Monday, December 29, 2008

Frodo Retires

Frodo Retires

Frodo Retires (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


In the Shire
now somewhat worse for wear
Wise Sam hastening to marry Rosie
blots out all talk

of a Phoenix sequel.
Frodo sells his hobbit hole and pawns
a gold ring for a hospice bed
in Rove Country.

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Image initially made with Sterling-ware. Post-processed until it became My Precious. Text is a "Google poem" collaged from search strings of frodo retires.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Grinch Epiphany

Grinch Epiphany

Grinch Epiphany (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Sure to bring back holiday
memories almost as amusing as the story
of Mary's delivery. Blog that bit. We Three Kings
of Seuss are foregoing frankincense
for a bailout as Whoville
preps for layoffs. Maybe bankers
in their Wall St. bunkers
will kick back their free loot
in a new animated special. Forget Christmas.
Someone stole the global economy.

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Image initially made with Sterling-ware. Post-processed until its heart grew twice its size. Text is a "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of grinch epiphany.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Island of Misfit Toys

The Island of Misfit Toys

The Island of Misfit Toys (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Peace and joy to everyone this holiday season.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Bane of Beach Volleyball

The Bane of Beach Volleyball

The Bane of Beach Volleyball (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Long Beach
stats of high school
girls have come to the end

of the Hamptons. You're yearning
for things only Xtreme
and just one good Russian

clothing store. Dead or alive?
you say. On sexy beach? you say.
Which am I


I wonder as pixels of HD
grains stir each Misty May serve.
And how many

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until the image became my opponent and spiked one in my face. Text is a "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of the bane of beach volleyball.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Son I Never Had

The Son I Never Had

The Son I Never Had (2008)

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A new abstract...

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Shogun Enters

The Shogun Enters

The Shogun Enters (2008)

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As the clock moved towards 10 in the morning, and again at two in the afternoon and eight in the evening, there was a great flurry and bustle throughout the palace. The highest-ranking women made their way to the Upper Bell Corridor, which led to the double door between the men’s and women’s palaces. As the castle drums sounded the hour, the cluster of bells that hung by the door jangled.

One maid remembered how fearful she was of cleaning them. The bells were only supposed to ring when the shogun entered the women’s palace, and anyone who rang them at any other time was severely punished. But the trouble was that the slightest move set them jangling. Dusting and polishing them were terrifying tasks.

When the bells sounded, shaven-headed nuns who acted as officials unfastened the locks, drew aside the bolts and slid open the door. Men waited on the other side, but only one stepped through: the shogun.
--"The Caged Concubines," TimesOnline

I don't get quite the same treatment when I come home. Here's what happens: My cat wakes up, yawns, arches her back while stretching, meanders slowly over to her food dish, sits impassively, and stares at me.

You tell me. Who is the shogun, and who is the servant?

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gort Takes a Sick Day

Gort Takes a Sick Day

Gort Takes a Sick Day (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


After a bitter unseasoned vegetable
dish the vet took

two shots to the torso. Radishes bled
like chopped up bolts.

Reparation lawyers beamed down.
Off switch or soup?

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Image initially made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until every tank in the world glowed before disappearing. Text is a "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of the phrase gort takes a sick day.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Juggling Accident

Juggling Accident

Juggling Accident (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


With barbecues abounding
I bookmarked my personal life. Was it
that chainsaw idea? Shock Video
does not recommend bowling balls. I made
one pigeon into ceramic icons. A ring
right in my face was so undignified
I got grilled by cops with cleavers who said
knot theory threw my game
off and back out before I lost my voice.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until I went too far and used a hammer. Text is a "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of juggling accident.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mr. Hyde

Mr. Hyde

Mr. Hyde (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


A strange case.
A corpse trail.

Take a potion
sorrier than origami attacks
or a King special.

Avenge the death
of tech-boom billionaires
and break their canes.

Your two-faced drive
and your dark side screen shots
make a mannered demon.

Quaff that crap down.
Be worse but more.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until the image began to resent and ridicule its earlier incarnation. Text is a "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of mr hyde.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cleo

Cleo

Cleo (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


I recall how Caesar and Cleo
Made love in the Milky Way
They needed boats and armies to get there
I know there's a better way

--Neil Young, "Sedan Delivery"

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How about some music to wash down today's image?


