The Week in Editorial Cartoons – A Cry for Help

(noon. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Crossposted at Daily Kos

THE WEEK IN EDITORIAL CARTOONS

This weekly diary takes a look at the past week’s important news stories from the perspective of our leading editorial cartoonists (including a few foreign ones) with analysis and commentary added in by me.

When evaluating a cartoon, ask yourself these questions:

1. Does a cartoon add to my existing knowledge base and help crystallize my thinking about the issue depicted?

2. Does the cartoonist have any obvious biases that distort reality?

3. Is the cartoonist reflecting prevailing public opinion or trying to shape it?

The answers will help determine the effectiveness of the cartoonist’s message.

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John Sherffius

John Sherffius, Comics.com (Boulder Daily Camera)

There are another 35-40 editorial cartoons that I posted in the comments section of this diary over at Daily Kos.  So, head on over there if you’d like to enjoy more cartoons.

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SPECIAL ‘eKos Earthship’ LAUNCH EDITION



eKos Earthship

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A new green diary roundup called ‘eKos Earthship’ has been recently launched by the hard work of patrickz and many other Kossacks dedicated to highlighting critical environmental issues.  This growing list includes eKos Rangers Regina in a Sears Kit House, boatsie, Hopeful Skeptic, RLMiller, Ellinorianne, Earthfire, A Siegel, dRefractor, and SolarMom.  I don’t have to remind you that this list includes some of our most-prolific and best writers on the environment.  There is a great deal of planning and discussion that takes place on DK Greenroots, which is a Google group that you can join in seconds.  Please do so and support this worthwhile effort in every way possible. Thank you.  

An excerpt from the eKos Earthship diary posted earlier today

Welcome to the eKos Earthship, your one-stop-shop for great environmental diaries and series.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter!  And if you can’t wait for the eKos Earthship post, you can get your fill of eco-diaries at our regularly updated database.



Rorschach Test by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Buy this cartoon

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In keeping with the ‘theme’ of this week’s edition, I wanted to share photographs posted in two wonderful recent diaries — Oil Impacted Creatures – A Photo Diary by Haole in Hawaii and  Oil Spill Threatening Endangered Birds: DK Greenroots by FishOutofWater.  These diaries highlight the potential loss of wildlife along the Gulf Coast.  My thanks to both of them for these and many other wonderful diaries they have written in the past.

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American Oystercatcher by Bill Stripling, courtesy of the National Audubon Society and Clapper Rail by Bill Stripling, courtesy of the National Audubon Society (photographs from FOW’s diary)

 

Black Skimmer and Great Blue Heron (photographs from HiH’s diary)

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INTRODUCTION

One of the many reasons that I actively support the pooties, woozles, and furbutts diaries on Daily Kos is not only because the diarists post funny pictures of cats, dogs, horses, parakeets, and other two and four-legged friends but these apolitical diaries also provide a respite from the intra-Kos squabbling that this blog periodically degenerates into.  I am fully aware that some of you sneer at and scornfully dismiss such diaries as being frivolous and undermining the very purpose of Daily Kos, which is to support the Democratic Party in its efforts to become or maintain itself as the dominant political party in this country.  There is another very important reason to do so.  If you actually read these diaries, you will notice unconditional love, compassion, and care expressed for all creatures large and small with support of animal rescue shelters highlighted to encourage action by interested readers.

Given this massive and disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, if we humans don’t care about marine life, birds, and animals who are largely helpless and dependent upon their survival on us, who will?  If it isn’t our responsibility to cater for and protect the fragile ecosystems that they thrive in, who then will ensure their preservation?  If we don’t lessen — and eventually end — our chronic, growing dependence on fossil fuels, we will, through our self-absorbed and selfish ways, continue to destroy the very habitats that such creatures thrive in.  After all, access to (relatively) cheap oil is neither mentioned in nor mandated by the U.S. Constitution.  



Threatened Wildlife by Nate Beeler, Washington Examiner, Buy this cartoon

The editorial cartoonists sent a very strong message these past few days.  At the very least, we owe it to other forms of life with whom we share this planet of ours that we shall not lessen their importance nor, importantly, hasten their demise.  The environmental disaster shaping up along the Gulf Coast is a stark reminder to alter our wasteful consumption habits and destructive ways.  Before we get (no pun intended) engulfed by the consequences.

