Friday, August 12, 2011

Nude Acquisition

Saw the below piece yesterday, at an estate sale, priced at $150.00, but didn’t bite though it appealed to my eye.  Went back this a.m. because everything would be 1/2 off, and the piece was still there.  Offered $50.00, but had to pay the counter of $60.00.

The artist is William Tacke, who is currently residing in MN.  I spoke with him by phone yesterday afternoon, to determine if the piece was indeed his work, which he confirmed.  He informed me that he retired from producing art about 10 years ago, had last exhibited in 2002, and had pulled all his works from the various galleries were he had been exhibited over the years.  Though most of his work was done in paint, this is a chalk piece, pastel soft.  Had a nice conservation with the gentleman.


Posted by John Venlet on 08/12 at 08:29 AM
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Protectors, Not Vigilantes

Perry de Havilland has a post up at Samizdata titled Defend yourself and be a vigilante, commenting on some UK business owners, who just happen to be immigrants to the UK, who, rather than relying on a police response to possible rioting thugs destroying their shops and property, stood outside their shops and properties protecting them, some equipped with baseball bats.

Perry’s post, with links to news articles on this development, is an interesting read, and he closes it smartly, but I have one objection, and it is noted in the title to this post.

The description of the shop owners as vigilantes is not accurate, though the police would have the populace believe so, with the exception of noting the fact that these individuals voluntarily came to the decision to form a cordon in front of their shops and property.

The correct, and more accurate, description of these shop owners would be protectorsOne who protects.

Posted by John Venlet on 08/11 at 12:23 PM
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The subject of servants is on my mind this morning.  The impetus for these thoughts being Obama’s visit to Holland, Michigan today, and the Grand Rapids Press’ pre-visit reporting on this event which took the form of a man in the street questionnaire, of sorts, under the heading When President Obama visits Holland, what questions would you ask him?, to which there are 63 comments/questions appended.

The designation of an individual as a servant has long been out of favor, domestic worker being the “approved” designation in today’s age, though even this designation has negative connotations associated with it, and lacks any sense of respectability in filling such a position.

Filling the position of a servant was not always deemed as less than respectable work, but it would be foolish to think that servants of days gone by all lived their lives as depicted in Upstairs, Downstairs, or Driving Miss Daisy.

Today, the only respectability allegedly associated with being a servant is if the title of servant is preceded by one of two specific adjectives.  The public servant or the civil servant, but neither the public servant nor the civil servant seem to understand how to fulfill their designated roles of servants, as this example helps in illustrating.

the new governor vowed that he would always remember why he was called a public servant and not the people’s master

Public and civil servants today have mistakenly, and blatantly, reversed their assigned roles, maintaining that their election, appointment, or delegation as a functionary elevates them to the position of “people’s master,” rather than servant, which brings me back to the impetus for this post.

Obama, in his elected position of President of the United States, is unquestionably the head public servant, and as such, the people of the United States of America should serve as his master, and masters of servants do not ask questions, but rather command how their servants should act.

I have no questions for Obama, only commands.

Posted by John Venlet on 08/11 at 08:52 AM
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Banking Shrug

I noted a coal mining shrug just a few weeks ago.  Now I learn of a banking shrug.

Main Street Bank lends most of its money to small businesses and is earning decent profits. But the Kingwood, Texas, bank is about to get out of the banking business.

In an extreme example of the frustration felt by many bankers as regulators toughen their oversight of the nation’s financial institutions, Main Street’s chairman, Thomas Depping, is expected to announce Wednesday that the 27-year-old bank will surrender its banking charter and sell its four branches to a nearby bank.

Mr. Depping plans to set up a new lender that will operate beyond the reach of banking regulators—and the deposit-insurance safety net. Backed by the private investment firm of Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen, the company won’t be able to call itself a bank, (big deal - ed.) but it will be able to do business the way Mr. Depping wants. (as it should be - ed.) (bold by ed.)

Good on Mr. Thomas Depping.  I wish him success.

Fed Up: A Texas Bank Is Calling It Quits

Via Drudge.

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Multiculturalism Success Story

While quite a few of the looters are immigrants, criminality is perhaps the one sphere in which the U.K. has actually achieved multiculturalism.

Via Mike Soja, via a Powerline post titled Descent Into Evil.

Posted by John Venlet on 08/10 at 01:04 PM
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“Pre-revolutionary” - Is That Like Peri-Menopause?

Alex Jones’ Info Wars has a post up titled Pollster: Americans Are “Pre-Revolutionary,” which quotes pollster Pat Caddell and also links to a Naked Capitalism post which notes that Only 17% Say Government Has Consent of the Public, which, I guess, supports Caddell’s supposition that Americans are “pre-revolutionary.”

