Breath of Life: Celebrating Art, Artists & Artistry

By SJWNY, a Trail Mix Contributor

Art is personal. What speaks to one person is silent to another. There are two artists whose vision speaks to me: Mark Rothko (1903-1970) & Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543.) Rothko’s paintings speak with color, Holbein’s drawings with black on white.

Rothko is most famous for multiforms, blocks of colors on one canvas. He wrote of their “breath of life” & they do pulsate from within. I was struck quite young at the fact these paintings live. They evoke emotion, thought. Rothko was a troubled man who eventually committed suicide but he poured life into these artworks which project the complexity of life.

Hans Holbein the Younger is best known as the Court Painter to Henry VIII of England. Remember the oversize King, hand on hip, feet apart firmly planted? That’s a Holbein. His paintings are masterful but his “breath of life” exists in his drawings. They are spookily alive; the sitter’s stare directly gazing out through the centuries in unseeing eyes that saw all. Holbein’s drawings captured the person alive.

In recent years art has come to be seen as frivolous to some taxpayers. What they fail to see is the breath of life art inspires in minds & creativity, curiosity, skepticism to the “known” truths; perhaps these very reasons explain their mindset. An expanded mind questions & acts; a closed mind accepts what it is told.

Please support your local artists, galleries & especially teachers who give of themselves to open minds. All are needed, all are important to democracy & progress. Inquire as to whether candidates support art. Their answers will be quite illuminating.

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114 thoughts on “Breath of Life: Celebrating Art, Artists & Artistry”

  1. sjwny, thanks for speaking to our better selves…   some artful attempts are not always about those better selves tho such as the art of influencing stealing an election via 3000 ads
    the hill via msn: Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are gearing up to release more than 3,000 Facebook ads connected to Russian actors, according to The Wall Street Journal. The release could provide further insight into how much Facebook was exploited by Russian actors during the 2016 presidential election. The ads could reportedly be released early this week depending on if Democrats on the committee and the social media platform can agree on how much information in the ads should be redacted. The Hill has reached out to the committee’s ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff’s (California) office for comment. Facebook said the ads were purchased by the Internet Research Agency, which is tied to the Kremlin.
     
    […continues…]
     

  2. also in the eye or ear of the beholder, there’s the art of humor… a matter of taste for some or tastelessness for others.

    such as this portrait of rudy painted by oliver

  3. Art should be an important component of education.  As they say, it’s STEAM, not STEM.

    I think the visual arts gets the brush off because some, well, they seem to be less artist than scam artist.

    There was a show at the Guggenheim titled, “Singularities, Sometimes Multiplied.”  It had only a few pieces that looked as if any creativity was involved.   There were many, many displays that consisted of a fluorescent light tube (or two or three) leaning against the wall with varying spacing between them.  Someone paid to support that?  Yep.

     

  4. I’ve been listening to my download of “Shine.”  Clearly, the MSD school in Parkland must have a strong arts program.   Art can also be very therapeutic.

  5. BiD, talk about creativity, here’s that hidden A (as in art) in the STEM program.  photo from the many beautiful images at hubblesite

    2014 Hubble WFC3/UVIS Image of M16

  6. Politicians who demean teachers are afraid of truth.

    Parents that don’t embrace education & prepare their children for school lay the foundation for such politicians.

    The only thing we have to fear is …. deliberate ignorance.

     

     

  7. blueINdallas,

    Some art pieces are odd & questionable … maybe that’s the point. At least it made the gears in our noggins grind 😉

    I bought myself a prism. Yes, at my age Roy G. Biv still rules. I love kaleidoscopes too.

    Readers, what peaks your eternal curiosity? Keep your brain active. Don’t use it, you’ll lose it. 🌈

  8. When I did volunteer work for Las Cruces downtown projects, I attended a couple of GSA meetings regarding the construction of a Federal Courthouse in Las Cruces.  Bill Clinton had approved a Federal  Courthouse for southern New Mexico to handle our growing drug cases.  It was at that time, I became familiar with The GSA Art in Architecture Program  —

    oversees the commissioning of artworks for new federal buildings nationwide. These artworks enhance the civic meaning of federal architecture and showcase the vibrancy of American visual arts. Together, the art and architecture of federal buildings create a lasting cultural legacy for the people of the United States.

    Some of the selected art for the Courthouse.

  9. Patd, thanks for the link to Oliver.  Very funny and creative stuff plus he now owns the following domains —

    hillaryclintonillness.com

    giuliani2024.com

    giuliani-security.com

  10. Saw a terrific comment at WaPo this morning:

    When you’re a witch, everything looks like a witch hunt…

    Likedthumb_up3

    Ain’t it the truth?

