samedi 28 février 2015
jeudi 26 février 2015
Caricature de JOHN DARKOW, COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE, MISSOURI
Après la controverse impliquant le lecteur de nouvelles du réseau NBC Brian Williams, les réflecteurs se braquent maintenant sur un des animateurs les plus connus de Fox News, Bill O'Reilly. Si Williams était une figure populaire et consensuelle, O'Reilly est un habitué de la controverse.
"The donation from Algeria for Haiti earthquake relief, they said, arrived without notice within days of the 2010 quake and was distributed as direct aid to assist in relief. Algeria has not donated to the foundation since, officials said.
The contribution coincided with a spike in the North African country’s lobbying visits to the State Department.
That year, Algeria spent $422,097 lobbying U.S. government officials on human rights issues and U.S.-Algerian relations, according to filings made under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Data tracked by the Sunlight Foundation shows that while the Algerian government’s overall spending on lobbying in the United States remained steady, there was an increase in 2010 in State Department meetings held with lobbyists representing the country — with 12 visits to department officials that year, including some visits with top political appointees. In the years before and after, only a handful of State Department visits were recorded by Algeria lobbyists.
Depuis un certain temps déjà on fait état de ces nombreux individus qui cherchent à joindre les rangs de l'État islamique ou qui affichent leur sympathie pour le regroupement terroriste. Cette fois on en a retrouvé à New York.
All three were immigrants from former Soviet republics, and though Mr. Juraboev and Mr. Saidakhmetov had become permanent United States residents, all of them remained citizens of their native countries, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
In online postings, the two younger men seem to be searching for meaning in their lives, and increasingly disillusioned by those around them — including Muslim relatives they see as living less than devout lives.
The case against the three men relies in part on a confidential informant paid by the government, court documents show. Defense lawyers have criticized the government’s use of informers in similar cases, saying they may lure targets into making extreme plans or statements And in some cases, the threat has turned out to be overstated.
"But his real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming. He is believed to have traveled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined the Islamic State, the group whose barbarity he has come to symbolize.
“I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John,” said one of Emwazi’s close friends who identified him in an interview with The Washington Post. “He was like a brother to me. . . . I am sure it is him.”"
mercredi 25 février 2015
"“We believe that we’re acting lawfully,” Bowser said, offering a direct retort to House Republicans who late Tuesday urged the mayor — and even threatened prison time — to reconsider moving forward with legalization.
“I have a lot of things to do in the District of Columbia,” Bowser said. “Me being in jail wouldn’t be a good thing.”
It also doesn’t appear likely to happen soon. House Republicans said Wednesday that they are not preparing to take legal action against the city should it proceed in defiance of a congressional funding rider. Instead, one congressman said, it would fall to the Justice Department to intervene — a much less likely scenario under the Obama administration."
"Duke's auction house has announced it will auction a vial of Churchill's blood, taken during a hospital stay in 1962, three years before his death.
Churchill had fallen out of bed and fractured a hip, necessitating a multiweek stay at Middlesex Hospital.
The blood was drawn by nursing student Patricia Fitzgibbon, according to the auction house. The sample was never used and the hospital was set to dispose of it when Fitzgibbon asked to keep it.
Before her death, Fitzgibbon gave the vial to a friend, who has decided to sell it."
Caricature de TAYLOR JONES, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM
Jones récupère la célèbre affiche de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale qui présentait le personnage de "Rosie The Riveteer". On encourageait alors les femmes à travailler dans l'industrie militaire. L'affiche est l'oeuvre de Howard Miller qui s'est inspiré d'une photographie d'ne ouvrière du Michigan comme modèle (Geraldine Doyle). Rappelons que Patricia Arquette a profité de la cérémonie des Oscars pour revendiquer un traitement salarial égal pour les femmes.
mardi 24 février 2015
Obama utilise son véto pour bloquer Keystone XL:l e Congrès pourra-t-il casser le véto présidentiel?
"Obama’s veto message was delivered within hours of the legislation arriving on his desk, the latest step in six years of pushing and pulling over a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline that has become a symbol in the debate over jobs versus the environment. Even before Obama whipped out his veto pen, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to hold an override vote, which the Republican leader’s office said would occur no later than March 3.
That gives the GOP a small window to search for the Democratic votes they still need in order to push the bill past Obama. About 20 more Democratic votes in the House and four in the Senate are required to enact the bill, judging from the votes the Keystone bill got when Congress passed it last month."
"Well, first of all, in politics, image matters. It’s easy to imagine Bill Clinton and either President Bush getting teary-eyed at the proverbial Fourth of July parade, as the veterans wave and flatbeds filled with 4-H kids roll by. It’s hard to imagine Obama in a similar situation. He has a cerebral, cool and aloof style that keeps him a little distant. It also probably makes some people wonder whether he feels much when faced with traditional triggers that warm the heart and produce the classic, patriotic, emotional response one would associate with the romanticized traditional love of country. Fair enough."
lundi 23 février 2015
L'affiche qui coiffe ce billet a été créée par Firas Alkhateeb en 2009.
