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To: Crackingham
The Ashcroft statue bit is a well disputed Urban legend...so who do you want to believe ... the MSM or Ashcroft
http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/ashcroft.asp

The issue at the heart of this piece is two works of art created for the newly-constructed Great Hall of the Department of Justice in the 1930s by German sculptor Carl Paul Jennewein: a pair of 12-1/2 foot statues representing the Spirit of Justice and the Majesty of the Law. The former is a female figure draped in a toga, with raised arms and one exposed breast; the latter is a male figure with a draped cloth covering his midsection. Press photographers over the years had sometimes taken advantage of the positioning of the statues to snap "boob in front of the boob" shots (such as a photo of Edwin Meese, Attorney General during President Reagan's second term, holding a report on pornography aloft with the partially nude female statue visible behind him). After current Attorney General John Ashcroft was captured by press cameramen in similar shots, the media reported in January 2002 that Ashcroft had ordered (or approved) the Department of Justice's spending of $8,650 for drapes to hide the two statues because he didn't like being photographed in front of them (or, worse, that Ashcroft was a embarrassingly prudish Philistine who was offended by any representation of nudity). The Department of Justice spokespeople maintained that the drapes were used not to hide the statues but to "provide a nice background for television cameras" during formal events; that the purchase had been made by a DoJ staffer on her own initiative to save the $2,000 per event cost of renting them; and that "the attorney general was not even aware of the situation." Critics held that the DoJ's disputing the issue of who actually authorized the purchase of the drapes was a smoke screen (since rental drapes were already being used to cover the statues); that the drapes have been left hanging all the time and are not put in place only when televised events are being held in the Great Hall; and that even if Attorney General Ashcroft didn't know about or authorize the purchase, he certainly didn't order the drapes removed, either.

29 posted on 06/24/2005 4:30:07 PM PDT by tophat9000 (When the State ASSUMES death...It makes an ASH out of you and me..)
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To: tophat9000
who do you want to believe ... the MSM or Ashcroft?

Hmm.. Is that a trick question?

31 posted on 06/24/2005 4:37:16 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: tophat9000

Snopes is well known to be biased against conservatives. Just ask around.


35 posted on 06/24/2005 5:00:36 PM PDT by balch3
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To: tophat9000
Carl Paul Jennewein is actually an American sculpture who had the unfortunate circumstance of having been born in Deutschland. The second he got his permanent residency papers here he joined the military to fight in WWI.

Personally, I think he made a mistake since we were entering the war on the wrong side (WWI, not WWII, any Freepers out there who forgot to read).

In any case, he received an award to study in Rome that allowed him to bow out of his remaining military service.

This guy did a lot of major stuff ~ architectural works in fact.

37 posted on 06/24/2005 5:05:25 PM PDT by muawiyah (q)
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