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Modern Day Pentagon Art: The $600,000 Gurgling Toad Sculpture Compared With Military Art From The Holy Roman Empire

Is that Hillary astride the Toad of Modern Democracy?

From US News
Pentagon Art: $600,000 Gurgling Toad Sculpture
By Paul Bedard
Posted: March 31, 2011

A $600,000 frog sculpture that lights up, gurgles "sounds of nature" and carries a 10-foot fairy girl on its back could soon be greeting Defense Department employees who plan to start working at the $700 million Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. this fall. That is unless a new controversy over the price tag of the public art doesn't torpedo the idea.
Decried as wasteful spending that will be seen by just a couple thousand of daily workers who arrive on bus shuttles, foes have tried to delay the decision, expected tomorrow, April 1. But in an E-mail, an Army Corps of Engineers official said that the decision can't be held up because it would impact completion of the huge project. More
Which is more fitting for military men?
UNKNOWN MASTER,German Lion Monument to Duke Henry the Lion 1163-69

Dead Sea Turtles Wash Ashore In Mississippi: "Nature Begs Vengeance On Account Of Men" Our Lady Of La Salette

Gathering, I will gather together all things from off the face of the land, saith the Lord: I will gather man, and beast, I will gather the birds of the air, and the fishes of the sea: and the ungodly shall meet with ruin: and I will destroy men from off the face of the land, saith the Lord. Sophonias i:1-3

Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel, for the Lord shall enter into judgment with the inhabitants of the land: for there is no truth, and there is no mercy, and there is no knowledge of God in the land. Cursing, and lying, and killing, and theft, and adultery have overflowed, and blood hath touched blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth in it shall languish with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of the air: yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be gathered together. But yet let not any man judge: and let not a man be rebuked: for thy people are as they that contradict the priest. And thou shalt fall today, and the prophet also shall …

Paradiso Canto XXII ~ Dante Alighieri

Amos Nattini, Paradiso XXII Oppresso di stupore, a la mia guida

OPPRESSED with stupor, I unto my guide
Turned like a little child who always runs
For refuge there where he confideth most;
And she, even as a mother who straightway
Gives comfort to her pale and breathless boy
With voice whose wont it is to reassure him,
Said to me: "Knowest thou not thou art in heaven,
And knowest thou not that heaven is holy all
And what is lone here cometh from good zeal?
After what wise the singing would have changed thee
And I by smiling, thou canst now imagine,
Since that the cry has startled thee so much,
In which if thou hadst understood its prayers
Already would be known to thee the vengeance
Which thou shalt look upon before thou diest.
The sword above here smiteth not in haste
Nor tardily, howe'er it seem to him
Who fearing or desiring waits for it.
But turn thee round towards the others now,
For very illustrious spirits shalt thou see,
If thou thy sight directest as I say."
As it seemed good to her…

Three Hellish Blood-Stained Furies Go To War: Clinton - Rice - Power

M. Gustave Dore, INF.IX,46
Quest' e Megera dal sinistro canto;

And more he said, but not in mind I have it;
Because mine eye had altogether drawn me
Tow'rds the high tower with the red-flaming summit,
Where in a moment saw I swift uprisen
The three infernal Furies stained with blood,
Who had the limbs of women and their mien,
And with the greenest hydras were begirt;
Small serpents and cerastes were their tresses,
Wherewith their horrid temples were entwined.
And he who well the handmaids of the Queen
Of everlasting lamentation knew,
Said unto me: "Behold the fierce Erinnys.
This is Megaera, on the left-hand side;
She who is weeping on the right, Alecto;
Tisiphone is between;"and then was silent.
Each one her breast was rending with her nails;
They beat them with their palms, and cried so loud,
That I for dread pressed close unto the Poet.
"Medusa come, so we to stone will change him !"
All shouted looking down; "in evil hour
Avenged we not on Theseus his assault !"

