Friday, August 31, 2012
One woman, who the pool later identified as Bev Kalmer, of Poland, Ohio, told the VP: "Welcome to Ohio." [Joe Biden's] response: "I've been waitin' all day to be here."
She said "You gotta keep the chair" to him -- a reference to Clint Eastwood's speech last night at the RNC -- and he gave her a kiss right on the lips. She swooned. Asked if she wants Biden to run for president in 2016, she told the pool: "I don't know. We've got to keep the chair." She paused. "You got that? The invisible chair."
Um, maybe she meant that she wants to ditch the President but keep the chair, because that at least has some use.
Or, she's gone soft in the head.
Speaking of soft in the head . . .
While on a campaign stop in Warren, Ohio on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden found a new way to appeal to the Greek Americans in attendance.
'I'm Joe Bidenopoulos,' he said as he approached a table of men 'he knew to be Greek', according to the pool reporter.
With the men no doubt dumfounded, President Barack Obama's second-in-command, who is of Irish descent, went on: 'Ask George who's the most Greek Irishman he's ever known.'
The pool reporter added she was not sure 'who George was, maybe someone at the table', but said it 'sounded like Biden was suggesting he is'.
Sure, Joe sometimes goes by George . . . or Mousie.
|Do I look worried?|
Washington state regulators have warned a Roman Catholic bishop that his diocese risks running afoul of state campaign finance laws if he follows through with a planned fund-raising effort opposing same-sex marriage on the November ballot.
State law prohibits organizations, including churches, from raising money from individuals to give to political campaigns, said Lori Anderson, a spokeswoman for the state's Public Disclosure Commission.
"It's not because it's a church. It's because it's not a stand-alone individual," Anderson said on Thursday.
The commission was calling into question a recent letter from Bishop Joseph Tyson to Yakima-area pastors urging them to distribute donation envelopes to parishioners during the weekend of September 8-9.
The money would go to Preserve Marriage Washington, the campaign to defeat legalization of same-sex marriage on the state's November ballot.
Tyson's letter instructs parish priests not to open the envelopes once they are turned back in, but to place them into a pre-addressed security envelope to be mailed directly to Preserve Marriage, according to local media reports.
"It's not our envelope," Tyson told local television station KIMA-TV. "We're not collecting the money, and we're not taking the money. Preserve Marriage Washington is doing that. We're going to follow the state law."
Okay, so . . . if all of the envelopes are collected and sent personally to Bishop Tyson, and he then sent the money to Preserve Marriage Washington, acting as a "stand-alone individual" - is that okay?
And I would like to know if the "organizations" affected by the state includes labor unions, and how strictly are they pressed to uphold the law?
Tonight the Vols take on NC State tonight to open its 116th year of football. Last year I attended my first game at Neyland Stadium and I can tell you, it is a blast. There is nothing like being at a game, live, and watching all the pageantry that goes on in collegiate football. And even if you are not going to the game, downtown Knoxville takes on a festive atmosphere when the Vols are at home, with a sea of orange all over the city.
Hours before a game, the fans line up outside Neyland Stadium for Vol Walk, when the team arrives, dressed in suits to show this is serious business, and UT's Pride of the Southland Marching Band parades in.
And, of course, this is heard:
Corn won't grow at all on Rocky Top,
Dirt's too rocky by far.
That's why all the folks on Rocky Top,
Get their corn from a jar!
Now, this Wednesday, I will be traveling to Noo Yawk to attend the opening game of the NY Giants, my Big Blue Wrecking Crew, at MetLife stadium. Still trying to figure out what lens to pack (they have a 6" limit) but pictures will follow.
FOOTBALL IS BACK!
GO BIG ORANGE!
The first is an argument as to why the Democratic Party is racist. Disclaimer: the author is a very good friend of mine, but I do not link to her for the sake of friendship but because I think she has written something that addresses the subject spot on, and intelligently, too, summarizing all of the frustration I have felt listening to the mainstream media during the RNC. I urge you to follow the link and read the rest.
So here we are again, facing another presidential election where Democrats have effectively divided the nation into Minority Groups V. Big-Bad-Rich-White-People. This is a genius and alternately lazy debating tactic. Genius because the focus has been turned around, yet again, on race and deflected off of Obama’s glaring failures. It’s lazy, in that name calling and emotionally charged rhetoric is next to impossible to logically debate. Race is the perfect Straw Man.
And while The Crescat has expressed that frustration in writing, artist Jon McNaughton does so in his painting, "Obamanation."
I am just one person, a citizen of this country using my first amendment rights to speak out through my art. This is my declaration that we have never had a president do more to harm our country than Barack Obama.
Follow the link to see an enlarged image of the painting and scroll over the various faces and things to see the meaning McNaughton has put in it.
I will follow The Crescat's dispatches, live from Charlotte, as the DNC circus happens. But, the RNC is over. Mitt and Paul are our candidates. Game on - it's time to end this abysmal dreck that is Obama.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
While visiting in San Diego this past weekend, I had dinner at the home of some friends along with a priest friend visiting from outside the country and my mother, who lives near San Diego State University. While driving my mother home, I passed through a DUI checkpoint the police had set up near the SDSU campus before I reached her home, and was found to be over the California legal blood alcohol level.
