Thursday, January 13, 2011

Glooopy Glooop Gloop

"It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming."

~John Steinbeck

There is a time to rant, and a time not to rant. That's not biblical or anything, lol, it's just my personal philosophy. :) Time for balance. Nothing makes me feel quite as good as seeing beautiful creatures, doing their thing. Fishes swimming, kitty cats chasing imaginary mice. Puppy dogs running after a stick, or enjoying a swim in a pond. It's relaxing and safe to step into their world for a bit. Here you have sea creatures, which I photographed at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, just swimming about, doing sea creature things.

Beautiful. Quiet. Sea Creature pursuits.

It was a good day.

I am glad I had this in my archives to help refocus my thoughts and energy toward something a little more positive. Balance in all things.

Oh, about the title. Glooopy Glooop Gloop is the sound I imagine when I think of swimming. You know... gloooopy gloooop gloop.



Note: This was one of the things Alan and I did on our vacation last October. I will be sharing more about our vacation in the days and weeks to come. It was a lot of fun and very relaxing. Hope you enjoy the photo. :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Poor Sarah

Sarah Palin: "America's Enduring Strength" from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

"It may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down, plod along, and appease those who demand: 'Sit down and shut up,' but that's the worthless, easy path; that's a quitter's way out." --Sarah Palin, announcing her resignation as governor, July 3, 2009

This woman is DANGEROUS... but you already knew that. This woman is, at best, INSENSITIVE... but you already knew that. This woman doesn't understand THE WORLD... but you already knew that. This woman has NO regard for the EARTH or for LIFE... but you already knew that. This woman has ALIGNED HERSELF WITH AND GLORIFIED VIOLENCE IN ALL ASPECTS OF HER PERSONAL AND PUBLIC LIFE, but you already knew that. This woman is IRRESPONSIBLE with her WORDS AND HER ACTIONS... but you already knew that. This woman represents the very worst of the human condition... but you already knew that.

Sarah Palin truly believes that words have no meaning. Unless SHE is the one speaking. She believes that all her troubles stem from a liberal media who either misquotes her, or, in her words, commits a "blood liable" against her. As a Jewish person, I find her use of that phrase hurtful and unfortunate.

Poor Sarah... the world doesn't understand her pain. Poor Sarah... the world doesn't understand her need for attention. Poor Sarah... the world doesn't understand her.

I suppose she didn't hear that it wasn't just the "liberal media" in America who connected HER WORDS to the events of last Saturday, indeed the world's newspapers made the connection as well.

She poses for photo ops with guns. In mid November, 2008, just after she lost her bid for the vice presidency, she stood in front of a turkey being slaughtered at a turkey farm, and talked about how much fun it was to be there. On her TLC reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska" she clubs fish, with her young daughter, laughing the entire time she clubs them. On a different episode of her show, she is seen shooting a caribo 5 times. On a map, which she displayed on her website, she put sights over the home bases of politicians she hoped to see unseated. One of the targets was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The map was removed from her website over the weekend, after the shooting of Giffords, and was explained away as not gun sights, but rather surveyor sights.

Wasn't it Judge Judy who said, "Don't piss down my leg and tell me it's raining."

Notice of the maps violent characteristic came up when she first displayed the map, and at NO TIME did she say it wasn't a gun sight, in fact, she tweeted a short time later: "Don't retreat, Reload." That has NOTHING TO DO WITH A SURVEYOR'S MAP. That refers to using a GUN.

It's been a few days since the shooting in Arizona, and while there has been nothing to directly tie the shooter to Sarah Palin, I stand by my original belief that HER WORDS MATTER! HER ACTIONS MATTER. IF SHE CONTINUES GLORIFYING VIOLENCE IT WILL SPEAK TO THOSE WHO FOLLOW HER BLINDLY AND SOMEONE WILL ACT OUT AGAINST ANOTHER IN HER NAME. It WILL happen. And she still won't hold any responsibility, because she HIDES behind that.

Sarah Palin is a COWARD... but you already knew that.

Now, imagine AMERICA in the hands of a COWARD.

"Dr. Laura: don't retreat...reload! (Steps aside bc her 1st Amend.rights ceased 2exist thx 2activists trying 2silence "isn't American,not fair")" --Sarah Palin, in a Twitter message coming to the defense of Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the talk radio host who apologized and decided to retire from her highly-rated program after using the N-word on the air 11 times in 5 minutes, Aug. 18, 2010

Poor Sarah Palin... so misunderstood. Poor Charles Manson... so misunderstood. Poor Jim Jones... so misunderstood. Poor David Koresh... so misunderstood. Poor Marshall Applewhite... so misunderstood. Poor Hitler... so misunderstood. Poor Jim Crow.... so misunderstood.

Sarah Palin had a REAL opportunity to bring intelligent thought and dialog to the country. She could have admitted her words had consequence. She could have made the decision to no longer bring images of violence and hatred to the forefront of American politics, and vow to never do that again. Instead she chose the path self pity, ignorance, and justification.

If you do nothing else today, please look up the meaning of "Blood Libel."


World Media Reacts To Arizona Shootings

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #107: Gateways

"He who wants to do good knocks at the gate; he who loves finds the gate open."

-Rabindranath Tagore

Okay folks, simple concept here. Show me some GATEWAYS! Feel free to think outside the box, or the GATEWAY as the case may be. If you photograph your favorite GATE that's cool, but you might also photograph your GATEWAY computer if, like me, you just happen to own one. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Extra Credit: Tell us a little something about the GATEWAY you chose for this assignment. One or two paragraphs is good. As for my GATEWAY, well, that is the GATEWAY to the Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Guidelines for Assignment Submissions...

1.The EMPS closes each week at 9:00 PM (ET). No submissions will be accepted after that time.

2. Submit your entry by getting your photo, uploading it to you blog or website, and then comeback here and leave me your link in the comment thread. PLEASE REMEMBER... THE LINK YOU LEAVE MUST GO BACK TO AN ENTRY WHICH IS SPECIFIC TO THIS WEEK'S ASSIGNMENT! A general link to your site will not do and will not be added to the list of those participating the following Monday. HYPERLINKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED!

3. Please be sure to provide a link back to the assignment in your submission, so your readers can find the assignment and join us. Everyone is welcome to play along!

4. Please keep in mind that the image you submit for the EMPS assignment, must be your own original photography. NO LIFTING!

Please Note: I have set aside two days during the week for visiting your submissions. Thursday and Sunday, so look for me then!

Assignment Participants for EMPS #106: Whatcha Been Up To? 01/03/11




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Have fun this week with your photography! I will see you next Monday with an all new assignment!