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September 23, 2008

A Little Fire On Capitol Hill

Cornyn Disaster

I have to tell you, today has been one of the most bursting visual news days I’ve seen in a long time.

We had the recent passport recipient Sarah Palin at the U.N.  A disgraced George W. Bush was there too, finally showing himself in public — whereas he’s mostly been hiding out from the Wall Street crisis and his record (dis-)approval ratings.  This morning, we had Paulson and Bernacke testifying over their boondoggle Wall Street near trillion-dollar give-away.  And then, there was also this hearing on disaster recovery in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.

What I find painfully ironic is the overlap between the last two (or, I should say, three) events.  With the mortgage crisis having torpedoed the banking system, it seems this shot of Senator Cornyn juxtaposed with not just a flooded street but someone’s house in flames could equally illustrate either story.

(image: Jose Luis Magana. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on disaster recovery. Capitol Hill. Sept. 23, 2008)

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