Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sylvester

Liberace


God is a construct.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan



My Message To The Church

Particularly Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who's having a conniption over the approval of gay marriage in New York state.
I've got news for you, Timothy:

God is a construct.

People invented Him ages ago for solace, and then other people (like yourself) twisted him around to further beat down the oppressed.

A symbol of love bizarrely became used as a tool of hate.


What's more, the bible is a man-written collection of stories with all kinds of messages--some inspirational, some outlandish, and others downright impractical.

Many positive ideas can be gleaned from it--including the need for tolerance and acceptance--but to take every word of it at face value and use that as a literal-minded
primer for living is so absurd it's no wonder the church has become increasingly out of touch with the realities of modern civilization.

You seem to love emphasizing the parts that supposedly make gayness sinful and gay marriage an aberration.

You ignore so much of the rest of the book, it makes me wonder if you're as much of a speed reader as you are a hatemonger.

Don't you realize that people can believe in any God they want?

And that you can intepreret the bible any way you want?

Religion is a choice--unlike being gay!

To persist in bludgeoning people with your bigotry sent from on high is a pigheaded act that my God wouldn't approve of.

It's especially perverse considering that for decades, the church covered up internal pedophilia, and then, when it came out, decided to blame it on homosexuality rather than on the church's own policies!

Now that gays have finally been granted the right to live happy, healthy, sanctioned lives together, you condemn that!

You made excuses for the grossness and now take aim at the consensual, adult loving?

My God is so ashamed of you.

- MICHAEL MUSTO

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Study for a Portrait"


Francis Bacon's dark and decidedly gloomy "Study for a Portrait" from 1953 that sold as the top lot to an anonymous telephone bidder for £17,961,250 ($28,666,155). The lot had carried an unpublished, on-request estimate in the region of £10-15 million pounds. Regally seated behind Bacon's de rigeur gold and glass frame, the figure also seemed transitional, between the much-sought-after Pope series and his film-noir like businessmen in dark suits that followed later in the decade. - ARTINFO

Aleister Crowley – Grandfather of George Bush


A number of reports indicate, the grandfather of former U.S. President, George W. Bush, was murderous Satanist, Aleister Crowley (1876-1947), who was once dubbed “The most wicked man on earth.” Coincidentally, so was his grandson while in office. Crowley's wives and girlfriends ended up in mental asylums, committed after the sick things and teachings he brought into their lives. The President’s mother is Barbara Bush. Her mother is Pauline Robinson Pierce, who is said to have had a sexual relationship with Crowley, while staying at a mutual friend's home, where his wife was also present. Pierce fell pregnant, returned to America and married Marvin Pierce. Pauline Robinson Pierce was later labeled mentally ill as well. Crowley engaged in human sacrifices to Satan at his mansion in Britain. His grandson Bush engaged in human sacrifice in calling a terrible war he knew to be fraudulent, using it as an excuse to steal oil in the Middle East. Bush got a double dose of evil running through his family line, as his paternal grandfather, Prescott Bush, bankrolled the construction of concentration camps under the Nazis. In observing the aftermath of the Bush presidency, it is safe to state, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. - The Judiciary Report

Judge Denny Chin



Bernard Madoff has spoken up from prison, again, to attack the judge who sentenced him to 150 years. He tells the New York Times the judge, Albert Chin, made him; “the human piƱata of Wall Street.” “In my mind, Chin was anything but fair, with zero understanding of the industry,” Madoff says, who adds financial firms and government regulators “caused the recession, not me.” He also notes, “There’s a big difference with dying in prison, you know, and dying outside with your family.” Chin tells The New York Times that he considered giving Madoff, 73, a sentence that would have allowed him to walk free before he died. “In the end, I just thought he didn’t deserve it,” Chin explains. “The benefits of giving him hope were far outweighed by all of the other considerations.” - DBeast

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/nyregion/judge-denny-chin-recounts-his-thoughts-in-bernard-madoff-sentencing.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha2

Poplawski gets death


Richard Poplawski's mother, Margaret Poplawski, left,and his great aunt, Josephine Duffy, leave the courthouse.
John Heller/Post-Gazette

Barbra Streisand WHAT MATTERS MOST


"May God have mercy on your soul," Judge Manning told Richard Poplawski.



