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Only In America

In late September 2006 I went to the US Consulate in Naples to get my passport renewed. I arrived early, and naturally I walked around the building and took some pictures. Soon a grim-faced young Carabinieri carrying a Uzi approached me and demanded my documents. Why was I taking photos? Well, I replied, that’s what I do inasmuch as I am a professional photographer, and besides isn’t everything lovely in this early morning light?

When I got inside, I managed to get off one quick shot of the pistol-packing security goon before he confiscated my camera and cell phone. After passing through a scanner, I entered the foyer. Above the elevators was a portrait of George Bush. Grinning. He had a lot to grin about because in 2000 he’d been awarded the presidency by the US Supreme Court in Gore vs. Bush, and then he won again in 2004.

Many times my Italian friends asked me the same question: “How is it possible that Americans elected an idiot to be president? Not once, but twice?” I could only answer that I had no clue. But I was glad I was here in Italy, rather than in America, because if I were there I wouldn’t be able to stand it.

Below are some photos I took on the long walk along the waterfront from Porto Beverello to the Consulate.

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These are terrific. What an eye you have.

That guy and all who follow his lead make me sick - but especially him. What a dud bastard. Now with the teabaggers, they're finding even more dangerous and stupid tools to continue "the Bush legacy". Ugh, sick.

I thought the moron and everything he represents would surely disappear, but there's an overwhelming number of lunatics eager to take his place, carry on his toxic legacy.

It never ceases to amaze me, that someone educated and literate, can look at a person they do not know, have never met, and label them "an idiot". Hate is a terrible quality in people, and it seems to be very thick in these times.

You've never met Adolf Hitler, yet you can legitimately form the accurate judgment that he was an obscene monster. Bush has all the appearance of a moron, and as any good Christian will tell you, "Ye shall know them by their fruits."

If he's not a moron, then he's the most cynical and fradulent president that has ever held the office.

Hate? No, sorry. It's a simple statement of fact.

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