  11. I am deep into visual arts – when I visit an art museum – and I love a lot of it although I don’t understand much of the more abstract art displayed although it’s enjoyable to see if I can make anything of it.  It does make me think, though.   The rest of the time I tend to be more into the aural arts, and even there much of the time I don’t get some of it – but what do I know about rap, hip hop, dance music and other (to my ears) odious or artless music?  LP tells me he likes some of it – and he must, whenever he uses my car when he’s home the radio somehow ends up on a hip hop station.

  12. sj…  art and artists… what is… who isn’t…  is a time never ending subject.  I have always been partial to the French Impressionist.  My favorite artist is Georgia O’Keefe.  I also really love indigenous art from all around the world.

    As a craftsperson/artisan I appreciate almost any effort to create.  I LOVE color!  And yes… it is personal.  I have never taken an art or color class.  I’ve been told by many people not to do so as knowing the rules would screw me up.  I work intuitively and from the emotional feelings I get from color.

    My sister is a part time art teacher and creates modern paintings from color and ground glass.  She sells these in various galleries in NYC.  We got our love of art from our parents…. who appreciated and taught us to love art, but weren’t artists themselves.

    I always ask if a candidate supports the arts…  I don’t trust those that don’t.

  13. The trumpence gang pushback is fierce.  Head diaper boy, chaffed, leaks and opines some more.  He was the guy who leaked the comey letter now cheering ellis —
    Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz Says Mueller Lacks ‘Probable Cause’ To Pursue President Trump
    chaffed road show in tyler, texas

    A Fox News contributor and former congressman from Utah told a crowd in Tyler about his experience as chairman of a committee charged with investigating wrongdoing in the federal government.
    Chaffetz spoke for nearly an hour, starting with his personal history of his first job, his parents’ divorce, and their battles with cancer. He joked that he was a Democrat as a young person but became a Republican as soon as he learned how to read and write.

  14. Excellent post

    Music and the visual arts are as much a part of an education as math and language

    treating them as second class subjects sets the tone for a lifetime

  15. BW, I wouldn’t recommend to Chaffetz that he consider a career in stand up after he loses his seat in the HoR.

  16. I’m trying to remember what horrible, dumb-ass thing Chaffetz said a few months back.

    So much garbage out there, it’s just static.

  17. pogo, looks like wva is getting some attention today

    the hill:
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) came out Monday against West Virginia Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship, saying the former coal CEO and ex-convict shouldn’t win the general election against Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
    Flake’s remarks come a day before West Virginia Republicans cast primary ballots to decide on their party’s nominee to face Manchin. Republicans in Washington, including President Trump, have slammed Blankenship as a bad pick who would lose a general election fight against Manchin.
    “The problem isn’t that Don Blankenship can’t win a general election in West Virginia, it’s that he shouldn’t win a general election in West Virginia,” Flake wrote on Twitter.
    [….]
    Flake’s tweet followed a Trump tweet on Monday that told GOP voters in the state to oppose Blankenship because he “can’t win the General Election.”
    Trump compared Blankenship’s chances in the West Virginia race to last year’s Alabama Senate election, in which GOP candidate Roy Moore narrowly lost what should have been a safe seat for Republicans after allegations that he molested underage girls decades earlier.
    [….continues…]

  18. Chaffetz is a weathervane and no longer in the House.  I see he has taken up the Nixon strategy of campaigning all over the country for people

  19. excerpt from ny mag  story “Why Mueller Has to Expose Trump’s Crooked Business Empire”
    [….]
    A phrase that does not appear in the Post’s article, because the reporters cannot prove it, is “money laundering.” But money laundering is the suspicion hovering over all these curious purchases, and the reason the Post is devoting so many investigative resources to the subject in the first place. “This is all about money laundering,” Steve Bannon told Michael Wolff. “[Mueller’s] path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr. and Jared Kushner … It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit.”
     
    Money laundering would be criminal activity. If you are involved in criminal activity, you are subject to blackmail. And if the criminals who can blackmail you have connections to a foreign government — say, Russia — then that government has blackmail leverage. Ten years ago, Donald Trump Jr. casually said, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” And as recently as 2014, Eric Trump told a reporter, “We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia,” which is quite different than his current explanation that the Trump Organization does not require outside funding at all.
     
    The secret sauce of Trump’s real-estate business in its early stages was his ability to manipulate the media and willingness to borrow massive sums and not pay them back. When he exhausted his ability to stiff his creditors, the new secret sauce became a willingness to take money from shady overseas sources, especially (but not exclusively) Russian oligarchs looking either to park their cash overseas, or to gain some measure of influence. Whether Russia was investing in Trump for the purpose of gaining some hidden leverage over him is not incidental to the Mueller investigation but its very heart.
     
