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Toons: Big Heads, Tebowing, Going Home and more. - 12/16/11

By Taylor Jones, Politicalcartoons.com - 12/16/2011

By Kirk Walters, Toledo Blade - 12/16/2011

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 12/16/2011

By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons - 12/16/2011

By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 12/16/2011

By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 12/16/2011

By Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 12/16/2011

By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 12/16/2011

By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 12/16/2011

By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 12/16/2011

By Milt Priggee, www.miltpriggee.com - 12/16/2011

By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 12/16/2011

By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 12/16/2011

By Iain Green, The Scotsman, Scotland - 12/16/2011

By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 12/16/2011

By Matt Wuerker - December 16, 2011

By Tom Toles - December 16, 2011

By Ted Rall - December 16, 2011

All previous editions can be found in my journal.

Point Click, Fire: An Undercover Investigation of Illegal Online Gun Sales

On December 14, 2011, the City of New York announced a first-of-its-kind undercover investigation of illegal online gun sales. The recordings below provide actual audio from the investigation, which covered 125 sellers from 14 states advertising on 10 websites.

The investigation uncovered a vast and unregulated online market for illegal guns. City investigators found:

62 percent of online sellers agreed to sell guns to investigators posing as buyers who couldn’t pass a gun background check – a felony under federal law.

82 percent of sellers on Craigslist agreed to sell guns to people they believed to be prohibited purchasers – though the website prohibits online firearms sales.

The accompanying report - Point Click, Fire: An Undercover Investigation of Illegal Online Gun Sales (PDF) - documents the extent of the online gun market, details the City’s investigative techniques, and offers recommendations on how illegal online sales can be prevented.

For media inquiries about the investigation, contact the New York City Mayor's office at 212-788-2958.




What do you think of the City of New York's findings? Does this investigation change the way you think about the firearms industry? What do you think, if anything, ought to change with our firearms laws?

K&R if you loathe the Republican Party!

You knew it was coming...

Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky

verb \ˈlōth\
loathed loath·ing
Definition of LOATHE
transitive verb
: to dislike greatly and often with disgust or intolerance : detest
— loath·er noun

Another Setback for Hawaiian Recognition

Jesse Broder Van Dyke

By Chad Blair 12/16/2011

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye is fond of saying, "There's more than one way to skin a cat."

Hawaii's senior senator is referring to his skill in maneuvering legislation favorable to the islands.

This week, however, the cat remained un-skinned as members of the U.S. House killed a provision in a bill that could have led to federal recognition of Native Hawaiians.

"This provision remained an active item of discussion between the members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee until the very end," the senator said in a statement released Friday. "Unfortunately, it was opposed by members of the House, who wanted a variety of devastating anti-environmental riders which, if the Senate accepted, would have set back our nation’s air and water protections for many years to come."


I get the feeling Inouye wants to get this done before his time is up. Damn the Republicans, and especially Mr. McCain and Mr. Jon Kyl for being the lead opponents just about every time: http://www.dkosopedia.com/wiki/Akaka_Bill

The Road to War between the U.S. and Japan was Paved by Irreconcilable Worldviews

John Gripentrog


John Gripentrog is Associate Professor at Mars Hill College near Asheville, NC. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006. He teaches courses in both U.S. foreign relations and modern Japan. In addition to “The Transnational Pastime: Baseball and American Perceptions of Japan in the 1930s,” which appeared in Diplomatic History 34:2 (April 2010), he recently participated in an H-Diplo roundtable review of Michael Auslin’s Pacific Cosmopolitans. He is currently working on an interwar history of U.S.-Japan relations. This article is cross-posted from a roundtable on SHAFR's blog.

Anniversaries are not easy for the historian. Defining moments in history are typically commemorated in solemnity or regaled in celebration, both of which rely principally on emotional investment. For the historian, however, anniversaries are moments to reflect more critically on complex questions such as causation, consequence, and context. The seventy-year anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor—a watershed event that precipitated a slow-moving slaughter across the Pacific, culminating in the hell-fires of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—reminds us of these humbling challenges.

A central question surrounding Pearl Harbor is whether the U.S.-Japan collision was preventable. In particular, did the eleventh-hour diplomatic negotiations that occurred in 1941 offer a viable chance to reconcile differences? In the years since the end of the war, a number of historians have maintained that a window of opportunity did in fact exist as late as the summer and fall of 1941 and that war therefore was avoidable. In this narrative, war ultimately came because the Roosevelt administration was too uncompromising and wrongly assumed that Japan posed a threat to American national security. One scholar even claims that the American position was “extreme” and that Secretary of State Cordell Hull “should have sought a way for Japan and the United States to peacefully coexist with their differences.” Other historians avoid blame-laden ascriptions but nonetheless locate critical junctures and missed opportunities in the months before Pearl Harbor. [1]

The scholarly focus on individual actors (FDR, Hull) or official lobbying efforts (Ambassador Nomura Kichisaburō upon leaders in Tokyo) has its merits, but these microscopic views often fail to account for the larger historical context. For what is most conspicuous about the protracted negotiations between the United States and Japan in 1941 is how they make plain the profound geopolitical and ideological disconnect between the two adversaries—a divide that had progressively widened after the Second Sino-Japanese War began in 1937 and even more so after the formation of the Tripartite Pact in 1940. Essentially, compromise on either side would have required not just accepting “differences,” but altering fundamental worldviews. It would have required undoing the underlying Weltanschauung that drove Japan to send 27 divisions to subjugate China, join hands with Nazi Germany, and occupy Indochina—all of which compelled the United States to counter with economic sanctions. Because of this impossible undoing, by the summer of 1941, Japan and America headed irrevocably toward war.

