Mar 052015
 

Governor LePageSo I was watching television and looking at Facebook when I stumbled upon a discussion about our state Governor Paul LePage.  For some reason he manage to get re-elected to a second term with a landslide of 30% of the 30% of those people who actually voted in this mid-term election.  A crushing mandate typical of voting habits of the voting public.  Over his 4 years in his first term he managed to come up with one of the worst job growth records in state history in a country that was showing growth in jobs.  Following the midterm elections the Republicans would take credit for this because they had spent 4 years doing nothing but block everything the President tried.  I have not become a great fan of Obama but I will save that for another story. 

Now back to the Facebook story.  Upon taking office he announced that he would work towards removing the income tax and he would pay for it by increasing the sales tax and adding it to every good and service.  That means You hire a lawyer you pay a sales tax and the beat goes on.  The sales tax increase would greatly effect the lower income who are struggling to get by with what they have.  A side bar lower income people pay about 45% of their income on transportation costs just getting to work. 

The other thing that is a sure thing is that already high property taxes would increase to cover the loss of revenue income.  Programs would have to be cut.  That would mean social services and our infrastructure projects and well as other basics would also have to be cut. 

I asked my cousin, Richard Rosen, Commissioner of Administration and Financial Services how would they make up for the loss and how would I pay for my increased property taxes.  He never quite got around to how the revenue make up would happen but that I would get an increased tax deduction on my property taxes…another loss of revenue for the state.  Richard is another Kool-Aid drinking Republican who has not worried about how he will pay his taxes for a very long time…and so the beat goes on. 

 

 

Feb 152015
 
Martin Niemoller

Martin Niemoller

For some time now I have become more and more uneasy living in the world as a Jew. Even in these United States Anti-Semitism has been speaking with a louder and more accepted voice. Our president only gives lip service not wanting to name that faction of Islam which is clearly speaking with a voice that indicates their desire to completely wipe the Jews off the face of the earth. The  Prime Minister of France gets it why not Obama? Why not the rest of the world. I give this message from the past. It is as relevant today as it was 60 years ago.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me”

Feb 042015
 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOk maybe I’m getting a little obsessed.  I dug up another one from the archives.  Since time from 2009.  This time with a new camera, the Olympus with the super zoom.  It was pretty cool because it featured a 20X optical zoom which meant that off a tripod you had to be rock steady.  I think at full power it was the equivalent of a 400 – 500 mm lens.  It was really a good little DSLR because you didn’t have to carry around a lot of extra lenses and of course the price was considerably less expensive than my Canon 60D which at the time I bought it about 2 years ago was around $900 just for the body.  Anyway this picture is another example of Topaz B & W Effect. 

Feb 032015
 

It’s still bitter cold and I am still digging into my archives. This one dates back to February 2008 it was shot with a Canon point and shoot before I updated to a DSLR.  I processed this using Lightroom and Topaz Labs B & W Effects.  I like the black and white for this subject.  I also been working on re-organizing Lightroom by putting pictures into different catalogs.  Catalogs are very helpful when you are looking for different shots.  It also can be synced to my Lightroom App on the iPad.  Engine