Sunday, July 7, 2019

Cartoons: Democratic Race 2020

RIP anti-war champion Justin Raimondo ... (1951 - 2019)

The good ones go without a song and dance performed in their honor.  The bad seeds responsible for wars and deaths of innocents around the world are given State funerals, 24 hour media coverage and volumes written about how great they were.  Those like Justin Raimondo or Robert Parry and so many others from the good side of humanity go away without a disturbance of even a feather on a sparrow's breast ... as far as the general public is concerned.  **Sigh**

From Antiwar
Justin Raimondo, RIP (1951-2019)
Justin Raimondo, former editorial director and co-founder of, is dead at 67. He died at his home in Sebastopol, California, with his husband, Yoshinori Abe, by his side. He had been diagnosed with 4th stage lung cancer in October 2017.

Justin co-founded with Eric Garris in 1995. Under their leadership, became a leading force against U.S. wars and foreign intervention, providing daily and often hourly updates and comprehensive news, analysis, and opinion on war and peace. Inspired by Justin’s spirit, vision, and energy, will go on.
Justin (born Dennis Raimondo, November 18, 1951) grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York and, as a teenager, became a libertarian. He was a fierce advocate of peace who hated war, and an early advocate of gay liberation. He wrote frequently for many different publications and authored several books. He was also politically active in both the Libertarian and Republican parties.

The Young Rebel

When Justin was six, he was, in his own words, "a wild child." This will surprise no one who knows him. In "Cold War Comfort," which he wrote for Chronicles Magazine, he tells how he dashed out of his first-grade class with his teacher chasing him. Because this was a daily occurrence, he writes, he was sent to a prominent New York psychiatrist named Dr. Robert Soblen. Just this decade, Justin got his hands on Soblen’s notes on his case and learned that Soblen had concluded that Justin was schizophrenic. Soblen’s reason? Justin was Catholic, claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary, and believed in miracles. Soblen recommended locking up young Justin in a state mental institution. The one Soblen had in mind was Rockland State Hospital, which, according to Justin, was the backdrop for the movie The Snake Pit.

Soblen was not just a psychiatrist. He was also a top Soviet spy and friend of Stalin who was tasked with infiltrating the American Trotskyist movement. He was ultimately convicted of espionage and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1961. Ultimately, in 1962, Soblen committed suicide after jumping bail, fleeing to Israel, and seeking asylum in the UK...................

Some of my tweets July 1 - 6

The Founders of the USA rid themselves of the British colonial yoke round their necks, only to ..

have their descendants drown into it themselves with a vengeance and over and besides wallowing in tyranny themselves, they export it to their vassal states like Canada, Australia, etc.etc.

Whitehead  gives a modern day translation of the Declaration of Independence...check it to see if you recognize the similarities between the British colonial rule over Americans of that era and the supposedly "free"Americans of today.

John W. Whitehead at the Rutherford Institute
It’s Time to Declare Your Independence from Tyranny, America

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”—Thomas Paine, December 1776
It’s time to declare your independence from tyranny, America.
For too long now, we have suffered the injustices of a government that has no regard for our rights or our humanity.
Too easily pacified and placated by the pomp and pageantry of manufactured spectacles (fireworks on the Fourth of July, military parades, ritualized elections, etc.) that are a poor substitute for a representative government that respects the rights of its people, the American people have opted, time and again, to overlook the government’s excesses, abuses and power grabs that fly in the face of every principle for which America’s founders risked their lives.
We have done this to ourselves.................

...........The danger is real.

We could certainly use some of that revolutionary outrage today.

Certainly, we would do well to reclaim the revolutionary spirit of our ancestors and remember what drove them to such drastic measures in the first place.

Then again, perhaps what we need to do is declare our independence from the tyranny of the American police state.

It’s not a radical idea.

It has been done before.

The Declaration of Independence speaks volumes about the abuses suffered by early Americans at the hands of the British police state.

Read the Declaration of Independence again, and ask yourself if the list of complaints tallied by Jefferson don’t bear a startling resemblance to the abuses “we the people” are suffering at the hands of the American police state.

If you find the purple prose used by the Founders hard to decipher, here’s my translation of what the Declaration of Independence would look and sound like if it were written in the modern vernacular:

There comes a time when a populace must stand united and say “enough is enough” to the government’s abuses, even if it means getting rid of the political parties in power.

Believing that “we the people” have a natural and divine right to direct our own lives, here are truths about the power of the people and how we arrived at the decision to sever our ties to the government:

All people are created equal.

All people possess certain innate rights that no government or agency or individual can take away from them. Among these are the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The government’s job is to protect the people’s innate rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The government’s power comes from the will of the people.

Whenever any government abuses its power, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish that government and replace it with a new government that will respect and protect the rights of the people.

It is not wise to get rid of a government for minor transgressions. In fact, as history has shown, people resist change and are inclined to suffer all manner of abuses to which they have become accustomed.

However, when the people have been subjected to repeated abuses and power grabs, carried out with the purpose of establishing a tyrannical government, people have a right and duty to do away with that tyrannical Government and to replace it with a new government that will protect and preserve their innate rights for their future wellbeing.

This is exactly the state of affairs we are under suffering under right now, which is why it is necessary that we change this imperial system of government.....

