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  • Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

    02/28/2015 2:26:30 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    Montana Public Radio ^ | 2-28-2015 | GREG ALLEN
    In Florida, archaeologists are investigating a site that a century ago sparked a scientific controversy. Today, it's just a strip of land near an airport. But in 1915, it was a spot that became world-famous because of the work of Elias Sellards, Florida's state geologist. Sellards led a scientific excavation of the site, where workers digging a drainage canal found fossilized animal bones and then, human remains. Andy Hemmings of Mercyhurst University is the lead archaeologist on a project that has picked up where Sellards left off a century ago. "Quite literally, where we're standing, they found what they, at...
  • Secret stash of Moon artifacts found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet

    02/08/2015 6:07:13 AM PST · by Kartographer · 93 replies
    Sploid ^ | 2/7/15 | Jesus Diaz
    After Neil Armstrong's death, his widow, Carol, discovered a white cloth bag in a closet, containing what were obviously either flight or space related artifacts. She contacted Allan Needell, curator of the Apollo collection at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and provided photographs of the items. Needell, who immediately realized that the bag—known to the astronauts as the Purse - and its contents could be hardware from the Apollo 11 mission, asked the authors for support in identifying and documenting the flight history and purpose of these artifacts. After some research it became apparent that the purse and...
  • Obama not on Smithsonian’s ’100 most significant Americans’ list; liberals in shock over who is!

    11/22/2014 4:04:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | November 22, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    The “Smithsonian” magazine compiled a list of the “100 most significant Americans,” and to the dismay of his fan base President Obama failed to make the cut. Adding insult to injury, former President George W. Bush made the list. But it gets even better, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was also included. The liberal website Raw Story bemoaned the very idea that the Smithsonian Institution “decided that George W. Bush is a more ‘significant’ figure in U.S. history” than the exalted one. Curiously, the only redeeming qualification Raw Story named when mentioning Obama is that he was the country’s first...
  • Smithsonian makes list of 100 Most Significant Americans.(Bush, Palin, NOT Obama..)

    11/23/2014 9:09:39 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 29 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 11/23/14 | TA Frail
    How much does Thomas Paine matter? More than Harriet Beecher Stowe? Less than Elvis? On a par with Dwight Eisenhower? Would you have answered these questions differently ten years ago? Will you answer them differently ten years from now? In a culture so saturated with information and so fragmented by the search possibilities of the Internet, how do we measure historical significance?
  • The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statement

    10/03/2014 5:57:48 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    Smithsonian Mag ^ | 10-2-14 | Saba Naceem
    s humans continue to transform the planet at an increasingly rapid rate, the need to inform and encourage change has become ever more urgent. The situation is becoming critical for wild species and for the preservation of human civilization. Recognizing this urgency, the Smithsonian Institution has formulated its first official statement about the causes and impacts of climate change. With special emphasis on the Smithsonian’s 160-year history and tradition of collection, research and global monitoring, the statement delivers a bold assessment: "Scientific evidence has demonstrated that the global climate is warming as a result of increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse...
  • Obama Third Greatest President??

    09/01/2014 1:30:18 PM PDT · by freepertoo · 84 replies
    09/01/14 | Tekva
    I work about a mile from the Smithsonian museums and like every good Washingtonian, I never visit the famous sites. Today, being Labor Day, and having nothing else to do, I decided to go the Smithsonian Museum of American History. In one area they had a poll, taken by the museum visitors (how many thousands would that be?), voting for the greatest president in history. George Washington came in first, Abraham Lincoln second, Barak Obama third. I always thought "my jaw dropped" was just a fanciful expression, but my jaw DID drop. Reagan, by the way was 4th.
  • Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum

    08/20/2014 12:35:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.”Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC are donating objects to the National Museum of American History....
  • Science Proves Natural Law

    07/20/2014 3:12:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 19, 2014 | AGNES M. PENNY
    I don’t usually read Smithsonian magazine. In fact, to be honest, I never read Smithsonian. However, recently, a kind neighbor dropped off a stack of Smithsonian magazines, and as I leafed through them briefly, something on the cover of the January issue caught my eye: a huge photo of a baby with the provoking words “The New Morality.” As a Catholic living in what has been called the post-Christian era, I naturally felt my interest piqued at what a secular magazine would say about morality. Moreover, as a mother, I felt the irresistible attraction to all things pertaining to babies....
  • Obama Printed In 3D: Even Better Than the Real Thing