I apologize for my error in judgment and feel shame for the disgrace I have brought upon the Church and myself. I will repay my debt to society and I ask forgiveness from my family and my friends and co-workers at the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. I pray that God, in His inscrutable wisdom, will bring some good out of this.
I do not think this disqualifies him as Archbishop of San Francisco. Oh, he will be reminded of it by his detractors and I hope His Excellency takes it with poise and good humor. Something like this could happen to you, unless you totally abstain.
The woman on the left is Mia Love, who gave a spectacular speech at the RNC last night. Poised, intelligent, accomplished - and female, Black, and Mormon. Excuse me - a Republican Black. Which makes her . . . fair game in the eyes of liberals.
Tuesday night after rising GOP star Mia Love brought down the house with her inspiring convention speech, the stomach-turning Left labeled the black conservative a “token” and an “Aunt Tom.”
Meanwhile, revoltingly racist, woman-hating Wikipedia vandals were hard at work updating her entry with disgusting slurs like “House Nigger” and “dirty, worthless whore.” The page called her a “total sell-out to the Right Wing Hate machine and the greedy bigots who control the GOP.”
Where was Gloria Allred, who led the outrage when Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a "slut?"
Where is Chris Matthews who can spot racism a mile away in a simple phrase?
Where is the mainstream media on this?!
Mia doesn't count - because she is not a leftist. But you can help drop a bomb on the libtards by contributing to her campaign here.
Not that you saw her speech on network TV . . .
On 19 August an IED strike took the lives of three New Zealand troops in Afghanistan. Lost were Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31, Private Richard Harris, 21, and Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, medic.
Jacinda was the first female New Zealand soldier killed in Afghanistan.
Officials released a video of their unit performing a Maori haka, a type of posturing dance with chanting, that met the funeral cortege. It is described as such:
Haka --sometimes termed a posture dance could also be described as a chant with actions. There are various forms of haka; some with weapons some without, some have set actions others may be 'free style.' Haka is used by Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand) for a myriad of reasons; to challenge or express defiance or contempt, to demonstrate approval or appreciation, to encourage or to discourage, to acknowledge feats and achievements, to welcome, to farewell, as an expression of pride, happiness or sorrow. There is almost no inappropriate occasion for haka; it is an outward display of inner thoughts and emotions. Within the context of an occasion it is abundantly clear which emotion is being expressed.
This video is powerful - and absolutely beautiful. The emotions of grief, mixed with honor, mixed with defiance that death is never a defeat is indeed "abundantly clear" here.
Eternal rest grant them, oh Lord. May perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and all the souls of the fallen warriors who fight for freedom and justice, rest in peace through the mercy of God. Amen. (+)
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
By Michelle Johnson. For violation of her civil rights. Because she says she cannot get her wheelchair into their mom-and-pop, single story, ramp accessible business.
But . . . if they give Michelle $10,000, she'll go away.
Here is Michelle's litigation history for "civil rights violations" concerning her and her money-making wheelchair, in addition to my friends' suit in Orange County Superior Court:
Michelle v. Automobile Club of Southern California - filed 8/27/2012.
Michelle v. Calbath & Kitchen - filed 8/8/2012.
Michelle v. Newport Channel Inn - filed 8/8/2012.
Michelle v. Surf Liquor - filed 7/17/2012
Michelle v. Jouton, Inc. - filed 7/11/2012
Michelle v. Beautiful Surgery Center, Inc. - filed 7/10/2012
Michelle v. Charnarae Corp - filed 7/9/12
Michelle v. Image Hair Salon - filed 6/22/2012
Michelle v. Smog Pros - filed 6/22/2012
Michelle v. OC Kush - filed 6/20/2012
Michelle v. Cappy's Cafe, Inc. - filed 6/20/2012
Michelle v. Sunwell Development, LLC - filed 6/19/2012
Michelle v. Derm Effects, Inc. - filed 6/13/2012
Michelle v. Roman Cucina - filed 6/13/2012
Michelle v. Shore House Cafe - filed 6/13/2012
Michelle v. Brix Wine - filed 6/11/2012
Michelle v. Woof & Warp Fabrics - filed 6/11/2012
Michelle v. Before & After Skin Care - filed 6/7/2012
Michelle v. Taqueria De Anda - filed 6/6/12
Michelle v. Fan Shu Properties - filed 6/6/12
Michelle v. Drake's Carpets - filed 5/22/12
Michelle v. Ace Liquor Store - filed 5/17/2012
Michelle v. Heritage House Liquors - filed 5/17/12
Michelle v. Kim Hair and Nails Spa - filed 5/11/2012
Michelle v. Pizza Hut - filed 5/4/12
Michelle v. G&H Gas - filed 5/2/12
Michelle v. Kim's Interior Major Carpet & Flooring - filed 5/2/12
Michelle v. DK's Donuts - filed 4/30/12
Michelle v. Mission Prosthetics - filed 4/18/2012
Michelle v. CNC Coin Company - filed 3/23/12
Michelle v. Solo Tires Pro - filed 3/23/12
Michelle v. Cigarettes & Cigars For Less - filed 3/21/12
Michelle v. American Tire Depot - filed 3/21/12
Michelle v. Subway #1465 - filed 3/19/12
Michelle v. Allen Tire Company - filed 3/19/12
Including the lawsuit against my friends, that is thirty-six "civil rights violations" filed just for 2012 and in Orange County Superior Court. I will not list them all, but Michelle filed nineteen such suits in 2011, thirty-eight in 2010, and eighteen in 2009.
And this is just for the County of Orange. In 2011, Michelle is also listed in two such cases in San Diego County.
|She's got a ticket to ride . . . and she don't care.|
How is this done? The plaintiffs claim that their civil rights are violated because a business is not precisely, to-a-tee, fully compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). So they sue due to their "embarrassment, frustration and upset." As a local eatery in Bakersfield knows:
People have been eating lots of hamburgers and peanut butter pie on 20th Street since they heard Happy Jack's was slammed with a lawsuit by an out-of-town lawyer.
The suit, filed on behalf of Robert Z. Harway, stated that "Mr. Harway has lived in Bakersfield for several years and has been deterred from joining friends and family for breakfast at Happy Jack's on numerous occasions due to his disabled status and the existence of discriminatory architectural barriers. As a result, he has suffered embarrassment, frustration and upset."
Talk about upset. Talk to the Rosaleses. They haven't served breakfast since 1991. If you're going to slap somebody with a lawsuit, at least ding them for a meal they serve.
Harway's attorney, Ross Cornell, deduces that his client's upset is worth about $8,350 and that includes his fees. If you add the cost of the wheelchair ramp and the Rosales' attorney, you're looking at $20,000.
If anyone has a picture of Michelle Johnson or Ross Cornell, please send them to me. I think businesses may want to keep their eye out for these two.
And . . . this is one of the myriad of problems plaguing California, since Sacramento won't do anything to prevent abuse of the ADA.
Hey, Michelle, I am throwing out this long-distance dedication to you - Big Ugly Wheels by The Beat Farmers (RIP, Country Dick Montana - love you always!).
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
News spread fast yesterday when Cardinal Dolan noted that he offered to pray at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week, but that his invitation was declined.
The Democratic Party, sensing that they are alienating the Catholic vote, quickly scrambled and accepted the invitation.
Wait, what happened to the "no thanks, Cardinal, we already got ourselves a high-rankin' Cat'lic?!"
I figure no one at the DNC will be brave enough to stay for the closing prayer - let's see if the MSM does. In any event, I hope His Eminence makes it a doozy.
I would like to make a personal request that this band performs the national anthem at the NY Giants' opening game on September 5th when the Big Blue Wrecking Crew spanks the Dallas Cowgirls.
Outstanding! Gonna get their musioc!
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
Nothing, absolutely nothing, says "I really want to be taken seriously" than dressing up as a sexual organ and milling about.
What's worse is that this was Code Pink who pulled this stunt so that meant these were mature vaginas, if you catch my meaning. *sniff* *sniff* Someone leave out the cheese plate too long again?
Let's face it - when you have to resort to bizarre stunts like this, your message is meaningless and instead it ia all about "Look at me! Look at meeeeeee!"
On the other hand, I heard there will be a lot of pricks in Charlotte next week for the DNC.
Are crazy PETA officials running the school? Afraid the kids might make the connection if they show Bambi to them?
Hunter Spanjer says his name with a certain special hand gesture, but at just three and a half years old, he may have to change it.
"He's deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy," explained Hunter's father, Brian Spanjer.
Grand Island's "Weapons in Schools" Board Policy 8470 forbids "any instrument...that looks like a weapon," But a three year-old's hands?"We are working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child," said Jack Sheard, Grand Island Public Schools spokesperson.
That's just about all GIPS officials will say for now.
Meantime, Hunter's parents say that by Monday, lawyers from the National Association of the Deaf are likely to weigh in for Hunter's right to sign his own name.
While the many facets of humanity never fail to amaze me in our capacity to be giving or to be heroic, likewise I am astounded by some people who seemingly raise being stupid to an art form. And the school officials in Grand Island, NE at proving that.
I have a hand gesture for them that doesn't violate their policy. Here's your sign.
Okay, I was thinking of something a little more crude.
Monday, August 27, 2012
But, the story was not without a happy ending, as I learned of forgiveness and redemption. Certainly, some of the victims still have a hard time, and all are dealing with what had happened. This friend told me, "You never get over it."
This conversation made me uncomfortable, as it brought back painful memories. I told my friend about another person, who once had a similar conversation with me over a cafe table, describing the sexual abuse they suffered from their father. I am no longer in contact with this person, but I keep them in my prayers, especially since I know they suffer.
