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I suppose there is another table, unseen to us, that says ‘uomini’, but I find it odd that Italians separate the vote — and least, in their list keeping — between men and women. Am I translating that wrong or do we have a great photo of the plasticized Berlusconi walking away from ‘women’ (donne) to cast his vote? 

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I suppose there is another table, unseen to us, that says ‘uomini’, but I find it odd that Italians separate the vote — and least, in their list keeping — between men and women. Am I translating that wrong or do we have a great photo of the plasticized Berlusconi walking away from ‘women’ (donne) to cast his vote?

via: Charlotte Observer

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Tags #photojournalism    #Burlusconi    #voting    #visual politics    #news    #elections    #Italy   

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This is a pool photo of George Zimmerman and his lead counsel Mark O’Mara a Zimmerman’s hearing on his motion to delay trial February 5, 2013. I found it interesting that both men have gotten overweight since their intro to the American public (it’s not just the camera angle that enlarges O’Mara). And in this country, “overweight” means disintegrate. 
Here’s O’Mara at his first news conference. Maybe the message isn’t about my body image-centric viewpoint, but from the idea that when justice has been delayed long enough for you to get huge, it’s been delayed enough. The judge denied Zimmerman’s motion at the hearing. 
via Road Runner
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This is a pool photo of George Zimmerman and his lead counsel Mark O’Mara a Zimmerman’s hearing on his motion to delay trial February 5, 2013. I found it interesting that both men have gotten overweight since their intro to the American public (it’s not just the camera angle that enlarges O’Mara). And in this country, “overweight” means disintegrate.

Here’s O’Mara at his first news conference. Maybe the message isn’t about my body image-centric viewpoint, but from the idea that when justice has been delayed long enough for you to get huge, it’s been delayed enough. The judge denied Zimmerman’s motion at the hearing.

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 I’m having trouble imagining Kerry getting tough with anybody, so this photo caught my eye even though it’s most likely Kerry is describing his battle for a primo spot in the State Department parking garage.
via Getty Images
(Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images caption:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks to U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R) after Kerry was sworn in during a ceremonial swearing in at the State Department February 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Kerry was officially sworn in on February 1 at the U.S. Capitol as the 68th Secretary of State, succeeding Hillary Clinton.)
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I’m having trouble imagining Kerry getting tough with anybody, so this photo caught my eye even though it’s most likely Kerry is describing his battle for a primo spot in the State Department parking garage.

via Getty Images

(Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images caption: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks to U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (R) after Kerry was sworn in during a ceremonial swearing in at the State Department February 6, 2013 in Washington, DC. Kerry was officially sworn in on February 1 at the U.S. Capitol as the 68th Secretary of State, succeeding Hillary Clinton.)

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Vine video taken from news wire photos of Ct legislative hearing on gun laws. (Photos: Jessica Hill/AP)

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 To start with, I think this photo is one of those that won’t catch much notice due to its subject matter. The American public doesn’t care much about Karzai negotiating for American troop strength to remain at high levels in Afghanistan after 2014. After all, this transition will occur after the next Afghan election, i.e., after Karzai and his family are safely ensconced in Dubai or some other safe haven. But in terms of composition, color, and symbolism, I really like this Alex Wong photo. The deep, brilliant colors of Karzai’s traditional Uzbek coat play off against the crisp whites and deep blues of the honor guard at attention behind him. His face is lit heroically as he takes a statuesque pose. But he stands as if supported by a dwindling number of soldiers to his back and with the “zero option” trial balloon floated by the Obama Administration, even that number is in question. 
 Though a floated balloon doesn’t always become a reality, Karzai’s “heroic” stance during this visit to the U.S. may actually be a last stand against strong public opinion in America.
via The Charlotte Observer
(Top Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images caption: Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) reviews the honor guards during a full military honors ceremony welcoming Karzai to the Pentagon January 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Karzai is on a visit in Washington, to include a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, to discuss the continued transition in Afghanistan and the partnership between the two nations.)
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To start with, I think this photo is one of those that won’t catch much notice due to its subject matter. The American public doesn’t care much about Karzai negotiating for American troop strength to remain at high levels in Afghanistan after 2014. After all, this transition will occur after the next Afghan election, i.e., after Karzai and his family are safely ensconced in Dubai or some other safe haven. But in terms of composition, color, and symbolism, I really like this Alex Wong photo. The deep, brilliant colors of Karzai’s traditional Uzbek coat play off against the crisp whites and deep blues of the honor guard at attention behind him. His face is lit heroically as he takes a statuesque pose. But he stands as if supported by a dwindling number of soldiers to his back and with the “zero option” trial balloon floated by the Obama Administration, even that number is in question.

