Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cartier-Bresson: "Notebooks out, plagiarists!" | Dylan: "Everything is a remix."

Bob Dylan in plagiarism row over paintings | Music | guardian.co.uk:

Image via Gagosian Gallery

When it comes to painting, Bob Dylan may not be such an original. The 70-year-old singer has been accused of replicating several famous photographs in his new art show. The Asia Series includes paintings that seem like acrylic reproductions of images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dmitri Kessel and Léon Busy.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dog owners know ...

The tale above reminded me of the time our dog threw up on the carpet and it was so revolting I started throwing up in my mouth while cleaning it up. Also of the last time I really laughed out loud hard at an episode of Family Guy.

Sound Opinions from WBEZ Chicago

Sound Opinions from WBEZ Chicago:

Show #307: 10.14.11
Hero Worship – Jim and Greg play a collection of songs that name-check great artists from the history rock and roll. And later they review new albums by R&B singer Van Hunt and metal group Mastodon.
It's the fault of this broadcast that I was whistling and humming Cheap Trick's "Surrender" while pretending a giant pack of toilet paper was a boombox on my shoulder as I walked down the supermarket aisle.  

Saturday, October 1, 2011

"Well, gun owners are not fools and we are not fooled," says foolish gun nut Wayne LaPierre, fooling nobody except other foolish gun nuts.

Rachel Maddow: Reality no salve for gun rights paranoia

Get a load of Wayne LaPierre, Vice-President of the NRA ...

How do you talk to a person like this? I mean, we need to be able to discuss our differences like adults and have conversations about real problems, in reality, without slipping into a world of a paranoid delusion. I just ... I don't know how we do that when the well-funded, powerful, earnest people on the other side of the argument are, quite literally, mentally deranged.

There's a cure for ignorance -- information. There's even a cure for stupid -- education. I don't know what the cure for malevolent, willful ignorance, combined with the means, motive, and opportunity to lie and misinform about important issues on the national stage is.

What really irritates me is there are reasonable people who make relatively reasonable arguments for gun ownership while acknowledging guns are dangerous and should be carefully and vigilantly regulated, yet who fail to see the problem with paying dues to the NRA to help support guys like LaPierre. They aren't lunatics or fanatics, they just have a different experience with firearms and it informs a different sensibility. Like religious moderates who don't really believe all the hocus-pocus and dogma, but grew up in a church and like the social ties and the message of love and compassion they cherry pick from the mass of drivel by not thinking about it too hard, gun moderates enable their fundamentalist brethren by tolerating their extremist positions and paying into a club that does a lot reprehensible things, but ignoring all that and focusing instead on the one or two things that sound OK to them.

Jim Forrester, NC Republican State Senator, caught lying and resume padding. He should be announcing his resignation shortly. #BlueNC

Forrester resume misleads :: WRAL.com:

Only not so much with the integrity or ability. 

State Senator Jim Forrester (R-Gaston), lead proponent of the anti-same-sex-union amendment set to appear on NC ballots next spring, may have padded the resume he's been running on for many years.

On both his campaign website and the Gaston County GOP website, Forrester claims to be a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

But Michael Barry, the executive director of the American College of Preventive Medicine, says Forrester is not and has never been a Fellow of the College.
The false claims are still up on his campaign website as I read all the stories breaking this morning.

When I talked about the folks who support the anti-gay marriage legislation and amendment to the NC state constitution as being morally retarded in an earlier post, I had no idea a state legislator would be racing to humiliate himself and his electorate as a prime example of exactly the sort of despicable human being to which I was referring.

Hat tip to Blue NC and Pam's House Blend for their early coverage.
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