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"The photograph is a sublime display of raw and unfettered power. I am typically reluctant to concede the all-too-easy identification of a phallic symbol, but it is pretty hard to avoid here." You know, it really shouldn't be that hard to avoid, despite generations of muddled pseudo-Freudian-ism. It really *is* rocket science. The function dictates the form. The power needs dictate the flames. Function forced every change as rocks changed to round shot, then to pointed cylinders. Sheesh! A naval designer can't talk about a torpedo penetrating a battleship's hull without some oversexed and under-satisfied listener going nudge nudge, wink wink. Lighten up! (Okay... I will, too!) harrier
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I'm sorry not to contribute more that a quotation, but I recently re-read Mark Twain's late thoughts on imperialism. While familiar they bear repeating" "You ask me about what is called imperialism. Well, I have formed views about that question. I am at the disadvantage of not knowing whether our people are for or against spreading themselves over the face of the globe. I should be sorry if they are, for I don't think that it is wise or a necessary development. As to China, I quite approve of our Government's action in getting free of that complication. They are withdrawing, I understand, having done what they wanted. That is quite right. We have no more business in China than in any other country that is not ours. There is the case of the Philippines. I have tried hard, and yet I cannot for the life of me comprehend how we got into that mess. Perhaps we could not have avoided it -- perhaps it was inevitable that we should come to be fighting the natives of those islands -- but I cannot understand it, and have never been able to get at the bottom of the origin of our antagonism to the natives. I thought we should act as their protector -- not try to get them under our heel. We were to relieve them from Spanish tyranny to enable them to set up a government of their own, and we were to stand by and see that it got a fair trial. It was not to be a government according to our ideas, but a government that represented the feeling of the majority of the Filipinos, a government according to Filipino ideas. That would have been a worthy mission for the United States. But now -- why, we have got into a mess, a quagmire from which each fresh step renders the difficulty of extrication immensely greater. I'm sure I wish I could see what we were getting out of it, and all it means to us as a nation." - Mark Twain
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2009 on Dedication at BAGnewsNotes
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As a picture, it's quite a photograph. Came closer than comfortable to Capa's Spanish Civil War photo (and can we not go into whether that was staged or not?) A close call for sure; for the photographer, too.
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2008 on Picks of the Year at BAGnewsNotes
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I've got to admit to not being a political junkie; after the election I needed a big time out. However, the phenomenon of Paulson pouring cash into Wall Street makes me long for one of those photos of duffel bags filled with US currency which were hauled into Baghdad right after its occupation. So what if nobody counted them, or kept a log... it was an emergency!
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Agree with wire's comments; analysis of media images is one thing, reading a bad photograph like tea leaves to support an agenda is another.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2008 on Water Carrier at BAGnewsNotes
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A bizarre photo choice for sure; I'm not sure just what point the NYT (one of the freepers' most-hated newspapers, by the way) was trying to make. I don't expect a ton of national unity (whatever that is) if Obama wins, but I certainly don't expect civil war... we did that already. "Kool-Aid"? We're talking about an Illinois senator who has made *no* radical proposals, and needs the support of both Congress and the judiciary. Sure, the bigots came out, but I'll take an honest bigot over a lame "he's too different" whiner any day of the week. p.s. to Martin: What?
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Obviously the photographers didn't completely leave him alone, though I suspect Alan's remarks refer to a lack of badgering questions and close-ups. Nice long lens work here. What strikes me, more than ever, is Obama's comfortable body language reflecting a man at peace with himself and confident of just who he is. Old images of Kennedy, even with his bum back, return. He has the potential to become a great president, as Kennedy might have. Lord knows we need one just now. I regret that so many desperate people hang on to an aging politician who seems to have never known peace, and probably never will, as even now he exhorts his followers to fight, fight, fight on.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2008 on Honolulu at BAGnewsNotes
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g commented: "The story is compelling, but I feel sorry for this girl. She is obviously disturbed or fragile mentally. Can we just leave her alone, even though we know she did something dishonest. " I heartily agree. If you've ever been close to someone with a serious mental illness, you know how inadequate current help is. Our main mental health facility is our county jail, and the police are expected to act as care workers. (As absurd as expecting Marines to act like policemen). My political side, more callous, regrets that the truth came out too quickly for McCain to commit fully to the story. Guess he'll ride his plumber down the drain.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2008 on "B" at BAGnewsNotes
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bystander wrote: "nstemm and harrier, the photo to which you refer was discussed in the thread two posts back, if you're still interested. Here's the link." Thanks, bystander. Though I wonder if our missing a few posts in a another thread was worth mentioning. McCain certainly has the most bizarre body language, and running mate, in anyone's recollection.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2008 on Plumbing The Truth at BAGnewsNotes
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nstemm asked if this photo of McCain, was real. Probably. McCain at times shows an almost antic physical comedy which might be amusing on late night tv, but doesn't serve him at all well now. Similar to his "Exit stage right" when he was blocking Brokaw's teleprompter. A p.s. on "Joe" the "plumber." It's widely reported now that neither he nor his contractor/employer are licensed to do any plumbing in their working county. Every time we see McCain, we see a new fraud.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2008 on Plumbing The Truth at BAGnewsNotes
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I notice, too, that once again T. Palin has his eye fixed on the camera. I'm sorry to say that he may regard this whole exercise as a run up to a race for the Senate in the future. A race he will probably win, via his surrogate/wife, unless they are completely discredited in the eyes of Alaskans.
