A scandal is rocking the art world. More than 30 forgeries were sold as originals for millions of dollars, and two art dealers are involved — Glafira Rosales, who for 15 years passed fakes on to Ann Freedman, the longtime director of Knoedler & Company. A law suit involving the sale of one of the paintings has begun in New York. The fraudulent works bear the names of noted Abstract Expressionists — Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko to name two. The paintings had actually been done by a Chinese immigrant in Queens.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
I believe what Ted Cruz says about Donald Trump. I also believe what Donald Trump says about Ted Cruz. I believe what Marco Rubio says about Jeb Bush. I also believe what Jeb Bush says about Marco Rubio. Consequently, I wouldn't vote for any of them.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Courage and cowardice reside in the same person. A crisis reveals which is stronger.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
“…but he’s a socialist.”
I haven’t actually heard that line, but I’m sure it’s in the minds of many Americans in re Bernie Sanders. They’re fed up with things as they are, and they like what Sanders says, but…
I respectfully suggest that the doubters forget whatever “buts” they may have and consider the following:
• Sanders served four terms as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, from 1981 to 1989. The last I checked, Vermont was not one of the Soviet states — and he didn’t turn it into one.
• He was then elected to the House of Representatives, serving from 1991 to 2007.
• He was elected to the Senate in 2007, and reelected in 2012.
• He openly acknowledges that he is a democratic (small d) socialist — which means, if I interpret it correctly, that his idea of socialism is not devoid of democratic content, but that it strengthens democracy, giving people the full rights and security they now only partially enjoy.
And so if anyone is skittish about Sanders’ loyalty to our Constitution and to the democratic principles it embodies, have no fear.
Of course, as this campaign drags on — and there has never been a draggier one in my recollection — should Sanders’ strength continue, the socialist tag may be brought to the fore by his opposition.
In the New York primary, as I am sure Bernie Sanders will still be a candidate, I will vote for him. Whether he will win that primary, or any of the other primaries, is questionable. But he has brought to this race something our country desperately needs: a powerful voice from the left. And from the way it looks today, it’s a voice the American people are ready to listen to.