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Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 19, 2016 at 8:19 pm

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  1. The heading of your twitter feed is a really good excerpt from one of your paintings. If you have the time, you might want to try adapting that painting to a more abstract expressionist style, with about 7 or 8 paintings in that format that look alike, one or two in the fall colors you have it in now, others in spring colors, summer colors, and winter colors, and slightly brighter autumn colors, and try to find some one with art world connections to get you a gallery show as a unique Jewish prole guy who wants to bring back the Hans Hoffman vibe of his youth in the 50s and early 60s (exaggerate your age) but with more heart and feeling this time. They call paintings like that “outsider art” and sometimes they pay real money for it. Probably nothing will come of it but then again it might be worth a try, you have your foot in the door already as someone who appears serious enough about the arts to live the life of a prole in NYC (unless you have more cash than you let on).

    howitzer daniel

    July 19, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    • “Try to find some one with art world connections to get you a gallery show” — wow, great idea! Here I am, 50 years old, and that never occurred to me! And I know lots of other people that would benefit from this advice too! Thanks!!!


      July 20, 2016 at 6:22 am

      • Never try anything is good advice too!

        howitzer daniel

        July 20, 2016 at 7:50 am

      • I’m too busy making art to try. Hustlers with impure hearts try. The pure of heart are losers, like me.


        July 20, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      • Garr, you may have been offended because you misread the tone of my first comment: I assume that the guy who runs this blog is very bright and I wasn’t really trying to give him advice, which he wouldn’t need from me anyway, that was just my way of saying something besides Trump Good! or Trump Bad! I really did not mean to imply that artists who have not succeeded just haven’t figured out how to sell themselves – I have had on and off contacts with the “art world” for decades and the plain fact, I think, is you can be one of the two or three dozen best oil painters in a local market, even a big local market like NYC, and have little to no chance of making even minimum wage by selling your paintings. I was curious, though, to see if there were any Hans Hoffman fans among the people who comment here. I don’t like abstract expressionism much but Hans Hoffman really can be good sometimes.

        howitzer daniel

        July 20, 2016 at 8:28 pm

  2. What is your favorite speech so far?

    The Undiscovered Jew

    July 19, 2016 at 10:19 pm

  3. I liked Jr’s speech a lot other than the comments about teachers (made me wince at the time and then you also pointed it out on Twitter).

    It’s funny that he does the finger in the air thing when making a point even though I doubt Trump Sr. ever explicitly trained him to do this. Heritability is a hell of a thing.

    Jokah Macpherson

    July 19, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    • The comment about teachers’ unions is true, though. I was a teacher for 34 years and while they, yes, fought for raises for me, they often pursued ed policies bad for kids. Further, I can’t tell you how many lazy, incompetent teachers were retained and yes, received tenure.


      July 19, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      • @gabriel:

        But how can you tell if a teacher is incompetent without taking the students’ abilities into consideration?


        July 20, 2016 at 9:16 am

      • I don’t know what the guy said about teachers, and while any given teacher can be fine, the key things to remember:

        1) Teacher’s unions are THE WORST. Like all government unions, they should not be allowed. We need more unions in the private sector, and none in government (the conflict of interest is massive).

        2) Most teacher’s (K-12) are just not very bright. They typically come from the lower ends of the SAT scores.

        3) Education schools are full of SJW psychos who teach a lot of damaging nonsense. Because of #2, most teachers don’t give any pushback to the idiocy they get taught in Ed school.

        4) The only “cure” for our education woes is to shut down the entire system and start from scratch, which of course will never happen, and get off the nonsensical “every special snowflake can go to college!” mantra. No, no they can’t.

        5) Schools get WAY TOO MUCH money, on average. The best short term way to make a school better would be to cut its budget by 35%.

        All that said, pissing off teachers is a very bad campaign move. But Teacher’s Inc. is going to be 100% behind Hillary no matter what, so whatevs.


        July 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

  4. So, I’ve been watching some Karl Pilkington stuff again. Seen through the lens of class, Karl is basically prole (working class, from Manchester), and Ricky Gervais is middle class (went to University, has a more posh accent, from Southern England). And since Karl is not female, a person of color, or disabled, he is one of the few people who it’s acceptable to make fun of. Well actually this is before Gervais became a politically correct “humanitarian,” after becoming famous by being politically incorrect, but that’s beside the point.

    Although Karl has some gaps in his knowledge, his worldview is very logical and not based on media narrative, propaganda or politics at all. It is more or less empirical. He is very calming and quaint to listen to. Also, he is portrayed as constantly “whinging,” which is true, but in Britain apparently it is more acceptable to complain about life, whereas in America everyone has to fake positivity and pretend to be happy all the time. Karl said that therefore he would not fit in in America. Britain is more “Eastern” in outlook, in the basic sense that suffering and fate are considered part of life, and one simply accepts them. Whereas in America if you’re not perfectly successful and happy all the time and complain about anything, particularly if you don’t belong to a registered victim class, then you’re just an a-hole.


    July 20, 2016 at 7:04 am

  5. mirinda

    July 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

    • Milo led a virtual lynch mob against Leslie Jones. It was a bunch of racist, personal attacks against somebody who did not deserve it. He absolutely should have been banned. What he did was disgusting.

      Otis the Sweaty

      July 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      • Nope, Milo not responsible for people who like him or follow him on twitter

        Andrew E.

        July 20, 2016 at 1:24 pm

  6. Melania’s no more trashy than any wife of any of of those guys that Buckley said could be picked at a random from a phonebook to run the country and do a better job, etc.; Trump is one of those guys, and their wives all plagiarized everything they ever wrote as “students” in “colleges”.


    July 20, 2016 at 12:01 pm

  7. Admittedly I was only half listening, but I was struck by the contrast between Dr. Ben Carson’s calm, reassuring voice and the inanity of his message, which dwelled on the threat Lucifer poses for our soon to be great again nation.

    Mark Caplan

    July 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    • If you try to distinguish the text of any MLK, Jesse Jackson, or Sharpton speech from the delivery it’s insipid, corny stuff. It’s all in the delivery for these guys. They don’t use language to describe reality; they use language to manipulate other people.


      July 20, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    • Black people are so heavily Democratic that to defy that level of in-community social pressure means you almost have to be an eccentric. The only black Republicans I can think of who aren’t obviously weird are those I barely know anything about.


      July 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm

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