Today is the feast day of St. Monica. She was the mother of St. Augustine, who prior to his spiritual conversion led a dissolute life. But his mother never gave up - she prayed for him always, and religious art depicts her often in a sorrowful state. Ultimately, Augustine did undergo a conversion and became one of the great doctors of the Church. So, Monica shows us - never give up.
And she also teaches us, as was once said by Fr. John Moneypenny, I know God exists because prayer works.
St. Monica, teach me perseverance and faith in the efficacy of prayer. Join me in my intentions for one to be healed and be made holy. I ask this and all things through Christ, Our Lord. Amen. (+)
A song for the person so hurt; I heard this today after many years:
The archbishop-elect for the Roman Catholic archdiocese of San Francisco was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of drunk driving after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, police said.
Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, 56, who was appointed archbishop in July and is scheduled to be installed in October, was stopped just after midnight at a checkpoint near San Diego State University, police said. He was released from jail about noon after posting bail, said Det. Gary Hasen, a San Diego police spokesman.
I hope this turns out well. I know his critics will enjoy the schadenfreude. And if he does have a problem, I hope this gets him help.
Two stories about photographic sessions ending in tragic results came out of the news last week. First, a tourist in Denali was fatally mauled by a grizzly bear when he spent about eight minutes photographing the bear. Park rules require that a hiker stay a quarter of a mile - that is about 440 yards - from the bears. This man was photographing the bear from just 50 yards. They know this because they recovered his camera and, using the focal length of the lens and the pictures he had shot, the calculation was made. The result was not worth the picture.
The other story is tragic as well. A bride wanted photos of her "trashing the dress," a practice whereby the bride is photographed in a scene where her wedding dress will be damaged, usually involving water, such as jumping into a lake. The woman waded into a lake just above a waterfall, and asked the photographer to take pictures of her swimming in the dress. The voluminous fabric became weighted down as it was soaked, she got caught in strong currents, and she was drowned.
That last story bothered me because of the deceptive nature of the risk involved. A bear is a wild animal; we know it is dangerous, and especially a grizzly bear, as we have heard stories before of people being killed by them. But in the second scenario, who should have known better?
I feel sorry for the photographers, who had to be treated for shock after the bride drowned. They tried to save her, according to one: “I jumped in, I was screaming and yelling, we tried our best," said Pagakis, pushing back tears. How much risk should be place himself in?
|Please note that this is meant to serve as an example of an underwater "trash the dress" shot, found on this photographer's site. I am by no means suggesting that the photographer or the couple pictured took any unnecessary risks in shooting this.|
I read a unique perspective on a photography forum that I wanted to share with you in the hopes that if you - like me - think a shot like this would be beautiful and great, understand what is required to get the shot:
Lifeguard, swimmer, and underwater model here. Clothed underwater modeling is one of the most difficult things I have ever done. Even after a short shoot you usually finish exhausted.
The first thing I tell other models is be careful with clothing and fabrics. A light weight fabric becomes extremely heavy underwater. I am an All-American Swimmer and even I have difficulty surfacing in a full dress without a sturdy pool bottom to get some force behind my movement. If you are going to wear your wedding dress in water do it in the shallow end of a pool where you can stand with your head above the water. Never, ever in flowing water with no sturdy surface. You will quickly realize how difficult it is to move. A good photographer can get great shots even in the shallow end using just a few tricks.
Yesterday, I assisted photographer Bryan Allen on a photo shoot at a scenic location near Loudon, TN, for a lingerie catalog. It sounds glamorous, shooting beautiful women in such attire. In fact, it makes for a long and tiring day - driving home with one of the models, she remarked how she knew she would feel sore the next day because she had spent the day posing, sometimes stretching or contorting her body into a pose that looks unnatural to a bystander, but great in the camera, and often done not to highlight her, but a detail on the outfit. And that was on dry land, where most of the time we were indoors in air conditioning. If I were to consider doing some shots in water, outside in the heat and sun of August in the South, which would be a much slower process since the posing is harder to set up . . . yes, it would become tiring very quickly for both photographer and model. And if a person was not aware of risks - sometimes when shooting you can get into a "zone" where you are not fully aware of the conditions around you - you may not notice when you have pushed too far, be it exhaustion, exposure to the sun, hypothermia, etc.
Again, I think underwater photography for fashion is fabulous. But the comment I read above makes me stop to realize, you need the right people. And you need to step away from the "my-god-this-will-be-fabulous" excitement and question your capabilities and that of your model. Because what would you do if you had a bride in her dress execute a perfect dive off a pier . . . and not surface? What if a model was underwater in a depth of 12 feet, swallowed some water, and panicked . . . and no one there had any experience in lifesaving?
As i said, fodder for discussion among photographers.
I have seen this picture too many times to pass without a remark. This past week, the USA lost one of the heroes of my lifetime, astronaut Neil Armstrong. There is a story to his moon landing that affected me personally as an 8-year-old child when it happened, but that is for another day.
