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justinsb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:30 PM
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Painting of U.S. in toilet raises GOP hackles
SACRAMENTO
Painting of U.S. in toilet raises GOP hackles
Attorney general asked to remove work in state-owned building

Sacramento -- A painting of the United States sinking into a toilet now on display in the cafeteria of the state Department of Justice has raised the ire of the state Republican Party, which is demanding that Attorney General Bill Lockyer remove the image.

The painting -- part of an exhibit of more than 30 works by lawyer artists and pieces with overt legal themes -- has an American flag-painted continental United States heading into a toilet. Next to it are the words: "T'anks to Mr. Bush."

The artist, Stephen Pearcy, a Berkeley lawyer with a house in Sacramento, won earlier notoriety for hanging an effigy of an American soldier on the outside of his home here with a sign saying "Bush lied, I died." Angry residents tore the effigies down.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/07/20...

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Son of California Donating Member (467 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:32 PM
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1. called freedom of speech, bucko
maybe you don't like what its saying, but its the truth.
if you really love someone, you are capable of giving them tough love when they need it. Right now this country needs tough love.
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PunkPop Donating Member (847 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:34 PM
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2. Stephen Pearcy strikes again!
Love that guy. He's making a career out of speaking out against the Bush fraudsters - and pissing off plenty of Republicans in the process. All I have to say is, keep up the good work!
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:36 PM
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3. Wow, reporter Greg Lucas canvassed the length and breadth of California
And could find one (ONE) Republican in the entire state who would voice an objection.

Poor babies. When someone points out what a crappy job George W. Bush is doing, it just puts their panties in a bunch, doesn't it? All those icky dead soldiers and squandered money - stop looking at it and wave your flag for Georgie!
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:37 PM
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4. In the DOJ no less! *lol*
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noiretextatique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:39 PM
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5. they have a real problem with artists and poets
remember when laura cancelled that poetry event at the white house because it might be "too political?"
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:39 PM
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6. encore encore
We have to keep those republicans in a perpetual state of mad.

Cher
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aintitfunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:40 PM
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7. If they find it offensive
perhaps they should stop helping him flush our country down the toilet. Just a thought.
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byronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:40 PM
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8. I'll listen to the GOP on this when they arrest the criminals who
vandalized the Pearcy home in Sacramento. To date, even though their faces and names are on video, no arrests, no investigations. Open criminality deserves good art like this. Stuff it, GOP. You're all unconvicted felons, and you have no say in anything anymore, as far as I'm concerned.
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ragin_acadian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 07:10 AM
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39. was that the same incident where fox news just
"happened to show up" on scene while the home was being vandalized? the story looked kinda' suspicious when i read it.

but then again, i'm sure fox has news vans sitting on every corner of every neighborhood out there in Sacramento. :sarcasm:

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byronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:46 PM
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41. Yes. Three criminals, fresh from trespass/vandalism, self-identify
on video, proud and unrepentant. The Sac PD did absolutely nothing, except to proclaim that they would not arrest the Pearcys. I called the Chief of Police and complained bitterly about this open approval of criminality; to date, no response. I'm still pissed. The right wing has gone lawless. They are utterly anti-American, in terms of fairness and justice. 'We're right, therefore we do not have to respect the law.' Pimple-heads. Terrorists.
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seeminer21 Donating Member (98 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:41 PM
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9. Ha ha
Perfect!
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:43 PM
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10. Welcome to California you GOP Bastards , where we are FREE
If GOP don't like it , start putting America before
the nasty partisan fascist take over .

GOP control everything only they can pull us out of
the toilet , too bad they are ready to flush us all
away .
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:47 PM
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11. That's actually a pretty good meme -
T'anks, george.
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:50 PM
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12. everytime you put political art
in a state building, this kinda thing happens. Becasue they made a hoo-ha now we ALL get to see it, when it looks like it was relegated to a nook in a cafeteria before that.

"Lawyer artists" -- now that's interesting...personally I don't know any lawyer artists but I'd certainly like to see what they paint! This one has a kind of direct folk art appeal.

