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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Naked Justice

So now that John Ashcroft is no longer in charge of the DOJ, they have finally taken down the enormous drapes that covered the breasts of two statues of justice in (I believe) the Supreme Court.
Spirit of Justice, with her one breast exposed and her arms raised, and the bare-chested male Majesty of Law basked in the late afternoon light of Justice's ceremonial Great Hall.

The drapes, installed in 2002 at a cost of $8,000, allowed then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to speak in the Great Hall without fear of a breast showing up behind him in television or newspaper pictures. They also provoked jokes about and criticism of the deeply religious Ashcroft
I thought this was a total waste of tax dollars when it was done and a terrible show of extreme reactionary behavior. Some have argued that the depiction of the statues has meaning and, quite honestly, I have no clue why women's breasts are such a hot button for people. Sure it has to do with the culture in some respects and I certainly wouldn't want to see topless 80 year old women, but I just don't see the pornography factor with them. Kudos to Alberto Gonzales for taking them down.

The question now: what will they do with the drapes? I hope they don't just throw them out... for $8,000 dollars I would imagine it's pretty nice material that could be used SOMEWHERE.



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