For years art critics wrestling with this problem were forced to carve up his 70-year career into the “good” Surrealist years and the embarrassing “bad” decades — when the mustachioed eccentric was accused of megalomania, catering to dictators and selling out through his numerous TV stints.
In France in the late 1960s, Dali was more known as the face of a chocolate ad than as a painter.
But a landmark exhibit at Paris’ Pompidou Center — featuring more than 120 paintings including the melted clocks of his famed 1931 work “The Persistence of Memory” alongside film work and TV appearances — aims to rewrite the art history books. It shows how his mass-media period, shunned by critics, was in fact extremely influential and must be reconciled with his early work to fully understand the scope of his genius.
“The surrealists said that we shouldn’t like his ‘bad’ years... But we can no longer ignore their influence on art in the 50s, 60s and 70s,” said curator Jean-Michel Bouhours.
Only Silver Point and Monarch could have kept Hostess out of liquidation and kept the Twinkie bakery ovens firing. But they were, ultimately, unable to reach a deal with the unions that represents the workers who make and deliver products like Twinkies, Wonderbread and Ding Dongs. Without large union concessions—what some would say, total union capitulation—the hedge funds decided Hostess would have to die.
This is America 2012.
We relected Presidnet Obama, not becasue we loved the job he did during his Nobel Peace Prize winning first term... it is becasue we needed to stop Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and the raging lunatics on the corporate right from destroying the American Dream.
Well, they are still at it after the election. It is time for President Obama to step up and actually do something, not just say something for all the people that sent him back to the White House for another four years.
It is because of stories like this Hostess scandal... this treasonous corporate behavior... that I hoped Richard Trumka or someone from the progressive left had ran a Democratic Primary challenge against Presiden Obama.
You know there are no Twinkies in Malia's and Sasha's lunch box.
Americana and Psychedelic Pill: Not bad for someone who didn't graduate from the Disney School of Pop Music.
Neil Young celebrates a birthday today and is still on the road kicking ass and taking names.
Here is a piece of American history, full of American heros and of course... hero-villlians based on your Fair & Balanced world view: The Bonus Army and President Hoover's decision to attack.
The Bonus Army In Washington from Historynet.com
Watching the realization that they have drunk their own poison at FOX News and in the Conservative Pundit world on Election Night is worth hitting the ‘Replay’ at least a dozen times.
What makes it so delicious is watching the poor conservative foot soldiers stunned that the heavens above America have not opened and God himself has not stolen the election for the 65 year old, rich, Mormon Mitt Romney and police sketch of a date rapist, Little Pauly Ryan.
The Republican Party and their Entrepreneurial Master Class have just spent four years hating women, poor folk, unions, seniors, veterans, scientists, doctors, nurses, teachers, anyone with Latino blood in them no matter what country they are from…including this one, African-Americans, college students, smart people… and did I mention WOMEN.
So if they are wondering why, how, when and where did they lose this election… look in the mirror. Turn on the TV. Read The Drudge Report… then kill yourselves; one massive serial kill.
Some clear simple sentences:
-President Clinton left the country with a surplus.
-President Bush, Jr. left the country bankrupt.
-President Obama has been trying to clean the Republican Entrepreneurs mess up.
-The Republicans in Congress have been trying to stop President Obama from cleaning the mess up.
-Mitt Romney lied his ass off all summer sucking up to Republican voters and spewing hate.
-Then Mitt Romney lied his ass off to the American Electorate in general and stopped spewing hate.
-FOX News helped Mitt Romney lie and spewed hate for him.
-FOX News viewers voted for Mitt Romney.
-Everyone else voted for President Obama.
And if you doubt what I say and want to see for yourself not only WHY Mitt Romney and the Entrepreneurs lost... but why I say Thank God! Mitt Romney and the Entrepreneurs lost... just watch this precious video.
I don't like that I gave in to the fear and paranoia on Election Day. As I walked to the polling place, I was filled with dread that it was really a matter of Republicans being able to steal the election that was going to decide our country's fate more than my vote.
As I stood in line at the grade school library at the end of my street, a young, white guy insisted two books, sitting on the shelves that featured President Obama on their covers be removed from the site of the election booths.
