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This was a heck of a shock today! I was in Walmart right there at the Cocoa Krispies and look up to see John & Cindy McCain shopping there also. They own a large ranch between Page Springs and Sedona and were stocking up for a stay there. He was very warm and friendly and Cindy McCain took the photo for us. And you wonder why I always have a camera with me?


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From an original by Versus86 titled, silence.


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I thought this was an awesome photo. I am a big fan of farm landscapes, and I really like the textures and shape of older equipment. I selected the plough using the pentool and copied it to a new layer. Added some red to it and boosted the contrast a bunch. I added a bit of contrast to the grass as well. I used a sunset photo to add some color to the sky. I like to shoot a bunch of sunris and sunset photos, as well as clouds. I often use them to add to other photos. I also added some contrast to the fence.


Thanks Versus86 for letting me work on your photo.


Here is another version I did as well

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From an original by grazie, daverro titled, Meduse!.


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Perhaps like I did, but this time I didn't have the comforts of my own home as seen from last week's shot below. This week, hold up in The Pacific Grand Hotel in Victoria, I listened to John McCain's acceptance speech, and while I offer no opinion on the substance, I will say, in my view, John spoke his best, perhaps ever.


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This is for the Fix My Pic Please group.

From an original by Umbra Letum titled, At the fork in the river.

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I loved the colors of the landscape in this photo, and thought I would rework the sky some. I used the lasso tool with a very strong feather on the original size image to select portions and add just a bit of contrast. I then added some sections of new sky from a couple other images...again using the lasso tool to select the portions.


I had these as regular mode layers and soft light mode layers and different amounts of opacity. Thank you Umbra Letum for letting me work on your wonderful photo.


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tomorrow is a big day for all of us in super tuesday states. please take some time tomorrow to cast your vote if you live in one of them.


i have gone through all of the candidates and i have chosen the person that i am voting for tomorrow. but something that i have noticed the past couple of days down here on the streets of atlanta is the hate that exists, i am talking about political hatred.


please consider opening your mind to other people's views. you may see things differently, in fact the other person may see things differently. to be able to have civil discussions, share your thoughts, have spirited debates and see and hear new ideas is the cornerstone of our country.


just because someone is voting differently from you, please don't disregard them as a friend, neighbor, co-worker and general human. all sides have some good ideas and all sides have some crappy ones too, but if we the people won't listen to each other and work together to make informed decisions, change will continue to be slow or never happen.


if you haven’t decided, please take a look at these websites and take some time to compare (and don't take one of those inaccurate online quizzes to help you decide!!):






Please vote with your mind and your heart, whatever the outcome, you will have made a difference!


Here is the same young bull moose that finally worked his way to the back of Brady Cove. We watched him for quite awhile before he just walked off into the woods. Canon 5D 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM at 200mm F2.8 1/3200 ISO100 -2/3 Exposure Compensation.

cheeese! I took this photo at the McCain-Palin Rally in Virginia Beach on Oct.13,2008 at the VaBeach Convention Center.

i think there was talk of using these for her christmas cards that year...


PLEASE NOTE: This image is copyright 2004 Addison Godel. It is pending registration with the US Electronic Copyright Office. All rights reserved. Unauthorized publication of this image, or images derived therefrom, may be subject to legal action.


Update for those folks looking for answers/statements from me, but who are understandably disinclined to read all the comments below, and at the various linked images where I've chimed in....


1) Yes, this is the real photo. Yes, the Palin one is a Photoshop job. No, I didn't do the Photoshop - that turned out to be InnocuousFun who I had never met or heard of before all this. No, it's not a "real" gun.


A concise and accurate summary of the significant facts can be found at Where other sources contradict that account, or my statements here, trust the latter. FactCheck, as far as I've been able to discern, is as dry and nonpartisan as you can expect for the internet - certainly better than you'll get from my own forays into campaign bloggery!


To be avoided: Fox News's article on the episode, which manages to be a screed against a rival news organization's ostensibly poor fact-checking, while being itself wrong on points that could have easily been confirmed by either reading the FactCheck story or contacting me. I am flattered that they think Elizabeth was my girlfriend - then or ever - but, very sadly, this was not the case.