Will our political leaders heed this cry for help?  Where are the “conservatives” whose political philosophy is supposed to be based on, as we’ve been told for decades now, conserving the best elements of life around us and retaining social and political traditions that we all struggle to preserve?  

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Oil Disaster by Cam Cardow, Ottawa Citizen, Buy this cartoon

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While the Gulf Oil spill garnered much of the attention from the editorial cartoonists, they didn’t forget the rather drastic anti-immigrant measures adopted by the State of Arizona.  Not only were different possible effects of the law harshly criticized as racist but there were suggestions that Arizona’s actions were completely out of the American mainstream political tradition.  In fact, one cartoonist portrayed Arizona as a renegade state with its own foreign policy.  Imagine that!  Didn’t we abolish the Articles of Confederation well over two hundred years ago, adopted a constitution, and move to a federal system of government?  One that’s held up quite well since that bloody Civil War of 1861-1865.  



Monte Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons, Buy this cartoon

The deceptive and, at times, hard-to-decipher practices of bankers like Goldman Sachs received a lot of attention too.  Most cartoonists characterized them as unethical, immoral, and, worse, as criminals hell-bent on buying politicians who, in turn, act not in the country’s best interests but look out for corporate interests.  All the while ensuring their own political survival via campaign donations.  When will this corrupt system of legalized bribery end?  

Somebody needs to teach a lesson in ethics to these self-proclaimed ‘Masters of the Universe.’  The country can’t survive their antics much longer.

Chris Britt

U.S. Senators ‘Slap’ Goldman Sachs by Chris Britt, Comics.com, see reader comments in the State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

Finally, I hadn’t planned to write a diary for another week.  Since I posted my last weekly diary, there was literally a flood of interesting and thought-provoking cartoons worth sharing with all of you.

I hope you enjoy these terrific editorial cartoons and share them with family and friends.  Thanks.

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1. CARTOONS OF THE WEEK



BP Oil Spill by Mike Keefe, Denver Post, Buy this cartoon



Oil Spill Clean Up and BP by Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com, Buy this cartoon

Mike Luckovich

Mike Luckovich, Comics.com (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)



Arizona Flag by David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Star, Buy this cartoon



Moderate Republican Howl by RJ Matson, Roll Call, Buy this cartoon



Charlie Crist Jumps Ship by Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com, Buy this cartoon

Paul Szep

Paul Szep, Comics.com

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers, Comics.com (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)



Offshore Drilling by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, Buy this cartoon



Species in Trouble by Joep Bertrams, Freelance Cartoonist (The Netherlands), Buy this cartoon

Mike Luckovich

Mike Luckovich, Comics.com (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Bruce Beattie

Bruce Beattie, Comics.com (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

Bruce Beattie

Bruce Beattie, Comics.com (Daytona Beach News-Journal)



Plug, Flipper, Plug! by RJ Matson, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Buy this cartoon

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2. Oil Spill: Disaster Along the Gulf Coast

Chan Lowe

Chan Lowe, Comics.com see reader comments in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Lowe pants a picture of politicians in Washington, D.C. caught with their pants down when it comes to this massive oil spill.  Not only does he see it as an ecological disaster which will harm all kinds of life around the Gulf Coast for years — if not decades — to come but sees little, if any, evidence in his daily life where we are even trying to minimize our dependence on oil, almost 60% of which we import from countries not all of whom are politically stable

Every disaster is abstract until it happens.  It can be demagogued, exploited, twisted, disputed, trivialized and even ignored when it is still theoretical.

Now, as the tendrils of oil approach the coast of the Southeastern United States — with heartbreaking pictures of petroleum-soaked wildlife struggling ashore on ruined beaches sure to follow — everybody from Sarah Palin to Barack Obama suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of history.

The reality that our insatiable energy demands require us to drill in the Gulf in the first place provides a perfect segue to something I witnessed on the way to work this morning:  Here in Florida we have these gorgeous trees called tabebuias that bloom an electric yellow for a few weeks, then drop all their petals to the ground, creating an enormous mess.  I passed a shopping center where a maintenance worker was cleaning up after one of these things.  Rather than rake up the petals and dispose of them, he was using a gasoline-powered blower to disperse them off the property and into the street — where they became everyone else’s problem, meaning no one’s problem.

