In July of 2015, Charlie Beck, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, colluded with publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Austin Beutner, to terminate Ted Rall from his position as principal Editorial Cartoonist at the LA Times. Their purpose: to censor Rall’s criticism of police brutality and corruption.
Now, Ted is suing the LA Times, and needs to raise $75,000 in one week to keep the wheels of justice turning.
The LAPD and specifically Beck have been the target of numerous critical Rall cartoons since 2009. In 2015, Beck illegally passed documents to the LA Times which supposedly proved …more
I know, I know. Youâ€™ve decided that Donald Trump is some bloviating bottle-blond bigot whose fans all have beer bellies bigger than a Volkswagen Beetle and barf up racist spume in place of considered political discourse.
OK, weâ€™ve got photographic evidence to back you up.
But if thatâ€™s as far as your analysis takes you, then think about this: I was in Dayton, Ohio, where laid-off auto workers couldnâ€™t decide between Trump and Bernie Sanders.
They arenâ€™t â€œangry,â€ as snooty NPR pundits tell us. And how would these pontificating putzes know about working people? They wouldnâ€™t be caught actually talking to a Trump/Sanders supporter. The Trumpen proletariat arenâ€™t â€œangry,â€ theyâ€™re like every other voter: theyâ€™re voting in the interest of their familiesâ€™ futures.
Â â€¦not because youâ€™re for or against Bernie Sanders the candidate, but because you are against the trivial idiocy of boob-tube media that wonâ€™t give you real information about the candidates who would rule our nation.
As a journalist, I donâ€™t support candidates â€” but I do support the journalism of Ted Rall, a fellow of the Palast Investigative Fund, whose reports in graphic form are entertaining antidotes to news as chit-chat.
Todayâ€™s New York Timesâ€™ story on Sanders?Â A profile of the staffer who plays pretend-Hillary in preparing Sen. Sanders for the debates.Â How cute.Â How trivial.Â And thatâ€™s the â€˜Paper of Record,â€™ Lord help us.
â€¦ we arenâ€™t running out of oil, weâ€™re running out of HEROISM.Â Ted Rallâ€™s biography in cartoon form is a how-to book on how to make a heroâ€”the creation of courage.
â€¦ because Rall, in full color, with humor and insight and facts you need to know, pulls down the pants of the spy-on-you state and exposes the pathetic, mean and dangerous.
… because Snowden, even before its release Tuesday, is already the #1 Graphic Biography.Â Get the book RIGHT NOW and Ted can hit the Times listâ€”and that means Snowdenâ€™s face will be in every airport and newsstand â€” just like the NSA.
I need you to get the book now!
“Dramatic, Evocative, Important” â€“ Noam Chomsky
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Or maybe, just maybe, the LA Times,Â complicit with the Los Angeles police, have slandered and slimed Americaâ€™s toughest critic of police violence.The story:Â On July 27, the LA Times fired their long-time columnist and cartoonist Ted Rall for fabricating a story of police misconduct.Â The LA Timesâ€™ evidence?Â A tape recording provided by the LAPD.Â Problem was, the tape was muffledâ€”possibly tampered with.
When audio experts cleaned the garbage interference on the tapeâ€”uh, oh!- the LAPD and LA Times accusations fell to pieces.
With the blood of cartoonists still fresh on the walls of Charlie Hebdo in France, I thought Iâ€™d move up the announcement that poison pen-man Ted Rall has been named a Fellow of the Palast Investigative Fund.
Now you can sign up to receive Tedâ€™s â€˜toons and tales weekly, no charge.
Why the heck does an investigative reporting team need a guy who draws the funnies?Â Ted is, in fact, one of the USAâ€™s top journalistsâ€”reporting from Afghanistan (â€œAfter We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guestsâ€) and the other places too scary to go to yourselfâ€”and from the belly of the New York beast.
The fact that Rallâ€™s reports often come out as punch-lines in word balloons just makes his work even more brilliant.
Download one of Tedâ€™s masterpieces, â€œTo Afghanistan and Back,â€ for FREE.
We are honored to give Rall more opportunities to put himself in danger.
And be honest: How many of you bought my bestseller, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, but only read Tedâ€™s comic book included with it? (Like this brilliant Aliens Attack illustration.)
