The Beeb

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Well DONE, chaps! And never mind this.

[Thanks, Adrian, for the inspiration.]


Death of a Republican, a Staged Photograph

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Amid the nation's liveliest gun control debate in years, and six weeks after a shooting at a Connecticut primary school, the White House released a photograph of President Obama firing a shotgun at Camp David.

In a recent interview in The New Republic Magazine, Obama said, "I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake. Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were 10, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family's traditions, you can see why you'd be pretty protective of that. So it's trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task over the next several months. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes."

What does the rest of this comic mean? Well, you may recognize in the final panel one of the most famous war photographs ever taken, a shot by Robert Capa purported to have been taken of a Republican soldier during the Spanish Civil War in 1936 at what Henri Cartier-Bresson would have called THE decisive moment. From the moment the photograph was published there were allegations it had been staged, and a number of investigations conducted over the past several decades have demonstrated fairly conclusively that the photograph was not taken where Capa said it was, and did not depict the subject he said it did.

In the middle panel, Neo, avoiding the bullet in that mind-bending way he does. Included for visual interest.
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