    […continues…]
     

  20. Oh, yeah.  Chaffetz is the rocket scientist (oops, he doesn’t believe in science) who told folks they should hold off on buying that new iPhone so they could afford medical insurance…as if those who can’t afford a new phone were in any position to buy health insurance (and for the same price).   Clueless.   Obstructionist (pro-Russia on Flynn).  Science denier. Republican.

  21. patd,

    If they do “get” Donald J. Trump, it will be through the golf courses he built. James Dodson’s article will be the key. An author who wrote a story about golf will be the unofficial hero to ending this long national nightmare. Deliciously ironic.

    NPR’s Only A Game deserves kudos for broadcasting this story last year. I am an avid listener & remember as I was hearing it thinking Oh My God. Still think this important info. Now if it can be made to stick …

  22. Blankenship will probably do well in the primary – republicans here are just stupid enough to vote for him.

  23. BlondeW…  yes, Patsi was interviewing me through email exchanges less than a year before she passed.  She wanted to write a book on how artists came to do their art and what inspired them.  She didn’t want it just to be about musicians…  she wanted to interview artisans like me, writers and painters as well.  She said she was particularly searching for that spark that ignited an artist to start their career and how it propelled them to have to do what they did.

    I’ve never had anyone pick my brain like that before.  Her questions were excellent!  I figured our exchanges would be part of her book so I didn’t keep them when I changed my computer (actually several computers ago)…   my bad.

  24. Are selfies art?

    off now to first physical therapy session. Doing well, thanks to pain meds.

  25. Renee, how do you feel about your loom? Is it a constraint? Does it free you to think about patterns and colors? Have you named it?
    (note added later–Renee, I was really ruminating about your 11:39 when I wrote the above. Sent it, wandered around the kitchen, then sat down and read the intervening messages before I wrote and sent this one. I certainly was not trying to interpose in your conversation with our friend, Patsi.
    Flatus)

  26. Sturg, I understand he’s ordered a reservation for him at the Hilton should he show up.

  27. Oh…….an up-grade…….he’ll begin to think he’s somethin’ special…..

  28. Watch those pain meds, Poobah – they do nasty things to your ability to give a crap – literally.

  29. ollie north named prez of the nra.

    ollie escaped jail time —

    North was convicted in 1989 of charges including obstructing Congress, unlawfully mutilating government documents and taking an illegal gratuity. He was fined $150,000, given a three-year suspended sentence and two years’ probation.

  30. Flatus….   I LOVE my loom.  No…  she doesn’t have a name…  I just know she is a she and that I sometimes refer to her as my good ol’ girl.  She’s as much a part of me as an instrument is to a musician…  a brush and canvas is to a painter… and or a pen, paper, and word processor is to a writer.  She is my beloved tool.

    Yarn is also important…  it is my paint, notes or words.  The combinations are endless.  I don’t weave patterns now.  I will when I go back to tapestry weaving when I completely retire from being a production weaver.  I have a lot of metallic yarns…  I keep thinking of galaxies.  That may be coming soon…  my shoulders are starting to wear out.

  31. Craig… photography has always been thought of as in the art world.  But with the advent of digital cameras and everyone thinking they are a photographer…  the controversy is fierce.

  32. Although he likes to tease and taunt with his decision reveals, trump most likely to announce withdrawal from the iran nuclear deal and earlier than the deadline.   UAE and russia will be thrilledUAE get to sell more crude.

    trump announcement tomorrow from the WH at 2:00PM.  I hope SJ is up for watching him speak.
    From the above linked rueters –U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 accord known as the JCPOA did not necessarily mean the end of the deal.
    “It might even be easier for us on the economic front, because we won’t have any limits on economic cooperation with Iran. We would develop bilateral relations in all areas – energy, transport, high tech, medicine,” he said.
    From the WSJ linked above — Saudi Arabia and its young crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, see ending the nuclear deal as a vital element of curbing Iran’s rising role in Syria, Yemen and other Middle Eastern trouble spots. Already emboldened by Mr. Trump’s hard line on Tehran, Saudi Arabia has moved to dilute Iran’s sway in Iraq and Lebanon. The kingdom now says it is contemplating contributing troops to stabilize Syria—a place the Saudis had once considered a lost cause.

    Senior Saudi officials have said privately they are contemplating how to sell more crude oil should the Trump administration reimpose crippling sanctions on anyone who buys Iranian petroleum.

  33.  

     

    so can art be accidental?

    My father in law carved wood and we have several of his finished pieces. He was an ok carver and some of his stuff was good but he wasn’t able to tell the good stuff from the crap.

    I have 2 pieces of his that fall into the accidental art category. One, actually there are three of them. when his grandchildren were taking violin lessons he carved 3 fiddles with the idea that they could be played. the playing part was a failure but to me they are great examples of folk art.  The other was a piece he kept working on when he was older and he never finished it. It was going to be a team of horses and a wagon. If finished it would have been another of his dull bland projects. But unfinished, the finished  front horses  are straining to pull the partial second set and the wagon from a chunk  of wood.

