Friday Nite Lite

Snowden's last option by Marian Kamensky

Snowden’s Last Option, by Marian Kamensky

Hello Sky Dancers!!

I have a question. How do we even know that Edward Snowden is still alive? For that matter, how do we know if Sarah Harrison, the woman who accompanied him to Russia, is still alive? Why haven’t we even seen a photo of either of them since they left Hong Kong and supposedly flew to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport? Shouldn’t we at least be demanding proof of life–like a photo of them holding a current newspaper with the date visible?

Frankly I don’t believe either of them is at the airport. Hundreds of journalists have search every nook and cranny of Sheremetyevo to no avail. Glenn Greenwald says he hasn’t had any communication with Snowden since they left Hong Kong. Ed and Sarah just aren’t there. If either of the has an internet connection, why haven’t they contacted their families? They must be in a safe house somewhere if they are alive. And I have no doubt they have been interrogated. Or they could be dead. I think it’s truly amazing that reporters are not asking about this and demanding proof that these two are still alive.

Meanwhile, there have been no further “revelations” about NSA spying, despite promises from Glenn Greenwald of a huge “bombshell” that will “shock the world.” Are there any more leaks to be published? Every day the Guardian publishes articles that hype the story, but include no information about further leaked documents. Today it was an article by Spencer Ackerman arguing that Snowden is a whistleblower, not a spy. It’s almost as if they are trying to convince themselves.

OK, that’s my news commentary for tonight. The prosecution rested in the George Zimmerman case, but I haven’t been watching it so I can’t comment. Here’s USA Today:

SANFORD, Fla. — Prosecutors wrapped their case against George Zimmerman on Friday afternoon after the mother and brother of teenager Trayvon Martin testified Friday that they believed the screams on a 911 call seconds before his death were his, not those of Zimmerman.

“I heard my son screaming,” said Sybrina Fulton, who listened to the 911 tape of the final moments of his life on Feb. 26, 2012. Fulton said she had to listen to the tape only once to know it was her 17-year-old son. She also testified that she didn’t think Trayvon was responsible for his own death.

The defense began with Zimmerman’s mother, Gladys Zimmerman, briefly testifying that it was her son screaming for help on the phone. “That’s George’s voice,” she said.

Her testimony came after medical examiner Shiping Bao, who autopsied Trayvon’s body a day after his death, said Trayvon died from a 9mm gunshot wound to the heart. “My belief he was still alive, he was still in pain, he was still suffering” in the moments after he was shot.

He also said he believed that based on his experience Travyon was alive for between one and 10 minutes after he was shot by the weapon, which had “loose contact” with his body.

I can’t stand to watch the trial because George Zimmerman and his attorneys make me sick to my stomach. I just hope Zimmerman doesn’t get away with the murder he committed.

And now for some cartoons, specially chosen by our beloved JJ, who is not feeling well today.

gettysburg regress

Gettysburg Regress, by Christopher Weyant  (No mention of women not being treated equally, of course!)


“The mosquitoes are especially bad this year!” by Bob Engelhart


By popular demand, by Mike Luckovitch


Statue of Liberty, by Randall Enos


Student Loan Shark, by Jeff Parker


George Zimmerman, By Randall Enos

Painfully Wrong

Painfully Wrong, by Jen Sorensen


Pluto’s New Moons, by Jeff Koterba

Have a great Friday night everyone!!


8 Comments on “Friday Nite Lite”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    This is an open thread, of course!

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Breaking news from Politico

    The presidents of Venezuela and Nicaragua said Friday they were willing to grant asylum to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to the Associated Press.

    Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro said: “As head of state, the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American Edward Snowden so that he can live (without) … persecution from the empire.”

    In Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega said he was willing to make the same offer “if circumstances allow it.”

    Snowden, who is currently in Russia, on Friday had asked six more countries for asylum.

    Maybe now we’ll find out if Snowden is still alive.

  3. cygnus says:

    Feel better, JJ! Sending hugs!

  4. roofingbird says:

    the airport is not secure. I sure wouldn’t be communicating with anything but a carrier pigeon if I were them. Since he has been making asylum requests he is apparently communicating with someone. I somehow doubt the Russia is doing it if he is dead.

    • RalphB says:

      The asylum requests are being made on his behalf by Wikileaks.

      • bostonboomer says:

        We have no idea how those requests were made. Sarah Harrison supposedly transmitted them to embassies, but some countries say they never received them. I’m not saying he’s actually dead, but it seems to me someone should be asking why we don’t know where he is. Why not a photo? The one report we did get from a journalist is that he was surrounded by ISB agents when he got off the plane. Don’t tell me they don’t know where he is!