So, after all the fuel was burned and the additional greenhouse gases were released into the atmosphere, absolutely nothing of value was accomplished.

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration



Drill Baby Drill by Patrick Corrigan, Toronto Star, Buy this cartoon

Steve Benson

Steve Benson, Comics.com (Arizona Republic)

Steve Sack

Steve Sack, Comics.com (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)



Drill Baby Drill Oilspill by Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com, Buy this cartoon



Matt Wuerker, Politico

(Click link to see larger image)



BP Katrina by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, Buy this cartoon

Clay Bennett

Today’s Special by Clay Bennett, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Chattanooga Times Free Press



Baywatch by Petar Pismestrovic, Kleine Zeitung (Austria), Buy this cartoon

Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Houston Chronicle

Walt Handelsman

Walt Handelsman, Comics.com (Newsday)

Mike Luckovich

Mike Luckovich, Comics.com (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Jeff Stahler

Jeff Stahler, Comics.com (Columbus Dispatch)



Stuart Carlson, Universal Press Syndicate

(Click link to see larger image)

Matt Davies

Matt Davies, Comics.com (New York Journal News)

John Sherffius

John Sherffius, Comics.com (Boulder Daily Camera)



BP Oil Spill by Adam Zyglis, Buffalo News, Buy this cartoon



Jeff Danziger, Yahoo.com/comics (New York Times Syndicate)

(click link for larger image)



Spill Baby Spill by Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons, Buy this cartoon

Chris Britt

Drilling and Spilling in the Gulf of Mexico by Chris Britt, Comics.com, see reader comments in the State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)



Oil Slick by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Buy this cartoon



Tony Auth, Philadelphia Inquirer

(Click link for larger image)



Black Katrina by J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register, Buy this cartoon



Ooze is Bad News by J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register, Buy this cartoon



Fire up the Gulf by J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register, Buy this cartoon

Ed Stein

Offshore Disaster by Ed Stein, Comics.com (formerly with the Rocky Mountain News)

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Stein sees the advantages of wind power over fossil fuels and couldn’t help but point out the obvious benefits, something which a lot of our political leadership cannot seem to comprehend.  And even if they do and pay lip service to developing alternative sources of energy, their actions leave a great deal to be desired

The oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico blew almost at the same time as the announcement that the nation’s first offshore wind farm has been approved.  The happy confluence of events like these is meat and potatoes for cartoonists.  I couldn’t resist the comparison, especially when I started trying to imagine the worst consequence of a wind turbine exploding a few miles out in the ocean.  Hint: it probably wouldn’t kill eleven people, and it certainly wouldn’t be an environmental disaster on the scale of tens of thousands of gallons of oil hitting the coast.



Cape Cod Wind Farm OK’d by Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com, Buy this cartoon

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Note: Read more about the lawsuits being filed against the federal government to prevent the installation of the country’s first offshore wind farm.

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Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman, Comics.com (Boston Globe)



Bob Englehart, Hartford Courant, see reader comments on Englehart’s blog, Buy this cartoon

Steve Sack

Steve Sack, Comics.com (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Matt Davies

Matt Davies, Comics.com see reader comments in the New York Journal News)



Beating Up Our Environment by Adam Zyglis, Buffalo News, Buy this cartoon



Wind Power by Jeff Parker, Florida Today, Buy this cartoon

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Jeff Parker writes on his blog

If winds and tides conspire against us, an anxious state of Florida could find some of Deepwater Horizon’s spilled crude washing ashore, and if caught in the Gulf of Mexico loop current, oil might possibly impact the Keys and the east coast.



David Cohen, Asheville Citizen Times

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Vic Harville, Stephens Media Group (Little Rock, AR), Buy this cartoon



Clay Jones, Freelance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA), Buy this cartoon



“Off-Shore Oil” by Mike Keefe, Denver Post, Buy this cartoon

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3. What’s Up With the State of Arizona?

Chan Lowe

Chan Lowe, Comics.com, see reader comments in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Will these laws be applied evenly to whites and non-whites, asks Lowe?  You know the answer to this question

Chances are that in their zeal to rid their state of illegal aliens, Arizona law enforcement authorities will unintentionally sweep a number of innocent American citizens into their dragnet.

Unlike Europeans, Americans are not in the habit of carrying national identity papers around with them proving their citizenship.  What will happen under this new regime is that “probable cause” will be applied to those who happen to look, for example, like their Mexican ancestors.