But what is aggravating i this "tribute" by Obama as President of the United States - a tweet featuring . . . a picture of himself. And not even a good picture of, say, the POTUS gazing at space from a recognizable spot, say, the White House to symbolize all Americans. No, it's the moment he took time on an airstrip somewhere, with the freaking parking lot in the background, to shove his hands in his pockets (a popular pose, along with his damn feet on the desk in the Oval Office), and look up as if to suggest, "Oh, Neil Armstrong died? Huh . . . so, what are the polls saying this morning about Ohio . . .?"
And, eerily, something I did not realize until I read the brilliant Stilton this morning - which you should as well - is that he is gazing upon a sky with a crescent moon and star, which happens to be the symbol of Islam. And remember, this man scuttled manned flights for NASA but made one of its priorities "to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering."
I cannot wait to vote this narcissist out of office in November.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Good times - ran into my friend April, artist extraordinaire and Renaissance woman; learned Tommy's story about how he began getting tattoos when his son died during military service and how seeing how people judged him based on his tattoos made him realize he was "one of those assholes" and changed his ways; discussed chibi design with an artist; met a woman who said her mission in promoting tattoo art was that when she walked into a place and saw tattoos, each one would be fabulous; had a long talk with another photog, Ray, who specialized in retro studio shots and does some great work; discussed babies with one model; and all in all had a good time, shooting and . . . well, you are not going to believe this, but talking with people.
I know! Because I am so reserved!
President Obama turned down a chance to have Timothy Cardinal Dolan deliver a prayer at the Democratic National Convention after Dolan told Democrats he would be “grateful” to deliver a blessing in Charlotte.
Dolan — considered the top Catholic official in the nation, as head of the Archdiocese of New York and president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops — tipped off Democrats a few weeks ago that he had agreed to deliver the prime-time benediction at the Republican convention in Tampa next week, Dolan’s spokesman Joseph Zwilling told The Post.
“He wanted to make sure that they knew that this was not a partisan act on his part and that he would be just as happy and grateful to accept an invitation from the Democrats as he would to have received one from the Republicans,” said Zwilling.
“He has not been contacted by them” since, he added.
A senior Obama campaign official said yesterday that the Democrats would have a “high-ranking” Catholic at the convention, but indicated the arrangements weren’t yet final.
“I can’t announce it because the person hasn’t got their plane ticket,” said the official.
To start, let me say that I can expect a number of liberals to be frothing at the mouth, calling for Obama to issue an executive order to strip the Catholic Church of its tax exempt status as punishment for Dolan's "partisan" act. Yerah, and while he is doing that, how about stripping the tax exempt status enjoyed by labor unions who consistently endorse and fund political candidates?
But this is interesting, as one hack journalist I know always says - who will be the "high-ranking Catholic" to give the benediction at the DNC? I do note that they did not specify that it would be a priest, just a "high-ranking Catholic," or even a man as "the person" has yet to book their flight (which can be done in 10 minutes online - thus, it is not the Pope since he has his own plane).
As the 80's Australian band, Men At Work, sang: who can it be now?
|No, I didn't Photoshop this and shamelessly borrowed it from here.|
Other candidates would include a Generic Kennedy, Gov. Jerry Brown of California, or Fr. Michael Pfleger.
Hell, maybe it's Joe Biden.
Friday, August 24, 2012
And I am curious to know - he was arrested at his townhouse in Leisure World, a fairly affluent retirement community. And his attorney was Gary Pohlson, a well-known criminal attorney to whom I once referred the pastor of my former parish. Who paid?
Pray for a holy bishop for the Diocese of Orange. Someone who will adopt as his episcopal motto, Play time is over . . .
Thursday, August 23, 2012
That is why I love The Thirsting. When they ramp it up, it is unapologetic, straightforward, in-your-face rock, and not just Christian rock, but Catholic rock (I wonder how many Catholic artists purposely keep the mackerel snappin' on hold to be able to sell to the evangelical Christian crowd).
I had the opportunity to hear The Thirsting play at the Diocese of Knoxville's World Youth Day. very good stuff and even when the lead singer, Daniel Uberreuter spoke, he was on point and strong.
And they are nice guys, too. If they are playing in your area, go and treat yourself to good Catholic rock.
Go here to see more pictures from their Knoxville appearance.
Oh, I am bound to catch flack for this.
My youngest blue Weimaraner, Maccabee, has a long and lean body that he likes to stretch and often lies on his back, his underside open to the world. As you can tell, he ain't fixed. I snapped this with my iPhone and jokingly sent it to a friend, with the caption "Weimaraner Porn."
However, as I used some iPhone apps to edit it, it began to remind me of photographs taken by EJ Bellocq of a now-gone red light district of New Orleans called Storyville. Taken in 1914 but discovered years later, these photographs showed the working girls of the district, with some posing in an erotic fashion - some of which had their faces scratched out from the photographs. It is these poses, and the fact that Mac's face is obscured in the photo above, that conjured the connection in my mind.
No, I am not promoting animal porn, if such a thing exists.
Ironically, this evolves the setup from that of a typical booking mug to something almost Martin Scheoller-esque. That top (normal room) light becomes a high-vertical key. It's brighter because it is closer to the subject. The strip lights become the on-axis fill, thus completing the look.