    I think that a lot of photography is more of the accidental art than planned art.

    Jack

  34. craig, I echo pogo’s warning on the meds that “they do nasty things to your ability to give a crap – literally”

    please don’t make any important decisions while under their sway, DON’T DRIVE and beware the opio-tini

     

  35. excerpt from the guardian:
    “Someone in US intelligence, through an intermediary, told us that we would be targeted by the Trump crowd, in order to discredit us as a way of discrediting the JCPOA,” Parsi said, adding that the warning had come with an encouragement to be careful about his means of communication.
     
    The Observer reported this weekend that Trump associates had commissioned an Israeli private security firm last year to carry out a “dirty ops” campaign against Rhodes and Kahl, who had been prominent in defence of the deal in the face of Donald Trump’s determination to rewrite or torpedo it.
     
    Black Cube initially denied any connection to the spying operation against Rhodes and Kahl, but both Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor and Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker reported that the same fake company had been used to approach Kahl’s wife as Black Cube had used to contact Rose McGowan, one of the principal accusers of the disgraced film tycoon, Harvey Weinstein. One of Weinstein’s lawyers hired Black Cube last year, the New Yorker has reported, in an effort to stop publication of sexual-misconduct allegations against him.
     

    boy howdy, how boys like the twit and Harvey seem to know and employ the same fix-it bad guys — birds of a feather

     

  36. The “Back to Basics” crowd just infuriate me.  The human brain is  meant to function on so many levels so that music makes math easier.  Words of poetry enhance the visual.  Imagination pushes the science buttons.  Even worse, all children learn differently.  The child who has trouble learning to read can often get there via drawing pictures until letters become pictographs.

    Even more, art itself is meant to rattle cages, stir thought, and expand on existing ideas.  Without those benefits, people can get locked into knee jerk response to every situation.

     

  37. Jack… I love how some see something and call it art while another calls it crap.  And speaking of folk art…  some loved Grandma Moses and some didn’t.  She couldn’t really paint and had no sense of dimension, space, or depth.  Yet as I type this, there is a framed poster I bought at an exhibit of hers in Bennington Vermont staring at my back.  It’s a winter scene with horse drawn sleigh and a pond with children skating.  I absolutely love it!  I can feel the love of her rural life coming through.

    Good to see you posting again.

  38. So much going on that I could talk about.  Pain, heavy duty pain meds (opiod based), more pain, music (that is a joke about my abilities which are zero), photography, art – the results of a human working on a result of some kind.

    I will skip the pain and opiods, lots said by others. Music, I enjoy all sorts of music as I have no abilities including being able to clap in unison.  Photography, decades ago I used to be a pro.  Photography as art, I have had some of mine displayed as art.

    What about the terabyte storage and high speed photography to catch a dolphin in mid leap in front of the boat bow?  It may look great, but there are thousands of dolphin backs arched in a jump, just like it with water drops frozen in air.  What about that dolphin photographed from the side as the sun is setting and the sun is under the dolphin on the horizon as it arches taken on photographic film using a film camera?  That might be very interesting and if done just right unique and artistic.  There is a difference between the output of a film camera and chemicals on the film and a CCD or CMOS digital camera output.

    When Mrs. SFB repudiates her past remarks regarding Obama and states she was wrong,  I will start to consider my animosity towards her.

  39. I went to the Guggenheim once, that one in a long skate ramp spiral up to the top……I wasn’t paying much attention to what was good or bad, just made my way to the top looking at all of it……some struck me as nice, others maybe confusing, but the thing I took note of was that the last piece, at the very top, was a pedestal about waist high upon which was a glass cube case inside of which was a very ordinary antique tin can bearing a label which simply read “Merde”

     

  40. Artist’s Shit (ItalianMerda d’artista) is a 1961 artwork by the Italian artist Piero Manzoni. The work consists of 90 tin cans, each reportedly filled with 30 grams (1.1 oz) of faeces, and measuring 4.8 by 6.5 centimetres (1.9 in × 2.6 in), with a label in Italian, English, French, and German stating:

    Artist’s Shit
    Contents 30 gr net
    Freshly preserved
    Produced and tinned
    in May 1961

    Inspiration and interpretationsE

    At the time the piece was created, Manzoni was producing works that explored the relationship between art production and human production, Artist’s Breath (“Fiato d’artista”), a series of balloons filled with his own breath, being an example.
    Manzoni’s father, who owned a cannery, is said to have once told his artist son: “Your work is shit.”[1]

  41. This is one of my artworks, in front of the little god from Papeete.

    I call it…….[pregnant pause]…….. “Wave”

  42. Craig – From my time in PT (no oral meds), I had some great cream that had lidocaine, ketamine (horse tranquilizer) and two other things.

