Mark Twain and George Carlin – Two of a Kind

Mark Twain and George Carlin – Two of a Kind

I never got a chance to hear Mark Twain in person – contrary to some reports. I did get to hear George Carlin – our modern Mark Twain. They are both gone now but they left behind a rich legacy of work that we can read and watch. Both men loved to challenge the status quo. Using social and political criticism, both men made a lot of people uncomfortable.

If you are a catalyst for change you’re going to offend people because many people hate change. Needless to say, there were plenty of people who didn’t like either man. On the other hand, there are many, many more who were delighted by them.

Here are a few things Mark Twain said about politics:

“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.”

“To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals.”

“Look at the tyranny of party–at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty–a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes–and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, honestly unconscious of the fantastic contradiction; and forgetting or ignoring that their fathers and the churches shouted the same blasphemies a generation earlier when they were closing their doors against the hunted slave, beating his handful of humane defenders with Bible texts and billies, and pocketing the insults and licking the shoes of his Southern master.”

George Carlin on politics once said, “Forget the politicians; they’re an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying – lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.”

On November 10th, George Carlin will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

They both made people think, laugh swear and cry – sometimes all at the same time.

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Hillary Pulled a Mark Twain out of Her Hat

Hillary Pulled a Mark Twain out of Her Hat

To quote Mark Twain, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated”

Hillary, the Comeback Chick is back! Bill, aka Slick Willie, is on the attack! Obama’s Soul Train is toppled off the track! Pundits are ‘eating crow’ while Hillary backers are wiping their respective brow (sighing with relief).

The pundits are saying that Hillary won the sympathy vote (especially by women) because of the media attacks and the ganging of Obama and Edwards on a poor woman during the debates. They claimed she found her own voice and displayed feminine traits such as crying, hugging MSNBC Chris Matthews and showing her vulnerabilities – I’m human…I’m not a machine; I’m all woman…not a super woman within a 24 hour period.

On the other hand, MSNBC pundits are saying Obama might have suffered the effect that visited L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley’s California Gubernatorial Race; Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder; Congressman Harold Ford’s Tennessee Senatorial Race; Harvey Gantt’s North Carolina Senatorial Race against the notorious Jesse Helms.

What is the effect?

The effect that race is a steep hill that still needs to be traversed in American politics. Howbeit, Hillary has to battle sexism and the infamous glass ceiling, too. She has to battle a mountain range of sexism, not only by the Good Old Boys Club, but also sexism perpetrated by right wing women who thinks while a woman’s place is in the house – barefooted…it should not be in the Whitehouse – well-heeled/ high heeled.

My case against Obama…. On foreign policy, I’m not sure of his positions. On the domestic front, Obama’s healthcare proposals are worse than Hillary’s and Romney’s proposal. Mind you, Hillary’s and Romney’s proposal are not different from Nixon’s and Kaiser’s proposal to have Big Healthcare Insurance and the Pharmaceutical Industry have a run of the healthcare industry to their profitable content at the expense of the American people (including doctors and their patients). Edwards’ and Kucinich’s healthcare proposals are best. Unfortunately, they will not be nominated unless they inspire an October Revolution because they will not be elected by an October Surprise. In addition, Obama received the most money from the healthcare industry, in both parties, outside of Hillary Clinton. Hillary correctly pointed to the fact that Obama’s co-chair for his New Hampshire Primary is a lobbyist in the Healthcare Industry.