A fun little article on the mug shot processing at Santa Barbara PD and how, well, it ain't bad . . . as celebrity chef Cat Cora found out recently when booked for DUI. If you look at her mug shot, you can see the reflection of the two strips, which makes for interesting, almost-otherworldly catchlights.
Of course, there is the issue of bail money - probably cheaper to go to Home Depot and MacGyver this for yourself.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
An amputee with no arms or legs has made history by swimming across four intercontinental channels after losing all four limbs when he was severely electrocuted.
French athlete Philippe Croizon finished the final stage of his marathon swim last Friday, swimming the two mile channel in arctic waters between Alaska and Russia in extreme conditions.
The 44-year-old, who had never swum before, is only the second person to swim the Bering Strait.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Suppose a prestigious medical journal published an issue on the negative health consequences of smoking, but rather than encouraging smokers to quit, the authors explained that health refers not only to the absence of disease, but also the possibility of a safe and pleasurable smoking experience. In addition, the journal blamed the health problems of smokers not on their inability to quit, but on social and legal discrimination against smoking.
Of course, this is absurd. In fact, in Aug. of 2012 issue of the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet an article on tobacco use concluded that “efforts to prevent initiation and promote cessation of tobacco use are needed to reduce associated morbidity and mortality.” However, just three weeks earlier the same journal published a series of articles which, rather than addressing the cause of the continuing epidemic of HIV among MSM (men who have sex with men), blamed the morbidity on social discrimination.
One of the societal marvels of the Black Death during the Middle Ages, I believe, was the fact that during times of pestilence, your position in the hierarchy of society meant nothing. I can imagine that a peasant seeing his lord or his lady thrown from the death cart into a communal pit of corpses, covered in boils, had a startling effect - their wealth and influence had no effect against the scourge. The plague truck indiscriminately, without regard for its victim.
Such is the nature of disease. Of course, the issue during the medieval era was that neither rich nor poor engaged in adequate sanitary conditions to keep disease at bay and so everyone had the opportunity to fall ill and die. The "pocket full of posies" and other quaint preventative measures did little to help those with access to such "modern" medicine.
And over the years we learned more about disease. It took awhile, though. Fr. Damien landed in the 1860's in Molokai to establish his mission to the lepers who had been exiled to that island, dying of the disease himself; now treatment comes at an outpatient clinic. Typhoid Mary remained in quarantine on an island in New York's East River from 1914 to 1938, when she died, as a notorious carrier of typhus; we administer drugs now and can prevent it.
So for these advances in preventing fatal communicable diseases, we seem to reversing course with HIV/AIDS. We are not uneducated as to the cause of the epidemic.
The articles clearly describe the causes of increase: MSM, who socialize in networks where the infection rate is high, continue to engage in AI [anal intercourse] with multiple casual partners, often while using various illegal drugs, thus exposing themselves to infection. According to the articles, MSM’s behavior exposes them not only to HIV, but also to syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes simplex, human papillomavirus, viral hepatitis, enteric pathogens, and MRSA. MSM are also far more likely to be depressed, experience suicidal ideation, panic disorders, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, and body image concerns.
So if conduct - such as emptying chamber pots into the streets, as was done in the Middle Ages - helped to spread a particular disease, efforts should be made to curb it, yes? In California, municipalities have even taken steps to ban smoking in public parks and on beaches, and in housing, so "deadly" is the effect of second-hand smoke.
But not indiscriminate sex.
Rather than admitting the current strategy’s failure and encouraging proven common-sense public health strategies, several articles in the The Lancet blame ‘homophobia,’ ‘heteronormativity,’ stigma, and discrimination for the continuing epidemic among MSM, but there is no evidence to support such a claim.
Remember that peasant watching the dead be taken away and seeing his family, nobility, clerics, and all walks of life thrown upon the death cart? As stated, disease knows nothing about homophobia, self-esteem, or even income. You might expect in modern times that a higher socio-economic status would mean better education and be a prevention. But no:
HIV prevalence rates in these men [MSM] seem to have increased in the HAART era…. in settings where MSM have full access to HAART [highly active anti-retroviral therapy] and to a broad range of HIV services, civil liberties, and organized and visible community structures.
Recently, singer Elton John stated that one of the biggest battles in the fight against AIDS is "stigma." But I think he may be misplacing it. He assumes that people who fall outside the "usual suspects" - gay men, intravenous drug users, prostitutes - treat those who are HIV-positive like lepers back in the day. On the contrary, I think most people understand now what causes HIV/AIDS and do not shun a person with such. But there is a stigma, and it is against anyone who dares to suggest that a change in behavior can help prevent HIV/AIDS, because such a person is a bigot, is a hater, and does not respect the "rights" of a gay man to express his sexuality.
Because the agenda means more than lives. And it has insinuated itself into a medical journal. I have to laugh at those who fear that religious thought, like creationism, is a threat to "sound scientific theory," because here is where political correctness will stymie science and medicine.
I'm just sayin' . . .
Hey, Joe - you got a purty mouf.
If you like religious art, LOOK AWAY.
