Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Alberto Gonzales and the Statue of Minnie Lou
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.
The hearings for Alberto Gonzales are proceeding as expected. Despite putting his stamp of approval on methods of interrogating (torturing) prisoners in total disregard of Geneva Convention he would soon be confirmed as the next Attorney General, replacing John Ashcroft, a Neanderthal who stood out among a crowd of them. Should we expect to see policies not driven by political expediency ? Don’t bet on it.
On a lighter vein, I wonder what would Mr. Gonzales do about the curtains covering the statue , Spirit of Justice (also called Minnie Lou), in the Great Hall of the Department of Justice. The statue had been there for more than 70 years before its one exposed boob offended the sensitive Attorney General Ashcroft.
Before the draping of Minnie Lou
Don’t see him getting involved. Not now when the Supreme Court has the displaying of Ten Commandments issue on its docket. Removing the curtains (which cost $8,000) would displease his boss . The President would not want to upset the self-appointed guardians of morality who are outraged by display of boobs whether they are on the statue of Venus de Milo or the Spirit of Justice.…… publicly, that is. In private ? That is a different matter. Hypocritical politicians, we have them by the bushelful.
"City of Ghosts"
It is the title of an article in The Guardian, UK, 1/11/05, about the assault on Falluja in November. Follow this link to access the complete report and inter-active video footage by Ali Fadhil.
The Horrors of War
I hope he wears the curtains in his head as a symbol of shame for his egregious conduct.