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Bill Day's award-winning cartoons are syndicated in more than 900 newspapers worldwide four times a week through syndication service. Day has won the Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists six times--in 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2001, and 2000. The recipient of two Robert F. Kennedy Awards--2010 and 1985. He has also been honored with the National Headliner Award, the John Fischetti Award, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Best Editorial Cartoons, The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and a host of many other awards.

Day began his career in 1980 with the Philadelphia Bulletin. He has also worked for the Detroit Free Press and the Memphis Commercial Appeal. In 2009 he was laid off at The Commercial Appeal. Bill won three national awards the following year. Bill and his wife Susan have three teenage sons, Sam-19, Robby-16, and Zack-15.Bill and his wife Susan have three teenage sons, Sam-19, Robby-16, and Zack-15.



Stop Making Sense



Once again, I feel as if I've entered Opposite World, where up is down, in is out and everything is completely backwards. I didn't meant to quote the Talking Heads, but it's the lower case talking heads who are making my brain hurt right now.

First of all, the talking head making the most sense about Iraq right now is... Shephard Smith!?!?! Yes, the man who is relegated to keeping his sexuality safely hidden in the closet because his employer is Faux News is, once again, speaking the truth. This time, he's saying what I'm thinking about Iraq.

If that wasn't mind blowing enough, how about Mark Halperin talking sense to Paul Bremer about Iraq and the role of the US in that troubled part of the world!

If you were pleasantly surprised  by those two segments, welcome to the club. Unfortunately then, you'll likely be sadly disappointed by the answers I got from General Wesley Clark. The former NATO commander and presidential candidate apparently thinks the way I'd have expected the two men mentioned above to think... When I asked Gen. Clark what we should do in Iraq, he unequivocally called for "air strikes."

I know, he is a retired US Army General and, as such, is conditioned to think that way. But I expected more out of a career military man who opposed entering Iraq in the first place and actually seemed refreshing during his presidential run in 2004. Then again, he did participate in a sickening celebration of war on NBC in a strange "reality show" called "Stars Earn Stripes." I thought then that he had lost his mind. Now I know that his mind has been darkened by the fog of war.

In an interesting juxtaposition of ideas, Chelsea Manning published an Op-Ed in yesterday's NY Times explaining that "the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan," and urges people to be skeptical of their coverage now.

In the first hour, Howie Klein joined in as he does each Monday morning for the Steve Israel Hour, sponsored by Little Debbie. Today, we discussed the incompetence of Steve Israel who never saw the Cantor crushing coming, and did everything he could to protect Cantor from a Democratic challenger. Plus next week's primaries could bring us a real progressive as the Democratic nominee in the MD governor's race in Heather Mizeur, but probably won't.

Tomorrow, it's @GottaLaff time... Seriously, we all need some laughs right about now... Tuesday, 10-noon ET radio or not!

Listen to the full show here:


Pardoned Iran-Contra figure aided #Bergdahl hunt


the more you know msnbc Iran-Contra

The Sunday Los Angeles Times has a substantive report about now-freed Bowe Bergdahl's captors. It chronicles the events that led to his release and provides background on the groups involved with his imprisonment. They break down the timeline as best they can in the years-long efforts by the U.S. to find and rescue Bergdahl. It's interesting stuff, worth a read. One nugget in particular caught my eye: How U.S. officials relied on a private company in the search. And one of those hired by that company was a guy who was indicted for perjury in the Iran-Contra scandal.

We paid Sunni militants for peace during Bush's fraudulent war, we paid private contractors to fight that war-- Blackwater. That ended well, didn't it?-- and then we paid a private intel group to aid in Bergdahl's recovery. And in turn, they paid local tattletales. We sure do have a lot of spare cash lying around:

The U.S. search for Bergdahl, and his ultimate release, involved an array of U.S. and foreign military and intelligence agencies.

It also included a private intelligence outfit called the Eclipse Group that was run by a former top CIA operations officer, Duane "Dewey" Clarridge.

In 1991, Clarridge was indicted on seven counts of perjury in the Iran-Contra scandal but was pardoned by President George H.W. Bush before his trial was over. He has said he maintained a network of spies and informants in Afghanistan and Pakistan after he left the CIA.

A former Eclipse member said the group paid local informants to collect intelligence, which was passed on to U.S. military commanders searching for Bergdahl.

According to a senior member of the U.S. military who was part of the search for Bergdahl, the Eclipse reports included not only facts, but also rumors. In spite of the unreliability of some of the information, he said, "We take everything we can get." Even advice from an Iran-Contra perjurer.

The more you know.



Afternoon-Evening Links



The U.S. spent $3 million on boats for landlocked Afghanistan

#Plagiarism The Troubling Case of Chris Hedges

Clever Piece of Code Exposes Here-to-Fore Hidden Changes in Supreme Court Decisions

Why Americans call what the rest of the world calls 'football' 'soccer'.


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Bergdahl writing, posts show frustration, struggle

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Krugman on the Surprising and Disturbing Lessons from Eric Cantor's Shocking Defeat

Immigrants in Federal Prisons ‘Subjected to Shocking Abuse and Mistreatment’

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John McCain Tweets Congratulations to George W Bush on his 'victory' in Iraq.

Sarah Palin Threatens To Leave The GOP Unless Obama Flies Abandoned Kids to Mexico

Americans Will Tolerate a Variety of In-Laws. One Exception: Atheists.