The co-creator of the Punisher, Marvel’s murderously violent vigilante crimefighter, is calling on comic-book artists to create artworks reclaiming the character’s famous skull logo in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Writer Gerry Conway opposes the appropriation of the symbol by police officers, some of whom have been seen wearing it at demonstrations protesting the killing of George Floyd
When this article was first published on November 16, 2017, ahead of the release of Netflix’s show The Punisher, relations between many Americans and the police were unquestionably tense. Now, in June 2020, that dynamic has combusted into national protests against state-sanctioned violence. One media figure unambiguously on the side of the state is Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who went on air recently wearing a skull-shaped lapel pin. It is the logo of the Punisher, a violent vigilante from Marvel Comics who has become something of a totem for cops and soldiers. We’re republishing this article to offer background on the role the Punisher plays in the self-conception of many members of the police and military professions.
It’s a relationship that became explicitly incongruous last year when the Punisher himself canonically addressed it. In July 2019, writer Matthew Rosenberg inserted a scene into an issue of Punisher in which a group of officers run into the outlaw, whose name is Frank Castle, and fawn over him. “We believe in you,” one of them says while pointing to a Punisher-skull sticker on his car. Frank rips the sticker off and says, “We’re not the same. You took an oath to uphold the law. You help people. I gave all that up a long time ago. You don’t do what I do. Nobody does.” A cop replies, “Like it or not, you started something. You showed us how it’s done.” Frank is unmoved. “If I find out you are trying to do what I do,” he murmurs, “I’ll come for you next.” Here are panels from that issue, with our original story below it.
Tip: Put a search in quotes to get more focussed resultsOne of the militia who was inside the chamber bore a motif of a flag that looked like the traditional stars and stripes with a stylised skull overlaid on it. Googling for that was futile, as it kept returning skulls with US flags on them, rather than US flags with skulls on them - any idea what group or ideology that represents?
“It’s not me being disrespectful,” said Veziel, 51, who is originally from Montreal but became an American citizen in 2002. “To me, it’s just an American flag with a cool thing on it. I think it’s awesome.”
Search for "punisher", a character from Marvel comics.
andThen in 2012, Iraq veteran Chris Kyle published his memoir American Sniper, in which he distorted his war record and bragged about spray-painting the Punisher logo on his unit’s equipment during the 2004 battle of Fallujah. Kyle’s machismo and tall tales about shooting “looters” during Hurricane Katrina made him a hero to the far right. When his book was adapted for film in 2014, the Punisher skull gained increased currency among police unions, gun-loving militiamen, and neo-Nazis. Marvel, who did not respond to requests for comment, told Gizmodo last week that it was “taking seriously” unlicensed use of Punisher imagery while its notoriously litigious parent company Disney has not made any legal challenges.
Of possible interest...Gerry Conway, the Punisher’s politically progressive co-creator and writer, is launching an unusual fundraiser: his own line of shirts designed by people of colour to take the symbol back from the right, with proceeds to go to Black Lives Matter.
thank you. it has been a rather wild ride hasn't it?Congratulations on your new President, Unites States!
https://www.dos.pa.gov/about-us/Doc...esponse-PA-GOP-Legislators-Misinformation.pdfHarrisburg, PA – On December 28, 2020, a group of Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers released misinformation falsely claiming that certain Department of State data for the November 3 general election were contradicted by data gleaned from county websites. They claimed the discrepancy in the numbers called the election outcome into question, and further claimed that the election should not have been certified.
This "newspaper" comes in two parts..... the first half is 5 pages, double sided. (interesting, there are no advertisements, except for promotions to subscribe to Epoch Times). The center and seperate fold-out section is labeled... "Opinion & Business", and it is all right-wing opinions, and a tad bit of finance and business tips or comments....... seemingly supplied voluntarily by fans or readers.(continued).....Their allegations, based on what they call an analysis of data, are false and misleading, and are based on a comparison of very different systems and data points with different timeframes and incomplete information.... (it goes on........)
seems a bit cult-ish. He has not replied.
Another would ban drop boxes, requiring absentee ballots to be returned through the mail or at county election offices.
