If you care to, comment as to how this shot is a bit of a trick.
THE WORST KIND OF TRICK SHOT
Iranian television's altering of Michelle Obama provides a frightening visual of what happens when religious zealots or right wing fundamentalists, in this case Islamists, have power.
Certainly they, or anyone else, are entitled to hold their view of what is proper, even if others regard that view as being archaic or repressive. However, it is the dishonesty and distortion of reality I find repugnant and evil. It would have been more honest to simply insert a large black spot over her exposed skin than to fabricate a gown. Both are stupid, but at least the one measure is honest, as if to say, as your moral guardians and police we have determined that to protect, we will not permit you to see reality.
American networks use a beep tone when they bleep what someone considers to be offensive language. That action and motivation is another discussion sometime, but for today it is enough to know the heavy handedness is at least played out in an honest fashion. It is a modest nod to notions of honesty, though censorship of any sort is the work of tyrants.
A CASE FOR THE COURT
Are you watching the Supreme Court's action on whether police can take DNA samples?
Justice Alito says it is the "most important procedural case in decades."
While noting its efficacy in solving cases Justice Scalia compares it to "unreasonable search."
Justice Ginsberg worries about the 4th Amendment which prevents unreasonable searches and seizures and requires judicial warrants and basis of probable cause.
The preliminaries on the DNA case strikes me as an irony, coming at a time when the court ruled 5-4 to not permit challenges to the Federal Government's expanding power to monitor your international phone calls and emails.
It is part of the expansion of tools to fight terrorism and comes with less candor on government policies and powers, less access to those records and no challenge to the underpinning laws.
Hope these images bolster those of you caught in winter's icy or snowy grip. Spring has begun on the west coast. She'll head your way soon.