Tuesday, February 2, 2016

2nd place

Dang. Last night Trump built a wall around Iowa and they aren't letting anyone in or out.  Billionaires!  Who needs 'em?

Cruz wins Iowa. Texans must be so proud.

By denigrating the top 15 Republican leaders  in the country, Trump's pickings might be slim for cabinet positions.

Poor Iowa if they don't nominate Trump and he wins as President.  We would all  have to put up with 4 years of him referring to Iowans as dumb, ugly losers.

I don't know how you feel, but it warms my heart to see democracy working in Iowa.  THAT is still  neat about America,  still.

I think I just heard that the losers in Iowa are going to declare victory.  Politics is complicated.

I share the same values as Trump on some things.  24 karat gold seat belts on my seat in my jet, for one.  Oh wait.

Shredding my Martin O'Malley pamphlet.

  Oh hell. Now Carly Fiorina declared victory.  I'm going to bed.





Donald Trump is currently in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, desperately trying to motivate his supporters to head to the Republican primary caucus being held later tonight. But while his main message is “I’m going to win,” he also had another message for the crowds: Start attacking protesters, and the billionaire will pay to get them out of jail.
After rumors began circulating that another protester was planning on throwing tomatoes at Trump – a repeat of an incident that recently caused Trump to throw a massive tantrum and leave a rally early – Trump told the attendees:
“Security just told me there may be someone with tomatoes in audience. If you see them, knock the crap out of them. I’ll pay legal fees.
Thugs being given a blank check (literally) to attack those who criticize their idol: Let’s not beat around the bush, this is fascism plain-and-simple. After instructing the crowd to “knock the crap” out of the protesters, his fans enthusiastically cheered. The whole sickening exchange was caught on Trump’s own live feed of the event.
This is a clear escalation of Trump’s violent anti-protest tactics, but not an unforeseen one. Trump, and his fans, have always shown a zest for violence when confronted with people who don’t agree with their hate speech – particularly if those protesters are people of color. Just months ago, supporters viciously assaulted an African American man who interrupted a Trump rally. Trump was heard in the background encouraging his supporters to attack him. Later, he said the man deserved it.
Mocking Trump for his hair, or his narcissism, or his tan is one thing, but clearly we need to forcefully condemn what Trump actually represents: An oppressive, violent turn in American politics away from democracy and towards totalitarianism. Trump wants to “make America great again”? His vision of America – warmongering, petty, and hateful – doesn’t represent any America that we would ever want to live in.
Paying for the legal expenses of the thugs who beat of protesters? Trump should be criminally investigated.


8 Tips For Models To Make Photographers Love Them

Being a model is a high pressure job. You’re constantly being judged based on your looks, your body, your performance, your personality, and just about any other personal trait imaginable. It can be overwhelming. Here’s 8 very easy tips that will automatically make the photographers you shoot with love working with you.

1- Don’t wear tight clothes to your shoot: If the clothing you are shooting reveals any amount of skin, you should NOT wear tight clothes to your shoot. Leave your skinniest of skinny jeans at home. They will leave impressions in your skin along the seams and waistband. That’s just one more thing we have to retouch. Showing up in yoga pants is perfectly acceptable. I promise.
2- Do your research: I realize many of you are only finding out about test shoots shortly before the shoot is to happen, but try to do at least a little research on the person you are shooting with. Ask your booker who the photographer is. Look at some of their work. Even if it’s just on your phone. Read the bio on their website. Taking some initiative and looking into the photographers you are shooting with is beneficial on multiple levels. First and foremost, it helps you be a safe, aware model. If you are uncomfortable with provocative images and you’re being sent to test with a photographer that likes to push boundaries, it’s a recipe for disaster. It also shows a bit of respect to the photographers who are shooting you. Their time is just as valuable as yours. They saw something in your book that they liked, you should at least take the time to check out their work as well.
3- Have a little imagination: Some photographers want a completely blank canvas that they can mold into whatever their vision is. However, having some imagination in front of the camera will almost always be a total hit. You’ll know almost immediately which side of this coin the photographer lies on. If he or she meticulously poses your every shot, just go with it. Some people prefer to work that way. But if they are a little more open minded, try different things. Move. The model 101 poses get boring really fast. Bring some of your own creativity to the table. Experiment. Again, MOVE!
4- Don’t post RAWs: If a photographer sends you some preview images, don’t post them without permission. Sometimes as a photographer I like to send the model a few raw previous if I’m excited about the shoot. But they are just between you and I. This shows the images in an unfinished state that they are probably not intended to be seen by the public. It can also jeopardize any possible publication of the images.
5- Learn where your light is: Good models understand where their light is coming from. If you’re shooting in a studio, pay attention to where the photographer puts their lights. If you’re shooting outside, take not of where the sun is. USE THIS INFORMATION! Avoid turning completely away from your light. Avoid putting things in between the light and your face. It will cast a shadow on you. If you don’t know where your main light is coming from, ask! It shows initiative and helps you better understand your range of movement and how free you can be with your poses.
6- Be punctual: Try your best to show up on time. Or at least be close to it. We get it. You just came from a casting in Soho and now you have to get to an obscure studio in Brooklyn and the train isn’t running on time. Just do your best to be punctual. If you have to get from West Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles, don’t leave your apartment 15 minutes before your call time. That’s just common sense. If you are going to be late, send a quick text or call to the photographer saying “Sorry! I’m running a little late. I’ll be there as soon as possible.” For some reason this common courtesy seems lost on our industry sometimes.

