mardi 31 mars 2015
Caricature de DARYL CAGLE, CAGLECARTOONS.COM
On ne pourra plus interdire les armes dans les parcs publics au Tennessee. La Chambre des représentants de l'état a voté une mesure sans avoir de débat sur la question...
Caricature de RICK MCKEE, THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE
Généralement le caricaturiste Rick McKee n'est pas tendre envers les démocrates et/ou l'administration Obama. Ici il exprime bien le ressentiment de plusieurs observateurs, surtout des républicains, qui souhaitaient qu'on puisse aller au fond de cette histoire de courriels détruits par Mme Clinton.
lundi 30 mars 2015
"One particularly fascinating subject that the documentary tackles is the relationship between celebrities and the church, which has been well-documented particularly with two of its most famous members: John Travolta and Tom Cruise. The film goes into detail about how much Scientology leader David Miscavige relies on star power to recruit new members and raise money."
The Church of Scientology — worth billions of dollars — is considered tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service, which waged a nasty battle with the church for years before giving up and declaring it a non-profit religious organization in 1993. As Wright says in “Going Clear,” there are only two ways to stop the church. One: The IRS could change its mind and start looking into finances. The other? “Some of these celebrity megaphones could turn against the church,” says Wright. “And Tom Cruise should be leading that chorus.”
“Trevor Noah is an enormous talent. He has an insightful and unique point of view, and most importantly, is wickedly funny,” Ganeless said. “For the next host of ‘The Daily Show,’ we set out to find a fresh voice who can speak to our audience with a keen take on the events of the day, and we found that in Trevor. He has a huge international following and is poised to explode here in America, and we are thrilled to have him join Comedy Central.”
Stewart, who announced he would be stepping down later this year after nearly two decades as host, told the Times that he might have to rejoin the staff with Noah at the helm.
“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.…In fact, I may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!””
La Sénatrice de New York Kirsten Gillibrand, modèle pour le personnage principal
La série colle de près aux grands événements de la scène internationale que ce soit en s'intéressant aux négociations avec l'Iran, la Chine ou le monde arabe. Même si McCord trouve presque toujours la solution parfaite à chaque problème, la représentation du fonctionnement de son service ou du monde politique à Washington présente un intérêt certain. Plusieurs observateurs se demandaient si Hillary Clinton avait été le modèle auquel l'actrice Tea Leoni devait se conformer. Selon les auteurs de la série, son personnage s'inspirerait principalement de la Sénatrice de l'état de New York Kirsten Gillibrand. Je n'avais jamais remarqué la ressemblance physique entre les deux femmes et tout comme la Secrétaire McCord la Sénatrice est mère de famille.
Une série qui n'est pas dénué d'intérêt et à laquelle il ne manque qu'un petit quelque chose de plus "punché" pour réellement accrocher un auditoire plus vaste que celui des amateurs de politique américaine.
Voici un lien pour un court topo de la série sur le site de POLITICO:
"“Now, of course, we’re going to stretch a little bit because we want it to be as entertaining as it can be, but we’re doing it within the parameters, trying to really show the process and inner workings of the State Department,” Hall said. That behind-the-scenes look, with a balance of family life and idealistic characters, is what McCreary and Hall said makes “Madam Secretary” different from shows with darker tones, such as “House of Cards.”
“I think what could set this show apart is that we would like to portray politicians as we hope they are and we hope they will be and that will speak to us in a language that we understand and will help us understand what’s really going on,” McCreary said. “I wanted to create a character who was the opposite of a politician,” Hall said.
“We’re really going in the other direction,” Hall added. “We want to do anti-politics, in a way, just in terms of our main characters; we want to bring outsiders into this world.”
Her CIA experience gives McCord a “hands-on understanding,” Hall says, “but what she has to learn is the politics and the diplomacy; that’s her journey.”
dimanche 29 mars 2015
La photo qui coiffe ce billet est celle de la maison d'Abraham Lincoln. Elle est drapée pour le deuil après l'assassinat du Président.
Pour l'instant ce sont 500 photos que Mme Robin Stanford accepte de vendre, mais sa collection est encore bien plus grande. Elle prévoyait tout léguer à son fils qui est malheureusement décédé. Elle a accepté de se départir de ses photos pour contribuer à payer les études de ses petits-enfants. Au-delà de l'aspect technique, les images présentent une réalité parfois difficile à imaginer.