    06/21/2014 8:29:04 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 26 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-21-2014 | MOTUS
    Another first, from LivingScience: To his list of firsts, Barack Obama can add that he was the first U.S. President to have himself scanned and 3D printed.Obama's 3D-printed bust and mold of his face were on display Wednesday (June 18) at the first-ever White House Maker Faire, a celebration of students and entrepreneurs who are using technology to create new products and businesses, according to the Smithsonian Institution. Unfortunately the 3D version of our first Black President appears to be all white, obviously a racist right wing plot. It did seem to accurately capture his likeness otherwise, right down to...
  • Smithsonian creates first 3D portrait of Obama

    06/19/2014 9:11:39 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19 2o14 | BRETT ZONGKER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A team at the Smithsonian Institution has scanned President Barack Obama to create the first 3D printed portrait of a sitting president. Digital imaging specialists recently created a 3D printed bust and life mask of Obama, which will become part of his presidential depictions in the National Portrait Gallery collection. Both were shown Wednesday at a gathering of inventors, entrepreneurs and students at the White House.
  • Scientists Have Found An Ancient Fossilized Mosquito Full Of Blood (46 Million Years OLD)

    10/14/2013 8:54:39 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    BI ^ | 10-14-2013 | Jennifer Welsh
    Scientists Have Found An Ancient Fossilized Mosquito Full Of Blood Jennifer Welsh Oct. 14, 2013, 5:37 PMBlood engorged mosquito Researchers have just published an exciting find: a 46-million-year-old mosquito full of blood. Next stop "Jurassic Park"? Not so fast. The find is really interesting because it's the first example of blood-feeding in these ancient insects. We hadn't had clear evidence of when this began until now. They found the mosquito in shale sediments in Montana. They first found the presence of iron in the female mosquito's belly, then used a non-destructive technique to study the molecules inside the find. They...
  • Virtual Tour of Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

    04/08/2014 6:16:25 PM PDT · by Baynative · 11 replies
    Smithsoniam Museum ^ | N/A | Smithsonian
    Not sure if I posted this correctly. But it is something I think everyone will find interesting, although maybe a bit time consuming as there is a lot to see.
  • Smithsonian Names David Skorton as Its New Director

    03/10/2014 11:19:00 AM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 10, 2014 | PATRICIA COHEN
    The Smithsonian Institution announced on Monday that it has chosen an energetic fund-raiser and a forceful advocate of the arts and humanities as its new director: David J. Skorton, the president of Cornell University. Dr. Skorton, who is also a practicing cardiologist, was selected as secretary out of a starting field of 200 candidates by a unanimous vote of the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents... Calling the job a “once-in-a-lifetime chance,” Dr. Skorton said he hoped to “shine a light more clearly on people behind the scenes” at the Smithsonian. He deferred laying out any other agenda or priorities, saying his...
  • Smithsonian’s dinosaur hall to close April 28 for five-year renovation

    01/18/2014 7:39:24 AM PST · by OddLane · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 17, 2014 | J. Freedom Du Lac
    More than 65 million years after they went extinct, dinosaurs are about to disappear again — at least from public view in Washington. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History said Friday that its high-traffic dinosaur hall will close April 28 for a previously announced $48 million makeover. Most of the popular specimens won’t reappear until 2019, when the Fossil Hall at the world’s second-most-visited museum is reopened.
  • The Centennial: 100 Years of Flight (originally published in 2003)

    12/17/2013 3:18:32 PM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Dasher's Blog ^ | April 2, 2009 | Marilyn Dash
    The Centennial 100 YEARS OF FLIGHT By Marilyn DashDecember 2003 On December 17, 2003 we will celebrate the Centennial of Powered Flight. Let's think about this for a moment. In 100 years we have gone from the seaside dunes of Kitty Hawk, NC and the 12 seconds that changed the world -- to the International Space Station hovering somewhere in space. We've landed on the moon, we've made the world a smaller place by providing the opportunity for travel, and more importantly, I learned how to fly.
  • The USAF Band Holiday Flash Mob at the National Air and Space Museum

    12/07/2013 3:43:47 PM PST · by Gamecock · 56 replies
    YouTube ^ | USAF
    Go To Full Screen, Full Volume and Merry Christmas!
  • Babylonian artifact the Cyrus Cylinder shown in US for 1st time