    My thought was that my entire body didn’t need pain meds, so topical was better.

    Pricey stuff, so I treated it like liquid gold.

    During  PT, I often thought of David Letterman saying  pain was weakness leaving the body.

  43. Beautiful woodworking.  Cabinetry, sewing, all of the things folks used to need to do and now a few love to do, it’s art.

    Grandpa built desks, shelves, etc.  Grandma made quilts and embroidered.  Great-grandma crocheted the most delicate, lacey things and baked like only a Dane can bake.    Mom could sew anything she saw.

  44. hah!

    yeah kgc & pogo there is that side effect they don’t warn you about and suggest good remedies for; but that  opio-tini reference had to do with warning the boss not to mix drink and drugs…. a totally different aspect of going to pot – the pot

  45. The Raptors are neutralizing LeBron. Great strategy. The Cavs are up by 9. Brilliant!

  46. How dare Orin Hatch chastise McCain for not wanting Trump at his funeral.   Ass!

  47. wow
    from Washington examiner re last night segment on msnbc:
    Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, predicted Monday that Stormy Daniels will win her lawsuits against President Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, encouraging other women who may have signed similar nondisclosure arrangements with Trump to come forward.

    “Look, I think, I’m going to guess — and this is conjecture by me — that the reason that they are fighting or they were fighting very hard against Mr. Avenatti’s client is not because they care about Stormy Daniels but there are other deals,” Nunberg said on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber,” referring to Daniels and her attorney Michael Avenatti.

    “And the minute this deal, the minute Mr. Avenatti wins in court, which I think he’s likely to, you’re going to have other women coming out that have signed agreements,” Nunberg continued.
    [….]
    Earlier in the segment, Melber played a clip of Nunberg from months prior in which the former Trump campaign official said special counsel Robert Mueller asked him while he was testifying before the grand jury if he was aware of any payments Trump or Cohen made to women.

    But Nunberg pivoted from the clip to claim all of Cohen’s problems were a result of Trump’s meeting with Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, in the Oval Office the day after Trump ousted former FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017.

    Nunberg then said the payments made to Daniels were simply Cohen fulfilling his duties as Trump’s personal lawyer.

    “This was Michael Cohen’s role,” he said. “Michael has done this for years. So this was the role Michael was going to have in the election.”
     

  48. Nice carving, Sturge.  I recently finished a carving that i started 20 years ago.  They say, “art is never finshed”- well, that SOB is.

  49. Oh, and Jack,

    …maybe your wife’s dad is hipper than you thought, and that carving IS finished, or MAYBE it was a collaborative piece that could only be finished by another unwitting or unintentional artist (you) whose displaying it as an unfinished piece, and the interpretation that implies, imparted to it a deeper, more layered perspective for the viewer.  That viewer most likely being you, he might have even hoped you’d discuss it with others so that both you and they would bond, unexpectedly, and be more in tune with the concept of “universal oneness”.

     

    …just saying, that’s the kind of shit one thinks about whilst whittling.

  50. That was from a chunk of walnut….it was fall-off from something else I cut out of there on the bandsaw…..looked more interesting than whatever it was I cut out of it so I shaped it a bit et voila…..art.  That was back during Clinton, before the GOP hordes began their predatory marauding of the economy, when I had time to fart around with stuff instead of chasing down every nickel in order to eat something besides hotdogs.

  51. If you could look more closely you’d see that the “curl”, under the wave is going in the wrong direction. But that doesn’t matter because it’s Finished…….with teak oil.

  52. NY State AG Eric Schneiderman has resigned because of accusations by 4 women

    he has denied the charges but resigned anyway.   A big SFB enemy one wonders

  53. Katherine Graham Cracker,

    Resignation very fast indeed, especially from one who loves the limelight & attention. Must admit I was surprised – he’s been good at watching out for New Yorkers. I was thinking about Spitzer after the news came out. Never can tell who’s into who & what.

  54. Never can tell who’s into who & what.sjny

    Boy Howdy ain’t that the truth

    this is a very sad moment

  55. SFBans are whooping it up over Schneiderman’s resignation – they should hold on a bit – he’s being replaced with NY Solicitor General Barbara Underwood as acting AG – past clerk for Thurgood Marshall, appointed by Cuomo and reappointed by Schneiderman – I doubt that she will order ongoing investigations stopped.

  56. Well I went and voted to help insure that Blankenship will have to run against Manchin rather than Manchin’s political newbie opponent.  Manchin isn’t a strong dem, but he’s hellsaplenty better than any of the repugs running to oppose him.

  57. kim and xi meet again!