Richard Poplawski should die by lethal injection for murdering three Pittsburgh police officers, a jury ruled on Tuesday, capping an eight-day trial and a two-year ordeal for the officers' families and the police department. "We take no comfort in it," said city police Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson. "It cannot assuage the pain and discomfort it has caused us and the families of the three slain officers. I'm sure the three officers are resting in peace today. They too can finally find some justice." Poplawski, 24, looked at the jury but showed no emotion as the foreman announced the three death sentences for the April 4, 2009, shootings of Officers Eric G. Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo II, who responded to a 911 call about a domestic disturbance at his Stanton Heights home. The jury of seven men and five women -- brought in from Dauphin County because of pretrial publicity -- convicted Poplawski on Saturday of 28 charges, including three counts of first-degree murder. Many jurors cried during the trial, but none was in tears as the death sentence was read. They deliberated fewer than two hours before informing the judge they had reached a decision.Richard Poplawski should die by lethal injection for murdering three Pittsburgh police officers, a jury ruled on Tuesday, capping an eight-day trial and a two-year ordeal for the officers' families and the police department. "We take no comfort in it," said city police Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson. "It cannot assuage the pain and discomfort it has caused us and the families of the three slain officers. I'm sure the three officers are resting in peace today. They too can finally find some justice." Poplawski, 24, looked at the jury but showed no emotion as the foreman announced the three death sentences for the April 4, 2009, shootings of Officers Eric G. Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle and Paul J. Sciullo II, who responded to a 911 call about a domestic disturbance at his Stanton Heights home. The jury of seven men and five women -- brought in from Dauphin County because of pretrial publicity -- convicted Poplawski on Saturday of 28 charges, including three counts of first-degree murder. Many jurors cried during the trial, but none was in tears as the death sentence was read. They deliberated fewer than two hours before informing the judge they had reached a decision. Poplawski spoke for just the second time during the trial when Manning informed him he had a right to make a statement during sentencing. "I'd like to apologize ... " Poplawski said before Brennan and fellow defense attorney Lisa Middleman hushed him. If he gave a statement, Tranquilli would have been able to cross-examine him, Manning explained. The abbreviated apology, which jurors did not hear, followed hours of testimony from Poplawski relatives and former teachers who said he grew up in an abusive home, the son of an unloving, alcoholic mother and a father who abandoned him. They portrayed Poplawski as a bright boy with above-average intellect -- his IQ is 130-140 -- who loved kittens and helped kids who weren't as smart as he with their schoolwork. "He was never in my office. He was never a problem," said Sister Mary John Cock, principal of Immaculate Conception school in Bloomfield, where Poplawski was a student for six years. Poplawski's father and namesake testified that he left his wife when his son was about 3 because of a rocky relationship. The turning point came after Margaret stabbed him during two domestic battles, he said. Manning said he will sentence Poplawski on the remaining charges on Sept. 6. The judge repeated the jury's death sentence and told him "he shall be put to death by lethal injection" upon a warrant signed by the governor. - Bobby Kerlik

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lady Gaga sued over fundraising effort for Japan


DETROIT - A lawsuit filed in Detroit claims music star Lady Gaga is misleading her fans with an online pitch for donations for victims of the Japan earthquake. Lady Gaga's website is selling $5 wristbands that say, "We Pray For Japan." The website also allows people to make additional donations and says "all proceeds go directly to Japan relief efforts." But the lawsuit notes that sales tax and a $3.99 shipping charge are added. Detroit-area attorney Alyson Oliver believes not all money is going to help the Japanese. She wants an accounting. An email seeking comment was left Monday with a spokesman for Lady Gaga. The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Detroit. It seeks class-action status and possible refunds for people who bought wristbands. - AP