My case against Hillary…. In comparison to Hillary, Obama is the lesser of two evils. On foreign policy, she is ‘bought and sold’ by the Neocons. On the domestic front, I loved the Hillary of 1993 who pushed for a universal healthcare mandate. Unfortunately, she was attacked by war criminals such as former Dan Quayle’s Chief of Staff, former Harvard roommate of the hapless but eloquent Republican Presidential Candidate Alan Keyes, New York Times (former home to ‘Pulitzeresque’ reporters Judy Miller and Jayson Blair) Columnist and Weekly Standard’s editor William Kristol. William Kristol who ‘flipped the bird’ to the American people – the true red, white and blue; the U.S. Constitution – of the people, for the people and by the people in the interest of his narrow, alien, selfish, criminal and immoral ideology. Also, she was attacked by the healthcare industry that stabilized their prices for eight years until George W. Bush stole the 2000 elections. Afterwards, healthcare prices jumped through the roof when Hillary’s threat was removed. Hillary could argue that she’s the number one beneficiary (in campaign contributions) of the healthcare industry because of her 1993 track record on the universal healthcare issue – they fear her.

Last night, Hillary was able to pull a Truman (who defied media and pundits’ predictions of his inevitable defeat to Thomas Dewey) but I doubt she’ll be able to pull a Justice William J. Brennan (who turned out to be a liberal lion on the Supreme Court after he was nominated by President Eisenhower who thought he was sending a moderate/conservative to the Bench as an appeasement to his conservative Catholic base). In other words, I don’t think Hillary is going to flip the switch to the old Hillary of 1993 after her purchase by the healthcare industry. To the contrary, Hillary is more likely to pull a New York Governor Alfred E. Smith – a progressive and liberal champion, in the early years, who morphed into a tool of Big Business, in the later years, who tried to torpedo FDR’s New Deal and fanatically attacked FDR’s progressive policies as being anti-business and anti-rich.

The case for Obama…. Bill Clinton attacked Obama on his lack of experience. Obama had ten years of senatorial experience on the State and Federal level before his official Presidential Campaign which is equivalent to Clinton’s ten years of gubernatorial experience in a small and rural state before his official Presidential Campaign. If Bill Clinton is the measuring stick, Obama is qualified (plus he’s as talented as Bill Clinton).

To Hillary, Obama will be back!

Karl A. Mitchell



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Meet my 1940s Ansco Rediflex viewfinder camera. This little guy has been a good mate to me over the last two years, coming on many a shoot, capturing the world and transporting it back in time using the TTV Technique.
This viewfinder will be the main subject and theme of my Project 1/52, a year long assignment created by Johanna Brunet capture one photo per week for 52 weeks. Around 50 photographers have taken on this venture, all choosing a theme and subject and challenging ourselves to create unique images each week with it.
I attempted a similar project just over a year ago, to take 3 photos a day for a year, but that fell apart quickly.. 3 photos a day is way to ambitious for someone who spends a lot of time behind a computer, editing!! One a week.. now that’s a lot more realistic and motivating 🙂

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365.332 – Passport

365.332 - Passport

Day Three Hundred Thirty Two: November 9th, 2007.

I booked it!

I waited for the right time and wound up with a nearly perfect deal.

It’s time to dust off that passport – I’m going back to the U.K. again for a visit in March 2008.

After three trips to London last year and a lot of drama that followed each one, I needed to take a break this year and not put myself in an unhealthy situation.

Time heals all things, right?

Let’s hope so.

I’m ready to go back and will be doing things quite differently this time. At the most, I might spend one night in London or just a day there exploring but I’ll be staying in Tunbridge Wells this time to visit a good friend.

I’ve got a hotel reserved and it’s going to take me 3 months to save up to pay for it! So I may not be taking any other trips until then but that’s okay.

I’m looking forward to exploring more of the English countryside and already I’m compiling a long list of things to do and places to see.

Having something big to look forward to will make winter in Duluth a little more tolerable.

There’s only one thing that I’m struggling with. I haven’t told a certain person about this trip and I don’t know if I should. It’s a complicated situation and it’s hard to know what to do. We’re getting along so well now as friends that I don’t want to rock the boat. No pun intended. I just don’t want her to feel hurt if I’m not able to see her this time. And if I’m not able to see her, should I even tell her that I’m coming?

Hard to know what to do.

