NoLita jewelry store prays for peace in the Middle East. From sign, and from being inside yesterday, guess it’s run by Israelis. If so, imagine such overt political message driven as much by heart as by Israel’s increasingly tarnished reputation. #Israel #Gaza #politics #economics #newyork #streetphotography #photography #middleeast

NoLita jewelry store prays for peace in the Middle East. From sign, and from being inside yesterday, guess it’s run by Israelis. If so, imagine such overt political message driven as much by heart as by Israel’s increasingly tarnished reputation. #Israel #Gaza #politics #economics #newyork #streetphotography #photography #middleeast

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Yes, Charlie’s Angels.
(…And no, I’m not mocking the Iraqi Army or the seriousness of the country’s unraveling or the fact lives are on the line. What I am poking fun at, however, are all the cool and “stage-y” news pictures that end up illustrating a critical story mostly because they’re available. In reality, the training photos of green Iraqi Army recruits in Baghdad circulating right now are as much a performance for international media and thus parodies of themselves. They might fill a news hole because the Iraq war (and the competitive media demand) is raging and it’s too dangerous these days to secure more informative photos or images closer to the battle. They might be the readymade solution, also, to easily filling infotainment slideshows. But there’s a price to paid in terms of real information as Iraq desperately throws Shiite recruits into uniforms and the quality, capacity and demographic integrity of both the military and the government is in serious doubt.)
via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
(photo: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images caption: Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in army uniforms attend a training session on June 20, 2014, in the southern city of Basra as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities. Dozens of Iraqis crowd shops in central Baghdad scouting for military helmets, boots and camouflage uniforms as they prepare to volunteer to fight against a major militant offensive.)
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Yes, Charlie’s Angels.

(…And no, I’m not mocking the Iraqi Army or the seriousness of the country’s unraveling or the fact lives are on the line. What I am poking fun at, however, are all the cool and “stage-y” news pictures that end up illustrating a critical story mostly because they’re available. In reality, the training photos of green Iraqi Army recruits in Baghdad circulating right now are as much a performance for international media and thus parodies of themselves. They might fill a news hole because the Iraq war (and the competitive media demand) is raging and it’s too dangerous these days to secure more informative photos or images closer to the battle. They might be the readymade solution, also, to easily filling infotainment slideshows. But there’s a price to paid in terms of real information as Iraq desperately throws Shiite recruits into uniforms and the quality, capacity and demographic integrity of both the military and the government is in serious doubt.)

via: Boston Big Picture: The crisis in Iraq: Thousands train to fight against militant Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

(photo: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images caption: Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in army uniforms attend a training session on June 20, 2014, in the southern city of Basra as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities. Dozens of Iraqis crowd shops in central Baghdad scouting for military helmets, boots and camouflage uniforms as they prepare to volunteer to fight against a major militant offensive.)

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Juxtaposition of the Week: Pakistan Infant Criminals, Not Bug Splats

not a bug splat.jpegpakistan- infant arrested

Okay, the last two weeks.

Activist media saving Pakistani children from the West meets Western media framing threat to Pakistani children from Pakistan’s touchy government/legal system. (Thoughts welcome, on activist vs. traditional media, the Western lens or what strikes you.)

Credits, etc.:

(photo 1: HO—AFP/Getty Images. caption: In this undated handout photograph, a poster bearing the image of a Pakistani girl whose parents, lawyers say, were killed in a drone strike, lies in a field at an undisclosed location in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.)

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photo 2: STR/AFP/Getty Images. caption: This photograph taken on April 3, 2014 shows a Pakistani lawyer taking the thumb impression from nine-month-old toddler Mohammad Musa on a bail bond in Lahore. While many children of his age are still learning how to crawl, a nine-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country’s legal system. Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other family members was booked for throwing rocks at gas company officials in the working-class Ahata Thanedaran neighbourhood on February 1, the family’s lawyer Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq told AFP.

More: 9-Month-Old Boy Charged With Attempted Murder In Pakistan : The Two-Way : NPR

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine. 
Just saying, it’s an odd match up. Odd that he even knows who she is. 
via The Charlotte Observer
(Photo Credit: L’Osservatore Romano/AP Photo caption: US artist Patti Smith, right, is greeted by Pope Francis at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 10, 2013.)
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Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.

Just saying, it’s an odd match up. Odd that he even knows who she is.

via The Charlotte Observer

(Photo Credit: L’Osservatore Romano/AP Photo caption: US artist Patti Smith, right, is greeted by Pope Francis at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 10, 2013.)

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 I like this photo of Stacie Laughton, the first transgender woman to be elected to office in New Hampshire. Women candidates have brought about many firsts in New Hampshire electoral history but, like all women running for office, how they look matters. Yet no one is looking at Laughton in this photo. And she won.
via The Manchester Union Leader
(Photo Credit: Simon Rios/Union Leader Correspondent caption:  Selectman Stacie Laughton assists a voter to fill out an affidavit. Voters are required to sign affidavits affirming their identity if they have no means of identification.) 
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I like this photo of Stacie Laughton, the first transgender woman to be elected to office in New Hampshire. Women candidates have brought about many firsts in New Hampshire electoral history but, like all women running for office, how they look matters. Yet no one is looking at Laughton in this photo. And she won.

via The Manchester Union Leader

(Photo Credit: Simon Rios/Union Leader Correspondent caption: Selectman Stacie Laughton assists a voter to fill out an affidavit. Voters are required to sign affidavits affirming their identity if they have no means of identification.)

