Sunday, June 15, 2008

Today's Sermon: "Eeeviiiil Naked DC"

Dateline Kerrville, TX:

Robert Hurt went to Washington and didn't like what he saw – nudity in the nation's capital.

"Nude women, sculptured women," he told the state Republican platform committee, which sat in rapt attention.

Of all the evils in Washington that the Texas GOP took aim at this week, removing art with naked people from public view was high on the list for Mr. Hurt, a delegate from Kerrville.

"You don't have nude art on your front porch," he explained. "You possibly don't have nude art in your living rooms. So why is it important to have that in the common places of Washington, D.C.?"

Mr. Hurt offered statistics: He'd heard that 20 percent of the art in the National Gallery of Art is of nudes.

Watch out, Mr. Hurt. Your stupidity is showing:

He offered detail: On Arlington Memorial Bridge overlooking the famed national cemetery, "there are two Lady Godivas, two women on horses with no shirt on and long hair."

Hurt calls the men on horseback Lady Godivas?

Those statues are called "Valor" and "Sacrifice," Mr. Hurt. Valor and Sacrifice.

Flanking the eastern ends of the bridge and parkway are two pairs of monumental Neo-classical equestrian sculpture on identical pedestals. "The Arts of War" by Leo Friedlander stands at the end of the bridge. In "Valor" on the left, the male equestrian is accompanied by a female striding forward with a shield; in "Sacrifice" a standing female symbolizing the earth looks up to the rider, Mars.

Yep, Mars. As in god of war.

I guess it's a good thing that Mr. Hurt didn't see The Boy Scout Memorial.

You see, there's this innocent Al Gore/Wally Cleaver-looking boy scout, flanked by a mostly nude man and an equally scantily clad woman...

The bronze statue consists of three figures. The Boy Scout represents the aspirations of all past, present, and future Scouts throughout the world. The male figure exemplifies physical, mental, and moral fitness, love of country, good citizenship, loyalty, honor, and courage. He carries a helmet, a symbol of masculine attire. The female figure symbolizes enlightenment with the love of God and fellow man, justice, freedom, and democracy. She holds the eternal flame of God's Holy Spirit.

So sad, Mr. Hurt, that your idea of art is limited to Kerrville, Texas. I'm sure you'll glorify this summer's Kerrville cultural offerings:

3rd Annual Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show

Annual Kerr County Camp Exhibit

Daisy Air Nationals

The Book of Ruth

Retelling of the Old Testament story of a young widow's devotion to her mother-in-law. Set in Texas and later in Tennessee, this play puts a new perspective on the familiar tell [sic] of love, sacrifice and acceptance.

A Pictorial History of Texas Coast Naval Installations

Hill Country Boer Breeders Sale (Goats!)

Original Team Roping

Thus endeth today's sermon.

Go forth today and consider the nudity (and partial nudity) around you... Yes, that includes "Desperate Houswives" episodes.

And consider yokels like Mr. Hurt from Kerrville, Texas, who would rid Washington DC of "nude" art. Is he really this stupid?

Or is he just using this issue to further his own political ambition as he claws his way up the Kerr County GOP ladder?

Stop laughing and think about it.

I mean it, damn it!

Number of days since Donna Brazile promised to leave the party if superdelegates decided the Dem nominee:

Donna has known for a long time now that superdelegates would be necessary for any Dem candidate to win the nomination this year. Ask Donna when she intends to keep her promise.
Don't hold your breath awaiting a reply.

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- and and


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