Archive for August, 2012

Reflections In The Key Of B&W UCSD Photoblogging

Look! More waffle building!

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August 31st, 2012 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the Eddie Murphy dud Holy Man:

Trying to persuade me I’m stupid is not a good way to win the argument.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s Russian mirror cats…

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Hilarious and adorable!

August 31st, 2012 at 07:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Bride Of The Return Of UCSD B&W Photoblogging

Kinda running out of stuff to say at this point. Look! Waffle building!

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August 30th, 2012 at 11:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Even Fox News Thinks Paul Ryan Is A Lying Liar

Especially brazen is that Ryan continues to blame Obama for a GM plant that closed under Bush, even after it was thoroughly debunked.  But then again, that’s kinda what Republicans do.

August 30th, 2012 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Media,Politics,Republicans,Romney,Wankers

B&W Vertical UCSD Photoblogging

It’s almost a theme…

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August 29th, 2012 at 07:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

The Real Problem With Socialism

Arizona has decided to let private companies bid on creating a new prison, despite the fact that privately run prisons are actually more expensive than state-run ones.  But that little fact is secondary to the most important problem with any state-run enterprise: No one gets rich off of it. (See also: Why we have healthcare “reform” that features an individual mandate and no public option, much less single payer)

August 28th, 2012 at 11:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Prisoners,Wankers

Nice Try.

AP did their best to try to make the alternative to Social Security benefit cuts sound as unappealing as possible, asking people if they would rather “raise taxes” than cut benefits, but their respondents still preferred that to cutting benefits by a 53-36 margin.

Now imagine what that margin would be if they had asked about keeping the rate the same but raising or eliminating the cap on the payroll tax cap so that the rich pay the same effective rate as everyone else.  Too bad that seems to be almost a taboo subject, probably because the fix is in.

August 28th, 2012 at 07:10am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Polls,Social Security,Wankers

Again With The B&W UCSD Photoblogging

Kind of a looking-up theme today…

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August 27th, 2012 at 11:34am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Monday Media Blogging

All hail Grace Jones.

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Wow.

August 27th, 2012 at 07:02am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Revenge Of The Son Of The Return Of B&W UCSD Photoblogging

It seems like it never ends, but I don’t really mind.

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August 24th, 2012 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the Wallace Shawn/Andre Gregory classic, My Dinner With Andre:

Now, here’s another person who’s existing in a dream. Who on top of that is a kind of butcher, who’s committing a kind of familial murder, because when he comes out of that room he psychically kills us by taking us into a dream world, where we become confused and frightened.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s wee kittens…

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Aww.  I want one.  Or two.

August 24th, 2012 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

And The UCSD Photoblogging Beat Goes On

Crows keep pounding rhythm to the brain…

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August 22nd, 2012 at 11:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Great Moments In Political Branding

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You almost have to admire the GOP’s courage in staking out a position that, if not exactly pro-rape, is not entirely anti-rape either.  And emphatically not pro-rape victim.  So far, I’ve counted three ways in which Republicans act as rape apologists:

1) De-legitimizing rape: In essence, Republicans believe that, come on, not all rapes are really rapes.  That if it doesn’t involve a knife or a gun or physical force, well, it’s only rape in some abstract technical sense – it’s more like a date that just got a little out of control.  It’s not only Todd Akin talking about “legitimate rape” as if there’s such a thing as fake rape, but most of the House Republican caucus, which tried to limit the rape exemption for abortion coverage to include only “forcible rape” last year.

(To their credit, the GOP has come up with an elegant way to eliminate this awkward rape caste system: Their 2012 platform calls for a constitutional amendment that would ban all abortions, with no rape exemption for anyone.  So now all rapes are illegitimate.  See also: Voting against the Franken bill to sever ties with contractors that force employees to settle on-the-job rape cases through an arbitrator.)

2) Minimizing the impact: This is similar to the first, but is more about the aftermath.  Essentially, Republicans are claiming that rape victims rarely get pregnant.  Again, you have Todd Akin’s now-famous claim that “legitimate rape” victims can “shut that whole thing down,” whatever that means.  But you also have Rep. Steve King implying that statutory rape and incest victims (which I’m assuming Akins would not consider “legitimate rape”) don’t get pregnant either.

The funny thing about this line of argument is that it’s deployed as a justification for denying abortion exemptions to rape victims.  But if they never get pregnant, why worry about the exemption at all?  Oh right, because of all the abortion queens who will falsely cry rape just so they can have more abortions.  Damn those abortion queens.

3) Accentuating the positive: This is the most perverse of all.  You have Mike Huckabee going on about all the wonderful people who are the children of rape, and Missouri Republican Sharon Barnes saying, “if God has chosen to bless this person with a life, you don’t kill it.”  I’m pretty sure most rape victims are not going to view their rape baby as an awesome parting gift, especially if they end up looking into the eyes of their rapist every day for 18 or more years.

Of course, it doesn’t really matter, since if they were legitimately raped, they wouldn’t be pregnant anyway, right?

It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that there is a fundamental difference between the way normal people and Republicans perceive rape.  Normal people think of rape as a soul-shattering assault, while Republicans appear to think of it as unwanted and not-particularly-good sex.  At most, they may view it as something like a punch in the face, where the victim is completely back to normal once they recover from the shock and the pain.

