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December 26, 2011


They just don't know where to look or what they should be looking for. Young Americans by the tens of million are embracing music with a political message - it's just not your classic baby boomer protest song. It is much deeper, much darker, and much more disappointed in a society that is failing to take care of its obligations under the social contract that is America. I think it's important to realize that music has come a long ways since the heady days of 1968.

These days there are far more popular genres and an artist is much more likely to engage in subliminal messaging; the message today is far more fundamentally about economics, rather than foreign policy, although that remains an issue, although generally only within the concept of the decaying urban core, bored suburbia, and despondent rural ares. Across hip-hop/rap, metal, reggae, electronica, rock, and pop there is a bubble of discontent over the lack of opportunity that has been bubbling and is now bursting with the election of Barack Obama and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Young people are wide and awake, they're just not mimicking their parents protest music.

Here are 10 representative songs by artists that the authors of this story should have paid attention to otherwise they're just preaching to the baby boomer choir. I apologize for the lengthy response but the last time an article like this was published the discussion would have benefited from something like this. I have excluded the wildly successful Eminem and Lady Gaga who are discussed in a post above. Enjoy the political music, trust me, it's in there:


2001 (This song was banned from radio by Clear Channel after 9/11:


2003 (Off of Hail to the Thief):

2004 (German, but very popular in Amerika):

2005 (Jamaican, Bob Marley's Son - popular in the US):


2007: Remember when John McCain said Nine Inch Nails was his favorite band?

2008: There's about 3-4 minutes of a Malcom X interview at the beginning.



December 24, 2011

Toons: Doing Nothing, Parades, a Syrian Cartoonist, and more. 12/23/11

By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 12/23/2011

By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 12/23/2011

By Taylor Jones, El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico - 12/23/2011

By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 12/23/2011

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 12/23/2011

By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 12/23/2011

By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 12/23/2011

By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 12/23/2011

By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 12/23/2011

By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant - 12/23/2011

By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 12/23/2011

By Brian Fairrington, Cagle Cartoons - 12/23/2011

By Ted Rall, December 23, 2011

By Tom Toles, December 22, 2011

By Stuart Carlson, December 24, 2011

By Matt Wuerker, December 22, 2011

Jeff Danziger looks back at the year: http://www.danzigercartoons.com/

Happy Holidays to all the political cartoonists who make the often wretched days of our lives more bearable through the art of laughter.

A Special Note:

This holiday season please keep Ali Ferzat, his family, and the people of Syria, who continue to suffer under the brutal regime of Bashar Assad, in your prayers for peace and goodwill among men.

Ali Ferzat (Arabic: علي فرزات‎; born 22 June 1951, Hama, Syria), is a renowned Syrian political cartoonist. He has published more than 15,000 caricatures between Syrian, Arab and international newspapers.[1] He serves as the head of the Arab Cartoonists' Association.


Ali Farzat on December 10 was a recipient along with 4 other individuals involved in the Arab Spring, including Mohamed Bouazizi, to receive the Sakharov Prize "established in December 1988 by the European Parliament as a means to honour individuals or organisations who have dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights and freedom of thought."


Ali Ferzat remains in Syria and was not permitted to attend the awards ceremony in Paris on December 14, "He sent a video message expressing his grief and sorrow at the number of victims in Syria which 'increases with every minute.'"


Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat poses in his atelier in Damascus, Syria, (AP).

His final cartoon before the beating:



By Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner - 8/29/2011

December 23, 2011

Strange But True: Ron Paul Thinks The American Civil War Was 'Unnecessary'

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 8:38am —
Avi Zenilman

Texas Rep. Ron Paul, the anti-government GOP presidential candidate who is now surging in Iowa, is not a fan of Abraham Lincoln. He believes the Civil War was a "senseless" bloodbath that was the result of Lincoln's desire to "enhance and get rid of the original intent of the republic."

"He shouldn't have gone to war," explained Paul in a December 2007 appearance on Meet The Press. Failing to fight for the union, however, would not mean embracing slavery -- after all, it was on its way out, and in 1833 the British Empire had successfully abolished it without violence. His advice to the north: "you buy the slaves and release them. How much would that cost compared to killing 600,000 Americans and where it lingered for 100 years?"

In other words, the "Godfather of the Tea Party" thinks the best policy would have been a massive public bailout of slaveowners. (There was no federal income tax until 1861, when it was implemented to fund the war.)

