THE PUBLIC EYE:How Did We Get Here?

Bob Burnett
Friday August 09, 2019 - 01:37:00 PM

As we reflect on the horrific El Paso and Dayton shootings, it's clear that we've reached an inflection point in our society. We're teetering on the edge of civil war. Let's take a couple of steps back and consider how we got here. -more-

ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Government Unfairly Targets Mentally Ill in Response to Gun Violence

Jack Bragen
Friday August 09, 2019 - 01:39:00 PM

The Trump Administration is benefiting in two or more ways from the recent outbreaks in gun violence. Trump is using this issue to divert public attention away from Russian interference in U.S. elections. Secondly, since the Trump modus operandi is largely to target minority groups as scapegoats, Trump is able to pick on yet another segment of American population, mentally ill people. Mentally ill people, historically and to this day, find it more difficult to speak up for ourselves and assert our rights in comparison to other minority groups. Leave it to Trump to attack those who are the most defenseless.

Other segments of U.S. Government are also picking on mentally ill people and on people with a history of being traumatized. I saw on television news, a government official described people who are suspect. The profile he gave puts Yours Truly in the crosshairs of people whom this official said should be reported. This is uncomfortable. -more-

ECLECTIC RANT: Escalating domestic terrorism**

Ralph E. Stone
Friday August 09, 2019 - 03:53:00 PM

I am saddened and outraged by the latest mass shootings. That’s three in eight days. On July 28, a 19-year-old shooter killed 3 — including a 6-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl — and wounded 12 others at the Gilroy, California, Garlic Festival; then on on August 3, another gunman killed 22 and wounded 24 others at a Walmart store in El Paso,Texas; and then on August 4, another gunman killed nine and wounded several others in Dayton, Ohio. An assault-type weapon was used in the first two shootings. -more-

SMITHEREENS: Reflections on Bits & Pieces

Gar Smith
Friday August 09, 2019 - 03:42:00 PM

Note to CBS: Woodstock Was a Blast—But Not That Kind

On August 15, in the summer of 1969, an historic festival was organized to celebrate "three days of peace and music." On August 4, 2019 CBS Evening News debuted a 12-minute feature to commemorate the event. They titled it: "Woodstock at 50: A return to 'ground zero for peace and love.'"

Ground Zero?

When did radiating love become the equivalent of radioactive leftovers?

You might say this kind of militaristic expropriation "puts the BS in CBS."

Clammy Comic Calamities

The #MeToon movement continues to rack up examples of cartoon-strip misogyny and, once again, the winner and all-time champ is . . . The Fusco Brothers. -more-