(previously posted toons aren't noted as such after July 4, 2018, in this blog.)
Originally posted 9/22/16:
1 in 8 Americans face hunger." - U.S. Hunger Relief Charity
"1 in 6 people in America face hunger."
"In 2011, households with children reported a significantly higher food insecurity than households without children: 20.6% vs. 12.2%" - DoSomething.org
"In 2014, there were 46.7 million people in poverty" in the U.S. - worldhunger.org/ Hunger Notes
"The 2014 poverty rate for Blacks was 26.2 percent, for Hispanics 23.6 percent, for Asians 12 percent, for non-Hispanic whites 10.1 percent." "(The poverty rate was at 22.4 percent in 1959, the first year for poverty estimates.)" - Devavas-Walt 2015/ worldhunger.org/ Hunger Notes
(added 9/24/16): The U.S. poverty rate was 13.5% in 2015. - U.S. Census Bureau/ census.gov
(added 10/23/16): Please see Carbuncle Moon post 5/14/16; Four banks control...
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Incident on a Tasmanian beach.
(adapted from my copyrighted cartoon of 2004 and 1992)
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Today is Pearl Harbor Day:
"Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, (77) years ago, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The barrage lasted just two hours, but it was devastating: The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan; Congress approved his declaration with just one dissenting vote. Three days later, Japanese allies Germany and Italy also declared war on the United States, and again Congress reciprocated. More than two years into the conflict, America had finally joined World War II." - History.com
2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 wounded during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Unlike German-Americans and Italian-Americans, a massive round-up of Japanese-Americans, between 110,000 and 120,000 children, women, and men, primarily in California and on the West Coast, were held in relocation/intenment camps throughout World War II. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens. - various sources including Wikipedia
(12/7/18) German and Italian nationals, citizens of those countries, as well as Japanese nationals were interned for the war.
Please give to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association: 4105 Naomi Drive/ Louisville, Kentucky, 40219/ pearlharborsurivorsonline.org
“As long as memory lingers like the scent of a passing woman and as long as the mind exists stubbornly before the grave, the past is not dead. While old joys retreat in small smiles on black nights, the horror of loss and suffering carries a lash of pain in every instance of recall. Sometimes, we are hardly more than what we’ve suffered.
“At unchosen times, the slender, middle-aged man walks again down those dank rotting stairs, deep into a cellar nightmare. His memory inhales the ripe and cloying smell of death. His eyes see the broken and bloody little body as it lay lifeless in extinguished innocence. His heart rages over and over again for the child in the school girl’s uniform, the little girl who had been raped, hanged and stabbed in the heart, fourteen times, by the man she lovingly called Uncle Hank.
“The aging man will mourn for the little girl until his knowledge of the past in ended by his death. He is defined by this murder. He carries the burden of knowledge that such takers of life and dreams, such monsters like the creature who killed 10-year-old Nicolletta Concerta, walk the earth and look just as our neighbors do. This knowledge is a demon from Pandora’s Box. In some who are infected by this demon, all faith in mankind is lost.
“But in this man, the opposite occurred. His tenacious belief in the law and order was only reaffirmed. His need to resist and to prevent heinous acts grew stronger.
“Portland Police Chief Michael Chitwood began his adult life as an idealistic cop and he clings to his order like a Christian before the lions. Through the slime, sleaze, horror, despair and violence of 750 homicide cases, Philly Mike has kept his faith.
“For the chief, there must be law and order. Without order there is chaos. In chaos, there is Uncle Hank.
“To Chitwood, the thin blue line is a human barricade against anarchy. While it bends and sometimes merges with disorder, it is real, identifiable and absolutely necessary. For the chief, it is something to believe in and to fight for.
“After the murder of Nicoletta, the near-40 Chitwood, weary but hoping to change the direction of his life, left the streets of Philly. He want to school, he studied and worked hard. The most decorated cop in the history of Philadelphia wanted to charter the course of events in the world around him, not just to react to them. He became a police chief.
“Gone now are the days or living a brutal inner-city life that only cops and street folks really know and understand. A life of mundane violence, where the throats of struggling souls are cut for breathing somebody else’s air. Gone is the familiar stink of urine in tenement staircases mixed with street anger so thick it rises from the garbage-strewn pavement like an ocean fog. Gone is the frequent feeling of the air raising on the nape of the neck, spurred by the gut-knotted fear and excitement of surviving another battle.
“Gone, too, is the strength and righteousness of youth.
“But there is power in age. There is purpose in being a police chief: for Philly Mike, it’s a sculptor’s work in creating order.
“Chitwood has been Portland’s head cop for eight years now. He plays gold on non-urinated grass at fancy country clubs. He holds court with the press, often manipulating the local scribes like checker pieces in a county home. He’s a man of respect. He’s the boss. When he goes to war now, he can jab first and methodically pick his target before he throws the big right-hand.
