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Apr 02 2014

$400,000 of Our Money for Camel Statue in Pakistan

As the nation hurtles toward bankruptcy, our rulers aren’t wasting money just to waste it; they are wasting it to poke a finger in our eye. Otherwise, explain this:

The State Department is planning to spend $400,000 in taxpayer funds to buy a sculpture for the new American embassy being built in Islamabad, Pakistan, according to contracting records.

The work, by noted American artist John Baldessari, depicts a life-size white camel made of fiberglass staring in puzzlement at the eye of an oversize shiny needle — a not-so-subtle play on the New Testament phrase about the difficulty the wealthy have in entering the kingdom of heaven.

Don’t worry, they aren’t being Christian or anything so politically incorrect. Most everything of any value in the Koran was recycled from the Bible; this includes the metaphor of the camel and the needle. A document explaining why our money should be wasted in this particular manner specifically states that “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominantly Islamist country.”

To put the sculpture’s price tag into a local perspective, the average yearly income in impoverished Pakistan is about $1,250 per year, according to the Agency for International Development.

The implication is that the Americans inside the embassy will not be going to heaven.

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Your money at play in Pakistan.

On a tip from Bill T.




21 Responses to “$400,000 of Our Money for Camel Statue in Pakistan”

  1. Brian Doberneck says:

    Anything inside the walls of the American embassy is considered American soil. Considering how religious (Christian) statues and monuments are regarded on American soil in America, it won’t be long before the ACLU is calling for this camel statue’s removal, right? Oh, right…

  2. Brian Doberneck says:

    Anything inside the walls of the American embassy is considered American soil. Considering how religious (Christian) statues and monuments are regarded on American soil in America, it won’t be long before the ACLU is calling for this camel statue’s removal, right? Oh, right…

  3. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    400K? OK, I’m not an artist, but it’s fiberglass. How can it possibly cost that much, either in labor or materials, to sculpt that thing? Silly.

  4. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    400K? OK, I’m not an artist, but it’s fiberglass. How can it possibly cost that much, either in labor or materials, to sculpt that thing? Silly.

  5. Softly Bob says:

    Because it has been engineered to contain a special solid gold bladder that generates one gallon of urine every hour, on the hour, so that the Muslims have something to drink when they feel in need of a bit of quack medicine.
    It also has a platinum-rimmed brass asshole in case any visiting Pakistanis are in dire need of something to rape.

  6. Saxon Warrior says:

    Because it has been engineered to contain a special solid-gold bladder that generates one gallon of urine every hour, on the hour, so that the Muslims have something to drink when they feel in need of a bit of quack medicine.
    It also has a platinum-rimmed brass asshole in case any visiting Pakistanis are in dire need of something to rape.

  7. Son of the Rabbit People says:

    “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominantly Islamist country.”…

    If that’s the case, then there shouldn’t be any art at all.

  8. Son of the Rabbit People says:

    “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominantly Islamist country.”…

    If that’s the case, then there shouldn’t be any art at all.

  9. bobdog19006 says:

    Because the customer was the US Government. Anybody else could buy it at its everyday $29.95 retail price. $400,000 is lunch money in Washington.

  10. bobdog19006 says:

    Because the customer was the US Government. Anybody else could buy it at its everyday $29.95 retail price. $400,000 is lunch money in Washington.

  11. 762x51 says:

    $400,000.00 and no jockey?

  12. 762x51 says:

    $400,000.00 and no jockey?

  13. dan says:

    i have it on good authority that they saved $400,000 by not buying the expensive plastic camel…and celebrated the savings with new limo’s , bonuses , champaigne and caviar ( oh ,and a donation to the Demo election fund)

  14. dan says:

    i have it on good authority that they saved $400,000 by not buying the expensive plastic camel…and celebrated the savings with new limo’s , bonuses , champaigne and caviar ( oh ,and a donation to the Demo election fund)

  15. Albrecht says:

    “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominantly Islamist country.” Guess that doesn’t apply to predominantly Christian countries like the US.

  16. Albrecht says:

    “Public art which will be presented in the new embassy should reflect the values of a predominantly Islamist country.” Guess that doesn’t apply to predominantly Christian countries like the US.

  17. MannieP says:

    What idiot approved this? The statue is patently unislamic. The koran prohibits graven images. Within the year, some unwashed immam will publish a fatwah, there will be protests, and the Embassy will sawzall it off at the feet, and haul it off to be burned.

    Besides that, it’s a waste of money.

  18. JustAl says:

    I assume the tail articulates and there is a vibrator inside?

  19. JustAl says:

    I assume the tail articulates and there is a vibrator inside?

  20. Jodie says:

    So, artist John Baldessari charges $400,000 for a statue that is intended to shame those who love money. Priceless.

  21. Jodie says:

    So, artist John Baldessari charges $400,000 for a statue that is intended to shame those who love money. Priceless.

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