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CNN: Is There Something Missing Here?


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Soap box time.

Not that I have the time.

But I am upset.

CNN.  When will you TRULY report facts to us citizens as a nation?

Here is your website right now.  The morning of October 22, 2013.  Please look at it.

Where is your factual coverage of the Obamacare fiasco?  Please tell us Americans as a nation who is signing UP for Obamacare…and who is NOT… and how MANY… and tell us Americans what the deductibles are for the most basic “affordable” insurance plans.  I heard it was TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.  That’s just for starters.  Oh.  By the way…  my military buddy (with a wife and baby) just got his pay docked for another $200 for an increase in health insurance premiums…and this is after his pay was CUT during the Sequester.  Report on that, please.

Where is your factual coverage of the Benghazi coverup?  Have you forgotten about it?  While I feel terrible about the teacher that was slain and reported on your webpage above, what about the unpursued murders of FOUR other Americans?  Actually, I feel there are three distinct venues of coverup here that you fail to report on: (1) the failure to protect our four Benghazi friends who are now dead; (2) a concerted, planned release of information to blame the attack on a then recently released anti-Muslim MOVIE, and (3) the White House’s blatant refusal to inform the American public where their President was during the terrorist attack.  (Whew.  A bit long-winded here.  Sorry.  Getting upset does that to me.)  Let’s remember to report on the intimidation of the officials and whistleblowers who know of the Benghazi facts under Hillary, OK?

Where is your coverage on the IRS targeting of conservative or pro-Israel groups prior to Obama’s re-election?  Odd, isn’t it?  Why aren’t you raising a stink about why it occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvement or coverup and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when?  And to have the big IRS lady boss plead the FIFTH?  My gawd.  Why, CNN?

And… please don’t forget the IRS mailed $4.2 billion in child-credit checks to “undocumented immigrants” during the same period!

Where is your coverage of (you-dropped-it-off-the-radar screen) President Obama “exercising” Executive Privilege to protect Holder and the “Operation Fast and Furious” gun-running fiasco?  Are you afraid of harming President Obama or his supporters?  Please remember you made a BIG thing out of the unfortunate death of a kid “who could have been (his) son” – but don’t seem to care about the Federal agent who was killed by one of those Fast and Furious guns?  Wow.

Lastly…

Where is your story on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security being “out of funds”…  but NEVER welfare?  I feel that is important.  Just how can these issues NOT receive proper coverage, CNN?  They are IMMENSELY important to MANY Americans.  Please report on this… objectively.  But I’m sure you don’t hear me.

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But succinctly, Obamacare has been funded.  Big businesses and those with influence have been exempted from it.  America’s debt ceiling has been raised again.  (Please remember, welfare never runs out of money but Medicare and Social Security does.)  And most of all, the actions of EVERYONE in Washington has served to decrease our faith in our elected leaders.  We all suffered to some extent…but did they stop paying themselves?  And consider that even if they put themselves under Obamacare, it is superficial; they will always pass laws to exempt themselves eventually.  Their insurance plan is the greatest…and we pay for it with the (now increased) national debt.

That sucks.

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My purpose was but to express my views on the state of affairs affecting our great country… and the growing divide fueled by one-sided media.    I am one of those but luckily turn to our blogs for facts or viewpoints.  Are we heading into an internet-based civil war?  As certainly as America has a gadzillion more issues unmentioned here, there are those whose views are surely very unlike mine…

Please express your views, too, and kindly.

But perhaps, one “growing” unifying view is…  our elected officials are not well liked.

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Thanks for reading.

In the Old Days…


I used the same setup but with a telephoto. Rugged Canon F-1 with a 250 exposure back.  Heap of moolah back then.

In the “old days”, we shot with 35mm cameras that used something called…film.

You loaded your own bulk film if you shot a lot.

You manipulated something called “ASA”.

You had to meter the light and set your shutter speed and f/stop.

There was no auto focus.

Me on the left with my motor driven Canon F-1 dangling from my shoulder. This was my mom and aunt’s war time refuge in the town of Fukui. At my relative’s home.

The cameras were made out of steel with metal gears – weighed a ton…especially if you carried an external motor drive with EIGHT AA batteries.

You developed your negatives at home – according to temperature.

Processing tanks. For 250 exposure lengths, I used a tub.

There was no “Photoshop”.  You used an enlarger and “dodged” and “burned” your prints to make corrections.

You all have it easy now.  Well, I guess me too.

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Just for memory’s sake (and my ego), here are two of my award-winning sports shots from 1972.  From one statewide photo contest.  These are surviving test prints, i.e., boo-boo prints that had been stashed away by luck. 🙂

The final prints – from the best printing efforts – were mounted and submitted.

Available light (and lighting was poor, believe me).  I didn’t use flash as I felt it distracted the players trying their best to win.

Exposed Tri-X at 2400 ASA and “cooked” the negatives in HC-110 replenisher.  Brutal stuff.

I usually shot from the stands, rim level, for a different perspective.

You had to anticipate the play and pre-focus.

And some luck.

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1st Place

Recently scanned and unretouched. That’ll be cheating now, wouldn’t it?

Honorable Mention:

Ditto.

Not bad for not having taken photo classes.  All self-taught.

OK.

My ego’s placated…and no criticisms from the pros who might be peeking.

Bad for ego.