    Chinese state media showed pictures of Kim smiling in an outdoors meeting with Xi, and the two leaders strolling along a waterfront.

    Today it is expected that trump starts to dismantle the iran deal by first implementing sanctions.  iran, s.korea, n. korea and china are all friends watching the nuclear dotard.

     

  58. The Schneiderman accusations are, to me, off.  Why when he has been front and center are they just coming out now and especially since he is accused of slapping and other violence in addition to the sexual assault.

    And The Condom’s remark  “Gotcha”   WTF

  59. from the la times, 2016, how much do our allies pay for defense?

    The Pentagon spends an estimated $10 billion a year on overseas bases. More than 70% of the total is spent in Japan, Germany and South Korea, where most U.S. troops abroad are permanently stationed.

    In return, the Pentagon receives various forms of compensation from the host countries, from rent-free real estate where the bases are located to actual cash payments meant to offset U.S. costs.
     

  60. Have we someone here from Virginia’s 7th? Received a solicitation this morning from Ms Spanberger, a Democrat who is running for that seat. I was mightily impressed by her qualifications, druthers, and willingness to continue serving our nation after years in the CIA. I wish I was there to support her in person.

  61. Sadly it appears the charges against Schneiderman are believable and the timing is in part a response to all the praise he has gotten from women’s groups.   And I must say ewwww

    I admire the courage of these women

  62. He sounds like Rob Porter (whom the current administration characterized as a great guy).
    He sounds like the Gov of Missouri.  
    He sounds like a violent creep.

  63. Mrs P is a bigger hardliner on this stuff than me. She is skeptical of people who stay in abusive relationships and come forward years later.  Although I don’t understand it at any kind of deep level, I do understand that people stay in relationships when rational people would say they should get out. I don’t know how credible these current claims are, but I don’t think it really matters. Schneiderman apparently thought it was going to be disruptive enough he needed to step down.

  64. Ya know, in  world where politicians are texting  pictures of their dicks, our governor’s interesting situation, and the idea of consensual/ nonconsensual  violence. All that stuff Trump does is beginning to look  really normal.

    Jack

  65. There  is a problem of being of being  in  law enforcement  and in to bondage at the same time. You sometimes mix business with pleasure. And then there is the problem of bringing  your work home with you.  Treating you sexual partner  like you would a common perp probably leads to short relationships.

    Jack

  66. Well, we’re out of the Iran nuc deal.  The UK, Germany and France are not happy with us on this one.  And Donnie is an idiot and a liar the basis of his decision – his misunderstanding of the deal – got 4 Pinocchios this morning from Mr. Kessler.  Folks, I continue to say we are phucked.

  67. am beginning to worry about fearless leader.   what did that 1st day of physical therapy consist of anyway…  reps on the rack,  thumbscrew twists and pushups in shackles?

  68. msn news:

    President Trump declared on Tuesday that he was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, unraveling the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and isolating the United States among its Western allies.

     

    looks  like the twit is trying to erase everything that marked the Obama presidency.  wouldn’t be surprised if at some point he announces the election itself null and void.

    more and more credible is that golden showers episode

  69. Pat, according to my uncle who wore his first replacement out so had 2 replacements on the same hip.

    Yes, all of the above.

    His story was the physical therapist would tell him to say when it hurt and would push until he said it hurt, then would pause then push some more so it really hurt. He seemed to think they got great pleasure out of their job.

    Jack

  70. the guardian:

    Iran deal: Donald Trump withdraws US from nuclear agreement – live

     

    The president said the US will exit the nuclear agreement in violation of the landmark deal, describing the move as a ‘withdrawal’

    […]
    US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin has confirmed the sanctions in a statement.
     
    He said the sanctions will be reimposed in keeping with 90 day and 180 day “wind-down” periods. Mnuchin said:
     

    President Trump has been consistent and clear that this Administration is resolved to addressing the totality of Iran’s destabilizing activities. We will continue to work with our allies to build an agreement that is truly in the best interest of our long-term national security. The United States will cut off the IRGC’s access to capital to fund Iranian malign activity, including its status as the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, its use of ballistic missiles against our allies, its support for the brutal Assad regime in Syria, its human rights violations against its own people, and its abuses of the international financial system.

     
    The specifics of how the sanctions will work are outlined here.
    [….continuing…]

  71. describing the move as a ‘withdrawal’

    twit’s into coitus interruptus ….explains those reports by the playmate and the porn star about no condom don

  72. all is well Patd, I just sleep night and day, not keeping up with world at large. Just woke up long enough to do my exercises.

  73. I had a post all written, clicked on save the draft and it told me I was not allowed to do that and I lost everything it seems. Maybe later.

    But now enough of wasting my time on line with all of you, back to work.