Paradiso Canto XXI ~ Dante Alighieri

M. Gustave Dore, Par.XXI,1-3
Gia eran li occhi miei rifissi al volto
de la mia donna, e l'animo con essi,
e da ogne altro intento s'era tolto.
ALREADY on my Lady's face mine eyes
Again were fastened, and with these my mind,
And from all other purpose was withdrawn;
And she smiled not; bu t"If I were to smile,"
She unto me began, "thou wouldst become
Like Semele, when she was turned to ashes.
Because my beauty, that along the stairs
Of the eternal palace more enkindles,
As thou hast seen, the farther we ascend,
If it were tempered not, is so resplendent
That all thy mortal power in its effulgence
Would seem a leaflet that the thunder crushes.
We are uplifted to the seventh splendour,
That underneath the burning Lion's breast
Now radiates downward mingled with his power.
Fix in direction of thine eyes the mind,
And make of them a mirror for the figure
That in this mirror shall appear to thee."
He who could know what was the pasturage
My sight had in that blessed countenanc…

George Clooney Is Silvio Berlusconi's Skinny Bitch Well Trained And Obedient

'I dreamed of this one here as Lord
and huntsman, pursing the wolf
and the cubs up the mountain
(which blocks the sight of Lucca
from the Pisans).
And skinny bitches, well trained
and obedient; he had out in front
as leaders of the pack Gualandi
with Sismondi and Lanfranchi.
A short run, and the father with
his sons Seemed to grow tired, and
then I thought I saw Long fangs
sunk deep into their sides, ripped
Inferno xxxiii

Associated Press
Alessandra Rizzo
Tue Mar 29, 1:42 pm ET

ROME – Silvio Berlusconi's defense lawyers on Tuesday named George Clooney, the Italian foreign minister and a bevy of showgirls as witnesses at the premier's upcoming prostitution trial, an attorney and news reports said.

Prosecutors, for their part, have asked to hear from 136 witnesses, including the Moroccan teenager at the center of the scandal and 32 other women who allegedly worked as prostitutes during parties at Berlusconi's villa, according to Italian news reports.

Both sides presented their…

Evil Portent: Meteor Explodes Over Auckland

Michael Field
Last updated 09:49 30/03/2011
LATEST: A meteor exploded 80 kilometres above Auckland last night, giving a dramatic light and sound show for those lucky enough to see it.
It was seen over a wide area of the North Island but most prominently in Auckland.

Auckland's Stardome Observatory education officer David Britten said it would have been an amazing sight - but their astronomers were not among those to witness it.

He said the sighting reports suggested it was more likely to be a meteor than a piece of space junk.

"The way it exploded, points to a meteor."

He said the explosion would have been 80 kilometres up and at very high speed.

Witnesses would have believed it was closer.

"The tracks suggest if anything survived it would have been well out at sea."  More

US President Barack Obama's Speech On Lybia Full Text

BOSCH, Hieronymus Ecce Homo (detail) 1475-80

Ecco la fiera
(Behold the beast)

Good evening. Tonight, I'd like to update the American people on the international effort that we have led in Libya - what we have done, what we plan to do, and why this matters to us.

I want to begin by paying tribute to our men and women in uniform who, once again, have acted with courage, professionalism and patriotism. They have moved with incredible speed and strength. Because of them and our dedicated diplomats, a coalition has been forged and countless lives have been saved. Meanwhile, as we speak, our troops are supporting our ally Japan, leaving Iraq to its people, stopping the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and going after al-Qaeda around the globe. As Commander-in-Chief, I am grateful to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families, as are all Americans.

For generations, the United States of America has played a unique role as an anchor of global security …

Presidential Hopeful Newt Gingrich Quotes Our Lady Of La Salette?

ANDREA DA FIRENZE Descent of Christ to Limbo (detail) 1365-68

"Civil governments will all have the same objective, which will be to abolish and make every religious principle disappear, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritism and vices of all kinds. Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879)

"With God's holy faith forgotten, each individual will want to direct himself and rise above his peers. Civil and ecclesiastical authority will be abolished , all order and justice will be trampled underfoot. Only murders, hatred, jealousy, lying and discord will be seen, with no love of country or family. Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846(Published by Mélanie 1879)

"I have two grandchildren — Maggie is 11, Robert is 9, I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they're my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding…

