Friday Shorts

I wonder if she got a grant from the NEA for this art project….

In an article on Thursday in The Yale Daily News…. student Aliza Shvarts was quoted as saying she had inseminated herself “as often as possible” while taking herbal drugs to induce miscarriages as her senior year performance art piece…… In Friday’s Yale Daily News, Ms. Shvarts said she planned to display a work that consisted of a cube lined with plastic sheets, with a mixture of blood and petroleum jelly in between, onto which she would project video footage of herself “experiencing miscarriages in her bathroom tub.” — NY Times

Yale investigated and declared the whole affair was a “creative fiction.” No word yet on the outcome of the controversy, or the grade she’ll be awarded for her, um, art project.


Speaking of abortions:

Despite objections from Senator John McCain, the North Carolina Republican Party is planning to roll out a television advertisement on Monday attacking two Democrats who are running for governor by linking them to Senator Barack Obama and playing a clip of his former pastor excoriating the United States.

Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, along with officials at the Republican National Committee, implored the state party on Wednesday not to run the advertisement.

“There’s no place for that kind of campaigning,” Mr. McCain said. “The American people don’t want it, period.” In his letter to North Carolina’s Republican Party, Mr. McCain said the advertisement “degrades our civics and distracts us from the very real differences we have with the Democrats.”

But Brent Woodcox, communications director for the state party, said it still planned to broadcast the commercial. — NY Times

Only a matter of moments before the spin on this becomes, “Gramps McCain can’t even control his friends in his own political party! How will he stare down terrorists?” That is, right after the two Dems finish beating each other up. If ever.


And, more locally:

Wildlife officials say 15 monkeys are on the loose after escaping a facility in Lakeland, FL. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Gary Morse says the monkeys apparently escaped their island home by swimming across a pond — something they’re not supposed to be able to do. Morse says several teams are out looking for the social but docile Patas monkeys, and that they are no threat to humans. — Sun-Sentinel

“We’re worried they’ll they make their way up to the Tallahassee Legislature and blend in so well they’ll never be found,” an official noted grimly. “On the plus side, they’re relatively harmless, which might be an improvement.”


More later. Maybe.

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8 Responses to Friday Shorts

  1. Ms Calabaza says:

    about the monkeys . . . ya think they’ll apply wet foot / dry foot policy?

  2. Hose B says:

    Don’t worry about McCain and terrorists. North Carolina Republicans are far more dangerous and (to be honest) dumber than your average Al Qada suicide bomber.

  3. Lois Terms says:

    A video of “miscarriages in the bathroom tub” gets to be called art, now? Reminds me of the argument that rape is a political act.

  4. Dawgbowl says:

    the monkeys apparently escaped their island home by swimming across a pond — something they’re not supposed to be able to do.

    Same damn thing happened yesterday in Miami, except it involved monkeys and the urban development barrier. Charged right over it, even though they’re not supposed to be able to.

  5. Drain Monster says:

    Re: abortion art. Gross. I’m finding a new hangout.

  6. Guillermo Vargas Habacuc says:

    Miscarrages as art….WOW! I wish I was a woman & thought that first. That’s even better animal abuse & starvation.

  7. Camiel Toe says:

    Nice shorts.

  8. Disgusted says:

    When she says she “inseminated herself,” does that mean essentially she got laid? So part of this execrable project includes sex, too? Is she actually trying to win converts to the pro-life movement?

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