Billion Dollar Limited, an animated short featuring Superman, 1942

Billion Dollar Limited, an animated short featuring Superman, 1942

Billion Dollar Limited, 1942

An animated short by Dave Fleischer,

Another classic Superman animation, from the golden age of animated adventure!

“Superman battles train robbers seeking to steal a billion dollars worth of gold.” (IMDB)

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It’s too early to ask for the resignation of Jeff Sessions

It's too early to ask for the resignation of Jeff Sessions

The Trump administration, in the eyes of many, is guilty of one scandal and indiscretion after another. The latest controversy involves the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, long held in disdain by liberals for his poor record on Civil Rights, who had denied under oath speaking with the Russians during the 2016 campaign, but recently admitted that he’d spoken to a Russian government operative during that time frame. As a result, in a press conference on Thursday, Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department investigations into the Trump campaign’s  controversial Russian dealings.

The question now is, what should we do about this revelation? Sessions’ recusal is clearly warranted, but is it enough? Nancy Pelosi and other prominent democrats have called for Sessions to resign, or be removed from office, since he apparently lied under oath. Indeed, the recent developments are of great concern, and Pelosi and others are right to raise the alarm and investigate further. But calling for his ouster is premature. Often, when we see smoke, there is a fire, but we should remember, that’s not always the case. We need to establish the facts, and a time line of what actually unfolded, in order to make prudent choices.

It is paramount that we learn everything that happened, and make level-headed decisions based on evidence. It is critical that we make this process as bipartisan as possible (a genuine challenge in these divided times) and leave no doubt in the minds of reasonable Americans that justice, not partisan revenge, was the true goal. The guilty should be punished, but we must not forget, in our zeal to do justice, that due process is the key to making fair and reliable decisions that best serve our democracy, and the American People.

The American People deserve to know exactly what happened, who is responsible, and for what reasons these events transpired. If Attorney General Jeff Sessions transgressed, then we should understand the circumstances, and the extent of his transgression(s) in order to act appropriately. And the only way to achieve that goal is via a thorough investigation. After all the facts are gathered, weighed for relevance and assessed by legal experts, we will be able to determine, with reasonable confidence, the correct course of action.

 

 

Photo: By DonkeyHotey (Jeff Sessions – Caricature) CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Breaking World News

Breaking World News

Last of ‘too silky’ woolly mammoths blighted by bad mutations
“Woolly mammoths were in the grip of a mutational meltdown before dying out, scientists have revealed, adding that the last surviving population of the hairy giants might have had silky, soft coats, a poor sense of smell and even heartburn…” (The Guardian)

Snapchat shares soar 44% to value loss-making company at $28bn
“Snap Inc, the company behind disappearing messaging app Snapchat, has gone public with stocks soaring 44% on their first day of trading and valuing the company at $28bn…” (The Guardian)

Collapse of the American party system
“The US presidential election of 2016 was a shock. The Democratic Party found itself in disarray when Hillary Clinton lost. Barak Obama, speaking in the days before he left office, analysed the Democrats’ problem as a failure of organisation. He was partially right: Hillary had been a poor choice; she repelled younger voters and independents, who stayed home on election day, and had little party apparatus beyond her own campaign staff…” (Le Monde diplomatique)

Losing a war one bad metaphor at a time
“America’s war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year, the longest foreign war in our history. The phrase “no end in sight” barely covers the situation. Prospects of victory — if victory is defined as eliminating that country as a haven for Islamist terrorists while creating a representative government in Kabul — are arguably more tenuous today than at any point since the U.S. military invaded in 2001 and routed the Taliban…” (Le Monde diplomatique)

No room in India for intolerant Indians: President Pranab Mukherjee
“NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing debate over the freedom of expression in the wake of violent clashes in Delhi University’s Ramjas College+ , President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that “there must be space for legitimate criticism and dissent…” (The Times of India)

‘Dangerous’ flyers to be kept off skies
“NEW DELHI: Misbehaving on a plane or doing anything that endangers flight safety and fellow passengers could soon mean getting debarred from taking to the skies again for some time…” (The Times of India)

Scientists Have Grown the World’s First Artificial Embryo, and It’s Nuts
“In a world-first experiment, scientists have managed to grow a functional, artificial embryo from scratch, using two types of stem cells to build life in a Petri dish…” (Science Alert)

The True Story of a Man Who Survived Without Any Food for 382 Days
“…Yet the limits on how long people can go without eating are complicated; without water people are unlikely to last a week, but the amount of time starvation takes can vary drastically. Take the story of Angus Barbieri – for 382 days, ending 11 July 1966, the then-27-year-old Scotsman ate nothing…” (Science Alert)

 

Photo: By Flying Puffin (Mammut Uploaded by FunkMonk) CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Body in the Web (aka Horrors of Spider Island), a film by Fritz Böttger (as Jaime Nolan), 1962

Body in the Web (aka Horrors of Spider Island), a film by Fritz Böttger (as Jaime Nolan), 1962

Body in the Web (aka Horrors of Spider Island), 1962

A film by Fritz Böttger (as Jaime Nolan)

“Survivors of a plane crash on a remote island find it is covered by spiders. When bitten, the survivors start turning into spiders!” (IMDB)

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Watch Live: Press Conference with Attorney General Jeff Sessions (4 pm, ET)

Watch Live: Press Conference with Attorney General Jeff Sessions (4 pm, ET)

Watch Live: Press Conference with Attorney General Jeff Sessions (4 pm, ET)

Will he address revelations that he spoke to Russian Contacts before he assumed the office of Attorney General? Nancy Pelosi is calling for him to step down, claiming he perjured himself:

Video: Youtube / Fox 10 Phoenix

Photo: his United States Congress image is in the public domain / wikimedia commons

 

 

Reflections on President Trump’s speech before congress

Reflections on President Trump's speech before congress

Our latest volunteer, Jenny, is a lover of the arts, especially music, a hopeless liberal, existentialist, wife and Mom. Here’s her take on President Trump’s address to congress.

 

No more “Tweets” or off the cuff remarks at pep rallies. Before a joint session of Congress, members of the Supreme Court, the military and many special guests newly-elected President Donald Trump addressed the nation once again.

He managed to stay on script, read the prompter which contained a more traditional Presidential speech, apparently not written by Steve Bannon, and tried to improve his messaging to the nation. References to recent acts of violence and hate were condemned by the very person whose constant rhetoric of fear and prejudice resonates all across this land and throughout the world to our allies and enemies alike.

President Trump promised “to make America great again” by lifting up coal miners, by bringing back American companies from abroad, by increasing military spending, all the while cutting taxes for all, cutting regulations for clean water and air, and by reducing funding for discretionary spending meant to aid ordinary citizens. Apparently his vision involves an immediate war to eliminate ISIS with increased involvement of American troops, less use of diplomacy and the state department, less foreign aid and a trade war.

His demeanor may have seemed more Presidential to some, but his cabinent appointments of billionaires, bankers and boors and his many highly-mannered executive actions belie this perception. President Trump exploited a grieving military widow to cover up his lack of experience, knowledge and focus as our Commander-In-Chief!

Trump, now our leader in a complex world, may me wish he has real expertise. He appears to have no real interest in or knowledge of history and culture, and no empathy for the opinions of informed persons who disagree with him, nor does he have a moral core. For me he remains a pushy used-car salesman, and I’m not ready even after this last speech, to buy “That Lemon” he’s currently selling.

And why NO MENTION of Russia?

 

Photo: See page for author, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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