The rebels never indicated they were willing to sell off their slaves. The "peculiar institution" of owning human beings dominated the political and economic culture of the states that seceded. In March 1861, a few weeks before Lincoln's inauguration, the newly-minted Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens explained that the new government rested "upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition."

One more paragraph: http://nationalmemo.com/article/strange-true-ron-paul-thinks-american-civil-war-was-unnecessary
December 23, 2011

Toons: Making a Point, Make it Stop, Trans-Snax and more. - 12/22/11

By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons - 12/22/2011

By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 12/22/2011

By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 12/22/2011

By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 12/22/2011

By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 12/22/2011

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 12/22/2011

By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 12/22/2011

By Tony Auth, The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 22, 2011

By Clay Bennett, December 21, 2011

By Stuart Carlson, December 23, 2011

By Matt Davies, December 21, 2011

By Chan Lowe, December 22, 2011

By Mike Luckovich, December 22, 2011

By Steve Sack, December 22, 2011

By Drew Sheneman, December 21, 2011

By Don Wright, December 22, 2011
December 22, 2011

Toons: Tax Holidays, Succession, Leading from Behind and more. 12/21/11

By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 12/21/2011

By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons - 12/21/2011

By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 12/21/2011

By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ

By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 12/21/2011

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 12/21/2011

By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 12/21/2011

By RJ Matson, Roll Call - 12/21/2011

By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 12/21/2011

By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 12/21/2011

By Tom Toles, December 20, 2011

By Pat Oliphant, December 20, 2011

By Ted Rall, December 19, 2011

By Jeff Danziger, December 21, 2011
December 21, 2011

Tucson Shooting 1 Year Anniversary Approaches - Hold a Candlelight Vigil for the Victims.

January 8th will be the 1 year anniversary of the Tucson shootings - and before we get too lost in the holidays I would like to give you something to think about...Let us pray nothing like that horrible day happens again this Christmas break - please take a stand against gun violence.

Imagine stopping a bullet before it kills a child.

Impossible? Not with your help! All across America people are coming together to save lives from preventable gun violence. Will you join them, and the Brady Campaign, as we host a nationwide candlelight vigil to honor victims of gun violence?

We all will gather on the same day, Sunday, January 8, 2012.

This date marks one year since the Tucson, AZ shootings and we want to remember those victims and survivors along with others across the nation.

Click here to find a city or town near you hosting a vigil. Or consider hosting your own small or large event.


(Arizona especially needs organizers)


It often seems as if one of the most unifying glues of the Tea Party and the Republican Party is their opposition to gun control in just about every tangible form.

Require an extensive background check, they'll complain, restrict the size of handgun magazines, they'll complain, state you're not sure how an AK-47 variant is appropriate for either hunting or target shooting and so in an attempt to provide you with cartoon resources for this coming holiday season where you are very likely to hear from your less liberal companions that Democrats, liberals, and President Obama want to take your guns away, we say, no, we just want you to start making sense.

Boy do they love their individual right to guns at at almost all costs. So please, enjoy the holidays, and enjoy this inoculation to that good old time favorite last defense claim of the right-wing of this country when all your arguments that they're voting against their own economic interests don't work.

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”


In 1992, Warren E. Burger, a former chief justice of the United States appointed by President Richard M. Nixon, expressed the prevailing view.

“The Second Amendment doesn’t guarantee the right to have firearms at all,” Mr. Burger said in a speech. In a 1991 interview, Mr. Burger called the individual rights view “one of the greatest pieces of fraud — I repeat the word ‘fraud’ — on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”


Recent Investigation into Illegal Gun Sales "Point, Click, Fire: An Undercover Investigation of Online Gun Sales : http://www.nyc.gov/html/cjc/html/news/gun.shtml

Donate to the James Brady Campaign:


Happy Holidays! Please K&R

(Note to Mods: I believe that the approaching 1 year anniversary is a news event related to guns of national importance and qualifies as "really big news." Thank you for understanding.)
December 21, 2011

Toons: Faithfulness, Complications, Veterans of Pointless Wars, and more. 12/20/11

