Art is dear and life is cheap 16

The State Department has spent millions of taxpayers’ dollars acquiring Art. That is to say, paying for objects that its resident or consultant aesthetes swear are works of Art, worth every penny.

The acquisitions were apparently a priority for Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State. If you would see her monument, tour US embassies and look about you.

Fashionable Art doesn’t come cheap. So there was no money left to pay for such a humdrum thing as effective protection of the US diplomatic and CIA missions in Benghazi. Denied the security they needed, four Americans, including the ambassador, were killed there by savage jihadis. Well – Hillary might say – there has to be human sacrifice on the altar of Art, it makes all the difference, and if you don’t understand that, you are a philistine bourgeois.

Look on the bright side. The Art is displayed in many a US embassy. Americans can be proud.

In London, there’s a granite wall built by Sean Scully that cost $1million. We couldn’t find a picture of it, but it’s like this one displayed in an art gallery.


Daniel Greenfield illustrates an article on the subject – which inspired this post – with these pictures of works by Cy Twombly. The  top one is at the embassy in Rome.  



From his text:   

Beijing [embassy] contains $23 million worth of art. Bern has $1.2 million and Luxembourg has $2.2 million.

And here is the grave of Ambassador Stevens, murdered at Benghazi. We don’t know how much it cost, or who paid for it.


Post Script: Here is some wall art that really has meaning. The wall is part of the US mission in Benghazi. The paint is blood. A hand put it there the night of the attack. It might have been the hand of Ambassador Stevens himself – or of one of his brutal killers. One does not have to read Arabic to know who signed in for the event on the other wall.

(Hat-tip: our reader and commenter donl)

  • liz

    Sickening. The lowest slime ball in a sordid political dime store novel could not get any lower than the trash we have infesting the halls of our government. And even the “art” is crap.


      The people love ’em…the ones who voted these parasites in get what they want from them…..they only think they know ’em….but they don’t.

      I’ve a feeling that people vote for the candidate that most reminds them of themself…..the greedy, the craven, the self-serving, the obnoxious, the liars.

      • donl

        Don’t forget ignorant…the very thing they ‘want/get’ is ultimately the thing that destroys them.


    Wasn’t it Marie Antoinette who made the statement, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche?” (let them eat cake)

    Does this symbology mean if Hillary gets elected as our new president that we too will get a “revolution?”

    Aren’t most politicians out of touch with American needs? Aren’t most politicians overwhelmingly concerned with their own election…and re-election?

    Do the American voters want sweeping change to the ranks of their elected officials? (For the most part I do)

    • donl

      The fact of the matter, politicians are in a career and serving party comes way before any concern for the governed. And, the primary skills and attributes of a politician is to be sociopathic and a consummate fast-on-your-feet-look-you-right-in-the-eye liar….who also seeks constant media attention and shamelessly promotes useless and typically deleterious legislation as the honorable public servant – there is no such thing as a public servant!!!

      Further, certainly Americans want sweeping change…and have wanted it for decade-after-decade-after-decade!!! So what. As long as Americans actually believe that the next election will bring the change…it will never come. The Constitution MUST BE AMENDED to limit terms and repeal the 17th amendment – just as a beginning. It must be accomplished by state legislators…the boys in DC will never allow it. This is the only cure…hopefully you’ll search out an organization in your state trying to get that done.

      • Frank

        “If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.”
        ~ H L Mencken (1880-1956)

        • REALBEING

          Heres another one by Mencken……..

          “The government consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office.

          Their principle device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get and to promise to give it to them.”


        I’m afraid that the only way we get “sweeping change” is to remove everyone of the parasites from that town, replacing them with totally new folks…….ones who aren’t afraid to lose their jobs!

        • donl

          Agreed, however, unless the very nature of the elected federal office is changed sweeping the old parasites out will only sweep new parasites in. There must be term limits which destroys the career of duplicitous corruption & graph and repeal the 17th amendment which begins to re-establishing the primary check and balance of States’ Rights by re-chaining senators to their state as opposed to their self- & special interests.

          To that end, I have acquired the domain this AM. The goal is to persuade, inform…toward sweeping the parasites out along with fixing the system. I’ll let ya know!

          • REALBEING

            Sorry about not getting back to your post earlier, but anyway good luck in your venture.

            And remember this line, “All politicians shall be limited to only two terms. One in office, and one in prison!!”

            • donl

              That’s funny! Not heard that one before. And, thanks for the luck!!!!

            • REALBEING

              Thats because its my own.

            • donl

              Very good! Before you copyright it…can I use it please, please!!!

            • REALBEING

              Absolutely! I’m happy to contribute to the cause…it is yours!

  • donl

    here’s some art from Hillary’s time in office:

    • Jillian Becker

      Yes, I remember it well. Thanks for reminding us. It may be better than the picture of the grave to make the point. I think I’ll add it.