Then I was given a Provisional Ballot because my name was not on the Voter List.
I had a sinking feeling as I walked away from the Election booth. I grew depressed throughout the day thinking that maybe this was going to be the last American Election and that the People were actually going to vote away the Republic and let Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan into the White House. We were going to do it ourselves... National suicide... Capitalist Dictatorship.
But that did not happen. Americans, real Americans turned out at the polls and despite the treasonous attempts in Florida and Pennsylvania and Ohio, President Obama won big.
Real Americans in the weather ravaged States of New Jersey and New York showed up at the polls and re-elected President Obama... in numbers that could not be stolen.
I was never out there during the campaign singing the praises of President Obama. My car did not have an Obama/Biden bumper sticker on it. But I hate what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan stand for. I fear it and I believe it needs to be stopped. And it was.
Good job America.
I was handed a Provisional Ballot and told to check back in 45 days to see if my vote counted.
That... on top of President Obama's concession speech in Des Moines last night.
DeRosaWorld predicts it is Romney/Ryan in a landslide.
Guy Fawkes Day: November 5th marks the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, a conspiracy to blow up the English Parliament and King James I in 1605, the day set for the king to open Parliament. The anniversary was named after Guy Fawkes, the most famous of the conspirators.
The day is celebrated like Halloween. A cake is part of the tradition.
Here is a modern interpretation of a very old cake.
Guy Fawkes Day Cake
(recipe inspired by Le Cordon Bleu)
1/4 cup molasses
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup soft light brown sugar
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup rolled oats, blitzed to powder in coffee grinder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8 inch cake pan with waxed paper. Grease the paper with butter and dust with flour.
2. Melt the molasses, butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and milk in a saucepan. Remove from heat and cool.
3. Put dry ingredients into a separate bowl: oat powder, flour, spices and baking soda. Pour in the butter mixture and beat. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Continue beating until mixture becomes a smooth paste.
4. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake pan and bake for 35 minutes. Poke the center with a tooth pick. If it comes out clean, it is done. Leave in pan to cool for 5 minutes.
5. Turn the cake out onto a cooling wire rack, peel off the waxed paper and leave to cool.
6. Frost with ready-made dark chocolate icing. Cut cake into squares and serve.
I was listening to some swing-State political ads and the Republican commercials were blatantly playing to the racist, undereducated white American. I guess there are a lot of those because this Presidential race should not be close at all.
I have major problems with where President Obama decided to make his stand on the Conservative/Progressive scale. Progressives didn’t know anything about him and it seems we paid a big price for our blind support and his victory in 2008.
President Obama is the best Republican President since Teddy Roosevelt. His stands on Wall Street regulators, drone warfare, health insurance companies, oil drilling and global warming… the list is long… are all disappointments to this liberal.
The Republican opposition is treasonous and sinful, so I am not disappointed that McCain/Palin are not running the country… and Romney/Ryan are an even bigger insulting choice to lead this great nation.
I am not, however voting for a lesser of two evils.
There is only one evil in this election, the Republican Ticket. President Obama, in a better land and a more enlightened time, would not deserve a second term. I wanted a liberal primary challenge for him, but there is no hesitancy on my part to support and vote for the Obama/Biden ticket in 2012. It is a moral imperative.
The swing-State political ads the Republicans are running underlie the basic fault in 21st Century America. We are not an intellectual nation and the corporate sponsored Republican Party and mass media have misinformed the American people so completely and for so long now, that a large portion of the electorate proudly vote against, not only their best financial, social and community interests, They have Americans voting against their own spiritual, moral and physical wellbeing.
Folks who want to be part of a social conservative movement have no idea that abortion is not the only moral compass human beings can be judged on. The life of a child in the womb seems more important than the long life in this world.
If a child has a right to be born after the moment of conception, do we as a society have a right to guarantee a healthy, well educated, youth and a meaningful employed adult life with healthcare and social security waiting for them out here in their America?
Do morally good people pay taxes to godlike military budgets?
Do morally good people even play the stock market? It seems Jesus would be very interested in, god forbid socialism… but at least The New Deal.
