Politicians lie. It’s what they do, and we’re not all that surprised when they do it anymore. We’ve become accustomed to this behaviour. It’s still unfortunate, and it makes my skin crawl that we can’t trust our elected officials to walk the walk after they talk the talk, but it’s not like this is anything new and astounding, either. So it doesn’t surprise me that Lindsey Graham is a liar. But after his Drama Queen performance on Thursday, I really want to dive deep into what he said, the root causes behind the hypocrisy of his words, and the ethical problems facing this one time Never Trumper turned Trump Loyalist.
I spent some time with my camera in the far off, exotic location of my backyard this evening doing some flower studies that I’d like to share with you. Each thumbnail links to a retina wallpaper image. Enjoy!
“Is it okay for journalists to participate in protests or marches? In this current political environment do you think reporters should be neutral all the time, or free to express their opinions?” The segment questions whether or not neutrality in reporting is possible and asks if it is “even the correct journalistic value versus, perhaps, intellectual honesty and rigor.”
Perry and Trump both have ties to the companies who own and will operate the pipeline. Trump himself holds stock in Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access, LLC which is building the pipeline. And Perry is on the Board of Directors of Energy Transfer Partners! Both of these conflicts of interest loom large and heavy over the future of the project. Once the Obama Administration leaves office, we’re in uncharted territory.
SLOSS is a decommissioned Iron Refinery and blast furnace complex in the heart of Birmingham. My photography tends to focus on two themes, (1) the juxtaposition of the industrial and modern with the natural and (2) wildlife. So, for me this, was a dream come true, to be set loose on this campus of towering forges, furnaces, conveyor belts, steam pipes, tunnels, trains, and conduits.
Basically, what is argued for is that the general election should exist to select a group of people, the Electoral College, who will vigorously and systematically evaluate those standing as candidates for President of the United States and select the person who is best suited, who is most highly qualified through experience and ability, to ascend to the Office. They will do so by voting in their own states, rather than convening in one centralized location, to avoid influences meant to corrupt their ability to execute their task safely and expediently—like foreign world powers and angry mobs.