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Some of my tweets from June 20 - 30

Bet you didn't know that In Canada you get fired for being a talented cartoonist

And ... we have the cheek to continue with our usual mantra of  "Canada is the greatest country in the world, it's so much into freedom of speech and individual opinions, blah, blah, blah.....

Now ... if this was somehow a cartoon showing one of the guys USA and her lead lapdog Canada, loves to hate, then what are the bets that that cartoonist would have got a raise and perhaps even a promotion? 

Canada has flung away its moral compass somewhere in the many, many swamps down south.

 From TorontoStar
Political cartoonist let go by N.B. newspapers soon after viral Trump cartoon; chain says decision was unrelated

Political cartoonist Michael de Adder has been released from his freelance contract with a major Atlantic Canada newspaper chain soon after he drew a viral cartoon that criticized Donald Trump using imagery of a father and daughter who drowned trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, de Adder, who is also a freelance contributor to the Toronto Star, said Brunswick News cancelled his contract shortly after he published the provocative image on his Twitter and Facebook pages and after two weeks in which he drew three cartoons about Trump — a topic he said he has typically avoided for fear of getting fired by the newspaper chain.
“2 went viral and the third went supernova and a day later I was let go,” the Halifax-based cartoonist wrote. “Overnight it was like I never worked for the paper. Make your own conclusions.”

In a Sunday statement, the Brunswick News said the decision had nothing to do with Trump, saying de Adder had been let go following negotiations with a different cartoonist.\

"It is entirely incorrect” to say de Adder’s contract was ........

No prizes for guessing who's responsible for most of the the refugees created all around Planet Earth

Yup ... you know it but some of you won't acknowledge that simple little fact.

Eric Zuesse at StrategicCulture
US Government Tops All for Creating Refugees 

 On June 19th, Statistica headlined “Number of forcibly displaced people reaches new high”, and when one looks at the data, one finds an even bigger story which stands behind those numbers:

This new report from the United Nations documents Statistica’s headline, and it proves that America’s regime-change operations have actually created around half of the world’s refugees. It proves that America’s penchant for invading and trying to overthrow the governments that its billionaires want to replace (“regime-change”) has been by far the biggest of all single causes of refugees worldwide, vastly higher than any other government. Regardless of how bad those other governments might possibly be, the US regime is far worse — at least as being the cause, the creator, of the world’s refugee problems.

Consider the countries that the US regime has recently regime-changed or attempted to:

The US regime invaded Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2003, Syria in 2012-2019, and has been applying, in order to overthrow the Government of Venezuela, strangulating economic sanctions. All of those four target-countries (Syria, Venezuela, Iraq, and Afghanistan) lead the list of nations that are bleeding the most refugees. The US regime’s “regime-change” operations abroad are therefore certainly the leading cause of the world’s refugee-crisis.

That’s the big news in the new UN report, though it is news that the report itself ignores.

The biggest of these crises in 2018 were Syria and Venezuela, which were the US regime’s most recent regime-change operations. But Afghanistan and Iraq are also among the top bleeders of refugees — even now, over 15 years after the US regime had invaded them.

On 26 January 2019, Britain’s Independent headlined “Venezuela crisis: Former UN rapporteur says US sanctions are killing citizens: ‘Modern-day economic sanctions and blockades are comparable with medieval sieges of towns’” and reported:

Mr De Zayas, a former secretary of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and an expert in international law, spoke to The Independent following the presentation of his Venezuela report to the HRC in September. He said that since its presentation the report has been ignored by the UN and has not sparked the public debate he believes it deserves. “Sanctions kill,” he told The Independent, adding that they fall most heavily on the poorest people in society, demonstrably cause death through food and medicine shortages, lead to violations of human rights and are aimed at coercing economic change.

In order for the US regime to blame Venezuela’s Government 100% for Venezuela’s problems including the economic shortages that result from the US regime’s sanctions, the US regime stages attempts to send aid to the Venezuelan people, and this aid is, of course, blocked by Venezuela’s Government, because it is just the aggressor’s PR stunt — the US regime’s effort to take over the country in a ‘kind’ way. (After all, Hitler claimed to love the “Volk,” even as he served the interests of Germany’s armaments-firms and the billionaires who controlled them.) However, if the aggressor had honestly wanted to help Venezuelans, it wouldn’t be applying such strangulating economic sanctions, which include penalties against countries that trade with Venezuela — an economic blockade against Venezuela.

Here are highlights in the new report from the UN:

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, “GLOBAL TRENDS: Forced Displacement in 2018″
The report says that in 2018, there were “13.6 million newly displaced” persons.
“Altogether, more than two thirds (67 per cent) of all refugees worldwide came from just five countries:”
Syria 6.7M
Afghanistan 2.7M
Sudan 2.3M
Myanmar 1.1M
Somalia 0.9M

“The main countries of asylum for refugees were:”
Turkey 3.7Mg
Pakistan 1.4M
Uganda 1.2M
Sudan 1.1M
Germany 1.1M

However, this chaotic UN report also states that:

At the end of 2018, Syrians continued to be the largest forcibly displaced population, with 13.0 million people living in displacement. … Colombians were the second largest group, with 8.0 million forcibly displaced, most of them (98 per cent) inside their country at the end of 2018.

Presumably, the reason why Colombia does’t show........

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Some of my tweet from June 7 - 18