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#BlueWave2018

I decided to make a few abstract images to commemorate the Blue Wave in the 2018 Midterm Elections.

I was quite the historical night and a very successful night for the Democrats.

Consider:

  • Despite facing tremendous gerrymandering in many states, Democrats gained between 37-39 House seats. The most since the post Watergate Midterm.
  • Despite the worst Senate map that any party has faced since 1960, the Republicans only managed to flip deep red states North Dakota, Missouri, and Indiana. They were unable to flip Montana and West Virginia. Meanwhile, the Democrats flipped Senate seats in traditional red states of Arizona and Nevada. When all is said and done, the Republicans will probably also flip Florida. Which will be by far the greatest Republican accomplishment of the night.
  • Democrats flipped over 300 state legislative seats.
  • Democrats flipped 7 governors.
  • 15 Represenatives with A Grades from the NRA* lost. All lost to Moms Demand Action Candidates.
  • Jared Polis became first openly gay governor when he was elected in Colorado
  • First Native American women elected to Congress. Sharice Davids in Kansas. Deb Halaland in New Mexico. Davids is a lesbian, which makes her the fist openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas as well.
  • The first two Muslim women were elected to Congress in Rashida Tlaib and Ihan Omar.
  • Krysten Sinema became the first openly bisexual woman elected to the Senate when she won in Arizona.
  • Democrats currently lead the House popular vote by 6.8%. That number will be closer to 8% when all votes are counted.
  • Voters in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah all voted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  Those are all red states by the way.
  • Michigan voted to expand voting rights. Approving same-day voter registration, made it easier to request absentee ballots, and reinstated straight-ticket voting.
  • Maryland passed a measure to implement same-day voter registration.
  • Florida passed Amendment 4 which restores voting rights to 1.4 million formerly incarcerated Floridians that served their times and paid their debts to society. That leaves only Iowa and Kentucky as the only backward states that don’t.
  • Trump’s campaigning, fearmongering, and constant lying had next to no effect on the results.  Trump endorsed candidates won about 50% of the time. Which is about the same as just flipping a coin.  For the record, he came to Iowa to campaign for Rod Blum. Rod Blum lost.
  • Midterms usually have little effect on the Presidential election, but a few things that will make it easier for the Democrats to win in 2020 (besides a historically unpopular President). The states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all elected Democrat Governors. While that doesn’t mean that they will go blue in 2020, but if they would’ve went blue in 2016, Hillary would be the President right now. It is much easier for a Presidential candidate to win a state when they can attach to a governor’s existing campaign apparatus. Florida is considered a swing state, it consistently votes red. However, by the slimmest margins. Amendment 4 could easily swing Florida blue. While Ohio has become increasingly red, Virginia is now solidly blue. They almost offset each other. While people have claimed that Texas is purpling for years, it isn’t quite there yet. However, traditional red states Arizona and Nevada are now definitely swing states. New Mexico has become a blue state.
  • If you were to move the vote 6% towards the Republican candidate in 2 years, the Democrat candidate would still win the White House.
  • Turnout for the midterm election was historically high. More than 49% of eligible voters actually voted.
  • For the first time in history more than 100 women will serve in Congress.
  • Young voter turnout increased by 188% If you ware wondering if you are a young voter, you are if you between the ages of 18 and 29.

All in all, it was an incredible midterm with many fascinating, historical results.  Below are my abstract salutes to the Blue Wave:


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It will probably be quiet for a few weeks here in Iowa. However, I expect 2020 presidential hopefuls will start hitting Iowa sometime in January. I have a goal of trying to see as many of them as possible.

*A domestic terrorist organization

About the Sublime

The day that I found out that I got 2 pictures in the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon, I celebrated by taking a few pictures of flowers in the Photography 139 Flowerbeds.

Here are a few of them:


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Not that I’ve given the matter much thought, but I think that I might try to enter a couple of categories in the State Fair Photography Salon that I have never entered before. I’ve been thinking about entering the Drone category (if I get that drone) and the Panorama category. I haven’t done panoramas much lately, but I thought I would give it a whirl again at some point.

