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

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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.

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

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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. "

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Most Realistic Finger Painting Ever

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Video Overnight Thread- Pixelstick: Light painting evolved

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Flashmob recreates Rembrandt painting in Dutch shopping centre

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I do not want to see George W. Bush naked

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Bear with me here, I've been nearly completely out of the loop for the past few days, so I'm very late to the game and only just catching up on recent news stories. The one about the Bush family being targeted by a hacker was one of them. But the part about Bush 43's artistic endeavors made my eyes pop out of my  head:

The leaked photos included intimate moments: a snapshot of George H.W. Bush that appeared to have been taken during his recent stay at a Houston hospital, a shot of George W. Bush posing with a cardboard cutout of himself wearing a beret, and paintings by the younger Bush of himself showering and in a bathtub.

Assuming George W. Bush has a brain-- which is being generous-- what the heck was he thinking? Who-- especially a former United States president-- paints (really bad) naked pictures of themselves in the bathtub and shower? And why would Bush sign his artwork with "43" instead of his own name-- discounting the possibility that he forgot how to spell his own name, of course.

Who the hell does all that? It's terrifying to remind myself that this child-man was actually responsible for the safety and security of our country, for life and death decisions (some of those decisions being the worst in recent memory), for being a calming voice of reason and wisdom (let me know when you've stopped laughing... and crying). And this same child-man painted these:

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I made my living as an artist for years, I studied pictorial arts at UCLA under some of the finest artists in the United States, and I graduated cum laude, so I feel qualified to appraise what my poor eyes have been subjected to, and I agree with this assessment from Gawker's arts blogger Greg Allen:

It doesn't look like he's studied anatomy, perspective, shading, drawing from live models, color theory, brushes, nothing. He just jumped in there and started painting, how hard could it be?... Except for the whole looking-at-yourself, shower/bathtub solitude thing, I don't see GWB probing any real psychic depths here.

If you follow the link, you'll see that Allen actually dignifies these "works" with serious analysis. I'm unable to do that, because if there is one word I do not and cannot associate with GW Bush, it's dignity.

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Controversial Painter Depicts Obama With Burning Constitution

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Normally I wouldn't give a crap about this stupid stupid man, but I just wanted to get it up there so you could see a perfect example of shitty art. I can't imagine this piece of crap even getting into a local P.T.A. art show and that's on it's merits not the idiotic subject. Guy should take up wood carving.

Provo, Utah (CBSDC) – Jon McNaughton, a controversial artist who often mixes religion and politics in his work, has released a new painting.

In “One Nation Under Socialism,” President Obama holds the U.S. Constitution as it burns.

While McNaughton previously depicted Obama stepping on the nation’s founding document, “One Nation Under Socialism” glowers directly as if challenging the viewer. His right hand is holding the Constitution and his left hand is pointing to the flames.

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CBSDC contacted Jerry Saltz, an art critic for New York Magazine, about the painting.

When asked for an opinion, Saltz said that the painting contained “bad academic derivative realism,” calling it “typical propaganda art, drop-dead obvious in message” and “visually dead as a doornail.”

“It panders and preaches to the converted and tells them what they already believe,” Saltz told CBSDC.

Saltz said the painting could not be compared to WWII art.

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