jeudi 31 octobre 2013

Fort Alamo aux mains de l'ONU?


Rien pour faire une véritable controverse, mais une petite crise qui rappelle à quel point le site historique de Fort Alamo représente un symbole fort, particulièrement pour les Texans. En 1836 les troupes du général Santa Anna, près de 2000 soldats, vont assiéger le fort pendant pendant treize jours. La résistance héroïque des futurs texans (plus ou moins 200 hommes, tous morts) va demeurer comme un symbole de courage et de détermination. La colère des américains du Texas (le territoire appartient encore au Mexique à ce moment)sera telle qu'on vengera cette défaite par une victoire à San Jacinto un peu plus tard la même année. Pourquoi une controverse aujourd'hui? Le site sera bientôt intégré au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO et un représentant du Tea party a laissé entendre que l'ONU prendrait désormais le contrôle du fort...

 'The Alamo will not fall under United Nations control if it is named a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Texas Land commission assured Texans on Wednesday, according to the San Antonio Express-News. In a statement Wednesday Jerry Patterson, the Texas land commissioner, called rumors that the U.N. might manage the Alamo and other Spanish missions in Texas "horse hockey." "The people of Texas own the Alamo now and in the future. Nothing is going to change that," Patterson said at a gun rights rally at the Alamo on Oct. 19.'

  http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/un-will-not-control-alamo-despite-rumors

Caricature guerre contre Al-Qaïda: victoire américaine?

Caricature MIKE KEEFE, CAGLE CARTOONS

Caricature Red Sox champions 2013

Caricature de DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM

Les Red Sox paraderont sur Boylston samedi!


Comme je le souhaitais, les champions passeront sur la rue Boylston samedi et traverseront ce qui était le fil d'arrivée du marathon le 15 avril dernier. S'il faut placer le sport en perspective, ces images de festivités permettront de mettre un peu de baume sur les plaies. La première confirmation de la parade est venue de la compagnie qui gère les fameux 'duck boats' que les touristes adorent et qui sont souvent utilisés par les équipes sportives et ou les politiciens (John Kerry à la convention démocrate de 2004)pour des événements majeurs.

 'At, 11:35 p.m., the company that will providing the Red Sox's rides for the parade had the answer ready: Saturday. Boston Duck Tours, the company which runs the famous Boston "duck boats" broke the news of the parade, which traditionally utilize the city's unique amphibious tour vehicles for championship parades, on its official Twitter account.'

La malédiction du second mandat! Ce pourrait être pire pour Obama!


Difficile la situation du Président américain? Le deuxième mandat est souvent difficile pour les Présidents américains et Gail Collins effectue un retour dans le temps pour appuyer ce point. Un journaliste priait même pour la mort de George Washington après sa deuxième élection!

 'Lately, it really has seemed as if the Obama White House is incapable of producing good news beyond the fact that the debt ceiling wasn’t smashed. Swooning websites, security snoops run amok — there’d be some comfort in believing that it’s all historically inevitable. “In almost every case, you can argue that the second terms have been pretty dreadful,” said Michael Beschloss, the presidential historian.

 Think about it. Richard Nixon had to resign. Bill Clinton got impeached. George W. Bush had an average second-term approval rating of 37 percent, which the Gallup people say was the worst presidential plummet in modern history.

 Woodrow Wilson had a stroke and spent much of his second term in the bedroom. Franklin Roosevelt was one of the country’s most successful presidents, but that was because of Terms 1 and 3. Two was a mess.

 In fact, the pattern goes all the way back to George Washington. “Certainly, from his point of view, it was horrible,” said Joseph Ellis, who has written biographies of both Washington and Thomas Jefferson. One of the reasons was the eruption of a hyperpartisan media. When Washington retired, Ellis noted, one Jefferson-backed paper announced: “We can all pray for his imminent death.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/opinion/collins-the-curse-of-the-second.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131031

Every little thing is gonna be alright: les Red Sox un modèle enviable (NY Times)


Pourquoi s'inquiéter lorsque l'argent, les partisans et le recrutement sont au rendez-vous? Vrai que la franchise des Red Sox traverse une période faste, après des années Tyler Kepner revient sur le parcours des nouveaux champions.

 At Fenway Park, the fans sing their outlook: Every little thing gonna be all right.

 It is more than the at-bat anthem for Shane Victorino, the sprightly right fielder who drove in four runs Wednesday. After decades of well-founded fatalism, it is now a way of life.

