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  • Pope visit merchandise includes 'metal' T-shirt and baseball cap [it's official merchandise!]

    08/03/2010 7:54:39 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 158 replies · 27+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 03 Aug 2010 | Martin Beckford
    The online store is offering a baseball cap, a jacket and a range of T-shirts bearing Benedict XVI’s image and the motto of the historic trip – Heart speaks unto heart. One of the shirts, costing Ł20, can be customised to include the name of the pilgrim’s local church. Also on sale are a flag and an Ł8 electronic flashing candle, which can be waved during the open-air events just as music fans hold cigarette lighters aloft at festivals. [SNIP] The online store for the first-ever state papal visit to Britain, which coincides with London Fashion Week, is also selling...
  • No one does hideous tat quite like us Catholics [a predilection for souvenirs of questionable taste]

    08/04/2010 10:06:59 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 39 replies
    The Catholic Herald UK ^ | 4 August 2010 | Milo Yiannopoulos
    Have you seen the Official Papal Visit store yet? Brilliant, isn’t it? By far the most intriguing item on sale is surely the Flashing Candle, an “electronic flashing light that bares [sic] the Official Logo of 2010 Papal Visit”. But it’s not only the Flashing Candle: everything in the store, like the majority of Catholic souvenirs, official and unofficial, is appallingly tacky.Tacky Catholic paraphernalia are a mainstay of Catholic life, so much so that they’ve even spawned knowing – and therefore slightly cooler - mickey-takes. They’re widely available wherever there are large Catholic populations and many Catholic homes are scarred by horrific prints and...
  • A Defense of Christian Kitsch [pause before accepting the view that kitsch is trashy]

    10/10/2011 7:45:34 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    Divinity Magazine ^ | Fall 2011 | Paul Griffiths
    The term kitsch is usually intended as an insult. To call a painting or a musical composition or a piece of decorative art “kitschy” suggests that it’s crude, cheap, unsophisticated, unoriginal, mass-produced, and above all sentimental. It’s Norman Rockwell’s urchins, Soviet-era statues of heroic workers, angels and kittens (especially together), velvet Elvises, flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark, and Kylie Minogue. And, it’s the crucified coat hanger and the Sacred Heart you can see on this page. Such things lack, above all else, nuance. They leave no doubt about how you should respond to them, and they don’t invite...
  • Thomas Kinkade, one of nation's most popular painters, dies suddenly in Los Gatos at 54

    04/06/2012 8:34:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 206 replies
    mercurynews.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | Mike Rosenberg
    Thomas Kinkade, the "Painter of Light" and one of most popular artists in America, died suddenly Friday at his Los Gatos home. He was 54. His family said in a statement that his death appeared to be from natural causes. "Thom provided a wonderful life for his family,'' his wife, Nanette, said in a statement. "We are shocked and saddened by his death.'' His paintings are hanging in an estimated 1 of every 20 homes in the United States. Fans cite the warm, familiar feeling of his mass-produced works of art, while it has become fashionable for art critics to...
  • Gong: The Dalai Lama Is A Hallmark Card

    06/24/2011 4:01:20 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 10 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | June 23, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    “An open heart is an open mind”? “Friends, genuine friends, have much more to do with, whether we have a warm heart, not money or power”! “The huge gap between rich and poor, globally and within nations, is not only morally wrong; it is also a source of practical problems”? “Wherever I go, I always give the advice to be altruistic and kind to others”! But note the enlightened one recently referred to our female Prime Minister as a him. So, to be fair and all, he can be a real b*****d. Also, in meditation news, “If you treat people...
  • Christian Artist Thomas Kinkade Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

    06/17/2010 9:26:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies · 1,184+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 06/17/2010 | Lawrence D. Jones
    California law enforcement officials say well-known Christian painter and artist Thomas Kinkade spent a night in jail last week after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. California Highway Patrol officials said Monday that Kinkade was pulled over outside Carmel and arrested by a CHP officer just after 10 p.m. Friday Kinkade "displayed signs of impairment to the officer," California Highway Patrol spokesman Robert Lehman reported. The 52-year-old painter and father of four was released Saturday morning after posting bail. Requests for a statement from the Thomas Kinkade Co. were not immediately responded to, though The Associated Press...
  • Thomas Kinkade’s Cottage Fantasy

    06/16/2010 4:14:36 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 67 replies · 1,464+ views
    First Things ^ | June 16, 2010 | Joe Carter
    The painter of light has entered a dark period. Thomas Kinkade, the self-proclaimed (and trademarked) Painter of Light™, is beset with legal troubles. Several years ago, art gallery owners successfully sued his Kinkade’s Media Arts Group for millions after it was revealed that he and company officials used invoked God and their “higher calling” to hide the financial risks of the investments. The settlement put such a strain on his company that earlier this month, he filed for bankruptcy protection from his hundreds of other creditors. Adding to his woes, the artist was arrested on a DUI charge outside his...
  • Painter Of Light Arrested (Thomas Kinkade)

    06/15/2010 2:13:18 AM PDT · by plinyelder · 135 replies · 2,730+ views
    The painter of light is having a dark period. Thomas Kinkade, the Placerville native who became one of the world's wealthiest artists with his sentimental landscapes and Christian motifs, has had a string of legal troubles. His company owes millions of dollars to art gallery owners who successfully pressed fraud claims. Earlier this month the firm filed for bankruptcy protection from those gallery owners and hundreds of other creditors. And on Friday, the 52-year-old Kinkade, who calls himself "the painter of light," was arrested on a DUI charge outside Carmel, where he owns a home.
  • "The Inspirers Collection" (Hussein Cult Now Invades Airline Shopping Magazines!)