America needed a strong, leftwing Democratic President in 2008. We didn’t get one, but we had the good sense to know the Republican alternative was wrong.
The pressure is on in American society. Our importance to anyone on this planet but ourselves is hanging in the balance. There is a clear choice between any Democratic candidate and any Republican candidate.
It is not a choice between two evils. It is a choice between a vote for common sense survival versus an evil that can only bring doom to us all.
Once again, the young President shows the world how to be President of the United States of America.
He had little more than one year to live... but during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he kept the Military Industrial Complex from taking over our government... at the time.
Today's TV pundits will snidely talk about his 1972 Presdiential campaign and smirk and dream of Mitt Romney.
George McGovern came from a time in American history when we loved our Presidents. He was inspired by FDR and the New Deal. He fought against the Nazi's in the air war over Europe. He was a teacher, a Congressman and Senator... A Liberal.
He also lived through the time we began devouring our Presidents.
Yes, in 1972, he lost the Presidency in a landslide election to Richard Nixon. But didn't we all lose that year.
America started voting against itself. The corporate take over had begun. Our Republic was doomed.
40 years after that embarrassing election, American readies itself to go to the polls again. Neither candidate in 2012 is half the man George McGovern was.
Shorter Debate #2:
Senior Citizen, Mormon, former Governor of Massachusetts and date-rapist look-a-like, Mitt Romney made shit up and lied and walked around the stage like a creepy, drunk Prep-School Dean at the Senior Prom.
President Obama did his best to win the white, male vote and failed miserably. He assumes Democrats will vote for him, but as we all know, assuming anything only makes an ASS out of U and ME. But at least this time he did call "Bullshit" when he heard it.
Look, Barack Obama seems like a guy who wants to help. Now that's not saying much after four years in the Office... but Mitt Romney is just a lying sack of shit and he does mean us harm... and Romney/Ryan armed with a majority in Congress... not an America I want to see.
Here are two rows from the old bookshelf. Looks like Gore Vidal is holding court in the middle there.
Juilian Green and James Jones are taking up a lot of space,too. I see Irwin Shaw, Mark Twain, William Styron.
Two woman: Tawni O'Dell and Patricia Nell Warren.
The Hobbit is there and Ian Fleming.
Not much non-fiction, we got The Vital Center, a book on film editing and The First Into Nagasaki....some Salvador Dali letters.
Writers who have fallen off the radar like John Horne Burns, James Gould Cozzens, Calder Willingham and Robert McAlmon are represented. Wow, some of the best novels, too.
Ernest Hemingway bullied his way in. Upton Sinclair refuses to move over. CP Snow, Stephen Ambrose, Jim Harrison, Thomas Pynchon, John LeCarre' Henry Green (unread).
We've got Renaldo Arenas and Roberto Bolano. Andre' Gide and Wiliam Goyen (gifts from the New York set).
A Harlan Ellison screenplay. One Flashman, David Leavitt and a John Updike.
Unique is an overused word, however, Iris DeMent is a unique singer and songwriter. Her music is deep down country and folk music. She hasn't been in the recording studio in a long time and her new release is Singing The Delta.
Here is a link to a radio interview catching up with her life and music.
Our college literature professors teach us that a good short story has a strong descriptive narrative about one event or moment in time. There are plenty of Hemingway short stories that can prove that theory.
But occasionally a writer can break that mold and you get Dorothy Parker’s The Big Blonde which seems to capture a novel-sized life in a few pages.
I read two short stories last week that also go for the ‘Hail Mary’ pass in terms of story arch. Roberto Bolano has a story in Harper’s Magazine this month The Ruin of Amalfitano (log-in required) which manages to track the downfall of a writing professor (Amalfitano) once he has met a young writing student named Padillo, as they share a demolition derby ride through life.
The other story is General Mouse, a tour de force written my Mark Zipoli. This story sets out to cover the life of a man who we meet bemoaning the super-sized dietary habits of Americans as he works keeping a Los Angeles Farmers' Market clean of garbage and trash.
The story unravels General Mouse’s amazing personal history overlaid with remembrances of things past from our shared history of Vietnam.