 With a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series, the Red Sox won their first title at home in 95 years. After championships on the road in 2004 and 2007, it was bound to happen, sooner or later.

 “People call this the cathedral of baseball, and I absolutely, 100 percent agree; this place is a special place to play,” Victorino said. “It’s been great. It’s been fun. We all understand the magnitude of tonight’s game, the fact that since we haven’t won a championship in Fenway since 1918.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/sports/baseball/boston-leaves-worries-behind-and-learns-to-be-happy.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131031

L'État et la couleur de la peau: la question raciale et la place du gouvernement fédéral


Le gouvernement central aux États-Unis doit-il en faire plus? Nous analysons souvent cette question en opposant démocrates et républicains, mais cet article raffine cette vision en faisant ressortir une perception différente selon qu'on soit blanc, noir ou hispanophone. Intéressant, surtout son si on considère l'évolution démographique des États-Unis et le déclin de la population blanche.

 "Whites tend to hold negative views of Obamacare, while blacks tend to like it. Specifically, 55 percent of whites, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found this year, consider Mr. Obama’s health care law a bad idea, while 59 percent of blacks call it a good idea. On immigration, 51 percent of whites oppose legal status for illegal residents, but 63 percent of blacks and 76 percent of Hispanics favor it.

 The statistics mirror the core philosophical division in Washington’s fierce battles over taxes, spending and debt. Whites say government does too much, while blacks and Hispanics say it should do more to meet people’s needs.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/us/politics/behind-roar-of-politics-whispers-of-race-persist.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131031

Sciences humaines en déclin dans les universités américaine? (NY Times)


Je crois que cette tendance ne se perçoit pas qu'aux États-Unis. Je me reconnais (situation de nos propres programmes et de ma discipline) dans certains passages de l'article. Valorise-t-on toujours la formation des sciences humaines?

 "“In the scholarly world, cognitive sciences has everybody’s ear right now, and everybody is thinking about how to relate to it,” said Louis Menand, a Harvard history professor. “How many people do you know who’ve read a book by an English professor in the past year? But everybody’s reading science books.”

Many distinguished humanities professors feel their status deflating. Anthony Grafton, a Princeton history professor who started that university’s humanities recruiting program, said he sometimes feels “like a newspaper comic strip character whose face is getting smaller and smaller.”"

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/education/as-interest-fades-in-the-humanities-colleges-worry.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131031&_r=0

Les Tours de Laliberté sur Twitter



Après Facebook, les entrées de mon carnet web Les Tours de Laliberté se retrouveront également sur Twitter, les entrées du carnet web et d'autres liens et/ou réflexions que Twitter retransmet rapidement et en peu de mots!

 On peut me suivre à: "@LucLalibert"

Most Valuable Papi (MVP): David Ortiz mène les Red Sox à la victoire


Oublions un instant les salaires faramineux et l'indécence d'offrir à un multimillionnaire un véhicule luxueux pour souligner son tire de joueur le plus utile pour nous concentrer ce que peut représenter David Ortiz pour son équipe et pour la ville de Boston. Celui qu'on surnomme Big Papi a une carrière hors du commun et l'attachement de la communauté à son endroit est tel qu'on ne lui rappelle pas les rumeurs de consommation de stéréoïdes, consommation qui aurait eu lieu alors qu'il formait un duo de frappeurs redoutés avec Manny Ramirez. Ce dernier a été suspendu pour sa consommation. Plus que Jacoby Elsbury et Dustin Pedroia, il est la figure de l'équipe et le membre le plus adulé de l'organisation. À un âge auquel les meilleurs cogneurs déclinent Papi a offert des statistiques dignes des plus grandes performances pour une série mondiale. Tom Verducci signe un bel article au sujet du leader de l'équipe dans le Sports Illustrated. On y retrouve ce témoignage d'un chef de police qui lui a demandé une autographe pour son fils cette nuit:

 "Instead, Silva found himself standing next to the newly-minted World Series MVP, not to mention the Sox' unofficial team captain, spokesman, grief counselor, chaplain, grillmaster and cheerleader. Silva practically turned into an 8-year-old himself shaking hands and congratulating Ortiz. "He represents everything Boston is about," said Chief Silva. "Hard-working people who look out for one another. The way he handled everything from the bombing to the whole season tells you how much he cares. The epitome of leadership is when people look to you in time of trouble and you want to be the one to provide the help. That's what people see in David: a true leader."

  http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20131031/red-sox-world-series-game-6-david-ortiz-cardinals/index.html?eref=sircrc

Caricature espionner ses voisins

Caricature de DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM

Red Sox de Boston champions 2013!


