Vote

November 4, 2008

This morning I voted for the candidate who does not support massive human-rights abuse through the federally-funded slaughter of the innocents; does not support the undermining of the American social fabric through the blessing of sodomy, anti-family feminism, and so-called gay marriage; and whose worldview is not tyrannized by moral relativism.

If you voted for Obama, you voted for all of these things. If he wins, I hope the few extra bucks in your wallet that he promises—if they materialize—are enough to assuage your conscience!

New low for diesel

November 3, 2008

I think this must be the cheapest it’s been in about a year. This is in New Braunfels, Texas.

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First wedding

November 2, 2008

Saturday I’m shooting my first wedding. But there is no real pressure, since I’m a “second shooter” and all the formal and “important” shots have been assigned to one of the wedding party’s relatives. I’m supposed to be more of a “fly on the wall” who gets pix that the official photog would never have the opportunity to get because he’s too busy following the bride and groom around.

The best thing is that I have already gotten paid for the gig! I immediately reinvested part of that money in a new 50mm f/1.4 lens. This is great for low light, and very inconspicuous—by far my smallest lens. Also the least expensive. (For another $1100 you can get an f/1.2, but really, I challenge anyone to 1) tell the difference between 1.2 and 1.4, and 2) tell the difference between pix shot by the two lenses.) I’m going to take that and my 70-200 f/2.8 (with 2x extender, just in case), and those two should be good for everything.

I’m hoping that if these Saturday pix turn out good I can use them to drum up some biz for next year. Income is going to be steady but paltry for spring and summer . . . wish me luck!

Must-read: Obama and the Politics of Crowds

November 1, 2008

Great piece at the Wall Street Journal by Fouad Ajami, on the incoherence and self-delusion of Obama’s supporters. In the event of an Obama victory, watch for this honeymoon to end very quickly.

Must-read excerpts:

The coalition that has propelled his quest — African-Americans and affluent white liberals — has no economic coherence. But for the moment, there is the illusion of a common undertaking [. . .]. The day after, the crowd will of course discover its own fissures. The affluent will have to pay for the programs promised the poor. The redistribution agenda that runs through Mr. Obama’s vision is anathema to the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and the hedge-fund managers now smitten with him. Their ethos is one of competition and the justice of the rewards that come with risk and effort. All this is shelved, as the devotees sustain the candidacy of a man whose public career has been a steady advocacy of reining in the market and organizing those who believe in entitlement and redistribution.
[. . .]
This election is the rematch that John Kerry had not delivered on. In the fashion of the crowd that seeks and sees the justice of retribution, Mr. Obama’s supporters have been willing to overlook his means. So a candidate pledged to good government and to ending the role of money in our political life opts out of public financing of presidential campaigns. What of it? The end justifies the means.
[. . .]
America is a different land, for me exceptional in all the ways that matter. In recent days, those vast Obama crowds, though, have recalled for me the politics of charisma that wrecked Arab and Muslim societies. A leader does not have to say much, or be much. The crowd is left to its most powerful possession — its imagination.

Historically in history: bad CNN writing

October 30, 2008

I’m convinced that the articles posted at CNN.com are written by B-average undergrads. They’re probably given 3 to 5 bullet points, and told to flesh them out. The result is “the article.”

Take this example. It’s the final sentence from an article on McCain’s recent poll gains against Obama:

Historically, however, only one presidential candidate in modern history has come back from the deficit McCain faces to win an election — Ronad Reagan in 1980.

“Ronad” Reagan. Oops!

“Historically . . . in modern history.” WHOA. Serious repetition. (First draft! First draft!)

And what’s this about “modern history”? Does colonial America now belong to the “ancient” world? I guess the colonists are right there next to the Akkadians and the Hittites.

Closing the adultery gap

October 29, 2008

From a NY Times article not worth linking to, but containing a funny perspective:

But a handful of new studies suggest surprising changes in the marital landscape. Infidelity appears to be on the rise, particularly among older men and young couples. Notably, women appear to be closing the adultery gap: younger women appear to be cheating on their spouses nearly as often as men.

Let’s hear it for women’s equality! We will not rest until women’s infidelity catches up to men’s.

NY Times: balanced coverage

October 29, 2008

Just in case you were skeptical about the “escape” of Columbian politician Oscar Lizcano from FARC rebels, the NY Times gives you an alternate perspective in another article. In this one, the rebels “free” Lizcano . . .

Looking at the URLs, the “escape” headline is from Reuters, and the “free” headline is from the Associated Press. Does the AP have some kind of interest in making guerillas look generous? Just asking.

Obama and the redistribution of wealth

October 27, 2008

Listen to the 2001 audio clip.

He wants to take money from some people and give it to others. NB: If anybody tries to “redistribute” what little wealth I have, he’s gonna find my boot planted up his bunghole . . . I give more money to charity in a year than Joe Biden, but that’s my choice, not that of some (*ahem*) “post-partisan” politician with a messiah-complex and no sense of humor. (That’s a bad combo, BTW.)

Here’s a nice National Review commentary on it.

Telling the lion from the lamb

October 25, 2008

Great short piece by Charles Krauthammer on why he is not voting for Obama. Summary: Obama is an inexperienced hypocrite who—to the peril of our national security—does not know how to distinguish good from evil.

Who do you want answering that phone at 3 a.m.? A man who’s been cramming on these issues for the last year, who’s never had to make an executive decision affecting so much as a city, let alone the world? A foreign-policy novice instinctively inclined to the flabbiest, most vaporous multilateralism (e.g., the Berlin Wall came down because of “a world that stands as one”), and who refers to the most deliberate act of war since Pearl Harbor as “the tragedy of 9/11,” a term more appropriate for a bus accident?

Or do you want a man who is the most prepared, most knowledgeable, most serious foreign-policy thinker in the United States Senate? A man who not only has the best instincts, but has the honor and the courage to, yes, put country first, as when he carried the lonely fight for the surge that turned Iraq from catastrophic defeat into achievable strategic victory?

There’s just no comparison. Obama’s own running mate warned this week that Obama’s youth and inexperience will invite a crisis — indeed a crisis “generated” precisely to test him. Can you be serious about national security and vote on November 4 to invite that test?

Read the article.

Back online at home

October 23, 2008

After about 5 months in the “dark” I have finally made a deal with my neighbors to pay for a share of their wireless signal. As you can see, I am putting it to the best possible use, already! My verbal contract with them expires the day I fly out west for Xmas: Beethoven’s birthday.