"Inspiré" par les déclarations de l'ancien maire de New York Rudy Giuliani et du Gouverneur du Wisconsin Scott Walker (qui ont clairement laissé entendre que le président n'aime pas les États-Unis), le New York Times a fouillé dans les anciennes déclarations de Barack Obama pour y trouver des "déclarations d'amour" à son pays. L'exercice peut paraître futile, mais cet angle d'attaque n'est pas nouveau chez les républicains et Walker sera probablement candidat à la présidence en 2016. Quand on joue sur l'ignorance...
"In 2004, during the Democratic National Convention speech that galvanized his political career, he offered these words of affection for the United States: “I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.”
Mr. Obama has not shied from criticizing the United States for what he sees as its historical shortcomings, an approach that has angered conservatives like Mr. Giuliani for years.
In fact, several of Mr. Obama’s most emphatic expressions of patriotism appear in close proximity to his critiques of America, a review of his speeches shows.
Right before Mr. Obama declared his love for America in Berlin, he had this to say:
“I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.”
“But I also know,” Mr. Obama said, “how much I love America.”
"The prospect of future veto fights highlights an extraordinary fact: Obama has issued fewer vetoes than any president in modern (and even not-so-modern) American history. He has vetoed a grand total of two bills: the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010, which had to do with home foreclosures, and a continuing resolution that had been rendered moot by another spending bill that had passed. No dramatic veto showdowns, and no public navel-gazing (as with George W. Bush's first veto, of a bill providing for embryonic stem-cell research).
In fact, if we exclude James Garfield, who served only a few months before being assassinated, you have to go over a century and a half back to Millard Fillmore to find a president who vetoed fewer bills than Obama. Among two-term presidents, only Jefferson (with zero vetoes) and Washington (with 2) issued as few as Obama has at this point."
"Wielding the weapon of his pen, President Obama this week is expected to formally reject a Republican attempt to force construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. But in stopping the transit of petroleum from the forests of Alberta to the Gulf Coast, Mr. Obama will be opening the veto era of his presidency.
The expected Keystone veto, the third and most significant of Mr. Obama’s six years in office, would most likely be followed by presidential vetoes of bills that could emerge to make changes in the Affordable Care Act, impose new sanctions on Iran and roll back child nutrition standards, among others.
For Mr. Obama, his Cross Townsend black roller-ball pen will become an extension of his second-term strategy to act alone in the face of Republican opposition and safeguard his legislative record.
“It’s a new period of his administration,” said James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University in Washington. “He will use the veto to protect his past record and not allow things he disagrees with to go forward.”
dimanche 22 février 2015
"While admitting past Communist Party involvement, Kazan refused to give names of other party members from his time at New York’s Group Theatre during his first testimony in January 1952.
Conversations with well-placed Hollywood executives convinced him he would never work in the town again if he didn’t name names, Kazan wrote in his 1988 autobiography. In his second testimony later that year, he provided HUAC with the names of several party acquaintances, most of whom were already known. That didn’t matter — to many of his former friends, he became persona non grata. So when Kazan was introduced to accept his Oscar, many in the audience sat with their arms crossed or on their hands. Others, like Steven Spielberg, quietly applauded in their seats. Some, including Rehme, gave him the customary standing ovation."
Caricature de DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM
Un peu plus tôt cette semaine l'ancien maire de New York a laissé entendre qu'en raison de son passé et de son éducation le Président Obama n'était pas comme la majorité des américains...
jeudi 19 février 2015
"All points bulletin!!! HPD has issued an arrest warrant for Queen Elsa of Arendelle," the department's Facebook page read.%% It continued, "Suspect is a blonde female last seen wearing a long blue dress and is known to burst into song "Let it Go!" As you can see by the weather she is very dangerous. Do not attempt to apprehend her alone."
Pourquoi pas vous laisser sur une des nombreuses parodies de "Let it go" qui circulent sur YouTube. Cette fois l'interprète s'est amusée à passer les paroles de la chanson par le filtre de traduction de Google translate.
""I do not believe -- and I know this is a horrible thing to say -- but I do not believe that the president loves America," said Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and one-time presidential contender, according to Politico. "He doesn't love you. And he doesn't love me. He wasn't brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country."
Caricature de JOE HELLER, GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE
En jouant avec les différentes interprétations du terme "high" dans cette caricature Joe Heller regroupe deux thèmes de l'actualité. Selon des experts, le monument à la mémoire du premier président américain se serait enfoncé de dix pouces depuis sa construction en 1884. Heller souligne également le fait que les habitants du Disctrict of Clumbia pourront maintenant posséder une certaine quantité de marijuana et d'en cultiver. Il y aurait cependant un flou en ce qui concerne la provenance et le commerce.
lundi 16 février 2015
Caricature de DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM
Caricature de JOHN COLE, THE SCRANTON TIMES-TRIBUNE
Cole réfère ici au montage du Président sur BuzzFeed qui fait la promotion d'Obamacare. On peut y voir le Président utiliser une "selfie stick" pour se photographier. Cole en profite pour mettre en évidence la demande d'Obama au Congrès au sujet de ses pouvoirs pour mener une guerre. Le jeu de mot est inspirée de la politique étrangère du Président Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) à laquelle on attribuait le nom de "Big stick policy".
dimanche 15 février 2015
"An 83% majority of the public says vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) are safe for healthy children, while about one-in-ten (9%) think such vaccines are not safe. An additional 7% volunteer that they don’t know.