The leftmost image is how the painting looked two years ago; the middle image is how it looked in July, when it was photographed for a catalog of regional religious art. The image on right is how it looked when the Centro went to check it out on August 6th after receiving the donation. Hmm.
The restored version is apparently the work of an octogenarian neighbor of the church, who, noticing the damage to the painting, took it upon herself to restore the painting "with good intentions" but "without asking permission," as culture councillor Juan Maria de Ojeda put it. It became clear to the amateur restorer — quickly, one imagines — that "she had gotten out of hand," and she confessed to local authorities.
The bad news - it was the only image by the 19th century artist in that town. And the donation to restore it came from the artist's granddaughter.
The family is considering a lawsuit.
H/t to The Crescat. Who has seen worse. As I have shown her:
|Noted blogger The Orthometer expressing his dismay at the bad art - Homo Erectus - found on the back wall of St. Joseph Church in Santa Ana, California. Here's hoping the new Bishop of Orange orders it to be painted over.|
I was intrigued to see that a CNN reporter tweeted that back in 2005, in an interview with a Milwaukee magazine, Paul Ryan mentioned that his sister-in-law is Black and his college girlfriend was Black.
Interesting . . . not.
So what. As we know from recent press, Obama's girlfriend at Columbia was white. Bobby Jindal is Indian. Jeb Bush is married to a Latino. Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas is Black, and his wife Ginny is White, and when the court is not in session, they love to travel America in their RV.
No word yet on whether Ryan's sweetie was a composite like Obama's girlfriends in his autobiographies.
But in this post-racial world where the color of one's skin is not supposed to matter, trumped as it is by character, it seems this is relevant.
For the record: No, I am not calling Ryan a racist. I am saying, however, that if you want to know where a politician's heart lies when it comes to a particular community, it may be best to look at that person's policies -- such as his or her record on civil rights -- rather than personal relationships.
Fair enough, but I followed this writer's link about Ryan's record on civil rights, and eventually found out that the NAACP gave him a low rating:
2. He has a dismal record on civil rights.
For the 2009-2010 legislative session, the NAACP gave Ryan a 10 percent rating. That's out of 100 percent, with 100 indicating one of the absolute best records on civil rights and zero representing the worst. I guess, on the bright side, he didn't get a zero.
|And he is a speciesist, too.|
John Thune of South Dakota is that outlier, a Republican who garnered a 93% approval rating by the NAACP on civil rights issues - wow! How did he do that? Lookign at various bills that could reasonably be construed as involving civil rights, I note:
-- He voted against the Employment Discrimination Law Amendments, signed into law by Barack Obama.
-- He voted against the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization and Expansion, signed into law by Barack Obama.
-- He voted against the confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius as the HHS Secretary.
-- He voted against both stimulus bills.
-- He voted against Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court justice.
-- He voted for reinforcing the border fences.
-- He voted to prohibit funding to ACORN.
-- He voted against repeal of "Don't Tell, Don't Ask"
Oh, I could go on. I just think looking at numbers out of their context by a special interest group makes for a FAR stretch to declare someone as having a "dismal record" on civil rights issues.
Oh wait, I forgot - Paul Ryan is a Republican.
Well, that clears that up, doesn't it?
I am reading all of the "Todd Akin" posts in Reddit.com's sub-reddit, Politics, and everyone is engaged ina giant circle jerk, posting articles about the man and saying how wrong he is, and how evil, and isn't this just horrible?!
He is. He's an idiot. What, do you think conservatives really are such sheeple that we cannot call out one of our own when he proves he is a mental defective? Still waiting to see some of you distance yourself from Democrat politicians worrying about Guam tipping over.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Annaleise began her charity swim at 6:17 p.m. ET Saturday at Niagara-on-the-Lake. She climbed out of the water at Toronto's Marilyn Bell Park two minutes before 9 p.m. Sunday.
The teenager did her swim for charity, aiming to raise $30,000 for Camp Trillium, a childhood cancer center. As of 5:23 p.m. Sunday, she had raised close to $80,000, according to her parents, who were updating her progress online each step of the way.
Well done, Annaleise! You serve as an inspiration to all ages!
She says she chose Lake Ontario for her swim because it's one of the hardest open-water swims in the world, and she wanted to "accomplish something difficult" for children who fight cancer.
Like a boss, girl - like a boss!
You can donate to her cause here.
I think I will make this a regular feature, "The Kids Are Alright," on this blog to highlight young people doing great things. If you have a story, please contact me.
Yesterday, my photog friends and I went strolling around downtown Knoxville to celebrate World Photography Day.
"Next year," said Debbie, "we ought to put up a tree. And have presents under it when we wake up."
"Yeah, and Scott Kelby comes down the chimney with the latest version of Photoshop," I added.
"That's right," said my friend. "That's what ought to happen every World Photography Day."
This is a portrait I did of my Dolly Girl. You can see other pictures here.