    10/18/2009 1:15:34 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 13 replies · 987+ views
    SkyMall Magazine via Southwest Airlines ^ | 10/18/09 | Recovering_Democrat
    "Successories is proud to present the first in our new and exclusive line of inspirational figures....It is our hope that you will want to have one of these inspiring prints proudly displayed in your office or home..."
  • The Kindest, Bravest, Warmest, Most Wonderful Human Being

    07/10/2009 2:42:54 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 40 replies · 3,209+ views
    NRO ^ | July 09, 2009 | Mark Krikorian
    I don't get to the lower level of Washington's Union Station much, but today I passed through and saw "My Obama Shop" — that's the actual name of an entire store devoted to all things Obama. My phone takes lousy pictures, but a blogger at Cato has a photo. Obviously there's a market for this sort of thing (I'm assuming it's not a government-owned business, at least for now) is a way there never would be for "My Bob Dole Shop" or "My John McCain Shop," but it's still kind of creepy. In fact, the very fact that there is...
  • The Most Offensive Xmas Art Show Hits Hollywood

    12/12/2007 8:13:39 AM PST · by mngran2 · 106 replies · 931+ views
    laist.com ^ | 11/28/07
    It's sexy, it's sacrilegious, it's scandalous, and it's just in time for Christmas. LA's hottest art curator Lenora Claire has done it again with a new collection of saucy art pieces guaranteed to get folks hot and bothered. Mixing Christmas themes with ample female breasts...Claire chose not to rest on her laurels of the hugely successful Golden Gals Gone Wild collection of this summer, but instead opted to pump up the volume with a new group of art that's poised to get viewers hot under the collar. We were lucky enough to interview the Los Feliz curator who will present...
  • No more bobble-head Jesus'!

    12/07/2007 1:42:11 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 4 replies · 50+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/7/2007 | Hugh McNichol
    In today's expanding global economy we often don't think as American Catholics about global problems regarding human rights and workplace violations. For the most part American Catholics don't think about where religious objects are manufactured in the world, as long as they have their artistic representations of Jesus, Mary and Joseph to display in their homes. However last week the secular press was reporting about the horrendous working conditions of laborers in Chinese factories that manufacture religious objects and goods. The protests were staged outside of the venerable St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and it was even suggested...
  • Kosovo Builds Statue To 'Saviour' Clinton (Good Grief!)

    05/24/2007 11:18:27 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies · 744+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 24/05/2007 | Telegraph.co.uk
    Kosovo Builds Statue To 'Saviour' Clinton Last Updated: 2:35am BST 24/05/2007 Kosovo Albanians plan to honour their “saviour” Bill Clinton by erecting a statue of the former United States president in the capital of Serbia’s breakaway province. Izeir Mustafa was thrilled to be asked to sculpt a statue of Bill Clinton The 10ft tall monument is still under construction in a studio in Podujevo, 40km north of Pristina. “He is our saviour. He saved us from extermination,” Izeir Mustafa, the sculptor, said. “I was thrilled by the work because I know what he did for us.” Kosovo has been under...
  • Painter Said to Be Focus of FBI Probe (Thomas Kinkade)

    08/29/2006 2:34:35 PM PDT · by Cecily · 495 replies · 11,483+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 29, 2006 | Kim Christiensen
    The FBI is investigating allegations that self-styled "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade and some of his top executives fraudulently induced investors to open galleries and then ruined them financially, former dealers contacted by federal agents said. Investigators are focusing on issues raised in civil litigation by at least six former Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery owners, people who have been contacted by the FBI said. ADVERTISEMENTThe ex-owners allege in arbitration claims that, among other things, the artist known for his dreamily luminous landscapes and street scenes used his Christian faith to persuade them to invest in the independently owned stores, which...
  • Eurovision in Athens on Saturday night

    05/20/2006 2:06:20 PM PDT · by RodgerD · 11 replies · 485+ views
    Athens News Agency ^ | May 21, 2006
    Eurovision in Athens on Saturday night The 51st Eurovision song contest will be held at OAKA's Olympic indoor hall in Athens on Saturday night and will be broadcast live at 10 p.m. by state-run NET television station. Thousands of specators saw the rehearsals at the indoor hall and applauded all the participants, especially Greece's Anna Vissi who will sing "Everything". The ten countries which qualified in Thursday night's semi-final were Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Lithuania, Finland, Ukraine, Ireland, Sweden, Turkey and Armenia. Cyprus and Belgium, among others, were knocked out of the competition. The ten best...
  • Dark clouds gather over 'Painter of Light' [Kinkade accused of drunken antics]