"Almost all the images are so-called stereo pictures — two shots of the same scene printed on an oblong card that was designed to be seen in 3-D through a stereo viewer.
“They’re just tremendously significant,” said Bob Zeller, president of the Center for Civil War Photography, especially the plantation group. “These are not post-war . . . or after Union occupation. These are actual scenes of slavery in America.”
The purchase comes as the country concludes its four-year commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the 1861-1865 war next month.
The library, which received the images in December, has many of them digitized and posted online. Eventually, all of them will be."
"Instead, Obama looks poised to leave an even more dangerous and unpredictable region than the one he inherited in 2009. “The mood here is that we really are at a crisis point that is unprecedented in recent memory,” said Suzanne Maloney, a senior fellow in the Middle East policy center at the Brookings Institution, who spoke from the Qatari capital of Doha. “This feels more intense and more complicated” than past moments of turmoil, Maloney added.
Even the one constant in the region for the U.S. — its relationship with Israel — is as strained as it’s been in almost 25 years. Some American officials pointed to bright spots, noting that Israel faces few day-to-day security threats at the moment and that important security and intelligence cooperation with countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia remains strong.
One official called the Arab coalition against Yemen’s Houthis a positive development. Kerry has supported discussions in the region about standing up a multination Arab counter-terrorism force that could root out radical groups like ISIL and Al Qaeda. That would relieve pressure on the U.S. to fight radicalism directly."
"If there’s no deal by March 31, there’s no practical reason the United States and its partners couldn’t keep negotiating. In practice, the real deadline of concern for the Obama White House is April 13, when the Senate is scheduled to return from its Easter recess — and will likely take up legislation cracking down on Iran if a framework is not in hand.
These are six of the core issues that any agreement in the coming days will need to address, and which both supporters and critics will be scrutinizing to see who got the better of the deal."
"The size of the unauthorized immigrant labor force did not change from 2007 to 2012, but its makeup shifted slightly. The number of unauthorized immigrants in management or professional related jobs grew by 180,000, while the number in construction or production jobs fell by about 475,000, mirroring rises and declines in the overall U.S. economy. The share of all unauthorized immigrant workers with management and professional jobs grew to 13% in 2012 from 10% in 2007, and the share with construction or production jobs declined to 29% from 34%.
Despite these shifts, unauthorized immigrant workers remain concentrated in lower-skill jobs, much more so than U.S.-born workers, according to the new estimates, which are based on government data. In 2012, 62% held service, construction and production jobs, twice the share of U.S.-born workers who did. The 13% share with management or professional jobs is less than half of the 36% of U.S.-born workers in those occupations."
"Mr. Clinton has talked to friends about courting a demographic group that he sees as crucial in the next election — Latinos — as well as reaching out to other key constituencies like African-Americans, to elected officials and to high-dollar donors.
In hopes of collaborating with Mr. Clinton better than in 2008 — if not controlling him outright — advisers to Mrs. Clinton are involving him more closely in early campaign planning, and they are discussing whether to deploy a senior aide to travel with him to keep him focused on his wife’s central message. The strategy would channel his myriad political talents, such as synthesizing polling data with ground operations in important states like Florida, which he is preoccupied with winning in 2016. Mr. Clinton views both former Gov. Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio as particular threats, given their strength in that state — their mutual home base — and their ability to reach out (in fluent Spanish) to Hispanic voters."
Caricature de NATE BEELER, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
"This was an intensely personal and intensely secretive decision. Not even his closest friends knew until Reid and top aides started making phone calls before dawn in Nevada. This was between Reid and his wife, Landra, who is by far the most influential person in his life. Even some of his kids were not aware.
One person who knew put it succinctly: “The honest truth: He didn't want to be the old senile guy in the Senate. That people looked at and said he used to be sharp. And he wants to win the majority back and go out on top. Prospect of another eight years was too long. 2 or 4 yes; 8 no. And he would never allow his seat to be appointed by R governor. So now he can pick who he wants to run in his seat.”
He already has: Former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who has said she wants to be a U.S. senator. If she runs, she will be the favorite, and Reid will try to do what Laxalt did unsuccessfully nearly three decades ago: Pick and elect his successor.
Caricature de STEVE SACK, THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
On apprend de plus en plus de détails sur l'état de santé mentale du co-pilote du vol de Germanwings. Andreas Lubitz aurait souffert d'épuisement professionnel et des antidépresseurs ont été retrouvé dans son appartement. Le médecin du co-pilote ne le croyait pas en mesure d'effectuer son travail correctement, une information que Lubitz n' pas révélée à son employeur.
Caricature d'ADAM ZYGLIS, THE BUFFALO NEWS
Le co-pilote de Germanwings aurait dissimulé des informations sur son état de santé.
mercredi 25 mars 2015
Caricature de DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM
Le controversé Paul LePage, Gouverneur du Maine, a justifié des changements qu'ils souhaitent apporter à la politique fiscale du Maine en avançant que Stephen King avait quitté le Maine pour ne pas avoir à payer d'impôts. King exige des excuses et précise qu'il habite toujours l'état et qu'il paie ses impôts comme tout le monde.
lundi 23 mars 2015
"In 2016, more than anything else, Republicans want to win. The purest in the party are louder and more celebrated in the media, but they are outnumbered by those who think a solid conservative who can appeal to the center has an easier time winning than someone like Cruz, who is associated with the angry, self-righteous right wing of the party.
It isn’t clear whether Cruz particularly cares about how he is viewed or whether he thinks he needs to soften his image, if not modify some of his positions, in his campaign for president. At times, it seems that Cruz wants to wear his lack of support from the Republican Party “establishment” as a badge of honor. But if he defines the “establishment” as just about anyone who has ever won an election, well, he may need to rethink his approach. One bad sign for Cruz is that he doesn’t appear to have many elected officials supporting his candidacy at this stage. That’s a red light flashing on the dashboard of any campaign. It says something when others who have “run for sheriff” are not willing to associate themselves with your campaign.
"In announcing his candidacy, the 44-year-old Cruz sought to get out ahead of other candidates, several of whom — including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul — are expected to get into the contest early next month. In doing so, Cruz circumvented the traditional exploratory phase of a presidential campaign, choosing instead to jump head-first into the race.
Coloring Cruz’s calculation, his advisers said, was the belief that he had little to lose by waiting. In recent months, his star has been eclipsed by other candidates-in-waiting, notably Bush, who since launching his exploratory campaign has locked up the backing of much of the Republican Party’s establishment wing. At the same time, Cruz has been facing growing competition for conservative support from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
With the next campaign launch not likely to come until April 7 — when Paul kicks off his presidential bid in Louisville, Ky. — Cruz will have a two-week period to draw attention to candidacy. Later this month, he will travel to to New Hampshire, a critical early primary state.
The window will also enable Cruz to fill his fundraising coffers, with the early launch positioning him to take advantage of the full second fundraising quarter to amass cash in advance of the June 30 filing deadline — when a well-stocked campaign treasury will be viewed as a sign of strength. Later this week, he will head to New York City to raise money.
samedi 21 mars 2015
Sack souligne l'initiative du PDG de Starbucks qui demandait il y a quelques jours à ses employés d'inscrire "Race together" sur les gobelets pour ainsi contribuer à établir le dialogue sur la question raciale. L'initiative a été critiqué par plusieurs. Sack réfère également à l'aversion des élus républicains pour la question du réchauffement climatique.
vendredi 20 mars 2015
"The comparison to Clinton can certainly be overplayed. By all accounts, she lacks Nixon’s personal awkwardness and strangeness. But a portion of the characterization “Nixonian” is a compliment: hardworking, untiring, relentless. While another portion — wary, secretive, ruthless — can lead down some dark alleys.