Though a floated balloon doesn’t always become a reality, Karzai’s “heroic” stance during this visit to the U.S. may actually be a last stand against strong public opinion in America.

via The Charlotte Observer

(Top Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images caption: Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) reviews the honor guards during a full military honors ceremony welcoming Karzai to the Pentagon January 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Karzai is on a visit in Washington, to include a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, to discuss the continued transition in Afghanistan and the partnership between the two nations.)

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Well, it was hardly avoidable, especially as TV zoomed in closer on the pair. In the background of the Obama - Romney White House pic, the boxing gloves stand out at the not-so-vanishing point like an alarm. It wouldn’t have anything to do with Obama coming out swinging after Nov 7, would it? On the table, by the way, is the white turkey chili that was on the menu. Serving (a) white turkey, get it?? And then another nice touch: in the Today piece there is actually quote from the Majority Leader (and former boxer) about the photo. Reid said he liked it.

(photo: Pete Souza/White House caption: President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their lunch, Nov. 29, 2012.)

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1. Still photo-op shopping at the dollar-brand store. 47% sure he doesn’t need any more flack over the bank roll.
2. And then, reeking of upper crust, there’s always the British version. Cheerio!
3.  By the way, who buys cereal at a drug store?
4. Shorts in late November. Ah, the good life.
5. All about the hair. 
indecen-t:

look who just waltzed in last night and bOUGHT HIS FUCKING CHEERIOS
didnt even look at the camera when i asked for a pic

Bag’s Take-Away:

1. Still photo-op shopping at the dollar-brand store. 47% sure he doesn’t need any more flack over the bank roll.

2. And then, reeking of upper crust, there’s always the British version. Cheerio!

3.  By the way, who buys cereal at a drug store?

4. Shorts in late November. Ah, the good life.

5. All about the hair. 

indecen-t:

look who just waltzed in last night and bOUGHT HIS FUCKING CHEERIOS

didnt even look at the camera when i asked for a pic

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Tags #Mitt Romney    #cheerios    #politics    #LaJolla   

Bag’s Take-Away:

Embarrassment of riches.

via:Wall Street Journal Photos of the Day 11/28/12

(photo: Getty Images caption: STATE BANQUET: Queen Elizabeth II delivered a speech during a state banquet for Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait in Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Tuesday. The Amir of Kuwait is conducting a three-day state visit to the U.K.)

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Embarrassment of riches.

via:Wall Street Journal Photos of the Day 11/28/12

(photo: Getty Images caption: STATE BANQUET: Queen Elizabeth II delivered a speech during a state banquet for Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait in Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Tuesday. The Amir of Kuwait is conducting a three-day state visit to the U.K.)

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Just another fleeting cringe instant for web advertising (movie ad on top of Middle East distress in creating a “share” link). 

via NYT: Fighting Escalates Between Israel and Hamas

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Just another fleeting cringe instant for web advertising (movie ad on top of Middle East distress in creating a “share” link).

via NYT: Fighting Escalates Between Israel and Hamas

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Tags #Hitchcock    #Gaza    #web advertising    #politics    #advertising    #media    #poor taste   

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I’m thoroughly grateful for the way the great Christopher Morris captured post-9/11 and “War on Terror” America. To be honest, though, I’m not sure he exactly nailed Campaign ‘12. If you take a look at his at “On the Road” slideshow
 at TIME, I see it expressing a little more of the anxiety, pensiveness and “Stepford USA” of the Bush campaigns. 

Nevertheless, this one photo is smashing. I’m not sure if I’ve seen a better take on Romney, the Two America, and how thoroughly disconnected the man demonstrated himself to be from Main Street than this photo taken the day of his sham “non-campaign” hurricane food drive.

But, why post this now, Campaign 12 already consigned to the history books? Because of the challenge of keeping focus on the disconnect as we launch ahead.

(photo: Christopher Morris—VII for TIME caption: Oct. 30, 2012. Supplies donated to the Red Cross at a campaign stop in Kettering, Ohio.)

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I’m thoroughly grateful for the way the great Christopher Morris captured post-9/11 and “War on Terror” America. To be honest, though, I’m not sure he exactly nailed Campaign ‘12. If you take a look at his at “On the Road” slideshow at TIME, I see it expressing a little more of the anxiety, pensiveness and “Stepford USA” of the Bush campaigns. Nevertheless, this one photo is smashing. I’m not sure if I’ve seen a better take on Romney, the Two America, and how thoroughly disconnected the man demonstrated himself to be from Main Street than this photo taken the day of his sham “non-campaign” hurricane food drive. But, why post this now, Campaign 12 already consigned to the history books? Because of the challenge of keeping focus on the disconnect as we launch ahead.

(photo: Christopher Morris—VII for TIME caption: Oct. 30, 2012. Supplies donated to the Red Cross at a campaign stop in Kettering, Ohio.)

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