Tuesday, February 16, 2016

We are big enough to do both.





Would it be wrong for the Republicans to scrutinize  a Supreme Court nominee on his own merits instead of who appointed him?

Obama Compiles Shortlist Of Gay, Transsexual Abortion Doctors To Replace Scalia

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And now their top candidate is accurately  criticizing President Bush.





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alice in wonderland - Claudia





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Hunter



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Galveston Arts Center


     Galveston Arts Center is pleased to present three new shows featuring photographers Will Michels, Kenny Braun, and Ben Davis that use photo essays to explore specific and unique cultures here in Texas.  These shows will open Saturday, March 5th with an opening reception from 6:00-9:00 pm, and an artist talk beginning at 6:30 with curator Clint Willour and each of the artists.  These exhibits will run through April 10th, 2016 in conjunction with Fotofest, Houston.

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     One can’t help but at first smile at the thought of adults running about with brooms between their legs, but Will Michel’s Brooms Up depicts the seriousness of novelty with an in-depth look at the culture of one of the world’s fastest growing sports and its literary athletes: Quidditch. Born from writer J.K. Rowling’s famous Harry Potter series, this mixed media exhibition examines not just the magical sport itself, but the real-life Quidditch culture as a representative of the dynamics and beauty of humanity.  Utilizing striking portraiture and the intensity of athletic action shots coupled with actual broomsticks, bludgers, hoops, and snitches, the real magic of this show is its serious exploration of how life can imitate art, while using art to capture the magic that is life.  A Graduate of the Pratt Institute with a degree in architecture, Braun has pursued fine art photography for the last 21 years. Broom’s Upwill be presented in our downstairs gallery. 

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     Pulling the title from a line in William Faulkner’s The BearBen Davis’s A Corner of Canaan is a poignant photographic study of both contemporary and antebellum culture presented as images of living architectural remains.  Focusing on a single TX community, Davis presents historic antebellum structures as preserved, hand-crafted artifacts that are used to visually investigate the history and infrastructure of a culture by examining the history and infrastructure of its architecture. On display will be photographs of houses, barns, and abandoned sheds built in a time of political and racial turmoil have both lived and been lived in for over a century, weathering the storm of time, change, and life. Coupled with text from 1860 census data, these photos not only juxtapose the politics of the then and now, but emphasizes the importance of architectural preservation. Davis received his B.A. from Schreiner University, and his M.F.A. in Photography from the University of North Texas.


    
     Surf Texas by photographer Kenny Braun is glimpse into the world of Texas surf culture from the perspective of an artist combining two of his passions:  photography and surfing.  Inspired by memories and dreams, Braun creates visually striking, high contrast black and white photographs that not only romanticize nature, but turn portraits into poetry, be they of the members of Texas surf culture, or of the surfboards themselves.  Taken from his book of the same name, the photographs of Surf Texas reveals that surfing goes beyond being just an activity, but is a sport, lifestyle, and culture unto itself. Kenny Braun is an editorial, commercial and fine-art photographer based in Austin, TX and is known for his environmental portraits, landscapes, and personal projects.
  
     FotoFest is an international non-profit photographic arts and education organization based in Houston, Texas whose purpose is to promote the exchange of art and ideas through international programs and the presentation of photographic art. Their programs work globally and locally, bringing together an international vision of art and cross-cultural exchange with a commitment to community involvement and the enrichment of Houston's cultural resources.  The 2016 Fotofest Biennial will run from March 12- April 24th with exhibits and participants in galleries and art spaces throughout the city. 

     Galveston Arts Center (GAC) located at 2127 Strand Street in beautiful historic downtown Galveston. The galleries and the ArtWorks museum store are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 PM. Admission is free at all times.

     GAC is the organizer of Galveston ArtWalk, which occurs every six weeks in downtown Galveston.  The ArtWalk brochure, which lists participating venues, hours, information and a map can be downloaded at www.galvestonartscenter.org


Reese A. Darby

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Nadia helped me show case my new chair in my back yard today







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"The President is presumably elected by the people to carry out a program and altering the ideological directions of the Supreme Court would seem to be a perfectly legitimate part of a Presidential platform. To that end, the Constitution gives to him the power to nominate.... Even though the Senate has at various times made purely political decisions in its consideration of Supreme Court nominees, certainly it could not be successfully argued that this is an acceptable practice.”
-- Mitch McConnell, Ky.L.J. (1970)


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Controversial Missouri Communications Professor Captured In New Videotape Obstructing and Swearing At Police

by jonathanturley
Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 6.48.41 AMWe have previously discussed the controversy surrounding University of Missouri Assistant Professor of Communication Melissa Click who was caught on videotape obstructing a student journalist and calling for "muscle" to prevent him from covering a protest. She was charged with assault in that case. Now, a new videotape has emerged showing Click yelling profanities at police officers who were trying to clear protestors blocking traffic on campus. The new videotape below will obviously not help the already suspended academic.





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New York Judge Arrested For DUI On Way To Court

by jonathanturley
astacio-via-ABC-13-Wham-screengrab-e1455564701829-247x162We have previously dealt with the issue of judges arrested for DUI and how to address such cases in their continuing on the court (here and here and here and here and here). Another such case has arisen with the arrest in New York of Judge Leticia Astacio. While it was a Saturday morning, police say thatAstacio was on her way to work when she had an accident with another car on Interstate 490. She refused to take a Breathalyzer and was arrested for DUI.

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Poland Moves To Criminalize Speech Suggesting Any Polish Responsibility For War Crimes In World War II

by jonathanturley
180px-Auschwitz_entrance.JPGKinder_KzPoland has added its name to the countries seeking to criminalize unpopular opinions or speech. In a law that attacks both free speech and historical scholarship, the Polish government is seeking to make it a crime to imply the country bears any responsibility for atrocities carried out on Polish soil by Nazi Germany. Violators who simply argue Polish complicity in war crimes could face five years in prison.

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England Moves To Bar Support For Israeli Boycott Movement

by jonathanturley
England flagWe recently discussed the highly disturbing cases of 12 protesters who called for the boycotting of Israeli products. France’s Supreme Court (the Court of Cassation) upheld the shocking prosecution of the twelve anti-Israel activists in a blow to free speech. Now, England is moving to bar local councils, public bodies and even university student unions from boycotting “unethical” companies.
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Federal Lawsuit Claims Excessive Force by Austin Police





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Elena Kagan appearing before the Judiciary Committee in 2010 as a Supreme Court nominee.
Before Scalia's Death, a Clash Between G.O.P. and Obama Over Appellate Judges

By CHARLIE SAVAGE

Since Republicans took control of the Senate, the confirmation process for President Obama's nominees to the 12 regional federal courts of appeal has essentially been halted.



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We are big enough to do both.


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Hope to do a photo shoot here soon:

http://www.thunderbirdsouthwest.com/


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