Washington Post book critic Carlos Lozada surveys the recent spate of mea culpas by conservatives alarmed at Trump’s rise and conservatism’s fall, and comes away unimpressed. “The Never Trumpers hold everyone culpable for the appeal of Trumpism except, in any worthwhile way, themselves.” With these books, the Never Trumpers are engaging in a worthy exercise, even if it’s one they are executing with varying degrees of consistency, clarity and introspection. Yet it took the nomination and election of Donald Trump to make it happen. In a sense, the Never Trumpers are also the Only Trumpers. Only with the rise of Trump did they even think to interrogate the conservative dogma they’d long defended. Only with Trump did they begin to reconsider their roles in feeding a frenzied base. Only with Trump did they see the need to reach for higher ideals. Had Trump come close but failed to win the 2016 Republican nomination, had the GOP establishment and donor networks eked out one more mainstream nominee while still capitalizing on the angry, conspiratorial base to run against the Democrats, these books would not exist. The conscience and corrosion of conservatism, the mind of the right, would remain unexamined. TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES • THE WEEK’S HIGH IMPACT STORIES TWEET OF THE DAY xFirst Trump made money from his campaign.Then he made money from his inauguration.Now he's making money from his presidency.So he must already be thinking about how he can get a quick buck out of his impeachment.— Victor Laszlo (@Impolitics) December 16, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2005—The Islamic Republic of Iraq: I wonder why the war boosters think elections are in and of themselves a reason to declare «mission accomplished» (yet again) in Iraq. What good are elections if the violence continues? What good are they if Iraq's infrastructure is in shambles? What good are they if Iraq's economy continues to founder. «Wait!» the triumphalists will interject, «Elections show that Iraqis want democracy, and democracy will work to reduce the violence.» Of course, lots of things were supposed to reduce the violence—Saddam's capture, the first elections, the second election, the capture of myriad «Al Qaida number twos,» the supposed training of a new Iraqi army, and so on. Forgive those of us underwhelmed by such rosy predictions. Reality has made a mockery of all previous expressions of optimism. But I wonder, would the triumphalists still think this last round of elections was a success if it brought to power a fundamentalist Islamic party with strong ties to Iran? Because that's what appears to be happening. Funny that -- we've expended hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives to give Iran what they most coveted -- a friendly Iraqi government. And the wingnutosphere is celebrating. Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.” LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Let’s face it, United Kingdom: The dream of separating from the European Union has blown up. Hold a new referendum to stay in the EU, and vote the correct way this time around. Many in the U.K. are having serious second thoughts about the 2016 vote to leave the European Union—not unlike the way at least some Donald Trump voters are realizing they made a big mistake in November 2016. The results of the June 2016 Brexit referendum were surprising, as many polls suggested that the “Remain” supporters outnumbered those on the “Leave” side, albeit slightly. But the vote on Brexit went the other way, 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. Leave and Remain voters were divided by age and geography. Younger voters voted heavily to remain, while older voters chose the leave option. London voted strongly to remain, as did those in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Voters in other parts of Britain, such as Wales and northern cities, wanted out of the EU. Many votes were based on faux populism, perceived inequality, fear of immigrants, and complaints about too much government spending—in this case, by the European Union. (Sound familiar?) Never mind the fact that leaders of the Leave campaign have admitted that many of their statements about the EU and the benefits of leaving it were outright lies. Never mind that much of the Leave campaign was driven by Russia. Never mind that there was no methodology for how to leave. Never mind that “What is the EU?” became one of the most-Googled queries in the U.K. after the vote. No matter. The vote to leave won over the vote to remain. But it’s not the way the majority of people in the U.K. feel now. There is now sentiment for a do-over.
