Daily Archives: August 26, 2012
Charlie Crist, former Republican Governor of Florida and now an Independent, has endorsed Barack Obama in an article in the Tampa Bay Times. This could have a major effect on more centrist Republicans at the convention and reduce the influence of the Tea Party. Here’s part of the article:
But an element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they’ve proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims.
The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.
Pundits looking to reduce something as big as a statewide election to a single photograph have blamed the result of my 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate on my greeting of President Obama. I didn’t stand with our president because of what it could mean politically; I did it because uniting to recover from the worst financial crisis of our lifetimes was more important than party affiliation. I stood with our nation’s leader because it was right for my state.
President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes. That’s what makes him the right leader for our times, and that’s why I’m proud to stand with him today.
Crist’s endorsement has raised a lot of controversy in the press and everyone wonders how effective it will be.
- Florida Republican Charlie Crist Crosses the Aisle and Endorses Obama (delong.typepad.com)
- Fmr. Gov. Charlie Crist Endorses Obama, Slams GOP’s Shift To ‘Extreme Right’ (mediaite.com)
- Charlie Crist endorses Barack Obama. Is DNC speaking role next? (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- FL Gov Crist Endorses Obama As Jeb Bush Attacks GOP (lezgetreal.com)
- Charlie Crist, Who Brought GOP Convention to FL, Endorses Obama (gestetnerupdates.com)
- Charlie Crist, a storm force in Florida politics and political weathervane (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Former Republican Gov. Crist endorses Obama (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
Abraham Remy Charlip was an American artist, writer, choreographer, theatre director, designer and teacher.
In the 1960s Charlip created a unique form of choreography, which he called “air mail dances”. He would send a set of drawings to a dance company, and the dancers would then order the positions and create transitions and context.
I remember him most as a co founder of the Paper Bag Players, one of the most important children’s theatres in the world. He served as head of the Children’s Theater and Literature Department at Sarah Lawrence College, was a winner of two Village Voice Obie Awards, three New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year citations, and was awarded a six-month residency in Kyoto from the Japan/U.S. Commission on the Arts. He wrote and/or illustrated 29 children’s books.
Charlip was the model for illustrations of Georges Méliès in the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret ( if you saw the wonderful movie “Hugo” you know this story), written and illustrated by Brian Selznick.
Great artist. Great loss. Fortunately he left so much behind.
- Remy Charlip, Dancer and Children’s Author, Dies at 83 (nytimes.com)
- Ladies & Gentlemen, It’s Been A While… (heropress.net)
- Dancer, author Remy Charlip dies (sfgate.com)
Lee Judge in the Kansas City Star:
Republican Convention is waiting for women…
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Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer:
Of course, the strategy is to attack Obama‘s speeches…
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It’s a good thing women can turn off pregnancy when raped (thanks, Todd Akin)…
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Rob Rogers in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
Of course, war is always an issue at conventions…
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Mike Luckovich in the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
…and when they get elected they will start REGULATING.
- Parker: Todd Akin’s words about rape aren’t the problem (newsday.com)
- Editorial: Rep. Todd Akin’s notions of rape and conception are idiotic (newsday.com)
- Cartoonists React to Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin Controversy (themoderatevoice.com)
- Todd Akin’s Apology Website Removes Fetus Photo, Has Spelling Calamity (usnews.com)
- Watch: Inside the Mormon Church (abcnews.go.com)