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Stacey Youdin

Stacey Youdin
Birthday
July 03
Bio
aka The Paxton Pundit. Veteran of the Southwest honky-tonk circuit. Homeowner slash builder, photographer, musician, and of course pajama-wearing, guitar-player pundit. I don't crave the last word. Unless it's a really good question.

MY RECENT POSTS

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AUGUST 11, 2011 5:43PM

The Drink of Choice at the Iowa Straw Poll

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 Dow Jones ticker symbol: NORQ
 
 
 
 
Apologies to the cartoonists of the world for this incursion.
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MARCH 24, 2011 5:57PM

Shooting Cats

 A(w) Photo Essay

 

WARNING: Cats' eyes are different. They're made to let in lots of light. When shooting cats, set your pocket camera to "never flash," use a manual mode on your DSLR, or turn off any auto-flash in your camera's options menu. (Animals which do well at… Read full post »

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JANUARY 31, 2009 5:21PM

The Same Old Song?

I want to believe Michael Steele's ascendancy is another example of change for the better as far as race matters are concerned.

I want it so badly I'm trying not to conjure up memories of the 2000 Republican convention where, as Frank Rich and other op/ed writers have reminded us so… Read full post »

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JANUARY 10, 2009 4:00PM

My 60 Minutes with Barack Obama

O: Welcome. So where do you come from?

S: Western New Mexico, sir. Near the Arizona border on what they call the "back road to Phoenix." By them I mean overweight truck drivers. I'm a little nervous, sir - I meant drivers of overweight trucks. It's a regular C.W. McCall situation.

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DECEMBER 21, 2008 4:35PM

In Between Storms

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We've grown so accustomed to drought that an average winter might seem like the blizzard of the decade. The trick around here is to get storm after storm and really pile it up for the spring thaw. Failing that, as happened last winter, each moderate snowfall mostly evaporates in… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 16, 2008 6:44PM

Cat Macarena

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1. Approach door and lie down alongside - pretend to hunt lint
2. Roll to the left until door makes loud noise and hinge opens slightly
3.  Push hinged area with rear paws while pulling door edge with front
 
Following these three simple steps, your… Read full post »
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NOVEMBER 29, 2008 5:27PM

Asperger's With Cheese

Rob St. Amant asked me while commenting to a music post that I had just done if my album were available anywhere or if I did that kind of thing. I didn't quite know how to respond because "not really" is a pretty dumb answer from a guy who has 5… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 23, 2008 6:31PM

In the Land South of the Rio Cuale

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And, besides the view, they had the best guacamole!
 
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"Jardin de Ninos"
(Martha, who took this shot, was "observing" -yes that's the ticket)
 
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"Mariachi Loco" that's what I aspire to, Sandy Rosa Maria
 
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Earthquake Schmearthquake
 
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AUGUST 11, 2008 9:13PM

Comfortably Numb

"I ask that the public, who expressed concern about the harm John’s conduct has done to us, think also about the real harm that the present voyeurism does and give me and my family the privacy we need at this time."
Elizabeth Edwards - Daily Kos - Fri Aug/
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AUGUST 2, 2008 8:25PM

Green Chili

For us, the two mother sauces are red and green chili. This is not "truckers' chili." Green is made from the meat of the pepper as is the best red. More commonly, though, the red is made from dried chilies ground up, skins and all, or from a powder commercially available.… Read full post »

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JULY 13, 2008 10:13AM

Someday My Prints Will Come

I had a lengthy conversation with the husband of a painter, the gist of which was his attack on and my defense of digital imagery. Leave most camera files alone and they could have blue shift, contrast issues, etc. Photoshop can correct all of that and you can stop… Read full post »