    08/11/2013 12:32:06 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 25 replies
    Times Colonist ^ | 7 March 2013 | n/c
    WASHINGTON - A nearly 2,600-year-old clay cylinder described as the world's first human rights declaration is being shown for the first time in the United States. The Cyrus Cylinder from ancient Babylon ... The cylinder carries an account, written in cuneiform, of how Persian King Cyrus conquered Babylon in 539 B.C. and would allow freedom of worship and abolish forced labour. The account also confirms a story from the Bible's Old Testament, describing how Cyrus released people held captive to go back to their homes, including the Jews' return to Jerusalem to build the Temple.
  • Smithsonian has 'no plans' to display Trayvon Martin hoodie [but exhibit to expand at local museum]

    08/02/2013 5:46:21 PM PDT · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Aug. 2, 2013 | Jerriann Sullivan
    Acquiring any object for our museum involves rigorous consultation with a team of museum historians and curators. Any items connected to the Trayvon Martin case – should they even become available – would have to go through that lengthy process." Curators can't plan for specific evidence from the case to be included yet because it was all transported to the FBI for the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into whether Zimmerman violated Trayvon's civil rights. "Trayvon will probably be a bigger history maker than the men before him, because President Obama addressed the situation," said Francis Oliver, curator of the...
  • Smithsonian Museum Director Interested in Acquiring Trayvon Martin's Hoodie

    07/31/2013 10:52:23 AM PDT · by kevcol · 56 replies
    DCist ^ | July 31, 2013 | Benjamin R. Freed
    Lonnie Bunch, the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, told the Post he'd "love" to acquire the sweatshirt for a collection, an idea endorsed by the Rev. Al Sharpton: . . "“It became the symbolic way to talk the Trayvon Martin case. It’s rare that you get one artifact that really becomes the symbol,” Bunch said. “Because it’s such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama.” Curators, he mused, could “ask the bigger questions” prompted by the case. “Are we in a post-racial age?” Bunch asked, dreaming...
  • A-Cutting-Edge-Second-Look-at-the-Battle-of-Gettysburg.html

    06/29/2013 4:44:55 PM PDT · by JoeFromSidney · 18 replies
    Smithsonian Institution ^ | 6/29/2013 | Smithsonian Institution
    This is really amazing. The Smithsonian has developed a digital reconstruction of the Battle of Gettysburg, showing not only the map and movement of the respective armies, but what was visible to each side during the battle. Well worth looking at.
  • Remains of William Taylor White (1837-1852) donated to Smithsonian with his coffin and clothing

    05/11/2013 5:23:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | February 17, 2010 | Jessica Porter & John Barrat
    The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History recently acquired the remains, clothing and coffin of William Taylor White, a 15-year-old boy who was buried in Washington, D.C. in 1852. His coffin was unearthed in Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood in April 2005 during a construction project at an apartment building. White, who was a student at Columbian College from Accomack County, Va., died of pneumonia and complications from a mitral heart defect. When his coffin was unearthed, his identity was a deep mystery. Only through the diligent work of a multi-disciplinary team of Smithsonian staff, student interns and external specialists was...
  • National Museum of the American Indian Hides Genocide

    04/10/2002 3:07:33 PM PDT · by Legume · 48 replies · 2,008+ views
    New California Media Online | Dec. 6, 1999 | Carter Camp
    National Museum of the American Indian Hides Genocide Ponca Nation, By Carter Camp Seems we rez-based Indians always are slow to react to events taking place in Washington D.C., by the time we wake up the damage is done. The new "Redskins" stadium is one place we could have made a stand if we were serious about the mascot issue. Another cultural rip-off being foisted on our people is the National Museum of American Indian going up in D.C.. I once warned about about it in a letter carried by Indian Country Today in the early nineties, but a small...
  • The Sandy Claus Bill

    12/29/2012 9:06:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | December 29, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    While the national spotlight is on the looming Fiscal Cliff and whether the country will go over it, plunging into the roaring waters below -- cue scary music -- the usual high-rollers (with your money, Dear Taxpayer) have seen their chance. They've put together the mother of all log-rolling, patronage-dispensing, pork-distributing appropriation bills, and are about to sneak it through the Senate while the country's attention is elsewhere. What a grab bag of a bill, with the emphasis on grab. By the time you read this, the whole list of goodies may have received the Senate Seal of Approval,...
  • (How's This For Strange?) Mysterious Mass Whale Graveyard Unearthed in the Chilean Desert

