Saturday, January 17, 2009

Farewell to Arms

Tonight's Saturday Night Cinema presented by Pamela of Atlas Shrugs is the 1932 film adaptation of the Hemingway classic, A Farewell to Arms, starring Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, and Adolphe Menjou. This is one of my favorite films and at the Atlas Theater I will be.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Woolly Mammoths - Dry Clean Only

UC Santa Barbara researchers say that 14-foot-tall mammoths swam out to the Channel Islands nearly 20,000 years ago and shrank over time to the size of a pony.

Ancient tusk found on Santa Cruz Island -- headline UPI

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Bush Thankathon Goes On

Rank and file Republicans bid a fond farewell to President Bush.

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Andrew Wyeth Died at 91 Today

Master Bedroom

He painted in the muted browns, grays, reds, yellows, and oranges of fall and winter, the lifeless time of year. Yet, his paintings were anything but lifeless. There was always the stark play of white against black with the two always in a natural harmony he saw as life's cycle.

A household name by the mid-20th century, Andrew Wyeth never really fit in with his contemporaries, the abstract expressionists, who used bold paint strokes, bright colors. They dripped, dribbled, and splashed while he slowly built images of land, buildings, animals, and people layer upon layer of egg tempura that seemed to breath all on their own. The viewer always knew what they were looking at. But, there was always something that was more felt than seen.

Stone Fence
In a 1965 LIFE magazine interview, Wyeth said of his standing in the art world and the label of "realist" critics had placed upon him,

"In the art world today, I'm so conservative I'm radical. Most painters don't care for me. I'm strange to them... A lot of people say I've brought realism back. They try to tie me up with Eakins and Winslow Homer. To my mind they are mistaken. I honestly consider myself an abstractionist. Eakins' figures actually breathe in the frame. My people, my objects breathe in a different way; there's another core -- an excitement that's definitely abstract."

Christina's World

Day Dream


Wind From the Sea

In 2007, Wyeth was honored by his country with the National Medal of the Arts presented by Pres. George Bush.

Although frustrated in his last years by his failing body and the loss of fine reflexes, Wyeth continued to create. The watercolor (left) is one one of his last paintings. Appropriately, it is called, Stop.

Primary source: Washington Post

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

LA Times Says GW Bush 44th President

The Los Angeles Times just can't get the story right when it involves Pres. George Bush. Seems the LA Times has been taking counting lessons from the Palestinians.

From the LA Times Top of the Ticket blog:

Full Text of President George W. Bush's Farewell Address

Here's the prepared text of the Farewell Address to the nation by the 44th president to be given in a few minutes from the White House. His audience in the East Room includes family, friends, Cabinet and some selected Americans the President has met in his eight years in office (We'll have a list of them here later.):
Bunch of dolts. Hell, even Wikipedia has that right.

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Farewell Address of George W.. Bush

George W. Bush, 43th President of the United States, delivered his Farewell Address to the nation tonight from the White House East Room.

Fellow citizens: For eight years, it has been my honor to serve as your President. The first decade of this new century has been a period of consequence – a time set apart. Tonight, with a thankful heart, I have asked for a final opportunity to share some thoughts on the journey we have traveled together and the future of our Nation.

Five days from now, the world will witness the vitality of American democracy. In a tradition dating back to our founding, the presidency will pass to a successor chosen by you, the American people. Standing on the steps of the Capitol will be a man whose story reflects the enduring promise of our land. This is a moment of hope and pride for our whole Nation. And I join all Americans in offering best wishes to President-elect Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two beautiful girls.

Tonight I am filled with gratitude – to Vice President Cheney and members of the Administration; to Laura, who brought joy to this house and love to my life; to our wonderful daughters, Barbara and Jenna; to my parents, whose examples have provided strength for a lifetime. And above all, I thank the American people for the trust you have given me. I thank you for ....

...the prayers that have lifted my spirits. And I thank you for the countless acts of courage, generosity, and grace that I have witnessed these past eight years.

This evening, my thoughts return to the first night I addressed you from this house – September 11, 2001. That morning, terrorists took nearly 3,000 lives in the worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor. I remember standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center three days later, surrounded by rescuers who had been working around the clock.