"From worst to first"... Difficile de trouver une meilleure formule pour résumer la saison des Red Sox. Une série excitante contre les Cards de St-Louis, une équipe talentueuse qui ne baissa pas les bras aisément. Un troisième titre en dix ans. Une pensée spéciale pour les victimes de l'attentat du marathon de Boston. La scène sur Boylston street sera plus joyeuse lors du défilé.

 "The worst-to-first transformation is complete. In a stunning season's turnaround, the Red Sox went from rebuilding mode to the top of the heap as they turned aside the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1, last night at Fenway Park to earn their third World Series title in the last decade. John Lackey pitched into the seventh inning and Shane Victorino sparked an early offensive onslaught with a bases-clearing double in the third inning. Fittingly, closer Koji Uehara pitched the ninth inning, retiring Matt Carpenter for the final out and sending Fenway into pandemonium."
  http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/clubhouse_insider/2013/10/red_sox_on_top_of_the_world_win_third_title_in_last

mercredi 30 octobre 2013

Caricature Halloween: il y a pire...

Caricature de RANDY BISH, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Espionnage et hypocrisie? Partage de données...


L'indignation des leaders européens était souvent feinte selon moi. Allons, en 2013 les États-Unis serait le seul pays à recourir à la quête de renseignements sensibles par le biais de l'espionnage? Si les pratiques sont souvent douteuses, elles sont néanmoins nécessaires et/ou vitales pour plusieurs pays. Je ne crois pas que ce présumé "scandale" aille plus loin, les principaux joueurs n'ont pas intérêt à révéler trop d'informations sur leurs pratiques.

 "The director of the National Security Agency on Tuesday dismissed as “completely false” reports that his agency swept up millions of phone records of European citizens, and he revealed that data collected by NATO allies were shared with the United States.

 Gen. Keith Alexander said foreign intelligence services collected phone records in war zones and other areas outside their borders and provided them to the spy agency — an operation that was misunderstood by French and Spanish newspapers that reported that the NSA was conducting surveillance in their countries.

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/top-intelligence-officials-called-to-testify-on-nsa-surveillance-programs/2013/10/29/e9e9c250-40b7-11e3-a751-f032898f2dbc_story.html?hpid=z4

Caricature espionnage: l'affaire d'un seul pays?

Caricature de JOE HELLER, GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE

mardi 29 octobre 2013

Caricature Darth Obama!

Caricature de RICK MCKEE, THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE

Chronique à Radio-Canada cet après-midi: une victoire des Red Sox pour Boston et les victimes du marathon?


Début de la chronique à 17h50 sur l'audio fil
http://www.radio-canada.ca/emissions/radio-canada_cet_apres-midi/2013-2014/index.asp

Caricature Halloween chez les alliés...

Caricature de JOHN DARKOW, COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE, MISSOURI

Caricature Barack et Angela: à votre écoute...

Caricature de TAYLOR JONES, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM

Caricature spies like us...

Caricature de RANDY BISH, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Caricature Europe sous surveillance

Caricature d'OLLE JOHANSSON, SWEDEN

Homelamb: la parodie de Sesame street!

Barbade et Caraïbes: l'héritage de l'esclavage


L'image qui coiffe ce billet est d'Otto Detmer. 

 Compenser financièrement les régions touchées par l'esclave qui a contribué à forger des empires en Europe? Un débat historique intéressant qui est loin de faire l'unanimité. Beau topo sur le sujet ce matin dans le NY Times et les historiens contribuent à la réflexion, mais aussi à la représentation devant les tribunaux. Qui doit quoi et à qui?

 "But only reparations can reverse the long-term harm. As Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said, “We have to have appropriate recompense.”

 The claim is not, however, about compensating individuals, but their communities. And in this way, since most countries in the Caribbean are financially in debt to international banks, Caricom is making a provocative argument: It is actually Europe that owes the Caribbean.

 This is more than just creative accounting. When economists debate why some countries are poor and others are rich, they often focus on the cultural, political or economic structures of poor countries. But historians of the Caribbean have long argued that national inequality is a direct result of centuries of economic exploitation.

 The foundations for this argument go back to a 1944 book by the Trinidadian historian Eric Williams, “Capitalism and Slavery.” Mr. Williams had to pay $500 to help subsidize its publication by the University of North Carolina Press, but the book became a classic, and he later became his country’s prime minister.

