Good police officers and journalists are the first societal line of defense against tyranny, and of the inviolable human rights of the individual, and of a free society. If in pursuit of the mission that defines them, they incorporate integrity, and courage, and sacrifice, and honor, they make their jobs noble.
“She smiled, looked him over as if she were considering whether to buy a floor lamp, if she could afford the price or if it was worth the bother at all -- floor lamps were out of style. Her blue eyes offered compelling images, not gates, to her soul, and he caught a quick glance into deep wells. He had a brief look, too, at long brown legs, shapely, enticing -- female. Her hands fluttered in small gestures so smooth and delicate he had an impressionist image of wings passing through a spider web without breaking a single silken strand, and maybe, judging by the impish smile, to pick a pocket:
Her presence was so powerful it startled him." from Chandler's Bar (a novel) by Kevin O'Kendley
A killer goes to jail for beating his wife (she “made him do it”). So, he decides to murder her but he doesn’t want to get caught and go back to jail. He uses one of a variety of electronic weapons legal in the U.S. today to kill his wife. He paralyzes, incapacitating her as she swims in a lake, and she drowns.
A good cop shows up to investigate the tragic death. Accidental drowning. A coroner agrees...
There are psychotronic weapons in the U.S. market that can change the reality of a living target from that of a good life into an abysmal hell, turning a working, useful intellect into a crippled one. There are remote transmitted psyops that can debilitate, cause blackouts, memory loss, a torture collective that can create life-ending nightmares and compel suicide…
There are microwave, electromagnetic, ultrasonic weapons that can inflict pain beyond that which most of us will ever know…
9/25: You have an activist -- Pro Life, Pro Choice, Black, White -- this person is problematic for someone -- a corporation, the government, a network -- but law-abiding, decent, tough to lock up. So, the activist is targeted and electronically tortured, maybe gang-stalked as well, conditioned, brain-washed in effect to become erratic, paranoid, reactive and hostile, maybe even violent. Now you have a criminal: now you have someone that can be locked up...
Electronic weapons are illegal in only a few states in the U.S. Torture is illegal in all 50…
See Carbuncle Moon blog: September 28th, 2015
(The daylight savings time schtick is from a movie in the public domain, I don't remember title or author/ please contact me if you do)
altered 8/28: 291 people have died in the horrific magnitude-6.2-earthquake in central Italy (CNN/ USA Today/ Guardian). To help the survivors and families please give to or contact the Italian Red Cross: Via Toscana, 12. 1-00187/ Roma/ RM Tel: +39 06 47 591/ website www.cri.it
( "Max" was a nom de plume for Kevin O'Kendley/ toon was originally copyrighted in the 90s by Kevin O'Kendley)
Prevailing winds from the Rust Belt in the U.S. and Canada provide L.A.-like air quality conditions in some areas of Maine in the summer. Acid Rain. Smog. Respiratory harm to life.
New England-area warming has impacted the dog and deer tick life-cycle from a normally dormant winter life to an active winter life. I pull ticks off of dogs in January now. Just a few years ago I pulled the last ticks of summer in October-November, years before that September-October.
The moose and deer population of Maine have suffered dramatically even in winter, causing underweight, malnourished moose to suffer and die as a result.
As the water temperature rises in Vermont the most active and reliable trout hatcheries are in Maine. Watching the trout population in a brook (I lived by for years) survive in healthy and supportive conditions -- as immediate temperatures rise and life changes in the most forested state in the nation -- I wonder how much longer the brook trout will still be there…
9/26: "Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in the modern temperature record, which dates to 1880, according to the scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York." - Google
"Twenty-two of the 54 (people) killed in a devastating (terrorist) bomb attack that struck a Kurdish wedding celebration in (Gaziantep) Turkey were under 14, a Turkish official said Monday." It is possible that the suicide bomber was between 12 and 14. - CNN
In response to this awful tragedy, please give to:
The Turkish Red Crescent Society: Atac Sokak 1 No. 32/ Yenishir/ Ankara, Turkey/ (90) (312) 430-23-00/ firstname.lastname@example.org
"I plan to masturbate in sign language -- Latin -- so I don’t know what I’m doing and can’t be held legally responsible." (for lawyers)...
"The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, the Red Cross said.
"'Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now,' said Brad Kieserman, the Red Cross' vice president of disaster services operations and logistics." - CNN
As of August 18th thirteen people have lost their lives. - ABC News
To help those that have lost so much:
Please give to the American Red Cross/4655 Sherwood Common Boulevard/ Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70816/ 225-291-4533
Eight years ago...
About 400 years ago...
The first illegal immigrants ...
(I've used this toon before in this blog with an attachment asking that if the toon was like another to please let me know. Since then I've come to understand that this toon is like one that preceded it. My sincere apologies to the author whose name I don't know. If the author of a similar cartoon, that might involve Columbus as a character, would please contact me, I'd appreciate it. However, this toon is enough different that I include it here unless I am asked to remove it...)
