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Apr 06, 2010

The New BagNewsNotes is on the way! (#1)


Thank God for the iPad!


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Apr 05, 2010

America: The Fairy Tale Alive and Well


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Wikileak's Video of US Military Attack on Reuters Journalists: "All Right, Ha, Ha, Ha"

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Apr 04, 2010

In the Neighborhood

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Call it "walking the walk."

At first, I couldn't figure out where all the photos were of the WH easter egg roll, and the guy from last year in the bunny suit. Then I discovered that the Obamas had gone to Easter services at Allen Chapel AME Church in South East Washington. The poverty- and unemployment-stricken Ward 8 neighborhood was the scene of a horrible shooting spree just a week ago.

Because the visit was intentionally low key, there are few wire photos of the visit. What photographers did manage to capture, though, were scenes like this of people on the block looking out their doors and windows as the President arrives at the church. If it was up to the President, I doubt even these photos would exist given his desire to keep the visit as unstated and personal as possible. The fact they do, however, not only illustrates how the Obama's care about the predominantly black urban district and documents how these children will likely remember this glimpse for a lifetime, but shouts how these communities and their tragedies, large and small, are otherwise left to the shadows.

(4/5 7:05 am: extended one sentence)

(photo: NIcholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images. Washington, April 4, 2010.)

"The Black Widow" (and other Pop Allusions)

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If what is evident in this photo of the 17-year-old Russian suicide bomber and her 30-year-old husband, who was killed last December, is how this young Russian women become brainwashed and victimized by the older male militant, the NYT pegs the most obvious reason this picture is buzzing around Europe and Eurasia right now. Borrowing liberally from Hollywood, it's a Russian jihadist version of Bonnie and Clyde.

(credit: pending)

Apr 03, 2010

Vatican Wash

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The irony surrounding this ritual foot washing of a layman couldn't be thicker. As Benedict shows deference to everyman in an act of self-effacement, bonding and purification, the Vatican should only be so thorough in coming clean.


(photo: Christophe Simon, Pool/AP. caption: Pope Benedict XVI washes the foot of an unidentified layman in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, Thursday, April 1, 2010. The feet-washing ceremony symbolizes humility and commemorates Jesus' last supper with his 12 apostles on the evening before his Good Friday crucifixion.)

More Easter: Brotherhood Procession

Do photo editors have a special attraction to Easter processions in Spain because the penitents look a lot like the American KKK?

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Having looked at dozens of photo galleries from the big media sites over the past few days, it's plain -- for a reason I can't exactly put my finger on -- that editors have an unusual attraction to these Holy Week processions in Spain.

(photo: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP. Penitents take part in the procession of the "Jesus Yacente" brotherhood, during Holy Week in Zamora, northern Spain, Thursday, April 1, 2010.)

Apr 02, 2010

Your Turn: Philippine Woman Nailed to the Cross

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I was interested in your read on this photo circulating in several Easter slideshows this weekend. (Caption below.)

(photo: Jay Directo/Getty Images. caption: Filipina Roman Catholic Mary-Jane Mamangun is nailed to a cross as a re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Christ during Good Friday celebrations ahead of Easter in the village of San Juan, north of Manila, in The Philippines on April 2, 2010.)

Apr 01, 2010

Shoe on the Other Foot

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The photo plays with your assumptions once you know the context. Where do you think this is set, and what do you think you are looking at? (Detail after the jump...)

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