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I was playing with the settings on my camera, trying to work the "intense closeup" setting, which I've used to some good effect at least once, but every time I tried to get a shot of Silhouette, he either moved or the "red eye" light would shine in his eyes, irritate him, and he'd move anyway. So I turned the camera around to see where this red light was coming from (since the flash was, of course, turned off anyway), and I somehow managed to take a picture of my father...





Okay, Dad had black hair as an adult (and always wore a military flat-top), but this is spooky.




Yesterday, or day before, I was listening to NPR's Diane Rehm show, and they were discussing the current state of the Republican party. It of course wandered off into the Tea Party, who were not originally made up of Republicans at all, but young Libertarians. Anyway, it got onto what motivates the current "Tea Partiers," and their opinion of Obama. I listened to them talk about the "birthers," and the whole "he's a Muslim!" BS, and dicker back and forth and such, and I wished I could call the show from work, because I really wanted to say "Why won't anyone just SAY it? There's an elephant in the room -- notice it! They fear him BECAUSE HE'S BLACK. When you say 'they fear his otherness,' that's what you mean." I can't help but think that's the main reason those idiotic rumors about his nation of birth or his religion persist. What really bugs me is none of these people were up in arms when Bush's Administration was running up the deficit and sticking their fingers in EVERYONE'S business, but now apparently because there's a moderate, deep-thinking, intelligent man in the White House who is trying to appease both sides AND actually get something done, he's trying to make the country "socialist" and get up his own private army (seriously, they believe this).

And no, I don't think Obama's 100% perfect. Of course he's made mistakes. It's a freaking tough job and he's presiding over a super tough time. He was handed an America mired in two Middle Eastern wars, a ginormous deficit, a plunging economy, and a country so polarized and wildly offset anyone who's a moderate is considered radical by his or her own party. But I can't help but notice that the LAST time the economy was in this bad a shape, the sitting president not only got a second term but ALSO has become nearly an anointed saint to the Republicans (it was the Great Recession of 1982).

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nutmeg3
Sep. 4th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
I sure hope there's a second term for Obama, because I'm flat-out terrified of what the Republican party is capable of. As for mistakes, I think his biggest one is not getting mad and putting a few bunch of assholes in their place.
evil_little_dog
Sep. 4th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
This.

Who was that Republican who said recently, "Ya'll people are nutz" regarding the Tea Party and got voted out of office? Him. I like him and his willingness to work for the betterment of both sides of the divide.
nutmeg3
Sep. 4th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about him, but I like him a lot for that alone. Politics needs more people like him - too bad he's gone, at least for now. :-(
evil_little_dog
Sep. 4th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
I can't remember if someone posted about him in LJ (wildrider? Was it you?) or I found him in one of my sites I get my news and intel from. It was an interesting article and he specifically said he thought the Tea Party would be the ruination of the Republicans. Which, of course, was part of the reason he got voted out (along with his refusal to be part of a defamation of Obama scheme? I think?).
wildrider
Sep. 4th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
I think it was me, because I remember it, but not his name, either. Let me see...

Well, if I did, I didn't tag it "politics" or "political," darn it. I'll do a little research and see what I can find. Seems to me it wasn't that long ago.
evil_little_dog
Sep. 4th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it was less than a month ago. Otherwise, I wouldn't remember it, as mushy as my brain has gotten.
wildrider
Sep. 5th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
Yes, and I had tagged it, I just didn't actually read my own post (duh). He's Bob Inglis, and my post was August 4 (so about a month ago).

evil_little_dog
Sep. 5th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
:D I was pretty sure I'd read about him in your LJ.
wildrider
Sep. 4th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, same here. I'm appalled at the direction the country is going, especially after the big Glenn Beck rally last week and the way that side is behaving. I heard a comparison drawn to the left's hatred of Bush, but I can honestly say from being on that side that we NEVER threatened physical violence and murder, just preached change and bitched...

Obama just will not lose his temper! He really is a good, old-school politician, and sadly, that's just not going places these days. Everyone wants a radical (either a left OR a right one).

margdean56
Sep. 4th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yah. The Tea Party sees Obama as "other", whereas I look at him and go, "Oh, he's like me!" Or at least, the way I like to think of myself -- intelligent, thoughtful, and articulate. Forget the superficial stuff like gender and skin color...
wildrider
Sep. 4th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know! HE'S the guy I'd want to have a beer with, because we could also have a conversation (although he's way smarter than me).

ljs
Sep. 4th, 2010 10:28 am (UTC)
Hugs and a good Saturday!
wildrider
Sep. 4th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
*hugs hugs!*
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