Thursday, May 13, 2010
On May 11 and 12, Christie's auctioned nearly 100 works of art from the collection of the late author. Well known for writing novels like Jurassic Park and producing television shows like ER, he was also an expert on pop artists like Jasper Johns.
You may have seen reports of huge sales on the items that Crichton had in his private collection. Crichton was known to move his artwork around his home numerous tmes a week to ensure he always had a fresh perspective and viewpoint of his art investments.
Bret Michaels’ recovery is going well: TMZ is reporting that Michaels will play the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi on May 28, a mere month after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage at the base of his brain stem. Hemorrhages of the sort that Michaels suffered are very dangerous and often fatal, so the bandana-headed rocker is probably thanking his stars for being alive–much less being able to perform. When Michaels was in the hospital, doctors and fans alike were shocked at the rapid pace of the Rock of Love star’s recovery. Perhaps having a reality TV show dedicated to women pining for you keeps a man in better shape than we thought.
Byron York reports on an obscure but potentially embarrassing controversy involving Elena Kagan's days in the Clinton administration:
In 1995 and 1996, future Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was involved in a bizarre controversy in which the Clinton White House was accused of siding with an eco-terrorist group locked in a standoff with federal agents deep in the woods of Oregon. The incident led to an investigation by House Republicans, who concluded that a staffer on the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) tipped off the environmental radicals to impending action by U.S. Forest Service law enforcement agents -- a leak that Forest Service officials believed endangered the lives of their agents on the ground.
Kagan, at the time an associate White House counsel, had no role in leaking the feds' plans to the radicals, but House Committee on Natural Resources investigators concluded she shirked her responsibility by not searching for the source of the leak or pushing for punishment of the leaker.
"Nothing was ever done by Elena Kagan to learn the details about the leaks, or to identify the leaker and ensure that proper punishment occurred," the committee's 1999 report concluded. In fact, investigators found evidence suggesting that Kagan, in internal White House discussions, defended the alleged leaker.
WHEN RACIAL AND ETHNIC STUDIES BACKFIRE: College students taking racial and ethnic studies courses have lower respect for members of other groups. No surprise.