Right now, Clinton is generally benefiting, not suffering, from this reputation. The next president, from either party, will need to provide a contrast of strength and purpose to President Obama’s foreign policy of disengagement that has resulted in disaster and led to inadequate, ad hoc responses. Despite her association with the failed “Russian reset,” Clinton is generally positioned to Obama’s interventionist right on foreign policy (especially on Syria). She is a Democrat who would be seen as a tougher, more responsible alternative to her former employer."
jeudi 19 mars 2015
"According to the majority of Americans, women are every bit as capable of being good political leaders as men. The same can be said of their ability to dominate the corporate boardroom. And according to a new Pew Research Center survey on women and leadership, most Americans find women indistinguishable from men on key leadership traits such as intelligence and capacity for innovation, with many saying they’re stronger than men in terms of being compassionate and organized leaders.
So why, then, are women in short supply at the top of government and business in the United States? According to the public, at least, it’s not that they lack toughness, management chops or proper skill sets."
"Tunisia is the Arab world’s most successful democracy, and it recently completed its first free presidential elections and a peaceful rotation of political power. But its security forces have also struggled to quash occasional attacks by Islamist extremists, especially in its mountains, and Tunisia has emerged as one of the biggest sources of foreign fighters joining the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in Syria and Iraq.
Democracy has provided new freedom of speech for the group’s recruiters, and it is easy to find young Tunisians captivated by promises of justice and opportunity as they struggle under the weight of an economy suffering from years of tumult and an abusive police force left over from the old authoritarian system.
There was no specific evidence by Wednesday night linking the museum attack to the Islamic State, but its supporters circulated celebratory messages on social media, often citing a video released online in December.
In it, Boubakr Hakim, a Tunisian militant known as Abu Moqatel, urged support for the Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the earlier assassinations of two left-leaning Tunisian politicians, and warned of attacks to come. “You will not live in safety as long as Tunisia is not ruled by Islam,” he said.
Caricature de MILT PRIGGEE, WWW.MILTPRIGGEE.COM
La campagne "Race together" de Starbucks soulèves des questions et une petite controverse. Howard Schultz, le PDG de Starbucks, demande à ses employés d'inscrire le slogan sur les gobelets pour favoriser le débat. Hum... Vraiment? Dérapages possibles? Il semble que le PDG soit prêt à gérer quelques "inconforts".
mercredi 18 mars 2015
"On his second full day in office, Obama did sign an executive order that was cast as a directive to close Guantanamo within a year. But it actually created a task force charged with creating a plan to close the detention facility. By the time the group released its plan on Jan. 22, 2010, the bipartisan consensus around closing Gitmo had dissipated and the administration had other priorities for spending its political capital."
Caricature de PAT BAGLEY, SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
Le gouverneur Rick Scott a réprimandé un employé de l'état parce qu'il avait utilisé l'expression "changement climatique". On interdit aussi aux employés du gouvernement de l'état le recours à l'expression réchauffement climatique. Pourtant les côtes de la Floride sont durement touchées par le réchauffement climatique tout comme une bonne partie de la côte est américaine...
mardi 17 mars 2015
lundi 16 mars 2015
Le Cégep Garneau de Québec commémore cette année la Première Guerre Mondiale. Après une exposition entre septembre et novembre, les organisateurs proposent maintenant un colloque de vulgarisation scientifique de deux jours, soit les mardi 17 mars et mercredi 18 mars. Deux journées de conférences, de musique et de théâtre.
Parmi les conférenciers on retrouve Sami Aoun, Michel Litalien (histoire et patrimoine, Ministère de la Défense nationale), Béatrice Richard (Collège militaire royal de St-Jean), Philippe Mottet (professeur Cégep Garneau), Marie-Ève Chagnon (postdoctorante Université de Montréal), Carl Pépin (Dictionnaire biographique du Canada), Marcelle Cinq-Mars (archiviste militaire, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada) et Jean-Pierre Desbiens (professeur Cégep Garneau). Par ma part, en compagnie de mes collègues Simon Roy et Raphaël Arteau McNeil, je contribuerai à une table ronde animée par Catherine Lachaussée de Radio-Canada.
Les sujets sont très variés et on ajoute aux conférences une performance de de la chanteuse Lily Thibodeau (jazz et swing avec le groupe Tea for 20') ainsi que la pièce de théâtre Unity (1918). Le colloque est ouvert à tous et l'entrée est gratuite!
Pour plus de renseignements, voici le lien pour le site des commémorations au Cégep Garneau. Il suffit de cliquer sur l'onglet "colloque".