June 15th, 2004

NY Newsday: Reagan should be on a $3 bill

The great American news industry, the Pekinese of the Press with so much room and time and nothing to say, compared Reagan to Lincoln and Hamilton, they really did. This is like claiming that the maintenance man wrote the Bill of Rights. And almost all the reporters agreed that Reagan was the man who brought down Russia in the Cold War.

Just saying this is absolutely sinful. The Cold War was won by a long memo written by George Kennan, who worked in the State Department and sent the memo by telegram about the need for a “Policy of Containment” on Russia. Kennan said the contradictions in their system would ruin them. Keep them where they are and they will tear themselves apart. We followed Kennan’s policy for over 40 years. The Soviets made it worse on themselves by building a wall in East Berlin. When they had to tear it down and give up their system, Kennan was in Princeton and he sat down to dinner.

I thought that children were taught this. Instead, all week, reporters told us that Ronald Reagan won the Cold War. Beautiful.

June 15th, 2004

Could I ask you a favor? I’ve been playing more and more with my cheap digital cameras and tweaking the output (snapshot gallery 2 thru gallery 6). I’m not sure if what I’m doing is “good” in an external sense (ie, others might say so), or just good as in “I like to do it.” One of my doubts has to do with my focus (so to speak) on faces. I’ve never been drawn to faces in my art before, so I don’t know if these are good pictures, or that part of the brain that responds to faces is responding. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I’m looking at converting some of these to slides for some show submission. So before I pop to money on slides and submission fees, I’d like to have some opinions. Any that strike your fancy in an “externally good” sort of way?

You may also consider work from art wroks 1 and 2, as well as the poorly-named digital collages. I gotta revise all of this layout, don’t I…. Anyway, let me know what you think.

That is, if you’ve got the time to take a gander…

June 15th, 2004 5,000-year-old necropolis under Cairo – Jun 14, 2004

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Archaeologists have unearthed a 5,000-year-old necropolis with 20 well-preserved tombs in a poor neighborhood just outside Cairo, Egyptian authorities announced Sunday.

The site in the suburb of Helwan is a mixture of small, plain tombs with larger ones meant for the middle and upper classes, with containing alabaster, limestone, clay and copper pots and pans, the statement said.

The necropolis also contains a limestone relief with early uses of hieroglyphic texts, according to Christian Kohler, head of the Australian team of archaeologists.

“It is a duty to protect this magnificent archaeological site from the urban expansion which represent a major threat to (Helwan’s) monuments,” she said, quoted in a statement from Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Two large limestone tombs found at the site date to the Old Kingdom, 2575-2134 B.C. and contain a collection of small chapels and niches.

Helwan, some 15 miles south of Cairo, is a heavily populated industrial area located across the Nile river from the pyramids of Saqqara, also a cemetery site.

June 15th, 2004

Uninvited Artist Posts Work at 4 Museums

Wed Jun 9, 2:54 PM ET

By ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK – Paintings of President Bush (news – web sites) and former President Clinton (news – web sites), accompanied by messages referring to the artist’s bodily fluids, mysteriously appeared last week on the walls of two major city museums and reportedly at two other museums in Philadelphia and Washington.

Harold Holzer, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, said Wednesday that a cartoon-type painting of Bush against a background of shredded dollar bills was found hanging Saturday on the wall near an exit in the museum’s modern art galleries.

“The Metropolitan is a repository for the greatest works of human creativity over the last 5,000 years,” Holzer said. “It is not a bulletin board. For us, it is clearly an unwelcome demonstration of

The 9-by-15-inch work, done on a frameless canvas, was affixed to the wall with double-sided tape. A label taped next to the painting said it was made with “acrylic, legal tender and the artist’s semen.”

Apparently no one saw it being put up.

Similar paintings of Bush and Clinton were left Saturday at the Guggenheim Museum. Police and FBI agents determined there was no threat to the public, authorities said.

Also targeted were the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Representatives of those three museums declined to comment or were not immediately available when contacted by The Associated Press.

Citing an unidentified source, the Post said the intruder left typewritten notes at all four locations that read: “I mixed my semen in some acrylic gel medium and I painted it in the right hand corner of this piece of art. It is an artistic reference to the silent power of the biological

Although the museum screens visitors’ bags, Holzer said the small painting would not have raised any alarms and would not have been confiscated, because many museum visitors go to the Met to sketch.


Associated Press Writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.

June 15th, 2004

Everything isn’t Under Control

Daily Show Clip of Ashcroft stonewalling.

June 15th, 2004

The New York Times: Reaganite by Association? His Family Won’t Allow It

[Ron] Reagan was not quite so pointed on Friday night. “Dad was also a deeply, unabashedly religious man,” he told mourners gathered at sunset at the Reagan presidential library. “But he never made the fatal mistake of so many politicians – wearing his faith on his sleeve to gain political advantage. True, after he was shot and nearly killed early in his presidency he came to believe that God had spared him in order that he might do good. But he accepted that as a responsibility, not a mandate. And there is a profound difference.”

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