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Do You Know These People?

Found this at ‘Fran I Am‘ who found it somewheres.

Acropolis Museum Set to Open

Finally – the Acropolis Museum is set to open – Saturday, June 20th.  Athens is one of my favorite of cities.

However this is something I have never understood.  How is it a British citizen can steal parts of an ancient Greek monument and it’s not considered theft?  Hegemony?

A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said the museum would make no difference to the UK’s commitment to keeping the sculptures…

But the DCMS spokesman said: “Neither the trustees nor the British government believe they should be returned. The main arguments are that they are available free of charge in a museum that has more visitors than any other in the world; they are looked after in perfect environmental conditions; and above all they are presented in a world context.”  So will they ever be returned? “Never say never,” said the spokesman, “but I can’t imagine the circumstances will ever change.”  The British Museum said reports over the weekend that it had offered to lend its marbles to the new museum were based on a misunderstanding.

I’m not sure I understand.  Was this a game of finders-keepers back in 1816? Continue reading

Passing the Tests of G*d

Oh fer christ sakes!

mm-plainStupidity is afoot and loose, apparently running rampantly unhindered as demonstrated by the following headline.

Miss Calif. Says Gay Marriage Question Tested Her Faith

Are you shitting me?  A simple question such as this!?  Granted, I don’t agree with her answer, but how fucking shallow are you that a question: ‘Do you support same-sex marriage?’  Why or why not? is some indication of a test from the Creator, G*d.

In an exclusive interview with FOXNews.com:

Miss California says her phone has been ringing off the hook with people offering her support after she took on a question about gay marriage on Sunday night’s Miss USA telecast.…

Carrie Prejean: Honestly, happy. This happened for a reason. By having to answer that question in front of a national audience, God was testing my character and faith. I’m glad I stayed true to myself.

Welll – this from the woman who did say:

We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”

In my country”  – is that California or the U.S.?  Regardless, she’s wrong.  And I thought, right there, she should lose just for having an unbelievable stupid moment.mm-mixed

Oh – and, lest we forget – we get to CHOOSE same-sex or opposite marriage, kinda like buying M&Ms:  plain or peanut.

I’ll get back to ya.

Parody – Gathering Storm

From Baratunde at Jack and Jill Politics.   Just too, too delightful.

Don’t Come to Work Dressed in Drag

Could we just be more ignorant?  Please…..

Darlene’s World was the spotter on this.

Senate Democrats opposed reconfirming northern Idaho Republican Ruthie Johnson to the nine-member Commission on Human Rights after she said employers should be able to fire workers for wearing clothing meant for the opposite sex.

At her April 3 confirmation hearing, the 85-year-old Johnson was asked if gays should be protected from workplace discrimination.

She responded, “If someone comes to work dressed in drag, they should be able to fire them,” according to meeting minutes.

As one commenter at the Idaho Statesman wrote:

So, the Grand Wizard didn’t make the cut?

Pretty damned close.  Johnson’s confirmation ultimately was approved on a party-line vote.  85 years old and still ignorant.

As this commenter noted (slfisher, April 09 at 3:41 p.m)

You know, it’s interesting. If it weren’t for organizations such as the Human Rights Commission, someone 85 years old might have been told they were too old for the job. Fortunately we have protections against age discrimination. Ironic, isn’t it?

Irony? I don’t know that ole’ Ruthie will see the dichotomy there, Sharon. It’s a bit on the ‘deep side’ and she doesn’t seem to be much of a swimmer.

Don’t Let’s Get Married

The other night on Hardball while Mike Barnicle was sitting in for Tweety, I was hurrying through “the outer office” and heard thunderously pounding of each other by two people while Mr. Barnicle did his watching shtick.  Even though coming into the midst of it, I gathered it was about some awful commercial and same-sex marriage.  How those two ‘things’ intersected I wasn’t real sure, but quickly backpedaled to find out.

Let’s see – here’s that argument.

And here, here’s the commercial.

