Monthly Archives: October 2015

Poem for the Week/Artwork of the Week

“I lock my door upon myself”
Fernand Khnopff (1891)

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Khnopff’s painting (analyzed/explained at the link above) was inspired by the poem below, written by Christina Rossetti, sister of pre-Raphaelite painter (and poet) Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

“Who Shall Deliver Me?” by Christina Rossetti (1876)

God strengthen me to bear myself;
That heaviest weight of all to bear,
Inalienable weight of care.

All others are outside myself;
I lock my door and bar them out
The turmoil, tedium, gad-about.

I lock my door upon myself,
And bar them out; but who shall wall
Self from myself, most loathed of all?

If I could once lay down myself,
And start self-purged upon the race
That all must run ! Death runs apace.

If I could set aside myself,
And start with lightened heart upon
The road by all men overgone!

God harden me against myself,
This coward with pathetic voice
Who craves for ease and rest and joys

Myself, arch-traitor to myself ;
My hollowest friend, my deadliest foe,
My clog whatever road I go.

Yet One there is can curb myself,
Can roll the strangling load from me
Break off the yoke and set me free.

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Afternoon Links

The last NASA engineer who knows how to program Voyager is retiring.

Obama admin not satisfied just being Iran’s banker and lawyer, wants to be bodyguard too. Disgusting.

“Paul Ryan took his kids to Disney World; still opposes federal Disney World trip guarantee.” “Paul Ryan gives his kids candy before they go to bed, does not believe in a government guarantee of candy before bed.” This kind of thing only seems hypocritical to idiots and those accustomed to wielding the heavy hand of government to impose their views on others. What Ryan is doing is only a foreign concept to layabout losers who have never had a real job.

College students are garbage people who should be airdropped into shark-infested waters, Part Infinity.

The hot new song in Ramallah for the fall of 2015 is “Stab the Jew and say God is Great.”

Christian bakers must bake gay wedding cakes, but Muslims don’t have to drive trucks that are carrying beer. Goodbye America. The Left has won.

Hero. Where do we find such men?

“Every athlete will get a medal, no matter in what place they finish.” smdh

The power of delicious hummus

Russia bombs hospitals on purpose. No one cares.

“Currently, I say that I am agender. I’m removing myself from the social construct of gender,” says Mars Marson, a 21-year-old NYU film major…Marson is talking to me amid a roomful of Queer Union students at the school’s LGBTQ student center, where a front-desk bin offers free buttons that let visitors proclaim their preferred pronoun. Of the seven students gathered at the Queer Union, five prefer the singular they.” *eyeroll*

John Harwood has no business moderating a GOP presidential debate

Mechanics recreate classical paintings in their garages

‘WTF’ is on a collision course with Earth

17 beautiful rooms for the book-loving soul

Boozing cat suffers serious hangover after 7 weeks in wine cellar

Pathetic and horrible. The Worst Generation.

To put some numbers behind that perception, The William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale recently commissioned a survey from McLaughlin & Associates about attitudes towards free speech on campus. Some 800 students at a variety of colleges across the country were surveyed. The results, though not surprising, are nevertheless alarming. By a margin of 51 percent to 36 percent, students favor their school having speech codes to regulate speech for students and faculty. Sixty-three percent favor requiring professors to employ “trigger warnings” to alert students to material that might be discomfiting. One-third of the students polled could not identify the First Amendment as the part of the Constitution that dealt with free speech. Thirty-five percent said that the First Amendment does not protect “hate speech,” while 30 percent of self-identified liberal students say the First Amendment is outdated. With the assault on free speech and the First Amendment proceeding apace in institutions once dedicated to robust intellectual debate, it is no wonder that there are more and more calls to criminalize speech that dissents from the party line on any number of issues, from climate change to race relations, to feminism and sex.

“Feed Jessica Valenti to the sharks; she has fought for it; she has earned the right”

Out of the six hundred and ninety three people on board, four hundred and thirty eight lost their lives. Talk about disgusting sexism! The ratio of men to women eaten by sharks that day – something in the order of 100:0 – was a blot in the annals of sexual equality and an eternal badge of shame to all those who believe that girls are exactly the same as boys and should be treated just the same otherwise it’s unfair.

This is why, though it might be most men’s idea of hell being trapped on a cruise liner with, say, Caitlin Moran, Amanda Marcotte, Anita Sarkeesian, Jessica Valenti, I personally would consider it the perfect insurance plan. You just know that as the ship went down and the fins started circling, those stalwarts would stick firmly to their principles. “No, really, after you!” they’d say as I barged past them in the lifeboat queue, with a few garbled excuses about my pathological fear of being eaten by a shark, and possibly – depending how cheerful they looked about dying for their noble cause – a cheeky farewell quip about the demerits of free-bleeding…

“Peanuts” was a dark comic, full of uncomfortable truths about the selfishness and cruelty of social existence.