"Sedan Delivery" by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Bonnaroo Music Festival, 6-13-2003

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Palin Rally

Palin Rally

Palin Rally (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


I have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States.
--John McCain, "McCain Defends Obama", 10-11-08

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Car Salesman

Car Salesman

Car Salesman (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


Savvy customers with sticker shock
want more free pens. Negotiate as you fog over,
forget his interests are not yours. Discuss discounted
swindling in a last jail interview. So go off script. Engage in sleazy
reset. Seek penance when that test drive turns a murderous
corner. Dealer with it or grow a conscience.

What does it take to trade? A personality? A good golf vibe?
An actual selling price? Tap down any twinge of coy.
Let pigeons sweat as you harbor homicide passing
blank notebooks to the boss. Suck it up sucker.
You nada charisma. You zero commission.
Motivational speaking sells more lemons for ex-cons.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until it just couldn't go any lower because it's done all it could do. Text is an original "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of car salesman.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Mortgage Everything

Mortgage Everything

Mortgage Everything (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


With bad luck and a large vocabulary
you too can own a home. Good for you
you future Steinbeck lover. Tip obsessive as Wells Fargo
and punchy. Pockets out. One outstanding

sub-prime calculator you are. Lower heart
rates. Peer to peer pressure. Bad boys with bad
credit reinforced your refinancing when gutting the home
of my schemes. My broker just baaed.

I hope to find a job at this pity party
after call center therapy. Bootstrap tough
it is if tagged you underwriter you lump sum jumper
you Maxim sinful exec. Greedhead is good.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Leah Turns 21

Leah Turns 21

Leah Turns 21 (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

This one goes out today for a special someone. Happy Birthday.

P.S.: I know. Weird pic. But, then again, being an adult can sometimes be so strange.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

The Idea of Order at Yucca Mountain

The Idea of Order at Yucca Mountain

The Idea of Order at Yucca Mountain (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


After auditors found flaws
in water conducting fractures
a billion bank robbers will be dumped
filling Nevada to capacity. Waste
your congratulations or move away.
That obvious volcano blows off geology,
safety surveys and good luck fairy tales.
A better alternative like a trickier repository
goes probabilistic and money mad
until deficient water moves
through like radioactive
pipe fitters drip down black walls
where sound science is
not stored. Moisture percolates.
Railcars plunge. In a quarter million years
no firm idea
can then be permanently
disposed.

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Image initially made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until the colors leaked into groundwater and contaminated the other images on this blog. Text is a "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of the idea of order at yucca mountain.

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A short note: One of my favorite contemporary writers, David Foster Wallace, passed away this weekend. I still sometimes enjoy pulling his novel Infinite Jest from my bookshelf and opening it to read four or five pages at random. The only other novel I've ever done this with is James Joyce's Ulysses. I actually consider both novels to be long prose poems.

I was more of a fan of Wallace's nonfiction. The title essay in A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again is one of my favorite reads. Consider the Lobster never disappoints either. For all of his wordplay and maximalistic trappings, Wallace could be hilarious and profound simultaneously. Even more rare, he was an ironic postmodernist who told the truth and made himself vulnerable in the process.

Although Wallace could be extremely funny, he was also certainly aware that artistic self-examination can be dangerous and even lead to radical solutions -- just as reflecting deeply on one's own existence is sometimes perilous. In a 2005 talk at Kenyon College, he observed:

[L]earning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed. Think of the old cliché about quote the mind being an excellent servant but a terrible master.

This, like many clichés, so lame and unexciting on the surface, actually expresses a great and terrible truth. It is not the least bit coincidental that adults who commit suicide with firearms almost always shoot themselves in: the head. They shoot the terrible master. And the truth is that most of these suicides are actually dead long before they pull the trigger.

Here is a short clip of Wallace talking about "failure":


May he rest in peace...

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Seed Toss

Seed Toss

Seed Toss (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


When will you
correct your special
spin
? Visit me? Customize?
You better start
laughing at my jokes
and memorize my utility.

Ring my tone. Stake my
spokes. You better have a girl
on bass and be
more ambitious than slack
otherwise lovey dovey issues
will compile a mismatch.

I am between
thrown roses and printer
friendly. A bit
of oil provokes spice
erosion but more
variety. You better

download something
that looks like me.

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I seem to be stuck in green lately.

Image initially made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until my mood ring turned brown and the picture was already drawn. Text is a "Google poem" collaged from search strings of seed toss.

Some of you will recognize the title as a song by Superchunk. Maybe you'd like to listen to them play it live while you look at the image.


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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Head Shot

Head Shot

Head Shot (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]


A portrait
of instant death
or marketing tool for damage
during audtions. I said
that really looks like you
retouching yourself
like a crisp gamer gone theatrical
performing at corporate events
with fatal Polaroids
developing before poses
are frozen
. Boom. Act up.
Beltway sniping fun
under lulzy fill light shows
every outdoor cheat
of your best side.

