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Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? recently did well at Sundance. It's from around here.
The problem with the idea that "good art" will stand on it's own merits is that many artists who are now considered "great" weren't in their day, and lived in very miserable circumstances, while at the same time, many popular artists won't stand the test of time even though they're raking in millions right now.
Van Gogh and Mozart were in the first category, with folks like Lady Gaga in the second one, in my view.
Popularity isn't synonymous with quality.
Art is stupid dumb..shootin guns, now that be sum fun..makin art with bullets or even guns. Heck, I spit my chew spint on white things and make me sum art. I sur does like me Johnny Paycheck...he ain't art, none of that there sissy stuff.
Subsidize guns, not that sissy art crap!
It's not about making money, its about teaching teamwork, leadership, creativity,expression. Let's end high school basketball funding. A good player can stand on his own merit without leaching off of the taxpayer.
For all of you art lovers, please feel free to pull out your checkbooks and give. No public funding of art!
Good art stands on its own merit. If the artists choose to hang out their shingle that is their decision. Sink, swim or get a real job.
Mental illness presents itself in many ways. Sometimes those inflicted can be very high functioning. They tend to target the most vulnerable people when their aggressions surface. They are very big on rules. They cannot function without precise rules to guide them. Creativity is dangerous because it has no rules. Jesus is their only mystic outlet because it comes with written instructions to follow.
I pray for Kansas, I do so of my own free will. Not because it is mandatory, yet.
Brownback claims to be christian but in my bible it teaches us to help the poor, the lame, the hungry, an to give to the government what is the government's and to god what is god's Jesus also cared about the tax collector and told the rich man to sell all that he had and give it to the poor in order to get into heaven.
Wow. This is a brilliant new alternative strategy to Starve the Beast; perhaps it should be called Butcher, Constipate, and then Starve the Beast...
So you first destroy a functional system of funding and substitute your own [most likely ineffectual] governing structure; creating this Creative Arts Industries Commission was essentially a butchered stomach transplant. You feed this new stomach money that it doesn't know how to process or distribute. Once the money piles up, you blame the new stomach (rather than your own totally unwarranted butchering), and thereby justify the originally desired decrease in funding. So the Beast still starves, but rather than take any blame, you have a scapegoat in the new stomach, plus a pile of unspent money to point at...
...It thus becomes clearer to me every day that Brownback is not so much an idiot as an evil genius; at least on a subconscious level, he must realize that it's a win-win for him to haplessly re-design programs he doesn't really care about. Then, on the off-chance of a success, he can brag; if utter disaster ensues, he has the back-up blaming strategy and a secret tickle for his reptilian republican id....
Brownback's Law-- If it doesn't need fixing, break it.
Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's where Kansas used to be
Welcome to Brownbackistan, it's our new theocracy!
Brownback and Koch call all the shots, we're governed by the rich
The wealthy all get wealthier and the rest end up with zip!
the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLUfNPdirdE
Brownback says we can slash taxes but still generate even MORE revenue. Instead, we get a gaping hole in the budget.
Brownback says we can eliminate funding for the arts, but set it all up so that the private sector replaces state funding AND $1.2mm in federal dollars. Once again, it doesn't work.
People like Nubrick and WristTwister should understand...this isn't just about the outcomes. Your governor is either completely disingenuous or incredibly bad at making policy.
He's looking YOU right in the eye and saying things that we all know aren't true when he says them. Does HE believe those things? If not, he is dishonest. If so, his policy-making judgment is really, truly, historically bad.
Why should they? We taxpayers should cover it. I say make Art in the Park a holiday...free pot for everyone!
I am quite certain that the Kansas Arts Foundation will accept donations. How many of the Brownback Bashers in this forum have made donations to support the arts?
Let's see, what do I want. Art admin or Firemen.
I was just listening to a discussion on Kansas City's arts council. They were pointing out that in the metro area, if all the arts related activity was a single business, it would be the second largest employer in the entire city.
Disgraceful. A low point in the history of democracy...
He pleads with us to stop him. Will we?
by Dave Loewenstein
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