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"OMG OMG OMG -- my BEST-paying photo gig EVERRRRRRR!"

"I don't know which of the bands who performed at the Dingbatz rock club in Clifton NJ on 4/3/2022 is responsible -- Brainwashed Youth or Seafox or Origami. But because this was left on the floor rather than given to me directly, I have no doubt that they all chipped in. So thanks, and that goes triple for all of them!

"I took this photo as a keepsake, of course -- and of course, I will be bypassing the teller machines at my bank to deposit my bounty IN PERSON first thing in the morning!"

Brainwashed Youth:




I don't always make GIFs. But when I do,

I will be grateful to Stephen Wilhite from now on.


"Homeless" GIFs that I "fostered" in DU posts which got "adopted" from my personal server onto the official DU smiley list (the last one within 18 hours):


A 2022 Olympic moral victory.

The CAS argued that since her age made it unlikely that she'd deliberately drugged herself, not allowing Valieva to skate would do her "irreparable harm."

Well, mission accomplished and move over, Simone Biles -- Valieva is about to get a crash course in irreparable harm. If she tested positive for a banned drug, she should have been banned, period -- even at the risk of Mother Russia Putin not getting a three-medal sweep.


A lesson I'm constantly trying to teach my celebrity-struck young friends

It's not how much you're worth (the difference between what you have and what you owe), it's how much actual cash you actually have which you don't owe.

When her brother incurred criminal charges in 2015, rapper Nicki Minaj raised bail by putting up two houses she owned as collateral on a pair of $50,000 promissory notes. You'd think that someone who was allegedly worth $65 million at the time would have at least $100K with nothing better to do than gather dust (and interest) in a bank account, wouldn't you?

And remember when rock star Jon Bon Jovi tried to buy a piece of an NFL team? He couldn't because he was "only" a millionaire on a billionaire's playing field. Every cent of his estimated $350 million net worth would had to have been converted into cash -- by selling off all his assets and paying off all his debts -- just to come up with his share of the franchise fee!


It's been quite a while since I've thought about the Minnesota airport, too


I have come to reducing my 9/11 mourning to 9/11 mornings

I spend them sharing the good works of DU-er Symbolman, Michael Moore, and Black Sabbath; feeling the irony of probably not ever becoming a DU-er if 9/11 had been just another day; and patting myself on the back for my eternal vigilance against being seduced or intimidated by the rightwing machine.

And then, I just proceed to get on with my life.


Biles' fatal error was calling her problem "mental" when even the Olympics called it "medical."

At the press conference, she said there was a 5 1/2-hour period after the morning workout during which she found herself "shaking" and "could barely nap," which she had "never" felt going into a competition previously (hope she got to eat during that time). Her warmups went "a bit better," but after her vault, she decided "No -- mental is not there."

She also said, "I was trying a two-and-a-half and I ended up doing a one-and-a-half. Just got a little bit lost in the air." Athletes refer to that as "the twisties," a form of vertigo due to your brain and ear canals (which monitor your sense of balance) NOT being accustomed to flipping through the air two and a half times.

That is to say, Biles' "mental" hesitation was due to "physical" symptoms -- a genuine "medical issue." Her timing couldn't have been worse, of course, making it easy for her to be subjected to accusations of being a loser, coward, diva, and disgrace to her race.


As I've been pointing out since Election Day Eve (and in the immortal words of Condi Rice)

what "nobody could have anticipated" was 26 million people voting Democrat or Republican in 2020 who DIDN'T vote in 2016. That's where Duh Don got the 11 million votes that boosted him to 74 million. Unfortunately for him, the other fifteen million of those 26 million votes are what boosted Biden to 81 million!



Joe Biden has made me the mother of twins!

Even before the pandemic, I was saving for a second camera that would compliment my Panasonic Lumix FZ80, which I use for low-light stop action concert photography. With the weather improving and Covid restrictions easing, I also wanted to be equipped with a "daylight" camera better suited for quality stationary and portrait shots; outdoor concerts and events; higher-end video; and less-than-perfect weather.

The solution was the Lumix FZ300 camera on the left. A second Lumix saves me the time of having to learn it from the ground up, and also saves the cost of an additional set of accessories for the lens and flash. Most important, the price was right in more ways than one!

I bought the FZ300 out of the $600 that Biden immediately released -- the "rest" of the $1200 that then-President Duh Don "owed" us -- so I consider it to be "Trump's reimbursement." Meanwhile, I consider the $1400 stimulus to be "all" from Joe, especially since it allowed me to replace my FZ80, which I had purchased used nearly two years ago, with a brand new one -- that's the camera on the right!

Purchasing the FZ300 was a pre-planned business move that the stimulus allowed me to make ahead of schedule. But thanks to Biden, I was able to replace my FZ80 simply because I could afford to. I sure don't look at it as a "government handout," though -- after the past four years, it feels more like a war reparation. In retrospect, perhaps I should have put the FZ80 on the left and the FZ300 on the right!


Thanks, Eric, for confirming that this WASN'T a fluke

Posted by Rocknation 3/12/21:

Newsflash, Salon (if you'll pardon the expression): Trump LOST the popular vote in 2016 and lost it by TWICE as much in 2020 -- why wasn't THAT worth mentioning? Why is it so far out of the realm of possibility that Trump's popularity could have simply diminished(?)

Posted By Rocknation 3/13/21:
A new book...about Joe Biden's campaign for president is called Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency...

...I suppose Biden WAS "lucky" that Trump DIDN'T inflate his popularity with his big lies, race-baiting, despotic management style, possible dementia -- oh, and escorting a half-million-casualty pandemic across the country. Which MIGHT explain why there were 26 million MORE voters in 2020 than in 2016, and why Biden was "lucky" enough that nearly sixty per cent of them sided with him...


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