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The Pile: Thoughts, Life, and Photography of Joshua Davis

Bethesda

Photo by Joshua Davis (articnomad)

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Public Parking


Photo by Joshua Davis (articnomad)

I went to Bethesda a couple of days ago. Maybe tomorrow I’ll give you a full review of the suburban downtown.

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Night Skating


Photo by Joshua Davis (articnomad)

The first day the ice rink was open it was 75 degrees outside. Watching people skate in t-shirts, and the occasional shorts was quite an anomaly. But today it was more ice skating weather – a bitter 30 degrees (ok, I’m from the South) with a blowing wind.

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No Ordinary Grass

This is no ordinary grass... but the piece of land George Washington was born on lol.

Photo by Joshua Davis (articnomad)

This is no ordinary grass… but the piece of land George Washington was born on lol.

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America For Sale

George Bush has been the only president to cut taxes in a time of a war. Consequently the US has a record deficit. And here we have Fred Thompson using a text book example of failed Reaganomics. He wants to cut taxes and increase milatary spending.

Thompson said Tuesday he wants a military ground force that includes 775,000 in the Army and 225,000 Marines. That would be 23,000 more Marines than the Pentagon currently is seeking.

Thompson didn’t say how he would pay for or recruit those forces. He did say that military spending should be set at 4.5 percent of the value of the goods and services the nation creates, or gross domestic product. His campaign later said that would be the equivalent of increasing current military spending by up to $150 billion a year, but that increases would be phased in and depend on economic growth.

This is fine for the selfish baby boomer generation. They get to use social security, receive tax cuts, wage wars for cheaper oil… and the best thing for them: they don’t have to pay a cent. The current administration is leaving a precarious financial situation for future generations, because the kids, teens, and young adults of today will be paying for their parents deficit.

But Fred Thompson wants to increase the ground forces of Americas military to 1,000,000 men. The Republican presidential contenders are all working to beat each other in claims of increasing military size. These tax cuts and wars mostly benefit the rich (especially the FairTax because it leaves the wealthy with a large amount of untaxed income) and corporations.
Iraq sits on $30 trillion worth of oil, and the only reason America is still fighting a costly war is because the Iraqi Parliament still hasn’t ceded it’s oil fields to American companies. As soon as such legalisation is passed troop reductions (and consequently the war bill) will drop. But of course the Iraqis don’t want to hand $30 trillion to the US, so we continue to fight for BOil, and give Big Oil tax breaks.

I’m glad Obama was honest and said we need to raise Social Security tax, because anyone else who won’t raise taxes is buying the vote with your tax dollars. But Americans are selfish people, and ideas like Hilary’s $5000 “baby bond” cash giveaway, and the Republicans tax cuts are ways for them to buy the American democracy. And once they do that they’ll sell it to the corporate interests that will buy them.

Filed under: '08 Election, American Politics

Music Moods

Photo by Joshua Davis (articnomad)

I started off trying to create one of those iPod/iTunes like advertisements. But it’s easier said than done. So instead I tried some experimentation with a collage.

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Untitled

Photo by Joshua Davis (articnomad)

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Maybe Ron Paul Is Good After All

Libertarianism is about unrestricted freedom, and so is the Internet. So it’s not surprising that Ron Paul and the Internet where a natural match. He has uploaded the most videos to YouTube, and claims to have raised $3 million online in one day.

But I’m no where near endorsing Ron Paul. My point is that the people are taking back the press – and this is due to the Internet. Today the local elections occur in my state of Virginia. After doing my usual round of blog posting I went to check how many visits I had on my local blog. And today that blog had a record number of visits – greater than when one of our residents was killed in India (don’t you love local news).

But I’m not here to brag about it’s visits. Most of the people who visited my site where searching for information about one of the candidates. Due to the local newspapers inability to have a reasonably good online presence, those searching for information came to my site. Hopefully I influenced some peoples views.

But there’s one problem, in Reston I’ve found only a handful of other blogs, most echoing generally my beliefs. On my blog I do have an agenda to pass, and that’s where the danger enters in. Those searching for information get only one view. That’s why blogging and other Web 2.0 activities are so important, especial for people who can’t vote, but still want a say, like teens and “illegal” immigrants.

The web has become an inseparable part of our Democracy and everyone needs to contribute. Maybe you don’t have time to write a blog post – but certainly if you’re already online you can post a comments. But it’s time for more than just geeks, liberals, and youth to give back the power of the press. If America will work we all need to use our first amendment rights.

Filed under: '08 Election, American Politics

The Republicans continue their same tricks of racial discrimination, last month with John Tanner, the top ranking voting rights official at the Justice Department, was caught saying photo ID requirements do not disproportionately disenfranchise minority voters because: “Our society is such that minorities don’t become elderly the way white people do; they die first.”

In November comes a story about how Bush stacked the Civil Rights Commission, which is basically a government run watchdog group. As reported in The Carpetbagger Report, the commission should have no political majority. And technically they didn’t, because two Republicans suddenly changed their party to independent. Thus they have four Republicans and two Republican leaning independents.

Of course I don’t have a problem with the GOP being on the commission, except that GOP continually legislates against minorities. And just like many other agencies in the government now perform the opposite roles (USDA relaxes food rules, Homeland Security violates peoples security…) the Civil Rights Commission has released statements and reports that oppose their very name. As reported by the Boston Globe:

[T]he commission has put out a series of reports concluding that there is little educational benefit to integrating elementary and secondary schools, calling for closer scrutiny of programs that help minorities gain admission to top law schools, and urging the government to look for ways to replace policies that help minority-owned businesses win contracts with race-neutral alternatives.

The conservative bloc has also pushed through retroactive term limits for several of its state advisory committees. As a result, some longtime traditional civil rights activists have had to leave the advisory panels, and the commission replaced several of them with conservative activists.

How can the GOP expect to win if they continue alienating the black and Latino vote? Newt Gingrich has even admitted the Republicans are alienating the already small conservative-minority voting bloc. In a country with rapidly changing demographics it looks like the Republican party is headed down a path of self destruction. Which explains why the right is so fearful of abortion.

Filed under: American Politics, Black Matters

The Global American Dictatorship

Whenever something terrorist like is occurring in this world, I always notice a heightened presence of police/fire department patrols. The most recent time this happened was yesterday, when Musharraf further turned Pakistan into a dictatorship. Then I realized this dictator wasn’t one of the bad guys, but was an ally of Bush.

Every time I realized this guy was American backed I got a bad feeling in my stomach. As Americans we’re supposed to be freedom lovers – so much that we’ll kill 500,000 Iraqis to give them “God’s gift.” But then this dream of freedom was shattered (sarcasm). I realized that America was supporting a milatary junta/strongman/regime or whatever the neocons word of the day for those are.

It also seems contradictory, why Bush supports an elected Democracy in Iraq, but not in Pakistan? It appears that all he cares about is being able to control foreign leaders. In Iraq if you don’t support Bush’s political will, you get thrown out of the green zone – to the angry mob.

This so called American interest foreign policy doesn’t benefit Americans, because it fuels anti-Americanism. If I was living in an oppressed country that bowed to every American whim, I can be sure I would hate this country. And do we really want the world to hate us? Maybe leaving other countries alone, and letting them develop a non-American dependent military and economies would be better for America in the long run.

Filed under: American Politics, The World