This is too funny not to pass along – a shout out to Agawela for sending it to me.
This is too funny not to pass along – a shout out to Agawela for sending it to me.
There’s a natural attrition of time, we all know that. The body slows down
and things change – some attempt to thwart this occurrence with supplements, exercise, diet, and even cosmetic surgery.
The purpose of generations is ultimately in my opinion about stewardship, to build on and enhance what is beneficial so when the torch is passed it burns a little brighter, casts a more inclusive light, and illuminates the path going forward.
We aren’t seeing much of that today – what we’re witnessing is a culture of greed and avarice, of corporate influence and indifference, racial and ideological divisions based on what regrettably have become the new norms of political tribalism.
A nation divided and in decline clutching at straws in a global community on a planet in decline – we live in a finite world with finite resources, where you gonna run?
Think you’re destined to be a Mars colonist or trail blazer on some other equally inhospitable planet whose distance from the earth is so far it will never be reached?
Are you counting on the aging process and attrition of time so when all the bills come due you won’t be around and future generations can pick up the tab?
Do you cling to fantasies that superior aliens or a divine being will intervene and it all works out in the end – recompense for fulfilling your “prosperity doctrine” obligations?
What about that Age of Aquarius which if the present course is maintained
will be an Age of Nefarious.
Children, school kids, have become the target of choice while gun nuts led by the Pied Piper of the NRA have an explanation for all of it – politicians weigh the profit from lobbyists against the lives of children and do nothing other than act like the sleaziest of crack whores cruising the halls of what has become the national bordello – the White House – write a check and you can truly have it your way.
Politicians, especially those in positions of most influence lie – that’s lie, not exaggerate or engage in innocent hyperbole as some claim and seem to have rushed headlong to abandon any vestige of common sense – maybe it’s time to abandon the “critical thinkers” and “experts” and begin listening to the children though I doubt there’s much chance of that as they aren’t viewed as a voting or campaign donations demographic.
Look, MAGA doesn’t mean McDonald’s And Golf Again accompanied by a virulent form of hoof of mouth disease – if it is to be a mantra the focus should be the common welfare of all.
Here’s a little food for thought – in 2016 the NRA spent fifty four million dollars to facilitate Republican control of government.
Paul Ryan has received tens of thousands during his “career” and that doesn’t take into consideration what is referred to as “outside money” directed to campaign ads etc.
Ryan’s response to events like the most recent one in Florida has always been that people shouldn’t jump to conclusions and what is really needed is prayer.
Understandable when you consider that Republicans are bought and paid for by the NRA and “prayer” is less risky and more profitable than actually addressing gun violence in any reasonable manner.
Marco Rubio has received considerably less -$4,950 in direct contributions but the NRA gave more than a million to efforts to re-elect him.
Rob Portman has been another beneficiary to the tune of $29,455 dollars in direct contributions over his “career” with the NRA chipping in $731,400 dollars in “outside money” towards his re-relection.
The only inducement for Republican candidates to sever their NRA servitude is the threat of being ousted from government – they’ve clearly demonstrated they have no intention of biting the hand that feeds them whether it be the NRA, the Kochs, or corporations.
They live in fear and are held hostage by entities like Fox Fake News, self described “patriots”, crazed evangelicals, and wannabe messiahs like Alex Jones and Rush Limbaugh.
As to the “prayers” and “condolences” they offer in the midst of their own complicity I’d say they can stick them where the sun don’t shine and then use one of those “infowars” perineal wipes that Alex Jones offers to enhance their experience.
This is about more than campaign finance, it’s about propaganda and false narratives, it’s about fear mongering that the “gun grabbers” are at your door, Citizens United, “outside money’, and a lemming like base who thrive on sound bites.
We have witnessed what has previously been considered a heretofore impossibility, pigs have actually begun to fly – no more can we dismiss anything as an impossibility.
There’s a saying that everyone has a price – the Republicans have demonstrated they do – question is do you the reader, the parent, the concerned citizen have a price, and if so does it include the wanton murder of school children?
In the aftermath of the latest mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Florida I read an article by a grieving relative that the NRA (national rifle association) is complicit.
I couldn’t agree more but would include every “family values” member of Congress that dances to the NRA’s tune who have demonstrated campaign contributions and fear of being abandoned and called unAmerican by the gun toting Make America Great Again lunatics has a greater value than public safety.
A greater value than children in school, workers at a job site or concert goers.
“Constitutional Originalists” – that’s about as pathetic a label as one could come up and begs the question do the “originalists” believe this is what the original intent was?
In the past when addressing gun violence I have stated that I support gun ownership but also repeatedly stated that it’s time for responsible gun owners to stand up and denounce the false narratives by both Congress and the NRA – to take back the “right”.
But I’m going to take that a step further and say anyone who believes they need an assault rifle as a “patriot” or “hunter” is not only delusional but a liar and a fool.
Bump stocks, silencers, open carry, large capacity magazines and the rest of the insanity are not a Constitutional guarantee – anyone believing they are or believes it heightens their personal Rambo fantasy should drop the pretense and joy the military.
That’s the real military not some laughable group running around in surplus military clothing.