Those of, say, Danish extraction are more likely to be bypassed.

One’s looks are not a sound foundation upon which to base laws. As a nation founded on principles, we can do better.



Anglozona Tan Block by RJ Matson, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Buy this cartoon



Aryanzona by John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Buy this cartoon



Boehner Profiling by RJ Matson, Roll Call, Buy this cartoon

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Boston Globe

Don Wright

Don Wright, Comics.com (formerly of the Palm Beach Post)



Arizona Foreign Policy by Mike Keefe, Denver Post, Buy this cartoon



Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com, Buy this cartoon



Boycott Arizona by John Trever, Albuquerque Journal, Buy this cartoon

Jeff Stahler

Jeff Stahler, Comics.com (Columbus Dispatch)

John Sherffius

John Sherffius, Comics.com (Boulder Daily Camera)

Bill Day

Bill Day, Comics.com (Memphis Commercial-Appeal)

MIke Thompson

Illegal Immigrants in Arizona by Mike Thompson, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Detroit Free Press

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Thompson’s entry on his blog: Under a new Arizona law, police can demand that you provide proof of legal residency.  If it’s determined that you’re in this country without permission, you could face deportation.

The question is: How will all those Arizona retirees get their Winnebagos to float back to Europe?



Arizona Wingnuts by David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Star, Buy this cartoon



Immigration and Racism by John Cole, Scranton Times-Tribune, Buy this cartoon

Bruce Beattie

Bruce Beattie, Comics.com (Daytona Beach News-Journal)



Mike Scott, NewJerseyNewsroom.com, Buy this cartoon

Signe Wilkinson

Signe Wilkinson, Comics.com (Philadelphia Daily News)

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers, Comics.com (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)



Fortress Arizona by Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia (Puerto Rico), Buy this cartoon



Stuart Carlson, Universal Press Syndicate

(Click on link for larger image)

Chris Britt

Velcome to Arizona: Ve vant to see your papers by Chris Britt, Comics.com, see reader comments in the State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)



Arizona Aliens by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Buy this cartoon



Mark Streeter, Savannah Morning News, Buy this cartoons



Immigration and Liberty by Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com, Buy this cartoon

Matt Davies

Matt Davies, Comics.com see reader comments in the New York Journal News)

Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson, Comics.com, see the large number of reader comments in the Houston Chronicle



Randy Jones, inxart.com, Buy this cartoon



Khalil Rahman, Daily Samakal (Bangladesh), Buy this cartoon



Tom Toles, politicalhumor.about.com (Washington Post)



Immigration Reform by John Cole, Scranton Times-Tribune, Buy this cartoon

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4. Goldman Sachs: The Men With the Gold Make the Rules

Chan Lowe

Chan Lowe, Comics.com (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

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Lowe writes on his blog about the intricate inside dealings of Goldman Sachs but isn’t reassured that Congress will rein in firms that explicitly break laws

First, they devised financial instruments so exotic that nobody could really understand them (including the SEC, which threw up its hands in despair and resorted to downloading pornography), sold them to unwitting customers, and then bet in competing arrangements that these same constructs would fail.

This act, by its sheer brazenness, poisoned the well for everybody.  “Betting against America” is something even the clods out in flyover country can understand.

Even Wall Street’s pet poodles in Congress are distancing themselves.  They’re talking regulation, which means many more millions will have to be spent on lobbyists to make sure the new laws have loopholes large enough to drive a stretch limo through.



Wall Street Circus by John Cole, Scranton Times-Tribune, Buy this cartoon

Drew Sheneman

Drew Sheneman, Comics.com (Newark Star Ledger)



Jeff Danziger, Yahoo.com/comics (New York Times Syndicate)

(click link for larger image)



Goldman Sachs Criminal Probe by Jimmy Margulies, New Jersey Record, Buy this cartoon



A S__ty Deal by John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Buy this cartoon



Goldman Sachs by Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade, Buy this cartoon



Bob Englehart, see reader comments in the Hartford Courant, Buy this cartoon

Chan Lowe

Chan Lowe, Comics.com (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Lowe’s blog



