Friday Nite Lites: Homecoming

The Far Side…I always love this cartoon…

Hey Y’all

Tonight is Homecoming night for the Panther’s so this is going to be a short cartoon post. First a couple of news links…

I thought this was interesting, since this is the show I sort of got the Friday Nite Lite title from:  Friday Night Lights Creator Accuses Romney Of Plagiarism, Blasts His Politics

This next link is something I had been saving for a while.  Italian bicycle sales ‘surpass those of cars’

Italians bought more bicycles than cars in 2011 for the first time in decades, according to local media reports.

Last year some 1.75 million bicycles were sold, about 2,000 more than the number of new cars registered, La Repubblica newspaper reported.

It attributed the change to a slump in car sales during the economic crisis and the rising price of petrol, as well as bikes coming back into fashion.

Car sales have slumped to the level at which they stood in 1964, it said

Which made me think of the amazing film, The Bicycle Thief…where a man’s bicycle is connected to his making a living.

Bicycle Thieves (Italian: Ladri di biciclette), also known as The Bicycle Thief, is director Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 film about a poor father searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle, without which he will lose the job which was to be the salvation of his young family.

Adapted for the screen by Cesare Zavattini from a novel by Luigi Bartolini, and starring Lamberto Maggiorani as the desperate father and Enzo Staiola as his plucky young son, Bicycle Thieves is one of the masterpieces of Italian neorealism. It received an Academy Honorary Award in 1950 and, just four years after its release, was deemed the greatest film of all time by Sight & Sound magazine’s poll of filmmakers and critics;[3] fifty years later the same poll ranked it sixth among greatest-ever films.[4] It is also one of the top 10 among the British Film Institute’s list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.

That is what Wikipedia has to say, here is Rodger Ebert on the film: The Bicycle Thief / Bicycle Thieves :: rogerebert.com :: Great Movies

The Bicycle Thief / Bicycle Thieves (1949)

The Bicycle Thief” is so well-entrenched as an official masterpiece that it is a little startling to visit it again after many years and realize that it is still alive and has strength and freshness.

You need to see this film, if you haven’t look online, they have the movie in full for free.

Okay, on with the cartoons.

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune – 10/07/2012

Cartoon by Pat Bagley -

Bagley is right about that, and did you see this?

Pennsylvania Fracking Law Opens Up Drilling on College Campuses

Last year, when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett suggested offsetting college tuition fees by leasing parts of state-owned college campuses to natural gas drillers, more than a few Pennsylvanians were left blinking and rubbing their eyes. But it was no idle threat: After quietly moving through the state Senate and House, this week the governor signed into law a bill that opens up 14 of the state’s public universities to fracking, oil drilling, and coal mining on campus.

For a system starved by budget cuts, it’s an appetizing deal: The Indigenous Mineral Resources Development Act mandates that 50 percent of all fees and royalties from the mineral leases will be retained by the university where those minerals are mined, 35 percent will be distributed across the state system, and another 15 percent will go towards subsidizing student tuition.

Of course, those benefits don’t take into account externalized costs.

“This has been a big giveaway by the state of Pennsylvania to drilling interests, and it’s at the expense of students and the public.”

Environmentalists and educators are concerned that fracking and other resource exploitation on campus could leave students directly exposed to harms like explosions, water contamination, and air pollution. They’re also worried oil and gas development would leave campuses ruined for future generations. It doesn’t help that Pennsylvania has a lousy regulation record, with a tally of violations that have increased more than fourfold since 2005. According to the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center, Pennsylvania drilling companies racked up a total of 3,355 violations of environmental law between 2008 and 2011, 2,392 of which posed a direct threat to the environment and safety of communities. Meanwhile, in 2010, the state left 82,602 active wells go uninspected, more than all the active wells in New York and Ohio put together.

Cagle Post » ZombieCagle Post » Zombie

Zombie © Joe Heller,Green Bay Press-Gazette,zombie,walking dead,halloween,campaign ads,debates,costume,campaign ads 2012, Election polls, halloween 2012, Happy Halloween!, political halloween

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Gustavo Rodriguez, El Nuevo Herald – 10/12/2012

Cartoon by Gustavo Rodriguez -

Considering that cartoonist is from Spain, and that today the EU won the Nobel Peace Prize, those mice are kind of funny! (I think it is safe to say we know who the cat is.)

Cagle Post » Droid Mitt Romney

Droid Mitt Romney © Pat Bagley,Salt Lake Tribune,Mitt, Romney, Star Wars, Moderate, Liberal, Flip Flop, Moderate, Conservative, Tea party, Death Star, Far Right, 2012

I love that one…

Alright, this is an open thread, but y’all know that already…


8 Comments on “Friday Nite Lites: Homecoming”

  1. I look like that dude up top….zombie indeed.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks for another great post, JJ–lots to think about here, plus cartoons. I hope the game goes well tonight. Please let us know.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Todd Akin says there’s no science behind evolution.

    Now, the GOP Senate candidate who’s running against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Thursday at a Tea Party meeting in Jefferson City, Missouri, that there’s no science behind evolution:

    AKIN: I don’t see it as even a matter of science because I don’t know that you can prove one or the other. That’s one of those things. We can talk about theology and all of those other things but I’m basically concerned about, you’ve got a choice between Claire McCaskill and myself. My job is to make the thing there. If we want to do theoretical stuff, we can do that, but I think I better stay on topic.

    • dakinikat says:

      This guy is on the Science committee? Hasn’t he heard of DNA analysis or fossils or carbon dating or for that matter the scientific method? Evolution is a done deal. There’s no ifs ands or buts. The molecular biology crew sewed that up when they sequenced the human genome. We all descended from the roughly 2000 that survived the last super volcano in the Asian Pacific Region, we all came originally frome africa … they can point to genetic designs in our body parts and genes to fish, amphibians, reptiles, marsupials and our basic elements were forged in the big bang and the resulting super novas. What HE believes in can’t be proved. Science got evolution down pat within the last decade.

      • NW Luna says:

        Can’t we mandate passing scores in college-level Biology and Life Sciences classes before any Congresscritter gets on a Science committee?

        He doesn’t even believe in the separation of church and state.