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Thanks for these images, Lori and Michael; and for pursuing the story. As for the politically-toned comments above, I say 'bullshit.'
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2008 on The Forgotten Iraqi Exiles at BAGnewsNotes
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Yeah, I thought the Cheney et al section of the exhibition to be one of the lamer offerings. Separate from any discussion of the merits/lack of same in the Ligorano/Reese pieces, I encourage others to look at the (what I think are much more powerful) 8 images by Daniel Heyman in the same exhibition. Now that's some damning shit, IMO.
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Glad to hear the good news about the many fine pieces you've put together - not 'pieces' in the sense of individual posts, but rather 'pieces' in the sense of each wonderful part of your overall project and mission. Great stuff, Michael. Congratulations, and thanks for what you do.
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2007 on State Of The BAG at BAGnewsNotes
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I agree, most notably with the (bad) idea of the "direct gaze." The folks with the Senators' campaign need to take a tip from the pros - I just finished watching the Scorcese-directed Dylan biography, "No Direction Home," and the contemporary Dylan interview clips (looks like they did 2 sessions) are very compelling for several reasons, one of which is that he's making off-camera eye contact. It's like being privy to a conversation, which is very compelling (we're all voyeurs). Of course, another reason they're compelling is because they feature Bob Dylan, but that phenomenon works for the Senator as well - she's a known entity, so what we want to hear is what she thinks about things. The Senator has huge hurdles to overcome (like in getting me to vote for her, among other things), and her staff doesn't serve her well by erecting still more of them. Ditto on the ham-handed (and gratuitous) use of "new media." If the Senator really wants to honestly use these technologies and methods to her advantage, she'll make herself available at high-traffic sites like HuffPo and DailyKos, and work with those forums on their own (the sites') terms - rough/tumble warts and all. Otherwise, it just comes across as pandering - and web-savvy folks know pandering when they see it. I feared the Senator's campaign would be top-neavy with traditional Beltway consultants, and this initial stab simply bears that out. You really can't teach old dogs new tricks - you need new dogs.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2007 on We're In at BAGnewsNotes
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Love the photo, and the comments. All I can add is that I've thought highly of Harry Reid for a bit. In one post at dKos, in response to a question about what he would do about something or other, he said simply, "A good boxer doesn't telegraph his punches." Give 'em hell, Harry. Or rather, just tell 'em the truth, and they'll think it's hell.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2006 on Getting A Grip at BAGnewsNotes
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I'm with itwasntme - these white men are jowly, beady-eyed, porcine. Now that doesn't make them pigs...
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Congratulations, Michael and Alan. Well-deserved recognition for a superb entry.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2006 on And Then This Happened! at BAGnewsNotes
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Nice work, Michael. I've been voting early and often ;^)
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2006 on Bagging Koufax at BAGnewsNotes
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The image you've featured (and a link to the Bag) was posted in a discussion thread at DailyKos. I also grabbed the widely circulated photo taken by the guy crammed into the trailer corner to round out the set of 3, and built a page here here. The motherfuckers knew, and didn't do a thing...
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PTate nails it!
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2006 on Your Turn: Iraq Over TIME at BAGnewsNotes
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Pure horseshit, that event was. The purest. I have no love for any of the folks who showed up, either. It's like Hunter S. Thompson said of the portrait of Dean Rusk that was unveiled at U.Ga on the infamous Law Day back in 1974 - "Why didn't they paint the blood on his hands?" I used a different shot from the same pool that also shows the other side of the table here. I paired it with a recent image from the war in Iraq. I've been listening to a lot of Bob Dylan lately, most notably his "Live 1975" CD (aka Bootleg Series, Volume 5 - The Rolling Thunder Review) which features killer versions of "Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" and "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll." Jimmy Carter also referred to that second song in his own speech at the Rusk event. My using it the other day, in combination with the two photos, was a no-brainer. "But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears, Take the rag away from your face. Now ain't the time for your tears."
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2006 on Bush's Happy New Ear at BAGnewsNotes
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I think Gasket's asked the relevant question(s), and Cactus isn't just being cynical. I also think Gasket nails it with his succinct Prop 101 review. My two cents: #1 - Yes, "we" ("they?") really are desperate for clear good guy imagery. #2 - Yes, this is most definitely a freeped poll. Personally, I think there's much better and more honest stuff out there, and by "stuff" I mean images of the human cost of this war, than Yon's Kodak moments. Iraqi stringers provide a steady stream of such images daily via the wire services (there are sadly many opportunities to shoot such photos), though virtually every traditional news outlet in the US ignores them. Just try the Yahoo! News Iraq slide show, for starters. Finally, if you're a wingnut and you want to break form and actually depict a moment of war-related pain and agony, you don't want it to get too personal, meaning that you want to maintain some anonymity with the subjects, as this photo does very well. The child is obviously a child, and the soldier clearly a soldier, but we don't have to be discomfitted with seeing faces, looking into eyes, or confronting serious gore. It's a neat little package designed to meet a preconcieved agenda. I think we call those cliches.
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2005 on Pro-War Picture Of The Year at BAGnewsNotes
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That ad campaign/brochure dovetails nicely with this - The U.S. Army has developed a highly realistic and innovative PC video game called America's Army. You'll face your first tour of duty along with fellow Soldiers. Gain experience as a Soldier in the U.S. Army, without leaving home. I've seen this game advertised relentlessly (sometimes twice within a 4-commercial bunch) on Comedy Central (I don't watch much Fox "news."). It reminds me of an old interview that I'm sure I heard many years ago on NPR (others have told me my story is apochryphal)- long story short, the Navy's leading recruiter, a woman, shared the secret of her success, namely by finding candidates at video arcades. She'd find the best gamers who were drawing the biggest crowds and simply tell 'em, "If you think that's cool, you should see what we have for you." Like I said, she was the leading recruiter. She was ahead of her time.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2005 on War Is H(Sw)ell at BAGnewsNotes
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My reaction was, and still is, strictly emotional. There's an obvious element of evil to the photo, and that grabbed me first - but it seemed like maybe more of a manufactured evil, like a Halloween rendering of a witch. This was a crafted image, not a candid one. I don't know if there are equivalents to witch mythology in Arab culture - demonic women who cast spells and manipulate others. But that's certainly the likely effect to many Western viewers, with the posture, dark clothing, and stark composition. That's likely the effect (I wonder if there was any Western/US help in putting this 'exhibit' together, with the intention of looking over the heads of the Jordanian audience more directly towards us?) My next, and longer-lasting, reaction was one of sadness and pity, again because of the posture, facial expression, and composition. This time the imagery is less frightening, and simply just more sad - dreary, hopeless, and utterly futile, since what else would compel someone, anyone, to wrap themselves with explosives? I recall seeing the after-effects of a suicide bombing at a site like thenausea.com - probably because the explosion goes outward more than it goes up or down, the bomber's legs and head can remain intact (and almost in place) while the torso is vaporized. That's more than a simply grissly picture, and I wonder if the bombers get any information on what their remains will end up looking like. In any event, my final sentiment and reaction is that this woman was, in the end, manipulated and betrayed. When I used this image yesterday in my diary series at DailyKos, I paired it with a short poem called "The General" by the WWI 'war poet' Siegfried Sassoon, which speaks to this sense: "Good-morning, good-morning!" the General said When we met him last week on our way to the line. Now the men that he smiled at are most of 'em dead, And we're cursing his staff for incompetent swine. "He's a cheery old card," grunted Harry to Jack As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack. But he did for them both by his plan of attack.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2005 on Vested Interest at BAGnewsNotes
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