Monday, January 28, 2008

Random Flickr Blogging: img_4188

[Cross-posted at If I Ran The Zoo.]

Originally uploaded by mkeblx.
Random Flickr-blogging explained.
The Clinton campaign was accused of employing an aggressive and unorthodox get-out-the-vote methodology last week in South Carolina.

Originally uploaded by ushio.
A law-abiding citizen prepares to exercise his 2nd Amendment rights, defend his home and family, and reduce the density of housing in his subdivision, all at the same time.

Originally uploaded by Kendall Bruns.
It's good to know that, with the wedding over...

Originally uploaded by vix130.
...the honeymoon is proceeding pretty much as planned.

Originally uploaded by pubarso.
Anxious to put pressure on the Writers' Guild, television executives appealed directly to the viewing public, threatening the "nuclear option":

Curling in prime time.


Monday, January 14, 2008

Random Flickr-Blogging: img_3193

[Cross-posted at If I Ran The Zoo.]

Originally uploaded by d dimaculangan.
Random Flickr-blogging explained.
A highlight of the Right-Wing Bloggers' Festival is the hot-air event.

The ballooning is fun, too.

Originally uploaded by liliazdad.
"Hey, Daddy, I can read! See, right here on this marker: PER...MA...NENT."

Originally uploaded by khillabolt.
"I'm fine...but I'm a little concerned about you, what with that mechanical contraption you apparently have stuck permanently to your face."

Originally uploaded by lisasfoto.
In hopes of convincing one of the major film studios to locate there, the town of Olly changes its name.

Originally uploaded by fotofanatikuk.
"Sorry for the delay, but could I ask the hairdresser to come to the stage one more time, please?"

Originally uploaded by virtuosoyap.
Knock knock.

Who's there?


Cello who?

Cello little louder; I can't hear you over the orchestra!

I know, I know...

Originally uploaded by Ilana Iguana.
...I should have stayed in bed.


Friday, January 11, 2008

In Gratitude For The Magnanimous Understanding and Generosity of Our Betters In The Ruling Class

[Cross-posted at If I Ran The Zoo, as a follow-on to this post.]

If I hear another mention of tax credits in the context of government having any influence over people's economic lives, I'm gonna rip somebody's head off. It's emblematic of emasculated government -- all the power that should be in the hands of the people in a democracy, and we get crumbs off the table. Meanwhile, any real solutions (e.g., properly structured progressive taxation, controls on the oil industry, single-payer health care, etc.) are never part of the discussion, leaving us effectively a subjugated population in an occupied nation.

How condescending is it to propose a measly $3,500 tax credit (gee, thanks, Dubya), when it's just as likely that tuition increases year-to-year (even at a lousy community college) or the home-heating bill, or the gasoline for working-class people forced to live further and further from their jobs, or even increases in the grocery bill at Sam's Club, fer chrissakes, will eat that in a heartbeat?

There are "Sam's Club Republicans" all right, but there are two kinds: The ones who shop there, and the Waltons, who own Sam's Club and Wal-Mart, along with their other billionaire buddies who have plundered the middle- and lower-class economy to the brink of catastrophe. David Brooks says
Finally, Republicans are shifting their emphasis from tax cutting to fiscal rectitude. McCain, Huckabee and Thompson emphasize spending control and dealing with the monumental problem of entitlements. Middle-class workers don’t worry so much about investment incentives. They worry that their government is fiscally decadent and fundamentally irresponsible.
You mean in between home forclosures, while they're not filling gas tanks with $3/gallon gas, working three jobs to afford groceries, trying to keep their school programs running, paying exorbitant deductibles to health care providers and exorbitant premiums out of their paychecks to health care insurers, all they think about is fiscal irresponsibility on the part of a government that's had its hands tied for thirty years by the relentless supply-side propaganda machine?


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Monday, January 07, 2008

Random Flickr-Blogging: img_6775

[Cross-posted at If I Ran The Zoo.]

Originally uploaded by urwis.
Random Flickr-blogging explained.
Bill O'Reilly's vehicle, after he got lost and ran off the road trying to crash another NH primary event.

Originally uploaded by flyingfish77.
(One of a continuing series)

The image of that torch-carrying mob seared into her memory, she keeps a wary eye on the basement door as she practices her accordion in seclusion.

Originally uploaded by 9630897408.
"Whaddya mean we're being graded on originality? Nobody told me!

Originally uploaded by Curious_Cynic.
Texas has scrapped its primary election in favor of its own version of the Iowa Caucuses.

Originally uploaded by jyotsnaumesh.
T-minus 7 hours, 38 minutes -- America's first family in space poses for photographers outside Mission Control before the final preparations for their mission.