I went back to September 2013 and dug up this blog I wrote on statues. BEFORE statues became a political football since The Donald became president. Then again, EVERYTHING has become a political football since he became president……even football. (sigh)
Sooooooo, everybody’s all up in arms, and legs, and other various body parts about Confederate statues. And, as we all know, tearing them down will make a better world. As well as denying that the war between the states ever existed or that any Confederate soldier, private to General ever existed.
Hmmm…….has anyone thought about burning any books relating to that conflict as well?
Oops….just gave some wingnut an idea. Damn.
Anyhow, while the anti-statue movement continues to grow, other statues of note that may, or may not offend, are completely accepted.
Take a look……………………
Must have been a boring day at the Associated Press this week. Reporter Charles Babington babbles on about the excessive number of statues there are all over the place. Like, all ya have to do is become somewhat of a celebrity or historic figure, and SHAZAM! someone wants to put up a statue of you.
So I was kinda curious as to what kind of statues were out there that perhaps the AP missed.
They did mention that all summer long at the mother lode of statuism, Washington, D.C., thousands of visitors take a gander at the endless statues in the Nation’s Capitol that honor the nation’s founders, leaders and legends.
Such as George Washington, father of his country. Thomas Jefferson, father of Sally Hemmings. Abraham Lincoln, preserver of the union. Jimmy Hoffa, head of a bunch of unions, and still missing, most likely buried in a field in Union, New Jersey. (no statue there honoring him or that particular spot however) And John Gorrie, inventor of the ice machine.
Yep, John Gorrie.
Why you ask, as I did. Because Mr. Gorrie, as the AP points out, made an important contribution to history by inventing that ice machine. Not only because he invented it as a means of helping malaria patients by producing cool air, but because a guy named Willis Carrier took it a step further and invented the air conditioner based on Gorrie’s invention. Go figure.
So ya see, it doesn’t take much to have a statue erected in your honor if you are smart enough to invent a milestone invention to help all of mankind, or are a historic figure or even a celebrity.
The AP goes on to name a few more honorees such as King Kamehameha of Hawaii. James Paul Clarke, a governor and senator from Arkansas. Jeannette Rankin of Montana the first woman elected to the House. And James Z. George, (no relation to Boy George) of “Mississippi who was the Father of the Agriculture Department.”
All well deserving I might add. I think.
But, let’s take a look at what other statues there are out there that might be borderline questionable.
Oh Yeah…..take this buddy…………..
Sooooo, how long you been waitin’ in line?
Be proud the next time someone calls YOU a blockhead.
Is it me, or does anyone immediately think of the Hollie’s song, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother?”
Frightening memories of my last trip to the ENT docs office.
Oops….sorry honeeee, but when ya gotta go, ya gotta go.
Soon to be the next Playboy Magazine “Playmate of the Year.” Eat your heart out Hugh Hefner.
From that horror movie, “The Vagina That Ate Chicago.”
Um, take two aspirin and call me in the morning.
Anybody wanna fork around?
Don’t get too close, I have a severe case of gas pains.
Sorry folks, please don’t be too HARD on me for posting this one.
So there ya have it. A collection of notable statues that the AP may have missed and that I’m sure will be on everyone’s to visit list.
But, in conclusion, lest we forget the most notable statue of all, the Statue of Liberty……expressing her feelings about all of these other noteworthy statues…..
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