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  • World's tallest statue unveiled, nearly twice as tall as Statue of Liberty

    10/31/2018 5:49:01 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 80 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10-31-18 | Gut Davies
    The prime minister of India today unveiled the world’s largest statue, dedicated to Sardar Patel, a nationalist who helped unite modern India after its independence from Britain. "We are doing everything possible to turn Sardar Patel's vision into a reality and ensure a good-quality life for our fellow Indians," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. The monument, called the Statue of Unity, stands at nearly 600 feet and cost a staggering $460 million to build. That makes the mega statue almost 200 feet higher than the world’s next largest, the Spring Temple Buddha in China, which stands at about 420...
  • Chinese anger after terracotta warrior's thumb stolen in US

    02/20/2018 1:40:25 AM PST · by Simon Green · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/20/18 | Ellie Kaufman and Ben Westcott
    Chinese authorities are livid over the theft of a thumb from a 2,000-year-old terracotta warrior on loan to a US museum, calling for the perpetrator to be "severely" punished. The ancient statue is valued at $4.5 million and considered a "priceless part of China's cultural heritage." It was on display at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute when the vandalism took place. "We call on the United States to severely punish those who have done [this]," Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relic Exchange Center's director told the Beijing Youth Daily, a state-run Chinese newspaper. The warrior statues date back to 209 B.C., when the...
  • Staten Island Statue of Liberty climber seeks jury trial; prosecutors oppose

    09/30/2018 6:24:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    silive ^ | 9/26/18 | Mira Wassef
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.-- The Staten Island lady who scaled Lady Liberty wants a group of her peers to decide her fate -- not a judge -- when her case heads for trial this fall. Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, is asking for a jury trial, even though she does not have a legal right to one considering the "petty offenses" she is facing, according to court papers filed in Manhattan federal court. The St. George resident faces charges of trespassing, interfering with agency functions and disorderly conduct after climbing to the base of the landmark and refusing to get down, officials...
  • BREAKING: Maryland State re Judge K - No Case Ever Filed + 1 YEAR Statute of Limitations EXPIRED

    09/28/2018 7:19:54 PM PDT · by Steven W. · 259 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 9/28/2018 | Montgomery County, Maryland Chief of Police & State's Attorney
    To date, there have been no criminal reports filed with the Montgomery County Department of Police that would lead to the initiation of any criminal investigation related to Judge Kavanaugh. Furthermore, the law at the time the offense occurred is the law must be applied to any charges that might be brought. For example, in 1982, assault and attempted rape were both misdemeanors and subject to a one year statue of limitations.
  • Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue tells officers to stand down in texts and emails

    08/30/2018 3:50:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Daily Tar Heel ^ | 8/29/18 | MYAH WARD
    Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue instructed Chapel Hill officers to stand down as protesters toppled the Confederate monument Silent Sam, his texts and emails show, according to review of the documents obtained by WRAL News. WRAL news obtained 400 pages of emails and texts sent to and from the Police Chief on Aug. 20-21, the article says. These were sent before, during and after the demonstration. At 9 p.m., Blue texted, "Let's give them lots of space," and then, "Yes but do not engage w Crowd at statue. Stay way out."
  • Trial date set for alleged Statue of Liberty climber

    08/30/2018 1:33:13 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    silive ^ | 8/28/18 | Paul Liotta
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A federal judge in Manhattan set a trial date Tuesday for the St. George woman accused of climbing the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July. Theresa Okoumou, who allegedly made her way to the base of the landmark, will have the chance to present her case to a jury on Nov. 5. Defense Attorney Ron Kuby, who is representing Okoumou, said his client is eager for her court date, calling the jury system, "the conscience of the people." She pleaded not guilty on July 5 to charges of trespassing, interfering with agency functions and...
  • 13-Foot Golden Erdogan Statue in German City Annoys Locals