What I’m wondering, is, if this American “pre-revolutionary” state is like peri-menopause, complete with a checklist of symptoms, some of which may even be interchangable between the two states, such as insomnia, mood changes, palpitations and even decreased libido?

While there is no doubt that many Americans are restive at this particular moment in the United States’ history, and that entitlement enfeebled individuals are pushing the boundaries of acceptable behavior, not to mention the patience of peaceful and productive Americans, I do not think Caddell’s supposition regarding Americans’ “pre-revolutionary” state means that Americans are prepared to take up arms and clear the bunkers of the antagonists afflicting them which populate the halls of Congress and the big white house.

Americans may possibly be “pre-revolutionary,” in fact I fervently desire that they are, but if that is indeed the case may Americans’ “pre-revolutionary” fervor be a fervor for a real American revolution.

Posted by John Venlet on 08/10 at 07:48 AM
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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Earn It

Ed Rasimus quotes a passage from Any Rand’s Anthem, highlighting this portion.

The word “We” is as lime poured over men, which sets and hardens to stone, and crushes all beneath it, and that which is white and that which is black are lost equally in the grey of it. It is the word by which the depraved steal the virtue of the good, by which the weak steal the might of the strong, by which the fools steal the wisdom of the sages.

While that is an important excerpt to highlight, my preference to highlight would be this.

I am neither foe nor friend to my brothers, but such as each of them shall deserve of me. And to earn my love, my brothers must do more than to have been born. I do not grant my love without reason, nor to any chance passer-by who may wish to claim it. I honor men with my love. But honor is a thing to be earned.

I shall choose friends among men, but neither slaves nor masters. And I shall choose only such as please me, and them I shall love and respect, but neither command nor obey. And we shall join our hands when we wish, or walk alone when we so desire. For in the temple of his spirit, each man is alone. Let each man keep his temple untouched and undefiled. Then let him join hands with others if he wishes, but only beyond his holy threshold.

Anthem can be read, in its entirety, here.

Posted by John Venlet on 08/09 at 10:55 AM
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“Welcome To The Jungle”

Drudge links to an article about last night’s riots in London with poetic license, THE NIGHT RIOTERS TOOK OVER BRITAIN, instead of “16,000 police to retake London: PM recalls Parliament as the police lose control of Britain’s streets.”

Luka Selic and Stjepan Hauser’s 2 cello rendition of “Welcome to the Jungle” (3:25 viddie) seems appropriate listening music for just such an occasion.

Posted by John Venlet on 08/09 at 08:58 AM
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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Congress and Buy Me Drinkie Bars

While serving in the submarine force, stationed in Pearl Harbor, I had the opportunity to visit, on more than one occasion, some of the local buy me drinkie bars.  These establishments are also known as hostess bars, and are described as follows in the Urban Dictionary.

A hostess bar, commonly Asian in nature, where men buy overpriced drinks for young women for conversation, attention, and in some cases sexual activity. The women get 50% to 75% of the drink price as payment.

I always found buy me drinkie bars a comedic experience, and they remind me much of the United States Congress, but instead of young Asian cuties whispering in Sailors and Marines’ ears, “I love you no shit, buy me air conditioned Honda,” congressional whores are whispering into Americans’ ears something along the lines of “I love you no shit, you vote for me I give you hundred dollar and block of cheese,” or some such empty promise.

You see the whole premise of buy me drinkie bars is to separate Sailors and Marines from their paychecks with empty promises of love and happy endings, just as the whole premise of Congress is to separate Americans from their paychecks, but instead of selling Americans overpriced cheap drinks, Congress is selling Americans overpriced and empty promises of buckets of money at the end of non-existent rainbows.  And just as a Sailor or Marine who was separated from his money, if he fell for the “I love you no shit buy me air conditioned Honda” promises of the buy me drinkie girls, was left sitting in a darkened booth fantasizing about happy endings while staring at his empty glass alone and disconsolate, so Americans will be left alone, disconsolate, and flat broke staring into empty buckets at the end of non-existent rainbows promised by Congress if they fall for their lies.  Thrills may run up Americans legs when the congressional whores are whispering their I love yous, but there are no happy endings.

Posted by John Venlet on 08/03 at 09:22 AM
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The Only Good Thing About Fighting in Afghanistan

AM, commenting on the upcoming drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, notes the only good thing resulting from fighting the so called war on terror, in a post titled The Drawdown.

I have my doubts about the ability of Afghanistan to ever emerge as a stable nation state given the culture of corruption, infighting, tribalism, and constant warfare endemic to this place.  The good thing about this generation is that when I go home I won’t be spit on like my Vietnam era brothers. (bold by ed.)

Posted by John Venlet on 08/03 at 08:30 AM
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