Things you can do that you couldn’t before digital photography and Photoshop!
Aug31

Things you can do that you couldn’t before digital photography and Photoshop!

As a photographer for nearly 50 years I have been known to miss the “good old days” of film.  Below is a scanned 2 1/4 negative.  A good picture except for one serious flaw – the dreaded white sky. In an attempt to salvage the photo  I used Photoshop  to turn it into a color night scene and replaced the white sky with a partly cloudy full moon  sky. If you look closely you  can see I also added some lights to the...

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(Breaking Update) One Thousand Reasons to Let Others Deal with ISIS
Aug30

(Breaking Update) One Thousand Reasons to Let Others Deal with ISIS

Update: Here is one ally who is not subscribing to the one thousand reasons to let others deal with ISIS. The Guardian reports today (Sunday in Australia) that Australia will help deliver military equipment, including arms and ammunition to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq in an effort to counter the threat posed by Islamic State militants. “Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster aircraft will join aircraft...

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GOP Attacks on ACA Fading
Aug29

GOP Attacks on ACA Fading

Dylan Scott reports that Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act have declined on Talking Points Memo. “It really is extraordinary in a lot of ways. Republicans were absolutely convinced that the antipathy toward the ACA would be the ticket to victory,” Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, told TPM. “Now they still may have a ticket to victory, but it’s not going to...

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Decline in War Reporting
Aug28

Decline in War Reporting

Tom A. Peter bemoans the effect of political polarization on war reporting in The New Republic. Covering wars for a polarized nation has destroyed the civic mission I once found in journalism. Why risk it all to get the facts for people who increasingly seem only to seek out the information they want and brand the stories and facts that don’t conform to their opinions as biased or inaccurate? And without a higher purpose, what is a...

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Follow TMV on Facebook
Aug26

Follow TMV on Facebook

The question has come up twice via emails: YES you CAN follow The Moderate Voice on Facebook. Posts on TMV are automatically put on the page. Here’s the address: https://www.facebook.com/TheModerateVoice And, if you like TMV please do spread the...

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(Update) The VA Scandal — A Postscript
Aug25

(Update) The VA Scandal — A Postscript

Update: Today, during his remarks at the American Legion’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, President Obama is expected to announce 19 new executive actions that the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD) are taking to improve the mental health of service members, veterans and their families. According to DoD: Today’s announcement builds on the actions the Departments have taken in response to the...

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The Talented Fans of Doctor Who, Part 1
Aug24

The Talented Fans of Doctor Who, Part 1

The new Doctor has arrived with much fanfare, including several specials to accompany his arrival. One of the subjects discussed, though not the main thrust of the special, is the creativeness of some of the dedicated fans of the show. This trailer for the Peter Capaldi Doctor created by a fan was one of the examples and it’s an amazing piece of...

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Be Happy
Aug23

Be Happy

A pretty fun video but more importantly a solid message Yes we all have things in our lives we don’t like. We have stress, worry, those unhappy moods that pop up. But most of us *can* choose to be happy. So make the choice… lighten up…. smile and laugh… do something silly with someone you care about or do something nice to a total stranger. It may not solve all your problems, but will it make them worse ?? Post...

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Frum on the GOP
Aug22

Frum on the GOP

Conservative gadfly David Frum analyzes his party in Foreign Affairs. Three big trends have decisively changed the Republican Party over the past decade, weakening its ability to win presidential elections and gravely inhibiting its ability to govern effectively if it nevertheless somehow were to win.   First, Republicans have come to rely more and more on the votes of the elderly, the most government-dependent segment of the...

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Shaun Mullen’s New Book Is Now Available On Kindle
Aug22

Shaun Mullen’s New Book Is Now Available On Kindle

A character in the Doonesbury comic strip once called the 1970s “A kidney stone of a decade,” and compared to the 1960s and 1980s, it indeed was. It was a period of economic and political decline and, of course, abuses of power with Watergate being the worst but by no means only scandal. Decades get demythologized; it is a quintessential part of the Great American Meat Grinder, but nobody has bothered to demythologize the...

