That’s it for SCOTUS

We’ve appointed an ill-fitting member to the supreme court. The ramifications of this political move to be determined. I can’t even understand the rationale that went into the votes for him. So, for future reference,¬†below is the list of who voted for the privileged white man. After my opinion piece, of course. ūüôā

Why do I say “that’s it”? Well, this has been such a divisive issue. You have an old grumpy republican man (McConnell) refusing to¬†hold hearings¬†on previous nominee (Merrick Garland) to the court. Why? I’m sure it has no bearing on the fact that the president at the time was a black democrat. Naw, because they¬†all loved and respected the leader of the country at the time. #sarcasm

But here we have someone that appears to¬†be of questionable character. No–he was not on trial and he has not been found guilty of anything, but he’s also not been declared innocent. There’s enough crap surrounding this nominee to spoil his nomination to the court. Is he really the right, white, privileged male for the job?

The republicans (and one democrat) have now made the court the bitch of the republican party. Ready to overturn any number of important issues. Women’s rights? Good luck. If you didn’t think old grumpy white men owned your (women’s) bodies already, I am of the opinion you’re going to be in debt to them even more as they exercise even more control over your private parts.¬†Please, feel free to make comparisons to the¬†laws governing men’s bodies. It’s all about equality. Right?

Anyhow, I’m thinking I’m safe enough for now. At this time, there is still a term limit for the president. So I only have to deal with him for another term at most. Who knows what will happen afterwards. And, to most appearances, I am myself a white, privileged male. No laws against my precious bits. There are other issues at stake. As a democrat, and an empathetic human being, it pains me that so many issues are ignored. Its even more astounding that so many people directly impacted by these are voting against themselves.

Or not voting at all.

Ok, enough rambling. Below are the results from the New York Times.

Remember which senators you voted for.

Remember how they voted.

Remember this list when things don’t go your way. See if there’s any link back to your voting record to explain how things got fucked up.

Good luck, ‘murica. You’re going to need it.

 

Majority of votes needed YES NO Pres. Not voting
Republicans 49 0 1 1
Democrats 1 48 0 0
Total 50 48 1 1

Votes by Party

51 Republicans Yes No
Total 49 0
Lamar Alexander Tenn.
Y
John Barrasso Wyo.
Y
Roy Blunt Mo.
Y
John Boozman Ark.
Y
Richard M. Burr N.C.
Y
Shelley Moore Capito W.Va.
Y
Bill Cassidy La.
Y
Susan Collins Me.
Y
Bob Corker Tenn.
Y
John Cornyn Tex.
Y
Tom Cotton Ark.
Y
Michael D. Crapo Idaho
Y
Ted Cruz Tex.
Y
Michael B. Enzi Wyo.
Y
Joni Ernst Iowa
Y
Deb Fischer Neb.
Y
Jeff Flake Ariz.
Y
Cory Gardner Colo.
Y
Lindsey Graham S.C.
Y
Charles E. Grassley Iowa
Y
Orrin G. Hatch Utah
Y
Dean Heller Nev.
Y
John Hoeven N.D.
Y
Cindy Hyde-Smith Miss.
Y
James M. Inhofe Okla.
Y
Johnny Isakson Ga.
Y
Ron Johnson Wis.
Y
John Kennedy La.
Y
Jon Kyl Ariz.
Y
James Lankford Okla.
Y
Mike Lee Utah
Y
Mitch McConnell Ky.
Y
Jerry Moran Kan.
Y
Rand Paul Ky.
Y
David Perdue Ga.
Y
Rob Portman Ohio
Y
Jim Risch Idaho
Y
Pat Roberts Kan.
Y
Michael Rounds S.D.
Y
Marco Rubio Fla.
Y
Ben Sasse Neb.
Y
Tim Scott S.C.
Y
Richard C. Shelby Ala.
Y
Dan Sullivan Alaska
Y
John Thune S.D.
Y
Thom Tillis N.C.
Y
Patrick J. Toomey Pa.
Y
Roger Wicker Miss.
Y
Todd Young Ind.
Y
Lisa Murkowski Alaska
Present
Steve Daines Mont.
49 Democrats* Yes No
Total 1 48
Joe Manchin III W.Va.
Y
Tammy Baldwin Wis.
N
Michael Bennet Colo.
N
Richard Blumenthal Conn.
N
Cory Booker N.J.
N
Sherrod Brown Ohio
N
Maria Cantwell Wash.
N
Benjamin L. Cardin Md.
N
Thomas R. Carper Del.
N
Bob Casey Pa.
N
Chris Coons Del.
N
Catherine Cortez Masto Nev.
N
Joe Donnelly Ind.
N
Tammy Duckworth Ill.
N
Richard J. Durbin Ill.
N
Dianne Feinstein Calif.
N
Kirsten Gillibrand N.Y.
N
Kamala Harris Calif.
N
Maggie Hassan N.H.
N
Martin Heinrich N.M.
N
Heidi Heitkamp N.D.
N
Mazie K. Hirono Hawaii
N
Doug Jones Ala.
N
Tim Kaine Va.
N
Angus King Me.
N
Amy Klobuchar Minn.
N
Patrick J. Leahy Vt.
N
Edward J. Markey Mass.
N
Claire McCaskill Mo.
N
Robert Menendez N.J.
N
Jeff Merkley Ore.
N
Christopher S. Murphy Conn.
N
Patty Murray Wash.
N
Bill Nelson Fla.
N
Gary Peters Mich.
N
Jack Reed R.I.
N
Bernie Sanders Vt.
N
Brian Schatz Hawaii
N
Chuck Schumer N.Y.
N
Jeanne Shaheen N.H.
N
Tina Smith Minn.
N
Debbie Stabenow Mich.
N
Jon Tester Mont.
N
Tom Udall N.M.
N
Chris Van Hollen Md.
N
Mark Warner Va.
N
Elizabeth Warren Mass.
N
Sheldon Whitehouse R.I.
N
Ron Wyden Ore.
N