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I don’t really know how to put this in words, but something about these two late October photos in the same Reuters slide show struck me as cementing conceptions of the two candidates for president. Romney alone and waiting, the focus on the man waiting for the verdict. A woman with her back to him, but every other human nearly incorporeal. He’s the only real solid in the photo. A lonely solid. If I could paint, this could be my portrait of him.

In the other photo; Obama is embraced by a man who seems almost humbled by the president’s attention: he’s hugging Obama in an intent if awkward manner, his arm solidly around the president’s waist. His fellow fire fighters smiling at his vulnerability and the interaction. Again, if I could paint, this could be my portrait — not of the president, but of his emotional impact. I don’t know why or how Obama engenders this dynamic, but it is genuine and evident in this photograph.

via Reuters Obama vs. Romney Slide Show

(Top Photo Credit: Bryan Snyder/Reuters caption: Staff members are reflected off the window of the room as Mitt Romney works before a campaign rally in North Canton, Ohio October 26, 2012. Bottom Photo Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters caption: President Obama hugs a fire fighter who offered up a game of basketball during a visit to a fire house in Tampa, Florida October 25, 2012.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
 Interesting that the rest of the Obama family watched Michelle’s convention speech in The Treaty Room. As we wrote about the speech in our post today, Michelle Obama with the Sound Off, her mission was nothing short of updating the American people on the Obama’s 2008 contract of hope with the goal of reengagement. By the way, here’s an earlier Bag post on the painting above the Obamas’ heads.
via The White House Flickr Feed
(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption:  President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama begins her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4, 2012.)
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Interesting that the rest of the Obama family watched Michelle’s convention speech in The Treaty Room. As we wrote about the speech in our post today, Michelle Obama with the Sound Off, her mission was nothing short of updating the American people on the Obama’s 2008 contract of hope with the goal of reengagement. By the way, here’s an earlier Bag post on the painting above the Obamas’ heads.

via The White House Flickr Feed

(credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama begins her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4, 2012.)

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 The media (justifiably) goes after Romney for taking the day off yesterday, the newly-minted candidate not only choosing not to acknowledge Labor Day (maybe he thought he was snubbing the union movement?). Rather than lying low and just doing a b-b-q, however, he’s out doing the boating/yachting thing. Like the vacation over Fourth of July while Obama bypassed Camp David or Martha Vineyard for campaigning on Main Street, Romney’s response (as it was at the time) is that he’s earned his vacations. Anyway, it’s belaboring the obvious to say that yesterday’s optics are terrible — especially since that’s the way my local news channel framed it. It’s like Romney is doing to himself what it took Rove to do to Kerry in 2004 … in framing a tall, handsome dude as extremely rich, out of touch, and a man of expedience: Same tune, different body of water.
Video via The Washington Post
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The media (justifiably) goes after Romney for taking the day off yesterday, the newly-minted candidate not only choosing not to acknowledge Labor Day (maybe he thought he was snubbing the union movement?). Rather than lying low and just doing a b-b-q, however, he’s out doing the boating/yachting thing. Like the vacation over Fourth of July while Obama bypassed Camp David or Martha Vineyard for campaigning on Main Street, Romney’s response (as it was at the time) is that he’s earned his vacations. Anyway, it’s belaboring the obvious to say that yesterday’s optics are terrible — especially since that’s the way my local news channel framed it. It’s like Romney is doing to himself what it took Rove to do to Kerry in 2004 … in framing a tall, handsome dude as extremely rich, out of touch, and a man of expedience: Same tune, different body of water.

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Bag’s Take-Away:
 Maybe #Eastwooding stands for message mis-management? Clint needled the president last night for running around in a gas guzzling plane. Here’s Romney’s new ride, unveiled today.
via @GingerGibson (Politico)
(credit: Ginger Gibson/Politicocaption:  Oh yeah, Romney finally got his campaign plane today.)
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Maybe #Eastwooding stands for message mis-management? Clint needled the president last night for running around in a gas guzzling plane. Here’s Romney’s new ride, unveiled today.

via @GingerGibson (Politico)

(credit: Ginger Gibson/Politicocaption: Oh yeah, Romney finally got his campaign plane today.)

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 This is what it looks like before it winds up in your chowder.
(Though Reuters poll shows 2/3rds feel country on the wrong track, Obama has sizable lead working theme Romney out of touch.)
via DayLife
(credit: AP Photo caption: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey , center, and farm owner Lemar Koethe in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.)
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This is what it looks like before it winds up in your chowder.

(Though Reuters poll shows 2/3rds feel country on the wrong track, Obama has sizable lead working theme Romney out of touch.)

via DayLife

(credit: AP Photo caption: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey , center, and farm owner Lemar Koethe in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.)

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