Thursday, October 27, 2011

if you don't have leaders

maybe there's a slight chanceyou might become free from bureaucracy

isn't it strange

Oct 13, 2011
Pittsburgh Show Postponed

The concert scheduled for Pittsburgh, PA tonight has been postponed.
Due to illness, the concert scheduled for Pittsburgh, PA at Carnegie Music Hall tonight has been postponed. We hope to have details concerning rescheduling shortly.

A Democratic Awakening

Pier Paolo Pasolini - A Violent Life

Pasolini's Corpse
Blood stains the steps along with sandals and the brown paper bag Gianni Versace was carrying when he was shot.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

3 Shades of Black

Hart Crane

Buy skinny jeans. Get a cute tattoo!

Ezra # (Pound) - Canto 45

no picture is made to endure or to live with
but it is made to sell and sell quickly

Michael Silverstein - The Wall Street Poet

The Credit Card Poem

I get my fun with Capital One
Discover buys my treasures
And when I’m down there’s Citicorp
Providing needed pleasures.

For special sin, Providian
And to you I’d be lying
If I denied with Sov’reign’s card
I do some basics buying.

They lendeth with an open hand
These banks with rates usurious
With means, I fear, one day I’ll face
A payback that’s delorious.

©2006 Michael Silverstein

Lot 7 - RIVER OF NO RETURN, 1954

Three pairs of denim blue jeans, worn by Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe Collection
The Personal Property of Marilyn Monroe
Christie's Auction House
New York - Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October 1999
Lot 7 - RIVER OF NO RETURN, 1954
Three pairs of denim blue jeans, worn by Marilyn Monroe as "Kay Weston" in the film co-starring Robert Mitchum; one labeled (1-680100435 Helen Thurston A-713), and another labeled (1-68-1-0444 M. Monroe A-713), the jeans are constructed with a zipper and single button closure stamped Foremost JCP Co, designed with two cross-stitched back pockets. (One Illustrated)
Estimate: $20,000-30,000
Selling Price: $42,550
Purchased By: Tommy Hilfiger

Elvis Presley - Free to buy cute jeans!

#Occupy the President

pound O
Kal Penn
lower case eye
a (ah)
add the eye dee!
Richard Simmons for President 2012!

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is a hymn by American writer Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song "John Brown's Body". Howe's more famous lyrics were written in November 1861 and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. It became popular during the American Civil War. Since that time it has become an extremely popular and well-known American patriotic song.
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The Honey Cone
The day that I lost you that's the day I found myself
There's probably a lot of you girls out there
Hung up on a man and you're caught in that old
Familiar way of wanting someone who don't want you
You know, men are full of schemes
And they're masters of getting control of our minds
And making us depedent on them
Hmm! Well, girls,
I was in that weaken boat on trouble waters for years
And believe me, I've been through it all
But this fool got wise
I remember the man I used to love or thought I loved
He used to treat me in any old way'
But still I love the ground he walked on
I was blind as a bat, and I couldn't see for looking
And when he left, I thought my world ended
But you know, time soon healed my wounds
And I've found my new beginning
I just wish he was here so I could tell him
As I look back on the day you left me
I felt that love had forsaken me
As time went by, tears began to dry
Now I see you never really cared
Life is wonderful when love is shared
The day that I lost you that's the day I found myself
Your love controlled, but never consoled me
I was in love, but so unhappy
So many nights, I was in the cold
When you left, you opened up the door
To a world I'd never seen before
The day that I lost you that's the day I found myself
I found love with someone who needs me
I'm loving life the way it should be
I gave you love, you only used me
And when you left, you hurt yourself
I found identity with someone else
The day that I lost you that's the day I found myself
Now don't you know that you only hurt yourself
I'm so glad you're gone 'cause you made me strong
Oh, bless the day you left
'Cause that's the day I found myself
The day that I lost you that's the day I found myself
You better believe it, now

The 99 Percent Are Winning

Oct 21 2011 - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was scheduled to make a speech on income inequality at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Yet after learning that the event would be taking place in a forum open to the public and that hundreds of protesters from Occupy Philly and other allied groups planned to protest his presence, Cantor canceled his appearance. Cantor’s retreat from his speech in Philadelphia was a watershed moment for the 99 Percent Movement — which takes its name from the slogan “We Are The 99 Percent,” referring to the economic struggle between 99 percent of Americans and the richest one percent who hold the economic and political systems of the country hostage. It proved that even one of the country’s most powerful public officials was afraid to face off with the increasingly broad movement calling for economic justice and a more equitable distribution of national income and wealth. Indeed, since Occupy Wall Street began on September 17, the 99 Percent Movement has rapidly expanded, changing the media narrative and winning establishment support. It is a movement that shows no signs of slowing down, and as Ahmed Maher, one of the leading Egyptian student revolutionaries, told ThinkProgress, if it continues to persist it will win in achieving a more equitable and just America.
- The Progress Report

