Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mack: Rush Limbaugh is a Democrat

 

 

Thanks to Mack Hall for letting me publish this on my site.

 

Rush Limbaugh is a Democrat

 

Last week Jack Lawrence of the American Civil Liberties Union invited y'r 'umble scrivener to participate in a debate on, well, civil liberties at Lamar's fine new John Gray Auditorium across the street from Vincent Beck Stadium in Beaumont.

 

I was deputed to help represent the Republican point-of-view, which might not sit well with real Republicans, along with a sharp young Lamar undergraduate and real Republican, Andrew Greenberg.

 

The Democrat panelists were Dr. Bruce Drury and Stuart Wright, and the ACLU panelists (Democrats and ACLU – aren't those pretty much synonymous?) were Jack Lawrence and Judy Whose-Last-Name-I-Didn't-Get.

 

The topics were terrorism, torture, and privacy, and we debated before a packed house, said packing consisting mostly of air space since the American people stayed away by the thousands.

 

The evening was quite a merry one, with no screaming, yelling, or ear-biting, but perhaps that's because no one among us was in favor of terrorism, torture, or violations of privacy. My proposal that our general disapproval of the death penalty might be modified with regard to internet service providers was met with approval by the assembly.

 

After the meeting broke up with handshakes all 'round, a few of us stayed to continue talking late into the night.  This was the sort of informal occasion when the ACLU, and, indeed, most people are at their best, since no one is trying to score points off anyone else. 

 

During this time I was at last able to present my thesis – there was no logical opening for it earlier – that Rush Limbaugh is in fact a Democrat, based on his threat to move to a foreign country, Costa Rica, if Congress didn't do things his way (http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/archives/197198.asp). 

 

Another argument that Rush Limbaugh is a Democrat is that he is an education expert who in many states cannot legally visit a grade-school campus because of his drug issues with illegally doctor-shopping for OxyContin and for his possession of Viagra without a prescription. 

 

Rush Limbaugh is a college dropout who bills himself as the Doctor of Democracy.  There's nothing shameful about busting out of college; some of us have accomplished this academic indistinction many times (ahem!), but you just don't call yourself a doctor unless you've earned it. 

 

Rush Limbaugh is a union-basher who, by his own admission on the radio, belongs to a union.  His union is good; all others are bad. 

 

Rush Limbaugh is an all-too-common American because he is a political junky who never even registered to vote until he was 35 (http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/politics/2009/03/06/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-rush-limbaugh.html).

 

A counter-argument can be made that Rush Limbaugh is a true inner-circle  Republican because he is a military hawk and drawing-room generalissimo who responded to his draft notice with a note from his own doctor stating that he suffered the agonies of a pilonidal cyst (translation: butt-pimple), which the U.S. Army took at face (so to speak) value, and so bothered his leisure no further.

 

But let's be fair: Rush Limbaugh is not Nancy Pelosi or John Edwards, he hasn't been married as many times as Larry King, he is generous in numerous charities, and he does have a birth certificate.

 

Editor's note: Next week Mack will be writing from an undisclosed location.

 

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Evening Sky Lufkin Texas

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Sandy Creek Park 1.4


Sandy Creek Park 1.4, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sandy Creek Park 1.3


Sandy Creek Park 1.3, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 30 mm
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Sandy Creek Park 1.15


Sandy Creek Park 1.15, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Exposure: 0.4
Aperture: f/9.0
Focal Length: 28 mm
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Sandy Creek Park 1.2


Sandy Creek Park 1.2, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 30 mm
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Sandy Creek Park 1.1


Sandy Creek Park 1.1, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

DSC07215


DSC07215, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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DSC07158


DSC07158, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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DSC07162


DSC07162, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Zykkor Super Wider Semi Fish-Eye 0.42x used on top of the Minolta 28-100mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro Lens.

DSC07163


DSC07163, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Forever Falls!!!! Live!!!

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

English Dogwood 1.6


English Dogwood 1.6, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Taken using the Schneider-Kreuznach Componon 40mm f/4 on the Minolta 28-100mm Macro f/3.5-5.6. All photos are © RMStringer Photography.

Componon 40mm f/4
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Aperture: f/9.0
Focal Length: 60 mm
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Pineapple Gerbera 1.1


Pineapple Gerbera 1.1, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Taken using the Minolta 28-100mm Macro f/3.5-5.6. All photos are © RMStringer Photography.

Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/9.0
Focal Length: 90 mm
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Pineapple Gerbera 1.0


Pineapple Gerbera 1.0, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/9.0
Focal Length: 90 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pretty Rose!

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

DSC06240: What is this?


DSC06240, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Taken using the Minolta 28-100mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro, Minolta Maxxum AF 2800, and the FA-HS1AM adapter. All photos are © RMStringer Photography.

Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 100 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Honeysuckle 1.2


Honeysuckle 1.2, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Taken using the Minolta 28-100mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro, Minolta Maxxum AF 2800, and the FA-HS1AM adapter. All photos are © RMStringer Photography.

Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/11.0
Focal Length: 100 mm
ISO Speed: 100

DSC06228


DSC06228, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 100 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

DSC06147


DSC06147, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Taken with the Minolta 28-100mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro lens. All photos are © RMStringer Photography.

Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 90 mm
ISO Speed: 100

DSC06133


DSC06133, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 85 mm
ISO Speed: 100

DSC06151


DSC06151, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/5.6
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Love This Tune!!

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Really? Do we need this?

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Trek 1000 alpha series

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Aldridge 2.2


Aldridge 2.2, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Aperture: f/11.0
Focal Length: 28 mm
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

First Rose Bloom!

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Aldridge 2.15


Aldridge 2.15, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 110 mm
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Aldridge 2.10


Aldridge 2.10, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 70 mm
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Monday, April 12, 2010

DSC05648


DSC05648, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Double Knuckle Band Live at Solley's Disco April 10, 2010. Taken with the Tamron 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 using the Sony HVL-F58AM Flash. All photos are © RMStringer Photography.

DSC05692


DSC05692, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Double Knuckle Band Live at Solley's Disco April 10, 2010. Taken with the Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens using the Sony HVL-F58AM Flash. All photos are © RMStringer Photography.

DSC05735


DSC05735, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Double Knuckle Band Live at Solley's Disco April 10, 2010. Taken with the Minolta 70-210mm f/4 "Beercan" Zoom lens using the Sony HVL-F58AM Flash. All photos are © RMStringer Photography.

DSC05826


DSC05826, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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DSC05844


DSC05844, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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DSC05840


DSC05840, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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DSC05852


DSC05852, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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DSC05861


DSC05861, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

2x photo


DSC05188, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

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Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 420 mm

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Double Knuckle Band!!

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The Flaming Lips at NX35 on 3/13 in Denton, TX Set list

The Flaming Lips
3-13-2010
NX35 Festival
North Texas Fairgrounds
Denton, TX

Setlist:
1. Intro>Power Outage #1
2. Worm Mountain
3. Silver Trembling Hands
4. Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
5. In the Morning of the Magicians
6. Watching the Planets (acoustic version)>
7. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots pt. 1
8. Wating for A Superman
9. Power Outage #2
10. See The Leaves
11. Convinced of the Hex
12. Do You Realize


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Monday, April 05, 2010

Mack: Disneyland with Firing Squads

Thanks to Mac Hall for letting me publish this.

 

A Sort-Of Disneyland, Only With Firing Squads

 

Dubai is a no-kissing zone.

 

The United Arab Emirates is just another middle-eastern thugocracy of sand, rocks, oil, and semi-retired pirates.  The capital, Dubai, features the world's tallest skyscraper, but with the downturn in the local economy there doesn't seem to be anyone in it.  Dubai is quite the party town, according to the Dubai website, featuring "bars, pubs, discos and nightclubs." 

 

Nightclubs and such have been known to lead to, well, kissing, but in Dubai, a sort of Disneyland, only with slavery and firing squads, you'd better sip your well-regulated liquor and forego osculation.

 

A British man and woman, Ayman Najafi and Charlotte Adams, have been sentenced to a fine and a month, but not a fine month, in jail for kissing in a restaurant.  They were fingered by an outraged citizen who didn't actually see the kiss but was told about it by her two-year-old daughter.

 

Rules of evidence in the U.A.E. apparently bridge the cultural gap between P. G. Wodehouse and Lavrentia Beria. 