His argument, that the profits from the slave trade and slavery were the foundation for Britain’s Industrial Revolution, spurred decades of debate and research, and today there are hundreds of books documenting slavery’s profound impact on the modern world."

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/29/opinion/international/confronting-the-legacies-of-slavery.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131029&_r=0

Forest Whitaker incarnera Colin Powell à l'écran


Qu'en pense le général?

 "Well, I have no comment because you are hearing about it at the same time I'm hearing about it. Not because anybody called me. I saw it in Google alerts. So we will wait to see what the project is all about. I expect I will have to call both the script writer and Forest to see what they are really planning to do. Yes, yes. Forest is a marvelous actor, but so is Denzel. Unfortunately, nobody asked me to play me!"

 Le film s'intéressera particulièrement à la tristement célèbre présentation de Powell à l'ONU qui justifier l'entrée des États-Unis en Irak, une présentation dont Powell se passerait bien dans son curriculum vitae maintenant. Dommage qu'on se limite à ce seul aspect parce que Powell a une histoire personnelle et professionnelle particulièrement intéressante.

Obamacare et l'espionnage: les humoristes de fin de soirée s'amusent un peu

Caricature NSA: un peu d'intimité svp!

Caricature de TOM JANSSEN, THE NETHERLANDS

Caricature Lou Reed: safe side ou wild side?

Caricature de BOB ENGLEHART, THE HARTFORD COURANT

Caricature Tim Burton

Caricature de DARIO CASTILLEJOS, EL IMPARCIAL DE MÉXICO

Caricature Halloween: prévention

Caricature de JOE HELLER, GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE

lundi 28 octobre 2013

Caricature Lou Reed: paroles et musique

Caricature de JIMMY MARGULIES, THE RECORD OF HACKENSACK, NJ

Penn State versera près de 60 millions aux victimes de Sandusky


Toujours six cas à régler...

 "The university announced that agreements were reached after nearly a year of negotiations. Twenty-three have completed the legal paperwork; three have agreements in principle with the school. Individual amounts were not disclosed because of confidentiality agreements, according to Pennlive.com. Six other claims remain unresolved."

  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/10/28/penn-state-to-pay-59-7-million-to-26-sandusky-victims/?hpid=z1

Caricature Obamacare et problèmes techniques: l'attente est "un peu" longue...

Caricature de RJ MATSON

Caricature baseball et politique: obstruction!

Caricature de JOHN DARKOW, COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE, MISSOURI

Caricature Barack Pinocchio

Caricature de PETAR PISMESTROVIC, KLEINE ZEITUNG, AUSTRIA

Caricature Obama à l'écoute de ses alliés

Caricature d'ADAM ZYGLIS, THE BUFFALO NEWS

Caricature femme au volant en Arabie saoudite

Caricature de RAINER HACHFELD, NEUES DEUTSCHLAND, GERMANY

Caricature Frankenstein et Obamacare: un spécial Halloween...

Caricature de J.D. CROWE, MOBILE REGISTER

Caricature Angela Merkel sous écoute

Caricature de PATRICK CHAPPATTE, THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE

Caricature Lou Reed (1942-2013)

Caricature de RANDALL ENOS, CAGLE CARTOONS

Caricature Angela est en colère!

Caricature de TAYLOR JONES, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM

vendredi 25 octobre 2013

Le Ku Klux Klan pour tuer son voisin?


Quelle histoire étrange... L'homme accusé voulait que le KKK tue son voisin, coupable d'agressions sexuelles, parce qu'il croyait que l'homme avait violé sa propre femme. Le membre du KKK approché était un agent du FBI.

 "Allen Wayne Densen Morgan, a 29-year-old veteran from Munford, Ala. entered a guilty plea in federal court Thursday for attempting to hire Ku Klux Klansmen to murder his neighbor. According to court documents, Morgan told an undercover FBI agent he wanted to see his neighbor "hung from a tree like he is an animal" and "his dick cut off" over accusations that the man, a convicted sex offender, had raped his wife.

 An affidavit given by FBI Special Agent Cornelius Harris Jr. in support of a criminal complaint filed Aug. 26 explains that Morgan believed his neighbor, Clifford Maurice Mosley, raped his wife earlier that month. Records show that Mosley, who is African American, was arrested in 2008 for sexual abuse, a fact Morgan was aware of. Harris wrote that Morgan told an undercover FBI agent he responded to the alleged rape by attempting to "force a confrontation" with Mosley on Aug. 22 by firing "multiple rounds of ammunition" at Mosley on the street outside their homes.