We’ll do it the other way around.  Here’ the commercial.

Now here’s the throw-down on MSNBC the other night in response to that commercial. Continue reading

White Wing Media

white_winged_doves21So yesterday, Mountain Goat throws out this teaser about southern Idaho’s hate speech monger.  Truthfully, I don’t know what I thought would be up.  Just something more outlandish than ‘the last thing.’

Welll – now it seems Mr. Zebell has come into the blogging fold after all the tantrums and lippiness about the evilness of blogging and some specific bloggers who are nothing more than “scurrying little rats” for whom he “feels pity for” – and, I think, the best line of all – casting them off like “a pair of dirty socks.”  Tsk, tsk.

Thus, Mr. Zeb’s Rebs are now a more tangible threat.  As Mountain Goat pans out below the curious nature of the moniker, there’s also the contributors – one seemingly ‘regular’ a “who’s who” promoting white nationalism.  One Frosty Wooldridge who has served as guest host on Zeb‘s show.  As MG points, out Mr. Woolridge is described as a Nativist by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  A more in-depth explanation is at the Mountain Goat Report and of course, the SPLC.

Looking at the others listed as contributors on his blog, that becomes even more apparent.  Iron Yak, a Mormon housewife with eleven kids from Burley, describes herselfher blog, alongside a sketch of Jesus Christ, you’ll find [the cartoon below], making the email sent by Canyon County Commissioner Steve Rule last December, mild in comparison. as a writer/artist and is apparently a political cartoonist.  Her artistic talents far exceed her good taste and human decency, however.

Following this, I took a look.  Continue reading

Small Tribute to Natasha Richardson

Some readers go through phases where they’ll read just about everything a particular writer of books has published.  Sometimes, I am.  I thought I might do that with Margaret Atwood. I had run across her poetry first.  Then her novels ‘Surfacing’ and ‘Cats Eye.’  A few others that didn’t hold much interest or apparently I’d remember the titles.

Then there was ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ handmaid Scared the bejezzus out of me, even more so when the movie came out not necessarily because the film was so track with the movie, but because I knew and still know people who would like to see that kind of world.  The movie starred Natasha Richardson, Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, and Aidan Quinn in much younger forms.  So it was that I was truly  saddened to hear of Natasha Richardson’s death today. She embodied Offred.

Happened across this article that talks a bit about her politics and her role in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’  Then, there is this bit on brain injury referencing the confusion from yesterday on whether Ms Richardson had actually died or was “merely brain dead.”  A crude remark seemingly cruder when viewed in print, and I cannot remember where I saw it. It doesn’t matter now.

RIP, Natasha.

Susanna & The Old Farts

While stationed in Germany, I was very fortunate to have many opportunities to travel – and travel I did.  One of my favorite places was The Royal Art Museum in Antwerp which has large collections or rooms dedicated to various artists, specifically Rubens and other Flemish or Belgian artists.   For instance off the room of Rubens’ work is an antechamber with several work of Rembrandt, which was where I was really struck  at the darkness of his art. (The Royal Art Museums are in Antwerp, Ghent, and Brussels, as well as numerous other museums.)

And, of course, much of the classical/traditional art depicted is biblically-based, as is most art coming out of those ages between, well – the beginnings of ‘the church and it’s overwhelming, all engulfing influence for centuries.

Suffice it to say, I like classical or ‘traditional’ art especially depictions of women in art given the intense influence of religion.

“While Susanna is bathing, two old judges spy on her. They approach her with indecent proposals and when she declines accuse her of adultery….Only the intervention by Daniel stopped her from being stoned to death.”

Rembrandt painted it; Rubens painted it; Van Dyck painted it, as did Il Tinoretto, and a number of others, but the story is the same.

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The Old-Timers are Leaving

Yesterday it was Ricardo Montalban; today Patrick McGoohan.   McGoohan, I remember from Danger Man when I was in junior high – middle school. Stumbled across a nicely put together fan page on Mr. McGoohan.

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