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this was posted on boing boing today. the image is by the fiance of a friend* of mine, brian mccarty. i wish i were in l.a. to give him a hug of congrats of being part of the artworks on display. awesome!

Fine art toy photographer Brian McCarty created this image for the stellar Manifest Hope: DC Gallery art exhibition that opened this weekend. Brian took the photo at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Brian tells me:

"People either love the shot or hate it, mostly because of the darker implications of putting Obama there. My goal was to foster discussion, especially since race is still the elephant in the room. For reasons very worthy of discussion, Obama was the only candidate NOT to visit the Lorraine..."

Manifest Hope: DC Gallery

*for my SoCal friends, brian is engaged to the mikachu
elessa: (obama)
obama to use lincoln bible - politico.com

Obama will take the oath of office using the same Bible upon which President Lincoln was sworn in at his first inauguration.

From the transition team:

"Washington, D.C. - On January 20th, President-elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office using the same Bible upon which President Lincoln was sworn in at his first inauguration. The Bible is currently part of the collections of the Library of Congress. Though there is no constitutional requirement for the use of a Bible during the swearing-in, Presidents have traditionally used Bibles for the ceremony, choosing a volume with personal or historical significance. President-elect Obama will be the first President sworn in using the Lincoln Bible since its initial use in 1861.

'President-elect Obama is deeply honored that the Library of Congress has made the Lincoln Bible available for use during his swearing-in,' said Presidential Inaugural Committee Executive Director Emmett Beliveau. 'The President-elect is committed to holding an Inauguration that celebrates America's unity, and the use of this historic Bible will provide a powerful connection to our common past and common heritage.' "
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whilst reading another group i saw someone slam an opponent of prop 8 with the line i keep hearing about how marriage is defined in the bible as one man and one woman. that got me thinking and delving a bit to find out why that is held to be immutable. i seem to remember solomon having an inordinate number of wives and concubines, as did his father, david (also known for his homosexual affair with jonathon, son of saul, in the book of samuel 18:1-5, 20:3-5, 20:41-42). oh and what about jacob with his two wives and two concubines?

marriage of one man and one woman is only one type of marriage recognised in the bible. there are eight varieties according to a site in ontario canada for religious tolerance.

marriages - read on for rebuttals to people who want to discuss this amendment to the california constitution as a mandate from god in the bible )
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i wake this morning to see that prop 8 appears as though it has passed. this is a sad moment. the continued relegation of a portion of the population to second class citizenry.

i suspect that people who are gay will be going into work today or to other social situations as they do everday. only today they will be looking at their coworkers and others surrounding them wondering who voted "yes".
elessa: (taurus)
Give people the benefit of the doubt today and you will dramatically increase the chances of having a stress-free day! Just let their grumpiness roll off your back and try to remember how funny or amusing they can be. If someone says something that rubs you the wrong way, just laugh it off. The alternative -- getting all frustrated or angry -- isn't going to make you feel better, and it could start up a fight you don't really want to deal with. Stick to your guns if it gets too tough.
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Spread It Around

tis only a matter of whose wealth and how extensively.
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interesting how the mccain campaign is digging deep to find every speck of dirt to fling at the obama campaign.

Obama says he didn't know aunt's illegal status

they find an aunt, the half-sister to his father, who defied deportation orders in his very extended paternal side of the family. the side of the family he really has no familial connection to other than blood due to his father leaving his mother when he was two years old. this woman is a person he has seen only a few times in his life. it isn't as though she is someone he has had dinner with on saturday nights every week.

i am also glad to read "A statement given to the AP by Obama's campaign said, "Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed."

though i suspect he is seething at the tactics of the other campaign. not because he feels it is proper to violate the law if you are a relative, but because the other side is will to stoop to such a level to root out anything they can to try to derail his campaign.

they are stooping to the level of the campaign between andrew jackson and john quincy adams.

the adam's campaign accused jackson of adultery, cockfighting, gambling, slave trading, drunkenness, theft, lying and the murder of six deserters at the end of the war of 1812.

his mother, it was said, was a prostitute brought to the colonies by british soldiers. she married a mulatto man, the story went, and jackson was the first of several children. in truth his father was a irishman from country antrim who was killed three weeks before his birth. he had two older brothers.

due to the timing of his marriage to a divorced woman, one newspaper asked, "Ought a convicted adultress and her paramour husband to be placed in the highest office of this free and Christian land?"

some things never change, eh?
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my ballot is in the mail.

if you do not participate in the process, you cannot complain.

remember to VOTE this election!
elessa: (wyveri)
i have mentioned a blog here before which belongs to two old ladies with attitude, margaret and helen. granted it is helen who does the posting. she brings a smile to my face with each new post where she tells it like it is.

well, with the help of her grandkids and margaret's nephew they have a site on cafe press

i think i need


Oct. 21st, 2008 09:27 pm
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They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.

However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

george washington referring to political parties - "the farewell address" - september 17, 1796
elessa: (aargh kitty)
this is verbatim from a website called in jesus.

read on for the batshit crazy )
End of excerpt.