It’s Been A While

It’s been a while since you’ve seen a post.

Sold the Buckhead condo and moved into a house in Tucker. The house has literally been sucking up time…and money. Plus, I still want to have fun, so keeping the site updated has taken a back seat.

Photography has suffered a bit. The new house has a room that has been designated “The Studio.” Unfortunately, it’s still just a storage room until we can get everything put into place.

But I’m starting to get that camera gear warmed up again. So, a few new albums here and there are on their way.

The Tale of a Lost Memory Card

While photographing the Chihuly exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, I came across a memory card laying on the walkway.

Someone lost memories!

I checked the card immediately to see if there were recent images that I could use to identify the owner. He or she might still be in the garden. But the latest images were a year old.

The next day I scoured the images looking for clues, feeling a bit unconformable in the process. There were four years of images here. What a loss!

I found several pictures of a boat, and was able to find the ship’s registry, but no current owner. I found other clues here and there as to the possible home city of the owner. I found a selfie, so definitely a picture of the owner, but still no contact info for her.

A kid kept showing up in pictures, so definitely a close relative of the memory card owner. A grandson maybe.

There were images of the kid in a boy scout troop. A troop badge number helped confirm the city. This could lead to a contact.

Finally, a school field trip with a teacher wearing a T-shirt with school logo and a readable identification work badge!

A Google search got me an email address and I sent a few key images ¬†of the kid, the owner’s selfie, and the image of the teacher to the address. I got a quick response from the teacher that she would look into it. The images were over a year old so I didn’t expect she would immediately remember the kid in the pictures.

This morning, i received an email from the camera card owner’s daughter. ūüôā

I’m glad I was able to find the clues, even though I felt a bit crummy looking at someone else’s private photos like this. Zooming in looking at car license plates, house photos, things on desks and tables all in the hopes of finding something to id the owner, relative, or even just a friend.

And I’m reminded of a very easy way to help someone return a lost memory card: take a photo of your contact information and keep it on the card.

Most cameras allow you to also protect the image so it’s not erased when you delete all images to reuse the card. As long as you don’t reformat or erase from your computer, your contact info will remain on the card. Possibly to reunite you with a lost memory card very easily.

I had read this tip some time ago, but it wasn’t until finding this card and me going through the process of trying to id the owner that it really sunk in.

In all my years of photography, I haven’t done this. It’s happening today.

PDK Airshow 2016-05

The Peachtree Dekalb Airshow was the first I’d been to. We had a good time, and I took what pictures I could of the airplanes performing their stunts.

We left around 4PM that day. It was later that evening when we heard of a plane crash and death of a pilot. Less than an hour after we had left. I’m glad we weren’t there to witness the crash. Our condolences to family and friends of the pilot. You can read the news story here on WSB TV’s site..

 
David Perez: PDK Airshow 2016-05 &emdash; PDK Airshow 2016-05

Musings on photography, condo living, life in general, and advice column from Truffles, the chihuahua.