I remember talking to brave souls who charged through smoke-filled corridors at the Pentagon and to husbands and wives whose loved ones became heroes aboard Flight 93. I remember Arlene Howard, who gave me her fallen son’s police shield as a reminder of all that was lost. And I still carry his badge.

As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before Nine-Eleven. But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our Nation. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe.

Over the past seven years, a new Department of Homeland Security has been created. The military, the intelligence community, and the FBI have been transformed. Our Nation is equipped with new tools to monitor the terrorists’ movements, freeze their finances, and break up their plots. And with strong allies at our side, we have taken the fight to the terrorists and those who support them.

Afghanistan has gone from a nation where the Taliban harbored al Qaeda and stoned women in the streets to a young democracy that is fighting terror and encouraging girls to go to school. Iraq has gone from a brutal dictatorship and a sworn enemy of America to an Arab democracy at the heart of the Middle East and a friend of the United States.

There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions. But there can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil. This is a tribute to those who toil day and night to keep us safe – law enforcement officers, intelligence analysts, homeland security and diplomatic personnel, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

Our Nation is blessed to have citizens who volunteer to defend us in this time of danger. I have cherished meeting these selfless patriots and their families. America owes you a debt of gratitude. And to all our men and women in uniform listening tonight: There has been no higher honor than serving as your Commander in Chief.

The battles waged by our troops are part of a broader struggle between two dramatically different systems. Under one, a small band of fanatics demands total obedience to an oppressive ideology, condemns women to subservience, and marks unbelievers for murder. The other system is based on the conviction that freedom is the universal gift of Almighty God and that liberty and justice light the path to peace.

This is the belief that gave birth to our Nation. And in the long run, advancing this belief is the only practical way to protect our citizens. When people live in freedom, they do not willingly choose leaders who pursue campaigns of terror. When people have hope in the future, they will not cede their lives to violence and extremism.

So around the world, America is promoting human liberty, human rights, and human dignity. We are standing with dissidents and young democracies, providing AIDS medicine to bring dying patients back to life, and sparing mothers and babies from malaria. And this great republic born alone in liberty is leading the world toward a new age when freedom belongs to all nations.

For eight years, we have also strived to expand opportunity and hope here at home. Across our country, students are rising to meet higher standards in public schools. A new Medicare prescription drug benefit is bringing peace of mind to seniors and the disabled. Every taxpayer pays lower income taxes.

The addicted and suffering are finding new hope through faith-based programs. Vulnerable human life is better protected. Funding for our veterans has nearly doubled. America’s air, water, and lands are measurably cleaner. And the Federal bench includes wise new members like Justice Sam Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts.

When challenges to our prosperity emerged, we rose to meet them. Facing the prospect of a financial collapse, we took decisive measures to safeguard our economy. These are very tough times for hardworking families, but the toll would be far worse if we had not acted. All Americans are in this together. And together, with determination and hard work, we will restore our economy to the path of growth. We will show the world once again the resilience of America’s free enterprise system.

Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks. There are things I would do differently if given the chance. Yet I have always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. You may not agree with some tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.

The decades ahead will bring more hard choices for our country, and there are some guiding principles that should shape our course.

While our Nation is safer than it was seven years ago, the gravest threat to our people remains another terrorist attack. Our enemies are patient and determined to strike again. America did nothing to seek or deserve this conflict. But we have been given solemn responsibilities, and we must meet them. We must resist complacency. We must keep our resolve. And we must never let down our guard.

At the same time, we must continue to engage the world with confidence and clear purpose. In the face of threats from abroad, it can be tempting to seek comfort by turning inward. But we must reject isolationism and its companion, protectionism. Retreating behind our borders would only invite danger. In the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led.

As we address these challenges – and others we cannot foresee tonight – America must maintain our moral clarity. I have often spoken to you about good and evil. This has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere.

Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This Nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense and to advance the cause of peace.

President Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” As I leave the house he occupied two centuries ago, I share that optimism. America is a young country, full of vitality, constantly growing and renewing itself. And even in the toughest times, we lift our eyes to the broad horizon ahead.

I have confidence in the promise of America because I know the character of our people. This is a Nation that inspires immigrants to risk everything for the dream of freedom. This is a Nation where citizens show calm in times of danger and compassion in the face of suffering. We see examples of America’s character all around us. And Laura and I have invited some of them to join us in the White House this evening.

We see America’s character in Dr. Tony Recasner, a principal who opened a new charter school from the ruins of Hurricane Katrina. We see it in Julio Medina, a former inmate who leads a faith-based program to help prisoners returning to society. We see it in Staff Sergeant Aubrey McDade, who charged into an ambush in Iraq and rescued three of his fellow Marines.

We see America’s character in Bill Krissoff, a surgeon from California. His son Nathan, a Marine, gave his life in Iraq. When I met Dr. Krissoff and his family, he delivered some surprising news: He told me he wanted to join the Navy Medical Corps in honor of his son. This good man was 60 years old – 18 years above the age limit.

But his petition for a waiver was granted, and for the past year he has trained in battlefield medicine. Lieutenant Commander Krissoff could not be here tonight, because he will soon deploy to Iraq, where he will help save America’s wounded warriors and uphold the legacy of his fallen son.

In citizens like these, we see the best of our country – resilient and hopeful, caring and strong. These virtues give me an unshakable faith in America. We have faced danger and trial, and there is more ahead. But with the courage of our people and confidence in our ideals, this great Nation will never tire … never falter … and never fail.

It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your President. There have been good days and tough days. But every day I have been inspired by the greatness of our country and uplifted by the goodness of our people. I have been blessed to represent this Nation we love. And I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other: citizen of the United States of America.

And so, my fellow Americans, for the final time: Good night. May God bless this house and our next President. And may God bless you and our wonderful country."

Good bye, good luck, and thank you, President Bush.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Fever at 100F

Temperature in Tustin was nowhere near an ability to warm the planet. The reached a comfortable 80F with a SSW 6 mph wind that made it feel like 72.

As for me, I have a fever of 100F, runny nose, achy body, mild headache, coughing, and sneezing. I've a feeling, a sick one, this will go on for awhile.

Peggy Lee is here to help us feel better.

Ooooo! I'm feeling better already.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Obama Picks Tax Scofflaw as Chief Performance Officer

Getty Photo: Nancy Killefer, scum sucking tax reprobate, and Obama

Nancy Killefer, chosen from a multitude on tax criminals for the Obama administration's chief performance officer, neglected to pay unemployment compensation on her household servants. In fact, DC had to place a lien on Killefer's home to collect the monies due.

The chief performance officer is a new position in government invented by the Obama team to cut waste, "to kill dubious government programs and ensure that taxpayer money is not wasted."

Ace AP reporter, Brett J. Blackledge writes:

Nancy Killefer, the management consultant selected last week to become the new administration's chief performance officer, failed to pay unemployment compensation taxes, apparently on household employees. In 2005, the District of Columbia placed a $946.69 tax lien on her home over the unpaid taxes. Over a year and a half, she had failed to pay $298 in taxes plus the rest in interest and penalties, and she cleared up the debt within a few months.
I'm feeling very good about this Obama administration. We will already know the criminal element even before the Jan 20 swearing-in. That in unarguably a major change from the past when we had to figure out who the crooks were as we went along which was very time consuming and wasteful. This is better.

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Obama Wants Tax Scofflaw for Treasury Secretary

AP Photo: Obama defends weasle Geithner

Timothy Geithner didn't pay all of his taxes. He is Obama's pick to head the Treasury Department, to lead the nation's economic crisis rescue, and to be in charge of all of our money.

Geithner failed to pay $34,000 between 2001 and 2004. Take heart, however, it wasn't intentional. Oooooo, I feel better already.

WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama's choice to run the Treasury Department and lead the nation's economic rescue disclosed publicly Tuesday that he failed to pay $34,000 in taxes from 2001 to 2004, a last-minute complication that Senate Democrats tried to brush aside as a minor bump on an otherwise smooth path to confirmation.