    Jack

  74. I swear Trump was even more doped up than fearless reader.  That sleep inducing monotone reading words that he didn’t understand because of the last right wing nut job who spoke to him.

    He called the Iran deal a “rotten and decaying structure”.  He must have looked in a mirror.

     

  75. I just hope that all the “enlightened” people who voted for SFB had better be prepared to sacrifice their children and grandchildren to sign up to fight any upcoming war in the ME.  Put your blood and treasure where your priorities lie.

    All of your and SFB’s hatred for the black man who used to occupy the Oval Office is beyond the wearing of it on your collective sleeves…  it’s now impounded on your foreheads.

  76. time:  ‘So Misguided.’ Barack Obama Weighs In On Trump’s Decision to Pull U.S. From Iran Nuclear Deal

    […]
    Obama’s full statement on Trump’s Iran decision below.

    There are few issues more important to the security of the United States than the potential spread of nuclear weapons, or the potential for even more destructive war in the Middle East. That’s why the United States negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the first place.
    The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working – that is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense. The JCPOA is in America’s interest – it has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. And the JCPOA is a model for what diplomacy can accomplish – its inspections and verification regime is precisely what the United States should be working to put in place with North Korea. Indeed, at a time when we are all rooting for diplomacy with North Korea to succeed, walking away from the JCPOA risks losing a deal that accomplishes – with Iran – the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans.
    That is why today’s announcement is so misguided. Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.
    Debates in our country should be informed by facts, especially debates that have proven to be divisive. So it’s important to review several facts about the JCPOA.
    First, the JCPOA was not just an agreement between my Administration and the Iranian government. After years of building an international coalition that could impose crippling sanctions on Iran, we reached the JCPOA together with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the European Union, Russia, China, and Iran. It is a multilateral arms control deal, unanimously endorsed by a United Nations Security Council Resolution.
    Second, the JCPOA has worked in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program. For decades, Iran had steadily advanced its nuclear program, approaching the point where they could rapidly produce enough fissile material to build a bomb. The JCPOA put a lid on that breakout capacity. Since the JCPOA was implemented, Iran has destroyed the core of a reactor that could have produced weapons-grade plutonium; removed two-thirds of its centrifuges (over 13,000) and placed them under international monitoring; and eliminated 97 percent of its stockpile of enriched uranium – the raw materials necessary for a bomb. So by any measure, the JCPOA has imposed strict limitations on Iran’s nuclear program and achieved real results.
    Third, the JCPOA does not rely on trust – it is rooted in the most far-reaching inspections and verification regime ever negotiated in an arms control deal. Iran’s nuclear facilities are strictly monitored. International monitors also have access to Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain, so that we can catch them if they cheat. Without the JCPOA, this monitoring and inspections regime would go away.
    Fourth, Iran is complying with the JCPOA. That was not simply the view of my Administration. The United States intelligence community has continued to find that Iran is meeting its responsibilities under the deal, and has reported as much to Congress. So have our closest allies, and the international agency responsible for verifying Iranian compliance – the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
    Fifth, the JCPOA does not expire. The prohibition on Iran ever obtaining a nuclear weapon is permanent. Some of the most important and intrusive inspections codified by the JCPOA are permanent. Even as some of the provisions in the JCPOA do become less strict with time, this won’t happen until ten, fifteen, twenty, or twenty-five years into the deal, so there is little reason to put those restrictions at risk today.
    Finally, the JCPOA was never intended to solve all of our problems with Iran. We were clear-eyed that Iran engages in destabilizing behavior – including support for terrorism, and threats toward Israel and its neighbors. But that’s precisely why it was so important that we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Every aspect of Iranian behavior that is troubling is far more dangerous if their nuclear program is unconstrained. Our ability to confront Iran’s destabilizing behavior – and to sustain a unity of purpose with our allies – is strengthened with the JCPOA, and weakened without it.
    Because of these facts, I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake. Without the JCPOA, the United States could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East. We all know the dangers of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. It could embolden an already dangerous regime; threaten our friends with destruction; pose unacceptable dangers to America’s own security; and trigger an arms race in the world’s most dangerous region. If the constraints on Iran’s nuclear
    program under the JCPOA are lost, we could be hastening the day when we are faced with the choice between living with that threat, or going to war to prevent it.

    In a dangerous world, America must be able to rely in part on strong, principled diplomacy to secure our country. We have been safer in the years since we achieved the JCPOA, thanks in part to the work of our diplomats, many members of Congress, and our allies. Going forward, I hope that Americans continue to speak out in support of the kind of strong, principled, fact-based, and unifying leadership that can best secure our country and uphold our responsibilities around the globe.

     

     

  77. too bad he didn’t just say this part.  media has hard time with anything longer than a sound bite.