Hey Republicans, we need to talk. On Tuesday, your lame duck Congress dragged Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, in front of one of your endless committees in which you play the victim. Whining about how you are portrayed in the media, and in google searches of all things. In short, you are once again working the refs. Look, I get it, once in a while a ref makes a bad call. Bad calls robbed the Packers of a couple of victories this year, and likely cost the coach his job. But, I did not see the Packers holding public hearings questioning the rule book, and how it is interpreted, or do I see fired coach Mike McCarthy sounding off on the head of NBA officiating complaining about NFL rules. You have been doing this since I was a kid in the seventies. You don’t like how your policies, statements, or even your elected officials are portrayed in the news. But have you ever thought for a second that the problem is not the media? Maybe it is the things you say, the policies you enact, and the way your politicians talk. On Tuesday, Representative Steve King (R-IA), a racist, spouted off about his iPhone (to a Google exec), King said his 7-year-old granddaughter was playing a game on her phone before an election — most likely King's November 2018 reelection bid — and was shown a picture of the congressman that included some not-so-flattering language. «I'm not going to say into the record what kind of language was used around that picture of her grandfather,» he said. Then, holding up his Apple device, King asked Pichai, «How does that show up on a 7-year-old's iPhone who's playing a kids game?» Now what Google has to do with an iPhone is beyond me, but just a suggestion to Rep. King, if you do not want your seven-year-old granddaughter to see bad things about you, maybe be a less shitty person.
Most Americans are nonconfrontational. Ironically, many times they predicate their opinions based on the verbiage of those who are the most vocal. When one polls Americans about their value set, they are decidedly progressive. They believe in social, criminal, economic, and racial justice as concepts. Why? Because deep down they know it is right and they are able to empathize with abstract concepts. Interestingly, at times actualizing all those good values Americans believe in, we find ourselves in conflict with reality, history, and individual courage. There are many reasons for that. One primary reason that encompasses them all, however, is the inability of many to empathize unabashedly. I received very upsetting emails from two friends in a particular organization this week who would want progressives to temper their speech because it makes some uncomfortable. This discomfort they say detracts from the ability to bring these people into the fold. The question is; if one must tell less than the truth to bring some into the fold, what good is having them in the first place? Isn't said lukewarm entry a revelation of a sign of unreliability? I immediately remembered a quote from a letter Martin Luther King wrote as he spent time in a Birmingham jail. The issue is much more profound today. Replace the words “white moderate” with “some progressives.”
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What: Fine Antiques & Art AuctionWhere: Refulgent Gallery Inc., 40 West 25th Street; Suite 116; New York, NY 10010; United StatesWhen: December 22, 03.00 PM GMTTop lots of the sale:- Chinese Artists Association Vice President Feng Yuan painting. Length: 56.3 cm, Width: 78.5. cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 40,000- Painting of Walk through Mountains of Yang Chunnan Mark. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 20,000- Scroll painting of figure of Hongyi mark. Length: 132.8 cm, Width: 33.9 cm. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 20,000- Scroll painting of figure of Meng Qi mark. Length: 68.3 cm, Width: 45.3 cm. Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 20,000- Instrument Used For Buddhish Made Of Leg Bone. Instrument used for Buddhish made of leg bone: Height: 27 cm, Diameter: 1.8 cm. Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 22,000- Qing Dynasty yellow pear wood table. Length: 31.5 cm, Width: 17.5 cm, Height: 11.5 cm. Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 10,000- Scroll Painting of Zhongkui of Huangzhou Mark. Length: 136.5 cm, Width: 68.7 cm. Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 10,000- Manjushri (palladian style): Height: 15 cm, Stand: 7*5.6 cm. Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 9,000- Scroll Painting of Bamboo of Shu Liang Mark. 114.8 cm, Width: 26.3 cm. Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 9,000- Bronze gold plated Buddhish tower. Height: 19 cm, Diameter: 10 cm. Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 8,000- Couplet of Jia Sicheng mark: Length: 121.9 cm, Width: 26 cm. Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 8,000- Mei Lanfang Gold fish. Length: 130.5 cm, Width: 66.5 cm. Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 8,000- Milerepa. Height: 30cm, Diameter: 15 cm. Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 7,000- Pure silver figure facial mask. Height: 22.6 cm, Width: 21.5 cm, Weight: 254 g. Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 7,000- Scroll painting of Grandfather and Grandson of Liu Wenxi mark. Length: 136 cm, Width: 67.5 cm. Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 8,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
What: Modern, Contemporary Art and CarpetsWhere: Daliano Ribani Art; via del marzocco 59, pietrasanta, 55045, ItalyWhen: December 22; 11.00 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:- Mitoraj Igor: Little Greek. Bronze sculpture, Year 1991. Dim.25,5 x 21 x 19 Exemple. 8/8. Bronze sculpture, lost wax casting «Little Greek», Authentication on artist's photo, Signed on the front on the bust. Estimate: € 65,000 - € 85,000 ($ 73,512 – 96,130)- Vasarely Victor: Without title. Collage and mixed. Media on board Year 1947/62 Dimension. 62 x 61.6. Authentication on photo of the artist. Dated and signed in the lower center. Estimate: € 38,000 - € 50,000 ($ 42,976 – 56,547)- Ventrone Luciano: American vine. Oil on canvas. Dim. 85 X 100. Al verso title, measures and authentification by the author, Signed on the bottom left. Estimate: € 30,000 - € 40,000 ($ 33,928 – 45,238)- Tano Festival: Without title. Acrylic and confetti on canvas. Year 1985. Dim.160 x 130 . Opera Archived at N.B3242 / 80 by Anita Festa, Dated and signed on verso. Estimate: € 15,000 - € 18,000 ($ 16,964 – 20,357)- Vedova Emilio: From the folder «5 drawings by Vedova» N.6. Ink on paper, Year 1949. Dim. 20.4 x 14. Authentication on photo of the artist, Opera Archiviata at number 980 at Archivio Emilio Vedova Venezia on 10/01/2004. Signed and dated on the lower right. Estimate: € 14,000 - € 18,000 ($ 15,833 - 20,357)- Baechler Donald: Wicked messenger. Acrylic and fabric collage on canvas, Year 2010, Dim.61 x 61. Al verso title, year and signature. Estimate: € 13,000 - € 16,000 ($ 14,702 – 18,095)- Biasi Alberto: Grimaces in red. Dynamic Optical Survey, Year 2000. Dim.53 x 35. Work archived at Archivio opere Maestro Alberto Biasi, Al verso verso, title and signature. Estimate: € 11,000 - € 14,000 ($ 12,440 – 15,833)- Bakhtiar armani baft (Persia): Without title. Measures 492 x 312 cm. Bakhtiar armani baft (Persia) of rare production, made to order - signed by the master. Dated 1895 made to order by Habibola Khan Bakhtiari. Bakhtiar Specifications: Fleece: wool Texture: woolen yarn sometimes blue, 1 or 2 weaves Warp: woolen yarn Knot: most often symmetrical Knot density: 150,000 - 320,000 knots per square meter Very decorative with wide ornate frame from particular Bote (symbol of fortina) that indicate rarity and majesty of this exemplar The nomads Bakhtiar live on Mount Zagros, east of the city of Isfahan, (Persia) in the surroundings of the city of Shahr-ekurd. Estimate: € 9,000 - € 12,000 ($ 10,179 – 13,571)- Cups Enzo: Without title. Mixed media on paper, Year 1996. Dim.15 X 24 . Authentication on the artist's photo. Estimate: € 9,000 - € 12,000 ($ 10,179 – 13,571)For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
