March 20th, 2012
BLS Note: Remember Ladies and Gentlemen, when the Liberals dip Christ in Urine, or show a crucifix with excrement smeared all over it, or perform various despicable works of art that we all consider offending, they say" Well, anything that evokes an emotional response is art."
In that same vein, this particular artist has proved himself adept at evoking an emotional response regardless of political affiliation.
Therefore, to all you Liberal media types out there "This is simply art," as you have told us many times before, "so get over it"
By Peter V. Milo
Provo, Utah (CBSDC) – Jon McNaughton, a controversial artist who often mixes religion and politics in his work, has released a new painting.
In “One Nation Under Socialism,” President Obama holds the U.S. Constitution as it burns.
While McNaughton previously depicted Obama stepping on the nation’s founding document, “One Nation Under Socialism” glowers directly as if challenging the viewer. His right hand is holding the Constitution and his left hand is pointing to the flames.
McNaughton tells CBSDC that the hands “represents his recognition of what is happening (to the Constitution) as it goes up.”
“There are numerous symbols and subtleties in this painting, and I’m not ready to reveal all of them,” McNaughton said.
CBSDC contacted Jerry Saltz, an art critic for New York Magazine, about the painting.
When asked for an opinion, Saltz said that the painting contained “bad academic derivative realism,” calling it “typical propaganda art, drop-dead obvious in message” and “visually dead as a doornail.”
“It panders and preaches to the converted and tells them what they already believe,” Saltz told CBSDC.
Saltz said the painting could not be compared to WWII art.
“It has no graphic power of its own. It simply attempts to crawl into the body of that sort of illustration.”
When asked if removed a few years from Obama’s presidency could the work be then viewed as art, Saltz said the work is “inverted, with an American as an enemy — Hitler, Tojo, Stalin, whoever.”
“It’s much closer to the hate images produced in Germany pre-1939, in 1950s USA Red scare, in the USA around Jim Crow, etc.”
Whether stale or arresting, the painting turned McNaughton’s Facebook page into a battleground, where comments are flying from both political adversaries.
McNaughton acknowledges that his latest piece “has brought out more feelings among those on both the right and left than my other previous political paintings.”
Although President Obama is the focal point of the painting and he is the one holding the Constitution, McNaughton insists that he does not “presume to suggest that he was the lone culprit responsible.”
But despite the bickering, McNaughton hopes that he will get the “public talking about what the painting represents. Is Obama pushing a Socialist agenda on the American people?”
He hopes his art will get people to answer such questions.
“People need to start talking, and the conversation is about to get heated,” he said.
As with his other works, McNaughton released a video on YouTube detailing “One Nation Under Socialism.”
In the voice over, McNaughton says, “This is my pledge. I pledge allegiance to the United States of America and not to an ideology that could never stand: one nation — under socialism — divisive with no liberty or justice for anyone.”
March 20th, 2012
By NBC's Alex Moe
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Newt Gingrich slammed Robert De Niro’s comments last night at a fundraiser for President Obama, demanding that the president apologize for the actor's joke that America isn't yet again ready for a white first lady.
“I do want to say one thing on behalf of both my wife, and on behalf of Karen Santorum and on behalf of Ann Romney, and that is I think Robert De Niro is wrong,” Gingrich said as he began his speech at Strawn's Eat Shop Too. “I think the country is ready for a new first lady, and he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms.”
At an Obama for America fundraiser in New York City Monday night, attended by Michelle Obama, De Niro joked about a possible GOP first lady.
"Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?" De Niro asked at the top of his remarks at Locanda Verde restaurant as the crowd yelled “no.” “Too soon, right?," he said.
A spokeswoman for the first lady issued a statement shortly after Gingrich concluded his remarks, calling De Niro’s comments “inappropriate.”
"We believe the joke was inappropriate," Olivia Alair, campaign press secretary to the first lady, said in a statement.
Gingrich criticized the remarks as “inexcusable” and called on President Obama to personally apologize.
“It is exactly wrong, it divides the country,” the former House speaker said. “If people on the left want to talk about radio talk show hosts, then everybody in the country ought to hold the president accountable when somebody at his event says something as utterly, totally unacceptable as Robert De Niro said last night, and I call on the president to apologize for him.”
While Gingrich stood up for all three women involved in the actor’s joke, he of course has his favorite.
“I have a personal preference, obviously, for Callista to be the first lady,” the speaker said to cheers in the room. “But, I tell you, I would be very proud and very honored to have Ann Romney as the first lady or Karen Santorum as the first lady. I think that just what De Niro said is just beyond the pale and he should be ashamed of himself.”
NBC's Carrie Dann contributed to this report.
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March 20th, 2012
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March 20th, 2012
NY Daily News / Celeste Katz
Our Aliyah Shahid reports:
Campaign sources revealed Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum's new aliases to GQ magazine.
Romney has chosen to be called "Javelin," which many are speculating is in reference to the 1960s muscle car made by American Motor Corp. The former Massachusetts governor's father ran once the company.
Santorum picked "Petrus," which is Latin for "rock." It's also the root name for "Peter," the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church — and his grandfather's name.
Code names are used in radio calls between Secret Service agents and are typically between two to three syllables long. The tradition of using the names goes back to when communications between the Secret Service and White House weren't encrypted.
Read lots more about presidential and First Family Secret Service names here.
March 20th, 2012
Politico / By Tim Mak
Vice President Joe Biden on Monday night hailed President Barack Obama’s decision to raid Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound as the most “audacious” plan in 500 years. “You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan,” Biden said at a fundraiser in New Jersey. Well, POLITICO has put together a list of 10 military plans that were arguably at least as “audacious” and some perhaps more so.
1. D-Day: The Normandy landings in June 1944 involved 160,000 Allied troops along 50-mile stretch of the French coast, against heavily fortified Nazi positions. As many as 6,000 seafaring vessels were involved in the highly complex operation, and over 24,000 paratroopers were dropped behind enemy lines.
2. Napoleon’s invasion of Russia: It wasn’t successful, but there is no doubt that his plan to march across the country in 1812 was audacious. With his Grande Armee of nearly half a million soldiers, Napoleon boldly sought to force Tsar Alexander I to submit to his will.
3. Entebbe Raid: In July 1976, commandos from the Israel Defense Forces stormed the Entebbe Airport in Uganda, having traveled over 2,500 miles from Israel to mount the surprise rescue. The IDF destroyed Ugandan fighter planes at the airport to avoid a pursuit, fought off hostile forces and evacuated, leading to the successful rescue of over 100 hostages. (Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother, Yonatan, was killed while leading the raid.)
4. Spanish Armada: With 160 ships, the Spanish Armada sailed toward England in 1588 with the daring objective of overthrowing Queen Elizabeth I. Ultimately a failure, the campaign had lofty goals.
5. Landing at Inchon: The surprise 1950 amphibious landing on the west coast of South Korea ordered by Gen. Douglas MacArthur altered the course of the Korean War. The landings were especially audacious due to the difficul geography – the operation had to take place despite narrow channels and poor landing beaches. Up to 40,000 troops were involved.