Getting Served by Goldman by Adam Zyglis, Buffalo News, Buy this cartoon



Jeff Darcy, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Buy this cartoon

Ed Stein

You’re Under Oath by Ed Stein, Comics.com (formerly with the Rocky Mountain News), see reader comments on Stein’s blog

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Stein recognizes what the Goldman Sachs Hearings before Congress are: a charade. Republicans are up to their old tricks of stalling, obfuscating, and using delay tactics to prevent meaningful Banking Reform.  As to the Democratic Party, it is unclear how much “teeth” the new reforms will have.  If any

There’s a fascinating dual dramatic comedy being played out in the Senate, as the Party of NO tries desperately to halt financial reform on behalf of their Wall Street pals, while in the hearing room next door Goldman Sachs execs demonstrate why we so desperately need the reform.  The most amusing (or tragic) exchange occurred when one of the Goldman execs was asked if the bank had a responsibility to act in the best interests of its clients.  Long pause.  Really long pause.  It sounded as though he’d never actually considered the question before. Meanwhile, on the Senate floor, the minority party, led by Mitch McConnell at his Orwellian best, was painting the reform bill as another bailout, and fighting desperately against a consumer protection agency, on the grounds that it would be really bad for consumers if banks were no longer allowed to rip them off.  I confess to a grudging admiration for people like McConnell, who can say the things they say without blushing.  It’s a valuable quality in a politician, and the Republicans seem to be just a tad better at it than Democrats.

5. The Sorry State of the Republican Party

MIke Thompson

Oil Spill Disaster by Mike Thompson, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Detroit Free Press

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Thompson thinks that the oil spill will help change minds and shut up insane cries of “Drill, baby, drill” from supporters of offshore oil drilling  

According to cbsnews.com, the well has spilled 42,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf each day since an offshore rig owned by British Petroleum exploded on April 20.

One month ago, Obama announced plans to open new coastal areas to offshore drilling.  Haven’t heard him talk about that plan recently.  Come to think of it, Sarah “drill here, drill now” Palin has been pretty quiet, too.

Matt Bors

Matt Bors, Comics.com (Idiot Box)

Chan Lowe

Chan Lowe, Comics.com (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

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Lowe wonders if Florida voters will perceive Governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) (and now independent U.S. Senate candidate) as a practical, problem-solving moderate fed up of extremism in the GOP or, someone who is a political opportunist with no core political principles except to further his career.  This is certainly shaping up to be one of the more interesting races this coming November

Being an unprincipled moderate means that pesky things like ideology never stand in your way.  This can be both an advantage and an Achilles’ heel.  It affords extraordinary flexibility to someone who uses the same common sense most of us would to solve problems and forge sensible compromises.  It also means that certain officeholders can never be depended on to do anything courageous in the face of strong public opposition.  There are times, believe it or not, when the public doesn’t know what’s best for it.  Sometimes people in government, who are supposed to make it their business to be well informed, can grasp the nuances and ramifications of issues in a way that rises above the raw, self-interested emotion of the masses.

Then, they act in a way they think is best for the country, rather than their own political futures.

Which type of person is Charlie Crist?  That’s something the voters will have to decide in November.

Dana Summers

I Quit by Dana Summers, Comics.com (Orlando Sentinel)



Charlie Crist Bails Out by Jeff Parker, Florida Today, Buy this cartoon

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Parker notes on his blog in Florida Today: In a year of bailouts, Governor Charlie Crist takes one of his own. It will be interesting to see where everyone lands this November.



Groundhog Day by RJ Matson, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Buy this cartoon



GOP on Financial Reform by Mike Keefe, Denver Post, Buy this cartoon



Your Own Facts by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, Buy this cartoon

Clay Bennett

Bullies by Clay Bennett, Comics.com, see reader comments in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Robert Ariail

Robert Ariail, Comics.com (formerly of The State, SC)

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6. RIP Dr. Dorothy Height



Mark Streeter, Savannah Morning News, Buy this cartoon

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Dr. Dorothy Height was a life-long champion of civil rights causes.  She made a difference in this world for many, many people.

Dorothy Height, who as longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women was the leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement, died Tuesday.  She was 98…

One of Height’s sayings was, “If the time is not ripe, we have to ripen the time.” She liked to quote 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who said that the three effective ways to fight for justice are to “agitate, agitate, agitate.”