Timothy Geithner paid most of the past-due taxes days before Obama announced his choice in November, according to materials released by the Senate Finance Committee. He had paid the remainder of the taxes in 2006, after the IRS sent him a bill.

"These errors were not intentional; they were honest mistakes," Baucus said after he and other committee members met with Geithner behind closed doors on Tuesday.
Joe the Plumber (R) didn't pay $2,800 and gets crucified as well as fired from his job. Timothy Geithner (D and scum sucking reprobate tax dodger), didn't pay $34,000 and gets appointed Secretary of the Treasury. Geithner's faux pas was an honest mistake unlike Joe's mistake which was dishonest. We know that because Tim is White Collar and Joe is Blue Collar. Tim says he's paid most of the back taxes unlike Joe who paid all of it. Where's the fairness doctrine when you really need one?

What's that, Lassie? Timmy has fallen down a well and can't get out! Maybe it would be best to leave Timmy down the well this time.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Insanity of Palestine

Rita Mae Brown wrote in her 1983 book, Sudden Death, "Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results." Palestinians are the perfect example of that often misattributed truism.

Source: IBD, Michael Ramirez

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

LA Pro-Palestine Rally Jan 10

The extent of local media coverage of Saturday's pro-Palestine/Gaza march in Los Angeles is this short bit from the Associated Press in the Daily Breeze.

2 arrested in Los Angeles during protest against Gaza battle
By The Associated Press
Posted: 01/10/2009 08:59:03 PM PST

Authorities say two people have been arrested during a demonstration in Los Angeles against Israel's incursion in the Gaza Strip.

Los Angeles Police Officer April Harding says about 1,500 people gathered for the largely peaceful protest at the Federal Building in Westwood on Saturday afternoon.

She says two men were arrested, one for climbing a power pole and the other for "creating a disturbance."
I was there and witnessed both arrests at Wilshire and Veteran. The first arrest, a demonstrator shinnied up a street light pole and out onto the traffic signal arm to hang a "Freedom for Gaza" banner. After he very gingerly crawled backward to the ground, the LA Police were there waiting for him. It was a dumb spot to climb because that street corner was the police staging point. The officers hustled the miscreant away amid shouts of "LET HIM GO! LET HIM GO! LET HIM GO!" The crowd turned in pursuit, but the police formed a skirmish line with drawn batons and mounted officers. The march organizers quickly turned the masses back to the street march with the slogan chant, "FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA, PALESTINE WILL BE FREE!"

Years ago, we had a local news anchorman, Jerry Dunphy, who started every news broadcast with "From the desert to the sea and all of Southern California." That was my thought when they were chanting. I was amused.

The marchers then proceeded up Wilshire Blvd. toward the small group of Israel supporters on the opposite sidewalk and the corner that I had seen Israeli flags when I had driven through 30 minutes before, but any hint of Israel was gone. As I drove into the LA downtown area and through the side streets to avoid the heavy traffic on the boulevards, I saw many Jews with flags and banners headed in the general direction of Wilshire Blvd. Apparently the counter-demonstration was held nearby but beyond sight of the pro-Pali demo. Too bad. It did make for a generally peaceful march, though.

About half way through the march the lead propaganda truck stopped to collect money for the besieged Gazans who were starving to death (despite the 10-17 tons of food trucked in regularly by Israel.) It was amusing that the "buckets", as they were described, were really Rubbermaid trash cans. I thought that was appropriate considering how the money was going to be used.

About that time, I got tired of following along with the protesters and took a short cut back to Wilshire where I caught up with the march leaders again. On the corner were several stretch limos parked at adjacent movie theaters. One was showing the Clint Eastwood film, Gran Torino, and the other was “Paul Blart Mall Cop,” starring Kevin James. Hey, it's LA.

One note I have to make is that at the very tail end of the big Gaza parade was a troupe of Aztec dancers. My only guess is that Atzlan was riding the coat tails of Hamas. Good luck with that. Again - hey, it's LA.

