Sunday, October 31, 2010
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.
All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course.(...)Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Some federal intelligence agents and law enforcement officers are going back to school -- to study paintings. CIA and FBI agents, along with Secret Service officers, are among those who have taken a course called "The Art of Perception" at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art, theTelegraph reports.
Amy Herman, an art historian who teaches the course, says it's valuable to investigators because it "refreshes their sense of inquiry" and improves their ability to characterize what they see.
"Amy taught us that to be successful, you have to think outside the box," says Bill Reiner, an FBI special agent. "Don't just look at a picture and see a picture. See what's happening."
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
- The Obama Administration defends Don't Ask Don't Tell.
- The Obama Administration seeks to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell.
- The courts strike down Don't Ask Don't Tell.
- The Obama Administration appeals the decision, asking for a temporary stay.
- The Obama Administration's Pentagon tells gays they are allowed to enlist.
- The courts grant the Obama Administration's stay, meaning that gays can be fired.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
FARATA'A, Palestinian Territories — Thick black smoke billows from the olive grove under the gaze of Israeli soldiers as Palestinian farmers use branches to try to beat out the fires lit by Jewish settlers.It's olive harvest time in the occupied West Bank.The firebombers swooped down from Havat Gilad, a wildcat Jewish settlement unauthorised even by the Israeli government.
A few hours earlier, in the village of Azmut near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, a group of youths from the settlement of Elon Moreh, four kilometres (two and a half miles) away, dispersed Palestinian olive harvesters with shots in the air, witnesses said.The settlers said they had come under attack first."We began the harvest at 7 am. At 9 am while we were having breakfast, they turned up with these automatic weapons," said Pauline Marechal, a 57-year-old Frenchwoman."They began firing in the air. The children were screaming and crying. The settlers were chanting: 'Out. Out'," said Marechal, an activist with the Palestinian solidarity group, Darna, which helps villagers with the olive harvest each October.
The Israeli army says it does all it can to protect Palestinian olive growers. So far this year there have been no casualties at least. But neither have the police made any arrests.
Friday, October 15, 2010
“When Stephan [the mortgage enforcer] says in an affidavit that he has personal knowledge of the facts stated in his affidavits, he doesn’t. When he says that he has custody and control of the loan documents, he doesn’t. When he says that he is attaching ‘a true and accurate’ copy of a note or a mortgage, he has no idea if that is so, because he does not look at the exhibits. When he makes any other statement of fact, he has no idea if it is true. When the notary says that Stephan appeared before him or her, he didn’t.”
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Oct. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Top legal officers of all 50 states opened a joint investigation into home foreclosures, saying they will seek an immediate halt to any improper practices at banks and mortgage companies.The states will conduct a coordinated inquiry into whether banks and loan servicers used false documents and signatures to justify hundreds of thousands of foreclosures. The group intends to establish independent monitoring, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who is leading the group, said today in a statement.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
For those unaware the president had even vetoed a bill emanating from the Democratic Congress, don’t worry. The measure was a stop-gap spending measure for the Pentagon that became unnecessary when the president instead signed the annual Pentagon money bill in time. He then vetoed the five-day, interim bill as unneeded legislation.
Even though the entire issue was moot, his action prompted the House to go through the veto override process because Congress and the executive branch are locked in a long-running Constitutional feud over a president’s ability to issue a “pocket veto” by failing to sign legislation but not sending it back to Congress.
The central legal question is over whether the pocket veto is legitimate when Congress is in recess or between sessions of an ongoing Congress. [...]
Representative David R. Obey, the Wisconsin Democrat who is the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said the veto vote was required to make the point that Congress did not consider the pocket veto legitimate.
The effort to overturn the veto failed, but 140 Republicans and three Democrats still took the opportunity to try to override Mr. Obama, even though the underlying legislation was of no consequence whatsoever. The final vote was 245-143 against overriding the president.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Among my more brilliant ideas was to advertise that there would be no alcohol provided at my twenty-first birthday party. One person showed up.
Director Arima stated, "As our society finally begins to take a serious look at the intense stressors placed upon teenagers and the often tragic consequences of bullying and social ostracism within our schools, the message of Carrie has only become more timely and resonant."
- Compromising their mission to provide more popular fare that they can squeeze revenue out of.
- Compromising their artists in the form of low wages, etc.
- Compromising their staff (such as an entire literary department).
- Compromising their audience (through the form of high ticket prices).
Some artists/companies will hit some vein of success -- a Broadway transfer, a surprise hit of a mission-accomplishing show, or a MacArthur Genius Grant, that will change the calculus. Or maybe in 2012 we'll elect Europe to be our President and the money spigots will flow.
Monday, October 4, 2010
[Y]ou might check out a series of posts I did in response to that conversation about different pricing strategies on this site.You’d probably then want to check out a post on Parabasis calling Arena Stage to task for their use of dynamic pricing on a recent show that ended up spiking prices up above $100/ticket. That sparked a fresh #2amtTwitter conversation and this post from Gwydion Suilebahn about discussing prices in a civilized way. Which led to a lengthy (and highly readable) comment stream, which led to another post from Gwydion and then to a fresh post by Isaac Butler at Parabasis responding in kind.
The criticism of too much government funding of theater, for example, is that we’d end up having, well, government-approved theater: nothing that threatens the state, nothing very adventurous, etc. After all, they’d have some sense of ownership, wouldn’t they? The same might be said of corporate donations. Personally, the thought of big businesses “owning” theater frightens me even worse. I have a similar concern about individual donations; I don’t want America’s owning class “owning” the stories we tell, either. (If donations were always – or even very often – small and from large numbers of diverse donors, I’d have less concern).
- Government A buys art organizations and appoints NEA officers to run them.
- Government B gives the NEA powers to license performances: unlicensed performances are made illegal.
- Government C passes rules saying that the NEA can only fund Pro-America productions. The NEA evaluates grants based on their content.
- Government D creates a web listing of currently existing arts-charity programs, to help donors find them.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Q: Do you want that for the West Bank or for Gaza as well?A: We are proceeding under the assumption that some day Gaza will be part of this deal. Right now, it’s not part of this deal because it’s under Hamas. So when President Obama talks about a contiguous Palestinian state, that has two meanings. One, it means there being no settlement blocks dividing the Palestinian state, but also that there be some kind of connection between West Bank and Gaza.