Art Pottery, Politics and Food
Saturday, September 03, 2005
A terrible struggle against the powers of darkness has pervaded the whole of human history.
A fact made more evident by the horrible natural and man-made calamities of the past few years.
Many forms of exorcism have been practiced to rid humanity of these noxious creatures.
The occurrence of diabolic possession is very difficult to understand.
Signs of diabolic possession include…the knowing of distant or hidden things, abnormal fixation on physical exercise, worship of false military industrial complex gods and participation in Potions, Incantations and Mysticism such as practiced by secret elitist fraternities such as Skull and Bones, an organization specifically mentioned in the Catholic Rite of Exorcism.
Basic rules for exorcising questionably elected satanic demons:
1) Reject any and all types of unnatural insights...They are intended to seem worthy...The evil spirits giving these insights...will seek full control over a captivated persons being.
2) Evil spirits place whatever obstacles they can in the way...so that the afflicted one appears to be freed.
3) Sometimes the devil will leave the possessed person in peace...to make it appear that he has departed. In fact, the arts and frauds of the evil one for deceiving a man are innumerable.
4) The exorcist must not digress into senseless prattle...Instead, he will bid the unclean spirit keep silence and answer only when asked.
5) [All] nonsense on the part of the evil spirit — the exorcist should prevent it or contemn it, and he will exhort the bystanders...to pay no attention to such goings on.
6) Pronounce the exorcism in a commanding and authoritative voice, and at the same time with great confidence, humility, and fervor.
7) Pay attention as to what words in particular cause the evil spirits to tremble, repeating them the more frequently.
Modified Image: Reuters, The Passion of the Christ
Friday, September 02, 2005
Bunker Or ICU?
John at AmericaBlog makes an excellent point regarding the Bush administration's ham-footed response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Where is the acting President Dick Cheney?
AmericaBlog wonders "Is Cheney ill?":
We've heard nothing from him for weeks.
And now that New Orleans, and the entire Bush administration, is a massive disaster, no word from Cheney at all?
Is that because he's on super secret double background vacation, or because he's seriously ill?
Thusfar no one in national politics or the mainstream press has raised this issue but AmericaBlog's Michael does link to Charlie Rangel's curious late August remark on the NY1 cable channel:
The further Bush is away from Washington, the better it is. And sometimes I don't even think Cheney is awake enough to know what's going on...he's a sick man you know...He's got heart disease, but the disease is not restricted to that part of his body. He grunts a lot, so you never really know what he's thinking...Why do you think people are spending so much time praying for President Bush's health?
Now Mr. Rangel, if I'm any judge of a frank politician with an excellent sense of humor, was being facetious, but I suspect he formed his remark around a real kernel of political truth, Cheney's recently precarious health.
This past June a modest flurry of eyewitness reports had the White House seriously spinning Cheney's QT visit to a Vail, Colorado hospital.
The last few times I saw video of acting President Cheney, I remember remarking that, as in the photo above, he was, perhaps, too liberally smeared with rouge and pancake make-up, but also, the last time I remember seeing footage of Mr. Cheney I particularly remarked that the artificial face coloring didn't really obscure the Vice President's apparent exhaustion.
Is the Vice President hale and hearty?
Or, is he in the hospital wing of the bunker?
America, in this time of crisis, needs to know.
This little item appeared near the bottom of Dan Froomkin's 1:51PM post on WashingtonPost.com:
Vice President Cheney, who had been spending part of August at his home in Wyoming, returned to Washington yesterday.
So, I'm imagining he's in such a state that he dare not be photographed or videotaped making any kind of Katrina statement or he just doesn't give a rat's ass about the biggest disaster in American history.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Shopping While Gulf States Burn...
From the blog Gawker.com:
Moments ago at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleeza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes (we’ve confirmed this, so her new heels will surely get coverage from the WaPo’s Robin Givhan). A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice’s timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, “How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!” Never one to have her fashion choices questioned, Rice had security PHYSICALLY REMOVE the woman.
In my image, I show two pair of Manolo Blahniks...much more tasteful than Ferragamo but, be assured, as expensive.
Poor little declasse Condi...I guess it figures she'd go for the more gauche, buckle-bedecked and dominitrixie Ferragamos.
As someone online just said, she should be airdropped into central New Orleans for a little fashion show and, hopefully, a little street justice.
Image: MarkShields.com, NeimanMarcus.com, TheRetailerSource.com
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Laugh or Cry?
The President views Katrina damage from the lofty perch of a comfy Air Force 1 seat
According to CNN:
"It's devastating. It's got to be doubly devastating on the ground," Bush said.
So says the master of understatement fresh from 5 weeks of bicycling and napping.
Photo: Paul Morse-White House
Perhaps you have noticed after a 10-day absence that I’ve reinserted a delicate toe into the murky waters of the blogsphere with three recent posts, not counting this one.
I’m simply suffering from what is becoming my annual August allergy to current events and all opinions regarding same, including my own.
I’m hoping that upon concluding a, please God, sunny October in Florida that my bloggy battery will be recharged.
Though I wasn’t posting from August 19 to the 29th I did experience some interesting art pottery doings that soothed my news-addled brain.
For example, this fairly rare 12” Weller Ardsley-line fluted vase (Ardsley shape 1-C) was languishing in a local antique mall with an astonishingly economical price tag of $180.