Lily oh Lily

Ave Maria

Mothers of America
let your kids go to the movies!
get them out of the house
so they won’t know what you’re up to
it’s true that fresh air is good for the body
but what about the soul
that grows in darkness, embossed by silvery images
and when you grow old as grow old you must
they won’t hate you
they won’t criticize you they won’t know
they’ll be in some glamorous country
they first saw on a Saturday afternoon or playing hookey

they may even be grateful to you
for their first sexual experience
which only cost you a quarter
and didn’t upset the peaceful home
they will know where candy bars come from
and gratuitous bags of popcorn
as gratuitous as leaving the movie before it’s over
with a pleasant stranger
whose apartment is in the Heaven on Earth Bldg
near the Williamsburg Bridge
oh mothers you will have made the little tykes
so happy because if nobody does pick them up in the movies
they won’t know the difference
and if somebody does it’ll be sheer gravy
and they’ll have been truly entertained either way
instead of hanging around the yard
or up in their room hating you
prematurely since you won’t have done
anything horribly mean yet
except keeping them from the darker joys
it’s unforgivable the latter
so don’t blame me if you won’t take this advice
and the family breaks up
and your children grow old and blind in front of a TV set seeing
movies you wouldn’t let them see when they were young

-Frank O'Hara (1926-1966)

Pope won't take part in common prayers

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has invited Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims to a pilgrimage at the Umbrian hilltop town of Assisi, but the leaders won't take part in common prayers as they did when summoned for a daylong prayer for peace by Pope John Paul II 25 years ago. Instead, Benedict held a pre-trip prayer service for Catholics at the Vatican on Wednesday, since Thursday's Assisi event — unlike the 1986 edition — will only feature time for individual prayer and reflection. Then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger didn't attend the 1986 event and disapproved of members of different faiths praying in the presence of one another. As a result, the 25th anniversary edition won't involve any communal prayer: The estimated 300 participants will be given time to pray silently in individual rooms assigned to each one after lunch. Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, who helped organize Thursday's event as head of the Vatican's justice and peace office, said the "real" prayer for peace commemorating John Paul's 1986 meeting was Wednesday's vigil service inside the Vatican. "The emphasis is on pilgrimage rather than on praying together," Turkson told reporters last week. - NICOLE WINFIELD

Lei Yixin

President Barack Obama and family observe the MLK Jr. National Memorial before the dedication ceremony. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

Harriette Rose Katz

A wedding can be the most special day of a couple’s life together, but also the most stressful. That’s where the pros come in. Wedding planner Harriette Rose Katz, owner of Gourmet Advisory Services, makes sure that everything goes smoothly, so the bride and groom can focus on each other. The Resident checked in with Katz about a recent Saturday on which her team executed a glamorous wedding at The Pierre for 300 guests — one of 35 events her company will coordinate this spring.

