January 24, 2006

women turn to flowers men turn to snakes

Barnnet Newman, Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue?, 1966

* A few days ago, Jack's dad, Frank Abramoff, sent out an open letter to George Clooney, responding to Clooney's Golden Globe jab at Jack Abramoff: "Who would name their kid Jack with the last words ‘off’ at the end of your last name? No wonder that guy is screwed up."

Frank Abramoff's letter read in part:

"Your glib and ridiculous attack on my son, Jack, coupled with your obscene query as to the choice his mother and I made in naming him brought shame and dishonor on you and your profession. What drove you to this lapse in lucidity, I can never know, but you need to know that your words were deeply hurtful to many innocent and decent people — who love my son and who cherish our family.

"We have had to endure two years of unmitigated, outrageous falsehood directed at my son and his record of achievement on behalf of his clients and friends. The blood thirsty media, guilty of untold character assassinations during contemporary times, have even outdone themselves in their lust to create a cartoon which does not come close to resembling this fine man, my son.

"The fact that you would spend those few moments accorded to you, as an honor for your work as an actor, bashing his name and his family, is astonishing. How do you sleep at night, other than, perhaps with the drink which you lamented not having at that early hour. Funny, it was very hard for us little people in television land to tell whether you had indulged in the bottle or not."

In response, dust congress fav and ess eff poet Klipschutz wrote:


First, your son is a gonif, of astonishing reach, a greedy fuck and corrupter of weak Republican flesh, a bad, bad boy. This much he has admitted by plea bargain to felonies more cynical than a non-lawyer can fathom.

Second, George was right to play the Onan Card at the Golden Globes, at Jack’s expense. (You say it was your own father’s name; well, now it’s mud.) Some comic from mid-last century coined the joke, a play on ‘screwing’ the country. In a one-party system, dog, masturbation says it all. Advantage, Clooney.

San Francisco, California

-- related: Time discusses photographs of Abramoff with Bush.

* Saturday's show, with the Plums, Portion's Toll, Seahorse Staircase and The Foreign Press, gets mention in DCist. And here and here. Thanks!

* "In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth." -- Patti Smith

"An artist may have burdens the ordinary citizen doesn't know, but the ordinary citizen has burdens that many artists never even touch." -- Patti Smith

* 1877 guide to camping out.

* Twofer Tuesday: Click here, then on Enter, then John Yoko, to listen to Lali Puna cover Magnetic Field's 'Papa was a Rodeo' and Smog's 'the morning paper.'


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