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Thursday 30 June 2011

Film at 11...

Thursday 30 June 2011 18:48:38 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Business#

Sunrise over Lake Michigan:

April 1993, Canon EOS Rebel using Kodachrome 64, exposure unrecorded, approximately here.

Thursday 30 June 2011 18:43:27 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | Photography#
Wednesday 29 June 2011

The British Museum:

11 February 2001, Kodak DC-4800 at ISO-100, 1/180 at f/2.8, 6mm, here.

Wednesday 29 June 2011 10:35:28 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Photography#
Tuesday 28 June 2011

Dusty Baker walks from the mound to the dugout at Wrigley Field for the last time as manager of the Cubs:

1 October 2006, ISO-200, 1/800 at f/6.3, 200mm, here.

Tuesday 28 June 2011 10:42:40 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Cubs | Photography#
Monday 27 June 2011

It's impressive, isn't it, that four of the last seven Illinois governors earned felony convictions and jail time? Rod Blagojevich was today found guilty on 17 of 20 counts. From the Trib:

This marks the second time in less than a year that the 54-year-old Blagojevich, the only Illinois chief executive ever impeached and ousted from office, had been convicted of a crime. The jury at his first trial last summer found him guilty of lying to theFBI, though that panel deadlocked on all the other counts. That impasse set the stage for a retrial.

This time the verdict was unequivocal, with the jury of 11 women and one man finding Blagojevich guilty on 17 criminal counts he faced, including charges of wire fraud, attempted extortion, bribery and conspiracy. The marquee charge in the case involved an attempt by Blagojevich in late 2008 to cash in on his power to name a replacement in the U.S. Senate for newly elected President Barack Obama.

The jury acquitted Blagojevich on one count and deadlocked on two others.

Blagojevich, the fourth former Illinois governor convicted of felonies since 1973, likely faces a significant prison sentence.

You know, I feel sorry for the guy. He had this thing, and it was f'ing golden...

On the other hand, the guy is dumber than a box of hair. As the Trib drolled: "Blagojevich’s turn on the witness stand, something he had promised to do in his first trial before backing out, proved a double-edged sword. Under cross-examination he came off as a quibbler as a prosecutor drew a bead on his credibility from the very first question: 'You are a convicted liar, correct?' "

I'm not a practicing attorney, but even I could have guessed the government would lead the cross-examination with that question. Hell, the lawyers who advertise on the bus for slip-fall clients could have guessed that. But ol' Blago...wow.

I just realized that today's news comes in time for tonight's Daily Show taping. I can't wait to watch.

Monday 27 June 2011 14:39:31 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | US#

Scotland, on the Kyle of Lochalsh train:

23 June 1992, Kodachrome 64, Canon T-90 with Tamron 35-210mm f/4.5-5.6, exposure unrecorded, probably about here.

Monday 27 June 2011 10:20:12 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Photography#
Sunday 26 June 2011

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) in the Chicago Pride Parade this afternoon:

ISO-200, 1/800 at 4/5.6, 250mm, here.

I've got more photos from the event up on SmugMug.

Sunday 26 June 2011 16:20:55 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | Photography#
Saturday 25 June 2011

In honor of last night's historic law in the Empire State:

25 July 1984, Kodachrome 64, exposure unrecorded, 50mm, here (I think).

Saturday 25 June 2011 11:20:34 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Photography#

Last night the New York Senate passed a same-sex marriage law making the state the sixth to legalize it and effectively doubling the population of SSM-legal jurisdictions.

Connecticut, D.C., Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont now allow same-sex marriage; civil unions or domestic partnerships are recognized in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin (to greater or lesser extent).

One part of the country lurches into the 21st century while another staggers back to the 19th...

Map: Wikipedia

Saturday 25 June 2011 09:42:31 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | US#
Friday 24 June 2011

St. Michael's Monestery, Kiev, Ukraine:

9 May 2009, Canon 20D, ISO-200, 1/1000 at f/8, 200mm, here.

Friday 24 June 2011 10:45:22 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Photography#

Fallows justly slams Rep. Eric Cantor (R-OH):

A petulant demonstration to the rest of the world that we can't meet the baseline obligation we expect of any two-bit duchy -- that it will face its financial problems and honor its sovereign debt -- would be a big, damaging step in the wrong direction. Good for John Boehner in recognizing that more than his own ambitions are at stake here. If the default actually comes, and markets panic, and interest rates for everything shoot up, keep the courageous Rep. Cantor in mind on that day.

Every once in a while, it would be nice if the Republicans in Congress did their jobs.

Friday 24 June 2011 10:03:39 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | US#
Thursday 23 June 2011

Avoiding the traffic jam somewhere in southern Wisconsin:

13 October 2003, Kodak DC4800 at ISO=100, 1/700 at f/8, 13mm.

Thursday 23 June 2011 10:18:55 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Photography#

You can see the past photos of the day in my SmugMug gallery.

Wednesday 22 June 2011 22:32:32 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Photography#
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