What: Fine Paintings & CollectiblesWhere: Wholesale Art Auctions LLC., 3911 Renate Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103, United StatesWhen: December 23, 05.00 PM GMTTop lots of the sale:- Remedios Varo - El Embarazo / Pregnancy. Oil on canvas in the manner of Remedios Varo «El Embarazo», circa 1959, private collection, unframed dimensions approximately 27x19. in the manner of Remedios Varo Uranga (16 December 1908 – 8 October 1963) was a Spanish-Mexican para-surrealist painter and anarchist. Estimate: $ 900,000 - $ 950,000- Wifredo Lam - Woman Zombie. Oil on canvas in the manner of in the manner of Wifredo Lam «Woman Zombie», circa 1954, private collection, unframed dimensions approximately 28 x 20. in the manner of Wifredo Lam, (born Dec. 8, 1902, Sagua la Grande, Cuba—died Sept. 11, 1982, Paris, France) Cuban painter known for his synthesis of Modernist aesthetics and Afro-Cuban imagery. Estimate: $ 500,000 - $ 700,000- Roy Lichtenstein - The Flag. Oil and manga on canvas in the manner of Roy Lichtenstein «The Flag», circa 1991, private collection, unframed dimensions are approximately 28 x 20. Estimate: $ 500,000 - $ 550,000- «Duke of Cycloperia» Oil William Verdult. Original oil William Verdult Bejeweled with Natural Sapphires and Rubies, Size Approx. 31« x 27» in. Estimate: $ 244,000 - $ 245,000- 18K White Gold Diamond & Columbian Emerald Ring. 18K White Gold Diamond & Columbian Emerald Ring, Mounting Approx. 14.5 DTW, Emerald - 42.50 Cts , Diamond - .5Cts, VVS1 Color - I , Comes with GIA Papers. Estimate: $ 220,000 - $ 250,000- Amedeo Modigliani - Portrait of Andre. in the manner of Amedeo Modigliani «Portrait Of Andre» oil on canvas circa. 1915, private collection approx. 20 x 16 in. Estimate: $ 200,000 - $ 450,000- Rene Magritte - The Pigeon. «The Pigeon» oil on canvas circa. 1948, private collection approx.20 x 16 in. Estimate: $ 200,000 - $ 450,000- Combat 1937' Oil Painting Arshile Gorky. In the manner of Arshile Gorky Oil Painting on Canvas, bearing the signature (Lower Right Corner), Item is on Wooden Stretcher Bars, No apparent Artist Marking on Back of Canvas. Size Approx. 24 x 32 Inches. Estimate: $ 200,000 - $ 250,000- Improvisation 1922' Oil Painting Arshile Gorky. In the manner of Arshile Gorky. On Canvas, bearing the signature (Lower Right Corner), Item is on Wooden Stretcher Bars, No apparent Artist Marking on Back of Canvas, Size Approx. 24 x 32 Inches. Estimate: $ 200,000 - $ 250,000- Portrait of Magda by Alexsei V. Jawlensky. Oil Painting on Canvas attributed to; bearing the signature. Size: Approx. 20 x 16 Inches. Estimate: $ 200,000 - $ 250,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
What: Art AuctionWhere: Novartia Auctions; C/Capitan Antonio Mena 80, Alicante, 03202, SpainWhen: December 24; 09.15 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:- Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) USA, 1967. Screenprint on paper Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Marilyn, serigraphy in color, 91.5 cm x 91.5 cm. year. Estimate €80,000 - €110,000 ($ 90,429 - $ 124,340)- Andy Warhol «Mickey». Silkscreen in colors, the work is very special, it has relief with diamond dust, printer's proof, on Lenox museum board, 1981,. Size: 96,5 x 96,5 cm ca, Silkscreen with glitter, reverse stamped, 38« x 38», embossed monogram L/R, unmatted, unframed. Estimate €55,000 - €75,000 ($ 62,170 - $ 84,777)- Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), from 'Endangered Species'. Color serigraph dated to 1983,Silkscreen in colours, the work is very special, it has relief with diamond dust, printer's proof, on Lenox museum board, 1983, Size: 96,5 x 96,5 cm. Silkscreen with glitter, reverse stamped, 38« x 38», embossed monogram, unmatted, unframed,this silkscreen is not signed and numbered it is proof piece from the original 1983 portfolio. Estimate €45,000 - €50,000 ($ 50,866 - $ 56,518)- Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), from 'Endangered Species'. Color serigraph dated to 1983,Silkscreen in colours, the work is very special, it has relief with diamond