The White House has rightly asserted its privilege to detain enemy combatants without trial for the duration of the present conflict. After the midterm elections, there is no way the White House will be able to move the Guantánamo prisoners to the mainland United States. After the Ghailani farce, there is no way the administration is going to rely on civilian trials for captured al Qaeda operatives. The president and his attorney general have lived in denial for too long. The next step is acceptance. Give up the pretense of closing Guantánamo. And prepare a room there for Julian Assange.
The Weekly Standard
December 2nd, 2010 at 10:45 AM
Speaking along the lines of your above post, Beck mentioned today that net neutrality will be voted on by Dec. 21.
Here they go again, ramming unpopular legislation down our throats at the very last minute.
Gird your loins Roxy, they’re coming after any one who would offer any conservative viewpoints.
With Obama grasping at any advantage he can get to dumb down the populace, it will be up to the new congress to stop him.
The Supreme Court has already stated that it is un-Constitutional, and the legislature would not pass it, so the FCC is now going to bypass both branches and mandate it through regulation.
The next two years are going to be very interesting indeed.
If conservative entities are required to be ‘fair and balanced’, shouldn’t NPR also be required to do the same ?
Or will they be exempt ?
December 2nd, 2010 at 11:19 AM
Believe me- this scares me to death! But read this from HotAir, Ron:
If Congress can use this against the EPA, then they can also use it against the FCC, I would think and hope.
December 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 PM
Read it. Thanks Roxy.
The political tactics they use on the floors of the senate or the house is fantastic if it produces the goal of getting our country back from the Obama regime.
The end goal IMO is to rid this country of the Obamas and the Clintons and the Carter mentality for years to come, while we educate the next generations as to what happened when America let it’s guard down.
There should be a list made.
Priorities as to what will hurt the country the most should top the list.
After that, systematically take the policies down, or defund the onerous regulations that will impinge on our freedoms, and the economic future of this country.
I predict Obama is up against something that he will look back upon as the worst mistake of his life.
The egotistical attitude that he thought that he could change America to a socialist country will become laughable.
A fool is as a fool does, and the head fool still doesn’t get it.
December 2nd, 2010 at 2:33 AM
Maybe 10 or more years ago, we went through a similar thing where tasteless and I believe sexual photographs were in an exhibit funded by public money. I believe the Photographer’s name was Maplethorpe :
Last week, people from far and wide gathered for a special conference titled “Imperfect Moments: Mapplethorpe and Censorship Twenty Years Later,” which was co-presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
This two-day symposium commemorated the 20th anniversary of the infamous 1988 exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, which sparked a firestorm of controversy when some US congressionals took offense to funds provided by the National Endownment for the Arts (NEA) being used to exhibit Mapplethorpe’s graphic sexual imagery.
The retrospective of more than 150 works, many of them depicting gay subcultures, proved too hot to handle and a number of museums found themselves on the frontline of controversy—the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC canceled their presentation of the show and the director of the Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center was tried for obscenity and acquitted—and some politicians used the ICA show as an example of how federal grants were misused by the cultural community.
Robert Mapplethorpe, “Self Portrait,” 1988
The late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC) spearheaded the fight against the Mapplethorpe show and introduced a floor amendment that banned NEA grants from being used to “promote, disseminate or produce obscene or indecent materials, including but not limited to depictions of sadomasochism, homoeroticism, the exploitation of children, or individuals engaged in sex acts; or material which denigrates the objects or beliefs of the adherents of a particular religion or non-religion.”
Today, Mapplethorpe is best remembered for this lightning rod moment, which catapulted the NEA into a crisis. It would soon become one of the key moments in the formation of what came to be known as the “culture wars” of the 1990s.
Now two decades later (2009), the ICA is revisiting the controversy and has brought together world-renowned artists, critics, and scholars to examine the exhibition’s legacy, as well as the issues that artists and art institutions face today [Blog.Art21.org]
One would hope common sense and decency would also be part of a body of work when presented in public. Apparently not. Our society will be remembered for these exhibitions and our silence will be deafening.
December 2nd, 2010 at 10:03 AM
Hi J! Good to see ya!
Here’s my 2cents which is about all it’s worth – lol:
A lot of people see this Maplethroppe as a hero and his stuff as art. No one is in a position to declare what is and is not art. And there are venues to exhibit that art to a paying or interested audience. But to have THAT particular art in the faces of children or a public that finds it offensive with the anointing of the general public (in the form of tax dollar support) is not right, it is not the what Americans in general believe is right.