There's a one in four chance that John McCain, if elected, wouldn't live long enough to fill out a second term, leaving Sarah Palin as president. Yet, Palin bizarrely suggests that it's McCain's junior, Joe Biden, who might be too old for the job. Still, I'd worry more about McCain, who today emphasized the importance of "ensuring that America is secure, and not dependent on oil from people like Hugo Chavez or other parts of the Middle East which is, we know, could be destabilized under certain sets of circumstances."
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From Centerpoints, the Walker blog feature I'm guest-writing for a few more weeks.
Paddy Johnson at the Brooklyn art blog Art Fag City reports that the Chelsea Art Museum has cancelled its November opening of The Aesthetics of Terror and its chief curator has resigned in protest. Museum president Dorothea Keeser reportedly felt the exhibition -- which was to include artists like Jenny Holzer, Harun Farocki, Martha Rosler and the Chapman brothers -- “glorified terrorism and showed disrespect for its victims," according to Josh Azzarella, one of the show's artists. CAM chief curator Manon Slome has, according to Johnson, left over the cancellation.
The museum has deleted mention of the exhibition, which was to run Nov. 21 though Jan. 31, but a cached version (with the title The Dialectics of Terror) is still available. I posted it in full at Off-Center.
Update: The Chelsea Museum of Art has released a statement, which contradicts the above. In part, the press release [pdf] reads: "Upon resigning, [chief curator Manon Slome] unilaterally decided to cancel the exhibition The Dialectics of Terror (formerly The Aesthetics of Terror) and informed all the participating artists without prior discussion with Dorothea Keeser, Chelsea Art Museum’s Founder and President, or any Museum personnel."
Reached by email on Friday, Keeser said that the exhibition will go on, but likely not at her museum. “As the show is ready to be installed and the catalogue is ready, it surely will be shown somewhere,”she said. “For the time being, we are too hurt to show it here after what happened and was said about us.”
Josh Azzarella. Untitled #23 (''Lynndied''), 2006
Cristi Pogacean. The Abduction from the Seraglio, 2006
Max forwards this amazing(ly odd) appearance by Hüsker Dü on a Twin Cities afternoon show -- KSTP's Good Company with Steve Edelman and Sharon Anderson, according to commenter Laurel Krahn (thanks!) -- in 1986. Like good Minnesotans, the women in the audience politely clap and smile (although I noted a few shifting eyes) after their scorching performance.
Andy Birkey has more.
Starting in October, the US Army will station active-duty troops inside the US for the first time, Democracy Now reports. Here's what the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team may be up to:
The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.Clarification: Never before has an active unit has been given “a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities,” the paper reports.
More on this from MnIndy.
"We do not support government bailouts of private institutions. Government interference in the markets exacerbates problems in the marketplace and causes the free market to take longer to correct itself."
According to FEC reports, he paid more than $5,500 to American Idol makeup artist Tifanie White for services rendered.
"I have opposed federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts because I believe it is not proper to use tax dollars for what many Americans feel are the obscene and inappropriate projects this organization has supported. I support providing federal block grants to the states for arts education and artistic endeavors pursued by state and local authorities, while assuring that federal tax dollars are not spent on obscene or offensive material."
—John McCain, 1999
Rick Smolan tells a wonderful story about how, as a TIME photographer in the '70s, he met Insuk, an Amerasian girl (she has a Korean mother and an American GI father who didn't stay with the family), and helped arrange her adoption with an American family in Atlanta. From TED2007, it's really worth watching the whole thing: now named Natasha, she's married with children of her own -- and was in the audience as Smolan told of meeting her as a young girl in Korea.
The New Yorker's George Saunders on Sarah Palin:
...Where was I? Ah, yes: I hate Élites. Which is why, whenever I am having brain surgery, or eye surgery, which is sometimes necessary due to all my non-blinking, I always hire some random Regular guy, with shaking hands if possible, who is also a drunk, scared of the sight of blood, and harbors a secret dislike for me.Thanks, Taylor.
In summary: Because my candidate, unlike your winking/blinking Vice-Presidential candidate, who, though, yes, he did run as the running mate when the one asking him to run did ask him to run, which that I admire, one thing he did not do, with his bare hands or otherwise, is, did he ever kill a moose? No, but ours did. And I would. Please bring a moose to me, over by me, and down that moose will go, and, if I had a kid, I would take a picture of me showing my kid that dead moose, going, like, Uh, sweetie, no, he is not resting, he is dead, due to I shot him, and now I am going to eat him, and so are you, oh yes you are, which is responsible, as God put this moose here for us to shoot and eat and take a photo of, although I did not, at that time, know why God did, but in years to come, God’s will was revealed, which is: Hey, that is a cool photo for hunters about to vote to see, plus what an honor for that moose, to be on the Internet.
