The Vitriol of Sarah Palin and Her Tea Party Followers: For Shame!!

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords with Senior Citizens

Sarah Palin’s PAC: “Targeting” Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot today outside a Tucson Safeway supermarket; fourteen other people were wounded and six killed, including federal judge John Roll, during the assassination attempt on Giffords.  Representative Giffords was featured on Sarah Palin’s infamous “crosshairs” map, which targeted legislators who voted for President Obama’s health care bill.  This was the map that was roundly criticized as an incitement to violence.

Giffords, a third-term legislator, supported President Obama’s health care reform bill. This earned her a place on the map, posted by Sarah Palin’s Political Action Committe, that literally put Democrats in the cross-hairs of guns last spring after the bill passed.  “Don’t retreat, instead-RELOAD!” was how Palin introduced the map to her Tea Party followers on Twitter.  Days later, a vandal smashed the glass door of Rep. Giffords’ Tucson office.  Giffords’ father stated that members of the Tea Party “always threatened” his daughter.

Giffords’ Tea Party opponent in the 2010 election, Jesse Kelly, went even further with the violent rhetoric.  Kelly’s campaign held an event called “Get on Target for Victory in November.”  Description of the event: “Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office.  Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”

President Obama has called for a nationwide moment of silence at 11 a.m. on Monday, the White House announced Sunday.  “Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives,” the president said in a statement.  “It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”

President Obama: The Arizona Shooting Attack and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Breaking News: Piecing Together the Giffords Shooting

Keith Olbermann Special Commentary: “Violence Has No Place in Democracy”

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Ah, L’Amour: A Very Bitter Quest for Love

Ah, L’Amour: A Very Bitter Quest for Love

Ah, L’Amour is a darkly humorous two-minute animated short film by cult animator and Academy Award nominee Don Hertzfeld.  The film was produced at the age of 18 during Don’s freshman year at UC/Santa Barbara for a beginning film production class, and it was never intended to be screened publicly.

The movie initially saw limited action at film festivals, because Don was embarrassed by it.  He was also afraid of being pelted with rocks by angry women, until screenings revealed that women in the audience usually cheered very loudly for the cartoon girls, and always applauded much louder than the men.  Ah, L’Amour ended up becoming a very popular cult film, and in 1998 it was awarded the HBO Comedy Arts Festival’s Grand Prize Award for “World’s Funniest Cartoon.”

Ah, L’Amour is based on man’s eternal and very difficult search for love, in this case the grueling and determined quest of our very sad hero, “Caffeine.”  Hopefully, this is not the reality… Very funny… Enjoy it!!

Ah, L’Amour: A Very Bitter Quest for Love

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The Hushed Melancholy of New York’s Empty Restaurants

21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street, 2009

Cafe des Artistes, 1 West 67th Street, 2009

Delmonico’s, 56 Beaver Street, 2009

Arturo’s, 106 West Houston Street, 2009

De Robertis, 176 First Avenue, NYC, 2009

The Hushed Melancholy of New York’s Empty Restaurants

Photography by: Wijnanda Deroo, Treadwell, New York

The Empty Restaurants of New York is an emotionally moving collection of photographs by the Dutch photographer Wijnanda Deroo.  Deroo’s work depicts the hushed melancholy of vacant interiors found in the cafes and restaurants from four of New York City’s five boroughs.  Instead of actual people, there is the presence of people who have been there before and who might be there again.  Despite the lack of people present in Deroo’s work, there exists a tangible presence of human experience and activity, manifested in the subtle clues left behind from a once vibrant history.  Her alluring use of color and composition invites the viewer into these hauntingly empty spaces with emotive power, reinforcing the perspective that beauty can be found in the least likely of places.

An Emotional Meditation: Alone in New York

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Slide Show: The Hushed Melancholy of New York’s Empty Restaurants

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