Tuesday, February 5, 2002
Cover Ups and Statues
|He has more important things to worry about than what appears in the pictures
Justice Department spokeswoman Barbara Comstock, Curtains for semi-nude justice statue, Tuesday, 29 January, 2002, British Broadcasting Corporation
The international press got a good laugh out of the Justice Department's decision last week to spend $8,000 on drapes to hide two seminude statues that appear behind Attorney General John Ashcroft in news conferences. Installed during the 1930s in the Justice Department's Great Hall, the statues depict the male Majesty of Justice and the female Spirit of Justice. Majesty of Justice wears a loincloth; Spirit of Justice wears a toga that exposes one breast.
A draft dodger, a defender of slavery, an eager gobbler of Enron bribes, a panting raper of American liberties, a bug-eyed twanger of love songs to Jesus -- what's not to like? After his election to the U.S. Senate, he famously poured cooking oil on his head, in emulation of the anointing of King David -- for like that royal favorite of the Most High, Ashcroft too had come into "dominion over men."
From the Greatest Country on Earth comes news that the United States Department of Justice spent over 350,000 baht of taxpayers' money on a set of blue drapes that hang outside the Great Hall, a two-storey structure that is used for very important speeches and ceremonies starring very important people such as Attorney General John Ashcroft.
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