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Independent’s Eye by Joe Gandelman An office located in a tiny building in Oriskany Falls, New York influences how we think about politics. It’s the Polemics Manufacturing Co. which secretly came up with such phrases as “Death panels “¦Just doesn’t get it..The Party of No”¦” Politicians, talk show hosts and pundits rely on its scripted […]

I hope they know what they’re getting themselves into. I speak of same-sex couples who are hoping to marry. Longtime conservative litigator Ted Olson says it is just a matter of time before they’ll be free to do so. Olson argued successfully against California’s Proposition 8 — a ballot measure passed overwhelmingly by voters — […]

Raging Moderate, by Will Durst There is only one halfway-decent reason why a mosque should be built two blocks away from Ground Zero in New York. It’s called the First Amendment. Maybe you’ve heard of it: that’s the one that lets pretty much anybody say pretty much anything they want, and yes, that includes worshipping […]

In the old days “” really, just several years ago “” the situation for an editorial cartoonist was generally fairly clear: he or she worked for this or that newspaper, usually on staff, and that’s how they were identified, save perhaps for a syndication credit. Joe Jones, say, was the cartoonist for the Someplace Tribune, […]

Cool video of Steven Breen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the San Diego Union-Tribune (view his cartoons here), talking about his approach to drawing daily editorial cartoons. You also get a peek of him doodling on his iPad.

Cool video of Steven Breen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the San Diego Union-Tribune (view his cartoons here), talking about his approach to drawing daily editorial cartoons. You also get a peek of him doodling on his iPad.

More Americans are suffering than at any time since the Great Depression due to rampant unemployment and the ensuing spiral that leads to hunger and homelessness, and then affects health, education, crime and other essential pieces of our social fabric. The official unemployment tally is about 14.5 million, but when you add to that number […]

President Obama couldn’t bring himself to observe the National Day of Prayer or spend time with the Boy Scouts of America, but God forbid, he couldn’t miss the Muslim Iftar Ramadan dinner, or pass up a chance to praise an Islamic center a stone’s throw away from Ground Zero. He later backed down — a […]

Independent’s Eye by Joe Gandelman Some political talking heads and pundits are increasingly using the political-kiss-of-death phrase “another Jimmy Carter” to describe President Barack Obama’s rocky Presidency. Carter never recovered from his “malaise” speech ““ a word he actually never used but was put in his mouth by critics and Republicans. His name now means […]

The MSNBC documentary series Lock Up ran a story earlier this month about a Maricopa County Jail inmate charged with identity theft named Cecil Kunkel. The 29-year-old Kunkel has a swastika tattooed on top of his “skinhead.” He’s covered in “white power” slogans and imagery. The only ink-free spot on him is an empty space […]