A Benefit of the Credit Crisis: Arts Funding will be Cut


Being a professional musician, this is one of the anvils I hammer on constantly: Most “arts” funding goes to support garbage that wouldn’t exist in a free market. So, it is with bareley restrained glee that I report that the credit crisis (NOT a financial or economic crisis: There IS a difference) will curtail a lot of arts funding.

“Private funding of culture in Britain is estimated to amount to some 600 million pounds (762 million euros, one billion dollars) in 2007/08, up from 452 million pounds in 2004/05, from some 170 companies and 130 foundations, as well as individuals.

But that trend risks going into reverse after last week’s unprecedented scenes on Wall Street and around the globe, triggered by the collapse of US investment giant Lehman Brothers and bailout of insurer AIG.

Tweedy said firms and their investors will now be closely focused on the bottom line.

“Shareholders will be far stronger in their observation of what the companies do, visible commercial benefits will be needed for a sponsorship,” he said.”

See, I believe that if “art” isn’t commercially viable, it’s most likely pretentious crap. In the rare cases where it isn’t, then private sponsorship will appear. This development isn’t without downsides, however.

“‘There’s going to be a temporary reduction, and not only in arts. Companies are going to redirect their investments towards activities where their sponsoring will be more visible, like sports,’ he said.”

Just what we need, more investment in the cultural rot known as professional “sports” (If there isn’t a strong likelihood of dying, it isn’t a sport, it’s just a game). But, at least abject excrement like Mapplethorp may see their support dry up (He died of AIDS, which is grimly appropriate).

“The great challenge for the arts world is to attract this enormous wealth.”

No, the challenge for the arts world is to earn the fucking wealth themselves.

Never fear, America. Super-Kev to the rescue!


Australia’s Boy Wonder PM Kevin Rudd is off on his 16th overseas trip since he was elected 10 months ago.  He’s been gone so often,  a map has even been created to track his wandering ways.

Where is Kevin this week?  Off saving the American economy!  As Piers Akerman relates,

Late Friday, usually reliable Treasury sources claimed that Rudd had asked Treasury for five ideas on solving the sub-prime crisis he could take with him this week to the US and present in his talks to senior American officials.

The laughter, as this story was retold around Canberra dining tables, could be heard echoing across Lake Burley Griffin.

Action-Man Kev.  For the past 10 months in Australia, he’s done nothing but watch – and now he has delusions that he can fly into New York and single-handedly solve America’s sub-prime crisis?

Can’t wait for another Zelig Rudd / Being There moment.

Caring, compassionate, feminist post-racial Lefty reveals Palin fantasy


Sandra Bernhard (Walker/Getty/Getty Images)

Sandra Bernhard (Walker/Getty/Getty)

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Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate, would be “gang raped by my big black brothers” if she enters Manhattan, says caring, compassionate Lefty Sandra Bernhard in a several-minutes-long diatribe against “the turncoat bitch” in her new one-woman “comedy” show.

Well done, Sandra.  You’ve just demonstrated that you still believe in the old racist stereotype of black men as violently sexualised gang-raping savages and you’ve just shown your contempt for powerful, capable modern women.  You will have offended a lot of women, who don’t believe that threatening a female politician with whom you don’t agree with being gang-raped (and by blacks, specifically?  Is that supposed to make it worse or something?) is particularly kosher and just about anyone else out here who has even an ounce of decency.  “Riffing” on the fantasy of gang rape (by blacks! oooh-waaah) of our Star Ordinary is going to boomerang on you and your “progressive cause” just as all of the other ham-fisted attempts to bring her down have.

On the other hand, when deranged Lefties and Progressives keep outing themselves as racist, woman-hating, violent unreasoning morons, it can’t but help the Republican cause.  Keep it up, Sandra.  Keep it up, Heather.  Keep showing us what lies behind the myth of the caring, compassionate, tolerant, liberal progressive — for most Ordinary Joes out here who had no idea, it’s like watching a slo-mo car crash, and it’s most edifying.  Or it’s like Sarah Palin really did make their heads explode and now we get to see all the maggots inside.  (caution: picture not breakfast, lunch or dinner safe)

In any case, come what may in November, the behaviour of the Ugly Left  won’t be quickly forgotten – or forgiven.