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Classic Contradiction

Classic Contradiction

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This is The Louvre, Paris. One of my favourite buildings on this planet and of course, the home of Mona Lisa. This is an old image. I captured it back in 2008 when I was travelling around for a few months. It’s been sitting on my computer ever since, apparently useless to me.. It’s great when you look back over old photos with new eyes, new techniques and skills for manipulation and see a photo transform in front of your eyes 🙂

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The classic countryside

The classic countryside

After what seemed like years of 50 hour weeks without holidays, finally a long weekend had arrived, and it was time to visit the country.

Cruising along what seemed like an endless dirt track on a motorbike, I arrived at a field which I was able to tell straight away was worthy of a photo.

I immediately hit the kill switch to cut the engine, put the motorbike stand down, and stepped off, I was mesmerised by this vast countryside beauty.

I reached over my shoulder to remove my camera backpack to discover it was covered in a thick layer of red dust from the long ride. Luckily the contents were well protected, as this would have been one of the most regrettable moments in my life had I not have been able to take a photo here.

My intended long weekend escape from my mobile phone, television, and computer didn’t seem to be much of one when I reflected on this real-life image of a field of the greenest lucern and bluest sky that man had ever seen.

I no longer felt like I was in the remote country of Australia, in fact, I felt like I was sitting in front of my Windows Desktop on a Giant computer screen, anxiously looking for my start button.

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Hot Cocoa Love

Hot Cocoa Love

Pret is one of the things I missed most from England. Swedish Meatball wraps, amazing hot chocolate and cappuccinos with cocoa powder stars dusted on top… Love! 😀

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20 Best Quotes From Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

20 Best Quotes From Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Best well-known as the social networking giant Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg became the world’s youngest ever self-made billionaire of 2013 with a net worth of $ 13.3 billion. In addition to an Internet entrepreneur, the hoodie-wearing founder was among the most generous donors last year. He and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan donated 18 million shares of Facebook, valued at $ 992.2 million, to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Following are 20 best quotes from Mark Zuckerberg. Let’s check out now.

“There are people who are really good managers, people who can manage a big organization, and then there are people who are very analytic or focused on strategy. Those two types don’t usually tend to be in the same person. I would put myself much more in the latter camp.”

“I got my first computer in the 6th grade or so. As soon as I got it, I was interested in finding out how it worked and how the programs worked and then figuring out how to write programs at just deeper and deeper levels within the system.”

“699 million people use Facebook every day. I tend to think that for myself, the most impactful thing I can do is improve that service for people rather than coming here, but every once in awhile it’s useful to check in. The purpose of this trip is immigration.”

“Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. We do this by giving people the power to share whatever they want and be connected to whoever they want, no matter where they are.”

“A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.”

Photo credit: Steve Jennings/Getty Images North America

“I think that people just have this core desire to express who they are. And I think that’s always existed.”

“I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.”

“They’re keeping up with their friends and family, but they’re also building an image and identity for themselves, which in a sense is their brand. They’re connecting with the audience that they want to connect to. It’s almost a disadvantage if you’re not on it now.”

“One day she says to me, me and you aren’t going to be the types of people who just write checks to organizations, but has never taught anything ourselves.”

“Three years from now, people are going to be sharing 8 to 10 times as much stuff. We’d better be there, because if we’re not, some other service will be.”

Photo credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America

“Our goal is not to build a platform; it’s to be cross all of them.”

“People don’t care about what someone says about you in a movie – or even what you say, right? They care about what you build. And if you can make something that makes people’s life better, then that’s something that’s really good.”

“Simply put: we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services. And we think this is a good way to build something.”

“Folks in both parties seem like they want to—by and large—move things forward.”

“Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.”

Photo credit: Steve Jennings/Getty Images North America

“I started the site when I was 19. I didn’t know much about business back then.”

“It feels better to be more connected to all these people. You have a richer life.”

“I think the Internet is really good in general because it helps people get access to more information.”

“Done is better than perfect.”

“The companies that work are the ones that people really care about and have a vision for the world so do something you like.”

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