Joe Barera, creator of Fred Flintstone, died this week

Joe Barera, half of Hanna and Barera, died this week at the age of 95.  I really enjoyed Johnny Quest and Scoopy.  Their first creation was Tom and Jerry.  Tom and Jerry were okay but if I was watching them as a kid I was usually waiting for something better to come on like the Flintstones.  Fred, Wilma and the gang, were the first primetime cartoon.  They ran in the early 60’s.  I love(d) the Flintstones and the Jetsons.  It was only as an adult was I able to see that they were really the same cartoon.  Both cartoons were based on the 1950’s TV show The Honeymooners.

I’m not sure how great Hanna or Barera were.  All I can say is that their creations brought me get joy as a child (adult).

8 charged in Haditha

Timeline of events from NPR (Didn’t Sean Hannity call Murtha a liar and a troop hater for saying that something went very wrong in Haditha?)

Haditha first gained widespread notice in the U.S. media after a roadside bomb there killed 14 U.S. Marines in August 2005. But the town is under the spotlight again after U.S. Marines allegedly killed as many as 24 unarmed civilians in a November 2005 attack. Four Marines have been charged with murder and four others were charged with dereliction of duty.

Meanwhile, other incidents involving alleged atrocities committed by U.S. forces in other Iraqi cities have also come to light.

Aug. 8, 2005: A roadside bomb kills 14 U.S. Marines in Haditha, a Sunni stronghold 140 miles northwest of Baghdad. It is the site of intense insurgent activity.

Nov. 19, 2005: A Marine and Iraqi civilians are killed in Haditha.

Nov. 20, 2005: The Marines release a preliminary report claiming that an improvised explosive device killed 15 Iraqis and one Marine in Haditha on Nov. 19. (Subsequently, the number of Iraqi civilian casualties is revised to 24, including 11 women and children.) Continue reading