–via email from Mrs JD, eagerly anticipating the protests by her fellow blacks and feminists…

UPDATE: The rant (“comedy sketch,” if you consider someone standing on a stage haranguing people “comedy” ) also includes some bizarre religious demands:  “Don’t you f**king reference Old Testament, bitch! You stay with your new goyish crappy shiksa funky bullshit! Don’t you touch my Old Testament, you bitch!”  Ho-kaaaaay… Gateway Pundit has still more.  Video below (language warning)

UPDATE 2: S.E. Cupp in the New York Daily News –

I have a message for the self-styled guardians of womanhood who have decided that Sarah Palin is public enemy No. 1 – please stop talking. You’re embarrassing yourselves and women all over the country.

You are making otherwise thoughtful, careful, intelligent, tolerant and modern American women of every political bent look and sound ridiculous. As a woman myself, I’m begging you to stop. Put the pen down, close out the blog, push the E! microphone away. Your trash-talking is disturbing and humiliating. In fact, it’s setting back the true cause of feminism – the advancement of women – far more than your imagined nemesis.

Stop using and abusing Palin to pump up your own overweening egos. You are not the next Sojourner Truth, and Palin is not your next punch line. She’s a mother, a governor, a wife and, yes, a real woman, whether you like it or not.

UPDATE 3: Michelle Malkin on Sandra Bernhard’s latest rant, plus one I missed earlier this month but would count as a must-read:  The Four Stages of Conservative Female Abuse.

Sarah Palin: A Star Ordinary


Sarah Palin:  A star ordinary, and the worst thing to happen to American Democrats since the invention of Teddy Kennedy.

Writing in The Australian, Greg Craven describes three basic types of politicians:

Overwhelmingly the most common are the Ordinaries and the Stars. Then, once in a blue moon, a Star Ordinary rips its way on to the stage.

The essential appeal of the Star is that the electorate feels deeply inferior to their brilliance and therefore feels compelled to follow them. Their vulnerability is that every voter eventually gets sick of being led and starts to think about biting the hand that leads them.

The Ordinaries follow an exactly opposite course. Their claim to lead is not that they are better than the population at large but that that they are exactly the same. What could be more comfortable and less threatening than being led by Clarrie from next door? Moreover, any attack on him is by definition an attack on you.

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The Reality Of Nightmares…


The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. I wish I could believe that. My name is No to WAR, they tried to murder me before I was born, when I was 13 they tried again. Machines from the future. Palinators. All my life my mother told me the storm was coming, Judgment Day, the beginning of the war between man and machines. Three billion lives would vanish in an instant, and I would lead what was left of the human race to ultimate victory. It hasn’t happened, no bombs fell, computers didn’t take control, we stopped Judgment Day. I should feel safe, but I don’t, so I live in a refrigerator box in Glebe – no phone, no address, no one and nothing can find me. I’ve erased all connections to the past, but as hard as I try I can’t erase my dreams, my nightmares.*

It all started in 2008. I thought it was all lies when I heard the rumours. There was no way that those of us in the United States would elect such a woman. We wouldn’t do that. We couldn’t do that. I thought it was absurd that a moose-burger-eating, gun-wielding, former beauty queen contestant could possibly even enter a Presidental race, even in the role as journalist. So in 2008, it felt completely absurd when such a woman entered the Presidential race as a Vice Presidential candidate. Just a heartbeat away from the Oval Office! It was unheard of!

But alas, it was to be. The True Hope of our once great nation was denied his chance to be elected by the evil Bush Cartel. The same people who murdered thousands of my countrymen and women. The same people who murdered millions of Iraqis. The same people who murdered millions of Afghanis. Dissent wasn’t tolerated under the Reign of Bush. Dissent hasn’t been tolerated since the Great Days of the first Clinton Administration. The Second Coming of Clinton has thus far been denied this once great nation.

No one knows what happened to the man who was the True Hope of the nation. He disappeared sometime early in the McCain Administration, an appalling regime which only lasted two years, prior to the sudden death of the horrible dictator McCain. He drove us to war and failed to protect us from the enemy within. She gained power, creating stronger alliances with other evil regimes, doing favours for other countries, boosting her power further. Now she cannot be removed from power. She is too strong, too powerful, and she has trained though around her to use weaponry.

Those of us who are progressive cannot compete with their weapons, so we must try to win through the use of thoughts. We must convince others that the Great Palin is wrong. Wrong for us, wrong for this nation. But we’re afraid to speak out. Dissent is not tolerated.

The day is coming when we will need to fight the Great Palin and her armies. She must be defeated…

*This paragraph was carefully crafted by Dave S. Give the man a billion points!

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