Photo of the day

I think The Big Picture’s Year End Gallery Part II may be my favorite year-end collection yet.  Lot’s of really interesting photos.  The following is my favorite due to the just a little bit obvious last line of the caption:

A leopard attacks a forest guard July 19 at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center. The forest guard being attacked was injured. (Associated Press) #

Okay, you know what, cannot resist two from this collection.  I love the following as it seems like a scene from a dystopian science fiction movie.  Just love the juxtaposition of that crazy mask with shorts and a t-shirt:

Protesters clash with riot police during a 48-hour general strike on June 28 in Athens. Greece is set to come to a halt on Tuesday as protesters launch a 48-hour general strike against the bankruptcy-threatened government which is desperately trying to push through sweeping austerity cuts. As parliament votes on the drastic belt-tightening measures to unlock 12 billion euros ($17 billion) of blocked funds from the EU and IMF, unions have called on Greeks facing hefty tax hikes to stage mass demonstrations. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Ron Paul: liar?

Ummm, yes.  Not to go all Ron Paul crazy this week, but it is a slow news week and I think the way the story of his racist, paranoid newsletters is interesting in a number of ways (and Weigel is all over it).  First of all, now that he’s getting serious national attention, he’s, of course, claiming that he didn’t write these newsletters.  That was not the case 15 years ago:

It’s nice to have this in the public record, but what’s new about it? Paul made money from the newsletters. Paul advertised the newsletters. He doesn’t claim anything new in these videos. No — as Sam Stein notices, with a look back into the Nexis machine, it was only in 1996 that Paul acknowledged that he wrote some of the newsletters. In a Dallas Morning News report from May 1996, Catalina Camia asked Paul to explain some of the more embarassing stuff in the survival reports. Paul had not yet seized on his current line, that he had “no idea who wrote” this stuff.

Of course, just as my post went up yesterday, GMA was actually running a story that made, somewhat fleeting, mention of his newsletters.  Nothing detailed mind you, more of a “look, all the leading candidates have baggage,” but still.  The simple truth is that for a “mainstream” candidate, Paul’s past publications is utterly disqualifying.  The fact that this story is still being treated more as a curiosity, if anything, shows that the media just doesn’t consider Paul a serious threat.  And he’s not!  For one, if he ever were, this stuff would make Rick Perry’s baggage look like a handy-sized carry-on.  Love this Weigel summary:

How did Paul slide through a year of televised debates, where his rivals were asked about their opinions of “submission” in marriage and accusations of affairs, and never get a question about this stuff? Paul’s associations haven’t changed in four years. His explanations haven’t changed. You can see why Paul’s fans might get annoyed or paranoid about this. They thought they’d litigated this stuff already, and earned a pass.

Of course, that’s the other interesting aspect– none of the other candidates have the cult-like following of Paul, in which the candidate can do no wrong (just read the comment thread to any negative–i.e., fact-based– critique of Paul, if you doubts about that).  There’s clearly an interesting dynamic going on there worthy of more study.

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