Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Does a bird have a chance?

 
Before i entered high school (grade 9), we went to the school to get our summer reading books; which was a good idea, they were to be part of that year's English class. It was a good idea, for to give us an opportunity to get the reading done in the possible leisure of summer, so that we would not be pressed for study time competition with the the other classes during the academic year. One of the books was, To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel was printed in 1960. It won a Pulitzer Prize. In 1962 it became a movie, and Gregory Peck played Atticus Finch (see foto), which won him the best actor Oscar. The book is objected to to-day to be read in schools, mostly in the South. The book makes white southerners "uncomfortable". Atticus is assigned to defend an innocent black man accused of raping a white woman. The man is found guilty.

The story takes place in the early 1930s, a time of economic depression, in Alabama. The story focuses on social injustice based on racial hatred of negroes, and an honorable man (Finch). The character of the character of Atticus Finch is so good, that he is an impetus for people to become lawyers (well a certain type of lawyer).

In 1963, four Ku Klux clansmen dynamited a black church, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama. Four girls were killed, and more than twenty people injured. One killer was tried and convicted in 1977. 

In 1997, Bill Clinton nominated Doug Jones [not the relief pitcher] for U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. In 2000 Jones was deputised to be able to try the two living klansmen bombers. They were found guilty.

Doug Jones is the Democratic candidate for United States senator for Alabama. The election is next month. The Republican candidate is former judge Roy Moore. Roy Moore has been twice removed from Alabama's supreme court. Campaigning for senator, Moore pulled out and waived a snub nose revolver. It has come to light, that Moore has had a penchant for under age teen age girls. He had been banned from the Gadsen Mall for such behaviour. Alabama is now an overwhelming Republican state. Very few white people in Alabama vote for Democrats. A majority of these voters claim to be evangelical christians, and Moore has campaigned (and made money) on his stated moral foundations. Recently, more than fifty such clergymen have signed a letter of support for Roy Moore. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Judas kiss

Well, i continued my sporadic tour of stained glass. It became a sunny afternoon. I have read, Douglas Phillips *1922,1995†, a local artist had designed eight large windows (triple lights of three sections each, and a overlapping header) for Lakewood Presbyterian. The church is security conscious, i was closely supervised. In the bottom right section was this Judas kiss. Other than the Last Supper, there are not many depictions of Judas on glass in the area.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

100 years of bolshevism

I have been writing fewer political comments, and more foto celebrations. Part of the reason is the horrible, but simple politics, here—Trump is dangerous moron, and his party is a criminal cult, and those iterations are daily evident; and i can photograph events i enjoy.

To-day, it has been an hundred years since the October [the Russians were still using the Julian calendar] Revolution began. Lenin took St. Petersburg (Petrograd) in a Bolshevik coup. From then till 1991 Revolution Day was celebrated, since then only nostalgic communists celebrated. With Bolshevism, the civil wars began, and as in the United States the political ramifications have not been settled. Bolshevik communism is dead, but its methods of deceit, and heritage of complete social and political power are still appreciated and emulated by others.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

St. Emeric

 
The last Cleveland church/parish to have its Homecoming Mass was St. Emeric. That was on the 4th of November 2012. The last Cleveland Mass Mob was at St. Emeric 13th November 2016. To-day, the 5th of November is St. Emeric Day, the patronal feast of the parish. That was celebrated to-day, as was the five years of re-opening.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Day of the Dreich







These four fotos are cropped. I could not isolate the subjects. Other good candidates were in motion, and the shutter speed was too slow with the overcast clouds.
There is a fellow who has a facebook journal of Faces of Lakewood. It turned out the most interesting part of Saturday's festival was the painted faces of people. Good fotos were not easy to get. It was tight quarters (read below), and it was hard to get the clear still shot. I saw this couple leaving heir car, and went toward them, and got one good (cropped) picture. We began talking greyhounds, i had not realised (until my nephew jogged my memory) that we talked last year. They have a brindle greyhound, who came last year.
Well, before the year started, i took a calendar of the coming year and started to write in events. Some of which were photo opportunities. Many of these we went to as a crew, my nephew, our hounds, and me. The hounds travel well, and sometimes are swarmed, and we are pelted with questions. Usually taking pictures comes to a halt. The hounds, especially Captain, hate cacophony, and that usually involves percussion. Gunshots, cannon, and fireworks are a no-no, and stationary drumlines also. The last planned outdoor event was Dia de Muertos at the old Romanian church belonging to Cleveland Public Theater. When it started Saturday, it began with rain. With the cold rain near freezing, and with a little wind it was worse. The day was drab, and dark, even with the drizzle ended it was dreich. It was the first day of the season that the hounds wore coats, and they shivered.

The campus is too compact. The former parish hall, grass yard, church, and connecting cement (now mostly new, with new church steps made walking easier and safer) are cramped for this event. The weather made people stay inside longer. A couple had family and friends in the church renew wedding vows, which was unfortunate (read: stupid) timing.

The parade did not photograph well at all. It was not black and white, it was gray. We were at a spot away from the congestion nearer West 65th, and still that bane of other photographers was not avoided. Too many act as if they were the only spectator/photographer, with no regard in blocking the sightline of others (often this is getting in front of you, and some do this progressively, and the telephones with foto lenses make matters worse. Police had people register to parade, i can not say march, because they just walked awkwardly.
This hearse approaching the staging area, before the parade.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

fallen oak

We were at the Syrian arches of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, at about 12.43pm, we heard crack. I looked up, and saw through other trees, an oak falling. In less than two seconds it crashed on to East boulevard.
 see the insect? tunneling in the center, and the many broken wood fibers
 the only thing damaged was a street light, and the snapped electrical line to it
The phone company man had just driven past, and then turned round.
People stopped and began taking phone pictures in the street, i said it it far more interesting at the stump.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Spooky Pooch Lakewood Edition № X

I have covered this before, and this is one of the local events that are simply great. For a photographer, who likes happy color this is it. The weather was very good, and this may very well have been the best attended Spooky Pooch. We have two hounds, and they watch with us. There are many booths set up, and there were kibble samples and other stuff. The dee-jay plays fun rock.
 
This year a peanut butter eating contest was begun. Watching a dog lick peanut butter (placed on/in his mouth) is hilarious; off a paper boat (in a lump) it is not so. They were going for speed. There were two weight divisions, the winner for under 35 pounds was the doggie in the shark outfit.
Some people, and families, have made repeat appearances at the Spooky Pooch. This year, this family, are the Village People.
Comic book superheroes are always represented
The gondoliers, and the big pooch's name is Batman
West Highland White Terrier, perhaps the cutest of all 
And why do we have these things? Because people have great affection for their domesticated wolves.
Cinderella was pushing the pumpkin coach
We saw a few greyhounds, this one was a late entry. Doggie galoshes make for a humourous walk.
Lakewood Spooky Pooch. Animal House, dog is Vinnie. I, having Cassius, was pleased to see people dressed as ancient Romans.
There are martial dogs, these might be Martian dogs. After the parade, there are prizes awarded. They got one.