If only someone could have predicted this!

Lulz

How do you identify?…The act of “identifying as” has become a very common part of public life. You may identify by race (like the former N.A.A.C.P. official Rachel Dolezal), by gender (like Caitlyn Jenner) or any number of less sensational but equally significant ways (by religion, political party, sexual orientation, even species)…In a world of conscious beings, identity matters. Self-perception plays a vital role in behavior, so the question of how human beings think about themselves in relation to the world is more than simply one of semantics; ways of seeing lead, directly and indirectly, to ways of acting.

Given all that, I choose to identify as mammal.

I’ll let you handle this one, Wesley J. Smith.

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Afternoon Art Break

“The Milkmaid”
Johannes Vermeer (c. 1660)

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Music Monday

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Artwork of the Week

“Autumn”
John William Godward (1900)

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Afternoon Art Break

“Farmhouse with Birch Trees”
Gustav Klimt (1903)

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Kill yourselves, GOP voters. Do us all a favor. You too, Democrats.

Been wondering this myself. Sadly, I think we know the answer.

For all the manifold sins of Sen. Mitch McConnell, he has never in his life had a 4 month stretch of time in which he has betrayed as many conservative principles as Trump has since entering the race, but Trump’s supporters are still there. So at this point, it is a matter of honest curiosity to me, and I think this is something the Trump supporters ought to answer at least to themselves: Is there anything Trump might do or say that would cause you to stop supporting him? If you can’t spell it out to yourself ahead of time then you’re not an informed voter or principled person of any stripe: you’re a fan of a celebrity. And what you’re watching right now isn’t a political campaign to you, it’s a slightly more sophisticated reality show than The Kardashians.

So cool

I thought these people were just having fun, but apparently they’re SJWs so fuck ’em.

What Bernie Sanders doesn’t understand about Germany’s “free” college

Forest outside Nazi death camp yields disturbing find

Federal government seizes last private land at Area 51

Star Wars stormtroopers assemble at the Great Wall of China to promote movie

ISIS attacks increased by 42% in the third quarter of 2015

It saddens me to say a critical word about Princess Tay, but this is true. Contemporary pop music is basically computer-generated garbage.

Some important stuff came out of Hillary’s Benghazi hearing yesterday (i.e. she admitted in private she knew the attack had nothing to do with a video, but then continued to lie about it anyway for two weeks to the public and the families of the dead), but the media wrote the narrative a long time ago and so none of it will matter. Noah Rothman writes:

What we discovered is this: The White House and Clinton apparently knew that the Benghazi attack was the premeditated work of Islamic terrorists before the bodies were cold. She and the administration nevertheless proceeded to propagate a falsehood that advanced the president’s preferred political narrative just six weeks before a tightly-contested national election…The Benghazi Committee is owed a public debt if only because it has exposed the decay in Washington’s culture of wagon-circling. Pundits who forever lament America’s sense of alienation from the political class and their growing cynicism towards elected elites appear not to notice when they are exacerbating that condition. While news media and Democrats are praising Clinton’s performance, Americans are waking up to the notion that they might have been deliberately misled about the deaths of their fellow citizens in a terror attack and likely for petty political gain. There is something rotten here.

Here’s Rothman on Hillary’s Sid Blumenthal problem, which the media went into apoplexy about yesterday, screaming that it was no big deal (which lets you know you’re right over the target):

Approximately half of all the email messages Clinton received relating to Libya were sent from Blumenthal…Worse, one of those email communications from Clinton that was forwarded to Gowdy contained classified information – information that was apparently sensitive enough so that it was redacted when the committee received it. That email contained the name of a CIA operator, and its transmission on an unsecure cable could literally have put that person’s life in danger. “She is exposing the name of a guy who has a clandestine relationship with the CIA on her private, unprotected server,” former CIA Mideast officer John Maguire, who noted that the revelation should trigger the creation of a “crimes report” in the Department of Justice.

Moreover, as it was alleged in this hearing and confirmed by Hillary Clinton, there were emails she received from Blumenthal related to intelligence matters that she forwarded to the president’s team for review, but they were stripped of the identifiers that would let the White House know that the information was coming from Blumenthal. Clinton contended that she did this merely in order to ensure that the intelligence was evaluated on its merits and not its source, but the more likely explanation is that it would have enraged the White House, which had blocked Blumenthal from serving on Clinton’s staff. In a sentence, Hillary Clinton misled the President of the United States on a matter related to the conduct of American foreign affairs and national security.

Shakespeare cover novels

Nude models bring your favorite Gustav Klimt paintings to life for charity

Nazi Loot Claim Over $77 Million Bruegel Painting Triggers Row Between Austria and Poland

Scholars Say Art Dealer May Have Discovered Two Lost Donatello Sculptures

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