Please give to the Sacramento SPCA: 6201 Florin Perkins Road/ Sacramento, California, 95828/ 916-383-7387 and:
The Pennsylvania SPCA/ 350 East Erie Avenue/ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19134/ 215-426-6300
"Carlton Shimmer was out in the wilderness -- Long Island maybe. He got mad at a three-thousand-year-old redwood tree (apparently the tree whistled at him on a very windy day). Anyway, Shimmer beat the tree up but it fell on him or more exactly the giant tree fell on his leg. This proved slightly problematic for the Mawtch-Ho man but not for long!
"Luckily, Shimmer had a pair of nail clippers. So, he cut his leg off. But, before he accomplished this Homeric feat, he did this: he braided a sturdy rope out of nose hairs, bark, pine needles, and some fishing line he had in his pocket so as to make a tourniquet. He then snipped off his leg -- did his toenails on his good leg and the fingernails on each hand first -- and then tied off his stump like a Knockwurst (this alerted him to the fact that he hadn’t eaten for seven days).
"Once free to move around, Shimmer, the sage and wise Mawtch-Ho survivalist took advantage of nature’s ready abundance:
"He dug his severed leg out from under the tree with a shovel he made from a rock, a stick, some chewing gum, and a real shovel that he found in a nearby tire dump. It was spring, so there was still some ice in Hardezz Creek (also named by the Great Viking Johansson). Shimmer packed his bad leg in brook ice and stored it away in a back pack he made out of seventeen squirrels he captured, using an ultrasonic knockout device that he just happened to have with him, and then skinned the critters, using a defoliant made out of moss and a can of paint thinner he found in the brook. He removed the squirrels’ fur but left them alive. Shimmer figured that it was spring and it was warming up nicely -- the rodents would have enough time to grow back all of their hair by the coming winter -- which I’ll admit was a thoughtful touch. Shimmer stitched the hides together using Boston Ferns, a Robin’s nest, and some wire he also found at the tire dump.
"He then hopped twenty miles to town on his good leg. He beat a passing freight train to the town line, actually outran it on one leg, though it was close. The train was only going 60 mph." - excerpt from I Guess I'm Not A Mawtch-Ho Man by Kevin O'Kendley
toon posted earlier...
Please give to the Natural Resources Council of Maine/3 Wade Street/ Augusta, Maine 04330/ 207-622-3101
Distorted from the Local News:
"Lost neighborhood cats found in freezer:"
The freezer owner might sue the newspaper over this story because he believes that if the cats were found they weren’t lost. The owner also states that if the cats were smart enough to open the freezer door to get in there then they were smart enough to reopen the door to get out.
He is absolutely mystified as to why the frozen cats wanted to sleep in the freezer in the first place. “I’m going to put a padlock on the freezer to keep other cats from sleeping in there," Claus Putwyn said firmly.
A cat whisperer was called in but the cats seemed uncooperative, wouldn't play, and wouldn’t voluntarily leave the freezer.
Maytag is investigating.
The opening ceremonies of the 31st Olympiad in Brazil were beautiful, creative, art...
The early competition, the athletes, the events and skills, are an incredible and wonderful aspect of life.
Barrel bombs reportedly used by the Syrian Air Force sometimes are filled with oil, shrapnel, high explosives, and dropped from helicopters and airplanes.
"Due to the large amount of explosives (upto 1,000 kilograms), their poor accuracy and indiscriminate use in populated civilian areas (including refugee camps) the resulting detonations have been devastating." - Wikipedia
"Barrel bombs -- sometimes filled with chlorine -- are the biggest killer of civilians in Syria today. Our unarmed and neutral rescue workers have saved more than 56,000 people from the attacks in Syria, but there are many we cannot reach. There are children trapped in rubble we cannot hear. For them, the UN Security Council must follow through on its demand to stop the barrel bombs, by introducing a 'no-fly zone' if necessary." - Raed Saleh, head of White Helmets, the Syrian Civil Defence Force (rebel group)/ White Helmet website.
2016 death toll in the Syrian civil War: it is estimated that "470,000" human beings have died. - Syrian Center for Policy Control/ New York Times
4/16 report: it is estimated that "400,000" human beings are dead in the war. - UN/Arab League Envoy to Syria/Wikipedia
The Syrian Civil War began in 2011...
Please give to Islamic Relief USA: 22250 Wheeler Avenue/ Alexandria, Virginia 22304/ 855-447-1001
Please support the White Helmets: email@example.com
"See, at our house we don’t use bathroom words so I told my fourteen-year-old son that his testicles were called tentacles, and that he had two (which he did). Pascal, the smart guy, later told my son that since octopuses have eight tentacles they were smarter than people. While it was true I was furious at the time that Pascal would dare tell my son that octopuses were smarter than people, I got over it.
"But, Pascal was always sick." - from the Pascal Leemur Caper by Kevin O'Kendley
Please give to the Diabetes, Endocrine, and Nutrition Center/ 417 State Street, #235/ Bangor, Maine, 04401/ 207-973-7334
A carbuncle is a roiled mass of skin or a beautiful gem. The incredible gem is pictured in the logo below and at the bottom of the short story section...
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