Bolano’s story is the ‘good’ story here, and is as wild as we would except from the author of The Savage Detectives. The highs, lows, sex and drugs of a Bolano story are on display as the trajectory of the professor's life changes after meeting the student who changes everything. It is a richly drawn character study that captures the fallout as the men's passions collide and mix to create a toxic nectar of which both men drink.
It is the scope of the story that is impressive. The reverberations of the friendship of these two men’s lives require Bolano to write of the aftermath of the final parting of Amalfitano and Padillo on the other minor characters in the story. We too, as readers are left changed after sharing the experience of their lives, and we are left wanting to know more.
The ‘great’ story here, is General Mouse, a story different in every way possible from Bolano’s except for the impact and the scope of what it attempts to achieve, a man's life story.
Mr. Zipoli manages to create a complete biography of a very complex, secretive and important person in the short story form, and we are lacking nothing at the end. We have experienced an epic novel.
General Mouse, whose real name is Anh Dung Tran, a 70 year old worker at the Los Angeles Farmers’ Market, empties the overflow of trash and garbage throughout the day passing judgment on the customers as he slips in and out of memories from his past; memories intertwined with the history of his home country.
...Nobody knew that he’d read history in Hanoi and studied at the Sorbonne; that he’d taken courses at Moscow University and learned Russian, English, French, and Chinese; that he read maps and had built bridges and swing traps, and dug tunnels; and launched spiked tree trunks into the air against the French and the Americans.
Nobody knew that he’d helped to make a French regiment disappear without a trace in the forests of Cao Bang province. The French colonialists, they never put their backs into it, he thought; we were just savages to those heirs of Voltaire and Danton...
All the revolutionary promises, betrayals and failures experienced by the East vs West satellite nations of the Cold War are played out in the mind, minefields and on the back of Anh Dung Tran.
The writing is truly mesmerizing as we are swept through a biographical, psychological and historical journey of General Mouse.
Tran's present and past, haunt the Farmers’ Market. This is truly a great American short Story.
Mark Zipoli is the author the novel The Long Habit of Living as well as other short stories. Please look him up, he may not be as easy to find as the ghost of Roberto Bolano, but his work is rich in texture and nuance of character. Mr. Zipoli is an author who lets you into the minds of his characters and what they share with the reader is worth volumes.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over my street Friday afternoon on its way to the Los Angeles airport.
The shuttle did a farewell tour of California and cruised around the skies over Los Angeles, sometimes as low as 300 yards off the ground, giving us all a great view.
Our local TV news covered it live, so we had a good warning when it would be over our neighborhood... the skies were cleared of all other air traffic and at about 12:30, me and some neighbors were out in the street looking up into the sky and suddenly Endeavour appeared, getting a piggy-back ride.
Some friends were on the 405 Freeway at the time, which is next to LAX, and traffic stopped (not an uncommon event) and watched the landing.
It was quite something to see and experience. A nice moment with the neighbors as well.
Los Angeles does have its moments.
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what," Romney said.
It is sickening to hear Mitt Romney speak like this. He should step down as the Republican Party Presidential Nominee. He can not put his hand on a Book of Mormon and take the oath of office at this point.
I don't know what the procedure would be... Would Paul Ryan be elevated to Presidential Nominee and then appoint another Vice-Presidential nominee?
In 1972 George McGovern replaced his Vice-Presidential running mate, Senator Eagleton with Sargent Shriver, so there is some precedent for such a high-level maneuver.
She left out the treasonous trip George Bush, Sr. made on behalf of the Reagan campaign to keep the American Hostages until after Election Day, although the Iranians were trying to give them back in exchange for the freeing up of their financial assets so they could fight the Iran/Iraq war... but maybe the segment didn't have enough time to cover that with her.
Our Imperial Presidency is partly to blame for our Republic's demise, especially when we chose bad Presidents.
For future historians, the end of the Republic can probably be traced back to the assassination of President John Kennedy almost 50 years ago at the hands of his friends, yes Caesar-like. Is Ed Lansdale that different from Brutus?
Who set that motorcade route in Dallas?
Lyndon Johnson followed, a man whose internal corruption betrayed his dreams of being a noble imperial president like FDR, and instead transformed into a Caligula-creature, on his knees, mouth wide open to the assassins of his predecessor.