    12/11/2012 7:22:44 AM PST · by lbryce · 195 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | November 22, 2012 | Bryan Nelson
    While working on a highway-widening project in the middle of South America's Atacama Desert, Chilean workers unearthed an eerie scene that had no business being more than a kilometer away from the ocean: a mass fossil graveyard containing more than 75 ancient whales, reports MSNBC. Finding whale bones in the middle of the desert is strange enough, but scientists were quick to notice a deeper mystery. The fossils ended up right next to one another — some mere meters apart — as if to suggest that the whales all died at once, possibly during some cataclysmic tragedy. What could have...
  • ‘To Fly!’ still soars: Air and Space Museum opened in 1976 with film’s first screening

    07/14/2012 8:29:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 12, 2012 | Sarah Freishtat
    Ezekiel, the top-hatted balloonist, has recited his “little poem” on the glories of flight and barely missed the white church steeple more than 20,000 times now. He has called out his warning of white water ahead to the unsuspecting canoeist far below for 36 years. Before giving way to hang gliders, barnstorming pilots and the Navy’s Blue Angels flight team, his silver balloon with the four American flags attached to the gondola has soared above the rolling green Vermont hills and churning, roaring Niagara Falls every single day the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum has been open.
  • Space Shuttle Enterprise On Its Way To New York City [flyover expected bet 9:30 & 11:30AM today!]

    04/27/2012 4:52:03 AM PDT · by ETL · 27 replies ^ | April 27, 2012
    NEW YORK (CBS-New York) -- Space shuttle Enterprise will soon begin its final voyage to its new home in New York City. The shuttle is being airlifted on the back of a 747 from Washington’s Dulles Airport. It will then fly over New York City before landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Enterprise was the first shuttle ever to be built by NASA. It never flew into space, but Enterprise paved the way for others that did. NASA engineers used the Enterprise to figure out how to land a shuttle, launching the glider from the back of a modified...
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Landing Live Thread (11:57 am est 03/09/11)

    03/08/2011 5:43:12 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 96 replies
    03/09/11 | Kevin Davis
    Well this is final live thread of the Space Shuttle Discovery. I'm going to miss seeing those birds..
  • Caption ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

    02/22/2012 9:43:41 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 74 replies · 1+ views
    First lady Michelle Obama hugs Piper Shillingford, 4, from a Brooklyn Montessori School after she presented a donation at the ground breaking ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington February 22, 2012.
  • Jefferson's Bible

    01/09/2012 7:39:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1-8-12 | Craig Ferhman
    Rick Santorum's near-miss in Iowa provides a reminder that, for many Republican voters (and not a few candidates), religion and politics overlap. If you need another reminder, though, consider this: recently, the Smithsonian has restored and put on display a weird and fantastic 19th century book known as "The Jefferson Bible." That's Jefferson as in Thomas, and this private, personal document offers a useful case study in how politics and Christianity have mixed it up in American history, right up to today. To understand Jefferson's Bible, you need to start with the one book he published in his lifetime: "Notes...
  • Smithsonian 'Sent Representatives' to Collect ‘Occupy' Memorabilia to 'Document Spirit of.....

    11/12/2011 9:44:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    Smithsonian 'Sent Representatives' to Collect ‘Occupy' Memorabilia to 'Document Spirit of American Democracy' By Lucas Zellers November 11, 2011 ( – The National Museum of American History sent representatives out to collect materials from the Occupy Wall Street protests and "its various offshoots" to “document the spirit of American democracy and the American political process,” according to a statement released by the museum which is part of the federally funded Smithsonian Institution. The Museum is collecting the Occupy materials as part of its “long tradition of documenting how Americans participate in the life of the nation,” the statement says. The...
  • Smithsonian snapping up objects to document Occupy Wall Street

    10/27/2011 8:58:11 AM PDT · by toma29 · 25 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/27/2011 | Richard Simon
    Among those closely watching the Occupy Wall Street protests: the Smithsonian. The National Museum of American History has dispatched representatives to collect materials, such as protest signs, from the demonstrations. It is in pursuit of the museum's mission to "document the spirit of American democracy and the American political process, including how people express their points of view through political rallies, demonstrations and protests," the institution said in a statement.
  • 'The Thomas Jefferson Bible' to Be Published in Color by the Smithsonian

