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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

I just like this photo.

©Rena Katinas

©Rena Katinas



I’ve been spending a bit of time playing with the panoramic function on my iPhone lately. I know that I can shoot panoramas using my DSLR, but the iPhone’s version gives some truly freaky results, plus a phone enables me to be a little more incognito while shooting.

©Rena Katinas

©Rena Katinas

I spent 12 minutes shooting the subway platform from a full-on position, trying to keep the perspective lines horizontally level while also trying to keep the up-sweeping movement straight at the same time. If i carried my tripod with me wherever I went, both of those things wouldn’t be an issue, but I’d miss a lot of stuff while fiddling with said tripod. So anyway,  after 4 tries I started thinking about what a boring photo this was turning out to be. Next thing I knew, my train was here and I shot the above image as a last ditch effort just to get something usable. It took a matter of seconds, because I didnt want the train to leave without me. Wouldnt you know it? It turned out to be the most interesting shot of the session.

Below is the shot that gave me the “ho hums”. In my next post, I’m going to throw some of the freaky shots from the streets above.

©Rena Katinas

©Rena Katinas

Found: Abandoned and Abused Car

© Rena Katinas

© Rena Katinas

Last week, around 4 a.m., some obviosly mentally altered people drove this car into the back yard of an empty foreclosed building on my block and proceeded to set fire to it. It took the Chicago Fire Department about 30 minutes to put it out and this is what’s left. Now it’s just sitting around, licking its wounds, watching the leaves fall and generally minding it’s own business. It graciously posed for my camera phone, even though I am of the same genus and species as its abusers.

To the owner of Illinois plate R97 1695, here is your car, in Logan Square. It’s a little worse for the wear but your license plates are in good condition and maybe you want to call your people about this. Our local gang of neutered feral  kitties, also known as SOFAKC (South of Fullerton Avenue Killer Cats) and that one creepy possum who rudely stares at me will be keeping an eye on it for you in the interim.

He’s History!

The Illinois State Senate has just voted unanimously (59-0) to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich and to never allow him to hold public office again.

Hopefully this is just the beginning, and we will root out each and every dirty politician in Illinois. Just because we rid ourselves of the guy with the hair, doesn’t mean all is now peachy in Illinois. Blagojevich wasn’t working alone, and he’s not the only politician who resorts to “Pay to Play” politics.

No matter what side of the political fence you are on in Illinois, we need to demand better.

Gov. Blagojevich, You Don’t Have To Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here

I honestly do not understand what Rod Blagojevich thought he would achieve, running around New York, from talk show to talk show, including The View, when he couldn’t even be bothered to show up at his own impeachment trial. He can answer Larry King’s questions, but not ours? Is Blagojevich’s purpose to make himself and Illinois a laughingstock to the rest of the country? Perhaps he is looking for sympathy from bamboozled homemaker set. I say bamboozled, because only a sucker would fall for Blagojevich’s pack of lies.

What’s funny is somehow he suckered Geraldo Rivera into believing his BS. Geraldo, don’t you even bother to fact check, before you go around repeating Blagojevich’s lies? Now he AND Geraldo claim he cannot get a fair trial, he continues to lie about Illinois’ impeachment proceedings, as if no one in the media is going to point out, that Governor Blagojevich will indeed be impeached according to Illinois law.

This is no horse-thief trial Gov, these are proceedings to decide if you are fit to run the state. It’s pretty obvious, you are not. For God’s sake, you were not even IN the state, which you claim to be able to govern.

A lot of people in Illinois want to know if it is us, the Illinois taxpayers, who paid for Blagojevich, his staffers and security to live it up, like some sort of celebrity plugging a movie, in order to spread ridiculous lies in the State of New York, where they haven’t a clue as to how things work here in Illinois?

While Governor Blagojevich claims he’s looking out for the best interest of Illinois residents, he continues to waste the state legislature’s time, and hurt our state in the process. Apparently seven percent of Illinoisans want to keep our governor, while the rest of us just want him to resign. He claims we are setting a dangerous precedent by impeaching him, then why doesn’t he resign and show the people of Illinois that he has our best interest at heart, instead of backing us into a corner, forcing our legislature to remove him.

Governor Blagojevich, you are a selfish and insane man; you have put your needs above the people of this state. Any sympathy you might have gained, has been lost and has now turned to anger, by your refusal to step aside.