Sam Weller’s pottery only produced molded Ardsley ceramics between 1919 and 1928 and this large and beautifully glazed example could have easily sold many times over its selling price.
This pot is living proof that sharp-eyed antique mall browsers can still realize excellent buys.
A tiny window into rising American Art Pottery prices was opened when this beautiful 2” diameter American Encaustic Tiling Company manufactured ceramic disc was recently sold on Ebay for a lofty hammer of $81.
Only one year ago the Cincinnati Art Galleries sold a lot of three of these rare and beautiful little precursors to buttons and plastic badges for $120.
I would appreciate an email from anyone knowing the name of the union or fraternal organization represented by the design on this delicate and charming ceramic medallion.
Informed sources tell us that this earthy 8” Rookwood Pottery gourd-shaped, matte-glazed and, likely, William Hentschel-designed production vase from 1927 was the object of a bidding war between representatives of Cincinnati’s two leading art pottery auction houses at a summer auction held by the Queen City’s oldest antique dealer, the Karp family's 120 year-old Main Auction Gallery on 4th Street.
Interestingly, our sources tell us a private collector trumped the big boys with an absentee bid of $500!
All art pottery aside and returning to my base fascination with politics, I was stunned, this morning, to read an editorial in the heavily Republican Cincinnati Enquirer, where this cynical blogger once slaved as a humble copy boy, slamming Kentucky Governor “Fast” Ernie Fletcher for questionable pardons:
Kentuckians may be at a loss to decide which was more offensive: Gov. Ernie Fletcher's pre-emptive pardon of his indicted aides, or his remarks justifying such arrogant actions…Other Kentucky governors have pardoned aides before trial, but that doesn't excuse Fletcher's abuse of his pardoning powers. His Fifth Amendment plea and the pardons just add to this administration's record of contempt for the merit law.
Maybe tomorrow the Enquirer will rail against President Bush’s tardy leadership with regard to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Photos: sean, governor.ky.gov
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!
Mrs. Ernie Fletcher, showing a little untanned boob, escorts another into the Grand Jury room
Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, today, appeared before the Special Grand Jury examining corrupt state hiring practices for exactly 2 minutes and 18 seconds, according to one Associated Press report:
Fletcher said he gave his name, address and occupation to the grand jury.
A report combining AP material with local reporting published in a free northern Kentucky weekly owned by heavily Republican local developers has Fletcher hotfooting it out of the grand jury room and into Franklin Circuit Judge William Graham’s chambers “to explain why he had invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination” in what must have been an action-packed 2 minute and 18 second grand jury appearance that seemingly included a pesky sworn oath.
In a lengthy press conference at the state Capitol building following Fast Ernie’s grand jury zoom, zoom, zoom, the newly loquacious Fletcher seemed to follow the national Republican lead by blaming the opposition’s “corrupt political machine” as well as his own “overeager young managers” for certain executive failings now reinforced by yesterday’s questionable pardons.
Oddly, our morally double-jointed Governor confessed to the assembled press that he was not able to "anticipate or conceive of a situation" where he would self-pardon.
“I would like this to be a new day”, said Fast Ernie.
According to quotes found in AP and Cincinnati Post reports, that new day's dawn might be indefinately delayed.
Joe Gershtenson, director of the Center for Kentucky History and Politics at Eastern Kentucky University said, "Pardons are risky...They inevitably create at least some perception that there's some guilt."
According to state Rep. Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, KY, yesterday was "a dark day for the state" and "the governor's finally admitted guilt...Not only has he committed political suicide, but he's also damaged a lot of Republican careers in the House and in the Senate.
They'll all go down the tubes with him."
Regarding deputy Chief of Staff Dick Murgatroyd, Rep. Keene also said, "This is it for Dick Murgatroyd."
Monday, August 29, 2005
Fletch Pours Gas on Fire
Governor attempts a clintonian lip bite
Here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky we sometimes joke that the next stop after the Governor’s mansion for certain staff and family members is often the state prison.
Ernie Fletcher, the Christian governor who campaigned for government cleanliness, tonight set in motion his likely impeachment and a future crafting license plates by pardoning staff members who have yet to be charged with violating state hiring practices.
According to Lexington’s WKYT, Fletcher’s actions “could just open several new fronts on the legal battleground” recently complicated by grand jury findings “that federal laws may have been violated”.
Fletcher’s “pardons” come one day before the embattled Governor is due to appear before that same special grand jury.
Fletcher’s claim that senior staff members merely provided “’inadequate oversight’ of younger people” is particularly laughable when considering the open secret of closeted homosexuality among some of these senior staffers and their regular close oversight of young male companions at various state Republican party functions.
The Governor, according to a variety of sources, promised that he would appear but not testify before the grand jury tomorrow.
Grand jurors, I imagine, will feel no such verbal hesitancy toward our sly Governor.
From TIME magazine's infamous and unidentified source wacky Matt Cooper:
When he went biking with Lance Armstrong in Crawford earlier this month, the two, at one point, approached a particularly steep and rocky hill. Bush "wouldn't even contemplate going up it," recalls a senior Bush official. For his part, Armstrong cruised up the incline.
Cooper's mysterious source doesn't mention if the flabbier-than-Lance President sobbed and took comfort from a well-sucked opposable digit.