From THINK PROGRESS :
The “Great Seal” of the Commonwealth of Virginia depicts the Roman goddess Virtus standing over the defeated Tyranny and has been in use since 1776. Virtus is holding a spear and a sheathed sword, and the garb she is wearing exposes her left breast. (An earlier rendition of the seal traced back to Thomas Jefferson shows the goddess wearing even less clothing.) However, far-right Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) is now tinkering with the historic seal:
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.
Why stop there? Replace the boob with a boob you probably like, Ken. John Ashcroft will feel very at home all covered up. And don’t stop there. Sic semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)? Seriously? That’s way too wussy. I suggest Stamus contra malum: We fight against the evil. C’mon you teabaggers love talkin’ about fightin’ evil! And who better to personify the victim of John Ashcroft’s asswhuppin’ than Dr. Evil himself?
(Original seal at THINK PROGRESS link)
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.
Cuccinelli’s spokesman said that the pins were paid for by funds from the attorney general’s political action committee. In 2002, Bush attorney general John Ashcroft became the subject of national ridicule when he “spent $8,000 on blue drapes” to cover two nude statues at the Justice Department. An unscientific poll on the website of the Virginian-Pilot finds that 96 percent of the more than 4,000 people who have taken the survey think Cuccinelli’s decision was a “bad idea.”
So you think that was a bad idea, Virginians? What do you think about your idea about making this clown your Attorney General? If Ken wants to cover up boobs, maybe he should throw a sheet over himself. Not only will that be covering up an offensive boob, but it’s the perfect outfit for Confederate History Month.
Tip of the hat to our very own Raisinette Historian/Archivist/Statistician, Jerry Melton, for letting me know about this story.