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Don’t laugh TOO hard… 7 October 2009

Posted by marisacat in DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.
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Edward Ruscha – I think I’ll . . . – National Gallery of Art

Selected for the private residence at the WH,  NYT

Tapper has a listing as well…

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I think the Obamas need to discover the aesthetic joys of Asian art, in particular Chinese.  Calligraphy maybe.

This made me snicker…

Op-Ed Contributor

Beijing’s Afghan Gamble

By ROBERT D. KAPLAN

Published: October 6, 2009

IN Afghanistan’s Logar Province, just south of Kabul, the geopolitical future of Asia is becoming apparent: American troops are providing security for a Chinese state-owned company to exploit the Aynak copper reserves, which are worth tens of billions of dollars. While some of America’s NATO allies want to do as little as possible in the effort to stabilize Afghanistan, China has its eyes on some of world’s last untapped deposits of copper, iron, gold, uranium and precious gems, and is willing to take big risks in one of the most violent countries to secure them.

In Afghanistan, American and Chinese interests converge. By exploiting Afghanistan’s metal and mineral reserves, China can provide thousands of Afghans with jobs, thus generating tax revenues to help stabilize a tottering Kabul government. Just as America has a vision of a modestly stable Afghanistan that will no longer be a haven for extremists, China has a vision of Afghanistan as a secure conduit for roads and energy pipelines that will bring natural resources from the Indian Ocean and elsewhere. So if America defeats Al Qaeda and the irreconcilable elements of the Taliban, China’s geopolitical position will be enhanced. . . . . . .

Got to love this one… I read, we do contract mil work, for others.

[B]ottom line: China will find a way to benefit no matter what the United States does in Afghanistan. But it probably benefits more if we stay and add troops to the fight. The same goes for Russia. Because of continuing unrest in the Islamic southern tier of the former Soviet Union, Moscow has an interest in America stabilizing Afghanistan (though it would take a certain psychological pleasure from a humiliating American withdrawal).

In nuts-and-bolts terms, if we stay in Afghanistan and eventually succeed, other countries will benefit more than we will. China, India and Russia are all Asian powers, geographically proximate to Afghanistan and better able, therefore, to garner practical advantages from any stability our armed forces would make possible. . . . .

Perhaps… maybe.. then again… Yes, no.

LibDemmers are trying to say the Ob selection of the Ruscha painting is ironic. Humorous.  Part of his sacred and holy game of master chess.

Maybe. Maybe not.  Then again…

What a fucking enormous gaping bleeding JOKE.

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Irving Penn died in Manhattan at 92

From a gallery at LAT

Irving Penn
(© Irving Penn)
A Getty exhibition, “Irving Penn: Small Trades,” is filled with black-and-white photographs in a set Penn assembled. The Getty acquired the set last year, and it’s having its debut in the show. They were taken in Paris, London and New York between 1950 and 1951, when the photographer was 33 (he’s now 92), and they include mostly prints made then or in the 1960s. Here are some of the photos in the exhibit.

“Irving Penn’s Studio” in Paris, 1950.

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1. AlanSmithee - 8 October 2009

Medea “Movement Killer” Benjamin strikes again!

‘Code Pink’ rethinks its call for Afghanistan pullout

Why the hell does anyone listen to this Tides Foundation fund-sucking DNC shill? One would think, after she helped submarine the GP for the dems back in ’04, people might be more wary of her involvement.

marisacat - 8 October 2009

I saw that yesterday….

Ah but Smithee… where is she on the all important issue of child rape in Lotusland. Just finished reading the latest entry on that subject over at SMBIVA. Miracle of miracles, the site took my comment… after a glitch not letting me comment there for three or so years… (I know, because I tried, last, when the over ripe pricks – whom I generally quite like – were disdainful of targetted killing, in the Dr Tiller murder).

2. marisacat - 8 October 2009

Don’t laugh TOO hard. The Onion is needed here.

marisacat - 8 October 2009

[C]ommunity leaders and parents outside Fenger are in disbelief that they are not at the breakfast table with Arne Duncan and Eric Holder.

Attorney General Holder and Secretary of Education Duncan are in town to speak, ostensibly, with the community about youth violence — a blight on Chicago neighborhoods so vividly brought to national attention by the videotaped beating of Derrion Albert.

“They are meeting about us without us,” said Phillip Jackson of the Black Star Project, a Chicago-based educational reform organization. . . . . .