About three-quarters of voters backed requiring either photo ID or documentation to be able to cast an absentee ballot, according to the poll.
Senators also filed several other election bills Monday, including a measure to require a copy of a voter’s ID, a driver’s license number or a state ID number when requesting an absentee ballot. That bill is less restrictive than a proposal introduced last week that would have required voters to submit a copy of their photo ID twice, both when they apply for absentee ballots and when they return them.
Mr. Brindisi could also seek recourse in the House of Representatives, which has the power to order a new election or recount in the race, and potentially unseat Ms. Tenney.
“I am shocked and surprised by this decision because of the countless errors and discrepancies that have occurred throughout this initial count,” Mr. Brindisi said in a statement. “I believe a full audit and hand recount is the only way to resolve this race. With the margin so thin, the ever-changing tally, and the countless errors that have occurred arriving at today’s final number we can’t afford to wonder here. We have to get it right.”
I don't trust an election that systematically excludes poor people.And your German opinion statements presented as fact, don't help anyone. Americans need to have trust in the election process or we end up with what we had this year. Personally, i dont care to live through that again.
You seem to not be able to empathize with the obstacles poor people face.Georgia has i believe 16 days of early voting, so you dont need extra absentee ballots really. (and it's not so hard to say you will be out of state.. i do it all the time)
Likely IDs that would be required for voting would have to be free for anybody who wanted one, otherwise they would be vulnerable to to being ruled a de facto poll tax when challenged in court.That said, i do think government ID should be free for low income people
The Twenty-fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitutionprohibits requiring payment to vote in federal elections. In Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections (1966), the U.S. Supreme Courtextended this prohibition to state elections. The Court found that state election poll taxes violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and, thus, are unconstitutional.
Some early voter ID laws, such as Georgia’s original ID law, included fees for voter identifica-tion cards. ID opponents argued that these fees violated the prohibition on poll taxes.
More recent ID laws have included provisions requiring states to provide ID cards to voters free of charge. Though there is no direct fee for ID in these cases, ID opponents maintain that the laws still violate the poll tax prohibition. Because there are costs associated with obtaining the free ID cards, such as the expense of traveling to an ID-issuing agency, they say these laws still condition voting on a payment.
Please debunk the argument, then. Cite a few laws from these packages that make it easier to vote.
Or wouldn't you want to make voting more convenient so every voter can actually embrace their constitutional right to vote?
You seem to not be able to empathize with the obstacles poor people face.
I checked New York. NY had Early voting for the first time this year and apparently misjudged demand. But there are signs they tried to address the problem:yea i don't know why California and New York don't fix that problem.
The Board of Elections decided to allow one extra polling site at Marymount Manhattan. It is an alternate poll site for the people who've faced longlines at the overwhelmed Wagner School.
NYC Board of Elections spokesperson Valerie Vazquez-Diaz said she had gotten about 10 reports of delayed openings of polling places, predominantly in Brooklyn in Queens, which were all resolved by about 7:30 a.m.
You didn't identify the publisher of Epoch Times.I have a good friend (and a really nice honest guy) who happens to be a devout Christian. I grew-up Jewish. (but now I am atheistic).
But we are still good friends. Neither of us uses belief as judgement...... in fact once a year or so, I volunteer at his church. (I find it rewarding)
However he completely subscribes to the ideas in "The Epoch Times".
I don't confront him head-on, but I have mentioned to him, that the paper (and founder) .... seems a bit cult-ish. He has not replied.
Ok. Now I'm wondering why the US is calling itself a democracy at all.Wow. Nice use of EMPHASIS. Care to provide a citation for that absurd claim instead? Don't sweat it - there isn't one.
The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States [..]
There are a number of places in the constitution that cover voting rights. "Voting and Election Laws | USAGov" https://www.usa.gov/voting-laws#item-212489Wow. Nice use of EMPHASIS. Care to provide a citation for that absurd claim instead? Don't sweat it - there isn't one.
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years.
It seems that if a state legislature actually threw out the election result and nominated their own slate of electors for president (as has been suggested last year as a potential option by the StopTheSteal people), that state would immediately lose all of its House Representatives.
Ok. Now I'm wondering why the US is calling itself a democracy at all.
