Monday, July 08, 2013

Is Edward Snowden The Man Who Never Returned Redux?

Biff and Wanda are two blow-dried anchorpeople of the "Action McNews", a newscast in which Tom Tomorrow suggests that most TV news is little more than PR spin. A Biff and Wanda strip almost always ends with a cut to a commercial break ("Now, these messages!") This blogger has not viewed a local or network newscast in nearly a decade. Ditto for the talking head news shows for the past five years. This blogger's ole source of news is "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" with John Oliver substituting for the 2013 summer months. Stewart/Oliver make this blogger LOL and that's enough — and more than the Biffs and Wandas provide. One of tonight's news reports mentions Edward Snowden who is locked in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport because he entered Russia without a transit visa. Full disclosure, this blogger spent several hellish hours in the transit area of that same airport because he lacked a transit visa. So, here's a word of advice: if changing planes in Moscow, don't try it without a transit visa. (It is a single sheet of paper containing the traveler's name and personal information with a passport photo-equivalent affixed to the document. The visa must be obtained prior to travel at a Russian embassy or consulate.) O, well. Edward Snowden has taken a plane trip to very unpleasant circumstances. In the meantime, hear the Kingston Trio sing about another entrapped traveler:

[x YouTube/SeansVoice Channel]
"MTA" (1949, 1959)
By The Kingston Trio (Dave Guard, Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds)

If this is a (fair & balanced) nightmare for Snowden, so be it.

[x This Modern World]
The Important Questions
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.]

Copyright © 2013 Tom Tomorrow (Dan Perkins)

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