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GW Bush: "I'm not a great artist." He left out "con."


gw bush paintings nudes via Gawker

GW Bush and his band of (alleged) war criminals conned gullible Americans into believing that Iraq had something to do with the September 11, 2001 attacks, and that the torture they swore they didn't practice was nothing more than "enhanced interrogation." Well, they didn't con everyone, but they still got away with murder, literally:

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Now GW Bush is diverting attention from his horrific time in office to his newest passion, painting. Here's George Bush and his daughter Jenna Heh heh heh-ing through a tour of some of his newly unveiled work. Pay no attention to his former swaggery warmonger persona. Apparently it's been replaced with Mr. Stepford:

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What, no finger painting? No dried macaroni and glitter pasted onto paper plates? Who knows, maybe he ate the paste.

At about 1:03 he admits to painting one self-portrait that resembles Alfred E. Newman. Hey, he said it, we didn't. Okay, we did:

george w. bush what me worry The NationThen he and Jenna discussed Daddy Dearest's relationship with Vladimir Putin. Ironically, this is what Bush said at about 3:00 in response to Vlad's bragging about his own "bigger, stronger and faster" pet (via The Hill):

"Wow. Anybody who thinks, 'My dog is bigger than your dog' is an interesting character."

Wow. Anybody who thinks, "My country is bigger than your country so let's invade, kill, and torture" is an interesting character.

He also said that painting "opened my mind." He must have meant, "opened what's left of my mind," assuming, of course, that he ever had one.

And soon after that comment, he admitted, "I'm not a great artist." He left out "con." See, despite his best efforts to pull one over on America, he and the rest of BushCo were exposed for who they are. Plus, with the revelations of the soon-to-be-declassified CIA Torture Report making their way into the headlines, the paint will really hit the fan.

He followed his "I'm not a great artist" with, "As you know, I'm a driven person" (at 4:07). Not only was he was driven to invade countries that never attacked us, but also to draw "stick figure characters," per Mrs. GW Bush, describing Artist George's early app-inspired creative efforts. Stick figures. How typically simple. How ap(p)t.

Jenna: "His man cave was transformed into an art studio."

Again, how ironic: Jenna used the "cave" word. CNN, August 24, 2002:

AMANPOUR: And, of course, as we've been saying, the focus is on finding Osama bin Laden.

BUSH: In terms of Mr. bin Laden himself, we'll get him running. We'll smoke him out of his cave and we'll get him eventually.

Now it's our turn.


Overnight: Living LIke God in France: St. Paul de Vence



Germans have an expression for living very well.  It's 'living like God in France'.  When you see small French medieval towns like Saint-Paul-de-Vence which, except for the tourist shops, look very much as they must have when they were founded in the Middle Ages (in this case, the 9th century), it's easy to understand why.

Not far from Nice, it's home to the Fondation Maeght Museum of Modern Art, alone worth a visit to the French Riviera and this small town.  Learn more about Fondation Maeght here.


Overnight: Renoir - Private life of a Masterpiece (BBC Documentary)



From the 'About' section on YouTube:

Bal du moulin de la Galette (commonly known as Dance at Le moulin de la Galette) is an 1876 painting by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It is housed at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and is one of Impressionism's most celebrated masterpieces. The painting depicts a typical Sunday afternoon at Moulin de la Galette in the district of Montmartre in Paris. In the late 19th century, working class Parisians would dress up and spend time there dancing, drinking, and eating galettes into the evening.
Like other works of Renoir's early maturity, Bal du moulin de la Galette is a typically Impressionist snapshot of real life. It shows a richness of form, a fluidity of brush stroke, and a flickering light.

More on this BBC documentary here.

Incidentally, 'moulin' = "mill"/ A "galette" is (from the Wiki) " a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat round or freeform crusty cakes similar in concept to a Chinese bing. "


Overnight: Barnes Foundation Museum of Impressionist Art in Philadelphia



I was looking through a back issue of The New Yorker yesterday evening and learned that the Barnes Foundation (Impressionist Art) had moved from its year-long location in Merion, Pennsylvania, into the city of Philadelphia. You can read an excerpt of the article here without a digital archive subscription or the full article if you are a subscriber.

Fortunately, there are also many pages and videos about the Foundation's collection on the web.