LBJ was followed by Richard Nixon, just five short years after JFK was shot in Dallas, and five months after Robert Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles. His political comeback corroded the office, taking good men like George McGovern and Sargent Shriver out of play. Nixon’s resignation fooled us into believing that our Constitution’s Checks & Balances were working. They were not. Nixon was the first, worst example of the Imperial Presidency gone wrong... but he wouldn't be our last.
Gerald Ford carried the football of deception as far down field as he was able before fumbling the ball to Jimmy Carter. Carter was a decent man, becoming aware of his imperial powers too late, and betrayed by the forces that never seem to leave our Republic's corridors of power... forces very jealous of usurpers to the thrown.
Then of course we had Ronald Reagan and the parade of ghouls, marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to a Hollywood soundtrack. He was the most imperial of the Imperial Presidents, leaving us torn and frayed after eight long years of bad policy, deregulation and an exhausted economy. The Imperial Presidency seemed to have a big stick again, and was using it to bludgeon, not our enemies, but us.
History becomes blurry at this point... I don’t understand how George Bush, Sr. let go of the Presidency. Did democracy actually work in 1992? Poor George Bush, Sr. who somehow was taken down by Bill Clinton before being able to manifest into the Anti-Christ.
When it was George, Sr.'s time to unlock the Gates of Hell, did his hand quiver, as it did so many times in his life during moments that required great personal courage, moral fortitude and a steady hand? He let the Ship of State be taken by that pirate, Bill Clinton.
But I remember below $1 gasoline and a huge Federal Budget Surplus…Gone now of course as is the stupid son, George Bush, Jr. and the king of the Horribles, Dick Cheney, who stole the White House and all the money, as America yawned… oh what horrors they unleashed as they finally brought the Republic crumbling to its knees in a smoking heap of lies and thievery and betrayal... Imperial indeed.
Now we have our second Happy Warrior, Barack Obama, a man of whom the press loves to print and repeat every vile slur his enemies can dare call him. He bailed out the banks and Wall Street. He saved the automotive industry. He tried to give us Health Care; he even hedged his bets and gave the next generation of Presidential assassins everything they asked for, two, decades-long wars, drones, torture chambers and fuck habeas corpus...and he killed Osama Bin Laden... It doesn't get more imperial than that!
But the evil eye of Mordor is upon President Obama now, the Republicans have staggered to their feet once again, Pheonix-like from the ashes… and Cokie Roberts wants to talk about Jimmy Carter.
Obama = Carter...
We need a new Reagan...
Let the free market stampede down the narrow streets of Lower Manhattan once again, like the explosive, collapsing dust of the World Trade Centers (including Building Seven), engulfing everyone and everything it meets in its grey, pungent, blinding cloud of death and dishonor.
The enemies of the Republic do not believe a few American lives are a small price to pay for just four more years of demagoguery. Four more years of war and corruption and economic suicide. They hate Americans. They hate you and me. They hate the Greatest Generation most of all for allowing an Imperial Presidency to save the nation and foil their free market dreams of an American Century of Corporate Facism.
They love money and power and greed. They believe corporations are people. They hate unions and the middle and lower classes who should not be allowed to gather in large crowds, or vote. Arbeit Macht Frei.
I’ll Follow the Sun
Two of Us
I’m Only Sleeping
Here,There and Everywhere
And Your Bird Can Sing
For No One
In My Life
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
I grabbed a handful of Beatles songs and made a short Playlist on my iPod, put headphones on, closed my eyes and listened.
The Beatles are ubiquitous on our radios. Even if you are not actively listening to music, chances are you will hear a Beatles song at some point throughout your day.
So I decided to really give these 8 songs my attention. I was surprised by how short most of them where. Paul has a great pop voice, but his songs are mostly silly love songs, were then and are now.
John had a great rock voice. I found the songs John was the lead singer on where more mature and he was thinking and telling me a story, not just about a girl, but about something that had happened to him, at that time and in that place and he was trying to communicate that through song.
Are the Republicans and their supporters setting up America and President Obama for an October Surprise before Election Day?
