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Urgent to Virginias Attorney General Cuccinelli: Women have nipples...

Posted by on May. 2, 2010 at 2:11 AM
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Cuccinelli opts for more modest state seal

RICHMOND

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli apparently isn’t fond of wardrobe malfunctions, even when Virginia’s state seal is involved.

The seal depicts the Roman goddess Virtus, or virtue, wearing a blue tunic draped over one shoulder, her left breast exposed. But on the new lapel pins Cuccinelli recently handed out to his staff, Virtus’ bosom is covered by an armored breastplate.

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 that dates to 1776.

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.

Three Roman goddesses – Libertas, Aeternitas and Ceres – grace the reverse side of the seal. Cuccinelli isn’t the first to have less-revealing garments placed on Virtus.

Multiple varieties of the seal have been used over the years, said State Capitol historian Mark Greenough. The modern version is based on language added to the state code in 1930, which specifies that Virtus is “dressed as an Amazon” while clutching a spear in one hand and a sword in the other.

The secretary of the commonwealth, Janet Polarek, is charged by law with being the keeper of the seal. Asked for an assessment of Cuccinelli’s interpretation, she declined to offer an opinion. When Virtus was fighting Tyranny, Polarek said, “a dress code was probably not her first concern.”

Julian Walker, 804-697-1564 julian.walker@pilotonline.com

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norwegianwood
by Platinum Member on May. 2, 2010 at 2:40 AM

 LMAO...and THAT my friends is an example of your average government employee...fixing what ISN"T broke...

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tericared
by on May. 2, 2010 at 6:28 AM

 Wow people should have better things to do........

jaxTheMom
by on May. 2, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Yes, because here in Virginia, we really have no problems at all, other than that damned seal - it's time well spent.

tericared
by on May. 2, 2010 at 11:14 AM

 

Quoting jaxTheMom:

Yes, because here in Virginia, we really have no problems at all, other than that damned seal - it's time well spent.

 bow down

Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty. -Bill Maher

Joqui
by Joqui on May. 2, 2010 at 2:29 PM

lol yes.. the modesty of a roman godess.. that isn't even real... LOL

Quoting norwegianwood:

 LMAO...and THAT my friends is an example of your average government employee...fixing what ISN"T broke...

P


Mandipants
by on May. 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Thank GOD someone is finally covering the nipples. My poor sensibilities were not handling that well at all. I mean nipples. NIPPLES. Won't someone please think of the children and put taxpayer money into covering up Roman art that has been a part of Virginia since 1776. Thank god Cuchinelli is in office. Seriously.

BleedinHeartMom
by on May. 2, 2010 at 2:38 PM

I bet he sits in his back yard watching his dogs hump though..

tericared
by on May. 2, 2010 at 9:47 PM

 

Quoting BleedinHeartMom:

I bet he sits in his back yard watching his dogs hump though..

 rolling on floor

Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty. -Bill Maher

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 2, 2010 at 9:57 PM
Do Virginia and Arizona get their water from the same place???
SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on May. 2, 2010 at 10:46 PM

 I bet Virginia and Arizonz both get their water from the same place, and water their dogs at the same time and watch them hump.

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