Russell And The Masters On Main Street (Cont.)

It is very hard to believe that Russell will be graduating from Vassar College in less than two weeks.  Lately, he has been working hard on his senior art show, which is part of the graduation process for a Vassar studio arts major.  Russell’s senior art show will be displayed at a gallery in Poughkeepsie.

In the meantime, the Masters on Main Street exhibition in Catskill, New York, where some of Russell’s artwork is featured along with that of other Vassar students, will be continuing until the end of May.  Kish and I are looking forward to seeing that exhibition, as well as Russell’s senior art show, when we visit for graduation festivities.

Recently the Greene County Council On The Arts website posted some audio interviews with various artists who have pieces on display in the Masters on Main Street exhibition.  One of the artists is Russell, whose brief interview — complete with background hammering and a trademark Russell chuckle — appears about halfway through the audio file.  Unfortunately, we don’t know precisely which piece Russell is discussing, but we do know the interviewer liked it.

Russell And The Masters On Main Street

Russell And The Masters On Main Street (Cont.)

Russell And The Masters On Main Street (Cont.)

Russell And The Masters On Main Street (Cont.)

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Osama’s “Rights”

The BBC is reporting that some of the sons of Osama bin Laden have given a statement to the New York Times protesting that their father was not captured alive and put on trial.  They say that a trial was needed so that “truth is revealed to the people of the world.”

Sorry, boys, but you’re not going to find any sympathy for that position from this quarter.  Osama bin Laden himself was a mass killer who showed no regard for international law or the rights of the innocent victims of 9/11 who were killed in cold blood for no reason — or the rights of any of the other victims of the many terrorist acts that al Qaeda planned, bankrolled, or executed over the years at bin Laden’s direction.  Nor do I think old mumble-mouth was much known for “truth.”  For his many confessed crimes, Osama bin Laden deserved to die.  I’m not among those who are squeamish about the circumstances of his death or the way in which his remains were disposed of.

There’s not only a silly double standard at play here.  I suspect that many of those who argue that the United States should have engaged in heroic measures to take bin Laden alive and should have put him on trial are simply sorry that bin Laden, ever the egoist who enjoyed watching himself pontificate, did not get a final chance to occupy the world’s stage in a protracted trial that would become a circus and a forum for his violent, anti-western philosophies.  I’m glad that he didn’t get that opportunity, and that he left this world without so much as a whimper.  It was a fitting end for a bad, bad man.