Jimmy Carter comparisons repeated at the Republican National Convention and U.S. Embassy attacks. .. the foul political winds of desperate Republican politics are on the rise.
I fear for America. Who will stop the debris falling from the crumbling Republic? There is an October Surprise in the air...Our Party's second Happy Warrior, Barack Obama, a man of whom the press loves to print and repeat every vile slur his enemies can think to call him. He bailed out the banks and Wall Street. He saved the automotive industry. He tried to give us Health Care; he even hedged his bets and gave the the bad guys everything they asked for, two decades-long wars, drones, torture chambers and fuck habeas corpus...
But the evil eye of Mordor is upon President Obama now, the Republicans have staggered to their feet once again and a new October is approaching.
Obama = Carter...
We need a new Reagan...
Let the free market stampede down the narrow streets of Lower Manhattan once again, like the explosive, collapsing dust of the World Trade Centers (including Building Seven), engulfing everyone and everything it meets in its grey, pungent, blinding cloud of death and dishonor.
The enemies of the Republic do not believe a few American lives are too high a price to pay for just four more years of demagoguery. Four more years of war and corruption and economic suicide. They hate you and me. They love money and power and greed.
There is something evil hidden in the wind blowing through the streets of our Nation’s Capital this fall and I fear it will bring forth an October Surprise.
New York Times: ...The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that "a group presently in the United States" was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be "imminent," although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.
But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives' suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.
In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real...
He kept us safe.
A last-ditch effort by federal and state law enforcement authorities to hold Wall Street accountable for nearly bringing down the U.S. economy is unlikely to lead to any criminal charges against big bank executives, according to a source close to the investigation.
Barring a "hail mary pass," said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is still ongoing, the members of a task force President Barack Obama formed in January to investigate fraud in the residential mortgage bond industry will instead most likely bring civil lawsuits against some of the banks involved, though it isn't clear when these cases might come.
That means any penalties for those accused of fraud or other misconduct would be measured in dollars, not jail terms..."
The Banksters you bailed out are not going to vote for you. They plan an Election Day celebration as they cast their ballots for Mitt Romney.
And your plan to turn Arizona 'blue' with your Department Of Justice's Sheriff Joe Arpaio strategy... not good... they are voting against you in November, too.
You should be practicing a little voter suppression of your own by having your DOJ putting these Enemies of the State in jail.
Oh, and then there was this... strike three... "Well, that’s that. The Justice Department has just formally ended their investigation into CIA “enhanced interrogations” without bringing any charges...
Here is a description of Labor Day from Forbes:
1.) Labor Day in Canada began in 1872 in Toronto but quickly made its way south to the U.S. Originally it began as a significant demonstration demanding rights for workers.
2.) The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union. The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.
3.) Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887.
4.) On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
5.) What are we celebrating? The contributions and achievements of the 155 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce.
6.) In the late 1800s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living. Children as young as 5-6 years old worked in factories and mines.
7.) The year in which the 8-hour day was firmly established was 1916 with the passage of the Adamson Act. This was the first federal law regulating hours of workers in private companies.
8.) Traditionally people did not wear white or seersucker clothes after Labor Day as it unofficially marked the end of summer.
9.) The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.
10.) Labor Day is viewed as the unofficial last day of vacation before the start of the new school year (and mourned my students all over). Stated differently, it is the Back-to-School kickoff (cheered by parents all over!).
Neil Armstrong, American hero, astronaut, pilot, first man on the Moon, was buried this past Friday on Earth. I waited until after Mr. Armstrong's funeral to post this two part documentary.
There is a touch of the tin foil hat to Part One, but Part Two is more based around radiation and rocket science. Dark Moon Parts One & Two are lots of fun and despite the conspiracy agenda, there are thought provoking facts in the film... I didn't know that there is only one picture of Neil Armstrong on the Moon... and he is trying to walk out of frame.
Lots of interesting stuff, taken with a grain of salt, but in total it adds up to a forceful questioning of the Apollo Space Program as well as the overall history of the Cold War Era Space Race.
And you have to admit, our Government has lied to us more than they have told the truth. In America, the conspiracy theories are usually closer to the truth than the official history.