Open the trunk a crack
to click and shoot.

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Image initially made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until the forensics came back. Text is a found "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of head shot.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Balance Beam Deduction

Balance Beam Deduction

Balance Beam Deduction (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

Lapses in control
are always errors. You either fall
or finish your routine.
When I dismount
I turn on one taped foot
until each judge
checks the mat for compulsory
lack of variety in saltos
and you note a single element
I did not stick.

Did you pre-determine
every mark made against me?

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Image initially made with Fractal Zplot while watching the Olympics late into the night. Post-processed until the level of difficulty was beyond my abilities. Text is a found "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of balance beam deduction.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Floe Goes

The Floe Goes

The Floe Goes (2008)

[Click on image above to see the view with binoculars.]

A cub
looks at an expanse
of chunks. No camping on top
of the remaining world.

Our matter-of-fact excavation is
ahead of schedule.

Fair winds
better get cracking
or else. A pale polar bear
has a survival rush.

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What did you expect? It's August. In Arkansas.

Image intially made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until a continental shelf collapsed. Text is a found "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of the floe goes.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

You Old Witch

You Old Witch

You Old Witch (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

What avatar forbade her
godless helter skelter? Cow of mine
she cantillated. The kitchen is finally empty
of werewolves and digital rights. I looked closely
enough to see the errors on the moon. I could
feel its database. This is the damned place
she wants in her house this fall. I ran. I ran and ran.

Grumpy and pregnant
she tapped on the windows all night.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed by adding: toad, eye of newt, toe of frog, wool of bat, tongue of dog, wasabi, condiments of choice, bake with algorithms, until done. Text is a found "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of you old witch.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

At the Beach

At the Beach

At the Beach (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

Five levels of tanning
including pride.

Deco activities,
fun and festive, relaxed horrors,
amusements with salt water, custom made
topless fiddling. Harmful algae blooms into a burlesque.
The building industry nags at every horizon.

Another loony family spends a week together
intimately stressed.

Divorce blows in Mediterranean-style.
Sand castles dilapidate.

Stingrays
singing under air mattresses
size up the kids.

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Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until sand got everywhere. Text is a found "Google poem" collaged together from search strings of at the beach.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Gitmo 12

Gitmo 12

Gitmo 12 (2008)

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A federal court that ruled against the Bush administration in a Guantánamo detainee case ridiculed Defense Department reasoning as nonsensical, likening it to a 19th century Lewis Carroll poem.
--Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald, 6-30-08

They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap.

--Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Gitmo 3

Gitmo 3

Gitmo 3 (2008)

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Jane Mayer's new book, The Dark Side, reveals in greater detail the utter depravity of the Bush administration's official policy of torture. Mayer's long investigation makes clear that the tactics employed by the CIA on suspected al-Qaida terrorists do not exist in some grey area protected by the euphemism "enhanced interrogation techniques". They are unquestionably torture. It is all the more shocking then that John McCain, knowing all that he does about torture past and present, would sacrifice his considerable personal credibility and vote to preserve the CIA's ability to torture detainees.

[...]

...what Mayer's book makes clear is that waterboarding was only a small part of the CIA's torture programme. In fact, even detainees that were subjected to waterboarding did not think it was the worst technique they had to endure. That was reserved for stress positions. These were often employed differently but included being shackled to the ceiling of their cells, forcing all the weight of their body onto their shoulders as they were suspended upright for eight hours. One detainee was locked in a box half his size for hours at a time. Most of them were deprived of sleep and bombarded with loud music and noises for 24 hours.

There has always been a troubling level of indifference to these activities, because these are al-Qaida terrorists responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans. Rage and anger is understandable, but I hope people inclined toward this viewpoint appreciate that one of the principle divisions between us and our enemies is that we hold ourselves to a higher standard, we take our humanity more seriously and we intend to live up to our moral obligations. The United States should not torture prisoners in its captivity, no matter how grave their crimes.
--Ken Gude, The Guardian, 8-15-08

Mayer's book shows clearly the current American administration has committed war crimes. And the consequence? Nothing? Not even a Congressional reprimand?

Is this who we are now -- after almost eight long years -- and who we want to be?

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Gitmo 2

Gitmo 2

Gitmo 2 (2008)

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Writing the forward to a Physicians for Human Rights study of 11 former detainees who were apparently tortured by US military personnel and later released, Army Maj. General Antonio Taguba (Ret.) writes that "there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account."
--ABC News' Political Punch, 6-19-08

Note to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Can we put The Hague back on the table?