    08/28/2018 2:22:48 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 50 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 28, 2018 - 13:08 | Damien Sharkov
    A shining effigy of controversial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suddenly appeared in southwestern Germany—to the surprise and chagrin of locals.The 13-foot statue, painted gold, depicts Erdogan with his hand, outstretched and pointing at the horizon. Erdogan is a divisive figure in Germany—which has a diaspora of around 3 million people of Turkish nationality or descent—and when residents of Wiesbaden, 20 miles west of Frankfurt, woke up to a monument honoring the man, they had questions for city officials."We have received calls from a string of irritated citizens—it is not clear to people that it is part of the...
  • Where's Silent Sam? Nobody's saying

    08/22/2018 4:25:02 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    News & Record ^ | 8/22/18 | Carli Brosseau
    CHAPEL HILL — Officials at UNC-Chapel Hill won’t say where they put Silent Sam, the statue of a Confederate soldier that protesters tore off its prominent pedestal at the state’s flagship university Monday night. The 105-year-old cast bronze figure crashed to the ground face first around 9:15 p.m., pulled down by a group of demonstrators with the help of a rope. Silent Sam was last seen in public about three hours later. After a couple of false starts, a backhoe loader lifted the statue from the mud and guided it into a flatbed dump truck. Workers loaded the long bamboo...
  • U. of North Carolina promising FULL criminal probe of jerks who tore down a Confederal statue

    08/22/2018 3:34:01 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 36 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/22/18 | USA Features
    #WalkAway: The University of North Carolina is promising to fully investigate (and, let’s hope, prosecute) the latest attempt by the insane insurgency Left to attack American history, which wasn’t, of course, always replete with shining examples of great-nation status. Earlier this week jerks pulled down a Confederate statue that had been on the campus since 1913, in remembrance “of the sons of the University who died for their beloved Southland 1861-1865,” according to the inscription.
  • Think Confederate monuments are racist? Consider pioneer monuments

    08/09/2018 6:58:38 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 13 replies
    In San Francisco, there is an an 800-ton monument that retells California history, from the Spanish missions to American settlement. Several bronze sculptures and relief plaques depict American Indians, white miners, missionaries and settlers. A female figure symbolizing white culture stands atop a massive stone pillar. The design of the “pioneer monument” was celebrated in newspapers across the country when it was erected in 1894. Today, however, apctivists argue that the monument – particularly its depiction of a Spanish missionary and Mexican “vaquero,” or cowboy, towering over an American Indian – is demeaning to American Indians. Should the city take...
  • Statue Of Liberty Climber Pleads Not Guilty, Stands By Stunt (Can she be sued?)

    07/09/2018 6:17:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 7/05/18
    **SNIP** The climb prompted a massive police response on a night when resources were needed to keep the city’s Fourth of July celebrations secure. “(Okoumou) staged a dangerous stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the (New York Police Department) officers who responded to the scene,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement. Thousands of visitors were escorted off Liberty Island during the drama. “Hopefully, they know that there are people, like Patricia, out there trying to protect their civil liberties,” Okoumou’s attorney Rhiya Trivedi said Thursday.
  • Seattle Mayor: Confederate monument and statue of Lenin need to go

    07/07/2018 7:56:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 8/18/17 | JOHN SEXTON
    The removal of offensive monuments took a unique turn in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray asked a cemetery to remove a Confederate monument erected in 1926 but also requested the removal of a large statue of Vladimir Lenin. From the Seattle Times: The monument, erected in 1926 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Lenin statue are both on private property. Still, Murray said, he believes they should be removed. “Not only do these kinds of symbols represent historic injustices, their existence causes pain among those who themselves or whose family members have been impacted by these atrocities,” Murray...
  • The Latest: Fan detained after "England" inscribed on statue

    07/05/2018 1:57:10 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    MOSCOW — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Moscow police say they have detained a person after a statue was vandalized with an "England" inscription at the stadium where England played Colombia in the World Cup. Russian social media users posted a picture of the statue of former Spartak Moscow player Fyodor Cherenkov, who died in 2014, with the word "England" inscribed in red across the chest. Police say that an investigation is under way and "as a result of the measures taken by police, the individual who committed this act has been...
  • Richmond, Va., Panel Recommends Removing Jefferson Davis Statue

