Michael Cavna announced the winners of the The Cartoonists Rights Network International awards for courage a few days ago, but the details seemed sketchy, so I waited to see if someone else would have more substance.
Well, now Alan Gardner has posted the news at the Daily Cartoonist with equally few specifics, so I decided to do a little exploring and see what I could come up with.
Both offered links to the organization's website, which, alas, is an irregularly updated bit of a dog's breakfast, but does have a full report on the struggles of Indian cartoonist Kanika Mishra, who has been receiving death threats since taking on the rape charges against a popular guru.
That article was written before the awards, but I doubt they'd have much to add and it does feature several of her cartoons on the topic, so it's well worth the visit.
Tracking down Palestinian cartoonist Majda Shaheen took a little more sleuthing, but not much, since she has several cartoons at Cartoon Movement.
Though not this one, which I got from her Facebook page, and which is a little less enigmatic than her other pieces.
That's not criticism: Many international cartoons work with metaphors, and thus are enigmatic to an American audience used to the story-telling approach of American political cartoons.
Apparently, both Palestinian and Indian readers understand the women's work, at least enough to want to kill them for it.
And, by golly, Mishra's Facebook page includes a link to Cartoon Movement's report of the awards, which provides a bit more context. I'll consciously go short today, because the links are all worth your time.
Meanwhile, in this country, Jim Romensko passes along the news that a reporter in Jonesboro, Arkansas, was harassed by constant, vicious on-line abuse from the local chief of police to the point where she resigned.
While honoring those who stand up to bullying and threats, we should remember that the fact that they are heroes does not mean that those who decide it's not worth it are cowards.
Heroes are heroes because they do what few others would, and, if heroism were the default, army uniforms would come with the ribbons already sewn on.
The real "cowards" are the contemptible blowhards and Walter Mittys who stand on the sidelines and tell people in the middle of the battle how they would handle it, if, y'know, they didn't have this trick knee and a dental appointment and if their parents would let them borrow the car.
Six or more impossible things before breakfast
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we've slipped into such contradictory, incoherent nonsense that I'm tempted to retire the question "Is he a fool or a rogue?" and just assume that the divisions between truth and lies are no longer in play.
Such that, as Rob Rogers suggests, the chefs who chose the sauce for the goose are outraged that anyone would splash a little on the gander.
I don't much like Rick Perry, but I'm not crazy about the soundness of the indictment brought against him, either. As they say, you can indict a ham sandwich, and I'm not sure there's much meat in this one.
Still, compared to the lawsuit against Obama, it's like something out of Perry-freaking-Mason.
And we continue to hear the steady drumbeat about how Obamacare is hurting people and has been a major failure, though, as Tom Toles points out, it isn't actually hurting people and hasn't really been a major failure.
Who cares? At the risk of making a second reference to Bluto Blutarski in as many days, the right-wingers are on a roll.
You can even still hear them sneering over Pelosi's prediction that, once the ACA was up and running, people would see its benefits and feel better about it, although, now that it's up and running, people are seeing its benefits and feeling better about it.
Maybe they should print up buttons that say "La-La-La-La-La We Can't Hear You!"
And Matt Bors points out this obvious contradiction in coverage, though it should be noted that the excuses generally come from the hairspray airheads at the moderate networks, while the race-baiting accusations are nearly all coming from right-wing sites.
The central problem in all this is that being "moderate" these days has come down to reporting "both sides" even when one side does not survive scrutiny. And also when neither side is credible.
Which makes the contrast between incompetent reporting and outright dishonest reporting a distinction without a difference.
And then there's this:
And the Senate candidate who is from Massachusetts.
Prisoners here of our own device