The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States [..]
That's the only bit I could find where "the people" actually have a right to vote.
While that is surprising, it doesn't damage my general point, since the same obstructions apply to the House election as to the elections for the Senate and the President.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/00-949.ZPC.htmlThe individual citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the President of the United States unless and until the state legislature chooses a statewide election as the means to implement its power to appoint members of the Electoral College.
He seems to be calling for either a criminal or civil trial.
adding that Trump "seemed determined to either overturn the voters decision or else torch our institutions on the way out."
"While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute," Biden wrote.
"Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a 'disgraceful dereliction of duty' and 'practically and morally responsible for provoking' the violence unleashed on the Capitol."
The president ended his statement by drawing on his previous calls for unity to heal "the soul of the nation."
"This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must be ever vigilant. That violence and extremism has no place in America. And that each of us has a duty and responsibility as Americans, and especially as leaders, to defend the truth and to defeat the lies," Biden continued.
"That is how we end this uncivil war and heal the very soul of our nation. That is the task ahead. And it's a task we must undertake together. As the United States of America," he concluded.
Trump never did say those things verbatim.It’s one thing if a single news outlet publishes a bogus anonymously sourced “scoop.”
It’s another thing entirely if multiple newsrooms claim they independently “confirmed” the bogus “scoop” with anonymous sources of their own.
The former can reasonably be explained away as a simple error; the latter is not so simple. It's unrealistic so many sources would be wrong about the same thing. It's more likely competing newsgroups spoke with the same anonymous person or people, which leads to uncomfortable questions about whether the media were intentionally manipulated and whether this is a regular occurrence.
In January, the Washington Post scored a humdinger of a “scoop.” Then-President Donald Trump, still reeling from the results of the 2020 election, “urged Georgia’s lead elections investigator to ‘find the fraud’ in a lengthy December phone call, saying that the official would be a ‘national hero,’” the Washington Post reported, citing a single anonymous source who supposedly “confirmed” the details of the private conversation.
But the recently released audio of the phone call shows Trump never said these things. He never urged the investigations chief to “find the fraud” in Georgia’s presidential election results. He never promised the investigator would be a “national hero.”
Rather, Trump said, “If you can get to [Fulton County, Georgia], you’re going to find things that are going to be unbelievable, the dishonesty.” He followed this by saying the official will “be praised” when, not if, she produces the evidence of wrongdoing. There is a significant difference between saying “you’re going to find things that are going to be unbelievable, the dishonesty” and saying, "Find the fraud." One represents the president notifying an investigations official of voter fraud in a specific county in Georgia. The other represents the president pressuring an investigations official to do whatever it takes to find him the votes, regardless of the facts of the matter.
Further, the Washington Post report alleges Trump’s part in the private conversation meandered "from flattery to frustration and back again." The story also claims that the president "pressured" the official. The article then speculates Trump may have committed a serious crime. However, with the exception of flattery, a review of the audio doesn't appear to support these characterizations of the call.
The Washington Post got it wrong, plain and simple.
Unknown: Ms. Watson, the president.
Donald Trump: Hello, Frances. How are you?
Frances Watson: Hello, Mr. President. I am actually doing very well.
Trump: Good. Well you have a big fan in our great chief, right? Chief of staff, Mark.
Watson: I did! I met him. I, um, it was a pleasure to meet him yesterday.
Trump: That is great. He's a great — he was a big success for us. He was a great congressman and then, when you lead by 35 points it's hard to get people out of there, but I tried very hard, for two years. And we got him, and he's done a fantastic job. I just wanted to thank you for everything. He told me you've been great.
And you know, look, this country is counting on it. [the nation is counting on you] Because it's very interesting. So I won Florida in a record number. Ohio in a record. Texas in a record. Alabama by 40 — 40 points. And I won everything but Georgia. And, you know, and I won Georgia. I know that. By a lot. And the people know it. And, you know, something happened. Something bad happened.
And I hope you're doing that [inaudible] — you know, I hope you're going back two years, as opposed to just checking, you know, one against the other because that would just sort of be a signature check that didn't mean anything.