Perp, 17, returns a changed woman

A teenage assault suspect showed up in a Brooklyn courtroom yesterday looking demure but glamorous weeks after a judge yanked a sweetheart plea deal because of the girl's bad attitude and trampy attire. The extreme makeover for 17-year-old Chazmia Morrison impressed Justice Patricia DiMango, who had ripped into her at her last appearance for wearing torn jeans and an off-the-shoulder top that revealed her bra straps and tattoos. "You look quite the lady," DiMango told Morrison, who went from perp walk to catwalk, turning up in black trousers and a pleated white blouse, topped by a black zip-up sweater."Thank you," replied Morrison, whose beast-to-beauty transformation included a deportment shift that would have made Henry Higgins proud. Morrison's star turn in the Brooklyn Supreme Court edition of "Extreme Makeover" came, she explained, after "I thought about it [and] learned my lesson." She was charged with assault for participating in an April 1 attack on a girl to prevent her from singing in a talent show -- and attempted to plead guilty in exchange for five years' probation and youthful-offender status, which would clear her record if she keeps her nose clean. But at her first appearance, Morrison admitted she had smoked pot before coming to court; and, at the second, she committed her fashion crime and refused to admit her role in the assault. DiMango allowed the penitent Morrison to plead guilty to attempted felony assault -- after adding a couple of conditions, including taking part in a drug-treatment program and getting a summer job. Morrison added one piece of fashion advice: "I want you dressing appropriately when you go to your job." - WILLIAM J. GORTA

Please Try To Forget Richard Poplawski

8-year-old Jennifer Mayhle, daughter of slain Pittsburgh Police Officer Stephen J. Mayhle prays at night and asks God to help her quit thinking about Richard Poplawski.Marena Kelly, window of slain Pittsburgh police officer Eric Kelly, is seen in the courthouse hallway during a short break in the penalty phase following Richard Poplawski's murder conviction.Margaret Poplawski, mother of Richard Poplawski, in yellow, and his grandmother, Catherine Scott, next to her, leave Allegheny County Courthouse on Monday during the penalty phase of the capital murder trial.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11179/1156710-53.stm?cmpid=HBEHTML#ixzz1QZL56U3K

Michele Bachmann

Monday, June 27, 2011

STRUCKY LIKE

"She's Posted"

Robert Miller

Robert Mapplethope

NY Gay Pride Parade





Today


Jurors will begin weighing whether Richard Poplawski, convicted Saturday of murdering three Pittsburgh police officers, should die by lethal injection.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11178/1156547-53-0.stm?cmpid=HBEHTML#ixzz1QTYcuTBf

1980


Officer Leonard C. Miller
John C. Lesko
Michael J. TravagliaEven if jurors choose to impose the death penalty, the defendant can appeal to the state Supreme Court, and also challenge the sentence in federal court for many years. John C. Lesko of Pittsburgh and Michael J. Travaglia of Washington Township in Westmoreland County were in their 20s when they killed rookie Apollo police Officer Leonard C. Miller in January 1980 during a "kill for thrill" rampage. The men were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death, but appealed their sentences numerous times. More than 30 years later, they are in their 50s, and still waiting for rulings from the state Supreme Court. - Amy McConnell Schaarsmith

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Richard Simmons by Daniel Luna

Joan Collins








Erasure

Kurt Shaw - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The remaining works on display are quite compelling, if not beautiful. Pittsburgh artist Paul LeRoy Gehres, a.k.a. LeRoy "King of Art" MFA, presents a fabric-collage installation of pop-cultural references in his installation "I'm a Lover not a Fighter." The installation encourages audience participation with FOR TWOS, a wearable garment designed for the interaction of two people at once, originally invented by German contemporary artist Franz Erhard Walther. Visitors are invited to wear the FOR TWOS, have a conversation about the subject matter that Gehres has printed on each, photograph the process, post the photos on his "I'm a Lover not a Fighter" Facebook page and continue the conversation on his blog, lovernotafighter.blogspot.com, making for one of the more engaging works in the exhibit.

Read more: Massive '2011 Pittsburgh Biennial' showcases works of artists with connection to region - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/museums/s_743374.html#ixzz1QP3uXBQ2

i ain't gonna study war no more

Richard Poplawski found guilty


Allegheny County prosecutors will now argue that Richard Poplawski should be put to death now that a jury convicted him on Saturday of three counts of first-degree murder for fatally shooting three Pittsburgh police officers.
There are 212 people on the Pennsylvania's death row.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11177/1156388-53.stm?cmpid=relatedarticle

Flowers with images of the three Pittsburgh Police officers killed, answering a domestic call in Stanton Heights, hang in front of the house on Fairfield Street where the incident occurred.