     

    ….I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake. Without the JCPOA, the United States could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East. We all know the dangers of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. It could embolden an already dangerous regime; threaten our friends with destruction; pose unacceptable dangers to America’s own security; and trigger an arms race in the world’s most dangerous region. If the constraints on Iran’s nuclear program under the JCPOA are lost, we could be hastening the day when we are faced with the choice between living with that threat, or going to war to prevent it.

  78. From the rolling stone article I linked above —

    Part of what has emboldened Trump to renege is the departures of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster – who both encouraged the president to uphold the deal – with Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, respectively, who have both been critical of it. Bolton was involved in an eerily similar situation 15 years ago before the United States invaded Iraq.

  79. The price of gas has increased under trump and this latest shake-up in the ME ought to move it right along.

    The increase brings the price of gas to 32 cents a gallon higher than it was at this time last year. The highest average price in the contiguous 48 states was $3.54 in the San Francisco Bay area.Mar 26, 2018

     

  80. Mel and plagiarism.

    From the NY times article — a surprising fact about mel and birth(erism_).

    Like her husband, Mrs. Trump is also viewed by many as having baggage related to the Obamas, stemming back to jabs she took at President Barack Obama while her husband was promoting the conspiracy theory that Mr. Obama was not an American citizen: “It’s not only Donald who wants to see” Mr. Obama’s birth certificate, Mrs. Trump said during a 2011 interview. “It’s American people who voted for him and who didn’t vote for him.” Mr. Obama eventually released his long-form birth certificate.

  81. Cecile Richards former president of Planned Parenthood said Ivanka and Jared tried to bully Planned Parenthood into giving up being an abortion provider.

    I am pretty sure nothing I have ever done deserves living during a SFB presidency

  82. Flatter him in the press and pay him a tribute and he’ll do anything you want, Jamie.

  83. What’s your vector Viktor?

    Xmas is coming early this year.

    Dots connecting Cohen to Russia to Trumpco.

     

  84. Because of Ahnold – a truly terrible governor- the state was in terrible financial shape and among the victims were the state parks.   The parks solicited sponsors and among the parks was Ft Ross State Park which had been a Russian fort.   Over the years the relationship has grown and prospered for everyone and a lot of fun and great events have happened.  It turns out the sponsor is one of the oligarchs on the no no list.

    https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Rich-Russian-comes-to-aid-of-Fort-Ross-3183955.php

  85. the guardian:

    Donald Trump’s personal attorney and legal fixer, Michael Cohen, was paid half a million dollars by a company affiliated with a Russian oligarch with close links to Vladimir Putin, according to extraordinary allegations published on Tuesday.
    The claim was made in a research document drafted and posted online by Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film actor known as Stormy Daniels, who alleged she was paid in 2016 in return for agreeing not to disclose that she had sex with Trump.
     
    Avenatti did not provide details of sources for his information, which the Guardian has not independently verified.
     
    Cohen was said by Avenatti to have received $500,000 through a US subsidiary of the Renova investment group owned by Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian billionaire closely associated with Putin who was placed under sanction by the US government last month. The payments were allegedly made between January and August 2017.
     
    Cohen and his attorney, Stephen Ryan, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
     
    Vekselberg has reportedly been interviewed by investigators working for Robert Mueller, the special counsel looking into alleged collusion between Russia and Trump’s team during the 2016 election campaign. Vekselberg has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
    [..continues….]

  86. also from the guardian:
    Nancy Pelosi has a simple message for Democrats running for Congress this fall: “Just win, baby.”
     
    The House minority leader said Democrats running in conservative House districts across the country should do what they must to win – including running against her.
    “I think if they have to do that to win the election, I’m all for winning,” Pelosi said in an interview with Politico Playbook on Tuesday. “I think many of them are saying we need new leadership. I don’t take offense at that.”

    [….continues…]

  87. Democrats are stupid to run from Nancy P they should be running toward a very successful woman politician.

  88. Well I’m pleased (I think) to say that even WV republicans aren’t STOOPID enough to nominate DonFuckingBlankenship to run for Senator. He’s third behind Patrick (Pillsbury dough boy impersonator) Morrisey and Evan (sheds his skin and leaves an oil film behind) Jenkins. Morrisey should be eaten alive by Manchin (god I hope).

  89. I am so sorry that blankenship, the mass murderer lost. On his way to re-election mr manchin deserves all the vile and underhanded abuse that only a trumpster like blankenship can deliver.

  90. If ‘Stormy’ wins, will melancholia challenge the non-disclosure agreement that she signed. What about the other dozens (hundreds? thousands?) of women and girls, besides ‘Stormy,’ that the self-adoring, stage-struck, deadbeat, racist, pussy-pinching, russian saboteur & religious bigot abused and dumped ?

    A thousand women times $130,000 each (much more for his wives, of which three are presently known) could add up to some real money.

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