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2008 on Shadow Governor at BAGnewsNotes
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Primates also open their mouths when they're shouting, and this one's amazingly dingy shirt doesn't seem to be reflected by his teeth which don't seem hideously yellow. As for the "X": to me that shows simple rejection, and doesn't bring to mind cross-hairs at all. Still, it looks to me as though it was a McCain-campaign prepared label (and an ill-designed one at that - McCain looking pale and small), and while it's best the media doesn't talk about it, the Republican rhetoric of late is probably adding work to a very busy Secret Service.
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2008 on McCain's Mouth at BAGnewsNotes
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Quoting the estimable M. Gonzo "you can't CHANGE "the government", really. This is an illusion. You can, however, change the CHANNEL (fwiw)." Whatever. I'm content if only it gives Stevens and Ginsburg a shot at retiring.
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Another reason for the exceedingly passive reception of both candidates responses may have been the canned replays which the audience, and we, have heard dozens of times. I know both sides were cautious, but it would be fun to hear something new, even if it was scripted. The content was uniformly disappointing. Still, I think Obama took it, not on substance, but on body language. Throughout, McCain's was stiff (he may have no option there) and hostile; Obama appeared relaxed, warm to the audience. In a word: ready. By the way, did anyone else find McCain's reply to Oliver Clark's question incredibly patronizing?: "But you know, one of the real catalysts, really the match that lit this fire was Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I'll bet you, you may never even have heard of them before this crisis." (emphasis mine). And again, my opinion doesn't matter, but an independent voter's does.
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Hmmm.... wish I had read this before repeating the "pals around" distortion. Just when you think you've gotten a bit aware of these tricks, you fall for another one. I'll be more careful for the mistake.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2008 on McCain's Pal Liddy at BAGnewsNotes
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I suspect Liddy is the only one there eating with his left hand. The US officer looks a bit startled... you'd think they would know cameras are everywhere now. But yes, with very little work, the "pals around with terrorists" will backfire on McCain/Palin.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2008 on McCain's Pal Liddy at BAGnewsNotes
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Gotta thank M. Gonzo for his image, which BAG could have featured for comment. G. Washington looks on as though he'd best not say what he's thinking. I'm afraid it's much more damning that that silly woman's wink.
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2008 on Your Turn: The "W" at BAGnewsNotes
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I expect Gov. Palin's horrible favorable/unfavorable slide will have an uptick; she may even get as high as McCain's -4 rating, but it won't be enough. The point spread is near the steal-proof range and seems to be holding. I'm glad Biden didn't buy into the "Can I call you Joe? wink wink" flirts. I hope the independents don't. Everyone was so fixed on Biden not being disrespectful that they gave her a free pass on her own (E.g. references by her to "Barack"). Biden's emotional moment was just too damned genuine; I think he might have surprised himself since he doesn't normally play that card. I'm just bracing for the October Surprise, and hope there aren't too many casualties. Yes, I do think they're that desperate.
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>Props to the clever photographer for this newswire shot making light of the right-wing attacks on V.P debate moderator Gwen Ifill. Oh good grief. As if the right won't declare her the winner even if she throws up all over herself, they have to start attacking the moderator before it begins. I used to enjoy the political spectacle, but this is getting beyond a circus. Just hope Biden stays understated, but I know the right will pounce no matter what he says or does; but the right doesn't matter, the independents do, and we're seeing which way they're leaning. I've seen the right act crazy for years, but I've never seen them so pathetic.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2008 on Ifill Attacks: A Real Laugh at BAGnewsNotes
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Looking at this series several times I realize what strikes me: Palin is answering a very tricky question for her, one which she has already screwed up... and she doesn't glance at McCain! Maybe they coached her not to. Maybe she doesn't feel like she needs to defer to the old man. Maybe she, deep in her guts, has the immeasurable contempt for McCain which anyone from her end of the spectrum must have.
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Hmm.. okay, since you asked, I agree with your friend who thought you should pull it. It's a good stunt photo and there are sites where it belongs but I think it lessens, however slightly, your site's credibility. I think I'd have much preferred one of the many news wire photos of McCain along with the Joker quote, which fits him perfectly.
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2008 on Your Turn: Trickster McCain at BAGnewsNotes
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Good photo. Can't read too much into the angles since random shots can catch anyone looking anywhere... but Mein Gott!... who isn't there! And "Sarah Palin has declined our request for comments"!!! This is the worst moment for anyone's campaign I've seen since McGovern expressed himself "One thousand percent" (a rather odd number) behind his running mate Tom Eagleton just before he, as we now say, threw him under the bus.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2008 on McCain Sticks It To Palin? at BAGnewsNotes
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A quick p.s. The second shot above really is shattering. To me McCain looks as though he's pleading for the audience to somehow come up and help him. Kind of sad, but I don't have time for a lot of compassion any more.
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I think you nailed it on the visuals. We missed the debate for a baseball game, got home and checked out dailykos and of course concluded that Obama was terrific, so I was surprised to hear how effective McCain sounded on the NPR radio clips this morning. Obama was adequate, but not terrific. But the visuals, the video clips and the still shots are just plain devastating to McCain. Nixon's sweaty upper lip was nothing compared to McCain's evasive shifty eyes and painful body language; the photographic record is not lying and he is just going to get worse, even without the dead weight of Palin behind him. If we were in the days of radio, I think McCain would have scored better.
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ottawaca pointedly proposed: "3. As to the children's whereabouts, they've outlived their usefulness so they are back in Alaska taking care of each other. Just like always." Good observation. Though perhaps the oldest is busy, too. This may have something to do with "Where's Michelle," though. Maybe, just maybe, she's keeping an eye on her kids. This has to be an amazingly stressful and scary time for them.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2008 on Stature Drop at BAGnewsNotes
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