Apparently AG Ken Cuccinelli feels the Goddess Virtue is revealing too much wardrobe malfunction on the Virginia State Seal.  He is now handing out pins with less …errr….cleavage?  It sounds like he has been listening to too many Iranian clerics for his own good. 

Traditional Virginia Seal
Traditional Virginia Seal
Cuccinelli Goddess Virtue
Cuccinelli Goddess Virtue

The Cuccinelli goddess is more modest. Perhaps he is trying to prevent earthquakes like that wacko in the middle east.

 According to Fox News:

Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi angered women’s groups around the world on Monday when he claimed that promiscuous women were responsible for literally making the earth move.

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” Sedighi said.

“What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?” he asked during a prayer sermon on Friday. “There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes.”

So is Ken is trying to prevent our own Boob-quake here in Virginia with his new pins? Is he like the Taliban or something? The Virginia State Seal has the goddess Virtue vanquishing a tyrant. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Thus always to tryrants. Not that most NORMAL people have ever noticed, but her left breast is slighly exposed, in goddess warrior like fashion–classical art and all.

The Norfolk Pilot states:

When the new design came up at a staff meeting, workers in attendance said Cuccinelli joked that it converts a risqué image into a PG one.

The joke might be on him, said University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato.

“When you ask to be ridiculed, it usually happens. And it will happen here, nationally,” he said. “This is classical art, for goodness’ sake.”

It wouldn’t be the first time that Cuccinelli has found himself in a punch line since taking office. The conservative Republican made Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in March after he advised state colleges and universities they lack the legal authority to protect gay employees from discrimination.

“You can’t be gay in college?” host Jon Stewart asked in mock disbelief. “That’s the whole point of going to college!”

If the jokes start to fly, Cuccinelli can’t say he didn’t see it coming, Sabato said – not after what happened in 2002, when U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered drapes installed to cover partially nude statues at the Justice Department. “Ashcroft had one excuse: it hadn’t been done before and he wasn’t prepared for the critical onslaught that he faced,” Sabato said. “Cuccinelli has no excuse at all. He knows what’s coming because of what happened to Ashcroft. You can only conclude that he enjoys being the center of pointless controversy.”

Efforts to reach Cuccinelli on Friday were unsuccessful.

His spokesman, Brian Gottstein, said the pin was paid for by Cuccinelli’s political action committee, not with taxpayer funds. He acknowledged that the attorney general has pointed out Virtus’ “more modest attire,” adding that the rendition chosen by his boss “harkens back to an older version of the seal.”

The Great Seal of the Commonwealth is a two-sided image dates back to the year  1776.

The Code of Virginia stands firmly on its description of the State Seal:

The side depicted on the state flag features Virtus standing victoriously over Tyranny, a male figure prone on the ground in defeat, his crown fallen from his head. Beneath him is the motto Sic Semper Tyrannis: Thus Always to Tyrants.

Click the link for exact wording.
Now we know why Taliban Cooch is sending out those beg letters! He needs to buy new pins to hand out with Goddess Virtue fully clothed. He appears to have little regard for Virginia traditions, the Virginia Constitution, and anything past his own sense of misguided morality. Perhaps he is now an ‘earther’ in addition to being a birther. You know, one of those people who think showing breasts causes earthquakes.

When is our AG going to stop with the circus sideshow stuff? He just has too many attention seeking behaviors for most Virginians. Larry Sabato is correct. The Cooch’s behavior is juvenile and distracting from real governance.   Meanwhile, Virginians anxiously await being the butt of yet more jokes on late night comedy.

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45 Thoughts to “Covering the Breast of Goddess Virtue”

  1. bubberella

    What’s next? Skirts around the table legs in the AG’s office? What a purse-lipped old church lady.

  2. marinm

    While I can appreciate the armor plating.. Makes Virtue look more warriorish, the Seal shouldn’t be messed with. It’s Our Seal.

    That we have anyone killing our tyrant and keeping him crushed under our boot is very telling about the attitude of our state – mess with us and we will use force, resist, and crush you. Maybe we should enact an annual tradition in Virginia that when the GA starts it’s session that citizens should erect a gallows near the statehouse to remind the GA that the People hold the power. Maybe it’ll keep certain lawmakers to the Oath they take? 😉

    I think if men can be topless in public women should be afforded the same right.


