Weekly Arts Roundup- 3/27/14

From the “I did not make this up!” file: Putin wants Russians to get in shape. Can Steven Seagal help? The stories: I find the next two photo session ideas intriguing… unsettling, perhaps, but intriguing. FeatureShoot:Photographer Memorializes Deceased Animals in … Continue reading

Things Get Funky at Tonight’s #GRAMMYs with Daft Punk, Pharrell, Chic’s Nile Rodgers– and, yes, Robots! Update: (Full VIDEO)

Watch as Record of the Year winners Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams (Producer of the Year) and Stevie Wonder perform “Get Lucky” at tonight’s “Grammy Awards”, with the bass groove of legendary producer Nile Rodgers (Chic). <blockquote lang=”en”><p>OK, if you weren&#39;t … Continue reading

Sickening: ACLU and anti-death penalty activist groups seek to use execution of Ohio killer to push agenda

https://twitter.com/WTIUSA/statuses/424177712925016064 https://twitter.com/OhStopExecution/statuses/424170897365139456 Witness to Innocence issued this statement on its Facebook page this morning, in a flurry of social media “action” by other anti-death penalty activist groups at the same hour as attorneys and family members of executed rapist and … Continue reading

West Virginians Show That They’re Keeping a Sense of Humor About Water Shortages (Photo)

Photo courtesy of 20-year-old conservative activist Danielle R. Saul, on the ground with Americans For Prosperity- Virginia in Charleston, WV as a part of the national organization’s relief efforts in the state. (Full disclosure: I’ve worked for AFP.) Please read … Continue reading

Second-Largest Library in Lebanon Torched in Tripoli, Employee Shot, Over Alleged Insult to Mohammed

[Note: the emphasis is mine.] via Ya Libnan: Two-thirds of a historic collection of 80,000 books have gone up in smoke after the library was torched in Tripoli amid sectarian tensions. The blaze was started after a pamphlet insulting Islam … Continue reading

Dropping Sales of This Popular #NewYearsEve Beverage May Signal Flagging 2014 Fortunes for One Political Party

It’s New Year’s Eve, and in the next few hours thousand of bottles of sparkling wine will be consumed. Most people generically call it “champagne”, but not all sparkling wines can be called champagne. The French will haughtily point out … Continue reading

Capitalists Rejoice! Artist George Zimmerman Auctions Off His Original Oil Painting on eBay for Big Bucks

via LA Times: How much is a painting created by George Zimmerman worth? For one EBay bidder, $100,099.99 was just the right price. The user’s prize: A signed 18-inch-by-24-inch oil painting of a blue American flag featuring a part of … Continue reading