I was particularly struck by something Daniel Oberreuter, the lead singer of The Thirsting, told the kids. He related the story of Fatima to them, and while I knew that when the Virgin Mary appeared to the three shepherd children and gave them a vision of Hell, I did not know that a specific message received by the children was that "more souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other
reason." Daniel mentioned that one of the children, St. Lucia, witnessed a vision that had been previously seen by St. Theresa of Avila, centuries before, where she saw "souls falling into Hell like snowflakes."
I cannot get that image out of my mind. How often have I seen snowflakes lazily making their way from the sky, twisting in the wind, only to fall upon a ground too warm for them, and met away in an instant. Imagine a human soul lost that quickly to damnation. It speaks to me that something typically associated with loveliness can signify something so incredibly sad.
This image became all the more poignant to me when I saw this come across my news feed this morning:
Conservatives are asking him to step down. Ya think? Because let me tell you, but that statement alone, I am pretty damn sure he is a mental defective. Eeee-yo, soft in the 'head, 'e is.
By the way, the mother of my first husband was a rape victim at 15, by a local man who was never charged. She became pregnant. They brought pressure on her to place the baby for adoption. She refused, saying it was her baby and she would not abandon it. Her family did not abandon her. She and her first son had one of the closest relationships I ever knew and they loved each other dearly. Sometimes these stories DO have a happy ending.
American Diana Nyad endured several jellyfish stings as the 62-year-old endurance athlete sought to become the first person to swim unaided from Cuba to Florida without a wetsuit or a shark cage.
"There are so many jellyfish," said one of the tweets, adding, "Diana is swimming backstroke right now leading with the cap-covered part of her head to minimize contact."
And to think I kvetch about my goggles fogging . . .
People do things that are seemingly crazy, but who cares? I remember when Diana swam around Manhattan, coated in axle grease to keep her warm. At 62 (and in a week she will turn 63), to be able to do this is a great thing. Crazy and risky, yes, but she is aware of what this might cost her. But it has been her dream since 1978 and now this is her third attempt. 103 miles.
This is what I need to make me go put on my swim suit . . .
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Catholic rapper and hip-hop artist, C2six, performing at St. Albert the Great Church in Knoxville, TN.
Catholic rap? Aw, yeah . . . for the greater glory of God.
Taken August 18, 2012.
Taken August 18, 2012 at the local World Youth Day in Knoxville, TN.
The Thirsting, a great Catholic band, had asked the sisters in attendance to come to the front of the stage for a "special song." They then launched into their version of "Hail, Holy Queen" and the sisters exploded in joy!
I hope to have more photos - and video - available later.
When work crews pulled open a broken BART escalator at San Francisco's Civic Center Station last month, they found so much human excrement in its works they had to call a hazardous-materials team.
While the sheer volume of human waste was surprising, its presence was not. Once the stations close, the bottom of BART station stairwells in downtown San Francisco are often a prime location for homeless people to camp for the night or find a private place to relieve themselves.
I grew up in New York City, so I know smell when it comes along, and the subway system during the summer months is no can of Lysol (although I used to find watching rats along the tracks entertaining while waiting for the uptown D train). But that just takes the cake (maybe a food metaphor isn't a good idea).
But I like how this gets mentioned indirectly in BART's latest budget:
The budget also includes $1 million in material costs for the escalator/elevator maintenance division, which has brought in outside contractor assistance in recent weeks to tackle an unusually high number of escalator outages. Under the FY12 operating budget, eight new positions were added to the existing team of 41 BART staffers in the escalator/elevator division.
Actually, if you break it down, $1 million is not a lot. If it all went to the eight new pooper-scoopers, that would mean each has a salary of $125,000, which ain't too bad a paycheck when you get that much crap - literally - on the job. But is the actual maintenance is outsourced . . . well, let's just say, any way you cut it, it's a shitty job.
But someone has to do it. Because BART is more concerned with other issues than the fact that its average weekly ridership of 376,000 faces breathing in fecal matter during their daily commute.
|Illustration from The San Francisco Field Guide to Identifying Scat: Human or Animal?|
A reliable source told me the decision regarding the next Bishop of Orange has been made and an announcement will be made soon, with an expectation that it will be no later than the end of September.
Sorry, can't say who it will be.
Be patient, Catholics of Orange County . . .
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Politically speaking, Navy SEALs aren’t the safest targets to rail against in a presidential race, but the Obama campaign isn’t hesitating to take down a group of former SEALs who’ve criticized the president’s national security decisions.
Taking a direct shot at the leaders of OPSEC, an Obama campaign official lambasted the group’s accusations about national security leaks this morning. “No one in this group is in a position to speak with any authority on these issues and on what impact these leaks might have,” said the official, speaking on background, “and it’s clear they’ve resorted to making things up for purely political reasons.”
What impact these leaks might have? So, there were leaks.
And the statement, "No one in this group is in a position to speak with any authority on these issues" is disingenuous because (a) unlike Mr. Community Organizer, these people have been in the intelligence community for years and because (b) some may not be able to speak since their positions were compromised by Obama's leaks and they are dead.
Oh, and on another note - providing pure comic relief - Obama supporters are saying Romney doesn't have the qualifications to be Commander-in-Chief.