31 December 2007

30 December 2007

28 December 2007

obama, yesterday in iowa

the 50 most loathsome people in america

9. You
Charges: You believe in freedom of speech, until someone says something that offends you. You suddenly give a damn about border integrity, because the automated voice system at your pharmacy asked you to press 9 for Spanish. You cling to every scrap of bullshit you can find to support your ludicrous belief system, and reject all empirical evidence to the contrary. You know the difference between patriotism and nationalism -- it's nationalism when foreigners do it. You hate anyone who seems smarter than you. You care more about zygotes than actual people. You love to blame people for their misfortunes, even if it means screwing yourself over. You still think Republicans favor limited government. Your knowledge of politics and government are dwarfed by your concern for Britney Spears' children. You think buying Chinese goods stimulates our economy. You think you're going to get universal health care. You tolerate the phrase "enhanced interrogation techniques." You think the government is actually trying to improve education. You think watching CNN makes you smarter. You think two parties is enough. You can't spell. You think $9 trillion in debt is manageable. You believe in an afterlife for the sole reason that you don't want to die. You think lowering taxes raises revenue. You think the economy's doing well. You're an idiot.

Exhibit A: You couldn't get enough Anna Nicole Smith coverage.
Sentence: A gradual decline into abject poverty as you continue to vote against your own self-interest. Death by an easily treated disorder that your health insurance doesn't cover. You deserve it, chump.

26 December 2007


today is boxing day in the british commonwealth

---it's name relates to boxes of food or other gifts or the contents of the church's poor box, depending on who you ask----it's also the feast of st. stephen, when good king wencelas was doing his thing---and, of course, it's a big day for american shoppers----even if we are not out giving gifts to our servants, at least we aren't stoning people---

24 December 2007


metropolis christmas

industrial architecture

this is great: a bus terminal in a suburb of paris---

14 December 2007


huckabee: the republican's mcgovern and the end of our long national nightmare---

This, to me, is the critical distinction between a Christianist and a mere Christian. One wants to infuse politics with religion; the other wants to respect both, separately, and to keep religion private. I should add I do not want to banish the word "God" from the public square. But I do want that invocation to be as thin and as empty and as formal as the Founders intended. The current Republican party has reinvented itself as a force on opposite grounds. The party of Huckabee and Romney, the party of Hewitt and Dobson, the party of Ponnuru and Neuhaus is emphatically not a secular party.

And that is why part of me, I confess, wants Huckabee to win. So he can lose. So the GOP can lose - as spectacularly and humiliatingly as possible. If we are to rid conservatism of this theocratic cancer, we need to start over. Maybe it has to get worse before it can get better. But it is certainly too late for fellow-traveling Christianists like Lowry and Krauthammer to start whining now. This is their party. And they asked for every last bit of it.


The Republicans will have a very hard time attacking Obama on racial grounds without seeming to be overtly racist. So they will smear him as treasonous and use the religion card, however fallaciously. This meme is out there - disgracefully abetted by those now in power. The only way past it is through it. And the only mistake is fearing it. Don't under-estimate it, but don't fear it. And defeat it. Clinton simply cannot do that. But Obama has a chance.

no comment

a recruitment ad for the ukranian army---

08 December 2007

cathi's domicile

fair park, dallas


oklahoma actually has some nice scenery, especially if you like big sky

02 December 2007

collapsing markets

seven construction cranes in midtown between 12th and 14th----two of those are related to a hotel/retail building----the rest are condos----

01 December 2007

grandpa and the baby

andrew had his first birthday thursday----he can't quite walk yet, but he can play a harmonica----that's his best trick to date----

the kitten

main street

as of this weekend, the two upstairs apartments are occupied-----angela and robert are making the insides purty----

26 November 2007

22 November 2007


another run on peachtree this morning---the track club's marathon and half marathon are today, but i didn't think that began until 11:30----anyway, a lot of people out running in a chilly (63) rain---mostly quiet, except for some cow bells now and then, and the horde of marines running in lockstep and chanting as they went---

12 November 2007


the exterior is nearing completion and they are installing landscaping on the terraces, which are on the 10th floor or so and apparently on both sides of the tower---the trees on our terrace are dying from lack of water---meanwhile aqua is offering to pay two years of association fees for each new purchase----

fayette county


11 November 2007

10 November 2007

main street

the g-great granddaughter of s. r. young the first stumbled across my post on her grandfather's death in august, two days before we closed on the purchase----she said he built the fish pond when he was a teenager, or before 1935---and she told me that her brother drowned the day after we closed---she was googling his name when she came across my post---
a lot of loose ends to finish up, but they refinished the floors upstairs this week---the two apartments up there are looking very good----

05 November 2007

the cube

i relocated and now reside in a lovely cubicle next to one of the windows over alabama street---

and the view from my window:

04 November 2007

the proposed enlargement of donald's domicile

the lees

i stumbled across an old post from somebody with the east point historical society who has been helping maintain the old lee family cemetery on washington road in east point---my g-g-grandpa john lee moved to what is now the west side of east point in the 1840s---one of my favorite pictures from that side of the family is this one, taken about 1925, showing ipson and tommie lee, my g-grandparents, in front of their house on washington rd., which was torn down about 1970---in the background is john lee's old antebellum house, which was torn down before world war II---the photo was taken not long before they sold the place and moved into town---ipson hated leaving the farm and killed himself a few years later---


longview road, fayette county----

glutted markets

so aqua is finished, but they still haven't sold all the units---only a few people have moved in----kinda sad that, since w. peachtree is one-way northbound, the only people who really see the building's facade are the perverts waiting to get out of the parking lot at the dirty book store-----meanwhile 1010 is moving right along and viewpoint has been topped out---

03 November 2007

i spotted the hawk that was hanging out in the pine tree next door, on top of the church steeple---

02 November 2007

another canon

small enough to fit in my pocket----i'm gonna be taking more pitchers i think----

i got my new camera today

but i'm just figuring it out so i didn't take this picture --- check out some amazing photography here

21 October 2007

little five points halloween parade

maybe not as good as years past, but still entertaining----

19 October 2007

dry but at least the sunsets are purty good

no rain to speak of here, but maybe the mussells in florida got watered---a foot of rain or something in the panhandle---the sunset is starting to emerge from behind the plaza as it slowly moves to the south----

18 October 2007

poor kittens

de-privatizing socialized medicine

Anti-"socialized medicine" fanatics can quibble, (as they've done with the Wilkersons and the Frosts), over who can and who can't afford private health insurance, but it doesn't matter whether my family earns $40,000 or $120,000 per year. It doesn't matter whether comprehensive health insurance would cost us $7,500 or $12,000
per year. It doesn't matter whether we need file a claim for $1 or $1,000,000. It doesn't matter because health care has already been socialized - privately
socialized - by people who are pushing the costs higher and higher, at the expense of hardworking Americans who don't think our salaries should be drastically reduced by these exorbitant costs while the insurance industry continues to post ever-larger profits.

It's time to de-privatize socialized medicine.


pretty funny---100 guys take off their shirts and go shopping at abercrombie & fitch-----

14 October 2007

staying clean

frances kidd took this at the baptist church in newnan---just gotta love that calvinist theology----