Jan. 21st, 2017

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"A national moment of celebration, but not a celebration of victory, a celebration of democracy."
-- (Republican) Sen. Roy Blount on Trump's inauguration, in his opening remarks

Zero.
-- number of times Trump used the word "democracy" in his inaugural address

"At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America..."
-- Trump

Zero.
-- number of times Trump mentioned the Constitution in his address

I saw photos of the parade route to the White House. It's amazing how empty the bleachers were. It will be interesting to see what the attendance numbers were, and I'm sure "45" will complain about how just like the polls the numbers are wrong. Meanwhile today the Women's March on Washington scored half a million people.

I didn't turn on the TV yesterday, the only news that I looked at was international or tech. I couldn't bear it.

I just don't think I can call him President, at least not for a while, so I think I'm just going to call him "45". He's claiming he's going to cut spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years, which is interesting because the annual federal budget is about $3.8 trillion total. And he's going to cut funding for the departments of Commerce and Energy, Transportation, Justice, and State, he's going to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and eliminate the National Endowments for Arts and Humanities. All of which are pretty much the smallest slices of the budget pie. Over three quarters of federal spending is social security and unemployment, medicare and health, and the military. And he's planning on growing the military. So how is he going to cut $10 trillion?

Bill Clinton had a positive budget and Obama had a declining budget. Every republican administration has had negative budgets, they just can't admit it.

Marvin is looking pretty damn cheerful right now.
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Come to think of it, these are the first photos that I've taken this year, and perhaps the first photos that I've taken in a month. Being sick for a month really takes it out of you!

Eight photos. The B&Ws are processed with a package from DxO that lets it look like black & white film, in this case Tri-X ASA 400. The first four were shot Wednesday, the first out the back door, the other two in my front yard with my Canon 6D with a 24-105. The two of the woodpile and snow shovel were of a straight normal Photoshop process and then converting it to TX400.

The remaining were shot today out of my back door with an SL1 with a 75-300, the 1.6x crop making it an effective focal length of almost 500mm. It was hand-held leaning against the back door, so they're not as sharp as I would like, but it was 23f at noon and I wasn't going to go out to my car to get my tripod! I was looking out at the wind moving the trees and saw the young elk on the west side and mounted up my long zoom. While they're not as sharp as I'd like, I do like the results.
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