May 24th, 2005

Steam Escaping!

Max Ernst and a Meme

Went to see the Ernst exhibition during lunch today when my usual plans fell through. All I can say is wow. It was a fantastic collection of his work. The chronological progression of his medium and imagery is very apparent as you walk through the gallery space, and the short quasi-biographical pieces add to the understanding of that progression. I never realized what an impact frottage, grattage, and decalcomania had on all his painting, even the works that did not favor these methods. You can see the artist's sense of color and texture change as he explores these methods. Totally engrossing. I am going to go again when I am not short on time.



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Steam Escaping!

from bruteforcemethd

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Apparently, Bill Maher made a comment on his show regarding the failure of the army to achieve its recruitment goals, to the effect of:"We've done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies"

This statement is indisputably true, if phrased in a less than sensitive manner.

Republican Congressman Spencer Bachus (Ala) had the following
reply:

"I think it borders on treason" ... "In treason, one definition
is to undermine the effort or national security of our country
"


THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST FRIGHTENING THINGS I HAVE
HEARD A POLITICIAN SAY IN MY LIFETIME.

The fact that a member of congress made this statement is outrageous.

Those who know me will attest that I am not prone to hyperbole;
If the suggestion that comments such as Mr. Maher's are treasonable
even becomes slightly acceptable in the US - it will be worse than
the red scare ; it will be George V.


PLEASE CROSS POST THIS.

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EDIT: While not immidiately available for comment, Phil Spector was visibly upset at this news: