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Your hed gif artist is Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A little background (and cats!) here: https://open.substack.com/pub/martiniambassador/p/pierre-auguste-renoir

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

I've done a couple jigsaw puzzles of his paintings

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

I have three Renoir prints, two of which made the gif--Luncheon & Dance at Bougival. The third is Dance in Town.

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

It is possibly my favorite Renoir...or at least, one of them. Very nice.

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I got to see a bunch of memoir original etches that had been printed from his practice plates. They were stunning.

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

I adore Luncheon of the Boating Party. It's in DC at the Phillips. If you're ever there, check out the collection. It's fantastic.

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The Phillips collection has a fuckton of great stuff!

True story: Duncan Phillips had a falling out with an American Impressionist named Childe Hassam. Childe had DARED to tell his rich patron how and where to display works Phillips had bought from Hassam in Phillips own gallery! Talk about brass balls!

Anyway Duncan Phillips got so mad at CH he started to divest himself of CH material. But the Phillips collection kept two pieces. One was too beautiful to sell and the other was a watercolor owned by Phillips wife. When he told her he planned to sell the watercolor she reminded him that SHE OWNED the watercolor and she did not give him permission to sell it.

And he didn't.

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I love Childe Hassam's work. Rich Duncan Phillips was quite full of himself.

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His "too beautiful to sell" work was a late 19th century street scene of Washington Square in NYC.

This is one of those rare stories where Beauty overcame the Beast of rancor.

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

One thing I remember from my HS art class is that in this painting, the only two people looking at each other are the young woman on the lower left and the puppy. Check out everyone else - their eyes are looking at someone who isn't looking back at them.....

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

Great art and cat pix. You truly cover the waterfront.

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

Martini Glambassador has been blessed with a beautiful gift. And I absolutely adore that you share it with us each weekday!

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Aww! 🥰

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I like to put a little "spin" on my writeups to differentiate from all of those scholarly articles out there. And to completely pander to the Wonkette audience ;-)

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

An occasional spanking is offered as well, it seems.

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

As T.S. Lawrence once said while holding his hand over a candle flame, " The trick is not minding."

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It's how we do things at Castle Anthrax, baby!

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

Extra credit. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

I for one love to be pandered to!

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

''Put a happy little cat right there. Or not.''

-- Bob Ross

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

love his stuff. His people are so filled with expression and motion as opposed to so many other works of art where everyone is just staring off

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

I built a 1000 piece puzzle of the luncheon painting. I now know it down to the 1/10th of 1% of detail.

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May 8·edited May 8

I did that one, and another Renoir that I don't know the title of

ETA: looked it up, it is called Bal du moulin de la Galette and is the second one after the snoozing cat, with the big crowd

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May 8Liked by Martini Glambassador

I especially like the ones with the bowls of geraniums (I think?) I don't recall seeing those before.

I also like how you can see the expressions on folks that look just like they'd be today...it makes me feel happy and small--over a hundred years ago there's that gal on a barge or by the river and she's just having fun and has the same look on her face you would have if it were now and a photograph.

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Picture yourself on a barge on the river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies...

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The girl with colitis goes by...

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I love that barge party painting so much. I want to be there, enjoying the dappled sunlight and the festive, tipsy atmosphere and snuggling the cat.

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May 8Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Hey guys! I went over to Martie and found these cookies I have been searching the web for all year! And for way less than their original retail price! Woohoo !

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'Trix, I gotta point out that "gift links" to TPM always run into the same old paywall on my device. I'm running on Android, if that helps.

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well fuck, they're supposed to work.

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May 8Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

That's what I'd expect, too. Maybe complain to TPM?

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So how are we handling the revelation that RFK Jr is a goa’uld?

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There are two reasons I don't think Trump will take any of the commonly mentioned veeps: A. He cannot stand sharing the spotlight, which most of these also hog, hence why we've heard of them; and B. he got his short fingers burned on the maverick independence of Mike Pence, he needs an utter sycophant with no career apart from the Donald. Burgum is more likely than the others just in that we otherwise haven't heard of him, so he won't eclipse Donnie; but he already has an actual career, which still counts against him.