Frankly, the only way I can think of to make Republicans as anti-rape as the rest of us is for Obama to declare that he’s for it.

August 21st, 2012 at 09:04pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Choice,Politics,Republicans,Sexism,Wankers

And Yet Still Even More B&W UCSD Photoblogging

That last shot is another one where there was a lovely blue sky but the composition is stronger in B&W.

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August 20th, 2012 at 11:14am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Monday Media Blogging

Holy mucilage!

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August 20th, 2012 at 07:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

And Yet Still More UCSD Photoblogging Continues

A dorm and… I’m not sure what that is.

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August 17th, 2012 at 11:23am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Friday Quote & Horse Blogging

This week’s quote is from the Errol Flynn WWI classic Dawn Patrol:

Hoorah for the next man who dies!

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s dressage horses for non-millionaires…

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Excellent.

August 17th, 2012 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

UCSD Student Union Photoblogging

In color!

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August 16th, 2012 at 07:57am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Belated Ryan Reactions

I really should have posted these when they immediately came to mind, and a lot of this ground has been covered elsewhere, but here goes anyway.  In roughly chronological order:

1) Hello GOP base, goodbye everyone else.

2) This is such a repellent combination that it will probably damage Republican candidates downticket.

3) It will put the giant magnifying glass of a presidential campaign squarely on the Ryan budget, which will further damage any downticket Republicans who supported it.

4) The scrutiny of his budget will also have a huge impact on Ryan himself, who will find his reputation changing from “bright young up-and-coming Republican star with Serious Ideas about the economy and stuff” to “the guy who wants to kill Medicare”.  He will have a very similar arc to Sarah Palin’s from superstar to albatross, though not for the same reasons.

5) The downticket effects make it very hard for me to believe that this is some kind of diabolical strategy to throw the election so that Obama and the Democrats will take the fall for the effects of Republican obstruction.  I think Mitt really is this delusional and/or afraid of his own base.

August 15th, 2012 at 11:30am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans,Romney

UCSD Photoblogging Marches On

Still going; bit of a shadow motif today…

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August 15th, 2012 at 07:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

The New Majority

I wonder if this will be the first presidential election where a majority of voters cast their votes against a candidate they hate rather than for a candidate they like.  Or maybe all elections are like that, in which case I still think 2012 will mark an all-time high.

I suppose Mitt’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate might induce more base Republicans to vote for him, but it’ll also induce almost everyone else to vote against him.

August 14th, 2012 at 11:48am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Obama,Politics,Romney

Mostly Color UCSD Photoblogging

The second shot should probably be B&W, but it just seemed a shame to let that blue sky go to waste.

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August 14th, 2012 at 07:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Monday Media Blogging

Little Baby’s Ice Cream commercials are totally not creepy at all.

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Yeeeaaah.

August 13th, 2012 at 11:30am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Shadowy UCSD B&W Photoblogging

Fun with shadows on the UC San Diego campus.

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August 13th, 2012 at 07:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Sunday Mr. Deity Blogging

Mr. Deity is very open-minded about marryage.

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Is it just me, or is there a bit of a subliminal KKK reference in the Chick-Fil-A commercial?

August 12th, 2012 at 04:17pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging,Mr. Deity,Religion

Friday Quote & Dog Blogging

This week’s quote is from The Perfect Assistant, and is itself a Perfect Example of why I love Lifetime movies:

I like watching old movies too!  Oh God, this is so much better than dating in person!

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s awesome parkour dogs…

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Holy crap.

August 10th, 2012 at 11:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Farewell To UCSD Geisel Library Photoblogging

This is it for the Geisel Library, but there’s still plenty more UC San Diego.

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August 9th, 2012 at 11:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Overlap

Funny how the people who argue that corporations will do the right thing in the absence of regulation and government oversight are usually the same people who believe that atheists can’t be moral without the fear of divine retribution.

August 9th, 2012 at 07:28am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Politics,Religion,Republicans,Wankers

CheckMitt

Although it would probably be an exaggeration to say that I’m rooting for Obama, I’m loving what Harry Reid has done to Romney with his accusation that Mitt is trying to hide the fact that he didn’t pay any taxes.  At this point there is really no good outcome for Romney.  I can only think of four possible scenarios, and all of them are bad:

1) Mitt finally releases his returns, and Harry Reid is proven right.

2) Mitt finally releases his returns, and it turns out he was hiding something even worse.

3) Mitt finally releases his returns, and there’s nothing really damaging, thus demonstrating that while he may not be a tax cheat, he’s also even more stupid and arrogant than we thought (which is a lot).  Especially if this is some kind of deliberate rope-a-dope strategy to bait the Obama camp into making more and more outlandish claims that would make them look foolish when proven wrong, because I don’t really see it playing out that way.

4) Mitt never releases his returns, resulting in continuous speculation as to what he’s hiding, all the way up to Election Day.

#3 is definitely the least bad out of the four, but it would still leave everyone wondering what the hell is wrong with this guy.

August 9th, 2012 at 07:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Politics,Republicans,Romney

Penultimate UCSD Geisel Library Photoblogging

Only one more batch of Geisel Library posts after this one, but there’s still plenty of UCSD left.

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August 8th, 2012 at 07:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

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