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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

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    Michelangelo’s Secret Messages

    By kyle | November 15, 2008

    When painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo worked in references to Kabbalah, paganism and his own sexuality (gay). He also included characters who are giving the finger to Pope Julius II….if you look closely you can also see the words, “I bury Paul.” Or is it So Dark the Con of Man?

    Topics: Architecture, Art, Europe, History, Religion | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “Michelangelo’s Secret Messages”

    1. tj rosenthal Says:
      November 16th, 2008 at 2:19 am

      Regarding Your Letter To Ny Post tonight.
      Nice job Kyle, TJ Rosenthal

      Kyle Smith hit it right on the head in outlining the history of presidential miscues in framing what many will say regarding President Bush being the worst president ever. In terms of foreign policy, Bush was accurate in framing the war on terror after 9-11. He was aggressive in the early stages in attacking the Taliban in Afghanistan. Where he fell short and what he’ll be remembered for though, is invading a country, Iraq, while fighting a borderless terror network. Doing it under false pretenses like supposed WMD as well . He’ll be remembered for unilateralism and using fear through the “with us or against us” mentality in gaining public acceptance of his choices. Should Iraq however, turn out become a democratic model that will in turn allow the surrounding Middle East countries to become more moderate, the Iraq war will be talked about with less venom by those who despise Bush. His leadership methods have been divisive, but if Obama supporters such as myself expect all of our nation to give Obama’s ideas of soft power and diplomacy a chance, we ought to be fair to Bush. He may have been a bit far reaching and over aggressive in his goals abroad. Bush at least had the guts to carve out alot of what may have been needed at one point in time, in order to allow someone else to close the deal in the future.

    2. Eowyn Says:
      December 29th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

      Ummm. Will every famous (hitherto) heterosexual male in history turn out to be gay?

      There’s Leonarda Da Vinci. Then, it’s Michelangelo. Now, it’s John Lennon who allegedly had the hots for Paul McCartney.

      Me thinks it’s interesting that all these guys are dead, and so cannot possibly defend themselves.