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A little less than a happy high
How do you say "Bring it on!" in Latin?
A while back, a tagger wrote "BUSH LIES" in several key locations at the intersection of Tremont and Winter Streets. I figured that it was only a matter of time before it was cleaned away or someone responded in kind. What I didn't expect was the response I saw this morning.

Someone had taken a Sharpie and modified the tag to say "BUSH LOVES" in awkward modified letters.

Instantly, I envisioned an Italian fresco portraying the beatific Dubya sitting in white robes with his hands outspread smiling down on adoring children (all white, of course) and a few herd animals thrown in for color. Behind his halo, the background is a collage of images - the Towers aflame, Hussein's face depicted on a playing card, 3rd Armored on the march, North Korean missiles arcing through the air...

I mean, we've already rewritten history. We might as well go all the way, right?
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mittenstein From: mittenstein Date: October 7th, 2003 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
it's your time to make a difference and change that 'love' to 'lite'.
komos From: komos Date: October 7th, 2003 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Tasteless Fizzy Yellow Presidency

To paraphrase Stone Brewing Company:

This is aggressive graffiti. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate the issues in quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to those with safer and more familiar spin -- maybe someone with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you he's just one of the little people, or one that implies that his tasteless fizzy yellow presidency will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a president perform better. Perhaps you're mouthing your words as you read this.
quislibet From: quislibet Date: October 7th, 2003 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
That image brings a tear to my eye. Just like the crying eagle, only different.

I'd say, re: Latin, "age" or plural "agite" might work. (It would also work for "Just do it," I suppose.)

The best classical-language parallel would be Leonidas' famous "molon labe" (come and get it) at Thermopylae, but that's less Italian-fresco-y.
komos From: komos Date: October 7th, 2003 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

The power of myth

I'm frightened by the myth making that seems to have taken place during this administration. Sure, I can accept that there are people who believe that Dubya acts out of expedience, but to associate him with the Christian mythos like this? It boggles.

prosicated From: prosicated Date: October 7th, 2003 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)
If I were there to take part in this mini-war, I'd just add a few choice words after "loves."
However, your littleItalian fresco sounds about right, only be sure to put in a few corporate sponsorships. If you do that, I suspect you could get it displayed in one of the countries that the US is helping back to democracy. *snort*
komos From: komos Date: October 7th, 2003 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bush Loves Cheney 4-Eva

You know, I entirely forgot about the Haliburton Ziggaurat, seat of power in the American Occupied Territories the free and sovereign nation of Iraq.
cinemama From: cinemama Date: October 7th, 2003 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)
You could always add the words "man flesh", but I think I prefer your image. Fancy painting a mural? It could be a community project.
komos From: komos Date: October 7th, 2003 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps it could adorn the First Church of Dubya?

I am so getting hauled in as a subversive.
canonfire From: canonfire Date: October 7th, 2003 08:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Love is all you need.

Three words: Ministry of Love.
komos From: komos Date: October 7th, 2003 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Love is all you need.

Is that what they're calling the DIA these days?
c_m_i From: c_m_i Date: October 7th, 2003 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
See, I'd add an F to make it "BUSH FLIES" and put up a picture of the Prez-as-Superman. You could even Groucho it up by making it "BUSH FLIES LIKE AND ARROW. FRUIT FLIES LIKE A BANANA."

komos From: komos Date: October 7th, 2003 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always pictured him as more of a Green Lantern type.
bushidokelt From: bushidokelt Date: October 8th, 2003 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
thats disrespectful to green lantern, although I do see the connection, like green lantern, when the money runs out, Bush has got nothin'
grashupfer From: grashupfer Date: October 7th, 2003 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Tagging over someone else's writing is one of the cardinal sins of graffiti, if I recall correctly.
grashupfer From: grashupfer Date: October 7th, 2003 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Replying to myself here, I think for several months, if not years, near the Dunkin Donuts at the start of Federal Street, some clever hand had left, "Maria when will you stop lying?" I always found this more interesting than your average observer b/c I had a former boss named Maria who was a liar of supreme aplomb.
komos From: komos Date: October 7th, 2003 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure, it's in bad form, but I'm not sure that was a big concern. I mean, it's an odd medium for mainstream propaganda to begin with. The message it conveys is what makes my heart stop cold.
gilbertbee From: gilbertbee Date: October 7th, 2003 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I totally saw that painting for sale at the Hilton in Reno. Only you forgot the smiling face of Jessica Lynch being carried to freedom.
komos From: komos Date: October 7th, 2003 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reno must be the coolest place on earth.

I forgot a lot of things, really, but there's plenty of time. Maybe I can design a series of Dubya: The President Who Loved Too Much trading cards?
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