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The Letdown: Why I Feel Bad at the End of Good Days
Aug20

The Letdown: Why I Feel Bad at the End of Good Days

The Letdown There might be a very good reason you feel down after big days. And there is a good chance is has less to do with reality and more to do with how your mind is processing reality. Don’t get me wrong, it is a real feeling you confront, but it might not be based on reality. Let me tell you why… Big days are different than normal days. They are usually defined by increased excitement and increased sensory input or even sensory...

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What Do You Save Because It Is Important to You?
Aug18

What Do You Save Because It Is Important to You?

I have had these two items in my position for over forty years. They are not really cool or overly important or valuable to anyone but me. But I like them and so do my children; because I do. Do you have items you have saved for decades? Or have had passed down to you? They are cool because we say they are! Please share them. Jewelry. Trinquits. Documents. Poems. Images. Anything that moves you. So much diversity here. Fortunately I...

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Rick Perry’s True Colors
Aug18

Rick Perry’s True Colors

Alec MacGillis takes Governor Good Hair’s measure in The New Republic. But regardless of how strong the charges against Perry are, it is worth noting how fitting they are. Put simply, the case against Perry points to an aspect of his political persona that is well known in Texas but has too often been overlooked in the national portrayal of Perry. On the national stage, Perry is alternately depicted as a hardened ideologue—the...

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Feeling sorry for the Texas governor?
Aug18

Feeling sorry for the Texas governor?

Feeling sorry for the Texas governor? No. But Amy Davidson makes a solid case for some pity. Governor Rick Perry of Texas was indicted Friday on charges of abuse of his office and coercing a public official—that does not sound good, for a man positioning himself to run for President in 2016. Both of those charges are felonies; in Texas, that means that, if convicted, Perry would lose his right to vote during any time in prison, which,...

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Daryle Cagle Cartoon: How I got my marijuana license
Aug18

Daryle Cagle Cartoon: How I got my marijuana license

This copyrighted cartoon is licensed by Cagle Cartoons to run on TMV. Unauthorized reproduction without licensing is strictly...

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We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression
Aug12

We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression

Yesterday brought us the shocking news of the death of Robin Williams, most likely the result of suicide. As much as we should mourn this loss we must see to it that there is something to be learned by it. By all accounts Williams felt he had no real options, no place to go, no ability to speak openly about his problems. He tried but never managed to be comfortable in making the full move. One of the few remaining stigmas in our...

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Sullivan on Clinton’s Neocon Foreign Policy
Aug11

Sullivan on Clinton’s Neocon Foreign Policy

Andrew Sullivan worries about Hilary Clinton’s neoconservative tendencies on The Daily Dish. And the greatest throwback to 2003 in this respect is Hillary Clinton. So far as one can tell from her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, there is no daylight between her and John McCain or even Benjamin Netanyahu – but a hell of a lot of space between her and Barack Obama. The interview confirms my view that she remains neoconservatism’s...

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Another Heads up: The Support Button
Aug07

Another Heads up: The Support Button

The donation button that helps to support The Moderate Voice has been inadvertently turned off for a spell; but is back on. Located just above the dollar donation on the right margin of the homepage. If you feel inclined; help keep TMV “strong like...

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(Update) Sue Congress, an Idea Whose Time Has Come
Aug07

(Update) Sue Congress, an Idea Whose Time Has Come

Update: While 41 percent of Americans approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president and 50 percent disapprove, just 15 percent approve of the job Congress are doing, while 78 percent disapprove. Furthermore, more Americans disapprove (54 percent) than approve (37 percent) of the lawsuit against Mr. Obama authorized by Republicans in the House of Representatives, which charges that the president exceeded his authority when he...

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Hiroshima
Aug06

Hiroshima

Today we mark the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the beginning of the end of World War 2. As is usually the case every year, we have the stories of those who attack the incident as a ‘war crime’. These historical revisionists miss (or ignore) the fact that they are looking back with hindsight and applying modern attitudes to historical times. These revisionists talk about how the Japanese were a...

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