Dicky's Doodles &Scribbles

Cartoons,editorials and comment about current events and more.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

No iPods or Segways to North Korea

It was announced today that sanctions imposed against North Korea will include a ban on the exporting of iPods and Segway scooters to the isolated nation. That'll show 'em! That's going to hit the country's pint sized dictator where it hurts!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bush Says Iraqi War Is Not A Civil War

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Cartoonist Holds Hostages At Newspaper With Toy Gun. What Would You Expect Him To Use!

Dressed in black, with the letters FBI printed on his shirt, cartoonist Jose Varela used a knife and a toy gun to hold hostages and shut down the operations of the newspaper El Nuevo Herald in Miami the day after Thanksgiving.
Varela was a stringer for the paper and his issues with the company sound a bit familiar to those engaged in his craft; poor and untimely pay and and a feeling that the paper was not respectful of his viewpoint.
Jose Varela, 50, was being held on $22,500 bond, jail officials said.
"I'm here to unmask the true conflicts in the newspaper," Varela told The Miami Herald. "They laugh at exiles here. There are problems with payment."
Varela is a Cuban exile who came to Florida in the Mariel boatlift.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Litvinenko Dies In London Hospital

Former KGB-FSB spy Alexander Litvinenko has died in a London hospital.
Litvinenko had been admitted apparently suffering from the effects of an unknown radioactive poison. He lingered for days as his condition steadily worsened.
At first it was thought to be thalium that he had been given, supposedly at a dinner meeting with someone with information on the recent murder of Russian journalist Ana Politskovaya.
Now the cause death seems to be polonium-210, traces of which was found in his body during a radiological scan. It is considered too dangerous to perform an autopsy. 18 people are to be checked for radiation and traces of the polonium has been found in Litvinenko's apartment and the restaurant where the meeting took place. That restaurant is presently closed.
Litvinenko had been a strong critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and is the latest to die in a long string of recent murders of critics of the Putin administration.
The Russian government released a statement denying any involvement and said such charges were a “provocation.”

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Is There A Bloody Campaign In Russia Against Putin Critics?

Anna Politkovskaya was found dead in her Moscow apartment block last month. She had suffered numerous gunshot wounds. Politkovskaya was a highly respected and courageous journalist and had been a critic of the activities of the Russian government in Chechnya. Russian journalists have been murdered in recent years at an alarming rate and most of these have been critical of Vladimir Putin and the Russian government and its policies. Speculation is that she was killed because of her reporting. Government spokesmen have denied any connection with the murder calling that idea "ridiculous." Politkovskaya, 48 a mother of two, had reciecived several death threats. A surveilance video exists of a man following Politkovskaya into her apartment building on the night of her murder. The police are searching for him as a person of interest. Politkovskaya was featured along with a number of other journalists working in very dangerous conditions in a PBS special which aired on our local channel. These episodes were filmed in Mexico, Israel, Africa, Russia and others. Politkovskaya seemed dedicated, extremely intelligent and to be a person of exceptional character and qualities. Her death is an indictment of Putin's Russia which has steadily rolled back journalistic freedom which had begun to bloom following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Deputy Prosecutor Vyacheslav Rosinsky said that the killing may be "linked to the victim's social or professional duties". Politkovskaya worked for the newspaper Novaya Gazeta. A front page piece in that paper said she was likely killed because of her reporting on Chechnya. A police report stated that Politkovskaya was shot three times in the body and once in the head. A Makarov pistol and four cartridges were reportedly found near her body. Politkovskaya's death was the latest in a string of what has been called "contract" killings of Russian journalists, important business people and politicians over the last few years. Below is a list of some of the others. RUSSIA'S CONTRACT KILLINGS: Sept 2006 - first deputy chairman of Russia's central bank Andrei Kozlov shot dead in Moscow Oct 2005 - former bank head Alexander Slesarev gunned down near Moscow July 2004 - US editor of Forbes' Russian edition Paul Klebnikov shot dead in Moscow Oct 2002 - Magadan governor Valentin Tsvetkov killed in Moscow Nov 1998 - liberal MP Galina Starovoitova killed in St Petersburg March 1995 - leading journalist Vladislav Listyev shot dead in Moscow In London former spy Alexander Litvinenko remains in serious condition in a hospital as doctors treat him with a sickness initially thought to be food poisoning. As his condition worsened he was thought to have been poisoned by a toxic metal called thalium. Now that diagnosis is in doubt as doctors search to find out what it is. Litvinenko, who was a lieutenant-colonel in the FSB, the successor to the KGB, is believed to have been poisoned on November 1. Litvinenko had been openly critical of Russia's President VladimirPutin, a former KGB director. There is also the strange case of Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko, President of the Ukraine Republic. Yushchenko was poisoned and nearly lost his life during his campaign for President against a Kremlin backed candidate. Is there a pattern here? What do you think?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Putin And Bush Look Into Each Other's Eyes!

Resplendent in their traditional silken blue robes Vladimir Putin and G.W. Bush gaze longlinly into each other's eyes at the summit in South East Asia.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Even FOX Finds OJ Book and TV Interview Too Repulsive!