By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 12/20/2011

By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 12/20/2011

By Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner - 12/20/2011

By J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register - 12/20/2011

By Parker, Florida Today - 12/20/2011

By Keefe, The Denver Post - 12/20/2011

By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 12/20/2011

By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 12/20/2011

By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 12/20/2011

By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 12/20/2011

By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 12/20/2011

By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 12/20/2011

By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 12/20/2011

By Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons - 12/20/2011

By Riber Hansson, Sweden - 12/20/2011

By Pat Oliphant, December 21, 2011

By Ted Rall, December 21, 2011

By Tom Toles, December 21, 2011

By Stuart Carlson, December 21, 2011

By Matt Wuerker, December 21, 2011

December 20, 2011

S. Korea sends condolences to N. Korean people

By the CNN Wire Staff - CNN's Jiyeon Lee, Barbara Starr, Alina Cho and Madison Park contributed to this report.
updated 3:39 AM EST, Tue December 20, 2011

(CNN) -- The South Korean government sent its condolences to the people of North Korea following the death of Kim Jong Il, South Korea's unification minister said Tuesday.

In a televised press conference, Unification Minister Yoo Woo-ik also said Seoul will not send a government delegation to North Korea. However, the South will allow bereaved family members of the late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and the late Hyundai Group Chairman Chung Mong-hun to visit the North in return for a visit by North Korean delegates to the funerals of the two South Korean figures.

In addition, the South Korean government asked church groups to refrain from lighting Christmas trees near the demilitarized zone between the two countries due to the North's mourning period. The Christmas trees have been deemed a symbol of psychological warfare, and North Korea threatened in the past to retaliate if the South lights the trees.

Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un, the son and successor of the recently deceased North Korean leader --viewed his father's body in Pyongyang on Tuesday, state-run media said, as the world watched for clues on how the leadership transition will play out in the insular dictatorship.

December 20, 2011

Toons: Kim Jong-Il, Hocus Pocus, The End and more. -12/19/11

By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 12/19/2011

By Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner - 12/19/2011

By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 12/19/2011

By Taylor Jones, Hoover Digest - 12/19/2011

By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 12/19/2011

By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 12/19/2011

By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant - 12/19/2011

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 12/19/2011

By Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com - 12/19/2011

By Nate Beeler, The Washington Examiner - 12/19/2011

By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 12/18/2011

By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 12/18/2011

By Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons - 12/18/2011

By J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register - 12/17/2011

By Steve Greenberg, VCReporter, Ventura. CA - 12/17/2011

By Osama Hajjaj, Abu Mahjoob Creative Productions - 12/19/2011

By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 12/19/2011

By Pat Oliphant, December 19, 2011

By Ted Rall, December 19, 2011

By Jeff Danziger, December 16, 2011
December 19, 2011

60 Minutes: The Gardens of the Queen

Anderson Cooper takes viewers on an underwater adventure to one of the world's most vibrant coral reefs, an anomaly at a time when many of the world's reefs are in danger - or already dead.
Web Extras

60 Minutes cameras take you on an underwater adventure off the Cuban coast to one of the world's most pristine and vibrant coral reefs, known as the Gardens of the Queen. Anderson Cooper scuba dives with marine biologist David Guggenheim, dodging giant groupers and sharks, to explore this increasingly rare oasis. Scientists estimate that 25 percent of the world's reefs have died off and much of what's left is at risk.


It takes some time to adjust to the routine wonders of this place, but after a while, even we began to feel like residents of the reef.

Guggenheim: You know, in the conservation world, the work that I do, a lot of it is pretty negative. You know? Things have gotten pretty bad. So to come to a place like this and see it so alive, you know, I feel like a teenager again. I feel like there really is hope.

Transcript: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57344527/the-gardens-of-the-queen/?tag=contentMain;contentBody
Video: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7392092n&tag=contentBody;storyMediaBox

You cannot watch this story and be indifferent to the plight of the underwater world...

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Zachary Ellison is an Independent Journalist and Whistleblower in the Los Angeles area. Zach was most recently employed by the University of Southern California, Office of the Provost from October 2015 to August 2022 as an Executive Secretary and Administrative Assistant supporting the Vice Provost for Academic Operations and the Vice Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost among others. Zach holds a Masterís in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Policy and Planning from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. While a student at USC, he worked for the USC Good Neighbors Campaign including on their newsletter distributed university wide. Zach completed his B.A. in History at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon and was a writer, editor, and photographer for the Pasadena High School Chronicle. He was Barack Obamaís one-millionth online campaign contributor in 2008. Zach is a former AmeriCorps intern for Hawaii State Parks and worked for the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation. He is a trained civil process server, and enjoys weekends in the great outdoors. Find me on: https://zacharyellison.substack.com/

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