:boring: as usually the flaps over political art are. If you can't say something controversial in pictures, or temporary art installations, bumperstickers, t-shirts or cartoons, what's left?
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:54 PM
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13. Quick! Pass a constitutional amendment against toilet desecration!
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 02:57 PM
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14. Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder, however
reality is in the minds of the viewer of this picture....
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ClayZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:08 PM
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15. I hope Mr. Fitzgerald is the plumber!
LOL :rofl:
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getmeouttahere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:11 PM
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16. This is one of the few things I can get a chuckle out of...
these days...then it's back to the reality that the repukes want to make federal case out of something like this
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:14 PM
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17. Makes me want to send Pearcy a donation of more paint.
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:28 PM
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18. Sometimes
TRUTH HURTS!!! :rofl:
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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:44 PM
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19. It seems to inspire smiles from the ladies walking by...
If that is what they were looking at, it seems to be an effective morale booster.
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sepia_steel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:50 PM
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20. Ha!
Tough shit, crybabies.
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Nothing Without Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:50 PM
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21. I wonder if they would like THIS PAINTING any better? No? Too Bad...
This image is all the more appropriate since apparently napalm has been used in Iraq. In the famous original photo (by Nick Ut) of that fleeing Vietnamese girl, she had shed her burning clothing.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
Thread title: "Incinerating Iraqis: The napalm cover up"

The horror of war has always been a dark inspiration for artists - who can forget Goya's images or Picasso's "Guernica"? The following image may take as much as a minute to load, but it's worth it.



More art from this source here:

http://www.coolon.net
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jbnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:51 PM
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22. We should all be offended
because it is true. It's the truth of the painting that hurts. bush and the truth of what he has done to our country is offensive.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:54 PM
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23. When they stop desecrating the flag by wearing it as a lapel pin as
they legislatively destoy this country, then I'll worry about some art that makes people think.

Patriotism is the next to the last refuge of scoundrals.
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earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:55 PM
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24. The truth hurts doesn't it? I LOVE that the bastards are being exposed
for what they are!
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:01 PM
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25. So... a question for our enraged patriots about this flag-burning thing.
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 04:02 PM by impeachdubya
What if I draw a picture of someone burning a flag?

Will that be illegal?

How about if I draw a picture of someone drawing a picture of someone burning a flag?

How about if I write a story about someone drawing a picture of someone burning a flag?

How about if I burn a picture of someone HOLDING a flag?

How about if I burn a picture of someone writing a story about someone holding a flag?

What if I bake a cake with flag-style frosting, and I accidentally burn THAT?

...


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prodigal_green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:18 PM
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26. fine
let it sit next to a copy of the ten commandments.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:26 PM
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27. The Freepi hate us for our freedoms!
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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:28 PM
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28. Is that the guy from Ratt?
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:32 PM
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31. LOL! I was wondering the same thing.
It would be the most significant thing he's ever done.
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BrightKnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:49 PM
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29. The POS (Party of Shills) is happy in the toilet.
It is not a very pretty sight.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:07 PM
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30. Um....anyway...
Teh Dukes of Hazzard movie comes out on August 5th.

The guy who played Scotty on Star Trek died today.

The game "Grand Theft Auto" was given an adults only rating.

The A's beat the Angels last night.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:34 PM
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32. Americans can't seem to handle the truth
It's painful, but that doesn't mean it's false.
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tuvor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:00 PM
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33. Oh, cry me a fucking river. n/t
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democrank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:18 PM
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34. If the President of the United States can
write on a REAL flag with his big cowboy magic marker, I guess a "lawyer artist" can paint one.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:19 PM
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35. Republicans cannot face the truth in life or in art. n/t
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jazzjunkysue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:11 PM
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36. Love the boots.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:20 PM
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37. Wingnuts Just Can't Get the "Concept" Thing Down n/t
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bejammin075 Donating Member (302 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 10:29 PM
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38. Wingnuts should be mad about the REAL America
It's the Real America, stupids.
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OmmmSweetOmmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 07:12 AM
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40. That would make a great bumper sticker! n/t
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