At last Rupert Murdoch, the FOX TV and media right wing mogul and News Corporation president, has found a level of low beyond which even he can't sink!
After cries of outrage across America, including resident FOX stooge Bill O'Reilly, Murdoch has decided to pull the farce, 'If I Did It', from their schedule and cancel plans to publish the book of the same title.
O.J. Simpson has been denied another chance to profit from his ghastly crimes, too bad he just wont crawl away so we wont have to be reminded of his creepy persona!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Attorney General Gonzales Practices 'Double Speak!'

Speaking at the Air Force Academy in political science and law classes, Saturday, Nov. 18, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that critics of the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance didn't understand the meaning of freedom. He said that opposing the program could create a "grave threat" to U.S. security. Recently a federal judge had ruled, correctly so, that the program was not constitutional. Vice President Dick Cheney had previously chimed in saying the ruling was "an indefensible act of judicial overreaching." In a strange bit of illogic Gonzales attacked his critics. "But this view is shortsighted," he said. "Its definition of freedom, one utterly divorced from civic responsibility, is superficial and is itself a grave threat to the liberty and security of the American people." Last August U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, in Detroit, said it violated the rights to free speech and privacy and the constitutional separation of powers. She was the first judge to rule on the legality of the program, which is operated by the National Security Agency. Gonzales said it was a myth that American civil liberties were being compromised in the war on terror. "To achieve victory at the cost of eroding civil liberties would not really be a victory. We cannot change the core identity of our nation and claim success." That's a good example of saying one thing but meaning something else. Clearly this act, and others by the Bush administration, are unconstitutional and in clear violation of the FISA, something Bush himself had admitted in previous years until he "flip flopped!"

Friday, November 17, 2006

More SUV Rollovers Locally!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Larry Liberal Meets Reality On Election Day '06

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Friday, November 10, 2006

G.W.'s Legacy

Now the last two years of the G.W. Bush presidency are near and we just passed the mid-term elections, which saw a seismic shift in Congress, a negative reaction to Bush and Republicans in general, talk is already beginning about G.W.'s legacy.
History will not be kind.

Monday, November 06, 2006

In The Spirit Of Elmer Gantry

So another prominent Evangelical preacher has been shown to be more akin to Elmer Gantry than the holy spirit.
It is not so much that the preacher Ted Haggard admitted to an adulterous homosexual affair but it is rather the bald hypocrisy of the reverend who has heretofore preached against the very activities he practiced and that he advised the President and dined in the White House many times.

Heee's Baaaack! ...Maybe

Daniel Saavedra Ortega, leader of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua in the 80's, is the front runner to win the Presidential election in Nicaragua this week.
Ronald Reagan spent billions of dollars arming the Contras who were fighting to overthrow the Sandinistas. The Contras, which Reagan called "the equivalent to our founding fathers," were primarily, though not entirely, composed of members of the
vicious Guardia Nacional of the former dictator Anastasio Somoza. Others came from the ranks of the Sandinistas as they became dissillusioned with Ortega. There were atrocities committed in that war by both sides.
Ortega has run for President several times in the years since he was deposed in a U.S. led coup in Nicaragua.
His old foe Oliver North has been campaigning against him and supposedly there has been undreds of thousands of dollars of foreign (read U.S.) money spent in opposition to his election.
If Ortega should win he will join the growing list of Latin nations that have elected left wing leaders with antipathy or outright hostility to the United States.
This is happening because the U.S. basically turns a blind eye to affairs in our own backyard and invariably supports governments that oppress their people. As long as these governments toe the U.S. line, which used to be anti-communist and is now anti drug cartel, the U.S. government is perfectly willing to ignore the massive inequities and poverty in Latin America.
The American response to these problems by and large is xenophobia and proposals to build walls along the border. If we actively worked to improve education and better health services and helped to create governments and economies that benefitted most of the poor populations we would not have the undocumented alien problems we have now.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Letterman Puts O'Reilly On Hot Seat

Late night talk show host David Letterman turned the tables on Bill O'Reilly, the bilious right wing gas bag last week as O'Reilly was a guest on his show.
Letterman took O'Reilly to task for the way he is often a bit loose with the facts and rude to guests with different viewpoints.
Letterman was relentless and O'Reilly gave the impression he would rather be about anywhere else.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Ann Coulter May Be Charged With Voter Fraud

The right wing harpy, hate monger Ann Coulter may be in some
trouble. She has refused to cooperate in an investigation into
whether she voted in the wrong precinct. The Elections Supervisor in Palm Beach, Arthur Anderson, said his
office has been looking into the case nine months.The matter may go to the state attorney as soon as Friday, Nov. 3.If Coulter did knowingly vote in the wrong precinct she could be
found guilty of committing a felony with a possible sentennce of up
to five years in prison.The offense alledgedly ocurred last Feb. 7, in a Palm Beach town
council election.Coulter has ignored repeated messages from the state attorney's
office. Imagine the poetic justice if Coulter should be sent to prison!
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