Friday, December 09, 2011
Thursday, December 08, 2011
By early 1940, Kane and Finger discussed adding a sidekick. Robinson suggested the name "Robin" after Robin Hood books he had read during boyhood, saying (in a 2005 interview) that he was inspired by one book's N.C. Wyeth illustrations. The new character, orphaned circus performer Dick Grayson, came to live with Bruce Wayne (Batman) as his young ward in Detective Comics #38 (April 1940). Robin would inspire many similar sidekicks throughout the remainder of the Golden Age of Comic Books.
Batman's archnemesis the Joker was introduced around the same time, in Batman #1 (Spring 1940). Though Kane claimed he and writer Bill Finger came up with the idea for the Joker, most comic historians credit Robinson for the iconic villain, modeled after Conrad Veidt in the 1928 movie, The Man Who Laughs.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
The Center for Constitutional Rights was thrilled to learn of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s decision to no longer pursue the death penalty against Mumia Abu-Jamal. We congratulate Mumia, his legal team, and all those who have worked hard over many years to rectify this travesty. Today’s decision shows that through committed organizing and dedication, justice can be won. At the same time, it is a reminder that justice often comes only after decades of fighting and that it is long past time to abolish the death penalty.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.
Great news would be Mumia released. But good news is that at least the government is no longer trying to kill him.
Hopefully, Law & Disorder will spend a significant amount of time on this topic next week explaining what happened and why.
It would be a needed relief from the OWS coverage.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):