But if you go back two years, and if you can get to Fulton, you are going to find things that are going to be unbelievable. The dishonesty that we've heard from — [you're going to find fraud]
Trump: Rudy — you know, just good sources. Really good sources. But Fulton. Fulton is the motherload, you know, as the expression goes. Fulton County —
[the county in which there were the most fraudulent votes]
Trump: And, uh.
Watson: Well, Mr. President, I appreciate your comment. And I can assure you that our team, and the GBI, that we're only interested in the truth.
Trump: That's great.
Watson: And finding the information that's based on the facts. We've been working 12-, 16-hour days. And—
Watson: — you know we're working through it. So I can assure you that. I do appreciate you calling. I know that you're very, very busy, a very important man, and I'm very honored that you called. And, you know, and quite—
Trump: It's so important what you're doing.
Watson: Quite frankly I'm shocked that you would take time to do that, but I am very appreciative.
Trump: Yeah, Mark asked me to do it. He thinks you're great. You know, you just have the most important job in the country right now, because if we win Georgia [by “finding” fraudulent signatures on mail ballots for me]— first of all, if we win, you're going to have two wins. They're not going to win right now, you know. They're down. Because the people of Georgia are so angry at what happened to me. They know I won. Won by hundreds of thousands of votes. It wasn't close.
And Alabama, you know… I won South Carolina in a record. Alabama in a record. Florida in a record. You know, I won Florida by 6- or 700,000 votes. It's never happened before with a Republican. With all the money they spent. You know, you heard all that, these guys going down, spending a fortune.
And we won Texas by a record. Texas was won by the biggest, the biggest number ever. And it, you know. And Ohio of course. You know that. You know about that. That was won by nine points or something. And it's… all of it. Iowa. And it never made sense. And, you know, they dropped ballots. They dropped all these ballots.
Stacey Abrams. Really, really terrible. Just a terrible thing.
And I will say this. If and when — I mean, hopefully this will show, because if you go back two years or four years you're going to see it's a totally different signature [fraudelent signatures on mail ballots]— but, but hopefully when the right answer comes out you'll be praised [praised nationally - “a national hero”] I mean, I don't know why, you know they've made it so hard. They will be praised. People will say, "Great." Because that's what it's about. That ability to check and to make it right. [“make it right” - commit election fraud for me] Because everyone knows it's wrong. There's just no way.
You know, they had people in Georgia, for instance, that won, and I was way ahead of them, and they won because of me — you know I pulled them, as they call it, coattails — we pulled them across and they say, "There's no way I beat you by 15 points," you know. I've had that — we've had plenty of those calls too.
So, anyway. But whatever you can do [illegally throw out valid mail ballots in Fulton county], Frances. It's a great thing. It's an important thing for the country. So important. You have no idea, it's so important.
Watson: Well, Mr. —
Trump: And I very much appreciate it.
Watson: Well, I appreciate your call. And I hope you and your family have a very healthy and happy Christmas. And I certainly appreciate you and everything that you've done.
Trump: Well, and I appreciate it too, Frances. Do you think they'll be working after Christmas, to keep it going fast? Because, you know, we have that date of the 6th, which is a very important date.
Watson: Right, right. I know you've got that coming up. And I can assure you that I'm going to be working and we're going to be working. And it's—
Watson: And I appreciate it. And you know, our team's out there working, you know. We've got pandemic—
Trump: I hear the Georgia, it's not the FBI, what was it, the BI, right?
Trump: But I hear, I hear they're fantastic. And I hear that I'm 96% with them [96 percent of the Gergia Bureau of Investigation], so that's good, okay. [Because they will be will to commit election fraud for me]
Trump: But say hello to those guys. Tell them I appreciate it very much. Let 'em all know. [Put some pressure on The Georgia Bureau of Investigation to commit election fraud]
Watson: I will certainly do that.
Trump: You just take care. Call anytime you need, if you need help. Call me. Mark has the number. Mark appreciates it, but I wanted to call you and thank you.
Watson: Well, thank you so much. And you have a good evening.
Trump: Thanks, Frances. Take care. Have a good Christmas and everything. So long. Thanks, Frances.
Watson: Thank you. Goodbye.
Trump: Appreciate it. Bye.