“So much has changed but it’s never enough.
“The ghost of the little Concerta girl still festers in Chitwood’s soul. Her stolen and mangled youth and her terror stricken last few minutes of life torment Chitwood religiously like the eagle that comes to eat the heart of (Prometheus) anew, daily.
“Chitwood knows that Hank Fahey, Nicoletta’s killer, still breathes on Pennsylvania’s Death Row”… - Kevin O’Kendley/ Chief of Police Magazine, Miami (Police Chief Magazine)/ 1996
“The current record-holder for longest death row resident is Henry Fahy, 58, the Kensington junk man convicted in the 1981 rape and murder of his 12-year-old neighbor, Nicolette ‘Nicky’ Caserta.” - Joe Slobodzian/ Philadelphia Inquirer/ posted: 1-6-16
Henry P. Fahy, 61, sentenced in 1983, is listed on the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, “Persons Sentenced to Execution in Pennsylvania as of November 1, 2018.”
Information, names, and spellings in The Cop were recorded in interview with Mike Chitwood.
A Good Cop makes The Job noble.
Please give to the Police Protective Fund: P.O. Box 1084/ Schenectady, New York, New York 72301/ 877-343-2477
Contraceptives for men:
“The rubbers may be hitting the road if a new gel for men proves effective preventing pregnancies.
“The national Institutes of Health is funding an experimental study to evaluate the effectiveness of the contraceptive gel, which could replace condoms and vasectomies.” - Carl Campanile/ New York Post/ 11-29
If a contraceptive that is cheap, effective, if a Pill becomes available for men, our birthrate, both in the U.S. and worldwide, would fall. If the burden of the most effective contraceptives are shared by both sexes, the birthrate would fall.
If there was a Pill for men when I first got married, my ex-wife would have divorced me sooner than she did. However, she tricked me twice, and we had children. Our kids changed my life for the better, and I know my ex-wife was right. Nevertheless, if left to my own ignorance, fears, perspective on the cruelties of life, I would have never been a faddah. But, life can be beautiful, good, Homeric --
When our youngest, our son, started wiping his own tush, I experienced one of the best days of my life.
(12-6) The Birth of Her Caitness, in the short story section of this website, deals with our oldest child's birth:
"It was Sister Philomena that gave me some of the inside dope on childbirth. For instance (you’ll never believe this one), she told me that Uterus isn’t a planet in our solar system Uranus is. Uranus? I howled at that and so did the nuns. I can’t even write Uranus with a straight face:
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Happy Hanukkah: December 2 to December 10 (Google)...
"Every year, Hanukkah begins on (the) 25th day of Kislev, a month in the Hebrew calendar." - USA Today.
This is the Year 5779 in the Hebrew calendar. - Google
Chanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is the celebration of the victory of the Maccabees (Jewish guerrillas) over the Seleucids, a remainder of Alexander the Great’s (Macedonian/Greek Army) in Judea, (some) Syrians, and some offbeat Hebrews. The Maccabees sent the Seleucids down the beach, and recaptured the temple in Jerusalem. Of (the) lamp oil in the temple that was kosher, there was enough for a single night of celebration, but God made the oil last for eight nights.
A candle is lit for each of the eight nights during Chanukkah.
The Hanukkiah holds nine candles, “eight prongs with a large prong, known as a shamash, in the middle. The shamash is used to light one extra candle each night for the eight days.” - Independent
Chanukkah starts tonight at sundown and ends at sundown on December (10th).
Please give to the Jewish World Service: 45 West 36th Street, 11th Floor/ New York, New York 10018/ 212-792-2900
All firefighters do is put out fires and save lives.
“As the death toll from wildfires ravaging both ends of California climbed on Sunday, powerful winds swept through the state, stretching firefighting resources to the limit.
“At least 31 people have died in the fires: 29 in Northern California's Camp fire and two in Southern California's Woolsey fire.
“The Camp fire -- the most destructive fire in state history and one of the deadliest -- virtually burned the town of Paradise to the ground, destroying thousands of homes and structures.
“There are 228 people still unaccounted for as a result of the blaze, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea told reporters Sunday evening.
“The Woolsey fire continues to be a major blaze, displacing hundreds of thousands of residents as it moves east, including several celebrities. Firefighters on Sunday managed to contain flareups generated by high winds in Los Angeles County. But officials warned that the dry conditions feeding the fire are expected to continue into the week.