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I paid my tribute to Reverend Benjamin Hooks in last week’s diary

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7. Final Thoughts

Finally, have you been enjoying this lovely Spring weather?  It’s certainly been nice here in Washington, D.C. after a particularly brutal winter.

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Spring Olympics by John Cole, Scranton Times-Tribune, Buy this cartoon

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Are you an obsessive user of post-it notes?  I plead guilty of doing so.

Jeff Stahler

Jeff Stahler, Comics.com (Columbus Dispatch)

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A Note About the Diary Poll

Signe Wilkinson

Signe Wilkinson, Comics.com (Philadelphia Daily News)

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I can’t add much more to the diary poll, which looks at a number of possible scenarios in the next year or so.  The public is only outraged when gas prices go through the roof or oil embargoes (and other shortages) limit the availability of cheap oil.

Will this country finally come to its senses and lessen its dependence on oil for which it has fought a couple of foreign wars in recent decades.  Will we finally turn into a “green nation” or continue our wasteful energy ways?

I would really like your feedback on this important question.

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  1. Don Wright

    Don Wright, Comics.com (formerly of the Palm Beach Post)

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    The Washington Post reported the following this past Saturday



    A Northern Gannet bird covered in oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, at a Clean Gulf Associates Mobile Wildlife Rehabilitation station in Fort Jackson, Louisiana on April 30, 2010, Photograph by: Reuters/Carlos Barria

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    Oil leaking at a rate of 5,000 barrels a day could damage the ecosystem.  Note: This number keeps going up every day and is much higher now.

    Wetlands: Unlike most beaches, the marshlands of Louisiana and other states are nearly impossible to clean of oil.  The toxins could remain for years.

    Birds and animals: Brown pelicans, shrimp, alligators and sea turtles are reproducing right now or getting ready to, which means their offspring could encounter toxic oil.

    Fish and plankton: The ocean’s ecosystem is also vulnerable in the spring because plankton is blooming and fish are spawning.

    Tips, recommends, and the like here.  Thanks.



  2. Back Burner by John Trever, Albuquerque Journal, Buy this cartoon



    Tim Eagan, Deep Cover, Buy this cartoon



  3. Bush’s Book by Luojie, China Daily (China), Buy this cartoon



    Heiligendamm, June 2007 by Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland (Germany), Buy this cartoon

  4. … of any of these transgressions?  Ya better fess up now, particularly on the last one.  😉

    Henry Payne

    Henry Payne, Comics.com (Detroit News)

    • Edger on May 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Care to guess who was top beneficiary of BP political donations in 2008?

  5. Because of the length of this weekly diary, sometimes Daily Kos reacts negatively — isn’t it always MB’s fault? 🙂 — and makes the Rec Button (and other stuff that you usually find in the upper right corner) disappear.  Don’t worry if that happens.  Just scroll to the bottom of the diary past the last diary comment and you’ll see the Rec Button there.

     

    I thought deliberate side wall crashes that drive the rec button to the bottom were defeated a long time ago. I’m just curious and would like to know how it is still being done.

    Anyway while I on the topic (and thank you for a great diary today) I too have much experience with whining and complaining about too many pictures and it was your cartoon diaries that inspired me to just post what I feel tells the story and not bother with the comments.

    Amazingly the moaning gets the most replies and one time someone defending my “bandwidth abuse” pointed out to the complainer that he has high speed internet so what was the problem.

    The answer left me in hysterics;


    I’m worried about the kossacks with dial-up.

    With everything to address in this nation, too many photos when some rural viewers might have trouble viewing is a high priority to some.  

     

  6. Was the bird in Uncle Sam’s arms.

    That is real terrorism from the real terrorist.  

    • RUKind on May 9, 2010 at 4:54 am

    I mail a link of it to my friends list every week. Some of these are awesome. I live in Plymouth, just before the Cape. All the oceanfront is million dollar territory down there and billion dollar territory on Nantucket. They have the money to tie this up forever.

    Trade workers commute by air daily to Nantucket. There was one local guy down there who had a billionaire build behind his family house. The rich guy offered to buy the guy’s house and have it moved so he could improve his view. He couldn’t understand why the islander turned him down.

    The turbines will be the same color as the horizon. They’ll be unnoticed after a year or so and a major point of pride for some right away.

    And Obama wants more drilling and nukes. What happened to the guy who ran for office in 2008? Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Wall St version?

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