Friday Open Thread ~ "What are you reading?" edition ~ The Second


When Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two people and wounded a third with an assault rifle on the night of August 25, 2020, the police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, let him just walk away. The white seventeen-year-old was even able to drive from Kenosha to his home in Illinois before finally being arrested.

By contrast, Philando Castile, a thirty-two-year-old Black man, was shot to death during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, a suburb of Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 2016 for simply telling the officer that he was carrying a firearm.

The White Right to Bear Arms

Friday Open Thread ~ the week in review edition

I believe it was the great Paul Neuman who used to describe Washington Week In Review as, "riveting stuff." Sad to say the luster has come off since the days of Ken Bodie as moderator.


It has come to pass that, with too few exceptions, comedians and cartoonists are now our best journalists. Friday Open Thread hopes to walk us through a review of last week's most memorable events ... as illuminated through editorial cartoons and non tradional media.

Meet Miguel. He is a farm worker in Soledad CA. Here he uses a special magnifying glass to search for tiny spiders that can damage the grapes, destroy the leaves and suck the juice from the cane. Thankfully on this day the wine grapes were free from any pests. #WeFeedYou

Friday Open Thread ~ "Who is your favorite political cartoonist ?" edition ~ Steve Brodner


Steve Brodner (born October 19, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York) is a satirical illustrator and caricaturist working for publications in the US since the 1970s. He is accepted in the fields of journalism and the graphic arts as a master of the editorial idiom. Currently a regular contributor to GQ, The Nation, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, Brodner's art journalism has appeared in most major magazines and newspapers in the United States, such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, Time, Playboy, Mother Jones, Harper's, and The Atlantic. His work, first widely seen exposing and attacking Reagan-era scandals, is credited with helping spearhead the 1980s revival of pointed and entertaining graphic commentary in the US. He is currently working on a book about the presidents of the United States.

Friday Open Thread ~ "What are you reading?" edition ~ Literature and the Environment


As an over 65 resident of Jefferson County, I have the perk of being able take courses at University of Louisville .... for free. I do have the expense of having to purchase any required books. But there is no pressure to perform, beyond participating as fully as I can out of respect to the professor and tuition paying fellow students, and taking only one class allows me the luxury of time.

My next challenge will be LITERATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT. This distance learning class allows me to avoid crowded indoor rooms during Covid-19 times.


The texts for my latest class have arrived. I look forward to learning from them and writing about them.