Many scholars have presented the “road to Pearl Harbor” and the viability of “missed opportunities” by portraying Japan’s body politic as having been meaningfully divided between “moderates” and “militarists.” Implicit in this alleged dichotomy is the assumption that a countervailing “liberal element” remained in Japan’s government in the months leading to Pearl Harbor (more precisely, until the end of Premier Konoe Fumimaro’s third cabinet in October 1941)—one with which U.S. policymakers could have found some kind of accommodation. [2] And yet, what stands out in speeches and leadership appointments in the lead up to war is that foreign policy positions among Japan’s so-called moderates mostly harmonized with the policy agenda of the militarists. This is not to deny tactical deviations among civilian statesmen, the emperor, and military officials. Differences of opinion, indeed, surfaced over methods and approaches. But these arose over how to achieve largely similar ends. In the main, disagreement was one of degree, not of kind.


This should lay to rest some recent arguments made on DU that the United States sought out, provoked, and eagerly went to war with Japan. Article Conclusion: "Regrettably, eleventh-hour negotiations could do little to erase the fundamental ideological divide that separated the two nations on the eve of Japan’s surprise attack, or alter the historical context of the previous ten years."

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations -haven't seen you in awhile - does SHAFR bring back any memories of assigned articles for class discussion for anyone else?

One Big Hawaii Photography Thread

Post photographs you took yourself - no cheating. Doesn't matter if they are vacation, scenic, friends or family etc.

Lanai Point, Oahu - Final Resting Place of Barack Obama's Mother

Pololu Valley, Big Island.

Off trail inside Diamond Head, Oahu.

Waikiki and Honolulu by night from the top of Diamond Head, Oahu.

Maunawili Valley and a bit of Kawainui Marsh, Oahu

Spirit Leap (leina a ka ‘uhane) near Kaena point where some Hawaiian belief holds one departs to the afterlife.

Me at Lanai Point. How big? This big!

Would you believe me if I told you I took all of these (except for the portrait) with a 5 year old cellphone camera?

Toons: Leaving Iraq, Safe Driving, the Worlds Most Exclusive Club and more. 12/15/11

By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 12/15/2011

"Iraq is History" - By J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register - 12/15/2011

"Failed Climate Conference" - By Tim Eagan, Deep Cover - 12/15/2011

By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 12/15/2011

By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons - 12/15/2011

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News - 12/15/2011

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 12/15/2011

By Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com - 12/15/2011

By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 12/15/2011

By RJ Matson, Roll Call - 12/15/2011

By RJ Matson, The St. Louis Post Dispatch - 12/15/2011

By Tom Toles, December 15, 2011

By Pat Oliphant, December 15, 2011

By Stuart Carlson, December 15, 2011

By Ben Sargent, December 15, 2011

Toons: Trumpmas, Bigotry, Occupy God, and more. - 12/14/11

By Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette - 12/14/2011

By J.D. Crowe, Mobile Register - 12/14/2011

By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 12/14/2011

By Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons - 12/14/2011

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 12/14/2011

By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 12/14/2011

By Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant - 12/14/2011

By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 12/14/2011

By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 12/13/2011

By Tom Toles, The Washington Post - 12/14/11

By Ted Rall, 12/14/11

By Pat Oliphant, 12/14/11

By Matt Davies, 12/13/11

Frank De Lima

Frank Wilcox Napuakekaulike De Lima[1] (born July 8, 1949), a popular comedian from Hawaii, is considered by some media sources to be the most sought after comic in the state. With a Portuguese, Hawaiian, Irish, Chinese, English, Spanish, and Scottish heritage, he is known for light-hearted "Portagee" (Hawaiian Pidgin English for "Portuguese" slurs in his routine. In Honolulu, he attended the Cathedral Elementary School, Damien Memorial High School, and Saint Stephen Minor Seminary, later graduating with Bishop Clarence Silva of Honolulu at St. Patrick Archdiocesan Seminary in Menlo Park, California. He was subsequently ordained a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, serving at Holy Trinity Church, Kuliouou, Honolulu. He remains a devout Catholic.

As a service to the community, De Lima also administers the Frank De Lima Student Enrichment Program. Through the Enrichment Program, Frank travels around Hawaii to various schools to perform motivational speeches.


Toons: Santa, Mittens, an Invented People and more. 12/13/11

By Wright, The Detroit News - 12/13/2011

By Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle - 12/13/2011

By Jimmy Margulies, The Record of Hackensack, NJ - 12/13/2011

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune - 12/13/2011

By John Darkow, Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri - 12/13/2011

By John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune - 12/13/2011

By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 12/13/2011

By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star - 12/13/2011

By Cardow, The Ottawa Citizen - 12/13/2011

By Osama Hajjaj, Abu Mahjoob Creative Productions - 12/13/2011

By Tom Toles, The Washington Post - 12/13/11

By Pat Oliphant, - 12/13/11

By Stuart Carlson, - December 13, 2011
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