Thursday, March 31, 2011

Devastating to Pennsylvania

Senator Robert Casey
Phone: 202-224-6324
Pastor Matt Staniz and RFD Brian Sweeney Congratulating Sen. Pat Toomey
Senator Pat Toomey
Phone: 202-224-4254

Senators Robert Casey and Pat Toomey need to hear from all of us about it right now, before they cut a deal in the next few days.

Please spread the word about all of these proposed cuts to Pennsylvania:

$71 million would be cut from federal funds for clean and safe water in Pennsylvania.1
6,100 Pennsylvania children would be immediately cut from Head Start, which provides comprehensive early childhood development services for at-risk children ages zero to five.2
$176 million would be cut from Pell Grants, affecting all 313,000 higher education students with those grants in Pennsylvania.3
Job training and employment services would be effectively eliminated for 6,900 dislocated workers, 30,000 low-income adults, and 8,000 youths age 14 to 21.4
$5.1 million would be cut from law enforcement assistance, taking cops off the beat.5

Daniel Mintz - MoveOn

Google bought LeRoy

and you should too.

A visual prayer.

State of the Art"God is leading our fight. God has already given us the victory," - Simone Gbagbo

Noel Coward's was purchased for £420.

Portraits and Prices of Legendary Poets From Bonhams's Recent "Papers & Portraits" Auction

Slide show with price tags from ARTINFO


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Patti Smith 1997 London UK
Patti Smith 2010 in Hollywood, California.Jackson Pollock, Clement Greenberg, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner and an unidentified child at the beach, ca. 1952. Photographer unknown. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner papers, circa 1905-1984. Archives of American Art.

I was lost in a valley of pleasure.
I was lost in the infinite sea.
I was lost, and measure for measure,
love spewed from the heart of me.
I was lost, and the cost,
and the cost didn't matter to me.
I was lost, and the cost
was to be outside society.
Patti Smith 1975Chuck Close Al Gore

America: Now and Here

Laurie Simmons's “Red White and Blue Room”

Sir Richard Branson

Blonde Oil #2

by LeRoy Moer Hoel

The Deepwater Horizon rig explosion

Bloomberg News reported that federal prosecutors are considering filing manslaughter charges against BP managers in the April 20, 2010, deaths of 11 crewmembers of the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. BP, which has already paid billions of dollars to help clean up the largest accidental oil spill in history and compensate those who suffered economic losses, has been under the threat of criminal indictments since June. To date, the blame for the well blowout has been widely distributed, with BP deflecting much, if not most, of the responsibility for the disaster to the companies the oil company had hired to drill and manage their well. An indictment of BP managers for manslaughter would be a dramatic refutation of that position. - Tom Shroder

Tayyip Erdogan

“Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights,” was awarded to Mommar Gadaffi’s friend and ally, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The prize is awarded every year to an individual who has worked toward protecting and advancing human rights. “The Prize categorically believes that freedom is an indivisible natural right for Man; it is not a gift or grace from anybody, and that safeguarding it is a general human responsibility,” said a press release describing the award and announcing the 2010 winner. Erdogan, who traveled to Tripoli in November to claim the “coveted” prize was honored. “You can be sure that this award will encourage our struggle for human rights in regional and global sense,” said Erdogan “The only thing we want in our region and in the globe is peace and justice. If there is prosperity in the region, every state will benefit. All regional states would benefit from peace, harmony and stability. Everyone must be sure of one thing: Whatever we want for ourselves, we also want for others.” - The Asbarez Post

Gotti: Three Generations

John Travolta is set to play John Gotti Sr., the mobster known as the Dapper Don, in the indie pic Gotti: Three Generations. Nick Cassavetes will direct the screenplay by Leo Rossi, which focuses on the relationship between John Gotti Sr., the head of the Gambino crime family who died in prison in 2002, and his son John Gotti Jr., who took over the family business for his father, served time in prison, but then successfully escaped conviction in four subsequent racketeering trials. - The Hollywood Reporter

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Jeff Immelt
According to The New York Times, last year General Electric (GE) made over $14.2 billion in profit, but paid NO federal tax.1 None. Now GE is slashing health benefits and retirement benefits for new employees among non-union workers and is expected to push unions to accept similar cutbacks3, while its CEO, Jeff Immelt, gets a 100% pay raise.4 - moveOn

Sign the petition calling for GE CEO Jeff Immelt to step down as chair of the President's Jobs Council.

Even Newt Gingrich A Little Depressed By Prospect Of Him Running For President

WASHINGTON—Expressing a reaction similar to millions of other dismayed Americans, Newt Gingrich admitted Monday that he too was feeling "pretty bummed out" about the prospect of a Newt Gingrich presidential campaign. While confirming his ardent desire to be president, the former Speaker of the House told reporters the mere fact that American voters were seriously considering Newt Gingrich to be a viable Republican candidate in 2012 was a fairly distressing development that made him question the direction the country was moving in. "Even when I see my name on a list of potential candidates, I think, you gotta be kidding me—Newt Gingrich?" said Gingrich, frowning and shaking his head in disbelief. "People are actually getting excited about the guy who engineered the 1995 government shutdown? I'm sorry, but that's just sad." "It's 2011, for God's sake," Gingrich added. "Can't we get a fresher name to represent the Republican Party in the 21st century than Newt Gingrich?" Though he acknowledged a Gingrich candidacy would definitely fire up certain segments of the conservative base, and likely build up a fair amount of momentum on name- recognition alone, Gingrich said that knowing we lived in a world where these kinds of political realities existed at all was a rather grim and sobering thought. - The Onion

Find something better than capitalism.

The world is facing a choice between international capitalism and state capitalism. A new system must be invented. - George Soros
A New World Architecture

Thanks Bob!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels to Be Auctioned at Christie’s

According to sources, the actress’s brilliant baubles — estimated in the past at $150 million collectively — are expected to be auctioned by Christie’s sometime in the future. (A Christie’s spokeswoman declined to comment.) Part of what makes her collection so special is its quality, according to Luxury Jewels of Beverly Hills President/CEO Peter Sedghi, who worked with the star on her House of Taylor jewelry line. “She had the most amazing eye,” he tells PEOPLE. “To be honest, she knew more than I did [about jewelry]. When you would show her stones, she would tell you the origin, if it’s good quality, bad quality, where it came from.” And though Taylor loved it all — colored stones, pearls — she had a special place in her heart for diamonds, Sedghi says. “She had a collection like I’ve never seen before, and she knew exactly what every one was — what the diamonds were, the quality. But it was more for her; it was … the history behind it. A lot of them had sentimental value.” Friend and celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz says such sparklers were a natural part of Taylor’s history. “The studios, in order to make her happy, they’d always give her jewelry. So she grew up collecting it,” she explains. “People always gave her gifts … it was something that she learned to love.” And she took great care of them, too. “She [had] collections and collections, and rooms. She [knew] where every single piece was. [It was] amazing.” Of all her baubles — which included the 69-carat Taylor-Burton diamond (pictured, purchased for more than $1 million) — it was the 33-carat Krupp diamond, gifted to her by fifth husband Richard Burton, that she treasured most. But regardless of which jewels she preferred, she was always wearing at least one. In fact, Schwartz remembers receiving a phone call one morning in 2003 after Taylor had taken a fall. “She was like, ‘I don’t feel good, my hair is dirty but I’m wearing my bracelet,’” she recalls. “I mean, fabulous.” - People

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Voodoo Flags – A Visual Prayer

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