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San Francisco 2007 Cherry Blossom Festival parade.

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January 4, 2008

His Pay Check
Friday. A hard rain starting yesterday afternoon developing into a real storm that's lasted through the noon hour today, the rain still coming down hard, but without the wind that characterized it all last night and into this morning. Well, we can use the water. They closed the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge when semi's were blown over stopping traffic and there's been local flooding and trees down, but otherwise we're snug as bugs in rugs (nice bugs! nice bugs!) up here on a hill in Oakland. A manhole cover pushed off by a spout of water marked by plastic traffic cones was an indicator we'd had more than just rain as I drove to breakfast, otherwise things seemed OK. Probably shouldn't say that. Hex the whole area. I didn't see any sand bags near my breakfast place, but if this continues the sandbags will be arriving. Did I mention I live on a hill?

And the primary last night?

I was thinking my vote might count for something this California primary coming up in early February. This is going to tell us a whole lot about the current state of race relations in America and maybe show more of the underlying political power structure than it wants to show, particularly if Huckabee continues to do well. The Republicans have used Christian conservatives (often called Evangelical, “values based” voters, a code word for racists in the South, less so to not so everywhere else) to get themselves elected, but never allowed them any power.

“Right to Life” and “Gay Bashing” is all to the well until real power becomes involved and then it's “feed the rich” to keep their campaign contributions coming, the hell with addressing the needs of the middle class wage earner, which is a difference they're not liking in Huckabee's philosophy. Which makes Huckabee's breakout interesting and has the Republican establishment apparently sweating. Or is this a demonstration of too much political naiveté on my part? Undoubtedly, but my editor here is sympathetic, particularly because I'm the one who writes his pay check.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco 2007 Cherry Blossom Festival parade with a Nikon D2Xs mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/200th second, f 2.8, ISO 100.