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Scott Stantis, the staff cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune, brought my attention to this edited excerpt from a silent 1931 promotional documentary, “From Trees to Tribunes,” focusing on the Tribune company’s stable of cartoonists. It’s crazy to live in a time when cartoonists jobs aren’t’ as valued as they once were. In 1931, the Tribune […]

Americans hate taxes. It’s not a right or left issue. It’s not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s not an old or young issue. It’s strangely not even a rich or poor issue. It’s an American issue. It’s our biggest peeve. We all agree on some level: Our country is great, but we feel very […]

“When you get mugged, there are certain rules you must follow,” my friend and his wife explained to me as we walked from a Washington, D.C., pub to their condo. “When I get mugged?” “Muggers are polite when you follow their instructions, but they get surly when you are rude,” said his wife. “How can […]

California might not be offering voters the most exciting election for governor ever, but at least it does offer the possibility of trading one cartoon character for another. Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course, is an action figure come to life and dressed in a suit. He is also the greatest gubernatorial gift to cartoonists since Jesse […]

The stellar new candidate for governor of South Carolina has the GOP faithful, Tea-Partiers, Sarah Palin and her Mama Grizzlies all a-twitter — and tweeting, too — about how the Republicans are opening their “Big Tent” ever wider to women and minorities. And Nikki Haley is their Exhibit A. But wait! Is Ms. Haley REALLY […]

The stellar new candidate for governor of South Carolina has the GOP faithful, Tea-Partiers, Sarah Palin and her Mama Grizzlies all a-twitter — and tweeting, too — about how the Republicans are opening their “Big Tent” ever wider to women and minorities. And Nikki Haley is their Exhibit A. But wait! Is Ms. Haley REALLY […]

MIAMI – In his first satellite interview with a female network correspondent from an evening newscast not employed by a cable company, basketball superstar LeBron James today disclosed why he chose to play next season for the Miami Heat. “At the Cleveland airport I saw a headline that said RECORD HEAT,” James told Katie Couric. […]

Raging Moderate by Will Durst Now let me get this straight. The World Cup is the most exciting sporting event on the face of the planet, right? Okay, then. What’s second place — the New England Spinsters Knitting Circle Seniors Tour? Which would make Supermodels Filling In Crossword Puzzles With Leaky Ink Pens a close […]

Making Sense, by Michael Reagan NASA Administrator Charles Bolden recently told Al Jazeera English that President Obama “wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with the dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science. and math and engineering.” After […]

Making Sense, by Michael Reagan NASA Administrator Charles Bolden recently told Al Jazeera English that President Obama “wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with the dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science. and math and engineering.” After […]