When we finally reached the finish point, we were back where we started at the Federal Building at Wilshire and Veteran. The crowd was just milling around, kids were running around, parents were trying to keep control of their kids running around, babies were sleeping in strollers, old folks were nodding off, and dogs were slobbering and panting in the heat. The rabble-rousers were still exhorting the worn out crowd with the old chant "FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA, PALESTINE WILL BE FREE!"

As I started to leave, some men were kneeling in prayer on the Federal Building lawn. I've personally no problem with that, but damn it, where the hell was the ACLU with their infernal Separation of Church and State shtick? I lined up a photo shot, but all the pro-flash bulb guys saw my shot and jumped in. While they photoed some old men praying, my eye was caught by a commotion at one of the many flag poles flying Old Glory.

A "youth" was climbing the flag pole. The crowd began cheering him upwards. I thought he intended to tear down the Stars and Stripes. Actually, he was tying a Palestinian flag to the pole. Meanwhile, at the foot of the pole, a large LA Police officer in blue and another in full riot regalia with teargas canisters and an M16 were loosening the rope to cause the "youth" to slide down.

As the Police removed the "youth", I crossed into another group of men lining up for prayer. I turned toward the crowd surging directly at me and the praying men. Seeing the danger that these men could be trampled by more than a hundred crazies stampeding over them, I stood to face the crowd with my arms stretched out to each side. The stampeding herd began to turn slightly and two protesters joined me. They were shouting in English, "Stop! These men are praying!" The herd was separated and passed on both sides, yet still managed to rampage over a family behind me which had paused for a meal with their children.

The mob pursued the Police with the arrested youth deep into the Federal Building property. The LAPD was then joined by Federal Homeland Security officers, themselves prepped for violence. I made my way to the head of the mob which was shouting, "LET HIM GO! LET HIM GO!" The march had indeed returned to the start.

I made my way to the left side of the mob and stood next to Officer Lott of Homeland Security. I could hear the radio traffic, "Is the crowd too far into Federal Property?" The answer came back, "Yes. Form up line across the entrance, but don't advance unless the crowd doesn't disperse in a few minutes." Then an ominous warning, "Be advised. One of our radios is missing."

"Ten-four," was the entire response.

As I observed, the crowd continued it's forward motion and the police line drew batons and the guys behind with the heavier weapons prepped their charges. But something felt like a bubble had burst. A guy on the police radio then confirmed, "Looks like the crowd is breaking up." I turned to Officer Lott and said, "Good. Looks like we all go home unharmed." He said, "Let's hope it stays that way."

Several of the organizing staff had come to the front imploring the crowd to return to the street. One of the guys who had stood with me in front of the stampede earlier was saying the arrested youth got what he deserved for climbing the flag pole. Others around him grudgingly agreed. I stopped to ask two young women in tight jeans and stiletto heels if they knew why they were chanting, Let him go. Neither had any idea what had happened , but the police were the bad guys so something bad must have happened. Boy, talk about sheep.

Shortly after that, I left the area to return to my car. The walk back took me behind the Federal Building passed the parking lot. At the sidewalk was a Homeland Security SUV with a uniform and two other men who looked like Palestinian marchers. They were, in reality, undercover officers in the march. In the SUV was the youth who climbed the flag pole.

His problem was exponentially more serious than the first arrest. The first guy who climbed the street lamp/ traffic signal had only violated city traffic safety rules. The second guy violated Federal law on Federal property. One went for LAPD booking and was probably released with hours while the other went Homeland Security with all of the power of that new department coming down on his goofball head. Sitting in the backseat of the SUV, he didn't look like he fully realized what had just happened to him for one stupid climbing act. Doofus.

When I got to my car, a man in a white SUV passed by with a large Israeli flag flying bravely. He got lots of hoots and some nasty remarks hurled at him, but that was about it. All in all it was a very well behaved bunch. They didn't break anything and many stopped into the cafes along the way for some food and drink. Starbuck's did a brisk business for about fifteen minutes as the marchers passed. But, that was Saturday. The Sunday march may have been different when Muslims, Jews, and Christians can be out on the streets without religious violation.

Another adventure and another day in paradise.

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