Mental health issues? There’s a lot of that going round from the halls of government to the NRA and their stooges, so much so in the aftermath of Parkland you have a white nationalist group boasting that the shooter was a member of and “trained” with them – maybe this idiot president will announce there’s probably some good people in that group.
During the Great Depression among several agencies created to address the issues was the National Recovery Agency, NRA, this nation is in dire need of recovery – a recovery from the nightmare of gun violence and “family values” as propagated by the National Rifle Association and their puppets – there’s only one way to accomplish that – vote and take back the right to a government that places the common welfare above lobbyists and corporate donations…….. a government that values the lives of children and citizens above all else.
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Joe Arpaio former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona has tossed his hat into the ring as a candidate for the Senate – a man who reveled in racism and ironically in a county named after the Maricopa, or Piipaash tribe indigenous to the area.
Inspite of “political correctness” accompanied by a billing and cooing about quantum leaps forward in embracing diversity and racial equality that has been far from the truth, more of a rhetorical dose of pablum as can be seen in the gerrymandering of districts and numerous pieces of legislation.
Arpaio and Trump’s emboldened administration are representative of this – am I surprised? Not in the least, nor should anyone else be in my opinion.
This is a nation founded on slavery, indentured servitude, a racist concept of privilege and superiority, and even genocidal policies directed at the original inhabitants – a nation that if it didn’t wholeheartedly embrace eugenics had a flirtatious affair with it.
A nation claiming a divinely inspired manifest destiny and westward the wagons – there is an adage that history repeats itself, a history whose roots are exposed from Standing Rock to Arpaio, from Bears Ears to every ghetto and reservation in this country and “good people on both sides”.
Surprised? No, as nations we know theater, lies, and a charade when we see it and fully understand the “dream” has never been inclusive.
“Giants” of industry like Henry Ford was a racist, celebrated literary figures like L. Frank Baum an author of childrens books called for the extermination of indigenous people, “Honest Abe” signed off on the mass execution by hanging of two hundred indigenous men reducing it down to thirty eight following a global outcry, and while I haven’t an argument with pro choice that doesn’t translate to forced or uninformed sterilizations – all culminating in a racist president and his minions.
I find it amusing that anyone believes you can actually legislate morality or the changing of a heart and liken it to something of a Daddy Warbucks syndrome of belief that government has something for everyone – some rich benevolent all knowing omnipotent Uncle Sam whose going to solve all the problems and make everything right.
“Patriotism” isn’t about waving the flag, it’s about asking the hard questions, holding politicians across the board to the strictest of accountability regardless of party affiliation and demanding that public service be something other than a perk laden career choice or vehicle to commit crimes against humanity.
Arpaio, David Duke, and others of the same ilk have cause to celebrate as this administration does everything in it’s power to harken back to the “good ol’ days” of rapacious Barons and manifest destiny as evangelicals celebrate and cavort like drunken Dionysian Satyrs of word and thought police “slain in the spirit” of racism and mysogyny celebrating the institutionalization of everything that is wrong.
A linchpin of Manifest Destiny was the belief that conquest was essential to the spread of Democracy – I submit that what remains of democracy are the superficial trappings and little else and that the “chosen people” have no one to blame but themselves as they get steamrolled by the current conservative doctrine of manifest destiny.
There is zero balance in this country, this government – politicians and dysfunctional parties don’t seek compromise and the common welfare, for them it’s a gang mentality and turf wars.
It’s either about a giant giveaway or a giant takeaway and people really need to ask themselves what exactly is the role of government?
The role of government in my opinion can be summed up by two duties, one being the common welfare and the other being the common defense – people can add, subtract, multiple, or divide that in any way they choose but in a nutshell that’s what it comes down to and the rest of it amounts to a load of bullshit.
Kind of a long read in the below linked article, a few years old but nothings changed and an eyeopener about the real “state of the Union”.
Had a friend ask me which lens between the Minolta 50 MD Rocker f 1.4 and the Takumar SMC 50mm f1.4 was better in my opinion?
Minolta’s 50mm F/1.4 is a nice well constructed sharp vintage lens that produces good images and bokeh – some say it’s the best lens Minolta ever made though I can’t offer an opinion on that.
The same can be said of the SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4 – solid construction, sharp, and better bokeh in my opinion edging the Minolta in those categories.
I’ve owned both and of the two the Tak is the one I’ve kept, but that’s me, another person given the same choice might opt for the Minolta.
I suggested if possible they give both a trial run and as luck would have it he knew someone with a copy of the Minolta and I lent him my Tak.
So fast forward a few days and my friend stopped by to return the Tak and commented it was an awesome lens.
Made on offer for mine which I declined and helped them look for a good copy on the net that they purchased for $35 – an outright steal considering what this vintage lens is capable of.
Upon arrival they asked if I would give it the once over to insure nothing was amiss, not only was it in perfect working condition but like new – glass was clean, aperture quick and responsive, cosmetically a 9.5, focus ring smooth and well dampened, and had both front and rear caps.
The one in the photo is mine and I’m inclined to also believe it is awesome..
If you’re entertaining the idea of an all manual lens you’d do well to consider either.
There’s a another lens I’d recommend for those on a budget – the one I took this photo with, the Sigma 30mm f2.8 dn art – sharp as a tack.