 

Last year the Dubai justice (cough) system sentenced a British couple to jail for sex-on-the-beach (not the drink), but on appeal commuted the sentences.  Last month the Dubai courts less mercifully incarcerated an Indian couple in jail for three months for sending spicy text-messages to each other, and last week sentenced some 17 or so Indians to the firing squad for beating a Pakistani gentleman to death over a wholesale liquor deal in which the party of the first part and the parties of the 1st-17th parts could not come to an amicable agreement. 

 

Okay, that last crime was a little over the top, but in the USA a murderous mob would probably be given community service and then jobs with A.C.O.R.N.

 

Of course in the U.A.E. one never knows whether or not a crime really happened.  Given that third-hand testimony attributed to a two-year-old can lead to a conviction, the Indians may have been guilty of nothing but playing a sitar.

 

Come to think of it, playing a sitar should result in the death penalty anyway.

 

I suggest that Dubai could use some help from American law enforcement.  Perhaps the Los Angeles Police Department could send Officers Pete Malloy and Jim Reed to help the United Arab Emirates update and inculturate:

 

"Say, Jim, we've been on duty for four hours.  Let's stop for a sandwich.  SANDwich, get it?  We're in the U.A.E.  Ha, ha.  SANDwich."

 

"That's not funny, Pete."

 

Radio, with appropriate static and crackling: "One-Adam-Twelve, One-Adam-Twelve, see the woman, 2332 Glorious and Enlightened Sheik Alli-Bubba Drive. Assault in progress."

 

Pete and Jim speed past casinos and bars, and quickly arrive.

 

"Yes, ma'am, what seems to be the problem?"

 

"Oh, officers, praise the religion of peace and mercy; some young punks pushed me down and stole my purse!  They ran thataway!"

 

"Ma'am, you're under arrest.  Cuff her, Reed."

 

"But officer, why?  I'm the victim!"

 

"Yes, ma'am, but you're a woman, so you tempted those poor, impressionable lads.  Sorry, but you'll go to prison for this, if not the peace-loving firing squad.  Read this lady her rights, Reed…oh, well, never mind."

 

Later, over Turkish coffee and pita bread, Reed asks "I don't get it, Pete.  That woman's purse was stolen.  Why should she go to jail?"

 

"We don't make the laws, Jim, we just enforce them.  Our country has sent us to the U.A.E. for sensitivity training.  We're here to learn new ways of doing things, and we must respect the local culture."

 

"Pete, the local culture seems to be about tourism, slavery, money-laundering, and funding terrorists, all under a government that makes the Chicago mob look classy."

 

"Jim, if I've told you once I've told you a million times, it's not slavery, it's a guest-worker program.  Didn't they teach you anything at the academy?"

 

"They didn't have to teach me the difference between employment and slavery."

 

"Cool it, partner.  We're guest workers too."

 

"One-Adam-Twelve, One-Adam-Twelve, reports of unauthorized kissing at a Denny's.  Repeat, unauthorized kissing at a Denny's."

 

"Let's roll, partner."

 

"Um, Pete…"

 

"Yeah?"

 

"The United Arab Emirates…they're our friends, right?"

 

-30-

 

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Pine Tree 2x Bokeh 1.1


Pine Tree 2x Bokeh 1.1, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Taken using the Bower MC 2X f/4 Tele-Converter on the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 Prime lens. All photos © RMStringer Photography.

Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 105 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Pine Tree 2x Bokeh 1.0


Pine Tree 2x Bokeh 1.0, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Taken using the Bower MC 2X f/4 Tele-Converter on the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 Prime lens. All photos © RMStringer Photography.

Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/4.0
Focal Length: 105 mm
ISO Speed: 100

2x Green Bokeh


2x Green Bokeh, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Taken with the Bower MC 2X f/4 Tele-Converter Doubler on the Minolta 70-210mm f/4 Beercan. All photos © RMStringer Photography.

Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 420 mm
ISO Speed: 400

2X Bokeh


2X Bokeh, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Taken with the Bower MC 2X f/4 Tele-Converter Doubler on the Minolta 70-210mm f/4 Beercan. All photos © RMStringer Photography.

Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/11.0
Focal Length: 420 mm
ISO Speed: 400

ETAL Inside Photos


ETAL Inside Photos, originally uploaded by RMStringer.

Photos of the East Texas Art league's 1st ever Pro Photography Exhibition held in Jasper Texas. The show runs from April 3-May 8. 364 North Austin Street.

East Texas Art League. April 3-May 8