Sister Novena's PortaPulpit
freedom, liberalism, movies, and truth

Saturday, November 13, 2004
Photo Blog

Even after a few days off, I'm still not feeling very wordy... lately I've been saving most of my words for personal conversations and not so much for addressing the world collectively. Maybe it has something to do with my mind changing over to a more visual medium for a while in preparation for making a film... so in that spirit, rather than write yet more words today, I think I'm just going to present a few images. Sometimes it's better to stop and look.

These are all photographs from my personal album, all taken by your humble hostess. Click the images for a larger version.

winchester cathedral


tree / basingtoke

ismail / studio c

new growth / basingtoke

film school

bud / basingstoke

roman wall

PS: I know the resolution's a little off, but I didn't want them to take all day to load. If for some bizarre reason someone wants a better-resolution version of something, let me know.
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Thursday, November 11, 2004

Y'all might have noticed that I haven't been terribly active the last couple of days. Be forewarned, this is likely to remain the case for a couple more. I'm taking a post-post-electoral holiday from this blog. It's the only way to save my sanity.

Check back in a couple.
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Monday, November 08, 2004
Red States = Welfare Queens

At last, a tax reform movement that pissed-off blue-staters can really get behind.

If there's one thing Republicans hate (besides a liberal who actually fights back), it's folks who live off other people's hard-earned tax dollars. The general idea seems to be that nobody should ever get more money out of the system than they put in... it's just not right! Unless, of course, we're talking state allocations of federal funding, in which case taxing other people to pay for your interests is totally cool.

How about we have a little more fun with maps?

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Is this the 2000 electoral map? Nope. Is it the 2004 electoral map? Nope. This is a map of which states receive more in federal dollars than they pay in taxes (red states) vs. those which pay more than they receive (blue states).

You might notice a sort of general pattern.

Liberals, as it happens, don't have such a problem with this... okay, so red Mississippi gets nearly $2 for every dollar it contributes, while blue Massachusetts only gets $.75. There are people with real needs in Mississippi, and obviously they need the money more than needy people in "taxachusetts". Ahem.

But if "tax fairness" is what Republicans claim to want, I say, let 'em have it. Thus, I am formally voicing my support for the Tax Fairness Act of 2005.

Steve Gilliard points out the likely consquences with aplomb:
All we have to do is help the Republicans stomp the federal income tax into oblivion and then crank up our state's income tax to cover our social programs.

So, let's teach them evolution first-hand, and let them starve. No more Blue State funds to Red States.
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