    09/08/2011 3:14:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/07/2011 | Eryn Sun
    Smithsonian Books will release Thomas Jefferson’s cut-and-paste Bible in a never-before-seen color edition in November. Formally titled 'The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth', The Jefferson Bible was an attempt by the famed founding father to “separate the gold from the dross” and remove and extract what he felt was most pertinent of Christ’s teachings from the Bible. Using a razor, Jefferson literally cut and arranged selected verses from the books of Matthew, Luke, and John and created a single narrative, devoid of any divinity, miracles, prophecy, resurrection, and other elements he found unnecessary and misinterpreted by the Four...
  • “One Life: Ronald Reagan” Opens at National Portrait Gallery

    07/01/2011 9:15:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 07/07/2011 | Megan Gambino
    A senior historian at the National Portrait Gallery, Sidney Hart is interested in “consequential” people and in better understanding who they are and where they come from. Since the gallery reopened in the summer of 2006 after a six-year long renovation, it has been hosting a “One Life” series, each exhibition focused around an American personality. Today, One Life: Ronald Reagan opens to the public. (Newspaper publisher Katherine Graham was the last to be featured.) The gallery has over 70 portraits of Reagan in its collections, and at the centennial of his birth, says the National Portrait Gallery’s director, Martin...
  • US panel calls for Smithsonian Latino museum

    05/04/2011 3:58:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 5/4/11 | Brett Zongker - ap
    WASHINGTON — A federal commission is calling for a national museum devoted to American Latino history and culture to be built on a grassy site next to the Capitol as part of the Smithsonian Institution. .. the museum would represent Latinos on the National Mall where their heritage has been absent. ... It calls for the museum to be established as the Smithsonian American Latino Museum. ..
  • Any body read Smithsonian and find this item odd. John G. Roberts by title and not name. (Vanity)

    04/23/2011 12:47:15 PM PDT · by UB355 · 4 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | may 2011 | Smithsonian Magazine
    Can anybody tell me why John G. Roberts, Jr is listed by title while all others are listed by name ? See page 28 May 2011 Issue Smithsonian Institution SECRETARY G. Wayne Clough BOARD OF REGENTS CHANCELLOR The Chief Justice of the United States CHAIR Patricia Q. Stonesifer VICE CHAIR Alan G. Spoon MEMBERS Vice President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Hon. Thad Cochran Hon. Patrick J. Leahy Hon. Jack Reed Hon. Xavier Becerra Hon. Sam Johnson Hon. Steven C. LaTourette Hon. Doris Matsui Dr. France Cordova Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson Mr. Robert P. Kogod Mr. John...
  • DC Museum Works to Save Thomas Jefferson‘s ’Cut & Paste’ Bible

    03/12/2011 6:50:19 PM PST · by STARWISE · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3-12-11 | Meredith Jessup
    By literally cutting and pasting biblical passages demonstrating the life and lessons of Jesus Christ from several Bibles, Thomas Jefferson put together a book that he titled “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth” during his retirement in 1820. The former president’s finished product would become known to historians as the Jefferson Bible. "The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth" (CNN) Nearly 200 years later, conservationists at the National Museum of American History are working to carefully preserve the 86-page book and preparing to put it on display in November. Over time, the book’s brittle paper has become...
  • Smithsonian Symposium: “New Scholarship in Sexuality and American Art”

    01/13/2011 4:39:36 PM PST · by crusher · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Smithsonian Public Affairs Office ^ | 1/12/2010 | Smithsonian Public Affairs Office
    The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents a symposium in conjunction with the exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.” “Addressing (and Redressing) the Silence: New Scholarship in Sexuality and American Art” gathers American art historians who will propose and promote new paradigms for understanding the fraught relationship between sexuality and portraiture. In 11 papers spanning 100 years of American history, themes of racial, sexual and gendered difference will be reassessed to yield new interpretations of the history of modern American art. Participants must register to attend the symposium, which will take place at the National Portrait Gallery Jan. 29...
  • After removing video from 'Hide/Seek,' Smithsonian chief should remove himself

