Ghimeabragh, oil on velvet

A Lesson in Sockpuppetry

Dear Socks,

If you are going to wander into a Facebook group to take on the members, it is always a good idea to read up on the person you are planning on impersonating, otherwise, you come off reading like a semi-literate baboon. Currently, there is a person pretending to be Emer De Vattel in one of the “Make Fun of Birthers” groups “challenging” us on Vattel’s inivisible “natural born citizen”. Invisible, because De Vattel never used the phrase in  his  Laws of Nations Or PRINCIPLES OF THE LAW OF NATURE APPLIED TO THE CONDUCT AND AFFAIRS OF NATIONS AND SOVEREIGNS . The French is Le droit des gens or, The Right of the People, if it were “Nations” it would be Le droit des pays.  So, right there, we have the first error in translation. How many more are there in that 1883 edition that was digitized in 1999?

Another thing, my dear sockpuppets and wanna-be torlls, if you have to run back your froup for support, you’ve lost.

So, remember my little sockpuppets, on Facebook you cannot be supported in email. And if you are going to impersonate someone, please try a wee bit harder, for you too can be awards the Cracked (Chamber) Pot, like Birther Køøk, “Emmerich Vattel” :

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R.I.P. Republican “Grand Old Party” Party 1854-2010

The “Grand Old Party” a/k/a GOP a/k/a The Republican Party a/k/a The Party of Lincoln was finally laid to rest after succumbing to neurodegeneration. It was 146 years old. The Grand Old Party had a long and distinguished life beginning with its fight against extending (but not ending) slavery into the Territories. It’s earliest members were former Whigs, Know-Nothings, and Free Soil Democrats. In 1856, it’s slogan was “Free Labor, Free Soil, Free Men”. However, it wasn’t until the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, that they suddenly became abolitionist rather than simply “containists”. After Lincoln’s assassination, and the election of US Grant, GOP saw rot set in in the form of corruption. Under the stewardship of GOP, America saw the disenfranchisement of Americans in the South, the driving of former slaves off plantations, away from the only work they knew, and, the re-classification of Creoles as “Negro”

Tell me, does American Composer Louis Mareu Gottschalk, a Creole, look “black” to you?

Well,  GOP thought so, simply because his mother was Haitian. and, so legislated him to the ranks of historical error, and thus gave birth to the “tragic mulatto” meme. GOP lost interest in the fate of freedmen, and came to fear the freedmen (blacks) as “potentially dangerous to the economy” by perhaps demanding a fair wage?

GOP used churches from its birth to gather support:

Historians have explored the ethnocultural foundations of the party, along the line that ethnic and religious groups set the moral standards for their members, who then carried those standards into politics. The churches also provided social networks that politicians used to sign up voters. The pietistic churches emphasized the duty of the Christian to purge sin from society. Sin took many forms—alcoholism, polygamy and slavery became special targets for the Republicans. The Yankees, who dominated New England, much of upstate New York, and much of the upper Midwest were the strongest supporters of the new party. This was especially true for the pietistic Congregationalists and Presbyterians among them and (during the war), the Methodists, along with Scandinavian Lutherans. The Quakers were a small tight-knit group that was heavily Republican.

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The Tale of Kochheaded Dave

Poor little Davey Koch. Someone punked his Governor, and now he’s crying about “Identity Theft”


Yes, children, gather round and hear a tale of Poor Kochheaded Dave.
Dave was so wealthy, even he was impressed by it, and thought he was Master of the World. One day, while Kochheaded Dave was petting his second favorite pet, it was an oddly adorable, yet vicious little beast called a “teaparty”, his first, another vicious, yet unadorable beast called a “Walker” was being tutored in the art of deception.

A man, an alien being known as a “Journalist”, picked up his telephone, and made a call to the pet, Walker, and knowing he wouldn’t get to talk to the Walker if he revealed himself, pretended to be Kochheaded Dave. Hilarity ensued as the Walker rolled over and exposed his throat to the Pretender as the Pretender played his unpaid role. The Pretender, when he had had his fill, ended the call, and revealed himself to the World. Now, this revelation caused the Walker great anguish at having been revealed to be the pet of Kochheaded Dave, and Dave. Well, Kochheaded Dave was outraged at the humiliation of his pet Walker, and the admission that he, Kochheaded Dave owned such a pet.

Thinking about what recourse he had, Kochheaded Dave went to the press and declared:

“It’s a case of identity theft,” Koch told the New York Times in a rare interview Friday. “I didn’t even know his name before this brouhaha erupted.”

Poor Kochheaded Dave was beside himself (his favorite sexual position) and “joked”:

“I was thinking to myself, ‘My God, if I called up a senator or a congressman to discuss something with them, and they heard ‘David Koch is on the line,’ they’d immediately say, ‘That’s that fraud again — tell him to get lost!'” he said.

And, you know, that Senator would be quite correct in that assessment.

x-posted to DailyKos

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Uncomfortable Art in Newark or, F#*K CURATORS

On Saturday August 28, at Newark‘s Index Gallery, a little gallery show was held featuring the art of

TaskOne, …Mr. Mustart, Serron and Dmitry Gubin. Ironically it was curated by Extranjera. The name of the exhibit stems from the difficulty talented, controversial artists and their provocative subjects have in getting a gallery show without compromising their vision.  While all of the artists are extraordinary, Serron is a standout. His art is political, provocative, confrontational and frankly uncomfortable. It was Serron I had the opportunity to chat with about his art, and his modesty about his talent was amazing. Soft-spoken with a keen eye, his works hark back to the politically active years of the 1960’s from the Newark Riot piece to his take on an old joke to placing that very uncomfortable word “Nigger” square in your face in such a way that the soul-killing meaning of that words cannot be avoided or justified by use by anyone. One work, is mixed media paint and paper. “FREE HUEY”. A flier for a fundraiser in support of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (a/k/a THE Black Panthers of Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, Prof. Angela Davis)

TaskOne has a style reminiscent of contemporary anime,  Dmirty Gubin is bold strokes of color. …Mr. Mustart uses found pieces such as chinese take out menus overlaid with “Hello Kitty!” Keep your eyes open – you’ll be hearing more of all of these Newark, NJ talents.

