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A Civil Conservative Candidate?

June 22nd, 2011

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. formally launched his campaign for the White House with a promise of civility in his “high-road” quest for the presidency. Mr. Huntsman, who only weeks ago was President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China, did not run from the distinction of having served the man he seeks to replace in the White House Instead, he framed his candidacy as a throwback to a time when political discourse was less coarse and more policy driven, implicitly slapping at some conservatives who have challenged the legitimacy or patriotism of Mr. Obama.

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As every conservative candidate knows, one must paint President Barack HUSEIN Obama as un-American, socialist, communist or muslim, and use the requisite comparisons to Hitler and or the anti-Christ. Since Jon Huntsman isn’t doing any of those things, I assume he must be using the pre-Karl Rove Republican campaign playbook. Stylistically at least, he certainly stands out among other republican presidential candidates. In advertising, positioning yourself as unique among other brands is referred to as “point of difference.”  This is a difference I for one welcome. With hate and fear mongering being staples in the contemporary conservative setlist, can a reasonable candidate focused on the issues survive the primaries? By trying to win the Republican primary as a “civil conservative candidate” is Jon Huntsman an oxymoron or just a moron? I’m sorry, that wasn’t very civil of me.

Spewing hate and fear and focusing on social issues is what one does when they don’t have any big ideas going forward and their own record is not something that will win the election. The fact that Mr. Huntsman is not relying on that strategy and has served presidents from both parties, makes him more appealing to me and I assume Independents in general. I may find out that I won’t like his positions anymore than I do the rest of the field, but I am more willing to consider them. I don’t know if he’s smart to run this kind of campaign, but I think registered republicans who don’t want Obama to win would be smart to vote for Huntsman in the primary.

The Art and the Response to the provocative art of Michael D’Antuono.

June 6th, 2011

The Art and the Response to the provocative art of Michael D’Antuono.

Weiner’s Whopper (of a lie)

June 4th, 2011

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After days of denials, a choked-up New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he tweeted a bulging-underpants photo of himself to a young woman and admitted to “inappropriate” exchanges with six women before and after getting married. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign.

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First, former Rep. Chris Lee, the New York Republican was caught earlier this year sending a shirtless photo to a woman on Craig’s List, and now Weiner is using modern technology for raunch instead of good. Apparently our married, middle aged elected officials think of themselves as rockstars. Of course, from the look of Weiner’s photo it’s more than his ego that’s bloated. The amount of media attention spent on our elected leaders’ sex lives seems disproportionate compared to that devoted to their voting record. Again, looking at Weiner’s photo it’s not the only thing that’s disproportionate. You see that’s the problem. It’s more fun to poke fun at a member of congress’ member than to investigate who he’s really working for and what that means to us. Don’t believe me? Try watching C-Span for more than a half hour.

DAntuono On Healthcare

October 16th, 2009

Michael D’Antuono’s 30 second commercial for healthcare reform. A daughter asks tough questions to her protesting father. Tag line: Get Facts … Not Fear.

Independence at NYC’s Washington Square Park

October 7th, 2009

People react to D’Antuono’s exhibit “INDEPENDENCE?” on July 4th, 2009 In Washington Square Park.

Michael has two paintings in the ‘Faces of The Economy” exhibit at the Art For Change gallery in NYC.

On Independence Day Michael tackled the subject of energy independence with an art installation at NYC’s Washington Square Park. There he uveiled his paintings “Independence” and “Dependence” to the public to view and respond.

Michael’s controversial painting “The Truth” became an international news story. The painting became the most emailed image on the internet. It was featured on The Glen Beck Show, Break Room Live with Mark Maron, The L.A. Times, The National Review, and many other publications and shows internationally.

Michael’s portrait of Ray Charles was recently auctioned for the charity organization Ability Beyond Disability benifitting individuals whose independent living skills are impaired by disability, illness or injury.

Sundance Channel – Independence (from oil) Day

July 2nd, 2009

Sundance Channel

Independence (from oil) Day

July 2, 2009

[This is a localized version of the article originally published at SundanceChannel.com]

Independence

The concept of July 4th as “Oil Independence Day” or “Energy Independence Day” has been floating around for several years: everyone from bloggers to magazines to the Speaker of the House has touted the concept. This July 4th, New York-based artist Michael D’Antuono will add his voice to the debate with the unveiling of the paintings Dependence and Independence in Washington Square’s Garibaldi Plaza.

D’Antuono recently raised a furor with his painting The Truth, which celebrated President Obama’s 100th day in office. The painting portrayed the president wearing a crown of thorns and posed as if crucified — the religious right was not amused. The new paintings like won’t stir up the same level of vitriol… let’s hope they do stir up more meaningful conversation on our energy future, though.