Majorities across virtually every demographic and partisan group view the vaccines as safe. However, there are some differences in attitudes, with less educated people and younger adults more likely to say they are not safe.
The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Feb. 5-8 among 1,003 adults, finds Republicans (89%) and Democrats (87%) generally agree that such vaccines are safe for children who are healthy."
"This is going to be the highest priority for the rest of my life," he said this week.
He's doing it at the urging of wife, Rosalynn, and for his daughter, three granddaughters and five great-granddaughters. He says he wants them to have the same opportunities and security that men do.
He's doing it for the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria, for those who have become ISIS militants' sex slaves and for girls everywhere who can't go to school. He's doing it for the estimated 160 million babies aborted or killed at birth in Asia in recent decades because they were not boys. He's doing it for American college co-eds and women in the military who suffer rape and see the men responsible walk free."
Caricature d'ADAM ZYGLIS, THE BUFFALO NEWS
"When federal courts start changing our Constitution by defining words that are not even there, like marriage, they’re going to do the same thing with family in the future. When a word’s not in the Constitution clearly, the powers of the Supreme Court do not allow them to re-define words and seize power," Moore said. "The power is not delegated to the United States by the Constitution nor prohibited by it to the states or reserved to the states respectively or to the people."
“She brings gravitas, she brings her experience and she brings a level of reason and sanity to this discussion that is severely lacking when you look at the opponents of death with dignity,” said Howard Ball, a University of Vermont political scientist and author of “At Liberty to Die: The Battle for Death with Dignity in America.”
Ira Byock, a palliative care physician and vehement opponent of assisted death, has argued against the movement on Rehm’s show. Though he credits her for having him on, he said her story and influence distracts from the conversation the country should be having about improving end-of-life care."
"But in many ways unrelated to wartime exigencies, Lincoln furthered his Whig dream of a stronger federal government. Lincoln signed into law landmark bills opening federal land to homesteaders and funding the construction of a cross-continental railroad and federal land-grant universities. Historians disagree whether the Civil War era catalyzed the emergence of the modern state, but few disagree that Lincoln broadly (if perhaps temporarily) expanded the purview of Washington, D.C."
vendredi 13 février 2015
"Uber had a PR problem last summer: The only thing expanding more quickly than its ride-on-demand business was its reputation as a price-gouging bully too casual about vetting its drivers. Streets around the world—from Paris to D.C.—were clogged with irate taxi drivers protesting the car service’s cut-rate pricing and loose regulation; many cities—and sometimes even entire states—had banned the app, often citing safety concerns; several Uber drivers were accused of sexually assaulting their passengers. The popularity of its product wasn’t the problem—the public perception of it was. All of the company’s explosive growth was at risk of being undone by a guerilla attitude, embodied by its scrappy 38-year-old C.E.O and his defensive “us against the world—and Big Taxi” mentality.
Such instincts might make sense for a startup. But CEO Travis Kalanick’s constant punching upward was landing poorly as Uber became a Goldman Sachs-backed company worth an estimated $40 billion. Indeed, Kalanick said at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in September, the public was beginning to see the six-year-old company as “the big guy, or The Man.” That meant “you have to approach things differently and you have to communicate differently.” So how should Uber change?
The answer: Launch a political campaign."
jeudi 12 février 2015
"The CIA profiled the Soviet premier in advance of his 1961 meeting with President John F. Kennedy in Vienna. Reading up on his adversary got JFK hooked on CIA personality profiles—particularly "salacious secrets about foreign leaders," according to historian Michael Beschloss. The Soviets also profiled Kennedy for Khrushchev, describing him as a "typical pragmatist" whose "'liberalism' is rather relative."
Findings: The CIA portrayed Khrushchev as "a crude peasant who liked to be unpredictable and two-faced," Gunter Bischof and Martin Kofler wrote in a book on the summit. The dossier described him as:
An uninhibited ham actor, who sometimes illustrates his points with the crudest sort of barnyard humor, Khrushchev is endowed on occasion with considerable personal dignity. He has a truly unusual ability to project the force of his own powerful personality…
[H]e is immoderately sensitive to slights—real or imagined, direct or inferred—to himself, his political faith, or his nation, all of which he views more or less interchangeably…
Capable of extraordinary frankness, and in his own eyes no doubt unusually honest, Khrushchev can also on occasion be a gambler and a dissembler expert in calculated bluffing. It is often hard to distinguish when Khruschev is in his own eyes voicing real conviction and when he is dissembling…
It is also difficult with Khrushchev to tell whether his anger is real or feigned…He is less able to conceal his formidable temper when he is tired…