Dark Mission: Part One - Analysis of the Lunar Photography
Dark Mission: Part Two - Environmental Dangers & The Trouble With Rockets
Wouldn't it be a better America and a better world if Ronald Reagan was not elected President in 1980 and Jimmy Carter got a second term? It seems all our county's problems, especially the economic ones stem from the Reagan Revolution.
It's kind of like, in the light of history, George McGovern was the choice in 1972.
Al Gore in 2000.
So, in the light of history, Mitt, get your resume' together.
...Voters now have 10 weeks to get the cards. There are 71 DMVs serving Pennsylvania, and 13 of them are open only once a week. And in addition, voters requiring the ID will probably need to make more than one trip to the DMV. So for those without transportation, those who have difficulty speaking English, the disabled, the elderly, etc., there are still hurdles to overcome...
"...I’m prepared to make a whole range of compromises, some of which I get criticized from the Democratic Party on, in order to make progress. But we’re going to need compromise on your side as well. And the days of viewing compromise as a dirty word need to be over because the American people are tired of it..." - President Obama, 08/25/2012
Have you not been paying attention the last 4 years?
New York Time Obit for Neil Armstrong: "A quiet, private man, at heart an engineer and crack test pilot, Mr. Armstrong made history on July 20, 1969, as the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the mission that culminated the Soviet-American space race in the 1960s. President John F. Kennedy had committed the nation “to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.” It was done with more than five months to spare..."
We never looked at our Moon the same way again, or the Earth.
When astronauts were on the Moon when I was a kid, me and my brother and sisters would run outside and look up into the night sky to try and see them. Our old neighbor next store worried that when astronauts were walking on the Moon it always seemed to rain. She didn't gain the global perspective the astronauts did, she was concerned with our street in Philadelphia and her lawn, but our young minds were blown.
The Republican Party is shot through now with an impulse to disunion that is almost an autonomic reflex at this point. Every solution they can offer has behind it the iron certainty that we are better off as individuals, that the nation best operates as a simple, loose framework within which those individuals can operate, and not as something we create together so that our individual achievements can be rooted in something greater than ourselves...
The walking, talking asshole, Mitt Romney, a man who incorporates everything wrong and horrible that Americans can become, has made a 'Birther" comment in Michigan... his Home State... but not the Home State of his father... and what is the reason for that? Why was Mitt Romney's father born in Mexico...?! and how exactly does a Mormon Bishop serve his Church and his Government?
Time to unleash the Kraken on this cracker's ass.
Paul Ryan is right down there in the mud with Akin. Ryan can't hide behind FOX News and the conservative pundits when it comes to his public record.
Republicans are evil.
Ladies, if you think you are a Republican or someone near to you is a Republican, get help immediately.
The Republican Party is extremely dangerous to the health of you, your daughters and grand daughters.
With the intellectual power of Ayn Rand and the full faith of the Latter Day Saints, the Republican Party ticket was announced in the dead of night... on a Friday... The Romney/Ryan ticket is very, very FOX News-American. That is... insane. Every election cycle, it just gets worse.
The mainstream media's dream ticket has been created.
I thought I would never see a more dangerous Presidential ticket than Reagan/Bush, Sr... much damage was done to our Nation by them, but we seemed to survive it, barely... then came Bush, Jr./Cheney... so I thought... well end-times... and folks we haven't necessarily survived them, yet... but this 2012 abomination is just the last straw.
The Republican Party is out to destroy America and most registered Republicans are unwitting accomplices to the treason.
I don't know what will happen in November. We Democrats have a weak incumbent. Our best chance may be the slime factor that is on the Romney/Ryan ticket being so strong that the majority of Americans whose votes are counted on Election Day, vote for Obama/Biden again.
At least I believe President Obama means me no harm. That cannot be said of his opponents.
Goldman Sachs, the nation's fifth-largest bank by assets, systematically misled clients, sold them financial instruments it knew to be junk, bet against them and profited off of their losses, according to a Senate report released this week.
The report, the product of a two-year investigation, paints the firm as Exhibit A of Wall Street's evolution from a place that raises and deploys capital to worthy businesses into a vulturous creature that preys on unwitting investors.
