Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Davy Jones

Don Kirshner

i still got a few more dances

Mohammed visits senior citizen in hospitalHis Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, accompanied by Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited senior citizen Mohammed Salem Al Ka'abi at his hospital bed at the Dubai Hospital. Sheikh Mohammed gave instructions to the medical staff to ensure special care and attention needed by all geriatric patients. The visit was part of Sheikh Mohammed's special attention to elderly citizens and his regular inspection to ensure them all their needs. - Emirates 24/7

Erykah Badu

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Soul singer Erykah Badu said Wednesday she holds no grudge against Malaysia's government for barring her from performing after a photograph of her body art offended some Muslims. More than 1,500 people had bought tickets to watch the Grammy-winning American singer at a Kuala Lumpur auditorium Wednesday, but Malaysia's information minister announced on the eve of the concert that it could not proceed because a promotional photo of Badu with the Arabic word for Allah painted on her bare shoulders was "an insult to Islam." "It's sad, because we traveled a long way," Badu told a news conference. "But I'm totally understanding of (the minister's) protection of the laws and its people. He doesn't want anything to happen. I'm good with that." The photograph ignited criticism from some politicians and religious groups in Muslim-majority Malaysia after a newspaper published it Monday in a feature to promote Badu's show. The daily has since apologized for what it called an "oversight" that led to the photo's publication. - SEAN YOONG

Spencer Watson Seupel

Spencer's Mom wrote his obituary.
My beautiful son, Spencer Watson Seupel, of High Falls, New York, took his own life in his fraternity room at Penn State, State College, PA early in the morning of Friday, February 17, 2012. He was 21 years old. Spencer is survived by his brother, Taylor, his mother Celia, his father Herbert, and his grandmother, Genie Watson. Spencer's funeral will be held at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 Thursday, February 23, 2012. Friends and relatives may visit at the funeral home from 2-4pm; a Celebration of Life Service will begin there at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Spencer's name to, an organization founded by my in-laws to help prevent teen suicide.