    07/04/2018 6:44:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies
    https://www.npr.org/ ^ | 7/3/18 | CLARE LOMBARDO
    Just weeks before last year's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced a new commission to recommend "how to best tell the real story" of the Confederate-era and other statues on Monument Avenue, a tree-lined street known as one of the city's tourist destinations. Then the white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, some 70 miles away. They rallied around a statue of Robert E. Lee that had been slated for removal during an August weekend that turned violent. The next week, Stoney added to the Richmond group's charge: The commission would examine the possible removal or...
  • Baptist Congregation Votes Jesus Statue Out for Being 'Too Catholic'

    05/30/2018 4:56:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 194 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/30/18 | Mary Rezac
    In this 2007 file photo, Bert Baker, an amateur artist, had recently finished a 7-foot-tall sculpture of Christ at Red Bank Baptist Church. Credit: Gerry Melendez/The State Newspaper, Columbia, SCCharleston, S.C., May 30, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus is being evicted from a South Carolina church, and he must be out by the end of the month. Red Bank Baptist Church in Lexington, about 120 miles northeast of Charleston, has voted to remove a statue of Christ and its accompanying reliefs after 11 years, because they are believed to be too “Catholic in nature”. The white, hand-carved statue...
  • Pittsburgh's Stephen Foster statue, scrutinized as racist, comes down

    04/26/2018 6:06:41 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 53 replies
    WPXI ^ | April 26, 2018 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH - The statue of composer Stephen Foster that stood in Schenley Plaza in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood since 1940 was removed Thursday morning. Controversial for its portrayal of Foster, a Lawrenceville native, with an African American man seated below him, the bronze statue has been scrutinized as racist for years. Future of Pittsburgh's Stephen Foster statue in question Pittsburgh’s Art Commission decided with a unanimous vote on Oct. 25 that the 10x4 foot statue, which sits on a granite base, would come down within six months. Under city code, the Art Commission is responsible for overseeing the alteration, relocation or...
  • Senate committee calls for Obama statue in his birth state

    03/28/2018 1:50:01 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 70 replies
    West Hawaii Today ^ | March 27 , 2018 | Audrey McAvoy
    A state Senate committee on Tuesday called for a statue of former President Barack Obama to be erected in the state where he was born. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously for a resolution requesting that the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts commission the statue. Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961 and graduated from Punahou School on Oahu. The resolution will be referred to the state Senate’s Ways and Means committee for consideration. The resolution called for an art advisory committee to be formed that would select a location for the statue, review design proposals and...
  • FBI: Partygoer broke off 2,000-year-old statue's thumb, took it home after selfie shot

    02/20/2018 1:02:35 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 39 replies
    Cox Media via WPXI ^ | February 20, 2018 | Natalie Dreier
    PHILADELPHIA - A statue that stood guard, buried and undamaged for more than 2,000 years, couldn’t contend with a man at a private party in Philadelphia who just had to sneak off and take a selfie, according to multiple media reports. The man, later identified as Michael Rohana, 24, was seen in a restricted area at the Franklin Institute during a party on Dec. 21 that was held after-hours at the museum, The New York Times reported. FBI officials said Rohana used his cellphone’s flash as a light source to see the displays. He then put his arm around one...
  • What Does the Future Hold for New York City’s Columbus Statue? (The Left is Playing a Longer Game)

    02/01/2018 7:51:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/01/2018 | Jennifer C. Braceras
    It looks like Christopher Columbus can stay put. For now. Earlier this month, New York City’s Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers announced that the 76-foot monument to Columbus can remain at the traffic circle at the southwest corner of Central Park, despite protests from groups claiming to speak for Native Americans. For both Italian Americans, who view Columbus as a symbol of ethnic pride, and Latinos, whose culture was born from the Spanish colonization ushered in by Columbus, the decision comes as a relief. But the commission’s report is not all good news. A close review reveals...
  • 3 More Tapes from the start of the 2003 Iraq War, 9 April 2003, up in my YouTube News Playlist

    01/23/2018 6:32:45 AM PST · by mairdie · 4 replies
    The new tapes are numbers 17, 19 and 20 that I recorded 9 April 2003. Tape 18 had been up. They include the CENTCOM Briefing, soldiers joining civilians trying to bring down the Saddam statue and actually bringing the statue down, and the Donald Rumsfeld Pentanon Briefing.