2) No, I cannot give you any more information about Elizabeth. No, I can't tell you her side of the story. I am uncomfortable issuing statements on her behalf or taking on the role of being her "manager" or anything similar; for her part, she is mainly concerned about her privacy. Both of us are riddled with mixed feelings about the Photoshop image, which makes issuing a definitive "statement" difficult; as well, it seems clear that the blogosphere/commentosphere will inevitably find its own meanings for anything we'd attempt to say. That's the way the world works - but the main point is that both of us kind of wish this whole thing would go away, not from our lives so much as from people's inboxes. More on this below.


3) Thanks for your interest, but I am really not inclined to participate in any online fora, guest blogs, podcasts, et cetera. Major news organizations should refer to the FactCheck story. If you want to put me on national television, get in touch, but only if you are willing to pay travel expenses to somewhere I'd want to visit anyway, plus charitable gifts. What I would really prefer is to be put on "Jeopardy!" and to have this be my cutesy anecdote that Alex asks me about after the first commercial break.


My reticence doesn't stem from any hostility to anybody who's written with such requests, but mainly from a sense that I personally don't have much more to say than I'm saying here, and that everyone's time would really be better spent covering actual news.


4) I am flattered by those who think I somehow have the power to wipe the Palin 'shop off the Internet, but this strikes me as unrealistic in the extreme. Strangers on my bus to work in the morning have seen the thing. Google turns up hundreds of thousands of hits for "'sarah palin' bikini." It's out of my hands - so whether you agree with my statements on this page or not, don't hold the 'shop image's existence, or distributed reach, over my head as something for which I should be responsible.


At the same time, I don't appreciate or accept my photo being used for profit, in whatever its altered state, without my permission or even my knowledge. If you see it for sale in any context, please let me know. This may also be a losing battle but frankly it is weird enough seeing my photo (and my friend's body) all over the Internet - I really don't want to see them on a T-Shirt.


The bottom line: I'm not a spokesperson for the left, for feminism, or for Barack Obama's campaign. I'm just some guy who took a photo four years ago and posted it on this blog two years ago, for the delight and entertainment of my friends. When the Palin 'shop first broke, I was amused because, I mean, I knew it was Elizabeth and it was just...bizarre. I also figured it was just one of countless 'shops being done at that time - I really could not have imagined, when it first appeared in my browser, that it would become as ubiquitous as it has.


I rather wish it hadn't. We deserve better from this election than deception and worn-out old narratives. It's deception to keep forwarding along a fake photo as a real one. It's a worn-out old narrative to imply that a female candidate (for any position, political or not) is unqualified because she has a body and sometimes puts a bathing suit on it (the "bimbo" frame-up).


Sarah Palin is in my view unqualified to be President, and being qualified to be President is really the only qualification to be Vice President. But she's not unqualified because she's a woman, or because of what's going on in her family, or because some Internet person put her face on the photo of some other Internet person. Her lack of qualification broadcasts itself right off of her resume, and is indeed the driving force behind her narrative as "hockey mom"; if she were qualified, she would lose the glow of the Everyperson.


Similarly, I think it's clear that Sarah Palin, to the extent that she has any documented policy convictions, stands for a vision of America with which I, along with millions of others disagree. Some aspects of that vision are what, no doubt, have lent this image an air of plausibility to many. Elizabeth was donning a particular stereotype of us Southerners when this photo was taken; it would have been read by our friends as hilariously out-of-character, but clearly to many people (on both ends of the Palin love/hate spectrum) they seem in-character for the Governor. But: we don't need the perverse patriotism of an American flag bathing suit (I still wonder how the Flag Code handles this) to point out how self-righteous patriotism of the "Liberals aren't really Americans!" variety poisons the well of our political discourse. And we don't need a BB gun to point out that the McCain/Palin ticket is a pro-gun ticket, calling gun control "a proven failure in fighting crime," opposing waiting periods for gun ownership, and seeking to end restrictions on assault weapons and armor-piercing ammunition.


No doubt this will all blow over soon and this text will look like the overpreening ramblings of a small man trying to elevate his teacup's tempest to the status of a major news story. I would offer this, though: I didn't choose to be thrust into the brief, fourth-tier spotlight. All I chose to do was leave the photo up and link it from a version of the other image. I caught the 'shop very early in its cycle and could have very easily taken this down; eagle-eyed viewers would still recognize the tell-tale signs of 'shopping, but many more people who now know the truth probably would still be fooled. I'm not asking for a standing ovation, but to those who have their own ideas about what I could or should have done, I do ask you to imagine yourselves in my shoes. I never quite anticipated that my life's most significant contribution in either photography or politics would be that I would not deny authorship of a candid snapshot. To quote Batman's spooky growly voice: "What would you have me do?"