    “Boobquake”…heh, heh.

  4. bubberella

    I wonder if Cooch thought he was running for Sunday School Superintendant.

  5. In the AG state seal, it looks like the tyrant is lifting his head and looking up Virtue’s war-skirt.

    I think maybe Kooch ought to get a little bit of that sic semper tyrannus. What a jerk. A self righteous, pitiful jerk from Edison, NJ. He has no business messing with our State Seal.

  6. Elena

    OY VAY, the AG must be friends with John Ashcroft, let’s not forget the breast was too overwhelmin for him too!

  7. Chris

    I want to see a clearer/bigger picture of Cooch’s pin. It looks to me as if the tyrant is NOT defeated. How this man ever got to where he is today escapes me. What a tee total embarrassment.

  8. Censored bybvbl

    As an Art major, I don’t think I can laugh any louder or harder than from this newest piece of idiocy from our AG. What a prig! I eagerly await Jon Stewart’s newest take on our favorite Kook.

    As for the Iranian cleric who claimed promiscuous women were responsible for making the earth move – isn’t that the main idea? Hee hee.

  9. Chris

    @Censored bybvbl
    Perhaps the AG should take a field trip to some art museums. I suggest he NEVER visit The Louvre and it’s nudity of the works of art there. If he does, I hope he takes scores of sheets to cover up the vulgarity in the art. Geesh!!!

  10. Censored bybvbl

    Chris, he’d better not tip-toe over the Potomac either. Although the DC art scene is rather tame, I’m sure he’d be struck dumb. Er…dumber.

  11. Chris

    @Censored bybvbl
    Agreed. When I worked downtown I used to eat lunch at the American Art Museum and enjoy a little art before I left. It was one of a few really great things about working downtown.

  12. Someone please send him some nudie mags just for the fun of it. PLEASE?

  13. My brother just told me that Indiana is considering covering up the naked backside of the buffalo on their state seal. He sent me the before and after. I hope he is kidding. The Indiana folks are pretty priggish also.

  14. Censored bybvbl

    LOL!! This country is always good for a few laughs – some states are particularly fertile ground for comic material. And, yes, Indiana can be one of them. Europe is probably glad that they sent so many of their yahoos across the big pond. What’s next – pasties or bras on dairy cows?

    Ha ha . I bet Cuccenelli never dreamed he’d have so many Virginians talking about breasts!

  15. Chris, I don’t know where a clearer, larger picture of Cunninellie Virtue is. Censored told me the WaPo picked up the story. also is carrying it. The link is in the post.

    Odd, other than Marin, the men are staying out of this one. Perhaps they don’t want to admit how idiotic this story really is.

  16. marinm

    Idiotic in that this story is even news or that no one wants to spend the cycles defending a very partisan thread?

    If we were to replace the name Cuccinelli with Obama (for example) would people have already been banned for name calling?

    I think it’s silly to cover up Virtue. Will it change me voting, supporting, or giving money to Cooch? Heck no. He has my support.

  17. Censored bybvbl

    Marinm, Cooch’s move is as idiotic as the Pope who ordered the penises lopped off the male statues at the Vatican.

  18. I would be all over President Obama’s tail for the same thing. I would have written letters had Tim Kaine been such a jerk.

    Why is it partisan?
    Stupid can come in any flavor.

    So are you saying you would vote for a fool regardless?

  19. Actually, Marin, I wouldn’t not vote for Cuccinelli because of this move. I wouldn’t have voted for him in the first place. People who would consider this part of their job would never get my vote.

  20. marinm

    Yes. I voted for Webb and Warner and I think they’re fools for voting for HCR. I fell for the we’re -D’s but we’re really fiscal conservatives.

    Hey MH, you gotta give FoxNews some props.. Even they’re not running with the Obama cheating story.

