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REWIND - A Week of Quotes and Cartoons

Death from Above, tar sands, political class, super rich, Occupy, Troy Davis

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REWIND - A Week of Quotes and Cartoons


Quote of the Day
September 15, 2013

'Since 1945, when Jesus granted America air
superiority, we've bombed Korea, Vietnam, Laos,
Cambodia, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Serbia,
Somalia, Bosnia, the Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Libya and Yemen. And Yemen only because the
tenth one was free.

'How did we inherit this moral obligation to bring
justice to the world via death from above? Are we
Zeus? It doesn't make any sense. Our schools are
crumbling, and we want to teach everyone else a

Bill Maher
The Guardian (UK)
September 14, 2013

Toon of the Day Class War Weapons
The Strip -Brian McFadden
New York TImes


Quote of the Day

'If you ask me, tar sands oil is exactly the type of

dirty oil we can no longer afford. It may be great for
oil companies, but it is killing our planet. There is
no energy security in that.

'President Obama has promised to reject the
Keystone XL tar sands pipeline if it will drive
significantly more global warming pollution and
more climate chaos. We have clear and compelling
evidence that the Keystone XL fails the President's
climate test. We already know that tar sands
development causes more carbon pollution than
conventional oil. And now a slew of experts from
industry insiders to financial analysts all agree that
the Keystone XL is the linchpin for Big Oil's plan to
more than triple tar sands production over the next
20 years -- and the climate disruption that will
follow. '

Actor, director and environmental activist
Robert Redford
Huffington Post
September 16, 2013

Toon of the Day's Clothes
Tom Toles - Washington Post


Quote of the Day

'Five years after the financial crisis, America's super-
rich have recovered all their losses to see their
wealth reach an all-time high.

'According to Forbes magazine the 400 wealthiest
Americans are worth a record $2.02 trillion (£1.4tn),
up from $1.7tn in 2012, a collective fortune slightly
bigger than Russia's economy. In another sign of
fizziness at the top of the economy, the cost to enter
the billionaires' club has also gone up to levels not
seen since the 2008 crash. In 2013, an aspiring
plutocrat needs at least $1.3bn to make the Forbes
list - the highest since just before the collapse of
Lehman Brothers sent stock markets plummeting.'

Jennifer Rankin
The Guardian (UK)
September 16, 2013

Toon of the Day Threat
Tony Auth - Philadelphia Inquirer


Quote of the Day

'People are sick of the political class, sick of the
banks, sick of the idea that some people are always
getting protected and others are left behind.'

Gayle Allard, an economist at Instituto de Empresa
Business School in Madrid., on the release today of
a Transatlantic Trends survey by the German
Marshall Fund of the US that found "two continents
dissatisfied with their government's handling of the
economy, underlined by a sense of injustice, and so
bogged down by economic worries that they are
turning inwards, especially when it comes to crisis
in Syria."

Christian Science Monitor
September 18, 2013

Toon of the Day Room
John Cole - The Scranton Times Tribune


Quote of the Day

'But this week also marked the anniversary of
Occupy Wall Street. And the realization that, as
Elizabeth Warren put it, the rich and powerful "rig
the rules " is increasingly widespread. As the liberal
revolt against the potential nomination of Larry
Summers to head the Federal Reserve revealed,
President Obama faces increasing pressure from a
wing of the Democratic Party no longer willing to
sign onto the conservative economic policies of Wall

'President Obama announced that he would not
negotiate on raising the debt ceiling. That he would
not sign on to the delay or defunding of health-care
reform. That he wanted the harsh and mindless
across-the-board cuts known as sequestration
repealed in exchange for a longer-term, balanced
program combining cuts in wasteful subsidies and
revenues from shutting down tax dodges. This time
his "bright red lines " might mean something,
because increasingly restive progressive legislators
in the House and Senate will hold him to his

Katrina vanden Heuvel
Washington Post
September 18, 2013

Toon of the Day
Stuart Carlson


Quote of the Day

'During that time, I worked in human waste with
my fellow employees, working to serve the city of
Detroit. My fellow employees and I are entitled to a
pension. I pray that Your Honor objects to this

William J. Howard, who retired after
35 years in the Detroit Water
Department, describing working nights
and weekends repairing the city's
sewers and incinerators, in testimony
before a U. S. bankruptcy court, as
the case heads toward critical
hearings next month on Detroit's
eligibility to file for Chapter 9.

New York Times
September 20, 2013

Toon of the Day American
David Horsey - Los Angeles Times


Quote of the Day

'Since 1973, 142 people have been released from
death row throughout the country due to evidence of
their wrongful conviction. In this same period, more
than 1,000 people have been executed, according to
data collected by Amnesty International. It is a near-
certainty that there were innocent human beings
among them.

'In our new book I Am Troy Davis, we highlight the
risk of executing an innocent person and
underscore the hidden price that so many people
pay with each and every execution. Told from the
perspective of Troy and his family, we reveal the
impact that capital punishment has, not just on the
condemned prisoner, but on his family, his friends,
and even the guards and prison officials whose job
it is to take part in these state-sanctioned (and
highly-scripted) killings. We expose Troy's dignity
and humanity, juxtaposed against the inhumanity
of the death penalty.

'In the two years since Troy's controversial
execution, we have made significant strides towards
ending the broken death penalty system in the
United States.'

Jen Marlowe and Kimberly Davis
Guardian (UK)
September 21, 2013

Toon of the Day "Incentives" Work
Steve Sack
Minneapolis Star Tribune