After a yearlong investigation, the Justice Department said Thursday that it won't bring charges against Goldman Sachs Group Inc. or any of its employees for financial fraud related to the mortgage crisis.
In a statement, the Justice Department said "the burden of proof" couldn't be met to prosecute Goldman criminally based on claims made in an extensive report prepared by a U.S. Senate panel that investigated the financial crisis.
"Based on the law and evidence as they exist at this time, there is not a viable basis to bring a criminal prosecution with respect to Goldman Sachs or its employees in regard to the allegations set forth in the report," the statement read...
This was President Obama's biggest mistake.
Here is a link to The Dissenter's blog featuring the entirety of Gore Vidal's 1998 speech on the 'National Security State'.
We'll start with Part One of Four:
Gore Vidal would have been very pleased by the response to his death. Newspapers, radio, television all mourned him and eulogized him for days following his passing. His acerbic wit was quoted and tweeted. His television appearances from the 1960s were edited down to the “crypto-Nazi” vs. the “queer” sound bites and dominated YouTube. Pundits proselytized 'for and against', for a week.
No recent author has garnished so much sustained attention from the modern media at their death as Gore Vidal. The one thing the media did not talk about, but I think the reason he was so well liked and well known, and therefore mourned in passing, was his novels. Over the last fifty years, people read them.
Burr, Lincoln, Empire, Hollywood, The Golden Age, Washington, D.C., Myra Breckinridge, Julian. They were popular novels and people, over different generations, talked about them and shared them with friends and relatives. They made great gifts.
He had multiple audiences for his writing, there were the historical novels, but then he had the odd, fantasy fiction: The Smithsonian Institution, Live from Golgotha: The Gospel according to Gore Vidal, Duluth.
There were his novels that prophesied, or should I say warned about false prophets: Kalki, Messiah, and Creation.
And all these various themes and styles threaded their way throughout his 25 novels.
Even his early books, written fast and furious after World War Two: Williwaw, In A Yellow Wood, Dark Green, Bright Red and The City and The Pillar were uniquely Gore Vidal novels, although I will admit, his lesser books. He seemed in such a hurry, some of these books are more novellas than novels. But he certainly was thinking and making his readers think. (Except for The City and The Pillar, they are all out of print in America. I bought them from Amazon UK.)
In A Yellow Wood is a slim, yet an interesting look at Post World War Two New York City, when the financial industry was getting back on its feet after the War and the Great Depression. It was America’s time and when offered choices of Old Europe, or lighting out for California, our hero decides to stray no further than Wall Street. People didn’t believe it.
Dark Green, Bright Red is the first novel to lift the rock on America’s illegal, illicit interventionist activities in Central America before anyone in post War America even knew we were still interested in the place, let alone active. People didn’t believe it.
The City and The Pillar is a much written and talked about novel about two young men and their homosexual relationship, such as it was, and what becomes of it as they grow past adolescence and begin to have adult lives. People didn’t believe it.
A few more ‘at bats’ (A Search For The King, The Season of Comfort, The Judgment of Paris) and Gore Vidal struck out at the plate and his novels were not reviewed nor sold much by the early 1950s.
He went into television writing and then Broadway and Hollywood. Places where people will believe anything. He was quite successful in all three areas of our mass, visual entertainment mediums. He had a hit revival of one of his plays on Broadway when he died.
Vidal stepped into the ring and ran for Congress in 1960, but lost. He was financially secure enough after 10 years of writing for TV and the movies to stop and pick up his career as a novelist… and thus in a short time gave us Julian, Washington, D.C., Myra Breckinridge, Burr… and we were off and running.
“All in all, I would not have missed this century for the world.” - Gore Vidal
When the “greatest novels of the century’ lists were written up in 1999… Gore Vidal did not appear on any of them. He noticed and was not happy about that. I have read most of his novels and I must admit I am not sure which Vidal novel would replace any of the books that made the lists.
He did not write a The Naked and The Dead, or a From Here To Eternity or a For Whom The Bell Tolls. But the totality of his Narratives of Empire books should stand tall on the serious reader’s bookshelf. Are they great literature? No. Are they interesting history? Yes. Are they good reads? You better believe it.