… We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will. We’ve got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies, if we’re going to be successful. That’s the world these folks operate in, and so it’s going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective.
Dick Cheney (September 16, 2001)

… I am not a radical. But more than anything the Iraq War taught me the folly of mocking radicalism. It seemed, back then, that every “sensible” and “serious” person you knew — left or right — was for the war. And they were all wrong. Never forget that they were all wrong. And never forget that the radicals with their drum circles and their wild hair were right.

Watching reasonable people assemble sober arguments for a disaster was, to put it mildly, searing.
Ta-Nehisi Coates (March 4, 2013)

… We are faced with two disagreeable implications. First, that the Deep State is so heavily entrenched, so well protected by surveillance, firepower, money and its ability to co-opt resistance that it is almost impervious to change. Second, that just as in so many previous empires, the Deep State is populated with those whose instinctive reaction to the failure of their policies is to double down on those very policies in the future. Iraq was a failure briefly camouflaged by the wholly propagandistic success of the so-called surge; this legerdemain allowed for the surge in Afghanistan, which equally came to naught. Undeterred by that failure, the functionaries of the Deep State plunged into Libya; the smoking rubble of the Benghazi consulate, rather than discouraging further misadventure, seemed merely to incite the itch to bomb Syria. Will the Deep State ride on the back of the American people from failure to failure until the country itself, despite its huge reserves of human and material capital, is slowly exhausted? The dusty road of empire is strewn with the bones of former great powers that exhausted themselves in like manner.
Mike Lofgren (February 21, 2014)

So ends this photo series, for now. I had the opportunity to witness the public protests taking place in Los Angeles during the lead-up to the Iraq War . Eleven years have passed and the world’s still reeling from that fateful decision with the violence in Iraq having recently escalated. So it seemed as good a time as any to dust off those old film sleeves. Happy Halloween everybody!


… A radical Left aided by a cultural elite that detests Christianity and finds Christian moral tenets reactionary and repressive is hell-bent on pushing its amoral values and imposing its ideology on our nation.

The unwisdom of what the Hollywood and the Left are about should be transparent to all.
Pat Buchanan (March 8, 2004)

… The middle part of the country–the great red zone that voted for Bush–is clearly ready for war. The decadent left in its enclaves on the coasts is not dead–and may well mount a fifth column.
Andrew Sullivan (September 16, 2001)

Hey kids! Can you spot the celebrity in the image?


… Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof – the smoking gun – that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
George W. Bush (October 7, 2002)

… You can’t distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror.
George W. Bush (September 25, 2002)


…there are no “knowns.” There are thing[s] we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.
Donald Rumsfeld, NATO Headquarters (June 6, 2002)

I believe demolishing Hussein’s military power and liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk.
Kenneth Adelman (February 13, 2002)


Mat Groening, Comic-Con International, San Diego Convention Center, Marina District, San Diego, California. Ilford HP5+ Black and White 35mm negative film.
San Diego CBD

Comic Book Guy: Stan Lee never left, and I’m beginning to think his mind is no longer in mint condition.
The Simpsons, I Am Furious (Yellow)

On good days I feel like my mental state hovers somewhere between Very Fine and Fine. So it might still fetch a good price at conventions.

Reflecting Pool

Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore County.  Ilford Delta 400 35mm BW negative film.
Baltimore County

Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant recollections.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice