The Power of Images

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tommclaughlin
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The Power of Images

Pictures and words: Both are powerful. Governor Ralph Northam’s remarks about an abortion bill last week put him on the hot seat, but pictures from an old yearbook released a couple of days later left him hanging by a thread. He began the week describing how a newborn baby would be kept comfortable while parents and doctors discussed killing it. Two days later he tried to explain two of his old pictures: one in blackface; another of a figure wearing a KKK hood. If he has to resign, it’ll be the pictures that force it and not his talk of killing babies after they’re born.

The Congressional Black Caucus knew a 2005 picture they had of then-Senator Barack Obama smiling with Black Muslim Minister Louis Farrakhan would make his election to the White House difficult, so they buried it for twelve years. It only came to light in 2018 when his second term was over. "I do believe that it would have had a very, very negative effect in that given moment as far as the candidacy of candidate Obama at that time," says Dr. Shayla Nunnally, president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

As I’ve reported before in this space, my students often debated abortion in my classes. During one of the first debates, pictures of aborted babies were introduced by the pro-life side and it was all over. The pro-choice side conceded immediately. After that, I made a rule against using them. The purpose of debating was expressing ideas, making coherent points and counterpoints, and stimulating thought. The pictures were so powerful they prevented that exchange and rendered mere words superfluous.

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) knows the power of images. Shortly after announcing her candidacy for president two weeks ago she took on the gun lobby. Referring to a failed gun control bill following the Sandy Hook massacre, she said: "This is going to sound very harsh, [but] I think somebody should have required all those members of Congress to go in a room, in a locked room with no press and nobody else, and look at the autopsy photographs of those babies.”

However, when at least one video image of a baby murdered at an abortion clinic was revealed during Harris’s tenure as Attorney General of California, she worked to suppress it, claiming it was deceptively edited. Together with videos of abortionists discussing how they try not to crush heads and other body parts so they could sell them later, those images threatened government funding of Planned Parenthood and exposed it to prosecution for trafficking in aborted babies’ body parts. Dozens of undercover videos had been recorded at public events attended by David Dalieden and abortionists, then released online.

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Al Amoling
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I don't think that the

I don't think that the governor will step down. The possible scandal, concerning his lt. governor, which "suddenly" came to light would appear to have given him cover. And the side effect of the pictures, which are not of him, were meant to be a distraction from his concession that infanticide was under consideration. BTW one of his nicknames while at med school was "coonman". I would think that that would likely describe someone in a KKK outfit or black-face.

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We have reached an age where

We have reached an age where people do not seem to be able or willing for whatever reason, to recognize stupid past behavior vs. the new scarlet letter of politics today which has been replaced with a R ! Past behavior now equates to present behavior without a shred of evidence to support the allegation.
As far as offensive behavior none beats th years of rap music celebrated as it championed cop killing and abuse of women without
much push back after all whitey didn't want to offend the alledged artists! As for the offended show me the same outrage directed towards the "Bloods and Crips" and their behavior. One thing about hypocrisy, is it trully is a100% equal behavior across all groups today.
The gov. past behavior was stupid at best whatever he has done since is what matters . There seems to be little blow back on the abortion related issue from the offended communities.
Hypocrisy reins supreme along with stupidity everywhere above and below the Mason Dixon line ,in medical school or state house of Virginia, along with a hotel room somewhere.
I do not believe he will resign , given all the elements of this crisis if he does that will be as offensive as anything 34 years ago.

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Look....his stance on newborn

Look....his stance on newborn homicide is a standing O issue to his supporters; it goes a long way toward neutralizing the photos.

Those calling for him to 'step down' are publicly protecting their own skin as much as they are calling for his.

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The progressives who have

The progressives who have been so rabid in their desire to destroy anyone or thing that doesn't fit precisely into their narrative are just beginning to enjoy the fruits of their labor. They have created a template where there is no wiggle room, the past never dies....Their incessant drum beat about Trump's past missteps or misstatements only reinforces the conundrum of the stainless steel barrel they are trying to find a corner to go piss in.

expat
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....Trump's past missteps or

....Trump's past missteps or misstatements.....

You talk as if it's all in the past. What rock do you live under that you don't hear all the stupid shit he currently says and does?

johnw
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exlax you're right I was

exlax you're right I was horrified by the surfacing of Trump's picture in black face ,his support of infanticide and that picture of him with Farrakhan ,oh my.

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I refer back to my previous

I refer back to my previous posts here about offense archaeology... we're just getting started.

johnw
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Liam steps in it......https:/

Liam Neeson steps in it......https://news.google.com/articles/CAIiEP8EWiURg9NgCbgnJp9fgzQqFQgEKg0IACo... told the newspaper he had spent "maybe a week" walking near pubs with a heavy stick and "hoping some 'black bastard' would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could ... kill him."

I've always loved archaeology.....

tommclaughlin
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Melvin nails it with: "Those

Melvin nails it with: "Those calling for him to 'step down' are publicly protecting their own skin as much as they are calling for his."

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