Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Julian Stanczak on Geoform

Julian Stanczak, Line-Up, 1978. Acrylic on canvas, 50" x 70."

Julie Karabenick of Geoform.net has just put up a marvelous interview with the great and generally under-appreciated Julian Stanczak. The illustrations alone make it worth a visit, but don't just look at the pictures - his biography is as interesting as his work and insights about painting. Nice work Julie!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Occupy Oakland



Oakland police attached a group of Occupy protestors last night, fracturing the skull of an Iraq War veteran who was apparently struck in the head with a tear-gas canister.

The most recent updates indicate that the former marine is under sedation in a Bay Area hospital awaiting treatment.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

We dropped everything here at No Hassle at the Castle in recent weeks to give daily coverage to the Occupy Wall St. protests. The rationale was that if big media was going to ignore the the protests, as it did for the first two weeks, then small media had to lend a hand - if every blog, Twitter account, Facebook page, and so on was talking about the protests, and more importantly, showing the pictures and video, then big media would start to look pretty silly pretending nothing was happening.

Well now the protests are too big to fail. They're nationwide and global, and big media has grudgingly realized it can't go on covering Kate Middleton's new royal responsibilities and other equally pressing stories at the expense of OWS. So here at the Castle, we can go back back to mixing in some of the other subjects that the title of the blog alludes to.

Here are a series of studio snaps I intended to put up in September before regularly scheduled programming was preempted:






Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Disciplinary Action for Tony Baloney


Tony Baloney, the NYPD deputy inspector who liberally applied pepper spray in order to neutralize the threat posed by two unarmed young girls who were just standing around, is now facing harsh disciplinary action from within the department. He might actually lose ten vacation days!

If I were one of those internal affairs guys, I would be looking over my shoulder and covering my eyes - Inspector Baloney knows who you are!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Eviction Postponed!



The Bloomberg administration has canceled the eviction of the Occupy Wall St. Protestors from Zuccotti Park, which was scheduled to begin at 7:00 am today. Too big to fail indeed! Another victory for OWS!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bernie on Occupy WS, pt. 2



In other news, President Obama and the house and senate republicans had a rare love-in, agreeing overwhelingly that what America needs right now are three more Nafta-like trade agreements - with Panama, Columbia, and South Korea. Apparently the only way to repair our economy is to send even more manufacturing jobs abroad.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bernie Sanders on Occupy Wall St.



Bernie Sanders is thankfully getting some airtime on behalf of Occupy Wall St. (click here for the Wolf Blitzer segment). His recent Op-Ed in the Huffington Post cuts right to the heart of the matter - a financial entity that is too big to fail is too big to exist. The piece is a must-read, and here's an excerpt:

"If a financial institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist. Today, the six largest financial institutions have assets equal to more than 60 percent of GDP. The four largest banks in this country issue two thirds of all credit cards, half of all mortgages, and hold nearly 40 percent of all bank deposits. Incredibly, after we bailed out these big banks because they were "too big to fail," three out of the four largest are now even bigger than they were before the financial crisis began. It is time to take a page from Teddy Roosevelt and break up these behemoths so that their failure will no longer lead to economic catastrophe and to create competition in our financial system."

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hopeless


We interrupt our coverage of the Occupy Wall St. protests to draw attention to a related story. Many of my friends and readers know that I like to say unkind things about Republicans, particularly their economic policies. But I consistently draw the ire and frustration of many of my liberal friends for pointing out that the Democrats are not much better.

I'm not a big fan of Bill Clinton for a variety of reasons (none having to do with Monica Lewinsky), but the big one is definitely NAFTA. Thousands of factories fled the country as soon as they were presented with the option to relocate to a place with no EPA, no unions and no minimum wage. We have nearly 10% unemployment, and will continue to see joblessness at those levels because the domestic manufacturing base has been systematically decimated by public policy that made it legal and preferable to relocate factories abroad. Those jobs are never coming back to America. Ever.

Well guess what? The Obama administration is trying to ram through three more trade agreements - with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama - that will result in even fewer jobs in domestic manufacturing. And here's the kicker: He's counting on Republican support because congressional democrats are against it.

Spare some change?

Occupy Wall St., 10/2/11