7- Tag your team: If you’re posting your images on social media, it’s common courtesy to tag the people who contributed to making the image happen. Tag the photographer, stylist, makeup artist, and anybody else who contributed. I’m not saying you need to tag the photographer’s 4th assistant and the stylist’s dog walker. But the main creative team all worked hard. Share the limelight with you. It goes a long way to make friends and you never know when someone might come in handy to you later on down the road.
Last but certainly not least…..
8- DON’T PUT FILTERS ON OUR PICTURES: We spend years honing our skills by studying and learning Photoshop and other software(or developing and printing film in some cases), taking color theory classes, and developing our skills. When we send you a final edit of an image, that’s how we’ve intended for it to be seen. Don’t cover that up with a stupid filter. It’s annoying and disrespectful. If you REALLY hate the way a photographer has processed an image, respectfully talk to them about it. Just don’t go out and throw X-Pro II on it because you think it looks cool.
These are all very simple things you can do as a model that will make photographers love you. They’re all courteous things that will greatly put you in their favor. And you never know, maybe they’ll recommend you or book you on their next job. Word of mouth goes a very long way in this industry!

George W. Bush cancels visit to Swiss charity gala over fears he could be arrested on torture charges

Former U.S. President George W. Bush has cancelled a visit to Switzerland over fears he could have been arrested on torture charges.

Mr Bush was due to be the keynote speaker at a Jewish charity gala in Geneva on February 12.

But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the country.

Criminal complaints against Mr Bush alleging torture have been lodged in Geneva, court officials said.
Human rights groups said they had intended to submit a 2,500-page case against him in the Swiss city tomorrow for alleged mistreatment of suspected militants at Guantanamo Bay.

Left-wing groups have also called for a protest on the day of his visit, leading organizers at Keren Hayesod's annual dinner to cancel Mr Bush's participation on security grounds.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch and International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) said the cancellation was linked to growing moves told him accountable for the use of torture, including waterboarding.

He had admitted in his memoirs and TV interviews to ordering the use of the interrogation technique which simulates drowning.

Reed Brody, a lawyer for Human Rights Watch, said: 'He's avoiding the handcuffs.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1354211/George-W-Bush-cancels-Switzerland-visit-fears-arrest-torture-charges.html#ixzz3yxHazqiV
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Lone Star Project Report

Statement on TEC & Paxton

Statement by Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle on Today’s Texas Ethics Commission refusal to green light out of state money for Paxton’s legal defense

"It’s way past time for Ken Paxton to step aside.

"The Texas Ethics Commission made the right decision to effectively deny Paxton’s efforts to raise out of state special interest money for his legal defense. Texans are stuck with a full-time criminal defendant when they deserve an honest, full-time Attorney General."
More information on Ken Paxton can be seen here.
Matt Angle is the Founder and Director of the Lone Star Project, a Democratic PAC.

Read more: http://lonestarproject.net/statement-tec-paxton#ixzz3yyLHpO1X






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