    Censored, what the Pope does in Rome is his business. The pope isn’t voted by me or you. Our Attorney General is. If you feel that this is a reason not to vote for him. Good for you. But, I think in 99% of the people that aren’t looking at this from a partisan bend.. they just won’t care.

  21. Censored bybvbl

    Marinm, but a goodly number of Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans are looking at this in a partisan bend, i.e. non-rightwing, and it’s entertaining.

    Whether it’s a past Pope or Cuccinelli – it’s funny how some people are so apparently tempted by what they find as sexuality in art, that they have to actually emasculate it or cover it up. It’s a hoot!

  22. […] bays frightfully in Covering the Breast of Goddess Virtue.  She compares Cuccinelli with an Iranian cleric and […]

  23. marinm

    No doubt. And, I’m with you on that (see above comments about the inequality in allowing men to walk topless and women can’t). Is a pin something that’ll change people’s votes? I doubt it. Those with a bend will see it as another reason not to like him? Those that like him won’t really care. Those that don’t track politics might chuckle or say WTF? and then tune the Simpsons or the NASCAR race I’m watching right now.

    This story just doesn’t track with the masses.

  24. It won’t be his first or last attempt to be the great cultural warrior.

    I don’t know anything about Obama cheating. If you mean on his wife, then that is between him and her and no one else.

    Is this where I can go on record and say I don’t like cultural warriors and want them all out of office via the ballot box.

  25. Wolverine

    I can see it coming now. The great American campaign for more cleavage.

    1. @ Wolverine,

      Fox News has that covered already. Meow 😉

  26. Wolverine

    Doesn’t this just take the cake. On another thread, I doubledared Moon to show a video of our resident poetess vacuuming in the nude and got turned down flat. But, oh, when it comes down to covering up a bare boob on the great seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia, we suddenly get an entire political campaign kicked off. No justice!!!

    1. @ wolverine,

      No one to do the filming. 😉

  27. Wolverine

    Actually, the brouhaha here has earned you all a true Wolverine story.

    It was a very hot and humid day during the dry season in the uplands of a very poor but proud African country. I young American man was late getting back to his post and was desperate to find transportation. All he can find was one mixed train, which meant a small, wheezing diesel locomotive attached to a string of freight cars and very old passenger cars which looked like they had been built in the 19th century. Instead of having seats, the passenger cars had long wooden planks running lengthwise from one end of the car to the other — four such planks per very narrow car.

    The young American clambered aboard and took a place on one of the planks about midway in the car. Under the old African adage that “There is always room for one more!”, the car filled up to capacity and then some. The young American looked around and discovered that he was absolutely the only non-African in the entire car — probably on the entire train. He also found that he was unable to move, being pinned in by two exceedingly ample African ladies seated on either side of him on that wooden plank.

    It was awfully hot in that car. No breeze whatsoever. And the train just sat on the track, the diesel engine rumbling weakly but giving no sign of moving down the track. It was not long before the sweat was rolling down the face of that young American — almost as if someone was pouring warm water over the top of his head. He could hardly breathe.

    The rest of the passengers, African all, were just as hot as the American. Across from the young American, on the facing plank, sat a very old African lady. Their respective knees were crammed up against each other in that narrow car. The African lady’s gaunt frame was covered by a mass of deep wrinkles. She was clearly suffering from the heat on the unmoving train. So she reached down, grabbed the hem of her blouse and lifted it up to fan her face. She was not wearing a bra. She had a pair of breasts which looked like they had suckled many a child and were now drooping with advanced age and lost shape. She was very, very hot, so she fanned and and fanned her face.

    The young American, crammed in tightly between those other huge ladies, began looking down at the floor and then up at the ceiling and even tried closing his eyes. But the fanning went on and on as the train just sat there. Then a verbal rumbling started up in the car. A number of the other passengers had started to scold the old lady in the European language of the country and in the local African language. They were reminding the lady that the government had recently passed a law forbidding women to expose their breasts in front of “Europeans.” (Everybody was a “European” in those days, no matter where you came from.) This law was designed to show the advanced countries of the world that Africa could be just as civilized as they were. Stopping the public exposure of breasts was part of that effort. (Some of you may be laughing at that given the nature of Western culture these days. This incident took place some decades ago.)