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It still amazes me about Pence. No one was a bigger sycophant for Trump than Homophobic Race Bannon. He threw away everything he believed in to stick by the man who grabs women by the 🙀. He’s not even allowed to be alone with any woman except Mother!

But it was only because he could not the one blatantly unconstitutional thing Stinky demanded of him that he’s now dead to him.

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Apple TV+ is worth it for Severance too.

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And For All Mankind, and Ted Lasso, and Sugar, and The Morning Show, and Slow Horses, etc.

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Our Liz quotes Chris LaCivita as saying: "...the rising tide of Trump’s candidacy would lift all Republican boats this year, and that the RNC would continue to work closely with the Republican Party’s House and Senate committees."

Yeah, there's your proof of incompetence right there. All moderate votes that are not yet committed, e.g. all the votes that are still gettable for both Trump AND Biden are gonna be ticket splitters. Reluctant swing voters always seek to limit the winner's power by electing an opposition Congress. That's politics 101. Any new vote for Trump is also a new vote for Democratic candidates downticket. And vice versa. That's how this shit works.

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Can't name-check Palm Royale w/o a Allison Janney or Julia Duffy mention! Julia Duffy--Newhart; Designing Women Julia Duffy!

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Allison Janney is CJ Cregg! And I left out "the maid from Newhart" because it was getting a little laundry-listy, but I've very much enjoyed her late-in-life 180!

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Robert F Kennedy Jr says health issue caused by dead worm in his brain | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/may/08/robert-f-kennedy-jr-worm-brain

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The irony is not lost on me that the guy who has become a poster child for "people with brain worms" had a brain worm.

You know, maybe if a worm ate part of your brain you should take up a lower stakes hobby than presidential politics.

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Is he competing for the Jair M. Bolsonaro Memorial Medal for Bizarre Medical Conditions?

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May 8Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

That SNL skit never gets old!

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Campaign advisor: "You haven't got a chance and money is running out."

RFK, Jr: "So you are telling me I should drop out now?"

CA: "Yes, just make a somber, serious statement that would appeal to your base."

RFK, Jr: (Calls the press) "I have a dead brain worm in my head."

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I just read the Talking Points Memo piece. I think Trump will choose Ivanka to be his VP.

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I need to know more about RFK Jr. and his brain worm. Is America really ready to elect a President with only half-a-brain? Again? Didn't we learn anything after Shrub? Also, is the short-term memory loss and the long-term memory loss and the mercury poisoning really supposed to sell us on you, Jr.? You sound like you should be residing at one of those old-timey health resorts, where they keep you from being startled by loud noises and give you coffee enemas all afternoon., not in the White House where you need more than half a brain.

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To be exact, Americans voted for Gore. But we remember how that went.

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May 8Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Thanks for the links to what I am certain are articles I will thoroughly enjoy!!

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May 8Liked by Rebecca Schoenkopf

I'm a rural, and I'm definitely not OK with deJoy.

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I just tried to send my sister some homemade biscotti. I put it in a cookie tin. The package has been stuck for weeks now in the USPS system, roaming back and forth before disappearing altogether in Portland this week instead of arriving in Tucson. Hubby thinks they think it's a bomb with sticks of dynamite inside. I want my money back!

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It should have $100 worth of insurance on it. Take advantage!

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Oh! Did not know that. Many thanks!

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Check your receipt!

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May 8·edited May 8

I live in the suburbs, and since DeJoy decided to reroute all our mail here through a different processing hub, I've had two packages disappear into the ether entirely. It also often takes bills from a town 15 miles from me upwards of two weeks to arrive.

(I do get most of my stuff electronically now, but since my state has annoying requirements to prove your residency periodically, I like to have a couple of hard copy bills on hand for such occasions.)

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Reno NV is losing their sorting facility. Now everything will be sent to Sacramento CA. That's a 265 mile round-trip if you're mailing a payment to a local company or an invitation to your party or whatever, and that offers a lot of opportunities for shit to go wrong.

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Actually Apple TV has quite a few excellent shows.

Trying, Masters of the Air, Shrinking, Ted Lasso. It’s not bad.

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Ted Lasso is definitely worth a watch.

Sci fi enjoyers will also like Silo, Devs, Foundation, I think and Severance.

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