Spencer loved to be always moving. As a baby, he could be held close only in sleep. As soon as he could stand, he was jumping. As soon as he could walk, he was running. Once, when we were in New York City's Central Park, we came upon a ring of people listening to the haunting Peruvian flutes. Spencer, who was two, ran into the empty space and began to dance. He turned round and round, he jumped, he rolled on the ground and came up waving his arms. Spencer loved to dance and later even studied dance in New Paltz. But he gave up dance for baseball, the more manly sport. Later it was lacrosse and football. Spencer, like all boys in our society, began looking for ways to be a man - as if being himself were not enough. I remember the rage and frustration he felt in Little League when he struck out; the unbearable self-hated. My unending gratitude to Frank Coddington, a coach who saw something special in Spencer and helped Spencer develop what he could be good at - his speed. Spencer was always fast. It seems early on Spencer felt he was not good enough. I don't know why, but I do know it is something many young people feel today. How much teen and youth suicide do we have to endure? In 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. There is despair among the young of our society that springs from a misapprehension of what it means to be human. Every human needs to feel special, to feel that he or she belongs as a valued member, to feel appreciated and honored by others. But so many of us don't. In our huge anonymous schools and conformist youth culture, in our adult world of fame and wealth, social climbing and cool, competition and winning seem to be the only means of finding what we need. We have lost our way. Love and tolerance is the way - the antithesis of teenage culture. As adults, we preach love and tolerance at school, then fail to lead by example. In business, in sports, in entertainment, in personal relationships and in the media … how often do adults place people before profit, a helping hand before blame, caring ahead of winning, others ahead of self? Spencer's true nature was one of extreme sensitivity. He was easily and deeply wounded; he cried when others were cruel. When Spencer was in sixth grade, he told me he thought he should see a doctor because at times, "water" came out of his eyes. Of course, he was not crying; that was not manly. But Spencer was very smart, resourceful, ambitious and determined. As he grew, he built a new and tougher personality: a personality of cool, of fun, of hard work and goals. He built stubborn walls to protect that fragile self. He constructed a defensive, brittle confidence. He made friends; he gave parties; he got drunk; he achieved Eagle Scout; he drove fast. What Spencer really wanted, more than anything else, was closeness. He wanted to be a doctor so he could help others; he was an EMT. How ironic; how typical: His own walls and drive to be the best kept him apart from the closeness he craved. Ever determined, he worked hard on understanding what he was doing wrong, how he could be a better person, a better friend. And I think he was really beginning to get it. Drinking sabotaged all that: seductive, deadly alcohol. The drug that brings down the walls and helps us feel close - as long as we're drunk. The drug that circles back and rakes out your heart. The afternoon before Spencer died, he called me between classes. He was thrilled and excited about a lecture he'd just heard about nanotechnology and medicine. "This is the future," he said. "This is what's going to pull our country out of recession." Spencer had just won an internship for the summer. He was planning on applying to a med school that emphasized the special relationship between doctor and patient. He was excited about his future. That night, Spencer got very, very drunk. Binge drinking at college has been a regular thing since freshman year. Why didn't he get the proper help? Thursday night was one of those binge nights at the frat. He had a fight with his best friend. He said he was going to kill himself. He locked his door and did it. He did not leave a note. He did not look for help. Alcohol brought down those prefabricated walls, and all that was left was thoughtless pain. It was stupid and impulsive and he would not have done this thing if he had not been drunk. Spencer had plans and goals and family that loved him. He knew this. We talked about it -Spencer said he would never do such a thing. But he did. Because of alcohol. The drunken impulse in a moment of despair that can never be taken back. Kids drink this way because they need to escape their own false personalities. They strive to be the best, to be cool, to be popular and successful. Underneath, it's all about the same old human needs: to feel valued, to feel important and special, to belong, to be loved. Lectures and platitudes to the young will never change their society. We must all be the agents of change. Our society, as it gets bigger and more global, must evolve just as our species has evolved. Each of us, at work in the office, at home, in the post office, at the grocery store and in the government, must honor and value each person we encounter. How would your day be if, instead of trying to be right, you were trying to help? In the media, we must pay homage to the ordinary hero: not the superstar, but the man who goes to work and loves his kids, the person of integrity who has the courage of his convictions. The culture of children in huge schools should not be left to run amok with misguided values, churning out young men and women who believe that social status is the measure of their worth. It is more than destructive; it is brutal, a de-evolution of humanity. Now Spencer, finally, is at rest, and I hold him close within me. Please hold him close, as I do, in your mind and your spirit. Remember the meaning of this tragedy. If a young man or woman says maybe I'll kill myself, tell someone. Don't leave him alone. If a young man or woman drinks too much, say something. It's not a game; it's a symptom. And let us find and encourage within ourselves, within our society, those gifts that make each of us special: not star power, not intellectual prowess, but the ineffable mystery and extraordinary beauty of the simple human heart.
- Celia Seupel

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Photos Of The Ohio School Shooter Emerge.

1 dead, 4 wounded in Ohio high school shooting. Photos of TJ Lane from his Facebook page.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Jack Pierson/controlling the use of models

How does it feel?Dear God
I pray Jack Pierson has lots of money so he can pay his models today.
Paul LeRoy Gehres
AKA Teenie Gehres MFA

Should The Government Crack Down On The Use Of Too-Skinny Models?
Ana Carolina RestonWhen the CFDA recently released its new guidelines addressing the problems of anorexia and unhealthy body image, the solutions is provided were just that: guidelines, not ironclad rules. But a new study, presented by the Guardian, presents a tougher alternative: get the government involved and make some rules. In "Anorexia, Body Image and Peer Effects: Evidence from a Sample of European Women," London School of Economics economist Joan Costa-Font and Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet argue that government intervention in the use of overly skinny models is justified to curb the effects too-skinny models have on women's self-image.
- The Huffington Post

Pennsylvania's Year of the Bible

Cartoon Found on Mark Zingarelli's facebook

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Price goes up.