A PHOTO JOURNAL – HENRY CARROLL – PAGE 40

Back at the end of August I had a free Saturday afternoon, so I decided to head out to Big Creek and tackle Page 40 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


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Create a playlist. Now listen to it while out taking pictures.

It was hard for me to determine the exact appropriate length for a playlist, so I sorta cheated on that aspect. I decided to just use the soundtrack from BABY DRIVER. It is, perhaps, the best soundtrack in movie history. Especially with the way it is intertwined into the movie.

If you don’t know the soundtrack, here is a listing:

Disc one

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. “Bellbottoms” Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 5:17
2. “Harlem Shuffle” Bob & Earl 2:52
3. “Egyptian Reggae” Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers 2:37
4. “Smokey Joe’s La La” Googie Rene 3:02
5. “Let’s Go Away for Awhile” The Beach Boys 2:21
6. “B-A-B-Y” Carla Thomas 2:57
7. “Kashmere” Kashmere Stage Band 4:57
8. “Unsquare Dance” Dave Brubeck 2:00
9. “Neat Neat Neat” The Damned 2:42
10. “Easy” (single version) The Commodores 4:16
11. “Debora” T. Rex 3:19
12. “Debra” Beck 5:43
13. “Bongolia” Incredible Bongo Band 2:15
14. “Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)” The Detroit Emeralds 3:53
15. “Early in the Morning” Alexis Korner 3:01

Disc two

No. Title Artist(s) Length
16. “The Edge” David McCallum 2:54
17. “Nowhere to Run” Martha and the Vandellas 3:02
18. “Tequila” The Button Down Brass 3:32
19. “When Something Is Wrong with My Baby” Sam & Dave 3:16
20. “Every Little Bit Hurts” Brenda Holloway 2:57
21. “Intermission” Blur 2:27
22. “Hocus Pocus” (original single version) Focus 3:18
23. “Radar Love” (1973 single edit) Golden Earring 3:44
24. “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up” Barry White 4:51
25. “Know How” Young MC 4:02
26. “Brighton Rock” Queen 5:10
27. “Easy” Sky Ferreira 4:28
28. “Baby Driver” Simon & Garfunkel 3:16
29. “Was He Slow?” (credit roll version) Kid Koala featuring Kevin Spacey and Jon Bernthal 1:47
30. “Chase Me” Danger Mouse featuring Run the Jewels and Big Boi 3:27

Only one picture can be physically adhered into the physical A PHOTO JOURNAL, but obviously I took many more when I was out and about tooling around Big Creek. Here are some of the others:


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I’m not sure which page we will check-in with next time we check-in with THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT. I need to get out there and take some more pages!

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This is your reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is LANDSCAPE:


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A LANDSCAPE photo is a photo of a landscape. It could be a cityscape. It could be a waterscape. But the main subject of the photo is land or water or a city.

Happy photo harvesting.

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – WEEK 162 – COLLECTIBLE

There was a bit of drop in my collection of WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE submission this week. The collection of COLLECTIBLE isn’t too large.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


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Andy Sharp


Christopher D. Bennett

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WEEK 162 - COLLECTIBLE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 162 - COLLECTIBLE - CATHIE RALEY
Cathie Raley

WEEK 162 - COLLECTIBLE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:



COLORFUL

COLORFUL! What a great theme! But what is a COLORFUL picture? A COLORFUL picture is any picture of an item that is saturated with COLORFUL. You know, like autumn leaves in an Iowa river valley. Of course, there is more than one definition of COLORFUL.

As always, I look forward to seeing your interpretations!

HOUSEKEEPING

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 RULES DIVISION

1. The picture has to be taken the week of the theme. This isn’t a curate your pictures challenge. This is a get your butt off the couch (my personal experience) and put your camera in your hands challenge. Don’t send me a picture of you next to the Eiffel Tower, when I know you were in Iowa all week. I will point out that I have let that slide some in the past. I will not in the future. Since it is literally about the only rule.