dust, printer's proof, on Lenox museum board, 1983, Size: 96,5 x 96,5 cm. Silkscreen with glitter, reverse stamped, 38« x 38», embossed monogram, unmatted, unframed,this silkscreen is not signed and numbered it is proof piece from the original 1983 portfolio. Estimate €45,000 - €50,000 ($ 50,866 - $ 56,518)- John Wayne (F./S. II. 377), 1986, screenprint in colors on Lenox Museum Board, with inkstamp on verso and blindstamp paper size 36 x 36 inch Images size 36 x 36 inch.Size: 91,5 x 91,5 cm, unsigned, silkscreen, referenced in Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalouge Raisonne 1962-1987, by Feldman and Schellmann, 2003, page 154, ill. Estimate €45,000 - €50,000 ($ 50,866 - $ 56,518)- Yves Klein, attributed, Untitled Blue Sponge Sculpture, (dry pigment & synthetic resin/natural sponge)/metallic base. Size: 39 x 15 cm. Estimate €25,000 - €35,000 ($ 28,259 - $ 39,562)- Banksy: Drawing made in Spray. Size: 120 x 80 x 16 cm. European traspalet pallet in fiber or polyester, widely used in London. Estimate €12,000 - €23,000 ($ 13,564 - $ 25,998)- Original Coca-Cola bottle chrome in silver color, with a closure at the top where the artist adds his initials as a signature. Typical production of pop art in which the artist combines art and life showing an emblem of American culture of the moment. Estimate €6,000 - €12,000 ($ 6,782 - $ 13,564)- Joan Miro, drawing attributed. Made in waxes and watercolor. Signed and dated by hand. Measures: 28 x 21 cm. With frame 54 x 49 cm. Estimate €6,000 - €12,000 ($ 6,782 - $ 13,564)For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
What: Scripts and Paintings, Ceramics, etc.Where: The Royal Gallery; 51 R. de Fat San, Macau, 853, MacaoWhen: December 29; 03.00 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:- Chinese Qing Dynasty. Tibetan Bronze Buddha.Size:25*26*18cm. Estimate: $ 100,000 - $ 300,000- Chinese Qing Dynasty. Tibetan Bronze Buddh. Specification: the overall height of the Buddha is 75.5 cm and the base width of 52.0 cm is 28.5cm thick. Estimate: $ 80,000 - $ 100,000- Chinese Antique Stone Buddha .Size:19*14cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Antique Stone Buddha.Size:46*32cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Antique Stone Buddha.Size:23*32cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Antique Stone Buddha head S/32*21cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Antique Stone Mandala .Size:33*13cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Hetian white jade covered vase. Late 18th/Early 19th Century In mogul style with pear-shaped body and domed cover with onion finial. Size: 280 * 100 mm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Ming Dynasty Tibetan Bronze Buddha.Size:28*19cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Qing Dynast Hetian Maitreya. Height:48cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Qing Dynasty, Bronze Buddha This statue of all gold mahasiddhaÃƒA£Ã‚A€Ã‚A‚ Height: 26cm is one of India's eighty-four mahasiddha, Tibetan Buddhism sakya addresses important guru. It like wearing a crown, li & fung round face type, binocular round drum.Cheek and XiaKe screw beard, two ear lobes big circle. Upper body wearing a collar, decorative wreaths all chest, body circumference skins, brothers have bangles made adornment. Game posture, body functioning nature, body, sinewy limbs. Right hand holding the skeleton bowl, left index refers to the day, the performance which the tile and worked with liquor female bet to hand to settle the story of the sun. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Qing Dynasty Tibetan Bronze Buddha.Size:17*11*7cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Qing Dynasty Tibetan Bronze Buddha.Size:49*31*20cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Qing Dynasty Tibetan Bronze Buddha. Size:18*13cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000- Chinese Shoushan Jade Guanyin S:9.5*14.5*6cm. Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 60,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
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