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By Diane Wahto on September 29, 2013

Prof. David Guth, Kansas University journalism professor, depending on whose version you believe, either took his sabbatical leave early or was suspended by the KU administration after the Tweet he sent in response to the shooting at the Navy Yard that left thirteen people dead. Guth’s Tweet, "blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you.” angered everyone from conservative Kansas politicians to NRA leaders and proponents.

Many of those who criticized him did so because of the implied threat against children in his Tweet. While I agree that it’s not a good idea to threaten anyone through social media, I understand Guth’s motivation. Looking back at the Newtown shooting, in which more than a score of children, teachers, and school administrators were killed, I do wonder how NRA members would feel if their children had been included in that massacre.

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By Angelo Lopez on September 25, 2013

During the early part of the year, one of the things that I most looked forward to was seeing the movie "Man of Steel". I was a big fan of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies and followed the latest Man of Steel trailers on Youtube. When I read Manohla Dargis's review of the Man of Steel, Dargis pointed something about Superman that had never occurred to me. He noted in his review that the Superman story is an immigrant story. This inspired a cartoon that I did for the June 19, 2013 edition of the Philippines Today. One of the great issues in the immigration reform debate is the separation of families as many illegal immigrants are separated from their American born children as they are deported. I thought I could make a comparison between Superman's feelings as an outsider in the world he calls his home and the same feelings that similar immigrants have.

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By Angelo Lopez on September 24, 2013

One of the inspirations that got me to start interviewing people was reading the Attitude books that Ted Rall did in the early 2000s of interviews of alternative cartoonists. Ted Rall is one of the most incisive cartoonists today. He began his editorial cartooning career in 1987 when some editors of small alternative weekly newspapers saw his photocopied work hanging from lampposts in New York City. In 1991 San Francisco Chronicle Features launched Rall's three-times-a-week editorial cartoon syndication with a dozen clients, including the Los Angeles Times and Philadelphia Daily News. Now with Universal Press Syndicate, Ted Rall appears in more than 100 newspapers throughout the United States. Rall won the 1995 and 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for Outstanding Coverage of the Problems of the Disadvantaged. In 1996 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of 16 books, including "To Afghanistan and Back," "The Anti-American Manifesto," and "The Book of Obama", and (coming in March 2014) "First We Will Kill You, Then We Will Welcome You As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan." Rall also writes a weekly op-ed column for Universal Press Syndicate.

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By Ken Poland on September 5, 2013

"Surrounded by corn and soybean farms — including one owned by the local Republican congressman, Representative Stephen Fincher — Dyersburg, about 75 miles north of Memphis, provides an eye-opening view into Washington’s food stamp debate. Mr. Fincher, who was elected in 2010 on a Tea Party wave and collected nearly $3.5 million in farm subsidies from the government from 1999 to 2012, recently voted for a farm bill that omitted food stamps."

I'm a farmer but I don't think 'mega size' farmers need unlimited subsidies so they can out bid their neighbor for cash rent or buy more land.

The good Christian Representative quoted the Bible "if ya don't work ya don't eat". Mr. Finch is unaware that most food stamp recipients work more hours on the job than he does in the congressional sessions. As for his farming operation, I doubt he spends very many hours toiling away to collect his millions. I wonder how many of the laborers on his farm scramble every week to make ends meet?

By Ken Poland on September 1, 2013

The foreboding debt ceiling is rearing its ugly head again. Are you surprised? Kick the can down the road and maybe someone will run over and flatten it. Wait till the dead line and then panic. Good decisions are seldom made in a state of panic.

After the 2008 election, leaders in the Republican party declared their major goal was to defeat anything Pres. Obama supported. You decide whether you think that was racial prejudice, economics, or just plain sour grapes. They have done a remarkable job of sticking to their goals. They can’t even support programs that originated in their own historical past, if the President tried implementing them. Partisan politics has trumped all efforts to reach workable solutions. Both sides are guilty in that aspect.

The Democrats haven’t done exceedingly well, either. But give them some credit, most of the compromises have been from them and not the other way around. Opinions differ on that, but look at the record.

The Republicans want cuts in expenditures, but they don’t want to make specifics a part of their legislation. They want the Administration to make the cuts and then they object to those cuts. They have done a remarkable job of blaming the very poorest of the population for the budget crisis. In the meantime, they continue to lavish tax cuts and subsidies to the wealthiest. Reagan’s ‘trickle down theory’ never worked forty years ago and it won’t work today! The rich simply get richer and the poor get poorer. Concentrating wealth and resources has never benefited the general public. Wealth and resources equate to power and concentrated power equates to revolution. It doesn’t matter whether that power is economic, religious, or simply muscle.

What’s the solution?

Defaulting on committments is not the answer!!! Hap Hazzard cutting and chopping is not the answer!!!

Turn the lights, air conditioners , and heating systems off in the halls of congress. Send them all home, without pay. Give all their aids, secretaries, etc. unpaid leave of absence. Let them apply for unemployment and look forward to SS for their retirement. Businesses could save a ton of money on lobby expenses. Let the Administration continue to administer the affairs of government and the Supreme Court can step in if needed to keep them in line with the Constitution and intent of legislative mandates already passed. When we get the income and outgo back in line, maybe we can elect new congressmen and they will understand that they need to work together for the good of all the electorate and not just their political hacks and money sources.

Stop the religious bickering over who we are, as a nation. Religious organizations need to start admitting that they have failed to convince their followers to practice what they preach. Christian religionists maybe even need to start analyzing how their preaching lines up with Christ’s examples. The non religious and anarchists need to look at history and see what their systems produced.

Diversity and independence is what created our nation. Now, our survival depends upon the cooperation of us all.

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