How does the moose feel about it? Who knows? Probably not great. But do you know what the difference is between a dead moose with lipstick on and a dead moose without lipstick?
Think about it.
Moose are, truth be told, Élites. They are big and fast and sort of rule the forest. Sarah took that one down a notch. Who’s Élite now, Bullwinkle?
Not Sarah.She’s just Regular as heck.
...Charles Darwin: 200 years from your birth, the Church of England owes you an apology for misunderstanding you and, by getting our first reaction wrong, encouraging others to misunderstand you still. We try to practice the old virtues of 'faith seeking understanding' and hope that makes some amends. But the struggle for your reputation is not over yet, and the problem is not just your religious opponents but those who falsely claim you in support of their own interests. Good religion needs to work constructively with good science – and I dare to suggest that the opposite may be true as well.
Note, also, how Fox's Trish Van Pilsum gets hassled by police for filming, even though she was standing on the median strip, well behind the police line. An officer is heard shooting pepperspray at Van Pilsum's feet and saying, "Let's go. I know who you are." More proof that police knowingly targeted journalists. Minneapolis' police chief says he'll look into Lane's treatment and arrest.
Comparing tax plans: Obama would increase taxes for the ultra-wealthy, McCain would give big tax cuts to top earners
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And: The Tax Policy Center does a side-by-side comparison of the plans.
Sarah Palin, Jan. 2, 2008:
“On that Republican ticket, though, there does have to be some kind of diversity, though. A couple of rich, old white men trying to represent a party, much less the nation: I don’t think that’s gonna cut it.”John McCain, Oct. 21, 2007 (discrediting the experience of former NYC mayor Giuliani and former Massachussets Gov. Mitt Romney):
“I need no on-the-job training. I wasn’t a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn’t a governor for a short period of time.”
...McCain's straight talk has become a toxic mix of lies and double-speak. It is leaving a permanent stain on his reputation for integrity, and it is a short-term strategy that eventually will backfire with the very types of independent-thinking voters that were so attracted to him.
When Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasila, Alaska, the city charged rape victims for the kits used to gather evidence about whether a sexual assault occurred, a cost that can run from $300 to $1200. In 2000, such charges were deemed illegal. While some argue Palin had nothing to do with the fees, she in fact was mayor at the time and has a history of hands-on management of every aspect of city governance. Update: The AP chimes in.
My co-worker Chris Steller offers video of testimony by journalists and protesters who were tased, beaten and shot with rubber bullets at the Republican National Convention. One man says police left the metal Taser prongs embedded in his hip for an hour and a half after his arrest, while another says he was praying to God, only to hear an officer say, "There's no God here; we're all devils."
Guntzel is asking for your feedback -- what questions do you have? -- in comments at MnIndy. He makes this fine point:
There is also a more broad line of questioning. How should the deployment of any of these weapons be judged? There were clear incidents of violence by a small handful full of the many thousands of protesters who visited St. Paul, most of those incidents isolated to Monday’s protests (among these incidents: store windows were smashed, a delegate bus was hit with a brick, and at least one counter-protester was aggressively handled). But in each of the separate incidents I witnessed where Triple Chasers, pepper spray, or impact rounds were used, there were no evident acts of violence on the part of protesters.
Youth in iconic RNC protest photo was later beaten by police, according to his mother
Boot print on his back: Photographs, video of 17-year-old RNC protester after run-in with police
RNC Day One Diary: All roads lead to Kellogg Boulevard
RNC Day Two Diary (part I): Huck and me; on the convention floor
RNC Day Two Diary (Part II): Armies of the night
Also, thanks to small-minded trolls, comments here are now being moderated.
Photo: Jeff Severns Guntzel
At St. Paul's Mears Park Tuesday afternoon, shortly after police rounded up protesters and with the din of helicopters hovering overhead, I ran into Buddy O'Bush and Johnny Notindebt of Lobbyists for McCain. Here, we discuss Ferragamo loafers, their desire to run Halliburton as a candidate for public office ("because corporations are people too"), and their hopes for "Four More Years" of the same.