Caecilius: Modern art. Out of the way, that’s it. Oh, Rombus, I’m a little bit peckish. Get me some ants in honey, there’s a good lad. Ooo, maybe a dormouse? What do you think?
Metella: You call it modern art, I call it a blooming great waste of space.

Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii 2008

Let’s say it bluntly, most modern art is junk and the people who choose to buy it are suckers. A great example of it is the sculpture The Queen’s Vagina:


That’s this monstrosity is considered art is bad, that it has been placed on the incredible grounds of Versailles (which are a work of art in themselves) is an offense against aesthetics and caused some fuss at the time of its installation. That people have decided to physically attack it however is an offence against property rights.

The “sclupture” was defaced (I use the word “defaced” loosely, since it’s hard to “deface” a piece of junk) by graffiti once but was cleaned, now it is has been hit for a 2nd time:

Phrases such as “Queen sacrificed, twice insulted” and “the second rape of the nation by deviant Jewish activism” covered the sculpture by the British-Indian artist.

However in the ultimate irony Mr. Kapoor has managed to use this event to transform his piece from the joke that it is to something more.

the 61-year-old British-Indian artist told the daily Le Figaro he would not restore the work as he did the first time, and instead would keep the “abominable words” as part of the sculpture.

“I had already questioned the wisdom of cleaning it after the first vandalism. This time, I am convinced that nothing should be removed from these slurs, from these words which belong to anti-Semitism that we’d rather forget,” Kapoor said.

“From now on, in the name of our universal principles, these abominable words will become part of my work, they will overlay it and stigmatize it.”

Congratulations Mr. Kapoor, you’ve managed by this gesture to transform a piece of junk into a statement about both freedom of expression and against anti-Semitism.

I still have no respect for you as an artist, but I have tremendous respect for you as a man.

Well done!

I really like Jonah Goldberg, he’s a fun writer, a sci fi geek like me and a clever fellow but I think Andrea Shea King absolutely nailed it in her open letter to him concerning Trump particularly with this list:

Here’s a list of those modern conservative “small(er) government” principles:

• Did the GOP secure the border with control of the White House and Congress? NO.
• Did the GOP balance the budget with control of the White House and Congress? NO.

• Who gave us the TSA? The GOP
• Who gave us the Patriot Act? The GOP
• Who expanded Medicare to include prescription drug coverage? The GOP
• Who created the precursor of “Common Core” in “Race To the Top”? The GOP

• Who played the race card in Mississippi to re-elect Thad Cochran? The GOP
• Who paid Democrats to vote in the Mississippi primary? The GOP
• Who refused to support Ken Cuccinnelli in Virginia? The GOP

• Who supported Charlie Crist? The GOP
• Who supported Arlen Spector? The GOP
• Who supported Bob Bennett? The GOP

• Who worked against Marco Rubio? The GOP
• Who worked against Rand Paul? The GOP
• Who worked against Ted Cruz? The GOP
• Who worked against Mike Lee? The GOP
• Who worked against Jim DeMint? The GOP
• Who worked against Ronald Reagan? The GOP

I have no problem with people questioning Trump, they SHOULD question Trump.  But the GOP that has acted like the conservatives who elected them are the enemy have no business making the “Trump is no conservative” and “Trump can’t be trusted” case.

Nevertheless, read Jonah’s piece, his concerns are valid and I have a few of my own (Trump doesn’t crack my top 5 candidates) but those questions are for tomorrow morning.





Neo Neocon nails it:

in all the years since then, when I’ve about the evils of the institution of slavery I never heard a word about the role of Christian missionaries in ending slavery within Africa itself.

In fact, ending slavery seems to have been one of the main reasons that missionaries were there, and a rather significant force in the European colonization of Africa in general,

Take a look a the years listed here:

It was the central theme of the Brussels Anti-Slavery Conference 1889-90. In the late 19th century, the Scramble for Africa saw the continent rapidly divided between Imperialistic European powers, and an early but secondary focus of all colonial regimes was the suppression of slavery and the slave trade. In response to this pressure, Ethiopia officially abolished slavery in 1932, Sokoto Caliphate abolished slavery in 1900, and the rest of the Sahel in 1911. By the end of the colonial period they were mostly successful in this aim, though slavery is still very active in Africa even though it has gradually moved to a wage economy. Slavery has never been eradicated in Africa, and it commonly appears in African states, such as Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, Niger, and Sudan, in places where law and order have collapsed.

Alas these historical facts are not convenient.

One of the illusionary advantages to being connected in a totalitarian systems is that because laws unevenly enforced meaning rules that others are ruined by don’t apply to you.

The thing is people who ignore the rules tend to forget them so if you fall out of favor with the powers that be then suddenly you might find that not only do the rules apply to you, but it becomes impossible to explain away your willingness to break them without claiming that they simply don’t apply to you.

That’s the trap the Clinton’s are in because Barack Obama and his allies, while busy doing their best to finish their destruction of the American economy, the America’s culture and the American military has has decided to take a few minutes to remind the Clintons who holds power.

Rather than treat the Clintons like a Lois Lerner for whom the rules don’t apply, Barack Obama has decided that with his terms ending, the usefulness of Hillary Clinton has come to an end as well.

Bryann Pagliano’s pleading the fifth makes it game set and match to Obama.

Clinton is in an impossible position. While partisan democrats will rationalize this away (See John Podesta for a great example of this ignore) normal Americans understnad that you don’t plead the fifth when there is nothing to hide. That makes her an impossible candidate in the general election.

Even worse for Clinton is that if she counterattacks Obama she risks losing the black community in the primaries that has proved itself willing to defend Barack Obama to the death rather than admit that as much has he’s been an unmitigated disaster for the country, he’s been even worse for them.

Hillary choices are impossible. The only reason so many people are paying big money to Bill is power, the potential power of a Hillary Clinton in the White House. If she & Bill decide on a quixotic attack on the Obama’s even if she wins she loses.

And if she drops out before the primaries start she has to somehow make herself a credible potential candidate in the future, presuming of course the Obama’s don’t just go for the kill and eliminate the potential threat of a resurgent Clinton clan that has more lives that a cat lady’s entire litter.

Hillary’s position is untenable if she stays and nearly impossible or untenable if she goes, the only thing she can definitely do, if she so chooses, is to try and take the Obama’s down with her. While that might have a certain appeal it’s not something her loyalists, whose true loyalty is to the money & power she provides, are likely to go for.

Normally there is always the wild card of republicans doing something stupid enough to save her but with Trump playing the shield for the entire GOP field the media can’t change the narrative in time to save her.

So, Republican stupidity not withstanding I’m going to go out on a limb here. No matter how you slice it, there is only one conclusion to be drawn, while we don’t know the how or the final details there is only one conclusion to be drawn from what we’ve seen:

When comes to President Hillary you stick a fork in her, she’s done.

Update: edited for clairty


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