Sunday, February 15, 2009


This is Sam (apparently short for Samantha as she is female), the now world-famous little Australian koala who was pictured in stills and videos being given water by a fireman in the burned out forest. Her paws are bandaged but her burns will heal. She's safe now in an animal shelter where another koala named Bob has been guarding her. They've been virtually inseparable since her arrival.

I think Australia should make this picture into a postage stamp. In this shot where she fills the frame and looks out at the world calmly and steadily, she seems almost heroic. On a stamp, she would travel the world as a symbol of Australia's strength and resilience.


Senator Tom Coburn's little jihad against the arts has failed. Alex Ross posted this on his blog, The Rest is Noise:

From p. 143 of the stimulus bill, which the U.S. Congress passed Friday: "$50,000,000, to be distributed in direct grants to fund arts projects and activities which preserve jobs in the non-profit arts sector threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn." An attempt by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to eliminate all arts and museum funding from the bill was defeated. Ironically, Sen. Coburn is the father of the outstanding young soprano Sarah Coburn, who has appeared many times at opera houses supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Poor thing but at least she is recuperating now. I agree she should be on a stamp.

Anyway, I would like to invite you to join the Comment Whore in my blog if you dont mind.
good news, indeed!
That koala somehow reminds me of Joan Hickson as Miss Marple.
The postage stamp idea is excellent.

And I think we could have seen bipartisan support if they had just routed the NEA support to Republican kids. Perhaps the National Endowment for Republican Arts? Or is that a non sequitur? :)
Hi Will, I hope you and Fritz are doing well. I have been a way for a while but hope to catch up with you real soon. Hugs, Mark
Isn't he so cute! I think they should have him as some kind of national icon!
I wish Robert Mapplethorpe and David Wojnarowicz were around to create works of art depicting that cretinous jerk Senator Coburn from Oklahoma. Guess someone had to fill the creepy void left by Jesse Helms.
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