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Monday, July 14, 2008

She-Hulk Hits the Beach

She-Hulk Hits the Beach

She-Hulk Hits the Beach (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

Busy with her choreographer
and jizzzz on the beach
Zapper breaks it
over Savage Bono. She's going to hit
someone. No complaints
with those bodybuilders and surfboards
but snap me a pic of her
in her one-piece. There's no
justice in any comic book. I hear
Costa Rican sand sifting
inside my iPod. Dab on sunscreen
that blocks tabloid culture.

Fan mob
hit. How compassionate
to flash the green. Impress
the locals.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

Locking item
that female wasp spiders
cannot prevent
made of high-grade
fashion.

No quarter
proves no better
than primitive tools
stumbling into a subculture
less high tech.

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Image initially made in QuaSZ. Post-processed until it could no longer reproduce. Text is a "Google poem" collaged from search strings of chastity belt.

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Friday, July 04, 2008

One Life Left

One Life Left

One Life Left (2008)

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After lunch, and a half hour of reading, we piled into our clean car and drove to a playground at a nearby school. Some pent up energy needed to be released. I sat in the sun and soaked up the spring warmth. I also took many pictures of the children as they swarmed over the equipment. I noticed other children playing, with the ever vigiliant moms watching. I overheard a group of children around the ages of 5 to 9 playing and as they moved to a new jungle gym, one boy fell down and the girl called to the other two boys and said, “He only has one life left and he needs to get to the jungle gym!” If that isn’t straight out of a video or computer game, I don’t know anything. I chuckled to myself at how the times have changed. When we played dead in my childhood, we needed a fairy godmother or some such fantasy to resurrect ourselves.
--Allison Spence

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Baggage

Baggage

Baggage (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

Unclaimed luggage
is a train

just as
forwarding reduces hassles
for passengers.

Ticket agents
offer allowances and a variety

of leather.
Dimensions will be screened
with audio. You are

physical with your
incomprehensible question.

Carry on
something more personal
than excess information.

Stupid old bag.
Pick it up or pet it better.

Due to lax security
and high fuel costs your seat
doubles as chum.

All of us with overweight airlines
will carry you off.

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Image made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until I just lost it. Text is a "Google poem" pieced together from search strings of baggage.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Deconstructed Canary

Deconstructed Canary

Deconstructed Canary (2008)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

Through an extraordinary highlight
postmodern political debates reassembled.
Icon vaudeville overall. You guys
in old gangster movies get dissected
and remain troubled by failure. Rhinestones
help frame you even when the Justice Department
says nothing. What are you? Yellow?
Even with that microphone? You've given
the world sportswear and strangled parachutes. You have
a cable show. Narrate away
your private history of lost love trifles
and magical realist bullshit.

Further on down the coast
all your public photos and videos are tagged
with see-through critiques. A canary,
less composed but more used,
must be crushed by a magician's cage.

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Something new. Image made with Fractal Zplot. Post-processed until the image collapased just moments before everything caved in. Text is a "Google poem" collaged from search strings of deconstructed canary.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Welcome to Rome 1

Welcome to Rome 1

Welcome to Rome 1 (2004)

[Click the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

If anything, the national press corps was probably too deferential to the White House and to the administration in regard to the most important decision facing the nation during my years in Washington, the choice over whether to go to war in Iraq. The collapse of the administration's rationales for war, which became apparent months after our invasion, should have never come as such a surprise. The public should have been made much more aware, before the fact, of the uncertainties, doubts, and caveats that underlay the intelligence about the regime of Saddam Hussein. The administration did little to convey those nuances to the people, the press should have picked up the slack but largely failed to do so because their focus was elsewhere--on covering the march to war, instead of the necessity of war.
--Scott McClellan, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception

Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth.
--John Milton

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Welcome to Rome 3

Welcome to Rome 3

Welcome to Rome 3 (2004)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

America is no mere international citizen. It is the dominant power in the world, more dominant than any since Rome. Accordingly, America is in a position to reshape norms, alter expectations and create new realities. How? By unapologetic and implacable demonstrations of will.
--Charles Krauthammer, 2-26-01

Look how wrong you can be
--Rod Stewart, "Every Picture Tells a Story"

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Chemo

Chemo

Chemo (2007)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

Chemicals that kill cells
affect the whole body. One stop shopping
for fatigue. Dignity in a hairpiece
covering chemo brain is a see-through
trick. Big words like
everything else fall out fast.
Relax aggressively.
Otherwise
your style and sense of humor
go first.

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