oligarchs and Money,” “Oligarchy, American Style” and “Graduates Versus the Oligarchs”—do cover how economic policies favor a fraction of 1 percent of Americans but his go-to word is comprehended by even fewer.

Go see what else Tina has to say. One thing she does not mention is some examples of substitutes for Oligarchs, Oligarchy etc.

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Friday Nite Lite: Free Speech Equals Bought Elections

Evening Y’all

Free Speech by Political Cartoonist Mike Keefe

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SCOTUS Ruling by Political Cartoonist Bob Englehart

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Supreme Court Decision by Political Cartoonist Randall Enos

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Wizards of Ooze by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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Now the rest of the funnies, in no particular order…

the grim ryan by Political Cartoonist Bill Schorr

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Paul Ryan Budget by Political Cartoonist Bob Englehart

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Guns by Political Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons

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Derogatory Terms by Political Cartoonist Mike Luckovich

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Mike Luckovich: The Many Faces of Obama – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

Fort Hood by Political Cartoonist Adam Zyglis

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Hobby Lobby – Political Cartoon by Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News – 04/01/2014

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis - Hobby Lobby

Climate change arguments by Political Cartoonist John Cole

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How To Deter Putin by Political Cartoonist Gary McCoy

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Friday Nite Lite: Warning…Guns Kill Nominations

Yeah…you know what day it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Smoking Gun

Smoking Gun – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 03/28/2014

 

And on with the show…

NRA and Murthy by Political Cartoonist John Cole

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NRA interviews the next Surgeon General – Political Cartoon by Jen Sorensen, Self-syndicated – 03/25/2014

Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - NRA interviews the next Surgeon General

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune – 03/27/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Bob Englehart, Hartford Courant – 03/27/2014

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The rest of today’s cartoons in random order…

Mike Luckovich: Georgia’s ‘Guns Everywhere’ Legislation – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette – 03/27/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 03/27/2014

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Putin by Political Cartoonist Bruce Plante

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Nick Anderson: Oil Spill – Nick Anderson – Truthdig

 

The Russian Bare by Political Cartoonist Pat Bagley

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CHRISTIE INVESTIGATION – Political Cartoon by Deb Milbrath, Cartoon Movement – 03/28/2014

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - CHRISTIE INVESTIGATION

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson, Philadelphia Daily News – 03/28/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune – 03/28/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Chan Lowe, Sun-Sentinel – 03/28/2014

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Obamacare Extension – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 03/27/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Obamacare Extension

 

Campaign Feelers – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 03/23/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Campaign Feelers

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Nick Anderson, Houston Chronicle – 03/28/2014

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A Truce in Moral Superiority by Tina Dupuy

The distinction of liberal or conservative often hinges on the association with the word “hypocrite.” To liberals, being a hypocrite is a mortal sin. There’s nothing worse than being accused of not living up to the standards you ascribe to. Hypocrite is a dirty word to call a liberal. It’s even worse than calling them “liberal.”

Take a look at that op/ed when you can.

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Matt Wuerker, Politico.com – 03/27/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Matt Wuerker, Politico.com – 03/26/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Matt Wuerker, Politico.com – 03/21/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Matt Wuerker, Politico.com – 03/12/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 03/28/2014

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Putin and London by Political Cartoonist Arend van Dam

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Payday Loan Hearings by Political Cartoonist Daryl Cagle

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Chris Christie Attorney client privilege by Political Cartoonist Taylor Jones

 

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Friday Late Nite Lite: Toga, Toga, Toga

Good Evening

More cold weather tonight, we are expecting snow again here in Banjoville…sorry the post is late, but at least it is up now.

Military Cuts – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 02/28/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Military Cuts

Wintery prison by Political Cartoonist John Cole

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Rand Paul Hillary strategy by Political Cartoonist Jeff Darcy

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Ukraine Revolution by Political Cartoonist John Darkow

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Signe Wilkinson: Pussy Riot – Signe Wilkinson – Truthdig

Slur Tunes by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Paul Fell, Artizans Syndicate – 02/28/2014

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Forgot to put up a bird with “misogyny” on the chest there…

Cold war by Political Cartoonist Schot

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From Ceremonies to Salvos by Political Cartoonist Mark Streeter

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Oscar for Mother Nature by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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BREWER VETO – Political Cartoon by Deb Milbrath, Cartoon Movement – 02/28/2014

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - BREWER VETO

Clay Bennett: WWJDA – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

Nick Anderson: George W. Bush Paintings – Nick Anderson – Truthdig

To Bake Or Not To Bake – Political Cartoon by A.F.Branco, Freelance/Self-syndicated – 02/28/2014

Cartoon by A.F.Branco - To Bake Or Not To Bake

Harold Ramis by Political Cartoonist Steve Nease

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Toga Toga Toga by Political Cartoonist Bruce Plante

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Friday Nite Lite: Quickly, yes?

Good Evening

Well, after spending a few hours in the ER…come to find out that the Girl has pleurisy. As usual, it has been a crappy week. So here are your cartoons for tonight.

Kim Award – Truthdig

Cable Merger – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 02/21/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Cable Merger

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Chan Lowe, Sun-Sentinel – 02/21/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Matt Wuerker, Politico.com – 02/21/2014

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Military Coffin by Political Cartoonist Joe Heller

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Snowmo Ark by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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The NFL by Political Cartoonist Jimmy Margulies

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UN North Korea report by Political Cartoonist Jeff Darcy

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The Games of Russia by Political Cartoonist Graeme MacKay

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Stand Your Ground by Political Cartoonist Mike Luckovich

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Ukraine is burning by Political Cartoonist Olle Johansson

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Putin Torches Ukraine by Political Cartoonist Rick McKee

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Putin and Syria Ukraine by Political Cartoonist Jimmy Margulies

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Clay Bennett: Guns – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

Comcast Merger by Political Cartoonist Mike Keefe

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Bad Winter Driver – Political Cartoon by Don Landgren Jr., TelegramTowns – 02/20/2014

Cartoon by Don Landgren Jr. - Bad Winter Driver

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon – Political Cartoon by Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press – 02/21/2014

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader – 02/21/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by John Cole, Scranton Times/Tribune – 02/21/2014

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Friday Nite Lite: Seven, Eight, Nine….Its Amoxicillin Time!

ae83521500595bf4bf4300532a0994c2Good Evening

Hope everyone had a good Valentine’s Day. I spent most of the day at the Walmart clinic, waiting to be seen and then waiting for my prescription of amoxicillin to be filled…and then waiting for the drugs to start working. Which is the point I am at now, waiting for this stuff to work.

I hate sinus infections.

So the cartoons tonight are just a few and they are probably lame. Sorry bout that.

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Gustavo Rodriguez, El Nuevo Herald – 02/10/2014

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Job Killer – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 02/09/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Job Killer

Obamacare costs jobs? – Political Cartoon by Bruce Plante, Tulsa World – 02/11/2014

Cartoon by Bruce Plante - Obamacare costs jobs?

Clay Bennett editorial cartoon – Political Cartoon by Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press – 02/11/2014

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer – 02/12/2014

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NFL Showers – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 02/13/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - NFL Showers

Sid Caesar obit by Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee

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RIP SID – Political Cartoon by Deb Milbrath, Cartoon Movement – 02/13/2014

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - RIP SID

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies

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