Wednesday, March 12, 2008

On this day

On March 12, ...
... 1918 (90 years ago today), Elaine Marie Catherine Fried was born in Brooklyn, New York. A student of art, she married the Netherlands-born painter Willem de Kooning in 1943, though the couple spent much of their marriage apart. Elaine de Kooning is known for her own sculpture and painting; in particular, her portraits of luminaries like U.S. President John F. Kennedy (here), not to mention the self-portrait at right. (credit) An art critic as well as an artist, the chain-smoker died from lung cancer in 1989.
... 1938 (70 years ago today), Adolf Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany, stood clad in a brown stormtrooper uniform, stood in an open car as it drove into Austria's capital, Vienna. The next day he proclaimed that the "Anschluss" -- unification of German-speaking Austria with Nazi Germany -- was complete. Installed to govern the country, now deemed a Third Reich province, was Arthur Seyss-Inquart, who would be hanged following conviction as a war criminal in 1946 by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.

1 comment:

Judith Weingarten said...

Hello Diane, there seems to be no way to comment on your "Another Old Feminism Icon"post -- surely not intentionally :-).

It may well be a generational thing (I'm much older than you) but I'd still like all your readers to look again at what Ferraro actually said after she was attacked for racism:

"Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let's address reality and the problems we're facing in this world, you're accused of being racist, so you have to shut up," Ferraro said. "Racism works in two different directions. I really think they're attacking me because I'm white. How's that?"

How's about Obama's statement in Mississippi, same as he did in South Carolina, using racial language to attack Clinton. Obviously, to get chummy with the voters in language he thinks will work:

... .. See, I was trying to explain to someone the 'okey-doke.' Y’all know the okey-doke? It’s when someone’s trying to bamboozle you, when they’re trying to hoodwink you. They are trying to hoodwink you. You can’t say that he’s not ready on day one, unless he’s willing to be your vice president and then he’s ready on day one. ... .. "

Codes, anyone?