    In response to this verbal assault, the elderly lady got very angry. You could see that anger flashing in her eyes. Finally, she stood up and yelled in her own dialect that she was miserably hot and wanted to fan herself and she didn’t give a damn about any stupid law telling her she couldn’t bare what God had given her. Then you looked down at the young American, smiled a wicked smile, gave a loud grunt, and stuck those boobs right in his face, one hanging each side of his nose. Don’t forget that the young American was pinned into that seat. He could barely move his head, much less anything else. All he could do was sit there and turn sixty shades of red.

    That did it. Where once the voices of the other passengers had been scolding, now the entire train car turned into a raucous wave of laughter, as the lady not only pressed those boobs up against the American’s face but started to shake them like she was doing a traditional dance. People started rolling in the aisles with laughter. Others had to come in from the neighboring train cars to see what was going on. And the American could only sit there like a rose-colored rat in a trap.

    Finally, the elderly lady relented. With a loud huff, she sat back down in her seat. The laughter died down. And suddenly the train did start to move, creating a bit of a cooling breeze as it rolled slowly down the track. That young American’s journey was about 150 miles. Every once in awhile, that wrinkled old African lady would look the American direct in the eyes, display a toothless smile, wink at him, and then reach out and pinch his knee. And then the laughter would start all over again. That was the longest 150 miles in the young American’s life.

    And you all think that covering a boob on a state seal is funny.

    1. @wolverine,

      Sure wouldn’t have wanted to be THAT American!!!!!!

  28. bubberella

    great story

  29. kelly3406

    You have a gift for storytelling, Wolverine. There must be many others. Perhaps you should consider writing them down and then publishing them somewhere. It would be a travesty if these “true Wolverine stories” in southeast Asia and Africa were not shared.

  30. Censored bybvbl

    Great story, Wolverine.

  31. I agree with Kelly. Wolverine, your calling has been announced.

  32. I suspect Cuccinelli undresses in the dark so he won’t see himself nude.

  33. Chris

    @George S. Harris
    Good one!!

    Great story. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Censored bybvbl

    Cuccinelli has given new meaning to the term “titty bar”.

    (I have DH to thank for that one – as we drove past Hooters.)

  35. @Wolverine
    LMAO! I must have missed that one!

    Alas, I am quite sure I would scare the hell out of y’all if I made such a video.

    I am also quite sure when I vacuum in the nude, no one is staring in my window, ready to report me to the police!

  36. marinm

    Pinko, are you more concerned with the staring or the turning you into the police? *chuckle*

  37. @marinm
    Honestly, I think the staring would be more em-bare-ass-ing. : )

  38. Too funny, George!

    Let’s take bets. How soon before Jon Stewart covers our favorite earther AG for his latest side show?

  39. Formerly Anonymous

    I can’t believe I’m posting in this thread, and I’m certainly not going to comment on the main subject.

    Instead, I just wanted to mention that those who believe “The Great Castration” ever occurred (Pope Pius IX ordering the ‘castration’ of all statues in the Vatican) should try getting their history from sources other than a Dan Brown novel. Simply put, it never happened.

    If you ever have an opportunity to see the Vatican museum, you will see hundreds of statues “intact”, many of which pre-date Pius IX. Metal fig leaves were added to some statues, which were later removed.

    This myth survives in part because the parts of statues most subject to stress or accidental breakage are the noses, fingers or in the case of male nudes, other protruding appendages. As a result, many ancient statues are discovered naturally ‘castrated’, giving people the false impression that they were deliberately damaged.

    1. @Formerly,

      Thanks for setting the record straight. I have never needed that information before, but, if I do, I know who I have to thank. So we can’t blame the Church for the great castration. Gotcha!

      How about Ashcroft and the drapes?

  40. Censored bybvbl

    Ha ha . Dan Brown was a thirteen year old child when my art history teacher, who had studied in Rome, relayed the story about the statues’ castration. And I believe she said it predated Pius IX. If it’s a mere fiction floating around, it’s long-standing.

  41. Stranger things have happened. Churches do strange things. David is lucky.

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