Ted, who lived in France, knew and got sloshed with the Charlie Hebdo crew. Â He writes,
“I was thinking about that this morning when I heard NPRâ€™s Eleanor Beardsley call Charlie Hebdo â€œgrossâ€ and â€œin poor taste.â€ (I should certainly hope so! If itâ€™s in good taste, it ainâ€™t funny.)â€
Like Rodney Dangerfield, cartoonists, says Rall, â€œget no respect.â€
Hey, that makes him a perfect candidate for the Palast team.Â Â Itâ€™s an unusual fellowship …more
Itâ€™s lookinâ€™ bad for the old white guys. Eleven million Hispanic citizens remain unregistered, Americans all, and 15 million kids between the ages of 18 and 24 who canâ€™t be pried away from Facebook long enough to registerâ€”at least so the tally of vote registries say.
Now, add to that 16 million ex-cons who can vote but think they canâ€™t. (Itâ€™s only in three states in Old Dixie where those whoâ€™ve served felony sentences are barred from voting.) All these un-voters, if they suddenly registered, could rock the planet.
You think the Old World Order hasnâ€™t thought of that?
So, then, how do they stop Americans from taking over America? Easy: first, make registering voters a crime.
In a swing state like Florida with its huge new Hispanic population (no, not Cubans, Puerto Ricans), you make it illegal to register citizens at welfare offices, churches, or voter-registration drive meetings. (Suggestion: sneak voter registration forms into handgun barrels. Guns are allowed at all these locations.)
Second, make registering voters as risky as a derivative from JPMorgan. In Florida (I love using Florida for vote suppression examples, donâ€™t you?), Governor Jeb Bush made it a crime, with vicious fines, to turn in voter forms more than forty-eight hours after they were gathered, or with itty- bitty errors in them. He successfully put the League of Women Voters out of the registration business …more
â€œWhy Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012â€ is the title of a column Karl Rove wrote in the Wall Street Journal in June 2011.
Itâ€™s not Roveâ€™s prediction: this is his plan to make sure Obama will lose. Thatâ€™s fine with meâ€”if Rove prefers vanilla to chocolate, hey, itâ€™s a free country. But how Rove plans to take Obama down is contained in the subhead, and it gives me the chills:
â€œeven a small drop in the share of black voters would wipe out [Obamaâ€™s] winning margin in North Carolina.â€
Here, Rove is not talking about winning by convincing black voters to vote Republican. The key to victory is preventing the black vote. Period. Rove suggests, with a wink and nudge, the Game Plan: …more
That’s hardly the kind of endorsement a candidate for Congress expects. But that is the conclusion of voting rights attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. after digging into the evidence of Congressional candidate Tim Griffin’s role in directing the Republican National Committee’s racially biased attack on voters known as “caging.”
A brutal mano-a-mano race in Arkansas’ Second District has become a showdown between Sarah Palin’s banner carrier Griffin (funded by SarahPAC) and Democrat Joyce Elliott who has drawn homeboy Bill Clinton back to Little Rock.
The ex-President, in Arkansas this week, was especially worked up about Griffin’s caging list vote suppression scheme. (Our Good Ol’ Boy in Chief told me back in 2008 he would bust out the story, and it only took him two years to do the right thing, a personal best for Bill.) …more
Or Kyrgyzstan. Or Turkmenistan. But as your kids will be fighting there among the oil pipes, you should kiss Ted Rall’s crazy ass for going there first – and getting it all down in a book of dead-on cartoons and reportage, Silk Road to Ruin.
Rall almost didn’t make it back. The Taliban who was supposed to execute Rall spoke English – the gunman picked it up as an NYU grad student. As happens when two guys from New York get together, they talked about New York women. Rall told his executioner that you could learn a lot about women by looking at their legs. The Talib said he looks at their eyes. “Not like you got much choice,” Ted opined, noting the draped figures nearby.
This was, by definition, gallows humor. Lucky for Ted, the fanatic shooter needed a couple of chuckles. We all do. And Ted gives us plenty to laugh at in his journey through a horrific wonderland run by a gaggle of lunatic, blood-guzzling dictators (in other words, allies in our War on Terror) where locals play hockey with goat heads.
Silk Road even includes the recipe of Uzbekistan’s President, Islam Karimov, for boiling dissidents alive. (I suggest you skip page 160 where Rall includes a photo of a boiled father of four.)
Instead of a bullet through Rall’s head, the Taliban gave him a “safe-conduct” pass. But Rall’s conduct was anything but safe. When, recently, Bill Clinton flew to …more