Archive for August, 2012

92 Years Since 19th Amendment (Woman Suffrage) Was Ratified!

August 19, 2012

The motivation for this posting was stimulated from a posting on another’s blog site called, The Progressive Professor.  I highly recommend my readers to check him out:

Below is the link I am referring to from his posting:

92 Years Since 19th Amendment (Woman Suffrage) Was Ratified!

I, along with other blog sites I interact with, have written extensively on the current “Republican’s War Against Women.”  One can point to the many repressive laws passed or proposed such as in States like Georgia’s, or Virginia’s State Legislatures.

These current repressive laws against women in this country are almost beyond my comprehension.  Why would any man support laws repressing their wives, mothers, or more especially their own daughters or granddaughters?  I have stated this before and I reiterate it once again, “Those whom support these repressive laws against their daughters and granddaughters, do not deserve the blessings of these children.”

It is made perfectly known by the “Ultra Conservative Religious Right Republicans” that these laws they are supporting and perpetuating is based on THEIR EXTREME interpretations of passages within the Bible.

From my good friend Dog Gone with the blog site, “A Penigma – a mystery, under a pseudonym” has also written extensively on this subject.  I highly recommend checking this site out too:

Well I could go on and on with this but are we NOT HEARING this exact same villainization of the Muslim religion and the Koran which some interpret as forcing women to wear fully covering clothing making sure even their ankles are covered or they would be beaten for showing lewd behavior?  A woman is also not allowed to drive a car being by herself and if so demonstrates they are really sluts and offers an open invitation to being raped by any man who would desire too?  She brought it on herself and was really just asking for it because she really just wanted it….RIGHT?  How is this any different to Rush Limbaugh’s recent rant on women and contraception?

Below is an example of the nihilistic, prejudictic, viewpoints being blatantly propagated by those I am speaking of within my Republican Party bringing shame onto us all.

A perfect example is the “Tea Party Candidate” for Wisconsin State Representative, Cindy Pugh, (Her own name is probably pronounce POO. There, how’s that for a joke dumb ass) who used this photo recently comparing a Muslim women and child clad in traditional Islamic garb to garbage bags….because it is real funny and demonstrates how she really feels about things (wink wink nudge nudge) so the “True Conservative Republicans” should support her in this next election.

(Caption) Why did this woman get angry when I told her she had three lovely children?

Yes the “Tea Party Candidate,” Cindy Pugh, also uses her Facebook profile to defend Scott Walker, criticize Barack Obama, and boast about her ongoing campaign to defeat incumbent state Rep. Steve Smith, a Moderate Republican from Mound.  (We all should be so proud?…)  Yes for some we need to regress back to, “The Good O’l Days” where everyone knew their place and stop trying to change things.

I will conclude with the closing statement I made on the original Professor’s site:

Yes there are some that would have us return to the “The Good O’l Days” but like the great black woman comedian made famous from the 1960’s and 70’s, Moms Mabley, stated, “You know kids, Moms is OLD…..I remember the “Good O’l Days”…….They Weren’t That Good!!”


Man Kills Six In A Sikh Temple Shooting

August 6, 2012

Today in the news the report came over that a gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple during Sunday services before police shot him dead.  Police stated that the attack is being treated as a domestic terrorism act.

My instant thoughts were of an article a while back where an ultra-conservative “Arizona Wing Nut” man shot and killed a Sikh man outside his Quick Shop Store in Arizona because he felt justified in killing one of those “Rag Heads” who flew a plane into the World Trade Towers.  Are we dealing with this same kind of thinking again here today in Milwaukee, WI?!?!

Yes the shooter was so ignorant he thought a Sikh Indian man was the same as a Muslim and that was all he needed for his justification for killing that poor innocent man outside his own store.

I will close with one of my favorite lines from the movie “Hair Spray” made by the John Waters’ character, “Motor Mouth Mabelle,” because I think it applies well here.

“You better brace yourselves for a whole lotta ugly comin’ at you from a never-ending parade of stupid.”

“The Radical Camera,” a History in Images of New York’s Photo League

August 3, 2012

Today I went to the Columbus Museum of Art and viewed “The Radical Camera, a History in Images of New York’s Photo League” exhibit.

Every so often people need to be reminded of the tectonic shifts and the exploding world that photographers can cause with just documenting and forcing everyone to face and truly view their world around them.

This is such the case of what the New York’s Photo League.  The Photo League was a cooperative of amateur and professional photographers in New   York who banded together around a range of common social and creative causes.  Most of the members were first-generation Americans who strongly believed in progressive political and social causes.

The League was active from 1936 to 1951 and included among its members some of the most noted American photographers of the mid-20th century.  Their 1936 thru 1951 collection of the most innovative, culturally relevant and influential photographers who took to the streets and showed us life as it had been rarely explored before.

Photographers like Lisette, Model, or Weegee, Avedon, Leipzig, Orkin and Weston and other photographers are genre-defining photojournalists who created stark and unwavering images that offered unique glimpses into a world that until their, groundbreaking work, was infrequently or not even explored by mainstream photography. Instead of posed photos of images by families, the New York’s Photo League documented rampant social change, the great divide between classes, racial issues, and images of New York City in the 40s.  By photograph and documenting the uglier side of what life was like to others, these men and women with cameras were soon being labeled as “Communists” by the US government and others of the extreme right wing conservative aspects.  In short, we have these artists to thank for the way that photojournalism has evolved today.

In 1947 the League was formally declared subversive and placed on the U.S. Department of Justice blacklist by Attorney General Tom C. Clark.  At first the League fought back and mounted an impressive “This Is the Photo League exhibition in 1948”, but after its member and long-time FBI informer Angela Calomiris had testified in May 1949 that the League was a front organization for the Communist Party, the Photo League was finished. Recruitment dried up and old members left, including one of its founders and former president, Paul Strand, as well as Louis Stettner. The League was forced to disband in 1951.

The New York’s Photo League had become a casualty of the Cold War, and the McCarthyism purge or red scare which targeted left wing activists.  When the Photo League closed its doors in 1951, after being listed as a subversive organization by the U.S. Attorney General, it had already enjoyed an historic 15 year run, which helped to change the direction of American photography, and counted amongst its members some of the leading photographers of the twentieth century.

In conclusion the New   York’s Photo League which had been inaugurated at the height of the Great Depression, the loose knit League turned their cameras on a world that had not been the subject of serious photography before.  Freed to shoot quickly and unobtrusively the ordinary life on the streets and in the workplaces of America, many seized the opportunity to document the inequities which hard economic times had brought into stark relief.

The show today does nothing but touch’s us with the nostalgic power of their witness to another age.  Times such as when America’s cities were more like extended villages whose social life was still conducted on the stoops, sidewalks, and playgrounds.