"'This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal,’ Gov. Jerry Brown said of the role of climate change. ‘The chickens are coming home to roost, this is real here.’" - CNN/ Dakin Andone, Nicole Chavez, and Emanuella Grinberg/ November 12, 2018
"American Red Cross workers have set up temporary shelters and food sites across the state. Donate to the efforts by visiting redcross.org or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donors can even specifically request their monies go towards California relief efforts by writing the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check made out to the organization.” - U.S. News
"The effort to locate the remains of people killed in the Camp Fire north of Sacramento has concluded, the Butte County Sheriff’s office announced this week. The remains of 88 people were recovered from the blaze."The Camp Fire, which was fully contained on Sunday after burning 153,335 acres, was by far the deadliest fire in California history. The second-deadliest fire, Los Angeles’ 1933 Griffith Park Fire, killed 29. The wildfire is also the deadliest U.S. fire since 1918, when the Cloquet fire in Minnesota killed 450." - Tara Law/ Time/ 11-30
Please give to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation: P.O. Drawer 498/ Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727/ 301-447-1365
Happy Veteran's Day...
To all that served: thank you.
"Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938." - history.com/topics/ holidays/veterans-day-facts
A hero can be a migratory cheer of the heart before being shot down in flight by second thoughts, a hero one day a dead duck the next.
Please give to the VFW (Veteran's of Foreign Wars): 406 West 36th Street/ Kansas City, Missouri 64111/ 816-756-3390/ and:
34 Field Street/ Belfast, Maine 04915/ 207-338-2358.
Whether President Obama was born in Hawaii or Kenya was an ethical question but never a legal one. Though President Obama's father was born in Kenya his mother was born in the U.S., so he was eligible to run for the presidency (though President Obama did have a Hawaiian birth certificate). Senator Cruz was born in Canada, his father in Cuba, but his mother was born in the U.S., and so Senator Cruz was eligible to run for the presidency.
Posted on 1/6/2016:
21st Century consensus: those children born to U.S. citizen-parents in foreign countries qualify as natural born Citizens. So a child born in a foreign country to American parents or parent can become president of the United States of America.
Presidential eligibility is considered a "non-justiciable political question" that might possibly be a Congressional question and not a question for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Within Article II of the U.S. Constitution (abridged):
"No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States" can become president. Other requirements included in Article II: The president has to be of the "Age of thirty-five Years and had been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."
- The World Almanac 2015 & Wikipedia
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The following isn't necessarily true:
The Ugly American concept was a Soviet ploy used during the Cold War to disenfranchise our way of life, cause us immense dubbing difficulties with our movies especially in North Korea, and like an avalanche, to damage or hinder our dating opportunities overseas. This was done, of course, before Mother Russia turned to capitalism and shrugged off the yoke of totalitarianism; at which juncture she was forced by free market riptides to adapt a creative standard of advertising, using more Machiavellian sales pitches to promote an idea or product instead of just ramming it down the consumer’s throat with Gulag accuracy.
For instance, say, ah, if you were selling a particular brand of soda pop here in America you wouldn’t say “buy our brand because the other brand stinks.” This method of marketing might instill within a “consumer’s” mind a choice of brands only as “a lesser of two evils.” So a “consumer” might bypass soda pop altogether and drink milk. This would be fiscal suicide for the soda business in a free market…
However, the more milk “consumed” the more milk cows at large (you know the supply and demand Adam Smith thing). The more milk cows the more methane gas; the more methane gas in the atmosphere the greater impact on global warming. On the flip side, with a more robust “consumption” of soda we’d have an exponentially greater human methane gas increase within the atmosphere, the wear and tear of trousers and skirts at the buttocks, and a subsequent impact on global warming too.
Of course with the soda impact on the human physiology, our overall health-care costs are impacted (dentist, false teeth, tummy tucks, Type Two Diabetes, etc.). The more health-care engines and infrastructure employed the greater the power outlay, the greater the power outlay the greater the impact on global warming. With milk the production facilities power consumption hurts the environment, not to mention the chiropractor manipulation of the farmers’ lower backs and hands (after years of milking), and of course the transportation pollution committed by the farmer’s vehicle traveling to the chiropractor and then to a bar…
In any case:
You’re right -- as a responsible advertiser you’d sell your brand this way, “Our brand is extraordinary and excellent.” You might lie a little bit and claim: “Our soda brushes and flosses your teeth even as you drink it” or “Processed sugar is good for you,” but even if the Federal Trade Commission lets you get away with it Laura Bush and Michelle Obama and Melania Trump will not.
With chocolate or strawberry milk you can advertise: “It came that way,” because it might have milk in it.
Socio-political international advertising slogans can be effective too: A couple of our best slogans during the Cold War aimed at the Soviets were acts of genius: “better dead than red” and the “Soviets are peckerheads.”
However, as our world has become smaller and more civilized and advertising more advanced one of the few anomalies left within the formula of “selling” a regular “consumer” the lesser of two evils is in politics. For instance: you might vote for someone because she or he is not as bad as the next guy but you won’t drink a soda pop for the same reason --
Not unless you’re a dumb shit! - from Dangerfield's Drum, a story by Kevin O'Kendley
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