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Sunday, 12 February 2006
Heavy Stuff - But Then, Old Cars, Surfers, Folk Art And Such Make Up For The Bad
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Heavy Stuff - But Then, Old Cars, Surfers, Folk Art And Such Make Up For The Bad

The new issue of Just Above Sunset - Volume 4, Number 7 for the week of Sunday, February 12, 2006 - is now posted and available. This is the weekly magazine-format parent site to this daily web log.

This week in current events you'll find five commentaries on the week's events, but the events number far more than five, as the week started with the Attorney General testifying how some laws really cannot be followed, and it went on from there. The odd events kept compounding, from NASA being reigned in by those who want them to be more religious, New Orleans asking for foreign aid, everyone upset about the King funeral, indicted Tom Delay getting a plum job controlling the budget of the Justice Department, terrorist nuns in Florida (not really), new odd news out of Guantánamo, and a famous guy turned away by US customs, and generally an overload off too much "say what?" to handle. It's all here. These five correct and extend what was first posted here. It was a very odd week.

On the other hand, there are always those old cars, as Our Man in Paris, Ric Erickson, visits Rétromobile there and sends cool pictures.

Bob Patterson, as that journalist, has more than a few things to say about electronic voting machines, and as the Book Wrangler, a few things to say about the rich, in quotes. As a bonus he sends a page of photographs, Super Bowl Sunday with the local Cobra Club, not the Steelers - there are always those old cars.

As it's the middle of winter the Southern California photography this week is from the beach, Venice Beach - surfers and lovers and jugglers, surreal murals, the connection to an old Orson Wells film, and some botanicals.

Quotes? People say the oddest things about value and truth and all that.

And there are links to two new photo albums.

Direct links to specific pages -

Current Events ______________________

Question Time: The Attorney General Smiles
Something Is Up: Odd Doings Across America, and Around the World
Connecting Dots: They're Laughing at Us
Stay Away: Visa, Don't Leave Home Without It (Or Don't Leave Home)
Overload: Hoping You Cannot Attend To It All

The International Desk ______________________

Our Man in Paris: The Scene at Rétromobile

Bob Patterson ______________________

WLJ Weekly: from the desk of the World's Laziest Journalist - Democracy: Is it Time to call a Corpsman or the Chaplain?
Book Wrangler: Ennui anyway you want it ...
Cobras: Cruising on Super Bowl Sunday

Southern California Photography ______________________

The Edge of the Pacific
The Surreal Beach: Walls and Folk Art, Venice Beach, California
On Location: Touch of Evil
Botanicals: A Beach Trio

Quotes for the week of February 12, 2006 - Value and Truth and All That
Links and Recommendations: Two New Photo Albums
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The Photo Albums ______________________

The Edge of the Pacific - as photographed Thursday, February 9, 2006, the very edge of the Pacific, at Venice Beach. The Santa Ana winds are blowing in off the desert and on the sand it's in the eighties just before noon. Late morning the shops are just opening, the dancing rollerblade folks aren't there yet, but the surfers have been out there in dawn, and the surf isn't bad. (Sixteen shots.)

Walls and Folk Art, Venice Beach, California - murals, architectural detail and general oddness, photographed Thursday, February 9, 2006, at Venice Beach. Tourists flock here for the madness on the strand - skaters and oddballs and Muscle Beach and all the little shops and strange food and loud music. Here are the details they often ignore. (Thirty shots.)

Note, on the day of the great Manhattan-Boston blizzard it's in the mid-eighties out here, full sun, light breezes. This morning Venice Beach, only ten or twelve miles west of Hollywood, looked just like this (below), expect this was snapped last Thursday. The weather here doesn't fluctuate a great deal. It's mighty fine.

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