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Bob Dylan Among Honorees of 2012 Presidential Medal Of Freedom

RESIDENT BARACK H. OBAMA awarded Presidential Medals of Freedom today at the White House to Jan Karski, Dolores Huerta, John Glenn, John Paul Stevens, Madeleine Albright, Shimon Peres, John Doar, William Foege, Juliette Gordon Low, Pat Summitt, Gordon Hirabayashi, and wait for it, can you believe it, the one and only Bob Dylan. The medal is the highest honor a president can bestow upon a civilian. When delivering his brief remarks about each honoree, President Obama thanked musician Bob Dylan for opening up his world. "I remember in college listening to Bob Dylan and my world opening up because he...

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Extermination of Iraqi Artists

One wonders if the website I found this morning in a search for Iraqi work has incriminated these artists who have posted there. The colorful work of these painters is certainly exquisite, if mildly derivative of past Western art movements, but then, the same can be said for most of the contemporary painting populating Western galleries. We however, must not neglect to record our disgust with these code-bound jihadists of every stripe who have crawled out of the rubble of American intervention to murder and oppress their own people, but this is what we are fighting, people, if not over...


Joy To The World

ast week I had the joy of attending an art opening at Art Whino in Arlington. There I met a 19 year old female artist whose large works were exquisite in style and execution, sensuous and feminine, contemporary and dark. Her parents were artists. She had been painting her entire young life. After striking up a conversation, eventually the discussion stirred away from her work to my own as a painter. I mentioned the Islamic threat to the West as a topic of interest to me, and her response was cute, sassy, and pleasant to the ears of many, "Yes,...