6 a.m. After months of preparation, the day has arrived. Wake up and feed my dog, Zoe, and my five cats. Then I get on my elliptical and stretch before tackling my e-mail inbox. The client knows that contact with my team is very important because often, there are last minute changes when guests get sick and cancel, so we are always ready to avert any crises. On event mornings, I eat breakfast, try to read the newspapers and relax before the mayhem begins. 11 a.m. Check in with Janet and Leslie, my two event coordinators, who are at The Pierre evaluating the scene with Mark Rose of DeJuan Stroud Floral Design. I get dressed in my uniform, which is a little inappropriate for the morning: a long black dress, which I’ll wear throughout the day, as time does not allow me to change my outfit. 1 p.m. My assistant Jes picks me up to go to The Pierre. We are carrying with us most of the folders for our day, but the yarmulkes, escort cards, place cards, table numbers, the menus, the cocktail napkins and the restroom amenities baskets are already at The Pierre. I never forget my shopping bag of shoes that gets me through the various stages of the day. I perform a walk-through and then have a meeting with my entire supervisory staff to assign jobs. Each of them has a number of responsibilities to make it all come together. This meeting covers every single detail of the ceremony and reception. A perfect wedding doesn’t just happen… It takes careful and strategic planning. 4:20 p.m. Andy Marcus, the photographer, begins taking photographs of the bride in her suite as she gets ready. So the couple has more time to enjoy the reception, I advise them to have a photography session prior to the ceremony with the wedding party and their families. My staff person in charge of the Sylvia Weinstock cake makes sure it has arrived on time. 6:30 p.m. Ceremony begins right on time as Gale Curtis provides her magical music that the couple has chosen for each member of the wedding party. I usher the bridal party down the aisle just before departing to make sure the whole reception is ready, that the lighting is perfect and that the total operation is running on time. I will not open the doors without making sure that the entire scene will take the guests’ breath away. I always give the couple and their parents a sneak peek before show time! 7 p.m. In the Garden Foyer and The Regency Room, guests enjoy a five-piece jazz group from Hank Lane Music during an elaborate cocktail hour that includes passed hors d’oeuvres, prepared-to-order sushi and Peking Duck, seafood bar, carving station, Middle Eastern station, dim sum, caviar station and a martini bar with ice carvings. 8 p.m. Guests begin moving into the ballroom for dinner as they are greeted by the sounds of Harris Lane and his orchestra. Everyone is shown to his or her magnificent table, each of which is adorned with candlelight. In addition to the candles and to enhance the romance, I like to light the centerpieces with pin spots, which are above the tables and focus a beam of light on the flowers. LED lights are used throughout the rest of the room, and this saturates the space with color. 12:30 a.m. Completely elated and exhausted, but too wound up for sleep, I turn on the TV to catch whatever is on Turner Classic Movies and unwind. I get a call from my team before they leave the site with the final update on how things wrapped up. When I am finally settled, I go to sleep only to wake up at 7 a.m. to do the wedding brunch at The Pierre’s Cotillion Room at 9:30 a.m. –Heather Corcoran & Harriette Rose Katz

The son of a hairdresser and a prizefighter.

John Lydon AKA Johnny RottenI'm not here for your amusement. You're here for mine.
Johnny Rotten

2 boys kept in dog Cage

The boy's mother, 22-year-old Ashly Clark, told officers she put her boys in the cage at night to keep them from climbing out of the trailer through a window.Nebraska USA — Four children were removed from what authorities described as a filthy Nebraska trailer home where a 3-year-old boy and his 5-year-old brother were kept in a wire dog cage, police said Tuesday. North Platte officers went to the home late Monday after receiving a call from someone asking that police check on the welfare of the children living there, police Lt. Rich Hoaglund said. When officers went inside, they were met with the stench of urine and found trash and animal feces throughout the home, Hoaglund said. An officer soon found two boys, ages 3 and 5, in a 30-by-42-inch wire dog kennel. "They had a small child's mattress in there, and that's where both kids were sleeping," Hoaglund said. "The gate on that door was wired shut." The children's mother, 22-year-old Ashly Clark, told officers she put her boys in the kennel at night to keep them from climbing out of the trailer through a window, Hoaglund said. A couple — 25-year-old Bryson Eyten and 24-year-old Samantha Eyten — also lived in the trailer with their 8-year-old and 8-month-old children. Hoaglund said those children were not kept in the cage. - Associated Press

My Dog is a Steeler Fan

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tiger Woods & Big Ben

Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber

Whitey Bulger

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Developing Whitey Bulger Movie
You gotta wrap your fuzzy with a big red bow
Ain't no sum bitch gonna treat me like a ho

When you're runnin' from a trick
And you trip on a hit of acid
You gotta work for the man
But your biggest moneymakers' flaccid
You gotta keep your shit together
With your feet on the ground
There ain't no one gonna listen
If you haven't made a sound
You're an acid junkie college flunky dirty puppy daddy bastard

we've got to grind it out a little bit

Willow Smith
James LassiterMaking his second fundraising trip to the grindhouse inside of a month, President Barack Obama told a Hollywood crowd gathered at producer James Lassiter's Hancock Park house on Monday evening that his reelection campaign "will not be as sexy as the first one." "Back then it was still fresh and new," Obama told the small dinner crowd, which included actor Will Smith and former Laker Magic Johnson. "I didn't have any gray hair. Everybody loved the 'Hope' posters and all that. This time it's - we've got to grind it out a little bit. - The Hollywood Reporter