When the furor blows over and bloggers can again focus on, you know, the economy, health care, education, foreign policy, and energy, this blog will continue with its normal course: pictures of architecture with academic rambling that only five people care about; and pictures of days spent with my family and friends...including any future picnics at the rock quarry. It was, after all, a really lovely afternoon.

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Sarah Palin's first and only CNN interview. 14 days before the election.


CNN: Governor, at your rallies, you accuse Barack Obama of being a socialist. Is that fair?


SARAH: Well first of all I have not said that Obama is a socialist. But Joe the Plumber said so. Everyone I talk to, they say he's a socialist. So there's that. These great Americans that I am so grateful of and would be so honored to serve as their executive if so blessed, if they say he's a socialist, then he is. It isn't mean-spirited or unfair if it's true.


CNN: And what to your mind, is a socialist?


SARAH: It's like an elitist, except with more people.


CNN: ....


CNN: So, um. About the tenor of your recent rallies. What are you doing to stem the angry outbursts, like "terrorist" and "muslim"?


SARAH: Well if I ever hear any untrue things, I'd speak right up and tell them to stop. But he consorts with terrorists, you know, and that's just not right in this great land that I love and hope to represent if I'm so blessed. And I read somewhere that said he was muslim, so I know that one's true. These are RealAmericans(tm) with entrepreneurial spirit and true grit just saying it like it is. There was one at a rally last week, he had a cute little sock monkey doll, with an "Obama" sticker on his little hat. I think he was making fun of Obama's weird liberal elitist belief that we came from monkeys. I appreciated that he made a smart point with humor like that.


CNN: Ok, I think we're done.


SARAH: You betcha.


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This is for the Weekly Themes group.

The theme changes, and you post some of your work that relates to the current theme. It is quite interesting to see the photos.


This is for the Fix My Pic Please group.

From an original by global jet titled, Triboro Bridge, NYC.


For a description of the editing on this photo, got to this forum...

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Thank you global jet for letting me work on your wonderful photo.


31sh July 2008., Orlando MCoy Airport, Florida, United States


US Presidential candidate John McCain used this aircraft in his 2008 campaign

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks to supporters at a political rally for her and John McCain on September 13, 2008 at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Republicans are playing the "lipstick story" to the hilt because this is all they have to offer! This is what the Republicans excell at... while Americans are facing a horrible economy, skyrocketing healthcare, and a war without end.... all Sarah Palin and John McSame/McCain can dish out is "lipstick on a pig"!!! Republicans are pathetic!

On my way to the polls !!!! I can't wait to see if the "Maverick" or The "Voice of Change" will be victorious.


This photo is just an edited version of my 4th of July picture. Fireworks I shot from my deck and the Flag at Point State Park

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Heheh, this little guy looks like "alien hawk" but it's a cute little Swainson's hawk chick looking down at me.

I digiscoped this from about 50ft.


Happy Independence Day!


Why is it that B Hussein Obama and the rest of the Democrats would rather see our energy dollars go to OPEC than to us?


Drill Here - Drill NOW - Pay Less

Yes we can!

Become energy independent!

Thank the Democrats for the mess we are in! They oppose drilling, building nuclear power plants and even building refineries.

The Democrats in Congress are so stupid as to think suing OPEC for not increasing their production and raising taxes here will fix the problem.

Obama is totally clueless. Totally out of the loop. A complete dunce without a specific idea in his stupid head.


The Democrats are killing America by wrecking the economy and placing hundreds of thousand of people out of work!


Listen to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's speech in the Senate regarding energy.

She makes sense.


It's sad to say that the Saudies are doing more to help America than our own Democrats!

The Democrats are probably in the employ of OPEC - They certainly act that way!


According to the US Department of the Interior, 62 percent of all on-shore federal lands are off-limits to oil and gas developments, with restrictions applying to 92 percent of all federal lands, including some 85 percent offshore. There are outer continental shelf moratoriums on the Atlantic Ocean, on the Pacific Ocean, and on the eastern Gulf of Mexico, congressional bans on on-shore oil and gas activities in specific areas of the Rockies and Alaska, and even a congressional ban on doing an analysis of the resource potential for oil and gas in the Atlantic, Pacific and eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opposes ending the federal ban on offshore oil drilling, saying the country needs to move away from oil. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed Bush’s proposal, saying it “sounds like another page from the administration’s energy policy that was literally written by the oil industry: give away more public resources to the very same oil companies.



