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Don’t think that public art is a priority right now? You might be a redneck.

cmdwedge 17 April 2011 63

From the Canberra Times

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has labelled people opposed to public art as ”rednecks” and ”philistines” as the Government gears up for another costly installation.

A development application has been lodged for new public art on the corner of Rudd and Moore streets in Civic, outlining two pieces called Blue Sky Shard and Magenta Fold.

Mr Stanhope said yesterday he anticipated some Canberrans would be opposed to the artwork, which cost the ACT Government $400,000. ”I expect people that are genuinely redneck or have philistine-type instincts to continue to rail against it, but I’m absolutely committed to it,” he said.

Thank God that Stanhope has fixed everything else in the ACT, desperately requiring public funds. So much so that we can afford to blow cash on public art instead of hospital beds, better roads, et al.

Whew!


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troll-sniffer 3:01 pm 20 Apr 11

Mr Gillespie said :

Ummm……so let me get this straight……

Regarding your justification of Stanhope’s blatant and arrogant misuse of public money, you don’t reckon we need a health system or social services???!!! Are you kidding???? It is my fault if I get sick? People who need housing are just “whingers” and it is their own fault they need housing? Just what are you getting at here??

Nay laddie, read it line by line, slowly, mouth the words if you have to. When you come to the end, and you still haven’t figured out what I meant, read my next para.

Social services, housing, healthcare and the like, are like sponges, in that they will absorb whatever money is poured into them no matter how great the flow, and after a point, massive extra funding has little additional benefit, as those who would otherwise be self-sufficient jump onto the systems.

The government has to find a middle point where the maximum benefit is obtained without harming the truly vulnerable. Overall I believe they don’t do a bad job. I suspect that doubling the health and housing budgets would reduce the total whingeing amongst the ‘hard done by’ by about 10%. Would you be prepared to have your rates and taxes doubled for such a poor return? In the same way, removing the relatively small pool of arts and community money from the budget for the health and housing sector would result in next to no impact for those services and a city bereft of art. liked or disliked as you see fit.

beejay76 2:48 pm 20 Apr 11

Reminds me a bit of Keating. Ahhhhh the good old days when pollies were brave enough to be offensive…..

Diggety 1:41 pm 20 Apr 11

Just imagine if Stanhope was a Federal political leader saying that. He’d be out on his arse even after begging for forgiveness!

It’s a pity noone seems to give a toss about us and our insignificant politics in the ACT…

facet 9:19 am 20 Apr 11

TVStar said :

EvanJames said :

I think I’d prefer something that was not critically acclaimed. is that stupid bent girders thing critically acclaimed?

I think the Bridge Collapse looked better than that. At least it was spontaneous.

I believe the “stupid bent girders” in the original post referred to is “native grasses” out on Barton Hwy. The Glenloch Interchange “bent girders” has been remove by vandals – like all good public art in Canberra.

colourful sydney racing identity 8:58 am 20 Apr 11

EvanJames said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

EvanJames said :

Owned.

I think you will find it is pwned.

From Urban Dictionary:

“Owned

v. owned, 0wned, pwned, 0wn3d, pwn3d, own3d.
v. tr.
To be made a fool of; To make a fool of; To confound or prove wrong; embarrasing someone: Being embarrased.”

Owned again.

back at you – also from urban dictionary.

1. pwned buy pwned mugs, tshirts and magnetsA corruption of the word “Owned.” This originated in an online game called Warcraft, where a map designer misspelled “owned.” When the computer beat a player, it was supposed to say, so-and-so “has been owned.”

Instead, it said, so-and-so “has been pwned.”

It basically means “to own” or to be dominated by an opponent or situation, especially by some god-like or computer-like force.
“Man, I rock at my job, but I still got a bad evaluation. I was pwned.”

OR

“That team totally pwned us.”

gazket 6:48 pm 19 Apr 11

Labour are arrogant pigs. All the people that voted Labour /greens want to take a good hard look at them selves. They spend money on crap like kids in a lollie shop, can’t help themselves.

EvanJames 4:08 pm 19 Apr 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

EvanJames said :

Owned.

I think you will find it is pwned.

From Urban Dictionary:

“Owned

v. owned, 0wned, pwned, 0wn3d, pwn3d, own3d.
v. tr.
To be made a fool of; To make a fool of; To confound or prove wrong; embarrasing someone: Being embarrased.”

Owned again.

Skidbladnir 2:15 pm 19 Apr 11

Gerry-Built said :

Mr Stanhope was keen to start the ball rolling on labeling people, let’s think up some labels for him…

The thing about labels is that they can stick, once that happens they’re almost impossible to get rid of.
So I vote for old.

As in “Jon Stanhope, he’s old enough to be the grandfather of people who voted for the first time in the last election.”, “Jon Stanhope, doesn’t he strike you as a bit too old to claim he’s at the top of his political game?”, and finally “The old Chief Minister Jon Stanhope was replaced today after a vote of no confience in the Assembly.”

Mysteryman 1:52 pm 19 Apr 11

Pommy bastard said :

The leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Canberra, Chairman of the National Defense Commission, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Canberra, Supreme Commander of the Labour People’s Army, Supreme Leader, Dear Leader, our Father, Kim Jong Stanhope.

I just like to call him “Dear Leader”.

That, or idiot.

Pommy bastard 1:47 pm 19 Apr 11

The leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Canberra, Chairman of the National Defense Commission, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Canberra, Supreme Commander of the Labour People’s Army, Supreme Leader, Dear Leader, our Father, Kim Jong Stanhope.

Diggety 1:28 pm 19 Apr 11

Gerry-Built said :

Mr Stanhope was keen to start the ball rolling on labeling people, let’s think up some labels for him…

Megalomaniac.

LSWCHP 12:37 pm 19 Apr 11

Gerry-Built said :

Mr Stanhope was keen to start the ball rolling on labeling people, let’s think up some labels for him…

Nice idea….lemme see now…how about this…

Poseur and soi-disant intellectual with delusions of grandeur.

Thumper 12:14 pm 19 Apr 11

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has labelled people opposed to public art as ”rednecks” and ”philistines”

I’m wondering if this is new government policy, ie, rather than address the issue just attack those who may question it.

Mysteryman 10:43 am 19 Apr 11

Pommy bastard said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I like that you have accused me of a personal attack in such a condascending post.

“Condescending” dear, condescending.

Haha, nice.

colourful sydney racing identity 9:57 am 19 Apr 11

EvanJames said :

Owned.

I think you will find it is pwned.

EvanJames 9:38 am 19 Apr 11

Jim Jones said :

Pommy bastard said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I like that you have accused me of a personal attack in such a condascending post.

“Condescending” dear, condescending.

Touche!

Owned.

Gerry-Built 9:25 am 19 Apr 11

Mr Stanhope was keen to start the ball rolling on labeling people, let’s think up some labels for him…

Jim Jones 9:16 am 19 Apr 11

Pommy bastard said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I like that you have accused me of a personal attack in such a condascending post.

“Condescending” dear, condescending.

Touche!

colourful sydney racing identity 9:05 am 19 Apr 11

Pommy bastard said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I like that you have accused me of a personal attack in such a condascending post.

“Condescending” dear, condescending.

Oh dear, resorting to criticising spelling? Wow, how original…

Pommy bastard 7:34 am 19 Apr 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I like that you have accused me of a personal attack in such a condascending post.

“Condescending” dear, condescending.

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