But no harm was done; the others rolled and barked too, privately ashamed of themselves for not seeing the point

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Dalí Painting Returns Home to Glasgow After 50 Years

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has announced that Salvador Dali´s Christ Of St John Of The Cross will hang again in its walls 50 years after it was unveiled there. By far the most popular of all Dali's religious works is without a doubt his Christ of Saint John of the Cross, whose figure dominates the Bay of Port Lligat. The painting was inspired by a drawing, preserved in the Convent of the Incarnation in Avila, Spain, and done by Saint John if the Cross himself after he had seen this vision of Christ during ecstasy.

The people beside the boat are derived from a picture by Le Nain and from drawing by Velázquez for The Surrender of Breda. At the bottom of his studies for the Christ, Dali wrote: "In the first place, in 1950, I had a 'cosmic dream' in which I saw this image in color and which in my dream represented the 'nucleus of the atom'.

Rather then passing a consitutional amendment that intrudes into American's personal lives and has zero chance of being ratified anyway, how about a law that provides that any newly elected member of the House or the Senate must undergo a thorough psychiatric exam. maybe it is obvious to some, but it is clearly not obvious to everyone of the need for this kind of mental evaluation, for example, Curt Weldon: Terror at the Library

Since it was a library function, Curt apparently felt the need to reinforce his credentials as an author.

The House member signed copies of his book, "Countdown to Terror," which details intelligence tips he received from an Iranian expatriate "Ali" in Paris, France.

You remember Countdown to Terror, don't you? That's the book Weldon based entirely on a discredited intelligence source. But hey, it's still a book and this was a library group — who's going to care if it's true or not, right?

It is possible that Curt is strapped for cash and can't pay his green's fees so is just milking the Able Danger cloak and dagger tale, but to so doggedly ignore the facts hints at deeper problems.

A turn of phrase that has enjoyed quite a long and popular run is "I'll kill you….", as in "I'll kill you if you even get a dent in my new car" or future tense," My dad will kill me if I dent the car" or almost nostalgically, " Remember when you banged up my new car, I almost killed you." Sometimes terms in that price range are funny, just a turn of phrase, sometimes not. Sometimes it is difficult to tell when someone's joking or perhaps just exasperated. Some blasts from the past, some historic threats mixed with over the top rhetoric,

Montana Republican tells candidates' forum: "Clinton should be shot" (1998)

Bob Davies, a Republican candidate for the Montana State Legislature, spoke at a Republican fundraiser and candidates' forum near Bozeman on October 9 and declared that President Clinton "should be shot."

Davies, a candidate for House District 27, said this is how he responds when he goes door to door and is asked by voters whether Clinton should be impeached. He also said Clinton was guilty of treason and should be executed for selling satellite technology to the Chinese government, and that his actions were no different than those of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The Rosenbergs were electrocuted in 1953, at the height of the McCarthyite witch-hunt, after being convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

See thorough psychiatric exam above, Ill Natured

It would be hard to construct a man who better fits the stereotype of an angry right-winger than Jim Inhofe. For starters, there is his gruff, macho appearance–reminiscent of the cigar-chomping General Jack D. Ripper, the fanatical anti-communist who rants about bodily fluids and touches off nuclear Armageddon in Dr. Strangelove. The senator hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was a real estate developer, state representative, and mayor–making his name as a scourge of liberals and goody-two-shoes regulators. (Even by Oklahoma standards, Tulsa, home to Oral Roberts University and a 60-foot statue of praying hands, is a conservative place, a ground zero for red-state values.) In 1967, he made his first trip to Washington to testify against Lady Bird Johnson's seemingly unassailable highway beautification project, which sought to limit billboards and junkyards along the nation's new interstates. As a state senator, in 1972, Inhofe declared that Jane Fonda and George McGovern should be hanged for their opposition to the Vietnam War.

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To Inhofe, even Timothy McVeigh's 1995 terrorist bombing in his own state involved a lazy-bureaucrat subplot. On the day after the catastrophe, as rescue workers combed through the rubble searching for bodies, Inhofe explained to CNN, "We are not sure how many federal employees are missing because we don't know how many were playing hooky."

Michael Reagan: "Howard Dean should be arrested for treason and either hung or put in a hole until the war's over"

REAGAN: Howard Dean should be arrested for treason. He should be arrested for treason. He should be put into a hole somewhere and left there until the war in Iraq is over for what he is doing. Because he doesn't see any good news at all. The good news is — to him — is we lose the war. Because then he says and feels that they can take back the House, the Senate and the White House. We have people in this country from the left who probably jump up and down every time an American loses his life. Or her life. Because they're thinking politics instead of what really is going on.

Maybe Reagan should be tested for rabies rather then a psych exam, though maybe that is jus the kind of colorful grapghic langauge he uses around the house, like "those darn kids should be hanged for leaving their diry laundry on the floor". Maybe James Inhofe, the pride of Oklahoma and Bob Davies of Montana are alway going around talking about who they want to hang. They're just the dark comedians of conservatism. I don't have to make excuses for these symbols of all that is good about conservatism, they have the mystic "R" after their name, a kind of modern totem which exempts them from the rules of behavior that regular folks have to adhere. We've all heard the phrase "All men are created equal" from that "Declaration" thingy, you know, that Tommy Jefferson and those other Democratic left-wing radicals wrote up years ago. Well that phrase isn't universal in the modern era, and I know it is hard to keep up, after some meeting in the dead of night it was decided that whole equal business only applies to conservatives and their pundit lap dogs.

And it was the same with phrases. She would drag home a whole phrase, if it had a grand sound, and play it six nights and two matinees, and explain it a new way every time–which she had to, for all she cared for was the phrase; she wasn't interested in what it meant, and knew those dogs hadn't wit enough to catch her, anyway. Yes, she was a daisy! She got so she wasn't afraid of anything, she had such confidence in the ignorance of those creatures. She even brought anecdotes that she had heard the family and the dinner-guests laugh and shout over; and as a rule she got the nub of one chestnut hitched onto another chestnut, where, of course, it didn't fit and hadn't any point; and when she delivered the nub she fell over and rolled on the floor and laughed and barked in the most insane way, while I could see that she was wondering to herself why it didn't seem as funny as it did when she first heard it. But no harm was done; the others rolled and barked too, privately ashamed of themselves for not seeing the point, and never suspecting that the fault was not with them and there wasn't any to see.

from A DOG'S TALE by Mark Twain