Monday, June 17, 2013

Roll Over, Jane Austen! We Have Nonsense & Insensibility Today!

With today's 'toon, the latest feature in Blogger image downloads makes its first appearance. For the past week, the last step in downloading an image to a blog post included the ability to position the image (left, center, right, or none — left by default) and center was chosen as the position for the image. In addition, the download option also included a size adjustment for the image (small to extra-large with original size as a default). Today, this blogger chose center for the image position on the page. Previously, this blogger had to write HTML code to position the image in the center of the page and the size chosen was extra-large. For readers needing an even larger image, this blogger's browser (Chrome) has a Zoom feature and the image size can be increased beyond extra large and other browsers contain a similar tool. In other words, no more "Click to embiggen") below the image.

Of course, the point of this post is today's "This Modern World" 'toon. Tom Tomorrow doesn't care for The Surveillance State that has emerged in "The War On Terror." Of course, there is ample evidence that surveillance existed long before POTUS 43 or 44 took office. That doesn't justify spying on every Tom, Dick, or Harriet in the land. In the final panel, POTUS 44 pledges to strive for a balance between security and privacy and the ghost of Ben Franklin is critical of this formula. If this is a (fair & balanced) False Dilemma, so be it.

[x This Modern World]
Sensible Thinkers
By Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins)

Tom Tomorrow/Dan Perkins

[Dan Perkins is an editorial cartoonist better known by the pen name "Tom Tomorrow". His weekly comic strip, "This Modern World," which comments on current events from a strong liberal perspective, appears regularly in approximately 150 papers across the U.S., as well as on Daily Kos. The strip debuted in 1990 in SF Weekly. Perkins, a long time resident of Brooklyn, New York, currently lives in Connecticut. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism in both 1998 and 2002. When he is not working on projects related to his comic strip, Perkins writes a daily political weblog, also entitled "This Modern World," which he began in December 2001. Earlier this year, Dan Perkins, pen name Tom Tomorrow, was named the winner of the 2013 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning.]

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