2. Your submission needs to be emailed to bennett@photography139.com by 11 AM on the Monday of the challenge due date. It should be pointed out that this blog auto-publishes at 12:01 on Mondays. So it wouldn’t hurt to get your picture in earlier.

That is it, them’s the rules.

A MESSAGE FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY 139 SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION DIVISION

Nobody showed class, taste, and sophistication this week by signing up for a Photography 139 email subscription. I’ll try and do better next week.

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That’s all I got for today, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will commune right here again next Monday. Hopefully it will be a very colorful Monday.

Mothra!

On Labor Day a (what I believe to be) hummingbird moth took up residence on my back patio.

I took a few pictures of the cute, little guy. Thought I would share some:


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If this is not a hummingbird moth, let me know in the comments section of this here blog. I miss him/her so much!

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 48

A few weeks back when I was taking the pictures for Page 49 for THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT, I also took pictures for Page 48:


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Page 48 – Take a photo that whispers.

To take this picture I cranked down the saturation, contrast, and sharpness levels on my camera.

Only 1 picture can be physically adhered into the physical A PHOTO JOURNAL, but I did take several more. Have a gander:


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The next time we check in with THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT we will check in with Page 111.

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This is your reminder that this week’s theme for THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is MOUTH:


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A MOUTH photo is any photo that involves a MOUTH or something that goes in a MOUTH or is used by a MOUTH. Remember, there is more than one definition of MOUTH.

Happy photo harvesting!

07-20-08/State Tournament

The pictures in the folder 07-20-08/State Tournament are from when Elainie played in the Little League State Tournament in Albia.

Looking through the pictures, I had forgotten that Dawn’s daughter Debra also played on that team. It might be where we rekindled our friendship. Or maybe our friendship began. I’m not sure we were exactly friends in high school. That was a long time ago.

Boone won their first game against Grand View. Which was an event to rejoice. Grand View Little League is hard to describe. I think the best way I can put it is this way:

You know those movies about summer camp, where there is a rival camp across the lake filled with the worst people you can think of in the context of summer camp. Grand View Little League is that rival camp across the lake. Filled with the worst kind of Little League parents you can imagine.

Boone then lost in the championship. To somebody that wasn’t Grand View.

Here are some, but definitely not all of the pictures:


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Albia Rose

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It is weird what can get ingrained into you from the past that you hold onto for no real reason. Grand View Little League’s Major Boys team made it to the Little League World Series just this past summer. Even though I haven’t had an interaction with that league in over 10 years and probably nobody that is affiliated with that league is still affiliated with the team that was in the World Series, I still found myself rooting against them. I usually root for almost anything that represents the great Cyclone State, but I found myself rooting against our representative in the Little League World Series.

Next time I shave maybe I’ll try to purge myself of this prejudice.

There are many more pictures from my trip to Albia. You can check them out by clicking on the link below:

Boone Little League – 2008

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Photo Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” post to its original glory:

Albia, Iowa

Depending on ambition and free time levels, next week’s walk down memory lane will involve my first mission trip, a farewell of sorts to the Miller farm, and spandex.

A Photo Journal – Henry Carroll – Page 49

A few weeks back I was messing with some camera settings and decided it was a perfect time to crank out Page 49 of THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT:


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Page 49 – Take a photograph that shouts.

By a photograph that shouts, it is a picture that is bold in its colors, contrast, and sharpness. I jacked these settings up all the way on my camera and photographed some flowers in the Photography 139 flowerbeds and at my Mom’s house.

While only one picture can be physically adhered into the physical A PHOTO JOURNAL, I did take several others. Here are some of those I like, but won’t be in the physical A PHOTO JOURNAL:


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Next time we check-in with THE PHOTO JOURNAL PROJECT, we will check out Page 48.

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This is your weekly reminder that this week’s WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is ARCHITECTURE.


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An ARCHITECTURE photo is any photo that has to do with a building or a man-made structure. Inside or out. Doesn’t matter.

Happy photo harvesting!