AlanSmithee - 8 October 2009

They’ll have a meeting about you, but they wouldn’t want to actually meet you. That’s the best microcosmic example of Emperor Obama’s administration I’ve read yet.

marisacat - 8 October 2009

It is perfect isn’t it?

3. catnip - 8 October 2009

Is that a pic of Obama’s Decision-Making Dartboard?

marisacat - 8 October 2009

Dart-Art

… which was a nickname I made up in the 70s for big canvas shit art. Works well for the Ob taste in messaging.

4. lucid - 8 October 2009

Re: last thread.

I’m sorry to disappoint my many heretofore unknown fans in the pwoggie blogosphere, but I have things going on in my life right now that kind of trump blaaawging. No need to worry. I’ve never had an independent thought in my life and I doubt I’ll grow a brain anytime soon.

marisacat - 8 October 2009

hmm let me put a gingham bow on that braided donkey tail for you.

catnip - 8 October 2009

Hey you! Get back in your box.

5. marisacat - 8 October 2009

More of that “don’t laugh too hard” edition. Luv how Gates attempts to run interference for Ob (or whatever, sets him up, etc). And makes him a gelding.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with a seven-member bipartisan delegation of House members this morning as part of his new strategy of lining up support behind President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy — whatever that turns out to be.

“He said that when we do make a decision, Republicans have an obligation not to make Afghanistan “Obama’s war,” said Pete King (R-N.Y.), one of five GOP members to vote for a recent defense appropriations bill the party opposed over IMF funding. . . . .

Good luck with that. The R are laughing.

6. catnip - 8 October 2009

Okay. Just how much weaker can this so-called health care/insurance/whatever “reform” (cough cough hack hack) get?

WTF is with this “opt-out” business now? Seems to me that yanks have enough of a problem fighting corporate/insurance lobbyists at the federal level.Now they’re going to have to fight against them at the state level too to get this weakened public option? Dx: This is not going to turn out well.

Whose boneheaded idea was this?

marisacat - 8 October 2009

there has been a movement on for weeks, at the legislative/ballot measure level iirc (I posted soemthing gleaned from Mike Allen’s column at Politico, some weeks ago), to literally ban universal coverage, of ANY KIND, at the state level. Started in AZ and there is a move on in 6 states. I assume any “opt out” measure grows out of that.

The whole thing is a nightmare. Extending Medicare to 50 and birth to 18 would have been better in the end. And try later to cope with 18 – 49.

I’ve given up… but did you know Michelle has a white ancestor who raped her black slave ancestor? Care care care. Who gives a shit, finally. What a sick game they are playing.

Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2009

maybe they can extradite him through time and space.

marisacat - 8 October 2009

LOL I think some people want to…

7. marisacat - 8 October 2009

HA! I was nto going to go back to the “don’t laugh too hard” SMBIVA version of Polanski contra mundi… or mundi contra RP… but I am glad I did.

Some tired male tit hanging in the wind presumed to think I don’t pay attention.

8. marisacat - 8 October 2009

Speaking of sagging male tits… mark it down. Tentola thinks Corzine plays tough and can win.

Pretty funny…

9. marisacat - 8 October 2009
10. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2009

Rich guy dislikes poor people, wants local kids to “lose sleep” over plan to shut library

Constantine “Connie” Xinos is the president of the home-owners’ association in a gated community in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook. He dislikes being near poor people (he successfully blocked a permit for a senior’s home, stating, “I don’t want to live next to poor people. I don’t want poor people in my town”). He reportedly worked to elect an Oak Brook village council who would shut down the town library, which he also campaigned against. When local kids showed up at town meetings to ask that their library be left open, he is quoted as saying, “I don’t care that you guys miss the librarian, and she was nice, and she helped you find books;” and to the library staff to “stop whining.”

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 8 October 2009

Woman Who Carried Open Gun To Kid’s Soccer Game Shot And Killed

Sad, another instance of that statistic that if you have a gun it’s more likely to be used against you or someone in your family than to protect you from some intruder:

Meleanie Hain, the pistol-carrying Lebanon mom who received national attention for taking a loaded gun to her daughter’s soccer game, was shot to death Wednesday night with her husband in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

Meleanie Hain was thrust into the national spotlight when she took a gun, in plain view and holstered on her hip, to a soccer game Sept. 11, 2008, at Optimist Park in Lebanon.

12. marisacat - 9 October 2009

gnu

LINK

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