 "Mosley fled on foot as Morgan fired several shots in the ground beside him in an effort to intimidate him," explained Harris.

 "Morgan assessed that Mosley must be guilty of the rape of his wife because Mosley never tried to defend himself by standing his ground or offering to reason with Morgan."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/albama-man-pleads-guilty-after-plotting-to-have-ku-klux-klansmen-kill-his-neighbor

Caricature États-Unis "phare" de l'espionnage?

Caricature de JIMMY MARGULIES, THE RECORD OF HACKENSACK, NJ

jeudi 24 octobre 2013

Jon Lester a-t-il triché?


Un lanceur des ligues mineures associé aux Cards prétend que Jon Lester aurait triché hier soir lors du premier match de la Série mondiale. Une substance, probablement de la vaseline, aurait été dissimulée dans son gant. Les baseball majeur affirme que rien ne permet de croire à une tricherie et l'entraîneur des Red Sox John Farrell dit qu'il ne s'ait que de "rosin", une substance légale utilisée par les lanceurs qui transpirent beaucoup.

 Deux sites...

 Un site "révélant" la tricherie:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/jon-lester-vaseline-cardinals-tyler-melling_n_4156376.html 

La réponse de John Farrell: http:http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/clubhouse_insider/2013/10/no_flap_with_lester_says_farrell_sweats_like_a_pig_so

Caricature États-Unis à l'écoute du monde!

Caricature d'ARCADIO ESQUIVEL, LA PRENSA, PANAMA, WWW.CAGLECARTOONS.COM

Caricature Merkel, Hollande et Obama: le nouveau ePhone

Caricature de CHRISTO KOMARNITSKI, BULGARIA

mercredi 23 octobre 2013

Pakistan et États-Unis: entente secrète sur l'utilisation des drones



Malgré les dénonciations officielles, les autorités pakistanaises étaient régulièrement informées des intentions de la CIA. Reportage intéressant dans le Washington Post.

 "Despite repeatedly denouncing the CIA’s drone campaign, top officials in Pakistan’s government have for years secretly endorsed the program and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts, according to top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos obtained by The Washington Post.

The files describe dozens of drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal region and include maps as well as before-and-after aerial photos of targeted compounds over a four-year stretch from late 2007 to late 2011 in which the campaign intensified dramatically.

 La suite: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/top-pakistani-leaders-secretly-backed-cia-drone-campaign-secret-documents-show/2013/10/23/15e6b0d8-3beb-11e3-b6a9-da62c264f40e_story.html?hpid=z1

Caricature Obamacare et NSA

Caricature de JIMMY MARGULIES, THE RECORD OF HACKENSACK, NJ

Caricature Afghanistan et retrait américain: encore des questions?

Caricature de PARESH NATH, THE KHALEEJ TIMES, UAE

Angela Merkel sous écoute? Obama se veut rassurant


Après le Brésil, le Mexique et la France, au tour de l'Allemagne?

 "It was the second time in three days that allegations of American government surveillance threatened to cloud relations between Washington and close European allies. The consternation in Berlin followed a furor in France over reports in the newspaper Le Monde that American intelligence had collected data on 70 million communications by French citizens in a 30-day period late last year and into January.

 The White House issued a statement confirming that Mr. Obama and Ms. Merkel had spoken “regarding allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted the communications of the German Chancellor. The President assured the Chancellor that the United States is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of Chancellor Merkel.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/world/europe/united-states-intelligence-official-disputes-spying-report-in-french-newspaper.html?hp&_r=0

Caricature NRA et armes à feu: une suggestion...

Caricature de LARRY WRIGHT, CAGLECARTOONS.COM

Élève accusé du meurtre d'une enseignante à Danvers, Mass.


Décidément une mauvaise semaine pour les enseignants aux États-Unis après la mort de cet enseignant au Nevada qui fut également victime d'un élève de son l'école.

 "Authorities on Wednesday charged 14-year-old Philip Chism with the murder of Colleen Ritzer, whose body was found after she failed to return home from work Tuesday.

 Chism was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Salem, Massachusetts, on a murder charge and was ordered held without bail. A grand jury must decide if he will be charged as an adult.

 According to the accusation read in court, the boy is accused of assaulting and beating Ritzer to death.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/23/justice/massachusetts-danvers-schools-closed/index.html?hpt=hp_t1