Oct. 20th, 2008 07:55 pm
elessa: (labyrinth)

"Because you either want the same kind of country this woman wants, or you don’t." ~Warren Ellis
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i had noticed a few headlines on news sites regarding "joe the plumber". didn't bother reading as i figured he is an incarnation of "joe sixpack".

as most of you know, i don't own a television so i haven't seen any of the soundbites/news clips.

i have taken this from [livejournal.com profile] psyyche to share. she has scrounged up quite a bit of interesting info. (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] psyyche!)

Those of you who are following the presidential circus are probably familiar with McCain's new friend, "Joe the Plumber." I'd never heard of Joe before McCain referenced him 25+ times (the official count I think was 26). I didn't think there was a real "Joe the Plumber".. it just sounded like McCain had expanded upon Palin's "Joe Six-Pack" character in a theoretical sense to connect more with down-home, blue-collar values voters. A stretch, I thought, but I could see him doing that.

I learned after watching the debate that there really was a Joe the Plumber. I watched his original random interaction with Obama on the street, and I found it a little contrived. Joe's situation seemed well-tailored to pose a problem for Obama, but... maybe he just was truly concerned. He said he was an undecided voter trying to figure out where each candidate stood on things. I thought it was strange that Joe was ready to drop his dream because any (net) profit over $250k would be taxed at an additional 3% over the current rate. That seemed kind of piddly, and a plumber making more than $250k/year net is doing pretty damned well. Joe the Plumber didn't sit right with me. So I turned to the almighty innertoobs to see if anyone else had felt this way.

Turns out that yes, lots of people got the fake vibe from Mr. Joe the Plumber. And lots of people have been doing a lot of research to figure out who he really is. And wow, did they find stuff. A lot of this is speculation, and speculation from very biased anti-GOP folk. Some of it is passing fact-checks already. I think tonight's news may prove very interesting for McCain's credibiity.

Here's what's been found:

He seems to be Samuel Joseph Wurtzelbacher. If so:

* His plumber's license expired in 2002.

* He owns several businesses already.

* He is a registered Republican who voted for McCain in the Republican primaries on March 4.

* He has a state income tax lien of $1,182.98.

* His ex-wife left him to go to a Battered Women's shelter. (I just noticed the Arizona address. Interesting.)

Here are some loose connections that haven't been confirmed so far (and I know "Wurzelbacher" is a really common name, but...):

* He may be closely related to Robert Wurzelbacher (of Cinncinnati, OH), Charles Keating's son-in-law. Yes, Keating Five Charles Keating. And he's a very active Republican donor.

* There seems to be a Doug Wurzelbacher, active in competitive dog sled racing. In Wasilla, AK. It's a really big town, though..

Also interesting:

* He said in interviews that he had no idea he was going to be mentioned in the debates.

* Despite this, he had camera crews at his house filming his reactions during the debate.

* He did follow-up interviews with mostly conservative organizations post-debate, slamming Obama and curiously very familiar with most aspects of McCain's economic and tax talking points. But he's just a simple plumber?

* "Joe the Plumber," whoever he really is, later compared Obama to a "tap-dancing Sammy Davis Jr." and a socialist in post-debate media interviews. Classy.

now, like [livejournal.com profile] psyyche i think i shall fix myself a large bowl of popcorn and sit back to see what else transpires.
elessa: (obama)
back in september i posted a copy of a letter from a resident of wasilla, alaska detailing sarah palin's influence.

there is an article in the l.a. times today detailing the woman, anne kilkenny, who wrote the letter which she thought she was only sending to forty of her friends... how little did she know.
elessa: (aargh kitty)
"There is a lot of anger. There is anger at the inside dealing and anger at lobbyists and anger at the greed on Wall Street. There is anger at the Washington elite and there is anger at voter fraud," Palin said at a rally in Richmond, Virginia. yahoo news

i am really getting tired of the misuse of the word elite.

look up the word, sarah. your lack of intelligence and understanding of the meaning of it is plainly evident.

American Heritage Dictionary
e·lite or é·lite (ĭ-lēt', ā-lēt') Pronunciation Key
n. pl. elite or e·lites
1. A group or class of persons or a member of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status: "In addition to notions of social equality there was much emphasis on the role of elites and of heroes within them" (Times Literary Supplement).
2. The best or most skilled members of a group: the football team's elite.

because damn it i want there to be elite athletes competing. i want there to be elite instructors and teachers in our schools teaching the children. i want there to be elite soldiers in the military. i want there to be elite businessmen running corporations that employ the population.

what i do not want are idiots running this country.

American Heritage Dictionary
id·i·ot (ĭd'ē-ət) Pronunciation Key
1. A foolish or stupid person.
elessa: (labyrinth)
if you haven't read the posts of 82-year old helen philpot regarding the election, debates and candidates, please go to read them now.

her take on the candidates and the state of the country are quite refreshing. she tells it like it is.

she makes me smile.
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an easy visualisation of the presidential debates for those of us who preferred not to listen.

elessa: (labyrinth)
more tarnish on the record and background of a make-believe maverick from the rolling stone
elessa: (labyrinth)
thanks to [livejournal.com profile] psyyche for this. i love this 82 year old woman's perspective!

sarah palin is a bitch


yep. i called her a bitch and i am not taking it back

her name is helen. she is just as feisty as my grandmother helen was.

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