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About that “Takeover” by Los Zetas in Laredo….

Over at, where I am a photojournalist, there’s a lively thread regarding an article written by another examiner, who without citing her sources except as “anonymous” Laredo PD, wrote a piece of fiction about two ranches OUTSIDE the Laredo PD jurisdiction, being taken over by members of the Los Zetas drug cartel. One of the channel managers doesn’t seem to upset at the “reporters” lack of veracity, so, I answered with this:

According to Bob Owens, a blogger over at Andrew Breitbart’s, the Examiner who broke “broke” the story is refusing to confirm her sources to him. Now, biggovernment is itself right wing, having been responsible for the destruction of ACORN through selectively edited video by James O’Keefe,(I should also point out, that ACORN has been cleared of wrongdoing, but the goal has been achieved) and caused the firing of Ms. Sherrod again by selectively edited video. Mr. Owens, while still blaming the Obama Admin. for the hoax, still calls everyone who promoted it:

Cypress News publisher John G. Winder is sticking with the story, not because any additional evidence has been produced, but because the two sources for his version of the story, blog Digger’s Realm and’s San Diego (CA) County Political Buzz Examiner blogger Kimberly Dvorak are standing by their militiamen and anonymous police sources.

The original Cypress Times story? A re-publication of the original Digger’s Realm story.

The Digger’s Realm story? Two anonymous Laredo police sources and a San Diego California Minuteman named Jeff Schwilk who claims he got his information from… an anonymous Laredo PD officer.

San Diego County Poltical Buzz Examiner Kimberly Dvorak? She claims her information also comes from two anonymous Laredo PD sources.

Are we noticing a pattern here? Every bit of of this claim, which has now scattered far and wide across the Internet, can be traced back to two anonymous police department sources of a police department that does not even have jurisdiction where the alleged invasion is taking place.

I read a wide variety of news sources, be they rightwing or left, as it makes more informed. I also know that as a blogger, a blogger that has been cited on NPR and, I have to cite my sources if I am writing about an article I read, and provide a link back to that original article so my readers can form their own opinions.
IMHO, unless we are more scrupulous in citing sources, and not making up things our of whole cloth, will become irrelevant.
Even for me, a mere photojournalist. While I do not have to get written permission to photograph a storefront, I seek a written release if I want to shoot the interior and anyone inside. I know, that I can shoot the exterior of Prudential Arena, and there is nothing that the security can do short of assaulting me. I know, that I cannot shoot inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal, PERIOD, but it’s ok at NY Penn Station and Newark’s Penn Station. What’s the point of this? To illustrate that as reporters/citizen journalists, we have a responsibility to our readers not to gin up fears by posting fiction as fact.

You want to be a citizen journalist? Then, be one. You want to be a fiction writer? Fine, but don’t couch it as journalism

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J’Accuse Mike Huckabee of Complicity in the murder of four Tacoma Cops

I accuse Mike Huckabee of Indifference. His indifference and callousness regarding his role in the execution of four Tacoma cops is not surprising, or even saddening. It’s par for the “Me Generation” course. It’s par for the American NeoConFundie course. It’s their Gospel. The Gospel of “It wasn’t me” You were all about clemency. 703 people were granted clemency during your tenure as Governor SEVEN HUNDRED THREE. More than any other Governor. who then went to Missouri, and raped and murdered someone. No, it’s not your responsibility. I mean you said you prayed with him – I mean he  “converted” to Christianity – Christianity. The New GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card?

Huckabee, who was criticized during his run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 for granting many clemencies and commutations, cited Clemmons youth. Clemmons later violated his parole, was returned to prison and released in 2004.

On Sunday, Huckabee issued this statement on his Web site: “Should he be found to be responsible for this horrible tragedy, it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington state.”

via Source.Yes, Mikeeeeeee, it’s the System’s fault, not YOURS – YOU let him walk free. YOU set this murder in motion. It’s never the fault of sitting Governor – YOU. You will pray to your twisted God – Yalda baHut, this is Samael, The Blind God, the God who doesn’t see his own wickedness or his own good

Governor Huckabee, You are a hypocrite, a liar and a product of the “Me Generation”

Oh, and of course, a Good Christian. A VERY GOOD CHRISTIAN. Pull the fucking mote out of you eye and take responsibility for  setting the murder of four cops into motion. I know you won’t but ask them and their families to forgive you before you ask God.

“Good behavior in prison doesn’t wipe out what you’ve done. Good behavior and a relationship with Jesus isn’t enough.” see comments

Oh, and when you lose Right Wing bloggers like Little Green Footballs and teh freepers you’re so fucked. So smart of you to decide to not run in 2012

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DMCA hits a new low. I am a seller. I sell my photographs. One, now called “Station at Dusk”, was removed becuase it’s original title was “Station at Twilight”. “why?” you ask. Well, children, it seems that Summit Entertainment OWNS the word “Twilight” . in fact, I am violating their trademark by using “Twilight” in this post.. if this were facebook, Summit could go whining to Facebook because I’m being a meanie-head hey! @twilight: you suck as human beings (No pun intended).