Bag’s Take-Away:
As members of the GOP call for military action against Syria and Iran, the costs of Afghanistan and Iraq are strangely absent from their rhetoric. I can’t imagine why anyone thinks the American public is anything but war weary. In case we need a reminder, look at this young woman and her now fatherless child. 
via The Sacramento Bee Day in Pictures
(photo credit: Steve Sisney/AP  caption: Widow Lindsey McKenna and son Michael ,7, stand at the casket of husband and father Staff Sgt. Allen R. McKenna Jr. during his funeral on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Purcell, Okla. McKenna was killed in Afghanistan of Feb. 21, 2012.) 
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As members of the GOP call for military action against Syria and Iran, the costs of Afghanistan and Iraq are strangely absent from their rhetoric. I can’t imagine why anyone thinks the American public is anything but war weary. In case we need a reminder, look at this young woman and her now fatherless child.

via The Sacramento Bee Day in Pictures

(photo credit: Steve Sisney/AP caption: Widow Lindsey McKenna and son Michael ,7, stand at the casket of husband and father Staff Sgt. Allen R. McKenna Jr. during his funeral on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Purcell, Okla. McKenna was killed in Afghanistan of Feb. 21, 2012.)

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John Boehner still crying — although Neil Armstrong seems to be getting a kick out of it. With the economy dead-in-the-water and nothing constructive coming out of Washington beyond theatrics, inside-rewards and astronaut rituals, the sentimentality is — well, just embarrassing.

(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  Caption: Choked Up: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R. Ohio) was emotional as Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong received a Congressional Gold Medal at the Capitol in Washington Wednesday. Astronauts John Glenn, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin also received medals.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

John Boehner still crying — although Neil Armstrong seems to be getting a kick out of it. With the economy dead-in-the-water and nothing constructive coming out of Washington beyond theatrics, inside-rewards and astronaut rituals, the sentimentality is — well, just embarrassing.

(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Caption: Choked Up: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R. Ohio) was emotional as Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong received a Congressional Gold Medal at the Capitol in Washington Wednesday. Astronauts John Glenn, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin also received medals.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

"Uber-Power and Ego" Pictures of the Week, #2 - Getting Rangled. 

(There are better photos of Charlie, the censured Congressman, gloating over his official portrait, but none that capture Pelosi having to sit there and own it.)


(photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP caption: Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY, thanks friends, family and Congressional colleagues as his official portrait is unveiled during a ceremony in the Ways and Means Committee Room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Rangel’s fellow Democrats, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. , sit at right.)
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"Uber-Power and Ego" Pictures of the Week, #2 - Getting Rangled.

(There are better photos of Charlie, the censured Congressman, gloating over his official portrait, but none that capture Pelosi having to sit there and own it.)

(photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP caption: Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY, thanks friends, family and Congressional colleagues as his official portrait is unveiled during a ceremony in the Ways and Means Committee Room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Rangel’s fellow Democrats, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. , sit at right.)

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NYT Caption:
Members of Congress leaving the Capitol after the House of Representatives passed the debt limit bill.
Bag’s caption (+ why the photo made the edit):
America held hostage.


(photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times. NYT slideshow.)

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NYT Caption:

Members of Congress leaving the Capitol after the House of Representatives passed the debt limit bill.

Bag’s caption (+ why the photo made the edit):

America held hostage.

(photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times. NYT slideshow.)

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Whispering? Blowing a kiss? Once bit? (see bandaid on Reid’s hand)….Isn’t it funny the pics of Boehner (except for those sour shots on Saturday at the WH) always seem to show him compromised, even if his party refuses to….

via Charlotte Observer

(photo: Harry Hamburg/AP caption: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., holds his hand up as he whispers to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, during a photo opportunity in the House Speaker’s office before a meeting on the debt limit increase on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday, July 23, 2011.)
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Whispering? Blowing a kiss? Once bit? (see bandaid on Reid’s hand)….Isn’t it funny the pics of Boehner (except for those sour shots on Saturday at the WH) always seem to show him compromised, even if his party refuses to….

via Charlotte Observer

(photo: Harry Hamburg/AP caption: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., holds his hand up as he whispers to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, during a photo opportunity in the House Speaker’s office before a meeting on the debt limit increase on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday, July 23, 2011.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Framing “debt ceiling” hysteria, Getty shooting wire pics with a fish eye. Fun house? Bubble? Fish bowl? More than ever, DC = theatre of the absurd. 
(photos: Bill Clark/Roll Call)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Framing “debt ceiling” hysteria, Getty shooting wire pics with a fish eye. Fun house? Bubble? Fish bowl? More than ever, DC = theatre of the absurd.

(photos: Bill Clark/Roll Call)

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What’s wrong with this picture?  At the White House, it’s Ryan, the Divine …’cept his homies aren’t seeing it. 

(photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images caption: US Representative Paul Ryan (C) of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, speaks to the media following a meeting between US President Barack Obama and the House Republican Conference about the national debt limit and budget plans at the White House in Washington, DC, June 1, 2011.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

What’s wrong with this picture? At the White House, it’s Ryan, the Divine …’cept his homies aren’t seeing it.

(photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images caption: US Representative Paul Ryan (C) of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, speaks to the media following a meeting between US President Barack Obama and the House Republican Conference about the national debt limit and budget plans at the White House in Washington, DC, June 1, 2011.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

It’s that funny not just because it reads “moose” and Bachmann is so interchangeable with Palin, or because the headgear reads “wingnut” but because Bachmann, as reactionary as she is, really could be from another planet. 


(photo: XXXXXX AP: Republican presidential hopeful, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. talks to Chris Ryan during the taping of a radio show at the Barley House in Concord, N.H. , Tuesday, May 31, 2011.)
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It’s that funny not just because it reads “moose” and Bachmann is so interchangeable with Palin, or because the headgear reads “wingnut” but because Bachmann, as reactionary as she is, really could be from another planet.

(photo: XXXXXX AP: Republican presidential hopeful, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. talks to Chris Ryan during the taping of a radio show at the Barley House in Concord, N.H. , Tuesday, May 31, 2011.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Suddenly in CYA mode, GOP terror war icons looking lame today.

(photo: Getty Images caption: Former Michigan Governor John Engler (L) and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld walk through the halls of the U.S. Captiol May 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. The politicians were in the Capitol at the same time that CIA Director Leon Panetta was briefing members of Congress about the killing of Osama Bin Laden during a commando raid Sunday in Pakistan.)
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Suddenly in CYA mode, GOP terror war icons looking lame today.

(photo: Getty Images caption: Former Michigan Governor John Engler (L) and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld walk through the halls of the U.S. Captiol May 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. The politicians were in the Capitol at the same time that CIA Director Leon Panetta was briefing members of Congress about the killing of Osama Bin Laden during a commando raid Sunday in Pakistan.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
You’re okay now, dear. You were just having a nightmare.
(photo: Pool/Getty Images caption: House Speaker John Boehner (L) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid make a statement after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House April 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Obama invited back House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for a late meeting Wednesday night to discuss ongoing negotiations on a funding bill to bring us through the end of the fiscal year.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

You’re okay now, dear. You were just having a nightmare.

(photo: Pool/Getty Images caption: House Speaker John Boehner (L) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid make a statement after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House April 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Obama invited back House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for a late meeting Wednesday night to discuss ongoing negotiations on a funding bill to bring us through the end of the fiscal year.)

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