Story and Photos by Ken Krayeske • Hartford, CT • 3:20 AM EST
Photo by Ken Krayeske
The photo credit for this one is easy. It's the caption that stumps me. How do I describe an image that cost me 13 hours in jail and so much more?
Channel the ghost of Jonathan Swift. Dwell in the absurdity of an arrest for taking pictures of an elected official, and write a caption - be it witty, caustic, sad or Dadaist or whatever. The best one wins a prize (TBD).
Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll post the responses as I receive them, and I'll keep the contest open until my next court date on Jan. 30, when I'll announce a winner. To keep it on the up and up, I won't accept anonymous submissions.
What? You say you won't give your name because you fear that attaching your identity to a contrarian political opinion might land you on a Homeland Security watch list shared and used by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to intimidate, harass and arrest you?
Pshah. Not in America. The President of the United States took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, and he wouldn't tolerate such gross disregard for free speech, privacy and due process.
Or would he?
The only way we can be sure President Bush doesn't disrespect the foundations of self-government and that we won't grant other elected leaders the same leeway is to stand up and be counted together.
So get cracking snarkmasters, and email that caption.
To kick start the process, I'll use my journalistic training to write some captions for rest of this photo essay from the Inaugural Parade from January 3, 2007.
Did I leave the iron on?
Agent Smith's older brother Agent Smith stood watch over the throngs gathered at the corner of Ann and Asylum.
Omigawd, Eddie! They love us! They love us! Well, maybe not you.
Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele: If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit!
No snark here: The latin on Connecticut's flag - Qui Transtulit Sustinet means He who transplants, sustains. These airmen from the Connecticut Air National Guard are serious about protecting and defending the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. So am I.
P.S. - If you're still questioning the timing of the arrest, check out the metadata embedded in the photos. My camera isn't set for Daylight Savings Time, so it reads an hour later. The CT Air National Guard was taken before the Rell picture. In about 30 seconds at the spot on the corner of Ford and Pearl, I snapped about 23 photos before my shoot was unceremoniously terminated.