Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I Voted!

And you should too.

For Obama

To solve the enormous problems he inherited, he has had to climb mountains to find solutions.  There are people on the mountain who are always throwing rocks at him.  But he keeps on climbing.  He deserves another term.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween

More screams here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Wall Street's Short Memory

From "Super-Rich Irony" by Chrystia Freeland:

During the 2008 election, Obama received significantly more Wall Street money than McCain, for one very good reason: Wall Street trusted him and his egghead technocrat advisers to do whatever was necessary to prevent their world from imploding. And that’s exactly what they did. Geithner, Bernanke, Summers, and the rest of the Obama economic team threw everything they could at the markets: they were the liquidity provider of last resort, they took that role seriously, and they did exactly what was necessary to save the US — and, for that matter, the global — financial system. McCain, by contrast, never came across as being particularly competent on that front, treating the financial crisis more as an excuse for political stunts than as a serious existential threat.
After 2009, however, Wall Street felt that the crisis was over.
Yes, unemployment was still unacceptably high, growth was unacceptably low, and the real economy was still struggling. But never mind that: Wall Street profits were enormous, corporate profits were hitting record highs, and bonus season was just around the corner. America’s financiers no longer needed Washington to save them from ruin; now all they wanted was for Washington to get out of the way, and to let them prosecute their profit-making strategies as aggressively as they wanted. And they were in no mood for gentle reminders from Washington that if it wasn’t for the public sector they’d all have been wiped out.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Loathing Themselves Blind"

From a great article at the New York Times by Mark Lilla:

"Once upon a time there was a radical president who tried to remake American society through government action. In his first term he created a vast network of federal grants to state and local governments for social programs that cost billions. He set up an imposing agency to regulate air and water emissions, and another to regulate workers’ health and safety. Had Congress not stood in his way he would have gone much further. He tried to establish a guaranteed minimum income for all working families and, to top it off, proposed a national health plan that would have provided government insurance for low-income families, required employers to cover all their workers and set standards for private insurance. Thankfully for the country, his second term was cut short and his collectivist dreams were never realized.  His name was Richard Nixon."

The full piece here.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bill Clinton DNC Speech

Fascinating look at revisions made to Clinton's speech last night. Via BuzzFeed.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Short Film (Who)

Hey, Disappointed Lefties...

The number of reasons you should stop complaining: 200.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Graphic (Via Clint Eastwood)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Condoleezza Rice Speech

Reader thoughts via The Daily Beast:
There was a stanza that hit me very hard in former Secretary Rice's speech last night in Tampa:

A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham, the most segregated big city in America. Her parents can't take her to a movie theater or a restaurant. But they make her believe that even though she can't have a hamburger at the Woolworth's lunch counter, if she wants to, she can be president of the United States - and she becomes secretary of state.
Rice's resume includes an undergrad degree from the University of Denver, master's from Notre Dame, and Ph.D. from University of Denver. She now holds an academic position at top-flight Stanford University.
The point is: there is little difference in Rice's story and President Barack Obama's. Both are the ideal Republican narrative of triumphing despite considerable adversity (perhaps Obama'a even more so, being raised by grandparents and a single mother). The two figures both determined their own futures, worked hard as hell, and have changed the course of history. Yet when Obama tells his story, he's believed by many to be a foreigner with a faked birth certificate, a weak affirmative action beneficiary who can't give a speech without a teleprompter, and contemptible. When Rice tells her story she is greeted with raucous applause and old folks moved to tears.
I shook my head when I heard Rice tell her story, because despite it beauty and inspiration, Republicans don't care about stories like that unless they can use them for their own political grandstanding. I hear the stories of Barack and Condoleeza, and also the respective treatments of the military records of John McCain and John Kerry, and I vote Democrat.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Abandoned amusement park, New Orleans. More photos here.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Texting Champ

Those thumbs are fast.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mars Landing

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Robot Dance Contest


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Short Film (Watusi)

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Love in the Country

We live like this: no one but
some of the owls awake, and of them
only near ones really awake.

In the rain yesterday, puddles
on the walk to the barn sounded their
quick little drinks.

The edge of the haymow, all
soaked in moonlight,
dreams out there like silver music.

Are there farms like this where
no one likes to live?
And the sky going everywhere?

While the earth breaks the soft horizon
eastward, we study how to deserve
what has already been given us.

"Love in the Country" by William Stafford, from Stories that Could Be True. © Harper & Row, 1977.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Two Headlines

Seen side by side today: Romney: Obama policies are "old" and "outdated. Obama declares support for gay marriage.

Friday, April 13, 2012


by Faith Shearin

That year we left the house we couldn't afford and put
our belongings in storage. We were free now
to travel or live in tiny spaces. We kept our chairs

and tables in a cement cell, our bookshelves,
our daughter's old toys, clothes we wouldn't wear
or discard. There were books we liked but did not

need and mattresses and pots and pans. Sometimes
we went to visit our things: sat in our rocking chairs,
searched for a jacket, listened to an old radio. It was like

visiting someone I loved in a hospital: the way, removed
from the world, a person or object becomes thin,
diminished. The furniture on which we lived

our young life had no job but to wait for us.
It remembered our dinners, the light through
our windows, the way the baby once played on the floor.

"Storage" by Faith Shearin, from Moving the Piano. © Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2011

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Space Shuttle Footage

Ride the booster!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Photo (Clown)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Graphic (Lego Patent)

Via Like Cool.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Short Film (Keeping Calm)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Short Film (Armi and Danny)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Via Cabin Porn.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Short Film (Speedflying)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Short Film (Ski)

Being There - Happy New Year from Field Productions on Vimeo.

Friday, January 13, 2012


"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today." - Groucho Marx