This is the Democrats way of looking after the American working people.


Seventy five percent of Americans are for increased energy production, but the stupid Democrats bragg about not allowing any expansion.

They deserve the credit and the limelight.


Next time you fill your gas tank remember to thank the Democrats for their outrageous energy policy.


Here is Harry Reid on "coal makes us sick - oil mkaes us sick" We have to stop using them


The Democrats make us sick!






Please spread the word - if you care about your fuel bill make sure everyone you know, all the lists you are on know who is to blame.

Spread the word - A vote for a Democrat is a vote for higher fuel bills and higher taxes and may very well cost you your job!


Republicans log on to and let that idiot know we have to drill in ANWR!


Make no mistake - the wacked out left is out to destroy America.

They want your car, your job and your freedom.

Oh yeah, they hate the truth more than anything else, even more than America, so look out.


Why is it that B Hussein Obama and the rest of the Democrats would rather see our energy dollars go to OPEC than to us?

Why is that I wonder


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Minneapolis. September 2007.

When Governor Palin entered the conference room, it was already full. She was confused. Steve Schmidt, John McCain's Campaign Manager, sat Sarah down. The room grew quiet. He just said it straight out, and told her McCain left. Palin looked confused. Steve told her that McCain didn't think it was going well for him, with the recent setbacks. His last act of unpredictable impulse, was to bolt. He was holed up in one of his Sedona ranches, his Secret Service detail dismissed and sent away. He wasn't coming back. Steve looked at Sarah, and asked her what they should do.


"Those things that we stand for that we can be put to good use for a force for good. Consummate maverick." Sarah said, looking confused. Steve agreed with her, that they would have to contact the RNC right away and contact republican congressional leaders as well as the Attorney General, and hash out what the proper steps were for a candidate replacement this late in the race. Tucker Eskew, McCain's campaign advisor, told Sarah he was on it, and moved to a corner of the room with his blackberry, hands a blur.


"Joe six pack, hockey moms, Todd, in great state of Alaska, you betcha." Palin blurted, confused. The other Tucker, McCain's spokesman, nodded. A comprehensive media plan would be critical in the next few hours, he agreed, and he was getting something together for her.


Appearing confused, Sarah continued. "Maverick maverick. Maverick maverick, maverick, and also." Steve looked at Lieberman, who nodded. He told her That was absolutely correct; those articles of the Constitution are crucial to their next decision, and he agreed with her interpretation of the 7th and 14th amendments. Joe told her if that's what she wanted to do, he thought they would be on firm legal ground. Steve nodded.


"In the great state that I am the executive of, tap into that surge that is working. Drill Baby Drill!" Sarah said loudly, with much confusion. Steve jumped up from the couch, clapped his hands, and told everyone to get going. He reminded everyone that they've got less than four hours to find a new VP candidate, clear it with the RNC, get congressional approval, and constitutional cover. "Todd Bristol Trig Track, kitchen table, Putin rears his head," Sarah added, confused. Thankful of the reminder, Steve added that they have to have the whole thing wrapped in a big bow for a cross-media branding launch, internet, cable and print. He then told everyone they had their orders, let's get it done.


The room quickly emptied. Palin sat alone, confused. She said quietly to herself, "I can see Russia," winked, remembered she couldn't see herself wink, and sighed.


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John McCain and Barack Obama talk to the Rev. Cardinal Egan at the Al Smith Dinner.


I don't think this has been mentioned anywhere else on the Internet, but today is Election Day. If you're American, you should vote. Maybe it's an irrational act, but those are always the best ones.


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This is for the Fix My Pic Please group

From an original photograph by smallcommabig titled ladyLiberty.

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I thought it was a beautiful image of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.


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“They said what they would do, and we did not listen. Then they did what they said they would do.”


So ends the first chapter of this brilliantly readable counterfactual novel, reminding us that America’s Christian fundamentalists have been consistently clear about their vision for a "Christian Nation" and dead serious about acquiring the political power to achieve it. When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the reader, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said.


In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, one of America’s foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called “The Blessing,” enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the "Purity Web." Readers will find themselves haunted by the questions the narrator struggles to answer in this fictional memoir: "What happened, why did it happen, how could it have happened?" MORE


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This herring Gull was taken from the dock at Birch Island Campground shortly before sunset. Shot with a canon 70/200mm f/2.8L IS USM at 200mm 1/8000 f/4.5 ISO400 -2/3 Exposure Compensation

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