    12/24/2010 2:32:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 23, 2010 | Philip Kennicott
    .....Clough's decision, made hastily and, it seems, over the objections of his curators and the Portrait Gallery's Sullivan, ran counter to this history of reform and showed an astonishing lack of perception about the humanities as well as the dynamics of museum culture. It was tactically, strategically and historically stupid. It was tactically stupid because the culture wars were effectively over, at least in the museum world. Clough has re-empowered forces that will soon be back for more symbolic acts of contrition and subservience. It was strategically stupid because it harms not just the Smithsonian, but all museums. Clough may...
  • It’s Christmas Time, So Of Course We Have The Usual All Out Assault On Christianity

    12/08/2010 10:39:13 AM PST · by Todd Kinsey · 7 replies
    It’s Christmas time so of course we have the usual all out assault on Christianity. The taxpayer funded Smithsonian has a display that shows an ant covered Jesus and other homoerotic pictures such as Ellen Dengeneres grabbing her breasts, and men kissing. The museum even promoted a “family day” on November 21st and after visiting, one child drew a picture depicting three naked people with an apparent child grabbing the genital region of an adult. Yep, that’s good ole American family values.
  • Rep. [Jim] Moran Walks a Libelous Line (Ecumenical)

    12/04/2010 12:46:16 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 22 replies
    Catholic League ^ | 12/2/2010 | n/a
    Rep. Jim Moran, Democrat of Virginia, is angry at Catholic League president Bill Donohue for protesting the anti-Christian video that was removed from the Smithsonian Institution; it was part of a larger art exhibit. What he said about Donohue, as quoted in the Washington Post, went beyond mere criticism. Moran said Donohue "implicitly condoned all the pedophilia that was going on in the church." Donohue responds today: Congressman Moran has been accused of being an anti-Semite by his own Jewish colleagues in the House of Representatives, and he has a track record of bashing the Catholic Church. So it is...
  • Demonstrators protest removal of ants-on-crucifix video

    12/04/2010 8:32:08 AM PST · by FredJake · 15 replies ^ | 12/3/2010 | Joe Newby
    The Washington Post reports that a small group of about 100 demonstrators - mostly artists - assembled outside Transformer Gallery Thursday to protest the "removal of David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire in My Belly" artwork from the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek" show". The video includes images of ants crawling over a crucifix. The display was called "hate speech" by a Catholic organization, and high ranking GOP lawmakers demanded the offensive material be pulled, saying the homoerotic anti-Christian display was a gross misuse of taxpayer money. The "Hide/Seek" display, which received a rave review from Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik also...
  • Time To Defund Atrocious Behavior

    12/03/2010 7:39:41 AM PST · by Brittany Pounders · 12 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 3, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    No doubt they think it’s cute. And it’s their big attempt at calling themselves “edgy”- but in reality they are cowards. And I think that term applies to both the “creators” (I refuse to use the word artist) of the ant covered Jesus video and also the Smithsonian, the gutless wonders who decide to put this filth up on display. You want to know what would be brave? To put the same depiction of Mohammad in similar format up on display. Let’s see how long you go without death threats or a beheading. But to continue with the same Christian...
  • GOP leaders demand Smithsonian pull offensive 'homoerotic' display

    12/01/2010 6:30:54 AM PST · by FredJake · 28 replies · 2+ views ^ | 11/30/2010 | Joe Newby
    A so-called "Christmas" exhibit on display at the Smithsonian is coming under fire from Republican leaders on Tuesday. According to an article at The Blaze, the exhibit includes "mature themes" such as: ...images of male genitals, naked brothers kissing, men in chains, a mouth being sewn shut and an Annie Lebovitz portrait of comedian Ellen Degeneres grabbing her breasts. The exhibit, named “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” also includes video images of an ant-covered Jesus on a crucifix and a painting the Smithsonian describes as "homoerotic." David C. Ward, co-curator of the exhibit, told “This is an...
  • American Muslim Group Calls for ‘Common Decency’ and ‘Mutual Respect’ -- But Not Removal...

    11/30/2010 3:21:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 2+ views
    CNSNews ^ | November 30, 2010 | Pete Winn
    Complete title: American Muslim Group Calls for ‘Common Decency’ and ‘Mutual Respect’ -- But Not Removal of Exhibition Depicting Ant-Covered Jesus ( – The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it supports “common decency” and “mutual respect,” but CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper stopped short of calling for the removal of an exhibit that features images of an ant-covered Jesus and “homoerotic art” currently at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery“We don’t want to be in a position of banning art or censoring art,” Hooper told on Tuesday.As reported Monday, the federally funded National Portrait Gallery, one of the museums of...
  • GOP Reps Blast Smithsonian Exhibit Featuring Ant-Covered Jesus on Cross (paid for with taxes!)