Paradiso Canto XX ~ Dante Alighieri

M. Gustave Dore, Par.XX,10-12
pero che tutte quelle vive luci,
vie piu lucendo, cominciaron canti
da mia memoria labili e caduci.
WHEN he who all the world illuminates
Out of our hemisphere so far descends
That on all sides the daylight is consumed,
The heaven, that erst by him alone was kindled,
Doth suddenly reveal itself again
By many lights, wherein is one resplendent.
And came into my mind this act of heaven,
When the ensign of the world and of its leaders
Had silent in the blessed beak become;
Because those living luminaries all,
By far more luminous, did songs begin
Lapsing and falling from my memory.
O gentle Love, that with a smile dost cloak thee,
How ardent in those sparks didst thou appear,
That had the breath alone of holy thoughts!
After the precious and pellucid crystals,
With which begemmed the sixth light I beheld,
Silence imposed on the angelic bells,
I seemed to hear the murmuring of a river
That clear descendeth down from rock to rock,
Showing the affluence of its mountain-top.
And as the…

Rare Sei Whale Washes Up In Virginia Beach, Va: Nature Shudders With Dread" - Our Lady Of La Salette

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., March 28 (UPI) -- Virginia authorities were studying a dead sei whale Monday that washed ashore Sunday morning.
Joan Barns of the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach told The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot a stranding team anchored the 4-foot female whale to the beach and would perform a necropsy.
Sei whales, an endangered species, normally frequent deep waters far offshore, says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. During the 19th and 20th centuries, the species was greatly depleted by commercial whaling.
"This is not unusual, it does happen occasionally," Susan Barco of the aquarium told WCTI-TV.

Thousands Of Dead Fish Found All Across Iowa In Ponds & Lakes: "Woe To The Inhabitants Of The Earth" - Our Lady Of La Salette

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has received numerous reports of dead fish in lakes and ponds across Iowa as the ice cover disappears for another year. These winter fish kills have been reported at Swan Lake (Carroll), Badger Creek Lake (Madison), Clark Lake (Cerro Gordo), Kuhn Wildlife Pond (Cerro Gordo), Pilot Knob Pond (Winnebago), Alice Wyth Lake (Black Hawk), Middle Sabula and Green Island lakes (Jackson), Credit Island Lagoon (Scott), and a storm water retention pond in Guttenberg More

Paradiso Canto XIX - Dante Alighieri

APPEARED before me with its wings outspread
The beautiful image that in sweet fruition
Made jubilant the interwoven souls;
Appeared a little ruby each, wherein
Ray of the sun was burning so enkindled
That each into mine eyes refracted it.
And what it now behoves me to retrace
Nor voice has e'er reported, nor ink written,
Nor was by fantasy e'er comprehended;
For speak I saw, and likewise heard, the beak,
And utter with its voice both I and My,
When in conception it was We and Our.
And it began: "Being just and merciful
Am I exalted here unto that glory
Which cannot be exceeded by desire;
And upon earth I left my memory
Such, that the evil-minded people there
Commend it, but continue not the story."
So doth a single heat from many embers
Make itself felt, even as from many loves
Issued a single sound from out that image.
Whence I thereafter: "O perpetual flowers
Of the eternal joy, that only one
Make me perceive your odours manifold,
Exhaling, break within me the great fast
Which a long…

Thousands Of Dead Fish Wash A Shore At Gulf Shores, Ala: Nature Begs Vengeance On Account Of Men, And She Shudders With Dread ~ Our Lady Of La Salette

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - Laura Pfizenmayer walks the beach in Gulf Shores every morning. On Saturday, she was shocked with what she found."When we came down we saw dead fish. They were everywhere. I mean you don't have to find them. You can turn around and see them. They were everywhere," More

Paradiso Canto XVIII - Dante Alighieri

M. Gustave Dore, Par.XVIII,70-72
Io vidi in quella giovial facella
lo sfavillar de l'amor che li era
segnare a li occhi miei nostra favella
NOW was alone rejoicing in its word
That soul beatified, and I was tasting
My own, the bitter tempering with the sweet,
And the Lady who to God was leading me
Said: "Change thy thought; consider that I am
Near unto Him who every wrong disburdens."
Unto the loving accents of my comfort
I turned me round, and then what love I saw
Within those holy eyes I here relinquish;
Not only that my language I distrust,
But that my mind cannot return so far
Above itself, unless another guide it.
Thus much upon that point can I repeat,
That, her again beholding, my affection
From every other longing was released.
While the eternal pleasure, which direct
Rayed upon Beatrice, from her fair face
Contented me with its reflected aspect,
Conquering me with the radiance of a smile,
She said to me, "Turn thee about and listen;
Not in mine eyes alone is Paradise."
Even a…