Fun in Full Color

You might have noticed that of late we’ve been enjoying some bizarre aspect of denigrated black and white. There is, of course, a thesis suggesting that you’re altering a pre-existing work enough by doing so to distribute the image without license, but in truth this is the blogosphere, so we just hope to keep a step ahead of otherwise abhorrent citation standards.

Anyway … two color photos. Why? Why not?

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: House Budget Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at the 2012 Fiscal Summit on May 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. The third annual summit, held by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, explored the theme "America's Case for Action." (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the 41st Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, USA, 08 March 2014.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

In the first place, we just can’t pass over the idea that Paul Ryan needs a rainbow right now, and you can make that as gay or not in your own mind. And, to the second, well, Ben Carson is so full of excrement that the punch line nearly writes itself. And, frankly, neither Mr. Ryan nor Dr. Carson are worth much consideration right now, save for the fact that the one is somehow supposed to be the Congressional GOP’s go-to man on budgetary issues despite repeatedly making a fool of himself in that regard, and somehow the other managed to come through yesterday sounding like the Republican with a Clue.

This is America in the twenty-first century. One would think that would mean something, and of course it does. But one would also hope it meant something that wasn’t really embarrassing to the American identity.

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Image note: Top: “House Budget Committee Chairman U.S. Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at the 2012 Fiscal Summit on May 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. The third annual summit, held by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, explored the theme, ‘America’s Case for Action’.” (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) Bottom: “Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the 41st Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, USA, 08 March 2014.” (EPA/Michael Reynolds)

Benen, Steve. “Paul Ryan puts on a mask that doesn’t fit”. msnbc. 3 February 2015.

—————. “The voice of reason in the GOP field?” msnbc. 3 February 2015.

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