    The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery is under fire for hosting an exhibit that is filled with homoerotic art, an image of Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts and a video of Jesus on a crucifix covered in ants, outraging conservative leaders and prompting some Republican lawmakers to call for a congressional investigation. “Absolutely we should look at their funds,” Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, told Fox News. “If they’ve got money to squander like this – of a crucifix being eaten by ants, of Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, men in chains, naked brothers...
  • Smithsonian Christmas-Season Exhibit Features Ant-Covered Jesus, Naked Brothers Kissing, Genitalia,

    11/30/2010 5:55:27 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    Smithsonian Christmas-Season Exhibit Features Ant-Covered Jesus, Naked Brothers Kissing, Genitalia, and Ellen DeGeneres Grabbing Her Breasts WARNING: This story contains graphic photographs of items on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. Monday, November 29, 2010 By Penny Starr ( -- The federally funded National Portrait Gallery, one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently showing an exhibition that features images of an ant-covered Jesus, male genitals, naked brothers kissing, men in chains, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a painting the Smithsonian itself describes in the show's catalog as "homoerotic." The exhibit, “Hide/Seek:...
  • Smithsonian Christmas-Season Exhibit Features Ant-Covered Jesus, Naked Brothers Kissing...

    11/29/2010 2:37:07 PM PST · by MissesBush · 52 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/29/10 | Penny Starr
    FULL TITLE: Smithsonian Christmas-Season Exhibit Features Ant-Covered Jesus, Naked Brothers Kissing, Genitalia, and Ellen DeGeneres Grabbing Her Breasts The federally funded National Portrait Gallery, one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently showing an exhibition that features images of an ant-covered Jesus, male genitals, naked brothers kissing, men in chains, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a painting the Smithsonian itself describes in the show's catalog as "homoerotic." “This is an exhibition that displays masterpieces of American portraiture and we wanted to illustrate how questions of biography and identity went into the making of images that are canonical,”...
  • US has Sun King's stolen gem, say French experts [ Hope Diamond ]

    11/23/2008 3:03:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 1,346+ views
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | Tuesday, November 18, 2008 | Richard Ingham and Marie-Pierre Ferey
    New evidence unearthed in France's National Museum of Natural History shows beyond reasonable doubt that the Hope Diamond is the same steely-blue stone once sported by the Sun King, they said. Mineralogist Francois Farges, heading an investigation published in a peer-reviewed French journal, told AFP he was now "99 percent sure" that the Hope and the mythical Blue Diamond of the Crown were one and the same. "The evidence corroborates a scenario under which the diamond, after being stolen in Paris in 1792, was swiftly smuggled to London, where it was recut," he said. The Blue Diamond came from a...
  • Now Sparkling | The Kazanjian Red Diamond (Among Rarest Diamonds at Natural History Museum)

    09/26/2010 5:50:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 5+ views
    New York Times ^ | SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 | LORI ETTLINGER GROSS
    The Kazanjian Red Diamond, one of the most spectacular gemstones ever discovered, goes on display today at the American Museum of Natural History. Red is the rarest color in diamonds — less than 20 are known to exist in the world today. What’s more, the Kazanjian Red Diamond has an amazing back story. The gem was discovered in the 1920s in Litchenburg, South Africa. When found, it was a hefty 35 carats uncut. A diamond broker paid a modest eight pounds per carat for it. It was later sent to Amsterdam to be cut and polished by the Goudiv brothers....
  • National Zoo: Rare oryx, extinct in wild, born

    05/05/2010 2:27:22 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 19 replies · 608+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, May 5, 2010
    FRONT ROYAL, Va. — The National Zoo says a scimitar-horned oryx has been born at its conservation center in Virginia — the zoo's first such birth in 13 years. Oryx are extinct in the wild. They are known for their curved horns that can be several feet long. The female calf announced Wednesday was born April 9. She is the offspring of 3-year-old mother Jena and 13-year-old Dr. Bob. The zoo is renewing efforts to breed the oryx, a type of desert antelope. There are now 16 of them at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal and one...