Ken PriceKen Price, Sculptor Whose Artworks Helped Elevate Ceramics, Dies at 77 Price - Hot Bottoms, watercolor on paper, 2005

Ray J

John Chamberlain

Installation view of "John Chamberlain: Choices" at the Guggenheim
"Rooster Starfoot," 1976
"Lord Suckfist," 1989

Richard Armstrong

The Artist


Patty Duke

Friday, February 24, 2012

BARNEY ROSSET, 1922-2012

Cherie Blair v. Newsgroup Newspapers

Tony Blair’s Wife Cherie Sues News Corp.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mother Dolores

Hollywood is full of sinners, but Benedictine nun Mother Dolores — once a starlet in movies with Elvis Presley, Anthony Quinn and Montgomery Clift — has no qualms about returning on Oscar night. The former actress, who was known as Dolores Hart, now wears a black habit and lives in a cloistered order in Bethlehem, Conn. She’ll be walking the red carpet (in her habit) at the Kodak Theatre as the subject of HBO’s short documentary “God is Bigger Than Elvis,” which is up for an Academy Award. “I’m always excited by Hollywood,” says Mother Dolores. “The excitement is even bigger now because I’m not looking for a part.” She was encouraged by an archbishop and her abbess to participate in the HBO film because “they felt this was part of my mission.” Although Mother Dolores walked away from Tinseltown 47 years ago, she has remained an Oscar voter. And while most Academy members are begged by friends for their screeners, the nun says she watches nominated movies in her abbey’s basement alone with her pet bird. “I have my little TV set in the basement, in my office where my parrot lives,” she told us, adding that the other 36 sisters — who pray seven times each day, beginning at 1:50 a.m. — “have absolutely no desire” to watch movies. Does she have qualms about racy films? “I’m not afraid of sex in [movies],” she said. “Sex is not evil; it’s part of life . . . watching movies always tells me what’s happening in civilization and how much people are suffering.” And she still has an eye for a performance. “When I saw George Clooney [in ‘The Descendants’], it was amazing to see him take on that role,” she says. “And Meryl Streep in ‘The Iron Lady’ . . . she’s one of the most brilliant women in our profession.” Dolores contributed to her short with footage, as well. As a “young nun,” she shot home movies in the abbey, and she unearthed footage for director Rebecca Cammisa and HBO documentary doyenne Sheila Nevins to use. - NY Post

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ross Park Mall being searched after bomb threat

A large shopping mall in the northern suburbs is being searched this morning after an employee reported finding a bomb threat written on a wall in a restroom. Bomb-sniffing dogs are being used at Ross Park Mall in Ross, and township police have blocked off all entrances from McKnight Road. Ross police detective Brian Kohlhepp said five dogs are being used to search the facility, and five more are being brought in to assist. The mall was evacuated of all workers. It is set to open for business at 10 a.m., pending the progress of the search.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sister Carol Keehan

Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie were spotted on the streets of London Thursday night dressed as a nun and the pope for a kabbalah party to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim, which commemorates the day Queen Esther saved the Jewish people living in ancient Persia from extermination. “Yes, she was dressed as a nun and Guy was dressed as the pope,” Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said. “Some Catholic groups are saying stuff, but Purim is a joyous holiday occasion. Madonna and Guy had a great time drinking and dancing. It’s funny, because she said that she was happy that the pictures of her are out there because her father would be so proud. She said that when she was a girl she wanted to be a nun and she guesses that she’s still a nun at heart.” - all about Madonna dot com


Madonna has taken to the airwaves to express her disappointment with M.I.A.'s decision to flip the bird at cameras during the halftime show, calling the move a "teenager ... irrelevant thing to do." Madge was chatting with Ryan Seacrest about her performance when he brought up the incident. To the pop star, the middle finger was simply "out of place" at a show characterized by "such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity." Madge also called into Carson Daly's show and said M.I.A. has apologized to her. The halftime show was viewed by well over 100 million people. Reactions to the incident varied from bemused to enraged, and NBC and the NFL both condemned M.I.A. (and blamed each other for the fact that censors didn't block her middle finger). - The Huffington Post

And now I know

Where DO Broken Hearts go?

Jennifer Hudson fights back tears

as she performs “I Will Always Love You” at the moving Grammy tribute to Whitney Houston. - NY Post

Battleship named after Gabrielle Giffords

R/B = Sell your pain cathexis oil and cigarettes

Beat the other women and dominates the market with her brand.
She's the winner.

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The Conversion of St Paul