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    NEA to Artists: Flog Obama Policies, Please

    By kyle | August 27, 2009

    Wow, the Obama administration is really getting desperate. They actually think getting NEA-funded artists to shill for their health care and energy bills is going to make them more, not less, mainstream. Let’s wait and see how loudly and angrily the artists proclaim that they must be left independent of all politicking as they cash their government checks.

    Topics: Art, Barack Obama, Politics | 9 Comments »

    9 Responses to “NEA to Artists: Flog Obama Policies, Please”

    1. Brian Moore Says:
      August 27th, 2009 at 9:21 am

      I look forward to Andres Serrano’s “Piss Town Hall Meeting.”

    2. DoloEventual Says:
      August 27th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

      Critizicing the President in war times??(remember that USA soldiers still there…fighting against…something)
      If you said something against Bush(no matter what) you were a pro terrorist…or worse…A LIBERAL.
      But you’re right. Let´s flog the man policies included!

    3. Ewald the Black Says:
      August 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

      Take your mental laxative before you post, DoloEventual.

    4. Brandon Says:
      August 27th, 2009 at 5:23 pm

      DoloEventual has anyone said anything critical of his war effort? Disagreeing with someone’s domestic agenda is a long way from getting in the streets and accusing our soldiers of being murderers like the left has done for the last 8 years. The Left was doing directionless attacks based on conspiracy theories and absolute hatred with no actual substantial objection to anything. Most people now seem very clear on what they disagree with and unlike our Senators and Congressman appear to be reading the legislation they disagree with.

    5. DoloEventual Says:
      August 29th, 2009 at 6:21 am

      War against unplugging grandma’s respirator, I mean. Or redirecting madicare money that could be used to patch some big bank hole.
      Interventionism has more than one aspect.
      As I said, flagging is the way to go!
      Betsy McCaughey explains it in a very, very clear way.

    6. JohnFNWayne Says:
      August 29th, 2009 at 2:12 pm

      Madicare – somehow Dolo helped make better sense of Obama’s healthcare reform.

      And what’s the deal? Hunter goes on vacation and Dolo shows up. Is there a troll temp agency out there? Is this part of JournoList?

    7. DoloEventual Says:
      August 29th, 2009 at 5:08 pm
      “There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody.”- Kingsley Amis!!

      I saw the light was on, didn’t you?

    8. JohnFNWayne Says:
      August 29th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

      Yeah, but in your case no one is home.

    9. DoloEventual Says:
      September 3rd, 2009 at 1:17 am

      hahaha!!…you’re right!
      I rest my case, my ANNOYED have-the-last-worder.

      No one is home…witty!
      “There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody.”- Kingsley Amis

      No one is home….excellent for squatting!