I really like this video from WHYY but, unfortunately, it can't be embedded. Please take a look even though it's not embedded.

Here's the Wiki entry for Albert C. Barnes. the man who put this wonderful collection together.

I love the design of the museum itself, designed to be as close to the original Foundation's home for the art as possible.

YouTube has many videos directly from the Barnes Foundation here.


Overnight: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Somday, when I have time, I hope to travel through Mexico more extensively than I have heretofore - 2 long trips through Baja California, several short visits to border towns.  One of my destinations on that trip will be San Miguel de Allende, an artists' town.  Here's more about it: San Miguel de Allende. Here are pictures of it on Google Images. I have a friend who took early retirement to live there. Apparently prices are reasonable and 'the livin' is easy'.  Sounds good to me.  ¡Viva Mexico!


Video Mid Day Distraction- Doctor Who - Take On Me


Too cool. Via.


The Art of Losing Virginity?


WTF is performance art

What is it about virginity that has everyone's interest? It's a condition we're all born with it. Everyone starts out with it. What we chose to do with it and when and where and even how we decide to lose it and lift that yoke is generally up to us. Yes, tragically there are those who are molested and abused and the choice is no longer theirs. But for most of us, it's a matter of choice.

Having going through it, I survived. Was it the most important day of my life? Not by a long shot. Was it even memorable. Perhaps to me but hopefully not for my partner. Truthfully, it's actually a night I'd prefer to forget as I knew nothing and my partner knew even less.

Moving on, there's something special, mystical about virginity. It's more than the fact that once it's gone, it's gone for good. It goes beyond that.

Remember back to those old Roman gladiator pictures where the ruler was demanding virgins be brought to him? Or how about the vampire movies where they needed the blood of a virgin? Witches sometimes needed "the essence" of a virgin to complete their magic potions. In some pictures, eating a virgin's organs brought the undead back to life or granted the creature eternal life. Oh,and how many times did you see a virgin being sacrificed to some pagan god or a volcano to protect the village from impending doom.

Yessirree Bob. Those virgins are something special. And finding them is becoming harder and harder. On comic recently  commented that the definition of a virgin is the ugliest girl in the fourth grade. Ouch. but there's some very sad truth inside that quip.

Yet some people make it to legal age as a virgin and if they do, they can make some money on it. Big money. How much? Well, let's ask Catarina Migliorini.

This isn't just an isolated "auction." Women have "offered" up their "de-flowering" in the cause of justice, peace and now the capitalists' dream, the almighty dollar. This particular Internet auction isn't the only one that's caught attention. Sadly though, the news wasn't so good for her male counterpart, Alex Stepanov, whose virginity only racked up $3,000 from a woman in Brazil named "Nene B."

I guess there's a bit of a question about supply and demand. I guess that's the basis of commercialism.

But some people are more altruistic -- and maybe that even moves them from selfless or magnanimous to the world of artistic.

According to the Daily Star Sunday, a London newpaper, virginity is going to become art -- or should I say losing one's virginity will.

Clayton Pettet

Clayton Pettet, 19, is set to have gay sex for the first time in a gallery full of spectators for a project entitled "Art School Stole My Virginity".

He reckons his 'performance art project' will earn him rave reviews for challenging the idea of sexuality.

The deflowering is set to take place before an audience of between 50 and 100 in a space in Hackney, London.

Holy cow. Now the move goes from sacrificing virgin women to deity, to selling virgin women and men (voluntarily but for profit) for the pleasure of being someone's first to now losing one's virginity as performance art. (not sure how to classify or quantify 'performance').

Where are we heading? I feel that creative expression is a vast array of concepts of all sizes, shapes and sexes. This gay experience for an artistic cause sure makes me wonder though, where's the line between prurient interests and emotionally charged creative thinking.

Performance art can be amazing. Marcel Marceau's mime work. Human reproductions of famous paintings. Or the grandmother of performance art herself: Marina Abramović's work which explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

But two guys (in this case) having sex on stage? (oh, just so it's clear, Clayton Pettet's real life boyfriend will be his partner on stage, not some anonymous stranger -- that would be crass).

I guess this upcoming event proves art comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Any idea's what they should call this medium? To me, "painful" comes to mind. Cries and Whispers has already been taken.