    03/24/2006 6:35:10 PM PST · by aculeus · 328 replies · 8,598+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | March 25, 2006 | by Oliver Burkeman in New York
    Entrepreneur artist who hangs in one in 20 US homes accused of fraud and drunken antics "There's over 40 walls in the average American home," a business manager for the artist Thomas Kinkade once said, "and Thom says our job is to figure out how to populate every single wall in every single home and every single business throughout the world with his paintings." Kinkade's luridly idyllic landscapes, full of quaint cottages and glowing firelight, already hang in an estimated one in 20 US homes. "In the often hurried, unsympathetic and complex world we live in, the images Thomas Kinkade...
  • Gallery Owners Win Ruling in Kinkade Case

    02/27/2006 8:21:04 AM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 147 replies · 2,418+ views
    The LA Times ^ | Feb. 24, 2006 | By Kim Christensen,
    An arbitration panel on Thursday awarded $860,000 to two former Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery owners who accused the self-proclaimed "Painter of Light" and his company, Media Arts Group Inc., of fraudulently inducing them to invest in the business — and then ruining them financially. While not singling out Kinkade in its finding of fraud, the panel ruled that the Morgan Hill, Calif.-based company and one of its executives, Richard F. Barnett, "failed to disclose material information" that would have dissuaded Karen Hazlewood and Jeffrey Spinello from investing $122,000 to open the first of their two Virginia galleries in 1999.
  • I am Mad, Hysterical, and Zotted

    07/30/2005 9:11:44 AM PDT · by unhappy camper · 322 replies · 10,066+ views
    Excuse me for infiltrating your kingdom, but I need to vent. I just had to pay $2.41 a gallon for gas and I can't afford this. I blame Bush and his illegal wars for this travesty. And since you are part of the remaining 40% of dummies who still support that assclown, I blame you, too. I hope so much the Democrats take back Congress in 2006 so this nazi will be impeached and tossed in the clink. How you idiots can't see this man is pure evil, I don't know. Hopefully, both he and KKKarl Rove will be in...
  • Castro kitsch

    01/07/2005 9:35:14 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 425+ views
    The American Thinker, linking Babalublog ^ | Jan. 7, 2005 | Val Prieto, via A.M. Mora y Leon
    Val Prieto, at Babalublog, has some fun at the expense of a restaurant in Minneapolis which serves "revolutionary Cuban cuisine" amidst portraits of Che and Fidel. Val writes what getting a real meal is like in Havana... It's a masterpiece of debunking. He floors the guy in that magnificent storytelling way that only he can. >>Revolutionary Cuban cooking!? I wonder if the maitre'd hands everyone a ration card when they walk in the door. Or if they make the cafe cubano like they have been making it in revolutionary Cuba. One thin layer of fresh coffee grounds, one thin layer...
  • Don't Commemorate Sept. 11

    09/09/2003 9:47:31 AM PDT · by WarrenC · 42 replies · 568+ views
    Slate ^ | September 8, 2003 | Christopher Hitchens
    Don't Commemorate Sept. 11 Fewer flags, please, and more grit. By Christopher Hitchens Posted Monday, September 8, 2003, at 9:30 AM PT Unless I have badly mistaken the mood of everyone I know and almost everyone I meet, practically nobody has any particular use for the second anniversary that will soon be upon us. But it is vaguely felt in many quarters that something ought to be done by way of an observance. The first mentality is in my opinion the right one, even if people feel bad about harboring it, and the second one is defensible but somewhat sickly...
  • Douglas Herrick, 82, Father of the Jackalope, Is Dead

    01/19/2003 11:09:20 PM PST · by socal_parrot · 8 replies · 320+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1/20/03 | DOUGLAS MARTIN
    ouglas Herrick, who gets both the credit and the blame for perhaps the tackiest totem of the American West, the jackalope — half bunny, half antelope and 100 percent tourist trap — died on Jan. 6 in Casper, Wyo. He was 82. The cause was bone and lung cancer, his brother, Ralph, said. Douglas Herrick lived in Casper, but it was in his hometown, Douglas, Wyo., that luck changed his life. In 1932 (other accounts say 1934, 1939 and 1940, but Ralph Herrick swears it was 1932), the Herrick brothers had returned from hunting. "We just throwed the dead jack...
  • Town is rattled by pink "Atheist Station" clubhouse

    07/15/2002 9:10:49 AM PDT · by H8DEMS · 738 replies · 397+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 14, 2002 | Tom Gibb
    <p>GALLITZIN, Pa. --To date, there's been but one open tangle between the church-going people in this Cambria County town and the coterie of atheists prominently setting up shop here.</p> <p>That would be the incident over at the former barbershop that the atheists are turning into their local meeting house.</p>