Mark Lindquist

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mark Lindquist, whose against-the-odds story of survival and heroism in the Joplin tornado touched people around the world, got some good news Monday: The insurance company that initially denied his medical claim agreed to pay. Lindquist, 51, was hurt while trying to protect group home residents during the May 22 twister. Lindquist and a co-worker placed mattresses on top of three middle-aged men with Down syndrome in an effort to protect them from the tornado, even climbed atop the mattresses for added weight. The group home residents died and Lindquist was in a coma for nearly two months, broke every rib, lost most of his teeth and suffered other catastrophic injuries. Lindquist's job paid barely above minimum wage and he couldn't afford medical insurance. He sought workers' compensation, claiming he was injured on the job. His company's workers' compensation provider, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, denied the claim in June "based on the fact that there was no greater risk than the general public at the time you were involved in the Joplin tornado," according to a letter from a claims adjuster. The decision was devastating because Lindquist's medical bills already are more than $2.5 million, and rising, his sister, Linda Lindquist Baldwin said last week. But on Monday, a day after an Associated Press story, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America announced it was changing course. "Upon further review of the case, and receiving additional information on the facts involved in this situation, Accident Fund believes the appropriate decision is to honor Mr. Mark Lindquist's claim for worker's compensation benefits," Mike Britt, president of the Lansing, Mich.-based insurance company, said. "We are committed to working with Mr. Lindquist to ensure he receives all the benefits to which he is entitled and helping him to recover from his injuries." Lindquist said he was thrilled with the news — not just for himself but for the doctors who saved him. He had planned to sell his house to try to pay off some of his bills. Now, he said, he may not have to. - JIM SALTER

Boies, Schiller & Flexner

David Boies (born March 11, 1941) is an American lawyer and chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner.[1] He has been involved in various high-profile cases in the United States.Quote - Mr. Boies has to be the Tiger Woods of the legal profession."--fellow lawyer Fred Furth on the Sotheby's and Christie's price fixing class-action lawsuit.Boies was portrayed by actor Ed Begley, Jr. in the 2008 film Recount.David Boies with Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bill White & Bryan Eure

Bill White and Bryan Eure married in a ceremony officiated by top lawyer David Boies in front of nearly 700 guests including New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Barbara Walters, Gayle King, Clive Davis, former Gov. David Paterson, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and supermodel Karolina Kurkova. The event was planned by Harriette Rose Katz. Aretha Franklin, supposed to be onstage for just 15 minutes, delighted the crowd by singing for an hour with hits including “Respect,” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” Congratulating the newlyweds, she told the crowd, “It is always a pleasure to come back to New York.” MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts was tossed from the event after he caused a commotion during Franklin’s performance, and then argued with security before they ordered him to leave. “It was a beautiful affair. I over-celebrated and I regret it,” Thomas told us last night. The couple drove away in a Maserati convertible to Harry Cipriani at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel on Fifth Avenue for an after-party, where they cut their cake. - NY PostThomas Roberts & Patrick Abner

Prominent New Yorkers Celebrate Nuptials & Marriage Equality at the Four Seasons

Black Gold

Saturday, October 22, 2011

$55.00 George Washington’s Still - Available at The Mount Vernon Gift Shop

In 1797, George Washington established one of the largest whiskey distilleries in America. The stone still house was 75’ x 30’ and included a distilling room outfitted with five copper pot stills, a storage cellar for whiskey, and an office. In 1799, the year of Washington’s death, the distillery produced more than 10,500 gallons of rye whiskey and brandy valued at $7,600. This 48 ounce stoneware whiskey still decanter with glazed food-safe interior is styled after George Washington’s copper pot stills. The decanter stands 9” high and has a base diameter of approximately 5 ½”. Item # 15164

“Our Gay troops will definitely be home for the holidays,” President Obama said in the White House briefing room on Friday.

Beaver Lockdown

"creepn tonight."
CENTER TWP. -- The Penn State-Beaver campus was closed today, and several local school districts were on lockdown after police said a threat made by a former student on Twitter was credible. The former student, Michael Mollett, 21, of 320 E. 11th St., Pittsburgh, posted a threat referencing the Virginia Tech shootings. Campus police reviewed the posting and, after determining that it was a credible threat, alerted Center Township police and the FBI. Chancellor Gary Keefer said the decision was made to close the campus as a precautionary measure. - Beaver County Times