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TOM TOMORROW: The Looming Threat



Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/20/1403163/-Cartoon-The-looming-threat

Tom Tomorrow: Sparky's Inferno



Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/13/1401176/-Cartoon-Sparky-s-inferno

TOM TOMORROW: Sparky's Inferno



Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/13/1401176/-Cartoon-Sparky-s-inferno

AP BREAKING: SC House Approves Removsl of Confederate Flag, Could Come Down in Days

Source: Associated Press

Will update with link.

South Carolina House Approved Removing Confederate Flag

Update at 1:04 AM
By: JEFFREY COLLINS

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has approved taking down the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, a stunning reversal in a state that was the first to leave the Union in 1860 and raised the flag again at its Statehouse more than 50 years ago to protest the civil rights movement.

The move early Thursday came after more than 13 hours of at times contentious debate, just weeks after the fatal shootings of nine black church members, including a state senator, at a Bible study in Charleston. The House approved the Senate bill 93-27, and still has one more vote that appeared to be perfunctory since they had met two-thirds approval. The bill would then go to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who supports it.

Read more: http://www.wsbtv.com/ap/ap/top-news/confederate-flags-fate-in-hands-of-south-carolina-/nmtHM/

Bill Cosby Dropped By Talent Agency CAA

Source: Huffington Post

Bill Cosby Dropped By Talent Agency CAA

42 minutes ago
Stephanie Marcus Entertainment Editor, Huffington Post

Bill Cosby has been dumped by his talent agency, CAA, and is currently without representation, according to Deadline Hollywood.

According to the website, Creative Artists Agency actually cut ties with him late last year -- well before the Associated Press obtained previously sealed court documents in which the 77-year-old admitted he bought Quaaludes with the intention of giving them to women he intended to have sex with, and admitted to giving a sedative to at least one woman.

The agency, who represented the actor and comedian since 2012, remained tight-lipped about the split, only telling Deadline, "We do not represent (Cosby) at this time.”

Cosby, who has now been accused of sexual assault by more than two dozen women, has never been charged with a crime. Additionally, the statute of limitations on most of the allegations has already expired, however, several of Cosby's accusers are currently suing the actor for defamation.

Read more: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/559dcec5e4b01c2162a5dcdd?

SC Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Flag from State House

Source: New York Times

South Carolina Senate Casts First Vote to Remove Confederate Flag

TRAVIS DOVE FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
By ALAN BLINDER
JULY 6, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House. The bipartisan proposal, which emerged after last month’s massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, was approved by a 37-to-3 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The Senate has one remaining ratification vote, now virtually assured of success.

The debate will shift to the House of Representatives, which Republicans also dominate, where the timeline for — and tenor of — the debate remains less clear.

The Senate’s vote on Monday marked a resounding shift in South Carolina, where less than three weeks ago removing the Confederate battle flag from a memorial near the State House was viewed as politically impossible.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/07/us/south-carolina-capitol-confederate-battle-flag.html

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Remain Open (Stay)

Source: New York Times

Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Remain Open

By ADAM LIPTAK
JUNE 29, 2015
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed nine Texas abortion clinics to remain open while the justices consider whether to hear an appeal from a decision effectively ordering them to close.

The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. voting to deny the stay.

The case concerns two parts of a state law that imposes strict requirements on abortion providers. One requires all abortion clinics in the state to meet the standards for “ambulatory surgical centers,” including regulations concerning buildings, equipment and staffing. The other requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Other parts of the law took effect in 2013, causing about half of the state’s 41 abortion clinics to close. If the contested provisions take effect, abortion rights advocates said, the number of clinics will again be halved.

“This would amount to a more than 75 percent reduction in Texas abortion facilities in just a two-year period, creating a severe shortage of safe and legal abortion services in a state that is home to more than five million reproductive–age women,” lawyers for abortion providers told the justices in an emergency application for a stay.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/us/supreme-court-allows-texas-abortion-clinics-to-remain-open.html

'TOM THE DANCING BUG' TOON: The True History of the Confederate Flag




http://boingboing.net/2015/06/29/tom-the-dancing-bug-the-true.html

TOM TOMORROW: Jeb!



DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/29/1396437/-Cartoon-JEB

MICHAEL MOORE: "Are You Ready For Week Two?"

From Facebook:

http://www.michaelmoore.com

It was one of those weeks, this past week. A week in which we witnessed profound history being made. A week when a large chunk was taken out of the wall of hate that criss-crosses this country, a nation founded on genocide and built on the backs of slaves. A people who pride themselves on being ignorant, and thus are easily manipulated with fear by those in power. We know the routine, we've tallied up the score.

But now... There is massive change in the air. While angry white men stew and wonder what happened to their roost, the young, the women, the working poor, the people of color have forged an intense political bond. Having raised their voices higher, having suddenly been filled more with a sense of hope than one of despair, this alliance is now poised to catapult further. Even in a month of unspeakable tragedy in the birthplace of the Civil War, the race war that one young man who was inspired by the politics of hate had hoped to ignite saw his sick dream backfire into a (nonviolent) war against racists. Blacks and whites have held hands in Charleston. Wal-mart and NASCAR have eliminated the Confederate flag. Two republicans on the Supreme Court have voted to support the vision of the black man who lives in a white house down the street. That wall of hate, devoid of any healthy foundation, has begun to crumble. It's a new America that is fighting its way out of the cocoon.

On Thursday the Census Bureau announced that, for the first time ever, there are more millennials than baby boomers in the Untied States -- and, for the first time, there are now more children under 5 who are of color than those who are white. The paradigm has shifted; all we had to do was stay active, stay engaged, refrain from hate and then watch the decrepit right-wing ideology wither and fall off its mysoginist, homophobic, white-privileged vine. It is a New America, but it is not a free America - yet.

Free of corporate control, free of Citizens United, free of income inequality, free of an ongoing environmental catastrophe, free of Jeb Bush, free of profit-making health insurance companies, free of a privatized prison system, free of a failed war on drugs, free of the scourge of capitalism.

No, we're not free yet. But it's the closest we've ever been. I'm ready for Week Two. How 'bout you? What else can we make happen before America's 239th birthday this coming Saturday?

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