Pulling some vintage Bob Lang out of the archives for your Friday Funnies. What is not so funny? The currently brewing tensions between Vietnam and China. The huge nationwide protests that rocked Vietnam last week have highlighted Hanoi’s headaches in dealing with China, both as a hostile power in the South China Sea and as a key trading partner and economic investor. The … [Read more...] about Stay TOONED: Vintage Friday Funnies
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Thanks to the recent talks in Singapore, there have been a lot of comparisons made to the Reagan/Gorbachev summits of the 1980's in the news. China analysts have been discussing the potential of a much quieter "arms race" that may be going on in the IndoPacific as China and other regional actor push ahead with modernizing their nuclear weapon delivery systems. According to a … [Read more...] about Nuclear arsenals around the globe
When Brian Williams was outed for telling fake war stories, it came as a shock and surprise to many Americans. Today? It's hard to trust any personalities you see on the news. The idea of fake news used to be, well, news. As Alex Hollings pointed out on Tuesday -- we can't even tell the difference between real and fake news anymore. 75% of American adults can be fooled by … [Read more...] about Stay TOONED: Remember when fake news was news?
There was something particularly magical about taking the nearly half mile walk down my driveway as a kid. I would kick rocks along the way, trying to contain my anticipation and just praying that when I finally arrived at the wooden and metal box with my family name stenciled on the side, that I would be rewarded with a little envelope of joy or two. On those days when I … [Read more...] about A death in the art of the written letter
Many probably know by now that the much-promoted statistic of 22 veteran suicides a day is not exactly accurate. But does it really matter if it's 22 or 12 or two? Because frankly, one is just one too damn many. With the recent deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade fresh in the media conscience -- tragic deaths that came at their own hands -- suicide and mental health … [Read more...] about Stay TOONED: One is one too many
The Justice Department released a 500-page report on Thursday, exposing details about the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s misuse of her private email server. During the investigation the FBI never actually designated Clinton as a subject or target of the official probe -- despite FBI Director James Comey describing Clinton as the subject during his overview … [Read more...] about Stay TOONED: Hillary never named as subject of investigation
The real problem with letting your once fit self get horribly out of shape, is that when you do start again, you tend to have unreasonable expectations of yourself. In my mind I am still as strong as I was four years ago, still as fast, still as flexible but I am finding that on this journey back to health, my mind and my body are in complete disagreement. In fact, they are … [Read more...] about Femme Fitness: Why we keep getting this wrong
On Tuesday I reported on the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. Reported. As in, gave you the facts as they played out. On Wednesday, Bob Lang gave me a gift in this editorial cartoon that allows me to tell you how I really feel about that meeting. First, it was historic. Period. The simple fact that a sitting U.S. president broke bread with a member of the Kim … [Read more...] about Stay TOONED: Lunch with a dictator
After more than four hours of meetings at Singapore’s Capella Resort, the two leaders sat beside each other and signed what Trump called a “very comprehensive” agreement setting the path forward for negotiations between the two countries. The document was not immediately released, but Trump held up a copy for photographers. Images show that the agreement includes a pledge by … [Read more...] about Trump, Kim sign agreement to denuclearize, US to end “war games” with South Korea
The sun rises in Singapore 12 hours earlier than in Washington, DC and overnight the wires were buzzing with news coming out of the final preparatory meetings before the much-touted Singapore Summit. President Trump and Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet face to face on Tuesday morning -- the first time any sitting U.S. President has been in the same country, much less the same … [Read more...] about Is there room for hope at the Singapore Summit?
China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) seems to have mastered the art of copying the technology invented by other nations, helped to some extent by the Chinese diaspora. Reverse engineering has been China’s forte since the 1960s. They have learned to fine tune a reverse engineered product, make just enough changes and give it a completely different look. A history … [Read more...] about Stay TOONED: If you can’t make it, steal it
The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy came and went on Tuesday and conspiracy theories still abound. The latest to add his voice to the chorus of those who believe there was a second gunman — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Sirhan B. Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian immigrant, was arrested and later convicted of the shooting at the Ambassador Hotel … [Read more...] about Stay TOONED: Who shot Bobby Kennedy?